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Author interview of – Sagar Kamath

Here read some interesting facts about Sagar Kamath, author of Chronux.

   Author Bio

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Sagar Kamath teaches History and International Affairs at Symbiosis International University. With a Masters in History and Philosophy and over 9 years of experience in the teaching sector, he has lectured extensively on subjects ranging from global history to modern day geopolitics and specializes in issues of religion and politics. An avid storyteller, he has spent years researching humanity’s intricate interplay with the natural world and believes that events like World War II serve to highlight the best and the worst, we as a species are capable of…something amply reflected in this work. In his free time, he loves to explore ‘off-the-beaten-track’ locales that have a sense of mystique about them.

 

  • Hello, sir please tell us something about yourself and your family background. Who supports you most in your family.
– I was born and raised in a fairly conservative middle class set up and was expected to be a part of one of the mainstream disciplines when it came to choosing a career. However, things changed quite dramatically when I was 18 and my parents separated. This was a very significant turning point in my life, as I realized that the warm, safety blanket of conventional wisdom has been taken away and I would now have to make my own path. I experimented with numerous options including the BPO sector and that’s when I discovered my passion for teaching and training.
  • Publishing is a tough task, ain’t it? So how do you manage to get your book published in between all the difficulties?
– Yes, it is…and it becomes even tougher if you decide early on to concentrate on a full-time career as a novelist. I don’t think that with the odd exception, it is very safe or advisable to focus on writing as a full-time career, especially when one is just starting out. Once you are established, of course, it is different.
  • If someone hasn’t read your book and you want to explain to him why he should read your book then what will you say?
–  Chronux as a book is unusual and unique since it uses an immersive form of storytelling, where the reader isn’t just a passive observer of events, but an active part of the story. (As to how something like this is possible, I can give no spoilers…ha ha!). The story deals with humanity’s eternal, undying struggle to control the forces beyond…and the shocking moment when the scales begin to tip in favor of the cosmos!
  • Do you think that your book is only for those people who prefer specific genre or anyone can read it?
– I would like to think that the book can be read and enjoyed by anyone who loves to read. The story itself covers many genres, such as Science Fiction, Mythology, History, Horror, Suspense, Adventure, Deception etc. So I don’t think it’s restrictive in that sense.
  • Everyone has their inner fears and weaknesses but many people don’t like talking about them. Do you mind telling us about your fears?
– This is not so much a fear, but more a lesson that I have learned in life. During my early teens, I was struck down by a rare medical condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome that led to an almost complete paralysis of all my muscles. After a month long treatment, I recovered from the illness, but I still had no muscle memory or power. It took me close to a year of intensive physiotherapy and tremendous will power to be even able to stand up again. Through this whole phase, there was a very real chance that I might remain an invalid for life. Fortunately, through sheer willpower and my family’s unflinching support, I was able to make a complete recovery and get back into active sports. But the incident did have a lasting impact on my subconscious. Having come so close to losing it all and having gone through the painful process of re-learning basic things such as holding a pen and writing, things that we otherwise take for granted, made me realize the importance of life and especially the physical body. So, even today I work out regularly, keep myself in top physical condition and have never touched cigarettes, alcohol or any other kind of intoxicants.
     As a kid, I was also a bit of dreamer. Often during classes in school, I would feel myself drift away into a contemplative trance that was far more pleasing to me than the practical realities of day to day existence. Of course, this did not always please my teachers as they felt I was wasting a lot of potentials that I had. But I was never a very ambitious child. The one thing that always fascinated me was storytelling…whether it was reading them or listening to them. So, even though I did not quite know it at that time, the roots of my interest in writing were being set. I was also very idealistic as a kid and had a very clear sense of right and wrong…I still am!
  • Do you read books? If yes then which ones are your favorite? If no then why not?
– I remember, as a child, I came across a bruised and battered copy of Sir H. Rider. Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines an all-time classic that blew away my young mind. I was enthralled by the story and the descriptions of how an intrepid group of explorers embarks on an audacious quest to unearth one of the lost treasures of the ancient world. At that time, of course, I had no idea who Solomon was, or whether there was even such a place like that described in the book. But none of it seemed to matter…the late Victorian description of Africa as an unknown continent, full of adventure and mystery, and the prospect of finding something completely unknown to the rest of humanity left me spellbound. (It was probably also the dilapidated state of the book, with it’s musty, crumbling pages that had something to do with it.) I remember, enacting parts of the book in school, much to the amusement of my friends.
              This was surely one of my earliest inspirations. Since then, of course, I have read all the noted suspects like Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Steve Berry. I have also been greatly inspired by a lot of non-fiction works, through my research into International Affairs.
If you want to read his book’s synopsis then read it here.

Chronux – Book Synopsis

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I have been working as a faculty for History, Philosophy and Political Science with Symbiosis International University, Pune for the last 7 years and have researched and lectured extensively on these subjects. Understanding history through the art of storytelling has always been my passion and this has helped me immensely in compiling this book, which even though a work of fiction, is based on extensive research.

 

The biggest U.S.P of this novel is that it centers on an absolutely unique idea of having “Time”, play the role of the protagonist. What if “time” gains sentience and becomes aware of its own existence? The story speaks of how “time” has sought to manipulate others, throughout human history, into replacing itself.

 

The book kicks off in 3067 B.C. in a small Himalayan Village, where a primitive society is suddenly visited by a mysterious being, who claims to be from the far flung future and who possesses forbidden knowledge. This being, through his interactions, manages to generate enough curiosity among the villagers to get one of them to fall for the ultimate trap. Little do the villagers realize that this being is “time” itself, and thus set off a cycle of deception and deceit that flows through human civilization, from the remote past….through World War II….and even into the distant future.

 

Throughout the novel are exotic and graphic descriptions of locations and events across the world that form part of the narrative. The entire novel is divided into six ‘episodes’, with the entire plot coming together at the end.

 

Episode One focuses on the events in 3067 BC, where the story kicks off, when a young man named Bhrataha from the tiny Himalayan village of “Aruhu”, is offered the promise of unlimited power and takes the bait…..only to fall into the “Chronux Trap”!

 

In Episode two, Bhrataha now trapped by the power of Chronux, witnesses events from 3000 AD, and the far future, when Planet Earth faces an apocalyptic Invasion, from across the Galaxy. This offers him some key insight into the nature of “Chronux”……and also reveals the identity of the mysterious being, who appeared to his people. Now the unwilling bearer of the “Chronux Curse”, Bhrataha lays an elaborate snare that works its way through two thousand years of human history, searching for its next victim! It is an extremely tantalizing offer…….one that will ultimately be taken up……by the Nazis!

 

Episode Three, Four and Five focus on a desperate and thrilling expedition undertaken by Nazi Germany to Tibet, in 1939. in search of the Lost City of Shambhala. Through this, a fictional Nazi researcher named Friedrich Gustav delves into Hindu, Buddhist and Occult mysticism in the search for lost technologies of the ancient world, little realizing that he is being sucked into the greatest quagmire of all time……Bhrataha’s “Chronux Trap”!

 

Episode Six is where all the threads come together, in the year 1945, when an impossible experiment to control “time” goes horribly wrong and the shocking phenomenon called “Chronux” is finally revealed.

 

Book review of – The Moon in the Sun

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The Moon in the Sun: A Novel in Poetry of Love, Life, Soul & Wildlife

The moon in the sun is a mesmerizing tale portrayed in the form of poetry to make it more interesting. It is indeed a unique way to tell a story of a man who knows forests and tigers better than anyone else. The plot is set in the Himalayas and their never – ending beauty. It has experiences, beauty, scenic description, love and love for nature. This book can set you in a state of pure bliss and if by chance you also love forests you will find yourself among those green trees. This book is all about how does it feel to live in wild among trees, mountains, streams and beautiful nature.

The plot revolves around the protagonist Narayan Sambhan as a kid who loves to be in close touch with nature. A forest officer hires him to help him spot a tiger and he agrees. Then it is described that how they wait for a tiger in the woods and the get a chance to see the beauty of the forest and its animals. The underlying plot compares his life to that of the tiger. This book is very beautifully penned down and the author has a commendable job while extracting out the essence of poetry. Not everyone can describe nature and forest in the form of poetry.

The title of the story clearly depicts the connection of novel with nature and it’s beauty. And when two beautiful things – nature and poetry are amalgamated together, this book is what we get. If you are a traveler then this book will definitely increase your fun while traveling. The language used in this book is simple and the poetic narration is just wonderful. I suggest this book to everyone who loves poetry.

Book review of – Parrot under the pine tree

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Parrot under the pine tree
This is a very ordinary love story portrayed in a very beautiful manner. The interesting start of every chapter gives this story a unique touch. The are events which are practically impossible but the author has portrayed them so beautifully that they steal heart like using clouds as a messenger of love. The poems used to describe the scenes are commendable.
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The main protagonist of the novel are Vedanta and Saranga. Vedanta first meets Saranga in the village of kasauni when both of them were on vacations.  They fall in love in very unusual circumstances. Unusual because a saint told Vedanta that he will meet his soulmate on his trip and also tells him about his future after marrying his love. After returning to their respective homes they convinced their parents for their marriage and they get married soon. However, after marriage, things didn’t go well in their relationship and they reach the point where there was no coming back.
Will they be able to solve their issues? Will they be together forever? Or the future depicted by the saint will make them fall apart?
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This novel is a good pass time if you are into romance. It also tells us about the kind of mentality many people still has. Even though there is one thing that I don’t like which is accusing men of everything. Men are not always filthy, disobedient, and traitors. We can’t just judge the whole community by the fault of the single person. Not every man tries to find happiness in every other woman. Some remain attached to their love forever.
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Divided into 31 chapters the novel is a light read and can be finished in one go. The language was kind of poetic in some places which are not easy to understand but it was beautiful. The cover of the book is what attracted me most. The blue colored cover page has a picture of pine tree which looks really beautiful and pleasing.

Interview with Kevin Missal

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Kevin missal

 

Recently I got a chance to interview this author and see what he has to say about his new book and himself.

Hello sir tell me something about you and your background.
 
My name is Kevin Solomon Missal. I’m from an Army background. I’ve studied for half a decade in Faith Academy and then did my graduation from St. Stephen’s College. I love to read, write and shoot short films. I was born in Amritsar, grew up in Delhi. I think that’s about it.
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Did you face any difficulty while writing your novel ‘Karma’ as they say that life always welcomes new ideas with hardships?
 
The plotting was tough so here I didn’t plot much. I just went with the flow and it just worked. Though there were few times I was held back in a thoughtful pose. A book this size would take me a day to write but this took more than two weeks just because I wasn’t able to find the right rhythm.
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Who supported you most in your journey from being a writer of the manuscript to be published as an author. How does it feel now?
I think that would be Suchismita Panda, dad, and Vishal who kept pestering me to write the story. And then it was Anuj Kumar who wanted to see this in a book format.
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Everyone has a dream to acquire something big in life, what was your dream job? Or writing has always been your priority?
Always a writer though wants to be a filmmaker as well. But my priority was always writing.
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If you have to explain to someone who hasn’t read your book yet, what will you say to them?
“Karma” is about grief and how it kills you psychologically.
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Book review coming soon.

Book review of – On The Moon Between The Stars

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On The Moon Between The Stars

It is the debut novel of the author Manvendra Kumar. It is a romantic fiction in which the girl keeps on rejecting boy’s proposal again and again but in the end, she suddenly falls in love with the guy after reading a simple journal. Quite predictable ending! The last twist was only there to make the ending happy just like in most of the Indian fiction.

The male protagonist who has recently been appointed in a company in Noida had a fateful encounter with this girl Gauri Trivedi on the very first day of the office. He falls in love with her at the very first sight and started planning to get her. Stealing his colleague’s bike to date with his girl by cheating, he did everything to make her fall in love with him. He wasted his whole time and money to make her happy but he couldn’t make her fall in love with him. She rejected him every time he proposed. When she informed him about leaving her present job as she has accepted a high paying job near her hometown he is completely broken. But in the end, everything is miraculously set happy and they lived happily ever after!

The book has humor which was interesting but the author has used so many abusive (Hindi) words in the novel which is a big ‘No’ from my side. I don’t like reading the abusive language in novels be it a best seller or a debut novel. The pick – up lines used in the novel are entertaining but the novel doesn’t have much to provide readers. The story was quite predictable including the ending. The cover of the book is also not very much attractive, it could have been better but it’s nice. I hope to read something good from the author in future.

Book review of – Dying to Live

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Dying to Live

This novel has a number of illustrations, quotations and teachings and a poem in the end. Author has again tried to attract the teenager girls as an audience. She has again explained the problems faced by teenage girls in this novel just like the first part ‘Sick of being healthy’.

The story revolves around megha and describes her life experiences. A jolly, all-rounder, intelligent, sporty and confident girl who was a star student in her class has to deal with problems back to back and it affects her academics as well as her performance in water, did I tell you that she is a state level champion in swimming. She breaks apart and tried to end her life but fails. Now after that, she was sent to her grandmother who volunteers to change and shape Megha’s character and make her that confident sportsperson again. After this episode novel becomes slightly boring. The old charm of the novel gets lost after this episode and in my opinion, this novel fails to reach the expectations of readers which we form after reading it’s first part.

The novel is written in an easy and understandable manner. The narration is interesting and the illustrations in the book make it easy to read in one go. The cover of the book is really catchy with a picture of a girl diving into the swimming pool. The book was interesting and boring too. So from my side, this book is a good 2.5 stars.

book review of – Demons in my mind

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Demons in my mind
Demons in my mind is divided into three parts – the murderer, the rapist and the lover. Reading this book was nothing less then a roller – coaster ride as the drama created in the novel is just commendable. The intensity with which the incidents have been described gave me goosebumps. The narration of the events, the writing style, the grip this book has is really amazing. This is one of the best Indian literature work I read so far.
This novel starts with the story of a old man named Dakshesh who is suffering from cancer and want to meet the three monks whom he supposed possess supernatural powers. When he meets them he ask them to heal his dying body and that’s when he comes to know the truth. The monks tell their story him that how they are just ordinary human beings who has dark pasts of their own. They had committed such crimes which no one could even think of. When they meet a girl named Alia, their life completely changed. They became monks only after their encounter with Alia. This part of the book is worth reading when Alia washes away their sins by her purity. If you are a avid reader then you will enjoy this book a lot.
The cover of the book is captivating and attractive. The narration is really good which can bind a reader. The best thing about the book is the unique plot which is hard to be found these days. I was completely hooked to the book when I started reading it. This book provides readers something good and new content and I suggest this book to every reader who is looking for good content.

Book review of – 37+ Grace Marks

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37+ Grace Marks

37+ Grace Marks by Vishal Anand is another teenage romantic fiction. It is a light read and can attract young readers who love reading college romance. Well, this is not practically a romance novel as the female protagonist Nimisha keep rejecting the proposal of Viraj and she is also not an important character of the story. This novel revolves around the college life of Viraj and his friends.

Viraj is just an another engineering student who is not so good in studies. He is just passing time in college when this girl Nimisha enters the story and Viraj falls in love with him. They became good friends but when he expressed his love for her she rejects him, not once but twice. Suddenly she disappears from the story and Viraj gets involved with other things like his projects, friends, and fests. Now to make readers remember Nimisha’s character her name is mentioned here and there. At the end of the story, she met with an accident and Viraj saved her and after some time she asks him to meet her. Picture end, the end. This book has nothing more to offer.

The language was simple but the narration was quite boring in some chapters. It was as if the author was trying to stretch the story. But in some places, the story was rushed. The story could have been written in a better way. The title of the story is well chosen according to the story and the cover having a picture of three guys and a girl reading books also matches the theme of the novel.

This book is a one time read and suitable for those who are looking for a light college life story.

book review of – Those 7 days

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Those 7 days

Those seven days is the story of a guy who left his city for a job in a big city and after leaving his job what happens to him in just seven days. These seven days turn his life upside down and the girl whom he hated most, his best friend since childhood, Shailja becomes the most important part of his life. This is a light romance but I liked the concept and the way the story is being portrayed.

Small city mamma’s boy Vishwas leaves his comfy life behind when he gets a job in Delhi. Since the moment he stepped out of his house life started playing with him. Each day he experiences something new, some sweet and more bitter, and even ended up in jail. Will the small city boy be able to cope up with the harsh realities of big city life? What will happen when the person whom he hated most will become his dearest and is on verge of dying? Will he be able to get up and fight? All answers lie within the pages.

The cover is a bit childish with the bold use of colors but cute. It has a picture of a boy standing on the skyscraper in a metro city and the girl on the mountain of a small city. It gives a sneak peek at the story and the whole concept. The title is also very appropriate as the story is about what happens to the protagonist in ‘Those seven days’. The book is a light read and one can finish it in a go without losing interest. Yes, the storyline was predictable and led to the loss of interest sometimes. The language used is simple but the narration is quite good and impressive. If you are looking for a light romance then go buy this book without any second thought.

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