#spotlight Voices Old and New #Indireads #Tornadogiveaway

Name of the Book: VOICES OLD & NEW
Publisher: Indireads

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1. Vishal Bheeroo 
2. Dhivya Balaji 
3. Biswanath Banerjee 

The Book:

Voices, Old & New is a fantastic collection of short stories featuring the very best submissions from Indireads’ 2nd Short Story Competition 2014. It is available for purchase on Amazon, and is also available for free, as a thank-you gift, for a limited time, to all new and existing subscribers of the Indireads newsletter.






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About The Publisher 

 

Indireads
 

Between the blue shores of the Indian Ocean and the white tips of the Himalayas is a land crowded with the rich history of many peoples. Tapping into the region’s diverse cultures, languages, religions and traditions, Indireads weaves an intricate tapestry of fresh voices from the sub-continent.Indireads’ books bring alive the vibrancy and intensity of modern South Asian life and present it in digital friendly formats, inviting new generations to fall in love with what it means to be South Asian. Digital, handy and engaging, an Indireads book is the perfect companion for a quiet afternoon under a Peepal tree, for the early morning ride on the bus, for that long flight or for that relaxing moment at the end of a long, draining day.

Indireads is a place for you to call home, whether you enjoy telling stories or you hope to abandon yourself to a web of words spun by other story-tellers. Join us on a magical journey through the sub-continent, with writers whose prose echoes the people’s voices, whose imagery paints vivid, familiar landscapes and whose stories capture the very essence of being South Asian.

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#spotlight The Activist and The capitalist by Vibha Batra #Tornadogiveaway #giveaway


Name of the Book: THE ACTIVIST AND THE CAPITALIST
Author: Vibha Batra

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1. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal 
2. Book and Ink 
3. Priyanka Batra Harjai 

The Story:

“I’m not drunk – just a litt-le high.”
On a magical moonlit night, Jai and Anusha meet and fall in love. When they meet again however, they discover that Jai is the crass capitalist developing Rasa Vihar, the heritage building that Anusha and her NGO are fighting to protect. Inevitably they clash, with neither willing to concede to the other. The problem is that although publicly they are enemies, in private, they are wildly attracted to each other. – but when secrets and betrayals enter the equation – things really begin to get out of control.
Will the Activist and the Capitalist ever be able to find common ground?
An exciting love story, set in Chennai from the best-selling author of Sweet Sixteen.
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About The Author 

 

Vibha Batra 
 
Vibha Batra is a copywriter by profession and fiction writer by passion. Her literary pursuits took off when she translated her grandfather Late Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book on the Ishaavaasya Upanishad. Among her recent titles are Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!) and Seventeen And Done (You Bet!), published by Penguin, Tongue in Cheek, a collection of poetry, and A Twist of Lime, a collection of short stories.
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#Spotlight She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal #Tornadogiveaway #giveaway

Today’s spotlight is on She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal. Read my review of this book here. Enjoy the spotlight.

Name of the Book: SHE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT
Author: Zeenat Mahal

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1. Rubina Ramesh 
2. Nikita Jhanglani
3. Ruchi Singh 

The Story:

Zoella has been in love with Fardeen Malik, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, since she was ten, but he’s always seen her as a ‘good girl’—not his type—and he can barely remember her name. Besides, he’s engaged to a gorgeous leggy socialite, someone from the same rarefied social strata as the imposing Malik family. In short, Zoella has no chance with him.
Until a brutal accident leaves Fardeen scarred and disfigured, that is. Suddenly bereft of a fiancée, Fardeen is bitterly caustic, a shell of the man he used to be, a beast that has broken out of the fairy tale world he once lived in. And a twist of fate lands him his very own beauty—Zoella.
This man, however, is a far cry from the Fardeen of her dreams. Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.
Zeenat Mahal explores themes of love, longing and arranged marriages in this modern, unusual interpretation of the old-age fairy tale.
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Zeenat Mahal 
 
Zeenat Mahal is a TOP 10 bestselling romance author. She has an MPhil in English literature and an MFA in creative writing from Kingston University, London. She loves travelling, art, musicals, classics and all sorts of museums.
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#BookReview – She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal

She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal is a spin on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. It is published by Indireads.

It is a well written, short length romance set in Pakistan against a traditional family backdrop. For the first half, it is a page turner as the simmering tension drives you to read on and on. Zeenat Mahal has crafted two very sympathetic characters. Each is scarred in their own way. Yes, for all her apparent goodness, in this book, the Beauty is scarred too – inside while the Beast is scarred as much inside as on the exterior. While I was doubtful about the way they were tied up together, their situation was depicted from multiple angles and with great insight. Loved the dollops of humour here and there. A big disappointment, for me, was the skipping of the intimate scenes – not just for the sensuality but because it left me without any look into the characters’ heads for several pages and hence disoriented for some time. 

For me the latter half dragged a bit. Especially the last few chapters were quite repetitive. I kept thinking a good talk would have resolved the issues between them much sooner.
However, Zeenat’s style of writing revived my interest again and again in the story and I was able to finish this in a single sitting.

Read it for a lovely experience of South Asian sweet romance.

#CoverReveal – She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal, published by #Indireads

Hi folks, today I’m hosting the cover reveal of the latest book by Zeenat Mahal, She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, published by Indireads.


Cover Reveal

 


She Loves Him, He Loves Her Not

Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.

by 


Zeenat Mahal 

Blurb 


Zoella’s been in love with Fardeen, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, since she was ten, but he’s always seen her as a ‘good girl’—not his type—and he can barely remember her name. Besides, he’s engaged to a gorgeous leggy socialite, someone from the same rarefied social strata as the imposing Malik family.
Zoella has no chance with him.
Until a brutal accident leaves Fardeen scarred and disfigured, that is. Suddenly bereft of a fiancee, Fardeen is bitterly caustic, a shell of the man he used to be, a beast that has broken out of the fairy tale world he once lived in. And a twist of fate lands him his very own princess—Zoella.
The beast, however, is a far cry from the Fardeen of her dreams. Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.
About Zeenat Mahal 

 

Zeenat Mahal (@zeenat4indireads) is an avid reader and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has an MPhil in English literature from Government College Lahore and holds a MFA in creative writing from Kingston University, London. She won a BBC short story competition in 2001 and has been a regular contributor to newspapers. Zeenat has eclectic tastes and an insatiable desire to learn. Her romances are a heady mix of the traditional and the contemporary, old world values face the challenges of a shrinking globe that impinge upon and help shape South Asian sensibilities.
‘Haveli’ is Zeenat’s first published novella. Currently she is working on a literary novel with elements of magical realism, while continuing to write romances. She can be contacted on her FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeenat-Mahal.
 
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Author Interview – Yamini Vijendren

Hi folks, today I have Yamini Vijendren on my blog. Let us get to know her through this interview.

Are you a genre writer? Why (or why not)? Which genre appeals to you the most?

I do not generally write keeping a genre in mind. However, I find it most comfortable to write romance or drama, rather than a thriller or comedy. I guess that is thanks to my own emotional make-up. While reading too, I tend to gravitate more towards romance and drama than anything else.

What makes this book special to you?

The protagonist of this book has shades of me, as, I suppose, is usual with most of the first time writers. She also has been sketched based on my mother’s and paternal aunt’s youth, from the stories they used to tell me and from the images I have formed out of those stories.

A brief description of the book and its main characters.

Full Circle is the story of love, lost in youth and found in the golden years. However, given the way the Indian mind is conditioned, accepting love in old age is something we are not very accustomed too. So how my protagonists overcome their own inhibitions to take the plunge, after all these years, is what Full Circle is about. The main character in my book is Malini. A docile beauty in youth, Malini is a typical traditional Tamil Brahmin girl, who dares to dream of finding her own love, but is unable to pursue it against the strict dictums of her father and her community. With age, however, comes the wisdom and the broadening of outlook, due to which she decides to go in search of what she lost when she was young.

What are your writing fads or quirks?

Somehow, for me a writing desk never works. Although I fantasize having a proper, organized desk, most of the days I end up sitting on my couch, with my legs propped up on the foot rest, a cushion behind my back and the laptop on my lap.

What’s your take on these writing dilemmas? (Please specify the reason for your choice)
1) plotter or pantser

I am definitely a plotter. My plot brews for sometime inside my mind before I start putting it down in words.

2) self publish or traditional

Both have their own pros and cons, although self-publishing is here to stay. I guess having your book accepted by a big publishing house and gaining their backing is a great experience in itself, and that would definitely be my first preference.

3) Polished first draft or sloppy one?

Well not entirely sloppy, but my first draft usually takes the course my mind envisions, whether it is logical or not. The course corrections, reasoning and logic etc. come later.

4) Deadline or family time

I try not to stock up work and end up with such a dilemma as much as possible. However, it depends on what is more important at that point of time. Today is my son’s birthday, but I also want to be talking to you all about my writing. So here I am, sitting up in the wee hours of morning to pen down my responses before I get busy with the birthday preparations.

5) Writing a certain target everyday or in floods and droughts

The former is what I wish for, the latter is what I end up doing.

What’s your favourite wish as a reader?

To read an Indian mythological fiction that makes sense and is also well written. I was completely taken in by the concept of the Meluha series, but the writing left a lot to be desired.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I am but a book and a few stories old. I have just started the journey and have a long way to go. In fact, I believe, being an author is not a destination, but a journey in itself. It is the support of my readers and followers that keeps me motivated and pushes me onwards in this journey, and I am immensely thankful to everyone for that.

 

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
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Full Circle 
by 
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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Meet the Author


 

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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