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Book Review: The Lion in Your Heart by R. C. Chizhov (Illustration by Anil Yap)

The Lion in Your Heart by R. C. Chizhov is a wonderful short children's book that tries to instill some moral values to its young readers. The story is about Dennis. He moves to a new home, in a new room. At first night, he thinks that an owl is sitting at the window. He is scared and unable to sleep, thus, he calls out for his mother. Mommy says that there is no one in his room except a lion. How? Next, the story is about the lion that everyone has in their hearts. Through examples of storm and sea, miracles and courage, Dennis gets the point of being stronger from inside. The way the author presented the concept of self-belief and being bold in all circumstances is captivating. The concept of the inside lion is materialized perfectly. The book is short to read and one can also enjoy its lovely and colourful illustrations. It is captivating right since its first page, whether Kindle or paperback it is a heartwarming story of a little boy who is learning to be stronger and co

Book Review: Ek Sukumaria ka Ant by Janardan

Ek Sukumaria ka Ant by Janardan is a riveting Hindi title that contains four long stories. The book is poignant in depicting the hedonistic themes that are prevalent in the world, especially in our morals and tenacity. Through these stories the author tried to concern the voices of people caught in the circle of fate and doom and circumstances. It is not necessary that only poor people are trapped in the victim cycle, the author covered characters from all class. Also one prominent theme is that the world acts as a stage for many aspects and chores. It’s clear from the first story Rangmanch, where we got to see the reconciliation of two lovers that was staged by their family and friends. In the next story of Lifafa, the author portrayed the grim realities of corruption that runs in our administration and political system. The man tries to get a transfer but his efforts were becoming futile as the envelope he was giving wasn’t properly channelized and it lacked the weightage of mone

Book Review: Life through the Mirrors by Prativa Mahanta

Life through the Mirrors by Prativa Mahanta is a wonderful sublime collection of poems. The book offers over 20 poems of different themes and some motivational quotes right in the beginning. Though most of the poems are long, yet they sound rhyming and seems purely built on the emotions of heart of the poet. There is subtle anguish, appeal, concern in many poems. While exploring the self, the book also takes a stance on many societal barriers and norms that try to define our lives in futility. This makes the collection a bit dark. Despite all, the book is readable and relatable to one’s heart that dreams even after getting hurt at many junctures. The USP of the book is that it builds an air of motivation and imagination through words. The title is apt and it epitomizes the world where we live, it is like a mirror, what we do that we see. The first poem, ‘Thoughts riding the Air’, voices the inner voice of the poet who is determined to do something in life, she is way ambitious that

Book Review: Framandi Alliance by Rashid Ahmed

Framandi Alliance by Rashid Ahmed is an engrossing science fiction novel that is purely based on space activities and its allied ambience like extraterrestrials, anomalous space objects, colonization, and interstellar travel and so on. Before the main story could commence, the author introduces us to a secret organization working for space related issues named Lysi in Europe post the Second World War and dominantly during the cold war. So anything related to space exploration or cosmic missions, it is due to this organization. As you chug ahead with the story, you will meet two twin transhumans Jón and Ásta, they are sort of protagonists. They are assigned to intercept and study AL-I, the medium sized asteroid like object, discovered approaching north of the solar system's ecliptic. It stopped in the way. Looks unique but its sudden and erratic behavior could pose danger to Earth. The twins reach at Alfhol space station behind the moon. From here the most part of the story begins

Book Review: The Man from Nowhere by Saurav Dutt

The Man from Nowhere by Saurav Dutt is a prolific novella about racial abuse, mental suffering, and identity crises and other traumas that possibly a human being can go through in one epoch of life. The premise of the story is not only funny but also engaging because of its peculiar characters. The story features a recluse man who lives at a famous address in Los Angeles, California. The address is 37 Crescent Drive, Hollywood Hills. There is one home built on stilts. Its architecture is amusing but the man who lives in it is highly befuddling. According to his neighbors, he hardly came out in last three or four years.  He is not in good terms with his wife named China, with whom he lived for twenty years. Now the woman seeks divorce. The man (mainly nameless) takes it otherwise, in fact, he is too weird to be understood properly. As the story chugs ahead, you will find it odd that he wants to see himself dying. He wants to design his death way. More than anything else, the people ar

Book Review – A New Political Ethos: Panacea for Robust Societies by Kanagiri SN Prasad

A New Political Ethos: Panacea for Robust Societies by Kanagiri SN Prasad is an interesting political non-fiction book. Right at the beginning the book introduces readers to the national and regional political parties of India. The book is easy to read and understand for all sorts of readers. The expanse of the book stretches from short introductions to history to problem-solving aspects and many in between.  For every party, the author presented first its history, backdrop and the position in the contemporary times. The book commences with the political parties of India where we get introduced to many known and old and new parties like Congress, BJP, CPI, CPIM, The AIMIM, YSR, TDP and much more. Initially, the author puts more focus on South Indian political parties, especially from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. So, the readers not acquainted with South’s political parties and allies, can definitely gain new perspectives from this book. It also studies the backdrop, rise, and fall