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L ife and death are the two sides of the same coin. With life comes death, without death, there is no new life. They share an eternal bond that is inseparable! The thought germinated a seed for this month's theme, Life and Death - The Eternal Bond. Any art is ageless we believe so is the writing! We are super excited to have on the cover of Storizen Magazine this month, The Ageless Writer - Leo Tolstoy. This month marks his 193rd birth anniversary. Do check out the exclusive feature on page 8! Check out the hot new releases this month and feed your cravings for books. We have got some awesome new launches including Imaan by Westland and Vultures of Paradise by Rupa Publications. We are constantly working backstage to bring you the best content ever. We keep on adding new and fresh content to keep you updated on the go. Do check out the articles in the Health section by Health expert Sushma M. Bhardwaj. We have also introduced a section for horoscope by Himani Gupta who is a Tarot reader and book reviewer. Do check out what's in your stars next month! We thank our readers and contributors for their constant support and motivating us to bring you some of the best content each month. Keep spreading the love and support! Do read, like, comment, and share with your friends and family. Happy Reading! editor@storizen.com Saurabh Chawla, Editor in Chief


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“If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.”

― Leo Tolstoy


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The Ageless Writer Leo Tolstoy Text by Pria Marking the 193rd birth anniversary of the iconic Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s birthday on September 9, 2021, we at Storizen thought to commemorate his writing, style, thoughts, and contribution to world literature. Leo Tolstoy was born at his family’s estate, Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula Province of Russia on September 9, 1828 writer. He was the youngest of four boys. Tolstoy lost his mother in 1830, his father, Count Nikolay Tolstoy’s cousin, took care of the children. Seven years later, after his father died, his aunt was appointed their legal guardian. Tolstoy and his siblings moved in with a second aunt in Kazan, Russia, when the aunt passed away. Tolstoy experienced a lot of loss at an early age, which profoundly affected his writing. Tolstoy received his primary education at home, at the hands of French and German tutors. In 1843, he enrolled in an Oriental languages SEPTEMBER 2021

program at the University of Kazan, but unfortunately, he failed. He never received good grades and thus was registered to a law program. Lavish life and partying attitude made him leave the University of Kazan in 1847 without a degree. He returned to his parent’s estate, where he started farming. Eventually, he failed at farming too. However, his interest in keeping a journal is marked as the initial steps to his fiction writing.

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Leo Tolstoy is considered one of the greatest authors of all time. He wrote an autobiographical story called Childhood while he was a beater in the Army, in which he wrote all of his fondest childhood memories. After this, he started writing about his dayto-day life at the Army outpost in the Caucasus. However, The Cossacks were never completed until 1862. Tolstoy managed to write during the Crimean War too. He composed Boyhood, a sequel to childhood in 1854, which became a trilogy of his autobiography. In between the war times, his other writings focused mainly on soldiers’ consciousness, which is considered a new writing technique. At the end of the war, he left the Army and went back to Russia. His writings and articles have attracted some thought schools with which he refused to collaborate with. He left for Paris in 1857, gambled all the money he had, and returned to Russia in 1862. This return journey is the start of a new life. He published a 12 issue of a journal named Yasnaya Polyana and married Sofya Andreyevna Bers. In the 1870s, Tolstoy experienced a moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as a profound work on spiritual awakening in his non-fiction work. 10 | STORIZEN MAGAZINE

Tolstoy always sought to attain truth through art. In his conception, art is the great unmasker; as he wrote in his diary on May 17, 1896, “Art is a microscope which the artist aims at the mysteries of his soul and which reveals these mysteries common to all.” Living in Yasnaya Polyana, his birthplace with his wife and children, Tolstoy spent time on his first great novel, War and Peace. A portion of the novel was first published in the Russian Messenger in 1865, “The Year 1805.” By 1868, he had released three more chapters, and a year later, the novel was complete. The book was a hit with both critics and the public. The novel had historical accounts of the Napoleonic Wars. This book is also famous for its realistic characterisation of fictional characters. The novel also uniquely incorporated three long essays satirising the laws of history.

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His other work, among others, Anna Karenina is a famous novel. This is a deep story based on social transgression, love, betrayal, duty and children. The story ends with a dramatically tragic end which also has the elements of exile and adultery. The story made critics talk rampantly about the character of Count Vronsky and Anna’s affair with him.

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Many critical studies have been made and are still made in today’s generation on Tolstoy’s works. In his book Sevastopol Sketches, written in 1855, he mentions the inside account of experience in the Crimean War. The book indicates his stand, which strengthens his belief in commenting that the course of the war is quite illogical without strategies. This has been repeated in War and Peace too. His other works like A Confession and The Kingdom of God is within you have been subjected to further discussions. These books, somewhere, reinforces Tolstoy’s belief that governments are immoral and serve only the rich. Though his works faced severe criticism, his other book, The Confessions, received rampant reviews as the book is based on human urgency or rushing idea to know the infinite. STORIZEN MAGAZINE | 11


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Tolstoy's writing is also known for the problematic situations and their portrayal in a simple manner. This makes the reader relatable. During the time of his stay in Russia and the various revolutions happening around, his novels depict the then situations aptly. There is a collective opinion among the readers worldwide that his books are heavy to read, not only in terms of story but the number of pages! Picking up this book is considered a Herculean Task in a subtly humorous manner. Leo Tolstoy has inspired humungous amounts of people. Tolstoy established himself as a moral and religious leader. His ideas about nonviolent resistance to evil influenced the likes of social leader Mahatma Gandhi. In the same lines, though his work is criticized but mostly applauded by contemporaries, including Ivan Turgenev and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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In the last days, the pilgrimage Tolstoy decided to have proved too arduous for the aging novelist. In November 1910, the stationmaster of a train depot in Astapovo, Russia, opened his home to Tolstoy, allowing the ailing writer to rest.

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Tolstoy died there shortly after, on November 20, 1910. He was buried at the family estate, Yasnaya Polyana, in Tula Province, where Tolstoy had lost so many loved ones yet had managed to build such fond and lasting memories of his childhood. Tolstoy was survived by his wife and their brood of 8 children. To this day, Tolstoy’s novels are considered among the finest achievements of literary work. Subscribe to Storizen to learn more about your favorite authors and to receive tips on writing and marketing your books combined in a single package – Storizen Magazine personally in your inbox! Follow @storizenmag on Instagram

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HOTthe OFFpress Imaan Ali had entered Central Jail as an infant with his mother, who was charged with the murder of his father. Zahura Bibi died when he was six, and he grew up, shuttling between a juvenile remand home and the boys’ ward in the prison. Now, twenty years later, he has been released. With no family or home to return to, he ends up at the Jadavpur railway station, becoming a ragpicker on the advice of a former jailmate, an expert pickpocket.

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The Master by Christopher Clarey

Widely regarded as one of the greatest ever sportspeople, Roger Federer is a beloved as a phenomenon, a symbol of enduring greatness and yet is intensely private. But his path from temperamental, bleach-blond teenager with dubious style sense to one of the greatest, most self-possessed and elegant of competitors has been a long-running act of will, not destiny. 16 | STORIZEN MAGAZINE

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Christopher Clarey is the tennis correspondent for the New York Times and has covered international sports for nearly 30 years for the Times and International Herald Tribune, where he was chief sports correspondent and a longtime columnist.

ABOUT THE BOOK Widely regarded as one of the greatest ever sportspeople, Roger Federer is a beloved as a phenomenon, a symbol of enduring greatness, and yet is intensely private. But his path from a temperamental, bleach-blond teenager with dubious style sense to one of the greatest, most self-possessed, and elegant of competitors has been a longrunning act of will, not destiny.

unfaltering excellence. The Master tells the story of Federer's life and career on both an intimate and grand scale.

Based on 20 years of one-on-one interviews with Federer and with wide access to Federer's inner circle, including his coaches and key rivals, legendary sports reporter Christopher Clarey's account will be a must-read retrospective for the loyal sports fan, and anyone interested in the inner workings of

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Vultures of Paradise by Atulya Mishra

A story of greed, love, and sacrifice narrated in the backdrop of a crippling human tragedy.

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Atulya Misra is a senior officer of the Indian Administrative Services, currently posted as additional chief secretary in the Government of Tamil Nadu. He has been actively involved in the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABOUT THE BOOK Acclaimed author Atulya Misra tells a gripping and powerful story that traverses numerous cultures and geographies. The story follows the life of Neha, who, at first, is driven by blind ambition. The heights she achieves in business dissipate once she starts spiraling in the opposite direction. Just when she appears to be an abysmal failure in the eyes of everyone, Neha creates a corporation to counter the biggest threat to the planet—the human propensity to consume endlessly and create more and more waste. Her enterprise becomes so large and successful that it becomes a danger to the very people who created it.

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HOTthe OFFpress The Fractured Himalaya is a rigorous examination of the workings of diplomacy and both its human and policy quotient; it looks at inflection points when the trajectory of the relationship could have altered, but were missed.

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HOTthe OFFpress A thrilling and thoughtprovoking novel that asks: If we won’t see machines as humans, will we instead see humans as machines?

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How to Take Care of your Liver by Sushma M Bhardwaj


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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only. It does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases. Get the help of a certified medical professional or a certified dietician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.

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iver is a very sensitive organ and it is a part of our digestive system. Our digestive system is called our second brain, as the brain controls our whole body. Likewise, our digestive system controls our whole body. It is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity beneath the diaphragm. It is dark reddish in color and weighs 1.4kg to 1.6kg in men and 1.2 kg to 1.4kg in women. The liver performs more than 300 functions in the body. The primary functions are: 1)Metabolic Function – a) It converts food into energy and our body utilizes the energy for various functions of the body. b)It secretes bile and certain proteins for blood plasma c)Production of cholesterol 2)Excretory Function – It removes toxins. It secretes bile which carries away the waste products from the liver.

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3)Storage function - It stores carbohydrates, proteins, and fat so that they can be utilized whenever the body needs them. It converts glucose into glycogen which can be converted into glucose whenever the need arises. The liver stores iron and also converts poisonous ammonia into urea. Cleaning of drugs (medicines) and other poisonous substances, regulates blood clotting, resisting infections by boosting immunity factors and removing bacteria. The harmful substances are excreted into bile or blood. According to WHO, liver disease such as liver sclerosis is one of the major reasons for fatality and this problem can be seen in all age groups. Symptoms 1) Skin and eyes appear yellow, abdominal pain and swelling, chronic fatigue, and acidity 2) Swelling in legs and ankles 3) Pale stool color and indigestion 4) Dark Urine color 5) Nausea or vomiting 6) Diarrhea along with lack of appetite and weight loss

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Gradation of liver ailment 1) Fatty Liver – Liver ailments start with fatty liver. This is of two types a. Alcoholic fatty liver b. Non-alcoholic fatty liver c. Inflammation d. Liver cirrhosis e. Liver cancer To avoid liver ailments one must maintain a healthy lifestyle 1) Avoid OTC (over the counter)drugs like paracetamol and pain killers 2) Drink alcohol moderately 3) Exercise - It promotes general health for every organ 4) Avoid excessive fat – Can make it difficult for the liver to function and lead to fatty liver 5) Practice safe sex - Use protection to avoid STD’s like hepatitis B & C 6) Vaccinate yourself for hepatitis B&C as well as malaria If you have any symptoms of the liver problem you should go for a liver checkup and I would recommend Liver fuel of OK lifecare which has the following ingredients: 1) Milk Thistle with Dandelion – It improves the damage of the cells and swelling, faulty enzyme function, 24

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Click here to watch on YouTube accumulation of toxins improves the digestive system, improves the function of the gall bladder, and reduces kidney problems 2) Kutti Extract – It balances vaat, pitta and kaph 3) Peppermint Extract – It works as an antiseptic, antibacterial, and natural pain killer 4) Turmeric root extract – It is a natural detoxification agent. It helps in the production of the liver enzymes 5) Chicory root extract – it strengthens the digestive system, reduces acidity, and increases the number of probiotic bacteria 6) Methionine – It reduces fat in the liver

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Along with the supplement, you would also need to change your diet plan 1) Reduce alcohol, fat, salt, sugar, and red meat 2) Take oats and nuts 3) Take multigrain

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4) Take tea and coffee in moderation (you can replace milk tea with green tea as it is rich in antioxidants) 5) Blueberry, purple grapes, fish, broccoli, tofu, avocado, sunflower seed, garlic, and green tea for less fat absorption In the case of liver problems, most of the symptoms occur only in the later stage so it is wise to get tested regularly with a blood test as soon as the problem is diagnosed, get it treated. STORIZEN MAGAZINE

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est-Selling Author Naseha Sameen (www.naseha.co.in) brings a classic award-winning exciting dialog to her readers, “Heir – End of Innocence” &Heir – Dawn of Deception. Heir – End of Innocence is a winner of Author Page Awards for the Best Debut and Best Woman Writer! For her books, she has been recognized by FoxClues as India’s 100 Prime Authors, and Author of the Year by Ispirio Awards. As Author Naseha mentioned in one of her interviews with Oltobooks, “Follow your wild heart, everything will then make sense” well, the glimpse of her belief is truly reflected in her writing! Author Naseha Sameen who was born in India’s Eastern Coastal State of Odisha in the ancient city of Cuttack completed her Masters from her hometown and then moved to Gurugram, where she worked in a corporate firm, and currently she’s residing in one of the IT Hub City of India, Hyderabad. Well, it seems that her residing and travel to the different parts of the country had taught her what exactly the readers are looking for and she has undoubtedly mastered the art of satisfying her readers, becoming one of the Most-Loved and Best-Selling Author!

Author Naseha Sameen’s Historical Fiction Novel, “HEIR – End of Innocence” is continuously receiving a tremendous amount of love and appreciation from the readers all across! The book has been reviewed by more than 50 Reviewers alone on Amazon only, while on Goodreads, the book has been rated and reviewed by 45+ readers, that too within the few months of the book’s release! Official Readers’ Favourite review has 5/5, with a perfect score of 5 on plot and appearance. Their verdict is - “Attention to detail has been added, giving any reader from any background a flavor of India. The author brings India superbly to life for the reader. The author also helps the reader to get a basic idea of history and the families’ lineages. It was an enchanting and interesting plot. The pace was leisurely, giving the reader time to absorb the romance and drama. I was captivated by the character of Princess Padma. The theme that struck me was a princess lost in a new world. This is a dramatic historical romance that fans of the genre will enjoy and appreciate. Heir - End of Innocence is brought to life in all its vivid glory”.

HEIR – Dawn of Deception paperback by Invincible was released earlier this month and the Kindle version is to be out soon.

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Pic: Naseha Sameen Interestingly, this title by Author Naseha Sameen has been recommended by the Bollywood Celebrities like Ashmit Patel and Shruti Ulfat too. Actor Ashmit Patel, who is also an avid reader has applauded the book for raising a fundamental question of the young women’s choices & dreams. The Actor openly recommended this novel by calling it, “Outstanding.” While ActressShruti Ulfat compared Author Naseha’snovelwith the 1955’s Russian Classic “Lolita.” She described the book by calling it a ‘Political Saga’ and expressed her happiness over receiving the first print of this book also, she is hopeful that in the coming days this novel will become a classic exactly like Lolita!

the book is about the lives of the royals and the extent of patriarchy embedded in society. Heir dilogy reflects pain-staking research done in socio-political set up to bring the authentic flavor of time and land, which is 50 CE India. The writing style of the author is praiseworthy. Naseha integrated all seven aspects of narrative writing with a flair - The Plot, Setting, Atmosphere, characterization, theme, Point of View, and figurative language. She effectively used literary tools like foreshadowing, imagery, motif, and flashbacks. This style, deeply inclined towards classic traditional style of writing is seldom seen in new contemporary titles. This gives the book a refreshing new read.

Well, this book by Author Naseha Sameen is a remarkable work of fiction with very non-fiction roots. The theme of 28

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The novel is set up around 50 AD, where an Indian princess has to marry an older man for the sake of saving the kingdoms. The story is about her determination to find a place in the world, in history, and not to settle for a life in shadows along with the pursuit of fulfillment of purpose, choice, and sexual desire. Also, the characters are very strong in nature. The story also contains a lot of drama and has the element of historical fiction. The book focuses on the life of Princess Padmakishori and how she has zero control over her life, thanks to the patriarchal nature of society. The story begins with the preparations of Padma’s ‘Swayamvar’ where she doesn’t have the freedom to choose her husband as it is a facade for culminating the pre-planned alliance for the sake of her father’s kingdom and his rule. This book highlights all the struggles that Padmakishori faced being a female. That probably most women had to face. If we look into Padma’s character sketched by the Author then we find it that she is a strong, inspiring woman. At times insecure with hidden braveness. The Padma has many sides to her that all add to her personality. The book also shows that how the royalty had to face difficulties in securing the kingdom and how was the life of princesses and queens in the palaces in those days. The plot is truly incredible with a melancholy vibe! SEPTEMBER 2021

The rest of the book unravels how she deals with her life post her marriage. The book also sheds light on how women of lower stature were treated and also the general attitude of people towards women. The book ends on a suspenseful note, indicating a sequel in near future. Moreover, if we go through the reviews by the readers, who had the opportunity of reading her work say this Dilogy is for those book lovers, who love reading both the Erotica as well as the STORIZEN MAGAZINE

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Mythological Fictions. This book is a MUST READ one for the readers of both genres because it has the potential to keep readers hooked until the end. Undoubtedly, the plot development and character sketch by Author Naseha Sameen are praiseworthy and apart from the storyline, there are several other factors too in this book, which deserve a special mention. Firstly, if we look at the Book Title, then yes, it is a great title and a catchy one too which creating an appropriate amount of curiosity in the mind of the readers. Well, after going through the plot, one can understand the reason for this title and it is very much justified. Now, if we look at the Book Cover then that too deserves a special mention for being so intriguing and reflecting the glimpse of the subject matter of the plot! Finally, with all these marvelous aspects of this book, there’s one more thing, which is indeed adding ‘Feathers’ to the of the book and that is the undertone of a woman’s resilience, the strength of her determination, and perseverance.

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The book contains eight chapters, and with an interesting preface and conclusion, this book serves a greater purpose to become intellectual silently, just by questioning. From the initial chapters, readers will come across interesting facts about the power of thinking and how the human brain analysis everything. Not so spiritual, but mostly the scientific approach makes the book special. The author also included many tips and tricks in order to self-inspire by trying to know many things with one small question WHY?

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Everything in the world starts with the single question WHY? The more we ask, the more we seek. This is how everything in and around the human mind and world runs. The curiosity to know is what makes a person creative and seeker. The qualities like inquisitiveness and curiosity in a human combined create wonders. A limitless quest in life is responsible for every invention and discovery. Without this, the energy could have been stalled!

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About the Book In this book, "WHY- Reason for Every Action: Start your Day with Why, author Abdul Ghaffar explains how the trait of being curious can be used in every field of research and invention, which in turn gives the best results.


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This book can be recommended to the youngsters and students in the pensive state because of the uncertainty towards the future. This book, especially during these COVID times, will help one feel better about themselves. Visit storizen.com for full review

A passionate book reviewer, writer, narrator, translator, and copy editor, Swapna has a B. Tech in Computer Science and is a former SAP Technical Consultant. She is the writer, narrator, editor, and translator for three books published with Literoma Publishing, Kolkata. She created and manages the “Book Reviews Café” official blog and Facebook page that contains all the book reviews. Swapna is also a content writer and reviewer with Storizen Magazine, CriticSpace Journals website, The Literature Times website, The Asian Review website, and the Literature Today website. She is a columnist with one of the leading women's websites in Telugu named 'Vihanga'.

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A Real World Love Story! Reviewed by Swapna Peri


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Since the pandemic times have allowed writers, authors, and reading enthusiasts to explore and weave various stories that emerge out of the situations where life came to a standstill are enjoyable to read. In this connection, books by many authors have been published, and it’s a beautiful thing most of the books are welcomed by amateur and seasoned readers. But again, taking time to write and present the stories on such situations with incidents happening around that affect the psyche of any human is a challenge. On a personal front, I salute every writer and author for this! Being an avid reader and reading across many genres often leaves me confused about picking up a book mainly meant for children or young readers. But all said, there lies the magic of imagination while reading children’s literature, and mostly if it is a fantasy adventure, there are no bounds!

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About the Book Star-Crossed Lovers in the Blue is the story of Utir, a mermaid and Arj, a merman who reside in the Newada Sea. They meet by chance, fall in love, and begin loving each other deeply and passionately until Utir, the mermaid, ends up having an arranged marriage. The two lovers lead separate lives, beset with heartbreak, hardships and trouble, for many years before they reencounter each other.


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Final Verdict Creating such a world with real-time problems that humans face is a great attempt. This is my second book from the author, and I wish to read more of his works.

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A passionate book reviewer, writer, narrator, translator, and copy editor, Swapna has a B. Tech in Computer Science and is a former SAP Technical Consultant. She is the writer, narrator, editor, and translator for three books published with Literoma Publishing, Kolkata. She created and manages the “Book Reviews Café” official blog and Facebook page that contains all the book reviews. Swapna is also a content writer and reviewer with Storizen Magazine, CriticSpace Journals website, The Literature Times website, The Asian Review website, and the Literature Today website. She is a columnist with one of the leading women's websites in Telugu named 'Vihanga'.

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A Factual Book Reviewed by Swapna Peri


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Mountain Tales: Love And Loss In The Municipality Of Abandoned Belongings by Journalist and activist Saumya Roy is her first book. In this book, Roy discusses and explains the lives of often neglected rag pickers living and who work in the dump yards in the Deonar landfill of Mumbai. The book talks about Farzana, a rag picker who comes from a family of rag pickers. Author Roy describes the difficulties, hardships, and emotions between each of them and their families beautifully. Not every day do they deal only with plastic or dampen waste but also corpses and dead bodies. There are trigger warnings in the review, but some gruesome incidents are presented in the book as this is a work of non-fiction. The poverty, absence of basic amenities, odd jobs they do to pay the loans, etc., have been explained that will melt the hearts.

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About the Book The book is not just about the souls that live in the dump yards but also the reasons and circumstances that led to the disparities . She also explained the conditions like urbanization, modernization etc., that led some lives to shatter.


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This is a powerful book that will educate many people who are unaware about certain lives in the same place we live. This happens to be one of those books that will stay in my mind for a longer time.

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A passionate book reviewer, writer, narrator, translator, and copy editor, Swapna has a B. Tech in Computer Science and is a former SAP Technical Consultant. She is the writer, narrator, editor, and translator for three books published with Literoma Publishing, Kolkata. She created and manages the “Book Reviews Café” official blog and Facebook page that contains all the book reviews. Swapna is also a content writer and reviewer with Storizen Magazine, CriticSpace Journals website, The Literature Times website, The Asian Review website, and the Literature Today website. She is a columnist with one of the leading women's websites in Telugu named 'Vihanga'.

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A Book on Change! Reviewed by Swapna Peri


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Udbhav Agarwal’s A FOR PRAYAGRAJ: A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF ALLAHABAD is a memoir collecting experiences that the author had while conversing with locals and comparing it with how he remembers the city. These conversations happen on one of the important points as the changes the city has been seeing. Here, the narrator corelates his memories with the town before leaving to another place many years ago. The urbanization that has been happening for some years in the country in a way has totally changed the fabric of the country’s own flavor, be it in terms of looks and feel or food habits. The once known villages, towns, 2-tier and 3-tier cities have undergone a drastic change. The upholding and the businesses in and around the places are almost similar to the urban cities. The ever happening changes somewhere in the minds and hearts of the people do make an impact, probably in an unhappy manner. This can be felt by an older adult or a person who has lived in a place for a long time.

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About the Book In this book, debut writer Udbhav gives an account of the then city Allahabad and now Prayagaraj! A for Prayagraj brings forth the city through a memory ride. It all talks about the past glory and how it’s now and what are the changes the city has gone through. It also talks about whether people will stay or go away. How were the people, and how are they now. The prologue is interesting as it talks about the present times.


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Final Verdict With an endearing storytelling, Agarwal takes his readers onto a great rollercoaster of emotions, politics, social changes and the future of the city. (check out storizen.com for full review)

A passionate book reviewer, writer, narrator, translator, and copy editor, Swapna has a B. Tech in Computer Science and is a former SAP Technical Consultant. She is the writer, narrator, editor, and translator for three books published with Literoma Publishing, Kolkata. She created and manages the “Book Reviews Café” official blog and Facebook page that contains all the book reviews. Swapna is also a content writer and reviewer with Storizen Magazine, CriticSpace Journals website, The Literature Times website, The Asian Review website, and the Literature Today website. She is a columnist with one of the leading women's websites in Telugu named 'Vihanga'.

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A Touching Story Reviewed by Swapna Peri


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Reality is the most dangerous thing in life. Facing reality with utmost energy and willpower showcases the courage and strength of a person. In this book by author Mridula Bajpai and as the blurb suggests, the book is her untiring fight against cancer she was diagnosed with. In the book, The author has described her struggle and fight with the disease very honestly. From the moment she was felt uneasy till the last radiotherapy sessions, her travel was inspiring. Though she had family and friends as support, she - herself being positive, ever self-motivating, and a definite focus on facing the dread is endearing to read. Before the treatment, the detailed explanation of her apprehension, feelings, confusion, and worry is heartening to read. But the moment she started accepting the reality though worrying sometimes and questioning the destiny -’ Why me? ‘, her insight towards the future filled with hope is definitely inspiring.

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About the Book A Handful of Purple Sky is the story of a resilient woman who, despite waking up one morning to the terrible news that she had breast cancer, fought not only her fears and apprehensions but also the illness to emerge stronger and more determined in the end.


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A Handful of Purple Sky traverses the journey called life when it brings you to a crossroad, and you can only take one quick decision: to fight, fight and fight till you emerge victoriously. Before I forget, I would like to thank the publisher Amaryllis and author Mridula Bajpai for mentioning my review for her previous book - Until you come home that was published in December 2019 edition of the Storizen Magazine in the 10th chapter of this book, A Handful of Purple Sky - My Second Chance at Life. Visit storizen.com for full review

A passionate book reviewer, writer, narrator, translator, and copy editor, Swapna has a B. Tech in Computer Science and is a former SAP Technical Consultant. She is the writer, narrator, editor, and translator for three books published with Literoma Publishing, Kolkata. She created and manages the “Book Reviews Café” official blog and Facebook page that contains all the book reviews. Swapna is also a content writer and reviewer with Storizen Magazine, CriticSpace Journals website, The Literature Times website, The Asian Review website, and the Literature Today website. She is a columnist with one of the leading women's websites in Telugu named 'Vihanga'.

@swapna.peri @sappy_dreamz_unlimited @swapna508

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Life and Death by Sumantra Chaudhury

It is not the end she said smilingly… But rather the start you waited for… Of a journey that you had dreamed of… Or the infinity that you deeply adore. A slight shift it is into another room… Not very different from where you were… The light is same…and so is the fragrance… Only time has decided to slightly defer. But be not worried, for you are the same… Dazed and lost a little by the travel. For it might have been a bit hasty… Pardon me for this trouble. This is but an eternal bond… One that is but a holy communion Together we weave an endless tale… Of separation, hope and union

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Sumantra is a young aspiring poet trying to express his thoughts, emotions, and ideas through rhyming verse. He is working as a Senior Consultant (Communication Design) with a reputed IT firm in Bangalore. He is also a trained Kathak & Hip Hop dancer and has performed in several stage shows. When not writing or dancing, he spends time creating short funny videos on social media. He believes that the best gifts in life come in small packages.

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Flutters of Orange and Black by Sangita Kalarickal

Summer is but a flitting thought On the wings of a hummingbird, Winter is the six-month truth. Long.

But for now Among stolen moments of the weather Delicate butterflies create a tornado Of wishes and wannabes The Monarch visits to dance Before the flowers wither And foliage says their weak goodbyes. Winter is the six-month truth. Long.

But certainty Of crocuses and snowdrops linger As the harbingers of spring Slumber deep Within the white bosom of the earth A cycle repeats In the twilight zone Dandelion dreams always Haunt.

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Born a poet at heart, Sangita Kalarickal has been honing her craft since childhood. Also a fantasy writer with a soft corner for literary fiction, she lives in Minnesota, USA, with her husband, kid, and the several characters she writes about. Currently she is working on her first chapbook. In her day job avatar she is a physicist and has also been known to moonlight as a gardener and a community volunteer.

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Deja Vu by Madhumathi H The sands of time I step upon Feels familiar, and strange alternatively Am I on my first journey, never traveled before Are more stations waiting, and more trains for transport?! A sudden entry from the cosmic As an atom, of the fathomless Yet nostalgia engulfs my soul Completely oblivious of the apparent

Oh, dear Deja vu! Of whom, are you? Reminiscence flashing like an over speeding car Not even a glimpse of the rear wheel Not mine, or all mine? clarity jumbled up Birth and death a cycle, rebirths a cleansing?! Will my entry and exit be clothed, in 'just born' memories?

Ah! the chocolate showers upon my entry And the threatening whips of steel thorns The Karma baggage, and consequences While longing to shed my everything for that Oneness Oh, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe! Why can't the cycle begin, and end just here This carryover Math is a huge problem Never chain us with remainders

Aware of the tiny molecule I am, in all humility Am questioning you dear Omniscient, "why take stress?!" Just reward, and punish then and there, before we exit Create anew! afresh! redemptions can take a break My knowings are less, but my thirst is unquenchable So are my quests, sometimes dragging me to strife With my own self, that includes the inseparable you Longing to see you rewrite the pages of destiny

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Pardon me, dear Omniscient! but am custom-made in your factory Wired inside with primordial questions Every 'Whys' I come up with sighs, tears, and anger Are my conflicts within my universe, without a referee Just when the storm paves the way to calmness I find myself amid an ocean of answers But what were my flurried questions, and where are they now? Why do I need the answers, when the search has forgotten the cause...

The giant bell rings aloud I hold tight my blanket, dreading the bitter pills Shut my mind, and shun the strife, for Am too tired to hear the truths I already know Whether my first journey, added coaches, or my last train And, the sands of time I step upon a mixture I sieve the tenses to retain this present In moments I shall live, sow my desires

Let whatever that sprouts, be my tiny precious garden Staying away from the oracles of the morrows Burdening memories of yesterdays All I want to know, is am now, am here, LIVING.

A bilingual poet-writer(Tamil, English), Madhumathi is an ardent lover of Nature, Poetry, Photography and Music. Her poems are published in Anthologies of The Poetry Society(India), AIFEST 2020 Poetry contest Anthology, CPC- Chennai Poetry Circle, IPC – India Poetry Circle, Amaravati Poetic Prism, and in e-zines UGC approved Muse India, Storizen, OPA – Our Poetry Archives, IWJ International Writers Journal, Positive Vibes, and Science Shore. ‘’Ignite Poetry'’, “Arising from the dust”, “Painting Dreams", “Shards of the unsung Poesies" are some of the recent Anthologies her poems, and write ups are part of. Besides Poetry, Madhumathi writes on Mental health, to create awareness and break the stigma, strongly believing in the therapeutic and transformational power of words. Contact: madhumathi.poetry@gmail.com

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A Soliloquy Between Two Vaccinations by Mamta Joshi Universal in its diversity Life was a montage An array of pictures Of births, marriages, rituals, festive feasting The see-saw of comfort and panic Emparadised we navigated life Flirting with flesh, fortune, and freedom To feel powerful, secure, and cocky Life happened before the virus put a full stop.

Death is the new normal Seductive in its organic wholeness A realm notches above Higher than our daily concerns Nothing to be added Nothing to be subtracted Its velvety darkness ends all equations.

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Corona has dragged death down Into the sphere of everyday life We are more familiar With the erosion of life Our expiry date clearly inscribed A short shelf life clipped shorter Consumed and possessed Death hastens the killing spree Converting breathless mortals into data We live enclosed and hampered Paintings in their frames No longer fluid and free.

Like the Japanese tea party ritual Elaborate and symbolic Ichigo, Ichie One chance,one meeting Of fleeting joys and transient encounters Life ends as an epitaph in stone Cosmic joys and sorrows Dance in the orange-red sparks of the funeral pyre.

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Mamta Joshi did her Masters's in History from Allahabad University. Her poems, reflective essays, prose pieces, and short stories have appeared in national dailies and international e-magazines. A free spirit, she works with equal ease in Hindi and English.

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A Friend for Life by Vidya Shankar

Icy fingers! Pitiless! Cruel! They say that of you, the ones who fear Realizing not You walk with us Every day, every minute, second A trusted, empathetic friend Protecting, alerting Giving us chances, three, four, more Until the goings overwhelm And then you ease us, release us We start all over A new lease Not knowing yet again that you Death Are a friend for Life.

Vidya Shankar, poet, writer, editor, blogger, motivational speaker, English teacher, a “book” in the Human Library, and mandala art instructor, is the author of two poetry books The Flautist of Brindaranyam (in collaboration with her photographer husband, Shankar Ramakrishnan), and The Rise of Yogamaya (an effort to sensitize her readers about mental health and the need to break free from an outdated society). A recipient of several literary awards and recognitions, she has been featured in the first-ever ‘Yearbook of Indian Poetry in English, 2020-2021’ as well as a unique coffee table book, ‘50 Inspiring Women boys and girls should read about, Chennai Edition’. She finds meaning to her life through yoga and meditative mandalas.

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VIRGO MOON SIGN:THE HANGED MAN This week, just relax and have patience. Don’t take any Impulsive decision. It is the time to let go certain things which causing you trouble and embrace new opportunity in life. Just have faith in the Universe. LIBRA MOON SIGN:5 OF WANDS This Month, you might be facing Competition, Rivalry, or challenges in your workplace. Just don’t involve yourself in dog fight. Just believe in yourself and determine what makes you different from others. Also listen to the opinions of others as well. SCORPIO MOON SIGN: 6 OF PENTACLES This month, you might receive salary hike or promotion. Some might help their colleagues by sharing knowledge and Guidance in work. Also, you might be giving charity or donations this month. 62

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SAGITTARIUS MOON SIGN: THREE OF CUPS This Month, you will be celebrating your success or promotion with friends. It is party time for you Sagittarius. You will overall have a enjoyable time with your close friends. Some might collaborate with people in Creative Projects and inspire one another to reach heights. CAPRICORN MOON SIGN: KING OF PENTACLES This Month, you might be having financial growth, Abundance and Success. Some might be giving financial advice as a mentor. This month is the successful month for you where you will have lots of financial success and Material benefits.

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AQUARIUS MOON SIGN:THE HIGH PRIESTESS This Month, tune into your higher self for making any Decision in life. Just look inside yourself and take decision. You are the best guide for yourself. Some might be learning psychic skills. PISCES MOON SIGN: THE TOWER This month, there might be sudden unexpected changes in your life which might be hard to believe but in the long run it is good for your spiritual growth. Just beware of accidents in this month. Some might be disconnected from their life. But trust me this will make you stronger in life. It is the Testing time for you.

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I am Himani Gupta, 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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