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Literature and medical science are similar says Jayant kaikini



Jayant Kaikini’s No Presents Please, a collection of stories won the DSC prize for South Asian literature 2019. Kaikini’s engaging and insightful storytelling looks at the many corners of the city of Mumbai and the many voices that are embedded in those corners. The original work was written in the Kannada language and it has been beautifully translated by the award-winning translator Tejaswini Niranjana who has maintained the soul and the magic of narrative in the translated edition.

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature encourages fiction writing on the South Asian region and the trajectories of untold stories and the social, political and cultural collision that each of these landscapes share. The DSC Prize has always supported and encouraged works in regional languages and translations, and this is the first time ever when a translated work has won this prize. Kaikini’s storyline gives us characters that are unpredictable, strong yet full of disagreements and denial. The spirit of the city and its people, the lingering loneliness, the existential anxiety and the distant dreams all come together in this powerful holdall.

Some excerpts from an exclusive interview

You look at relationships, voices, the anxious mind and the unsaid emotions in terms of your characters? What drives you to focus on these elements?

We have to dive deep in to the sea to realize that islands are basically connected. We must get drenched and lost in this absorbing absurd human world where face is a window for a story. Ongoing life is non-literary and doesn’t have structure. We try to create our own structures only to make sense of it for ourselves. It’s a journey where a “said” evokes the unsayable along with the unsaid. You have to get lost to see something new.

What are you passionate about the most as a writer?

“I don’t write what I know. I write to know”, says fine Kannada writer Yashwant Chittal about himself. I belong to the same school. Literature and medical science are similar. Both are trying to understand plights and pains of man and trying to heal and reduce it. The essential purpose of any art or literature is to become anonymous! It has nothing to do with name or fame. For me, the unknown next line or the image, the metaphor or the scene is the most exciting thing about the writing process.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading Ruskin Bond’s autobiography which I got autographed by him in Kolkata recently.

You favourite writers and why?

Thankfully there are countless. Even if I like one poem or a story or any bit of any writer, he is my favorite forever. It stays with me. It’s very difficult and unfair to pick few. But I must tell the ones who nurtured my sensibility deeply. They are senior Kannada writers Kuvempu, K. Shivaram Karanth, Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre, Yashwant Chittal, A. K. Ramanujan , Shantinath Desai, Poornachandra Tejaswi, U. R. Ananthamurthy, P. Lankesh, Khaasnis, and K. V. Tirumalesh.

Are you working on something right now?

I am working towards my next collection of poetry in Kannada. And along with Tejaswini, my translator, I want to plan my next book of translated stories in English.


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‘Revenge shows that you are weak, It’s a sign of a weak person.’ | Ravleen Sabharwal and Amit Dubey (Exclusive Interview)



Ravleen Sabharwal and Amit Dubey are two accomplished lawyers who have co-authored the gripping novel “Revenge Instinct”.

Ravleen Sabharwal, a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India, and Amit Dubey, a lawyer in the Bombay High Court, have used their legal expertise to craft a narrative that delves deep into the themes of family, loyalty, and revenge.

Their ability to create complex characters and explore their relationships in a realistic and relatable manner has garnered them critical acclaim. In this interview, we have the opportunity to hear from Sabharwal and Dubey about their inspiration for “Revenge Instinct”, their writing process, and their experiences as authors.

Some glimpses of our conversation with Ravleen Sabharwal and Amit Dubey.?

What inspired you to write a book on the topic of Revenge Instinct?

Ravleen: As lawyers, we were discussing a case one day and realized how people often fall prey to revenge in various situations. This sparked the idea of writing a book on the topic.

Did you conduct any research or interviews to gather information on the subject of revenge and its effects on individuals and society?

Ravleen: We based our book on our observations of how revenge can drive people to commit big crimes for various reasons. We did not conduct any formal research or interviews.

What challenges did you face during the writing process, and how did you overcome them?

Amit: The biggest challenge was staying on the same page and sticking to the same plot. As lawyers, we have many things to discuss, and we often had to delete or scrap our previous ideas. However, it was also fun to write a book.

Do you believe that revenge is ever justified, or is it always a negative force in human relationships?

Ravleen: To sum it up, revenge shows that you are weak. It’s a sign of a weak person.

Can you give us an overview of how you divided the work, from writing the manuscript to publishing?

Amit: We sat down and discussed and made points, and sometimes divided the chapters based on the plot we had jotted down before. Each chapter starts with a saying of a well-known personality that reflects how that saying is apt, introduced by Ravleen and later developed by me.

How did you balance writing and work, and manage to find time for both?

Ravleen: As lawyers, we have a very hectic schedule, but we made time for writing by prioritizing it and working on it whenever we could. It was a challenging but rewarding experience.

What message or lesson do you hope readers will take away from your book, and how do you think it can help them in their own lives?

Amit: We hope readers will understand that revenge is never a solution to any problem and can only lead to more harm. One lie can lead to another and it’s never-ending, especially when it comes to revenge or anything that is not good for a person. We recommend that everyone read the book at least once.

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Top 10 Books of The Month | March [Editor’s Choice]



We are back again this month with a new list of books by amazing authors that you should add to your TBR this month. So be it romance, be it poetry, be it leadership, be it self help we have it all.
So go ahead and add them to your bookshelves.

Here are 10 books that you can definitely add to your reading list this month. 🙂

1. Smiling in my Sleep by Ramachandran Rajasekharan

“Smiling in my Sleep”, like the poet’s earlier book, “Dewdrop and Banyan Tree”, presents the realities of our world.

The sensitivity of the poet’s thoughts and emotions as they ‘fly back and forth as birds breaking frontiers and bring to life experiences plucking at the heartstrings and making music of them.’ resonates with the reader with ease.
These poems are an intellectual delight, revealing the reality around us as images that convey stories of love, warmth, compassion, and empathy, crafted with a keen sense of observation in powerful and absorbing lines that would leave lasting imprints in readers’ minds.

2. Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan

Sixteen-year-old Sashi wants to become a doctor. But over the next decade, as a vicious civil war tears through her hometown of Jaffna, her dream takes her on a different path as she sees those around her, including her four beloved brothers and their friend, get swept up in violent political ideologies and their consequences. Desperate to act, she must ask herself: is it possible for anyone to move through life without doing harm?

V. V. Ganeshananthan is the author of Brotherless Night and Love Marriage, which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Read More..

3. A Bounteous Gift by Niharika Singh Sharma

Zoya has a perfect life.

A happy marriage, loving children, and a satisfying career.

She never pondered how things could have been different until a sudden disaster struck. A disaster that trapped her between life and death, in a realm where the past and the present exist at the same time.

There, she is compelled to come to terms with the ghosts of her past—an infant she lost in childbirth, a romance, and a secret that was so traumatic at the time of its occurrence that it remained submerged for many years. Reliving these memories Read More..

4. Neuro Hack by Debjeet Das

This book is a fascinating look at the human brain. The brain is the most complex and enigmatic organ in the human body. It is the source of our thoughts, emotions, memories, and experiences. It is responsible for every action and decision we make, and it plays a crucial role in shaping our identity and defining who we are.

This book is a journey into the mysteries and wonders of the brain. It is an exploration of the various functions and processes that make up this remarkable organ and a celebration of the marvels of the human mind.

5. Karnali Blues by Buddhisagar

Karnali Blues, by Buddhisagar, is the most widely read Nepali novel to have appeared in the last twenty years.

As it recounts the evolution of a father-son relationship-a son’s search for approval, a father’s small acts of kindness and forgiveness, and a son’s fears for his father’s dignity as his fortunes and faculties begin to fail-the reader is deeply drawn into young Brisha Bahadur’s world. His father is kind and idealistic; his mother, though she is kind too, is often frustrated and irascible.

The characters in this book are some of the most carefully drawn and authentic in all of Nepali literature.

6. Delightful Delicacies-Demystified by Pinky Kedia

Delightful delicacies demystified is your key to easy Soulful food that you and your loved ones can Savor. The recipes are flavourful and fancy while also being easy to cook even for beginners.

Every recipe is explained in great detail to ensure one does not go wrong. this book has flavourful recipes for various world-class cuisines in the form of various soups; salads, appetizers, main courses, and desserts.

The idea behind this book is to remove the anxiety and uncertainty around cooking hearty vegetarian food at parties and even on daily basis.

7. Etch Your Name In Time by Pearl John

This book is a practical, powerful, and propelling guide for you who aspire to be a person of influence creating a lasting impact on your world. This is not for the faint of heart. It is for those who are committed and passionate about making your life count today and tomorrow.

It offers actionable advice on how to leave a legacy that is consistent with your values, purpose, and passion.

The author of this book is a Servant Leadership Evangelist and a sought-after leadership coach who serves as the Executive Director of Logos Management in Mumbai. Before Read More..

8. Ghee Rice & Dhal Fry by Krishna Ramachandran

A man on the verge of suicide, reclaiming his life and his business, a man rushing to the office stopping and reprioritizing his life, a relationship that tries to sustain a breakup, a food blogger on the lookout for tasty food, a man struggling to balance between 2 things he loves the most, a man looking at settling scores in a unique way, a brother getting over trauma in his own way, a lady making a fool of herself just to have her favorite food.

Read about all these people and a little more in this diverse collection of 18 short stories set up in everyday environments based on everyday characters

9. Marriages Not Made in Heaven by Vathi Agrawal

‘Marriages not made in Heaven’ is set in Delhi and is a generic tongue in cheek reflection on upper middle class Delhi households. The story revolves around the Chopras.

Mrs. Nita Chopra’s sole ambition in life is for her three daughters to be settled in happy matrimony, preferably in rich households. With no help from her husband, Anand, she goes about securing suitable grooms for each of her daughters. Her eldest daughter Payal, who is more interested in running her own business than being someone’s wife, sees marriage as her ticket to pursue her dreams. Simran, the middle one, is courting a fellow doctor with the fond hope of fleeing the country (and her family). Read More..

10. Anthill by Vinoy Thomas

Bounded by dense Kodagu forests on the south and west, and rivers on the north and east, Perumbadi, at the border between Kerala and Karnataka, has hidden from the world. Its very isolation has attracted varied settlers from south Kerala over the years. The first settler on this land, Kunji Varkey, was fleeing the opprobrium of getting his own daughter pregnant. Those who followed had similar shameful secrets.

hails from Nellikkampoyil, Iritty, in north Kerala. A schoolteacher by profession, he is one of the most promising young writers in Malayalam. His short-story collections include Ramachi, Mullaranjanam and Adiyormisiha Enna Novel. His Read More..

Book Prices

Smiling in my Sleep Rs.49 (Kindle)
Brotherless Night Rs.475 (Kindle)
A Bounteous Gift Rs.106 (Kindle)
Neuro Hack Rs.99 (Kindle)
Karnali Blues Rs.324 (Paperback)
Delightul Delicacies-Demystified Rs.1250 (Paperback)
Etch Your Name In Time Rs.307 (Paperback)
Ghee Rice & Dhal Fry Rs.199 (Paperback)
Marriages Not Made in Heaven Rs.175 (Kindle)
Anthill Rs.269 (Kindle)

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Top 10 Books of The Month | February [Editor’s Choice]



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Are you looking for a great book to read this month? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 books that we recommend you check out. From heartwarming family dramas to thrilling page-turners, there’s something for everyone on this list. 🙂

1. The Stardust You Left Behind by Jayakrishnan Sureshbabu

In his collection of poetic verses, Jayakrishnan takes us on a journey through the realms of love, highlighting the intricate shades of emotions attached to it. From the ecstasy of being in love to the agony of loneliness and separation, he illustrates that sometimes all we need to do is believe in magic – that stardust called love.

The author of this lives in Hyderabad, India, and writes on his Instagram Page @ thepoeticsoulspeaks. His short poems on love, life, loss, and intricate human emotions have touched the hearts of Instagram users across the globe. He is a seasoned IT Professional who loves traveling, reading, writing, Read More..

2. What to do if there is a Murderer in your Family? by Veer Devgan

An eye on the ground.
A green-eyed boy who popped out of nowhere.
A very obese and murderous uncle.

Krish’s life has never been normal. He lost his memory when he was barely seven and the only thing he can remember is the stench of ashes and a poor boy whose eye he almost gouged out. His life is turned upside down when he finds his mother lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen, surrounded by her family.

What will he do now? The mysterious boy seems to be exceptionally friendly with his brother who is hiding Read More..

3. Shadows by Pradeep Gulati

SHADOWS can be driven away by a single ray of light shining at the correct angle.

Rishi, a marine engineer, sailing on ships braving the forces of nature, piracy and onslaught of rules and regulations of ship operation, had never expected to be drawn into a web of corruption, bribery, deceit and sex, when he shifts to a shore based managerial job. Nor had he expected to become the proprietor of a leading escort agency.

Dissanee, a small town girl from Thailand, leading a simple pious life ingrained with family values, dreaming of taking care of her mother and brother, and being the best nail artist Read More..

4. Muawza by Sanjiv Priyadarshi

“Muawza – The Compensation and Other Stories” is a collection of eleven stories which will take you to a long journey of intense emotions and diverse facades of human values. Intricately woven around the people around us; the stories travel from the undying spirit of a forlorn mother ousted from her world to a desperate father deprived of his son’s love, to the bliss of true friendship and grandeur of the poorest of poor’s hearts; opening myriad vistas of feelings and scooping out convictions buried in deep caverns of our hearts.

The stories; some based on real life experiences, will leave you spell bound and craving for more; forcing you to seek Read More..

5. Regrets by Hema Chhetri

It is a tragic love story about two characters who meet and fall in love at first sight in school. Their intrusive shyness and feeling of belonging bring ultimate romance also making one go through their practical and painful side in the journey which creates a high drama. How fate turns them into friends but by heart, they were almost married. How they call themselves two incomplete stories that are waiting to be completed finally before they have to part ways forever.

The author of this book was raised in the Northeast and began writing during her service as a staff nurse. Her passion for writing made her pursue MA in Journalism and earned her awards. She has appeared in commercial ads and continues to Read More..

6. Dialogues of a Different Kind and Other Poems by Annam Ragamalika

Dialogues of a Different Kind and Other Poems is Annam Ragamalika’s first volume of poetry written over the years. The poems reflect myriad emotions and feelings which are relatable. You can read them as you sip your coffee, ensconced in your favourite chair or enroute work or on a patch of green. or anyway you like.

The poems will take you on a trip down memory lane, anchor your experiences and determine your poetic journey. The collection is divided into three sections namely My Tribe, Of Moods and Memories and Mindscape. My Tribe focusses on people, the second section delves on emotions and nostalgia Read More..

7. Cancer Biology by Dr. Navdeep Singh

C for Chess
C for Cancer
C for Checkmate

Treating Cancer patient is like winning a chess game with the best possible moves.
Cancer Biology. Choosing investigations wisely go a long way in helping checkmate Cancer with the best possible moves.

The author of this book has a vast experience in treating cancer patients for more than twenty five years. He always puts his heart and soul in providing the best possible evidence Read More..

8. Eleven Inches Away by Khushagra Singh

The mentally ill murderer of this book lived a short but hateful life devoid of empathy, warmth or love. Having turned his back on the world, movies were only solace. Now that only eleven Inches stand between him and certain death, he must team up with Nic Cage to direct the greatest movie the gods have ever seen. As the two learn more about morality and philosophy in the afterlife, their skills to rip off the best films will decide whether our hero can sneak his way into heaven.

The author of this book wrote Eleven Inches Away while being completely isolated from the world, living alone in a small room and this was years before the lockdown. Khushagra Read More..

9. To the Moon and Back by Revathi Bala Sabbella

Priya Malhotra makes a shocking discovery: Her father’s death isn’t an accident. She always have the doubt, but because of her memory loss she believed what was said to her. But truth always have a way to return. She wakes up one evening from a blackout with her lost memories and to find the murderer standing freely in front of her, smiling without any remorse.

Enter her enigmatic boss, Abhay Sinha, with whom she is in love with. He is there for her when she needed him. She discovers he and his family also suffered at the hands of the same evil.

As the misty clouds become clearer, Priya decides to Read More..

10. The What If Romance by Payal Dedhia

Meera Dhavan gets an invitation to attend her reunion, and she goes, hoping to enjoy her school days again. She doesn’t expect to see him there. Yet he is here, standing, looking all handsome and dashing.

Gautam Chauhan is living one day at a time, missing the love of his life. He never understood it was a crush or love or something more. But it all becomes clear when he sees her at the reunion.
Two best friends fall apart only to come face to face after ten years. Will this reunion offer a chance to mend their differences and get back together, or will it give them closure to find someone else?

Book Prices

The Stardust You Left Behind Rs.89 (Kindle)
What to do if there is a Murderer in your Family? Rs.105 (Kindle)
Shadows Rs.179 (Kindle)
Muawza Rs.89 (Kindle)
Regrets Rs.205 (Paperback)
Dialogues of a Different Kind and Other Poems Rs.323 (Paperback)
Cancer Biology Rs.175 (Paperback)
Eleven Inches Away Rs.327 (Paperback)
To the Moon and Back Rs.199 (Kindle)
The What If Romance Rs.99 (Kindle)

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