Thursday, 30 October 2014

Revenge is unforgiving... (God is a Gamer - A Review)


Book: God is a Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian

Genre: Fiction (Thriller)

Published by: Penguin Books

No. of pages: 310

Cover price: Rs. 299


‘God is a Gamer’ is the story of three friends, Swami (an alumni of IIM Ahmedabad and a banker, just as our author is), Aditya and Sundeep (the latter two have a BPO and a gaming company).

The gripping tale of ‘God is a Gamer’ includes an assassinated American Senator, a mysterious suicide, a Cabinet Minister, a rebel, riots, phishing scam, hacking, corporate politics, romance and much more. And all these stories seem to come together effortlessly, making for this engrossing read.

‘God is a Gamer’ by ‘Ravi Subramanian’ starts in the headquarters of Mastercard and Visa. It goes on to mention Wikileak’s use of bitcoins. I googled the latter and it is a fact.

I love reading stories, where the fact paves way for fiction. Fact and fiction are interwoven and make the story ‘real’. Actual events and people are used to create fiction.
After reading the book, google gets overworked as I try to figure out what's make-believe and what's not. And some of the facts are surprising. Fact is stranger than fiction, after all.
Add to that, the probability that even fiction is somehow representative of what actually happened, but is not known in the public arena. Makes it all the more exciting.

The tale of ‘God is a Gamer’ is told with many clues strewn over in the narrative and many twists too. Often I felt I knew who had done it, or for that matter what is being done. And then I realized I was wrong. Even when everything fell into place finally, nothing was right. The ending of the book thrilled me the most. Nothing is at it seems. And yet, it was so probable in hindsight.

Corporate politics in ‘God is a Gamer’ is dusty, but not filthy.

I knew of Bitcoins as virtual money vaguely, before I read this book. As I read it, I learnt some and as usual, I googled some. The mystery of creator(s) of Bitcoin makes for another engrossing angle in the story. As I said before, fact and fiction blended makes for a wonderful read.


The title of 'God is a Gamer' felt so right, as I read the last page of this thriller by Ravi Subramanian. The many coincidences and twists and plannings... God is a Gamer. This book is one of the very good books I have read in quite a while. I highly recommend it.


Blurb
What happens when you cross gamer, banker, politician and terrorist with virtual money? From the bestselling author of If God Was a Banker comes the first ever bitcoin thriller. God is a Gamer is a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villians, predators are prey, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.
Moving from Washington's Congress to Delhi's finance ministry, the beaches of Goa to the corporate boardrooms of Mumbai, this is Ravi Subramanian's most gripping novel yet.

Meet the author
www.ravisubramanian.in

Thanks blogadda for the author-signed copy of this book.





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"River Stones" - Tan Renga

in a desert land
stones from rivers far away
muttering dark tales                (© Magical Mystical Teacher)

seasoned travelers resting
restless again to get away      (Nimi)



http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.in/2014/10/carpe-diem-tan-renga-challenge-55.html

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Humility - Haiku

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loaded with fruit
the branch bows humbly
sweet weight of duty





Prompt by and Shared with -
http://carpediemtackleittuesday.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/carpe-diem-tackle-it-tuesday-11-humility/







Diwali Shopping - Haiku

excited mob
buying diyas n sweets
Diwali Shopping


It is Diwali - the exciting festival of lights. When I read the prompt on Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #30, Garry Gay on "thinking out of the box or misdirection", I had just returned from shopping because it's Diwali time.
Garry Gay's talk of Halloween had me thinking of Diwali, so this is what I wrote.

I cannot resist sharing the beautiful picture that accompanied the post...

Credits: Indian Summer Quebec, Canada
Prompt by and Shared with -
Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #30, Garry Gay


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Life Released - Haiku

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seed sprouts
unaware of its gift
-life released



Prompt: 'Released'

Prompt by and Shared with -
Haiku Horizons

More worldly than you think... a poem

What is Indian, I wonder
as I pen down these words
India in itself is so diverse
that it is a task of sorts

When did it happen that
I could flaunt my passport
The change was gradual
I realise in retrospect

When did it happen that
India got noticed on world map
It had lost its place over
centuries of struggle, it's sad

'Sone ki chidiya' lost it's wealth
and ability to fly
When did it happen that
it again could soar so high

A feeling of confidence
seeped into us Indians
as India is wooed
and the world beckons

India is accepted in the world
Or is it, world accepted in India



Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Monsoon joy - Tan Renga (Haiku)

splash on rock
a new journey begins
chirp echoes

an ache resounds my being 
adieu monsoons, live in now


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Carpe Diem "Time Glass" challenge is about writing a Haiku on the given prompt in 12 hours. This is the first time I am responding to a prompt in this challenge.
This week the challenge is to write a 'solo' Tan Renga, using the photo above and a haiku for inspiration.
The haiku for inspiration is -

gurggling valley stream
brings joy to the heart of Mother Nature -
Il Silenzio
© Chèvrefeuille 

Prompt by and Shared with -
Carpe Diem "Time Glass" #7, "Valley Stream"
http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.in/2014/10/carpe-diem-time-glass-7-valley-stream.html













Friday, 17 October 2014

Her Masterpiece... Flash Fiction

The photo prompt for this week's Friday Fictioneers

(copyright Douglas MacIlroy)


He entered the room in the evening. He looked around trying to look at things through her eyes.
There was an artwork using delicate sea shells and pebbles. It looked beautiful to him just as it was.
But alongside lay more stones and a bigger shell. What had she planned to do with it, he tried to imagine.
She always jokingly referred to this artwork as her ‘masterpiece’. He knew she actually meant it.
The room was the way she had left it that night almost two years ago. She had wanted to work a little longer. He had insisted otherwise.

She never woke up the next morning.



Prompt by and Shared with -
Friday Fictioneers

Thursday, 16 October 2014

My first Indiblogger meet #WORDUP





My first Indiblogger meet... my first blogger meet ever

I didn't know what to expect. I reached around 9:25 am, expecting hardly anyone would be there. I was so wrong. There were quiet a few bloggers around.

Through the day, there was an excitement in the air. Excitement and enjoyment of being a blogger.

Renie Ravin said that there's no way to describe bloggers.
There's no such thing as a 'typical blogger' - something I realised as I looked around. There are different types of blogs and the same goes for bloggers.

I blog because I like to write. My blog is mostly about poetry and fiction, with my rare travel experiences thrown in.
It was a inspiring to meet writers who blog for a living, or want to blog for a living.











What I learnt -

  • Discover your passion.
  • Give accurate headlines to your blog posts, even if they are not always attention-grabbing.
  • Do not follow anyone else's style. Be inspired by others, but work on being unique.
  • No guest blogging. (I am not entirely convinced about this, but I know the pros and cons better now)
  • Never give your content for free.
  • Spring clean your blog. Get rid of the old irrelevant stuff. Let go when needed.
  • Rethink the ads on your blog. Think of the readers first.
  • Interlinking the posts is good for the blog.
  • Use google webmaster tools and google analytics.
  • Sell yourself. 'Apne Muh Mia Mitthu' / Blowing one's own trumpet is good for a blogger.
  • Have your own website. Ditch blogspot.com (I have decided not to do so, at least for now)
  • Snighda Manchanda's presentation on 'Creative Writing' was a delight, explaining the seven basic story plots with reference to the famous movies and books.
  • Do not overdo the social media sharing.
  • Set a deadline for monetisation of your blog.
  • Don't create content for yourself or your friends.

There was a lot of talk of SEOs, typography, blog design and other technical stuff. Not all of it made sense to me, but I do know more about it now than I did before.

I learnt a lot through the day, met bloggers whose blogs I read and appreciate, had a lot of fun, had good food, met people passionate about what they do, enjoyed a stand-up comedy performance and was even entertained by good music.

Prizes were won... I didn't win anything though :(
Despite not winning the vouchers and the phones, I got a backpack, a speaker, lots of great information, tons of motivation to write more, a day spent with fellow bloggers and good food at BluFrog.


#WORDUP experiences of other bloggers

Drums - haiku

the call of drums
an apprehensive flutter
-butterfly wings



Prompt by and Shared with -
Haiku Horizons

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fireworks... haiku

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It is fireworks time in India - October 23 is Diwali, the festival of lights.
The Carpe Diem prompt 'Fireworks' is perfectly timed.

my dream to fly
i give wings to fireworks
-the glorious burn

happiness
in vibrant colours
fireworks

transient gaiety
quest for an ally
-fireworks


But Diwali celebration leads to a lot of discomfort for many. There is another side to the festivities - the trouble of loud sounds and polluted air.
Students are advised - 'Say No to Crackers'

Peeking out the window
craving for frolics to end
caged at home




Top post on IndiBlogger.in, the community of Indian Bloggers




Prompt by and shared with-
Carpe Diem #581, Hanabi (Fireworks)
http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.in/2014/10/carpe-diem-581-hanabi-fireworks-june.html

Sunday, 5 October 2014

My memories with you - a poem



This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 49; the forty-ninth edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton

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Your face
key to my past
Each expression
an experience portrayed
Memories abound
as I look at you
The goodbye
coming all too near
No image
can capture this air

My memoirs
about to be lost to fire
You left
my future is lost
I ache more
so is my past
I stare
wanting to preserve you
My guide
to go down the memory lane



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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Magician... A poem

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Forever lonely
with his skill
the magician
kept trying
His eyes focused
and often teary
the magician
juggled on
Crowd shouting
Little ones excited
the magician
made magic



Prompt by and Shared with - Poetry Jam - 'Magic'


My 5 Reminisces of Magic

Barren, Intense, Worry - A poem

The intense pair 
questioned
the barren one
Years worth of questions
asked
in a single look
The connection from past
drained
every worry from her being





Three Word Wednesday - "Barren, Intense, Worry"

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