Archive for October, 2010

Urban Shots

What-a-feeling! Seeing my name on the back-cover of a book is exhilarating :)

The book Urban Shots – where I am a contributor – would be out by November end. There are 29 stories being told by 13 disparate writers. As I was looking through the authors’ page, I found myself in very good company.

Cannot wait to hold the book in my hands, till then I’ll have to do with the book covers :)

Urban Shots Cover

 

Urban Shots on twitter, and on facebook.

The Muse

Recently I read an article by Amit Varma where he talks about Electric Feather – an anthology of erotic fiction. He was looking for people to write stories for Electric Feather 2, and I thought why not give it a shot? But damn, it’s difficult! I was able to write just a few words before I gave up the pursuit to write it. Posting those few words here, that I had penned, as a 55.

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He kept pacing the room.
His wife asked, “What’s wrong?”

He answered, “I have a deadline to meet and I lack inspiration. I need to write an erotic fiction by tomorrow morning and the words have dried up.”
“Oh, is that it! Let me help you,” and she seduced him.

Stimulated, he met the deadline.

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More in the same ilk by Sangfroid and Aniket.

Book Review: Bala Takes The Plunge – Melvin Durai

Bala Takes The PlungeI have always felt that humour is one of the most difficult genre to write. I am not saying that romance, or thriller, or fantasy novels are easy to write, but they cannot stand in the same stead as a humour novel. Being a stand-up comedian, or being a quick-wit is no guarantee that that person can write humour well. Humour articles are another thing; they are short, they have a word-limit, and it is far easier to be humourous in short dosages. That is why, I was apprehensive of the book “Bala Takes The Plunge” by humour columnist Melvin Durai. But I was wrong, the book was hilarious!

The book deals with the most common problem faced by males in India – how to find a girl to marry? Bala lives in America, with his dog America, and has decided to look for girls himself as his mother is intent on getting him married soon. The book recounts his bizarre methods of meeting the girls, and his conversations with the ones that he eventually manages to meet. He tries to woo the girl at checkout counter, joins book-reading clubs and cycling clubs, buys a Rushdie and displays it to impress the lady visitors to his house, digs through the multitude of matrimonial sites, and even thinks of marrying his cousin in his quest to find the perfect girl.

I found two very different kinds of humour in the book – situational humour, and the word play. I’ve always been a fan of word-play and really enjoyed those small strokes of genius. There were sometimes sentences which would not make any sense, and only when I reread the sentence, would I notice the brilliant word-play. One minute the protagonist is talking about shelling money, the next minute is talking about shelling peanuts – and the reader could very easily miss this. Sometimes the humour is in your face, and sometimes it is too subtle to take notice – but in both cases the humour does not seem forced.

Generally I tend to have a few grouses with most of the books that I read, but in this book there were no major sore points. At times the book dragged a bit, and sometimes there were pages of paragraphs with no conversation at all – but apart from those few pages, the book was a very good read.

Go read Melvin Durai’s columns and if you enjoy his brand of humour – I would highly recommend this book.

Addendum: This is a author requested review. Melvin contacted me to review his book.

Arbitrary Thoughts

Nothing beats seeing Sachin and Dravid bat together. The grace they bring to the game is unparalleled. I was hoping they see through the day, unluckily would not be so.

Generally I do not enjoy watching movies based on the books that I’ve already read. Thankfully I did not adhere to that thought for the Millennium Trilogy. The three books – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest are all excellent, and so were the three movies. There were multiple changes from the book, many things were ignored, but it was not difficult to understand the movie’s flow. Had I not read the books, even then I would not have had any problem following the three movies.

Read a graphic novel (A Scanner Darkly, got it dirt cheap at the Landmark Sale) for the first time, did not enjoy it at all. Should stick to normal books only.

Soon I would be a published author, two of my short stories are being published as a part of an anthology of short stories.  The book should be out by November end.


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I write! Topic does not matter, can be my life, or my travels, or any match I saw, or the Hyderabadi life, or reminiscing about Raipur, or penning Short Stories & 55s.

I can be contacted at kunalblogs[at]gmail[dot]com.

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