Book Review- The Moon In The Sun by Sanjay Kumar Singh

Book Name- A novel in poetry of Love, Life, Soul & Wildlife: The Moon In The Sun
Author- Sanjay Kumar Singh 
Genre- Fiction
Pages- 190 
Price- ₹340

Blurb

When Narayan Sambhan’s world fell apart at a very tender age, the time he spent in the forests that lay ample around his village resuscitated him. No one knew the forests and the tiger better than Narayan Sambhan. But the forests are mercilessly cut down and increasing loneliness invades his life. As he struggles to carry on, a remarkable incident takes place.

The Moon In the Sun is a tale in poetry set in the Himalayan Terai replete with mesmerizing sights, bliss and beauty as also nerve-wracking experiences that the jungles alone can provide and bestow. It is also a touching tale, in poetry, of the wonderful journey that life can be when the soul attempts to break free.

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Review

The Moon in the Sun is a tale in poetry which is set it in a village of Himalayas and which is about Nature, Tiger and a Man.

This book is different from most of the novel coming out these days. The unique way of telling a story in the form of poetry, a book where nature is at the centre of attention and various emotions coming out of lines which rhyme is what sets this book different from most of the books.

Language used in the book is simple and easy to comprehend. The tale is gripping and poetry makes it easy to read, follow and cherish.

Book cover gives hint about the genre and is appropriate with the theme of the book. Title is very long and difficult to remember but goes well with the book.

Except for the title, this book is perfect in every sense.

I would rate this book 4/5 stars.

Altogether, This book is unique and serves us a beautiful book about Nature and poetry.

I would recommend this book to the nature lovers and readers who are looking for something new to read.

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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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REVIEW

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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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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Book Review- The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal

Book Name- Four Patriots
Author- Sumit Agrawal
Genre- Fiction/ Patriotic Fiction
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Pages- 306
Price- 175

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Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back?
Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician and Aditya, an altruistic businessman.
Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives—a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive?
A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goose bumps. Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must-read!

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REVIEW

The Four Patriots is debut novel by Mr. Sumit Agrawal. With his novel, Sumit takes on various social problems like poverty, terrorism, naxalites, political problems. He also suggests the possible solution on them.

I received this book from Rupa Publications in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Book Title is apt with the content. Cover is eye-catching but could be improved. Blurb is short and further discloses about the content and thus attracts readers to pick up the book.

Language used is very simple yet interesting. Author has amazing narrating skills which i am sure you’ll experience while reading this book. Use of Hindi verses adds to the book and glues readers with this book.

Characterization- All the characters are described artistically without giving full descriptions about everything. I loved the way author handled their personal and social life in the book.

Story is fast paced and flows smoothly. Plot is unique and thus keeps you interested with the book. Twists and turns are woven throughout the plot which stays with you after you finish the book.

Overall The Four Patriots is new age novel which talks about social problems and their possible solutions. I would recommend this novel to Youngsters.

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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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Book Review- Ashvamedha: The Game of Power by Aparna Sinha

Book Name- Ashvamedha : The Game of Power
Author- Aparna Sinha
Genre- Political Thriller
Publisher- Srishti Publications
Pages- 214
Price- 195

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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.

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REVIEW-

Ashvamedha is penned down by Aparna sinha who has done commendable job with her debut novel. This book comes up with relatable characters and blockbuster storyline. I received this book from Author Paradise in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Book Title and Cover- Title of our book is Ashvamedha which signifies horse sacrificing ritual. Cover is beautiful and apt with the content. Blurb is interesting and catches the attention of readers.

Language and Narration- Language of authoress is simple yet interesting. With the quotes from Yajur veda and poem, it surely engages the readers. Narrating style of authoress is fruitful and helps readers to turn page after page.

Characterization- All the characters are justified properly as per demand of story. I loved the way how characters were portrayed to show different shades of emotions in different situations.

Storyline and Plot- This book is political thriller which also covers beautiful love story and ideal friendship. Dialogues are short and story is not stretched with unnecessary descriptions which engages  readers with this book.

All in all, Ashvamedha is one brilliant debut novel which serves us blockbuster story with relatable characters.

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

Overall Rating- 4/5

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Words From Kashmir- Interview Session With Perveiz Ali

Hello everyone, This is Anuj Kumar, your host here.

So today’s day is very special as we have a young guy with us. He belongs to a mortal heaven, which is Kashmir.I welcome Mr Perveiz Ali, from the world famous Saffron Town of Kashmir, Pampore. A multi talented man is a poet from heart but he also loves to write stories.

“How can one dream of a progress without love to a struggle.”
– Perveiz Ali

 

So let us start our exclusive interview with Perveiz Ahmed, from Kashmir.

1: Tell us something about yourself?

Born in the eighties in Pampore, the world famous Saffron Town of Kashmir. By qualification I am a naturalist, by profession an administrator and a teacher and by passion I am a writer. In simple terms, I am a Human with humane feelings against the drawing of blood, intimidation and oppression. I grew up in a middle class family mostly associated with agriculture, where reading and writing is regarded as an important asset.

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2: What is writing for you?

Writing is my passion, a dream I follow tirelessly day and night. I use it to paint the white canvas of my life with appealing, enthralling and optimistic artistry using wordplay pertaining to different facets of life. It is a way to introduce my inner being to the world.  The world knows me through my actions, but my writing puts my inner self on display. It gives readers a deeper look into my soul.

Writing is a medium to express one’s stand on the different issues one is interested in. It is a platform to foster the seeds of world peace and universal brotherhood. It serves to awaken the consciousness of future generations, planting the seeds of hope and a sense of Coexistence, which can help us bring back the lost glory of humanity.

Writing is a tool, to steer momentum towards the much needed positivity and welfare of the world. This is accomplished by nudging the minds of people, to think about the place they are living in, with an approach towards humanism.

3: Did you always wanted to be a writer?

To be frank, this one is very difficult to answer as one can’t say with certainty in black and white what ones wish is to be in life in early age. Different trends comewith a surface, especially in developing societies which in turn lure the young and enthusiastic generation for different portfolios. To be a doctor or engineer at one stage or teacher and civil servant atanother stage is a common wave in such society. Being the part of such society I was not an exception.

But from my school days, my inner self always prompted me either to appreciate the happenings going on around me or to raise my hands in reservation to the acts/thoughts not good for the world in general and my homeland, Kashmir in particular. It is this inner cry, which I used to share, with extra care to my daily diary. Whether you call it my aim to be a writer from the very beginning or an inclination towards being a writer, it is up to you. Let me clear, from my childhood days a kind of fascination for newspapers, magazines and books of general nature has taken a pivotal role in my life. Reading books ranging from religious to irreligious broadens the vision besides welcoming with an opportunity to choose a stand based on logic and rationale. Whether I liked to send my writing stuff for publication or not, but the darling friendship with paper and pen is not new at all but as old as my life of conscience is.

4: Who is your biggest influence?

Prior to your question, let me share something which I value most as it fashioned my writing skill a lot. Once I came in the writing filed, I think I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to meet Carl Pontiak (Jamaica), a poet, critic and editor and Brigitte Poirson (France), poetess and university professor. Both of them infused the skill of verse weaving in way that I can’t explain in words.

There is not any single personality who influenced me most but fairly a large number, among which I would like to mention a few ; William Shakespeare, Rumi, Mark twain, TS Eliot, Walt Whiteman, Sean Heaney, Elf Shafak

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5: Being a Kashmiri we would like to hear something about Kashmir from you?

Kashmir, my homeland… My passion, From an aesthetic point of view, Kashmir needs no explanation. Its tagline “Kashmir – A paradise on earth”… is enough to describe this wondrous piece of land on this planet of wonders.

Talk to any common Kashmiri about the Kashmir, their question is the same “When is it all going to end?”

This soil has witnessed the death of a hundred thousand Kashmiri, at the hands of security forces amid thousands of disappearances. The leaders of India and Pakistan are well aware of the ground situation and realities in Kashmir, but they are not educating their people about the atrocities.

The present scenario is such, that if the government takes even an insignificant step towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue, the opposition will be ever ready to blow it out of proportion.  A common Kashmiri challenges the sincerity of India in resolving the issue. They resort to the same age old tactics of indulging in talks followed by talks and then by more talks just to keep it in cold storage.

Moreover, miscalculating and misrepresenting the situation has become common agenda.  Poll results are compared with people’s trust in India, stone pellets are associated with LeT and ISI and general protests with Pakistan.

Whatever the reason is, be it either India or Pakistan, or any other agency working in Kashmir, kashmiris have suffered a lot irrespective of religion.

We have seen the massacres, custodial killings and daily bloodbaths. This has to end. We may spend millions even billions for aesthetic and developmental projects but for whom? Who truly benefits? All at the cost of deprived humanity?… Sorry big No!!!

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6: Would you like to share the best poetry with us.

For poet, poetry is simply poetry not best or worst. Here I would like to share a few but for reading my inner being you have to wait a bit more.

Love’s Garden

Here is a garden in a lush land,

Nestled in a green mountain gap,

Picturesquely beautiful and sweet,

A natural resort of health and calm

Where sweet mountain air fills the blood,

 

A combination of aromatic breezes,

Glittering waters and green forestry,

Colorful flowers of vibrant colors.

The virgin roses open their petals

To keep the fragrance of love alive

 

Here wounds of worries are healed,

Caressed gently by Mother Nature

Spring and summer set a natural theme.

Winter ushers out with a frantic scream.

One can walk here as if in a dream.

 

Happiness floods the emotions subtly.

Bringing smiles and radiant glows,

Red maple leaves on strong trees

Sing songs, dancing in the wind.

Listen closely to a sweet concerto!

 

Such peaceful commune with nature,

Soothing moments to gratefully cherish

Under blue skies and among butterflies,

Sharing with birds and woodland creatures:

A paradise unsoiled by hate, love supreme.

 

Ruminations

Human beings…..

In a race to change

The very definition of humanity,

Only to get baptized in insanity.

 

Politicians…

Rhapsody of Parliaments and Governments,

To bring a system of popularity

Full of hate and inequality.

 

Bureaucrats….

Mobilize the art of duality,

Impress the subordinates with cruelty,

Pave a way for ambiguity.

 

Media…..

Refine the art of deception,

Brainwashing the public view,

Discourage insightful review.

 

Intellectuals….

Racing the horses of wishes

Full of illogical ideals,

Manipulate us, as they steal the treasure.

 

Teachers…

Busy projecting arcane results,

Doubtful about own native cultures,

Relishing the limelight, like vultures.

 

Administrators…..

Passionate to be remembered,

Print their names on streets and buildings,

Boards and Committees their starlings.

 

Social workers….

Administer the theoretical concepts,

Bridge the recognised social rifts,

Actually dedicated to subjugation and wanton theft.

7: Tell us something about your upcoming work?

Two poetry collections are in processing. One about my homeland, Kashmir in which my utmost attempt is to continue the project of Kashmiri landmark Poet Agha Shahid Ali “To let know the world the pain and misery Kashmir is suffering from long.” Secondly, I would simply love to foster this one called “Love and Nature.” This has a diverse theme aiming to foster the ground for universal brotherhood.

8:Any message for young and budding writers?

To the future writers who follow this path? I would seek to tell them to always write about their passion for whatever they truly love and have interest in.

Embrace the differences in us humans and write about it with tolerance and understanding of the need for peace and love.

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9: How can our readers connect with you?

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