How far will a mother go to save her child? “I have no use for a baby girl. Get rid of her tonight!” He towered over her as she cringed in fear. But Hansa, a thirteen-year-old child-bride in rural India, refuses to remain a victim of the oppressive society where a female child is an unwanted burden. Instead of drowning her baby, Hansa escapes from her village with three-month-old Tara.
Ram Maheshwari is a successful jewellery designer who has a huge showroom on MI Road, Jaipur. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a billionaire to boot. He’s twenty-nine and falls in with his parents’ wishes when they try to arrange his marriage. The lovely, stormy-eyed Sapna Purohit is from Pushkar. She’s managed to finish school and makes a living by doing mehendi designs during weddings. She’s always dreamt of a Prince on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet.
A Perfect Murder and Other Stories by S.R Nair is more like a potpourri of different genres, rather than one theme. Starting with a murder mystery where the murderer gets away with a crime in the opening story A Perfect Murder, Mr. Nair has set the tone of the novel as an interesting, unusual and a very gripping read. Lust and greed form the background of the story as we see the innocent Hiten going towards his doom.
I think the genre chose me for when I sat down to write my first book, I had planned a murder/horror story. But then Nandini and Sneha’s character popped in my mind and I wrote about them instead. I abandoned my ghouls and killers.
I seriously believe that Literature reflects Life. So during my own readings, book characters that appealed most to me were have ones who were like real people. And living, breathing people are never black or white. Whenever I write, I consciously make my characters grey. While aspects of their personality could be inspiring, the flaws must be there. How else will readers identify with them?
I think that authors must spin a good yarn and leave the message embedded in the story to be discovered by the reader if he is so inclined. Novels are like portals that let you escape your everyday life into an enchanted world. Here you encounter powerful passions, stirring adventures and dark enemies whom you must battle and defeat. You bring back new skills, new weapons and new ideas that can transform your real life.
When the mind treads beyond the realm of existence, it leaves you dangling, somewhere between the real and unreal, the natural and super natural and the credible and incredible. So tighten your seat belts and enjoy the free fall! The best part about the narrative is that the story unfolds level by level, each in a picturesque location. So while on one hand you are enjoying the picturesque locales, unknowingly you would also be grasping some important revelations about the protagonist.
The author has so wittily headlined each of the chapters. It's noteworthy to mention that one of the reasons the book becomes unputdownable is for its catchy chapter names. Despite intending to, you can't take a break between one chapter and the other because the alluring chapter titles are bound to attract you further, just like a magnet. What with names like ‘Moscow Mules’, ‘Selfies’ and ‘Smoking Marijuana’? Who would not want to delve deeper into them?
It is up to Pradyumna to try and reverse the dire prediction. To journey into terrifying realms, confront Yama and Shiva, and to vanquish the Kali demon. In order to do so, he must shed all that holds a mortal back—his arrogance, his fears, his baser instincts… He must lead his people out of the swirling vortex of greed, disease and misery. And there is one powerful weapon still…the secret surrounding Pradyumna’s origin.
Ha ha, the Godma is completely an accident. The blogging group I run, Blog-A-Rhythm (BAR for short) , gave me that nickname. I remember announcing something on the group and asking people to wait for a while to find out what it was. When people became restless, I told them they'd have to wait till midnight when I'd turn them all into pumpkins, referencing Cinderella. That's how the name happened and also stuck. It's quite a joyful thing that it's something people now use as an endearment and it's a group that is very close to my heart thanks to the wonderful people there.