Review: The Traveller Series

It’s the first time that I’m trying to put up a review on a collection of poems, so please cope up with me. 

Name of the book : The Traveller       Series

Author: Tiffany Teoh

Publishers: Royal James Publishing House

Rating:4 stars

Honestly I loved the way she composed her poems. Tiffany wrote her poems using metaphors wherever required, she put a lyrical rhythm to her poems with the help of rhyming words. In some of her poems I could see a wishful thinking for her to travel somewhere. I could see a glimpse of her waiting for someone and in one of the poems, it was quite evident that she wanted to travel with her beloved. Her poems consists of imagery and have created a vivid picture of her travels in my mind.

Unattainable

A bright sunny day, something not unusual even during a Wintery November of Kolkata. While everybody enjoyed the bliss of a warm weather in the early hours of sun rise, Pari had already reached the lab and was currently analysing an Orchid species.” You are here already?” Aniket her colleague asked her. She smiled knowing full well that answering him could lead to a lengthy conversation and right now she couldn’t talk to him right now.Saturdays meant loads of work for her and since it was the end of the month, the work pressure turned out to be higher.

Next week on Monday when she didn’t turn up Aniket continued with his work. Later that week he was assigned the task of transferring a tissue specimen to Lucknow Research Institute, he was surprised because Parizaad usually handled such cases. When he enquired the case further he came to know that she had already accepted a prestigious position in the Delhi Central Research Institute and was now working there for a week.

After he reached home he switched on his data connection and found lots of messages waiting for him in What’s app and Hike. But none from her, he thought I can atleast be formal and ask about her wellbeing. So he sent her a message.

A: Hi

Pari was online at that moment and replied immediately.

P: Hey , how are you ?

A: I’m fine..btw why didnt you tell me you were leaving.

P: I must have forgotten.

A: hmm.

A few seconds later she replied.

P: Aniket I had to confess something.

A: What?

P: I love you, and have been in love with you for the past three years.

Aniket was shocked when the message bleeped on his screen.He knew she liked him but could never fathom the thought of her loving him.

A: why didnt you tell me earlier?

Pari rolled her eyes after reading the message.

P: Then you would start avoiding me.

A: You never know.Is that the reason you shifted?

P:Yes, I couldn’t stand being on the same place as you and act like a hermit.

Aniket still wasn’t able to digest the fact that this bubbly, intellectual lady with whom he had been working for the past few years had fallen for him and still couldn’t say it out loud.

A: You should have told it earlier.

P:Because I know you don’t want me, so why should I make a fool of myself. 

He knew she was right  and he couldn’t do anything regarding that. He couldn’t call her back. 

A: Why didn’t you go earlier when you got the London contract?

P: I still wanted to give you a chance. I even waited for you to call me for the past few days.

A: Actually I had been busy, but today when I came to know  I thought it would be better to get hold of you.

P: Well you did get hold of me. If you ever visit Delhi you must visit my place. 

She switched off her data connection knowing fully well that he wouldn’t reply back , nor will she. An episode of her life was over and she wasn’t going to regret loving him. It was something where she found happiness.But that happiness would be seized if she kept communicating with him.I must get a new sim card tomorrow. Because escaping  from her love was the only way she could keep her sanity.

An Interview with JD Woodson

My dear Adams and Eves I think its a long time I published any interviews. Today I’m going to present an interview with novelist JD Woodson. A very generous person, philosophical, intellectual in nature.

Here are the questions that I asked.

1.Is “A space between worlds Vol.1” your debut novel?

Yes, A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception is my literary debut. Though I did ghostwrite another work, this novel is technically my first.

2.Which character do you like the most from this novel and why?

This is a tough one to answer. I adore each of my characters and try my best to treat them equally since each of them have a pivotal role in the narrative. Let’s see, dismissing Shanti and Reno, the lead protagonists, I’ll have to say between Chandra or Avidia would be my favorite. In this novel, I didn’t have the opportunity to truly develop their character due to the conditions their roles gave them. Both of them are equally mysterious and appeared only as catalysts to Shanti and Reno’s current predicament. I had fun trying to cover up their true intentions which I can say aren’t wholly different from each other. You can say they are symbiotic much like the rest of the characters; everyone seems to be grouped in pairs.

3.Which genre books do you love reading and why?
I don’t have a particular genre I gravitate to. Although, I do read a large sum of Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. It’ll surprise you that I didn’t say Fantasy even though I’m an author of the genre. Speculative Fiction is like a chimera; parts and pieces of ideas and techniques taken from all other genre fiction, stitched together seamlessly to convey stories irregular. Each genre has their strengths depending on both interest and what an author wants to convey but since I’m really mulling it over, I’ll have to say Speculative is what I like reading the most. 

4.Where did you get the inspiration to write this story?

Hmm. The inspiration came from a number of places but the main two were the struggles within myself and the loss of two I hold dear. The themes of the novel explore the idea of introspection, identity, cycles, life, death, regret and reincarnation. Many people didn’t have an opportunity to discover who they are but they mold themselves in what the outside world intended them to be. For myself, I wore a mask that wasn’t my own in order to keep someone who departed memories alive. So the basis of the novel was molded by that along with a promise I made to a dear friend of mine who took her own life. She always loved my writing, even when I felt it was terrible. She made me promise her that I’d never give up writing and on that promise and her loss, A Space Between Worlds was born. If you look at all of themes I listed, it can give you an idea of what I wanted to convey. The characters are fragmented reflections of myself, what I used to feel and think.  
5.As a debut novelist how do you think are the sales rate of your novel?

Really, I’m not so sure yet. A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception doesn’t go on sale until tomorrow. But I’d like to think it’ll sale nicely. Those who read it so far enjoyed the story, others are interested as far as I can tell. Truthfully speaking, as a debut novelist it’s pretty difficult to expect phenomenal sales. Average readers mainly stick to the names they know, very few are adventurous to branch out and read a novel by someone they have never heard of. It truly depends on both the publisher and author to cultivate an audience for a particular work. For myself, I’m going to focus on being consistent and enhance my techniques with every work I put out there. My publisher trusts in me and my work; I trust them.      
6.Name a few of your favorite books.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

Kafka On the Shore by Haruki Murakami 

Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

7.Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

That’s a really good question. Hmm, it was natural for me. I started writing when I was around five-years-old; poetry in fact. I guess I gained it from my family. The Woodson family has a lot of writers in the bloodline, I suppose I inherited the talent and will to write from my blood. Aside from this, writing was the only thing I felt I can ;could be truthful to myself. Whatever I wrote, I felt. 

8.Are you planning to bring out a collection of poetry in the near future?

Wow, this is a consistent question I’m asked. Would you want to read one? I haven’t written standalone poetry in over three years since I stayed focus on writing A Space Between Worlds. Hmm, down the line, I’d like to. Poetry is my first love when it comes to writing. I managed to integrate it with my storytelling, however, it does deserve a concentrated effort again. I’ll talk with my publisher to see how they feel. I still have quite a number of novels to write for them.
9.Would you like to give a piece of advice for other debut writers?

I wish there was a universal phrase that I can use but it’s going to be a vastly different experience from writer to writer. Publishing may seem to be the end all be all, however, there is much more to it than that. Whether traditional, self-published, or not published, a writer needs to be confident in themselves and their work. No matter how long it takes, finish your expression. Be consistent in evolving your technique, maturing your voice. Any sort of creative expression requires dedication and diligence. The result of your work depends on you and only you. It’s going to be hard majority of the time, painful. But the accomplishment you feel, the serenity you gain; it’s enrapturing. If you get rejected by an agent or publisher, dust yourself off, refine your skills, and try again. Keep trying until it’s right for you and especially right for you future readers. Oh! Don’t forget to read. Reading for writers is like sunlight to plants. 
10. What are you working on these days? Can we expect any other surprises during?

Well, I’m working on the next entry of the A Space Between Worlds series which you should expect to be out around this time next year. I can only say volume two will mark the end of the current arc. It’ll pick up right after the end of Conception. The tone of the novel is going to shift into a darker direction, on Reno’s side at least. As for any other surprises, I can’t say. It’ll differently spoil things. Some characters will be returning, others will be new. What can you expect in the new worlds? Recollection. 

Thank you so much Josh for agreeing with the interview.  I hope you have a bright and successful future ahead.

Review: A space between worlds Vol1: Conception

First of all I would like to say that reviewing this piece took most of my energy. From what I have gathered the author JD Woodson must be a little philosophical person. For a debut work he did a great job.

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Name: A Space Between Worlds Vol.1
Author: J.D.Woodson
Publisher: Royal James Publishing House
Rate: 4stars

The story opens with the nameless trio, a man, a hollow female and a frail girl with an empty expression. Then the story opens with the songstress Shanti getting ready for her performance. As the story progresses we get a vivid idea that the songstress loves being in the light unconsciously, though her hideous facial scar keeps her in the darkness throughout time.
Chandra the songstresses’ assistant gives her company whenever possible.
There’s another character in the novel, Reno a simple florist he tries to help Shanti.
The story takes a new pattern, just as Avidia enters the scene. He is a person full of light. He is the one person who can bring out the light from Shanti and he does it very efficiently. The story does take a few romantic turns at moments.
Overall its a very philosophical book. The author has used words and created a wonderful plot.

The book should be read by debut authors and even by readers who prefer space saga. I can assure you this book is quite different from the others of the same genre.

Review: Perfect | Imperfect

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Book: Perfect | Imperfect
Author: Ravi Bedi
Publishers: Author’s Ink Publications
Rate: 4.5stars

Title

Perfect | Imperfect ,a very apt title for a novel, where a perfect plan is laid out for a crime, yet there are some imperfections in it.

Plot
The story is about a young couple who try to make quick money by robbing out a millionaire . They plan out a perfect crime, act it out, yet they forget that even the most intellectual criminals leave some loopholes while trying to dash out with the stolen goodies. This is what the story is about.

Characters
Jimmy Bhashin, a young salesman who works in a reputed jewellry store is a romantic, hardworking, intelligent young man. His greed for easy money didn’t let him live an honest life.

Farah Batliwala-Jimmy’s girlfriend and partner in crime. Both of them together try to create a perfect crime. At some point of time, after the robbery she is misleaded by Samarth.

Samarth Jain- Son of a millionaire, a Casanova. He pretends to love Farah in order to take revenge from her.

Conclusion

A short novel filled with suspense, humor, suspense, romance .The author has put up a story which will hold your interest till the end .A noteworthy statement from the novel’That gives us a perfect plan that has no Imperfections. Which will keep the readers wanting for more.

Review: Perfect | Imperfect

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Book: Perfect | Imperfect
Author: Ravi Bedi
Publishers: Author’s Ink Publications
Rate: 4.5stars

Title

Perfect | Imperfect ,a very apt title for a novel, where a perfect plan is laid out for a crime, yet there are some imperfections in it.

Plot
The story is about a young couple who try to make quick money by robbing out a millionaire . They plan out a perfect crime, act it out, yet they forget that even the most intellectual criminals leave some loopholes while trying to dash out with the stolen goodies. This is what the story is about.

Characters
Jimmy Bhashin, a young salesman who works in a reputed jewellry store is a romantic, hardworking, intelligent young man. His greed for easy money didn’t let him live an honest life.

Farah Batliwala-Jimmy’s girlfriend and partner in crime. Both of them together try to create a perfect crime. At some point of time, after the robbery she is misleaded by Samarth.

Samarth Jain- Son of a millionaire, a Casanova. He pretends to love Farah in order to take revenge from her.

Conclusion

A short novel filled with suspense, humor, suspense, romance .The author has put up a story which will hold your interest till the end .A noteworthy statement from the novel’That gives us a perfect plan that has no Imperfections. Which will keep the readers wanting for more.

A game of pronouns

I can’t take it anymore. I know you want to be with you forever but the circumstances aren’t helping. I thought whatever feelings were there between us was love. It was a mistake and I’m extremely sorry for that.
You said I would change,  you were right I did change , unfortunately it isn’t for your good. I started liking him,  though there are no advances from his part. But my thoughts about our relationship did falter a bit. If my feelings for yoy would be that strong , I wouldn’t even dare think about him. Alas!  nothing can be done regarding this situation. Though you want me to try thinking again,  but its not a pain which time can heal. Nor should you play the false notion that I broke up because of him. No I didn’t, I did it because there’s no purpose of me in this relation. I did it because, I know I don’t love you. It had been a long term infatuation where I was trying to tame my mind into falling for you. There are things which are meant to happen but ours is not one of them.

P.s. A story which all my readers can relate to their own lives. 😀

My trust

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Quite easy to break, isn’t it
A simple word called trust?

We met in crossroads,  each struggling
Fighting for our careers,  being determined

It didn’t help,  when we stood so close;
I felt happy,  we could make it together

A dizzying wind passed through us I turned around to find you holding her,

Literally my heart wasn’t ripped apart,
But I could feel choking on my breath

I had been abused long ago,  this was more
My sanity seemed to leave me,

My body wasn’t hurt,  but you raped my mind
My soul got abused,  I didn’t know why

I thought it was an attraction
My part I fell for you pretty hard,

Lord help me,  if I hold my trust anymore
To you or to somebody else I don’t know

That day I couldn’t shed a single tear
You somebody for me,  you are a nobody now.