Wednesday, 30 November 2016

#Spotlight ; Kashmir House by Vikram Dhawan




Name of the book: Kashmir House
Author: Vikram Dhawan
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3. TusharGanvir

The Story:


"A society is judged by how they treat their women and, a country is judged by how they treat their brave." An ego tussle between a politician and a bureaucrat perils Deep Assets inside the enemy territory. A holocaust survivor borrows knowhow from slayers of his family for profit. An honourable leader challenges the Witches & Wizards of the system. An atheist adversary who strikes in the name of god. Kashmir, a playground for settling scores.








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  Vikram is well-traveled, well-read and passionate about world history and is inspired by personal experiences of soldiers, spies and survivors of wars across the globe.






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#Spotlight ; Glitter and Gloss by Vibha Batra




Glitter and Gloss by Vibha Batra
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The Story:


A romantic comedy that is funny, contemporary and sharp.

Misha is a make up artist who, after a series of mishaps and twists and turns, falls madly in love with Akshay who reciprocates her love with ardour. The only hitch in this perfect romance is her prospective sister-in-law who thinks Misha is everything a Bahu shouldn’t be: garrulous, geeky, gawky, gainfully employed (especially the last bit). The question is will Misha win Didi (and the Kha-Pee Panchayat) over with her Stepford Wife Act? Will she continue to be the poster child for the inherent evils of the Bahu Brigade? Or will she learn to ‘lau’ herself before the whole world and its wife can do the same?






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Vibha Batra is an advertising consultant, author, poet, lyricist, and columnist. Her published books include: Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!), Seventeen and Done (You Bet!), Eighteen and Wiser (Not quite!)--a young adult trilogy published by Penguin--Ishaavaasya Upanishad, a translation of her grandfather, Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book published by Rupa Publications, a poetry collection titled Tongue-in-cheek and a collection of short stories titled A Twist of Lime. She has also contributed short stories (Indian Voices, Happy Birthday to Me, Urban Shots Love Collection, Down the Road, City of Gods, Vanilla Desires, 9.69 seconds, Chicken Soup) and poems (Dance of the Peacock, Suvarnarekha, 20-20) to several national and international anthologies and written for various magazines.




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Monday, 28 November 2016

#BookReview ; Ashvamedha by Aparna Sinha



"You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn't any. I was left with only one choice — to create one."

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.
The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.
A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control. 


Ashvamedha, The Game of Power is a political thriller fiction written by Aparna Sinha. The author has a Master’s degree in management & worked for sometime but had to quit because of a chronic disease, she then decided to work on her passion of writing. She wrote her first poem when she was 7 which she recited on All India Radio. Her passion to write just started from that point, her literary work & industry specific articles have been published in various reputed magazines across Asia.

This political thriller story revolves around Ashwin Jamwal, a young energetic man who wants to do something for his country. His life takes twists & turns which lead him to join a political party after resigning from his job as a civil servant. Eventually his hard work along with dedicated PR paid & he gets to be the Prime Minister of India. His looks along with his belief to build a better India takes him to another level of fame but everything seems to crumble down when a non-descript entity who calls himself as Hades threatens all the countries to release a virus which will kill 75% of the world population. He also claims to be instrumental in Ashwin’s historical fame all around the world & wants to take his place instead which leaves Ashwin dumbfounded & confused. Read this power packed book to get a taste of the tug of war of power between several people which will take you to the age. Get it now!

First of all I’ll have to compliment the author to come up with such a complex story written in a simplistic way that it creates a web of deceits, secrets & plotting which will simply blow the reader’s mind off! The story isn’t just about politics but also the thirst of power which slowly develops in a person & that’s what makes it an unique read. The language used isn’t complicated at all, also the title is appropriate, the idea behind the cover is good but the graphics could’ve been a bit better as well as the editing but the story compensates all these points. A must read!



Sunday, 27 November 2016

#Spotlight ; Fantastic 40 by Reetwika Banerjee





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The Story:


“Fantastic 40” is arguably one of India’s first assortment of English micro stories (shorter than a short story) which is an amalgamation of author’s figments of imagination based on fiction works depicted in the form of crispy narrations. It contains 40 stories encircling various moods of life including love, humour, trust, revenge, happiness, anguish, sarcasm, mystery, affection, sportsmanship, friendship, thrill, romance and forgiveness. Though all the events/characters depicted in the book are purely imaginary, yet readers can easily identify oneself with most of them. Target readers will mostly include the young readers – agewise or mindwise who enjoy reaching climaxes in a single breath. The language used being extremely crunchy, it will also attract anyone who enjoys witty puns and sweet love stories.





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Reetwika Banerjee is the author of four fascinating books:– 
1. ‘Fantastic 40’ (collection of 40 micro stories)
2. ‘Zenova 20’ (assortment of 20 short stories)
3. ‘BhangaMonerDinga’ (set of 50 Bengali poems)
4. ‘Cuddle & Clash’ (bag of 25 feather-touch stories).

Reetwika marked her first appearance as a published author in 2014, arguably authoring India’s first assortment of English “Micro” stories under the title of ‘Fantastic 40’, published by All About Books Global Publishers. The book received a warm response from its readers and recently the grand 2nd edition has been released under the umbrella of Purushottam Publishers. In 2015, she came up with a bag of 20 awesome thought provoking stories under ‘Zenova 20’. During the Kolkata International Book Fair 2016, her debut Bengali poem collection ‘BhangaMonerDinga’ (Broken Heart’s Boat) was released. All her books have gathered waving accolades from the readers. Reetwika’s recent release ‘Cuddle & Clash’ offers her latest collection of 25 feather-touch stories which are bound to touch anyone’s heart with its sweetness. 

Reetwika has also been into technical writing and two of her research articles have been published in below international journals:-
1. "Proposing a Digital Cloud Security Model to Fight Against the Potential Data Security Risks of Digital India" published in "Digital India - Rhetoric vs Reality" journal by Scholar Publications, Feb 2016
2. "Figuring out the Best Change Management Strategy in the Domain of Information Technology" published in Vignana Jyothi Journal of Management, Jan 2010

Apart from her solo works, Reetwika has also contributed to the below list of anthologies in 2016:-
1. "The Last Cry" - poem published in "Love Balloons" anthology, 2016
2. "If I Could Finish My Journey" - story published in "If I Had A Last Wish" anthology, 2016
3. "1 Status Update, 10 Photos" - story published in "Social Networking" anthology, 2016
4. "A Token of Love" - epistolary story under publication in "From the Closet of Heart" anthology, 2016
5. "Falling in Love" - Haiku poem under publication in "Haiku Pocket Book" anthology, 2016

Reetwika, Indian by birth, is an Engineer-MBA from a prestigious International University. She is currently associated with one of the world's most respected consulting giants as Data Security Consultant. 

A native of Kolkata, Reetwika is now settled in the silicon city of Bangalore. An Associate Member of The Film Writer’s Association, Reetwika is also a regular creative contributor to various anthologies, magazines and technical journals across nations. 



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Friday, 25 November 2016

#Spotlight ; From Tiggie, With Love by Nitin Sharma





Name of the book: From Tiggie, With Love
Author: Nitin Sharma
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The Story:


She is a doting wife and living a dream life in Los Angeles. Excited about her big opportunity to interview Rehaan Dutt, India's multi billionaire startup icon; she reaches home. She was happy as everything was falling in place, the way she always wanted it to. But She overheard her husband's 'over the drinks' conversation with his friend that broke her heart. She didn't want to confront him and decides to fly all the way to India to know the truth. Find out what happens when ONCE one had to make a choice between 'Truth' and 'Correct'. From Tiggie, With Love is an intense story by Nitin Sharma that will reaffirm your belief and faith in the power of love. 






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Nitin Sharma, a first generation noted entrepreneur was born in Punjab. After completing his engineering, masters of business administration and creating a mark for himself in the corporate world he decided to rekindle his passion for writing and story-telling and wrote a novel.

From Tiggie, With Love is the first novel of the author. Having a knack for writing he always scribbled short stories for friends ever since he was in school. One fine day after realizing that there was more to life than just writing business plans and strategizing business models he took to full time writing.

He lives in Chandigarh with his family. In his free time he loves to listen to soulful music.



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#Spotlight ; Grow Up Messy by Paromita Goswami





The Story:


Childhood is considered to be the best time of one’s life. What if you get a chance to live it once more with a five-year-old?

Set in the early eighties, Grow up Messy is the story of a five-year-old naughty girl named Misry alias Messy. She lives with her father Anurag, a paramilitary border security force (B.S.F) personnel, and mother, Madhavi, in the border out post (BOP) camp near Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal, India. Without school and friends, Misry finds the place very lonely and craves for a big family. Will she really have one?

Join Messy in the hilarious sweet and sour journey of her life and be a child once more.








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Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to upcoming paranormal thriller and women fiction Paromita Goswami‘s books offer the variety of life to her readers. Besides writing, she is also the founder of reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

#BookReview ; Of Rumours Lived And Told by Ann Correa



After a lunch of succulent pork and chilled beer, Andrea settles down with her uncle and aunt to retell family stories of Akkai, a Roman Catholic nun (and Andrea’s great-aunt), who died under mysterious circumstances. This gets Andrea thinking about the lives of the other nuns in the family – like bold and brassy, salsa-dancing great-aunt Deidre, who left the convent to be the Principal of a college; others soft and steely like Akkai and the don-like Stella Marie, a nursing superintendent. Andrea realizes these women have played a large part in the architecture of her childhood in the Mangalorean Catholic community of Bangalore.
As she talks to family members about the nun-aunts, Andrea unearths some peculiar and quirky aspects. Through whispered stories in the family, she comes to appreciate the porous convent walls the nun-aunts and the family navigate. But she also encounters unexpected reticence from some of the family, whose memories of the nun-aunts are somewhat differently textured. 
This richly human memoir tells the story of how a young girl finds her way through a flood-tide of recollections and emotion to navigate the tricky shoals of family ties, in an effort to bring closure to the family past.


Of Rumours Lived & Told is a memoir dedicated to the lives of nuns in the Roman Catholic Church, written by Ann Correa. The author is a PhD scholar at the Department of Philosophy & Humanities, Manipal University, where she studies postwar British women’s literature. She was long-listed for the Toto Funds Arts Creative Writing Award (2015) for her short stories.

The book is about Andrea, a literature student & her quest to observe & write about the lives of nuns in her family. There are many women who played parts in Andrea’s life to build up her character so she decides to write about them in a book. Though when she decided to do that she had to face strong opposition from her mother to do so, while she didn’t understood the reason at first but then a secret information slips out the mouth of her father & she gets to know why. This made her see the other side of the church which isn’t just about prayers & mass and also made her even more dedicated towards her cause. Her great aunts Akkai, a Roman Catholic nun & Deidre an ex-nun are two main nuns who she admired & has written the story around. Read the book to know more!

As an atheist I didn’t knew what to expect from this book as I was pretty confused even before I started reading it, will it be about Jesus, how nuns pray & other such questions clouded my mind but as I started to read it I realised it wasn’t anything about that. The language used is extremely easy to relate with, also the writing style reminds me of Ruskin Bond in some way though the book needs thorough editing as there are multiple mistakes. The cover is one of the best covers of my 2016 read & the title seems fit along the story. We should expect some beautiful works in future from the author. An interesting read indeed.




Sunday, 20 November 2016

#Spotlight ; Love, Whatever that means by Aditi Mathur Kumar





Name of the book: Love, Whatever that means...
Author: Aditi Mathur Kumar
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The Story

Hi, I'm Tina. I work for a TV news channel. I have quirky, adorable friends and a Mr. Army Guy who seems like The One. What can go wrong?

Turns out, a lot! My boss is a pervert, the job is meh and no friend is single any more. Also, the special someone is too intense to be true. Help me, someone! 

A punch in the nose, deep romance, lots of over-analyzing, a steamy kiss and pure, crazy Tina makes this book a fun read. Laugh out loud or shake your head giggling - Love, Whatever that Means - will warm your heart.

This is the much awaited second book from the hilarious author of the book 'Soldier & Spice: An Army Wife's Life' which is called the handbook for every modern day Indian Army Wife.





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Aditi Mathur Kumar is the author or two hilarious (at least according to her) books, a Travel Writer, a Romance and Humour book-hoarder, a Blogger, a Traveller, a Digital Marketing girl, a fanatical Army Wife, a Mother, an Overshare-r and an eavesdropper at random cafes. You have been warned. ;)

Read her two books 'Soldier & Spice: An Army Wife's Life' and 'Love, Whatever That Means' to laugh out loud and to fall in love all over again.



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