Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Half Pants Full Pants - Book Review

With half pants full pants, Anand Supi transports us into the world of 1980s. He makes us revisit our childhood in small towns, when there were no gazettes and where time stretched endlessly like today’s TV serials. This isn’t a novel. But it is a collection of childhood memories. Slightly distorted, slightly incoherent, yet immensely enjoyable.

Today’s generation, which is born into abundance and where new things pour into the house at the click of the mouse, would never understand what a joy it was to buy a new mixer or TV set in the 1980s. It was a sort of celebration, for which the entire lane and all the family and friends gate crashed and the hosts happily absorbed them into their festivities like a sponge. Half pants full pants may help them imagine that world, which if not a global village, was a village family for sure.

The ten paise coins battered under the trains, the pee breaks, the rubber lizards, the early crude versions of reward points, Anand Supi gets everything right and gives the book some verisimilitude. If you are a child who grew in this time period read the book for it is nostalgic, if you are a child born in today’s digital world, read the book to know how was the childhood of your parents.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

My Hanuman Chalisa

There is not an Indian who hasn’t heard of Hanuman Chalisa, some may have recited them, but many are unaware of its deep underlying meaning which is obscured behind its Awadhi quatrains. Devdutt Pattanaik’s My Hanuman Chalisa is undoubtedly the most interesting take on it.

With stories drawn from the puranas, the tantras and the folklore Devdutt provides us a sumptuous read. The book is overflowing with interesting nuggets like in the Telgu Ramayana, despite knowing that Ravana’s life resided in his navel, Ram shot only at the head of Ravana as he was too proud a warrior to shoot below the neck and it was Hanuman who sucked air into his lungs and caused the wind to shift direction making Ram’s arrow turn and strike Ravana’s novel.

Connecting Hanuman with Shiva, the author says as the centuries passed the overtly masculine nature of Hanuman was toned down. Just as Shiva was domesticated by Shakti Hanuman’s gentle side is evoked by Sita. Since there can be no Shiva without Shakti may say that Shakti took the form of Hanuman’s tail and always accompanied him. According to the author at one time women were not allowed to worship Hanuman. But now that Shakti resides in his tail, they worship him.

According to the author by repeating the story or Ram again and again, Hanuman understands Ram, and discovers the Ram within him, the ability to be dependable for those who are dependent , even those who are unworthy, like the stream of hungry and frightened devotes who venerate him in his temples.

Beautiful drawings by the author adorn the pages of this book and makes the reading an enjoyable experience. At places the connections appear too far stretched, but that does not take away the tenuous research which the author has put in shaping this book. If you are a Devdutt Pattanaik fan, you must have lapped the book by now, and if you aren’t you will not repent reading this book.

Monday, 17 July 2017

The Return of Damayanti

Nisha Singh’s The Return of Damayanti is second book in the series featuring detective Bhrigu Mahesh and his friends Sutte.

Bhrigu Mahesh was once a police man. Now he is a private detective. Nataraj Bhakti is a retired clerk. He is haunted by the spirit of his dead wife. He seeks Bhrigu’s help. As Bhrigu investigates, the mystery deepens and takes a sinister turn. A woman is brutally murdered. Bhrigu has to find the killer or he will continue with his killing spree. 

So Bhrigu and Sutte storm into Bhakti’s house where there are numerous other colourful characters. Bhakti brother Chiranjeev, sister-in-law Premkala too pack away amongst the suspects. Then there is Savita, Bhakti’s younder sister. His eldest sister has breathed her last and her teenager son resides in the same house, in the village with a heavy name Krishna Dwar. Bhakti has announced a prize for hunting his wife’s killers. The police inspector is more interested in the prize and hence passes the information which he has gathered to Bhrigu, of course on the condition that the booty would be shared between the two. So who is the killer or is it really the ghost of his wife.

Though The Return of Damayanti is a part of the Bhrigu Mahesh Phd series, one can easily read this book without reading the first installment. It is a standalone novel. Also the author has paved for a sequel. She has tried to build a brand Bhrigu and Sutte. The Return of Damayanti falls into three parts. The first part wastes lot of ink in building the characters and the plot. Action steams in the second part, where thinks begin to move forward albeit they crawl and not run. The third part slowly unravels the culprit and his motives. There are enough twists and turns in this part, but by the time you reach there you are utterly enervated.

The author has come up with a flash file in the end of the book, where Bhrigu solves a nano case in a jiffy. Interesting way to hook the readers for sure.

Like most of the suspense novels The Return of Damayanti tracks on the hackneyed path. Even that would not have been a problem if it paced well. But it scrambles to reach the climax. The language is the biggest hindrance for the reader. Being too verbose it simply doesn’t click with the readers. It hurts because The Return of Damayanti has a soul, but it is crushed under too many descriptions and faces the pressure to fit into the format of other legendary sleuths. The authors tells a lot but shows very little.

The Return of Damayanti is like a bhel, which despite generous amounts of the right ingredients just doesn’t taste right. The writing is insipid and the story moves slow. But as they say pulp fiction is never out of fashion, even if ridden with cliches, not to forget the sidekick of the detective. So mystery fans may lap this book up. 

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

A Song of Many Rivers

Writings of Ruskin Bond, the writer of the hills, are filled with love for the hills. Rivers flowing through the Himalayan glaciers are both intriguing and intimidating. No wonder Bond is not only in love with the hills but even the rivers that play on its laps. A Song of Many Rivers, is a compilation of the Bond’s river stories.

The sheer range of stories in this collection makes it damn interesting. Some of them fall under the category of travelogues. In the opening story A Song of Many Rivers introduces us to the Himalayan rivers. We know only of Ganga and Yamuna, but the writer also introduces us to their little known tributaries like Suswa. Sacred Shrines Along the Way takes us on the tour of the famous panch badris and panch kedars.

Wilson Bridge resurfaces in this collection. This was a bridge built by one British man called Wilson. He had married a local, who later committed suicide by jumping into the river from the very same bridge which Wilson had constructed. The stories surrounding this bridge have all the quintessential elements of Bond’s writings - setting amidst the nature and colonial period, eccentric Sahibs and guileless locales, a tinge of poignancy and traces of supernatural elements. Every piece in this book will be cherished by a Bond fan. The jewel of the crown is of course The Angry River. I have read this novella in another collection of Bond. But still it continues to enchant me. Combining tragedy and fantasy, thrill and helplessness amidst calamity, this story exhibits what a creative genius Bond is.

This collection is to be treasured by fans of Bond. I wish the typographical errors were avoided. Thought despite these errors Bond doesn’t disappoint.

The Empty House

Ruskin's Bond's stories are enchanting. They possess a unique combination of thrill, innocence, poignancy set in the picturesque Himalayan mountain towns and villages. His character sketches make you fall in love with them. Surprisingly supernatural occurrences too predominantly feature in his stories. So when he pick choses supernatural stories written by other authors it is treat for his readers, particularly for those who love supernaturals.

The Empty House is collection of such stories hand picked by the famous writer on the hills. In the title story The Empty House the writer's aunt calls him to explore the empty house which is said to be haunted. This story is the crest jewel of this collection. The way the writer creates thrill with every line with just two characters around is simply amazing. I haven't yet read any piece like this story before. Chuniya Ayah is the story of how the ghost of a young girl continues to haunt the Ayah responsible for her death.

The White Wolf of the Hartz Moutains is a long story with interesting twists and turns. It is a tragic tale of sorts, but will satisfy the loves of vampire genre. Mrs. Raeburn's Waxwork again is a nail biting thriller where the murderer enters the wax museum, were her own wax statue is kept. Did I mention that the murderer was executed to death for the gruesome act of hers, that too before her visit to the museum. Some Australian Ghosts contains nuggets of early ghosts in the Australia. Gone Fishing by Bond comes last in this collection. It has appeared in other collections of Bond and has all the quintessential elements of a Ruskin Bond story.

Though I thoroughly enjoyed these stories, the other stories are too verbose and difficult to understand.

All Ruskin Bond collections recently brought out by Rupa publications were ridden with typographical errors. Thankfully this time there aren't any. I am sure Bond fans would love to read the favourite stories of their favourite author.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

23 1/2 ways to Make a Girl Fall for You - Book Review

The blurb of 23 ½ Ways to Make a Girl Fall For You self confesses that it is the most incorrect piece of work ever written. It gives a disclaimer that very little of the information in the book will be useful for the male, obviously whose hormones are surging and whose brain is undoubtedly dysfunctional to make a woman woo.

If so is the case why should one read the book? For Cyrus Broacha of course. Read this book only, and only if you are a huge fan of Cyrus Broacha.

In this book Broacha plays the role of an agony aunt addressing queries of Indian men. Needless to say that both the queries and their answers segue into a graph which moves between being silly and idiotic. You may enjoy a page or two but thereafter you wont find anything funny. Of course Mr. Broacha has a huge fan following and may be his fans may enjoy this work of his.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sometimes it is better to QUIT

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The Story of My Half Girlfriend

Thank you so much for everything that you have done for me. Sometimes I wonder how my life would have been had you not been there.’ Soumya said keeping her hand over mine. Having known her for all these years, I knew she wasn’t lying. She indeed valued my presence in her life.
Don’t even mention it. I am always there for you. 365 days a week, 24X7’ I said placing my other hand over hers. That was when she pulled back her hand and said. ‘Thanks.’

Some relationships are like that. They don’t have any meaning. But do relationships require any meaning? Aren’t they way beautiful the way they are? Why do we want to compartmentalize them and give them formal names?

Attribute it to my conditioning or the social structure that I live in. I wanted to take things forward with Soumya. I liked her company and she liked being with me to. ‘You always inject a positive energy into me.’ She would say giving me a hug.

We would chat for long hours. Time slipped away but our chats did not stop. I longed to be with her. To hear her giggles and to see her smiles. I would call her almost every day. But she would agree to meet me only once or twice a week. She would come to meet me as and when she had any problems. She would take her heart out and I would listen to her. Listen to her without giving any advice. Then once she was done I would tell her a few jokes and she would laugh. I would share the latest school gossip with her and she would widen her eyes and say, ‘Oh, is it so?’ Once her mood was changed I would deal with her problem, albeit subtly. I would focus on the positive things of her life and that particular situations. Fiddling with her dupatta she would say, ‘I never thought this way.’ She would return home in a positive mood. Even her parents knew about it. So whenever she was feeling down, her mother would say, ‘Go and meet Raj.’

It would be so beautiful if we spend all our lives together.’ I said one day sensing her jovial mood.
Of course. We are friends and we will stay in touch.’ Gazing at the walls she said.
I went on to explain her that I wished to marry her. She didn’t react. She neither accepted my proposal nor did she turn me down. The status of our relationship was hanging somewhere in between.

She came to me only when she had some problem in my life. That gave me a feeling of being a doormat. I tried speaking to her a couple of times about my feelings, she said that the caste barrier that stood tall between us would never permit our union.

I passed out of the school and went to college of which she was not a part. The frequency of our contacts reduced and one day she married some other person. Her marriage has its own set of ups and downs. She calls me for guidance during the down phases and choses to ignore my calls saying ‘The baby was crying.’ But still she remains special in my heart. Sometimes I wonder would she have been happier if she was with me. But the answer is we never know how our lives would have been if we had taken some other decision. May be yes, may be no.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Was marriage your biggest mistake?

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Indian to the core

My head was throbbing. I was to appear for my final year exam in next week. I was too worried. No matter how much I studied, I was not sure if I would be able to top the examinations. I had topped the examinations for the past two years and now there was tremendous pressure on me to maintain my track record. The fear of outcome made me close my book. I sat holding my head in my hands. All sorts of negative thoughts were bombarding me. What if I don’t top the examinations? I would lose everything. One bad thought gave rise to another and finally I was doubtful if I would pass my examination. That was when my mother stroked my back and said, ‘Don’t worry child. Do your best and leave everything to God. After all, everything is not in our control.’ 

My mother was not that educated. Yet she knew this philosophy which is ingrained in every Indian."कर्मणये वाधिकारस्ते मां फलेषु कदाचन । मां कर्मफलहेतुर्भू: मांते संङगोस्त्वकर्मणि" ।। Says the Bhagwat Gita which is revered in every Indian household. In simple words it means that perform your duties and actions, but never hanker for the end result. 
It was the end result which I was worried about and once I detached myself from it, a heavy burden was lifted from my shoulders. I studied without any pressure of the outcome, wrote my exams. No wonders I topped the examinations. But I had learnt a valuable lesson. Rather it was always in my genes. Some dust had gathered on it. My mother had wiped it and I was again reintroduced to the greatest philosophy – All things are not in our control.
We Indians have known for thousands of years that we cannot control everything. But we are not fatalistic. We know we cannot control the storm. Instead of wasting energy on how to prevent the storm, we focus on how we can prepare ourselves to face it. Majority of Indians are poor. Yet they have the most beautiful smiles in the world. This is because of the true contentment, which comes from acceptance of things which we cannot change.
Even modern science has classified persons into two categories. Type A are the persons who want to control everything. They are always stressed. They are more prone to heart diseases. Type B people know that everything is not in their control and this acceptance saves them from cardiac problems. Doctors suggest that Type A people should change their personalities to prevent heart diseases.

I was an atheist, but when I learnt that everything is not in my control, I began to believe in God. As told in the Bhagwat Gita, I surrender my actions at His feet. That has made me more relaxed, more open. No wonders Indian influence is increasing in Lufthansa’s TVCs. #MoreIndianThanYouThink

Monday, 17 April 2017

Have you read my latest book The Story of My Second Marriage

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Think with Me

A person who has been behind the bars for many months speaking of morality is ironical. But that has not deterred Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara from writing his second book in Think with me in Thoughts from Tihar trilogy.

This small book has five chapters each devoted to Electoral System and leadership, Population, Education System, Media and Religion. The author discusses each of this topics, shares his point of view and offers solutions for the betterment of the existing system. I was unaware of the Nominated Deputy Member of Parliament mentioned in the book.

The book gives heavy heady doses of morality and is neither encouraging nor entertaining. So go for this book only and only if you are a die hard fan of the author.

The Story of My Second Marriage - Have you read it?

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Kissing the Demon - Book Review

There are numerous books written on creative writing. But all of them are written by foreign authors with references to foreign novels. There is nothing written by an Indian to help the upcoming authors hone their skills. Kissing the Demon by Amrita Kumar fills this void on the Indian literary scene.

To plot or not to plot is an eternal dilemma for every author. This book answers this question. It has a section devoted to creating the unforgettable characters. Point of view is also discussed in detail. I really liked the tips offered by the author for writing dialogues. The way she tells us to incorporate the story in the settings is bound to help every author.

A book written is a job only half done. Editing and finding a publisher continue to be a nightmare for every author. The book deals with these aspects as well.

This isn’t a book, it is a course in creative writing. Hence this book is highly recommended.

Key to My Soul - Book Review

An accident, a girl in coma, a boy in search of a girl whom he loved, Probal Mazumdar’s debut novel Key to My Soul has a familiar premise. The protagonist Siddharth is in his school when he meets the love of his life Hazel. One day Hazel suddenly disappears only to resurface after seventeen years, this time immobile in a vegetable state. What she has left behind for him are letters, which will reveal some deep hidden secrets.

The book makes a promising beginning. If you grew up in the eighties and the nineties, you will perfectly relate to his writings. The feeling of nostalgia is the USP of this book. The free-flowing language makes you to yearn for more. But unfortunately the novel falters and doesn’t live up to expectations. The letters neither gel with the narrative nor do they evoke emotions. The novel drags in the second half. There are couple of spelling mistakes in the book. Read this novel only if you like reading mushy love stories which defy logic.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Story of My Second Marriage - A big Thank you

Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey

Lopamudra Banerjee’s Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey introduced me to a new genre called creative non-fiction. Until then I had never read anything like that.

This book is a collage of various experiences. Her growing up years in India in a Bengali family. The traumatic experience of being abused as a child. Her empathy towards the Delhi gang rape victim to her motherhood the author choses so many topics. Her life in the US too forms an important part of this narrative.

Lopamudra isn’t a writer. She is a poet, she is a painter who with her words weaves poetry and paints the canvass, bringing true to life characters who stay with you, whom you can relate to and who will disturb you. I am glad that I read this book for Lopamudra is indeed one of the finest writers of our times. I am yet to meet a person who can write so poetic, so lyrical. There is a magic in her writing and it mesmerizes you. Reading this book is like a divine experience. There were moments when while reading the book I closed my eyes to drench myself completely into the beauty of the words. I wished the book would never finish. The book is a page turner in spite of the fact that it has no linear story structure as such. 
Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey is a masterpiece that cannot be missed.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Power of Handwriting Analysis

The Power of Handwriting Analysis by Pradnyaa Parikh claims that by changing the way you write D, T, Y, S and I you can escalate your self-esteem, communication skills and confidence. The book discusses as to what slants and baselines indicate. I found parenting with handwriting analysis interesting. The author also suggests career choices based on handwritings. A special section is also devoted to Corporate Graphology.

Handwriting Analysis isn’t a perfect science. At many places the writing is confusing, particularly because the samples produced in the book and the analysis do not gel well. The author should have made her points clearer by marking the samples using pointers. If you are interested in Handwriting Analysis this book may interest you.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Double or Quits - Book Review

Double or Quits is the story of Jyotsna Singh. She is an anaylst with an investment banking company. Aryan Sahani the promoter of Sahani Hospitals meets her in relation to floating of an IPO. Jyotsna is attracted to him. Contrary to the rules they enter into a romantic relationship. Aryan systematically induces Jyotsna to manipulate the figures to make unlawful gains. She is suspended from her job. She is even convicted for insider trading. Will she redeem her life?

With this novel Shilpa Gupta enters the Ravi Subramaniam’s style of writing. So there is no suspense as such. But the real and cruel world of investment banking is exposed. I feel that the author should have spent some more time and attention towards building the Jyotsna and Aryan relationship. Their bonding is simply unconvincing. Even the title Double or Quits sounds both odd and inappropriate. Shilpa scores by making the protagonist a woman. Jyotsna is not a prey, but a woman who is ready to take responsibility for her actions. The novel is a fast paced thriller. It is a page turner and gives the satisfaction of reading a good novel. Hence this novel is highly recommended.

The Princess of a Whorehouse: The Story of a Swamp Lotus - Book Review

The Princess of a Whorehouse: The Story of a Swamp Lotus is the story of Aparajita and her mother. The first half is told in the voice of Aparajita’s mother and the second half is narrated from Aparajita’s perspective. Aparajita’s father dies in an accident. A well wisher brings her mother to Delhi and sells her to a pimp. Aparajita’s mother finds a way out of the brothel, into a kind man’s heart. They get married. This ensures a normal life for Aparajita, who can now go to school like any other child. But what happens when her schoolmate comes to know that her mother was into the flesh trade.

The book is a short read. It scores on descriptions. The editing is tight and the story has both a place and flow. Where the author utterly fails is in dialogues. The dialogues are anything but real. So we have a down market pimp saying ‘Hang on for a minute.’ Bookish dialogues like ‘A major explosion occurred there. It’s a fateful day for us,’ steal the realistic setting of the story. Also as depicted in this novella adoption cannot take place by merely signing a paper. I wish the author had researched more on this aspect.

But this book is an easy read. It is one time read for sure.

Intimidating Obscurity - Book Review

Intimidating Obscurity a Pursue to Eternity is story of Stella. Her mother is murdered. This murder is followed by few others and Stella loses her near and dear ones. Then Rey enters her life. He proposes her, she wants to say him yes, but her friend Kimaya too loves him. Plus Stella receives a call asking her to deject Rey’s proposal. So Stella rejects his proposal and marries Robert. Rey marries Kimaya. One day Stella is found dead. Rey finds her diary and many secrets are revealed.

The plot appears interesting but the treatment is banal. There are bookish dialogues which do not sound real. As a result all the characters speak in the same tone. The author narrates the story mostly through dialogues. At many places the dialogues could have been avoided to give a good pace to the story. Unfortunately that is not done. Plus the grammatical errors mar the narrative.

Everything from title to book cover and writing style to characters in this book is amateurish. So open this book at your own risk.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Bag it all - Book Review

Some tales with their simplicity and honesty touch your heart. They remain with you forever. What more if they are damn interesting and inspiring? One such book is Bag it all by Nina Lekhi and Suman Chhabria Addepalli. This is the tale of Nina Lekhi who built the brand Baggit.

Nina’s story begins with her carefree and even careless youth. She is the party girl who is the only student to fail in painting. Her academic failure doesn’t stop her entrepreneurial journey. She starts her bag business from her bedroom and goes on to open her shops all over the world. The book is full of anecdotes of how she faced problems in her journey and how she overcame it. The book also journals her personal life, her marriage, her pregnancy. Nina’s husband became a full time meditation teacher. She discusses how she handled his absence and his decision.

Nina’s business is deeply rooted in morals. She is an ardent follower of Siddha Samadhi Yoga. She illustrates various situations where she chose to keep her word, even if it meant mounting losses.

This is a wonderful book. It is simple, yet unputdownable. Whether you wish to become an entrepreneur or not, this book will inspire you.

Friday, 17 March 2017

The 365 Days - Book Review

Maiden authors bring a fresh voice and a fresh narrative with them. Nikhil Ramteke’s the 365 days is one such novel.

This is the story of Shijukutty a fisherman from Kerala. As every other Malyali has gone to the Gulf and made a fortune, Shijukutty too goes to Dubai, leaving behind his wife and son. He has taken a loan to pay the agent who is going to arrange for his job in Dubai. Shijukutty boards the plane with many dreams. All his dreams are shattered into pieces once he lands up in Dubai. He is not paid the salary which he was offered. He works twelve hours in a day as a construction worker and languishes in a labour camp. Will the Gulf offer him the life of his dreams? For this you will have to read the 365 days.

This novel brings the miserable life of labourers in the gulf to the fore. It shows how they are cheated by the agents, exploited, made to work for long hours and live in inhuman conditions. The author, having himself lived for many years in the gulf, weaves this ugly world which exists in the belly of the glittering Dubai very well. He brilliantly captures the ambitions, desires of the blue collared working class Malyali. His real to life characters bring alive the life in the labour camps in front of us. It is the success of the author that we can feel their pain and their despair. The author has a good understanding of the dynamics of human relationships. Be it Shijukutty’s relationship with his wife or his room mates, the author simply gets it right.

The 365 days is a refreshing, riveting but a poignant tale. There are couple of spelling mistakes in the book. Also the protagonist at one place says that he misses the toothless smile of his son. At another place we come to know that his son is over two years. I wish creases like this were ironed. Yet, the 365 days for its story and emotions is a novel not to be missed.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Alien and the fairy without wings

Who says Colgate is all about brushing your teeth? The following story was weaved by my nephews with my daughter Niva as the protagonist of the story. Colgate has opened a new way for stories which are magical, entertaining as well as educative.

'What's that flying in the air?' Niva, who was playing in the courtyard thought. It was twilight and the object which she saw in the sky was strange. It wasn't a star. It was neither an airplane nor a rocket. It came nearer and nearer. 'UFO.' Words came out from her mouth spontaneously. Until then she had heard about them only in science fictions.

A strange creature stepped out of the UFO. 'Don't be afraid. I am a friend. It said and escorted Niva into the UFO. The UFO flied up high in the sky. 'We run a space scholarship in our planet, though our scholarship is not restricted to children of our planet alone. We identify bright students, with keen interest in science, from all over the universe and take them for a fiver hour space ride.

Was what Niva heard true. She was one of the brightest students in the entire universe. Reading her thoughts the alien said. “Yes Niva you are one of the best science minds we have seen.' The door of the cabin opened and a beautiful girl came in with a tray containing chocolates in her hands. If she had wings, she would have definitely made a beautiful fairy, Niva thought. 'These chocolates are made in our planet. They are sugar free and are known to improve cognitive and analytical skills in children. Have them to your heart's content, for their medicinal properties will disappear if you taken then to Fungfoo.’
'Fungfoo.' Niva said with her eye brows stretched.
'Oh, sorry, we call your earth Fungfoo in our language.' The alien said.

They flied up in the air. Suddenly Niva felt like she was weightless. She began to fly in the air like a kite. The fairy without the wings and the alien held her by her thighs and dragged her to the ground.

'This is space darling. You do not feel gravity here.' He said adjusting the steering of UFO.
'Then how come you guys are not feeling gravity?' Niva asked.
'That is because we astronauts are trained to work without gravity in the space.'
'So you are an astronaut?'
'Yes and the fairy without wings too.'
'So you guys aren't aliens?' Niva asked
'Well going by the dictionary definitions we are strangers to you. So may be we are aliens in that way. But we too are a highly developed race like you people.'

Come on get down.’ The alien said politely.
'Have we reached your planet?’ Niva was too eager to see another planet.
'No this is a space ship. Wear your space suit first.' The fairy came out of the curtain again. This time with a space suit in hand. She went to explain Niva that a space suit weighs 127 kg with 13 layers of material. It provides the much needed oxygen while in space.

Niva's eye widened on seeing the space ship. She had never seen anything like that before. Many men and women were working in their cubicles. “So this is your office in the space?' Niva asked.
'Yes, you have put it it very well in simple words. Space stations allow you to live and work in the Earth's orbit.'

That was when a girl who looked like a shorter version of the fairy came and yelled. 'Sir there is a new comet.' Everybody rushed to the window. 'It is so young. Perhaps we are the first one to notice it. Aishwarya we will name it after you.' The Alien said. Aishwarya blushed. She was named after Aishwarya Rai, whose beauty had created ripples among the Aliens as well. The Alien then explained Niva that comet heats up when close to the sun and gets its tail of dust and ice crystals. Thereafter the alien took out the rover from the garage and he took Niva on the red planet, known as Mars on the earth. Till then Niva had known only Land Rover. Now she came to know that Rover is a space exploration device which moves across a planet's surface. She had heard that the atmosphere on Mars was conducive to human survival. But she was the first one to encounter with an alien from the Mars. She was too excited to share the news with her friends. But she wanted to explore Mars completely first.
'Alien, your life is so exciting. Can I join your world?'
'Yes, but for that you will have to study. By the time you go to college, boundaries between planets will be blur. We will experience Universal brotherhood in the true sense of the word. We will visit each other's planets with ease and learn new things from one another.'
'Thank you Alien.' I will wait for that day Niva said as she took a selfie with the alien and the fairy without wings.

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