Category Archives: Personal

The Complicated Society and the Role of Social Media

Social Media in today’s world is something which I feel even an elementary student can describe elaborately. We have been living a virtual life, for quite sometime with social media gradually becoming an addiction for the majority of the population using it. Be it politics or entertainment or sports – we cannot deny the unprecedented role that social media is playing.

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Book Review: Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson

Things that came to my mind after finishing Private India? Engrossing? Extremely. Can be made into a Bollywood movie? Definitely!

‘Private India’ is the fruition of the collaboration between Ashwin Sanghi, an Indian author known for combining mythology and thriller, and James Patterson, an American author known for bestseller series’ of which ‘Private’ is one. Their unique collaboration results in bringing the popular ‘Private’ series to India. So, it naturally raises the curiosity and interest in the book.

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Review: Sita’s Curse by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

What is Erotica? According to Merriam Webster it is defined as :works of art or literature that deal with sex and are meant to cause sexual feelings”. Yes, Sita’s Curse, in that respect is truly an erotica and ONLY an erotica.

Somewhere, behind closed doors, in her solitary world; somewhere, under the sheets with an indifferent lover; Somewhere, is a woman who will not be denied.

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The Unison of Darkness, Silence and the Moonlight

As I walked past the trees and shrubs, the enchanting full moon staring at me, what I really wanted was some moment of solitude. On the contrary, the screeching and screaming of the unending vehicles passing by me were creating an undesirable ambiance, much to my irritation.

All of a sudden, I found myself completely alone in the company of darkness and silence. With the bright and glorious moonlight kissing and enveloping the whole milieu, the atmosphere was nothing less than an enigma. The eerie feeling which is synonymous to darkness and silence was nowhere to be found! The brief encounter with complete darkness and silence lasted for only a few seconds. It amused me how two negative aspects like the dark and the silent can create an amazingly positive environment for me – where only me, myself and my string of thoughts existed. For a long long time, I never felt so satiated and so relaxed with my thoughts getting a coherent shape. Alas the sheer ecstasy was not long-lasting – the zooming past of the vehicles again thumped me back to the world of loud sounds and eye squirming lights.

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Grim Tale of Farmer Suicides – ‘Shoes of the Dead’ by Kota Neelima

Farmer suicides in India, especially in certain districts of Maharashtra have seen a steep rise in the last decade.’ Shoes of the Dead’ by Kota Neelima is a tribute to all those dead farmers and the people fighting for their families to receive compensation. Non-fiction works related to farmer suicides abound, however a fictional work talking about the plight of the Indian farmers, due to varied reasons, was missing from the scenario.  It was really great to finally find a political novel based on farmer suicides, set up in contemporary India.

This political book intertwines several aspects of socio-economic India through the eyes of an idealistic journalist, an ambitious young politician and an educated yet poverty- ridden farmer seeking justice for his brother’s suicide. In the midst of the tug-of-war between Keyur Kashinath, the young and rich politician and Gangiri Bhadra, the crusader of the farmers, there are characters like a greedy moneylender, a seemingly good district collector, unscrupulous middle men, a good and a bad maha sarpanch who plays important roles in Gangiri’s fight for justice.

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