Spoils of War: Bibliophiles and Their Book Haul.

It was a momentous occasion for book lovers in the city yesterday. In case you missed it Harper Collins India hosted a garage sale on 24th at their Faridabad factory. It was expected to continue till today but the stocks ran out by 12 pm on the first day itself. While people expected madness at an event offering books at throwaway prices (25 bucks for paperbacks!), nobody quite anticipated the mayhem they were greeted with. Even the most punctual bibliophile amongst us who reached the venue by 9:30(10 being the opening time) were met with a crowd gathered in full battle attire armed with suitcases, trekking backpacks and a fervent gleam in their eyes. It was a sweaty affair waiting in long lines. Readers tried to infuse the tedious air with a pinch of humor and nerdiness. We spotted one guy screaming ‘HODOR’ at the confused guard while he tried to sneak in through the exit. Another girl was seen muttering ‘my precious” to her LOTR box set. She was among the lucky few; the box sets were all gone by the time the second batch came in. Delhi weather and the paucity of space did not make it a pleasant experience for many, but us bibliophile took pleasure from gloating over our hard earned spoils of war . I asked some of them to share their book haul and experience with us.  Here is a peek for your vicarious pleasure!

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Season Review: The Royals (Season 2)

Season Review: The Royals (Season 2)The Royals by disha
Series: season 2
Genres: drama
Format: television
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The monarchy in London runs a tight ship as to say. But like every family they have their secrets and dark sides. It's a thriller that has you asking, "What's gonna happen now?" or "Whats gonna happen next?". Let's hope our royal family can keep it together for the sake of their country!

Disha reviews:

This 10 -episodes season was so much better than the first one and the last episode was hands down the best episode that has come out so far. I am now eager to watch the third season which will release later this year.
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Anime Review: Your Lie in April

Anime Review: Your Lie in AprilYour Lie In April Series: 22 episodes
Genres: drama, psychological, Romance
Format: anime
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Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.

Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.

Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei's recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.

My Review for Your Lie in April a.k.a Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso review:

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Season Review: The Royals

Season Review: The RoyalsRoyals (Season 1) by disha
Genres: drama
Format: television
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Drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London, who inhabit a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny.

Starring: Elizabeth Hurley, Joan Collins, William Moseley, Alexandra Park

Disha reviews:

I started watching this show because it was developed by the guy who created One Tree Hill (which was definitely one of the good contemporary shows to hit our tv screens) and because the guy who played King Peter in the Chronicles of Narnia plays Prince Liam in the Royals.
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Audiobook Review: Why Not Me

Audiobook Review: Why Not MeWhy Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, B.J. Novak
Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group on September 15th 2015
Genres: HUMOUR
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
In "How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet's Confessions," Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, ("Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn't the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman's traditional hair color is honey blonde.") "Player" tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. ("I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.") In "Unlikely Leading Lady," she muses on America's fixation with the weight of actresses, ("Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they're walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.") And in "Soup Snakes," Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak ("I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.")
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who's ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who've never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

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Book Review: Billionaire Blackmail

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Billionaire BlackmailBillionaire Blackmail by Alison Aimes
on July 11th 2016
Genres: Romance
Format: ebook
Source: Publisher
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After a childhood spent on the streets, ruthless billionaire Nik Valenti has had his share of dealing with crooks. He thought that was behind him. Until the woman he's been casually dating turns out to be the biggest con artist of them all. Now, with pride, money, and his company's survival at stake, he won't rest until she's experienced his own brand of justice.  
Sara Turner knows she's no angel, but a few deliberate omissions...well, compared to the rest of her family, that's choir girl behavior. But now the one man whose heart she'd hoped to steal is accusing her of embezzling from his company. Worse, he wants answers. And he's come up with a foolproof way to ensure he gets them. One Sara must accept if she doesn't want to end up in jail.
Nik might be trying to save his company, but he has a tough time ignoring the way Sara makes him burn. The passion between them is all-consuming, and each time he peels away a layer, he discovers there’s more to her than first meets the eye, but he can’t give in to his need. Nik will put everything on the line to find the truth...except his heart.

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Guest Review: Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Guest Review: Gitanjali by Rabindranath TagoreGitanjali: Song Offerings by Rabindranath Tagore, W.B. Yeats
Published by Digireads.com on January 1st 2005
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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"Gitanjali," or Song Offerings, is a collection of poems translated by the author, Rabindranath Tagore, from the original Bengali. This collection won the Nobel prize for Tagore in 1913. This volume includes the original introduction by William Butler Yeats that accompanied the 1911 English language version. "Gitanjali" is a collection of over 100 inspirational poems by India's greatest poet.

Gitanjali review Rabindranath Tagore

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Penguin Classics Instagram Giveaway!

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Genres: Classics
Format: book

Hey Guys! Sorry I’ve been a little inactive this month and forgot to post a giveaway for May but I’m going to make up for it , promise!

So even though I couldn’t post here I’ve been pretty active on my instagram handle @writerandtales  and I passed 100 followers recently! YAAAAAAY

So as a thank you and as a sorry for being so inactive I’ll be making up for it with some book goodies.

I already have a UK giveaway up on my blog . UK people please go and enter the giveaway for the YA novel Orangeboy. No follow required.

THE GIVEAWAY

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There will be TWO winners. One will get Fathers and Sons and the other will get Crime and Punishment. (The books are pictured above are the ones you will get)

As I am really really happy with my Instagram followers this is going to be more of an Instagram followers appreciation giveaway.

Details:

  • INDIA only
  • TWO winners
  • You need to be a follower of @writerandtales Instagram . All others are extra entries
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Blog Tour+GIVEAWAY: You’ve got the Wrong Girl

Blog Tour+GIVEAWAY: You’ve got the Wrong GirlYou've Got the Wrong Girl by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Published by Hachette India on January 1st 1970
Genres: Romance
Pages: 384
Format: book
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On a sultry night, on a deserted lawn overlooking a moonlit Taj Mahal, two strangers make passionate love and promise never to meet again... But promises are meant to be broken, right?
This is the story of Dushyant Singh Rathore - the 30-something bestselling author of Kinda Cliched, a blockbuster romance novel based on his one night of bliss with a girl whose name he does not know. Under pressure to produce a money-spinning sequel - from his obsessive fans, his hit-seeking publisher and a sceptical journalist ready to expose the true-story angle as a marketing gimmick - he sets off, three years on, to find the elusive girl whom he had promised never to seek out.
When his quest, many twists and turns later, leads him to the unlikeliest of places, Dushyant discovers there's a little more to this love story than he had anticipated. Will Dushyant get a second chance at love? What if the wrong girl was really always the right one for him?
Delightful, unconventional, heart-warming, You've Got the Wrong Girl! is a roller-coaster ride through love, lust and everything in between.

As a part of the tour I thought we could do a fun activity.

The book follows an author who is inspired a chance meeting with a girl to write a book. It made me think. which author would I have liked to have spent some time with before they became famous?

I for one would have liked to spend time with J.K.Rowling and maybe Chetan Bhagat before he became famous.

J.K.Rowling because she was going through such a tough time. I think it would have made me appreciate her writing even more. I would have liked to have been there to support her when she got those rejections.Telling her to hang in there because what she had written was not just a book, it was a phenomenon. Something everyone who has read her first book would have realized.

 

 

Chetan Bhagat is one author whose writing style I’m not really fond of. I think I would have liked to have spent time with and maybe edited his works? I would definitely want to push him to write in his novels a story as rich as the cinematic screenplays of his books. One thing I would have done for sure is I would have torn the manuscript of One Night at the Call Center or somehow made it a murder mystery.

 

WHICH AUTHOR WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE MEET BEFORE THEY HAD BECOME FAMOUS?

 

GIVEAWAY

5 WINNERS win a copy of You’ve Got The Wrong Girl and one more book from the choices listed below.A total of 2 books for each winner. INDIA ONLY.

 

Rules:

  • The giveaway prizes will be provided by Hachette India, subject to availability.
  • Hachette India is not responsible for prizes that are lost in the mail.
  • The giveaway will be in India ONLY.
  • Any disputes arising from this contest are subject to jurisdiction in Delhi.
  • Winners will be determined by the management of Hachette India. The decision of the management will be final and no queries will be entertained in this regard.
  • The entries may be screened for defamatory content/language. Hachette India reserves the right for last minute cancellation and change in terms and conditions.
  • Participants should be Indian residents.
  • The contest will start on 10th March 2016 at midnight and end on 30th April, 2016 at midnight. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Spam entries or entries that are not valid will be immediately disqualified
  • There will be five (5) Each winner will win a copy of You’ve Got the Wrong Girl as well as one of the titles listed below
  • A Man called Ove by Frederik Backman
  • The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
  • Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
  • The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
  • The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klinec
  • The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  • The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  • Too Good to be True by Sheila O’ Flanagan
  • Each winner will get a total of two books, subject to availability.
  • All entries that are only entered in the Rafflecopter widget will be valid.
  • Number of entries for each task has been provided in the Rafflecopter widget. Every person who enters the giveaway needs to do at least one task that is listed above for their entry to be valid.
  • Winner has 48 hrs to respond to intimation by Hachette India before another winner is chosen.
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Vintage Bollywood: Abhimaan Review

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Vintage Bollywood: Abhimaan ReviewAbhimaan by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
on 1973
Genres: drama
Format: Movie
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Subeer Kumar (Amitabh) is well on his way to becoming India's top pop singer. He has no intention of getting married, but when he goes to visit his Durga Mausi (Mausi=mother's sister), he falls in love with religious, simple Uma, by whose voice he's enchanted. He marries her and returns to Bombay where he announces that he will never sing without Uma again. However, Subeer encourages Uma to sing alone and when her popularity is soon greater than his own, the seed of jealousy begins to grow... The major difference between Uma and Subeer is that she sings for herself, whereas he sings for the public. It is the difference between geet and sangeet. This is the root of the thing that later causes problems, and based on which the movie is named. (source: IMDb)

This review contains some spoilers

Saumya Baijal reviews the film:

As I journey through my favorite films of all time, I am drawn towards the film that I have watched innumerable reruns of, and felt different reactions towards the same situations. This morning too, I was drawn to the music of SD Burman, the honesty of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and the outstanding portrayals by Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. The master storyteller gave us a film on complex emotions, on inertia, on what age old notions instilled in us subconsciously do to us. Fantastically restrained, beautifully paced, the film has firmly etched its place in the halls of veritable glory. Abhimaan.
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