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After walking for about two hours they came across their first halt. A small tribal village on the slopes of the Mikal hill.

Neha had completely forgotten that she was tired. Her camera just won’t stop rolling. She had been capturing images of everything she came across so far in her trek and here, in the tribal village, she had dig gold. Everything about this Stone Age village was worth capturing.

Ritesh had gone with Shankar to take a tour of their home stay while Neha was busy with her camera shots. Suddenly her camera lens caught hold of a veiled tattooed lady in a black robe.

She was sitting alone under a tree. The piece of cloth just hid her private assets and her whole body was nude, displaying tattoos in various forms. Like all the other in the village she was dark complex too and her hair more milky white than silver. She wore a pair of big silver ear studs the name of jewelry which was very prominent in her body. But unlike the other women she wore the minimum jewelry.

Neha adjusted her camera lens to take a picture of her. The lady suddenly unveiled her face to which Neha jolted in dismay. Never in her life had she come across such a dreaded face. It was the face was of a very old woman, the wrinkles were the clear evidence of it. It was the face that had lived its life and seen many ups and down. What remained today was just the tattooed criss- crossed skin over the skull. She was blind or partial blind for her eyes were complete white with no pupils.

This excerpt is part of my upcoming #paranormal book based on the jungles of Chhattisgarh, THE JUNGLE SERIES, a collection of short stories. The tag line is- GET READY TO BE ASSAULTED.

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Chhattisgarh is a newly developed state of India with Raipur as its capital city. The state is well known for its bastar arts and Kosa Silk. Chhattisgarh is also home to many tribes and communities who thrive in the jungles and still practice their age old tradition and culture. You can know more about it The Erotic Rock Carvings of Chhattisgarh
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The Book Title – Love and Other Enchantments 27255337

Genre – Anthology

Author – Fictious Five (Anuj Kumar, Tanima Kedar, Maliny Mohan, Ishan Dafaria, Akash Deep Gupta)

Blurb – Short stories are magical. They take you on a walk through the liveliest of alleys, a few resplendent, while others torn between the subdued shades of white and black, to finally melt away, leaving your mind smeared with the most vibrant of hues, like a richly flavoured delicacy dissolving into the hidden recesses of one’s senses, all in a matter of few minutes. The beauty is enhanced further if the theme reflected upon is love, for no feeling has conquered human minds like love in its multifarious forms.

Here we, a group of five writers, knit together by the bond of creativity and a passion for writing, present before you ‘Love And Other Enchantments’ a short story anthology, showcasing fifteen stories that depict, with much ardour, the depth and sheer poignancy of unrequited love.

My Ratings – unnamedunnamedunnamed

My Review – I thank the author, Anuj Kumar for giving me a review copy of the book.

First of all, I really apologize for delaying my review. It should have come long back.

The book title says it all. This book is an anthology based on the theme of love. For a first timer or pretty new, the authors have done brilliant job. The stories are about love from a different angle. Indeed it was a sheer surprise for me.

I will only review the work of Anuj Kumar in the book. The author has stories – So Mad in Love. In the short story the author talks about faith in God. What happens when you lose your trust? Its Not Soothing Every Time is about a psycho lover. The author tried to show the gruesome torture. Known Unknown a one sided affair. In all the stories the author played with the dark side of the character. Somewhere he even succeeded in raising the expectation. However, there is more to be done for bringing out the best. I wish I had known the characters a little more. I really enjoyed the poems in between the lines that fitted ao well with the storyline. A good attempt for a short story.

Ideal for those who love to read dark romantic stories.

 

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Book Title – Mistress of Honour

Author – Bhaavna Arora

Published by – Penguin India

Genre – Romance

Blurb – A tale about passionate love and finding your soulmate . . . only to realize you will always come a close second
When Potnis, a captain in the Indian Army, meets Pansy during Operation Blue Star, he knows he has found the love of his life. Their passionate romance leads them to the altar and blossoms into a beautiful child, Rihana.
History repeats itself when Advik, a wayward boy from a broken family, catapults into Rihana’s heart as smoothly as he conquers the skies as an Indian Air Force pilot. What follows is a night of unabashed love, transporting the couple to heavenly bliss. Where will their unbridled love lead them? Will Rihana remain a mistress to Advik, for whom the love for his country comes first, or will she be able to make a place in his heart that is second to none? This heartbreaking saga of love, courage and sacrifice will leave you asking for more.

My Rating – unnamedunnamedunnamed

I won this book in a giveaway organized by The Book Club.

The blurb attracted me from the very beginning. I love reading about uniform men. The book has all the ingredients of Army life – fun, hard work, family, misson, love. It gives a deep insight into the life of an Army family. The author has brilliantly painted, their share of love, anxiety and togetherness.

Over the nights when the nation sleeps at peace how can one forget to thank the guardians of our borders who are ready to take a bullet in their heart to keep us safe. And a million thanks to the mother, sister, wife and daughter of an Army personnel who have never once allowed their fears to show up on their face even in the toughest situation. They are the true heroes.

The author has done full justice to portray the emotions of an army family throughout the book. It also has a detailed narration of NDA which many of us have got a glimpse in many Bollywood movies and still crave for more. Indeed our officers are polished through the toughest hands to be what they are today. I completely enjoyed the zest of the book.

But even after saying it all, I am craving. Craving for more as it was not what I expected. May be my expectation from the book was more in terms of story which I find lacking in the narration. The tough life of an Army officer is very well portrayed but it lacked the soul. As a reader I could not connect with any of the characters and the plot. In fact, I still could not figure out whose story I was reading after all.

I would recommend it for those who love to read about lives of uniform men. You will get it all here.

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Nil Battey Sannata is a proverb which means when there is no hope.

Movie – Nil Battey Sannata

Cast – Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak

Director – Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

My rating – unnamedunnamedunnamedunnamed

My Take  – What would you do if things do not fall in your favor? Will you stop trying or wait for things to happen?

This movie is a typical example of none of the above options. This film clearly gives a message Where There Is A Will There Is A Way. Inspired by real life incident partially, the movie is a salute to motherhood according to me. It’s all about how a mother even with all her faults can inspire her child and shape up her daughter’s future against all odd.
The story is about a maid, Chanda played by Swara Bhaskar, who dreams of making her daughter successful person in life, unlike herself. Raising a child single handedly is in itself very difficult but she faces all challenges and dreams big for her daughter always. On the other hand, her daughter thinks more practically and dreams of becoming a governess or a maid in future like her mother and gives a big set back to her mother’s only dream.
The movie is all about how the mother takes it up as a challenge and inspires her daughter to dream big in spite of all the financial challenges and achieve it.
Must watch for real time inspiring movies. Both Ratna Pathak and Swara Bhaskara need a big round of applauses for their work and special mention is the debutant director, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, who had never left the chord of the script and kept everything simple and realistic.

My Last Love Story 
by 
Falguni Kothari



Blurb 


Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreaking and poignant tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong.

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I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.

Love is meant to heal wounds.
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul.

I love my husband, and he loves me.
But Nirvaan is dying.
I love my husband. I want to make him happy.
But he is asking for the impossible.

I don’t want a baby.
I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan.
I don’t want another chance at another love story. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 


 Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media and loves to connect with readers.

My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.

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Bhoramdeo Temple

Chattisgarh is best known for its rich tribal culture and temples. Bhoramdeo Temple is one of the major attractions of the state. This ancient temple is situated in Kawardha district of Chhattisgarh which is about 116 kilometers from the capital city of Raipur or just 20 kilometers from the Kawardha town.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and dates back to 7th to 12th Century A.D during the period of Kalachuri dynasty. This ancient temple has a close resemblance to the Konark Sun Temple in Odhisa and the Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh.

The temple was built by Nagwanshi King, Raja Ramchandra, who practiced Tantrism, an ancient form of Hindu practice that seeks to channelize the divine energy from God to human to attain Moksha. Therefore, the temple walls have magnificent erotic rock sculptures depicting various Kama sutra positions. Hence the temple is also popularly known as “The Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh.

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Rock carvings, Bhoramdeo Temple

Within the temple premises there are several other small temples dedicated to other deities. Madwa Palace within the temple premises is also another attraction. It is built like a marriage hall and resembled the wedding Mandap of Raja Ramchandra with his wife Queen Ambika Devi.

It is a must visit place during Chhattisgarh tour. The best time to visit is during the Bhoramdeo Mahotsav held in the last week of March within the temple complex. This festival gives the tourists a deep insight into the culture of the state with various tribal dance and songs.

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Mikal Hills

Apart from that the nature lovers and the adventure freak can always enjoy the picturesque beauty of the Mikal Hills and the wildlife sanctuary here. The temple is situated on the foothills of the Mikal Hills.

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EXCERPT #THEJUNGLE SERIES

Neha had heard a lot about Bhoramdeo Temple since her arrival in Raipur. The newspaper, few days back in the end of March, mentioned about the Bhoramdeo Mahotsav which she desperately wanted to visit but could not due to Ritesh’s busy schedule. She was very excited to visit the temple now.

This write up is part of my upcoming #paranormal book based on the jungles of Chhattisgarh, THE JUNGLE SERIES, a collection of short stories. The tag line is- GET READY TO BE ASSAULTED.

 

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“How are you feeling now Mam?” Shankar asked little apologetically.

“I am fine now. It’s just the heat nothing to worry about.” Neha replied.

“Great so that means we can go ahead with our activity then.” Shankar replied.

“Of course! I don’t want to miss anything after coming here.” Neha said.

“I won’t let that happen Mam. We will be heading straight to the village haat. Today being Wednesday, it is the time for Weekly market here. Many people from the nearby village come to attend it as it is one of its kind in the entire locality. Otherwise people have to go to Kawardha or Bhoramdeo for their needs.

”I hope they will have no problems if we visit the haat.” Ritesh asked.

“Not at all. As long as you do not interfere with the locals much. They are different tribal community and love to be themselves. Though they know me but they don’t like intrusion by foreigners. Just a request every time you want to click a picture, please ask for their permission first. They are very shy, specially the ladies. Though they won’t say no but it is always better to ask.”

 

“Oh, surely we will take care of it.” Ritesh replied.

“Also I must inform you that this hatt is also a dating place where the man and woman choose their partners for marriage. So as the hours go by you will find the men dancing and singing around with girls and it is celebration time for them. So they drink Mahua, a local alcohol. If they like you they will offer you too. Please! Don’t say “NO” and don’t throw the drink in front of them. It will highly offend them. If they ask you to dance, don’t forget to acknowledge it. It is their way of showing love and respect for you.”

“Phew! As much as I want to I will take care of all the information. Thanks Shankar.”

“And last of all, remember I am a local here so I will behave the same way with them. If I drink Mahua, please don’t assume I am drunk. I know my limits and responsibility. You guys are safe with me.” Shankar added.

“Alrighto!” Ritesh showed a thumps up. Neha smiled.

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This excerpt is part of my upcoming #paranormal book based on the jungles of Chhattisgarh, THE JUNGLE SERIES, a collection of short stories. The tag line is- GET READY TO BE ASSAULTED.

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Chhattisgarh is a newly developed state of India with Raipur as its capital city. The state is well known for its bastar arts and Kosa Silk. Chhattisgarh is also home to many tribes and communities who thrive in the jungles and still practice their age old tradition and culture.
Join me  to know more about this virgin destination that has so many stories to tell.
“Not all get everything in this lifetime. Thus, leading to sorrow and despair.” – Ruchira Khanna

Today in our Blog Guest Post column, we have the contemporary fiction writer Ruchira Khanna, a Biochemist turned writer, who draws inspiration from various sources and tries to pen them down to create awareness within her and the society. Also a Reiki Master in her spare time where she passes out information about channeling universal energy and conducts sessions, author Ruchira shares with us about her new release Voyangers.

What inspired you to write Voyagers?

The book, ‘Voyagers into the Unknown’ has a theme. The theme is happiness.

This happiness is transcribed by many in the form of relationship, love, success, family, good health. If the man has all, then he is happy, but alas! Not all get everything in this lifetime. Thus, leading to sorrow and despair.

That’s when my journey into the unknown plot came into existence. The man is usually relaxed and opens up if he has traveled the seas to get something rather than that ‘something’ comes walking to him. I started the journey of these handful tourists who came from different walks of life and countries around the world to somebody who has been recommended. Raj is a tourist guide. He has seen it all…the ups and the down, the tragedy and the happiness. Thus, making him a man of steel. He mixes pleasure with the philosophy of life and tries to change the perception of his tourists by healing their broken hearts.

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More about Ruchira

She published a novel in 2013, which peeps into every one’s daily life named, “Choices”

Her children’s book came out in 2014, The adventures of Alex and Angelo for which she got thumbs up from Kirkus Reviews.

One of her story got included in a published anthology, The Turning point of Life, in 2014

The Lonely Wish Giver, a novel that includes work of ~299 writers from 27 countries. We all got together to write a group novel for NaNoWriMo.

Frozen by Fire, a novel written by ~ 499 writers from 54 countries.

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Movie – One Night Stand

Director – Jasmine D’Souza

Story – Bhavani Iyer

Star cast – Sunny Leone, Nyra Banerjee and Tanuj Virwani in the lead roles

Genre – Thriller

Rating – unnamedunnamed

My Review-

I didn’t have any expectations from this movie. It came up when I had no choice left. But I would say I don’t regret it. But then why is it called thriller?? Complete fake.

Sunny Leone is a delight to watch and I have watched almost all her movies and still her debut film Jism remains my favourite. The lady really knows how to show her curves. But then the movie was A certificate so such scenes were obvious reasons.

Now apart from that, what else do I get to see in the movie? I fear to say nothing at all. The newcomers did not do anything at all. It seemed like they were not putting in any efforts. No expression, no chemistry. Not even when their bodies sizzle in the water.

About the story, it is about the adultery and relationships. But then the actors failed to portray it in a nice way. Hairstyle, hot pants, pink lips stole most of the scene. The movie lacked soul.

It was a rather cold movie. You can watch it if you are a Sunny Leone fan.

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