Thursday, May 28, 2015

Guest Post by Susan Pashman : Author of 'Upper West Side Story'

How Much of This Book is Based on My Life
by Susan Pashman
          At readings, the question is inevitable: How much of this book is based on your life?
          The answer is complicated. Upper West Side Story is pure fiction. It evolved from a dinner at which someone bragged about the fact that six black children were being transferred into his son’s class in a white neighborhood; the man thought this would be a great experience for his son.
          Appalled, I went home and asked myself what could go wrong with this well-intentioned idea. That gave me the inciting incident from which the book’s plot spins out.
          But, as any fiction writer does, I visualize my characters as I write them, and for this I rely on people I know. Who can say why a particular acquaintance comes to mind when I need a very upright District Attorney and want a female for the role? Who can say why another acquaintance’s two adorable kids popped into my head when I wanted a young boy and his sister for the family at the center of this novel?
          The book is not “about” these acquaintances. As characters, they’ve been assigned features they don’t have in real life. And—most important—they’ve been set inside a plot that in no way resembles their actual lives.
          Apart from characters, there are small events that flesh out the main story line, and sometimes these are drawn directly from my life. Or, in the case of this novel, from the lives of my own children.
          I raised two boys on my own in Brooklyn, a bit of a hairy experience. When Zack, they young boy at the center of this book, tells of having gotten locked inside a neighborhood church with his best friend, and having gotten home that night by jumping off the roof of a wing attached to the church, this is a story my son actually told me once enough time had passed so I could endure the harrowing details.
          Another real experience my son had I attributed to the father in the book. When my son received his first grownup bike as a birthday present, he told his classmates. One of them followed him home, begging to try out the bike. When my son agreed, the child drove off with the bike and was never seen again. It broke my heart to have to explain to my son why a kid takes a bike and hands it over to older kids who will disassemble it for parts they can sell when the two younger boys would have had many good times with it together.
          In Upper West Side Story, I use this story to explain why the father grew up determined to help bring about the social change that could help children of different races trust one another.

          I used the story exactly as it happened. You can read this story for yourself starting at page 148 in Upper West Side Story.

Upper West Side Story by Susan Pashman : A Review



BOOK DETAILS:
Book Title: Upper West Side Story by Susan Pashman
Category:  Adult fiction, 264 pages
Genre: Literary fiction
Publisher: Harvard Square Editions
Release date: May 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
          Meet Bettina Grosjean, a professor of Women’s History, and her husband, a high-ranking environmental policymaker in the New York City mayor’s office. Once a pair of student radicals, they are now raising their two brainy children on New York’s Upper West Side.
          Here is the tale of their fierce parental love as it is tested in a startling eruption of racial hostility and political chicanery within the very community they have long loved and helped to build. Despite the deep love and affection they have for each other, their domestic life is suddenly thrown into crisis by a shocking and tragic event: During a school field trip, their son Max and his best friend, Cyrus, are horsing around when, in a freak accident, Cyrus falls down a flight of stairs, and dies a few days later.

          The fact that Cyrus is black, that his mother is Bettina’s closest friend–that jealousy, suspicion and resentment have long been simmering in the community, and that there are powerful political forces at work as well–all conspire to reveal an ugly underbelly of the community the Grosjeans have worked so hard to fashion into a model of an enlightened, multiracial world.
          Upper West Side Story is also the story of a remarkable multi-racial friendship, of two women united by their ideals and their devotion to their children, then divided by events that spiral out of control.

          With cries for racial justice rising up all around our country, we must stop and consider how recent headlines are impacting our children, kids raised to believe in an America that is different from the one now showing its face.
BOOK REVIEW:
          Upper West Side Story – a book that will change your perspective on a lot of things, including the things that you believed would remain just as same as they always are. The author paints a very different canvas with multiple layers and subtle colors with each line interwoven to form one huge story that has more than a few valuable lessons. The summary would, by itself, give the reader an idea of how the book is going to evolve. But the real picture is a much more brilliant, unexpected story.
          Bettina Grosjean is an academic married to Stephen, who is a policy maker in the New York City Mayor’s office. Stephen sees politics and the serious power play of people with vested interests in every aspect of his life. Bettina, on the other hand, (of course with her high academician ideals) refuses to believe that everything is not what it seems. She has devoted herself to pursue with zeal the causes she believes in, not quite waking up to reality. Stephen, on the other hand has become a hardcore cynic who distrusts everything that surrounds him. Ideals clashing, the couple realise that their marriage is slowly falling apart.
          All of a sudden, a freak accident turns their life upside down. A long standing friendship is tested, already strained relationships are pushed to their extreme, a whole life becomes meaningless. But a small ray of hope and belief holds tight. An accident becomes ground for political racism and innocent people are made scapegoats while people who least expected it are made targets. A mother’s love for her lost son and a mother’s love for a son who is getting targeted in a racial war are portrayed beautifully.
          The book is full of powerful dialogues and scene placement. Written alternatively in first person narratives and journal entries, each perspective (that of the adult woman and the adolescent boy) offers something to think about, take back and chew over. The opening part of the book is true in every word and made an impression on the mind of the reader who would by then clearly understand what the book would be like.
          The journal entry is moving and brilliant, worded perfectly. Special mention: the part where Max insults the other kids with spelling bee words – a mild humour and an adolescent smugness that is evident in those words of a child struggling to find a balance. The book is filled with powerful dialogs.
          “Would this terrible turn of events turn asunder all we'd so lovingly put together” – in description of the fear of the unknown, the uncertainty of it all.
         “Those horned and hairy monsters we read about with our children really do exist, and when they appear in our lives, they do so by springing suddenly up from their pitch-black hell and tearing the entire world apart in an eye blink. There is nothing normal about them.” – and there we have the right wording to describe the inner monster everyone faces.
          “Down every street, behind every window, lives were being ruined—choked by greed, poisoned by ambition, obliterated by self-interest.” – a unique way of describing the politics and petty squabbles of the human minds.
          The book started as a story about the underlying racism despite the best efforts of people, but by the time we read the last chapter and Nell’s words, we realise that it really was much more than that. Cliched though it may sound, the book is all about love, loss, legal tangle and how forgiveness is a necessity not only for those who have sinned, but also those who have been victimised. Powerful messages masquerade as dialogs and the book needs to be treasured.

RATING: 4.8/5
MEET THE AUTHOR:  

          Susan Pashman is a philosophy professor and former attorney. While in law school, she served a year in the New York City Council President’s office; some of what she learned there has found its way into this story. But most of this book derives from her experience of raising two boys on her own in Brooklyn. Many of her sons’ childhood exploits, and the hopes and fears she had for them, became the heart of this novel.
She now resides in Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband, Jack Weinstein.
PRICE: $6.06 for Kindle, $22.95 for paperback.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

'Fevers' by Joel Homer : Book Tour and Review


'Fevers' by Joel Homer:


Joel Homer

Publisher-ebook:  Zac Homer, (April 20, 2014)

Publisher-Print: Bantam

Category: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller, Some Romance

Tour Date: May/June, 2015

Available in: Print & ebook, 261 Pages


FEVERS is a novel unlike any you have ever read. Exotic adventure, white knuckled suspense, torrid romance, and a haunting portrait of three damaged individuals – one man who has turned beast, one who must confront the beast within himself, and the woman torn between them.


Rio de Janeiro. 1984.


There are rumors that somewhere deep in the steamy rainforest of the Amazon a man, once civilized, is hiding in green shadows. To the primitive Brazilian Indios, he is considered their long-awaited "pale-skinned messiah." Others believe he is an evil god with powers to stir the native masses to a frenzied, killing pitch. And others suspect he might be Michael Fevers.


Into the lush tropics comes a troubled American, rebellious journalist, embittered Vietnam vet, desperate soldier of fortune. William Straw, who soon forms an uneasy alliance with a beautiful anthropologist, continues his tortured upriver journey-from jungle shantytown to opulent plantation, from explosive passion to brutal murder. Whether he is pursuing a story, an adventure, or a chance to finally exorcise his own inner demons, nothing will prepare William Straw for the sudden violence and bizarre cruelty of the one who is waiting ahead -- Michael Fevers.


REVIEW:

Some books are engrossing in their summary, some in their title. Some books lead you to believe that the title points to something while the intended meaning is something else. Fevers checks all the above.

Set in the Amazon Rainforest, the location, scenes and characters are exotic, much aided by the sparkling visual description. From describing the characters to the scene setting, Joel Homers does complete justice to the story, even erring on the side of excess prose. The premise of story is about the arrival of a Messiah - or the misguided belief of a folklore that promises such a deliverer. The political climate and the tension is brought out in well written, sequenced prose.

Some scenes stood out in memory, like the iguana that was eaten alive by ants - and other such symbolic metaphors. Emphasising much on the plot would ruin the suspense of the story, but it will suffice to say a troubled hero who is fighting his inner demons and a ruthless opponent who stops at nothing is a combination that always works for thrillers. William Straw is every bit a representation of the good and evil present inside every man and his survival is more about his situations and skill than his fate.

The plot moves smoothly enough with enough twists to be a page turner. But for new readers, the description is slightly tedious. It also adheres to the summary given and is racy enough in some parts to keep the reader at the edge of their seat. For exotic adventure thriller lovers, this book will interest you. Give it a read!

Praise for 'Fevers' by Joel Homer:

"Very engrossing novel. It felt a bit like reading a modern version of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The plot moves quickly and smoothly. The excitement never ends."- Gerald Loev, Amazon Reviewer


About Joel Homer:


Joel Homer



Joel Homer was raised in Greenwich Village, attended New York University and was a medal-winning veteran from the Vietnam war. Upon returning to the states, he began his writing career as a senior editor at Saturday Review.

His books include "Marathons" and "Jargon." His produced plays include "Scenes Dedicated to My Brother," "What People Do When They're All Alone," and "The Lieutenant Snuffs the Light." In 1984 he was the first recipient of the prestigious Glickman Award for playwriting. His last play 'Private Scenes" was a huge hit in San Francisco. While working in Los Angeles, he co-wrote the original script for "Beauty and the Beast" for EuroDisney....to date the most popular stage play in Disney's history.

Joel Homer passed away in 2003 at the age of 58.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

HUNTER: Book 2 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia : A Review



Book Details:
Book TitleHUNTER: Book 2 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia
Category:  YA Fiction, 162 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Dickson House
Release date: May 31, 2015
Book Description:
          13-year-old Teodor was taken by the vicious Battle Borgs of Dome and now he must fight to survive.
          13-year-old Guy Erma has been offered a chance to fight for his place in the Dome Elite. Only who will be his opponent? Will he face a Battle Borg of Dome?
          Once they were heroes. These men died as heroes in battle. Now they have been reincarnated as the fearsome vanguard of the Dome Elite. They are the Battle Borgs of Dome
          Two boys as different as any two boys might be. They face the same enemy, the same danger, the same fear - dare they trust each other? 

REVIEW:
          In the second book of the Guy Erma series, the events are just as fast paced, as racy as the first one, Kidnap.
          The kidnapped prince Teodor is being held inside the city itself, and his mother, the Regent Sayginn suffers between political drama, a mother’s need to protect her only remaining son and a manipulative emperor who wishes to marry her to produce his heir. Amidst all this chaos, she sees Karl Valvanchi as the sole ray of light that could save her son from captivity. In between this high profile drama, Guy Erma finds himself chasing after the ever eluding dream of being a part of the Dome Elite. The tense political situation apart, Guy knows he has to do anything that the Dome Boss says if he is to have a chance of fulfilling his dream.
          The summary does much justice to the book’s story as much as the book’s story adheres to it. The story continues right from where the first book left off and is every bit as intriguing. In depth looks into everyone’s perspective is an added bonus. Each character has been given enough space in the story. The language (thanks to the glossary) is easy enough to understand the storyline. The last chapter of the book is the most interesting, with the face off between Guy Erma and Prince Teodor fit to be a movie scene.
          Hunter, even if it doesn’t answer many questions about the series and poses much more questions that would hopefully be answered in the next part. An overall enjoyable experience, Hunter is one book that you will be able to appreciate after if you read the series in the proper sequence.
          Again, much like the previous time, this book also sends with a cliff hanger – albeit a bit hopeful one. I just had to mention this here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

          The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles. In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

          In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

PRICE: $2.99 for Kindle

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bianca's Vineyard : A Review


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BOOK TITLE: Bianca's Vineyard
ISBN: 0983121001
AUTHOR: Teresa Neuman
GENRE: Fiction
NUMBER OF PAGES: 412
FORMAT: Digital - PDF
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
REVIEW BY: Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Italy book tours. Thanks guys!
SUMMARY :
Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives
REVIEW:
The cover and the summary work in tandem to make you believe that the story is going to turn out to be one of these drool worthy Italian romance stories that make you wish you were born in Italy. This story, is nothing like that. The story is about a traditional Italian family set in Tuscany during World War II time. The book opens with Bianca, one of the characters, narrating her uncle Estigo's story and eagerly waiting for her extended family's visit from the United States. Estigo, like every other man from Italy, leaves to US in search for better prospects. Being a fine sculptor he eventually finds job. Before he leaves, he marries the bold and impulsive Armida. What follows is their story pacing back and forth between US and Tuscany.
The story stretches over years making it a long read. More than a proper story, this story felt like an account of a particular Italian Family's tale – a tale that is filled with normal mundane issues that every family faces, with the exception of a World War in between. This made the book a little boring at times.
The characters were all undoubtedly realistic, thanks to the fact that this is a semi- real life account. The writing was a mix of excellence and semi-boredom. I'm thoroughly confused if I really like the writing or not! The characters contributed to much of how the book is looked upon. I'd say, thanks to the characters, the writer could actually escape with a not so great story line.
I'd say this book is worth to be something like a TV Mini series that BBC would probably telecast. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the description of Italy and its enchanting Vineyards. Though the characters were over powering and distracting me from enjoying the set up, I still managed to love that!
VERDICT: Beautiful read that needs a lot of patience.
RATING: 3.5 on 5





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Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.

About the Writer : 

Teresa Neumann and her musician husband live in Oregon's beautiful Willamette Valley near their three children. As well as being an author and journalist, Teresa loves to fiddle on her violin and live "la dolce vita" in Italy whenever she can talk her family into going with her. 
Connect with Teresa: 
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kidnap Part 1 of Guy Erma and The Son of Empire $100 Amazon Gift Card giveaway!!


KIDNAP: Part 1 of Guy Erma and The Son of Empire goes on sale today! Read on for more info on how to win a $100 Amazon gift card.



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Black, Grey and White by Santosh Avvannavar, Santosh Biradar : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Black, Grey and White
AUTHORS: Santosh Avvannavar, Santosh Biradar
ISBN: 9789383701117
FORMAT: Ebook and Paperback
BOOK SUMMARY:
          This book gifts its readers five fantastic short stories that has a common aim-to spread awareness about AIDS. It is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against AIDS and show their solidarity for HIV positive people. The book is an eye opener for anyone who wish to see the wave of positive change in society. Everyone including the brave hearts Savita, Chintu, Mithali has the right to live with their head held high without fear of social ostracization. Life does not have to be like this. The time is ripe to act now with ones sense and sensibility. Break the myths. Come, be the change!
BOOK REVIEW:
          ‘Black, Grey, White’
          The title, the first thing you notice about the book, is in itself a brooding, meaningful word play, (if you want to take it that way). Not everything in life is either black or white. Unfortunately, a majority of thoughts, actions, characters, behaviours of human beings centre on the ‘Grey’ area – a mixture of this black and white, sometimes good, sometimes bad, a tad too selfish, a tad too greedy, lusty – the list is endless.
          From the opening line of the note, ‘Life would have been beautiful if there weren’t problems’ – this is not a quote, but a sore wish everyone has thought of at some point in their lives – the book attracts you on some primal level. If the disclaimer hadn’t convinced me otherwise, I would have had many reasons to believe that all the stories here were based on real, human characters.
          Story one is in the drama format. It is a dialog prose that shows in very few scenes the reaction of men towards that one precious entity, life. How do they react to save their lives? This one has some pretty memorable scene settings and one line in particular stood out. ‘Dear diary, a myth is like a religion, and it’s addictive’. Whether or not this line is part of the story, I will let you decide!
          The second story is short, way too short. In the words of the author himself, when two people join to make a mistake, and the third one makes amends – twisted to the core. Is this a Rom-Com? A bittersweet tale of harsh realities? Yes, it happens to be so. One line that stood out, again, is ‘Changing the system for our own need is difficult, but adapting to an existing system is appropriate’. Not a ‘quotable quote’, but surely a ‘relatable quote’.
          By the time we reach the third story, we know what to expect from this book. This one is a very touching story about a very much alive social cause. Just how many people dare to talk about this taboo topic? It is not easy. Even if people who once did a mistake try to make amends and come out, they are still drawn into the quagmire. The ignorant social stigma still ostracizes them.
          Story four makes you turn your head sideways to check if someone else is peeping in (obviously if you read this book in a very public place – like the reviewer here did). The title is simply that explosive. This is again a dialog prose that contains bits of the story in explanatory paragraphs and the rest as conversation and dialogs. This is a unique attempt but a much needed eye opener. One ‘relatable quote’ here : ‘One can think of sacrificing their life by helping others but not take away someone’s life by discriminating’
          There is a very small defining line between innocence and ignorance. Most people do not consciously make an effort to come out of the ignorance that is blissful.
          The last, longest story in this book, divided into parts / chapters is about the prodigal son. With lots of bible references, though initially Greek and Latin if you don’t understand the stuff, this is one enjoyable read. This is, in the author’s own words, a ‘found and lost’ story. (yes, you read that right. It is not the other way round) of loneliness (a very adolescent trait) and seeking some comfort.
SPECIAL MENTION:
          The author has explicitly stated that a part of earning through this book will be funded for a girl’s education. His scrawled message on the last page of the book -‘Thank you for joining hands to bring awareness’ was what finally bowled me over. It is very rare for authors to do this, and this was a pleasant surprise.
Adherence to summary – yes, it does, in a quirkier way.
Plot – existent and very relatable.
Language – smooth, without much jargon
Verdict – reading this will change your outlook on a lot of issues.
RATING: 4/5
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Santosh Avvannavar:
          Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organisations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart and Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview; Be A B.A.; Surrogate Author; Title is Untitled. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD (www.amritafoundation.wordpress.com). He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 40,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.
Santosh I. Biradar:
          Santosh is presently pursuing Bachelor’s in Social Work from J.G.College of Social Work, Bijapur affiliated to Rani Chennamma University. He is also the founder secretary of Chaitanya Organisation, Bijapur. He is also associated with Deshpande Foundation as a lead ambassador. He won ‘Best Reporter’ award in Youth for Development Program’s and ‘Best Education award’ from Deshpande Foundation for providing free computer training to the orphan children. He also volunteered various activities such as Google Inktalks, NSS (A special camp for Leprosy people), life skills for orphan children. He participated and evolved many school development programs for drop out children as well.
BOOK LINKS:
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Rs 145 for Kindle
Paperback

Rs 225 for Paperback

Title is Untitled by Santosh Avvannavar, Kundan Srivastava, Raghunath Babu Are : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Title is Untitled
AUTHORS: Santosh Avvannavar, Kundan Srivastava, Raghunath Babu Are
EDITION: Ebook & Paperback
ISBN: 9789383701094
BOOK SUMMARY:
          Indian actor and director Kabir Sadanand offers advance praise for the work, “We must understand [rape victims] don’t need our sympathy, what they need is our commitment to stand by them. The initiative and courage to do the same as shown by the authors is inspirational.”
About the Book:
          Love.
          Lust.
          Desire.
          Rape.       
          Anger.
          Education.
          Profession. Maladies of life? 'Title is Untitled' helps us into a sneak peek at a unique combination of facts and fiction. Three authors join their heads to weave abook that would hold fact high along with fiction. You knew the statistics, but you didn't know the paths that lead to the situations we are facing these days. Coupled with adequate dose of humour, Title is Untitled will enhance, enrich and enlighten your knowledge. Come, join hands with us in spreading knowledge and awareness about issues that are plaguing our society now.
BOOK REVIEW:
          It is only usual that the first thing you notice about a book is its title. Based on just those few words, a seasoned reader’s mind starts conjuring up various scenarios as to what this book is all about. But no, this book doesn’t give you that chance. Because, after all, its ‘Title is Untitled’.
          The first line of note ominously, is ‘To look at things like we’ve never looked at before – we present a unique book of facts blended with fiction to spread more awareness in our society’. There are various ‘chapters’ that portray shades of human emotions. This is a simple story (book) of faith’ like is mentioned in the story ‘Azad Bharat – 1957’.
          When a story is going to describe in details the social effects of begging, and ‘The economics of begging in a metro’, you know you are in for a wild ride. A line that stands out (even if not grammatically correct, or appropriate, this is like a phrase you use to motivate yourself) amongst all the other dialogs is ‘Being Human is different from Human Being’

Adherence to summary – you know what to expect, and the book delivers.
Language – save a few obvious typos, there are no points of complaint
Story – stories about social causes, nice, carefully chosen titles, humorously written.
VERDICT : Make or Break. Either you like it or you don’t, but you definitely learn from it.
RATING: 4/5
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Santosh Avvannavar:
          Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organizations.
          He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart and Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview; Be A B.A.; Surrogate Author. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD (www.amritafoundation.wordpress.com). He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 40,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.
Kundan Srivastava:
          Kundan is an engineer by education, Founder of Be In Humanity Foundation, Social Activist, RTI Activist, Columnist, Universal Humanity Awarded (2013), Bihar Pithadhish Purushkaar Awarded (2012). He was born in Raxual, Bihar and is one of Youngest Social Activist from Bihar. Kundan is a Technical Graduate (B-Tech) from Dehradun Institute of Technology, Dehradun and the Top Achievers announced by College Management. He is well known for his role in Social Activist working for humanity cause and crime against Women, RTI Activist and his efforts to bring and awareness the Right to Information (RTI) act. From July 2013, he is a Member of political party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Raghunath Babu Are: B.E., M.Tech (IISc, Bangalore), Sr. Software Engg, over 5+ year of experience as a Software Engineer at Yahoo! and Microsoft India. An alumnus of IISc, Bangalore.

BOOK LINKS:
Kindle:
Rs. 145 for Kindle
Paperback:
Rs. 219 for Paperback.


Surrogate Author by Santosh Avvannavar, Shilpa Patil : A Review



BOOK TITLE: Surrogate Author
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Santosh Avvannavar, Shilpa Patil
ISBN: 9789383701155
FORMAT: Paper back and Ebook
BOOK SUMMARY:
          Who is Authdas?
          I wondered how difficult it is for a woman to be a surrogate mother irrespective of the objective. Writing few books have taught - true Devdas are authors. If authors' adopt similar concept of surrogacy than book can evolve. We have many examples to quote, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and others that symbolise the surrogacy of continue doing movie irrespective of critics, and box office result. Authdas is Author das!
          Plot of Authdas character: I taught if Authdas (booklorn -book sick) as Devdas (lovelorn -love sick), whose love is write a novel, Paro. Authdas needs some inspiration to write Paro and if that inspiration was Chandramukhi, how the story would be?
          Story of Surrogate Author: Keeping the above plot, I looked into various movies - few movies that often people continue to enjoy are Devdas, Sholay and DDLJ. Keep those baseline into mind Surrogate Author book was written. The book is inline with Devdas. I assume that people, who love devdas would perhaps relate and link to Authdas. I thank Sanjay Leela Bhansali for giving an visually stunning movie, Devdas.
BOOK REVIEW:
          Surrogate author is the shortest book you would have read in recent times that qualifies as a complete story. It is an amazingly short drama description of an author’s struggles to publish a book.
          The first thing that will attract you to the book is its cover. It will bowl you over with its cuteness. So this gets a special mention in this review. The second is the list of characters. This will surely set the mood for the story. And if you do get confused in the middle (of this very short story) you could always go here and check out if you are not getting the people mixed up! The description of the time period like ‘0th month’ (in an effort to make it look like a pregnancy facsimile) is laugh inducing.
          The actual story is a drama between an author, his muse, the book, the villains (here, I will let you read the book to understand who they actually are) all explained in an alternative universe much like ‘Devdas’. Here ‘Authdas’ the author, is devdas, and the book he wants to write, his ‘Paro’. Now imagine who the villains might be! If you are a fan of offbeat humour and haven’t ever tried the drama style books (except for mandatory skits and lessons in school English literature class) go for this one.
          The short book contains a full story and an even better ending. Filled with humorous dialogues in the main story, this also has ‘The idea to manuscript’ page that is a must read for wannabe authors. It is the shortest instruction set you will find on how to draft a manuscript. And of course, you could use the ‘draft here’ pages to write out your first manuscript ideas, much like I have done!
Adherence to summary: Oh yeah, if you know this book is about ‘Authdas’, who is our version of ‘Devdas’, the rest is a journey unto itself.
Plot – what do you consider a plot in a story about a story? But still, it is there!
Language – is smooth enough. Contractions in name and vernacular references best enjoyed if you know the original of which this story is obviously a spoof.
VERDICT: If you like drama, go for this. If you like your humour to be a bit mature, you would nod your head in most places.
RATING : 3.8/5
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Santosh Avvannavar:
          Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organizations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero; Second Heart; Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview and Be a B.A. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a blog, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD (amritafoundation.wordpress.com). He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 35,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.
Shilpa S Patil:
          Shilpa is a faculty at KSWU, Bijapur. She holds Master's degree in commerce from Karnataka State Women's University, Bijapur and Bachelor's degree in commerce from A.S.Patil college of commerce, Bijapur. She likes to devote her personal time writing for a blog, namely the Shilpa Goldy and the blog can be read at shilpagoldy.wordpress.com
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