Books, Fiction

The Curious Case of Stephen King Money

A Canadian author, Emily Schultz’s debut novel published in 2006 is called Joyland, similarly Stephen King who is believed to be a literary, the author of fifty plus novels in the past thirty years, published a novel called Joyland last year, 2013. Though both the books do not share same genre, it’s still confusing for the King’s fan who have been accidentally purchasing Schultz’s debut and then frustrated and confused, been leaving negative reviews on her Joyland page on Amazon instead, they should be mad about the amazon’s algorithm. But it seems Schultz’s enjoying this and getting a last laugh by a blog called Stephen King Money where she lists the things she’s buying of the money she’s getting out of her Joyland.

Her new work The Blondes gets an American release in April 2015.

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FRIDAY FIVE: Five ways to stay creative on a weekend!

Today is Friday, tomorrow starts what most of us seek. The mighty weekend. Either we can get dull on weekends, or we can be productive, it’s up to us. To do any of the both, mere creativity is always needed!  Thus, I am showing you five ways to be creative to do so.

 

1. Get away from the computer

Go somewhere, where your heart takes you. But please leave the desk, you have spent all your week in front of that flat bright screen, suffering from a god-knows-what syndrome or wrist cramp due to excessive use of keyboard. Give your hands a rest. Do something else.

2. Surround yourself with Creative people

We all have some friends, who are creative. Hangout with them. Visit the places which inspire you, taking along your creative friend. And if you’re too lucky, find a creative date. Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: Five ways to stay creative on a weekend!”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

I first read The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkienthe first book in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (though originally not a trilogy) last year in the summer, but left it in between and could not complete it. This year I started it again at the same time, summer, and I am glad I completed it. It’s epic in its own way.

Tolkien certainly gets a place among top authors irrespective of the era or the century. The Lord of the Rings is one snippet. If you go on exploring his whole middle earth, that’s one big proof. After reading it, I am quite impressed by the depth of the book especially the part of Tom Bombadil, which was not in the movies, and the reason to leave is totally understandable. The poetry/prose and the lyrical statements are again the most charming part of reading this book. Tolkien does it so well, that this book which looks so heavy from the outside is simple to read. There are many fascinating poems/prose in this book which now are used in the common dialect among us. Like, “All that glitter is not gold” is a poem written by him. By writing The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien certainly has set a benchmark for fantasy writers and 80-90% of the fantasy books are compared to it.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien”

Books, Reviews

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014

2014 has been a mixed bag year for me in reading. I have read a variety of authors, especially a lot of new authors this time, took non-fiction seriously and some interesting books on recommendations. My challenge to myself to read 100 books this year is on track and so far, as the year comes to half, I have read 49 books.

My 2014 goodreads.com Challenge, so far…

The challenge bar on the goodreads.com tells me that I am “one book ahead of the schedule” which means I am doing well. Thus, here  I am evaluating ten best reads I had so far in the year.

 

10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Winner of Man Booker Prize 2009, Wolf Hall is amazing story written surrealistically from the POV of Thomas Cromwell.  

9. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

An exciting thriller, unfolds the story of an identity-less man. If you like the movie, you will love this book. 

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

An important book in the history of man kind. Totally sci-fi and easy to visualize. True story which suites every era of man kind. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014”

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Travel Diary: Hauz Khas Village, a little Brooklyn in New Delhi

No, Hauz Khas Village is not the most populous area of New Delhi, but it’s certainly a mini-Brooklyn.

Though it’s been twenty and one years, I have been living in Delhi, I have never seen such an inspiring place in this city of djins. But yesterday, a friend of me took there and I must say, I fell in love with the place. It’s a paradise for an artist to revive, and you get everything there, the yummy food (multi-cuisines), the art, the inspiration and the peace. What more an artist needs?

Hauz Khas is one of the more affluent neighborhoods in South Delhi, and is named after an ancient water reservoir by the same name. Hauz means ‘water tank’ (or lake) and Khas means ‘royal’, giving it the meaning, the ‘Royal tank‘.

Hauz Khas
Hauz Khas

This royal lake, is surrounded by the Deer Park, which is also one of the largest parks in the city. And yes, there are real deers inside it. Firuz Shah’s Tughlaq’s tomb is adjoining this lake, which is famous for many bollywood (indian-cinema) movie-shoots and a must place to see, even in the hottest weather (of course, you will find some shelter there). Continue reading “Travel Diary: Hauz Khas Village, a little Brooklyn in New Delhi”

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GUEST POST: Zareen Naqvi- When your mom gets engaged before you do

It’s always fun to get to know fellow bloggers! I’m glad I have met so many. And am longing to meet more. Thus, I thought why not invite “Guest Bloggers” to my blog and share their experience in their own words? Well here is the first one. 


WHEN YOUR MOM GETS ENGAGED BEFORE YOU DO

by Zareen Naqvi 

First off, congratulations! Your mum snagged a fella before you. She told him to put a ring on it and he did. Unlike your ring finger, which is dry, lonely and vacant. Not to mention, without a ring.

Continue reading “GUEST POST: Zareen Naqvi- When your mom gets engaged before you do”

Books, sports

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books to read in the time of the World Cup

The summer has become hotter with the start of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Four days already and more than 40 goals in groups stage fixtures. Yesterday, Germany was fun to watch though. Thus, in the time of this major event, I have concluded a list of ten football (soccer) books a reader ( also a Football Nerd) can read when not watching the fixtures.

The Damned Utd by David Peace

Extraordinary sport’s writer, David Peace’s extraordinarily inventive novel tells the story of a world characterized by fear of failure and hunger for success set in the bleak heart of the 1970s.

Soccernomics by Simon Kuper & Stefan Syzmanski

Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works,Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counter-intuitive truths about soccer. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books to read in the time of the World Cup”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

“Hilarious… Whip-smart… entertaining enough to rival anything by John Grisham.”  -Times Out New York

Truly said. The chemistry of smart and funny is quite good in this book. There is a movie by the same title starring George Clooney, which I saw two wholesome years back, and it was the first time I ever saw Clooney on the screen. But I was not fascinated by him. In fact,  I was fascinated by Ryan Bingham’s (played by Clooney) job profile– the one who can fire other people from their jobs.

Walter Kirn’s UP IN THE AIR is a unique book and one of it’s kind. Kirn’s quite witty with his words and knows how to use them and is quite practical about them. The plot is quite simple. Ryan Bingham, as a consultant constantly flies around the country. He’s a modern day nomad. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls “Airworld”, Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Up in the Air by Walter Kirn”

Books

FRIDAY FIVE: Five new books this month!

This month of June is not only blessed by the heatwaves, but by some exciting and new books too. Some titles are debuting this season while some are written by well-known authors. Check them out:

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowling fans, rejoice! The author’s second book under her mystery-writing pen name features the return of Cormoran Strike, whose next case involves a mysteriously missing author.

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most. Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: Five new books this month!”

Books

JO NESBO to rewrite MACBETH

It’s a brave challenge for any author. But as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, famed Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø has been given the epic task of retelling the classic tragedy of Macbeth in his own style.

His new book, The Son, is his first standalone story in a while – having made his name these past 17 years with tough and tortured detective Harry Hole. His break into novels at the ripe age of 37 moved him on from previous incarnations as a footballer, economist and frontman of Norway’s premier rock band Di Derre, propelling him to bestseller status the world over.  Continue reading “JO NESBO to rewrite MACBETH”