A book for everyone:Editing Bootcamp: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Self-Editing Part 1 (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 11) by Dola Basu Singh

editing bootcamp 1I received the book Editing Bootcamp: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Self-Editing Part 1 (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 11) by Dola Basu Singh as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Looking to self-publish on a low budget but can’t compromise on quality?

Want to polish your book before querying an agent?

Are you a newbie fiction editor wanting to learn developmental editing?

Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

Lots of books teach the craft of writing but not many focus on reworking, polishing, or self-editing. Learning editing skills shouldn’t be restricted to a privileged few. All writers should have access to strategies that can change a crude first draft into a polished work of art.

Editing Bootcamp will demystify the editing process by showing you how to spot and avoid common pitfalls, and correct the mistakes.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Actionable steps for all stages of editing.
  • Seven fiction elements including structure, point of view, characters, dialogue and more.
    •Handy editing checklists.

Take your writing to the next level with this concise how-to guide. Edit yourself into print.

My take:

Though I am not a book author, but when I was reading her book, I felt how we are drawn to a book we are reading if it has a great flow, does not confuse us and keeps us hooked. This is the work of the author, whose name we see on the book cover and also of the unsung hero of the book, the editor, who irons out the creases and what we get is a neat picture.

She has gone into the nitty gritties of editing right from plotting the book to self editing it before sending it off to the editor and publisher. And in today’s time of self-publishing, this is very important. Imagine reading a book that jumps from one place to another. I have read one such book, and unfortunately could not finish it.

This is the first book of a two part series and in this book the author has touched on a few topics like the aim of self-editing, how to spot the elements missing in your writing, common mistakes made, and she says that she aims to demystify the editing process by showing the writers how to spot errors. At the beginning itself the author says that this book is not a how-to writing guide.

In this book, the author has talked about the stages of editing, the types of editing, the process. She talks in detail about the seven major elements of fiction ie structure, point of view, characterisation, plot, setting, dialogue and conflict. At the end of each chapter she has put in a checklist which would be useful to the author.

This book is a must read for every author, whether we write manuscripts, documents, or even reviews. I shall now try to structure my reviews in this manner.

I am looking forward to Book 2 by this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Raising a True Winner: Ignite the best in your child by Tanuja Sodhi

41uDF-51N+L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Raising a True Winner: Ignite the best in your child by Tanuja Sodhi as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Clueless about your parenting prowess?

Does climbing a mountain seem easier to you than bringing up your child?

Seeking sound guidance on how to prepare your child to handle real-life situations?

Look no further!

Tanuja Sodhi, author of the acclaimed book Parenting in the Age of McDonald’s, returns with another invaluable guide to help you be a better parent. Raising a True Winner offers useful and simple-to-follow guidelines on how to bring up a well-rounded child who grows up to be a happy, responsible, and compassionate adult. Its enlightening insights will help you be a super parent, and provide you with:

  • Tips to increase your child’s emotional quotient (EQ) through open-ended conversations
  • Ways of instilling empathy through ‘teachable’ moments
  • Pointers to sharpen intellect through easy brain-drills
  • Ways to practise mindfulness through specific interventions like journaling
  • Essential life-skills to help your child deal with myriad challenges

And much more!

So, get ready to build a rock-solid foundation for your child based on powerful, research-backed strategies. Add this book to your parenting toolkit NOW!

My take:

Spread across ten chapters which cover important aspects of upbringing, this book on parenting covers childhood and various aspects of it with illustrated examples and scenarios. The book also suggests ways for parents to reboot.  The simple tips by the author from her experience over the years are really helpful. She has talked about study time and play time and also the nutrition, which I think would help me most as my kids are now in their teens. Social skills is another chapter which is very important in today’s context.

This book should help all parents to help develop their children emotionally, socially and intellectually. Written in simple language this book is interspersed with examples which are easy to follow.

I would recommend this book to all parents with both young and grown up kids.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

She dared: Women in Indian Sports by Abhishek Dubey and Sanjeeb Mukherjea

51rIhS2huIL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book She dared: Women in Indian Sports by Abhishek Dubey and Sanjeeb Mukherjea as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

These are the stories of leading women of Indian sports, starting with the Golden girls, P.T.Usha, M.D. Valsamma, Shiny Wilson and Vandana Rao, to Ashwini Nachappa, Anju Bobby George, Karnam Malleswari, M.C. Mary Kom, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, Deepa Malik, Sakshi Malik, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Dipa Karmakar, Dutee Chand, Deepika Kumari, Santhi Soundarajan, Hima Das, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, Rani Rampal, Manu Bhaker, Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil.

Senior journalists Abhishek Dubai and Sanjeeb Mukherjea travel the length and breadth of the country to bring out stories that have taken shape after a series of conversations with these leading sportspersons over a period of time. The two interact with their family members, support staff and their coaches, and report from ground zero, gathering facts from the most authentic sources to get a first-hand feel of their struggles and undying aspirations.

My take:

I had heard of PT Usha and Shiny Abraham when we were kids. And they were the Indian sportswomen that made us proud. And now we have quite a few of them.

This book is a collection of 15 chapters of Indian sportswomen who made us proud, how they overcame the hurdles and achieved success in what they wanted to. The book has been written in simple English and takes the reader through the struggles these women had to face to get what they wanted.

An encouraging book, She Dared, is one book that should be read by kids and adults alike.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Time and Chance by V A Mohta

41Vc2rx+IDL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Time and Chance by V A Mohta as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications, and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Born of a highly respected Maheshwari family in a small town called Akola, the author’s journey begins in 1933. From his early childhood and recollections of the sprawling household, to losing his father and growing up under the guidance of ‘Kakaji’, this book talks about the significant events in his life, focusing mainly on the crossroads and turning points. Charting his steady rise from a District Court lawyer to the Supreme Court, the narrative is filled with anecdotes that delight and intrigue, such as his interactions with Lord Denning, Nehru, Naushad, Mohammad Rafi and Dilip Kumar. A man who rose to the pinnacle of success through grit and determination, challenging every issue he found wrong or unethical, Justice Mohta has stood steadfast on his chosen path despite numerous obstacles, and many of his achievements are legendary. Lucidly written, it is the record of a fascinating journey that melds experience, ideals, honesty and a great firmness of spirit—hallmarks of a life well lived.

My take:

This book comprises of eminently readable memoirs of Justice (Retd) V.A. Mohta. The author talks about his childhood, his family, especially his father; his education; his professional and social life; his ethics; and then his life as a Judge of the Bombay High Court in April 1979 at the age of 46. Though, later in the book, the author has written mostly about his professional struggles, achievements, colleagues and cases, he has also written about his family, his children, grandchildren and even his dog, Buzo. The author says that humour is very important and is a social lubricant and how a sense of humour can diffuse even explosive situations..

The book is full of many interesting anecdotes. He has written about his accidental meeting with Shri Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu and King Kong; his interaction with the eminent lawyers Ram Jethmalani, Motilal Setlevad, A.K. Sen and others and meeting other personalities like Mohammad Rafi, Naushad Ali and Harshad Mehta.

The note at the beginning of the book by his eldest grandson says, “Towards the end of his life he analysed the luck and chance factor that were beyond his control and revisited his storehouse of memories—some cherished, some insignificant, some painful, but most of all, the meaningful ones that gave his life the significance it had.

It is unfortunate that now when the book is finally complete, he is not here to see it. Perhaps this is the playing out of ‘Time and Chance.’ This book is his journey, as he penned it.”

I loved the last chapter of the book, Back to pavilion, most of all. Though there are a lot of legal stories, but the author has written it all in a simple language that was easy to understand. This book is an inspirational book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Raising Confident Children by Samir Parikh, Kamna Chhibber and Mimansa Singh Tanwar

51dw2zdhyUL._SY346_.jpgI received the book Raising Confident Children by Samir Parikh, Kamna Chhibber and Mimansa Singh Tanwar as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Raising Confident Children, by eminent psychiatrist Dr Samir Parikh, and clinical psychologists Kamna Chhibber and Mimansa Singh Tanwar, is designed to equip parents with the tools that facilitate the development of confidence in children. It focuses on aspects like understanding your child, communication, problem solving, emotional wellness and, most importantly, knowing the pitfalls that can posit a threat to your approach as a parent. This book presents a systemic plan of 52 weeks to help develop your own skills at parenting and build confidence in your child
through 52 steps.

My take:

Written as a guide that can be implemented in 52 weeks, this book is divided into six sections. Each of the 52 chapters has a specific aspect being a focal point for each week of the years. Different elements integral to developing a child’s confidence are discussed. This book will definitely help parents.

The language is simple and my advice to the parents would be to take one chapter at a time and work on it.

Highly recommended.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Laugh & Learn with Dr Parikh: Study and Exam by Dr Samir Parikh, Kamna Chibber, Divya Jain and Mimansa Singh

51F6d6H2RzL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book, Laugh & Learn with Dr Parikh: Study and Exam by Dr Samir Parikh, Kamna Chibber, Divya Jain and Mimansa Singh, as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications, and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Laugh & Learn is a comic series conceptualized to help children navigate various social and emotional challenges that come their way. In the first volume on STUDY AND EXAM SKILLS, join Addy and Anayka as they learn how to study better, improve their memory and concentration, help their parents calm down, and most of all, have fun with exams!

My take:

Though this book is supposed to be a guidebook for children written in the form of a comic, it is more important that both children & parents should read this book and understand why the authors thought of writing it.

In our country, the entire neighbourhood, extended family and even acquaintances are interested in how the children are faring in the school. And what was their result? I remember when I was in class tenth, my father’s friend was shocked to see me watching Chitrahaar on TV. Now, thirty two years later, things are worse. The kids have more distractions and the many social media groups make even the remotest of friends or family aware if a kid is appearing for the boards and are want to be updated on the results.

This comic book has been narrated in simple english with the conversations between the two main characters, Addy and Ayanka and the challenges they face on the left page. On the right page is the message that the authors want to convey.

The language is simple and easy to understand. The Do it Yourself pages at the end of the book are very informative like the priority square, setting the goals, managing time, what to do and what not to do during breaks, concentration drills, mnemonics, self-evaluation grid, and what I loved most is the mock-test checklist. I have made my kids make these DIYs in their diaries and asked them to look at it on a weekly basis.

This book is the first in the series and a must read for students and parents. I would also recommend that maybe if these comic strips could be used in social media because that is what is most watched now-a-days so that everyone can make use of the resources, but that is a copyright issue and needs to be dealt with by the publisher and the authors.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

The light in blackout by Farah Naqvi

31PJMNVEz+L._BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book, The light in blackout by Farah Naqvi, as a review copy from Author’s Channel and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Alizah’s wonderful childhood that revolved around waking up to the sound of chirping birds, playing under the trees with siblings and friends, watching rabbits run, listening to fairy tales under a moonlit sky is suddenly turned upside down by the knock of an unexpected visitor. She is left shattered by strange shocks and jerks in her body gripped by the cruel paws of epilepsy. This sudden turbulence in her life makes her weak, vulnerable, anxious and unsure of herself, where she finds her future bleak. She struggles with her health condition as she enters college. While her best friend Meera who is all set to soar high, clearing her medical entrance, is pulled down by her own family.

Alizah is determined to chase her career dreams and stand by her best friend when she needs her the most. Will she be strong enough to do it? Will she be able to embrace true love when she finds it in Sahil?

A simple, honest and inspiring story of Alizah will take you on a ride to childhood innocence, family ties, the spark of growing up years, enduring hardship with a smile and finding love in troubled times.

The story:

Alizah, 9, lives with her family in Lucknow. She has a happy childhood and her sister, Amna,14, and brother, Arish ,12, dote on her. She has a best friend, Meera, who lives near her house. Though not an excellent student, she does well in studies and is liked by her teachers. Things are happy happy until she has seizures one day when she is 13. Her parents, siblings and friends try to hide the episode and the illness from her until she has a seizure in school and one of her classmates tells her what happened. And what follows is what her family dreads, Alizah stressed out and scared. This continues until her graduation. Then with the correct treatment, we see a butterfly come out from the cocoon.

During her postgraduation, she meets Sahil, who falls in love with her, but she is unable to commit because of health reasons.

What happens next………..

My take:

The book starts with a prologue which kept me guessing and I had to start the book as soon as I finished it. The author has described Aliza’s life in details from her happy childhood, her traumatic middle years, her happy days and her stressful days.

The book describes through the story, about how people are apprehensive about epilepsy and how wrongly placed their apprehensions are.

The characters are relatable and described well. The author has stressed on the value of relationships- both within the family and outside of it. The book has been written well, but I feel good editing and crisper format would make the book more likable. The language is simple and the detailed story just flows from one page to next.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book  in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.