Mega Giveaway by Kalmaos Literary Services 30th October to 10 November, 2017

Hello everyone,
We are here again with more thrill and enthusiasm. Here we present once more, Mega Giveaway

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We invite all book lovers out there to participate in this giveaway and make this event a success.

Rules:
1. The participant must be a resident of India.
2. The participant must share this post.
3. The participant can apply for 3 books maximum, not more than that.
4. The participant will have to comment in the comment box of the Facebook post.
5. You will have comment on book’s cover and expectations from the book. Best comments will be given prizes.
5. Multiple entries are not allowed.
6. The winners will be selected by the authors themselves.

1. My Mother: A Tribute of a Yearning Son by Subhrajyoti Parida

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Mother-a tribute of a yearning son- is a book based on true events spanning nearly a month, from the day the first symptom showed up in the author’s mother till her last breath. The book narrates the several tests conducted, including biopsy, on his mother to diagnose her health condition as precisely as possible, and how the Doctors went ahead with a major surgical procedure called as ‘Whipple’s Technique’. The book further portrays how the post-surgery recovery did n’t happen as expected and how the author’s mother was then shifted to ICU, only to lead to gradual deterioration of her health. The doctor finally confirms a rare type of cancer called as ‘Ampullary Carcinoma’ due to malignant tumors in her Common Bile Duct (CBD). Inspite of putting up a brave and stiff fight against the cancer, she ultimately breathed her last on 18th February, 2016. This book does n’t showcase only the tough battle of an ailing mother against the ‘crawling crab’, but also the unshakable determination of the Doctor to save his patient and not the least, the perseverance and the resilience of each and every family member to hold on to the faintest of hope till the end. The author has also given a detailed account of the mourning ritual followed in the part of India to which his family belonged. The poetry section of the book has numerous poems dedicated to the author’s late Mother and all the mothers, both in human society and in all her forms.

2. Coming Back Home by Anuradha Prasad

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“Arpita is on top of the world! After all she was the fresh face of Ponds India and had snubbed the casting couch of Bollywood to land a Leading role in the small screen’s most popular channel. Life never looked more beautiful! Riku is a small town man with handsome looks and big-time Bollywood dreams. He has no ethics and is raring to make it at any cost! Unable to bag big movies as a main lead he ends up accepting a romantic role opposite Arpita on small screen. Betrayed by her own innocence, she finds herself abandoned by her dream man and cannot fathom which is more painful? Whether her failed relationship or her vanishing career! Riku makes it to the dizzying heights of stardom after leaving her. Beaten and broken Arpita has to make it again to even exist in a ruthless industry that only celebrates success. It is a savage ordeal even to have a roof over her head and two square meals! What will happen to her now? Will god punish her forever for making one wrong choice? Will she die in poverty alone? Or fulfill the dreams that she had set out for? One person must trust her to give her a chance. One opportunity must appear to raise her again! Coming Back Home – will carry you through a roller – coaster ride, yet keep you well grounded for inspiration.”

3. Tagged  by M Kaarthika Santosh

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Astute, nimble witted, strong-willed and handsome SaiPrabhu falls head over heels for the gorgeous Preethi Kapoor. What should have been a cakewalk for this girls’ heartthrob turns to be a bed of thorns, because the catch is, Sai and Preethi have never met! How Sai approaches the love of his life strategically, despite being a stranger to her is revealed in an interesting and gripping narration filled with lots of twists and turns. Is it even possible in your wildest dreams to impress and woo a girl who neither knows anything about you nor has anything in common with you? Moreover, how to handle these girls who are always beyond guys’ understanding? And the ultimate question… Will Sai win the girl who stole his heart?

4. The Mystic of Twin Flame Relationship: Reincarnation of Souls by Manjit Sargam Chawla 

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We encounter many soul mates whether Karmic, Companion mates in our reincarnated life from the time even before we take birth. These are our soul mates. They will help us to reunite with our twin flame-the mirror reflection of our soul-and intensify an unconditional divine love more powerful and profound than we can’t imagine. Soul Mates & Twin Flames reveal the ultimate secret to discover our soul mate and our twin flame. But the mirror soul of our soul if met in this life span put the highest impact on our lives and mold us for good, make our soul spiritual awakened and we learn the true meaning of unconditional divine love. Twin Flames and numerous advanced souls are presently re-uniting across the planet to complete their soul’s purpose of ONENESS at this reincarnation on Earthy plane. Humanity has long been trapped by the forces of illusion and hatred that have brought about much suffering and pain. The increasing numbers of souls awaken to their true purpose; to reconnect to their spiritual Formless almighty universe and to serve their fellow beings. Twin Flame soul relationship bear soul tearing and very painful term cycle consists of union, separation, crisis, runner chaser Phase, reunion and many more. If they are successful to raise their vibrational frequency then, they will transit to a higher dimension and will be spiritually Awakened.

5. The Colours of Passion: Unravelling Dark Secrets Behind the Limelight by Sourabh Mukherjee 

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Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, the dashing young entrepreneur, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered by three men. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model, and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

6. Principles of Success by Roopleen Prasad

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Principles of Success Made Easy – 14 easy steps to climb the ladder of success is the culmination of my onerous efforts of writing something simple yet relevant. It is a pragmatic account of the fundamental principles of achieving success by self-help and is the distilled essence of my years of research and understanding of the dynamics of success. This practical manual serves as a step-by-step guide to climb the ladder of success. It gives both an in-depth view and a time-tested approach to succeed and chronicles 14 golden principles of achieving success. The principles are wide-ranging and apply to success in any sphere of life. My own life has been transformed by the principles enshrined in this book. Therefore, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be successful in life and seeks happiness. Principles of Success Made Easy – 14 easy steps to climb the ladder of success would prove to be not only a guidebook for success but also a reservoir and storehouse of strength and motivation. I am sure all my readers would be able to relate to this book, which has been carefully tailored just for them. They would be tempted to read this self-help manual over and over again in order to assimilate its contents and incorporate the principles in their lives. After all, as is said, ‘a good book becomes a part of you’.

7. The Fictitious Drea, by Ravish T Ram

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From the bustling, busy life of a youngster in a metropolitan city, Rak wakes up one day to a different world altogether, where he is an inmate in a sanatorium – a place where the lines between sanity are insanity are blurred, and where he is forced to question what sanity is after all.

He has to experience every facet of life in this new dream-like world into which he walks in as a mental patient and journeys through as a husband, a friend and a lover, while taking up roles of a servant, a soldier, a prisoner, a fugitive and a leader of a crumbling kingdom.

Through this journey, Rak is forced to question everything he knows and believes, but in the end, is everything worth the trouble? Is what he experiences and learns even real or is there an even bigger lesson in the picture?

8. HARAPPA 1 – Lure of Soma by Shankar Kashyap 

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It is in this context that the lives and trials and tribulations of people living in the Indus valley during the middle of third millennium BCE are tackled in this book. I have used existing archaeological evidence along with known historical evidence in writing this book. Rigveda talks about several conflicts among the descendants of the emperor Bharata and the Avestan scriptures talk about the conflicts between the Aryans and the Dasyus. There have always been fierce debates about who exactly these Aryans were and the Daevas mentioned in the Avestan scriptures. I have used some poetic license to accommodate the dates and times of various individuals and events to suit the story telling. The book tries to portray the life of ordinary people during the period of Harappans, while trying to tell the tale of the priestly kings, Magi, Rishis and Sages of the great Indus Valley Civilisation during the middle of third millennium BCE. This is the story of our hero, Upaas, a trainee physician from Harappa. It is a story of a young man growing up, falling in love, getting involved in adventures and finally fighting for the city he loves most – Harappa. The story shows the human elements of people around him. He faces friendship, love, hate, jealousy, treachery and deceit in day to day life. There is generous sprinkling of magic and sorcery. As the country of Ariana, west of Hindu Kush dries up, the Avestansfacing with near extinction take up arms against their neighbours to obtain the precious Soma. The tactics used include deceit, sorcery and finally a war between the Meluhhans and Avestans The Soma plant has been the centrepiece of several hymns in the Vedic scriptures. It is a plant still not accurately recognized. The Vedic people revered it as a God, drank the extract from the stalk of the plant, used the plant for medicinal purposes and it is supposed to have magical properties. There are hymns composed to the Soma within the Vedas.

9. Come Back to Leave Me… Again by Sohil Ashvin Shah

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“Why does the love always seem beautiful in romantic movies and novels, but not in real life? Why should lovers not be in any relationship after they break up? Why do ex-lovers always try to deal with damages instead of staying together? If you want answers to the questions, this book is for you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Half A Shadow by Anurag Shourie

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Three deaths – a beautiful bride, a young businessman, and a famous doctor. Crime arises from its protracted slumber in Udaipur, and the City of Lakes finally sheds its veil of tranquility. Trapped in the heart of the mayhem, is Dr. Aditya Deshmukh, a quintessential loser. In order to redeem himself and wrench his soul free of the guilt of a ‘murder most foul,’ he has to find the missing links between Abraham and Sarasvati, Abhimanyu and Sumitra, Yasser Arafat and Vladimir Putin. The body count continues to rise as Aditya gropes in the darkness. Hunted by an enemy he can’t see, devoured by a love he can’t consummate, and guided by a friend he can’t trust, he is caught up in a race against time where he can’t afford to be the runner-up.

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Book Review- Demons in My Mind by Aashish Gupta

Book Name- Demons in my mind 
Author- Aashish Gupta
Genre- Fiction/ Motivational
Publisher- Notion Press
Pages- 330

Blurb

Are crimes and mental illness related?
Is your mind under your control?
Is your life an illusion created by you?
Dakshesh, an old man in Sirubari village suffering from cancer, wishes to be released from excruciating pain. His journey takes him to the three monks, known for miraculous healing and life transformation. He discovers they are no saints, but hardened criminals. The three monks – Rizwan, Murli, Joseph – narrate stories of unprecedented savagery that would make even the most cold-hearted criminals look down with shame.
The dark stories of the three monks leave Dakshesh gasping, but there is something about their dishonorable lives that relieves Dakshesh from his pain.
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Review

Demons Of My Mind is a debut novel  by Aashish Gupta and he serves us an unique plot. There are many surprises in the book which glues readers with the book.

Book Title and Cover- Book Title is interesting and creates curiosity about the content. Cover goes well with the title and the content and adds curiosity.

Blurb is short, crisp and fine.

Overall, First Impression of the book attracts readers.

Language and Narration- Language of the book is simple and easy to comprehend. Narration is done in first person narrative and is done well.

Book is edited well and increases reading experience.

Storyline and Plot- Storyline of this book is unique and keeps readers hooked with book.

Storytelling skills of Mr. Gupta  is amazing and the picturesque and detailed description helps readers imagine scenes in our head.

The three stories of three monks are written brilliantly however, several questions remained unanswered.

Except that, Demons in my mind is perfect book if you’re looking for inspiring fiction read.

Rating-
Book Title and Cover- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 3/5
Final Rating- 3.5/5

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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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Interview Break- Ankita Rathour (Author of Epiphany: Tales of Revelation)

Hello everyone,
Today we have an amazing and smart poetess Ankita Rathour who launched her book, Epiphany: Tales of Revelation, a few days ago. So let’s see how she responds to my questions.

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  1. Tell us about yourself.

I am a lazy nerd who reads and watches crime series in free time and writes poems. I love F.R.I.E.N.D.S. which is my daily dose of sanity. Teaching is my passion and I am associated with Hindustan Times Learning Centers since 2015 as a subject expert in English. I love long conversations over coffee!

  1. What brought you in this writing world?

Dissatisfaction. There are books everywhere nowadays and most of them are bestsellers but hardly any of them are contributing to the social and cultural fabric at large. I intend to do that through my writing. Moreover, I am disheartened to see the rampant commercialization of writing in which poetry has no place. For me, poetry has always been the most powerful and underrated form of literature that needs to be out so that it can inspire more poets to come out of their shells.

  1. What after writing?

I have been a literature student and still am. I have continued and will continue my research interests. Secondly, I am a teacher so I will be dedicated towards the long-term purpose of making this society and India better.

  1. What made you write Epiphany: Tales of Revelation?

An inspiration. An Epiphany.

The book is a story about and of people. As a writer, I strongly believe in the raw and purest forms of emotions that need to come out on paper because they deliver you the liberation that you have been looking for.

I had been writing poems since long and then I decided upon the right time to get it out in print.

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  1. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

Well! It’s quite impossible to associate yourself with one character and being a literature student yourself you would agree with that. A very dear friend of mine once said: “You have multiple personalities in you.”

I feel I am an amalgamation of many. To narrow it down: I associate myself closely with Elizabeth Benett (Pride and Prejudice), Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) and Sindi Oberoi (Foreigner). I think I am witty like Elizabeth, passionate like Heathcliff and detached as Sindi. Many other characters come close to but let’s just end it here.

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

Literature means to connect, relate and grow. What is the most fascinating part about literature is the way different narratives go on being ‘relatable’ through ages. I think literature is the biggest time travel ever possible. Not everything written is literature. So, we need to be very careful about what we read and write.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I am fanatic about Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I ardently love Austen, Bronte sisters, D.H. Lawrence, Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett, Paolo Coelho, R.K. Narayan and Arun Joshi. I love the works of Hanif Qureshi and Jhumpa Lahiri. The list goes on.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

I have recently penned down my first crime story which is to be released soon in the anthology titled ‘Abstract Tales’. I will be working on the short story collection of my detective/sleuth after that. I am ready with another collection of poems too but I am waiting for the right time to get it out.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

I write experiences which not only become easily relatable but also give you an insight about yourself. The readers will find that reality and individuality in my work.

  1. Any words to newbies?

Please read literature. Pick up classics and start now! Read what you think you shouldn’t be reading. That helps you grow and mature. Please do not run after the tag of ‘bestseller’. Believe in quality rather than quantity and learn to love solitude- that will make you a great writer.

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DEVIL’S KITCHEN

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Dawn of devil,
Goodness on grill.
Pending breakfast bill,
Restaurant on red clouded hill.

What somberness these dishes hold,
Some delicious dishes unsold.
Fragrance coming out very old,
Rotten human flesh in the plate gold.

Cooked on dark fire,
Instruments are snatched, not on hire.
Invisible but dangerous flame,
Is so effective, one human can’t inhale.

Kitchen so well set,
nitrogen gas for blood wet.
Silent cooking happens here,
This far has reached devil’s dare.

 

(c) Anuj Kumar
The Squire: Page-A-Day-Poetry

 

UNDER THE BLUE SKY

Visible
Seen
Noticed
Ignored
Sitting roadside
Under the blue sky

Employed
Unrecognized
Not in pay commission
Still an employee
Under the blue sky

Yawning
Playing
Enjoying
Illegally
Earning
Under the blue sky

He smile
He cry
He fight
He act
He brainwash
The innocence
Under the blue sky

Sympathized
Blamed
Praised
Donated
Snatched
Under the blue sky

Birth
Life
Lived
Died
Unrecognized
Under the blue sky…

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