Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Is it the last Call? by Tarak Koley

Published: 2017

Pages: 198, Paperback

Cover Rating: 5/5

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Abir a fickle-minded, aimless guy comes in acquaintance with Sunanda through facebook. Sunanda is totally different by nature from Abir. After spending few days in facebook they fall in love in spite of their social barrier. As Sunanda has never revealed her face before meeting to each other, Abir becomes speechless when he meet with her first time after two months of their relationship. Abir turns into a different guy, he starts to quit all his bad habit for the benefit of his relationship.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Bride Who Would Not Burn by Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar is a prolific writer of modern India. This is his third published book I have read in a month. He has touched few themes that the modern Indian society either still considered them as taboo or are not taken serious enough such that the issue become might have a chaotic effect for some time over the whole society directly or indirectly. One of them is the issue of dowry and its side-effects. This disease is still in practice in this country and is one of the realities of modern India.

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Author Interview: Shreyas Bhave

Q. Hello Shreyas Bhave, and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your debut book, The Prince of Patliputra. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I was born in Nagpur, did my electrical engineering there from VNIT. Since my childhood, I was an avid reader, and a fan of historical stories. Napoleon, Caesar, Genghis Khan, Shivaji, Saladin, I know all their stories by heart. I passed out of college last year, and at present, I am working as a Contractor for the Indian railways.

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Author Interview: Roswitha Joshi

Q. Hello Roswitha, and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your latest book, ‘Trapped in Want & Wonder’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

A.: My pleasure, Aman.

I was born and brought up in Hamburg/Germany. After completing my secondary schooling with emphasis on classical European languages, I proceeded to study Political Science and History at the universities of Hamburg and Frankfurt. Against a lot of resistance from all sorts of ‘well-wishers’, I tied in between the knot with a doctoral candidate from India and later settled down with him in New Delhi.

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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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Author Interview: Anmol Chawla

Anmol Chawla, a diehard philosopher is an industrial engineer from a well-reputed college, who is trying to find innovative ways to serve humanity, as he believes only a utilitarian mindset can solve today’s complex societal issues.

BEYOND is his first work of fiction, inspired from his own experiences with the world around him. He has ventured into many social initiatives after leaving a lucrative job in a Multi-National Company. Earlier this month, I reviewed his debut book and you can read the review here. For deep dive in Anmol’s imagination, continue to read this post.

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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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Interview with Mike C. Tuggle

Mike C. Tuggle is an amazing writer and a fellow blogger. He has a new novella coming out, ‘The Genie Hunt’ which is a blend of fantasy fiction and thriller. I will be reviewing the book next week. Know more about him on his website.

Q. Hi Mike, and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Your upcoming book ‘The Genie Hunt ’ is due on 10th May 2017, and is an amazing read. Congratulations! Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I was raised on a tobacco farm and enjoyed growing up in the country, where I roamed through gorgeous, unspoiled forests and learned to hunt and dress wild game. The land itself had many stories to tell. The North Carolina Piedmont was a major trade area for the Native Americans who lived there for thousands of years, and I was fascinated by the arrowheads you could find in plowed fields. Confederate General Johnston mustered his men nearby, and we often scoured the area for artifacts the soldiers left behind.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Andrew Joyce

THE WRITING PART

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

My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I live on a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with my dog, Danny.

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

Historical Fiction and Action/Adventure

Q. What draws you to this genre?

I really don’t know. I come across a subject that interests me, I research that subject, I come up with a story to encompass that subject, and then it’s off to the races, so to speak.

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

I read a short article about “the largest mass execution in the history of the United States.” That intrigued me. As I researched it, one thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was writing about eighty-five years of American history.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890.

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

Six years. I did one year of research for Yellow Hair, and spent eight months writing it. I then put it away and wrote other books. But during that time, I’d pull it out and work on it (editing, rewriting, etc.).

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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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