When Love Happens

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51RM7xgo8aL.jpgAuthor – Manish Kumar

Rating – 2.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 145

Publisher – Srishti Publishers and Distributors

Life is what you make it. Things do not happen after cautioning you about their arrival but you are expected to be prepared for them. This is how life is, unexpected and full of surprises. The life of protagonist of this story is somewhat same and goes through a lot of twists and took unexpected turns tests his patience and will to carry on with the dreams with the weight of fear of losing his love.

When Love Happens is a story of a boy, Nish. He falls in love with his classmate while in school, G. G is from a conservative family and her family doesn’t approve of their relationship though G never promised anything to Nish. Nish always wished a future with her and hope of a life together. Little did Nish knew that that love will have a lasting impact on his life and career and also decides the person he is going to become. They remain friends and their relationship goes on and off all this while he was chasing his dreams and trying to balance both.

The story runs in a fast track mode which needs to be slowed down a bit and allow the readers to engage with the characters and relate to the story and the mood of the characters. The plot is good and the storyline is common and the writing could have been better. The story has a lot of scopes which author failed to utilize and exploit the possibilities to make it a better version. It is hard to fall in love with the story that does not have a body.

Every book, good or bad, requires the same dedication and effort from the writer and I respect the efforts of the author but readers too expect a good book worthy of his time and money from the author.

A nice and innocent love story but storytelling did not meet my expectations.

Author Bio

An IT-guy living in Bangalore, Manish Kumar has been working with IBM for the past five years. Keen on writing true stories inspired by one’s own life, he always inspired to write about his observations on nature and its creations. He likes traveling to natural destinations and is fond of riding bikes. When Love Happens is his first published book.

You can connect with him at-

Facebook: /storytellermanish

Twitter: @authormanishk

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The Indigo Sun

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37639747.jpgAuthor – Rupa Bhullar

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 295

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Home – neither a place you live in nor a place you arrive at. It’s where you belong, and ultimately return – a return to the beginning, a return within.

The Indigo Sun by Rupa Bhullar

No one can run from his own story. It is important to have a purpose in life to live and just being alive is not living. The Indigo Sun is a story of finding a person long lost. A person part of you but no longer you. It is about being happy and celebrating life in every moment. The story is about discovering a meaning of life.

Maya, a young NRI woman finds herself lost standing on top of the ladder and having everything one would wish for, still she feels incomplete. She is looking for that light in life that would guide her and take her on her way to happiness. She wants to be happy again and live her life once again even if it means to start all over again from the beginning.

It is a slow read and little dramatic but life is no less than a drama and it is a life story of Maya. The best part of the story is it reflects life beautifully and will make you think. The storytelling is simple and touches the heart. I feel moved the way characters are designed and the story flows throughout the length of the book. I do not find any loose ends and is crafted intensely.

For those who love life and believes in living it the fullest. Join Maya on her journey to home, who knows you will also get your answers on the way.

The treasure of true happiness lies within you.

Author Bio

Rupa Bhullar serves as the Director of Finance and Business Development at a leading global corporation that provides digital and financial software solutions. She holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Charter and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Rupa was born in India and spent her early childhood years in Jaipur before moving to Chandigarh, the place she stills calls home. She relocated to the US in the year 2000, spending time between New York and Los Angeles before settling down in New Jersey where she currently lives with her husband, two sons, a Zen dog and a senior bunny.

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Ravana Leela

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36362637.jpgAuthor – Radha Viswanath

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 280

Publisher – Rupa Publications

I have never read something like this and a thought to read about Ravana never crossed my mind. Why would someone keen to know the most popular villain of Indian mythology? The one who disrespect woman by abducting someone’s wife and held her captive.

Ravana, the most popular villain of Indian mythology is no ordinary Rakshasa. He is more than a mere abductor. He was a devout Shiv-bhakt and immensely powerful, born out of wedlock between a Rakshasi and a Rishi. He was given birth with a purpose to regain control of Lanka in the hands of Rakshas which was once taken by Devas and forced his mother’s clan in Naga lok.

The book is a gem. It should be written long back and Radha Viswanath did the job brilliantly. We all have heard Ramayana and hates Ravana for his misdeeds. His life holds many untold information which author tries to tell in this book. This story of Ravana brings to light the many earthed accounts of his life in a form of a fiction book.

The author painstakingly gathered information from Valmiki Ramayana and consulting other versions of Ramayana, picked with care, collated and compared and presented to the readers in this book. The book shows a different side of Ravana, a caring elder brother to his two younger brothers and a stubborn sister. An obedient and determined son of his mother who spent her life to fulfill her father’s dream and only purpose of coming on earth and marrying a Rishi.

The book gives an insight of his character and imparts a greater understanding of his nature. After reading this book you will also admit that this villain of villains is worthy of greater attention.

Author Bio

Radha Viswanath was born in Andhra Pradesh and spent most of her life in Delhi. Trained as a teacher, Radha entered journalism late in life. After a distinguished career as a political correspondent spanning three decades, she retired from active journalism. She has the honor of being the first woman journalist to be admitted in the long and distinguished category of Parliamentary journalists, in 2006.

An avid reader with a keen interest in Hindu mythology, she aims to bring the complexities of the Indian political discourse into intricate and rich mythological narratives.

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A Home for Urvashi

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36631508.jpgAuthor – Sanchali Bhattacharya

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 350

Publisher – Harper Collins Publisher India

Absolute Brilliant. I love everything about this book. The plot is unusual yet unique. The story has completely taken me by surprise. The characters are well sorted and the story flows like a river, smooth and serene. The story is full of unexpected turns and bumps and surprising revelations that lead to the end.

I love everything about Dulari. Death separates her with her beloved twin sister, Ujjwala. The bond she shares with her sister exists beyond life and death. Her spirit is a constant companion to Ujjwala and hopes to reborn as Ujjwala’s daughter and find a home for herself. She is formless, powerless, no one to love, no home but a dream for a rebirth.

I love how the author draws her character. I am surprised by her powerful and artistic imagination. You won’t be disappointed investing your time in the book. The book is a good read for the readers looking for new plot and a fresh story. This is a perfect read for ardent readers who dive deep and savor the story. Will Dulari’s wait ever ends? Will her dream of life ever fulfill?

The only downer could be for few are its length which comprises good 350 pages. You have to sit back and patient and let the story unwrap one layer at a time. If you are a rush reader or night reader, you need a good time to reach the end. You cannot complete it in one go or in one night or in one weekend.

Breaking the barriers of all the biases and custom stories. I congratulate Sanchali for bringing such a beautiful and poignant tale. The story depicts bond of sisterhood, life struggles, the upheaval of emotions and a tale of life and death and a long wait of Dulari. Give it a go.

Author Bio

An electrical engineer from Jadavpur University, Sanchali Bhattacharya is a director in her own engineering and manufacturing company. In the past, she has worked for Larsen & Toubro in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Sanchali’s short stories have featured in The Statesman. She is also the author of a novel titled Ashes & Roses.

Sanchali is married and has a son. She lives with her family in Kolkata.

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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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