Saturday, February 25, 2017

The guilt

How much guilty there were of each others' acts.

She screamed as she cut herself while cutting onions. A stream of blood started to ooze out. He hurriedly came inside the kitchen. 

“Oh go! What have you done? Can’t you be careful?"

While he complained he quickly collected a first aid box. He cleaned the cut and bandaged it in no time. 

“It’s a small cut only! It happens when you're working in the kitchen, Sudhir!”

“That I don’t want to listen. Now you just be careful and relax for some time.”
Kirti would always wonder about Sudhir’s overprotective and over-caring nature. Even though many girls would love to have such type of husband but she would fear what if he becomes over possessive. A chain of thought was broken by the shrill sound of the cooker. 

One evening in the bedroom…

She rushed to the bathroom and vomited several times. When she came out of the bathroom she saw Sudhir standing in front of her with as usual worried look. 

“What happened? Are you okay? 

She instantly became irritated with his several questions. 

“Sudhir, nothing had happened. I just vomited but I don’t understand why you are always so worried or tensed over such petty things?"

“it’s because dear I care for you!”

“I know even I care for you but that does not mean a small cut to the hand, vomiting or loud bang of the door should concern you every now and them. Ours isn’t a love marriage! And it’s not even matter of love marriage but your worrying habit becomes too much sometimes.” She snapped at him. 

“That’s why I care for you!”

“What do you mean by that now?”

“I am guilty of something”

“Of what?”

He silenced for few seconds. 

“About what you’re guilty of?” she repeated herself. 

“Do you want to listen to it?”

“Now of course I want to know you’re guilty of what?”

“that I hurt someone so much. I never cared about her.”

“About her? Who is she? What? You’re having an extra-marital affair? She threw her frustration at him. 

“Oh no! Not at all! Now listen to me patiently.”

When I was in last year if my college I met this girl where I used to work as a part timer. 

We were friends and soon became lovers but I never took her seriously. I made her cry, beg and one day she got married to a guy that her parents chose. 

After she was gone from my life and it was hardly a month that time I realized that how much she used to care about me and love me. But she was gone from my life permanently. I have that guilt in my mind. To get rid of that guilt, I try to love and care about you as much as I could. 

“So the guilt has made Mr. Sudhir lovable and caring person?” She mocked.
“Yes, because last time I lost her and bargained my life with guilt and this time I don’t want to lose you to regret for lifetime!

Kirti had tears in her eyes and so his. They both hugged tightly each other realizing how much guilty there were of each others' acts.

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A walk in the rain (Book Review)

Book details

Title – A walk in the rain
Author – Udai Yadla
Genre – Fiction
Publisher – Kyron Publications
No of pages – 234

Main characters – Sunny, Saloni, Imran

Other characters – Victor, Hari, Pooja & Sunny’s friends – Krish, Irfan, 

The plot
Sunny is a lovelorn guy who is quite reserved & had a tormented childhood. He has no friends in school until now when he meets Sandy, his life changes forever. However, her sudden departure from his life leaves him in the company of loneliness. He never really gets over her but his friend Imran tries his best to make him happy in many ways. On his birthday night, Imran throws a surprise by taking him to the place of prostitutes thinking that might give him momentary pleasure. 

However, things start taking unexpected twists & turns making Sunny’s life whirlwind that costs him his friend’s death. 

Sunny becomes revengeful and unwillingly takes help from Saloni, a prostitute. They hate each other but their lives become soon entangled after the agonizing mishap. 

Sunny & Saloni starts their revengeful journey unaware what their destinies have chosen for them. 

Will Sunny reunite with his love of life? Is Saloni the same Sandy from school? Will Sunny be able to take his revenge after his beloved friend’s death?
The story is action-packed and full of twists & turns. So are you ready to take a walk in the rain? 

The book is available at Amazon & Infibeam

My review
Every love story has its own twist & pain. A walk in the rain written by Author Udai Yadla has taken a different route but as the story progresses, everything becomes easily predictable. 

The characters are very much multilayered and every character has own share of miseries. Who could have asked so much of pain in one single novel? 

Certainly, the storyline has a lot to offer you as lengthy narrations and action-packed paragraphs keep you engaged for hours. However, I felt the author could have shortened action sequences in a much better manner. After some time the situation becomes like ‘Too hot to handle’ with so much dragging and rambling. 

The story is definitely not the typical romance or mystery fiction and the readers would love to read love story which has a different shape altogether.
While reading one has to stop as many times the plot becomes very heavy and confusing leaving less space to breath. The book deals with lots of emotions, pains and actions. 

I liked author’s daring spirit that he tried to show the love story in a different way unlike typical Bollywood stories. 

The author certainly has a lot of potential and I wish all the luck for his future endeavors. 

The Best Part
The author has written some beautiful quotes & some heart-touching poetic lines. The story not only gives you hope for life but a fresh perspective for life. That makes an inspirational read! 

Also, I liked Saloni’s tragic story and the way she has been portrayed in the novel. Saloni aka Sandy proves to be a fresh breath of air with her inspirational short stories that she narrates to sunny during their school days. 

As a reader, you will certainly notice this and will enjoy. 
 The not so good part
I failed to understand how two school-going students exchanged expensive gifts like gold chain or Sandy’s mother gives her diamond ring is unbelievable.  

Also, the author could have given more space to readers to grasp information as loads of action keeps rolling in. 

The writing style
Writing style is impressive but need to be cautious with the pace for writing.  

The book cover & the title
The book cover is suggestive enough that it is a love story. The title ‘A walk in the rain’ is apt after reading the story-line.

My rating 3/5
Want to flow in the valley of emotions & actions? Read ‘A walk in the rain.’


Friday, February 17, 2017

An Exclusive Interview with Author Manav Vigg

So have you all read Confused Bastards? Our author Manav Vigg certainly has a great faith in confusions. He believes that if you’re confused, it means your brain is working absolutely fine and these confusions in life can lead you to a self-exploration journey. 

We have this wonderful story by Manav Vigg and now it is time to know our talented author. His journey as an author, his life, his confusions, his side of story and yes, valuable tips to all of us to become a good writer.
So are you ready to know him better? Here’s an exclusive interview of Author Mr. Manav Vigg:

Author Manav Vigg

Q 1: Tell our readers about your background & how did you get into writing? 
Well, I explored becoming a Doctor for family’s sake, completed Chartered Accountancy for money’s sake, became a corporate robot for swanky office’s sake, but it all ended up becoming a long dissatisfied journey.

An entrance exam for an advertising institute which I cracked accidentally made me realize that I have a flair for writing. But that was long back after college. Over a period of time the urge to tell my stories increased. The constant need to find my true identity coupled with the importance of stories in the lives of people made me take up writing. And once I did take up writing, I could never leave it. The excitement, the adventure and the fun to live different characters and evolve stories is pure exhilaration.

Q 2: Which writers inspire you for writing? 
Paulo Coelho

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Q 3: As a child, which books or fictional characters fascinated you the most? 
I was mostly inspired by adventure stories and comics. The Alchemist became the best adventure story ever read by me.

Q 4: Where do you get ideas or inspiration for your writing?
People around me from everyday lives intrigue me. I want to tell stories about how India has changed since globalization. That probably has been the biggest event or so called twist in the story of India since I have been born and I want to tell stories about it.

Q 5: What genre you enjoy the most while writing short stories? 
I haven’t attempted a short story yet.
Q 6: What was the inspiration behind your recent book?
Confusions and Influences! We get constantly influenced by the people around us. But I believe confusion is good. Confusion means that you are still alive, that your brain is working and that you have options to choose from. Confusion helps you explore, it makes you sharp, and you go through your choices and evaluate them. It’s healthy to be confused and that’s what Confused Bastards portrays.

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Q 7: What does your family think of writing?
My family and friends were very supportive about it. But, of course they had their doubts. It was only when they read the novel they got satisfied that he knows his job.

Q 8: Can we expect your next writing stint & if yes, what & when?
I am currently working on my next novel. You can expect it somewhere in 2018.

Q 9: Lastly, what writing tips you’d like to give to upcoming writers?  
Keep Writing! Human-beings have an insatiable hunger for good stories and I believe that sooner or later every good story finds its way to the people who can consume and relish it.

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