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Author Highlight: Tarun Vikash Discusses his Début Book ‘She Stood by Me’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Tarun Vikash – the author of ‘She Stood by Me’. In this interview, Tarun talks about his writing aspirations, inclination towards romance, and the route to getting his book published. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What motivates you to write? I have been an ardent reader for a decade now and I mostly read Indian authors. The absence of nice stories around me actually motivated me to write. There was a time when I realized that I am not reading the genre of books I want to read. My peers also complained of the same when I decided to write for everyone out there waiting for a nice novel. I also want my stories to convey a message in every novel I write.
I don’t intend to write a boring storyline, which people forget ultimately down the memory lane. I want my stories to be remembered forever and it can only happen if it moves them, touches them deep and they could relate to my characters in their daily life. What i…

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is possibly the best standalone novel of phenomenal work he has given the world of young adult fiction by far. This multi-million worldwide bestseller was first published on Jan 10, 2012. The title comes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and it’s perfectly coordinated as this story opens up to us in the first person by the main character Hazel grace, a sixteen-year-old average girl in the regressive stage of lung cancer.

Though the cancer was supposed to be terminal, a new miracle drug has bought her an undetermined amount of time, but it hasn't put her disease into remission. She is required to carry her oxygen tank because, as she remarks, her “lungs suck at being lungs.” So, the dying girl continues to live with her loving family and decides to make the most out of it as long as she could. After being diagnosed with her cancer Hazel never really got the chance to experience the teenage life every girl lives, she calls it 'awkwardness…

Author Highlight: Ketan Modha Discusses his New Book ‘Shades of Pink’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Ketan – the author of Shades of Pink. In this interview, Ketan talks about his writing aspirations, and the route to getting his book published. Stay on...while we chat with him.

What motivates you to write? Everybody needs a medium to express! Writing is just one of them. I believe I can write better than probably I speak. As far as motivation goes, I would like to do something what I enjoy! Furthermore, as a writer you only need your thoughts, a laptop and your solitude i.e. this is something you can carry on as long as you want! Was it tough to pen down a novel based on two female personalities? Not really!I think what really matters is the subject and how much do you believe in what you have written or going to write. The book is not only about two female personalities. Rather, it is the ideology entrenched in beliefs of people in any generation and conflict of those very beliefs across generations. And this is …

Book Review: Shades of Pink by Ketan Modha

Shades of Pink by Ketan Modha is a riveting romance novel featuring Maya as a protagonist. The novel is poignant in bringing forward the conflict of interests and other grim societal layers that do no good to an individual. From love and society’s point of view, the novel holds a special place in the Indian literature arena.

The title ‘Shades of Pink’ subtly signifies the placement and plight of women from one generation to next. Here, the story is almost two-generational. First is Maya, and the next is her daughter Ria. Though Maya runs like banter throughout the backdrop; however, the first part is totally engrossed with her.
Maya lives in a middle-class family in Ahmedabad with her professor father Vishnu and mother. Maya was keen to have admission in a medical college, but fate has something different in store for her. Upon her father’s insistence, she chooses Microbiology. She is not happy with this choice, but feels tied. For Maya, college life is typical until she stumbles Mira…

Book Review: Cross Connection by Preety Praveen

Cross Connection is a riveting romance novel by Preety Praveen. The 200 page novel begins with career aspirations in the medicine field for some students hailing from Punjab. As we delve deep into the novel, we see that the author shuttles the backdrop between Punjab and Tamil Nadu, clearly the sense of cross-culture is evident in the novel. If you are thinking there has been Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States based on the same lines, well that was a different story altogether. This is something new and previously unheard of.

The lead character is Simar. She wanted to pursue a career in medical – probably running after MBBS. In the search of a career and fate in the same, with approval from her family, she gets admission in a college in Salem. Imagine from Punjab to Tamil Nadu…thousands of miles away from home and parents. Well, after some tussle, she secures admission in BDS. But still she is happy.
From Punjab she is not alone, to her company there are some more: Inder, Harjeet, and Roop. The…

Book Review: Seeking Greens: The Lost Trident by Mishthi Arun

Seeking Greens (The Lost Trident) by Mishthi Arun is a riveting historical fiction, with snatches of fantasy and Indian mythology. The greatest aspect of the novel is its shuttling between two very ancient civilizations: Indus and Mesopotamia.

The title of the novel is objective. Look at it, ‘Seeking Greens.’ What does it signify and the next phrase is ‘The Lost Trident’. After reading the novel, one can grasp that in the novel runs a great quest. What’s that? The semblance of the story takes us to the Indus Civilization around 2150 BC – clearly the time line is not only ancient but primitive as well. There have been numerous novels based on modern and medieval history since the research material is abundant. On the other hand, carving out a novel from the dawn of human civilization is not only a daunting task but also demands an apt precision and a great sense of imagination. The novel sounds absolute credible at all junctions – that’s a great reward for author Mishthi.
Outwardly tal…