Thursday, January 14, 2016

Spotlight: The Brown Sahebs by Anupam Srivastava

Greetings everyone,

A novel that will blow you away with its depiction of love, passion, intrigue and betrayal.

The Raja of Teekra, a dusty and forgotten kingdom near Lucknow, gets lucky when the British Resident visits him but also brings with him a leading revolutionary. The Raja enters India's struggle for freedom and is rewarded with a berth in the cabinet of free India. He is shocked to see the ministers and officers living and operating like their imperial masters but is suitably rewarded for his silence. As he begins to enjoy the good life of Lutyens' Delhi, the British capital which India's freedom fighters abhorred, he faces only one adversary in his plans—his journalist son Pratap. A novel that will blow you away with its depiction of love, passion, intrigue and betrayal.

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About the Author 

Anupam Srivastava was born in Lucknow, India, where his novel, The Brown Saheb's first part is set. However, he never lived there as his father and mother, Ashok and Veena Srivastava, lived in different parts of India. However, Anupam spent some of his childhood and most of his vacations in Lucknow where he flew kites and learnt about the craft of pigeon-flying. He went to a boarding school near Delhi, the Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, where he played cricket but earned his college colours at St Stephen's College, Delhi, in cross-country running. He studied English literature (BA Hons and MA), won the college annual poetry prize while pursuing his MA, and being sure his vocation was writing and journalism, became a journalist with The Times of India in 1993. In 1999, he was awarded the British Chevening scholarship by the British government.

In 1999, he left journalism to work with the United Nations Population Fund in India in communications. Subsequently, Anupam worked with Oxfam India Society, Unicef and other development agencies. The Brown Sahebs is his first novel and tells the story of India not taking off its colonial clothing even as it became a democracy.

Anupam is married to Radhika Srivastava, and they have two children who figure in his children's novel, A Family Secret.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Book Review: The Other end of Corridor by Sujata Rajpal

Greetings everyone,
A new book. No not a romance novel. I dont know what genre to label it too :). Amazon says its Contemporary Fiction.

Make your decision by reading the Blurb at Spotlight: The Other end of the Corridor by Sujata Rajpal.

The Story:
Leela, a simple, soon to be forgotten name for a dusky Manglik 19yr old girl living in Patiala. Till date she is never had a choice nor made a decision. But she has one strong dream-To become Famous and the way to do that is to become an RJ. She doesnt know how she will get there but she holds on to that dream. To her surprise she gets married at 19 to Vishal who is educated, working with a steady income, lives in Delhi, her in-laws are both from teaching profession. Leela's future seems to be looking bright. Now she can achieve her dream thinks The Daydreamer. But soon her present starts to unfold into lies, fraud, abuse, depression, ... She makes it from one day to another, her dream long forgotten. She meets friends from school who show her two different aspects of living a normal life for Women.
She chokes with her buried secrets while giving the impression of a happy life to society. She cant muster the courage to resist or overpower her mentally unstable husband.
Will she ever fulfill her dream? Will she ever be free?

What I liked:
The story creates an impression on your mind. I was gloomy most of the time I was reading the book. I would stop reading it for a couple of days to clear my mind, but it used to beckon me to read further :)
The language is simple, smooth. Nothing fancy about the words here. The flow is even. The incidents regular, the ones you hear all the time or read in newspapers. But still you will softly root for Leela.

Reading her everyday incidents you will summarize it as a losing battle for her and her dreams. But then the way she picks herself up again and goes baby steps to living life, is like following a news story.
The character Leela is gripping yet quickly-fading one. But it will make you rethink your life, your goals, your dreams, your principles, things you should be grateful for. Mostly what-would-I-do-if-I-was-Leela ?
She has motivated me to go back to school or take up courses. Make resolutions. Value my time and freedom and all the things I am grateful for. I hope to help and identify such Leela's.

What I want more:
Its a complete story. It showed the real tragedies in Leela's life. It showed her weak, naive, hardworking, believer of her dreams, her tenacity, her strength of character. It showed the good side of her life in a compact way. I liked that. Nothing magical or ambitious was added to make a happily-ever-after.

There are lots of  Leela's in our society whose shrieks are muffled under societal norms and customs. Help them get free.

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Do read this one and let us know of anymore such thought provoking books.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Book Blitz: Rukhsat The Departure by Sujit Banerjee

Greetings people,
Showcasing another book through the Book Tour organised by The Book Club. The book, a collection of stories but I find the author more mysteries ;)

Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing with them is, they never walk alone. They always walk with a group of friends. Each reaches its own climax. Then with a final gasp of mortality and despair, fade away. No, they never die, they multiply. To the extent that the original gets lost and new ones are born. Over and over again. Yes, they get lost. No, they never die. They live on, permanently etched in the book of time. And from there, we borrow them and bring them alive. Again. And again. Here are twenty six of them, some standing alone and some chatting up with their long lost friends. When they depart, they leave a lingering fragrance of nostalgia and curiosity. What happened then?

Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters - from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man's trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man's memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

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Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, I grew up in Patna where I finished my post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist! Which was 
good since a Bengali born in UP and reared in Bihar does not make a great Psychologist! Am I now glad to be in tourism? It has taken me all over the world including places you would have never heard of. Eh? How about Tlacotalpan? It’s in Mexico.

Destiny had other plans as well so I became a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today I both heal as well as read Tarot cards. My wife thinks I am mad. My friends think I am weird. I guess I am both. 

My first story was published in a magazine when I was seventeen. The Editor made such a hash of it that I stopped sending out my stories but I continued writing. Then I broke my heart and started writing poems; first in Hindi and then in English. All personal collection. They still remain personal. I do shudder when I read some of them! Then the short stories came back and written over two years - now is a collection.

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More books to get introduced to :)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Spotlight: The Other end of the Corridor by Sujata Rajpal

Hello everyone,
Another book from a different genre. Something coarse, gripping, mature, realistic...
Know more below.
I have finished reading the book and the Review is written down too. Wait for it, for a little while ;)
Thank you The Book Club of bringing such books, I wouldnt have touched it, thinking it will scar my heart.

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The Other End of the Corridor 
Sujata Rajpal 

When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor.
Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight. 
She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations.

Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger. 

In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again…
No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.

Where does this journey take her?

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"The corridor, I was walking down didn't have a trace of illumination. I couldn't see the other end. But I kept moving and now, I realize that more than the light, you need the determination to keep moving, keep struggling for your dreams, for your existence, for your survival."

I had lived in a dream world all my life, always blaming the circumstances for my own weaknesses. I could never gather courage to stand up to circumstances. For how long would I keep blaming others for my own shortcomings. And for how long would I keep dreaming- my dreams never aligned with the real world; my dreams and real life never converged at any point. ‘I definitely had experience but only in building castles in the air.’

About the Author 
Author’s profile :Sujata Rajpal is a Corporate Communication & PR professional turned a full-time author. She holds an MPhil degree in Economics and has studied Mass Communication from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She also writes articles and short stories for publications and journals. Sujata is a yoga enthusiast and enjoys being a Toastmaster. She currently lives in Mysore.

The Other End of the Corridor is her first novel.

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