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Author Highlight: Divya Kumar Discusses her New Book ‘The Shrine of Death’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Divya Kumar – the author of ‘The Shrine of Death’. In this interview, Divya Kumar talks about her writing aspirations, the route to getting her book published, and her inclination towards crime thrillers. Stay on...while we chat with her.
What motivates you to write and how long have you been writing? I’ve been writing as long as I can remember – my mother has saved my first story, about a turtle and fish who were best friends, written when I was five years old. That was followed by comic-strips and Enid Blyton-inspired adventure novels begun during summer holidays, angsty poetry in my teenage years, and articles for literary journals and campus newspapers in college. But I became a professional writer after I completed my journalism degree in the U.S., and joined The Hindu Metroplus in Chennai as a feature writer, covering mostly the book and art beat.
What motivates me is an abiding love of stories, and the joy of…

Book Review: Patol Babu (The Filmmaker) by Satyajit Ray

It is a short story based around Patol Babu who during the time of his youth took great interest in acting and theater but it couldn’t be converted into great success. While young Patol Babu has great good days when he was working with the railway and at the same time attended stages and theaters for acting. He grew famous and words are that people from different places came to see him. However, when he lost his job, the financial restrain put a halt on his acting passion. To revive it, he tried to get back into money making business by opening a variety store, but all in vain.

Today, Patol Babu is over fifty two years of old and left his acting career far behind. Sometimes, he sits down and takes a walk to the memory lane with his wife. He remembers those days of theaters and acting and tries to make up for his emotional loss by the memories.
Well, one day he is approached by his neighbor Nilkanto Ghosh who informs him about a role of an absent-minded pedestrian in a film. Nilkanto …

Author Highlight: Rajiv Mittal Discusses his New Book ‘The Panchatheertha Part 1’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Rajiv Mittal – the author of ‘The Panchatheertha Part 1’. In this interview, Rajiv Mittal talks about his writing aspirations, the route to getting his book published. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What motivates you to write? All the goodly stuff that is in my mind that I believe is more interesting than whatever is on the internet. How did you handle the response of this book? Pehle, I read the reviews.Woh acche lage.Fir socha, ab dekhte hain isko padne wala koi hai bhi ki nahin.Aur uska jawaab?Woh kya gaana hai - ‘Intehaan ho gayi, intezaar ki …’ Why did you choose to write a novel inspired by The Panchatantra? The Panchatantra offered me tremendous scope to be funny and philosophical without worrying about anyone taking offence.Animals can’t be bothered with those sort of issues. What are some of your favourite novels and authors? Favorite novels:The type Scott Rogowsky reads on the subway.
Favorite authors…

Book Review: The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal

If you love many stories within a story with peculiar themes assigned, well go nowhere and stick to this book. Beginning with the title, we found it a bit befuddling, as we could not guess from its title whether it is a mythological fiction or a revision of the old classic The Panchatantra written by Vishnu Sharma. A close look reveals that…yes it is heavily inspired by that old classic. 

Talking about its genre, the proposition is equivocal, it will be tough to put this book into any particular category as you see there is no substantial role of characters mentioned initially, rather as we read, we see a host of animals, their stories and the moral messages they are relaying to humans. Broadly, we can say it is a collection of amazing stories which is closely related to the fables of The Panchatantra.
What stands out, the unique voice of the characters, this time the author has added his peculiar style to the stories, for instance tattoo on a camel’s kid, and loudspeaker for a merc…

Book Review: The Ineligible Millionaire by Tarun Varshney

The Ineligible Millionaire by Tarun Varshney is a contemporary fiction that tells a tale of a young man named Arjun who rises to the status of notable eminence despite being consistently bogged down by some or other problems in his life. The book, through the voice of Arjun, tells us as what it takes to rise in life. As the story opens, we see that the lead character Arjun is an engineering student struggling hard to get placed in one of the top IT companies of India, like Wipro, TCS, Infosys, and so on.

Arjun is good at studies, has good grades during engineering, but still unable to make to the companies because in 10th and 12th he scored less. If you have attended the placement interviews in your college, well you can understand the plight and situation of Arjun. As in India, it is a kind of set rule to have good marks in 10th and 12th to get placed in a good company. But the matter of concern is what if someone couldn’t score good marks at school because of some family and social…

Book Review: Koki’s Song by Ruskin Bond

Koki’s Song is a beautifully written short story by Ruskin Bond staged against the beautiful nature that probably exist in the foothills of Himalaya. The story is of two children, the girl Koki and the cowboy Somi.

For some part of the year Koki and her mother goes away to her granny’s lonely home located near a river bed. Her grandmother lives there alone. Koki finds that place full of loneliness and nature. There she finds nature in abundance. After crossing a wall, there flows a stream, and from there starts the edge of forest where she gets the chance to spot deers, in fact many wild animals come there to drink water. She is terrified of wild animals but still loves that place. The kind of tranquility and serenity existed there is something that keeps Koki busy.
While roaming around the stream and the wild garden of the home, she often hears flute music and she feels captivated towards the source. She sees a boy in dusty clothes plays that tune. She observes him for a few days an…