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What does Shobhaa De mean today for modern romantic novelists?

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Should I say these authors writing sizzling soft-porn novels romantic at all? An author who documents nights spent in hotel rooms detailing the act of intercourse in explicit style should not be called romantic at all. Romantic, by all means, were the novels by Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte or even Thomas Hardy. However, any day, I will not call the works by modern Indian authors sold in bunches romantic novels. These novels are, at their best, pornography in text that cannot be banned. The original idea or the original sin was germinated by Shobhaa De, the novelist who took down fiction from its high horse to the lower strata of society in terms of readership, maintaining the protagonists from the same high class. However, Shobhaa was clear about her idea and about her writings. She did not try to qualify her works as romantic novels – she was and is candid enough in telling others what she means.

Moving for Moksha: Alok Mishra's latest poetry collection is out for poetry lovers

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It was October 2018 when Alok Mishra's first poetry collection, 13 Untitled and Weird Poems was published on Amazon Kindle for his readers and poetry lovers. Almost one and a half year later, his second poetry collection, Moving for Moksha, a collection of cryptic, spiritual and religious poems with a humane touch is out. Are you a poetry lover? Have you checked out the collection?

The Last Critic – a platform for book reviews emerges as a key player!

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I have been following this website for some time now and I feel that this platform has the potential to become one of India's leading players in key-influencing Indian book market and trends. The website has many talented readers, reviewers and literary writers who keep the website afloat with new content weekly. The website has a unique style of book reviewing that peels off the book to its minimal layers and the readers can have an easy view from outside into the inside of the book and know whether the book holds on to their taste or not. What more does one need as a curious reader?

Indian Book Critics plans to relaunch the YouTube Drive

Famous Indian book review and literary platform Indian Book Critics has planned to get back to YouTube with short videos based on the articles on its website. The website is very popular among book lovers, enthusiastic readers and also authors and publishers. The website has a good fan following and the readers take advice by Indian Book Critics as a benchmark when it comes to make buying or skipping decisions in terms of books to read or avoid. The platform, moreover, has decided to extend its reach among the audience by reaching to them through a visual medium on YouTube. As YouTube is a popular platform and video consumption is very high in India, it can serve as a very good medium to reach readers, literary aware people and young readers who don't read content and rather like to consume content in the form of a video. Video is impactful, no doubt. And that's why the platform, IBC, has decided to revamp its continuing channel on YouTube and post videos about authors, books …

The World's Oldest, Most Powerful Secret Society - Book Review

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It has been long since I last reviewed, in all its possible best sense, a novel. So, here I am with a novel that I received for review a few days ago, written by an Indian novelist Anand Arungundram and entitled The World's Oldest, Most Powerful Secret Society. From the reviews already on the Internet and also the first look and impression of the book, I can say that the novel is best-suited as a children literature and young adult fiction which teenagers and youths will like. So, let's get deeper into the details and breakdown this novel into different highs and lows that I have observed based on my intensive analysis and thorough reading of the novel by Anand.

Amish Tripathi and back to History with him

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Amish has been very famous, perhaps only second to Chetan Bhagat, in the recent years in India. His publications have thrown him to the top of the hierarchy when we talk about the authors who are writing anything other than contemporary romantic novels. One list is headed by Chetan Bhagat at the top and another is led by Amish Tripathi, without a doubt. His novels are from the historical annals of India – Ram, Sita, Shiva and so on... his novels bring historical facts to the modern readers with a newness that attracts the youths and young audience and take them back to Indian civilisational progress and its heroism.

Indian English Poetry has come to a chaotic blend... superconscious and unconscious mix together...

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Since the time the idea of Indian English poetry emerged, it has been through many different phases, braved different waves of ideologies and stood firm and tall for long. However, once the tide of nationalism and Indianness faded away, Indian English poetry seems to be decaying with the rise of commercial poetry, poetry without base and poetry without conscious. There were a few poets till late who were able to produce some poetry of meaning, however. Nevertheless, most of the poets who are writing in English today do not make much sense. They can be bestsellers and famous but their poems have no importance in terms of literary weight and relevance.