Saturday, 20 August 2016

शादी...


बहुत सुना था शादी...,शादी...,
क्या होती है ये शादी-शादी...,
शायद किसी ने सोच समझ के रखा होगा नाम शादी...,
पर मतलब क्या है शादी का...?
सोचा लाख मगर कुछ ना सुझा...,
बस फिर लिख डाला "शादी "...,

उलट पलट के देखा बहुत...,
फिर भी हल ना निकला कुछ...,
थक हर कर ये ही समझा...,
ना कहो इसे बर्बादी...,
क्योंकि इसी से तो है...,आज देश में इतनी आबादी...,

जो भी कहो दोस्तों, है...,जरुरी ये शादी..., 
लड्डू ऐसे जो खाए वो.,पछताए...,

और ना खाए वो भी  पछताए...,
यही है शादी..., हाँ यही है शादी...!!!


दीप 


Monday, 15 August 2016

BOOK REVIEW - “THAT THING CALLED LOVE BY TUHIN A. SINHA”

BOOK REVIEW - “THAT THING CALLED LOVE BY TUHIN A. SINHA”

Coincidentally I am the one who enjoy reading romance more than horror, thriller or any genre for that matter when it comes to reading.

Rishaan the protagonist and his love interests Kiara and Diya at different point of time and situation make significant characters with their separate identities and inherent quirks and expectations. But they indeed share a commonality; an ever searching toil of filling the void in each one’s heart.
Rishaan is this dreamy, idealist, middle-classy boy-next-door. He is spontaneous, talented and great fun to be with but could also be tremendously higgledy-piggledy like most other husbands-in-making young men. Kiara as described by author himself is a spunky, freethinking, free spirited Bengali bombshell. Someone who lives a life with her own terms and viciously honest. Yet amidst the unpredictable differences, the two begin their journey of relationship with intense infatuation.
Diya, to the converse, seemed to be a strong, calm woman who is definitely in control of her life despite the chaos around. There is something very attractive about her womanliness too.
Rishaan is strained to her silently. Rather than carnal wishes, shared compassion, companionship and long conversations is the basis of their bond. Since Kiara and Diya are bosom friends, how the interpersonal dynamics between the three creates stirring situation and the innermost feelings and universality of human reactions to love, betrayal and hurt is resplendently exhibited through the tale.
These line of the story witticism as: “Rishaan knew that life and Bollywood were indeed capable of throwing up some crazy surprises.”
I would like to dislocate my share of earful on the story here without further sharing any more details, and trying not to spoil the reader’s eagerness and allowing them to savor the original narration or compelling expression by the writer himself by reading the book itself.The climax was quite interesting with twists and turns as they unfold. For that you need to read this book.

Now my Positive viewpoints:

The positives of the story are the characters easily identifiable. The simple plot, lucid free-flowing words and the identifiable characters with swift, zesty narrative style makes a light, engaging and easy read for us.
Characters strike a chord with the modern urban metropolitan readers especially Mumbaikars with everyday minute nuances(be it the quirky auto drivers or a smooth-talking boss in loveless marriage) and relationship dynamics being skillfully portrayed. A fearsome, stimulating, challenging, interesting, and provocative fiction of quests clouding contours between vampires and humans is simply mind blowing. The author has added some vernacular lingo and famed movie songs to add his personal style. The book is an absolute page turner but somehow I wanted it to end differently. So there I was, a bit gloomy.

Some suggestive points:

Although the narration of the story is wonderful but at some places the story becomes stagnant. A little more editing would definitely increase its appeal. Sometimes, descriptions of people and places are very exaggerated, which seemed somewhat unnecessary. Finally, what strike me or made an impression on me is the way the story tried to explore the fragility and vulnerability of human relationship. That we are flawed being and with that comes perfectly imperfect relationships, which we agree or not but somewhere have to acknowledge the fact. No relationship is ‘happily ever after’. But then it’s our individual choice to persevere or not.
If all you want is a light, breezy and effortless but wistful read that takes you through that vulnerable, unpredictable, fallible love lane and expose you to the myriads of warm kindled sensibilities, soak into it. You never know after reading this, you might feel lucky enough for what you have or maybe what you don’t have!

 Final words:


Overall if asked I would say this is a good book, perfect accompaniment to anyone interesting in reading on weekend pastime. Overall I would say...this is a good job done by Author (Tuhin A Sinha) … I would give 4 stars to this book.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Author’s Interview: Questionnaire with Kulpreet Yadav

So, for this month  featuring  author from Indian Literary World  is Kulpreet Yadav writer of  The Girl Who Loved a Pirate


Bio: Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, startup mentor, and Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, South Asia's leading online literature and culture magazine of literature and culture of South Asia. After working as an armed forces officer for two decades, I left my job in 2014 to pursue my passion of writing.

Kulpreet’s latest novel, The Girl Who Loved a Pirate, is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy & hijacking. Passionate about Creative Writing, Kulpreet also mentors aspiring writers at schools and colleges and has spoken at many literary festivals in India & abroad including Singapore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, Bangkok, Gurgaon, Pune, Panchkula, Lucknow etc. An ex-armed forces officer, he lives in New Delhi. More at www.kulpreetyadav.com


Questionnaire with Kulpreet Yadav



1.     How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?

I wrote my first novel in 2006 and have been writing ever since. Reading books all my life helped me to look at the world with the curiosity of a writer. Also, as an armed forces officer I travelled far and wide, meeting different people and getting introduced to their ways of life, to the uniqueness of their conflicts etc.

2.     What do you find most challenging about your writing?

You need to find the right voice, one that is original, and has the depth and intensity about life that the readers find distinctive and relatable at the same time. 

3.     What do you do when you are not writing?

I like to go for long walks. When at home, I cook occasionally, and, of course, I love reading all the time.   

4.     Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

I have got a new book lined up for release in July titled “The Girl Who Loved a Spy”. I’m excited about this and we are busy at the moment with the right marketing strategy for the book. Five years down the line, I hope to be known as a writer people enjoy reading the most not just in India, but all over the world.

5.     How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story?

By observing people. By reading newspapers. Or by, sometimes, just closing my eyes. Every story begins with an idea of someone caught in a unique conflict. I never write these ideas down, but when I find a particular one lurking in the corner of my brain for far too long, I get that on the paper and work on expanding it. Every such idea doesn’t become a novel, though. Sometimes, I have to abandon it altogether or leave it as a short story.

6.     Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books?

Read as much as you can.

7.     What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

Introduce the reader to people he is not likely to meet, take him to places he is not likely to go, and show him conflicts and problems that dwarfs his own.


8.     A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

It’s hard to earn a living from writing. But it is not impossible. If anyone believes he can write well enough, he should write. Money always follows if you are true to your passion.

9.     What motivates you most in life?

The fact that I believe I can be the best if I work hard and honestly enough. Where you will end in your life begins and ends with you.

10.                        The majority of the readers tend to take sides due religion and such other considerations.

Not just for my writing, as a person, I consider myself apolitical and without any biases. 

11.                        What is the story behind the name of your book?

It’s exactly what it means. But to elaborate: this is the story of a girl who loves the bad guy (the pirate) but knows that the good guy (the spy) loves her too, but can do nothing about it.

12.                        What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

We should do more to raise awareness of its negative impact on the publishing world and lobby for more stringent laws.



Friday, 24 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW - “CODE RED BY SHANTANU DHAR”




​ Although, I am not the one who enjoy reading horror or thriller when it comes to reading.  However, the cover page of the book was so intriguing that it kept me going.
Ardhendu Bose, the vampire, is now a hired mercenary working for the CIA. Damon Broadus, the African-American CIA agent, leads a covert war against vampires, using Ardhendu as a front. The MI6 and CIA have joined hands to wipe out vampires in a top-secret mission called CODE RED. The best scientists of the MI6 have taken over the research of the late Dr. Amitava Bose and they discover that vampires give off an invisible glow, which can be seen only by using heat-seeking satellite imaging technology. Through this, they discover that the vampires of the world are congregating in a hitherto unexplored, part of the Amazon rainforest.

CODE RED of The Red Trilogy is a horror-cum-psychological thriller that takes place across the UK, the US and the Amazon rainforest. An international thriller, CODE RED is a fast-paced story that raises several thought-provoking questions. ‘Code Red’ is an action packed fast paced thriller…  This book centers on an assembly of Vampires from all over in the Amazon rainforest as Ardhendu combats time, betrayal and power games.

The climax was quite interesting with twists and turns as they unfold. For that you need to read this book.

Now my Positive viewpoints:

The positives of the story are the characters easily identifiable. People tend to skip some words and move on reading fast (even I do that sometimes) but I'm sure that this book is going to hook them to read word to word just like I did.

The novel takes a closer look at the factual nature of the human kinds as Ardhendu battles to comprehend which side to remain on. On one side, are the avaricious feeble humans abolishing ‘Mother Nature’ to fulfill the hungriness of commercialization or the voracious Vampires who sought make us the target.

The book circles about his innermost demons as he races to meet what he actually set out to do. A fearsome, stimulating, challenging, interesting, and provocative fiction of quests clouding contours between vampires and humans is simply mind blowing.

Please Note: The Company RED: The first book in The Red Trilogy, is a dark and sinister unfolding of hunts, blurring lines between vampires and humans, that wreak havoc in the life of Ardhendu Bose, a fatherless, middle-class Bengali boy in search of an extraordinary existence.The author has been successful enough to connect with the readers, I loved it, and I am sure that the target audience will love this book too.

Some suggestive points:

At some places the story becomes static, although the narration of the story is wonderful. The too much detailing in the action and some gore stuff could have been avoided but it might appeal to readers who love this genre. 

 Final words:

Overall if asked I would say this is a good book, perfect accompaniment to anyone interesting in reading thriller cum horror on weekend pastime. Overall I would say...this is a good job done by Author (Shantanu Dhar) … I would give 4 stars to this book.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW - Second Chance at Love by Ruchita Misra.

BOOK REVIEW - Second Chance at Love by Ruchita Misra.





​ I am one of a big admirer for romance novels and love stories in books, and especially the ones written by various Indian authors.  The story was so intriguing that it kept me going, and every time I had to leave the book unfinished, my mind kept wandering around the characters and story in the book.

Samar and Bindiya, both the protagonists, are strangers till brought simultaneously to work. They both are sufferers of their past which continues to distress their present and perhaps their future. However, I really like the point that both have chosen different ways to deal with their past and try to move beyond it to look for happiness again.
Samar is troubled, and hides that under a facade of coldness, and absolute fortitude at work. It’s almost like he has built a wall around himself, he doesn’t let anyone get close for fear of getting hurt again.
Bindiya, on the other hand, is the absolute opposite. She too has a disturbing past, but she chooses humor as a way-out for hiding it and deals with it in a sporty, offhand manner, until some memory jars her intuitive and she’s jerked back, wallowing in compassion. Work is not her solace, unlike Samar, who finds working eases the troubled flow of memories. Work is a compulsion for Bindiya to support herself and her family.
This simple correlation, defines all human beings. No two are alike, and we all have our different ways of dealing with joy, pain, happiness, trouble, etc., forging different relationships in the process - of friendship, of love, of family, of gratitude, etc. And that’s the beauty of it all!
Second Chance at Love makes us question all that we know and traditionally believe about love and do we really get a second chance at it. Although in some instances it does get a little into Bollywood mode with its exaggerated metaphors, on the whole it stays sensitive to its primary readers and how they would react to the strong emotions of love, hope, faithfulness and joy portrayed brilliantly in story. The climax was quite interesting with twists and turns as they unfold. For that you need to read this book.

Now my Positive viewpoints:

The positives of the story are the characters which are massively likeable, and easily identifiable. Situations are very real and very life like, whether you want to be recognized for the efforts you put in at work, try to please your parents, find joy in spending time with your partner, the lust you feel for the one you love the most in this world, and countless others like that.
The passion between the two central characters is quite literally, page burning. It’s awesome how this is expressed so beautifully and in a very mature style in the book, without going over the top and moving into something like of  Mills and Boon territory.
 The author has been successful enough to connect with the readers, I loved it, and I am sure that the target audience will love this book too.

Some suggestive points:

Although the narration of the story is wonderful but at some places the story becomes stagnant. There is one thing that put me off he somewhat meandering tone in the later part of the book. A little more editing would definitely increase its appeal. Sometimes, descriptions of people and places are very exaggerated, which seemed somewhat unnecessary in this if not subtle, poignant love story.

 Final words:

Overall if asked I would say this is a good book, perfect accompaniment to your weekend pastime. Overall I would say...this is a good job done by Author (Ruchita Misra) … I would give 4.5 stars to this book.