tinytale #33 ‘I Dream’

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Last night, I dreamed. I couldn’t sleep. Sleep betrayed me and left me to awake.

I dreamed of my dream to write. A story which not only reaches to millions but also reaches to their heart. It wouldn’t be just a book which will grace the shelf. It must be a story they always wanted to read but never get it.

I dreamed of a notebook and a pen. I dreamed of scribbling down the words forming the sentences. I saw my story coming into existence. The real existence of words of life and death. I dreamed of a book of my story. A story that began with a dream to tell a story.

A dream which I keep alive in my heart of hope. A dream of a story. A story of a dream.

I didn’t sleep the whole night but the morning I woke up with a dream.

You Never Know

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36225726.jpgAuthor – Akash Verma

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 216

Publisher – Penguin Metro Reads

You Never Know is a story of love, betrayal, lies and crime. Sometimes you proceed on the path which was not meant for you but were it worth risking the life of your loved ones! Sometimes you think you are having the brightest of the times in your life and that time will lead you into the dark. Sometimes, you keep secrets to live another life; hidden life and those secrets will drag you through hell. It happens with everyone at some point of life when your best-kept secrets or your hidden life overshadows your true life. If you think it can’t happen to you – Think Again.

The story revolves around Dhruv, his wife; Shalini and his love interest; Anuradha. Dhruv was a happy man until she first entered into his office and then to his life. Despite being married with kids, he was dragged into her. She knows his marital status and they still went ahead with their affair. He lived two lives simultaneously and kept the other one clandestine from everyone’s eye.

The dark secrets of her life came chasing them both and caught them unaware. It pulled him into a vortex so deep that he lost all he had. Will he get them freed from the claws of destruction?

The story and the suspense element linger through the end hooks you and leave you guessing. It is not the best of romantic suspense story but definitely one of its kind and entertaining. The story is subtle; not over the board. It is a good one time read. The pace of the story is good. Grab it for a light read. Engrossing read.

Author Bio

Akash Verma is an entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of two internet start-ups in the fashion and food sectors. Prior to this, he was in the corporate sphere in organizations such as Coca-Cola, Big FM and Red FM. His work has taken him across the country, and he uses this experience to give context to his stories. He has authored three books till now: It Happened That Night, Three Times Loser and A Broken Man.

Akash is currently based in Gurgaon, India. He is also interested in cinema, literature, history and travel.

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Extraordinary Indians

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71Rsid0n2RL.jpgAuthor – Khushwant Singh

Edited By – Mala Dayal

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 210

Publisher – Aleph Book Company

Extraordinary Indians is a book of profiles of fifty extraordinary people who were politicians, writers, freedom fighters, spiritual leaders and others. These people are stands apart from rest of the being. The book can also categorize as a part memoir. The author started his career as a journalist. His profession gives him a chance to meet some of the most famous people and he included the anecdotes and incidents of his personal encounter with the people in this book. The book is edited by Mala Dayal; his daughter, who is also happened to be a writer herself.

The book of fifty profiles also includes one Pakistani, the author’s closest and most-admired friend. Over the course of his life and prolific career, Khushwant Singh met and wrote about hundreds of people. The people in this book are those he admired deeply including politicians like Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Giani Zail Singh; writers and artists like Mulk Raj Anand, Ali Sardar Jafri, R.K. Narayan; industrialists like J.R.D. Tata, G.D. Birla and few from his family and circle of friends.

A book of profiles of no ordinary people who made the country great. This book is to remind who our countries true heroes and heroines are. Their life inspires us and will show us the right path whenever one would divert. Their principles help us grounded. This book is for every Indian who loves his/her motherland and proud be born on this land of Gandhi.

Author Bio

Born in the village of Hadali in Punjab (now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant Singh over the years had acquired an iconic stature. He was the founder-editor of Yojana and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, National Herald and Hindustan Times. Over the past six decades, he has published several best-selling nonfiction and fiction titles, including Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, his autobiography, Truth, Love and Little Malice; and the two-volume history of the Sikhs. Khushwant Singh was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 which he returned in 1984 to protest the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second-highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan.

Singh died in 2014.

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Rebound

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36156631.jpgAuthor – Sanil Sachar

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 208

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Rebound is the journey of Abhimanyu. A boy captivated in his past, strangling in his present and feared his future. He could be anyone. He could be part-you. He could be someone close to you or someone you know. He is one of us; fighting every day and running from the man whom he believes and that man gave him the most dreaded years of his life. He followed every command like a loyal slave and he sacrifices Abhimanyu at the altar of greed and ambition. The ambition to become the greatest of all.

Lost and hopeless, finally he musters the courage one day and ran away. Away from everything that was his and his life belongs to. Away from the life, he lived so far. Away from his identity. Away from the only place he calls home. Away from Circus.

Now, he is completely free yet completely lost. Will he ever find himself?

The strongest point of the story is its central plot; Circus. The story is beautiful and every word is measured and gives a direction to the story. It is hard to put it down till you finish it. The story is weaved around the circus on the nature of reality and illusion.

It is a story of revenge; to claim back the lost years of life. It is a story of hope; a hope for a newer beginning, a better life. A life far away from the life he had. It is a story of love; which has one name, Rose. The girl who gives him a reason to dream again.

Amazing. Splendid. A Must Read. Unputdownable. I love it. I bet you will love it too.

Author Bio

Sanil Sachar is an entrepreneur, a movie producer and a motivational speaker. His books – Summer Promises and The Dark Side of Light – received widespread acclaim at various literary festivals in India and were reviewed extensively by leading newspapers and magazines.

You can connect with Sanil through:

Email: sacharsanil@gmail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/sanilsachar1

Twitter: @SanilSachar

Instagram: sanilsachar

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The Monk of Lantau

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35514708Author – Mann Matharu

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 145

Publisher – authorhouse

We have many questions but no one to answer them. The search for a meaningful existence is universal. We fight with the present for a better tomorrow. We fight with the demons of our everyday life to bring peace and happiness to life. We are always in a pursuit of making a better life for ourselves and our family.

The Monk of Lantau is not a book, it’s a journey. A journey to find and meet yourself. A journey we are seldom afraid to embark on, but life has its own way to teach and make you learn the important lessons of life on the right time when you in dire need or when you are ready. Mann Matharu tries to answer some of the questions in his book.

This is a story of an ordinary man, Matthew who is in a pursuit of happiness and a better future for him and his family. His daughters’ accident becomes the proverbial straw that breaks his back in his pursuit of happiness and personal attainment and questions his faith.

A tale from an unlikely source, a tale of a man with mystical healing power. Matthew finds himself on a journey through Europe, the Middle East and Asia in search of a healer who could restore balance and harmony in his life and heal his daughter. He met few incredible people and encounter incidents which took him into the depths of his own being.

An inspirational and insightful journey. I hope you all find your answers at the end of the book.

Author Bio

Mann is widely recognised for his entrepreneurial flair, his contributions to society, culture and philanthropy run much deeper and stem from a personal philosophy to live a compassionate and grateful life.

In his desire to help others, he has attained the privilege status of a Reiki Master Teacher. Mann himself went through a lengthy period of darkness in his personal life until he stumbled upon a path of self-realisation, culminated in inner peace.

The Monk of Lantau is Mann’s gift to those who are still searching for this peace. It is an inspirational fiction work that honors the journey our lives take through self-discovery to attain an existence steeped in balance, compassion, forgiveness and enlightenment.

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Author Interview – Balachandran Kodandath

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Hello Readers,

Today we have Balachandran Kodandath, author of A Tribute to My Dreams with us.

Balachandran Kodandath, also known as Bala, is a passionate storyteller. He hails from the lush backdrops of God’s own country, Kerala. Bala believes that there are unspoken stories in everyone’s life. He devotes his effort to the world the emotions of a common man in these unsaid stories. Balachandran is a rational thinker with a deep-seated belief in Karma. He devotes substantive energy and time for environmental conservation. Let’s know more about him and talk to him about his book and writing journey.

Welcome to our Blog Bala.

Tell us about yourself. Who is Balachandran Kodandath apart from an author of ‘A Tribute to My Dreams’?

Born with the lush green background of “God’s Own Country”, the love for nature and its immaculate beauty was intrinsic to my upbringing. I was privileged to be part of a generation that cherished playing on the field and playgrounds with friends than in front of a 5-inch device. This helped a lot to understand and empathize people and their perspectives. My earliest memories of reading take me back a long way to my primary school days, when my father opened me to the world of used books, mainly the fables and fairy tales.

By profession, I am an Engineering Manager for a major corporation with an extensive traveling around the globe, which came as a by-product of my job profile.

Outside of my work and writing, the conservationist in me takes up shape to see on avenues that could help us retain the lost glory of the once spotless mother nature.

Screenwriting is something which I am planning to work on as time progresses, which incidentally is an acquired interest that I love to develop.

What inspires you to write a book?

Well, there are a lot of factors that inspire me to write, like reflections of my experiences, influences of the books I enjoyed reading or even the characters who come across our lives. I always believe that everyone carries a story in their heart, a story which most of the time will remain untold to the world, and when I look at people with that belief, it inspires me to write on their behalf, often not from what they disclose but from my own design and construction of their world. I also have this habit of dreaming into a virtual world with these characters which had helped me a lot.

Did you always want to write a book?

Yes, I had this dream from my time unknown, and the first book is also a tribute to that dream of me becoming a writer. The dream was there from time unknown, but I am still not able to come to terms that I am off the mark now. I still can’t believe that I am working on my second book and first screenplay.

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How much writing a book has changed you?

It has changed me to a great extent. I suddenly become exposed to a lot of open reviews, all of them are exciting with some giving you an opportunity to improve while few let you cherish the milestone. It also changed my whole way of looking at the way I communicate. The point of focus started drifting slowly from what I have to say from what the readers see from their angle. While you write a story, often there are details which are built on your subconscious mind, which makes it easy for me to understand why and what happened on a specific scene, but for a reader, I have to make sure that the background of the scene is created to expect the intended effect.

Taking feedback was one another thing which came up as a gentle surprise for me. Negative reviews should be taken as constructive while the positive reviews should propel you for addressing your weakness.  I am happy and thankful for where I am now.

Being a father of an Angel how much you can relate to the protagonist of your story; Abhay?

Father’s love is something which is still debated and not acknowledged to its real magnitude. General opinion starting to make that the love of the father is something which always is supposed to take a role of a second fiddle. They are often not newsworthy or dignified or for that matter not even considered significant. Most of us have not come to terms with the existence of an equally powerful quotient of love, which is on par with the love of a mother, the only difference is how it’s expressed.

As a father, I share the similar emotions to that of Abhay, there is a no bigger asset than a father’s angle.

How do you manage a work-life balance?

Well, Work-life balance is a tough thing, I try my best to prioritize the passion and need in tandem and try to manage my workday. Writing is my passion while at this moment it is not really getting me to support my living, hence it becomes super important to manage and balance both. I have after a lot of wasted years finally have reached a point where I am now fairly able to manage both priorities. I initially had very tough time managing two fronts, it makes me feel exhausted for a short while even these days, but then, the energy within you from driven by your passion keeps me moving.

Any writing project you are currently working on?

I am working on another fiction, more of supernatural-romance. I am hopeful of making it much better than my published work, incorporating the constructive feedback I received for my first novel. The storyline is almost through and I am building my first draft.

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Which author do you admire most and why?

Books of Arthur Hailey was always close to me, they are limited in numbers but comes with a variety of plots and settings with details to such an extent that one ends up virtually on the scene.

I also love to read John Grisham and Jeffery Archer. Again, John Grisham for the details and Jeffery Archer for his style of language.

I bumped on Ruskin Bond few years before which made me a fan of Ruskin Bond, the simplicity and structure often resulted in a pleasant “after reading” effect

Last but not the least, “The Bard of Avon” William Shakespeare for playwrights. I got exposed his work through “The Tempest”, it was hard to get through on a go, but then thanks to lots of supporting literature which helped me to enjoy his many great works.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

The first thing which comes to my mind are words of Ruth Rendell which goes something like this “Writing a Novel is like driving a car at night, you can see as your headlights but you can make the whole trip that way” The quote was quite inspirational and often helped me navigate the writer’s block with ease. There are times when you have a brilliant outline or a plot but will find very hard to construct something concrete on it, the only way to move on is to make sure that one doesn’t stay there but at least make small forward steps.

No book comes alive overnight, it takes its own time to shape-up and be alive. No idea or story is bad too, our fingers do not have same shape or size, so the valued readers, their taste differs and as long as you can cater or make an impact to even a minor portion of this esteemed community, you can call yourself successful.

Finally, I believe that it is not you that makes you a writer, it is the readers who make you the writer. The ode belongs to them.

Final words for the readers of ‘A Tribute to My Dreams’?

Tribute to My Dreams is based on a rarely explored subject of fathers love and a perspective of a broken family from a not so popular angle, the perspective of a father and the perspective of a child who is yet to understand what is being taken away due to the failure of her family. It is more of an emotional drama.

Incidentally, it is also a tribute to my dream of becoming a writer, I have, in the past worked on few short stories which were on controversial subjects but this was my first full work on a rarely discussed issue. It’s not a story, it is not a tale of fable, It is a social issue which needs better understanding.

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Email: contact@balachandrank.com

Website: www.balachandrank.com

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tinytale #32 ‘Little Steps’

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He tries to stand on his little feet, keeping both the palms firmly on the ground but fell. He tries again, this time by holding onto the bar of the table.

It was one of a kind feeling. He excelled in his first mission but not completely. He can only take few steps by holding on to something which could support him.

He tries again daily, every hour. He failed and hurt himself with bruised knees, scratched palms, cried with tears mapping his cheeks down to the neck. Next hour he was seen trying again with the same enthusiasm and grit.

After many failed attempts, tears and scratches but nevertheless, he finally succeeds in standing on his feet. That moment his smile is brighter than the sunlight.

*It’s ok to fall, but not ok to refuse to get up.

A Lot Like Love… A Li’l Like Chocolate

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81iSImQLRtL.jpgAuthor – Sumrit Shahi

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 176

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Distance – one of the killers of love stories. When this distance comes between new found lovers their love story is bound to take a downturn. When they were uncertain of their life and undecided of their career. Distance acts like a bummer. A Lot Like Love….. A Li’l Like Chocolate is the story of the love of two such people who fall in love by chance when they shouldn’t have.

This is a story of Arnika and Shadab. They met in school and eventually fall in love. Their story is a lot like love. They are friends, best friends and lovers. Their world revolves around each other. They share the same group of friends. They spend most of the time of the day together. Shadab wants only one thing from life; Arnika and Arnika wants one thing from life; Shadab.

Life takes a different or for them a difficult turn when they have to move to different cities, be apart from each other, miles away. They fight with distance. They fight for their love. They fight for each other. They fight with each other. Can they fight all odds to be together?

This is a Young Adult story of two teenagers packed with funny moments. The story is interesting and fun to read with funny and angry episodes of their life and love. A story of innocent love which makes you smile and laugh out loud. Recommended for teenage love story readers, school and college goers.

Author Bio

Sumrit Shahi, is one of the youngest bestselling authors in the country. He wrote his first novel, Just Friends, at the age of seventeen which became a bestseller, followed by other successful novels, Never Kiss Your Best Friend and Can a Girl and a Boy be….. Just Friends?

Sumrit is also a screenwriter and has written for six youth-based shows, including Sadda Haq: My Life, My Choice on Channel V India which won the Youth Show (Fiction) category at the Zee Gold Awards in 2014 and at the Indian Telly Awards in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015, Sumrit was chosen by Hindustan Times in the list of Top 30 Under 30 young achievers in the country, terming him as a ‘writing rockstar of the young’.

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tinytale #31 ‘Portable Homeland’

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It’s more than three years since that fateful night when he had to run in the silence of the night secretly with his family. They packed whatever they can carry with them.

They did not know how long this journey will last. They had to run to be alive and safe before rioters created a brawl on the street came and kill them.

They did not know anyone in this new city but they are safe here. They started a new life and this city adopted them.

Every night before going to bed he takes an eyeful of the keys he kept in his pocket all the time and carry with him everywhere. They are the keys to the door of the house he long abandoned in the city he was born and the city that wanted to swallow him once.

Those keys are his portable Homeland.

Invisible Ties

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819G7hQNr9L.jpgAuthor – Nadya A.R.

Rating – 4.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 272

Publisher – Rupa Publications

A commendable work by the author. The storytelling is impressive and deep and you can visualize the whole story in front of your eyes. It’s like living a second life in the mind of the author. The story hooks you from the first page till the end. The cover is apt and beautiful.

Invisible Ties is a story of a girl Noor. Noor spent most of his childhood in the company of household helpers and caretakers. Her secret companion is an antique jade mirror she stole from her mother’s collection. Turns of events and familial pressure made her submit to her mother’s wish to marry Meekaal Kalim and start a new life in Singapore, reluctantly.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Noor finds succor in studying psychotherapy to heal others. Bound in cultural values she looks for new ways to find peace in her life. Where her quest will take her, is the story.

The thing which impressed me the most is this is no ordinary or regular story of a girl and his journey and the way it is told is impressive and praiseworthy. When you will read the story you can actually read the mind of the girl; Noor. The impeccable style of narrating the human emotions makes it a must read.

The heart of the story is the narrative style and the brain of the story is its plotline. The writing style is fluid and graceful. If you want to read a beautifully written contemporary fiction and a story that can drive you. Pick this book. It has everything a reader look for in a book to escape from the reality of the daily life. Nadya will make you lose yourself with her vivid writing.

Author Bio

Nadya A.R. began writing in her early twenties. She is a psychotherapist and regularly contributes articles related to psychotherapy and conducts workshops, seminars and talks, both in Pakistan and Singapore. This is her second novel.

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