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My father is my first teacher
Usually it is said that mother is the first teacher of a kid. But in my case it’s different. Being a first kid I was very attached with both my Maa and Dauta (Father in Assamese). But I love to learn things from my father. From alphabet to the lesson of life, I learned most of the things from my father. Every kid loves listen stories. I was also not different. My mother used to tell me the Cinderella stories, my grandmother and bua (father’s sister) told me the stories of fairytale and some good ghosts who helps human being.
But somehow I was more interested in the stories my father used to tell me. Those were the stories of Marxism, Leninism, Naxalbari movement and more. My father was a leftist. He used to share his experience, the belief, the leftist theories with me. He told me how the Naxalbari movement started to protest against the Jamindari system and oppressed systems that oppressed people for years. This way he passed his ideology to me.
Not only this, I loved to learn everything from my father. Being a vernacular medium student English was not a subject till class iv. We start learning English from fifth class. He taught me English lessons and grammar. Although he was a simple graduate, his English is very good. I still think how he is so good in it because he didn’t get the chance to read world literature in English that much at that time. But he was very short tempered at his young age. As he is perfect, he wanted me to be perfect in English. So he sometimes didn’t realise that I was just a learner at that time. I did mistake and he had gone mad, throw my copies where I had done some terrible mistakes. But I never scared and again went to him to learn more. He liked my dedication and had discovered some different way to teach me in easy way and I got it. For me he is the source of knowledge who knows everything. So I keep on asking him every single thing that I wanted to know or I had doubt. Sometimes I asked some bizarre things too which he felt awkward to answer. My mother is a very practical person and she taught me to be tough and ambitious in life.
But I learned the lessons of life from my father. He was also a writer although he quit writing long back. But I must say he is the one who inspired me to write. Today I feel proud that he gave me an ideology in my childhood which I am carrying for life. Yes I proudly say that my father is my first teacher.
This post is a part of a #SuperHero Father’s Day blog train where 24 bloggers, are going to share their special bond with their father. This Father’s day Blog train is organised by Priyanka Patwari, of Flavors of World & Preety Tiwari, of Delhi Blogger. In this blog train 24 bloggers has been sharing their special bond with their father. thank you #Hema for introducing me in http://www.zenithbuzz.in
On the next station #Shilpi Mishra will share her bond with their father in https://enchantingbeautymish.wordpress.com
Something I Never Told You
Author Shravya Bhinder
My Rating 4/5 stars
Raunak is a below average Delhi guy who falls for the most beautiful girl he has ever seen the moment he saw her. She happened to be the paying guest of his maternal grand mom’s PG. Raunak is not only introvert but also has lack of confidence. Because of this he had very little friends apart from his cousins Rohit and Piyush and there is no female friend in that list. So it is obvious that he never had the guts to befriend with his dream girl Adira. But his smart and handsome cousin Piyush not only became a friend of Adira in a short period of time but also won her best friend Tamanna’s heart. With Tamanna and Piyush he had made many entry in different places where Adira also present but never able to progress his talk from simple hi and never able to express his feeling. Years later he again encountered with Adira in a metro station on his way to office in the first day of his job. Later he came to know that she also is an employee of the same MNC and a team member of his team too. His hope again came alive when they both sent to Australia for an office tour along with other members. But it’s not that easy for our unlucky Raunak, because as a smart and beautiful girl Adira is always surrounded by handsome hunks. But with the help of his friendly boss Raunak has able to come close to Adira. As he became close to Adira, Raunak discovered that she is struggling with some inner demons. Will Raunak be able to help her come out from that and she will except him more than a friend or he will remain as a good friend of her forever.
This is the second novel of the author Shravya Bhinder. This is the story of a soft one sided love. The language and flow of the novel is average. Honestly speaking I didn’t attract initially with the storyline. But as I entered inside I like the way the story has developed. The author has described the journey of a one sided love so beautifully. After a long time I have read some romance by an Indian author where the protagonist is neither a snob nor has a killer look. He is an average middle class guy who eats chole bhature or think like a regular guy and that is the beauty of the novel. There are some small errors which we can ignore. In short this is a must pick for weekend for romance lovers.
Author Sachin Jha
This guy was just reached 19 when his first book published. although this Engineer writer has the passion for romance writing but he has pick some serious issues of the society in his writing. In this conversation the young author Sachin Jha is talking about his writing, his career and about his new book ‘I killed her’….
When did you decide to become a writer?
I was quite appreciated for my essays and writings when I was in school and a kid of around 14 but I never realized that I could be a writer but later in college when my writing got into limelight through blogs and editorials then I realized that there is actually a writer deep inside me.
Tell us something about your background. Tell us about your native place and how it encourages in your writing?
Just like most of the people I also come from a middle class family and coming to my native place I won’t like confess anything although you must have read about my native place in my novel ‘I Killed Her’ and honestly speaking my native place encouraged me to write but that was in a negative sense.
How old were you when your first book published?
I was actually 19 when my first book ‘Let Love Speak’ was published. It was my debut book into the writing world and it was appreciated by readers so that inspired me to pen down another novel ‘I killed her’ and then ‘Departed’ and still there is a long journey to go.
How difficult for a new writer to get published since so many writers came out in last one decade?
It is more difficult than finding a government job actually. Being a fresh writer no traditional/vanity publisher would be willing to invest on you. Coming to self-published books, you need to make lot of investment in terms of publishing, marketing, promotion and everything that can help your book to reach its readers.
What is your favorite genre?
Till now my favorite genre was Romance because of my relationship but from now onward my favorite genre would be somewhere similar a betrayal. But I would love to write some books in Horror and Mythology in future for sure.
Who is your favorite author?
This is the most difficult question asked to an author. I would quote Ravinder Singh to be my favorite writer because I have met him many times and he is a person with a golden heart. And fortunately I am soon going to start my career as a system engineer in Infosys from where Ravinder Singh started his career.
How long do you research before start writing a book?
Well writing a book takes lot of time, patience, creativity and of course research. It took me almost 2-3 months just to think and understand the character that I am going to describe in the book. It is one of the tedious tasks while writing a novel so it is to be handled with a lot of care.
You are an engineer by profession. How many hours do you give daily on writing?
Being an engineer you already have lot of assignment, sessional, Practical and semester exams so you cannot have a fix schedule for writing and it requires new ideas at every instance so whenever any idea or plot came into my mind I suddenly went into another world to pen down my masterpiece.
Does your family support on your writing?
If I would have asked them to pursue writing as a career then I am sure they would have never supported me because in present scenario writing cannot be a source of your bread and butter. I was writing just as my passion and interest and never intend to earn any kind of profit through my book so they have no issues and feel glad to see people reading my novel.
What your book I killed her is all about?
I killed her is the story of every couple or married who had been on the verge of being separated but they were brave enough to love again. It is a novel criticizing dowry which is predominant in Bihar so my character is raised in Delhi but has his native place in Bihar. His greed for dowry ultimately turns to be the reason of the female protagonist Riya’s Death and he confess himself to be the murderer of her death and so the title is ‘I killed her’.
What is your next project?
Right now I am almost ready with my next novel ‘Departed’ which is a real life story and most tragic incident throughout the country and is a story based on rape victim and her journey, the way her family and society think. I have already signed agreement for that novel and it will reach the readers in 2018
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
I would say that being a writer do a lot of research, reach every possible publisher you can either online or through literature festivals or maybe by visiting them personally. Also, don’t lose heart even if the sale of your book is not that good because gradually and slowly you will set your foot in writing world. At last I would say Read, Recite and if needed rewrite.
Author Amiya Chandra
Genre- Non fiction (Foreign trade and foreign policies)
Published by Pentagon Press
My Rating 5/5 stars
The relation of India and the Central Asian countries are not new. The Aryans migrated through the Central Asia to India in second millennium BC. The Aryan migration had changed the total scenario of Indian subcontinent. Horses arrived to India with Aryans and it changed the political, social, cultural or economic perspective of South Asia including India. Not only Aryan migration, the silk route has always played the most important role in connecting South Asia and Cental Asia. Apart from Aryans the Sakas, Kushanas, Mughals and other Muslim rulers came to India through the great silk route and changed the historical, economic or cultural scenario of Indian subcontinent. Evidence says that the silk route has always been the main route for trade and business of India with Central Asia, Africa and later Europe. Buddhism reached to rest of the world from India by Central Asia through silk route. The colonial British had always an eye on Central Asia. But the Central Asia became a part of Tsarist Russian Empire since the late 18th century. But both the major Imperial power of the world made strategies to own Central Asia which is known as the “Great Game”. The great game was the rivalry between two Imperial power Britain and Russia to control the resource of Central Asia. Ever since the collapse of USSR in 1991 Britain too has been trying to establish its power on Central Asia again. Now another power of the world China has an eye on central Asia and so the Russia which is called the new great game by some experts. Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are called the Central Asian republic (CAR) those got independence from USSR. Although all the powers has trying their hard to grab the region India seems not interested to join the race although there is immense future of trade and business with it. India’ trade share is only 1% even after 24 years of independence of the region. Even though there are geographical disadvantages of Central Asia there are great potential of trade and business of India.
The author is a bureaucrat of the department of foreign trade, government of India. He has written this book from his years of experience of travelling the region for his official tours. He explains beautifully the history and the current perspectives of India’s trade and business with Central Asia. He writes in different chapters about the different perspective like energy, space research, nuclear power, tourism, medicine, food processing etc with these countries. The author feels that in order to become a global leader India has to maintain a good relation with Central Asia. He explains how Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken some giant step to better the relation. Trade Game is the revised expansion of his previous book, “India Central Asia Relations: The Economic Dimension.” This is a well researched book on foreign trade and policies. It can be use as a reference book for academics.
Love Will Find A Way
Author Anurag Garg
Published by Penguin Random House India
My Rating 4.5/5 stars
Madhav, the university topper is in a dilemma what to choose as a career, his writing or corporate job. His poetry is his life but corporate will give him money. He is a brilliant student with a caring rich family and a glamorous girlfriend. But even after owns everything a person desire, something haunts him all the time that doesn’t let him be happy or live a normal life. Even after trying hard his girlfriend couldn’t find his reason of his mood swings and weird behaviour. His parents took him to all the best psychiatrists of the country over the years but everyone failed to find the root cause of his problem. Then one day his girlfriend Meera took him to an art therapy session from where his life has taken a u-turn. Will he cure? Will he be able to overcome the dark secret that he is carrying with him over the years!
Love Will Find A Way is the third novel of author Anurag Garg. This is a romance novel. I haven’t read his other novels yet but I can feel that his writing is a bit different. What makes him different from other engineer and MBA writers is the subject he has picked. First time I have seen someone from these ‘new Indian literature’ authors to pick a psychological issue as the background in a romance. This is a flawless romantic novel where author projects his character beautifully. The abstract way to describe about love makes the book more beautiful. One should definitely pick this as it’s holiday reading for this long weekend or can gift his or her love one on this festive season.
Author Prassant Kevin
Published by Inked Company
My Rating 4/5 stars
A girl ran in front of a car of a couple on their way back from a marriage. They took the girl to hospital who has severe wounds on her body. There it comes to notice that she is Maher Gupta, daughter of a businessman who was missing three months back. She revealed that she escaped from the kidnapper. She was pregnant at the time of kidnap. She lost her baby and now she is in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and hence not speaking a single word. Soon after hearing the case ACP Saargi Desai realized that the serial killer Kansa is back who has terrorized the nation by killing forty something pregnant women and was disappeared five years back. Although she is one of the brilliant police officer, she knows that she and her department cannot get Kansa without the help of Professor Black. So she requested the commissioner to allow her to call him for this case. Professor Black whose real name is Virat has his own painful past which has lead him to become Professor of Criminology and the person who helps police in solving thousands of cases in last one decade. After convince the department for his own rules Professor and police started their investigation. Now the search for Kansa lead them to where and what they had to pay for finding Kansa and solve the mystery. This is a thrilling journey to find Kansa.
Kansa is the first book of the killer trilogy of author Prassant Kevin. I am not a thriller fan and I don’t even remember when I last read any thriller. I tried this one just as a trial and honestly speaking I am just impressed. This is a flow less thriller of 396 pages which I finished in just three days which is a record as I am a slow reader. The author has able to keep the suspense till the end. He keeps an eye on every minute detail. He made a nice chemistry of Professor Black and the ACP which is also very sweet. The story is strong and the character placing is very good. Apart from some editing errors this is simply an awesome read which can make anyone’s weekend exciting.
Taking Chances, A Winsor Falls Novel
Author Kimberley O’Malley
My rating 4 / 5 stars
Published by Carolina Blue
Thirty something Katie Fitzgerald and Flynn Reynolds have the most amazing chemistry still both think they are wrong for each other. Katie is the nurse and Flynn is the cardiologist in a hospital of the small town Winsor Falls. She has the most protective Irish family with three brothers and sister, mother Maggie and father Joseph. Her mother, best friend Kat, co worker Pam, her ex sister in law and childhood friend Elizabeth, her dying patient everybody wants her to see Flynn. But she is not ready to date a doctor again as she had a very bitter relationship with another doctor named David. She doesn’t want to be a gossip of the hospital staff again. Although Flynn is not like David and he is sensible to her, his touches create magic for Ketie, he is caring and in love with her but she couldn’t overcome David yet. Because David not only broke her hurt but also her trust and pride. She is not ready for another humiliation again. She is ready to involve with Flynn for a relation where no strings attach but not ready for a real affair. She couldn’t trust Flynn even after his desperate attempt to win her heart. Will she able to fall in love again?
This book is the journey of a lady with broken heart who can’t trust to get back her trust and pride. The author is narrating her story very smooth and beautifully. Although somewhere it looks lengthy and a feeling comes in mind that it could be short but flow has not broken. Taking Chances, A Winsor Falls Novel is a romance novel of author Kimberley O’Malley. This is the second novel of the author. As she herself is a full time nurse, so the author explains the medical profession and their joy and sorrow very deeply. This is a girl’s journey how she deals with her personal and professional life, how a cheat can change a lady’s personality. Above all this is a sweet and soft romance novel with lots of love, entertainment and excitement.