Dashavatar is a book about the ten stories of the 10 main avatars of Lord Vishnu and how each of them saved the earth from the rule of evil in their own way and what challenges they faced while doing so. The 10 avatars are Matsya (fish), Kurma (turtle), Varaha (boar), Narasimha, Vamana (dwarf man), Parashurama, Ram, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki. Each story defines the avatar for who they were and describes it from a fresh, unbiased point of view where you can truly see the merits and flaws of each character, so the true hero of the story is left for the reader’s imagination to decide.
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.
It intrigued me, when I read that One Girl, Many Lives is a collaborative writing effort by 5 authors viz, Ajit, Anshu, Jithin, Priya, Sona. Each story is written by all 5 authors, one after the other. Each author started one story, passed on the story to the next author and so on till each of them had written one part of it and each author had finished one story. The editor coordinated the transition of the stories. The eclectic nature of this book allows readers to swing between moods and situations.
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.