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Book Review: A Village in Garhwal by Ruskin Bond

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Story Summary: Gopal and the Hilsa Fish

Gopal and the Hilsa Fish is a short story covered in the NCERT Class 7 English Textbook Honeycomb. The story is funny in its tone and nature, and presented in the comic form, not in PDF or simple word format.

Before you get into the realms of the story, you must know that Hilsa is a popular fish, found in rivers of India. It's mostly sold during monsoon season. In the story, the season is probably of monsoon. In the kingdom, everyone seems talking about the Hilsa fish.
Fishermen catching no other fish in particular, but only focusing on Hilsa fish. Even in the market, fish merchants selling Hilsa in great gusto. They are offering even discounts and other hacks to lure customers. The height of popularity reaches inside the king’s palace, even the ministers and courtiers found gossiping and discussing Hilsa fish. It is like, Hilsa fish seems to be an important topic over other state affairs.
So much stupidity all around. This angers the king. He wants that to be stopped. The king i…

Author Highlight: Dr. Sarika Jain Discusses her New Book ‘SHE’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Dr. Sarika Jain– the author of ‘SHE’. In this interview, she talks about her writing aspirations and the route to getting her books published. Stay on...while we chat with her.
How did you choose the title? I always wanted to write something on girls and women, as I get to read every day in the newspaper that in India and across the world females are raped and are killed before birth. They are tortured and are burnt for dowry. Many girl children are forcefully married and are compelled to sacrifice their dreams at an early age. They become the victims of honour killings and domestic violence everywhere. Girls and women are always discriminated, broken, ill-treated, hurt, belittled, and abused in their daily lives, so I chose the title for my debut book as – SHE; where SHE is described as ‘Stop Hurting Me Every Day’. I chose the same because whenever I wondered about the pains and sufferings of girls and women, I thoug…

Character Sketch of Nakoo in the Cricket for the Crocodile by Ruskin Bond

Nakoo is a famous animal character from Ruskin Bond’s story ‘Cricket for the Crocodile’. Since the crocodile Nakoo has been shown an integral part of the ambience and setting of the story, it is better to refer it like a human. Though in the story, he does not speak or converse with other animals and humans, but he is well capable of thinking. He is able to think about what is bad and good for him.

He lives in a shallow river, which is near or adjacent to a playground where often children and their fathers play with other teams. Two prominent teams that often play there are the village and the town team.
Nakoo is often referred as Nakooji by many children and others who come there to play. It means people respected him. But in reality, people feared him. Nakoo is bored with eating fish, he now longs to have juicy human flesh. Often he eyes to grab one or two human fielding near the river. But in the story, we see no such instance that he literally attacked any human in greed. He seem…

Book Review: Until You Come Home by Mridula Bajpai

Until You Come Home by Mridula Bajpai is a powerful novel about love, war tales, family bonding, and sentiments and memories of lost ones. The narrative of the novel is done by a single voice. However, at its core, the novel covers two different stories and they are connected in more than one ways.

As the novel kicks off, we keep seeing the mentioning of Capt. Uday Sharma. The main narrator of the novel is Mrinalini Sharma. Well, Capt. Uday Sharma was the ‘Mama’ of the author. She lovingly refers him as Uday Mama. The strange fact is that Mrinalini never came across Uday. Why? But still, she keeps him throughout the narration.
Capt. Uday Sharma was very young when he joined the Indian army as an officer. Just after passing out from the academy, he was sent to fight the Chinese Army at Se-La Pass, in northeast. The time was of 1962 war with China. Unfortunately, due to some reasons, he could not come back home. What were the real reasons that he couldn’t come back can be known only an…

Author Highlight: Saurabh Kudesia Discusses his New Book ‘Aahvan’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Saurabh Kudesia – the author of ‘Aahvan’. In this interview, he talks about his writing aspirations and the route to getting his books published. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What made you to write a novel in Hindi?I started writing Aahvan in English as early as 2009. After spending more than 8 months and completing almost 30-40% of the book, I realized that I am not able to express the ancient characters in their true colors particularly when using Sanskrit text/references. The difference in the impact was so profound that I decided to junk the English version completely and switched over to Hindi. What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell…I was always fascinated by the art of writing and its ever-lasting impression on the readers. It was my deep curiosity about the Mahabharata that triggered the whole idea of this book series in 2003. It took me another 15 years to research the subject, collect the …

Book Review: 14 Works by a 14 Year Old by Nikhita Makam

14 Works by a 14 Year Old by Nikhita Makam is an inspiring work. As the title indicates both – the number of pieces in the book and the age of the author. Nikhita is a school-going author and at this age coming up with a well-written book is a thing to note and appreciate. This book consists of 14 pieces – a mix of short stories, poems, and prose.

Whether it is a story, poem, or prose; the author tried to convey some or other message successfully. The story about an unusual dream of a girl manages to stir elements of horror in the story. And the prose about that unsatisfied tree is something that represents us in current times. No matter what we get, we forget to show gratitude. That's a bad virtue.
The poem about the wind was beautiful and it shows how the wind is related to us in various sorts of circumstances. It helps in spreading a lot about one another silently. That was an amazing piece of work. Writing and editing are fantastic. However, a close look will make you underst…