Review of ‘The Cosmic Clues’

Manjiri Prabhu
Manjiri Prabhu

‘The Cosmic Clues’ the first astro-detective book by Manjiri Prabhu is a spicy book having crisp crunch taste and feather reading.

A very interesting start and author has the aura to cleverly portray the characters. A very clever introduction and unsuspecting end gived the feather in author’s cap.

The protagonist of the story Soniya Samarth of Stellar Investigations who with the help of horoscopes, a rather different and unique way solves the mysteries which come her way very effluently and creates a prosperous essence in each unit. Mingling astro-detective she handled every case that came to her way decently. Her cat Nidhi,her assistant Jatin and her journalist friend Mohnish made a perfect combo. Few characters yet strong plot.

The author has very lucidly stitched the threads of suspense and thrill. Author’s way of explaining and holding suspense till the end is fantabulous. A smooth flow is maintained throughout the story. The mix of horoscope in solving the case is done elegantly. Her unique style of solving cases leads to the jaw dropping climax. All the stories stitched in different patterns yet strong, flavoured and beautifully coloured.

Rating- 4.9/5

The Cosmic Clues

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of ‘Spying In High Heels’

Gemma Halliday
Gemma Halliday

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

‘Spying in high heels’ by Gemma Halliday is one of the most humorous mysteries I have ever read. And undoubtedly this one truly brought me smiles with every turn of the page.

This is a story of a shoe designer Maddie Springer who lives in L.A. where fashion plays a vital role in her life.I really find her funny and smart.She is logical enough to unlock all the mysteries which came on her way.She is a tough chick! Hence,she is my favourite character in the entire plot. She has a boyfriend named Richard.

Her life took an unexpected turn when suddenly her boyfriend disappeared along with $20 million of his company’s funds!But she didn’t give up. Instead of loosing hope, she solved the enigma. She was determined to track him down. She realized that her every move is under scrutiny by a private detective named Ramirez. The sexy LAPD detective Jack Ramirez, who just wanted Maddie to “go home and let him handle this,” which, of course, wasn’t going to happen. He was a man who had a sense of chivalry towards women, and that’s why I like him. The cops also wanted to arrest the killer along with maddie’s boyfriend Richard.The journey continued. In addition, Dana,maddie’s best friend also helped her in every way possible.

Dana was truly a true best friend. They exchanged silly stories,rely on each other & devise crazy schemes.The lovely bond between them was phenomenal which was quite impressive! Halliday does an excellent job of even taking characters who should be forgettable and adding extra dimensions to make them feel real. Not one of the characters fell particularly flat to me. Indeed,Maddie springer was a strong woman.She was kind of girl who doesn’t break down automatically even her life takes an unexpected turn.She was able to function well in certain situations. Everytime she risked her life but also managed to get out of the danger in any way possible.As she could count on Ramirez and he is a firm support for her, no matter how big or small the problem was!

Gemma had created characters who you connect with and want to learn more about.Their interaction with each other is hillarious. Maddie,her mother, Dana and her roommates, Ramirez and his family,and maddie’s grandmother. Mix of all this together and I’ve got an interaction of laughter and good times.

Later on things gets worse,when she came to know that her boyfriend lied,cheated and then ran off.The suspense was totally unpredictable for me.Halliday was successful upto a large extent to grab the attention of readers and to find out who the killer was! I consider it to be an awesome combination of thriller,suspense and romance if you like a perfect mix between chic let and mystery. If you like intriguing mysteries full of laughs and suspense then indeed it’s worth a read!

Rating-4.6

Spying in High Heels

Interview of Author/Poet Kukogho Samson

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Kukogho Samson

1. ‘What Can Words Do?’ is the title of your book. How have words brought changes in your life?

From my time as a child, I have known the power of words. My father’s words and my mother’s words in relation to each other taught me something that has remained with me as I navigate life. As an individual, words, spoken at the right times have save me from many a problem and earned me many a laurel. I am a believer in speaking your mind and also speaking positive – these principles have proven to me that words are powerful. Healing a non-physical wound is only possible with words. I have healed and been healed with words. I am the evidence of the power of words.

2. You are helping young Nigerian writers in improving their writing skills and boosting their talent. Who helped you when you were newbie in this field?

Actually, the reason why I decided to help young writers, not only Nigerians, is because I had no one to encourage and groom me as a young writer. Even my father had no interest in what I wrote. Unfortunately, the person who helped me take writing serious, ended up stealing all my earliest writing – an accusation I cannot prove.The young writers have so much talent that would go to waste or be misused without guidance, hence my starting the WRRPoetry Group of social media initiatives which now includes a virtual college. A press is coming in the future.

3. Did you think of dumping writing poetry when your poems were rejected by a newspaper?

At that time, I was making more progress in my writing career. I did not bother. It was like being pinched by your brother while getting a hug from your mother. I am a very practical person and I know that life is a mix of good and bad. I strive to minimize the bad but I do not baulk at challenges.While some were rejecting my poems, I was being celebrated in other places.I am poetry; stopping poetry will be the death of me. It will never happen.

4. You were named the number one poet of Nigeria in 2013. Did you ever expected that?

All what I do, I do for the passion of it. It never came to my mind that I would be anywhere hear the top 20, because I did not give it a thought that people were watching and appreciating my efforts.But I am happy I was named. It’s an encouragement. I hope for more.

5. How would you relate poetry to happiness, soul and life?

Poetry is an evidence of consciousness, an expression of ‘aliveness’, a conduit for emotion and a channel for the expulsion of inner poisons. If I am happy, it appears in my lines. When I am sad, I detox with verses of poetry. My soul is made of verses of poetry and I can heal any problem with verses of poetry.Like I said, poetry is my life and I am nothing without it.

Thanks for the wonderful answers and giving your time. Wishing you a bright future.

Review of ‘Pebbles of Wisdom’

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PEBBLES OF WISDOM is a compilation of quotes and insights by Sadhguru from several talks,sathsangs and discourses over many occassions and many years.

This collection of gems by Sadhguru is something that reminds the reader about ancient believes and mythologies.

Pebbles of Wisdom, a tiny book holds 108 strong strings of wisdom. These 108 pebbles of wisdom shows a mirror to life. A medicine to gulp down; let to heal the wounds of negative thoughts and come out with positivity.

It not only focuses on particular aspect but also gives a glimpse of other aspects of life.

108 quotes by Sadhguru ji, a yogi, Mystic, Visionary humanitarian who is a spiritual master with difference portrays some quotes relating them with examples. All the quotes has the power to change within oneself and to energises one’s soul by giving it a life.

It felt like every page has its own soul, every paragraph has its own lesson, every line has its own value, every word has its own magic and the way Sadhguru ji has blended them together constraining his thoughts of wisdom made it a magic book.

In short, this book has a mesmerizing power to empower your mind and to rekindle your hearts in very less words.

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Rating-5/5

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Interviewed by Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author Vipin Behari Goyal

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Which is more splendid according to you- A night in heaven or a night with your favourite book?

A night in heaven, of course. I want to know if it is same or different from my imagination. Then I would love to write a book “A night in heaven”.

How literature is changing its way nowadays?
The positive change has come by technology. Book reading gadgets and e-publishing has influenced the life of new breed of writers and readers. The negative change is depth in writing has reduced. Either the readers prefer to read light work or the writers are not taking up their profession seriously.

Which book you have completed in the shortest span?
Apsara. I wrote the whole book in trance, and flow of thoughts was so rapid that sometimes it was difficult for me to keep pace.

When had you started writing your debut book and how long it took to complete?
I had been writing poems, articles and stories since school days. My first book about Pushkar was published 18 years back. I wrote my debut novel “Tall man small shadow” in 2012 and it took about six months to finish it.

Focus on the incident of your life which turned you into a writer?
In my school when I was selected as Student Editor for School magazine.

Share your literary experience with us. I have enjoyed my journey so far. My publishers and reviewers are amazing. So far my three novels have been published by traditional publishers and I have self published two novels as eBooks. I find both the arenas are equally exciting. I see a great future in epublishing.

Define in your words
Books- Windows
Life- Ferris wheel
Characters- immortals
Dream- Suppressed desires
Authors- scuba divers for pearls.

Interviewed by Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author Shreyan Laha

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Your debut book “The Adventures Beyond Existence” is a paranormal romance. What would be your next book about?
A horror fiction. I have already prepared a rough draft and it is expected to be completed by early July.

When did you start writing ‘The Adventures Beyond Existence?
I started writing when I was in my school days – In January 2010 to be precise. However, I lacked courage and submitted it for the course of publishing almost three and a half years later!

If not literature then what?
Probably stick to a prototype course of study and get a decent job, world tour, football, insect photography – Everything which a lad of my age loves or wants to do!

Life is a ____ without books.

Joke. Life is a joke without books.

According to you, who is the king of literary world and why?
Very tough question. I prefer writing horror/paranormal romance and novels which people of every age group can read so obviously it has to be either of the two – R.L. Stine or Eoin Colfer. (Note: You didn’t mention queen so JK Rowling isn’t there) My sincere apologies are with almost a score of authors whom I didn’t mention.

Heaven or library. What would you choose and why?
Heaven. I would go to heaven and ask God to lend me enough money to own all the libraries!

At what age have you started writing?
I learnt writing ABCD when I was 11 months; short stories – when I was 11 years old and novels – when I was in class 11. And yes, my name has 11 letters! Coincidence?

When and how did the idea of writing a novel strike your mind?
Pattern of dreams! When I started to maintain diary, I didn’t write about my daily affairs in school, tution or day to day life. Instead, whenever I had a dream, I used to wake up and scribble it in my diary. One day, I decided to go through all the dreams I’d jotted down. Next, I eliminated the useless ones and set the interesting ones in order of sequence for eg. Which happening could follow the earlier event and which would provide me with a twist of plot and so on! Obviously I didn’t remember my dream everyday so before sleeping, I used to go for a nightwalk and roam around in isolated places like… a nearby underconstruction building – and when I reached the top floor, I used to imagine: Okay how can someone scare me? What can a ghost or spirit to do push me off this flat and so on! This is how I created my ‘paranormal romance’ The Adventures Beyond Existence!

What is happiness for you?
It means everything to everybody! Whatever we do, we do it for immediate or long term happiness! Same goes for me, like other living creatures. However, for me its spreading a smile on parents’ faces, love of siblings or most importantly, when a reader loves and reviews my book!

Interviewed by Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo

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Which book you had read first and what impact did it make on you?

I can’t remember vividly the first book I have read since
I was young since there are plenty of them but one book that I have read when I entered adulthood was “The Road Less Traveled” by M.Scott Peck. It dealt mainly on life, it’s complexities and how people’s behaviours affect their relationships with other people. The book made me realize many valuable things in life and the explanations as to why we behave in certain circumstances.It is a psychology book so it generally focused on human behavior that helped me deal with my own perception of life and love.

If you ever get a chance to have a ride on heaven or to become the owner of world’s biggest library, what would you choose and why?

I would choose a ride to heaven definitely. Maybe I can get to see my late Dad there and have a chat with him, tell things that I wasn’t able to tell him while he was still alive on earth. A trip to heaven is far greater than having the world’s biggest library.

Who according to you is the King of modern poetry and why?

I love the works of Emily Dickinson so I may say she is the Queen of modern poetry for me. Her pieces are unconventional, expresses her pent-up emotions living a solitary life within the confines of her own room. She has her own unique poetic style and is considered as one of the major english-language poets of the modernist movement.

At what age you had written your first poem and how did it comes to you?

My poetic inclination began during my grade school days at the tender age of 10. It all seemed so natural when it first dawned on me that I can compose simple poems that time. I simply wrote down my thoughts in a notebook, at first they were just simple rhyming verses which eventually lead to free flowing verses or free style. Ever since I was young, writing has been my passion and I did believe that I was destined to be a wordsmith.

Any particular place or time you think is suitable for you to give wings to your thoughts?

There is no definite time of the day or night when my creativity freely flows and gains a life on its own. If I got enough inspiration to compose poetry, it doesn’t matter if it’s at early dawn or at the wee hours of the night. I can even write an article amidst a noisy mall full of people so there’s no particular place wherein I can readily write something though most of the time, I write in my own sanctuary- my room.

Is there any common/unique thing in your collection that you think can attract readers?

My constant readers always tell me that they can relate very well with my pieces since they can see themselves in the “characters” of my poems and like what I often answer in other feature interviews about me, James Joyce style of “stream of consciousness” is one of my influences but I do have my own writer’s style. I refrain from using highfalutin terms so as not to deliver a very complicated piece for I want my readers to readily understand and appreciate my works. To be able to touch their lives in my own little way through my writings, that is my ultimate goal as a writer/poet.

What would be your next venture?

I always ask myself if I do can write a novel though it will take some time to finish such kind of book. If time and destiny permits, I would love to write a sci-fi novel for I want my book to be not just an ordinary one. I want the book to be mystical, magical but can leave a lasting impression and can even transform the lives of my readers. Perhaps, a horror novel also for I have always adored The Master of Terror, Stephen King’s masterpieces. The only difference is that King can write superb, horror pieces for he gains inspiration from his own fear or terror of ghosts and other creatures of the night. He can’t even sleep without the lights on. In my case, I am not afraid of dark creatures and I can sleep with the lights off.

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Review of ‘The Greatest Salesman in the World’ by Og Mandino

The title says it all for this book- ‘The greatest salesman in the world’. Undoubtedly, the one who reads this book and implements the secrets held in the 10 scrolls would be a great salesman. But also anyone who would implement them would transform to be the greatest one in his/her field for sure.

The 10 secrets hidden in scrolls were-

1) Any act, with practice, becomes easy.

2) Let love be the weapon to open hearts.
3) Persistance breeds success.

4) Acknowledge your uniqueness.

5) Live each day as if it were your last.

6) Master your emotions and live with
humility.

7) Laugh often (Happiness is the wine that sharpens
the taste of the meal)

8) Compound your goals.

9) Take Action.

10) Call on the Lord to guide you.

This book is somehow reflecting the author’s life;how he knelt down in his life and how he grew up and became a successful writer.

The author could directly reveal the secrets of being great but he revealed along with a beautiful story which keeps the interest in reading alive throughout.

A short story equipped with great thoughts;a promising book and highly recommended.

Rating- 5/5

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Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author Isabella Rae

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Isabella Rae
  1. What difference does literature make in your life?

Literature has been a huge part of my life ever since I was a kid. My mom used to read me Stephen King and I loved getting lost in the worlds he created. When I’m lost, or having a bad day, I love to grab a book and enter it’s world. Literature keeps me sane and grounded.

  1. Your life would be what without literature?

My life without literature would be simply boring.

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  1. What attracts you more poetry or novel and why ?

Novel, I love a good poem, but poetry is just a brief break from life, where as with a novel you can become totally immersed in another world, you use your imagination and make new friends with each book you read.

  1. If you get a chance to transform your world into anything, what would be your decision?

Honestly, I don’t think I’d transform my world. As crazy and stressful as it is, I get to do what I love, and I have beautiful children. I like my world the way it is!

  1. Books are like what to you?

Therapy. They make me laugh, and cry, and some even make me angry. Books allow me to feel all of these emotions without directing them at someone in my real life.

  1. Who is the God of literature according to you?

Honestly, to me, there is no such person. There are a lot of amazing writers out there, but give one of them that title would be down playing the talents of the others.

  1. Tell me about your next project?

I am working on Broken Aria. This is the first book in my brand new Broken Series, but all the books will be able to read as a stand alone novel. Aria has been through a lot, she’s experienced tragedy and betrayal before her 21st birthday and she’s having to pick up the pieces. We’ll watch as she struggles with her pain, and learning to live after everything that’s happened to her.

Interviewed by Shweta Kesari

Karma Kurry by Jeroninio Almeida and Jyoti Nanda

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Karma kurry is a short anthological story for mind, body, heart and soul. All these stories will make your mind to ponder about the realities of life, order an action to your body, and pump up life to your heart. It will show you the images of well being…

This book deals with almost every phase of life.
It not just contains 26 different stories but 26 soulful, spirited tales that are as effective as medicines to one’s life.
It will push your arms to bring a change and let you work differentely as many qualified and unqualified people did to initiate a change in the life of those in need.

It has the captivating stories of the real heroes of the world.We admire actors or people in a particular fields,but often forget to admire the people who practise the highest morals of humanity.This book holds the admiration stories of such people.

This book contains the inspiring stories of Gul Panag,Geeta Chandran,Anita Pratap,Chewang Norphel and many others whom we know only by their professions but not by their personality.

My favourite quote from the book-

‘Life isnt about its share of hardships and challenges’

Rating-4.6/5

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Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

‘Seeds of Success’ by Jack Myrick

Review by Shweta Kesari

‘Seeds of Success’ by Jack Myrick is a book which would take less from you and serves you more. A complete balanced story with lot more to learn.

The protagonist of the story Sam after losing his mother and sister falls into the pit of despair. He was living with his grandmother. His despaired life plunged into depression when the buisness had gotten very tough in Natchez. From his co-worker he got to know of being laid off from the job. This gave him a push in the pit of depression.

With the help of colonel uncle, who taught him the five seeds of success, he became the apple of his boss’s eyes by perfectly sowing those seeds of success in his life. The five seeds of success this book comprises of are-

  1. Excel first, reap later
  2. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
  3. Work with a sense of urgency.
  4. Be the solution, not the problem.
  5. Never say “It’s not my job.”

The examples quoted by the colonel were powerful and the way writer has potrayed each character in few words is more than appreciable. If everyone has someone like Sam’s colonel uncle in their life, no one would feel down and rise up easily even he/she has been once fall down in the pit of depression.

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Beautiful tale of Sam presented in a very descent way. The essence of love added more charm to the story. A book worth to read and highly recommended.
Most beautiful lines from the book- Life is all about people, and people are the real joy in life. Things were created to be use and people were created to be loved. But all too often we love things and use people.

Rating-5/5

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‘Wise enough to be foolish’ by Gauri Jayaram

Review by Shweta Kesari

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‘Wise Enough to be Foolish’ is a fictionalized memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl’s life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises, as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman.The novel deals with the adventure, laughter and heartache, as she balances her love life with her struggle for independence.

The story itself revolves around Gauri’s transformation, from a tomboy to a brave woman who marries, gets divorced & finally finds ‘magic’! Being the middle child is never easy and Gauri is no exception to this rule. She harvests not just courage but shows enough courage to prove the world wrong.She walks down the memory lane and talks about her childhood, her youth, her school life, college life, and career and about the many problems she faced during her journey of 28 years.She faced the problems head-on and carved out her own destiny. This novel offers you a look into the thinking pattern of girls and how they analyze a situation or a relationship, be it with their parents, with their friends or with their lovers and husbands.

This story of her life experience will surely inspire those women who are in need of moral support to take the correct path in their life. I would definitely say Gauri has been enough honest throughout her roller-coaster ride. The title is very catchy and suitable.

Rating-3.7/5

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‘A Kaithali Street Tale’ by Arjun Chandrashekhar

Review by Shweta Kesari

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In Kaithali Street, the days get boisterous for Arjun with the arrival of an American researcher and his son – Mr.John and Julian John. Arjun’s friendship with the Yankee teen develops to tremendous dimensions through unexpected events of adventure and humor. While Julian John enjoys everything around him in the foreign land,with a tourist’s air of frolic.
Events take unexpected turns,separating the teens to the distant corners of the world.However, they are able to keep their friendship strong, despite the distance and time.
Synopsis lucidly depicts the tale.

A Kaithali Street Tale by Arjun Chandrashekhar is a story of two friends Arjun and Julian and their hangout tales in the street. I was back to my school days. I felt like I was reading a detailed chapter of my English course book.

There were characters whose names are in Tamil which often drew misconception and difficult to recognize till the ending. There were also some sentences and words in Tamil but the author has provided its translation too. It has the complete essence of Kaithali street. A novella of 96 pages where you can find a beautiful tale of true friendship.

It is a good book for school students who love to read and wants to increase their vocabulary. As good vocabulary is used by the Author.

Rating-3.5/5

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Review of Chase your dreams by Heena Priya and Atiya Shazi Ahmed

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Review by Shweta Kesari

Chase your dreams is a debut novel by two young authors Heena Priya & Atiya Shaazi Ahmed.

The description is very simple and lucid. The story takes us back to both our school as well as college life. The title of the story is well suited and readers can read it in a single go which makes it an extraordinary read.

It is the story of two besties kashish and samaira, the story of their legendary friendship, the story of their struggles. The story makes you optimistic by showing even if the whole world is against you, there is a true friend beside you.

As written in the book itself, two  best friends are the greatest source of inspiration to each other.  Really, its true in this case. Readers can learn a lot from this book and this is how the purpose of the book as well as the authors would be served.

Rating-3.2/5

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“I can’t do wrong” by Shweta Kesari

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I am not dumb

Yet I won’t speak wrong

I will keep my soul hidden

In the blanket of truth.

 

I am not deaf

Yet I won’t listen wrong

I will keep my head couched

In the bucket of saints.

 

I am not blind

Yet I won’t see wrong

I will paint my eyes

With the colour of nature.

 

I am a human

Surely, I will commit mistake

But can’t do wrong

With my soulmates

Even by fault.