Book Review: Strangers With Known Faces by Gautam Dutta

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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

ISBN: 978-93-86148-16-2

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 at-gautamdutta5678@gmail.com

Blurb:

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 Review- Secrets, Sins & Struggles by Kamini Kusum

Book Name- Secrets, Sins & Struggles: The Journey of Five Women
Author- Kamini Kusum
Genre- Anthology/ Fiction
Publisher- Zobra Books
Pages- 210
Price- ₹199

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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.

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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.

 

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Author Interview- Nitin Kumar

Today we have Nitin Kumar, author of The Way She Loved with us.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I am student of Journalism and mass communication, pursuing my graduation from National institute of mass communication, New Delhi. Being a bonhomie, I am pretty cool creature living under my own conditions. If I talk more about myself, I see myself as a dream chaser. Nevertheless I am not so called ‘ambitious’, however all matters for me, are my dreams.

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  1. What brought you in this writing world?

To be very honest, I was always fascinated about writing and literature. I used to write poetries and short fiction stories since childhood. Moreover, I had a dream of writing my own novel from the schooldays. That’s why certainly, I am here today giving you my interview.

  1. What after writing?

See, I have several dreams that I always keep following. So, my next step would probably be the masters in business administration and after that others goals too. (Of course, keeping my writing parallel with further steps)

  1. What made you write The Way She Loved?

Clearly, there was two genuine reason behind writing down ‘The way she loved’. One is to fulfil my dreams of be an author. Second one is to avoid or can say compensate, the bad happenings of my life. I believe that everything happens for a reason, all we need is to convert it for a good one. So, this one also played very important role. Once you read the novel, you can easily get the reason behind writing ‘The way she loved’.

  1. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?

Life keeps moving on and people too. So, I won’t like to consider any character as me because everyone has some own unbeatable originality and prospective. However, I see myself in a person (better not to mention the name) to whom I concord at various parameter. So, let the people guess.

  1. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

I think, “Literature” is very ambiguous concept that one can define it either in one line or nevertheless in a book.  If I give you one liner answer, literature is somewhat penning down morality.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

Though I am not bookworm but I usually prefer to read Indian authors like Chetan Bhagat, Sudeep Nagarkar, Durjoy Dutta and Ravinder Singh. Needless to mention here that they mostly write about love, romance and relationship which work in real life sometimes. So, one can get the better understanding of love and can have various phases of love through their novels.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

Ah, yes! I am currently working on the plot of my second novel jointly with my closest one. Probably, readers will able to get it into hands by the end of this year.

  1. What else after writing?

Besides writing, I love to give priority to my close people and doing crazy things for them. Rather than that, I love to paint as well my mood allows to do so or else interacting with the masses.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

Readers can contact me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, mentioning the user ids; nknitin567567, nitin567567 and nknitin567567 respectively. One can mail me either on: nitin567567@gmail.com

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Double or Quits – review

Author Ankit

Book – Double or Quits

Author – Shilpa Gupta

The first ever corporate story that did not bore me a tiny bit, I avoid book based on corporate background because the terms and tactics are something that isn’t easy for me to fathom. However ‘Double or Quits’ came just not as an exception but I understood too, the terminology and the working of market. So, I express the gratitude towards Author for making it easy for the readers like me.

The story is of Jyotsna Singh, a young, ambitious girl who rises even after the early predicament of life. She is a graduate of IIT and IIM-A, pursuing a successful career in investment banking. Everything was going smooth; Jyotsna the top analyst of country bagging each opportunity steadily and Sahani Hospital’s IPO was just another opportunity for her. It will ensure her a hefty bonus at the yearend so…

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Review of “Double or Quits “by Shilpa Gupta

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About the book :

Paperback: 300 pages

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; Latest edition (21 November 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 8184959656

ISBN-13: 978-8184959659

Blurb of the entire book :

Racy, realistic and fast paced, Double or Quits traces Jyotsna Singh’s story against the backdrop of the treacherous stock markets. Losing her father at the age of 12 and brought up under frugal circumstances, Jyotsna grows up too soon. Nervy and edgy by nature, she morphs into a confident and charming young woman with a successful career in Investment Banking. Enter Aryan Sahani, rising corporate star and billionaire who wraps Jyotsna in his charms, but has plans of his own. Driven by her loyalty to the firm, a desire to break out of her lower middle class moorings and misplaced love, Jyotsna overreaches. She is soon faced with the dark side of the stock markets – a world where ambition, greed and…

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V.K. Karthika Steps Down As Publisher Of HarperCollins India

BREAKING NEWS FOR OUR INDUSTRY

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One of the best regarded names in Indian publishing, V.K. Karthika, Publisher and Chief Editor of HarperCollins Publishers India (HCI), has resigned from her position after a decade-long stint with the company. Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO of HCI, confirmed the news to The Huffington Post.

Karthika’s decision to move on comes on the heels of other major changes at HCI over the last several months. In August 2015, P.M. Sukumar, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), left the company, making way for Padmanabhan, who, after spending nearly 20 years at Penguin Books India, took over the role in October that year. Read more

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Of New Book and New Life

Maliny Mohan

new-life-new-beginning-cover-photo-1It has become not much of a surprise that I disappear from this space for days or even months at a stretch. The situation or habit is so when it comes to many writers of this generation, with most of them pursuing writing as their passion/ solace, while seeking time to write down articles, short stories, novellas and even full fledged novels after sweating it out at their work place during a greater portion of the day. Kudos to their spirit!

Sadly, I find it extremely fetching a task to switch myself onto the writing mode after a long day at work. Most of my writing happens during the weekends or during short breaks between the courses I need to take up as part of my never ending medical journey. Not simply that, my social commitments too suffer an annoying lag when I am buried in the mutli facteted world…

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