Perfect Job, Shweta Kesari

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In Febuary 2014 we introduced Shweta Kesari as new Johntext Author for Madhya Pradesh / India. 20 months later we reached 261 published reviews. Assumed an average of 200 pages for a book sums up to 52200 pages altogether for 261 reviews. So every month there are 2610 pages to read. Wow. And this part-time and without any personal benefit.

So its time to say Thank you. Also to her friends Shivani Chauhan, Megha Biloniya, and others. And its time for some statistics.

statistics:

261 reviews and interviews posted
2764 subscribers registered

most shares on Facebook for these posts:

Interview with Poetess Kristen Scott: 421
Losing My Religion by Vishwas Mudagal: 293
The Guardians of Halahala by Shatrujeet Nath: 194
The Six +1 Wish by Anubhav Joyotirmoy: 188
Interview of Prathap Kamath: 184
The Secrets of the Dark by Arka Chakrabarti: 150
Atisa and the Time Machine by Anu Kumar: 111
Almost There But Yet Not Arrived by Sandeep Mishra: 82
Interview of Author Shreyan Laha: 80
Love@ Air Force by Gaurav Sharma: 78
Interview of Poetess Varsha Singh: 76
Interview of Author Sujata Parashar: 70
Rainbows in the Desert Archna Pant: 66
Interview Of Author Angad Singh Saluja: 60
Interview of Author Chetan Jaiman: 57
Mad Money Journey by Mehrab Irani: 53
One Life to Love by Vinaya Patil: 46
Halfway Up The Mountain by Kiran Khalap: 46
Living Inside by Gopal Lahiri: 46
Interview of Rabjot Singh Isher: 43
HiFi in Bollywood by Rishi Vohra: 42
We the people Behind the Veil by Lalima Yadav: 42
Interview of Sanchit Mehrotra: 42
Time’s Lost Atlas; Compiled by Harsh Agarwal: 40
When We Clicked by Yash Pawaskar: 41
The Quest of the Sparrows by Kartik Sharma and Ravi Nirmal Sharma: 41
Planet Gastronomy by Ananya Banerjee: 39
Burning Sapphires by Suresh K. Goswami: 36
Nothing Between Us by Sanchit Mehrotra: 34
When a Lawyer walks down the aisle /Amrita Suresh: 32
Rhythm of Love by Rahul Prasad Kanu: 31
Interview of Author Gabriel Hemingway: 31
An Offbeat Story by Siddharth Srivastava: 30
Four Corners of the Circle by Mohit Jain: 29
Case of The Chinese Mastermind by Ketaki Karnik: 28
The Agony of Love by Neilay Khasnabish: 27
Interview of Author Vipin Behari Goyal: 26
Wisdom of the White Mountain /Kandathil Sebastian: 26
Bhendi Bazaar by Vish Dhamija: 24
Pluck Out the Heart – Anthology: 24
Hidden Husband by Shikha Kaul: 23
How to Get Government Jobs by K.P. Shashidharan: 23
Operation Mom by Reenita Malhotra: 20
The Gandhian Adventures of Raj and Iqbal by Zubin J. Shroff: 18

Check it: www.madhyapradesh.johntext.de

“Six Weeks to Yehida” – A Novel By Melissa Studdard

Six Weeks To Yehidah

Elmore Leonard advised writers not to open with the weather. However, Melissa Studdard, author of Six Weeks to Yehida goes and does just that. However, in her novel, not only does the opening work for her and her story, but it also gives the reader the feeling that here’s a talent that can do much more. This is an instance in which opening with the weather has helped the author bring a fairy tale quality to the writing.

It’s the story of Annalisa who is wafted into another world on an ordinary day with her two sheeps. The novel has several snatches of verse which adds to the book’s charm. The characters and their personalities grow on the reader and the wonderful vulnerability of the protagonist makes one sympathetic to her. Her adventures take her to bizarre worlds, lending the novel an Alice in Wonderland kind of charm. Bob the guides impresses, so does Kana.

It all ends when she realises that the magical world she has traversed was a dream and that for six weeks she was in a coma. This twist in the tale impressed me as a reader, and would impress any reader of this engaging book.

All through the book I could detect an Indian connection in words such as: Bharat Ratna, Sari, etc. Could it be that the author is a lover of India? In that case she should write a novel on India.

Interview with Faraaz Kazi

Faraaz Kazi in interview with infibeam

Faraaz Kazi, the Writer Who Put Indian Romance Fiction on World Map, Talks about His New Book, Love and More

“With Truly, Madly, Deeply, esteemed writer Faaraz Kazi, made a stunning début and how! Kazi went on to win the 2013 National Début Youth Fiction Award and received the YCOF National Excellence award in Creative Writing. He is also first Indian author to have won coveted ‘Best Début (Romance)’ title at the international Goodreads choice awards.

His book Truly, Madly, Deeply, won him the tag of being called the ‘Nicholas Sparks of India.’ So far, it is the only Indian book to have been nominated in 7 categories at the Goodreads choice awards. It is also the only Indian book to feature in the ‘Top 100 YA Global Fiction’ list.

Kazi is a fellow member of the prominent ‘Film Writers Association of India.’ He is a three-time post graduate and also a certified soft-skills trainer. In addition, Kazi is the founder and CEO of DigiImprint Solutions, India’s first exclusive promotional agency for authors and artists. He is a well-known personality in literary fraternity and on social media.”

Read the whole interview here:
http://blog.infibeam.com/2015/02/faraaz-kazi-author-interview

Faraaz Kazi is on Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Johntext. You can write him here: contact@faraazkazi.com or on the “contact” – part of his website www.faraazkazi.com.

The Farming Blog

Photo by Alistar Harris

The Farming Life

This morning I opened a Google alert to find that this gorgeous farming blog (The Farming Life) had shared my poem “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast” as part of an inspiring photo essay about their farm. They also quoted an answer I gave Okla Elliott for the magazine “As It Ought To Be”.

I love this farm (Origins) and everything they stand for–sustainability, health, love, service. And seeing farming and poetry come together like this, well, it feeds my heart…

http://originsfarm.com/this-farming-life-2-13-15/

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://www.melissastuddard.com/#!connect More information is available on Wikipedia.

Review of From Ouch to Oops

Title : From Ouch to Oops

Author : RamG Vallath

From Ouch to Oops

‘From Ouch to Oops:just don’t give up’,is a self-help book that traverses through the choppy nodes of RamG Vallath’s life,his journey from struggle to success,his fight from the disease called CIDP(Chronic Inflamatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) he tragically suffered from.

As the back cover says : ‘RamG Vallath has everything going for him.He has studied at IIT,seen a 200 per cent jump in his salary and become one of the youngest circle heads in India’s telecom sector.When he steps into the role of a director at a major multinational computer hardware firm,he thinks he has it made.

But life is soon about to come crashing down on him.He is diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder that weakens his muscles.Mundane tasks like buttoning up his shirt, climbing down steps and typing on a keyboard become extremely difficult.To make things worse, he loses his job at a time when his annual hospitalization bill has gone up to Rs. 20 lakh.

But even as the chips are down and hope starts to fade,RamG decides not to give up.He becomes the cheerleader at home and outside, spreading positivity wherever he goes and choosing to tackle his challenges head-on with a hearty ‘yoohoo’.’

The script of the author’s life is not so extra-ordinary or completely out of the box,but RamG Vallath himself made his life extra-ordinary.We all face many ups and downs in our life,but the question here arises is how many of us learn to stitch the torn and thinks positively even entouraged with negativity.That’s why RamG Vallath’s story is different,he never slowed down,he just knows one road, a road to step ahead as he never brushed any problem under the carpet and this story teaches the reader same.

A simple writing style has been used by the author and he has implemented the story very-well which is noticeable. Author’s positive attitude towards life is lucidly portrayed in this book.He has very precisely lemned various facets of his life when luck has knocked him out.

This book beyond shadow of a doubt gives a shot in arm. A real-life based story that teaches one a lot.I would like to recommend this book to everyone who wants to go high and touch the sky amidst thunderstorms.

Every story has something to speak,leaves something to learn….

Rating : 5/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

For review please contact: shwetakesari165@gmail.com

Love: Lots of Volatile Emotions by Faraaz Kazi

Love by Faraaz Kazi

Content:

From a man who lives in his past overhearing the whispers of the present to a woman who rescues dying souls through her blessed aura. From a little boy who must realize the truth of his life so that he can face the fears of the future to a pair of lovers who are reborn with little clue of what fate has in store for them. From a granddaughter who recollects the warm fuzzy days of her childhood to an old lady who still reminisces about the time she first fell in love. From a girl who must return to her roots to discover the reality of her true love to a stalker who tries to hide his worst secret, even from himself.

Author:

The recipient of the YCOF National Excellence Award and the winner of the National Debut Youth Fiction Award 2013, Faraaz Kazi is also called as The Nicholas Sparks of India. A certified soft-skills trainer and a triple post grad, Kazi previously an entrepreneur now works for a multinational agency in Mumbai. He is also the marketing consultant for a few leading publishing houses in India. Fondly referred to as ‘The Young Marketer’, he operates a revolutionary blog with the same name. Kazi is a fellow member of the esteemed Film Writers Association of India and an active member of The International Horror Writers Association. Truly Madly Deeply, his debut mainstream romance novel is the only Indian book to be nominated in seven categories of the Goodreads annual choice awards, apart from being the first Indian novel to win the ‘Best Debut in Romance’ during the same awards. It is also the only Indian book in the ‘Top 100 YA Global Fiction’ list. Kazi is a voracious reader and counts singing as his second love.

Pre-Order started on Amazon India now: http://www.amazon.in/Love-Volatile-Emotions-Faraaz-Kazi/dp/9350881020

Faraaz Kazi is on Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Johntext. You can write him here: contact@faraazkazi.com or on the “contact” – part of his website www.faraazkazi.com.

Interview of Prathap Kamath

Prathap

1.What are your outlooks & interpretations about literature?

I look upon literature as a justification of my life; it is the only thing that gives me complete satisfaction, in reading as well as in writing. It has consoled, encouraged, intoxicated, and taught me throughout in life. Literature, for me, is an imaginative way of interpreting life. It fulfils itself in finding an apt form that has something new in the way it tells about life everyone can feel as her/his own. I belong to the school that believes in the need of literature’s commitment to social reality. Its purpose shouldn’t be just to concoct stories or poems for the sake of getting published. It should germinate as the result of a felt existential need to say something deep about life lived in our times.

2. Tell us about your world beyond literature.

I teach English for Postgraduate and Undergraduate students at Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala. I am also a Ph.D research guide with Kerala University. I am married and have two daughters doing their school-final.

3. Your book “Blood rain & other stories” is a combination of suspense, violence, corruption, revenge and selfishness. So, how much of the book is realistic?

All the stories in this book have been triggered by things that are happening and have happened around me. Violence, corruption, crimes instigated by revenge, and selfishness have become the defining features of the times we live in. I have tried to contextualize my events within the political/cultural scenario of Kerala so as to make my characters representative of a social reality. Their individual issues are made to spill into the social space and vice versa. It is in this sense that these stories can be called realistic, and not in the generic sense of the term ‘realistic fiction,’ for in the rendering of these stories I have, on several occasions, taken recourse to fantasy, and non linearity of narrative time.

4. What draws you to writing?

An unbearable sense of the meaninglessness of life, unless it is redeemed by the act of writing. I write to keep myself sane and from not falling into the pit of depression.

5. What genre do you like the most?

Fiction, both the short story and the novel.

6. Would you like to share your experiences while writing the book “Blood rain & other stories”?

It was written over a period of five years. The stories were written with long gaps in between. I am not a prolific or regular writer. I write only when I feel like. When I don’t write, I read the best in literature. I started my career writing in Malayalam, and Blood Rain and Other Stories is my first book of fiction in English. Writing in English was a refreshing experience; it lent me a greater freedom and ease to formulate my ideas in aesthetically gratifying forms. It was very exciting to have LiFi, my publisher, accept it for publication. I wish to express my thanks to Dr. Bina Biswas, Editor with LiFi, for linking me with the publisher.

7. Who are your favourite writers? What do you like the most about their books & creations?

I have many favourite writers, in Malayalam, my native language, and in other languages, all of whom I have read in English. To name them all would be impossible here. They belong to all ages, from the epic to the present. I have preferred European Continental and Latin American fiction to English fiction (British/American). The Japanese Haruki Murakami is the most recent favourite. I love these writers for the insight they give into reality through stunning forms.

8. Which books inspire you?

I am inspired by novels that are a blend of eye-opening world view, inventiveness of plot and language, and authenticity of details or information content. For instance, a novel like Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose or Nikos Kazantzakis’ Zorba the Greek or Herman Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund.

9. Did you ever face writer’s block?

Yes, several times. It leaves me depressed as it does with all writers. The best way to overcome it is to wallow in it, go deep into its morass, until it throws you back into writing on its own.

10. How has literature influenced your life?

It has influenced me by watering my imagination, in helping me create a cosy world of my own where I feel safe from the “thorns of life.” It helps me in expanding my sympathies, and understanding of reality. Above all, it gives me a solid purpose to live.

Thanks for the wonderful answers and giving your time. Wishing you a bright future.

Interviewed by Shivani Chauhan

I WRITE TO BE READ

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News From Johntext India

Unglaublich was sich am 05. Februar in Indien abspielte. Johntext Autor Faraaz Kazi www.mumbai.johntext.de war mit seinem Buch The Other Side auf Twitter Trend Nummer Eins – Indienweit!

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Seit einigen Tagen ist Johntext Autor Joygopal Podder erstmals mit seinem imposanten Werk – 15 Krimis und Thriller in knapp drei Jahren – mit einem Artikel auf Wikipedia vertreten. www.newdelhi.johntext.de

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Hans ist Hans John (@rafaelofirst) auf Twitter und Hans.John.16 auf Facebook. Hans bloggt auf www.johntext.de und www.tage-bau.de .

A New Author From Mumbai

I am proud to present Faraaz Kazi, the bestselling author from Mumbai, India at Johntext – literature with purpose to help : www.mumbai.johntext.de.

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Faraaz Kazi joins a selected team of authors like Professor Ethel Morgan Smith www.usa.johntext.de, Joygopal Podder www.newdelhi.johntext.de, John Poolieli Matthew www.india.johntext.de, Laura Lamarca Johntext United Kingdom on www.johntext.de/ewordpress/wordpress/

Read more about Faraaz Kazi on http://mumbai.johntext.de/about-the-author-from-mumbai/

His books are available everywhere.

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