Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Blitz: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit

Killer Moves
Varsha Dixit

Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many! 

Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life. 

But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays. 

Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart? 

Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away? 

How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer? 

From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements. 

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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of six successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman.Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

#BookReview: Vampire Witch by Eileen Sheeshan

Vampire Witch  (Vampire Witch, #1)Vampire Witch by Eileen Sheehan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting read. I loved the way the emotions of a young girl evolved in this book. Casey starts as an ordinary girl and soon is introduced into the world of vampires, mutant vampires, witches. Geo is one interesting character I could fall in love with. The conflicting emotions between the characters came out very well. Casey caught in the crossroad of whom to fall in love is beautifully depicted. This book is one definite read for all vampires book lovers. Will look forward to other reads by the author.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Book Review: Wicked Forest by E.J Bennett

Wicked Forest (Hidden World Book 1)Wicked Forest by E.J. Bennett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crystal was quite an interesting character. Loved the way her character grew and her discovery of herself as she walked on the path of love. It becomes a pageturner as I was hooked to the book to know what was happening in the Wicked Forest and if the Carmichaels were as bad as they were supposed to be. Levi and Drake are to die for and even I got confused as to whom I should cheer for. Loved the cover. Ending .. no comments since I am now waiting for the next one.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review: The Storyman: Sometimes Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction by Bhavya Nandakumar

The Storyman: Sometimes Truth Is Stranger Than FictionThe Storyman: Sometimes Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction by Bhavya Nandakumar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one short story that makes you yearn for more. Very well written. Short and left me wanting more. A tinge of mystery, supernatural elements makes this book a page-turner. I have only one thing to say to the Author. Please write more. If the trailer was so good, I wonder how the movie will be.

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Book Blitz: IF YOU ONLY KNEW ME by Divyata Rajaram

Divyata Rajaram


If You Only Knew Me is a story of friendship, passion and intrigue set in Dubai, arguably one of the world’s most exciting cities to live in.

Rupali, Anjali, Dipika, Sakina and Monica are five NRI women whose lives are glitzy and exciting as they flirt with high society within the charmed social circles frequented by the Dubai expat community. Beautiful homes, designer clothes, shoes, fast cars and a lifestyle that is envied by all, there is very little these women have not attained. Together they have also woven the closest of friendships and must rely on each other to stay on top.

Appearances are deceptive, though, and often the people you think you know the best, harbor secrets too dangerous to be shared. When tragedy befalls, the investigation that follows opens an ugly box of secrets that will test their friendship and find them struggling to make sense of the madness and deception surrounding them.

Who can they really trust anymore? How far must they go in their fight for survival?

How long will their friendship last once the masks have dropped and none can pretend any longer?

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Dipika’s head was swimming as she sat in Tim Horton’s, Mall of the Emirates, waiting for Rupali to join her. The only reason she had even fixed up to meet her was that she knew her mother had called up Anjali who would have informed Rupali.

“Ha … I’ve crossed over to the dark side, Ma. Too late to return home again,” she thought. The black coffee she sipped did nothing to clear the confusion in her head.

Dipika pushed her limp, dank hair out of her eyes, struggling to make sense of the menu in front of her.

That bastard was stringing her along, she knew it. All his false promises meant nothing, she thought wearily while gazing at the menu.

She looked up to find Rupali rushing over to the table.

“Dips, darling, so good to see you,” said Rupali, trying to sound upbeat and cheerful. She almost recoiled as she hugged Dipika.

The stench of body odor and some other strange pungent aroma permeated the air around her.

Dipika looked awful; her usual dark circles worse than ever, hair dank and limp, and lips cracked and blistered. She never used makeup, but this was truly the worst Rupali had ever seen her look in a long while.

“Are you okay, babe?” she asked in a soft whisper. The answer seemed apparent - she was not.

Dipika made a superhuman effort to sound and act normal.

“I haven’t been too well, Rupa. That’s what I had called mom about. Hope she didn’t worry you girls. I’m sure it’s nothing serious. I just haven’t been sleeping much lately and it’s telling on my health.”

Rupali was sure that Dipika was depressed about her father’s upcoming death anniversary.

“Listen, baby … you are going through a tough emotional phase right now. It will get better, I promise. Meanwhile, we are all there for you, okay?” She hoped she sounded more confident than she felt.

Dipika nodded listlessly. Poor Rupali, such a good friend, always looking out for her. Dipika felt a million miles away from her right now.

They finished their coffee and made their way over to a few shops. Rupali could tell Dipika was having trouble walking and put it down to her mystery illness. Psychosomatic symptoms, probably, given her bouts of depression. All she could hope for was that whatever it was, it would clear up and her friend would get back to normal.

Dior, Valentino, Lanvin; there was truly no dearth of high-end brands in the latest styles in the Dubai malls. The girls finally agreed on a stunning Chanel dress, stark and beautiful, in black and white. When Rupali tried it on with the blue turquoise earrings the shop assistant provided, she loved what she saw in the mirror. The hunt for matching shoes took them to the Shoe District where even Dipika was seemingly revived by the stunning collection of Christian Louboutin. Rupa convinced her to pick up a pair of strappy stilettos in hot pink with a gold trim.

Rupali hesitated for a few seconds before charging her card. Sometimes she felt guilty about spending Rohit’s money. However, he had always told her that appearance meant everything - sleek, sophisticated and expensive clothes were his natural choice and, now, hers as well.

Finally, exhausted with their shopping, the girls headed to the parking lot where Rupali’s driver was waiting for them. She asked him to first drop Dipika off at her apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road before heading to her own home.

On her way home, she quickly called up Anjali.

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Divyata Rajaram has been living and working in Dubai for the past fifteen years. An experienced financial service professional, she is also an accomplished singer of Hindustani classical as well as western music. If You Only Knew Me is her first novel based on NRI women living in the UAE, and offers a glimpse into their lives and the challenges they face in a foreign land.

An avid reader of crime fiction, Divyata lives with her husband, their daughter and a beautiful dog in Dubai.      


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Book Spotlight: You Can't Fight A Royal Attraction by Ruchi Vasudeva


Being devoted to his friends, Zaheer and Vishakha, the couple who helped him find his place in Mumbai, Rihaan is determined to keep Vishakha from worrying about her wild – and now divorced – sister. The logical option is to sweep the troublemaker off her feet to a supposedly romantic weekend getaway. But Saira is gorgeous and infuriating in equal measures. What's more, she won't stay slotted under the 'bad girl' label he had for her. Can he handle the real Saira?

Saira knows her reputation has preceded her. She shouldn't care, but Rihaan intrigues her no end. Already, she finds it hard to fight his appeal and maintain a cool distance from the reclusive yet arrestingly attractive scriptwriter. And then she discovers Rihaan has a secret. When the mystery about him unravels, will it tear them apart? At any cost, she cannot risk 

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Release date: July 18th, 2018

About the Author: 
Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. The writing bug long resided in her till the Passions contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave her a golden opportunity to have her dream realized. She debuted in August '13 with her book 'Bollywood Fiancé For A Day'. She writes romantic fiction with conflicted characters. She loves to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes. 

Juggling job, writing and family life isn’t something she would recommend to anyone who wants peace and calm but at the end of the day, she finds it very fulfilling. When not bent over the laptop, she might be found with her nose in books or munching nachos at the movies with her husband and two kids or glued to the telecast of Team India in action. Sometimes she drags herself for long walks and surprisingly discovers they are rather good for brewing story ideas. 'Romance,' she holds, 'can feel over-hyped in this day and age but is all too tangible and needed in life on daily basis.'

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Twitter: @Ruchi_Vasudeva 
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Extract from the book:
What was it about that cool hauteur that made her want to play with fire?
          ‘Of course, you’re no danger to me in a…’ deliberately she let her gaze run over him. ‘…sexual way, are you?’ He didn’t miss it nor did he miss the insolence she projected. She could see his mouth tighten in controlled annoyance. For a wild minute, she wished he’d let loose and the unreasoning thought made her heartbeat pick up.
          ‘Are you trying to challenge me?’ Her heart jumped up at the deep voice laced with mockery. Coward, she derided. Surely she wasn’t frightened of him?
          ‘No challenge for you surely? You can hardly stand the sight of me.’ She reminded him.
           ‘Am I supposed to jump on you in fervent denial of that statement, swearing that I can’t keep my hands off you?’ A dark eyebrow rose. ‘Sorry, but your little game won’t wash, Sehgal.’ Irritatingly he addressed her by her surname again. 
           ‘Oh how astute you are, Khehra!’ She widened her eyes. ‘You catch on so fast, guess I’ll have to watch myself more around you.’ She formed a pout, aware of his gaze moving to it, feeling an unreasonable thrill as it did. She must be mad. Or starved of fun. But somehow she couldn’t try to get a reaction out of that stone monument.
           His eyes narrowed, ‘Whatever you’re trying, I’m not looking for trouble, and I’d advise you not to go poke for it either.’
           ‘So disappointing!’ She shook her head sorrowfully, ‘Here I was getting thrilled to bits we’re going to have this weekend. Just us. Lonesome, twosome.’ 


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Monday, May 7, 2018

Book Review: KURMA: The Second Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman

KURMA: The Second AvatarKURMA: The Second Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one the best books to tell your kids stories about the incarnations of Vishnu. This deals with the Kurma and the Mohini avatar. Very interesting. My kiddo loved it.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Book Review: Beauty is but Skin Deep by Sundari Venkatraman

Beauty is but Skin Deep (Romantic Shorts Book 2)Beauty is but Skin Deep by Sundari Venkatraman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the cutest stories I have read in the recent times. A story which has a beautiful meaning about how we are affected by our skin color. Especially in India where beauty really runs skin deep.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Book Review: Carthick's Unfairy Tales by T F Carthick

Carthick's Unfairy Tales

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have savored every word in this book. Such a unique concept. Kudos to the author for thinking of this in the first place. The first story itself made me sit up and pay attention to the series. How many of us, and when I say us - I mean fairy tale lovers, have thought of the Cinderella story from the POV of a mouse? At least I haven't. I think our Ms. Ella became one of us by just being the human she was in this story. I, for one, am no longer jealous of her :)

Another story that left an impact on me was the pied piper story. Such a beautiful tale which ends in tragedy. I had never understood why this tale was ever a part of our kid's collection. I have always found this story to be morbid and more for the adults rather than the kids. And Karthik has today substantiated my theory with his take on this one.

The cutest one would be my all time favorite - Goldilocks. How I have hated her golden curls all my life. For a child whose curls were more inclined towards Golliwog, Goldilocks was a bane in my life. I am just glad that the Little Bear thought the same. Always loved the little bear :D

Never thought I would feel sorry for Rumplestiltskin, for he came out as a hero rather than the villain in this take of Karthik's fairy tale. I think women will like this reformed jake in his tragic avatar a lot.

All in all, loved all the stories. Some made me think and while other made me wonder what if - I think the author had captured the true essence of a fairy tale. As with the mythologies today, why can't we bend the fairy tales too to keep up with the need of the hour? Kudos to the author for imagining out of the box. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Review: No Escape from Love by Reet Singh

The Title of the Story: No Escape From Love 
Author: Reet Singh
Cover: Goes well with the story. 
Editing:  Ok
The language of the author: Simple and easy to understand.  
Star Rating: 4 stars. 

A story of two broken souls. Mohini and Aalok.  Two broken souls are woven together to make them complete again. This book has a few laughs. A very easy read, one would love the chemistry between Mohini and Aalok. Small instances have been added by the author to make this a very cute romance. For eg., I loved the way Aalok got the teddy bear for Mohini. It was such a sweet touch which we women just love. I liked the earthy feel of this story. Reet has brought the happiness of Punjab to her readers via her story.

The best part of the story are the backstories of both the characters. It balanced the sweetness in the romance.

There are a few secondary characters in this story whom you will just love. Tina and Ritvik (Ritvik of course for personal reasons I will always love a character named so .. hahahah) But they added a humor quotient to the story.

If you love a hot and cute romance, this book is definitely for you.

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The Title of the Story: Cherished 
Author: Reshma Ranjan
Cover: Goes well with the story. 
Editing:  Great.
The language of the author: Simple and easy to understand.  
Star Rating: 4 stars. 

This book is a continuation of the author's previous book A Promise.  It picks up where the previous book had left off and many of the characters from A Promise revisits in this one. Sunanda is the in the same position that Sunaina was in the last story. But she is perkier and is a fighter. I liked the way the author has decided to bring closure to the villain in this book. My peeve in the previous book was that the villains didn't get their dues which the author has taken care of in this book.

I would have loved the book to be longer. The story has a very humane touch and your heart will reach out to both Sunaina and Sunanda. There is only one thing I would have liked to have been different in this book. The setting. When compared to the previous book, there are not many changes in this book. But then its understandable since the villain had to come to a full circle, which it did.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Review: Radius 200 by Veena Nagpal

The Title of the Story: Radius 200
Author: Veena Nagpal
Cover: Goes well with the story. Love the strip of blue which is the very core of the story.
Editing:  Could have been better
The language of the author: Simple and easy to understand.  
Star Rating: 4 stars. 

The author has based her story purely on imagination.  As I peeled away the layers of the story, many questions arose in my mind. The things we take for granted, the relationships that we often neglect, what if one day they all are gone? What if, for one day, you are stuck inside your body with your mind broken into small fragments?

This book is not an easy read. It started with a triangle love story between Arjun, Om, and Kyra. But as the scenes become more political, you will see the subtle differences in the relationships. Especially between Arjun and Kyra. As Kyra searches for Om, secrets, and lies are exposed.

The relationship between the characters was a bit murky. While I liked the relationship between Om and Kyra but that between Arjun and Kyra was not dealt with properly. When Arjun is married with two kids, the way he makes love to her didn't gel well with me. I am not a prude. I understand these things happen but what surprised me was the utter lack of emotions involved in this scene. If two people are attracted enough towards each other, there has to be some quickening of the heartbeat. Some residue of an old love story or even just plain old lust. But in this case, there was nothing. There was no remorse in Arjun's part and that really became a huge flaw in his character. Every action has a reaction. In this case, his family became mere words on paper.

But on the other hand, when I see the characters of Jiji and her twins, I found the characters very well written. Either you will hate them or love them but the hunchbacks, the distorted faces will leave a mark on you. That is some powerful characterization here which I wish would have also extended to the three protagonists.

There were few scenes that were so graphic that I had to skip them to stop the bile rising inside me. The pain, the anger and the waiting of the residents of the Radius 200 area, is so heart wrenching, that you feel like telling the Indian government that even in a fiction, you failed me. (Sorry for this political thought but with the rape cases going on, the woman inside me is damn angry)  Forgotten, bewildered as to why their world had changed, they are only praying to get back their water. And in order to please the gods, they are ready to do any kind of sacrifice. Some of the descriptions would have spared me a queasy stomach.

The plot of the story is the winner here. Very unique. You are bound to put down the book in a few places and think - what if it was true and pray that such a day, that the author had envisaged,  never arrives.

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Book Spotlight: CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

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T.F. Carthick

Blog Tour by The Book Club of CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick


A damsel in distress. An evil dragon. A concerned father seeking a savior to rescue his daughter. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.

But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous and vicious savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?

What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than met the eye?

This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed rats and bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.

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This was wrong at many levels. The mayor’s despair and eagerness to solve the problem was understandable. But from what I have seen, no human problems come with quick fixes. Haste seldom helps. One requires patience to get to the depth of a problem and attack it at its root. A holistic solution does take a lot of time and effort but the benefits are long-lasting. Quick fixes, on the other hand, end up aggravating the situation. Take this situation of the rats itself, for instance. While the mayor may not have realized it, the fact was that the people of the town had brought this upon themselves. A few years earlier, people had complained of snakes. There were just a few of these reptiles, but still the people had complained incessantly. So, snake-catchers had been summoned to exterminate the snakes. Then, a few months’ later, stray dogs had become the object of the people’s ire.

“They keep barking all night. They just don’t let us sleep,” they had complained.

And they began to make a big fuss of how dogs were a public menace and exaggerated stories of dogs attacking humans started spreading, till finally the town council had to yield. Dog-catchers were commissioned and the dogs were done away with. With the elimination of their natural predators, wasn’t it natural that rats should multiply? But people just don’t realize these kinds of things. That is how people have been all the time. They wanted quick-fix solutions to all their problems then, and they want quick-fix solutions to all their problems now. They never learn.

Also, I suppose the mayor probably thought he would never be called upon to follow through upon his promise. So, he promised a grand reward just to appear to be doing something. That is another folly of humans, especially the leaders. They care more about perception than actually getting things done. And often initiatives undertaken to manage perceptions end up doing more harm than good.

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T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on

He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Knitted Tales Series

I am pretty excited to announce that I have started working on my Knitted Tales 2. While Knitted Tales dealt with emotions, Knitted Tales 2 will deal with myths and legends. When I say myths, I mean make-believe. How I perceive the Gods and Goddesses and their realms. 

These short stories will deal with the role of women in our ancient culture. Were they respected in our myths? Were they given the statuses of Gods in our global culture? While you will be surprised at my take I am sure many of you would agree.  And many will not. But then, that is life :)

The Goddesses from Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian are all powerful, but their power stems from their feminism. They had to fight for this power and like it's in our world, it was not easy for them too. Every realm and every culture had one thing in common - the battle of the sexes. While I am very proud and lucky only to know men who have given me only love and friendship - from my father to my father-in-law, from my brother to my son, from my boyfriend to my husband (fortunately both are one and same or I wouldn't have dared to write such a statement even if I am shouting about feminism..hahahhah), I do realize one thing though. To be a strong feminist is not about fighting men, but fighting for what I believe in. 

The Stories I have already written so far:

Atum: The first man when he landed on Earth. Do you get it .. Atum.. atom?

Baal: Falling in love can be dangerous. He was married and the naughty God fell in love with - Rain. So will his wife leave him?

Echo: This is one of the saddest tales I have read so far. Her voice always haunts everyone but there was a day when she lost everything - even her voice. 

Cupid falling in love. This story has been told many times in many different ways. I hope you like my take on this. The poor chap fell in love only to reject his love to save her from his mother's wrath. 

But then me being the weaver of tales do you think I will be happy without the twists and turns? Nope :) So what is the twist in my Knitted Tales 2? That I can only reveal in the pages of my book. 

I am excited and a bit nervous as I have always been about my Knitted Tales series, so do wish me luck. And before I say adieu, here is one hint I can give for my Knitted Tales 3 - Boo!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Stepping Into The Temple with a Trail of Red - Happy Woman's Day

picture courtesy: BBC News
The whole day today I have been getting Whatsapp messages wishing me for Women's Day. Have you closely seen the word 'woman'? It almost sounds like woo-the-man. Some even say that it means "to win over a man. While the feminist in me shouts about rights and privileges, a question has started arising in our mind. What if we are burdened with the wrong name calling card? Why do we need the word man in my being a woman? 

And mind you, this word was coined by the most progressive of all countries - United Kingdoms. The pioneers who gifted the world with the English language. So why were the XY chromosomes given a single name and we the XX had to 'woo' a 'man and be called a woman?

Where did the word Woman originate from? Research tells me that that word was originally coined as 'wifman' meaning wife of a man which later over the decades was broken, mended, churned and finally emerged as a woman. How convenient :) So while the sexist out there snicker here is another interesting tale. 

How did the biological symbol of a woman come into being?
The circle with an equilateral cross below is the symbol of Venus's hand mirror.  Venus never went anywhere without it and since Venus represented feminity in the ancient Greek culture, the circle with the equilateral cross become our biological representation of women. 

So what is India's contribution to the world of being a woman? Living offshores, I have found something that has put me in a cultural shock. I interviewed 10 women from my friend list. 5 from India and 5 from the USA. I asked everyone if they worship God when they have their periods. 

Here is their answer:

1. Indian Woman One: We don't follow this anymore. Even my grandma didn't.
2. Indian Woman Two: Pagol? Me and God have our own personal relationship. So why should I hide my periods from my mother?
3. Indian Woman Three: Are you crazy? Those days are gone. I do my chantings even during my periods. 
4. Indian Woman Four: I don't pray to God during these times Rubes. 
5. Indian Woman Five: I pray, I dance and I do everything. Who made the rules? The rules are in our Shastras and they were made by men. 

Now take Two... 

1. Desi Woman in the USA:  I worship Rubes. Does not matter to me. 
2. Desi Woman in the USA: Oh no..we will burn in fire if we do this. 
3. Desi Woman in the USA: No never. I don't even cook and touch my husband. 
4. Desi Woman in the USA: Don't even come to my house if you have periods. I never go to anyone's house too. It will make the house impure. 
5. Desi Woman in the USA: Arrey no re baba. We are so impure during our periods that we should not even touch anything. 

Impure? We are impure because we are women? We can't enter temples during this time? Why? Because we will make the grounds of the temple impure? Who made the rules? Men who abuse their wives can go and do 101 parikramas and they are not impure - for sins are washed as we do the parikramas? But I have one question. How do you know the Goddess you are doing Parikrama around does not have periods during that time?

We are all talking about Gun laws in the USA. Every Indian male and female who have never visited the USA are shouting too. But what about this discrimination so close to home? For centuries. When are we going to raise our voice against this discrimination? Maybe that day we can say - Happy Women's Day in India. 

Recently heard a dialogue in Begum Jaan. Vidya Balan says : Hume Mahine na yaad dilao daroga, Kambakht laal karke jaati hai. 
Don't remind me of months Inspector, it leaves a red trail behind. (rough translation)

Monday, March 5, 2018


Ruchi Singh


Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. dead. 

He refuses the Z+ security option offered by the government. With too many variables, trust is hard to come by…

Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active-army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, a workaholic and a tenacious flirt. As the attraction between Vikram and Esha simmers and sizzles, another attempt is made on his life.  

The killer is resourceful and determined. 

The motive is unclear and perplexing.

Will they be able to nab the assassin before he gets to Vikram?

About the author

Winner of TOI WriteIndia Season 1, Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is 'romantic thriller'. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms. 

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Review of Prem Purana by Usha Narayanan

The Title of the Story: Prem Purana
Cover: Very Classy with an artistic inclination. Kudos to the artist.
Editing: Well edited 
The language of the author: Good command over the language. 
Star Rating: 5 stars. 

In an age when mythology is written, rewritten according to the perception of a writer's viewpoint, it's a miracle that we still remember Krishna or Rama as they were perceived during the times of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It's becoming equally difficult to distinguish between the original and the perceptions. Mythology is no more true to its form and changing rapidly according to the need of the hour. And it's not wrong to do so. Clinging to age-old values is not possible if one has to inculcate values amongst the younger generation. I think Amish Tripathi in his perception of Shiva has done a great job in bringing out the love of mythology amongst the younger generation. And with that, the floodgates have opened and many writers are now leaving their mark in this genre.

One of the leading personalities in this field is Usha Narayanan. With her Secret of the God's Son and Pradyuman she had captured the hearts of many mythological lovers weaving the story of Lord Kama's rebirth with all its fascinating details. Prem Purana, the latest publication of Ms. Narayanan is a collection of three short stories that kept me engrossed for a long time. I took time to read this book. Pages after pages, I lost myself in the story of Ganesha, Ravana, and Nal.

Ganesha's story starts with him meeting Riddhi and then Siddhi and Buddhi are introduced. Frankly speaking, I had no clue about the three wives of Ganesha and always thought he had two wives. The characterization of the three is very interesting, from being the beauty to a brain to a brawn. Somehow I found that the doctrine of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati is retold through these three sisters. Or maybe that is what needs to be told to the younger generation, every time, in every form. Ganesha needed all these qualities to fulfill the reason behind his future reincarnations. Beautiful thought. The way he went about wooing each of the sisters and how it ended with each of the sisters finding their true love is the crux of this beautiful saga. While Polygamy is no longer in vogue, we somehow have to raise our consciousness to understand that these stories are not about three women but three qualities in a woman. My research told me that it is us, humans, who have bifurcated the three qualities into three women but in reality, it was one for they all were one soul. And this is true in all the stories of our Gods and Goddesses. Again, this is my theory.

Ravana's love story sent a few chills down my spine. I had a mixed feeling about this one. Ravana, you just can't like in this story, yet he has a love story. Should I feel sorry for Mandodari or applaud her strength in finding something good in a man who is hated till today? There was not one redeeming quality in this man according to Ms. Narayanan's interpretation. Yet many historians and mythological writers believe that Ravana was a demon who dared to challenge the Gods but according to Ms. Narayanan's penning, Ravana was a brute who had no redeeming quality. Except for the last line where he recognized the great soul Rama was.  

While Ganesha's story was the innocence of love Ravana's was the fiery passion where a dark soul could love yet destroy the very person he claimed to have loved. As against these two stories Nal and Damyanti's story was about the pain in love. The pathos. How after getting the love of one's dear desire, one is not able to stay with their loved ones due to the wrong decisions that are taken on a spur of the moment. 

Each story deals with a particular rasa of love and each one has some message to impart. One of the strengths of a mythological tale is to leave some message for the present generation and I think Ms. Narayanan had achieved them beautifully. 

Totally recommended for those who love mythology and would love to know where our Indian philosophies of life and love stem from. 

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