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SHANKAR MM’s debut work! — December 17, 2015

SHANKAR MM’s debut work!

Author: A fantasy enthusiast, Shankar chased his dream of writing a novel and made it a reality. A Mechanical Engineering graduate and a Power Engineer by profession, his passion towards his core field made him to give up his software job in a MNC. His fascination towards mythology and his childhood memories of fighting with a wooden sword and adventures with bow & arrows inspired him to write a novel of this genre. He is presently working on the second book of Raksha duology.

Book blurb: “You are neither a good warrior nor a good leader.” These words haunt him. Raksha, a young prince, decides to prove himself and seeks a path not knowing where it will lead him to. However, his destiny has other plans. On the journey, his life evolves into an epic quest filled with magic and intrigue, which he never dreamt of. Set in a fantasy land Riloriya, this water kingdom is not the same as it was five hundred years ago and its history is mystery now. What will be his part in unfolding an ancient mystery? What did he lose? What did he gain?

Review: The blurb speaks of innate vigorous mystery and fantasy which slowly gets unfolded in each and every single chapter. This 348 page novel is a very catchy read. Shankar had done a lot of hardwork and research behind this book. It’s been a very pleasurable read for me. Raksha, the main protagonist was well described and characterised. In my opinion his character was somewhat similar to mythological characters in Mahabharata. However, there was a set of new ideas and concepts which evolved out of this novel. I liked the concept of a water kingdom which had some ecstatic description. In one word this book is “a fantastic debut of the Raksha duology…”

Best lines from the novel: “You need to bear the pain if you want to attain supremacy.”
“Holy God! Legends are true!”

Dream house publishers have given us a very nice mythology which can’t be missed at any cost.

Interview with Abhishek Aggrawal — October 21, 2016

Interview with Abhishek Aggrawal

With Abhishek Aggrawal:

1. What suddenly drew you towards this genre of fiction?
Ø There is always a sudden turn in people’s life & something similar happened to me. That turn linked my thoughts & got converted into pen.
2.Who was your main inspiration behind writing?
Ø Writing a book is really a very tough job if the legends like Mr. Robin Sharma, Ravinder singh & Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam would not have been there then I could not be able to start with my pen. They really inspired me a lot.
3. If you would go back to your past then which aspect of your story would you change?
Ø I would like to change the phase which occurred in Mumbai when I was down through stomach ulcers & later with jaundice.

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4. What was the hardest criticism received by you so far?
Ø I think there are lot many, but I took every critic in a positive manner.
5. Who are your favorite authors?
Ø Books Of Robin Sharma, Ravinder Sing and legendaries like Amisg Tripathi influenced me to write another master piece.
6. What do you currently do and what are your future plans on writing?
Ø Owing business and working as Ast. Director. I have some new concepts in writing and I’m working on the same.
7. Your message for your readers and other authors.
Ø Don’t judge anything until you go depth in it because every story has some essence in it & wish readers should come to know about it. About Author’s I truly respect all of them & would love to see everyone reaching their dream. Best part is all have some uniqueness in their writings which is understood by other Authors.

Interview with Akshay Shroff! — July 1, 2016

Interview with Akshay Shroff!

Interview of Akshay Shroff with Madhurima Halder:
1. What suddenly drew you towards this genre of fiction?
Over a decade ago, prodded and encouraged by my wife, I started writing. The initial couple of manuscripts on love and romance had been a shabby job and obviously, didn’t find any takers.
I kept thinking of a more acceptable subject for my novel and one fine morning, four years ago, the idea of a book on the growing menace of terrorism hit me and there was no looking back. As the plot took shape in my mind, I wondered about the title and I fell for “The Monk”.
2. Who was your main inspiration behind writing?
The right hand of my grandfather was partially paralyzed. As a result, at my very young age of 7, and until his demise in 1966, he dictated and I wrote letters of his business communication, letters to Editors of newspapers and articles in English and Marathi publications. Sometime in the 1940s, he had translated ‘Bardoli cha Itihaas’. His command over the languages influenced me to read very early in life and ever since I have dreamt of being an Author. Yes, my grandfather, late Chhotalal Ramdas Shroff has been my inspiration.
3. If you would go back to your past then which aspect of your story would you change?
None.
4. What was the hardest criticism received so far?
Again, none so far except for a few proof reading errors, particularly one glaring, a few paragraphs being repeated on page 71.

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5. Who are your favorite authors? How did their writings help you?
The most favorite author has been Ayn Rand. I have also enjoyed reading Agatha Christie, Irving Wallace, Arthur Hailey, Harold Robbins, Mario Puzo, Jeffrey Archer, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, John Grisham to name a few. Their writing inculcated a desire in me to write a compelling story.
6. What do you currently do and what are your future plans on writing?
Professionally I have been an advertising sales consultant of national (initially) and international media since over 3 decades now.
I have already written about 10,000 words of my next work of fiction, which I hope to be published by end 2017. Then would follow a collection of short stories in 2018.
7. What is writing actually to you?
Passion. But with the success of The Monk so far and the publishers deciding to go for the second edition by end July; and being in my twilight years, I would like to earn some handsome royalty.
8. Did you derive inspiration from your life?
As mentioned earlier, the desire to write a book since very early in life had driven me to start writing since then. An essay on India’s progress after twenty years of independence was published in my school’s annual book. When Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon in July 1969, my two-page write-up was displayed on the college’s Notice Board for three months and it generated rave reviews. These instances further strengthened my resolve to be a published author someday.
9. How hard was it to find a perfect publisher?
Phew! It has been a long and arduous one. I started off with sending queries to hundreds of literary agents around the world. A few came back with regret saying, ‘thanks, but not for me’. A number of mails bounced and others didn’t respond at all.
Queries to publishers too met with a similar fate, except for one who asked for the first fifty pages. Within three months they reverted with a ‘Letter of Intent’ and asked for the full manuscript. But they have taken inordinately long to sign the Contract.
Hence I resumed the effort of approaching some other publishers. Here too I had a highly learning and frustrating experience. One publisher asked for my marketing plan, and when I presented the same, asked as to how many copies I would buy. Yet another publisher advised an overhaul of the manuscript and also asked money for the print run of a measly 250 copies. Still another one had the audacity to ask me to buy 1500 copies.
A writer puts in a lot of effort to compose his/her work, mainly to be published and reach out to as many readers as one can and also earn whatever royalty the sale yields. He is not in the business of promoting the enterprise of a publisher.
Finally and luckily, after a strenuous and anxious journey, I came across Pulkit Gupta of Gargi Publishers and the rest is history.
10. Your message for your readers and budding writers?
To my readers, I wish they come back with their candid and objective review, and point out any flaws they may discover. After all, it would help me in my future endeavors.
To the budding writers, as Swami Vivekananda has said, ‘Arise, awake and rest not till your goal is achieved’.

Review of The Monk —

Review of The Monk

The Monk

Written by Akshay Shroff

About the Author: Akshay Shroff has been a successful advertising sales consultant of domestic and international media, spanning over three decades, first in New Delhi followed by Mumbai.
He has been associated with voluntary organizations like the Lions and the Junior Chamber International in senior positions and also with trade bodies like the Delhi Advertising Club and the Press Club of India.
Married to Jayna since February 1981, he has been a responsible family man, a doting father of Rohan and a loving father-in-law of Stuti.
Has a Bon Vivant nature, nurturing friendships since over five decades.
Travel, trekking, reading and writing have been his passionate hobbies.
Lover of animals and Nature, dogs have been his companions on and off.
While THE MONK is his debut novel, writing will now be his full time engagement.

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Storyline: Ten-year old Lakshya Gaitonde dreams of following a career in cricket like his idol, Sunil Gavaskar. But destiny has other plans for him.
He loses his father, Police sub-inspector Rajaram Gaitonde in the Mumbai terror attack of March 1993. He decides to follow his father’s footsteps and becomes a police officer.
In the July 2006 serial train blasts on the Mumbai suburban network, he loses his mother and fiancée.
In consultation with the Commissioner of Police, he devises a diabolical plan to crush the menace of terrorism at its roots.
Does he succeed? How does he manage to avenge the killing of his parents and his beloved? Why does he finally don saffron robes?

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Review: I received the book on 27th June and completed its review by 29th. This evidence is enough to mention that the book was that much engrossing. The protagonist was well sketched and the character draws your attention from the very first line when Gaitonde goes to solve a ransacked house.
I am not used to reading thrillers a lot but I must say this book was more inspirational than thrilling which is a good point. The usage of words, metaphors and different figures of speech were flawless and the editorial team of Gargi publishers missed out few grammatical errors. It’s written like a matured writer and would definitely ask everyone to try this book. It’s overall a beautiful read. Unless and untill you read till the till last line, you wouldn’t leave the book. It’s that much engrossing! Akshay Shroff has done a great job with his debut book. While you read the book, the sentence construction and simplicity, you will never know that it’s a first time writer.Even the cover of the book was thrillingly designed.
I would love to rate the book a 3.5/5
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
 Genre: Fiction/Thriller
Pandey and Bhavna’s journey! — December 18, 2015

Pandey and Bhavna’s journey!

Blurb:

This is a true inspiring story of a man who struggled in almost every part of  his life, but when his life seemed to be falling in place, his beloved wife left him halfway and her last word, ‘You are the best husband’ gave him the strength to live with. He decided to pull off all her unaccomplished duties and made it a target to thrive for the rest of  his life.

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  ‘You Are the Best Wife’ is the author’s story—a story of how he lost his wife, his nerve-wracking and unimaginably terrifying journey through denial, resentment, and depression to, finally, acceptance and forgiveness.

Author:

Ajay K Pandey grew up in the modest NTPC township of Rihand Nagar with big dreams. He studied Engineering in Electronics at the IERT (Allahabad) and MBA at IIMM (Pune) before taking up a job in corporate firm. He is currently working with Cognizant, Pune. He grew up with a dream of becoming a teacher, but destiny landed him in the IT field.

Travelling, trekking and reading novels are his hobbies. Travelling to different places has taught him about different cultures and people, and makes him wonder how despite all the differences, there is a bond that unites them. Trekking always inspires him to deal with challenges like a sport. Reading is perhaps what makes him feel alive.

You are the Best Wife is his debut book based on his life events and lessons.

 

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Review:

When I looked at the book jacket it had a beautiful design. This will the first thing which will attract readers towards this book irrespective of the notion, ‘we shouldn’t judge books by it’s cover.’ Ajay Pandey’s debut book cannot be a miss out. A beautiful story. This book is a simple yet capturing story of Ajay and his wife Bhaavna.None of the lavish or extravagant stuff.  It is just a simple story but while reading the book you will realise that author has put his heart and soul in the book. You will remember the book and specially Ajay for sure, for his simplicity, for story, for his love, for the emotions he felt for his wife, for responsibilities. 
If you are in love or are in waiting for your prince/princess you will connect to the story. 
A book by a person in love – summarises the book.
In simple words it’s a 3.7 star out of 5 book. The narrative style was very good. It was not as informative as was expected but a pleasurable read during leisure. 
In my words, ‘Ajay has a colourful style of playing with the narration.’

 

Book review of The Man Behind the Lens — November 15, 2015

Book review of The Man Behind the Lens

Author: Soumya Khamari is from Odisha, an MBA and passionate about writing. He held few failed jobs and co- founded an e-commerce company,valscart.com. An avid reader, speaker and entrepreneur. He’s working on his second novel.

The Man Behind The Lens: When a twenty something guy failed to find happiness in job and entrepreneurship discovered a less travelled road to his passion. A yelling mother with high hopes and a rebuking father hold him responsible for his inability to distinguish between a mere fantasy and passion and force him to join the rat race. He tried to find happiness in the smiles of orphan and abandoned who have surviving parents and help them reunite. He unveils the dark side of orphanages and the sexual abuse. They say it is Karma and it plays pretty nasty games and unveils new stories everyday. If one day he is behind the bars, the other day he seems questioning himself about his passions and ambitions. Will he be able to survive in the politicized society? Will his psychologist girlfriend or his uncle rescue him? Will he be able to find his own way to happiness and passion?

The above is what the blurb of the book reads. Honestly, this book is different from all the books I read. To get to know more about the story you need to catch up this debutant author.

Review: In simple language the way Soumya Khamari wrote this book is commendable. It falls to a very different genre and readers would definitely love the change brought by the effect of this book. It’s a humorous writing on the protagonist , Varun who tries to find his way to happiness and his passion. While I read this book I was mesmerized by the way different tricks of success lay hidden.

It was the best debut an Indian author could give in this genre. In simple words, ‘This book will teach you lessons you never heard or read of.”

It is an exceptional book which is very gripping with it’s sense of humour. It is a worth reading book.

The best sentence from this book was, ‘ The things you do while procrastinating is the things who should do for lifetime.’

After a long time I came back with book reviews and I rate this book 4.2 out of 5.

Review of Sathak Kelapure’s debut. — June 8, 2015

Review of Sathak Kelapure’s debut.

About the author:

Sarthak Kelapure was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up in Nagpur. He is currently pursuing his Engineering in Electronics Design Technology from RCOEM, Nagpur. This is his first novel after publishing various articles and poems in numerous periodicals and journals. Currently residing in Nagpur, he looks forward for his readers to enjoy his work. So stay updated about him and his upcoming novels.

You can find him at: http://www.facebook.com/sarthak.kelapure

@sarthakelapure (Twitter)

To contact, mail him at: sarthak.kelapure@gmail.com

About the book A Known Stranger:

Well the blurb of the book reads as follows:

Story Plot:

Have you ever known a stranger? LIFE MOVES ON and so did Parth Shastri. Jumping from engineering to his profession of interest, he is living his dream. Set in the cellphone era, the story takes you up and down Parth’s life of rage, friendship, office sleaze and relationship issues. When for his greed he loses his family— he has his guide and mentor by his side to make sure he breathes in the fleapit. Caught between web of people; some haunt him and some his yesterday. Can he confront the past?

Can he get through his web of lies?

LIFE MOVES ON…

Characterization: It is the story of Parth Shastri and his life where he is confused somewhat. The way he brought up the character of Parth is extremely alluring. He studied engineering but follows his heart. This is a plus point of the character where he sees the life ahead of him. His friends and an important character Murli’s  kind of presentation is eye catching which will keep oneself attached to the book.

Tiksha and Pratiksha’s character had been described both as a woman but with a tinge of innocence. This surely makes them look opposite to Parth Shastri which makes it even more catchy.

Review: The book is an interesting read when it hits the climax to Parth Shastri revealing his truths and losing of his family. Both pathetic and vulgar these areas and scenes will be well received by the readers. In all, the book is somewhat adventurous, interactive and emotional.

Language: The language is simple and young adults are definitely going to like the way in which it is written. Sarthak Kelapure has done a great job with his pen in his debut novel. It has a soothing smooth flow of words.

A line to keep you remember this book:

“We weren’t perfect yesterday, we aren’t perfect today, neither will we be perfect tomorrow. But that doesn’t mean we cannot make things perfect.”

Reader’s point of view: A good read which can be enjoyed during leisure time.

Selfish Soul — June 3, 2015

Selfish Soul

How’s this selfishness of yours,

That you don’t take the sun, nor take the shade

How’s this selfishness of yours,

that your feet don’t stay anywhere?

You’ve tried being your own God,

and crossed all seven seas,

Still there is a draught within your heart,

Why is it so?

I ask you to listen to me,

Believe me.

Come, your shadows too are calling you back.

Listen to me,

Believe me.

What a loveless and ruthless person you are!

That broken cot,

That cool breeze from the east, Awaits you.

That milk cream

The pot full of earthen water still waits

The whole Sukhiganj searches for you even today.

How’s this selfishness of yours,

That you don’t take the sun, nor take the shade

How’s this selfishness of yours,

that your feet don’t stay anywhere?

How’s this selfishness of yours,

Neither salt nor sugar fit on your tongue

How’s this selfishness of yours,

That you have forgot old love..

O free man, free spirit,

You’re a storm of wind..

then why have you ended

within yourself only?