The Tantric Curse
BY: ANUPAMA GARG
On an amavasya night, eight-year-old Rhea mysteriously lands at the doors of Shaktidham, a Tantric house of worship, in a trance. Realizing that she is blessed with unusual faculties, the guru of Shaktidham, Satya, chooses her as a disciple over his own son, Krishnam, to carry on his lineage, a privilege previously bestowed only to males. But the lineage has been cursed for generations, and it is up to Rhea to either break the curse or perish in the attempt.
Will she succeed in her endeavour? Will her love for Krishnam become an obstacle in her path? The Tantric Curse, an unusual story set in the world of Tantra that aims to dispel most of the myths about the practice, will keep you spellbound till the very last page.
A Forgotten Affair
BY: KANCHANA BANERJEE
Sagarika Mehta walks out of her nine-year-old marriage, meets with a near-fatal accident and goes into a deep coma all on the same day. After six months, she wakes up with no memory of her past. When she is discharged from hospital a year later, Rishab, her husband, whisks her away to an unfamiliar address in Gurgaon to convalesce.
There, in that plush apartment, with people waiting on her hand and foot, Sagarika can’t shake off the feeling that something is wrong.
Why does the scent of a particular cologne unsettle her? Why does the innocuous word ‘cheeni’ bother her? And why is Rishab so evasive in response to her queries about her past?
A Forgotten Affair is a gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds.
As an inspired writer, speaker and thought leader, Gunjan Jain is keen to interpret leadership. A principled follower of the Bhagvad Gita and Jnana Yoga and the values they uphold, Gunjan’s most compelling source of motivation is her keen interest in people – to learn from and connect with universally.
She has studied in five countries across three continents. A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, with a BSc in economics and finance, Gunjan earned her Master’s in investment management from Cass Business School, City University, UK. She holds a diploma in Image Management from the London Image Institute and the Academy of Image Mastery in Singapore and a diploma on International Etiquette and Protocol from the finishing school, Institute Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland. An explorer by heart, Gunjan travels where work takes her globally and currently has her roots grounded in New Delhi, Mumbai and London.
Tell us something about yourself
I was born in a traditional Marwari family in Kolkata and spent the first 18 years of my life living a protected existence. I then went abroad to study and spent many years away pursuing my Bachelors and my Masters. The time away from home and everything familiar opened me up to facets of myself that I did not know existed and eventually led me to my raison d’etre – writing.
How did you come up with the idea of penning “She Walks She Leads”?
Today, our society is in a state of transition where there is a constant struggle between abiding by our traditions and at the same time keeping pace with the current times. And women, in my mind, feel most stuck in the quagmire. But, it is clear that many of the successful women have figured out how to toe the line. I would read about these successful women in the papers and magazines and wonder how they could manage it all. And, then it occurred to me that if their success stories could be brought out, they would be a great source of inspiration for those of us who are starting off or striving along our chosen paths. This thought was the starting point of She Walks, She Leads.
The book, therefore, does not eulogise the achiever, but instead revisits every impossible struggle, every hard lesson, every defeat and every revival…in a bid to inspire and teach.
Recently I came to know about ZEE TV’s Yaaron Ki Baraat, a program celebrating friendship. Immediately my mind started wandering to figure out who is my best friend. As the program is one of its kind and for the first time on Indian television, ZEE TV brings a fun-filled chat show called Vivo Smartphone presents Yaaron Ki Baraat co-powered by Amazon.in and Brooke Bond Red Label. A chat show that will put celebrity friendships to test through a series of fun challenges and tasks, I also ransacked my brain to get the answer to my question; who is my best friend? So before I could choose a name, I thought to find out what friendship exactly means. And I looked at Wikipedia to find out the definition of friendship which said,
“Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association. A World Happiness Database study found that people with close friendships are happier. Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of bond. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding, and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgement from the friend.”
She Walks, She Leads: Women Who Inspire India
BY: GUNJAN JAIN
Nita Ambani launched the Indian Super League, on the lines of FIFA, to boost football in India
Sudha Murty gave her savings to her husband, Narayan Murthy, to help start Infosys
Naina Lal Kidwai was the first Indian to graduate from Harvard Business School
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw started Biocon with a seed capital of Rs10,000
At the age of sixteen, Sania Mirza became the youngest and first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam
These are some snippets from She Walks, She Leads which profiles twenty-four iconic women in modern India. These leaders tell their stories, up-close and personal. Their relentless ambition to shatter the glass ceiling, their pursuit for excellence and the challenges that came their way – all of this is captured vividly in this exclusive anthology.
Each chapter is based on extensive research and has never-seen-before photographs of these luminaries, and interviews with companions who have seen them grow over the years. The chapters are followed by interviews with their companions and close confidants who have seen them grow over the years.
The women profiled in the book come from different fields like banking, media, cinema, sports, fashion, philanthropy and industry.
BY: MAINAK DHAR
At 03:02 on a Sunday morning, the world as we knew it came to an end.
Mumbai suddenly went black — no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that had been impacted.
We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers.
This is our story.
BY: JOANIE PARIERA
Rene thinks all her dreams mean something…well, maybe they do. Vipin thinks his life is over ever since his wife died in a car accident…well, maybe it is. Upasana thinks she has it all figured out. But does she really?
You put the three twenty somethings together, and it results in some absurd and hilarious situations, which the characters themselves believe are truly dramatic.
And then there’s Mark – A man very much in love with Rene. A man who’s perhaps secretly writing a code book on ‘how to win in love’.
If you’re not living this life, you’re watching it happen to someone else and punching a wall somewhere going, “”balls!””
Set in India and the USA, ‘Graffiti’, lampoons a range of social issues, all tightly packed into some highly entertaining fiction. It is a novel about relationships. It’s about that beautiful puzzle on the wall…an ever changing puzzle called life.
BY: DEEPAK KAUL
The Times of India ran the Write India Campaign between July, 2015 and May, 2016. Eleven Indian bestselling authors provided prompts on which short stories had to be based. The stories in this collection comprise the author’s submissions for all eleven prompts.
This Time It’s Forever
BY: ADITI RAY BOSE
When Aisha Ahuja receives an SMS from Anuravo Banerjee, almost a year after he had walked away from her, asking her for a restart, she is initially unable to decide what to do. But she finally relents.
This Time It’s Forever is a fast pace and interesting romance story involving two people of two extremely different cultures or should I say lifestyles. The male protagonist Arunavo is a Bengali whereas Aisha, the female protagonist is a Punjabi girl which, for me, is a classic combination when we talk about contrast in India. The story has been told beautifully
Cole’s Perfect Puppy
BY: FRANCES M. CROSSNO
Cole’s Perfect Puppy introduces young readers everywhere to Cole, his younger brother Caleb and their new friend Rachel. When Cole meets the “perfect puppy” after a mad chase through the mall, he hopes for her arrival under the tree on Christmas morning. But alas, it’s not meant to be.
Instead, Cole embarks on an adventure to find a way to earn enough money, and get permission, to bring the golden retriever puppy home–learning a few life lessons along the way.
From learning how to be thankful for the gift of his first “pet”, the pot-bellied pig Dandy Danny, to the merits of hard work and the true meaning of the power of prayer, Cole’s journey isn’t without a few hiccups.
Cole’s Perfect Puppy is the first in a series of Christian novels for young readers 7-12.