American Maharajah - book review
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American Maharajah – book review

Mark Stephen Levy has been a regular tourist to India and he has written a novel in the past as well. However, his latest novel, American Maharajah, comes with a surprise element and a beautiful story – an American man visits India (though he is already a native Indian) and discovers strange facts about his identical – Amar, a person who has already been dead. His second visit to India to rediscover things about his birth makes thing so complicated before the ultimate truth is dug out – he remains in India – over! However, this novel isn’t as simple as I have narrated the story here. Once you start reading and get into the context of the text, you will be elated, for sure. Let’s slip into the intellectual review of American Maharajah now. Read more

Little Maryam - book review
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Little Maryam – book review

Little Maryam is the debut novel by an emerging novelist based in New Delhi, Hamid Baig. The novel was launched on 26 January 2018 and since the launch, it has been, for a long time, on the list of Amazon bestsellers and has sold many copies. Today, I will be writing a review of this novel for the regular readers of this platform, Intellectual Reader. As our common practice is, we don’t get into the details of the story or the content of the book we review. We just try to get the essential things out from the piece of literature we review and present it to the readers with pros and cons (if there and significant enough to be told). So, here is my review of Little Maryam by Hamid Baig. Read more

The Hungry Tide - book review
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The Hungry Tide – book review

The Hungry Tide is a literary fiction written by a contemporary great in Indian English Literature, Amitav Ghosh and the novel was published in the year 2004 when 21st century was still learning how to walk properly and how to talk well. This novel, since its publication, has been near the centre of the academic debates and discussions and also the curriculum designs. The Hungry Tide is liked by the readers who read it and appreciated by the readers who never read it but want to read it. However, by the readers who have read other contemporary novels along with The Hungry Tide, this novel is used as a benchmark to judge Indian English fiction by the writers contemporary in the 21st century. And guess what? You will be surprised to know that the standards of fiction set by Ghosh is never touched by most of the commercial authors today. Read more

The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems - review
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The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems – review

Abhishek Goswami’s debut collection of poems, The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems, is a pleasant poetry collection which offers mixed themes and various ways of expression to the readers and ensures that their interest in poetry gets a respite for an hour or two hours or a day… to ensure this, Abhishek has mixed his poetry expertise with folklores, songs, ancient tales and also his broad imagination. He writes almost on everything he could in his collection of 35 poems and he reaches the heights of the sky where he sees the lonely hawk hovering and also visits the deserts of life. I have enjoyed reading his collection and I will tell you what are the interesting things you can find in his debut anthology.

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Indian Fiction and the World Literature
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Indian Fiction and the World Literature

Indeed; we need to talk about Indian fiction in a frank environment and we certainly have to understand that are we really over-doing our fiction? Are we becoming repetitive and just re-working the same themes again and again? Like the overburdened Bollywood which does not know how to respect movies that have a different taste, are the readers also becoming attached to the same usual bluff or a girl and a boy and another girl and another boy and so on? Go to any book fair or reach any bookstall you will get the same kind of covers which depict ‘modern love affairs’ in various forms – are we being serious about fiction? Can we hope for the Nobel Prize again, please? Read more

Despite Stolen Dreams - Anita Krishan
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Despite Stolen Dreams – Anita Krishan

Anita Krishan’s novel Despite Stolen Dreams is a fiction which finds its base on the menace of terrorism and the refuge of affection – two contrary abstract ideas are put against each other and the readers end their reading with a hope that yes, even terrorism can be defeated with love and people can be back to the original form – just being human beings! Garnering praises all over the country, Anita’s novel has two stories to tell the readers. One story is about the person who is hiding from terrorists – Wali Khan, and another story is about the person who is a terrorist – Shakeel. We have two worlds in front of us and we see clearly that the world which has love and harmony and peace provides Wali with a shelter where he can forget all the fears and worries he has and also the tragedies that he had suffered in his homeland of Kashmir. And another world of terrorism has everything but gross, violence, murder, hatred and a senseless sensation around a misguided religious predicament. Read more

Uske Hisse Ka Pyar - review
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Uske Hisse Ka Pyar – review

Uske Hisse Ka Pyar by Ashish Dalal is the debut short story collection by him. Before this, the author has been writing literary features for the newspapers in Hindi and popular Hindi magazines and his creative works (in prose and poetry genre) have been appreciated by the readers as well as the critics known in the field of Hindi literature. Ashish Dalal, in his very debut work, has impressed the readers with his literary vision and plot construction. His short stories fall short to almost nothing and he has been successful in telling the tales of a modern world in a very crafty manner. He does not only impress the readers with his storytelling but also inspires them (or rather pushes them) to read the stories in a continuation. And here, the author has won! Read more

Bleeding Queens
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Bleeding Queens

Bleeding Queens is a book by Palak Kundra which is written as a tribute to Nirbhaya and all other women who have faced the heinous crime called rape. However, the book does not only intellectualise the arguments and try to find any amicable solutions. Palak Kundra, the author and a fiery women activist as well, has different plans and entirely different opinions to offer in her debut novel. And what has she done? To reach the maximum, she has written her book in Hindi! Let’s find out whether Palak Kundra’s Bleeding Queens stands on the claim of being a bold narrative against women crimes! Read more

With You; Without You
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With You; Without You

Prabhat Ranjan, as an author, has just made his debut with the release of his novel With You; Without You. The novel, though the title is surely English, is a Hindi fiction which revolves around a love triangle comprising of the three important characters in his book, Nishind, Rami and Aditya. With You; Without You is written in a first-person narrative and Prabhat Ranjan has used Nishind as his mouthpiece in the fiction. Nishind narrates the story for the readers and also puts forward the important ‘verdicts’ on society and modern human life. For the readers, the novel won’t bore them but at times, the pace of the fiction becomes slaggy and slow. It just drags towards the development but it happens only at rare occasions and so, the fiction is remarkably safe and sound to be consumed! Read more

The Elephant Chaser's Daughter - a successful debut book!
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The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter – a successful debut book!

Shilpa Raj’s debut book, a memoir, The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter has been released in India and overseas as well and the book has been receiving a wide and tall success across the regions. Readers are praising the book for the content that is on offer and critics are praising the book for the vision with which Shilpa Raj has written it. Not to forget, this is just her debut book and it has the maturity (yes, we read the book a month ago) to get the attention of the book critics. Shilpa has dealt with her personal life but the general opinion about the book has come out in a different colour. People are saying that the book is about the lives of millions of children who are poor and deprived of opportunities and resources just after their birth only because they are born in a poor family. And we found the same notion being true about The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter! Read more