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BOOK REVIEW: The Presentation by Anoop Anthony

BOOK REVIEW: The Presentation by Anoop AnthonyThe Presentation by Anoop Anthony
on 06/01/2018
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 33
Format: eBook
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four-stars

The Presentation is a short story about the tragic modern life, on an individual who is leading a life in the corporate world but fate has something else in its book for him. Written elegantly by Anoop Anthony, it will put its reader to think hard about what they have got and how to start living instead of dying.

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Author Interview: Priyanka Baranwal

Q. Hi Ms. Priyanka, and thank you for agreeing this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hello, Amandeep! My pleasure to be here again. I am Priyanka from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh (India). I currently live in Kuwait. I am an author, and a blogger; love to play guitar and do some poetry as well. My hobbies are traveling, reading, jogging, and watching movies.

I have two books to my credit – It’s Never Too Late and the latest, The Shadow of Darkness. Both books are being received well by the readers.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Shadow of Darkness by Priyanka Baranwal

BOOK REVIEW: The Shadow of Darkness by Priyanka BaranwalThe Shadow of Darkness by Priyanka Baranwal
on 01/12/2017
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

Not all nightmares arouse questions, some give away answers too.

The Shadow of Darkness is the second book in the series of “It’s Never Too Late”, picks the journey of a mother and a daughter from the first book. Written by Priyanka Baranwal, an Indian author who has a very detailing writing style, this novel revolves around the theme of childhood trauma.

The blurb of the book is so well written with the ease of simplicity, that I am going to share with you since I cannot express it with more clarity.

When Maya fought two criminals one night and saved herself and her five-year-old daughter, Sejal, she thought the worst was over. But was it really? Or, there could be something worse than the worst? The childhood trauma that little Sejal did not deserve resulted in nightmares, trust issues, and bizarre habits. Even after thirteen long years, the night continues to haunt and debilitate her senses with its magnificence, and as if it wasn’t enough, an encounter with the remains of past slips her deep into a treacherous darkness.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Men and Dreams In the Dhauladhar by Kochery Shibu

Men and Dreams In the Dhauladhar by Kochery Shibu
Genres: Fiction
four-stars

Pages: 284, Paperback

Published: 2015 by Niyogi Books

Cover Rating: 5/5

Kochery Shibu’s debut novel Men and Dreams In the Dhauladhar is a mesmerising tale. Set in the lesser Himalayan Ranges around the peaks in Dhauladhar, this book is a perfect companion on a wintry night to get cozy.

The plot majorly revolves around the lives of three individuals who in return somehow get intertwine with each their. It starts at a hydro power project in Himalayas where an engineer running from his past, after losing almost all of his family. Another individual, a Kashmiri boy displaced in his youth from his family, gets involve in terrorism and some how lands working as a labour at the Dam construction site. Lastly, a doctor with passion for classical dancing arrives at the construction site through the medium of love. Each of their story involves drama, passion, skeletons in their closet and extraordinary hardships and struggles of their lives. Like an eternal spectator, the Dhauladhar peaks watches as these beings risk their lives to full fill their dreams.

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four-stars

Book Spotlight: The Shadow of Darkness

Congratulations! On your book, The Shadow of Darkness. I hope you won’t mind answering a few questions for my book blog and the lovely readers who are awaiting your book.

Not at all! I am glad to answer your questions and hope (the) readers enjoy reading them.

Q. What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

When it comes to gifting ideas for adults, it’s hard to pick books because you don’t know their reading preferences and also the fact whether they like reading makes books a challenging choice. But if I know the receiver likes to read, I’d certainly pick one of my favorites.

With kids, there is a palette of colorful choices. Age of the receiver is also a must to take into account. The book gift should be such that the kid can sit down and read immediately, and that he should not have to wait for another or two years.

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BOOK REVIEW: Sindoori Ranng by Gargi Saxena

Sindoori Ranng by Gargi Saxena
Genres: Fiction
five-stars

Pages: 42, Kindle Edition

Gargi Saxena’s Sindoori Ranng: Love is not Blind is short story that will leave an impression on its reader. Only 42 pages long, this story can be read within an hour and is great companion if you are looking to read something enjoyable and too in quick manner.

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five-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Invoked – Hymns of War by Karan Bhatia

Invoked by Karan Bhatia
Genres: Fiction
four-stars

Pages: 200, Paperback

Published: 2016 by Notion Press

Invoked is the first book in the series of Hymns of War (a very thoughtful title, in my opinion) written by Karan Bhatia. The book is a horror thriller in the fiction genre and some of the scenes are dark and terrifying enough to give one goosebumps.

The plot revolves around Krishna, a common man who is teacher at the university, and leads a simple life with his wife, daughter and his parents. An accident changes the fate of the whole family. These attacks starts like baby steps, small, as warnings but soon turn fatal and the life of Krishna becomes painful and intolerable. He then decides with the help of a tantrik to embark on a spiritual journey to save of what remains of his family as well as himself.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: A Life to Die For by Nilay Shah

A Life To Die For by Nilay Shah
Genres: Fiction
four-stars

Pages: 334, Paperback

Published: 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

I love reading complex plot structures. Not only it is clear view of writer’s imagination on how far they can push things inside their head and then put it in writing, but are a  challenging for a reader’s mind. Such is Nilay Shah’s latest book, A Life To Die For. A political thriller with a great amount of action.

Based on a fictional representation of controversial state in the country of India, Kashwarg is is considered a paradise. The plot starts at an interesting point when a man who is the member of a militant force hands over a sixteen year old girl to the local police. The girl has been a captive for many years with only walls and a glimpse of light in the room by a man who is now being searched as a monster. The girl seemed to have psychological effects and there are signs of sexual abuse. The highest political authority of the country forms an investigation committee to resolve the matter by going in depth. Based on Fidelity and Honesty Measure of Individualism (FHMI, an interesting concept) few people are shortlisted to be the part of this mission.

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four-stars

#BOOKSPOTLIGHT: The Assassinations – A Novel of 1984

Published: 2017 by Speaking Tiger Books

Blurb

To Deepa, Prem gave no hint of the churning inside him. In front of her he affected a cheery demeanour, indulging her in her plans for their honeymoon, which she kept revising. It was a welcome escape from the mayhem surrounding him. There were occasions where the pretence got to him and a voice rose inside, urging him to tell her everything. He silenced it. Deepa was a Hindu and would never understand.

Until then, he had never thought of her as different.

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BOOK REVIEW: Saudade by Husna Mohammad

Saudade by Husna Mohammad
Genres: Fiction
four-stars

Pages: 149, Paperback

Published: September, 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

This year, I  have read  few short stories. Recent addition being Saudade written by creative Indian Writer, Husna Mohammad. Saudade is a collection nine different stories that cover a variety of topics but every one of them share same geographical location: Kerela, Southern India. The stories revolve around the social, political and cultural environment that exists in the region.The title itself explains by  the meaning of the word Saudade, which is incidentally the running thread in most of the stories.

Short stories generally mean different plots and these stories are centred around the lives of people from different walks of life and shaped by their own fate and circumstance. The first story, “Che Guevera’s Legacy” narrates the story of a young man, enamoured by political idealism and inspired by Che Guevara who at a later stage is forced to come to terms with reality. Then moving on to other stories there is a story full of illusions and probably witchcraft, and other topics like loneliness of old age, struggles with reality, sensitivities of traditional excluvism and the last one (one of my favourites from this book) is about a young boy who is sexually molested.

I have to compliment the author of the book on her understanding of variety of themes and then transforming them with her creative imagination into written pieces such that we, readers, could feel those emotions that the author wrote with. The writing style is smooth and highly appreciable. The narrative voice is a mixture of third and first person but mostly third. The formation of characters in these stories are at their best but again, I will put much emphasis on the vastness of storylines and how realistic they are.

My favourite picks from Saudade are Che Guevera’s Legacy, because of the historical point of view and conflicting political ideologies, Beevitha, for the imaginative touch, The Diary of an Insomniac and My name is Arif Mushtaq and I am Gay. These written pieces are a must read for any reader. Not only these pieces provide an outlook of Indian society as a whole but also they are well written with a flow and showcase different yet important themes.

4 out of 5


About the author:

Husna is a writer, poet and freelance content strategist. She is a dentist by profession, with a journalism degree. She abandoned a lucrative career to follow her dream of being a full time writer. Her first book, My Lyrical Symphony, an anthology of eclectic poems, was published in 2008. Husna currently resides in the picturesque coastal town of Cochin, Kerala, in southern India.

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