Hit for a Six

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51zZI1VkOeL.jpgAuthor – Payal Dhar

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 152

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Rewind your life and relive your teenage days with Laila. She is a great cricket fan and lives on her own terms. She is bold and brave and always there for her friends. She was badly shaken when the cricketer she idolizes admits to match-fixing. She was happy that her best-friend is back in town and school reopens for the start of new session.

Hit for a Six is a story of a thirteen-year-old girl Laila. Her love for cricket, school, friendship and her rendezvous is what the story is all about. The story has a little mystery of an old Mr. Mashall’s house dated back to the nineteenth century. The house has a historical importance and holding many secrets and rumored as a haunted house. The house has been abandoned for many years and Laila’s secret hideout till new occupants of the house shifted in it.

This book is not for every reader. If someone has just started reading books or you want to introduce your teenage kid or younger brother/sisters to books, this could be a good starter. The plot is good and the storytelling could have been better. It is a short book and won’t take much time to finish. I completed it in one go in around three hours. The mature or middle age readers or someone who is into books from ages would not find the pleasure of reading. The book is for teenage or young and school going readers.

What turn Laila’s life takes after losing her secret hideout in the hands of new occupants who remained private? What happens with her love for her favorite sport? Who are the anonymous benefactors who have sponsored the renovation of Laila’s school? Find it out in Hit for a Six by Payal Dhar

Author Bio

Payal Dhar has been making up stories all her life. Sometimes she has got into trouble for them, but sometimes they have been published as novels and short stories, mostly for young people. She’s also a freelance editor and writer and writes on computer, technology, books, reading, games, travel and anything else that catches her interest. When nobody’s looking, she either has her nose in a book, is surfing the internet, or battling evil in a computer game.

Visit Writeside.net to find out more about Payal’s work and play.

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Pawan: The Flying Accountant

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36643047.jpgAuthor – Sorabh Pant

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 304

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Pawan is a story of a strange and unpredictable man Arjun. He is indestructible. He has certain powers which no ordinary human was blessed. His appearance scares and made him a joke for few. He is no ordinary human. He is a Chartered Accountant and a demigod. He is a monkey-man. No one knows his secret except his legal guardian protecting him from the eyes of the world fearing they might use him for their destructive motives.

A businessman wants him to work for him and fight with the enemies. They knew their secret and can do anything to make his life living hell until he agreed to work for them. Will he agree to work for them and fight with the enemies? What powers does he possess? Pawan is a story of superhero tired of his ordinary life. The character is inspired by the mythological God, Hanuman, the son of wind (Pawan).

Honestly, the blurb of the book looks interesting but the story didn’t appeal to me. I am failed to understand this kind of sarcasm and humor attached to famous people. The plot of the story is unique and had a lot of space to explore it. The author tries to instill humor in every sentence which is a complete nay for me. Every character is trying to be funny and looks almost similar.

I agree, not every book could match my taste and this book is definitely not for me. But, there is a section of readers to whom this book might appeal or they like to read and enjoy reading Pawan, The Flying Accountant. Take your pick and decide.

Author Bio

Sorabh Pant, according to The Times of India, is ‘one of India’s top comedians’. He does stand-up comedy for money and writes books to spend that money. Pawan is his third novel. As one of India’s most popular stand-up comedian, he has done 1500 shows across 85 cities in 18 countries; but he claims he did them only for the frequent flyer miles. He is also the ex-founder of East India Comedy – and his videos for shows such as Rant of the Pant, EIC: Outrage, etc. have over 1200 million views online.

Other books authored by him are The Wednesday Sun and Under Delhi, both of which received positive reviews.

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tinytale #38 ‘Town Graveyard’

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It was the dark and starry night. The city came to a standstill deserting the roads and silencing the noises. I hear the owls howling somewhere near from the crowd of trees.

I step outside for a quick walk under the stars in the silence. I love nights because it gives me a chance to hear the voices of nature lost in the music of daytime.

‘What’re you doing outside?’ a man standing on the pavement at the pole asked.

‘I came for a walk,’ I felt obliged to answer him.

‘What you doing here?’

‘Getting some fresh air. I am tired of lying all day and night,’ he said.

He leans back on the pole and looks at the sky.

‘Where do you live?’ I asked.

He looks at the other side of the road and points with his finger. ‘There.’

TOWN GRAVEYARD

tinytale #37 ‘A Big Laugh’

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They were fighting over the last piece of pizza. Finally, it was decided that it will be equally shared by all and cut down into four pieces.

He pushed his piece into mouth hastily and snatched the last bite from his friend’s piece and ate that too. A slap on the back followed but that doesn’t hurt him. A frown on the face and a big laugh by everyone is the moment of the day.

Nothing tastes better than that winning piece you snatched out of your friend’s hand and a scowl that followed on his face and grin on your mouth is the real pleasure.

He heard a big laugh coming from a table near his and come out of his reverie. He turned to see the source of the voice. They were four friends, clinking glasses of coke and digging their fingers into one pizza.

Mad Country

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36541604.jpgAuthor – Samrat Upadhyay

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 253

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Mad Country is a collection of eight short stories by the award-winning author of Himalayan country Nepal, Samrat Upadhyay. The stories read like a dream like it was played in the writer’s unconscious mind and the next thing he did is write them down. The stories are ethereal beauty and characters are very familiar yet exclusive.

The cities, big and small and towns of Nepal are in the backdrop of the stories but there is nothing, in particular, to be said in respect to the country or its culture despite the names of the cities and streets he has taken in the stories. The protagonist of every story is a common citizen of Nepal, uncommon in his own way. They are not restrained to an age group. You will find a small boy in Beggar Boy, a son of a wealthy man pretends to be a beggar to understand why his mother abandoned him. A young girl in Freak Street, an American hippie, who undergoes a drastic identity change, adopts the country and its culture as its own.

The stories are not written to teach a moralistic lesson or to convey a message or anything like. They are just stories. They come from the common people and their lives. They do not necessarily end on a good note or a happy ending. Do not expect an ending or closing of the story. There are none. The stories continue after it ends and author let it to you to write the next course of the story as you like or end it with the author.

Walk the streets of Samrat Upadhyay’s Mad Country to hear the fascinating and delightful stories.

Author Bio

Samrat Upadhyay was born and raised in Nepal. He is the author of The City Son, which was shortlisted for a PEN Open Book Award; Arresting God in Kathmandu, winner of the Whiting Award; The Royal Ghost; The Guru of Love, a New York Times Notable Book and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the year; and Buddha’s Orphans. He has written for The New York Times and has appeared on BBC Radio and National Public Radio. Upadhyay teaches creative writing program at Indiana University.

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Durand’s Curse

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91pPr7rpIyL.jpgAuthor – Rajiv Dogra

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 264

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Durand’s Curse as the name suggest is a book on the history of Afghanistan. The tale comes from the heartland of Pathans and tells a riveting story of a line drawn across the Pathan heart. The land that painted blood and witnessed many wars.

Durand line is the line dividing Afghanistan and Pakistan drawn more than a century ago. On the morning of 12 November 1893, ‘the strongest man from Europe’, the then foreign secretary of India and ‘Iron Amir of Afghanistan’, a cruel ruler wrote history. It was to be believed that British officer Sir Mortimer Durand fooled Afghan Amir Abdur Rahman or he believed British too much that he gifted away much of southern Afghanistan to the British Empire, he was finding tiresome.

Rajiv Dogra, bestselling author of Where Borders Bleed, written on India-Pakistan relationships brings you an untold story of the Durand line long buried in a fascinating book telling the truth to the world has not known so far. The lucidly written book is a result of deep research. The book is not only a good read for the readers of history but also for the students. It is a detailed account of the land. I appreciate the efforts; the author has made to bring such a comprehensive book for the readers.

The book accounts the life, trouble, wars, tragedies and injustice on the face of the people and the country that give way to the Afghan anger to fight for the land belonged to them and was taken away forcibly. Read to know the history of misfortunes of Afghanistan and the cursed line drawn on sand.

Author Bio

Rajiv Dogra is a writer, television commentator and artist. A career foreign service officer, he was India’s Ambassador to Italy and Romania, the permanent representative to the United Nations Agencies in Rome and the last Consul General in Karachi.

An active public speaker, Rajiv Dogra is one of India’s foremost commentators on foreign policy and strategic affairs and is noted for his considered and assertive views. He is the bestselling author of Where Borders Bleed, regarded as one of the most authoritative books on India-Pakistan relations.

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Mahatma on the Pitch

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51QJIAgy3ZL.jpgAuthor – Kausik Bandyopadhyay

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of pages – 160

Publisher – Rupa Publishers

Gandhi, the man who created history. The greatest Indian icon and flag bearer of the Indian national movement of freedom. The world has known him as a man who forced British Raj with a weapon of non-violence to leave the country was new to the world. His principles are still alive and followed around the world. Many foundations have been working in this area of spreading his messages of non-violence to teach the people of the united world to live in peace and harmony on our shared planet.

‘Too many people are experimenting with war and violence. We need more people experimenting with peace and non-violence.’

Margaret Hepworth, May 2014

Founder/Director of The Gandhi Experiment

Mahatma on the Pitch is a book shows a different side of the Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The game of cricket is a religion in India. Can anyone think that Gandhi had any relationship with cricket? The game ruling the hearts of the twenty-first-century India. Did Gandhi or his ideas make any impact on the game at the high tide of the national movement? The book tries to find the answers to these quirky questions.

Why should you read this book? The subject is not new. You will find hundreds of books written on Gandhi by best biographers around the world. This book tries to explore a different side of a man whose connection with cricket seems as remote as Gandhi’s tryst with cricket. It is hard to cross in mind of any relationship between the two. The author is one of that curious mind tried to find the answer to the same. Read to know more about the relation between cricket and the Gandhi. It is one of its kinds you do not get to read every day.

Author Bio

Kausik Bandyopadhyay teaches History at West Bengal State University, Barasat, Kolkata. Formerly a fellow of the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne (2010), and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata (2006-2009 and 2013-2015), he is also the Editor of Soccer and Society.

Bandyopadhyay has authored and edited several books. His most recent works include Sport, Culture and Nation (2012), Perspective from Indian Football and South Asian Cricket (2015); Bangladesh Playing: Sport, Culture, Nation (2012); and Scoring Off the Field: Football Culture in Bengal, 1911-80 (2011).

Here is a book on Gandhian Principles The Gandhi Experiment

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tinytale #36 ‘New Again’

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A drop of water fell on my arm taken me by surprise. I look up and sky growl. I don’t find a reason to get angry. I can’t question.

I resume walking my path with wobbly legs to nowhere. Everything ends where I began.

No, it’s not an end but I am not sure am I standing at the door of a new beginning or is this dead end. I have to continue walking to find the answer and answer lie within me. It comes when you are ready.

Sky growls again. I ignored and keep walking. Few steps down the lane and sky started pouring drenching me from head to toe in crystalline liquid washes away the dirt of my mind.

Each drop is scrubbing my soul and making me new again. I think I got my answer. It’s a time to embark on a new journey.

Excellence – The Amitabh Bachchan Way

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51RKDKhoMWL.jpgAuthor – Virender Kapoor

Rating – 3.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 150

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Excellene – The Amitabh Bachchan Way is written to inspire people from the life of megastar fondly known as Big B. Over the career of nearly fifty years in the film industry, he has his share of ups and setbacks but he didn’t stop. He rises again from the ashes like a phoenix. The book teaches some of the lessons one can learn from the life of ‘Superstar of the Millennium’.

It is not a biography, not a memoir. It is a short account of his life and the incidents that made him what he is today. The bad give him strength to get back on his feet and the good one make him more humble. He is one of the only film celebrities who is respected and admired by everyone around the globe. Some of his personality traits you can follow to achieve excellence in your life – determination, punctuality, perseverance, humility, professionalism – that makes him an institution in himself.

Many books have already been written on him and many things have said. What this book has new to serve you on a platter is this does not tell you his life story. This book inspires you to learn and follow some of the traits of his life to gain excellence. Excellence does not come in a day or month; it is a process and a lifelong learning.

If you follow Amitabh Bachchan closely then you will find many anecdotes mentioned in this book are either from the books written on him or his media interactions or public appearances or interviews. This book aims to inspire and thus author Virendra Kapoor analyses each and every trait of Mr. Bachchan.

Author Bio

Virender Kapoor is a thinker, an educationist and an inspirational guru. An alumnus of IIT Bombay and the former director of a prestigious management institute under the Symbiosis umbrella, he founded the Management Institute of Leadership and Excellence (MILE), Pune. His books on emotional intelligence, passion quotient, military principles, leadership, jugaad, work-life balance and self-help have been translated into several regional and foreign languages. Additionally, he regularly contributes to many prestigious magazines and dailies.

To know more about him, log on to www.virenderkapoor.com or email him at virenderkapoor21@yahoo.com

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Let’s Have Coffee

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91wFD4K0gRLAuthor – Parul A. Mittal

Rating – 3.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 240

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Do you believe in quick and fun relationships or in a foreverwala love? In the age of quick messaging and dating apps, do you expect to find someone who believes in long-lasting relationships? You have more friends in the virtual world than in real life. When ‘I Love You’ is mere worlds void of any emotion, you think you can find someone would give a new meaning to your life with love? This story is trying to find answers to these questions.

Let’s have Coffee by Parul A. Mittal is a story of new age and big city lovers juggling many lives simultaneously. Our generation wants everything on a single click. We are holding the world in our palms. Are relationships also moved ahead with the time? Are those gone days when love was meant to last forever and not a one night stand?

Meha, working as an assistant wedding planner met Samir, a handsome wedding photographer at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Samir revels that the bride happens to be his ex. They feel a strong connection. Meha left him after an unfortunate finding of Samir that he is only using her for his book. They move on with their respective lives and never try to cross the path of other.

After five years they met again through a project she is working on for his girlfriend planning a proposal for him. Will she find her foreverwala love in a world where relationships can be as brief as the messages we send to each other?

Recommended for romance readers. The story is like crunchy wafer wrapped in a chocolate. The author draws an interesting sketch of the life of the lovers of a new age. She tries to untangle love and relationships in today’s digital world. It’s witty and romantic. I find it little filmy. The story has lots of drama you find in Bollywood romantic movie. Let’s have Coffee is a sexy story.

Author Bio

Parul A. Mittal is the author of the national bestseller, Heartbreaks & Dreams! The Girls @IIT. Her second book, Arranged Love, captured the hearts of Indian youth.

Born and brought up in Delhi, Parul did her schooling at Lady Irwin School, New Delhi, and Navrachna School, Baroda. She did her BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1995, followed by Masters in Computer Science from UMich, Ann Arbor. The author has worked for various corporate-Hughes, IBM Research, Nextag and Yatra-for over thirteen years. She co-founded an online parenting website called RivoKids.

You can read more about her at www.parulmittal.com

Her fan page www.facebook.com/parulmittalbooks

Email – parulmittal@gmail.com

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