Wednesday, 8 July 2020

#BookBlitz : Made in China by Parinda Joshi

Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Language: English
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Dark Comedy

Raghu Mehta is a desperate man. His handicraft imports business has unexpectedly collapsed, cash is drying out quickly, his wife thinks he is a loser, and society considers him irrelevant. Meanwhile, his closest friends and family all seem to be running flourishing businesses and living luxurious lives in the diamond capital of India. 

A trip to China to scout a new business offers a glimmer of hope. But a far cry from the lucrative consumer goods he had in mind, Raghu gets sucked into the black-market trade in the back alleys of Beijing. Everything about this new opportunity goes against his god-fearing, vegetarian, middle-class mindset can he quash his natural instincts to make a success of it?

Darkly comical, Made in China is a soul-stirring and thrilling entrepreneurial journey of a man willing to do anything he can to make it big.

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

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"Parinda Joshi is the author of 4 novels. Live From London (Rupa & Co.), Powerplay (Fingerprint!), Made In China (HarperCollins) and an upcoming one, also to be published HarperCollins). She’s also contributed to a short story anthology The Turning Point: Best Of Young Indian Writers (Wisdom Tree) and several online publications including GQ India and The South Asian Times (New York).

Parinda was born and raised in Ahmedabad and later immigrated to Los Angeles where she navigated the challenges of starting life from scratch in an unfamiliar milieu, enriching herself with an MS in computer science, testing her limits and redefining herself. She now resides in Silicon Valley where leads growth analytics for a startup in the fashion industry, is mother to her precocious mini-me, a lover of modern poetry, fitness enthusiast, an avid traveler and photographer and a humor junkie.

Her M.O. is best described by Maya Angelou’s quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

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Friday, 19 June 2020

#BookReview : The Unprodigal by Manu Dhawan

It has been months since the only person he loved & cherished, his grandfather Aryaman, has died under mysterious circumstances, & Aryan has given his all to unearth the truth. Yet he seems to have fallen short, for the conspiracy he had gotten wind of is not only closer but bigger than what he had imagined. But in the darkest hour before dawn, in a hopeless place and amongst strangers, the truth awaits Aryan. He will have to make the longest journey of his life- both inside and out- for it. He will have to stitch together pieces of his early life- his struggles, loves, victories, regrets, faith & the values given to him by his grandfather- to fight against the mightiest.

Unprodigal is the debut book of Manu Dhawan & published by Rupa Publication. The author is an erstwhile private equity professional, banker, content producer, serial startup entrepreneur and a recent writer. You can find more of his thoughts, notes and blog posts on and can follow him on Instagram @author_manu_dhawan.

The story is about Aryan trying to grieve and cope up with the loss of his beloved grandfather Aryaman but as he finds out that there’s more to the story than it seems he gets himself into a whirlwind of misadventures. In his quest to find the truth behind the death of his grandfather, Aryan has to face multiple hurdles in doing so. But as he gets more involved, he gets sucked into a grave conspiracy. Get this book to know whether will he be able to unravel the conspiracy or be another victim to it,
Thriller is becoming one of my favorite genres to read and when it is mixed with drama, it becomes even more interesting. The premise of the book is extremely interesting and the plot takes off very well, the story progresses in a linear manner with a little bumps here and there but still retains its sense of suspense. The language used is easy and hence makes it a breezy ready, the cover is okay as well. In totality, the book is surely an interesting read especially for people interested in suspense & drama.  

Saturday, 6 June 2020

#BookReview : How To Tell The Story of an Insurgency edited by Aruni Kashyap

A former militant is unable to reconcile his tranquil domesticity with his brutal past. A mother walks an emotional tightrope, for her two sons - a police officer and an underground rebel - fight on opposite sides of the Assam insurgency. A deaf and mute child who sells locally brewed alcohol ventures into dangerous territory through his interaction with members of the local militant outfit. How to Tell the Story of an Insurgency is an unflinching account of a war India has been fighting in the margins. Written originally in Assamese, Bodo and English, the fifteen stories in this book attempt to humanize the longstanding, bloody conflict that the rest of India knows of only through facts and figures or reports in newspapers and on television channels.

How To Tell The Story of an Insurgency is a collection of 15 stories from natives of Assam and how they have experienced insurgency in their daily lives, it has been edited by Aruni Kashyap & published by Harper Collins India. The author is a writer of short stories, novels and poetry in Assamese and English, and translates from Assamese. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian UK and the Hindu. He won the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing to the University of Edinburgh. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Georgia, Athens.

A man gave up guns & decided to be part of the mainstream and yet he cannot live in peace. He is continuously haunted by his past, and the people around him as well as the administration makes it sure that he doesn’t forget it. In another case a mother waits till late night for her militant son to come home & have dinner with her while her other son who happens to be a police officer fights against the same militants. With many other complex stories like these, get this book to understand what it is like to live in insurgency,
The North Eastern states have been neglected since a long time, our main stream media only focuses only around Delhi or at most Northern India but there are people who are determined to bring these neglected stories out in the open. This book aims to do the same, we come to know of different stories exploring several angles about how insurgency have affected the lives of locals. Stories from different strata have been included in this collection to give the reader an experience of the daily lives of people living constantly under that environment. An important which deserves to be read.  

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

#Spotlight : LOVE.EXE by Manju Nambiar

A Sweet Romantic Comedy Making You Fall in Love 
Manju Nambiar


If you are looking for a feel-good heartwarming love story with a happy ending, this is your right pick!

Nitya Balakrishnan, a young girl from Kerala had it all planned out. She was going to live the life of her dreams in the United States of America. And she thought she had nailed it when she was accepted into one of the best universities in the world. But the cosmos had other plans and conspired to drop love.exe into her.

He came with a bang and stole her away in a breath. Love was not quite there in her agenda, but her heart wouldn’t hear of it. The human heart has its own little brain with its strange logic that remains elusive to our reasoning. For once, she just let it be, only to realize that there is no undo button.

This coming of age, a beautiful tale of love, relationships, and dreams would prick your soul, bring a smile to you, and tear up your eyes. A must-read!

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About the author

"My work is mostly reflections on the society with a satirical flavor. The characters in my book are people you can easily connect to and have met all your lives. I try to make the read entertaining, light and pleasant. To me, writing is a medium to spread comfort, positivity and good humor.

I have had a racing mind since childhood, which does all kinds of analysis, interpretations and conclusions of everyday mundane events but have always held my tongue tight for fear of sounding politically incorrect. I found writing to be a perfect platform where I got to finally vocalize my thoughts and ideas. 

Manju Nambiar hails from the southern state of Kerala, India. A computer engineer by profession, she now works in one of the leading firms in San Jose, California where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, playing with her daughter and catching up on the latest technologies and trends in the Valley."

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Saturday, 16 May 2020

#CoverReveal : A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

~ Cover Reveal ~ 

A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

Coming to Your Kindle on 29th May
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When having it all isn’t enough…

Aman and Rhea seem to have the perfect marriage. They are madly in love - with each other, with their own careers and the home and life they are building in a quiet Mumbai suburb. 
Rhea is a successful interior designer with a thriving business while Aman is a commercial pilot who is at peace with his life, on the ground and in the skies! What could possibly be lacking in their picture-perfect marriage?

A baby. 

Like most women, thirty plus Rhea Chakraborty, wants to hold her own flesh and blood in her arms. And Aman too wants the same. 

Or does he? 

After another unexplained miscarriage that takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them, Aman isn't sure if having a baby will complete them or destroy them. 
Suddenly, Rhea and Aman find the fabric of their stable marriage fraying beneath the strain of their failed conceptions. Where once they were a team with a common goal, they now find themselves on opposite sides with shifting goalposts. 

A Barren Heart is set in so-called modern India and is the story of the struggle of an affluent, educated couple who are still fighting the shackles of societal indoctrination and expectations and losing each other in the process.

Coming to Your Kindle on 29th May
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About Shilpa Suraj:

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Thursday, 14 May 2020

#BookReview : The Mothers of Manipur by Teresa Rehman

July 15, 2004, Imphal (Manipur, India): An amazing scene unfolds in front of Kangla Fort, the headquarters of the Assam Rifles, a unit of the Indian army. Soldiers and officers watch aghast as twelve women, all in their sixties and seventies, position themselves in front of the gates and then, one by one, strip themselves naked. The imas, the mothers of Manipur, are in a cold fury, protesting the custodial rape and murder by the army of Thangjam Manorama, a 32-year-old woman suspected of being a militant. The women hold aloft banners and shout, “Indian Army Rape Us” and “Take Our Flesh.” Never has this happened before and the army is appalled. Very soon, news of the protest goes viral. People around the country are shocked. Can this be possible? A naked protest in India by mothers? 
In this unusual book, journalist Teresa Rehman tells the story of these twelve women, the momentous decision they took, and how they carried it out with precision and care. In doing so she connects the reader to the broader history of conflict-torn Manipur and the courage and resistance of its people—in particular its women.

The Mothers of Manipur is a collection of interviews & story of a historic protest which took place in Imphal on 15th July, 2004. It has been written by Teresa Rehman, the author is an award-winning journalist based in Northeast India. She had worked with India Today, The Telegraph and Tehelka magazine. In her new role as a media entrepreneur, she now edits her own webzine.  

In 2004 a girl named Manorama was picked up by the army as she was accused of being a member of a banned outfit, later her body was found brutalized. This led to a great uproar within the community & on that fateful day, 12 women gathered at the gate of the Assam Rifles’ headquarter & stripped to protest against the killing. They carried a banner which said “Indian Army Rape Us” which was meant to shame the personnel inviting them to rape these elderly 12 women & leave the young ones alone. This book interviews the same women who decided to do this courageous protest & hear their stories. Get this book here,
Stories & narratives from the North Eastern states have been one of the least explored ones in terms of Indian literature. Its history has been equally neglected but luckily there are some books which indeed have depicted its ground realities. This book also deals with the lived realities of locals who have been suffering since a long time. This book laid bare the pain & anguish of the locals through different interviews. I can’t recommend it enough. Please do read.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

#CoverReveal : Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters by Shilpa Suraj

~ Cover Reveal ~
Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters
by Shilpa Suraj

About the Book:

She believes in love, family and…squiggles!

Alisha Rana is not your typical single desi girl. For one, she is on the wrong side of 30.  For another, she is divorced. And last but definitely not least, she is still, gasp, a virgin!

Alisha doesn’t want much. But what she does want is that elusive thing all women search for – A man who gets her…but a man who gets her hot! She calls it “feeling the squiggle.”

Enter Dr. Vivaan Kapoor, cute, hot, squiggle-worthy. The younger brother of her cousin's prospective groom, he’s got the squiggle factor in spades. The only catch? He's never been married and is years younger than Alisha. Basically, completely off-limits.

And then there is Arjun. Widowed, older than her by the right number of years and a genuinely nice guy. He's Vivaan’s cousin and a so-called perfect match for Alisha. The problem is, Alisha’s squiggle-o-meter refuses to budge for him.

What will Alisha choose? A lifetime together with the 'right' man or a chance at happiness with the 'wrong' one?

About Shilpa Suraj:

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

Shilpa on the Web: