Thursday, 28 April 2016

Book Review : Rukhsat- The Departure by Sujit Banerjee

Book- Rukhsat- The Departure

Author- Sujit Banerjee

Editor- Cora Bhatia

Genre- Fiction (Short-Stories)

Publisher- Frog Books, Leadstart Publishing

Blurb-

26 short stories, each imparting something valuable. What can be someone’s darkest secret or wish? Who have hurt you the most? Whose movement in/out of your life made things harder?

Such daily life concepts, with some very different turns constitute this collection.

Title-

It happened for the first time that I judged the title after the cover. So whatever I feel about the aptness of the name is due to what I feel about the cover.

Cover-

Beautiful cover and very meaningful. Well, the fallen leaves depict everything which the blurb says. People coming and going, but life never stops moving. I was spell-bound totally. The effect of sketching and the black-white contrast worked well for me.

Note (For title and cover)- Now, how it is related to all the stories or the concept? I read the blurb of the book and then realized what the name is all about. Frankly speaking I couldn’t connect with it in the first encounter.

Characters-

That’s what the book is all about. There are 26 different characters, each having so much to say and do in life. They are in between chaos of different kind.

 

Reviews-

Very rarely it happens that you come across a book which has elements of all kind. And expecting that from a collection of short stories is a hard task. I took this book because I love short stories. Coming on the book, the concept is unique and so are the stories. I was about to handle every story personally but then I realized that darkness is a common factor in all of them.

When there is likeness, there is a chance of boredom but thanks to the author, I remained away from that zone. I loved the darkness which came in front with every story. The source of despair and dismay was different every time. Every story had something unusual to gift. Every story increased my assertiveness, it had that power. Every story has something beyond the usual norms to share with its reader.

A very intelligent approach is used. The story is told to you and not explained. You have your wild imaginations with you to deal with them. But that happens only in well constructive stories. Stories which were regular were easy to grasp indeed.

Stories like “Gustav” and “Eklavyya” were normal but affective. They can tell you the normal mistakes people tend to do. But time which is moved, never returns. Such small messages make the book handy and boastful.

I loved the story “Hemakshi”. It was a very searing story of continuous loss. What a woman desires and how her loss moves her to unimaginable levels. The story was a treat. This line in the story is worth remembering...

“The sky was an iridescent orange. All around otherwise was pitch dark, but not darker than her inside.”

I also liked the twists of story “Indu”.

Many stories had unrealistic and unexpected turns. It enhanced the story unmistakably. Many stories were intelligent, regular reading, with half attention can’t decode the real meaning for you. Some stories gave you grief in the start and smiles at the end. No story was below any other. They were all on the same ground, complimenting each other and also this book.

Turn-on’s-

The main turn on is the idea behind this book. It was unique and it flabbergasted me. Who can think that 26 letters can create such magic not just in penning the sentences but also in framing an idea for these stories? Well thought.

I really loved the fact that there was barren land everywhere on the cover. It clicked me (I don’t know if that was intentional or not). It seemed close to the story in one way or the other.

 

Recommendation-

Short story readers can pick this book without any hesitation. It has all the elements to entertain you, if you are ready to read it with proper care.

About the author-

Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, Sujit grew up in Patna, where he finished his post-graduation in Psychology, from Patna University and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist. His work took him all over the globe and introduced him to the worlds of Mayans and Aztecs. He started getting interested in Shamanic ways, in healing and joined Pranic healing courses to become a certified healer. Today, he both heals as well as reads Tarot cards. He continues to work in tourism and lives in Delhi. This is his first work of fiction.

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· Twitter handle- @sujitrukhsat

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Spotlight : Rukhsat - The departure by Sujit Banerjee


RUKHSAT THE DEPARTURE 
BY 
SUJIT BANERJEE
Blurb 
Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing with them is, they never walk alone. They always walk with a group of friends. Each reaches its own climax. Then with a final gasp of mortality and despair, fade away. No, they never die, they multiply. To the extent that the original gets lost and new ones are born. Over and over again. Yes, they get lost. No, they never die. They live on, permanently etched in the book of time. And from there, we borrow them and bring them alive. Again. And again. Here are twenty six of them, some standing alone and some chatting up with their long lost friends. When they depart, they leave a lingering fragrance of nostalgia and curiosity. What happened then?

Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters - from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man's trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man's memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

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Abhimanyu – In the Beginning

I felt the poison of anger raging around me, inside me, pulsating like an entity; anger at the one who betrayed and the one who took advantage of this betrayal. The anger of not being able to stop both. Then the flash of knife and the flowing blood, shimmering in the flames of the torches inside the chamber. Screams followed by hushed voices; bodies being dragged down a flight of stairs. The sound of digging and burying. Later, ruins all around as empires fell and one intrigue chased another through time while swords sliced and arrows whiz past, seeking hearts. Who was I and what was all this about? Why were most of the images that flitted through my head always dark and tinged with red? Rarely, very rarely were they warm and loving. So rarely were they, ever like the sun shining on a cold and shivering memory.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, I grew up in Patna where I finished my post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist! Which was 
good since a Bengali born in UP and reared in Bihar does not make a great Psychologist! Am I now glad to be in tourism? It has taken me all over the world including places you would have never heard of. Eh? How about Tlacotalpan? It’s in Mexico.

Destiny had other plans as well so I became a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today I both heal as well as read Tarot cards. My wife thinks I am mad. My friends think I am weird. I guess I am both. 

My first story was published in a magazine when I was seventeen. The Editor made such a hash of it that I stopped sending out my stories but I continued writing. Then I broke my heart and started writing poems; first in Hindi and then in English. All personal collection. They still remain personal. I do shudder when I read some of them! Then the short stories came back and written over two years - now is a collection.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Book Review : A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami DuttaGupta

Book- A Thousand Unspoken Words

Author- Paulami DuttaGupta

Genre- Fiction

Publisher- Readomania

Blurb-

Musafir, the idealist writer is finding hard to move in life. Tilottama is an ardent follower of his work. But till when can idealism win in this not so friendly environment of haters?

Tilottama and Musafir move ahead in life. But till when they can face the differences of opinion?

Till when can things go right for them?

How will they move ahead without harming things much?

Title-

The title is stupendously well. I kept on thinking for a while and then it clicked just like that when I was on the last few pages. It made a lot more sense than earlier. And I fell in love with the book once again after it ended in such a pleasurable way.

Cover-

The cover has different elements. But the main focus goes on the face of the man and I see Musafir in him. The relentless facial expression makes me think all that he went through, all the duality in his life and his immobile thinking which isolates with the moving story.

Characters-

There were no external links in the book. The characters are same throughout. The supporting characters are very helpful in constructing this bridge. The main characters take all the limelight. They have so much to show, so much to tell. The people have a lot moving in their lives. They themselves seem infected due to all that is happening. There are constant changes in people but Tilottama was a constant character, doing what she like and loving what she longed for.

If I had to pick some characters for their awesomeness then they will be- Tilottama, Musafir and Mimi. Mimi played a very important role being a supporting character; she helped the main leads to cross the line at various places.

Narration-

The author’s narration shows expertise. There was no such place where she left some crease in my mind. It felt she filled the canvass with pure sincerity. The chapters were properly maintained and framed. There were proper breaks and perfect pick-up. I didn’t have to think twice or turn the page to know where the story is headed. My reading found a perfect balance with every new chapter.

Reviews-

The story is about Musafir and his continuously changing life. It starts with a very long and properly penned Prologue. It gave me a spontaneous insight. Judging the characters was very easy in the start. A very harsh scenario is in front. You feel sympathetic, curious and adventurous at the same time. Splendid writing results in the formation of such trio.

Well, I was not able to adopt the changes at first. I was angry as the things moved. Yes, I was that much into the book. Thank you author. But then things changed. I understood why things were moving that way. Why the source was exciting the hues of unwanted parameters? My all Why’s were resting in peace, as soon as a good amount of chapters were done.

The prologue and the initial chapters were mind-blowing. There were new things, situations and characters, treating you well. But what the middle part had for the readers? Just realizations, plain, but effective. To be frank there was not much of story in between. There were just some connected things which took the book ahead.

Also, there was a time when some chapters came, where in a hidden corner was a hope, a hope for a light of newness. Some turns had the same contents which made the story predictable. And at times the required doors didn’t open which loosened the strand. Thus sadly the middle was not that helping.

Thank God the ending had some difference in its womb. No matter how much the story is dragged, a climax can’t be mundane. A thousand unspoken words had an end which can be remembered for days or even months. It had so much to offer you, like love, depression, desire, self-control, losing control and last but not the least the never ending hope of finding the true meaning of oneself, for oneself.

The book had a deep discovery of human mind-set, notions and preaching. It had turns which were not usual yet relatable. It had verses of flexibility with stiffness. Every turn had a perfect blend, every character had a lot to express and every situation had radiance of its own kind.

Eye-catchers-

· “Change must come or it shall lead to arrogance.”

· “Popularity had given him what ideology couldn’t.”

· “Pain is a very inspiring thing.”

· “...idealism wouldn’t fill my stomach or buy me wine. My pen will.”

· “...for you alone know where I reside.”

· “Silences don’t feel empty, they are companionable.”

Turn-on’s-

The confined situations, the work of Musafir, the idealistic approach, a strong woman and definitely the last two letters need a special mention. My heartbeat rose with all the nightmares that arrived in the story and it sank as the end was approaching without something substantial but things were sorted quite well.

Turn-off’s-

Nothing noteworthy the book has which can be written in this section. Apart from the middle part which was monotonous, as compared to the start and end.

Recommendation-

If you haven’t read a book lately which have a reversible impact of things, or you need something more than a story in a novel then this book can be in your 2016 reading list.

About the author-

Paulami DuttaGupta is a novelist and screen writer. She shuttles between Kolkata and Shillong. She has worked as a radio artist, copy writer, journalist and a television analyst at various stages of her life, having been associated with AIR Shillong, The Times of India—Guwahati Shillong Plus, ETV Bangla, The Shillong Times, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath.

As an author, her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines. A Thousand Unspoken Words is her fourth book. Paulami also writes on politics, social issues and cinema. Her articles have appeared in Swarajya, The Forthright and NElive.

Paulami is associated with cinema and her first film, Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty received the National Award for the Best Khasi Film. Her second film Onaatah—Of the Earth is at post production stage and will release in 2016. She is currently working on her third screenplay. A short film tentatively titled ‘Patjhar’ is also in the pipeline.

 
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· Twitter handle- @ShillongGal

Monday, 18 April 2016

Book Review : A dog eat dog-food world by C. Suresh

Book- A Dog Eat Dog-Food World

Author- C. Suresh

Genre- Fiction (Humour/Satire)

Publisher- Fablery Publications

 

Title and Cover-

The title and cover are unique and depicts difference in commonness. It has that gripping factor, which makes one think, what can be there in the book. This novella has the perfect start for attracting preys.

 

Characters-

This comic tale didn’t need many characters. Some books have enough external factors to let it move fashionably enough. But if I was to point then I would surely pick, Jerry and Tyke. They depicted real sense of present time. Spike was good too.

 

Narration-

The narration is smooth and elaborative. No sugar-coating is done; neither there is any hidden content. The writer was very clear about his precise presentation. No exaggeration and no understated phases. A perfect blend. The special notes at the end of the chapters did wonders in showering some extra smiles.

 

Reviews-

The story opens at a really hilarious point. Who thought that a lot of money can be such a pain? From the very start it is clear that it is not that simple blabbering tale with a mountain of social aspect building up in the support. The writer has made it clear that it is a simple tale with some interesting turns.

There is sarcasm in his tone and there is laughter in the small connections. Every chapter is penned with extreme care. And same care can be seen with the names of chapters. They are not those usual phrases which one can find in between, they are the source of extra illumination, if one gets lost in the tale.

Beginning, middle portion and ending had equal hand in making this 95 page long novella worthy. It was a step-by-step approach, linking transmitter and receiver with no noise (hitches) to corrupt the message. It was an intelligent step from the author.

The chapters that blew me off were:

· The Reluctant Rival

· Tell it yourself

· Selling dogs (and cats too)

· Clumsy cats and cheesy cats

These four chapters had vivid characters, describing human nature, rivalry and what not. It was a treat to read the book. I was targeting to complete it sooner but more I read, more I had the urge to re-read it. It was that a beauty.

 

Eye-catchers-

· “The appearance of effort was more important than effort.”

· “Dog may bite but dogs do not back bite.”

· “The only utility of product is fashion.”

 

Turn-on’s-

From being simplistic to highly witty and humorous, this book has the power to hold you up from the beginning. It has that uniqueness which is missing these days.

 

Recommendation-

Have you missed intelligent books in this romance novels scenario? This novella can really be a treat for you.

 

About the author-

C . Suresh reignited his passion for writing with a fairly popular blog www.jambudweepam.blogspot.in. The blog has been rated among the Top 5 humour blogs in India, twice in succession – 2014 and 2015 - by BlogAdda, and has also been listed third among the „Top Humour Blogs by Baggout‟.

He also has a short story published in a collection “Uff Ye Emotions” and has edited and written a novelette in an ebook anthology “Sirens spell danger”.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Book Blitz : I don’t wear sunscreen by Kavipriya Moorthy


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I Don't Wear Sunscrean
by
Kavipriya Moorthy




Blurb

For Laksha, life is a gift wrapped in red ribbon. But that's all shattered when she falls for a misogamist. His ambivalence and vacillation always keeps her at bay, turning her into a neurotic. She gets betrayed by the most credible, loses her job, feels devastated and dejected as incidents crowd upon her corrupting her naiveté.

Enigmas unfold revealing every glitch. Who will clear her blurred skies? What invigorates her career and life? Will she ever forgive her beloved? And how will Laksha survive?

The story also revolves around her rapport with Pallavi, a childhood friend and the relationship she has with her silver-tongued mom. Focusing on how experiences change perception of little things, this contemporary tale gives a better meaning to friendships, relationships, solitude, pain, compassion and success.

More often than not, Life drags you down to the adversities and thrusts outward to shine. It is your grit that truly matters when you reach rock bottom, and left with no choice other than to pick yourself up and leap forward, however arduous it may be!


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Kavipriya Moorthy is based out of Chennai, India. She is an avid reader, writer and blogger who blogs at http://kavipriyamoorthy.wordpress.com She scored an MBA degree and worked in IT organizations before; she just answered her call for passion and started off with polishing her writing skills. She is known for being broad minded and is established as a high morale person with a sweet family and good bunch of friends supporting her writing spirit. I don’t wear sunscreen is her debut in the literary world.


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Friday, 15 April 2016

Book Blitz : With you I dance by Aarti V Raman


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With You I Dance
by
Aarti V Raman



Blurb

Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night
before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.

Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.

Enter . . .
Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.

And then . . .
There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing. They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason. Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?

With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.


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Aarti V Raman is an established novelist in the romantic thriller genre (White Knight, Kingdom Come) with her third book, a contemporary romance titled “With You I Dance” out soon with Fingerprint Publishing.

29 years old, she graduated from Mumbai University in 2007 with a degree in Mass Media focused on Journalism, which provided her the perfect background for conducting sound research on any project. She then went on to study Creative and Professional Writing at Deakin University in Melbourne for post-graduation in 2008. It was there that she learned to hone her craft and lifelong ambition of writing romances that had strong characters and stronger stories that remained etched in the reader's minds.

While waiting for her big break, Aarti pursued commercial writing and gained a vast amount of knowledge (from fishing tackle to soft toys) that she claims have helped her with molding better stories. Her first novel "White Knight" was published by Leadstart in 2012 and gave her the impetus to continue writing. In 2013, her work was excerpted in the Tamil Edition of Mills and Boon novels. And in 2014, her short story "Post-Coital Cigarette" was chosen to be part of the Rupa Romance Anthology "An Atlas of Love" curated by bestselling author Anuja Chauhan.

Her latest novel "Kingdom Come" (Harlequin MIRA) has enjoyed a brief stay at the bestseller lists in Amazon India. Her work is represented by Red Ink Literary Agency, Delhi. And very recently, she was a speaker and panellist at the Goa Arts and Literary Fest 2014, Vth Edition.

She is currently expanding her skill set to include copy editing, content marketing, and creative writing workshop that help her explore the wonderful world of words in various forms.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Book Review : Arjun without a doubt by Dr. Shinde Sweety

Book- Arjun Without a Doubt

Author- Dr. Shinde Sweety

Genre- Fiction: Mythology/History/Epic

Publisher- Frog Books and Leadstart Publishing

 

Blurb-

The great and epic saga of “Mahabharata” is narrated again by “Draupadi” and “Arjun”. A story that is full of revenge and ill-fate. No one is unaware of all that happened in the Sabha. No one is unaware of all the “Chaal” that were practiced in "Hastinapur".

The whole dynasty is questioned; the whole clan has bloody hands. But what remains in the core of the tale. Do some questions remain?

What happens when the love of “Draupadi’s” life stays away from her? What happens when “Arjun” is all alone on a difficult journey? How will they re-unite, hoping for a better tomorrow? Will there be any better tomorrow?

 

Title-

Mahabharata will always remember the mighty soldier “Arjun”. But only his existence in the title of the book, was it really decoding the real essence? I don’t think so. I found stronger traces of “Draupadi” in the book and the name totally emphasizing “Arjun” didn’t work for me. The alternative could have been picked, depicting hardships of the couple or the strand between them, in one way or the other.

 

Cover-

The cover was better than the title as it had a single approach. It painted Krishna through the magnificent colours. The “Mor-pankh” was serene. The book is a story and not any sort of action, as the name “Mahabharata” suggests, so simplicity mixed with tender flames produced a cover of this kind.

 

Characters-

What can be said about characters when one is talking about this saga? As expected, there were tremendous amount of characters coming in front from time to time. But, I missed the villains. "Duryodhan", "Shakuni mama" and "Dushasan", also "Ashwathama". I had a lot from one side. I was only hearing things from the "Pandavs", of the "Pandavs". Yes, the book was meant to be inclined towards “Arjun” but without villains and their nose in between, things seemed a little on the back-stage.

But never mind.

I have my personal favourites, keeping in mind the characters drawn in this book; I would like to pick, “Draupadi”, "Abhimanyu" and "Dhrishtadhyumn". I have my personal reasons behind this. Also, I love "Karn" but he didn't play any role in the book, so I will sideline him.

 

Narration-

I was awestruck to see that how balanced and well versed was the story. The proper division between the parts of Arjun and Draupadi made things easier to grasp. There was no confusion at any point of time, making it a perfect read. The narration was more inclined to what one felt rather than what the story (shown in all these years) was. There were some minute details which were blended with the actions. They worked as the cherry on the top and only a good narrator has this ability to put the incidents precisely, making them more effective and precious for the reader and the writer himself/herself.

Full marks to the narration.

 

Reviews-

Right from the start your attention is demanded. This is not any easy read; it takes time and maturity to understand that as to why one does something. The story is well known but to what extent? The book has the power to hold and drown you in the pool of immense drama, rage and revenge. The story starts from the famous “Swayamvar” which held the love birds in the cage of desire and self satisfaction.

The author has tried to deliver enough transparency, so that the reader can know “Draupadi" and "Arjun” beyond some lines. “Arjun” and “Draupadi” worked hand in hand at every stage. What took my attention was that the chapters were immensely balanced. For instance, there was this chapter in the initial stage “The Defended Victors”; the part when “Draupadi” showed her heart without any fear to the readers was very effective. The whole picture of a patriarchal system comes in front. So women were not subjected to freedom of action even in that age...

Krishna has always played with words and the dialogues which author scripted can sear someone’s heart with ease. What delicacy, I must say. You can learn the small aspects which lay hidden behind the veil of selfishness and no far-sightedness.

“The Alliance with Dwarka” is another chapter which has very strong viewpoints. I loved “Draupadi” at every page which contained her. Her character is shown with such brilliance. She has all the emotions which a normal lady carries but there is something in her, something which make her stand apart from the rest. She has that power to accept what is crafted in her fate.

“The lonely soldier amongst the wounded warriors”, “The pointed finger”, “Broken rules, broken trust, broken smiles” and “Slippery fingers of the hopeless”, these chapters had beauty of its own kind. There was drama, there was action, and there was fate involved and it all blossomed “Draupadi”, not delightfully every time. She had her highs and lows. “Arjun” though was an important part everywhere but his side of tale is plain and well known since ages.

The highlight of the book was the conversation between “Bheem and Draupadi”, she taught me how one woman can handle a man who has the power of numerous elephants. She taught what power one woman has. She explained that chastity doesn’t relate with body; it needs a soul and a mind that can feel the same.

The book was a gem. It can gift you power, knowledge, self control and much more. The tale of Mahabharata was properly narrated and beautifully balanced in the book. It deserves to be in a lot of shelves “Without a doubt”.

 

Eye-catchers-

· “Success is more difficult to handle than failure”.

· “If learning was a river, then I was forever unquenchably thirsty” - Arjun.

· “Blood spurts from the body; tears stream from the soul”.

· “Sometimes the idea of bondage is stronger than the chains”.

· “Magic takes away illusions faster than it creates them”.

· “It is easier to fight when you know it is the only choice”.

· “What a learned assembly. So much education, so little wisdom” - Draupadi.

· “Be careful of what you wish for, you may get it” - Draupadi.

· “There is nothing as exhausting as regret. There is nothing as hopeful as tomorrow”.

· “Absence of questions is not proof of answers”.

 

Turn-on’s-

The most enchanting thing about the book is the perspective from which it is written. I have watched the same story from different angles but I have never judged the whole scenario from "Draupadi’s" point of view, and that is what make this book little different, for me. I have been an ardent follower of Mahabharata from quite some years and I must mention that this book has unfolded some new chapters in front of me.

Like, I never knew the reality behind Yudhisthir’s act and never could I understand why Panchali was on exile. I must thank the author for this. Mythological books weren’t in my sphere but “Arjun without a doubt” changed that notion.

 

Turn-off’s-

I so missed the “Cheerharan” episode and the power of Krishna that ruled the stage. I missed the rage of “Bheem” in the Kurukshetra. Though the story was all about “Arjun” and the ones who were close to him but still there were some places where the other people were needed to rule the stage. But there were no flaws in writing so these points can be nullified.

 

Recommendation-

You surely need to read this if you are a keen follower and admirer of Mahabharata and “Draupadi especially”. The tale has some turns which you “MIGHT” haven’t heard before.

 

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· Author’s Blog : “Impractical Dreamer”

· http://sweetyshinde.wordpress.com

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Spotlight : A Dog Eat Dog-Food World by C. Suresh


A Dog Eat Dog-Food World 
by 
C. Suresh
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Blurb 

A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ is the story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how just minding your own business can lead to unexpected consequences, guided by the ‘invisible hand’ of long dead economists. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.

The tale only dogs the doings of Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter by his uncle Spike’s careening pursuit of commercial success; Spike’s rival Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike and tries to do it by teasing the palates of cats, helped by the bumbling efforts of his nephew, Jasper Rich who would rather be chasing girls than chasing cats.




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Fiction has been an addiction but the need to make a living took Suresh through Chemical Engineering and a PGDM at IIM-Bangalore and, from thence, to a long 16 year stint in the area of finance with specific expertise in fertilizer subsidies and a further two years as consulting expert in the same area. That, in his words, about sums up the boring part of his life, except for the people he was privileged to meet.

Otherwise, he can be described as a mess of contradictions – a bookworm but avid trekker; alone but never lonely; enjoys solitude but loves company; lazy but a perfectionist, the litany is endless. Trekking, which side-tracked him from the writing for which he quit his job, is a major passion and he does, at least, one trek in the Himalayas every year in addition to numerous local treks.

He reignited his passion for writing with a fairly popular blog www.jambudweepam.blogspot.in. The blog has been rated among the Top 5 humour blogs in India, twice in succession - in 2014 and 2015 - by BlogAdda, and has also been listed third among the Top Humour Blogs by Baggout.

He also has a short story published in a collection “Uff Ye Emotions” and has edited and written a novelette in an ebook anthology “Sirens spell danger”

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Spotlight : A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Duttagupta


A Thousand Unspoken Words 
by 
Paulami Duttagupta
A Readomania Publications 

Blurb 

A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.

The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his ideals above all else. Scathing attacks at his books and a night of hide and seek from political goons leads Musafir unto a path he never liked, faraway from his ideals. He runs away and chooses the comforts of money over the travails of following one’s ideals. The hero falls.

But Tilottama, passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Paulami DuttaGupta is a novelist and screen writer. She shuttles between Kolkata and Shillong. She has worked as a radio artist, copy writer, journalist and a television analyst at various stages of her life, having been associated with AIR Shillong, The Times of India—Guwahati Shillong Plus, ETV Bangla, The Shillong Times, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath.As an author, her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines. A Thousand Unspoken Words is her fourth book. Paulami also writes on politics, social issues and cinema. Her articles have appeared in Swarajya, The Forthright and NElive.

Paulami is associated with cinema and her first film, Ri-Homeland of Uncertainty received the National Award for the Best Khasi Film. Her second film Onaatah—Of the Earth is at post production stage and will release in 2016. She is currently working on her third screenplay. A short film tentatively titled ‘Patjhar’ is also in the pipeline.

Paulami is a complete foodie and is almost obsessed with watching one film every day. She also loves reading—political and social commentaries are her favourite genre. Literature classics and books on cricket are also a part of her library, apart from a huge collection of romances. Jane Austen’s fictional character Mr. Darcy is her lifelong companion. She is an ardent fan of Rahul Dravid and has been following all news about him for almost twenty years now.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Spotlight : The Reengineers by Indu Muralidharan


The Reengineers
by 
Indu Muralidharan
A HarperCollins Pulications



Blurb 

Chinmay Narayan is plotting to kill himself. He is a misfit at school, his parents are about to divorce and the love of his life doesn’t know he exists. It seems pointless to go on with such a dysfunctional life. But before he gets anywhere with that plan, Chinmay and his friends, Anu and Sabi, stumble into the eerie world of Conchpore through a portal in Uncle RK’s library.

They find themselves in The Seeker’s School, where you can buy spiritual courses that will bring you enlightenment. While the seekers seem unaware that there is anything amiss, Chinmay and his friends stumble upon a strange and sinister plot that the teachers and students are caught up in. The three youngsters suddenly find themselves in danger, and their only hope is the charismatic Siddharth, an old student of the school who has come to visit. Chinmay discovers that Siddharth is seeking catharsis from his dark past by writing a book—a book with Chinmay as the protagonist. He realizes that his own story is a mirror image of Siddharth’s, which leads to a moment of reckoning for him: can he become the author of his own life?

Set in Madras in the early nineties, The Reengineers dispels the boundaries between fiction and reality to tell a tale that is as much a coming-of-age story as it is an inspiring narrative of self-empowerment and spiritual growth. 




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I am a writer from Chennai, India. To me, reading and writing are means by which I try to comprehend the meaning of life and reality. My first novel The Reengineers (HarperCollins, 2015) is a metafictional exploration of the meaning of the self, examined through the relationship between an author and the character of his novel. I am working on two other novels at the moment, both centred around the healing power of fiction and its significance in 'real' life.

I live in London, balancing a full time day job with writing and studying a part-time Master's Course in Creative Writing at The University of Oxford.

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Book Review : Color Me Rich by Mohan Deep

Book- Color Me Rich

Author- Mohan Deep

Genre- Fiction

Published by- Quest Mercury Intermediate Private Limited

 

Blurb-

A painter Akash in his early days sees a lot of struggle. His life revolves around only two people, Pran and Suma. Somehow the puzzle of his life starts solving.

Zenobia is a famous name in the industry. She is a known Page 3 personality. But this obsession of being in the light can be contagious sometimes.

What role these people play in each other’s lives? What impact the difficulties make? How the things sort and how they mingle?

 

Title-

Color me Rich is an apt title for the book. The atrocities of present time can always excite the want of materialistic wants. No one can be blamed, that’s how the world works. It was interesting to see how the title fits in the picture. Extra points for such pick by the author. It’s always appreciable to have a title which is not a phrase from the book but is something more meaningful.

 

Cover-

The glittering cover shows the extravaganza that is going to cast its spell on the reader. But was it equally artistic and intelligent as the title? Umm, it’s a dilemmatic question. There are two perceptions in my mind about that. Could there be an alternative? Yes.

 

Characters-

There were not vast number of characters. I couldn’t distinguish two completely opposite characters. Every person had some traits which were likeable and unlikeable. So, I definitely missed a strong antagonist in the story. But apart from that the people in the spotlight held the story well. There were vivid relations in between the characters, making it a complete package of emotions.

No character was overpowered or overshadowed. There was an efficiently maintained equilibrium. Apart from all, the characters worth remembering are: Pran, for his excellent companionship, Suma, for her simplicity and Zenobia for her love. A supporting character also deserves a mention here- Bollywood Aunty, for her soft heart.

 

Narration-

The narration being in third person worked fine for the book. If there were no loop holes then there were also no extra-ordinary jerks. But simplicity is not bad after all. The narration and negligible errors made the reading experience serene. No hitches, no breaks. The switches in scenes were clear and thus there was no confusion because of that. The perfect blend of “Yesterday” and “Today” allow you to peep in the past and present without forgetting the hardships and any such important incident.

 

Reviews-

Color me rich is promising from the very start. The way the story opens is quite relaxing and hurtful. The dark side is revealed first and a novel opening with a shadow, always catches attention. Akash shows the real face of our youth, shining in the backstage due to unavailable assets. The incidents cross your vision quite hurriedly. It could have been a little under control.

The starting takes off in fourth gear but the middle is rather bleak. There was a total change of mood in the next few chapters. The darker shadow was shown some light but it didn’t work quite well. More suspense and newness was required, just like the start. It lacked the emotional/mental connection. There were no butterflies flying in the stomach and no queries in mind.

However, the trend changed when the end was approaching. The regular reading is interrupted by some scintillating turns. What is expected from a book? Some lessons and memories that remain in the brain with the name of the book. The end had that strength in it. You are taken aback in a jiffy. And your mouth curls up in a sense of shock. It was a relief to read something of that order.

Color me Rich had enough places that needed double reading to know the real sense behind it. Though it was a quick read but still it had troughs and crests. The story was a perfect blend of emotions, desires and psychological advancements. The writing of Mohan sir was simple and to the point which enhances the beauty of the book. His hard work in making a spicy story can be seen throughout. All in all, a worthy read.

 

Eye-catchers-

· “Hunger is good for an artist.”

· “When you are successful, you write the rules.”

· “It was as if he had never drawn in his life.”

 

Turn-on’s-

The simplicity of the book was the big turn on. It made it a quick read. There was no hard vocabulary to stop you. The focus was only on story. No attempt the author made to shift one’s attention. The book showed the dark side of an industry, the hardships and the trump card required to move ahead in the world.

 

Turn-off’s-

The major issue with the book was in its super fast movement. The story shows one part and then suddenly scene changes. It became hard to indulge completely in one scene. There was a need of more emotions. At some places things hurried, where there was a need of a long dive, the curtains dropped quickly. That’s the only drawback of the book.

 

Recommendation-

Eager to know the reality checks of art industries? Color me rich can be a nice pick in terms of drama and a high profile story.

Connect with the author-

· mohandeep@gmail.com

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