Storizen Magazine June 2024 Issue | Bharat Jodo Yatra Book Review Exclusive

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Celebrating 6 Years of Storizen!

Articles/Short Stories/Poetry

Editor's Note, p7

Cover Story, p8

Bharat Jodo Yatra Book Review Exclusive

Holding on to Life - Sreelekha Chatterjee, p26

Monthly Horoscope: July 2024 - Himani Goyal, p70

Sketches on a Moving Canvas - Ankur R. Gupta, p30

The New Phase - Swagata Soumyanarayan, p34

Survival Of The Fittest - Aparna Mukherjee, p38

Chiseling Myself - Madhumathi H., p64

After you - Vidya Shankar, p66

A Cuppa - Namratha Varadharajan, p68

Book Excerpt: Whispering Shadows, p22

Book Reviews (by Swapna Peri and Kiran Adharapuram)

A Fly on the RBI Wall by Alpana Killawala, p42

A Man of Two Faces by Viet Thanh Nguyen, p42

A Nawab and a Begum by Sudipta Mitra, p43

A Nest of Vipers by Harini Nagendra, p43

A Speck of Coal Dust by Rohit Manchanda, p44

Adventures of a Travelling Monk: A Memoir by Indradyumna Swami, p44

An Abundance of Wild Roses by Feryal AliGauhar, p45

At the Heart of Power by Shyamlal Yadav, p45

Hot Off the Press, p20

Book Excertpt/Interviews

Bharat Jodo Yatra by Pushparaj Deshpande & Ruchira Chaturvedi, p46

Both Not Half by Jassa Ahluwalia, p46

Covert by Amarjit Singh Dulat, Lieutenant General Asad Durrani, and Neil Krishan Aggarwal, p47

Daiva by K. Hari Kumar, p47

Day One by Abigail Dean, p48

Dragon Rider by Taran Matharu, p48

Enzo Ferrari by Luca Dal Monte, p49

Grammar-Land by M.L. Nesbitt, p49

Book Reviews (by Swapna Peri and Kiran Adharapuram)

How to Kill a Guy in Ten Ways by Eve Kellman, p50

India’s Trade Policy by Arvind Panagariya, p50

Hype Machine by Joshua Oliver, p51

Kashmir by Romesh Bhattacharji, p51

Lazzatnama by Pushpesh Pant, p52

Life: My Story Through History by Pope Francis and Aubrey Botsford, p52

Menstruation by Nirmala Gowda Nayak, p53

Mr. Einstein’s Secretary by Matthew Reilly, p53

Nehru's First Recruits by Kallol Bhattacherjee, p54

Now That I have Your Attention by Nicolas Hamilton, p54

She's Not Sorry by Mary Kubica, p55

Tasty Tiffin by Archana Doshi, p55

The Age of Heroes by Mukesh Manjunath, p56

The Demon of Unrest by Erik Larson, p56

The Enclave by Rohit Manchanda, p57

The Gentleman from Peru by André Aciman, p57

The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto, p58

The Letter With The Golden Stamp by Onjali Q. Rauf, p58

The Naga Warriors by Akshat Gupta, p59

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"Survival can be summed up in three words - never give up That's the heart of it really. Just keep trying." - Bear Grylls

With great excitement, we present the 75th issue of Storizen Magazine, dedicated to stories of resilience and transformation under our theme, "Survival - Unravelling Stories." This milestone issue celebrates narratives that embody the indomitable human spirit, showcasing journeys of endurance, unity, and change.

Our cover story, "Bharat Jodo Yatra Book Review Exclusive, " takes center stage, chronicling a profound expedition aimed at fostering national unity and inspiring societal evolution It is a testament to the power of collective action and vision in shaping a brighter future

In addition, this issue features 44 book reviews that span a wide spectrum of genres, ensuring there's a literary gem for every taste From pulse-pounding thrillers to poignant literary fiction, these reviews invite you to explore new worlds and perspectives

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Reclaiming India’s Soul” by Pushparaj Deshpande & Ruchira Chaturvedi, published by HarperCollins India is a book that is the definitive account of the epic 4,000-kilometre nationwide march from September 2022 to January 2023 under the stewardship of Rahul Gandhi, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and former President of the Indian National Congress

At Storizen, we delve into the pages of this book and learn that it reveals the many layers of significance in the Yatra Read on to learn more about the highlights from the book

The First "Bharat Jodo" Yatra (September 2022 to January 2023)

Traversing the nation from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, the first yatra covered a staggering 6,713 kilometers, touching 71 Lok Sabha constituencies. The impact was profound, with the Congress and its allies securing victories in 41 seats along the route. This journey symbolized a call for unity amidst the growing divisions in the country

The Second "Bharat Jodo Nyay" Yatra (January 14 to March 16, 2024)

The second yatra, aptly named "Bharat Jodo Nyay," began in Manipur’s Thoubal district and concluded in Mumbai This leg covered 100 Lok Sabha constituencies, 337 assembly segments, and 110 districts, marking an unprecedented voter engagement effort Notably, over 3 6 crore Indians participated in a single day, highlighting the yatra's widespread appeal


in Key States

Uttar Pradesh: The yatra passed through over 20 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, resulting in the Congress winning three seats and the Samajwadi Party (SP) securing six seats. Delhi: Despite covering Delhi during the first yatra, the Congress and its allies did not win any seats, with the BJP sweeping all five contested seats.

Maharashtra: The Congress, in alliance with the MahaVikasAghadi (MVA), won nine seats from areas visited during the yatra Prominent leaders


like Aaditya Thackeray, KC Venugopal, and Supriya Sule joined Rahul Gandhi, reinforcing the campaign's strength in the state

Northeastern States: Beginning in Manipur, the yatra passed through Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland Despite controversies at a sacred Assam shrine, the Congress emerged victorious in six seats in the region

Discussing Critical Issues

Throughout the yatra, Rahul Gandhi engaged with citizens on several critical issues:

Unemployment and Job Creation: Emphasizing the need for employment opportunities, especially for the youth, Rahul Gandhi proposed policies to boost job creation and skill development.

Farmers’ Distress and Agrarian Crisis: Addressing challenges faced by farmers, including debt and crop failures, he advocated for better agricultural policies and support systems.

Economic Inequality and Poverty Alleviation: Highlighting income disparities, he pledged to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor through inclusive growth and social welfare programs

Healthcare and Education: Stressing the importance of accessible healthcare and quality education, he proposed reforms to benefit all citizens

Women’s Safety and Empowerment: Discussing women’s safety and gender equality, Rahul Gandhi promised measures to protect and empower women Environment and Climate Change: Touching upon environmental issues, he advocated for sustainable practices and conservation

National Unity and Secularism: The yatra aimed to unite diverse communities, emphasizing India's secular fabric and the importance of unity.

Economic Policies for 2024

As the 2024 Lok Sabha elections approached, Rahul Gandhi proposed several transformative economic policies:

Wealth Redistribution: He vowed to conduct a comprehensive survey to assess wealth distribution,

Pic: Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra

Pic: Authors Pushparaj Deshpande & Ruchira Chaturvedi (Source: Instagram/ruchirachaturvedi)

Pic: Author Ruchira Chaturvedi with Rahul Gandhi during the Yatra (Source: Instagram/ruchirachaturvedi)

Pic: Images from the book, “Bharat Jodo Yatra by Pushparaj Deshpande & Ruchira Chaturvedi”

including a caste census and financial survey, aiming to redistribute wealth, jobs, and welfare schemes equitably NavSankalp Economic Policy: Calling for a reset of economic policy, the NavSankalp Economic Policy focused on job creation, inclusive growth, and harnessing India's potential to become a global producer.

At Storizen, we recognize and commend the extraordinary efforts of Rahul Gandhi and the Indian National Congress. The "Bharat Jodo Yatra" not only invigorated voters but also set a new benchmark in political engagement. These journeys exemplified the spirit of democracy, where citizen participation is paramount As India's political landscape continues to evolve, the yatra will be remembered as a significant chapter in the Congress party’s journey towards a better India

About Pria - Young mesmerizing freelance blogger, social enthusiast, and an economics graduate from Jharkhand University with a Master's in Child Psychology She is hardworking yet crazy, a passionate reader, an ardent music fanatic, an avid caffeine lover, and a maniacal animal lover too She has been a part of numerous anthologies, articles, and write-ups for newspapers and magazines which are multi-linguistic She has also written screenplays for YouTube series.

Contact: pria@storizen com

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Set in Sadnahati, a Muslim-majority village in West Bengal, "Talashnama" follows Riziya, an educated woman fleeing with her Hindu tutor, Suman Nath, despite loving Tahirul, the local Imam. Accused of defacing the mosque with antiIslamic graffiti, she enrages the villagers. Ten years later, after Suman's suicide, Riziya returns to face a judgmental community. Ismail Darbesh's debut novel, translated by V. Ramaswamy, explores love, faith, modernity, and politics in contemporary India.

Baburao Bagul's anthology delves into marginalized lives—thugs, sex workers, criminals, and the poor—in Mumbai's slums, revealing their struggles against oppression and caste impact.

Translation of the 1969 Marathi Classic Maran Swasta Hot Aahe (Death is Becoming Cheap)

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Decades after Operation Blue Star and anti-Sikh violence in 1984, Sanam Sutirath Wazir uncovers forgotten stories of Sikh women who survived rape and murder inside the Golden Temple. His book, The Kaurs of 1984, gives voice to their long-overlooked experiences, shedding light on their quest for justice amidst historical neglect.

She tore open Celia's last note: "Go to Paris." Stella, a New York copyeditor, whose routine life changed with a one-way ticket from her late mother. In Paris, she met Jules, an elderly art collector, who guided her through new experiences, starting with a vintage Dior dress. Amidst books, cafes, and markets, Stella's buried past surfaced, questioning her mother's cryptic advice.


Divine fury. The restless dead. Mystical happenings. Divine fury. The restless dead. Mystical happenings. Whispering Shadows takes you on an eerie journey across the globe, with spine-tingling tales and unforgettable characters: a cursed movie star, a woman tempting supernatural punishment, and a guilt-ridden man haunted by a deadly force. These stories explore the unknown and the dark recesses of the human mind. Deepta Roy Chakraverti's masterful storytelling and unexpected twists create vivid experiences that will haunt you long after the last page.

Excerpt is taken from 'Whispering Shadows' by Deepta Roy Chakraverti

It was dark and the streets had fallen silent All was quiet within the house, which stood at a corner plot of Calcutta’s Jodhpur Park The family had turned in for the night But in one room, something stirred in the darkness

A small table in front of an open window held a broad wooden board It was the colour of ochre and sand blended together with a raw harshness that defied the soft tone of the wood Black letters, painted stark and thick, stood out in bold contrast The alphabets formed an arc, and below it, were numbers Small YES and NO boxes bordered the two corners A triangular wooden piece on tiny wooden spokes rested on the board It had a large round glass piece fitted into the centre The planchette was set up, waiting for fingers to touch it and open the channel

A young man was seated at the table, hunched over the board. Two plain white candles burned on two sides.

His hands shook as he placed the tip of his fingers on the triangular planchette and sweat beaded his brow. His lips moved, speaking softly, calling, ‘Manik, are you here?’

There was silence.

The flames burned on both sides, like yellow eyes of a feral animal watching him from the darkness The night-time silence grew and the blackness outside seemed to take on more substance, drifting in through the window grill, like the soft drapes of a mourner’s veil

The minutes passed slowly The long hand of a small bedside clock moved steadily across its luminous white face

Outside, the metallic ring of a bicycle bell sounded, its solitary chime echoing through the void of deepening night

Within the room, all was still A muted creak came from the wooden door, as if invisible hands were pressing against it, waiting to enter

Fatigue pressed in upon the young man His shoulders drooped and his eyes were starting to feel heavy His arms were slack as his wrist rested heavily on the edge of the board, keeping his fingers in contact with the planchette pointer

The coppery light from the street lamp outside created sharp shadows of the grill, and threw them, like small animal bones across the planchette board A slight shift in the air made the candles’ flames quiver and for a moment, the dark bones were animated with life, moving jerkily across the wooden board

Something had changed in the darkness There was electricity in the air

The youth drew a long breath, saying, ‘Are you there? Please, speak to me Manik?’

The curtains at the window moved slightly A soft breeze passed through the branches of a mango tree outside, crackling through the branches and the leaves

And then, a tremble ran through the man’s fingers It emanated from the planchette pointer that they rested on. The line of tremor seemed to run through that pointer, dragging it upwards, towards the alphabets. The youth gasped ‘Is someone there?’

The pointer darted to the corner of the board, straight to one of the lettered boxes.


Adrenalin coursed through him, bringing all his senses to an instant alertness Wide eyed, he looked at the board and at the glass eye of the planchette pointer, which still shivered slightly under his fingers ‘Are you real?’ he blurted out His forearm felt pulled by an invisible force as the wooden piece highlighted the black letters with jagged movements

‘YOU WANTED ME TO COME,’ the movement spelled out

He froze

‘Manik, is it really you?’

The planchette stood still

‘I’m so sorry,’ he said, starting to cry softly ‘Can you forgive me? I should have been more careful I never dreamt ’

Everything was still Too still An icy cold mist stood around the young man and he didn’t notice how his breath was now starting to get slightly misted Goosebumps flecked his forearms and the perspiration on his forehead dried cold

‘Are you there?’ he asked, peering closer at the board

The planchette was quiet for a moment and then started to drag his fingers forward in quick determined movements:


A sharp cry rent the darkness as the candles blew out in one fell swoop and a grey smoky haze engulfed the youth

Santanu was a bright young man in his late twenties, studying in Calcutta’s prestigious Presidency College. His subject was physics, and his professors had espied in him a questing mind combined with an intellectual daring that saw him tread new paths of thought in his chosen field. They foresaw for him high honours and were practically certain that he would get a full scholarship at one of the world’s best known ivy league colleges

Santanu’s elderly parents were very proud of their son He was their only child, and they had always known that he would make it big in the world

Santanu’s father was the retired VC of a well-known university in the city and his mother had been a teacher of English at a prestigious girl’s college of Calcutta University, but had taken early retirement some years ago

They were a family of academics and it seemed only natural to his parents that Santanu should excel in intellectual pursuits


he boat left the jetty of Port Blair. My destination was Narcondam, an uninhabited oceanic island of volcanic origin, located about 240 km northeast of Port Blair in the Andaman Islands.The word Narcondam originated from the Tamil word “Naraka Kundam” or the pit of hell Sprawling over a small area of about 6 8 square kilometers, it had a dormant volcano

It was the month of December, and the freezing billows of wind moved about me in an unwelcoming mood I was traveling all alone on an assignment to write about the seldomrecognized geographical locations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that had limited biological exploration and research over the last century While visiting these spots, my guide David mentioned the dormant volcano in Narcondam

In the boat, we found another 15–20 people headed toward the island

“You’ll get to see long-nosed monkeys over there ” David said; a man probably in his late forties, with brown eyes and a long nose

“I’m Tara ” I said, smilingly, to a newlywed couple

“I’m Shiela, and this is my husband, Kunal We’re on our honeymoon ” The woman said, flaunting the semi-precious stones on the rings adorning her fingers.

Another family introduced themselves Nivan, probably a thirty-year-old guy with his wife, Ahana, and two daughters, Sara and Zoya. An elderly couple, Mr and Mrs Roy, said they were traveling to all the well-known historical places though this island had no specific factual significance other than that it attracted visitors who wished to get a glimpse of its dormant volcano Other passengers mostly kept to themselves and didn’t seem quite friendly

On reaching the shore of the island, we found the enveloping mangrove trees with submerged roots that moved gently into the depth of the emeraldblue seawater

“There are the long-nosed monkeys Over there Can you see them?” David said, pointing to the dense vegetation along the shore Our eyes shifted toward the coastal vegetation and on failure to detect any living being, back to David

You’ll find these Narcondam hornbills, endemic and globally endangered. If we are lucky, we’ll get to see them.” He continued brightly.

We descended on the white sand beach and ambled down shoreward, mostly covered with evergreen and deciduous forest, with trees such as country almond, and fishtail palm, from where the mountainous region started It was a short hike through the evergreen trees like Dipterocarpus, Sideroxylon (bully trees), and fig trees The vegetation toward the summit was dense, mostly moist evergreen with several epiphytes upto approximately 700 m from sea level, on the western side of the island

The crater of the volcano could be seen from a distance the volcanic cone with a hollow, truncated top, and two high, unequal shoulders A sluggish, pond-like stream that glinted in the morning sun flowed by the mountain The music of its rustling water came to us faintly as if from a distant land We had to cross the creek of water on foot where it was ankledeep to reach the site of the volcano

As we went near the crater that was lit intermittently by the light and the next moment hidden by the cloudy shade, we found white fumes emanating from it

“A constant feature Nothing to worry!” David said, touching his nose with his index finger

On the verge of moving toward the forest area, David alerted me, “It’s better to stay with all the tourists ” I smiled and was about to venture into the dense vegetation when Mrs Roy held my hand affectionately and said, “Yes, young lady. Let’s be together or else we might get lost over here.”

“Next, we’ll visit the limestone cave,” David announced all of a sudden.

I was about to say something when we heard a loud bang. It seemed to originate from somewhere nearby. Within seconds we found the whole place filled with a blinding cloud of grey–black ashes, gases, hot mud, and slurries It seemed as if the sky above had cracked and tons of ash and rock particles were thundering down like unlit meteorites It took a while to sink in that the volcano had erupted without a warning, spewing ash, rocks, and steam I looked around and found Mr and Mrs Roy kneeling on the ground near me Instinctively, we covered our faces with our hands and kept staring at the earth With the rising panic, I didn’t know how long we had been in that state when we felt intense heat on our bodies, somewhat like a chicken being steamed

It had been a couple of minutes that we stayed in that position, waiting for the staggering volcanic explosion to subside but it continued If we stayed there for too long, we would be fried alive Wading through the sea of helplessness with an injured leg, I somehow got up on my feet and trudged

forward As I turned around, I found Mr and Mrs Roy lying on the ground Mr Roy was motionless He seemed to be senseless Mrs Roy gestured me to leave

“I won’t be able to make it ” She said, constantly coughing from the gaseous emanation, with tears running down her cheeks

“I’ll come back with help,” I promised

As I went downhill amidst rolling clouds of debris and flying rocks that had swept down the volcano’s verge, I found many others lying on the ground, probably not breathing anymore The green verdure, sparkling blue streams and lakes were totally wiped out from the scene, and what lay in their place were a pitless, dull grey and plumes of smoke everywhere The atmosphere was stripped of its vitality My breath seemed feeble with the uncontrollable cough due to the soaring poisonous gases, leaving me dizzy and exhausted. Further down the ash-blanketed way, I saw Kunal and Shiela lying still almost buried in ash, bodies battered by the cascading rocks holding hands even in their never-to-wake-up sleep. A surge of horror engulfed me, as I found myself to be the only survivor among them. The smothering smoke had not only choked the living but also stifled their spirit to remain alive.

A little further away was the stream that we had earlier crossed to reach the volcano There were bubbles all over as it wasfuming with muddy water like a water-filled kettle put upon the gas ring to boil I walked along the stream till I reached a spot where the stream had narrowed down to only a foot It was impossible for me to jump, but I still managed to do so with the limp On reaching the beach, I found a rescue team in uniform probably the coastguards They’d arrived on a boat Behind me, Nivan came along

“Where’s your wife? And the children?” I asked him, observing his shoulder-length hair matted with thick grey ash

He kept quiet for a moment while tears welled up in his eyes “Let’s get to the boat ” He said in a heavy voice “There are many survivors out there ” I indicated to the rescue team, sensing the suspension of the recovery effort

With meager strength left, we somehow got on the boat As the rescue team members held our hands to help us settle down, the skin on our limbs where they touched started falling off and sticking onto their hands, resembling a snake shedding its cloak Once around five of the survivors were in the boat, they started moving toward the direction of the main island.

“What about the others? There are so many of them over there Around 10–15 people must be there requiring help ” I shouted

“Yes, yes, we know we’ll get the bodies soon ” They said with faces probably darker than the blackening cloud over the volcano

“What are you saying? They must be still alive I know ” These were my last words before I fell into a swoon When I regained consciousness, we were somewhere midway between Narcondam and Port Blair. The rescue team members were applying the cold water of the sea on our burns which reduced the excruciating pain to a certain extent.

For moments, I thought nothing but the astonishing escape from sheer death. Broken and unable to rise, my feeble movements indicated signs of life, as I gazed in bewilderment at the azure sky and silently bid a strange farewell to the land of the fuming volcano.

Sreelekha Chatterjee’s short stories have been published in various national, and international magazines and journals like Indian Periodical, Femina, Indian Short Fiction, eFiction India, The Criterion, The Literary Voyage, World of Words, Writer’s Ezine, and Estuary, and have been included in numerous print and online anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series (Westland Ltd, India), Wisdom of Our Mothers (Familia Books, USA), and several others She lives in New Delhi, India

You can connect with her on Facebook at facebook com/sreelekha chatterjee 1/,

Twitter -@sreelekha001, and Instagram @sreelekha2023

The air in the train was thick with the mingled scents of instant coffee, Samosas, and the noisy rumble of conversation accompanied by occasional touches of laughter. I was scanning each face as a writer with an insatiable hunger for stories for my next novel.

As the train rumbled to life, I squeezed into my seat comfortably, and my curious eyes wandered around my compartment A group of college students huddled together, their faces alight with excited chatter, sat across the aisle They were in deep conversation and often burst into laughter As they saw me looking at them, their loud laughs mellowed into frequent giggles

Looking at them reminded me of my time as a Youth when friends meant the whole world Seizing the opportunity, I initiated a conversation, seeking to bridge the gap between our generations Soon, we were all engaged in a lively exchange

"So, tell me, what is your happy space?" I inquired, the writer in me ever-present They exchanged puzzled glances One, with fiery red nails and a mischievous glint in her eyes, says, "Hanging out with my friends like this! Sharing crazy stories doing crazy stuff, knowing they'll have my back no matter what "

The boy beside her, hair tousled and sporting a chipped tooth, chimed in, "Cricket! Winning a match nothing beats it!" He grinned

My heart warmed at their unadulterated joy. But happiness wasn't the only story I wanted to hear. "And what worries you the most?" I asked gently, " I mean the things that keep you up at night?"

A momentary silence descended upon the group. The girl with the red nails speaks again, her voice softer now, "The future? Entrance exams and finding a dream job...... feel like never-ending challenges. There's so much pressure to succeed at each step and so much to figure it all out "

The boy nodded, a shadow flickering across his playful features "Grades, definitely My parents expect straight A's in coaching to crack competitive exams Huh! But I I've been unfair towards them, he spoke softly with defined anxiety "You see, I'm facing this daunting challenge of telling my parents that I don't want to be a doctor, " the boy mumbled in a single row of breath "Eh need some more time to explore but definitely, not medicines" He sounded like many other Youths struggling to understand their choices for the future And also, how to voice what they want to do to their parents

"How do you plan to tell them? I asked.

"Don't know."....he shrugged his shoulders.... "But I will." He then giggles again in his mischievous glint." ....till then, let me have solace with my friends; the friends joined him, too."

I kept watching these raw, unfiltered emotions They're the Young minds struggling to stay carefree amongst the anxieties and uncertainties of impending adulthood Each dealt with their fears in its own way

"Excellent," I heard a male voice sitting next to me I looked at a man in his mid-fifties whose silver hair and tailored suit spoke of success and exuded a different weariness

"Eh sorry, I eavesdropped on your conversation with these kids", says the man as he apologized meekly "Hello, I'm Anil Varma, a businessman " He extended his business card with his initials as CEO of a wellknown start-up

Oh Y yes I recalled reading an article about him in Indian Times "You eh and " I stopped midway as Mr Anil shifted back his focus to the giggling Youth Some undefined emotion in his eyes caught my writer's mind

"Is something bothering you?" I asked gently

Sometimes, we open our hearts to strangers as we have no fear of being judged.... and that's what happened with Mr. Anil....perhaps he needed someone to confess

. Anil chuckled a humorless sound and said. " These kids here, they are struggling to achieve their dreams. " And here I am, Successful, but not so much happy?"

I raised an eyebrow, inviting him to elaborate.

He looked at me, eyes filled with regret. "Work… deadlines, and money my entire life went into overcoming these challenges I missed my children's milestones and quality time with my wife, disconnected from my friends And, N now, I stand alone with trophies of my success with no one to share "he sighed heavily

"An ironic twist, you can say?" A hint of a satirical smile played on his lips "The young ones chase a future for their dreams while I grapple with the emptiness of the one I built "

"Ohh " I offered a sympathetic murmur, the words failing to capture the complex emotions swirling within him "It must be harrowing," I asked Mr Anil gently

"Yes," he nodded " "And now, when I try to mend what's broken, I realize this is the most daunting challenge I've ever faced " He then got up to collect his suitcase I am now heading to my village to connect to my roots, he smiled, "starting with my dear ones there "

I wished him "Good Luck" for his new journey as he boarded down the station He gave me a thankful smile and stepped on a journey of fear and uncertainties mingled with determination to connect with his loved ones

The sun has sunk below the horizon outside the window Across my seat came and sat a couple From their proximity and appearance, they seem newlywed They looked happy, but as they got into conversation, the flustered expression on the bride's face intrigued me to eavesdrop on what they were discussing

Riya's smile lacked the usual newlywed sparkle. Her voice quivered as she spoke, "Starting a new life together... it's exciting, of course, but..." The "but" hung heavy in the air.

The flicker of uncertainty in her eyes made her husband, Rohan, lean closer. "But what, Riya?" he asked gently, sensing the storm beneath the surface.

"It just feels like " her voice wavered "Like mountains of adjustments and endless uncertainties Leaving everything I know behind a new house, faces, and routines I'm constantly on edge, trying to understand your family and their ways while worrying if I'll ever truly fit in " A tear of worry shimmered in her eyes

Rohan listened intently, his own smile fading

"And then there's this f fear of losing myself Waking up every morning, not recognizing the woman in the mirror because I'm so busy trying to please everyone else " Riya says, her voice barely a whisper

As she continued talking, her anxieties poured out, including the fear of neglecting her dreams and career She seems tangled in the uncertainties of 'What if that happens '

Rohan's hand reached out to cover hers, his touch a silent reassurance "We'll talk it through, Riya," he said, his voice thick with concern "We'll figure this out together "

Maya sighed, a flicker of hope battling the storm within "I know," she whispered, "It's just I built my life so carefully, and now it feels like it's all up for grabs." Rohan offered a comforting smile. "Marriage isn't a destination, Riya," he said gently. "It's a journey. There

will be challenges, but there will also be moments of love, laughter, and growth The key is to face them together, not apart "

Perhaps you're right, Rohan, she agrees, still figuring out how?

Rohan says, "We will work it out," and presses her hand with a promise

She smiles, leans on his shoulder, and whispers, "Yes " Riya realized these challenges would always exist but should not stop her from building a beautiful life with her love

As the train pulled into the station, signaling the end of their conversation

They both boarded down As they walked away holding each other hands to their new journey, their eyes filled with a newfound determination mixed with fear and hope.

By the time this train lulled me toward the end of my journey, my lap was full of stories. Each one I met was etched with a unique story of passing through either struggles or a set of challenges.

The young girl with crimson-painted nails struggles with an uncertain future The young boy faces the fear of unveiling the truth of his future dreams to his parents

Contrary to them was the seasoned businessman, success etched on his face, bore the silent challenge of loss The newlywed bride, eyes sparkling with hope, grappled with the weight of societal expectations

I also met a few more; among them was a tireless construction worker facing the challenge of a brighter future for his son. An old woman struggling with the demons of loneliness and finding ways to overcome it, then a young widow and a small-town boy. They all had their share of fear, struggles, and challenges to overcome.

While boarding the train, I thought, "Everyone has their own share of challenges Most of us take them up to meet our aspirations, many of which are for survival and a few others for passion But all these weren't roadblocks They are the fuel to propel them forward in their journeys to get what they want "

With that thought in mind, while, exiting the railway station with the sacks of stories, I was busy setting the characters for my new novel - Sketches from a Moving Canvas

Ankur R Gupta - Ankur R Gupta is a multifaceted individual with a passion for storytelling and a deep understanding of human psychology

As an author, writer, and cybercrime intervention officer, her articles and stories delve into the complexities of human emotions, relationships, and the pursuit of personal well-being

Through her captivating narratives, she invites readers to embark on a journey of introspection and self-discovery

In addition to her writing pursuits, Ankur is an avid traveler She is particularly drawn to historical and adventurous destinations, where she immerses herself in diverse cultures, traditions, and histories These experiences serve as a wellspring of inspiration for her work, adding depth and authenticity to her stories and articles.


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TheNew Phase

eepti tensed as they drove by the mustard fields near a highway in Haryana. The golden flowers waved in the late afternoon sun but Deepti was unmoved by its beauty, the flowers a constant reminder of her horrific past.

Her husband Anubhav who was at the wheel took a look at her expression and it wrenched his heart that her tight scarred face said it all A slight smile was always in place, the final result of a skin graft, one among several Part of both eyebrows were missing and her speech had a bit of a slur Dressed in a simple printed salwar kurta, Deepti’s inner trauma wasn’t visible to the onlooker Corn fields scared her and nauseated her

Only Anubhav knew about it and she gazed at the man who had rescued her; the kindest person in her world Dr Anubhav was a burns specialist who held camps in villages to talk about evils of dowry and was often joined by social activists His fervor regarding the subject, made Deepti‘s heart fill with pride Though she could never verbalize it, Anubhav was her own ‘Superman ’

Twelve years ago, Dr Anubhav had been driving by another village in Haryana The faint light painted a scenic picture of dense ripe fields of corn and mustard on either side of the highway He had stopped to make a call when he heard the keening of some injured animal. Putting on parking lights he decided to investigate. Maybe he could save it. He walked ahead waving the cell phone light in the form of a grid. What he saw froze him in his tracks.

The young girl lay in a fetal position as he bent to check her. She had bruises on her cold hands, but he gasped seeing her face that was an angry mass of raw flesh. Some bastard had poured acid on it! Anubhav knew he had to act fast Infection, blood loss, and so much more could cause her death

He lifted her carefully talking to her constantly heading back to his car She would be alright, he would help her She would be fine, they were going to a safe place, hold on, please He cradled her head against the back seat and phoned a colleague for the nearest specialty hospital Her stillness worried Anubhav She was in shock He held her up and gently poured the drinking water from his bottle to wash some of the chemicals off her face She shrieked then, her hand lashing at

him, making a gurgling sound. Anubhav’s hand shook but he held her firmly talking continuously. Sorry for the pain, she was very brave but would she please bear a little bit more? He placed sterile gauze that he carried for emergencies, over her face gently, saying a prayer.

Later Saloni could never recall a single moment of that day Her psychiatrist said she had repressed it for her own sanity It took two years of hospitals, skin grafts, physiotherapy and counselling sessions to stand without cowering in fear

Though the nightmares stayed But she’d do everything to keep away the demons from taking over her life completely Anubhav had tried to get in touch with her family a month later,but her father’s cold eyes denied that Saloni Alhawat, as she was called earlier, had ever existed A calm man by nature, Anubhav came very close to hitting the older man He recalled a woman crying quietly in the background and the small boy who held on to her with fearful eyes Anubhav had gone back the house and asked for Saloni’s birth certificates that he got along with a bunch of papers and that was it Saloni’s treatment complete, she was now of legal age and could make decisions if needed She was just seventeen when she was burnt and now stood at the brink of choosing a life for herself

Anubhav took her aside one day and asked her what she wanted next

Saloni was silent, her face guilty, sad and angry at the same time

Anubhav surprised himself and blurted out would she consider marrying him?He never thought about the reason but just seeing her put on a brave face every day killed him. He had no family and she needed help in getting by in the world. She had never raged or cried out loud, tolerated pain beyond imagination. Her heart devastated with tremendous loss, Saloni never once spoke of her brother Aarav and mother. One event had wiped out her entire identity.

Saloni had answered his proposal with a simple yes, though she asked time till she graduated He agreed She completed her degree in counselling while undergoing therapy

Life with Saloni changed slowly after marriage A few days into their marriage, she asked to change her name legally to Deepti She would learn about survivors like herself, and how to counsel them through anxiety and depression It would help bury some of her past ghosts

They lived as friends who were getting to know each other For Anubhav, it was a new feeling and he looked forward to going home and seeing Deepti, hoping marriage would bring them closer

Her psychiatrist had warned him to be patient so she could heal her own self He wondered what went on in her mind Living together they never even held hands or had any kind of intimate conversation On some days, Deepti accompanied him to his clinic that specialized in critical care, asking questions about patients, their families and the therapy they would undergo That day Anubhav got a call from his clinic asking him to hurry back The nurse called him about an emergency burns victim

Deepti waited asAnubhav rushed in It was almost 8 pm After stabilizing the girl, a survivor of second degree burns, Anu explained how she had over thirty percent burns and her chances of survival were tough as she was malnourished with a low hemoglobin count It was a dowry case and the police came, taking statements from a relative who showed little sympathy Anubhav watched Deepti as she hung around listening to the conversation her eyes barely able to suppress her rage.

What would happen to the girl once she woke up and found herself alone? The question haunted them. The presence of one person made the difference to the survivor’s well-being and recovery.

He watched now as Deepti took off the mask she always wore in public. He had heard cruel comments about her face and it hurt knowing that he couldn’t protect her all the time The burns victim was sedated and on a high dose of painkillers

“I’ll stay here for the night, if it’s okay ” Deepti told him “I’ll be late but if you’re sure of this, ask the nurse to point you to the break room and grab a nap ” Anubhav added “you’ll be of more use to her if you’re rested ” Deepti was relieved to see Anubhav go along with her She felt a kinship with the girl and wanted to meet her She wasn’t sure what she could achieve but if she could a difference then she would try As Anubhav turned to go Deepti called out

“What’s her name?”

“It’s Salma, come with me, I’ll show you her chart ”

They stood outside the room where Salma lay connected with tubes and sheets on her burnt skin Anu explained that they would consider skin substitutes like cell-scaffolds to enhance healing The room was sealed off to prevent sepsis, and the doctor wore protective equipment to go inside Deepti stood reading the chart and thinking of the frail body trying to hold on to life

She smiled her lopsided smile. Saloni and Salma. Maybe she was destined to help another Saloni. She thanked the universe for bringing Anubhav into her life.

She would hold on to him and heal

Looking at Salma through the glass she whispered as if Salma could hear her

“I’m here if you need me you’re not alone in this, Salma Hold on, one day at a time My name is Deepti We’ll heal together and you will breathe on your own I can share my story if you’ll hear me ”She waited

At the reception a young man asked for Dr Anubhav He said his name was Aarav Alhawat.

Swagata Soumyanarayan enjoys stories; both reading and writing them She is a poet, translator, and an artist She has a background in content creation, translations and editing Her translated works as part of an anthology are published in “Potpourri- An Anthology of Poems and Tales from India” and “Noukalpi and Other Stories in Translation ”

She resides in Mumbai and enjoys learning new languages and words Among her favorite things are monsoons, watching KDramas, and trying out different teas Her poetry can be read on Instagram

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In a few words, Aparna defines a woman who beholds high aspirations and firmly believes in expanding her horizon She holds a Master's degree in English Literature from Mumbai University By profession, she is an Executive Content Creator Her poems got published on the Indian Literature website named Facestory Currently, her stories and poems get published in various anthologies published by the eminent Reflection Magazine and in the renowned digital magazine, Storizen She has received many certificates in the field of writing She is bestowed with Indian Global Award 2022 and has been felicited with a medal in the Tagore Literature Festival 2022 by Literoma. Her poem got published in the Romance And Compendium book at the Tagore Literature Festival. In 2022, she is again bestowed with the Women Achiever Award by Literoma. In 2023, she is again conferred with the prestigious award, Tagore Literature Award 2023, where she is bestowed with a trophy and a certificate. Her world revolves around creativity and writing. She wishes to make her mark in the literary world, hoping to leave an indelible imprint on the readers' minds.

As you turn the page, let the adventure begin –our book reviews await, promising literary delights and captivating tales!

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"A Fly on the RBI Wall" by Alpana Killawala provides a clear and humorous narrative of the pivotal events that occurred in the Reserve Bank of India over a two-decade period. As the director of the department responsible for communications, Killawala offers an insider's view on how good

communication may greatly improve an institution's reputation The book is a fascinating read for everyone interested in the inner workings of India's central bank because the author not only recounts the history of the RBI but also provides fascinating insights into the personalities of the many governors Once thought to be an oxymoron, central bank communication has developed into a fine art, particularly in times of crisis. The shift is explored in detail in Killawala's book, which shows how the RBI overcame communication obstacles and used it as a potent weapon for policy. Her account of the RBI's transition from secretive to open communication is captivating and provides a rare window into the inner workings of the organization. Those who are interested in learning more about the complex workings of the RBI’s will find the book very fascinating Alpana Killawala, the Reserve Bank of India's media representative, shares her experiences and the development of the bank's communication tactics during India's economic transformations Her autobiographical and historical narrative serves as both a historical narrative and a manual on the importance of communication in influencing institutional dynamics

The book’s first-person narrative highlights the importance of individual jobs within the Reserve Bank of India, highlighting the influence of influential figures like C Rangarajan, Dr Manmohan Singh, and P.V. Narasimha Rao. Killawala's teaching incorporates these experiences, emphasizing the value of strategic communication. Her tenure as governor for six years was meaningful and had a significant impact on the RBI, offering a unique perspective on its operations and the role of communication.

The outstanding book "A Man of Two Faces" by Viet Thanh Nguyen skillfully and meticulously explores the topics of identity, memory, and cultural belonging Nguyen, who is well-known for his highly regarded book "The Sympathizer" as well as other works, tells the tale of his own life with remarkable storytelling abilities Nguyen explores the ways in which his childhood and history shaped his creative and scholarly endeavors. He chronicles his journey from his early years as a Vietnamese refugee coming in America to his early years at Berkeley, when he was advised by Maxine Hong Kingston. Nguyen's growth as a writer and thinker is shown in the book through a narrative weaved with provocative ideas and vivid events. He compares and contrasts his own experience of cultural integration and academic achievement with his parents' resilience in the face of adversity, exploring openly the impact of their resilience Nguyen uses poignant narratives, such as his mother's mental health issues and his thoughtful observations on split consciousness, to examine family, relocation, and the moral complexities of historical memory The book has an unexplainable warmth and beauty due to its unusual style and the photographs it includes Being both a cultural critic and a storyteller, Nguyen's storytelling in "A Man of Two Faces" is insightful and thoughtful Examining popular accounts of the experience of Vietnamese migrants, he challenges simplistic narratives and advocates for a more nuanced understanding of history and identity His research on "post-memory" the propagation of trauma through literature and the media draws attention to the moral imperatives of remembering as well as the perils of cultural appropriation. "A Man of Two Faces" ultimately serves as a tribute to Nguyen's breadth of emotional expression and depth of comprehension. It provides readers a personal story as well as a profound analysis of literary representation, the challenges of immigrant life, and the never-ending yearning for belonging.

Nguyen's work is highly recommended for anybody curious about the connection between history, identity, and the power of narrative to shed light on the human condition.

"A Nawab and a Begum" by Sudipta Mitra skillfully combines the fascinating tales of Begum Hazrat Mahal and Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, providing readers with an engrossing look into a turbulent period in Indian history Mitra's account deftly explores these two characters' lives, illuminating their unique challenges, victories, and the lasting influence they had on history. Mitra skillfully weaves together painstaking research and evocative storytelling to create a compelling story. The East India Company's rise to power in India paralleled the reign of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, who is poignantly portrayed in the book's opening chapter. Mitra skillfully handles the nuances of Wajid Ali Shah's persona, presenting him in the turbulence of British colonialism not just as a fallible monarch but also as an ardent supporter of the arts and culture The Nawab's narrative is tragic and inspirational due to his effort to strike a balance between tradition and modernization and his eventual loss of the kingdom, which is depicted with dignity and tenacity Parallel to this, Mitra presents us to Begum Hazrat Mahal, whose bravery and persistence have made a lasting impression on Indian history despite her being frequently eclipsed by her husband's legacy Hazrat Mahal broke social conventions as a prostitute and developed into a strong warrior queen, becoming a symbol of resistance to British rule Hazrat Mahal is shown by Mitra in a way that is both subtle and powerful, emphasizing her unflinching will to stand up for her people and her country against colonial oppression Her narrative serves as a tribute to the resilience of resistance and the strength of personal initiative. "A Nawab and a Begum" is unique because of its dual biography structure, which enables readers to observe the complex dynamics of the relationship between Wajid Ali Shah and Hazrat Mahal. Mitra deftly switches between each of their stories, highlighting similarities and differences that provide light on the intricacies of their collaboration. Mitra vividly depicts a complicated web of love, sacrifice, and political intrigue with her sympathetic narrative and meticulous attention to historical accuracy

Anyone interested in the history of colonial India or the persistent spirit of resistance should not miss this brilliant examination of two extraordinary people who triumphed over hardship and left an enduring legacy.

Harini Nagendra's "A Nest of Vipers," the third book in the Bangalore Detectives Club series, is a fascinating historical mystery set in 1920s Bangalore during a period of political turmoil. While it can be read as a stand-alone, this novel captivates readers with its rich storytelling and lively characters, notably Kaveri Murthy, a bold amateur detective Tensions rise in Bangalore amid a royal visit by Edward, Prince of Wales, as calls for Indian independence become louder The story begins at a small circus, when Kaveri and her husband, Ramu, become caught in a web of intrigue involving a famous magician and a daring theft When Kaveri discovers a murder scene that implicates her friend Anandi, she launches a risky inquiry to clear her identity The story develops like a genuine adventure, full of unexpected twists and turns that keep readers on the edge Kaveri goes further into the mystery, uncovering devious machinations and confronting perils that test her willpower The novel shines not just in narrative complexity, but also in its realistic picture of Bangalore's cultural mosaic from the busy streets to the wonder of Indian jadoo plays. What distinguishes "A Nest of Vipers" is Nagendra's scrupulous attention to historical detail, which smoothly weaves the political instability of the time into Kaveri's search for justice. The work delves into the complexity of British-Indian relations and sociological upheavals at the period, giving dimension to an already captivating mystery Nagendra's latest novel, which blends suspense with historical complexity, is a mustread for aficionados of historical mysteries and strong female heroines

In conclusion, "A Nest of Vipers" is another accomplishment for Harini Nagendra, combining painstaking research with superb narrative to offer a gripping tale of intrigue and endurance. This work, which perfectly captures the sense of its time and location, will appeal to both mystery fans and those interested in the rich historical backdrop of early twentieth-century India.

The compelling coming-of-age tale in A Speck of Coal Dust by Rohit Manchanda is set against the backdrop of India's changing social and economic landscape in the late 2000s The story revolves around Vipul, a young child whose life takes an interesting turn after he meets

Ratna and Chetna, two new classmates who happen to be Mr. Agarwal's daughters, mining engineers. Vipul is intrigued by the girls' unusual attractiveness and becomes a little fascinated. Another new kid who sits silently in the rear of their school vehicle, engrossed in a book wrapped in dull brown paper, adds to the mystery. Manchanda's novel explores the themes of identity, transformation, and social change through the characters Ratna and Chetna, who have distinctive characteristics from their father Vipul's interpretation of them as "men in the process of turning into girls" highlights the complexity of teenage sexuality and his own bewilderment The story also highlights the evolving cultural mores and conventions of society due to economic liberalization, illustrating how the characters' personal lives are affected by these larger societal shifts The enigmatic youngster adds complexity and mystery to the narrative Manchanda's writing is funny and sensitive at the same time, with well-chosen details that make the narrative come to life The metaphor of the book wrapped in plain brown paper represents the concept of searching for depth and content by looking past outward manifestations. This stylistic decision draws readers' attention to the nuanced aspects of interpersonal relationships while enhancing the novel's examination of identity and metamorphosis.

All things considered, A Speck of Coal Dust is a neglected masterpiece that merits a second look. Manchanda creates a moving examination of puberty and the nuanced aspects of growing up by deftly fusing themes of identity, beauty, and societal change. A new readership is in need of discovering the genius that is this debut work.

After serving briefly in the US Marines, Indradyumna Swami, then twenty-one, was initiated as a student of A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. Indradyumna Swami departed the United States of America in 1971, having been instructed by his spiritual guru to "preach boldly

and have faith in the holy names " Readers are taken on an exhilarating voyage around the whole globe and the entire fifty years of Swami's active service in the Hare Krishna cause through Adventures of a Travelling Monk Indradyumna Swami's memoir "Adventures of a Travelling Monk: A Memoir" is a captivating account of a life devoted to spiritual exploration and international travel This fivedecade memoir, which mixes exciting adventures with deep spiritual understanding, details Swami's remarkable journey as a monk dedicated to the Bhakti Yoga tradition Swami's story is a monument to both resiliency and the transforming force of faith, from negotiating mistaken identification in North America to surviving dangerous encounters in wartorn Sarajevo. The biography goes into great detail on Swami's deep spiritual development and steadfast commitment in addition to capturing his spirit of adventure. It presents a compelling picture of a complex individual who is a writer, photographer, and spiritual guide. Readers looking for motivation and reflection will find resonance in her experiences It is a fascinating book for anybody interested in spirituality, travel, or personal development because of Swami's ability to authentically and compellingly portray the deep effect of his spiritual journey Swami's narration is greatly enhanced by visual beauty, which provides readers with a visual experience in addition to his words Through visual elements, Swami effectively conveys the emotional depth of his experiences, creating a more immersive reading experience Each chapter serves as a window into Swami’s encounters whether amidst the serenity of spiritual pilgrimage sites or amidst the chaos of conflict zones adding authenticity and resonance to his memoir The quotes from Bhagavadgita also enhance the reading experience

Ultimately, "Adventures of a Travelling Monk" stands as a testament to Swami’s life of dedication, offering readers a compelling blend of adventure, spirituality, and profound personal reflection.

The most recent book by Feryal Ali-Gauhar, "An Abundance of Wild Roses," transports readers to the northern parts of Pakistan, with its untamed beauty and intricate social dynamics. Renowned for her versatile careerspanning roles as an actress, journalist, filmmaker, development worker, and writer, Ali-Gauhar contributes her wealth of expertise to this book In their secluded town of Saudukh Das, located in the Black Mountains of Skardu, young cousins Hassan and Noor find an injured stranger beneath a massive tree at the beginning of the narrative The visitor is brought to the home of Moosa, the village Numberdar, with the use of a rope that is acquired from a local lad named Lasnik This foreboding incident establishes the tone for the narrative The villagers reject Lasnik's dire prophecies following this meeting, setting the stage for the drama to unfold. The presence of the injured foreigner is only one of the many difficulties facing Moosa, the village chief. His three wives and stunning daughter Sahiba, who has golden eyes, add to the complexity of his family. Sahiba even becomes the target of his ire once she receives a love letter. Sahiba's state of being locked up as punishment heightens the suspense throughout the book. In the meantime, Zarina, the female health professional in the community, intervenes to treat the stranger's wounds, demonstrating her familiarity with contemporary medicine in a community that nevertheless adheres to customs The story's recurrent theme the conflict between the ancient and the new is emphasized by Zarina's contributions One of the most heartbreaking tales involves Kulsoom, who is abused nonstop by her addict husband Naushad because she is unable to conceive a baby Reconciled, Kulsoom worries about the consequences of bearing another daughter This subplot gives the story emotional depth and a feeling of approaching disaster, as does Malika, the wolf-dog who saves the life of a soldier, and her loyalty The title of the book, "An Abundance of Wild Roses," is a metaphor for the strong women in the town who, in spite of their difficult circumstances, flourish and spread out like wildflowers in a hostile environment. Feryal Ali-Gauhar's expressive work reveals her love for her issues, which include environmentalism, cultural sensitivity, and feminism. Though lovely, her vocabulary occasionally borders on the excessive, which might turn off readers who aren't used to such detailed descriptions. However, the book is a masterwork that deftly examines difficult subjects related to Pakistani society. A folktale story opens each chapter, providing depth and cultural background that makes it an engaging read for anybody curious about the lives of young girls in Pakistan's outlying districts "An Abundance of Wild Roses" is a highly recommended book, despite its occasional linguistic obstacles. Ali-Gauhar's outstanding gift of expressing the essence of human perseverance and cultural complexities is evident in this work

Shyamlal Yadav's book “At the Heart of Powe”r provides a thorough analysis of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, and its crucial influence on the development of electoral politics in that nation. Renowned investigative journalist Yadav explores the lives and terms of

office of all 21 of the state's chief ministers, from the time of independence till the present. This well-researched book highlights the intricacies and difficulties these leaders encountered while also illuminating their tactics and contributions to the growth of the state The story starts with Govind Ballabh Pant's inspirational leadership and moves through the varied chief ministerial tenures before Yogi Adityanath's modern efforts serve as the climax The life narrative of every leader is an engrossing tale of ambition, politics, and power Yadav skillfully depicts how these individuals negotiated the sociopolitical environments of their eras, creating a lasting impression on Uttar Pradesh's past The book covers the whole range of leadership experiences, from modesty to extravagance, honesty to dishonesty, and praiseworthy accomplishments to noteworthy transgressions Yadav reveals the fascinating characters and lasting contributions of these 21 chief ministers by painstaking investigation. The book provides a sophisticated perspective of the present while contextualizing the past and offering significant insights into their policies, philosophies, and leadership styles. This journey through the significant occasions in the lives of Uttar Pradesh's most prominent leaders is more than simply a historical narrative; it also serves as a reflection of the state's development and ongoing difficulties. At the Heart of Power is a comprehensive book by Yadav, a pioneer in the Right to Information (RTI) for investigative journalism It provides a detailed analysis of Uttar Pradesh's political landscape, addressing issues such as leadership changes, continuous terms, caste-based politics, and economic inequality The book encourages scholars and reporters to continue researching and reporting on the state's complex political system, offering fresh perspectives and sparking critical discussions about the future of the state It is an invaluable resource for understanding Uttar Pradesh's political and electoral history

The book "Bharat Jodo Yatra: Reclaiming India's Soul," written by Pushparaj Deshpande and Ruchira Chaturvedi, details a remarkable expedition that takes place from September 2022 to January 2023. It is 4,000 kilometers long. This yatra (pilgrimage), led by Rahul Gandhi, a former

president of the Indian National Congress and member of the Lok Sabha sought to unite disparate cultures, close divides, and recover the core of India's shared humanity The book explores the what, why, and how of this incredible project It conveys more than just symbols; it also reflects the goals, feelings, and experiences of the organizers and yatris (pilgrims) The Yatra passed through towns, villages, hills, and woods as it traveled from Kashmir in the north to Kanyakumari in the south. However, it was a call to action for all nationalists to recover India's spirit, not just travel. The Yatra honored the great linguistic, cultural, religious, and geographic diversity of India. It underlined that despite our differences, our power is found in our solidarity. Renowned Indians from a variety of backgrounds attended the Yatra to share their thoughts on what it means to be an Indian Similar to Babasaheb Ambedkar's Mahad Satyagraha and Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi Yatra, the Bharat Jodo Yatra raised the voices of the oppressed Rahul Gandhi engaged with individuals from all backgrounds, paying attention to their worries and empathizing with their challenges The Bharat Jodo Yatra, written by Pushparaj Deshpande and Ruchira Chaturvedi, aimed to recover shared humanity across national borders and promote understanding, respect, and compassion It aimed to mend hurts and contested narratives, leaving an everlasting impression on India's people, their struggles, aspirations, and shared humanity The Yatra sparked conversations and rekindled hope

"Bharat Jodo Yatra: Reclaiming India's Soul" is more than simply a book; it exemplifies the power of community effort, empathy, and a nation's unwavering spirit. This book is a must-read for everyone who is interested in history, social issues, or the soul of India.

Who knows if Person X, living in India, feels her identity tied to the Scotland of yesteryears? Who knows if Person Y, residing in Iran, finds his roots tracing back to Sri Lanka? In today's world, mixed heritage is often seen either as an exotic embellishment or an obstacle to surmount an anomaly

from the perceived norm, rarely recognized as a legitimate state of being on its own. "Both Not Half" by Jassa Ahluwalia challenges readers to get past binary thinking and embrace the complexity of identity as a call to action for greater inclusion and understanding. Ahluwalia, who is half Indian and half English, takes readers on an insightful journey through the complexities of mixed identity by drawing on his own experience as a person of mixed origin He advocates accepting every aspect of who we are without severing our identities Jassa Ahluwalia's "Both Not Half" is a novel and powerful story that celebrates the entirety of our identities, allowing us to appreciate our diverse roots The story is filled with warmth, humor, and honesty, making it accessible to anyone struggling to understand their identity Ahluwalia's work expands the scope of Pride Month, promoting diversity beyond sexual orientation and gender identity It reminds readers that diversity encompasses cultural and racial identities, making Pride Month a celebration for anyone who feels different and wants to be recognized as a whole. "Both Not Half" examines the culture we consume and the legacy of the empire we inherit, raising concerns about the effect of historical personalities such as Rudyard Kipling, the demands on cinema stars to conceal their mixed identities, and the impact of colonialism on mixed marriages. Ahluwalia investigates how nationalism, economic politics, and gay liberation might shape our understanding of mixed identity This half memoir, the part manifesto is a crusade for belonging in a divided society, encouraging us to resist cultural differences that require easy identities

Ahluwalia's book is more than a personal journey; it's a rallying cry for a more inclusive future. Anyone who wants to grasp the complexity of identity and the value of inclusion should read this book.

The book "Covert: The Psychology of War and Peace" by Amarjit Singh Dulat, Lieutenant General Asad Durrani, and Neil Krishan Aggarwal delves into the psychological complexities of battle and diplomacy. The book's title properly describes its deep dive into the clandestine aspects of world wars and peace initiatives, providing readers with an enlightening look into the minds that drive war and peace With Dulat and Durrani's significant experience in intelligence and national security, as well as Aggarwal's knowledge in clinical psychiatry, the book provides a fascinating and authoritative viewpoint on these essential topics From the start, "Covert" captivates readers by deconstructing major events and exposing the layers of duplicity and power conflicts in international affairs The writers skillfully establish the tone in the second chapter by exploring major occurrences that reveal the psychological processes at work This concept is developed constantly throughout the novel, creating a riveting narrative that keeps readers interested One of the book's main qualities is its straightforward and precise language, which makes complicated psychological topics understandable to both lay readers and professionals. The clear style successfully communicates extensive analysis without overwhelming the reader. "Covert" is a notable addition to the literature on war and peace since it skillfully combines insightful psychological analysis with current and historical events. It provides a thorough grasp of the causes of disputes and how they are resolved, making it a must-read for everyone curious about the inner workings of international relations The book provides targeted, workable ideas for future peace-building initiatives, especially between India and Pakistan, through its examination of cultural psychiatry, psychiatric anthropology, and psychology This book, which is also a follow-up to "The Spy Chronicles," was the result of conversations that Dr Neil Krishan Aggarwal started The writers explore Durrani and Dulat's career and personal paths, looking at how their life experiences influenced their views on promoting peace The book offers an open examination of how their experience with intelligence work shaped their opinions on resolving disputes

The last chapters provide a frank appraisal of the prospects for Indo-Pak ties as well as challenging assumptions on the obstacles to achieving peace. Even with its inevitably gloomy ending, the novel stresses the need of tolerance, compassion, and ongoing communication in the pursuit of peace.

K Hari Kumar's book "Daiva: Discovering the Extraordinary World of Spirit Worship" takes readers on an educational journey into the hidden realm of spirit worship Kumar, wellknown for his best-selling books, delves into the fascinating world of powerful immortals and their amazing

rituals This book is renowned for its extensive study, which allows readers who are unfamiliar with the subject to grasp it Kumar's innovative storytelling approach brings the secretive ceremonies to life on paper, expertly transforming minute details into intriguing storylines The book begins with an account of Tulu Nadu's well-known Kola dance performances, in which dancers request Daiva, or sacred spirits, to take possession of them These dynamic, visually appealing performances contribute to dispute resolution, direction, and decision-making. Kumar uses this perspective to investigate other Daiva, such as Panjurli, the beneficent boar spirit, and Bobbarya, the sea guardian. Each spirit's unique character and story are thoroughly explored, providing readers with a complete understanding of their significance in regional cultures. The book is intriguing and is divided into two sections: "In Search of Satyolu," which recounts Kumar's path and investigations, and "The Stories of Satyolu," which eloquently relates the story of these great spirits Kumar's remarks and personal experiences give the book a unique flavor that distinguishes it from other nonfiction books Readers are attracted by his analysis of Tulu language and culture, as well as his detailed descriptions of Kola performances Readers will have an instructive experience as the significance of each aspect of these performances is meticulously examined, from the materials used to the spirituality represented "Daiva" is more than just a book; it's an invitation to accompany the author and partake in the sensations and insights he experiences along the route Kumar's ability to combine well-researched facts with personal stories adds credibility and depth to the narrative.

This book is an invaluable addition to any library, providing insight into the intriguing world of spirit worship as well as the rich culture of Tulu Nadu. It dispels myths, fosters understanding, and creates a deep relationship between readers and the practices and stories it presents, making it a must-read for everyone interested in folklore and the paranormal.

Abigail Dean's "Day One" is a really disturbing and thought-provoking novella about the aftermath of a school shooting in a rural Cumbrian village Dean effectively navigates the emotional and psychological aftermath of this terrible occurrence from the perspectives of numerous people The story is much more than just a retelling of the

catastrophe; it is a profound examination of how a onceclose-knit community deals with grief, anger, and uncertainty, making it an engrossing piece of literary crime fiction. The plot unfolds via the confession of Ava Ward, a teacher who becomes an important character in the lives of the victims and their families Dean's writing is emotionally intense and masterfully constructed, and readers are quickly drawn into Ava and her pupils The story alternates between numerous views and timelines, from the fatal day of the shooting to the weeks and years that follow This framework enables for a detailed examination of the long-term consequences for individuals impacted, keeping readers interested and empathic Dean also digs into the frightening realm of internet conspiracy theories, adding another degree of intricacy to the story The appearance of people like Trent Casey, who spreads odd cover-up theories, emphasizes the negative consequences of disinformation in a hyper-connected society This subplot not only emphasizes the novel's connection to current events, but it also elicits indignation and incredulity in the reader, making the tale even more powerful. "Day One" is about more than simply the tragedy, but also the greater consequences for community and personal recovery. The novel's depiction of a community attempting to find its way in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy is both captivating and moving.

Dean's ability to blend secrets, half-truths, and personal histories creates a story that is both frightening and incredibly real. This is a must-read for anybody looking for a profound and emotionally charged discussion of sorrow and resilience in the face of catastrophe.

In Taran Matharu's Dragon Rider (The Soulbound Saga Vol 1), Jai, the third son of a vanquished monarch, is a political captive of the Sabine empire Forced into labor as a slave to Leonid, the emperor who killed his father, tensions within the empire

increase as Leonid's grandson plans to marry a Dansk princess. Jai escapes with a dragon and a Dansk handmaiden after a betrayal, gaining power for the first time. He hatches a dragon and forms a soul bond with Frida, the princess' handmaiden, on a dangerous return trip, being hunted by an empire believing they witnessed the slaughter. The tale begins with a radically different scene: the royal family of Sabine casually snacking on candy while seeing a bloody conflict that is considered to be a type of performance art This disengagement from the bloodshed emphasizes how vicious the Sabines are A tenuous union is hinted at by the presence of the Dansk royal family and their dragons Titus, the heir to the Sabine kingdom, is set to marry Princess Erica of Dansk The deal isn't really satisfying for either party, even if peace is promised; this highlights the tension and compromises that come with being a monarch Although Dragon Rider has many of the components of a compelling novel (magical creatures, warring kingdoms, and a treacherous voyage), the execution is a little lacking Despite being well-formed, the characters don't captivate the reader Winter, Jai's dragon, is sweet but not very memorable, and Rufus, their hired assistant, is adorably imperfect but uninteresting. In general, the narrative falls short of becoming remarkable due to its formulaic framework.

It's a decent book that will probably amuse you but won't have much of an impact. Matharu's story will be adequate for readers searching for a diversion, but it might not be enough for those expecting something meaningful or thrilling.

Luca Dal Monte's biography titled of Enzo Ferrari” Enzo Ferrari: The Definitive Biography of an Icon “is a large volume that may appear daunting at first, with an incredible 520 pages Because of the book's vastness, readers will initially find it practically monotonous and need more time to finish it. But as soon as they open the book, they find that Ferrari's biography is fascinating. Despite the fact that most readers are already aware of the essential background information on Ferrari, the book's intricate story and minute details manage to hold the reader's interest the entire time. Dal Monte painstakingly chronicles Ferrari's life, including a preface written by former Ferrari F1 team manager Luca Di Montenzemolo Dal Monte's history may not be well known, but his ability to get in touch with Ferrari's peers and his meticulous research abilities are demonstrated throughout the book A thorough 39-page Index guarantees that all important information is cross-referenced precisely From beginning to end, this book is both educational and entertaining due to its intellectual rigor and novel-like storytelling style The photographs included in the book showcase how grand Enzo's life was Prior to reading this book, the public's impression of Enzo Ferrari was shaped by accounts from other drivers, who portrayed him as a stern businessman But Dal Monte's interpretation shows a more complex persona Ferrari's ability to persevere in the face of adversity and his inherent goodness came to light as major themes. Anyone's first impression of him will be tempered by this increased understanding, which reveals the complexity of his psyche behind his public presence. Even though it's unlikely that everyone will ever own a Ferrari, it was interesting to learn about the reasons behind the brand's legendary position. In many ways, Dal Monte's biography of Ferrari achieves in its goal of becoming the authoritative story of his life It is accessible to individuals who are not as familiar with Ferrari's history while providing ardent Ferrari enthusiasts with significant material

This is a highly recommended book for anybody interested in the history of motoring and motor racing because of its well-researched and captivating narrative.

In the whimsical world of "Grammar-Land," all residents must adhere to the rules set by Judge Grammar. Here, the parts of speech are personified as noble characters who stand trial to claim their rightful words. Through these engaging trials, grammar concepts are explained in an entertaining and memorable manner M L Nesbitt's

creative approach makes this book a delightful read for children and adults alike The book introduces characters like Mr Noun, Mr Pronoun, Sergeant Parsing, Mr Adjective, and Dr Verb, each with unique personalities, making grammar lessons interesting and accessible The storytelling method simplifies complex concepts, making them engaging for young readers Judge Grammar summons all speech parts to his court, where disputes are resolved in court The book features Mr Adjective, a chatterbox who uses words like 'ugly,' 'beautiful,' and 'naughty' to describe nouns, making it easy for children to remember adjectives. The book also features Little Article's struggle with three words and Mr. Pronoun's efforts to ease Mr. Noun's workload. "Grammar-Land" by M.L. Nesbitt is a timeless classic that brings the parts of speech to life in an imaginative and engaging way. First published in 1877, it has been teaching grammar through storytelling long before modern educational tools like Schoolhouse Rock The book is particularly beneficial for children in grade 2 and above, including those with learning challenges such as dyslexia and ADHD It’s a highly recommended addition to school libraries and a valuable resource for any child learning grammar This charming facsimile edition revives the beloved characters of Grammar-Land for a new generation The amusing trials of Mr Noun, Little Article, Mr Pronoun, and others, overseen by Judge Grammar, are both entertaining and educational Through these lively courtroom dramas, readers are subtly introduced to essential grammar rules, ensuring that the lessons stick

Nesbitt's playful and narrative approach makes "Grammar-Land" a must-read for anyone looking to make grammar fun and memorable.

The compelling and darkly humorous story "How to Kill a Guy in Ten Ways" by Eve Kellman revolves around Millie Masters, an apparently regular lady with an amazing side gig managing "Message M," a rescue agency for women stuck on bad dates. But after one failed rescue, Millie unintentionally

takes matters into her own hands, and her goal becomes exacting revenge on the guy who abused her sister instead of rescuing lives The story of Millie, as she sets out on a search for justice, is told with a blend of humor, suspense, and moral depth The book plunges right into Millie's double life: during the day, she works at a picture frame company, and at night, she transforms into a kind of vigilante, bringing her own brand of justice to males who have mistreated women. The narrative is driven by Millie's razor-sharp wit and unwavering will, which serve as both her greatest strengths and worst weaknesses as she makes her way through a number of perilous circumstances. She has a complex character that shows layers of emotion underneath her rough appearance, especially when it comes to her intense protectiveness of her sister Katie. The story touches on important topics related to the #MeToo movement, such as sexual assault and the long-term effects of trauma Although the book deftly addresses these subjects, it also moves quickly forward, with brief breaks when Millie's friendships offer a pleasant diversion from the ferocity of her evening pursuits "How to Kill a Guy in Ten Ways" offers readers a gripping examination of retribution, justice, and the nuances of contemporary feminism while skillfully balancing dark comedy with heartfelt reflection

The book is still a lively adventure through Millie's universe, full of surprising turns and a sharply engaging narrative voice, despite its occasionally somber tone and deep philosophical content Readers will be enthralled by Millie's pursuit of justice and atonement, whether they are cheering for her outlandish methods or shuddering at the results.

"India’s Trade Policy: The 1990s and Beyond," the most recent book by Arvind Panagariya, provides a thorough overview of India’s economic development after the historic reforms of 1991. Experienced economist and former vice chairman of Niti Aayog Panagariya

weaves together decades of his perceptive articles into an engaging story that follows India's industrial and trade policy. Panagariya explores how India moved from a protected economy to one that was more connected into the international marketplace, starting with the early liberalization initiatives under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and ending with the major changes of the 1990s The main focus of the book is India's complicated trade policy, which strikes a balance between the necessity of home protection and the requirement for economic openness Panagariya notes the difficulties presented by high tariffs and non-tariff obstacles as she criticizes the sporadic reversals in India's tariff policy, especially during 2018–19 Notwithstanding these obstacles, he highlights the advantages of liberalization for India's economic expansion and the fight against poverty, contending that the nation has benefited much from market-friendly policies Throughout the book, Panagariya critiques protectionist inclinations and argues for a more uniform and liberal approach to trade, emphasizing the advantages of free trade agreements (FTAs). His opinion is balanced, taking into account India's trade policies' achievements as well as their ongoing difficulties. Through the presentation of a multi-decade collection of writings, Panagariya offers readers both a retrospective and an outlook on the development of India's trade policy. "India's Trade Policy: The 1990s and Beyond" is more than a retrospective; it is a call to action for politicians and economists to use strategic reforms to steer India's future economic direction Panagariya's insights into the difficulties of trade policy are relevant beyond India's boundaries, providing useful lessons for countries dealing with comparable concerns of economic integration and protectionism

Panagariya's book is a must-read for everyone interested in understanding India's economic development and the critical role trade policies play.

Romesh Bhattacharji's most recent book, "Kashmir: Travels in Paradise on Earth," delves extensively into the region's topographical intricacies and historical depth, going beyond its picturesque appeal Bhattacharji, a former Indian Revenue Service official with a stellar career,

contributes a wealth of information and a lifetime enthusiasm for the Himalayas to this detailed study. Unlike standard travelogues, his book goes deeply into Kashmir's regions, mountains, and cultural relics. From the busy streets of Srinagar to the serene Mughal Gardens of Nishat and Shalimar, Bhattacharji's tale serves as both an academic expedition and a tourist guide. His knowledge shows through as he navigates the Valley's distinctive geological formations, including old areas and majestic mountain blocks suitable for both casual visitors and seasoned explorers Each chapter is filled with evocative descriptions, providing a picture of an area rich in natural beauty and historical significance The book explores the beauty of Kashmir, starting from the Banihal Gali where the railway line and old national highway enter the region It highlights Verinag, a massive spring set in a sculpted stone octagon, and offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including the Nichang peak Bhattacharji takes readers on a complete traverse of mountains around the Kashmir Valley, highlighting its grandeur in every square mile and providing memorable walks to meadows and tarns Despite its scholarly profundity, the book stays approachable, combining human experiences with factual truths. Bhattacharji skillfully incorporates references to Kashmir's tragic past, recognizing the juxtaposition of beauty and violence. This book looks different from the others in its maps given. It was surprising to see detailed maps at the end of the book. The book also full index and numerous images, which aid the reader's comprehension and exploration of Kashmir's varied landscapes. Beyond its turbulent recent past, "Kashmir: Travels in Paradise on Earth" serves as a sobering reminder of the region's complex appeal

This book, which offers an academic resource as well as an engaging travel companion for lovers of the Himalayan area, is important for anybody wanting to discover the hidden treasures and rich history of Kashmir thanks to Bhattacharji's painstaking research and impassioned language.

Pushpesh Pant's "Lazzatnama" is a charming memoir that honors the pleasure of eating and the tales it conveys Lazzatnama, written by acclaimed culinary critic and historian Pushpesh Pant, offers professional advice and easy-to-follow directions so that cooks of all skill levels

may successfully replicate traditional Indian fare The book also includes gorgeous recipes and detailed explanations that really bring the recipes to life With its assortment of dishes that encapsulate the wide and varied spectrum of Indian cooking, this book truly lives up to its title Every Indian group and area has its own special recipes; some are only made on special occasions, while others need ingredients that are super local and in season While compiling a representative selection of recipes was no easy feat, the endeavor aimed to showcase lesser-known delicacies alongside simple, yet no less flavorful, homestyle dishes "Lazzatnama" is a cookbook with many different recipes by Pushpesh Pant that highlights homecooked food in India For both novice and seasoned cooks, the book includes recipes from a variety of cuisines for breakfasts, dinners, and desserts. The book does, however, recognize how difficult it is to capture India's culinary variety, especially in the northeastern states, where there are distinct culinary customs and little use of oil or spices. The book makes the promise of a follow-up to go further into these rich, nutrient-dense cuisines, guaranteeing a fulfilling finish to every meal. This book stands out because to its emphasis on using locally sourced, fresh foods and its goal of preparing meals that are memorable and unite families Pushpesh Pant provides a personal story or culinary suggestion with every dish, giving readers the impression that they are preparing food with a reliable friend

The book also features gorgeous photography that conveys the joy and creativity of cooking in addition to showcasing the completed dishes. "Lazzatnama" is a celebration of home-cooked meals and the priceless moments they provide, not merely a cookbook.

"Life: My Story Through History," expertly translated by Aubrey Botsford, provides a riveting and personal look into Pope Francis' biography The book, which spans 10 chapters, intertwines Pope Francis' personal experiences with significant historical events, with a special emphasis

on the World War II period. This rich historical context enhances Pope Francis' narrative, making it more interesting and effective. The preface establishes a contemplative tone, reflecting the author's deep connection to the larger fabric of human existence What differentiates this biography is its narrative style Recognizing the inherent human desire for narratives, each chapter is filled with vivid descriptions and precise language that bring readers into Pope Francis' life This strategy not only captivates but also makes historical and personal events more accessible As the story evolves, crucial events that molded Pope Francis' life are methodically described, together with the deep teachings they taught One of the book's most notable features is its inspiring nature The varied hardships and victories of Pope Francis remind readers of the transformational power of tenacity, kindness, and faith His unrelenting dedication to social justice and inclusion serves as a light in today's chaotic globe Furthermore, Aubrey Botsford's translation catches the spirit of Pope Francis' remarks, making his profound wisdom accessible to a worldwide audience. "Life: My Story Through History" appeals to a wide range of readers, whether they are committed believers seeking spiritual advice or casual readers looking for an inspiring story. This biography goes beyond the confines of time and place, encouraging readers to go on a timeless journey of self-discovery and awakening The universal themes discussed in Pope Francis' personal narrative ring true, making it an important read for everyone interested in the human condition In essence, "Life: My Story Through History" is more than simply a book; it is a monument to the human spirit's tenacity and the transformational power of one remarkable life The book's captivating tale and uplifting message serve as a poignant reminder of the lasting power of hope, love, and humanity

This biography not only emphasizes key milestones in Pope Francis' life, but it also allows readers to reflect on their own experiences, making it a very enlightening experience

"Menstruation: Moon, Men and More " by Nirmala Gowda Nayak delves into the intricate phases of women's health and well-being, starting with "The Four Phases" and "Inner Seasons " These foundational chapters set the stage by exploring the cyclical nature of female biology and its alignment with natural rhythms The journey continues through the "Lunar Cycle," tying celestial influences to personal experiences, and addresses the pivotal stages of "Puberty, Parents, and Periods " This section provides essential insights into navigating the early years of reproductive health, debunking "Myths, Mythology, and Taboos" that have historically shrouded menstruation in secrecy As the book progresses, it covers crucial aspects of health and balance, including "Balancing Inner Binaries" and understanding "Reproductive Health " The impact of diet and lifestyle is explored in "The Liver Effect" and "The Food Factor," emphasizing the importance of holistic nutrition. "Know Your Tridoshas" introduces readers to Ayurvedic principles, while chapters like "Mindful Mornings" and "The Holistic Power of Yoga" offer practical routines for daily life. The womb, once revered as a symbol of female strength and power, has been largely overlooked due to patriarchy, leading to negative connotations and stigmas about menstruation. Recognizing its importance as the cradle of human existence and a symbol of feminine power is crucial In the modern world, women often view menstruation as a hindrance to societal progress Embracing womanhood involves understanding the sacredness of the menstrual phase and the magic of nature and the Moon Including men in discussions can help dismantle conditioned perceptions of women and their roles, fostering a more inclusive society Awareness programs should start at primary levels, educating both boys and girls about menstruation and hormonal variations Promoting inclusivity and understanding from an early age can foster respect across all genders

With meaningful and colorful illustrations by Sarah Mae Quezon, this book aims to be a comprehensive resource for women seeking to understand their cycle better and manage its manifestations effectively, offering fundamental insights into health concerns, emotional well-being, and mindful activities across all stages of life.

With "Mr Einstein's Secretary," Matthew Reilly ventures into the world of historical spy fiction in a break from his normal fastpaced thrillers The story follows Hanna Fischer, a young physicist, as she makes her way through a life of espionage, survival, and inner torment. It is set against the turbulent background of post-World War I Germany and spans four decades. Reilly gives readers a new take on the genre by deftly fusing real occurrences and characters from Hitler's inner circle to Berlin's Nazi gangs with a distinctive twist. Using excerpts from Hanna's interrogations by various sides throughout the years, the story is deftly woven around her varied duties as a secretary for numerous bosses, including American businesspeople and Nazi officials like Albert Speer Reilly's skill as a storyteller makes sure the tale stays interesting and simple to follow even in spite of its intricacy The atomic power-related espionage subplot heightens the tension and leads to a dramatic and bloody Berlin conclusion Power relationships and historical occurrences are highlighted as the narrative traces Hanna's development from an impressionable adolescent to an experienced survivor The intricate plot of the book interweaves several timeframes and people, and Hanna makes a compelling narrator Her sister Ooma also contributes richness to the story Reilly gives strong, ruthless portrayals of historical characters, including Albert Speer, which deepens the story "Mr Einstein’s Secretary" tells a compelling story with well-developed characters and minute historical information, even if it lacks the action-packed intensity of Reilly’s earlier novels. The plot revolves around Hanna's transformation from an enthusiastic youth to an experienced survivor, with her sister Ooma also holding a prominent position. Fans of historical fiction with a twist will find Reilly's representation of historical personalities, especially the horrific portrayal of Nazi dictators, to be extremely thought-provoking and engaging

Overall, Reilly's venture into historical spy fiction succeeds in departing from his signature approach, providing an engrossing amalgam of science, espionage, and endearing people.

Following India's independence, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was confronted with the enormous challenge of reconstructing a new nation from the rubble of conflict, starvation, and division among communities The creation of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) was one of

his major administrative reforms "Nehru's First Recruits: The Diplomats Who Built Independent India's Foreign Policy", written by Kallol Bhattacherjee, was inspired by the documentation of these trailblazing diplomats that was made in 1958, the year the IFS positions were finally filled In the book, Author Kallol Bhattacherjee offers an enlightening glimpse at the life of the first Indian ambassadors to represent the country on the international arena. He emphasizes personalities such as Brajesh Mishra, who opened contact with Beijing after 1962; Mira Ishardas Malik, the first Indian woman ambassador in China; and Eric Gonsalves, who oversaw the largest-ever evacuation of Indians from a foreign crisis. Other noteworthy diplomats include K. Natwar Singh and Romesh Bhandari, who continued to service after retirement, and Cyril John Stracey, who collaborated with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose These anecdotes reflect the origins of India's global diplomatic engagement The book presents a basic history of India's diplomatic corps, capturing the spirit of these diplomats' triumphs and struggles For instance, Mirza Rashid Ali Baig had the daunting challenge of presenting India's variety on par with Moscow when he hosted Soviet authorities in 1955 These incidents highlight the intricate cultural diplomacy these early ambassadors handled and illustrate Nehru's idea of the global role of an independent India For anyone interested in the complexities of international politics and history, "Nehru's First Recruits" is an engrossing read The experiences of these trailblazing diplomats are vividly told by Bhattacherjee, highlighting their important roles in influencing India's foreign policy.

This book serves as both a memorial to their legacy and evidence of the vital role they played in the early phases of India's international prominence.


Now That I have Your Attention: 7 Lessons in Leading a Life Bigger Than They Expect" chronicles the extraordinary life of Nicolas Hamilton, a pioneering figure in British motorsport and a beacon of resilience Born with cerebral palsy, Hamilton defied bleak medical predictions to become the first

disabled athlete to compete at the highest level of the British Touring Car Championship. His memoir is not just a story to overcoming physical challenges but a profound exploration of the transformative power of self-discipline and selfcompassion in achieving remarkable success The book excels in combining motivation with useful advice in a smooth manner With his witty observations and personal tales, Hamilton enthralls readers and provides a path forward for anybody hoping to achieve their goals and realize their potential Because of his approachable yet insightful writing style, readers looking for inspiration and practical solutions to deal with life's obstacles will find the book to be engrossing Nicolas Hamilton tells the story of his tenacity and self-awareness in the face of adversity The book covers issues such as productivity, personal growth, and communication skills Hamilton's narrative demonstrates his tenacity and self-awareness and also provides practical guidance for personal and professional development. Hamilton's authentic voice and practical examples make it an invaluable resource for self-help and personal development. In the end, Hamilton's autobiography is a moving reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. It strikes a deep chord with readers who want to redefine their own limitations and tap into their inner strength.

"Now That I Have Your Attention" is more than simply a book on racing; it's an inspiring call to embrace selfdiscipline and self-compassion as instruments for reaching incredible heights in life and a monument to the power of the human will.

Mary Kubica's "She's Not Sorry" follows Meghan Michaels, a committed ICU nurse and single mother negotiating the complications of life after divorce while caring for her adolescent daughter. The story takes a dramatic turn when Caitlin, a strange patient, is taken to the ICU following a fall from a pedestrian bridge that puts her in a coma. Meghan simultaneously reconnects with Nat, an old high school classmate who is yearning to leave her violent marriage These overlapping narratives result in a tense and surprising drama Author's ability to weave unexpected connections puts readers on edge, with twists and turns that demand attention and pique curiosity The story is full with startling disclosures that cause readers to reevaluate their initial ideas, increasing the book's reread value The interconnected destinies of the individuals, as well as the anticipatory buildup to their stories, make for an intense and intriguing read from beginning to end The novel is told fully from Meghan's perspective, immersing readers in her emotional world Despite the occasional over-elaboration of ordinary information, this first-person narrative style works brilliantly for the psychological thriller genre, providing authenticity and depth. Meghan's internal monologues, which are full of overthinking and worry, make her a likable and interesting character. Her concerns for her daughter's safety, along with her fascination with Nat, add layers of drama and mystery to the story. "She's Not Sorry" shines at portraying Meghan's work life as an ICU nurse, bringing light on the mental and emotional toll of such a hard job. Caitlin's cryptic history and the different accounts around her enhance the intrigue, leaving Meghan and the readers wondering what the reality is

While the novel might need a faster pace in the first half, the exhilarating second half more than compensates, giving an engrossing and heart-pounding finale. This story demonstrates Kubica's skill for writing sophisticated, twist-filled thrillers that attract and challenge readers.

Children's growth and development depend heavily on cooks and their recipes since they provide wholesome, delectable meals that guarantee a youngster gets the nutrients they need Cooks empower children to experience a variety of foods and flavors and help establish lifelong good eating habits by making healthy eating pleasant. Mealtimes become occasions for fun and nutrition thanks to their inventiveness and skill, which has a profound effect on kids' general wellbeing. In her book "Tasty Tiffin," Archana Doshi, the creative force behind Archana's Kitchen, offers a novel solution to the age-old problem of making wholesome and enticing lunchbox contents for kids. Doshi provides tasty and nutritious lunch plans that are carefully chosen to stave against kids' addiction to junk food There are now over 40 such plans available Every page of this book demonstrates her skill at creating inventive, well-balanced recipes, making it a vital resource for parents who want to make sure their kids eat healthful food Since launching her platform in 2007, Archana Doshi, the creator of Archana's Kitchen, has had a big impact on India's culinary sector Currently, Archana's Kitchen has more than 10 million users on its mobile app, social media sites, YouTube channel, and website Doshi's vast expertise and love of cooking are obvious in "Tasty Tiffin," where she creates meals that are health-conscious while also showcasing her culinary prowess and in-depth knowledge of nutritional requirements "Tasty Tiffin" is a book designed to help parents create nutritious mid-day meals for their children. Author Doshi offers a variety of easy-to-prepare dishes, including colorful veggie sandwiches and protein-rich salads, that cater to even picky eaters. The book emphasizes creativity and visual appeal, with beautiful snapshots of each dish to spark culinary creativity. The weekly Tasty Tiffin Planner, complete with daily recipes and grocery lists, simplifies meal preparation and encourages home cooks to explore new flavors. This thoughtful approach makes "Tasty Tiffin" a must-have for parents looking to make lunchtime an exciting and nutritious experience for their children.

Readers are drawn into the colorful world of Telugu film in Mukesh Manjunath's gripping novel "The Age of Heroes," where heroes overcome great obstacles to accomplish extraordinary accomplishments Manjunath's study digs deeply into the historical and cultural

elements that have influenced the Telugu hero cult, which includes notable personalities like Pawan Kalyan, N T Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, and the trailblazing female hero Vijayashanti This book is both a contemporary study and an homage to these legendary characters, especially in light of Telugu cinema' increasing popularity worldwide, particularly blockbusters like "Baahubali" and "RRR." Manjunath's novel is accessible and captivating; it was the winner of the first HarperCollins-MAMI film writing contest. The writer does a fantastic job of placing the Telugu "heroes" in a larger socio-political framework and giving readers a thoroughly researched story that flows like a book His love for Telugu cinema is evident, and he succeeds in making difficult subjects approachable and captivating for both casual viewers and die-hard enthusiasts Because of this, "The Age of Heroes" is an invaluable tool for anybody wishing to comprehend the complex web of Telugu film and its heroes The book's analysis of the relationship between politics and celebrity is one of its strong points Manjunath depicts the way Telugu movie stars, including N T Rama Rao and Chiranjeevi, went from being screen idols to being political personalities who impacted not only entertainment but also the sociopolitical environment The author presents a critical viewpoint that is enlightening for both Telugu and nonTelugu readers, despite the joyful tone This is an interesting read for a wide readership because of the wellarticulated connections between politics, cultural effect, and fame. And, not to miss the book cover that has Megastar Chiranjeevi in a climax fight scene from a blockbuster movie – Alluda MaJaka(1995). All things considered, "The Age of Heroes" is a superb introduction to Telugu cinema, skillfully fusing social critique with critical study of the film. Manjunath's meticulous investigation and captivating writing skillfully capture the distinct occurrence of the Telugu hero, rendering it an indispensable book for both movie buffs and academics

This book is a valuable addition to any movie enthusiast's library as it not only honors the history of Telugu cinema but also offers a better comprehension of its cultural relevance. The book is also a good gift to all those non-Telugu readers who will understand the supremacy of Telugu Cinema.

Erik Larson's latest historical nonfiction, "The Demon of Unrest Abraham Lincoln and America's Road to Civil War," immerses readers in the tumultuous months between Abraham Lincoln's election and the outbreak of the American Civil War Larson noted for his captivating

narrative style, details the critical roles performed by major personalities during Lincoln's administration and across the country By depicting the buildup to the shelling of Fort Sumter as a dramatic prelude, Larson brings to life a cast of recognizable and obscure people, heightening the historical suspense Major Robert Anderson, the less well-known commander of Fort Sumter, is important to the story Despite his Southern inclinations, Anderson emerges as a Union hero, bravely defending the fort against Confederate onslaught. Larson's concentration on Anderson and other personalities like James Hammond and Edmund Ruffin gives a nuanced understanding of the era's intricacies. However, some readers may find the emphasis on these contentious people disconcerting, since their personal vices and staunch anti-slavery attitudes underline the moral turpitude of the age. Larson's rigorous research and captivating storytelling shine through as he blends personal diaries, public speeches, and journalistic articles to evoke the period's mood His allusion to contemporary political events, such as the January 6th Capitol attack, serves as a subtle yet powerful reminder of history's recurrent themes While some may find this present comparison disconcerting, it highlights the long-term importance of the issues at stake during the Civil War Even with these advantages, "The Demon of Unrest" has its moments of poor execution The narrative's erratic focus between several historical personalities and settings might be confusing and lessen the cohesiveness of the whole work Nevertheless, Larson's work offers a readable starting place for those who are becoming interested in the Civil War For those unfamiliar with the era or seeking an interesting account of the pre-war events, its captivating story renders it a valuable read even though it may not provide novel perspectives for experienced historians.

"The Enclave: A Sharp and Hilarious Portrait of Womanhood in India," Maya, a free-spirited lady in her early forties, is portrayed by Rohit Manchanda in a captivating and incredibly realistic manner Maya, who was recently divorced and now resides in Bombay, finds happiness in her job as a liaison officer, her group of friends and romantic partners, and her home city Maya's existence is perfectly encapsulated in Manchanda's book, which emphasizes her happy acceptance of her newfound independence and her home city. The story follows Maya as she goes about her everyday activities and experiences highs and lows in both her personal and professional lives. The story depicts the pleasures and irritations that come with every facet of her life as she manages her career, love relationships, and goals as a writer. But as her life falls apart, Maya encounters a number of difficulties that make her face her sadness, rage, and the frailty of the things she previously took for granted Set in the late 2000s, Manchanda masterfully captures this transformative era, blending humor and tenderness to evoke a time of burgeoning material wellbeing and shifting social and cultural norms "The Enclave" is a finely observed depiction of a period when India's middle class began to experience the benefits of economic liberalization Readers gain insight into the complexities and possibilities that defined this pivotal moment in Indian history through Maya's journey Manchanda writes in a lively, lyrical style that deftly strikes a balance between keen observation and nuanced feeling The way that Maya's relationships and the rich nuances of her environment are portrayed in the book demonstrate its charm and wit. "The Enclave" sticks out as a perceptive, sometimes humorous, and incredibly insightful examination of gender in a world that is changing. Rohit Manchanda's story encourages readers to consider the complexities of identity, ambition, and the dynamic post-liberalization environment of India through its distinct perspective and distinctive voice.

constructs a story that expertly examines the interconnections of past and present, belief and doubt, and the staying power of love throughout lives. Aciman's language is, as usual, a marvel a delicate brushstroke that creates scenes of astonishing beauty and intimacy. Through his poetic and evocative writing, he encourages readers to enter a world where the lines between reality and magic melt together This novella is more than simply a narrative; it's an homage to love itself, capturing its subtleties with both ferocity and compassion, leaving a lasting impression equivalent to spending a sun-soaked day in meaningful discussion with a newfound lover At its heart, "The Gentleman from Peru" demonstrates Aciman's capacity to elicit strong emotions and induce contemplation It's a story that resonates, especially in these turbulent times, providing refuge and escapism without sacrificing intellectual and emotional depth For fans of Aciman's writing, this novella offers another engrossing voyage into the complexity of human connection and the everlasting need for love's enduring embrace "The Gentleman from Peru" is more than just a narrative; it's an invitation to trust in the incomprehensible, rediscover the power of love, and treasure the potential of deep relationships that transcend time and place. Aciman's story, inspired by Shakespearean themes of love and fate, develops as a poetic examination of identity and existence, reminding us that love, in its purest form, transcends the temporal restrictions of life itself. To summarize, André Aciman's "The Gentleman from Peru" is a captivating piece of literary art a painful reminder of the everlasting power of love and the deep influence of fortuitous meetings It's a book that stays with you, compelling you to return to its pages, each time uncovering new depths and resonances that confirm the everlasting truths of the human experience

Jesse Q. Sutanto's , "The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties," continues her amusing series with the meddling aunties, bringing another hilarious mystery that combines family drama and crime-solving adventures This story, set against the backdrop of a Chinese New Year party in Jakarta,

In André Aciman's latest novella, "The Gentleman from Peru," readers are taken to the sun-drenched Amalfi coast, where a fortuitous encounter with an intriguing Peruvian gentleman leads to a story of profound love and mysticism Set in a beautiful Mediterranean hotel, Aciman transports readers on a journey of humour and mystery Following a wonderful European honeymoon, Meddy Chan and her husband Nathan return in Jakarta to celebrate Chinese New Year with her extended family. When a longstanding family conflict erupted on their doorstep, what starts off as a happy reunion swiftly devolved into chaos. A former flame of Second Aunt's arrives carrying costly presents in an attempt to recapture her heart, but the gesture backfires catastrophically when it is found that one gift contains a critical secret a blunder that entangles Meddy and the aunties in a hazardous game between Jakarta's competing mafia groups Sutanto's narrative abilities emerge as she navigates the chaos with wit and heart The antics of the aunties, each with their personality and peculiarities, infuse humour into the story and keep the pages moving Despite the pandemonium, Meddy emerges as a strong protagonist, trying to defend her loved ones by navigating the perilous seas of family loyalty and criminal intrigue "The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties" is a celebration of familial connections and cultural diversity rather than merely a mystery Sutanto skillfully combines traditional cultural customs with contemporary sensibilities to provide readers an insight into Indonesian culture and the colourful tapestry of Chinese New Year celebrations This book leaves readers wanting more of Meddy and her remarkable family while ensuring a satisfying series finale with its combination of witty banter and surprising turns. Finally, Jesse Q. Sutanto's farewell to the Aunties series is a success; it's a book that enlightens and amuses while evoking happy memories and laughs.

For readers who enjoy cozy mysteries and anybody looking for a lovely getaway into a world where danger and humor coexist, "The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties" is a must-read.

This novella is a must-read for anybody looking for a story that combines the mystical with the every day, the eternal with the ephemeral a beautiful monument to the inexplicable beauty of love's enduring existence.

"The Letter With The Golden Stamp" by Onjali Q Rauf is a powerful contemporary children's novel that chronicles the compelling story of Audrey, a young girl thrust into a burdensome role far beyond her years Told as a police confession, Audrey’s journey from Swansea to London unfolds

through her own words, revealing a tale of courage, resilience, and the quest for a better life. Audrey, at just nine years old, is the primary caregiver for her bedridden mother and twin siblings, Peck and Kat With her mother frequently incapacitated by osteoarthritis, Audrey manages the household while concealing their dire situation from the authorities to avoid being separated from her family Despite the gravity of her responsibilities, Audrey remains a brave, kind, and funny protagonist, whose innocent perspective adds depth to her story Her interactions with best friends Kavi and Inara, and the supportive postman Mo, enrich the narrative, highlighting the warmth of her community When a mysterious neighbour moves in and Audrey fears they might report her family to the authorities, she decides to seek help from her estranged father in London The journey she embarks on is fraught with challenges, but it underscores her determination to protect her family Rauf’s storytelling captures the reader’s imagination, making it a fast-paced and engaging read despite the serious subject matter. Audrey's story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring, demonstrating her creative resilience and moral strength. The novel beautifully portrays the local community’s quiet support for Audrey, especially through Mo, who discreetly aids her family. Rauf's vivid characterizations and empathetic writing immerse readers in Audrey's world, making them feel the immense pressure she endures The narrative is both poignant and uplifting, ensuring that readers, regardless of age, will find themselves deeply moved and full of admiration for Audrey "The Letter With The Golden Stamp" is a must-read for children aged ten and above, though its universal themes of love, sacrifice, and resilience will resonate with readers of all ages

Onjali Q. Rauf masterfully blends authenticity with sensitivity, creating a story that not only entertains but also educates and inspires. Audrey’s journey is a testament to the indomitable spirit of young carers and the power of community support

Akshat Gupta skillfully combines historical action and legendary passion in “The Naga Warriors: Battle for Gokul”, vividly depicting the heroic story of the Naga sadhus defending Gokul against the Afghan army led by Ahmed Shah Abdali Renowned for his Hidden Hindu trilogy, Gupta makes a comeback with an engaging story that illuminates obscure facets of Sanatana Dharma and Naga sadhus The story is told in two timeframes, fusing the turbulent events of 1757 with the current day The narrative is told from the perspective of an unnamed Naga, the protagonist, to a contemporary climber, weaving historical details with current significance The reader is drawn in by this framework, which also provides a means of cultural inquiry into the customs and beliefs that characterize Naga culture Vibrant characters that shine through the turmoil of battle, such as Ajaa, Shambhuji, and the mysterious Vanraaj, are essential to the plot They are known for their courage and commitment to Dharma On the other hand, Sardar Khan shows himself to be a very strong opponent who personifies the vicious ambition of Abdali's army Gupta skillfully juxtaposes these people against a background of technical military tactics and deep moral quandaries, adding nuance and complexity to the story. The realistic, wellresearched, and striking portrayal of fighting in The Naga Warriors is its greatest asset. The reader is thrust right into the action by Gupta's lively and vivid style, which also offers historical background to further illuminate the significance of the Naga sadhus in Indian history. The conflicts are more than just skirmishes; they are crucial events that shape the destiny of nations, full of tension and surprising turns that keep the pages turning The book is a monument to Gupta's dedication to conserving and honoring India's rich cultural legacy in addition to its captivating story For readers attempting to comprehend the core of Sanatana Dharma, The Naga Warriors becomes not just a story of bravery but also a voyage of discovery as he painstakingly explains the meaning of ancient rites and philosophical foundations In summary, the passionately and reverently created The Naga Warriors: Battle for Gokul is a riveting fusion of historical drama and mystical mystery

Every page of this book exudes Akshat Gupta's storytelling skill and profound respect for his subject, making it a must-read for anybody enthralled with India's legendary past and ageless customs.

In "The Scrapper’s Way: Making It Big in an Unequal World," Damodar Padhi provides a priceless manual for anybody attempting to make their way across the harsh and sometimes cruel terrain of the contemporary world With over thirty years of expertise in IT, aerospace, and energy consulting, Padhi combines personal narratives with useful advice to produce a resource that is both inspirational and useful The book is a monument to ingenuity and resiliency, which are vital qualities for anybody trying to succeed in the face of overwhelming circumstances Author Damodar Padhi's story is organized around major ideas that are essential to overcome hardship He places a strong emphasis on resilience as the foundation for overcoming obstacles in life and being resourceful in making the most of little possibilities According to Padhi, success is enjoyment, purpose, and personal development in addition to material gain. This all-encompassing strategy for success offers a novel viewpoint, particularly for people who may feel negatively impacted by their situation. "The Scrapper’s Way" is obviously aimed at those who didn’t go to prestigious schools, weren’t born into affluence, or haven’t been able to acquire their ideal careers. In her direct address to these readers, Padhi exhorts them to take on life head-on and make wise decisions He offers a practical yet upbeat road map for overcoming obstacles in both your personal and professional life The useful advice in the book is intended to empower readers by assisting them in achieving a happy, purposeful life that combines financial security and contentment Damodar Padhi's - "The Scrapper’s Way" is an essential read for everyone looking to redefine success according to their own standards Padhi's life experiences and wisdom offer a valuable guide for creating a fulfilling life and prosperous career This book is more than simply a manual; it's a call to action for professionals, aspiring business owners, and everybody else trying to find meaning in the midst of unfair circumstances

"The Scrapper’s Way" is a vital resource for anybody who is committed to succeeding in life despite all the obstacles, as it combines real-world experiences with practical guidance.

“The Tamil Story: Through the Times, Through the Tides”, edited by Dilip Kumar and translated by Subashree Krishnaswamy, is a seminal anthology that brings together eighty-eight short stories spanning nearly a century. This collection traces the evolution of the Tamil short story, offering readers a panoramic

view of Tamil life across different eras. The stories, sourced from a variety of publications including littleknown magazines, out-of-print editions, and contemporary literary journals, are penned by both renowned and lesserknown authors This anthology provides a unique blend of realism and fantasy, folklore and myth, irony and pathos, making it a treasure trove for anyone interested in Tamil literature Dilip Kumar, a celebrated Tamil short story writer whose mother tongue is Gujarati, has a rich background in literature with multiple accolades His meticulous efforts in compiling this anthology involved an extensive search through Tamil publications, ensuring a comprehensive representation of the genre Kumar's expertise is complemented by Subashree Krishnaswamy, an editor, translator, and writer with a deep understanding of South Indian literature Together, they have crafted a collection that reflects the diverse aesthetic and political perspectives of Tamil short stories, offering readers both historical context and literary variety. The anthology is an immersive experience, allowing readers to travel through different Tamil worlds with each story. It covers a wide array of themes, from rural life and urban poverty to caste consciousness and electoral politics. Stories like Ki Rajnarayan's "The Chair" and Na Muthuswamy's "Ghee Stain" showcase the nuanced depiction of rural settings, while tales like Pudumaippittan's "The Great Graveyard" and Ashokamitran's "Tiger Artiste" provide a gritty look at urban landscapes and the cinematic world These stories capture the essence of Tamil life, making the anthology a valuable cultural document The translation by Krishnaswamy pays meticulous attention to the language, preserving the flavor of the original Tamil while making it accessible to English readers The dialogue often retains a Tamil-English tone, enhancing the authenticity of the stories This strategy, though experimental, works well in immersing readers in the Tamil universe

Overall, The Tamil Story: Through the Times, Through the Tides is a must-read for anyone interested in Tamil literature. It is a testament to the rich literary heritage of Tamil Nadu and offers an insightful glimpse into the lives of its people across different times.

In "The Wealth Money

Can't Buy: The 8 Hidden Habits to Live Your Richest

Life," Robin Sharma offers a novel viewpoint in a society fixated on monetary gain Sharma questions the traditional definition of wealth as a well-known authority on leadership and personal development. Rather of

concentrating just on material achievement, he redefines wealth to include a wider range of human experience This book challenges readers to think about living a fuller, more satisfying life that goes beyond accumulating wealth Robin Sharma divides the idea of genuine wealth into eight fundamental habits, each of which stands for a distinct aspect of a fulfilling life Self-improvement, well-being, forming social bonds, and discovering happiness outside of material belongings are some of these behaviors Through an examination of these behaviors, author offers a thorough manual for developing a really abundant existence. In order to assist readers in incorporating these habits into their everyday lives, he provides them with useful tools and tactics in addition to his theoretical approach. One of the book's most notable features is Sharma's ability to combine profound philosophical understanding with useful guidance. He gives readers specific instructions on how to begin living a fuller life right away, rather than merely presenting abstract concepts Sharma offers helpful advice that is easy to understand and practical, whether it is for developing healthier relationships, cultivating appreciation, or creating personal objectives The notion of being a producer of the "perfect moment" is a particularly potent one, highlighting the significance of cherishing ordinary moments of happiness and connection Robin Sharma's enthusiasm and conviction are obvious throughout the book His excitement for the subject is contagious, encouraging readers to live a life of meaning and wealth

"The Wealth Money Can't Buy" is more than simply a self-help book; it's a guidebook for anybody wishing to get out of the rat race and achieve genuine happiness Sharma demonstrates that long-term prosperity is much more than financial success by emphasizing personal mastery and inner growth. This book is a must-read for anybody looking to rethink their idea of riches and attain long-term pleasure.

In "Think This, Not That," Dr. Josh Axe offers an engaging manual for realizing your full potential via the adoption of many paradigm-shifting mental practices. The book aims to guide readers away from limiting ideas and toward a satisfying existence by fostering self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a development

mindset Axe, a successful businessman and leadership expert, offers twelve ground-breaking mental shifts that will help readers escape a never-ending cycle of inertia and reach their full potential. Axe's observations provide a path to a better, more purpose-driven future, regardless of whether you're feeling trapped in a rut or just looking for a more fulfilling life. Dr. Axe's approach is both new and captivating. He addresses the typical sense of emptiness that comes with a busy yet unfulfilling existence, encouraging readers to measure success not by their achievements but by the people they become The book is organized on breaking down false narratives and replacing them with empowered thoughts Axe demonstrates how to become an active hero in life with a series of practical techniques and realistic situations His counsel is both practical and motivating, leaving the reader feeling ready to face life's obstacles with renewed enthusiasm "Think This, Not That" is a book that combines wit and wisdom, with a friendly and humorous writing style It guides readers through practical tasks, from understanding their purpose to developing virtues to overcome vices The book's unique approach is its comprehensive vision of success, questioning traditional ideas and encouraging readers to view it as a character-building journey rather than a collection of accolades. The practical approach, complete with examples and visual aids, makes these principles understandable and simple to use.

"Think This, Not That" is a valuable resource for personal and professional growth, combining Dr. Axe's Christian perspective with insights from psychology, business, and Eastern philosophy. It offers a logical path for thinking transformations and practical examples, promoting a life of ultimate meaning.

Sarah A Parker's "When the Moon Hatched" is a bestselling phenomenon that sweeps readers into a fast-paced fantasy romance, set in a vibrant world teeming with mysterious creatures, a unique magic system, and an enduring love story. This 700-page novel masterfully combines intricate world-building with a gripping narrative, complete with a glossary, map, and character list to guide readers through its immersive universe. The tale begins with the unexpected ascent of dragons to the skies, transforming into moons and later plummeting back to the earth, setting the stage for a thrilling adventure. The protagonist, Raeve, is an assassin for the rebel group Fíur du Ath. Her life takes a dramatic turn when a rival bounty hunter disrupts her world, leading to bloodshed and heartbreak. Captured by the powerful Guild of Nobles, Raeve becomes a political pawn Enter Kaan Vaegor, a grief-stricken ruler who embarks on a quest to mend his broken heart His journey leads him to Raeve, imprisoned in a high-security prison, where their pasts intertwine and reveal hidden truths too toxic to ignore Parker's writing is phenomenal, with shocking twists that keep readers on the edge of their seats The narration in the book is primarily from Raeve's perspective, allowing readers to experience her journey as an assassin navigating a world of political intrigue and magical wonders Raeve's character is compelling brave, cunning, and self-aware, with a snarky edge that makes her both relatable and memorable Her evolving relationship with Kaan Vaegor, a mysterious and protective figure, adds depth to the story The inclusion of multiple points of view, including Kaan's, enriches the narrative, offering insights into the characters' motivations and histories. "When the Moon Hatched" excels in its detailed world-building, presenting a high-fantasy realm where magic and dragons play pivotal roles. The story's inventive elements, such as a unique communication system using flying "paper larks" and dragons that transform into moons upon death, add originality to the genre. Despite a few plot holes and a slow-burning pace, the novel's depth and complexity make it a captivating read

Parker's ability to weave a richly textured tale with relatable characters and a spellbinding romance ensures that readers will eagerly await the sequel.

Huma Qureshi takes readers on an exciting trip into the life of an unlikely superhero in her debut book, Zeba Zeba, a young lady thrust with tremendous talents and the daunting task of rescuing the world, is the protagonist of the novel. Dramatically, Qureshi opens his story with

Zeba, an infant, abandoned in the sacred spring of Zsa Zsa, where he is miraculously saved by a lightning strike and taken in by the prosperous Akhoon family This establishes the scene for a story that deftly combines aspects of cultural history, fantasy, and human growth Set in the imaginary kingdom of Khudir, Zeba pulls readers from a luxurious existence in New York to the center of a nation teeming with ancient mysteries and political intrigue During her journey to Khudir, Zeba finds her unique talents in water manipulation Initially indifferent in her newfound obligations, Zeba embarks on a voyage of self-discovery and responsibility as she grapples with her fate. The story dives into her personal problems as well as the external pressures she experiences, making for an engaging read from beginning to end. Qureshi's writing is captivating, blending fantastical themes with contemporary issues. The story delves into complex subjects like power, family, and women's struggles in patriarchal society. The presence of a royal hijra persona provides historical background and a new perspective on neglected communities The novel's unique blend of fantastical themes with contemporary locations and concerns makes it stand out The climactic encounter between Zeba and her father, the Great Khan, encapsulates the theme of good versus evil and highlights the nuanced causes of seemingly cruel deeds Zeba, as a whole, is a welcome and unexpected addition to the South Asian fantasy genre, fusing magical realism, cultural criticism, and contemporary relevance into an engaging and thoughtprovoking narrative

Fans of fantasy, superhero stories, and intricate, multi-layered storylines should not miss Zeba, which is a must-read for Huma Qureshi's debut and a tribute to her writing talent.

(Reviewed by Swapna Peri)

Jason Tartick's "Talk Money to Me" aims to empower couples with the tools and knowledge necessary to achieve financial harmony and security together The author is known for his background in finance and appearances on reality TV, this book presents a structured approach to

discussing finances within relationships He emphasizes the importance of aligning financial goals and values, encouraging couples to work together as a team towards shared objectives. As he hinted in the title, this book covers a wide array of topics, ranging from day-to-day budgeting and spending habits to more long-term considerations like retirement planning and investing. Through relatable anecdotes and straightforward explanations, Tartick demystifies complex financial concepts, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can grasp the material Tartick's writing style is engaging and accessible, making it easy to digest even the most intimidating financial topics His emphasis on actionable steps and practical tools ensures that readers aren't just passively consuming information but actively implementing strategies to improve their monetary health His approachable demeanor and commitment to transparency make him a trusted voice in the realm of personal finance, particularly for couples seeking guidance on how to help their financial journey together One aspect I particularly appreciated was Tartick's transparency about his financial journey His anecdotes serve to humanize the content and make it more relatable to readers It's evident that Tartick genuinely cares about helping couples navigate their finances and build stronger relationships in the process. This invaluable resource will help partners as a practical and comprehensive guide for couples navigating the often-challenging terrain of financial conversations.

Practical tools and exercises provided throughout the book help readers apply the concepts discussed to their financial situations, making it a hands-on guide rather than just theoretical advice.

(Reviewed by Kiran K Adharapuram)

Hachette's newly published "Chambers My First Picture Dictionary” is a handbook for pre-schoolers and early learners This book is curated to serve children to learn the alphabet and to have command of vocabulary plus hold on the language skills With more than 500 words and attractive illustrations, this book stands apart from the

market-available books in this category Every alphabet accompanies a handful of words that are interconnected with everyday objects, relationships, facets, and living/nonliving things. This book also provides example statements for every word to make children adapt the best-fit usage and make them understand the contextual connection. Interestingly this book is made available to readers by adapting the sensitivity and esteeming the culture, social and emotional sentiments. This book will pave a decent foundation for the toddler, considering the heavily enriched, aesthetic content and pictures, this will make your kids learning experience pretty much delightful No doubt this picture dictionary is an ideal guide and fit to accompany your kid for both home and school usage This book will make your kid's learning experience hassle-free This book is capable of building confidence in your kid and enhancing their creative skill and aims to increase confidence with early vocabulary and skill enhancement Sonal Banerjee Mondol equally deserves appreciation for skillfully designing the book cover Your children's must-have first dictionary that accompanies 500+ words plus pertinent sentences and picturesque illustrations stands big and a part of the market available books

If you wish to gift the knowledge of vocabulary and comprehension of the alphabet usability to your preschoolers or early learners, this book is an ideal choice.

(Reviewed by Kiran K Adharapuram)

Dr L Subramaniam, a globally distinguished violinist of Indian music has come up with the book "Raga Harmony"

In this book, the legendary ‘Violin Chakravarti presents a thirty-six scale concept to enable Indian Raga-based composition and ease the job of orchestra professionals around the globe This book is postulated by presenting the contemplation of classical music both Indian and Western, cognizance of raga & mela in Carnatic music, and the concept of Raga Harmony, the concept of creating multiple tonalities using swaras or ragas, carrying the crux of adhering to the rules of indo-western classical music scales and helping in enhancing it.

He decussated Western classical music and deep-dived into the advancements that Western classical music by providing timeline references and the paradigm shifts plus the Indian music influence He also excogitated the Vedic and Upanishad references of Indian music and the music's furtherance timelines plus the impact of legendary music dignitaries who contributed to Indian music

Being a music enthusiast, this book is a fabulous entry point to quench my thirst for euphony This handy music guide has tala assortment, raga cognition, scales, harmonic structures, Jati, moorchana, lakshana’s, and many more Notably, Dr L Subramaniam presented a table on seventytwo ragas as per asampoorna mala paddhati and a detailed tabloid on frequency for equal tempered scale comes inhand to the composures and orchestra performers

If you wish to be a music aficionado and to explore plus understand the complicated yet interesting concepts about music and to know the history and developments of music over a while and the classic raga system and Carnatic concepts, this book is a must-pick.

(Reviewed by Kiran K Adharapuram)

“Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There” by Tali Sharot and Cass R Sunstein is a thought-provoking exploration of habituation and how we can break free from its effects to live more fulfilling lives

This book was presented as a four-chunk cut. Well-being, thinking and believing, health and safety, and society. Each chunk carries its micro detailing and makes the readers glued to the content. No doubt, this book is a perfect shot for those who are into the mindset of paradigm shift. The author explores the concept of attention and how our brains filter out information that we deem insignificant or unessential The author pleads that by becoming more mindful and intentional in our observations, we can uncover hidden truths and opportunities that may have been overlooked The authors delve into why we stop noticing both positive and negative aspects of our surroundings and provide strategies for “dishabituating” ourselves By temporarily changing our environment, rules, or dealings, we can regain sensitivity and appreciate the good while addressing areas that need improvement You don’t need to be rich to turn intermittent pleasure into mundane comfort The book is filled with intriguing research and real-life instances that illustrate the impact of perception on our everyday lives Sharot's writing is engaging and accessible, making complex scientific concepts easy to understand. It’s a startling and satisfying read that offers insights into human demeanor and perception.

This book might be your road map out of your comfort zone." Look Again" is a compelling read that will challenge readers to reconsider their assumptions and approach the world with a fresh perspective.

(Reviewed by Kiran K Adharapuram)


The vast ocean of life

Sends wave after wave of pain, fear, challenges

I stand and stare, not knowing

Which wave would wipe my tear

Not knowing, every wave is a trap to scare...

A star-studded backpack full of dreams

Heart filled with wonder seeking magic, joy, warmth, love, laughter

But life often challenges us with the inexplicables, to endure

"Pain after pain after pain", might seem like a movie story

Until it happens to oneself

"Tired of being tired", is a cursed state

Fatigue choosing to stay in your body, mind, rent-free

A dreamer, wanderer, seeker with unhealed wings

Too many skies, ache deep without a flight

Not every pain, is visible

Not every smile, is without hidden tears

"Not looking like being in pain", a boon and a bane

Not everyone will identify your bruises, scars within

Not everyone is kinder to not judge you, assume things...

Despite it all, I know am blooming

Gratitude is the lamp that lights my tunnels

Art, handholds in my trudging, healing

Words I weave, brought healer souls closer

Connections turned soulful, "my tribe" found Conversations watered my parched heart

The universe heals in unexpected ways...

Often pitied being, "only child", while Life gifted brothers, sisters from another womb

Soulmates discovered, loneliness burnt Beautiful souls, anchors, handheld

Every turbulence, turmoil never faced alone...

"Family is not always blood", proven to date

While enduring a tough battle...

Beyond all the abundance received

We are our only constant, to save ourselves

I shower myself with love, kindness to be my own therapy

Being a reason for someone's smile, hope

Fills my heart with peace, and calm

I write inspiried by the universe, mentored by pain

Writing is my way of loving, healing others

What if the ocean of life

Sends wave after wave to test Pain chisels, sculpts me into a walking breathing statue of hope

I survive, to dive deep for pearls I become the ocean, that dreams and dares.

A bilingual poet-writer(Tamil, English), Madhumathi H is an ardent lover of Nature, Poetry, Photography, Music. Loves all forms of art.

Her poems are published in Anthologies of The Poetry Society(India), CPC- Chennai Poetry Circle's EFFLORESCENCE, IPC's(India Poetry Circle)

Madras Hues Myriad Views, IPC's Confluence - AGO poem, Amaravati Poetic Prism 2015, YPF's Ignite Poetry, Breathe Poetry, Dream Poetry, Winterful Whispers(Shimmering Seasons), Soul shores, that have 10 of her poems published, Soul Serenade, Soul songs, Shades of Love-AIFEST, Celebrating Womanhood - AIFEST International Poetry Contest 2023(Special Jury mention & secured A grade)

Arising from the dust, Painting Dreams, Shards of unsung Poesies, are some of the other Anthologies her poems, and write ups are part of (2020 to 2024) Madhumathi's poems and write ups are part of ezines Storizen, UGC approved Muse India, Science Shore, Positive Vibes - Literary Vibes, OPA – Our Poetry Archives, IWJ - International Writers Journal, and e-Anthologies Monsoon moods - Muse India, Green Awakenings - On Environment, by KavyaAdisakrit

Besides Poetry, Madhumathi writes on Mental health to create awareness, break the stigma, believing in the therapeutic, transformational power of words

Contact: madhumathi poetry@gmail com


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After You

I wish I could walk like you do now Light-footed With ease Upon the waters of the sea that separates the dead from the living

I can only bide my time at the shore Building my sand castle and calling it my home

Vidya Shankar, a Touchstone Award longlisted poet (2023), is an Associate Editor for haikuKATHA Journal, host for The Haibun Gallery and Spotlight forums of Triveni Haikai India. Author of two free verse poetry books, and editor of four collections of free verse, she is widely published in reputed anthologies such as the Yearbook of Indian Poetry in English She has been certified Storizen’s ‘Star Poet’ (2019) and has received the Prime International Poetry Award (2020) and the Gitesh-Biva Memorial Award (2019). An English language teacher and a 'book' in the Human Library, Vidya has been featured in a unique coffee table book on inspiring women of Chennai She finds meaning in her life through yoga and mandalas.

A Cuppa

The morning rush hour starts early in our home with uniforms needing to be buttoned up lunchboxes packed and mouths coaxed to swallow and after I say goodbye to little hands, I go from running to a walk to meet you and your smile tastes like gratefulness. I unburden my thoughts, and you unburden yours, we bear witness for a few minutes as we stroll around the block, and our laughter slows everything down. Then, it is time to run to work, but now, we can do it.

Namratha Varadharajan writes to clear her lens in a world of excess Her poems explore emotions, relationships, and our interconnectedness with nature and try to chip at the prejudices that plague us, one syllable at a time. Her work has been published in The Yearbook of Indian Poetry in English (2023. 2021), Usawa Literary Review, Muse India, The Gulmohar Quarterly and more


This month, Aries, things are going to be better than you expected It’s the time to start new ventures and follow your dreams and passion It is the time to take action and put your ideas and plans into motion It’s the time to be focused and fulfil your dreams


This month Taurus, you need to be focused and determined to fulfil your goals no matter what obstacles or challenges come in your path Be confident and be encouraged to work towards your dreams and surely you will be successful


This month Gemini, you need to go with the flow and not push things fast. It’s the time to relax and meditate to find the solution to your problems. Don’t take any impulsive decisions now. Just be calm and wait for the right moment.


This month Cancer, you might go to attend Baptism ceremony Also, if you are single it indicates Traditional Marriage Also, if you are applying for teaching or Government job, it’s the right month. Also, some might need a mentor who can guide you to a perfect solution to your problems. Also, some might be only using Traditional methods in their workplace.


This Month Leo, you might face an unexpected or painful ending of a certain situation It can be a relationship or job or Project which might cause you pain and you feel like reaching rock bottom Just relax as after painful ending, new dawn is waiting for you It also indicates back pain so stay healthy


This month Virgo, you have all the skills and abilities to achieve and manifest success The universe is blessing you with prosperity However, you need to utilize these skills logically to achieve success


This month Libra, you are ambitious and courageous to fulfil your dreams. You understand your life’s purpose and are ready to fulfil it even at the time of challenges. Also, some might be focused to complete their project. Also, you are a very bold and passionate person as far as relationships are concerned


This month Scorpio, you are set your goals to accomplish and determined to complete it. You will follow the same methodical approach with proper planning to achieve it. Sometimes, it is boring with the same routine but still he is dedicated and committed towards his work


This month Sagittarius, things are going well as this card represents success All your challenges and problems are going to be over, and you will receive financial abundance and Success in life


This month Capricorns, you might receive an emotional message that indicates marriage proposal from your life partner or birth of a child It also indicates new creative opportunities might knock at your doorstep Also, some might enroll themselves for a hobby like art or dance


This month Aquarius, you have an idea, however you are not ready to take action immediately. You are required to have a clear plan before proceeding Have a proper understanding of Pros and Cons and then move forward There could be a foreign Travel


This month Pisces, if you are single, you will find your soul mate and have a harmonious relationship together It also indicates, business partnership where both will have a common opinion that is mutually beneficial for both

I am Himani Goyal, By profession, I am an HR Manager working in Banglore Reading is my hobby which led me to write reviews for my readers I have read and reviewed numerous books so far I am also a practicing Tarot consultant and would be sharing daily, weekly, monthly horoscopes for you all here

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