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Warrior: Book Review

Book Title: Warrior Author: Olivier Lafont Publisher: Penguin Books My Rating: **** About the Author: Olivier Lafont is a French writer and actor of mixed origins who's presently based in Mumbai with his wife- Gina.  He is also a successful screenplay writer who wrote the script for the award winning movie ‘Hari Om’ and regularly contributes editorial pieces to the men’s magazine- Man’s World. Olivier also acts in theater and English plays. He gives voice over in multiple languages.  There were three books already piled on my side table, calling me towards when this chunk of a hunk arrived by courier. What made me pick this book up and prefer to read it over the rest was undoubtedly the mention of 'Warrior' being  shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013. That told me I could expect some quality storytelling in the book. Besides that the delicious cover illustration done by Aashim Raj made it irresistible too. Then the third reason that th

Among The Stars: Book Review

Book Title: Among the Stars Author: Dhasa Sathyan Publisher: Notion Press My Rating:  *** About the Author: Dhasa Sathyan is the pen name of a Chennai based Engineer called Yamunai Thuraivan. He has also written many songs in his mother tongue for several short films. He debuts as an author with this collection of short stories. The preface to the collection of short stories carries the following words that spoke much about how much the writer knows his reader's mind.  Go ahead Do not walk – Stroll Do not watch – Gaze Do not travel – Wander Do not read – Explore - Dhasa Sathyan He welcomes his readers to explore his penning rather than just read through. That's just what I decided to do and enjoyed! The short stories in this collection are so varied in genre that they are most rightly described by the author himself as being 'as random as a jar of pebbles collected by a kid'. They are also as enthralling too. Among The Stars repeatedly

Book 23 Of Tornado Giveaway

I'd no idea I have befriended some very good authors out there. So proud to call you my friend Rachna Gupta. GIving your book the well-deserved spotlight Wish you all the luck always! Name of the Book : KALEIDOSCOPE: THE CHANGING COLORS OF LOVE Author: Rachna Gupta Read some reviews: 1.  Kritika Narula 2.  Anand 3.  Tamanna Naik The Story: "Every beating heart will confess that once, at least once in their lifetime they were in love." The collection of poems in this book talks about an emotion so strong that it has the potential to create and destroy! Love in all its capacity has that aura around it; it needs to be felt and when it resides in your soul you find it giving rise to feelings never experienced before. There is passion and tenderness when being together, estrangement and pain when two souls are apart and then there is joy and relief when bound together again. The 37 poems in this book talk about this amazing feeling as seen through m

Tornado Give Away Book #14

Go to Book No. 13 Check all the Books Here Name of the Book : HIDDEN HUSBAND Author: Shikha Kaul Read a review: Tushti Bhatia The Story: Aisha is trapped in her own secret which makes her life hell. Her love for Raghav is true. But hailing from two very different cultures is the basis of their continued friction. Aisha is a Punjabi girl from Gurgaon and Raghav a Bihari from Ranchi. Raghav's family will certainly not accept a girl from outside their community. And yet, he continues giving her false hopes through his efforts and promises. And then they take a step which entangles her life further. Will she manage to come out of this quandary or must she continue to live in her self-created web? Explore her journey that makes her realise the atrocities being committed on women in the Indian society and the tough decisions she must take, keeping her most loved ones oblivious to everything happening in her life. About the author Shikha Khanduja Kaul is an Indian aut

The Tornado Give Away Book #13

Book 13 Of Tornado Giveaway (Package4) Go to Book No. 12 Check all the Books Here Name of the Book : HAIKU AND OTHER MICROPOETRY Author: Madhuri Maitra The Story: "A short poem is a drop of the divine, a brief, brilliant flash. An emotion surges, you create an image, and the jewel is born, plucked out of thought-flow, rubbed and polished to its innate glow. Haiku is like that. Intrinsically beautiful! Some see the beauty and others do not. Moreover, poetry is a personal experience. There’s no saying what will touch the heart, the senses, the brain, and why. Haiku and Other Micropoetry would appeal to many people who have had idyllic childhoods in a world less crowded; who have enjoyed simple pleasures, or not; who have loved, lost, laughed, cried, danced, achieved, failed, and done everything that life bid them. They have searched for meaning and known the pain of that search. They have allowed themselves to grow with every experie

The Tornado Giveaway- Book # 7

What a coincidence! I just befriended Usha Narayanan at Facebook and found out that she's an extremely warm and positive person. So easy to talk to! It is interacting with such humble achievers that teaches you a thing or two about success..I quote- " we dont sprout horns cos we do something, do we? There are such luminous souls in the world and we can only aspire!" .- Usha Narayanan And then Penguin India sent me her latest book 'Pradyumna' for an early review. You can imagine how thrilled I must have been. And to top it all, this fantastic Tornado Giveaway also starts with her book. There must be some karmic connection between us. I believe so! Go to  Book   No. 6 Check all the  Books  Here Name of the  Book  : PRADYUMNA: SON OF KRISHNA Author: Usha Narayanan The Story : ‘I see a dark future that makes me quake,’ Devarishi Narada said. ‘One of these newborns will ravage the world and erase the name of Krishna from the face of th