Wednesday, 12 September 2018

#CoverReveal: Paradise Towers by Shweta Bachchan- Nanda




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PARADISE TOWERS

by Shweta Bachchan- Nanda








HarperCollins India to launch Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut novelParadise Towerson 10th October 2018.




ABOUT THE BOOK 

Dinesh opens the door to the Kapoor flat to find Lata, the enchantress who works at Mrs Aly Khan’s, carrying a hot case with freshly made gaajar ka halwa. On the first floor, the inquisitive Mrs Mody wipes the dust off her precious binoculars to spy on the building’s security guard. The Singhs open the doors of their SUV, their four boys creating a ruckus – they are the newcomers, the outsiders. Through the peephole, the ever-watchful Mrs Ranganekar observes their arrival. Welcome to Paradise Towers, an apartment building in central Mumbai. Everyone here has a story to tell. Or maybe they have stories to hide.

Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s quirky, intimate debut explores the intertwined lives in this building – a forbidden romance, an elopement, the undercurrents of tension in corridor interactions and an explosive Diwali celebration. Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s is a dazzling voice that will draw you into the intoxicating, crazy world that is Paradise Towers.

Speaking about how she came to write Paradise TowersShweta Bachchan-Nanda said, ‘I grew up with my grandfather who was a poet and a writer. Writing and reading was always a very important part of our lives. I’ve been writing a diary ever since I was a little girl, and wrote stories that I never shared with anyone. Then, one day I just said, I am going to take this plunge. I started writing a column for a newspaper in Mumbai and it gave me a lot of confidence to go ahead and do this full time, and that’s where Paradise Towers comes from.’


Praise for the book

Karan Johar, renowned filmmaker, further added, ‘Observant, moving, hilarious and exceptionally astute... Paradise Towers is no slice of life...it's an entire loaf. Shweta “builds” her debut novel with the ease of a literary veteran. Go find your Paradise between these pages!’

Shreya Punj, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins India, who acquired the book, said, ‘I fell in love with the story when I first read it. Now,Paradise Towers is ready to meet its readers, and I cannot wait for people to fall in love with this quirky, intimate world Shweta has created. We’re proud to be publishing her debut – it’s fresh, insightful and a story that will resonate with everyone.’






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shweta Bachchan-Nanda is a columnist for DNA and Vogue. A well-known personality, she is the daughter of actors Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan. Shweta is married to Nikhil Nanda and is the mother of two children. She has her own clothing label, MxS, which launched in 2018. She lives in New Delhi. This is her first novel.




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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

#BookReview: Into The Great Heart by Kamla K. Kapur




Title: Into The Great Heart
Author: Kamla K. Kapur
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Published on: 22nd July 2018
Binding: Paperback
ISBN:978-9387944107



" You are my Angad...a part of me, you are my successor."





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From the bestselling author of Classic Tales from Mystic India, The Singing Guru and Rumi: Tales to Live By, comes the second book in the Sikh saga series about Bhai Lehna’s journey from being Guru Nanak’s constant disciple to becoming Guru Angad (1504 – 1552), his successor and the second Sikh Guru.

Into the Great Heart carries forward and concludes the stories of Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana, his favourite minstrel, from the first volume of the Sikh saga, The Singing Guru. History, legend and fiction merge to populate this book with fascinating personalities from Sikh history. Pivotal to this narrative are forgotten female luminaries such as Guru Nanak’s wife, Mata Sulakhni, his sister, Bebe Nanaki, Bhai Lehna’s wife, Khivi and daughter Amro. Brought to the foreground, their wisdom and insights as they overcome obstacles to spiritual growth embody the basic tenets of Sikhism in everyday living. They enhance Guru Nanak and Bhai Lehna’s tale with their diverse approach to life.

Filled with captivating characters that enrich the tapestry of this compelling narrative, Into the Great Heart is a must-read for anyone who loves a rich story about human nature in its search for spiritual awareness.



COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book Into the Heart Of hope is so beautiful having image of Baba Nanak and others. The background colour of yellow is very. It is a very attractive and a nice cover.




REVIEW

When I got Into the Great Heart in my hands , I was very excited to read it. Belonging to a Punjabi family, I have grown up listening to stories of Sikh gurus from my grandparents which made me all the more curious to read the book. There are few books which leaves a mark in your life and this book is one of them. Till now, it is one my favourite books of the year 2018. The book is second book in the Sikh saga series.

Into The Great Heart revolves around Bhai Lehna, an ardent follower of Maa Durga who visited Kirtarpur along with his daughter Amro just to see Baba Nanak out of curiousity and through the book, the reader gets to know a lot about Bhai Lehna and his love for Baba Nanak and how he becomes the successor of Baba Nanak. The book is divided into two halves- The Dancing Guru: Lehna and Into the Great Heart. It is a very well researched book.


Into The Great heart is a very heartwarming read which I read slowly and patiently tying to take in as much as I can. It took me away from the reality to a totally different world. The way it is penned is so marvellous in a very subtle and lyrical language which flowing like a fluid that made me immerse into the book. Author's writing style is very innovative which made me stick to the book. It is not a book that is listing down the teachings of  Guru Nanak Devji rather it is in form of a story with such an amazing narration involving all the historic events like the mention of Aurangzeb and the daily activities. The pace is not too fast nor slow, it very calmly moves at its own pace. There are so many versus of Baba Nanak in the book which I loved. 

The book holds a lot of characters such as Baba Nanak, Bhai Lehna, Bhai Mardana, Buddha, Bebe Sulakhni, Bebe Nanaki, Aziza and various others. All the major characters are very well evolved and developed and are very realistic. I really liked how the female characters were so strong. Each character in the story holds a very prominent place. I was amazed reading about the love between Baba Nanak and Bhai Mardana and I loved the portions of Bhai Mardana's narration. Budhha was the main narrator of the story and I loved the relation between Aziza and Buddha. The author has done a fantastic job.

The book teaches a lot about life in a very simple way. It has imparted a lot of information about the Sikh community and their practices such as listening shabads, langars they conduct and others. It has made me think a lot and helped me change my perspective towards a lot of issues in life. The story is so enlightening that it touched my heart in a great manner and gave me a sense of calmness. I don't know how many times I discussed the tales in the book with my grandparents. 

Overall, Into the Great Heart is a beautiful book which enlightens the reader, draws the history of Sikhism through a wonderful story. It is an amazing work. I really loved this book which taught me a lot. It made me cry as well as smile. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. 

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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Into-Great-Heart-Kamla-Kapur/dp/9387944107





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kamla K. Kapur


Kamla K. Kapur (aka Kamal Kapur) was born and raised in India, and is a citizen of the United States. She got her Bachelor's in English Honors from India, and her Masters' Degree in literature from Kent State University, Ohio,USA. She also took classes in creative writing from the University of Iowa, and the University of California in San Diego. During her time in the USA, many of her poems were published in prestigious American journals and quarterlies. Kamla K Kapur’s previous books include Classic Tales from Mystic India and Pilgrimage to Paradise. She is also a poet (As a Fountain in a Garden, Radha Speaks), a short story writer and an award winning playwright. She and her husband, Payson R. Stevens, live half the year in the Kullu Valley in the Himalayas and the other half in Southern California, USA.




*I received a free copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and an unbiased review.




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Saturday, 1 September 2018

#BookReview: Sniper's Eye by Mainak Dhar







Title: Sniper's Eye
Author: Mainak Dhar
Publisher: Tara Press
Published on: 1st Jan 2018
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9788183861434





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I was out on a date. Everything was perfect… Till that shot… a high-calibre one, no apparent sound. And, the man in front of me fell. A rifle with a suppressor? A sniper in the middle of a Mumbai mall? As the body count mounted, I was soon sucked deeper into the chaos unleashed by that shot. To survive and save those whom I care about, I have to become the man I left behind. I have no choice but to tap into a bloody past that has put me on the terror kill list. I may also have no option but to join hands with the sniper terrorising Mumbai. The problem is that the man has sworn to kill me. In a world where the young and poor kill and die in conflicts started by the old and rich, I and my unlikely companion finally discover the thin line that separates a mere killer from a hero. This is our story…



COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book Sniper's Eye is very attractive in shades of blue and black colours with the title of the book in bold characters in yellow colour.  The image on the cover page is of an aim which is very apt to the story. I really liked the cover page a lot. 



REVIEW


I really love to read thriller novels especially the ones that make me stick to my reading corner and Sniper's Eye by Mainak Dhar was able to do  it. It revolves around Aaditya Ghosh who is a very reserved and a quiet person and is very secretive about his past and is working with GRS International. He was out on a date with Zoya when a person was shot dead in front of his eyes and Aaditya did something which made him a heroin the eyes of the public but it was not enough, his name appeared on the terror kill list.

Sniper's Eye is a very gripping tale revolving around wars, shooting, terror and corruption. It is filled with suspense that I was not able to anticipate the happenings and it builds so much tension. The book is written in a simple and easy language. The plot is very intriguing with all the events well described in a great detail and there are so many twists in the story making it an action packed thriller novel. The narration is fast paced and the book can be finished in a day. There are quite a few events which were so interesting and I was able to visualise them.

The characterisation of the book is very powerful and are very well developed. I loved Aaditya's character who is so powerful and ready to do anything for the country. I liked Zoya's character as well. I really liked how she has been shown as a strong woman and can stand up for herself . The other characters include Ravi, Rekha, Aman, Phadke and Thapa. 

All in all, a very engaging book having elements of hate, love, crime and so much drama. I really enjoyed reading it a lot. A page turner book which kept meat the edge. I would highly recommend this book to all the thriller lovers. 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mainak Dhar


Mainak Dhar is an alumnus of IIM, Ahmedabad, and has spent more than twodecades in the corporate sector. A self descibed cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, Mainakis also the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad, including the bestselling Alice in Deadland series and 03:02. His books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese, reaching millions of readers worldwide. 




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