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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Book Review : 'Run, It’s Butterfingers Again!' by Khyrunnisa A

Khyrunnisa A’s Butterfingers series is back with, ‘Run, It’s Butterfingers Again!’ It has been more than a year when I first met Amar Kishen and his butterfingers. But I notice that this is one quality, which has not gone at all, and he is still the perplexing butterfingers, he was a year ago.   

Amar is now back with karate and he joins hands with the sensei, Anish Rajan to help prevent a dognapping incident. 

On another day, he has a brilliant idea, and is all set to become a professional photographer. His misadventures with the camera lead him to shoot an animal, wherein he manages to shoot a monkey in the zoo and actually manages to win second prize for it!!  How and what happens altogether, make up a hilarious story when his photograph stands out for an intelligent animal. 

A silver spoon goes missing in Amar’s house, and his mother has searched the entire house for it. They end up finding a trail and notice soap boxes, lots of regular spoons, forks, including his grandfather’s dentures, along with various other eatables and lo and behold, the silver spoon. All in the rat’s lair. What happens to the rat, which Amar had wanted as a pet?

Amar now has a stray cat to worry about. His father chases the cat out, but his mother is kinder to it, since the poor cat seems to be having kittens of her own. He discovers the cat, littering all over his famous painting (look at ‘The Masterpiece’ in ‘The Misadventures of Butterfingers’). The cat belongs to Mr Hiran, and its discovery is all thanks to Amar.

This set of stories is as hilariously plotted as the earlier one. Not only is it funny, but it does carry a few lessons learnt in its 14 chapters. So, check this one out too, Folks…

You can  Buy this Book, right here. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review : 'Loyal Stalkers' by Chhimi Tenduf - La

He’s back! Chhimi Tenduf – La is back, with a whole new book, 'Loyal Stalkers'. This time however, he chose to go the short story way. But, of course there are his favourite characters and his favourite location, of course! Set in Sri Lanka, the stories carry you off into his emerald island.

So, let us begin. These stories are all interrelated in subtle ways, and the author does manage to touch our heart in the same way, he has done the first two times. It is about the various genders and their characters and sexual characteristics, each of them may possess because of their particular circumstances, at any given point of time in the book.

Actually, the way I read it, made it sound so different. Because, it was not read like a regular book, in the sense not the first story after the second. Instead, I chose to read the stories, in a haphazard manner. And that is how my review sounds too. Hopefully I will be forgiven, for the same, because I felt so much closer to the book :). Because I felt closer to the situations, than I would have if I had read it, the usual way.

It could be a topic such as child abuse and even love for the child, born under such circumstances, or even an impulsive security guard’s love for his child. The killing of a man by a lusting woman would have been the situation if it was not for her circumstances, a regular workout at the local gym, would have been situation if it was not for the loyal stalker. A teenage cricketer who seems to fall headlong, into his coach’s vicious ways. Gayan’s back too.

And even the ultra-cool story of Aiyo, a dog and you have the ‘Suspiciously Brown’ victim, smuggler, or handicapped victim, or perhaps a loving father? The rich and the poor are all told about in this one.

If you have been reading his books, you would know about Sri Lanka, like no other man can tell you. It is all about love for an adopted nation, and the love for the family, all told in a dark humour, which is definitely his. The twists are here and there and refuse to take away any wittiness away, from the book.

You can Read this Book, right here.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Author Interview : Sowmya Rajendran, author of ‘A Rule Breaker's Club Adventure : The Dog who wanted More'

Sowmya Rajendran
Read up, the Interview with Sowmya Rajendran, author of 'The Dog who wanted More. In this Interview, she tells us, how the entire book came about, what according to her was different about her book, which particular character felt most close to, the most challenging part of the story, what she thought was different about her book, her favourite authors, and much more, Folks…

How did 'Rulebreakers’ Club Adventure : The Dog who wanted More' happen? Could you describe the journey?

I was approached by a publishing house some years ago, to write an adventure series for them. This was right after my daughter was born, so I was hesitant to take it up, since I barely had any time. However, the writing proved to be a welcome break from childcare and I completed the series pretty quickly.

However, the publisher had some trouble on their end, which I don’t want to go into. Eventually, Penguin (with whom I’ve worked, before) agreed to publish the books and I’m very glad to be associated with them once again.

What according to you is different about your book?

That’s really for readers to say. I enjoy creating characters, who are original, funny, and think for themselves. I hope my readers will agree.

What was the most challenging part about writing this book?

Finding the time to write it and not getting discouraged by constant interruptions.

Which particular character did you feel most close to? Why?

I like all of them, though the grandma is my mental image of how I’d be at that age!

Who was it that told you that you could become the author you are today?

Me. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and never gave up.

When will you next book be out?

I have a picture book coming out, probably later this year.

Who are your favourite authors?

JD Salinger
Vikram Seth
RK Narayan, JD Salinger, W Somerset Maugham, Rohinton Mistry, JK Rowling, Vikram Seth, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichieall of them have given me some insight into human nature and taught me to be a more forgiving person.
Which books are you currently reading?

What else do you do on a daily basis?                                       

I work with ‘The News Minute’ as Deputy News Editor.

You can  Read the Review, too and Buy the Book, here as well.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Review : 'Moongphali' by Neha Singh and Mukesh Chhabra; Illustrations by Sonal Gupta Vaswani

Moongphali’ is a witty and humorous collection of stories, which has been written by Neha Singh and Mukesh Chabbra. I have never forgotten the only time was in a fancy dress competition. 'Dress up as Santa Claus', said my teacher! And so, there I was with a big beard and a whole load of gum dripping from my face. I do not remember how I did it, but the first prize was mine. 

So, I was very interested in this book, where Nandu dresses up as ‘The Watermelon God’ by Neha Singh. So, in his green ‘melony’ costume, Nandu sets off to school. But the poor boy, who wanted to be a king instead, misses out on the costume. So, he decides to skip school. And the adventures, he gets into are comical to read. Read this one, to discover what happens and say, all ‘Hail the Lord of Watermelons’.

This story is followed by Mukesh Chhabra’s ‘The Perfect Doll’. Sneha was gifted a ‘Tennis Doll’, with a black beauty spot. It was a wonderful sight, until her friend spots it, and calls it a defect in the doll. Dejected, Sneha got rid of the doll, by throwing it away in a drain. Then begin the doll’s adventures, since it was found by a boy, who then and later has a car run over it and then has a few stray cats and even a few rats have at it. 

The rest of it goes off in finding out that Sneha’s friend, Mallika finds and keeps the doll. And the loving care she gives to the tennis doll, and the fact that a small, cool looking tennis court is up in her house.

The book runs into other stories by both these authors, which are fun to read and adventurous and mysterious too. So, we have Poonam’s fancy chappals, Hanur’s mysterious stones, and then we have a hundred rupee note, and a happy day, and double trouble, complete with Lalita’s gift!

The two authors have written an enjoyable book to read up on a holiday, complete with cool stuff to make at the end of every chapter. Only one point is that in the story, ‘A Happy Day’, is that the spelling of dinosaurs is misspelled as ‘dinasours’. Sonal Gupta Vaswani, who is the illustrator, has done an excellent job with the drawings, to see it complete.

You can Buy the Book, right here