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Book Review: Either Or Else Nor by Varun Gupta

‘Either Or Else Nor’ is not that book which anybody can savour so easily. You got to be persevering and have a ken for depths. For readers that love exploring something not so easily available, yet relevant to their life, must pick up this novella. The length of the novella is just over 100 pages, however, it psychologically stretches like a trilogy put together.

If not the entire story, but some or other part, in snatches, is relatable to everyone. We as people who in the glorious days of youth and revel of adulthood fall prey to love, lust, infatuation, crush, and of course in the back of our mind we have hedonistic desires on which we try to build ourselves so that we can triumph every obstacle. This is common – with that age. However, when we face the reality or falter or get rejected, things begin to alter. With time we learn to accept. Something similar or more than that is found in this novella.
Through the nameless characters, the author sweeps into our minds, as the story of…

Book Review: A Chest’s Tale (The Mystery Crackers Book 1) by Jinal Shailesh Doshi

Mystery thrillers are more fun to read when they are short and action-packed. One such riveting novella is ‘A Chest’s Tale’ by Jinal Shailesh Doshi. It is the first book in the series of ‘The Mystery Crackers’. In fact for the better understanding of other novels that followed in the series, this one is a must-read, it will make up for the backdrop automatically.

As the story opens up, we see a host of characters, who gradually get into the story and become critical at one point of time. The novella is placed against the beautiful backdrop of a small town called Jhiljila – this town has everything that fulfills a city’s requirement, such as bazaar, police, military, museums, etc.
Anyway, back to the story, the town recently was affected by the heavy flood. Prash and Nish are twin brothers. Their father, Mr. Viraj Dattani, is a scientist. Their friend Hriday’s father Yogesh Parikh is an antique merchant. In short, Mr. Parikh stumbles upon a chest that looked extraordinary and seemed l…

Book Review: Men Are From Earth Women Are From Earth by Rimple

This is the second time that I read Rimple Sanchla. Her first book, ‘Handwritten Letters in the Bookstore,’ was a gentle love story, that novel was also poignant in exploring the lost days of 90s. Being a 90s kid, I loved that book’s content and connections. Since the first novel was captivating, thus expectations from the author rose up when I picked up her second book, ‘Men Are From Earth, Women Are From Earth’.

To be honest, the content and storyline of the book were different and previously unheard by me. Since I read more of fiction, well this novel seemed like a blend of fiction, documentary, and psychology in one. From a narrative’s point of view, there runs two stories, kind of parallel. One is of Rohan, he is one of the characters from the protagonists’ elite. The second story runs through the book or say diary of Rhea – she leads the story most of the time. Well, not to mention the third character Siddhartha. He fills the gap between Rohan and Rhea.
Soon getting into the bo…

Book Review: Shankara – The Mansarovar Odyssey – by Anuj Tikku

Shankara is a short fascinating account about the author’s Mansarovar journey. He took this journey in a group with Satguru Jaggi Vasudev. The book takes the readers through some countries where the pilgrims had to be routed for the complete religious journey. If you have read The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho, you would be able to relate it precisely.

Mansarovar Yatra is considered the most sacred journey for Indians. Many Indians want to get into this journey every year, but not all get the chance, since this Yatra requires physical fitness with no chronic disease and not many people are allowed to attend it due to treacherous and harsh climatic conditions.
The process of getting selected for the Yatra is rather tough, than any other nomadic journey. The author has highlighted the steps in a lucid way – quite informative for the people planning. Also, in the first chapter, he stated that UV rays get thinner because of high altitude, no sunscreen means burning skin. Secondly, he stated…

Book Review: The Madness of the Monk by Anuj Tikku

The Madness of the Monk by Anuj Tikku is a short book that reveals seven secrets of life. Don’t worry it is not based around The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. Rather, it is an interesting book. The story kicks off when the author Anuj Tikku is stationed at Dharamshala, a famous tourist place in North India, also famous for Tibet migrants who live in India.

There, in hope of meeting the head Lama, Anuj stumbles upon Tenzing, a monk. By all means, Tenzing looks strange but when their encounters turn into meetings and gossips, Tikku learns a lot about life. There are seven secrets, it is better if you read the book to get all the secrets. This book review will not open up the secrets, yes they are based on life, and if taken seriously one can achieve much more than just being extraordinary.
Another aspect of the book is exploring the nooks and corners of Dharamshala. The author has taken time to explore places with various people. Also, one political fact comes out that as …

Author Highlight: Shashank Sharma Discusses his New Book ‘Poetic Howl 2’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Shashank Sharma – the author of ‘Poetic Howl 2’. Here, he talks about his journey as a poet since young age and his latest collection of poetry. He would also be offering some great insights and tips into writing poetry.
Shashank, what attracted you to poetry? As it's a trend among new young writers to write more about love and college stories?What made you to choose something different? I have always been attracted to simplicity and poetry, of all, is an art of putting forth the deepest and most complex philosophies in the simplest words. Hence, I have been in love with the idea of writing poetry since childhood.
And I do write love poetry but not often as I feel it’s an over-explored topic by almost every writer out there. I am more into writing about life and it’s thousand other shades. Do you read poetry? Is there any poet who influenced you heavily? Yes, I do read poetry mostly to improve myself and to learn …