A Thousand Seeds of Joy by Ananda Karunesh - Review
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A Thousand Seeds of Joy by Ananda Karunesh – Review

Book: A Thousand Seeds of Joy
Author: Ananda Karunesh
Publisher: The Write Place
Year: 2018
Pages: 370
Genre: Spiritual, Self-help, Neo-Religious
Intellectual Rating: 4.5/5

Rigorous reading takes a person to some conclusions which can seldom be drawn of casual reading. However, let us be clear that some books are meant for every kind of readers – the casual ones as well as the critical ones. One such book which is getting very popular these days is Ananda Karunesh’s debut title A Thousand Seeds of Joy. This is something which cannot be labelled as a spiritual or a religious book alone. Undoubtedly, there is a conversation in the book which involves human being and divine beings; however, still, the book does not qualify for any specific genre because it has a multitude of rational, religious, spiritual and even scientific inferences about it. So, what’s a general overview of this book? How would I rate A Thousand Seeds of Joy as an intellectual reader? Let’s see. Read more

Indicting Goliath by Lal Bhatia - Review
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Indicting Goliath by Lal Bhatia – Review

Well, the readers must have been waiting for something new from us because it took a long pause. We are also excited to bring to you the review of one of the latest books which has been creating a buzz in the literary world. Today, our reviewer Rajesh will review Indicting Goliath for you all. This is the very first book by Lal Bhatia, a corporate profile by profession. Indicting Goliath is an autobiography which depicts only a portion of Lal Bhatia’s life – the life that he spent in the USA – as a US citizen and a person who has suffered in the hands of the US authorities, namely FBI and Department of Justice. So, Indicting Goliath is a realistic work of literature. You also get to know the evidence on which the book’s major premise is based – was Lal Bhatia guilty? Read more

Elephants in the Room Launches in September 2018
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Elephants in the Room Launches in September 2018

Upcoming books which make it out on the hit list are always talked, discussed and sought for a beta reading – why the hell is so much noise over it? This is the one question which always arises. So, today, we are going to discuss one such book which is scheduled to be released in September 2018. We are talking about Suraj Laxminarayanan’s debut novel entitled Elephants in the Room – a book going to be launched in mid-September, next month. Like many others in the past, the book is creating a buzz and there are critical opinions coming from different established book critics in India – online and offline. Reviewers, top book bloggers in India and other beta-readers are claiming that the book is a crime fiction, no doubt, but of a different magnitude. So, to check the claim and to judge the book by ourselves, we have appointed Rajesh to do the job for us. Read his opinions. Read more

Our Reading List for coming days
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Our Reading List for coming days

Often, before reading our favourite books or the new books, we try to make a list which contains the names of all the books we are eying. This month, we are also creating a list of books we will be reviewing this month and the next. Moreover, this list can also serve the readers who want to read something new and unique this month or any time. So, without wasting our time, let’s start the game. And do remember that you can always write to us if you want to write for Intellectual Reader. Read more

Responsibilities of Fiction Readers
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Responsibilities of Fiction Readers

By default, a person is compelled to grow up understanding certain things about literature produced in English language – Shakespeare was the greatest ever dramatist; Wordsworth was the greatest poet and can only be put next to Shakespeare; Dickens was the greatest ever novelist in English language; there did not happen such case that any essayist could excel Francis Bacon in essay writing and so on… the list is endless and we are cowed by those. We have to accept without any opportunity for us to register our protest. We are told such things in such way and if our taste betrays the facts stuffed in our minds, we are said to have a ‘bad taste’ for literature. Isn’t it true? Read more

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 Faber Book of Modern Verse - review
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The Faber Book of Modern Verse – review

The Faber Book of Modern Verse is a collection of poems by various poets who wrote mainly in the twentieth century. Except for the account of G M Hopkins, whose verse was mainly reproduced and printed only in the 20th century and after his death. Other than him, all the poets whose works have been included in this modern poetry collection were producing poems mainly in the twentieth century. The collection was edited by Michael Roberts, a poet and critic himself and his choices have been superb – giving us a genuine glimpse of the 20th-century poetry.  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

5 Novels by Indian Authors you MUST read!
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5 Novels by Indian Authors you MUST read!

Who are the five Indian authors that you read? Mostly, the favourites who make on the list are from the passionate corridors of fiction who write about ‘skin on skin’ face-offs and take away the senses of the readers (mostly youths). However, have you ever tried to look beyond the trend? Have you ever looked for the authors who actually write fiction with meaning? Have you ever known the novelists who are worthy enough to be read and shared? Have you got a chance to read some of those who have made it to the top literary prizes and either won or became the finalists? Today, we will tell you the five contemporary novels that you must read if you are tired of reading the romances you have reading recently. And here we go: Read more