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Book Review: Ripples of Eternal Love by Pravin Pandey

At times a few novels come that take you away with its flow. You just want to be with it, no matter how engrossed or lively you are with characters or the story. There’s something charming about the backdrop and flow of the events or some idiosyncrasies of lead characters. ‘Ripples of Eternal Love’ by Pravin Pandey is one such book. By its semblance, it looks like a story of a boy who experiences a lot around the river of his village. However, in its core essence the novel is purely riverine with the river Swarnrekha as one of the silent protagonists. “I was reminded of the name of this river that keeps rolling endlessly – Swarnrekha. I turned to look at the golden stretch of water through the corner of my eyes and realized how perfect the name was!” “Swarnrekha literally stands for ‘streak of gold’. When I looked at the river, it was dazzling in all its glory.” The story features a teenage boy, he is silent (probably nameless), and lives in a village with his family.

Book Review: The Songbirds by Alif

The Songbirds by Alif is a riveting contemporary romance novel depicting the plight of lovers amidst the chaos of the societal barriers. Due to its cultural and family settings, the novel holds a queer charm in its staggering narrative. This is also a coming of an age novel, where the protagonists grow and travel with passage of time, i.e. from childhood to adult age and beyond . It puts up an engaging family drama with the lead character Kasim’s quest alive for his perfect soul mate. Other than the love story, the novel is also poignant in revoking the reminisces of old days such as one’s growing days in a joint family and college days fun and so on. The story features Kasim and Sumera. They both are associated to Bada Ghar (big house) and somewhat cousins to each other. Sumera is hardly two years elder to him, but Kasim falls in love with her. The author has used flashback technique to shuttle between the timelines, with credible back stories and sweeps. Well, somehow K

Book Review: Just Be There by Gayatri Shankar

Just Be There by Gayatri Shankar is a riveting contemporary family fiction. One has no control over vagaries of life, things happen that are destined to go that way. However, amidst all heat and chaos, an individual, no matter what age s/he is at, seeks support and acceptance without prejudice. Once a renowned personality said that in life only two things matter most for happiness – family and career .  This is a simple story of some simple people who believe in family bonding throughout all phases; however, like millions of other families on the earth, they do have their own share of pain and suffering. Their small day-to-day struggles and hesitations sow the seeds of distrust and keep them distanced from each other. In the family Abhay Singh is the senior most people, followed by a couple Vikram and his wife Anjali. They silently live in Mumbai. Around a year back, the family was in high spirits and doing quite good. But the premature demise of Sandhya leaves them berea

Book Review: Long Live the Sullied by Gaurav Sharma

Long Live the Sullied by Gaurav Sharma is as good and as promising as the first book ‘God of the Sullied’. These two books make up the complete ‘The Sullied Warrior Duology’. Those who have read the first book now can’t wait to pick up the second one. And those who have picked up ‘Long Live the Sullied’ by chance need to go back and read ‘God of the Sullied’, as both books are inseparable. In both the novels, characters are almost same – however their action and priorities differ from one time to another. Pundir is at the forefront of this novel, though the story never forgets Eklavya, he remains in the backdrop like banter. Just like the first book, this one too has been narrated by a multiple voices. This time much focus has been given to Mahapurohit and Pundir and a few teachers of Gurukul, where Eklavya and Pundir studied together. After the basic tenure of three years, Eklavya returns his home and never returns to the mountain Gurukul. But Pundir returns thinking Eklavya

Author Highlight: Subodh Sharma Discusses his New Novel ‘Reminisce of the Lost Land’ and Stories from his Life

We are delighted to welcome a very promising novelist Subodh Sharma for a brief Q & A session at our website about his recent Amazon Bestseller novel ‘ Reminisce of the Lost Land ’ . In this Q & A session, he will be talking about his writing aspirations, inclination towards offbeat fiction, and much more. Stay on...while we chat with him. Welcome to our audience…Subodh. Here people are excited to know about your book. You can tell us in short? Louise is dealing with her personal struggle. She completes her assignment as a film maker, and returns back home. It gave her a new, but personal achievement. Her visit to this new place and her stay in the ancient fort set in her some new experiences. At a later stage of her life, there is a reminisce of the place which she could not visit again, specially the time spent, and her interactions she had with the people and the royal family made her emotional. Hence the stories emerged. How did you feel when you this novel

Book Review: God of the Sullied by Gaurav Sharma

God of the Sullied by Gaurav Sharma is a different, yet riveting, mythological fiction. This is the first book in the series of The Sullied Warrior Duology. The second book in the series is ‘Long Live the Sullied’. Both books are extremely connected by sharing almost the same settings, backdrop, set of characters – however circumstances are different. In this novel God of the Sullied, Eklavya is the protagonist. The story revolves around his birth and his destiny which takes him up to the throne of an Indian state called Rudraputra, though a fictional town. In broader outlook, the story is more of a journey of a cursed boy till he becomes the king of Rudraputra who fights the devil of Kali Yuga. The novel is set in 9 th century India, probably a time when it’s predicted that the spread of Kali was going to sweep the entire world under its influence. From Satyuga to Kalyuga, the change was evident throughout the story. The novel houses a peculiar set of characters, they d

Book Review: Ink on Paper by Vishikha

Ink on Paper by Vishikha is an enchanting book that presents a gamut of poems and prose. Seems like the poetess has put in her life’s experience to run through the pages! The collection is prolifically superb – transcending all the conventional poetic rules, Vishikha started her poems with an aura of short stories and introductions. It is a unique way of leaving a liberating effect on the readers. There is hardly any feel or aspect that looked ignored, otherwise the collection is here to stay longer and to make souls replete that have been drained off in the absence of juicy poetic literature. From memories, to breakups, to holocausts, to brotherhood and everything in between – the poems and prose stand tall to sooth and sway your mind and heart. Despite it being highly contemporary in style and themes, there are a couple of poems that talk about the brutality of WW-II, as in when Nazi was crushing innocent souls. Like tides in the ocean, the collection wounds up and down

Author Highlight: Shivam Diwedi Discusses his Debut Novel ‘Two Girls’ and Stories from his Life

We are delighted to welcome a very promising novelist Shivam Diwedi for a brief Q & A session at our website about his recent Amazon Bestseller novel ‘Two Girls’ . In this Q & A session, he will be talking about his writing aspirations, inclination towards romance fiction, and his life at the Indian Air Force. Stay on...while we chat with him. Welcome to our audience…Shivam. Here people are excited to know about your life at the service of the Indian Air Force. You can tell us in short? Thank you so much for having me here. First of all Jai Hind to all. It was my dream to serve for nation; dream has come true in 2013. Somehow I feel every Indian want to serve for nation.   Life in Indian Air Force is full of adventure, air strike on Pakistan in 2019 is great example of this. I think it is not just a job it is lifestyle. How do you manage your life and time between being a defence personal and as an author? Life in Indian Air Force is very smooth; everyone ge

Book Review: Until the Music Stops by Naimish Srivastava

Until the Music Stops by Naimish Srivastava is one of its kind psychological thrillers, with a good share of romance and action. It is just 169 pages, but reads like a saga of love, lust, greed, and madness. The kind of adrenaline rush it pumps up with the vivid description of events and backdrop is really impressive. The author must have gone into a sort of trance to deliver something special like this novel. The story features only a handful of characters but it never sounded dull or shallow in intensity or shaping up the scenes of horror, action, tension, romance, and much more. The facade and blurb of the book makes it look like a simple romance thriller but deep inside, after 60 pages, the novel turns out to be something else – probably beyond the imagination of a straight reader. That holds the charm in a true sense. The story kicks off with a reunion sort of college party of some old acquaintances. Their share and contribution is reflected with back stories and sweeps.

Book Review: Mirrro the Weird Wayward by Manoj Kumar Sharma

Mirrro the Weird Wayward is a terrific novel, with part fantasy and part dystopian themes. Since the novel has been entirely built on a unique plot, even its title is a bit queer to pronounce and spell. Anyway, the messages it carries for our societies are tremendously valuable and if the solutions given in the novel happened to be materialized anytime, anywhere; well then many incorrigible sins that exist in our social stratum can be wiped off easily. The novel is 372 pages and the story runs inside is of a few characters, though intricately connected, spans through a long time span. The lead character of the novel is Indo, but he doesn’t make an immediate entry. The novel starts with 2030, the year has just started, people might have been under the hangover of the previous evening’s New Year party, and then the fun begins. The news of massive fire breakouts at different locations across the country on the same day indicates some kind of attack or business gamble. But it’s s

Book Review: Two Girls by Shivam Diwedi

Two Girls by Shivam Diwedi is a captivating romance novel with a healthy dose of adventure and action. As soon as the story kicks off, readers will be thrown into question as why Rudra is being taken to the police and being investigated for the disappearance of a girl named Shriya. That itself is interesting enough to nudge readers for a complete read. Most of the romance novels start with something soothing or in a usual way, well this one is a bit different. As the story chugs ahead, it doesn’t take much time to recognize that Rudra is that guy who is going to lead the story from start to end. Well, he does. The author has used flashback and sweeps to make this novel as riveting as possible. Rudra’s character wasn’t developed inch by inch; rather he was shown someone as bold and dashing, of course with good looks. He is an orphan, lives in Kanpur, and works in McDonald's, where a ravishing girl Anika is his close friend. The most of the backdrop of the novel is abou

Author Highlight: Mishthi Arun Discusses her New Novel ‘Seeking Greens: The Lost Trident’ and Stories from her Life

We are delighted to welcome a promising novelist Mishthi Arun for a brief Q & A session at our website about her recent Amazon Bestseller novel ‘Seeking Greens: The Lost Trident’ . In this Q & A session, she will be talking about her writing aspirations, inclination towards historical fiction, and the route to getting her novel published. Stay on...while we chat with her. How did you feel when you became an Amazon Bestseller Author for this novel? Well to reach to Amazon Bestseller was a long journey. I am not talking in terms of time of publishing to reaching on to top of the list. But getting it written and publishing was long process. I am a dedicated wife and mother of two precious daughters and a daughter in law before writer. Their priority have always been my priority. So all I get the time to write is very little. And sticking to any project for long time and steadily moving ahead needs lots of patience and courage. And seeing you one day after long effor

Book Review: Those Were the Days by N.S. Ravi

Those Were the Days by N.S. Ravi is a promising read. Written in a letter form, this work of non-fiction is anytime more riveting than a fictional copy. What’s so special? Well, the book is about India – the author has beautifully captured the first 50 years of a country after its independence. Today’s young people may not have seen what all India went through and achieved in last 50 to 70 years, but N.S. Ravi was there. He was enjoying and experiencing, and of course noting it all down to pass on to his next generation i.e. his daughter and son (Vinthu and Vinayak). It’s mere not a book but a sort of unspoken legacy that he has managed to pass on successfully. As one delves deep into the book, one chapter after another, you will be enthralled to know that the author himself is a well-qualified person to write this book, because throughout the book he mentioned about his sojourns in Africa, Europe, and other countries . With time, probably he saw India growing as a nation fro