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
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
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:
by Raju for BTR
Prabhat Ranjan’s debut work, With You; Without You is the work which has been in the buzz even before its formal launch (which is scheduled to happen in September). A perfect love triangle, written in a language so close to the hearts of millions of people in India, With You; Without You is the novel, which I am sure, is going to the next big thing when we will talk about the emerging Hindi novelists in our country. This book is deemed to revive the affinity once again for the novels written in Hindi and it has the potential to attract a wide readership. Prabhat Ranjan, an engineer by profession, has tried his best to get into the psyche of people exploring their emotions when they are between love and friendship and weighing their thoughts whether they are on this side of the line or that side…READ MORE
The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter is the debut book by an emerging author Shilpa Raj. Her book, which has earned recognition for the themes and writing style, has impressed many book critics in India as well as the general readers. Launched in India on 28th of July 2017, the book has started getting encouraging responses from the readers as well as institutions which review the books. I have been tracking the book’s development for a long time now and finally, I am going to post the review of this book. And first things first, I haven’t read anything like this in a long time and I must admit that Shilpa, the author, has the potential to speak for everyone just by speaking for herself! Amazing!
What I found at the fulcrum of the memoir (yes, the genre of the book is memoir) is Shilpa’s urge to break free from the jaws of darkness and explore the world outside. And this urge takes her through various phases of life, of which, she spends a good chunk at Shanti Bhavan, from early childhood to the present, for her education. Shilpa Raj mentions her life at Shanti Bhavan as the ‘world’ which was far advanced than the world which she got at her native place with her parents.READ MORE