Discover the way into inner wisdom – is what the sub text says. More often, books (and discourses) of this nature, fall into the self-help or spiritual category. This is perhaps my first initiation into a book that weaves and balances both the aspects quite well. The author, BK Jayasimha – with impressive credentials as a Life Coach and Rebirthing Breath Worker – combines ancient wisdom with modern management practices and inspired by his own personal experiences and journey. Continue reading →
Sprawled in the vast acres of Ashtur is the final resting place and half preserved edifices of the Bahamani dynasty – time stood buried and alive at the same time. The Sunday mood, perfected by the weather, was quite evident with locals indulging in a game of cricket or cards under a huge tree. For the traveler it offered a chance to satiate history and heritage at an unhurried pace. Continue reading →
A reader doesn’t get much of an idea from the first few pages of the book. In that sense, A Forgotten Affair proved to be different. I had barely got past the first few pages and was already captivated by the writing style!
The story is about Sagarika, who is married to Rishab, a successful businessman. More than a year after a near-fatal accident, she is still grappling with memory loss and trying to regain a big part of her life. Continue reading →
The story set in India (Bangalore) and USA (Denver) is around the web of relationship and the complexities brought in by circumstances. Rene is a young, charming IT professional and is a mini sensation of sorts after a successful infomercial that she models for. At this point she is still nursing a heart break of three years. At one juncture, there are men that play a significant role in her life and arguably enough, have a role in taking the book forward. There is Mark, a talented ad-film maker, Ayub whose family is well acquainted with Rene’s and there is Vipin who is an IT professional in the US. Continue reading →
Some leave you in suspense, some to your imagination while some make a quiet but impressive exit. Born out of “prompts” released by well-known authors, as part of Times of India, Write India campaign, author Deepak Kaul manages to churn out a mixed bag of stories.
The author has tried to prove his versatility by dabbling in different genres – suspense, drama, sci-fi, romance – and within different settings. The first story is set in a cotton plantation of a bygone era and makes its way with ease. It’s the story of a young unconventional girl in a conventional set-up, but does not end nor suggests a stereotypical succumbing-to- the-pressure kind of closure. It proves to be a good start for an anthology. Then there are others with filmdom as a background, a woman bureaucrat as the central character, intrigue in a coffee shop, love becoming a jihad and a sci-fi (which doesn’t quite stand in comparison to the rest). In all, there are a few of them where the reader waits for some interest but falls flat, and leaving them disappointed. But then, it is not easy to work within the limitations of a prompt or sometimes the title, and this where the author has done a good job. The challenge throughout is to keep the interest alive and pack the punch within limited dimensions. Of course, after about three or four stories, the reader may have an idea where it might be leading, yet keeps them waiting till the end of the story!
Folks who prefer a light, peppy read and look for variety will find it suited to their taste.
A word of advice. In addition to having a good storyline, it is very important to keep the language intact and error-free. Edits are needed to also tighten the lines here and there. Else even the best of stories may fall apart.
I received a copy from Writersmelon.com in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.