Saturday, 27 December 2014

Scavenging from a ghost !

On, albinism is defined as a rare group of genetic disorders that cause the skin, hair, or eyes to have little or no color. 
In parts of Africa giving birth to a child with little or no skin colour is as good as a death sentence for the little one: for here 'Albinos are called Ghosts'.

People look on them with a mix of abhorance and dread. They are considered bad luck to the community yet ironically body parts of an albino are considered 'magical'. So they are hunted down and hacked up for these magical properties that parts of their body impart to brews and potions cooked up by the 'witch doctor'.

Came across this amazing documentary done by Al Jazeera on the perils the albinos in Tanzania face on a daily basis.
" If this be what the skies see, then let it weep, let it weep."

For the link click on : The Spell Of The Albino

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanium

God is a Gamer 
Ravi Subramanium 

The Blurb
Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai.

Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into

the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

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Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime. His latest book God is a Gamer, releases on September 12th.

Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats

His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.

Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen year old daughter Anusha.

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

10 in the TOP 100...way to go Indireads!


10 authors from the Indireads stable on Amazon India's Top 100 bestseller list / Indian writing category.

At :-

15. A Scandalous Proposition by MM George.
16. Love will Find a Way by Parul Tyagi
25. Only a Dream by Jazz Singh.
27.Rapid Fall by Adiana Ray
42. Against All Odds by Jazz Singh.
47. The Perfect Groom by Sumeetha Manikandan.
55. Girl from Fatehpur by Sarita Verma.
56. Done With Men by Shuchi Singh Kalra.
62. Double Jeopardy by Sundari Venkatraman.
96. A Newlywed's Adventures in Married Land by Shweta Ganesh Kumar.

Congratulations ladies!

It is an honour to be with you all.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Move over Ms Rowling, Zoe Sugg is here


Over 78,000 copies of 'Girl Online' sold in its first week.

The highest first week sales of a debut author and the 'neterazzi' have nothing but good to say about her first book.

Way to go Zoe....or is it Zoella?

Friday, 28 November 2014

Review of 'Playing with Fire' by Devika Fernando

        Felicia is a study in contrasts; on the face of it she is a quiet, studious, fastidious, bordering on the dowdy librarian who leads a solitary, secluded life, deliberately cutting herself away from social contacts preferring to spend her time taking long walks on her own.  On these walks she lets another self out. She walks alone but she dresses differently. Vibrant and sexy. She is enlivened and impulsive going where her feet take her. For Felicia has something burning inside her that is as desperate to get out, as frantic as she is to try and keep it in and control it.

       Cool, calm collected Joshua…in contrast has it all in place. He comes into her life ostensibly to try and help her and guide her. However will the strong carnal attraction that threatens to engulf them be their downfall? Is he really what he says he is?

       This is the second book that I have read of Ms Fernando and kudos to her for making this so different from ‘When I see your Face’. If I hadn’t known it, I wouldn’t have even said it is the same author. It is rare for an author to move so well between such disparate themes.

  Which brings me to the part that I was under the impression that ‘Playing with Fire’ was a paranormal romance and there is that, but it is also so much more.  In fact I found more of paranormal drama then romance in the book. For me the book was all about…..the angst of a young girl, it was her confusion on being different,  it was her supposed apathy in the face of rejection, it was about an outsider looking in who is scared and yet in awe of her rare ability. It was about the journey of Felicia and what a well etched one it was.

       Joshua on the other hand I found rather superficial. He came and he went and he didn’t leave much of an impression on me. Most of the feeling and emotions all came through the character of Felicia and maybe that is why I didn’t find the romance element so strong. It just seemed very one sided.

      However I am not here to nitpick on genres. It was a good story and I enjoyed it: the best part being…it is the first of a series. Can’t wait for the next one.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Scorched by his Fire.

Review of ‘Scorched by his Fire’ by Reet Singh.

‘Dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn’t’, is the position Detective Tanay Devkumar finds himself in when he sets out to teach Mita Ramphul a lesson for her supposed indiscretions with his brother-in-law, Samrat.  Haughty to the point of being arrogant, he is not ready to listen to any of her remonstrations of innocence. Even as he is working on his own agenda of keeping Samrat and Mita apart, he cannot but acknowledge the intense attraction she holds for him.

Samrat is Mita’s oldest and dearest friend and ‘just that and nothing else’. Beautiful and feisty she is absolutely indignant at Tanay’s attitude towards her and is not ready to go down without a fight.

The attraction between them is palpable, heady and intense and thank God for an author who doesn’t get her characters to get all coy and evasive about it. She aptly portrays Tanay as this decisive, meticulous go-getter and then she brings into relief the havoc Mita is causing in his life by the way his ‘grand plan’ can be thrown into absolute disarray by a single glance from her. Her family is warm friendly inviting and the descriptions of them and the island are marvelously sketched.

What I would have liked is a bit more of Samrat as he was the whole reason they met in the first place. Just one or two scenes to show the undercurrents between the three of them would have been entertaining and added support to the storyline. Besides, that sub-plot that revolved around Mita ended quite lamely in the end.

On the whole the book was a fast, smooth read that I thoroughly enjoyed: mainly due to it being interesting with well defined characters and above all the flow of the plot was very good.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Blackbird...Go Fly My Son.


"Blackbird singing in the dead of the night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free."

From The Beatles Song 'Blackbird'.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Not always so nice!

History, Music, Art ...Literature have waxed eloquent about women through the ages.

Mother, mistress, muse,madonna....if it weren't for her where would civilisation be?

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Taken from “Beautiful Woman” by Maya Angelou

And then you flip the coin.

When she is good...she is very, very good.
But when she is bad she is HORRID.

(With due apologies to Mother Goose for the filching)

Some of the worst serial killers we have had ...have been WOMEN.

Brutal, callous, focused. Read about them  The hidden dagger

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Spotlight on 'Full Circle' by Yamini Vijendran

Full Circle 
Yamini Vijendran

The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.

Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.

After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?

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Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen. 

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Review of 'Against All Rules' by Summerita Rhayne


                Tahir is the quintessential poster boss. Self made, dynamic, driven, balanced and incredibly sexy to boot: the only fly in the ointment is that he is involved in a messy divorce. Samara is his secretary and has carried a torch for him from day one. She has taken pains to hide this from him and concentrate on her work. This pays dividends as she grows and develops personally and professionally. She is a compassionate, loyal friend who will do anything to protect Tahir from getting distressed.  When he is hurt, she hurts too. When he is attacked, she is ready to defend him no matter what the cost to her.
                Their relationship takes a turn when she goes to his house to check up on him. The attraction is electric and combustible and the effect is felt in every aspect of their lives. Tahir is not willing to get into another relationship and puts it down to an intense physical attraction and wants to see it through by giving into it. Despite the intense attraction, Samara knows that if she does that she will lose everything.
Will Tahir be able to overcome his misgivings before it is too late?  

I loved the character of Samara. She knows where her loyalty lies and goes for it no matter what the consequences. Her emotions come across as raw and earthy. Tahir on the other hand is so cool and collected on one hand and yet has such a knotty, turbulent personal life in which he just can’t seem to take a stand about anything. This does get frustrating but oddly enough also adds a very believable dimension to him.  The attraction for each other fairly jumps off the pages in its intensity. However I felt the book was getting too stuck on this aspect. Maybe the author was trying to bring out the depth of the emotions in play over here by placing such emphasis on it.

All in all a fast paced, interesting office romance for a light weekend read.

Spotlight on 'Against All Rules' by Summerita Rhayne

Against All Rules
Summerita Rhayne

The Blurb
 The efficient PA out of her depth...

Samara knows getting attracted to Tahir is like asking for trouble. Not only is he her boss but he’s got divorced recently and has sworn off any commitment. Short term is not on her list buttemptation has never been stronger.

The man who doesn’t have faith in rainbows anymore...

Tahir doesn’t believe in enforcing a code of conduct he cannot follow. But Samara might just make him make an exception! An affair at the office might seem a solution to his troubles but how can he avoid treading uncharted territory…?

Against All Rules

when fire is set, it’s hard to avoid the blaze

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Summerita Rhayne loves to write sensual and emotional romance. There's no knowing when some quirky - or sometimes even not so quirky - happening in daily life might trigger her right brain and then she's off craving a new story. She loves writing characters who learn and grow and find their way out of their troubles and emotional hang-ups. Hot, sensual heroes and sassy but sweet heroines mostly fit the bill in her stories. She also believes that a touch of humor never goes amiss in a book.

She divides her time between family, job and writing - and loves winding down with music, movies and the internet!

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Coming Soon...'Lemon Girl' by Jyoti Arora

Cover Reveal 
Lemon Girl 

The She....

The He...

The Author

Jyoti Arora

Jyoti Arora is a Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Her writing achievements include two novels, three blogs, several wins in national level blog competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 24 famous English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn etc. 

Jyoti's first novel, Dream's Sake, was published in 2011 by V&S Publishers. It received great reviews and much appreciation from readers.Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt reading, by herself, even before she started going to school. And she considers herself most fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.

However, if books are Jyoti’s first love, and she’s still very devoted to them, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of Jyoti’sblog is a technological blog called Techn0Treats. In 2011, a post in this blog won her the title of Samsung Mobile when Samsung made her a part of the team of the twenty bloggers chosen from all over India through a blogging competition. In this team of twenty bloggers, she was the only woman and perhaps the only one who had studied literature instead of science. As a Samsung Mobiler, Jyoti acted as the promoter and ambassador of Samsung.

Jyoti is a patient of Thalassemia Major which forced her to stop going to school after class seventh. After that, she continued her studies on her own through correspondence courses. Her zest to overcome her medical problems and made her an inspiration for many.

So are you curious now ?????????





., blogger, ardent cook, romantic.


1. You are a prolific writer. Runaway Bridegroom is your fourth book in a span of little over a year. What is your schedule like and how do you manage to fit in all the other parts of your life?

Thank you Adiana for saying that! The Runaway Bridegroom is my third book this year. The fourth is yet to come in December 2014. Most of what I recently published, I already had on my computer since a few years. I just needed to update them, get them edited, rewrite and have it proofed before publishing. I do work long hours, especially late at night when I have a deadline. Apart from writing, I am your typical housewife making three meals a day. I enjoy working all seven days of the week and don’t follow a schedule per se. If I don’t feel like working either on computer or in the kitchen, I just switch off from everything. I read a lot and am a Bollywood buff. I watch a lot of films on the big screen with my husband.

2. Through your writing you come across as very knowledgeable about tradition in terms of customs, rituals and family relationships: yet you do not shy away from writing quite explicitly at times about the sensuous as well ….where does the real Sundari Venkatraman lie?

Both are very much a part of me. I have the advantage of having lived for a bit more than half a century. I have always enjoyed learning about customs and rituals. That does not necessarily mean that I follow any of them. I have questioned them since I was a kid, much to my Grandma’s chagrin. But I never did want to follow anything unless I was convinced. Family relationships – yes, having lived in a large joint family before marriage and later getting married into one – I do understand a bit about those. Especially, what all could go right or wrong in a family.
Writing about the sensuous is not very different I feel. After all, one aspect of the wedding ritual is legalizing physical relationships. And sex is the very basis of creating new life. There is a part of society that dubs that as ‘dirty’. Well, I am not one of those. It’s a comfortable subject that’s spoken freely at home. Writing is just one more step forward.

3. Which of your four heroines would you identify with most and why?

Sunita, Meghna, Sanya and Chanda – while they play different roles in my novels, they all are women who think for themselves, who are determined, who will not suffer fools gladly, who are passively aggressive and who have a sensuous side to them. I would say that I identify with all of them.

4. You are also an avid blogger (Flaming Sun). Does that experience tie in with your writing of romance novels?

Yeah, I am an avid blogger – not just Flaming Sun. I have one more called Ascension Miracles which is a spiritual blog. As a writer, I first began with my novels. When I found no takers, I still felt the need to write. Working in the media, I realized that newspapers and websites never allow you to voice your real opinions; it’s always the editor’s or management’s version of things. Feeling the urge to express myself without interference, I began blogging. Now, my blogs are a platform to promote myself as a romance novelist too.

5. For Sundari Venkatraman what would be the ideal romantic date and where?

A private five-star setting, candle-night dinner, soft music and delicious food with one’s soul mate. (There is a similar scene in Meghna )

Thank you Adiana Ray for the lovely interview! Very intriguing questions and I enjoyed the opportunity to voice my thoughts while answering them.

Thank you Sundari. It was fun getting to know what lies behind the persona 'Sundari the Author'.