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Review: Seduction by Truth

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Seduction by Truth by Mukul Kumar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The title of book is half true. It is about seduction -yes, but truth is a grey area here. It is true that adultery has become common in this day and age. Or maybe it was common since time immemorial. However, the easy access of opposite sex has made it more prevalent. Reasons of this are manifold. Is it right or wrong or somewhere in between? What is the mythological and historical perspective on this? Do the people who are adulterous have no conscience? Do they feel remorse? This book tries to answer these questions.

Shiva and Aakriti are a upper middle class couple. He is handsome and she is beautiful but the fizz is missing in their marriage. It has become a sexless marriage and there is no romance left. Shiva has doubt that she is having an affair. So, he decides to start one of his own. Her beautiful assistant Sana is right in front of his eyes. She married early and have a young daughter. One thing leads to an…

Satrangi Syahi

Satrangi Syahahi can be translated as Rainbow ink. It is about various emotions in poems. Two poets, Surendara Gupta and Neha Jindal contributed the poems.
Sh Surendra was a teacher on Jhansi. He retired and now writes poems.
Ms Neha is a poetess. Here debut book was “Phases of Moon”.
The book is divided in five parts:
1.Vyangya (Satire) – These poems are about politics and life in general and take a satirical look. “Sharafat ke Pujari” by Neha is about how the society has become corrupt and the gentleman is left behing in the race. 2.Bundelkhand ke Gaurav (Gaurav of Bundelkhand)- Poems about Rani Jhansi, Maithili Sharan Gupt and Dhyanchand. 3.Deshprem (patriotic) - “ Pak teri akal Baurai” is about misadventures of Pakistan. 4.Bhav Bhini (Emotional)- “Priyatma Tum to Badal Gaye” is about various phases of love. 5.Chhanikaye (momentary) – These are short poems. The poems are good and struck a chord. The language is simple yet powerful. 3.5/ 5 stars.

Review: Satrangi Syaahi

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Satrangi Syaahi by Surendra Kumar Gupta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Satrangi Syahahi can be translated as Rainbow ink. It is about various emotions in poems. Two poets, Surendara Gupta and Neha Jindal contributed the poems.

Sh Surendra was a teacher on Jhansi. He retired and now writes poems.

Ms Neha is a poetess. Here debut book was “Phases of Moon”.

The book is divided in five parts:

1. Vyangya (Satire) – These poems are about politics and life in general and take a satirical look. “Sharafat ke Pujari” by Neha is about how the society has become corrupt and the gentleman is left behing in the race.

2. Bundelkhand ke Gaurav (Gaurav of Bundelkhand)- Poems about Rani Jhansi, Maithili Sharan Gupt and Dhyanchand.

3. Deshprem (patriotic) - “ Pak teri akal Baurai” is about misadventures of Pakistan.

4. Bhav Bhini (Emotional)- “Priyatma Tum to Badal Gaye” is about various phases of love.

5. Chhanikaye (momentary) – These are short poems.

The poems are good and struck a chord. The language i…

Review: Tarikshir: The Awakening

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Tarikshir: The Awakening by Khayaal Patel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantasy makes good stories. In India the fantasy genre draws a lot from mythology and Puranic tales. Khayal Patel wrote a decent story. Ramayan is the greatest story ever written. It is source of inspiration to countless poets/ writers. This story also takes inspiration from Ramayan. However, I want to make it clear at the outset that the story is original creation and only some things are borrowed from Ramayan so as to start the tale.

In the very beginning Valikesh, a simple foot soldier in Rama’s army goes to Ravana’s palace after the war. There he finds an evil stone whose power is difficult to contain. This stone is a gateway to evil Tarikshir. Then the story comes to British India where Prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan of Devangarh is confused about war or peace with the British. The shrewd Britisher Walken is on the heels of Raja Ravindra Pratap. Ravindra is totally against of succumbing to British. Rudra al…

Review: Key to My Soul

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Key to My Soul by Probal Mazumdar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book cover tells that Probal Majumdar is “The national first prize poetry winner” of Year 2014. Key to my Soul is essentially a love story. Sample this poem from the book:

“Something has grown wings at last
And was flapping within my rib cage.
I tried to hold on to it fast
But it found its way to this page”.

Sidharth and Hazel study in school together. They are opposites and opposites attract. Sidharth a loner and introvert. Hazel is star of the school. As happens in love stories they come close. Then some tragedy sends them apart never to meet again? Or will they meet?

The story starts in the steel town of Jamshedpur. The town life revolved around the plant. Sidharth is a poet and painter. He has a collection of Indian poets. He was known as a prodigious painter in school. Hazel is an athlete. She won trophies as well as hearts.

The book recollects the famous events from Indian and world history as the story progresses. …

Interview of Devika Das author of "The Mind Game"

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Author Bio in first person:
An eloquent writer whose words pour out naturally. That’s me, Devika Das. My first encounter with literature happened at the age of 13 when I explored various paths of poetry. Later, I started blogging in 2008 and stepped into novel writing in 2016.
Writing is like my second skin.  The poem that I’m really proud of, and which has received a lot of recognition is “For Those At Kargil”, a tribute to all those martyrs who have laid down their lives while serving the nation. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and takes me into a zone where I’m stress free.
Creative writing liberates me and is a medium that allows me to be myself. Another reason why I chose to write is because I wanted to express my opinions and voice my thoughts to the public. It’s often noted that a person is not expressing himself/herself clearly when he/she talks to someone; however, writing is a medium that gives that person the liberty since there is less fear of being judged by people.
I…

Review: The Mind Game

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The Mind Game by DEVIKA DAS
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Our emotions play a big role in our life. According to Dr Daniel Goleman, ’emotional intelligence is defined as a set of skills or competencies, which provide human resource professionals, managers, and anyone in the world of work, with a comprehen­sive tool to define, measure and develop emotional skills’. Emotional intelligence can also be defined as the capacity to recognize our own feelings and those of others for motivating ourselves and managing emotions well in our social interactions.

This book about recognizing our emotions and controlling them to our advantage. The book is divided into six sections which are interrelated. Section 1, 2 and 3 deals with mastering emotions, living with less and analysing people.

What is the need to control emotions? This is essential for our wellbeing and cordial relations with others. Looking ahead, knowing ourselves, learning from others, guiding emotions etc are many tools to con…