Love Stories For New Adults – an Ebook Compiled By www.tellmeyourstory.biz

BOOK TITLE: LOVE STORIES FOR NEW ADULTS | GENRE: ANTHOLOGY | WINGED RATING: 3.5 / 5

Amidst all the stigmas, bigotries, and rights and wrongs, love manages to thrive. An evergreen subject of constant debate, love has conspired to shape devotion, conservation, art, poetry, wars, and even politics. Love Stories For New Adults is an anthology of ten contemporary love stories by ten present-day authors belonging to different backgrounds, age groups, and perceptions. Likewise, all the stories in this book are distinctively unique.

Dating apps have redefined the rules of love. As much as this helps to bring a few hearts closer, it also acts as a downright medium for the opportunists. Pankaj Dubey’s ‘The Right Swipe’ is a story of love-starved girl Suparna resorting to the modern ways to find love. ‘Blue Sky’ by Kheda Baidya is a humble story about a dutiful wife and mother, reminiscing some of the chapters of her life, and trying to write the new ones. S. Arun Kumar has picked rather a simply complex subject ‘Love Letter’. The story revolves around identifying the secret admirer and the confusion it brings along. Kathakali Mukherjee, on the other hand, in her story ‘In Search of a Love Story’, has beautifully captured the story of two women who left behind their usual life for an unusual one, for the sake of nothing but love.

“I met her partner, a sewing machine teacher in a school, in the evening. Her sight shocked me – the dark, extremely thin, tall lady with an unfriendly face and rude penetrating eyes was quite a contrast to my fat jolly grandma not only in looks but also in behavior”

Pradyuman Mishra’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ is yet another story of complex emotions, about finding the right partner for someone you love. The fast-paced story with a sudden turns of events towards the end leaves you contemplating about the protagonist’s choice. ‘Love, Longing & Beyond’ written by Afshen Khan is a heart-touching story of two lovers separated years ago, meeting at an altogether different stage of their lives.

“Their eyes met after forty years.’Mr. Dasgupta, you can sit in the lawn with Mithali Ji. She will tell you about the renovation plan for our old age home. You can handover the cheque to her’ the caretaker interrupted.”

And then there is Devang Desai’s ‘Behind the Scenes’, the story of Sajjan, Madhu, and Kalpana, and the discovery of their true love. The author has written some gripping dialogues, and narration, that holding the reader’s attention all the while.

“Love was her religion; her joy was in many seductions and not in the pursuit of seeking an anchor. I had only you in mind and there would never be another to waste time on. I made her see that in you. I had to make those secret pacts and drills that made her attached and bound.”

‘Rising Above the Blue’ by Nazneen Kachwala, is a story of passionate love finding means to survive in the middle of the strangest circumstantial build-ups. The story dramatically goes back and forth in time depicting the relationship of a father and daughter besides those of two inseparable lovers.

“As the evening set in, the game went on to become more exciting for the duo. They could not take their eyes off each other. There was the obvious playful touch that kept turning intimate with every passing moment. He held her waist as she bent for a strike. She held his hand close to her bosom. One thing led to another. In no time they found themselves in each other’s arms, kissing.”

Shunu Mashi’s loving character in Purnesh Bhattacharya’s ‘A Less Imagined LOVE STORY’ steals all the charm; however, the storyline firmly narrates the aspirations of 41-year-old Jatin seeking a perfect partner. The complexities of Jatin’s character are flawlessly described. The last story of the book, ‘Myself Adnanji’ by Sufi House is ten folds different. The sweetness in the title is in itself quite alluring. Setup in Lahore’s oldest red-light district, the story has almost all the elements of love, drama, and tint of action making it a superb read. This is a soulful story of Adnan, a simple young local shopkeeper’s boy and Jamala, a prostitute.

“I was a young boy as you know Ji, at this age, hormones do play havoc in one’s body. My first brush with the voluptuous Jamala was at this very place. She had walked in, red lipstick and all, and asked for three kilos of rice. As I went about doing my thing, I managed to steal a few glances at her. She was a pretty woman, very pretty, and I wondered what it would be like to hold her pretty face in my hands Ji”

The book holds intricate life situations, numerous characters, and stories that stay with you for a very long time. All the authors have demonstrated remarkable storytelling skills, my favorites being Kathakali Mukerjee’s ‘In Search of a Love Story’ and Sufi House’s ‘Myself Adnanji’. This book is not only for love story fans but it is for all those who look forward to exploring some level of emotional and intellectual depth in their reads.

Price: INR 214 (KINDLE EDITION ebook) | Read it for free with Kindle Unlimited

Review by: Nazneen Kachwala

Book Review: Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

BOOK TITLE: HOMO DEUS | AUTHOR: YUVAL NOAH HARARI | PUBLISHER: VINTAGE | GENRE: NON-FICTION | WINGED RATING: 3/5

A Ph.D. in history from the University of Oxford, and a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author Yuval Noah Harari writes a sequel to his international bestselling book Sapiens. Sapiens was all about how humankind has reached where it is today with a short glimpse of the future, whereas, Homo Deus is all about the future, where we as a human race are going ahead next collectively.

The first part of the book describes the relationship of humans with the other animals, in the second part, he talks about how humans got to believe that the world revolves around the humankind, in the third and the final part he tells the readers of the current predicaments of humanity and the future possibilities.

The book has a grand opening vividly describing the next human agenda to attain immortality, bliss, and divinity incorporating a plethora of examples and insights from the history, laboratory experiments, and technological advancement. He touches the subjects of upgrading humans into Gods following three biological paths: biological engineering, cyborg engineering, and the engineering of non-organic beings in huge detail.

“In the recent decades life scientists have demonstrated that emotions are not some mysterious spiritual phenomenon that is useful just for writing poetry and composing symphonies. Rather, emotions are biochemical algorithms that are vital for the survival and reproduction of all mammals.”

In the next chapters, you shall find factual answers to the usual questions such as how did Homo Sapiens become a superior life form? Did humans give meaning to the world? How did Humanism become the most important religion of all? Who might inherit humankind and what new religion might replace humanism?

The author also talks about the relationship shared between science and religion all the while, their disputes, how they support and balance out each other, and writes the importance of each one of them in supporting the humankind to reach where it is today.

“The Sumerian gods fulfilled a function analogous to modern brands and corporations. Today, corporations are fictional legal entities that own property, lend money, hire employees, and initiate economic enterprises. In the ancient cities of Uruk, Lagash, and Shurupak the gods functioned as legal entities that could own fields and slaves, give and receive loans, pay salaries and build dams and canals.”

The author has also covered the economic, social, and political implications of the creed throughout the book. He discusses the three most widely applied theories of liberalism, communism, and capitalism and draws conclusions based on the same. The books gradually progress with the new goals set by the humankind and the eventual result or let’s say its end, giving way to new gods, and new non-organic species to take over the world.

“Sapiens evolved in the African savannah tens of thousands of years ago, and their algorithms are just not built to handle twenty-first-century dataflow.”

“We may successfully upgrade our bodies and our brains, while losing our minds in the process. Indeed, techno-humanism may end up downgrading humans. The system may prefer downgraded humans not because they would possess any superhuman knacks, but because they would lack some really disturbing human qualities that hamper the system and slow it down. As any farmer knows, it’s usually the brightest goat in the flock that stirs up the most trouble, which is why the Agricultural Revolution involved downgrading animal’s mental abilities.”

The book is insightful, nevertheless, in my opinion, it is not on par with Yuval’s first book Sapiens. Having said this, those who have read Sapiens should put this up in their next ‘to read’ list. And for those who haven’t read the first book, you too can pick this book and move on to connecting dots by reading Sapiens later. The book makes you reflect upon your existence and everything around all the while. It is not worth missing.

Price: INR 499 / £8.99

Book Review: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

BOOK TITLE: THE FORTY RULES OF LOVE | AUTHOR: ELIF SHAFAK | PUBLISHER: PENGUIN | GENRE: FICTION | WINGED RATING: 3.5 / 5

Love knows no rules, no boundaries. An intrinsically weaved emotion in the light of all the good resting in the hearts, love liberates. The Forty Rules of Love written by Elif Shafak, the acclaimed author of nine books, and the most read female author in Turkey, is a story of Ella Rubinstein who has a perfect husband, children, and home. Ella is bestowed with a life that many would dream of. She once loved, but the sands of time brought in a slow storm leaving her parched of emotions. What was left of her was nothing but the compulsion of responsibilities alone. Ella had made peace with herself but little did she know that a manuscript of Rumi’s and Shams of Tabriz’s bond by an unknown author from a faraway land would change her perception towards life and she would leave in search of love following her heart alone.

The book travels back and forth in time including the episodes of Ella’s life in Northampton and then there are episodes from the life of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, two mystic characters, narrating their love beyond all the galaxies, in Aziz’s manuscript. Shams, a spiritual mystic from Konya was different from the other dervishes. He redefined spirituality and challenged the ways of society in many ways. Soon he made more enemies; the only friend he found was in Rumi, one the most learned, respected, and sought after men. It was this sense of spiritual love between the two that brought poetry to Rumi making him the most loved poet for centuries. Their story is about the transcendent union and unbearable separation. Their story is about love. And then there is Ella, in a parallel story, devoid of love, discovering Shams in Aziz.

The plot of both the stories, although placed in two cultures very distinct from each other, is very captivating for the readers. The supporting characters too conspicuously add charm to the roles of the protagonists. All the episodes in the book are aptly framed within the five elements of nature – earth, water, wind, fire, and void, essentially carrying the forty rules of love of the highest spiritual order.

“When I was a child, I saw God

I saw angels;

I watched the mysteries of the higher and the lower worlds. I thought all men saw the same. At last I realised that they did not see….” – Shams of Tabriz

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Rumi and Shams perform the whirling dance of the dervishes before the people of Konya for the first time. The intensity with which the whole scene is written is exemplary.

“Giving himself over to the hands of God, the first dervish started to whirl, the hems of his skirts gently swishing with a separate life of their own. We all join in and whirled until there remained around us nothing but Oneness. Whatever we received from the skies, we passed on to the earth, from God to people. Each and every one of us became a link connecting the Lover to the Beloved. When the music ceased, we jointly bowed to the essential forces of the universe: fire, wind, earth, and water, and the fifth element, the void”

Rich with Sufi mysticism, the book shall make you traverse through lands unknown; explore the depths in your heart and width of your mind. If you have been reading Rumi’s poetry and are in love with those, then this is the book for you, for it will take you a step closer in understanding his verses. And if you have not read Rumi before, then this book shall make you curious to explore beyond.

“Most of the problems of the world stem from linguistic mistakes and simple misunderstandings. Don’t ever take words at face value. When you step into the zone of love, language as we know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words can only be grasped through silence” – one of the rules of Shams

Back Cover of the Book

Price: INR 499 | £8.99

Book Review: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

BOOK TITLE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME | AUTHOR: STEPHEN HAWKING | PUBLISHER: BANTAM BOOKS | GENRE: NON-FICTION/SCIENCE | WINGED RATING: 4 / 5

Physicists across the world are constantly exploring answers to disclose the hidden secrets of the universe. One renowned name who has recorded unparalleled success in his quest for truth is Stephen Hawking. This astronomical physicist has made extraordinary success in his research related to the black holes. His name is prestigiously recorded in the pages of history for the time to come. Surprisingly, time was a subject that always fascinated Hawking. In his book, A Brief History of Time, Stephen tries to answer some of the most difficult questions in an unpretentious manner to relate to the commoners who otherwise are not related in any way to science or astronomical physics for that matter. Have you ever thought if there has ever been a beginning of time or can time run backward? Does the universe have a boundary or is it simply infinite beyond imagination? Stephen systematically tries to answer these questions and besides, also addresses many other astronomical theories, not to forget his favorite black holes, in the book.

The book has an introduction from the legendary Carl Sagan who vividly expresses his idea and experience with Hawking.

“Hawking embarks on a quest to answer Einstein’s famous question about whether God had any choice in creating the universe. Hawking is attempting, as he explicitly states, to understand the mind of God.” – Carl Sagan

At the beginning of the book, the author puts an in-depth glimpse of the astronomical theories and beliefs dating back to the times of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo. He highlights in great detail the gradual shift in the acceptance of these theories and how these made way for the Newtonian and Einstein theories.

“The concept of time has no meaning before the beginning of the universe. This was first pointed out by St. Augustine. When asked: what did God do before he created the universe? Augustine didn’t reply: He was preparing Hell for people who asked such questions. Instead, he said that time was a property of the universe that God created, and that time did not exist before the beginning of the universe”

The book further covers the relation between space and time, expansion of the universe including various theoretical models and experiments put up by well-known physicists, detailed explanation of the theory of black holes in a modest language, the idea of singularity, the concept of time travel, gradually moving towards the unified theory, discovering the possibilities of its existence.

“Why do we see only three space and one-time dimension? The suggestion is that the other dimensions are curved up into a space of very small size, something like a million million million million millionth of an inch. It is like the surface of an orange: if you look at it close up, it is all curved and wrinkled, but if you look at it from a distance, you don’t see the bumps and it appears to be smooth”

The book is pure science explained in the simplest possible way. I recommend this book to everyone but particularly, if you have been a fan of sci-fi books and movies, then this book is a must-read to grasp the notions which otherwise look no lesser than magic or well-scripted thriller as you turn the pages or watch it on the big screen. This book was originally published 1988 and more than 10 million copies of the book have been sold so far. This is a good book to put your brain muscles to some exercise and widen your perception about so many universal properties we tend to ignore in our otherwise busy lives, one of which is time.

Price: INR 399 / £8.99

We Stand Against Book Piracy

WINGED FABLES supports creativity and strongly stands against piracy of books. In the first video #talks session, the founder Nazneen discusses the reasons, consequences and preventive measures to curb piracy.

#talks – Speaker: Nazneen Kachwala (Founder: WINGED FABLES)

I am not an online person, so whenever I want to buy books I walk down to a popular bookshop in my city, spend hours there reading, and end up buying many books at a time. That’s a treat I give to myself every month. However, one day a small book shop on the walking lane caught my attention and I happened to park my bike aside and walk-in. And guess what this tiny book shop was selling every possible book title you could imagine and even those that were temporarily not available in the big named stores. I was surprised and filled with joy and enthusiasm to buy all that I was not able to find elsewhere otherwise. To begin with, I picked up two books Poor Economics, and Homo Deus, the printed price of each said 499. As I was about to hand a good 1000, the owner said it’s just 400 for both these books. I thought I didn’t hear him well, but he took the books that I was holding and specifically wrote the amount on each book. He charged me 180 for Poor Economics and 220 for Homo Deus. That’s a whopping 40% discount. I was excited and promised to return to the same shop to buy books. As I reached home and opened these books, I found the print of a bit unusual, and paper of a different quality. I could hardly see any picture printed in Homo Deus, and in no time I realized that these are nothing but the pirated versions of these books. This very thought of buying books unknowingly from an unethical source brought me a not so good reading experience. On examining the quality of these books further, I found that even the copyright notes and the price stickers were duplicated the way. Same way, last year, attracted by low prices, I ordered a book from a popular Instagram account. As soon as I took the book in my hand, I knew it was not the original version that I was looking for.

Similarly, I came across many accounts and individuals on various social media platforms that have been selling books with heavy discounts and contributing to this whole big business of piracy. As per the Federation of Booksellers and Publishers Association of India, about 7000 crores publishing industries are affected by book piracy creating an annual loss of around 400 crores. This includes books from the bestselling authors, expensive books for studying medicine, textbooks, paid journals, and books from international authors. I understand that book piracy is a result of technological advancement. With access to high-quality printers, it becomes very difficult to find a difference between the original and duplicate versions of the book and anyone can run a small press to publish hundreds of books in a year. Book piracy is also a result of more demand than supply, high prices of the original books, greed for quick money, non-existence, or weak enforcement of the legal copyrighted work, and also when someone is simply not aware of the consequences of piracy.

The pirates illegally reproducing these books do not have to pay the publishers, authors, or the government, making them more and more confident about their misconduct. Also, to point out illegal downloads are prone to having viruses that could destroy your hard-drives and ruin computers. There are huge fines and penalties for written down in every country to curb piracy. I know that in today’s technically upgraded world where knowledge and information are made free, it becomes hard for some of us to afford expensive books and we are immediately enticed to turn to cheaper options. However, this approach certainly discourages authors, writers, and creativity as a whole as it becomes impossible to keep a count of their work sold and bring them the due returns for all their hard work.

Therefore, it’s a humble appeal to buy books as far as possible from an authentic source and publisher. If money is a problem, then you can explore the whole big market of used books. This will help to balance out things. Please form a habit to search journals, books, and articles from authenticated sources. Keep a good record of the sites, places from where you collect this information, and do not hesitate to report any kind of piracy you come across. Winged Fables as a community stands against book piracy and this video is our message towards our next steps in this direction.

I hope you found this information useful and will try to do your bit to support this cause taken by the WINGED FABLES community

Book Review – Canvas of Life by Rabjot Singh Isher

Book Title: Canvas of Life | Author: Rabjot Singh Isher | Publisher: Authors Pride Publisher | Category: Fiction

WINGED RATING – 2.5 / 5

‘Canvas of Life’ is a collection of eight short stories, each peculiarly different from the other, written by a budding writer Rabjot Singh Isher. As the name of the book suggests, the author has captured some of the hues of the general human behavior and splashed it over the pages of his book trying to turn it into a fair painting.

The book covers stories of love, longing, and separation, acceptance, coping with life, being easy on ourselves, rejuvenating, and finding altogether different meaning. Rabjot has even managed to touch some of the most sensitive subjects in a sensible flow. The topics of euthanasia, genetic mutation, organ donation, and environmental conservation are served to the readers in a renewed package.

Moreover, every story will introduce you to some atypical characters with a lot of dialogues. The author has also managed to put in many words of wisdom in between these conversations which at times seems a bit out of place interrupting the normal flow of the read. But the good part is that the stories get back on the track very soon. Besides, almost all the stories travel back and forth in time imposing a slight dramatic angle on the plot.

It occurs quite often that the author is narrating his own story or maybe the characters are drafted in a way to highlight this point. Nevertheless, Rabjot seems to be a promising writer and his book shall force you to contemplate in some way or the other. ‘Canvas of Life’ in an attempt to make you discover many different colors on the canvas of your own life.

WINGED RATING – 2.5 / 5

BOOK REVIEW – Life’s Amazing Secrets by Gaur Gopal Das

Book Title: Life’s Amazing Secrets | Author: Gaur Gopal Das | Publication: Penguin Ananda | Category: Self-help

Gaur Gopal Das’s unique wit and humor makes him one of the most followed monks of the present times. Life’s Amazing Secrets is his debut book and he has done it pretty well. The book revolves around Gopal Das’s real-life experiences through which he shares with us some of the most useful, and subtle teachings that we often tend to neglect. The author has a lot to share! And he has beautifully weaved all the lessons into a string of one story in Robin Sharma’s style.

The book intelligently gives insights into the four wheels of life – personal life, relationships, work-life and social contribution. Quite often we tend to focus merely on one or two of these aspects and this is where Gopal Das steps in to narrate how essential is it to maintain a balance between all these sides to live a fulfilling life in his style. The book highlights the message of love, compassion, being sensitive in relationships, practicing the art of forgiveness, competition at work, spirituality at work, sacrifice, discovering self and much more in a captivating manner.

The author illustrates numerous life messages and stories to narrate his idea of the subject crisply. He uses examples as simple as an ice-cream which tells us to enjoy life before it melts and a candle which gives light before it melts. All our actions, thoughts and perceptions rest on the scale in between being an ice-cream and a candle.

You shall laugh, cry, reflect and shall be overwhelmed with emotions as you read this book. It is a rejuvenating experience. Read and decide for yourself.

BOOK REVIEW – be more than what you are taught to be – FLUID by Ashish Jaiswal

Book Review | Book Title: Fluid | Author: Ashish Jaiswal

There’s a widespread myth that once chosen a profession, we need to pursue it for a lifetime and there are multiple factors playing role in deciding this – money, status, and lifestyle being the foremost. The term specialization has been mishandled so often that almost everyone has fallen into the rat race of becoming a specialist ignoring other brilliant opportunities that come their way which is way more fulfilling and aligned with their passion. Fluid shall break all your myths and misconceptions about this subject. Author Ashish Jaiswal has chosen the right blend of storytelling and stating facts to prove his point which shall leave you pondering over the matter.

The author lines up evidence from the lives of your ideal personalities in the book that there is no single way to a career path and the jack of all can also be the master of all. Leonardo da Vinci, for example, was not just a painter and sculptor, but an architect, engineer, mathematician as well. He studied anatomy, Latin, geometry, aerodynamics, biomechanics, metallurgy and much more. Issac Newton besides being a great scientist was also a well-built, fashionable man with six-packs; Goethe who struggled at the early stage of his career practicing law became a revolutionary writer of his era whose popularity could easily give complex to the present day most loved Coldplay band; CV Raman the Nobel prize winner in Physics was so keen for music and acoustics that he wrote an intuitive paper on mridanga. Steve Jobs is well-known as an engineer and a college drop-out, but very few know that he studied literature, classics, and music for a year that molded his mind into creativity required to invent the iPhone. The author also takes inspiration from the ancient Indian texts particularly Vishnudharmottaram Purana that aptly narrates the idea of being fluid. The book showcases an interesting comparison of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and the Hans man in the Purana stated centuries before Da Vinci on similar lines.

The current education system that forces the students to take up career disciplines before they even know what they would like to follow is critised. Before the divisions or identifications were made in the educational streams, everyone studied almost everything ranging from science, mathematics, physics, medicine, architecture to fitness, fashion, painting, music, sculpting, and writing. But now the boundaries make it difficult for anyone to think beyond a small box. Ashish has even managed to house a lovely poem ‘Little Boxes’ by Malvina Reynolds in the book in this context.

Fluid is an exceedingly insightful book and shall broaden your perspective beyond imagination. It is an encyclopedia that you must have, read, understand and implement in every walk of life.

Book Title: Fluid | Author: Ashish Jaiswal | Publisher: Wisdom Tree

Book Review – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

‘Milk and Honey’ is an intrinsic collection of micro poems written by Rupi Kaur who has achieved widespread popularity owing to her instapoems. The book is thoughtfully divided into four sections and with every poem, you shall take back hope, acceptance, self-love, and courage to get going. Every poem is written in an exceedingly simple manner that will strike you somewhere deep within and probably stay with you for a very long time.

The book takes you on a journey of determining yourself. Dealing with heartache, pain, suffering, and damage done by love, sexual assault, domestic violence; the book initially captures your attention and makes you read ahead in finding a cure. The poems in the next segment will make you fall in love with yourself and teach you to survive in a subtle yet bold way. It houses the poems of healing, forgiving, rejuvenating and transforming in its last segment. Rupi directly connects with her readers through her heartfelt love letters at the end of the book. You cannot just put it down once you start reading.

This is a highly illustrious book as every reader shall be able to connect with almost every poem in the book. The author has given a voice to feminism through her valiant writing. It is a call to celebrate, to liberate. This is a perfect book you could take as a company on a date with yourself over a muffin and a cup of coffee.

Book Title: Milk and Honey | Author: Rupi Kaur | Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing