Guest Post at B00KR3VI3WS

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I pick my stories from my surroundings. I believe that there is no fiction without a lot of reality and no reality without a bit of fiction. Even if the story seems to be borrowed from Moon and Jupiter, the characters, the dialogues, and the communication cannot be altogether alien. Our thought process is inspired and influenced by our daily lives, news articles, movies, and social interaction. 

As my interest in writing fiction is evolving, I feel more comfortable in taking up personal issues, matters of heart, and the jigsaw puzzle called life. My stories have a touch of mysticism and carry fragrance that touches tears, laughter, and other emotions. My stories are constructed on the ground of realism. I think that stories we write should be reliable, trustworthy and should never defy logic. Particularly in literary work, the episodes, the actions, and the transition should be smooth and convincing and not jerky, action filled, and strange logic that like in movies. 

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Some Mistakes Have No Pardon: Book Review by Dhwani

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Review of  SOME MISTAKES HAVE NO PARDON by Dhwani:

The blurb and the cover gives a feeling that this book would be something spiritual or on the lines of the monk who sold his Ferrari, but it’s not.

The book starts with one direction song lyrics “Same Mistakes”, which, is what Girish, the protagonist of the book keeps on doing. I found Girish’s character quite irritating, like.

he expects his wife to be a certain way, and when that does not happen, he starts being irritated. In his first marriage, he wants an working girl who contributes to the family expenses, who would also cook for him, maintain his house as well as welcome him home when he comes from work. He gets irritated and aloof when his wife does not fulfil his expectations, and if she states her expectations, he just classifies it as “Nagging”. In his second marriage, he has the same expectations except he now goes for an illiterate girl from a village who is much younger, and then keeps calling her “Stupid”, and again whenever she asks him for anything, calls it “Nagging”. The problem was he listened to the entire world’s advice except listening to those he should have listened to, his wife and children.

He has this rosy picture in his mind on how his family and people close to him should act, and when they do not, he gets  frustrated. He believes he does everything for his wives and kids, but he does the things he thinks his wife and kids want, not the things his wife and kids actually want.

But the thing to note here is that there are too many people in real life like Girish, who listen to society, to friends, to neighbours and NOT to the person they should listen to.

Even Girish’s expectations from the marriage is not uncommon. Being in the arranged marriage market myself, I have come across guys who want a ‘modern, independent girl’ who does all that he tells her to do without opening her mouth, or ‘a career woman’ who puts in full hour shifts in office and then comes home to prepare food while he comes home and watches sports/news to relax and wait for dinner, coz you know, he’s tired after working in the office and real men do not cook.

This book cleverly charts out how a person can ruin a perfectly good relation due to preconceived notions of how their partner should be instead of accepting them for who they are.

I loved the character of Girish’s nani, who toils alone and facilitates his studies when his own father gave up. Such a strong woman, toiling in the fields all day is no mean feat!

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