Book Review - In God's Country, Karwar


Title - In God's Country, Karwar
Author - Vijay Medtia
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Leadstart Inkstate
ISBN - 978-93-5883-009-5

This is a novel set in the coastal town of Karwar. The way the story unfolds makes you feel your gears shift from a sleepy environment to the fast lane. The protagonist of this novel are two characters namely Vinod Hegde and Uma Verma.

While Vinod Hegde is jailed for he crime which he did not commit because of which he had to spend 20 years in jail, this incident makes him to lose his love Uma Verma. Their common friend Arjuna becomes the police inspector and people starts calling him Rock.

While Vinod loses interest in returning back to Karwar, he saves Radhika on his release. Even though he did not want to be involved in any crime, situation forces him to. He steals Rs.2 crore because of which he comes under the radar of Younis Khan aka Cobra.

Back in Karwar, Satish Verma, spouse of Uma Verma who is a lawyer gets killed. This was followed by killing of Abdul Haq, a planning officer followed by Lakhani. While the suspicion shifts from one person to another, Vikas Mhatre comes under the scanner for his dubious business. 

Amrita Patil, an ACP from Mumbai arrives to speed up the investigation.

Poonam Gowda, a beautiful looking lawyer but was a lame by birth also joins in assisting Rock. Her office was set to fire intentionally.

Who was the killer?
Why did he kill three of them?
What was the motive behind these murers?

Read this interesting novel to find out the answers. A good attempt by the author.

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Press Release - Aston Martin Set to Redefine Luxury with the DB12 Launch in India



Date: November 3, 2023

Contact: Aston Martin New Delhi

Email: sales@astonmartinnewdelhi.com

Phone: + 91 9953552288

Chennai, India – Aston Martin, the world-renowned British ultra-luxury high-performance sportscar manufacturer, is set to make waves in the Indian automotive landscape with the launch of the Aston Martin DB12. The starting price of the Aston Martin DB 12, the world’s first Super Tourer is INR 4.59 crore, excluding customization options. Combining a scintillating driving experience with exceptional refinement, state-of-the-art technology and indulgent luxury, the DB12 demands a new definition as the world’s first Super Tourer.


Gregory Adams, Regional President - Asia, Aston Martin, said of the launch of DB12 in India, “Marking its 110th anniversary, 2023 has seen Aston Martin shine brighter than ever, supported by the arrival of a true-game changing model, the Aston Martin DB12. For 110 years, Aston Martin’s iconic wings have been a symbol of innovation and craft, with the marque’s ultra-luxury, high performance sportscars loved worldwide, with India being no exception.


“Dating back 95 of Aston Martin’s iconic 110 years, the history of Aston Martin in India is a long one, with the first Aston Martin imported into India in 1928 – an Aston Martin S-type sports. That arrival of the first Aston Martin in India has evolved into our clients enjoying the full Aston Martin range – from our ultra-luxury SUVs, the DBX & DBX707, to the Vantage sportscars, and now the world’s first Super Tourer DB12.


“We are proud to present and launch the DB12 Coupe, the world’s first Super Tourer to media, customers and prospects in India over the coming weeks, commencing in New Delhi, and continuing to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.”  


The World’s First Super Tourer Meets Indian Roads

Driving unprecedented excitement amongst customers and dealers, Aston Martin is proud to introduce the DB12 to the Indian market.  


The first of Aston Martin’s highly anticipated next generation of sportscars, DB12 represents the zenith of 75 years of Aston Martin’s DB bloodline. Years in product development, this model resolutely positions Aston Martin as a modern ultra-luxury, high performance brand, with timeless design combined with the latest technology, indulgent craftsmanship and the most thrilling driving experience.


Billed as the world’s first Super Tourer, DB12 elevates itself beyond the current GT automotive segment, creating a new category of one. Class-leading performance justifies the redefinition, including a 202mph top speed, a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and an exception 4.0 Twin-Turbo V8 engine – expertly tuned by Aston Martin engineers.


Courtesy of its fusion of cutting-edge technology, innovative design, and unparalleled luxury, DB12 has driven unprecedented excitement amongst customers, prospects and dealers since its international debut during its star-studded premier at the Cannes International Film Festival.


The Future Unveiled: DB12

The DB12 takes a new direction. Built upon enhanced performance, handling and dynamics, bolder design, and finer interior craft and technology, DB12 is the most complete and accomplished DB model in Aston Martin’s esteemed history.


Blessed with exceptional performance and handling to satisfy and reward the most demanding drivers, its meticulously honed chassis is perfectly matched to a class-leading 680PS/800NM V8 Twin-Turbo powertrain. Power is fed through an 8-speed automatic transmission and for the first time on an Aston Martin DB model, Electronic Rear Differential. The result is an energised Aston Martin that shines with authenticity, capability, and a passion to deliver a driving experience that’s second to none.


Meanwhile, progression is also reflected in DB12’s styling, with an all-new front-end treatment, wider stance and more muscular surfaces. It’s completely redesigned interior has clean lines emphasising the sense of space and providing a contemporary backdrop for the first application of Aston Martin’s bespoke, state-of-the-art infotainment system – designed and developed in-house.


Aston Martin: Pioneering Luxury in India

Aston Martin's presence in the Indian luxury automobile industry has been on a remarkable growth trajectory with the successful launch of the DBX & DBX707. The introduction of the DB12 further solidifies the brand's positioning in India as a trailblazer in the ultra-luxury segment. As Aston Martin takes the forefront in revolutionising the ultra-luxury automobile sector in India, the DB12 is poised to be a game changer, setting new standards of design, performance, and exclusivity.


Aston Martin's arrival on the Indian automotive scene with the DB12 is nothing short of a landmark moment. It's a testament to the brand's enduring commitment to providing discerning Indian consumers with the very best in luxury and performance.


For more information on the Aston Martin DB12 and its launch event in India, please contact


Dhirendra@avianwe.com – 9818628096

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sales@astonmartinnewdelhi.com -  91-99535 52288.

Book Review - Thin Line Of Consciousness


Title - Thin Line Of Consciousness
Author - Asna
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Notion Press
ISBN - 979-889133665-0

This is a collection of 7 short stories which is written by Asna that take you to a different dimension of life. I am not going to mention this in detail about the stories since these are short ones and need to be read to grasp the nuances and the actual essence of the stories.

1. Thin line of consciousness - The name of the book is actually a story in itself. This is a must-read since it makes you understand how significant you are to yourself, if not to others. I felt that it was an awakening story, especially for those who have suicidal tendencies. All you need to do i to speak to someone like the protagonist Aiza did.

2. None of my business - The lifestyle of Ashiq, a commoner was effectively captured.

3. Fountain Pen - Story that revolves around Amar & Khalifa. If you have a sibling, I bet you will cry in the end. The story gave me a goosebump moment since when I was in college, I saved my pocket money for 3 months to buy an expensive fountain pen(Parker).

4. Anwar - Another touching story.

So as Alavi, Mopping Cloth and Beautiful Living. Each had a strong story line that would make you ponder over your life. These will also make you understand how blessed you are, in your life.

A real good attempt by the author.

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Book Review - The Brown Sunshine


Title - The Brown Sunshine
Author - Arvind Rishi
Genre - Fiction - Thriller/Suspense
Publisher - Evincepub Publishing
ISBN - 978-9356734340

This is an amazing thriller which has a lot of unexpected twists. Dr Anthony Biswas, the protagonist was a renowned Forensic Pathologist. His mom passes away when he was in 8th standard. He had few friends during his schooling days. One of them was Natasha. She liked Abhimanyu. However, Anthony back then, had a liking for Natasha. The other friends were Mayank/Arora/Abhimanyu/Megha/Ankur aka Helix. Then there is Sonia as well. 

When he grows up, he meets Catherine K Jomy who was a software engineer. 

Arora liked Megha & Vice Versa. Shivam also liked Megha. 

Prakriti - twin sister of Shivam. 

School life & present life. Arora passes away during their Darjeeling trip. Strangely no one seemed to remember Shivam or Prakriti. However, there was an audio recording that feebly had their voices.

a few drops of tears escaped my wooden soul through my eyes” - what a powerful sentence/statement to narrate the situation.

Similarly, no one remembered Natasha too,

After 8 years, they meet and Helix introduces his gf Sanjana Puri who was doing Ph.D. in psychiatry in Bengaluru. 

Do NOT Miss the below-mentioned chapters at any cost as they are vital to the story:

ARAK - Divine Drink of Immortality 

Mysterious dark forces folding into reality 

Folding reality - case 234, case 017-BC-962

Origins of the Divine Balance - The Shunya

The movie introduces a few interesting characters in the end and it also makes Dr Biswas introspect himself.

Who is Acharya/Bada Saheb?

Who is Rayne?

Who are we?

This is a perfect novel that gives you the feel of watching a Manoj N Shyamalan movie. Give it a readd by picking your copy today.

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Book Review - When will you die?


Title - When Will You Die?
Author - Jayanthi Sankar
Genre - Contemporary Fiction
Publisher - Zero Degree Publishing
ISBN - 978-939-55-1112-4

Jayanthi Sankar has a unique style of writing which induces certain elements in an unusual way. The approach - be it with characters or the story which spins around them is a perfect testimony. She has this unique way of story telling which is appreciated across various literary circles that made her win several laurels across the globe. Having read her previous books which include "Entangling Gandhi", I could not wait to finish reading this novella.

The author may have had a different viewpoint while writing this novel but to me, this brought out the difficulties faced by a single mom/parent in raising their kids especially when either of the parent - mom or dad is missing in action. This is what happens with Susan who was born on 28th May and raised in Goa by her granny, Maria. Her mom elopes with Loafer Lokesh before coming back to give birth to Joseph.

Joseph was very attached to her sister. It was in the 90's that this concept called "Penpals" was making waves and Susan get to write to SuiYi Tsang of Singapore. He had a non-identical twin Xin Yi who later goes to Sydney with her boyfriend only to be cheated on a couple of months later. Their mom goes to China from Cambodia and gets killed in an accident only to be discovered later that it was the handiwork of their father.

SuiYi had a few friends namely Nakul, Delian, and Ali.

Susan gets her first email from SuiYi on 9/12/90. It was quick, unlike postal letters which took a few days to reach. Joseph too had a girlfriend named Judy. However, she deserts him and plans to go to the USA. The struggles faced by Susan in convincing her granny to get married to SuiYi, getting PR in Singapore, and helping Joseph monetarily on a month-on-month basis by sending money despite her own difficulties were vividly captured in this novel. This has an unusual ending. When you get to read a story presented in an unusual style, this is certainly expected. 

A good read for adults.

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Walnut Publications - to make your dreams come true


If I say there is an author/poet in everyone, you might laugh but if you ask your inner conscience, the majority of you will agree with me. Becoming an author was a Himalayan task in those days. This includes sending your manuscript to traditional publishing houses and waiting for ages only to come to know that they have rejected it and have not bothered to even let you know. We cannot say it is a fault on their end since they would have been receiving scripts every day and literally not possible to reply to all.

This is not the case today. With publishing houses like Walnut Publication coming into the fray, book publishing has become an easy task. All you need is your creativity flowing and they will take care of the rest. 

I felt glad to see that they have published a couple of anthologies namely "Whispers of the Soul" and "Whispered Tales".  Though they have published few anthologies in the past, this was done specifically to encourage those who love to write but do not have time to write a novel. What better way to express your thoughts and sharing the platform with fellow writers. 

They also have publishing packages that start from as low as Rs.11,999 and go up to Rs.59,999. Do give it a try since they make your life easier through their expert service.

Click this link and you can chat with them on WhatsApp to realize our dream

Book Review - Silver Lining : The Story of NephroPlus


Title - Silver Lining - The Story of NephroPlus
Author - Kamal Shah
Genre - Non-Fiction
Publisher - Penguin Books
ISBN - 978-0670097968

This is a beautifully written book by Kamal Shah who despite being a non-medico had gone along with his couple of other non-medico friends to establish India's biggest dialysis service provider. Loved the way this book was written since it captured in detail the troubles faced by kidney patients since Kamal Shah himself was one. From being a healthy individual, life turns drastically after Kamal faces multiple complications because of which he has to forego his travel to the U.S. for higher studies. He also has to be on compulsory dialysis. 

He gets treated in Hyderabad and Mumbai since in the late 90's and early 2000, these dialysis centres were not a improved lot. 

There are a few aspects that the author highlights in this book.

One of them is about the Ministry of AYUSH where the author ponders as to what they actually do and their functions/powers. There is a list of doctors which the author has to interact with on various stages - as a Guest and also as the Co-Founder of NephroPlus.

Dr J CM Sastry, Dr Girish Narayan, Dr Dakshinamurthy, Dr Krishnan, Dr Mohan Raj, Dr Rama Raju, Dr Revathi, Dr Georgi Abraham, Dr V S Reddy, Dr P N Rao, Dr Sundar Sankaran, Jayaram Reddy(Technician, KIMS), Dr Somasekhar, Dr Gopal Kishen, Dr Brian Pereira, Dr Manoharan, Dr A K Bhalla, Dr Umesh Khanna, Dr Vivekanand Jha, Dr Rajasekhara Chakaravarthi, Dr Deepak Dewan, Dr Satish Chhabra, Dr Kavitha Gone among others.

As a Guest, the author has to go to these hospitals for treatment - Jaslok, Kamineni, KIMS, MMM, Care, Medwin etc.,

The author gets treated in various ways which also include PD(Peritoneal Analysis) and also recounts how he faces near death when the place he was staying was flooded with seawater since this happened during 2004 when Tsunami hits the shorelines of many Indian states.

Kamal also gets a kidney from his mother and contrary to the beliefs, he now had 3 kidneys in his body but things did not improve.

There are a few aspects I learned after reading this book which includes “Crash” after dialysis, cyclosporin, buttonhole needles, and how it helped the author to get treated with less pain. Then there is Preparing bicarb solution, priming, Cannulation & Dialysis among others.

He also goes on to express his displeasure on the nexus between Pharma Co sales reps & Dialysis technicians to make money. The author goes on to explain the concept of "Dialysis at Sea" which came as a boon for him enabling him to travel to the places he wanted to visit.

He ends Part 1 with Paulo Coelho's - “When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it”.

In Part 2, the author mentions how he was passionate about English Literature & Indian History. He also recounts the day 28th Aug 2009 during which he receives the first call from another Co-Founder Vikram Vuppala. After long discussions, they open their first dialysis center in MLA Colony - Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 

During the discussion, they decide to change the term Patient to “Guest”.

They even conduct Aashayein - an event for patients. This becomes a huge success. It also shows how they differed from their peers. They also wanted their dialysis center to have two access - Access and Affordability.

Now comes the difficult part - expansion. For this, the trio meets up with different VCs including Vani Kola of Kalaari Capital. 

After a round of discussions, they end up with various investors in various tranches.

Series A - Bessemer Venture Partners(BVP) decides to invest.

Series B - International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Series C - Sea Link Capital 

NPDA - NephroPlus Dialysis Academy 

NANT - Nephrology Nurses Association 

BONENT Certification program 

As they expand, there were Partner Hospitals - Max Hospitals, Jehangir Hospitals 

They also conduct the "Indian Dialysis Olympiad" which becomes a huge success.

When National Dialysis Service Programme in 2016 was announced by Shri. Arun Jaitley, it became a boon for the lower-income group as well. This book is a must read since it is apt in saying "Castles are not built overnight"

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Author Iinterview - A Victor Adharsh of Mango Showers

Author Iinterview - A Victor Adharsh of Mango Showers

 1.What motivates you to write?

I am someone who firmly believes that fine expression and comprehension are some things that define being human. As I try to grasp the meaning of what it means to be human, I cannot help but give in to the urge to express.

Ever since I was a child, I was brought up on stories. It was the primary mode of keeping me engaged. It taught me new concepts and strengthened my morale. As I grew older, the need to express grew stronger in me. The most natural means for me to express was through stories. This made me want to write. Through my stories, I express parts of me to the world. They include my thoughts, ideas, discoveries and experiences. Also, writing helps me discover newer parts of me that were hidden before. All this makes writing an inevitable part of my existence.


2. How did you feel after publishing your books?

It is truly a liberating experience. A sense of satisfaction and tranquillity ensue the process. I can tell myself I have freed a part of me, to go forth into the society and inspire minds. It is not just about the final result of having my book in my hands. It is about the transformation that accompanies the process. It is said a man never crosses the same river twice as it is not the same man and the same river. So is it with writing. After every publication, it is never the same author and never the same story. So I feel like a new person after publishing each book.


3. Who are some of your favourite novels and authors?

J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings), C. W. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), Lew Wallace (Ben Hur: A Tale of Christ), J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series).

I enjoy nearly all classic works by Authors like Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Jerome. K. Jerome and G. K. Chesterton.


4. Is there a specific reason for naming your novel?

Yes. Mango showers is a colloquial term to describe the occurrence of pre-monsoon rainfall. Sometimes, these rains are referred to as ‘April rains’ or ‘Summer showers’. They help in the early ripening of mangoes and are hence referred to as "Mango showers." These rains normally occur from March to April. Their intensity can range from light showers to heavy and persistent thunderstorms. They occur notably in KeralaKarnataka and parts of Tamil Nadu.

These rains are accompanied by a sudden change in the weather that may seem rather dramatic. Interestingly, these changes then disappear soon before anyone can fully appreciate the transformation brought by them.

The coming of Anna to Kudukkanghad is metaphorically compared to Mango showers. Her coming brings out a complex interaction between so many characters that spirals to a dramatic climax. But again, only to conclude in a state of normalcy without conspicuous souvenirs. Her dynamic touches the lives of so many people like mango showers, bringing out a sudden, yet short lived dramatic change. The change is lasting and bears fruit, like the rain causes the mangoes to ripen early, but the dynamic withdraws as the rains do after their job is done.


5. Where do you write from? Do you have a fav spot?

I type into my laptop and mostly work while at home. As a person with recognisable classic ideas, I prefer to work in my study. I like my own personal desk and being surrounded by familiar things.

I love other spots like quiet libraries, under trees, on stone benches in gardens and calm beaches. But such spots often overwhelm me with inspiration that I would fail to put them down in words systematically. So I collect clues in such spots and then work on them in my study.


6. What inspired you to write the books(in general)? Any tales to tell…

I believe every person has something to tell the world. No matter how remote or simple it may seem. And books are a great way to preserve such tales across time. They allow the re-reading and re-interpretation of works by various minds over time, revealing newer ideas after every read.

So, of the available options to pass on those tales that I wish to tell, I would choose to write them into a book. This is why I write books.


7. What was your biggest learning experience throughout the writing process?

I would say, it was this: ‘There is always more than one way to say something. And each different way to say something, has its unique implications. Words are one of the most powerful things to exist. They can hurt worse than anything, heal better than most things. They can convince and defame. They can upbuild a society and also destroy one. All that matters is how appropriately they are used.’


8. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?

I respected reviews and feedback. I took them seriously and was committed to constantly improve my writing. I always sought novel methods to portray ideas and never allowed monotony in my expression.

Every review can offer valuable insight. Considering that has gone a long way in making my endeavours a success.



9. Any best piece of writing advice that you would like to share with new or struggling writers?

As a writer it is one’s duty to be a voracious reader and truly grasp the perspective of a reader. It is vital to remember that writing and reading are two sides of the same coin.

At the same time one must be honest and confident about the ideas being expressed. There is absolutely no need to hurry the mind and twist words.

Last but not the least, as a writer one must never be too lazy to re-read the manuscript a few times, meticulously before finalising it. Overt confidence in this juncture can be seriously counter-productive.


10. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

Not really. I am often described as a transparent individual who goes the way to make it easy for people around to understand him. If you get to know me, you know me!


11. Any future books that you would like to discuss now?

Currently I have not settled upon one specific idea. So at this point I have no credible points to discuss on this regard. But I can guarantee that there will be more books. They would inevitably be human centred and duly respect real-time human psychology.


12.What other profession excites you the most?

I am a medical student currently in my final year. Modern medicine has always captivated me. I am deeply interested in pursuing Psychiatry for my higher studies.

Besides, Theology and apologetics shall always play an important role in my life. I shall channelise my growth professionally, in that domain as well.


13.Any special mention about your reader (be it with reviews/feedback or anything else)



14.Do you write the story at a stretch, or you take your time to complete it? If you take a longer time, wouldn’t you be forgetting the story? How do you tackle it?

It took me around six months to complete the manuscript of ‘Mango Showers’. Amidst my academic obligations, I try to make out time for writing. I find it truly therapeutic.

I often prepare a rough sketch of the story line and also of the characters, in my personal notes. I make sure to consult them each time I sit to write. This is to ensure I am on the right track. This helps avoid mixing up details or forgetting the story.


15.Traditional or Self-Publishing? Why?

Each has its own pros and cons. Traditional publishing involves lesser financial involvement. But the role of a good literary agent in this scenario cannot be possibly undermined. The results often tend to have a greater potential in terms of better marketing opportunities and reader accessibility. But most new authors find traditional publishing to be an exceptionally lengthy process, with little power in their eager hands.

Self-publishing in a way can be seen as a short-cut that offers more freedom and promises quicker results. But the burden of marketing and sales would weigh heavier on the authors. In scenarios where the author may be new to the field, this burden can drown the book from reaching a lot of potential readers. The wide range of packages offered may seem confusing and inexperienced authors may fall prey to exceptionally high financial packages in hope of better results. But it would be wiser to remember that great results cannot be guaranteed by the manner of publishing alone. If the book cannot assure a tremendous potential, it might just not be worth the gamble.


16.How is the response so far for the book?

The statistics show a brisk pace in sales. The reviews so far are strong and promising. We hope for the best.