Book Review of Knitted Tales

Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh is a collection of short stories that has some deeper meaning. In these short stories Rubina has taken us to childhood, matured level and to extremely above all level. It is a journey where we feel mixed emotions overpowering us after reading every story.


The cover of the ebook perfect as it says knitted which can be in form of a web. This gives us a positive touch. Further, The title is perfectly chosen as surely, these tales are knitted like those grannies knit the sweaters of a baby.

Stories at a glance:

A Secret in their Closet: This story talks about reincarnation which is believed in India where one comes back in another form. This is a heart touching story where the child reminds her parents of their sin.

Betrayal: This story is of a married couple where the wife betrays her husband because of his evil deeds. This talks of illicit relationships but in other way the reader might feel that the wife did the right thing.

Chiclets: It is a story with a deeper message of where the author talks about discrimination on the basis of race. The way the mother and child handles the situation in a positive way is the rest of the story.

Forgive Me, For I Have Sinned : This story highlights a topic that is treated as taboo in India and many other countries. It is considered as a sin if a brother falls for his sister. The use of epistolary technique adds essence to it.

Lolita: This is a story of the struggles of Lolita whose life changes in a bad way where she becomes Lolita, a sex worker from Lalita.

No Regrets: This is beautiful story of a husband wife whose dull life becomes interesting when the husband accidently reads the chat of his wife.

SuvarnaRekha: This story talks about Honour Killing where two lovers are not from caste are forced to commit suicide.

The Little Godmother: A Beautiful inspiring story that can change the minds of the people. This reminds us of Cinderalla’s story as we have that anecdote in it.

The Missing Staircase: A suspense story that keeps you in thoughts. It reminds us of our childhood and the memories shared woth our grandparents. It also give us a bit spooky feeling. A perfect role of stream of consciousness could be noticed.

The Other Woman: This story brings tears in our eyes. It is written from the point of view of the child which has its own essence.

Daddy, Hear Me Out : A story that reminds us of the time when we were struggling to do something and that calling in our life totally changed our life. The same happens in this story.

Cliffnotes: This is a complicated story which might confuse you but has a deeper meaning, if you get the knack then you get the story.

The author has beautifully expressed her feelings by taking up different sets of stories. The way she has handled such serious issues with an ease is appreciable. Many people might criticise her because of the unusual stories and their combinations, also the taboos dealt here but I feel atleast she dared to talk abot them with a different perspective and we all should respect her thoughts. The way she added the hindi words and their meanings in the end are the best as it is of great help to those readers who are naive to Hindi.

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About the Author


Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.









Book Review of Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown turns out to be a hidden gem just after the Da Vinci Code. This book surely takes way the hearts of the readers as the way this book is presented. It has multiple genres hence anyone can analyse it in any way which will be acceptable everywhere.


This book marks a new beginning for the religion and science loving people. Mostly they say science and religion can’t be together but here in this book, Dan Brown has proved this idealistic notion wrong by blending religious believes with the science fiction. This book has ccreated the history.

Unlike The Da Vinci Code, this book also keeps the suspense from the start to the end. The thickness of the book surely has meaningful incidencts and evidences. This book is just like those crime series when one finds a clue it leads to another and then to the other. Every page has something or the new to tell.

The plot is gripping and keeps you glued till the end even though the 615 pages are being ignored by the people. This book can be completed in 4-7 hours of continuous reading though I had to leave this aside because of my exams.

The characterisation is perfectly done and the way Robert Langdon’s characters is delineated makes the book mindblowing. Vittoria’s emotions are well portrayed. Further, the other characters play the role in the plot construction.

The stories about science and the Illuminati Cult are an icing on the cake. They arise the interest of the readers.

The author has used Italian in between which is hard to understand for those who don’t know Italian else the language is simple and easy to understand.

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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.


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


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.

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Book Review of The Three Wise Monkeys

The Three Wise Monkeys by Jeet Gian is a light hearted novel flavoured with humor and loads of puns. This novel shows us that the author has planned to laugh our hearts out while reading.

Cover- The cover has light coloured scheme and perfectly proves the motive as it has three monkeys in the most wierdest poses which will surely make you laugh. This gives us an idea about the element of humor being a major part.

Title- The title is witty and grabds the attention of the reader. Three Wise Monkeys is an apt title which is a pun intended by the author.

Blurb- The trio – Amar, Akbar, and Anthony – had no clue whatsoever about their goddammit indecisive careers – and – indefinite – struggles.

And that was because they were born with the Peter Pan Syndrome and were simple enough to be tricked by anyone, including their mystifying girlfriends – Meghna, Farah, and Sarah.

And as is the fate of all morons, they were drawn into trouble – deep trouble – of hiding crores of rupees of black money in secret offshore companies.

Will their mistake of turning a blind eye to the philosophy of ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ cost them their careers and put them in prison?


Will Lady Luck change their fortunes forever?

Plot- The plot is gripping as it revolves around the lives of three people Amar, Akbar and Anthony and the way they handle the situations in the most humourous ways. They have serious issues but always tackle them with their witty attitude even if they are in grave trouble.

HUmour as an Element- The author has artisitically added humour in his novel and the use of witty dialogues related to politics and bollywood is appreciable.

Theme- The themes of relationships, love, comedy, corruption can be noticed in this novel.

Characterisation- The author has crafted his characters artistically. All have their own stories be it Amar, Akbar, Anthony or their girlfriends. The way the girlfriends play with them makes the readers pity them sometimes. The situations created are extremely serious but depicted in a light manner.

Style- The style of author is simple, lucid and pithy. The way he has used puns, witty sentences, comedy of manners is mind blowing. The readers end up with hearty laughter in the end.

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About the Author


“Jeet Gian was a happening person till he became a chartered accountant (and got married). He was born and brought up in Kutch (Motto: Nobody knows where it is) before permanently and successfully settling (after marriage) in Dubai.

His present dream is to become the President of India and continue his writing passion full time without tensions and work at Rashtrapati Bhavan (Motto: We deliver best ISO-certified awards), New Delhi!

He is a great communicator and is on good terms with clients, media, and almost everyone around him, except his in-laws. He has been interviewed by Dubai TV, Zee TV-Gulf Pulse, CNN Arabia, Radio 103.8, and on many occasions by his mother-in-law!

Divya, his life and business partner (only in profit), is also a chartered accountant. Both are blessed with two kids: a daughter, Falguni, and a special-needs son, Krishna. For Divya, children come first; the rest of the world is just Tom, Dick, and Jeet.

He is up by 5 am, even if holidaying on Star Cruise, and is a fitness buff. Plus, he eats once every two hours, just like how babies do.

Jeet is a published author, and his debut effort is named The 3 U-Turns of My Life, which is well-received by nurseries across PAN India and it is highly recommended by doctors for patients suffering from insomnia!

For more information about Jeet, call his mother directly on the toll-free number: 1800-MENTAL HOSPITAL.”

Book Review of The American Indian Dream

The American Indian Dream by Pranay Sahu is novel full of emotions, dreams and decisions. Sometimes we tend to take such decisions which change our lives. THis book is about such decision.


Cover- THe cover of the book has black and yellow colour scheme along with a picture of a man who seems thinking. This reminds us of the time when the protagonist takes the biggest decision of his life. Or we can say, the time of his calling.

Title- The title is challenging and the readers think alot about the reason like why the word’American’is being striked off and why the author has not used ‘The Indian Dream’. Well, this confusion or rather say the pool of questions are answered when we read the last line of the book. We come to know the purpose of the writer while coming up with this title.

Blurb- His life was his dream. From being a Wall Street Investment Banker to being a jobless put under spiritual arrest, to being hopelessly in love with a hippie ten years elder to becoming an entrepreneur , he lived his dreams throughout his life.

 Cut to 2012, destiny’s favourite child is now controversy’s favourite child. Come success, come controversy. Controversies are inevitable, one’s reaction to them, is optional. Roshan should not have reacted.

Four years since he lost his job, Roshan is now battling his life after multiple gun shots; defending his actions before a spiritual guru whom he does not like at all. But life is not always your choice. The difference between dreaming and making dreams come true is what life is all about.

PLot- The plot is neatly woven and the way the story is being depicted is appreciable. The story revolves around Rohan and his struggles. The end is a mystery which opens the chapters of history.

Characterisation- The characters played an amazing part in thi=e progression of the novel.  Apart from Roshan, there are Jagat, Ira, Hirenbhai, Silvio, Ariella aka Lakshmi, Maera, Gurudev and his henchman Farhaan. The love affair between Roshan and Ariella seems convoluted. Some characters are round here while some are flat.

Style- The author has used simple and lucid language to convey his ideas. The use of varied range of sentences adds flavour to the story. The pace of the story is languid. The author beautifully helps us in clearing some of the notions that we have about an American Dream. The concept of the book is an icing on the cake. Some lines just take away our heart.Like:

“The difference between dreaming and making dreams come true is what life all about.”

“It is indeed a dream, the American Dream, made in India”

As we know,Every coin has a flip side, hence this book has too. There are certain loose ends in the story whereas the editing could been better. But one cannot ignore the amazing concept of the book.

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About the Author

Pranay Sahu is the classic case of an engineer turned MBA turned banker turned novelist. He is also an avid marathon runner, a stand-up comedian and a lonely traveler. Yes, he is either settling business for Corporations or travelling into his own world of stories or is out travelling alone talking to strangers at places like Pondicherry, Cochin or Diu. Having lived in places like Kota, Bhopal, Indore and Bangalore, Pranay now lives in Vadodara and divides his time between three cities, other two being Mumbai and Ahmedabad.


Book Review of Forget Me Not, Stranger

Forget Me Not Stranger by Novoneel Chakraborty is the last book of the Stranger Trilogy. In this book, the Stranger comes into picture and all the mysteries comes to an end. Rivannah comes to know her worth and also the Stranger. Things do change in her life but fall at proper place.


The Cover and Title never forget to amaze the readers. The cover has again a girl who seems completely lost in ajungle. Actually, this is the time when Rivannah is lost in her mind struggles like whom she loves, Ekansh or Danny? The title is perfect as the meaning we come to know in the end.

I m Rivanah Bannerjee, 23/F/ Mumbai. Some of you might already know how my life is on a razor edge. Those of you who don t, just know this: I may be killed soon . . . by the Stranger. I don t know who or what he is: a ghost, a person or a figment of my imagination? All I know is he isn t just one thing: he is sexy and scary, terrific and terrifying. What I don t understand is why a young, harmless girl like me, who works in a big city, stays away from her parents and has a screwed-up love life, would be of any interest to him. Unless there is something about my own story that I do not know . . . In the hotly anticipated final instalment of the Stranger trilogy, Rivanah will learn the answers to her many questions What is it that binds her to the dead Hiya? Who is the Stranger? Why has he been following her all this while? leading to an intense, breathtaking climax.

The Plot is enthralling and the way Rivannah’s life journey is shown is impeccable. In this book, Rivannah realises her worth. This book has high voltage drama. Even she comes to know about Hiya and what happened to her. And the main part is the revealation of the Stranger.

This book has an element of stream of consciousness and some tacts of epistolar novel has been used. The author has delineated the incidents perfectly. This book has a tragedy followed by answers to the hidden questions.

The style of writing is simple, clear and lucid. Some of the sentences are just so beautiful that you end up noting down in your diary. The descriptions are fantastic and they just make you more glued to the book. Novoneel has a unique style of writing as he ends up playing with the minds of the readers through his play of words. Once can picturise the whole book while reading it and its an easy read.

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About the Author


Novoneel Chakraborty is an Indian author of fiction. His specialty lies in romantic thrillers that he writes along with philosophy mixed with it. His first book “A Thing beyond forever” released in 2008 and won the national bestseller tag in just a few months of its release.

He followed it up with “That kiss in the rain” and then wrote the book that won him the biggest applause, “How about a sin tonight?” He went on to write commercial bestsellers like “Ex” and then “The Stranger Trilogy”. The first two books of the trilogy- “Marry Me, Stranger” and “All Yours, Stranger” have won many hearts. His recent release is “Forget Me Not, Stranger”, the final installment of the trilogy. His next book,“Black Suits You,” a psycho-sexual thriller is scheduled to release on 15th November, 2016. Apart from writing books, he is a scriptwriter for television.

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Book Review of All Yours, Stranger

All Yours, Stranger by Novoneel Chakraborty is the second book in the Stranger Trilogy. This book has more twists and turns that bring us one step closer to the stranger. The readers are totally glued to this book as every incident is inter related. It focus on relationships, about a person named Hiya Chaudhary and her existence.


The cover and the title is again intriguing just like the previous one. We notice a girl who is in the middle of the jungle. Probably the cover justifies Rivannah’s dream or rather say hallucination where she feel the presence of the stranger. The title is perfect as the protagonist can feel herself close to the stanger. The subtitle is really catchy.


All Yours, Stranger’ is the 2nd part of the Stranger trilogy series, by Novoneel Chakraborty. The plot spins around Rivanah Bannerjee, who is from Kolkata, trying to get a grip on the typical Mumbai life. She has a wonderful boyfriend, yet is obsessed with thinking about her ex-boyfriend. Although he cheated on her, she is ready to overlook that fact. The Stranger is nowhere to be found ever since the police started to hunt for him, though it has been an unsuccessful attempt.

The questions that Rivanah wants an answer for, in this mystery allegory are; Who really is this stranger? What is his purpose of coming into Rivanah’s life? Will he ever be able to contact her again?

These types of questions have been troubling Rivanah continuously. Indifferent about the mystery surrounding this guy, she frantically wants the stranger back into her life.

As the story further unfolds, the true facts that come to light are far from what Rivanah could ever imagine. The story has a vicious and cruel plot with many mysteries unfolding themselves, as the reader divulges further into this tale. This gripping plot has the knack to make the reader bite his or her nails till the very last leaf of the book.

The plot is more dark and complex as compared to the previous part. The previous book left the clue of Hiya Chaudhary and here, Rivannah tries to uncover the mystery behind Hiya Chaudhary who happened to be her batchmate and had hung herself to death. It was believed that she also got such messages. So, a fear of being murdered by the stranger arises in the mind of Rivannah. To add more she struggling with her heart and mind. She is unable to forget her ex boyfriend, Ekansh who cheated on her and her present boyfriend, Danny. She loves them both but life takes a turn when Ekansh again makes an appearance in her life and this time as her rommie’s fiance.

The story moves between Kolkata and Mumbai as Rivannah keeps on coming back to Kolkata to know more about her past, Hiya Choudhary. She tries really hard to find the clues. She even quits her job when the Stranger ask her to do so. She doubts on Hiya’s brother but later she comes to know that he was not even part of it. He was just being used.

The characters seems more developed in this book. Rivannah is struggling and the stranger helps her find out whom she loves but that still remains uncovered till we reach the next book. Further, Danny and Ekansh’s roles keep on shifting in her life. This book has many characters along with the previous ones and together they make an amazing tuning.

The style of writing is simple, clear and lucid. Some of the sentences are just so beautiful that you end up noting down in your diary. The descriptions are fantastic and they just make you more glued to the book. Novoneel has a unique style of writing as he ends up playing with the minds of the readers through his play of words. Once can picturise the whole book while reading it and its an easy read.

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About the Author


Novoneel Chakraborty is an Indian author of fiction. His specialty lies in romantic thrillers that he writes along with philosophy mixed with it. His first book “A Thing beyond forever” released in 2008 and won the national bestseller tag in just a few months of its release.

He followed it up with “That kiss in the rain” and then wrote the book that won him the biggest applause, “How about a sin tonight?” He went on to write commercial bestsellers like “Ex” and then “The Stranger Trilogy”. The first two books of the trilogy- “Marry Me, Stranger” and “All Yours, Stranger” have won many hearts. His recent release is “Forget Me Not, Stranger”, the final installment of the trilogy. His next book,“Black Suits You,” a psycho-sexual thriller is scheduled to release on 15th November, 2016. Apart from writing books, he is a scriptwriter for television.

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Book Review of Curtain Call

Curtain Call is an anthology of short stories which is compiled and edited by Rafaa Dalvi and published Half Baked Beans. This book , as the title suggest is far different from our imaginations. The writers have poured their souls in the stories and have come out beautifully.


The cover of the book is fantastic and the title is antipole to the type of stories which are woven, but in a literal way the writers show their best role in form of stories which might justify the title.

This book can make you smile, laugh, cry, inspire and make you fight with your inner self. The authors have added their soulin it. Some of them came out to be marvalleous and flawless which left me spellbound.

Crimson Affair takes you back to those Akbar Birbal times whose tales were the part of our growth. This story highlights the intellectual and sharp mind of Birbal who unfolds a murder mystery in an artistic way.

His Leela elucidates the saga of a frustrated man who finds a true confidante in a bitch named Leela. The story is written in two narratives and one of it is a monologue.

Office Visit is a horror fiction where a girl is not the one whom she claims to be. The whole story is followed by series of events that includes suspense and mystery.

My Fair Husband is a romcom and a unique story where we find a strong connection between the couple even after the husband dies. The idea of the author is to show death in a lighter way.

Mahua is an erotic tale with suspense and horror as its prime features. It gives us chills through our spines and at the same time makes us laugh.

Reminiscence is an inspiring story that gives you the true meaning of life and lifts your mood up.

The Sitarist of Palem is a horror story that has elements of suspense, mystery and has all the features of a Gothic Fiction.

F.L.A.M.E.S is a teen fiction where we find lovers and has elements of romance and comedy in it. This story highlights the innocence of love with a blend of complexity.

There are 20 stories in total but these are my personal favourites. There are certain typos and I feel these can be easily avoided.

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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:


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

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.


Book Review of Vizag Blue

Vizag Blue- A Graphic Novella by Anil CS Rao is a unique book with picaresque representation. This book is far different from other books and has a beautiful images in it. Lets read between the lines:


Cover- The cover of the book is simple and could have been better.But that is the choice of the author. He wanted to make it look simple maybe.

Title- The title is different and somewhere or the other it is related to the story of the novella.

Blurb- Prem drove Kalpana back to the beach house…… The next morning… She was awoken by the bright Sun…without her clothes…. Kalpana… Thank God we found you! Anil and I were searching all night for you… We were about to notify the local authorities shortly…. What happened??? And where are your clothes??? Kalpana maintained her silence… She honestly did not have any answer’s to nurse Usha’s questions in any case….

PLot- The plot is different and readers are excited to know more about it. This is a story of a depressed girl who has stopped speaking and her name is Kalpana. She seems lost in her own life. When she comes across the nursse who takes her to a new place where she hallucinates about a guy or rather that is real which is a mystery.

Characterisation- There are not many characters in the book. Kalpana is the protagonist who is a depressed soul and has stopped speaking. She hallucinates about things and it affects the readers psychologically and till the end it remains a mystery. The nurse seems to be really supporting and she does everything to make Kalpana come out of her grief. She even takes her to the beach and their the girl’s behaviour begins to change.

Style- The language is simple and lucid. Characterisation and narration could have been better. The concept is different though as it highlights a story in form of pictures. We can’t call it a novella. It is right to call it a long story. The book sounds unedited and it requires a lot of hard work.


ABout the Author

Anil CS Rao is an artist-writer based in Eluru in Andhra Pradesh India. His artwork has been exhibited in America, Europe and in India. This is the the first in a series of graphic novels set in India. He has also published fiction, poetry and travelogue.

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