Book Review of The Doppleganger

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The perfect plan for the perfect heist-a team of con-men, foolproof disguise and a painting worth millions, nothing could have gone wrong. But something did… A man fnds himself on a bus to Manali with nothing but some cash and severe memory loss . Embarking on a frantic hunt for his identity, he begins to discover that his presence in Manali isn’t an accident. The closer he gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he finds himself trapped between his doppelganger, the police, a sadistic gangster and his own dwindling sanity. The journey of the search for his identity ends up being a race for survival.

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Review

The Doppleganger by Prateek Yadav is a psychological thriller. This book is a page turner and the way the author plays with the minds of the readers is just perfect. This book can either make you love the author or you can end up getting totally confused.

The cover is tricky and it looks like a psychological trap for the reader and it reminds us of those ways to hypnotize a person. The title is just perfectly suitable.

The plot is layered and can surely make you predict the culprit wrong. This is the strongest point of the author where he proves his readers wrong and by this way the readers don’t mind also.

The author engrosses the reader with the journey of Sameer who seems to be struggling with memories with strangers and many more. The mystery deepens when Gupta, a retired police officer who is now a disillusioned guard enters the story. He provides the vital link to the story of Sameer and then emerge Prakash & Palash – the twins, Dr. Robert, Amit and Rai. Who is the evil guy or are all of the thugs out to get each other? The story becomes quite murky while we try to unravel the clues.

The author has created suspense from the very first page and this is a perfect instance of a psychological thriller. The drama, action and the way with which the scenes have been delineated are impeccable. This story surely puts you in a tabula rasa state where you are unable to guess the culprit. Gupta’s side story adds spice to it.

The style of writing is poignant. The shift in point of views makes it intriguing. The editing is good whereas the descriptions are perfect. The use of flashbacks added flavor to it.

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Spotlight of Color Me Rich by Mohan Deep

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The Story:


A sensitive love story of a handsome and talented struggling painter Akash Saigal. What happens when he marries an extremely rich and beautiful artist and art investor Zenobia Taraporevala?
 
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About The Author

 

 

Mohan Deep, is an Indian author, painter and Feng Shui Master. Mohan Deep is the author of ‘The Mystery and Mystique of Madhubala’ (1996), ‘It’s My Life’ (Novel) (1997), ‘Simply Scandalous: Meena Kumari’ (1998), ‘Eurekha!’ – an unauthorized biography of Rekha. (1999), ‘Four Options’ (2000), ‘Feng Shui for the Bold & Beautiful, the Rich and Famous’ (2001) and ‘Nehru and the Tantrik Woman’ (2002). After a sabbatical of a decade, during which he touched upon the lifves of people as a Feng Shui Master, he is back with The Five Foolish Virgins, a book of fiction, to be launched in April 2013. Mohan Deep is arguably the only Indian author to write what is often described as controversial, unauthorized star biographies in India. Columnist-journalist and former editor of ‘Illustrated Weekly of India’, Khushwant Singh called him ‘a truly gifted gossip writer’. “The maverick writer”, like columnist-reviewer-poetess Tara Patel described him has also been called William Goldman of Bollywood’s stars (By Behram Contractor, the Editor of Afternoon Despatch & Courier) (Source) Kitty Kelly of India (By R K Bajaj, the Editor of ‘The Daily’). Interestingly, almost every book he has wrote/penned has invited controversies for its bold content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review of DNA…Dad’s Not Adopted

DNA… Dad’s Not Adopted by Shikha Kaul is a murder mystery blended with crime, emotions, thriller, romance. The book is a page turner as every page has a new set of story to tell.

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Cover- The cover of book has fantastic colour scheme and has a girl who is seen relaxing near a sea shore with a message in the bottle in her hand. This makes the readers excited to go through the contents of the book.

Title- The title is unusual as nobody can come up with this except Shikha Kaul. I feel she is born to come up with this title only. The literal meaning gets cleared only we reach the end of the story.

Blurb- When the past that never existed comes to haunt you, there’s only one thing that persists in your mind – It is definitely a lie!

Sometimes life is not just a mystery, but withal a discovery and cognizance of facts and people around, people who have lived on this planet every moment of your life, as a part of your life, have breathed through the times you have spent. Yet they remain anonymous to you like aliens from a different world. Their existence is non-extant. Yet they influence you without your knowledge. Sometimes they too are oblivious to the reality, like the railway tracks which run parallel to each other but never meet. The moment the tracks meet, there is bound to be a disaster.

She is a simple girl from Thailand and he is one of the top business magnates of India. She claims to be his daughter and a year later she is found killed.

A Managing Editor of a leading newspaper and a CBI Investigating Officer team up to unearth the truth. How far do they go to uncover the mystery?

Delve into the timeless journey that promises to keep you hooked from the beginning to the end….without a blink!

PLot- The plot is well knit and gripping till the end. The story is all about a well known indutrialist Rishabh Shenoy. Life takes a halt when Nisa Yuen claims that he is her father and her murder adds more misery to it. This is a story of little romance, tangled relationships, full of suspense elements and many unsaid truths.

Themes- The novel has varied themes including romance, mystery, social status, tangled relations and adds lots of drama to it.

Characterisation- The author has taken a risk of adding too many characters in the novel and to my surprise, this risk proved out to be n asset. It has added flavour to the book. The way the characters have their own background stories is enthralling. Actually, even the readers are unable to predict the things which turns out to be the biggest highlight. The author has given proper space to each and every character by giving them cerain role to perform in plot construction. The Major characters are just perfect with minor characters being their backbones. My personal favourites are Rishabh Shenoy, Ghazal, Pranab. I would say, the antagonists add more spice instead of the protagonists.

Style- The story is written in third person narrative and some flashback technique is being used in the book. The descriptions are apt and the way the story is delineated is mind blowing. The use of epistolary techniques is an icing on the cake. The book keeps you hooked and is well edited.

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About the Author

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Shikha Kaul is an Indian who was born in Amritsar, Punjab in 1981. Her family moved to Gurgaon in 1992 and she has seen the city grow from a small town to being the Millennium City of India. She completed her schooling from Gurgaon and later Graduated with Honours in Physics from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HR) from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning.
She got married in 2007 and is living with her husband and in-laws in Gurgaon. She has a daughter and she enjoys her responsibilities as a wife, mother and a daughter-in-law.

She works with a Telecom Company in the Staffing division. She is passionate about writing her thoughts and creating stories from nowhere, loves to dance and spend time with her kid. She manages her 24 hours perfectly, balancing her personal and professional lives.

She found her passion for writing not too long ago. Her debut fiction novel ‘Hidden Husband’ is a contemporary love story with a touch of realities prevailing in Indian society that form the foundation of the biases against women for centuries. It’s based on the concept of hidden marriages which is common in urban India these days.

The novel has been receiving commendable responses from readers and reviewers.

 

 

Book Review of And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is the most difficult novel she wrote till now and is considered to be her masterpiece. I got this book as a birthday gift from my friend, Kavipriya Moorthy who herself a die hard fan of Agatha Christie.

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Agatha always wanted to write about a poem like this,  so she wrote about it in this book. We don’t see Mr. POirot here but their is an investigating officer for sure.

The story is setup in a lonely island where 10 people are found dead. These people are not aquainted with each other and the way they stay in a house gives us wierd vibes. But all are connected to each other. THey are invited by a person and they without thinking much just reach this island. But when one by one dies, an eerie and spooky atmosphere is created.

The author has given many twists and turns. When we think that this the criminal, he dies the very next moment. This story remains a mystery till the end and is revealed to the readers only when the writer plans to add a twist where the criminal confesses his sins on paper wrapped in a bottle.

The cover is fantastic along with the title. The title is perfect as the story revolves around this. The characterisation is marvalous and the style of writing is marvalous. The author has used amazing descriptions that gives us an insight about the novel. The book is an easy read but sometimes its twisting and turning confuses the readers. The officers also could not trace the culprit. Everything seems confused but the end clears everything after the confession especially.

I personally loved all the characters. They were all round and were hiding something or the other. But all were connected to each other because either they were cheats or liars somewhere or the other. FRom my analysation, I can make out that the author has elucidated a high range of drama in this book.

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About the Author

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Agatha Christie was one of the most well-known novelist, playwright and short story writers of all time. She is thought to have revolutionized the mystery genre. Her forte had been the genre of crime fiction, detective, murder mystery and thriller. Still, she had penned 6 romantic novels as well under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. Her carefully crafted plots and the twist and turn in the plot keep the reader engaged from first page till the last. She is often referred to as Queen of Crime. The Last séance, The Witness for prosecution, Murder for Christmas and Then There Were None are some of her best novel . She is has been called the highest selling author of all time. She was awarded the title of Dame in 1971 for her significant contribution in the field of literature.

P.S Also Read my Review of MUrder in an Orient Express: https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/happy-126th-birthday-to-agatha-christie/

 

Candid Session with Aparna Sinha

Hello lovelies,

Today I would introduce you guys with the author of Ashvamedha, Aparna Sinha. I have updated the review of this novel and trust me guys, this book deserves a recognition in film industry as this would create a hype there.

Lets start the session:

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  1. What was the idea behind writing this novel ‘Ashvamedha’?

Ans: The misuse of power and innate virtue of human being to control, cannot be overlooked; often my husband and I would discuss on theme of power and how every man is manipulated by someone more powerful; how things are twisted in the name of politics and how much it affects the people, at large. On one such discussion, my husband came with the idea which clicked. The idea remained latent for two years, and then I wrote a story around it

  1. Why you chose the title ‘Ashvamedha’ for this novel?

Ans: Ashvamedha or Ashvamedha Yagna (horse sacrifice) was an ancient vedic ritual, performed by a king for the general prosperity of the kingdom and to establish sovereignty over neighboring provinces. In the ritual the king’s horse, along with his army, was made to wander in neighboring kingdoms, for one year. If the horse returns back after one year without being captured or killed by enemy kingdom, it  would be sacrificed and the king will be named undisputed ruler (The yagna in detail is mentioned in yajur veda)

In this novel, Ashwin Jamwal was made a powerful man only so he can be sacrificed in the end and Hades, the master manipulator, will claim the ultimate authority, hence the title

3.What all research you did in your novel?

Ans: Lot of research and validation was required, since the story is spread in 25 years.

I had to validate political scene dating back to mid nineties (when student political parties were burgeoning and movements were catching up)

Research on Bio weapons- expert advice by Dr. Sashwat Srivastava ; on future economies of the world; India’s geopolitical position (current and future predictions); Energy reserve and crisis; India from bridging nation to super power. Technology advancement and its growth; global secret agencies and operations (previous and current) etc are the topics I researched – by reading numerous international papers and journals

  1. How important this novel for you?

Ans:. I have put my heart and soul in the novel, which I wrote when I was in lot of pain, physically and emotionally- this book not only helped me recuperate fast; it made me a stronger person, it gave me a new identity.  It is very important to me.

  1. how close are you to your characters and who is favourite character?

Ans: I have practically lived each character before putting it down on paper. I also hyperventilated with Hades, in real life. To say one character is my favorite is unfair- Each character is my favorite. Even the ones like ‘AK Nandi’

  1. Who is inspiration behind writing Ashvamedha?

Ans: As I mentioned the idea was there but I never had time to weave a story around it; so you can say my husband was the inspiration- my friend Raghav pushed me to write a book when I left the job; my mother always inspired me to write something (in every call she will ask- did you write anything new?)

  1. Mostly people avoid writing about politics, so how come you took up this daring step?

Ans: Politics is ubiquitous. You cannot ignore the struggle for power and manipulations even at smaller level, as small as maids in the house or among relatives; the need to control is ingrained.  Politics at country level (or global politics) generated interests among young population after advancement of technology and spread of social media. Young people are now aware of political arena across globe and are actively voicing their opinions.

Politics is now becoming interesting to younger generation, now they can relate to political fiction, hence the book.

       8.Do you want to try any other genre, what that would be?

Ans: I think I will stick to Crime and thriller genre, but may be one day I will write a witty memoir on female independent thinker

9.Is any part of the novel related to you?

Ans: Some character struggle with self; some quirks are related, but not the part. I have used the locations I have travelled so I can present it better

10.When can we expect your other novel?

Ans: Cannot give you the date, but I hope soon 🙂

About Author

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Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio.  Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various mediums, including reputed business magazines across Asia.

Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ashvamedha/

Twitter handle: aparna326

About Publisher:

Srishti Publishers & Distributors: With more than three hundred and fifty titles to boast of, Srishti Publishers was set up with the objective of creating a unique set of books that provide unmatched reading pleasure to people across the country. The core objective of our company is to provide a platform to first-time writers. Some of the current crop of bestselling authors like Preeti Shenoy, Durjoy Dutta, Ravinder Singh, Sudeep Nagarkar, etc., published their first work of fiction with Srishti

About Book

Ashvamedha: The Game of Power

“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.

The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.

A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.

Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2bfDaiS

Also read the review :https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/book-review-of-ashvamedha-the-game-of-power/

Book Review of Ashvamedha: The Game of Power

Ashvamedha : The Game of Power by Aparna Sinha is an epoch making novel which is a mixture of romance, politics followed by gripping plot and mind blowing characters. The use of Stream of Consciousness is perfectly used. I got this copy in return of an honest review. Lets read between the lines :

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Cover- The cover of the book is intriguing with bit dark colour scheme followed by the image of the horse. This gives us the glimpse of power as the major subject of this book.

Title- The title is fascinating as the whole story revolves around the power. The subtitle clearly gives us the purpose of this novel and we get a clear picture about the novel.

Blurb- “You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.

The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.

A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.

Plot- The plot is gripping and a page turner. This is a simultaneous story of two people Ashwin Jamwal and Hades who come together in the end of the novel.  The biggest suspense of the novel is revealed in the end when these two come together.

Theme- There are variety of themes in this novel. The theme of dirty politics and corruption is poignant. The author carefully highlights this concept without causing any scandal or hurting anyone’s feelings from the political sector. It is a true picture which the author wants to show us.

Further, there is theme of romance between Ashwin Jamwal and Adya. They are true lovers who stay with each other, without any expectations. They got separated to come together when their lives completely change as Ashwin become’s the Prime Minister of India.

There is a theme of friendship between Arun and Ashwin. They both are adopted and are inseparable. They stay with each other through thick and thin. Even when Ashwin becomes the Prime Minister he never stops the contact between his best buddy. Both could go to any extend.

Characterisation- The author has artistically constructed her characters and my favourites are Ashwin Jamwal , Arun and Adya. Ashwin Jamwal is the protagonist who is the puppet in the hands of the society. The way he rise to power using his brain and the way others support him is all scripted. He has some aspirations which are fulfilled accordingly. He is a true friend as he is always there to support his best friend,Arun.

Arun is a true confidante of Ashwin Jamwal. Ashwin share everything with him. He can go to any extend to save his friend from this dirty politics of people and solve many of his problems.

Adya is the female protagonist in the story who loves Ashwin Jamwal from the core of her heart. They have a very short sequence at the start or rather say the opening is from Adya’s leaving him. It looks like they are not meant for each other. But when they bump into each other in a conference when Adya is the topmost Journalist whereas Ashiwin Jamwal is the Prime Minister of India. Their love blooms at the crucial time when Ashwin is stuck in a national threat by the terrorist named Hades.

Style-The style of writing is elegant and the way the author has used the varied range of sentences starting from simple to complex to compound is just fine. The book starts from a beautiful poem. The other wow factor is the quotes from Yajur Ved which shows author’s interest in our roots. Further we find mystery, suspense like elements which makes the book vibrant. The concept of schrizopherania is phantasmagorically highlighted. This book is a perfect instance of a well scripted book which has all the traits of blooming into a  successful movie. I wish the best for this book and I hope the directors surely approach the author.

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ABout the Author

Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio. Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various media, including reputed business magazines across Asia.

Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing

Book Review of The Fence

The Fence is the collection of short stories by different writers. These stories were written in a workshop which was organised by Half Baked Beans. Half Baked Beans only sent me the copy in exchange of an honest review. Lets get into the details:

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Cover- The cover of the book is simple yet amazing which includes a dark background followed by some people walking together.

Title- The title is unique and its an anthology so we have different themes related to it.

The stories:

Illustrado’s Eulogy-  The story  moves in a flow and the way the author has expressed the segments is impeccable. The characters were complimenting each other. The story has epistolary traits.

The Other Woman- This story highlights the illicit relationships and the guilt that overpowers it. It justifies that saying,” If you throw thorns for someone else, you will also feel the pain” (This one is my saying..lol)

The Smartphone- This story was unique and had a new perpective to life. The events of the story moved me and at some point I felt what the mother did was right. She went through a tabula rasa state where she couldn’t digest that his own son could call her a slut. The total drama package with an unexpected reaction. I would say, the materialistic thing ruined the unconditional love.

Resignation to Heaven- The title is unique and the story focus on the topic of Euthanasia. This topic is of soul discussion these days. The hypnotising sessions in the story highlights the stream of consciousness technique. This story is well thought and beautifully written.

LOve is Everything- The story revolves around the vicious circle of life where a rude girl falls for a kind hearted guy. The story is cute and quite predictable.

Runaway- The story that touched my heart and sounded realistic.Ouch! I could feel the story. The way the author expressed the psychology of a guy who realised that he ended up kissing the girl lying next to be. The state of shock could be felt but thats what actually happens to men. Either they face or they run. Just a perfect delineation of a sitaution related story.

Cashmere, I need Cashmere- A fantastic story after Runaway that grabbed my attention. A perfectly mentioned incidents with high voltage of emotions and the way. The characters, daughters,old man and his wife sounded realistic and I could relate the story to the most loved drama, King Lear by William Shakespeare.

What she wanted- The best story so far and the way the author kept the pace is remarkable. The suspense element was beyond perfection. The character of the protagonist, Sujata is beautifully delineated.

Style- The stories were written in a simple, lucid and condensed form. The expressions, lines were simply amazing. There were some errors in the book which can be corrected easily. The typsetting and the quality of pages needed attention. Further, I couldn’t relate myself to the title ‘The Fence’, maybe it was a random title.

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Book Review of No Safe Zone

No Safe Zone by Adite Banerjie is a romantic thriller. It is an amazing roller coaster ride of action, love, betrayal and human trafficking. Every page has some new twists and turns which arises lot of curiosities in our minds. Lets get into the details:

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Cover- The cover of the book is totally ‘Filmy’ and enthralling. There is a road where we notice and a couple is riding it. This actually makes us excited to open the pages of the book.

Title- The title is unique and intriguing and will add so many questions in your mind which helps in reading faster.

Blurb- Qiara Rana will do anything to save her mentor and their non-government organization from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city she had vowed never to return to. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a potential suspect in the murder of a high-profile businessman.

The only person she can turn to for help is Kabir Shorey, the man who stood her up ten years ago. Past and present collide in a deadly plot of crime and greed that moves from the cosmopolitan streets of Delhi to the bazaars and villages of Rajasthan.

Plot- The plot of the novel is neatly woven. It is devoid of any loose ends. This is a story of two individuals Qiara Rana and Kabir Shorey whose destinies get reconnected during a case.  There are many sub plots which later on merge with the main plot. The mystery of a girl’s disappearance and leads to reach her further gets mixed. To add more, the background and life of Kabir Shorey is revealed in the end which clearly unfolds all the mysteries in the end.

Themes- This book is full of themes. The main theme is of Human Trafficking where certain kids start disappearing from their trip and are trafficked to some other places. The characters tries to uncover this theme. The next theme is of love. Qiara and Kabir are madly in love and their love has to undergo certain tests during the course of the story. Earlier they submitted themselves to destiny but when destiny or rather say the author planned to make them close, many nasty truths are uncovered. We also find traces of friendship, parenthood, dark pasts which helps in the progression of the plot.

Characterisation- The author has artistically portrayed her characters. The protagonist Qiara Rana is young and beautiful. She is enthusiastic about her venture. She seems attached to people but has a dark past. She is in a love denial mode when she comes across Kabir Shorey. On the other hand, Kabir is adventurous, handsome, pragmatic and loves his job. He also has a dark past and when he comes across Qiara, he is unable to control his emotions in front of her. It becomes realy tough to see his beloved as a suspect for the case.

Besides, there were many other characters and for this novel, I would add, the multiple characters didn’t affect the plot construction infact it helped in making it more beautiful.

Style- The novel is written in a third person narrative with vivid impersonal descriptions on the top. The language is simple, lucid and has brevity in it. The sentences have a range of simple, complex and compund. Some lines are so beautiful and this whole feels like flowing river or rather say amazing flow of poetry. Some sentences are lyrical. While certain remarks add humour to it. Not only this, there were many twists and turns which makes the story totally unpredictable.The best part of the book is that I couldn’t find any error in it.

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About the Author

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Adite Banerjie discovered the wonderful world of books at an early age which sparked her interest in writing. After a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist she turned her attention to fiction.

Her latest book is a romantic-thriller, No Safe Zone, published by Harper Collins India. She has penned two books for Mills & Boon (The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name) and written several screenplays.

When she is not grappling with her current work-in-progress, she enjoys spending time with her husband, spoiling their Irish Setter silly and watching back-to-back movies.

She loves to connect with her readers. You can find her on Facebook (https://facebook.com/AditeBanerjieWriter) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/adite)

 

 

Spotlight of Vikram Rana Investigates

 

 
VIKRAM RANA INVESTIGATES
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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. 
 
Read an excerpt…

 

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 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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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

Also Read the book Review: https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/book-review-of-figmented-reality/