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Book Review: The Black Dog by Ruskin Bond

The Black Dog by Ruskin Bond is a short story which talks about superstitions about animals. This story has been covered in the book ‘Death Under the Deodars’. The narrator is Ruskin and the story is staged against the hills and forests of Mussoorie. Ruskin is a famous writer, at least in the hills of Mussoorie. He lives in Kempty village. Often he hikes to the hotel Royal, a walk of around five kilometers, to converse with Miss Ripley-Bean and Mr. Lobo.

Miss Ripley-Bean lives in one of the rooms of the hotel because once this hotel belonged to her father. And Mr. Lobo is a pianist in the hotel. People at the hotel say that animals with dark colour, especially of black colour cast omen on humans. However, Miss Ripley-Bean is of the opinions that if the person’s soul is pure and undefiled, then these animals also play as a guard.
On two occasions when Ruskin came and went to Kempty village at night, much to his surprise he found that a black dog of good height, usually taller than str…

Book Review: Strychnine in the Cognac by Ruskin Bond

Strychnine in the Cognac by Ruskin Bond is a short murder mystery which directly or indirectly features the adventures of Miss Ripley-Bean. This story has been covered under the book Death Under the Deodars of Ruskin Bond.

In this story, the murder mystery is neither solved by any detective or Miss Ripley Bean. As we know that in the book Death Under the Deodars it has been shown clearly that Miss Ripley-Bean lives in one of the small rooms of the hotel. The story is between the actor Dilip Roy and his actress wife Rosie. They have come to Mussoorie in the hotel Royal place to while away the summer. After summer, Dilip Roy has a shooting schedule in Switzerland.
Things are not good between them. They often quarrel. In the hotel, Dilip Roy remains silent and rude to many, while Rosie interacts with people and soon befriends Miss Ripley-Bean because both ladies share love for gardening. Nandu, the owner of the hotel, is on the seventh heaven because of the stars living in his hotel. Un…

Book Review: Arsenic in the Post by Ruskin Bond

Arsenic in the Post by Ruskin Bond is a murder mystery covered in the book Death Under the Deodars. This story dates back to 1920s – it is narrated by Miss Ripley-Bean. When this story actually took place that time she was a young girl of twenty. Well, now she is a seventy year old spinster living in one of the rooms of the hotel Royal in Mussoorie. The story is narrated in the company of Nandu, the hotel owner, Lobo, the pianist, the princess of Harshil, and Ruskin Bond.
Mrs. Doreen Smith is a voluptuous married woman in her thirties. She lives in Meerut with his husband, Mr. Clarence Smith, and an eleven year old school-going daughter. She is bored of her life – she leads a sedentary lifestyle and her husband is not much of fun to her in bed. She is looking for some extra in life.
Soon, she comes in contact with a tall and dark and handsome man, Monty Summers. They get along together quite soon and secretly make love whenever they get chance. Monty Summers is married and lives in …

Author Highlight: Saurish Hegde Discusses his Book ‘The Game of Secrets’ and Stories from his Life

It’s time for another author interview. Today, with us we have Saurish Hegde; he lives in Mangalore, India.
Kindly tell us a bit about you. I’m 22 years old, completed my MBBS course currently doing my internship in Kasturba medical college, Mangalore. I have been a reader since school, interested in biographies, thrillers. I’m also interested in all sports as well. How do you handle the success of your first novel The Game of Secrets? I feel grateful firstly to get my book published by a good upcoming publisher this early, and with the great reviews pouring in. I feel satisfied. Do you think that writing an intense science-fiction novel is as good as writing a normal novel? Please highlight your thoughts on it. Science fiction is better than writing a normal novel, reason being we are progressing towards a very tech oriented future. People are more concerned about the science behind the everyday life making Science fiction relatable to the present and the future context. Yes, it is …

Book Review: The Rise of Rama by Vijay Singh Sodhi

There is a difference between reading a story and watching a story. What if you got a chance to read the timeless epic Ramayana the way you have seen ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ movies. Vijay Sodhi, the writer of The Rise of Rama, has put in cinematic techniques to make this retelling of the Ramayana a great thrilling experience for the people of today. The Rise of Rama by Vijay Sodhi is the first book in the Ramayana trilogy. It is written in a screenplay style which makes it easy to grasp and enjoy. With the help of terms like INT, EXT, FADE UP, ZOOM TO and so on, for readers it becomes clear where actually the scene is set. These cinematic techniques have added a lot of clarity in the story. It’s like you are all there – director, actor, and reader.
The timeless Ramayan is a long epic saga and its story frame stretches over a long period of time, thus it is divided into seven parts, in Hindi each part is called as ‘Kand’. Division into seven parts makes it a pleas…

Author Highlight: Abhinav Singh Discusses his Book ‘The Last Attractor of Chaos’ and Stories from Life

It’s time for another author interview. Today, with us we have Abhinav Singh; he lives in Patna, India. Recently, he has published a terrific spy thriller called ‘TheLast Attractor of Chaos’. He is a Hollywood movie buff, an eccentric reader, and a foodie. The best innovation to ever happen for a person like him is the Netflix. He loves watching movies, three to four at a stretch and without ads. Reading, anticipating, and understanding Physics is his hobby and teaching physics is his profession.
How do you handle the response of your first novel, ‘The Last Attractor of Chaos’? Well, there isn’t much response to handle. I’m an Indie author and it’s my first novel. It will take some time to get response from the readers. Do you think that writing an intense spy thriller novel is as good as writing a normal novel? Please highlight your thoughts on it. Although it’s my first, I’d say that a thriller would need more research and a writer would have to face more struggle to create twists …