A Much Needed Helping Hand to Athletics : Gail (India) Limited's CSR initiative to strengthen the sport of athletics
Track and Field sports have always been a neglected area in the arena of sports in our country. Cricket, which garners more attention than any other sports attracts the young. Thanks to sensible initiatives by various people in the name of premier league games, now football, hockey and even badminton are steadily gaining players. But what of athletics? An aspiring Olympic athlete finds is insanely difficult to get a sponsor. Not everyone can really afford to train in world class facilities. This inadvertently leads to decline in people opting for this sporting form at all.
To give this form of sport a much needed helping hand, one of India largest natural gas processing company - GAIL, has taken up a CSR initiative to strengthen the sport of athletics - an initiative which is truly laudable and welcome.
GAIL (India) Limited has embarked on a grassroots athletics program GAIL-Indian Speedstar which is aimed at unearthing young talent across the length and breadth of India. GAIL (India) Limited and National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS), launched a grassroots athletics program GAIL Indian Speedstar on the 22nd of March, 2016 at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi.
National Yuva Cooperative Society has tied up with Anglian Medal Hunt Company as its Technical Partner for The GAIL Indian Speedstar project. The persisting, epoch-making attempt before - focused grassroots program aims to create a pool of athletes with knack which will possibly bring honor for India in track events at the highest echelon of sporting events - the Olympics 2020/2024.
The reason to launch this program is to identify, select and nurture the hidden talent in athletes. The targeted age group is 11 - 17 years in 100m, 200m and 800m track events across.
A panel of eminent sportspersons like P.T Usha, Rachita Mistry, AnuradhaBiswal& Kavita Raut have been appointed in the selection committee to support selections and guide coaching camps. As members of the selection committee their role would include creating the selection criteria or the GAIL-Indian Speedstar program, and developing the training plan and module for the selected athletes at the National Level.
Legendary athlete P.T. Usha launched the initiative alongside the organizers DrAshutoshKarnatak, Director (Projects), GAIL (India) Ltd, Rajesh Pande – President, National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd (NYCS) and Maneesh Bahuguna- CEO, Anglian Medal Hunt Company.
District trials were conducted under the watchful eyes of coaches and selectors, appointed by the selection committee. The selection of the athletes was based on talent identification and selection criteria set by the selection committee.
Initiatory, in its first year, earlier this year with initial trials conducted at 55 districts across 10 states in which more than 25,000 children participated out of which 850 children made it to the State level
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon. Minister of State (I/C) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dutee Chand, AnuradhaBiswal and Purnima Hembram; selected ambitious young athletes from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. 14 children have qualified for the National level trials while Shri Dharmendra Pradhan ji, praised and motivated the selected candidates for National level trials Camp and Selection.
The first State level camp and trial was organized on 27-28th of February in SawaiMaan Singh Stadium, Jaipur where 60 boys and girls participated out of which 4 have qualified for the next level. The state trials were held in Odisha (14 Selection), Delhi (28 Selection), Kerala (28 Selection) &Jharkhand(4 Selection)followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat in the last week of April. The shortlisted children from the State trials will then participate in the National camp and selection which is scheduled to be held in May 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Shortlisted athletes from state trials will attend an intensive national level camp. At the conclusion of the coaching camp, final trials will be held. Winners will be selected based on the qualification criteria and their potential. The winners will be given extensive training throughout the year. The top 9 athletes will then be provided with a world class coaching for over a period of 5 years with an ultimate objective of one of these athletes to represent India at the Olympics.
For more information on Gail-Indian Speedstar please visit http://www.gailindianspeedstar.org
Harry Potter is one of the most popular book series ever written!
Its whimsical characters and magical adventures have captured the hearts of millions. If you’re a Potter Maniac, you probably think that no story can compare those of the mystifying Hogwarts and the boy with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead. But have you read these spellbinding masterpieces?
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Like Harry Potter, this series comes in 7 installments and features a secret world full of wonders, its magical inhabitants, and the child-heroes who must save it from destruction.
A prequel to the famed “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, this delightful classic takes readers far from reality as it follows a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins on an unexpected and perilous quest to help his friends reclaim their home, which has been taken over by a gold-loving dragon.
Told in 3 parts, this is the story of Bilbo Baggins’s nephew Frodo who, with the help of some unlikely allies, must travel to the ends of the earth to destroy an ancient ring, before its evil power brings his world to ruin.
This endearing story tells of an imaginative young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a world full of whimsical (and more-than- slightly backwards) characters, where nothing is practical and anything is possible. Alice and her topsy-turvy friends return in the sequel, Through the LookingGlass.
4 fantastic novels tell what happens when a farm boy named Eragon finds a mysterious dragon egg, it hatches, and his life is eternally changed as he becomes the last known Dragon Rider…and the primary target of a rising evil empire.
These are just some of the countless wonderful fantasy novels out there. By expanding your literary horizons you will gain a deeper love of reading, and acquire a tasteful appreciation for other authors/genres – even ones that may not be your favorite. Check out these books, or one of your own finding, and tell us what you think!
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GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 150
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
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Volatile Saint, Delusional Hero and an ambitious reporter – A time tested recipe for a perfect mystery thriller as far as writing in India is concerned. The west would take time to understand the concept of Yama – the god of justice and death, while we Indians wouldn’t have any trouble at all. In fact, for some people, using that very name sends chills down the spine. This writer has capitalized well on that fact.
A man who claims to be Yama is on a killing spree in the name of serving justice. Of course, his victims are people are actually who have committed some crime or the other. That however, doesn’t give him the leeway to kill then. Iravan Rajpoot, the PI who is Ex-Army, gets entangled in these murders thanks to Yama who sends him periodic clues.Iravan already has his fair share of personal problems to deal with. With an ambitious reporter also in the play, Iravan breaks mountains to track the killer while handling his personal issues.
Logic is a vital element of this genre. The story did have minor logical loopholes, but that didn’t hamper the overall reading pleasure. For instance, in a particular chapter, Iravan, a person from northern part of the country watches a Tamil channel. Might not really sound like a big deal, but is still a loophole. The writing was good enough. The story at one point seemed a bit familiar to me. The torture methods of Yama and the name he gives for each punishment which is from Hindu Mythology was the primary reason behind this similarity. The Tamil movie, Anniyan (Aparichit in Hindi) also had a vigilante killer who served out Yama Styled punishments. However, the similarities stopped there. The story was a bit erratically paced with some parts being totally gripping while others a bit slow. The characterization was done perfectly and with a lot of conviction. The way the characters and the story jointly brought out the hypocrisy of our society was quite impressive.
MY SAY: An interesting read
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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Accepted, Secured, Significant: Empowering, Igniting and Fulfilling your Purpose by Kemley Whiteside : Spotlight + Giveaway!
Book Description for Accepted, Secured, Significant:
This text is a spiritual and inspirational journey for those drawn away from their purpose by the circumstances of their lives. This book is dedicated to those told they would never amount to anything.
It is for those told they would be just like their mother or father, that they are idiots, mistakes, and failures. It is for the pushed aside and ignored. It is for those under shadow, and for those abused from childhood. It is for the molested, and the ones told that no one loves them and no one ever would. It is for the misled and mistreated. It is for the suicidal. It is for the victims of domestic violence and abusive relationships. It is for those in spiritual bondage, and those who don’t believe in themselves. It is for those suffering from cancer or other diseases. It is for the motherless, fatherless, jobless, and homeless. It is for the depressive and anxious, the lonely and isolated. This book is for the hopeless.
To my brothers and sisters who need a way out: This book was written just for you. It is to polish your existence and your purpose on this earth.
This book was inspired and written by the Holy Spirit to assure you that, as a child of God, you no longer have to feel bound by labels and curses spoken over the course of your life. God wants to reinforce in your heart how valuable you are and how much you mean to Him. He wants you to know that through Him, you are Accepted, Secured, and Significant.
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Kemley Whiteside is a native of the Republic of Panama, a survivor and overcomer. Kemley resides in the state of New Jersey with her husband and children.
She is ordained to help build by empowering, igniting, and fulfilling people into their purpose. She is a life-coach, mentor, inspiration, motivational speaker, and a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
She is the survivor of an anxiety disorder, depression, cancer, Lyme disease, domestic violence, and suicide. She is the survivor of physical, emotional, and mental abuse. These obstacles have strengthened her life and her purpose.
She is a woman birthing life to others by embracing them with confidence, and helping them achieve their calling. Kemley Whiteside earned her MA in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, and her MBA in Project Management from Ashford University. She holds a BS in Information Technology from Phoenix University and has over fifteen certifications.
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Huh! When I first had this thrown in my face, I was incredulous. I mean, you just read, didn’t
you? It was for the writing that needed the art, didn’t it? If he did not keep you engrossed, it was he who was failing in his art, right? But try explaining that simple thing to my friends.
“You claim to read, Suresh! But when they made you, they forgot to put in the art of reading in you.”
“What art of reading? I can read as well as anyone here? Why, I even understand some big
words and, as for the others, I can always look up Wikipedia.”
“If the next Harry Potter book was released simultaneously with the movie, would you still buy and read the book?”
“Once I see the movie why do I need the book? I know the story, right, and I do not need to
imagine a Hermione Granger when I can see Emma Watson. No brainer, guys.”
I could have, and should have, bitten my tongue. Of course, I KNEW what answer would get
their approval but my tongue just HAS to speak before I stopped to think.
“THERE you go. For a true reader, the pleasure IS in exercising his imagination; for you it is a
“Yup!” chimes in the other. “He just wants to go rushing from incident to incident. As long as the writer keeps the incidents exciting, he will not be bothered about the logic of the story. The sort of guy who is quite happy with the murderer being the butler, even if he is introduced in Chapter 29 just in time to be disclosed as the murderer in Chapter 30.”
“So, what’s wrong with liking it? It IS a twist, isn’t it?”
“Yes! Like asking you a multiple choice question and surprising you with an answer that is not in the choices.”
“To each his own, guys! He likes just hanging his brain out to dry, while reading. You guys like to read, noting the clues, and trying to put them together to find the murderer before he is disclosed; and taking pleasure if the author manages to surprise you, still.”
“Yeah! I just want to be entertained. What is the point in a book that exercises my brains? It seems too much like work.”
“Well, laddie, some people solve Sudoku, some solve crosswords and they think it is entertainment, too. Why do you assume that all entertainment has to avoid your stressing about whether you really do have a brain?”
“Come, now! He likes his entertainment to give his brain a holiday; I like it that way sometimes and intellectually engaging sometimes; you prefer it to engage your brain all the time. So, why quarrel about it?”
“So, Ok, fine. But what is the point of all those books about poverty and all that? I mean, you might as well read a sociology text. And those books that keep on and on about what a man thinks…nothing much happens in them. Whoever can get entertained reading them?”
“You keep supporting this guy? I am willing to grant that it is alright to be entertained without needing to engage the brain. But this…he thinks that if a book cannot be read with the brain in neutral gear, it is automatically boring.”
“Yeah! I’d say the main purpose of reading is to give a different view-point of the world; or give a window the way other people lead their lives; or give rise to self-questioning….
“Each of us seeks what he wants from reading, guys. Let us just accept that we are all differently wired. The only problem is that you all seem to be intent on proving that the way YOU are wired is the only right way to be; and that a book that does not hit the spot for you is not worth writing.”
For once, everyone, including me, was yelling at someone other than me. It was all his fault for not realizing that ‘My way is the only right way’ is not an idea exclusively restricted to reading!
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A Dog Eat Dog-Food World
A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ is the story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how just minding your own business can lead to unexpected consequences, guided by the ‘invisible hand’ of long dead economists. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.
The tale only dogs the doings of Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter by his uncle Spike’s careening pursuit of commercial success; Spike’s rival Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike and tries to do it by teasing the palates of cats, helped by the bumbling efforts of his nephew, Jasper Rich who would rather be chasing girls than chasing cats.
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Fiction has been an addiction but the need to make a living took Suresh through Chemical Engineering and a PGDM at IIM-Bangalore and, from thence, to a long 16 year stint in the area of finance with specific expertise in fertilizer subsidies and a further two years as consulting expert in the same area. That, in his words, about sums up the boring part of his life, except for the people he was privileged to meet.
Otherwise, he can be described as a mess of contradictions – a bookworm but avid trekker; alone but never lonely; enjoys solitude but loves company; lazy but a perfectionist, the litany is endless. Trekking, which side-tracked him from the writing for which he quit his job, is a major passion and he does, at least, one trek in the Himalayas every year in addition to numerous local treks.
He reignited his passion for writing with a fairly popular blog www.jambudweepam.blogspot.in. The blog has been rated among the Top 5 humour blogs in India, twice in succession - in 2014 and 2015 - by BlogAdda, and has also been listed third among the Top Humour Blogs by Baggout.
He also has a short story published in a collection “Uff Ye Emotions” and has edited and written a novelette in an ebook anthology “Sirens spell danger”
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Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog :D
Yeah, the 100-dollar question.
Most of our society believes that it’s the man who has a libido while a woman has no sex drive. Well, they couldn’t be more wrong.
For one thing, a woman thinks from the heart while a man thinks from the mind. In this scenario, a woman will not get involved in an extra-marital affair for the heck of it. But that doesn’t mean, she never will. There are always exceptions to this rule, of course.
In An Autograph for Anjali, even the heroine accepts her husband Jayant’s affairs as the norm. That’s how much our society has brainwashed all of us that it’s perfectly alright for the guy while “shocking” if the gal does it.
Even Jayant is shocked when he finds out that his wife Anjali, may be seeing another man –
Jayant, who has no qualms about sleeping with other women. This same guy is unable to keep Anjali happy in bed, for whatever reason. He thinks she’s cold, but he obviously never bothers to find out what the issue is, not during the 20 years of their marriage.
It takes a Parth to give Anjali the love she craves. Once her heart opens up to him, she doesn’t feel guilty about taking the next step of having an affair with him. She’s not bothered that she’s still married to Jayant as she has already moved away from his bedroom, just one step short of getting out of his life.
I think the society perceives us exactly how we judge ourselves. And Anjali decides to break the supposed rules of this society that leans more towards the male of the species.
AN AUTOGRAPH FOR ANJALI
Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?
Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.
Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?
Will Anjali find happiness and peace?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).
2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book - The Madras Affair - a mature romance set in Madras.
An Autograph for Anjali, a romance with a touch of suspense, is also a self-published novel. Going a step further, the author has published the paperback version through Notion Press.
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GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 243
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
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Raakshas : The Serial Killer by Piyush Jha is the story of a ruthless killer and a female cop who pursues him to jail him. With an unconventional title and an intriguing summary, the book caught my attention when it was offered for review.
A series of blood chilling murders rock the city of Mumbai. Additional commissioner of police, Maithili Prasad, spearheads a manhunt to chase down the killer only to be fooled by him time and again. By the time she understands the motivation of the killer, she becomes his object of obsession. Does she survive?
The book started off with two chapters which pretty much covered the childhood and motivations of the protagonist and the villain. The writer made it smack clear that as to why the killer was actually killing and also as to why the protagonist - Maithili actually became a cop. It was more of a psychoanalysis than a portrayal of their aspirations and childhood. To me, this depreciated the thrill factor when reading the perfectly executed murders. A perfectly executed murder is complete only when the impetus behind is it explained along with. When the reader already knew as to why the anti-hero was committing such heinous acts it diminishes the sense of thrill. Also, the writer elaborated few murders in detail, while others were simply represented in a mere factual manner. Detailing about the victims adds that extra dimension to elaborating a murder. Undoubtedly the writer logically perfected the execution of the murders, but missed out from making it a complete package.
The characterization, needless to mention was perfect. I enjoyed the various shades of both the characters. One part of the story that deserves a special mention is the usage of media to stoke the ego of the killer. Masterstroke on the part of the writer, I say. Haven’t we witnessed something like happening time and again, where manipulating the media simply would bruise the ego of a person with unwarranted consequences. The writer fared well in narration, but the murders became less chilling after a point. May be, I simply got used to killer’s methods. Being an avid fan of this genre of stories, this story was indeed a good read, but I won’t go the extent of calling it a great thriller.
MY SAY: Almost a thriller!
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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With You I Dance
Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night
before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.
Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.
Enter . . .
Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.
And then . . .
There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing. They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason. Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?
With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.
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Aarti V Raman is an established novelist in the romantic thriller genre (White Knight, Kingdom Come) with her third book, a contemporary romance titled “With You I Dance” out soon with Fingerprint Publishing.
29 years old, she graduated from Mumbai University in 2007 with a degree in Mass Media focused on Journalism, which provided her the perfect background for conducting sound research on any project. She then went on to study Creative and Professional Writing at Deakin University in Melbourne for post-graduation in 2008. It was there that she learned to hone her craft and lifelong ambition of writing romances that had strong characters and stronger stories that remained etched in the reader's minds.
While waiting for her big break, Aarti pursued commercial writing and gained a vast amount of knowledge (from fishing tackle to soft toys) that she claims have helped her with molding better stories. Her first novel "White Knight" was published by Leadstart in 2012 and gave her the impetus to continue writing. In 2013, her work was excerpted in the Tamil Edition of Mills and Boon novels. And in 2014, her short story "Post-Coital Cigarette" was chosen to be part of the Rupa Romance Anthology "An Atlas of Love" curated by bestselling author Anuja Chauhan.
Her latest novel "Kingdom Come" (Harlequin MIRA) has enjoyed a brief stay at the bestseller lists in Amazon India. Her work is represented by Red Ink Literary Agency, Delhi. And very recently, she was a speaker and panellist at the Goa Arts and Literary Fest 2014, Vth Edition.
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Educated, young, no-nonsense bearing, able administratorâthese are the qualities that won Sesha the loyalties of the people after three years of rule as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. An allegation that he was the mastermind behind the murder of 73 Kannadigas threatens to bring him down but he is miraculously saved in the 11th hour.
Even before he can relish his victory, Sesha is slapped with the charge of sexually offending a young nurse. This time round, the case is strong and his supporters are uncertain. Worse, his teenage daughter calls him 'vile' and walks out of the house. While Mythili, his wife promises her full support, her secretive activitiesâundertaken with the help of a retired copâis a cause of concern for Sesha.
Will Zarina, the human-rights activist, succeed in bringing him down? What about the insinuations of a celebrity lawyer that he is casteist and antiminorities? When the young nurse is found dead, the case becomes even more complex. Who is innocent? Who is guilty? And who is the mastermind?
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A dim yellow light in the background enabled the viewers to get a silhouette of the girl. Perhaps there was a fan beyond the camera frame that ruffled her curly hair mildly, and her hand moved involuntarily to put it back in order. The yellow line over the edges of her shoulder and arms implied a somewhat plump figure. She was wearing a sleeveless top or kurta.
âSesha had never stared at me like that. In fact, I doubt whether he had noticed me properly at all. He would enter the room and I would walk out. There was never a chance. But then, that night was perhaps different. He had always seen me in churidar-kurta. That night since I had gone to sleep, I waswearing a nightgownâ¦a sleeveless one.
âHe asked if I could serve him dinner. The cook had left. She generally left for her home on Saturday evenings and returned the next night. I agreed. He returned to the dining table after changing. I had laid out the dinner. He then took out a bottle of red wine and poured two glasses. That was a surprise. I had never seen him taking alcohol. Perhaps his wifeâs accident and her long illness had disturbed him emotionally. He offered me a glass. I hesitated. But he insisted. So as not to offend him, I took the glass and sipped the drink.â She seemed to move uncomfortably in her chair.
Catherine volunteered, âYou donât need to describe it further if you donât want to. I know how painful it would be.â
The girl took a long breath and replied, âHmmâ¦Iâll talk. Painful indeed. But Iâve braved it over the last two years. Jesus has made me strong. After clearing the table, I was returning to my room. Intuitively, I felt he was following me. I was scared to look back. I paced faster towards the room. But a couple of feet before my room, I felt he was too close to me. I turned back to object. Since he was too close, he fell over me. He propped me against the wall and before I could realise what was happening, he kissed me on my lipsâ¦â
Her voice choked. Catherine extended a glass of water and the girlâs hand extended from the hazy dark background. The fingers that wrapped the glass, which was outside the darkened area, were white and the nails were well manicured. She sipped the water, cleared her throat and resumed.
âHe walked me to the next room and sat me on the bed. He knelt down before me, held my face in his hands and said that I looked beautiful. I was benumbed by the suddenness of his advance. He ran his fingers over my forehead, my eyes and cheeks and then through the neck down toâ¦the whole
thing was inappropriate. An affront. I realised he was exploiting mynumbness. Anger surged in me. I pushed him aside, jumped out of the bed and ran to my room. I closed the door behind me and slouched against it. My whole body shivered. Unable to sleep, scared that he might forcefully enter
the room again, I sat against the door and remained awake the whole night.â
Catherine handed the girl another glass of water.
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Hariharan Iyer is a finance professional based in Dar es Salaam. Not content with just a rewarding corporate job, he took to writing a couple of years back. He blogged on media and current affairs for a year at valadyviews.blogspot.com before hitting on the idea for this novel. An idea so powerful that it convinced the accountant in him that he could put together not just a balance sheet but an intriguing political thriller as well. He has definite views on politics, NGOs and media ethics and has tried to package them in the form of an interesting novel.
Hariharan lives with his wife in Dar es Salaam while his two sons are pursuing their ambitions in India.
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Echo Lake #2
Releasing April 5th, 2016
St. Martin's Press
Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake's Mercy Hospital, where she's developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she's assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she's determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line.
It's not working.
Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run highâ¦but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other's hearts?
NUMBER OF PAGES: 368
SERIES / STANDALONE: Echo Lake #2
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Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis is second in the Echo Lake series. This part is the story of pediatric doctor, Dr.Joushua and financial analyst Delaney. Delaney, the financial analyst of Echo Lake’s Mercy hospital is tasked with the job of cutting down the budget of the pediatric department headed by Dr.Josh. She draws up an initial proposal which included cutting certain jobs and expenditures. She pursues Josh to get the budget through and approved so that they might not have to shut the department owing to the lack of funds. Reality hits her when she actually spends time in the floor witnessing kids being saved and treated very efficiently. Adding to this is the attraction that she has for the Doctor’s killer looks and charm. Eventually they work together for the sake of saving the department from the knife.
Given that the book is second in a series I felt a bit lost when it came to the emotions between the friends – Joshua, Ethan, Joise and Molly. However, the characterization was perfectly balanced to ensure that a new reader wouldn’t be lost and an old reader wouldn’t feel bored. The writing was quite simple and conveyed all the right emotions. In fact, the USP of this book is probably the emotions as such. From love to mistrust to protectiveness to sympathy, the story just had it all. Of course, there were the ‘dark’ emotions which were absent and of course, they weren’t really required for this story. The story however, didn’t really stay up to the expectation it kindled in me in the beginning. The ending sort of became predictable thanks one character which seemed a bit abruptly introduced into the story. The romance was built slowly and that paid off very well!
MY SAY: A slowly brew tasty romance!
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 211
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
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In this age where a sizable proportion of the Indian literary world churns out stories which are akin to instant coffee – flavorless and bland, there are few stories which pop once in while and leave an inexpugnable bond. This story was one such story. It’s been a while since I read a good literary fiction like this book. People would probably disagree with me and would prefer to classify this book as a romantic fiction. Wikipedia agrees with me too. The Wiki definition of literary fiction is – “Literary fiction, also known as serious fiction, is a term principally used for fictional works that hold literary merit, that is to say, they are works that offer deliberate social commentary or political criticism, or focus on the individual to explore some part of the human condition.” At the end of this review, I assure to have explained my stand.
A Thousand Unspoken words by Paulami Duttagupta is the tale of a fallen hero, Musafir. He is the brutal voice of the underdogs. He is forced to disappear after his last book wreaks a havoc while stirring souls of people in Kolkatta. Tilottama, Musafir’s ardent fan, comes into his life. An affair brews. The fallen hero sincerely attempts to write again. Is he successful in completing it? or is there a thousand unspoken word which would be lost forever?
The book back summary and my version of the plot above isn’t much to go on at all. However, revealing anything more would simply destroy the experience of the reader. The story isn’t actually much. It’s a simple tale of identity crisis - something that every other person who uses a pseudonym or goes by a different name in public go through. Just that it isn’t overly filled with philosophical explanations to justify the characters pains. This is exactly what makes the book a good literary fiction. The protagonist is on a path of self discovery. The journey is made both difficult and easy by people who love him - Tilottama, his mom and his brother. It’s not just about Musafir, it about the journey of other characters too. Delivering such an emotionally packed story isn’t possible without good narration and characterisation. Each and every character required depth and shades which would eventually contribute to the protagonist’s character. Tilottama’c character would be the perfect example of when one protagonist contributes to the character of the other. Needless to say, the writer has mastered the art of narration and got the characterisation perfectly right. The writing particularly deserves a special mention. Having never been to Kolkatta or Shantiniketan, I was able to picture and feel both the places thanks a perfectly vivid description. Nevertheless, I do have a couple of things that I thought could have been better - First, the climax. Cliffhanger climaxes seem to be the “in” thing these days. A proper closure for such an intense tale would have been way better. Second, idealism and beliefs are two intense topics as such. Mingling them is simply emotionally burdening. Musafir as a writer is a different person - he is selfish and is the person Tilottama expected him to be. This combined with the actual person (as in Musafir’s) idealism (about money etc) was simply too much to handle at one point. Of course, I did love it. It was more of a bittersweet experience for me!
I hope I made my stand as to why this book is a literary fiction. Or if you want a rather simple answer - The story is about a human’s struggle to find his identity. Fits Wiki definition of exploring a human condition doesn’t it.
MY SAY: An emotionally packed read. Not for people who look for instant fiction. If you savor and revere true fiction, this book is for you.
OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5
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A Thousand Unspoken Words
A Readomania Publications
A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.
The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his ideals above all else. Scathing attacks at his books and a night of hide and seek from political goons leads Musafir unto a path he never liked, faraway from his ideals. He runs away and chooses the comforts of money over the travails of following one’s ideals. The hero falls.
But Tilottama, passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?
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Paulami DuttaGupta is a novelist and screen writer. She shuttles between Kolkata and Shillong. She has worked as a radio artist, copy writer, journalist and a television analyst at various stages of her life, having been associated with AIR Shillong, The Times of India—Guwahati Shillong Plus, ETV Bangla, The Shillong Times, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath.As an author, her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines. A Thousand Unspoken Words is her fourth book. Paulami also writes on politics, social issues and cinema. Her articles have appeared in Swarajya, The Forthright and NElive.
Paulami is associated with cinema and her first film, Ri-Homeland of Uncertainty received the National Award for the Best Khasi Film. Her second film Onaatah—Of the Earth is at post production stage and will release in 2016. She is currently working on her third screenplay. A short film tentatively titled ‘Patjhar’ is also in the pipeline.
Paulami is a complete foodie and is almost obsessed with watching one film every day. She also loves reading—political and social commentaries are her favourite genre. Literature classics and books on cricket are also a part of her library, apart from a huge collection of romances. Jane Austen’s fictional character Mr. Darcy is her lifelong companion. She is an ardent fan of Rahul Dravid and has been following all news about him for almost twenty years now.
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 344
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks a lot guys!
“I Read. I travel. I Become” – Derek Walkot
This book turned out to be the company during my 350 km drive back from my vacation. Given that I was sitting next to my dad who was driving, I had to stay awake and this book kept me more than awake.
The lead character, “Alex” Alexandra Callet is a successful interior designer with her own company. She has vowed to get over her partner Jake who doesn’t seem to just get that she is in love with him. DEA offer Kevin is trying his best to pin down Miguel, the paid assassin. Strangely, Alex physically resembles Miguel’s sister, making her the perfect candidate to actually bring down Miguel. The DEA trains her and sends her off to Mexico to extradite Miguel so that he can be prosecuted. The training and this whole mission impacts Alex in an unexpected way. Does Alex survive?
The plot was well thought of and had very little loopholes as such. It wasn’t an airtight plot, but it was surely a watertight plot (Not elaborating further. Spoiler risk!). However, the writer induced a lot of Christian faith into it at parts where a simple motivational self-introspection would have sufficed. I just couldn’t relate to it as I don’t follow that religion and haven’t read many books which had such elements at play. If only I had the slightest inclination that this was going to be the case, I really wouldn’t have picked up the book. Nevertheless, in spite of not understanding a certain part of the story, the book still turned out to be a goodread. The characterization was near perfect. I only wished the writer gave more depth to Miguel’s character. After all, the villain is an important person! My other qualm would be that the romance aspect of the book was a bit inconsistent. As in the story of Alex and Jake seemed a bit un-natural. At one point in the story I was actually hoping that Alex would fall for the person who was accompanying her. The chemistry between them seemed way more realistic! The pacing and writing was spot on, keeping me hooked to the story.
MY SAY: Thriller unmatched!
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
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GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 197
SERIES / STANDALONE: Romance Round The World Series #2
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: ARC from the writer in exchange for an honest review! Thank you, Devika!
This is the second book I’ve read by this writer. The first being ‘When I See Your Face’. There is a world of difference between both the books. Literally, they are set in different parts of the world. Writing wise, the writer seems to have matured a lot.
Emily had her heart broken by the devilishly handsome Alejandro nine years ago. Moving on hasn’t been easy. Their paths cross once more reopening old wounds. Things escalate quickly, sparks fly and the desire for forbidden seems to have amplified since the meet. Does Emily resist temptation? Does history repeat itself? I’m not answering that. It’s prudent to read the book I say!
The writing was perfect and the characterization was quite precise. The narration did jump timelines but that was seamless. The setting had a huge scope for the writer to describe Spain and she did exactly that. However, I was a bit unsure if the writer actually has visited Spain or done her research well. She elaborates both on the common places to visit and the places less visited by tourists. Given that both the central characters were from the tourism industry, it could have been easy to go off track and elaborate on the setting more than it was needed. The writer thankfully stuck to what she was actually supposed to do – Writing a romance. At certain point smack in the middle of the book, I felt the writer could have actually ended the story at that point. Only later when I actually finished the book I realized why she actually went on (That is one potential spoiler which I’m not giving out!). The writer certainly scores huge on the emotions and pacing!
MY SAY: One neatly packaged romance!
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
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