Friday, July 31, 2015

Spotlight: Equinox by Madhuri Maitra

Good day everyone!
Bringing you another book: Equinox by Madhuri Maitri.
The Book Club is hosting a Book tour for this one. I have opted to give my honest review for a copy of the book. So I have received a hard copy of the book.
Madhuri teaches Creative writing. This is her 2nd book. It is collection of 10+ characters and their stories submitted for a competition. Wow, love a complex plot.
Read more details about the book here till I finish reading this. {Gleefully rubbing my hands}

Madhuri Maitra

The Blurb
When Indus Publishers announces a short story competition, it affects the lives of the ensemble cast in unexpected ways. A jaded journalist, a bored housewife, a starry-eyed ambitious girl, an army colonel, an impoverished divorcee-all enter the competition for pressing reasons of their own. They emerge with only slightly deeper pockets than they had but far richer in experience. Social issues are explored in an engaging manner, entwined in the lives of the characters-this is indeed the way of life. The novel also promises an enchanting look at the diversity in India; the characters belong to different Indian states and embody the peculiarities of the people of that region. Equinox and its checkered characters step to music of their own; many readers will find that it resonates with their own inner music.

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Meet the Author

Always an avid reader, dreaming of delighting her own readers someday, Madhuri published her first two books in 2014. Haiku and other Micropoetry is a collection of short verse on nature and on life; while Equinox is a novel dealing with urban realities. While the former is pithy and thought-provoking, the latter is a simple reflection of modern lives.
Madhuri lives and teaches in Pune. Films are as close to her heart as books are; she teaches Film Appreciation in addition to Creative Writing. She enjoys bringing her favourite authors and films
to young minds. She also conducts workshops for children and adults. She has also written and published papers on films and on writing. Visit her website for details.
She is currently enjoying the monsoon, immersing herself in her personal library and nurturing
ideas for her third book.

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Come back for the review soon.

Bye. Take care.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Review: The Mystery of the Missing Iguana by Ruchira Khanna

Good day people !

Me & my kiddo finally got around to reading The Mystery of the Missing Iguana by Ruchira Khanna.

He was a little surprised when I told him we are reading a story & started going to my phone. I had received an E-book version of it.

Go through the Book description and more about the Author at :  Spotlight:The Mystery of the Missing Iguana by Ruchira Khanna The book tour is hosted by The Book Club.

For him 'Pet' was a new concept. Now he knows his pets are Fishes.

Alex is a school going boy. He owns a pet monkey Angelo. Both of them form a great team of detectives. They help other kids by solving their mysteries. Charge 25 cents for each mystery solved. They plan to buy a mountain bike with the money collected. So this mystery is about the Iguana which goes missing in school on 'Pets to school' day.

What I liked:
The book has one page of description and the next is a picture depicting the scene. So that delighted my son more.
The story is well written and simple for kids to grasp. Iguana is a not among the usual animals found in stories. So we got to know one more animal.
I liked that Alex's mom is aware of his detective work & that he earns from it.
Angelo is a normal monkey, thank god for that, no super powers/magic/robotics here which nowadays most kids stories/cartoons have.
Ruchira, thanks for mentioning the small points like Angelo finishing his banana & Alex is bowl of oats as breakfast, helps point out the good habits.

What I wanted more:
Ruchira, you need to quickly churn out a Alex & Angelo series. Me & my kid wanted to read 2-3 more mystery cases of Alex & Angelo.
Since we were reading on the phone, my son was busy clicking on the pictures puzzled why wouldnt it 'Play'. So that means the story & pictures bring the imagination alive. Good work on the illustrations.

Waiting for Ruchira Khanna to publish more stories/novels. Cheers and All The Best !

Reading 2 books parallel so stay tuned for more Book posts.

Bye. Take care.