Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Author's Interview with Shakti Ghosal.

First, before we move forward with our Author Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.

1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?
I am Shakti Ghosal, the author of the newly published book, 'The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories'.
A new author of fiction on the block. I currently reside with my wife Sanchita in the city of Kolkata. Together, we are the proud parents of two lovely daughters. Passionate about exploring new places and cultures, I have been a globetrotter. I remain elated by the thought that on this globe, mine is a unique name. Or so Google thinks. You can check this out by typing “Shakti Ghosal”. No, Seriously try it! I use a wide angle narrative style in my writings into which I try to bring my rich global perspective and life experiences. I love to explore relationships within emergent situations.
An engineer and a MBA from IIM Bangalore, I have lived close to four decades of corporate life in India and abroad. A professional certified Coach, Mentor and Trainer, I run Leadership Workshop cum coaching programs for organisations as part of my commitment to develop and upgrade Leadership Incubation globally. I am a visiting professor at a few of the IIMs.
2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book?
Thank you for your kind acknowledgment.
In our lives, we at times get confronted with intense and traumatic events which force us to question who we are, what really matters to us and what we believe in. In some ways, these events alter our sense of reality.
Each of the four stories in ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ draw inspiration from such crucible events that I have had to face. The protagonists in that sense carry a bit of my own ‘experience and thought’ genes. As I see them now within the larger fabric of the stories, I do notice shades of myself and others who have been part of my life. Writing the stories has been a personal journey in that sense. At times the stories seemed to write themselves.
3. What is the book all about?
‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ consists of four standalone tales. Small blurbs for each of the stories are given below.
As Samir embarks on a sunset cruise on the Hooghly, he meets the enigmatic Chronicler who takes him on a two and a half centuries journey surrounding the curse of a fabled pearl necklace, as mentioned by his dying mother. The Chronicler asks,“What could be behind you taking this trip today and me telling you this tale?” Spanning a century between the pandemics of 1919 and 2020, Dipen and Indranil are confronted by tragedies under vastly different societal conditioning and development. What is their link spanning four generations which arises from an old and dilapidated palace and its massive Shiva linga?
As the capital of the British Raj shifts to Delhi in 1912, Junior Clerk Sujit with wife Bina is forced to migrate from Calcutta to distant and dusty Civil Lines in Delhi. Shanti, born of a forcep delivery gone horribly wrong, comes into their lives. A tale of evolving relationships against the backdrop of momentous events in the nation’s history. Suffering severe injuries from a gas explosion, Anjan meets Savio who brings him face to face with the private demons from his past. But past demons do have a way to come into one’s present with life changing consequences. Who is Savio?
The book is currently available globally on Amazon, Flipkart. and select book stores.
4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?
Three of the four stories fall in the genre of Historical fiction and one I would term as psychological fiction. Since the stories are inspired from life and intense events I have had to face, these genres remained most appropriate for the book and the writing style I have adopted to articulate.
5. How much time did it take to complete this book?
I took the opportunity of forcible stay inside my home during the lockdown period to write the book. Though I had a rough structure of the plots in my mind, the application and the daily discipline and effort needed to write happened because of the lockdown. So in that sense, the pandemic did produce a silver lining for me!
Al in all, the time taken to complete the book was around four months.
6. What makes your Book Special?
I remain unsure if as an author, I am the right person to answer the question.
However, I would like to say this. I believe that at one level, my book, written in the manner it has been, would provide the reader the sheer pleasure of a good literary fictional read and the happiness that one gets from such an activity. I believe, in the sheer frenetic pace of today's life, this aspect has been largely lost The Chronicler of the Hooghly transports the reader to another time, another place with its old worldly charm.
But at a deeper level, I believe the Chronicler of the Hooghly would make the reader halt and ruminate about certain aspects of his or her own life, allowing a deeper awareness and learning from the same.
7. When is your second book coming?
I find it interesting that you ask this question, As a matter of fact, I have finalized the plot as well as the chapter structure of my proposed second book. So in that sense, I have clarity about it. I have envisaged it as a fictional tale with the backdrop of Climate Change. In that sense, it would be topical and something to which the reader would be able to intensely relate to.
But I always believe that fiction, to be termed good fiction, is always about being open to creative possibilities. So to that extent, it is quite possible that as I start working on the chapters, the plot might get altered from the way it is now.
8. While writing did you get any writer's block? What is the Tip that you will give others who are facing writer's block?
Interesting question! I have heard of Writer's block and the way it afflicts the best of writers at times. In my case though, I was lucky. Maybe I could put it down to the peace and solitude of the lockdown period last year. Or it could have been because my output was being dictated by my intrinsic 'life experience and thinking' genes. But, as I have said earlier, there were times when the stories seemed to be writing themselves! In that sense, I did not face any significant writer's block.
I am a newbie myself so remain unsure if I am qualified to give tips to others who are facing a Writer's block.. However, based on my own experience of writing a debut book I would say this. One needs to structure the story plot, remain resilient through days when 'one’s creativity goes on a holiday which is what happens when facing the writers' block and maintain authenticity in one’s writing. In the ultimate analysis, it all comes down to writing something which one is passionate about. My sense is such a passion-induced writing journey would minimize, if not eliminate, the Writers' Block syndrome.
9. Apart from being a talented author, what are your other hobbies?
I remain unsure if I am a talented author or not. This is for the esteemed readers to decide!
As I have mentioned earlier, I like to travel and experience new places and cultures. Life has provided me the opportunities and I have been somewhat of a globetrotter. Apart from my work which took me to almost all the continents, during family vacations we always planned to visit new places and countries. Together we have even ventured into the Arctic Circle! Recently, on our Wedding anniversary, my daughters had a special anniversary cake baked with the theme of ‘Wandering and Wondering!’ with signposts pointing towards the various continents. Apart from travelling, I like to blog and read.
With the release of my book, I have been almost exclusively blogging about it through sharing of excerpts and snippets over the last few months. I am providing below my blog link, should anyone wish to visit: https://esgeemusings.com/ My journey with blogging, which started a decade ago ( about 800 followers, 39,000 plus hits from all over the globe), also stemmed from that intrinsic need to ‘say something’ about what I felt passionate about at that point in time. So I ended up writing about Philosophy, World events and Trends, Management, Coaching, Life experiences amongst other domains.
As far as reading is concerned, in the genre of historical fiction to which three of the four stories of “The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories” belong, my favourite authors are William Dalrymple and Amitav Ghosh. Their depth of research which shows through in their writings, their alignment with the broad brush of history and development of characters within that mileau is nothing short of remarkable.
10. Last but not the least, How did you feel, while giving this interview?
It feels great to have done this interview with you. I do trust I have been able to provide some value through my responses.
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Saturday, March 27, 2021

My Sleepless Nights: A Story of Victory over Insomnia by Manohar Grandhi.

The Blurb:

✓ Are you struggling with insomnia?
✓ Are you living in anxiety related to sleep?
✓ Are you developing a limiting belief in sleep?
✓ Are you fighting with your brain and feeling shame?
✓ Are you waiting to fall asleep time every night?
✓ Are you spending the entire day thinking about sleep?

Hey there! I am Manohar Grandhi I am a software engineer by profession and have struggled for more than a year with all the above points.

I have written this book after struggling with insomnia and having sought intensive consultation with IITian turned Psychologist, Speaker, and Coach Karthik.

In this book, I have shared my firsthand experiences, struggles, and wins that helped me to turn intrinsic motivation into sustained motivation for reversing insomnia.

The methods I suggest in this book are easy yet effective. It worked for me. It is also working for tons of people and it will work for you as well because it is backed by science. The method I suggest in the book in reversing anxiety/insomnia has been in practice for around 5000 years.

What will you get from this book?
1)Freedom from anxiety.
2)Peace of mind.
3)A process to get rid of anti-anxiety pills.

Here is my proposal–try the methods with an open mind and whole-hearted attempts, trust the process, and see the magical changes in your mind.

Imagine sleeping like a child without any worry, and not spending a single minute of the day being anxious about sleep.

My question to you is --Are you ready to transform your life?
If your answer is yes, then scroll up and click the Buy Now

My Take:

My Sleepless Nights: A Story of Victory over Insomnia is written by author & software engineer Manohar Grandhi and it's truly helpful and effective.

This book is about insomnia, a self-help book for anxieties & phobias in this book author has shared his experience of facing insomnia and has given us technique on how to deal with it.

I really liked how he has written in a flow and maintained the lucidness throughout the book. I found this book inspiring, the way the author has expressed his darkest night and how he wished to just sleep is just heart-touching. It's also incredible that the author has written this book to help out others who are suffering from the same issue.

The highlight of this book is the expressive and relatable flow of writing, which is soothing to read. The do’s and don’ts are impressive and truly helpful. Few stories shared as an example were cleverly used.

Overall a quick and effective book, so if you are having trouble sleeping and facing issues like anxiety for sleeping, then you don’t have to look for any other book just click here and read now the book My Sleepless Nights: A Story of Victory over Insomnia written by Manohar Grandhi.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The Chronicler of the Hooghly by Shakti Ghosal

The Blurb and About Book:

Four stories. Five crucible experiences.

As Samir embarks on a sunset cruise on the Hooghly, he meets the enigmatic Chronicler who takes him on a two and a half centuries journey surrounding the curse of a fabled pearl necklace, as mentioned by his dying mother.

Spanning between the pandemics of 1919 and 2020, Dipen and Indranil are confronted by tragedies under vastly different societal conditioning and development.

As the capital of the British Raj shifts to Delhi in 1912, Junior Clerk Sujit with his wife Bina is forced to migrate. Shanti, born of a forceps delivery gone horribly wrong, comes into their lives.

Suffering severe injuries from a gas explosion, Anjan meets Savio who brings him face to face with the private demons from his past. But past demons do have a way to come into one’s present with life-changing consequences. Who is Savio?

My Take:

The Chronicler of the Hooghly is a debut novel written by the author Shakti Ghosal and it contains four emotional stories that will touch your heart and will raise many emotions within you.

Nowadays it’s very easy to find novels with romance, fantasy, drama, but it’s rare to find a book that shows the reality and the tough side of life. There are four stories in this book and each one of them is unique and stands on its own which is very compelling and that kept me hooked to the book till the end.

I also liked the fact that each storyline was quite unique and had a sad ending but as the story finished it left me a bit disappointed because I wanted to read more about it, I wanted the story to be continued and wanted to know what happened next, which I think is very impressive because the way the author has written, described things in this book has made it irresistible with the urge to read further.

Author Shakti Ghosal is a skilled and talented writer and will make you feel lost in his book. About the book, each story had a common scenario that I am sure all of us had heard before, and reading about the families at that moment of time was something very intriguing and emotional.

The different eras, timelines, generations, characters, made this book the best. So if you want to read a story from the British Era to the times of coronavirus then this is the book that will amaze you to your core, written in lucid language with full of Indian facts, religions, places, and full of emotions, then this is the book for you.

Overall most recommended Book by me. So click here and read now The Chronicler of the Hooghly written by Shakti Ghosal.

Beyond the horizon with You & Life written by Chandan Sarkar.

The Blurb & About Book:

"Some thoughts are kept inside mind,
A light drizzle of rain in the rooftop
Thunders are smiling here and there,
Some thoughts kept inside the clouds,
Will come out with rains,
Some unknown feelings….
Will flow for the first time."

This collection of poems can trigger your emotions, creating a series of abstract thoughts relating to our daily lives, sufferings, disappointments to inner-peace, and mindfulness. The secret thoughts which are heaped inside the mind, will come and flow out of you when you read through them.

My Take:

Beyond the horizon with You & Life is a debut and newly launched book written by poet Chandan Sarkar and this book will warm your heart.

This book has a collection of 33 heart-touching, full of compassion poetries. I have always loved reading poems and the book like this is what keeps me inspired, amazed and interested. Poet Chandan Sarkar has written each poem soulfully and with love. I liked that each poem touches some different levels of emotions and brings out memories of its own.

I really liked the blend of dept and simplicity of the poems. Everything is written in simple words yet the impact it has was much higher.

Some of the poems that I liked the most is:
1. Reach the sea
2.A Dream
3.Love in the dark
4.Inside your eyes
5.Love You

Overall a pleasant and emotionally beautiful collection of poems. So click here and read now Beyond the horizon with You & Life written by poet Chandan Sarkar.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Aksara Bhagavad Gita: Imperishable Bhagavad Gita by Ravindra Rao.

The Blurb:

How were the rules framed? They were framed based on the parameters. How was Parameter identified and on what authority? Parameters were identified based on the attributes of the Gita. The authority too is derived from God/Gita. Isn’t the identification process obsolete and unscientific? There isn’t anything more scientific than the Gita. Just see the explosion of Artificial intelligence applications, be it Drones, Siri, Echo, or Robots. They are all non-human but endowed with intelligence.

My Take:

Aksara Bhagavad Gita: Imperishable Bhagavad Gita is the new book written by the author Ravindra Rao and it's one of those books that will inspire and amaze you at the same time.

Though it's a long book and it may take a while to finish it but once you start reading it you will realize the depth and meaning of every chapter and every word that the author has written, is just incredible to read.

I like the new approach given to the Bhagvat Geeta, a new and lucid way of writing makes this book fascinating. Also, the author has done a great deal of research and has excellent writing skills, his passion for writing and the efforts put into this book can be seen through his words. 

The highlight of this book is that I found it a pleasant read, the views, the Gods, the analyzation of culture and beliefs, the religion, various aspects, the narration, the mesmerizing characters, the issues, and the solutions, everything is crafted with keeping in mind the minor details and creatively which is intriguing.

Overall it's a unique, interesting, and educating read. So if you are looking for a pleasant and interesting book then click here and read now Aksara Bhagavad Gita: Imperishable Bhagavad Gita written by the author Ravindra Rao. 

Friday, March 5, 2021

Author's Interview with Dr. Deepti Priya.

First, before we move forward with our Author Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.

1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?
I am Deepti Priya, I come from Darbhanga Bihar and currently living in Bangalore. I hold a PhD degree in psychology and have been working as a psychologist since 15 years. I have worked with several hundreds of people needing psychological interventions. My approach of psychotherapy is to blend conventional practices of psychology together with energy healing. Beyond working as a psychologist, I have published 3 books as an author and contributed for 2 additional books, a chapter in each.
2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book?
Thank you so much. As a psychologist I have worked with many different cases, it includes cases of learning difficulties, developmental difficulties, all kinds of abuses, low self-esteem, depression, narcissism, etc. Usually, at a time I work with only 3 or 4 people. In my experience, I have found some cases where conventional methods are not sufficient. This was the reason I started with energy healing practices, the combination of psychotherapy and energy healing is very powerful. Slowly started to uncover my own needs for psychological wellbeing. With time I was convinced to transform my thoughts, studies, experiences into a book, the idea was to make it thoughtful for the reader, and also trigger the natural process of introspection. For many people, it is difficult to express mental and emotional pain, also many are hesitant to seek help. This became an inspiration for conceptualizing the book “Vimoh”, as I believe some of these people can be helped through literature. My aim is to reach masses and unfurl healing through reading. The sign of healing can be observed when emotional connection gets established with any part of the book, usually referred as “triggers”. It may occur while reading it first time or with repeated reading and introspection done at different levels. I am confident the book Vimoh will make readers thoughtful and make them to re-think on self awareness. Idea is also to help many at the same time.
3. What is the book all about?
Vimoh is a Hindi word and the meaning of this word in English can be articulated as “An illusion and delusion which deters an individual from connecting with one's own real-self”. “विमोह” अज्ञानता, भ्रम आदि के कारण उत्पन्न होने वाला वह मोह है जो मनुष्य को स्व के शाश्वत स्वरूप से दूर कर देता है। The books present an allegory of some characters in the epic Mahabharata. It’s written in the form of Hindi poems, keeping the standard of Hindi literature high with the best of my abilities. While poems of the book Vimoh can be interpreted and evaluated at multiple levels. My attempt is to create amalgamation of psychotherapy and energy healing. The book “God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita” written by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda was my guide while writing the book “Vimoh”. Ensuring dignity of the subject, the attempt is to discuss some aspects of "relations", "philosophies", “healing”, “self awareness”, “psychology” and “spirituality” with my insights. Even when we have vast amounts of literature/commentaries already available on the subject Mahabharata/Geeta, the book Vimoh is a novel creation, touching some areas which are not widely discussed till date.
4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?
I used to compose poems when I was in school, I wrote many and lost them. What attracted me was the concept of a poem, where one can convey an entire story in two lines, conveying more in just a few words. That’s why it's the most difficult form too. One can read the book “Vimoh” in 2-3 hours. Furthermore, when I decided to spread my work towards psychological well-being I needed the most appropriate context to express my views. I believe, developing an ability to observe our behavior in a balanced manner is one of the important process of any healing or psychotherapy. Through discussion on the metaphors of our mythological books, the subject becomes more interesting and logical too. Probably, this could be one of the reasons why many books are compiled in the form of commentaries, discussion, poems, etc. over centuries, referring to the epic Mahabharat and Geeta. These were some thoughts, to choose the genre, context and subject.
5. How much time did it take to complete this book?
The first draft was ready in almost 3 months, which was back in 2018, after this it took one more year to finalize it as it involved lots of research and by end of 2019, it was ready. Due to the pandemic, it took some more time to get it published. Thanks to Rajmangal Publisher, the book was published at its right time in good shape.
6. What makes your Book Special?
My attempt is to unfurl healing through reading. Beyond creativity, attempt with book “Vimoh” is also a creation. Also, it's affirmatory with the reviews I am receiving. The reviews are beautifully overwhelming. In many reviews, it also confirms that the book has touched the chord which needed to get healed.
7. When is your second book coming?
Knowing oneself is the key to shape healthy self-esteem. Whether a fast-paced world or a stand-still life, children are inundated with external stimuli. Overwhelmed with external affairs, this knee highed energy boosters start adopting their environment, forgetting who they really are. The project which I am working on is a series of 8 books, aiming to help children in building healthy self-concepts. These are exclusive creations and aim to spread essential learning and help children to thrive. It will also be helpful for adults in re-parenting themselves. I am close to completing this series and soon will start connecting with publishers.
8. While writing did you get any writer's block? What is the Tip that you will give others who are facing writer's block?
Regarding blocks, even though I was convinced on the subject, which is primarily psychology, the block was mainly to shape it in such a way that, without using any scientific terms I wanted to make it readable and into entirety. Bringing ideas into literature, making it thought provoking, and keeping it an interesting read; requires the author to go beyond creativity to creation. I worked on multiple manuscripts, on topics like narcissism, inner-child healing; summarize my experiences by giving them a ground of literature; concepts and practices of energy healing; etc. I completed several manuscripts over the years. While I am convinced that they too are important and must come out one day in some form, yet decided not take these forward at this time. Finally, I started to focus on the topic of self awareness, converting thoughts into the most arduous form of literature (the form of poems), and the book “Vimoh” emerged. I am learning and with every attempt trying to improve myself. When in doubt, I take a pause, meditate, refer to a dictionary to search appropriate words, at times when I do not get appropriate word then I create one without compromising on the subject and needed courtesy; These are some of the things I do.
9. Apart from being a talented author, what are your other hobbies?
As of now, for me writing is not just a hobby, rather it’s more a sacred activity with a purpose. As a hobby, I love traveling with my family, where the destination is not fixed, it’s all decided on the go, exploring places, spending time beside a small pond in some unknown village, I enjoy nature – sunrise, sunset, rain, star gazing, waterfalls, mountains and good music.
10. Last but not least, How did you feel, while giving this interview?
It’s a pleasure to connect and have a chance to spread words about the book “Vimoh”. Thanks for covering the book and providing an opportunity to express my thoughts on the book.
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Musafir Hain Yaaro : Manzil ki talaash hai by Aasrin Hussain.

The Blurb:

हम पैदा क्यूँ होते हैं? और फिर मर क्यों जाते हैं ? इसी तरह के कई सवालों के साथ हम बड़े होते हैं , जीते हैं और फिर वक्त आने पर एक दिन मर जाते हैं किसी को जीते जी ही इन सब सवालों का जवाब मिल जाता है और कुछ लोग अपनी जिंदगी और इस universe के मतलब को जानने के लिए struggle करते रह जाते हैं| इसी के साथ हमारे जेहन में और भी कई सवाल उठते हैं , जेसे इस स्मार्ट वर्ल्ड में हमारी existence क्या मायने रखती है ? आखिर हमारी ज़िन्दगी का मकसद क्या है ? हाँ मकसद .., वही मकसद जो ज़िन्दगी को असल मायने में जिंदगी कहलवाते हैं | वही मकसद जो जीने की वजह होते हैं| वो मकसद जो इन्सान को उसके वजूद की पहचान करवाते हैं| लेकिन उसके लिए हमे हमारा सही मकसद पहचानना जरूरी है| और यही एक काम तो है जो सबसे मुश्किल लगता है| आखिर क्या होता है , जिंदगी का मकसद ? और केसे पहचाना जाता है ये ? मेरी नजर में दुनिया में जन्म लेने वाला हर इन्सान चाहे वो किसी भी जात से हो धर्म से हो या वर्ग से हो , किसी न किसी मकसद के साथ पैदा होता है| चाहे वो किसी को राह दिखाने के लिए पैदा हो या चाहे किसी को कुए से बाहर निकालने के लिए और चाहे वो किसी को खाई में धकेलने के लिए ही क्यों ना जन्म ले| या फिर किसी के वजूद को निखारने के लिए और कुछ लोग होते हैं जो घर वालो का सहारा बनने के लिए पैदा होते हैं| और यहाँ कुछ लोग ऐसे भी आते हैं जो सारी जिंदगी इस सफ़र ए जिंदगी को मस्त मलंग होकर जीना चाहते हैं| बे परवाह और बेफिक्री से इस दुनिया में घूमना चाहते हैं और घूमते भी हैं| और फिर आते हैं वो लोग जो सितारे की तरह खुद को इस दुनिया में चमकाना चाहते हैं और इस पर राज़ करना चाहते हैं| पर ये भी जानना कहाँ आसान होगा कि सितारा किस गगन का बनना है? आखिर कहाँ अपना आप लगाना है? जो आगे जाकर हमारे वजूद को तराश दे| और आखिर केसे पता चलेगा कि हम जहां अपना आप लगा रहे हैं आखिर मैं हमे वहीँ सफलता मिलेगी और सुकून हासिल होगा ?

इन्ही सभी सवालों और इनके जवाबो के साथ मिलकर बनी है ये कहानी| ये कहानी है दो लोगों की जो अपने मकसद की तलाश में हैं| जो लड़ कर भी हारे हुए हैं और जीत के भी बेसुकुन हैं| तो ये है इनके सफ़र की कहानी , " क्या इन्हें कभी मंजिल और सुकून मिल पायेगा ? " ये कहानी सिर्फ इन दो लोगों की नहीं है , ये कहानी हम में से हर दुसरे शख्स की है जो जिंदगी के मायने तलाश कर रहा है , जिंदगी का मकसद समझना चाहता है , अपनी जिंदगी में कामयाब होना चाहता है और अपनी जिंदगी को सुकून से गुजरना चाहता है , और इसी सुकून की तलाश में यहाँ वहाँ भागता रहता है|

My Take: 

Musafir Hain Yaaro: Manzil ki talaash hai is a new novel written by the author Aasrin Hussain and it's written in easy to read Hindi language full of expressive emotions. 

I liked the story, which has a unique flow that will make you think & look at things differently. Every chapter, every character are defined and portrayed in a magnificent way making it easy to relate to them. The detailed description of each emotion is the best part of the book that will touch your heart and it makes the book amazing. 

The highlight of the book is the storyline that kept me curious till the end also the massage that this book gives is just inspiring. A quick read and a must-read book. 

Overall a beautiful and amazingly written book, I will definitely recommend this to others. So click here and read now the Musafir Hain Yaaro: Manzil ki talaash hai  written by the author Aasrin Hussain

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