Friday, 22 September 2017

Conversation with Sapan Saxena

Conversation with Sapan Saxena

About Sapan: Sapan Saxena is a software engineer by profession and an author by choice, Born in the city of Nawabs Lucknow, he earned his Engineering degree fro m MNIT Allahabad. Sapan started writing when he was coding for a complex algorithm and found that a fictional story would at least make some sense. Currently based in Nashua, New Hampshire, he is the Author of the highly acclaimed Finders, Keepers. UNNS-The Captivation is his 2nd attempt at writing fiction.

Q&A session

Q.1) Your favorite author and why ?  
A: Stephen King for the range he has. You read "IT" and then you read "The Green Mile". You wont believe they are penned by the same person. He never let himself bound to a specific genre, and that's why as a reader as well as a writer, he is my favorite.

Q.2) Three things you wanna do before the end of this year ?
A: Make "UNNS" reach as much readers as possible,  trip to LA and finish the first draft of my third book.

Q.3) your biggest inspiration and why ?
A: Rahul Dravid. His strength of character is exemplary. He is one of the few cricketers who have gained massive respect after retirement, and that's purely because of the person he is. Calm, composed and yet a competitive fighter. He succeeded merely by working hard, that is an inspiration.

Q.4) How you came up-to writing ?
A: By chance. I mean I had started blogging when I found some very interesting tidbits about Hindu mythology and started sharing it on my blog. But fiction happened by chance when I pondered upon the eternal rivalry of Shaivas and Vaishnavas and that's how my first book happened.

Q.5) Describe yourself in one word ?
A: Maverick.

Q.6) Expectations from your latest book ?
A: From UNNS? Huge? I have worked very hard on the story and how it was to be presented. To divide the story into three seasons and then subsequently the seven stages of love was very tough, specially how the story progresses as per each stage. Expectations are very huge.

Q.7) Why you have wrote “UNNS” book? What is any specific reason to write this book?
A: I wanted to write a love story once in my life. Being a fan of SRK, that is like a must-do. But, then I wanted it to be completely different from the titles on the shelf. The only way I could do it was to add elements of shock and surprise. That's why its more of a thriller than romance now. 

Q.8) Your experience with Inspire India Publishers ?
A: Exemplary. Both with The Book Bakers, my agent and Inspire India publishers. Talking of Inspire India(as your question is about them), Richard is a guy who knows this thing inside out. He exactly knows what to achieve, how to achieve it, and the steps and hiccups involved. He has been supportive throughout the entire journey. 

Q.9) You satisfied with them ?
A: Yes of course, very satisfied. There couldn't have been a better publisher for my 2nd book.

Q.10) Tell us something about your latest book ?
A: UNNS is a romantic thriller. Its a story of Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim, who fall in love when in school, only to separate and then meet again after 15 years in another country. The book is based on Sufi-themed seven stages of love. 

Q.11) Emotions , sentiments , sensitivity is a part of ?
A: being human. They make you more human, and help you be in touch with a side of yours, you often keep in wraps.

Q.12) when you will consider your biggest achievement ? 
A: Can't go by numbers. When there is a general consensus that I write books which are "different", I would consider it my biggest achievement.

Q.13) Which place you love to write? Nature or your room or any place?
A: My room. Closed room in fact. Late in the night. That's when I am most active and creative.

Q.14) If you get a chance to be invisible for one day. what you wanna do ? or what you wanna be ? 
A: If I become invisible, of course steal/rob/earn a lot of money so that I can use it the next day I am visible. Its a fact of life that best things in nature are free, but second best are not.

Q.15) Who is your first crush? is it in school, college or office ?
A: I had a huge crush on Sunita Rao, the singer of Pari Hoon Main.

Q.16) What is your hobby except writing?
A: I like cooking, in fact at times I post in my cooking blog as well. Then dancing and singing.

Q.17) Your future plans ?
A: To write better books. To write books with a difference. And not just saying it, actually meaning it. 

Q.18) Behind every successful man there is a woman. Agree or disagree? and why?
A: I started writing after I got married, with all the support from my wife. And of course, she is my most strict critic and motivator. So, definitely agree for whatever little success I have achieved in life.

Q.19) If you wouldn’t have been an author ? 
A: I already am a Software Engineer by profession. So, if not an author, I would still be writing...code.

Q.20) one message for your readers .. or for your friends ? 
A: To my readers and my friends, you are the reason I write. So, thanks a lot for all your genuine feedback and your love. You guys keep me moving.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Review of The revenge of Gandhi's followers

Review - The revenge of Gandhi's followers

Title : The Revenge of Gandhi's Followers

Author : B. P. Senapati & Durgesh Nandini Das

Publisher : Blackeyes Publication

Pages : 188

Blurb: Vijay wasn't normal. He was a man with different thoughts, he had every symptom of a great man, still he lived with his mediocre dreams to get a job and then marry his childhood sweetheart. After few years of job experience wanted to establish his own business like millions of other, but fate had some different plans. Our corrupt system forced him to enter into the dirty game of politics. He gained power to avenge his antagonists, but being a Gandhian, his strategy was something unusual . . . his revenge wasn't ordinary . . .

Review: The Revenge Of Gandhi’s Followers by B.P. Senapati and Durgesh Nandini Das is a romantic thriller story that aims to inspire the readers to fight against injustice and corruption and fight for their rights. 
The story begins with an amazing prologue section in which a young man called Jesse, was  reading a book named "The Revenge Of Gandhi's Followers By Rakesh". 
The story of the book revolves around five friends Rakesh, Vijay, Priya, Ishita, and Rashmi. the author had focused on two main characters of the book, Vijay, and Priya. Rakesh is the narrator of the book and narrates the story of his best friend Vijay's real life incidents.
Vijay and Priya became friends at first sight but yes that wasn't only a friendship as everyone from the classroom and even the family members thought that  they both loves each other from their childhood... In contrast they behaved like they were just a friends nothing more than that...
Vijay's family liked Priya and treats her like their own daughter... Priya resembles them their own daughter who they lost recently. Priya's family also liked Vijay and they also treat him like their own son, the bonding between Vijay and Priya and their family was became even more stronger than before..
Priya lost her parents when she returned from a picnic. she came to  know about this when she and her friends including Vijay went to her house to drop her from the picnic.. She had seen the dead body of her parents which was wrapped with white clothes.. After losing her parents she started to live at Vijay's house. 
Vijay's Parents treats her same as they do with Vijay.  Vijay's Father gave Pocket money to both of them which brings a smile on Priya's face.
The turning point was when Police had arrested Vijay and Priya from park when they were kissing each other and the lady constable treated Priya very badly which hurts Vijay more, Police had released them after taking some money as bribe from Vija's Dad which was nothing but corruption which was noted by Vijay. And Vijay requested  Priya to become an IAS officer to seek revenge and purify the foulness of the nation. Will they succeed in their attempts or will the idea back stab their hopes? to know that you have to read this book.
The language used by the author is very simple and characterization is also well maintained by the author, I liked the character of Vijay as he stood perfectly as the lead Hero of the story who struggles for justice at all stages.
Every reader can read this for good subject.

Cover: 4/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Story : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

Buy the book from Amazon : The revenge of Gandhi's follower


Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Three Psychos by Yash Pawaskar

Review - The Three Psychos by Yash Pawaskar

Title : The Three Psychos 

Author : Yash Pawaskar

Publisher : Dimple Publication

Pages : 160

Blurb :  Three Thrilling Stories, One Gripping Novel. In the first tale, a naked man is trapped inside a white box. His only company: 'DE22912'. How long can he survive? 
The second story, 'Patient Number 9', is about a hospitalized patient who must save Earth from an alien attack by blue pig-like creatures. The countdown has just begun. 
In the third narrative, an angry sixteen-year-old gets hold of a loaded revolver and is determined to make use of all 'Six Bullets'. And no, it's not a toy. The three psychos are part of a connected universe, set in a novel with innovative storytelling, witty narration and an entertaining mix of thrill, humour and drama.

Review : Let's talk about the cover first. It is simple and looks good but it could have been better for sure ( From my point of view). This is the first time I have read Yash Pawaskar's book, and I would love to read many more books by him. The Three Psychos consists of three stories which are unique and different from each other. This creates interest in the mind of the reader and I couldn't keep the book down before finishing it. I enjoyed the book whole heartedly. Now let's talk about the content of the book. The first story is of a naked man who is trapped inside a box. The title of this story is DE22912 which you will understand after reading it. the story revolves around a guy called "Alex" who treats others including his girlfriend in a wrong-way. Thus for taking revenge, someone traps him in a box so that he goes through the same suffering and pain. The second story revolves around a guy called "Number 9". Yes this is the name by which the central character is known in the hospital, and he imagines a creature who messes around with his life. He calls him Shahenshah but the fact is that he is undergoing menta trauma and is suffering from ac accute mental disease due to which he has lost his memory ...well do read the book to know more about this story. The third story revolves around the sixteen-year-old boy who shot six people around him including his father on his sixteenth birthday. He uses a loaded gun with six bullets and he used all of them, well who they are to whom he shot with remain five bullets you have to read the book. I must say each story has a different concept and all of them are equally well written. On whole, this is a very entertaining book. I would love to read another book by Yash Pawaskar.

Ratings : 

Cover : 3/5
Story : 4/5
Blurb: 4/5
Narration : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

Order this book from Amazon : The Three Psychos

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