Incandescent Ardor is a collection of 25 poems, all of them imbued with a different facet of that magical feeling called love. Be it tender
This book is a wonderful source of information for readers interested in true crime and especially those with an inclination toward the financial sector and how corruption and scams impact society as a whole.
A gem of a book for writers writing true crime or aspiring to write in the genre.
Islands in the Stream is Sonal Singh’s labour of love that needs to be savoured slowly and with care. Do pick up the book, dear friends, and be prepared to get drenched in a deluge of feelings and sensibilities, that will make you look inward, and leave you with some enduring life lessons.
As the title suggests, this delightful collection of stories makes us sit up and take note of so many vignettes of our daily life, buried under layers of mundane oblivion. Smita Das Jain’s deft penmanship delves deep and crafts them into heart-warming literary pieces that are both relatable and relevant, doing complete justice to her laudable story telling skills!
I am so glad I read Trail of Blood. The writing is very meticulous and intelligent. The transitions, the cut and fade, the tying up of all the separate narratives. As a writer, I found it extremely insightful!
It made me wonder what I would do if I discover that I had one more day to live? This is by no means a new concept to artists. This question has been asked time and again, by many. And more and more, I am realising that the answer comes down to –
𝐈 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦. 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐈 𝐚𝐦, 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐈 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦.
𝐈 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐛𝐲𝐞.
There is something profoundly magical about the books that deal with these very same issues – and show the characters benefiting from professional therapy. Books that have caring, supportive parents and friends. Books that leave you with the overwhelming desire to reach out to your loved ones and hug them for being there.
Oseman works magic with her illustrations as Charlie and Nick deal with many challenges – coming out, who and when to tell, and whether to forgive or not. There’s an incredible representation and speaks loads of inclusion and diversity.
Heartstopper: Volume One is a quick and enjoyable coming-of-age story. I absolutely recommend this wholesome romance to all readers above 13. It has the awkwardness of first love, the warmth of comfort, no melodrama, and is not risqué at all!
To love and be loved is every human’s greatest desire. But what happens when one is not free to love? The Carpet Weaver by Nemat Sadat is one such love story, but at the same time, it is much more than a regular love story. It’s a story of grit, determination, and survival amidst war. It is also the tale of forbidden love, and the coming out story of a young man. And above all, it’s a masterpiece to cherish forever!
‘Six Metres of Pavement’ by Farzana Doctor is a heart-warming story of strangers brought together by fate—the one common thread between them being sadness. The story seamlessly blends love, loss, despair, and sexuality with a generous hint of realism. The characters are real and speak to the readers with effortless ease.
Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park is a contemporary adult fiction novel set in Seoul where we journey with Young, a young Gay man, as he goes through life. Originally written in Korean in 2019, the English translation is by Anton Hur. It is about the emptiness which becomes part of one’s life and searching for love while struggling to survive in the big city.
A must-read not just for the racy narrative but also to learn how financial and legal systems work in India. I firmly believe that the more aware and vigilant the layperson becomes, the better the chances to prevent systems made by the well-intended from becoming riddled with gaping loopholes by the greedy and unscrupulous. And such books, informatively and splendidly, serve that purpose.
The plot is very engaging and has got its hooks in me and when I finished the book, I automatically gravitated towards the second. The language, sentence structure, etc. used by Harshali is top-class and I didn’t find anything specific to mar my reading experience. Her words bring out the visual imagery of the mansion, how royal it must have been, and the joys and sorrows it must have seen and maybe, experienced.
If you really wish to know about Kolkata, you must read this book to get the feel, the information you need about this city of joy. A Kolkatan or not, everyone will enjoy reading this book for it holds much more than just about the city in general.