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Book Review: An Awfully BIG Adventure by Aniesha Brahma

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Book Review: An Awfully BIG Adventure by Aniesha Brahma

Price: Rs. 75/- autho r ) Behind the Book Seventeen-year-old Yoshita Ray has stopped believing in happily ever after and fairy tales ever since her mother abandoned her. But now that her father’s married again, Yoshita’s world is turned upside down by her new stepbrother, the ten-year-old true believer, Tanay Mukherjee. On his tenth birthday, Tanay makes a wish which whisks them away to a magical land where all the fairy tale characters are real! While Yoshita wants to do nothing but leave this place behind, her stepbrother wants to stay. Will the rather unfortunately timed adventure tear the step siblings apart or will it play a hand in bringing them closer together? Join them on An Awfully BIG Adventure to find out! About the Author Aniesha Brahma holds a MPhil degree in Comparative Literature. She has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in the same subject. She was schooled in Dolna Day School, where she had first discovered her love for writing. Besides writing, she enjoys reading books, blogging, volunteering and of course, listening to music. Visit her blog for more updates. With a cute and dreamy cover like this, the author had already won my heart over this one! Reading this book for me was more of a walk down the memory lane. It reminded me of Hansel and Gretel, Cindrella, Rapunzel and other such children's books I had grown up reading. Oh how beautiful it was to be lost in their magical world full of possibilities! Aniesha Brahma's writing can be called nothing else but magical. In this book she creates a make believe world and makes sure the reader sees exactly what her imagination is taking them. The language and the tone of the book is full of innocence and simplicity. I could not only connect with Yoshita but also could feel I was her at many places. Her bond with Tanay reminded me of my younger brother and the times when I had entered into fights with people just to protect him. This book is akin to a modem day fairy tale where well-known mythical characters are a part of this magical world. My most favourite element about this book has to be its characters and the way the author treats them. They all look familiar and yet there is a newness attached to each one of them. Kudos to the author for having managed this feat so beautifully. Loved this book and can't wait to read it to my niece when I meet her next to see her reaction. After all there is no age to believe in magic and fairies! Strongly recommended for its simple beauty and honest writing that is the core of the book. Foodie Verdict

Raptors Post-Game: Norman Powell - November 7, 2017 - YouTube

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Raptors Post-Game: Norman Powell - November 7, 2017 - YouTube

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Raptors Post-Game: DeMar DeRozan - November 7, 2017 - YouTube

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Raptors Post-Game: DeMar DeRozan - November 7, 2017 - YouTube

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Raptors Post-Game: Kyle Lowry - November 7, 2017 - YouTube

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Raptors Post-Game: Kyle Lowry - November 7, 2017 - YouTube

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Raptors Post-Game: Dwane Casey - November 7, 2017 - YouTube

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Raptors Post-Game: Dwane Casey - November 7, 2017 - YouTube

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How the Confessions of the Punjab Synthetic-Drug Racket Accused Point to the Involvement of Former Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia

Wednesday, November 8 2017

How the Confessions of the Punjab Synthetic-Drug Racket Accused Point to the Involvement of Former Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia

By HARTOSH SINGH BAL On 8 November, the Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra took over as the president of the Tribune Trust, which manages the national daily The Tribune, in the wake of a controversy following the daily’s front-page apology to the former Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia . On 29 October, the national daily had published “an unconditional apology ” to Majithia for reports from November 2014 and March 2015 “with prominent headlines” that suggested towards his “involvement … with an illegal drug syndicate.” The web publication The Print reported that the daily’s editor-in-chief Harish Khare has “offered his resignation in protest after the apology was forced upon him from the top.” In November 2013, key players in Punjab’s synthetic-drug trade were arrested, and subsequently alluded to the involvement of Majithia—the brother-in-law of the former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal—specifically naming him for his role in facilitating connections for the trade. In the January 2017 cover story, “ Under A Cloud ,” Hartosh Singh Bal reported on the political landscape of Punjab. In the following extract, Bal examines the allegations of Majithia’s involvement in the Rs 6,000-crore drug racket. In the 2008 Punjabi movie Rustam-e-Hind, Jagdish Bhola was a cast as a wrestler who never compromised the integrity of his sport. He certainly had the build and experience for the role: among other victories, he had won a silver at the 1991 Asian Wrestling Championship. He was rewarded for his achievements with an Arjuna Award and a job with the Punjab Police. As it turned out, Bhola’s commitment to police work was minimal. In 2002, he was suspended from the force for involvement in the drug trade. Soon after, drugs worth Rs 100 crore were seized from his residence in Mohali, following which he went on the run. On 11 November 2013, he—along with four associates—was finally arrested for his alleged role in a Rs 700-crore synthetic-drug racket. At the time of his arrest, Rs 20 crore’s worth of the drugs “ice,” ephedrine and pseudoephedrine were recovered from him and his associates. Ice is a highly purified form of methamphetamine, which can sell for as much as $1,000 a gram on streets in the West, while ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are precursors used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs. Bhola told the police that the drugs had been supplied to him by a man named Jagjit Singh Chahal, the owner of two pharmaceutical firms in the town of Baddi in Himachal Pradesh. Chahal was arrested two days later from Amritsar. Based on his interrogation, raids were carried out at his firms. One hundred and ten kilograms of what the Punjab and Haryana High Court later referred to as an “intoxicant powder mixture,” along with 225 kilograms of pseudoephedrine, 75 kilograms of ephedrine and 125 kilograms of ice, were recovered from MBP Pharma, one of Chahal’s companies. A search at Montek Bio Pharma, also owned by him, yielded 165 kilograms of intoxicant powder, 250 grams of methamphetamine, 175 kilograms of pseudoephedrine and 8.5 kilograms of ice. The police claimed that while Chahal had the necessary licences to manufacture and sell legal drugs containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, he misused these substances to produce ice. In October 2015, it became clear that the investigations had made very little progress. Disposing of a petition demanding a CBI inquiry into the case—filed by multiple petitioners, including Bhola’s father—the high court instead ordered the setting up of a supervisory team comprising senior officers of the Punjab Police. The court observed that “there has been an apparent lack of commitment, deliberate or otherwise, in securing impeachable or impeccable evidence of independent nature.” It added: “There is an unexplained silence on the efforts, if any, made after the year 2013-14, to nab the organized drug traffickers.” The court’s observations echoed what people in Punjab commonly say about the police’s failure to follow through on the 2013 arrests. In the public’s perception, the investigations seemed to have tapered off after it became clear that Chahal and another of Bhola’s associates, Maninder Singh Aulakh (usually called Bittu), who was arrested on the same day as Chahal, named Bikram Singh Majithia, a minister in the state cabinet, as a player in the synthetic-drug trade. Majithia, the suave scion of one of Punjab’s most powerful families, is a brother-in-law of Sukhbir Singh Badal. Bhola also came to the attention of the enforcement directorate, or ED, which sought to interrogate him in January 2014 in connection with a money-laundering case linked to the drug haul. The ED concluded that the drug racket that he was part of was worth Rs 6,000 crore, much more than the initial police estimates of Rs 700 crore. The statements that the people arrested made before the ED were key to its investigation. Many news reports have mentioned that Majithia’s name appears repeatedly in these statements. During my reporting, I accessed some of the agency’s documents, which contained transcriptions of these statements. While reporting on investigations such as these, it is difficult to piece together a complete picture of a case. Journalists must rely on, and are limited by, the fragments that emerge over time from official investigations and documents. During my reporting, I accessed the statements that Aulakh and Bhola made to the ED, which had not been previously reported in the media. These clearly suggest that Majithia had facilitated connections between key players named by Bhola. The statements also suggest that Majithia was directly involved in transactions between them. According to Bhola, two men, named Satpreet Singh (usually called Satta) and Parminder Singh (usually called Pindi) were closely involved in the trade. In his statement to the ED, Aulakh said that Satta was “introduced to me by Bikram Singh Majithia in the year 2007.” Majithia, Aulakh said, “told me that Satta was his friend who was residing in Canada. Mr Majithia also told me that Satta was coordinating his election campaign for MLA from Majitha constituency.” According to Aulakh, Majithia told him to help Satta “for whatever business of drugs (medicines) Satta wants to do.” Aulakh also told the ED, “I was introduced to Parminder Singh Pindi by Satpreet Singh Satta on 25th Nov 2009 at the wedding reception of Bikram Singh Majithia at Chandigarh.” Satta then told Aulakh “that Pindi wants to import from India to Canada some pharmaceutical drugs and asked me to introduce someone dealing in these drugs.” Aulakh said he then “introduced Satta and Pindi to Jagjit Singh Chahal. I told him Satta was very close friend of Bikram Singh Majithia and Pindi was known to Satta, both were residents of Canada. Pindi had written name of some pharmaceutical drugs on a paper which was given to Jagjit Singh Chahal. I told Chahal they wanted to import these drugs to Canada, to which Chahal stated that he will consult his person technally deal with drugs [sic].” Chahal’s chemist, Aulakh added, “told us that drugs wanted by Pindi were controlled drugs. Satta and Pindi wanted drugs containing Pseudoephedrine as far as I know because chemist of Chahal had told that these are controlled drugs.” Aulakh told the ED that Chahal owned two pharmaceutical companies that had licences to purchase pseudoephedrine —MBP Pharma and Montek Biopharma, the same two firms that were raided—and that as far as he knew, Chahal and the two non-resident Indians had “finalized there [sic] deal and the pharmaceutical drugs containing Pseudoephedrine had been supplied by Chahal to Satta and Pindi in Canada.” Aulakh then went on to add a detail that seems to leave Majithia with little wriggle room to deny his connections to the people the police have linked to the illicit drug trade. “On being asked,” he said, “I state that there was a dispute between Satta and Pindi on one side and Chahal on other side on supply of pharmaceutical drugs containing Pseudoephedrine which was settled on the instructions of Bikram Singh Majithia.” The ED took a detailed statement from Majithia, who was also the campaign manager for the BJP leader Arun Jaitley in his losing 2014 campaign for the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency. But, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation, Majithia denied knowing Satta, and, after this, the agency did not probe further. There is, however, enough evidence of Satta’s closeness to Majithia. In fact, the ED specifically asked Aulakh if Satta had ever participated in any function with Bikram Singh Majithia, to which he responded in his statement, “Yes, I remember that in 2010 Sartpreet Singh Satta had participated in Punjab Government official function in Khalsa College, Amritsar.” Through Sarabjit Singh Verka, of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation, which has been key in unearthing several scams in the state and has compiled material on this case too, I was able to source a photograph showing Satta with Majithia at that very function. Verka told me, “Both the Punjab Police and the Enforcement Directorate have shied away from investigating key facets of the case once Majithia’s name has come up.” Satta and Pindi, both of whom are in Canada, “clearly seem to be running a synthetic drug trade with international ramifications extending to Canada. Our information suggests they have close links to some Canadian politicians as well. Even simple investigative steps, such as checking their call phone records for contact with Majithia, have not been undertaken. A deliberate effort is being made to hush up the matter.” (Majithia did not respond to repeated requests for comment.) The shape and effects of the illicit trade are difficult to map without more comprehensive investigative materials, spanning information from several continents. But it is clear that raw materials from Punjab are exported to synthetic-drug manufacturing hubs in other parts of the world. In November, the Chennai-based magazine Fountain Ink published a story on drugs from India finding their way across the globe. One seizure, in May, from a Libya-bound ship in the Greek port of Piraeus, yielded “26 million pills of Tramadol, an opioid painkiller presented in doses of 225 mg, way higher than standard prescriptions.” According to the story, “The illegal consignment, worth $13 million, was headed for markets across the Middle East.” Tracing the consignment’s origin to India, the report noted that the “ship had started its journey in Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Navi Mumbai,” and that the “Tramadol was made in Amritsar by Royal International, a pharmaceutical company licensed to export and manufacture drugs.” It also observed that India’s rise as a major exporter of pharmaceutical drugs to West Asia “coincides with a period where it has also emerged as a hub for the smuggling of precursor chemicals such as ephedrine (used for making methamphetamine) to Africa.” Whatever the legal evaluation of Majithia’s status in the case, there is little doubt about the effect that the case has had on the public’s perception of him. Driving across Punjab in November, I found that though the Akalis were pasting publicity material across the state ahead of the election, pictures of Sukhbir Singh Badal and his brother-in-law, once omnipresent, were now conspicuous by their absence. This is an extract of Hartosh Singh Bal’s cover story, “ Under A Cloud , ” in the January 2017 issue of The Caravan . Hartosh Singh Bal is the political editor at The Caravan , and is the author of Waters Close Over Us: A Journey Along the Narmada . He was formerly the political editor at Open magazine.

Watch: Varun Dhawan takes initiative, stands up against rising smog in Delhi

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Watch: Varun Dhawan takes initiative, stands up against rising smog in Delhi

Home » News » Features » Watch: Varun Dhawan takes initiative, stands up against rising smog in Delhi Watch: Varun Dhawan takes initiative, stands up against rising smog in Delhi Bollywood Hungama News Network By Bollywood Hungama News Network Nov 8, 2017 - 8:18 pm IST Varun Dhawan is currently in Delhi where he will be kick starting his next titled Sui Dhaaga . The film talks about promoting ‘Made In India’ products and the actor plans to take up the role of doing something for the country even in real life. Hence, he has decided to join a new initiative to urge people to stop polluting the environment and spread awareness about the ways we can avoid the same. As mentioned before, Varun Dhawan is in the capital for his film and considering the current smoggy situation of the city, the actor was quite disheartened to see all of it. While earlier he warned everyone to stay safe by posting a picture of him in a protected mask, he was recently seen sharing a video message urging people to do something about the condition. Varun Dhawan went on to promote the message of recycling waste instead of burning it as he asserted that it is one of the prime causes for pollution. He also went on to add in the video that he will kick start this campaign related to recycling soon along with Adar Poonawalla. He took to social media to post this video along with a caption saying, “Rethink. Let’s change instead of blame. @adarpoonawalla has taken a great initiative let’s all try and keep our cities clean and recycle waste instead of burning it.” Talking about his film Sui Dhaaga , it features him for the first time opposite Anushka Sharma and is directed by Sharat Katariya. Produced by Yash Raj Films , it is slated to release for September 28 next year. Rethink. Let’s change instead of blame. @adarpoonawalla has taken a great initiative let’s all try and keep our cities clean and recycle waste instead of burning it. pic.twitter.com/qzNJL5dWdq

विद्या बालन ने छोड़ी मीना कुमारी की बायोपिक..कारण जानकर चौंक जाएंगे आप - FilmiBeat Hindi

Wednesday, November 8 2017

विद्या बालन ने छोड़ी मीना कुमारी की बायोपिक..कारण जानकर चौंक जाएंगे आप - FilmiBeat Hindi

बॉलीवुडसमाचार » विद्या बालन ने छोड़ी मीना कुमारी की बायोपिक..कारण जानकर चौंक जाएंगे आप विद्या बालन ने छोड़ी मीना कुमारी की बायोपिक..कारण जानकर चौंक जाएंगे आप News Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11:34 [IST] Subscribe to Filmibeat Hindi विद्या बालन का नाम मीना कुमारी की बायोपिक के लिए लगभग फाइनल हो गया था। फिल्म में कंगना रनौत को हटाकर विद्या बालन को फाइनल किया था लेकिन आखिरकार विद्या बालन ने इस फिल्म को करने से इंकार कर दिया है। जी हां विद्या बालन ने इस फिल्म को करने से इंकार करने की वजह भी बताई जो शायद आपको भी सही लगे। दरअसल विद्या बालन ने कहा कि उन्हें फिल्म की स्क्रिप्ट पसंद नहीं आई। उन्होंने ये भी कहा कि बायोपिक का मतलब ये नहीं होता कि सिर्फ सेन्सेनल पार्ट को दिखाया जाए। विद्या बालन ने अपना बयान जारी करते हुए कहा है कि "फिल्म में मीना कुमारी के एक-एक पहलू को दिखाना बेहद जरूरी है लेकिन स्क्रिप्ट के मुताबिक ऐसा कुछ नहीं है। उनकी जिंदगी की सिर्फ एक हिस्सा दिखाना गलत होगा। बायोपिक ऐसी होनी चाहिए कि लोग किरदार से जुड़ा हुआ महसूस करें। विद्या बालन ने ये भी कहा कि "स्लिक स्मिता की बायोपिक करने के पीछे भी यही कारण था क्योंकि फिल्म में उनकी जिंदगी के हर पहलू को दिखाया गया था।मैं खुद मीना कुमारी की सबसे बड़ी फैन हूं। अगर वो आज होतीं तो मेरा उनपर गर्ल क्रश होता लेकिन मैं उनका किरदार सही स्क्रिप्ट के साथ निभाऊंगी।"

First Read's Morning Clips: Revolt in the Suburbs - NBCNews.com

Thursday, November 9 2017

First Read's Morning Clips: Revolt in the Suburbs - NBCNews.com

advertisement TRUMP AGENDA: “I don’t blame China” From Ali Vitali in Beijing: “President Donald Trump said Thursday that he does not blame China for its economic success at the expense of the United States, what he called a "one sided" trade relationship. "I don’t blame China," he said at a business event joined by Chinese President Xi Jinping. "After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit.’” The AP’s take on the trip : “U.S. President Donald Trump was a cooperative partner for Beijing’s sweeping efforts to control the message of his heavily choreographed visit to China. Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, took no questions at an event Thursday billed as a news briefing, a reduction of already minimal press interaction during previous visits by American leaders.” A meeting between Trump and Putin is apparently “ still under consideration .” “Senate Republicans, under pressure to pass a sweeping tax rewrite before year’s end, are expected to unveil legislation on Thursday that would eliminate the ability of people to deduct state and local taxes but would stop short of fully repealing the estate tax, according to lobbyists and other people familiar with the bill,” according to the New York Times. “The Senate plan is taking shape as Republicans digest the drubbing they suffered on Tuesday night in affluent suburbs across the country, many of them represented by Republicans in the House. Those areas are stocked with well-off voters who would be disproportionately hit by the elimination of state and local tax deductions.” And/but: “House Republican leaders scrambled Wednesday to patch a $74 billion hole they had created in their own tax plan, leaving them with a painful choice between scaling back the bill’s benefits for individuals or reducing their proposed tax cuts for businesses. The decision leaves lawmakers caught between nonpartisan estimates showing the bulk of the bill’s tax cuts would go to businesses and the very wealthy, and demands from powerful industries and their lobbying arms looking to protect or expand the breaks they’ve carved out in the House bill,” writes the Washington Post. Don’t miss our colleague John Harwood’s interview with Gary Cohn, who says: “I don't believe that we've set out to create a tax cut for the wealthy. If someone's getting a tax cut, I'm not upset that they're getting a tax cut." The Wall Street Journal : “The Justice Department is seeking to reach a plea deal in its criminal investigation of the former son-in-law of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign chairman, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation into Jeffrey Yohai—who hasn’t been charged with any crime—by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles is separate from the Washington-based probe of his former father-in-law and others by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is examining Russian influence on last year’s presidential election, some of the people familiar with the situation said.” From NBC’s Suzy Khimm : “On Sunday, thanks to a consortium of investigative journalists, the public learned that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross never fully divested himself of ownership in a big global shipping company — one with ties to Russia’s rulers — when he joined President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. But new reporting by NBC News shows that Ross’ potential conflicts of interest go even further. The shipping company’s own documents suggest that Ross’ company may benefit from an important initiative that he has led as commerce secretary: securing a trade agreement with China to increase U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).” OFF TO THE RACES: Revolt in the suburbs Jonathan Allen tuned into Steve Bannon’s speech to Republicans in Michigan last night: “Former White House strategist Steve Bannon defended President Donald Trump's agenda in the wake of Tuesday's electoral debacle for Republicans. Virginia voters didn't reject Trump by electing Democrat Ralph Northam governor, they just didn't like Republican Ed Gillespie's pale imitation of Trump's platform, Bannon said Wednesday night. Speaking to local Republicans in Macomb County, Mich. — a virtual political North Star that has picked the winner in each of the last four presidential contests and was home to many of the "Reagan Democrats" of the 1980s — Bannon described Gillespie as an establishment candidate who tried a Trump-light approach to campaigning in a Democratic-blue state.” The Washington Post: “A wave of Democratic victories ignited a ferocious debate across the Republican Party on Wednesday over whether President Trump’s un­or­tho­dox behavior and polarizing agenda are jeopardizing the GOP’s firm grip on power in Congress, governors’ mansions and state legislatures. The recriminations sparked by Tuesday’s results — a decisive rebuke of Trump and his policies in Virginia and elsewhere — threatened the fragile GOP push to pass sweeping tax cuts by the end of the year and raised deeper questions about Republican identity and fealty to a historically unpopular president.” And the New York Times : “The American suburbs appear to be in revolt against President Trump after a muscular coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities dealt the Republican Party a thumping rejection on Tuesday and propelled a diverse class of Democrats into office. From the tax-obsessed suburbs of New York City to high-tech neighborhoods outside Seattle to the sprawling, polyglot developments of Fairfax and Prince William County, Va., voters shunned Republicans up and down the ballot in off-year elections. Leaders in both parties said the elections were an unmistakable alarm bell for Republicans ahead of the 2018 campaign, when the party’s grip on the House of Representatives may hinge on the socially moderate, multiethnic communities near major cities.” AL-SEN: Another poll shows Moore up by 11 points over Doug Jones. Gov. Kay Ivey says she’ll vote for Moore but she isn’t endorsing him. Moore’s campaign has declined a debate invitation. CO-GOV: The slate of GOP gubernatorial candidates keeps growing, notes the Denver Post. ME-GOV: What’s going on with Maine’s Medicaid expansion? The Bangor Daily News explains what’s next. TN-SEN : ICYMI: The New York Times reported that Chuck Schumer is personally urging Phil Bredesen to jump in. VA-GOV: The Washington Post asks: Is Virginia finally blue? WI-GOV: Will Scott Walker’s reelection bid be the next big test for conservatives in the state?

Publishing U: How Do I Keep My Head Up while Finding a Publisher?

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Publishing U: How Do I Keep My Head Up while Finding a Publisher?

Publishing U: How Do I Keep My Head Up while Finding a Publisher? Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In this installment of our Publishing U series, crime writer Leonard Chang shares his experience with keeping his head up while finding the right editor in a sea of not-so-enlightened ones. My latest novel, The Lockpicker , had a tortuous history, and made me question the sanity of agents, editors—and even myself. I will start by being so bold as to quote a rejection by an esteemed former editor, publisher, and literary agent who shall remain nameless, but who read The Lockpicker in manuscript form. He wrote a brief letter of praise, but ultimately rejected the novel. The line from his letter that shouted back at me was thus: What fails for me is that it [that] virtually nothing is made of the fact that these guys are Koreans. I suppose in the alleged melting pot of America that might be a good thing, but for the book it doesn’t lend anything even lightly exotic to the narrative or the characters. Before you get shocked or wince sympathetically, I must confess that this was not the first time I’d receive this kind of rejection. I won’t get into the identity and racial politics of why this critique is so pernicious, but it’s enough to say that exoticism for exoticism’s sake, especially from a Korean-American writer who sees himself as American and not exotic, is just, well, antiquated. Another rejection for another novel, another, longer quote from a legendary editor: The characters, especially the main character, just do not seem Asian enough. They act like everyone else. They don’t eat Korean food, they don’t speak Korean, and you have to think about ways to make these characters more ’ethnic,’ more different. We get too much of the minutiae of [the characters’] lives and none of the details that separate Koreans and Korean-Americans from the rest of us. For example, in the scene when she looks into the mirror, you don’t show how she sees her slanted eyes, or how she thinks of her Asianness. The Lockpicker is my eighth novel. Through the years, I’ve learned you cannot educate a hegemonic editor in power; you ignore him and move on. You find another editor, and you keep writing. There is no practical advice other than moving on. All my books have outlasted those naysayers. Quite literally: Those two editors above have since passed on, may they rest in peace. Meanwhile, I continue writing, no matter what the rejections may say. Being a novelist is very, very difficult, but I would argue that the journey of getting published is even more treacherous. Everyone gets stupid rejections, but there’s a special reward for those who soldier on in spite of them. Leonard Chang I continued sending out the manuscript for The Lockpicker while occupying myself with other projects: I wrote another novel, Triplines, wrote for a TV show called Justified, and kept writing and submitting. When Black Heron Press accepted Triplines, I returned to The Lockpicker and knew it was the novel I wanted to write, the novel I wanted to read but didn’t see, and I knew those past critiques were wrong. I waited until Triplines was well under way in the publishing process, then submitted The Lockpicker to Black Heron. Their acceptance was probably the fastest I’d ever received. And here we are. If I had been deterred or demoralized by the initial rejections, if I had given up then, the manuscript would still be sitting in some drawer. Thank goodness I kept pushing forward, and I hope you, fellow writers, continue pushing forward, too. Related

Golmaal Again continues to rock week 3, gears up to enter week 4! - BollywoodMDB

Friday, November 10 2017

Golmaal Again continues to rock week 3, gears up to enter week 4! - BollywoodMDB

Golmaal Again continues to rock week 3, gears up to enter week 4! Golmaal Again continues to rock week 3, gears up to enter week 4! Check out the box-office collection of Rohit Shetty's latest comedy drama Golmaal Again. By BollywoodMDB Team - November 10, 2017 TOTAL SHARES TOTAL SHARES Rohit Shetty 's Golmaal Again is enjoying a golden run at the box-office. The film refuses to stop and is taking in good numbers even during its week 3. It remained stable throughout week 3, it is now gearing up to enter week 4! It is super close to touching the 200 crores mark at the domestic front. Golmaal Again Team The film made Rs. 2.04 crores on Friday, Rs. 3.69 crores on Saturday and Rs. 4.85 crores on Sunday. It further made Rs. 1.25 crores on Monday, Rs. 1.02 crores on Tuesday, Rs. 1.06 crores on Wednesday, and Rs. 1.11 crores on Thursday (Week 3). Hence, the total box-office collection stands at Rs. 197.96 crores at the domestic markets. The film has an ensemble star cast of Ajay Devgn , Parineeti Chopra , Tushar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade , Kunal Kemmu , Arshad Warsi , Tabu , Neil Nitin Mukesh among others in key roles. The film is a one of a kind horror comedy that has managed to garner the praises and love both from the critics as well as the audiences. The film is by far the highest grosser Bollywood film of 2017 and left behind biggies like Judwaa 2, Raees and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha among others.

Book Review: The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri

Friday, November 10 2017

Book Review: The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri

Price: Rs. 60/- ( I got the book for review from the author ) Behind the Book “ Pankaj's characters certainly evoke sympathy and throw light on important social issues. A good read .” Chitra Divakaruni, award-winning bestselling author of The Palace of Illusions.“ An epic tale of love, loss, hope and faith that will remain with you long after the final page. With its lovely characters and beautiful prose, it ranks right up there with my favourites. ” Renita D'Silva, award-nominated bestselling author of The Forgotten Daughter.“ A literary masterpiece! ” Keshav Aneel, bestselling author of Promise Me A Million Times. In the autumn of 2012, destiny wreaks havoc on two unsuspecting people—Soham and Fiona. Although his devastating past involving his brother still haunted him, Soham had established a promising career for himself in Bangalore. After a difficult childhood, Fiona's fortunes had finally taken a turn for the better. She had married her beloved, and her life was as perfect as she had ever imagined it to be. But when tragedy strikes them yet again, their fundamentally fragile lives threaten to fall apart. Can Fiona and Soham overcome their grief? Will the overwhelming pain destroy their lives? Seasoned with the flavours of exotic Nepalese traditions and set in the picturesque Indian hill station, Gangtok, The Fragile Thread of Hope explores the themes of spirituality, faith, alcoholism, love, and guilt while navigating the complex maze of familial relationships. Inspirational and heart-wrenchingly intimate, it urges you to wonder—does hope stand a chance in this travesty called life? About the Author Pankaj Giri was born and brought up in Gangtok, Sikkim—a picturesque hill station in India. He began his writing career in 2015 by co-authoring a book—Friendship Love and Killer Escapades (FLAKE). Learning from experience and the constructive criticism that he got for his first book, he has now written a new novel—The Fragile Thread of Hope, a mainstream literary fiction dealing with love, loss, and family relationships. He is currently working in the government sector in Sikkim. He likes to kill time by listening to progressive metal music and watching cricket. I have managed to write this review long after reading the book because this was one of those books which left me stunned. It was an emotionally draining read but one that was food for soul in every manner. Narrated through the POV of the primary characters Fiona and Soham this is a heartwrenching tale of love and loss. The characters are not only beautiful they manage to spring to life in those pages and engulf you in their tale like none other. The language is poetic, it just flows and is such a delightful read that there were lines when I stopped reading just to admire the beauty of a sentence. Sample this: " She caught the crescent moon hanging like a luminous bracket in the coal-black, starry night.” The book gives you a glimpse into the deeper sense of understanding of human relationships that the author seems to have gathered and has tried to bring it to life through this story. An absolute page turner it is a story that made me look back at some instances when I had taken some relationships for granted and paid a heavy price for doing so. It is difficult to exactly say what is beautiful about this book because when I call is beautiful, I mean inside out. From the poignant cover and blurb to the lucid narrative, there is a sense of beauty in everything. Even if it talks about broken relationships, trust and family, there is a sense of beauty that reflects through the cracks he tends to display and for that grace in his writing, the author deserves brownie points.The most interesting aspect about the book was the touch of Nepalese culture that the author has managed to sprinkle diligently across the narrative making you travel to Nepal in the blink of an eye. Overall, a scintillating debut and strongly recommended for literary lovers, this book is a treat to read! Foodie Verdict