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Lockdown diaries: Feeling bored? Read these classic books that shaped our childhood



With every passing day, the numbers of COVID-19 cases have been increasing like anything. Seeing the situation, the government has hinted towards the fourth lockdown after May 17th with a new avatar. However, we have been confined to our homes since the first lockdown, that was called in March and this has made us feel bored as we have literally tried our hands on everything. But, there are still many things that you haven’t tried yet. And we’re pretty sure about it. One such activity is taking a trip down memory lane and doing the things we loved doing when we were kids like reading old classics. So, why not revisit some memorable kids’ classics that made our childhood awesome?

From Harry Potter to Malgudi Days, here are some of the best classics that can help you revive the old memories:

The Blue Umbrella

If you are a book lover, we are sure, you have grown up reading short stories and novels by Ruskin Bond. One of the most famous among all his books is ‘The Blue Umbrella’. While this lockdown has imposed restrictions on us, why not travel to fascinating places with some important life lessons.

Tenali Raman

One thing is sure that stories are one of the best ways to teach children life lessons. It’s not just books but also storytellers and their stories that have been passed on through oral tradition that add value to our kids’ lives. One such storyteller is Tenali Ramakrishna, whose priceless stories are still fresh in our minds.

Malgudi Days

Malgudi Days by RK RK Narayan is all packed with some important life lessons. The collection of short stories taught us how life can be satisfying.

The Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter always managed to make his position at the top of the list. The adventures of Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger left us all enchanted and somewhere, we all wanted to be a part of his story. Reading about Harry and his friends is like unfolding your childhood memories in slow motion.

The Hardy Boys

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon takes us to the adventurous ride of teenage detectives Frank and Joe Hardy.


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From Corporate Banker To An Award Winning Debut Author | Dots & Streaks The Journey



How many times we must have gone to the movie halls and applauded watching the Bollywood flicks like ‘Three Idiots’ or ‘Tamasha’. Why do we applaud when we hear those clichéd dialogues time and again which tell us to follow our heart and success will follow on its own. We applaud every single time and even pay to watch and hear those dialogues on reel but do we really practice them in our lives for real. 

As a society we are conditioned since childhood on the definition of success. A definition that beautifully and faithfully covers academic endeavors, jobs and gets monetized thereafter, but miserably fails to cover satisfaction and happiness. That which comes from following your heart’s calling. That which may or may not provide a steady salary or means of livelihood but does provide gratification. Shouldn’t gratification also be a part of the definition of success.

If yes, then why as a society we don’t encourage one’s heart’s calling or nurture one’s passion wholeheartedly. While it is important for every individual to strive for a basic livelihood, isn’t it also important that if that same individual also has a passion and a penchant to pursue it alongside, as a society we encourage that to flourish too. Will it not be for the betterment of the society as a whole if the talents are brought to the forefront adding to the richness of the society at large. Will not encouraging and building a wholesome personality lead to a happier person and therefore a happier society. Isn’t the definition of happiness also distorted today with the mental conditioning of the society leading to a larger section of it leading depressed lives. 

While we grapple with all these questions time and again, there are individuals like Nitish Raj who come forward into action to address these questions. Nitish Raj (Editor-in-chief) and the team of Literary Mirror invited entries from all over the country far and wide in the area of literary fiction and poetry by organizing LIT Digital Awards 2020 in the wake of Covid era. The mission of the awards was to recognize talent in literary field without any distinction whatsoever between the experienced authors and the budding ones. An award designed to purely recognize talent based on the sole merit of the writings and to honor them thus providing a huge boost to such endeavors. 

And true to the promise of its mission the eminent Jury members of the LIT Digital 2020 awards declared ‘Dots & Streaks’ as the winner. A maiden attempt by one such debut author Ellora Mishra. An engineer by qualification from BITS Pilani, Rajasthan and MBA from XIMB, Bhubaneswar the author had been pursuing her career as a corporate banker all this while. While writing was her childhood passion and she found it therapeutic she could never pursue it beyond her blog nor got the required encouragement to do so. 

As Covid struck and gave her that much needed break from the mundane she found time to pause in life, reflect and follow her heart for once which she did by penning down the book ‘Dots & Streaks’. Interestingly, the book ‘Dots & Streaks’ through its short soulful poetic tales addresses the same issue and the mental conditioning of our society. The lyrical verses are a philosophical journey into one’s life compelling the reader to pause and ruminate over all those incidents, emotions and events that seemingly by-passed as mundane in one’s life. But, therein in the ordinary and the mundane resides the true essence of life. The book very beautifully emphasizes this very fact of life as a whole. 

The author Ellora Mishra of ‘Dots & Streaks’ truly believes that as a society there should be more such endeavors to recognize talent in various fields of creativity which is essential to spread positivity in a big way. In the author’s words “while we keep blaming the societal conditioning for our job frustrations and all the distorted definitions, it’s also important that we as individuals support each other too in such positive endeavors taken by another in pursuing their passion. We ourselves tend to spend at the blink of an eye on coffee or pizza but when it comes to buying a book by a new author we hesitate to do so. Till we do not change that attitude ourselves we can’t keep blaming the society for not encouraging creativity or passion.”

Needless to say, we definitely need more such awards like LIT Digital Awards 2020 and a change in our attitude to encourage and harness talent rightfully. Hope awards like these and a journey like the book ‘Dots & Streaks’ serve as a wakeup call to each and everyone going forward.

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Nitish Raj Receives Advance Royalty for 25,000 Copies



The acclaimed author and literary critic, Nitish Raj had received an advance royalty of 25,000 copies for his upcoming masterpiece, Love In Modern Times by P.R Productions and Publishers. Mr. Raj had also earlier published a novel. His columns and literary criticisms have got published in various media houses of national and international repute. 

In the words of Mr. Raj; “There is no shortcut to success, inspite of that we need to be  consistent. Today’s youngsters are good when it comes to hard work but they lack direction. If we understand what we are running for in the current time frame, the destiny and destinations are not very far.”  Prateek Sharma; Founder, P.R Productions & Publishers says, “This book of Mr. Raj contains 20 different stories which had touched the depths of the emotions of the mere mortals. And I more than sure that readers will fall in love with it.”

This deal has been facilitated by Literia Insight and his Founder, Vikash Saxena says, “I am very happy that our author has received an Advance Royalty of 25,000 copies which is a unique feat in itself. The budding writers should focus on writing something which could be a torchbearer to the society. It should be at a level which could help us to understand the difference between the right and wrong aspects of society. Writers should be focused towards quality writing. I hope that young writers would understand this fact and will enrich us with quality writing.”

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Short, Not So Sweet – Jatin Khandelwal revived the art of storytelling



You read a story either for the content or for the style of storytelling. Seldom, you do so for both. Author Mr. Jatin Khandelwal , in his book ‘Short, Not So Sweet’ had been able to put a collection of fourteen such stories which appeal for both their contents as well as storytelling style.

Though stories with a twisting end are the most popular of the lot, constructing and deconstructing such stories are the toughest of jobs one writer is presented with. Mr. Jatin Khandelwal unlocks this complex trick with ease. He had taken the art of telling thrilling stories to the next level by keeping the length of the narration just about perfect and by adding the right degree of twist to end the story.

One story that stands out is ‘Abracadabra’. Through a magical path of its own, the story revolves around multiple emotions effortlessly and in the end leaves the reader with a sense of hindsight thought. The other stories too are written equally well by this young, adept writer Mr. Jatin Khandelwal.

To end, all we can say is ‘good luck’ to the super talented ‘storyteller’ – Jatin Khandelwal.

Buy Short, Not So Sweet From Amazon For Just Rs.150

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