Bedtime Stories & Rhymes – Revisiting Childhood


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Someone has truly said that each of us has a child hidden somewhere in us. This child comes out in various instances whether its during our emotional times with our loved ones, the times when we are successful or fail in our endeavours, the times when we want to feel loved and cared for and the likes. Moreover along with this our childhood also comes to the fore when we talk about bedtime stories and nursery rhymes.

From bedtime stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood to the nursery rhymes like London Bridge is Falling Down and Humpty Dumpty, there was so much which shaped our childhood. These stories and rhymes helped us dream. They helped us imagine and visualize a world which didn’t exist in reality. They gave wings to our thoughts and took us on a never before thought of trip around the world.

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Book Review – Killing Ashish Karve


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Salil Desai is an author and filmmaker who has published two novels and a couple of short stories. ‘Killing Ashish Karve’ was first published as ‘The Body in the Backseat’ in 2011. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this -

Senior Inspector Saralkar is back at his desk after spending a rather annoying week at a ‘Secrets of Living’ course, especially for police officers and he is itching for some action now. Luckily, an exciting new case turns up right away!

The body of Ashish Karve, a local businessman has been found in the back seat of his car. To PSI Motkar, Saralkar’s diminutive assistant, it seems to be a straightforward case of suicide. But Saralkar’s sharp mind is agog with the dark possibility of murder.

As the case unfolds Saralkar finds enough motives for people, be it Ashish’s business partner, his wife, his brother, his friend, his brother-in-law or even strangers to want to do away with him!

Is the senior inspector becoming too fanciful in his imagination or is he on the right track in assuming that Ashish was killed? Delve into this deliciously thrilling whodunit and walk along with Senior Inspector Saralkar and PSI Motkar as they set out to sift the truth from lies and half truths.

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Book Review – The Madras Mangler


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‘The Madras Mangler’ is Usha Narayanan’s first novel. Having done a Masters Degree in English Literature, worked in various roles throughout her career and also done a creative writing course, she has finally taken to writing a novel. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this -

Five pretty girls from around the country, enjoying college life in Chennai, chasing their own dreams. Until a psychopath comes to town, killing girls and dumping their bodies in the rivers. The killer is smart, dangerous and very angry. Just like Vir Pradyumna, ace criminologist from New York, who is fighting his own demons from the past. Ruthless politicians, bumbling cops, beer barons and cyber criminals run amuck. The killer snatches a girl whom Vir has sworn to protect. A Hollywood action crew and the crowds at the India-Australia cricket one-dayer get sucked into the relentless buildup to a nail-biting climax. Will Vir be in time to stop the maniac and save the girl?

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Toilet for Babli: An initiative


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Open defecation is a huge problem in the developing world. But in India, this problem has reached alarming levels. From diseases & conditions like typhoid, malaria, measles, cholera and others to rapes and sexual assaults on women, open defecation is impacting our society in a big way. More than 600 million people (about half our population) defecate openly in India every day. So why is this the case? Let’s check it out.

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100 word fiction – Lost in the sea of humanity


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Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Jack wanted to meet and greet all the cartoon characters who had come to the square as part of the Children’s Day celebrations. We reached the venue half an hour in advance keeping the crowds in mind. But little were we to know that the swarm of people would multiply as the minutes go by. As I stood on my toes trying to look around, I realized that Jack was nowhere to be seen. Inquiring with everyone around and searching every nook and corner didn’t yield anything. I was quite literally lost in the sea of humanity which surrounded me.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read other entries here.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Flight


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“I wish I was a bird who could fly away leaving all my worries behind.”

Anna prayed to God everyday to make her a successful sportsman so that she could give her family a better life far from the conflicts they had grown used to. Though they struggled to make ends meet, her parents wanted Anna to live her dream of becoming a top squash player.

God seemed to listen to her prayers as she slowly but surely began to rise up higher and higher in her sporting career. The joy her parents felt seeing their daughter flying high knew no bounds.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction prompt: Flight

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Book Review – 7 Secrets of the Goddess


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Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor who has followed his passion for mythology by penning down more than 20 books in the field of mythology and the way they impact our lives in various ways. ’7 Secrets of the Goddess” is the fourth book in the ’7 Secrets’ series after ‘7 Secrets of Shiva‘, ‘7 Secrets of Vishnu‘ and ’7Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art’. Personally for me, this was Devdutt’s first book which I was about to read. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

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