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Autobiography of a Yogi

October 9, 2017 • By

Autobiography of a Yogi review

The popular actress Mariel Hemingway wrote in her book Finding My Balance that she was “mesmerized by the Autobiography of a Yogi and loved the whole great Hindu tradition of spiritual seeking …” The Beatles are said to be inspired by this great book by Paramahansa Yogananda and countless are the names and big names and people. Whom did not this book inspire and put on the ‘right track’ of spiritual rebirth of a kind? Paramahansa Yogananda was surely a gem for India and the great Indian Hindu culture and a way of living with traditions such high that anyone in the world’s diverse corners bows his head unto. His great work Autobiography of a Yogi brought this great tradition to the light and then the world knew not only a Yogi but also the entire clan of Yogis and a tradition of Yogis.READ MORE


Short Story

Ghostbusters and Other Stories

October 6, 2017 • By

Ghostbusters and Other Stories is a collection of ten short stories written by Debadatta Satpathy, an author from Odisha. All of these stories are simple yet entertaining as well as exhibiting emotions of various kinds and thus, keeping the readers absorbed till the very end. Becuase of the simple language used in the stories, the narrative is very much close to the day-to-day human life and readers can easily relate to the stories in the book.READ MORE


Opinions

When a Debut Book Succeeds! TECD

October 3, 2017 • By

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter has surely been the book of the moment for the last 2-3 months. Since it’s formal launch on 28th of July, the book has constantly been ringing and readers and critics have been pouring in the feedbacks for this book and the author Shilpa Raj. Mostly, her talent as an author and the qualities of the very debut book are being received well among the readers. We can safely assume that the debut of Shilpa and her book The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter can be said to be very successful for the young author paving the way for her upcoming books.READ MORE


Novels

Bleeding Queens

September 27, 2017 • By

Sadly, women have been kept in the background – whether it’s the case of movies of the case of literature. Most of the times, women characters have been offered the secondary roles only. Even if when the authors tried, they were not bold enough to let the women characters take the command of events in their hands and do whatever they wanted to do. Palak Kundra, in her very debut book entitled Bleeding Queens, has done something which we rarely see in the fiction of today. She has let her character run all the show of valour and make all the decisions of importance and take the proceedings in the entire narrative. Her protagonist, who is not only a rape survivor but also a courageous woman to hit back at her rapist, is a girl from a typical middle-class family – Diljit. She also has dreams like most other women do; she also wants to do something special like most others want; she is also raped by the criminals with sick perversion like many others; however, she does not accept everything with a mute like most others do. She comes out of the four walls covering her shadow and challenges the savages and defeats her and also teaches the world a lesson that silence and acceptance are not always a good option!

Bleeding Queens, a novel in Hindi, is surely a modern fiction book but the plight of a woman is the same – male dominance and male corruption with silent women and some crooked ones as well. Diljeet is supported by her brother Karanveer and her lover Rohit. She gives the readers something to think and she also gives the readers something to seriously ponder. As an author, Palak Kundra has been successful in creating the fiction which pinches the readers with the dusky realism. Nevertheless, she has not been quite at the same level with her plot as she has been with her theme. Maybe she wanted to keep the scope of the fiction limited to one character just to bring a new kind of narrative-force in the limelight – to say – a male Tamburlaine maybe!

The novel is written in common language which we speak everyday in India and the usual hint of Punjabi words are easily evident and shows us that the author, as well as the leading characters in the novel, are never out of their Punjabi roots. Diljit is a woman who wants to be an actress but he dreams are put on a hold when her soul, as well as her body, are tortured with the stigma of being raped. Nevertheless, she doesn’t lose all because of this crime against her. She has her courage and boldness and she fights back with a great valour. Her clinical insight in eliminating her culprits is as good as some serious detective novel. The readers will surely enjoy it!

To conclude, I will only say that this might seem an experimental novel to some of the readers with the foci being highly on Palak’s mouthpiece character Diljit. Nevertheless, the seriousness of the novel and the gravity of the theme cannot be neglected at all! How long will the women bear crimes against them with a mute reply? If the law fails to take its course, the hopes begin to despair and the justice is kept as captive, there will be bloodshed! And the same has taken place in the novel Bleeding Queens.

I will suggest the readers please read this book and make sure you leave feedbacks for Palak Kundra on her book on the Amazon page or on Goodreads. You can buy the book from the link below:

Bleeding Queens on Amazon

 

by Raju for BTR


Poetry

An Apology for Shakespeare

September 27, 2017 • By

Poetry as a form of art and poetry as a genre of literature might seem quite equal in nature but in my view, these two things are certainly different! Poetry as a form of art may not have certain parameters and dimensions which might limit it to a certain form. For example, if I wish, I can show my life as a poetry. However, on the other hand, poetry is a genre of literature has its limitations and frontiers. A person cannot writer absurdity and name it poetry. Yes, there are prose poems today and that is extreme that we could do. Some good works, which are in rare today, of course, let us enjoy the poetry in its best form! I am reviewing one such book today which is titled An Apology for Shakespeare. According to the poet, S A Joseph, he has written a defence of poetry in this modern age because he feels that poetry as a form of art is decaying every day. We might differ in our opinions but we all have our concerns for poetry and we cannot write off the burden at once.READ MORE