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Family : The Springboard



Down and out he returned home that day. Shattered by office intricacies that had wiped away all the credibility he’d built up over the last ten years, he went straight to his room and shut the door tight. Sunanda well aware of the pain he was going through left him to himself. Later that evening Rohan stepped out of his room a completely changed man. Clean shaven and refreshed he called out to her. Sunanda sat down beside him on the sofa and heard him out. Slowly pressing his hands she nodded her approval.

Time flew……. Rohan was back on his feet. The year gone by forgotten, he looked forward to that evening, an evening of triumph.

The hall resounded with accolades for the ‘Businessman of The Year’. Rohan stepped on the dais and with trembling hands accepted the award. Thanking the organizers and all those who’d believed in him, he had just this to say, “The world may reject you, but it’s your family that will stay with you in thick and thin. When the world believed I’d been shattered and drowned, my family pulled me out, and helped me walk again. This victory I owe to them.”

A tear rolled down Sunanda’s cheek. Sending a silent prayer to the Heavens above, she stepped out of the hall, a figure of pride, a figure overwhelmed with emotions…….


‘I’m Writing Bravely for the Write Tribe Festival of Words – March 2019’ @ Write Tribe and today’s prompt is a picture prompt given below

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Time: The Healer



The face!

She looked at it and was immediately transported to that wretched day forty years ago, a day when friendship gave way to hatred, a day when trust turned to mistrust. How she’d cried because the one she’d looked upon as her best friend forever, had put her on the dock. Secret she’d shared with her in the belief that they were safe, had found their way into another’s ears. The trial in front of a class of thirty followed by a rap on the knuckles, had left her bitter and scarred, so- much-so that since that day she’d not had a word with her. The bonds that held them together were severed forever, so she thought. But were they?……..

Richa wondered how the other would react if she were to dial her up after so many years? Will she remember me? Will she …………A riot of emotions, thoughts galore criss- crossed her mind. Twice she picked up the phone then put it down. Little Ruchi looked up to her with a puzzled look, then stuck forth two fingers and asked her to choose. Richa touched one. The girl gave the thumbs up. Richa dialed the number…….


Shweta hurried from the kitchen. With hands coated with dough she picked up the phone expecting Rohan at the other end.

“Hi Jaan!”

“Hello! Is it Shweta?” A female voice asked haltingly. Richa clapped a hand to her forehead.

“Sorry! Yes, it’s Shweta here.” She answered with a puzzled expression. The voice was familiar, yet she could not place it.

“Hello Shweta, remember me?”

Shweta tried to figure out where she’d heard that voice. Just when she was about to give in, something clicked within. A tear rolled down her cheeks…….of joy or sorrow…… she knew not.
“Hi Richa… How have you been?’

The next half-hour flew past with the two catching up on each other’s life and family. Not a word was uttered of that black day when two bosom friends had parted ways…….. but had they? Wasn’t it that they’d just taken a long break, but had somehow always known that life would someday bring them once again face to face?

A smile played on Richa’s lips as she kept the mouthpiece back in the cradle and turned to look at little Ruchi. Mouthing a silent ‘Thank you’ to the little one she felt light as a feather. The hurt she’d nurtured all these years seemed to vanish away. …….


‘I’m Writing Bravely for the Write Tribe Festival of Words – March 2019’ @ Write Tribe and today’s prompt is ‘Forgive’.

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Book Review: An Awfully BIG Adventure



TITLE: An Awfully BIG Adventure
AUTHOR: Aniesha Brahma
GENRE: Fiction ( Fantasy)
FORMAT: Kindle eBook




Seventeen-year-old Yoshita Ray has stopped believing in happily ever after and fairy tales ever since her mother abandoned her. But now that her father’s married again, Yoshita’s world is turned upside down by her new stepbrother, the ten-year-old true believer, Tanay Mukherjee.

On his twelfth birthday, Tanay makes a wish which whisks them away to a magical land where all the fairy tale characters are real! While Yoshita wants to do nothing but leave this place behind, her stepbrother wants to stay.

Will the rather unfortunately timed adventure tear the stepsiblings apart or will it play a hand in bringing them closer together?

Join them on An Awfully BIG Adventure to find out!


When children her age believed in fairy tales and happily ever after’s, little Yogita turned the cynic all because of a broken home. Things changed over the years with Yogita’s father taking in a new wife but inspite of being fond of her stepmother and stepbrother, Yogita could never ever get over the blow that her parents’ divorce had dealt her i.e. until something unexpected happened on her stepbrother’s twelfth birthday, something akin to a big adventure one that would force her to look at things in a new perspective.

Interesting, intriguing and inviting, ‘The Awfully BIG Adventure’ is a novella of just ninety nine pages that will transport you to your childhood and nudge you to remember those little characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Alladin, Pinocchio etc. deeply entrenched somewhere at the back of your mind, make you smile and wonder if life is actually all about ‘happily ever after’ or the reverse, whether we are mere puppets of our circumstances or is it our way of thinking that molds our destiny. In short, ‘The Awfully BIG Adventure’ is not merely a piece of fiction but a psychological take on the human attitude of distrust and cynicism, an attitude that takes root on account of adverse circumstances and needs something really awfully big to address it.

The language is simple, crisp and lucid while the pace is perfect. There are a few typographical errors here and there that need to be fixed.

My only grudge…….. The book ended too soon. Would have loved to see a bit more of action and interaction between the protagonists and the residents of The Charmed City and would have felt satiated with a bigger dose of magic. These would have given a better insight into the woes of the residents of the magical land as well as made it easier to understand and appreciate the intentions of the Queen in trying to thwart the siblings from leaving the city or permitting the residents of the city to try rewriting their story.



An interesting short read. I’ll give the book a 3 on a scale of 5.


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Aniesha Brahma wanted to be an author since she was six years old. She was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She studied in Dolna Day School and completed her college degrees (including MPhil) in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She works as a social media strategist/marketing executive, is the founder and editor of BUZZ Magazine and blogs (almost) regularly at Her debut novel was The Secret Proposal. It was followed by The Guitar Girl, When Our Worlds Collide and All Signs Lead Back to You. She has also worked on children’s books like P.C. Chandra’s Awesome Four and General Press’ Children’s Classic Stories. She was part of the UK-India 2017 India Wales’ The Valley, City and Village (VCV) Project and a speaker at Hay Festival 2017. Aniesha is extremely active on social media and you can get in touch with her by writing to her at


Book Review: Unlawful Justice



TITLE: Unlawful Justice
AUTHOR: Vish Dhamija
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins India
GENRE: Fiction (Mystery)
ISBN: 978-9352644162



Baby, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Diwan family’s household help, has been raped and brutalized. Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a shot at justice for the girl and a very powerful client. He cannot bring himself to proceed at the risk of all that he has secured for his family. His wife Priti, distraught and devastated at her husband’s decision, turns to an old friend for help.

Akash Hingorani, top criminal lawyer and best friend to Priti and Vansh, must step up. He is Baby’s last chance. But things quickly unravel as Akash’s probe into the rape suddenly turns into a murder investigation. A powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom to homes to lay bare the difference between law and justice.


Cleverly crafted and captivating, the story takes us on a whirlwind journey of a courtroom drama where a battle for ‘justice’ is being fought, justice for one who himself was the perpetrator of a heinous act. Money and muscle power are used to try and circumvent justice. Two loving sous find their relationship on the verge of a breakdown and a minor lives a trauma one that is sure to leave scars deep and dirty.

The twists, the turns all look simple and straight on the surface. The first crime is an open and shut case where the perpetrator is known to the reader and is identified by the police within hours of the crime. What one just needs to know is what fate awaits him. Will justice be delivered or will he escape given that one of the best criminal lawyers is ready to fight it out for him at the risk of losing his family and all that he holds dear? But what comes as a surprise is the second crime one which leaves everyone baffled. The perpetrator of this one is too clever for the arms of the law to catch him/ her.

So what happens?

Packed with drama, emotional outbursts, camaraderie and an exciting insight into a legal battle, the story takes an interesting turn only to leave us stunned in the end. The climax is one that one may hardly foresee.

The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc.

Language is simple, crisp, lucid and devoid of heavy legal jargon such that are hard to digest. Hence it is easy for even a layman to enjoy the courtroom scenes which are of course the highlight of this book.


Enjoyable, engrossing and engulfing, the book is definitely a must read thriller. I’ll give it a 4 on a scale of 5.


  ‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’

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Book Review: The Colours of Passion



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



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.


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 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.


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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A Cold Winter Night


“Knock! Knock!”

Suddenly woken up from deep slumber, I looked at the mobile screen with bleary eyes.

2.00 AM

I shook my head trying to keep my eyes open and slowly trudged towards the door, fumbled for the light switch. It took me a good one minute to locate it.

“Knock! Knock!”

The lights came on. Hand on the door knob,I made to turn it when…….

Suddenly I was wide awake. Hey! What am I doing? It’s just 2 am and I am all alone in the house. Who can it be at this unearthly hour?

Fear overtook me. I looked through the peep hole but not finding even a soul in sight I waited.

“Knock! Knock!…”

This time the knocking was louder and more persistent.

“Who’s there?” I asked trying my best to keep away that tremble from my tone.

No answer. Instead the uninvited just knocked once again. Beads of perspiration gathered around my brows and slowly started to trickle down the temples. I was at a loss. Who do I call up at this hour?

“Knock! Knock!”

I could take it no more. That gnawing fear of the unknown was slowly getting on my nerves. I had to know who it was and why. I slowly tip-toed to the easy chair lying in a corner of the room, pulled out the wooden rod that held the cloth from slipping out and walked back to the door.

“Knock! Knock!”

Letting out a silent prayer I slowly turned the knob and waited with bated breath for the uninvited guest to enter. My hands were perspiring profusely. Yet, I maintained a steady grip on the rod.

“Tick! Tick!”

Seconds passed by slowly. Nothing happened.

Just as I was about to relax, there was a flurry of activity at the door and in a flash the attack took place. I yelled and the rod slipped down to the floor with a heavy thud. I jumped on to the nearest chair shivering, hand to mouth.

The visitor looked at me with surprised eyes and before I could react turned and scurried out into the darkness.

Slowly, still shivering from the fright, I got down from the chair and cursing the rodent slammed the door shut. Leaning on it I tried to steady my racing heart.

Minutes later peals of laughter reverberated through the room. Tears flowed from my eyes as I held my stomach tight.


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TITLE: S.O.A.R – Success over advesity reigns
AUTHOR : Abir Mukherjee
PUBLISHER: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.)
GENRE: Fiction



Interesting. One that’s sure to raise your curiosity.

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Needs to be revisited to make it eye-catching and appealing.


Frustrated with their current jobs, Uday, Adhyayan, and Rajasekaran team up to start an innovative business, non-existent in India until then. Ignoring all pragmatic aspects of life, they chase their dreams with immense pleasure. However, their journey is no cakewalk, as they confront financial crisis and rejections soon. Uday plays a business trick to triumph over that uninfluenced market; it works initially, but soon boomerangs, blowing the team apart. The police arrests Uday accusing him of illegal activity by his organization.

Were there any blemishes in their plan or was it just a typical Indian market, reluctant to accept an un-experimented concept? Will they be successful in implementing their innovation, staking their hard earned money, stable jobs, relationships, and life ‘S.O.A.R is the story of chasing a dream, quandary between desire and responsibility, friendship and love. Join the gutsy journey of three young entrepreneurs.


STORY-LINE – A Simple read? Yes. Realistic? Well, I wouldn’t say it is totally realistic. There are events/ situations which are hard to believe. That said, what I liked about the storyline is the thought process that must have spurred the author to pen this book. While S.O.A.R is all about crossing hurdles and achieving one’s dreams, the book brings to fore a few things that are a norm these days – 1) People switch jobs easily without batting an eyelid. It comes to them as naturally as changing their clothes. 2) Youngsters unlike their elder counterparts are ready to take risks to achieve their dreams. 3) People are so crazy about achieving success that they often give a deaf ear to sound advice/ are indifferent to the trauma caused by their actions, to their beloved ones. 4) The fall-out of not being able to strike a balance between one’s professional and personal life………

There is a bit of humor, a bit of romance, a bit of deceit, but overall it is all about trying to live one’s dream.

PACE- There are times when one has to go back and forth to get a hold on what actually is happening. This is because the transition from present to past to present is often abrupt. This has affected the pace of the story to a great extent.

EDITING – Needs to be tightened. Certain usages don’t seem to fit in well with the context/ story and tend to become stumbling blocks.


Overall a nice read, one that needs a little fine-tuning to make it more enjoyable. I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.


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A small town boy, Abir Mukherjee travelled all the way from Bardhamam in West Bengal to the U.S.A. to live his dream of a successful software personnel. Somewhere along the path he also took out time to give wings to his passion for the world of letters. ‘As Life Has No Undo’ is his debut novel and S.O.A.R. is his second offering to the literary world. He writes to entertain and not to offer advice. Abir loves to doodle with the pencil too during his spare time.

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TITLE : The Dormant State
AUTHOR: Dibya Satpathy
GENRE : Political Thriller




Aniruddh is a non-conforming, spirited, unorthodox young man, bound by the shackles of tradition. Brought up in one of India’s poorer states – he experiences first-hand, through his middle-class upbringing, the gruesome realities of governance in the country. His youthful exuberance and provocative circumstances leave him with no option but to take on the system. On entering the murky world of politics, he is forced to confront with evils, which he hadn’t bargained for. The events in his life leave his relationships at peril as he lurches along the forlorn lanes of insecurity. His transformation from an honest novice mutineer to a guile political leader brings out the layers in his character. Amidst strained relations, friendships that turn ugly and back-stabbing foes, Aniruddh has to govern a dormant state and win over the masses.

The climax is a gripping tale of sinister moves and counter moves that end up bringing out the devil in him in a moment of self adjudication.



Storyline : Interesting, intriguing and engaging, the book takes the reader on a virtual tour of a state riddled with problems. While on the one hand we come across the rise of a lad of humble origins, one who is pure of heart and feels strongly for his fellow beings, on the other we also come across those wily beings whose every breath stinks of deceit.

In short, the story is a mirror to the dirty politics played in not only Odisha but in almost every state of India. There’s nothing new that we don’t know yet how many of us has the guts to put it across in black and white. Kudos to the courage shown by the author.

While there are some interesting twists and turns that keep the reader on tenterhooks, the climax is the icing on the cake.

Characterization: The character of the protagonist i.e. Annirudh Mishra is well – developed. However I feel that the characters of some of the other players in the story like that of Vishnu, Deepak, etc. have a lot of potential. They could have been given some more space and importance in the story. It would have added more spice to the plot.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

Pace: Though slow at first it picked up in the second half.


Narrative: Long winding narratives while explaining the state of affairs in Odisha acted as hurdles at times. Similarly some generalized / sweeping statements proved to be irritants in an otherwise well-crafted plot.


An interesting thriller one that’s sure to make you guessing regarding the man behind the scene, the one who pulls the strings and the climax, I’ll give it 3 on a scale of 5.


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BOOK REVIEW: Operation India One


TITLE: Operation India One
AUTHOR: Shiv Kumar
PUBLISHER: Om Books International
GENRE: Fiction (Mystery- Adventure- Thriller)



The cover design with a man in battle fatigues holding a gun and the title i.e. ‘Operation India One’ depicted in the tricolor is enough to make one realize that this one has got something to do with the Nation’s security. It fits the story-line.


Operation India One

Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organization based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, ‘Operation India One’. As his investigations on the ground progress, however, he uncovers behind the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged. Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the miserable plight of the people of the area and the supposed terrorists fighting for them, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow countrymen.



Plot: Wonderful and realistic. Deals with a socio-economic topic and the Naxalite menace. One can easily relate with the emotions of the displaced those whose land is acquired for developmental purposes, their agony and anger on not being given adequate compensation or being rehabilitated properly, the apathy of the State towards these poor beings and how muscle-power often forces simpletons to take up arms. ‘Operation India One’ also gives us an insight into the dirty politics played by politicians just to feed their ego, at the expense of the safety of the common man, the security forces and the Nation.

Language: Language is simple, crisp and lucid.


Story: Inspite of having a wonderful plot I felt there was something missing in the book or should I say it felt incomplete. That feeling of satisfaction that one feels after having read a fast paced action- packed thriller or a mind- boggling mystery was missing.

Characterization: A little under- developed. A story especially a thriller, is complete only when the characters are able to connect with the reader. Here that was sadly missing. I also felt that the Swamiji could have been given a bigger role in the story to make it more interesting.


Overall a simple read which one can finish in just one sitting I give this 3 on a scale of 5.



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A commercial tax officer in Government of Bihar(India), Shiv Kumar was previously an engineer in BHEL(A government of India Undertaking). A voracious reader and passionate writer, Mr. Shiv Kumar is interested in subjects that provide an insight into issues concerning contemporary Indian Society. He is also fond of travelogues, thrillers and crime fiction.

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Spotlight: Only Wheat Not White By Varsha Dixit

Only Wheat Not White 
Varsha Dixit 

The Blurb

What if the one you completely love is the one you simply can’t! Twenty-six-year-old Eila Sood moves to America to mend fences with her estranged older sister, Sheela. Eila and the rest of the family in India had cut off ties with Sheela after she married Steve Jacobs, ‘out of caste, and out of color’. Elia soon realizes that Sheela’s marriage is on the rocks. To help pay Sheela’s household bills, Eila takes a second job at an afternoon strip club. When she crosses paths with the owner, the handsome Brett Wright or ‘blue-eyed ogre’ as Elia calls him, he both infuriates and fascinates her. Brett turns out to be her reluctant and unquestionably sarcastic knight in shining armor. As Eila and Brett spend more time together their desire for each other builds. However, when Brett discovers the true reason for Eila’s refusal he storms out of her life, accusing her of being a prejudiced coward. Will Eila find the courage to break stereotypes and embrace her love? Will Brett find solace in the arms of his ex-girlfriend Cate? Will Sheela and Steve divorce? All of these questions and more are answered in Varsha Dixit’s latest and humorous and steamy love story.

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Meet the Author

I’m the author of four books and the genre that I write is contemporary romance. Penning stories defines and completes me.I thinks of myself as a borderline obsessive-compulsive dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. A true ‘feel good’ junkie seeking quick fixes, I love a good laugh and a good book. A voracious reader of who dunit mysteries and legal dramas, I did sit down to pen a book on serial killers but finding it impossible to maim or kill anyone, even on paper, I penned a romantic story instead. Thus, I found my true calling – at least for the time being.Even though creativity is gender free, I feel blessed and enriched to be a woman.
Currently, with my family, I’m settled in the US.
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