Book Preview: Coffee Date: The Real Taste of Love by Saravana Kumar Murugan

Presenting Coffee Date: The Real Taste of Love from the Undisputed King of Romance on Blog-o-Sphere Saravana Kumar Murugan.

The Blurb:

Siddhartha Abhimanyu… People call him Sid, a techie, a beard lover, an ardent reader and a big fan of Nicholas Sparks. He loves reading stories with happy endings. And when he’s not reading he write poems; which helped him impress a long list of girls.

Isha Reddy, the queen of his little heart. The first time Sid saw her, he couldn’t blink even for a second. She, being a writer, director of three award winning short films, hates men with a stubble and, has a different opinion on life.

Sid falls in love with Isha. Isha could not escape from Mr. Charming. They date over a cup of coffee. Sid also acts as the male lead in Isha’s new short film.

Niharika, Sid’s direct report in office falls in love with Sid. He rejects her proposal, but destiny has different plans. They have to fly abroad to execute a project.

Shivani, Sid’s reel life heroine, get introduced to him by Isha. Shivani kisses him during a shoot. This along with a series of incidents hurt Isha.

Isha breaks up with Sid. Both Shivani and Niharika waiting for this opportunity, what will happen to Sid and Isha’s love? Will Sid and Isha reunite? Will Niharika get what she wants? Or will Shivani succeed in her masterplan?

Read and cherish this tale of love from the Undisputed King of Romance on Blog-o-Sphere.

Coffee Date, the real taste of love!

Excerpt:

Chapter 8: First Night

About the Author:

Saravana Kumar Murugan is the author of the book Coffee Date, editor of Shades of Life Book Series, contributing author of several anthologies that includes “Uff Ye Emotions 2”, “Timeless Love”, “A Little Chorus of Love”, “Will You Be My Little Dirty Secret?”, among others. His poems have been published in several online magazines and anthologies. His love for the language “Deutsch” reflects in “die 55”, a collection of short stories (55 Fiction), published on Amazon.

He is the Marshal of Blog-a-Ton, the online marathon of Bloggers; where bloggers decide a theme, and write on a monthly basis. He writes under a pen name “Someone is Special” at “Few Miles– shortlisted as one of the Top 12 Creative Blogs of India in 2014”, and winner of more than 25 contests in blog-o-sphere. He is also known as the ‘Undisputed King of Romance on Blog-o-Sphere’.

Apart from writing, he is a project lead at Wipro Limited. He has won Best Campus Joinee Award, Technology Innovation Spark Award for his work. He is graduated B. Tech in Information Technology. He loves capturing life through the lens, giving life to paper with pencil, and at times, he satisfies his stomach with his own cooking.

He can be contacted at contact@iamsarav.com or follow him on Facebook and Instagram @iamsaravofficial. For more visit his website: www.iamsarav.com

About indiauthor.in

indiauthor.in, founded in 2013, is originally a community aimed to connect authors, readers, publishers and reviewers. The community was active till 2014 after which, they ventured into publishing, marketing and book reviews under Book Lovers World. In 2015, indiauthor.in merged with a couple of startup publishing house, and is now managed by team of five members who prefers to be anonymous.

indiauthor.in moto is to publish curated content in a traditional way and is expected to take publishing industry by surprise with its variety and creativity. indiauthor.in has three titles under its wing, and is all set to publish its major title Coffee Date by the Undisputed King of Romance on Blog-o-Sphere, Saravana Kumar Murugan.

Book Details:
Title: Coffee Date
Author: Saravana Kumar Murugan
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Type: Paperback
Publisher: indiauthor.in
Language: English
Pages: 160
Year of Publication: 2017
Price: 143 INR (I LOVE YOU)

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MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK…after reading many romantic blog posts and short stories from Sarav, I have no doubt that his debut book is going to be a romantic read.

Book Review: The Calling: Unleash Your True Self by Priya Kumar

This book is un-put-down-able!

The Blurb:

The Calling is a spiritual adventure. It is an encounter with the truth, the wisdom and the force that is innate to us all. At the brink of a divorce and personal breakdown, Arjun took a trip into the heart of the Himalayas, on the insistence of a sadhu, who predicted that the journey up to Hemkund Sahib would align him to his purpose and change his life forever. At every turn the mountains holds secrets and tests that urge Arjun to evolve into the person he had denied to be – himself. Pretenses, falsities, confusions and untruths fall apart as Arjun is forced to confront the mess he had created in his life. What started off as an opportunity to escape reality, turned out to be an opportunity to escape from the dwindling spiral of self-created misery. Filled with spiritual insights and sprinkled with light humor, this story will help you find your calling, your voice and who knows, even your true self.

Inspiring Quotes:

Instead of usual excerpt, this time I am sharing a few quotes from the book:

Regret is to life like termite is to wood. It will eat you up. Confusion is to life like a parasite is to its host. It will consume you.

To sit in your space and your world and do nothing in it is a disgrace to the intelligence that you are bestowed with. It is a disgrace to the spiritual force that is inherent to you. Your role in the world is to take charge, to take responsibility for your role in your environment and of what happens in it.

Life doesn’t test you at your level; life tests you at a level higher that yourself. You don’t choose the test. That way you would have the choice to live small. The test is always a step ahead of you, so that in reaching beyond it, you grow beyond yourself.

This itself is inspiring enough to pick this book and read, still I would like to share my thoughts on the book.

The Review:

Congratulations Priya! This is an amazing read. I am very sure the other seven books written by you is going to be awesome.

The Reader’s Heart…

Books of this genre is usually boring unless until the writer has something good to offer to make it interesting. And that’s what Priya Kumar has done. When I got an email asking if I am okay to review the book from Priya Kumar’s Team, I thought for a second. I read the blurb from goodreads; I was impressed. The astonishing book cover added the zeal required. I quickly browsed Priya’s website and found her intro interesting. I responded positively and I received the book next day. Somehow I took time to start this book, but once I started reading the book, I swear I could not stop. I read the 150 plus pages highly motivating book in a single sitting.

I must say that “The Calling”, impressed me right from page one. The character Arjun, sounded like one of us, trying hard to balance between personal and professional life, excel in both but failing miserably. Standing at the crossroads of life – divorce filled and at the verge of losing job because of a missed meeting – he take a journey to Hemkund Sahib located in The Himalayas. With the help of his friend Jay he reaches a point from where Hemkund Sahib is just a few kilometres away. Really? He is accompanied by the most wittiest humorous easy going soul Chandu- the guide and two donkeys. Arjun finds Chandu irritating and enlightening at the same time, still he is the only way to reach Hemkund Sahib. What follows is a highly inspiring story narrated at a decent pace by the author.

Will Arjun reach Hemkund Sahib? Will he reunite with this family? What lessons the journey had to offer him?

To know the answers reading this enlightening book of twists and turns, filled with many surprise elements that will keep you hooked till the very end.

What I liked?

It’s hard to pick one and rate it the best. Right from the storyline to the narration, chosen characters to one-liner quotes, it is highly is very impressive. Hats off to the author.

What I disliked?

There’s nothing I disliked in this book.

Why should one read this book?

Aren’t we looking for motivation or inspiration at work?

This is a story of us. This is where we stand. This is why we should read this book!

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

Book Details:
Title: The Calling: Unleash Your True Self
Author: Priya Kumar
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Books That Inspire
Language: English
Pages: 166
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: 120 INR
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Stars… To this highly motivating read, I give a five-star rating.

The Calling: Unleash Your True Self is a true bestseller to me. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Highly Recommended to all and special recommendation to those who seek motivation in life and work. No second thoughts!

This book is provided by author in exchange of an honest review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and Amazon as I felt nothing less or more than that would be fair.

Info: I took two hours to complete the book and one hour to write this review.

Book Review: A Dog Eat Dog-Food World By Suresh Chandrasekaran

This book is un-put-down-able!

The Blurb:

A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ is the story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how just minding your own business can lead to unexpected consequences, guided by the ‘invisible hand’ of long dead economists. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.

The tale only dogs the doings of Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter by his uncle Spike’s careening pursuit of commercial success; Spike’s rival Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike and tries to do it by teasing the palates of cats, helped by the bumbling efforts of his nephew, Jasper Rich who would rather be chasing girls than chasing cats.

Excerpt:

Prologue
The difficulty with history is that you never know whether that is the way it really happened. There is always this niggling question – Did the good guy win or did the winner proclaim himself to be the good guy? You know how it is – the winner is always the good guy and, if he murdered, raped and pillaged, it is only because the poor chap was forced to do so. And, of course, the winner is also going to wax eloquent about how he was not only fearless and astute, but was also steeped in virtue.

Let us assume that the winners have virtue sloshing inside them and overflowing from their ears. You still do not know whether the chap, who was most energetic in getting the victory, got the credit for it or whether he got sidelined by his colleague, who was more energetic in claiming the victory. While the former is still getting back his breath from his exertions, the latter could well have been yelling, “I won! I won!”, and having the entire populace fawning on him.

As if that is not enough, you have a further problem of what gets touted as a victory. For example, can any achievement, which is valued only by the lazy chaps, get written in the books of History? Achievements that cause ecstasy to the lazy man will remain unsung, simply because he is too lazy to sing hosannas to the achiever. All of us have heard about James Watt and his sterling contribution to the steam engine – merely because he made it possible for the rest of the world to run around in circles faster than before. Can you name the person who invented the arm-chair? That poor chap rests in relative obscurity merely because the man lolling around in the arm-chair – with a book in one hand and a glass of beer in the other – is unlikely to be jumping around, buttonholing people and singing the praises of the inventor. It would spoil his relaxation, make him spill the beer all over himself, and ruin his day.

Such, then, are the ways of the world. You can change the entire life experience of the indolent with the fruits of your intellect and you shall live and die like that ‘violet born to blush unseen’. You could merely change the design of a button for the energetic man and be feted by ‘crowned heads and coronets’ – or, in modern terms, by double-breasted suits and designer dresses. It is not merely enough for YOU to be energetic – it is also necessary that you benefit the energetic.

It is one thing for a person to make a place for himself in History. To make History, though, is wholly a different matter. To make History you not only need to change yourself, you also need to interfere with and change other people. You need to kick people out of their comfortable rut, drown out their pathetic pleas that ‘what ain’t broke don’t need fixing’, and force change on them. Everyone may happily intone ‘Change is the only constant in life’ but it is truly a rare person who actually thinks that it will happen to him. (It is much like saying, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes”. You never really accept the fact that you will die one day, and you never lose the belief that you can successfully evade taxes.) So, for someone to make history, he really needs to exert himself. Pushing one man to change is a herculean enough task – pushing the vast majority of humanity to change is of the stuff of nightmares.

I know – the moment we talk of making History, there will be a chorus chanting the names of Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi and such others. Really? Even after conveniently deifying them, so that we can all say, “Ah! But I am no Mahatma” as an excuse for not following their tenets, and continuing on our joyous journey of hatred, violence and corruption? I don’t think so. They have made a place for themselves in History but on the issue of whether they have made history, measured by whether they have changed the way WE live, I am afraid that the jury is out and showing no signs of returning in the near (or far) future.

Of course, there are other individuals who have made History and proved themselves capable of making lasting changes. The roll-call of honour includes people like Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. It is a fact that the easiest way to make History is to make war. I mean, if you were to say, “How dare the people from the next street take a twig from our street? Do they think we are cowards, and they can deal with us so despicably? Let us go and bash them up”, you would possibly assemble a gang ready to follow you into mayhem. Just try saying, “There is no point in waiting for the government to clean up the streets. It is our street after all. Let us get together and clean it up”. You will find that people do have paranormal powers, after all. The speed with which they disappear can only be explained by telekinesis.

So, yes, it is easier to make History by making war. Getting together a gang of people to butcher others is simpler and, as for making changes in the others, it is easier to beat the change into them than to drill a new idea into their heads by reasoning. It is amazing how receptive people become to new ideas when you poke a sword in the guts or put a gun to their heads. So, periodically, we have had these people coming in and changing the world by spreading their own people all over the earth, spreading their ideas and their culture. Once you do things like that, you can become the Emperor or ‘the Great’ or the ‘Fuehrer’ and enthuse the coming generations to follow in your footsteps – another lasting change.

People of latter days have ascribed either physical or mental disorders as reasons for the abnormal energy and activity of these individuals. Some of these hyper-achievers are said to be suffering from mental derangement due to syphilis; some have been called megalomaniacs and some are said to be over-compensating for an inferiority complex. So, there is something other than normal about these people that makes them do what they do.

As in History, so in pseudo-history. What you are about to read is the pseudo-history of a man who changed the world and a rare achiever who did that without making war – at least, not war as we conventionally understand the word. He, too, started out suffering from a disorder. A strange one!

Incidentally, difficult though it must be to believe, the world was not always run by computers and a cell-phone was not something that could only be removed from the body by surgery. One of the various amazing and unbelievable things, that History talks of, is the tale of times when neither of these was the case. As with History, so with pseudo-history. The times of this tale were bereft of computers and cell-phones BUT this is still pseudo-history and not fantasy.

From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow – or, in modern metaphor, from the tiny micro-chip does the mighty Information Technology industry spring. The genesis of the world-changing revolution was a simple visit by a doctor. And the ailment was….

The Review:

Congratulations Suresh (CS) for the solo debut paperback! I am very much impressed!

The Reader’s Heart…

Having read author’s previous works, I had huge expectations on this book and I must say that “A Dog Eat Dog-Food World”, impressed me right from the prologue. To be frank, the prologue is out of the world.

What followed is a brilliant management story that revolves around the reality of life. The character details, their styles and tones is very impressive. The chat conversation between Jerry and Spike, Tom and Jasper, played well in the middle chapters. The so-called innovations, the marketing strategies, is very close to the reality. In fact, this is what happening today in the market. Popular brands in India follows the same technique to attract people and make a fool out of them.

The book has its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the very end, but there was no surprise element in the end, at least to me. This book is a quick read. I took two hours to complete the book and one hour to write this review.

If you are looking for a humorous storyline to free yourself from all the stress, then read this book to laugh continuously.

What I liked?

The storyline of the book is very impressive. The author has taken up a challenging subject and passed colourfully.

What I disliked?

There’s nothing I disliked in this book.

Why should one read this book?

The reality. The story of us. The market and the management concepts behind this book.

Rating:
Blurb: 5/5
Description: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Editing: 4.5/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: A Dog Eat Dog-Food World
Author: Suresh Chandrasekaran
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Fablery
Language: English
Pages: 91
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: 150 INR
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Stars… To this fantastic read, I give a five-star rating.

A Dog Eat Dog-Food World is a is a true bestseller to me. Wish the publisher launches this book in all possible locations and help the author reach people. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Recommended to all. No second thoughts!

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

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
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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.

Story Reveal:

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Book Review: The Bestseller She Wrote By Ravi Subramanian

This book is un-put-down-able!

The Blurb:

He was a bestseller She wanted him to make her one.

Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career.

With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.

Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?

Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protege.

The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.

Excerpt:

The whole auditorium resonated with applause. Aditya Kapoor, who had been standing in one corner of the stage, walked up to the podium. Holding the stem of the mic, he pulled it closer to his mouth. The emcee who had been using the microphone earlier was a good ten inches shorter than Aditya’s six-foot-something frame. He cleared his throat, an act which he had rehearsed a number of times in the past and spoke into the microphone: ‘Good Evening.’

His deep baritone could make many a woman go weak in the knees. ‘It feels good to be back after fifteen years,’ Aditya carried on. There was an awed silence in the auditorium. ‘Isn’t it surprising that IIM Bengaluru has never invited me to talk about my professional exploits, something for which this institute trained me, prepared me? Instead, you have given me the honour and privilege of speaking to all of you about what I have achieved by pursuing my passion, my dreams.’

He paused and looked around the room. ‘I am here to speak not about what I have achieved, but about what I have enjoyed. Someone once said, “Find what makes you happy and go for it with all your heart. It will be hard, but I promise it will be worth it.” The fact that I am standing here in front of all of you, talking about my exploits, only goes to show that it is, in fact,’ and he again paused and looked around the room, ‘. . . that it is, in fact, truly worth every single minute that I spent pursuing my dream.’

Aditya continued, ‘When I began writing in 2008, it was for my own self. I became a writer, not only to tell a story but to broaden my own perspective. I don’t know whether readers took away any message from my books or not, but for me, writing was a process which left me intellectually enhanced. It transformed my personality completely.’

There was another round of applause.

A confident orator, Aditya went on to talk about his books, the writing process and getting published. The audience listened to him in rapt attention as he talked about his experiences and how he was able to differentiate himself in a crowded marketplace.

‘Every author puts in a fair bit of effort when he or she writes a book. But not everyone markets it well. Remember the easiest part about writing a book is . . . writing the book. The hard work starts once the book is written. The task of marketing the book and bringing the product to the reader is . . .’

‘Product? Rubbish!’ someone in the gathering exclaimed. The voice was loud enough for at least a few in the room to have heard it. Aditya heard it too. Stopping for just a brief moment, he glanced around before moving on. He had been in such situations before. The person who had made that remark was in the minority and could be ignored.

‘Marketing the book and bringing the product to the reader is a very critical task in the entire product life cycle. If you don’t get the product into the buyers’ consideration subset, how will he or she buy it? Isn’t that what they teach you in your two years at management school? In my case, the book is the product and the readers are our consumers.’

‘Balls!’ This time the voice was louder. It sounded out like a whipcrack. ‘It’s a book for god’s sake, not a product.’

Aditya stopped as heads turned. The sound had come from the right hand corner of the auditorium. If anyone had missed it the first time, they were sure to have heard it now.

From where the sound had emanated, stood two young girls. One of them looked quite embarrassed, which was enough for Aditya to confirm that it was the other one who had spoken.

‘Sorry?’ he questioned, upset at being rudely interrupted. ‘What was that?’ The girl had been a bit too loud. Maybe she didn’t realise it, but now, for him, it was a matter of his fragile male pride.

Neither of the girls responded to Aditya’s question. After what seemed like thirty seconds of uncomfortable silence, the girl who had made the comment stood up. All eyes were on her, including those of the outraged academics sitting in the front row.

‘Pardon me, Mr Kapoor, but a book is not a product,’ she spoke up. Despite her ostensible apology for her impropriety, she didn’t need any coaxing to stand up and speak. ‘A book is an expression of an author’s creativity. Do not demean it by calling it a “product”. We respect you as a good writer, as a successful professional and as a senior from our campus, but that does not mean that anything goes.’

A few whispers went up in the auditorium, gradually escalating into chatter.

‘Young lady,’ Aditya began, the quiver in his voice quite apparent. Camouflaging his thoughts had never been his strength. His face had gone red with anger. He was not going to be shown up by a young kid.

‘You are correct, but only partly. A book is not a product when an author is writing it. At that moment it is a dream. It is the purpose of existence for the author. But the moment you put a price tag on it and place it on a shelf in a bookstore, it becomes a product.’

He looked at the others in the audience and after an intentional pause, added, ‘Otherwise why even bother to sell it? Give it away for free.’

The Review:

I wish I had not written this review…

The Reviewer’s Heart…

“The Bestseller She Wrote”, failed to impress me, especially after the huge expectations I have from the author after reading his previous works. The first impression after reading the blurb was, this book is going to be a good read, but the very thought changed after reading the first chapter. The next few chapters clearly conveyed that Aditya is going to fall for Shreya, despite being a married man and having a lovely son. It did not surprise me, when Aditya kissed Shreya, or Shreya invited Aditya for a “steamy” romance. Well the romance did not appear steamy to me, it was more of a let down.

The chat conversation between the two, the way Shreya played along in the middle chapters were good. The worst part of the book was to make Aditya’s wife suffer from the dreadful disease Ebola and getting cured with the help of Canadian Vaccine. I wonder from when vaccines started curing diseases! Though the climax was bit delayed, still I loved the way the author wrote it.

The story had its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the end, but there was no surprise element, at least to me. This book is a quick read. I took three hours to complete the book and one hour to write this review. If you are looking for a quick decent read, then read this book to enjoy the character “Shreya”, whom the author created powerfully.

What I liked?

It was “Shreya” who drove me into the story and kept me hooked till the end. The chat conversation between Aditya and Shreya, the way Shreya played along in the middle chapters, particularly the chapters when she really made Aditya go mad for her, impressed me.

When I read TOI’s prompt from the author, I liked it, and it suited the story well.

What I disliked?

The reader’s heart would tell the story!

Why should one read this book?

If you are looking for a quick decent read, then read this book to enjoy the character “Shreya”, whom the author created powerfully. This book is a perfect script for a Bollywood Movie!

Rating:
Blurb: 3/5
Description: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 2/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5

Book Details:
Title: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Westland
Language: English
Pages: 391
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 295 INR
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Stars… To this not so thrilling read, I give a three-star rating.

The Bestseller She Wrote is a quick read. Perfect Bollywood Material! If you are interested to know the publishing industry and its background with a bit of romance, you are welcome to read this book. A ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Recommended to all. No second thoughts!

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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!

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!

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.