Write or Wrong
BY: AJIT KUMAR JHA
While working under a stern publisher who dealt with his staff like a military commander, the protagonist said something to the publisher that made him start sweating in the month of December. What did he say? What did the astrologer who claimed to have served under Subhash Chandra Bose in the INA and predicted the time of death of some Indian political leaders, reveal to the protagonist? The unseen and unknown remote employers connected to the protagonist through the Internet make the protagonist wonder if he is living in an Orwellian 1984 or The Brave New World of Huxley! Is it too late when the protagonist discovers he is working for a Pakistani company? Does the protagonist eventually catch up with Melissa, a fly-by-night, faceless, remote employer? The publishing world is changing rapidly today, when everyone is a writer and reader alike, and getting published can be a cakewalk. Read on…
Mindful But Absent
BY: VIKAS GUPTA
This is a story about relationships within a family unit and close friends for a happy & enriching life. It traces fictional journeys of a few friends from IIM Ahmedabad over the course of 25 years Set against the backdrop of multiple bottom-line or impact investments, it highlights inherent conflicts of success in the intensely competitive lives of these MBAs. The story amalgamates rustic India and contemporary global with its wry humor and its take on the startup ecosystem which most professionals may relate to.
BY: AMIT SHARMA
Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.
When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family’s blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?
This blog is about books then why I have posted an article about my dream vacation on this? Surprising! Isn’t it? Well, if you know the reason behind it then you will not find it out of place at all. Not wanting to keep you guessing the reason any longer, let me enlighten you by the fact that the seed for this vacation was sowed by a Phantom comic long back when I was a kid. I am a bibliophile and an avid reader since my childhood. Those days, Phantom comics were very popular among kids in India and I was (and still am) also a great fan of those comics. The publishers, Indrajaal comics, had published a series of three books where the kids of phantoms were shown playing and enjoying in their tree house. The pictures and my imagination of living a life on a tree were mesmerising and I yearned to live in a tree house even after several years of reading those books.
The Palace of Illusions
BY: CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
A retelling of the timeless Indian epic, the Mahabharata with a modern twist The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half-history, half-myth, and wholly magical; narrated by Panchali, the wife of the five Pandava brothers, we are finally given a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata Tracing Panchali’s life from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and Panchali’s secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. The Palace of Illusions is a deeply human novel about a woman born into a man’s world, a world of warriors, gods and the ever manipulating hands of fate.
Thousand Unspoken Thoughts
BY: PRERNA KHATRI
“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.” _ Jack Kerouac
Thousand Unspoken Thoughts’ brings together the collection of poetry of an amateur poet who uses words to see through the world. Prerna, though being an Advocate by profession believes that writing is where her heart lies. The collection is a passage through her mind, where innumerable dreams and aspirations, are brought down to ink. Her writing is not confined to any age group; hence, no censor certificate is required. Keeping that thought aside, she believes in the power of ink, and her poems stand as witness.
Border Post 99: No Man’s Land
BY: KEDAR PATANKAR
March, 2011 – In the pine forest that marks the No Man’s Land along the volatile India-Pakistan border, leopards roam freely across enemy lines, instigating fear in a pair of rival soldiers who are each guarding an illegal post and trying desperately to follow the strict orders they’ve been given: Don’t shoot.
Lt. Sharma is a 25-year-old Indian rookie, fresh out of military training school and longing to return home. Captain Khan is a war-weary Pakistani veteran whose only desire is to be left alone with his thoughts. When the men are suddenly forced to acknowledge one another’s presence, their nerves begin to fray and their tempers fly high. Sharma and Khan launch into a fierce duel of wits and egos that can only end when one of them dies.
OK Now, Who’s My Santa
BY: VAISHNAVI NAIR K
The world’s luckiest people work at Infinity Inc., the best technology firm in the world. Or so they say. But even amidst the beanbags, theatre groups, free food and holiday parties, its 22-year-old employee Annika Pillai has a list of #FirstWorldWishes for Santa this year:
a) A new job (her current one requires an amoeba’s intelligence)
b) Um, new hair? (present haircut looks sheared as opposed to styled)
c) Trip her manager (that phony airhead)
d) And maybe, hopefully, oh please real Santa, uncover who’s her Secret Santa (the person who’s transforming her life, she’s passing right by, and can recognize only through his anonymous notes!)
OK Now, Who’s My Santa? is an insider account of the happiness and heartache, mayhem and mystery, anxiety and anticipation, in a Secret Santa game played at Infinity Inc. Everyone wants to find their Santas, but sometimes, what should be found… could lie within?
A Grey Story
BY: SAUMYA MISRA
A GREY STORY traces the life of Surya through her adolescence, from early teens to early twenties. Born into a large family, she is neglected by her parents unintentionally and abused by her siblings intentionally. As happens with most middle children, Surya is made a scapegoat and often targeted for faults committed by others. She is made to put up with a lot. Then, suddenly, accidents and deaths start occurring in the family. The story is a reality check on the serious impact of such callousness on the human brain and the destruction it can cause once driven beyond tolerance. It also reveals the disadvantages of large families, where parents are unable to devote ample time to each child, thus inadvertently causing at least one of them to suffer dejection. A Grey Story shocks one into realising the serious psychological impact negligent upbringing can leave on children that can even drive them to crime.
In God’s Wishlist
BY: PRADIPTA PANDA
In Gods Wishlist’ is a fantasy that speaks of a whole new world order, where there will be no fear of death. Love and beauty will rule the world and spirits will interact and fall in love with human beings and propagate love. This love will transcend everything and be the panacea to all problems. God has a vision and a mission.
He invites humankind to join active politics as it controls their life. He performs experiments to induct his theory. In one of his experiments, he studied beauty with the mind, and released all the spirits to the world, except for twenty-one top leaders of the world, whose beautiful minds were not mapped and programmed. God’s theory is that the two main things that rule the earth are the ruler and beauty that remains true for all ages. Youth have different aspirations, towards their fantasy, the opponent, and society. To inculcate this God inducted a new theory of love, the love between the spirit and a human being. The love between the spirit and a human being will be the panacea of all and this love will transcend human behaviour. Read to find out how and what is in God’s Wishlist…