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Book Review: An Indian Loser by Uzma Hameed

An Indian Loser by Uzma Hameed is a beautifully written contemporary novel that mirrors the grim realities of Indian societies. Through this story the author has concerned the voice of many and put in a lot of efforts to show as how our societies treat losers and winners. The psychology behind is very simple: if you are a winner, you sail smoothly; and in another case of being a loser, the people around you provoke you mercilessly. On losers, the society endlessly throws tantrums.

Coming to the story, the novel is built around a story of a loser (from a society’s point of view). Here, we see Peeyush as the lead character of the story. Well, more than being a loser, it is about as how he became a loser. When the story kicks off, we see that Peeyush is an exemplary character with too much anticipated success. Can success be anticipated too much? It is a sin to anticipate success. Hold your nerves until you become the achiever. Same happens in the case of Peeyush, he is good at studies.…

Author Highlight: Divya Kumar Discusses her New Book ‘The Shrine of Death’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Divya Kumar – the author of ‘The Shrine of Death’. In this interview, Divya Kumar talks about her writing aspirations, the route to getting her book published, and her inclination towards crime thrillers. Stay on...while we chat with her.
What motivates you to write and how long have you been writing? I’ve been writing as long as I can remember – my mother has saved my first story, about a turtle and fish who were best friends, written when I was five years old. That was followed by comic-strips and Enid Blyton-inspired adventure novels begun during summer holidays, angsty poetry in my teenage years, and articles for literary journals and campus newspapers in college. But I became a professional writer after I completed my journalism degree in the U.S., and joined The Hindu Metroplus in Chennai as a feature writer, covering mostly the book and art beat.
What motivates me is an abiding love of stories, and the joy of…

Book Review: Patol Babu (The Filmmaker) by Satyajit Ray

It is a short story based around Patol Babu who during the time of his youth took great interest in acting and theater but it couldn’t be converted into great success. While young Patol Babu has great good days when he was working with the railway and at the same time attended stages and theaters for acting. He grew famous and words are that people from different places came to see him. However, when he lost his job, the financial restrain put a halt on his acting passion. To revive it, he tried to get back into money making business by opening a variety store, but all in vain.

Today, Patol Babu is over fifty two years of old and left his acting career far behind. Sometimes, he sits down and takes a walk to the memory lane with his wife. He remembers those days of theaters and acting and tries to make up for his emotional loss by the memories.
Well, one day he is approached by his neighbor Nilkanto Ghosh who informs him about a role of an absent-minded pedestrian in a film. Nilkanto …

Author Highlight: Rajiv Mittal Discusses his New Book ‘The Panchatheertha Part 1’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Rajiv Mittal – the author of ‘The Panchatheertha Part 1’. In this interview, Rajiv Mittal talks about his writing aspirations, the route to getting his book published. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What motivates you to write? All the goodly stuff that is in my mind that I believe is more interesting than whatever is on the internet. How did you handle the response of this book? Pehle, I read the reviews.Woh acche lage.Fir socha, ab dekhte hain isko padne wala koi hai bhi ki nahin.Aur uska jawaab?Woh kya gaana hai - ‘Intehaan ho gayi, intezaar ki …’ Why did you choose to write a novel inspired by The Panchatantra? The Panchatantra offered me tremendous scope to be funny and philosophical without worrying about anyone taking offence.Animals can’t be bothered with those sort of issues. What are some of your favourite novels and authors? Favorite novels:The type Scott Rogowsky reads on the subway.
Favorite authors…

Book Review: The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal

If you love many stories within a story with peculiar themes assigned, well go nowhere and stick to this book. Beginning with the title, we found it a bit befuddling, as we could not guess from its title whether it is a mythological fiction or a revision of the old classic The Panchatantra written by Vishnu Sharma. A close look reveals that…yes it is heavily inspired by that old classic. 

Talking about its genre, the proposition is equivocal, it will be tough to put this book into any particular category as you see there is no substantial role of characters mentioned initially, rather as we read, we see a host of animals, their stories and the moral messages they are relaying to humans. Broadly, we can say it is a collection of amazing stories which is closely related to the fables of The Panchatantra.
What stands out, the unique voice of the characters, this time the author has added his peculiar style to the stories, for instance tattoo on a camel’s kid, and loudspeaker for a merc…

Book Review: The Ineligible Millionaire by Tarun Varshney

The Ineligible Millionaire by Tarun Varshney is a contemporary fiction that tells a tale of a young man named Arjun who rises to the status of notable eminence despite being consistently bogged down by some or other problems in his life. The book, through the voice of Arjun, tells us as what it takes to rise in life. As the story opens, we see that the lead character Arjun is an engineering student struggling hard to get placed in one of the top IT companies of India, like Wipro, TCS, Infosys, and so on.

Arjun is good at studies, has good grades during engineering, but still unable to make to the companies because in 10th and 12th he scored less. If you have attended the placement interviews in your college, well you can understand the plight and situation of Arjun. As in India, it is a kind of set rule to have good marks in 10th and 12th to get placed in a good company. But the matter of concern is what if someone couldn’t score good marks at school because of some family and social…

Book Review: Koki’s Song by Ruskin Bond

Koki’s Song is a beautifully written short story by Ruskin Bond staged against the beautiful nature that probably exist in the foothills of Himalaya. The story is of two children, the girl Koki and the cowboy Somi.

For some part of the year Koki and her mother goes away to her granny’s lonely home located near a river bed. Her grandmother lives there alone. Koki finds that place full of loneliness and nature. There she finds nature in abundance. After crossing a wall, there flows a stream, and from there starts the edge of forest where she gets the chance to spot deers, in fact many wild animals come there to drink water. She is terrified of wild animals but still loves that place. The kind of tranquility and serenity existed there is something that keeps Koki busy.
While roaming around the stream and the wild garden of the home, she often hears flute music and she feels captivated towards the source. She sees a boy in dusty clothes plays that tune. She observes him for a few days an…

Book Review: The Journey by Tarun Deep Singh

Tarun Deep Singh is a highly philosophical author who often writes to encourage and motivate the youth of today. Often his books are deep in meaning and carry various undertones that grip the grim realities of today’s world. Before you look into this book, have you read his previous book – What is an Indian? If not, do read that first in order to understand this one better.

The Journey is a motivational cum philosophical book that deals with travelling – as the tagline says Traveller Within. Not that tourist-type travelling, in fact the author has put forward a theory as how one can travel within one’s soul. This journey will help one in understanding his/her capabilities, bliss, and restrictions and so on. We would not shy away by saying that after a certain point the book becomes a blend of spirituality and philosophy.
The content of the book is aptly divided which further enhances the experience of readers. For instance, the author has covered most concerning topics in six chapter…

10 Best Books by Indian Authors of 2018 Featured @ Kevein Books and Reviews

The year that passed by was remarkable for us. This year we took the tag of ‘India’s Number 1 Book Review Website’ and reviewed around 350 books (that’s a lot). Thanks to the team. Like every year, this time is the best time to declare top 10 books written by Indian authors featured at Kevein Books and Reviews.
Parting of the Strangers and Other Stories by Sattam Dasgupta: A collection of sixteen short stories based around human mind games and tricks. Engaging read.
23:59:59 by Sadashiv Pradhan: A terrific novel of some MBA students – how they struggle to keep themselves alive in the cut-throat competition.
Gift of Confidence by Rohit Narang: A motivational book, narrates the story of a CA final year student, who explores the hidden benefits of confidence. Truly inspiring.
The Last Attractor of Chaos by Abhinav Singh: Epic spy thriller. Shruti, the lead character is six months pregnant, and surrounded with charges of weapon theft and murder. How would she resist all this alone?
Wavy …

Author Highlight: Dr. Sudhir Dixit Discusses his New Book ‘Safalta Shabdon Ka Khel Hai’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Dr. Sudhir Dixit – the author of ‘Safalta Shabdon Ka Khel Hai’. In this interview, Dr. Sudhir Dixit talks about his writing aspirations, the route to getting his book published, and his inclination towards self-help books novels. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What motivates you to write and how long have you been writing? The basic motivation of writing is to help people with my skills in language. I have been translating English bestsellers for the last 20 years, to be specific, from 1998. I came in translation field, as I felt that readers of Hindi belt should get access to the same quality information which is readily available to the English readers. The motto was to remove the barrier of the language. This prompted me to write and this still motivates me. How did you feel when your book got published? I have got so many books published, but I still get a thrill when a new book gets published. The feeling is a…