Monday, April 20, 2015

Quraishi for Q #AtoZChallenge

To say that finding Q was easy would be a lie, I am sure I would have found 007’s Q a lot faster! I managed to find this writer because I was searching for all popular names with the alphabet Q and of course writers with the same. A chance discovery that she co-authored a book with the Late Khushwant Singh got me to this post just in the nick of time!

I know, I know I should have scheduled my posts but I love living on the edge! What’s life if it is just passing by? That I am wishing the day had 34 hours today is just a passing thought ;)

Humra Quraishi is a senior political journalist, freelance reporter and columnist based in Gurgaon. She is the author of Kashmir: The Untold Story and co-author of Simply Khushwant. Her features and interviews appear in the Times of India, the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, the Statesman, Pioneer and Tribune. Since 1990 she has been visiting Jammu and Kashmir regularly to report on the turmoil there and the effect it has had on the lives of the Kashmiri people.

So here is my for Q, Which is your favorite? 
I am writing about INCREDIBLE INDIAN AUTHORS for the A to Z Challenge 2015.

Author bio from respective websites and wikipedia. 

Love Again Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal

Love Again 
Shrruti Patole Clarence & Sumeetha Manikandan
A Double Header Novel


Love, Again is a double header novel published by Half Baked Beans andFablery with two novellas - A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence and These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan.


A historian in making, Charmaine has settled down in Amsterdam after her father migrated from India when she was very young. Life was picturesque until the final year of Graduation when she elected to specialize in Egyptology. Thereafter from the time she read the book about Cleopatra, revelation after revelation turns her world into a tornado!

Raj, another aspiring Historian, walks into her college and her life like a whirlwind. A simpleton from Delhi, Raj too finds mysteries unfolding before him from the time he enters the college library right through to their educational tour to Egypt.A series of events throws them together at every step of their college life despite Charmaine wanting to maintain a distance from ‘this’ natural charmer.

A twist of fate puts Raj and Charmaine in the most unthinkable situation that finally links back to their ‘revelations’. Raj must face a choice again…A choice of history over his love… or does he have the mettle to change history and create his own?


Beautiful and efficient Lalitha loved to deck up brides for their wedding, though her own marriage was in shambles. When her estranged husband suddenly commits suicide she realizes that things wouldn’t be the same again…

Shrikanth thought that he was a confirmed bachelor but when his mother refused to get herself treated for cancer unless he got married, he had to get a bride in a hurry.She needed a husband in name, to save her career while he needed to marry to please his mother. Will they find love second time around? Will they lower their shields and succumb to a mutual passion?

The Authors

Shrruti Patole Clarence

Shrruti has been a voracious reader since early years and took to composing poems when she was very young. She has worked as an Aviation Manager for over ten years with various airlines, she has been on a sabbatical for her two son's aged six and one year respectively. She enjoys this welcome break from career, to be able to pursue her passion, writing!
She has to her credit six short stories featuring in different Anthologies; a Hindi poem featuring in Tumbhi’s contest Ehsaas judged by the famous screenwriter Javed Siddiqui.Shrruti is a warm and friendly person who loves music and watching sports when she is not writing.

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Sumeetha Manikandan

Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a best selling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since its publication in 2013. 

An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc. A history buff to the core, she is currently translating Ponniyin Selvan – the evergreen tamil classic epic history by Kalki Krishnamurthy into English.

Married to film maker K.S. Manikandan, Sumeetha lives in Chennai, along with her six year old daughter.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

#SnapYourWeek 16

Love Thy Tea

Almost settled and unpacked but still lots to do ;) Finally I am able to enjoy that relaxed cup of hot tea. 
Yep! Kiddo off to school!!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

K is Khushwant, Khera, Kazi & Kundu #AtoZChallenge

I again use both first name and surname for this alphabet. Khushwant Singh is in K because S is such a common alphabet that there is a big war going on there already. Yes, choosing authors for S is difficult because I am spoilt for choice! For K today I have 4 authors yet again that I had to feature, all of them with very diverse books and views yet all doing extremely well in their writing. If writing stirs our passion then it has done its job is the best example of their writing. So go ahead and tell me who do you like best?

Khushwant Singh (2 February 1915 – 20 March 2014) was an Indian novelist, lawyer, politician and journalist. As a writer, Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism,  his humour, and an abiding love of poetry. His comparisons of social and behavioural characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit. He served as the editor of several literary and news magazines, as well as two newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s. He was the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.
The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories, (Short Story) 1950 
The History of Sikhs, 1953
Train to Pakistan, (Novel) 1956 
The Voice of God and Other Stories, (Short Story) 1957  
I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, (Novel) 1959 
The Sikhs Today, 1959 
The Fall of the Kingdom of the Punjab, 1962 
A History of the Sikhs, 1963 
Ranjit Singh: The Maharajah of the Punjab, 1963 
Ghadar 1915: India's first armed revolution, 1966 
A History of the Sikhs, 1966 (2nd edition) 
A Bride for the Sahib and Other Stories, (Short Story) 1967 
Black Jasmine, (Short Story) 1971 
Tragedy of Punjab, 1984 
Delhi: A Novel, (Novel) 1990 
Not a Nice Man to Know: The Best of Khushwant Singh, 1993 
We Indians, 1993 
Women and Men in My Life, 1995 
Declaring Love in Four Languages, by Khushwant Singh and Sharda Kaushik, 1997
India: An Introduction, by Khushwant Singh
The Company of Women, (Novel) 1999 
Truth, Love and a Little Malice (an autobiography), 2002
With Malice towards One and All
The End of India, 2003 
Burial at the Sea, 2004
Paradise and Other Stories, 2004 
A History of the Sikhs: 1469–1838, 2004 
Death at My Doorstep, 2005 
A History of the Sikhs: 1839–2004, 2005 
The Illustrated History of the Sikhs, 2006 
Why I Supported the Emergency: Essays and Profiles, 2009 
The Sunset Club, (Novel) 2010
Agnostic Khushwant: There is no God, 2012 ISBN 978-9-381-43111-5
The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous, 2013 (Co-authored with Humra Qureshi)
Maharaja in Denims, (Fiction Novel) 2014

The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories. London, Saturn Press, 1950.
The Voice of God and Other Stories. Bombay, Jaico, 1957.
A Bride for the Sahib and Other Stories. New Delhi, Hind, 1967.
Black Jasmine. Bombay, Jaico, 1971
The Collected Stories. N.p., Ravi Dayal, 1989.
The Portrait of a Lady
The Strain
Success Mantra
A Love Affair In London
ना काहू से दोस्ती ना काहू से बैर

Shiv Khera  is an   author of self-help books and activist. While working in the United States, he was inspired by a lecture delivered by Norman Vincent Peale and followed his motivational teachings. Khera has written several books including You Can Win. He launched a movement against caste-based reservation in India, and has founded an organization called Country First Foundation whose mission is "to ensure freedom through education and justice." Mr. Shiv Khera is the founder of Qualified Learning Systems USA. An Author, Educator, Business Consultant and successful Entrepreneur, he is a much sought-after speaker. He inspires and encourages people, making them realize their true potential. He has taken his dynamic personal messages to opposite sides of the globe, from the U.S. to Singapore. His 30 years of research, understanding and experience have helped people on the path of personal growth and fulfillment. Khera is the author of 16 books including international bestseller 'You Can Win', which has sold over 3.2 million copies in 19 languages.  
His trademark is
"Winners don't do different things,
they do things differently"® 
Khera is the author of 16 books including his first book You Can Win (Jeet Aapki in Hindi) was published in 1998. The focus of the book was on achieving success through personal growth and positive attitude.  To know more

Faraaz Kazi (born November 10, 1987) is an Indian author, primarily writing mainstream romance and best known for his debut novel Truly Madly Deeply, published by the Cedar Books imprint of Pustak Mahal and re-released by Mahaveer Publishers in 2012. Kazi has been called the 'Nicholas Sparks of India. He is a triple post-graduate with a Masters in psychology and counseling and another one in Human Resources. Faraaz also has a diploma in Freelance Journalism from The British Institutes. The book was titled Truly Madly Deeply... Memoirs of a Broken Heart's First Love! , which was republished again in October 2012 and went on to become a national award-winning title apart from becoming the first book by an Indian author to win the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut (Romance). It remains the only Indian book in the Top 100 YA Global Fiction list. 'Truly Madly Deeply' has been adapted by a production house to be made into a Bollywood movie.

The last author I had to feature is the gusty lady after my heart Sreemoyee Piu Kundu. She is the published author of two books, one of them being the much discussed Sita’s Curse. But you just have to read her facebook updates to be a fan, her heart felt, hard hitting words will get to you. Another must read; can’t be ignored author. The writer is an ex lifestyle editor and PR vice president, and now a full-time novelist based in Delhi. She is the author of Faraway Music and Sita's Curse.

So here are my choices for K, Which is your favorite? 
I am writing about INCREDIBLE INDIAN AUTHORS for the A to Z Challenge 2015.

Author bio from respective websites and wikipedia. 
(This post is late but scheduled to appear on the correct day of the alphabet )

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Toffee Ants @WOM

Another post on the World Of Moms on parenting. This one talks about how to teach our children by setting a good example for them. Children learn a lot by watching and this little act has so many good results for us and our children.

J for Jaffery & Joshi #AtoZChallenge

Today’s alphabet is “J” also took a lot of searching before could finally zero in on the authors. When I had found one and was floundering to find the author that was also very popular with the masses, I found Madhur who is not just a writer but a ‘jane of many talents”! She had been at the back of my mind a must feature author for J.
The other author is Arun Joshi; an award winning author with literary awards and achievements to his credit. Take a lok and decide for yourself and like always if you have a favorite Indian Author with the alphabet J, just let me know in the comments.

Madhur Jaffrey is an actress, active in radio, theater, television and film as well as a food writer, authoring numerous cookbooks and television chef and entrepreneur who, alongside acclaimed performances in such films as Shakespeare Wallah, Six Degrees of Separation and Heat and Dust, introduced the Western world to the many Cuisines of India.

Now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and bestselling cookery author. Her first book, An Invitation to Indian Cookery, was published in 1973 and her series for BBC television Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery made her a household name. She has appeared in over 20 films, including Merchant Ivory’s Heat and Dust, and written over 15 cookery books, including Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible (2003), published by Ebury Press.
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Arun Joshi (1939–1993) is known for his novels The Strange Case of Billy Biswas and The Apprentice. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel The Last Labyrinth in 1982. Arun Joshi is a novelist who, more strongly than most, has brought to his work that detachment from the everyday, while still acknowledging its existence, which is perhaps India's particular gift to the literature of the world. The rising up into the transcendental is a trait that has increasingly marked out his novels.
His works:
The Foreigner. Bombay and London, Asia Publishing House, 1968.
The Strange Case of Billy Biswas. Bombay, London, and New York, Asia Publishing House, 1971.
The Apprentice. Bombay and New York, Asia Publishing House, 1974; London, Asia Publishing House, 1975.
The Last Labyrinth. New Delhi, Vision, 1981.
The City and the River. New Delhi, Vision, 1990.
Short Stories
The Survivor: A Selection of Stories. New Delhi, Sterling, 1975.
Shri Ram: A Biography, with Khushwant Singh. London and NewYork, Asia Publishing House, 1968.
Laia Shri Ram: A Study in Entrepreneurship and Industrial Management. New Delhi, Orient Longman, 1975.

So here are my choices for J, Which is your favorite? 

I am writing about INCREDIBLE INDIAN AUTHORS for the A to Z Challenge 2015.

Author bio from respective websites and wikipedia. 
(This post is late but scheduled to appear on the correct day of the alphabet )