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Neelam Chandra Saxena, a renowned author and poet, inviting entries for a giveaway contest

Neelam Chandra Saxena, a renowned author and poetess is inviting entries for a giveaway contest for her latest award-wiining book – Winter Shall Fade. This is a book from mother-author duo, which is a collection of inspiring poems.

Winter signifies the rough and tough days which come in our life. We cannot have a divine blessingNeelam contest which forbids winter to come in our lives. It is meant to come and it shall come. But so will autumn, spring and summer. It is the way a man faces winter does he make or break. And it only during the peaks of winter that we learn how much resilience, buoyancy and toughness we have. After all, the winter is meant to fade. Only one should have the perseverance. There is an internal strength within all of us. Some of us are aware about it while others are ignorant. Sometimes, the soul displays its strength only when a need arises.

It is this inner strength inside our soul or cha that the poems in the collection ‘Winter Shall Fade’ try to touch.

Participate to REDISCOVER YOURSELF.

Last Date of Submissions: Aug 10, 2014

Book Review – Metamorphing, Author – Kunal Pancholi, Publisher – Frog Books

Metamorphing by Kunal Pancholi is an UNPUTDOWNABLE and UNPREDICTABLE fictional crime thriller.

An interesting storyline fully packed with loads and loads of mysterious twists and Metamorphingturns that ultimately lead to a revealation of meeting of two men – Rudra and Rohan.

Rudra, a detective, is contacted by a lawyer mother – Shalini through a recommendation. She wants him to help her with his detective skills to save her son – Ayan from false accusations of murdering a lady at terminus. Detective? Recommendation?

Rohan, a sweet, cute but short guy, comes surviving a plane-crash mishap; strangely after five long years. Five years?

These two disconnected stories start joining with connecting links as we start turning pages. Missing links?

Rudra, cannot recollect anything about his past such as who is he? Where does he live? What does he do? On somewhat similar lines Rohan cannot recollect any single memory from his recent past. As they both set their lives to find their identities they again land to the scene of crime – the terminus. The terminus?

The terminus, where a lady was found dead along with some proofs indicating Ayan’s involvement in the crime! He admits he is not the culprit then who is? Is he someone from the duo – Rudra or Rohan? Or somebody else who is setting a plot to trap them all. Trap?

Read the story to join the missing links in order to link the connecting dots as Rudra and Rohan unveil their identities and metamorphose from man to creature. Creature?

This is an interesting and gripping story about how these two men discover themselves along with different stages of metamorphosing.

The author will bind you with the story right from the very first incident in the story and will never let you leave till the last incident. He successfully creates an aura of confusion and suspision that creates an urge to find replies to unanswered questions such as who is Rudra? Why he cannot recollect from his memory? How will he come back to his daily routine? Who is Rohan? What happened with him after plane crash? Why cannot recollect from his past? How is he going to be back in his life? Who is Ayan? What was he doing at terminus? Why is he being convicted with the crime, which he by any means, has not attempted? And who this dead lady was?

Questions are many but answer is one – go secure a copy for you and digg the answers.

The characterization is so much strong that you are able to visualize every single character, standing tall in front of your own eyes. The descriptions are so vivid that they will not wash off from your memories fastly. You will be carried along with the characters.

The one-liners are the ‘kick -elements’ of the book. They will pull you from the last chapter and push you into the next one with a stronger urge to continue with more and you will say – let it come; I need more!!!

The dilemmas of a man searching himself are very well written. The pain of loosing all past contacts is depicted decently. Not only emotional but professional details are very intricately planted within the story. This is what keeps it alive within your heart, much after completing the book.

The crime scene investigations were ming boggling and enriching at the same time. It made me feel as if I was the investigating officer.

A recommended book. :) I admit that after reading this book, I am more inclined towards reading more thriller stories. Do I need to mention them to be fictional ? Seems, my blood is infected, after having read the book – I am metamorphing…

“This book is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book review Program. To get free books log on to thereaderscosmos.blogspot.com”

About the Book

28th April, 2000

Flight No. 9X4876 bound to Srinagar has crash landed into the Everest Base Camp. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the flight mysteriously went off the radar for few minutes and missed its landing.ALl passengers are feared ded…except for three bodies that are yet to be recovered.

8th December, 2050

This, without doubt is the most gruesome murder in recent times. Early this morning, an unidentified woamn was found mutilated at the western gates of the abondoned Victoria Terminus Station in Mumbai. Authorities report her head was…well…semi-decapitated and she was drained of all her blood. The shocking part – the crime scene was devoid of any signs of blood spatter.

A thrilling tale about two men bound by an untraceable yet undeniable fate. One running away from his past, another unaware of his own.

Author Spotlight Interview with Dinesh Gupta

Dear Readers,

Our second author enjoying spotlight for today is Dinesh Gupta. Let’s start with a poetic journey with him. 

BNI: Tell us something about yourself and your background.
DG: I am Software Engineer By Profession & Writing Poems & Shayari By Interest.  [ भीतर की गहराई और बाहर की तन्हाई ने शायर बना दिया !] I am basically from Piplia Mandi in Mandsaur Distt and currently working in a software Organization in Pune.

BNI: So, What all you have written / published till date?
DG: I Written 2 Poetry Books, “Meri Aankhon Men Muhabbat Ke Manzar Hain” & “Jo Kucch Bhi Tha Darmiyaan”. My Poetry has been published in 3 Joint Poetry Collections. [Kadam Dhundti Raahen, Bikhri Aus Ki Bunden, Shabdon Ki Cahalkadmi]. My Poetry & Articles has been featured in many Online and Offline Hindi Magazines.

BNI: What inspired you to write your first book and or this book?
DG:
I started writing Poetry, Articles and speeches from 8th standard but my Poetry came into shape and reach towards excellence after listening Dr Kumar Vishvas First and then continuously following him. To Frame my Poetry into book I was inspired by feedback & complements I received on my Poems on Social networking sites and blogs.

BNI: A 30 word tagline for your book
DG:
There are 2 aspects of love in ‘Meri Aankhon Men Muhabbabt Ke Manzar Hain”.

One is love for Beauty and one is love for Country.

BNI: How did you come up with the title?
DG: I wanted to have title which sounds something creative. Idea came after reading title “Koi Deewana Kehta Hai” and from also from my first shayari in this book.

BNI: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
DG: As my Book Contains Poetry on variety of topics suitable for all age group and gender, so I think everyone who feel poetry is my Audience. I written Poetry and Thoughts in very simple words that can connect to everyone. If you fallen in love ever either to a girl or to your country, you must read book once.

BNI: Who is your favourite and least favourite character? What makes them so?
DG: NA, its Poetry Book

BNI: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? DG: NA, its Poetry Book

BNI: What was the hardest and easiest thing about your latest release?
DG: Easiest was to assemble Poetry in Book. Toughest was to find out publisher and marketing.

BNI: Share some interesting story about the book writing/cover development.
DG: Nothing special.

BNI: Is there a message in your book/novel that you want readers to grasp?
DG: Yes. Few Things I Must say. “Don’t write for market, write from your heart and market it”. Whatever you write it must be with complete responsibility because Literature can create or destroy country.

कलम की ताकत है ये, अलख भी जगाती है, आग भी लगाती है

चुप रहे तब तक ठीक है वरना, ज़न्नत इस ज़मीं को बनाती है…!

BNI: Do you meet your readers at book signings, conventions or similar events? Any plans in relation to this book?
DG: Not yet, but I am planning in coming time.

BNI: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
DG: They simply says whatever you written is Awesome. Biggest complement I received so far is “you write like Dr Kumar vishvas and your poetry is not less than him”

BNI: When and how did you decide to become a writer? Do you write full-time or part-time? DG: I never decided to be a writer. I started writing on social networking sites and I got tremendous response from my readers. In this way creativity inside me came into shapes and I choose to go with Book. I am full time writer but I am engineer also by profession and doing job.

BNI: Which writers inspire you?
DG: Dr Kumar Vishvas

BNI: What draws you to this genre?
DG: My writing is not restricted to any genre. Whatever I feel at any moment and if I can get right words, I can convert them into Poetry. I am writer of emotions.

BNI: According to you, What is the hardest thing about writing? D
G:
For me writing comes instantly from inside whatever I feel or see something sensitive across. I don’t feel it’s hard in any way. Writing story will be toughest thing for me if I will do so ever.

BNI: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
DG:Well, I want to become established Poet and want to touch millions of hearts by my words

BNI: What has been the toughest criticism and best compliment to you, as an author? DG:Criticism is few and some readers complain about my Literature knowledge due to spell mistake at some places. Biggest complement I received so far is “you write like Dr Kumar vishvas and your poetry is not less than him”

BNI: What are your thoughts on book series? Would you like to have one for your latest book?
DG: Mine is Poetry so there is no series but I will keeps on writing in Book whatever best I can write.

BNI: Any advice for writers budding or established?
DG: Well I say:  “Dil ki Suno, Shabd Chuno aur bus Buno. Kavita Khud-B-Khud Band Jayegi”. But remember whatever u write it should be with responsibility.

BNI: Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
DG: Toughest was to find my first Publisher. My scripts were Rejected/Not Acknowledged by almost all reputed publisher. It was because of Hindi and Poetry as they said.

BNI: What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
DG: I like combination of poetry & picture much in book. Rest I like sections of Love and Desh-prem mostly.

BNI: Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
DG: I think writing is much easier them marketing your work.

BNI: Any amusing story about marketing this book, so far
DG: I tried few things but which did not work so nothing to share for now.

BNI: What are your expectations for the book?
DG: Well, expectation is to reach more and more Readers and touch millions of hearts.

BNI: Do you think book cover an important role in sales?
DG: Yes.

BNI: According to you, what is the top most advantage / disadvantage of self-publishing? DG: I can’t comment as I choose Traditional Publishing.

BNI: ebook, pdf, mobi, kindle or printed hardcover book, what’s your pick?
DG:
Printed paperback book.

 

Message for Readers:

अपने भीतर की आवाज़ को शब्द देने की कोशिश कीजिये, रचना खुद ब खुद बन जाएगी. दिल की सुने, शब्द चुने और बस बुने. Let Readers Decide.

हाँ मगर कवि होने के नाते एक बात जरूर कहना चाहूँगा की कविता अगर मनोरंजन के लिए लिखी जाये तो कोई हर्ज़ नहीं है परंतु ये हमेशा याद रहे की देश के निर्माण और विनाश में साहित्य का बहुत बड़ा योगदान होता है, इसलिए जो भी लिखें, पूरी ज़िम्मेदारी से लिखें…

कलम की ताकत है ये, अलख भी जगाती है, आग भी लगाती है

चुप रहे तब तक ठीक है वरना, ज़न्नत इस ज़मीं को बनाती है …!

देश की युवा शक्ति, देश का ढाँचा बदल सकती है…अपनी ऊर्जा को सही दिशा में लगायें ..

दिखा दो दुनियाँ को लहू में हमारे भी उबाल आता है…..

मचल जाएँ हम जब जिस और, उस और तूफ़ान आता है  !

With these beautiful lines, we conclude today’s session and we thank Dinesh Gupta for expressing his interests and devoting time to answer the interview questions.

Author Spotlight Interview with Manu Ramesh, Author – The Sales Room, Publisher – Frog Books

Dear Readers,

Let us join hands to welcome R.T. Manu Ramesh, author of the book – The Sales Room.

BNI: Tell us something about yourself and your background.
MR: I grew up changing schools every few years as my dad was in a transferable job. I completed my undergraduate degree in 2006 specializing in Mechanical Engineering following which I worked at Dell-Perot Systems as a software engineer for two years. I then switched to a sales role and continued my climb up the corporate totem pole.  I worked for a software product start-up for three years and played a part in its expansion in India. I moved to the bay area after that to work for a midsized IT services firm. This book was authored during a six-month sabbatical taken before I headed to the US.

BNI: So, What all you have written / published till date?
MR:  “The Sales Room” was the first time I decided to write and followed through. I grew up reading a great deal and the thought of writing a book always intrigued me but never got down to writing one.

BNI: What inspired you to write your first book and or this book?
MR: I had spent about three years working for a software start-up. One evening over a cuppo with a friend, I joked that I could write a novel about a failing software start-up. This innocuous statement got him interested and he insisted that the idea was unique. I dismissed the thought, as I had never written before. However, after some introspection I chose to spend the few months writing full time. My family was extremely supportive of my endeavour, which helped.

BNI: A 30 word tagline for your book
MR: “The Sales Room” is hilarious journey through the topsy-turvy world of software start-ups. The narrative is informal and feels like a conversation. The characters are lifelike.

BNI: How did you come up with the title?
MR: “The Sales Room” is the room in the swanky Oregon office out of which the salespeople work. Apart from being the place for checking mail, making calls and performing chores, this room doubles up as the scene of office gossip, politics and banter.  The plot unfolds in this room and hence the title.

BNI: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
MR: The book has a little in it for readers from all backgrounds, nationalities and professions thanks to the humor and cultural idiosyncrasies that have been woven seamlessly into the plot. Those working in the corporate world will relate the anecdotes to the rigmarole of their day-to-day life. International readers will appreciate the funny side of life in India. For the rest it’s a story that will tickle their funny bone.

BNI: Who is your favourite and least favourite character? What makes them so?
MR: The ‘Vastu Man’ is an interesting addition. His cameo is entertaining and unique, as only a company in India would consider Vastu to be the panacea during its downward spiral.

Sonal , the pretty girl in the marketing team is a fun character who comes into the picture at the end of the book. I retrospect I should have given her a more prominent role by facilitating an early entry into the plot.

BNI: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?MR: The main character is Rajesh Iyer who humorously narrates the story. He is single GenY male and an ambitious salesperson. He recounts the story of Oregon Software Technology and his futile efforts at damage control.

BNI: What was the hardest and easiest thing about your latest release?
MR: I realized that writing a humorous work is quiet challenging. It becomes particularly so when you read it over and over again while editing the book. A passage that seemed funny when it was conceived all of sudden ceases to be so. This often caused me panic attacks as I began to wonder if it was because I was had read it several times or because it just wasn’t funny. I was pretty relieved when readers unanimously endorsed the humor.

The novel was based in a milieu that I was familiar with. The plot is based in  Bangalore that is a city in which I grew up. A story revolved round a startup and its sales team. The fact that I had worked as a salesperson most of my career made the rendition simple. 

BNI: Share some interesting story about the book writing/cover development.
MR: The first draft was completed in four months. During the process I was affected by writers block that fortunately lasted for just four frustrating days at the end of which it disappeared as suddenly as it manifested itself. The process of getting the draft proof read took two months. I had to wait for two years before I could find a publisher.

BNI: Is there a message in your book/novel that you want readers to grasp?
MR: There are two messages that the book alludes to. The first is that those at the helm of companies have to listen to their teams and take into consideration their perspectives. Employees of all ranks will have inputs that are unique and can impact the performance of the organization as a whole. The second is that one of the most important traits of an entrepreneur is integrity. Start-ups don’t have checks and balances in place and founder’s rectitude is not negotiable.

BNI: Do you meet your readers at book signings, conventions or similar events? Any plans in relation to this book?
MR: I am planning on a book signing soon.

BNI: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
MR: I welcome inputs from readers and often reach out 
to them proactively. As I have mentioned earlier the humor has received unanimous appreciation. The other interesting observation is that they believe the entire book feels like a conversation and hence not a drag.

BNI: When and how did you decide to become a writer? Do you write full-time or part- time?
M
R:I decided to be a writer after a chat with my friend during the coffee meeting which I have spoken about. I took a six month sabbatical to author‘The Sales Room’.

BNI: Which writers inspire you?
MR: Joseph Heller , Richard Crasta, Salman Rushdie, George Orwell

BNI: What draws you to this genre?
MR: Many of the books I like are funny . I believe humor is a great way of getting a serious message across.

BNI: According to you, What is the hardest thing about writing?
MR: Keeping the momentum going for days at a stretch. Ensuring you draw from your reserves and weave several ideas into the central theme without seeming to drift.

BNI: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
MR: I would like to  ‘The Sales Room’ to become a popular novel. I think it has the potential to become a movie as well. I have a couple of other ideas that could become interesting reads. I am not sure if I would have the time to pursue these ideas. However, both of these ideas have very little to do with startups and sales and hence belong to a totally different genre altogether.

BNI: What has been the toughest criticism and best compliment to you, as an author?
MR: The humor has received unanimous praise. Some readers have observed that the book takes a serious turn in the last chapter. Since they enjoyed the humor they wanted it to carry on till the end.

BNI: What will be your one favorite tip to get through the writer’s block
MR: Plenty of coffee although you risk an acidity in the process.  Reading your favourite author’s book. If both don’t work take short a break and stop thinking about the book for a while.

BNI: What are your thoughts on book series? Would you like to have one for your latest book?
MR: While a book series can be interesting it is essential for the author to ensure he lives up to the expectations created by the first book in the series. There have been instances like with I Robert Ludlum’s Borne Identity when I enjoy the book so much that I avoid reading the sequels as I am afraid it will dilute the experience. I have no sequels planned for ‘The Sales Room’.

BNI: Any advice for writers budding or established?
MR: It is important to be original and authentic as it comes across when one reads the book. Stick to your gut. Consider the inputs of other but remember you have the power to veto. Always try to write when you are in a state of inspiration.

BNI: Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
MR: As this is the first book I have written I had to endure a frustrating wait until ‘The Sales Room’ saw the light of day. I had to ensure I take rejection in my stride and not let it cloud my judgment vis-à-vis the book.

BNI: What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
MR: The chapter ‘Marketing team Quits’ was my favorite. Writing this chapter was a fun exercise, as I had to radically change my style. I had to sound like the well-read and suave Girish Reddy and not the boisterous Rajesh Iyer. I was amused when some readers of the readers thought that chapter had been ghost written.

BNI: Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
MR: I learnt that I had the ability to write a two hundred-page novel. This is significant as the closest I had come to writing was the random musings I put down in my dairy. I realized that nothing that I have read is a waste be it classic or a phantom comic. All material serves as arsenal that can find a place in the narration.

BNI: What do you think about – What does your protagonist think about you?
MR: While Rajesh Iyer is a figment of my imagination there are certain idiosyncrasies he shares with me. He is extremely fussy about his coffee. He is out spoken.

BNI: How about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?
MR:

For many people across the world a candle is a romantic symbol. It conjures up an image of a fine restaurant, a romantic evening, a bottle of expensive wine, the company of a soul mate of the opposite or same sex and finally, the prospect of having sex. The sex could be a fall into any of the categories — plain vanilla sex, break up sex, makeup sex, Bondage and Discipline (B&D), Sadism and Masochism (S&M), Dominance and submission (D&S). However for most people in India, a candle would bring back memories of terrible nights when power cuts made life living hell. For the geeks, it would be the night the power cut caused them to score two marks less than their only other geek friend, who did not incidentally experience power cut. Damn it!! Murphy’s laws. The dim light of the candle would have distracted the geeks momentarily causing them to miss problem number 5 on page 321 (boy, I usually never got to page 321), the very same problem which appeared as a two mark question. For others, the candles would trigger memories of that sleepless summer night. Sleepless, not because they were having sex all night, but because the power cut had left them swatting the ubiquitous mosquitoes which descended on them, smacking their lips as they looked at their sumptuous dinner. The reasons for these power cuts are the classic third world issues: the perennial shortage of power, the inept government officials, the odd thunderstorm, the transformer next door which gave out sparks and exploded all of a sudden.

  On the positive side, the frequent power cuts or rather the not so frequent power supply provided a golden opportunity for entrepreneurs to demonstrate their creative genius. Candles were always in demand from people of every socio economic background because of which the candle industry flourished. When I say candles, I refer to the thin, white, odourless pencil shaped ones, not the multicoloured, heart shaped, scented ones which come in every imaginable colour, be it ocean blue, salmon pink, mild lavender or polka dotted and when placed in toilets makes our poop smell nice. The scented candles are a luxury an Indian could do without. She/he is accustomed to the omnipresent stench of shit and piss on the streets, so smelling it in the toilet, where these bodily wastes rightly belong, isn’t such a big deal. The more affluent invested in kerosene lamps, torch lights and another contraption termed emergency lights. The last one was a glorified torch light except that it gave out bright white light instead of the dull yellow one. It is ironical that it was called an emergency light as it was used most of the time. It would be more apt to call the regular light the emergency light and the emergency light the regular light! And finally people selling Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) and generators aggressively targeted the really wealthy. They had their sales pitches ready “You will always have power.

Your fans, TVs, grinders, microwaves, hair straighteners, hair curlers and vibrators will almost always work. You will forget what darkness is. You will never have to think ‘Oops! Did I hit the save button’.” 
 
Of late, owing to a combination of the power shortage in India, the furore about global warming and the fear of having to swim for our lives carrying a male and female of each species, generating power by eco friendly means and selling it to the government proved to be a very lucrative business model. The methods to generate the power were several. The simple, time tested hydro power, where the kinetic energy of water falling from a height ran a turbine, inundating large swathes of land in the process and providing plenty of grist to Arundhati Roy’s mill. Wind power, which involved erecting gigantic fans which gyrated to the blowing winds. Solar power, which captured the abundant energy emanating from the sun using mirrors and lenses. Many of these companies, flush with funds from the US Venture Capital (VC) firms, were run by enterprising, young, Indians who had graduated from US B Schools and knew how to navigate the corrupt Indian political system. The companies saw impressive growth and what they experienced was considered just the tip of the iceberg. Two such companies were AUM Power and Olive Green Power. Oregon was wooing these companies, trying really hard to squeeze itself into their supply chain.

BNI: What are your expectations for the book?
MR: I am hoping it will be a popular novel and a major motion picture .

BNI: Do you think book cover an important role in sales?
MR: Absolutely. The cover is the book in a nutshell. It should not only summarize the content of the book but should capture its mood as well.

BNI: According to you, what is the top most advantage / disadvantage of self publishing?MR:

Advantages: It is an empty canvas. The book need not be modified as per the whims and fancies of an editor. All writers may not have my good fortune; my editor was very co-operative editor and discussed his inputs at length before effecting the changes. A self published book can be published the day it is completed and edited.

Disadvantages: Getting the book to various brick and mortar and online stores can be a challenge. Publishers are well networked in this ecosystem. Good publishers come with in house editors and designers thereby improving the quality of the end product.  If a book has been vetted by publishing house it serves as an endorsement of its quality.

BNI: ebook, pdf, mobi, kindle or printed hardcover book, what’s your pick?
MR:Printed hard cover book ( call me old school).

Dear Ramesh, many thanks for accepting to be interviewed and taking out time to address the interview questions. Books News India wishes you the best for the success of your book.

Book Review: Your Love was all I Had

My Review

Love, has always been the most prized possession especially for the ones, who have been blessed with this eternal feeling in their lives. Moreover, it is priceless but ironically, sometimes, we (the lovebirds) need to pay price for falling in love. Similarly, ‘College days’ is a period when we are most vulnerable to this love-parasite and surprisingly we all get infected by its venom for at-least, once. The danger becomes yet more enjoyable if, we get blessed with – true and caring friends. It further becomes a blessing in disguise if we get the love, which we admire all through the atrocities of ragging and the torturous boring lectures.

Love, scores, repute – are these the only three milestones that we look upto during this phase of life? No, my dear friends, there is a fourth power as well, in this equation –  it is our loving family. Yes, the inseparable components of our lives and well-being – our parents and our siblings. Can the love- whom we admire and the family -who admires us, go hand-in-hand? Sometimes, ‘Yes’ or may be sometimes it seems that the response is ‘NO’. Isn’t it our family, who introduces us to the divinity of the cupid’s arrow? So, why does it become an issue when, we become the cupid’s arrow’s victim?

Love and family, both are integral part of our persona. It is harder than said, if we have to choose between the two but then, destiny has the call, here. A set of selected people get trapped by the devil – named destiny and things do not proceed, as we expected or at-least we had wished for. So, at this crossroad of life, what should one pick – love or family? Can there be a third possibility as well? Is the question of ethnicity so important that it can shatter the dreams and snatch away all that we have earned in our young age?

‘Your Love was all I Had’ by Kaushal Kumar Jha is a perfect example to support this very analogy. Read how he gets deserted and drained when her love was all he had. What happened?

The story is about Rahul, his hardships to secure a seat in his dream medical college, the atrocities of seniors during ragging, the cool breeze of love amidst all these bottlenecks and challenges in admitting love in front of families and about the commitments in love. If you are fond of reading a college romance but love to use your brains while reading then, this is your pick. The author, a medico, as expected has prescribed a dose of love coated with the syrup of the commitment. He has put in his years of experience starting from studying hard to get admission in a medical college (students who have appeared for medical entrance tests can very easily connect with it), facing ragging (those hard to meet but bitter-sweet challenges), following our love (bunking classes just to get a glimpse that could make the day ahead easier),  assignments, tests and results in this story. Nowhere, you could cite a sentence that is hard to read or harder to understand. His smooth writing style makes it an enjoyable read but it becomes painful as the story takes new turns. He will engross you in his story so much deeply, such that you will feel as if it your own life is unfolding with every single sentence read.

This is a journey from falling in love to falling for love. A smart and studious student, who studied hard to get admission in the medical college of his choice, falls for a girl. They both have their set of similarities and differences. They establish their love life by balancing the seesaw of similarities and differences but one fine day, this balance gets disturbed and the author reconciles – your love was all I had.

I conclude my review with a recommendation for this soulful story with a tryst with souls.

Book Introduction

Rahul loved Riya. Riya loved Rahul. Rahul is a medico, Riya is a non-medico. Rahul is from North India, Riya is a Maharashtrian…and the differences were endless. But, love never saw their differences before connecting their hearts. Will they be able to make it a successful love story like others? Is there something different in their love? Will they be able to keep their commitments in Love? Would they prioritize Love instead of their families and careers? Will this Love story and with smiles on their faces?

‘Your love was all I had’, a story about the journey of an aspiring doctor in Mumbai; from his life in a small town, to his migration to a bigger city for earning a degree in medicine and the quintessential degree in ‘Love’!

A story about two people who are destined to fall in love but not destined for each other’s company, for a ‘happily ever after’ story. This book hopes to acquaint you with the real meaning of Love in the age of social networking, where love begins on walls of ‘Facebook’ profiles and ends on confession pages!

www.bloodygoodbook.com – a new online online venture for aspiring authors

Bloody Good Book is India’s first crowd sourced and crowd curated eBook publishing venture. Begun by bestselling author Rashmi Bansal and Niyati Patel, Bloody Good Book seeks to discover, support and help new writing talents, and significantly change the publishing industry.

Author Rashmi Bansal’s own experiences in publishing have laid the foundation for Bloody Good Book. Having seen at close quarters the struggle of aspiring authors to get noticed by large publishing companies, she decided to give back to the community. 

Bloody Good Book has taken a different route to publishing. Unlike traditional publishing companies where a group of high-minded editors decide which book gets published, Bloody Good Book encourages the people, bookworms and book lovers, to decide what should get published. Simply put, this is democratic publishing. Not only do aspiring authors get fair opportunities to get noticed and published, readers too, get the incredible opportunity to play an integral role in the publishing process.

Here’s how it’s done.

Bloody Good Book has created a user-friendly and vibrant online platform www.bloodygoodbook.com where aspiring authors can submit their manuscripts.

1) The first three chapters of the manuscript are made available for reading on the website.

2) Readers and book lovers are encouraged and invited to join Bloody Good Book for free and read, review and vote for what they think should be published.

3) Every month, the Top 10 Most Popular and the Top 10 Rated books are considered for eBook publication by Bloody Good Book.

Bloody Good Book-Westland

Bloody Good Book has also joined hands with a major print publisher Westland Ltd for a co-publication venture. Therefore, each month, Westland Ltd too, will review the Top 10 Rated and Top 10 Most Popular books along with Bloody Good Book. They will consider these books for print publication. 

Advantages to authors and readers

The advantages to readers and authors are manifold. Authors can avail of a transparent and fair way to publishing, and can also regularly communicate and collaborate with potential readers to their book.

Readers and book lovers get the incredibly opportunity to read interesting, innovative new writing, collaborate with authors, and join a like-minded community. Most importantly, they get the chance to have their voice heard, and play a significant role in the publishing process.

Bloody Good Book began on 2nd June, 2014, and already has over 3300 members and 53 manuscripts> It continues to grow everyday with the aim to discover and support new writing talent, and provide path-breaking, fresh and original books for the Indian readers.”

Book Review – Pyar Hai Ya Sazaa, Author – Afsana Khan, Anjum, Publisher – Ayush Books

Pyar hai ya Sazaa by Afsana Khan Anjum is a lovely Hindi novel about how love transforms into a punishment. The author through the medium of her soulful and Pyar hai ya sazaemotional story raises a question from the readers – what is it – Pyar hai ya sazza. Can love really become a punishment? If yes, how? and If no, what is the source of this question? Check this out.

This review is meant especially for book lovers who like reading hindi language novels.

Love, an eternal feeling that almost very single individual wishes to enjoy on this earth. If not successful in love, at least they rejoice the mere knock of love on their doorstep. Nevertheless, quite a few people are not blessed with the charisma of the feeling of love. They have a different type of love-story, altogether. This is one such account.

Sarita, a young girl, who is full of life, steps into her adulthood and as destined, falls in love with a decent responsible guy – Sagar. They both are educated, sensible, mature and responsible enough to commit a mistake in their life and particularly related to their love-life. But, one fine day, Sagar turns his back to her lady love – Sarita, leaving her blank and a void in her life, that becomes hard to mend day by day. She makes an effort but to her vain.

Why love becomes a punishment to them? What wrong have they done? Why Sagar turns back? Why he left unintimated? What answers is Sarita looking for? Whose punishment is this? What sort of punishment is it? Is this a punishment or is this love? Find out by yourself.

Read this book, if you love reading a love story in Hindi language. Reasons are much more than this. This is a story of togetherness and separation, of living with love and living for love, of living in love and dying for love, of Sagar and Sarita and of Pyar and Sazaa.

You will enjoy the flow of events, which smooth one instant to another. You need not put an additional effort to understand the developments. The author’s descriptive style of writing works for you. If you are an emotional at heart, you will definitely enjoy it. Take it as your pillow-mate and relax.

About the book

This story is about two loving hearts, brimming with love…; about a ravishing beauty ‘Sarita’ and man with loving heart ‘Sagar’…

They were destined to meet and fall in love and not just love but an eternal love, a rosy love. They met, fell in love, promised to live together but as was their love destined not was their living together with each other…rather they lived for each other.

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