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Bleak House - Part 1

Bleak House - Part 1

In Chancery London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill. Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snowflakes—gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun. Dogs, undistinguishable in mire. Horses, scarcely better; splashed to their very blinkers. Foot passengers, jostling one another’s umbrellas in a general infection of ill temper, and losing their foot-hold at street-corners, where tens of thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding since the day broke (if this day ever broke), adding new deposits to the crust upon crust of mud, sticking at those points tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest. Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls deified among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city.

Boy Hood

Boy Hood

Leo Tolstoy wrote his first published work, Childhood, when he was only twenty-three years old. A semi-autobiographical novel, it recounts two days in the childhood of ten-year-old Nikolai Irtenev, recreating vivid impressions of people, places, and

David Copperfield - Part 1

David Copperfield - Part 1

I Am Born Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I re-cord that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously. In consideration of the day and hour of my birth, it was declared by the nurse, and by some sage women in the neighbourhood who had taken a lively interest in me several months before there was any possibility of our becoming personally acquainted, first, that I was destined to be unlucky in life; and secondly, that I was privileged to see ghosts and spirits; both these gifts inevitably attaching, as they believed, to all unlucky infants of either gender, born towards the small hours on a Fri-day night. I need say nothing here, on the first head, because nothing can show better than my history whether that prediction was verified or falsified by the result. On the second branch of the question, I will only remark, that unless I ran through that part of my inheritance while I was still a baby, I have not come into it yet. But I do not at all complain of having been kept out of this property; and if anybody else should be in the present enjoyment of it, he is heartily welcome to keep it.

Goals

Goals

Author Brian Tracy again explores the seven key elements of goal setting and the 12 steps necessary to set and accomplish goals of any size. Using his trademark simple language and real-life examples, Tracy shows how to do the crucial work of determining one's strengths, values, and true goals

Jungle Tales of Tarzan

Jungle Tales of Tarzan

TEEKA, STRETCHED AT luxurious ease in the shade of the tropical forest, presented, unquestionably, a most alluring picture of young, feminine loveliness. Or at least so thought Tarzan of the Apes, who squatted upon a low-swinging branch in a near-by tree and looked down upon her. Just to have seen him there, lolling upon the swaying bough of the jungle-forest giant, his brown skin mottled by the brilliant equatorial sunlight which percolated through the leafy canopy of green above him, his clean-limbed body relaxed in graceful ease, his shapely head partly turned in contemplative absorption and his intelligent, gray eyes dreamily devouring the object of their devotion, you would have thought him the reincarnation of some demigod of old. You would not have guessed that in infancy he had suckled at the breast of a hideous, hairy she-ape, nor that in all his conscious past since his parents had passed away in the little cabin by the landlocked harbor at the jungle's verge, he had known no other associates than the sullen bulls and the snarling cows of the tribe of Kerchak, the great ape.

Kalidas - Shakuntala

Kalidas - Shakuntala

Shakuntala (Kalidasa) (Publications Sanskrit Series Cambridge, Ontario 1999) DRAMATIS PERSONAE King Dushyanta. Bharata, nicknamed All-tamer, his son. Madhavya, a clown, his companion. His charioteer. Raivataka, a door-keeper. Bhadrasena, a general. Karabhaka, a servant. Parvatayana, a chamberlain. Somarata, a chaplain. Kanva, hermit-father. Sharngarava, Sharadvata, Harita, his pupils. Durvasas, an irascible sage. The chief police. Suchaka, Januka, Policemen. A fisherman. Shakuntala, foster-child of Kanva. Anusuya, Priyamvada, her friends. Gautami, hermit-mother. Kashyapa, father of the gods. Aditi, mother of the gods. Matali, charioteer of heaven s king. Galava, a Pupil in heaven. Mishrakeshi, a heavenly nymph. Stage-director and actress (in the prologue), hermits and hermit-women, two court poets, palace attendants, invisible fairies.

Little Dorrit - Part 1

Little Dorrit - Part 1

THIRTY YEARS AGO, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day. A blazing sun upon a fierce August day was no greater rarity in southern France then, than at any other time, before or since. Everything in Marseilles, and about Marseilles, had stared at the fervid sky, and been stared at in return, until a staring habit had become universal there. Strangers were stared out of countenance by staring white houses, staring white walls, staring white streets, staring tracts of arid road, staring hills from which verdure was burnt away. The only things to be seen not fixedly staring and glaring were the vines drooping under their load of grapes. These did occasionally wink a little, as the hot air barely moved their faint leaves. There was no wind to make a ripple on the foul water within the harbour, or on the beautiful sea without. The line of demarcation between the two colours, black and blue, showed the point which the pure sea would not pass; but it lay as quiet as the abominable pool, with which it never mixed. Boats without awnings were too hot to touch; ships blistered at their moorings; the stones of the quays had not cooled, night or day, for months.

Little Dorrit - Part 2

Little Dorrit - Part 2

THIRTY YEARS AGO, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day. A blazing sun upon a fierce August day was no greater rarity in southern France then, than at any other time, before or since. Everything in Marseilles, and about Marseilles, had stared at the fervid sky, and been stared at in return, until a staring habit had become universal there. Strangers were stared out of countenance by staring white houses, staring white walls, staring white streets, staring tracts of arid road, staring hills from which verdure was burnt away. The only things to be seen not fixedly staring and glaring were the vines drooping under their load of grapes. These did occasionally wink a little, as the hot air barely moved their faint leaves. There was no wind to make a ripple on the foul water within the harbour, or on the beautiful sea without. The line of demarcation between the two colours, black and blue, showed the point which the pure sea would not pass; but it lay as quiet as the abominable pool, with which it never mixed. Boats without awnings were too hot to touch; ships blistered at their moorings; the stones of the quays had not cooled, night or day, for months.

Mr Standfast

Mr Standfast

I spent one-third of my journey looking out of the window of a first-class carriage, the next in a local motor-car following the course of a trout stream in a shallow valley, and the last tramping over a ridge of downland through great beech-woods to my quarters for the night. In the first part I was in an infamous temper; in the second I was worried and mystified; but the cool twilight of the third stage calmed and heartened me, and I reached the gates of Fosse Manor with a mighty appetite and a quiet mind. As we slipped up the Thames valley on the smooth Great Western line I had reflected ruefully on the thorns in the path of duty. For more than a year I had never been out of khaki, except the months I spent in hospital. They gave me my battalion before the Somme, and I came out of that weary battle after the first big September fighting with a crack in my head and a D.S.O. I had received a C.B. for the Erzerum business, so what with these and my Matabele and South African medals and the Legion of Honour, I had a chest like the High Priest's breastplate.

Our Mutual Friend - Part 1

Our Mutual Friend - Part 1

In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable ap-pearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in. The figures in this boat were those of a strong man with ragged grizzled hair and a sun-browned face, and a dark girl of nineteen or twenty, sufficiently like him to be recognizable as his daughter. The girl rowed, pulling a pair of sculls very eas-ily; the man, with the rudder-lines slack in his hands, and his hands loose in his waistband, kept an eager look out. He had no net, hook, or line, and he could not be a fisherman; his boat had no cushion for a sitter, no paint, no inscription, no appli-ance beyond a rusty boathook and a coil of rope, and he could not be a waterman; his boat was too crazy and too small to take in cargo for delivery, and he could not be a lighterman or river-carrier; there was no clue to what he looked for, but he looked for something, with a most intent and searching gaze.

Our Mutual Friend - Part 2

Our Mutual Friend - Part 2

The school at which young Charley Hexam had first learned from a book—the streets being, for pupils of his degree, the great Preparatory Establishment in which very much that is never unlearned is learned without and before book—was a miserable loft in an unsavoury yard. Its atmosphere was op-pressive and disagreeable it was crowded, noisy, and confus-ing half the pupils dropped asleep, or fell into a state of wak-ing stupefaction the other half kept them in either condition by maintaining a monotonous droning noise, as if they were performing, out of time and tune, on a ruder sort of bagpipe. The teachers, animated solely by good intentions, had no idea of execution, and a lamentable jumble was the upshot of their kind endeavours.

Our Mutual Friend - Part 3

Our Mutual Friend - Part 3

It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and in-visible, and so being wholly neither. Gaslights flared in the shops with a haggard and unblest air, as knowing themselves to be night- creatures that had no business abroad under the sun while the sun itself when it was for a few moments dimly indicated through circling eddies of fog, showed as if it had gone out and were collapsing flat and cold. Even in the sur-rounding country it was a foggy day, but there the fog was grey, whereas in London it was, at about the boundary line, dark yellow, and a little within it brown, and then browner, and then browner, until at the heart of the City— which call Saint Mary Axe—it was rusty-black. From any point of the high ridge of land northward, it might have been discerned that the lofti-est buildings made an occasional struggle to get their heads above the foggy sea, and especially that the great dome of Saint Paul's seemed to die hard but this was not perceivable in the streets at their feet, where the whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and en-folding a gigantic catarrh.

Our Mutual Friend - Part 4

Our Mutual Friend - Part 4

Plashwater Weir Mill Lock looked tranquil and pretty on an evening in the summer time. A soft air stirred the leaves of the fresh green trees, and passed like a smooth shadow over the river, and like a smoother shadow over the yielding grass. The voice of the falling water, like the voices of the sea and the wind, were as an outer memory to a contemplative listener but not particularly so to Mr Riderhood, who sat on one of the blunt wooden levers of his lock-gates, dozing. Wine must be got into a butt by some agency before it can be drawn out and the wine of sentiment never having been got into Mr Riderhood by any agency, nothing in nature tapped him.

Tarzan the Untamed

Tarzan the Untamed

Hauptmann Fritz Schneider trudged wearily through the somber aisles of the dark forest. Sweat rolled down his bullet head and stood upon his heavy jowls and bull neck. His lieutenant marched beside him while Underlieutenant von Goss brought up the rear, following with a handful of askaris the tired and all but exhausted porters whom the black soldiers, following the example of their white officer, encouraged with the sharp points of bayonets and the metal-shod butts of rifles. There were no porters within reach of Hauptmann Schneider so he vented his Prussian spleen upon the askaris nearest at hand, yet with greater circumspection since these men bore loaded rifles—and the three white men were alone with them in the heart of Africa.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the maid brought in a telegram. It was from Sherlock Holmes and ran in this way: Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. Leave Paddington by the 11:15. "What do you say, dear?" said my wife, looking across at me. "Will you go?" "I really don't know what to say. I have a fairly long list at present."

The Dark Moon

The Dark Moon

THE DARK MOON is a story narrated by Aariyana. Here, the girl has a strong crush on her classmate named Shayan. She gives in all her efforts to make him fall for her. But , Life is not that easy. We don’t always get the thing that we crave for. Let’s see where would her life take her ! Do read the story and share it !

The Mysterious Island - Part 1

The Mysterious Island - Part 1

During the American Civil War, the city of Richmond, Virginia, is plagued by famine and death. The city is under siege,

The Mysterious Island - Part 2

The Mysterious Island - Part 2

It was now exactly seven months since the balloon voyagers had been thrown on Lincoln Island. During that time, notwith-standing the researches they had made, no human being had been discovered. No smoke even had betrayed the presence of man on the surface of the island. No vestiges of his handiwork showed that either at an early or at a late period had man lived there. Not only did it now appear to be uninhabited by any but themselves, but the colonists were compelled to believe that it never had been inhabited. And now, all this scaffolding of reasonings fell before a simple ball of metal, found in the body of an inoffensive rodent! In fact, this bullet must have issued from a firearm, and who but a human being could have used such a weapon?

The Mysterious Island - Part 3

The Mysterious Island - Part 3

It was now two years and a half since the castaways from the balloon had been thrown on Lincoln Island, and during that period there had been no communication between them and their fellow-creatures. Once the reporter had attempted to communicate with the inhabited world by confiding to a bird a letter which contained the secret of their situation, but that was a chance on which it was impossible to reckon seriously. Ayrton, alone, under the circumstances which have been re-lated, had come to join the little colony. Now, suddenly, on this day, the 17th of October, other men had unexpectedly ap-peared in sight of the island, on that deserted sea!

The Rainbow Of Life..

The Rainbow Of Life..

Mumma.. Aabha entered the kitchen early morning and started talking to her mom. Aabha, how you got up so early Aabha s mom exclaimed .. You forgot mumma today is the 1st day of my engineering college. Oh yes! I remember, what would you like to have for breakfast

The Thirty Nine Steps

The Thirty Nine Steps

I returned from the City about three o'clock on that May afternoon pretty well disgusted with life. I had been three months in the Old Country, and was fed up with it. If anyone had told me a year ago that I would have been feeling like that I should have laughed at him; but there was the fact. The weather made me liverish, the talk of the ordinary Englishman made me sick. I couldn't get enough exercise, and the amusements of London seemed as flat as soda-water that has been standing in the sun. 'Richard Hannay,' I kept telling myself, 'you have got into the wrong ditch, my friend, and you had better climb out.' It made me bite my lips to think of the plans I had been building up those last years in Bulawayo. I had got my pile—not one of the big ones, but good enough for me; and I had figured out all kinds of ways of enjoying myself. My father had brought me out from Scotland at the age of six, and I had never been home since; so England was a sort of Arabian Nights to me, and I counted on stopping there for the rest of my days.

Touched By An Angel

Touched By An Angel

“Are you mad?”, I shouted at Neha “Come na Janu, please!!!”, Neha was still insisting “NO, I’m not coming, and stop calling me Janu, it sounds very filmy”. Although I liked Neha calling me Janu, I always pretended to it, so that she will continue to call me by that. “Ok baba, I won’t, but please, come with me. I already have committed my teachers that you will be there.”, Neha said “But, why me yaar? Can’t you get somebody else for your stupid thesis?” I was still not able to digest the thought of being in a girl’s

The Hometown

The Hometown

The Hometown is a story about Karan, the only child of his parents, lives in Porbandar. His only dream to earn money good enough to give his parents a comfortable life,but never wanted to leave his hometown only dream forced him to go away from hometown and leave his parents for better future, his destiny bring him back to the hometown. Will his destiny allow him to earn good money will he able to give a parents good life and what will happen with his love life Sometimes to earn something we know we have to lose something, but sometime we lose everything and get nothing, and it leads us to a question should we leave our hometown for better future

The Girl - Roma

The Girl - Roma

This is uncommon story of common people, Aqeel, Roma and Karan. Aqeel is a man from a very modest background, Destiny brings Aqeel in contact with Roma. Aqeel not only assists her financially but morally also, But after attaining financial freedom etc, Roma, forgets all her obligations moves away from Aqeel. This stage, Karan enters Romas life. Karan wants to marry her but Roma undecided. Aqeel, Roma and Karan get entangled in a web of circumstances and how they struggle to get out of it.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 3

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 3

This universe of ours, the universe of the senses, the rational, the intellectual, is bounded on both sides by the illimitable, the unknowable, the ever unknown. Herein is the search, herein are the inquiries, here are the facts; from this comes the light which is known to the world as religion. Essentially, however, religion belongs to the supersensuous and not to the sense plane. It is beyond all reasoning and is not on the plane of intellect. It is a vision, an inspiration, a plunge into the unknown and unknowable, making the unknowable more than known for it can never be "known". This search has been in the human mind, as I believe, from the very beginning of humanity. There cannot have been human reasoning and intellect in any period of the world's history without this struggle, this search beyond. In our little universe, this human mind, we see a thought arise. Whence it arises we do not know; and when it disappears, where it goes, we know not either. The macrocosm and the microcosm are, as it were, in the same groove, passing through the same stages, vibrating in the same key.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 4

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 4

The best definition given of Bhakti-Yoga is perhaps embodied in the verse: "May that love undying which the non-discriminating have for the fleeting objects of the senses never leave this heart of mine — of me who seek after Thee!" We see what a strong love men, who do not know any better, have for sense-objects, for money, dress, their wives, children, friends, and possessions. What a tremendous clinging they have to all these things! So in the above prayer the sage says, "I will have that attachment, that tremendous clinging, only to Thee." This love, when given to God, is called Bhakti. Bhakti is not destructive; it teaches us that no one of the faculties we have has been given in vain, that through them is the natural way to come to liberation. Bhakti does not kill out our tendencies, it does not go against nature, but only gives it a higher and more powerful direction. How naturally we love objects of the senses! We cannot but do so, because they are so real to us. We do not ordinarily see anything real about higher things, but when a man has seen something real beyond the senses, beyond the universe of senses, the idea is that he can have a strong attachment, only it should be transferred to the object beyond the senses, which is God. And when the same kind of love that has before been given to sense-objects is given to God, it is called Bhakti. According to the sage Râmânuja, the following are the preparations for getting that intense love.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 5

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 5

A word for you. Remember always, I may not see you again. Be moral. Be brave. Be a heart-whole man. Strictly moral, brave unto desperation. Don't bother your head with religious theories. Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind. Try to love anybody and everybody. Be a man and try to make those immediately under your care, namely Ram, Krishnamayi, and Indu, brave, moral, and sympathising. No religion for you, my children, but morality and bravery. No cowardice, no sin, no crime, no weakness — the rest will come of itself. . . . And don't take Ram with you ever or ever allow him to visit a theatre or any enervating entertainment whatever.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 6

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 6

In studying the religions of the world we generally find two methods of procedure. The one is from God to man. That is to say, we have the Semitic group of religions in which the idea of God comes almost from the very first, and, strangely enough, without any idea of soul. It was very remarkable amongst the ancient Hebrews that, until very recent periods in their history, they never evolved any idea of a human soul. Man was composed of certain mind and material particles, and that was all. With death everything ended. But, on the other hand, there was a most wonderful idea of God evolved by the same race. This is one of the methods of procedure. The other is through man to God. The second is peculiarly Aryan, and the first is peculiarly Semitic.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 7

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 7

This day marks the beginning of the regular teaching given daily by Swami Vivekananda to his disciples at Thousand Island Park. We had not yet all assembled there, but the Master's heart was always in his work, so he commenced at once to teach the three or four who were with him. He came on this first morning with the Bible in his hand and opened to the Book of John, saying that since we were all Christians, it was proper that he should begin with the Christian scriptures.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 8

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 8

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: "Some persons desire to ask questions about Hindu Philosophy before the lecture and to question in general about India after the lecture; but the chief difficulty is I do not know what I am to lecture on. I would be very glad to lecture on any subject, either on Hindu Philosophy or on anything concerning the race, its history, or its literature. If you, ladies and gentlemen, will suggest anything, I would be very glad."

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 9

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 9

I have talked with Pavhari Baba. He is a wonderful saint — the embodiment of humility, devotion, and Yoga. Although he is an orthodox Vaishnava, he is not prejudiced against others of different beliefs. He has tremendous love for Mahâprabhu Chaitanya, and he [Pavhari Baba] speaks of Shri Ramakrishna as "an incarnation of God". He loves me very much, and I am going to stay here for some days at his request.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 2

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand - Vol 2

One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in my life is to pay as much attention to the means of work as to its end. He was a great man from whom I learnt it, and his own life was a practical demonstration of this great principle I have been always learning great lessons from that one principle, and it appears to me that all the secret of success is there; to pay as much attention to the means as to the end. Our great defect in life is that we are so much drawn to the ideal, the goal is so much more enchanting, so much more alluring, so much bigger in our mental horizon, that we lose sight of the details altogether.

Akbar - Birbal

Akbar - Birbal

बीरबल एक ईमानदार तथा धर्म—प्रिय व्यक्ति था। वह प्रतिदिन ईश्वर की आराधना बिना नागा किया करता था। इससे उसे नैतिक व मानसिक बल प्राप्त होता था। वह अक्सर कहा करता था कि ईश्वर जो कुछ भी करता है मनुष्य के भले के लिए ही करता है। कभी—कभी हमें ऐसा लगता है कि ईश्वर हम पर कृपा दृष्टि नहीं रखता, लेकिन ऐसा होता नहीं। कभी—कभी तो उसके वरदान को भी लोग शाप समझने की भूल कर बैठते हैं। वह हमको थोड़ी पीड़ा इसलिए देता है ताकि बड़ी पीड़ा से बच सकें। एक दरबारी को बीरबल की ऐसी बातें पसंद न आती थीं। एक दिन वही दरबारी दरबार में बीरबल को संबोधित करता हुआ बोला— देखो, ईश्वर ने मेरे साथ क्या किया— कल शाम को जब मैं जानवरों के लिए चारा काट रहा था तो अचानक मेरी छोटी उंगली कट गई। क्या अब भी तुम यही कहोगे कि ईश्वर ने मेरे लिए यह अच्छा किया है?

Anuradha

Anuradha

लड़की के विवाह योग्य आयु होने के सम्बन्ध में जितना भी झूठ बोला जा सकता है, उतना झूठ बोलने के बाद भी उसकी सीमा का अतिक्रमण किया जा चुका है और अब तो विवाह होने की आशा भी समाप्त हो चुकी है। ‘मैया री मैया! यह कैसी बात है?’ से आरम्भ करके, आंखें मिचकाकर लड़की के लड़के-बच्चों की गिनती पूछने तक में अब किसी को रस नहीं मिलता। समाज में अब यह मजाक भी निरर्थक समझा जाने लगा है। ऐसी ही दशा है बेचारी अनुराधा की। और दिलचस्प बात यह है कि घटना किसी प्राचीन युग की नहीं बल्कि एकदम आधुनिक युग की है। इस आधुनिक युग में भी केवल दान-दहेज, पंचाग, जन्म-कुंड़ली और कुल-शील की जांच-पड़ताल करते-करते एसा हुआ कि अनुराधा की उम्र तेईस को पार कर गई, फिर भी उसके लिए वर नहीं मिला।

Amar Prem

Amar Prem

जीवन मरण के बारे में सोचते हुए हमेशा मन उलझ जाता है चारों ओर बस सवाल ही सवाल नज़र आते हैं मगर उत्तर कहीं नज़र नहीं आता। क्या है यह आत्मा, दिल दिमाग या फिर कुछ और क्या वाकई कुछ लोग मर कर भी इस मोह माया की ज़िंदगी से मुक्त नहीं हो पाते। क्या सच प्यार के बंधन में इतनी शक्ति होती है कि कोई एक दूजे के बिना मरकर भी खुद को उस बंधन से मुक्त महसूस नहीं कर पाता बस जीवन और मृत्यु के इसी ओह पोह से झूझते हुए बनी यह कहानी।

Alankaar

Alankaar

अलंकार - सम्पूर्ण उपन्यास -उपन्यास सम्राट मुंशी प्रेमचंद क़ी ये कहानी अध्यात्म, धर्म एवं नैतिकता के विषय में बहुत कुछ कह जाती है। उन दिनों नील नदी के तट पर बहुत से तपस्वी रहा करते थे। दोनों ही किनारों पर ही झोंपड़ियां थोड़ी थोड़ी दूर पर बनी हुई थीं। तपस्वी लोग इन्हीं में एकान्तवास करते थे और जरूरत पड़ने पर एक दूसरे की सहायता करते थे। इन्हीं झोंपड़ियों के बीच में जहां तहां गिरजे बने हुए थे। परायः सभी गिरजाघरों पर सलीब का आकार दिखाई देता था। धमोर्त्सवों पर साधु सन्त दूर दूर से वहां आ जाते थे। नदी के किनारे जहां तहां मठ भी थे। जहां तपस्वी लोग अकेले छोटी छोटी गुफाओं में सिद्धि पराप्त करने का यत्न करते थे..... पढ़िए पूरा उपन्यास मुंशी प्रेमचंद की कलम से..

Alif Laila

Alif Laila

फारस देश भी हिंदुस्तान और चीन के समान था और कई नरेश उसके अधीन थे। वहाँ का राजा महाप्रतापी और बड़ा तेजस्वी था और न्यायप्रिय होने के कारण प्रजा को प्रिय था। उस बादशाह के दो बेटे थे जिनमें बड़े लड़के का नाम शहरयार और छोटे लड़के का नाम शाहजमाँ था। दोनों राजकुमार गुणवान, वीर धीर और शीलवान थे। जब बादशाह का देहांत हुआ तो शहजादा शहरयार गद्दी पर बैठा और उसने अपने छोटे भाई को जो उसे बहुत मानता था तातार देश का राज्य, सेना और खजाना दिया। शाहजमाँ अपने बड़े भाई की आज्ञा में तत्पर हुआ और देश के प्रबंध के लिए समरकंद को जो संसार के सभी शहरों से उत्तम और बड़ा था अपनी राजधानी बनाकर आराम से रहने लगा। जब उन दोनों को अलग हुए दस वर्ष हो गए तो बड़े ने चाहा कि किसी को भेजकर उसे अपने पास बुलाए। उसने अपने मंत्री को उसे बुलाने की आज्ञा दी और मंत्री यह आज्ञा पाकर बड़ी धूमधाम से विदा हुआ। जब वह समरकंद शहर के समीप पहुँचा तो शाहजमाँ यह समाचार सुनकर उसकी अगवानी को सेना लेकर अपनी राजधानी से रवाना हुआ और शहर के बाहर पहुँचकर मंत्री से मिला। वह उसे देखकर प्रसन्न हुआ। शाहजमाँ अपने भाई शहरयार का कुशलक्षेम पूछने लगा। मंत्री ने शाहजमाँ को दंडवत कर उसके भाई का हाल कहा।

Aaina Sach Nahin Bolata

Aaina Sach Nahin Bolata

“रिश्ते सीमेंट और ईंटों की मज़बूत दीवारों में क़ैद हो कर नहीं पनपते... उन्हें जीने के लिये खुली बाहों का आकाश चाहिये। क्या विवाह हो जाना ही एक स्त्री की पूर्णताहैं आइना सपने दिखाता हैं और सपने हमेशा सच नही होते आइना कहाँ सच बोलता हैं सपनों को सच बनाती हैं हिम्मत और इस कथाकड़ी की नायिका के आईने के सामने देखे सपनो का सच कितना सच्चा हैं कितना झूठा आएये पढ़ते हैं हम सब ...

Ek Apavitr Raat

Ek Apavitr Raat

उलरिख वॉन जेटजीखोवन के वृत्तान्तों से ली गयी यह कहानी 13वीं सदी की है। बोधकथाओं या प्रकृत कथाओं से अलग यह प्रतीक-कथा अपने समय में एक नया आयाम उद्घाटित करती है। जब लांसलॉट लड़का ही था, जब उसके दाढ़ी नहीं आयी थी, तभी की यह कहानी है, जिसके कारण वह अपने समय के वीरों और सभ्य जनों के बीच ईर्ष्या और कुचर्चा का विषय बन गया था। एक बार वह दो वीर योद्धाओं के साथ गलागांद्रेज नामक जंगल के राजा के महल में गया। जंगल का वह राजा दो बातों के लिए प्रख्यात था - एक तो यह कि उसकी एक बहुत खूबसूरत लड़की थी, और दूसरी यह कि वह बहुत भयंकर आदमी था। उसके महल का नियम यह था कि कोई भी उसकी सुन्दरी लड़की की ओर यदि जरा भी बुरी निगाह से देखता पाया जाता, तो उसका सर धड़ से अलग कर दिया जाता था। बहुत-से वीर योद्धा यह गलती करके अपनी जान से हाथ धो चुके थे। वह शहजादी कुमारी थी, और उसके पिता की यह प्रतिज्ञा थी कि मृत्यु पर्यन्त वह कुमारी ही रहेगी।

Ek Thee Seeta

Ek Thee Seeta

इत्तफाक की बात कि दक्ष के एक और पुत्री थी - विजया। वह सुन्दर नहीं थी। बुद्धिमान तो थी, पर काफी बुद्धिमान नहीं। किसी पुरुष ने उसकी कामना नहीं की, इसलिए वह बिन ब्याही रह गयी। वह प्रौढ़ा कुमारी अपनी ब्याहता बहन सती के पास आती-जाती रहती थी, सिर्फ स्पर्शसुख प्राप्त करने के लिए। आदत से भी कुँवारी ही थी - अपने पिता दक्ष और शिव से चिढ़ी हुई भी रहती थी क्योंकि वे सती को अतिरिक्त स्नेह देते थे। उसका कोई खयाल नहीं करते थे। यह दुखी आत्मा अक्सर सती से यही कहती थी - प्यारी बहन, मैं तेरी जगह होती तो मैं..., और कहते-कहते सपने लेने लगती - जैसा सपना वह इस वक्त भी ले रही थी। शैया पर पसरकर खर्राटे लेते हुए। बायें नथुने के बिल से जैसे ईर्ष्या का विषैला सर्प भीतर रेंग रहा था, अपनी लौ जैसी जीभ चमकाता हुआ... जैसे कोई गुफावासी चिराग लेकर गर्भाशय की तरह की साँसों की खोह में चुपचाप उतर गया हो... वहाँ जाकर विषैले अण्डे देने और कपट रचना करने के लिए वह सन्तुष्ट भी कि देवी ने स्वप्न में उसे सर्प प्रतीक दिखाया था।

Kamasin

Kamasin

न तौलना, न मापना, न गिनना कभी हूँ गर्भगृह में समाया निशब्द, निश्छल, निस्वार्थ, अडिग पवित्र प्रेम मैं ! ! होस्टल के कमरे में मनु ने हिलाकर उसे जगाते हुए कहा था, उठो भई, जाना नहीं है क्या ? राशी ने एकदम से चौंक कर घडी की तरफ नजर दौड़ाई ! जब घडी में साफ नजर नहीं आया तो उसने पास में पड़े मोबाईल का बटन किल्क करके देखा !

Karmabhoomi

Karmabhoomi

कर्मभूमि प्रेमचन्द का राजनीतिक उपन्यास है जो पहली बार १९३२ में प्रकाशित हुआ। अमरकांत बनारस के रईस समरकांत के पुत्र हैं। वे विद्यार्थी- जीवन से ही सार्वजनिक जीवन में कार्य करने के शौकीन हैं। अपने मित्र सलीम की आर्थिक सहायता भी करते रहते हैं। प्रारम्भ में उनके लोभी पिता के आदर्शों में काफ़ी अंतर बना रहता है। अमरकांत का विवाह लखनऊ के एक धनी परिवार की एकमात्र संतान सुखदा से हो जाता है, किंतु दोनों के दृष्टिकोणों में साम्य नहीं है। साथ-साथ रहते हुए भी दोनों को एक - दूसरे से प्रेम नहीं है। सुखदा को अपने पति का खादी बेचना और सार्वजनिक कार्य पसन्द नहीं। पत्नी से प्रेम न पाकर अमरकांत सकीना की मुहब्बत में पड़ जाते है। वे पहले से ही डॉक्टर शांतिकुमार के साथ काशी में कार्य करते थे। गोरे सिपाहीयों द्वारा सताई गयी मुन्नी के मुक़दमे के सम्बन्ध में उन्होंने काफ़ी कार्य किया। व्यवहारिकता और आर्दश में संघर्ष होने के कारण अपने पिता तथा सुखदा से उनका पहले से ही जी ऊबा हुआ था, लेकिन जब सकीना के साथ उनका प्रेमपूर्ण व्यवहार देखकर पठानिन ने उन्हें फटकारा तो वे शहर छोड़कर चले गये।

Gaban

Gaban

ग़बन प्रेमचंद द्वारा रचित उपन्यास है। ‘निर्मला’ के बाद ‘गबन’ प्रेमचंद का दूसरा यथार्थवादी उपन्यास है। कहना चाहिए कि यह उसके विकास की अगली कड़ी है। ग़बन का मूल विषय है - महिलाओं का पति के जीवन पर प्रभाव । ग़बन प्रेमचन्द के एक विशेष चिन्ताकुल विषय से सम्बन्धित उपन्यास है। यह विषय है, गहनों के प्रति पत्नी के लगाव का पति के जीवन पर प्रभाव। गबन में टूटते मूल्यों के अंधेरे में भटकते मध्यवर्ग का वास्तविक चित्रण किया गया। इन्होंने समझौतापरस्त और महत्वाकांक्षा से पूर्ण मनोवृत्ति तथा पुलिस के चरित्र को बेबाकी से प्रस्तुत करते हुए कहानी को जीवंत बना दिया गया है। इस उपन्यास में प्रेमचंद ने पहली नारी समस्या को व्यापक भारतीय परिप्रेक्ष्य में रखकर देखा है और उसे तत्कालीन भारतीय स्वाधीनता आंदोलन से जोड़कर देखा है। सामाजिक जीवन और कथा-साहित्य के लिए यह एक नई दिशा की ओर संकेत करता है। यह उपन्यास जीवन की असलियत की छानबीन अधिक गहराई से करता है, भ्रम को तोड़ता है। नए रास्ते तलाशने के लिए पाठक को नई प्रेरणा देता है। ‘ग़बन’ की नायिका, जालपा, एक चन्द्रहार पाने के लिए लालायित है। उसका पति कम वेतन वाला क्लर्क है यद्यपि वह अपनी पत्नी के सामने बहुत अमीर होने का अभिनय करता है। अपनी पत्नी को संतुष्ट करने के लिए वह अपने दफ्तर से ग़बन करता है और भागकर कलकत्ता चला जाता है जहां एक कुंजड़ा और उसकी पत्नी उसे शरण देते हैं। डकैती के एक जाली मामले में पुलिस उसे फंसाकर मुखबिर की भूमिका में प्रस्तुत करती है। उसकी पत्नी परिताप से भरी कलकत्ता आती है और उसे जेल से निकालने में सहायक होती है। इसी बीच पुलिस की तानाशाही के विरूद्ध एक बड़ी जन-जागृति शुरू होती है। इस उपन्यास में विराट जन-आन्दोलनों के स्पर्श का अनुभव पाठक को होता है। लघु घटनाओं से आरंभ होकर राष्ट्रीय जीवन में बड़े-बड़े तूफान उठ खड़े होते हैं। एक क्षुद्र वृत्ति की लोभी स्त्री से राष्ट्र-नायिका में जालपा की परिणति प्रेमचंद की कलम की कलात्मकता की पराकाष्ठा है। इसमें दो कथानक हैं - एक प्रयाग से सम्बद्ध और दूसरा कोलकाता से सम्बद्ध। दोनों कथानक जालपाकी मध्यस्थता द्वारा जोड़ दिए गये हैं। कथानक में अनावश्यक घटनाओं और विस्तार का अभाव है। प्रयाग के छोटे से गाँव के जमींदार के मुख़्तार महाशय दीनदयाल और मानकी की इकलौती पुत्री जालपा को बचपन से ही आभूषणों, विशेषत: चन्द्रहार की लालसा लग गयी थी। वह स्वप्न देखती थी कि विवाह के समय उसके लिए चन्द्रहार ज़रूर चढ़ेगा। जब उसका विवाह कचहरी में नौकर मुंशी दयानाथ के बेकार पुत्र रमानाथ से हुआ तो चढ़ावे में और गहने तो थे, चन्द्रहार न था। इससे जालपा को घोर निराशा हुई।

Gumashuda Kee Talaash

Gumashuda Kee Talaash

रंजन चर्च में प्रार्थना कर बाहर निकल रहा था। आज उसका जन्मदिन था। उसे पंद्रह साल पहले का अपना जन्मदिन याद आ रहा था। वह अंतिम जन्मदिन था जब उसके पिता उसके साथ थे। चर्च के आहते में रंजन को फादर फ्रांसिस मिल गए।"हैप्पी बर्थडे रंजन।"थैंक्यू फादर.."तुम्हारा काम कैसा चल रहा है ?"बहुत अच्छा फादर। मेरे बॉस सरवर खान पर लोगों का भरोसा बढ़ता जा रहा है। एक के बाद एक केस की लाइन लगी रहती है।"अब शर्ली को तुम्हारे

Gulamagiri

Gulamagiri

सैकड़ों साल से आज तक शूद्रादि-अतिशूद्र (अछूत) समाज, जब से इस देश में ब्राह्मणों की सत्ता कायम हुई तब से लगातार जुल्म और शोषण से शिकार हैं। ये लोग हर तरह की यातनाओं और कठिनाइयों में अपने दिन गुजार रहे इसलिए इन लोगों को इन बातों की ओर ध्यान देना चाहिए और गंभीरता से सोचना चाहिए। ये लोग अपने आपको ब्राह्मण-पंडा-पुरोहितों की जुल्म-ज्यादतियों से कैसे मुक्त कर सकते हैं, यही आज हमारे लिए सबसे महत्वपूर्ण सवाल हैं। यही इस ग्रंथ का उद्देश्य है। यह कहा जाता है कि इस देश में ब्राह्मण-पुरोहितों की सत्ता कायम हुए लगभग तीन हजार साल से भी ज्यादा समय बीत गया होगा। वे लोग परदेश से यहाँ आए। उन्होंने इस देश के मूल निवासियों पर बर्बर हमले करके इन लोगों को अपने घर-बार से, जमीन-जायदाद से वंचित करके अपना गुलाम (दास) बना लिया। उन्होंने इनके साथ बड़ी अमावनीयता का रवैया अपनाया था।

Godaan

Godaan

गोदान, प्रेमचन्द का अंतिम और सबसे महत्वपूर्ण उपन्यास माना जाता है। कुछ लोग इसे उनकी सर्वोत्तम कृति भी मानते हैं। इसका प्रकाशन १९३६ ई० में हिन्दी ग्रन्थ रत्नाकर कार्यालय, बम्बई द्वारा किया गया था। इसमें भारतीय ग्राम समाज एवं का सजीव चित्रण है। गोदान ग्राम्य जीवन और कृषि संस्कृति का महाकाव्य है। इसमें प्रगतिवाद, गांधीवाद और मार्क्सवाद (साम्यवाद) का पूर्ण परिप्रेक्ष्य में चित्रण हुआ है। गोदान हिंदी के उपन्यास-साहित्य के विकास का उज्वलतम प्रकाशस्तंभ है। गोदान के नायक और नायिका होरी और धनिया के परिवार के रूप में हम भारत की एक विशेष संस्कृति को सजीव और साकार पाते हैं, ऐसी संस्कृति जो अब समाप्त हो रही है या हो जाने को है, फिर भी जिसमें भारत की मिट्टी की सोंधी सुबास भरी है। प्रेमचंद ने इसे अमर बना दिया है। गोदान प्रेमचंद का हिंदी उपन्यास है जिसमें उनकी कला अपने चरम उत्कर्ष पर पहुँची है। गोदान में भारतीय किसान का संपूर्ण जीवन - उसकी आकांक्षा और निराशा, उसकी धर्मभीरुता और भारतपरायणता के साथ स्वार्थपरता ओर बैठकबाजी, उसकी बेबसी और निरीहता- का जीता जागता चित्र उपस्थित किया गया है। उसकी गर्दन जिस पैर के नीचे दबी है उसे सहलाता, क्लेश और वेदना को झुठलाता, मरजाद की झूठी भावना पर गर्व करता, ऋणग्रस्तता के अभिशाप में पिसता, तिल तिल शूलों भरे पथ पर आगे बढ़ता, भारतीय समाज का मेरुदंड यह किसान कितना शिथिल और जर्जर हो चुका है, यह गोदान में प्रत्यक्ष देखने को मिलता है। नगरों के कोलाहलमय चकाचौंध ने गाँवों की विभूति को कैसे ढँक लिया है, जमींदार, मिल मालिक, पत्रसंपादक, अध्यापक, पेशेवर वकील और डाक्टर, राजनीतिक नेता और राजकर्मचारी जोंक बने कैसे गाँव के इस निरीह किसान का शोषण कर रहे हैं और कैसे गाँव के ही महाजन और पुरोहित उनकी सहायता कर रहे हैं, गोदान में ये सभी तत्व नखदर्पण के समान प्रत्यक्ष हो गए हैं। गोदान, वास्तव में, २०वीं शताब्दी की तीसरी और चौथी दशाब्दियों के भारत का ऐसा सजीव चित्र है, जैसा हमें अन्यत्र मिलना दुर्लभ है। गोदान में बहुत सी बातें कही गई हैं। जान पड़ता है प्रेमचंद ने अपने संपूर्ण जीवन के व्यंग और विनोद, कसक और वेदना, विद्रोह और वैराग्य, अनुभव और आदर्श् सभी को इसी एक उपन्यास में भर देना चाहा है। कुछ आलाचकों को इसी कारण उसमें अस्तव्यस्तता मिलती है। उसका कथानक शिथिल, अनियंत्रित और स्थान-स्थान पर अति नाटकीय जान पड़ता है। ऊपर से देखने पर है भी ऐसा ही, परंतु सूक्ष्म रूप से देखने पर गोदान में लेखक का अद्भुत उपन्यास-कौशल दिखाई पड़ेगा क्योंकि उन्होंने जितनी बातें कहीं हैं वे सभी समुचित उठान में कहीं गई हैं। प्रेमचंद ने एक स्थान पर लिखा है - उपन्यास में आपकी कलम में जितनी शक्ति हो अपना जोर दिखाइए, राजनीति पर तर्क कीजिए, किसी महफिल के वर्णन में १०-२० पृष्ठ लिख डालिए (भाषा सरस होनी चाहिए), कोई दूषण नहीं। प्रेमचंद ने गोदान में अपनी कलम का पूरा जोर दिखाया है। सभी बातें कहने के लिये उपयुक्त प्रसंगकल्पना, समुचित तर्कजाल और सही मनोवैज्ञानिक विश्लेषण प्रवाहशील, चुस्त और दुरुस्त भाषा और वणर्नशैली में उपस्थित कर देना प्रेमचंद का अपना विशेष कौशल है और इस दृष्टि से उनकी तुलना में शायद ही किसी उपन्यास लेखक को रखा जा सकता है।

Chandrakaanta

Chandrakaanta

चंद्रकान्ता हिन्दी के शुरुआती उपन्यासों में है जिसके लेखक देवकीनन्दन खत्री हैं। इसकी रचना १९ वीं सदी के आखिरी में हुई थी। यह उपन्यास अत्यधिक लोकप्रिय हुआ था और कहा जाता है कि इसे पढने के लिये कई लोगों ने देवनागरी सीखी थी। यह तिलिस्म और ऐयारी पर आधारित है और इसका नाम नायिका के नाम पर रखा गया है| चन्द्रकान्ता को एक प्रेम कथा कहा जा सकता है। इस शुद्ध लौकिक प्रेम कहानी को, दो दुश्मन राजघरानों, नवगढ और विजयगढ के बीच, प्रेम और घृणा का विरोधाभास आगे बढ़ाता है। विजयगढ की राजकुमारी चंद्रकांता और नवगढ के राजकुमार विरेन्द्र विक्रम को आपस मे प्रेम है। लेकिन राज परिवारों में दुश्मनी है। दुश्मनी का कारण है कि विजयगढ के महाराज नवगढ के राजा को अपने भाई की हत्या का जिम्मेदार मानते है। हांलांकि इसका जिम्मेदार विजयगढ का महामंत्री क्रूर सिंह है, जो चंद्रकांता से शादी करने और विजयगढ का महाराज बनने का सपना देख रहा है। राजकुमारी चंद्रकांता और राजकुमार विरेन्द्र विक्रम की प्रमुख कथा के साथ साथ ऐयार तेजसिंह तथा ऐयारा चपला की प्रेम कहानी भी चलती रहती है। कथा का अंत नौगढ़ के राजा सुरेन्द्र सिंह के पुत्र वीरेन्द्र सिंह तथा विजयगढ़ के राजा जयसिंह की पुत्री चन्द्रकांता के परिणय से होता है।

Chandragupt

Chandragupt

चाणक्य और सिंहरण के बीच का संवाद - उस समय आम्भिक और अलका का प्रवेश होता है - आम्भिक गुरुकुल में शस्त्र का प्रयोग करता है और चाणक्य उसे रोकता है.. कौन सी बात पर राजकुमार आम्भिक और चाणक्य के बीच द्वंद्व होता है.. पढ़िए चन्द्रगुप्त

Charchit Yaatraakathaen

Charchit Yaatraakathaen

इब्नबतूता (1304-1368-69) मोरक्को का निवासी, 22 वर्ष की आयु में यात्रा पर प्रस्थान। 28 वर्ष तक अरब, पूर्वी अफ्रीका, भारत, चीन, फारस, दक्षिणी रूस, मिस्र, फलासतीन् , स्पेन आदि का भ्रमण। अगले दिन हम सुलतान मुहम्मद शाह की अनुपस्थिति में देहली पहुँचे। यह हिन्दुस्तान का महानगर है। एक विशाल और शानदार शहर। खूबसूरत और शक्तिशाली। यह चारों ओर एक ऐसी दीवार से घिरा हुआ है जिसके समान संसार में कोई दीवार नहीं। यह हिन्दुस्तान का ही सबसे बड़ा शहर नहीं है, बल्कि सभी मुस्लिम राज्यों में सबसे बड़ा शहर है। मैं 8 जून 1334 को सुलतान तिलबेट के दुर्ग से लौट आया जोकि राजधानी से सात मील दूर था। वजीर ने हमें सुलतान के पास जाने का आदेश दिया। घोड़ों, ऊँटों, फल, तलवारों आदि के उपहारों के साथ दुर्ग के द्वार पर पहुँचे। हरेक का सुलतान से परिचय कराया गया और प्रत्येक की स्थिति के अनुसार उसे सुलतान ने उपहारों से सम्मानित किया। जब मेरी बारी आयी, मैंने देखा कि सुलतान एक कुरसी पर विराजमान हैं। जब मैं दो बार सलाम कर चुका तो सुलतान के अमीर ने कहा-बिस्मिल्लाह मौलाना बदरुद्दीन। हिन्दुस्तान में मुझे बदरुद्दीन के नाम से बुलाया जाता था। और मौलाना शब्द आदर के रूप में इस्तेमाल किया जाता था। मैं सुलतान के निकट पहुँचा। उसने मेरा हाथ पकड़ लिया। मेरे हाथ को हौले से दबाया और मेरा हालचाल पूछा।

Dehati Samaaj

Dehati Samaaj

बाबू वेणी घोषाल ने मुखर्जी बाबू के घर में पैर रखा ही था कि उन्हें एक स्त्री दीख पड़ी, पूजा में निमग्न। उसकी आयु थी, यही आधी के करीब। वेणी बाबू ने उन्हें देखते ही विस्मय से कहा, 'मौसी, आप हैं! और रमा किधर है?' मौसी ने पूजा में बैठे ही बैठे रसोईघर की ओर संकेत कर दिया। वेणी बाबू ने रसोईघर के पास आ कर रमा से प्रश्नख किया - 'तुमने निश्चिय किया या नहीं, यदि नहीं तो कब करोगी?' रमा रसोई में व्यस्त थी। कड़ाही को चूल्हे पर से उतार कर नीचे रख कर, वेणी बाबू के प्रश्नं के उत्तर में उसने प्रश्नह किया - 'बड़े भैया, किस संबंध में?

Panchtantra

Panchtantra

एक बहुत बड़ा विशाल पेड़ था। उस पर बीसीयों हंस रहते थे। उनमें एक बहुत सयाना हंस था, बुद्धिमान और बहुत दूरदर्शी। सब उसका आदर करते ‘ताऊ' कहकर बुलाते थे। एक दिन उसने एक नन्ही—सी बेल को पेड़ के तने पर बहुत नीचे लिपटते पाया। ताऊ ने दूसरे हंसों को बुलाकर कहा, देखो, इस बेल को नष्ट कर दो। एक दिन यह बेल हम सबको मौत के मुंह में ले जाएगी। एक युवा हंस हंसते हुए बोला, ताऊ, यह छोटी—सी बेल हमें कैसे मौत के मुंह में ले जाएगी? सयाने हंस ने समझाया, आज यह तुम्हें छोटी—सी लग रही है। धीरे—धीरे यह पेड़ के सारे तने को लपेटा मारकर ऊपर तक आएगी। फिर बेल का तना मोटा होने लगेगा और पेड़ से चिपक जाएगा, तब नीचे से ऊपर तक पेड़ पर चढ़ने के लिए सीढ़ी बन जाएगी। कोई भी शिकारी सीढ़ी के सहारे चढ़कर हम तक पहुंच जाएगा और हम मारे जाएंगे।

Parabhav

Parabhav

मैं तो अब कुछ ही क्षणों का महेमान हूँ श्रद्धा की माँ! कहते हुए सुन्दरपाल की आवाज लड़खड़ा गई| "ऐसी बात मुँह से नहीं निकालते श्रद्धा के बापू |" माया कुर्सी से उठकर अपने पति के समीप चारपाई पर ही आ बैठी | उसे अपने पति के बचने की आशा कम ही थी, तो भी वह आनेवाले भयंकर पल की कल्पना से स्वयं को बचाने का प्रयास कर रही थी | सुन्दरपाल पिछ्ले तीन महीनों से चारपाई पर पड़े थे और अब तो डाक्टरों ने भी उनके बचने की आशा छोड़ ही दी थी |

Premchand Ki Baal Kahaniyaan

Premchand Ki Baal Kahaniyaan

रेमचंद हिंदी के उन महान्‌ कथाकारों में थे, जिन्होंने बडों के लिए विपुल कथा-संसार की रचना के साथ-साथ विशेष रूप से बच्चों के लिए भी लिखा। उस समय एक ओर स्वतंत्रता संग्राम अपने पूरे जोरों पर था और देश के बच्चे-बच्चे में राष्ट्रीयता के भाव जगाए जा रहे थे। दूसरी ओर अंग्रेजी भाषा और अंग्रेजी संस्कृति का इतना प्रभाव फैल गया था कि भारतीय समजा अजीब स्थिति में फंसा हुआ था। एक ओर स्वदेशी की भावना, हमारे नैतिक मूल्यों और परंपरा से चली आ रही सभ्यता और संस्कृति की रक्षा का प्रश्न था, तो दूसरी तरफ विश्व में हो रही विज्ञान की प्रगति और नयी-नयी खोजों के प्रति भारतीयों में जागृति आ रही थी। पश्चिमी संस्कृति के प्रभाव का विरोध और स्वदेशी की भावना स्वतंत्रता आंदोलन के नारे बन चुके थे। महात्मा गांधी का प्रभाव, खादी, विदेशी कपडों की होली - ये सभी उन दिनों चर्चा के विषय थे। भारतीय और पाश्चात्य मूल्यों का संघर्ष, भारतीय समाज के लिए विचित्र समस्या बन गया था। बच्चों के लिए जो पत्रिकाएं प्रकाशित हो रही थीं जैसे ‘बालसखा’, ‘वानर’ आदि, वे सभी बीच का रास्ता निकालकर, बच्चों को ऐसी रचनाएं पढ़ने को दे रही थीं, जो बच्चों के बुनियादी मूल्यों की रक्षाकरते हुए उन्हें अपने समय के प्रति जागरूक और जानकार भी बना रही थीं। उस समय हिंदी के अनेक वरिष्ठ कवि और लेखक बच्चों के लिए भी रचनाएं लिख रहे थे और उन्हें राष्ट्र-भावना, स्वदेशी और भारतीय नैतिक मूल्यों आदि के संदेश के साथ विज्ञान और नयी दुनिया से भी परिचित करा रहे थे। प्रेमचंद ने भी उन्हीं दिनों जो रचनाएं बच्चों के लिए लिखीं वे उस समय के बच्चों में नैतिकता, साहस, स्वतंत्र-विचार, अभिव्यक्ति और आत्मरक्षा की भावना जगाने वाली सिद्ध हुई।

Prema

Prema

संध्या का समय हैए डूबने वाले सूर्य की सुनहरी किरणें रंगीन शीशो की आड़ सेए एक अंग्रेजी ढ़ंग पर सजे हुए कमरे में झॉँक रही हैं जिससे सारा कमरा रंगीन हो रहा है। अंग्रेजी ढ़़ंग की मनोहर तसवीरेंए जो दीवारों से लटक रहीं हैए इस समय रंगीन वस्त्र धारण करके और भी सुंदर मालूम होती है। कमरे के बीचोंबीच एक गोल मेज है जिसके चारों तरफ नर्म मखमली गद्दोकी रंगीन कुर्सियॉ बिछी हुई है। इनमें से एक कुर्सी पर एक युवा पुरूष सर नीचा किये हुए बैठा कुछ सोच रहा है। वह अति सुंदर और रूपवान पुरूष है जिस पर अंग्रेजी काट के कपड़े बहुत भले मालूम होते है। उसके सामने मेज पर एक कागज है जिसको वह बार.बार देखता है। उसके चेहरे से ऐसा विदित होता है कि इस समय वह किसी गहरे सोच में डूबा हुआ है। थोड़ी देर तक वह इसी तरह पहलू बदलता रहाए फिर वह एकाएक उठा और कमरे से बाहर निकलकर बरांडे में टहलने लगाए जिसमे मनोहर फूलों और पत्तों के गमले सजाकर धरे हुए थे। वह बरांडे से फिर कमरे में आया और कागज का टुकड़ा उठाकर बड़ी बेचौनी के साथ इधर.उधर टहलने लगा। समय बहुत सुहावना था। माली फूलों की क्यारियों में पानी दे रहा था। एक तरफ साईस घोड़े को टहला रहा था। समय और स्थान दोनो ही बहुत रमणीक थे। परन्तु वह अपने विचार में ऐसा लवलीन हो रहा था कि उसे इन बातों की बिलकुल सुधि न थी। हाँए उसकी गर्दन आप ही आप हिलाती थी और हाथ भी आप ही आप इशारे करते थे.जैसे वह किसी से बातें कर रहा हो। इसी बीच में एक बाइसिकिल फाटक के अंदर आती हुई दिखायी दी और एक गोरा.चिटठा आदमी कोट पतलून पहनेए ऐनक लगायेए सिगार पीताए जूते चरमर करताए उतर पड़ा और बोलाए गुड ईवनिंगए अमृतराय।

Badi Didi

Badi Didi

इस धरती पर एक विशिष्ट प्रकार के लोग भी वसते है। यह फूस की आग की तरह होते हैं। वह झट से जल उठते हैं और फिर चटपट बुझ जाते हैं। व्यक्तियों के पीठे हर समय एक ऐसा व्यक्ति रहना चाहिए जो उनकी आवश्यकता के अनुसार उनके लिए फूस जूटा सके।जब गृहस्थ की कन्याएं मिट्टी का दीपक जलाते समय उसमें तेल और बाती डालती हैं, दीपक के साथ सलाई भी रख देती हैं। जब दीपक की लौ मद्धिम होने लगती है, तब उस सलाई की बहुत आवश्यकता होती है। उससे बात्ती उकसानी पड़ती है। यदि वह छोटी-सी सलाई न हो तो तेल और बात्ती के रहते हुए भी दीपक का जलते रहना असंभव हो जाता है।

Betaal Pacheesi

Betaal Pacheesi

बहुत पुरानी बात है। धारा नगरी मे ने उसे मार डाला और स्वयं राजा बन बैठा। उसका राज्य दिनोंदिन बढ़ता गया और वह सारे जम्बूद्वीप का राजा बन बैठा। एक दिन उसके मन में आया कि उसे घूमकर सैर करनी चाहिए और जिन देशों के नाम उसने सुने हैं, उन्हें देखना चाहिए। सो वह गद्दी अपने छोटे भाई भर्तृहरि को सौंपकर, योगी बन कर, राज्य से निकल पड़ा।

Manjali Didi

Manjali Didi

किशन की मां चने-मुरमुचे भून-भूनकर और रात-दिन चिन्ता करके वहुत ही गरीबी में उसे चौदह वर्ष का करके मर गई। किशन के लिए गांव में कही खडे होने के लिए भी जगह नहीं रही। उसकी सौतेली वडी बहन कादम्बिनी की आर्थिक स्थिति अच्छी थी इसलिए सभी लोगों ने राय दी, “किशन, तुम बडी बहन के घर चले जाओ। वह बडे आदमी हैं, तुम वहां अच्छी तरह रहोगे।” मां के शोक में रोते-रोते किशन ने बुखार बुला लिया था । अन्त में अच्छे हो जाने पर उसने भीख मांग कर मां का श्रद्धा किया और मुंडे सिर पर एक छोटी सी पोटली रखकर अपनी बड़ी बहन के घर राजघाट पहुंच गया। बहन उसे पहचानती नहीं थी। जब उसका परिचय मिला और उसके आने का कारण मालूप हुआ तो एकदम आग बबूला हो गई। वह मजे में अपने बाल बच्चों के साथ गृहस्थी जमाए बैठी थी। अचानक यह क्या उपद्रव खडा हो गया?

Manto Kee Kahaaniyaan

Manto Kee Kahaaniyaan

मंटो अपने ज़माने के बदनाम लेखकों में से एक हैं जिन्हें सरकार और समाज दोनों ही पसंद नहीं करते थे| उसकी वजह थी उनकी सीधी सटीक बातें जो कहानियां कम और सवाल ज्यादा उठातीं थीं| मंटो ने सरकार और समाज की हर एक बात पर सवाल उठाएं है जो एक आम आदमी को जीने के लिए मुश्क्त और खिलाफत करने पर मजबूर करते हैं|

Manto Ki Dilchasp Kahaniyaan

Manto Ki Dilchasp Kahaniyaan

मैं आज आप को चंद शिकारी औरतों के क़िस्से सुनाऊंगा। मेरा ख़याल है कि आप को भी कभी उन से वास्ता पड़ा होगा। मैं बंबई में था। फिल्मिस्तान से आम तौर पर बर्क़ी ट्रेन से छः बजे घर पहुंच जाया करता था। लेकिन उस रोज़ मुझे देर होगई। इस लिए किशिकारी की कहानी पर बहस ओ मुबाहिसा होता रहा। मैं जब बंबई सैंटर्ल के स्टेशन पर उतरा, तो मैंने एक लड़की को देखा जो थर्ड क्लास कम्पार्टमंट से बाहर निकली। उस का रंग गहिरा साँवला था। नाक नक़्शा ठीक था। उस की चाल बड़ी अनोखी सी थी। ऐसा लगता था कि वो फ़िल्म का मंज़र नामा लिख रही है। में स्टेशन से बाहर आया और पोल पर विक्टोरिया गाड़ी का इंतिज़ार करने लगा। मैं तेज़ चलने का आदी हूँ इस लिए में दूसरे मुसाफ़िरों से बहुत पहले बाहर निकल आया था।

Manto Kee Vivaadit Kahaaniyaan

Manto Kee Vivaadit Kahaaniyaan

“मेरी तो आप ने ज़िंदगी हराम कर रखी है…. ख़ुदा करे मैं मर जाऊं।” “अपने मरने की दुआएं क्यों मांगती हो। मैं मर जाऊं तो सारा क़िस्सा पाक हो जाएगा...... कहो तो मैं अभी ख़ुदकुशी करने के लिए तैय्यार हूँ। यहां पास ही अफ़ीम का ठेका है। एक तौला अफ़ीम काफ़ी होगी।” “जाओ, सोचते क्या हो।” “जाता हूँ...... तुम उठो और मुझे...... मालूम नहीं एक तौला अफ़ीम कितने में आती है। तुम मुझे अंदाज़न दस रुपय दे दो।” “दस रुपय?” “हाँ भई...... अपनी जान गंवानी है..... दस रुपय ज़्यादा तो नहीं।” “मैं नहीं दे सकती।” “ज़रूर आप को अफ़ीम ख़ा के ही मरना है?” “संख्या भी हो सकता है।” “कितने में आएगा?” “मालूम नहीं...... मैंने आज तक कभी संख्या नहीं खाया।” “आप को हर चीज़ का इल्म है। बनते क्यों हैं?” “बना तुम मुझे रही हो........ भला मुझे ज़हरों की क़ीमतों के मुतअल्लिक़ क्या इल्म हो सकता है।” “आप को हर चीज़ का इल्म है।”

Manto Ki Shresht Kahaniyaan

Manto Ki Shresht Kahaniyaan

दिन भर की थकी माँदी वो अभी अभी अपने बिस्तर पर लेटी थी और लेटते ही सो गई। म्युनिसिपल कमेटी का दारोगा सफ़ाई, जिसे वो सेठ जी के नाम से पुकारा करती थी। अभी अभी उस की हड्डियां पसलियां झिंझोड़ कर शराब के नशे में चूर, घर वापस गया था.... वो रात को यहीं पर ठहर जाता मगर उसे अपनी धर्म पत्नी का बहुत ख़याल था। जो उस से बेहद प्रेम करती थी। वो रुपय जो उस ने अपनी जिस्मानी मशक़्क़त के बदले उस दारोगा से वसूल किए थे, उस की चुस्त और थूक भरी चोली के नीचे से ऊपर को उभरे हुए थे। कभी कभी सांस के उतार चढ़ाओ से चांदी के ये सिक्के खनखनाने लगते। और उस की खनखनाहट उस के दिल की ग़ैर-आहंग धड़कनों में घुल मिल जाती। ऐसा मालूम होता कि इन सिक्कों की चांदी पिघल कर उस के दिल के ख़ून में टपक रही है!

Raajarshi

Raajarshi

राजर्षि के सम्बन्ध में कुछ कहने का अनुरोध किया गया है। कहने को विशेष कुछ नहीं है। इस बारे में मुख्य वक्तव्य यही है कि यह मेरा स्वप्न में उपलब्ध उपन्यास है। बालक पत्रिका की संपादिका ने मुझे इस मासिक थाली में नियमित रूप से परोसने के काम में लगा दिया था। उसका फल हुआ यह कि प्राय: एकमात्र मैं ही उसके भोज का प्रबंधकर्ता बन गया। तनिक समय पाते ही मन 'क्या लिखूँ' 'क्या लिखूँ' करता रहता था।

Raamcharcha

Raamcharcha

राम चर्चा प्रेमचंद द्वारा लिखी गयी बच्चो की पुस्तक है ये पुस्तक लिखने में उनका मुख्य उदेश्य था कि भगवान राम के गुणों को बच्चों तक पहुचाएँ इसी लिए एक वार्तालाप के रूप में इस पुस्तक हो किया गया है जहाँ भगवान राम अपनी पत्नी सीता से बात कर रहे हैं और अपने जीवन का वर्णन दे रहे हैं प्रथम अध्याय में भगवान् राम अपने जन्म से चारों भाई की शादी तक की कथा संमिलित रूप से कही गई है

Roose Ke Patra

Roose Ke Patra

सोवियत शासन के प्रथम परिचय ने मेरे मन को खास तौर से आकर्षित किया है, यह मैं पहले ही कह चुका हूँ। इसके कई विशेष कारण हैं और वे आलोचना के योग्य हैं। रूस की जिस तसवीर ने मेरे हृदय में मूर्ति धारण की है, उसके पीछे भारत की दुर्गति का काला परदा पटक रहा है, हमारी इस दुर्गति के मूल में जो इतिहास है, उससे हम एक तत्व पर पहुँच सकते हैं, और उस तत्व पर गहरा विचार करने से आलोच्य विषय में मेरे क्या भाव हैं, यह सहज ही समझा जा सकता है।

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life @twist and turn.com

सहभागी लेखिकायें डॉ. सुधा श्रीवास्तव, डॉ. प्रणव भारती, नीलम कुलश्रेष्ठ, मधु सोसी गुप्ता, डॉ. मीरा रामनिवास, निशा चन्द्रा [अस्मिता, महिला बहुभाषी साहित्यिक मंच, अहमदबाद ] आभार - श्री महेंद्र शर्मा, सी ई ओ, मातृभारती अस्मिता को साझा उपन्यास लिखने की प्रेरणा देने के लिए

Vardaan

Vardaan

‘वरदान’ दो प्रेमियों की दुखांत कथा है। ऐसे दो प्रेमी जो बचपन में साथ-साथ खेले, जिन्होंने तरुणाई में भावी जीवन की सरल और कोमल कल्पनाएं संजोईं, जिनके सुन्दर घर के निर्माण के अपने सपने थे और भावी जीवन के निर्धारण के लिए अपनी विचारधारा थी। किन्तु उनकी कल्पनाओं का महल शीघ्र ढह गया। विश्व के महान कथा-शिल्पी प्रेमचन्द के उपन्यास वरदान में सुदामा अष्टभुजा देवी से एक ऐसे सपूत का वरदान मांगती है, जो जाति की भलाई में संलग्न हो। इसी ताने-बाने पर प्रेमचन्द की सशक्त कलम से बुना कथानक जीवन की स्थितियों की बारीकी से पड़ताल करता है। सुदामा का पुत्र प्रताप एक ऐसा पात्र है जो दीन-दुखियों, रोगियों, दलितों की निस्वार्थ सहायता करता है।इसमें विरजन और प्रताप की प्रेम-कथा भी है, और है विरजन तथा कमलाचरण के अनमेल विवाह का मार्मिक प्रसंग। इसी तरह एक माधवी है, जो प्रताप के प्रति भाव से भर उठती है, लेकिन अंत में वह सन्यासी जो मोहपाश में बांधने की जगह स्वयं योगिनी बनना पसंद करती हैं।

Sheikh Saadi

Sheikh Saadi

शेख़ मुसलहुद्दीन (उपनाम सादी) का जन्म सन् 1172 ई. में शीराज़ नगर के पास एक गांव में हुआ था। उनके पिता का नाम अब्दुल्लाह और दादा का नाम शरफुद्दीन था। 'शेख़' इस घराने की सम्मान सूचक पदवी थी। क्योंकि उनकी वृत्ति धार्मिक शिक्षा-दीक्षा देने की थी। लेकिन इनका ख़ानदान सैयद था। जिस प्रकार अन्य महान् पुरुषों के जन्म के सम्बन्ध में अनेक अलौकिक घटनाएं प्रसिध्द हैं उसी प्रकार सादी के जन्म के विषय में भी लोगों ने कल्पनायें की हैं। लेकिन उनके उल्लेख की जरूरत नहीं। सादी का जीवन हिंदी तथा संस्कृत के अनेक कवियों के जीवन की भांति ही अंधकारमय है।

Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta

Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta

श्रीमद् भगवद् गीता - अध्याय १ से १८

Sangram

Sangram

अमरकथा शिल्पी मुंशी प्रेमचंद ने इस नाटक में किसानों के संघर्ष का बहुत ही सजीव चित्रण किया है। इस नाटक में लेखक ने पाठकों का ध्यान किसान की उन कुरीतियों और फिजूल-खर्चियों की ओर भी दिलाने की कोशिश की जिसके कारण वह सदा कर्जे के बोझ से दबा रहता है। और जमींदार और साहूकार से लिए गए कर्जे का सूद चुकाने के लिए उसे अपनी फसल मजबूर होकर औने-पौने बेचनी पड़ती है। मुंशी प्रेमचन्द्र द्वारा आज की सामाजिक कुरीतियों पर एक करारी चोट ! संग्राम मुंशी प्रेमचंदलिखित अनन्य नाट्यकृति है सात दृश्य संजोए हुए पहला संग्राम नाटक का खंड पाठक व् भावक को किसानो के संघर्ष से रूबरू करवाता है

Million Dollar Habits

Million Dollar Habits

Introduction You Are What You Do Chapter-1 Where Your Habits Come From Chapter-2 The Master Program of Success DEDICATION This book is dedicated to my three fine brothers- Robin, Dalmar and Paul – each of them remarkable in his own way, each of them possessed of fine qualities, buttressed by great habits, and destined for wonderful things.

Swabhimaani

Swabhimaani

बुढ़ापा आ गया है, बीमार भी हूं और अब मेरे विचार अक्‍सर मृत्‍यु की ओर ही जाया करते हैं जो दिन-ब-दिन मेरे पास आ रही है। कदाचित् ही मैं भूतकाल के संबंध में सोचता हूं और शायद ही कभी मैंने अपनी आत्‍मा की आखों से अपने अतीत के जीवन की ओर मुड़कर देखा है। सिर्फ, समय-समय पर, जाड़े में जब मैं दहकती आग के सामने निश्‍चल भाव से बैठता हूं, या गर्मी में जब छायादार वृक्षों की पंक्ति के नीचे धीर-गति से टहला करता हूं तब मुझे अतीतकाल के दिन, घटनाएं और परिचित चेहरे याद आ जाते हैं, किन्‍तु ऐसे समय में भी मेरे विचार, मेरी जवानी या पकी उमर पर नहीं जाते, वे मुझे बचपन के प्रारम्‍भ की या छुटपन के शुरू के वर्षों की ही याद दिलाते हैं। मसलन मुझे उन दिनों की याद आ जाती है, जब मैं देहात में अपनी कठोर तथा गुस्सैल दादी के साथ रहा करता था, उस समय मेरी उम्र सिर्फ बारह साल की थी, और मेरी कल्‍पना के आगे दो मूर्तियां आकर खड़ी हो जाती हैं। किन्‍तु अब मैं अपनी कहानी का सिलसिले के साथ, ठीक-ठीक, वर्णन करूंगा।

Sailaab

Sailaab

ये कहानी भारत के सबसे बड़े और दर्दनाक हादसे - भोपाल गैस कांड को केंद्रित करके लिखी गयी है। इस कहानी को मैने अपने पति को. तेजेश्वर जी के द्वारा प्रेरित हो कर शुरू की है। गैस त्रासदी का वह रात कितना भयानक और दर्दनाक रहा तेजेश्वर जी के द्वारा आंखों देखी हाल का वर्णन उनके जुबान सुन कर मेरा मन द्रवित हो उठा। कहते हुए उनके चेहरे पर दर्द का लहर घना उठा था और सुनते हुए हमारा शरीर काँप उठा था। एक के बाद एक दर्दनाक तस्वीरें मेरे आंखों के सामने सिनेमा रोल की तरह बदलते गये। दिल को दहलाने देने वाली उस रात की सुबह कइयों ने देख भी नही पाए। एक पूरा गांव कुछ ही मिन्टों में समसान की ढेर में तब्दील हो चुका था। चीख पुकार अपनों को ढूंढते रिश्तेदार परिवार चारों और लाशों की ढेर। शायद ही देश ऐसे कोई घटना पहले देखी हो। उन में से मैने कुछ काल्पनिक चरित्रों के द्वारा पीड़ितों के मानसिक अवस्था को दर्शाने की कोशिश की है।

Sinhaasan Batteesee

Sinhaasan Batteesee

प्राचीन समय की बात है। उज्जैन में राजा भोज राज्य करते थे। वह बड़े दानी और धर्मात्मा थे। उनके बारे में प्रसिद्ध था कि वह ऐसा न्याय करते कि दूध और पानी अलग—अलग हो जाए। नगरी में एक किसान का एक खेत था। जिसमें उसने कई साग—सब्जी लगा रखी थी। एक बार की बात है कि खेत में बड़ी अच्छी फसल हुई। पूरी जमीन पर तो खूब तरकारियां आईं, लेकिन खेत के बीचों—बीच थोड़ी—सी जमीन खाली रह गई। हालांकि किसान ने उस जमीन पर भी बीज डाले थे। लेकिन वहां कुछ नहीं उगा। किसान ने वहां खेत की रखवाली के लिए एक मचान बना लिया। जब भी किसान मचान पर चढ़ता अपने आप चिल्लाने लगता— श्कोई है? राजा भोज को पकड़ लाओ और सजा दो। मेरा राज्य उससे ले लो। जाओ, जल्दी जाओ।' सारी नगरी में यह बात आग की तरह फैल गई और राजा भोज के कानों में पहुंची। राजा ने कहा, श्मुझे उस खेत पर ले चलो। मैं सारी बातें अपनी आंखों से देखना और कानों से सुनना चाहता हूं।'

Vaishya Vrutaant

Vaishya Vrutaant

देह व्यापार.विवेचन इनसाइक्लोपेडिया ब्रिटानिका के अनुसार देह व्यापार का अर्थ है मुद्रा या धन या मंहगी वस्तु और षारीरिक सम्बन्धों का विनिमय। इस परिभापा में एक षर्त ये भी है कि वह विनियम मित्रों या पति पत्नी के अतिरिक्त हो। गणिका के बारे में वात्स्यायन ने लिखा है.गणिकाएंए चतुरए पुरुपों के समाज मेंए विद्वानों की मंडली में राजाओं के दरबार में तथा सर्वसाधारण में मान पाती है। प्राचीन भारत में वेष्याएं थीए उसी प्रकार हीटीरा यूनान में तथा जापान में गौषाएं थी। वेष्या के पर्यायों में वारस्त्रीए गणिकाए रुपाजीवाए षालभंजिकाए षूलाए वारविलासिनीए वारवनिताए भण्डहासिनीए सज्जिकाए बन्धुराए कुम्भाए कामरेखाए पण्यांगनाए वारवधूए

Manto Ki Laghu Kathaien

Manto Ki Laghu Kathaien

सन इकत्तीस के शुरू होने में सिर्फ़ रात के चंद बरफ़ाए हुए घंटे बाक़ी थे। वो लिहाफ़ में सर्दी की शिद्दत के बाइस काँप रहा था। पतलून और कोट समेत लेटा था, लेकिन इस के बावजूद सर्दी की लहरें उस की हडीयों तक पहुंच रही थीं। वो उठ खड़ा हुआ और अपने कमरे की सबज़ रोशनी में जो सर्दी में इज़ाफ़ा कर रही थी, ज़ोर ज़ोर से टहलना शुरू कर दिया कि उस का दौरान ख़ून तेज़ होजाए। थोड़ी देर यूं चलने फिरने के बाद जब उस के जिस्म के अंदर थोड़ी सी हरारत पैदा होगई तो वो आराम कुर्सी पर बैठ गया और सिगरेट सुलगा कर अपने दिमाग़ को टटोलने लगा। उस का दिमाग़ चूँकि बिलकुल ख़ाली था, इस लिए उस की क़ुव्वत-ए-सामा बहुत तेज़ थी।

Manto Ki Bekhauf Kahaniyaan

Manto Ki Bekhauf Kahaniyaan

ये 1919-ई- की बात है भाई जान जब रौलट ऐक्ट के ख़िलाफ़ सारे पंजाब में एजीटेशन होरही थी। मैं अमृतसर की बात कररहा हूँ। सर माईकल ओडवायर ने डीफ़ैंस आफ़ इंडिया रूल्ज़ के मातहत गांधी जी का दाख़िला पंजाब में बंद कर दिया था। वो इधर आरहे थे कि पलवाल के मुक़ाम पर उन को रोक लिया गया और गिरफ़्तार करके वापस बमबई भेज दिया गया। जहां तक में समझता हूँ भाई जान अगर अंग्रेज़ ये ग़लती न करता तो जलीयाँ वाला बाग़ का हादिसा उस की हुक्मरानी की स्याह तारीख़ में ऐसे ख़ूनीं वर्क़ का इज़ाफ़ा कभी न करता। क्या मुस्लमान, किया हिंदू, क्या सिख, सब के दिल में गांधी जी की बेहद इज़्ज़त थी। सब उन्हें महात्मा मानते थे। जब उन की गिरफ़्तारी की ख़बर लाहौर पहुंची तो सारा कारोबार एक दम बंद होगया। यहां से अमृतसर वालों को मालूम हुआ, चुनांचे यूं चुटकियों में मुकम्मल हड़ताल होगई।

Manto Ki Badnaam Kahaniyaan

Manto Ki Badnaam Kahaniyaan

लाहौर से बाबू हरगोपाल आए तो हामिद घर का रहा ना घाट का। उन्हों ने आते ही हामिद से कहा। “लो भई फ़ौरन एक टैक्सी का बंद-ओ-बस्त करो।” हामिद ने कहा। “आप ज़रा तो आराम कर लीजिए। इतना लंबा सफ़र तय करके यहां आए हैं। थकावट होगी।” बाबू हरगोपाल अपनी धुन के पक्के थे। “नहीं भाई मुझे थकावट वकावट कुछ नहीं। मैं यहां सैर की ग़रज़ से आया हूँ। आराम करने नहीं आया। बड़ी मुश्किल से दस दिन निकाले हैं। ये दस दिन तुम मेरे हो। जो मैं कहूंगा तुम्हें मानना होगा मैं अब के अय्याशी की इंतिहा करदेना चाहता हूँ...... सोडा मँगवाओ।”

Manto Ka Chuninda Kahaniyaan

Manto Ka Chuninda Kahaniyaan

नाज़िम जब बांद्रा में मुंतक़िल हुआ तो उसे ख़ुशक़िसमती से किराए वाली बिल्डिंग में तीन कमरे मिल गए। इस बिल्डिंग में जो बंबई की ज़बान में चाली कहलाती है, निचले दर्जे के लोग रहते थे। छोटी छोटी (बंबई की ज़बान में) खोलियाँ यानी कोठड़यां थीं जिन में ये लोग अपनी ज़िंदगी जूं तूं बसर कर रहे थे। नाज़िम को एक फ़िल्म कंपनी में बहैसियत-ए-मुंशी यानी मुकालमा निगार मुलाज़मत मिल गई थी। चूँकि कंपनी नई क़ायम हुई थी इस लिए उसे छः सात महीनों तक ढाई सौ रुपय माहवार तनख़्वाह मिलने का पूरा तयक़्क़ुन था, चुनांचे उस ने इस यक़ीन की बिना पर ये अय्याशी की डूंगरी की ग़लीज़ खोली से उठ कर बांद्रा की किराए वाली बिल्डिंग में तीन कमरे ले लिए।

Nirmala

Nirmala

निर्मला, मुंशी प्रेमचन्द द्वारा रचित प्रसिद्ध हिन्दी उपन्यास है। इसका प्रकाशन सन १९२७ में हुआ था। सन १९२६ में दहेज प्रथा और अनमेल विवाह को आधार बना कर इस उपन्यास का लेखन प्रारम्भ हुआ। इलाहाबाद से प्रकाशित होने वाली की पत्रिका चाँद में नवम्बर १९२५ से दिसम्बर १९२६ तक यह उपन्यास विभिन्न किस्तों में प्रकाशित हुआ। महिला-केन्द्रित साहित्य के इतिहास में इस उपन्यास का विशेष स्थान है। इस उपन्यास की कथा का केन्द्र और मुख्य पात्र निर्मला नाम की १५ वर्षीय सुन्दर और सुशील लड़की है। निर्मला का विवाह एक अधेड़ उम्र के व्यक्ति से कर दिया जाता है। जिसके पूर्व पत्नी से तीन बेटे हैं। निर्मला का चरित्र निर्मल है, परन्तु फिर भी समाज में उसे अनादर एवं अवहेलना का शिकार होना पड़ता है। उसकी पति परायणता काम नहीं आती। उस पर सन्देह किया जाता है, उसे परिस्थितियाँ उसे दोषी बना देती है। इस प्रकार निर्मला विपरीत परिस्थितियों से जूझती हुई मृत्यु को प्राप्त करती है। निर्मला में अनमेल विवाह और दहेज प्रथा की दुखान्त कहानी है। उपन्यास का लक्ष्य अनमेल-विवाह तथा दहेज़ प्रथा के बुरे प्रभाव को अंकित करता है। निर्मला के माध्यम से भारत की मध्यवर्गीय युवतियों की दयनीय हालत का चित्रण हुआ है। उपन्यास के अन्त में निर्मला की मृत्यृ इस कुत्सित सामाजिक प्रथा को मिटा डालने के लिए एक भारी चुनौती है। प्रेमचन्द ने भालचन्द और मोटेराम शास्त्री के प्रसंग द्वारा उपन्यास में हास्य की सृष्टि की है। निर्मला के चारों ओर कथा-भवन का निर्माण करते हुए असम्बद्ध प्रसंगों का पूर्णतः बहिष्कार किया गया है। इससे यह उपन्यास सेवासदन से भी अधिक सुग्रंथित एवं सुसंगठित बन गया है। इसे प्रेमचन्द का प्रथम ‘यथार्थवादी’ तथा हिन्दी का प्रथम ‘मनोवैज्ञानिक उपन्यास’ कहा जा सकता है। निर्मला का एक वैशिष्ट्य यह भी है कि इसमें ‘प्रचारक प्रेमचन्द’ के लोप ने इसे ने केवल कलात्मक बना दिया है, बल्कि प्रेमचन्द के शिल्प का एक विकास-चिन्ह भी बन गया है।

Deep Shika

Deep Shika

जो अपने ख्यालों को ही जीवन समझ लेता है उसका जीवन भी एकविचार ही बन कर रह जाता है उसमें कोई स्वाद या पूर्णता कहाँ से आएगी? संसार में आकर भी इस संसार को अपने से अलग समझें तो पूर्णता कैसेआयेगी ? इस लड़की के मन में आने वाले कुछ विचारों के भावी संकेत इसपत्र में है। एक अजीब ख्याली जिंदगी के लिए ही फड़फड़ा रही है क्या ? संसार को पीठ दिखाना क्या एक नव यौवना के विषय में एक बिना अर्थवाला ख्याल नहीं? भला ये भी कोई सारगर्भित बात हो सकती है ?

Gora

Gora

वर्षाराज श्रावण मास की सुबह है, बादल बरसकर छँट चुके थे, निखरी चटक धूप से कलकत्ता का आकाश चमक उठा है। सड़कों पर घोड़ा-गाड़ियाँ लगातार दौड़ रही हैं, फेरी वाले रुक-रुककर पुकार रहे हैं। जिन्हें दफ्तर, कॉलेज और अदालत जाना है उनके लिए घर-घर मछली-भात-रोटी तैयार की जा रही है। रसोईघरों से अंगीठी जलाने का धुआँ उठ रहा है। किंतु तब भी इस इतने बड़े, पाषाण-हृदय, कामकाजी शहर कलकत्ता की सैकडों सड़कों-गलियों के भीतर स्वर्ण-रश्मियाँ आज मानो एक अपूर्व यौवन का प्रवाह लिए मचल रही है।

Chitakabare Band Ka Rahasy

Chitakabare Band Ka Rahasy

मेरे मित्र शेरलॉक होम्स की कार्य शैली के बारे में लगभग सत्तर पृष्ठ के नोट्स जो मैंने पिछले आठ वर्षों में तैयार किये थे, पर नज़र डालते हुए मैंने पाया कि उनमें कुछ दुखांत, कुछ हास्यास्पद और कुछ अजनबियों मामले थे जो एक ही जगह के न हो कर भिन्न-भिन्न जगहों के थे मैंने यह भी पाया कि शेरलॉक होम्स अपनी पेशेवराना प्यास बुझाने के लिए काम करते थे न कि धन के लिए उन्होंने कई ऐसे मामलों को, जो नीरस या अत्यंत सीधे-सादे थे, को हाथ में लेने से मन कर दिया था तरह-तरह के मामलों में मुझे याद नहीं पड़ता कि ‘सरे’ के स्टोक मोरोन के रोयलोटट्स परिवार के मामले के सिवाय किसी अन्य मामले में एक ही तरह की खासियतें सामने आई हों

Biraj Bahu

Biraj Bahu

हुगली जिले का सप्तग्राम-उसमें दो भाई नीलाम्बर व पीताम्बर रहते थे। नीलाम्बर मुर्दे जलाने, कीर्तन करने, ढोल बजाने और गांजे का दम भरने में बेजोड़ था। उसका कद लम्बा, बदन गोरा, बहुत ही चुस्त, फुर्तीला तथा ताकतवर था। दूसरों के उपकार के मामले में उसकी ख्याति बहुत थी तो गंवारपन में भी वह गाँव-भर में बदनाम था। मगर उसका छोटा भाई पीताम्बर उसके विपरीत था। वह दुर्बल तथा नाटे कद का था। शाम के बाद किसी के मरने का समाचार सुनकर उसका शरीर अजीब-सा हो जाता था। वह अपने भाई जैसा मूर्ख ही नहीं था तथा मूर्खता की कोई बात भी उसमें नहीं थी। सवेरे ही वह भोजन करके अपना बस्ता लेकर अदालत चला जाता था। पश्चिमी तरफ एक आम के पेड़ के नीचे बैठकर वह दिनभर अर्जियां लिखा करता था। वह जो कुछ भी कमाता था, उसे घर आकर सन्दूक में बंद कर देता था। रात को सारे दरवाजे-खिड़कियां बन्द कर और उनकी कई बार जाँच करने के बाद वह सोता था।

Chhooti Galiyaan

Chhooti Galiyaan

शाम होते ही मुझे घर में अकेलापन खाने को दौड़ता है इसलिए कॉलोनी के पार्क की ओर चल देता हूँ। आज भी शाम से ही पार्क में आ गया दो तीन चक्कर लगाये थक गया तो एक बेंच पर बैठ गया। काफी देर चहलकदमी करते युवा जोड़ों, महिलाओं और बुजुर्गों को देखता रहा। झूला झूलते और अपनी बारी आने का इंतज़ार करते बच्चों की उद्विग्नता और धैर्य को तौलता रहा। आसपास कुछ छोटे बच्चे फिसल पट्टी पर खेल रहे थे, उन की मम्मियाँ घास पर बैठी गपशप कर रही थीं और बीच बीच में अपने बच्चों को आवाज़ लगा कर आगाह भी करते जा रही थीं। चना जोर गरम, मूँगफली वालों के पास आकर रुकने पर बार बार मना करने से बचने के लिये उनसे आँख चुराता रहा लेकिन समय काटने के लिए इन्हीं हलचलों का सहारा था इसलिए काफी देर तक इन्हीं के बीच बैठा भी रहा। अब लेकिन सच उकताहट होने लगी थी। उठ कर जाने की सोच ही रहा था कि पास की बेंच पर दो महिलायें आ कर बैठ गईं।

Path Ke Davedaar

Path Ke Davedaar

अपूर्व के मित्र मजाक करते, ''तुमने एम. एस-सी. पास कर लिया, लेकिन तुम्हारे सिर पर इतनी लम्बी चोटी है। क्या चोटी के द्वारा दिमाग में बिजली की तरंगें आती जाती रहती हैं?'' अपूर्व उत्तर देता, ''एम. एस-सी. की किताबों में चोटी के विरुध्द तो कुछ लिखा नहीं मिलता। फिर बिजली की तरंगों के संचार के इतिहास का तो अभी आरम्भ ही नहीं हुआ है। विश्वास न हो तो एम. एस-सी. पढ़ने वालों से पूछकर देख लो।'' मित्र कहते, ''तुम्हारे साथ तर्क करना बेकार है।'' अपूर्व हंसकर कहता, ''यह बात सच है, फिर भी तुम्हें अकल नहीं आती।''

Parineeta

Parineeta

विचारों में डूबे हुए गुरूचरण बापु एकांत कमरे में बेठें थे। उनकी छोटी पुत्री ने आकर कहा-‘बाबू! बाबू। माँ ने एक नन्हीं सी बच्ची को जन्म दिया है।’ यह शुभ समाचार गुरूचरण बाबू के हृदय में तीर की भाति समा गया. उसका चेहरा, ऐसे सूख गया मानो कोर्इ बड़ा भारी अनिष्ट हो गया हो! यहा पाँचवीं कन्या थी, जो बिना किसी बाधा के उतपन्न हुर्इ थी। गुरूचरण बाबू एक साधारण आदमी थे। वह केवल साठ रूपए मासिक वेतन के नौकर थे। उनकी दशा शोचनीय थी, जीवन शुष्क तथा नेत्रो में निराशा की झलक थी। शरीर दुर्लब, मरियल, टट्टू की भांति था। देखने में ऐसा लगता था कि जान होते हुए भी बेजान हो। फिर ऐसी दशा में यह असुभ समाचार सुनते ही उनका खून ही सूख गया और हाथ में हुक्का लिए हुए निर्जीव की भांति, फटे-पुराने तकिए के सहारे लेटे रहे। जान पडंता है कि सांस लेने में भी उन्हें कष्ट हो रहा था।

Boscomb Valley Ka Rahasya

Boscomb Valley Ka Rahasya

एक सुबह मैं और मेरी पत्नी नाश्ते की टेबल पे बैठे थे जब नौकरानी एक तार लेके आइ। यह तार शेरलोक हॉम्ज़ की तरफ़ से था जिसमें संदेश कुछ ऐसा था: “क्या आप कुछ खाली दिन निकाल पाओगे? मुझे अभी अभी पश्चिमी इंग्लंड से बोसकोंब वैली की दुर्घटना के सम्बंध में तार प्राप्त हुआ है। मुझे ख़ुशी होगी अगर आप मेरे साथ चले। मौसम और नज़ारे बेहद ख़ूबसूरत है। आप सुबह ११:१५ पेड़िंगटन से चलिए।” “क्या कहते हो प्रिये?” मेरी पत्नी ने, मेरी और देखते हुए पूछा। “क्या तुम जाओगे?”

Panch Narangi Guthaliya

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Dharmakshetra - The Great Trial after Kurukshetra

Dharmakshetra - The Great Trial after Kurukshetra

The Great War is over. Kurukshetra lies barren. Is it the heroes who won and the villains who lost? The thin line between just and unjust, fair and unfair, deceit and loyalty, and betrayal and duty, has never been questioned.

Sharanam With Juhi Chawla - A Journey in Faith

Sharanam With Juhi Chawla - A Journey in Faith

Since ages, people have an ingrained belief that there is some mystical power that has tied together so many millions of people with that one strand of belief. Sharanam is a sojourn in this belief. Based on a popular television show on Epic Channel, Sharanam: Safar Vishwas Ka, this book showcases various facets of religious practices,

Umeed India with Virender Sehwag - Guts, Glory… and Gold

Umeed India with Virender Sehwag - Guts, Glory… and Gold

He lost both his arms at a very young age. He went on to qualify in the Paralympics and is India’s ace para swimmer! He is Suyash Jadhav. She had only nine seconds to turn the game in her favour at the Olympics.

Khwaabon Ka Safar With Mahesh Bhatt

Khwaabon Ka Safar With Mahesh Bhatt

"Relive the golden era of Hindi cinema with Mahesh Bhatt as he recounts the Khwaabon Ka Safar (the journey of dreams) of iconic film studios in India. Did you know that German filmmaker Franz Osten partnered with an Indian studio on some of India’s earliest blockbuster films in the 1930s"

Anatomy Of Froth

Anatomy Of Froth

In 2007, a global financial and economic crisis broke out that shook the world. It spun the globe into a common vortex. Whether it was loss of equiry value or real estate, salary downgrades, job loss or lack of market demand in business, the crisis affected every one, everywhere. The scale of this crisis was unlike any other economic upheaval since the Great Depression of 1929-1933. IT deeply impacted the global economic and financial order, as well as the advent of global trade and the mobility of capital. The long-term effects of the crisis will continue to effect our lives for many years to come. What and who caused the crisis? Was it wall Street? Was it global economic imbalances built on an undervfalued Yuan and an overvalued Dollar? Or was it the loose monetary policy which caused asset bubble? More importantly, what should we do to forecast and forestall crises such as this in the future? Unfortunately, discussion on these vital concerns have largely remained the preserve of aademics and experts. The lay person has come to understand the crisis only in terms of its tangible impact on home and workplace- and through pop-speak such as sub-prime mortgages and credit -default- swaps'. This book attempts to demystify the crisis for the layman and make him a participant in discussions regarding our collective future. The basic causes of the crisis, though complex, are often shadwed by the various emotions which accompany its aftermath. This book is an attempt to understand the fundamental nature of the crisis in terms of broader trends rather than determining guilty companies, institutions and individuals. Only such an understanding can secure the global community against similar devastating crises in future.

Avantika's Garden

Avantika's Garden

Avantika's Garden is a simple, delightful tale for children about the adventures of a sprightly menagerie of animals that live in and around a house in suburban Pune. Engagingly written and brimming with wit and subtle spoof, Avantika's Garden marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in children's writing.

Budget  Busters

Budget Busters

Budget Busters is devoted to rendering a highly technical subject user-friendly. Its primary goal is to enhance public awareness and understanding of the details of the budgets, government budgeting and resource allocation. All of us know that money is a volatile commodity. The earning and deployment of money, whether at a personal,state or country level, is of primary importance in ensuring self-sufficiency and wealth. Budgeting is used as a universal tool to monitor money. However, one needs to understand how to create and use Budgets in order to be able to appreciate its use. Government budgets are usually complicated to such an extent that the common man is unable to understand what they actually mean in real terms for them. So should one just give up on these budgets? Or should one attempt to understand them? As responsible citizens, it is imperative we attempt to understand budgets at the government level in order to know how our country's wealth is being utilized. At the personal level, in order to build serious wealth, budgeting is imperative. Go down the road to knowledge on budgets and budgeting with Budget Busters.

Concentration- Developing The Power

Concentration- Developing The Power

Concentration is sometimes spoken of as the ability to direct one's thinking in whatever direction one wishes to. We all have the ability to concentration span: this is the time we can concentrate on a specific task before our thoughts wander and our minds race from one thing to another. To deal with such times, we need to learn and practice concentration skills. In learning these skills the aim is to extend our concentration span, bearing in mind that we have different spans for different tasks. The main barriers to concentrating are boredom, anxiety and day-dreaming. Therefore, to improve our concentration, we fist need to counteract these barriers. Our ability to do so depends on our own enthusiasm for the task. The power of concentration is an invaluable and lifelong asset in our lives.

Frosted Glass

Frosted Glass

Frosted Glass comprises one story cycle consisting of 14 stories and one poem cycle consisting of 21 poems. The Stories, set in Calcutta, bring to the fore the darkness lurking in the human psyche and bare the baser instincts. The stories, compactly written and marked by insightly dialogues that raise contemporary issues like man-woman relationships and its strains, moral and ethics, environmental degradation, class inequality, rapid and mass-scale unmindful urbanisation, are devoid of sentimentalisation. The result is they remained focused and move around the central character who is named Rahul in all the stories. We encounter the events that shape, mar, guide Rahul's life and also the lives of those around him, making us question the very essence of existence. Rahul symbolises modern man; he is not just one character, but all of us rolled into one. The story cycle stands out for two reasons - its brilliant narrative and the dispassionate style with which betrayal in personal relationships and resultant loneliness has been handled. The poems weave a maze of dreams, images, reflections and stories. They are written in a reflective and many a time in a narrative tenor within a poetic idiom. The poems are inseparable in a hidden way and are magically sequenced like various kinds of flowers in a garland or chapters of differing shades in a novel. Calcutta features in some of the poems like the looming backdrop of Gotham City in a Batman movie.

Kaleidoscopic Reflections

Kaleidoscopic Reflections

As the turquoise, jasper, sapphire and amethyst contrive with light to reflect ecletic patterns in a kaleidoscope, so does Kadhambini's family and society. She chronicles three disrupted, yet connected, series of events, occuring at discrete instants of time - all bound by the inner contradictions involved in the experiences of the world by its characters. This is a tale of a Tamil family, spanning five generations, and how their destiny is inextricably linked to the fate of the land of contradictions: India

Learning To Lower Cholesterol

Learning To Lower Cholesterol

Our bodies use cholesterol (a waxy, fatlike substance that is naturally present in cell walls or membranes), to produce many hormones, vitamin D, and the bile acids, that help to digest fat. High cholesterol does not cause symptoms by itself. Instead, it is a risk factor. High cholesterol levels in the blood can cause fatty deposits in blood vessels which in turn can lead to heart attack, stroke or peripheral artery disease. The most common causes of high cholesterol are all related to high fat diets, inactivity, and obesity. Less commonly, genetic causes too can decrease the ability of the body to metabolize cholesterol or cause the liver to produce too much. This handbook from the HEAL series, tells you what you need to know to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and to safeguard yourself from its disease-risk. Begin early to gain the most. Live life the positive way!

Maples Rejuvenating Cocktail

Maples Rejuvenating Cocktail

Ryan loves photography and would do anything to capture life an celluloid. Ever since he was a child, he was waiting for certain answers from his uncle about his parents. After he broke up with his girlfriend, Melina, he was withdrawn and got entrapped in a web of uncertainty. His life, he thought, is a big question mark. In contrast, Ria, being an orphan, feels terrible with the way her stepsister, Simmy, treats her. The only liking she has in her life is dentistry. After attending a seminar in Singapore, she meets Shawn. They date with utmost passion, but face a bumpy ride ahead. Days pass by a Genelia is counting hours when she would complete her double undergraduate programmes to establish her dream project. She ignores the simple feelings of intimacy because of her failed relationships. Alternatively, working and making money make Miguel so ambitious that he is willing to travel all the way to India. He falls for the new, flawless internee, Alysia, and life starts to bare the reality of relationships. As time passes by, more complications arise and everything looks so blurry. With an unexpected network of unplanned rendezvous, the protagonists eventually meet at a party. The shock that ensues makes them wonder: what is going to happen? Will Ryan get over Melina and find answers to his questions? How is Ria going to solve her problems with Shawn. Can Genelia trust her expertise to steer her establishment to newer realms of business? What changes Miguel's mind from being a workaholic? Will a new love bug bite into the hearts of the characters in this story? Will lover enhance their outlook towards subsistence? Well, life is like a cocktail. How each one of them fills up their glasses with tempting happiness is a mystery. When the glass starts to get empty, they forget they need a refill - an alternative solution or a new compassion to reignite the magic of love.

Memory- Awakening The Potential

Memory- Awakening The Potential

We all wish we possessed a sharp memory. How often do we envy those with clear recall and wondered how they do it while we fumble with names and facts on an everyday basis. Memory is the warehouse, where all static and emotional data is stored. Believe it or not, our brain is bombarded with sixty thousend stimuli each second. The problem starts here; the brain memory has a huge capacity but that space is overstuffed with unnecessary thoughts. People often say that they forget things very fast or that they find it extremely difficult to remember things. The real reason for this is that their memory is overloaded with redundant information which is like virus data obstructing the smooth functioning of the mind, making it weak. Meditation, mental exercises, reiteration, physical exercise which increases oxygen flow to the brain - all these and more, are the lessons we learn in achieving that strong memory we all admire and want.

Pentacles

Pentacles

Pentacles comprises one long story and four short poems by Sabarna Roy. The work delightfully bridges the gap between the mundane and arcane writings of today and provides an interesting, yet intellectually stimulating, treat for the discerning reader. New Life is a long story written from the perspective of a successful adult whose mother had deserted the family for another man. The teenage angst and the scars it has left behind on the psyche of the protagonist are subtly reflected in the character. The different elements and characters of the story are beautifully interwoven to produce an intense and compelling story of an adult haunted by the trauma of being deserted by his mother. The work is interspersed with thought-provoking views on issues like love and socio-economic conditions in India. The traditional rhyme and metre dominated poems are on love, loss and longing. Unshackled by the bonds of rhyme and metre, Sabarna s free verses evoke the stark reality of urban life, hitting you straight in the guts. The use of everyday urban imagery adds to the appeal of the compositions. The concrete prison of urban life and the unfulfilled desire to escape to a simple life is aptly brought out in The Tower. The other poems of the collection are more biographical in nature with the protagonist being the member of the fairer sex. The free verses sketch out their life story with its attendant pathos, poignancy and logic. The best part of all the compositions is that the reader will definitely identify with the poet and will, in one form or other, have similar stories to narrate.

Personality Management

Personality Management

This is a practical self-growth book in the personality management.

Procrastination- Breaking Free

Procrastination- Breaking Free

Putting off an easy task makes it hard. Putting off a hard task makes it impossible. George Claude Lorimer Everyone procrastinates. We put things off because we do not want to do them or because we have too many other things to take care of. Sometimes it just seems too hard to get into it! Other times we tell ourselves some spave will help or bring perspective or renewed energy. Putting things off, big or small, is part of being human. But when your procrastination leaves you feeling discouraged and overburdened, and its effects start taking a toll on your life, whether in the work place or at home, or in your relationships, it is time to take action. Are you a hopeless procrastinator? there is always a way forward. However, there are no quick fixes. You are not going to wake up tomorrow and never procrastinate again. But you can wake up and do one or two simple things that will help you finish the task a little earlier or with less stress. Overcoming the drag of procrastination can set you free in ways you never even imagined. The benefits reach deep into your everyday life.

Rainbow At Noon

Rainbow At Noon

A timeless journey to self-realisation.. By Sahitya Akademi Award winning author, Dhiruben Patel When a sannyasi turns his back on worldly life, he is said to have transcended the trammels of mundane existence. But what of the sannyasi who turns his back on renuciation itself? Rainbow at Noon describes the life of shan, who is able to navigate his soul out of the world and back into it, only to realize the place for the self is in the self. Here is the story of a sannyasi who returns to his home in Mumbai and how he is treated by the world. It is a brilliant account of the inner turmoil of every man who wishes to rise above himself. Lucidity and succinctness characterise Raj Supe's translation of Dhiruben's original Gujarati. The lay reader is quickly drawn into the story of ishan and his family and is easily able to assimilate what could otherwise have been abstruse and profound text. Rainbow at Noon can be read over and over again without losing its novelty, as new layers reveal themselves. It is like a little jewel that retains its lustre forever.

Understanding And Controlling Diabetes

Understanding And Controlling Diabetes

The prevalance of Diabetes has steadily increased in the last half century and is expected to continue spreading. In the US alone, it is estimated that over 16 million people suffer from Diabetes and another 5.4 million are not even aware of having it. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder when the human body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone required to convert sugar, starches and other food, into energy. Diabetes Mellitus is characterized by constant high levels of blood glucose (sugar). Though Diabetes Mellitus is not completely curable, it is controllable to a great extent. It is thus important to have accurate information to manage it successfully. The control of Diabetes mostly depends on the patient taking responsibility for diet, exercise and medication. Advances in Diabetes research have led to better ways of managing it and treating its complications. This book from the HEAL series, focuses on what every person should know about Diabetes and the necessary steps which need to be taken in order to lead an active and fulfilled life despite it.

Winning Against Allergies

Winning Against Allergies

Allergies are abnormal reactions to ordinarily harmless substance. The sensitizing substances, called allergens, may be inhaled, swallowed, or come into contact with the skin. Allergens that most frequently cause problems are: pollens, mold spores, house dust mites, animal danders, foods, insect bites or stings, plants, insect spores, latex rubber, viruses, bacteria, medications and environmental conditions such as cold, heat or humidity. Allergic reactions occurs after the immune system mistakenly learns to recognize innocent foreign substances or allergens, as potentially harmful. Most people who suffer from allergies, have to face aggravating conditions that interrupt their lifestyle. Almost all those who suffer from allergies seek medical help, and yet, in most cases, they continue to suffer despite their efforts to find relief and cure. Is allergy relief possible? How much can we do to help ourselves? Can we win against this onslaught to our systems? This volume from the HEAL series, gives you the information you need to win against allergies.

Worship Essentials For Puja

Worship Essentials For Puja

If anyone offers me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, and water, I receive that, offered in devotion by the persons whose soul is disciplined. ~ Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. The various religions of world have different rituals and objects used in worship. Offerings to the Divine vary according to region, tradition or availability. But only one stream of thought runs though them all like a pure, flowing river. The predominant idea behind all offerings and prayers and puja (rituals of worship), is the surrender of oneself to the All Powerful, Absolute and Almighty and to seek His blessings, protection and forgiveness in our passage through life. Many of our traditions and rituals of worship have been lost over time- victims to the drift of cultures. Today, amidst the rush of modern living, our ways of the worship have become practice-by-rote, without the individual understanding the actual meaning of either the object used or the ritual and ultimately , the form of worship itself. With the loss of this rich legacy of deeper meaning, puja is bereft of that special communion with God, which all humans desire. This accessible and beautifully presented book , re- acquaints us with the meaning and purpose behind the objects we use in our puja , whether at home or in the temple. It gently informs and adds meaning and value to that most private of all human practices-worship.

Goals Setting & Realisation

Goals Setting & Realisation

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to realize this vision of the future, converting it to reality. Think about where you want to go in life. These are your lifetime goals. Once you know want to achieve, you can plan where to focus your efforts. You will quickly spot the distractions that will sidetrack you. Properly-set goals can be incredibly motivating, and as you get into the habit of setting and achieving goals, you will find your self-confidence building as well. It is important to remember that you goals will change over time. Feed lessons learnt back into your goal-setting programme. Adjust the goals regularly to reflect growth in your knowledge and experience. When some goals no longer hold your interest, consider letting them go. If you do not already set goals, consider doing so now. Once you make this technique a part of your life skills, you will wonder how you lived without it!

The Chattering Forest

The Chattering Forest

This engaging compilation of 12 short stories, takes children on a journey to a land of teacups and elves, tadpoles and talking trees - where imagination rules the day. The world is populated by such wonderous things as imps, caterpillars and errant bushes that walk and talk... Included are the tales of Empty Head, the story of a young man whose head is full of fantasies like blue-bottle fairies dancing in red teacups in the sky and chocolate chip mansions surrounded with meadows of green icing; Taddy the Tadpole, who begs his uncle Foggy Foo, to take him away onto land so that he will not be devoured by the fish in the river; a wonderful chat between Elfwood and Giant Pine when Pine asks for help to move to the meadows, as he is not happy in the forest; Saby the Caterpillar, who longs to become a butterfly only to find that wicked dragonfly eats butterflies and other insects near his home, the Petunia plant... Children will love meeting King Oily, Beetle the Ball, the Paranoid Elf...and all the other colourful characters who live through the pages of this memorable montage. The Chattering Forest is equally enjoyable whether shared aloud, enacted, or read by oneself, curled up on a rainy afternoon.

Naughty Avantika

Naughty Avantika

Avantika, an eight-year-old girl, has an uncanny knack of getting into trouble. In Avantika's world, naughtiness reigns supreme and mischief is the order of the day. But fortunately for our heroine, her twinkling eyes can melt the toughest of hearts. And for those times when she really turns things upside down. Avantika's lucky red stone always comes to her rescue. Join Avantika as she embarks upon misadventures galore and takes you on an entertaining ride full of innocent mischief and good-natured humour.

Rough With The Smooth

Rough With The Smooth

It's story of victory of hope over hopelessness, of victory of grit over dejection. And of bad, violent politics that boomerang and devour the very practitioners. Unni leaves Indian shores to fulful his Arabian dream of eighteen. Sixteen years later, at thirty four, returns of India with a crore of rupees to settle down. Within two years, his own kin dupe him of millions and reduce him to utter poverty. Despite grinding poverty, with his conviction in his own capability intact, seeking jobs, Unni ultimately lands a job as a chef at a star hotel owned by a much storied politician, Gounder, in Tamilnadu. Unni works his way out of poverty to riches. His daughter, Omana, does well in studies. Gounder's son, Sampath, and Omana go to the same college. Out of political compulsions, Gounder agrees to let Omana and Sampath marry. Political rivalry between Gounder and his for Man Friday, Mayandy, turns ugly. Gounder plots Mayandy's death. Mayandy's sib gets Gounder and his son, Sampath, killed. Unni takes over Gounder's empire. Omana, the widow, starts a free fertilizer, seed centre. Gounder's mistress, Rukkamma, joins Omana in the endeavour

Poetry Writing Made Simple 1 Teacher'S Toolbox Series

Poetry Writing Made Simple 1 Teacher'S Toolbox Series

Yes, indeed, everyone can be a poet! Poetry is not the elusive and impractical exercise most of us think. It is just a natural outlet of emotions, thoughts, experiences and more. This unique book is akin to attending a teaching resource workshop where the teacher-poet is enthusiastic to share his experience and learning about the inventive, writing process and skills of poetry. The straightforward and handy techniques used in this unpretentious book, bring out the natural poet in all of us. The volume offers tools, practice, and examples. Dotted with exercises, materials in this book are invaluable for classroom teaching. Who says children cannot be trained to write poetry? Sarika Singh's well-structured, undemanding, encouraging and inspiring tutorial, is like a series of stepping stones for all those who have imagined putting pen to paper to articulate a sentiment. Goods teaching should demonstrate, not inform or advise. That principle in practise, is what makes this volume extraordinary. Poetry writing never seemed so simple!

Poetry Writing Made Simple 2 Teacher'S Toolbox Series

Poetry Writing Made Simple 2 Teacher'S Toolbox Series

Poetry captures the wonder of life, in a few wordsƒ it surrounds us, we just know it by different names - craft, music, dance, song, and even activities such as driving, swimming, cooking or painting. There is a rhythm, rhyme and balance in all these activities - this is poetry in the real world. Following this series (Book I & Book II), is equivalent to attending an uncomplicated and practical course in poetry. The methodologies are clear-cut, understanding and user-friendly. This 2-volume set furnishes you with a toolkit to help you teach and write poetry. Get acquainted with the poetry process: paint your words; learn how to use tone, repetition and rhyme readily; employ the right tools to maintain your poetry journals and compile your anthologies. Sarika Singh shares her poetry recipes with other teachers and parents who wish to offer children the guidance and space to experiment with their own creativity whilst having fun. Poetry is fun! It is for everyone!

Bachelor's Marriage

Bachelor's Marriage

Can you really be in love with two people at the same time? 17-year-old, Punekar Sujay is a simple, religious guy who belongs to a family for whom prestige and one's image in the society are of utmost importance. For his orthodox family, concepts like love, attraction and (god forbid!) girlfriends do not exist; there are only arranged marriages because your family knows best. And so all his life, Sujay has believed that love doesn't strike you as a teenager. But when an unusual misfortune brings spunky and quirky Gunjan into Sujay's life, he has no idea how amazingly complicated his life is going to get; because his mother has already promised him to be wed to the sundar and susheel Jyoti. Every time Sujay tries to make a decision, he can't, because he really is in love with both Gunjan and Jyoti. And that is not how life functions - certainly not his family. Will he be able to get out of this mess? Or will the mess really take over his life? Only time can tell.Bachelor'$ Marriage is a story about love, friendship, family and what it means to really grow up.

Karna The Unsung Hero Of The Mahabharata

Karna The Unsung Hero Of The Mahabharata

Then, the exquisitely handsome body of Karna of generous acts, who should have been worthy of perpetual happiness, let go of that refulgent head with the kind of extreme reluctance evinced by a wealthy person in leaving his own prosperous home, or by a saintly one in forsaking virtuous company. [The Mahabharata, Karna-Parva; 91.53-54] In these lines of evocative pathos, the Mahabharata pays its ultimate tribute to Karna, who has hardly a rival in world literature to match his credentials as a uniquely nuanced heroes' hero – towering above Hector in righteous valour, above Arjuna in generosity, and above all else in conscientious attachment to the principles of noblesse oblige. This is the intriguing story of a hero who, despite being born to royalty was, like the Biblical Moses, cast away by his mother. Brought up lovingly by a lowly charioteer and his wife, his whole life was one great struggle against cruel destiny, and against all the odds placed in his way by the inequities of his time. In the process, he blazed a new trail of glory, emerging as the adorable exemplar of purushakaara (manly effort), with tremendous achievements both as a man and also as a warrior. Yet society never gave him his due, despite being as upright as Yudhishthira, as strong as Bhima, as skilful as Arjuna, as handsome as Nakula and as intelligent as Sahadeva. Rebuffed and insulted by society at every step, he developed some flaws engendered by a defiant spirit and nurtured by association with the evil designs of Duryodhana, his benefactor prince. But those very contrarieties seem to enhance and enliven the dramatic appeal of his character as one of the brightest stars of the Mahabharata's star cast. Written in an engagingly flowing style and with an imaginative transcreation of the epic storyline, Karna: the Unsung Hero of the Mahabharata should strike a responsive chord in the minds, specifically of today's Mahabharata aficionados and generally of all lovers of exalted human drama.

On The Rocks: Stories Of Connections

On The Rocks: Stories Of Connections

Thirty long years after they last met, Arya and Tarun chance upon each other at a party. Unable to deny the still smouldering sparks flying between them, they head into the blue-black night, drawn almost unconsciously to the same rocks that decades earlier had on several occasions been witness to their insatiable passion. Does older mean wiser or are they willing to indulge their sensual desires and risk losing the life they have built? Read ‘On the Rocks’ and other stories of emotional and physical connections encompassing love, lust and disappointment.

Spy From Unaula

Spy From Unaula

"Spy from Unaula takes us to a small sleepy village of Unaula and shows the simple joys, trials and tribulations of Ramchandra's life. Coming from meager means, Ramchandra overcomes unimaginable odds and his dexterous attitude lets him elevate himself from a lowly life. Having lost his mother early, and father averse to the idea of education, he seeks help from his rebellious brother to be able to pursue his dream of being well educated and a career of an officer in the armed forces. This dream did not come easy as the social obligations and customs of those times compelled him to take drastic decisions to fulfill his dreams. In search of a livelihood and bagful of dreams he travels to the ""City of Dreams"" of his time in search of opportunities that would fulfill his dreams. From the famous Mills of Mumbai to being a cycle rickshaw driver in Agra, he consistently moves slowly and steadily towards his goals without complaining of any hardships he bore. Luck favours the brave, and once opportunity struck he seized the opportunity to train himself in the skills needed to land a government job. Starting from the lowest civilian ranks he moves up with an exciting job in Military Intelligence, eventually becoming a spy. The three wars of 1962 with China and 1965 and 1971 with Pakistan were action packed for Ramchandra. Breaking codes, analyzing information over radio to interrogating the war prisoners and eventually participating in the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 opens up the secret world of intelligence and spying in those times. From war duties to political unrest and busting espionage rings in the country, Ramchandra never failed to find excitement on his job, while his struggle to ensure that his children found the best education, which he himself struggled to get, never ceased inspite of all odds. This book will appeal to readers with its sharp-drawn perspective of life and the journey of a man with a dream and a lot of action from the secret quarters of covert intelligence agencies."

Breaking Up The Shackles

Breaking Up The Shackles

"Four friends are on a night out to celebrate the arrival of a brand new car that one of them gets as a gift from his father. In the midnight they stop their car near the only roadside smoke shop on the entire highway. Two of them get off to buy some wine and weed. They return to find one of their friends lying unconscious in a pool of blood. The fourth one is missing from the car. Where did he miraculously vanish just within ten minutes in the darkness of the city's outskirts? Did he hit his friend and run away or was there something else other than these boys and the shopkeeper?

Borrowed Plumes

Borrowed Plumes

1805 - The feisty Ragini and her husband, Indrajit Rai have to leave their ancestral home in the Himalayas in search of new pastures. Settling in their new home, the Rais make a life for themselves on the foothills with help from Raja Jaswant Singh. The family flourishes and with their hard work and dedication, work themselves up to their past glory. 1980 - Himmat Rai is an Army Officer, who is home after a wonderful thirty five years in service. He and his wife hope to settle peacefully into retired life, but circumstances disturb their peace. Who is the person behind this terror? Why is ‘three’ a lucky number for the Rai family? Will anyone succeed in stopping the Devil’s work and bring justice and peace to the land?

Eighteen The End Of Innocence

Eighteen The End Of Innocence

It is 1990, Raghu is in the final year of an all-boys school in Delhi. The monotony of attending school is broken by escapades with Aadi – his best friend and the rest of the gang from school. High on hormones the boys are knocking hard on the doors of adulthood! A slew of blank calls and a mystery caller bring intrigue into Raghu’s life. He is surprised when one fine day Shalini, a girl from his study group turns up at his doorstep. Raghu and Shalini join forces to nail the mystery caller and soon find themselves falling in love. A coming of age fiction set in Delhi of the early 1990s, Eighteen: The End of Innocence traces the lives of three teenagers – Raghu, his girlfriend Shalini and his best friend Aadi. It is a tale about the choices young adults make, often blurring the line between fun and felony in the name of love or for the sake of friendship. Eighteen: The End of Innocence is a journey from turning an adult to maturing into one.

Full Moons Many More

Full Moons Many More

In his book Full moons many more Subramoniam Rangaswami explores the many facets of healing - from its catastrophic breakdown to the most unexpected and miraculous expression - in several real-life stories narrated with style, humor and almost mystical fervor. Sure to keep the reader spellbound. How does the 'uncertain art' of Medicine wrestle with the staggering complexities of the three and a half billion year-old phenomenon? We learn from uncle Sankaran in the story (who has seen a thousand full moons!) that in the final analysis, it is our efforts to bring 'cosmic wisdom' in perfect alignment with 'local fitness' that help complete our journey of healing.

Riding God'S Axe

Riding God'S Axe

Kerala is one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world, but surprisingly few travelogues exist on Kerala, and evenless on rail travel in the state. In this unique travel story, the magic of train travel combines with the beauty of the landwhile capturing a wide and varied cast of characters - a soldier off duty from the sensitive Kashmir border, a school teacher turned social activist, a sanyasi with a difference...This books takes a magical journey onrails through God's Own Land, weaving a fascinating tale which entwines legend, history, myth and travel, creating a riveting picture of this small, diverse and ancient land. Bits of history, interesting statistics, trivia, engrossing snippets of local legends and folklore, conversations with fellow passengers, combine to provide an engrossing insight into the land and its people.

The Hawk Hunters

The Hawk Hunters

High on the Imamgarh battlements, Jalal-ud-Din, Mughal Commander of Samana Fort, was hauled by Khalsa soldiers to the massive cannon and lashed to its muzzle. His insolent glare dissolved into dread at the order ‘Fire!’ His eyes dilated – white pupils starkly visible for an instant. Then he was blown to smithereens. This was the first assault against the tyranny of foreign invaders in over five centuries. As the cannons blew the condemned criminals to oblivion, their roar thundered in Wazir Khan’s council chamber and reverberated thoughout Muzzam’s Mughal Empire. Several years earlier, Wazir Khan, the Mughal Governor of Sirhind, had snared and then brutally executed Guru Govind Singh’s two young sons, sending a shock-wave of revulsion that ignited a raging inferno in the Punjab. The Guru had commanded Banda Bahadur to liberate the Punjab from the Mughals’ tyrannical yoke. Banda set out from Nanded with only twenty-five soldiers, but as he entered Punjab, thousands thronged to rally the Nishan Sahib. Banda Bahadur hurled these unstrained Punjabi volunteers against Wazir Khan’s powerful army. Among them was Shamsheer, a Sikh peasant-warrior, who too threw himself whole-heartedly into the fierce struggle for freedom; going on to become a celebrated Cavalry Commander of the Khalsa Army. Amidst the strife and turmoil Shamsheer and a young Muslim noblewoman from Sirhind fell deeply, helplessly in love. Would he succeed in winning her hand? Would Banda Bahadur’s raw, ill-equipped sparrows be able to hunt down the mighty Mughal hawk? ‘The Hawk Hunters’ tells their story in this fast-paced, action-packed saga of great courage, nobility and supreme sacrifice. Above all, it is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit over ruthless brutality and personal tragedy.

While The Code Compiles

While The Code Compiles

The IT industry, to the outside world, looks to be the epitome of all good things in life. That is the place where the super intelligent youth of India go to work. A techie's life is the most ideal life—fat paychecks, beautiful campuses to work within and more beautiful colleagues to roam around with! That is the general perception! Well, there are exceptions! This is the story of such an 'exceptional' software firm—the Infopro Limited. None of the keywords from the above paragraph— 'fat paycheck', 'beautiful campuses', 'beautiful colleagues', 'super intelligent folks' —apply to Infopro. In fact, the Infopro employees who utter such nonsense words as these may even risk losing their jobs! Beware, apart from producing 'software programs', this 'software factory' produces intense laughing gas too as a by-product! If you are allergic to 'laughing gas', please stay away from this book! And, if you are from the IT industry, pick 2 copies and gift one to that never-smiling, arrogant boss of yours and see the instant, positive change in him and, more importantly, be assured of a better appraisal next time round!

Sattva Rajas Tamas: Legend Of Kanishka, The Commoner-King And His Crusade Of Faith

Sattva Rajas Tamas: Legend Of Kanishka, The Commoner-King And His Crusade Of Faith

Circa 800 BC: Merit or birth? Meritocracy or dynastic monarchy? King Sarthak of the mighty kingdom of Manukeshwar faces this great dilemma in naming his successor. The contenders to the throne are the upright and virtuous Kanishka, son of a learned Rishi, and his own firstborn, the selfish and arrogant Prince Jaivant. Breaking centuries of oppressive tradition, the King names the valorous commoner as heir. Humiliated and aggrieved, Jaivant bides his time. Using age-old deceit and treachery, he succeeds in usurping the throne. But he does not anticipate the resolve of the ascetic warrior. The stage is set for a mighty struggle. Through an interlinked web of events and emotion, through love, envy, deceit and romance, the book tells the story of a crusade to restore dharma in a kingdom afflicted by despotic dynastic rule. Sattva Rajas Tamas is the story of powerful opposing forces. It is also the tale of a man’s remarkable resolve to keep fighting for truth and justice, to never give up. The ancient tale has disconcerting parallels in our modern times. Though the times have changed, the conflict between dharma and adharma has not.

Shades In Shadows - A Collection Of Short Stories

Shades In Shadows - A Collection Of Short Stories

The book presents a collection of eight short stories. The themes are diverse and reflect the myriad dimensions of life, and attempts to sketch the experiences of the protagonists. The stories build on the belief that while life's mysterious ways have left us all befuddled, its journey is rarely smooth or proceeds on predicted lines for many of us, often casting dark shadows on our efforts to take it in directions we favour. Sudden surprises, unexpected successes and disappointments seem to appear, like shades of grey within the black of the shadows. It is perhaps these shades that have made life exciting and worth fighting for. This collection titled as Shades in Shadows embodies the spirit of the glorious uncertainties of life.

Six Degrees Game Of Blogs

Six Degrees Game Of Blogs

As part of their #CelebrateBlogging initiative, BlogAdda.com, ran the first edition of Game of Blogs in September 2014. Five characters and their descriptions were provided. The objective was to write a fictional story revolving around these characters. Bloggers came together as teams and after three rounds filled with its own set of twists and turns, three stories made it to the end. The three stories in this book are a fascinating example of how one set of characters can have interesting lives with completely different dimensions. is a result of how collaboration can truly breed creativity in the modern day world of connected living.

Sreedevi Talkies

Sreedevi Talkies

Indulging innocently in primeval adultery and consummate sensuality, the rustic population of Kotta, sandwiched between ancient hills and enchanting backwaters, perpetually trapped in the cinematic illusions of Sreedevi Talkies; their transition to modernity was replete with disillusionments and disasters. In a saga replete with archetypal and mythical lore from Ulysses, Tiresias, Jesus Christ, Ancient Mariner and Kerala's historical tryst with Communism — the novel is a lyrical journey into borderless territories of the unconscious, when ghosts let out by the Talkies endlessly ensnare the rustics on the slippery paths between reality and fantasy.

Tell Me Your Real Story

Tell Me Your Real Story

Tell Me Your Real Story is a collection of simply written, heartfelt poems that are as much about angst and heartbreak as they are about celebration and romance, as much about disbelief and scepticism, as they are about sarcasm and fun. So if you are up for this mad, crazy ride that celebrates all that is urban and chic, all that is cynical and syrupy… get on to the poetry bandwagon and take a ride! One thing is for sure, you will discover a little about yourself and the poet, through this poetic journey.

The Coup India Missed - A Political Quest Through The Fantasies Of Statecraft

The Coup India Missed - A Political Quest Through The Fantasies Of Statecraft

In this nimble political satire, readers are presented with an alternative India that is at once mesmerising yet unfamiliar. Under the rippling tide of satire flows the strong undertow of serious political discourse. We are drawn irresistibly into the book as obstinate Indian politicians challenge the intrepid Baba to fight elections and enter Parliament to enact his anti-corruption law. The people of India pick up the gauntlet and in the General Elections that follow, they catapult his greenhorn political party into power. Baba appoints a maverick politician, Professor Murthy, as Prime Minister, to lead the country. Under Murthy, the country sees revolutionary change, both to its economy, as well as its political structure. An amended Constitution brings in the Presidential form of government. The revamped education sector becomes the driving force of the country’s socio-economic renaissance. India becomes a developed country with a potent military and world presence. As Pakistan-sponsored terrorism continues to hurt Kashmir, the Indian armed forces move in to bring the RAW-incited freedom struggle to its logical end. Baluchistan, Sindh and the Pakhtunkhwa, become independent countries. The world applauds as the cradle of terrorism is destroyed forever. A book that reflects the ideas that live in the minds of Indian citizens, like grass seeds sown by the wind.

Invisible Shackles

Invisible Shackles

Naina Oberoi, a rich housewife, believes herself to be free from her shackles and runs to Charikosia to begin a new life. Amrithum Raman, a Forest Office, lives alone in the jungles of Charikosia but is dutiful to a loveless marriage and a family that does not need him. When Naina lands at Amrithum’s doorstep, an unprecedented romance blooms between the two. But this unforeseen development may be the chain that ties them down. Especially when Amrithum’s in-laws are one of the wealthiest families in Coimbatore and are willing to pay any price to save their daughter’s pride.

Ambling Indian Diaries- Journey India

Ambling Indian Diaries- Journey India

A fascinating journey through India, the book offers a never before take on the real India, through the eyes of the ambling indian- a new generation common man and woman, someone just like you and me. With 31 stories woven deftly into India’s story, take a trip through the gallis, mohallas, lanes and bylanes that make up much of India. Wander around in rickety autos with Cows on the roads, the King of potholes, the Badshah of Bollywood, and take a sneak peak into Indian offices and into the IITs and IIMs, the hallowed institutions of India. Be the commoner that takes an uncommon trip through Indian cities, Bollywood, schools, slums and more, and discovers not just a country, but a new world too- an India that puzzles, amuses, makes you laugh and cry too.

Electronic Voting Machines - The True Story

Electronic Voting Machines - The True Story

Are EVMs a threat to democracy? Is it possible to hack EVMs? Can votes be stolen from EVMs? Can EVMs be made to favour a political party? Why do developed countries not use EVMs? Do EVMs reduce electoral malpractices? Based on hard fact, substantiated record, and the direct narratives of those involved in the developmental process of EVMs, this one-of-a-kind book answers all our nagging questions with clarity and logic. It also traces how political parties shifted their stance on EVMs as their electoral fortunes changed. Most usefully, it provides lay persons with authentic yet simple technical explanations about how EVMs work.

Glowing Dark

Glowing Dark

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. – Timothy 6:9 Yet, money is not the root of all evil. It is those greedy persons who desire the unearned money. A vicious plan was hatched by a close friend of the Royal family to loot the hidden treasure of the kingdom and even the king and his families were murdered yet they could not reach the treasure. After a decade or so some strange circumstances compelled one young prince and his three friends to hunt for the treasure and the killer of his family.

Gunshot Victims Unit

Gunshot Victims Unit

Culture was untouchable. Their mixing would, and had in the past, proved to be extremely detrimental to peace and quiet.' A world in which people have no regional affiliations. Where culture itself has gone mobile. Where the President, the man with the most power, has little to do but swim and play golf. Where ordinary people like Gru and Ronan care little about where they come from and where they are headed – and this whole system is balanced on just two simple laws. In this dystopian world, the only equalising factor is gunshots. Will the Gunshot Victims Unit, the last line of defence, be enough?

I'M So Hacked

I'M So Hacked

@v! is a hacker who spends his days working in India’s number one anti-virus company as a security researcher and his nights, crawling through underground hacking forums. He is completely unmotivated and lacks purpose until he receives a letter from M@dR1; a mysterious revolutionary who wants to create a “change” in the world. M@dR1 uses @v!’s horrific past to motivate him, and guides him through various tasks, starting with shutting down the internet services of the entire city. A series of mayhem, manipulation and mystery ensues as @v! begins hallucinating various events and people from his former life, before he became a reclusive hacker. He is thrown into a barrage of uncertainty and confusion as his perception of reality begins to shift out of focus. Meanwhile, M@dR1 and @v! prepare for a major cyber-attack that will rock the foundation of the country’s technological unit, with the help of @v!’s friends, $@m and K!LL3R. Will they accomplish their goals? Or will @v!’s increasing delusion lead to their downfall?

When Life Cartwheels - Tumultuous Love Story Of A Sannyasi

When Life Cartwheels - Tumultuous Love Story Of A Sannyasi

This modern-day love story, subtly juxtaposed on the life of the famous 12th century poet, Jayadeva, author of the luminous Gita Govinda, is born of the churning confluence of two polar opposites – a vivacious dancer and a scholarly sannyasi. Shaman, a Harvard Professor, has found peace for his restless soul at his Master’s feet. An accomplished yogi, his life resembles the river Alaknanda, deep and serene, flowing unaffected past the craggy world around it. Into his life comes Shambhavi, a nayika, an irresistibly beautiful young artiste, like the rippling river Mandakini, carrying everything in its exuberant flow. Can one ever know God without experiencing love? Can even an ascetic be free of the lures of samsara? Must each one inevitably yield to the demands of the flesh? Is it possible to prevent the unfolding of destiny? This engrossing prequel to When Life Turns Turtle, leaves a deep imprint on the reader as it delves into life’s mesmerising riddle.

In Search Of Love

In Search Of Love

This book is about an evolutionary story of a man in search of love. It's about understanding the intricacies that are encountered by one in the path of love. A fantastic story of self discovery, evolution and love.

Wanted Back-Bencher And Last-Ranker Teacher

Wanted Back-Bencher And Last-Ranker Teacher

When indiscipline at Roderick International School, Mussoorie, becomes an alarming issue for members of the Board, educators and parents alike, CEO Jacob Roderick decided to bring in an experimental teacher, Roma Mathur against the wishes of the Board of Directors to curb the growing aggression, hostility and vandalism. Will someone like Roma Mathur, written off by her teachers as a ‘Moron’ and ‘Good for nothing’, be able to inspire learning in students who loath studying and sitting in classrooms? Will this maverick academic, who had been extremely mischievous as a student herself, be able to instill values and discipline in her students? Is there any place for someone as unconventional as Roma Mathur among the esteemed and sophisticated faculty at the prestigious International School? Has Jacob Roderick made a grave mistake in recruiting someone who plays drums, watches Tom and Jerry beat up Goons in the pub, and rides a sports bike, over the gold medalist, experienced teachers who had applied? What was it the school needed at this desperate hour? It is time for the students of RIS to take a call on what kind of teachers they need in their classrooms.

Venus With A P*Nis - A Tale Of Love, Sacrifice And Betrayal

Venus With A P*Nis - A Tale Of Love, Sacrifice And Betrayal

Meet Rajan, the irresponsible younger son in a family of doctors. He’s reckless. He’s rebellious. And he’s dressing up like a woman these days. No. He’s not a cross-dresser. Nor is he transgender. He thinks he’s a murderer. It all begins with a mother-to-be dying on the young gynaecologist’s watch. And to atone for her death, he banishes himself to the boondocks. He arrives at the remote village of Kaatgram, where pregnant women have been dying left, right and centre. But the Kaatgrami men are not about to send their women to a male gynaecologist. So Rajan does the next best thing—he disguises himself as a lady doctor. Rajan feels it is okay to deceive the people about his gender, so long as he gets to save their lives. Damini, the local MLA’s daughter, supports him in his dream of setting up a maternity clinic in their village. Rajan falls for her. But she doesn’t even know he’s a man. Will Rajan manage to woo his sweetheart and marry her? Or will the villagers tear him to pieces when they find out that their lady doctor is actually a man?

Kikki

Kikki

"From printing birthday wishes in the newspaper to helping him get into his dream college, Kaushal’s father went through countless hardships. Now, it’s Kaushal’s turn to take his parents’ efforts and turn them into success, for himself and them. Through memory losses and no hope for anything, Kikki talks about everything that Kaushal’s family went through for him and his struggle to do justice to it. An extraordinary story of an ordinary family. "

Udayan The Forgotten Pandava

Udayan The Forgotten Pandava

The story of Udayan, direct descendant of the great Pandava warrior Arjuna, is all that remains of the third great Indian epic, the Bruhatkatha. Though he is raised to be a warrior-King, whose sword must carry the blood of his enemies, as a supremely gifted veena maestro, his soul belongs to the Goddess of Music. As time passes, the great Vatsa Empire crumbles as its musician-King sits lost to the reality of intrigue, espionage and war which threatens to wipe out both his kingdom and the Pandava line forever. This is the epic tale of Udayan, his devoted Minister, Yaugandharayan, his fiercely loyal General, Rumanwan, and the brilliant Court Jester, Vasantak. It is also the story of Pradyot, proud King of Avanti, and Udayan’s abduction of his vivacious and beautiful daughter, Vasavdatta. As the thrilling narrative sweeps across the plains and mountains of Bharatvarsh, raising the dust of history. Events long past come to life as the forgotten Pandava lives again.

The Velvet Gloves

The Velvet Gloves

The day Mr. Godbole retires from the Agency things take a sinister turn. In a strange coincidence, India’s Internal Intelligence Agency and the FBI of the US, come face to face in what was initially an innocuous conflict of interest. Both have their own binding reasons for their stands on the dispute and cannot budge to make space for settlement. When the matter escalates into a dangerous tussle, both try to avoid it spill into the public domain, wary of diplomatic fallout and possible repercussions on the otherwise two friendly countries. Therefore, the precarious game becomes a tightrope walk for both. To avoid complications they studiously keep their organisations away from clashing in the field. Despite their deft manoeuvres, in some time, things go out of hand and both parties suffer setbacks. With Mr. Godbole positioned in the eye of the storm, while battling personal loss… Will both sides come together to understand each other’s position?

Brand Cliches

Brand Cliches

Brand Cliche is a gentle reminder to the harassed marketer regarding the purpose of his products and how to build his brands. It has been inspired by the truths known to all marketers and brand leaders, yet forgotten by many practitioners. This is not a textbook. Its visual pages pose questions. The answers lie with the brand owners themselves.The world of brands has been shaken. Pundits are questioning the very existence of brands which seem to confuse the consumer's understanding with jargon and ploys.

The Outcasts - A Thousand Dreams Of Redemption

The Outcasts - A Thousand Dreams Of Redemption

The Outcasts is a story of loss, running away, hope and return. Three protagonists boldly confront a tradition-driven and repressive world. Through a series of serendipitous encounters, and against all odds, their paths intertwine at a time when each stands at a personal crossroads. Tabu is a rebellious young Muslim woman, who speaks her mind under the guise of jinn influence. Santan, an aging Hindu man, in the face of a near-death experience, suddenly discovers a new spark for life. And Chameli, a dazzling but emotionally fragile transgender woman, is forced to leave the community which had once provided her with safety and identity. Together, they embark on a transformative journey, laced with doubt and danger. They are forced to re-examine their values, renounce their old risk-averse selves, and face a dark night of the soul. Set in contemporary India, a land of dichotomies, the novel challenges the notions of gender, feminism vis-à-vis spirituality/religion, and culturally appropriate romantic expression.

The Last Hun - Forbidden Tale Of King Mahira: The Most Brutal Man Who Ever Lived

The Last Hun - Forbidden Tale Of King Mahira: The Most Brutal Man Who Ever Lived

Hun, the universal appellation for terror, was earned with brutality and blood. Legend has it that Mahira, a Hun dynasty King of the early 6th century, was the most cruel man of all time. Sagala, the capital of his vast but dying empire, that extended from the Central Steppes, over the Hindu Kush, into what is modern-day Pakistan and north-western India, to the borders of the Gupta Empire, was a place where unrivalled beauty and extreme bestiality existed in uneasy alliance.

The Hidden One - The Untold Story Of Aurengzeb'S Daughter

The Hidden One - The Untold Story Of Aurengzeb'S Daughter

1658: Prince Aurengzeb of India has imprisoned his own father, murdered his brothers, seized the throne of Delhi and declared himself Emperor. He immediately begins a reign of tyranny, invading neighbours, banning music and the arts, destroying temples and churches, and unleashing terror on a vast kingdom comprising a fifth of the world's humanity. During this time his own beloved daughter, Zebunissa, forms a secret poetic society called the Makhfi (Hidden One) in Persian. Through this society she practices the arts secretly and plans rebellions to overthrow her demonic father and restore justice in the kingdom. Bestowed the title of Princess of India and then Empress of India, she dupes her father and his vicious nobles in a courageous and dangerous attempt to save her people from the Emperor’s tyranny. Part fiction and part history, The Hidden One brings a tear to the eye while thrilling the heart as we witness 17th century India through the eyes of an unsuspected character – a Muslim princess. It narrates the powerful story of Zebunissa, and the Makhfi – the secret society that has been lost over time but deserves its rightful place in history for its role during one of India’s darkest eras. Available historical data has been analyzed to bring to light this obscure group about which very little has thus far been written or known. An unforgettable cast of characters and progression of fateful events.

Against Ambedkar, Against The World

Against Ambedkar, Against The World

The year is 2030, India will never be the same again... What happens when a Brahmin youth decides to embark on a life-changing journey to lose his virginity and find his caste? What happens when the young lad runs into the ultimate giant of modern India's identity: Ambedkar? What happens when Kejriwal becomes the seventeenth prime-minister of India in a historic mandate? Welcome to the world of Mayank (the virgin Brahmin), Kamlesh (the SC with super-powers), Boboi (the tree-worshipping Catholic) and Shiv (the perpetual lover) as their destinies collide in this chilling, dark and coked-up journey, in time and space, through an India that you have never seen before.

The Slip Of Me

The Slip Of Me

The Slip of Me is a contemporary coming of age story, following a boy named Vikram, quiet, shy and prone to troubles, and his teenaged friends in Jabalpur, India. They all experience the ups and downs of adolescence, eager to fall in love, but struggling to understand what it even means. Vikram falls head over heels for Jessica, his chemistry tutor's daughter. When Jessica severs ties with Vikram, he is deeply affected and begins a far-reaching transformation. This story explores the emotional world of Indian teens--the conflicts they face within their families, at school and in society at large. As they approach the end of their public education and ready themselves to move on to various universities, Vikram, and his friends must face new identity crisis. What do they want to be and how will they get there? What saves Vikram in the end is learning the true value of friendship and how it can provide the ultimate support and healing that anyone needs.

Aryaveer - The Guardian Of Dakshin Durgh

Aryaveer - The Guardian Of Dakshin Durgh

Aryaveer has always been the shield and armor of Bhupala kingdom, ever since he joined the army. The pain of betrayal that he nurtures in his heart from his childhood turns him into a strong, brave and ruthless army general. His life takes a mysterious turn when he falls in love with Meera, a princess by birth, caught in the whirlwind of conspiracies and hunted by many. She tames his aggression and takes his heart away from war and bloodshed. In the meanwhile the disappearance of Prince Indra, the only heir to the throne of the Bhupala kingdom, irks king Mahindra. The ego dented king, hatches a noxious plan to become the emperor of India and entrusts Aryaveer with the duty of executing his plans. Will Aryaveer once again walk on the war torn path for his king, or will he try to protect his castle of love from the dark tempest of greed and hatredness? ‘I had been trapped in a nightmare for all these years, and then you came and released me from the cage of a painful sleep’

Bhakti Sans Religion - Dilemmas In The Search Of One's True Inner Self

Bhakti Sans Religion - Dilemmas In The Search Of One's True Inner Self

There is only one God. Unfortunately he is surrounded by infinite veils of sophisticated lies and subtle misdirections, Maya. These veils are harder to shred since we have been conditioned to adapt to the materialistic world with its innumerable religions which preach kowtowing to different external gods as salvation to our horrendous internal needs. But the reality is that, only faith and platonic unconditional love, both of which together result in devotion, are sufficient to attain bliss if that devotion is concentrated upon an aesthetic object of devotion, without letting even a single stray thought to enter into the peace within oneself, until the object of devotion becomes one with one’s true inner self, which is nothing but the reflection of Brahman, the Atman, which in a rightful spiritual manner becomes one with the Absolute.

Climbing Rainbows

Climbing Rainbows

Life is filled with challenging situations. We must face them – as children and as adults. Learning the skills to cope with the hard things in life is a rich, learning experience. Climbing Rainbows, a collection of six stories, celebrates these brave moments of struggle for children. Sudha is shocked to hear of her beloved grandmother’s sudden demise. Why do people have to die? Where does death lead us? Little Keshav does not want to be uprooted from his school and move to a new city. He cannot imagine another life, other friends. Maya and Dev come to terms in their sibling rivalry by looking at things differently. Young Ashwin is torn trying to understand that his parents love him, but that grown-ups too, need their own space. Harsha, a chubby chunk of lard, fights a seemingly hopeless battle against obesity. Joshua, boldly faces the ravages of war to pursue his dream. Here are six champions who are tested to prove their emotional resilience. Through their difficult journeys they learn to focus on what they can control. They learn to embrace the challenges they face, not run from them. They experience difficult times and obstacles and come out strong and self-confident.

Trapped In Want And Wonder A Novel

Trapped In Want And Wonder A Novel

Dev and Dora, an Indo-German journalist couple residing in India, face severe challenges, when weird happenings threaten to throw their personal as well as professional lives out of gear. She suspects that their helper, Amit, is involved in child trafficking. He does not even want to talk about this specific ‘nonsense’, but, in his role as TV anchor, is ever ready to highlight the plight of children in general. His career soars. Yet his involvement in a shocking incident makes him fear to lose his job. His boss, however, assures him that scandals are good for business. They titillate the palate, ignite fierce debates and, at times, even provoke action. “Shout your way to glory. It’s the ratings that count,” he points out. While both their careers take off dramatically – Dora has become a feisty investor’s publicist - , jealousy gnaws at their happiness and turns their bedroom from love nest into a den of power games. Their at times playful, at times painful actions come to a sudden halt when Dev’s lingering fears prove to be true that invisible hands have pulled strings to destroy him and much, much more. While he tortures himself figuring out who might be the might behind the mayhem, he has a dream. The novel, set in the India of today with his manifold issues ranging from child labour, the role of the media to marital rape etc., is written in a style (witty, suspenseful, sexy, satirical) that provides not only insights but entertainment. It is thus very much in tune with the times.

Why Not ? Life Stories Of Amazing Achievers

Why Not ? Life Stories Of Amazing Achievers

Welcome to the real world, where superheroes live. They are no different from us – confronted with life’s turmoils and challenges. Like the young performer in The Music Weaver, whose heart tugs him to leave his cushy life behind for exciting but uncertain possibilities. The mountain porter in The Determined Dreamer,who can’t control his yearning for something bigger, better and greater. The number-whiz in The Mathemagician,who outshines his teachers, even though he fails his high school exams. The aspiring pace-bowler in The Game Changer, whose talent, passion and dedication are dismissed as an impossible dream. The US-educated engineer in The White Knight, who returns to India with stars in his eyes but lands his first job in a dusty small town in the middle of nowhere. • PANDIT RAVI SHANKAR, the sitarist who introduced Indian classical music to the world. • TENZING NORGAY, the first climber to conquer Mount Everest, with Edmund Hillary. • SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN, the one-of-a-kind mathematical genius. • KAPIL DEV, India’s greatest fast bowler and all-rounder. • DR. VERGHESE KURIEN, father of India’s milk revolution. These heroes do not share dreams or circumstances. Yet they have one thing in common. They do not look at what is and ask why. Instead, they imagine how they want things to be and ask WHY NOT? Read about the lives of these five real-life heroes and challenge yourself with WHY NOT? Just like them.

Gabriati Rise Of The Preceptor

Gabriati Rise Of The Preceptor

GABRIATI - The Legendary Preceptor and the deadliest assassin of the cloak is the only thing that stands between humanity and the greatest threat to our existence. As blood is spilled in God’s name, Gabriati – the lone warrior rises against all odds. The question is – Is he the greatest saviour or the greatest traitor of the ancient Brotherhood?

Kabeer In Korporates Corporate Lessons From A Great Mystic

Kabeer In Korporates Corporate Lessons From A Great Mystic

Kabeer in Korporates addresses the trials and tussles of the workplace faced by the modern day employee, using Kabeer as the deep font of practical wisdom that balances philosophy with action, theory with practice. It puts into perspective the multiple conundrums of working life: o the balance between success and joy o the tension between methods and results o the impasse between choosing the right coach and being the right coach o decrypting the enigma called leadership. It defines with compassionate wisdom the fine line between dealing with things and dealing with the self. Kabeer In Korporates demystifies the angst and challenges of modern employees, providing lessons, insights and solutions to problems using the wisdom of Kabeer in four ways: o by questioning the individual before he is allowed to question the world around him o asking pertinent questions rather than offering pat solutions o by being simple and matter-of-fact and not hiding behind theories and constructs. o by outlining dilemmas and providing insights on dealing with them. Kabeer is a willing ally; he teaches you the art of untangling the knots till you can breathe and live your own life – fully.

Murder Most Right

Murder Most Right

"Akash Sharma, an agitated infant, a befuddled teenager, a morally flexible youngster and a tormented adult, finds himself tangled up in his worst fears within the confines of the brutal Yerwada jail. He has chosen to bury the memories of his traumatic past, vowing never to reveal them to anyone. But when Shiva, the prison sweeper, takes an unusual interest in his life, Akash is unable to resist the urge to unburden and retraces a long-forgotten path stretching from his birth to the day he murders a person. Through his tale, Akash takes us on a roller coaster ride where he witnesses a hysterical mob prepare to fight a mysterious three-headed monster; is acclaimed as a black magic guru; strands traumatized on a ledge, on the verge of suicide; finds himself ensnared in the web of call centre culture; roams the slums of Mumbai trying to ease others’ misery; and finally, turns into a hot-blooded killer. Isolated and mentally disturbed, Akash seeks closure in his daily rendezvous with Shiva; unaware of Shiva’s true identity. Who is Shiva in reality and why is he so interested in Akash’s Story."

Star Ride To Nirvana

Star Ride To Nirvana

"Man’s quest for understanding oneself and the universe has continued unabatedly since time immemorial. Journey of his mind through the cosmos has not ceased. This book is about the passionate journey of a young man who aspires to attain enlightenment through the path of work, i.e. through Karma Yoga. He immerses himself in the field of astronomy in order to unravel the secrets of the universe, the interrelationship between physics and metaphysics, and thereby attain Nirvana.It is a star ride in the search for truth and enlightenment."

The Claim

The Claim

The recent foray of '3M Chandani Group' into the life insurance sector is besieged with a large insurance claim. All evidence and documents are in order but there is an eerie feeling that something is not right. The case lands on the table of 'Mohan Mohanty', the ace internal auditor of the group. Will Mohan be able to unearth the truth? Laila and Iceberg, two trusted assistants of Mohan, are confident that with Mohan at the helm, truth need not worry. The investigation takes Mohan and his team to a village hospital where the compounder Tara Nath fixes the posting of doctors. The team of auditors meets Madan Prasad, a sculptor who creates wax statutes which can chase London's Madam Tussaud out of business. The team has to find out whether branch manager, Sunil Shinde, is a victim or a culprit. Time is running out since the Mehra family, the parents and brother of the deceased, are threatening to go to the media and the courts, if the settlement of the insurance claim is delayed further. Mohan has to act fast and come out with clinching evidence or pay the insurance claim of Rs. 10 Crore. An interesting story of an auditor, who investigates frauds in corporate world.

The Great Indian Wedding Conspiracy…

The Great Indian Wedding Conspiracy…

"The Puyickal family, a reputed Mallu clan based in Mumbai, is going through a huge crisis. One of their younger scions, Neeraja wants to marry her Punjabi boyfriend. Her father wants to hear none of it. Her aunts would rather die than allow it. Her uncles don’t care a damn about it. And her poor cousin, idyllic existence is screwed by it… Arjun never wanted to have anything to do with his distant and more successful cousin; Neeraja. However, her decision to marry a non-Mallu, an unheard-of scandal in her family, changes his life forever. Forced to take part in the family ‘discussions’ by his mother, he tries to devise ways to get out of this mess, when he finds out Neeraja’s beau’s sister is his college crush. Desiring to win her back, he realizes it can only happen if Neeraja gets married to her boyfriend. With no option left, he forms an uneasy alliance with his hateful cousin, as they work in tandem to emotionally manipulate the elders into making this marriage happen…until one day, a dark secret gets revealed that threatens to unravel all their efforts…"

Dalits, Dynasty & She

Dalits, Dynasty & She

Dalits, Dynasty and She’ is a political satire. For the first time in the history of the nation, a Dalit woman leader has captured the seat of power in the most populous and politically most important state. And decades after the independence, the Dalits are feeling hopeful of justice and their empowerment. An old political party, controlled by a powerful dynasty that has ruled the country most of the years since the independence, is facing the charges of massive corruption. A powerful movement against corruption has erupted under an old social-activist, hijacked by his vocal, ambitious upper-caste supporters is spreading over the entire country, taking the political class by surprise. A small section of the Dalits and tribal, disgruntled with the status-quo and the feudal power-structure, while the seats of power change from one set of looters to another have embraced Maoism and are preparing for an armed revolution. Will the marginalised sections of the society get justice and be empowered under the rule of a Dalit leader? Will the movement against corruption succeed? Will the Maoist succeed in an armed revolution? Finally, will the chance meeting of so many strong socio-political currents help the nation usher in a new beginning?

Figmented Reality

Figmented Reality

Addiction blurs our hold on reality; people say. But what if addiction becomes our reality? Siddharth had a fair few addictions in his wake. The challenge now was to differentiate between the ideal world and the real world. Will Siddharth be able to overcome his addictions and find true love. Or is it just another addiction? This book is not a biography of the author but is written in a way that author is the protaganist.

Of Rumours Lived And Told

Of Rumours Lived And Told

• On a lazy Sunday afternoon, after a lunch of succulent pork and chilled beer, Andrea settles down with her uncle and aunt to retell family stories of Akkai, a Roman Catholic nun (and Andrea’s great-aunt), who died under mysterious circumstances. • This gets Andrea thinking about the lives of the other nuns in the family – like bold and brassy, salsa-dancing great-aunt Deidre, who left the convent to be the Principal of a college; others soft and steely like Akkai, and the don-like Stella Marie, a nursing superintendent. • Andrea realizes these women have played a large part in the architecture of her childhood in the Mangalorean Catholic community of Bangalore. • As she talks to family members about the nun-aunts, Andrea unearths some peculiar and quirky aspects. Through whispered stories in the family, she comes to appreciate the porous convent walls the nun-aunts and the family navigate. • But she also encounters unexpected reticence from some of the family, whose memories of the nun-aunts are somewhat differently textured. • This richly human memoir tells the story of how a young girl finds her way through a flood-tide of recollections and emotion to navigate the tricky shoals of family ties, in an effort to bring closure to the family past.

Harnessing The Windmills Of The Mind

Harnessing The Windmills Of The Mind

In the pell-mell of life, who has not sometimes felt overwhelmed? The mind seems to be in endless churn...leading us in circles of despair, anger and frustration... Where do we turn when we are floundering? The answer lies within. Windmills offers practical and sustainable ways forward through Effective Mind Control (EMC). How to control your temper. How to cultivate patience. How to face grief. How to deal with guilt. How to escape from the well of sudden disappointment How not to feel dissatisfied with life. How to avoid despair over the lack of meaning in your life. These pages abridge the behavioral aspects of the AI thesis about the mind on the Effective Mind Control website. EMC has drawn keen interest from around the world, logging over half a million page views from over 150 countries. EMC assumes that IA, an intuitive algorithm, enables the mind to apply inductive reasoning to manage attitudes and behaviours. Windmills suggests simple mental and physical exercises, followed by wise men across the centuries, to change our own views and actions...pointing the way towards a positive life experience.

The Harlot And The One-Eyed Monster

The Harlot And The One-Eyed Monster

She intended love to give everything; she was naive. Then she felt her life listen to her prayers only to be torn away from her beloved by a raging war. This is the classic story of Asya, the wife of a soldier and her encounter with a mysterious figure during her forlorn period which propels this tale. A tale of courage and the essentials necessary for love to be liberating. It says the story of the heart when one is encountered with unexpected possibilities bordering the unbelievable. A look at truth from the point of view from opposite polarities and the journey of Asya into the world of a stranger and her discovery of truth about love.

The Three Wise Monkeys

The Three Wise Monkeys

The trio—Amar, Akbar, and Anthony—had no clue whatsoever about their goddammit indecisive-careers-and-indefinite-struggles. And that was because they were born with the Peter Pan Syndrome and were simple enough to be tricked by anyone, including their mystifying girlfriends—Meghna, Farah, and Sarah. And as is the fate of all morons, they were drawn into trouble—deep trouble—of hiding crores of rupees of black money in secret offshore companies. Will their mistake of turning a blind eye to the philosophy of ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ cost them their careers and put them in prison? Or Will Lady Luck change their fortunes forever?

An Ode To Shimla

An Ode To Shimla

Sanjeev Bansal’s exquisite poems are epistles to the past, reflections upon the future and heartbreaking meditations upon the metaphysics of daily transcendence. One of the most subtly imaginative poets, Bansal bravely transcribes his love for the hilly terrains of Shimla into the charged intersections of love and rejection, nature and religion, loss and renewal. His poems are lucid snapshots developed in a subtle amalgam of memory and intuition. Lyrical and linguistically inventive and yet faithful to poesy of European gloom, Bansal investigates complex personal history, family and romantic love in carefully sculpted lines, thereby making his poetry an odyssey at once metaphorically and emphatically real.

Blood In The Paradise –A Tale Of An Impossible Murder

Blood In The Paradise –A Tale Of An Impossible Murder

"This is a tale of Madhumitha Nandan. Her courage, her determination, her mission and her pursuit. This is a tale of DCP Vishwaroop. His honesty, his intelligence, his shrewdness and his focus. This is a tale of Anupriya Gautam. Her theories, her influence, her credibility and her dependability. This is a tale of an impossible murder. The puzzle begins. Goal - Freedom from the fear of death Weapon - Deceiving the minds The Bait - Law—breakers Evidence - Nullified because of the weapon Crime designers - Unknown to the executor"

Fables From India: A Collection Of Short Stories

Fables From India: A Collection Of Short Stories

"A King's negligence costs the Prince his eyes. How will the King make amends? A farmer is torn between resurrecting his wife and upholding his duties. What will influence his choice? A jester lives two lives - Masked for others. Unmasked for himself. His masked side brings happiness to everyone. But what brings happiness to his unmasked side? A magnificent tree bears fruits of different kinds, but the King wants it to be cut down to serve justice. How will the tree defend itself? An orphan boy is in search of the world's bestselling book. Will he eventually find it? A dog struggles to uncurl his tail. Will he break the curse that curled his tail in the first place? A young boy and his pet lamb are separated from each other. Will their friendship stand the test of time? Set in the ancient times, Fables from India, is a collection of 22 profound and unheard stories from a country known for its storytelling.

The Deviant

The Deviant

Sam had everything one could ask for: • A shining board exam result • Great apartment in Chennai with super cool flatmates • The most amazing group of friends • The perfect boy-next-door charm • And, a magical dream of love to chase (Re)Enter Jenny: the girl who had unknowingly changed Sam's life years ago. 'The Angel', Sam used to call her when he didn't know her. Now that Jenny struggles with her doomed destiny, will Sam be able to help her out? Two steps away from entering the realm of their own 'happily ever after', Sam and Jenny's lives get caught in a conflux of passion and betrayal - otherwise known as Dev Aryan. How many will survive the storm? Shuttling between Chennai, Tiruppur, Coimbatore and Bengaluru, Sam narrates his story of unlikely and unparalleled friendships. Revisit the classrooms of uncomplicated love and scribble songs of undying companionship in the side margins of notebooks with Sam's story of engaging vividity that is continually illuminated by the pyrotechnics of curiosity, candour, and wit.

What Next?

What Next?

WHAT NEXT? That is what the quest is for. An Omani couple travels in India’s Chandrayaan 8 mission to the moon. While in transit, strange things occur in the spacecraft. During the end of the 15th century, Vasco Da Gama travels to Calicut in India via Malindi, a kingdom on the eastern coast of Africa. Around the same time the great Omani traveller Ahmed Ibn Majid also makes several voyages in these seas. Two sailor brothers from Liwa in Oman are destined to travel with Ahmed. Meanwhile their pretty sister falls in love with a stranger who had come across the ocean to Liwa. Strange circumstances drive the lovers to elope from Oman to Calicut in India. Their past catches up with them and they disappear mysteriously, leaving their son under the tutelage of a local couple. Brave Abhay is adept in martial arts, and different languages and customs. Strange dreams of a man in distress perturb the boy and he sets off to find the man in his dreams. His travails take him through the jungles of Kerala braving the sniper war between the moors (Arabs) and the parangis (Portuguese). When he learns of his origin, he travels over the high seas to reach his roots in the hope of meeting the one who gave birth to him. In his homeland he encounters the threat of the Portuguese and the evil from the past threatens his parents’ existence. He has to act fast to protect his family from uncertain danger. He races against time to carry out his mission. The future of the couple in Chandrayaan is entangled with the past of a family in Liwa. What destiny has designed for each one cannot be changed. Rules have to be followed, albeit in ignorance. The soul has its way of drawing the life of its carrier. Nobody is allowed to edit what is already written. The voyage continues.

Return Of The Trojan Horse Tales Of Criminal Investigation

Return Of The Trojan Horse Tales Of Criminal Investigation

Amit, don’t waste your time; you can’t hack my system. But we will hack your country! Ameen They know me! This wasn’t good. The greatest fear a hacker has is having his identity revealed. During investigative operations I always guarded my identity like the Kohinoor diamond. Then how could they have reached me? It was a-l-m-o-s-t impossible. • A young software engineer who, as a hobby, starts helping the Police in solving criminal cases, turns into a critical resource for the Force. He becomes entrapped in the system. • Return Of The Trojan is the riveting narration of how he is compelled to draw inputs from his personal life, and use sharp thinking and advanced technology to solve the criminal cases he is brought into. • Based on real life, the book reveals the next generation methodologies used in crime investigation. • Impossible to put down.

Rewire - How To Be The Leader Of Your Own Life

Rewire - How To Be The Leader Of Your Own Life

You are meant to become the best version of yourself; that is your dharma. You owe this not to the world, but to yourself. How can you reinvent yourself inside out when the lightness of being is replaced by the heaviness of it all? When most of your material boxes have been checked, how to embrace the void and refuel yourself? Author Jay Kumar Hariharan delves into years of asking himself and others questions on what constitutes ‘success’ and ‘meaning’. Why do many of us suffer from poverty in the midst of abundance? There is a vast need to reflect and be conscious of choices and dreams instead of accepting the status quo. Jay delivers interesting insights by connecting the dots and drawing patterns between highly disparate influences. Interesting anecdotes and stories ensure that jargon and ‘how to’ anchors are kept at bay. This book is a turbo-charged journey into the world of modern day corporate warriors. But more importantly, it is about the meaning of Being over Doing. These pages are for all those who have climbed the mountain and suddenly feel the on-set of ennui. You are not alone.

Do Not Believe In God Till You Experience Him

Do Not Believe In God Till You Experience Him

"Does Karma exist? Is it possible to remember past life? Are there clairvoyant people who can see your aura and know of your past and future? Is it possible to have “out of the body” experience? Can there be transmigration of souls? Do our dreams tell us something? Can a Guru help you liberate from the cycle of life and death? Is there life on other planets and solar systems? Are there intelligent beings in outer space who are observing us? Do some people know when the world will end? Is it possible to be prepared for the end of the times and to move on to a new civilization? What is the purpose of my life? A series of mysterious coincidences lead a child from a remote village in India, who would not have any future otherwise, make leaps of progress. His curiosity led him to attend some conferences given by a Brazilian missionary representing a cult in Spain headed by a Spiritual leader from Mexico. There was an instant attraction. The boy cuts his family connections, overlooks his career aspirations and lands up in the monastery in the Cataluña region of Spain to be a missionary. The spiritual head of the cult directs all the followers to abandon their worldly connections and prepare for the doomsday and creation of a new human race. The followers built safe houses and prepared fervently in line with the instructions of the spiritual head. The doomsday prediction does not materialize and what follows is chaos and disorientation. The protagonist survives to tell his story."

Educating Naughty Chimpu Stories From Piplivan ~ Volume 3

Educating Naughty Chimpu Stories From Piplivan ~ Volume 3

"There was once a forest called Piplivan… It was home to many animals and birds. They were known as the Piplis. In Piplivan there lived a rabbit couple called Tiku and Tuki. Everyone in the forest loved them for their kind and loving natures. When they are finally blessed with a child, they are overjoyed and all the forest creatures come to the naming ceremony. The baby rabbit is named Chimpu. But as time passes, Chimpu grows into a wild and naughty rabbit, always up to mischief. One after the other the Piplis complain to Tiku about his son’s bad behaviour. Poor Tiku wonders what to do… How can he change Chimpu?"

Mr.Right A Journey Towards Him

Mr.Right A Journey Towards Him

"It’s the supreme power that decides the one made for you; all you do is create a deep desire of how you want him to be. They call him your soul-mate, but souls are meant to be set free. We all basically look for a mind-mate. It hints us, brings him in front of us and sends us those positive signals. But when it comes to love we allow our heart to take the final decision, not allowing the mind to play its due role. From there on begins a journey of conflict, misinterpretations and misunderstandings. Mr Right is either missed or mistaken for Mr Wrong. Nisha Chandra, a strong headed girl, is lost in the same dilemma. Every time she meets a guy, she ends up realising that he is Mr Wrong. The conflict between her heart and mind goes on until she decides to go for a blind marriage. And then unfolds a dramatic journey towards her perceived Mr Right."

Parikrama

Parikrama

"In this stylish, taut and meditative collection of eleven stories, Radhika Vyas Sharma explores through the prism of short fiction the challenges posed to individuals and families by the processes of migration of homelands while simultaneously dealing with the never ending human quest for love and closure. From rural Rajasthan to the San Francisco Bay Area, each of these stories is homage to human resilience. In the title story Parikrama, a young man embarks upon a journey, a personal spiritual circumambulation, to connect the dots of his deceased parents’ lives stumbling upon some unexpected secrets of his own. In another story, Agony Aunt a young immigrant Indian mother makes a difficult choice between a sustaining a rare friendship and preserving her self-respect. While Beneath Her Veil the Stars Faded Away set in the late 1980’s in small town Rajasthan tells the tale of an uncommon friendship between a childless middle-aged school principal and a young bride. Parikrama is eleven stories like sashes, sari pins, flowers, waves - a range of style, motifs and voices strung together in a garland of storytelling. CONTINUED…."

Should I Hate Or Love (A True Love Story)

Should I Hate Or Love (A True Love Story)

Samaira, who seemed to be madly in love With Aayan, was still trying to be romantic with him. She believed that one day Aayan would marry her and make her complete with his unconditional love. But perhaps she hadn't listened to Aayan properly when he said that Siya was the same girl whom he had loved since he saw her for the first time, and every night he sleptjust to meet her in his dreams...

Teenage Diaries The Days That Were

Teenage Diaries The Days That Were

"""This is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story from the perspective of a typical middle-class Indian teenager, in love with the words around and scared of the world around him. It covers his incredible journey of transformation from an under-confident nerd to an over-confident rule-breaker, under the influence of a new set of friends. That, of course, has its own backlashes. The book covers his journey to, and back from, rock bottom . This story, infused with the nuances of our adolescence, takes you down the forgotten memory lanes on a hilarious yet emotional joyride making you laugh a lot and maybe, cry a little. It's a story of teenage rebellion and its repercussions, of friendship and its meaning, and of love and its magic. It's a teenager's diary that will make you say - Oh! The days that were!"""

The Man In The Trench Coat

The Man In The Trench Coat

"India. The world's largest democracy. A cesspool of corruption and apathy. The people helpless, the media ineffective, the government indifferent and the crusaders forlorn. But all that was about to change… In 2014, just before India’s massive general elections, a Member of Parliament accused of being involved in multiple scams is shot right outside his residence. ACP Rajeev Shekhar, an honest, upright cop with a tragic past and ACP Digvijay Raut, a veteran legend of the Delhi Police are tasked with investigating the murder. However, more such corrupt officials begin to die throughout the country, expertly assassinated by a mysterious vigilante they call ‘the Man in the Trench Coat’. As the political pressure mounts, the CBI steps in to work with the Delhi cops. The vigilante, aided by the shadowy man known only as Control, steps up his game. As the situation escalates, the investigating lawmen find themselves embroiled in a web of scheming and deceit. Nothing- and no one- is what they seem to be… Who is the Man in the Trench Coat? Why does he do what he does? Who is the master manipulator called Control? And above all, can they succeed in their mission to free India from corruption? Inspired by the notion of vigilantism in popular culture, The Man in the Trench Coat is a story about the fight against corruption in India. "

The Trial By Fire : Memoirs Of A College Principal

The Trial By Fire : Memoirs Of A College Principal

"This autobiography is a rare story of the courage and the conviction of a person holding a position of power and authority, taking on the high and the mighty, refusing to buckle under pressure and do what is unethical and illegal, risking his career time and again. The author had a journey in defiance-fighting relentlessly against the corrupt system. During his two decades long tenure, he had to quite often face ‘the trials by fire’ in order to secure his college with a solid foundation of perennial values, transparency and commitment to truth. The autobiography is in four parts. Part I- Blissful ignorance- narrates the life of a rustic village boy and how he transformed. Part II- Awakening- is about the author’s struggle to find meaning and purpose for existence and becoming a teacher by accident. Part III- Rise- is regarding his appointment as the Principal, the conspiracy to scuttle the appointment and his legal battles. Part IV-Turbulence- is about his uninterrupted nerve-racking duel with multiple authorities to reinstate the truth and justice and protect the institution of Principal. And by taking a high moral ground and displaying mental toughness, he weathered a turbulent period of calculated verbal assaults aimed at making him dispirited and crippled. This is the first time that such an autobiography is penned by the Head of any educational institution, giving a gripping account of his torrid times. The book makes an interesting and inspirational reading. It is rich, engaging and very truthful. The heads of educational institutions, particularly the future generation of academic administrators will profit by the book."

Warriors Of Dharma

Warriors Of Dharma

"The lift door opened. She immediately pressed the 10th floor button again without walking out of it. People were surprised to see her again in office. But she didn’t talk to anyone this time. She straight way went to her desk, opened the computer and went through the projects in last 10years. There were not many. She checked all of them several times. She paused at number 3. It was about an excavation in Assam, Shivsagar near Brahmaputra valley. There was also a list of people working on it. She went through it many times but couldn’t find Surath’s name in the list. She was disappointed a bit. But in the end it was written in bold-Extra Hand (voluntary worker)- 1 She took a printout and circled it in red. She walked out of the office. She was afraid. She knew Surath was in danger. She must find him fast. She called her travel agent, “Please book a ticket to the nearest airport to Shivsagar, Assam for today”. “I am coming son,” Lucy told herself. "

Yolo You Only Live Once

Yolo You Only Live Once

"• When nine year old Nissi is suddenly diagnosed with a life threatening illness, her mother’s world crumbles around her. Having already lost her husband, she is left clutching at straws. Support comes from the most unlikely source imaginable. • The joy of long awaited baby Aastha’s birth is mercilessly expunged by the news of a genetic disorder with no cure. The future turns into a minefield of uncertainty. With these and other riveting real life stories about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, YOLO presents a relatively unexplored perspective of medical treatment and recovery. It highlights the mind-body link, mystical healing, and spontaneous remissions, which do happen, reinforcing the greater truth that the human mind is perhaps the biggest pharmacy and the power of faith and hope can indeed move mountains. Drawing from her rich professional experience and personal life, Dr. Aroskar addresses fundamental questions like: Why are some people more prone to disease than others? Why does the same treatment heal one and fail another? How can one remain relentlessly optimistic and resilient when confronted by daunting challenges? How does one stay strong in the face of adversity? She also addresses the doctor-patient relationship, the dilemma of euthanasia; and panaceas for ailments. Despite path-breaking progress and technological innovations, medicine remains an imperfect science. Epoch-making discoveries have pushed the boundaries of human capabilities to fight disease, but like a hydra-headed monster, new challenges keep springing up every day. Is the mind then the ultimate saving grace of humankind? A deeply engrossing and enlightening book..."

Start Me Up

Start Me Up

Andy wants to start a company, one of his innumerable dreams. Ronnie, his MBA batchmate, is frustrated with his job.KS, his techie colleague, wants to erase his earlier entrepreneurial failure.Three different reasons for three different individuals to start a company. Their entrepreneurial journey soon turns into a bumpy ride on a road paved with uncertainty, ethical dilemmas and failure, as they also find themselves fighting their personal demons.Andy's hesitation in confessing his love to sweet Vidya.Ronnie's confused and non-committal state of mind.KS's estranged relationship with his father.Will they achieve their dreams? Set in the ïdot com boom & bust' era of 1999-2001, Start Me Up is a humorous, fast-paced and inspiring account of the journey taken by these young impulsive entrepreneurs, experiencing the exciting adrenaline rush of ups and downs, as they struggle to survive and to succeed, while having fun, loads of fun.

Such Is Life, Sonali!

Such Is Life, Sonali!

Sonali, a Content Head at a corporate in New Delhi, struggles to get her life in order. At work, she battles gossip-mongers, rivals and deadlines, while at home, she placates two demanding children and an increasingly estranged husband. Things change when Karan, the new – and charming – Marketing Head enters her life and sways her female colleagues one after the other. Sonali doesn’t understand what everyone else sees in him and she is determined to not fall for his charisma. But an equally determined Karan manages to break down her walls, and she gradually begins to find him and his extravagant ways attractive. When her family easily drops her from their Shimla trip, Sonali realizes that she has been taken for granted. Soon, she finds herself standing on the threshold as she introspects her marriage and her burgeoning attraction towards Karan.

Inner Space

Inner Space

"The lines between the worlds of science and spirituality are blurring, but not as fast as they should. This is mainly due to the fact that those who have knowledge of one, do not know enough about the other. INNER SPACE attempts to bridge the gap. The author brings to these pages his background in science, combined with a strong experimental focus on spirituality over many years. He documents his own breakthrough moments of spiritual experience. The book describes in simple layman terms various aspects of physics, biology and spirituality, and how they meet and merge in the most compelling manner. A must read for seekers in the modern world

Innocence  To Irony

Innocence To Irony

The woman is tenacious. Her acceptance of any situation in her life is legendary. The short stories in this book present many such situations in various locales where the woman has brought in her positive persona. Right or wrong is not the priority. The situation demands, so this is...

1400 Bananas, 76 Towns & 1 Million People

1400 Bananas, 76 Towns & 1 Million People

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey Few of us have the panache to put in our papers, free ourselves from our desks, and take off on a half-year-long trip along the coastal necklace of peninsular India. This richly-flavoured travelogue combines adventure, serendipity, food, and sheer joie de vivre. The narrative irresistibly draws us in as benevolent observers of the many facets and foibles of humanity. Living out of a backpack, in budget lodgings, and eating bananas as a staple, only add to the heady challenges that stimulate the spirit of wanderlust of this maverick-explorer. The tour diary, starting from the remote north-western coastal tip and climaxing, rather precariously, way above sea-level at the potentially sinister Indo-Tibetan border, is an engrossing chronicle of discoveries about the desires, views, tribulations, joys, and sheer zest for living, of the teeming millions of India. Thrown in for good measure, in a refreshingly tongue-in-cheek style, are recipes for some of the gastronomic delights offered in the places traversed. Itinerant sidelights about people of all classes and creeds – fishermen, seafarers, rickshaw-drivers, priests, salesmen, radicals, typical and atypical families, and all the rest – create a colourful kalaidescope that is quintessentially India. This book is as enjoyable and energising as a good cup of chai...

The Bensons & Their Troubled Inheritance

The Bensons & Their Troubled Inheritance

The Benson family suddenly inherits an estate outside London and a business which designs advanced Maritime Surveillance Systems for the Ministry of Defense. This attracts the interest of foreign powers who want to steal the plans. Martha, Emma and Craig, relocate with their parents to their new home, where Emma, the youngest, gets involved in mysterious incidents involving the butler George. Things hot up when the children find George dead on the lawn and the surveillance systems designs stolen. Mark Benson, the children's father, begins to investigate these shocking events but even as he interacts with his team members, he finds their behaviour suspicious. This fascinating, fast-paced and action-packed story follows the Bensons as they try to unravel the mystery that spans both their home and their business interests. In the process, the children begin to understand the values of family and chivalry.

Spinning Top Stories Little People To Love & Share

Spinning Top Stories Little People To Love & Share

This wise and wonderful collection of short stories journeys into the world of 'little people'. It is a universe filled with wild adventures, great excitement, high hopes, deep fears and looming dilemmas. Here is a world where children, animals and innocence rule the day - and adults are welcome to enter only if accompanied by a child! Nitya Satyani uses her experience as a parent, teacher and writer, to imbue these delightful tales with the rich colours of childhood, where reality and fantasy merge in the engrossing art of spinning stories.

Little Setu And The Forbidden Forest Of Ula

Little Setu And The Forbidden Forest Of Ula

Setu and Anila stopped just short of the first forest, Sukaan ? which was the only way to the dark woods of Ula. Anila's legs trembled as they stood there looking at the enormity of the dark woods. ñIf this is Sukaan, how frightening will Ula be? She wondered. As they made their way slowly through the thickets in the dead of the night, Setu and Anila could not help but be overwhelmed by the majestic Silver Oaks, the coolness of the swaying fronds, and the swoosh of the tall shrubs that seemed to warn the trespassers of the impending danger they were getting closer to.. Innocent and soul-stirring, Little Setu's story travels from the lush green, open meadows of Sundernagari in the Anadaman & Nicobar islands, to the sinister creepiness of the Ula forest, where Setu and his friend Anila, encounter a series of adventures with the species of the forest and the tribal folk of the hidden realm of Shompen. Jui Andhare's enchanting story captivates the imagination while sending out a strong message about the conservation of our forests and wildlife. Little Setu And The Forbidden Forest Of Ula, transports children and adults alike into a world without boundaries, where every living thing is kin.

Lonely At The Top : Reflections Of A Mentor

Lonely At The Top : Reflections Of A Mentor

Lonely at the Top is about leaders and the challenges they face as they walk alone. This edited anthology contains the reflections of a seasoned Mentor, on the leadership dilemmas of the CEO in a turbulent and unpredictably changing world. With examples and experiences, the author indicates, sometimes subtly and at other times, forcefully, the tools, mindsets and approaches that enable leaders to steer their organizations safely through dangerous times. Many Indian CEOs also suffer from cultural schizophrenia, whether acknowledged or not ? a crisis of identity stemming from the differing dialectics of modern Western business culture and India's own rich, philosophical heritage. Using real experiences as telling case studies, the book demonstrates the value of anchorage in the spiritual ethos of India, and especially in the ambrosial mentoring of Arjuna by Lord Krishna, on the eve of a primordial conflict that has much in common with the inner conflicts in the minds of today's decision-makers.

Love Unhitched

Love Unhitched

It was packing day, the day after the convocation. Some of the students had left. Others were in the process of leaving. There were tears and hurried goodbyes all around. I was standing at the reception, ready to check out. Priyanka barely looked at me as she passed by. I tried to muster up the courage to talk to her. We may never see each other again. Was this how she wanted to leave things between us? Is this how I wanted to leave things between us? My heart screamed the answer to that but I still could not approach herƒ Does the bumbling, clueless-about-women. Anil Krishna ever find love and happiness?

Madhusudhanan Nair Inde Mol

Madhusudhanan Nair Inde Mol

"Madhusudhanan Nair Inde Mol takes you through a journey of a young girl lost in a sea of questions about life, love and career, in search of answers. As she travels to her roots, to her grandmother- out of college, confused and lost- Will she find the answers she has been looking for?"

Magic In The Moutains

Magic In The Moutains

" Faced with the sudden death of their parents, Pradeep and Priya find themselves not only battling grief and loss but also adjusting to a whole new world. Taken to live with their Aunt Sheila in Coonoor, in the Nilgiri hills, they try to find comfort in routine and the beauty of their surroundings. But suddenly, they find themselves in the midst of a mystery. There is a kidnap, magic, a car chase, an extraordinary bakery, strange ladies, and much more…. Sleepy and quiet though the hill station usually is, Pradeep and Priya find there is never a dull moment. "

Above The Rice Fields Of Pilerne: A Tapestry Of Life

Above The Rice Fields Of Pilerne: A Tapestry Of Life

Set in the tiny village of Pilerne, Bardez, Goa, the three Furtado brothers move to Pilerne from Carambolim, their ancestral village. Noted engineers, they have been given the project of building a dam and dykes to control the saline waters of the creek, to save the rice fields from turning into wasteland. Like the famed food and drink of Goa, this family saga is redolent with earthy and piquant flavours it is the story of three generations of a family who uproot themselves to forge a new life in a new land, along with their fears of moving; the tensions of setting up home; and how they finally turn into gauncars (members) of Pilerne.The Furtado family could be any Goan family that has emigrated to a different part of the world in modern times. All Goans are proud of their roots and share a strong Portuguese influence in their cuisine, music, and way of life. And they always love to come back to Goa no matter where they live. This wonderfully human story makes for a compelling read. Here is the real Goa, no longer hidden behind the camouflage and trappings of a world famous tourist destination. There are no beaches, food shacks, luxury resorts and Kashmiri shops just an unvarnished peek at village life. The traditon of diving into wells, enjoying lavish meals, and looking at life and love steeped in typical Goan susegad, is all there for the reader to enjoy.

The Elephant Girl

The Elephant Girl

The forests of Eastern India, during the late years of the British Raj, were rife with stories about a mythical maiden riding a wild pachyderm. On a train ride through these deep jungles, a series of strange events unfold to pique the curiosity of Raj Narayan, the crown prince of Paschim Behar. Two attempts on Raj’s life as well as the murder of his father, the Maharajah and his favourite brother in the Royal Palace seem to be linked to a conspiracy to shroud the legend of the elephant girl in secrecy. What starts as a short trip soon hurtles crown prince Raj into a rollercoaster ride of adventure as he becomes obsessed to get to the bottom of the mystery of the elephant girl. Torn between his urge to seek out the mysterious maiden notwithstanding the advanced pregnancy of his wife and the evolving intrigues around succession amongst the brothers and his beautiful step mother, he finds himself in the maze of royal intrigue with the players shuttling between the opulent royal palace and deep dark forest with royal secrets. Will he betray his loving wife’s trust to be with the maiden? Will he find the murderer? Will he survive the savage mysterious forests and live to tell his tale?

A Heart'S Whisper

A Heart'S Whisper

When 23-year-old Rhea announces to her Indian parents that she wants to move from Pune to Frankfurt for higher studies, they voice their reservations about it. Finally, when she promises to marry a guy of their choice after her studies, they agree to let her go. As fate would have it, she meets the love of her life, Gary, a journalist in Frankfurt. She persuades her parents to let her marry him in Pune. Just when they are about to taste the joy of their lives, Gary acts strange complaining that the food is poisoned and slashes himself. A visit to a doctor reveals that he might have schizophrenia. Rhea is devastated. Despite all contrary advice, she marries Gary and moves to Frankfurt. As the illness advances, Gary poses a threat to himself as well as others. Though Rhea tries to stay strong and positive, she gets terrified when Gary tries to kill himself again. Will Rhea save her marriage? Or will she walk away from the man she loves?

The Foe Within

The Foe Within

In ‘The Foe Within’ Sona, 20, wrestles through her obsessive-compulsive disorder of imaging herself as a champion lawn tennis player, like Helena, the World Champion, even if she had never won beyond club level. Experts said she didn’t have a champion within her. Her friends, Naresh and Iqbal, made her realize that her alter ego had imprisoned her, and, then, she fought through her disorder, pursued her second best passion, and emerged a bestselling novelist.

The Indian Soldier - A Story Of Faith

The Indian Soldier - A Story Of Faith

Arjun is a young boy who dreams of becoming a soldier. But his unexpected selection into IIT throws him in a mix. Soon, his supportive family comes to his rescue and helps him pursue his dream. During his time at the National Defence Academy, he builds life-long friendships with three other trainees. Soon he is given a chance to join the most covert and lethal team in the Indian Army, Team-A. He dedicates his life to the country and carries out life-threatening missions on numerous occasions. But one deadly terrorist attack forces Arjun to question all that he has learned and loved. Disillusioned by the actions of his fellow countrymen, Arjun decides to leave his homeland. Before he can pack up his bags and say goodbye, an airplane carrying over 200 passengers is hijacked by an unnamed group. And he is the only one who can save them. But can an embittered Arjun bring himself to risk his life, and those of his team, one more time?

A Mariachi & A Philosopher On Wheels ~ A Poem

A Mariachi & A Philosopher On Wheels ~ A Poem

What do you get when there is a philosopher who loves to gain a better understanding of his true inner self by involving himself in the outer world to its fullest, whose brain is at its sharpest when he is experiencing the best while driving his car, and a musician who loves to celebrate every moment of life by singing and playing his guitar—both of whom are flatmates and the best of buddies with down to earth attitudes and charming personalities. One fine day, out of the blue, the musician confides in his chum his heart is yearning to desperately leave the metro and go to his village in another State which is quite far away, for a family reunion and the only option is by road but he doesn’t want to take a taxi. The default result is a purely fantastic road trip with outward sensory, but most importantly, soul searching and soul satisfying experiences and rewards for both the philosopher and the mariachi on wheels.

An Insider'S View Of Emotional Traumas

An Insider'S View Of Emotional Traumas

SEEKING HELP IS AN ACT OF COURAGE There is pitifully little awareness about mental health issues in our country. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression and not diabetes or hypertension, will be soon be the biggest killer of the modern world. The general perception is that people are either mentally healthy, or nutcases, requiring psychiatric intervention. The truth is that many mental health issues are transient. They fall into the category of mental ‘sprains’ and not ‘fractures’. They can be healed with the help of a trained counselor. This book deals with subjects such as anxiety, depression, marriage, suicide, child sexual abuse, adolescences and stress. Based on actual case studies, the text is written in simple, lucid language, devoid of technical jargon. Most books in this category are useful as guides for professionals or students of psychology, who are well versed with theory but need practical insights. But this book is primarily for lay people,; for them to obtain a better understanding about themselves; and to provide insights to caregivers, who deal with the mentally unwell on a regular basis and consequently live in a continuum of stress. Above all, these pages provide a non-judgemental and refreshingly practical look at a subject that must become part of our collective understanding about human existence.

Marry Go Round

Marry Go Round

A determined mother using blatant emotional blackmail to inveigle her NRI son into a marriage with the right sort of desi girl; a reluctant groom with a live-in girlfriend following him all the way to India; a bride on the rebound from a disastrous liaison with a married man; skeletons rattling in old family cupboards; an aunt on the vengeance trail ? and we have a heady cocktail of an arranged wedding that morphs into a love marriage with quite the wrongest possible girlƒwith a little tactical help from long-dead ancestors. Written in a refreshingly original style, Marry Go Round is one quaint combine of today's merrily irreverent humour and a staid Hyderabadi milieu with its Nawabi hangover from grandiose times long past.

Marvels And Mysteries Of The Mahabharata

Marvels And Mysteries Of The Mahabharata

In this cauldron of great illusion, with the sun as fire, day-night as fuel; using months and seasons as stirrer, Time is cooking all beings – that is the message. ~Yudhishthira, in the Mahabharata’s Vana-parva 313.118 The Mahabharatha never ceases to fascinate. By far the longest of the world’s epics, it transcends the limitations of genre. History, encyclopaedia, philosophy, scripture, warrior saga, it encapsulates all these in one exalting epic tragedy – underscoring the truth in the ancient adage that the whole knowable world is Vyasa’s leftover. The Great Epic of India encompasses an awesome interplay of human effort and destiny, set against the backdrop of inexorable Time. Marvels and Mysteries, with its lucid and engaging narrative, seeks to unravel some of its enigmas: the characters of Vyasa, Krshna, Yudhishthira, Arjuna, and Draupadi; aspects of the Mahabharatha’s historicity; its medley of interpretations; the stupendous text-critical project to sift its perceived accretions; its inter-relationship with the Ramayana and other epics; and its universal relevance brought home through a series of trans-cultural comparisons. This is the one book about the Mahabharatha which everyone will love to read and gift.

The Madras Mangler

The Madras Mangler

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?

The Global Vegetarian

The Global Vegetarian

Although the majority of people around the world are not traditionally vegetarian, there is an increasing trend towards it. Not so long ago, travellers found it challenging to locate any vegetarian food options outside their own homes and regions. This is no longer the case as vegetarianism has gained support, particularly in countries that were once exclusively non-vegetarian. For reasons of health, personal beliefs, as well as ecology, more and more people now recognise the value of a vegetarian diet and most menus offer vegetarian options. As the number of people travelling globally has increased exponentially, they have also been exposed to different cultures and cuisines. This in turn has led to a burgeoning interest in innovative as well as traditional vegetarian cooking. This book brings together international flavours, foods, and cooking techniques, selected from the world travels of the three authors and their passionate interest in gastronomy, one of the finest spices of life. They joyously present a plethora of vegetarian dishes for family meals as well as for entertaining friends. This vegetarian collection of delicious dishes is an integral part of the mainstream, culinary experience.

The Leadership Conundrum

The Leadership Conundrum

The Leadership Conundrum is a self-help book on Leadership with a difference. It does not belabour theories of Leadership which have been covered by many, many other books and writers of note. Instead, it rejuvenates the reader with the basic fundamentals of Leadership that have been tried and tested in every sphere of life. If you wish to lift yourself out of the crowd of Followers and set yourself apart as someone who Leads, this is the book that you must read. Written in an easy style that makes the difficult seem normal, and produced in a handy book size, it make you realize what you can do to go that extra mile in your journey as a Leader.

Arjuna Saga Of A Pandava Warrior-Prince

Arjuna Saga Of A Pandava Warrior-Prince

Arjuna is the immortal tale of one of India's greatest heroes. These pages retell in riveting detail the story of the Pandava Warrior-Prince who has captured the imagination of millions across centuries. This is the intense and human story of his loves, friendship, ambitions, weaknesses and follies, as well as his untimely death and revival, his stint as a eunuch, and the innermost reaches of his thoughts.Told in a refreshingly modern and humourous style and set against the staggering backdrop of the Mahabharata. Arjuna's story appeals equally to the average, discerning reader and the scholar. It spans the epic journey from before his birth, when omens foretold his greatness, across the fabled, wondrous landscape that was his life.

Me “N” Her – A Strange Feeling

Me “N” Her – A Strange Feeling

Love ... Life ... Separation? Love ? implies three words ? smiles, tears, and endings. Endings are not always happy ... yet they leave a mark in our lives in some way.Me n Her ? A Strange Feeling' is an involving and intriguing love story of two young people, of strangers, whose paths cross and lead to strange feelings, later discovered as love. Harsh is passionate and ambitious, but forgets his ambition when he meets Janvi. Janvi ... loves to dream, but is lost in life ... reasons unknown.At the height of their celebration ... a strange twist in life happens, that changes everything forever ... Love is what brings them close ... and love is what ... separates them. Does love change with time? Is it possible to fall in love repeatedly with the same person? Harsh and Janvi give you every answer ... their love story will remind you of your first love ... its unexpected ending will bring tears and smiles.

Arjun: Without A Doubt

Arjun: Without A Doubt

I knew there was nothing poetic about death. I knew not that the most horrific battles are fought off the battlefield. Arjun: The idealist in a non-ideal world; the warrior whose deadliest opponent was his conscience. History forgot his voice, but misquoted his silence.My self-esteem originates from me and ends in me.Why does your honor depend on me? Find your own. Draupadi: The untamed tigress, the fragrant flame, the unbridled spirit. Power does not justify sin. Power is not virtue. Virtue is that which lasts in spite of power. Krishn: The enigma whose unique ideology churned the battlefield into a quest for Truth.The Missile …The Trajectory … The Vision. The trio that makes for the core of The Mahabharata (Indian Epic).

The Magical Tiffin Box

The Magical Tiffin Box

The eternal dilemma – what to put into tomorrow’s tiffin box? Whether for children with their picky food habits or office goers on the rush or busy parents with too many balls in the air…here is salvation! This illustrated and delightful book of quick, simple and delicious tiffin recipes, will find a permanent place on your kitchen shelf as well as in your heart. Included are recipes especially for diabetics, especially children, who often have a hard time eating the right things. Every recipe carries a Nutritional Note. These recipes are also ideal for those days when you want to take out a picnic basket or go on road and rail trips with family and friends. All you have to do is turn the pages and pick your favourites…

A Salesman'S Lessons What I Studied Is What I Failed To See

A Salesman'S Lessons What I Studied Is What I Failed To See

What is the ground reality for a Salesman? Do the various laws, theories, hypotheses, anecdotes and sayings of science, mathematics, literature, engineering, management, history ? in fact, everything that we painstakingly read and absorb in order to gain our college degrees before we start working, equip us for field situations when we actually go into the all?too?real?world of Sales? Can we really use the academic learning we struggled with and paid so much for, to sell better? Are there certain factors (which do not appear in the pages of any college or business school text), that are crucial to success in Sales? In an engaging narrative based on his own 15 years in the field, the Author explores the answers to just these questions. The book is light reading and fun but the lessons it contains are both down?to?earth and serious. This is not a self?help book to make you a Sales champion, but if you do pick up a few tips along the way, then that is a double whammy!

The Moon Wants To Be Spotless White

The Moon Wants To Be Spotless White

The vain Moon is devastated when he finds out about the dirt patch on his otherwise pristine white self. He wants to be scrubbed and cleaned by Dhobi Kaka to regain his spotless beauty. The moon cunningly manipulates Mitu into helping him out in this mission. But how will mitu get the moon down to be cleaned? Will kaka be able to restore the moon's spotless beauty? Will mitu be turned into an owl for not keeping her promise? Join in the fun-filled adventure of the Moon, Mitu and Dhobi Kaka, as the trio set out on their mission to help the Moon become spotless.

Asthma For The Common Man

Asthma For The Common Man

This handy little book is a rapid ready-reckoner on Asthma. While it is mainly for asthamatics, it is also an essential leaning tool for parents and teachers who care for children with Asthma, as well as for those who work in professions or environments that make them vulnerable. Pithy and clear, the book is written simply to avoid the jargon that often makes medical information difficult to access for the common man. Useful for practitioners and academicians alike, the knowledge condensed and presented by Dr Vikram Vinayek, will be invaluable to the thousands of people who suffer from Asthma as well as others who need to understand this condition. Above all, the book shows the way to managing the condition in order to lead a full and unrestricted life.

The Phantom Of Raymond Villa : The Kool-5 Mystery Series

The Phantom Of Raymond Villa : The Kool-5 Mystery Series

Sale of souls, the name itself suggests a serious and important story–Deccan Chronicle.

The Redeemers

The Redeemers

One bizarre vacation marked a turning point in the lives of four teenage friends. It dawned upon them that corruption and malpractices had become rampant and deeply ingrained in our culture. They felt anguished and shocked at the shameful state of affairs. They pledged to redeem and change the destiny of the country. They had only two weeks of vacation left to take some big initiatives. The pressure on them was immense. Status quo or failure was not an option for them. Read the inspirational story of a unique movement masterminded by youngsters through innovative ideas and creative thinking. Not a single family could escape from its unrelenting onslaught. It was a rewarding outcome for their persistence and hard work, as they nostalgically recall in 2030.

There Is Life After Dialysis

There Is Life After Dialysis

There are over 300,000 dialysis patients in India and counting but there is a gaping void in the literature available to dialysis patients, apart from medical pharma booklets on specific drugs. This book is the first of its kind in India and is based on the author's personal experience with DIAYSIS. It deals with issues such as side effects, blood and chemical imbalances, and other problems caused by the CKD. Most importantly, it looks at ways of living with dialysis with the correct medical and dietary regulations. This book has been written to inspire and guide other CKD patients and their families on how to manage issues raised by dialysis and to inform them about food choices and diet that can make their lives easier. The large number of dialysis patients in India does not always have sufficient information about food supplements or diet. This book sets the record straight on myth and misinformation while offering practical tips and a cookbook of recipes specially for those on DIALYSIS.

Mission To Venus & Other Tales Of Wonder

Mission To Venus & Other Tales Of Wonder

" This fascinating collection of science fiction stories brings wonder and intrigue into our mundane, everyday lives as we encounter aliens, other worlds and exciting adventures. • Find out what happens on the mission to Venus as a team of crack commandos investigate strange incidents on the newly Terraformed planet. • Travel with Murar on his amazing journey, as the life he knows is changed forever. • Walk with Datta as he delves into a murder mystery using common sense and logic in a tech-enhanced future. • And what of Lakshmi, Roopchand and Sopan? Join them as they uncover secrets, make startling discoveries and encounter the unexpected. Enjoy these and much more as you unleash your imagination and set the child within you free on the Mission to Venus... "

My Day In Paradise

My Day In Paradise

"The descriptions in this book go back to a civilization of 3000 BC on Earth when the entire population on Earth was approximately nine hundred thousand only. Human beings were fully dependent on nature. There was no lust, anger, attachment, greed or ego at the time. Physically and mentally, all human beings were perfect. Violence, war, corruption, unfaithfulness, burglaries, etc. were unknown to people. The birth or reproduction of living beings including humans, was not resultant from sexual activities. The death of human being was purely by wish. There was a total synchronisation between nature and living beings.In a Kingdom, there was no need for defence, home, commerce, or finance portfolios. The citizens of the country were pure, happy, blissful and physically the most powerful then. But the big questions were, was it possible to have reproduction without sex, taste in food without sugar or salt, live a life without medicines or electricity, live a life without any fear and together with all animals, live a life without religions, scientific inventions or machines? "

Mystery Of The Kung-Fu Panda  : The Kool-5 Mystery Series

Mystery Of The Kung-Fu Panda : The Kool-5 Mystery Series

The Kool-5 mystery hunters are a bunch of five spunky youngsters ? Maya, Munch, Jinx, Nano and Dodo, who live in an urban residential complex. The adventure seekers love to ïchillax' and play pranks on ïThe Gabbar', the security guard. They also hold secret meetings in their Headquarters ? an old, abandoned garage ? where they coin Kool new words tank up from the car pantry and brainstorm over baffling and sometimes dangerous mysteriesƒ Mystery beckons the K-5 when a cute Panda stuffed toy is mysteriously found inside Jinx's backpack one morning at Central Park. A masked hoodlum threatens her with dire consequences unless she gives it back. And then there is the little girl Ria, who has a Kung Fu Panda exactly like the one with Jinx. To everyone's horror, Ria's kid brother has been kidnapped and there has been an attempted robbery at her house! What is the connection between the harmless toy and these crimes? The K-5 struggle for an answer to the puzzle as they find themselves in the midst of the Mystery Of The Kung Fu Panda.

Natal Fault

Natal Fault

"In the monsoons of 2012, a phantasm driven geriatrician, Dr. Suchitra Nigam, is all set to open her dream venture: Rajshree Varma Memorial Foundation, a holistic healthcare for the geriatrics. She then encounters several irregularities plaguing the medical and social scene in the country. She is further intrigued when a nonagenarian from Singapore persistently lays claims to an ardent affair withered by a deadly war, seventy years back. Was he another geriatric with clouded coherence and unfounded delusions? A heart -rending tale of love, separation, dejection, violence, compassion and corruption! A gripping story which narrates the saga of two saviours-the doctors, the soldiers and the common man. Natal Fault is an irresistible socio-political narrative. It is bold and beautiful; romantic and philosophical; contemporary and classic at the same time. It feels the pulse of the nation and scales a long span of Indian panorama, both contemporary and classic, as it flows and fizzes out from a drab B class fictional Indian town of Jeerulot, through a war ravaged planet to a posh Singapore. "

Navarasa By Lotus

Navarasa By Lotus

Every pen name comes with a story... 'Navarasa by lotus' tells delicately-interlinked stories of a fading movie star; a youth accidentally taking form of a masked vigilante; a mosquito determined to fight human domination; an unmarried couple on the verge of break up; a woman, Lucky, who is terrified of her dream; a school kid struggling to vent his anger; Fate of our society post 2012; Rajiv's addictions; and Anand's redemption... The result is a collection of nine stories of different genres, each being a tribute to the rasa: humour, love, disgust, heroism, wonder, fury, horror, peace and compassion. These nine stories are interwoven with recurring characters and situations. There are surprises galore in each of the stories that will take your breath way... With this book, prepare yourself to experience a rollercoaster ride through nine distinct emotions!

Newton'S Law Reversed: Conflict - Some Evade, Some Efface, While Most Embrace

Newton'S Law Reversed: Conflict - Some Evade, Some Efface, While Most Embrace

On a trip to meet an ailing relative in Gangaikondacholapuram, Akash is introduced to conflict when a simple village girl, Ganga trespasses his thoughts. His mind fails to elude Ganga and, being overwhelmed by the new found emotion, his attempts to free himself of his battles only grip him tighter. As his mind flits between Ganga and Ganesan, another tormented soul, Akash's only reprieve could have been a banter with his father, when unexpectedly he hears the news of his father's expiry. Little did he know that his father's demise and the ensuing trip to the village would alter his cynical view of the world. In this journey from boyhood to manhood, Akash derives profound meaning through his retrospective deliberations on his dead father's words.

Once Upon A Crush

Once Upon A Crush

Rayna De, stuck in a dead end job with a boss from hell, zero love life and the big 3-O looming large on the immediate horizon, has started to panic a bit. No, make that panic a lot. Enter new object of lust in the office, Deven Ahuja, and Rayna is overpowered by inappropriate visions of Cupid aiming his arrows straight into her heart, with turtle doves doing their billing and cooing act in the backdrop. Alas, Deven is completely out of Rayna's league despite the contradictory messages he seems to be sending out, and is, as decreed by page three supplements of the city newspapers, the man in the life of the gorgeous, light eyed model-turned-actress Sharbari Raina. As Rayna battles with her crush, shaky employment status and dithers about signing up for domesticity with the approved-by-her-parents Sid Bose, of the multi zero pay package and three-bedroom house, she discovers that life has its own plans…

Attitude The Power Of Positivity

Attitude The Power Of Positivity

A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and successful outcome of every situation and action. Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conducive to growth, expansion and success.

Backlogs

Backlogs

Shrey is a normal guy with small plans for his future. Tragedy strikes his life when he fails in his PU (12th) exams, as everything changes. His plans are shelved, a new college, a random course, a weird set of people, heartbreaks and a career to make. Shrey's journey begins afresh without any plans ahead. Do things turn bad for the greater goodƒ will he succeed or just manage to carry his life as a backlog?

Be Tension Free

Be Tension Free

Be Tension Free is a small, yet powerful book that will change you life. It talks your language, understands your tensions and gives you spiritual solutions that are lasting. Kinkar Vitthal Ramanuja takes us from negative fatalism to positive constructivity. He promotes yoga and meditation, prayer and spiritual attitude, as potent tools to shape our destiny. This book reveals the process by which we can balance worldly actions with spiritual practice-achieving success in both. If you really want to overcome your tensions, this book is a must.

Brain Training & Conversion

Brain Training & Conversion

The brain gives us human potential - to learn, to dream, to achieve and grow. It is perhaps the most powerful and yet the most delicate organ in the body. For many years it was assumed that brain cells could not grow past early childhood and would automatically degenerate as we reached our senior years. But recent scientific research has broken the bondage and fatalism of such beliefs and demonstrated ways in which the brain can be trained, enhanced and kept agile and alert every day of our lives to empower whatever we do. Brain enhancement is the process of developing innate abilities that allow retention of memory. When memory is retained, a person functions better in society, at work and at home. The brain is an organ that produces thoughts and feelings, the anatomy that controls the centre of the nervous system and vertebrae. It not only enhances a person's intellectual abilities, but also controls heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure among other things. In order to enhance the brain, it is essential to improve the Central Nervous System (CNS), the spinal column and one's overall health. This little book offers new ways of thinking and appreciating what you can do for your brain so that the brain in turn helps you to achieve a better life.

Brihadaaranyaka ~ The Great Upanishad

Brihadaaranyaka ~ The Great Upanishad

Lead me from the unreal to real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality: these three profound prayers emerge from the distilled soul of eternal India. They are the quintessence of the Brihadaranyaka (Great Forest Text), that ranks amongst the oldest of the esoteric revelations which constitute the Upanishadic corpus. This pristine work of intuitive wisdom, having at its core the wondrous insight of Yajnavalkya, its pioneer-sage, offers a veritable roadmap, guiding worthy seekers of knowledge on a course of spiritual ascendance and ultimate liberation – with faith, logic and contemplation, as the pilgrims’ wherewithal. Strewn along the path of this great journey of self-discovery, are answers to mankind’s eternal questions on creation, the meaning of existence, karma, transmigration, and finally, attainment of oneness with Brahman – the Ultimate Reality. Apart from Ethics, Psychology and Metaphysics are other high grounds bridged by the Brihadaranyaka. Its in-depth examination of the sense organs and objects; of the propensity of the mind to act on the ‘pleasure principle’; and its incisive analysis of the states of dream and deep sleep; all constitute powerful testimony to the profound psychological insights of the Upanishadic Hrshi. But it is the enunciation of the Vedantic metaphysics of non-dualism, based on neti neti (negation of all empirical reality), that constitutes the deepest philosophical message of this Great Upanishad. This volume presents an innovative transcreation of the Brihadaranyaka in simple, free-flowing verse, supported by an eclectic array of elucidations and commentaries gleaned from the works of many master interpreters. It beckons the modern truth-seeker towards the liberating experience of exploring this font of ancient wisdom (prajnaa puraanee), anew.

Checkmate

Checkmate

An upright judge is used as a pawn by the terrorists to hijack a plane. The militants strike with vengeance to free their most dangerous fidayeen from the Indian prisons, as they hold a hundred passengers in the plane to ransom. Calling the shots for jihadis from Pakistan is once upon a time the right hand man of Osama Bin Laden and now the most dangerous terrorist in the world, Muhammad Zia ul Afridi. With the Prime Minister in a soup, there is only one man to stop the diabolical scheme of the dreaded jihadis—Vikram Roy, chief Secretary of RAW, a dashing young man of action. As the Prime Minister is about to surrender the prisoners, Vikram Roy discovers the most shocking truth about activities inside the RAW. The weary nation holds its breath as the fate of a hundred hostages and the prisoners hangs in a limbo. However, the events that are about to follow are so unforeseen that they shock everyone to the core.

Chess Variants & Games

Chess Variants & Games

Chess is a game of wits that calls for strategy, tactics and intuition. The game has a long history spanning several centuries and has been played the world over for it develops strategic thinking and tactical planning skills. Chess is intellectually stimulating and challenging - and offers limitless possibilities at every stage of play. The very nature of the game makes it amenable to systematic study and mastery over time. There are several variants of Chess which offer a level-playing field for amateurs who can think logically. This book is the outcome of the author's curiosity about new Chess variants which can be played on boards with different geometries, different sets of rules with different objectives. This entirely new look at Chess offers: Chess inspired games that reflect situations and events from daily life. Games inspired by popular sports such as squash, volleyball and cricket. Chess games as a motivational tool in education to help students develop interest and liking for their subjects and achieve better academic performance. Chess inspired puzzles. Chess as an outdoor sport and indoor team-game. A. V. Murali's engrossing book highlights the different perspectives of Chess - showcasing its broader applicability, not just for amusement, but for physical and intellectual development as well.

College 2 Company

College 2 Company

Everyone doesn't make it to IIT.. But, they do make it BIG and sometimes GREAT Born in an Army background, Sid was brought up by his parents to become an "Army Medical Officer". But getting indulged in all sorts of tarnished activities and thereafter screwing up his board results, he finally landed in Chennai to pursue his engineering ƒ.of course.. Not from IIT!! College fun, Ragging in Hostel, scariest mess-food, dumbest mates, carats of beer and smoky environment ruined him further. Yes, he was ruined but somehow he got himself placed in an automobile MNC. Being so idiotic, how Sid made it to campus placement? Soon the grey part of corporate world makes him feel inferior among the other freshers hired from IIT's. He wanted to prove himself, but was suppressed by his manager. Will Sid ever be able to make it BIG in corporate? Two beautiful and loving girls, Aayesha & Angel, step into his life. But commitment towards love is never easy, and for Sid, it was the most complicated one!! How does he handle both the love story and finally whom does he fall for? Will he be able to convince his orthodox parents especially his mother-INDIA? Spending lavished life in college, struggling to manage 2-love stories and fighting for respect and pride in corporate world is the chronicle of every graduate's life! "College 2 Company" is a very true tale ofƒ one and all!! Once again feel the College excitement, Semester Exams fear, corporate pains, Appraisal worries, and a bewildering love story!! "PAY FOR OUR WORTHƒ NOT FOR OUR BACKGROUND.

Colours In The Spectrum

Colours In The Spectrum

Aristocratic parents, academic brilliance, smouldering romance with the prettiest girl on campus, a God-given gift that enables him to perceive people with an aura of colour -- growing up in the garden city of Bangalore in the sedate seventies, teenager Karan has everything going for him. At thirty-five, swept away by the unforgiving culture of Los Angeles, Karan's life is in shambles. The women he loved have deceived him; Dolly, the child he parented is taken away; his God-given gift is gone. Karan is penitent he once humiliated Danny, a friend who wanted to be much more. Seeking atonement, Karan returns to Bangalore, the burgeoning silicon megalopolis of the post-liberalization nineties. Living in the ancestral house, haunted by memories of the debacled death of his parents, he faces a new fear-- of being afflicted by promiscuous Lila's unfulfilled wanderlust. Karan reconnects with Arjun, Aarti, and Indu, rekindling the flames of friendship and love, trust and betrayal, and hope and despair. When tracing the whereabouts of Danny leads to a startling discovery, Karan must confront the truth through a complex interplay of agony, forgiveness and grief. Can Karan redeem himself? Does the love he always chased find him?

Parenting Mantras

Parenting Mantras

There are numerous books on raising children. But these pages are about happiness and fulfillment. Written by a parent, for other parents, it brings together the best of old and new philosophies, culled from writing across genres, parenting seminars and workshops, to present the 7 Steps that work best to reach the goal of being happy parents and raising children to be proud of. The underlying, thought-provoking philosophy will connect with something deep within and make you smile. Many young people delay having children or are simply afraid of the responsibility. But parenting is a life-defining experience which brings immeasurable joy. However, we sometimes forget the basic mantras and allow small, manageable issues to cast their long shadows over this richest of all human experiences. This book is for couples who are considering having a child, have just had one, and for all those who worry they might not be good parents- to help them enjoy the greatest of all gifts-parenting. Do you want your child to love and respect you? Do you want your child to love broccoli as much as ice cream? Do you want to feel proud of your child's confident outlook towards life and its many challenges, big and small? Are you scared of having children? Are you worried you are not doing enough? Are external influences affecting your parenting happiness? Are you stressed about your parenting responsibilities? Do you feel guilty about taking time for yourself? And much moreƒ this easy-to-read book is for those looking for a simpler, happier way to raise children and bring the joy back into parenting.

Passion Perseverance & Prayer

Passion Perseverance & Prayer

Contemporary life often feels like a daily, all consuming, overwhelming grind, getting in the way of a peaceful, loving and healthy existence. But there is another way. Passion, Perseverance and Prayer is all about everyday guidance and inspiration, juxtaposing the personal with the profound. It is a story, a diary, a guide – 52 inspirational, weekly readings encourage us to find beauty, shine with our own special light, and muster the courage to carry on through tough times - with passion, perseverance and prayer. It blends everyday experiences and observations with the insights of philosophers. With monthly themes, that are organized around a dominant topic, recognizing our vulnerability as we journey from day to day, these pages offer non-judgmental support. They help us believe that we can be truly happy, every day.

Perfect Tangerine

Perfect Tangerine

There was a deafening silence in the world. No babies had been born for three long years. But just when humanity is about to give up hope,a baby boy is born to Doris and Tom Daley. The Press christens him Miracle. Overnight, the simple Daleys turn into celebrities and Miracle Daley becomes a walking headline. Although Doris and Tom do not allow the popularity to go to their heads, Tom’s mother, a fiercely ambitious woman, uses every opportunity to milk their good fortune. And with his Granny’s support, Miracle grows up believing love and stardom are his birthright. From magazine covers to people’s hearts, Miracle rules for eleven uninterrupted years. But because of his spoilt ways, his popularity fades. Then the inevitable happens… the baby drought ends and Miracle becomes a ‘has-been’. When teachers stop home-schooling Miracle, he is forced to attend regular school and Joka Pack, the school bully, becomes his nemesis. One day, chased by Joka’s gang, Miracle escapes into the woods. There, he meets and befriends a dolhorina – Vibgyor, who tells him that instead of creating problems, he should solve them. The deer guides Miracle on tackling the bully and gaining acceptance in school. As Miracle wonders if Vibgyor is real or just a figment of his imagination, he realizes it is time to get off his high horse and earn the adoration he so desperately misses. But can he do anything to win back the affection once showered upon him or will he need a miracle?

Philanthropy Sucks!

Philanthropy Sucks!

ABOUT THIS BOOK This book is a direct result of stories. From all those villagers I met who are my main source of inspiration, and my colleagues with whom I had animated discussions on development. But this book would not have been possible without all those people who contributed generously and candidly to our Discovery. It is an outcome of my diverse experiences, undying curiosity and firm belief in the power of human beings to want to collaborate, to create shared value and create a better world. It urges us to reflect on where we are, and where we wish to go. And the way we engage in philanthropy is perhaps as good a place to start as any. This book is about the past, the present and one possible future for social good. It seeks to identify the underlying problem and search for new solutions. How I learnt that the problems of philanthropy start from wrong intent, but the real problem lies in the fact that it creates dependencies. The landscape is divided today and standing purposefully. There is a dichotomy between the tough conditions for doing business and an unresolved ecosystem, but also between intent and resolve, a function perhaps of its life stage, transitioning reflectively from philanthropy towards accountability, scale and sustainability. There are three key components of the solution: people desire dignity more than they desire charity; they demand service as customers; and customer based models bring seriousness, accountability and better outcomes. This book suggests three broad directions for the future: new kinds of capital for scale, new business models for sustainability and making shifts in how we think. The reactions to this book will vary from indignation to cynicism to denial to relief.

Prophets, Poets & Philosopher-Kings

Prophets, Poets & Philosopher-Kings

Ancient India - where Vishvaamitra through Vedic austerities and Yaajnavalkya through Vedantic insight, explored the soaring levels of human consciousness; where Valmiki and Kalidasa created sublime poetry; where Rama and Yudhishthira ruled with an exquisite composite of wisdom, welfare and justice as the stuff of their royal sceptres; and where Lord Krishna spoke the wondrously universal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita - theses gems from the treasures of India's spiritual and literary heritage, form the themes that link this volume of modern essays. While these stories have been told and retold, interpreted and re-interpreted through millennia, this fluent and enjoyable narrative, presents a journey of exploration and analysis to find new meanings in the ancient words - looking at them through the prism of a modern, liberal and humanistic world-view.

Raja & The Giant Donut

Raja & The Giant Donut

Raja, a golden brown stray mongrel, leads a carefree existence in Shivaji Park, spending his days lying under shady trees and chasing tennis balls. His friend Pakya, a white and black mongrel, happens to be the most feared dog on this side of the park. But, poor Pakya secretly pines for Bianca, a beautiful Golden Retriever, who only has eyes for Hero, a smooth-talking mongrel with a red scarf round his neck. Tiger Gondhlekar aka Gattu, an abandoned Labrador who is prepetually hungry, completes the trio. Prashant Pinge's engaging and heartwarming story, depicts the journey of three ordinary stray dogs from Shivaji Park in Mumbai to Sambhaji Park in Pune. Their reasons for undertaking the journey are different, but they are united by their friendship and a common dream, as they confront seemingly insurmountable odds. While the story charts their quest for the giant donut, it also highlights how the dogs overcome their own shortcomings, support each other and register personal victories along the way.

Rama'S Musings

Rama'S Musings

Raghu is a 25 year old schizophrenic paralegal who has visions of living the life of Devavrata and his visions draw parallels from the events in his real life. As the psychiatric help he receives begins to take effect and the visions are gone, his life seems boring and one dimensional. He’s so used to living his double life that he begins to abuse drugs to induce the visions again and his life goes into a downward spiral. What will happen to his love life, his novel and his family? Will he find a way out of the mess or succumb to the chaos?

The Story - Catcher

The Story - Catcher

A young girl sat straight-backed on the edge of her chair, chewing a yellow pencil. She wiped her table clean with her sleeve, and with reverence, took out five clean sheets of papers. With a smile of joy, she began to write. Visited by the charming Story-Catcher, she writes stories of all kinds. A boy who finds the eye of a dragon; a girl who finds a letter from her great-grandfather whom she never knew; the Master of Dreams who helps create dreams every night; Coco who is half-deer-half-man; and Ruby who gets a glimpse of the other side of the mirror. Finally, the Story-Catcher himself comes to meet her, with his bundle full of ideas. This enchanting collection of stories is sure to be read again and again and be remembered as a cherished book of childhood tales.

The Unkindest Cut

The Unkindest Cut

A deeply disturbing and graphic account of a police officer, who is hunted down for a crime that he did not think he was capable of. But his colleagues in uniform and a prejudiced society, relying on traditional stereotypes, thought he was. It is an alleged crime of gender, and a gender war ensues, with every actor, semi-actor, self professed stake holder and vigilante joining battle. Deep biological and evolutionary schisms and the primordial,unresolved, tension between the sexes get exposed; exposed for what they are ? evolution's unkindest cut.

The Wonderful Secrets Of Science

The Wonderful Secrets Of Science

Weigh an elephant?,Make a Water Mountain?, Create a Magnet?, Separate Salt and Pepper?,Make Flowers Blush?, See a Rainbow? And much, much more....These virtually zero-expenditure, fantastic experiements have been tried and tested, and can be done by children both at home and school, on their own. Narrated as wonderfully engaging stories, many seemingly difficult scientific concepts and phenomena are explained simply but memorably. Each story inculcates a scientific view and temperament in young, bright and inquistive minds. Children will love reading these amusing stories and performing the innovative experiments.

Time Managing It Effectively

Time Managing It Effectively

Time management refers to the efficient and effective use of your personal time to meet your professional and personal goals. It means prioritizing things that are important and not just urgent. You many use a day-planner and to-do lists to manage your time. These tools are certainly helpful, but they do not distinguish between what is important and what is urgent. Here is the way to a more organized way to use and manage that precious resource - TIME.

Traditional Delicacies Of Kerala Foods Of India

Traditional Delicacies Of Kerala Foods Of India

Bordered by land on three sides and the Arabian Sea in the west, the Indian state of Kerala is divided into three geographical regions – the highlands, the midlands, and the lowlands. The cuisine of this fertile land, so rich in nature’s bounty, is linked to the rich influences from both land and sea, which created the unique synthesis of its food and cultural traditions. The wonderful array of spices which grow here, the vast varieties of fish, the vegetables, poultry and meats which abound, have all influenced the food preferences of the Keralite and include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. Before these delectable dishes are forgotten and become extinct, Minnie Matthew has collected some of these traditional recipes from her mother, Saramma, an outstanding cook, in an effort to capture the authentic food of Kerala, as well as some of Saramma’s magical culinary secrets, for future generations. This book had been created for the benefit of those who have not had the opportunity to live in traditional Kerala households but who are keen to savour the flavours of traditional cooking. This ethnic cookbook demystifies traditional cooking for the modern cook. The recipes are easy to prepare and are easily adapted to the contemporary kitchen. The array of fascinating recipes include fish, vegetables, rice, meat, savoury and sweets, as well as dishes for breakfast/high tea dishes, desserts, chutneys, chutney powders, pickles and preserves. In each section, the Author provides nutritional facts and the recipes include Saramma’s invaluable tips for enhancing the taste and flavour of the dishes. Suggestions for dishes to be cooked on various occasions are also provided. In a modern world, there still remains considerable interest in traditional recipes. Foreigners in particular express great interest in understanding the traditional cooking of India. However, it is difficult to find cookery books on traditional cookery and traditional dishes are rarely seen on restaurant menus. They can only be cherished when cooked at home – with love.

Dark White

Dark White

Seven friends. Seven innocent dreams. But when aspirations turn into dark ambitions, one ends up murdered. And the rest, become suspects. Being a notorious mastermind, Keval Kishore Rajput used his friends’ fears and dreams for his climb to power. He ruled the state as its youngest chief minister, before being mysteriously murdered. Did karma finally catch up to him? Or did revenge? From a celebrated standup comedian to an intimidating journalist, the web of suspects sprawls wide and deep. Oscillating between the past and the present, Dark White takes us through the journey of seven characters, each striving in a battle against their inner fears. Each, also possessing a strong reason to kill. Who murdered the CM? Is the path to achieving one’s purpose in life always so dark?

Transaction Of Belonging

Transaction Of Belonging

The short stories in the collection blend emotion and introspection. Moments of urgency and sweetness are fully canvassed and explored. The stories draw out and examine the texture of emotional belonging. In "His Curls," a mother suffers the anguish of wondering if her son is a terrorist. The ending is left to interpretation and several possibilities. The reader is forced to teeter between laughter and sadness in the tragicomedy of "An Indian Summer." "The Blue Arc" is a redemptive tale of a young woman who shows enormous courage. Each story in the collection is a journey of insights. Transactions of Belonging is a unique, intense and gripping work of short fiction. “In this debut collection, Jaya Padmanabhan has brought together a diverse and memorable group of characters from many kinds of backgrounds. With meticulous details and keen observation, she brings them to life and makes us care about them—their poverty, their loneliness, their tragedies and their triumphs."—CHITRA DIVAKARUNI, author of The Mistress of Spices and Oleander Girl

Sattvik Foods Of India

Sattvik Foods Of India

" ‘You are what you eat’, is a much repeated adage which is less understood and hardly ever embraced. In the pace and stress points of the modern world, the food that we eat only serves to satisfy our hunger, titillate our tastebuds and in some cases, fill a deep-seated psychological need for security or love. Most often, what we eat has very little connection with what each of us really needs to eat. Hence, Sattvik Foods of India is a cookbook with a deeply significant difference. People are introduced to the fundamentals of wellbeing through the understanding of how each person is different in terms of elemental composition and nutritional requirements. Shattering the myth that healthy food is largely tasteless, this book presents more than 70 easy-to-follow delicious Sattvik recipes from various regions of India. Those who are willing to travel down the road to wellness with this book as guide, will not only develop a clearer understanding of the subtle but undeniable connection between right food and wellbeing, but also expand their culinary repertoire. Presented in simple language, this valuable volume is both an engaging read and satisfying to the palate of the serious practitioner and curious reader alike. "

Self-Esteem Walking Tall

Self-Esteem Walking Tall

Positive self-esteem is the starting point of all achievements. If you are not able to believe in yourself, how can you expect other people to do so? Self-esteem is not what other people think you are - it is the way you think you are. It is built from birth and, contrary to what many people imagine, can be changed consciously or unconsciously at any stage of life. Positive self-image is very important, because all your actions depend on it. If it is high, your output increases in direct proportion. Positive self-esteem leads to confident actions and right decisions. Negative self-esteem leads to confident actions and right decisions. Negative self-esteem leads to lack of self-confidence, timidity and procrastination during decision-making. The real you is a unique being with enormous potential for experiencing and extending love, both toward yourself as well as to others. As you self-esteem grows, this real person emerges. You begin to take risks and not be afraid of failure; you are not as concerned about the approval of others; your relationships are more rewarding; you pursue activities that bring you joy and satisfaction; and you will make a positive contribution to the world. Most importantly, high self-esteem brings you peace of mind... you truly appreciate the person you are. Every person has the capacity for high self-esteem. The question is, are you ready to make a commitment to increasing your self-esteem? You must have the spirit to accept yourself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world - making the most of yourself.

Shadow Boxing With The Gods

Shadow Boxing With The Gods

The Old order changeth Yielding Place to new Lest one good custom Should corrupt the world Alfred, Lord Tennyson SHADOW BOXING WITH THE GODS is a tour through many traditions and beliefs in the history of Man, to arrive at the truths we recognize today. It is a book of aggressive but persistently rational thought, which deconstructs the beliefs and theologies that have accompanied mankind from the earliest times and often controlled human destinies. While many of these beliefs help people to find meaning to the great mystery of life, they nevertheless crave to be understood in the context of our modern environment. Based on the core truth that the greatest ideas, if carried to extremes, can become ridiculous and hurt people, the book traces the diverse strands of human belief in various civilizations, starting with fantasy and myth-making. Ideas about life, divinity, nature and community, have enriched existence but have also caused mayhem and tyranny through blind beliefs that fed fundamentalism and terror. The Nazi holocaust, the burning of witches and heretics at the stake, the indignity of widowhood and caste practices in India, were all the result of beliefs that overpowered the minds of large sections of people. Today, more than ever before, we are equipped with science, reason and information, to embrace the spiritual and the humane, while freeing ourselves from the clutches of superstition and ignorance – thus achieving a far deeper understanding about our individual and collective existence.

Shikhandini - Warrior Princess Of The Mahabharata

Shikhandini - Warrior Princess Of The Mahabharata

"Centuries have passed since the Great War of Kurukshetra, but her name is still uttered in hushed whispers – eunuch, hijra, neither man nor woman... But was this all there was to Shikhandini, Princess of Panchala? Was this her only identity? The firstborn of King Drupada, Shikhandini was trained to be a warrior from early childhood. She became a Rathi, and then an Athirathi, a warrior of unmatched valour and skill, who singlehandedly defeated the hundred Kaurava brothers in battle. All her life she strove to fulfil one goal – to slay the Maharathi of Hasthinapur, in a trans-generational act of vengeance. But was this her final destiny? At the Battle of Kurukshetra, when the Pandava brothers seem to have lost all hope and are facing defeat, it is Shikhandini who joins them and turns the battle in their favour. If not for her, history would have been written differently. But what was the price she paid? How far did she go in order to prove herself and accomplish her goal? What did she sacrifice along the way? Was she just a pawn in the game between the Kurus? Or was she a true hero, conveniently forgotten because she was not born a man? In this retelling of epochal events, Shikhandini’s transformation from woman to man, based on ancient medical science, is what makes this story both riveting and real in its validity, human intensity, driven purpose and ultimate sacrifice. In this new dawn, when the third gender is finally gaining acceptance and identity, it is perhaps time Shikhandini’s story was retold in all its tragic glory. "

Dreams Of The Mango People

Dreams Of The Mango People

Do yourself a favor. Read this book. Your dreams will come alive, in a light, sometimes in a humorous way. You will relate to the stories and be gently awakened to make your story a reality.Ghanshyam Tiwari Harvard Kennedy School The conceptualization and execution gives the reader a feel that dreams and reality co-exist on the same horizon. Dreams of the Mango People will set you free for all your inhibitions and hesitations which come along with a desire to dream. Vikas Choudhary Harvard University, IIT Kharagpur Director, Eduvision. Dreams of the Mango People will force you to think and visualize your dreams. A self-refection guide that helps to believe in the power of dreams. Nawazuddin Siddiqui Actor This book is not only inspiring but also shows you the ways to start the business with strong foundation. The success of any business is determined by courage of its founders and preparedness of its leader. Dreams of the Mango People will act as a comprehensive guide for both these essential ingredients of success. Abhinav Chanakya Wharton Business School (ISEP) Dreams of the Mango People explains the importance of living each moment without pressure, without forecasting the result, because some experiences cannot be explained by a function and the life itself is too mysterious to be managed mathematically. Micro Di Maio Bacconi University, Italy Dreams of the Mango People is so much about what I believe and teach. The 'heroes' of stories whether myths, folk-tales, novels, plays or films are created not just for our entertainment but for our edification. Take up the struggle and change whatever needs changing to make the world a better place. Barry John Writer and Director

Sid And Po

Sid And Po

Sid is a lonely eight-year-old boy who lives with his busy father and devout grandmother, who is always in the puja room. One day, he decides to get a Labrador pup but ends up with a chameleon named Po (short for Pokiman), instead. But Po is no ordinary chameleon mind you, for not only can he talk (and finds English really easy compared to pigeon language), but science is his favourite subject. Despite this, Sid's heart is still set on getting a cute little puppy with floppy ears and a tail that wags like the wind. But all the changes when Po saves him from the neighbourhood bully, Ranbir aka Rambo. Soon, Sid and Po becomes best friends and plunge into a series of funny adventures. Prashant Pinge's stories are lighthearted and engaging and bring together two unlikely characters ? a shy boy and an over-smart chameleon ? joined together by that sweet and wonderful bond, friendship.

Sorry! You Are Not Employable

Sorry! You Are Not Employable

"Prof. (Col) Shishir Kumar with his extensive experience in the Indian Army and as the Dean & Director of DIT University Dehradun: explains how there are four deliverables to .Teaching. - passing on Knowledge. imparting Skills. creating the right psychological construct or Attitude and inculcating Values. The 80/20 (Pareto) Principle reveals how 20 percent of efforts results into 80 percent of results and vice-versa. This book gives you an insight into the 20% of factors that can boost your effectiveness both in your personal and professional life. It is aimed at getting you in the mindset of inculcating other qualities in yourself that are never taught in most of the educational institutions and which are vital in getting your dream job. PROF (COL) SHISHIR KUMAR Students are given knowledge but lack soft skins. problem-solving capability listening skills and communication skills which makes them unemployable. Unless this situation is improved. students will suffer from lack of gainful engagements. Therefore. there is a greater need on the part of students to change their own situation proactively: This book is aimed at making today's youth successful in all walks of life!"

What Happens In Office, Stays In Office

What Happens In Office, Stays In Office

A no-holds-barred account of life in the cut-throat world of large corporations, told in a unique humorous and ironical style. A world where millions are employed and are forever engaged in finding a balance between doing right for the organization and doing right for themselves. The domineering boss, the whining employee, the counter-productive policy-making, the jockeying for visibility, are all products of this interesting world. Not all, however, is as it appears on the ñsmooth and shinyî surface of this world. There are personal anxieties and fears which get carried into business interactions. Though informal outlets are available to people in corporations, mostly through the often innocuous art of ñbitchingî, many of these subterranean currents never get recognized or discussed openly. Perhaps for the first time ever, this book discusses situations where these subtle (to the doer) and shameless (to the doee) acts often create outcomes that are both poignant and funny and, at times, downright disgusting. In the garb of humour and satire, this book delivers some hard-hitting management lessons. In doing so, however, Ankur may have inadvertently let out some never before talked about ñsecrets of successî of ñThe Clubî that the Corporate world appears to be from outside. Readers of Ankur's blog (darkofficehumour.wordpress.com) have compared his writing to that of Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert, the cartoon strip) and Joseph Heller (author of Catch22), both masterpieces of satire. His Blog has also received recognition through the ñVersatile Bloggerî award several times in its brief history.

Everyone Can Heal 21 Days Of Guided Healing Processes

Everyone Can Heal 21 Days Of Guided Healing Processes

Every human being feels the need to HEAL at some point in life and to find forgiveness, strength and understanding to live each day with positivity and grace. But what if the HEALER lies dormant in each one of us, just waiting to be invoked? Can the healer indeed become the healed? How uplifting to know the resources to heal both ourselves and those around us already exist – we only have to seek them within. Everyone Can Heal combines three books in this one volume: Book I: Healing Oneself – The Connecting Process Book II: Healing Relationships – You & I Are Beautiful Book III: Healing Loved Ones – Being There. This Unique book offers effective processes to heal the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and other dimensions of human existence. Learning to heal at a distance and healing loved ones are both integral components of the book. The outlined processes tap into intuition and the senses we are all born with. Whether one is beginner or an established healer, this book is a valuable guide to creating a life of consciousness and purpose. It serves as a basic handbook of living and a complimentary tool to other healing therapies one may already be practicing. Each volume presents processes for 21 days, to help discover: the well of wisdom within; the sacredness of togetherness in our relationships; the soulful connections with our loved ones; and the truths about our own existence. Each of the three parts empowers healing by using a set of simple tools and techniques, encouraging us to turn the everyday pages of our lives differently. We first learn to heal ourselves, then our relationships, and finally our loved ones. HEALING IS THE GIFT WE CAN GIVE OURSELVES AND THOSE AROUND US.

Souvenir

Souvenir

"To whom I met one day But may not meet again. Whose image, Despite the distance of space and time, Has become clearer in my mind. Who became a part of my life and, Whom I watch everyday, Even with my eyes closed. Who exists, In my every thought. Who became the essence of My life, my every breadth, My dreams and my desires."

Why Not Use Some Common Sense?

Why Not Use Some Common Sense?

Despite being blessed with the power of intelligence, logic, imagination and analysis, why do we humans struggle to use the gift of common sense in so many areas of our lives? Have you ever found yourself wondering... Why do we get angry or irritated? Why do we feel guilty? Why do we tell lies or get defensive? Why is there so much lack of trust? Why do we struggle to accept ourselves as we are? Why do we often complicate our own lives? Why do we love to criticize or shy away from candid conversation? The simple truth is that we could handle situations better and solve dilemmas just by applying common sense. This book takes a clear-eyed look at day-to-day scenarios we are all familiar with, in which, by simply altering our perspective and using some common sense, we can resolve or reduce our issues. It serves as a down- to-earth guide to letting go of negative emotions such as anger, frustration, guilt, grief, irritation, unhappiness and joylessness. These pages are dedicated to helping people live their lives with greater ease, freedom, and simplicity – by consciously using the most important tool existence has bestowed upon us – common sense.

Extra Miles

Extra Miles

This small collection of stories is about Few breaths of happiness and a few moments of satisfaction, A life with this part of mother earth, and that portion of the magnificent sky, Living with countless dreams and a bag of emotions.Sea like aspirations and high-rise expectations. A diary, full of untold words and numerous confused affections, Quoting air like talks and sand resembling relationships. These days full of jealousy and those nights full of repentance, A wave, a blaze of warm water, and a winged hot vapor, Roving with few strange fellow travelers' presence.Feelings of accomplishment and desires for emptiness,A canvass, saving its shades in rainy days and alone ways, Hiding its forgotten pages, and scattered brightness... And represents colours of thoughts of a young person, which are the by product of dealings of his ñIî, ñEgoî, and ñSuper Egoî. Those 'Colours' include happiness, time; changing definitions of relations, frustration, imagination, struggle among other things.

Yours Sarcastically

Yours Sarcastically

My manager to me, "Your job is to interview 60 size zero south Bombay women over the next few days. Take them out for dinner if you think they are not opening up adequately during your interviews." "Yours Sarcastically" is a 'not-so-diplomatic' take on the life of a 20-something person in contemporary India. It is his saucy journey from post graduate education to his experiences in selling mustard hair oil, his marketing stints and his rich experience during his international management consulting experience along the Indo-Nepal border. Some of his professional experiences include: interviewing 60 size zero south Bombay women, negotiating with the right hand man of an underworld don, managing drunken brand managers at corporate off-sites, the extensive preparation done by sales people for 'surprise' visits by their bosses, and the hiring of cheerleaders by a premier consulting firm to turn around their client's fortunes. In his free time, he likes to write movie scripts for C grade movies, transform behenjis to blockbuster babes, visit top brothels in Mumbai and indulge in politics and backbiting. Along the way, he falls in love with his batch-mate and hankers after professional success. Needless to say, there is a villain who runs after the same lovely girl and the same crown of success. As the stakes keep getting higher, will this rollercoaster ride meet a dead end or will everything fall in place like any other happily ever after? "We love the way we have been portrayed in the book." - Sonali Singh, President, Association of Size Zero South Bombay Women

The Gangster'S Muse

The Gangster'S Muse

Meghna, a computer professional turned housewife, is one year into her marriage and already repenting giving up a high-salaried job with an IT form. To make matters worse, her husband Ashutosh takes her for granted. Meghna tries to adjust to her new life, fails miserably, and gets depressed. Ashutosh is struggling with his own set of problems. He loses his job to recession and is forced to move out of his house with Meghna. His troubles begin to adversely affect their marriage. Meghna finds an opportunity to once again prove her capabilities when she joins ïInfinite Helpline' a Dial-in service for the aged and lonely. Here, unknowingly she gets friendly with the most wanted underworld criminal, Mallinath aka Malli. Malli gets along with her, who he knows as ïAngel', as if she is his long-lost friend. Angel understands him and genuinely wants to help him deal with his loneliness. Malli is smart enough not to give away his identity. Soon, it's time for Malli to move on with his life. But first, he has to get the diamonds he has kept hidden from his boss Don Zuber. But Zuber gets to know about the diamonds and sends his men after him. Malli is on the run, so he chooses Angel to do the dirty work for him. Malli knows he will need a full-proof plan and so he kidnaps Ashutosh. Now Angel is his ïMuse'. Will Meghna get the diamonds for Mallinath? Will she be successful in rescuing her husband from the gangster's clutches? Will she make peace with herself after his ordeal is over?

High And Dry

High And Dry

Freedom. Have we really achieved it? Or does it remain an illusion? Suffocating and stagnant. Who dictates our destinies? How pure are their intentions? Is there liberation? Max is a twenty-one- year old literature teacher who wants to take you back to his college days, a time where he and his friends, Akhil, Sam, Jhanvi and Kunal - a marijuana-smoking bunch of good-for-nothing teenagers with superpowers, were studying mass media in a suburban college in Mumbai. Their lives are unwittingly caught between two political revolutions (the 2014 Indian General elections and 2016 US Elections), as they chase their pleasures and ambitions. But things are never that easy, are they? Reality seeps into their paradise and begins to rot it. What will happen when they encounter the murky truth about the world, and a murkier truth about themselves? When they see the puppeteer and his strings, will they choose to cut the strings or replace him? Around the world nineteen something year olds are on the frontlines of war against moral degradation of the world, and this is a story about it.

Winter Poems

Winter Poems

The poems contained in this collection, Winter Poems, by Sabarna Roy were inspired by the relatively mild season that prevails in Kolkata following the season of festivities, the Durga and Kali Puja, and portray myriad shades of human life. Some of them deal with the imaginations of death and home while still others the idea of loss and coming to terms with gradual wasting of life. Many aspects of human life and commonplace human impulses are examined and brought to life through a range of imaginations and varied metaphorical associations. The poems are sure to delight the readers and generate a whole range of emotions among them.

Horseshoe Garage

Horseshoe Garage

Though he has gotten used to his salary and his job at Grant Motors, Sarvesh still finds himself waking up in the middle of the night, his heart pounding with the excitement of a Neo-Racing dream. The technologically advanced cars and the smell of the burnt rubber of the tyres haunt him all the time. When Neo-racing creates space for a team from India, Sarvesh is determined to be a part of it. Tagging along as a non-descript member of another giant team is not going to suffice. Along with his best friend Rags, he is determined to lead his own team on to Neo-racing race circuits. Naaz is an orphan who has been raised in a garage and has never studied beyond the fourth grade. She has taught herself all that she knows about cars by working alongside sweaty mechanics. This knowledge allows her to deduce in three seconds that the car design created by Sarvesh and Rags will not qualify for New-Racing. Friendship is tested, loyalties are questioned and spirits are broken in this challenging race to achieve an impossible dream.

Incognito

Incognito

Anjali's plain and staid life suddenly turns into a whirlpool when she befriends four very different individuals, leading distinct lifestyles. Slowly and steadily, they entrap Anjali into their lives. Anjali becomes the nucleus of their existence. She witnesses their lives from the ringside, and draws vicarious pleasure in their passionate love affairs. Then Anjali inadvertently becomes a mute witness to their plotting of four bizarre murders. Will Anjali be able to extricate herself from the tentacles of her four friends, or is the fabric of their relationship so intricately woven, that Anjali can only be drawn deeper into the sinister labyrinth? Incognito is a compelling psychological thriller; this hair-raising tale will keep you hooked from start to finish.

His Share Of Sky

His Share Of Sky

Ten-year-old Barsau lives in poverty but is far from being poor. He does not go to a fancy school but learns the best from nature. His domain is not wide, yet the whole earth is his, as he revels in his own adventures under his share of the blue sky above his contented head and the earth under his joyous feet. Unusual and deeply moving, His Share of Sky is collection of short stories set in a Bodo village on the banks of the river Jwima, in Assam's Kokrajhar district. The stories, woven around the carefree life of a little tribal Bodo boy, narrate the different situations - sometimes hilarious and at other times poignant - in which he lands himself, along with his two brothers and many friends. Every child will relate to witty and smart Barsau. Although he lives in a rural setting in the north-east of India, his charm and sense of mischief remain universal and timeless.

300 Brave Men

300 Brave Men

"Land of the Marathas, Western India, 1641-1660 The Indian sub - continent is ruled by three tyrannical Sultanates... the powerful Mughals in the North, and the Shia rulers - Adilshah and Qutubshah in the South. The native population, supressed for centuries, is subjected to slavery, bigotry, injustice and even torture. Through generations of subservience, the very idea of freedom has been wiped from their minds. As incessant battles rage between the Sultanates, the soldiers who fight and die on the battlefields are mostly Marathas, sons of the soil. Villages and crops are repeatedly razed by the invading armies, men killed in both peacetime and war, their women abducted. Maharashtra, once a prosperous land ruled by competent native rulers and inhabited by peaceful people, has been reduced almost to a wasteland. In this dark era, the sixteen-year-old son of an Adilshahi jagirdar stands up to declare: “I shall not serve, and neither shall my people!” The dream of a free State and an identity for his peoplesmouldering in his heart, he dares to rebel against the powerful Sultan, Adilshah. He begins with nothing... no army, no weapons and an empty treasury. Yet he achieves what no soldier, chieftain or king has ever achieved in defiance of the imperialists who rule. 300 Brave Men is the incredible story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosale, a legendary warrior king, guerrilla fighter, brilliant tactician and clever diplomat. But above all, a remarkable human being. You have read history... now read his story..."

Alternative Haikus

Alternative Haikus

Brevity is of essence.Redundancy is nuisance.Wasting words an offense.Least words to get point across makes sense.Without clutter words dance.

Bhoot, Bhavish, Bartaman

Bhoot, Bhavish, Bartaman

"A beautiful woman is found brutally murdered in her bed. The usual suspects are arrested by the Police until an odd-ball amateur sleuth starts to investigate. Something about the murder does not sit right with him. To start with, the victim – Rupali, a regular housewife living in marital bliss. But is that the truth? Why would someone murder her and why did she meet such a gruesome end? Who, in reality, was she? Introducing Major Bartaman Bhowmick, Southern Command of the Indian Army. Peace-time army life and supportive seniors allow Major Bhowmick to indulge in his hobby and passion – crime detection. His sharp investigative talents are highly valued by his cousin, an ACP in Pune. Robin Chowdhury is a city crime reporter, whose combination of keen intellect, attractive looks and affinity for all things tech, makes her a great sidekick for the Major. This book is as much about Rupali’s astounding story as her murder and Major Bhowmick and Robin’s investigation into the murder with its surprising conclusion."

Life After Life - Lifting The Veil On Death

Life After Life - Lifting The Veil On Death

Two great truths govern human existence: impermanence is the law of the Universe and therefore it is inevitable, but the jeewatma (soul) is permanent and lives forever. When one views human existence from the perspective of this knowledge, then the only certitude is that there is no death. With the materialization of the Universe the wheel of time was set in motion, imprinting preordained impermanence. Yet, despite the world’s impermanence, Man is offered the opportunity of acquiring knowledge and achieving spiritual growth within his lifespan. The cosmic soul momentarily adopts a human body to experience advancement in human form. But when the jeewatma departs the physical body from one of the five koshas (sheaths), it is released from this confinement and bondage into the joyful revelation of its true nature. The soul experiences divine love and achieves a state of timelessness. The demise of the human body thus becomes the moment for joyful fulfillment – when the jeewatma achieves ultimate growth and eternal beauty. Though the human form and external body decays, the jeewatma or the subtle body/soul, remains intact in its true and original form. Litterateur Rajendra Kher has spent long years studying the subject of death. He has researched both ancient and modern references, as well as the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad Bhagvatam and various mythological literature in his attempt to unravel and comprehend death and ‘life after life’. He has also analyzed the personal experiences of rishis, scholars, masters and yogis; adding his findings to the book to make it comprehensive. The gift contained in these pages is the lifting of the veil on death. In so doing, it frees each of us from unknown fears and dread about death and dying, enabling us to experience instead, true happiness and the grace of living.

Sick Of Being Healthy

Sick Of Being Healthy

Tara, a young teenager is blessed with a little bit too much of health for her own good. Desperate to get the guy of her dreams, she ends up playing a very dangerous game- a game that could cost her friendship, her peace of mind and even her life ! Actually that's an exaggeration but yes, she does make some serious blunders in her quest for a perfect body to impress her one true love. Can she do it an d is it all really worth it? Welcome to her world and discover her inspiring journey towards real health and happiness, meet her stunning high achiever best friends and her parents who never seem to be satisfied. Let down by her own sister and under constant pressure to do well in studies, she learns how to fight her confidence and self-esteem issues and emerge a winner in the end.

Tapestry

Tapestry

Sunaina is in her late fifties. Her husband, Karan has just retired from the army after a long and illustrious career. After decades of moving between cities, towns and one horse towns on posting, during his service, they have finally settled in their home in Poona; where Sunaina and her childhood friends rediscover each other. Unfortunately, their plans to grow old together peacefully is rudely shattered by a violent tragedy. Tapestry is a story about four women in modern India. Women who were fortunate to have lived life on their terms, with the freedom to make choices for themselves - Good, bad or indifferent!

The Helpline

The Helpline

Samir is suicidal. Rachael works for a suicide helpline. Fate connects them through a phone call. And so begins Samir’s story of love, longing, errors, regret and a girl who changed his life. As his story reaches its conclusion, Rachael will know the true reason behind his suicidal tendencies. But this suicide helpline is not any ordinary service. There is more to the mysterious and yet so convincing voice of Rachael. As this new mystery begins to unfold, Samir is going to discover three things: What is The Helpline? Who is Rachael? What is Samir’s own identity? Every year, several teenagers in India attempt suicide because of failing relationships, dwindling careers, parent pressure or the competitive world. This story is about one such teenager, his early problems and the hurdles to cope with them. This story is about finding hope in the struggle. This story is about fighting for what you believe in and discovering your true identity. This is not a story about falling in love. This is a story of rising from a failed love story.

Buddha In A Mercedes

Buddha In A Mercedes

"It was an unforgettable journey. I travelled in a fast car. A Mercedes. But I would rather have walked, for life whizzed by and the traveller was left with just a tourist brochure… The drive was a rush, like the kiss long-lost lovers exchange when they meet. The journey was short, like love’s pleasure blindsided by lust. I didn’t stop to think that there could be an alternative… a stroll down the countryside… …reached my destination without the necessity to get somewhere…"

Seek

Seek

The intent of this book is to share with the world basics concepts and ideas which have been forgotten however are very much present in each of our lives. The world today is so much bombarded with philosophy, science and other ideas that humans truly do not know what to believe in. Moreover, since we are so occupied with the outside world, we seldom reflect on our true nature. It is my belief that one cannot describe the true nature in us nor the universe, however there is definitely a way t