Cast your vote, buy a discounted book

Dear folks of Bangalore,

A lot of fuss is being made about April 18 and Bangalore going to the polls for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 – The Great Indian General Election is here. And rightly so. It’s our sole opportunity as Indians to exercise our franchise.

But casting your vote need not be, and is not, any tedious process.

Think of it this way. All it takes is 20 minutes of your time, end to end, to make a difference; to exercise your right to democracy. It really takes less time than your morning walk or time at the gym. That’s the amount of time we will spend surfing Netflix everyday, or to scroll down Whatsapp jokes or Facebook posts.

Hope you have not booked yourself on a holiday out of town, if yes, re-consider it; or modify your holiday departure so that you can vote and then leave.

Hopefully by now you have ensured you are on the voter’s list. So get out of home, go the voting booth and cast your ballot. Which is not asking much of ourselves, isn’t it? Considering we all love to discuss problems in our country, our politicians and politics, and criticise our “system”.

Yes, in return you can show off your inked finger on all your social media accounts, and show yourself a proud Indian.

We at Maiya Publishing also have a very legitimate and happy incentive to offer you if you cast your vote. Put up a photograph on our social media pages and you will be eligible for a 10 per cent discount on The Service book on our website on April 18, 2019. 

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Here’s a book from Maiya Publishing that fits the mood of the election day.

Former Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, N Viswanathan is out with his tell-all book  “The Service” buy it here – that looks at the inner workings of the bureaucracy. He beautifully weaves complex situations with anecdotes and analysis in a gripping narrative in his maiden book.

The book is not just a ‘must read’ for administrative service aspirants, but for anybody who is keen to understand the intricacies of the bureaucratic process. The book is also recommended for professionals in the field of logistics, human resource development, IT and marketing. “The Service”, through case studies of large scale enterprises, provides insights and solutions into issues that several organisations face.


Quick tips to ensure you cast your precious vote:

*Log on to to check your name on the electoral roll. You could also check on or on the site

*It’s always easier to search on this website if you have your Voter ID card with your EPIC number on it

*From the above site you can even know which is your polling booth and also print your voter information slip.

*Do not panic if you can’t find your name registered online. You will find the list at the booth to check your name.

*Carry your EPIC card or any other form of photo identification

*Get out of home early to avoid queues. Polling begins at 7 a.m. and is usually on at most booths till 6 pm.

*For information on candidates from your constituency on websites like OR



Written by Bhumika Kulkarni –


My Mother, T Krishna Kumari


…from days when there was no social media

We all love our movie stars, don’t we? Today we follow them, almost stalk them on social media. We drool over what they wear and post on Instagram, copy their red carpet or airport looks. We check out where they vacation. We wait for their film trailers and posters to be released online, shared on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. We download and listen to their songs whenever and wherever we want. 

Yet, there was a time when all these social media didn’t exist. (Yes, can you imagine that?!)

There was a time when film stars were still a mystery. 

We knew so little about their lives beyond the glitz and glamour, the elegant silk, the beautiful eyes, jewellery and makeup. We were ever so curious to know how they are at home, what they eat, where they holiday. 

Very rarely did a star open up about her private life, specially an actress. Rarely did an autobiography get written. Film magazines offered a glimpse of them every now and then; and that’s about all.

One is curious then, to see and learn about one of Southern India’s most beautiful and most successful stars, T. Krishna Kumari. A whole generation of movie-goers has swooned over her. After acting in over 150 Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi films between the 1950s and the 1970s, she chose, at the peak of her career, to settle down quietly on a farm in Bangalore. Imagine if Krishna Kumari had been on Instagram in her heyday!



Imagine the number of ‘likes’ a gorgeously glowing
Krishna Kumari would have got if we had Insta back then!


“My Mother, T Krishna Kumari” is a rare book written as a tribute by her daughter Dipika V. Maiya. Krishna Kumari passed away in January 2018.

The book is a personal and heartfelt look of a child at her star mum, through photos from the family’s personal album, posters, newspaper and magazine clippings that Krishna Kumari’s mother collected, favourite recipes and holiday spots of her mother, and so much more that we could never have been privy to. 

You could be making Krishna Kumari’s patent mulaga podi or rasam podi that she herself perfected and fed her many famous guests with, in your own home. 


Limited editions of “My Mother, T. Krishna Kumari” are now available to buy at a click here

Go on, and pick up this beautifully produced collectible brimming with photos, posters, recipes, film stills, cuttings, and the most interesting stories of the filmstars of yore.

Psst: You will be amazed to know how Sridevi and Krishna Kumari met, or how Jayalalitha is connected to Krishna Kumari.

Written by Bhumika Kulkarni –

PC : These images are shot on vintage saris upcycled into bedspreads by hamsini. Visit this link to know more details –