Urban Shots Bright Lights and Urban Shots Crossroads

Urban Shots Bright Lights and Urban Shots Crossroads.


Urban Shots Bright Lights and Urban Shots Crossroads

Urban Shots Crossroads and Urban Shots Bright Lights.
These babies have arrived in bookstores nationwide, and the feedback we get is that they’re flying off the shelves.
Urban Shots Crosswords (Rs 199)
edited by Ahmed Faiyaz (me)
Edited by bestselling author, Ahmed Faiyaz, this anthology explores the conflict, chaos and confusion in the lives of interesting and colourful characters in Urban India. The reclusive kid with a beautiful bicycle; a migrant to Mumbai with Old Monk on his breath, trying to get off a Virar Fast at Borivali; the misunderstood watchman at the library who befriends a little girl;a playstation loving spoilt brat, who is smitten by his mathematics tutor; an old widower who longs for some intimacy with the opposite sex; a confused writer who has to choose between his wife and a seductress; the gargoyle who is the boss s pet at a call centre; a mild-mannered doctor whose love for yoga puts him on breaking news; a project manager who hates handing out the pink slip; an emotionally scarred woman in the bazaars of Kamathipura; the baraat on a silent night in a one-horse town in Rajasthan; the neighbourhood didi with dark secrets of her own and a lot more.. 

Racy, compelling and heart rending stories by popular writers such as Pantosh Uttam, Reeti Gadekar, Sharath Komarraju, Malcolm Carvahlo, and a number of popular bloggers and debutant writers.
Available on Flipkart – http://www.flipkart.com/books/9381626429?_l=gWxQa0snNjHUHKJhnj_y0w–&_r=aP6abwP46nfnpjqs5YCebg–&ref=daa27853-bf28-4a0b-9395-b916358882f3
More on – http://www.greyoak.in/UrbanShots-Crossroads.htm
Urban Shots Bright Lights (Rs 199)
edited by Paritosh Uttam
Edited by bestselling author, Paritosh Uttam, this anthology offers snapshots of interesting characters in Urban India. The ten-year-old mathematics loving girl, haunted by memories of her dead mother. The man who buys expensive gifts for married women; an Indian kid who can name every American state in alphabetical order; a boy who knows more than he should about the extra marital affairs of his parents; a baby with secrets of his own; the pesky Maami in the neighbourhood, with a cure for every ailment; the beefy sportsman with a peacock hairstyle; the seven-year-old who wants to get married; a retiree on his last day in a dead end job; the salesman who fails to meet his targets; the grouchy physics teacher with a love for literature; the chatty cab driver who was once a film maker; the philosophical mehndiwala on the sidewalk; a struggling artist in love with his fabled city; the retired pilot with life advice in the window seat and a lot more…. 

Racy, compelling and heart rendering stories of urban lives and characters by popular writers such as Paritosh Uttam, R. Chandrasekar, Malathi Jaikumar, Ahmed Faiyaz and a number of popular bloggers and debutant writers.
Available on Flipkart – http://www.flipkart.com/books/9381626412
More on – http://www.greyoak.in/UrbanShots-Bright_Lights.htm

They're finally here.

Review of Scammed – Confessions of a Confused Accountant

Scammed – Confessions of a Confused Accountant

by Anonymous

Silverfish/ Westland

Rs 175

Why would someone write a novel and not disclose his/her identity? Is the novel in question mired in controversies? These were the questions racing across my mind when I picked up “SCAMMED Confessions of a Confused Accountant” from the book-store. The novel tells the story of a man – Hitesh Shah – with swinging fortunes. Hitesh Shah works for an accounting and audit firm known as Smith & Donald as an Assistant Manager. He is gifted with honesty, hard-working nature and a temperament that doesn’t allow him to say no to any task given to him by his boss. Although he is the most hard working employees of the firm, he is never considered for either a promotion or a good pay-hike. To make matters worse, his parents have been pushing him to marry the girl they are going to select for him.

Suffice it to say that life is not all that rosy for the harried Hitesh Shah. He is a tortured soul both at office and home. Soon his fortunes are about to change in the manner nobody could predict. He lands in Vizag on an assignment to audit Supreme Motors plant owned by one Mr Reddy who operates out of Hyderabad. Mr. Reddy is a businessman and a film producer with strong political links. The protagonist’s honesty touches Mr. Reddy’s heart and soon he makes him an offer that Hitesh Shah cannot refuse.

From here on the story moves at breathtaking space. The rise of Hitesh Shah from a lowly Assistant Manager to the CEO of Super Cabs is the toast of the entire country. He is rich, famous, powerful and well-respected professional with his feet firmly on the ground. But somewhere along the way he has made powerful enemies who have been lurking around the corner to strike at the right moment. What follows is a thrilling tale of retribution and the near downfall of protagonist. The life is suddenly downhill for him with his lady love deserting him and the bosses turning up the heat.

But Hitesh Shah is made up of sterner stuff. He believes in never saying never. He vows to take the fight to the enemy camp. It is really interesting to read how he emerges smelling of roses in style. How he teaches his enemies a lesson and how he wins the love of a very innocent girl Payal.

“SCAMMED Confessions of a Confused Accountant” is a sure page turner. The plot has interesting ups and downs taking the reader on a roller-coaster ride. It is like a game of chess in which after every move the pendulum keeps swinging to and fro. Some readers may find it difficult to come to terms with the sudden turn around in the protagonist’s future. The troubles too begin when the reader is least expecting them. But this is where the strength of this novel lies. Take the reader by surprise without allowing him a chance to think what next now.

The verdict : “SCAMMED Confessions of a Confused Accountant is an exciting read for those who want to quicken their heart-beats after a hectic day at work.

First published on http://xetcr.wordpress.com/ by Irfan, an upcoming blogger/ writter

Source – http://xetcr.wordpress.com/ and Grey Oak Publishers

Delhi is not far: Review

Book Review
Delhi is not far by Ruskin Bond
A novella
Published by Penguin India
Rs 150
Momentous things happen elsewhere, in the big cities of Nehru‘s India. In dull and dusty Pipalnagar, each day is like another, and ‘there is not exactly despair, but resignation’. Even the dreams here are small: if he ever makes it to Delhi, Deep Chand, the barber, will open a more up-to-date salon where he might, perhaps, give the Prime Minister a haircut; Pitamber will trade his cycle-rickshaw for the less demanding scooter-rickshaw; Aziz will be happy with a junk-shop in Chandni Chowk. None, of course, will make that journey to Delhi.
Adrift among them, the narrator, Arun, a struggling writer of detective novels in Urdu, waits for inspiration to write a blockbuster. One day he will pack his meagre belongings and take the express train out of Pipalnagar. Meanwhile, he seeks reassurance in love, and finds it in unusual places: with the young prostitute Kamla, wise beyond her years; and the orphan Suraj, homeless and an epileptic, yet surprisingly optimistic about the future.
This little gem is a departure from the affable Mr. Bond’s usual writings. Its not a ghost story and it isn’t set in the hills of Mussoorie or the plains of Dehradun. Instead, this one begins and ends in little Pipalnagar. A place where people wait, in most cases for a lifetime, to move on to a better life. Ruskin Bond paints a vivid and nostalgic picture of small town life in Nehru’s India, the little lanes, the barbershop in town, the customs one followed, the small talk between town-folk who all happen to know each other. It transports you to a time and age in India’s history where people had simple aspirations of a better life, and underlying that, a sense of contentment in their lives. Their lives were limited not just by the size of the town but also their mindset as most didn’t know about what lay for them outside the dusty lanes of Pipalnagar.
The treatment is contemplative and brooding. Perhaps it was written at a time when Ruskin Bond was struggling to sell his stories and make a living. He has a keen sense of place and time, and the characters from Kamla, Arun and Suraj to Aziz, Deep Chand, Ramu

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and Pitambar, have been well fleshed out through their mannerisms and reflections on life. A beautiful piece in Indian literature about life in the forgotten towns. One that can be put away after reading and can be revisited on a rainy day.

Room by Emma Donoghue

A review (First published on Helter Skelter)


As you go through the pages of this book, you are introduced to a world called ‘Room’. A 11′ by 11′ hole where Jack lives with his Ma, who is unnamed throughout the novel. You are hooked on immediately as you wonder why they are living there, and why the plucky five-year-old speaks about objects and things around him in the way that he does.

Room is a first-person narrative by Jack. He orients us into his world, where he and his Ma have a busy routine with exercises, reading, and singing. He counts each of his cornflakes, and talks to the Bed, Room, Wall and others that he perceives as real. He has only five books, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that are treasured and read again and again. They also have a T.V. set that has characters from other worlds, such as the lovable cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants. To Jack, this is his world because his Ma told him so. The Room is their world and everything and everyone else is on another planet.

Their only connection to humanity is Old Nick, a man who visits them every week, bringing groceries, necessities, and occasional treats. Whenever he visits, Jack is made to sleep in the wardrobe, while his Ma and Old Nick make the bed go thump–thump. After his fifth birthday, his Ma reveals to Jack the truth of the world outside their room. The Room is a prison; a sound-proofed, fenced, and leaded shed with a skylight, where his mother has been held in captivity for seven years after being kidnapped when she was a 19-year-old student.

Read the rest of it on Helter Skelter – http://helterskelter.in/2011/03/book-review-room/

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