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Maya, the blindfolded: Her Mistake? She trusted him by Prasad Bag – Book Review

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Now that I have read a good number of books in 2022, it’s time to review some of them in quick succession. And I would like to begin with the latest one that I have read. Prasad Bag has debuted with his novel Maya, the Blindfolded: Her Mistake? She Trusted Him. The moment I saw this title, it became evident that suspense and thrill are going to play big parts in this novel. I was right...

Harjeet Khanduja – the simplified author of complex themes

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Motivation, decision-making, leadership, business, entrepreneurship, start-ups, growth, life… and blah blah blah of the business world are not easy subjects to write about. Many authors have tried their peculiar styles. May have been successful in producing many books. However, success has not come to many in this regard. Sometimes, the content is there but the style is off. Sometimes, the...

The Mystery Mountains by Aurijit Ganguli – Book Review

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It is hard to believe that The Mystery Mountains is Aurijit Ganguli’s second book. The details he poured, the mystery he weaved, and the insight he embedded into his book are just superb. It has really touched my every emotional and mental chord. And in his second book, surprisingly, the author has graduated from a new author into an experienced, expert and composed novelist who can keep...

Seema Seth’s latest short fiction Rahim and Laila focuses on refugees (and love story for sure)

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In today’s super-fast and busy life, we look for quick solutions for almost everything. Whether it is quick breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert ideas, quick solutions to make money, quick remedies to long-term diseases, quick methods to learn English or any other language, quick and easy loans, quick reference guides to clear examination, quick and easy travel guides and so on…We...

Sri Aurobindo – the critic we should read (but we don’t)

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We all know Sri Aurobindo in this or that way. Some know him as a philosopher he was. Some know him as a freedom fighter who looked beyond fighting the external oppressors. Some perceive him as a master of yoga, spirituality and seer. Many know him as a poet, a poet of fine excellence and qualities that seldom any other Indian poet could have (or will ever have). However, none of us, the mortal...

What makes Indian popular fiction famous and well-received among young readers? An inquiry into genre fiction

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It has not been many decades… living. However, by reading books, I have been successful in gathering fair information on how people used to live when there were no electricity, transportation sources or, the most important thing, the internet. Do you see? Books are very useful! I have collected much valuable information just by sitting on my reading chair and reading books. I collect books...

Is context in literature important? Arguing against and in favour of the proposition – an opinion

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Literature is something that we cannot see in isolation. It originates in our society. Authors dwell in our society, among us and compose their works by founding their characters according to what they witness and observe in our very society. And therefore, critics argue (as it apparently seems to be the case), literature does have a context to it. One cannot view literature in isolation. By...

Starting to love poetry? These are the poets you must read – English literature

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English literature is not free of blemishes. You can find in plenty once you begin to see what lies beneath the abyss of centuries that reputation has earned for the English nation. However, we are not talking about the shortcomings, at least today. I am here to share a few poets whom you will surely love to read if you have just begun reading English poetry. And these poets, that I have read...

Studying English Literature is fruitful… only if you know what you are doing!

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I have studied English literature major, BA and MA. However, a few years ago, if you asked me what could I do with this degree, I won’t answer you directly. My aim was to be a professor at any cost. I did not know that this was a path that demanded a very much focused attitude, a composed approach and unending labour. I was giving it everything that I could because I had to chase a dream...

An Unusual Honeymoon by Mamta Kashyap: Book Review

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Being a woman, I could instantly relate to the content, the protagonist and also the premise. It is never easy for a woman to settle instantly after a broken marriage or a marriage that couldn’t be for certain reasons. Mahashweta, on the other hand, is a woman stuffed with ambition and courage (she pretends more than she has). She hits the road, leaving break-up with Akshay behind, and...

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