Books, Guest Post, Non-Fiction

Guest Post: To make a writer by Peter Gray

Telemachus, how did it come about?

For someone who has spent a long career treating Thoroughbred horses – for everything from infertility to racing performance – the transformation to writer has been a long, unlikely and tenuous road.  I started dabbling with a pen back in the Seventies, realised it wasn’t a natural talent of mine, but doggedness convinced me to continue.  I read a lot of fiction, but always with reservations about copying style or ideas.  It was my aim, if I might ever succeed, to have a voice that would be distinctly my own and I didn’t want to steal anyone else’s ideas – even subconsciously.  So I muddled on and the efforts weren’t very good; if I was learning and felt there were mild signs of improvement – as well as an innate inability to accept failure.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVEIW: Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami is the fourth book in the Rat Chronicles but it is not required for you to read the all the books in the chronicles before this one. This fourth part is more of a sequel to the third one, A Wild Sheep Chase but still has little connection to it.

This book is narrated by a nameless writer who is divorced. The story starts with his adventures and memories of a hotel in the mountains of Sapporo, where his mediocre life is elevated by an incident that builds the course of this novel. His ex-girlfriend, named Kiki in the book, and no second name provided, has mysteriously disappeared. He encounters the Sheep Man, a being from another world that claims everything and everyone in the writer’s life are connected. He meets a friend who is a famous actor and just spends money to show his expenses. Then he come across a thirteen year old girl with whom his friendship grows through out the novel.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, philosophy

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond by Anmol Chawla

Published by Notion Press

334 Pages

Beyond: A Meaningful Journey by Anmol Chawla revolves around three youngsters and three middle-age men who are seeking answers to questions that have troubled the human mind since the brink of evolution. Coincidently, the nature strikes a disaster which leads them to a person who might know all the answers to their troubles. He is busy making social wealth by creating incredible social entrepreneurial systems. His strong intention unites them all, for one ultimate cause.

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Social Media for Book Bloggers

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When it comes to promoting my blog, I find social media platforms beneficial. Though, there are so many social media platforms that it becomes overwhelming for me at times. I lose my focus, and a few times it had led to blogging slump.

I advise you to not to lose your focus and introduce yourself into a slump. For a start, concentrate on a number of sites that you think will be beneficial for your blog promotion and long term networking. This way you can focus on growing your network of followers on those particular platforms. Of course, you don’y have to pick handful of social media sites. If you love social media, and want to use all of them, go ahead and do that! Personally, for me, I feel that it’s easier and more beneficial to start with a small number.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Butterflies, Parathas, and the Bhagavad Gita

Published by: Amaryllis

 424 Pages | Fiction | Spirituality

Gita is a big part of Indian Philosophy. I don’t see it as just a religious scripture, certainly not, after reading S. Hari Haran’s Butterflies, Parathas, and the Bhagavad Gita: A Quirky and Heartwarming Journey Through God’s Instruction Manual for Life. Understanding spirituality is the same as understanding yourself and this book is a great pivot either if you have never read Bhagavad Gita or had a touch at your inner self.

This book is more than the work of fiction. It is a blend of fiction and spirituality. It revolves around two lifelong friends as they have a contrast which varies between them. Not in the good or evil sense. The question here is deeper as it concerns knowing oneself. Both are flawed men as their diurnal life is effected by this ancient scripture which frequently brings certain changes. This illuminating story is completely based on the essence of Bhagvad Gita and it is not about the Gods. It’s about you.

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Books, Non-Fiction

How a Mindset can affect your life?

A book about the growth mindset and how it relates to success by looking everything in life as a learning opportunity.

For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt of yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. – Carol Dweck

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Gandhi, Ambedkar and the Four Legged Scorpion

Published: October, 2016

Pages: 185

Not very often do I come across a contemporary written piece that discuss an important aspect of Indian history. Gandhi, Ambedkar and the Four Legged Scorpion by Rajesh Talwar is that rarity. This play set in pre-1947 and is based on real events, expressed to the readers through writer’s imagination.

The play introduces both Gandhi and Ambedkar, both are important figures in Indian History and politics, through significant events in their lives. In an opening scene Gandhi is shown to have been thrown off a train with his baggage. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s life also proves to be life changing.

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Book List, Books, Fiction, science fiction

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in May 2017

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

Blurb: Edited by Christopher Tolkien, attempts to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work of The Silmarillion, in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history.

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BOOK REVIEW: Demons in My Mind by Aashish Gupta

 

Published: February, 2017

Pages: 330

Are you looking for a good read with chills and full of surprises? In fact, we all are looking for something that can give us an adrenaline rush just by turning pages. Demons in My Mind by Aashish Gupta is the one that will give you a boost this weekend.

An old man in a village in Nepal is suffering from cancer and wishes to be released from the pain that comes with the disease. He requests his fellow villagers to take him to the three monks. Everyone in the village has heard about them. Everyone in this village is fascinated by the legend of these three monks through their stories of miraculous healing.

Knowing that the sick man’s death is imminent, the villagers leave him alone near the Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu hoping that the three monks, if they exist, would embrace him on the holy land. The old man wakes up to the sight of the three monks, but only to come across the real truth behind these monks as a series of surprises set off from there.

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Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Genie Hunt by M C Tuggle

Expected publication: May 10th 2017 by Solstice Publishing

Pages: 72 | Novella

What do you get when someone blends these genres: Thriller, Fantasy & Fiction? You get M. C. Tuggle’s new book The Genie Hunt. A very interesting tale of how two friends get immersed in a jeopardy a bit wounded, betrayed by a mutual but alive while learning an important lesson, of friendship.

Set in High Point, North Carolina, Buddy Vuncannon is a tax attorney and his friend Coot Pickard is an ex-drug dealer has been clean for sometime. While heading out-of-town they are caught up by a SWAT team and Coot is arrested for armed robbery. This incident turns serious when there three eye witnesses present themselves as Coot gets identified being the gun man during the loot.

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