Book Weyr was founded by Arati Devasher on 12 February 2012. She asked her friends, prolific readers Samir Krishnamurti and Maya Chandrasekaran if they would join her in reviewing the books they liked from the multitude they read in order to expand the range of genres Book Weyr offered. Arati’s aunt, Geetha Kulkarni, first joined as a guest author, but was so regular in her posts that she is now a full-fledged reviewer.
Why are we called Book Weyr?
‘Weyr’ is derived in homage to Anne McCaffrey’s novels of Pern, denoting both a collection of dragons, their riders and support staff as well as their living quarters. So, Book Weyr is a collection of books and book-related people - reviewers and readers, authors and characters - as well as a repository for reviews.
A book designer, Arati has always enjoyed books and the world of imagination that they open up. She is extremely accident-prone, due entirely to absent-mindedness caused by thinking about books and their contents, instead of paying attention to what she's actually supposed to be doing. She reads multiple books simultaneously, and her choices range from cookbooks and design manuals to fantasy, crime and Regency romances.
She lives and works in London, UK and sells her art on paper and textiles at Etsy
Maya always has three books going at the same time - a different book for every mood. She loves exploring new authors, but every now and then she sinks back into the comfort of old favourites like murder mysteries and Regency romances. A corporate butterfly, Maya lives and works in Bangalore, India.
Latest posts by Maya Chandrasekaran (see all)
- The Hope Factory (Lavanya Sankaran) - May 20, 2013
- Miss Timmins’ School for Girls (Nayana Currimbhoy) - February 5, 2013
- Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) - December 23, 2012
From Bangalore but based primarily in New Delhi, India, Samir has variously been and continues to be a professional musician, a pub quiz host, a political campaign aide, and a student of the guitar, as well as history and international relations. He is currently Research Director for the Global Security Centre in India. He is also a freelance editor and research consultant, having worked for the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, the Public Health Foundation of India, and a McKinsey-IBM KPO, as well as Random House and Oxford University Press. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Geetha`s love of books began when she was a child. She later turned that love into formal education with a Masters in English Literature and then again into a career for a few years, teaching English at Ethiraj and Fergusson Colleges in India. Though her career took her into the computer industry, Geetha has continued to read both individually as well as part of a book club in Newmarket, Canada where she lives.
Guest reviewers are friends and family, given the facts that they are also bookworms, and that their reading interests are different from those of the main reviewers… we like variety. Please contact us if you would like to do a guest review.
By day Ibar works for Heathrow Airport in a fairly mundane capacity as a Risk Management expert, however (also by day) he is the co-founder of the secretive, subterranean literary movement 'The Weird Book Club' which aims to:
a) Identify the best reads available,
b) Get a bookshop in Terminal 5 which sells something other than Dan Brown and Robert Ludlum,
c) Find a 3rd member
By night Ibar mostly sleeps...mostly.
Ram Subramanyam was commissioned in 1965 as a Bombay Sapper in the Indian Army, and has seen service in all parts of India. Having done his staff course in Camberley, UK, he has been a brigade major, a director in the military operations directorate, an instructor in the Defence Services Staff College, College of Military Engineering and the National Defence College, and been part of a training team setting up a staff college in Tanzania. He gained expertise in the Indian deserts, having commanded a brigade, division and corps on the western front. His last appointment prior to retirement was Army Commander, Central Command. He is a keen sportsman and an avid reader.
Dhati Subramanyam has been a voracious reader ever since she realised a few things - first, that books are fun, interesting and lovable. Second, that the people in them are even more so. Third, that people will generally leave you alone if you have your nose stuck in one - a book that is, not a person. Dhati's other interests include sales and marketing, videogames, experimental cooking, redheads and Texas hold 'em. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia and really really wishes she had a cat.
Precarious acts of balance and climbing notwithstanding, Dhruv’s passion for reading has continued, though it now encompasses a variety of genres beyond Gimlet and Mandrake. Having recently acquired a Kindle, he is proceeding to re-read many treasured classics, along with “boring” non-fiction titles on lean management and the occasional volume of poetry. When not reading, he can be found working as a process consultant in London, UK, playing golf (badly), or playing Dance Dance Revolution (also badly, but it's amusing for onlookers).
Latest posts by Dhruv Devasher (see all)
- Darkness Outside the Night (Xie Peng & Duncan Jepson) - May 29, 2013
- Kim (Rudyard Kipling) - January 22, 2012