Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Review: 'Mom and I Love a Terrorist' by Leema Dhar

What the book says:

"Oh! Come on mom. Till date, I don't know where my father is! God knows where I should find him. After so many years, you gave me a letter, he has left to me. Where is he now? Why were you trying to hide the truth for so long? You slept with a black stranger when he came in the house as if it's his own. He just came out of nowhere. Amaan has left me, and you want me to watch some poppycock here on T.V? You never answered me who the stranger was and why he stayed here for long."Kelly's cry echoes in the sea. 

Kelly, girl with a thousand dreams, was happy with her mom in a distant Island, Andaman, till she turned nineteen. A dark night… sudden entry of a black stranger in her life. Unanticipated, he shares her mom's bedroom. Passing through sleepless nights and intense depression, she finds a secret diary that reveals a clandestine past, creating a tsunami in Kelly's rhythmic life.Ricko, a Casanova, falls for her.

Unanticipated, he shares her mom's bedroom. Passing through sleepless nights and intense depression, she finds a secret diary that reveals a clandestine past, creating a tsunami in Kelly's rhythmic life. Ricko, a Casanova, falls for her.

She finds Amaan, the boat maker on the sea, the superman she needed.Will she be able to unfold her mom's haunted past and her cryptic love? Do Kelly and her mom love the same man, the black stranger, a terrorist?

About the author:

Leema Dhar (born 1993, Allahabad), 2nd year student of Humanities in Allahabad University; completed her ISC from St. Mary's Convent. She left her AIEEE for her creative passion. Her debut fiction, 'Till We Meet Again' is a National Bestseller. Her first anthology of Hindi poems was 'Kuch Lafz Naqab Mein' (2007), second in English 'For the Hundred Tomorrows' (2010). She was nominated consecutive second time for Hindustan Times Women Achiever Awards (2011 & 2012).

This is her second fiction that's thrilling yet has a pinch of romance in it. She's currently working as a freelancer in numerous creative projects.Besides enjoying creativity, her interest lies in psychology, an avid reader of romance and thriller. She loves singing, painting and travelling and along with becoming a writer, she wants to be one of the finest travelogues. Her greatest inspiration has been the Andaman Islands, giving her an inexplicable life, the darker hue of love.

My Opinion

Kelly is a nineteen year something who is peacefully living with her single mom in the island of Andaman. Like every girl, she is enjoying her college life as a student of Eng(Hons) first year. But all of a sudden a black stranger appears in her life. She finds it peculiar to see someone coming in their house whose identity is not disclosed properly. She is highly disturbed by his presence. Moreover, her mother is not too keen on letting out his identification apart from he being just a family friend. She finds her mother sneak into the guest room one night. She is angry on her mother for spending a night with an unknown person, she is heart broken to know that her mother is having an illicit affair with a man in the dark. She had always taken her mother as her inspiration. She even finds her mother ignoring her. All this brings her to the levels of frustration and she begins feel isolated in her own home.
In the meanwhile, her college mate Ricko seems to be getting attracted to her. Kelly experiences her first hug through Ricko. But there is someone who is her superman, someone who is very thoughtful and caring. He is someone towards whom Kelly finds herself getting attracted to. She doesn't know if it is love or not but there's something special in Amaan that draws her closer to him. His words work as the soothing sea for her.
But there is something that is haunting her? The black stranger, his relationship with her Mom and her dark past and the truth about her own Dad, the person about whom Kelly knows nothing. Will she be able to unveil the truth? Will a fatherless girl get her Dad back? Would Kelly be able to figure out her own feelings? Is Ricko the man of her dreams or is it the boat maker, her very own superman Amaan?

Coming to review, I would like to give a thumbs up to Leema for writing such a great read. She has very easily blended the thrill and romance. As a young author, Leema knows how to handle her characters quite effectively. Not even one scene looks irrelevant, just the right thing at the right place. The description of the sea in the books almost takes you to the Andaman. After reading this book, I have a strong urge to visit these islands. I have never been there before but the description when blended with Kelly's feelings compels you to travel to Port Blair. The emotions of a girl who has never known about her father and a girl who watches her mother sharing bed with a stranger have been handled very efficiently. The subtle and delicate emotions requires a strong thought process and Leema seems to have mastered this satisfactorily. I personally admired the character of Amaan even though Kelly happens to be the protagonist. His philosophy of life, from a new beginning to a beautiful ending, he had his own aura that set him apart. No wonder Kelly fell for him. I liked the way he says in his letter to Kelly that he doesn't know what love is but being with her brings back the happy times of life.
It's like being with you means, being myself.
The letter from Amaan can be considered as one of the most beautiful parts of the book. There are a lot of diary entries which keep the suspense on.
Apart the book has a very intriguing title with a very soothing yet attractive book cover. Kudos to the cover designer.
Now coming to the flaws of the book, the editing is pretty good except for one or two errors which are going to be eliminated in the second edition as per the author. But there's one thing I need to point out is that on Page 39, the diary states
LILI MATHEW
M.A(Previous) Calcutta University

But on Page 46, the diary owner writes her course as M.Sc(previous)

So we need a correction here.

Okay now, I am done with stating the cons of this book. And frankly speaking, we can easily overlook these drawbacks as the book has an amazing plot with good writing skills.

After reading this book, I am planning to read Leema's debut work 'Till We Meet Again' which is a national bestseller. And I am damn excited about her next novel 'The Girl Who Kissed The Snake' which will be hitting the stores by May next year.

Grab your copies from here

Read the my gupshup with the author here

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Year Ends With Some Great Reads

Best selling authors are going to end this year with a bash. We readers have some great reads for the year end and new year with authors like Preeti Shenoy and Nikita Singh coming up with super awesome books.



Preeti Shenoy's fourth book 'The Secret Wishlist' is coming from 'Westland' and is now available on pre-order.



Book Summary of The Secret Wish List

Does true love really exist or is it just a cliche? Can a single kiss really change your life?

At sixteen, Diksha like any girl her age, finds her life revolving around school, boys and endless hours of fun with her best friend. But one day, all that changes.

What starts as an innocent crush explodes into something far beyond her control. Eighteen years later, she finds herself at the crossroads of life. Urged by a twist of events, a wish list is born. But can a wish list help her piece back her life together? Will she succumb to the tangled mess of an extramarital relationship? Once again, Preeti Shenoy brings an extraordinary story that tugs at the heartstrings, with insight and wisdom, as she explores the delicate matters of the heart.

The Secret Wish List is a captivating, engrossing, racy tale about following your heart, chasing your dreams and the meaning of friendship.

About the Author
Preeti Shenoy is a bestselling author and artist. She has several academic qualifications, but believes life is the biggest teacher. She is an avid blogger, poet, nature lover and yoga buff. She loves playing basketball, travelling and spending time with her family and her dog. Preeti Shenoy is currently based in Bangalore, India. To know more about her go to preetishenoy.com.

Grab your copy from Flipkart


Nikita Singh, the very beautiful young authoress is up with her fourth work too, 'The Promise'. The pre-orders have only begun on HomeShop18 presently and to get your copies, click here


The Promise Overview
Some promises are worth keeping...

She smiles wide, and under it, hides pain she barely manages to endure. Her happiness brightens up the room, while inside, her heart drowns little by little.

Elusive, charismatic and incredibly rich, money is the one obsession he loves and hates in equal measure. He runs away from his past and the grief it brings with it.

She is capable of breaking down all his barriers, making his heart implore to give love and trust a second chance. Caught in the waves of alien emotions, a promise is made a promise to be together, to make their love last.

But when disaster hits, does their love prove strong enough to withstand the brutal force of reality?

Or does the promise lay forgotten, as they struggle to regain balance of their lives?

About the Author
Nikita Singh an avid blogger and writer, is the author of three bestselling novels Love @ Facebook, Accidentally In Love and If It's Not Forever (co-authored with Durjoy Datta). She has also contributed in the books of The Backbenchers Series.

With a library stocked with over twelve thousand books, she is a voracious reader and loves her collection of fantasy novels. She graduated in pharmacy and works as an editor at a leading publishing house.
  

And the recent contest of short stories organised by Penguin metro reads has brought the winning stories in print now. The stories were to be selected and edited by the most romantic author of this era, Ravinder Singh.


Book Summary of Love Stories That Touched My Heart
An anthology of moving, inspirational, heartwarming or heartbreaking, love stories shortlisted in a nation wide contest by Penguin India!

Love only a four letter word, yet its so powerful that it can conquer anything in this world!

Weve all experienced the first flush of love and remember the lingering fragrance of it. For ages Love has remained one of the most cherished experiences that everyone wishes to live through at least once. Humanity, time and again, has coined many definitions to describe this beautiful emotion, but this small word is a feeling that cant simply be defined. It has to be narrated . . . in the form of stories love stories.

Love Stories That Touched My Heart is a collection of such stories from readers who have a tale to tell, shortlisted from over 2000 entries that were submitted in a competition conducted by Penguin India.

Selected and edited by Ravinder Singh, this anthology made up of the stories that touched Ravin's heart the most will make you believe that someone, somewhere, is made for you.

About the Author
Ravinder Singh is a bestselling author. I Too Had a Love Story, his debut novel, is his own story that has touched millions of hearts. Can Love Happen Twice? is Ravinders second novel. After spending most of his life in Burla, a very small town in western Orissa, Ravinder has finally settled down in Chandigarh. He is an MBA from the renowned India School of Business and is presently working with a prominent multinational company. Ravinder loves playing snooker in his free time. He is crazy about Punjabi music and loves dancing to its beat. The best way to contact Ravinder is through his official fan page on Facebook. You can also write to him at itoohadalovestory@gmail.com or visit his website www.RavinderSinghOnline.com.

Get your copies from Flipkart

So what are you waiting for? Gotta catch them all....

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Review: 'The Girl I Last Loved' by Smita Kaushik

Hello readers..How have you all been doing? 
Let's catch up with the book review of 'The Girl I last Loved' by Smita Kaushik.
This review was published at Type2Express few days back here




Publisher: General Press
Pages: 210
Price: 125 INR

Book Summary:

Love is all about flowers, gifts, movie nights, first kiss and then many more. Or is it? Then what about one sided love…
Being friends in spite of knowing your true feelings…
The incapability to read eyes…
Don’t frustration, pain and loneliness lie on the other side of love?
Meet Akash, an over achiever, who aims to conquer it all but is unable to love.
Kasam, a girl beyond his reach.
Though destiny keeps bringing them together, their world seldom collides.
When he was a nave geek, she was the Style Diva.
And now when he is a corporate junkie, where faces are masked. She is a professional motivator, who sees even beyond the faces.
Two people.
Single love story revisited three times.
Four proposals.
A ten year journey of finding and losing love.
Countless moments of serendipity.
Yet not a single moment of confession.
He lived all his life fighting love…
Will he ever fight for love?


About The Author

Smita Kaushik became author by chance and is now pursuing it by choice. Her first novel Lets Get Committed not only created waves among the young generation but also pitched some notes with others as well. Though her forte lies in romance with hint of comedy, she sometimes tries to lay hands on philosophy. An ex-DPSite, she did her graduation from KIIT University and is currently based in Hyderabad. Always a creativity inclined person, she has excelled in different art forms like contemporary, madhubani & warli and has won many national level art competitions. For fun she likes to watch rom-com and read novels.

Connect with the author on facebook here

The Review:

If you are looking for that perfect romantic novel with happy ending then this is the novel to go for. The story revolves around Akash and Kasam. Kasam is the girl everyone yearns for. Akash is one of those guys who are mad after her, he finds her out of her league. It is not just a story, it’s a journey of love that takes ten years to complete. Kasam gets to know about Akash’s fondness for her through the help of their friends in school. They roam about as friends and Akash always feels that Kasam would never accept him as her beau. During their friendship they get to know each other very closely. It is nice to see the author mentioning certain dark and light thoughts and habits both of them possessed and how Akash noticed everything. The description happens to be very catchy with a very soothing and good language usage. Each scene comes alive with every word, Kasam’s habit of chewing the thermocol cup while drinking coffee, her colourful bangles and her take towards life, changes that come in her with life with time and everything that is hidden behind the colourful, attractive and the most wanted girl of the campus.
Their paths cross again after years when they meet at Mumbai and Akash is smitten by her beauty yet again. Smita has described every scene very beautifully. The colourful description of Kasam when Akash finds her amidst the crowd of Mumbai Station takes you to another world. I loved it how Smita describes every minute detail with ease.

In a few more glimpses, I saw her lemon coloured kurti and purple embroidered jhola. I was nearing her. My speed continued to increase. I saw her hand, her sparkling multi coloured bangles, a red coloured thumb ring, a sea-green ring rig on her little finger, when she tried to stop a man who was about to crash into her.

This was just an instance of the perfect character definition the author builds up in the whole story. Kasam is shown donning the hat of a motivational speaker and runs an institute ‘Prayas’ as Akash says ‘she was doing what she was best at.’ Her speeches are super awesome and mind blowing. You almost feel the impact of those powerful words Kasam tries to present to the audience. It ain’t easy to be a motivational speaker and portraying one’s character like this requires a thumbs up to the author. Now the only question is will they meet again? Would Akash be able to express his feelings for her? Kasam had left him for someone else then, would she leave him again? It’s just round 2 guys, there’s another meeting left for the lovers to finally have a happy ending.
And if you ask me for any flaws then I didn’t find much though the story could have been a little swifter. But I am not at all complaining. The sweetness of love should stay for long, don’t you think so? Overall it’s a great romantic read. I didn’t find much of flaws in the story. This book is truly meant for die hard romantics. This 210 page book wouldn’t disappoint you.

Grab your copies here

Like the FB page of the book here

And my readers get another treat, you can have a glance at the first chapter of the book here

Ah! Yes if you want to know what I am reading now, I am reading Mom and I Love a Terrorist by Leema Dhar. You can expect a review very soon :)

Good night and sweet dreams...




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In Conversation with Tanmay Kulshrestha

Hello all!
Hope you guys had an awesome diwali. I'll be posting few pics very soon. In the meanwhile, read on an interview I took some days back at Spectralhues. After Varsha Dixit, Tanmay happens to be another author from my city Kanpur( My name will be coming soon in the list :D The feeling makes me jump with joy). Anyway his debt novel 'The Meth' released sometime back and I instantly took the opportunity to interview him. Read the interview here.
I happened to meet the author in person while we were undergoing our training at DMSRDE(DRDO), Kanpur and that was when I read his book for the first time. But now that it is available in the market and online shopping sites, I'll buy my copy as soon as I return from home. So the review shall be up by the end of this month hopefully. If you wish to buy a copy, grab it from HS18 at the lowest price. It is also available at Flipkart, Infibeam and all other shopping sites.


I am a little busy at home so can't post much. I'll be back soon posting up full fledged reviews, interviews and random blabbering. Till then take care...

:)

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Journey @ Type2express

Yes I am at home and enjoying a lot. I have become too lazy and all I do is rest at home with ease. So basically there isn't going to be much of writing today. A small Hi! and I hope all of you are enjoying the Diwali break. I have my Pre-University Test in a week and I am quite scared about them.
By the way I forgot to tell you guys that I began writing on another platform last month. It's a newly launched website and I have contributed three articles there. This website is known as www.type2express.com
I quite liked the name and below are the links to some posts under my name on this website.

New books in the market

Every cloud has a silver lining

New release: The Masala Murder by Madhumita Bhattacharyya


Stay updated with the website on their Facebook page here


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Review: 'The Fallen Love' by Rashmi Singh



This was my first book by the author Rashmi Singh. Few days I had mentioned about having interviewed her on the platform of Isahitya. I had also received a copy for review and I must say the book left a deep impact on me. Since I had to put up a formal review on the website I didn't get a chance to mention but this my own space where I can blabber at my own pace. The moment I opened the envelope nothing could surpass the beautiful handwriting of the author. Yes, I remember teachers telling us about the importance of crystal clear pearly handwriting and I finally understood its meaning that day. I was totally mesmerized by her writing and I just forgot that we are here to read the book review. So check it out here



And I plan to post a Book Giveway soon...Anyone excited?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gupshup, reading and more...

Some weeks back I had reviewed Ankrish Khanna's book 'The Fork & Spoon of Life'. In case you haven't read the book yet, read the review here. I forwarded the review to the author and thus got a chance to interact with him. Somehow I coaxed him for an interview and he replied in time. While we had a chit chat he divulged that he began writing the novel when he was just 13, isn't it surprising? I must say I was quite impressed with this school boy. Read on the interview here  


So what have you been reading these days? I am planning to pick up 'Unhooked' by Munmun Ghosh when I catch my train for home this evening..Super excited to meet everyone at home.


See what I got while returning from college yesterday. I love picking up stuff from street vendors. These bangles just suit the kurti I plan to wear on Diwali..



I got hold of a pair of anklets and a ring as well :D Both of them costed just 20 INR :P 

See you guys with another post soon :)
Till then c ya...Wish me Happy Journey

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rendezvous with Author Rashmi Singh



Few weeks back I got the opportunity of interviewing the four book old Rashmi Singh. When I got the opportunity to interview her on the platform of Isahitya, I was pretty ashamed of being unaware of her two books on fiction. Till then I had heard of her self help books namely 'Back to School @ 30' and 'Taming The Restless Mind' but when I began to research on her I found out about 'Love's Journey' and 'The Fallen Love'. Meanwhile I was sent a copy of 'The Fallen Love' for review and I was halfway through when the interview happened. And this has been the best interview I have ever taken. In my journey of interacting with authors since the past six months, I never felt so comfortable with the author like it did with this beautiful lady. She helped me lot while I googled out about her and researched all the more for framing questions. Read on to see what we talked about here


Monday, November 5, 2012

Ways to deal with depression


Guest Post by Kiran

Today, I read an article in Times Life that reminded me my gloomy days. We all in almost all stage of our life face some kind of stress, frustration and loneliness and yes, we try to overcome it by different ways but many times situation becomes too difficult for us to handle so we try to give ourselves physical pain just to divert our mind towards the external pain and the formula really works. May be secretly, but yes many of us have done this and I know how difficult it is to admit it publicly. Being a teenager I can really correlate all this to my life.

To overcome these situations many of us believe that sharing your problems helps a lot. I agree too, it helps a lot but in today’s socialized life, we all know the situation and maximum time we are left with so the source of problem is isolation. We are social animals and we are born to be in a society, without which we can never survive, we depend on others for over survival. Each one of us needs someone with whom we can share and discuss. However, what to do when we don’t have that someone in our life? Moreover, it surely doesn’t mean one should cut themselves.
Believe it or not, but your stressful days can be a boom to you. They can really help you to explore yourself and to know your soul even better. Never force yourself to be happy when you are dying inside, don’t ignore your inner voice, let yourself be free to express your feelings at least to you. Be true to yourself, you can’t hide anything from yourself. Then try to figure out what and when things went wrong, recalling your past will never harm you and try to learn from your mistakes, where you went wrong or when and why the situation went against you.
After that, try to rearrange things to make them come under control. If you are really sure that there is no way out then this is the time to flush all your worries to gutter. Why to worry if you can’t do anything about it? Worrying will also do nothing. Give yourself a long break, try to feel the rhythm of your heartbeat and dance to it. Life is a real gift and we all know it will end one day then why to die every day.
Give yourself a chance to paint, write or do some kind of creative work. Trust me this really helps a lot. Don’t ever worry if you are worst in it still it is far better than hurting yourselves. If you are afraid to show it then do it secretly it will definitely do no harm. I have come across many people who are very creative when they are stressed because this is the best way one can express his feelings. It is well said art is the only thing by which one can connect to their soul and can express every hidden desire or even deep sorrows. So, whenever you feel stressed dance, paint, write and do everything you once dreamed of. You never now, your inner soul may have a hidden Picasso dying to come out.     

Kiran is a final year student of B.Tech(EC) in G.L.Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management, Greater Noida. She loves reading and has finally decided to pour out her feelings on an online platform, till now she preferred writing in her personal diary.


     

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chit Chat with Ashutosh Bhatia

Another weekend and another celebrity on the block. This time we have a debut author who agreed to be interviewed by me. Ashutosh Bhatia who is coming up with his latest book with a unique title
'So many turning points... A crorepati turned “roadpati” '
Mr. Ashutosh Bhatia is not just a writer, he is a multi talented personality who indulges in photography and motivational speaking apart from being an IT consultant. We heartily congratulate Mr. Bhatia for the book.Get the inside story of writing a book from the author himself.



Harshita: What does Ashutosh Bhatia do apart from writing?
Ashutosh: Writing has been my passion but being from IT Sector, my main time and schedule is involved in my IT work.

Harshita: From an IT professional to a writer, how did the change came over you?
Ashutosh: It’s not a change actually as I have been involved in writing for long but somehow that was for personal use, for my clients or for the various session I take but yes writing a book is really different from all that I have been writing before. It has taken lot of efforts and my time to get this book completed but for sure next book writing will be much easy.

Harshita: How did you hit on such kind of title?
Ashutosh: This is the title which I felt people would love to ready and as it’s a real instance so they will be able to relate themselves. The story will make everyone feel in the scene as this is what most entrepreneurs face and get into issues.

Harshita: How do you manage to juggle between your profession and writing?
Ashutosh: Yeah, it has been difficult to manage things. Initially when I started everything was always messed up as the time management was not happening but slow and steady wins the race for sure, this happened with me. I was giving full time in office and evening and late night, I was giving to my writing finally I was able to do it.

Harshita: What motivated you to write a novel? Tell us something about it.
Ashutosh: It’s what I have faced in my life and I was sure that with my experience in facing various hurdles and how life has played with me will help others. I have been helping numerous people with my experience and situation I have faced and it has always helped them to come out of the problem. So I was curious if I can write something which helps everyone in facing the challenges and motivated them somehow.
As I have told before here, this is a true life professional story, my experiences that I have gained from life.

Harshita: What are your expectations from the readers?
Ashutosh: Hope they get prepared to face problems before it comes or rather if it’s their own they know how to come out of it.

Harshita: Who has been your source of inspiration all this while?
Ashutosh: My daily routine and financial crisis which I was facing, lack of facilities for long, family getting stressed for not getting the basic necessities fulfilled always inspired me to write what I was facing. 

Harshita: Do you plan to take up full time writing?
Ashutosh: I am not sure about it but yes I am coming up with another two books which are in pipeline after this. 

Rapid Fire
Favourite Author: Mr. Chetan Bhagat
Favourite Books: “Illusion”, “2 States”, “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”
Favourite pastime: Talking          
Favourite movie: Anand
Favourite cuisine: Typical Indian (Food made by MY MOM)




Friday, October 19, 2012

One In A Million..A novel


Have you fallen in and out of love?
How painful it is to let go off your first love?
But...Life goes on...and it gives you another chance too...
This January, get ready to witness a one of a kind love story
ONE IN A MILLION...a novel by Harshita Srivastava
Welcome to the roller coaster ride of Priyanka and her misadventures with Love...Coz it's not always about first love...It's about growing up in love with different people and different situations
Priyanka... A whacky Delhi girl
Shashank...A boy every girl wants to have
Vishal...Their best friend
Come and see how they collide into each other’s life...
Who will sweep her off her feet?
Shashank? Vishal? Or is there someone else who will finally make her realise the true meaning of love?
Why does love have to bump into her in most unusual situations?








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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Awards..Awards..Awards :D

Ahhh! With great pleasure I would like to inform you guys that my blog has received yet another blog award..err..well not just one, there are two awards :D

One Lovely blog Award

and

Laine Blogger Award



And they have been presented by none other than Neisha, a regular reader of my posts and an amazing blogger herself. Do have a look at Neisha's work here. Thanks a ton Neisha..loads of love to you from my side.

Uh..so I need to pass on this award to some bloggers as well. Here I go:

Laine Blogger Award




One Lovely Blog Award

Gautam (This is your birthday gift :D )



Happy Reading to all my readers and Best Wishes to all the winners :)
Take Care

Madhuri Banerjee's book on pre-order

So weren't we all waiting for the second part of Madhuri Banerjee's book 'Losing my Virginity and other Dumb ideas' and finally the wait is over. The sequel to the book named 'Mistakes like Love and Sex' is up for pre-order on Flipkart.
I personally loved reading about Kaveri and her tryst with love and relationships and I am sure the author is going to wave her magic wand here too..Let's have a look at what the book says.

Cheated by her young and handsome Spanish boyfriend, Kaveri is back in India to follow a career as an artist and to find her dream man. However, getting involved with an older man, making out with the hottest star in Bollywood, teaching a hot, upcoming actress Hindi . . . her goals seem nowhere in sight.
Starting afresh seems to have thrown her off completely and she begins to see the superficial life that she’s been leading. It’s time to take some hard decisions. With fresh hope and a new philosophy, Kaveri begins to focus on her goals.
Things begin to look up when there is a kindling of romance across Twitter and she starts to understand her true calling. She might finally be moving in the right direction! 

I am eagerly waiting to know what crops up in Kaveri's life now and how would love bounce back in her life.

And for all those who do not know about the author.

Madhuri Banerjee is a media professional as well as the author of Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas.
She started her career with content and film production and has worked for UTV Motion Pictures, Zoom Television and popular Bollywood personalities like Rohan Sippy and Anu Malik. Presently, she is the director of Gray Matter Solution, a production house. Madhuri is passionate about traveling, yoga, and reading. She is an English literature graduate from Delhi University and has done her Master’s in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia. She currently lives in Mumbai, India.

Pre order your copy here

Friday, October 5, 2012

Some Gupshup from the Book World: A Book On Terrorism??

So it's time for some gossip. Didn't we all love the debut novel 'Did She Love Me'? by Jyotirmoy Mazumdar that released in May this year. He swayed the hearts of many hardcore romantics by the sweet lovely acts of his protagonist and some very emotional poems that graced the book. Anyway the book has been doing really well in the market and he has a lot of fans to his credit now. But what next? He happened to be the first author I got to interview on the platform of Isahitya. In a recent chit chat with him he informed that his next book would be on terrorism. And this is not just one book, he has plans to write a trilogy on it. He is busy editing his manuscript these days and has big plans.

In his own words, he says
I first wrote this novel on terrorism in Assam in June and had plans of writing a trilogy over it but a second read to the first draft of this book made me realize that terrorism is something the whole country suffers from and it ought to be cleaned from the roots. This is my attempt to make the Government know what it hasn't done in the past and to the readers, to the people, to every Indian I would just say one thing, 'You and only you can contribute in the development of the country' 
On coaxing him to reveal the publisher of the book, he remained mum on it even though he did say that it is going to Big. He reveals that in the first draft there was a touch of romance but at present the book is high on terrorism and suspense.
Writing a book on terrorism at the age of 20 is indeed a great step. Every author grows with each novel he writes and we expect the same from him too. Terrorism is not new in our country. It has haunted people for long. Every year, we see many cities burn in blasts and face the consequences alone. Hundreds of lives are lost without any fault of theirs. Who is actually responsible for this? The government or the people or the sects biased in the name of religion. I hope we get to see a whole lot of action and thought provoking ideas in the book. How the book fares when it comes in the market is what time will tell us but we certainly wish him all the best for his latest venture. 

Bollywood gives awesome movies back to back

 Bollywood has been rocking with giving its audience awesome movies like Barfi and Oh My God back to back. We needed some good movies apart from the commercial masala movies. In this context I even liked Ferrari Ki Sawaari that came some time back. If you thought Barfi was awesome then Oh My God is going to blow off your mind. Of course we can't compare the two but then all of these movies deserve to be applauded for. A total paisa vasool movie. While Barfi told you the language of silence then Oh My God does make you say OMG.

Barfi gave a sweet message of the love between two unusual people and had a very fresh feeling with the best of performances by RK, PC and Illeana. It shows how a person with disabilities can stay happy with what he said and not only that he believes in spreading happiness all around. It tells you how amazingly even silence can speak.

Ferrari Ki Sawari was an enjoyable ride as well. With wonderful act by all the actors, it brought into light the way a middle class man leads his life and what he does for his survival. And after all these amazing films, OMG hits the festive season with a spark and not just entertains you, it enlightens you as well.


Akshay has always been perfect in his movies and this movie was no exception. The Akshay Paresh Jodi spreads its magic here too. It delves into the confusion so many of us have in mind. Will lighting candles and donating in temples and worship places alone help bring happiness and success in life? Would donating crores of money on God or giving milk make God happy? Wouldn't it be better if you use the money in helping out a poverty stricken man?

Questioning the existence of God and not only that blaming him for your woes would be considered as heinous crime but it didn't to Kanji Bhai. He fought for justice, for his family and what was right. Who is going to pay for the damage caused by 'Act of God'? In his fight to know the answers of life, he gets through the deeper meanings which none of us even think of but follow blindly.



As kids, we humans are taught to pray to God for our welfare. We offer our prayers to him for our own greed. We offer him exchange offers but God doesn't want you to acknowledge his presence only if he passes you in exam or helps you get a promotion. Instead of fighting and facing the obstacles, we ask him to handle it for us.All he requires is your true love and belief.An atheist is someone who watches things carefully, observes and analyses and then he says that this is wrong, it is not done by God. And a true atheist can only turn into a firm believer of God once he gets to know the true reason behind it. But the problem that the world faces is that people are not God loving but God fearing and that is why the business of so called 'Messenger of God' is flourishing.
So in what category do you fall, God loving or God fearing?

If you haven't seen the movie, go watch it now.