Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Author Interview (Priyam Marik)

Question 1- What made you want to write and choose this particular topic?
I chose the ideas of love and time because I have always felt intrigued by them and feel that they share a symbiotic relationship, even if they maybe antagonistic to each other. I think time emboldens and challenges love, and love breaks the intricate patterns of time.
Question 2 - If not a writer, how will you express yourself creatively?
If I am not writing, I usually express myself creatively through public speaking. I wish to compose music, too, in the future to fulfil my creative potential through a different outlet.
Question 3- Your inspirations?
My inspirations would be life itself and its myriad circumstances. In terms Of writing style, John Keats and Oscar Wilde have had a considerable influence on me alongside a few of my peers who are also creatively inclined.
Question 4 - Your go-to genre?
My go-to genre is poetry, I feel it's therapeutic.
Question 5 - All time favorite book?
All time favourite book in terms of fiction would be The Great Gatsby. In terms of non fiction, it would be Homo Deus.
Question 6 - If you could talk to any personality, dead or alive, who will it be?
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Question 7- Any pointers for newbie writers?
Just be honest and perseverant with your creativity. Keep things simple.

Review Diaries (Scinitillae - Sparks caught in the web of time by Priyam Marik)

Book - Scinitillae - Sparks caught in the web of time.
Author - Priyam Marik.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
My name is Manali Dey and I am addicted to poetry.
Now that was fun but this book is real interesting.
Broadly divided into three major parts this book talk about a lot of things and emotions.
The first part, named Rhapsodic Rhythms is the collection of poems that rhyme, just like the name suggests. And since I am partial to this genre of poems it was my favorite part.
Next is the freewheeling feelings that is written in free verse and the third one called Four and more, has lines of four stacked together,one after another.
Over all it was one cool read.
QOTD - I have many weird food habits, like today I put crushed ores in my egg sandwich and loved it.
What's your crazy weird soul food?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review Diaries (More Unfairy Tales: 5 more fairy tales retold (Carthick's Unfairy Tales Book 2) by T F Carthick)

Name of the book - More Unfairy Tales: 5 more fairy tales retold (Carthick's Unfairy Tales Book 2) by T F Carthick.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book -
I am someone who is a big ball of contradictions, I love romance and horror, I adore sweets and chillies equally.
Growing up I always questioned my Nani, what happened after the 'happily ever after'. She said then life happens but they stay true to themselves. Years later, now I get what she said. Another weird thing about me is that I believe no one is born evil or even 'all evil', it's their circumstances that made them do all the rotten things they did.
So, I liked the different side of our stereotypical evil club members.
PS today I woke up to a lot of hate posts by a stranger on my feed. Made me upset for a long time. But then I hoped that they get well soon, nope still upset and not yet a saint, just someone who wants to be far away from negativity in all shapes and form.

Author Interview (Priyanka Khetawat)

Question 1- What made you want to write and choose this particular topic?
Writing is something, which is closer to my heart. It helps me express my desire and I write what I  feel in my heart. I don't know how, but since my childhood I had a overpower imagination, and it usually brings a smile to me. I find peace in writing. I choose this particular topic because, fictional stories which have the flavor of mystery, suspense, and little philosophy thrills me. And these things you can find in my novel. My book has life long lessons, with so much mystery that if you read one page then you will be curious to read the next page. The history and civilization with different ideology excite readers to find more about those people. Importantly the journey which is involved in finding.

Question 2 - If not a writer, how will you express yourself creatively?
If not a writer, I would be a painter. In my school days, I was so interested in painting that I use to observe everything from a different perspective and also attempt to draw my views on an unusual topic in an abstract format.  Thereby definitely a painter.

Question 3- Your inspirations?
When I talk about it ordinarily, then off course my parents. My mom is the greatest motivation for me, she uses to say, 'do something that you are proud of, and the thing you like doing. You only have to decide what you want." I've seen my dad struggling with a smile on his face and providing me with everything I required, without any complaint.
When it comes to writing, the person whom, I see every day in the mirror (myself). Inspiration can come from anywhere; a news story; a thing somebody says; anyplace at all. I think I write because I want to leave something behind, a body of practice that’s considered as a motivation for others. My own hang-ups. The desire to get something down on paper that I can feel in my gut. I was a lonely child, it leads to the development of my overpower imagination.

Question 4 - Your go-to genre?
I like well written fictional books which should be a combination of mystery, philosophy, and suspense. I read philosophical books also, but it should contain relatable metaphor with stories.

Question 5 - All time favorite book?
‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho. I still remember the time when I was in my seventh class and decided to start reading my first fiction novel. Paulo Coelho writes philosophical and mystical fiction. All his books are written in a way that widens the reader's outlook by taking them on a journey through the eyes of a character who discovers a deeper viewpoint of themselves and humanity through their life experience. As I started reading the book, I could not put it down. I was curious to know the journey of the boy and how it ends.
Have I liked all his books? No! There were times when I have finished one of his books and tried to reason as to why would he have written something like this. But does that make him a bad author? No! Every author has their wins.
So, if you are set out to read one of his books, do give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

Question 6 - If you could talk to any personality, dead or alive, who will it be?
The creator inside me wants to converse with Alan Taylor. I will try convincing him that the narration of my book is ideal for making a movie, and also I will make a pact with him, regarding converting all my books into a movie. I'll love to see how he gives life to the characters, it's like all appears to live.

The writer inside me wants to sit beside Shakespeare and do a brainstorm. I’d need about an hour of drinking coffee beforehand, though. I’ll be taking a LOT of notes.

The compassionate me wants to talk with Mother Teresa, we will unitedly try to help people and make the world a better place, by giving humans a gift of humanity. I want to equip here skills and learn how to channelize my compassion.

Question 7- Any pointers for newbie writers?
Write for youself, don't get attracted towards market scenario's or just for the sake of random story. Listen to your innerself, because a entire creative universe stays within you. Don't get discourage when nothing is coming to your mind, just leave it there, ideas should not be rotten one. Imagination takes time, and importantly don't let flavour of metaphor checked out from your ingredient list of writing.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Review Diaries (Diary of a Twenty-Something: A collection of Teenage Musings by Siya)

Name of the book - Diary of a Twenty-Something: A collection of Teenage Musings by Siya.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars and a big hug to anyone who needs it.
My take on the book-
I am a tad bit partial to poetry, so imagine a collection of 47 poems. Absolutely amazing….
This kid, a teenager, is talking about so many important issues.
I personally am blessed with an amazing support system.
My Mimi has always been in my corner, giving me the strength to take over the world.
And my friends are absolutely darlings.
All the poems are giving you a glimpse of an emotion.
Took my half and hour to read it and trust me I am gonna re-read it again soon.
PS ask me anything, just don't ask me to share my Bonvita.

Review Diaries (Grave The Hidden Truth by Priyanka Khetawat)

Name of the book - Grave The Hidden Truth by Priyanka Khetawat.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
Did you like movies in The Mummy series or Lara Croft or the classic Indiana Jones?
Well then you will adore this one.
It has adventures and is quite a fun read.
I had a whale of a time reading this one.
It's only 197 pages and took me around 2 hours, but the end result was like nothing else.
PS I am thinking about publishing something in Kindle Direct Publishing. Any suggestions?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review Diaries (I will forget you too by Abhilash Aman)

Name of the book - I will forget you too by Abhilash Aman.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
I cried.
Yes. That's what I want to start with.
My heart broke and cried.
Love is such a precious thing and to not work out is pain enough. But for "reasons" that I didn't like much made me so sad that ate an entire bag of chips.
The things are said in such a way that one is bound to feel the love and pain of the characters.
The narration is smooth sailing.
The story is relatable.
PS I am someone who doesn't like the whole glorifying the 'one sided affection thingy" and no it's not love. Love is when it's from both ends, cause then the hurt makes sense and it is worth it. One sided affection is you taking a big hammer and repeatedly beating your heart with it just cause you got the new hammer.
I know many will disagree but dude trust me, get over that moron and move on and find someone who loves you as much as I love chocolate…nah may be he or she can love you half as much as I love chocolate. #suc