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Book Review: Kab Ayegee Nayi Subah by Prafulla Kumar Tripathi

Kab Ayegi Nayee Subah by Prafulla Kumar Tripathi is a riveting collection of short stories in Hindi. These are not mere imaginative stories; rather they depict the vagaries and vicissitudes of our lives and societies. Prafull Kumar Tripathi writes with subtle charm, yet his penning skills dig deep into the chasm of characters and bring about the change and truth that these people have to deal with in accordance to life. The book offers 35 brilliant stories whose themes range from peer pressure to social norms to marriage and love and other aspects. The titular story ‘Kab Ayegi Nayi Subah’ is based on a notorious village named Misir Pura famous for gang wars. The intensity of gang wars based on revenge and lust and greed was so much that the village devoured all men population and whenever passerby go through the village they only hear the weeping wails of widows left to grapple with misery. The stories are engaging and engrossing. The author along with Hindi also used other colloqu

Book Review: Rise from Your Ashes by Sangeeta Gupta

Usually when I read books of poetry, I skip around, but I as began reading Sangeeta's book at the beginning and read straight through to the last poem. The title ‘Rise from Your Ashes’ by Sangeeta Gupta is a daring collection of poems that are highly inspirational and motivational. Its vista of wisdom spans across many evident themes like rise up, never give up, courage, agility, temerity, boldness, and much more. This is a great book for someone who loves to get inspired or motivated by the work of poetry. Just look at the title, ‘Rise from your Ashes’. It makes so much sense and instills a freshness of positivity in mind and heart.   As I tried getting under the skin of the poems to understand their hidden meaning, I found that the author put emphasis on twin soul or twin spark concept. In most of the poems the poetess was speaking to her soul, she was fostering it, embracing it amid adverse circumstances and so on. Bursting with elegance, heartache, and harsh truth, the coll

Poem Summary: Dirge of Dehradun by Ruskin Bond

  From the vault of great Ruskin Bond, Dirge of Dehradun is the latest poem on offer. Like his other work, this too is a simple one with concerns over nature. Through this poem Ruskin lays emphasis on the commercialization of two beautiful cities where he spent all his life and still lives there. He is talking about Dehradun and Mussoorie.     Poem: I wonder where the green grass went, All buried under the new cement. I wonder where the birds have flown, They have gone to find another home. I wonder where the footpath’s gone, Right underneath your car, my son. I wonder where the old folks go, The nursing homes GB surely know. What grows so fast before my eyes? A garbage dump, a million flies. Is this the place you celebrate? In prose you made it sound so great! It was……..before I knew it was fate.   Summary:   The author is wondering as the verdant grassland among which he grew is no longer in the sight. It is rather converted into cement building an

Book Review: Chal Nangi Hoja by Anuj Tikku

This is the latest offering by Bollywood actor turned writer Anuj Tikku. He is known for writing head-turning titles on various sensitive topics. Well, this novella is based on the latest media news circulation which is about Raj Kundra and his misadventure in the pornography industry. The book is not obscene or erotic by nature, its content is good and straightforward. But still the book is strictly for adult people because Anuj unnecessarily put objectionable pictures in the book. The story starts with the family history of Raj Sundar that lives in the UK. Raj’s father drives a cab but wants him to study in a grammar school so that their family lineage gets access to more than basic living standard. However, Raj is hardly interested in studies; he tries odd business ideas with his Pakistani friend Saba. The author showed the grim reality of Indian immigrants struggling for good life abroad. There is a lot of family drama that ensues in between, but Raj sticks to his one dream that

Book Review: Ole Biyer Rupnagar Fredericksnagore by Prof. Asoke Bhattacharya

The novel ‘Ole Biyer Rupnagar Fredericksnagore’ (Fredericksnagore, the Dream City of Ole Bie) is written by Prof. Asoke Bhattacharya. It’s an outstanding Bengali novel. This book deals with the story behind the formation of Serampore which the Danes used to call Fredericksnagore. The book is divided into three parts but these are connected. The historical importance of this place is prominently presented in this book. Serampore is a town in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is situated on the bank of the river Hooghly. Colonisation by the Danes brought about a remarkable change in the character of the township. They founded their ‘Kuthi’ there.  When the city was under the Danish rule, it was called ‘Fredericksnagore’, after Frederick the Fifth (1723-1766). The story begins in the 1770s when Ole Bie first stepped into Serampore. He was mesmerized by the beautiful scenario of this place though he was surprised that this place was far removed from modernization. He took a pledge to

Book Review: Witness to a Wandering Mind by Triloknath

Witness to a Wandering Mind by Triloknath is a work of fiction about some families living in the pre-independence time in Punjab of undivided India. The story spirals from the author’s life. He, in fact, narrated a lot about his ancestors with the help of history, religion, caste, creed and much more. The author subtly brushes aside the fantastical themes and takes pride in narrating the impeccable achievement of life of his ancestors, which also includes his wanderings as a kid and child and young man. The book is full of family events, and at every corner there are characters that the author doesn’t forget to introduce to readers. Reading this book is like living with some family, going through the streets and neighborhood, feeling the blend of customs and lineage right before the eyes – all in an epoch that this generation might have forgotten. As the author grows through turmoil and chaos amidst the independence and other events, he realizes the value of family and finally gets t