Friday, August 14, 2015

Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 99: MEGHNA by Sundari Venkatraman




Name of the Book: MEGHNA
Author: Sundari Venkatraman

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1. Rubina Ramesh
2. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal 
3. Meghan Duce 

The Story:

The young and dashing Rahul Sinha lives in England with his parents, Shyam and Rajni. He is an only son of the rich banker. Rahul is totally attached to his father but does not care for his mother. Read the book to find out why….

Rahul is exulted with his efforts at work paying off and plans a holiday with his best friend Sanjay Srivastav who lives in Mumbai with his wife Reema, kids Sanya and Rehaan and most importantly, his sister, Meghna. Rahul recalls meeting Meghna just before they parted six years ago.

Meghna works for a website and also teaches modern dance as she loves it. She’s thrown for a toss when Rahul comes visiting. She had thought he had forgotten them.

But how could Rahul do that? Sanjay’s his best friend and Rahul had always treated their home as his own. Sanjay’s mother had been more of a mother to Rahul than his own. Rahul had stayed away after moving to England or so Meghna believes.

Thus begins the story between Rahul and Meghna, the teasing, the flirting, the anger, the tears… …will they find love?

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Sundari Venkatraman 

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she couldn’t write to save her life.

All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job as a school admin and didn’t know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she returned home one evening after her walk, took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape. While she felt discouraged when publishing didn’t happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up.

In the meanwhile, she landed a job as Copy Editor with Mumbai Mirror. After working there for two years, she moved to the Network 18 Group and worked with two of their websites over the next six years, as Content Editor.

Despite her work schedule, she continued to write novels and then short stories and had them published in her blogs. She also blogs voraciously, writing on many different topics – travel, book reviews, film reviews, restaurant reviews, spirituality, alternative health and more.

Her first eBook Double Jeopardy – a romance novella – was published by Indireads and has been very well received by readers of romance.

In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).

2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 98: OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE by Donna Abraham




Name of the Book: OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE
Author: Donna Abraham

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3. Lakshmi Trivedy 

The Story:

SMRC/27/5’4” girl, MBA/B.Tech, Project Manager, software, seeking suitable boy.

‘Sundays began with mass at 7 in the morning. Mass would get over by 8 am and Dad would spend the next hour and a half reading the newspaper, which included circling suitable advertisements in the Catholic Section of the matrimonials. Once it was 11 am, he would start dialing the numbers of those he had deemed suitable.’

Weddings can be tricky business. They can be fun, emotional, exciting, frustrating, nerve-racking, downright stressful and very unpredictable…a bit like life itself. As a young, independent, well-qualified woman based in Delhi sets off on her own journey towards a happily-ever-after, she discovers that a lot can happen between finding Mr Right and saying ‘I do’.

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Donna Abraham 


Donna Abraham is a mother of two lovely girls and has been writing educational content for nearly 15 years now. She has written on subjects ranging from IT to Finance and Soft Skills. 

After returning to work from her first Maternity Leave, while she waited for a project to be allocated, Donna wrote her first novella Or Forever Hold Your Peace. She also has a short story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul Indian College Students. She is currently working on her second book, while penning several short stories on life as she sees it.

Her stories revolve around the little aspects of life that impact people greatly. Her stories are her way of talking to people and reflect various aspects of everyday living. Hope you find a bit of you in them.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 97: LIFE AND PROMISES by Pulkit Gupta





Name of the Book: LIFE AND PROMISES
Author: Pulkit Gupta

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The Story:

Rachit, a young, ambitious boy, hailing from a small town of Western UP, has big dreams. Destiny takes a turn when he attempts to commit suicide and lands up in a hospital bed. There, he bumps into Khushi, a chubby girl with a carefree attitude. She insists Rachit to uncover the pages of his life and tell her what compelled him to take such a drastic step. Rachit starts to narrate his story, seeing no other option. He tells her that he dreamt to be an IITian and even achieved it. Things went well for some days, till that fateful day when Rachit was diagnosed with severe health issues...



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Pulkit Gupta 

CA, CS student by profession and a writer by passion, Pulkit is someone who believes in living life to fullest. Born in Sonepat, and brought up in Bijnor (Western U.P.), writing came naturally to him due to his genes and current location. He belongs to the land of Bijnor, which gave our country “Dushyant Kumar”, one of the foremost Hindustani Poet during the 20th Century. He did his schooling from St. Mary’s Convent School, Bijnor and graduation from MJPRU, Bareilly. Apart from studies, he also represented his school in various plays and won a State-Level English debate competition in both team as well as in Individual category. He is a CA Final and CS Professional Student and also studying Law from MJPRU, Bareilly.

He started writing with a diary and some random poems, but CA gave a professional look to his writing skills. He got associated with Caclubindia in 2008 – India’s no. 1 Interactive Platform for Finance Professionals with over 11 Lac Members. He soon got popular among its members due to his unique genre, where he used to link current life situations with CA life, which proved to be inspiring for students as well as professionals. He was voted “Favourite of the Club” in 2011, and was amongst the youngest professional to be included in the list of experts. Till now he has written over 50 articles and enjoys a fan following of 1 Lac +. Besides this, he has also contributed to other online platforms and maintains a Blog.

Apart from reading and writing, the author loves listening to Hindi music, watch all kind of Hindi movies and follows Cricket and Tennis very closely.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 96: HER RESURRECTION: A SURVIVOR'S JOURNEY by Soumyadeep Koley





Name of the Book: HER RESURRECTION: A SURVIVOR'S JOURNEY
Author: Soumyadeep Koley

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2. Mani Khanna 
3. Meghant Parmar 

The Story:

What is it like to be an unwanted girl-child in India? What is it like to be sexually harassed at a tender age of five? After being tricked and forced into prostitution, can such a woman fight back to emancipate herself from the unyielding shackles of that life, and intermingle with the ‘society?’ Or would she get lost in the sands of time like the ephemeral existence of a sand dune beset by a sandstorm?

So begins Maya’s story in the picturesque countryside of Maharashtra, where she grows up amidst cruelty and domestic violence, being an unwanted girl-child. Yet, like a lonesome beacon beset by sinister wilderness, she pursues her dreams of reaching the stars with her tiny wings. One night, a twist of fate triggers a series of incidents, when she loses everything she had—even her virginity.

Severely traumatized after her father’s death, her mother’s imprisonment, and her own gang-rape, Maya finds herself all alone in the streets of Mumbai, with wolves lurking around for raw flesh. She’s weary, but not wary. She has no sense of the fate that awaits her. What follows, would change her life forever, as also yours, as her heart wrenching, yet inspiring story echoes through time.

Inspired by true stories of survivors and real life events, ‘Her Resurrection’ bravely paints an appalling picture of the society. Heartbreaking, hopeful and immensely healing at the same time, this emotional rollercoaster through dreams, tragedy and triumph is a moving tribute to womankind. Are you ready to embark on a transformational journey with Maya?

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Soumyadeep Koley 

Soumyadeep Koley is a writer, poet, women’s rights activist and freelance photographer. As he hails from the family of an internationally acclaimed researcher and scientist, his extensive travels to different corners of India and the world have revealed the appalling status of women in this subcontinent, beseeching the dire need for a change. After graduating with Honours degree in Chemistry from Scottish Church College, Kolkata, he joined the global fight against violence on women. He has worked with Jason Jayology Jeremias, the Founder and Artistic Director of Price of Silence, New York, which employs performing arts to bring the global struggle for women’s rights to life. Soumyadeep has three years of experience in psychological counselling of domestic violence and rape survivors from India and abroad, through unique mystical and metaphysical techniques. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Psychology.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 95: BRUTAL by Uday Satpathy





Name of the Book: BRUTAL
Author: Uday Satpathy

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The Story:

"You are in real, real danger." - A school teacher gets a creepy warning in his mailbox. Seven days later, he murders eleven of his students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit. Justice served. The nation pacified. Case closed.

But not for two crime reporters. Seeking redemption through this case are Prakash and Seema, ace journalists but broken individuals. As they follow the story, they are led to the ominous wilds of Bandhavgarh where an eerily similar massacre had occurred eight years ago. Little do they know that they have stirred up a hornet's nest.

One by one their leads start turning up in body bags and they are chased by assassins at every corner. Soon they realize that they are pitted against evil powers pervading the business and political DNA of the country, with an unbelievably sinister agenda. People who are about to let Prakash and Seema know how brutal they can be.

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Uday Satpathy 

Uday Satpathy is an Information Technology Expert in the world of Healthcare and Life Sciences. He has a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from one of the top B-schools in the country. Brutal, his first novel, was born out of a love for thrillers with intricate plots. He is a movie connoisseur, a cricket fanatic, a quizzing enthusiast and a travel freak. He has a special place in his heart for cooking as well.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 93: SHAMSUDDIN'S GRAVE by Paromita Goswami



Name of the Book: SHAMSUDDIN'S GRAVE
Author: Paromita Goswami

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2. Jody Ellis 
3. Vikram Pratap 

The Story:

Latika's wrecked personal front leaves her completely shattered. So when her ailing father reveals his desire to go back home, she doesn't think twice and moves to her hometown. She joins an NGO and comes across a teenager rape victim. Much against her TL, Debjyoti's wish she sets out to trace the girl with Shamsuddin's help. Will she succeed or end up in big trouble?

Shamsuddin, a daily labourer, somehow manages to thrive in the city. Meanwhile, flood devastates his house in the village. His family takes refuge in a relative's place where his wife has a tough time resisting to the advances of her brother-in-law. Can Shamsuddin arrange for an accommodation before it is too late?

Set in Guwahati amid the backdrop of flood and ethnic turmoil, "Shamsuddin's Grave", is the story of migration towards big cities for a better life.

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Paromita Goswami 

Paromita Goswami is an India based freelance writer and blogger. She also writes for various travel magazines. After a successful career in marketing in Delhi, she finally switched to writing full time in 2009. She was born in Shillong and spent her growing years in North-east India before moving to Delhi. She has a strong insight into the issues of the people in the North-east, which she successfully highlighted in her debut novel, Shamsuddin’s Grave. She is a big fan of Indian classic and loves to spend her time with her pets and family.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 94: THE TEMPLE IS NOT MY FATHER by Rasana Atreya






Name of the Book: THE TEMPLE IS NOT MY FATHER
Author: Rasana Atreya

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The Story:

Ensnared by a tradition hundreds of years old, a woman fights for her daughter’s happiness.

From the author of 'Tell A Thousand Lies,' which was shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. UK's Glam magazine calls 'Tell A Thousand Lies' on of their 'five favourite tales from India.'

If you like Rohinton Mistry or Shilpi Somaya Gowda, you might like this short story of 40 pages.

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Rasana Atreya 

Rasana is the author of Amazon bestseller 'Tell A Thousand Lies', which was also shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. UK’s Glam magazine calls this novel one of their five favourite tales from India (June 2014). Her other works are 'The Temple Is Not My Father' and '28 Years A Bachelor'.

Now on to more personal stuff – Rasana would like to be able to tell her readers that she once stopped a robbery single-handedly, except she’s terrified of robbers. And geckos. And two-year-olds who throw tantrums. When she’s not running scared, she’s mother to a girl and a boy who were respectively six and eleven years-old when they wrote and illustrated 'The Mosquito and the Teapot'. She lives with her husband and children in Hyderabad, India, where a lot of her stories are set.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 91: HIS RUNAWAY ROYAL BRIDE by Tanu Jain



Name of the Book: HIS RUNAWAY ROYAL BRIDE
Author: Tanu Jain

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The Story:

When Maharaj Vidyamann Veer Singh of Samogpur's beautiful young wife vanished three years ago everyone assumed she was dead. When Veer discovers she's actually alive and well, he's determined to bring her back home to do her duty...

Meethi loved Veer passionately but felt shackled in the role of his wife. Will they overcome the obstacles to find happiness in marriage?



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Tanu Jain 

Tanu Jain is a bookaholic turned writer. A doctorate in English Literature, she hid the fact from friends and family for years that she was an aspiring writer of one of those steamy Mills and Boons. She had sent off manuscripts (returned with polite regret) much before M&B came to India. Two M&Bs (His Captive Indian Princess, 2013 and His Runaway Royal Bride, 2014) later she is currently working on her third book. Strength, kindness, honesty, optimism and love were drilled into her as a child by her parents and the first M&B that she read made her realize that these were exactly what romance novels were about! So, writing a romance novel was both emotionally and morally satisfying!

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 92: A MINUTE TO DEATH by Ganga Bharani Vasudevan




Name of the Book: A MINUTE TO DEATH
Author: Ganga Bharani Vasudevan

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The Story:

Murder most foul or an open-and-shut case of routine suicide?

Young, vivacious and an aspiring writer, Riya wants nothing more from her longtime crush/boyfriend than to let her in on one of his exciting investigations. After all, what better source material for a book than a real life tragedy?

No-nonsense veteran cop, Rohan picks a case of probable suicide to satisfy Riya’s needs. Little does he know that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

What made the victim hang herself at the break of dawn? What is the secret that her group of friends is hiding? Will Riya be able to salvage a workable plot for her upcoming novel out of this case of seemingly simple suicide?


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Ganga Bharani Vasudevan 

Ganga Bharani Vasudevan has two award winning short films to her credit. She has published two books titled 'Just you, me and a secret' and 'A Minute to death'.

She was awarded the 'BEST URBAN CHENNAI BLOGGER' by Ecovme and Urban Tree.

She works with an MNC as an IT developer, makes short films for fun.

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