Book trailers: what do you think?

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Lately, Indian authors are considering making a Book Trailer to promote their books.

Here’s one by Madhuri Banerjee – Mistakes like Love and Sex

and here’s another by Ashwin Sanghi – The Krishna Key

I happen to bump across a Hollywood documentary maker, Jason Wishnow, who had made couple of Book trailers himself. I discussed with him what he thinks of book trailers.

He said, “Book trailer is a not a good idea, your book in itself be remarkable itself that you don’t need any audio visual to promote it”.

My dear reader so the question to you is

Would you like to watch a Book Trailer before buying a book? or Whether book trailers will help in  discovering the new books?

Waiting for your comments….

#ink2012 on twitter: Day 2

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Day 2: Fantastic musical performances, dance, comedy, poems, wonderful, wonderful and wonderful.

Most talked about words:

  • Love
  • Music
  • Life
  • Matt
  • Joi
  • Stefan
  • Ito

Most active users:

  • @KavisMusings
  • @rganorkar
  • @vishalgondal
  • @chumbak
  • @mitu2k83
  • @parmeshs
  • @Prakharmisra
  • @bilalghalib

twitter: @mukeshrijhwani

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found this GEM

John Davis Jr. -- Southern Poet

Before my cohort and my other fellow MFA candidates left from our last residency in June, we were given a final warning by the inimitable Arthur Flowers (see photo, left): “So, what are you going to do? You’re about to go back out into real life, where there’s bills to pay and mouths to feed. … People are going to tell you that you’re chasing a fantasy. People are going to say to you, ‘Just do like the rest of us.’ Don’t you do it. Follow that dream you’ve begun here. Never let anybody tell you that you’re not a writer.”

The truth is, I’ve had to replay this little lecture to myself on more than one occasion. As my teaching gigs and the mundane suburban duties of yardwork and such pile up, I sometimes tend to forget that I am also a poet. After all, the labels of father, husband, and professor seem to hold so many more responsibilities. What’s…

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Book review: The Krishna Key

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Short review: Well researched book on Krishna and India, a tad too detailed, but definitely cannot be missed.

Detailed one

The author, Ashwin Sanghi, is doing a fab job of publicizing the book across all channels. I loved the book trailer, here it is

Ashwin has Masters degree from Yale University and is currently pursuing PhD in Creative Writing. Hence, I picked up the book for review.

The book is a little long one, 465 pages. It’s style in such a way that there are two stories going in parallel – one mahabharata and other the   actual story of the book. I don’t read books based on history or mythology or religion, but the captivating trailer did the trick. The amount of research that has gone in to the making of this book deserves a big round of applause. Let’s start dissecting.

Trailer: Absolutely captivating, you saw that earlier.

Title: Hmmm, it could have been better. Doesn’t resonate completely with the book.

Cover design: Spot on, beautiful artwork from Gunjan Ahlawat. Perfect to the theme of the book. Haven’t seen such a lovely and apt cover design in the past.

Plot: Murder mystery colored with history and religion (Krishna). A trademark Dan Brown style. It’s a beautiful adaptation of ‘Da Vinci Code’.

Setting: Kalibangan in Rajastan to Dwarka and Somnath in Gujrat to Mount Kailash in Tibet to Vrindavan and Agra in UP, you can’t ask for a wider canvas and detailed description.

Characterization:  Lovely strong characters Taarak Vakil, Priya, Ravi Mohan Saini (protagonist), et-al. However, the motives of the two main dark characters didn’t go well down my throat – lacked depth.

Story, structure and everything else: The story starts with a brutal murder of Historian Anil Varshey who was in possession of ancient artifacts that cost his life. The blame goes to his close friend and protagonist Ravi Mohan Saini, who is one of the most knowledgeable person when it comes to ‘History of India, Mahabharata or Krishna’.  Without giving away too much, I would list down the things that irritated me before I talk about good points

  •  Every chapter has two parts. (a) story of Mahabharata and (b) the actual story of the book. Now, it was a good refresher on Mahabharata, at times I got enlightened, but it was completely unnecessary and at times irritating. I would have liked the story of Krishna weaved in to the thriller rather then just giving a reference at the start of every chapter.
  • Loads of Sanskrit Shlokas, not sure if all of them have been explained in detailed.
  • There’s no dialogue happening between the characters. In every scene, everyone is just giving Gyan on history.
  • Almost every scene has two or more characters that are experts in history.
  • I was not eased in to the book, first 100 pages were tough ones to navigate.

Lot of bashing, let’s talk about the good points.

It’s fast paced thriller (if you don’t read the Mahabharata paragraph at the start of every chapter), a delight to see how a dry history topic is converted in to fiction.  Again the amount of research that has gone in to making of this book deserves 5 stars right away. This book will definitely be referred by history buffs in the future. He has a list of 130+ sources listed at the end of the book.

It’s lovely to see that Ashwin listed down the typos in the book on his website.

Out an out a good read if you want to know more about history / krishna / mahabharata / taj mahal / India or to see how much sweat and blood has gone in to the research in creating this book.

Rating  4 / 5.

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