Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Scribblers Orchard : Part 9

The parts before this one are here: "RECAP"







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The chants of "Om Shree Ganeshay Namah", "Ganpati Bappa Morya", reverberated outside. He sat in his dark room, thinking, contemplating if he would be successful? He had never failed, never ever failed. He was called “Acharya-the learned one” for he was the one who knew the truth. Nobody, only him. He smiled at the foolishness of people who went crazy in the frenzy of their Gods to forget the world, fast ceremoniously and make all the noise for days. It angered him to no extent. The dark veil of ignorance of believing in a God that doesn’t exist, that never listens to their prayer’s, the one they had never seen. He smirked how as a little boy even he was the same. As a child born in a Hindu Brahmin family, he knew the word “Bhagwaan or God” before his own, recognized their idols before his own people. He was lucky to realize the truth, the truth that there was no such God as they all believed. There was just one true God “Fire” that gave birth to all, right from The Big Bang. It is fire that cleanses, fire that teaches you selflessness when you give something to, it is the fire- the spirit within your body, fire is what the body is given to when this journey ends. Fire was the only God, one of the Pagan Gods, worshipped by the ancients and lost to the materialistic modern. However his life’s mission was to bring the lost wisdom back. Whatever it may take he would fulfill his wow of making people see it. Initially he tried to explain it to people, but what would these un-evolved souls even feel? They couldn’t sense everything logical around them, the mere inequality in a society, the fact that their God was no where when the innocent were killed.  They were blind so was their fate.

But may be it was he who was destined to bring humanity into the light, again the opposite of darkness and “Fire” stood for light.  He was a master strategist and his life was his lesson. Very early on he learnt in life to trust nobody and he did just that. He was successful for nobody ever knew his plan, not even the people who worked for him. They just knew their part and the big picture always came when it was all done. Nobody even knew him, or his voice. Only his shadow communicated. He never physically met anyone and spoke through a machine generated voice.  The blind human race did give him some tools to accomplish what he wished for, being the one, the anonymous one. Oh! How he loved to be smarter than the smartest.

There were just a few people left and then the world will listen to him, he was the true preacher, he was “Acharya”

A sound baffled everyone,  Arjun whose mind was just  trying to comprehend “Where was the PM?” turned and so did Jeniffer and Tara. An array of crackers lit up surrounding Cyrus and within seconds the fire grew monstrous engulfing a large part of the ground. The crowd screamed and started running haphazardly. Cyrus wailed, tried to move, but half drugged his efforts were in vain. The bomb squad team now had to save him, rescue him. Arjun luckily had men in fire proof suits, keeping all circumstances in mind, he ordered them into get into action. The smoke from the crackers blinded vision.

Jennifer tried calling the worried Shekhar to report the incident. Arjun’s team managed to take Cyrus out. The bomb squad then began working to diffuse the explosives all around him. Arjun tried to get back to his bearings the best and ordered the rest of his men to search for all the actors in the last play. They left the very second. 

Arjun's phone kept ringing all the while, however he couldnt hear it at all in the commotion that there was. When he finally did, it was from the police headquarters, the Prime Minister had gone missing.

And then there was a gunshot.

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...............................................................To be Continued.............................................................

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Monday, September 8, 2014

MindRocks14: A Youth Summit by India Today

MindRocks is a youth summit by The India Today group with a mission to motivate the young generation of today, the future of tomorrow. It is held every year in different locations and I was happy to be a part of in for two consecutive years now. The choice of speakers are always in line with the theme "those who have achieved it all beyond circumstances" and who doesn't wish to listen to their own icons and learn from them what failure was and how they moved past them to live the dream. Read on and get motivated, here is the to the point coverage of the event.

The event began with an electric band performance by a Delhi based music band.




Kaveree Bamzai, Editor At Large, India Today Group gave a short and crisp welcome note inspiring youth with a smart "What not to do" (as she believes we do just the opposite) and ignited the session. For more watch it live here : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/kaveree-bamzai-welcome-address-india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi/1/381289.html

 The first session began with with Minister of Power, Piyush Goyal. Piyush was interviewed by Rahul Kanwal and was asked to play brand manager on Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal. He was very honest in his opinion of these and without any reservations sahred his ideas. He was also asked what are the bad qualities of Narendra Modi and when it comes to Modi everyone in BJP cannot just speak anything bad, that's not honest atleast, everyone has bad qualities, common guys we can see what you are doing there! What I enjoyed the most here is Rahul Kanwal's series of questions, so well planned that he was sure to catch the minister in his act of propagating Modi.

In the end they  finally encouraged him to dance, and a Power Minister dancing can only happen at India Today MindRocks!!. He was joined by people from the audience and Head of India Today Group Mr. Aroon Puri.

The second session was Arjun Kapoor, the recent heart-throb of the nation. He received a very warm welcome from the audience as he made his 'entriyaan' with the 'ghantiyaan ' step and was very happy about it. He said he had no type when it comes to girls and is ready for a relationship. So girls just got crazy there. He said the reason he was lucky to have parents who didn't force him to be what he didn't want to be. When asked about his parents divorce he said "one grows sub-consciously". Well what I like about him is his deep intense eyes. He also danced to "Saturday" song from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Watch him here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/arjun-kapoor-with-koel-purie-india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi/1/381314.html



After this we had none other than Deepika Padukone.  What I liked about her was she was simple and down to earth and she is very slim and good looking. Above all she is very hard working. She said she worked for 30 hours sometimes, living only on coffee to honour her commitments of shooting for 4 films. So that is what it takes to deliver constant hits , that Filmfare black lady doesn't come to you, you have to really work so hard. She also is very sincere since childhood and has been a child that doesn't miss school and till date shoots even when is feverish and calls it off only if the director does so. I must say she is a director's dream and a true youth icon in every sense.

When asked about her four hits last year, she said there were four flops before that and that the cycle goes on. Now that is what I call being modest and genuine.


She also danced on her songs "Nagada Sang Dhol" and "Bootiya". Watch her here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/deepika-padukone-india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-up-close-and-personal/1/381320.html

After this we had a political wave, a very interesting session on politics "Are Politicians Our Masters or Servants". The session was hosted by Rahul Kanwal with speakers from all the leading parties, Manish Sisodia from AAP, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore- MP, Satish Upadhyay from BJP and Haroon Yusuf From Congress. The session began with Rajya Vardhan Singh Rathore being questioned about his decision of joining politics and the motive behind it, to which he said was purely in the service of the nation. The debate than began on the question and the best answer was by Manish Sisodia citing their own example of removing the Red Lamp car culture when they came into power. He also claimed that the 49 days of AAP there was a huge reduction in corruption , which I know is true from my own survey of auto-drivers, there was no bribery then. However he was pounced upon by the more experienced BJP and Congress leaders in the name of youth, The most disgusting was Satish Upadhyay not even acknowledging Anna Hazare's contribution to the movement of change, he just said youth is responsible, really? how? without a leader?

Rahul Kanwal with Manish SisodiaRajyavardhan Singh RathoreSatish Upadhyay and Haroon Yusuf .

Watch the entire episode here http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-politicians-masters-servants/1/381345.html


The main question was why did BJP trying to enter from the back door and not fight it real. Well depite Rahul Kanwal's pushing they just didn't agree to re-election. Looks like something is wrong there isn't it?

After this session was the one I was waiting for "The Women Athlete's" of India who truly made it shine in Olympics and Cricket. The panel had Jhulan Goswani, Cricketer- the fastest cowler in the world; Mithali Raj- Captain_Indian Women's Cricket Team; Geeta Poghat and Babita Kumari- Wrestlers, Olympic Gold medalists.

Their journey's had been very different, Jhulan Goswami living in a remote village travelled 3 hours one side for her cricket coaching. Her training started at 7:30 and the coach would just not let her enter even if she was five minutes late. Babita and Geeta, sisters gave credits to their father a wrestler himself for encouraging them into wrestling. Their story was a lesson for the parents more than the youngsters to let the child dream and help them follow it. Babita left a lasting impression when she said the best moment for her was the Indian National Flag go up for her win and the national anthem being played after the win as the best celebration. Truly if you have ever witnessed an Olympics or a common wealth it is the best moment ever to see the flag rise, and very disappointing when it doesnt.
To listen to them just click the link: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-wrestler-babita-kumari-fitness-diet/1/381356.html

This was followed by a lavish lunch  consisting of the popular American fast food Burger, Chinese noodles, Indian Shahi Pulav, Punjabi-chole Bhature, Mumbaiya- Pav Bhaji and the South Indian - Gulab Jamun with Icream/ English Brownie with Ice-cream combination.

The next session had popular tv star and VJ Andie and the singer Sophie. This session had for the first time someone talk about the real deal with "Reality Shows". Andie in his style straight forwardly said that they only show one thing repetitively and Sophie said the "real" in reality is missing. If you just run a harsh statement said by someone again and again one would think its the truth and not see the hundred soft sentences the person might have said during the day. They said it was difficult and things turned very easily from someones favour to being against them. They also danced and entertained the audience.

Check their entire session live here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-claim-your-dreams/1/381366.html

The next session was that of popular designer Suneet Verma, who said he knew inside his hear from the beginning that he was made for something creative. Life is all about dreaming and achieving it. The best thing is they invited some 11 people and he gave them remarks about their dressing. He was thorough checking right from how the hair is done, to the choice of nail enamel. This was followed by a ramp walk by the participants, those who were up there surely had the time to remember all their lives.

He also spoke about sexuality and that one must be open about it and not hide oneself in a closet, well that is a lesson to learn from.  Here is his complete session: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-suneet-varma/1/381375.html

                            Designer Suneet Verma at India Today Mind Rocks 2014

Kunal Bahl, Snapdeal CEO was the next speaker and it was all about Start up and Mantra for Business success. He said any business will change as it evolves at every stage. There is no mantra to success other than being true to oneself. Upon asking about Ratan Tata's investment he said it was a great validation for them and that he has been a great mentor. He also disclosed that the next season of the reality show Big Boss. that's a big one, isnt it?

Talking about his competitors Flipkart and Amazon sized giants, he simply put it away saying he is not looking at a short term but his plans for his company are for the next 15 years. Watch this motivational session right here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-youth-summit-2014-delhi-kunal-bahl/1/381378.html.

                                CEO of Snapdeal, Kunal Bahl at Mind Rocks 2014

 After business it was time for some dance and who better than Shubh Kaur Ghumman, known as one legged dancer can motivate you? She shocked every judge on the reality show India's Got Talent right on day one with her dance. Since I don't watch television at all, I saw her yesterday for the first time and I must say she was the most motivating person I had met. Her statements like  "I hate the word - handicap" and "Handicap is the one who despite of a healthy body doesn't help themselves, i am not - handicap" were the words that will help me and many more throughout life in failure and low times. She danced on "Fevicol" and says her expressions come best in these fast raunchy songs and so she likes them. Her favourite so far has been Katrina Kaif as most of these type of songs are filmed on her. But no actress can motivate you like this woman does, and when a short clipping of her journey was shown the entire auditorium had tears in their eyes. She has really worked out to build her stamina post her accident and has great looks and body. She certainly is an icon. Watch her here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-never-give-up-in-life-says-shubh-kaur-ghumman/1/12717.html



 Bhagwant Mann, a combination of a politician and a comedian who delivers his message ironically well. When asked why poetry, he simply said my party just had six minutes in parliament and BJP has hours, so they can go on and on despite of various warnings for hours, but to emphatically put forth my point I have to use poetry for I just have a few minutes. he gave various anecdotes of hilarious moments in a parliament. He clearly said his was a live commentary and not something he needed to prepare for. He taught us one thing, just work on your tone and method of delivery. He also recited "Acche Din Kab Aane Wale Hain?"  very popular poetry of his. He mimicked various politicians including the chief of his party AAP, Arvind Kejriwal. He was truly one politician who rocked AAP back to its glory when Arvind Kejriwal spoke in 2013 and the nation was with him in the very auditorium. He is certainly one of the strongest contenders of AAP, some in the audience also asked him why doesn't he stand up to be the chief minister candidate for Delhi elections, Kejriwal certainly not the favourite.
The next session had

Do not miss his amazing session here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-bhagwant-mann-takes-a-dig-at-pm/1/12715.html


The next session was with Rabbi, nothing can be said about him more than the fact that his music is soulful. He has sung my favourite song "Tere Bin Sanu Soniya" and I just was so mesmerised that I simply closed my voice to drink in his voice. This session was interrupted by Yo Yo Honey Singh who introduced his team and they performed on all their hits, followed by Rabbi's final performance which was a memory of a lifetime. I am listening ti his songs even now but that feel of live music was more powerful, enchanting. The best part was he also sang two unheard songs.

                                             Yo Yo Honey Singh at MindRocks 2014 Delhi

 Thus the day long event ended in the melody of music leaving fond memories in every one's heart to return next year to motivate the youth of Delhi again. It shall be hosted at various cities across India do stay tuned through their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MindRocks.


I thank India Today Group (Sumeet Sinha and Arpit Vij) for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the same once again this year. This event have given memories to cherish forever.





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Cover Story: Story No. 1: Fade Into Red by Reshma K. Barshikar

So here is our first story in the segment "The Cover Story" where we would be telling you all right from the ideation to the execution of the same. We interviewed the author Reshma and she has been very supportive in sending a detailed story. Unfortunately we couldn't get the artist's (designer's) perspective on the same as the person had switched jobs, so if you are the one and reading this, please let us know. We will be more than happy to hear from you.

Presenting the beautiful cover page of the book:


What attracted us was a beautiful, lonely woman staring at the road ahead, wine yards around as if pondering whether to take the path. Many questions and doubts within her, a ref election of uncertainties of today's youth. This emotion portrayed beautifully by the selection of bright colours that being the entire image to life.  So lets hear what Reshma has to say about it all.

Here is the story in Reshma's words:

Designing the cover is one the most exciting and nerve-wracking phases in the publishing process. It’s the first thing a reader sees in a bookshop and that quote- Never judge a book by it’s cover’ is of no consolation. I never realized how many elements we had to consider. There’s the audience and then the genre. There’s a budget and time. I was initially torn between a contemporary abstract cover, a photograph or a watercolor illustration. 

There was a particular abstract idea I liked- a beautiful drop of burgundy wine splashed onto a white textured cover- with the title in the middle. My editor, Faiza, was very helpful on guiding me on what would and wouldn’t work and said my audience would prefer a more traditional cover. The other idea was a landscape photograph of a vineyard much like Únder the Tuscan Sun. We knew it had to be bright and airy; it’s not a dark book, so no dragons. But it’s also not a rip-roaring comedy and so had to have an appropriate sense of introspection about it. It was imperative that vineyards or wine be incorporated into it but I also wanted it to be figurative.  I realized I needed Ayra, my protagonist, in the cover in some way. This was her journey. So I envisioned a woman walking away from us and into the vineyards, her back turned to us, wondering where her life would lead. (aha! and from what you read above, the picture so perfectly coveys this, doesn't it?)

Once we decided on going with an illustration, my editor related the brief to the designers. The drafts were good but focused a lot on the title itself, which they believed, was very inviting. While my character was not walking into the vineyards, she was nevertheless still looking away from me, which fulfilled that need. So we decided to make the borders richer. I also had to tweak the figure to make sure she matched the spirit of the character with small changes like tucking in her shirt. My sister in law suggested we add heels and put her in a skirt. And we had our cover.

When I think back now, it was actually very little. My editor did a wonderful job in translating my vision to the designers, who got it spot on. So apart from changing her attire and enriching the border with more grapes and foliage, there was very little to be done.

The fact that she’s looking away from us and is barefoot shows she’s trying to get back to her roots; that was important to me. I loved that interpretation. I also love the fact that they put her on the spine; it gives it so much character. The Cyprus trees are referred to repeatedly in the novel and so take center stage in the landscape along with the cerulean grapes, which are the exact colour of the Sangiovese grapes that go into making Chianti.

I thank the designers Joy Gosney and Gavin Morris for the most wonderful cover. I am also seriously chuffed by the way the title jumps off the page and hopefully off the shelves.

So though we are yet to understand how the book does, we sincerely hope it jumps off the shelves right into the readers hand and wish Reshma all the best.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On Women: Selected Writings by Khushwant Singh

Title:  On Women: Selected Writings
Author:  Khushwant Singh
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Date:  2014
Price: Rs.195
Pages: 144

Snapshot:  This is a collection of stories about women written by Khsuhwant Singh. These are popular characters from his books or real life people like Indira Gandhi, Phoolan Devi, Begum Para that he has written about.

The Review: This is a collection of stories to portray the "Women" within the pages of fiction as well as on the screen of Khushwant Singhs life.  Right from his personal journey to the very spot where Phoolan Devi shot thirty Thakur's , to being the first journalist covering internationally "Mother Teressa" and a short glimpse of his beloved characters like Nooran from Train to Pakistan come to life in this book.

The editing has been so perfectly done that you never felt the fiction characters cut out from a bigger picture. The stories individually are complete in themselves. On the other hand his personal encounters with Shraddha Mata, the tantric who was alleged to carry Pt. Nehru's illegitimate child, to his on the face difference of opinion with Indira Gandhi were more appealing to me.

The book also had two chapters on women of his family, his grandmother and his love affair to current life with his wife. All in all this 144 pages are like a booster shot to knowing the author we have cherished since always, Khushwant Singh. Recommended for people who have read his works and those who wish to begin, as his writing is something that can make the most normal story a tale to tell.



About the Author

Born in Punjabs Hadali village (Now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant singh is one of Indias best known and most widely read authors and columnists. He was founder-editor of Yojana and editor of the illustrated weekly of India, national herald and the Hindustan times. His first book, the mark of Vishnu and other stories, was published in 1950 and he has published several acclaimed and best-selling books of fiction and non-fiction in the six decades since. Among these are the novels train to Pakistan, I shall not hear the nightingale, Delhi and the company of women, his autobiography, truth, love and a little malice, the two-volume a history of the Sikhs, a collection of prayers and precepts, the free thinkers prayer book and the forthcoming consolations and lamentations. He has also translated the work of major Punjabi and Urdu poets and writers, as well as the Japji and the Rehras - the morning and evening prayers of the Sikhs.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Make Your Home With makemyhome.com

Our country India has been a land of stories. We grew up with stories about animals, gods, goddesses, etc. from our grandmothers. We had to be told about the fictional character "Gabbar" to make us fall asleep. So as we grew up we searched for the same and thankfully there were comic books and cartoon shows to cater one new story each day. The best part is these stories have stayed with us through the test of times. Even today Panchatantra remains my favourite as it involved nature and inspired me to be good. 

However the best event in my life was my baby brother after 8 years of a lonely childhood. He not only filled my world with is sweet cries and innocent demands but the best part is because of him the child in me is alive. He has been my sole and constant companion to fight for the remote when my parents wanted to watch the boring Kseries and we even today watch only cartoon or fiction on tv. Mom hates having us at home free. He introduced me to all the super hero's, Harry Potter and we also continued watching the oldest and the best Tom and Jerry. Today all my geekiness is because of him.

Well I am sure all of us reading the post, young or old has a child within them who loves cartoons and wants to be a Super Hero. In India we I have still found it difficult to get themed home decor. Not anymore. With this new portal called MakeMyHome.com, which is surprisingly different and has variety of options, even rare beautiful theme based decor that one had always wanted for their homes. This is the advantage of niche portals and this one seems to be the best one with the advantage of shopping online, all that you wanted, sorted for you to select.

                                 Decorate your home with a click of a mouse with MakeMyHome.com

      

         It has been my dream to decorate my brothers room into a little comic book - cartoon fantasy world.
Spiderman..Spiderman Does whatever a spider can....may little bro's awesome bedroom


And on the wall we will have another of his favourite characters- A Chota Bheem Wall Clock- grabbing it from this link  http://www.makemyhome.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/Z/E/ZEE295.jpg
And to add to the perfect room would be everyones and his too all my favourite Tom and Jerry Curtains which I grabbed from here: http://www.makemyhome.com/kids/furnishings/portico-tom-jerry-door-curtain-9740231.html


And that shall be my gift to my lovely little brother. I to would love to hangout more in his room then :P and he wouldn't mind. 

In those times when the world is cruel,
when it demands certain wickedness,
I shall preserve my innocence,
as I can be a child again;
all I need is the company of not the worldly wise,
but those characters that make everyone smile.

                 Kids section at MakeMyHome.com

I choose all of the above from the well sorted Kids section. As you can see the site is organized so has to help you go right to the section you wish and choose without being lost and trying to find each thing seperately.

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The Helpline by Uday Mane

Title: The Helpline                     
Author: Uday Mane
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing (Frog Books)
Date: 2014
Price: Rs. 145
Pages: 250

Snapshot:  This is a fiction story of a 21 year old Samir who is depressed with his life because of a tragedy he cannot get over and has suicidal tendencies. It revolves around the state of mind of such an individual, his change of personality, the role of people and hobbies in helping them and one's journey into living it, -fighting it.

The Review:  Nobody wants to die, and suicide is never a first shot attempt. One never commits it the moment one thinks about it. I know this from personal experience. However, I don't deny that there can be a phase in ones life where the situation gets so much out of control that one believes that life isn't worth living. Suicidal tendency therefore isn't a crime and in my opinion nor is taking ones life, one has all the right to stop breathing and existing when one wants.

What mostly stops one could be three things and mostly is a little of all of this, as is with Samir. The fact that you might not die but be save d and in a much worse physical state, like paralysed. Or the state of loved ones, people who truly cared for you once you died, after you are gone, these thoughts do keep one alive. The last one being, a faint hope that you will overcome this situation, the will to fight that last one battle, for our species is designed to survive.

The beauty lies in the author's writing and planning more than the story. The way he describes Samir's state of mind truly makes one feel his pain, the unravelling of his story slowly and keeping the reader guessing and turning pages to reach its core, a little spice of short stories to develop Samir characters as a writer, the purity of emotions are the pillar the book stands on.

On the other hand the plot does become a little loose at one point, and one tends to loose the grip of the characters. There are also parts where the editing could have been tighter. Towards the end the writing looses its initial charm.

As a story it has many messages, it portrays the importance of friendship, relationships and life in the context of these. The message that there is someone looking out for you strikes the chord with the reader.

Overall
Positives:  A normal story made impact with a beautiful writing style, one which a seasoned reader would appreciate over a good story. The story emphatically brings our each relationship and the message it aims to deliver.

Negatives: Spelling errors, poor editing at some places and the story could have been an excellent one with a little improvement. 

The Verdict:  The debut author Uday Mane deserves a read for choosing to write on an unconventional topic and doing complete justice to the subject matter. His story telling style would only improve as he grows, he is one author to watch out for.

About Uday Mane
Uday Mane is an Indian writer and social media enthusiast. An avid reader, he loves to collect classic books and enjoys tweeting about various aspects of life.


"Proceedings of Rs. 5 per book will be used for child welfare through The Rotary Foundation"




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Deliberate Sinner by Bhaavna Arora

Title: The Deliberate Sinner                          
Author: Bhaavna Arora
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Date: 2014
Price: Rs. 120
Pages: 148


Snapshot: Is there an acid test to gauge the success of a relationship?

Is it right to carry on in an unhealthy relationship with no conjugal bliss, or look for an alternate path?

Rihana is an adventurous and free-spirited girl, until she marries Veer, an eligible bachelor who comes from a wealthy family. While they appear 'happily married', their strong personalities are at odds. Veer, for the most part, is insensitive to Rihanna's physical and emotional needs, straining the relationship and leaving her feeling incomplete.

Caught between the devil and the deep sea, Rihana has to now decide whether to walk out of her marriage and be a victim of society's ridicule, or compromise on her physical needs, which for her are the foundation for a healthy marital bond.
Can they work out their differences? Will Veer give her what she desires, or push her to do something desperate and scandalous?


Review: The cover picture and title of the book- ‘The Deliberate Sinner’ is fascinating enough to turn your head and lure your attention to pick it up. And if you do, then the blurb will definitely cloud your mind with thoughts and questions mentioned in there like “Is there an acid test to gauge the success of a relationship?”
Rihana, the protagonist is a beautiful, vivacious and pampered daughter of a rich businessman. She lives life on her own terms and visits Thailand on a leisure trip where she meets Veer, who happens to be a friend of her good friend Raj. Once back, Veer tries to flatter and woo Rihana with a marriage proposal and she says a ‘yes.’ In jiffy and fanfare, both the families meet, agree and delightfully roll out the engagement party. Rihana could not get quality time to know more about Veer but abides by everyone’s wishes accepting it to be hers. In due time, she finds Veer’s attitude, behaviour and habits pretty strange and this sprouts a difference in their relationship leaving her to sulk. It was then, Raj comes comforting Rihana and in the spurt of a weak moment, she ends up sleeping with him. Confused and undecided about Veer, she decides to run away with Raj. Sadly, Raj turns down her idea.

Finally, Rihana and Veer marry. Soon, the couple face marital discord creating endless troubles and discomfort of physical and emotional needs. However, Rihana’s mother and aunt and also her only friend Shipra constantly help her to get over the hurdles. Some days of peace and bliss do stand in their relationship but then Veer’s infidelity crops up and Rihana decides to make this as the last straw of their so-called marriage that has shadows of Veer’s alcoholism, bad habits and domestic violence. Nonetheless, Rihana could not get any relief and time and again was forced by her mother, ailing father-in-law and Veer himself for another chance. For the freedom she wanted so peacefully, ultimately made her to enact a deliberate sin declaring her a sinner.
 Needless to say, we live in a male dominated society where there is a certain kind of veil or a strangling for a female when it comes to talking about happiness, be it physical or emotional from a marriage or a relationship.
The author Bhaavna Arora has crafted a smart story line highlighting pivotal issues in a very subtle yet apparent way. However, I hold some unsettled qualms. I support Rihana’s decision to walk out of the marriage and not give Raj another chance but I fail to understand the need to introduce Avinash into her act and become a deliberate sinner. I believe the character of Rihana was pretty intelligent and headstrong to simply walk out of her marriage or just bring about her passionate one night stand with Raj in picture. Wasn't that enough to highlight what she wanted to tell Veer- the infidelity, the feeling of betrayal? Secondly, when everybody seems to hold a hot spot for Rihana, why was Veer so ignorant and indifferent towards her?

The writing is simple sprinkled with wry of humor. The book is fast paced and the author has etched the intimate scenes aptly. Nevertheless, I appreciate the author for writing a book that specifically distend the topic about feminine needs and the hardships faced in a marriage versus the societal views and indecent norms.

Positives: The book audaciously underlines issues like infidelity, marital rape and an unhealthy marriage with no conjugal bliss.

Negatives: The author has drawn her protagonist Rihana as an attractive, bright and independent girl. However, during the course of my read, I felt the same woman going extremely weak, hasty and disappointing.

Verdict:  Dilemmas and desires is what seemed to be the plot of ‘The Deliberate Sinner. I will go with 2.75/5 for the book.

About the Authors: Dr. Bhaavna Arora is a new-generation writer who is an avid learner from life. She is a young enthusiast who has two MBA degrees and a Doctorate from Pittsford University in Leadership to her credit.


A philanthropist at heart, she has been sponsoring an underprivileged boy's education. She also works closely with an institute for special children.

Write to her at writer@bhaavna.com


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This book has been reviewed by Shaily Bhargava who is an avid reader, freelance writer, amateur photographer and a trait curious soul addicted to tea and coffee. Some of her short stories are published in online literary magazines of repute.