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Reservation doesn’t beget chances, it only gives birth to mediocrity.

Once upon a time, there was this bright, young student who loved to study the human body. She was a keen observer of the sciences and developed a deep understanding of anatomy and medicine. When she passed out from her college, naturally, she got fine grades in her subject, which she so loved. She was all set to be a student of medicine and surgery. Everyone knew that she would make a fine surgeon one day and that she would go on to save many lives. When the time came for her to get into a fine medical institute, she got a shock. Her fine scores were not enough for her to get into the institute of her choice. And the reason given to her was that the seats were filled. But there were a few seats left. Alas, these were reserved for certain ‘groups’. The bright girl begged and pleaded but to no avail. What really broke the camel’s back was when another student, someone who didn’t even have half her grades, she got a warm welcome…and a seat in the fine college of medicine. Our b

Book Review - A Forgotten Affair by Kanchana Banerjee

In sum, this is an easy, breezy read. I've understood one thing about reading books. They can inspire you, give you solutions, educate you or then, they can be read simply for entertainment, just to live inside a different head, for some part of time. Kanchana's book falls into the last category. It's a glimpse into the life of a woman who has a dark secret, and because of an accident, she has forgotten her past. But then the point here is...that is her regular life any less dangerous than her secret? What will happen when her past comes back to collide with her present? I'll be honest. Not a lot of Indian writers, some of which are being self-published, are worth wasting much time on. They are clearly novices who are fulfilling their dreams of being writers without working upon their craft. Kanchana is from the field of writing and clearly, her craft is quite well honed, as it shows in the lucidity of her writing. With not many flaws to pick on, the story f

Book Review - Graffiti by Joanie Pariera

So I started this book a few days ago via a review program on writers melon. So here is my honest feedback on the book. I've tried to make it as constructive as possible. Story: 2/5 The story is about a bunch of people whose lives are intricately linked to one another through circumstances. The story could have perhaps been a bit more thrilling in terms of scenes and sequences. There wasn't anything new in the story and I couldn't relate to the characters at all. They seemed a bit convoluted. Editing: 1/5 There is too much of unnecessary text and long drawn explanations which do nothing to take the story ahead. Because these unnecessary descriptions do nothing to take the story ahead. I found myself skipping pages just to get on with it. Could have been a lot more succinct and crisper. Editing for this book needs to be vastly improved. Dialogues: 1/5 I could not connect with the conversations because I felt that mo

Book Review - Dissent by Deepak Kaul

Dissent, the collection of short stories written by Deepak Kaul, was a part of the Write India campaign which was run by Times of India, last year. The collection begins well with the first story challenge, the titular story. I quite enjoyed reading the first three stories which connected well with the story prompts. Well written and a definitive beginning and end. Perhaps in an effort to make it to the deadline of the competition, I feel that the writer lost the plot after that. The stories seem hurried, though written well, but then from there on, the ends are confusing, stories seem convoluted rather than written from the heart. They are breezy enough to make you read but sadly, the ends leave you very dissatisfied. If the writer had put in a similar effort as he did in the earlier stories, this would have been a crisp. quick and breezy collection of short stories perfect for a quick flight or a short journey, enough to keep you entertained. Writer's Melon sent m