Sikkim in My Love Story – Book Review

Sikkim in My Love Story

Sikkim in My Love Story is a collection of 9 wonderful short stories by an author from Sikkim, Narsing Nirzat. The book is voluminous because the short stories aren’t that short… each short story takes 34 exact pages to finish and at the end, you will also find the details of each of the short stories – from where they have been taken, on what realism they are based and what is the story behind those short stories. To conclude the introductory paragraph, Sikkim in My Love Story is a collection which brings out Sikkim and everything about Sikkim to the readers from other parts of India who want to know and learn about Sikkim’s beauty, culture, traditions and the legacy…  Continue reading “Sikkim in My Love Story – Book Review”

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Books for IAS – GS & Prelims – on request

Some of my readers, who happen to be IAS aspirants as well, requested me to recommend a few books which could make their lives easy while sitting in the GS and Prelims examinations for IAS. Well, I am doing the same today. However, let me make it very clear that IAS isn’t that difficult as well as not that easy. It’s all about the fine balance that you have to establish in order to make it happen. So, are you ready for the fine-tuning of your preparations? Here are my favourite picks for GS and Prelims preparation of UPSC:  Continue reading “Books for IAS – GS & Prelims – on request”

A Dowryless Wedding by Merlin Franco – Book Review

A Dowryless Wedding is no lesser than a social document if a work on dowry is considered to be a mirror of a society we live in. This novel, a debut by the author, is highly contagious and it might harm you be picking your pocket with the important time that you have for your work, reserved, in a day. It might spread laughter and spread humour too… so, my advice to all the readers in my league would be reading this book as soon as possible and then letting it rest in the backyard of your library!  Continue reading “A Dowryless Wedding by Merlin Franco – Book Review”

Making a Poem by Vihang Naik – book review

I love reading poetry and it must not be a truth so layered to be discovered by my readers by now. However, I do have a taste for poetry and before tasting, I do have a test for poetry that I read. Most of the times, you will find me engaging with the poems of Victorians because there I find the philosophy which is weird and other times, you will see taking up a fight with the Romantics because they have that audacity which I want to see in the poets. Shakespeare and Milton are on other levels and so, they find my reading desk opening its arm wide open… in the modern poets, from India and otherwise, I do love to see uniqueness which I find sometimes and get disappointed other times. Today, I am going to talk about a poet I have recently read – Vihang Naik. His collection of poetry, Making a Poem, I just finished a few days ago and I will write about the same here. Continue reading “Making a Poem by Vihang Naik – book review”

The Gunpowder Prince by Michael Archer – Book Review

Well, let me say at the outset that this is a war book which documents the role of a brave and clever war-hero, Captain Mirza Munir Baig who led the American Marine Corps into the deadly Vietnam War (the Khe Sanh Seige) and led them to victory when every hope was almost lost and the lives of many soldiers were at direct risk. The author of this book, The Gunpowder Prince, Michael Archer was himself present at the war as a radio operator and he had the chance to work with Captain Baig and observe his style and tactics of the war. He recounts his days at Vietnam war and this book is a testimony to the skills of a hero who lost his glory with the time.  Continue reading “The Gunpowder Prince by Michael Archer – Book Review”

Book Club you need to join!

You all know by now that I am an explorer by nature and I keep discovering the websites for readers, writers and those who have a keen interest in the art of reading and writing. For all those, today I have discovered something really new and noteworthy and something which is really useful for the lovers of books, literature and the art of writing and reading. I am talking about an online book club in India – India Book Club.  Continue reading “Book Club you need to join!”

I read something weird! Really weird…

Well, how many of you love reading weird short stories? The short stories which are really creepy and take over you rather badly… While hunting for modern but weird short stories, I read some of the real ones. While Anton Chekhov and Saki are the classic masters, I found something really weird by some modern Indian authors as well. Among them, I would really love to mention the website of Alok Mishra, poet and author, on which I read two of the weirdest short stories which were really that high.  Continue reading “I read something weird! Really weird…”

Where to read quality author interviews?

So many times people have asked me that where can they read quality author interviews. I have tried finding so many places on the internet and most of the times, it leads me to some newspaper and other websites which are literary in the content. However, author interviews are not their prerogative but rather a subordinate part of those websites. So, is there any place where you can read interviews with the authors and that content should be the major part of the website? Yes, there is and it is none other but Author InterviewsContinue reading “Where to read quality author interviews?”

Promoting Your Books – is it easy?

Well, there can be diverse opinions on this. People might feel that it’s rather too easy and some might feel that it’s too tough. However, do we have a consensus on that? I think now. Book promotions have come into the trend all of a sudden because there are many people who think to be authors in a flash and some have made it happen as well. Gone are the days when someone wrote a book and became famous on its own. Those days, there were fewer writers; these days, there are many writers. Among those many, one has to establish himself or herself and then only people give the chosen ones ‘preference’ over others and read their books. So, getting that preference is the thing that should be achieved by all the efforts of book promotion.  Continue reading “Promoting Your Books – is it easy?”