Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Blitz - Lean In To Relationships by Rishabh Jhol







Print Length: 143 pages
Language: English
ASIN: B0749CLW5G
Format: Kindle Edition



Doubt has pivoted many a relationship across the centuries. Whether it is Othello suspicious of Desdemona or through the rise of paranoia as a trope in twentieth-century writings. While paranoia naturally suggests the vulnerability of individual mind to social rhetoric, it is also the space for deep interrogation of the individual that renders him/her to paranoia. This novel presents that doubt has the potential to be a space of liberation.

Madeeha works in Jordan to rehabilitate Syrian refugees. Zehen, a political analyst from India, meets her in the US during their social impact program. He is intrigued and charmed by her and falls deeply in love. But the world political climate, with its accompanying cultural narratives about terror and pain, infects Zehen’s mind. Zehen begins to suspect Madeeha as a possible mujahid. Will he find his truth?

Fear doesn’t devastate; it stirs the inner pot. It is a tender love story that triumphs heartbreaks and sets the foundation for a deep lasting future relationship - a delightful emancipation from social intrigues and cultural constraints.


Truly inspirational builds upon the basis of not second guessing everything, and taking risks instead of regretting not taking them. A must-read for anyone. 5 Stars. - Bill McManus, Author, and creator of the Storytime Pup


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At the time of my birth, my parents shared a one-room hut with six other family members in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Delhi.

It was a hot day in the month of March 1995. I was in standard 4th and had an examination the following day. As was regular in that locality, we didn't have electricity that day. I couldn't study or sleep properly. One of the watershed moments happened when I came back from school the next day. We had an inverter installed at home. I knew we couldn't afford an inverter. But my dad was always convinced that the way out of poverty for our family is through education.

Despite an interest in creative writing, I chose to study a subject that society values more – Finance. Later, I got into one of the top colleges for finance in the country. My first salary out of college (in 2007, when I was 20 years old) was higher than that of my dad's salary at the time.

When I was 24 years old, I had everything that makes one happy – loving parents, great partner, close-knit group of friends, and career path that exceeded every goal. Yet, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t sad either; but it never felt like my life. I had carefully and meticulously built that life though. Contextually, it was the safe thing to do.

Following year though, I had to deal with the loss of my 7 year old relationship and of my 5 year old job. My identity was crushed. My biggest lesson was that you can fail at what you don't want, and what you consider safe; you might as well take a chance at what you truly want.

Next year, I got my ‘ideal’ job but walked away from it. Failure had taught me to be more ambitious and audacious. I had reached a point in my life where I wanted my work to have more meaning; and to stand for something more important than myself.

I started a political consulting company to maneuver social ascendance of marginalized communities by equalizing access to political capital. I primarily did topical research for MPs for their debates in the parliament and on TV shows. 

Along with running my own company, I focused on my passion for writing and traveling as well. I solo travelled to all seven wonders of the world, and did two-cross country trips by train in India and in the US. I have also written and published three fiction novels.


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Book Blitz-Bragadeesh Prasanna's Water Boarding







Print Length: 292 pages
Publication Date: October 8, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B075W9WBVR



As a torture technique, Waterboarding involves the torturer to pour water over the face of the captive, over a damp towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that he is not actually drowning, the captive's body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience.

Ved, who just got out of a life-changing accident finds out that he has blank spaces in his memory. He is unsure about his past and uncertain about his future but goes through with the present with the help of his friend Sara. Sara slowly builds Ved's past, filling him with people and instances he had forgotten.

As Ved struggles with the financial strain caused by his accident and subsequent medical bills and figuring out whom to trust, Ved is forced to live in the moment, which is dark, terrifying and maddening as his past catches up with him. Will he finally know who he was and how his past actions affect his present?


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Bragadeesh Prasanna is a Chennai based writer, who blogs, writes short stories and sometimes lets his stories stretch itself to become a full fledged novel.  His romance novel, 300 days, which released in 2016, received generally positive reviews.  He had also contributed to different short story anthologies like After the Floods (Published by sixth sense publication), From Chennai, with Love (Curated by Chennai Bloggers Club)

When he is not writing or dreaming about writing, he runs a marketing agency in Chennai, which specializes in digital marketing. He loves his scotch and coffee, chicken biriyani, Rose milk and Chennai. You can just type in his full name in Google search bar to reach his blog. No, seriously, try it. 


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Review - Otherness by DE.B.DUBOIS


OTHERNESS: SOULS OF BROWN WOMEN
by
De.B. Dubois



Blurb

Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don't? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that's what Otherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here's a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society.

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Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don't? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that's what Otherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here's a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society.


My Review:

   First of all “Otherness – Soul of Brown Woman” is not a story. It is a recollection of author’s past experiences in and around the world, where a person is judged and discriminated based on gender, skin color, nationality and many other things.
   
    The first half of the book consists mainly of author’s personal experiences at various stages of life while the second half, actually a major portion of the book consists of list of links to articles collected by the authors in past thirteen years, which shows how a woman is oppressed, denied her rights, tortured, molested and denied justice.

    The author’s main inspiration for writing this book came from W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk which sums up the struggle and pain of 20th century colored Americans.

    The book is well written but as I told earlier it's not a casual read. It makes you ponder and remember instances where you might have faces or have been a witness to a similar situation.


    


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De.B. Dubois is an Indian-born-Swiss visual artist and feminist writer. She grew up in Calcutta until she stepped out to explore the world by herself. Debolina Dubois-Bandyopadhyay, better known as De.B. Dubois is licensed with International Degrees in Communication Arts and Cultural Studies, as she extended her Fine Arts and Design education in Mumbai, Sydney, Basel and Paris. She is titled with a Master of Arts FHNW in Design from Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, with special emphasis on Design Culture, Design Research and Sociology. This apart, she enjoys long walks through nature trails, a good glass of absinthe from Val-de-Travers, and creating visual arts.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Review- Ridhi Drolia's The Untold Story



THE UNTOLD STORY
by
Ridhi Drolia



Blurb

Love comes in different forms. But in all its forms, it comes with various challenges. Only those who can combat those challenges are true lovers. 

The Untold Story is the tale of Vihaan and Riaa. Vihaan falls for Riaa’s charms at first sight and brings to her life crazy adventures and madness. They soon emerge as two hearts with one soul and their intimate fantasies begin to unravel in exotic places. 

Their bond experience more downs than ups. These unexpected twists and turns bring Vihaan and Riaa closer and their romantic tale turn into one of lifetime bonding. 

The story takes a drastic turn after the lovely couple is blessed with a baby boy. It should be a joyous moment, but instead, haunting memories of Vihaan’s own childhood break out as a fresh wound in his mind. 

Read the novel to know what could make a father unhappy in the happiest moment of his life and how he combats his fear. 

Caution: The story is totally addictive and may arouse your sexual urge.


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My honest review:

First of all, a big applause to Ridhi Drolia for writing such a beautiful and thought-provoking story.

One will think The Untold Story is a usual romantic story of a boy-meets-girl kind. But no, this story is different. Different because it carries a very strong message which in the current situation is the need of the hour and each and every parent must read.

The story is of Vihaan and about his love Riyaa, his passion, his struggle, his friendship with Tanya and his Untold Story.

When I started reading I thought it is the normal romantic story with the usual twists and turns and loads of romance and steamy scenes between the protagonists followed by ‘And they lived happily ever after’ kind of ending. But I was wrong; the ending was unexpected and heart-rending.


The language used is simple, the story plot is fast-paced and the characters well-defined. The Untold Story is a must read, especially the end part which is the real and main plot of the story.


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"The passion of writing is deep rooted in my blood. 

After completing my Global Business Management certification from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, I joined hands with a few of my friends to start my first venture. 

Post my stint with the venture, I engaged myself in my lovely family life and now I present to you the author in me."

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Review-Olivier Lafont's SnowBound



SNOWBOUND
by
Olivier Lafont



Blurb
Christmas is dying. 

The last Santa Claus had triplets who each inherited a portion of his father’s power, and that split is now tearing apart the soul of Christmas. 

Niccolo Vecchio, the eldest, has fortified the North Pole into a citadel of ice and metal. 

Santini, the middle brother, is in hiding somewhere in the Mediterranean. 

The youngest brother, Niccolo Piccolo, is raising legions to reclaim his inheritance. 

Two of the triplets will have to renounce their claim in the next forty-eight hours, or this Christmas will be the last one ever. 

And it’s up to Adam, underachieving teenager sub-ordinaire, and his brand new jock bully Zach to make that happen…

My Honest Review:

            Since childhood we have heard and associated Christmas with fat, pot-bellied, white bearded Santa, his reindeer, his elves and his laugh ho ho ho. We always picture him as a jovial old man who loves children and can never be mean to anyone. Whenever we mention Christmas we have an inbuilt, typical image of Santa in his red and white robe, reindeer and elves in their green dress.

            But Snowbound by Olivier Lafont is story of Santa’s three sons with a big twist.

            Though it is a fiction with childhood fantasy theme, it has an adult angle (with reference to age and antagonist and not otherwise).

            Olivier Lafont has panache for writing stories with suspense and mystery. His Sweet Revenge was first book I read and I had liked his writing style. Similarly Snowbound too has mystery around Santa’s three sons and captures reader’s attention right from start till the end.

            The story is just too addictive; you really can’t stop till you finish it.

            But there are few drawbacks which I would like to mention. The author has used foreign dialect but no translations of those are given. I would have liked it if the translation was mentioned below, as not all are well versed or have knowledge of French, Italian or Ukraine dialect.

            Also in couple of sentences I found some simple editing errors which could have been avoided.

            But other than that, I absolutely loved reading Snowbound even if it is little difficult to imagine Santa’s children in negative avtar.

            Snowbound is a must read if you like fantasy, fiction and Christmas with Santa. 

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Olivier Lafont is a French author, screenplay writer, and actor living in Paris. 

His novel 'Warrior' was published by Penguin Random House, and was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. He has just released his new contemporary romance novel 'Sweet Revenge' exclusively on Kindle. 'Purgatory: The Gun of God' is a fantasy novelette published in South Africa. 

Lafont has written a number of feature film scripts before. The first film he wrote opened at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win seven awards at film festivals worldwide. 

As an actor Lafont has acted in Hollywood and Indian films, in TV serials, and in over 80 television commercials. He acted in '3 Idiots', one of India's all-time blockbuster hits, the critically-acclaimed 'Guzaarish', and the Lifetime film 'Baby Sellers', amongst other films. 

Lafont graduated with two degrees in acting and writing from Colgate University, USA, with academic distinction. 

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‘Warrior’ shortlisted for Tibor Jones South Asia Prize
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