Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Confessions: Of favoritism and nepotism

As a reviewer I come across many instances when I am asked, “Please recommend a good read.” Though it does sound very flattering for me this question in itself is a bit unnerving. For me reading is a very personal thing to an extent that I am very possessive about my books. When someone asks me this my first reaction is that of surprise and then my mind starts analyzing. What do I recommend now, does she seem to be someone who would like romance? What if I recommend something and she finds it too dumb for her taste, will it make her judge me based on that and worse will she judge my reviews as well?

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Friday, February 10, 2017

NetGalley for a Self-Published Debut Author by Luke Gracias


This is a summary of my NetGalley experience as a self-published debut author, which I believe may be of assistance to other self-publishing authors and may also be of interest to NetGalley readers.

Around the end of June 2016, , I listed my ebook The Devil’s Prayer with NetGalley, to generate reviews. The entry level for a single title listing at the time was $399 (All prices are 2016 prices in USD). I chose the $599 package which in addition to the listing includes one marketing newsletter.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Book Review: Battlefields & Paradise by Sabir Hussain

  • ISIN: 978-93-86224-22-4
  • Genre: Non-Fiction /Travelogue
  • Publishers: Westland
  • Price: Rs.350/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Delhi, Pathankot, Jammu, Rajouri, Srinagar, Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil, Leh, Hunder...Turtuk

After a long stint as a journalist, amongst others, with India’s foremost English news channel, Times Now, Sabir Hussain decided to chase his life’s most cherished dream... At forty-eight, going on fifty, he picked up his ‘ordinary’ motorcycle one day, and decided to ride alone from Delhi to Turtuk in Ladakh, India’s northernmost point on the LoC. Travelling on a shoestring budget through the historic Mughal Road, bereft of any fancy travel accouterments, living in nondescript hotels and homes of friends, this is a passionate saga of a man who takes you on the ride of your life, traversing 3,200 kms on breathtaking and often dangerous roads.

This is the story of a journalist-traveler who not only succeeds in riding to places where few dare to, but also lets you into the politics of Kashmir, straight from the mouths of ordinary people with extraordinary resilience and hope in their hearts. Battlefields & Paradise makes you feel that the most difficult things in life, are simply the least complicated...

Behind the Book
Source: Goodreads.com

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: Pearl by the River by Sudipta Mitra

  • ISIN: 978-81-291-4488-1
  • Genre: Fiction /History
  • Publishers: Rupa
  • Price: Rs.299/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
‘[The author] has excelled in recreating in the reader’s mind the enormity of the tragedy a man suffered and how he chose to sculptor his choked passion into a concrete beauty…’

—Dr Meerza Kaukab, great-grandson of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah.The last king of Audh, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow was exiled by the British to Metiabruz in Bengal, on the fringes of Calcutta. Despite being robbed of his rightful throne, the Nawab did not lose hope; instead, he set about establishing a new mini-kingdom on the banks of the River Hoogly. Little by little he brought in the Laknawi way of life to this area of Bengal, so much so that Metiabruz came to be called ‘Chota Lucknow’. Extensively researched and evocatively written, this book looks at a forgotten king and how he turned his exile into a victory of sorts.

Behind the Book
Source: Amazon.in

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Small towns, Big stories by Ruskin Bond

  • ISIN: 978-93-82277-54-5
  • Genre: Fiction / Anthology
  • Publishers: Aleph 
  • Price: Rs.399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Small Towns, Big Stories showcases twenty-one stories of small-town life by the country’s greatest living chronicler of the Indian heartland.

Ruskin Bond has been writing evocative stories about the dusty towns and settlements in the hinterland for decades but this is the first time his finest stories on the theme have been brought together in a single volume. Timeless classics like ‘Time Stops at Shamli’, ‘Bus Stop, Pipalnagar’, and ‘The Night Train at Deoli’ rub shoulders with brilliant new stories that have never been published before like ‘Strychnine in the Cognac’, ‘The Horseshoe’ and ‘When the Clock Strikes Thirteen’. Vibrant, poignant, beautiful and tragic, these stories show a master storyteller at the height of his powers.

Behind the Book

Source: Goodreads.com