Friday, 31 March 2017

March Book Haul



March was an amazing month. Thank God it was a long month, I got some extra time to read and progress a little bit in my Goodreads challenge. There are some books which I got in March and I am super excited about them because two of them were in my TBR list from very long. And finally I managed to grab them.

Apart from my personal haul, I got a good amount of review books, out of which I have already managed to cover two because in April I am starting a reading group and I wanted to be as free as I can be. Fingers crossed for April.

So without further ado let me reveal the names of the books:


1.  Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami.

No prizes for guessing why I picked this scintillating black beauty. Haruki Murakami was nominated for recent Nobel Prize for literature awards and people are crazy for his books. I got a perfect suggestion from a friend and he decoded that I should start from this particular book of Mr. Murakami. So this book is not only beautiful from the outside, it has the same attraction in the pages inside.

I have not started it yet, but hopefully I can start this in May or something.



2.  1984 by George Orwell.

I picked this only because recently I came to know that this book is in the Rory Gilmore Challenge and as our reading group would be focusing on this particular challenge and the Indian Classics, I picked it up without even thinking twice. This is not a very thick book which is little unlikely for classics. I hope it is not tough to grasp.



3.  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The hobbit was in my March TBR but no TBR is followed sincerely in my case. So, I couldn’t find time to read this in March because of pending review copies. But I hope I can read it soon.

I hope my April Book Haul post has “The Lord of The Rings” series.


4.  Rain in the mountains by Ruskin Bond.

I picked this book only because of the word “mountains” *_* . Ruskin Bond is a genius and I was planning to buy few books by him and I hope I had made a right choice because this would be my first Ruskin Bond read and I don't want a bad experience.

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So these were the books which I bought for my personal reading ventures and now the books that I received for reviewing:


5.  UNNS by Sapan

I have completed this book very recently and I am not sure what to say about it. There were few parts which were likeable but some parts were gross. So I am thinking of what to say in my review, which this time seems a bit hard.


6.  The Jeera Packer by Prashant Yadav

This book has a very interesting story-line and has some great reviews. So this is an action thriller if I decoded it right from the cover of the book and the blurb. At first I thought that this book was based on vintage aura but nope. I haven’t started it because the deadline is not very near.


7.  The origin of Martin Krooger by Sameer Kumar

So this book has a lot of Gods and mystic things gelled up with the story. I have read few chapters and till here there is no advancement in the tale at a larger extent. The fonts and spacing of the words is miserable and that’s why it is taking time. I hope to wrap it up in a week or so. By the way the surroundings created by the author are not bad.


8.  The Rich Labourer by Parthajeet Sarma and Sibani Sarma

This was a non-fiction book and really interesting as it covered very interesting topics in the form of a fictional scenario. So it was fun knowing about new things without getting bored because I am not used to of non-fiction, other than biographies or something like that.

You can read my review here- Review


9.  The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal

Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back?
The four patriots deal with the most common thing of our country. I would have completed the book till now hadn’t the order been cancelled. Till now I haven’t advanced much because I had old books which needed time. I have read around 30 pages and nothing exciting has happened. Fingers crossed, as it is 296 in length.


10.           Jim Morgan and the seven sins by Bharat Madan

This is the final book in this book haul post. The graphics, the name and an exciting blurb made me pick this project. So the book is about an author who has committed few sins and now the quest to find about the sins is on. I will not be picking this up before finishing at least two books from the list. So dear Jim you are still away from the truth.

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So guys this was my March book haul and it was an exciting month because I got some great books in my shelf and I initiated this reading group thing. Now I am eagerly waiting for 3rd April for the reading to commence.

If anyone want to say anything about the above mentioned books or want to show what you thought about the books then please leave the review links and I would love to see what you thought about the books which I am going to read for a better insight.



Happy Reading J

Friday, 24 March 2017

Book Review : The Rich Labourer by Parthajeet Sarma and Sibani Sarma

Book- The Rich Labourer

Author- Parthajeet Sarma

Co-Author- Sibani Sarma

Genre- Non-Fiction

Publisher- iDream Publications

Pages- 135

Price- 300


Blurb-

Everyone wants to be innovative. People do. Organizations do. So do governments. Being innovative is necessary for survival today. Everyone’s understanding of the path to innovation is different. Whether it is the government initiating a public directive like the demonetization of high value currency notes or a private organization launching a new product, it is critical is to be human centric. Real value is co-created with the end-user.

In a first of its kind, this book uses a fictional story in the backdrop to demonstrate a 3-step structured approach towards innovation.
The Probe-Ponder-Prove method or the 3P Method.

This first version of the book is like a prototype and is an experiment in itself. Prototypes are made to secure feedback and use such feedback to improve any product or service. Readers are requested to leave their comments and suggestions, to enable an enhanced second version. 


Review-

“The Rich Labourer” is a rejuvenating book with concept touching the sky. The book is about “A 3-step Path to finding solutions” and the author has tried his best in order to make the reader understand the concept by using a story. The idea of giving a fictional touch to a non-fiction book is really amazing and thus the book fits in every reader’s shelf.

The whole theme is brought up in the form an idea, a dream which is seen by some team-mates. The characters were used well, there traits were not highlighted beyond use, making this book really to the point and precise.

I loved the energy of Riya in the whole book. She was like ruling my mind when I learnt the need of understanding the solution before finding the solutions as this was shown at large. The idea of “Powerhouse” was a great blend in order to incorporate the 3 P plan in the scenario.

Whole ideologies, brain exercises, the skits, the hard work shown was very exciting to see. There were small lessons which author hinted in between various scenes. I liked to notice the hardships, the planning and the final outcome.

The small usage of Seema, Saee and Rakesh helped the book in one way or the other. Similarly, the part of Riya’s husband highlights some very important and fun facts about the environment we work in.

The best part about the book was that the author didn’t try to showcase his intelligence over the topic. His attempt of teaching a concept to all groups of people was indeed a win-win. The examples used, the stories incorporated, the characters brought up in between, made a non-fiction book as interesting as a fantasy book.

Talking about the writing won’t be helpful because a non-fiction book is full of technicalities and one can’t judge technical aspects. What can be judged is how well the author delivered his concepts; and that was done extremely well.

What I thought was missing was a strong ending. There were some loose ends here and there but not major ones. Also over the end, the author became very descriptive and there were a lot of things which were hard to understand. If the same thing he could have blended in between somehow, while narrating the whole chapter of “Powerhouse”, then maybe I could have grasped those paragraphs well too.

The book was a great read and can be read again and again to grasp the concept majorly.


Eye-catchers-
  •  Getting out of the box into a new setting is always a good way to spur creativity.”
  • “Planned smart cities will become smart only when the hopes and aspirations of its residents are well understood and policy and practice are aligned towards fulfilling such hopes and aspirations.”


About the author-

Entrepreneur and founder of innovation consultancy iDream, Parthajeet is a Chevening fellow (Oxford Univ.). he not only consults organizations at a strategic level, bus spends ample time on internal R&D efforts, which has led to award winning products and services, especially around mass housing.

With a background in research, Sibani is the founder of skill development & capacity building firm, Galloper. She aids landowners; conceptualize realistic business models based on Viability-Feasibility-Desirability approach. Additionally, she enables training and skill development for students and professionals.


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Book Review : A Walk in the Rain by Udai Yadla

Book- A Walk in the Rain

Author- Udai Yadla

Genre- Fiction (Romance/Thriller)

Publisher- Kyron Publications

Pages- 234

Price- 199


Blurb-

Love is elixir that keeps you alive. Love is poison that kills you. Unreciprocated love keeps you alive but kills every day.
Heartbroken Sunny lives a reclusive life, trapped in the past, living in his memories. He has no complaints about his life but refuses to embrace the present.
Saloni is a prostitute who is desperate to earn money by any means. She does not care about exploiting others to fulfill her purpose.
Fate unites the loner and the prostitute to embark on a life changing journey of retribution and self-discovery.
Lovelorn Sunny turns misogynistic after Sandy, the only girl he loved walks away from his life, unannounced. He suffers painful solitude for almost two decades with the relentless haunting of her thoughts. A distressed friend Imran, vows to change his life forever. A surprise planned for his birthday turns into a tragedy that claims the life of his dear friend, triggering a series of unbelievable events. As Imran gets killed by a stranger, Sunny's calm life suddenly turns into a turbulent storm. With nothing left to live for, vengeance becomes his ultimate mission. His reluctant alliance with a prostitute to trace the killer sets him onto a nerve racking adventure of life and death.
Both are bound to a common goal with different motives but destiny has its own motive. A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions, driven by hair raising twists and turns.


Review-

This book is not very different, the story would sound a little bit heard, a little bit seen and a little bit over dramatic. The first impression of this book on my mind was not very good because the story was scattered here and there in bits and pieces. The author tried his best to be as clear as he could but the dates, time and the flashbacks didn’t work collectively.

The blurb is really interesting and a reader who is into a mixture of romantic thriller genre can pick this book without thinking twice. Also the cover picture and title are easy to connect with and are really catchy. But does the book manage to impress with its content?

Plot is very loose and not at all working in a positive way for the book. A novel is meant to be elaborative but here the book was sounding more like a movie script which was moving in haste. There were no highly thoughtful illustrations, scenarios or incidents. By this what happened is that it became hard to imagine and relate to whatever was happening. The plot opened up quite easily, leaving no path for a reader to follow on his/her own.

Coming on the characters, there were a huge amount of them, not all were useful but some were. If I name them then I liked Saloni, she was a very brave face and I loved how she carried herself throughout. The good thing was that there were no regrets in her but later when she was in dilemma of which path to follow she lost her trait and there is where I felt offended. I won’t make this review full of spoilers but it was important to highlight.

Sunny was not that amazing. I couldn’t relate with him or his thoughts. Actually he represented a male chauvinist herd. So it was evident to not relate with him but maybe it was necessary for the book. But I don’t think likewise.

The writing quality of the author is good, not extraordinarily well though. But for a debut author Udai has done a good work. He has maintained a nice flow in the whole book, he has worked nicely on the narration, the dialogues I thought could have been better.

There were minimal errors in the book which helped in a smooth flow. The vocabulary also was not highly decorative, which blended well with the easy-going story.

Starting of the book was boring, I couldn’t relate with anything. The middle portion was comparatively nice because there was a lot of action going on and this portion gave a good amount of time to grasp all that was happening. The ending was disastrous. I couldn’t relate with it at all. The main downfall was naming of the chapters. The author freely named them which helped me to decode what was going to happen in the chapter and that is not good.

Why would anybody do that, that too in the end of the novel? I also didn’t like the way Pooja’s story was collaborated in the main tale. There were just few splashes here and there. I think this was an important part and should have handled with care and a bit more largely.


Eye-catchers-
  • ·         “Having a fool as an accomplice is more dangerous than having hindered clever enemies.”
  • ·         “It’s beyond your consciousness that your soul lingers with the person you love and hence your mood will affect the one you love. This is the reason why you sometimes sense your mood change mysteriously with no reason.”


Recommendation-

For naive readers this book can be a good Sunday pick. It is a quick read and will surely help in your Goodreads challenge only if you could connect with the tale.


About the author-

Udai Yadla is a passionate author and poet. Mechanical engineer by education, Software engineer by profession, Writer by passion. Owing to his job, he travelled to various cities, socializing with people of different cultures. He cultivated interest in learning more about people, which perhaps enticed him into the study of human psychology. His interest in psychology is evident in his writings. His first book 'A walk in the rain' is widely appreciated equally by critics and peers. He has been nominated for Forbes India Celebrity 100 List. He is the most sought after author among young breed of authors. He is currently working on his next novel, which is a psychological thriller.


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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Book Review- THE DOPPELGANGER by Prateek Yadav

Book- THE DOPPELGANGER

Author- Prateek Yadav

Genre- Mystery/Thriller

Publisher- Aksamala

Price- 250

Pages- 169


Blurb-

The perfect plan for the perfect heist-a team of con-men, foolproof disguise and a painting worth millions, nothing could have gone wrong. But something did... A man finds himself on a bus to Manali with nothing but some cash and severe memory loss. Embarking on a frantic hunt for his identity, he begins to discover that his presence in Manali isn't an accident. The closer he gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he finds himself trapped between his doppelganger, the police, a sadistic gangster and his own dwindling sanity. The journey of the search for his identity ends up being a race for survival.


Review-

The Doppelganger has this power to attract any reader because of this fantastic cover and a very sophisticated name. I was so turned on that I didn’t even read the blurb of the book before saying yes to this book. Some covers I tell you. So the book covers one hurdle with complete ease, i.e., attracting a buyer.

Now was it a smart move, in general terms no. But in this case I was saved. The book turned out to be equally amazing. It is basically a psychological thriller. There is a lot of mystery, suspense and drama. So, can it be called a Bollywood script, no, because the author has maintained a great narrative style which helped this book to shine beyond the expectations.

The narration if we talk at large isn’t extraordinarily well but it isn’t average. The dialogues however were a little plain in comparison to the narration. And for writing a thriller, and that to of that order one needs to work on both, powerful narration and precise dialogues.

Now coming on the characters, there were abundant characters if one talks about them. There was a thin line, the author could have destroyed things by adding few more or reducing some but it was just a clean slate. The supporting characters, the main leads and the hidden faces were perfectly suiting the aura. To name some, I loved Rai, and then there was Mr. Robert from the side characters whom I adored. From the main leads well I liked Sameer, after a long time I liked the main lead. He was so dark and mysterious and lost that one has to fall for him. It was nice to see that the author added only those characters which were essential, as I already stated. There were no extra charms or glamour anywhere.

The story revolved around a painting, two brothers and some goons. Sounds artistic?

I was scared, I was thinking and expecting another Bollywood inspired con mystery but the book is much more than that, you can take my word.

The story might sound a little off beat in the starting because that was the sole motive of the author. I was not able to connect with the lead at first because it was hard for me to understand the scenario. But no pain no gain as they say, the story turns out to be really nice and refreshing. I have not read many books where the author played with the mind of a character and the reader. But from here I have developed a nice taste.

As we move ahead, the story gets some pace, all the pieces of the puzzle start falling in the correct line of order. The biggest mystery is yet to unfold but all the circles that were made for the readers were very nicely done. I was enjoying this game along with the players of the book and at the same time I was feeling helpless with the characters that had no idea where the maze ended.

At many places the author was touching the past, making it easy to relate to the characters and to know about them as we move ahead. I love reading flashbacks inside the story; it gives me a break from the ongoing drama. Thanks Author.

Flashbacks also help in creating more mystery and solving some queries at the same time, so it is a sure-sure win every time, if used properly.

The last quarter of the book could have been better. I don’t like reading all the explanations together; I like mystery to get solved step by step. But maybe it was the only way for this book. The ending mended all the dents though. I can’t say I loved it, but it was unexpected and that is what is needed from a suspense book.

So, all in all the book was a nice package of just one thing, i.e., Mystery and that is what makes this a great read. It is not a mixture of a lot of genres. You won’t find love, romance, humor, etc. You will find only what the book aims at. You can enjoy minimal flaws in the editing, which will make your reading experience smooth, also you can enjoy a little above the line vocabulary.


Recommendation-

I can recommend this book to those who are looking for a good book by a fresh author and also those who are fed up from romance.


About the author-

Prateek Yadav was born and raised in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He graduated in economics at IIT Kanpur, and is currently working at Cognizant, Bangalore. He is an avid fiction reader with a keen inclination towards mystery and thrillers. Besides writing he also enjoys sketching and painting. The Doppelganger is his first published novel. 


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Spotlight : THE DOPPELGANGER By Prateek Yadav


THE DOPPELGANGER
by
Prateek Yadav



BLURB

The perfect plan for the perfect heist-a team of con-men, foolproof disguise and a painting worth millions, nothing could have gone wrong. But something did... A man fnds himself on a bus to Manali with nothing but some cash and severe memory loss . Embarking on a frantic hunt for his identity, he begins to discover that his presence in Manali isn't an accident. The closer he gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he finds himself trapped between his doppelganger, the police, a sadistic gangster and his own dwindling sanity. The journey of the search for his identity ends up being a race for survival.

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Prateek Yadav was born and raised in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He graduated in economics at IIT Kanpur, and is currently working at Cognizant, Bangalore. He is an avid fiction reader with a keen inclination towards mystery and thrillers. Besides writing he also enjoys sketching and painting. The Doppelganger is his first published novel. 

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Bookish Corner : March TBR

March TBR

I have read only four books in January and February and that is a shame. I have to update Goodreads challenge every now and then after I see the status of my reading capability. Well, its march, a big month and I have become extra ambitious and decided to read seven books this month out of which luckily I have even completed one. *Drumrolls*

Well, this month our book club has again picked two books and I couldn’t resist the temptation of being a part of both of them because the second book was on my TBR from very long but I never got time to find the book and start it but now I am all geared up. Now I am just waiting for my package to arrive on Thursday. J

So now here goes my TBR list for March.




1.       Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix:
I can’t believe I am on the fifth book of the series. I remember how I regretted my existence when I realized I haven’t started reading Harry Potter even after being a Potterhead. And I was super excited to know that a Book club was created on Instagram and they are reading the series. I jumped in. Now we are at Order of Phoenix. The book is pretty thick and I am not sure whether I will be able to complete within the timeframe because we have weekly discussions. But there is a thing with Harry Potter books that no matter what, you can never keep them down until you finish it. And trust me the books are far more better then the movies.

2.       The Hobbit:
The second book that is chosen which we will read along with Harry Potter and the order of phoenix is The Hobbit. It would be my first J.R.R. Tolkien book and I am very excited. Because just like Rowling, Tolkien’s books are super amazing. It is hard to manage two challenges along with your review books and a full-time job but I am excited and I know adrenaline rush can make you do wonders. 😃

3.       The Doppelganger:
This is a review book which I got from “The Book Club”. The most amazing thing about the book is its cover and that is why I took this at the first place. It is so intriguing and mysterious that I was drawn towards it automatically. I have picked it up this morning but it was not as interesting as I thought it to be. Let’s hope for the best.

4.       Walk in the rain:
This again is a review book which I got from again “The Book Club”. It seems like a very simple tale, less pages and an easy flow of words. I read few pages just to know what would it be like to read it and I think it would be a quick and clean read.

5. Goat Days:
It is a translation of a Malayalam novel written by Benyamin. This book sounds really interesting. It is not a very celebrated work but the cover, blurb, title, everything was rejuvenating. I don’t buy a lot of books of the writers whom I have never heard of but this book was an exception. I have this book in my closet from so long and finally I am able to pick this one. I hope I can complete it in March.

6. Vampire Diaries:
Vampire Diaries: The Awakening + The Struggle was a random pick. It was a famous name but I was not very sure if I wanted to read a Vampire story after watching Twilight. But I am hoping for the best. Till now I like Elena and Stefan, not to forget Matt. It is likeable but not lovable till now. I am about somewhere in the mid of the first part. Let’s see how it goes.


So guys this is my March TBR. Do let me know if you are reading these books so that we can discuss them a bit. Also if you have any suggestions for my April TBR do leave a comment.


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Happy Reading J

Monday, 6 March 2017

Spotlight : Finding Juliet by Toffee



FINDING JULIET
by
Toffee


Blurb

Arjun is an incredibly nice guy who believes in true love and is waiting for it with open arms. He falls in love, not once or twice, but thrice. And every single time, happiness – like the girls he fell for – comes very close to him before pushing him away. His only pillar of strength in all his moments of grief and dejection is his childhood friend Anjali. Dejected by the games played by girls and fate, he leaves Hyderabad for Bangalore and ends up meeting Krish, an irresistible flirt. 

Krish understands Arjun's predicament, pacifies him with his words and enlightens him about the most complicated species ever created by God – Women. And then, Arjun's life changes forever. Will Arjun find the one he has been waiting for, or will he end up becoming a flirt? Will he ever taste lasting happiness? Join Arjun as he tries to figure out women and discovers the meaning of love, lust and life… all in his journey of Finding Juliet.


Read an excerpt here from Finding Juliet...

‘I have fucked you enough. Now you can fuck off!’ I said furiously, as I pushed her away from the bed.
‘You are such an asshole!’ she said, looking angrily at me as she stood up. Her cheeks were red with anger.
I saw her as she stood naked, with her hands on her hips. She was expecting me to say something, but I didn’t. It simply doubled her anger.
‘All you guys are the same. You want women only for sex,’ she stated furiously, pointing a finger at me.
I could have refuted her point easily and proved that she was being a hypocrite, given the fact that she had a boyfriend and yet she had slept with me a few moments ago. But I didn’t bother to respond and I just looked away from her. Disgusted, she let out a deep sigh and began picking up her undergarments, which were lying on the floor and started wearing them hurriedly. She moved towards the door where her black denims and purple tee were. She wore them in an instant and fished for her comb in her handbag. She brushed her hair and then wore the earrings I had removed before kissing her ears. She took some more time to get ready, gazing at herself in the mirror and adjusting everything, and I wondered how girls gave so much importance to their looks even during moments of distress.
Eventually, before leaving, she threw me a disgusting look and said, ‘I will never see your face again.’
‘Thank you. Now get lost,’ I said as she slammed the door shut.
After she left, I pondered over what had just happened and what had been happening in my life. ‘You shouldn’t have been so harsh on her’ – a soft voice from inside my heart said. But I strangulated it in an instant. I had lost enough in my life by listening to my heart.
Just a few moments ago, I was rolling in bed with Aditi, and after we came together, she began talking to me endlessly, like most girls do after sex. I was more interested in looking at the fan on the ceiling and wondering why it was spinning anticlockwise and not clockwise.
While talking, she had grazed her finger over my shoulder and moved it slowly towards my arms and said, ‘Behind these strong muscles, there is a weak heart, yearning to be loved and dying to be cared for. You can hide your pain from the world, Arjun, but not from me.’
That was when I had pushed her from my bed and I didn’t really understand why I had reacted so strongly. Was it because I had been hiding my true face from the world successfully all the while? No one had ever tapped the underlying guy inside me, except Krish. But when Aditi said those words, I became very defensive. The last thing I wanted was someone knowing about the void inside me.
I got up, splashed water on my face and looked at myself in the mirror. My eyes were crimson red. And even though I was nowhere near smiling, I saw an evil grin on my face. I splashed water once again and looked at myself. The grin grew wider and scarier. ‘How had I been and what have I become?’ I asked myself. I saw the image in the mirror once again. I couldn’t look at it and smashed the mirror with my hand. Pieces of glass got stuck on my knuckles. A big piece made a deep gash, but it didn’t hurt as much as the scars on my heart did.
I then riffled through the shelves to find weed – my temporary solution to permanent problems. I rolled a joint hastily and lighted it. After a few puffs, I felt feather-light and forgot everything that had been going on in my mind. Surreal images flashed in front of my eyes, and when I closed them, I saw myself waiting at the gates of heaven, even though I was, in fact, right in front of my bathroom door.
I tried to get in as I had to pee, but I tripped and fell on my face, my forehead hitting the tap find. The thud sound was what I remembered last, and I woke up to see myself lying on a hospital bed the next morning, with Anjali standing beside me.


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Toffee is a simple guy who loves the complications of life. He used to write code by the day and books by the night earlier. But currently, he is busy writing assignments and chasing deadlines in his Master's in Business Analytics from the University of South Florida. Toffee loves narrating interesting stories with subtle insights. Through books, he wants to share beautiful stories, reach out to people and touch their hearts. Finding Juliet is his second book, written specially for India's Generation-Y.

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Guest Post : 1857 Dust of Ages by Vandana Shanker

I have been thinking lately about the changes in the reading trends of today's time. People tend to pick small books, with easy story to grasp so that they can achieve there Goodreads goals quickly and flaunt merrily. In the midst of so many books, do we actually miss the ones which deserve quite a lot of attention?

Well I have been a fan of Historic books only because of Mahabharata. Who doesn't want to read about that age? But when I discuss this with people they call me a high-class, over-the-top reader, and trust me they sound sarcastic.

So when this book came up in "The Book Club Group", this question popped up instantly. And the way the author has answered is quite fascinating.

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How hard or enjoyable it is to write about historic things? How can it be made more refreshing for an impatient group of readers of this time?

It’s boring, irrelevant, too many dates – ask any student and you would hear these common complaints about History. But turn around to take a look at historical fiction. It captures attention with its juicy scandals, the gossip, a distant world of romance and heroism.
Here are some reasons why I love reading and writing historical

1.       Past depends mostly on the writer’s words.  Despite all the struggles and squalor, one can paint the picture in all its vibrant colors. The image that comes alive doesn’t have to jostle with reader’s first-hand experience as it would in a contemporary setting. So the writer is free to select the historic details to create an aura of romance and nostalgia.

2.      The characters already carry a hint of tragedy, especially in the historical fiction set in times of war and strife. One knows that they suffered and died. It is a given. Their existence during the turbulent times is enough for the heroism and tragedy.

3.      It is a different world, different time. And you can make your characters chart paths that they would never do in the contemporary setting.

4.      Research is fun, especially if you are interested in the period. And the stories surrounding 1857 uprising have always fascinated me.

5.      Make it interesting for the impatient readers by dividing your bulky historical fiction into a series. Let’s admit it – one of the main reasons a common reader does not pick up a historical is that it is thick. All that recreation of the past, the setting, the characters – it takes pages and pages scare away the impatient readers.


I divided 1857 Dust of Agesinto a 5 volume series. Due to this serialization, it doesn’t become a heavy dose of history. I was able to concentrate on the historical romance and current investigation and move between the time frames. 

Storytelling techniques like continuous narrative and cliff hangers became handy. So for the present generation readers with short attention spams, the serialization was the answer.


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