Today we have Nitin Kumar, author of The Way She Loved with us.
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.
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.
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)
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
Book Name- The Golden Temple
Welcome again. Today we have Gautam Dutta, author of Strangers With Known Faces. Lets interogate him in our today’s session…
1. Tell us about yourself.
I am an academician by profession, and have been associated with various Universities, both in India and abroad. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor in Manipal University, Jaipur. Though I am a faculty at the Department of Electronics and Communications, I am interested in eclectic topics like as Science, Psychology, Philosophy, and International Geopolitics.
2. What brought you in this writing world?
Writing is one of the best ways to express oneself. I am not good in art or music. But I have a good imagination. And I like telling stories. Consequently, writing is a natural choice.
3. What after writing?
I will continue to keep write and tell stories. And I will continue with my academic career simultaneously.
4. What made you write ‘Strangers With Known Faces’?
First of all, I started writing this as a confession- as a release from the mental burden that I had been carrying in my mind. In life, I have done a lot of blunders, taken wrong decisions, and wasted my time over trivialities. In short, I have led a much screwed up life so far. I could not tell my story directly. So I made up a story that is fictional, but where the emotions are real.
As the name of the book suggests, there are many people who were once important in our lives but are now out-of-touch for a very long time. They are practically strangers. What happens when they meet again? I have seen people who called themselves ‘brothers’ or ‘sisters’. Imagine the surprise when six months later they message me and say that they just have no news of each other. And I have seen such ‘friends’ reuniting in strange circumstances, and then splitting up again.
The name of the book also signifies certain aspects of people that are completely hidden from you. You think you know someone- but do you really? What are the dark secrets that person may be hiding? What is the actual definition of the word ‘intimacy’? So who is really a stranger, and who is a friend?
And finally, the name of the book means that you are not only a stranger to each other- but to yourself as well. There are so many aspects of your own personality that you are not aware of, but others are. Then you pretend to be someone who you are not in reality- in order to make an impression. The Johari Window comprises of the Arena, the Façade, the Blind Spot and the Unknown Self.
I once went to a bookshop, and found two distinct classes of fictional books in stores. One was books about life in college, life after college, love, romance, etc. The other was conspiracy thrillers. I decided to combine both genres in one story.
5. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?
Ranbir Kapoor has perfected the art of playing the confused young man on screen. I am one myself. My life has been as weird and complicated as the characters he plays.
6. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?
Any written work can and should be considered literature. There may or may not be creative or artistic merit in them. But that is a subjective definition. In the world of literature, there is a place for everything.
7. Names of authors you follow. And why?
I generally read non-fiction more than fiction, as I like studying books on philosophy and psychology. That helps me in getting more detailed portrayals of my characters. As far as the fictional part goes, I am more inspired by movies than books. I like Action Thrillers as wellas Romantic Dramas. Some of the authors/filmmakers whose works inspired my book are Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, the Walchowiskis, Christopher Nolan, Guru Dutta, Kabir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, and Karan Johar (Yes, that is correct. Read my book, and you will understand why).
8. Anything about your upcoming work?
My second book is also one that spans two decades. It is a story of friendship, love, loss, redemption. It is aa coming-of-age romantic drama about people who suck in their personal relationships. And true to my storytelling style, it also has action scenes in appropriate places.
9. How can our readers connect with you?
You can connect me through my Facebook page.
And my e-mail ID is firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Any words to newbies?
Write what you want to….but remember that not everybody will be interested in reading what you have written. Accept that. And please please please…….get your manuscript corrected for grammatical errors and typos.
Book Name- Blemishing The Odds
Author- Harish Penumarthi
Page Count- 200
Publisher- Half Baked Beans
Say hello to Raghav, an immature, insensitive person who is apathetic about everyone else except himself. His life revolves around his parents and his friends. He is among the bad books of all his Teachers. Until one day, when Trisha, a new entrant; mesmerizes him at the very first glance. He finds a friend, savior, nurturer and an inamorata in her. Just when he thinks that everything has been set out in a picture perfect manner, life throws a series of ghastly surprises at him. Will he change for good or stick to his immature stand of “My Life, my rules” and screw it all up? This tale journeys across all the ups and downs a student could possibly encounter. The transformations that a student may endure, the courage and guts one needs to have in order to dodge all predicaments and eventually sketch the perfect end to all his agonies.
Blemishing the odds, as the name suggests, is the story about how Raghav, the protagonist overcomes all the struggles that life throws at him and emerges successful. It is a story which tells you that the mere presence of your loved ones gives you enough motivation and strength to face life.
Raghav is a young boy studying in Std. VIII. Life for him is all play. He is a spoilt brat. He doesn’t keep good company at school. He is not in good terms with his teachers too. Trisha joins his class and Raghav develops a crush on her. He wishes to befriend her. But Trisha is a studious girl. She is ambitious. Do they become friends? Yes. They do. Raghav faces the most dreadful setback of his life. His mother is diagnosed with cancer. Raghav doesn’t lose hope. This story is about how Raghav emerges successful.
I liked the way this story has been narrated. The school days, their talks, their group study sessions made me miss my childhood. The manner in which Raghav tackles his problems, the maturity that he shows at such tender age, the way he stands like a rock of determination is worth appreciating.
Book Title and cover- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 3/5
Story line and Plot- 3/5
Final Rating- 3/5
Book Name- 8 days a week
Author- Niraj satnalika
Genre- Drama, Fiction
Publisher- Half Baked Beans
Niraj Satnalika- investment manager turned writer takes a sneak peak in the world of sales – a department which makes business possible through his second novel Rohan aka Ron was super excited to join sales department in a leading financial services company post his amazing 2 months internship experience. Just like a drug peddler, Rohan peddled with complex financial products ranging insurance to credit cards to mutual funds. However, little did he know that his life as a sales person would change his professional and personal life for the better and worse. Read on to unfold the mystery.
8 days a week is hilarious book written by debutante Niraj Satnalika. This book serves us story of normal sales officer in very hilarious way.
Book Title and Cover- Book Title is apt and interesting. Cover hints us about the numbers and job. Both title and cover are complementing each other. Blurb is short and interesting. Overall First Impression of our book demands attention of readers.
Language and Narration- Language is lucid with decent narration. Narration of the book surely engages readers with the book. I loved the humour content and Hindi verses.
Storyline and Plot- This book is all about Sales officer. It tells us his ups and downs, his hard work to meet targets, his frustration in very hilarious way without losing interest of readers. Author has done commendable job with this satirical and humorous book.
Book Title and cover- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 4/5
Final Rating- 4/5
All in all this book serves unique storyline and plot with guaranteed laughs. I would recommend this book to sales officers and readers who read humour/comedy content.
Book Name- Creme Burelle
Author- Ramona Sen
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Genre- Drama, Fiction
A quintessential Bengali anglophile, Aabir Mookerjee, is back from Oxford and can often be spotted basking in the comfort of colonial clubs or pottering around his restaurant, E&B, whose chocolate mousse has been garnering all the attention.
Troubles begin when The Mad Hatter opens across town and its attractive young proprietress shows a knack for concocting sweetmeats. Meanwhile, Aabir’s mother and the family priest unite to find him a ‘suitable’ bride. His monosyllabic sister won’t help and his incorrigible friend is too much the flagrant Lothario to be depended upon. Soon, the easily disoriented Aabir finds himself swamped by more ladies than he can handle.
Perhaps the only person who can bring things to a head is his dead grandmother, who watches over the family with an eagle eye from her unearthly abode on the coconut tree.
Hugely engaging, with bountiful laughter, read along to know how Aabir fares, even as he inches closer to the best dessert he can get his hands on and a romance he hadn’t bargained for.
Psst: The reader runs the risk of unappeasable hunger pangs, which is not to be held against this lip-smackingly tasty book.
Creme Burelle is simple yet engaging drama fiction novel penned down by Ramona Sen. Engaging story and life-like characters are what makes this book a special book.
Book Cover and Title- Book Cover is beautiful and eye-pleasing. Title is confusing yet interesting and at a time it creates curiosity about the book. Blurb is short and up to mark. All in all First Impression of this book catches the attention of readers.
Language and Narration- Language of this book is ‘advanced English’, lucid and interesting. It increased my vocabulary of colours. Narration is decent and helps readers to get hooked up with the book. Dialogues between characters are short and interesting.
Characterization- This book has lots of characters and every character, main protagonist or side characters, have important role to play in the story.
Storyline and Plot- This book follows a simple story of family drama. All the scenes are written perfectly. Number of characters are skillfully woven with storyline without losing track of story.
Humour content and love story is beautifully meshed with the drama.
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Storyline and plot- 4/5