Do you still read on Kindle readers? Upgrade now – using a better tab is smart!

Reading is my favourite job. Not a pass time. And being a book blogger doesn’t only help me with my expenses but also allows me to read freely, without any pressure as well as on my personal preferences. However, what format do I have to read the most? Yes, you guessed it right. It’s the Kindle format books that I read the most and at times it might be a PDF, doc manuscript or even a web file. However, what do you use to read Kindle books? Many might ask me this question a thousand times and I would answer the same – a good quality tab with a quality screen. I don’t use any Kindle reader specifically made for reading books because Kindle readers suck! Costly, low quality, and, to be frank, useless beyond reading books. A good quality tab, on the other hand, is cost-effective, multifunctional and also highly useful beyond just reading books.

Why do I use a tab to read Ebooks and not Kindly paperwhite or any other readers?

I used a Kindle reader before and it did a good job back then. It was the most basic version but with limited memory and a very basic screen. However, once the book collection increased in size, I had to upgrade to a better version and I started using Kindle Paperwhite. It was good. However, only a book reader, after all, and in India, it almost costs 12,000 RS. You can read books when you are connected to the wifi connection or offline once the books are saved on your device. Want to do something else? You cannot. Want to read a PDF you received from an author? You cannot without a hard mind-perplexing game and modes and morphs. Well, I decided to buy a tab and used Lenovo tabs, Samsung tabs and even I-ball tabs in the early days. Right now, I am using a Samsung A7 tab and let me tell you, it has everything on max and it can compete with any version of Kindle reader any day and come victorious. So, if you want to go beyond reading just Kindle books and read almost anything, read Jio mags as well, you need a tab with wifi as well as a cellular-enabled set-up and unleash the reader, as well as a writer, in you.

You can buy tabs that suit your lifestyle and your reading habits as well as your needs. You can buy almost any kind of device from Amazon India by clicking the link below:

Buy tabs for your needs – Amazon India

 

Feature article by Sonam for The Book Blog

Sudipta Roy, an emerging novelist, brings back the concept of an ideal narrative – an analysis

Many authors have emerged in India and many have ripped the rewards of their very first books. Getting into the details might not be necessary as we are here to learn about a new author, a novelist who is emerging with his splendid narrative and his debut novel has made certain fans. I will mainly focus on the writing style, philosophy, narrative and the art of fiction that distinguishes him from the rest of the contemporary novelists in India or, at least, puts him on a different pedestal among the Indian authors who are looking to make space for themselves. For the book review of his debut novel, A Dumb’s Story, you can visit platforms like Indian Book Critics or Literature News or The Last Critic.

Style: Sudipta Roy has begun his story with an ordinary set-up depicting an extraordinary young man braving the challenges of life and excelling at every front securing a good job for himself, making wealth, friends, luxuries and also a girlfriend. However, one bad habit brings him down to nothing as cancer gets his tongue and he is rendered dumb… a critical reader can observe a pattern in the writing. And then, starting with rising and continuing in a fall, the protagonist rises again to do something for others rather than himself. So, a traditional style and equipped with modern linguistics usage will help modern readers to stay connected with the storyline. The author has tried his best to stay in the loop with word selections, sentence formation and length of the chapters. However, at times, the length parameter does get out of sync and readers might feel otherwise. The author is not looking for a readers’ version of the novel and conclusion and he has gone with his artistic intuition and I feel he has been able to add more value by doing so.

Thoughts and Philosophy: Once you read his very first novel, you will feel that the novelist has tried to offer something new, even though it’s traditional. The names of the characters, the names of places, the chapters and major episodes… everything suggests something. Readers will not only like but also admire the philosophy once they connect with it. It is not new in Indian English writing, I must say. However, it is rather rare in modern Indian English fiction and the author has to be admired that he could come up with such thoughts and still manage to keep his storyline very close to youthful ambitions and ideas. A social worker, a politician, a reformer… the multiple facets in the personality of Nairit, the protagonist, also depicts the vivid thought lines that Sudipta can continue in one single fiction and yet not lose a bit… well-done!

Expectations & Future: Into the future, I do fancy this author bringing more delight and entertainment to the readers of serious fiction. Yes, I believe that authors like Sudipta produce serious fiction and they can still manage to bring modern and traditional, casual and alert and all the binary opposite class or cluster of readers together. He has been able to manage many things in the novel that come together to create the ideal fiction and make an impact upon the readers that’s useful, entertaining and also furthering… anyone who reads this novel will ask, answer and discuss…

All the best to the readers and the author as well!

 

Ashish for The Book Blog

Cross Connection by Preety Praveen – Review

Romance has become a regular genre in India and many authors tend to begin their writing journey with the same. However, only a few novels are able to offer entertainment, something beyond to be remembered by the readers and something really meaningful. One such novel that was published in 2019, towards the end, recently attracted my attention and I read it. Cross Connection, written by Preety Praveen, an author and a poet, is about, more or less, a campus love story that goes beyond the campus and also promises a next episode of the same story in the form of a new novel. Though it might sound similar when you hear campus, love story and a couple, the novel is different in nature, tone and content.

Cross Connection, the title, aptly justifies the storyline of the novel. A girl from Punjab and a boy from Kerala, different cultural and social backgrounds, different aims and ambitions and even attitudes, however, the couple comes together (though in weird situations after initial confusions, anger and feuds). This coming together of Simar, the female protagonist and Naveen, the male protagonist, is the meat of the story that one needs to find out… and believe me, the novel gives you every reason to read it. While recapitulating her own story (and her husband’s), the novelist has been very vocal, honest and straightforward about the events, sequence of episodes, and the results. Though a little bit of fictional environment is necessary for any novel to be able to contain the readers, the novel still smells realism in plenty and you will find that.

Preety’s style and the narrative that she has used have been simple, straightforward and a little hurried. She seems to walk the readers through the episodes of her life at the campus as a medical undergraduate quickly. However, after the entry of emotions, the story walks at a normal pace and readers will enjoy it. Though the novel has been written in a third-person narrative, it seems that Simar is narrating the story herself because it is written more from the female protagonist’s perspective.

Cross Connection entertains the readers, no doubt. It does not bring unnecessary sensuality to the fore in order to keep the readers excited and indulged. It is a clean tale of a love story that is born out of emotions and continues to be so. Family, society, her, his, their and our perspectives are involved as the love story furthers towards union and a kind of seriousness is always there amid fun and entertainment. Thus, it can be said that the novel offers something to every kind of reader – women readers will like to know about emotions that overpower when you fall in love, men would like to know how did the man from Kerala, who lost his father at an early age, manage to introduce the love of his life to his mother, youths would like to know the funny episodes on the campus that bring these protagonists together. A packed piece of contemporary fiction!

You can get a copy of Cross Connection from Amazon: click here to buy

 

Review by Anand for The Book Blog

Well, did you read first and then wrote? Time to welcome Read then Wrote team!

It is a usual tendency among readers of repute that they share their opinions with other people who might share the same interest in genres, authors or book series. Since I am in the business of book blogging, I know many bloggers who often share their reviews on many different book review websites in India and even global platforms. However, this is to inform the readers, the passionate ones who really care about opinions by the experts when it comes to choosing books for weekends, genre-recommendations, bestselling but over-hyped book’s fact-based judgements and so on… you guys should check our competitors and also friends who have come up with a no-nonsense platform for book reviews – the words that matter and that only! Read then Wrote team has come up with readthenwrote.com. A website that shares very short, within 1 paragraph opinions on the books the team reads and that 1 paragraph will tell you much about the book in terms of its quality, ideal readers for the same and what you might expect once you begin reading and end it. Isn’t that wonderful? Looking for recommendations? Just open the website and you will have some… 🙂

Read then Wrote operates on a simple philosophy – readers who want quick suggestions or even general suggestions while making their choices, that shouldn’t take more time than it requires. Hey, should I read this book? Yes, you can read. But, a bit of this. But, a bit of that. And, like this. Moreover, something of that sort. Nevertheless, if you like, go for it. Hold on, a bit more. Wait, something still remaining. No, no, no! Yes.

Well, this confuses the readers more than it might enlighten their opinion about the book or whether they align with the author’s intentions and philosophy or not. If a reader can read just a hundred words or a little more, not more than 130, it will likely give them a quick tour of the book. This is what motivates the readers at Read then Wrote and this is what you can expect from them once you begin following their website. We are also curious. I am for sure! However, it does not mean that long reviews or the reviews of the kind we do, generally, are useless or have lesser importance compared to shorter versions that work as quick suggestions. The simple thing that drives the passion to work is the need of the target audience or consumers or people who expect something from you. We cater to those who might need detailed views about certain books and the RtW team will try to cater to the needs of those who want just a quick signal, may be loaded with a little literary and intellectual virtue but not too much wishy-washy jargon that spoils the things at the moment!

You can visit their website: Read then Wrote – book reviews

Also, keep reading on our website, The Book Blog. We have massive updates and major content coming soon. We have read a lot recently and we will keep decorating your reading desk with more and more wonderful titles in the coming days!

 

Written by Gunjan for The Book Blog

The Realm Beyond The Mind by Meeta J Gupta – Book Review

Introduction:
This novel, The Realm Beyond The Mind, by Meeta J Gupta is a fine example of serious fiction writing by able, thoughtful and motivated young Indian novelists who want to offer something serious and something for the long run rather than simple entertainment that most of the authors choose to provide to the readers. The Realm Beyond The Mind is spiritual, serious, literary rich and also a complete contemporary fiction with the right elements in the right proportion. Readers who read it just for the sake of stories will also be entertained and those who read it to find out the hidden elements and the symbolic meanings will also find many things in the novel to enjoy and to think further. The novel has an ideal length – a full-length novel that doesn’t protract itself to loosen its grip on the readers.

Content, Themes & Analysis:
Meeta J Gupta, the novelist, has tried to do something new… something that very few novelists try to do. She has embedded symbolism and hidden meanings in the storyline of her novel so that a normal story, or the surface story, casually reaches its significant conclusion and beneath the surface layer, there is a hidden layer that can be interpreted according to the personal or subjective ideas of the readers. The major characters are Meru, who is the leading lady protagonist, Darsh, a doubter in the beginning who doubts the grand scheme of things and Vaid Moti Lal, his grandfather who is a staunch believer and practitioner of Ayurveda and thus known as Vaid (Vaidya). Other characters appear frequently or less frequently according to the needs of the plot. Dr Wick is a modern-day scientist, doctor and businessman who wants to create a medicine that can cure nuclear radiation exposition. However, his ideas are rather evil in design and he wants his medicine to be launched even without appropriate clinical trials. On the other hand, Vaid Moti Lal can cure any disease with his Ayurvedic knowledge and he does not boast about it. The general storyline will show you this story developing into an eye-opening experience for Darsh who, in the beginning, does not approve of his grandfather’s idea to do public service with Ayurveda.

The novel will also involve the readers on many levels. They will not only find out the contrasts between ancient and the new, modern and the forgotten, good and the bad, welfare and greed… and so on. Moreover, the characters will also be very quick to get along with the readers and they (the characters) rather become types for a set of people – those who think freely, those who think all as a universal whole, those who believe that the world is about connecting with one another and realising that we are all one… The novel has many chapters and all of them are designed in a very metaphorical way opening the eyes of the readers to something new, something beyond every day discourses and something that we discuss but not very much because we don’t have any straight line to follow. This novel, by Meeta J Gupta, will give the readers a place to start and a line to follow with subjective conclusions to be drawn…

In the end:
I would recommend this novel to readers who want to read serious stuff, symbolic stuff and fiction with a multi-layered storyline and post-text ideas to remember, discuss and discern. Meeta has succeeded in producing a novel that will not only provide the readers with a contemporary novel’s entertainment but also a typical, timeless, and traditional reading pleasure. The novel has been written in very simple but effective language and it perfectly matches the theme and the plot of the work. Any reader who understands basic English can read the work… however, a little more than average introduction with philosophical ideas and ancient India would help very much in enjoying the work to its full effect.

 

You can get the novel from Amazon India by clicking the link below:

Buy the novel by Meeta – click here to get from Amazon India 

 

Review by Rupesh for The Book Blog

A Higher Conversation by Neil David Chan – Review

Neil David Chan’s book, A Higher Conversation, compels the readers to seriously think about the possibility of communicating with one’s soul. Neil, we can say, has tried to give a wonderful presentation of the idea of having a conversation with one’s own soul and he has done it in a wonderful manner. The whole book, A Higher Conversation, is about talking to one’s inner-self and learning about the things that we don’t know or might not know if we remain troubled by the external world so much. I enjoyed the book very much and I even tried to practice the art of talking to my soul… though it might take more time to fully realise this art and then master it. Nevertheless, here is my review of A Higher Conversation by Neil.

“So what you are saying is from a small ME, become a bigger ME, and then become a universal ME!”

Neil shares this thought with his soul. The conversation about possessions and the associated consequences that they might bring has been very interesting to me. And, the thoughts shared by Neil, questions asked or doubts extended have met wonderful answers, ideas and possible solutions that will make the world much better a place to live. The idea shared by Neil, for an instance, is quite an eye-opener if we see the world as one.

“From birth to death, you come across multiple characters in the form of parents, siblings, friends, colleagues, and strangers. What’s your strategy here?”

The enlightened being, Neil’s soul, details the process of detachment that is necessary in order to lead oneself through this period called life. Neil’s soul explains the process of a game where a skilled player doesn’t bother too much about the ongoing circumstances and just keeps his focus on the target – the next level. And the same can be found in Bhagavad Gita as well, we have to live our lives but not to be indulged in things that might confuse us or delude us. And Indian readers who have the knowledge of spiritual tenets will certainly appreciate Neil David Chan’s way of describing the necessary detachment here.

I found the book not only interesting but also enlightening and compelling in a way that it stresses the need for introspection, self-awareness and self-analysis – what are we doing with our lives? Neil has explored various issues and ideas with his own inner-self, the higher being or the soul as we say. While it might sound bewildering to many readers, the author has given some serious issues to think that we cannot imagine… and it certainly gives wind to the fire that Neil has tried to escalate – we can talk to our own soul. In India, the soul is considered to be a part of Parmeshwar or super soul. And we very much believe in the fact that body and soul are two different beings. The soul is universal and detached, the body is mortal. Neil emphasises the same. He reiterates, several times, that one should cater to the soul and not to the body or mind.

A Higher Conversation will be a wonderful read for many readers who believe in spiritual ideas. Neil’s work is practical and also viable. It does not block the readers’ vision with hard arguments that contain words that might negate someone’s ambition. Neil David Chan believes in something and he believes that others might also achieve the same… do read the book and you can find it for yourself.

Get a copy by clicking the link below:

Buy the book from Amazon India – click here

 

Review by Smriti for The Book Blog