Book review 344 : Trending psychology by Lalit

Trending psychology

This is a nonfiction book which is aimed to help people with various benefits concerning life. It provides knowledge & information regarding the functions of a brain, how exactly our human mind works with respect to it’s structure & function. It presents us a very insightful view of various way of life, the areas of development & how mankind has progressed over time!

It also emphasises the fact that though technology has improved lives for the better, it has also affected us in a strange way. Too much of dependence on technological gadgets has a negative impact on our lives & also hampers our brain cells, but at the same time it also made it’s functioning way faster than before!

The human mind is an amalgamation of complicated series of functions, it’s construction is still a mystery to mankind. It has puzzled scientists over millions of years. Yet, no-one has been able to understand it’s vastness fully. What makes the book totally interesting & different from it’s counterparts is that is touches upon various topics before delving into the content or matter at hand. The way it extrapolates the context with reference to valid evidences along with adequate research makes it much more interesting to finish considering that it’s a very small book!

The dark side of life is where there’re humans, there’s always greed. People say money can be evil when one doesn’t use it right – it leads to endless bad greed. For some people, endless of greed is their motivation which they, the wicked ones don’t stop at anything upon the expenses of others & animals alike. On the bright side, all thanks to the countless good people out there to help end such abuses.

Another interesting aspect I noticed about the book is the poems which have been added at the beginning of each chapter & they talk about nature, universe & beauty of everything. Language is simple, good & easy to understand. Narration is okay. Writing style is fine. Synchronisation is well achieved. Presentation is presumably pretty much balanced. Research aspects seem accurate enough. A good unbiased attempt to present the readers with a nonfiction book which is aimed to help people with various benefits concerning life, health, psychological aspects & benefits of brain. Really enjoyed reading it. A good one-time read!

Author interview – An anonymous guy by Vineet Ahlawat

An anonymous guy

Hi folks, today we’ve another interesting interview with a new author.

This is how it goes.

1. A short introduction about yourself.
I belong to Haryana and have pursued my graduation in Veterinary sciences from Haryana Agricultural University. But after graduation, I wanted to change my field and went in the direction of writing. I tried, still trying, and will always try my best to do something great in this field. Besides writing novels, I work on movie scripts, poems, and songs also.

2. Tell us something about latest book. What is it about?
My debut and latest book is out on Amazon titled “An Anonymous Guy”. It is the story of Dhruv, who has been a victim of militance in the Kashmir Valley. One night, unexpectedly, he loses his family in the hands of militants but luckily survives himself. While rescuing himself, he gets stuck at floods in Kedarnath where he makes a new friend, Sumeet. Sumeet motivates him and promises to help him to avenge the murderers of his family. They both enter the militant camps in disguise. There, they get to know about a grand plan to be executed in the valley. They both try to contact the Army and tell about the plan. But being in militants attire, how will Army believe them? And while contacting the Army, militants get to know their reality. This dilemma of Sumeet is very fascinating and how he handles it is equally appreciable. And, in the end, he succeeds in failing the plan but loses his life.

3. How many books have you published so far?
This is my maiden book. But, I am sure, there would be many coming in the future.

4. Who was the publisher? How was your experience with them?
I got the book self-published through the White Falcon Publishing House, based in Chandigarh. I must say that they were very cooperative during the whole procedure and asked for my views regarding every aspect of the book, may it be the cover page design or the interior font design. Overall, the experience was good.

5. How long did it take to publish your latest book?
The time taken to write this book was about one and a half years. But, the publishing process took just 3-4 months.

6. Any plan for upcoming books?
Yes. I have some ideas in the queue. The immediate next one is to showcase an Indian village woman’s life, named Baala. I will be trying to cover every aspect of her life, and how on every stage, she has to become the prisoner of patriarchy. I would carefully execute the plan, as I will be trying my best to get it nominated to Booker’s list. Others include an adventure of Roland Szabo, a Hungarian, young cobbler, who goes on a journey that reveals the treasure within himself.

7. When did you began writing?
Though I began writing poems in 2014, I started my novel at the end of 2016. I got it completed by the mid of 2017.

8. Was it your dream to become a writer? Also, did your family support this passion of yours?
Yes, it was my dream to be a writer. I had always been a kind of dreamer, who liked to dream about stories. As far as the family is concerned, I have always got support from my elder brother. But, my father does not favor me in this line and wants me to be a public servant. Also, financial concerns are always there in a writer’s life. So, I am struggling and have faith in my skills as Sumeet had in his. I believe I will make it one day.

9. Do you read books as well? One book that you would like to read again & again?
Yes, I do read books, but not many. One book, that I have read many times and would love to read again is “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse. Whenever I feel low in my life, I read that book. In fact, I have it always beside my pillow. I would also recommend you all to read that book. It would get u acknowledge, to what you have to give importance in your life. And that is your own happiness.

10. Which book are you reading at present?
At present, I am reading Rahmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar and Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho.

11. What else do you do apart from writing?
Presently, I am preparing for the civil services exam. I had cleared the preliminary stage in 2019 but could not clear the mains. So, I will be trying this year also. That’s why I can not invest much of my time in writing. That’s what, an Indian child goes through to accomplish his goals.

12. Coming to the end of discussions, “What message would you like to give to the Indian publishers & aspiring writers?”
In the present scenario, I have come across bookshelves occupied by love stories. Everyone is trying to have his hand in love. But I feel, we have made love so cheap and confusing, that we have actually not been able to understand what it is. I want to give a message to writers, to showcase the social issues in their writing as far as they can and publishers shall also promote the vibrant issues presented to them. Till today, only two of the Indian authors have made it to the Booker Prize. We need more, and that would be possible by showcasing the vibrant social issues.

Author –

Vineet Ahlawat

Thank you everyone for giving your valuable time to read this amazing interview!

Book review 343 : The third by Amar Singh

The third

The wave is the ocean, the ocean the wave
I am the ocean though, not the wave!

I know I’m going to die soon but can’t bring myself upto it. Nobody can prepare to die. One can look forward to life or one should suddenly die.


This book is very difficult to understand. The turn of events, the transition of storyline in the terms of characterisation, timeline or context is very unclear. I couldn’t understand neither the story nor the theme. Though, it’s different from the other novels which belong to the same genre. However, I felt it needs more work with regard to quality & clarity in presentation. I liked how some spiritual nuances have been introduced & incorporated well at certain places. The book needs editing.

However, there were lots of grammatical errors. Even the basic sentence structure & formation was missing. The book lacks so many things which are necessary for the foundation of a good novel. I wish it had been better since there were some aspects of mahabharat that I liked to read.

Cover is poorly designed. Needs work. Language is too simple, needs improvisation. Narration is okay, also needs work. Overall, a dissapointing read! Not worth recommending to anyone.

Book review 342 : A week with Enya by Amar B Singh

A week with Enya

This is story of an autistic child named Enya. Enya suffers from a rare Autism spectrum disorder known as ASD. There is no one type of autism, but many. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. It’s a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in childhood and lasts throughout a person’s life. It affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns. It includes what used to be known as Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorders. She’s still unable to talk till this date & just manages to squeak our few sounds in the form of syllables.

The narrator is the father of the child who’s dedicating this form to her in the form of poetic assimilation. He has been preoccupied in his busy schedule so badly that he ignored his child for almost eight years. He had been absent to her needs. Though he was physically present for her, but never mentally. For the first time in a long time, the simple realization dawned upon him that he has been very selfish & thus he took it upon himself as a resolution to resolve things effectively. He wishes to correct her situation via any possible means available.

The struggle & strenuous efforts filled with dejection & void occupied his life for a while. His overwhelming thoughts on pain led him into a bottom of depression, pushing him further to a catastrophic negativity, the desperation to do anything led to thoughtlessness was overcomed eventually. He had many fears which eventually turned out to be his personal practice of philosophy. The annoyance, irritation, irrational behaviour, anger & greed turned into purpose, ambition, love for his family. All this burden gave rise to clarity which is apparently appreciated.

The book comprises of a wide collection of poems assorted together in the form of painful belongings. I liked the emotions. Many sanskrit & hindi words have been introduced across various sections of the book & it has been embedded successfully. Punctuations are good. Even the figures of speech is employed here. Though I felt it could’ve been refined even further. Sequential synchronisation is missing. The main drawback being it lacks the impact which may leave readers wanting for more. Language is simple. Narration is okay. Writing style is normal. A good one-time read.

Book review 341 : 2020 by Vinay Bansal

At this time of the year when everything seems amiss, at this crucial hour when everyone has lost hope in this epidemic – this book comes as a relief to the readers. At this difficult juncture – it bears witness to all of our struggles, pain & unity in diversity. I appreciate the tenacity with which it has been written & presented with such detail that instills hope into the minds of the people holding it. It’s different from all the attempts made by it’s frontiers pertaining to the same genre. That’s what makes it further interesting since it’s a nonfiction aimed to understand people’s minds in a step-by-step sequential manner which is quite a delight.
Since nonfiction often tends to be boring hence, people stop reading it due to their lackadaisical attitude. However, this novel tends to be precise with it’s context, sequential with it’s content & factors/solutions marked upto the point. It also holds deep interest & enough knowledge to enlighten minds without much doubt regarding acknowledging the vivid descriptions related to positiveness & also encouraging the world to eliminate negativity from their lives completely.

Being just 30 pages. It hardly takes anytime to finish it. It lays everything bare in front of the general public. It still manages to convey deep feelings & meaning related to the current situation/scenario presented to us. It’s relevant because it talks about mental health. Also, it’s necessary to make people understand to be aware of things & to stay calm at all times. The techniques in the form of exercises, yoga, workouts, meditation practices. They’ve been presented here which will surely come as handy. Not forget, it acts as a guide to everyone out there. Language is simple. Narration is okay. A good one-time read.

Author interview – That Thing About You by Abhaidev

That thing About You

About the book –

Title – That Thing About You

Genre – New Adult, A bit of paranormal, Philosophy

Blurb (About the Book) –

What if co-incidences in our lives are nothing but a result of a dice thrown by some higher being?
What if, to the heavens, our lives are nothing but rows of dominos ready to be put into action?
What if we all are mere pieces of pawns carefully played upon by a cosmic chessmaster? ‘That Thing About You’ is an uncommon story of a common man rejected in love. This is a story of a man walking on the path of self-discovery.

Subodh, a regular IT employee, is perceived as an immature man by everyone, but he isn’t bothered until his love interest rejects him citing the same. Although dejected and crestfallen, he soon befriends an unusual, mysterious woman who knows everything about him and seems to have all the answers. Soon, his life goes through a lot of unexpected turns—from doubting his sanity and visiting a psychologist to a failed arranged marriage attempt made by his parents.

Everything in his life seems to be in fast-forward mode. One thing that does not change, however, is this unusual “friend” of his who refuses to reveal her identity and chooses to appear at her whim.

Who is this mysterious woman? Why is she prying into his life? Where will this strange friendship lead him? Is some impending danger awaiting Subodh or is it something else altogether?

Author interview –

1. A short introduction about yourself.

Well, I am a 34-year-old man, who just like others, played it safe most of his life. I did my engineering and then MBA, and only then I realised what I have to do with my life. It took me a while, yes, but I took the plunge at last, and now I am writing full time, hoping to pen down stories which are not run-of-the-mill.

  1. Tell us something about the latest book. What is it about?

‘That Thing About You’ is not a love story. Yes, don’t be fooled by the title and the book cover. It is a different story altogether. The book primarily focusses on the growth and journey of its main character, Subodh, who people consider as an immature man. It is a simple story with a deep meaning. One’s life is not merely dependent on one’s fate. It is much more. And it not contingent on chances either, but a mixture of both. Through my book, I hoped to show the world through the perspective of an immature man. And I think I have succeeded a little. As a lot of readers have said to me that they could relate to the story. Well, what else an author wants?

  1. How many books have you published so far?

This is my debut novel. However, I am busy, for I am simultaneously working on three different projects at the moment, which I hope to publish one by one in the coming three years. All of these books belong to different genres. Yes, you are guessing it right. I don’t want to restrict myself to a particular style or genre.

  1. Who was the publisher? How was your experience with them?

I have published my first book through Write India Publishers. It is a new and fastly growing publishing house based out of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. A good thing about them is that unlike other publishers, they are not loath to experiment. So they are a blessing to newbie and debut authors.
As far as my experience with them is concerned, it was a good one. I have learnt a lot of new things. And this business with them has prepared me for the future. I would suggest all the debut authors to give Write India Publishers a chance. They really can help you begin your journey on a good note.

  1. How long did it take to publish your latest book?

Well, That Thing About You is an old story which I wrote five years back. But I didn’t publish it right away. I took my time to edit it again and again, and I submitted the manuscript to many publishers. Like, every newbie author, I had to face a fair share of rejections. But I also had moments of hope and joy, for my book reached the last round at many publishing companies. Ultimately it found its rightful place at Write India Publishers.
I know it doesn’t give you a categorical answer. But tell you what? Since the time I started querying publishers to the day it got printed, it took me a year in total.

  1. Any plan for upcoming books?

As I told earlier, I am simultaneously working on three novels. One is a science-fiction thriller, other is a paranormal fantasy, and the third is an absurdist fiction. All these projects are at different stages, and I hope to publish them one by one in a span of three to four years. Yeah, you heard it right. I am busy for the next three or four years at least. And I hope to make a mark in the literary world with these three upcoming books of mine.

  1. When did you begin writing?

I have been writing since my childhood, but I never took it seriously. It was only five years back when I quit my job that I started writing full time. Now I want to make writing my profession.

  1. Was it your dream to become a writer? Also, did your family support this passion of yours?

Becoming a writer has always been my dream. But I could never summon enough courage to take the leap of faith. Like everyone, I played it safe. But it was after my MBA that I realised that I have to take chances, for we live only once. It was then that I really began my journey.
My parents have always been supportive no matter what, and they supported me when I took this bold decision too. I would, therefore, always be thankful to them. It’s not just support. My parents are, in fact, proud. And they gladly tell their friends that I am a writer, which brings me utter satisfaction.

  1. Do you read books as well? One book that you would like to read again & again?

Yes, I read a lot. A writer can’t afford to be non-reader. For us, reading is like a breath intake. We can’t survive without books.
Anyway, as far as my choice is concerned, I am a classics fan. I read books by authors who are no more. I read works of literature which will stand the test of the time. So, yeah, there are a lot of authors who are my favourite. And there is isn’t any single book that would I like to read again and again. There are, in fact, many. The world of literature is far too big and rich to mention a particular piece of art. Still, if you insist, then I would admit that Herman Hesse, Dostoevsky, and Vonnegut are few of the many authors who I can read again and again.

  1. Which book are you reading at present?

State of Fear by Michael Crichton. Yes, these days, I am on a spree of reading research-based thrillers.

  1. What else do you do apart from writing?

Since I am a writer, I read a lot. But I have other interests too. I love photography, and I carry my DSLR whenever I am touring. I also like to listen to genre-specific music, such as Progressive House and Indie. I enjoy researching too, especially when it comes to topics belonging to philosophy and science. The novel I am currently writing is heavily based on science. So, you see, it is quite helpful—this little obsession of mine.

  1. Coming to the end of discussions, “What message would you like to give to the Indian publishers & aspiring writers?”

To the aspiring writers, who are yet to begin their journey, I would say – read a lot. It helps. But do not try to emulate someone’s style. A writer should have a unique voice. That is what separates us from others.

To the publishers, I would say – be open to newbie authors. Be open to taking risks. For some of us would do everything to ensure our novel is a commercial success.

Well, that’s it. I am actually not in a position to lecture someone, yet. I think people are experienced enough to know what is best for them.



About the Author –

Abhaidev is the pen name of Mayank Chandna, an MDI Gurgaon alumnus. After working for a while in an investment bank, he took the plunge and quit that boring job of his to venture into the exciting world of writing, something he always wanted to do.
His penchant for continental philosophy and craze for progressive house music has nettled his simple parents. He is an avid reader and devours classics and science books.

To buy the book –


Amazon Link – http://amzn.to/2XRKrgL

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46139991-that-thing-about-you

Number of pages in the book are 229.

Publisher : Write India Publishers

Website of author – http://www.authorabhaidev.com

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Book review 340 : Midnight Sun by Faiz Yusuf

Midnight Sun

This book is a collection of poems which has been written very differently. I imagine how difficult & strenuous it must’ve been just to compose them. Because each of them carry unique meanings with them. While the significance lies in the fact that each poem personifies a very distinct phase of life in the form of feelings & emotions. Simply put, that’s who we’re & the precise reason of how it definitely defines us. We as humans carry various emotions within us at all times. Each of us is made up of so many parts that we fail to keep a check on ourselves sometimes.

It’s composed of two parts mainly, Dusk & Dawn. Where Dusk refers to ‘Stories of Lost Love and Bitter Motifs’ whereas Dawn refers to
‘Sentiments of Unguided Hope.’ Both of these comprise their own set of poems. Thus, the book gets divided automatically into two equal sections accordingly. I liked the headline/title of each of the poems. What’s really impressive is the way each of these poems have been presented. Even the sequential synchronisation is well achieved. And not to forget, I would like to mention that the illustrations were also really quite upto the point. They were delightful & quite pleasing to glance over.

The sense of judgement accompanied with a fair share of knowledge regarding the writing makes it possible to touch our hearts. Though, the novel indeed takes quite a while to finish. The only drawbacks I felt was it lacks proper punctuations & figures of speech which are essential when it comes to vivid descriptions of poetry. I appreciate free flowing poems, but at times I feel they could’ve been even more better. Also, writing style could’ve been better along with the vocabulary. I felt it lacked substantial depth in terms of subtle nature. Otherwise, it’s a great read. Overall, a good unbiased attempt to present the readers with a poetry book full of positive attitude. Worth recommending to anyone who loves poetry.