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Just another day – Not just another book!!

I happened to read Just Another Day on my way back home after a particularly a long day at work. Though this is the debut book of Piyusha Vir, she is no stranger to the world of writing and I quite enjoy reading her; she has this quirky, easy-breezy style of writing which is unpretentious and hence very relatable, so I was sure I would enjoy it. And I must say as I turned over to the first page where the protagonist was talking about getting pally with a murderer in a…umm..very non-chalant way…I knew this is just what the doctor would prescribe at the end of a long long day….but I was so WRONG…because by the time I reached the 3rd and last story [yes, its short and sweet, just 3 stories] I knew it was nothing like a prescription…rather, more like that shot of tequila…quick and effective;-)

The stories start off very simply, one is about a writers circle…or rather a murder at a writers circle..well..you see so normal…happens all the time…Huh!! and if that weren’t enough to intrigue you, there is also a twist at the end…Oh wait…where did that come from? and that is the USP of the book. You can never imagine what is going to happen [unless you cheat and read the last page first…DO NOT DO THAT!].

The 2nd thing that works for me is that each of the stories are different from each other so it never becomes predictable or boring. And the fact that the short stories are pretty short, shorter than the usual length, it is no mean feat that the writer has been able to still  to make the stories believable, the characters well etched out and even manages to surprise,and in some cases shock, the readers.

The 2nd story especially, though it starts off a little rant-ish…but the writer quickly takes charge and give you a now-heart-warming, now-edge-of-the-seat, now heart-breaking story. The ending had me shocked and stunned!

My favourite story however is the last one…a far cry from the first two stories, this is romance at its best…first crush anyone? totally awww-worthy, it is bound to bring a smile on your face and I was amazed by the writers attention to detail…but wait there a twist here too…a twist which probably wont shock you, but will make you question stereotypes and prejudices…now that again is not a simple task, to make the reader think about an issue without even talking about it.

Go ahead and read it…because Just Another day isn’t Just another book, its entertaining, thought provoking and the perfect read on the go!!

 

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The Curious Case of the Missing Working Dads!

Contrary to popular and the more accepted societal norms which puts the onus of bringing up children largely on the mother, I have believed that both parents are equally responsible for it…I find it disheartening that a woman needs to choose between a career and motherhood most of the times when this choice does not feature anywhere in a man’s world…it is unheard of….and the men aren’t alone to blame, the society at large talks about working mothers but I am yet to hear anyone talk about the working father…I see organisations going an extra mile to make working mothers comfortable.. .without a thought for the workin fathers…its time we start talking about working parents…

INCREDIBLE WOMEN OF INDIA

First things first, this wasn’t what I set out to write. It was supposed to be a piece on working mothers. The quintessential supermom who aces at work, manages kids like it’s a child’s play, cooks up the most healthy and tasty meals without a hair out of place. Yeah, the kind legends are made of; the kind you keep reading about but never see. So to avoid what all had already been written about, and to unleash upon the world my very own never-before-heard-of ‘gyan’ I shunned the internet and got to writing it. But then it struck me, where the hell are the working dads? Uh, well correction ‘Indian working dads’. Because apparently if you go by the internet, it’s the woman who does everything. She is the one who needs to know how to bring up a child, how to balance work- life, how to know what…

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Confessions on an Island

confeConfessions on an Island is the debut novel of Ayan Pal. Published by Readomania, this 2016 novel  is a thriller set in a picturesque island, where  a girl has been held captive. As she grapples to find the reason behind her abduction and captivation, the novel takes us on a journey far and wide across India and into the lives of both the captor and the captive.

What is most interesting about the novel is the narration style. The suspense unfolds in the form of several stories [much like the Russian Matryoshka Dolls, the little dolls that mysteriously appear one after the other from a single doll], stories that the captor and captive tell each other. While the abductor chooses his stories carefully, the girl is left with a bunch of newspapers and the previous story with which she needs to weave a new one while being beaten and abused.  She struggles, like the readers, to make sense of it all, to discover the reason for her captivity, to try and put together plans for escape, wondering what her next punishment is going to be. But the author skillfully keeps her and the readers guessing. As the suspense unfolds, right at the end, you are taken aback. Even till the last story you are left clueless as to where all this is leading to.

As suspenseful as the journey is, even the end takes you by surprise [though you might find it a little bollywoodish with the love angle thrown in ;-)]. While a couple of the stories did leave me a little unimpressed, yet the author deserves appreciation for trying out a new style of storytelling.

ayanWhat I also found interesting was how the author uses the island beautifully as the third angle in the narrative, taking us deep into the minds of both the captive and the captor.

I must however warn you that the abuse and violence at certain instances is very hard hitting. There were parts which grossed me out completely. If that’s what the author aimed at achieving, well, I must say he was successful.

Overall however it’s a worthy debut, fresh and innovative storytelling powered by a fast paced and skillfully woven tale of suspense, this is a roller coaster of a novel, which with it many highs and despite some rare lows, packs quite a punch

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Let us Mock, Stalk & Quarrel

Anupama…captures the essence of the book like no one else…😊😊

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15111089_1167050083364261_1330858925931304118_oA wikipedia would define Satire as a genre of literature in which the vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings of individuals, corporations, government, or society are held up to ridicule, ideally hoping for an improvement. A feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, it’s greater purpose is constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.

We are seeing some solid society churning. In such times, a true writer uses the pen to echo the turmoil around.

Whether it is the gentle mocking at the wax figures who masquerade as role models, 

or the goddesses mulling over festering sores of gender inequalities 

The domestic drivels or the mismanaged familial relationships or the idiosyncrasies of our daily humdrum

When knowledge acquisition suffers a collateral damage as you go chasing degrees, 

When even after 70 years of…

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Have you Mocked, Stalked and Quarreled yet??

img-20161123-wa0016Friends, Indians, countrymen

Lend me thy ears

This Friday, the 25th of November, a very important book is due to be launched

What, you ask is, special about it?

Well, well, I would love to tell you all about it, but Big Brother is watching

It’s a Catch-22 [29 to be precise] situation you see, so I will just tell you that it is a book of satirical tales by 29 wonderful writers

If you wish to know more you need not travel to any Animal Farm, but to the IIFT Campus

You can make it, can’t you? If Gulliver could travel the world, you can surely come to support us

By Jeeves, you can!

So before anyone uses a Magoj-dholai [brainwashing] machine to dissuade you

Mock them away, let laziness not stalk you

I Promise we won’t Quarrel, just entertain you with lots of humour, and maybe shake you up a bit

Your presence will make us feel high up in The Clouds

So come over, we will talk Of Mice and Men and other things under the sun

Did I mention it’s this Friday, November the 25th? No not 1984, 2016 it is!

Stalk us at

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To Mock [with] us, like our Facebook page:

But don’t you Quarrel, we have copies available on Amazon for you to buy:

http://www.amazon.in/dp/9385854267/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479930476&sr=8-1&keywords=Mock+Stalk+and+Quarrel

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Ashvamedha

download-1Ashvamedha – The game of power, is the debut novel of Aparna Sinha. Published in 2016 by Srishti Publishers, Ashvamedha is a political thriller set in present-day India. The story encapsulates the journey of Ashwin Jamwal from his college party office to the corridors of power in Delhi and beyond.

The story starts offs brilliantly, a plane crash in the midst of a desert in Rajasthan which kills the occupant, a Union Minister.  As the television channels play out the breaking news, there is another person apart from the country and the political parties keeping tab on all the news, Hades. The death sets on roll a huge upheaval in the corridors of power, heralding Ashwin Jamwal into the limelight.

Ashwin Jamwal, 30-something, honest,  dashing, social media savvy, smooth-talking, dark glasses sporting PM face of the Nationalistic Party who wants to bring change,  enough to herald him into the seat of power? or maybe not…

Almost parallel to Ashwin runs the story of Hades, a shrewd, anonymous man with a twisted brain, who is planning the destruction of the world or is he?

I must admit that when I picked up the book, I assumed it to be just another political thriller, haven’t we all seen and read enough already? I was wrong however; the author very deftly weaves a nail biting tale with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.  Not only is there enough politics at play, but she takes the stakes much higher with an impending virus attack that Jamwal needs to save the world from [her skill lies in making all of it convincing] and amidst all of this she throws in a tale of friendship, loyalty and love, A blockbuster won’t you say? While you might find certain aspects predictable and stereotypical, but she still manages to keep up the suspense till the end.

download-2Though overall the novel is well written, I felt the author wasn’t able to handle some of the twists early on in the novel with as much elan as she does towards the end. Her characters are very well written though, her eye for detail is commendable and helps bring the characters alive in your mind. The last few chapters are especially racy and I was not able to put it down till I finished it.

Do I recommend this book? Ofcourse, who would mind a 30-something dashing Indian Prime Minister, someone who is rumored to be having an affair with the US president [Oh yes, the glass ceiling is finally broken], well that’s what the fictional grapevine says atleast 😉