Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Blog Tour: MY SINGAPORE FLING by Sudesna Ghosh

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Sudesna Ghosh

Blog Tour by The Book Club of MY SINGAPORE FLING by Sudesna Ghosh


Meet Dipa Basu. She’s a 30 something modern Bengali woman living in Kolkata and a successful writer. After many relationships and breakups, she’s decided that love is a waste of time. She’s always had these phases where she’s been obsessed with different things; like one where old men in dhotis appealed to her. But this time she’s crazy about men with British and Australian accents. She travels to Singapore for a few days, on a quest to have a fun, meaningless fling. Her trip is full of surprises. Will Dipa have her Singapore Fling?

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I woke up as the plane landed with that comforting thud. I grew up with that thud. It’s a welcome – and a reminder that a long hot shower isn’t too far away. So I grabbed my suitcase with crazy anticipation in my system because this trip was all about a good change. It was my chance to set things right in my boring 30 something year old life. Romantic love was overrated. I’d had enough of that crap. Time for some unemotional fun. The girls had attempted to analyse me saying, “Dipa, you are sensitive, emotional, and all about feelings. Are you sure about a fling?” I was sure. Sure I cried during most movies. Yeah, I couldn’t stand animal cruelty or injustice to the poor. But this was meant to happen.

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About the author

Sudesna Ghosh

Sudesna or Sue is the author of short stories, two nonfiction books, and now a YA novella (Just me, the Sink & the Pot, and a collection of short stories (The Adventures of Ernie Fish), a romance (My Singapore Fling) and kid lit (The Cheesecake Thief & Other Stories).

When she isn't writing or reading, she is busy being a good parent to her adopted cats.

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Schedule: My Singapore Fling by Sudesna Fling

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Ruchira KhannaSpotlight12/1/2017
Nilima MohiteSpotlight12/2/2017
Devika FernandoSpotlight12/3/2017
Chitra IyerSpotlight12/4/2017
Sundari VenkatramanSpotlight12/5/2017
Chittajit MitraSpotlight12/5/2017
Reshma RanjanSpotlight12/7/2017
Nikita JhanglaniSpotlight12/7/2017
Surbhi SareenSpotlight12/8/2017
Nilima MohiteReview12/8/2017
Sunita SaldhanaReview12/8/2017
Reshma RanjanReview12/9/2017
Amar NaikReview12/9/2017
SummeritaGuest Post12/9/2017
Amar NaikSpotlight12/10/2017
Ruchira KhannaReview12/10/2017
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Writers Woe Wednesday: What is indie / vanity publishing?

 What is indie / Vanity publishing?
Sundari Venkatraman answers this question by 
Vasantha Vivek

What is Indie / Vanity Publishing?

A big hello from TBC. This is Rubina Ramesh and our motto is only one that we want to bring facts in front of young and aspiring writers. Sharing our knowledge about writing, marketing, and publishing your book. I have had friends and relatives who have asked me this question, ‘What is indie/vanity publishing?’ Even after knowing the answers, have gone ahead and done exactly that. I was curious about what prompted them to do so and all of them said the same thing: It makes our life easy. 

If just seeing your name on the cover of the book is your ultimate destination, then please go ahead and do it.  Otherwise, no. This might be an easy path but it is a path of no returns. You must know what exactly is a Traditional Publisher, Indie Publisher, Indie Authors and Vanity Publisher. Knowing about each of the above will help you to reach an educated decision. Don't be hasty. You are a writer. You have shown patience while writing the book, now why throw it away to a pack of wolves. Know what is out there - before deciding what line to take.

I don't profess to be Ms. Know All. I am a learner of this craft like you all. So whatever I know I will share and what I don't we will ask the experts.  If they can't answer, don't worry - we will get the answers for you. :D We are very good at that. 

Vasantha, thanks for asking this question. Very relevant in our writer's world today. Thanks, Sundari Venkatraman for choosing to answer this question. We could not think of anyone better than you for you have experienced both the worlds and some more. 

Indie Publishing
Vanity Publishing
Indie means Independent. It is called indie or self-publishing when an author is also the publisher of her book.
Indie also means that you call all the shots. You can publish the book when you want. If ever, you are unhappy with the result, you can simply pull the plug, at a given point in time, with absolutely no financial loss.
Vanity publishing is when you pay to have your book published. This is most definitely NOT recommended since the author will never see any return on investment, ever. It gets worse when the author promises, on paper, to sign up for all subsequent works by the author with this same publisher. READ all the print – both large and fine – when you sign up for something. Vanity publishing literally means you are catering to your vanity by throwing away good money. Since this kind of publisher has already made his money through you, he’s not going to make any effort to edit, proof or market your book. There is no ‘good’ vanity publisher out there. They are all cheats. After a point, the author finds herself landed with many copies of her own books and a smaller bank balance, along with 100% frustration. Believe me, I, along with a number of authors, have undergone this experience.
You pay through your nose
You are responsible for editing, proofing, cover design and marketing of your book.
While the vanity publishing house tells you that they take responsibility for the same things, there’s no guarantee, since they have already made the money. They are all con artists. I know it’s a sweeping statement, but it’s the truth.
I have dealt with Amazon KDP and so will talk from that viewpoint. You get to know your sale every hour, on the hour. You can see the charts climbing on your dashboard.
You don’t really know, ever, whether your books are selling or not.
You get paid, two months after the sale happens, from & From the other countries, you receive a cheque after you arrive at a consolidated figure of 100 units in that country’s currency.
There’s no guarantee that you will ever see royalty, even after investing a lot of money.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Schedule: Lean Into Relationship by Rishabh Jhol

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Paromita GoswamiSpotlight11/29/2017
Niharika Spotlight12/2/2017
Reshma RanjanSpotlight11/30/2017
Surbhi SareenSpotlight12/6/2017
Chitra IyerSpotlight11/28/2017
Devika FernandoSpotlight11/29/2017
Geeta NairSpotlight11/30/2017
Rubina Ramesh Spotlight12/3/2017
Sundari VenkatramanSpotlight12/4/2017
Surbhi SareenSpotlight12/5/2017
Rubina Ramesh Review 12/7/2017
Surbhi SareenReview12/3/2017
Inderpreet Review12/4/2017
Kavita RajeshReview12/5/2017
Reshma RanjanReview12/6/2017
Subhajit panda Review12/8/2017
Bhavya Review12/9/2017
Sunita SaldhanaReview12/9/2017
Khushboo ShahInterview12/4/2017
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

New Blog Tour: Lean into Relationships by Rishabh Jhol

Blog Tour by The Book Club of LEAN IN TO RELATIONSHIPS by Rishabh Jhol

Rishabh Jhol

Blog Tour by The Book Club of LEAN IN TO RELATIONSHIPS by Rishabh Jhol


Doubt has pivoted many a relationship across the centuries. Whether it is Othello suspicious of Desdemona or through the rise of paranoia as a trope in twentieth century writings. While paranoia naturally suggests the vulnerability of individual mind to social rhetoric, it is also the space for deep interrogation of the individual that renders him/her to paranoia. This novel presents that doubt has the potential to be a space of liberation.

Madeeha works in Jordan to rehabilitate Syrian refugees. Zehen, a political analyst from India, meets her in the US during their social impact program. He is intrigued and charmed by her, and falls deeply in love. But the world political climate, with its accompanying cultural narratives about terror and pain, infects Zehen’s mind. Zehen begins to suspect Madeeha as a possible mujahid. Will he find his truth? Fear doesn’t devastate; it stirs the inner pot. 

The novel uses Sufi philosophical terms to mark the journey to self-love and explores the tensions between Ishq-e- Mazizi (worldly love) and Ishq-e- Haqiqi (love for Divine). The novel uses the backdrops of various cities around the world to build its narratives – Cusco and Lima in Peru, Petra/Aqaba/Amman/Jerash in Jordan, New York/Philadelphia/DC/Chicago/Seattle/San Francisco. The cultures within each of these cities inform and influence the story so that each city becomes a character themselves participating in empowerment and liberation of the main protagonist.

It is a tender love story that triumphs heartbreaks and sets the foundation of deep lasting future relationships - a delightful emancipation from social intrigues and cultural constraints.

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Zehen was experiencing sweet joy in his heart. Memories bustled in the head. When did he first see her? Zehen searched his head madly. Orientation session? Corridor to the classroom? However, he tried, he couldn’t pinpoint the moment. A whirr of images, of moments, yet-to- be collaged. And a heart that already had a narrative, waiting to be inset.

We imagine that all romantic stories will have a sigh-worthy romantic beginning. But beginnings are when the heart awakens, when the soul remembers. A presence stills and emerges from the shadows of time.

His first memory was when she introduced herself in the class. They had gathered at Presidium University for a one-year course on Social Impact Leadership. Outside, the white fringe tree was laden with its grape-like fruits. The pine, oak and spruce waited for winter to tell the world how unchangeable they were. And the old Redwood stood proud like the institution itself. Inside, in the warm classroom, students from various cultures across the world had gathered. Icebreaker session was on and the usual round of introductions.

Introduction is a ritual. A cumbersome ritual. How does one reduce the tapestry of one’s entire existence, the colors, and the many weaves into a single palatable thread?

About the author

I was born into poverty. At the time of my birth, my parents shared a one -room hut with six other family members in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Delhi.

It was a hot day in the month of March 1995. I was in standard 4th and had an examination the following day. As was regular in that locality, we didn't have electricity that day. I couldn't study or sleep properly. One of the watershed moments happened when I came back from school the next day. We had an inverter installed at home. I knew we couldn't afford an inverter. But my dad was always convinced that the way out of poverty for our family is through education.

Despite an interest in creative writing, I chose to study a subject that society values more – Finance. Later, I got into one of the top colleges for finance in the country. My first salary out of college (in 2007, when I was 20 years old) was higher than that of my dad's salary at the time.

When I was 24 years old, I had everything that makes one happy – loving parents, great partner, close-knit group of friends, and career path that exceeded every goal. Yet, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t sad either; but it never felt like my life. I had carefully and meticulously built that life though. Contextually, it was the safe thing to do.

Following year though, I had to deal with the loss of my 7¬year old relationship and of my 5¬year old job. My identity was crushed. My biggest lesson was that you can fail at what you don't want, and what you consider safe; you might as well take a chance at what you truly want.

Next year, I got my ‘ideal’ job but walked away from it. Failure had taught me to be more ambitious and audacious. I had reached a point in my life where I wanted my work to have more meaning; and to stand for something more important than myself.

I started a political consulting company to maneuver social ascendance of marginalized communities by equalizing access to political capital. I primarily did topical research for MPs for their debates in the parliament and on TV shows. Partial project list includes:

Providing 108 rape survivors with medical, legal, financial, and social support over six months through one of my client's NGO
Getting amendments passed in the communal violence bill that tackle systemic bias towards Muslims
Helping three social entrepreneurs raise a combined total of INR 43 lakhs from their MP for community initiatives

Along with running my own company, I focused on my passion for writing and traveling as well. I solo travelled to all seven wonders of the world, and did two-cross country trips by train in India and in the US. I have also written and published three fiction novels.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Book Blitz: PREM PURANA by Usha Narayanan

Book Blitz by The Book Club of PREM PURANA by Usha Narayanan

Book Blitz by The Book Club of PREM PURANA by Usha Narayanan

Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House India 
Publication Date: September 18, 2017
Language: English
Genre: Romance 

No one is untouched by love, not even devas and asuras, kings and nymphs. And when they face life’s unexpected tribulations, their love also undergoes trials. Read how Ganesha took myriad forms to please Riddhi, Siddhi and Buddhi, how Ravana shared an unbreakable bond with his true love, Mandodari and how Nala and Damayanti’s relationship was tested till almost nothing remained.

Tormented by passion, wracked by betrayal, torn by the agony of separation, love in its many splendored forms is the origin of these incredibly endearing stories of Prem Purana.

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Usha Narayanan had a successful career in advertising, media and corporate communications before becoming a full-time author. She has written several books, including 'The Madras Mangler', a suspense thriller, and 'Love,Lies and Layoffs', a Harlequin romcom. Her latest is 'The Secret of God’s Son', the sequel to her bestselling book,'Pradyumna: Son of Krishna', both published by Penguin.

When she’s not juggling travelling, writing and interviews, Usha reads everything from thrillers to romances, provided her cat isn’t fast asleep on her Kindle. 

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