Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Guest Post: Inspirations behind ‘The Inimitable chaos of life’ ~ Maliny Mohan

Source: Entrepreneur
The Inimitable Chaos of Life is my debut solo work of fiction. The book is a collection of 14 short stories, which deal with the multifarious emotions that rule human lives. There are stories that highlight the intensity and sheer melancholy associated with despair and stories that celebrate jubilation; there are stories that uphold the importance of hope and stories that woefully narrate the misery associated with hopelessness.

There are stories of friendship and of love; there are stories that thrill you and stories that leave you shocked. As the author of this book, I expect the readers to take an undeniable journey through the stories, so that by the time they reach the end, they would have accepted and applauded the countless number of emotions, incidents and experiences that make our life what it is; however chaotic they might seem.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Book Review : Mighty Raju Series


Introduction
  • Genre:Children Fiction Cartoon Series
  • Publishers: Red Turtle books ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

Your beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of sixteen books created keeping young learners in mind.

Parents today face great difficulty in making their children study and/or understand concepts. This series is an amalgamation of learning and fun
for children through their favourite character, Mighty Raju, a four-year-old superhero. These books have topics ranging from colours and shapes, maths lessons to fun-filled adventure stories to learning about festivals of India and much more. The series will encourage them to learn a variety of concepts in an interactive and engaging manner with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

Behind the Book



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review: The Flaming Tresses of Draupadi by M. Veerappa Moily (Translated by D A Shankar)


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81291453451
  • Genre: Fiction /Poetry / Mythology
  • Publishers: Rupa
  • Price: Rs.595/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

‘Sri Krishna, I am being put through an ordeal, the foolish
Acts of your cousins are burning me up, save from these wicked ones
Who are stripping me of the cloth I am clad in!

You alone can save me, the saviour of the helpless; If I lose my honour, can I stay alive?

She vowed to never tie her hair till the day the Pandavas avenged the humiliation she had been subjected to by the Kauravas. That her hair would be left untamed and wild till the day Bhima would kill Dushyasana and smear her hair with his blood.

This is an epic poem narrating the saga of one of the most important, intriguing and complex female characters of Hindu mythology—Draupadi of Mahabharata.The Flaming Tresses of Draupadi traces the life and journey of Draupadi from her birth from the sacrificial fire—whereupon she was named ‘Yagnaseni’—to her marriage with the five brothers, to losing her fortune and honour to the Kauravas in a gamble, the deep friendship she forged with Lord Krishna and finally the culmination of the great war of Kurukshetra.In this epic poem of hatred, love, victory and defeat, Draupadi emerges as a strong female character that ultimately brought to retribution all those who had done injustice to her.

Behind the Book
Source: Amazon.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Review: Jaffna Street by Mir Khalid


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81291453211
  • Genre: Non-Fiction /Politics
  • Publishers: Rupa
  • Price: Rs.295/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

In 1989, an adolescent schoolboy from downtown Srinagar watched as his elders extricated themselves from university campuses, high-school grounds, hand-loom machines and farms to bear arms and fight a war of attrition against the Indian state.

Twenty-two years on, Jaffna Street was born from his explorations of the human dimension of the conflict appositely termed the Kashmir tragedy. Combining anecdotes, personal memories and extended interviews, the author takes us behind the scenes and headlines into Srinagar city’s ‘notorious’ perpetually politically charged downtown as well as its upper city-side belt to create a panoramic portrait of recent Kashmir history. He profiles ordinary people—hit-men, insurgents, artisans, failed Marxist intellectuals, mystics, exiles, gangsters and ordinary individuals—who wouldn’t make it even to the footnotes of history but have been crucial first-hand witnesses, participants or victims of some of the important events that marked the tumultuous and violent years of the insurgency.

Jaffna Street attempts to trace these individual trajectories by exploring significant events in their lives within the wider adumbrate of history, without losing sight of the big picture.

Behind the Book

Source: Goodreads.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi by Parmahansa Yogananda


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-9384067571
  • Genre: Non-Fiction /Spirituality
  • Publishers: Rupa
  • Price: Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Autobiography of a Yogi is the story of the life of Paramahansa Yogananda (January 5, 1893–March 7, 1952) first published in 1946. Born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India, into a Bengali family, this book takes the reader on a journey into the life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his encounters with spiritual figures of both the East and West. Beginning from his childhood, his family life, to finding his guru and becoming a monk and establishing his teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation, this book allows the reader to see the spiritual yearning of the man and how he realizes that over the years. It draws on both his personal experiences—anecdotes and meetings with eminent spiritual personalities, his association with nineteenth-century master Lahiri Mahasaya who had prophesied the writing of this book—as well as how he travels across America lecturing and establishing his teachings in Los Angeles, California.

Autobiography of a Yogi is an introduction to the methods of attaining God-realization and emphasizes the value of Kriya Yoga and a life of self-respect, calmness, determination, simple diet and regular exercise. It has been in print for the last seventy years and has been translated into over forty languages. It has been highly acclaimed as a spiritual classic and is designated as one of the ‘100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century.’

Behind the Book
Source: Amazon.in

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Review: The Book of Indian Dogs by S. Theodore Baskaran

-Introduction--
  • ISIN: 978-9384067571
  • Genre: Non-Fiction / Dogs
  • Publishers: Aleph
  • Price: Rs.350/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

The Book of Indian Dogs is the first comprehensive book on Indian dog breeds in over fifty years. It features the twenty-five breeds that most breeders and dog fanciers agree constitute the country’s canine heritage. Divided into three groupings—working dogs, companion dogs and hounds—the book provides detailed background notes to each breed, along with information on its physical characteristics, behavior, uses, origins and history. Along with popular breeds like Caravan hounds (or Karuvanis), Chippiparais, Mudhol hounds, Pashmis, Rajapalayams and Rampur hounds the book also features lesser known breeds such as the Alaknoori and the Jonangi. The fruit of several years of travel and research into India’s dog breeds, as well as S. Theodore Baskaran’s hands-on experience of raising various dogs, this celebration of our dogs is a book that no dog lover can do without.

Behind the Book

Source: Goodreads.com

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: All That Glitters by Liza Trevino

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-1633933088
  • Genre: Fiction / Women
  • Publishers: Koehler Books
  • Price: $18.93/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3ws)
Alexandria Moreno--clever, sexy, ambitious and, at times, self-destructive. She blazes a path from Texas to Los Angeles at the dawn of the 1980s to make her dreams of becoming an A-list Hollywood film director come true. She and her best friend arrive in Los Angeles with little more than hope and the determination to make it big. Alex, a beauty as dark and mysterious as her scarred heart, stands at the bottom of the Hollywood mountain looking up, fighting for her chance to climb to the top. Will her quest to live fast and take no prisoners on her way to success destroy her in the end?

All That Glitters is a women's fiction Jackie Collins-type saga that introduces a strong, driven Latina heroine at the center of a rags-to-riches story spanning a decade of action. Along the way, Alexandria walks the fine line separating ambition and self-destruction, and discovers that some sacrifices will cost her everything.

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Behind the Book

Source: Goodreads.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review : A Way back into love by Veronica Thatcher

-Introduction--
  • ISIN: 9781946641175
  • Genre: Fiction /Contemporary Romance
  • Publishers: Notion Press
  • Price: Rs.379/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3ws)
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home...to the man she left behind?

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Behind the Book
Source: Goodreads.com