Taking Reads to Readers
The Tales Pensieve & Random House Publishers India celebrate the advent of Indian writing talent world over
It’s The Debut Indian Writers Month and hence these two beauties are up for the grabs for the readers!!
There will be 8 book reviews to answer from this month; answer one or all or any number of chosen ones and the best answer of the month gets these 2 books home delivered.
Be the Reader-Winner of May 2013 & win passage into the two wonderful tales of the past year!
Comment is all you have to do.
Just about a decade back, I would consciously never pick up a book by an Indian writer, to me those books were like the national award-winning films that were the Sunday afternoon entertainment on Doordarshan in the 90′s – deep but dark, long and boring – simply unfathomable!
Then, enters a generation of writers who caught the Indian reader by surprise by writing stories similar to the lives they were living and lo-and-behold – magic happened! We readers did not just read, we lapped it up. A crater of literary void was triggered open which demanded to be filled up.
Cut to book shopping today – When I walk into a Crosssword or Landmark, without contemplation or confusion I am headed towards the section – Indian Fiction/ Indian Books. The recommendations at these stores, the books of the month and topping the bestseller charts are works by Indian writers, in-fact most of the wishlist on Flipkart is also Indian now and nothing pleases this desi reader more
Celebrating this ecstatic turnaround for Indian readers and writers alike, here at The Tales Pensieve, a challenge is up till the end of this year.
A challenge to read and review a minimum of one first time Indian writer every month. That writer also gets featured here as the ‘WordMaverick of the Month‘.
(Lekhak log/ publishers do not ‘the’ disappoint me, let a debut writer be born every month.)
What is in it for you?
The challenge for you is – BwP – Be word Philanthropic, give it back – while I read books and write reviews, you read and write too! Read the review on the blog (or the book) and write a comment under the review, answering the question accompanying the review.
The best answer every month wins a book from Random House Publishers India.
1. The reviews that will be part of the challenge will be indicated likewise – Only reviews of books by debuting Indian writers are part of this challenge, though you are free to comment on other reviews too. I would love that; I would also love it, if you would like The Tales Pensieve page on FB
2. A valid competing comment for a month’s challenge would be any comment made from the date of posting of the book review to midnight (23:59 hours) of the last day of the month.
3. You are allowed only one comment per book review, though you are free to participate every month irrespective of earlier wins (or attempts).
4. For the challenge – ‘Every month’ means from the 1st to the 30th/ 31st of the month & ‘Indian writer’ means any writer who is of Indian origin, may or may not be based out of India.
5. In cases of more than one debut writer getting reviewed in the same month, I will pick the WordMaverick of the month based on my ratings and on how much I enjoyed the word-journey.
6. I reserve the right to decide the winner, the WordMaverick of the month or even discontinue the contest at my discretion.
So bookwormies Get. Set. Let. the creativity flow, fill the Pensieve, make the decisions tough for me.
Meanwhile don’t forget to spread the word and share.
June Challenge: Love..Life..Kumbh | Closes June 30, 2013
DEBUT INDIAN WRITERS MONTH 2013 | May Challenge: 2012 Nights | Murder in Amaravati | Arjuna| The Karachi Deception | The Other Side of the Table | The Anza Deception| Arty Facts | The Secrets of the Dark | The Homing Pigeons | Closes May 31, 2013
April Challenge: Tantra | Closes April 30, 2013
February Challenge: Jack Patel’s Dubai Dreams | Closes February 28, 2013
DEBUT INDIAN WRITERS MONTH 2012 | October Challenge: An Idiot, Placements and IntervYOU | Quarantine | Thundergod | Mumbaistan | Death in Mumbai | 3 Lives | The Shadow Throne | Untruly Yours | Boats on Land | Govinda | Closed • October 31, 2012
September Challenge: Prey by the Ganges | Closed • September 30, 2012
August Challenge: The Evolution of Gods | Closed • August 31, 2012
April – Adi for Tantra | inKonversation
September – Ronak Baj | @ronakbaj | Won Flipkart eGift Shopping Vouchers
Also see the other challenges on The Pensieve