Sunday, September 25, 2016 16 Comments

The Feeling of Love







The Feeling of love
Crisp like misty daybreak, warm
Like morning sunshine.

Roseate hues of dawn
Reflect love, warmth of sunshine
Kisses tender dew!


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 0 Comments

Book Review: Anya's Lyric by Nikhil Kumar





Finished reading Anya's Lyric by Nikhil Kumar. It was a thoughtful, different and engaging read, but for me it was a little difficult too. Why difficult? I'll tell you but before that let's talk about the book.

First of all, the cover of Anya's Lyric is very attractive. The title is intriguing.

The author opens the story wisely, with this line:

"I was born because of one man's inability to read." 

It hooks you completely!

Anya's lyric is different - story wise and format wise, and so is the main protagonist, Anya. This book tells about Anya's tough journey in a very different voice.

So, what's different? 

The book seems a collection of interlinked and (mostly) standalone short stories or you can say a collection of events that are related to Anya's life. The characters have no names - just identity. Characters are mentioned as "A woman with a mole on her left cheek" "A man with one hand" "The magician" "Ordinary man" etc. This is a style I haven't read before.

Why difficult?

This unconventional format confused me. Names are easier to remember than identities like "The strange man, woman with a mole on her left cheek...etc. Some chapters are randomly placed that affects the continuity of the story. At times, it was exciting but most of the times, I needed to pause and recall what had actually happened previously that is linked to this particular thing I was reading. It was annoying as it disrupted the flow of otherwise interesting story. Honestly, I had to concentrate to connect the dots.

The story is dark, thoughtful, unpredictable and engrossing. Reading this book can be a different experience for a reader. It was a nice read but definitely not a light read!


I received this book from the author for an unbiased review.




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Thursday, September 15, 2016 6 Comments

We Will Meet Again: Blogging Contest & Gift Cards




I have, finally, completed a tough yet exciting journey of writing and publishing my first book, We Will Meet Again...

As the cover and title suggest, We Will Meet Again...is a love story (You can read the blurb HERE). But no, it's not a mushy one. It's not about insta love. It's about growing in a relationship. There are no unbelievable incidents or unrealistic characters.

It's real and relatable. It's about emotional yet strong characters. If you like these things in a book, you will like my book.

Thankfully, my book is getting nice reviews. Can't tell you how relieving it is. You can read the reviews on Amazon.

It is also available on Pustak Mandi @ an amazing discount.

If you're on Goodreads, You can enter We Will Meet Again giveaway.


Moving on to the Blogging Contest.

My blog is very close to me. I love blogging and reading interesting blog posts. It's so good to connect with many nice bloggers.

Prompts:

I'll give you two prompts. You can choose any of these or both.

First prompt:

We Will Meet Again...is about overcoming your fears and apprehensions. Share one such fear/apprehension you overcame in life and how. (Please do not exceed 300-350 words.)

Second prompt:

Read the following excerpt from We Will Meet Again....




Conclude this excerpt in 300 - 350 words.


Prize: Two best entries will get Rs. 300 Amazon Gift Cards (each).

Ms. Namrata, writer (author of Metro Diaries, To Love And Be Loved and recently released Metro Diaries 2 and contributing author of several anthologies)   and editor, will be judging the entries. Glad to have her!

Rules:

Please post the 'prompt' & poster in your blogpost.

Write about this blogging contest in your post like this:

"I am participating in We Will Meet Again...Blogging Contest." (With this link of this post)

So, unlock your imagination and start writing. I am looking forward to reading your entries. Add your entries in comment section.

The contest will run from 15th September to 30th September. We will announce the winners on 4th October.

P.S.:

Writing a book was a learning experience, and it has helped me grow as a writer. I am planning to share my experience in the form 'On Writing' series on my blog where I Will talk about writing and editing. Do come back if such posts interest you. I'd love to hear your ideas and experiences.

I am releasing the e-book version of my book on 1st October 2016.

Sharing some quotes from my book:

"I hate him! Do I? No, nothing can be done now. I will have to endure this pain forever. I am so stupidly in love with him! Sometimes, we are simply trapped in the cage of our own emotions, unable to break those bars. It hurts."

Thank you so much for all you have done for us, but there’s nothing in my eyes for you, Abhigyan. Not in my eyes, not in my heart, and not in my life.

"Right or wrong, I didn’t know but I was not used to such frankness. It was okay if they enjoyed this lifestyle, but if I was not interested, they should have respected that."

"Some memories leave indelible impressions, and the degree of pain they evoke is always same. Time cannot heal every wound. Sometimes, it just teaches you to live with it."

"I am touched the way he cares for me as if I am a child. Care has its own effect. It completes the feeling of love."


Thanks for visiting and reading!







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Monday, September 12, 2016 6 Comments

You Were Not Mine!?





Your blissful arrival
Smiles so precious
Shining eyes
Your touch so soothing
Anguish that melted with happiness
You sprinkled all around
You showered love,
Oh, so much love!
Overwhelmed with joy and fulfillment
I didn't know you were not mine
Until they told me....
When you said a final goodbye!



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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 2 Comments

Of Favoritism and Nepotism: Guest Post by Namrata





Namrata is the author of three books (Metro Diaries, To Love And Be Loved, and recently released Metro Diaries 2), and contributing author of several anthologies. She is a very active blogger and write wonderful reviews @ Reviews And Musings.

Today, she is a very special guest on my blog and shares something that is close to her heart. So, here it goes!


As a reviewer I come across many instances when I am asked, “Please recommend a good read.” Though it does sound very flattering for me this question in itself is a bit unnerving.

For me reading is a very personal thing to an extent that I am very possessive about my books. When someone asks me this my first reaction is that of surprise and then my mind starts analyzing. What do I recommend now, does she seem to be someone who would like romance? What if I recommend something and she finds it too dumb for her taste, will it make her judge me based on that and worse will she judge my reviews as well? *Gulp* that is scary!

I try to ask politely, “Any specific genre that you really enjoy reading!” I want to tread on a safe path and not overturn the whole basket of choicest expletives on me and my books. “Ah! I read everything. You just give me some names and I will get them.”

To be honest such readers are risky because they don’t know what they like they read everything and anything. They are someone who go by the most read books and best sellers list to decide their buy-of-the-month. And here there is me, who loves to go through book shops painstakingly for hours together. Sometimes crunching on my knees to catch sight of that little brown book on the last shelf just because its title looks alluring. For me finding a good book is like unearthing a treasure while this person here is right now treating a book like a commodity on the shelves of a super market store which can be picked in a random moment without much thought behind it. Such people do scare me.

As a reviewer I do have the privilege of getting some amazing books to read but I do have my personal choices when it comes to my personal library. When I am reading them it is like having a conversation with an old friend, they trigger my senses and awaken the sleeping muse in my tiny brain. Like I always say the perks of being a voracious reader and a writer is you are never alone. In your mind you are always having a party with your fictitious character.

And here we have this lovely lady who wants to read a book because,“Everyone is talking about it at my work place and I so don’t want to sound dumb or out of place in the conversation. I want to add my own opinion there and nod in agreement. “Somehow to me talking about books comes naturally and I have no qualms in accepting that I don’t enjoy reading a particular author who otherwise is very famous. It’s a personal choice and it no way defines me as a person.

Yes I love reading and talking about books but I don’t enjoy talking about them for the sake of it all. They are my first love. When you talk about your love you do get starry eyed and cannot stand someone talk anything against it right? So, for the next time we meet can we just skip this topic of favoritism and nepotism…. please?

So good to have you here, Namrata! Thanks for your time. 




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Thursday, September 1, 2016 1 Comments

Metro Diaries 2 by Namrata. Cover and Quotes.


Life is a great teacher and an enthusiastic storyteller! It carries several stories with various shades, and unveils them every single day. You may get it or miss it. It depends on how skillful listener and observer you are.

Here, I am talking about Metro Diaries 2: A collection of 20 Life Stories by Namrata

Namrata is an eminent writer and editor, blogger and book reviewer. So, she understands books and writing really well.

As this book releases today, I am sharing the cover and some quotations from the book.



The cover is intriguing, isn't it? It reflects the glimpses of real life.

Some quotations from Metro Diaries 2

"You are enough in everything and anything you do in this world. Others are here to serve as a distraction so that they reach their goals before yours and become winners."

"Life they say is a like a jigsaw puzzle and we are all like those pieces trying to find where we fit in."

"At times in life we always see what we are being shown and not what lies behind that cloak of disguise. We believe all that comes our way without doubting that there could be a trick or maybe just a hallucination."

"I always felt I knew what I wanted in life. But today I realized how wrong I was. I was chasing mirages as the reality kept going away from me and now I am left with nothing in hand – Rags to Riches"

Namrata expresses emotions and insights beautifully!

You can get her book HERE.

Also, she is coming as a guest blogger on my blog with a very interesting article that's close to her heart. So, watch this space.






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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5 Comments

We Will Meet Again: Book Launch @ Delhi Book Fair!


So, I am finally living the dream I was chasing. I have published my first book (Gargi Publishers) "We Will Meet Again...', released on 31st July.

We Will Meet Again is a mature love story. It's about believing in love, and a stupid challenge. It carries various shades of emotions, ego, and betrayal. I have tried to embellish it with interesting flavours of humour and repartee.

If you like strong characters and believable situations, you will like my book. You can buy my book here @ an amazing discount!

Here's the Amazon link.

We Will Meet Again was launched on 28th August @ Delhi Book Fair. It was my first experience. I was excited and nervous at the same time, but the event was nice! Sharing some pictures from the event.


Our Stall. Stall no. 7B. Hall no. 11. Can you spot my book? We have a reading corner too. You can read a few pages before buying the book. Do visit.



Signing copies. Exciting, isn't it? 


The Team of Gargi Publishers & Half Baked Beans




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Have you read my book? If yes, then please share your views. And, do visit our stall if you visit Delhi Book Fair.






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