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Define Thirty-Six Twice of Eighteen | Shikhashikz | Book Feature

February 3, 2017

Define Thirty-Six: Twice of Eighteen | Book FeatureBlurb -

I turned 36 this year ( and I am not shy to reveal my age ). Initial months of 2016 was when I decided that it's high time that I put my personal goal into action, and I started working on this piece. When you are 18, you are free to take your decisions and venture into a new horizon.Probably for me, the second innings of 18 enabled me to work on my dream project. That's how this title came into being.

About the Author - 

Shikha loves to create the Zing factor in Marketing.Books are her Best Friend, Tea is her favorite beverage & Travelling to places is her hobby.

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Despite Love | Siddhartha Srivastava | Book Feature

January 31, 2017

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Mistakes Happen... 
After all, we are human. 
Smriti wanted to be alone, away from Risabh. Their tumultuous relationship was too much for her to take. There was too much pain and sadness and they were staring at a point of no return. She needed a break from him, she thought. But little did she realise that she would be gone from him forever. 
Risabh is shattered as he loses the love of his life in mysterious circumstances. Unable to come to terms with reality, he is constantly tormented by the memories of his past. With the investigating inspector pinpointing the murderer, it seems to be an open-and-shut case. Till things take a murkier turn with the death of another close friend of Risabh... 
And then there is yet another murder, just as Risabh is about to pick up the pieces of his life again. Is there a professional killer out on the loose and is Risabh next in line? 
Despite Love is an engrossing tale of love, suspense, intrigue and passion that keeps you on the edge till the very end.

About the Author - 

Siddhartha Srivastava is a student. He lives with his dad and his mom in Uttar Pradesh, India. This book is his first novel in the crime fiction genre. His dream is to become a successful and respected writer in the world of Indian literature. Siddhartha loves living life to the fullest. He believes hobbies teach people many things and passionately pursues many interests such as physics, reading, traveling, playing guitar, photography and singing. He also loves spending time with his family and friends.

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Benign Flame | B.S. Murthy | Book Feature

January 23, 2017

 

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The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification. However, as her father was constrained to help her in becoming a doctor, she opts to marry, hoping that Sathyam might serve her cause though the persona she envisioned as masculine, she found lacking in him. But as he fails to go with her idea, she becomes apathetic towards him, and insensibly sinks into her friend Sandhya’s embrace, for lesbian solace. In time, she comes in contact with Tara the suave call girl who unsuccessfully tries to rope her into her calling to achieve which she introduces Ravi the seducer. However, when Roopa goes to attend Sandhya’s wedding, she loses her heart to Raja Rao the groom even as Prasad, her husband’s lecherous friend falls for her. The scheming Prasad induces Sathaym to go the corrupt way besides weaning him away from Roopa with the aid of whores to make his path clear to her amour and that throws her into a dilemma. But as fate puts Raja Rao into Roopa’s arms, how the tale ends is best described by one Mr. Spencer Critchley, thus: “It’s a refreshing surprise to discover that the story will not trace a fall into disaster for Roopa, given that many writers might have habitually followed that course with a wife who strays into extramarital affairs.” Unfolding the compelling saga of Roopa’s love and loss, governed by the vicissitudes of life, this 'novel' nuances man-woman chemistry on one hand, and portrays woman-woman empathy on the other. Who said the novel is dead; 'Benign Flame' raises the bar.

About the Author -

Schooled in letter-writing, BS Murthy, born 27 Aug 1948, graduated to articulate his managerial ideas in thirty-odd published articles before penning fiction with the ‘novel art’.  BS's fiction had emanated from his conviction that for it to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil but not the hotchpotch of local and alien caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas. BS, a graduate mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India, is a Hyderabad-based Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor since 1986. He is married, to a housewife, with two sons, the elder one a PhD in Finance and the younger a Master in Engineering.

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The Diary Boys | Rohit Raj Chauhan | Book Feature

January 20, 2017

The Diary Boys | Rohit Raj Chauhan | Book Feature

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Well, when the four old times friends Ayush, Amit, Vivek and Rahul take up decision to write a diary about the things happening in their life but, with a condition that the diary would rotate among them every month, their lives gives them ridiculous experiences to write. In the process they reveal their personal struggles, misadventures and their inability to accept things as they are. Ayush, a good homely neighborhood boy never thought that he would take smoking lessons from the girl whom he loved. Amit not in this world imagined that his foolhardy act at the auditions of a famous singing reality show would land him as a laughing stock on TV. Rahul after having a handful of sleeping pills and after being convinced that he was dead, to his dismay wakes up to find out that he was not! Vivek simply has to live with the fact that the girl he had his crush on got pregnant in a casual affair with some guy of her colony.

About the Author -

A perfect example of Education gone wrong. A qualified Chartered Accountant with an artistic twist, a photographer and a traveler.

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Eighteen The End Of Innocence | Sudham | Book Feature

October 31, 2015

Eighteen The End Of Innocence | Sudham

 

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It is 1990, Raghu is in the final year of an all-boys school in Delhi. The monotony of attending school is broken by escapades with Aadi – his best friend and the rest of the gang from school. High on hormones the boys are knocking hard on the doors of adulthood! A slew of blank calls and a mystery caller bring intrigue into Raghu’s life. He is surprised when one fine day Shalini, a girl from his study group turns up at his doorstep. Raghu and Shalini join forces to nail the mystery caller and soon find themselves falling in love. A coming of age fiction set in Delhi of the early 1990s, Eighteen: The End of Innocence traces the lives of three teenagers – Raghu, his girlfriend Shalini and his best friend Aadi. It is a tale about the choices young adults make, often blurring the line between fun and felony in the name of love or for the sake of friendship. Eighteen: The End of Innocence is a journey from turning an adult to maturing into one.

About the Author –

Sudhām is a passionate marketing professional who has taken the proverbial leap of faith to establish himself as a novelist. Before he left his job as the National Marketing Head of India’s largest FM Radio Network-92.7 BIG FM, Sudhāmworked for over thirteen years with brands such as Nokia, Lenovo and TVS-E.  He currently is Head - Go To Market and Activation at MixRadio India.

An avid blogger, Sudhām publishes two blogs www.keyedinthoughts.blogspot.com, a blog that showcases his poems, short stories and musings and www.abrandviewstory.com, a blog on brands and marketing that views the world from a marketer’s lens.

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Dangerous Glitter | Pazhayedathu Paramban | Book Feature

October 29, 2015

Dangerous Glitter | Pazhayedathu Paramban | Book FeatureBook Blurb –

Rajesh is an ambitious young man with dreams of becoming a billionaire. Mubarak has lived his life in abject penury and wants to find a way out of it. Kesuram is a businessman in search of a way to rehabilitate his failing business interests. All of a sudden, Rajesh finds himself in the middle of an exciting new future that holds the promise of a life-changing reality. He soon spirals down a different path, as he stumbles upon a pile of ancient treasures. He sets the ball rolling on what he thinks will change his life: but instead, the world finds itself in the throes of a dangerous new phenomenon that is claiming lives left, right and centre.

About the Author –

Biju Vargheese is an Information Technology Manager by profession. Biju graduated from the St. Thomas’ college in Thrissur and completed his post-graduation from the Bharathidasan University, in Trichy. He started writing short stories and poems during his school days and won awards at the school, district and state levels for his writing. He took a break from literary work to focus on his academics. He has worked in the manufacturing industry for some time and then in the field of information technology. He travelled to and worked in many countries. Even at work, Biju continued writing during his free time. He has written a lot of short stories that he shared in social media. He has written many blog posts in forums of all the companies in which he has worked so far. ‘Dangerous Glitter’ is his first major fiction work. He is currently working in the IT department of a major Airlines company in the Middle East. Biju is married to Hima and his family lives in Chennai. He has a son and a daughter who are at school.

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Yes, My Accent Is Real | Kunal Nayyar | Book Feature

September 15, 2015

Yes, My Accent Is Real | Kunal NayyarA delightfully funny collection of essays by the Indian-American actor, Kunal Nayyar, who plays the loveable, sincere yet incurably dorky character Raj in The Big Bang Theory. In this revealing book, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a nervous little boy in New Dehli who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress the other students at his all-boys school to the confident guy on the set of one of television's most-watched shows who one day eve gets to kiss the woman of his childhood dreams: Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years. Throughout, Kunal introduces us to the people who helped him grow, chief among them his slick moustachioed father. From his father, Kunal learned the most important lessons of life: treat a beggar as you would a king. There are two sides to every story. A smile goes a long way. And, when in doubt, use a spreadsheet. Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this is a coming-of-age story about a young man trying to find his place in between cultures, growing into himself as a person and a performer, and of the many embarrassing incidents that somehow miraculously prepared him to land the role that would make his career. 

About the Author

Kunal Nayyar was born in London, England and raised in New Dehli, India. He first came to the United States in 1999 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business at the University of Portland (Oregon) and he received an MFA in Acting from Temple University. He has been part of The Big Bang Theory ensemble since it debuted in 2007. A ratings powerhouse in its sixth season (2012-13), The Big Bang Theory was the #1 most viewed scripted show in the 18-49 demographic on television and the ratings leader in all of syndicated programming. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Neha, who was named Miss India in 2006.

Another Face In The Crowd | Indraneel DG | Book Feature

September 10, 2015

Another Face In The Crowd | Indraneel DG | Book FeatureSet in Delhi, this is the ribtickling and sometimes tearinducing story of three diametrically opposite friends, and a damsel who is not in distress but could be the cause of distress for the males of the species! Welcome to hilarious world of Fatso – a Punjabi Adonis, Jags – a Tamil ‘Communist’ Brahmin, Bali – a Northeastern Helen of Troy of sorts, and me – a plain simple confused Bong. Just out of college and in their first jobs, life is perfect for them… until they are hit by the hurricane of fate. One loses his job, another decides to quit his and the rest chip in to help start a business venture together. The trials and tribulations of initiating a business enterprise in urban India finally culminate into an absolutely entertaining finale. From the summit of hope to the depths of despair, from utter confusion to absolute clarity, from maddeningly mad to riproaringly funny… this is a story of friendship, aspiration and optimism garnished with the masala of humour, chaos and disagreement! A work of fiction based on facts… a story that will linger on in your hearts, a story that celebrates the magic that is India… This is a story of you and me.

    

Hidden Husband | Shikha Kaul | Book Feature

September 10, 2015

Hidden Husband | Shikha Kaul | Book Feature

Aisha is trapped in her own secret which makes her life hell. Her love for Raghav is true. But hailing from two very different cultures is the basis of their continued friction. Aisha is a Punjabi girl from Gurgaon and Raghav a Bihari from Ranchi. Raghav’s family will certainly not accept a girl from outside their community. And yet, he continues giving her false hopes through his efforts and promises. And then they take a step which entangles her life further.

Will she manage to come out of this quandary or must she continue to live in her self-created web? Explore her journey that makes her realise the atrocities being committed on women in the Indian society and the tough decisions she must take, keeping her most loved ones oblivious to everything happening in her life

About the Author

Shikha Khanduja Kaul is an Indian author who was born in Amritsar, Punjab. Her family moved to Gurgaon in 1992 and she has seen the city grow from a small town to being the Millennium City of India. She completed her schooling from Gurgaon and later graduated with Honours in Physics from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HR) from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning.

She found her passion for writing not too long ago. Her debut fiction novel is a love-story with a touch of the realities prevailing in the Indian society that form the foundation of the biases against women for centuries. She hopes to come up with at least one novel every year for as many years as she can. With the plethora of ideas that the author in her is eager to offer, she wishes her readers ‘Happy Reading’.

    

India on My Platter | Saransh Goila | Book Feature

August 21, 2015

India on My Platter | Saransh Goila | Book FeatureBackpacking through the country, young chef Saransh Goila sets off on a culinary trail through India, where in he discovers the various nuances of local cuisine. From rural villages to barren deserts to freezing mountains, he unfolds the flavour of his destination by meeting local villagers or erstwhile royalty, picking up a tip or two to use in his kitchen. Wherever he goes, he makes sure to visit the famous eateries of that place. Through him, the reader can vividly smell the spices and taste the dishes that are described. The recipes given also present ways on using locally found ingredients. From having steaming Murthal ke paranthes to savouring tasty street food in home town Delhi, from cooking on a boat in Varanasi to cooking dishes using a bamboo hollow in Assam, Goila does it all and presents his adventures in a lucid, flowing narrative peppered with humorous anecdotes.

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