Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spotlight: The Revenge Of Gandhi's Follower by BP Senapati and Durgesh Nandini Das

About the Book


Nobody is going to remember your mark, people only remember your work. 
Without innovation mark is meaningless, without creativity knowledge has no value, without vision and goal a man is nothing more than a dead body . 
Only human can innovative things, discover something, write a book, and create marvelous paintings. By a business idea can give employment to thousands of employee. Try to create or innovative something, if you get success then it's great. If you become a failure then what's the big deal? 
It's thought of Vijay, he was a man with different thought, he had every symptom of a great man, still he lived with his mediocre dreams to get a job and then marry his childhood sweetheart. After few years of job experience wanted to establish his own business like millions of other, but fate had some different plans. Our corrupt system forced him to enter into the dirty game of politics. He gained power to avenge his antagonists, but being a Gandhian, his strategy was something unusual . . . his revenge wasn't ordinary . . .

Excerpt

‘Mr. Vijay, do you really think that our education system is completely at fault? Just see the picture. Now, the entire world is looking at us for human resources. We are the highest producers of doctors and engineers. Then how can you say that our education system is worst?’


‘Before I give the answer to this question, I want to ask some question to the audience of the studio,’ Vijay said, standing with a mike at the middle of the stage.


‘Can anybody tell me who won a Nobel Prize in the field of economics from our country?’ Vijay asked.


‘Dr. Amartya Sen,’ answered everybody.


‘Anybody amongst you, please tell me the list of the Nobel Prize winners of our country,’ Vijay asked again. ‘Please raise hands.’


Some audience raised their hands, some half raised, some waved their hands in air confidently, and some looked a little nervous. Vijay motioned one by one to tell the names of the Nobel Prize winners of our country. Vijay clapped to appreciate the audience who had given right answers, and others clapped too.


‘Can anyone tell me who is the only Olympic gold medal winner in an individual event from our country?’ Vijay questioned the audience.


A lot of audience raised their hands. ‘Abhinav Bindra,’ one of the audiences answered.


‘Who can tell all the Olympic medal winners of this Olympic game?’ Vijay bombarded another question. 


Audience answered this question easily too. But Vijay looked depressed and took his seat with a sad face as if something worst was happening. Neither the anchor nor the audience understood the intention of Vijay. 


‘Are you okay, Mr. Vijay?’ the anchor asked in confusion.


‘Did you get your answer now? See, almost everyone is able to answer my questions. If the same questions will be asked to the people of USA or China, they can never answer because their country wins more than hundred medals in Olympics. Every year, they have four to five Nobel Prize winners. And it's not possible to remember all the names of the winners by a normal human,’ Vijay criticized. ‘Why do we have a countable number of Nobel Prize winners? Why don't we win hundreds of gold medals in the Olympics? Why don't we get a Booker Award every year? The answer is either we're not capable to do it or there is something wrong in our education system?’


Vijay turned toward the audience and said, ‘School organizes a sports competition once in a year. A kid who never practiced all through the year also comes first. His parents don't come to encourage him, teacher suggests him to focus on studies and parents encourage him to study more. Parents only want good result with top position and marks. A kid, who has the capability to become an Olympic gold medalist, is forced to struggle in his academics. Then, neither has he become an athlete nor a good student academically. He only tries hard to remember the lines and facts without any interest. He can't fulfill his parents’ dream and becomes a loser for everyone. It is our system of education. It is the mentality of our people. We produce only some parrots that can only remember something but not produce anything new. Look around your surroundings, you can't find a single machine invented by an Indian.'

About the Authors

B P Senapati



Before five years Mr. Senapati was pursuing MBA and wanted to be a businessman and even had started a business while in second semester. But he was failed completely and lost all his saving and some investment of his friends as well. He was depressed, lonely. He had no idea how and when he had taken writing seriously. Though he had been writing stories and poems while he was in school. The more he wrote the more he involved in life of different characters, like he's known them from many years, finally he let go his business dreams to become a writer, Apart from writing, he loves photography, travel and football.

Durgesh Nandini Das


Durgesh Nandini Das has a passion for teaching. She is living her passion and shaping the path of the youngsters towards a better future. She used to help students and prepare them to face their biggest challenges in the New World before starting her teaching career even. After her Master's degree in English, she has immersed herself in the teaching along with some pleasure reading of light romantic novels and literature from Renaissance and Modernism periods.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: The Liar's Weave by Tashan Mehta

Title: The Liar's Weave
Author: Tashan Mehta
Publisher: Juggernaut Books

Review


Tashan Mehta’s debut is about a Parsi boy who’s born without a future. What’s that, you ask? Let me break it down for you. The protagonist of the novel, Zahan Merchant, is a naïve boy from the Parsi community of 1920 India whose future is uncertain and unpredictable. What’s new here? Well, Zahan’s world is different from ours and not knowing one’s future there is unheard of.
Mehta spins an alternate history of our world as we know. In her version, birth charts are real and one’s life is mapped out in the stars. Except — of course — for the protagonist, whose future couldn’t be determined as the most noted astrologist of that time couldn’t read his birth chart. It’s a cosmic mistake, so the gods compensate for it by giving Zahan an unusual power: the ability to change reality with his lies. Is it then a blessing or a curse? That you’ll need to find out on your own for if Zahan lies, he creates reality.
As seasoned readers, we all know that the consequences of magic can be wondrous, yet heartbreaking. So when Zahan sets out on his adventures armed with his unique ability along with his friend Porthos, he is drawn into a secret forest full of ill-fated people and his power becomes more dangerous to him and those he loves.
While reading Mehta I couldn’t stop myself from drawing parallels between her novel and that of Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children.’ For one, both the novels have been written against the backdrop of India’s struggle for independence. Then there’s the shadowy and talismanic tone with perfect pacing and alluring imagery that is employed in both the books which simply can’t be ignored. Whether this is Mehta’s conscious choice or not will become clear with her subsequent works. But for now she has done a decent job.

Mehta’s language is stylised, giving her work a refreshing flavour. However, at times it becomes cumbersome and is confusing. The novel ultimately challenges both patience and comprehension with events and characters taking too long to come together. But if one can overcome this tiny bump, the story itself has something novel to offer.

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About the Author


Tashan Mehta was awarded the Sangam House Writer’s Residency in 2015, and has been longlisted for the TFA prize for fiction for two years. Her writing has appeared in literary journals such as OUT OF PRINT and NOTES, an Oxbridge publication. The Liar’s Weave is her first novel.


I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review: The Double X Factor by Pratap Nair

Title: The Couble X Factor
Author: Pratap Nair
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

About the Book




99 stories of incredible women from India.

Featuring Zia Mody, Chanda Kochhar, Mary Kom, Neerja Bhanot, Anita Dongre and others

99 daughters of India who dared to be different

From Rani Lakshmibai and Indira Gandhi to Chanda Kocchar and Mary Kom, The Double-X Factor explores the lives and times of 99 exceptional achievers who challenged the gender barrier and rose to fame. 

Indian history is replete with instances of women’s valour, fortitude, courage, self-sacrifice and leadership in times of crisis. Some of them have turned into folklore and many of them have been immortalized in movies. Most of all, these women have left a great and indelible impact on several generations. Be it politics, arts, entertainment, sports or business, they carved a niche in every sphere that was once considered a male domain. Today, they have become role models to a nation of 1.34 billion, of which almost half is female. 


Review

For millions of years the fairer sex has been considered the weaker sex. However, defying all the odds, women have left a great and indelible impact on several generations with their act and benevolence. Be it politics, arts, entertainment, sports or business, they have carved a niche in every sphere that was once considered a male domain. Sometimes they have been hailed for their courage while other times they have been spurned for the same. But they have endured and held fast to their strength. And today, they have become role models to a nation of 1.34 billion, of which almost half is female. 
This small but ambitious book profiles 99 such Indian women who stood the test of time and dared to make a difference. The volume offers a definitive, indispensable sampling of women in top form throughout the ages who challenged the gender barrier and rose to fame. Each of the woman hails from a different background but what they have in common is a mission to penetrate the fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path. For them it all began with a dream that just won’t quit.
Most of the biographies concentrate on women who have persevered to do work that gives them satisfaction for reasons both personal and altruistic. Commendably, biographical information extends way back from Rani Lakshmibai to present day achievers like Mary Kom.
The profiles are engaging and readers will likely be inspired to investigate these fascinating women further. In an informative style, Nair highlights the lives and times of these feisty females. He aims to inspire his audience because inspiration can come from any place and at any time.
To all those looking for some much needed motivation, this is the book to pick up. Read and dare to do the different.

About the Author

Pratap Nair is the founder of FEI Cargo, a logistics company. Shailaja Nair Foundation – FEI’s CSR arm – was established to help women and children come up in life.


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer

~ Release Day Blitz ~
Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer
12th August, 2017


Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita
Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda
But largely forgotten to the memory of India
Is the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, Vishpala

Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of the neighbouringVrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.
Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing amputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?


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“I am the Queen! This will be my throne!” The seven-year-old chirped leaping from the middle of the porch towards the broken mortar which served as a mock throne. “You will be my guard!”
“Guard?” the man pondered scratching his unkempt beard. 
“No.” He shook his head and smiled seeing her indignant eyes. “I will be the Queen’s elephant.” He beamed.
Sukratu stepped out of the house to see his daughter in action, perching herself on the tramp Loha’s back, pretending in all earnestness that he was her elephant. He smiled and was about to set out for his duty as the night guard of the King. A sudden lightning appeared in the eastern skies. Sukratu had barely walked a few paces when a deafening thunder made him instinctively turn towards home. He heaved a sigh, finding Loha shielding the girl as if he would, his own child. 
“Father, don’t go.” The girl pleaded. 
Sukratu smiled and shifted his gaze towards the sky. He saw dark clouds loom over the city. The monsoon winds had started to make their presence felt. He had to reach the palace soon. “Isn’t my little Queen brave?” He called out. 
The girl nodded. He saw the fear fade. From her eyes. From her heart. She knew she was the queen! Pride filled his heart. His mind ached to stay home but duty beckoned. Tearing his gaze away from the one he treasured the most in his life, braving the drizzle that would soon turn into a storm, he unwillingly walked towards the King’s residence. Sukratu’s house was in the third ring of the concentric structure of Vrishabhavati. In the centre, was the structure, that served as the residence of the king and as the centre of all trade activity of the city. Here no wealth or goods could change hands without the king’s knowledge and approval. The residences of the noblemen formed the two rings around it. The guards and soldiers forming the outermost circle with the citizens living around them. 
As per the protocol, Sukratu approached General Ugra’s residence quite ahead of his reporting time— an hour before the moonrise. He walked into the empty courtyard. But the rain made it impossible for him to stand there any longer. He knocked at the giant wooden door fervently. The doors creaked as a strange woman clad in a dark indigo garment opened them and glared at him with a frown on her forehead. 
General Ugra, Sukratu knew was never faithful to one woman. His superior’s romantic exploits were not his concern either. But something about the woman at the door disconcerted him. “Please let General Ugra know that…”
“He has already left for the palace!” The woman frowned before attempting to shut the door. 
“What? How ca…” Sukratu’s words hung in air as the door slammed on his face and the woman disappeared from his line of vision all of a sudden. Something did not feel right. He knocked at the door again. Firmly this time, as though seeking answers. Any change in the reporting time would have been announced the day before and he remembered that nothing of the sort had happened. His knocks went unanswered. Frowning and muttering under his breath, Sukratu hurried towards an empty cowshed three houses away from Ugra’s place hoping to catch his companions who he knew would be equally surprised. 
The first to arrive was Khela, the eighteen-year-old guard, holding a metal shield above his head. The newest addition to the King’s guard, Khela was related to General Ugra and Sukratu felt that his position in the King’s guard was largely a result of undue favours that Ugra showered upon an otherwise impudent boy. 
“Sukratu! By the great Varuna, I should have come to you earlier!” Khela hurried towards him. Pausing for breath, he added. “Our platoon has been given a relief tonight! It was a sudden decision and I personally informed all the others.”
“Relief for tonight? That happens only when…”
“Our guarding hours change from night to day!” Khela completed in a hurry. “Now, come with me.” He turned towards the western direction and the javelin he held started to sway dangerously and came close to grazing Sukratu’sarm. 
The older guard’s instincts made him dodge the cut. “Where?” Sukratu hissed, visibly annoyed, first with the fact that he was kept in dark about the change in guarding hours and then about Khela’s irreverent behaviour. “And watch who your weapon hurts, boy.”
Khela shrugged and changed the position of his weapon. “We are now going to the place.” He winked, stretching his hand in the direction. “Follow me, this is the only night we get to have some fun.”
Sukratu did not move. The place he knew implied the tavern where wine was served. “We cannot drink tonight, Khela. When do we have to report tomorrow? By sunrise?”
“You ask too many questions. The rest of us are there too!”
“That does not answer my question.” 
“Well, I don’t know, and I don’t care to. The palace is paying for the wine. Are you coming or not?” 
The last sentence sounded more like a threat than an invite. Sukratu had all the mind to give the youth a piece of his mind and storm back home. His daughter would be overjoyed to see him before she went to sleep. It gnawed at Sukratu’s heart every day to leave her under the care of Loha— the tramp who had begged him for shelter about six months ago and then became a part of his life. The girl liked him instantly and had begged Sukratu to let Loha live with them and he, despite his misgivings about the tramp’s origins and his unkempt appearance, could not refuse his only daughter. Over time, Sukratu felt grateful for Loha’s company. Now his daughter did not have to be all by herself every night. The guard’s home would have been unguarded if not for that stranger. Sukratu brushed aside these thoughts and had almost decided to go home when the thought of meeting other senior guards and clarifying the confusion struck him. He followed Khela’s lead, making no attempt to hide his displeasure. 
When they reached the tavern, Sukratu to his dismay, found many of his brothers in arms deeply drunk. “When did they reach here and when did they…”
“Quite some time before. I just forgot to tell you in advance!”
Sukratu’s eyes scrutinized the men and women of the tavern who were serving wine to the guards. There were no other citizens or travellers in the tavern. 
“Just for us, the whole night!” Khela said as if reading his thoughts, bringing him an earthen goblet. 
The older guard accepted the goblet taking his first sip with a sense of foreboding. 
“Where were you all the time, old friend?” The voice belonged to Tunga one of the senior guards in the platoon. 
The grin on his friend’s face brought a smile to Sukratu’s lips. “Tunga, what is this about the sudden change in our guarding hours?” 
“The King… that imbecile, has finally remembered that we are human too!” Tunga guffawed, emptying his goblet, waving vigorously at a woman of the tavern who obliged with a seductive wink. 
She approached them, skilfully distributing her attention between both the men, winking at Tunga and pouting her lips at Sukratu. Her brows rose at Sukratu’s filled cup. “Don’t keep the Sura nor this Sundari waiting, my love...” Serving Tunga his wine, she placed her fingers upon Sukratu’s shoulders, digging her nails into his skin for a moment locking her gaze with his and turned around swiftly, letting her light upper garment rest on his face for a fleeting moment. 
It was a wilful invitation and Sukratu knew it. His attention though was caught by the colour of the garment. The Indigo hued garment! All the women of the tavern wore clothes of the same colour. So did the woman he saw in General Ugra’s house! Was Ugra at home while the woman lied that he was at the palace? If the General and the whole platoon of the night guard were lying down drunk, who was minding the security of the King? Sukratu looked at the rest of the guards. No one seemed sober enough to talk. The only sober man Khela had disappeared!
“By the great Varuna!” Sukratu exclaimed aloud and rushed out, pushing the woman who tried to stop him away. 
He raced to the King’s residence, as fast as his legs could carry him. The huge wooden gates of the structure were closed and secured from inside. The rain lashed drowning his cries. Misgivings regarding the King’s welfare made him shudder. He had to meet General Ugra. Something told him that the General had his own reasons to send the whole platoon of guards to enjoy a drunk night. He was a guard who had sworn to protect the King with his life. The general owed him an answer. Sukratu rushed to General Ugra’s house determined to confront him. 
That, Sukratu realized was the biggest mistake of his life. 
At the gates of the general’s residence he saw a familiar figure hurrying out of his house, a heavy bundle on his shoulders. “General Ugra!” he called out, feeling relieved. 
The figure started, and the bundle fell to the ground. Sukratu came to a sudden halt as he realized it wasn’t a bundle after all, but a blood-drenched corpse. A stroke of lightning from the sky revealed the face and the very familiar greying curls. Sukratu froze for a long moment before he could speak.
 “K... King...”
Something hit him on the head even before he could utter the name. Sukratu staggered, reeling at the impact, clutching at his long sword in a vain attempt to defend the next move. 
“Finish him!” The General shout behind him. 
Before he turned around, Sukratu felt the cold metal tear into his back. Lightning struck revealing the contours of the person. Khela! The javelin stabbed him again. Thunder drowned his screams. Falling to the ground with the weapon still stuck to his back, Sukratu lifted his sword and managed to slash Khela’s palm though the latter, unlike him was vigilant and alert. Crawling away from the menacing duo, knowing very well that he could not last more than a few moments, Sukratu’s thoughts, went to his innocent daughter. She would now languish as an orphan remaining in dark about the monsters who killed her father. Or would they kill her too?
Sukratu would never know. 


About the Author:

Saiswaroopa is an IITian and a former investment analyst turned author. Her keen interest in ancient Indian history, literature and culture made her take to writing. Her debut novel Abhaya, set in the times of Mahabharata was published in 2015. Avishi, her second novel set in Vedic India explores the legend of India’s first mentioned female warrior queen Vishpala.
She holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music and has won a state level gold medal from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. 







Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Blast: Vishwamitra by Dr Vineet Aggarwal

Vishwamitra by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
Indian Mythological Fiction
~ Book Blitz ~
11th August, 2017


When Satyavati, wife of Rishi Ruchik, exchanges with her mother the magic potion for bearing a child, they change not just their children’s destiny, but also the history of mankind. Born of this mix up is Vishwamitra, the son of a Kshatriya, who strives to become a Brahmarishi—the ultimate and most powerful of all Gurus.

Vishwamitra is the powerful story of a brave but stubborn, haughty yet compassionate, visionary king of Aryavarta who not only acquires material wealth through military conquests but also becomes one of the most well-known sages of all times.



5 lesser known facts about Vishwamitra


Almost everyone would have heard the name of Vishwamitra and some may even know of his dalliance with Menaka, or the role he played in the Ramayan but even those who are familiar with his name, may not know these five things about him:
  1. Vishwamitra was born a Kshatriya prince and he reached the status of Brahmarishi, the highest possible rank for a Brahmin only through his tremendous effort!
  2. He is the discoverer of the Gayatri Mantra that is spoken by millions of Hindus even today all over the globe! 
  3. He is associated with two major Avatars of Lord Vishnu - Parshuram, the 6th incarnation was his grand-nephew while he himself became the Guru of Shri Raam, the 7th incarnation.
  4. Vishwamitra’s daughter Shakuntala gave birth to Bharat, the King who gave India its official name – Bhaarat.
  5. He is credited with the remarkable feat of creating actual star systems purely on the basis of his mystical powers & the stars he created can still be seen in the southern hemisphere as the Crux. 
About the Author


Dr. Vineet Aggarwal is described by many as a doctor by qualification, manager by profession and artist by temperament. Born in a family of doctors, he successfully completed an initial stint with the family occupation before deciding to venture into pharmaceutical management and currently pursues writing and photography as a passion.

He is the author of popular online blogs ‘Decode Hindu Mythology’ and ‘Fraternity Against Terrorism and Extremism’ and the author of books ‘Vishwamitra – The Man who dared to challenge the Gods’ and ‘The Legend of Parshu-Raam’









Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Review: Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

Title: Against All Odds
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Pan Macmillan


Review

Danielle Steel’s latest offering is about a widowed mother of four – Kate Madison. She is a successful woman in life in spite of all the odds stacked against her. She has raised four lovely children — Isabelle, Julie, Justin, and Willie — all on her own and now they are old enough to embark on their life’s journey alone. In the course of time each of her four children commits an act, against all odds no doubt, that will define their lives forever.
Isabelle potentially puts her career as an attorney on the line for a love she thinks she can make work. Julie makes a shocking decision to quickly marry a man who seems too good to be true. Justin pushes his partner to take an enormous step that, as a couple, they may or may not be ready to handle. Meanwhile, in choosing a much older woman, Willie makes a choice that shocks everyone. Finally, standing at the sidelines is Kate herself who learns that she can’t protect the children she loves from the choices they make — but can only love them as they make them.
It is easy to relate to the problems that the four encounter on their way to finding that one person who would make life worthwhile. Even Kate’s character is moulded in a way that is familiar on so many levels. Every aspect in the novel will hit home for a lot of people.
Here is a novel graced with the marvellous ingredients that have made Danielle Steel so enormously popular: finely etched characters; an exquisite understanding of love, power and personal resolve; and a compelling tale about that singular breed of woman who boldly shapes her own world. Set amid the glittering world of haute couture and a modern everyday life, this triumphant and moving story promises to touch the hearts of all who read it, striking chords of recognition in their own lives.

‘Against All Odds’ is a delightfully sprawling drama with characters in all their cocooning warmth.

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About the Author


Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Property of a Noblewoman, Blue, Precious Gifts, Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless and the children's books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood. Danielle is famous for her powerfully emotional and inspirational stories about family, life and love. Her novels will be enjoyed by readers of Jodi Picoult, Penny Vincenzi and Diane Chamberlain.



I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 



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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: The Matsya Curse by Shweta Taneja

Title: The Matsya Curse
Author: Shweta Taneja
Publisher: HarperCollins



Review

The Matsya Curse is the second novel in Shweta Taneja’s ‘Anantya Tantrist Mystery’ series. Anantya, the sassy detective, is back with her personal brand of swagger and ruthlessness. As is her norm, she solves supernatural crimes at night, sleeps during the day, and roams through a world filled with tantric concepts and beings from Indian mythology and folklore. While hurling colourful expletives and having casual sex — with not just humans — Anantya fights like a hurricane and she’s a force to reckon with.
The book opens with Anantya waking up in her bed in her forlorn haveli with a vinaat, a supernatural being. How she got there unfolds in breakneck flashbacks told in the cadences and vocabulary of the tantrist herself. Within the next few pages we find her in a five-star hotel where she is summoned to oversee a case. Unfortunately, the case in question is way beyond her expertise. She finds herself helpless and before her very eyes a nishada melts to death. On the same night an ancient demonologist is murdered.
Anantya follows a non-existent trail on to the streets of Delhi and Banaras with her friends Inspector Madhu and Shukra. Armed with septifocals, yugma locket, blade and a plethora of mantras, she takes it upon herself to rescue the Nishadas who have been downgraded to the category of pashus (read unintelligent pets) by the Tantrik Association. She also has to bring Neel, her ex boyfriend, to his senses who is back from the dead and wants to kill her.
Shweta has crafted a world of some damaged yet lively characters whose idiosyncrasies lead them to collide and ricochet as the story progresses. Savage tantriks, corrupt officials, a medley of assorted supernatural beings, a few hapless civilians and some spineless gods mix it up in New Delhi. However, her supernatural world has started to uncannily resemble the world of the famous Men In Black series with sups being given human identities and permission to live in the city. This wasn’t there in the first installment and hence Shweta’s supernatural Delhi had come across as a fresh idea. I think, it would have added to the novelty of this series if she had kept it the way it was initially and I would have admired her ingenuity even more. Other than this, I liked the way the story progressed.
Substantial, three-dimensional characterization is Shweta’s strongest suit. Be it the protagonists  or the minor characters, everyone is crafted with utmost care so much so that even after the stories end, the characters live on with the readers for a long time. One such character is Shukra who happens to be my favourite. He reminds me of Hank Mccoy (Beast) from the X-men series and Bruce Banner (Hulk). There’s an unspoken sexual tension between him and Anantya which draws out potently the vulnerable side of Shukra. They perfectly contrast each other and through their characters, and those of the others, Shweta questions societal notions of gender constructs, class, and class.

By turns grim and giddy, this is a good read and I’m as usual looking forward to reading the next novel from the author’s kitty. 

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About the Author


Shweta Taneja is a bestselling author based in Bangalore. She’s been a Charles Wallace India Writing Fellow, a roadie for an amateur band, a volunteer for a tree festival and a cashier at a play. Her ambition is to writes stories that challenge preconceived notions and prejudices. To attain it, she regularly drinks Makaibari tea, hogs on popular occult books and shows and asks all sorts of unseemly questions to ghosts, half-dead plants and recently, drongos. 

The Matsya Curse is the second of the Anantya Tantrist mysteries. The first one, Cult of Chaos (2014), has found a cult following owing to its name. Her other novels include How to Steal a Ghost @Manipal (2016) and The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong (2013). She has also written two graphic novels: The Skull Rosary (2013) which was shortlisted for Best Writer Award at Comic Con India and Krishna: Defender of Dharma (2012) which is part of CBSE’s must-read list for a reason she can’t fathom.


I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Book Review: A Bride, A Murder & A Trail Of Blood by Laxmi Natraj

Title: A Bride, A Murder & A Trail Of BloodAuhtor: Laxmi NatrajPublisher: StoryMirror Infotech Pvt Ltd




Review

A newly married young woman comes to live in a posh neighbourhood. That her marriage is on the rocks is evident to all from the telltale bruises and injuries on her body. She is a victim of domestic violence. And one fine day she goes missing under mysterious circumstances. An excess amount of blood and visible sign of violence in the house is a clear indicator of a brutal attack or even a murder. The obvious suspect, her husband, is missing as well. An investigation is carried out and evidences pile up against the husband who is a well known professor.
What looks like a murder investigation with a strong motive, several witnesses, and a culprit in denial is but the tip of an iceberg in a case that keeps the police department on its toes. When the investigating officer, Shinde, comes across the truth during his probe, he is both shocked and assuaged at the same time. But is that all that is there to fish out? Or is there a truth that actually evades his investigative eyes after all? Has justice been served finally? These questions are what set the story apart and interesting.
In her latest novel, ‘A Bride, A Murder & A Trail of Blood,’ Laxmi Natraj has woven an intelligent story which is more than a crime thriller and focuses on the corruption and plagiarism involved in the field of higher education. Revenge gets a new flavour and so does justice.
Although the language and plot sometimes border on cliché, the story itself keeps one fascinated. The breakneck pacing of the narration eventually resolves into a poignant ending. But the editing is certainly not up to the mark. A lot of the fat could have been cut out to give the novel a crisper feel.   

Happily, the many loyal fans of crime thrillers probably won’t mind the snags in the novel; they’ll just delight in the feels.


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About the Author




Laxmi Natraj is an educator with a 35 years of teaching experience. She has authored a series of Children's science fiction and adventure books. She has also written two thriller adult fiction books and is working on her third. She also writes short stories in Women's Era and Champak and Gokulam. Recently, she has also taken up blogging and is active on social media.


I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 


* I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
** Picture courtesy: Amazon.in 


Friday, July 21, 2017

Author Interview: J.G. Dow

About the Author

J.G. Dow was born in Huddersfield and went to University in Manchester to study Social Science. The author enjoys music and walking and also likes reading a wide variety of books and watching football and snooker on TV and also writes poetry on occasion.


Interview

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer/storyteller?
I realised when I tried poetry and liked it and then had a go at writing a novel and it went pretty well and I fancied doing another one. That’s how it came about really.

What motivates you to write and where does the inspiration come from?
I suppose I write because it’s fun and also it’s good to keep you busy. Sometimes it’s harder to get on with it than other times though.

What is your writing process?
I try to write in the afternoon before I get too tired. In the evening, one can find it hard to concentrate sometimes.

Are you traditional or self published?
I am self published at the moment but wouldn’t mind getting picked up by a big publisher one day!

What field or genre would you say your book is in?
I’d say my book is in the genre of chick lit and I wrote it as I fancied seeing if I could write a good one.

What do you do if inspiration strikes in an inconvenient place?
It’s best to have a pad of paper or note function on your phone in these situations, otherwise it can be annoying as you’ll forget the idea.

Do you think there is value in a review?
There is value in it as good reviews can help sales and can convince people to give you a go if they don’t know your work.

What is your biggest fear about having a book published?
The fear is that it doesn’t sell well or that people really don’t like it I suppose, so you have to hope most do like it!

What is the intended audience for your book?
The intended audience I suppose is women of all ages. But I think that young women may connect to it more than older ones perhaps.

What makes a good story and why?
What makes a good story is plenty of incidents and good characters and a good strong plot.

Do you read your reviews? Any advice on how to deal with the bad ones?
Yes I read them. Try and forget the bad ones and enjoy the good ones and realise everyone has a different view.

Were the characters/events based on real life or made up?
It was all made up but the place setting is real and all the areas in the book are real as well and can be visited.

What are the most important elements of good writing?
Writing good dialogue and creating decent, real characters and plot.

Do you see writing as a career or something else?
I see it as a career if I can get enough readers - have to see!

What are the advantages/disadvantages of self-traditional publishing?
Self is tricky as you have to market on your own and get reviews on your own and things like that. So, it can be hard.

What makes the book stand out from the crowd?
Hopefully the humour and good characters.

What is your least favourite part of the writing process?
Editing can be annoying as it’s all about attention to detail and checking.

Is there anything else you want to share with your readers?
Just hope people like the book and enjoy it really and are interested in reading more from me!

About the Book


Jane's life on the face of it isn't really too bad...she has great friends like party girl Natasha who's always up for a laugh and her close pal Polly, always there for her and of course her loving parents, but things could still be better...

Most people she knows are either married or have kids and she has been single a while now and wonders if a good man is ever to be encountered again. The single life is far from a quiet one for Jane however, as she is constantly getting dragged to night clubs and bars by Natasha and the crew as well as enduring a particularly boozy weekend away at the seaside!

Jane loves a lot about her life, disregarding rude plumbers in her flat and dealing with annoying superiors and a smug sister, but as a certain someone takes her eye, is everything about to change and get a whole lot more serious or is the single life determined to keep her captive a while longer yet...

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Thank you, for this amazing interview! I wish you success for all your future works. Keep writing!

 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Release Blitz: Becoming His by Ellie Masters


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Becoming His - The Collective-Season one
Episode Eight
by Ellie Masters
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BECOMING HIS
Deliciously Dark and Daring…
County Coroner, Sally Levenson, hasn’t dated since the death of her husband five years ago. Intelligent but shy, she’s hidden herself from the world. Her days are a never-ending cycle of eat, work, sleep, and repeat, and she’s suffocating in the monotony of her life. That is, until she met Derek Lemark, a man whose money makes money, and who controls every aspect of his life.
Derek finds Sally captivating, intelligent, but shy. He opens doors to new possibilities and forbidden desires, but what he offers comes with a price. He’s given Sally a choice. Green opens doors to hidden desires, while Red ends everything.
Red or Green?
Continue Derek and Sally's journey into the world of BDSM and powerplay! Where delicious and dark becomes sinful and sensuous.

Season 1:
We’ve set the stage, created the characters, and fashioned a world full of twists and turns. Now it’s your turn to sit back and immerse yourself in this incredible series. Each episode weaves the characters and storylines of ten standalone novels together to give you an epic crossover series. We’ve left you breadcrumbs, tidbits of information intertwined throughout our stories. Can you find them? Can you collect the clues we’ve left and become part of The Collective and solve the case?
No one is safe as a killer goes on a killing spree. Will The Collective stop him in time? Will you? Featured authors in order of appearance- Riley Edwards, Erin Trejo, Ellie Masters, Elias Raven, Chris Genovese, and Carver Pike
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"The chemistry between Sally and Derek is electrifying!!" ~ Goodreads Reviewer
"This book is great. It kept me captivated from the beginning to the end, leaving me breathless. The story was a complete emotional rollercoaster with all the feels. Oh, and there was some hot sex scenes that will have your heart beating faster too. Believe me, this is one book you do not want to miss. Read it and find out what happens. " ~ Goodreads Reviewer

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Author Bio
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ELLIE MASTERS is a multi-genre author, writing the stories she loves to read. These are dark erotic tales. Or maybe sweet contemporary stories. How about a romantic thriller to whet your appetite? Ellie writes it all. Want to read passionate poems and sensual secrets? She does that too. Dip into the eclectic mind of Ellie Masters, spend time exploring the sensual realm where she breathes life into her characters and brings them from her mind to the page and into the heart of her readers every day.
When not writing, Ellie can be found outside, where her passion for all things outdoor reigns supreme: ATV-ing, scuba diving, hiking, and breathing fresh air are top on her list. Ellie’s favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch, laptop in place, watching a fire, drinking a good wine, and bringing forth all the characters from her Mind-to-the-Page and eventually into the hearts of her readers.

☆¸.•*¨*★☆Welcome to The Collective ☆¸.•*¨*★☆
Riley Edwards, Erin Trejo, Ellie Masters, Elias Raven, Chris Genovese, Carver Pike
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“This crossover series is a huge win for all the authors involved. Don’t miss any of the releases. Each book will pull you in, leave you wanting more while you teeter on the edge of your seat with suspense.” AmazonReviewer
*Release Schedule and Series order
Pre orders available now

Riley Edwards – Unbroken (part one)
Erin Trejo – Iron Claw MC  –
Ellie Masters – Learning to Breathe
Elias Raven – Shadow & Flame  –
Chris Genovese – Quills and Daggers
Riley Edwards –  Unbroken (part two)
Erin Trejo –Iron Claw MC (part two)
Ellie Masters –Becoming His
Elias Raven -TBA- 7.25.17 – Pre order coming soon
Carver Pike – TBA – 8.1.17 – Pre order coming soon

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