Friday, 7 July 2017
Thursday, 29 June 2017
blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…
As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world ﬁlled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to ﬁnd his place.
What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of
Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu ﬁnd what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafﬂesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!"
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Monday, 19 June 2017
Author: Vishal Anand
Genre: Fiction (Romance)
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
37+ Grace Marks takes you back in your college days with ease. There is a lot to see and inspect in the chaos and mayhem. It is a book about friendship, love, college and a degree that isn't always easy to grasp.
The story is about a boy Viraj who is dealing with a lot of things at the same time which is very common of a situation in any book which deals with a college life, a girl, some brat friends and an interesting journey through the lawns of a college premises.
The characters of the book are not very appealing. If I talk about the lead character Viraj then he reminds me of Kundan from Ranjhana movie. Let me re-quote, just reminds and it is not a fact to be precise. He has everything a girl never wants in a guy. I hated him every time he crossed my eyes with a new problem or situation in the book. I liked Nimisha for standing out for herself and being what she was throughout the book without changing at all.
The side characters like Laila, Mutthu etc were not complementing the story in any way. I liked Viraj's friends and I always longed for friends who are beside you even in your mistakes.
The story is very bland in the starting. The first 80 or so pages can be read in less than an hour because they have nothing interesting in terms of dialogues, characters and doesn't contain any twists and turns majorly.
The next 110 pages are also the same. There is very less of a story and certain emotions are projected meanwhile which took negative form for me in one way or the other. There were very less likable part in the book. If I had to jot down them then I would pick the essence of friendship and the college life shown somewhere in between the book. I just liked that.
Apart from that the book wasn't up to the mark. I can recommend it to only those who are new to reading or are interested in reading a very light and extremely quick book to reach their Goodreads reading goals in 2017 a bit faster.
Connect with the author:
- Twitter: @vishalanand07
- Facebook: fb.com/storytellervishal
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Thank You author :)
About the Book:
An Award Winning Founder & Ceo of Vimanika Comics which also is an Award winning Indian Comics Company. Also a Certified Personality development Trainer & Motivational Speaker.
Friday, 16 June 2017
1. Hello Rahul, thanks for being in conversation with me. I would first of all like to know about how you indulged in mythology?
3. I feel that Ramayana is an anti-feministic saga? Taking in notice what happened with Sita at the end of the tale? What are your thoughts over this?
4. Do you think Ravana can rule the hearts with the help of your book? Or you have just penned the story as it is shown in all these years?
5. What makes your book different from others? What can readers expect?
6. What are your favorite books, genres and authors?
7. What are your future plans in writing? Will you try anything extra-ordinary just like this book of yours? Or will you be trying any other genre?
9. What role does the publishing firm plays in an author’s life, especially in the life of a debutant author?
10. Any part of the book which:
12. This book certainly shows that it needed a lot of research work and knowledge in the subject matter. Tell us about your journey of this phase?
13. What are your needs as a writer? A long follower list or readers with a genuine understanding? Do you think the race is never-ending?
14. Do you think the book market is expanding in a wrong way? What chance does a debutant hold in the midst of the chaos?
15. Would you like to pass on a message to your readers before they try your book?
Thank You author for the wonderful answers :)
The tale of Rāvan still screams to be told, to break free of the falsehoods that have buried his truth. But in the vastness of our myths, there are bits and pieces of his legend scattered all around, leading us to the truth of what could well be the greatest unsolved mystery of all time. The truth of Rāvan's life, and his death by a God in mortal flesh…
Rāvan's origin, as the descendant of Lord Brahma, his devotion to Shiva and his conquest of Swarga speak of a great king, stronger and wiser than even the Devas. How then does he succumb to lust, cowardice and finally, foolhardiness?
And what was Rāvan's sin that made his death necessary? The abduction of Sitā was a mere front, for the Rām avatar had been born long before that. Why did Vishnu stand against him, when he was blessed by both Shiva and Brahma? How was Rāvan, blessed with invincibility, defeated so conveniently, by a God in human flesh? Could Rāvan not have thought of that, and prepared against it?
And why did Shiva allow the death of his greatest worshipper, the one he himself had named?
What if the Rāmayan was just a part of a greater story, a cosmic game
of chess between Vishnu and Rāvan? What if our greatest epic is merely the end of a tale that had begun long ago?"
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
1. Tell me something more about yourself? You do a lot of things, stand-up comedy, creating content and now writing. How has the journey been?
It’s been an unusual journey, to say the least. I studied engineering, got a job in digital marketing & then decided I wanted to be a full time writer. I guess one thing led to another but in retrospect, it has also been quite the journey & I’m glad I took the road less travelled & decided to become a writer. Stand-up comedy is a more of a hobby, really – I like to get on stage and do an open mic or two when I get a chance.
2. The book deals with a very complicated yet interesting topic. What inspired you? From where the kick came?
When I started writing this novel back in college, I was heavily influenced by books like Filth by Irvine Welsh & I wanted to write about something intense – like an unlikely drug addiction or undiagnosed mental disorder. The Mahabharata itself was a huge inspiration too.
3. Being a comedian why you chose such dramatic theme to write. You could have hit the bull’s eye with a light comedy too. Any specific reason?
I’ve been a fan of the Mahabharata since I was a child. When I decide to write a novel, the go-to topic was the Mahabharata. Somewhere along the way I realized that the audience for a purely mythological novel would be very niche so I thought of adding a fictional element and that’s how the protagonist, Raghu was created.
4. Why do you think Mahabharata is the tale to adopt with ease?
The Mahabharata is my Star Trek. As a child, I used to watch the TV show every Sunday & my obsession with the characters and the story grew with time. I find its relevance today remarkable – the grey areas, the moral conflicts and the flawed nature of protagonists in general make for very compelling stories.
5. Many authors use schizophrenia to create a great thriller/mystery sort of story. But they end up doing a blunder. It’s a very delicate topic to talk about. What are your views?
I’d be lying if I said my reasons for including the schizophrenia were different. However, I did end up reading up a lot to make it seem as authentic as possible. It is indeed a delicate topic & I hope I’ve been able to do some justice to it, at least from a storytelling point of view.
6. What kind of books you read and what kind of impact it had on your book? What are your favorite genres, authors and books?
I love fiction novels – pretty much all kinds. I particularly like The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the entire Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & The Seventh Secret by Irving Wallace.
7. So have you trusted your instincts and old folklore while taking inspiration from the great saga or you have researched beyond the extremities to reach the core?
8. Thriller and Mystery are accepted with ease in publishing world. How was your experience in this? How you ended up at a place where you and your book are presently?
Rama’s Musings may not be a conventional thriller or whodunit type of mystery novel but there has to be something that makes you flip through the pages and find out more. I tried to focus on creating this intrigue for the reader.
Since the outset, Leadstart had faith in the idea but when the book actually gets publised is a function of several things - editing the manuscript, timing, trends among readers and other aspects that I'm not aware of. Mythological fiction is an extremely popular genre now so I think the timing has been perfect!
9. What’s next in store for the readers?
Sharing their feedback? Haha, I’m working on another novel. Not sure how long it’ll take to finish but it is in the pipeline. I try to tell stories on my Instagram page too! @siddhantdwivs
10. What are your expectations from your readers? They should adore you or they should understand you? Or beyond that they should become a fan?
Above all, I want my readers to be comfortable with however they felt about the book. To expect them to react a certain way would be tantamount to insulting their imagination.
11. Your book has a very interesting cover and title. I was not able to judge it before reading the blurb. Would you like to say something about how they were chosen for your book?
Personally, I think the title should invoke intrigue and should also do justice to the story. The cover also aims to do the same – serve as a clue and a puzzle at the same time.
12. Was there any time while writing when you felt this ain’t gonna work or it will work a big time? Any time you feel utterly motivated or completely dejected.
I was short on attendance in the 6th semester when Rama's Musings got the letter of intent to be published. So when I was sitting in the Principal's cabin during submissions, she told me that I won't be allowed to sit for practical exams and would effectively get 4 KTs. So I told her that I know it's no excuse, but I kinda wrote a novel this semester and I'm only a couple of lectures short of the minimum attendance.
13. Why do you think your book will attract readers in these ever changing reading habits of today’s generation?
I guess we’ll find out together!
14. Any part of the book which:
About the book:
About the Author:
Siddhant Dwivedee is an engineer who moonlights as a stand-up comedian in Mumbai and blogs at notsolittlejohnny.com. Rama's Musings is his debut novel that he wrote as an engineering student; the culmination of his childhood love affair with The Mahabharata and steadfast passion for writing. In his spare time, he creates content for some of India's biggest brands at Publicis Media as an Associate.
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