Favorite Story Reveal: Rukhsat The Departure By Sujit Banerjee

Rukhsat The Departure By Sujit Banerjee

Book Details:
Title: Rukhsat The Departure
Authors: Sujit Banerjee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Frog Books
Language: English
Pages: 260
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 250 INR
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The Blurb:

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.

Favorite Story Reveal:

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Story Reveal: Rukhsat The Departure By Sujit Banerjee

Rukhsat The Departure By Sujit Banerjee

Book Details:
Title: Rukhsat The Departure
Authors: Sujit Banerjee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Frog Books
Language: English
Pages: 260
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 250 INR
Buy Paperback: Order on Amazon
Follow on: Book on Goodreads
Follow Author on Sujit B on Goodreads

The Blurb:

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.

Story Reveal:

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Read the review here and his interview here

A Conversation With Sujit Banerjee

BLW: Let’s welcome the new and sensational Indian author Sujit Banerjee to Book Lovers World. Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, he grew up in Patna where he finished his post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist. He is glad to be in tourism. It had taken him all over the world including places people would have never heard of. We’re sure, have you heard about Tlacotalpan? It is a popular place in Mexico. Destiny had other plans as well for him to become a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today he both heals as well as read Tarot cards. His wife thinks he is mad. His friends think he is weird. He says he is the combination of both. His first story was published in a magazine when he was seventeen. Thereafter he wrote poems in English and Hindi, which he says that’s his personal collection, and will remain personal. Then again he started writing short stories and it’s a collection now – ‘Rukhsat The Departure’ published by Leadstart Publishing, and is among the top selling books on Amazon.

Sujit Banerjee: Thanks for such generous introduction! It’s great to be here at Book Lovers World.

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

I love to travel and Himalayas call me over and over again

Sujit Banerjee: You have said it all, already! Well – I just turned 55 and it feels good! It has been a tremendous journey – as a healer, as a tourism professional tour operator and now as a writer. I do believe that I always had the gift of words and initially they wove themselves into poems but now… I love to travel and Himalayas call me over and over again. I love photography and nothing makes me happier than to be on the move with my camera in my hand!

BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Tell us about your book Rukhsat The Departure, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing a collection of twenty six short stories alphabetically? How long did it take to write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: Rukhsat just happened; initially I would scribble the outline of a story and take time to flesh the plot out. In general I am a miser with words and hence they started to get over fast with most of them between 3 to 4 pages. Once I had over ten of them in hand I realised it was getting to be a collection and it just struck me – 26 alphabets and 26 stories! Since each story had an independent character – 26 names was the obvious choice. Then started the long and laborious journey of finishing 26 stories which took me over 3 years to complete!

BLW: Rukhsat The Departure is a collection of twenty-six stories… No people, with well-developed characters. We would like to know the homework you did to write this book.

Sujit Banerjee: A lot of it was easy as I had either had experiences that I wanted to write about or I had heard stirring stories of other – those that had engraved themselves on my mind. Yes, still ran short of the magical numbers to few – very few in fact – were created out of thin air – you will recognise them as you go along! Not much homework as you can see but yes – a lot of patience and effort to polish each one into a gem that contained all kind of human emotion and actions you can think of.

BLW: Tell us your favourite protagonist from the book, and do you have any character inspired from your real life?

Sujit Banerjee: There are three actually and even now I cannot make up my mind which one I am closest to. Hemakshi fighting the fact that she will not have a biological child; Yasmeen Bibi dealing with the world of three “talaks” and Zayan – the last one of a condemned man – what goes through his head as he prepares himself for the inevitable.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Sujit Banerjee: The biggest learning was of how no one wants to touch a new author – specially known brands. I don’t know if they even read a manuscript at all and how one person can decide what the world would like to read. Had it not been for the initiative of Leadstart Publishing the stories would have gone untold. The next thing was the amount of time the process consumes from editing to going for final print. A new author can never imagine what goes behind the whole process. We all (new authors) dream that once they finish a book – it will become a bestseller in a months’ time! How far removed is the truth. Lastly, the realisation that nothing works better than being an active participating in promoting your own book and how social media plays a very big role in the process.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: The powerful stories – real life – that I came across. As I heard them, I lived each one of them in my own mind and a time came when I thought I HAVE to share them to get them off my mind and the best way was writing them and sharing with others. The rest of it you already know.

BLW: Did visiting countries help you write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: Not really unless you count the fact that visiting different societies and experiencing various culture did open up my horizon; was was taboo became a reality; what was unheard of here in India – was common out there. That did make a difference.

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

Sujit Banerjee: Patience – the art of letting go and flowing with the tide. Writers’ block is a reality and I guess each author has to go through it and deal with it in their own ways. In my case my friends helped out – holding me back – forcing me to let go and then float with time.

BLW: Rukhsat The Departure is a collection of short stories. Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Sujit Banerjee: Right now I am just soaking it in… who knows what will come out next! Maybe a historical story of a courtesan?!!

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?

Sujit Banerjee: In bed – on my mobile phone!

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

Sujit Banerjee: I wanted to be a salesman!!! I wanted to work for an established company and sell soaps, oil etc. all over the country – travelling and visiting places no one even heard of.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Sujit Banerjee: The innate beauty of people around me! How each one has an unique story to tell but they don’t know how and to whom. I was lucky that I could relate to people quickly and give them the confidence to share their experiences.

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

Sujit Banerjee: Not so much as books as much as writers; the Bengali writer Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay – more popular as Banaphool, O Henry and Jeffery Archer (his Twist in The Tale). Lastly and not the least – Gulzar Saheb has had a tremendous impact on me to the extent that he changed the way I think in life.

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

Sujit Banerjee: Maybe a year from now I will start thinking! My wife insists it should be a murder mystery.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Sujit Banerjee: I think the gift of words as the biggest gift I have that even helps me sell my country as a destination to foreigners.

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.

Sujit Banerjee: Absolutely – I have my own library with hundreds of books – almost all read and few waiting for their turn. Angela’s Ashes haunted me; The Little Prince made me dream; The Storytellers Tale introduced me to the world of Dastangoi; In Arabian Nights by Tahir Shah I found my angels and demons. Finally – last but not the least – The Kite Runner that tore me up into bits and pieces.

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

Sujit Banerjee: Be honest; ask yourself if what you write – others would like to read; avoid heartbreaks by deluding yourself that other must like what you do. Have a good story to tell; don’t just write to publish and become famous. Recognise your weaknesses and strengths; work on the first and use the later to the hilt. Take feedback and don’t get hurt if they don’t match your own expectation. In the world of book you have to be excellent – not just good. And be patient – don’t rush your work – take breaks, enjoy the other things in life, get away from it and come back again. Enjoy what you are writing and leave the rest to God and publishers!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Sujit Banerjee: Travelling is the best way to get to know the gift God has given to us as EARTH. The second best way is by reading.

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

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.

#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: Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time Edited By Saravana Kumar Murugan

This book is a treat to people who believe in friendship!

The Blurb:

True friendship is defined as a natural and spontaneous reaction towards a person with unconditional love and ultimate support to a person in all areas of life. A true friend is the one who is always with you when the entire world rejects you. A true friend is like a mirror who reflects the real you to you. In this unpredictable world of twists and rough roads, a true friend is a blessing, a rejuvenating factor, and is always fresh. Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time by Shades Publications, cherishes such true friendship, and this collection of 25 short stories on Friendship is a dedication the all true friends in this world.

Excerpt:

ONE: SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya

“Grandma, what is friendship?”

I have never seen her so wholly, so perfectly. Her face and her eyes gleamed. Shone with brilliance and surety. She looked at me and then looked at the sky. She was silently crying. I could see the tears rolling down her wrinkled cheeks but she held herself strong. She took a deep breath and very soberly in just sentence told me all I needed to know. She as so calm but so confident. Then, with a deep voice, she began to tell me. Tell me the most important thing in the world while I embraced and envied her beauty entirely.

“Friendship is learning.” She said.

“Learning?” I asked.

“Yes”

TWO: CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan

“Would you like to have some mangoes?” he asked, with that he took a stone and gives it a throw with aim to the very same mangoes that he wished. In the next second, those mangoes saw their fall. He picked them up and showed towards Ravi.

Ravi with an embarrassed look replied, “Mom said not to accept anything from strangers!”

With a smile he said, “Don’t worry, I won’t be a stranger. I am Raghav, living next door to you. Will you be my friend?” he stretched his hand towards Ravi.

After thinking for a while, he gave his hands, “yes I am Ravi, and I will be your friend.”

THREE: THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha

“Matt, who is that?” she interrogated, her brows furrowed.

I gulped hard and was dumbfounded.

“Why are you all so quiet?” she questioned, her hair bobbing with her vehement gestures.

“Mom, he’s my friend.” I whispered.

“Friend?”

The Review:

How can I start this review without praising the publisher for bestowing this wonderful book?

Congratulations Sachin! You have a done a great job! Stay blessed!

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” -Walter Winchell

I second that. This book is a result of one such wonderful friendship, and so, I dedicate this book to all the best friends in this world. Review from the editor of the book might sound odd, but my review, as a reader, remains unbiased and uninfluenced.

The reader’s heart

SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya: The title says it all. Scarlet and Rose, their friendship, is what we get to read in this story. The story opens with a letter addressed to Scarlet about the death of Rose, followed by the conversations between Scarlet and her granddaughter Emma on friendship, and what it is to be a friend. This beautiful and mesmerizing story of two wonderful women, narrated beautifully using chosen words, will teach us what friendship is all about. I give this awesome story a five-star rating.

SAVIOUR by Apurva Joshi: Saviour, as the title suggests, the story is about two people, Sanjana and Kanishk, and their journey from being complete strangers to each other’s saviour. Right from the introduction of the characters to the last word, the story is written using the best words; emphasizes on the fact that friendship is the cure of all problems. I give this journey a five-star rating.

THE COLORS OF TESU by Shubham Sinha: Very rarely we get a chance to read a story that unveils a different dimension of friendship, and this story is one of such kind. Dhvani, a passionate girl, and her son Kshitij, are the best of friends. They support each other throughout the ups and downs in their lives. And then, there comes a twist, which add more colors to the story. The writing style of the author is admirable. I give this colourful treat a five-star rating.

THE FRIENDLY STRANGER by Dr. Disha Bhatt: A guitar player (the stranger), the lonely girl Advika, and a so called best friend Manjari, are the three major characters in this story. Advika is on a trip to Goa with her friends. However, in Goa, people colors change and they leave Advika on the roads. Will Advika, amidst the waterfalls, beaches and plush surroundings of Goa, succeed in exploring the world outside her shell? Will the friendly stranger befriend Advika? The plot is fresh, the writing style is good, and for these reasons, I give this friendly stranger a five-star rating.

SPARKO by Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Not even a dog will follow your words when you do not have a job. Here, we have a dog, which helps him get a job and to settle the scores with his landlord. The switch between present and past is smooth. The narration could have been better. I give this unique story a four-point-five star rating.

CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan: We have read about treaties in our history books, but ‘The Mango Treaty’ in ‘Rajbhag colony’, is about the bond of friendship. Raghav and Ravi, two wonderful friends, who support each other endlessly. Raghav wants to pursue the path of his father, an army man, for the good of humanity. Ravi loves to contribute with his pen, for the good of humanity. Both choose different paths and travel to different destinations, and when they get to meet each other, there comes a twist. I appreciate the writing style of both the authors. I give this mango treaty a five-star rating.

THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha: Every kid needs a home! This story is about two kids, how they get introduced to each other and become friends with time. With beautifully chosen words, the author narrates the story intriguingly. I wish if this could happen in reality. I give this interesting story a five-star rating.

THE PURSUIT by Prakash Guru: This is a masterpiece. When an aspiring artist run away from home, struggles for a living, finds a soul that was in search of a good friend. The bond between those two flourishes instantly irrespective of the caste, creed and community. The story unveils a different angle of friendship with a twist at the end that is definitely engaging. I give this masterpiece a five-star rating.

FRIENDS FOREVER by Elora Rath: This story is very close to my heart. It reminded me of my engineering college life, memories of four years, from the first hello to the last goodbye, late night calls, SMS, Orkut and Facebook. The last day of college is the toughest. And this story is all about those wonderful memories! I give this fun ride a five-star rating.

THE 3 SEVENS by Nikita Tak: When three authors turned friends (Sanidhya, Rinish and Tanya) join hands to write a book, what will happen? They are failed authors, though they all have individual bestsellers to their credit. As the saying goes, “Unity is strength”, will they succeed? This story is about failure and success, and it conveys a stronger message. The plot is fresh, the narration is good, but the flow could have been managed better. I give this “3 Sevens” a four-point-five star rating.

I’LL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU by Anisha Mohata: The story revolves around two friends who are the support system of each other. Anwesha the prettiest and Rounak the smartest are quite popular in their college and they openly flirt with each other. Anwesha gets into a worse situation and change completely. Will Rounak bring back the old Anwesha? Will he succeed? Be it the plot, the style, or the word choice, I enjoyed reading it. I give this feel good story a five-star rating.

HOMEWORK by Anirban Nanda: Probably, the cutest story in this book. This story revolves around two friends, Ani and Tina, both are studying in sixth grade. Ani is studious, whereas Tina is careless and casual. Tina usually copies homework from Ani, and on one fine day, things get worse and their friendship is likely to break. Will Ani and Tina stay best friends forever? I admire the writing style of the author. I give this cute innocent story a five-star rating.

WEEDS OF HAMPI by Mahesh Sowani: The story-line is very intriguing. Perhaps any IT professional could connect with the first part of the story. The latter part of the story comes with a great twist served brilliantly. The underlying message of the story is appreciable and the author has done a good job. I give this nail-biting story a five-star rating.

SOUL-MATES by Tapobrata Kumar: Friendship, love and marriage. We will get to read all about it in this story. Arjun and Meha, two very good friends, get separated by distance. Meha is about to get married with Kushal. Meha and Arjun meet just before a week of her marriage. Their reunion brings back the essence of their relationship. Soul-mate, is indeed a soul mate. The narration could have been better. I give this beautiful feeling a four-star rating.

THE SCARLET TINT OF YELLOW ROSE by Prachi Agasti: Is it good to fall in love with best friend? Is it because of the cherished trust or the inseparable nature? Ishaan and Panchi, friends from their childhood, get into a situation they’ve never been before. Will their friendship change to love? Will they both accept each other as couples? The author glitters through her words. I must say, she is a great talent, and for sure, she will become a renowned author soon. I give this short and sweet treat a five-star rating.

THE DEAFENING SILENCE by Prachi Sharma: This story could be made into a short film. The story opens with chit-chats on various topics by friends, followed by a couple of incidents, and a twist in the end which will leave you teary-eyed. The plot is woven beautifully and the narration is impeccable. I give this sentimental story a five-star rating.

KHUSHI – A DIVINE SOUL by Kiran Lalwani and Kajal Lalwani: A kid gets lost on a trip to forest from school meets a divine soul. The authors take you down the memory lane and make us travel between the present and past, the memories of long lost friendship, and it touches the chord in the right way. The story defines the meaning of sacrifice, pain and friendship. The authors should work on the writing style. It will help the authors to shine. I give this story a four-star rating.

TRUE LOVE SAGA by Nidhi: This story is all about sacrifice and friendship. The plot is quite common and the story will keep you hooked till the end. I give this saga a four-star rating.

THE ELIXIR OF FRIENDSHIP by Akash Shrivastav & Adyasha Panda: This story will make you laugh and keep you hooked till the last word. The twist in the climax is unpredictable, which makes the story enjoyable. The authors should work on the writing style, as I had to edit a lot of “…….” I give this story a four-star rating.

FRIENDSHIP IS THE CURE OF EVERY THING by Kalyani Yadav: Friendship, love, marriage, betrayal, and what not? We have all kind of emotions embedded in this story. The climax of the story is very beautiful, and completely gives a new definition of love and friendship. This plot has the potential to be presented as a novel. I advise the author to do so, introducing more twists to it. I strongly feel the narration could have been better. I give this story a four-star rating.

SHERLOCK & WATSON by Rishabh Patel: Like the title, the story is unpredictable. It opens up like a Bollywood film and closes like a Hollywood film. That’s the best feature of this story. I admire the writing style of the author. I give this combo film a four-point-five star rating.

A VISIT OF THE DEAD by Abhipsa Mohanty: A visit to the dead is a totally different story. The story opens up when a thirteen-year-old girl wake up in the middle of the night and walks to her friends grave, for the mistake she committed when her friend was alive. This story teaches a good lesson to all the readers. I must say the author has the potential of writing a crime thriller. I give this story a five-star rating.

TWO LITTLE SPARROWS by Rounak Roy Chowdhury: Friendship is something that can never be said in words. Likewise, this story, cannot be expressed in words, it has to be felt by the readers. Raju and Bitoo are indeed two little sparrows. The author should work on the narration part and hone his writing skills. I give this cute story a four-star rating.

FRIENDS FOR LIFE by Debasish Mishra: Time and distance can spoil even a friendship. Jatin and Shubham’s tale is quite the same. Will their friendship stand tall amidst the situations they are in? The author could have introduced an additional character to make the story engaging and unpredictable. I give this story a four-star rating.

My Top 5:

1. SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya
2. SAVIOUR by Apurva Joshi
3. CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan
4. THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha
5. THE PURSUIT by Prakash Guru

What I liked?

The plots, the characters, the twists, and the writing style of all the individual authors.

Why should one read this book?

It’s very rare to read an anthology on friendship. To me, this book is a wonderful collection of stories on friendship, a fresh and breezy read.

Do you have a friend who will stand by you even if the entire world is against you? Gift this book to that one single pearl of your life.

Stars…

To this bouquet of friendship, I give a five-star rating. To be honest, I selected the best stories out of the numerous entries we received, and that’s the reason to give the book a five-star rating. Maybe, I will wait for the reviews to flow in to crosscheck if I am right or not.

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

Book Details:
Title: Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time
Author: Saravana Kumar Murugan (Editor), Aashi Dahiya, Apurva Joshi, Shubham Sinha, Dr. Disha Bhatt, Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra, Anmol Singh, Sanjana Radhakrishnan, Varina Rasquinha, Prakash Guru, Elora Rath, Nikita Tak, Anisha Mohata, Anirban Nanda, Mahesh Sowani, Tapobrata Kumar, Prachi Agasti, Prachi Sharma, Kajal Lalwani, Kiran Lalwani, Nidhi, Akash Shrivastav, Adyasha Panda, Kalyani Yadav, Rishabh Patel, Abhipsa Mohanty, Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury, Debasish Mishra.
Genre: Friendship
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Shades Publications
Language: English
Pages: 300
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 200 INR
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“Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”, is a bouquet of twenty-five award winning stories, edited by me and published by Shades Publications. Some of the stories made me teary-eyed, some made me happy and delighted, and a few of them gave a new definition to friendship. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, dedicated to the best friends in this world! Highly recommended for all. No second thoughts!

Do you have a friend who will stand by you even if the entire world is against you? Gift this book to that one single pearl of your life. Order now on Flipkart or Amazon!

I am glad to review the book. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads, FlipKart and Amazon, as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: Love Stories Around Us – An Anthology

This book is a good love dose for romantic hearts!

The Blurb:

World is full of love, and stories related to it…. just close your eyes and you will find too many love stories around us.

Have we wondered how these relationships are made? What connects people around the world? What is it that bind us together?

Love, sentiments and feelings keep us linked to each other, till our feelings are alive, our relationships are alive; our love is alive. No one can teach you this emotion, except life. And with every couple, there is a story. Shades brings you few of the love stories around us.

Excerpt:

“Hey”, he smiled, getting up to greet her.

“I’m sorry I am late”, she said, shrugging. “I just, I got caught up with something.”

“This is the least amount of time I’ve spent waiting for you…I don’t mind…”

“Do you… Do you have the papers?”

“Yeah, I do. I haven’t signed them yet, I just, I have to ask, just once more. I can’t forgive myself if I don’t Neha. Can we really not fix this?” ( The Memories by Shravya Gunipudi)

My Review:

A book that will make you fall in love with love stories and wanting you to read more and more because ”true love stories never have endings”. – Richard Bach

The reader’s heart…

Love Stories Around Us published by Shades Publications comprises of twenty-five love stories, penned by twenty-five different writers, inspired by real life incidents. Some of the stories made me teary-eyed, some made me happy and delighted and a few of them disappointed me. I am going to share my favorite picks which I felt were savior to the title of the book.

1) “But… why it has to be you?” by Saravana Kumar Murugan, is a beautiful and a modern love tale of Irene and Shiv. Irene is sure about her love for him but deep inside she wants an answer, “Why only Shiv?”. So, she decides to leave it on their destiny . Shiv, for whom Irene is breath; his life, goes through every possibility to find her amidst all the odds. The story depicts love across the globe, love beyond fate and love conspired by the destiny. I had a wonderful time reading this fast paced story with some interesting twists. You never fail to amaze me with your stories that conveys, “Love is beautiful, love is life and love is what that keeps us alive”.

2) “Love Beyond Rules” by Ankit Jain, revolves around the two passionate lovers, Ankit and Aashi. They work as a team for a leading company in Mumbai. Ankit falls in love with Aashi and soon the Aashified effect takes a toll on his mind. There comes smart tactics that one should follow to impress a girl and I completely envy your ideas, Ankit. I loved every bit of it. From your first meet, tricks to impress her, win her heart to a cute attempt to make Aashi fall in love with Ankit. Amazing!! It was a page- turner read. You said so much about Aashi and now I am tempting to meet her.

3) “Sunaina” by Barun Bajracharya, is a teenage love tale of Siddhartha and Sunaina. Their story starts with a kiss that Sunaina gave Siddhartha in an unconscious state. That incident erupt intense emotions in Sid and he starts liking Sunaina. But, every time she refuses to be friends with Sid. An incident changes everything for good. Sunaina accepts Sid’s friendship but for love, she choose someone else over Sid. A heart warming love story. Enjoyed it to the core. Siddhartha never lose his hopes on Sunaina. And like a sincere lover he is happy to have Sunaina around him though just as a friend. I liked the use of local terms and chirpy- innocent Sid. His imagination at tender age, it all seemed so real.

4) “Memories” by Shravya Gunipudi, is a sensitive story and quite a general issue in today’s time. Neha and Akhil, the made for each couple suddenly realize that there is nothing more left in their marriage and thus, decide to give divorce. Neha is firm on her decision despite knowing it will make their lives worst. She and her friend, Pallavi when start collecting things from room before the separation, each and everything in that place reminds Neha of the beautiful moments she had shared with Akhil and those promises of love. She is in dilemma but restrict herself to be carried away by his memories. Her ego is break when she find Akhil’s longing to be with her and give their marriage a second chance. It’s ending uplifted my mood.

5) “I Am A Killer” by Akash Srivastav, is a story of two childhood friends who get separated by the time but in hearts their love and friendship remain fresh as ever. Ramesh, a contract killer is quite efficient in his job. This time he has to kill a pretty -innocent looking girl, Sanjana who was travelling to Kolhapur. Sanjana’s husband marries her not for the sake of love but to take away her wealth and thus, he appoint Ramesh to make his way simple and clear. The simplicity on Sanjana’s face and sparkle in her eyes push away Ramesh’s intention. Every time he tried killing but ended up saving her. And, a moment come when they realize they are old childhood friends, separated by the destiny but united by hearts. The backstabbing by her husband was shocking for her but having Ramesh at her side, it didn’t last long. The story ends on a happy and justified note.

6) ”Payal, I Promise You…” by Divya R. Bandodkar,  depicts of a love story where a girl is not sure of commitment in relationship. Payal and Atul love each other passionately and know well, they are pairs made in heaven. The root cause of it is, Payal grow up seeing the hardship and failure in her parents’ marriage. Her father being there never stood to support or even love her , he assaulted his wife. And all this while her mother did her upbringing, playing all the possible roles. The sweetest part of this story was, Atul while listening her sad story types a long text message on his phone, he make promises to fulfill all the values which were missing in Payal’s parents’ marriage and send her the message as soon as she leave the place. The simplicity in the story touched my heart.

What I liked?

The book cover is exceptionally beautiful with pink- orange shade and silhouette of couples. Also, the stories in this book spotlight on various aspects of love, relation and friendship rather all mushy stuffs. It was a fresh read.

What I disliked?

I believe, a good editing adds life even to the dumbest of books. The spelling and grammar mistakes in some of the stories were quite irritating. I am sure a bit of editing will turn out this book into a splendid one.

Why should one read this book?

Some of the stories are breathtakingly beautiful but if I talk about a complete book, it doesn’t stand up to my expectations. And I feel, there is a serious need of working on some of the stories and editing the entire manuscript.

Stars…

To this up and down reading ride, I will give this book a four-star rating.

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

Book Details:
Title: Love Stories Around Us – An Anthology
Authors: Atika Srivastava, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Ritika Raj, Anisha Mohata, Rafia Jafri, Debashish Mishra, Nilakshi Pathak, Shravya Gunipudi Divya R. Bandodkar, Vibha Sharma, Elora Rath, Akash Srivastav, Varina Rasquinha, Nidhi, Kavya Shah, Pavitra Singh, Mahesh Sowani, Arjun Bhattacharyya, Biswadeep G. Hazra, Abhilash Patel, Lipsa Padhi, Prakash Guru, Ankit Jain, Barun Bajracharya
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Shades Publications
Language: English
Pages: 243
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 150 INR
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Some of the stories made me teary-eyed, some made me happy and delighted, and a few of them disappointed me and doesn’t stand up to my expectations with careless editing.. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, a good dose for romantic hearts!

This book was gifted to me by one of its authors. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a four-star rating on Goodreads and Amazon as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Giveaway: Hooked, Lined and Single by Rashmi Kumar & Love Stories Around Us by Shades Publications

About the Book: Hooked, Lined and Single

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask God, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night…’

So you’re a woman, you’re 30-something and living in India? So what’s the big deal about it? Well, if you’re all of the above and still unmarried or married previously and you just don’t seem to find the ”right” man, you suddenly acquire a tragically special status as being cynical, demanding, impractical and chronically single or ambitious.

In Hooked, Lined & Single, Alafia Singh meets a similar fate on her journey to find a husband using somewhat more traditional methods.

Details:
Title: Hooked, Lined & Single
Author: Rashmi Kumar
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Language: English
Pages: 188
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 150 Rs.
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About the Book: Love Stories Around Us

World is full of love, and stories related to it…. just close your eyes and you will find too many love stories around us.

Have we wondered how these relationships are made? What connects people around the world? What is it that bind us together?

Love, sentiments and feelings keep us linked to each other, till our feelings are alive, our relationships are alive; our love is alive. No one can teach you this emotion, except life. And with every couple, there is a story. Shades brings you few of the love stories around us.

Details:
Title: Love Stories Around Us
Authors: Atika Srivastava, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Ritika Raj, Anisha Mohata, Rafia Jafri, Debasish Mishra, Nilakshi Pathak , Shravya Gunipudi, Divya Bandodkar, Vibha Sharma, Elora Rath, Akash Shrivastav, Varina Rasquinha, Nidhi, Kavya Shah, Pavitra Singh, Mahesh Sowani, Arjun Bhattacharyya, Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra, Abhilash Patel, Lipsa Padhi, Prakash Guru, Ankit Jain, Barun bajracharya, Gayatri Sailaxmi
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Shades Publications
Language: English
Pages: 250
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 150 Rs.
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Book Review: Metro Diaries by Namrata

This book is a perfect night read!

“Will you let me chase as I firmly hold your hand?
Will you hold me tight as I take a flight to explore my dreams?
Will you stand by my side as I take a stride in this big bad world?
Will you be the wind below my wings I soar towards the unknown?
Will you allow me to fall as I learn to find my feet?
Will you act as a shield as I fight my own battles?
Will you wipe a tear as I hold your hand in fear?
Will you look into my eyes and see me through as I confess my love for you?
Will you feel my love as I may bare my soul?
Will you be my sky if I promise to be your sunshine – together forever?”

Ah! Such a beautiful poem can be read in once in a lifetime. This book, Metro Diaries, is a collection of twenty classical love stories, has many such beautiful poems and it’s just un-put-down-able!

I am a keen observer. The first thing I notice is the cover of the book, and it certainly has an amazing cover – splendiferous in all ways!

The Blurb:

Love is one of the most amazing feelings on this earth, one that makes you the most powerful person or the most helpless person in a split second. These stories capture those feelings of despair, longing, love, lust, desire, want, dejection and admiration to create deja vu. Hold onto your hearts as you flip through these pages and take a walk down the memory lane as “Metro Diaries” will revive your innermost feelings and imbibe in you the magic of love. Touching, amusing and deeply moving, Metro Diaries – Love Classics are tales that will hold you from start till end.

Excerpt

From one of the stories called A secret revealed: One glance and I knew this is it. You showered your unconditional love on me in such a way that I had no option but to get drenched in it. I was glowing both from inside and outside as finally my heart had found its true calling. You wanted to take me to your world with a new identity. You urged me to leave my past behind and embrace a wonderful future with you. I was scared and confused as I felt all this was a mirage. But as they say love truly finds it way. And it did. It entered through my heart, melted my fears, strengthened my thoughts, weakened my doubts and hugged my dreams. Finally I realized the day of freedom from this curse is not far.

About the Author:

Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 6 anthologies a reviewer for leading publishing houses an editor to various books and a columnist. Apart from that she is also the editor for an online magazine called Writer’s Ezine. Having mastered the nuances of finance till recently she also held the title of an investment banker closely to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.

My Review:

It’s rare to find a book written in classical English with a perfect blend of poetry. This book is a perfect collection of short stories, all of which revolves around the most beautiful four-letter-word – Love. Each story is best in a unique way and can make you feel loved.

1. Once in a lifetime: Ah! Only once or twice in a lifetime you can read such wonderful stories. The author, Namrata, started this book with a splendiferous story. Nitya, the lead character of the story, falls in love with Ansh, whose love entered her heart, melted her fears, strengthened her thoughts, weakened her doubts and hugged her dreams, as she finally found the shores she was looking for! Truly purely romantic!

2. Then, Now and Forever: Ah! This story reminded me of my favourite book – The Notebook. But this story is a letter written by Ron’s Grandpa to his Grandma, which made him realise the true value of love. Old-gold story, it is!

3. Love thy dreams: “Love thy dreams and one day they will love you back!” That said, this is a story of love and dreams, which makes you feel wonderful. Love & Dreams, it is!

4. The Wait: This is a heart-breaking love story! Read it to feel it!

5. A secret revealed: “I do. And with your kiss you will make me free!” This is the story of a girl who fought with life until she found the true love. (This is a fantastic story – Ssshhh…this is a secret)

6. A promise of a lifetime: Two individuals meet after years in a friend’s wedding, where they exchange smiles with each other at first, later he proposes her, turning the day into an extraordinary day!

7. Will you?: This is a fantastic story based on conversations between a boy and a girl. Great promise, it is!

8. Love beyond words: This is love beyond words in the form of letters. From & To, part was just exceptional! Magical story, it is!

9. Imperfectly Perfect: Perfection is a boon or ban? This is a feel good story which will surely mesmerize the readers. Perfect Read!

10. A thing called love: I wished that this story ended positively. But that doesn’t take away any of the credits I’ve to give to this perfect story!

11. The Sole Soul mate: This story starts with a break-up and ends with love. Sweetest cutest warmest story of the book!

12. The Yellowed Diary: This is yet another heart-breaking story. One of my favourites!

13. You, me and love: This is an exceptional story about love capturing the beautiful moments in life. If someone can celebrate their fifth anniversary like this, then he/she is the soul to the other. Best of all the stories!

14. Unlocked: This story was unlocked finally with a beautiful poem at the end! Blissful!

15. Memories: Yet another painful story painting the memories etched in a picture. Truly painful!

16. A message of love: You + Me = We! Read this story to feel the message of love. Soulful!

17. Her: A perfect simple sweet story to fall in love with!

18. Love Revisited: We’ve many Rhea in this world. This is painful, yet beautiful!

19. Last Letter: This story just touched my heart. The letter, the build-up and the hope. Wow! What a story!

20. You & I: A perfect story to close the book!

Overall Rating:
Plots: 4/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Twists: 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Book Details:
Title: Metro Diaries – LOVE Classics
Author: Namrata
Genre: Romance
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Revelation House Books
Language: English
Pages: 162
ISBN: 9381841616
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 295 Rs.

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Namrata did a splendiferous job. This book, Metro Diaries by Namrata, is a collection of beautiful, soulful, and meaningful short stories. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, Highly Recommended for all the Romantic Lovers who believe in the four-letter-magical-word – Love, No Second Thoughts!

This book was given to me for review by Namrata. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Giveaway: Seasons of Love – Edited by Heena Priya, Gaurav Mishra andShweta Kesari

About the Book:

Love is only a word until someone comes along and give it a meaning. In our life, love is never planned, nor does it happen for a reason. It is a beautiful feeling, where one starts losing oneself for the other one. It is that moment which involves the passion of someone else in its dream. It is a beautiful feeling but truly felt only by few.

“Seasons of Love…” is an anthology of 20 different love stories by 20 generous writers, with expresses love in its own unique way with a mix blend of love saga. Some of them will teach you the real meaning and essence of love while some of them will make you feel the same way you’re feeling for someone special and in this seasons of love many of them will make you fall in love.

Selected and edited by Heena Priya, Gaurav Mishra and Shweta Kesari, this seasons of love 20 love stories from authors across the country, will be delighting the readers and make them fall in love.

Authors:

Heena Priya (Editor), Gaurav Mishra (Editor), Shweta Kesari (Editor), Vivek Banerjee, Neelam Chandra Saxena, Mihir Shah, Shiv Pratap Mani Tiwari, Shradha Nanchahil , Anshuma Sharma, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Divya Kumar Garg, Aman Jakhar, Raghu Ravi, Indrajit Rai, Supratim Ghosh Dastidar, Shreyasi Phukon, Harsh Hari Ginodia, Surbhi Thukral, Sneha Patra, Subhash Chandra, Sufia Khatoon, Neha Krishna and Paru Rastogi.

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