Why I am the Way I am

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One’s life is the most interesting piece of fiction one will ever encounter in his or her lifetime. For in life, as in a novel, or a short story, there will be numerous twists and turns, and you will never know when which twist will completely change the face of your life and the direction of your journey.

When I won my first story writing competition in, I think, my 5th grade, I used to tell everyone who asked, that I wanted to become a teacher. An English teacher, to be precise. I was in love with the language even then, and more importantly, I was completely awed by my English teachers. They way they spoke, their diction, made me completely besotted with the language. I spent hours after school scribbling poems on my rough notes. I participated in speech competitions, essay competitions and anything else that had the slightest inkling of English in it. Continue reading

Wrong for the Right Reasons – A Review

Wrong 
For The Right Reasons
by 
Ritu Lalit
The Blurb
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 deprecating humour, this is the story of a divorced woman’s quest for love and security.


The Review

I have known Ritu Lalit through her parenting articles on Parentous.com. I used to devour each and every one of them as and when she would post them, for they were witty, no-nonsense and made a world of sense to me as a new mom. Those, along with her blogs, have always exuded the same confidence, wit, humor and attitude, which I presume are the characteristics of their author as well. And Ritu’s novel, Wrong for the Right Reasons doesn’t fail my presumption one bit.

Wrong for the Right Reasons is Ritu’s 4th novel, after Hilawi, Chakra and a Bowl Full of Butterflies. The story revolves around a woman fighting for divorce. Only here, the fight is not just against the unfaithful husband, who is eager to wash his hands off his responsibilities over his children, but also against every other person in the society – be it family, friends or outsiders. It is this war she wages that brings to light the real well wishers, and weeds out parasitic relationships. Strangers become confidantes for life, while blood relationships run thinner than water. How Shyamoli perseveres through all that to keep her head above water (and her children’s) and emerges, sanity intact, at the other end, is the crux of Wrong for the Right Reasons.

A story such as this runs a great risk of getting melodramatic or falling prey to cliches. For the struggle Shyamoli goes through is heart wrenching. Yet, Ritu’s novel is anything but melodramatic. Shyamoli doesn’t come across as a typical teary eyed victim. She is a survivor right from the beginning, and that is what I love about her most. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have emotions, but Ritu doesn’t allow her protagonist to drown in self-pity. For some reason, in the confidence that Shaymoli exudes and her attitude towards life, she seems to me very familiar to the image I have of Ritu in my mind. I respect that lady a lot, from what I know of her through her blogs and comments, and Shyamoli wins the same respect and admiration from me.

The characters are all well etched out. There are quite a number of them, but in one way or the other, they all add some meaning to the story. I especially like the fact that no character is completely black or white. They are, including Shyamoli, have their shades of gray. Which is how it should be, for that is how life is, isn’t it?

The writing is typical Ritu style – witty, crisp, devoid of unwarranted narrations. I found a couple of teeny weeny inconsistencies in the details. For example, Nimmi is shown to visit Shyamoli’s house in a sari, but when she is crying sitting in Shaymoli’s living room, the tear falls on the ‘kurti’. But there are no glaring errors, and the story is so engrossing that the mind did not even want to look for one.

In all, Ritu’s Wrong for the Right Reasons is a portrayal of life, just the way it is. And I absolutely love it!

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Meet the Author

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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2014 in review

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God is a Gamer – A Review

God is a Gamer
God is a Gamer 
by 
Ravi Subramanium 
 
 
The Blurb
Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai.

Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

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Against All Odds – A Review

Against All Odds

By 

Jazz Singh 

 
 

 

The Blurb

The first time they collide, he thinks she’s a con artist, she believes he’s an arrogant snob.
It takes several meetings to change their minds about each other, but eventually, Abhimanyu and Sanjana strike up a friendship that seems destined to turn into something more. He’s a rich, successful businessman, however, and she’s a small-town girl who doesn’t fit into his glittering world; a fact that Abhimanyu’s mother has taken pains to point out.
Will they ever overcome the odds, or are their lives on parallel tracks, never destined to cross?

The Review

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By Yamini Vijendran Posted in Musings

How do You Steam Things Up? Ask Sundari!

As an author, writing intimate scenes, or describing the act of making love is part and parcel of your ‘writer-hood’. Although, I admit, I find it hard to write scenes that are deliciously intimate, and don’t sound vulgar or trashy. However, there is one author, who is also a wonderful online friend and an inspiration to me as to a lot of other authors, who cruises through these intimate scenes with such finesse and taste, that she amazes me every single time. She’s Sundari Venkataraman, author of three Amazon bestsellers, and many more lined up in the pipeline. I asked her, “Oh Sundari! Pray tell me how you do it? What’s the secret that turns your words into such a delight to read!” To which she has responded with this insightful and interesting guest post. So without much further ado, let me make way for the inimitable Sundari Venkataraman, who has agreed to grace my blog today with her guest post -  Continue reading