With attention spans getting shorter, readers prefer short story formats to keep them entertained. New-age writers are moving away from writing full-fledged novels and concentrating on creating short stories to keep their readers satiated. Writing a short story differs greatly from writing a novel. Jyoti Arora’s book, Writer’s Toolkit – How to write short stories like a Pro is a perfect ready reckoner for any author who wishes to ace the art of telling short stories. ‘How to Write Short Stories like a Pro’ is a complete writing course in a concise form. It does not just deliver writing lessons — it makes you write. If you follow its practice suggestions, you’ll have a beautiful short story ready before you finish reading the book.
One often wonders what goes on in the minds of brilliant thinkers. Do they go through a process of transformation just like everyone else? If yes then what is that transformation like? Darshana Suresh’s book, An Ode to the Self is a compilation of the author’s introspective journey told through 26 essays. Darshana’s narrative style allows the reader to undertake an introspective journey while reading her experiences & thoughts in the book.
Almost every human being is a story-teller. During the days of yore, people gathered around the fire and exchanged stories, later dining tables replaced the fire and discussions became a reason to bond over interesting anecdotes. Recently, WhatsApp Groups have turned into a destination to exchange stories. In June 2020, popular Blogging Community, BlogChatter gave wings to the dreams of 63 authors through the BlogChatter Ebook carnival. Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu ‘s book, Five Petals was one of these gems.
The author builds suspense and pace through the novel using a book as an anchor piece. I found it intriguing. Yogita has explored the bonding between two best friends interestingly.
Trapped In Heaven & other stories is an anthology of fiction written by debutante author, Mayura Amarkant. It contains 9 short stories that circle around the myriad shades of love and relationships. Using a gripping narrative, Mayura spins each story with great élan, keeping the reader hooked till the end.
I grew up among friends who always complained about how they found history boring. I was blessed with fabulous teachers in school and college who made history fun. They would paint pictures right before our eyes and we would listen, totally fascinated by the lore. Well, I wish Sonia Dogra would have written this book while we were growing up. My friends would have grown to appreciate history and learn from the myriad teachings it offers.