Interactive Session with Zuko

Hello Lovelies,

Today we have Zuko whose Figmented Reality got released recently and I am going to interview him on my blog. He is a dyslexic and would enlighten us about it along with some sneak peak of his book.

Lets get started then:

Tell us about yourself?

I was born in Dombivli,Mumbai. I was there till was 9. Then I moved to Chennai after that. I was officially diagnosed as Dyslexic when I was  9-19. I finished my schooling in Chennai and after that did my under-graduation in Mechanical with Spl.in Energy from Vellore Institute of Technology-University. After that, I worked for a company in Kochi where I started writing and finished my book. Now I am in business with my father.

So you are dyslexic? Tell us more about it?

If you had seen Taare Zameen Par, I could call it my childhood biography. He is into art and I was into Maths back then, and ended up being a writer. I was diagnosed at very early age with Dyslexia as I used to write 7 asL or b as d and vice versa. In my mind what I was writing was d but in the book it was b. My mind was faster than my hands could write and so if I wanted to write “I AM NOT INTERESTED”, I end up writing “I AM INTERESTED” because in my mind, I had already written the word NOT but my hands couldn’t keep up. I am in Business now and I read twice every mail, before I send out and also ask my father to read once before I send it because in Business a word can mean a whole lot.

What all problems you faced while going through dyslexia?

The problems I faced were very little to the things my parents had go through. As Seinfield says “Kids are candy moronic brains” and that is true. The feeling was more of helpness rather anything. It wasn’t that I am choosing to write like Mirror. There were times in exam where I would solve the problem in the ROUGH COLOUMN and get the answer say 375 and then I would write ANSWER : 357 . It wasn’t something I was choosing to do but it was involuntary. There were teachers who would give me marks based on the rough coloumn work but there were some who wanted the right answer, and not the right concept.

You write under a pen name Zuko.Please tell us the story behind taking up this name?

I have become tired of explaining Zuko, because it was name I had since I was in first year of college in my Facebook profile. Zuko is a character in the series AVATAR:THE LAST AIRBENDER. In a way I could relate to him. He tries his best to convince his kingdom(mainly his father) that he could be the next king that he starts going into the wrong path and finally decides that the path he is going isn’t the same. I could relate myself to him because I wanted to prove to the world that I am not a useless person and I am still trying to prove and I don’t think I will never stop.

What was the thought process of writing this book?

The book was emotionally draining for me because I had to be in the shoes of the characters to start thinking like them. To think like an addict, to think like a killer etc. it wasn’t easy, it took some emotional burden but I felt I was more matured at Chapter 24 than I was in Chapter 1. I think it reflected on my writing too.

 

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Why you took up a psychological topic as your career background says you are a marketing person?

I don’t know where the fascination of psychology started. I am really fascinated by the human brain and its workings especially on the topic of addictions. I started watching documentaries on human mind, narcissism, serial killers and taken youtube classes on Psychology. It is still my fascination and I would like to a full fledged course in Psychology someday.

Who inspired you for writing this book?

Dr.Nikhil Chandwani and my jealousy towards him. He is junior to me, writer of 4 books, a PhD, has company & a private coal mine by the age of 23 and for him to say that I was a better writer than him, motivated me to start writing Figmented Reality. After the first chapter, I sent it to him and he said to me to complete the book. He used to message me daily evening asking me to write. Once I was in the flow, I took time out of my schedule to write for 1 hour or 1000 words. It was unnecessary for him to do that but he still did.

Siddharth’s character is the most complex one. Can you tell is it inspired from a real character or is it fictional?

I think, no character, be it in book(I have read very few) or a movie(I have seen a lot) is fully fictional. There is always a bit of someone in the characters portrayed. Characters are inspired by someone or the other.

What is your future plans regarding writing?

My passion has always been BUSINESS. I do take time out to write. I have written poems published in my blog www.zukosid.blogspot.com . I am already half way through my second book and quarter in my third, and two in my mind a concept.

Will you take up the same genre or something different? The readers want to know.

Second book is a crime novel, partly sequel of first. Third is on dreams and a pure fiction which I am writing with one of my friend, he is an author too. Third is on religion, which I need to be sensitive on, so I am thinking on how to make it as sensitive as possible which is in the concept stage. Fourth is law drama which I have just started thinking couple of days back. I hope it all becomes a book. It ain’t easy to convert concept to a 30,000 word book.

About the Author

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Siddharth Sabari is a blogger and writer from Chennai. Born in Mumbai and he spent half of his schooling days in Mumbai and half in Chennai. As a child, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and found it difficult to cope with language in his early years. Inspite of his difficulites, and with support of his mother, he passed out from Vellore Institute of Technology in 2013 as a Mechanical Engineer with specalization with Energy, and worked for a public limited company for two years before joining business with his father in Chennai. He was awarded the First Indian Dyslexic Writer by K L University Vijayawada. He can be contacted at zukosid@gmail.com or at https: //www.facebook.com/siddusab

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Candid Talk with Sharmishtha Shenoy

Hello Readers,

Today I would like to invite Sharmishtha SHenoy, the author of Vikram Rana Investigates to my blog for an interview. She is an amazing lady. I had a word with her personally and late on I sent her the questions. She is a hard working woman and is really inspiring. Lets start with the session:

What was the thought process while writing this book?

I first made the outline chapter wise. Then started writing. I already had planned where to add the twists and turns. Of course after beta readings, editors reviews I further added/modified.

Why a particular region was focussed in your novel?

I am inspired here by Saatyaji Ray who had based his stories in different settings like Kolkata, Bangalore, Darjeeling etc.

I set my novel in Hyderabad, as I have lived in Hyderabad for past 20 years. aknow the city quite well.
When did you feel you should write about crime?

I love a good murder mystery. Right from my teenage years I was drawn to murder mystery stories. You might think that a loving mom like me would steer clear of murder. But you would be totally wrong. I have raised my child while reading about victims being stabbed, hung, bludgeoned, gassed and generally disposed of  in unpleasant ways. I just love mystery novels. But why does this genre appeal to me so much? Whether I am trying to solve a crime or attempting to take down the villain myself I love mysteries because of the high stakes tension and suspense.
 Have you tried any other genre than crime?

No – this is my debut novel. But I have written short stories which have been published in e-fiction magazine, Kolaj. I also won the first prize (cash prize of 50 euro) for a story competition by Typotic.com

About The Author and her Book

 

 

 
VIKRAM RANA INVESTIGATES
BY
SHARMISHTHA SHENOY
 
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Vikram Rana Murder Mysteries set in Hyderabad…… 
 
The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion 
 
When the glamourous socialite Richa Lohia is poisoned in her mansion in Jubilee Hills, her brother-in-law hires his mate, ex-cop Vikram Rana, to solve this murder. This is Vikram’s first case and he, along with Inspector Gopi Reddy, must solve the case even if they face opposition from the richest and powerful family in Hyderabad, who would stop at nothing to defend themselves. 
 
The Sonia Sinha Case 
 
When property developer Krishna Dhavala is stabbed to death in Necklace Road, everyone suspects Mrs. Dhavala to be the murderer of her alcoholic and abusive husband. But is that really the case? Vikram Rana and Inspector Reddy have a tough time uncovering the murderer and Vikram himself almost dies trying to solve this case. Experience the mystery along with the duo as they fight their way through the maze of lies, deceit and greed. 
 
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From “The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion”

“Kinshuk sprang out of bed and followed his uncle, Rohan along the passage to his mother Richa’s bedroom.

Rohan’s wife, Kiara joined them along with Richa’s personal maid Lakshmi and two more servants. Everyone seemed to be in a state of awestricken fear.

Kinshuk turned to his uncle, ‘What should we do? Father is not here.’

Never had Kinshuk’s weak nature been more apparent, Rohan thought in distaste. Rohan rattled the handle of his sister-in-law Richa’s door violently, but with no effect. The whole household was aroused by now. The most alarming sounds were audible from the interior of the locked bedroom. Clearly something must be done.”

What could have been going on the room? What triggered it?

Mrs Lohia was lying in her bed having seizures. In her agony she must have overturned the bedside table. As they entered, her limbs relaxed and she fell back on her pillow.

“I cannot see properly” she complained. Rohan and Kinshuk looked at each other helplessly. A strangled cry from the bed startled them. A fresh bout of pain had seized Richa. The seizures were terrible to behold. At that moment dr Agnihotri pushed his way into the room authoritatively. At the same instant, Richa cried “Rohan…. Rohan” then she fell back on the pillows motionless. 

Why was Richa killed? Why did she take Rohan’s name?

From the Sonia Sinha case:

“He reached the meeting place at 8 pm sharp. The headlights of his car revealed a woman in a burqa waiting by the roadside. She waved her hand. Krishna stopped the car and she got in. As she removed her veil, Krishna started in surprise. At the same time another man got into the back of his car. Confused, Krishna looked at the man. Then his eyes widened in fear.”

Whom did Krishna see? Who was the woman in burqa?

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Sharmishtha Shenoy
 
Sharmishtha Shenoy loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she herself likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. She was born in Calcutta and has done her post-graduation from University of Reading, Great Britain. She lives in Hyderabad.
 
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Book Review of Vikram Rana Investigates

Vikram Investigates Tales of Murder and Detection in Hyderabad by Sharmishtha Shenoy is a collection of novellas or rather say, two cases that includes suspense, thriller, mystery, murder, illicit relationships and many such elements. This book highlights the secrets behind the high profile society. Let us go deep into the details:

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Cover- The cover of the book has dark blackish grey colour and we notice a man and a woman there. It is a perfect scene of investigation and it intrigues the readers by minor backgrounds of Delhi and Hyderabad’s monuments.

Title- The title perfectly matches the novellas as the story revovles around the ex- officer, Vikram Rana who sets up his private investigating agency.

Plot- The plots of the two novellas are identical as they focus on murder mysteries, though the scenarios are same. One is the murder of a celebrity while the other is the murder of a property developer. Both these plots are well knit and beautifully woven. the author has done a fantastic job in plot construction.

Characterisation- The author has artistically portrayed her characters. Vikram Rana, Inspector Reddy and Veena were present in both the novellas. Vikram Rana is an ex officer who is loyal towards his work. He is a foody and has a very sharp mind. He knows the knack of reading between the lines as he could see those things which others seem to ignore. The clues he found during Richa’s murder case and Sonia Sinha case were beyond other’s imagination.

Inspector Reddy is the cop who is a dear friend of Vikram Rana and helps him in every way possible. The duo’s friendship is strong and with each other’s support they solve the cases.

Style- Honestly speaking, I loved the frank style of writing used by the author. The dialogic delineation was simply superb. The narrative technique was good. Some of the sentences were witty which is the strength of the novel. The author throughout maintained the elements of suspense and mystery in both the novellas.

Coming to the flip side, The editing needed attention and some of the sub headings were bit long but all these negatives could not overshadow the positives of the book and I am sure suspense lovers would instantly fall for this book and as a first timer, Sharmishtha Shenoy has done a great job.

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About the Author

Sharmishthashenoy

Sharmishtha Shenoy loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she herself likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. She was born in Calcutta and has done her post-graduation from University of Reading, Great Britain. She lives in Hyderabad.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur

The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur by Priyonkar Dasgupta can be categorised as Fan Fiction, Historical Fiction,Teen Fiction and even a text under Indian Writing. I have read many stories based on the lives of childhood or teens. But, this one is unique. When I was asked to review this book,I was in a confused state as whether to take it or not, as the title sounded like that it is a horror book. After a deep counting I said yes to the book. Yesterday, I started with this book and completed it in a few hours. The story was so fascinating that I couldn’t stop in between and completed it in one go. So, you want to know how was my journey while reading it? Ofcourse you do! Lets read between the lines:

Cover- The cover of the book is apt. The sketch and the colour scheme arouses interest in our mind.

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Title- As I always say, Never judge a book by its title. But this time I did and the author beautifully proved me wrong. Will surely tell you in the other sections.

Blurb- It is the early 1990’s – the ‘picturesque’ small-town of Rajpur is in ‘full summer bloom’ and there is a definite sense of mystery in the air. Amidst its scenic setting each year a group of boy band together to spend their summer vacations – going cycling to far-off forests, sharing books, discussing everything under the sky and ogling at girls… But as youth would have it, their curious minds are more inclined to seek adventure and (hopefully!) uncover some mysterious affair. However, unlike their previous vain attempts, this time certain unusual events and the sudden appearance of a curious case of a ghost in their midst seem to hold the promise of some real adventure. In the pages of The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur rest assured that you will soon be whisked off and plunged into a headlong journey of adventure and romance of your own – on a path of discovery of friendship and brotherhood, of life and love – and, who knows, you might even encounter the Speaking Ghost itself!

Category of Novel- According to my analysis, this can novel can be categorised as Regional Novel(https://www.reference.com/art-literature/regional-novel-788fb7257b925ac1) as well as Picareque Novel(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picaresque_novel).

Plot- The plot is gripping and the author has beautifully woven it. There are no cliches or digressions in it. This is a story of a guy named, Shoumo who shares his experience of summer holidays. This quickly transports the reader to their own childhood where they used to go to play, enjoy those carefree times. The era of children story books, especially those ghost stories, games and comics. It fills us with nostalgia.

There is also a highlight on the peer group. In this book, The guy wants to fit himself in the group of notorious boys. He does all those things to fit which includes smoking cigarette.

Characterisation- The characters are carefully chosen by the author. He has done an amazing job in their delineation. There was proper attention given and space given to them to play their roles.

Style- The book is written in a simple, lucid language. We find a lyrical note in it where the imageries and metaphors are beautifully used. The author has beautifully penned down the tale and it sounded like a music being played smoothly. The book is a mixture of first person and third person narrative. It actually refreshes the minds of the reader. And yes once again, the book is opposite to its title so do ponder over buying it.

As we know,” Every coin has a flip side” so this book as have that corner. There were some typo errors which can be easily corrected. I hope the next edition is error free. Kuddos to the author for transporting me to the best phase my life.

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Guest POst by P.G. Van

Hello Readers,

I hope you all are doing well. It is being long time since I posted any guest post.So, here I am, to post about it. Today, I am going to invite P.G. Van, an amazing author on my blog and she will share something with us. Lets see whats stored in her post! Over to you maam:

 

Surbhi Guest Post 250-300 words each.

Write about your favourite genre of writing?

It is most definitely the Romance genre. The romance genre has many variations and offers the writers a lot of freedom to build their characters and plots. The best part of the romance genre is the obvious happy endings but it allows the writers to be innovative and creative while telling the story of how the charaters get to their happy ending and how love brings them together.

When I think of a story, the first thing I think about is how can I make this a romance novel and then figure out how to add the secondary element which is usually a mystery or drama. Some people may find the romance genre very unrealistic but as long as the reader is able to experience the emotions of the characters and escape to the world of love and romance there is nothing surreal about it. It is up to the author to strike the balance with the realistic and the fantasy parts of the story.

My next step is to explore Historical romance and I know I will get a lot of opportunity to explore historic events and lifestyle.I love writing about the outfits the characters wear and the setting and a historical setting is a writers paradise.

One other sub-genre that I want to write some day is a Romance thriller and I have a long way to go but I know I will get there.

 

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DESTINY DECIDES… A tale of two hearts in search of true love
by
P.G. VAN
 
 
 
Blurb
 
Sameera lives a simple and fun life that she has structured with utmost care ensuring that she was focused on work and also keeps in touch with the classical dancer in her. Sameera has endured tough times in her life at a young age and wonders if she could ever hang on to anything that makes her life perfect.
Nick is a successful businessman who went to high school with Sameera, back when they lived in India. He re-enters her life taking her by surprise and in no time expresses his love for her. He wins her heart with his enigmatic but sweet gestures. He convinces her to move in with him.  Nick gives her the confidence and support that she needs to overcome her doubts.
Sameera starts to feel like Nick is the secret to happiness, she finds out that there is a search underway for her. Nick tells her that an Indian royal family is trying to locate her family. Fully convinced that it was a misunderstanding she ignores Nick’s warnings about the people that were searching for her and travels to India for a family emergency.
 
A member of the Royal Family that has been searching for her, meets Sameera as soon as she reaches India. Nick follows her to India a short while later and asks her to marry him to which she agrees whole-heartedly. The story ends on a happy note but with an open question around why Nick’s extended family in India is looking for Sameera’s family.
 
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Excerpt from #DestinyDecides
I was running through this list in my mind when I heard a very soft knock behind me. I turned around and found Nick standing in the doorway in a dark gray suit and his seductive smile on his face.
Not caring about what I had in my hand, I let it drop to the floor and ran into Nick’s arms. His tight hold and the sweet masculine smell were proof that I was not hallucinating.
“Nick,” I said finding my voice and added, “When did you get here?”
He gently put his arms around me and said, “I got here when you were just about to wrap up your lovely dance,” and added, “I am still wondering how you can move your waist so gracefully.”
Nick brushed his lips against my sweaty temple and let out a heavy breath. This simple gesture kick started my heart to a heart rate no amount of workout would give me. Nick moved his arm down my back to the waistband of my capris and expecting him to sneak his fingers in to find my waist chain, I pulled back slightly and said, “Give me fifteen minutes to shower and change,” and asked, “Where are we going for dinner?”
Nick smiled at me and said, “Where we are headed, you are better off not changing now.”
I looked at him suspiciously and asked, “What does that mean?”
“Why don’t you grab your stuff, and I will tell you on our way there,” he teased as I put on my sleeveless vest over my sports bra.
As Nick walked towards the parking lot, I went to the locker to grab my bags and went back into the parking lot to find him standing next to my car. I dished out my keys from my bag, and as I approached him with my car keys in my hand, in a swift move, he grabbed the keys out of my hand and said smiling, “You will not need your car tonight.” As I looked at him in utter confusion, I saw him wave to someone and in the next instance, I saw Mitch, the limo driver, emerge from the darkness and catch my car keys that Nick had tossed to him.
“Mitch, you know where the car needs to go?” Nick asked him, and Mitch replied, “I got it, Nick.”
“Nick, what’s going on?” I asked annoyed with his action.
“We can go in my car, and Mitch will give your car keys to Nethra after he drops it off at your place,” Nick clarified.
“Nate is at home? How do you know that?” I inquired.
“I know because she came to meet Srini at the airport, and they were headed to your place,” he said thoroughly enjoying himself looking at my expression.
Nick signaled to Mitch to give him his car keys and as Mitch tossed the keys, I reached for them and grabbed them mid-air before Nick could get them.
Mitch looked at Nick apologetically, to which Nick said, “No worries, Mitch,” and smiled at me.
“So, will you be driving us to our destination?” he asked, his tone filled with joy.
“Yes, I most definitely can,” I said looking at the keys and realizing that what I had in my hand was a key fob for a Porsche, and the fob was designed to look like a little Porsche car.
“This key fob is so cute, and this is not the car I thought you were driving,” I said confused.
“The Rover is to take my mom around as she refuses to ride in my Porsche,” he said smiling.
I swallowed the lump that formed in my throat as I wondered if I should really drive his car. I saw Nick look at me with a wicked smile on his face. Refusing to chicken out, I held my chin high and said, “Let’s go.” I heard him chuckle behind me as if he knew I was terrified to drive his mean machine to an unknown destination. With a high sense of pride, I clicked the unlock button on the key fob. The car was a few cars away and was a midnight blue Porsche Carrera 911 and looked super sexy in the night lights.
I walked around to the driver’s side and in the dim lights on the inside I saw the sight that made my heart sink. This model was one of the very few cars in its class that still offered a stick shift, and this model pacified the stick shift driving enthusiasts with the seven-speed transmission. I hesitated for a few seconds debating if I should take the risk of driving the car. Nick was observing my reactions to the things that I have been discovering and asked in a soft voice, “Having second thoughts, love?”
“No,” I blurted out with immense pride and opened the door to put my bags in the back seat gracefully sliding into the low slung, deep-pocketed driver’s seat. Nick took off his suit jacket and put it in the back seat. He undid a couple of buttons on his shirt and kicked back into the passenger seat.
Nick looked at me as I sat in silence looking around the interior of the car in awe and very softly said, “Ignition to your left, key fob in there, and I suppose you are familiar with the third pedal down there?”
“Nick, I can’t do this. I just wanted to show you how annoyed I was when you took my keys,” I confessed putting my face in my palms.
‘Sameera, you can do this. I know you learned how to drive a stick shift back in India,” he encouraged.
“Nick, that was ages ago, and this is such a nice car and I am so intimidated by the power of this beauty,” I said my voice trembling.

 

“Sameera, don’t worry about the car. I know you love fast bikes and cars so enjoy the drive.” 

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A Masterpiece Indeed! : Shamsuddin’s Grave

Shamsuddin’s Grave :The Story of A Homeless by Paromita Goswami is a Literary Fiction. This book talks about the hardships a normal man goes through in order to survive in this money making world. The story of emotions, betrayal, struggles, love, friendship that moves the reader and all these emotions can be felt by him while reading this piece.  I got this book as a part of blogtour The Book Club. Let me go into the lines for you guys:

Cover– The white colour cover along with an amazing picture fills the reader with curiosity to know more about it. While analysing, I could say that the cover looked sorted and from reading, it could be said that the story is sorted and to the point too.

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Title– The title gives us a rough idea that the book would be related to history as the name Shamsuddin is mentioned. But, all our notions are proved wrong when we start reading the book.

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Blurb– Latika’s wrecked personal front leaves her completely shattered. So when her ailing father reveals his desire to go back home, she doesn’t think twice and moves to her hometown. She joins an NGO and comes across a teenager rape victim. Much against her TL, Debjyoti’s wish she sets out to trace the girl with Shamsuddin’s help. Will she succeed or end up in big trouble?

Shamsuddin, a daily labourer, somehow manages to thrive in the city. Meanwhile, flood devastates his house in the village. His family takes refuge in a relative’s place where his wife has a tough time resisting to the advances of her brother-in-law. Can Shamsuddin arrange for an accommodation before it is too late? 

Set in Guwahati amid the backdrop of flood and ethnic turmoil,”Shamsuddin’s Grave”, is the story of migration towards big cities for a better life.

Plot– The plot of the story is well knit and the story revolves around Shamsuddin’s Journey from his birth to his death and his struggle of surviving in the society is being delineated. Further, it also talks about Latika and Snehlata’s life, who are the two most significant women protagonists in this novel.

Themes– There are variety of themes in this novel and it makes the reader love the book more.  HUman trafficking is one of the significant theme of this novel. This novel highlights those stigmas that actually affect a person deeply. In these book, this concept is highlighted and a girl is shown as the victim of such injustice where she is molested and later on trafficked.

Poverty is another theme that is focussed. Shamsuddin is the victim of poverty who has to leave his family in search of job where he works hard but ends uo ruining his family.

Family breakups is another one where Shamsuddin’s family is broken when he comes to know about Amina’s marriage. Further, LAtika and her husband’s breakup is also showcased.

Religion is also one of the theme where we come across Muslims who are ill treated and some of the people of different community are considered to be living illegally.

Illicit relations is one such theme which is not that important but can’t be ignored at the same time. Shamsuddin’s relation with Geeta and Amina’s relation with her brother in law are being shown in the novel.

Characterisation– Usually an author selects his protagonist as a strong one who is financially stable or of middle class stature but Paromita seems to be exceptional in her choice of protagonist. She picked up a nobody from a lower strata who could hardly earn his bread and butter. Shamsuddin’s life is a struggle and trust me guys, I could feel this struggle.I cried when he cried, I smiled when he smiled, I was hurt when he was hurt. So, yes, this is the magical iteration of the author who put soul to such a character that even the reader could feel those emotions.

Debjyoti’s character was a roller coaster ride for me. I thought he was a professional freak but he came out to be a lover boy and that was not expected. So, it was a surprise element for me. He proved out to be an amazing father for Kuki and I loved the child’s role.

The woman protagonists are no less. I really loved Latika’s portrayal. The way she carried herself, the calm and composure, that break down was remarkable. Even Snehlata stood out to be a darling character.

I also loved the cameo role of the aunt who lived in Shillong. I could sense her emotions when she lamented for her children. A keen desire to meet her children is all that a mother wanted but died without even hearing a word from them. Maybe, The author wanted to show us this side of life too.

Inspired from Premchand’s Godan– While reading this book, I could co- relate this book from Premchand’s Godan who attempted a style of making a common farmer his protagonist and here we notice Shamsuddin, a common man is the protagonist. When I had a word with the author, she was surprised to know this as she has not read it.

Style– The author has a magical style of writing as it binds the readers to the end and we don’t mind the length of the novel. The narration, descriptions were simply spectacular. Some lines touched my heart and especially the kiddish lines of KUki were icing on the cake. The author chose correct words for the emotions which came out to be fruitful. I would say this book didn’t sound like the first attempt of the author.

As we know ‘Every coin has a flip side’, this book also had one. The names of Shamsuddin and Nayanmoni were mispelled at some places. But we can’t forget the unique things of the book. So, for me this book is like a moon that has few spots, then do we stop admiring the moon? No.. So, give that love to this book also.

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About the Author

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Paromita Goswami

A nomad at heart and a rebel by choice is the best way to describe her. ParomitaGoswami had always believed in making her own path. She says life is full of stories that are waiting to be told.

Author of Shamsuddin’s Grave, published in 2015, an offbeat social drama based on critical social issue, ParomitaGoswami loves to write about life and relationships. She has written many short stories for online magazines. Her upcoming works are, Grow Up Messy, is a humorous collection of short stories of a mischievous five year old girl. The book is a ride down the childhood days.  It was part of blogging challenge, #atozchallenge2016 and second is The Jungle Series, a collection of short stories #paranormal, based on the jungles of Chhattisgarh.

Besides writing she is also the founder of Raipur Little Minds Book Reading Club that has a major objective of developing the book reading habit in children. She is also the founder of Book Studios that makes book trailer, book covers and banners. Making travel documentary is her other passion.

Paromita is married and lives in Raipur with her family including her pet cat and dogs.  She loves to connect with her readers and can be easily traced on all social media sites.

Also Read her interview @ http://indshare.com/my-stories-and-characters-are-very-naive-paromita-goswami/

 

 

Book Review of The Multitudes of Ripples

The Multitudes of Ripples (Valayavividha) by Vaachakmitra is a first person narative autobiographical novel that talks about the struggles and situations faced by the author himself. Here author portrays himself as a character. I got this book from CinnamonTeal Publishing House in return of an honest review. Here I shall analayse it in detail :

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Cover- The cover of the book is colorful and has a beautiful mosaic of a man. It intrigues the reader to open the page.

Title- The title of the book makes the reader eager to open the pages of the book. (Multitude in itself is a plural but the author has used ‘S’ which sounds bit absurd but I feel the author has his own logic behind this as well.)

Blurb- The novel is a first person narrative of an entrepreneur who struggles to make sense of his life. He reconstructs his memory while recuperating from a nervous breakdown. The distortion in his narrative is not only the manifestation of psychopathology of his mind but also an exploration of human values. The novel demonstrates how optimism incorporates meaningful semantics even in the face of psychopathology. The dualism of hope and pathos creates a touch of absurd, almost reminiscent of Kafka and Camus.

Autobiographical Novel- I would iterate that this novel is purely autobiographical as we come to know a lot about the author in this novel. The author has narrated his entire journey starting from his childhood to adulthood, from his love life to be left alone, from his mother’s death to his father’s death and the struggle of saving his mother and father. The realistic incidents are added to it and makes us feel that we are living th life of an author.

Plot- The plot of the novel is strong enough to grab our attention. It mainly focus on the life of an entrepreneur who goes through all the ups and downs of life. It has no further clitches and all the incidents and episodes surrounds the author.

Theme- There are many themes in this novel. The main theme is parental love. Here we notice the protagonist loves his mother alot and is not ready to accept her illness so he indulges himself to naturopathy. He discover things and when he finds the cure he loses his mother. The other segment is of his father’s bond with him and his death. This really moves him.

The next theme is of love. These love sequences are not that strong that we should focus on but the love affair with Padma actually changes his life. It takes him a lot of time to come out of her love. Maybe he never came out.

The other theme is philosophical and psychological. We notice the author talking to himself and thinking about the things. Sometimes readers are confused while at times he becomes too philosphical to be understood.

Characterisation- The characters are well crafted. The main protagonist’s attitude towards the other characters is fantastic. The way the author conveys his thought through his characters is remarkable. He has given life to these characters. The characters of mother, father, brother, Padma, Dhoban and many help in the progress of the novel.

Style- This novel is purely written in first person narrative and even the author asks the readers questions which shows even the readers are included in it. I really loved the anecdotes being used. Some sentences just touched my heart. Every paragraph and line had some or the other reference which shows that the author is a scholar. There were some editing errors though and made the writing bit obscure. Else everything is perfect.

My favourites are :

“Catharsis is the end result but the Catharsis is not total, as deep within ones consciousness, one knows that after all, that is not total.”

“Literature is the collective proxy for sadism and masochism.”

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About the Author

The author is a research scientist by training. He is technical consultant who works in an advisory capacity to the pharmaceutical industry. He specializes in intellectual property, technology upgradation and information technology. He is a science writer specializing in theoretical and philosophical foundations of modern scientific thought.

He can be reached at :http://vaachakmitra.com/