Interview with the magician of words and imagination Durriya Kapasi.

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Solomon, who is a genie and human hybrid, discovers his supernatural powers and a truth hidden from him for twenty years. His ordinary life turns into an adventure, full of never-ending challenges and responsibilities, when his foster father is kidnapped and his biological father’s kingdom and legacy is threatened. Will Solomon step into the land of the genies to save his loved ones? Will he accept his fate as the heir of Neverfound Land? Neverfound Land is a heartwarming tale of a young man taking control of his destiny.

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AUTHOR’S BIO :

Durriya Kapasi is an author of Neverfound Land, her second novel that is also a sequel of her first bestselling book Once Upon A Genie. She’s a Creative Writing teacher, foodie and traveler. Both of her published books are taken up for screen adaptation by a major production house.

INTERVIEW :

1)As once upon a genie was a magnificent journey of magic and imagination. Can you give us an insight about this book as well?

 Once Upon a Genie is a story that revolves around Daisy, a girl, and her love with Khalil the genie. From their shocking first encounter to discovering the magical land of Genies and then the adventurous journey they had following the three wishes, Once Upon a Genie is a romantic saga with portrayal of unusual romance, strong friendship, hope, sacrifice and unfolding the secrets of Genie world.

Neverfound land is about Solomon, half human-half genie, in the quest of finding his father Darren who had been kidnapped by a bad clan of genies. In this quest, he got to learn about his real identity and his hidden powers, about his biological father who is the king of genies, and the powerful relationship of nature and the other worlds that human are not aware of; as well as the secrets of magic and the supernatural beings.

 

 2) Is this book the continuation of the previous book?

 Yes, Neverfound Land is a sequel of Once Upon a Genie, although it can also be read as standalone too since the summary of first book is presented in the beginning of the story.

 

 3) Your work seems to be unique and different. Mostly about magic and how we should have hope?  Have you been writing in this genre always?

 Magic, Horror, Fantasy are the genres, which always allure me, and as an avid reader I always prefer reading them, so the passion for these genres were instilled in me since childhood. Altough Once upon a genie is my first published book, followed by Neverfound Land, I have authored three books which got published online on wattpad, all three were fantasy.

 

4) What are you working on next?

 I am working on the plot of my next book, though I cannot reveal much on this but it’s going to be another fantasy ride for my readers.

 

5) A small favourite quote of yours from your book?

Hope is a distant star shining in the darkest sky. It might not be enough to remove the darkness, but it is enough to make you believe that there are a thousand more stars somewhere and all you have to do is reach there by fighting your best- Neverfound Land

 

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Lurker – by Smriti Gour

 

 

Blurb :

What if there was a lurker living in the depths of your mind whose sole purpose seems to be getting you to feel sad, insecure and lacking in all senses of the word? What is it like to be stalked by your worst fears and your deepest, darkest thoughts? What if all your suppressed thoughts were suddenly all you can think about? ‘She shows up out of the blue one day and I’m very unprepared for her to make a permanent place in my life. But as I find out soon enough, I have no control over what she does and says. As her claws dig deeper in my life, I see it all spiralling out of control. Soon, I am reduced to a mess who cries at the slightest hint and closing off all doors which might help. I want help but reject it when offered and I watch helplessly as my life as I knew it crumbles around me. She seems to have a hold on every aspect of my life. Sometimes silent and sometimes verbose, but always hitting right where it hurts. ‘Her’ – the villain of the protagonist’s life and this story. The story is a first person encounter with ‘her’, the personification of depression.

 

About the Author:

Smriti is a writer, counsellor and trainer. After completing her Master’s in Biology with a major in Psychology from New York University, she began working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lurker is her first book, born out of her experiences with her patients with Depression. The need to understand Depression lurking in the corners of the mind resulted in this novella. Smriti aspires to write more about mental disorders in a fictional setting to raise understanding and awareness. She is also in the initial stages of starting her own program for people with special needs.

 

Review :

Just after reading the blurb I was very intrigued to know the content. And as mental health is rising this book just helps you understand it better.
And so many more instances where you know ah yes this happens with me as well.

Starting off with the cover it’s themed dark how one is loosing themselves because of the depression or be it any other mental health. Darkness is surrounded. One way to go about it that the person is light itself but cannot see because all they see around is darkness.
We become way too complicated than we are. This book feels like a long overdue conversation with depression that one needs to have.

There are so many relatable lines. So many things that we stop noticing and observing that used to bring in peace long back to us.
Everything seems to feel like a hustle.

The book is very well written.
I didn’t get bored or feel like stopping to read it at all. The book is broken down into chapters and sessions. The narratives given by the author are really mesmerising and so real as if she went through it too!

The first line ” I closed my eyes, tired already”
So many lines like these have poetic meaning to them!
The idea is very unique and I’m so in awe with the book.
It’s a beautiful addition 🙂
One must definitely read it!

Overall 4/5.

 

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In conversation with Poet Kiriti Sengupta

 

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Rituals is a remarkable collection of poems by renowned poet, translator, editor and critic Kiriti Sengupta. This latest book explores the panoply of human experience and elucidates the meanings and rhythms of a mature poetic life. “Customs are like meditation,” writes Sengupta as he weaves religious liturgy and the opera of gods as the quotidian backdrop of a married life and experiences with his son. Not just interested in the matter of appearances as a poet, he delves into questions of what makes an Indian and how Hindu goddesses can strengthen willpower and remove the ‘venom’ from life. The mythological and the quotidian blend and inform one another, the goddess appears in iterations of the wife, the daughter, the mother. These poems also talk about Monsoon and Muri as snacks that overlap with dialogues of intellect and Sanskrit.

Themes such as nakedness and nudity are explored from the point of view of youth and maturity. Striking imagery marks the passing of time on everyday objects where the speaker can now stop and observe the beauty of human traces on life, “My tired eyes uncover the kohl of night.” The speaker is not only interested in contemplating the beauty of everyday moments but also faces his reader with the violence of the modern world, in the poem “The Untold Saga” the violence of a mythological world mirrors the violence on women practiced often in the 21stcentury, offering a powerful statement on the untimely death of Nirbhaya in 2012. These poems are also meditations on our place in the world as humans, the vastness of the Earth compared to our frail bodies with the invitation to reconnect to the natural world.

 

 

ABOUT THE POET :

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Kiriti Sengupta, who has been awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2018) for his contribution to literature, is a poet, editor, translator, and publisher from Calcutta. He has published ten books of poetry and prose, including Rituals, Solitary Stillness, Reflections on Salvation, The Earthen Flute, A Freshman’s Welcome, Healing Waters Floating Lamps, The Reverse Tree, My Dazzling Bards, My Glass of Wine, The Reciting Pens, and The Unheard I; two books of translation, Desirous Water by Sumita Nandy, Poem Continuous—Reincarnated Expressions by Bibhas Roy Chowdhury; and he is the co-editor of five anthologies, Scaling Heights, Jora Sanko–The Joined Bridge, Epitaphs, Sankarak, and Selfhood. Sengupta’s poems have been published/accepted for publication at The Common, The Florida Review Online (Aquifer), Headway Quarterly, Moria Online, The Mark Literary Review, Mad Swirl, among other places. More at www.kiritisengupta.com

 

INTERVIEW :

1) If you had to describe your journey into the literature field until now how would you describe it in three words?
Approaching the light!
2) Rituals your new poetry book, the making of it and all that you went through can you describe it in one word?
Labour
3) Your recently learnt new favourite word?
Illume
4) What is that one thing you believe keeps us breathing even in this Chaos?
Oxygen
5) Your most favourite poem in the
book?
The Stepwell

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Rain Drops and Caterpillars by Anuradha Prasad

 

 

 

 

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Dealing with first time lessons is no easy task, as they can bring tears, joy, inspiration, in proportions unthinkable to human mind and heart! Still! We learn and move on like those caterpillars who have been subservient for a whole season but were able to transform into beautiful butterflies come tropical rains. Both representing changes -HUGE and PERMANENT! Sometimes we get inspiration from nowhere. Sometimes from the least expected person or someone, we might have despised all our life! Still! We learn and move on…..Are everyday heroes, those people who have their names etched in golden words in the history pages? Or like you and me, who have just set an example by their random acts of kindness? Or those who just by surrendering to a mighty force called destiny? Or by just WALKING OUT of a difficult situation that they no more could put up with? Who are they? Six human emotions and six stories to make you sit up and think if you were that HERO!

 

About the Author:

Anuradha Prasad is an artist, speaker and an author. She has worked with and published thousands of articles for top newspapers and magazines . She has a PhD. in English literature from Mumbai University and was on the cover of Times’ ‘West Side Plus’ and several notable publications.’Two Winters and 365 Days’ and ‘Coming Back Home’ were her previous books.’Rain Drops and Caterpillars’ is her third.She often deals with self-discovery and internal transformation of the characters in her writings. While the ‘The Statesman’, ‘News Today’ and the ‘Pioneer’ listed her books as outstanding on their shelves, the newspapers like, Dainik Jagran, Panjab Kesari, Story Zen have described her as a writer with a realistic edge, capable of stirring deep emotions in a reader. Kindle edition of ‘Coming Back Home’ exceeded 10,000 downloads early this year.Blogging, observing nature, traveling, listening to music and watching Bollywood movies are her many passions.https: //www.facebook.com/ AuthorAnuradhaPrasad/https: //mobile.twitter.com/anuradhap2?lang=en website- http://www.anuradha-prasad.com

 

REVIEW :

Beginning with the book title it gives you a gentle feeling of growing up and learning if you break the components of the title. The cover is really colourful and gives it a nice complete look.

The book contains 6 short stories with lessons we all go through. Such as sublimity, acceptance, courage, compassion,devotion,deceit. The human emotions are often so fragile that learning about them and knowing more will always give you a deeper sense of self.

I Thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories written beautifully with great narration. Each story will probably remind you of an incident that might have happened with you. Simple stories which will blend you in with the authors mind.

Loved reading it throughout my train journey.

overall 3.5/5.

 

In dialogue with Author Tanmay Dubey.

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Inspired by true events, THE RED LINE is a thrilling murder mystery that treads the dark by lanes of international espionage and corrupt defense deals. The exciting story witnesses the journey of an honest cop to discover his true dharma and a brave women army officer’s selfless service for her country.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

An IT professional based in Gurgaon, Tanmay Dubey is a voracious reader and an avid storyteller. In a career spanning more than ten years, he has been fascinated by several aspects of the corporate world and this book is a result of those observations.When not busy spinning a yarn, Tanmay can be found reviewing latest Bollywood films on his popular Facebook page ‘Tanmay’s Movie Adda’. He is also an enthusiastic cyclist, a randonneur, and loves running marathons. He recently completed the prestigious IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon in Port Macquarie, Australia.  The race had 1.9km of Open Water Swimming, 90KM of Cycling and 21.07km of Running. He was the Only Indian Participating in the race. He believes that probably he is the only Indian Writer who is an Ironman also 🙂 

INTERVIEW :

1) The main character for this book is a woman? Can you tell us more about her?

Yes, one of the main protagonists of the story is a woman. She is a colonel in the Indian Army. Her name is Matrika Rana, she is single, Independent, Brave and a completely honest and dedicated Army officer. She is carrying the legacy of her martyred father by serving in Indian Army. She is beautiful, strong, fit and when life gets her an option to choose her dharma v/s duty. She chooses her dharma of a soldier

2) As the book says it is based on true events can you tell us about the story in short?

Corruption in Defense Arms Procurement is a weed that is eating our System and playing with the lives of fellow countrymen. Be it Bofors  Gun Procurement Scam or the dirt surrounding the latest Rafale Airplane deal. The story is inspired by one such event and the international espionage, cyber-attack which is the new age attack option used by countries against each other.

 

3) What kind of researcher work or reading you had to do?

The Research took a lot of time, I met officials from Ministry of Defence, read articles about cyber-attack and traveled extensively meeting several people associated with the Indian Army and others that I can’t name to collect facts

 

4)How much time did you take to complete this book?

I took about 2 years to complete this book

5) What are you working currently on?

I am currently working on a self-help book and expecting to complete in another 6 months’ time.

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In dialogue with Chitrangada Mukherjee

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11 pm: Heart’s pounding, hands shaking. Have these knots in my stomach. But drinking isn’t an option. Maa is sleeping with me. Baba in Lalitaji’s room. And she on the sofa. Want to step into the toilet, take one swig, and then go directly to sleep. How the hell will Maa know? I mean she’s sleeping like a log. No, no, shouldn’t. What if she wakes up? She’s a light sleeper, after all. 11.30 pm: No wine. Or vodka. Terrible, terrible night. When will they go back to Kolkata and let me be? 11.32 pm: Chhi . . .Chhi . . . How selfish am I? My parents, one with a heart condition, spent thousands on flight tickets and landed in Chennai. Why? Because they wanted to spend time with their widowed daughter. And what does the daughter want? To sneak into the toilet and take one good swig of wine. Shame on her! Okay, now I’m being over-dramatic. Meet Madhubala Ray a thirty-year-old brand-spanking-new widow in Chennai. She lives with her seventy-year-old mostly-silent MIL—whose name she can’t remember, teaches Social Science to bratty teenagers, and suddenly has a life filled with unpredictable men, catty colleagues, a bisexual best friend, and . . . heart-wrenching memories of her late husband. How does she deal with all of that? By baring it all, in her diary. Join this oddball-widow who always keeps it real as she gives an honest account of a young North Indian working woman in Chennai, who tries to survive a tragedy through wine and vodka, her quirky sense of humour, and refuses to give up on love. Despite its oddities. The question is: does she survive and find love, again? Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic is a story that is brutally honest, funny, romantic and liberating. It’s a slice of life you wouldn’t want to miss.

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About the Author

Chitrangada Mukherjee was born and raised in the scenic north-eastern state of Tripura. She post graduated in History from the Presidency College in Kolkata, a city which made her a thinker. A love affair resulting in marriage brought her to the south of India, where she worked as a tele-caller, teacher, news reader, soft skills trainer, quiz show hostess, and content writer. Five years ago she decided to leave her cushy IT job and embrace motherhood. While at home, she started to introspect about her true calling. She found it in writing. For her writing is akin to exercising–if she doesn’t write for a day, she ends up releasing negative hormones in her body. Apart from writing and reading, she loves listening to music on her headphones, grass walking, and gazing at the ocean. Chennai is her home now, where she lives with her seven-year-old daughter and husband. Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic is her second novel.

INTERVIEW 

1) Being a mom and an author how do you manage everything?
It helps that I don’t have to step out to work and can singularly focus on writing. I write when my daughter goes to school.
2) The character of Madhu seems so relatable how did you go about it’s making?
She was born out of reading, observing, assimilating and finally letting it all go.
3) What stirred you to write about romance?
The need to make my second book commercially viable, I chose romance.
4) What are you currently working on?
Two scripts and both are in the romance genre.
5) A small message for our readers?
 It’s easy to give up but don’t. Stick to your vision and things will slowly start changing for the better.

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In conversation with budding author Saurabh Sharma.

 

 

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“Close The Door As You Walk In.” – Let’s talk the truth about hustling. Over a coffee?
Hustle is just a mere misconception of pulling yourself back from what you actually want to hit on and be the beacon of your big time dreams and goals. But, in reality the hustling of your life is the real stepping stone towards your best of the choices and worthy achievements. Having some whirls and swirls in your life do make it a bit complex, but not having them at all, is where you need to stop and think for a moment, that is your LIFE worth it? Maybe this or maybe that, should I go here or do I need to be there? Baffled! Totally! So, why not try cuddling these hustles? This book ‘Close The Door As You Walk In’, an eBook by Saurabh Sharma, talks about the hustle and bustle of an entrepreneur and how he sails through the tough choices and endures till the last stone of his fantasy kingdom. Also, it unravels many aspects of what are the options to choose from, and how? This read will surely give a kick start to your entrepreneurial journey and maybe, you never know it might turn your love for passion into something so vast and soothing that would leave you in tranquility for eternity.

 

CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR :

1) Can you tell us more about yourself and how did you get to writing?


My pen name is meet_the_wizard. Most of the people think that it’s just
a social media id or an alias name, but the fact is that there’s more to
it, what? Well that’s a secret. And I am writing since I was a little
kid. Maybe I was in 5th or 6th sttandard when I started penning down
some ghost stories in the pocket diaries made for me by my sister and I
just loved the whole idea of reading them whenver I need to spend some
time with myelf. And I just embraced the fact that everybody around me
had a story or the other. And I was good with listening. And above this
all, I have cherished my eperiences. So I listen, observe, experience
and simply pen it all down.

2) A few insights about your book?


Close the door as you walk in, I felt was essential, I felt was required
out there. How often we see people looking up to the stars or the
achievers and saying, yea! It’s easy to say motivational stuff when
you’re already a star. So I felt to give them a guide from a hustler
about the lessons of hustling, a hustler who is actually in the phase of
hustling. To tell them, man it’s tough yet beautiful. Writing is a
responsiblity, and whatever experience I have gained, I just wanted that
to be poured down and to serve the minds about the tings that often
confuse them, and that too with a perspective they surely haven’t heard
of. Because people will always tell them what to do, or how to do, but
the book simply tells you how to have the perspective to believe in
yourself and to believe that your method is correct. It solve confusions
about very basic yet important aspects in lives.

3) Which are your favourite authors?


Am horrible at reading. Never gonna lie about that. But the Alchemist by
Paulo Coelho will always be a special one for me. And can I say, “Am my
own favourite”.

4) What is your view about book publishing these days?


Let me remind you, you’re asking this to a publisher himself. Running
Lapsus Creations quite successfully I have come across various methods
and expectations that run around publishing. And I always say, there’s
no right and wrong as long as they serve the purpose and the
writers/authors actually get a helping hand in a right manner.

5) What is your message through the book?


Close the door as you walk in, intend to be a guide to hustling days,
totally as weird as me. And that is why I kept it an E-Book, to make
sure one can have it in there pockets 24*7 and can refer to it whenever
they are encountered by a situation in life of which they aren’t much
sure about.

Links to the book:

https://www.amazon.in/Close-Door-As-You-Walk-ebook/dp/B07M82S5RW

https://shop.lapsuscreations.com/product/git-magic/