Introduction to The Bard

A cavalcade of Shakespeare’s Characters Source: Wikipedia

I know, most of you are familiar with the terms: The Bard, and the Bard of Avon. Recently, the world celebrated The Bard’s 400th death anniversary on April 23, 2016, and the Bard himself is unaware of.

Why “The Bard”?

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

It is almost summer everywhere and I was wondering the other summer day why is the Bard is called The Bard. In general terms, ‘bard’ means a poet. In medieval times, all bards were travelling poets who made living out of performing and telling stories. Thus so, edging out the Medieval times, our Bard was a performer in plays and loved to write plays himself.

Why Celebrate his Death Anniversary?

The reason being Shakespeare’s birthday remains unknown to us till date.

400 years, you say?

It has been four centuries since William Shakespeare wrote his last words that are still influencing the English language and a reader’s mind. Shakespeare introduced near about 1700 word to the language through his comedies, tragedies, histories and sonnets.  Such as fashionable, and eyeball. Some of them are insulting.

Where to start with Bard?

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4 CyberPunk Books To Read

Cyberpunk first came into existence around late 1970s. This particular type of genre share its boundaries with science-fiction from the start and hasn’t shy away from development during the time. In terms of books, these are titles you should take look:

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Artificial Intelligence in 1980s. Computer who can think and communicate with human beings as well as manipulate them in doing stuff. The story has cyberspace, data-thieves, samurai, assassins. This is 1980s we are talking about.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

This book was first published in 1968 and is still ahead of time. It’s an important piece for the type of genre.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Code of Manavas by Arpit Bakshi

Seldom do I come across a Science Fiction book that is based completely swoops Indian Mythology. The Code of Manavas: Beyond the Realm by Arpit Bakshi is the one I recently came across that talks about Indian Mythology and Science Fiction at the same time. It’s a task that has to be stir considerably for a reader to digest the mix. There are books in which mixing mythology with fantasy/science fiction is not done with considerable amount. A reader might feel something or the other lacks. The amount of lack does create an imbalance in a reader’s mind.

However, Arpit Bakshi’s book does not fails to create that imbalance. He does a good job there. The plot follows a young protagonist Krishna, who is a scientist and the founder of Bhoomidium, an organic compound which is helping Bhooma, the only remaining land on the whole planet, to survive. This organic material is a healing source but has effects on humans and turning them into powerful beings a.k.a. Manavas. Everything has its price which is irrelevant to time. The organic material cannot stop the geological changes whose occurrences is what Bhoomidium is the outcome. Thus remains possibility of leaving as an alternative solution. The question remains, how? Continue reading

GUEST POST- Welcome to the City of Joy by Nilesh Rathod

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Welcome to the City of Joy by Nilesh Rathod

India is a republic of laughable samples. With that I mean, people, and in that I mean government. They can construe scrupulous ways to invent obstacles, in places you cannot even imagine they can exist.

Armed with a liberal dose of faith in a resurgent India, I took a flight to the famed city of Kolkata, the erstwhile head quarter of British East India Company. And trust me when I say this, but it still looks like one, and without the necessity to board any kind of time travel capsule. It would have taken less effort to modernize the city, than the energy spent on preserving it to be the museum of historic relics that it is. And even after all this, they still accomplish to drive away anyone who came to the city to relish the chronicles of its history.

I took a flight though; glad there was an operational airport. It wasn’t there in the East India Company days. Unfortunately, that is where the marvels of modernisation ended for me. Nonetheless, I disembarked with optimism. I required going to a place called Salt Lake City. The names of various places in this city amaze you so much; you cannot stop thinking adoring how picturesque they must be. If they can needlessly change Calcutta to Kolkata, did they leave these fancy names to construct pointless trickeries on poor me?  Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Luzhin Defense by Vladimir Nabokov

Last weekend I wanted to start my journey with Vladimir Nabokov. He has been admired by many, and that always stupefied me. So I decided to read one of his books, and I started out with The Luzhin Defense or The Defense, if you prefer. It is a story of obsession, that turns into madness. Luzhin, born in a Russian aristocratic family, a boy who is ridiculed by his peers at school, finds to solace in the game of chess as happened to be introduced by guest, one night in his father’s study.

Luzhin’s obsession with chess turns into his ability that draws him away from everyone, his peers as well as his parents. It becomes his refuge from everyday life. This causes major absentmindedness but he observes everything as of a significant move as in the game. Soon enough his obsession makes him a grandmaster and he travels Europe, making money by playing the game “blindly”. The author’s in-depth knowledge of the game is a clear exhibit throughout the book.

Luzhin’s soon turns into madness as he suffers from a nervous breakdown against another Grandmaster from Italy. The game is suspended and has to give up his obsession only after he marries an unnamed girl that becomes undemonstrative. His obsession with chess takes as far in his conscience as he begins to see the world around as a giant chess game with repeated moves in the shadow of his past which comes haunting back in many forms. Luzhin, at last, solves the puzzle, of life. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

People have been reviewing Great Expectations for 150 years. It’s the essence of a classic to survive such a long time and still being read. It is also a writer’s name that adds to a classic’s character, but that is not always the case. However, with Charles Dickens it is the former case and readers have expectations. I do. Whenever I start reading a Dickens novel, I expect it to be long, and contain all the elements of a story telling. Certainly, Dickens is one of the masters of the art.

The story is of an orphan,Pip, who from the beginning of the novel is not an ideal protagonist who have to be heroes or emotionally and physically strong. The story in short is tale written in first person narrative is about a person and his “great expectations”. It is the tale of self-understanding and perception. As a young boy Pip, lives with his sister ad her husband, kind soul, of whom he is fond of in his childhood. One day his presence is at demand in front of a strange woman who lives in a grand house with her niece. This is the starting of Pip’s “Great Expectations”. Continue reading

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY

This Giveaway is an accommodate of the Blog Tour for book: You’ve Got the Wrong Girl by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu. The Giveaway prizes are provided by Hatchette India. The Giveaway is only available in India.

Link to Giveaway: PLEASE CLICK HERE

There will be five (5) winners. Each winner will win a copy of You’ve Got the Wrong Girl as well as one of the titles listed below

  • A Man called Ove by Frederik Backman
  • The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
  • Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
  • The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
  • The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klinec
  • The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  • The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  • Too Good to be True by Sheila O’ Flanagan

Each winner will get a total of two books, subject to availability.