Thursday, 28 April 2016

Spotlight: Ruksat The Departure by Sujit Banerjee

Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing with them is, they never walk alone. They always walk with a group of friends. Each reaches its own climax. Then with a final gasp of mortality and despair, fade away. No, they never die, they multiply. To the extent that the original gets lost and new ones are born. Over and over again. Yes, they get lost. No, they never die. They live on, permanently etched in the book of time. And from there, we borrow them and bring them alive. Again. And again. Here are twenty six of them, some standing alone and some chatting up with their long lost friends. When they depart, they leave a lingering fragrance of nostalgia and curiosity. What happened then?

Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters - from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man's trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man's memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

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Abhimanyu – In the Beginning

I felt the poison of anger raging around me, inside me, pulsating like an entity; anger at the one who betrayed and the one who took advantage of this betrayal. The anger of not being able to stop both. Then the flash of knife and the flowing blood, shimmering in the flames of the torches inside the chamber. Screams followed by hushed voices; bodies being dragged down a flight of stairs. The sound of digging and burying. Later, ruins all around as empires fell and one intrigue chased another through time while swords sliced and arrows whiz past, seeking hearts. Who was I and what was all this about? Why were most of the images that flitted through my head always dark and tinged with red? Rarely, very rarely were they warm and loving. So rarely were they, ever like the sun shining on a cold and shivering memory.

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Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, I grew up in Patna where I finished my post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist! Which was 
good since a Bengali born in UP and reared in Bihar does not make a great Psychologist! Am I now glad to be in tourism? It has taken me all over the world including places you would have never heard of. Eh? How about Tlacotalpan? It’s in Mexico.

Destiny had other plans as well so I became a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today I both heal as well as read Tarot cards. My wife thinks I am mad. My friends think I am weird. I guess I am both. 

My first story was published in a magazine when I was seventeen. The Editor made such a hash of it that I stopped sending out my stories but I continued writing. Then I broke my heart and started writing poems; first in Hindi and then in English. All personal collection. They still remain personal. I do shudder when I read some of them! Then the short stories came back and written over two years - now is a collection.

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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Book Review: by Vishal Bhatia

Book Review: by Vishal Bhatia

*Publisher: Quixotic options pvt ltd *ISBN: 978-93-5235-810-6 *No of pages: 340 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 350 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

Very nice and interesting book by the debut author, first of all I thought that the book will be of typical Indian going abroad to persue his dream, but no this is totally different and unique book.

The story starts with an unusual scene, where protagonist Jangsher try’s to bang his first love Reet and her brothers reaches to the field and beats the protagonist. Then suddenly story jumps to the lawn of tennis into the Grand Slam of Australia. On the other side two young cousins Yug and Aman rides an Audi R8 to watch Grand Slam on a weekend, on the way they mesh up with a local mafia and loose a car to him. In order to get back their car they do many unusual things and also make a bet on Indian rookie Jangsher. For further I am not going to spoil the story so go grab the book and read an adventure journey of Yug, Aman and Jangshersingh. 

This is the first time I am reading any sports fiction. And now the writing style of author is clear and humors many times. You will get everything in the novel, adventure, sports, thrill and a bit of emotion. The positive outcome and a burning instinct to win of Jangshersingh are perfectly portrayed by the author especially after the trauma. The loved from the first page; simply it’s a page-turner novel, I highly recommend to the sports and tennis lovers.


Jangsher Singh, a top junior tennis player, meets with the sweetheart of his youth on one foggy afternoon outside his ancestral village in India. When he is caught in the midst of an intimate moment by her “very old-minded” brothers, the situation turns bloody; he will never again be the same. Several years later, a scarred Jangsher emerges in Melborne at a Grand Slam, a rookie wildcard at the top of his game.

His tournament record will determine the fate of two bumbling pseudo-geeks from Sydney – Yug and his tobacco-chewing cousin. Aman – who can’t seem to catch a break. The car they borrowed from their weekend gateway, an Audi R8 called Flame, has fallen into the hands of a british thief, and now they must do whatever they can to get it back.

Come Monday morning, will Yug be able to return Flame to its owner in Sydney? Will Jangsher be able to withstand the fierce gamesmanship of Hierro, the greatest southpaw ever to have played tennis? Might Aman be able to establish an official website for the Indian rookie in time to save himself from financial ruin?

Can Jangsher be victorious against Hierro? Will he end up facing the great and widely beloved Temujic – what chance might he possibly have of keeping up with the reigning champion? It will take guts of steel. No quarter shall be asked, and none given.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Book Review: Songs of the Mist by Shashi

Book Review: Songs of the Mist Book 1 The Monk Key by Shashi

*Publisher: Notionpress *ISBN: 978-93-5206-562-2 *No of pages: 197 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Spirituality *Price: 299 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

This is a wonderful and unique book, especially those who are seeking inner peace and spirituality. You can compare yourself with each and every character in the book; among all I loved the character of Ayan the scientist, whose character is described in such a way that I have compared myself with him.

The book is a spiritual journey of Ayan, Ashutosh, Vasudha, Anishka and Calliope they all search for the true knowledge of Spirituality in Himalayas, under the shade of a Tibetan Monk. They don’t have anything common, but they all gather to seek and learn from the monk. I think somewhere in our mind we want to know the purpose of our life on this planet earth, this book will give you some basic answer for your questions.

Please don’t compare this book with “Alchemist” or “The monk who sold his Ferrari”; this is totally different and unique book. You cannot complete this book in one sitting, as it keeps you thinking once you reach the end of every chapter.       

The writing style of the author is good, also the book is slow but the meaning is conveyed perfectly. We have a new author who words can transform your way of thinking for spirituality. A must read for those who seek spirituality.    


A life, less ordinary made extraordinary by the search for the divinity within. Tracing the journeys of people from varied professions, this is a tale of self-discovery, the science of spirituality and long – lost love while a young scientist comes to terms with his childhood dreams.
Join an uplifting narrative crafted by Shashi as he takes you on a journey with the Monk – high on the mountains and in depths of broken hearts.