New Book – Life Beyond Expectations

Hey!

Since two years, I had completely isolated myself from the blogging world so, I have made a comeback for the better of course! I have a news for all my readers – I am coming up with my new novel, “Life Beyond Expectations”. If you have landed up here by any mysterious games by Google then you can check out my other books here.

Here’s what the blurb of the book’s cover say!

Life beyond Expectations narrates the story of Tanya, a young girl with millions of ambiguous yearnings. A shattering departure without an announcement happens to Tanya at a tender age. From then on, she finds the true love of her life in the writings of Browning and Fitzgerald. Yet, she longs for a shoulder to cry on to simplify the suddenly turned down upside life. Tanya drifts further away from her family when she disposes of herself with politics and a charming politician. Eventually, she faces bloodshed with a terrible separation – leaving Tanya in an utterly depressed state.
A job at an inclusion school brings her face-to-face with reality where she discovers a direful secret about her upbringing. Unlike the times, Tanya chooses to follow her family shedding away the burns of the past. Tanya’s percipience comes to light when her mother and a friend opens up to her about the agony she has faced all her life.

Life Beyond Expectations explores a vivid picture of exceptional children born in upscale families. The story invites the readers to confront their own rebuttal with their families.

And, below is the jacket of the book which I have designed myself 😀
More details will be very soon up in this post.

Love,

Saumya

LBE

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Night after Night

Night after Night
A memory moves to the grave.
Night after Night
I think of that first “hello”
Night after Night
I torment that “Goodbye” 
Night after Night
I wait for your sign,
Night after Night
My dreams watch our love whine.
Night after Night
I recall that fight,
Night after Night
I watch you slowly go.
Night after Night
Pain burns from my walls.
Night after Night
I recall those cries and joys.
Night after Night

Night after Night
You sleep with a smile, 
Night after Night
I sleep with a sigh.

* वक़्त *

वक़्त ज़्यादा तो नहीं हुआ, पर इतना तो बीत ही चुका है कि अब ना तो स्कूल की छुट्टियाँ होती हैं, और ना ही अब नानी के घर जाना हो पाता है।

पर आज आई हूँ मैं फिर एक बार, बहुत वक़्त बाद। वक़्त बहुत बीत चुका है, पर इतना भी नहीं कि सब बदल गया हो। वो मोड़ जिसमें से नानी का घर साफ दिखाई पड़ता था, उस मोड़ से मुड़ते ही दिखे मुझे मेरे नाना जी, घर के बाहर मेरा इंतज़ार करते। मैंने कहा ना, वक़्त इतना भी नहीं बदला। मैं रिक्शा से उतरी और उन्हें गले मिली। कितने कमज़ोर हो गए हैं वो। दिल भर सा आता है।

कदम जैसे ही अंदर बढ़े, मानो मैं घिर गई यादों के एक बवंडर में। मुझे दिखने लगा वो वक़्त जब हम आया करते थे गर्मियों की छुट्टियों में। दिखने लगा वो वक़्त जिसमें शोर था, हंसी थी, अनगिनत बातें थीं। जब हम घर की चौखट पर बैठ कर बतियाते थे और नानी माँ हाथ में पंखा लेकर हमें हवा करती थीं। बड़ा सा गोल चश्मा उनका, याद है मुझे। वो जो आलू के परांठे पर इतना प्यार डाल कर परोसती थी हमें, भूली नहीं हूँ मैं आज भी। वो शाही टुकड़े, जिनपर नानी कटे बादाम और खोया डाल दिया करती थी। मैं आज भी माँ से कहती हूँ, आप वैसे शाही टुकड़े नहीं बना सकती।

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इससे पहले कि मैं यादों के बवंडर में डूब जाती, मैं संभल गयी और अंदर बढ़ी, सारे घर का मुआयना करने। आज भी ड्राइंग रूम में वही पेंटिंग लगी है जो माँ को उनकी सहेली ने उनकी सगाई पर गिफ्ट की थी। वो स्टोर रूम जिसमें सिरहाने और चादर रखी होती है, उसकी ख़ुशबू आज भी बिलकुल वैसी है। वो रसोई जहाँ बैठ कर मैं छोटी मासी के साथ खूब बातें किया करती थी। वो छोटी सी घुरनि जहाँ हम छुपन छुपाई खेलते वक़्त छुपा करते थे। घर का हर एक कोना वैसा ही है। हर एक कोने में अनेकों यादें छुपी हैं। वो एक छोटा सा आईना जिसमें मैं बचपन में खुद को निहारा करती थी। अब मेरा कद उस आईने से बढ़ गया है , क्या इस बात से अंदाज़ा नहीं लगाया जा सकता कि वक़्त कितना आगे बढ़ गया है?

एक दम से हर कोना शांत हो गया। वो शांत ही है अब। क्या मैं कुछ आंसू नहीं गिरा सकती?

यहाँ आने से पहले किसी ने पूछा था, कहाँ जा रही हो? ज़ुबाँ से फिसलते शब्दों को रोक कर मैंने कहा “नाना जी के घर”। दिल चीख कर यही कह रहा था “नानी के घर”। मैंने कहा ना, वक़्त बदला है, पर इतना भी नहीं।

~सृष्टि बठला

Daughter of a drunkard monk- A novel by Saumya Vivek Kaushik

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Book Review: “Daughter of a Drunkard Monk”

Author: Saumya Kaushik
Publisher:
 Omji Publishing House Pvt. Ltd. (1 February 2015)

ISBN-10: 9384028134

ISBN-13: 978-9384028138

Genre: Fiction


Rating: 4/5

Review:

The Indian literary scene is bursting at the seams with new authors, new plots (almost, and sometimes contrived), new ambitions and new hopes (for some of us at least). And amidst all of this, as a reader, I am often perplexed and overwhelmed. I don’t know what to read some times. It is not about choice. It is about the quality of writing. It is about the writing that is intellectually laced and about the kind of writing that aims to reach out to everyone. In all of this, there is the kind of book that is mid-way – somewhere there but not appeasing to the masses (or not aiming to at least) and yet it does. “Daughter of a Drunkard…

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A Day Without You

Call myself to you
I am barren and brown,
without your water
I want to seek,
Your light
Your wisdom
Your joys
Your pains
Our Love
Our Agony
Our Wisdom
Call Me, Call Me Love…
Call myself to you,
I am barren from betrayals
I am done with the world
I long for your hand
I shed every tear
And continue to stand…
Call myself to you
I shall never grow
I shall never reap
I shall never see
Call myself to you
You were my light
You were my night
And, I can never be
A Day without You
Saumya Kaushik

If Only…

If Only, I could control my mind,
I would be much sane.
If only I could tell that girl,
Her efforts are not vain.
If only, I could sleep a night sound,
I would be much sane.
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If only, I could tell that demon,
To not leave me in disdain.
If only, I could tell that mother,
I would be much sane.
If only, I could control my mind,
I would be much sane.
If only, she knew her seeds,
Are now fountains.
If only, I could share that pain,
I would be much sane.
If only I could control my mind,
I would be much sane.
If only, the beggar knew,
Lies no magic in his mountains.
If only, I could control my mind,
There would be no pain.
If only, the girl, the mother, the picker
were not fighting from pain.
If only, they knew they would be much sane.
If Only…

An Open Letter to Nirbhaya…

Dear Nirbhaya,
It has been four years since you left us with a void, an inner question, and scream. A question that we ask amongst ourselves about that dreaded night of December 16th. A scream of angst against the baseless societal norms that still haven’t changed till date.
It has been four years and still hundreds like you plead to be saved and have their cases pending or are either dead. You were a voice, a voice to this blind and dumb nation that overlooked what it meant to be a girl.
You were an inspiration, a ray of hope, a fire inside every heart… You were a revolution. You taught us that we cannot take this victimization anymore.
It has been four years and we haven’t recovered of everything that happened past your demise. We haven’t forgotten you, brave heart. We haven’t forgotten your sacrifice and the question that you left with us.
Your untimely death was not a message but a fire that still ignites when we hear…
RAPE
It was a case which could have happened to any normal Delhi girl.
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It has been four years and you did teach us that this was not about you, it was a message that you left us “That I want to be there, amongst all of you. Live alike all of you.” It was you who set the bar and it was you who fought back when that accident happened. For us, a rape of a five-year-old, a sixty-year-old, and a passenger in an Uber are all harsh reminders of brutality that you faced.
It has been four years and you have done so much for us. Many of us may not realize this, but you my beloved was a voice for all of us.
Stalking, voyeurism, harassing came recognized as crimes against all of us. It is not an idea of fun of picking up a woman and rape her. It is not what a MAN does to prove his gender.
It has been four years but you educated all of us without books – no matter how horrendous the abuse be; we cannot afford to stay quiet. No matter if they call an abuse a stigma on us, we have to speak up.
We are not objects, we have a choice, and we have the freedom to choose.
It has been four years and still the calls to “100” ring every second.
It is the same Delhi, same people but you have opened our eyes to not hush up the matter and not flee away when a PCR passes by. Living in a metropolitan city and being afraid of men is just not weakening us, but weakening the whole foundation of the women society.
It has been four years and you have changed what it meant to be abused. You have raised a question on police, our government, our system and us.
It has been four years and a father, an ex-lover, a husband, a boyfriend, a neighbor, a stalker, a stranger, a landlord, an employer, a gym instructor in the form of criminals are spared.
Entrenched patriarchy and male chauvinism of a very high order are still the biggest sources of this heinous crime.
But, beloved Jyoti Singh Pandey it has been four years but this society now understands that “RAPE IS RAPE”.
It has been four years and we will be forever indebted to you!
From,
One of us and one like you…

5 Ways A Startup Can Make Its App A Successful One

 

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The recent change in the digital world, especially in India has seen the (dot) (com) culture weaving its own triumphant path.
But, the less time-consuming, go-to medium is undoubtedly a mobile application.
The major amount of time spent browsing, clicking and surfing on a smartphone is devoted to the apps installed.
The startup trend in India has experienced a sea of apps floating on the Google Play and App Store. Some suffice in performing their jobs while others get lost in the crowd.
However, the impact differentiation happens when a user doesn’t click – “uninstall”.
Here are 5 features that a business owner should adhere to while presenting its application to its potential customers.
1. Convenience is the key:
The primary feature of any mobile application is its convenience. A mobile application should be user-friendly and comprehensible. The simpler the app, the more stars it gains at the web application store. It should satisfy the needs and have an answer to why is it downloaded.
2. Operating Systems:
The two main OS that is essential for any application building and processing are: Android over Google Play Store and IOS for apple users. Both the infamous platforms are used over the globe. The application for any given business should be thoroughly checked and tested before the final execution.
3. Offline Functionality:
There are handfuls of apps that rely on a data connection but there ought to be a few options for the app to work offline.
On asking Saurabh Wadhawan, Product Head, Jugnoo on what leads a user to uninstall an application on his device, he said,

“Users uninstall an app when it becomes too intrusive and starts barging their privacy. They get annoyed when apps start reading their SMS, tracking user behaviour and giving unnecessary push notifications based on them. There is a thin line that demarcates system intelligence from an intrusive system, which needs to be kept in mind so that the users are not displeased. Also, an app is much likely to be uninstalled by a user if it fails to fulfil its primary use case”.

4. Marketing is the mantra: 
If an application is topping the charts on the web-store then an enthusiastic marketing team is to be credited behind its rank. Start-Ups and SME’s should ponder to the strategies that go into popularizing the application that brings the best customer feedback.
5. Get your customer glued: 
Any successful business will have a tremendous amount of target audience engaged to their application. The messaging program plays a key role in this phase. Customers do not drift to other reliable apps only because of engagement and that happens only when relevant messages land up on the devices without any hustle-bustle.
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