Friday, September 27, 2019

Book Review : The Magician .


Sonia Rao's debut book makes a splash with its cover ,which is sepia coloured ! A woman holding an ornate cage & looking at it intently as if trying to declare, that she can do as she wishes .She means to say ,perhaps ,that she writes her own destiny ! Empowering !

 This story is about three friends .They are in different stages of their life. There is Sasha who is an ace fashion designer, Shantha who is a famous Tarrot card reader on love & Nilima who is a professional working woman.They all have a complicated relationship with love.Sasha feels that she is being betrayed . Shantha feels that she has never get what she wants . Nilima has love in her embrace.

And yet, as the story progresses, everything changes. Is Sasha able to keep up her professional commitments amidst her personal life being torn apart ? What about Shantha ? Does she meet anybody who loves her passionately ? Or is she going to lose ? Nilima 's life goes downhill & how ! Will the three of them find happiness or will it remain elusive ? The story moves on with twists & turns.

 One of the characters is fond of masala chai. And the author describes masala chai in such a manner that, I felt the aroma of masala chai wafting across the room ! And the author talks about tribal arts & revival of the traditional arts & crafts. This is needed, as many arts & crafts are being lost because they are no longer able to generate any income for the craftspeople.Sonia Rao has served traditional crafts & arts by making some of them a part of the story. This will create awareness .

 Needless to add, looking forward to book two of this trilogy weaved by Sonia Rao !



THE MAGICIAN 
(The Tarot Trilogy Book 1)
by 
Sonia Rao



Blurb


Fashion designer Sasha Kapoor always felt she'd missed out on love as she had an arranged marriage. And when her husband turns up at their 15th-anniversary party with a strange woman, she knows that her marriage is dying. With constant surprises and disasters to contend with, will Sasha ever get a chance at true love?

Shantha is much sought after for her tarot card readings on love, but can’t seem to help her own love life with a string of broken relationships behind her. Now, sparks are flying between her and a sexy bartender but will this relationship fizzle out too?

Young professionals Nilima and her husband are so besotted with each other, they give the word ‘soulmate’ a complex. Theirs is a match made in heaven…till tragedy strikes.

The Magician is a heart-warming story of these three dynamic women as they discover the meaning of true love through loss and longing.


Thoughts from the Author, Sonia Rao

Who is a Magician? If it is a Tarot Card, then it the Major Arcana card in the deck and symbolizes life-changing issues.

 But if it is a person, then it is Sasha, the main protagonist of my novel, The Magician. In this urban, contemporary romance, fashion designer Sasha, who caught within a loveless marriage, now seeks true love. It is also Shantha and Nilima who face their own challenges in love and try to rise above them.

 It is also every woman. This is because, as Shantha says to Sasha in the book, “Imagination is your strength. You have the power to visualize and then manifest what you want. You are the Magician.” Each one of us is The Magician because we hold within ourselves the power to create the life of our dreams.

But how did this cover happen? There is a lovely story behind it. While researching the many tarot decks online, I saw this card on the Attic Shoppe website and I knew at once that this was my “Sasha.”

Go back and have a look at the cover again. Doesn’t it just grip you too? Part practical, part whimsical, part traditional, part digital, this card, like the book, is a labour of love.

The designer, Bethalynne Bajema, created this card for her Black Ibis Tarot card deck.  The love she put in is very evident in the vibe one gets from it. Every time I see it, I am inspired to bring a touch of magic to the everyday routines of mundane life.

Carrying on the serendipity, Bethalynne immediately and graciously agreed to my request to make this card my book cover. Such generosity is hard to come by and I believe it is the Universe’s way of saying “you’re right on track.”  


(Bethalynne can be contacted here: Instagram)

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About the author





"Sonia Rao is a writer, editor, and award-winning blogger. Her fiction has appeared in many prestigious anthologies such as Voices Old & New and Jest Like That (edited by renowned editor-writer Shinie Anthony).

 As NaNoWriMo’s Municipal Liaison for all-India and founder of the Wrimo India group on Facebook, Sonia has motivated thousands of people in India to write a novel every November since 2011. She has also curated and edited the first Wrimo India Anthology, Vengeance—A Sting In Every Tale.

Sonia likes to believe she is ‘high-minded’ but strangely, her fave hobby is thinking up torture devices for those autorickshawallahs who consider the roads to be their personal spittoon. Who knew?"



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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Chowkpurana


Spotlight : The Magician





THE MAGICIAN 
(The Tarot Trilogy Book 1)
by 
Sonia Rao



Blurb


Fashion designer Sasha Kapoor always felt she'd missed out on love as she had an arranged marriage. And when her husband turns up at their 15th-anniversary party with a strange woman, she knows that her marriage is dying. With constant surprises and disasters to contend with, will Sasha ever get a chance at true love?

Shantha is much sought after for her tarot card readings on love, but can’t seem to help her own love life with a string of broken relationships behind her. Now, sparks are flying between her and a sexy bartender but will this relationship fizzle out too?

Young professionals Nilima and her husband are so besotted with each other, they give the word ‘soulmate’ a complex. Theirs is a match made in heaven…till tragedy strikes.

The Magician is a heart-warming story of these three dynamic women as they discover the meaning of true love through loss and longing.


Thoughts from the Author, Sonia Rao

Who is a Magician? If it is a Tarot Card, then it the Major Arcana card in the deck and symbolizes life-changing issues.

 But if it is a person, then it is Sasha, the main protagonist of my novel, The Magician. In this urban, contemporary romance, fashion designer Sasha, who caught within a loveless marriage, now seeks true love. It is also Shantha and Nilima who face their own challenges in love and try to rise above them.

 It is also every woman. This is because, as Shantha says to Sasha in the book, “Imagination is your strength. You have the power to visualize and then manifest what you want. You are the Magician.” Each one of us is The Magician because we hold within ourselves the power to create the life of our dreams.

But how did this cover happen? There is a lovely story behind it. While researching the many tarot decks online, I saw this card on the Attic Shoppe website and I knew at once that this was my “Sasha.”

Go back and have a look at the cover again. Doesn’t it just grip you too? Part practical, part whimsical, part traditional, part digital, this card, like the book, is a labour of love.

The designer, Bethalynne Bajema, created this card for her Black Ibis Tarot card deck.  The love she put in is very evident in the vibe one gets from it. Every time I see it, I am inspired to bring a touch of magic to the everyday routines of mundane life.

Carrying on the serendipity, Bethalynne immediately and graciously agreed to my request to make this card my book cover. Such generosity is hard to come by and I believe it is the Universe’s way of saying “you’re right on track.”  


(Bethalynne can be contacted here: Instagram)

Read an excerpt

 
Grab your copy @

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About the author





"Sonia Rao is a writer, editor, and award-winning blogger. Her fiction has appeared in many prestigious anthologies such as Voices Old & New and Jest Like That (edited by renowned editor-writer Shinie Anthony).

 As NaNoWriMo’s Municipal Liaison for all-India and founder of the Wrimo India group on Facebook, Sonia has motivated thousands of people in India to write a novel every November since 2011. She has also curated and edited the first Wrimo India Anthology, Vengeance—A Sting In Every Tale.

Sonia likes to believe she is ‘high-minded’ but strangely, her fave hobby is thinking up torture devices for those autorickshawallahs who consider the roads to be their personal spittoon. Who knew?"



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Monday, September 16, 2019

Spotlight : More Unfairy Tales




MORE UNFAIRY TALES
(Carthick's Unfairy Tales Book 2)
by
T.F. Carthick



Blurb


A knight rescues a damsel in distress. They marry, the whole kingdom rejoices, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.

Or at least that's what Official sources say. But what tales do insiders tell? What secrets lie buried deep inside Davey Jones' Locker?

What, dear reader, about The Unfairy tales?

The stories the Knight-in-Shining-Armour and the Damsel-in-Distress have never wanted you to know. Tales which Fairyland had kept locked up in secret and thrown away the key. Until our rogue bard went back in time and ferreted out skeletons hidden within secret cupboards of desolate mansions.

Our fearless crusader of truth and justice brings to you the second volume of revelations from fairyland.

You will find five more unfairy tales hidden within the pages of this tiny tome, the sequel to Carthick's Unfairy Tales. Stories of elves out to decipher the ways of men and dwarves seeking to reclaim their own histories. Of spurned witches and lost wolves. These stories are going to change everything you have ever believed about fairyland and give you a peek underneath the gossamer threads of glamour and magic peddled by the Fae.
     
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T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.

He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.



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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Spotlight : The Runaway Bridegroom





Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Westland Boks 
Publication Date: August 31, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available across all bookstores in India
Genre: Romance

Eight-year-old Chanda Maheshwari and thirteen-year-old Veerendra Singh Choudhry are married as per custom. But when the bridegroom runs away immediately after the wedding, the Maheshwari family’s world comes crashing down. They move to Jaipur to begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, as a management student in Delhi, Chanda takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd and finds herself falling head-over-heels for her boss, Ranveer Singh. But, for all her feelings, Chanda is still a married woman. Meanwhile, Ranveer’s secretary, Shikha, is determined to win him for herself. Even though his second-in-command, Abhimanyu, keeps getting in the way, she keeps a steady eye on the main prize. So when Ranveer starts to show an interest in Chanda, Shikha is furious. Back in Jaipur, an astrologer predicts that Chanda’s errant husband will soon make an appearance.

A secret childhood marriage, a vindictive secretary and unwelcome cosmic predictions—how much can Chanda deal with? And does anyone care about what she wants? Torn between the man she loves and the claim a missing husband still has on her, will Chanda ever find happiness?

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-plus titles to her credit, which have sold more than 1.5 lakh copies around the world. Her books consistently feature in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon in both Romance and Asian Drama categories. Her latest romance novels have all been on the #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

As a child, Sundari loved to read books with ‘lived happily ever after’ endings. They were all about good triumphing over evil. As a teenager, her favourite books were romance novels from Mills & Boon. She was fascinated by them, so much so that she began to visualise the stories set in India.

Sundari was forty when she began her writing journey, completing the first draft of her first novel in thirty-five days. She has not looked back since.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Movie Review : Article 15

"We became Harijan (  Mahatma Gandhi used to address dalits as people of God , Harijan ) or bahujan ( many people ) but we never became the people, "says the activist. And so the dalits remain marginalized in our Bharat & never mainstream.

The film Article 15 by director Anubhav Sinha  is overflowing with such innumerable dialogues which are right on spot .And there are many scenes, which are symbolic of what is happening in our nation .Article 15 is a fundamental right under the Indian Constitution. It prohibits  discrimination & allows for reservations  for upliftment of the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, women & children.

This film is said to be inspired by the hanging of two girls in north India. A young IPS ( Indian Police Service ) appointee, Ayaan ( Ayushmann Khurana )  is posted to a  small town in north India. On the first day of his posting , he is prevented from meeting a group of  dalits as his juniors tell him that these people are forever complaining about sons & daughters who go missing & then return later. .He meets his team & the contractor  who is  in charge of setting the toilet in the police chowki . The contractor says that a new commode will be put as the old one has become useless ...symbolic of swachh Bharat. Can a toilet signify cleanliness & that too, in every aspect ? 

And the toilet muck keeps dirtying  the police chowki throughout the film symbolising  the quicksand of dirt & muck surrounding the nation's  police force. The political  parties have used the police forces to fulfill their agendas thereby politicizing the police & ruining the reputation of the police. So much so, that the protectors have turned perpetrators .

The two missing girls are found hanging the next day ,early morning before Sunrise .The bodies are sent for post mortem .The lady doctor who is doing the post mortem is under tremendous pressure for obvious reasons. The police force personnel are non chalant about the death of the girls & keep informing their boss, the young IPS that whatever we may do for them, it hardly matters. A furious Ayaan demands to know , "Who are they ? "It is as if even mentioning the names of the marginalized would pollute them.

Ayaan talks to his writer activist wife about the case & she is all ears. The wife is his voice of conscience & he promises that he will do his best .Ayaan is trying to understand why even half a century after we gained  independence, casteism continues to ruin the nation.

Were the girls raped ? Can the higher castes rape girls from lower castes even as the higher ups declare that its a sacrilege to  drink or eat anything touched by the untouchables  ? Crimes are   always between unequals....the powerful perpetrator/ s & the hapless victim/ s. And a female & that too dalit, means doubly helpless .And a male & from  upper social echelon means doubly dangerous .... even fatal.

There are parallel tracks of a dalit neta who is a rebel & his love interest. There is another track about an upper caste leader teaming up with the disadvantaged taking undue advantage of the coalition. The coalition wins & yet,  can it remain viable, when casteism is lurking beneath the surface ? Ayaan also meets his college friend  who works for the government for another department. He goes missing & his phone is off as well. Ayaan asks his team to find his missing friend. Where is he & what has become of him ?  What happens to the young fire brand leader who has gone underground ? Does he get his due ?

Amidst all this, the IPS officer is subject to an enquiry as he asked about the caste of his police  team members.He is alleged to be partisan .He is suspended.Will he continue with his investigation ? And where will it lead to ? Will the dead girls get justice ?

All the actors have acted well. Even the tiny role essayed by Isha Talwar as the IPS officer's wife is portrayed well. The director Anubhav Sinha deserves kudos for highlighting the problem of caste politics & hopefully, the country should start talking about how we can all resolve  casteism.

And as the young neta says, "More people die in gutters than at the borders...." The film depicts that we all have conspired to remain silent even as we see the marginalised being pushed down deeper . We want the disadvantaged to remain stuck in the muck , so  that the most unwanted work  like manual scavenging, deskinning dead animals & the like is done by them.

And unless, the marginalized are brought into the maintsream vide  upliftment through reservations , & other means , there cannot  be Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Spotlight : The Clockmaker



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THE CLOCKMAKER 
by 
PAROMITA GOSWAMI



BLURB

Can you change destiny? What if you can?

Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life - financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.

Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.

Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?

Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.
The Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!

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Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer, she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer a variety of life to her readers. Besides writing, she is also the founder of a reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family. 



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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Book Blitz : Her Man Friday





Print Length: 161 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: May 24, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance

Rituraj realises he’s in love with the Gaekwad princess, Sitara Devi. The timing is slightly wrong though. Just ten minutes ago Sitara Devi married Harishchandra Gajanan. All of seventeen and nursing a badly bruised heart, Rituraj takes up boxing, hoping to build his strength and heal his wounded soul.

When destiny gives them a second chance, hope springs in his heart.

Rituraj grabs the opportunity of becoming Sitara’s bodyguard-cum-assistant. He’s the only man in her life but he’s just her Man Friday. Since his father was merely an employee of Sitara’s father, will he even be considered as a prospective life partner for the Gaekwad princess? 

Sitara, and Rituraj are crazily attracted to each other, yet they are unable to move forward. So where is the hitch? Why the fear in taking the relationship to the next level?

Class Barriers! Debauchery! Sexual Perversion!

It looks like ‘Ne’er the twain shall meet’. 

Read the book to find out if Sitara eventually gets together with her Man Friday.  

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 43 titles (39 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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