Second Chance

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34853360Author – Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

Rating – 3.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 190

Publisher – Educreation Publishing

Life is only lived once. Either you spend it extravagantly or live with a purpose, it will never come back. What if you get a second chance in your life to live once more and correct all the mistakes you have made? Would you misuse the time and again spend it lavishly or right what was wrong you have done?

Second Chance is a story of a spoiled brat Shekhar Kapoor. He is the only son of a rich business and future owner of the company. He never cared for anything or anyone. He misbehaved with the poor, used the power of money to threaten and bring down the others. He goes through life cheating and insulting people. He wants to win everything but he cannot win death by his money. He can only use his money here but his money is useless in another world.

He ignored all the warnings he was receiving and continues to live his life as he pleases. He was given three chances to stop his wrongdoings and start over again before it’s too late. Shortly after exhausting his third warning, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed. He made to stand before the Bookkeeper and his life shown to him. What punishment he has entitled for all the wrongs he has done? Will he correct the wrong if he gets a second chance?

The book conveys a moral message. The illustration of hell and punishments sends a chill down the spine. Whatever you do in your life good or bad you will be punished or rewarded accordingly. There is someone who is watching your every move from above and keeps a record of that matter for justice. It is a simple and moralistic read. The characters weaved around the protagonist compliments the storyline.

Author Bio

Dr. Sandeep Jatwa was born in Holy City Ujjain and grew up in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, India. He works at the Government Hospital Sarangpur District Rajgarh.

He has an amazing imagination and spends much of his free time dreaming up stories. He has been writing since 2006 and has completed two novels. The first has yet to be published, but his second one is titled Second Chance, is an exciting and moralistic tale of how one man comes to realize the error of his greed.

He wishes to be able to educate children who work on the street and have little opportunity to make something good from their lives. He believes that everyone’s childhood should be awesome, and not a struggle.

You can reach to him at sandeepjatwa@gmail.com

Twitter@authordrsj

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tinytale #18 ‘Sunday’

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Another day begins with a cool breeze. That everyday sun again rises in the east but we are not there to witness because we are still in bed, in deep slumber. It’s Sunday. And we have all the right to spend it the way we want to spend our other six days but couldn’t.

We have duties to oblige on the workplace, at home and responsibilities to fulfill to children, parents and near and dear ones. We are happy people because we have Sunday to relax, watch TV and rejuvenate.

How good is that if the time also enjoys a Sunday? Rest for 24hours. The clock does not tick, the date hasn’t changed. This way we won’t lose a day of our life. But, for everyone, the Sunday for you is not the same Sunday for others on this planet.

This is yet another Sunday signing off.

A Hundred Journeys

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81pomg6XhgL.jpgAuthor – Omar Zafarullah

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 221

Publisher – Rupa Publications

‘A Hundred Journeys’ is a story of a father and his fatherland. A father wants his son when he grows up should know who he is and where his roots belong. A father wants his son to know what shaped him and his father into what they are today. A diary explains the journey of the author’s family.

This story comes from the land of Pakistan. A mother who lost her husband stands shoulder with the men and challenged patriarchy and raised his son to become a doctor. This doctor son has seven children and authors father is fourth among them and becomes a lawyer. Unfortunately, the author lost his father at an early age in a car accident. He heard the stories about the land he was born through his father and he wants to leave an account for his son of his fatherland.

A Hundred Journeys is a part memoir and part manual for living. The journey begins in the early 1900s when the family migrates from Ropar, Punjab, India to Gojra, Punjab, Pakistan in search of a better future.

The book is filled with inspiring characters author admires in his life and believe because of their efforts family is pulled out from the throes of poverty. The author finds instructing his son on lessons of life, how to set up a business and on to the advent of the war on terror. It seems author wants his son to be well prepared for the hardships of life and do not want a time for him he has gone through. He wants him to learn from his mistakes and experiences of life and take a learned decision.

The author writes this book because he wants his son to know what he cannot say to him. He writes about the family, country and anything and everything significant he finds and thinks his son should know. The Author attempts to explain Pakistan to his son Hyder. The land on which he was born and lived. The stories of the land of his father.

Author Bio

Omar Zafarullah is a mechanical engineer with a degree from Yale University, Connecticut, USA, and is an executive in a Fortune 500 company. He belongs to Gojra and lives in Lahore. He regularly contributes articles to The News, the most-read daily in Pakistan. He is married to a doctor, Saira, and has two children, Hyder and Maya.

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Urban Ayurveda

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91I7VqYTkxL.jpgAuthor – Dr. Tanya Malhotra

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 108

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Life is full of limitless possibilities, but to enjoy that the mind has to be clutter free; only then can we make the most of the innumerable opportunities that might knock our door.

Urban Ayurveda

Life in recent times has become a race to reach to the top and thus changes the lifestyle leaving no time for ourselves. We blame to our busy schedule ignoring the signals of the body that needs immediate attention and only recognize them when the time is running late. The race for money and survival making us miserable and our body vulnerable. We are running after fulfillment and happiness not acknowledging that without a healthy body we cannot enjoy them.

Urban Ayurveda is a comprehensive guide to understanding Ayurveda, the science of life. Urban Ayurveda is an attempt to restore your body to its natural health. There are two main principles of Ayurveda, the first is to preserve the health of a healthy person and the second is to alleviate a patient from his/her disease. The mind is the sensory consumer of thoughts whereas the body is the physical consumer of materials. Priorities your health over everything else you do.

This book will help you in understanding the science behind Ayurveda and how it works on your body. Not everyone’s body is same and this book will help you in understanding what is best for you and why? What works for you and what will not work for you. This book also illustrates some of the Ayurvedic techniques of cooking and few recipes packed with nutritions to help you stay healthy. You can start your journey towards a healthy and fit lifestyle by taking these small steps.

This book is a complete guide for your healthy living.

Author Bio

Tanya Malhotra completed her Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Delhi University and, thereafter did her postgraduate study in Clinical Nutrition from Medvarsity. She first did her own research in Ayurveda and Vedanta Darshan (Vedic Philosophy) and, finally, from the age of 21, she began doing her bit for the community. In more than nine years of clinical practice, she has served as a house physician for the Government of NCT of Delhi and has been the youngest Nadi Physician of the Art of Living Foundation.

Currently running two clinics in Delhi-NCR, she strives to make Ayurveda the preferred science of living for the youth of India. She can be reached at drtanyamalhotra.com.

You can also connect to her at Twitter@drtanyam

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Best stories from around the World

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Deepa agarwal.jpgAuthor – Deepa Agarwal

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 190

Publisher – Red Turtle (Rupa Publications)

Once upon a time, there was a story.’ The opening lines of the book make it clear that this journey is going to be amazing and the content page lists the stories of one of the best and the most loved authors of all times from around the world. And nothing could be better than reading best Stories from around the World selected and compiled in one book and presented to you by Deepa Agarwal.

‘The Best Stories from around the World’ has stories of every age and simply the best. ‘The Dare’ by South African writer Beverly Naidoo is a moving story about peer pressure. Minoo Karimzadeh’s ‘The Last Ticket’ transports us to Iran is a story of a young boy Sohrab’s struggle with financial hardships. A wickedly funny one, ‘The Open Window’ by Hector Hugh Munro, the British Author, who wrote under his pen name ‘Saki’ is universally acknowledged as one of the masters of this form.

I am no one to say anything about the stories and their composition because they have been written by one of the best authors of their time and admired through ages and idealized by the authors and writers in present time and in coming years and generations.

The stories are timeless and have a characteristic style of the writer that time and again reminds you of their other stories previously read. This book is good to introduce you to the authors if you haven’t read many or missed few. I came to know about authors I had never come across of their work before and also give me the opportunity to read few greatest authors I have heard but never get a chance to read. The book is an award for the one who loves reading more than anything.

Author Bio

Author, poet and translator, Deepa Agarwal writes for both children and adults and has about fifty published books to her credit. She has received several awards for her work. The picture book, Ashok’s New Friend, was awarded the National Award for Children’s Literature by the National Council of Education Research and Training while her historical fiction, Caravan to Tibet, featured in the International Board on Books for Young People Honor List of 2008. Five of her titles have also been listed in the White Raven Catalogue of the International Youth Library, Munich.

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The Highway Man

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35080838.jpgAuthor – J. Alchem

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 69

Publisher – Self Published (Amazon India)

‘The Highway Man’ is a short read comprising three short stories out of which one is soon to be a short film. The stories are touching and mesmerizing. If I have to pick one of my favorites, I would say ‘Catherine’.

Catherine is a story of a bestselling author who fell in love with his own character of the book. I love the beauty with Alchem created the characters of the story. It’s truly mesmerizing and I not only loved the story but also the way he composed it and portrays the character of the bestselling author.

The second story is ‘Sidzy; for a day’. The feeling I get after reading the story is every relationship should be same as of Jihan and Sidzy. ‘Sidzy; for a day’ narrates a story of a loving couple and the devoted love of them for each other. The third and the final story in the book is ‘The Highway Man’. The story keeps you wondering why he intends to do what he is doing and the revelation will make you emotional. ‘The Highway Man’ is a story of a mysterious man standing on a highway asking for a lift. But where is he going?

Writing a short story is a tricky affair, you have to tell the tale in limited words with completeness. There must be a start and there must be an ending and that too in those limited words and readers should get a feeling that they have sailed an ocean in minutes.

It’s a quick read and best part is it gives a feeling of fulfillment in space of limited pages. I recommend it to all the readers who wants to read something worth their time and penny.

Author Bio

J. Alchem is a voracious reader and a critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror- 2015 (a nationwide writing competition), NaNoWriMo-2015 & 2016, and superhero storyteller (2014).He has written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. His stories have been published in numerous Anthologies such as Blank Space, Love Bytes, and Mighty Thoughts. He is actively involved in writing quotes and short write-ups which are often seen being circulated among the youth in Facebook, Whatsapp, and other Social networking sites.

Recently he has signed a contract for a short movie on one of his award-winning short stories.

You can reach to him at Twitter@authoralchem

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The Tree with a Thousand Apples

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Sanchit.jpgAuthor – Sanchit Gupta

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 282

Publisher – Niyogi Books

‘If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is the criminal and who is the saint?’

The tree with a Thousand Apples

‘The tree with a Thousand Apples’, a hypnotic and enthralling tale is a story of three childhood friends Bilal Ahanager, Safeena Malik and Deewan Bhat. Inspired by true events this story comes from the turbulent place they called paradise becomes a battlefield and they are forced to choose a side.

Bilal, Safeena, and Deewan grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity surrounded by lush mountains, serene lakes, and colorful bed of flowers and vegetations everywhere they eye in Srinagar, Kashmir until one night which changes everything for once and for all and forever. Deewan left with no other option to flee from his home abandoning his friends and his place. Safeena’s mother paid the price to give refuge to a neighbor in her home and Bilal has to walk the path from where there is no turning back and the path itself took him nowhere.

Twenty years later, destiny brings them together once again. But, they are no longer the same Bilal, Safeena, and Deewan they used to be. Will they stand together this time or time separate them once again? Will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?

In the backdrop of the books is the valley of Kashmir, this book is a work of fiction but I can say there is a truth hidden behind the veil of fiction after reading many non-fictional books on tormented Kashmir in recent past.

The book is a must read and must reach to the wider audience. The book is a rollercoaster ride and the ending will take you by surprise. It is a fight of demons of mind and angels of heart. It is one of those books you want to keep reading to see what will happen next and you can’t foretell what will come next. A surprise package quiver you from inside out. A must not miss book.

Author Bio

Sanchit Gupta began his career as a copywriter with an advertising agency in Mumbai. He went on to co-found his own theater group, worked as a freelance film screenwriter and as executive producer-fiction for a leading television network. He worked for All India Radio as a talk show host and regularly features in poetry recitals at Prithvi Café, Mumbai. This is his debut novel.

His works explore his fascination for global cultures, societal structures, vagaries of the world and the human mind. Know more about him and his work at sanchitgupta.in.

You can reach to him at Twitter@sanchit421

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The Last Bloom

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51RHa+fAZtL.jpgAuthor – Poulomi Sengupta

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 297

Publisher – Frog Books

‘The Last Bloom’ is a Young Adult novel of protagonist Priya. Her dreams, aspirations, a determination to bring a change and a struggle to fit into her new college and survive in midst of college politics without favoring any political party despite continues pressure to join and support them by the leaders of the party or ready to face dire consequences.

She was a topper of her school and ecstatic to join her dream college but found nothing in the college which could meet her expectations. She was disheartened to see that college life is more about politics, mass agitation, boycotts, and less about studies. Young college students are used as pawns by the political parties to fulfill their ulterior motives. However, she enjoyed her fair share of the exciting world of college and the perks attached to it like bunking of classes in lieu of movie shows, adventures rock climbing field trips which are the projects from the curriculum but more felt like an outing with friends. A whole new exciting world unfolds before her.

This novel is written for a cause. It was seen that most talented students from the country emigrate to the developed nations. The novel particularly deals with the present system of education and college environment in Bengal, India.

This book emphasizes on the quality education and less involvement of politics in the education system to understand the education as a privilege and value the opportunity of education over the opportunity of agitations. When India becomes a country with the best education system so that bright students do not have to leave the country for a better future.

The story is simple and entertaining. The thoughtful conversations between Priya and her neighbor Vivek give two distinct perspectives of the youth on the current circumstances. This is not a college romance novel if this is what you expect from YA books. The book makes a point to revive the education system and keep or limit politics from the education system. It is a good read with college drama and not many twists and turns but a definite thought provoking.

Author Bio

Poulomi Sengupta is an alumna of IIT Kharagpur and Jadavpur University India. Presently residing in Mumbai, a geologist, and a social worker, she loves her share of kickboxing and a colorful dose of oil painting to brighten the apparently mundane life.

You can reach to her at Facebook/PoulomiSenguptaTheLastBloom

Twitter@Poulomisngpta

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The Fragrance of Rose

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41wR6t8ASkL.jpgAuthor – Chirajit Paul

Rating – 4.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 214

Publisher – Srishti Publishers and Distributors

We all may have heard about workplace harassment stories. Even laws and anti-harassment company policies are insufficient to prevent these situations on workplace and provide no refuge to women employees. This book brings a story inspired by real life events braided into fiction for the readers.

Rinita Bose lost her father at an early age and her mother after few years. She has to stand alone and face the world outside her small village Phoolbari, near Kolkata. She has an unmatched beauty which makes any man kneel down to her. The big city gives her wings to fly but at a cost. She falls prey in the hands of demons who eye on her to warm their bed. She witnessed harsh realities and darkness of life and men who eye on women to satisfy lustful desires, she finds it hard to believe on a man. She earns money, fame, adulation and success. But, will she ever find love?

The story is of a girl with unmatched aspirations and extraordinary beauty. The author beautifully portraits the character of Rinita Bose. She is not only the protagonist of the story but a woman she carries in her with dignity, beauty, and ambition. The story is sectioned into three parts can be seen as three phases of Rinita Bose which shaped or changed her life and made or mold her into she could never think of.

The story is gripping and fast-paced and surprises you. Expect the unexpected because you do not know what the author platter in front of you next. The book has some mature content and after reading the book and looking at the theme of the story I find that was needed. It is not up to everyone to do justice with a sensitive topic as this and author Chirajit certainly did justice in presenting the story of a girl to his readers.

Author Bio

Born in Kolkata, Chirajit graduated from Calcutta University before undertaking training in Chartered Accountancy. After having worked in various capacities across Finance and System domains he is currently associated with a global consulting firm as an Enterprise Application Specialist. He is an ardent observer of political and social affairs, which often finds reflection in his writing.

He loves to read short stories and wants to do some work in that space someday. This is his first commercial novel. His other work includes ‘The Obituary of Salim Nabi’ which is well received by the readers. Know him more at Chirajitpaul.com

You can reach to him at Facebook/author.chirajitpaul

Twitter@chirajit_paul

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The Break-up Clinic

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41IUFEzCmjL.jpgAuthor – Dr. Govind Sharma

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 116

Publisher – Notion Press

Love is the most beautiful and purest emotion of the world. We all want to get loved by the person we love. We win in love. We lose in love. But, what happens when the person you love is not into you but for purpose of fulfilling their motive and leave you after goal accomplished. The rejection from a loved one can be the most painful experience in life. And it is not easy for everyone to carry on with their lives like nothing happened. Ajay, Karan, and Nisha seek to end their lives as they are driven to despair by failed love relationship. ‘The Break-Up’ Clinic is finding the answer why do some people suffer so much in love? Why there are different outcomes for the same situation?

Break-up Clinic is the story of three main characters of the book Ajay, Karan and Nisha. The story unwinds what they did to land themselves into the Break-up clinic. Break-Up Clinic under the supervision of Doctor Dev helps the people who tried to end their life and having suicidal tendencies. How they assist their patients who came to find a new light in their life? Let’s find this out by grabbing a copy of the book.

The book gives a deep insight why one who lost in love has suicidal tendencies. The way author explains psychotherapy and psychoanalysis aid in lowering the mental sickness of the sufferer is brilliant. The author explains the suicidal tendencies one has with the help of case studies of three characters/patients and their reactions to a failed relationship are very insightful.

The theme of the story is quite different from the other books. The author holds a tight grip on their characters and not a slightest of diversion you find while reading his books. The book is an interesting read and doesn’t bore you for a single second. It is a fast-paced novel of 116 pages attempts to answer the question: why some people try to end their life?

Author Bio

Dr. Govind Sharma is a medical doctor who retired from the Indian Administrative Service in February 2016. Before his retirement, Dr. Sharma worked on various assignments for more than thirty-five years. The Break-Up Clinic is his third book. His other works include ‘Anant Dot Com’ and ‘State vs. Amrit Kumar’.

You can reach to him at Twitter@doctorgovind

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