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Title: Hiraeth, partition stories from 1947 Author: Dr. Shivani Salil Published by: Artoonsinn Room9 Publications Genre: Fiction When a doctor turns into a writer what do you expect? Yes, she touches not only your heart but stirs your soul. When I picked Hiraeth, I found its title and cover picture very intriguing. Hiraeth, which means longing for one’s homeland is a perfect title for a book that narrates the longing to be at home. The cover picture has lightning piercing through a tree splitting it into two while its root remains intact, depicting the India , Pakistan partition so well. I will begin with the preface which comes straight from the author's heart. Being called a ‘refugee’s child’ when you are actually a citizen of a country is heartbreaking. Shivani tells us how even when the partition took everything away, they managed to keep their culture and traditions alive. How compassionate they were in spite of all their loss and sufferings. Hiraeth by Dr. Shivani Salil is a book that narrates stories inspired by the bitter truth of partition. An anthology of 24 stories takes you through its unassuming language to the bygone era effortlessly. I like the way the author has looked into small details like the index page, the glossary with numbers etc. The names of the chapters ( in alphabetical order) are kept so beautifully by the author that it leaves a ‘chinh’ in your heart. Shivani has not left an iota of effort to look into the fine details and make the book so beautiful. The language of the book is simple. It is infused with the local dialect which adds grace to the flow of the story and also renders a feel of the era. The river of emotions flows in all the 24 stories. I cannot say that I liked this or that particular story more, as all stories have their own tales of emotions, trauma and catharsis. The author has done a wonderful job of compiling stories from a true event. It is a must-read for the present generation to know what people have gone through for the country. Shivani has taken pains to describe each and every detail so well that it literally makes us travel through the alley of the country in 1947. We need more such writes to keep the memories of the struggle of our country and its people alive. The author has done a brilliant job in keeping the memories of the independence struggle alive. The stories talking about homecoming tugs the heartstrings at one hand and brings tears on the other. I was so moved reading the book that I literally said a prayer for each and every character mentioned. After reading the hard-hitting stories all I wish and pray is that this history should never repeat and a person coming home should never be called a refugee. Shristee SinghRead the review
Death at midnight - A book review Book title - Death at midnight Author - Dr. Manoj Paprikar Publisher - #ArtoonsInn Room9 No. Of pages - 167 Death at midnight is a medical thriller set in a town near Nashik, Maharashtra. It is a story of a Doctor couple who get caught up in unfortunate circumstances. Though it starts slowly with the author introducing the various characters, it soon captures your attention as soon as the Doctor decides to take up a difficult pregnancy case even after knowing that the woman has been brought late and time is running out to save both, the mother and child. He takes fast decisions to retrieve the situation after involving the father, but still tragedy strikes. This unleashes a wave of misfortune on the Doctor couple, when the father's influential friend indulges in goondaism inside the hospital. During this mayhem the Doctor is grievously injured. The novel captures today's trend in india, of patient's relatives attacking doctors if the treatment doesn't work and there is loss of life. It also captures the media trials where the media usually paints a negative image of the doctors, all in the name of social responsibility but which is nothing but a race for garnering highest TRP's. It brings into focus the Nexus between politicians and media and the extent to which they will go for their mutual benefits. All this at the expense of responsible doctors and the common citizens. Yes, there are some doctors in the real world who would put their patients life in danger for extra bucks. But which profession doesn't have black sheep? It does not mean that every doctor is dishonest. In fact, majority of the doctors are very responsible. The author has written a story of hope which is a recommended read for all doctors as well as the general public to understand such social issues from the doctors point of view. Especially those doctors who sacrifice their personal and family life for their patients heath. An apt book to read in these pandemic times, when you see the entire medical world working selflessly and tirelessly, putting their own lives at risk. Yatindra TawdeRead the review
As someone whose first book has been published with Room9, I have nothing but appreciation for them. They are professional and extremely transparent. As an author I enjoyed total control and involvement with the final product.
There are publishers and then there is Room 9 Publications. A focused and dedicated team, they are completely invested in your book. Thorough professionals, they left no stone unturned in bringing out the best version of my book.