Valentines Evening

May Your love for me be
like
the scent of the evening sea

drifting in
through a quiet window

so I do not have to run
or chase or fall
… to feel You

all I have to do
is
breathe.

Sanober Khan, from book – A Thousand Flamingos

Sanober Khan is a Mumbai-based poet and freelance writer. Her work has been published in various journals, including the Taj Mahal Review and the First Literary Review-East. In 2012, her first book “A touch, a tear, a tempest’ was shortlisted for the Muse India National Literary Awards. She enjoys reading poetry from around the globe as much as she enjoys writing them.

The 2020 Booker Prize Winner

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

“She was no use at maths homework, and some days you could starve rather than get a hot meal from her, but Shuggie looked at her now and understood this was where she excelled. Everyday with the make-up on and her hair done, she climbed out of her grave and held her head high. When she had disgraced herself with drink, she got up the next day, put on her best coat, and faced the world. When her belly was empty and her weans were hungry, she did her hair and let the world think otherwise.”


A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. It is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.

Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and on LitHub. Shuggie Bain is his first novel. https://www.douglasdstuart.com

Sister of My Heart

“Every person has a heart, but we’re not always lucky enough to get a glimpse of it. And every heart, even the hardest, has a fragile spot. If you hit it there, it shatters.”

My favourite author and wonderful human being. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an Indian-American author, poet, and the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program

More about her : http://www.chitradivakaruni.com/

Zero Bridge & The Hanging River : Book Review

Zero Bridge & The Hanging River is a story of a teenager who is smitten by a charming girl in her class. His repeated efforts to come close to her are so simple and adorable. They fill the heart of readers with warmth and affection.

As story progress, abrupt events of destiny adds new dimensions to his journey.

Reader’s get connected immediately with the protagonist. They will start breathing the life of the young teenager, and may often see a reflection of themselves in him.

It is an emotive roller coaster bumpy ride with romantic, dreamy, heartwarming and intense soul searching moments

Zero Bridge and the Jhelum river have been beautifully used as metaphors to give depth and meaning into the contemporary life of the characters.

It’s a true reflection of the fact that all of us are connected with our past traditions. We need to understand and recognise them to understand our present.

It’s heartening to see the protagonist finding the answers of his complex problems while getting connected with Zero Bridge and looking into the river Jhelum.

Author has been successful in talking the readers into an inward journey and ask questions. Some of them may get answerd and some may remain hung, to be answered by the destiny.

Grab your copy now !

Link is here

About Author

Dinkar Chopra is a good friend, and amazing human being. Science graduate from Delhi University with vast experience in corporate world at different managerial positions. An energetic, upbeat leader with excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.

2018 Man Booker Prize winner announced

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Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber) has been announced as the winner of the 50th Man Booker Prize.

Burns, 56, who was born in Belfast and lives in East Sussex, drew on the experience of Northern Ireland during the Troubles to write Milkman. Her first acclaimed novel, No Bones, was also set in this period. She saw off competition from two British writers, two American writers and one Canadian writer.

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‘None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. Set in a society divided against itself, Milkmanexplores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life.’

– Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2018 Chair of judges

Set in an unnamed city, Milkman focuses on middle sister as she navigates her way through rumour, social pressures and politics in a tight-knit community. Burns shows the dangerous and complex outcome that can happen to a woman coming of age in a city at war.