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“The only way to grab eye balls is to be different, to be unique. Offer the reader something that the existing books do not.” – T.F Carthick


Today we have with us one of the most promising writer and blogger author T.F Carthick who has added another feather in his cap with his recently released debut book, Carthick’s Unfairy Tales. Carthick has been blogging since 2008. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines.

Today he would share with us his secret behind choosing such an unusual theme for his recent release.

Why did you Choose such an unusual theme for a debut book?

People have been writing books from times immemorial. And many of the books written in the last hundred or two hundred years remain with us and even the ones written earlier survive with us in some form. What chance one more book stand amidst the loud clamor of all these books to claim the attention of the reader? The only way to grab eye balls is to be different, to be unique. Offer the reader something that the existing books do not. Maybe the theme might cater only to a niche. But to them, it offers something the whole corpus of books written so far does not provide.

So, it was a granted that anything I write has to be unusual. I had other 4-5 other ideas that were equally if not more unusual – a retelling of Mayan mythology, management consultants in ancient Greece, a children’s tale like Enid Blyton’s faraway tree set in India, a tale of two unlikely heroes taking on the most dreaded of monsters from classic horror stories to name a few. Somehow this got written first before the others. The thing in this one’s favor was it had more instant appeal as everyone know fairy tales and has an opinion on them. It is a much smaller work giving readers chance to sample by writing with lesser investment of time.


Other than the above two advantages, this book reflects most aspects of my writing – humor, philosophy and zany imagination. Some of my other works may have more of one and lesser of other elements and may not be full reflections of my writing style.

The idea of the debut book being a short story as such is not unusual as such. Many people prefer to write a collection of short stories before taking on a novel. But then often short stories revolve around emotions and relationships. The second popular choice for theme of short stories is para normal. Longer stories tend to explore many more variety of themes – science fiction, fantasy, humor, action, adventure etc. Even when there are short stories around these themes they usually form part of a potpourri collection having various kinds of stories often by multiple author usually having the word shades, hues or its variants in the title. These kinds of anthologies I feel just don’t work because there is no strong selling point – something you can tell in a single story why the reader will like the collection. Just a bunch of good stories on various themes by various authors hardly cuts the ice with a reader. Everyone will say their stories are good. Other than that, it tells nothing. It is a complete black box. Even multiple stories by the same author does not hold much weight unless the author is famous. I feel for a collection of short stories to sell, they must have a real strong unambiguous theme interlinking the stories.

This is why I took a single theme – that of fairy tales retold and further refined it further by having a similar kind of retelling – unusual narrators, not too many material changes to original story, no change in settings but bringing out completely new perspectives to the old tales. And every story a commentary on a theme of interest in contemporary times.

Know more about the author

T.F Carthick is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on his blog

He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms. He is based in Bangalore.

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Blog Tour by The Book Club of CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick


T.F. Carthick
Blog Tour by The Book Club of CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

A damsel in distress. An evil dragon. A concerned father seeking a savior to rescue his daughter. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.

But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous and vicious savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?

What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than met the eye?

This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed rats and bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.

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This was wrong at many levels. The mayor’s despair and eagerness to solve the problem was understandable. But from what I have seen, no human problems come with quick fixes. Haste seldom helps. One requires patience to get to the depth of a problem and attack it at its root. A holistic solution does take a lot of time and effort but the benefits are long-lasting. Quick fixes, on the other hand, end up aggravating the situation. Take this situation of the rats itself, for instance. While the mayor may not have realized it, the fact was that the people of the town had brought this upon themselves. A few years earlier, people had complained of snakes. There were just a few of these reptiles, but still the people had complained incessantly. So, snake-catchers had been summoned to exterminate the snakes. Then, a few months’ later, stray dogs had become the object of the people’s ire.

“They keep barking all night. They just don’t let us sleep,” they had complained.

And they began to make a big fuss of how dogs were a public menace and exaggerated stories of dogs attacking humans started spreading, till finally the town council had to yield. Dog-catchers were commissioned and the dogs were done away with. With the elimination of their natural predators, wasn’t it natural that rats should multiply? But people just don’t realize these kinds of things. That is how people have been all the time. They wanted quick-fix solutions to all their problems then, and they want quick-fix solutions to all their problems now. They never learn.

Also, I suppose the mayor probably thought he would never be called upon to follow through upon his promise. So, he promised a grand reward just to appear to be doing something. That is another folly of humans, especially the leaders. They care more about perception than actually getting things done. And often initiatives undertaken to manage perceptions end up doing more harm than good.

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“to keep me occupied she gave me a piece of paper an asked me to write a story.  I wrote one and she loved it a lot. ” – Sai Daksh


Today on my blog I have a very young author Sai Daksh, only 13 years old (but a big boy sai-dakshnow). He debuted with The Diamond Heist (A Seven Agent Adventure) in the year 2017. Sai has big dreams and today he is going to share with us his writing journey so far.

  • How does it feel to be called as an author at your age? What do your friends say about your book?

It feels good. My friends say that the book is very interesting and they loved reading it.

  • It is not possible for any of us to inch forward without a support in the family. So who is your pillar of strength in the family?

Although all my family members support me, I feel that I am the Pillar of Strength for myself.

  • How did writing happen to you?

Honestly, I started writing when I was six years old and from then I have been writing

Mom narrates a very interesting anecdote. She says that in my earlier school in Bangalore where I studied only for the first grade, we kids used to be taken to the library for reading books and I believe the librarian once saw me loitering around and asked me why I wasn’t reading. I said that I had read most of the titles that were allowed for my class and just to keep me occupied she gave me a piece of paper an asked me to write a story.  I wrote one and she loved it a lot. She was the one who told my parents that I could write very well. Later I started making small comic strips and giving it to my friends. In my creative writing activity for English language I wold write stories based on prompts and be praised for them. So I then thought I should try and write a bigger story and started writing. I still have two half written stories in my mother’s laptop from even before the Diamond Heist.

·         About your book, The Diamond Heist (A Seven Agent Adventure), tell us about your source of inspiration?

As far as I can recall, I actually never had any source of inspiration for writing The Diamond Heist. The story just came in my dream one night and I decided to pen it down. I also wanted to create a story with my friends as characters in it.

·         Are your writing /planning your next book? What is it all about? How soon is it going to be released?

Yes. I am currently writing my next book but it is not a sequel to The Diamond Heist. It is completely different. It is called “The Death Ray”. It is a Fantasy set in the 31ST Century when the galaxy is run over by a completely different race.  I am 9000 words into it and I have a feeling that I shall complete it in the next 6 months. I want to self publish it on Amazon.

·         Since you are a student, how do you balance your homework and fiction writing?

There is nothing special to balance both. I study and play in the day and at night from 9 or 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm, I do my other extra-curricular activities like writing, gaming and video making.

·         What is your favorite subject in school?

In school, my favorite subjects are Maths and Science but I prefer Science more.

·         Tell us any incident in your school that you have used in your book or planning to?

To be honest, I haven’t used any incidents from real life but only the characters and their personalities are from real life.

·         There are many aspiring writers of your age. What is the message you want to give them?

“Think about your biggest failure or humiliation. It would keep giving you energy to write more and prove to the world that you are the best.”

·         And at last, any message for your readers.

Never Give Up.

Works By Sai Daksh


The Diamond Heist


Genre: Adventure

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The Sleepover

Genre: A short Story (Horror)

Available @ Juggernaut

Book Reviews: The Wedding Gift- A Short Story

Paromita Goswami



Nirmala has dark secrets in her closet. Yet she is loved by the readers.

Know about her story. The Wedding gift- a short story


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Blog Tour: THE WOMAN WHO SAW THE FUTURE by Amit Sharma


Amit Sharma
Blog Tour: THE WOMAN WHO SAW THE FUTURE by Amit Sharma
Sapna Vaid has lived with a unique power for a decade; a power that turned her from a timid, wide-eyed, college-going girl into the most influential and powerful Goddess on Earth. Sapna can see the future and saves thousands of people around the world every year through her record-breaking, popular show ‘Lucky People’. The show had given Sapna’s life a meaning and gives her the courage to sleep every night, where death and blood await her in her dreams. 
Even though the world is at her feet, the power costs Sapna her personal life. Thousands of prayers that come her way every year are her only solace, her only reason to live. 
When a blinding hatred leads to a desperate act of revenge, a single misuse of her great power triggers a reversal of her fortunes. Now she must decide the path she has to take to preserve her unique gift and her fame, even if it turns her into a murderer on the brink of insanity.
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Amit Sharma’s first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications in 2016. 




His second novel titled ‘The Woman Who Saw The Future‘ was published by Readomania in Nov 2017. 




Amit has been working in a Software Firm for the last twelve years. His hobbies include reading (but of course), watching world cinema, traveling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.  




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Padman – The Real Story of How He Shot to Fame by Selling Shame

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“If we want to give our daughters Sanitary Pads, we’d much rather buy the good quality ones available in the market. What do you think we are…….trying to get rid of some cheap stuff by dumping it on our girls?”

These words came from angry mothers of girls from a government school in rural Karnataka. The year was 2010. The “cheap stuff” in question was free Sanitary Napkins distributed through Rotary, made from a low-cost Sanitary Napkin manufacturing machine. The machine was the one set up by a person called Muruganathan, at Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru. The person who facilitated this free distribution was me. That was my first and last stint at distributing Sanitary Pads or any other menstrual product in villages.

Like many an arrogant social worker, I too began my work in this space 8 years ago assuming that I know better than the women in…

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Now on Amazon- The Wedding Gift: A short story

Paromita Goswami

Nirmala had lost everything, she ever had, in one go-  The Wedding Gift: A short Story

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Cover Reveal

Five years ago, my first book was published by Harlequin/Mills & Boon with the title “The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal”. It was an exciting moment for me as a writer and I will always cherish that memory.

Strange thing is that I get to do a re-run of that moment yet again. But this time as a self-published author. I am hugely excited at the opportunity to revisit Krish and Maya’s story and bring it to my readers with a new cover and title. There could be no other month more appropriate for the re-launch of a romance than the Month of Love — February!

The story is now called Destiny’s Girl. And it has a brilliant new cover… I am sure you will agree with me!

I did wonder if I should update Krish & Maya’s story. But as I went through the manuscript, I realized that my protagonists are now not merely characters in my book, but they have their own fictional lives within the pages of the book. Who am I to change that? So, their story is presented as is, complete with its flaws and foibles — in real life we don’t get a chance to change our past, do we?

If you have read their story, I hope you will enjoy revisiting it again when  Destiny’s Girl goes online as an e-book on Amazon (stay tuned for the announcement). And if you haven’t read it, I’d urge you to read it!

And now… for the C.O.V. E. R.    R.E.V.E.A.L.  <Drum Roll, please!> 🙂




So here comes DESTINY’S GIRL….














Would love to know what you think of the cover.

And wait…. there is some more news. Destiny’s Girl will have a sequel soon. It will be the Happily Ever After story of two characters you meet in Destiny’s Girl — Rohan and Natasha.

So, keep your eyes peeled for more updates on the release of Destiny’s Girl and its sequel.

May Valentine’s Month be full of love and happiness for you all!

Adite Banerjie








Excerpt: The Wedding Gift (A short story)

Paromita Goswami

She stood in front of her murderer, a lifeless body, listening to every word he spoke with utter attention. As if he was chanting some mantra of her destruction. When he finally ended, Nirmala couldn’t feel the ground beneath her feet. The world spun in front of her eyes and she tried to hold on to something, probably his arms, to stop her from falling down. But then, he had already turned his back towards her and was moving towards the door. She couldn’t let him just go. The act was not yet over. It was her turn now.

Nobody walks away with murder.

Releasing on      5th Feb 2018, on Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, KU.

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Excerpt: The Clockmaker – The Nightmare

Paromita Goswami


Ashish lay in bed sweating profusely. Whatever had happened in his shop had horrified him beyond words. He knew he could never be able to explain the incident to anyone. After endless tossing and turning he fell asleep only to be overpowered by his nightmare.

It was dark already. A small fire burning

 “Give me back my money!”

 “Are you done? We will miss the bus?”

 “ We will see how you put up your stall here again?”

 A hand from behind the bushes

“I am too old now. You carry on.”

Weary feet running in the jungle

“I am the clock maker.”

“I am not going anywhere!”

“I have been waiting for you!”

“Just wait and watch!”

“ Here take this! Mend it for me.”

“We are not going anywhere!”

Ashish woke up with a jolt in the wee hours of the morning. He found he had accidentally wetted…

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