Saturday, 27 October 2018

In conversation with Shilpa Suraj

About the Book:

An ace vintage car restorer and a pharmaceutical tycoon, Maxine and Krish have dramatically different lives and nothing in common. A chance encounter puts their lives on a collision course and a stubborn and steady attraction begins to bloom. Wanting each other is easy, it's happy ever after that's the problem...

About the Author:

Shilpa was a year and a half when she was first introduced to the world of books. Her mother would park her with a picture book on the floor of the kitchen while she finished her cooking for the day. While it’s no longer the kitchen floor, you can still find her tucked away in a cosy nook somewhere with her nose buried in a book. While books in all genres interest her, it was romance that captured her heart. 
While racing through every romantic fiction book she could beg, borrow or buy, her over active imagination started to work overtime and weave its own stories. Years in the corporate world followed by a stint of entrepreneurship crystallised her belief that all she really wanted to do was give life to the stories bubbling inside of her. She briefly managed to tear herself away from the world of fiction to find her own personal happily ever after and now spends her time happily focusing on the two loves of her life – family and writing romances.

Author Interview

  • What inspired you to write the book?

I love telling stories. I barely finish one and the next is already swirling in my head. Max, the heroine of Driven by Desire, was someone I wanted to write for the longest time. A vintage car restorer, unabashed lover of life and filled with an unbridled optimism, Max is someone I would love to be. Unfortunately, I’m more like Krish, the hero…Over worked, stressed out and harried with the multiple demands on his time and life.

  • When did you realise that you want to write a book?

I always wanted to tell the stories floating around in my head. That they would manifest as books was not a concrete plan until I took a sabbatical from work to spend some time with my then new husband. He was on a work related program in Chennai and I tagged along thinking we’d spend quality time together. Unfortunately, he was super busy, I was super bored and out of that super strange situation The Girl He Left Behind, my debut book, was born.

  • Who helped you in writing the book and please say about their contributions?

My family for loving me enough to think I was capable of anything including writing a book. My author friends for their invaluable critique on both past and present work and of course, my baby girl, who fills my life with so much love, joy and promise that I can’t help but share it with the world.

  • How is your book going to inspire the readers?

More than inspire, I really hope my book entertains readers. Having said that, I would love it if Driven by Desire leaves readers with the message that stereotypes, whether gender or age or anything else, don’t matter. It’s important to look past the surface and see what truly makes a person who they are.

  • If you are given the chance to change one thing in your book what would it be?

I truly wouldn’t change anything. Krish and Max’s story is complete and out there for everyone to read and enjoy. Once it’s released, I wouldn’t want to change anything.

  • How do you find time to write and which part of the day is best for writing for you?

I usually write in the middle of the night but that’s more out of necessity than choice. With an active toddler and a full time job, that’s the only time when peace and quiet reign in my house.

  • Which books have inspired you the most, in the journey of writing this book?

No specific book has inspired me in the journey of writing this book but I’m a voracious reader and there are some truly amazing books that have inspired me to write better stories of my own. One of my all time favourite books is The Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. Someday, I hope I write a hero as amazing as Kaleb Krychek and a story worthy of him.

  • What is the best advice, you would give for writers who are trying to write a book?

Tell the story you want to tell. Don’t try to fit it to market or what you think is selling in the current scenario. What works for one author will not necessarily work for another.

  • What are your hobbies?

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m a voracious reader. Not a day goes by without me sitting down with a book. Even if it’s just a chapter, a page or even just a paragraph, I have to read before I consider my day complete.

  • What can we expect from you in the future?
I have a book in the genre of contemporary women’s fiction releasing with Rupa Publications next year. It’s a story of three people caught in a tangled web of love, family, marriage and each other and their dark, desperate journey of redemption. Adultery, bankruptcy and perfidy bring the three of them to a crossroads in life where there is no right choice. Only the wrong one. But mostly, it’s a story of their quest to gain acceptance through love. The only choice left to us all.

Monday, 1 October 2018

The Secret Principles of Genius

What are the limitations to a human mind, you may ask?

Simple. There are no limitations! The only limitation is the power of your imagination. The brain sitting at the top of your head is the single most complex element in the entire universe. With it on your side you can achieve anything and everything that you can think of.

You just need to believe in it!

Now there are a few people of the world, who believed in it and have done amazing things that are beyond any logical comprehension.

We call them the “GENIUS.”

In his book “THE SECRET PRINCIPLES OF GENIUS,” I. C. Robledo has made it easier for a common man to tap into the brain of a Genius and in the process can change one’s life forever.

What made these Genius different from the common man?
Were they born with a silver spoon or gifted?
What really happened in their life that spelled success and how did they achieved everything?

We will lose track of time if you keep on asking these questions. Better to stop and search for the answers one at a time.

Now the one very good point that I like about, in the book was

It wasn’t like a Genius woke up at 40 years of age and did something really amazing.” They must have failed a million times, must have succumbed to their fears and would have decided to quit for a moment, but they pursued on their journey and for the quest of knowledge.

The book is the ultimate handbook for anyone who wants to spell success into his/her life. Now there is a catch!

You have to follow the teachings in the book, just merely reading the book won’t do. Read it everyday. Practice the principles. Learn from your failures and try to learn from what those Genius did after they failed.

Keep learning every single day! Its a never ending process.

Reading the book, was like reading between the lines, giving you the picture perfect idea of how things worked for a genius and how it can benefit you. The author has left no stone unturned to share with us the geniuses mindset. Loved each and every aspect of the book.

I was a bit demotivated before I started reading the book. Now completing the book has changed me in a lot of ways. The procrastination thing I did is now gone. I just absorbed the positive vibes from the book and I’m motivated to change my life once and for all.

Even finding the courage to say these, is just one of the many things I learned from the book. Life is simply amazing!

Learning the tricks of the trade from the masters of the game, is just life changing, that was only possible because of the book. I can assure you that the book will have a vast influence on you and will in the process change you, in a path of ultimate success.

The book shares with you 29 Secret Principles of Genius and the amazing capabilities of it to mould you to think like a genius. It starts with the “description of the principle”, followed by its benefits and how to apply it.

With these 3 simple steps the author has explained in great detail the mindset and problem solving capabilities of a genius.

These genius might be older than us, but are a treasure house of infinite wisdom.

Grab a copy of the book from your nearest book store or online book store at the earliest.

I received a copy of the book from Jaico Publishing House, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to WritersMelon for making this possible

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Book Review of Unfettered Wings

The end is the new beginning!

They say for the new to grow and nurture, the old has to be destroyed.

Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Women the “Unfettered Wings”, by Sana Munir shook me the core, making me realize of the fragile world we live in. One that can break at any moment and they too say that “things are not what they seem.”

We seem to have tread in a treacherous paths with the expectation to see a beautiful world beyond the horizon, but at the same time we might get famished, if what lies beyond doesn’t fathom the expectation we had.

Sana Munir have woven stories with endings that will make you question the very existence of human beings and once you have finished reading, you will be left all alone to search for the meaning humanity, like an oasis in a desert.

The stories will have a deep impact on you and will alter your way of thinking about women. Women who have faced all odds but have stood the test of time being bold and fearless. These stories might have happened to women in a certain period of time. Having said that, it might be possible that these are real stories, which we can relate to and sadly such circumstances and scenarios are still a part of today’s world.

The author has given a voice to these stories. Ones that aren’t spoken of or would have succumbed to the noise around it.

However challenging life might become, it can’t rain forever! Life will always find a way to to grow. Its in its very DNA to do everything in its power to make human lives better and in case of the women mentioned here, it might have left scars on them but have made them bold and fearless. And made them

the ones we call as “the survivors.”

Never ever have I come across a book of any genre, that has shook me to the core. It has let me with so many emotions running at the same time that I was confused how to handle it all at the same time. For most of the time the emotions are extreme. Lives are being shattered and then there is a ray of hope with love stories and then they are totally unpredictable in ways that I haven’t imagined. So, much has happened in the stories that it will take a toll on you and can affect you in many ways.

An eerie silence took over me, mixed with bewilderment when the author silently questions the very existence of human beings. Some stories left me numb and some tore me apart.

How can you pen down so many emotions and write the harsh realities of life in a single book, I wonder?

Only a person with incredible story telling skills can do such a magic.
Hats-off to Sana Munir to have penned down such wonderful stories.

“Unfettered Wings” will send a chill down your spine and will shake the very ground beneath your feet and at the same time will kindle and nurture hope. Hope for a new beginning.

You might question how? How on earth is it possible to have such diverse nature of stories be in a single book.

Ah ha! There is one way.

Start reading from Page 1.
The stories will spellbound you and you will be amazed by the versatility of the author, her command over the story telling skills and the nature of stories that she has chosen to share.

You won’t survive the landslide of stories that this book has to offer. The messages they deliver are a question to humanity and on its true existence. Not only that it expects us to care for everyone around us and to treat them with respect. Only then the true purpose of the stories will be fulfilled.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Paradise Towers by Shweta Bachchan-Nanda Cover Reval

HarperCollins India to launch Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut novel, Paradise Towers, on 10th October 2018

HarperCollins India is delighted to announce that Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut, Paradise Towers, will release on 10th October 2018, with a book launch event in Mumbai. A heart-warming slice-of-life novel set in an apartment building in Mumbai, Paradise Towers, is a riveting read brimming with the drama and intrigue of everyday lives. The book is now available for pre-order on major online retail sites.
About Paradise Towers:
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 Towers, Shweta 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.’
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.
For more information, please contact - Shabnam.Srivastava@harpercollins.co.in
Imprint: HarperCollins India Price: Rs 250

Monday, 3 September 2018

Book Review of Rakshas by Rajiv G Menon.

“Rahshasas- TheShadow Warriors,” by Rajiv G. Menon will give you goosebumps. The voracity of the book will thrill you to the core. From the story telling level, this book completely captures the attention of the reader, to the level where you feel as a part of the book itself. 

With all the wars waging on, killings and so much going on there wasn’t a moment where you could have stopped to contemplate what would happen next. And that is what makes the story worth reading. Mythology has an aura of its own and Rajiv has done a great job in justifying each and every character, plot and the situation where everything happens with such detail that simply puts him in an elite category.

Yes, the Devas are Gods, but to have shown the very human nature of Indra, in the book was simply amazing. I loved the prospect that Gods can even sometimes be like humans, who are clouded with prejudices, and to single out such instances is only possible when you have a heightened sense of creativity and imagination. This is one of the many qualities that singles out Rajiv from all other authors in this genre.

When I first started reading the story, I sincerely wished to have read the Book 1 of the series, as I got completely lost with so many characters being introduced. But as I carefully read the book, I got a better idea about the characters and their roles in specific. The pace of the story was good, it was full with twists and turns, making it an ultimate thriller of a story.
Keep an eye on the “Blue One,” as you read the story as he is the single most influential character in the story. With the war raging on he will take matters into his own hands and will change the course of history once and for all.

Read the book to find out more about the Rakshasas and the mighty warriors, who will leave no stones unturned to save their land. Be prepared to relive the ancient battle. I didn't speak about the story as I didn't want to be a spoiler.

Let the storm rage on!

I received a copy of the book from WritersMelon.com in exchange for an honest review. Thanks a lot WritersMelon for giving me this wonderful opportunity.