Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: Sindhu Rajasekaran 

 

Sindhu Rajasekaran is a thirty-one-year-old engineer-turned-writer, and a Bharatnatyam dancer. Kaleidoscopic Reflections her first novel was longlisted for the Crossword Book Award in 2011.

Q. Hello Sindhu, and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your book, ‘Kaleidoscopic Reflections’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m a writer, film producer and communications consultant. A bit of a nomad really. I do everything that strikes my fancy.

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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

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

Fiction Books to Read This Spring and Summer

I recently got my hands on Buzz Books 2017 Spring and Summer edition. After reading many excerpts, I am excited to share some titles that I am eagerly looking to read this year. Yet, I might not be able to read and finish all of them, the sole purpose of sharing these titles right now is that if you decide to read any of them, I hope to read your views on them.

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Books, Fiction, Reviews

REVIEW: The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

My Rating: 4/5

Published in 1984, The Wasp Factory is quite a grim and startling story about 16 year old Frank Cauldhame. It was the first ever book by Scottish author Iain Bank.

Sometimes I wonder, what if we somehow know that everything is coming to a definitive end and there is limited amount of Time is left in our hands. What will we do? What will I do?

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BOOK REVIEW: The Vegetarian by Kang Han

My Rating: 3/5

Winner of 2016’s Man Booker International Prize, Han Kang’s  subtle written book, The Vegetarian is a surprise package. It’s a long form of a novella and divided into three parts, first published in 2007. However, the concept of this novel originated in 1997 when Kang wrote a short story titled, ‘The Fruit of My Woman’.  Set in modern-day Seoul, it tells the story of Yeong-hye, a home-maker, whose decision to stop eating meat after having a nightmare.

This leads to consequences for her and people in her family as the try to force her to eat meat. Relationships starts falling apart around her and everyone comes to a conclusion of her reaching the peaks of insanity.

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Top Fiction Books I Read in 2016

Once again, I am offering you a number of books I enjoyed reading last year in a broader sense of a genre: Fiction.

Stoner by John Williams

A fascinating, fast, elegant read. William Stoner and we all have something in common.

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Authors, Interviews

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Tiffany McDaniel

THE WRITING PART

Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be interviewed by you.  So, a little about me…I’m an Ohio native who loves to garden and read and bake really delicious pies.

Q. What genre is/are your book(s)? 

Literary fiction.

Q. What draws you to this genre? 

I just write what’s in my head, and it happens to be what is categorized as literary fiction.  What is beautiful about this genre is the opportunity to really get deep down into a character’s soul.

Q. Briefly, what led up to last/latest book?

Also, Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.  In one sentence I’d say: “The devil comes to town.”

Q. What was the time frame for writing your last book? 

I wrote The Summer that Melted Everything in one month during the summer I was twenty-eight.

Q. How much research do you do? 

It varies from novel to novel.  With The Summer that Melted Everything I had to research the 1980s.  How people dressed and how they were as a collective culture of that decade.  It wasn’t too much research involved with this novel.  But my most recent novel had much more research because it takes place during the Second World War, so I had to research the major events of the war, the Holocaust, and make sure I got the timeline concrete to the truth.

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Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora

Sometimes, when in life, there aren’t enough twists and turns, my suggestion is to pick a book that has enough twists and turns to keep you interested. A book in that kind of category might be hard to find when you need it the most, but sometimes you just have to look on your book-shelf, read some back cover blurbs and Viola! You did it. Now go back to your comfort zone and start reading it.

Similar production is Jyoti Arora’s Lemon Girl. The book is full of aforementioned twists and turns that goes with the character reflecting their lives as real as our reality is present in front of us. The book is a fast pace read as it alternates between the first person narratives.

To indulge this book in your intellectual there is a definitive understanding of characters, to question their motives, and analyse them rationally. I feel the character of Arsh, the narrator other than the protagonist, is the way to do so.

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BOOK REVIEW: Misjudged Nuances by Garima Bohra

Looking for something fresh? Something intriguing? Well, you reading the right review then. Misjudged Nuances by Garima Bohra is a tale of two doctors who fall in love with each other but there twists and turns that will indulge you to read on.

The blurb is a start for any book to read, so here to is: SOUMYA AWASTHI, a medical graduate finds herself in an extremely infuriating position when she is assigned to work with RIDHAAN AHUJA, an arrogant classmate and bitter enemy, who is determined to settle an old score with her. The internship begins on a rough-uptight note where each tries to outshine the other through work, arguments and fights. Until one grave incident which changes the circumstances and makes them forget their grudges. Gradually she starts trusting her foe-turned-friend and soon both develop tender feelings for one another.

But the perfect phase of her life shatters when a well-preserved secret is exposed causing a serious problem wherein the price of Soumya’s recklessness is paid by her best friends Tarang and Anjali. Will Soumya be able to save herself and her friends? Is Anjali right when she blames Ridhaan for the situation and accuses him of framing them? Can vengeance overpower every emotion? Can your feelings and faith break your own heart and hurt your soul?  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Misjudged Nuances by Garima Bohra”