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Kanchana Banerjee
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Book Review – A Forgotten Affair by Kanchana Banerjee

posted by Anupriya January 10, 2019 0 comments

For a long, long time of my adult life, I have stayed away from mature romance. One primary reason being that most of the books in this genre deal with some very discomforting issues such as domestic abuse, infidelity etc. To say the least, most of us don’t find these aspects to meet well with our sensibilities. Yet now as I near my middle age, I realize that to judge is not a very good virtue. There is always a story to what led to what it led to. ‘A Forgotten Affair’ by Kanchana Banerjee is one such tale of love, betrayal and deceit that will make you shift in your seats.

Book Review – A Forgotten Affair by Kanchana Banerjee

The plot is very discomfiting from the word go, with the lady lead Sagarika meeting with an accident and losing her memory and the husband evidently camouflaging the entire situation. For a long part, the author dwells into how miserable Sagarika is feeling as she tries to remember her past. Through a gripping narrative, I definitely felt the frustration, the fear and uncertainty that she must have felt in her situation. But as the pages of the past finally begin to unfold, I felt incredulous at how one’s life could go awry in an unexpected turn of events.  Continue Reading

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New Age Fairy Tales by Ariana Gupta – Book Review

posted by Anupriya December 21, 2018 0 comments

Our generation and all those before us have grown up on a decent overdose of fairy tales, where a princess in distress was faced with a life threatening situation and was eventually rescued by a knight in shining armor. I must confess that as a child I enjoyed these fairy tales with almost dreamy eyes. In Hindsight, I have to give the credit for my fascination to these fairy tales more to my library co-ordinator who would present these stories with such immaculate narrative. They just sounded so magical at that time from her point of view. As a teenager, I almost forgot all about these fairy tales. The academic rut, the new age ambition of having a career left no space for reminiscing over the irrelevant in this age fairy tales.

It is only recently after I have had kids of my own that I revisited the fairy tales such as Snow white, Cinderella  and Rupunzel  and was almost dumbstruck at the male chauvinism that these tales reeked of.  And then as I explored the social media I (with immense relief) saw that the sentiment with respect to these old time fairy tales was almost similar. But then is there an alternative? Or are we doomed to do away with fairy tales all together?  Why am I sad? Well despite the misgiving of these old school fairy tales and their irrelevance in todays time and age, there was an element of innocence and virtue in these stories. And I definitely would be happy with a new age alternative. Continue Reading

Raisha Lalwani
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The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani – Book Review

posted by Anupriya December 7, 2018 1 Comment

As a teenager who came from a humble middle class family, I observed classmates from affluent families and often thought, do their households have the same struggles as ours’? Or do their parents put the same restrictions as mine do? And the most important question that I wondered about was that if they had so much money, did they not have any problems in life?

Well, I did not have to wait for long to get my answers, because I made friends with a couple of, so to say “rich” kids when I went to college. And figured that though the nature of their struggles was different, but these were in no way less mentally and emotionally excruciating than anyone else’s.

When I received The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani for reviewing, I wondered what kind of a narrative the superlatively affluent author of the book would have come up with. I didn’t have to wait long once again. That’s because the mind and soul of the author is reflected in the protagonist of the book. Continue Reading

Sharmishtha Shenoy
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Book Review – Vikram Rana Investigates by Sharmishtha Shenoy

posted by Anupriya November 22, 2018 1 Comment

I am not a suspense thriller enthusiast, as such. Reading for me should ideally be relaxing and help me unwind, especially in this phase of my life with two kids when ‘Excitement! thou name is life’ defines me. Yet, once in a while, when I am too full of all the romance and drama in the air, I feel like taking a break and find retreat in a different genre. That led me to read three suspense thrillers, umm…. to be specific ‘Detective’ novels this year! And the best part is that they are all by Indian authors. So here’s talking about Sharmishtha Shenoy and her first book from the ‘Vikram Rana’ detective series. Continue Reading

Why Go Indie by Devika Fernando
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Why Go Indie by Devika Fernando – Book Review

posted by Anupriya November 12, 2018 1 Comment

Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 1)

To get published as an author is every writer’s dream. Untill a decade back this dream was somewhat far flung with limited opportunities with traditional publishers. Moreover, the waiting time and process involved took a lot of enthusiasm out of these writer’s. Or that ‘s what I have read time and again. But not any more.  With the advent of ebooks and online reading platforms, a lot of authors have found bliss on the indie path. For the uninitiated, indie publishing is primarily independent publishing, for which the writers do not have to go through the grind of traditional publishing. They can work out their way on their own, with the help of some technical help and be ready to reach out to the mass of readers. To explain why and how the Indie Path is the way to look forward to, the first book in the Writer’s Toolkit series is what you should refer to. Continue Reading

Indie Publishing
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Walking on the Path of Indie Publishing by Rubina Ramesh – Book Review

posted by Anupriya November 2, 2018 1 Comment

When Mills & Boons published its first set of books with Indian authors, my joy knew no bounds. I had always fancied writing a tale of timeless romance (well I was young then and believed in the concept), and prayed to god that someday I shall be able to write a story worth publishing.  That was the time, when getting published traditionally wasn’t that easy. What I didn’t know was that the publishing industry was sitting at the cusp of a revolution. As revolution that would boost the morale of several aspiring authors and make their dream of reaching out to larger audience with their work come true. The revolution the world calls Indie Publishing. Continue Reading

DareDreamers
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Book Review – DareDreamers by Kartik Sharma , Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma

posted by Anupriya October 23, 2018 0 comments

We are a generation of dreamers, aren’t we? Each one of us knows atleast half a dozen people who gave up a promising profession after passing out from a reputed professional institution and pucked up the threads of their passion. And these are the ones other than the half a dozen celebrities we know who have been there, done that (remember Mr. Bhagat, and the very oooooh worthy R.Madhavan?). I for sure know a senior from my engineering college who went on to pay guitar for a rock band.  Another colleague from my earlier job, gave up a promising career to become a life coach with ‘Laws Of Attraction’. Most of us surely understand what drives people to take such drastic career choices. It’s the urgency to get away from the mundane life that has no concept of work-life balance. Or that void one feels when she feels that the job really does not gratify her soul. And when such ‘Dreamers’ reach there threshold for the regular and routine, they denounce everything and ‘Dare’ to take the plunge into the unconventional.

Well, that’s what DareDreamers is all about. Continue Reading

Positive Eating by Radhika Toshniwal
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Positive Eating by Radhika Toshniwal – Book Review

posted by Anupriya October 6, 2018 2 Comments


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I really miss those spinster days, when I stayed away from home, with no one policing me on what to eat and what not to eat. I had two disciplinarians as parents, and my life was about all kinds of rules that my folks set up, and me trying to find a work around them. My dad sometimes, passed knowing smiles when I tried to reason out with him,

“You know what, you are growing up with a very good reasoning ability. But you have to understand that its our job, to tell you what’s right. To differentiate between right and wrong, is a capability that you will develop.” And I often shrugged in a defeated manner, because most of the times as was the case with the food habits recommended by them, I knew in my heart that my parents were right.

And then my best years ceased to exist just two years after I got married. Two years? because that’s the time when I had my first baby in my womb. Ever since then it has been a constant struggle to keep myself from deviating from healthy eating habits, that (this time) I set for myself. The job became even more tough, with the kid growing up, because I was blessed (please get the pun) with a picky eater. And thus started my quest to find ways to pack nutrition into my kids meals and mine too. The book ‘Positive Eating’ by Radhika Toshniwal is definitely one resource that will come in handy in my quest. Continue Reading

Astitva by Monika Davessar
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Astitva by Monika Davessar – eBook Review

posted by Anupriya September 27, 2018 3 Comments

I have been a publicly tagged ‘Feminist’ ever since I found my voice. Be it my friends, classmates and colleagues, or my family all of them have rather had major concerns about how I would fit into a marriage with my strong headed views about the basic freedom that women ought to enjoy in life. But then one has to understand that as a feminist, I am not against women adjusting or compromising on various aspects of life. My objection comes strong, when its only women who are expected to adjust or compromise. I know many of you would raise your eye-brows at my words – Haah! You left your career to be with your husband in a different city and left your job, to take care of your kids. Your are not entitled to talk about Feminism

But that’s precisely my point. I did what I did because I wanted to do so. No one forced anything on me. Even today as a stay at home mother, I have my freedom to move out, learn some new things, meet my friends, meet new people and spread my wings. My parents-in-law and my husband have never put any limits on what I must or what I must not. The only limitation I am bound by is my sense of responsibility towards my kids and other members of my family. Continue Reading

IPL-ology
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Book Review of IPL-ology by Paresh Godhwani

posted by Anupriya September 16, 2018 2 Comments

I have never been a cricket enthusiast. My interest in the game evolved when Saurav Ganguly became the opening batsmen for the Indian Cricket team and died a natural death with his retirement from the One-Day version of the game.  Beyond that the game of cricket as such has had little meaning to me. But yes, cricket watching experience has been a significant part of my upbringing, for whenever India, played I saw all the aunties of my close knit neighborhood go all enthusiastic and patriotic. I always experienced an unknown adrenaline rush whenever I heard the kids from neighborhood go hooting and shouting whenever there was a six, or a wicket by the Indian side. It was funny when my otherwise could-care-less attitude laden father sat biting his nails while India took on the best teams in “IMPORTANT” matches against Pakistan. But then that’s about it. I could never talk about the technicalities of the game, beyond a batsmen being right handed or left-handed (Yes you guessed it right! This too I know because Saurav Ganguly was a left-handed batsman) Continue Reading