Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Book Review: The Grandmaster & Other Short Stories by Chinmaya Desai

Greetings Booklovers,

 Book: The Grandmaster & Other Short Stories by Chinmaya Desai

Its raining Short Story collections for me. I am not complaining ;)
Short stories are difficult to write as most well known Authors say. But it seems Short Stories are more sought after these days by readers.
A full fledged novel alternated with Short stories makes up for good number of books read in short time. Shh... That is what I am trying to achieve.

Lets welcome Debut Author Chinmaya Desai with his Debut Book: The Grandmaster & Other Short Stories. It is collection of 17 stories. Yes, these are short stories which end with a twist if not a bang. But they are written very well.

 Book: The Grandmaster & Other Short Stories by Chinmaya Desai

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17 short stories. Each ends with a quote from a famous personality or proverb. I liked how it sort of ends with a singe.

What I liked: 

I enjoyed reading this book. I kept it on hold for a long time. I am regretting that now. Sorry Author Chinmaya Desai.

Short & crisp stories. Each ends with a twist or a bang. Also love the quote or dialogues to mark end of story.

Each story is compact yet descriptive. They are written on myriad topics. About middle class life. About aspirations. About dreams. About Legacies. About human psychology. About crooked workings of human minds. About topics like Gay community or female infanticide.

The language used is a good and a lot of thought has been put in the stories about human psychology.
The language and story flow are very important in a book. Debut Book having these qualities is a good sign.

I laughed at the smart way to include your own name in the story, Chimaya Desai. Like Subhash Ghai's cameo appearance in his movies 😄 I was looking for those appearances in most stories.

The stories are so real-life. It felt as if your friend is telling you about a neighbor or something he/she heard. I was also trying to find connections and how the Author must have first thought about these stories. You have to read the book so you understand what I am trying to say 😀

The stories make you sigh, grin or introspect. Each a good one. I cant pick a favourite. But the first : Grandmaster is truly the Best. I also loved : The Foreign Trip, The Politician, The Woman in the Yellow Saree. The other stories are great & must read too.

What I wanted more:

More stories. An Interview where we can discuss these stories and how you thought about them.

 Author Chinmaya Desai

About the Author:

Chinmaya Desai is a banker by profession and a writer by passion. Inspired by how seemingly insignificant aspects become so significant to us, he narrates stories which have a surprise at the end.

Apart from writing, he is an avid gym enthusiast and loves to travel. Chinmaya lives in Mumbai with his parents, spouse Anuya and his two children, Puneeth and Saanchi.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Spotlight: Benign Flame: Saga of Love by BS Murthy

Good day everyone,
Introducing BS Murthy, a veteran author and a multifaceted personality, who approached me for Book Promotion because he read my blog. I'm super happy and honored. Here I'm sharing details of his maiden novel, out of ten books penned by him, so that you can engage with some compelling characters in an effective plot unfolded in a literary language.

Benign Flame: Saga of Love by BS Murthy


The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification.

However, as her father was constrained to help her in becoming a doctor, she opts to marry, hoping that Sathyam might serve her cause though the persona she envisioned as masculine, she found lacking in him. But as he fails to go with her idea, she becomes apathetic towards him, and insensibly sinks into her friend Sandhya’s embrace, for lesbian solace.

Soon, in a dramatic sequence of events, Tara, a suave call girl, tries to rope Roopa into her calling; Roopa herself loses her heart to Sandhya's beau Raja Rao, and Prasad, her husband’s friend falls for her. And as Prasad begins to induce Sathyam to be seduced by whores to worm his way into her affections, Roopa finds herself in a dilemma. However, as fate puts Raja Rao into Roopa’s arms in such a way as to lend novelty to fiction, this ‘novel’ nuances man-woman chemistry on one hand, and portrays woman-woman empathy on the other.

Book Mentions:

Who said the novel is dead; 'Benign Flame' raises the bar as vouched by -

The plot is quite effective and it’s a refreshing surprise to discover that the story will not trace a fall into disaster for Roopa, given that many writers might have habitually followed that course with a wife who strays into extramarital affairs - Spencer Critchley, Literary Critic, U.S.A.

The author has convinced the readers that love is something far beyond the marriage tie and the fulfillment love can be attained without marriage bondage. The author has achieved a minor revolution without any paraphernalia of revolution in the fourth part of the novel – The Quest, India.

The author makes free use of – not interior monologue as such, but – interior dialogue of the character with the self, almost resembling the dramatic monologue of Browning. Roopa, Sandhya, Raja Rao and Prasad to a considerable extent and Tara and Sathyam to a limited degree indulge in rationalization, trying to analyse their drives and impulses – The Journal of Indian Writing in English.

Overall, Benign Flame is a unique attempt at exploring adult relationships and sexuality in the contemporary middle-class. All the characters come alive with their cravings and failings, their love and their lust. Benign Flame blurs the lines and emphasizes that life is not all black and white - it encompasses the full spectrum of living - Indian Book Chronicle.

About the Author:

 Author BS Murthy

BS Murthy is an Indian novelist, playwright, short story, non-fiction 'n articles writer, translator, a 'little' thinker and a budding philosopher in ‘Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ that was originally published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18, Summer 2004.

BS (b 27 Aug 1948) was schooled in letter-writing, and having graduated to articulate his managerial ideas in thirty-odd published articles, in 1994, beginning with Benign Flame: Saga of Love, he began penning fiction with the ‘novel art'.

Later, he fashioned two more ‘plot and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth that was before switching over to the narrative non-fiction with Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife.

After versifying the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s Bhagvad-Gita (Treatise of self-help) and Valmiki’s Sundara Kãnda (Hanuman’s Odyssey) in contemporary English idiom and ascending Onto the Stage with Slight Souls and other stage and radio plays, he returned to fiction with Glaring Shadow - A stream of consciousness novel and Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel to finally reach the short story horizon with Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories.

While BS's fiction had emanated from his conviction that for it to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil but not the hotchpotch of local and alien caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas, all his body of work was borne out of his passion for writing, matched only by his love for language, which is in the public domain as free ebooks in umpteen ebook sites https://g.co/kgs/TMUuKd

Some of BS’s published articles on management issues, general insurance topics, literary matters and political affairs in The Hindu,The Economic Times, The Financial Express. The Purchase, The Insurance Times, Triveni along with his ‘Addendum to Evolution’ are available at Academia.edu https://independent.academia.edu/BulusuSMurthy

BS, a graduate mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India, is a Hyderabad-based Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor since 1986. He takes keen interest in politics of the day, has an ear for Carnatic and Hindustani classical music and had been a passionate Bridge player.

BS is married, to a housewife, with two sons, the elder one a PhD in Finance and the younger a Master in Engineering.

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Bye. Take care.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Book Blitz: Gobsmacked by Sundari Venkatraman

Good day!
Taza Taza Book details. Sundari Venkatraman has released her 46th book.3 days ago. Fresh hot off the Press. Lets get to know about Gobsmacked. Book 2 in The Groom Series. I remember reading Groomnapped. Gobsmacked is its sequel.
Excited to read this one soon.

 Book: Gobsmacked by Sundari Venkatraman

Print Length: 133 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
Publication Date: March 29, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

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The city bred Amit and the village-born Radhika fall in love at first sight, getting married three years later.

Looking forward to a wonderful life with her husband and family in Delhi, Radhika begins her new journey with stars in her eyes…

…only for things to come crashing when Amit’s mother Shanti ill-treats her. Hating her small-town daughter-in-law, Shanti is determined to break her son’s marriage from Day One.

And it looks like she has succeeded when Radhika leaves her husband one fine day, apparently giving him no explanation for her action.

While Radhika waits for her husband to pacify her and take her back, Amit is too hurt and upset to even contact her.

Will the heartbroken couple ever get back together? Especially after being separated for nearly two years? And even if they did, will Shanti let them live in peace?

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 Author: Sundari Vankatraman

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-six titles to her credit, which have sold more than 1.75 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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Books by Sundari Venkatraman which I have reviewed:
1) Book Review: The Malhotra Bride by Sundari Venkatraman
2) Book Review: Meghna by Sundari Venkatraman 
3) Book Review: The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman
4) Book Review: The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman
5) Book Review: An Autograph for Anjali by Sundari Venkatraman
6) Book Review: The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman
7) Book Review: His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman
8) Book Review: Her Secret Husband by Sundari Venkatraman
9) Book Review: Rose Garden International by Sundari Venkatraman
10) Book Review: The Casanova's Wife by Sundari Venkatraman
11) Book Review: Her Bohemian Husband by Sundari Venkatraman
12) Book Review: Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman
13) Book Review: Matsya: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman
14) Book Review: Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman
15) Book Review: Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman
16) Book Review: Love in Agartha by Sundari Venkatraman

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