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September 2015

Name of the Book: CROSSED & KNOTTED

 Author: Readomania

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1. Rubina Ramesh 
2. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
3. Devika Fernando 

The Story:

Crossed & Knotted is India’s first Composite Novel, a book written by fourteen authors in close collaboration with each other. The chapters, each a story in itself, are knotted with one another through characters, events, settings and emotions. The result is a read that criss-crosses through a multitude of emotions bringing out deep rooted human desires. They narrate tales of love and betrayal, suspense and mystery, courage and dilemma, along with hope and resilience. Read it for a taste so tantalizing, that your mind will surely be craving for more!
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About The Author 


Readomania 

India has traditionally been the land of storytellers and a lot of us have an inherent skill of creating good plots, good stories and good narrations. With a little encouragement and support, many more authors will be widely read and attain a place in the sun.

This is the essence of Readomania—an initiative that nurtures emerging stars of the literary world. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Readomania is the talent hunt in fiction. It goes a step beyond by not just identifying the talent but also nurturing it and showcasing it to the world. In the process, we have created a powerhouse of content online.

Readomania is a publishing platform, with online and offline presence, for good writing; a place to share stories and poems; a place to explore your creative talent. The web platform is a unique place for people who love reading and writing. As authors, one can register, or login through social media sites and upload their work, which then gets reviewed. The review process includes copy and developmental editing, improving the plot, narration or word choices. If authors are promising but need aids in language enhancement or storytelling capabilities, we work with them to improve their work. This hand-holding and personalised attention is what makes us unique. We stand out in the crowd because we will walk the talk to make an author’s work readable. Finally the work is published on the site. Once published, people can read it for free, share it on social media, email it, rate it, vote for it and even leave their feedback.

This helps the author get critical feedback to improve their writing as well as encouragement to write more. We publish the best of the authors in our anthologies, projects and finally graduate them to the status of solo authors.

The site also has a lot in store for the reader. Since the content is edited and curated, readers get quality reads on a platter. The variety on Readomania is impressively vast; we have romance, emotions, thrills, travel, humour and drama. You will find stories that touch your heart, stories that inspire you, stories that make you laugh and stories that make you cry.

Accessing Readomania makes for a perfect break of fifteen minutes from your daily grind. Read a story and unwind. Take a break, read something nice, write something beautiful.

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

Read some reviews:

1. Merril Anil 
2. Jody Ellis 
3. Vikram Pratap 

The Story:

Latika’s wrecked personal front leaves her completely shattered. So when her ailing father reveals his desire to go back home, she doesn’t think twice and moves to her hometown. She joins an NGO and comes across a teenager rape victim. Much against her TL, Debjyoti’s wish she sets out to trace the girl with Shamsuddin’s help. Will she succeed or end up in big trouble?
Shamsuddin, a daily labourer, somehow manages to thrive in the city. Meanwhile, flood devastates his house in the village. His family takes refuge in a relative’s place where his wife has a tough time resisting to the advances of her brother-in-law. Can Shamsuddin arrange for an accommodation before it is too late?
Set in Guwahati amid the backdrop of flood and ethnic turmoil, “Shamsuddin’s Grave”, is the story of migration towards big cities for a better life.
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Paromita Goswami 
 
Paromita Goswami is an India based freelance writer and blogger. She also writes for various travel magazines. After a successful career in marketing in Delhi, she finally switched to writing full time in 2009. She was born in Shillong and spent her growing years in North-east India before moving to Delhi. She has a strong insight into the issues of the people in the North-east, which she successfully highlighted in her debut novel, Shamsuddin’s Grave. She is a big fan of Indian classic and loves to spend her time with her pets and family.
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Title :  #IAM16ICANRAPE

Author : Kirtida Gautam

Genre : Literature and Fiction

Format : Paperback

Blurb : To destroy great EVIL, GOOD has to shed tears of blood.
Rudransh Kashyap is a self-made billionaire and man of high moral fiber. His life is shattered when he returns home one day to find that his prodigy, his 16-year-old grandson, Aarush, has been arrested and accused of a brutal gang rape. It is easy to say, “Kill the Rapist” but what if the accused is your child?
This case takes an unprecedented turn when Aarush’s identity is made public on social media. Rudransh finds himself living a nightmare as he fights against tremendous odds to get justice for Aarush, to save him and to bring him back home… But what if the unthinkable is true? Can Rudransh save his grandson, or will he end up fighting a different battle altogether?

Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

My review :

Is the criminal solely responsible for his crime?

The author, Kritida Gautam, has done full justice to portray Aarush, the main protagonist, in her debut book. She successfully creates a whirlpool of anger, of deprivation, of neglect, of debate, of society’s mindset and much more.So splendidly she deciphered the grey cells of a teenager mind that, as a reader, you start doubting yourself as a contributor in turning an innocent 16 year old into a criminal. Yes ! I don’t mind saying that at all because being a mother and a female I came to this conclusion after finishing the 600-1 pages of the book. As a society we all are responsible in some way or the other. How? For that you have pick up the book. Kirtida Gautam , being a psychologist, narrates the war going on in a teenager’s mind very precisely and how it turns an innocent child into a criminal.

The book  speaks at length  about the loopholes in Indian Juvenile Justice System and how we as a society can bring in a change together. But what I liked most in the book is the author’s attempt to question the first unit of the society, the family.

Recommended for those  who enjoys psychology and social issue based books . The book questions more in terms of parenting and upbringing of a child  which I think is a must read for every parent.

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Kirtida Gautam
Kirtida Gautam

About the Author:

My name is Kirtida Gautam. I am a psychologist first and a writer second, even though most of my time goes in writing.

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Name of the Book: TELL A THOUSAND LIES
Author: Rasana Atreya

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1. Ruchi Singh 
2. Carol Kean 
3. Jane 

The Story:

In a land where skin colour can determine one’s destiny, fraternal twins PULLAMMA and LATA are about to embark on a journey that will tear their lives apart. Dark skinned Pullamma dreams of being a wife. With three girls in her family, the sixteen year old is aware there isn’t enough dowry to secure suitable husbands for them all. But a girl can hope. She’s well versed in cooking, pickle making, cow washing — you name it. She’s also obliged her old-fashioned grandmother by not doing well in school. Fair skinned and pretty, her twin sister Lata would rather study medicine than get married. Unable to grasp the depth of Lata’s desire, the twins’ Grandmother formalizes a wedding alliance for the girl. Distraught, Lata rebels, with devastating consequences. As Pullamma helps ready the house for her older sister Malli’s bride viewing, she prays for a positive outcome to the event. What happens next is so inconceivable that it will shape Pullamma’s future in ways she couldn’t have foreseen. TELL A THOUSAND LIES is a sometimes wry, sometimes sad, but ultimately realistic look at how superstition and the colour of a girl’s skin rules India’s hinterlands.
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Rasana Atreya 
 
Rasana is the author of Amazon bestseller ‘Tell A Thousand Lies’, which was also shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. UK’s Glam magazine calls this novel one of their five favourite tales from India (June 2014). Her other works are ‘The Temple Is Not My Father’ and ’28 Years A Bachelor’.Now on to more personal stuff – Rasana would like to be able to tell her readers that she once stopped a robbery single-handedly, except she’s terrified of robbers. And geckos. And two-year-olds who throw tantrums. When she’s not running scared, she’s mother to a girl and a boy who were respectively six and eleven years-old when they wrote and illustrated ‘The Mosquito and the Teapot’. She lives with her husband and children in Hyderabad, India, where a lot of her stories are set.

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Name of the Book: THE DOVE’S LAMENT
Author: Kirthi Jayakumar

Read some reviews:

1. Rubina Ramesh 
2. Usha Narayanan 
3. Arpita Banerjee 

The Story:

The Dove’s Lament is a journey that takes you around the world, bringing to life the human side of conflicts that tear people apart. From the genocide in Rwanda, to war-stricken Bosnia, from child marriages in India to prostitution and drug trafficking in Colombia, these stories traverse a microcosm of reality. Be it the manifestation of Bacha Baazi in Afghanistan, or the fight for paradise on Earth, Kashmir, the repertoire of stories lend a soul to what otherwise remain a muddle of news reports and statistics. Through these stories, Kirthi embroiders a tapestry of the unvanquished human spirit in varied shades, and shakes you up to the reality that surrounds you.
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KirthiJayakumar 
 
Kirthi Jayakumar is a Lawyer, specialised in Public International Law and Human Rights. She has diversified into Research and Writing in Public International Law, Arbitration and Human Rights, besides Freelance Journalism. Working as a UN Volunteer, specializing in Human Rights issues in Africa, India and Central Asia and the Middle East, Kirthi has worked extensively with grass root organizations that focus on women’s rights, and also run a journal, academy and consultancy that focuses on International Law, called A38. Kirthi is also the founder of the Red Elephant Foundation, an organisation that works for the empowerment of women.
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Name of the Book: WRONG FOR THE RIGHT REASONS
Author: Ritu Lalit

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1. Rubina Ramesh 
2. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
3. Nikita Jhanglani  

The Story:

Shyamoli Verma’s timing is wrong. In her late twenties, she finds that her marriage is irrevocably broken. She comes back to her parents with her pre-teen son and an infant daughter, only to find that she is unwelcome.
Independent and brash, she decides to bring up her children and also get a divorce without any support from friends and family.
Written with wry self deprecatinghumour, this is the story of a divorced woman’s quest for love and security.
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Ritu Lalit 
 
Ritu Lalit is a corporate slave turned fiction writer. A voracious reader, she is a gold medalist post graduate in English Literature who spent most of her childhood in remote areas in the northeastern parts of India, lying on grassy hillsides daydreaming and reading books.She loves spinning tales, but no longer has her captive audience as her children grew up and flew away from the coop. Her three dogs don’t pay much attention. She began writing in the vain hope that the characters she creates will listen to her, even do her bidding.

She has five books out in the market, A Bowlful of Butterflies, HILAWI, Chakra, Chronicles of the Witch Way and Wrong, for the Right Reasons. Her fifth novel, His Father’s Mistress is coming soon.

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Yesterday I wrote about the charming lady, Anuroopa Basu. She is in her golden years and hails from Kolkata. I met her during my Kolkata Book tour. She is a member of Dignity Foundation. After reading my book she emailed me a four line feedback. We exchanged mails from then on.

Recently, I informed her about my upcoming book, a collection of short stories on jungle theme. She immediately replied saying she would love to read about the  jungles of Chhattisgarh. That reply gave me a new push to finish the book soon. I am so thankful to Anuroopa di as I think, that’s how writers are encouraged by the readers. Thank you so much. We really need that.

“Everybody has a story to tell”, is the theme of my Chat ‘n’ Coffee session. And I am overwhelmed to share with you all, Anuroopa Basu’s story. Though it is pretty short, yet it really talks about the effort she has put in to connect with us.

Anuroopa Basu
Anuroopa Basu
  • Tell us about yourself.
I am a housewife or a homemaker as they say.
  • On your birthday, what gift would you prefer? 

Books or flowers.

  • Which is your favorite destination and why?

I am in love with the Himalayas. I always want to go back.

  • What is your take on books/ movies/music? Any favorites?

No favorites.

  • What is that one thing that you miss so much in life?
I miss my parents and my nephew.
  • Share an experience that is turning point in your life.
 The birth of my grand child.

Anuroopa Basu
Anuroopa Basu
  • How would you describe your better half or dearest person?

A cool and composed person.

  • Given a chance, what is that one thing that you would love to change in your life?

I do not want to change anything.

  •  Any  message that you would like to give to the readers?
This is for the younger people. They should be a little more compassionate and patient.

My readers have mostly been non computer savy. Some are in the golden years of their life. Their enthusiasm has really shocked me. Their eagerness to excel and try out new things have made them stand out in the crowd. They are hardly dependent on anybody for their needs. Recently I got a mail from Anuroopa Di. She is from Kolkata. I met her during my Kolkata Book tour. After reading my book she emailed me a four line feedback. I replied. She was very happy to get it. The reason she believed today’s generation does not have patience and are not compassionate enough towards the seniors. From then on we exchanged mails sharing our views on various subject.

Anuroopa Basu

I am happy to share with you all her story. It maybe too short to what we are used to but it makes a big impact to come from a person who is not that computer savy but has taken the efforts to connect. Stay tuned to read her lines tomorrow.


Name of the Book: HIS FATHER’S MISTRESS
Author: Ritu Lalit

The Story:

Sumit is the heir to a huge inheritance, but has been in disgrace since his youth when he had a torrid affair with an entirely unsuitable woman. When his father dies, he inherits not only the wealth, but also the hostility of his family members and his father’s enemies.
When he suffers many life threatening attempts on his life he realises that his father’s death was not an accident either.
Intrigues and counter intrigues of the plot are finely interwoven with suspense and speed. Read to find out how he catches his father’s killers to save his own life and empire.




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About The Author 

 

Ritu Lalit 
 
Ritu Lalit is a corporate slave turned fiction writer. A voracious reader, she is a gold medalist post graduate in English Literature who spent most of her childhood in remote areas in the northeastern parts of India, lying on grassy hillsides daydreaming and reading books.She loves spinning tales, but no longer has her captive audience as her children grew up and flew away from the coop. Her three dogs don’t pay much attention. She began writing in the vain hope that the characters she creates will listen to her, even do her bidding.

She has five books out in the market, A Bowlful of Butterflies, HILAWI, Chakra, Chronicles of the Witch Way and Wrong, for the Right Reasons. Her fifth novel, His Father’s Mistress is coming soon.

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