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Author Highlight: Chandan Sen Gupta Discusses his New Book ‘Unforeseen’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Chandan Sen Gupta – the author of ‘Unforeseen’. In this interview, Chandan talks about his writing aspirations, the route to getting his book published, and his inclination towards humanity and world peace. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What motivates you to write and how long have you been writing mainstream literature? When I come to think of it, I feel that the motivation to write stems from man’s innate nature of being creative. I feel the urge to recreate the human mind at work, intrigue, conspiracy and benevolence working side by side, and the geographical beauty of a place through words, so that people can read about them and contemplate on the message that I have to convey. I have been writing mainstream literature for over six years now and published two novels, both thrillers. Though you are an experienced and well-known writer, how do you feel when your book gets published? It’s an immense satisfaction…

Author Highlight: Suraj Laxminarayanan Discusses his First Book ‘Elephants in the Room’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Suraj – the author of ‘Elephants in the Room’. In this interview, Suraj 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 biggest motivation comes from the knowledge that a book has the magical power of transporting people to a different world and allowing them to forget themselves in it. The opportunity of attempting to do the same with my own book becomes exciting as well as a responsibility. Also, it is necessary to have a story that I myself enjoy and believe in.
I have been interested in self-help books and the psychology of crime. Crime movies and mysteries always appeal to me. The unexpected twists and turns in the books I read and the movies I watch fascinate me. Hence, writing crime related subjects is always interesting. How do you handle the response of this book, especially from your friends and colleagues…

Book Review: One Plot Many Stories by Sarath Babu

Sarath Babu is one of the prominent lifestyle bloggers in India. He blogs about many topics; however he, is, on top of the line, famous for book reviews. Recently, he came up with his first book, a collection of short stories named One Plot Many Stories. The book is very short, around twenty-seven pages and consists of fourteen very short and yet unique stories. All of his stories have same characters, namely John and David. They are in every story, sometimes as father and son duo, at times as friends and so on. People looking for extremely short and light read may grab this book from Amazon Kindle, as of now only e-book is available.

The book is a multi-themed, ranging from human morality to friendships to betrayal and many in between. There is one particular story where David and John are friends where David has a lottery selling shop and John purchases lottery from his shop almost every day. During Christmas time as the prize money was Rs. One Crore, John buys a few tickets. Next …

Author Highlight: Khayaal Patel Discusses his New Book ‘Tarikshir’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Khayaal Patel – the author of ‘Tarikshir’. In this interview, Khayaal talks about his writing aspirations, the route to getting his book published, and his inclination towards fantasy novels. Stay on...while we chat with him. 
What motivates you to write and how long have you been writing? The readers motivate me to write, I’ll keep writing as long as there’s someone reading the stuff I write. The first draft for Tarikshir was written way back in 2010. Between then and long, I’ve managed to write four other books in the interim. All of them varying genres, and hopefully they should be published soon. How did you feel when your book got published? Relieved. It was a long time coming. Now it’s just hoping that the readers love reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Are you a prolific storyteller or story listener? What are some of your favourite novels and authors? Rene Goscinny and Herge were and always will be…

Book Review: Panther’s Moon by Ruskin Bond

Panther’s Moon is a great read about a wounded panther’s plight. The story takes place, as usual, in the Himalayan village of India named Manjari. It’s a tiny village with only five houses and from this small village only one boy named Bisnu, who lives with his widowed mother and elder sister Pooja, goes to school which is located five miles away. He also takes care of his family by doing little bit farming. His day to day activities include getting up early so that he can reach his school at time, which is at a distance of five miles. He has to cross a stream, wound up and down the mountains and pass through a dark forest where he is often welcomed by monkeys.

We see Bisnu and his dog Sheru. They both go together wherever they go. The village where Bisnu goes for education is bigger and connected to town and it has a bus stop, market, hospital and of course his school. Man-eater leopards or tigers often make common news for the people of hill. But this time, the leopard is different…

Author Highlight: Sameera Kotta Discusses her New Book ‘Beyond What Meets the Eye’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Sameera – the author of ‘Beyond What Meets the Eye’. In this interview, Sameera talks about her writing aspirations, and the route to getting her book published. Stay on...while we chat with her.
What motivates you to write? Nothing gives me more fuel to write than my job. It's so easy to be passionate about being a doctor, and there's just so much to write about! No wonder there are so many TV shows on doctors. I also find injustice very unsettling and I hate the saying, “life isn't fair.” Life should be fair! And that's what motivates me to write. How do you handle the response of this book, especially from your friends and colleagues? I probably wouldn't have finished the book if it weren't for my friends and colleagues. The kind of support and encouragement I've gotten from all of them is overwhelming. For the most part, though, I've received so much praise from my friends and colle…

Book Review: Beyond What Meets the Eye by Sameera Kotta

Beyond What Meets the Eye by Sameera Kotta is a dark contemporary novel that revolves around the murky fates of orphans. At times you may feel that the world’s happiness feeds on others misfortunes. Here, we see Majnu as the protagonist. He is an orphan. He doesn’t know anything about his parents or ancestral history. He exists and he has to make some value off his existence. Like we mostly heard, he too felt victimized at the orphanage where he was being initially raised, but later he runs away with one of his friend Bunty, who dies owning to poor living standard. It was Bunty’s death that defines the fate of Majnu.

Next we see Majnu is a medical student. He gets into a medical college and surprisingly good at studies. At college, he gets acquainted with a charming girl named Soumya, who hails from rich background. They go around but things do not work the way Majnu had planned. Out of nowhere, he purposes Soumya but to his chagrin she rejects him. Majnu takes an introspection of hi…

Book Review: Elephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan

‘Elephants in the Room’ is a debut novel of Suraj Laxminarayanan and it looks like pièce de résistance. The length of the novel exceeds 600 pages, but while reading you may delve deep into the plot and feel drawn to the intricacies of the storyline, thus after a point length hardly matters. You must have seen great Hollywood movies based on bank robbery, like The Italian Job and The Bank Job, etc. However, the prominent thing about these movies or novels is that their ending becomes predictable after a certain point. Well, with this book the kind of stance you get towards ending is not only nonplussed but also mesmerizing.

In the bank robbery there are three gangs; one of them is more of terrorists. However, the author has given much weightage to one gang as they are the people who collide with the other two gangs. Initially the novel runs on their back. They are six in number, their usual business is pickpocketing or to carry some errands for money. They aren’t professionals, but fr…

Book Review: VQE (The Tale of an Indian Physician in the United Kingdom of the 1980’s) by Vivek Gumaste

VQE is an interesting memoire of a young Indian physician who struggled in the 1980’s turbulent England to have a better medical career in US. The narrator, young and 26-years old, completes his MBBS from Bangalore and plans to practice medicine in the USA. However, it is not easy to get into US for medical field; one has to go through a rigorous examination. During his time (1980) it was VQE which stands for Visa Qualifying Exam.

For attempting VQE, he lands up in England as there it’s easy to get a temporary job to meet basic needs. He stayed there for over two years but those years were neither good nor monotonous. They were eventful and always kept him on tenterhooks, he was quite ambitious but uncertainty, insecurity, self-doubt and gloominess were never to leave him for various reasons.
Life in a foreign country is not that easy as people generally reckon with. It is like the grass is always greener on the other side, but a closer look reveals something else. As soon as he land…

Book Review: The Mother I Never Knew by Sudha Murthy

The book ‘The Mother I Never Knew’ by Sudha Murthy consists of two novellas. The stories in the book are about familial relationship, highlighting their values in our contemporary life. These two stories take a poignant stance about relationship with mother. In both stories, the characters feel befuddled about the history of their mothers and go on a quest to reclaim them. Both stories are different yet seem converging to one point: love for mother.

In the first story, we see Venkatesh living a comfortable life in Bangalore until he gets transferred to Hubli. There he stumbles upon his look-like and there onward things begin changing. He comes to know that look-alike is his half-brother, who lives in sheer destitution. Venkatesh, full of contrition, comes out of his comfort zone and begins a hunt for his past. Will he be able to reach out to his step mother and find out about their past?
Second story is of Mukesh, an NRI – living in London. When he comes to Bangalore he is confronted…

Book Review: Monkey on the Roof by Ruskin Bond

Monkey on the Roof is a typical Ruskin Bond story, like about nothing but looks everything. The story features Ruskin Bond or say shows how he lives in Mussoorie at the cottage with an adopted family. Initially, he talks about animals and birds and insects that break into his cottage or onto his study table. He never harasses or chases them mercilessly; rather he drives them away from his window which opens to the mountain side, where he stands for hours watching the people on up road, school children and troublesome monkeys. He says that his roof is made of tin, old fashioned, where monkeys often make noise and if there are no monkeys, then its cats vs. rats at night. Ruskin finds obstacles to his sleep; he loves sleeping and admits that he is a lazy writer. If freedom was given, he would have his stories written by his assistants.

In the story he also tells about his obsession for bed tea and breakfast. Ruskin puts strong emphasis on having good breakfast ever since his young days.…

Book Review: The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten

Some books are so terrific with their cultural backdrop that more than the story you begin taking interest in local customs, people, tribes, rituals, and so on. On the similar lines, we have The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten, a historical fiction. The story opens in 1835 when colonization was taking roots in European culture.

Sibylla Spencer is a strong-headed woman of twenty three, unmarried, and daughter of Spencer Shipping Company’s owner. She has different opinions about the life she is leading in London of 1835. Somehow, she gets on with Benjamin Hopkins, a clerk in Spencer Company. They get married. When Spencer Company’s Moroccan trade agent dies, Sibylla along with her husband moves to Morocco to handle business accounts. Once they are into Mogador, a port city in Morocco, the priorities in their lives begin changing and the love between them evaporated without showing signs of wisps. It is clear that Sibylla is not happy with Benjamin, but still for the sake of her two…