A Conversation With Samir Satam

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian author Samir Satam to Book Lovers World. Samir lives in Bombay where he works as a Software Engineer in one of the multi-national IT companies. He is an avid reader, a serious cinema lover and an individualist by nature. At an early age, he started writing his diary in verses and thus developed his passion for poetry. Postcards from Memory is his first book of poetry, and is among the among the top selling books on Amazon and Flipkart.

Samir Satam: Thank you so much for the introduction. Am glad to be here… (Smiles)

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the getting published your debut book “Postcards From Memory”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Samir Satam: Thanks a lot for the wishes. I am glad that my first book worked out the way it did and I am thankful to all my readers who have made it a success.

About me, that’s one question I will never ever be able to answer… (Smiles)

BLW: We know that you are one awesome poet. Tell us about your book Postcards from Memory, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing it? How long did it take to write this book?

Samir Satam: You flatter me… (smiles)… For me Postcards from Memory is like a dream come true. I always wrote poems for myself and sometimes used them to assassinate my friends. One of my friends got so frustrated that he asked me to get them published so that others get a chance to get slaughtered too… (smiles)…

On a serious note, I am too lazy to approach people in judging positions and convince them about the selling points of my work…. My friends did push me to approach publishers. They thought it would be unfair if my poems don’t reach people who can connect with them. I remember one of my friends saying, you have no right to keep so much beauty hidden in your stupid notepad.

BLW: Postcards from Memory is a bag full of memories and inspiring poems. We would like to know the home work you did to write this book.

Samir Satam: There’s no homework behind my poems. Mostly a poem reflects a poet’s state of mind. I believe it won’t be a poem if we try to write one. As clichéd as it may sound, but I do firmly believe, Poets don’t write poems. On the contrary, poems choose poets to take birth on paper.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Samir Satam: Nothing extraordinary… Just Life… (smiles).

BLW: What was your learning from writing this book?

Samir Satam: Writing helps me know myself better. I have learnt that we think we know ourselves very well but there is so much within us that’s yet unknown to us. Our inner self is a travel destination that we can never explore enough. There are different ways people keep learning about themselves. My way of traveling within is writing and these poems happen to be the postcards I sent back to present while I was on tour.

BLW: Postcards from Memory is poetry book covering different shades of life. Would you be sticking to poetry or would you be writing stories as well in future?

Samir Satam: I cannot stop myself from writing poetry. If I do, I might end up in an asylum. Writing poems is the only way I can keep my sanity. Writing stories is an art that I am still developing. Let’s see how that goes.

BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?

Samir Satam: I am lucky in that sense. Inspiration doesn’t wait for my invitation. I write in all sorts of places. Sometimes I even wake up from my sleep with a thought and start keying words in my phone, so that they are not lost. But I enjoy writing the most in hidden coffee shops which don’t have people waiting for table. There’s nothing more exciting than having solitude, a cup of coffee and a head full of thoughts ready to take shape on paper. Other than that, some of my personal favorite poems have happened to me while traveling solo. Those poems give me a different kind of high. It’s as if poems have the power to become places and you can never think of those places without your poem playing on your mind.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Samir Satam: I wanted to be a lot of things…. Some normal, some bizarre… To start with, like any self respecting comic reader, I wanted to grow up to become Superman… Then Peter Pan… Then Dorian Gray… Then an astronaut… A film director… Casanova… Weapons manufacturer… Scientist… Chef… At some point I realized that the most convenient way of being all these things in one life, is to be a writer.

BLW: What are your inspirations?

Samir Satam: My biggest inspiration has always been life as it happens. I think we are all infected by life. I just use that infection to my own advantage.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Samir Satam: There are quite a few… Literary Fiction as a genre attracts me. Non-Fiction books that dig in the psychology of their subjects also interest me. For me, the characters in a book are effective only when I understand how their minds work. So when I come across such books, they make a mark in me for life.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Samir Satam: I have a poetry book ready, but again I am just being lazy to approach publishers… I am in middle of writing a novel, but it’s too early to say anything about it. I am still too far from deciding the destiny of that story. I have written a few short stories but haven’t thought of publishing them yet.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Samir Satam: If I tell them to you, they won’t remain a secret. (Smiles)… I don’t count it as a skill but I love experimenting with food… Both cooking and eating…

BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

Samir Satam: I couldn’t agree more… Reading is indeed a potent marinade to your own experiences in the recipe that bakes in your mind and comes out on paper… To choose five is a difficult task… My all time favorites include:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Music of Solitude by Krishna Sobti
All poetry books by Gulzar sahaab
Jail Notebook and other Writings by Bhagat Singh
Without Fear by Kuldip Nayar

Somehow each of these books have helped me in looking at life from a different perspective, thus they have been instrumental in shaping me into what I am as a person today. And what I become, I write…

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?

Samir Satam: I don’t think I can advise my peers or aspiring authors. Each writer has his / her own way of writing. I can just share what I believe in. The market should follow an author’s writing styles. Author’s writing style shouldn’t follow the market!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Samir Satam: As long as there are people who cherish the company of books, the world doesn’t have the right to end… Keep reading, pals…

Thank you so much for your time, Samir. It’s our pleasure to chat with you.

First Chapter Reveal: Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee

Book Details:
Title: Seeking Redemption
Authors: Madhu Vajpayee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 176
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 199 INR
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The Blurb:

Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It’s her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste-based politics. Her path is crossed by two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are going to change her life forever. If it is Aman Sharma who can challenge her ideals, defy her resolves and make her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay Bharti’s sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It’s also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

First Chapter:

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A Conversation With Meera, Aman and Abhay

Have you ever imagined reading the interview of the leading characters from a book? If you haven’t then get ready to meet and greet, Meera, Aman, and Abhay the lead characters of the book Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee.

BLW: Meera can you tell us a little about yourself?

Meera: I am an ordinary girl trying to make a place for myself in this big mad world. Although I lose a lot in the process but somewhere in this, I have found myself.

BLW: Aman can you tell us a little about yourself?

Aman: I don’t know how exactly I can describe myself. But in short, I am a little shy person who wants to keep to himself. Perhaps becasue of my past, I have gone into a shell and afraid of opening up to the world.

BLW: Abhay can you tell us a little about yourself?

Abhay: I am a very regular guy who believes in hard work and making one’s own destiny. My humble background has ensured that I remain grounded whatsoever the situation may be.

BLW: Is this the author’s real life story?

Meera: Not exactly but I did feel that author was trying to find herself in my character. In my pain, in my dilemmas, in my loss and in my triumph against my own demons.

Aman: I would concur with Meera that story is not hers as far as specific events and incidents are concerned but I felt the choices she made, the conviction, the beliefs are definitely hers.

Abhay: Story might not be hers in entirety but her reflection is everywhere. The story had some messages and I believe her plots and characters conveyed were designed to convey what she wanted to.

BLW: Coming back to our interview, we read that this book is against Reservation, what’s your take on this?

Aman: Caste based reservation is a double edged sword that is now unfortunately doing more damage than any good to Indian system. Although orginally it was really needed to neutralize the ill effects of decades of tradition of untouchability and caste based discrimination but now it’s outliving its utility. As rightly put by Jacques Santer, “A quota is always something artificial that can only last for a certain period of time”. And as any expired item that is harmful for use, it’s damaging the health of the country in terms of education and job opportunities for the common people, particularly the youth.

Abhay: Caste based discrimination is one of the most inhuman act that had been practiced in the country till recent history. Coincidently, poverty was almost a synonym with the disadvantaged. Any policy that discourages such act was the need of the hour to stop such reprehensible practices. Furthermore, policies like caste based reservation was needed for a defined period of time to not only nullify but also to compensate for the injustice done in the past. However, any privilege that aims to help people to raise their standards and improve the quality of life eventually produce freeloaders, for people tend to take things for granted leading to complacency. Therefore it’s best to have time limited implementation of these policies so that it should not be self-defeating in the long run

Meera: If reservation at all is given, it should be provided on economic criteria or geographically disadvantaged population. Poverty is never associated with any caste. It doesn’t discriminate. Anyone who doesn’t have enough financial means to study should be provided aid or given advantage of the reservation. Importantly, it should be limited to education and not extended to job sectors

BLW: Meera’s best friend are Priya and Kiran. Are these names real?

Meera: No, these names are not real but yes author seemed to be imagining some of her good friends while writing about them!

BLW: Author has first launched this book in 2013 as an eBook. What’s the difference between First Edition and This Edition?

Aman: Because of author’s inexperience with publishing industry and the way it functions, she had launched it as ebook in little hurried manner without concentarting on promotional and marketing aspects which are the pre-requisitse for e-book sale.Encouraged by good response from reader but not having proper promotion last time, she decided to go ahead with this edition. Besides envisaging better publicity and availibility of books in bookstore, this book has been edited with little modification in story line and also with the eyes on details.

BLW: Meera, you told us that you are a doctor in this book and aspires to do Masters, Seeking Redemption, have you accomplished your dream?

Meera: Yes, I have accomplished my dream but not in India but USA. As story finishes, I am flying out to USA for achieving my dreams of doing masters.

BLW: Aman, you seem to be a mysterious guy with a troubled past. Is this your nature?

Aman: I am a little introvert person by nature but definitely not nysterious. 🙂 However my past has followed me and perhaps it has shaped the way I have become. Sometimes being a mysterious person helps you to deal with your trauma.

BLW: Abhay, you are an IAS by profession and a good person by heart. If this is your nature, what made you think that Meera slept with Aman? Will this single thought tampers your character to the readers?

Abhay: I doubt if my being a good person by heart has anything to do with the thought. This thought can cross anyone’s mind if you know that girl you are interested in, is perhaps already dating other man. I don’t think that a normal human emotions can tamper my character to the reader. Even it’s a fiction, you want to have characters with normal, even at times conflicting emotions to be able to identify with them.

BLW: Meera, whom do you feel attractive and romantic, Aman or Abhay?

Meera: What I am going to say may surprise you but Aman is definitely more attractive and perhaps romantic in his own mysterious ways. But it was understated style of Abhay’s elegance which swept me away in the end.

BLW: The book was released on October 16, is there a special reason behind it?

Aman: Yes, that was the day when I met Meera for the last time.

Meera: Yes, that was the day when I learnt to let go of my past and find myself in the process.

Abhay: Yes, that was the day when Meera perhaps took the first step in the journey towards me.

Thanks for your time Meera, Aman and Abhay. Hope you bring home laurels for the author. And to my dear readers, we’ve something more for you. On December 11, 2015, we will be publishing the first chapter of the book as a PDF, exclusively for our readers!

#25 Book Review: Postcards From Memory by Samir Satam

This book is a bag full of memories that will mesmerize, as you read them!

The Blurb:

Every moment that passes is not coming back. Yes, there might be moments in future, like the one you just experienced. But it’s not going to be the same again. The one that was, was one like itself. It cannot be replaced. It’s gone… Long gone… Dissolved in this crazy tasting, highly intoxicating drink of life. In an attempt to capture these bits and pieces that keep dissolving to give their distinct flavors to this colorful cocktail, I end up scribbling on my pad. This book is a bouquet of such moments that started with my mindless scribbling and ended up in verses. Sweet, Bitter, Sour, Sublime… Each piece has a taste of its own.

Excerpt:

Last night,
It remained unsaid,
That’s what I regret,
Only if I could have garnered the courage,
To say what I felt,
It might have brought a smile to your face,
Like it once used to…
But again,
The smile part is my assumption…
Poem title: Last Night, Page: 80

About The Author:

Samir Satam,- lives in Bombay where he works as a Software Engineer in one of the multi-national IT companies. He is an avid reader, a serious cinema lover and an individualist by nature. At an early age, he started writing his diary in verses and thus developed his passion for poetry. Postcards from Memory is his first book of poetry.

The Review:

It’s the first time I am reviewing a poetry book, which is easy not at all. In a novel, you go with the flow of events but in a poetry book every time there is a fresh tale, a new scar and an unknown healer. The book title was catchy enough to attract my attention. Being poetic at heart I was curious to read it, thanks to First Step Publishing for providing me a review copy.

The Reviewer’s Heart…

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” -Robert Frost

This is exactly I felt reading “Postcards From Memory” by Samir Satam. I liked the opening quote of the book which says, “Life is a large waiting room, Everybody seems to be waiting for something.” It instantly did set my mood to read it further. The book has been divided into ten different segments like; longing, stolen moments, ramblings, love, life and a little nostalgia, a point of view, lost moments, one for the road, flirting with death, temptations and idle mornings. The poet has very artfully brought up the raw emotions that we come across in our day to day or least at some point of our lives. Each of them has a story to tell. I could connect myself to many of his poems and some of them were so ideally tempting that I wish experiencing them. I would love to mention about the poems which I found exceptionally good. In the poem “A Lost Thought”, the protagonist longs to meet his girl and express his feelings. He imagines and prepares himself but as the day progresses, that thought seeps into the corner of his mind. And finally when he meets her in the evening, looking breathtakingly beautiful; he forgets all he had prepared to say. Doesn’t that happen with all of us? We wish to speak but words deny to spill out. “Villain”, talks about the hidden demon within all of us; to which when profess from outside gets evoked but… within a shield of heroism. “Reading”, I could so much resonate to this poem. It is a sweet treat for all the book lovers. “Silent Telephone”, when you end up fighting with your dear one and the ego take its seat in the first place. Grudges is what you hold on and the bond is what you lose on.

What I liked?

The poet has preferred simple language and yet his writing style has an intriguing touch to keep reader’s interest and attention. I liked the variety of themes he chose to write on, that saved the book from a monotonous read. The book cover goes perfect with the book title.

What I disliked?

I wish if only the book could have been edited a little better. Also, I felt the book ended so quickly as I wanted to read more 🙂

Why should one read this book?

If you are planning to read a good poetry book or if you aspire to start writing poems on your own then, this book could inspire you to hold your pen and dig down to your power of imagination. A wonderful read for all the poetry lovers.

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 3.5/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 4/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Postcards from Memory
Authors: Samir Satam
Type: Paperback
Publisher: First Step Publishing
Language: English
Pages: 132
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 195 INR
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Stars… To this inspiring poetry book, I give a four-star rating. Keep writing, Samir!

Postcards From Memory is a bag full of memories that will mesmerize, as you read them!! This book will inspire you to hold your pen and dig down to your power of imagination and write! A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Highly recommended to all the Poetry Lovers. No second thoughts!

This book was given to me by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a four-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee

This book is a nice decent read!

The Blurb:

Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It’s her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste-based politics. Her path is crossed by two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are going to change her life forever. If it is Aman Sharma who can challenge her ideals, defy her resolves and make her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay Bharti’s sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It’s also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

Excerpt:

All of them busy cheering their friends and exchanging pleasantries. Optimism was at its peak. She always loved the energy and undying spirit. An announcement was going on for today‟s final dress rehearsal program. Students were advised to segregate according to the degree they were receiving. She proceeded to join the MBBS batch with her friends Priya and Kiran Mala.

MBBS graduates were asked to stand alphabetically. Meera was taking her position when she sensed from the corner of her eye that someone was intensely watching her. Before she knew it, a tall and handsome man, with a whitish complexion, sharp chiseled features and deep dark brown eyes, wearing jeans and sky blue t-shirt was approaching her.

“Can I talk to you for a moment?” He asked her. Meera was perturbed by this sudden intrusion.

“Hi! I am Aman … Dr Aman Sharma, MD Medicine. And I guess you are….” he trailed off.

“I am Meera Mishra. I‟ve just finished my MBBS.” Meera finished the sentence.

“I would like to meet you sometime.” Aman said. There were no preliminary talks, not much introduction, it was simply a command. She, still unable to get a grip over the situation, replied, “I will see.” He then vanished in the crowd as quickly as he had appeared.Her eyes tried to follow him in the auditorium while rehearsal was going on. Aman Sharma had a demeanor, which reflected a kind of aloofness. His face had an arrogant look about it and there was an aura of aristocratic upbringing.

About The Author:

Dr. Madhu Vajpayee,- the writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is her first step in literary world.

Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires. When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.

The Review:

When a country’s political system starts taking a toll on the lives of innocent people. So much, as to nearly threaten all aspirations, opportunities, rights and even peace from their lives. Their only mistake is being a part of that vicious cycle. But then, from a league of common people only, there are revolutionaries too. Who courage to rebel and fight against the system. Has sacrifice been that easy? Yes. Only when your dream and sacrifice are entwined together, adding will and perseverance to it.

Simran’s Desk…

Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee is a deliberately written book in context to social issue which still persists strongly in the roots of contemporary society and that is – a combination of politics and increase in the number of reservation quota for backward class.

The story revolves around Meera Mishra, a charismatic, intelligent, diligent and courageous doctor, who earns her M.B.B.S degree despite all the odds that her family face in terms of financial condition. Her mother constantly probe her to get married in a well-to do family whereas, her father be there to support her during all her ups and downs. He believes in Meera’s capability and encourages her to apply for post-graduation. Aman Sharma, who is pursuing MD in medicine from the same college admire Meera’s beauty and falls in love with her. He starts contacting her and seek ways to meet but Meera being goal oriented ignore him. Though he is arrogant and demanding but gradually, she starts liking and accepts the way he is. Unfortunately, Meera being hard working and intelligent fails to qualify the post-graduation medical entrance exam whereas, her best friends Priya and Kiran Mala who are comparatively less deserving candidates clear the entrance with the help of reservation quota. Meera is surprised and bewildered thinking what destiny holds for her in future and suddenly, her father gets terribly hit by an attack which paralyzes one side of his body. He is the sole earning member in the family. Meera’s younger brother, Raghav is an average student who aspires to study engineering. He doesn’t qualify entrance for a government engineering college but his mother pesters to get him admitted to a private college instead, that are expensive. In parallel to this, the government and the officials such as Prof. Rajaram, Samir Saxena, Rajesh Kumar and Rahul supports increase in number of reservation quota for their own benefits and agenda of winning votes whereas, on the other side, Aman, his father, Dr. Sanjeev and Dr. Abhay Bharti are against it, as they believe the gap between lower and upper castes has been filled and there is no more need of privilege. Meera, even after scoring well in her M.B.B.S doesn’t get to work in her own college which she should have had got it by default. That’s when she realize, the vicious cycle of politics and the system that runs blindly solely for its own benefits.

Will Meera be able to get a job and continue her studies or would be married off to someone? Will her parents would agree Aman- Meera relationship? Will she be able to arrange funds for family and expense for her brother’s higher education? Will Abhay Bharti and other rebellions get justice or will the vicious cycle would get stronger? Read the book to find it out.

What I liked?

The author has well defined all the characters in the story. She has nicely narrated the story and has put almost every aspect of the situation (reality) very wisely. The story goes on more like a debate which I found interesting. The ending is quite justified and has not been hurried.

What I disliked?

Repetition of dialogues and grammatical/spelling errors were a bit irritating. Other than that, I felt the story lacked surprise element and it was a slow read.

Why should one read this book?

Are you too against the reservation system? Have you too been deprived of opportunities because of the ongoing reservation system? If yes, then it’s a book you can relate yourself and realize how deeply it’s affecting so many dreams and lives.

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Sarav’s Desk…

First of all, a very big congratulation to Madhu Vajypayee for addressing a social issue that’s in the roots of our society – reservation and the politics involved in it. Keep writing and good luck for your future.

How often we read a book on social issues these days? The answer would be a single digit I guess. This book, Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee, is one of its kinds – a mixture of reservation, privatisation of medical colleges, ugly politics, and the people in power deciding the fate of everything. Just like how it happens in reality. I appreciate Madhu for attempting to write in this genre.

This book had a promising plot, which later got mixed up with too many subplots that diluted the concentration of the book. The first few chapters drew me into the story, made me travel with the characters, only to read a diluted plot. For example, when Meera said YES to Aman, I expected to read a few romantic chapters, but what I offered was a complete let down. When the author wrote about anti-reservation movements, what lacked were the details, the complete setup, and facts to believe it. To be true, I was bit disappointed reading the final few chapters.

The story had its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the end, but there was no surprise element. Still, this was a good decent read. I took three hours to complete reading the book and one hour to write this review. If you are against reservation, then read this book to know the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, which the author penned wonderfully.

What I liked?

Only a few people know where to tell and where to show, I believe Madhu has done a decent job in this area. Her impeccable narration is what kept me hooked till the end. The plot and the characters are wonderfully plotted. The quick turn of events, the so-called good-luck factor, are well used in this book. Overall, this is a different decent read!

What I disliked?

Love and romance… the book lacked love and romance in those candid conversations between Meera and Aman, overuse of the words “Reservation” and “Caste”, lack of details or the setup of the subplots, repetition of the dialogues and grammatical errors.

Why should one read this book?

If you are against reservation, then read this book to know the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, which the author wonderfully penned. If you are victim of these ugly politics, for sure you will relate and applaud the author for plotting a decent read!

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 4/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Seeking Redemption
Authors: Madhu Vajpayee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 176
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 199 INR
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Stars…

Simran, the talented reviewer of our team, gave this book a three-star rating. While Vidhya and I, gave this book a four-star rating, to applaud the author’s brave attempt to write about a social issue that’s in the roots of our society. Keep writing, Madhu!

Seeking Redemption is a decent read! This book is against reservation, highlighting the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, will make you applaud the author for plotting a decent read! A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you hooked till the very end! Highly recommended to all who are against reservation. No second thoughts!

The author has opted for a promotional package and our services. We are glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are from the reviewers heart and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. We have given a four-star rating on Goodreads and we will on FlipKart and Amazon as we felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: Humbling And Humility by Rian Nejar

This book shakes the prejudices through a grave, touching, and harmonious background story

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The Blurb:

“Humbling and Humility” is an intense, detailed narrative of an Indian-American father and husband’s struggle with betrayal by his spouse and its consequences upon himself and his children.

Including a critical view of state intervention into domestic discord in families in America, the narrative explores this father’s attempts to mitigate harm and accommodate disruptive life changes in non-violent ways, both in his family and in other families in similar predicaments.

In raw and honest discussions, with no pretense of holding back, the author delves into culture and gender differences, and the many challenges immigrants face in America.

Excerpt:
The wagon rolled out of 4th Ave., and I was grateful to see some sunlight through the tiny window. We stopped at a holding facility in another part of the metropolis, where a young, stocky fellow, no more than a year or two above twenty, with a large black patch of what seemed like dead skin on the underside of one of his forearms, joined me in my side of the dog wagon.

He seemed chatty, and given my brief exposure to sunlight, I conversed with him permanent black skin patch through MRSA gathered from unclothed contact with surfaces inside many jail cells he’d been in. MRSA is a bacterial strain highly resistant to treatment. It is quite common in the holding cells and incarceration facilities of the state. He was hospitalized by the state due to the severity of his bacterial infection. They’d managed to stop it, but not before the starkly visible damage. He seemed dismissive of it, but I wasn’t so sure that I would, at my age that was twice his, survive such bacterial infection.

As we were led into the civic center in Dilbut that housed the courts, through back doors into a holding area, I saw the same cop who’d mocked my request for toiletries at the 4th Ave. intake line. This Hispanic member of law enforcement– from his name, Carillo– seemed to enjoy playing sadistically with the emotions of those in the state’s unrelenting grip, presumed innocent or not. His face had all the refinement of a Halloween mask. It was a face not even a mother could love.
who’d mocked my request for toiletries at the 4th Ave. intake line. This Hispanic member of law enforcement– from his name, Carillo– seemed to enjoy playing sadistically with the emotions of those in the state’s unrelenting grip, presumed innocent or not. His face had all the refinement of a Halloween mask. It was a face not even a mother could love.

In time, an officer came in to inform us that a female judge had put in an appearance, and the sadistic cop changed his slant to discussing how she’d been making bail release determinations. It’s rather redundant to indicate that he worked at raising our hopes, with claims that the judge had, just the past week, let many in arraignment leave without bail, right from the courtroom, on their own recognizance. It is also not hard to now see why those arrested and subjugated by law enforcement refer to them as pigs, which I hardly think stands for ‘people in government service,’ though you may again be forgiven for such a gentle assumption.

A short walk, and a climb up a spiral staircase, led us directly and surprisingly into a courtroom. There, we were all gathered in the jury section, some gloriously attired in overalls of white with wide black stripes, and all with handcuffs on. There was only the judge and two cops present in the room. She went through each person’s situation, setting bail at significant amounts for each and every one of us. Some she would not release at all, and had to resign themselves to going back to the holding facilities or to Waspoia’s tent camps.

About The Author:

Rian Nejar is a mid-60’s child from India. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90’s. After a Master’s in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility (HnH) is the first heartfelt written expression of his varied life experiences. He lives in the Southwest United States, and writes on the social and human condition.

The Review:

Humbling and humility is predominantly an account of author’s take on the eastern and western culture.

The reader’s heart

We have always been complaining that the system in India is dormant and takes forever to reach a decision but Humbling and humility tells us a different story; the repercussions of a fast action. In a context of the humiliation of Indian Diplomat Priyavani, author unravels a dirty world where the facilities to the convicts or presumed guilty are menial. Author shocks the reader with the stories of unhygienic cells, which carries bacterial infections to the inmates of the prison. The protagonist ends up in an intervention center as a result of a bogus complaint filed by his wife. In spite of the sufferings from his spouse, the protagonist is the one who is convicted due to the indiscretion of the legal system and bureaucracy. In an unrelenting effort to make sure that the wrongdoer is punished, innocent people are becoming scapegoats. Protagonist is a first generation immigrant from India, who is struggling to adjust himself in the western culture. The dilemma, pain and frustration of the protagonist is conveyed well to the readers. Surprisingly name of the protagonist or his spouse if not mentioned anywhere in the book; or I missed it. While trying to put to light the inconsistency of marital lives in Western culture, author has portrayed a well to do family of his friends John and Parvathy, which shows that it is not an impossible task to inculcate two cultures but as the protagonist’s counsellor in the intervention center says, the Pendulum keep on swaying and at a point where it stops, things will work out. Protagonist’s life takes a turn when more people enter his life.

What I liked?

The language and craft of the story is solid. It is more of a monologue of the protagonists but yes, there are conversations but in a lesser number. Nevertheless, readers would not be bored. Author is absorbed seamless into the protagonist that at some points, I kept on wondering if I am reading an autobiography. Author touched so many topics, which are matters of concern for the protagonist. Through the stories of people whom the protagonists meet at the intervention center, readers are subject to revelations of unexpected happenings in a system that is considered secured, perfect and spotless. Last but not the least, the book is an eye opener about the misuse of Domestic Violence prevention measures. The editing is also done with finesse.

“Punishment for something I’d done, I can accept, but a beating, just because you are angry, is not okay.”

“This pendulum was not only an unstable system; it was, in the hands of a ruthless and single-minded collection of authorities, a hammer of social injustice and repression.”

What I disliked?

While we are half way through the book, the pace drops a little bit but takes momentum once Giddu, Guddy and Monty come to picture. A wave of anti- female feeling could be felt but it could be the protagonist’s perspective. The book cover design is simple when compared to the gravity of the topic.

Why should one read this book?

To know the sugar coated, quasi-perfectionism of a system which we look up to, one should read this book.

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Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Humbling and Humility
Author: Rian Nejar
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Anasim Books
Language: English
Pages: 310
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 933 INR
Buy on Amazon: Paperback | Paperback
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Stars…

To this enlightening journey of words, I give a four-star rating.

“Humbling and Humility” is a sugar coated, quasi-perfectionism of a system which we look up to, one should read this book. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you hooked till the last page. Highly recommended for all. A must read. No second thoughts!

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was given to me by author in exchange for an honest review. I am glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a four-star rating on Goodreads as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

About the Reviewer: Rakhi was born in a small town in Kerala. Born and brought up as a quintessential small town girl, she had always been ambitious and goal-oriented. After her masters in Biotechnology and Business Administration, she joined as an HR recruiter in a consulting firm. Her eight-year-old love life blossomed into marriage in 2010 and she joined her husband's family business. Blessed with two children, she is a full time mother and an author. Her passion for literature made her the author of the poetry collection Un-assuaged- The blossoms of my imaginations. She started writing her blog Outset- Rakhi Jayashankar.

#25 A Conversation With Madhu Vajpayee

BLW: Let’s welcome the new and sensational Indian author Dr. Madhu Vajpayee to Book Lovers World. The writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is her first step in literary world. Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires. When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.

Her debut novel ‘Seeking Redemption’ published by Half Baked Beans is among the top selling pre-order books on Amazon and Flipkart.

Madhu Vajpayee: Thanks for such generous introduction! It’s great to be here at Book Lovers World. My gratitude for such a warm welcome!!

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the getting published your debut book “Seeking Redemption”. Tell us a little about yourself.

live my passion in those unwritten words

Madhu Vajpayee: Thank you very much! I am a doctor by profession but a writer by passion. Until Seeking Redemption happened I tried to live my passion in those unwritten words that somewhere got lost in hectic schedule of medical profession. But eventually I realized that I need to write those words that were not letting me at peace. They needed to be expressed. For their sake. For my sake. And that’s when I decided to pour my feelings on a large canvass and give those unsaid words life of their own.

BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Tell us about your book Seeking Redemption, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing on the most trending genre? How long did it take to write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: Seeking Redemption is a story of every youth of the country who is trying to win a losing battle in backdrop of caste based reservation and corruption prevalent in education and medical sector. It’s their effort to seek redemption from the curse that is eating away the inner fabric of such a beautiful country. However love is the most sublime emotion of life and nothing remain can remain untouched by it. I wanted to bring out the struggle at the professional front that young men and women go through while at the same time dealing with their personal battles in life. Love is such a powerful force that can shape all aspects of our lives. The story is weaved around three main characters, Meera, Aman and Abhay who not only go through myriad of emotional roller coaster ride that is a mix of love, trust, unconditional support and deceit but also their struggle with the prevailing system of the country.
It took me almost a year to write as my busy schedule of medicine left little time to write.

BLW: Seeking Redemption is journey from being a simple, medical graduate to the territories of caste-based politics with well-developed characters. We would like to know the homework you did to write this book.

Madhu Vajpayee: To be honest, I didn’t really need to do any homework. I was living in that very atmosphere, day in and out. The book is fictionalized account of the things that I personally experienced in my life as a doctor from a medical graduate to a fully-fledged medical doctor.

BLW: Meera, the protagonist of the story, is also a medical graduate. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

The story of her journey, specific events of her life,
problems faced by her was not exactly mine,
but her principles, belief and faith are mine.

Madhu Vajpayee: The heroine of my book, Dr Meera was born in those very corridors of hospital where I spent best parts of my life. Although the story of her journey, specific events of her life, problems faced by her was not exactly mine but her principles, belief and faith are mine. I saw myself in her dilemmas, in her pain, in her loss, in her triumph against her own demons. Through this book I also tried to highlight the rampant corruption in medical field and how unfortunately, merit doesn’t always stand a chance in front of mediocrity. Justice eluded her as well as Aman, the man whom she loved, in their struggle for achieving the life they dreamt, the life they deserved. But, ironically while Meera rises in such difficult times, Aman falls. She tries to help him in spite of her own dilemmas but he misunderstands her. And there is Abhay, the other man in her life, a friend but who gives her unconditional support through all the ups and down. Through Meera, I was perhaps trying to tell my inner child that life doesn’t always follow your plans. It follows its own path and pace. And instead of resisting it, we must embrace it.

BLW: Starting from self-published book to traditional publishing, what were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Madhu Vajpayee: This is really interesting question. I really dwell upon it a lot. Believe me, the whole process of publication of a fiction work was an eye opener to me. I found to my utter surprise that it was much easier to be published in medical journals and books as a medical doctor. I worked in the field of HIV/AIDS care and management and I have lot of publications in prestigious national and international journals. However it was much easier to get published there in comparison to publication of fiction books. You have no idea what’s going to click with publishers here. It’s completely uncharted territory where nothing is defined. You just need to keep going with passion and determination in your heart without thinking of any consequences. To survive, you have to let go of failure, learn from it and move forward with enhanced determination. In the end, it’s all about the passion. You do it because you love it irrespective of success or failure.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: Any crisis in life is also an opportunity to know an indestructible part of you hitherto unknown to you. Incidentally a professional crisis in my life that almost changed the course of my life including my relocation to a foreign land forced me pen down the things that was until now remain buried in life’s ongoing drama. For me, this was one such opportunities. Instead of losing myself in confusion and dilemma, I tried to channelize my energy into something that I always loved but never got enough time to pursue. And the book Seeking Redemption happened.

BLW: Did relocating to Australia helped you write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: In a sense, yes! I am not working full time now and able to devote lot of time to writing. Although the first draft was written while I was still in India but further modifications, editing and polishing was only done later after my relocation here.

BLW: What was your biggest learning from writing this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: You have to believe in yourself. World can’t do that for you. You have to believe when there is nothing left to believe and keep going. Failure can only be temporary setback but eventually, if you believe in yourself, it can become a stepping stone in your journey. Every day is a new learning experience and we should be ready to learn for coal needs to be polished to become a diamond.

BLW: Seeking Redemption is a romantic – fictional love story. Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Madhu Vajpayee: As I said previously, love is essence of our lives. Nothing can remain untouched by it. I am not sure if I would stick to this particular genre for I like to experiment with different styles but love would certainly remain one of the main ingredient of my stories.

BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?

Madhu Vajpayee: No particular time. Whenever my creative instincts push me to play with words and create some magic in the process, I spontaneously start scribbling. When not writing, most of the time, story is going on in my head and I am busy creating and recreating the scenes and dialogues. My favourite place is my study that is located in the upper floor of my home. From here, I get the most beautiful view of picturesque Melbourne that helps me to relax and write.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Madhu Vajpayee: Always, wanted to be a doctor. I always wanted to serve people who are going through difficult times.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Madhu Vajpayee: My elder brother, Vipin who suffered from cerebral palsy and unfortunately who is no more in this world. From him, I learnt how to never to give up in life. He inspired me to give your best whatever may be your limitations. He inspired me to laugh in adversities, spring back after defeats and maintain equanimity in success and failure.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Madhu Vajpayee: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Exodus by Leon Uris, Fault in our stars by John Green to name few of them.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Madhu Vajpayee: Thanks for letting me share my dreams! I have already completed ‘I Owe You One’ that’s again a romantic-fictional story where I have tried to focus on Hindu-Muslim harmony as well as the divide in the country. Finger-Crossed, it’s under consideration for publication. The next that I am currently writing is pure romantic story where nothing except love is felt, lived, suffered and eventually conquered. I am really enjoying writing it. To my surprise, most out of all three until now.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Madhu Vajpayee: Nothing special, I am a very regular person who enjoys dressing up, showing up and accepting whatever life offers. One little secret though, learning to cook after moving to Australia as I never got the opportunity to do that in India.

BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

Madhu Vajpayee: 1. Love Story by Erich Segal
2. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
4. Fountainhead by Ayn Rend
5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?

Madhu Vajpayee: Never give up. We are bigger than anything that can happen to us. Write because you love it. Not because you want to become author like everybody else. To get opportunity to be a published author will just be a coincidence and perhaps also your good fortune!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Madhu Vajpayee: I owe my father for inculcating the habit of reading from my early childhood. I consider it as best possible gift to any child. So all the book lovers in this world, you are so fortunate to be able to enjoy reading for nothing can match the magic of written words that not only transcend us to an amazing world, stimulates our thought processes but also challenges our ideas and beliefs like nothing else.

Thank you so much for your time, Madhu. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… It’s our 25th author interview. We’re super excited! And to the readers stay back for more. We’re going to interview the lead characters of the book Seeking Redemption, Meera, Aman and Abhay in a short while. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With​ ​Rishabh Patel

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Rishabh Patel to Book Lovers World.

Rishabh Patel: Thank you.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Rishabh Patel: Well thank you again but there are others too who contributed in this books so I guess ‘yours’ is a bit too odd…isn’t it? *wink*

You shouldn’t have asked that question…you know what, I look to someone else for writing “author bio”.

I guess I’m nothing who sometimes tries to be something.

BLW: Tell us about your short story SHERLOCK & WATSON, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

Rishabh Patel: Obviously I felt delighted. And about the story I would say it means a lot because I’m not someone who writes short stories more often. Story is not what you think it is… that’s all I can tell…

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

Rishabh Patel: No not at all…they’re right from the world of imagination. And they are nothing you see usually in your daily life. But there is one, one who writes the story in the story, Ashvin. He is from real world…and that’s definitely not me.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

Rishabh Patel: We all know them don’t we? Sherlock & Watson. As companions they are marvelous but as friends… we never thought about that, had we? That was the thought which inspired me to write this story. I wanted to write something for them but in a different way.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

Rishabh Patel: This one is for my friends and for everyone who believes in Friendship. This is for Sherlock & Watson.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

Rishabh Patel: Contest always helps you in sharpening your skills, doesn’t matter online or offline and talking about surprises yes there were… we didn’t have to pay and even after not asking for the contributing fee Sachin decided to share the royalty…hats off to you man for coming up with such an idea. That was something different from the league.

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

Rishabh Patel: No I don’t. But if you think you can write and ain’t sure about going for a full-fledged novel than you shall blog. It helps a lot but don’t write for others, never.

BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?

Rishabh Patel: When I’m alone…haha… I’m still a student so no office and at home I guess, on the bed.

As they say if you tell someone about your lucky prop the luck fades away… so I think this question is best left unanswered.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Rishabh Patel: If I tell you as a child I wanted to be terrorism, yes terrorism not terrorist, you won’t believe so lawyer.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Rishabh Patel: My writing… just because it sucked a lot when I wrote for the first time and somehow it helps me to write better I guess… but in the end it still sucks.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Rishabh Patel: Comics not books… and specially comics of marvel and dc. They inspire me a lot.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Rishabh Patel: Which one you wanna know about…I have plenty of them.

BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

Rishabh Patel: First one is Song of ice and fire complete series by G R Martin.
Second one Think of a number by John Verdon
Third one I would say Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
Fourth one Misery by Stephen King
And the last but not the least The da Vinci code by Dan Brown.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Rishabh Patel: I really can’t think of any message. Literally I’m not that kind of who gives message. I’m the one who receives them from the last bench.

Thank you so much for your time, Rishabh. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With​ ​Shubham Sinha

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author ​​​​​​Shubham Sinha to Book Lovers World.

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: Thanks a lot.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: Thank you once again. I am pursuing Chartered Accountancy as an IPCC student right now. I was born and brought up in a small town Bijuri, which is located on the borders of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. I haven’t achieved anything worth mentioning as of now but strive to do it soon.

BLW: Tell us about your short story THE COLORS OF TESU, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: The Colors of Tesu is a story about 3 friends who happen to be a son, a mother and a grandmother. How they deal with the complexities of life in a positive way and how forgiveness makes you feel so good in your heart. Things become really easy when we try to move on without any grudges. Although it’s easier said than done, but still… Yes, it was a good feeling to see my name on the winner’s list. I texted a few of my friends and informed them about being selected and they were happy just like I was.

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: It’s just a piece of imagination.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: The theme comes from real life. We often see hatred and grudgy feelings people around us hold for different people. I just wanted to write the other way possible. The way people rarely adopt. It’s more of a Utopia, I feel.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: As this story involves a mother and a son and I personally hold a very strong and friendly relationship with my mummy so I would like to dedicate this piece of work to my mummy.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: You always get to learn from any sort of contest. You meet people with different ideas and different skills. You get their views on your work and then you learn the areas you need to work harder upon. You are your best critic and so when you see different people’s work, you get to analyse your own work in the light their work.

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I don’t have a blog so I don’t have any idea about it. Talking about myself, I get ideas and help from the conversations I have with various people and by observing the life of the people around.

BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I mostly write on notepad. I make a lot of mistakes while writing so it looks a bit ugly on the paper. Hence, I prefer notepad. And as far as the place is concerned, I can write anywhere if provided peace. Yeah, my hands and mind are my lucky props. I doubt if I could have ever written all this without them.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I have had many dreams and they kept fluctuating with the fluctuations in my age. Being an ardent cricket fan, I fantasized donning on that blue jersey and representing the country on the cricket field. Then I wanted to be a Doctor, I don’t even remember why. Then as I grew up I started gaining interest in politics and administration of the country, how they are so essential for a country and I still aspire to be an IAS officer. And then last but not the least, I want to be a writer. Someone whose words would change the lives of many.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: My mummy is my biggest source of inspiration. And then the good people who do their bit of kind job by either by feeding a starving kid or by teaching a beggar the alphabets of English. They all inspire me to write.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I am more inclined towards books showing the practical aspects of life. The book that has highly impacted my writing is Two Virgins written by Kamala Markandaya.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I like getting into conversations with people. To feel what they are feeling, especially when they are low. Apart from that, I can sing, draw, paint and dance but all these qualities are so deeply hidden within that even I fail to find them. On a serious note, I play cricket and volleyball too and was a part of the school team too.

BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: Well, I agree with that statement of yours but I have read a total of 5 books till today, the ones noteworthy of which, are:
1. Two Virgins
2. Guardian Angels
3. Revolution 2020

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: The message could only be to be more expressive towards the quality of the books you read. Review them on public platforms so that the bestsellers’ chart doesn’t get decided only by the sales of a book. The good writers who bring in fresh themes and stories should be acknowledged so that they continue their passion for writing.

Thank you so much for your time, ​​​​​​Shubham. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With​ ​Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra to Book Lovers World.

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: I’m honoured, humbled and obliged beyond measure to be a part of this interview. The same goes for this beautiful anthology depicted to Friendship, one of the most sacred bonds present. The book contains 25 stories on friendship and my story SPARKO is a part of this awesome anthology.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra, 22 years of age has freshly graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Haldia Institute of Technology, Haldia. He also has a passion for writing poetry, short stories, novellas and plays and has published his works in various national and international magazines, books and journals. Biswadeep believes he is a simple guy in a complicated world.

Introvert, dreamer, pre-occupied, fighter, poet, are the adjectives that you might use to describe him!!! He has his short story in the upcoming books-

1) Case Files of the Dead by Author’s Ink India
2) Turning Point of Life by Author’s Ink India
3) Album of Heart-an anthology by Moments Publishers
4) Love Stories Around Us by Shades-different colors of young minds
5) Anecdotes of Love by Airavat Publishing
6) Lovingly Yours by Sanmati Publishers
7) Accidental Anthology by AuthorsInkIndia
8) Collapsed Lexicon by Kool Kids Press
9) Purple Hues by Sanmati Publishers
10) Lyrical Rebellions by Sanmati Publishers (Soon to be released)
11) Melody of Life by AuthorsInkIndia (Soon to be released)
12) Friendship-Bonds Beyond Time by Shades Publications

He can be reached at-
Facebook: – https://www.facebook.com/biswadeep.g.hazra
Google+: – https://plus.google.com/u/0/101590768358006561705
Email: – biswadeep93@gmail.com
Phone: – +91-9051-707-408

BLW: Tell us about your short story SPARKO, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: I was absolutely elated, needless to say. I am a hard-core dog lover and instantly bond really well with dogs. Sadly I have allergies from their beautiful fur which prevents me from having them as a friend. Sparko is the story of how dogs help us in ways more than one. Needless to say, having contributed in several anthologies, the joy of being selected never dulls or fades. I was exhilarated and elated beyond measure.

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Sparko as well as all characters are just a figment of my imagination, an extension of me.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: My cousin sister as well as several close relatives of mine had dogs and I bonded with really well. They were an integral part of my life and I was kept occupied by them on more than one occasions.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: One of them was ‘Jimmy’ a bitch, with whom I grew up. She was extremely protective of me and we shared an amazing relationship. This story is a tribute to her.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra:

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Yes, I do have a blog. I blog at https://thepretentiouspandabiswadeep.wordpress.com/ where I pen down stuff to keep my sanity intact. Without writing, I’d definitely go crazy.

BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: I am going to join a software company (training) soon. Due to pressure, my writing would be somewhat restricted but it would never stop. Up until now, I’ve been comfortable writing anywhere on anything be it on paper or virtually on my mobile/laptop. I am not a superstitious bunch and therefore I don’t keep any props with me.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: As children we have had our own fantasies about growing up. I wanted to be so many things, a magician, a conductor (true!), a detective and so much more. Only when i grew up did I realized the absurdity.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: I may sound odd, but I have no role models. Not at the moment at least.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: H.G Wells’s The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Agatha Christie’s books the list is endless.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: None that I can recall of. I am mostly bad at everything including writing.

BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Digital Fortress by Dan Brown.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collis.
The Alchemist, The Zahir and The Devil and miss Prym by Paulo Coelho.
The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga to name a few.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Keep on reading and posting your true feelings. There is nothing more helpful to a writer than true constructive criticism.

Thank you so much for your time, Biswadeep. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!