Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio. Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various media, including reputed business magazines across Asia.
Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing.
1. Tell us about yourself.
Born and raised in city of Allahabad, by academician father (his book has won the national award) and writer mother; I was always a dreamer and always a story teller. I was a marketing communication professional and have worked in different geographies across SEAsia. I am a stay at home, mother of one year old boy and I love every bit of motherhood.
I love to read, travel and play electronic games (video/mobile). I have done Social service in field of women and child education.
I dislike watching movies or TV.
2. What brought you in this writing world?
I started writing very young and recited a self composed poem at All India Radio when I was seven. I have been writing since. Professionally, I have written many industry-related and thought leadership articles (published in various magazines across globe) I have also written Poetries, prose and plays- many are published in various media.
The book happened when I was hit by chronic autoimmune disorder, which forced me to quit my job; while the world/society felt sorry for me for losing my perfect skin to a disease, which may or may not cure, I used the time to write the novel. I recuperated as the book finished. Even though my body still carries marks of that illness, but it doesn’t remind me of pain and sleepless nights; it has made me strong and I thank god for that!
3. What after writing?
Writing is more like part of my life and it will remain so. I am so accustomed to penning my thoughts that a life after that in unimaginable.
4. Tell us about your work?
Ashvamedha- The Game of power, is a political thriller. The book is at #6 among “top 50 favorite books by a female author, 2016” (done by The Ladies Finger). Hindu (News paper) called it one of the best thrillers of recent times and is also among the top reads of Juggernaut APP.
“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”
Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.
The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.
A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.
5. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?
Adya, female lead, resemblances with me in many ways- she is independent, focused and very professional, dislikes wearing formal attire and loves to eat (very similar).
6. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?
Literature is the mirror of the people and society (and their sentiments), in words; it has various forms and styles, many languages and different views, but in the end it represents us; hence like us, it has gone through changes, it evolved. Like us, it is complex and simple at the same time.
To me a Haiku is as much a literature as limerick and Shakespeare is as eminent writer as E.L James.
7. Names of authors you follow. And why?
I am voracious reader and I read a lot. I am inspired by many authors and I quote them often- Besides John Keats. Oscar Wile, Charles Dickens… (Classic)
Kahlil Gibran: Easy parables with deep meanings. His writing goes deep within your soul and stirs it. So beautifully written so simple and yet hard hitting is how I will define his writing skills
Michael Crichton: One of the best brains with very lucid story telling style; from quantum mechanics to DNA restructuring, he made complex subject looks like a child’s play.
Robert Ludlum: A thriller fanatic would always quote his name (if not intimidated by number of pages of his books) Detailed narration and great story has capacity to glue the readers till the end
John Grisham: Purely for his narrative style and drama
Khaleed Hosseni: is Charles Dickens of modern era; when he writes you could actually smell the fear and feel the pain!
Dan Brown: For the mystery on once an unexplored genre (symbology) and the narrative style.
8. Anything about your upcoming work?
I am working on a crime fiction.
9. How can our readers connect with you?
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Book Name- The Flames of Anahata
Author- Saranya Umakantan
Publisher- General Press
“They turned to see his tears of love wiping away her blood of agony…”
Diya throws Suraj’s proposal back in his face, leaving him broken-hearted. Why would she do so when she loved him desperately?
Suraj finds his Guruji unconscious beside a cave clutching the warrior Indrajith’s diary. His heart-rending love story then unfolds. Being trapped in a web of emotions, Indrajith endured the pain of his lost love, hurting himself and trampled Deepali’s hope for his adopted brother… Who was he?
Sealed for centuries and holding the Mann-Parivarthana astra, the cave is besieged by evil now. But all attempts to unlock it go futile. Faced with baffling hints, Suraj’s intelligence is sorely tested. What is the potent power required to break through that Paanch-Dost-Gupha?
THE FLAME OF ANAHATA!
Will the fire of love ever flicker in the hearts of Diya and Suraj?
Flames of Anahata is second book of Come back Warrior Trilogy. This book has two stories running parallel but are separated with time. Book serves us a fast paced multi genre book which is an enjoyable read.
I received a free copy of this book from Kalamos Literary Services and Anuj Kumar in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Book Title and Cover- Book Title is catchy and draws attention. Though word “Anahata” has different meaning than what I had thought and it was interesting to know about “Anahata”
Coming to the cover, it does not match the content.
Language and Narration- Language used in the book is simple and easy to understand. Narration is decent and hooked me with the book. Book is free from any grammatical errors and editing is done well.
Characterization- All the characters are justified properly as per demand of the story. I liked the way author has given a little story about every character which makes them even more relatable
Storyline and Plot- As I said earlier, two stories run parallely within the book, however author has done great job to keep engage readers with both the stories.
Writing style of author is simple and does not create any confusion.
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 4/5
Final Rating- 4/5
Title: Strangers With Known Faces
Author: Gautam Dutta
Place of Publication: Gurgaon, India
Publisher: Invincible Publishers
Date of Publication: Jan 1, 2016
Number of Pages: 257 Pages
Genre: Thriller (Conspiracy)
About the Author:
Gautam Dutta is an academician by profession, and has been associated with various universities, both in India and abroad. He has an unflinching thirst for knowledge and is interested in eclectic topics like Science, Psychology, Philosophy and International Geopolitics.
He is currently associated with Manipal University, Jaipur as an Assistant Professor in the department of Electronics and Communication.
You can contact the author on his Facebook page or mail him email@example.com
Rajat, Meenakshi, Sadaaf, Amol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though…
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Book Name- Secrets, Sins & Struggles: The Journey of Five Women
Author- Kamini Kusum
Genre- Anthology/ Fiction
Publisher- Zobra Books
A collection of five tales,Secrets,Sins & Struggles is about the lives and loves of five women, tracing their long, eventful journeys that are anything but linear.
Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way.
Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend.
Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover.
Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his.
These stories are about the odds stacked against women in their path to love and success.
They are also about hope that the next turn will lead to the happiness and success they all long for.
Secrets, Sins, and Struggles by Kamini Kusum is a kind of anthology where author serves us 5 short stories of 5 different women which are going through their sins, struggles and many other elements. This book is perfect feminist book of a kind and inspiring too.
Book Cover shows five different women with different emotions. The cover is appropriate with the book and catches attention of the readers.
Title discloses about the content and is complements well the cover of book. Blurb is short and interesting enough for readers to pick up the book.
Language of this book is simple and easy to comprehend. Narration is done well and makes story reading smooth. Few quotes in the book are worth quoting.
All the five characters are different from each other with different struggles but one thing common in them is, all of them try to change their fate. I loved the way author focuses on the main protagonist in few pages and makes readers involve in the character building.
My sister picked up this book before I could and as I saw her reading this, so engrossed in the pages, I knew it was going to be a fantastic book.
What I didn’t know was that it was also going to be an emotional and a memorable book.
Well since Women’s day is coming soon, I thought I’d pick this book up myself.
What started with a thought provoking intense tale of Pooja, a girl who runs away from her detestable family and gets raped and sold into flesh trade.. Just reading about those incidents made me skin crawl and my stomach turn.
Continuing ahead, I got to experience one poignant story after the other which led to a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts.
Every woman with a unique character, different qualities and flaws was portrayed so beautifully.
The story and their struggle was weaved in such a wonderful way making this book a real page turner.
No it is not a straight on book. It is a bunch of short stories. So even if you don’t like a single one, don’t worry, there are others which could be more to your liking.
For me, the tale of Avni was an incredible one.
I will not lie and say that I finished it in one sitting. Instead I savoured each story every day, mainly because I didn’t want this to end.
What makes me commend the writer is the fact that she brought diversification in the characters. Not every girl was a single independent feminist, nor they were all uneducated, just looking to get married. There was variety, in stories and in the characterization.
The name ‘Secret, Sins and Struggles’ is totally apt for this roller coaster book and I recommend it to any person looking for a deep, thought-provoking and marvelous book.
Today’s interview is a little special one for me. Aniruddha Pathak is the author of Canvas of a Storyteller and AbstracTales. This guy took my interview two years and now I am interviewing him. See how amazing player this time is.
So here we start…
1. Tell us about yourself.
Hello, this is Aniruddha Pathak. Speaking about me, I am a computer science student; and I indulge into many other interests: including writing, YouTubing, blogging, and most importantly, spreading motivational words. I am an Author of two books, namely Canvas of a Storyteller and AbstracTales, and my unpublished novel—Lily in the Way, is a NaNoWrimo 2016 winner. I take great interest in technological stuffs as well, and am associated with many online forums as well.
I blog at thelifewithani.in
2. What brought you in this writing world?
I started writing when I was 11. I wrote several poems in Marathi in my earliest days of writing, and slowly moved towards stories. Later when I joined the internet, I began writing in English watching many teenagers writing in their busy schedules. Those people inspired me, and later my readers inspired me to keep on writing.
3. What after writing?
Computers, of course. I am a Computer Science student so my profession would remain the same. Being said that, I would also like to explore other things in book publishing industry—I am never leaving my passion behind; it will always stay with me along with my profession.
4. What made you write Canvas of a Storyteller?
So many factors: including my readers, the people and their stories, and the basic idea of letting the people know other people through one attempt. The thought of Canvas of a Storyteller (abbreviation: CoaSt) struck in April 2016, where my alter ego—Ani is the storyteller and narrator and tells you various stories and makes you familiar with all the human emotions along the way.
CoaSt has significantly been impressively performing on the selling charts, and has received awesome critic reviews as well. I get many messages from my readers where they tell me the number of times they have read Canvas of a Storyteller till date. And that for me is one of the biggest accomplishments.
5. What is your next book AbstracTales all about?
With AbstracTales, I am stepping into Horror writing after a gap of a year. The story that I have written is fast paced and ‘Desi’, a type that I have avidly been reading in Marathi literature. The biggest challenge (I was afraid and tensed cause I hadn’t attempted it for a year or so) for me was to maintain the pace and the suspense—till the last moment, and from what I have heard from my readers, I have been successful in doing the same. And I am happy about it.
Being said that, I am happier to work with my co-authors: Ankita Rathour, Kritika Sharma, and Pallavi Sareen who wrote awe-striking stories in AbstracTales. That means the readers get a mastamagorical reading treat, that has all the powerful genres—Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, and Romance.
6. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?
The character of Ani in Canvas of a Storyteller, of course! Haha! It’s funny to say that I implemented most of my traits in that character, and made it an essential part of the book.
7. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?
For me, Literature comprises of several important factors—words, storytelling, respect towards your craft, emotional connection, observations, and most importantly, it must be treated as a responsibility…for you are offering your powerful words to the world.
8. Names of authors you follow. And why?
I follow a notable number of Authors. Each Author teaches me something valuable.
Ratnakar Matkari, Laxman Londhe and Narayan Dharap are my all time favorites in Marathi literature.
For English, I follow Robin Cook, John Green, Neil D’Silva, Kavipriya Moorthy, Jojo Meyes, Sidney Sheldon, and many more.
9. Anything about your upcoming work?
Currently, I am working on a plot that reflects human psychology and stress. I have been experimenting with many genres lately, and this story struck me out of nowhere one day. I would reveal the details soon.
10. What else after writing?
As I stated above, Computers and Publishing.
11. How can our readers connect with you?
Readers have been my all time inspiration to keep on writing. They can find me at—
And my books at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15712811.Aniruddha_Pathak
Thank you for conducting this interview. It was wonderful answering the questions!
Book Name- Should I… Fall In Love
Author – Shradha khanna
Genre – Romantic Fiction
Publisher – RIGI PUBLICATIONS
A story of Fear….. of not finding forever after and questioning your heart. Naina has always been a strong headed, lively and carefree person. She always felt that there was a reason for everything. She believed in love, commitment and sacrifice, but when her three year old relationship crumble down in front of her she lost all the hope in love and marriage forever. With time and help of her friend, Naina starts afresh in a new city with a new job and people around. For the first time in her life she was not looking for love but a deep urge to stand on her own feet made its way in her life. Little did Naina know her life was going to change? Nothing could prepare her for the storm of love in the shape of Nihal, the confident, persistent and handsome guy she met at her boss housewarming party. Read on to know, will Nihal be able to penetrate the cold walls covered around Naina’s heart or her insecurities are more than enough to lead them on different paths in life. A story where thinking that questioning your heart with “Should I”, can stop you from “Falling In Love”
Should I Fall In Love is a debut novel by Shraddha Khanna and author has done amazing done with keeping the book close to reality with simple yet intriguing plot and connecting storyline.
Book Title and Cover- Title is appropriate with the book and creates curiosity about the book. Cover however, is not much attractive and should be improved in the next edition of the book.
Blurb is short and up to mark and gives us hint about the content.
Narration and Editing- Language used in the book is lucid and engages readers with the book. Narration is done in third person and makes a wonderful reading experience.
There are few editing errors in the book which should be corrected in the next edition. Apart from them, book is pretty interesting to read.
Characterization- Main characters, Naina and Nihal are portrayed beautifully with keeping everything close to reality. I liked Naina’s character the most. She is workaholic with dark past and wants to move forward but misses “Love” in her life.
Nihal on the other hand, is a free living, charming, flirtatious guy. The book is about Naina and Nihal and whether they end up together or not.
Plot and Storyline- Plot is simple and realistic and thus predictable most of the times. But the way series of events flow with happy and bumpy ride, readers are bind with the story. It is a perfect romantic book with happy ending.
The plus point about the storyline is Shraddha kept it simple and realistic and thus story is connecting.
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/4
Language and Narration- 3/4
Storyline and Plot- 3/5
Overall Rating- 3/5
All in all, Should I Fall In Love is a sweet engaging tale of love and makes you smile throughout the book. Don’t miss this book if you’re into romantic genre.