A New Dawn

Life is like a roller coaster ride – a series of ups, downs and some circling around. And while we are busy understanding the dynamics of this system, life slowly slips away – moment by moment, day by day and year by year. So make sure to enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Like life itself, the journey of The Author’s Blog has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. We had our share of ups and downs, and now we are ready for circling around. We often hear the phrase ‘all good things come to an end’ without considering the underlying fact that every end must have a beginning. This is the beginning of something new, something refreshing, something exclusive – this is the beginning of a new phase.

You, our readers, can expect two to three posts every week from TAB team, and guests posts shall be updated as per the frequency of submissions. To celebrate the beginning of this new phase TAB team has decided to introduce literature pieces in Hindi as well. So the writers, and readers, who enjoy Hindi literature, get ready for an amazing ride. If you think you have something to share that resonates with the content of our site, feel free to drop an email at theauthorsblogg@gmail.com. Our team will contact you within 48 hours to let you know ‘if’ and ‘when’ your content shall be posted on our site.

Put on your reading gear and get ready to enjoy this roller coaster ride with us. We serve everything from romance to suspense, comedy to tragedy, drama to thriller, except disappointment. Fellow bloggers are welcome to comment on or criticize the content shared on our site. We request you to refrain from using hate speech against the writer and fellow bloggers for any matter of conflict can be solved amiably. Go through our archive to enjoy the short stories, poetry and articles posted by our team till now. Happy reading.

That’s all folks! Come back for more.

 

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Are you a ‘Book Reviewer’? Who Told you? – by Sandeep Sharma

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Yes, the writing industry is evolving everyday and everything that evolves in this world, have to face the obstructions. With the coming of up self-publishing (or POD), the authentication of author’s writing has degraded a lot. Earlier the published author was the one who must have been brilliant with his/her writing skills but today, the scenario is different. With the coming up of ‘Open Self-publishing houses’ (Those who openly accept that they are self-publishers in nature) and ‘Hidden Self-Publishing houses’ (Those who are working under the curtain of traditional houses), the need of Book Reviewers came up in the market because you never know, from where the lotus is going to blossom. Even the self-publishing market is providing fabulous fictions that are way superior to the traditional ones.

Now the question that arrives is that, who should be remarked (or tagged) as a book reviewer? I am reviewing books since last 2 years now and I am still searching for the answer of this question. Though I do call myself ‘A Book Reviewer’ but sometimes I do feel like I am cheating by calling myself the same and that’s why I decided to write upon it.

We all know that facebook is a powerful medium for our industry. Social media is the only place where a writer gets appraisal for his/her book (I am talking about the majority part, not the giant Bestsellers like Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathy etc.). Being an ardent follower of the changing trend of writing industry over social media platform (facebook), I noticed that there’s a constant conflict between authors and publishers that who should be the genuine reviewer for the books they have brought up in the market? In my opinion, the answer is pretty simple; every reader is a reviewer. Everyone is having their own opinion and when you are standing in the market to sell, be ready to hear everyone’s opinion. Everyone is free to speak and with the power of social media, the thoughts will surely get magnified and will reach the masses.

Lately I was reading an article about the success of an International Bestseller Novel named ‘The girl on the train’ by Paula Hawkins. It broke an epic record of 3 million copies being sold in a very short span of time and the success story of the book is pretty simple. It reached these tremendous heights just because of the early reviews that got received by mere readers (termed as Book reviewer). The hype that got received by the book after the review of a reviewer named Karen (Top reviewer on goodreads) on goodreads, was tremendous; even Goodreads was stunned to see that. Another such story was of Harry Potter series. Oprah Winfrey, the most influential lady over television, speaks about Harry Potter, and the sales of the book picked up the speed of rocket.

Concluding the thoughts that kept on wavering inside my head, in my opinion, a reader is a reviewer and you are absolutely free to review it on your blog and when your friends start to follow your blogs (Which does happens, if you are regular), you becomes the voice of readers. And for the writers, if you have confidence in your writing and want to reach the masses, you should be ready for everything. You do need reviews, there’s no escape to it (if you are a debutant or still struggling to reach the heights, you dreamt of!). You should be thankful to everyone who is taking the pain of reading your book. With so much of choices around, so many big names around (and tempting deals on Amazon and other online portals), you should thank every reviewer around and should encourage the reading. Believe in grapevine publicity of your book and for that, you need reviewers.

Now why I do feel like cheating, when I review books? Well will write next time!

The Art of Projection – Friday’s with DX #5

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Hi guys!

The day we all wait for is finally here, Friday! Everyday around us we see people trying to wear someone else’s shoes. Trying to fit in a personality contrasting their own. There is no respite from these folks.

So today I’m going to brief you on the art of projection. Here are some points on how to be a projection rather than a person.

  • Develop a fake accent.
  • Use internet slang in real conversation.
  • Periodically correct other people in a conversation, even if they are saying the right thing.
  • React in a fancy manner; LOL, ROFL, OMG, YOLO, STFU etc.
  • Start forming your opinion about anything and everything.
  • Talk about social issues as if you actually care.
  • Smile whenever you’re wrong.
  • If you don’t have an answer, talk something irrelevant and dodge the question.
  • Pick up a trending topic from twitter and update something related to it on facebook.
  • Talk about your achievements once or twice a day.
  • If you’re single, it is because you want to be single. If you’re in a relationship, it is because you’re irresistible.
  • Never talk in your mother tongue.
  • Talk like an anchor, walk like a model and eat like someone would shoot you if you ate an ounce more.
  • Work on that fake accent.

Keep smiling and put a bounty on the person’s head who goes against you.

How to create character for your story: #6 Mondays with Abhishek

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A story has three ingredients; a character, a setting and a conflict. To write a story you have to create all of them according to your idea. I will discuss setting and conflict in my succeeding post of Mondays with Abhishek. Let’s now discuss how to create a character for your story.

Characters are the most important element of your story. The whole story should revolve around your character. I have come across a few ways you can create your characters:

Observation: let’s say you are in a super market, observe a Joulie buying a pair of undergarment from the nearby shop. Now create a character of Joulie. What is her fantasy? Is she married or not? Does she have children? Is she physically satisfied with her husband? Your Joulie could be completely different from mine.

Name of the character: Imagine a name, say Ronit, what do think about him? My Ronit is a 23 years old charming, muscular dandy who drives Royal Enfield and lots of hot girls. What does your Ronit be like? Again he could be completely different form my Ronit.

You: This is the most common and simple way to create your character. Because it’s none another than you. What do you want? Where do you fall in life and how would you rise up from there? Or anything. Just write yourself and the story around you.

Was it helpful? No? Then, create your own way to develop your character. No hard feelings. It’s fiction, right? Everyone is the creator of his world.
Happy reading.

Again a Suicide. Why? – By Rahat Farooqi

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A Class 10th student (a girl) is committing a suicide after failing in a golden test. Was it a golden test of her life? What caused her to take such a rattle step? These questions must be answered, who’ll answer these questions? Her parents her teachers, her friends, her relatives or the society we are living in?

I’ve noticed one thing, whenever such news came in daily newspapers we read it just like ordinary news. Why don’t we pay any heed to such an irresponsible act by a human being? Why did we take it lightly? Being a human we can’t even think about committing a suicide and how can one go and just kill himself/herself? Well, everything is a reason behind and what’ll be the reason for committing a suicide? Have you ever think about that while reading or listening such a type of news and after finding the reason have you ever tried to act against that? Who will come forward to stop this grave sin from our society?  Isn’t our responsibility to stop people committing such sins? If yes, then act. If your answer is no, and your eyes are on your leaders then listen. Political leaders won’t do anything to stop such major sins because they are not finding it political they all are busy in making a fool of their own people. So, how could one expect that these leaders will act against this and remove this sin from the society? “Getting freedom is an easy task, but removing sins from society is really a big deal”. People are committing such grave sins and it’s our duty to educate our people our friends about such grave sin and if you ever find anyone feeling hopeless, lonely or frustrated, try to talk with that person try to know the reason of his/her hopelessness, maybe you could become a reason to save a life from Hell Fire.

Now, why students commit suicide?  Who is responsible? “Look at Mr. someone’s son/daughter; he/she has cracked IAS/CET or whatever. Has been selected for MBBS/ Engineering or whatever. How intelligent his children are, and look at you. What have you achieved so for”? How many of you have faced this kind of torture?  And if a child shows no interest in these fields, this is how parents react. “You will never do anything in your life, you just know how to play cricket, write songs, stories, wasting time in reading novels, watching movies”. Such a hard time to face.

Tell me dear parents; are MBBS and Engineering only modem to live a happy life?  Do you think Doctors and Engineers are the only creatures with IQ of about 100? Do you think only these creatures have a right to live? Do you think only these creatures are having manners, a good character etc? Do you think securing cent% marks in the examination is knowledge?

Aren’t we so unfortunate that we have to call you our parents? Believe me I sometimes think so. Do you think failure is a crime? Do you think if your child fails in any examination ruins his/her future, ruins your image as his/her parent? Anyone can secure cent%0 marks, but knowledge cannot be gained by securing cent% marks. Failure is not the end of life or future, it is a beginning of your bright life & future. But, unfortunately, no parent understands this fact. When a sucking child alone in a room, tries to take his first step for getting something, the child slips and fell down. You didn’t go to say him/her that the kid of your neighbor walks better than you, why can’t you? Compare that room with the world and that something with the goal of your child. You will get the answer, what I actually want to express.

Mental Torture, Mental disturbance in our youths is spreading like smoke in the air. After hearing the height of mental torture from “now” one of my friends,  I wonder how can a father feel good by not giving his son a note of 40 rupee for a haircut Or 10 for fares? He has money to buy a pack of Cigarette which costs not less than 40 or 100 but when it comes to a haircut of his child or fare he has an excuse ready “I have no money this time or I’ve no money arrange it by Yourself”. When his child has an age to develop himself into an educated person, he has to quit his studies. Not by his own will but by the behavior he is facing by his father at home and from the very young age he has to look for a job as a salesman and anything else like that. When he was in a need of love, care, courage, and help, unfortunately, what he gets is the hatred, rebuke at every step and sometimes a father quit talking to his son. Which forces him to think wrongly about his parents, forces him to take drugs, sit alone in the room. Some have a power of tolerance some don’t have and then sometimes the story ends on a tragic note of suicide. “Mental torture causes more damage than a physical torture” not only to the brain but health as well. Drug abuse in youths is the reason for mental torture. “A sweet talk by father removes all the pains and stress of a child”. Dear parents if your child is failing in examinations just talk to them, parents mostly a father must be friendly with their children’s, try to know what fields are they interested in, try to know what makes them happy your children’s life is not yours.  You don’t have to live his/her life. “Let them be themselves the masters and teachers of their lives” and you the helpers. Do believe in your child “like we believe in tomorrow” because when we believe, we sleep recklessly. And save your children from killing themselves.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: “Life is a struggle do achieve your goals by a struggle, when you achieve thing by struggle you get to know the real meaning of life”. – Rahat Farooqi

Keep hope alive in the heart “One day you’ll achieve the goal of  your Life”. What people are saying on your back. Never pay a heed to that.

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EXTRA MILE – Edition 2

Hello Guys!

First of all sorry to keep you waiting for this long. The time of waiting is over as the second edition of EXTRA MILE is finally here! Get ready to be entertained with this crispier and tastier version of EXTRA MILE. Read it, and if you like it, Share it!

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TAB presents “EXTRA MILE”

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So after hours of hard work and your incessant support, TAB is proud to present it’s first digital magazine edition as “Extra Mile”. This task wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Thank you all for your support!

And guys, the story doesn’t end here. It’s just the beginning. So keep supporting us; keep reading, keep writing. And please have a look at our first edition. To view/download the pdf file, kindly click on the below link –

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