Yakshini: Book Review

Book Title: Yakshini (Kindle Edition)
Author: Neil D'Silva
Publishers: Rupa Publications
My Rating: *****
About the Author: Neil D'Silva is an author of 12 horror novels and Yakshini is yet another of his books that has been acquired for screen adaptation. He is the President of the Indian Chapter of the Horror Writers Association, and is also a TEDx Speaker. 
Let me make a disclaimer before I begin to talk about this book. Even though I am in the author's circle of virtual friends and I've been a fan of his writing since his very first book, this particular book review has not been solicited by the author and neither is my impression of the book biased. 
Like I've said many times before, I pick a book by it's cover, quite literally. It has got to be love at first sight! And then a little knowledge about the author and his style helps. Sometimes I veer towards books via recommendations by like-minded friends but I stopped reading back blurbs long ago. As soon as the …

A Fool's Errand- Book Review

Book Title: A Fool's Errand (Kindle Edition)Author: Vanita Bodke Publisher: Self Published  My Rating: *** About the Author: Vanita Bodke started writing when she realized she did not just prefer marching to the tune of a different drummer, but that she rather liked being that drummer herself. This is her second published novella, following Fault of 2018. Her short story "Winds of Change" was published in the Unbound e-magazine. Vanita lives in Navi Mumbai with her husband and son. 
The Fool's Errand is a 566 pages Novella that made for an easy breezy read. A long narrative for a short story, which I think the author could have easily expanded into a full length novel if she wished to, because she was onto something of a good tale. As one begins to read, one would imagine that the  protagonist Revati Kadam is in a love triangle, torn between her present husband Ritwik and her ex-boyfriend Vijendra Singh who is trying to make a come-back into her life. However, the story …

We all know?

I'd be lying,
If I said,
I don't care
About what I wear!
I am honest,
When I say,
I notice your shoe,
Before I see you!
What I expect,
Is bigger than your gift,
Valued in money,
Not your love honey!
It's the truth,
Nobody can deny,
This world is materialistic,
Judgemental and plastic.
Am I wrong,
In blaming society,
For the twisted and fake,
Facades that we make.
Isn't it true,
The real self,
We don't ever show,
Nobody will know!
The tongue speaks sweet,
But the eyes don't smile,
The friends we make,
Are for company's sake.
A thousand secrets and a million lies,
To live one life,
How terribly brave,
To carry it all in our heart to our grave!

Spot of Luck?

Some souls were blessed to have a higher sense of purpose in life. I simply had a heightened sense of smell. The citrus aroma wafting in from our yard that morning, was so strong that it worked like an instant pick-me-up. I’d rushed out through the back door, and plonked myself down in front of my lemon tree. Sitting there in the Padmasana, my humble Gandharaj Lebu appeared like the Bodhi tree to me. I listened intently to all that it had to teach me. I felt one with my sunlight-loving citrus. Watering the soil to keep it moist, and pruning the bush was an act of love, never a mundane chore. Sometimes I’d be sitting so still before it, undistracted, besotted by its yellow-green colour palette, interspersed by the white of the fragrant blossoms. At other times, I would hum a song to it.
That day too, I could have continued sitting there for hours on end, wet earth or not! If it wasn’t for Granny Mori, off to Sunday Church, dressed in black. Ever since the demise of her beloved Zoze, she’…

The world of storytelling! - Kathanika Reviewed

This post comes a little late to make it a Mother's Day post but for me, storytelling and my mother are two very closely linked memories of childhood. My mother was a great storyteller. I have beautiful memories of her telling me bedtime stories, which eventually metamorphosed into her telling me real life experiences at bed time, as I grew older. 
She introduced me to the world of books by subscribing to a local library when I was just a preschooler. I remember the very first book that I could actually read on my own was Thumbelina. I have always loved to listen to stories, and my favourite pastime on those lazy afternoons of my Summer holidays was to lose myself in the fantastic world of stories.
So when my own little babies came along, I always wanted them to grow up in a similar book-loving manner. And I also wanted to see them grow into good listeners. I slowly inculcated the love for bedtime stories in them, but my only grievance was not having access to a great library aro…

The Sinister Silence- Book Review

Book Title: The Sinister Silence Author: Moitrayee Bhaduri Publisher: Srishti Publishers My Rating: *** About the Author: This is Moitrayee Bhaduri's debut as a novelist. A content specialist by profession, the author has graduated with History Honours and has completed M.A. too. Moitrayee loves animals, and singing travelling and watching Cricket are her spare time interests.

I have more than many times expressed my interest and love for book cover designs. And I have come across more than many good books purely because of the book cover design. So much against the greatly popular belief that one should not judge a book by its cover, I do!
Last month, a contest was organised in one of the Facebook groups called FWBA- For Writers by Authors and the Top 3 book cover designs were to be picked. Being a professionally qualified graphic designer for more than a decade now and an active member of the group, I was asked to pick my favourites from the 40+ entrants.And rest is history!
I picked &#…

The Conspiracy at Meru (VikramadityaVeergatha # 2) Curtain Raiser

For all those who had read
The Guardians of the Halahala- Book Review
Here's the curtain raiser on the much-awaited sequel. I take the liberty of comparing this to the 'Bahubali' movie series because the euphoria and wait for the sequel has been quite equal!
The Conspiracy at Meru(VikramadityaVeergatha # 2)
You can watch the Book Trailer At: 

Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.
The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.

Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How lo…