Equinox by Madhuri Maitra

6a8a4-3d-madhuri2bequinoxI received Equinox by Madhuti Maitra as a review copy from the author herself as a part of the Book Club review programme. The story revolves around a short story competition and why people participate in it.

The Blurb:

When Indus Publishers announces a short story competition, it affects the lives of the ensemble cast in unexpected ways. A jaded journalist, a bored housewife, a starry-eyed ambitious girl, an army colonel, an impoverished divorcee-all enter the competition for pressing reasons of their own. They emerge with only slightly deeper pockets than they had but far richer in experience. Social issues are explored in an engaging manner, entwined in the lives of the characters-this is indeed the way of life. The novel also promises an enchanting look at the diversity in India; the characters belong to different Indian states and embody the peculiarities of the people of that region. Equinox and its checkered characters step to music of their own; many readers will find that it resonates with their own inner music.

The contest:

A short story contest, less than 3000 words, is announced by Indus publishers with the deadline as September 22, the autumnal Equinox. The participants have to be Indian citizens over eighteen and the story should be based in urban or rural India. They have nothing to lose but a cash award of two lakh rupees, if they win.

The characters (in the order of appearance in the book):

Johny Kutty, in Allepey, is uncharacteristically stationed in Kerala. He needs to travel, to write and feels that this something to do while he waits for the property papers to be ready.

Ruchi Sharma, an English graduate, lives with her parents in a one bedroom apartment in Mumbai. She visualizes herself creating and writing gossip about film stars, and when her friend mentions the story contest, she gets interested to participate.

Monica Joshi Kapoor, is a housewife in Mumbai, both her teenaged children are in college and her house is run like a clockwork by the housekeeper.

Col (retd.) Vikram Singh has moved to Mussourie after the tragic deaths of his son and wife. He is encouraged by his fellow walker to write about the wars and decides to write while he is cooped up indoors in the rains.

Maya Sinha, is a divorcee living in Delhi, on the lookout for a government job as a lecturer and does commercial writing on the internet. She has honed her writing skills and is determined not only to participate and but also to win it.

The Souzas own a cosy café in Pune and read during lull periods. They decide to participate because the prize money is good and they need it for repairing their café.

Ramona Das hopes to justify her position as commissioning editor of Indus Books Ltd with Equinox the competition and Equinox the anthology. Meher Azam is her assistant and Raghu Advani works in the legal department of the company.

The story:

It is the month of June, and it is monsoon time. Different people from different parts of the country are ready to participate; after all, it is only 3000 words. All of them have different reasons and they are all thinking…..

How much work do the publishers put in? how many entries? Who wins the money and who loses? Read on….

My take:

There are plenty of characters in the book and the author has mentioned them in the beginning of the book and as the story moves alsong, a little more is revealed about them. They write and rewrite the stories until it is time to submit and also develop emotionally in the book. There are stories within the main story, some in the form of love letters and some in the form of normal fiction. Some write about people they know and some write about their experiences.

There are no chapters in the book, so if you want to pause while reading pause along the starry line. The flow is good and the language very simple. The author has deeply gone into the nitty gritty of writing a short story for the first time. The stories that the characters have written have been mentioned in the book in different fonts, making it easy for the reader to understand.

She has also mentioned something that the new generation does these days: Whattsapp.

I found the book to be a quick read.

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Tornado giveaway 2: Book no 62: Wedding Belle Blues by Mia Epsilon

 

Name of the Book: WEDDING BELLE BLUES

Author: Mia Epsilon

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2. Kirsten 

3. Jen 

The Story:

Anna is planning the perfect wedding, but she doesn’t anticipate her future mother-in-law’s

offer of help which translates into take over. Her groom-to-be avoids her and insists their growing

problems are just ‘bridal nerves’. Worst of all, her best friend, Robin, begins to act strange. Everyone

around her has his or her own agenda. What’s a girl to do when she begins to realize the perfect life she

envisioned is all a lie?

Robin has two great loves in his life: his best friend Anna and his motorcycle. Not one to make a

scene, he supports Anna in her plan to marry the wrong man and regrets she can’t accept his ‘dare devil’

lifestyle. But when push comes to shove, he’s more than willing to make the necessary sacrifice and

prove he is the man she needs.

As the wedding date grows closer and plans shift into high gear, Robin and Anna grow closer and

not just as friends. Each must decide what the perfect life truly means while trying to negotiate the

maze of wedding plans, secrets, and hidden motives. Will someone be left singing the blues?

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Mia Epsilon 

 

Mia Epsilon is the author of the ‘Weddings by C & C’ contemporary romance series

featuring a location wedding company and set in Hawaii. The first two books, Take a Chance on

Me and Wedding Belle Blues, are available now with the third, fourth and fifth due out later

this year. A feisty red head, Mia lives with her enduring hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian

Mountains, USA. She’s an avid reader of almost anything and loves to be curled up with a great book.

She never misses an episode of Doctor Who or Sherlock and happily suffers coffee and chocolate

addictions. She can most often be found at her computer spinning new stories or in a quiet padded nook

with her e-reader.

 

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Tornado giveaway 2: Book no 63: Trouble has a new name by Adite Banerjie

Name of the Book: TROUBLE HAS A NEW NAME
Author: Adite Banerjie

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3. Dola Basu Singh

The Story:

“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?”
Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does – and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel – Neel Arora – and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.
Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm!
Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!
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Adite Banerjie 
 
Adite Banerjie discovered Mills & Boon romances and their amazing assortment of drool-worthy TDH heroes in her teens. Around the same time she fell in love with song-and-dance Bollywood romances. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who worked in the world’s largest film industry (yes, Bollywood!) and a voracious reader for a mom, it was inevitable that she would come to love both films and books.During her exciting and fulfilling career as a business journalist, she found the time to indulge her passion for both Bollywood romances and M&Bs. But after years of reporting and writing about the real world, she chose to return to her love for fiction and turned screenwriter. She turned Harlequin author after winning the 2012 Passions Aspiring Authors Contest.

The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, based on the winning short story for the Harlequin contest, was released in December 2013 in India. Trouble Has a New Name was released in 2014. Both are available in paperback (India) and in the e-book format globally. Her third title (romantic-suspense), No Safe Zone, will be released in May 2016.

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Tornado giveaway 2: Book no 61: Bootie and the Beast by Falguni Kothari

Name of the Book: BOOTIE AND THE BEAST
Author: Falguni Kothari

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2. Reet Singh
3. Aditi Saha 

The Story:

Opposites attract!
Diya Mathur (Aka Beauty), celebrated supermodel and party princess of India, is adored by everyone. She works hard, plays hard and has the biggest shoe fetish on the planet! But after she purchases one baby bootie, Diyas reputation is in ruins! Theres only one place to escape the rumors – Texas, under the protection of her life-long friend and secret love, Krish Menon (Aka the Beast).
Financial whiz-kid, CFO and entrepreneur, Krish is a brooding workaholic with a charisma that still brings beauty Mathur to her knees! He has no idea, of course! They have shared a bond since childhood – a special friendship that thrives on sparring, teasing and goading-but with Diya back in his life and under his roof Krish finds his latent desire for her explodes! And when he finally admits to the secret that has never allowed him to commit to any woman especially Diya, everything changes. Krish might finally realize how much he wants his Beauty but he wont get her until Diya has finally tamed her Beast!
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Falguni Kothari  
 
A Mumbaikar at heart, Falguni Kothari lives in New York with her family and a sweet as chocolate Maltese named Truffles. She loathes cooking and flying and holds a fervent hope that teleportation become a viable travel option within her lifetime.When she is not playing Domestic Goddess, Soccer Mom or Canine Companion, she is found embroiled in some or other scandal—sorry, creating stories—on her ever-faithful laptop. She loves tales of all kinds and is partial to sassy ones with happy-ever-after endings.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No 60: Ri: Homeland of Uncertaininty by Paulami DuttaGupta

Name of the Book: RI: HOMELAND OF UNCERTAINTY
Author: Paulami DuttaGupta

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2. Ruchi Singh 
3. Privy Trifles 

The Story:

Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name.
Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment – followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale.
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Paulami DuttaGupta 
 
Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, Paulami Duttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it.She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years. She was associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath in this period.

Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” released in early 2012.

Her second novel “Unplanned Destiny” released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”.

“Ri” has been adapted into a novel and is releasing in Sepember’14.

She is currently working on her next project as movie script writer.

Apart from writing full length novels, she has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013.

Recently she has contributed to the “Learning and Creativity Anthology” , “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”.

When she is not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No 59: The Nidhi Kapoor Story by Saurabh Garg

Name of the Book: THE NIDHI KAPOOR STORY
Author: Saurabh Garg

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The Story:

Two dogs and a cat are butchered at the home of Nidhi Kapoor, a leading Bollywood actress. Left behind is a mysterious letter threatening Nidhi and her family.
Nishant Kapoor, Nidhi’s father and a superstar of the yesteryears is confined to a retirement facility in the hills. Tormenting him are his recurring dreams of someone trying to hurt him and his family.
A film set where Nidhi Kapoor is shooting for her much anticipated film goes up in flames. Trapped inside are Nidhi and her sister, Payal.
ACP Prakash Mohile is forced to take up the investigation. Rujuta Singh, a photojournalist chronicling the lives of policemen in Mumbai and shadowing Prakash, gets embroiled in the case.
Unwarranted incidents continue to happen and in absence of any real clues or motive, Prakash and Rujuta are forced to dig deeper in the past of the Kapoors. They unknowingly stumble onto a violent tale of lies, betrayal, treachery, infidelity and murder.
Time is running out fast and the unknown assailant is adamant on taking away from Nidhi everything that she holds dear – her career, her home, her reputation, her family and her life. With each move, he seems to be getting close. The answers however continue to elude Prakash and Rujuta.
What is it in their past that Kapoors are hiding from the world?
What grudge does the assailant hold against the Kapoors?
And, can they save Nidhi?
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Saurabh Garg 
 
Curious marketeer by the day, Saurabh Garg is a storyteller by the night. The Nidhi Kapoor story is his first full-length story.Apart from writing, Saurabh is passionate about startups, travel and poker. When he is not working on creating characters and plots for his upcoming stories, he likes to meet and talk to other interesting people and ask them stupid questions that often don’t have answers.

Saurabh maintains a very elaborate bucket list. The item on top of his list is to visit every country in the world. So far, he’s been to 15.

Originally from Delhi and based out of Mumbai, he went to Delhi university and MDI Gurgaon for his undergrad and postgrad respectively.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No 58: Take 2 by Ruchi Singh

Name of the Book: TAKE 2

Author: Ruchi Singh

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2. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal 
3. Devika Fernando 

The Story:

Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realizes her husband considers her dead weight after stripping her off her inheritance for his ambitions and lavish lifestyle.
Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her.
Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu.
In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires… will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness?
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Ruchi Singh
 

Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. She has a degree in Electronics Engineering and has worked as Quality Consultant in the IT field. She began her writing career writing short stories and articles, which have been published on various online forums. She has been a contributing author to many anthologies and has published her first book Take 2, which is a contemporary romance with a spice of social drama.A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is ‘romantic thriller’. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.

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