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Karma

by

Kevin Missal

Chapter 1

The girl’s corpse was stinking now.

It had been hours since they had been seeking for a place to hide the body. Raju, sitting in the back, hearing the constant thuds of the corpse in the trunk, was reminded of how much of a dire situation they were in. Prashant was in the passenger seat while Yadav sat, driving solemnly.

Raju licked the sweat that trickled over his lips.

“Fuck man, fuck, fuck, fuck,” he stamped his feet. “This was not the plan.”

“I freaked out, man,” Prashant sighed.

“We just had to have a little fun and get away. We weren’t supposed to be killing people here.”

“Chuck that. I hope they don’t find any traces that link it to us in the flat.”

“We were clean,” said Yadav, breaking the silence. “Just hold your tongue and be quiet. After this night, we are done, keeping out of contact for a while. If we are seen together, things might turn fishy.”

They both nodded.

Yadav stopped the car, close to the dense foliage. It was 3:00 AM at night and the fog had just welled up. Raju came out first, leading the way to the car’s trunk and opening it. He found the girl, pale like the overhead moon, her one hand over her cheeks and the other on her lap.

How did this even happen?

But it was a stupid question. He was responsible for it, or at least a partial accessory to it. He was there, beating the husband ruthlessly while Prashant was playing with her. Things escalated, she protested and he broke her neck. And Raju saw the last of it, the horror of it, as her blank, lifeless eyes stared at him coldly.

Now those same, cold eyes are watching him again and his heartbeat pounds, almost breaking apart the skin.

“Let’s do it,” he exasperatedly sighed.

Chapter 2

EIGHT YEARS LATER…

“Any courier for me, Rastogi Ji?” asked Karman, sitting on the porch of his bungalow, the one his Daadi had left him for.

The postman shook his head. “Nothing, sahib.” He had a crooked grin, that postman with heavy brows that shielded his entire eyes. He had a gray cap and gray costume.

“Saala,” he groaned as he pulled up from his seat. He had been waiting for a book he had ordered from Amazon. The money has been deducted from the bank and they haven’t even sent it.

“I’m sorry for your loss, sahib,” said Rastogi.

Karman shook his head. “Thank you.”

“Your daadi was a very sweet person,”

“Yeah, she lived a long life,” he grinned. He wasn’t really sad. She was ninety-one when she passed away. It had been only a week and initially, it was sad, but things were looking up for him. He had got a job as a content writer for a new startup so he just needed to stay at home and brainstorm. Otherwise, he concentrated on his novel, hoping to write something amazing in the fantasy field, something supernatural. He had even bought all the books concerning Hindu mythos that was dark in nature.

Rastogi waved him farewell as he left, becoming indiscernible in the distance after a while.

Karman scanned his surrounding—a dry, pathetic desert with greenery hardly to be seen. There were a few houses; bungalows in fact, close by but nothing or no one that he would consider as neighbors. And yet he could see a woman, walking in a salwar kurta, with her long wavy hair and a bindi on her forehead.

“Ms. Roma,” he came on his feet. “How are you doing?”

She had blue eyes, which Karman fancied. There was always one trait about an individual that would hold a person’s interest and for him, in Roma’s case, it was her blue eyes.

“I’m fine, Mr. Malik, how are you doing today?”

Karman noticed she had a metal tiffin box in her hand. “You bought me laddoos again?”

“No re, Mr. Malik. This is paneer ki sabzi.”

“Oh.”

She handed it to him, and Karman reluctantly took it.

“But why do you travel so far on foot to give me these food items?”

At that, she blushed. Karman noticed how fair she was and how whenever something awkward would come up, her cheeks would just fluster.

“I feel you live on eggs and bread, having no woman in the house, so I thought I would give you some food beyond your bare means of subsistence.”

Karman nodded, peering over her shoulder to see her bungalow. She lived some fifty yards from him, with a little bit of dry, patchy fields in between and a tree that resembled geriatric wrinkled hands.

Old Gurgaon had always been a cowboy field, according to him. The sun was always bright here, the heat was strong and the fields were long

stretches of indefinitely marked out lands. At night, this same place would become frightening with owls and ravens, adding to the cacophony of rushing winds.

“How’s your mother?”

At that, she frowned. “Trying to find me a husband.”

“Well, you are old enough now. You deserve a boy. ”

“Ah, no ya. I don’t want a boy. I want a man.” She bit her lip.

And why did Karman, all of a sudden, feel threatened by that statement? He wondered.

“Well, you’ll, um, find a man too, I guess, heh,” he grinned nervously. “I would like to invite you to the house but it’s quite dirty as of now.”

“No, no it’s all right,” she began to walk further.

Karman stopped her, his hand moving away from her shoulder when she instantly froze. “I hope you don’t mind.”

There was a brief, humorous smile on her face. “No, no, not at all. We will meet again.”

“Great, Roma. Bye,” he waved.

Well, that was weird.

Karman, holding the tiffin box walked back to the bungalow, entering through the black gate, passing his Honda Civic and walking inside.

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There were flashes of memory—the pipe, the dupatta, the blood and the smacking sound. Those eyes, he recalled, how horrible they were, glassily watching him as she breathed in the last seconds of that day. He would later wake up, with partial memory loss, but slowly he had gathered the truth. But he wishes sometimes this

hadn’t been the case, and as he now thinks about it— he remembers how he was useless, not able to do anything that day, feeling cripplingly ineffective. He was just a coward. And he still was, he admitted. They never found her body, thinking that she was a missing case but she isn’t a missing case, she’s dead. He knew it. It was the last thing he saw.

Those pale eyes…

He woke up from his bed at the sound of the thud, sweat beads trickling down his forehead. He came out of the bedroom, bare-chested, as he walked to the staircase. He descended to the ground floor, moving to the gate. He could feel something was out there. Was it Roma? No. She wouldn’t come so late. He hoped it would be some animal but as he stepped out, he grabbed a sweeping broom, deciding to investigate where the thud was coming from.

In the coldness of the night, there was a

silhouette. And slowly light gleamed on the shadow’s face revealing it to be a cherubic, pale faced girl with blood drenched clothes and a mouth that was smeared with dry blood. Her hair was dry and crumpled, pulled down till her shoulders and she looked dazed. But when she smiled, there was a sense of hope that just bloomed inside Karman.

Never in the wildest of dreams had he imagined his ex-wife would return from the dead.

Chapter 3

Karman sat at the corner of the bathtub while the soul ripped Urvi sat inside, the water covering till her collarbone as she rested her head on the wall. He was playing with her skin, pinching it a little, wondering if she was really real or not. But she was. They had kissed and she had said a few things that were difficult for an imposter to know.

Now she was here, without any explanation of how she returned but only having a partial memory of waking up from the ground.

“You remember those guys?”  She asked.

“I don’t.”

Karman sighed. He did, in fact. The faces of it, the remnants were clear but the massive head attack had resulted in him forgetting their names.

“What did the police say?”

“Not enough evidence to really catch them.”

“I’ll find them,” she said, her voice turning cold. “I’ll find them and make sure they pay for what they did.”

“Revenge is not the answer,”

She shook her head sheepishly. “They have turned me into a monster.”

“What do you mean?” Karman saw the same Urvi he knew eight years ago. In fact too same. She hadn’t aged at all.

“Something happened when I woke up,” she sighed. “That shouldn’t have taken place.”

“What do you mean?”

“When I pulled myself out of the ground, I saw a policeman shining a torch on my face. He wasn’t able to understand what was going on but he helped me initially, asking me bizarre questions about how I got here and it was all too blurry. But then there was a throbbing sound, the sound of arteries pumping blood and I couldn’t help but look at his throat—his tender, black throat that I wanted to rip apart. I had never felt such an attraction to something. It was like, I had to have it and if not, I would die.”

“Oh no.”

“Oh yes,” she nodded.

“You ripped his head?”

She circled her long nails over Karman’s skin. And most of the time, it would feel nice but as of now, the swirling only made the hair at the back of his head stand in fright.

“I ate it,” she said…..

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Book Review- Treacherous Desires by Kritika Sharma

Book Name- Treacherous Desires 
Author- Kritika Sharma 
Genre- Romance Fiction
Publisher- StoryMirror 
Pages- 160
Price- 175

Blurb

They say everything has an expiration date. Kaya didn’t know her marriage had one too. Suffering silently in her marriage she finds herself attracted to a stranger. Things get worse as he, too, feels the same way.
His smile wreaks havoc and touch causes chaos. Kaya doesn’t know what to do, as her ‘treacherous desires’ take hold. However there is an invisible barrier of ‘marriage’ that Kaya cannot break.
Torn between her failing marriage and the man who is irresistible, Kaya now has the hardest choice to make.
Whom will she choose? Will she be able to reignite the spark in her marriage or will she initiate a completely new relationship?
Find out more in this roller coaster ride of love, seduction, desires, passion and epic romance – which neither lets you ignore nor lets you endure.
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Review-

Treacherous Desires is a well written, quick, light and equally engaging novel by Kritika Sharma.
Book Cover and Title– Book Cover is mysteriously seducing and catches the attention of readers. It goes well with the plot and theme. Title is totally appreciate and adds mystery to it and catches the attention of readers.
Language and Writing Style- Language of the author is lucid. Writing style of author is fresh and binds readers with the book. Narration is decent and compliments the storyline.
Characterization– I loved characterization of the book. Kritika has managed to put the real emotions of protagonist in story. The dilemma and the guilt of consequences is brilliantly written.
Even the side characters are well portrayed.
Storyline and Plot– Storyline of the book is fresh and provides us unique yet realistic plot.
From the first page only story starts taking pace and scenes are given one after other. However the pace of the story was fast and slow in between few pages, apart from that, it was interesting read.
Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 4/5
Language and Writing Style- 3.5/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 3.5/5
Final Rating- 4/5
All in all, Treacherous Desires is fast, gripping tale of dilemma, Desires and human emotions. I would recommend this book to Romance Fiction lovers.

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Book Review- Stranger With Known Faces by Gautam Dutta

Book Name- Stranges With Known Faces 
Author- Gautam Datta
Genre- Fiction
Publisher- Invincible Publishers
Pages- 257 pages
Price- ₹185

Blurb- 
RajatMeenakshiSadaafAmol, 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 the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’.

Review-

Strangers With Known Faces is one of the finest crime thriller book written by an Indian author. Gautam Datta with his book ensures bright future of Indian Literature in crime thriller genre.
Book title is interesting. It creates curiosity about the book and gives a hint about the story. Cover is it could be made more appealing and appropriate with the theme and cover.
The language used is easy to connect with and rich in vocabulary. Writing style of author is easy to follow.
Book is well edited and it is free from any grammatical errors.
The author has done a wonderful job of sketching  his characters. As story flows, the characters grow and have a unique impact on the readers. The back story about the characters was very interesting and glued me to the book.
 Storyline is interesting. Author has artistically raised some question about the story in the prologue which are answered at the end of the book.
The blend of intriguing characters and interesting plot. Twists and turns are given throughout the book which binds the readers with the book. The dash of thriller in the plot ensures entertainment.
 Rating-
Book Title and Cover- 3/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 3.5/5
Final Rating- 4/5
All in all, Strangers With Known Faces is brilliant book which serves us one of the finest crime thriller written by an Indian author.

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Book Review- No Matter What I Do by Devanshi Sharma

Book Name- No Matter What I Do, I End Up Falling For You
Author- Devanshi Sharma
Genre- Romantic Fiction
Pages- 200
Price- 175

Blurb-

Kabir, Amaira, Kushank and Suhani – four very different people bound together by love and friendship – struggling to find the motto of their lives. Four individuals striving to find themselves. Four threads entangled together and four lives recuperating each other – No Matter What I Do is the story of these four youngsters, on a journey to find themselves.
The love story narrates tales of reversing stereotypes and finding individuality. But will they really find their reason to live
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Review-

No Matter What I Do: I End Up Falling For You  is the second novel by the  Devanshi Sharma. After her first novel, expectations were high from Devanshi and she succeeded to fulfill our expectations with her new book.
I received a free copy of this book from Kalamos Literary Services in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Book Cover and Title- The book Cover is eye-pleasing, plain and simple. However, it could have been made more attractive. The title is appropriate for the content and creates a curiousity about the book. The blurb is okay and further discloses about the content of the book.
Language and Narration- The language of the book is lucid. Narration is done in first person. It is simple and binds readers with the book. The descriptions are perfect and the editing is done well.
Characterization- All the characters are justified properly. I loved the way characters undergo a change in the latter half. It was good to read that apart from protagonist, supporting characters are artistically portrayed.
All in all, Characterization was near to perfect.
Theme- The theme of the book is unconditional love, it also shows the way a woman can change a man and what a man can do for the love of his life. The author has merged emotions with his word which makes you feel the pain and happiness of characters.
Storyline and Plot- Storyline of the book is unique and it serves a fresh story. Plot construction is gripping and forces you to read the book. Story is fast paced and scenes are penned beautifully and placed rightly. You can read this book in 3-4 hours.
Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 3.5/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot-  4/5
Final Rating- 4/5
 All in all, No Matter What I Do: I. End Up Falling For You is an emotional story which will surely touch your heart. I would recommend this book to the romance fiction readers out there.

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Book Review- The Flame of Anahata by Saranya Umakanthan

Book Name- The Flames of Anahata 
Author- Saranya Umakantan
Genre- Fiction/Love
Publisher- General Press
Pages- 240

Blurb-

“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?

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Review-

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.

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

Final Rating- 4/5

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Interview Session- Aniruddha Pathak

Hello everyone,

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

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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.

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 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.

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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—

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aniruddhabpathak

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aniruddhabpathak

Email: xdaniruddha@hotmail.com

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 Review- The Golden Temple Raj Kiran Atagaraha

Book Name- The Golden Temple

Author- Raj Kiran Atagaraha
Genre- Mukti Genre/Romance Fiction
Publisher- Zobra Publishers
Pages- 164
Price- ₹169

Blurb-

Raj is excited to visit the Golden Temple for the first time. But it’s not just the Guru Granth Sahib whom he meets in Amritsar, there’s someone else waiting for him on the way‒Geet.
A day spent together under the watchful eyes of Waheguru and Geet becomes a teacher for Raj. Neither of them realizes when the discussions on Sikhism end up teaching them secret lessons of love.
It takes Raj a lot of time and courage to profess his love for Geet. But there’s a wall standing in front of his ‘I love you’‒a wall that was built way back in 1984. Desperate to break that wall, Raj returns to the Golden Temple again. Does the Golden Temple really hold any answers for him? Is Waheguru really watching over the two hearts that he had brought together?
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Review-

The Golden Temple is a simple story of love which serves us unique plot and easy going storyline. I loved how Raj revolves his characters and story around Sikhism. This book not only serves good story but also tells us about Sikhism and it’s history and culture. Kudos to the author for this amazing debut.
Book Cover and Title- Book Title is appropriate and gives us hint about the story. Cover is beautiful and further discloses about the story.
Language and Narration- Language is lucid and easy to comprehend. Narration is simple and graceful. Story flows beautifully with the amazing one liners and simple narration. Few one liners in the movie are worth quoting.
Characterization- All the characters in the story are relatable and thus readers will find them connecting to the story. Other Characters are also given importance and they add flavour to the story. All the characters merge well with the plot and sub-plot and makes this book an interesting read.
Also author beautifully uses spirituality to connect with the readers.
Theme- Main theme of the story is Love and different perspective of love. It also covers spirituality and religion which was fun and interesting to read.
Storyline and Plot- This book serves us unusual plot with pinch of spirituality. I loved the way Raj kept the characters and scenes realistic enough to connect with the readers. Story is not so fast and not too slow and flows smoothly with few twists and turns to keep readers bind with the book. Climax was quiet predictable but given storyline and characters it’s still an enjoyable read.
Also this book shows spirituality with other perspective. It also teaches us a thing or two about Sikhism, it’s culture and history.
Likes-
1. Love factor and the simple take of love with much melodrama.
2. Spirituality in the book.
3. Connecting characters.
Dislikes-
1. Few editing errors, apart from that this book is perfect read for romance lovers.
Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 3/5
Storyline and Plot- 4.5/5
Final Rating- 4/5
Overall, The Golden Temple is simple yet beautiful story of love meshed with spirituality and teaches us about Sikhism and few important morals.

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