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Book Review: Lost by Samair

Lost by Samair is a contemporary novel, part romance, part general. With optimum length and written in lucid narrative, this novel is going to charm the young audience of India any day. The story features Utkarsh and Kiara, with some more auxiliary characters in the backdrop.

Utkarsh is a rich boy from a well-to-do political family. He has had a luxe time in Mumbai while pursuing his graduation course. And for his post-graduation study, he gets shifted to Indore in a mediocre college. Here onwards, the story picks up the pace as other characters, too, join him. It is a multi-narrative novel, and interestingly all the chapters start with a letter 'L', such as lips, love, lap dance, link, litter, and so on.
The good thing about the book is that it has short chapters, which not only insinuates a curiosity among readers but also keeps the boredom at bay. Other than Utkarsh as a protagonist, the female lead is Kiara – ravishing and rich. Kiara and Utkarsh happen to be in the same …

Book Review: God Chronicles #1: Of Swarga by Ranjit More

Now and then, Indian mythological fictions are flocking the contemporary Indian literature arena, and these books are being noticed by huge masses, as they are rooted to our ethos and values, especially related to religions.

So, today we have this amazing mythological fantasy fiction, God Chronicles #1: Of Swarga written by Ranjit More. It’s a first of its kind story featuring Swarga (heaven) as a backdrop. This short and crisp novella is about the world of devatas. King Indra rules Swarga, and he has set an invisible line as a barrier that no one dares to cross, and those who do, they are executed.
The story kicks off with a young man who tried to get the water of Ganga falling from the sky to cure the leprosy of his ailing father (though he is a devata, but got cursed). And for that he had to cross that invisible line. But well before his plan could materialize, he was killed by the king.
Is the king Indra a righteous devata? Does he think of the well-beings of all residents of Swa…

Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the queen of suspense. And her novel ‘And Then There Were None’ is the world's best-selling mystery novel even today, which came out in 1939, with millions of copies sold.

This book is a story of ten complete strangers accepting invitations for a stay on Soldier Island, off the coasts of England and cut off from the main world, by someone named U. N. Owen. Upon arrival they are not received by the host, instead by a butler and his wife. None of the characters know each other. All the guests notice that there is a framed copy of a nursery rhyme called, ‘Ten Little Soldiers’ in all of their rooms and also the centerpiece of ten Indian figurines mimicking from the poem.
On their first dinner together a recorded voice accuses all of them of terrible crimes. The accusations are equally surprising as the guests include highly respected people, such as a judge, a doctor, and a former general. The story picks up from here, as immediately after some time, …

Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

If there are stories coming out of the enchanting wild of Africa, it is through Wilbur Smith. And if from Afghanistan, well it has to be Khaled Hosseini. The world-renowned author has previously penned down bestsellers like ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘The Thousand Splendid Suns’. This is his third novel (And The Mountains Echoed), after a gap of around six years. Again, this novel is, too, back staged against the stony, windy land of Afghanistan. From the Hosseini’s novels, it stands out that this land knows nothing but hardship and tragedy and pain.

"You want a story and I will tell you one," Hosseini begins and takes us to 1952.
A father is telling his children a tale as old as time as they begin their journey through the deep valleys and majestic mountain towards Kabul. Pari, the three-year-old daughter, has an unusually powerful bond to his elder brother Abdullah. He has been her protector, a shoulder to rely on, and a source of happiness to each other all this time. The two…

Book Review: Voting at Fosterganj by Ruskin Bond

Voting at Fosterganj is a short story written by Ruskin Bond. Before you get into the story, you must know that Fosterganj, a small dwelling place, is located in the outskirts of Mussoorie, where Ruskin Bond spent quite a time. He has also written a few more stories with Fosterganj as a backdrop.

This story is about a day of civic elections i.e. people going to cast their vote for the local candidates. Devilal is the candidate whom the narrator supports and many others. And to win the polls, Devilal has arranged free taxi rides for the people to reach at the voting polls, so that none of his supporting candidates miss the eventful day.
As the time comes, Ruskin gets into the taxi, and when it is passing through the bazaars, he describes the various buildings and factories that once vibrated heritage and hilly culture and the British Raj charm. But today they are in abeyance, unattended. One of the funny incidents is related to a brewery factory, as how it got shut down when one of th…

Book Review: The Four Hats of Leadership by Drake Taylor

The Four Hats of Leadership by Drake Taylor is an excellent book for honing up leadership skills. This short, yet comprehensive, book holds a different narrative by showcasing four types of hats (methods) that can optimistically change the course of any leader's or normal-sounding person’s career path or life, all the more, the book is highly relevant to the people working in the business and the corporate world. No matter, where you work or live, leadership is needed, even at your home to protect and guide your kids. So, given the opportunity, one should not shy away from gaining the skills from all possible sources, because true leadership is something that affects the humanity most – be it history or now.

To understand this book, one needs to delve a bit deeper in the philosophy attached with each concept. Being a leader never means a towering personality and passing orders in a stern voice. To become perfect in leadership, one needs to wear four hats i.e. The Farmer’s Hat, Th…

Author Highlight: Abhay Adil Discusses his New Book ‘The 10K Bug’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Abhay Adil – the author of ‘The 10K Bug’. 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 inspired you to write this science fiction? What really inspired me to write this story, unlike most of my other works, was a passing thought ‘If Y2K happened because used two digits to write years, what would happen in the year 9,999?’. So, I started to imagine and came up with a story that became ‘The 10K Bug’. Furthermore, at that time I was delving into galactic civilization and empire and wanted to try to write something like that. Do you think AI is future and it can ruin the human existence? The future of AI is inevitable and will continue to grow, this in itself can be a good thing or bad depending on how we as a species handle it. Just like the atomic power, it is only as good as the application it is used for. Humans have in…

Book Review: The 10K Bug by Abhay Adil

The 10K Bug by Abhay Adil is a short riveting science fiction. To write such a sci-fi novel, one needs to be highly imaginative and must hold a futuristic stance. And this novel has that punch. While reading you will come across new landscape, queer beliefs, a set of strange characters, and technology that is uncommon today.

As the story kicks off, we see inter-galactic civilization. Remember Elon Musk and his company SpaceX. He often puts that he wants to make inter-planetary travel a common hobby for masses. In this novel, you will find humans and robots living together in the era of inter-galaxy civilization. But as a matter of fact, wherever you find humans, you will see the differences – so does here. There is a conflict between humans and robots. Arck is one such council of humans that demand total freedom from robots.
As the story chugs on, you see that there are common issues faced by all such as storage of big data, etc. Well, the biggest problem is inevitable. The year is…

Book Review: The Diary of an Eccentric Ootian by Ronald Hadrian

The Diary of an Eccentric Ootian by Ronald Hadrian is a beautifully narrated story of a teenage boy, written in a diary format. The novella is back staged against Ooty, a beautiful hill station in South India. Though presented in a diary format, surprisingly the narration sounds like a continuous story without chapters. By all means the author managed to capture the beauty and the rebel factor of teenage. The events mentioned in the diary are of one year i.e. 2002 to 2003 – like one full academic year.

Broadly, putting, in the diary runs a story of a boy. Recently, he passed his 10th exam and unclear about his next academic choice. Since he was good at English, he goes for Arts – then it was considered suitable for weak students. Those who have passed the school that time around 2002 to 2005, will be able to relate the equivocal pain and suffering of the narrator. The story also reflects many aspects of middle-class life where we see things are not smooth, such as financial tension, …

Book Review: Don Roberto's Daughter Natasha by Connor Royce

Don Roberto's Daughter Natasha by Connor Royce is a fascinating read that weaves a beautiful tale of true love against the heat and difficulties of two cultural contrasts. The story kicks off with Natasha. She is an immigrant in the USA, in Texas, working at a shop, and also learning English to advance her career chances somehow.

Well, before we get more into the book, we would like to tell you that this novel is not based on around mafia world – the way did by Mario Puzo. You would be surprised to know that Don is a kind of prefix in Mexico and it means respect. While reading you will find many more Spanish words that are commonly used in Mexico, such as Gringo, Hola Chica. You would be nudged to check for the Spanish to English dictionary online.
The novel is well placed between the cultures and landscapes of two countries i.e. the USA and Mexico. Natasha lives with Sofi and others – they all are struggling immigrants in Texas. The author has rightfully captured the basic stru…

Book Review: Rough Way to the Highway by Kelly Mack McCoy

Rough Way to the Highway is a well-written adventurous, suspense, and part spiritual novel. This is my first novel where I got the opportunity to be with a truck driver throughout the novel. Yes, this is a story of Mack – a trucker, who has recently got a new Peterbilt truck, and on his way to Chicago to deliver a meat supply. The route to his destination is long and that is something not new to him. He was into truck trade earlier also, which he learnt from his uncle.

Well, this time the story is different, he is out on the road after a long time to cut off from the griefs he encountered while working as a pastor. When I read the blurb – it was much focused on a mysterious hitchhiker Mack picks up around the Jordon Prison Unit. I was expecting it as something a kind of dust-off between the two. Probably, the hitchhiker may abduct his truck or try killing him for some treasure. Alas, I was wrong. The novel is way beyond the reader’s anticipation. In fact, at one time, the novel beco…

Book Review: Million Muskmelons by Parag Suresh Mahajan

Books based on personalities have the charm and the ability to influence masses for inspiration and new learning. Be it a cricketer, business person, politician, artist – we all get to see books on them, at times told through other person’s narrative, or most of the time in a biography form. It is a trend that is picking up across the globe. On similar lines, we have a book based on Elon Musk. You must have heard the name. If not, well then you must have come across digital payment platforms like PayPal, or electric car-maker Tesla, or SpaceX.

Yes, this fascinating book has been spiraled around Elon Musk. Most of us, entrepreneurs, and leaders have been doing research on Elon Musk’s gigantic success. Can you imagine, he is a billionaire? He rose from a very humble background? The way he rose from nobody to heights of eminence, now has become a subject for the rest of the world. People study him, there are case studies on him that are discussed in the universities and much more.

Author Highlight: Mithilesh Kumar Discusses his New Book ‘Supercop of Aryavrat’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Mithilesh Kumar – the author of ‘SuperCop of ARYAVRAT’. In this interview, he talks about his writing aspirations, inclination toward Indian mythology, and the route to getting his book published. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What inspired you to write this book and what made you to write a novel based on Lord Krishna? First, this is not the story of Lord Krishna; this is the story of one of our most illustrious ancestors, Shri Krishna who was born on July the 19th, 3228 BC and who died on Feb the 18th, 3102 BC. Being our ancestors, he was more than God/Lord for me. So I don’t address him as Lord or God. I feel I am nearer to him when I prefix his name with Shri as we prefix for our parents and grandparents, etc. So, this is a historical novel, not a mythological one. Besides, this is Shri Krishna’s story from Shri Krishna’s perspective.
Next, many friends informed me that they knew everything about Shri Krishna…