tinytale #44 ‘You are Beautiful’

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In a Jungle, all the animals lived in peace, but one elephant remained sad. Everyone made fun of his large body, dark and thick skin. He did everything to look beautiful and starved to lose weight and fell ill.

Dr. Tiger understood the illness, the moment he saw the elephant, ‘look what you have done to you! Don’t try to become something else you are not. Everyone has his purpose. You cannot run as fast as I can and I cannot be as strong as you are. You are made with a difference to make a difference. Don’t torture yourself to fit in the crowd. You are not here to please anyone. You are not here to serve others. You are beautiful the way you are.’

From that day on elephant walked on his music and stopped giving a damn about what people say about him, laugh or make fun.

Tales of Man Singh

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51gdgU3ebTLAuthor – Kenneth Anderson

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 272

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Man Singh is a story of a man whom circumstances made a thief, murderer, and a dacoit. It is a tale of fate that took an ugly turn left a simple village farmer son with no other option than to break the law and took refuge in the jungle. Once was a law-abiding man, now a lawbreaker.

No one wanted to be a murderer and run for rest of his life, death was looming on his head. This book by Kenneth Anderson is a story of one such man who had no other choice than to take the path he never wanted to.

The book has incidents of his life and encounters with the outer world that left an impact on the lives unknowingly that made him a King of the poor and riches dreaded him. He was not only the King of the dacoits but also of poor, took his name with great regard. He was loved, respected and worshiped by the oppressed in the hands of the riches. He was a brother/son to them. Man Singh was an angel for those people sent by the God himself in their life. The law protectors of four states sought him, the villagers and almsperson who think of him as one of their own, supported him. Man Singh and his gang of dacoits never harmed anyone without a reason.

This is one adventures tale of Rajah Man Singh, the undisputed king of dacoits. A thrilling and chilling inside account of his life, expeditions, killings, and mercy, he only granted to innocent and poor and who had nothing to do with him. He was fierce, cruel, cunning, sly, clever and brave with the heart of a lion. A runner from the law, dutiful son, and well-wisher of the poor such was the Rajah Man Singh.

It’s a fascinating story of a man and how cruel sometimes the fate played its card who made a common man a dacoit. It was a pleasure reading the life of Man Singh had so many shades. And time and again, no one could stand or win with time.

Author Bio

Kenneth Anderson (1910-74) was a hunter, nature enthusiast and an adventure-seeker. His love for the denizens of the jungle led to some of the best literature on wildlife and his books are acclaimed as classics. He wrote about eight books and sixty-short stories which recount many of his real-life adventures and hunting exploits in the jungles of South India.

Anderson belonged to a Scottish family settled in India for six generations. He spent most of his life in Bengaluru, where he was employed with an aeronautics company. His invaluable contributions to the shikar literature in India continues to inspire scores of wildlife lovers.

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Black Beauty

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image001Author – Anna Sewell

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 270

Publisher – Rupa Publications

I have never read anything like this before. This is truly the most exciting and emotional read. This book is addictive and remarkably good. I have read animal stories before but no story talked about the treatment of the animals. After reading this, I become more sympathetic to animals. I just do not have enough words to explain what the book exactly is. The book touches the heart and I would definitely like to read it again.

Black Beauty is the first major animal story in children’s literature and the only book by Anna Sewell, released just before her death. The book is aiming to talk about the treatment of horses and other animals with care. It talks about the cruelty and hardships faced by the Black Beauty; a well-bred horse and other horses he met and his various masters. Anna observed that in the name of fashion the animals endured cruelty and Anna wanted to raise a voice against such behavior. She wanted the owners/caretakers to be more sympathetic and treat their horses and other animals with respect.

The story is of a well-bred horse, Black Beauty who tells his story. He opens a different world for the readers. The book remains a classic for the young and old. This is truly a timeless story loved by all. The way author written, is exceptional. Anna wanted to induce kindness in the treatment of animals, considering them also a living being. Animals too feel hurt and suffer, and should be treated with great care. I am sure this book definitely help in changing the way you look at animals and be more sensitive. This is truly a great book and must read. You do not need to think twice to pick this book.

Author Bio

Anna Sewell was born on 30 March 1820 in Great Yarmouth, County Norfolk, England to Mary Wright Sewell and Isaac Sewell. One day, while returning home from school, Anna fell and hurt her ankles badly. Her condition worsened and did not allow her to stand or walk for longer periods. Anna, who had been an active child, now travelled to health spas to help cure her ankle injuries but she found little respite. When she was at home, Anna took to travelling about in a chaise pulled by a pony.

While in her fifties, Sewell first thought of writing a book about horses. Black Beauty was published shortly before Sewell’s death in 1878. But it was enough that she saw the change that her book had brought in regarding the treatment of the horses everywhere.

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Heidi

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image003 (2)Author – Johanna Spyri

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 215

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Heidi as the name and the cover of the book suggests is a story of a small girl called Heidi. When you read the story, you find Heidi is not about just a girl. It is a story of an angel sent by the God in the life of the characters of the story called Heidi.

The story narrates the displeasure and delight of the girl who is so little to understand the life but understand the sorrows of the people and wanted to get them rid of all the grief. She shares their pain and makes them happy again. She brings a smile to the life of the people with her sweet talk and little efforts. She finds happiness seeing others happy.

Heidi has a heart of a little girl. She cries easily and holds the people come in her life dear to the heart. They are special to her, everyone. She never forgets.

Once I started, the book I could not put it down. It’s impossible for you too. Heidi is a girl you feel attached to within minutes of the start of the book. She is indeed a special girl who brings a smile to your lips and makes you cry with her. I liked the other characters of Clara, grandfather, grandmother, and others.

Heidi is a happy story. It brings happy tears to your eyes and makes you smile. You unconsciously become a part of the life of the Heidi and share her griefs and joys. It is a story that speaks about the joy of giving and helping those in need. It is a story of having faith in the Almighty and hope of better things they send in your life, as God never forgets you.

You won’t find a better story than this one to share the joy of reading with your family and friends.

Author Bio

Johanna Louise Heusser, the fourth child of Meta Schweizer and Johan Jakob Heusser was born on 12 June 1827 in the village of Herzil, nestled in the Swiss Alps. She went to school and was also tutored at home. Later, in Zurich, she studied language and piano. In 1852, she married lawyer Bernhard Spyri with whom she had a son. After marriage, the couple moved into a home overlooking the lake in Zurich where she wrote her first novel, A Leaf on Vrony’s Grove, which was published in 1871.

Heidi was published in 1880. Spyri received much acclaim for the book, though she already published many short stories for children and adults. During her later years, she busied herself raising a niece, doing charity work and writing more stories.

Johanna Spyri died on 7 July 1901 in Zurich, where she is interred in the family plot.

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tinytale #43 ‘Break Free’

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I wake up at the dawn hearing birds chirping. They were calling everyone to come outside and witness the beauty the nature laid in front of you.

The sun rises in the east. Again. And will set in the west. Again. What’s new about this day? Why are the birds sounding so excited?

The birds spreading their wings were flying scaling heights some known and some new.

I wonder. Do they fear to fall? What does the free bird mean? I see the birds’ caged in an iron cage flapping their wings frantically trying to break free. Caged birds have no freedom and probably no meaning of life.

What is the meaning of my life? A caged bird or a bird flying in an open sky. I want to scale new sky, touch the new heights but feels I couldn’t. I am a caged bird who wants to break free.

Restless Waters of Ichhamati

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image003 (1)Author – Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Translator – Rimli Bhattacharya

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 370

Publisher – Rupa Publications

It is a privilege to read a book so well written and acquaint with the time we have left behind. A time more than one-fifty years before. I do not know many Bengali writers and thankful to Rupa publications and Rimli Bhattacharya for bringing this translation of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay to us. This is my first book by the author and I absolutely loved it. This is a great read. One you will love to fall in love with. This book is a gem.

This is a story of a small town near the banks of river Ichhamati in Bengal. This small town remained secluded and unaffected by the struggle of rest of India and carried on with its lives and people. The story tells the lives of the period and struggle and oppression of the farmers on Indigo plantation.

The book has many stories. All the stories are well sorted and do not create confusion. The story runs at an easy pace. There are many, not one lovable character. I like the way the author explored every character and give space.

The translation is simply brilliant. I have read translated versions of the books before and this one stands out and one of the best. Rimli has done a great job without killing the soul that is the Bengali connection of the story. The style remained the same.

If you are someone like to read a good book and not in a hurry to complete a goal of a certain number of books in a limited period, then take my words, and pick this book. You will not regret. Read it on a comforting pace, do not haste. This book will be best when read at a comfortable pace.

Have a happy reading!

Bio

Rimli Bhattacharya trained in Comparative Literature and works on literature, performance history, and the arts. Her translations from Bengali to English include the autobiographies of Binodini Dasi My Story & My Life as an Actress (1998), Rabindranath Tagore’s Four Chapters (Char Addhyay) and two other novels of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was born in Ghoshpara-Muratipur village in Bengal on 12 September 1894. His ancestral home was in Barakpur (formerly in Jessore District) on the banks of the river Ichhamati. He moved to Calcutta for higher studies.

Bibhutibhushan spent his time writing and traveling intensively, particularly in the forests of Bihar, participating in literary meets and conferences, until his sudden death in Ghatshila on 1 November 1950. Besides numerous unpublished manuscripts, his oeuvre comprises seventeen novels, seven diaries-travelogue, and over two hundred short stories. He was posthumously awarded the Rabindra Puruskar in 1951 for Ichhamati, his last novel.

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Letters to My Ex

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38558568Author – Nikita Singh

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 141

Publisher – Harper Collins Publisher India

Many times it happens, the things left unsaid. Letters to My Ex is a story of things left unsaid and unspoken words and trying to discover what it was and how it affected their relationship and bring them to a crossroad.

They visited again and rewind the time they spent together in the café, on the streets hand in hand and conversations they had over the phone calls and still few things they afraid to say to each other. Why did that happen? We discover it in the book.

The plot is great, in fact, unique which makes it different. I was more intrigue in the story just because of the plot. The storyline is good that is in the form of letters but could have been better. I am not completely impressed how the story runs through the pages. This is not her best work.

The thing I like about the story is the way protagonist Nidhi bared it all in the letters she writes to her ex. She said it all and opened her heart to Abhay to read it like a book. Nidhi knew what she wants from life and Abhay and not afraid to say it and take the plunge. The character of Nidhi is a strong girl.

The author sketched the characters beautifully. The characters are sorted and the author knew where to take the story. It is a short book which hardly takes few hours. Looking for a new plot story. Give it a try.

A story of love and togetherness. A story of heartbreaks and hopes. A story of unfulfilled promises.

Author Bio

Nikita Singh is the bestselling author of ten novels, including Every Time It Rains and Like a Love Song. She is also a contributing writer to The Backbenchers series and the editor of two collections of short stories, 25 Strokes of Kindness and The Turning Point.

Born in Patna and raised in Indore, Nikita worked in the book publishing industry in New Delhi for a few years before moving to New York for her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at The New School.

Nikita lives in Manhattan, where she does digital content and marketing for a solar energy company. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram (@singh_nikita) or on Facebook.

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The Boy

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38521313Author – Nrupal Das

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 14

The boy is a story of a family. That family is ours. That boy could be you.

The story of a boy who went to play his usual tennis ball cricket in a nearby field. Nothing was unusual that day. Until in the evening when the boy does not return and a friend tells her mom that the boy never went to play that day.

A frantic search begins with the neighbors and the boy’s friends pulling in all their resources. Does the boy return? Where did he go? Where was he taken? What happens at the end?

The boy is an interesting story of a small boy loves his parents and happy in his small world around his parents, school, friends, and cricket. We were all like this at that tender age when nothing was a lie and every word seems true.

The start is good. You get totally into the story. I eagerly waited for the story to unfold. The story carries the innocence. It is relatable and emotional. I like the plot of the story which is great.

The boy is a perfect companion for your coffee break. A short story of a boy that speaks to you and he too likes a happily ever after family stories.

Would you like to meet him? Pick a copy.

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tinytale #42 ‘Sky is the Limit’

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She came flying down sits on a tall tree looking for something. She flies from one branch to another sits under the cover of leaves to rest for a while, to catch her breath.

She chirps calling her friends to join in the fun. She drank, bathe and danced in the water having her time and flies again.

She does not stop at one place, going from one place to another looks like in a hurry, like someone is waiting for her, like she is keen to meet someone, like she wants to reach somewhere soon, very soon. And she flies again in the open sky with no boundaries and no limits.

The sky is the limit for her and no one can stop her till she stops herself, only to start again. She trusts on her wings.

Do you?

When the Chief fell in Love

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38209311Author – Tuhin A. Sinha

Rating – 3.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 248

Publisher – Fingerprint Publishers

This is a story of two souls crossing paths again and again by fate and fell in love accidentally. Will destiny bring them together never to part them? This is a story of Vihaan Shastri and Zaira Bhat. Vihaan, a young and dynamic boy seeing his future in politics lost his heart to Zaira. Zaira never able to fall in love again lost her heart to Vihaan.

The love affair begins in 1990 to not end ever. It is a story of eternal love and what it takes to love someone eternally. Loving someone more than your life and losing them, again and again, seeing her go away from your hands when it was so near to get hold and stop. A love story tangled in political aspirations and dreams.

The story constitutes some real events supporting the plot and pushes the story further such as India’s counter strike in 2016. The two leaps in the story are interesting to watch shaping their lives but did not change their feelings for each other. It is interesting to see the development of the story flowing smoothly through time and travel.

The plot is interesting with intriguing storyline settled in the backdrop of Kashmir and its troubled fortune. The story raises many questions and the protagonist as a young politician has ambitious plans to bring peace in the valley and to their people who deserve more than an unsettled life surrounded by the blooded fate of Kashmir. It also tells how a politician should be.

The poems are good and leave you wanting more of them. A simple story of love and its complications. A story that does not end on the last page of the book and goes beyond.

Author Bio

Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author and politician.

Tuhin is acknowledged among the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack of experimenting with new genres. His first book came in 2006, That Thing Called Love and this is his tenth book in eleven and half years now.

Tuhin has also been a screenwriter of several popular TV shows, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, being one of them, which he co-writes in 2011-12.

At present, Tuhin is involved as a special initiative advisor to Shri Nitin Gadkari for his ministries, with a special focus on designing newer communication strategies for Road Safety and Namami Gange. He is also a prominent face on prime-time debates on national television, representing the BJP.

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