Free e-book on Amazon Kindle (Limited period offer)

While I work on the first draft of my second book, here’s an offer to the readers who love murder mysteries.  This whodunit has elements of mystery, friendship, envy, hatred and greed. Grab it before the offer ends.

 

A Murder Gone Wrong

 

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On my shelf in July 2016

 

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

 

My stack of mysteries for July 2016

 

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My Debut Novella: Cover Reveal + Giveaway

 

Today I’m pleased to reveal the cover of my debut book, A Murder Gone WrongIt is a short mystery novella and is scheduled to release on amazon.com in July 2016. It will be available worldwide in eBook format. Have a look at the cover and read the synopsis of this book. For all the mystery lovers’ out there, there is a Giveaway to win a free e-ARC of this book. Enjoy!

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On my shelf in May 2016

 

“When she wanted to escape her life, she read books” ― Jodi Picoult, Between the Lines

 

My stack of mysteries for May 2016

 

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Featured: Bound by Life by Arpita Pramanick

The e-book Bound by Life by Arpita Pramanick is free on Amazon from April 8th – April 12th.

Bound by LifeHere’s the link to download : Bound by Life

 

Bound by Life is the first book by Arpita Pramanick. It contains ten short stories.

The title story is epistolary. An old man writes a letter to his son before leaving for an old age home. Set in the backdrop of the modern nuclear family, the story contains references to the immigrant experiences of those who came to India from the then East-Pakistan (presently Bangladesh) to escape the wrath of the communal riots post-Indian independence.

One of the stories, I am Mala, has been previously published on the eFiction magazine. I am Mala is the tragic tale of a young woman who becomes the victim of the dogmatic caste system.

The protagonist of The Silent Victim, Deepa, has traumatic past. She just started college and is struggling badly with androphobia. Will she be able overcome her past and lead a normal life?

Arpita delves into the fabric of Indian life – its ethics, values, customs and superstitions. Her characters belong to different walks of life. From tea-vendors on the pavements of Salt Lake, a leading IT hub in West Bengal (Manorama Tea Stall) to the young village boy performing in a circus in a city (The Last Show) – everyone finds a place in Bound by Life.

The stories are simple tales of day-to-day lives of the common man. It is this simplicity that adds beauty to this collection.

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On my shelf in February 2016

 

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

 

My stack of cozy mysteries for February 2016

 

 

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On my shelf in January 2016

Happy New Year 

Wishing all my readers a fantastic 2016. There’s a lot more to read and a lot more to write. So starting off my first post of 2016 with my To-Be-Read pile.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison

 

My stack of cozy mysteries for January 2016

 

 

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On my shelf in December 2015

 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

 

My stack of cozy mysteries for December 2015

 

 

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On my shelf in July 2015

June 2015 proved out to be fruitful in terms of my reading goals.

The best part of June was that I finally wrote the flash fiction that I was contemplating to write for a long, long time. I also started working upon my first draft of a novella. Outlining the plot and making character charts for the story is very exciting. I used an Excel Spreadsheet for writing chapter-by-chapter outline and the names of the characters I intend to use in the story, lest I forget. Research for the story is also an integral part of writing. Getting inspiration from the surroundings and the people and making notes to include them in my story is now a task that I enjoy and look forward to.

Even though writing is now a prime activity of my day, I cannot compromise on reading. More story ideas come to my mind while reading than when I actually start to write.

As Stephen King said: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. Simple as that.”

So my reading spree continues in July 2015 and these are the books on my shelf:

 

 

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Book Review: Metro Diaries by Namrata

Metro Diaries

Title: Metro Diaries

Author: Namrata

Genre: Romance

Type: Paperback

Publisher: Revelation House

Pages: 162

I am essentially a reader of novels, so this is the first time I read a romantic short story collection. I must say I am glad I read it. Namrata has effectively woven sensitive romantic emotions to tug the reader’s heart. Each story has a soul full of tender and heartfelt love. The book is a collection of twenty love stories, each having different shades of romance like delight, agony, yearning, despair, ecstasy, fulfillment and many more emotions which cannot be described but felt by the heart.

Namrata has started each story with a heart touching quote or a poem. My favorite is:

“In losing myself

I found you”

The stories are short and crisp, no intricate plots or character building but more of narrations or diary entries of an event or an emotion. Namrata has given an apt title to this collection as Metro Diaries. As a debut author, Namrata has displayed a lot of potential in the form of this book and would love to read more from her. If you like love stories and poems, then you must read Metro Diaries. It’s a cozy, romantic read.

 

Blurb: Love is one of the most amazing feelings on this earth, one that makes you the most powerful person or the most helpless person in a split second. These stories capture those feelings of despair, longing, love, lust, desire, want, dejection and admiration to create deja vu.

Hold onto your hearts as you flip through these pages and take a walk down the memory lane, as “Metro Diaries” will revive your innermost feelings and imbibe in you the magic of love. Touching, amusing and deeply moving, Metro Diaries – Love Classics are tales that will hold you from start till end. 

About The Author: Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 6 anthologies, a reviewer for leading publishing houses, an editor for various books and a columnist. Apart from that she is also the editor for an online magazine called Writer’s Ezine. Having mastered the nuances of finance till recently, she also held the title of an investment banker closely, to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.

Namrata

Namrata can be reached at:

Website: www.privytrifles.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wingstomywords

Twitter: @privytrifles

‘Metro Diaries’ is available on Amazon and Flipkart.

 

*****I received a signed copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. The views expressed here are my own and unbiased.

Must Read Series: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

I finally finished reading this book after a week. This is probably the longest time taken by me to read any book. Emma’s journey of life left me wistful. Thought provoking yet leaving a void in my mind.

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert’s masterpiece novel Madame Bovary was first published in 1857. This story is based in nineteenth-century France.

It is about Emma, a beautiful daughter of a farmer, who becomes the second wife of Charles Bovary. Emma yearns for an exciting life full of passion and luxury.

Charles Bovary is a mediocre country physician. He is dull and has no true ambition. He adores Emma and is blind to all her faults.

“She had to be able to extract some kind of personal benefit from things, and she rejected as useless anything which did not contribute to the immediate gratification of her heart, for her temperament was more sentimental than artistic and she sought emotion, not landscapes.”

The above quote from the book speaks a lot about Emma’s outlook and temperament.

In her quest for excitement, Emma soon finds herself in a clandestine relationship with Rodolphe Boulanger, a wealthy bachelor. Emma wants a life of ecstasy and passion. After frequent rendezvous with Rodolphe, she plans to elope with him but Rodolphe ends the relationship with a note sent in a basket of apricots. This leaves Emma distraught and she drifts towards religion for a brief time. As she recovers from grief, once again the boredom sets in.

Flaubert has beautifully quoted Emma’s state of mind, “The closer things were to her, the farther her mind turned away from them.”

Emma spends a lot of money on luxury and she had also spent a lot on gifts for Rodolphe. She makes wrong financial moves that leave her in debt. She eventually destroys the finances of the family.

Yet she still seeks the excitement and passion, which this time she finds in Leon Dupuis. He is the notary’s clerk in Yonville. Emma lies to Charles and frequently goes to the town to meet Leon, under the pretext of taking music lessons. Charles however is blissfully ignorant of his wife’s trysts. He is very much in love with his beautiful wife.

Her debts in the meantime continue to mount to the extent that she has nothing left to sell. She tries to ask Leon and Rodolphe to help her clear her debts but she is turned down and eventually left with no option. It is a spiraling downfall with a tragic end.

To me, Emma is a complex character who comes across as selfish and self-absorbed. She even seems to have almost no affection or feeling of responsibility towards her daughter, Berthe. Her life seemed to be full of just an excessive yearning for adventure and excitement. Her constant need to seek passion and ecstasy is difficult to fathom.

Flaubert’s meticulous craftsmanship makes this novel a timeless Classic and indeed a Must-Read. No doubt it is one of the most discussed book in the world of literature.

* This book is available on amazon.