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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P.G. Van lives in San Francisco and she published her first novel, Destiny Decides… in October 2015 and cannot stop writing. She loves to spend time with family and is a strong believer of retail therapy (mostly shops for boots and purses!!). She enjoys giving her readers an escape to the world of love and romance.

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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/

Book Review of Dream Castle

Dream Castle is the most loved anthology. I personally feel the same.This anthology has anecdotes of all the stories related to one’s life. After reading this, one may feel attached to the characters.

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The language is simple and poetic. The anecdotes of many learned have been delineated in the book. Mostly we see gap items on the stage. But this concept could be noticed in the book as well. There were some spare stories in the
book that touched the soul of the reader.

The editors seem to have given their best for this piece and this hard work, research can be noticed in their diction. According to Akash Rumade,  Dream Castle is all about beautiful tales beautifully crafted around dreams, passion, love, happiness. Whereas Kavya Shah believes Dream Castle, is a book on reverie, which has also managed to be the book of dreams. It can stir the sleeping to wake up from their coffins, and inspire the rest to strive a little harder for their dreams.

Dream Castle is a collection of 20 stories.
Here is a story wise review:
The Guardian Angel by Ruchi Rai: A perfect blend of emotions which reaches the soul of the reader.

The Knack of Present by Kavya Shah- A story that will make you weep and will strengthen your will power to tolerate the harsh realities.

Breeze of Love by Priyanka Raiyani Bose- A roller coaster ride of love where you will experience eternal peace.

Esperanza by Akash Rumade – A tale with a simple story and unique title. It makes you learn that “life is uncertain”

The New Beginning by Rohit Sukhwani- A cute fantasy that will make you smile in the end.

Dream it, Destiny Will Follow by Isha Sharma – An inspirational saga that will boost you up to fulfill your dreams.

Gateway to Happyness by Swati Chandak – A heart touching story with beautiful blending of words and poetic diction.

Reunion by Aabha Pandey – A story that used flashback technique and has a strong message that one should not judge others.

Light in Nightmares by Vipul Dhingra – A Sweet story that makes you believe ” Good things do happen”

I Wish our Roads Cross Someday by Hemant Shardul – A story that makes you smile, blush, lament and cry. The poetic aura touches the heart.

The Bicycle Ride Moments by Aishwarya Kamath – An inspirational story that makes you feel nostalgic and confident about yourself.

Dreams or Craziness by Ankush Gupta – A story that will make you realize about dreams. They do come true but you have to fight,  struggle and bleed in order to fulfill them.

Love by Chance by Manas Jomraj- A story that shows a different side of love and such sort of love hardly exist now.

A Mysterious Dream by Kajal Lalwani – A story that depicts the bad memories of a child which haunts her in the present.

Gusty “She” by Aditi Shrivastav – A motivational tale that teaches you to struggle for your dreams.

Black and Blue by Anirban Nanda – A perfect blend of stream of consciousness technique.

My Fairy Tale by Dishi Kriplani – It is a truly a fairy tale with amazing pictorial descriptions.

Gap Stories
The Fabler by Akash Rumade- A story that every author should read. Everyone can Co- relate to it.

Reminiscence by Kavya Shah- This story is a dedication to the wives of soldiers who survive in this world.

Anecdote – An Incident of Life by Priyanka Raiyani Bose- An epistolary story that deals with past and present relationships. Past events effect us adversely and it’s hard to live in present.

This book is a strong recommendation from my side..

Book Review of In God’s Wishlist by Pradipta Panda

In God’s Wishlist by Pradipta Panda is one of the unique books that I have come across. The concept of God as a character in the story is one the amazing segements I came across. The book gives us a new vibe about life and imagination. There are many people who will like this book and many will feel it senseless. If you are a romantic person then do read it and if you are a pragmatic person then don’t pick up as it will disappoint you. Lets the analysis in depth :

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Cover- The cover of the book is captivating and it feels us with eagerness to read about the contents. The color scheme is spectacular.

Title- The title in itself is a challenging thing. Nobody can dream of such a title except Pradipta and thats exceptional on her part.

Genre- This book comes under various genres like spiritual, motivational, religious, political, fantasy and many more.

Blurb- “In Gods Wishlist’ is a fantasy that speaks of a whole new world order, where there will be no fear of death. Love and beauty will rule the world and spirits will interact and fall in love with human beings and propagate love. This love will transcend everything and be the panacea to all problems. God has a vision and a mission.
He invites humankind to join active politics as it controls their life. He performs experiments to induct his theory. In one of his experiments, he studied beauty with the mind, and released all the spirits to the world, except for twenty-one top leaders of the world, whose beautiful minds were not mapped and programmed. God’s theory is that the two main things that rule the earth are the ruler and beauty that remains true for all ages. Youth have different aspirations, towards their fantasy, the opponent, and society. To inculcate this God inducted a new theory of love, the love between the spirit and a human being. The love between the spirit and a human being will be the panacea of all and this love will transcend human behaviour. Read to find out how and what is in God’s Wishlist…”

Plot- The plot is intriguing and well crafted. This is a story about God’s experiment with human and angels. It has all the elements starting from spiritualism, fantasy, religion, romance, illicit relationship and many more.

Why I loved this book?

I won’t be talking about the characterisation or the style. I feel the readers need to know what is so special about it. I am person who love fantasy stories and this story is full of imagination. Nobody can even imagine God as a character in the novel. The life after death scene and even the angel being a human’s lover. These are totally fictional. A fiction lover like me would surely love this unique idea of connecting God with humans. The way the incidents are shown gives us a description that the author knows how to connect things with the story.

Why Pragmatic People won’t like it?

No doubt the concept is unique but they will not be able to connect as a pragmatic person believes what is truth and the fantasy might not interest him. He might feel that the author has not done a proper research or might feel totally clueless.Pragmatism search for logics whereas Romanticism search for emotions, feelings and gestures.

Diction- The style of the book was good and the way descriptions were given, it was enthralling. I really loved the simplistic yet fanatastic style of the author. Overall, this book can come under liberal thinking.

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Book Review of The Calcutta Chromosome

The Calcutta Chromosome is one of the epoch making novels written by Amitav Ghosh. This book is an amazing mystery and it is solved only if you read between the lines. I got this book from my college library and it actually took me 12 days to finish this book as I kept it for my college free lecture reading.  I was enthralled by the way Amitav portrayed his characters. This novel was an interesting read. Lets go deeply in it:

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Cover- Since it was an old copy so I would describe about the old cover. It is creamish white in colour and has a picture of a fish. It looks simple yet intriguing.

Title- The title of the book gives us a glimpse that the story is about a particular city Calcutta(now known as Kolkata).

Regional Novel- This novel is a contrast of regions but the main focus is on Calcutta. The other locations are also mentioned and explained. All the role plays are played around the locations.

Sci fiction- This book comes under Science Fiction as well. The theories used to find about the malaria. The experiments and other clues also. The mention of word chromosome is in itself a part of science, biology to be specific. But looking at the other side, this novel fails as a science fiction. A normal reader might get bored while reading those science facts whereas A science person may also get upset as there is not much explained. The lack of details can be considered as a drawback.

Plot- The Calcutta Chromosome begins in the near-future, in New York, where Antar works for the mega-organization the International Water Council. The IWC had swallowed up Antar’s previous employer, an NGO called LifeWatch (“that served as a global public health consultancy and epidemiological data bank”). Now he works from home, linked up by computer, doing drudge work.
Ghosh offers a mild dystopia here. Antar’s New York is a more desolate, decrepit, and impersonal one than the present-day city, but Antar can still find convivial souls and his life isn’t all too bad. Ghosh doesn’t expend much energy on working out a vision of the future, and didn’t put too much thought into it. Antar’s computer, known as Ava, is a pretty neat thing, able to speak in any dialect and do a good number of things, but otherwise Ghosh’s future sounds out of date even these few years after he wrote it. His Internet is still expensive and slow, for example. And Antar’s friends discuss “some new scam for saving on subway tokens” — when it must have been clear even in 1995 (when the book was first published) that the subway token would soon be phased out, replaced by a more flexible electronic card system. (Tokens are still in use in New York, but for years the preferred system has been the so-called MetroCard.)
Ghosh’s quaint lack of imagination about the future is only appropriate, because the focus of the book is on the past. The past first drops into Antar’s lap — or rather: appears on his computer screen — in the form of a piece of an ID card from another LifeWatch employee, L.Murugan. Murugan went missing in 1995 in Calcutta and, as it happens, Antar met him before then.
Murugan was obsessed with Ronald Ross, who had received the Nobel Prize in 1902 for his work on malaria. With that the three timelines are set, and the novel shifts back and forth between them: there is Antar’s present, as he investigates the ID card and what might have happened. There are the events leading up to Murugan’s disappearance in 1995, which include his discussions with Antar and then his adventures in Calcutta. And there are the events from the late 19th century, as the malaria-discoveries are being made (these events are largely — and confusingly — related by Murugan, though often based on accounts and letters from that time).
It is complicated — and it gets more so. There are different casts of characters: few in New York, more in Calcutta, and a whole slew in 19th century India.
Ross’ malaria-related discoveries are the key. It turns out the discoveries are surprising, as is how he came to make them. And Murugan thinks there is more to them too — the Calcutta chromosome, for one. The steps of Ross’ discovery were also remarkably fortuitous: they almost seem to fall into place for him, and this is where Murugan focusses his attention.
Murugan wants to follow Ross’ trail — and that of some of the mysterious figures around him. That, of course, snarls him in complications as well. And Antar, following Murugan’s trail … well, it’s pretty clear where that is going to lead.
The malarial theories and what Ghosh does with them aren’t bad. Ghosh has some clever ideas, and the stories meander along quite entertainingly for the most part. There are other figures in Calcutta — a journalist, a writer, and others — who play larger roles, and some of the story comes together quite nicely. Unfortunately, however, Ghosh eventually settles for hokey mysticism rather than anything more soundly scientific, and the book tapers off to its predictable but unsatisfying conflation.

The back and forth and mix of stories is just a bit much for Ghosh to handle. It becomes a narrative mess — unnecessarily so, too: it’s simply a case of bad craftsmanship, as these strands certainly could have been woven together more elegantly. Ghosh writes reasonably well, but not particularly so (at least in this novel): it is the stories that keep the reader interested.
Much of the novel, and many of the stories are entertaining, and for most of the way it is a quick, compelling read. But much of Ghosh’s dénouement — which one can see coming after a while — disappoints. The book does not live up to the promise it occasionally shows.

Source: http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/ghosha/cchromo.htm

I would like to say Ghosh is a master of plot and the way he delineated this is impeccable.

Characterisation- The characters were well built and worked upon. The protagonists were apt whereas the minor characters also helped in the progression of the story.

Style- The author has used a third person narrative along with impersonal descriptions. Everything was explained in detail with lots of space given to the characters and the locations. But, the pace of the story was slow. It actually bored me in the start. I really loved the way the two stories moved in a parallel order. The sentences were well built. There was less of science element which may disturbs a science person.

Availability- http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0380813947/ref=nosim/completereview

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http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0676970230/ref=nosim/completerev0d-20

http://www.amazon.in/Calcutta-Chromosome-Fevers-Delirium-Discovery/dp/0143066552/ref=sr_1_1/254-9559207-8937754?ie=UTF8&qid=1471113827&sr=8-1&keywords=the+calcutta+chromosome

ABout the Author

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Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique LandDancing in CambodiaThe Calcutta ChromosomeThe Glass PalaceThe Hungry Tide, and the first two volumes of The Ibis Trilogy; Sea of Poppies, and River of Smoke.

The Circle of Reason was awarded France’s Prix Médicis in 1990, and The Shadow Lines won two prestigious Indian prizes the same year, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Clarke award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the International e-Book Award at the Frankfurt book fair in 2001. In January 2005 The Hungry Tide was awarded the Crossword Book Prize, a major Indian award. His novel, Sea of Poppies (2008) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2008 and was awarded the Crossword Book Prize and the India Plaza Golden Quill Award.

Amitav Ghosh’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) and the Venice Film Festival (2001). Amitav Ghosh’s essays have been published in The New YorkerThe New Republic and The New York Times.His essays have been published by Penguin India (The Imam and the Indian) and Houghton Mifflin USA (Incendiary Circumstances). He has taught in many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, Queens College and Harvard.  In January 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honours, by the President of India. In 2010, Amitav Ghosh was awarded honorary doctorates by Queens College, New York, and the Sorbonne, Paris. Along with Margaret Atwood, he was also a joint winner of a Dan David Award for 2010. In 2011 he was awarded the International Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal.

Candid Session with Sudeep Nagarkar

Hello readers,

Today I am going to interview the heart throb of many girls, Sudeep Nagarkar( our Romance King). It took me months to get a proper interview session with him since he was extremely busy with his latest release She Swiped Right Into my Heart. He couldn’t send me a written interview though yet we had a telephonic interview and I must say he was very patient while answering all the questions. It was an amazing experience. The other person I want to thank is Manvi Singh akka Maisha who was with me in this experience. She was the one who linked me with SUdeep Sir and she only converted the recordings into written form as I was stuck with other engagements. A huge hug to you girl..:) So, lets start then ..:)

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  1. When did you realise you wanted be a writer?

    When life threw challenges back at me, and engineering was a ruckus I started penning down my thoughts. In the initial years, it was just me and my diary who knew about my words, soon it spread to my dear ones and that’s when one of them suggested me to go ahead and get it published, that’s how it happened. Somethings never come planned, this is one of them for me. When I started liking my pen more than my computer screen with some IT statistics, I knew this is what I was to be, this is what I’ll be happy in.
    At that time, I had no clue what a bestseller is, I had no clue what one needs to do to be a bestseller.

  2. How you felt when your first published book was in your hand?

    Frankly speaking, I was scared. Since I was in my last year of engineering and my eighth semester exams were on my head, I had no idea what to do and what to prioritise. In addition to that, I had fuming parents who had no clue with what I was doing, plus, the most difficult task was to convince them that the book is a fiction and not a true story, but yes, all’s well that ends well and that has been one of the most memorable moment of my life.
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  3. Since your novels are mostly based on romance, and you’re the present day Romance King, why do you think this genre so special to you?

    You cannot specifically call me the “Romance King” since my stories do have some other important elements and messages to send across to my readers. Every time I’ve tried that there should be something new in the book, for example the new book, She Swiped Right Into My Heart, I’ve tried to punch across the trending LGBT issue which is another stigma to our society because I feel they should be granted with their own rights and justice should be provided to this section of our society since humans are humans and nothing can change that fact. Even in the last book, You’re Trending In My Dreams, I perfectly told people that no women is weak and that’s how they should be treated, i.e. equal.

  4. Would you like to try some other genre?

    For I’d probably need more experience to that because for example a mythological writer might need a lot research work before penning down a book which probably isn’t my thing. I don’t say that I’m a good writer, but yes, I’d say I’m a good storyteller who portrays the reality to the world quite fictionally.

  5. So, tell me something about your recent release, She Swiped Right Into My Heart?

    Technically, the book covers up two major aspects, one is as I told you is LGBT and second is about the major thing which we all do face at some point or the other is our fight to be accepted in our peer group. So, it’s about these three distinct lives who are to emerge from their own personal dilemmas. The title tells a different story, but basically it’s not a love story. Rest, you should definitely read if you haven’t. 😉

  6. What all research work did you do for this novel?

    Okay, since this book has a girl who had acceptance issues, I really had to look into one such being who’d make me get the feel of how it is to be bullied so I did meet one of my friends who had faced this, to know the gist of how it feels to be bullied and also, I had to know a lot about the LGBT groups by them itself so that’s what I did.

  7. Did you refer to any other novels regarding this topic?

    I never really believed in the theoretical part of the LGBT issue. I wanted to put in life into my words so I preferred interacting with actual people who were a part of this group so I may understand their psyche about what’s happening with them and around them.

  8. So far, what has been your struggles to be where you are today?

    Technically everybody has their own set of struggles, there are some who are struggling to get a publisher and sometimes even living up with the quality of writing is also a big task in hand and since I’ve taken writing as a full time job, I guess now I have more time to focus on this aspect of my writing, i.e. the expression of my words and the most important thing is to follow deadlines which is the major task in the whole process.

  9. Do you think publishers these days are exploiting the authors?If yes, then what could be possibly done to stop them?

    I don’t think so that they are exploiting the authors since in my case, they were one of the pillars of success. They helped me reach where I am today and probably that’s the accurate job of a publisher. They’re the ones who suggest me that I should at least publish a book in a year because I have seen authors publishing a new book in a gap of 5- 6 months and probably, it do effect the sales of the previous book, so the publishers who are really exploiting authors, ain’t called to be publishers itself, according to me.
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  10. What is important for a book, good writing or good marketing?

    I guess, the mixture of both is equally important in today’s world as we cannot eliminate any of the two factors and it’s not only about books but movies also, as they also require equal amount of marketing and the same amount of effort in acting and direction of the movie because once the movies or the books is in hand of the reader then probably the reader or the spectator might get disappointed which would effect his sales for the next thing which he endorse.

P.S. Also read my book review of the Book ‘She Swiped Right into mY Heart

https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/she-swiped-right-into-my-heart-a-special-review/

Book Review :Elements of Life By Inderjit Kaur

Elements of Life A Living Series by Inderjit Kaur is the second book I have read in the series. This is one of the inspirational read I have come across. I got this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. Lets analyse it deeply :

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Cover- The cover surely gives a clue about her important themes which are to be talked in the book. Hence, it fascinates the reader.

Title- Just as elemets of nature work for a proper cycle to be maintained same way, Elements of Life work to make our mind in better way. This is the apt title she came our with.

What the book is about?

Well the book comes under Motivation and Inspiration genre. This book showcase the four elements of life : Air which signifies authenticity; Fire that signifies compassion; Water that signifies courageousness and Earth signifies Gratefulness. These comes under the first section and the author narrates incidents and anecdotes on the base of these elements. The sunject matter revolves arounf this.

The second section includes the JOurnal entries of the author. She focusses on two main things : I Say Yes to Life and Yes, I can. These two parts fills us with new hopes and vibes which help us to forget our hard times. Furthermore, it gives us the strength to move ahead with new spirits and positivity.

The third section includes Rendezvous Reflections where the author has penned down an enthralling poem.

Style – The book is an easy read. The language used is lucid and the author has used pithy style of writing at some places. The narratives are personal as well as impersonal. The descriptions are beautiful. The use of transfer epithets, metaphorical words, allusions, anecdotes, similes makes the reading more fruitful. Every line is a highliter for me and the author’s inspiration towards Paulo Coelho could be noticed as her first page always includes a quote by him :

“And, when you go back, you havw to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”

~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Other favourites :

“Just enforce the seed of discipline; forge strong self- belief and start scaling success for a very peaceful and beautiful life.”

“Don’t forget that your strength lies in the choices that you make.”

“Socrates once said: THe unexamined life is not worthy living.”

Availability- https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Life-living-Inderjit-Kaur-ebook/dp/B00S2A8214

https://notionpress.com/read/elements-of-life

Book Launch- http://booklaunch.io/inderjit%20kaur/elementsoflife

INterview – http://effrosyniwrites.com/2015/11/30/interview-with-inderjit-kaur/

About the Author

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Inderjit Kaur is an author, motivator with a powerful voice of spreading positive words through her writings. A highly influential blogger and inspirational guide who with her tag line ‘Keep smiling, keep shining’, has brewed up with the original concept of living through her books of A living series.

ALso Read –

Book Review of Kaliedoscope – https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/kaliedoscope-colours-of-life-a-living-series-book-3-a-review/

Guest POst- https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/category/guest-posts/

 

 

Book Review of Occult Lines Behind LIfe

Occult Lines behind Life is a fantastic book written by M.P. Pandit. This book is a guide book and has so much to enlighten. It belongs to a spiritual category and the way M.P. Pandit explains by stating anecdotes from life is impeccable. I accidently came across this copy in my college library. It was in philosophy section and instantly picked it up and now I can say that it was the best pick up. I recently recommended this book to my classmates and teachers. I hope they like it too.

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Cover- The cover of the book is simple and doesn’t appeal much yet the reader is interested in reading it as it has some kind of pull in it.

Title- The title of the book surely is intriguing and the reader is interested to know about the reasons of the things behind life.

Blurb- Many things in life are inexplicable as long as one fails to see behind the surface. This world is a Cosmos, with Order and Laws maintaining that Order. Physical science is acquainted with only the external processes. There is a larger, deeper science of the Occult which gives the key to the understanding of life’s mysteries.

My observation- Since we know this book is a non- fiction hence the author has narrated the basic facts and his ecperiences. Many anecdotes are used in it. He has clearly explained the reasons behined various things like, Why things go wrong when we tell everything to someone?; Why bad things happen to good people?; What is the impact of Yoga?

The use of various concepts like Astrology, Yoga, Enlightenment, Change of Seasons. I especially loved the way he used simple and lucid language to explain the basic facts about life. Somewhere or the other many quests of our life are sorted. If you read this book, you will surely feel lighter and enlightened.

Availability of the book – Unfortunately, this book is not available in India now. It was my luck that I got to read this book. Still I am attaching the International Links as some of the Foreign friends can grab the copies.

https://www.amazon.com/Occult-Lines-Behind-Life-Pandit/dp/0941524353

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Occult-Lines-Behind-Life-Pandit/dp/0941524353

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About the Author

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Sri M. P. Pandit served as the personal secretary to the Mother at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and the Mother became the entire focus of his life. He studied the classical scriptures and living spiritual traditions of India, following in the footsteps of Sri Aurobindo and Sri T.V. Kapaly Sastry. His writing career spanned six decades, publishing over 150 books and many articles on subjects as diverse as philosophy, spirituality, social and political thought, science, religion, mysticism and the classical texts themselves. At the same time he became a commentator on the teachings whose powerful insights went right to depths and essence of the meaning.

To know more about him Visit: http://www.infobuddhism.com/infobuddhism/institute%20for%20wholistic%20education/design/pandithome.htm