Book Review: The Blissful Inferno: Story Unravels by Abhishek Pathak

The Blissful Inferno: Story Unravels by Abhishek Pathak is a riveting mystery thriller that takes place at two places: earth and hell with only one lead character named Kushagra. Right at the beginning I had no idea what later will ensue in the story, I was thinking it a predictable novel as the protagonist wasn’t happy in his married life and some unexpected was expected. Thank god…it didn’t turn out to be a romance novel.

The guy dies in an accident and reaches hell. But well before he could grant an entry at hell, the author showed me the way and that funny plane through which souls come to hell. A soul going to the hell was completely sounded a modern idea. Imagine some angels and the Peter type man holding you up till the gate. A lot drama happens when Kushagra was about to enter hell and he very scared at the thought. Ironically, things are not that look. They are way different than we people on earth read and imagine about the hell. To my surprise, Kushagra is initially happy in the hell and applies to go back to earth as a human reborn….but the waiting time was 4 years. Isn’t funny! That part was very funny.

He meets Tarini and Uttakarsha – they are like him. He gets along with them quite well. In the hell, he finds peace. People are listening to music as they could have been enjoying at earth. But the peace in hell is not that came easily. It was because of Shristi, the witch. Like any other place, demons and monsters and ghosts fight to gain superiority in hell. In others realm, things are bad, souls are treated badly. However, the current commandant was Shristi, she was peace loving but at the same time she was preparing an army of her to fight from other demons that are way too excited to capture and rule over hell. Kushagra being a human runs out of choice and joins the army of Shristi.

It sounded me strange to witness demons fighting among each other in the hell. So where is the god – who controls hell? Right at the preface the author mentioned the absence of god. Probably, the novel’s story moves at no intervention from god. The USP of the book is in portraying the other side of hell. But whatever it is, whether defying the human concept of hell or introducing something new, the overall story was fun to read and observe as a keen reader. I enjoyed the hell part like anything, the shuttling of novel between various characters, earth and hell was good and a sort of balancing point in the story.

Talking about writing, pace, narration, and climax – it is way perfect and sounded quite gullible at all juncture. All in all, a good novel to read anytime for all types of readers! I would rate this novel 4.5 out 5.

Book Review: Truce by Risha Chaurasia

When it comes to books on teens and just very young guys, I often rely on Ruskin Bond or Enid Blyton. But there books are more about school and light adventure in the hills and mansions. I love reading them but this time, I came across a novel which is written by a teenage author from India and the book is dedicatedly focused on nowadays teenagers. The novel is Truce, a teen and young genre-novel, by Risha Chaurasia.

The storyline presents life of five protagonists named as Tiya, Ron, Udit, Cayra, and Edi. They hail from diverse backdrop. Ron and Cayra are super rich but tied to their social life and other chores but inwardly they are hollow and lonely. In fact, the same is with other characters; however, they are not so super rich. Ron and Udit are soccer stars. As the story moves ahead, I begin reason with them and feel bad for them. Despite all, they look miserable for true friends in their life.

Gradually, after their initial shocks that life gives them, they meet and help each other in thin and thick. The novel explicitly explores values like family bonding, true meaning of friendship, coping up with expectations while shuttling between aspirations and harsh reality of the world. The novel is fun to read due to its contemporary and bold voice.

For sure, the novel is a new-age book which ultimately reflects the lives of today’s teens across the world. No matter what teenagers do at school or at personal lives…but they crave for freedom and their own decision-making aspects. The novel is fun to read while peeping inside the lives of 5 normal yet extraordinaire characters. Their fight to remain abreast and humble impresses the readers to an extent of warm welcome.

Risha is a teen author herself – most of the events mentioned in the book seems like spiraling from her life. The characters in the book are totally relatable; the author has focused on their individual lives, rather on their parents or something else. I loved the characterization of Udit and Cayra and Ron. Amazing piece of literature by very young and promising author from India!

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Book Review: One & Done by Veronica D’Souza

When I was growing up in 90s, I could hardly see any family with just one child. In India having a family means children around parents and home. However, with time, this trend changed and many people understood the value of raising children in a positive and conducive ambience, thus, people created family with two children. Even government of India promoted the same concept, Hum Do, Hamare Do.

Today we are about to cross the year 2020, besides Coronavirus pandemic has changed many things in our life. It also impacted how we look upon the idea of starting a family. I was right in thinking that due to Covid many couples and parents took backseat in family planning. Those who have one child now thinking of living life with just one child! And those who want to start a family decided on just one-child family. I think due to Covid some things changed for good. As I picked up this book, it was presented right in the first chapters that Covid has impacted the overall family planning.

As I turned more pages and tried to grasped content, I found Veronica justifying the stance of the book. As she explained the benefits that come along when we raise just one child, the benefits are not only for family but also for the globe such as contribution in population control, global climate, and humanity and much more.

The book solely focuses on the pointers that are associated with one child family. I know people will have difficult time accepting someone emphasizing a family with one child – but it is now becoming an acceptable reality.

Later, much part of the book presents various aspects that help in raising and grooming more than one child. Therefore, this book is a hot treasure for people who just have one child…but equally useful for normal parents that take pride in raising more than one child. The book is about creating a happy family and then how to maintain it. I think the author shed light on all important factors that matter when a child arrives in the family.

The book’s content is easy to gel up with. It is presented in proper chapters and in the last part there are interviews from parents. I mean the book is like mix of fiction, research, pragmatism, stats and facts. I would not suggest one to read this book in haste, rather one should read with his/her own pace and must jot down the points for future reference. Pace and narration of the book is perfectly fine for veteran to naïve readers.

If you liked the review and thinking of buying the book, you can do so from Amazon/Kindle.

What is the Cheapest and Fastest Way to Publish a Book?

If you ever think of publishing your book fast with very low or no budget, well then the answer is self-publishing. Don’t ever think of approaching literary agents or traditional publishers because they take 6 months to reply that your manuscript doesn’t meet their criteria.

But the further argument is to understand types of self-publishing. Basically, it can be bifurcated into two i.e. ‘DIY self-publishing’ and ‘Supported self-publishing.’ Both are self-publishing but differ in intensity and nature. So, you can choose what suits best for you. Let’s see them one by one. It will help you in choosing the best for you.

DIY Self-publishing:

In this type of publishing, the author is responsible for everything. He/she does everything from designing cover page to setting galley to editing to book marketing to listing the book on Goodreads.

Generally for new authors it is a cumbersome process. In this process it’s not guaranteed whether the book will be available on leading online book stores like Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, and Flipkart. Often DIY self-publishing is good for experimenting. It lacks that polish and standardization. Books taken care by professionals are class apart. I will not recommend it to authors that are serious about their writing career. Best examples of this DIY self-publishing are Pothi and Notion Press’ Express Publishing.

Supported Self-publishing:

This is advanced type of self-publishing. This form of self-publishing gives complete freedom to authors over almost all aspects like editing, cover designing, setting prices, print on demand, setting price, book marketing, and distribution. Also, authors have the opportunity to avail services that one feels are compulsory or in need from a publishing company.

From my experience, I would recommend you BookMedia Publishing Company for supported self-publishing. They offer almost 360 degree support and help in publishing a book. They have a responsive team, from emails to WhatsApp chat – they are always connected. BookMedia is one of the best publishing platforms I found to publish my second book. My first book was a total fiasco as I chose to experiment with it on Pothi platform.

I would like to list some of the benefits of the BookMedia:

  • There runs freedom. They give you time and space while deciding the content, title, design, editing, marketing plan, distribution, price of your book. You will get chance to work directly with editors and designers.
  • They will publish your book within 10 days or according to your scheduled date. Once the agreement and payment is done, consider the work is done. They are honest and never cheat. You own all the copyright of the material.
  • Their royalties are best in the industry. Always above 80 percent – no matter what package you choose.
  • They have great online and offline distribution network. Their books are also sold in bookstores across the world, and they also supply a good amount of number of books in public and private libraries and in the book fair.

Hope this helps you in understanding the basic mechanism of self-publishing. Do research and make a smart choice.

Book Review: What is the Demand of Time by Arijit Chakraborty

What is the Demand of Time by Arijit Chakraborty is a perfect self-help book on various aspects of demands in our lives. The book holds seven important chapters, the first chapter lists out the various sorts of demands that we see in our lives and how we understand and respond to each one. Next, the following chapters try to decipher the meaning of various demands and how one can conquer them to lead a happy and successful and valuable life. However, I noticed that the book is full of examples from the medical field and author’s personal encounters. For this reason, the book is easy to read and taste for medical professionals, but for laymen–it will take time to settle down. No doubt the book is entertaining while doling out significant information but somehow it seemed one-sided and falling back on medical terms.

So, I would suggest you to read this book twice to savour all of its relevance. The USP of the book is that it is interconnected and progressive and the author tried to simplify things by laying out charts, maps, quotes, and so on.

Creativity, Practicality, being Proactive, Richness, Knowledge and Fearlessness are the major takeaways from the book. It teaches us to learn many things…but I doubt myself. Would I be able to learn so many things from one book?

From all factors the author insisted much on creativity, I think the following paragraph sums the essence quite perfectly:

“The mind works best when it is blank and then you can consciously feed information. Then it generates ideas connecting emotion to that and this becomes a starting point of creativity.”

It is 98 pages but reads like a lengthy book. Content was good but it could have been more simplified. Writing is good and the book is truly a gem if read comfortably and in leisure.