Spotlight of Vikram Rana Investigates

 

 
VIKRAM RANA INVESTIGATES
BY
SHARMISHTHA SHENOY
 
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Vikram Rana Murder Mysteries set in Hyderabad…… 
 
The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion 
 
When the glamourous socialite Richa Lohia is poisoned in her mansion in Jubilee Hills, her brother-in-law hires his mate, ex-cop Vikram Rana, to solve this murder. This is Vikram’s first case and he, along with Inspector Gopi Reddy, must solve the case even if they face opposition from the richest and powerful family in Hyderabad, who would stop at nothing to defend themselves. 
 
The Sonia Sinha Case 
 
When property developer Krishna Dhavala is stabbed to death in Necklace Road, everyone suspects Mrs. Dhavala to be the murderer of her alcoholic and abusive husband. But is that really the case? Vikram Rana and Inspector Reddy have a tough time uncovering the murderer and Vikram himself almost dies trying to solve this case. Experience the mystery along with the duo as they fight their way through the maze of lies, deceit and greed. 
 
Read an excerpt…

 

From “The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion”

“Kinshuk sprang out of bed and followed his uncle, Rohan along the passage to his mother Richa’s bedroom.

Rohan’s wife, Kiara joined them along with Richa’s personal maid Lakshmi and two more servants. Everyone seemed to be in a state of awestricken fear.

Kinshuk turned to his uncle, ‘What should we do? Father is not here.’

Never had Kinshuk’s weak nature been more apparent, Rohan thought in distaste. Rohan rattled the handle of his sister-in-law Richa’s door violently, but with no effect. The whole household was aroused by now. The most alarming sounds were audible from the interior of the locked bedroom. Clearly something must be done.”

What could have been going on the room? What triggered it?

Mrs Lohia was lying in her bed having seizures. In her agony she must have overturned the bedside table. As they entered, her limbs relaxed and she fell back on her pillow.

“I cannot see properly” she complained. Rohan and Kinshuk looked at each other helplessly. A strangled cry from the bed startled them. A fresh bout of pain had seized Richa. The seizures were terrible to behold. At that moment dr Agnihotri pushed his way into the room authoritatively. At the same instant, Richa cried “Rohan…. Rohan” then she fell back on the pillows motionless. 

Why was Richa killed? Why did she take Rohan’s name?

From the Sonia Sinha case:

“He reached the meeting place at 8 pm sharp. The headlights of his car revealed a woman in a burqa waiting by the roadside. She waved her hand. Krishna stopped the car and she got in. As she removed her veil, Krishna started in surprise. At the same time another man got into the back of his car. Confused, Krishna looked at the man. Then his eyes widened in fear.”

Whom did Krishna see? Who was the woman in burqa?

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Sharmishtha Shenoy
 
Sharmishtha Shenoy loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she herself likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. She was born in Calcutta and has done her post-graduation from University of Reading, Great Britain. She lives in Hyderabad.
 
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Book Review of Super Women

 

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REVIEW- This book focuses on the inspirational stories of female entrepreneurs. It contains 20 inspirational stories of super women who has done amazing job in their respective fields. Mrs. Garg has done an amazing job researching about them and writing about their professional and personal lives just enough that readers would find them attractive. There are some known names among them. But quite a few unknown names whose work feel very important, very passionate, very deserving to be in the spotlight that this book puts on their stories. Language used in this book is easy to understand. Vocabulary of Mrs. Garg is impressive. All the stories are toned well. Writing style of Mrs. Garg is impressive and together with language it made this book a perfect page turner. Book Cover is simple and apt. I loved the way it compliments the title. Pages and font both are good to follow the book.

Verdict- Overall this book is for everyone and is surely inspiring and must read for those who wish to become future entrepreneur. Go for it, you’ll not regret this one.

 

Book Review of The Mahabharta Code

 

 
THE MAHABHARATA CODE
by
KARTHIK K.B.RAO
 

The Mahabharta Code by Karthik K. B. Rao is a mythological fiction. The book has a unique concept with a blend of Mythology and Science Fiction. The book is the mixture of past generation and present generation. Well, I won this book in goodreads giveway and also I had signed up the blog tour of this book.IN this book, the author has played with the minds of the readers. Let me tell you more about it:

Cover- The cover of the book arises the urge to know more about the book. The colour scheme is fascinating.

Title- The title ‘The Mahabharta Code’ gives us the glimpse of the genre which it follows i.e. mythology and has many surprises stored for the readers.

Blurb- “The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here.

 
As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 

Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?”


Plot- The plot is well knit and has no loose ends in it. The plot follows no digressions and has a unique concept in it. The protagonist is a NASA scientist who is tied in the knots of his subconscious mind which produced certain hallucinations where he could connect himself to the Mahabharta story. The author has played a tricky game which confuses the readers and keeps suspense till the end.
Characterisation- The author has beautifully portrayed the characters. The protagonist the complex character in the story. He looks flat but shifts to round and then ends up being complex. Even readers could not make it whether he is a flat one or round. The mention of Mahabharta characters and the stories related to them is impeccable. A new version of their views could be noticed.
STyle- The author has cleverly written this piece with lots of research on his side. The descriptions are perfectly delineated. The pace of the novel is steady. The combination of imagination and present is impeccable. The use of mythological jargons along with perfect editing skills makes this novel an amazing piece. The references listed at the end surely help us know his views and even serve as a guide for us if we counter check it. But at times, I felt there was confusion created maybe it was intentional so that the readers could not guess the suspense. This novel is a wonderful mashup of flashback technique and stream of consciousness.

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Karthik Rao is a 32-year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He lives with his wife Sushma, parents and two little sons Kaustubh Krishna and Raghav Krishna aged 4 and 1, respectively. He says, he gets to meditate close to 3 hours every day on his bike thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology. He also plays plastic ball cricket with his sons.


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Guest POst by Akansh Malik

I know its been so many days since I have posted any guest post. So, I am back with a bang on as the person I have here is Akansh Malik whose novel, Love Heals Everyting has become the favourite read.Lets see what he has instore for us.. Over to you Akansh 🙂

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Hola…!! Fellow writers and readers… First of all, I would like to thank Surbhi, for inviting me to contribute a post to her blog. Today, I would like to share something about the Publishing Industry which might help you crack a perfect deal or a deal you might not regret in future. I would like to call this deal package as “5 Point someone… Before Signing a Publishing Contract.” Oh my, here you are, ready with your first book, so called your “First Baby” but unaware about how to get it published. So before delivering your baby, you need to know that there are two ways to do so. First is the Traditional way of Publishing and Second, Self Publish. I won’t speak about Self Publishing but would love to share my learning about Traditional Publishing. Traditional Publishing is a method where a publisher finds a potential in your work and offer to publish your book at his cost, and in return for your efforts he is ready to pay you a royalty. So, here goes 5 points you need to consider before giving your book to a traditional publisher. A BIG NO TO BUY BACK. BUYBACK – Publisher would definitely ask you to BUYBACK Certain books of your own work, but it’s time you get alerted… Buy back is usually an assurance for a publisher to get the initial publishing cost for your work and return you back with a pie piece of royalty, if your book works well and if not, they have already covered their profit margins. So, in short, it’s a crook way to say that your book is published as a traditional way.

TIME FRAME OF A PUBLISHING CONTRACT Time Frame for a Publishing Contract must be defined and you must limit it to a 3 year contract that usually big traditional publishing house does.

TERMINATION TERMS Termination Terms should be clearly mentioned under your agreement & it must include reversion of rights and freedom to grant you rights to any other publisher.

SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS A traditional Publisher usually under his agreement mention about the subsidiary rights which you are giving him in return for nothing at all.

Royalty. The royalty under Traditional Publishing usually varies from 10-20%, depending upon your negotiation.

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I hope this point might help you to crack a perfect publishing deal and I wish you a good luck for your upcoming book. You can stay connected with me at Facebook.com/akanshmalik1 or you can mail me at reach@akanshmalik.com.

Book Review of The Hill Billy by Shivdutt Sharma

The Hilly Billy by Shivdutt Sharma is one such book that makes you nostalgic about your childhood. It directly transports to your good exemplary days of childhood. This novel is a perfect instance of Indian writing which was once written at the times of R.K. Narayan, MAthew Arnold, Ruskin Bond etc. I got this copy from Anuj Kumar, Kalamos Literary Services in return of an honest review. Lets go deep into it :

Cover- The cover of the book is colourful and fascinating. The readers are excited to read it.

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Title- The title ‘The Hill Billy’ is one of the unique and apt ones. The story revolves around it.

Foreword- The most enthralling part about this book is that the forword is written by none other than Ruskin Bond whom we still admire for his short stories and novels.

Blurb-

A mango ensures the birth of a son…
Ghosts hoot and cackle in a forest…
A tiger strikes terror in the heart of a village…
A boy experiences the first stirrings of desire…

On trips back to his hometown, memories appear, cling, and then fade away like the mist in the Himalayan foothills. Tracing the pangs and pleasures of growing up during the time of missionary schools, wind-up gramophones, hand-pulled designer rickshaws, maharanis in their imitation castles, busty film stars of the black-and-white era – a lone, all-brown boy in an all-white American school comes to grips with his coming of age.

Fast-paced and furiously funny, The Hill Billy zips up the otherwise tranquil, languid, laid-back life in a hill station that hasn’t quite got over the hangover of its British past.

Setting- The story is set up at the time of before Independence where there was belief in ghosts, superstitions and practises like child marriage, sati and many more were applicable. The book is a memoir of author’s childhood. In the book he takes you from Silakot, Pakistan, where he was born to the hills of Mussoorie, India.

Plot- The author’s plot construction is appreciable. He transports the minds of the readers to our childhood days. The author has highlighted those old elements of superstition where the protagonist is born out of mango which brings laugh to the readers.

Characterisation- The author has beautifully delineated his characters by making them superstitious, reasonable at times and hilarious most of the times. This reminds us of our so called Indian families where relations are given importance than anything else. He has shown us the ties of Indian families in a simple, yet effective way.

Style- The novel is fast paced and nostalgic.The writing style of the author is simple, lucid and pithy. There are short and shorter sentences in it which makes good sense. We find Hindi words and sentences too but they are well translated in the end so the readers are not disappointed at the end. There are over punctuations at some places. But the highlight is the birth of the protagonist from a mangi tree. It serves as an icing on the cake.

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About the Author

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After pursuing a Master’s Degree in English Literature, Shiv entered the world of advertising. Spending several years at learning the art and craft of copywriting with some of the leading advertising agencies of Mumbai, he moved up as a Creative Director and won awards for creative excellence from Cag, Advertising Club and Reader’s Digest. It’s surprising that for a trained writer, he ventured forth into writing his first debut work with a spiritual message, at a rather late stage in his professional life. This was inspired by his visit to the Sri Ramana Ashram and the holy mountain of Arunachala towards the end of 2010. Today, he works as the Chief Editor and Creative Director with a well-known publishing firm in Mumbai. he can be reached at : http://yogiimpressions.com/shivdutt-sharma

 

 

Book Review of Made in Heaven-Google on Earth

Made in Heaven- Google on Earth by Akhil Rajurkar highlights a simple and unique concept of life. This book focusses on marriage, the problems faced while looking for the match. If anyone would read it, they would feel that it is their story because everyone goes through this thing sooner or later. I really liked his views and thought process while the search for his partner. To some extend this seems autobiographical. Lets read between the lines then:

Cover- The cover of the book is interesting and hilarious. The color scheme is vibrant so it makes you feel positive about it.

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Title- The title is fantastic and even it has a sub title which arouse the seeds of eagerness in our minds. The title doesn’t give us the theme or idea about the book. This seems that the author wants to create the suspense for us.

Blurb- In today’s fast paced world, where every individual is running at a frantic pace to make his career and become successful, somehow he loses his identity, his wishes, his likes. His entire span of life since he graduated from the college goes into making other people happy, and making sure that his actions do not harm anyone. People come and go in his life but finally when the time arrives when he actually wants someone to become his partner for life, he finds that he is left all alone to fight the battle. His parents are the only people who with their selfless actions try and get their child settled, but in the end it is the person who needs to understand what he wants. Times have changed and what was earlier a male dominant ritual has now seen a major reversal.
This story is a reflection of what any normal person has to undergo when he finally decides that he needs to settle down. The world as it was and as it is now is far beyond imagination, expectations are sky-high and choices are limited. Every individual has their own story to tell and he prides in it, the reason being that it was a decision which made him think about himself as well as how his decision would affect the people near him. Belief on destiny and the importance of time is what we learn during this journey.

Plot- The plot of the novel is simple and to some extend it grabs our attention. The author talks about the problems, stigmas and many other things a person goes through while looking out  his life partner. At some point he feels dejeted after so many rejections be it a male or female. In this, the author has highlighted one point, that after rejections a person gain experience and then he is ready for the further challenges.

Characterisation- The author has done a fantastic job in delineating the protagonist. The problems he suffer, the way he reacts to situations is impeccable. Sometimes he makes us laugh and sometimes he makes us lament.The whole story revolves around him like the way he deals with those girls, his parents, his office and the police.

Style- I really liked the simplicity used in this novel. The use of flashback technique is the most appreciable segment in the book.The author has beautifully added the comic element and it actually makes us laugh our heart out when we read the police episode. This shows that the author has a great sense of humour. Then he has used decent descriptions for the female characters.He has used many characters and it worked as a blessing for him. He gave us a lesson and one can co- relate to his story. Though there were some typographical errors but once the concept is good, these things can be overlooked for sometime. The author has done a good job as a first timer. I wish him all the best for his future ventures.

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About the Author

Akhil Rajurkar is a young 35year old chemical engineer working in a MNC in Gurgaon. Born in a typical middle class MAhrashtrian Family, he spent his childhood in Bengal, graduating in PUne and moved to Delhi for career growth. Balancing his life between expectations and dreams, he gained courage enough to put his thoughts to paper. This is his first venture a writer.

Book Blitz: His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman

Marriages Made in India
Book #2
HIS DRUNKEN WIFE
 
by
SundariVenkatraman
 
Blurb
 
The badass Shikha is startled when the nerdy Abhimanyu proposes marriage. She loves… herself, and Abhimanyu doesn’t figure on her list anywhere. For Abhimanyu, however, it was love at first sight when Shikha walked into RS Software, where the two of them work.

When Abhimanyu shows her that he just might be rich enough for her, a pleasantly surprised Shikha accepts his marriage proposal and moves into his swanky apartment.

But it looks like the love is all from only Abhi’s side as Shikha continues to drink herself crazy. Yeah, even at their wedding party.

And then Abhi sets out on a honeymoon to Thailand with His Drunken Wife…

*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.


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His Drunken Wife

is the ninth book authored by SundariVenkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #2 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India; Book #1 being The Smitten Husband. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of SundariVenkatraman’s books are on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK, Canada & Australia under both #romance & #drama categories.


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