The web of karma – Anurag Shrivastava

Blurb

This is the era of Jungle-Raaj in Bihar – the dark age of increasing anarchy and lawlessness in the state.
Control over law and order has long since passed from the hands of the administration to caste-based gangs and organized crime syndicates enjoying political patronage. Kidnapping has become one of the flourishing businesses of the state, while every other industry has dwindled down and the development plank has gone on a pause mode, on account of Rangdari, which is yet another booming business apart from contract killing, smuggling, illegal tree cutting, and vehicle snatching. Migration to other states is at peak: not only of big businessmen, but also of lowly laborers. And those who can’t leave the state are either sucked into the crime world or are forced to live under fear. Albeit the local newspapers everyday sketch the sordid saga of the state, the execrable condition is not likely to improve by any means in the near future.

Digambar Babu, a middle-aged man of a small town Motihari (the place of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagrah), is dejected and dismayed for his family falling apart, and so sets himself on a mission to make amends for the mistakes he has done in the past. Shakuntala Devi, his wife, infuriated at herself for having devoted her whole life selflessly and arduously for her ungrateful family, wants to make up for the injustice she has done to herself, by living the rest of her life selfishly. Sarvesh, their asthmatic son, whose first marriage perished about a decade ago, is still struggling with both his career and his married life, and Nisha, their daughter, is married to someone whom she thinks she will never be able to love. The biggest threat to the already troubled family is Nisha’s ex-lover Kanhaiya Tiwari, who is the youngest corporator of the town, and has sworn to ruin the family.
Shyam, Nisha’s husband, who is ‘the absorber of the emotions’, in keeping with his fluidity, writhes in pain but transforms time and again, in order to win his wife’s heart, while Savita, Sarvesh’s current wife, colludes with Kanhaiya Tiwari in his evil intent, in order to have all the strings of the family in her hands. Benighted in Sodom, they weave their web of Karma, and fabricate their fates, but the biggest sufferer in the ruthless game of dominance and survival are the innocent children of the family.

The story tries to draw parallels between Digambar Babu’s disarrayed family and the disordered town.

The novel is inspired from the real events happened in the town during 90’s era of jungle-raaj.

 

Review

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Starting off with the cover i personally loved it alot depicts the flow of universe within one and around. The title is also apt and goes along well with the book. The book is set in old times and bihar. The way it has been written is really beautiful. Characterization of the characters is really good.

The book takes you a bit to the old times and forms an imagery and takes you along to a journey.

Overall 4/5.

One step at a time by Venkat Iyer

One Step at a Time by Venkat Iyer

One Step at a Time

One step at a time is a journey that takes place one by one. It’s a story with limited characters and how so many things revolved around so much.
The book has a deep sense of struggle and how one should over come it.

How life never really goes the way you want it to.
Somedays it just keeps spiralling down. It’s about the strength of all mental/ physical that needs to be needed mostly mental strength which will get you through tough times like these.

I loved how every character was given a sketch and it felt like a photo time line of sorts. And there were quoted to uplift.

The story was simple and had deep bravery kneaded within it.
So much to learn as always

Overall 4/5.

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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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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They Go to Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty

 

 

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A young widow of a drug overdose victim disappears from Goa. Three years later, a British National claims to know her whereabouts minutes before departing for London Heathrow. The Police of two states is pressed into a joint manhunt. ‘They Go to Sleep’ is a racy thriller on police procedure and criminal psychology.

In the year 2043, when nobody sends a letter anymore, an unlikely candidate decides to write about his springtime memories that are soon going to be erased. When his identity gets revealed, the impact on several individuals and the society at large assumes epic proportions. ‘A Man of Letters’ is a science fiction with humane emotions at its core.

A promising poet meets his muse on board a train. They share a captivating conversation but forget to ask each other’s name. Will they be able to meet again in an Indian metro? ‘What’s In a Name?’ is a humorous look at everything Bengali: gossip, fish, cutlets and the Kolkata Book Fair.

These three stories are joined by nine equally exhilarating tales of ordinary people and the choices that they make under extraordinary circumstances. The compilation will surely compel the readers to keep their midnight lamps burning.

 

REVIEW

 

This book came in a good condition where I was really bemused with the cover it has a certain kind of sadness and a certain amount of feeling happy in the solitude. The black and white picture really brings in all the feels for extremes of emotions. The book is a collection of amazing stories which had different themes and the moral of every story was cryptic. This book will only be understood well if you read it properly because of the way it has been written. I really liked the way narration has been done. I somewhere felt every story said something about cities and it’s people. Easy words have been used to make it more reachable to everyone.

The majority essence of the book is in the way it has been written in a mysterious way.

Over all 3.5/5.

 

3 Steps To Himalayas: A Practical Guide To Achieve Your Goals by Ramesh Kundu

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We have become prisoners of our times and the result is a stressful lifestyle. This race to compete with everyone else is leading to irreversible destruction of the environment and social institutions. We have more comforts now, but pay the price with serious health problems & psychological issues. We are less happy now and peace of mind is just missing from our lives.
This book is an attempt to look at simple solutions for all such challenges faced by a majority of us.
Going to class with swollen faces after being slapped for 150 times; spending three days & nights in a police lock up; your friend fighting back a leopard with bare hands & surviving; watching helplessly as a person is hacked to death in front of you – all these experiences have brought enough learnings for a lifetime which have been shared in this book.
To live a stress-free life, we have to understand and face our fears, understand and find reasons for our limiting beliefs, have control over our anger and suppress our greed.
Self-awareness, self-management and self-development are the keys to evolve and make our lives better. For being successful, we need to re-look at our passion and skillsets, and find opportunities for what we are good at.
Let us start our journey to the Himalayas…

 

REVIEW

3 steps to Himalaya is a self help book which deals with breaking down your goals.
The book tries to tell you that every problem has a three step solution where Himalaya is your goal(problem) 1- is to know your goal. 2- know about your goal 3) how Passionate one is about their goals.

The author takes you to a journey with live examples and stories of how one needs to keep trying and needs to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.

Every chapter has some giveaway which basically follows the pattern of a story- analysing it and then a solution with points one needs to focus upon

How knowledge, skill and attitude is important for every step that you take.
The book has been written in a simple format and language.

I really enjoyed assessing my weakness and strengths using some scales which were given in the start of the book.
The cover is simple and goes along well with the title.

The book deals with perception, faith and fullproof plan that one needs to always have.

The book also focuses upon experiences and how it forms a major role in your life.

A good read.

 

The Book of My Poems by Apurva Tupdale

 

The Book of My Poems by [Tupdale, Apurva]

 

 

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That moment when the excruciating pain in your heart is yearning to elude or when the mind is jumbled with thoughts you cannot possibly fathom; it is an anxious plea from your soul to be heard which, in this case, is depicted through words on paper.

26 poems on a variety of themes including the unpleasant agony of death, the ache of losing self, and the affection of love is woven together. Each poem will resonate imagination of a bibliophile and let them experience a different depth of emotions.

 

REVIEW

This book is a mixture of self love – confusion and different walks of life that we go through alone without anyone helping us. The loneliness that kindles within us. There are long poems mostly some with rhymes. The cover is really cheerful and brings in a lot of elements to it. The title is simple. It’s a short read with all the pain that you might have faced once in your life for sure.

I really loved reading this short book of poems. I could relate to so many poems present in the book. The titles also spoke so much about every poem.  A soft book of poems definitely worth reading! The poems had a great flow.

Overall -4/5.