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Book Review: Flowers in the Sunshine by Sarbajit Roy

‘Flowers in the Sunshine’ by Sarbajit Roy is a beautifully written collection of poems. As one can get the hunch from the title, the collection is inclined towards nature and its allied beauty. The book offers 54 poems, mostly about sublime beauty of nature and other themes. The collection starts with the titular poem, ‘Flowers in the Sunshine’. This poem tells us the significance of sunshine among flowers and around. In fact, it is the sunshine that actuates the ambience of flowers and birds and collectively all rejoice their life in a most carefree manner. The poet explores that nature fosters the spirit of life, be it flowers, birds, bees or human beings. The next poem ‘The Lonely Tree’ is a superbly penned down. It takes into account the tree as a mute spectator of the events that happened around it. The poet portrays the surrounding nature of the tree, it must have been a mesmerizing experience for the tree to witness the cycle of change in all those years. As you read the boo

Book Review: The Beautiful Sky by Harshwardhan

The Beautiful Sky by Harshwardhan claims to be the longest romance novel in India. Indeed, it is…running over 500 pages, while reading one could feel its expanse and traverse. The novel is built on a powerful theme: love is beyond a common vista and true love demands sacrifice. While reading this novel about Amyra and Vian, you may conjecture that love is also blind and it is not for everyone.   It is one of its kind romance novels. Why? It involves a lot of Hindi Shayaris. In fact, there is a Shayari for every event and situation. Such as; “Madad karne wala ek, Charcha karne wale dus, Aur rasta rokne wale hazaar hai. In sab logon se tum umeed Bhi kya rakhte ho, Yaha toh izzat aur iman Dono ka chor bazaar hai….” This Shayari depicts the plight of Amyra when she had to see the court for rape proceedings. Likewise, whenever there is a love in the air, you will find a perfect Shayari forming up in the heart of Vian, the lead character. Or in midway, he would do a Shayari

Book Review: Puttli by Anuj Tikku

Puttli is a horror novella by Anuj Tikku. This book is way different from the normal horror stories as it is also about the life of Jesus Christ (JC). As we read the book, we came across Sushant Gupta, an archaeologist in his mid 40s. He lives alone in a jungle where he is busy in his current project of excavation. With him lives his servant Bhola. The story is mostly set against India and in between there is coverage of Vatican City and Pope. Apart from a fictional tale, the book marks the religious controversy as it is against the belief of Christianity that JC did not die in Jerusalem but in Kashmir, in India. While excavating, Sushant and his team discover a church and human bones and a doll with one eye. On the back of the doll is written Puttli. After some research Sushant confirms that bones indicate that JC spent his life in Kashmir after Crucifixion. And the doll was made by him as he was a carpenter. Sushant does not believe in religion and faith. He kept the doll with

Book Review: The Night Cradles A Lonely Moon by Sumona

The Night Cradles A Lonely Moon by Sumona is a riveting collection of 13 short stories. The book explores a gamut of counted and uncounted shades of love. While reading the book, one may feel that ‘Love’ is beyond the apprehension of common vista. It is ingrained deep inside, at times visible, otherwise struggles to surface. Often books based on love are warts-and-all, because they fit in a stereotype pattern. Well, this book is all about delving deep in the psychic of lovers and their hearts. There is romance, sizzling seduction, silent heartbreaks, layers of eroticism – and above all expression of love in all sorts of circumstances. Almost all stories are contemporary and ironical in their scaffolds. It’s a wonderful book for the discerning romance readers. Talking about the stories, the book opens up with ‘Tavern by the Sea’ – the story is staged against the sublime backdrop of Goa, where two lovers meet once in a year on the eve of Valentine’s Day. It’s difficult to define thei

Book Review: Silence of New Market by Debo

I love being with crime thrillers, especially the noir and slow burns. Thinking the same I picked up this novel, but inside I found a different proposition. The novel falls under the purview of crime thriller genre but it focuses on characters than on other aspects. The story is about a place called New Market, it has some history and heritage, when it is taken for other commercial re-instatement, it becomes the bone of contention and hot place for criminals. The novel sounds riveting because of its backdrop and timeline of 70s. The story is told through the eyes of Vikram, he was into the police department that time. I think that time Naxalism was coming up fervently in much part of India. His wife’s brother was involved in it, due to that his personal live was in shambles. The novel is first in the liberation trilogy. So, this focuses on despondence. The theme of hopelessness is extended right up to the end of the novel. The police was unable to find the killers or people involve

Book Review: Blue Eagle by Sharada Kolluru

Blue Eagle by Sharada Kolluru is a riveting novel that blends crime and romance genre into one. Running up to 266 pages, with segmented into 4 parts, this novel features the stories of two lead characters Neil Randhawa and Moe Somani from different countries. Neil hails from Italy, a sort of NRI. He is into wine business. Initially to understand his exact case, you will stumble upon his lifestyle, lineage, and profession. The author has given a lot of coverage of Italy – its landscape, culture, people and customs. When Neil lands up in India with a bottle of red wine named Blue Eagle of worth 3.75 crores, the trouble begins. The bottle gets stolen while catching a taxi. As he approaches the police station in Delhi, the story shuttles between India and Italy. The second story is of Moe Somani. She hails from Yangon, Myanmar. She has lost her certificates while riding a cab. Both characters meet in the police station. The coverage on Myanmar is really fascinating and it shows the cou