Debut Indian Writers Month – Readathon 2

Guidelines | For Participating Bloggers | For Readers of the Tales Pensieve | For Writers of the contesting books

That time of the year when the Swadeshi movement of Indian writing (as we call it on the Pensieve) is back.

6-months after we had the 1st Debut Indian Writers Month, the month long celebration of first time Indian writing makes a comeback with exciting twists and a new pattern. This time around, for the 1st time,  we are opening up the challenge to all book bloggers who love reading Indian fiction or non- fiction.

So for the whole month of May 2013, we invite reviews of the first book of a writer of Indian origin. We also invite author interviews, guest posts by debuting authors or any other stuff that you have on your blogs to promote our writers.   

There will be some method to this exciting madness we will be having the whole month, here you go:

Guidelines:

1. Start participating by commenting in the box below – Tell us your name, your blog’s URL & the names of the books you will be reviewing (you can keep adding the names as you go too)

2. As you put up the review on your blog either leave the link here in the comment box or link this page somewhere on your review, so we can go back, read it and add it here.

3. We will maintain a table of all the participating reviews here, on this page.

4. All through the month we will also promote all the participating reviews and other posts though our social media pages.

5. As we move towards the end of the month, we will have an exciting poll about the participating books and  of course we will celebrate the best ones.

Rules:

1. Anyone who reviews books on their blogs/ websites are welcome to join the challenge.

2. The idea is to read as many new Indian writers as you can so there is no cap on how many reviews you can submit; the minimum is one (1) after that the more the merrier.

3. Over lapping of reviews is allowed though not encouraged i.e if a participant blogger has already submitted or has pledged to submit(on this page) the review of a particular book during May 2013 then other participants can still read & review the same book.

4. All the books reviews submitted should have been read & reviewed in May 2013 only. Similarly the author interviews, guest posts and any other posts being linked here should have been uploaded on your blog/ site in May 2013 only.

Participating Bloggers:

For you exclusively Read, Review and Rock. We have on-board 3 avid book lovers and pro reviewers who constitute our judging panel for the *Best Review of this challenge. (Meet the judging panel here) Out of all the reviews submitted on this page for this challenge, I will pick 10 best reviews and the 3 judges will pick the best review off the 10. And our ever gracious sponsors will make it all the more special for the winner reviewer by sending over something special (surprise!)

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And a public demand prize!

Of all the participating reviews, the review with the highest Facebook Likes on the review page will win Sumukh Naik’s philosophical fantasy fiction debut (click on the book image to know more about the book)

 

 

 

SuperSonic Reader of the Month: To the most enthusiastic participating book reviewer!! Simply put the reviewer with the highest number of book reviews against their name in the table below bags this one – a special prize for your reading table from The Pensieve. Go on, push the pedal. R.E.A.D.

Need I say more. Read more, Review more and Rock all the more!

Readers of The Tales Pensieve:

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The deal is simpler for you guys. I will be reviewing 5 books between 1st and 31st May,2013. Each review will be accompanied with a question. Answer the question and if we love your answer, you win these two beauties. So be the Super Reader Winner this May 2013.

Click on these links, answer any or all questions & these books could very well be sitting on your table:

What did you do drastically different on 21.12.12?

If you can take away one power from human beings to lessen crime which one will it be & why?

If Mahabharata is to be made in a motion picture in Hindi, who is best suited to play the role of Arjuna?

What are Pigeons symbols of, for you? Except peace.

As kids we all believed in magic. What was that one magical thing/happening/ dream/ person from your childhood you long believed in? 

Writers of the contesting books:

My reviews will not be part of the Best Review contest but following the norm every month here for Debut Indian Writers Challenge, this special month the writer whose book will be my favorite of the lot will be the Superstar WordMaverick of the Month.

So it is a summer party for readers, writers and reviewers on The Tales Pensieve this May.

With this I declare this challenge open from May 1, 2013 and

a special thanks to the exclusive sponsors of this celebration of Indian writing 

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Participating Bloggers:

Blogger Books Debuting Writer Reviews
Reshmy Pillai 2012 Nights
Murder in Amravati
Arjuna
The Homing Pigeons
The Secrets of the Dark
Vipul Rikhi
Sharath Komarraju
Anuja Chandramouli
Sid Bahri
Arka Chakrabarti
Here
Here
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Here
Here
Aditie Banerjee The Homing Pigeons
Tell A Thousand Lies
Sid Bahri
Rasana Atreya
Here
Here
Pooja Nick of Time
Thundergod
Age of Hiblisk
Komal Mehta
Rajiv G Menon
Sumukh Naik
Here
Nimi Vashi
Apurv Verma Oh Shit Not Again
Dreams in Prussian Blue
Right fit Wrong shoe
Krishna’s Konfessions
The Immortals of Meluha
Mandar Kokate
Paritosh Uttam
Varsha Dixit
Smita Jain
Amish
Leo Yet Another SE
Untruly Yours
The Secrets of the Dark
An Excursion of Insight
Sahyadris to Hindukush
Toke
When Strangers Meet
Arty Facts
Chained
The Karachi Deception
The Great Indian Novel
Arjuna
It Can’t Be You
Two Fates
Simon Saha
Smita Shetty
Arka Chakrabarti
Harsh Agarwal
Aneesh Gokhale
Jugal Mody
K. Hari Kumar
Ankita Kapoor
Mehek Bassi
Shatrujeet Nath
Shashi Tharoor
Anuja Chandramouli
Prem Rao
Judy Balan
Here
Here
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Here
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Here
Here
Here
Here
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Muhammad Ashik
Anupama K. Mazumder Toke
MBA is not about Money, Blazer, Arrogance
Jugal Mody
Krishna Kranthi
Here
Here
Priyanka Roy Banerjee Arjuna Anuja Chandramouli Here
Swati Murti
SRS
Lady Nimue
Bhawana Bhowmik
Subramanyam K.V. The Karachi Deception Shatrujeet Nath
D.D.S The Homing Pigeons
Toke
Ten shades of Life
The Secrets of the Dark
Sid Bahri
Jugal Mody
Nethra A
Arka Chakrabarti
Here
Here
Here
Here
Arvind Passey Melancholic Delight
Life is always aimless
The homing pigeons
One & a half wife
Tista Ray
Ratnadip Acharya
Sid Bahri
Meghna Pant
Geetanjali Kaul Fida -e- Lucknow
The Thespian Life and films of Dilip Kumar
Parveen Talha
Urmila Lanba
Siddharth Gupta The Homing Pigeons
The Secrets of The Dark
Toke
Sid Bahri
Arka Chakrabarti
Jugal Mody
Sundeep The Homing Pigeons
The Secrets of The Dark
Arty Facts
When Strangers Meet
3 on a bed
Sid Bahri
Arka Chakrabarti
Ankita Kapoor
K. Hari Kumar
Sarmistha Maiti & Rajdeep Paul
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Here
Here
Here
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Syed Amir Bashir The Wildings Nilanjana Roy
Samarpita The Secrets of the Dark
Smart Phones Dumb People?
Amreekandesi
When Strangers Meet
Foreign
Arty Facts
Arjuna
D: Ten Years. Two Lives. One Cafe.
Bombay Rains, Bombay Girls
Polka Dots, Pony Tails and Purple Pouts
Arka Chakrabarti
Parthajeet Sarma
Atulya Mahajan
K. Hari Kumar
Sonora Jha
Ankita Kapoor
Anuja Chandrmouli
Aniruddha Mahale
Anirban Bose
Amrita Anand Nayak
Here
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MBA Is Not About Money, Blazer, Arrogance
The Slim Punjabi
Law of Averages: A Hilarious Love Story-Filmi Ishtyle
Krishna KranthiHarmeet
Kshitish Padhy
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Dola The Immortals of Meluha Amish
Manjulika Pramod Smart Phones Dumb people?
When Strangers Meet
The Homing Pigeons
Offside
An excursion of Insight
Parthajeet Sarma
K. Hari Kumar
Sid Bahri
Kiran Vijayan
Harsh Agarwal
Here
Here
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Charulatha Jain When Strangers Meet K. Hari Kumar Here
Sangita Immortals of Meluha Amish Here
Mrugesh The Virgins Siddharth Tripathi Here
Pramesh Agarwal Toke Jugal Mody
Suhail Mathur The Dance of Death Manna Bahadur Here

As promised here is the poll:

31 Books. 52 Book Reviews!

We have all had such an exciting May 2013 reading all these debut Indian books. Let’s extend out the fun some more and vote for the best of them.

The polling is restricted to the book bloggers who contributed the 52 reviews to the contest.

The voting link and book cover pictures are here, in case you don’t remember what the book/s looks like. 5 Question Poll for the participating book Bloggers

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The Top 10 reviews of the Month, one of which will take the crown of The Best Review. (the order is no indication of the ranking of the reviews):

Review  Reviewer 
http://aditebanerjie.com/indian-book-reviews/tell-a-thousand-lies-no-country-for-dark-skinned-women/  Adite Banerjie
http://poojareviewer.blogspot.in/2013/05/nick-of-time-by-komal-mehta_20.html  Pooja Dave
http://abookwormsmusing.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/book-review-when-strangers-meet-by-hari-kumar/ Leo
http://oneandahalfminutes.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/book-review-arjuna/  Priyanka Roy Banerjee
http://www.b00kr3vi3ws.in/2013/05/SecretsOfTheDark.html  Debdatta Sahay
http://booksreviewwala.blogspot.in/2013/05/the-homing-pigeons-by-sid-bahri.html  Sundeep Naidu
http://manjulikapramod.com/2013/05/29/the-homing-pigeons/  Manjulika Pramod
http://talkabtbooks.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/immortals-of-meluha-a-god-s-journey-for-his-own-self/ Sangita
http://rockersproductions.blogspot.in/2013/05/normal-0-false-false-false-en-in-x-none.html Suhail Mathur
http://sankshvet.blogspot.in/2013/05/book-review-polka-dots-pony-tails-and.html Samarpita Sharma

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Public Demand Prize:

The winner of the prize is Vinay Ravindranath for 58 likes each on his following book reviews – the highest amongst all the participating book reviews in this contest. He wins a copy of Selected Poems by Rabindranath Tagore (edition I).

http://abookwormsmusing.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/book-review-when-strangers-meet-by-hari-kumar/

http://abookwormsmusing.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/book-review-an-excursion-of-insight-by-harsh-agarwal/

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SuperSonic Reader of the Month:

Goes to Vinay Ravindranath for participating with the highest number of book reviews – 14 Indian debut books read & reviewed in the month of May 2013. He wins a copy of The Complete Adventures of Feluda (Volume 1) by Satyajit Ray.

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Best Review of the Month:

Is the review of The Dance of Death written by Suhail Mathur. It was the last submission of the reading challenge – the 52nd review and is also the only review on the blog. We hope to see more reviews from the talented reviewer. He wins a copy each of The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh, Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil and Fasting, Feating by Anita Desai.

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Super Reader-Winner of the Month:

Is Priyanka Roy Banerjee for her mind-blowing answer to a question asked on a debut book’s review this month. She wins a copy of 50 Shades of Grey by EL James and The Diary of a Social Butterfly by Moni Mohsin.

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*The decision of the judges will be final.