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Book Review: The Refugee by Nikhil Khasnabish

The cover page of the book is not only meaningful but also tells a narrative that unfolds inside the pages. In true sense, ‘The Refugee’ by Nikhil Khasnabish is a poignant tale that resonates with immigrants coming to India, the novel takes a look at under what circumstances they come, and yet their search for their native motherland and family members keep haunting them. Gunen Sarkar is the lead character of the novel. A poor farmer kind of guy living in a village in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), with his wife Meghna, and a small son. Right since the novel the tension builds, as Gunen belongs to Hindu minority in that country which is dominated by Muslims. In search of his cow and then coming in touch with gypsies his life takes downward turns. But little did he know soon a riot will upend his life in a most harrowing way. As a result, they are forced to flee towards India. As while crossing the river journey, Gunen’s life takes a throwback of memories and unwanted events that follo

Book Review: Amongst the Believers by Kochery C Shibu

Amongst the Believers by Kochery C Shibu is a hardcore espionage thriller staged against India, Pakistan, war-torn Afghanistan and Ukrain, and few more geographical locations. Right since the first page the novel is atmospheric and engaging. Three Indian characters are thrown in a world of danger, power, corrupt, wealth, and espionage web as they start on their unique danger-filled journey for different reasons. From the Indian side, these are the main characters: Nanda, Khusru, and Rekha. The author has sketched out a detailed bio of the each Indian character. Nanda is from Kerala, charged with murder cases. He is saved and sent on a mission to destroy a family of army elites. This act will safeguard his family in India. As the story chugs ahead, his character comes out more of a sleeping agent of RAW, with long goals. Khusru is a terrorist in Kashmir. He went goes against his men. He has no fixed settlement. He kidnaps Rekha, a doctor. Both enjoy the stay and fall in love. When Rekha

Book Review: Law of Transgender Rights in India by Dr Binoy Gupta

Since the dawn of human civilization transgender community across the world find it difficult to accommodate amidst the mainstream societies, which is largely populated and dominated by male and female. The world has only two genders – that we all know. How about others? In India have you heard of Kinners, Hizras, Chakkha, Aravanis, Jogappas, etc.? Who are they? Where do they come from? You and we all often notice them at bus and railway stations collecting money. Well, they are part of our society. However, remain hidden, not much talked about because they are not given proper space and recognition in our Indian societies. Transgender have interesting mythological connection with Lord Rama when he was going for an exile in the forest. Lord Rama, in the epic Ramayana, was leaving for the forest upon being banished from the kingdom of 14 years, turns around to his followers and asks all the men and women to return to the city. Among his followers, the hijras alone do not feel bound by

Book Review: Juuhhhuuu by Manoj Kumar Sharma

Author Manoj Kumar Sharma is a master storyteller, he has fabulous knack for stories that emanate from our web of social activities and places. Two of his previous successful and bestseller novels “MIRRRO” and “Me No Pause, Me Play” were warmly received by the reading communities across the world. His new fiction book Juuhhhuuu was spotted at the World Book Fair, New Delhi. Again, to surprise readers with something unique and new, this book is a collection of three long stories, however, brimming with entertainment and optimum dose of love. If love is known for being blind, well the author asserts that it could also happen in adverse and rarest of rare unlikely situations. From being victims of accidents to culprits, the first story has the most unlikely lovers in the world. Second story is more of a like a crime thriller, with lovers from different nations on the run, but sheltered in India, and fighting the goons from a hostile country. The last one is a mesmerizing love story of

Book Review: Intisab-e-Nafs by Dr Nazia Sheikh

Social media and writing platforms have revolutionized literature and poetry, giving wings to expression and musings to scores of poets and authors. Nowadays poetry in any language becomes an easy task, and it has evolved to a point of culmination. You could read from one-liners to a page full of free-flowing verses. I have been an avid reader of old to contemporary poetry of Hindi and Urdu on social media. Roots of Hindi poetry traces back to the dawn of civilization but then came that medieval period when Urdu intervened and it took a new form in the ways of Ghazals and Nazm. To be precise, Dr Nazia Sheikh’s written Hindi poetry (basically an Urdu Nazm book) Intisab-e-Nafs impressed me with its rich content that sheds light on life and its allied themes that keep us mesmerized. I would say, I found, this book taking stance on belongingness, aloofness, lonely ways of lovers, love, rememberence, betrayals, intriguing maze of relationships…and much more. It certainly shares stares with

Book Review: Island Game of Modern Life by Himanshu Kumar Sah

‘Island Game of Modern Life’ is a rivetingly fantastic novel with a blend of more than a few themes that grip and define our lives in the world. The narrative of the story shuttles between life on earth and afterlife moments in Yamlok. This is not an outright novel about a particular character with all cynosures; rather it presents a range of sub-themes through its gamut of characters that meet in Yamlok. Inspired by the author’s grandpa, who is believed to return from Yamlok at the age of twenty-four, the novel teaches about contemporary life of a human being that is grappled by virtues and deeds like fame, money, satisfaction, recognition, and love. The novel is being narrated on the scaffold of four people’s life stories: Sukesh, Sanchita, Kapil, and Siddhant. Siddhant is the grandfather of the author. These four people die in an accident and reach Yamlok. They used to work in the same company on the earth. Since all are young, their death has left many aspirations and desires of th

Book Review: The Illustrated Boatman's Daughter by Tom Durwood

It’s a historical fiction! And again I am wishing to live in its era, that part where the story is staged against. Do you also get similar cravings while enjoying historical fictions? What’s a book world that you would not want to live in? The Illustrated Boatman's Daughter by Tom Durwood is an immersive and powerful look into the lives of slave that dug the Suez Canal for outsiders at the cost of going hungry and remaining poor. It is a novel with colorful pictures inside and optimum content in dialogues and narrative. Overall, the presentation of the book is engrossing other than the reading experience, which is nothing less than a riveting experience in itself. It's about how one woman was able to work within the constraints of the time to change her own life and the people of her nation. The lead character is Salima from Cairo. Along with her friends Emilie and Mikal, they together work for a Dutch company, and are secretly assigned to look after discrepancies occurring