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Author Highlight: Nimish Tanna Discusses his New Book ‘Divyastra’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Nimish Tanna – the author of ‘Divyastra’. In this interview, Nimish 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? I think the biggest factor of motivation is universal for all storytellers and that is, a story inside you that HAS to be told. It’s like a therapy, a ball of energy bursting inside you and there is no other outlet for it, except telling it. Whether you speak it out, pen it down, sing it, dance it, paint it, act it; the form really doesn’t matter. What really matters is, you live it. Once the story has consumed you completely, you will not feel relieved until you have told it. I guess that is why storytellers are willing to go to any extent in order to express themselves. How do you handle the response to this book, especially from your friends and colleagues? When my first book released, just like any new wr…

Book Review: The Epic of Kautilya (Born to be King) by Deepak Thomas

Fantasy fictions are charming than other genres as there you find normal things done in different ways. For instance, the background is, most of the time, is not contemporary – it is mix of myth and history and some other innovative landscapes. Next, the host of characters, unlike human, you are sure to meet demons, monsters, animals, and apes for that matter. If you have read ‘Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series, we hope you understand what we are alluding to. Coming to this novel, which stretches up to 288 pages, we felt while reading as we are with this novel and its characters and in the setting since ages. The experience was dreamlike. And when the novel ended, you feel good for the experience, and sad as you have to move on. But the hope of getting a possible sequel keeps you alive.

This novel possesses a very fantastic yet intriguing question – which is mightier to rule a kingdom, ink and intellectual or steel and strength? The protagonist, female Kautilya, so called pr…

Author Highlight: Tapan Ghosh Discusses his New Book ‘An Anglo-Indian in Love’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Tapan Ghosh – the author of ‘An Anglo-Indian in Love’. In this interview, Tapan Ghosh 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? Life has taught me that life itself is the greatest motivation a writer can have. Key incidents in my life and the lessons I have learnt from my mistakes are two major sources of material I use in my writings. How do you handle the response to this book, especially from your friends and colleagues? Any honest opinion is good to understand the reader’s viewpoints and expectations. It serves as a guide to what’s working and what’s not. At a deeper level, it’s a two-way process. They get to know me through my writings, and, strange as it may sound, I get to know myself better from the feedback I get. What this really means is, a reader may interpret something you have written in a manner compl…

Book Review: Divyastra by Nimish Tanna

If you have read books and seen movies on the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, you must be aware of various types of weapons used by gods and their allies. Those were known as astras and shastras. Are today’s mass-destruction weapons are inspired by those weapons of gods? Possibly, yes. Now, we have Divyastra by Nimish Tanna – this suspense thriller’s roots date back to the Indian mythology and it delves deep into astras and shastras of Vedas. As the title suggests, Divyastra was a weapon of mass destruction: who possessed it, how to use it, when to use it and so on. This all seem captivating but do you have any clues about its dark intricacies? All these questions will be unveiled in this novel. It is a perfect blend of today’s modern science and the Indian Mythology. 

The novel has around three stories running parallel. However, each part is equally captivating and gives you hope that sooner or later they are going to converge. Even before that happens, you get with them – as the book…

Book Review: I Also Slept with Rashmi Verma by Love Thon

‘I Also Slept with Rashmi Verma’ by Love Thon (pen name) is a slightly erotic book about an oomph college chick named Rashmi Verma who is famous for sleeping with many guys of the college. However, when it comes to the narrator – his luck is hard. Why? Not all girls that look easily available are meant for all. The narrator though comes into her acquaintance very soon, but when it comes to have her, he fails miserably. But why?


The major backdrop of the story is staged against some college campus. On one hand Rashmi is experimenting with other guys, from sturdy to romantic to bullheaded and so on. On the other hand, she presumes to be in love with the narrator, but their love does not reach bedroom, and this is causing major worry for the guy. Probably, the concurrent theme that takes over soon is about infatuation that normally happens when we are young or at college life.
The book is not so lengthy, but still has thirty one short chapters. And each chapter runs like a movie scene –…

Book Review: The Meeting Pool by Ruskin Bond

The Meeting Pool also known as My Boyhood Pool is a short story by Ruskin Bond about boyhood days. The story starts with Rusty, the narrator, strolling on a road, it is about to rain, and then suddenly he hears the sound of water running, like in a stream, behind a dark line of forest. He goes there and finds a stream coming down from the mountains and lying over a shingle. He takes it as an easy-to-hang-out pool. So much excited, he goes running to break the news to his close friends – Anil and Kamal.

They all go to school and often seek places to sit alone and do a lot of fun. They don’t prefer to be in crowded bazaars. For them that pool is a place of ballast – they name it as Rusty’s Pool. They often meet and have fun in swimming. Other than that they try hard to catch fish but to no avail. One day Anil explodes the one rocky side with the gunpowder, as a result he gets trapped in the explosion; thank god he is saved by Rusty and Kamal. One day they plan to build a dam on one sid…