The month-long Readomania Crime Writing Festival that's on in full swing on Twitter is as informative and exciting as a virtual writing festival can be. Every Tuesday and Thursday, an author takes the viewers and readers through the various aspects of crime and thriller writing. Along with the discussions, there is also an ongoing contest … Continue reading Reflections on ‘Surprising the Reader’ with Deepti Menon
As part of the Readomania Crime Writing Festival, Readomania brings to you readers and writers the opportunity to understand the workings of crime and thriller plots and how to craft better stories. Today, Anurag Anand talks about Political Thrillers in current times. Q. You’ve written several books in different genres. When did you first know you wanted … Continue reading Writing Political Thrillers: Author Interview with Anurag Anand
As part of the Readomania Crime Writing Festival, Readomania brings to you readers and writers the opportunity to understand the workings of crime and thriller plots and how to craft better stories. Today, Sourabh Mukherjee, author of The Colours of Passion takes over to give us an insight into the darkness that exists within each … Continue reading The Killer That Lurks Within: Guest Post by Sourabh Mukherjee
My relationship with Readomania is one I cherish immensely. So when I initially heard about a Crime Writing Festival I was most excited for it is a genre I had debuted as an author with. This is what every newbie as well as established writer needs, I thought. So imagine my happiness when I found … Continue reading Delving into the Mystery of Penning Psychological Thrillers
When I first started reading Kalkatta Chronicles, published by Readomania, it was with the expectation of vicariously visiting a city I had only known about from afar. The various stories I had heard led to a yearning within me to visit the stately capital of West Bengal. Unfortunately, a lack of opportunity kept me away. … Continue reading Book Review: Kalkatta Chronicles by Supriya Newar
I have a special affinity for short stories, and especially, ones with female protagonists. Here was an entire collection! The previous such book I had read was Madhulika Liddle’s Woman To Woman (and, interestingly, the friend who had recommended it to me is a part of this collection too.) What’s intriguing about this collection is that … Continue reading Book Review: Escape Velocity
An acid attack is, in my opinion, one of the most heinous and damaging crimes against women.When I first visited Sheroes Hangout Cafe at Agra and met the acid attack survivors, it changed me forever.I wrote about that first experience - an article I share regularly even now.This year, too, I've written two articles on the subject. … Continue reading Book Review: Being Reshma by Reshma Qureshi
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Colours, too, for a country that’s obsessed with being fair and slim, the definition of beauty is a tad stereotypical. And yet, there are people who smash the stereotypes on their heads and redefine all concepts and ideas of beauty. In the recent couple of years, as a … Continue reading Kirthi Jayakumar – An Epitome of True Beauty
The Legend of the Genghis Khan, published by Readomania, as the title obviously suggests, is the story of the world's most fearsome conqueror-one who I had only briefly read about in history books. This book, however, is not sketchy, but in fact, a well-researched and in-depth story about what made him the great emperor of Mongol. … Continue reading Book Review: The Legend of Genghis Khan by Sutapa Basu
I often remind myself that if my writing makes any difference to even one person and makes them think again or impacts them positively, then I'd consider my writing a success. Recently, though I was surprised and thrilled to note that my writing is deserving of a nomination for the prestigious Orange Flower Awards for … Continue reading Nominated for The Orange Flower Awards 2018: VOTE APPEAL
Thanks to my association with NaNoWriMo, I've made some amazing writer friends. The bond with most has only strengthened over the years. Not only have they taught me to how to write better, but also how to be a better person. Among the many friends, Mira Saraf has been an amazing influence on me. Her … Continue reading Memories of the License Raj: Guest Post by Mira Saraf
There is no denying that there is an increase in sexual awareness all across the world. Urgent calls to indulge in healthy and open discussions around sex are being made across the world — online and offline. Incidents of sexual abuse are more vocally being condemned, while at the same time, there is more focus on good sexual health.
Amidst all of this, there is also the downside. Everything seems to be focused around sex — to the extent that, now there is an overdose of sexual content, direct or implied. Sex is used to sell everything from deodorants to inverters! This raises various questions, including the most critical one, how is porn affecting us as a society?
It becomes imperative that for us to understand its impact, and analyze our own role in it. Continue reading Author Interview: Aditya Gautam
Indian Railways is the largest single-entity employer in India, and the eight largest in the world. This is a fascinating fun fact for those not familiar with the length and breadth of the railway tracks in the country. For those of us who have actually spent most of our summer vacations travelling across that length … Continue reading Book Review: The Boy Who Loved Trains
At a Women Writers' Fest sometime earlier this year, I met this wonderful author and award-winning writer - Kiran Manral - who I admire greatly but had only interacted with on Facebook. Kiran published her first book, The Reluctant Detective, in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date, out which I have (unfortunately!) … Continue reading Writer’s Block – How to Deal With It!
There are a few books, in my opinion, that are beyond a review. At least, they should be. This doesn’t mean you cannot critique them. But that those flaws are insignificant in comparison to the message the book delivers. My latest read, Twilight’s Children – Chronicles of Uncommon Lives, published by Readomania is one such … Continue reading Not A Review: Twilight’s Children
Is the cocoon of safety we build around ourselves really as secure as we think it to be? Are all tragedies a result of an unfair hand dealt by fate? This is the premise of Anurag Anand's latest novel - a crime thriller fiction, To Hell and Back: Not all Tragedies are Orchestrated by Fate, published by Readomania. Reading … Continue reading A Conversation with Anurag Anand
How often would you have heard the common whine – 'It was so meant to be' or 'Who can fight fate?' What if the hand that life deals you wasn’t actually one that fate had played but one that you and your choices and decisions led to? This is the premise of Readomania's latest offering … Continue reading Book Review – To Hell and Back By Anurag Anand
(contd from here) ‘Thank you, Aru!’ Aradhana exclaimed. ‘It such a beautiful painting! Where did you learn to draw the giraffe like this? My god, you’re learning things faster than I can cope up.’ She admired the card in an exaggerated display of love and appreciation. Aryanka’s eyes shone with pride. Mommy liked the gift, … Continue reading The Z-Factor
Aryanka put in the final strokes of colour and paused to see her handiwork. The edges were a little off, she thought and set down to correct it. Finally, after two hours of painstaking work, she stepped back and looked at the clock. It was almost eight o’clock. The bell would ring any moment now. … Continue reading Yours, Forever
(contd. from here) An hour later, Dinesh, her husband sat at the dining table. ‘Why couldn’t you solve their fight and make them pasta?’ He helped himself to another helping of rice and dal. ‘Because I am not Wonder Woman or Super Woman or an incarnation of any God. I am a normal woman and … Continue reading An Early X’Mas