Book Review: The Colours of Passion

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TITLE: The Colours of Passion: Unravelling dark secrets behind the limelight
AUTHOR: Sourabh Mukherjee
PUBLISHER: Readomania
GENRE: Fiction ( Crime Thriller)
ISBN: 9789385854453
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
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Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

Plot/ Story-line: Guess, guess, guess….. only to realize in the end that all your calculations were wrong and the master plotter and his/ her motive was something you had not foreseen. Cleverly crafted, ‘The Colours of Passion’ is a murder mystery thriller that engulfs you making it literally impossible for you to put it down till you read the last line. The murder, the motive, the suspects, efforts to unravel the mystery and the final truth make for an engrossing read.

The twists and turns coupled with the sleuthing activities of ACP Agni and Inspector Arya take one through a maze of activity, activity that sets one’s brain working to fit pieces of the puzzle in the right slot to complete it. In short, the story challenges the sleuth in the reader.

While I loved the twists and turns and the plot and sub-plots what turned out to be the icing on the cake was the climax. Never in my wildest dream would I have thought that the story would take such an unpredictable turn and that I believe sums up the success of the book.

Characterization: The characters are well developed and come across as normal human beings packed with the good and the bad i.e. they are easily relatable. While ACP Agni is level headed and mature as should be a distinguished cop, actress Rituja is an attention seeker, a woman jealous of her competitor, and why not, after all it is the lure of the silver screen that has enticed her. The very thought of someone taking her place can make her insane. The other characters too help take the story forward smoothly either as suspects or as persons in the know-how of secrets dark and disturbing.

Language: Simple, crisp and lucid. The author has been able use imagery to create an air of suspense. Words flow smoothly and emotions find expression thus making the book a veritable treat.

Pace: The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth.
 
 

THE INDELIBLE MARK
 
 

The editing wowed me and I was not surprised.

Know why?

I could not have expected anything else from ‘The House of Readomania.’ They truly are one of the best in the Industry. Book after book that leaves their desk speak volumes of their sense of perfection and mastery in the field of editing. This exactly is the reason why I have no two thoughts while picking up their books provided the genre is to my liking and the blurb appeals to my senses.

 
 
VERDICT
 
 

A nail-biting thriller with a twist that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief ( not because it’s unrealistic but because you’d have hardly ever thought on those lines), I’ll give this a 5 on a scale of 5.


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THE MASTER WEAVER

Sourabh Mukherjee

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Book Review: Behind the Scenes

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TITLE: Behind the Scenes – A Vikram Rana Mystery
AUTHOR: Sharmishtha Shenoy
FORMAT: eBook
GENRE: Fiction ( Thriller mystery)
ASIN: B0771NXNXX

 
 
THE BOOK
 
 


 
 
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Fading superstar of the Bengali film industry Ryan Gomez is poisoned to death while shooting for a film in the pretty hill town of Darjeeling. Sheila Dhar, the film’s beautiful female lead with whom Ryan had recently broken his engagement is the chief suspect. Sheila attempts suicide and is shifted to a hospital in Kolkata for treatment. The CID, Kolkata, takes over the investigation and the film crew is allowed to move back to the “City of Joy”.

Though revenge for the broken engagement seems the obvious motive for the murder, there are several others who had reason to wish Ryan dead. Powerful film producer Rustom, the love of whose life ended up becoming Ryan’s first wife. Screenplay writer Allan, who was in danger of being fired from the production house thanks to a public tiff with Ryan. Acclaimed film director Paddy, who was in love with Sheila. Sheila’s mother, Jaya, who was strongly opposed to her marrying Ryan. The family of Ryan’s first wife, who bear a deep grudge against him.

There are suspects galore, but the murderer has not reckoned with the tenacity of Vikram Rana.

 
 
MY TAKE
 
 

‘Behind the Scenes’ marks the coming of age of Author Sharmishtha Shenoy in the world of crime thrillers.The author has I must admit come a long way from her first book in the Vikram Rana Series both in terms of plot and style.

An engrossing thriller with the potential to keep one glued to the pages till the end, ‘Behind the Scenes’ takes one through a maze of emotions like love, lust, empathy, jealousy, suspicion and anger. It also brings forth the murky side of the film industry where money moulds souls, entraps the gullible and has the potential to ruin lives.

An array of suspects and two confused investigators a cop and an ex-cop, test the reader’s analytical skill till the very end. The twists and turns only add to the confusion. But ultimately when all the pieces of the puzzle fall in place one cannot not help but empathize with culprit. Yes, a crime is one that cannot be condoned but then sometimes circumstances drive a person to the point of insanity which in turn acts as the trigger. Pent up emotions, love and possessiveness can often turn out to be lethal, lethal to the point of causing irreparable damage and this aspect in a relationship has been brought out well in ‘Behind the Scenes.’

Language is simple, crisp and lucid making for a smooth read. Yes there are a few typos here and there that need to be corrected.

 
 
VERDICT
 
 

A nice thriller that nudges the detective in you to try your hand to solve the mystery, I’ll give this one a 4 on a scale of 5.


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Sharmishtha Shenoy

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Book Review: The Money Lender

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TITLE: The Money Lender: Tales from a small town in South India
AUTHOR: Manju Nambiar
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: eBook
ISBN13: 9781521423868
 
 

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“I am a money lender by profession and belong to a small town in the Southern State of Kerala in India. I help people financially in their times of need, and demand exorbitant interest rates in return. I love money. I think the world revolves around money. Money is one thing that can bring happiness, peace, tranquility to my life. As I spent all my life dealing with money and people who yearn for it, I get to hear several interesting tales about the fascinating people around me. So I compiled few of such amusing stories for my readers. These stories reflect our town, our way of living, our thoughts and priorities and our deepest innermost fears.”

The book is a collection of short stories, narrated through the eye of a small town money lender. As the story unfolds, we see how the money lender gets involved in the town’s problems and provide solutions in the most humorous and practical manner.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

59 pages of truly engrossing read, ‘The Money Lender’ had me smiling all the way.

Want to know why?

Well, generally the very term ‘Money Lender’ evokes images of an ugly ruffian, selfish and hard-hearted who is devoid of empathy and just knows how to mint money and entrap the gullible. But here I came face to face with a soul who though out to mint some fast money feels for his fellow beings. Warm, intelligent and shrewd he is the heart of Gulf Town, ever ready to lend an ear to the woes of his simple town folk, part with some sane advice and even connives to bring frustrated souls together and soothe frayed spirits. His attempts bear fruit at times but there are times when his well-intentioned plans fail leading to some hilarious situations and a few heart burns.

The characters are well developed and one can’t help but visualize each and every one of them in flesh and blood as one progresses with the stories. They are live and living.

Language is simple, crisp, lucid and free of jargon making it easy to live the life of the small town and its people; their daily life, woes, worries and aspirations.
 
 

MY ONLY GRUDGE
 
 

Only four stories! Not enough to satiate my hunger given that I truly relished the fare spread out by the author. It was like you get invited for a sumptuous feast of mouth- watering dishes only to find that the host has run out of them when you are just half-way through. But wait……on second thoughts is it the author’s way of bringing forth the true colour of the Money Lender i.e. his penchant for releasing money in installments and keeping his client on tenterhooks 🙂

Looking forward to a sequel of the book I’ll give it a 4 on a scale of 5.


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Book Review: Breathing Two Worlds

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TITLE: Breathing Two Worlds
AUTHOR: Ruchira Khanna
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: eBook
ASIN: B06ZZZLVLF

 
 
THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
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Neena Arya, a Delhi-born goes abroad for further studies and decides to settle down there. Determined to be a ‘somebody’ from a ‘nobody’ she blends with the Americans via the accent and their mannerisms while having a live-in relationship with her European boyfriend, Adan Somoza.

When illness hits home, Neena rushes to meet her ailing dad. Tragedy strikes and amidst the mingling with relatives and friends, she finds herself suffocated with the two different cultures that she has been breathing since she moved to the United States. How will she strike a balance between both the cultures as she continues to support her widowed mother? Will she be able to do justice to her personal and professional life after the loss?

Amidst the adjusting she bonds with an ally and learns about ties beyond blood. On what grounds will she be able to form an invisible thread that she has longed for since childhood?

Breathing Two Worlds ventures into cultures and ethnicity allowing Neena to ponder upon her foundation and priorities.
 
 
MY TAKE
 
 
Storyline- Plot: Interesting! An uncomplicated and simple read, ‘Breathing Two Worlds’ is the story of a confused soul one which is sandwiched between two extremely different tastes, cultures and mannerisms. The adjustments, the frustration, the suffocation’, the dilemma that the soul i.e. the protagonist experiences are brought out beautifully in the story. While one world is always pricking her back with its prying eyes, the other is least concerned with what she does, how she behaves in public, etc., etc.

The book is also about making choices, bonding, caring for others sentiments and coming to terms with grief. It also reflects the dilemma of those millions who migrate from their roots to lands distant and alien, lands where they have to struggle to make a niche for themselves, lands which have an entirely different set of rules, cultures, traditions and habits. There are philosophical moments and emotional moments.But the thing that stands out is the resilience of the human mind and its ability to adjust to changing situations.

No twists, no turns yet exciting and engrossing that’s ‘Breathing Two Worlds.’

 
 
CHARACTERIZATION: The characters especially that of the protagonist Neena, are well developed. The sub characters add to the story and reflect the myriad shades of human nature well.

 
 
LANGUAGE: Simple. Yet there were places where the flow was found wanting. The book could do with a fresh round of editing to smoothen out the flaws. Though not many they still have the ability to act as irritants at times.

 
 
PACE: Initially slow, but once it picks up there is no looking back.

 
 
VERDICT
 
 

A simple yet interesting and engaging read, one that you can pick up on a lazy afternoon to beat the heat or soothe frayed nerves; I’ll give it a 4 on a scale of 5.


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Cover Reveal- You Came Like Hope by Jyoti Arora

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Title: You Came Like Hope
Author: Jyoti Arora
Word length: 53,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Contemporary Romance


Blurb:
Peehu:
“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the
next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”
Adih:
“When it comes to a broken person, some of
them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person,
but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”
Uday:
“Who would say no to him? He is smart,
intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”
Pooja:
“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no
forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her
husband.”
Arunav:
“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his
dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”
Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what
happens when it unleashes hellfire?
Lose yourself in the intense narrative of
You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some
bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider
your beliefs.
Releasing on 23rd November
2017!
About
the Author:

Jyoti Arora is a novelist and
blogger from Ghaziabad. You Came Like Hope is her third novel, coming after
Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl. She is Post Graduate in English Literature and
Applied Psychology. Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti enjoys checking
out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old
Bollywood songs.

Book Review: Karna’s Celestial Armor

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TITLE: Karna’s Celestial Armor
AUTHOR: Surendra Nath
FORMAT: eBook
GENRE: Fiction
ASIN: B0765QLC3W
 
 
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We all know that in MAHABHARATA, Karna had, on his body, his Kavach-Kundal (set of armor and earrings) which rendered him invincible in battle against any foe. [Those not familiar with the Indian epic, MAHABHARATA: Karna and Arjuna were legendary warriors fighting on opposite sides. Their rivalry is akin to that of Achilles and Hector. Karna (son of Sun God) was born with a set of armor and earrings permanently attached to his body, due to which he could never be killed. God Indra, the father of Arjuna, tricked Karna and took away the divine set. So, in the final battle Arjuna killed Karna.]

That’s the back-story. After that, what did Indra do with the all-powerful Kavach-Kundal? Did he hide it somewhere? What if someone can find it today? That’s what this novel is about. Vasu, from the present time, sets off to find the set. The spirit of Karna guides him through the search.

Indra always knew someone would come looking for it. So he used all his ingenuity to hide it in the most impossible of places. That makes Vasu’s task so much more challenging. And he is not the only one who is interested in this quest. There are others trailing him.

Join Vasu in this thrilling adventure through mysterious locations in India to know why the armor was all that potent, and if it still is.

 
 
MY TAKE
 
 

Plot/ Story-line: A thrilling, suspense- laden journey across India with the potential to keep one on the edge till the very end, ‘Karna’s Celestial Armor’ has at its core an armor and a set of earrings that find mention in the Mahabharata. So is it a re-telling of the Mahabharata or a part of it involving Karna or is it a re-interpretation of the epic of part of it? No, ‘Karna’s Celestial Armor’ is something entirely different. It is a story set in modern times but with the Kavach- Kundal at its core. It is a quest for retrieving the armor and earrings both endowed with special powers that are cleverly hidden by Indra and the one ordained to retrieve them is Vasu an ordinary yet strong-willed native of Bengaluru. The quest is tedious given the fact that Vasu has to find the entire set on his own and to make matters worse he has to reckon with forces out to defeat him/ eager to lay their hands on the celestial armor. Where does Vasu start, how does he try to trace the kavach- kundal, what’s so special about them and finally does success wrap him or failure choke him? To know these one must join Vasu on his quest via a reading of the book.

There are twists and turns, action and reactions, domestic tiffs and official camaraderie, meetings with Chiranjeevis and encounters with ordinary mortals, spiritual handshakes and short moments of emotional turmoil. A lot of spiritual ground is covered and interesting historical data unearthed. In fact ‘Karna’s Celestial Armor’ is not just a quest for the elusive kavach- kundal but is also a philosophical treatise of sorts at places. Here mind reading, telepathic communication, mind implant, meditation and principles of physics are seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of the story by the author like a master craftsman.

Characterization: The characters are well developed, balanced and come across as normal human beings. One can easily relate to them. Even Karna, Indira and the Chiranjeevis that Vasu comes across display human traits like suspicion, deception, nosiness, etc.

Language: Simple, crisp and lucid devoid of jargon, long-winding sentences and grammatical errors that act as irritants/ leave a bad taste, the language is apt for a piece of fiction like this one. The author’s mastery over the language and his ability to play with words is evident from the imagery he presents. One is smoothly transported to the scene of action. The rugged Kanchenjunga, the sandy beaches of Rameshwaram, the Sunken City off the Gulf of Cambay and the ruins of Konark come live before one’s eyes.

Pace: Fast when it comes to action- packed parts. Elsewhere it is neither too fast nor too slow.

Editing: A few typographical errors here and there need to be rectified.

 
 
VERDICT
 
 

A fresh and exhilarating read with a touch of philosophy at places, a glimpse of the spiritual at times, ‘Karna’s Celestial Armor’ is a must pick. I’ll give it four on a scale of five.


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Book Review: Kansa by Kevin Prassant

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TITLE: Kansa (Book #1 of the Killer Trilogy)
AUTHOR: Kevin Prassant
PUBLISHER: Inked Company
GENRE: Fiction (Crime Thriller)
ISBN: 978-8193240526
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

COVER
 
 

 
 
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OVER A SPAN OF TEN YEARS,
HE KILLED FORTY PREGNANT WOMEN
AND THEN VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE.
AFTER FIVE YEARS OF SILENCE,
HE IS BACK AGAIN, SEEKING HIS NEXT VICTIM.
ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP HIM – PROFESSOR BLACK.

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Maher was found unconscious in the middle of the highway and later, in the hospital, she revealed that she had escaped from a killer’s house. All the details and patterns matched the serial killer ‘Kansa,’ who had disappeared five years ago after murdering forty pregnant women.

ACP Saargi Desai was assigned to the case. She appealed to her department to bring back Professor Black to help her catch the killer. The Professor, who had a haunting past that had kept him away from the world of crime and investigation for several years, was not willing to take on this case. But the ACP managed to convince him to get on board just for this one last time.

Soon after agreeing to help, the Professor realized that for the first time in his life, he had met his match. As he dug deeper into the case, everything got dirtier, the stakes went higher, and nothing was what it seemed.
 
 
MY TAKE
 
 

Plot/ Story-line: Intense, haunting, fast paced and packed with some nail-biting moments, Kevin Prassant’s ‘Kansa’ is the story of a modern day Kansa who abducts pregnant women and kills them after child birth. What happens to the babies? No one knows. Why the cruelty? All are clueless. How come that the law is not able to apprehend the killer even after conducting more than forty abductions? To get the answers one must read this book the first in a three book series.

There are umpteen hide and seek moments between the killer and those out to apprehend him giving the reader ample opportunity to play detective. The twists and turns are unpredictable and help in maintaining the suspense till the very end. This in itself speaks volumes of the writing skill of the author and the research that has gone into the creation of this story.

Characterization: The characters are well articulated. The hunter and the hunted come across as highly professional which itself is a plus point when it comes to a crime thriller because it helps take the story forward smoothly without affecting the pace nor fabric. Professor Black is a dark and mysterious character who is a law unto himself. But you can’t help but empathize with him considering the circumstances that molded him thus.

The best part is that even the supporting characters are well- developed and merge smoothly into the story. They are not idle spectators. Instead they contribute actively to taking the story forward.

Language: Simple, crisp and lucid. Devoid of jargon and mind boggling technical terms.

Pace: Fast paced, no slack moments, able to hold the reader till the end without giving room for an urge to take a break.

Editing: A few typos here and there that need to be set right before the next edition is released.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 

A veritable treat for the thriller buff, one you need not hesitate to pick up. It’s short yet filling. I’ll give this one a 4 on a scale of 5.


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KEVIN PRASSANT

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Spotlight: Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani

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BEYOND SECRETS
by
Alka Dimri Saklani



Blurb

Noel is a counsellor, risking his career for volunteering in an orphanage.

Nidhi is an engineering student on the surface, but deep down a broken girl in search of some unanswered questions.

Appu is a sweet little orphan, unaware of the cruelties of the world.

Despite being miles apart their stories interweave in “Aashiyana”, the orphanage. Their little journey together changes their lives in ways they never imagined.

One recurring nightmare, one unexpected phone call, one stolen diary, many lies and secrets, and a calling from the past are just the highlights. And when they depart, they are not the same anymore.

They didn’t hurt each other, it was a game of destiny. Will they ever be able to rediscover themselves and more importantly, will their paths ever cross again?

Beyond Secrets is a novel with layers of suspense and different nuances of relationships. And one question that can’t have just one answer – How long does it take for a scar to heal?
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10. A Different World

The classroom was in chaos when I entered. It looked like a mini battlefield of little soldiers bombarding each other with paper balls and paper planes. Before I could get a grip on the situation blackness seemed to engulf the scene before me, revealing another scene, hazy, like a dusty video film taking me to a different world where no colours existed except shades of grey; a classroom with empty first rows, far off, images of children yelling and flying airplanes… A wave of sadness crept in, a feeling of hollowness. Amid this chaos? Wasn’t it strange? Were these the same children who had forced their way into my thoughts when I was in the park? Were these known faces? Before I could become a part of the unreal the clamour faded as a strict commanding voice pierced through the din.
“Pranil!”
“Yes ma’m,” I said.
The scene dissolved and I found Simin staring at me in disbelief. “What happened?” she asked with a puzzled expression.
My head was spinning.
“Nothing, I thought you called me.” I said.
“I called Pranil. But what happened to you? You stood with your eyes shut. You ok?”
Oh, so that was her voice. Then why did I hear another voice, something from a distant, hazy corner of my mind? Or was it solely my imagination? Or a moment when imagination collided with reality?
“Yeah, am absolutely fine.” I said, looking away, not meeting her eyes.
“Pranil, I need to talk to you. Please come to my cabin after your prayers are over.” Simin said.
“Yes, ma’m.” The voice came from the last bench, from a boy with dishevelled hair, dark brown eyes and a dark complexion.
The dizziness made me uneasy and I couldn’t contribute much to the class that day. I walked to Simin’s cabin after the session.
I was not sure how I would collect the information. I wasn’t even sure what information I wanted. As soon as Simin saw me she started discussing a few things she wanted me to do.
“Noel, will you be able to go to… she paused. “You look disturbed. Are you ok?”
“Yeah.”
“You can tell me if anything is bothering you.”
“The boy you wanted to meet in the morning.” Not sure what was stopping me from speaking out his name.
“Pranil?”
“Yes.” I paused. “Pranil.” I tried hard to keep my voice steady.
“What about him?”
“Can you tell me something about him?”
“Like what?” She disconnected her phone that had just started ringing.
“Like…like…how old is he? Since when has he been here? Why did his parents leave him? Anything.”
“Anything. Hmmm.” She thought for a while. “Pranil is about 10 years old, he has been here since the last four years. His father died and his mother, who was a house maid, wanted to re-marry. The man she wanted to marry was not ready to accept responsibility of a son, therefore she left him here. But why are you asking all this?” She again silenced her beeping phone.
“I think I know him. Or someone by that name… or… or…” I didn’t know how to explain something I was still struggling to understand. I didn’t want her to disconnect her phone for the third time for my silly questions so I left the room leaving her gaping at me.
Later in the day I met Pranil. He was painting something when I reached him.
“Hello Pranil, can I sit here?”
He nodded.
“What are you doing?” I asked him.
“I am drawing a house.” He showed me the few scribbled lines in his notebook.
“Wow! This is a very good drawing.”
He smiled shyly.
I expected some connection to my foggy feelings as I talked to him. But no snapshots, no voices, no images followed. As if he was not the Pranil who played in my mind, the Pranil in my mysterious imagination was someone else, someone close to me yet far away, someone known to me yet a stranger. Something in my own self was unknown to me, an enigma and it was a terribly uncomfortable feeling. I just wanted to drag out the stranger from me but every time I tried the stranger gripped me tighter as if slowly becoming an inseparable part of me like my blood and my veins.


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Alka Dimri Saklani is the author of “45 Days in a Cancer Hospital” and “Beyond Secrets”. Her debut novel “45 Days in a Cancer Hospital” was longlisted for the prestigious Crossword Books award 2013. Her poems have been published in many magazines. She holds MBA degree in HR and worked with a leading MNC before turning to a full-time writer. Born and brought up in Vadodara, a city in Gujarat, her roots hail from “Dev Bhumi” Uttarakhand. Apart from writing, she loves music, reading, traveling, and spending time with her two naughty kids.
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Heartprints

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Year 1996

A cool April afternoon
 
 
The drizzle and the light breeze combined with the steady motion of the bus acted as a catalyst to soothe my weary mind and lead me on to slumber when….

A loud bang, the sound of metal colliding with metal, shattering of glass and shrieks of co-passengers startled me. Within seconds I was wide awake and to my horror found myself trapped between my seat and the one just in front. With husband by my side I wondered what to do when suddenly I found people outside prompting me to jump from the window. I tried to get up. But wait…. What’s this? I can’t lift my legs. It was only then that I realized that my legs were trapped between the seats. Suddenly the smell of diesel along with comments from some volunteers propelled me to act. I pulled my legs out even before my husband could warn me of the dangers and looked out of the window. Several hands stretched up to guide me down. Suddenly someone saw blood oozing down my legs and warned me to be careful. Once down I was immediately rushed to the District Hospital nearby. It was only then that I realized that both my legs were badly bruised.

Hours later I was shifted in a wheel chair to the General Ward. But where do I lie? All the beds were occupied. We were in a dilemma. Suddenly a bystander for a lady recovering from a bout of flu approached us and offered to vacate her daughter’s bed for me. We protested. But she assured us that her daughter was cured and would be discharged in a few hours’ time. She could spend the remaining hours in the sofa nearby. Finally we agreed.

The night was a dark and terrible one. Having helped me settle down on the bed, my husband was required to leave since that was a female ward. Since the place was hours away from home, there was no one to tend to me. Seeing my husband’s dilemma, the bystanders of the patients on either side of my bed assured him they would take care of me and that I need not worry. Finally he left for the retiring room in the Hospital Complex after asking them to contact him without fail in case of an emergency.

The night passed off seeing me toss and turn. My legs were swollen and ugly and they were hurting. Sometime around midnight I felt the urge to visit the toilet but did not since I didn’t want to disturb the good Samaritans who had volunteered to take care of me. I waited for dawn and the arrival of my husband.

Come dawn and the first thing I told my husband was my problem, I wanted to visit the restroom but how? My legs were leaden and I could not move them leave alone walk on my own. One of the ladies who overheard the conversation suddenly walked up to me, helped my husband get me down from the bed and with the help of another lady took me to the restroom to complete my morning ablutions all the time standing guard in case I should need help.

That day I realized that wherever be the place, whatever be the religion or faith, in times of trouble the best in everyone comes to the fore and humanity surges ahead to help the needy.

I do not know who they were, where they resided or to which faith they belonged. I just know that they were simple, kindhearted folk who knew how to empathize with a fellow being in pain. That day is still live and fresh in my memory not because I had met with an accident, not because I was wounded and in great pain, not because I had to spend the night in a general ward teeming with hundreds but because of those good Samaritans who tended to me without any expectations. They left their footprints in my heart.

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Book Blitz: Scorpio by Sundari Venkatraman

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Print Length: 150 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: September 16, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited 
Genre: Romance 

Kollywood superstar Chandrakanth, also known as CK, is a true-blue Scorpio, communicating with his eyes and believing in showing more than telling.

His website and social media consultant Ranjini is a Piscean through and through, fiercely independent, believing in affirmations and declarations.

It is love at first glance for Chandrakanth when he meets Ranjini; so strong are his feelings that he proposes marriage on their second meeting. Ranjini, fascinated by his starry persona, gets swept off her feet. The two get married without much of the world knowing—including CK’s aunt and ex.

The two women set out to settle their scores on Ranjini who suddenly begins to feel a strain in what was a fairy tale wedding.

While passion reigns on the one hand, there’s trouble in paradise on the other. Although CK is by her side, the Scorpio in him expects her to trust him implicitly. But can the Pisces in Ranjini accept him at his word?

Does the tension then get to their relationship? Can love survive without affirmations? Or is declaration the only way to profess one’s love?



It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 22 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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