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Author Highlight: Gaurav Gupta Discusses his New Book ‘College Diaries’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Gaurav – the author of ‘College Diaries’. In this interview, Gaurav 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? Creating a difference in someone’s life or making someone smile. Or if someone can find their stories in mine or relate to it, that also gives fair bit of motivation. More my work is read, more I feel connected with this world. You remember the movie – ‘The Ring’ – In that, there is a girl Samara that just wants to be heard. My writing soul feels the same – it just wants to be read. How did you handle the response of this book, were there are any hiccups from college faculties? There haven’t been any hiccups so far. My campus faculties are fairly pleased with the book which is based on IIT Roorkee. People have liked the book so far. But what lies ahead of me is the tricky task of marketing the book so that p…

Book Review: RAFFLESIA: The Banished Princess by Gautam

‘RAFFLESIA – The Banished Princess’ by Gautam is a Bildungsroman novel. Through this book we meet Appu (Apurva Sharma) – a very silent, emotion-provoking and intense character. The book is about him. How he grows up with his parents, the kind of society he witnesses, his subaudition with some of the people outside his family, and most important how he struggles to eke out his share from the world or how he tussles to be a good fit in the hedonism of the world which is nothing but a meaningless chase for unbridled desires.

Appu is terrific. You will feel for him. He is naïve, honest, and inexperienced. His favourtie tale is RAFFLESIA – The Banished Princess. Appu liked this tale ever since he got hold of it. He had read it numerous times since his childhood. Why? There is some strange connection to his heart with this tale of a princess. Probably Appu tried to rise above all – everything – from all the hues and cries that grip the soul of a middle-class family. But did he succeed? Pro…

Book Review: Page 6 And Beyond by Hureen Saghar Gandhi

Internet technology has dramatically changed our lives i.e. the way we communicate and socialize through social media and chatting apps. It will be right to say that internet technology fuels the overall plot of this light-hearted, witty, contemporary novel.

‘Page 6 And Beyond’ by Hureen Saghar Gandhi is relatable and fun to read. The story is not much about one peculiar character or plot; rather you will get into mesmerizing experience that may pull you towards your long-lost school friends.
Well, coming to the book and its allied features. We see that there is this Page 6. People living in India must be familiar with Page 3 (Times of India) – a page for celebrity gossip and news and so on.
The name Page 6 was inspired by the Page Six gossip section of the New York Post which is a source of celebrity news, gossip, entertainment, pop culture, photos, video and more. It was a spontaneously agreed upon name when our group of five decided to take this scoop to the next level.
On the simi…

Book Review: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Like all other work of Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland is anytime like getting into the cathartic experience of meditation. Her writing can force you to slow down on your thoughts.

She has no surprises, very few sudden twists; almost like a mundane journal entry, although in the narrators’ voice. Lahiri has that rare gift of beautifully narrating intertwined life journeys. The story itself has a little plot, yet is gripping, it holds you right to the end. However, the end is almost always predictable. Her writing is magical and exceptionally detailed. She paints with her words.
The book intentionally sounds clumsy. Be prepared to be pulled in and out of the past and for a good amount of heart wrench. It may leave you yearning to dig more about the Naxalbari movement in West Bengal and in general about Calcutta of the 1970s.
The blurb says that it is a story of two brothers. Well, the book does belong to Subhash and Udayan, but also equally to Gauri. Well, it may leave you upset, with ques…

Author Highlight: Tarun Deep Singh Discusses his New Book ‘What is an Indian?’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Tarun – the author of ‘What is an Indian’. In this interview, Tarun 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? The answer is available on my webpage - How did you handle the response of this book? I wrote this book back in 2009 - 2010. That's why most of the references you see in the book are from those years. I could not get it out since no one was willing to publish it. Moreover I was not aware of means to promote it. Now, with publishing of other book The Journey: Traveller With In, I have re-launched this book. So, far things are slow but feedback by your team is amazing. I really appreciate your team for restoring my confidence in writing. I hope your followers will pick the book for reading and provide more encouraging feedback. I want to write healthy literature and need support to cont…

Book Review: The Birds & The Bees by Milly Johnson

The Birds & The Bees by Milly Johnson is a romantic novel that draws love’s comparison with bees. As you see, either love can make you fly or it stings. Humourus, yet relevant,…only Milly can do it with such brilliance.

How’d it be, if your fiance walks out on you weeks before the wedding? Horrible, isn’t it? Stevie’s fiance not only did breakup with her weeks before their wedding but went straight into the arms of a beautiful lady who was Stevie’s friend. Gruesome!
She begins to think it’s not her destiny to have a happy family. She challenges her fate and plans a move to win her man back. She is forced to pair up with a Scottish bloke, McLean who is anything but lean with a reputation that makes everyone tremble. Does she win her man back?
It is an interesting take on romance that more like the dance between the birds and the bees. Milly’s characters are charming and refreshing. The story picks up pace midway. It’s simply riveting. You may love the chemistry between the protag…