Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone.
I think it's wonderful that you have a story to tell, a few stairs to climb and aspire to reach somewhere. It's in school days that I came to know of my love for poetry writing, and it's wonderful to see there were contests for school kids that helped get their story put to print. Stairs to Nowhere, named so, I guess because quite a few stories in the book are titled thus (or maybe it was the theme given to them) brings out stories from young writers from different schools and from all across India. The stories in the book, reading now, feel average and could use a lot of editing or a bit of complexity, but I think looking at the bigger picture, and who wrote them, the effoert is commendable. Perhaps the presentation could have been nicer too, because it felt like I was reading a school textbook. Not a very memorable book, but one that I did like reading.
Reviewed by: Vinay Leo R.
Genre: Short Stories
Rating: 3 stars
Kate Langdon,is the author of the recently released novel,'Making Lemonade',which is already making waves. She is a writer of contemporary, intelligent, and humorous chick-lit.Her characters are loveable and real characters.Prior to becoming an author, Kate has been a journalism student, a tennis coach, a writer for television commercials, a burger bar owner, and an event manager. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her partner and young son.In this short e-mail interview,she tells us about her future plans,her inspiration and a lot of other interesting stuff.
- On her Journey as an author- I began writing a short story about a loveable yet haphazard female character and things snowballed from there, before I knew what was happening it was longer than a short story and I was writing my first novel, That Slippery Slope…not something I had intentionally set out to do. When it was finished I took a chance and sent the manuscript off to major NZ publishing houses, it was subsequently published by HarperCollins and things progressed from there.
- On her inspirations- I’ve enjoyed various forms of writing since I was a child, poems and short stories, and I was an avid reader as a kid, always with my head stuck inside a book. I had an amazing English teacher all through high school who really inspired me and made me fall in love with many of the great authors. (English was the only subject I was any good at at school!) However, novel writing was something I stumbled across by chance, when I was 24 and desperately waiting for the next Marian Keyes novel to be released.
- On 'Making Lemonade'- Making Lemonade is my third novel and my inspiration really came from being in my mid-thirties and wanting to write about relatable female characters of a similar age who are, for various reasons, at a low point or tumultuous crossroads in their lives. They’re forced to pick themselves back up off the floor and think about what it is they really want for themselves, and their lives going forward. They’re also forced to reflect on the dreams of their youth, discovering that although things may not have turned out as they had planned, being happy within themselves is all that really matters.
A female central character , mahabharat references and the tale about political changes in Ancient India .. inspired or purely fictional , one can not ever stop wondering or assuming the origins of change in society or the laws as we see it today.
The Rigveda Code is a tale of characters so well defined and developed throughout that none shadows the other. The story inspired from a true news clipping does not steer away from its plot anytime. It describes the references and the implications weaving the story into them.
Rikshavi , the princess of Vrij is given archery lessons by her mother and renowned gurus , each expecting and believing in her extraordinary destiny to shape the political structure of India while avoiding another war which benefits none. It is not just her strength as a warrior that makes her unique but also her wisdom and the heart that is at always curious to find ways to be just and kind to all. She knows her place in the society and the kingdom and yet she does not acceot that changes can not be made within limited resources. Krishna's Chakra as a weapon to kill or to guide , that lart of the story was much intriguing too.
I loved the writing and the flow of the book. Not a single misplaced emotion or incident ; no easy way out of the situations we see Rikshavi and her family go through and always keeping a sensible eye on details and loopholes. Rashmi made me break my one month spell of not reading with this quick yet worthy read.
My rating 4/5