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Book Review: The Girl with a Secret Crush by Sudha Nair

The Girl with a Secret Crush by Sudha Nair is a very short novel, about thirty-two pages, available only on Kindle. The purpose of this book is to present readers with short and crisp, yet interesting, romance story. With the help of Kindle publishing, the trend of publishing short and effective novella-like stories is taking the right direction. Much famous name is Preeti Shenoy. Well, coming to this story, we see it is a story of Malini, first.

She is quite alone in life, works with a small publishing house, and loves her cat. No friends, no boyfriends, no social life, no other drama life. She has this plain life. But she loves the novels of a very famous author Vikram Mathur. She even loves him secretly, and Vikram has no air about it.
Well one day, the equation changes when her senior goes on vacation and she picks up the call of Vikram, who was furious at her senior. Soon, she is sent to meet Vikram to suggest him something with his novel’s characters - he was facing a writer…

Book Review: A Night Walk Home by Ruskin Bond

A Night Walk Home by Ruskin Bond is a beautifully written short story that talks about the night ambience which the narrator often experiences in Landour – a small place in Mussoorie. Also, the story is very informative as it tells as how a night can be spent in the mountains, like the foothills of the Himalayas.

The theme of nature and wildlife conservation is too strong and Ruskin has used various animals and birds to depict his conviction for saving from any sort of trouble. The story is of one night when the narrator was walking back home midnight in the mountains. One can relate more with his experiences by going through the following excerpts:
"No night is so dark as it seems. Here in Landour, on the first range of the Himalayas, I have grown accustomed to the night's brightness - moonlight, starlight, lamplight, firelight! Even fireflies light up the darkness."
Clearly, the narrator loves night as he does not reckon it with darkness, rather he finds light in many …

Book Review: Not a Different Story by AmyReads

Ever since we were kids, we loved watching movies and serials on family drama and tragedies. However, these kinds of stories are rare to find in the novels nowadays – you can find in Munshi Premchand’s novels – in the likes of Sevasadan, Nirmala, Godan, etc. But that was a different time and era.

Literature on social tragedies is often too high on intensity that at times the readers find it tough to cope up with, but on the other hand side, it reflects the grim realities of our society and the world we live in. How people are responsible and what all social factors are there to shape the overall course of simple people. Some mean and arrogant people do something heinous and villainous, and the repercussions of their sins chaperon some simple and innocent-hearted people. The world then feels like a place of different zone, somewhat hellish.
Well, if we can keep aside this pontification, we have a novel by a debutante to discuss. It’s ‘Not a Different Story’ by AmyReads. As the title s…

Book Review: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare by Dr. Parag Mahajan

There has always been a lot of buzz surrounding trending technologies and AI (Artificial Intelligence), according to many experts, lead the race. In fact it should be as it’s an umbrella technology, and even today its usage and definitions remain away from the realms of commonality. It gets mentioned at all privileged places, thus this trending technology is, nowadays, found in the center stage. It deserves as well, because of very logical reason - its applications are getting first preferences and soon it will be rampant in all walks of life, be it driving, entertainment, travel, healthcare, and so on.

So far many have bet that AI may gnaw the humans and allied human values and culture. It may take over humanity is a question that can be left to future when this technology becomes larger-than-life. Today, we have a fantastic and an insightful book – Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare by Dr. Parag Mahajan - and we are going to see what is the future and current scenario of AI in t…

Author Highlight: Pooja Marwah Discusses her New Book ‘Pursuit’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Pooja – the author of ‘Pursuit’. In this interview, Pooja talks about her writing aspirations, and the route to getting her books published. Stay on...while we chat with her.
What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell… It was a chance meeting with a stranger at a random party that affected my every sense. It left me with a feeling of déjà vu and we had but one conversation on life. Somewhere inside me, that stayed. I am a hyper possessive and protective mom so while driving my children around to their co-curricular’s, Pursuit – Drawn by Destiny got written. The second part, which has all the answers, will be out next year. What message would you like to convey through this book? Dreams do come true, if only you have the courage to pursue them. I was 8 when I first dreamt of a love that I wanted. And believe me, it was a drive like no other. Everyone thought I was insane but the truth is… I’ve finally fou…

Book Review: Gilding a Hermit by Rocor

Gilding a Hermit is a collection of poems by Rocor. The book is divided into two parts: the early life and the late world. Probably, the poet has much to tell about his feelings in both the phases of life. Look at the temerity of the poet who has given such a bold and yet subtle title to the collection - Gilding a Hermit. In simple words it means painting a saint-like heart with gold-like hedonism. A deeper thought will provoke that it is the cardinal rule of the world to smear people with the lineage of hedonism.

The poems in the collection are longer and evoke a sense of heat and embarrassment, because the poet’s anger towards the world is evident. The more you say, is less about the poems. The kind of reflections the words and phrases make is of high importance and people with malleable heart will feel swaying with the flow.
Look at this poem! The terrific intensity is bound to grip you:
Let them all regret
They didn’t filch all Some of mine is left to burgeon best The time and place…

Author Highlight: Shreesha Khare Discusses her New Book ‘Along the Way – As you unearth about Self-love and Relationships’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Shreesha Khare – the author of ‘Along the Way – As you unearth about Self-love and Relationships’. In this interview, Shreesha talks about her writing aspirations, and the route to getting her books published. Stay on...while we chat with her. What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell… There is an inspiration, mentor, my guide and everything to me. I remember when I first discussed my blog writing, he suggested me that start writing a bit more now. Let your writing be about your prime interests. It should be something which is of your experiences and interests, people will be more interested. I write every day in my journal which helped me to craft this beautiful book about my life experiences to which people can resonate. What message would you like to convey through this book? Self-love is the mother of love, this is the best way to put it. Two things are universal in this world, I would say they are t…

Book Review: Pursuit (Drawn by Destiny) by Pooja Poddar Marwah

Pursuit by Pooja Marwah is a charming romance read. It features Kate and Edward Scott – and they both seem to be lovelorn – though they are hedonistically successful. If you have read Mills and Boons romance novels, well then this novel may take you back to the same days. Otherwise if you have recently started an affair with romance or love related stories, this is going to be an amazing read for you that may linger with you for long time. Depth, darkness, emotional ride, persuasion, passion, and so on – in fact it’s completely a spiced up work by Pooja.

Coming back to Kate Princeton – she is the female protagonist in the story. At thirty five, she is a ravishing businesswoman – runs her own company named Semicircle Entertainment. She is the only person from her home who is settled in Mumbai, otherwise others are scattered in the USA. She is not yet married, may be because her quest to find a true love is yet to be fulfilled. As in her own words, she craves for true love, the followi…

Book Review: Along the Way by Shreesha Khare

Love is a simple word, but the kind of complications it provokes and involves are beyond the vista of normal human mind. It takes nothing to fall in love, but one needs to be courageous to brave it under all circumstances. Misunderstanding, break-ups, dust-offs are some common issues plagiarizing the modern-time love affairs. Sketched on similar lines, today we have this novella, Along the Way, by Shreesha Khare to teach us a few undertones and hidden values about love.

This is a story of Amelie – she is pursuing MBA in United States and holds terrific knowledge about the digital world. Her world changes one day when she is caught by Steve Smith, the vice president of Telas Digital Communications, quite a big company in the USA. Having been impressed by her knowledge of the digital world, Steve offers her to be an intern in his company. She accepts the offer and thereafter we see that Amelie, a very ambitious girl, is carefully mentored by Steve. Is love all about expectations? May b…

Book Review: Prisoner of Yakutsk (The Netaji Bose Mystery) by Shreyas Bhave

You must have heard a lot about Netaji Shubhas Chandra Bose, the founder of INA. He was a prominent figure in India’s struggle for independence history. Since ages many speculations and assumptions have been circulated about his sudden disappearance. Did he die in the plane crash in Taiwan or did he escape and never made it to India? Questions are still alive! Even today Netaji Shubhas Chandra Bose is a mystery. No solid evidences have been brought up against his sudden disappearance. Anyway, not many authors have used Bose as a subject matter in their fictional books. Well, today we have this fiction – Prisoner of Yakutsk by Shreyas Bhave – this book’s concurrent theme is to find what happened to Bose.

According to our opinion, this fast-paced and well-written novel is mix of historical fiction, Bose mystery, and suspense thriller. Overall, the end output is captivating. In the novel, you will find parallel narration – the major ones are of Jay Rasbihari and his grandfather Mr. Sing…

Book Review: Growing Up (A Book of Poems) by Ruhee Advani

Breaking up all stereotype barriers, ‘Growing Up’ by Ruhee Advani is a special collection of poems for those who still miss their higher school days and early college life. It is a short book – divided into two – but still consists of over seventy heart-touching poems. As the title says, the book is more focused on growing up, especially of teenage phase, thus, for the same reason the book is divided into two age groups namely thirteen to fifteen years and sixteen to eighteen years.

The poems are short and at times medium in length. From the poems it is evident that the author went through mood swings – at times she is concerned about her mother, while some time she is worried about being alone, and questioning the world, which is more on deviating her from her chores that emanates from her heart and soul. At teenage, we are often more grappled with a complaining attitude, but that is the time when we think of ourselves more than of other things. Poems like Friendless, Soothing sorro…

Character Sketch of Grandfather in the story ‘The Adventures of Toto’ by Ruskin Bond

Grandfather’s Private Zoo is a very popular novella about animals by Ruskin Bond. The targeted audiences of this story are children of India. And for this reason, many stories from the novella have been included in the syllabus of many schools across the country. As a matter of fact, wherever you find animal-related stories in Ruskin Bond books, it means there is his grandfather. You may find him either in the story or in the memory of the narrator i.e. Ruskin himself.

So, before understanding the animal stories of Ruskin Bond, you must peek into the character of his grandfather.
After reading many stories about animals written by Ruskin Bond, you will realize that his animal stories are incomplete without the mentioning of his grandfather. Since most of the animals’ stories are of that time when Ruskin was a young boy, thus it indicates that grandpa wasn’t too old. Had he been too old, he would have not kept animals at his home or indulged with them.
Coming to his nature, grandpa wa…