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Author Highlight: Famous BJP Spokesperson Sanju Verma Discusses her New Book ‘Truth & Dare – The Modi Dynamic’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Well, today, we just not have an author but also a dynamic, multi-faceted and a popular TV personality, where she actively participates as BJP spokesperson. Recently, she has written a brilliant book on Modinomics. In this interview, she talks about her book, ‘Truth & Dare – The Modi Dynamic’ and some interesting facts about the current political facts. Stay on...while we chat with her.


What would you like to convey through this documentary kind of book on Modinomics? The main aim is not to simply convey the message of Modinomics to the present-day generation or the millennials and neo-millennials, also to make sure that there is an all-inclusive book that captures all the achievements of the Modi government in last five years. Someone had to tell the motivating story of Modinomics, which is a model that is both unique and revolutionary in its approach. Therefore, I decided, that someone had to be me – as I am an economist and an ardent …

Book Review: A Village in Garhwal by Ruskin Bond

There is no one better than Ruskin Bond to give you deep insights about the life in the Himalayan foothills. He lives in Mussoorie and thus knows the up and down of the hills, nearby and the farthest. You must have read many Ruskin Bond stories on the lives and culture of the Himalayan people living in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Well, this short story, A Village in Garhwal, takes you into Manjari village of Garhwal region. The author spends four days in the village, he was taken there by one of his friends Gajadhar. This village Manjari is located twenty-five miles away from Lansdown, a famous tourist place and center of Garhwal Rifles.

It takes two days to reach this village from the author’s native place. One needs to travel first by bus from Lansdown and then walk for five miles. The village is situated up the Nayar River – a tributary of the Ganges. One morning the author wakes up to the loud vociferous sound of Cicada. This sound reminds him of factory buzzer. The author …

Story Summary: Gopal and the Hilsa Fish

Gopal and the Hilsa Fish is a short story covered in the NCERT Class 7 English Textbook Honeycomb. The story is funny in its tone and nature, and presented in the comic form, not in PDF or simple word format.

Before you get into the realms of the story, you must know that Hilsa is a popular fish, found in rivers of India. It's mostly sold during monsoon season. In the story, the season is probably of monsoon. In the kingdom, everyone seems talking about the Hilsa fish.
Fishermen catching no other fish in particular, but only focusing on Hilsa fish. Even in the market, fish merchants selling Hilsa in great gusto. They are offering even discounts and other hacks to lure customers. The height of popularity reaches inside the king’s palace, even the ministers and courtiers found gossiping and discussing Hilsa fish. It is like, Hilsa fish seems to be an important topic over other state affairs.
So much stupidity all around. This angers the king. He wants that to be stopped. The king i…

Author Highlight: Dr. Sarika Jain Discusses her New Book ‘SHE’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Dr. Sarika Jain– the author of ‘SHE’. In this interview, she talks about her writing aspirations and the route to getting her books published. Stay on...while we chat with her.
How did you choose the title? I always wanted to write something on girls and women, as I get to read every day in the newspaper that in India and across the world females are raped and are killed before birth. They are tortured and are burnt for dowry. Many girl children are forcefully married and are compelled to sacrifice their dreams at an early age. They become the victims of honour killings and domestic violence everywhere. Girls and women are always discriminated, broken, ill-treated, hurt, belittled, and abused in their daily lives, so I chose the title for my debut book as – SHE; where SHE is described as ‘Stop Hurting Me Every Day’. I chose the same because whenever I wondered about the pains and sufferings of girls and women, I thoug…

Character Sketch of Nakoo in the Cricket for the Crocodile by Ruskin Bond

Nakoo is a famous animal character from Ruskin Bond’s story ‘Cricket for the Crocodile’. Since the crocodile Nakoo has been shown an integral part of the ambience and setting of the story, it is better to refer it like a human. Though in the story, he does not speak or converse with other animals and humans, but he is well capable of thinking. He is able to think about what is bad and good for him.

He lives in a shallow river, which is near or adjacent to a playground where often children and their fathers play with other teams. Two prominent teams that often play there are the village and the town team.
Nakoo is often referred as Nakooji by many children and others who come there to play. It means people respected him. But in reality, people feared him. Nakoo is bored with eating fish, he now longs to have juicy human flesh. Often he eyes to grab one or two human fielding near the river. But in the story, we see no such instance that he literally attacked any human in greed. He seem…

Book Review: Until You Come Home by Mridula Bajpai

Until You Come Home by Mridula Bajpai is a powerful novel about love, war tales, family bonding, and sentiments and memories of lost ones. The narrative of the novel is done by a single voice. However, at its core, the novel covers two different stories and they are connected in more than one ways.

As the novel kicks off, we keep seeing the mentioning of Capt. Uday Sharma. The main narrator of the novel is Mrinalini Sharma. Well, Capt. Uday Sharma was the ‘Mama’ of the author. She lovingly refers him as Uday Mama. The strange fact is that Mrinalini never came across Uday. Why? But still, she keeps him throughout the narration.
Capt. Uday Sharma was very young when he joined the Indian army as an officer. Just after passing out from the academy, he was sent to fight the Chinese Army at Se-La Pass, in northeast. The time was of 1962 war with China. Unfortunately, due to some reasons, he could not come back home. What were the real reasons that he couldn’t come back can be known only an…

Author Highlight: Saurabh Kudesia Discusses his New Book ‘Aahvan’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Saurabh Kudesia – the author of ‘Aahvan’. In this interview, he talks about his writing aspirations and the route to getting his books published. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What made you to write a novel in Hindi?I started writing Aahvan in English as early as 2009. After spending more than 8 months and completing almost 30-40% of the book, I realized that I am not able to express the ancient characters in their true colors particularly when using Sanskrit text/references. The difference in the impact was so profound that I decided to junk the English version completely and switched over to Hindi. What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell…I was always fascinated by the art of writing and its ever-lasting impression on the readers. It was my deep curiosity about the Mahabharata that triggered the whole idea of this book series in 2003. It took me another 15 years to research the subject, collect the …

Book Review: 14 Works by a 14 Year Old by Nikhita Makam

14 Works by a 14 Year Old by Nikhita Makam is an inspiring work. As the title indicates both – the number of pieces in the book and the age of the author. Nikhita is a school-going author and at this age coming up with a well-written book is a thing to note and appreciate. This book consists of 14 pieces – a mix of short stories, poems, and prose.

Whether it is a story, poem, or prose; the author tried to convey some or other message successfully. The story about an unusual dream of a girl manages to stir elements of horror in the story. And the prose about that unsatisfied tree is something that represents us in current times. No matter what we get, we forget to show gratitude. That's a bad virtue.
The poem about the wind was beautiful and it shows how the wind is related to us in various sorts of circumstances. It helps in spreading a lot about one another silently. That was an amazing piece of work. Writing and editing are fantastic. However, a close look will make you underst…

Book Review: Love in Siesta by Avik Gangopadhyay

Love in Siesta by Avik Gangopadhyay offers a different set of short stories. Throughout the anthology, which consists of eight stories, the author has tried to delve deep into some terrific and profound human feelings and traits that are often associated with love, lust, betrayal, and passion.

Some of the stories have primitive backdrop, the days of clan and tribe, but love was everywhere, and at all times. This collection strongly points out that love is not a modern theme, ever since the humans have gained access to their feelings, love and passion have been consistently driving their desires. Love is the strongest desire a human can ever have. It will be wrong to say that only love is the strongest feeling – however as you read initial stories, like ‘The Lost Yearn from the Charnel House’ and ‘The Primeval Lust’ – it evidently becomes clear that for the possession of the love a lover can go to any extent of zenith and nadir.
These stories are not that we get to listen now and then…

Author Highlight: Preeti Pathak Discusses her New Book ‘Enrich Life’ and Stories from her Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Preeti Pathak – the author of ‘Enrich Life’. Preeti Pathak, the founder of Empyreal, is well known for her soul-stirring debut book, 25 Essentials To Happy Living. She is a force to reckon when it comes to mentoring and counselling people for enriching their lives. Today, she talks about her journey as a writer and about her second book, Enrich Life. Stay tuned…while we chat with her.
Do you mind if you could tell our audience a bit about your organization Empyreal? Through my journey of life, I realized that life is not complicated but we complicate it by our own self for the Self as well as for others. Being a people’s person, from an early age, it gave me immense satisfaction to guide and facilitate people to see the obvious and not-so-obvious for a balanced, happy and enriched life. With this vision, Empyreal was formed. To help all – empower their real self through my blogs, books, and interactive sessions & …

Book Review: Aahvan by Saurabh Kudesia

Aahvan by Saurabh Kudesia is one novel, in lifetime, which will move you to the extreme core of your beliefs. If you do not know the meaning of Aahvan, well by Googling it, you will come to know something as ‘invoke’. Clear enough, the story kicks off with Rohan. He seems to be an enigmatic personality, later it comes out that he was way ahead in research as well. Importantly, he is the backdrop of the story too.

The story opens with Rohan and his infant son’s death in a car accident. On the same day, a will prepared by Rohan reaches up to his family members: wife, father, and one younger brother. Hereafter, the rigmaroles of suspense and thrill will begin catching you. The will does not look ordinary. It starts indicating about a sun sign (Suryakawach) and mentioning of manuscripts. More or less, it confuses the father of Rohan. Also, to put more fat in the fire, there are treatment reports of his late infant son that either seem misjudged or wrong. A bundle of confusion, commotion,…

Author Highlight: Dr. Parag Mahajan Discusses his Book ‘Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Dr. Parag Mahajan – the author of ‘Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare’. In this interview, Parag talks about his writing aspirations, and the route to getting his books published, and technology in the healthcare field. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell… Since my childhood I am interested in technology. Although being a medical doctor (a practicing radiologist), physics was and still is one of my most favorite subjects. Since 1990s, I am into computers and internet. I developed interest in artificial intelligence almost three years ago (in 2016). 
When I read a lot of books and articles about AI, I was convinced that it is going to bring a revolution in our lives. Huge number of problem-solving and business opportunities available in the field of AI in medicine were tempting to an entrepreneur like me. At that time, there was not a single book having all the p…

Book Review: Traitor by Rakshanda Jalil

There have been many books on the Indian partition themes by various authors like Amitava Ghosh, Khushwant Singh, and Gulzar over a period of time, i.e. from 1947 to up till now. Well, the books written before 1980s managed to capture the raw emotions and all those events that still make us uncomfortable and somehow guilty. And bringing the truth out in the best form was the priority of those books.

On the similar lines, is Traitor by Rakshanda Jalil. Well, the original title is Ghaddaar in Urdu written by Krishan Chander. Traitor is an English title – it’s a translated version, done by Rakshanda Jalil. No matter what, the intensity and value of the story never looked dull or went offbeat.
Let's take a peep into the novel. The story features only one main character, Baijnath. He is modern, educated, and hails from a well-to-do business family, from Lahore. Mind you, well before the partition of India into two nations, Lahore was a cultural capital of India. Trade, art, intellectu…

Book Review: SHE by Dr. Sarika Jain

SHE means Stop Hurting Me Every Day. This book is dedicatedly referring to those who take girls and women can be handled in every situation, without creating any fuss and loss. With the title, the message is clear – A Message for Those Who Belittle Girls!

This non-fiction book probably has come up following the dreadful two rape cases that shook the entire country. One was Nirbhaya, and the second was Kathua. Nevertheless, you have to appreciate the efforts taken by the author to promote power among women and girls. In our country, which is developing so fast, rape cases are becoming banal. People just don’t care, as they consider girls and women as commodity, not an individual or human being. This needs to be stopped. There needs to be awareness about respecting women all across the globe.
The book is well presented in eighteen chapters – all equally powerful and brimming with stats and data. With each chapter, you will find a soul-stirring tagline, such as in Chapter Six: She is …