Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Behind the Book: Salil Desai

It is not very often that get to interview someone you can proudly call your mentor and also as someone you look up to in more than one ways! For me its none other than author Salil Desai. To let you know more about him,  Salil Desai is an author, columnist and film-maker.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: A Hundred Journeys (Stories of My Fatherland) by Omar Zafarullah

  • ISBN: 978-81-291-4739-4
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Rupa Publishers
  • Price: Rs. 295/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
I write because I need you to know what I cannot say. I write about the past, about family, about country, because they all speak to me about my father…’

Addressed to Hyder, his son, Omar Zafarullah’s A Hundred Journeys is part memoir and part manual for living. With the help of his family’s personal history, the author attempts to explain Pakistan to Hyder, a narrative which is intensely personal but deeply political too.

The journey begins in the early 1900s when the family migrates from Ropar (in India’s Punjab) to Gojra (in Pakistan’s Punjab) in search of a better future. The book is filled with inspiring characters—Zafarullah’s great-grandmother, Maaji, a woman with an iron will who challenged patriarchy in her efforts to take the family out of the throes of poverty; his highly respected doctor–grandfather whose perseverance turned around the fortunes of his family; his friend Khawaja Imran who helped him bounce back from a failed business and many others. With instructions on how to jump a busy intersection, to the travails of setting up a business and on to the advent of the War on Terror that has shaken the core of the country, this book portrays everyday life in Pakistan with an immediacy that is poignant and striking.

Behind the Book

Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: The Inimitable Chaos Of Life by Maliny Mohan

  • ISBN: 9789386305466
  • Genre: Fiction / Anthology
  • Publishers: Story Mirror
  • Price: Rs.190/-  ( I got the book for review from the author)
A naive girl of eighteen is trapped in a dungeon, which changes her and her capturer’s life forever. Afar, tucked away in the sleepy terrains of a town in Kerala, a married woman is determined to revisit a forbidden part of her past. A model-turned-MBA aspirant is scourged mentally for a decision she almost made three years back. Back in the less happening village of Kanyapuram, an aspiring author loses a copy of her very first manuscript.
True to its title, ‘The Inimitable Chaos of life’ is an amalgamation of enthralling stories borrowed from the chaotic pages of life, which allure you to relive the multitude of unique emotions humans are made of.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Book Review: Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee

  • ISBN: 978-0-9954923-3-2
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Hideaway Fall
  • Price: 8.99 pounds  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Family curses don't exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don't think so.'

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Book Review: The Decline of Civilization by Ramin Jahanbegloo

  • ISBN: 978-93-84067-26-7
  • Genre: Non-Fiction/Politics
  • Publishers: Aleph Book Company
  • Price: Rs.399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

Human civilization has lasted for approximately fifty centuries despite being continually under threat because of its inclination towards fear and violence. Today, however, ‘the future of civilization seems bleak’, as Romila Thapar writes in her foreword. Why is this so? Is it because our present time is barbaric? Is the twenty-first century another Dark Age?

In this new book, eminent philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo talks about this new crisis in civilization that has given rise to fundamentalist movements and authoritarian leaders like Donald Trump. He shows us that civilization is all about the relationship of human beings to one another. When that relationship breaks down and we begin to distrust each other, when we are no longer inclusive or accepting of our differences, then society, which today is more plural than it has been at any time in its history, begins to decivilize and break down. Using the insights of Hegel, Kant, Arendt, Rousseau, Ricoeur and many other great philosophers, the author concludes that it is time to go back to the values and beliefs of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, two of the greatest humanists the world has ever seen, if we are to reverse the rot that has set in.

The Decline of Civilization shows that a healthy civilization is one that is a ‘shared human horizon’ of empathy that avoids moral anarchy and relativism while acknowledging the plurality of modes of being human. It is a concept and a reality worth fighting for.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Review: Eating Robots and Other Stories by Stephen Oram

  • ISBN: 978-1781326220
  • Genre: Sci-fi
  • Publishers: SilverWood Books Ltd
  • Price: Rs.192/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3w)
Step into a high-tech vision of the future with author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence Stephen Oram. Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.

Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

Behind the Book

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chronicles of a writer’s world

On a usual tropical evening in Mumbai I had the pleasure of being at CSMVS where Anil Dharker and Amit Chaudhuri were in conversation over the latter’s new release, Friend of my Youth. With an ethereal sunset at the Arabian Sea adorning its beige textured cover; this book is a short and crisp novella revolving around friendship and childhood memories in the city of dreams – Mumbai. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Review: Behold, I Shine- Narratives of Kashmir's Women and Children by Freny Manecksha

  • ISBN: 978-812-914-5710
  • Genre: Non-Fiction/Politics
  • Publishers: Rupa Publications
  • Price: Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Set in the once-fabled land of Kashmir, Behold, I Shine moves beyond male voices and focuses, instead, on what the struggle means for the Valley’s women and children—those whose husbands remain untraceable; whose mothers are half-widows; those who have confronted the wrath of ‘Ikhwanis’, or the scrutiny of men in uniform, and what it means to stand up to it all.

This book also brings to focus the resilience of the Valley’s women and children—of activists like Parveena Ahangar and Anjum Zamrud Habib, who, after debilitating losses, start human rights organizations; of ordinary homemakers like Munawara who have taken on the judiciary; and of a young generation of thinkers like Uzma Falak and Essar Batool who foreground the interaction of gender, politics and religion, and won’t let Kashmir forget.

Stitching together their narratives, Behold, I Shine not only memorializes women’s voices—thus far forgotten, unwritten, suppressed or sidelined—but also celebrates the mighty spirit of the Valley.

Behind the Book

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Book Review: 3 and a Half Murders by Salil Desai

  • ISBN: 978-817-599-4256
  • Genre: Fiction/ Suspense / Murder Mystery
  • Publishers: Fingerprint Publishing
  • Price: Rs.250/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Two corpses . . . a woman lying dead on her bed, a man hanging from the ceiling fan.
A suicide note cum murder confession.
And a name . . . Shaunak Sodhi.

When the case comes their way, Senior Inspector Saralkar has just been diagnosed with hypertension and PSI Motkar is busy with rehearsals of an amateur play.

What appears at first to be a commonplace crime by a debt-ridden, cuckolded husband, who has killed his unfaithful wife and then hung himself, soon begins to unfold as a baffling mystery.

As clues point to a seven-year-old unsolved murder in Bangalore and other leads emerge closer home, Saralkar and Motkar find themselves investigating shady secrets, bitter grudges, fishy land deals, carnal desires, the dead woman Anushka Doshi’s sinister obsession with past life regression and her husband’s links to a suspicious, small-time god-man, Rangdev Baba. And then, suddenly, the murderer resurfaces and yet another life is in grave danger . . .

Can Saralkar and Motkar get to the bottom of an unimaginably shocking motive and stop the malevolent killer from committing the fourth murder . . .?

Behind the Book


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Review: Demystifying Reincarnation by Chaitanya Charan

  • ISBN: 978-8175-9943-31
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Publishers: Finger Print Publishing
  • Price: Rs.250/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Who are we? What is our life meant for? What happens to us after death?
Demystifying Reincarnation explores questions of our identity and destiny scientifically, historically and philosophically. Scientifically, pioneering researchers have documented fascinating cases of: Children who recollect past lives, giving details that they had no normal way of knowing. People who, despite being medically unconscious, were conscious of their vicinity and beyond.

Historically, the principle of reincarnation has enjoyed acceptance in most parts of the globe throughout the ages—a list of its advocates looks like an intellectual who’s who of world history. Philosophically, reincarnation is the bedrock of a profound world view that reflects our intuitive sense of justice, our innate need for hope and our universal longing for immortality. Demystifying Reincarnation expands our understanding of what it means to be human and reveals new horizons for our deepest aspirations.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Book Review: Zelaldinus- A Masque by Irwin Allan Sealy

  • ISBN: 978-93-86021-07-6
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Aleph
  • Price: Rs.399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

On a camel’s back hill beyond Agra stands a Redstone citadel altogether different from the white marble Taj Mahal. Fatehpur Sikri is the capital Akbar built to honour the saint who foretold the birth of his first son. In the inner court of the king’s palace is a broad stone terrace with a chequered pattern that resembles a game board. Here, accounts say, Akbar played a kind of chess using human pieces from his harem of three hundred. Costumed in various guises, his women would have presented lively masques upon this stage.Zelaldinus mounts such a pageant, glittering and fantastical, where past and present, nobles and commoners, history and fiction rub shoulders. Its variety of verse and prose forms evoke the carnival spirit of a masque. Underlying the depiction of a rich and varied court life at Sikri are reflections on kingship, a meditation on fathers and sons and a plot within a plot that tells a crackling story of love across the Pakistan border—while through it all strides the nimble ghost of Akbar himself. Jalaluddin (Zelaldinus) Akbar.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

New Release: Breathing Two Worlds by Ruchira Khanna

With a lot of pride I present my latest work as an editor. Working on this book was an amazing experience. I say this not because I have edited it but because I have read the author's previous works and have admired her sensitivity in dealing with the chaos of life. She brings along a fresh perspective to things that are beyond one's imagination and that is what makes reading her work enjoyable. Strongly recommended to people who enjoy fiction in it's truest form - heartwarming, life changing and one that leaves you thinking.


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

  • 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.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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

  • ISBN: 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.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Review: Jaffna Street by Mir Khalid

  • ISBN: 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.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi by Parmahansa Yogananda

  • ISBN: 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.’

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

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

  • ISBN: 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.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: All That Glitters by Liza Trevino

  • ISBN: 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.

Buy your own copy at Amazon 

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review : A Way back into love by Veronica Thatcher

  • 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 the man she left behind?

Buy your own copy at Amazon 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review: Kissing the Demon-The Creative Writer's Handbook by Amrita Kumar

  • ISBN: 978-9352643035
  • Genre: Non-Fiction /Creative Writing
  • Publishers: Harper Collins
  • Price: Rs.350/-  ( I got the book for review from the Writer's Melon)
Do you have a great story to tell but don t know where to begin or how to give it shape?

Whether you re an aspiring writer or a seasoned one, a writer of fiction or narrative non-fiction, Kissing the Demon will help you navigate the maze of plot construction, narrative viewpoint, character development, dialogue creation and description even while allowing your imagination to flow.

Written by an editor and publisher who has for over four decades nurtured some of India s finest writers, it also tackles the insular world of publishers, agents, contracts and editors. It tells you how to find a publisher or agent, what gets a publisher s attention and what turns it off all the stuff writers take years to learn.

Finally, it offers solutions to the vexing issue of balancing everyday life with writing, a problem every writer faces and the reason why so many books remain unwritten.

George Orwell once described writing as a horrible, exhausting experience, and that he wouldn't have written a single book were he not driven by some demon he could neither resist nor understand. Kissing the Demon will make your journey as a writer a little less painful, make you look upon that demon with a little more love.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review: Key to My Soul by Probal Mazumdar

  • ISBN: 978-8193324806
  • Genre: Fiction /Romance
  • Publishers: Maple Press
  • Price: Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the author)
"When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him. It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story. But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him..."

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Review: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

  • ISBN: 978-1509860661
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Pan MacMillan
  • Price: Rs.399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Dangerous Games is a gripping story of family, ambition and power by bestselling phenomenon, Danielle Steel.

Alix Phillips is a successful TV news journalist always willing to put herself on the frontline for her job. All that matters is getting the story. After great loss in her early life, Alix struggles to let anyone get too close. The only people she has allowed to get close to her are her mother, Isabelle - their bond is so strong that it crosses oceans - and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Faye. And Ben, her friend and cameraman. Neither of them fears death - it's love that is more terrifying.

When Alix's boss suspects a major political scandal in the White House involving the Vice-President, he sends Alix to uncover the truth. This story could blow the corridors of power wide open and this time Alix is feeling the heat. But then she receives some devastating news which helps her to put her life in perspective and find out what is truly important to her.

For someone who was never scared, Alix now realizes that the time has come to play some very Dangerous Games.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book Review: Women Warriors in Indian History by Yugal Joshi

  • ISBN: 978-81-291-4522-2
  • Genre: -Non-Fiction /Historical
  • Publishers: Rupa Books
  • Price: Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

Women Warriors in Indian History explores the life of ten Indian women warriors as narrated by other historical characters. While Italian traveller Marco Polo recounts the story of his contemporary Queen Rudramba, Emperor Jahangir narrates the tale of Durgavati to his future consort. Legendary Tatya Tope unfolds Avantibai’s heroics to Lakshmi Bai and the eunuch General Malik Kafur regales a young sultan with Raziya Sultana’s exploits. Put together chronologically, from the slave dynasty to the first war of Indian independence, these stories showcase the changing canvas of Indian history. More importantly, the narratives bring forward the exceptional qualities of these women warriors, while fighting against gender, social, religious and political odds and oppositions. They prove that women are unequivocally strong leaders who have waged and won many battles with courage and conviction down the ages.

Well-researched and engagingly narrated, this book familiarizes readers with these extraordinary women, their highs and lows, and provides a glimpse into their unique, yet relatively less known lives.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Behind the Book : Faiqa Mansab

Today at Behind the book, we have none other than the wonderful author Ms. Faiqa Mansab.

To tell you a bit more about her : Faiqa Mansab received the MFA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Kingston University London, in 2014. Her short stories and an excerpt from her novel were published in The Missing Slate in 2013. She has been a teacher and school administrator for ten years. She has also published in academic journals, and newspapers. Faiqa conducts creative writing workshops when she is not working on a novel. This House of Clay and Water is Faiqa’s debut novel and she is currently working on another one.

Let's hear her story of bringing alive this house of clay and water :

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Cover Reveal: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is the biggest selling living fiction author in the world and with her latest book she tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games. Here's a sneak peek.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Book Review: How I Became a Tree by Sumana Roy

  • ISBN: 978-9382277446
  • Genre: Non-Fiction /Memoir
  • Publishers: Aleph Books
  • Price: Rs.599/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
In this remarkable and often unsettling book, Sumana Roy gives us a new vision of what it means to be human in the natural world. Increasingly disturbed by the violence, hate, insincerity, greed and selfishness of her kind, the author is drawn to the idea of becoming a tree. ‘I was tired of speed’, she writes, ‘I wanted to live to tree time.’ Besides wanting to emulate the spacious, relaxed rhythm of trees, she is drawn to their non-violent ways of being, how they tread lightly upon the earth, their ability to cope with loneliness and pain, the unselfishness with which they give freely of themselves and much more. She gives us new readings of the works of writers, painters, photographers and poets (Rabindranath Tagore and D. H. Lawrence among them) to show how trees and plants have always fascinated us. She studies the work of remarkable scientists like Jagadish Chandra Bose and key spiritual figures like the Buddha to gain even deeper insights into the world of trees. She writes of those who have wondered what it would be like to have sex with a tree, looks into why people marry trees, explores the death and rebirth of trees and tells us why a tree was thought by forest-dwellers to be equal to ten sons.

Mixing memoir, literary history, nature studies, spiritual philosophies and botanical research, How I Became a Tree is a book that will prompt readers to think of themselves and the natural world that they are an intrinsic part of, in fresh ways. It is that rarest of things - A truly original work of art.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Behind the Book: S. Theodore Baskaran

Today at Behind the Book we have with us S Theodore Baskaran, the author of The Book of Indian Dogs. Considered to be 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.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Book Review: The Servant Boy by Reesha Goral

  • ISBN: 978-1633933439
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Koehler Books
  • Price: Rs.999/-  ( I got the book for review from the author)
The Servant Boy highlights the adventures of Zayne Shah, a young man who lives through the most horrific disaster his village, Saidpur, has ever seen. An epidemic has unknowingly raged through Saidpur and is taking the lives of umpteen folk before his eyes. Zayne is determined to find a cure to the mystery, at whatever the cost may be, even if that cost is a price he cannot presently afford.

Zayne goes through a series of ups and downs as he takes you with him, embracing life through vivid details, all of which include paradoxes that anyone from any walk of life can relate to: life and death, happiness and grief, love and envy, friendship and animosity.

Although The Servant Boy is a multicultural novel, and will appeal to those that will enjoy learning about the colorful and vibrant culture of Pakistan, it will also enchant those who enjoy mystery, fantasy, adventure, friendship, and romance. There is something in the novel for everyone.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Book Review: Millionaire Training-Reprogram yourself and be rich! by Tami Yaari

  • Genre: Non Fiction / Finance
  • Publishers: Amazon
  • Price: Rs.332/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3ws)
Seven original exercises that will change your relationship with money and open you to wealth.

The mental images and ideas we have about money determine our possible wealth. From the day you were born, you have passively absorbed positive and negative ideas about money from your family, society and the media. Reprogramming your unconscious is the best tool to change your reality. Realize what your inner money programming is and change it to reach new levels of success and fulfillment. Re-program your unconscious and see the results in your bank account.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Book Review: A Kind of Woman by Helen Burko

  • ASIN: B01N25AZ6L
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Amazon Books
  • Price: $4.07  ( I got the book for review from b00k R3vi3ws)
He is married to the Devil, but can he be her advocate?

Jacob Barder, a successful New York attorney, returns home to New York after being trapped in Europe during the Second World War and miraculously surviving the Holocaust. Barder does not return alone: with him is his new wife, Rachel, a beautiful blonde woman whom he met in Warsaw shortly after the war - a Jewish survivor who lost her entire family and remained alone in the world. Jacob fell in love with her and brought her to the states. Now he will defend her in the biggest battle of her life. A Jewish lawyer’s wife is accused of committing Nazi war crimes

One evening, in a Broadway theater, Rachel is attacked by a woman who accuses her of being Matilda Krause - a German SS officer who served at the Nazi concentration camps. Rachel’s arrest and police investigation open the way to a sensational trial that will be written in the pages of history. With no one willing to protect a Nazi officer, Barder decides to defend his wife himself. Why would a Jewish survivor speak for a Nazi in the court of law? Barder is called to make an impossible case in the name of his beloved wife, and that of humanity altogether. The jury, the judge, and the readers will be astounded by what he has to say.

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Source: Goodreads

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Release Day Blitz : A Way Back into Love by Veronica Thatcher

~ Release Day Blitz ~
A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher
21st February, 2017

About the Book:

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain.People, irrational. But love… Well, that makes complicates everything complicated. 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 is 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?

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

  • ISBN: 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...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: Pearl by the River by Sudipta Mitra

  • ISBN: 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.

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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.

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