BOOK REVIEW: Secrets of Zyanpagua- Return of the Princess by Illika Ranjan

Secrets of Zynpagua: Return of the Princess by Ilika Ranjan was a fun read for me. The book is meant for children or early teenagers and in their perspective it is quite a good read. It has all elements of a children’s book and I would to has more than the elements.

The book is about Zyanpagua, a fantasy land separated from Earth where an evil king regulates who has captured the queen of Zyanpagua with his magic and has vanished the king, again with the help of his magic whom he calls violet. The princess, the daughter of the original queen, the protagonist of this story, resides in India and is unknown of the fact of her being the princess or the existence of Zyanpagua when she is introduced to her readers.

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Author Interview: Varsha Dixit

THE WRITING PART

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

I’m bestselling author in contemporary romance with four published books. I think deep but write light. I have worked for several years in the Indian television industry as an Assistant Director and Online Editor. Currently, I live with my family in California, USA.

Q. What genre is/are your book(s)?

Contemporary and paranormal romance

Q. What draws you to this genre?

I like writing stories with humor and sizzling chemistry between the protagonists thus this genre.

Q. Briefly, what led up to last/new book? Also, Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ is the last part in my ‘Right and Wrong’ series.  The tagline for this book is, ‘Love is in the air again…this time it’s steamy, bold and manipulative!

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

4 months

Q. How much research do you do?

I do not shy from research and indulge in it extensively. Research is what makes fiction sound real.

Q. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

I try to write at least 1000 words everyday and the maximum that I have written in one day are 3000 words.

Q. What is the easiest thing about writing? 

Writing the first draft. Where you basically throw your idea on paper.

Q. What motivates you to write?

My passion for story telling, the love of the written word and an over active imagination.

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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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Author Interview: Aditi Bose

Aditi Bose

THE WRITING PART

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

I’m a mother, a foodie, a traveller, a dreamer, an author, a book reviewer, a blogger. Phew! Too many things 🙂

Q. What genre is/are your book(s)?

Romance. And then more romance.

Q. What draws you to this genre?

It’s the most complicated and the most beautiful emotion to write about.

Q. Briefly, what led up to last book? Also, Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

I wrote the last book when I was going through a tough phase in my life. When I started writing, I was clueless what the story would be about. It was more of “Let me write because it keeps my mind from thinking of sad thoughts.”

My Dream Man‘ is about changing relationship between a student and her teacher.

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

I finished half the book in a few weeks and then there was along gap before the rest was completed. It wasn’t a writer’s block, but a phase where I wanted to shut out the world.

Q. How much research do you do?

Not much unless it’s essential. Somehow, the more research I get myself into, the worse the flow of the book becomes.

Q. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No. None at all. I can’t work under stringent rules.

Q. What is the easiest thing about writing? 

It’s your creativity so there’s no one to stop you from saying what you want to say.

Q. What motivates you to write?

I don’t know if it’s motivation or not, but if there’s a thought that starts to play in my mind, I have to write it down. Often these leads up to stories or blog posts. Continue reading “Author Interview: Aditi Bose”

BOOK REVIEW: Pimp by Shashank Gupta

Shashank Gupta’s debut work Pimp is a psychological thriller, an engaging plot that is full of events. From the first page of this book, it starts to show signs of how a book under the category of a thriller should be developed.

The protagonist who at the age of sixty, whose mind with considerable amount of wit is driven by desire and goes on to explore as one might refer to the sin of the flesh. Some might refer this to darkness of the human mind, I completely believe it’s just a part of it not entirely the darkness. The plot revolves around the protagonist and his stepmother, his passion of love and chaos.

There is a unique kind of mystery created by Shashank Gupta in this book. One doesn’t get to read this type of mystery or thrilling experience that grabs attention one’s mind completely. The narration is as uncommon as the mysteriousness and the dialogue between the characters are tenderly written for the reader to read.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Pimp by Shashank Gupta”

BOOK REVIEW: Theatre of Dreams by Nikhil Krishnan

There are times when I feel to like shorter book reviews. I had done it only once in a previous post, and the feedback was not good. Irrespective of the feedback, I am going to make one more try this time. The reason of this you will understand in the end of the post.

Theatre of Dreams by Nikhil Krihsnan starts with a bang. It’s a story about town which adores football (or soccer, as you prefer, as did the author) and the plot revolves around Roman Valka, a young talent when discovered, brings excitement to the whole town and given the hope of winning the victory they are awaiting of some years.

Well it’s not all about football, as plot moves forward and drags in bits, as the pages turn, author diverts the focus of his story on elements like love and hate which does make things interesting for a while but the plot starts to drag again. Till the end, the book revolves around the protagonist aforementioned, but there are characters to be considered, or I would have mentioned, if the characterisation had been any better. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Theatre of Dreams by Nikhil Krishnan”

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 “BOOK REVIEW: The Code of Manavas by Arpit Bakshi”