Let’s Talk: with K. Hari Kumar, an Award Winning Short Film-maker and an Author

He is an award winning short film maker, an agripreneur in his beautiful hometown in Kerala and a year ago his widely acclaimed debut novel, When Strangers Meet…was released and thus started a new journey for him as an author. We are talking about K. Hari Kumar a young, dynamic 20 something person and we got an opportunity to have him with us for an exclusive interview, where he talks about his passion in film making and how he wrote a novel adapted from his own film.

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K. Hari Kumar, Courtesy: Google Images

 

  • Let’s Talk:

Team WordBite (TWB):Hello, Hari, first of all tell us everything about how it all started- the film making?

K. Hari Kumar (KHK): Now, for that we gotta go back in time. I guess I must thank my parents for taking me with them to movies when I was just a baby, my mother tells me that unlike other kids I would watch the entire film without crying or falling asleep.

 

TWB: Usually a book is adapted into a screenplay for a movie, but in your case you wrote a novel from a screenplay. Tell us the story behind this story.

KHK: I was not keeping well and there was a point in life when I wanted to do what I always wanted to do, and that inspired me to make that rusty first short film, and later the same motivated me to write a novel based on it. This was the first book that I completed, and I believe the motivation pumped me.

TWB: Sometimes all it takes is stranger’s tale to bring your life back on track, so did you have had any stranger’s influence in your life?

KHK: Everyday!

 

When Strangers Meet

 

TWB: Your book When Strangers meet, narrates a very hard-hitting story filled with suspense and a great drama. It revolves around the father-son relationships from the viewpoints of three different strata of our society. What made you write on this topic? And most importantly, what made you write a story in a never-read-before way?

KHK: My own life, my state of mind at the moment in life, how my father who was once a hero for me back when we were struggling in life (financially) How he had started shaping himself as the greatest villain during my late teen till adulthood, which also coincided an ascent in our financial status. The grief and a yearning for a son’s acceptance in the eyes of a father paved the path for a book that hustles for the same.

TWB:There is a very beautiful line in the book, “You are a little man… having a modest dream… but a big heart”. In a current scenario when people our running behind mindless things how should one relate to this line?

KHK: Well, if people are running after useless things, then definitely the dream aint modest, but immature. But having said that, I believe that having a dream is nothing but ordinary, what defines a person is if he/she has the caliber to work hard without getting distracted. Not all of us are served on a silver platter; we must use our bare hands if we don’t have one.

TWB: Share with us something about your life in Kerala, your upbringing, and the inspiration, influences for carving out these beautiful stories.

KHK: I was brought up in Gurgaon and I am proud to call it my home. Kerala is a scenic destination for a weekend getaway, and that’s all I would say for the place. My inspiration comes from the stories my mother would read me on those lazy afternoons in my childhood days.

TWB:Making films or writing a novel? Why?

KHK: The only way one can experience God.

TWB:How was it working with Shristi Publications and also tell us something about your next book

KHK: Srishti, under the patronage of Jayantakumar Bose, is a well-established platform for writers and with Arup’s arrival it’s getting a complete makeover.

TWB:What’s next? When will we be able to see you directing a mainstream feature film?

KHK: Fingers crossed.

TWB: When was the last time you did something for the first time? And what was it?

KHK: I am giving an interview on Wordbite right now, that’s a first here. 

TWB:Rapid Fire

  • Your favourite film(s) :

KHK: Parosh Pathor, The Da Vinci Code, Planet of the Apes (1958), Vertigo, Guru, Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya, Transformers, Signs and the list goes on.

  • Your fabourite author(s), book(s) :

KHK:   Dan Brown, Albert Camus, S Radhakrishnan, Satyajit Ray, Paulo Coelho, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Khaled Hosseini, Arthur Conan Doyle & Roald Dahl.

Deception Point, The Da Vinci Code, The Stranger, Witches, The Alchemist, Hound of Baskervilles, Pet Sematary, The Afghan, Kite Runner.

  • If When Strangers Met was made into a Bollywood Movie, whould would you think would be the actors essaying the characters.

KHK:  Prakash Raj – Iyer

Dhanush – Young Iyer

Varun Dhawan – Jai

AbhishekBachchan – Pathan

Asin – Padma

Alia – Tanya

Nasser – Iyer’s Dad

 

TWB:Thank You! Hari, for this interview, and we wish you loads of success and peace in your life. Good Day J

KHK: Totally my honor J I wish you and team WordBite all the very best.

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Book Review: The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

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Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

 The Almond Tree

  • Book Description

Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with knowing that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.

On Ichmad’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality.

With his father imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ichmad begins an inspiring journey using his intellect to save his poor and dying family. In doing so he reclaims a love for others that was lost through a childhood rife with violence and loss, and discovers a new hope for the future.

  • My View  

What will you do, if you move into a different world, away from all your worries and there is only peace, only peace there? Well, eh…I know that place and if you also want to be at that place then you indeed have to read this book. The author with this story draws our attention to this conflict, injustice and above all ignites a lamp of peace. Though I have a very little idea about the real life situation there in the Palestine but I was very much moved when I read the situations mentioned in this story. Though I was apprehensive and a little skeptical about the story and I had a slight disbelief in it but all vanished when I moved forward, when the story moved forward and slowly and steadily I was there, right there. It was an emotional moment for me when I completed the book. A very heart wrenching story. I haven’t read The Kite Runner and the comparisons between these two books are very alien to me, though I have promised myself to find out the answer soon. The Almond Tree gives a walloping punch. You will feel a deep sense of compassion and peace after reading this book. People have already judged this as a very important book of this decade and with a very little knowledge about the books I am wishing this book to be adorned in every library and in every book-shelf. The only negative thing I felt about this book is that the certain character’s sketching should have been stronger. But the narration makes up for it. A very good book and I recommend you all to read it once because sometimes all you need is to have an eye of a person through which you can see a different world.

My rating: 4.7/5

 

Title: The Almond Tree

Author: Michelle Cohen Corasanti

ISBN-10:  8172344872

ISBN-13: 9788172344870

Genre:Fiction

Publisher: Fingerprint

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

Reviewed By:  Rahul Marar (Team WordBite)

 

Book Review: Kingdom Come by Aarti V. Raman

Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review Kingdom Come by Aarti V. Raman

Courtesy: Amazon.in
Courtesy: Amazon.in

 

  • Book Description

How do you kill a man with no Achilles heel? You cut off his foot Tom Jones.
Set against the serene beauty of Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, Kingdom Come is a gripping story of death and loss, vengeance and retribution, love and life. Krivi Iyer is an embittered former spy and bomb defusal expert with only one regret. That he couldn’t catch The Woodpecker, a dangerous, mentally unstable bomber who ended his partner’s family. He has a second chance to go after his arch enemy with the arrival of Ziya Maarten, the manager of ‘Goonj Business Enterprises’ in Srinagar, Kashmir, who is alleged to be The Woodpecker’s sister. Except, Ziya is a beautiful distraction and not a terrorist’s sister. When a tragedy in London tears Ziya’s life apart, she can only rely on Krivi to give her the absolution and vengeance she needs to move on. Between training to be an anti-terrorist squad member and finding The Woodpecker, Ziya uncovers the secrets of Krivi’s tormented past. But will two tortured souls find the courage to love?

  • My View  

When I completed this book, I went back through my memory line again to the day when I started reading this book and boy, what a journey it was! A very interesting book cover and a very good story and the most important part is the way the story was presented. Krivi Iyer is not an ordinary army man and the way his character is described, I am very much excited to see him being essayed on the Big Screen. The various emotions essayed by Krivi makes you feel what the character feels, same is the case for Ziya. The romance between them is just so beautiful. And then comes the Woodpecker hunting, which will keep you out of the breath while reading it. The story is actually a Kashmiri Carpet which is intricately woven. And at the end everything threads together and solves the jigsaw puzzle. The writing style is very interesting and will keep you hooked right till the end. I must say the author made a very brilliant entry with this book.

My rating: 4.5/5

 

Title: Kingdom Come

Author: Aarti V. Raman

ISBN-10:  9351063976

ISBN-13: 978-9351063971

Genre:Fiction/Crime Thriller, Romance

Publisher:Harlequin India Pvt. Ltd. (1 April 2014)

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

Reviewed By:  Rahul Marar (Team WordBite)

Book Review: About Matters of the Hurt: Love Stories – Round the Clock by Sourabh Mukherjee

Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review About Matters of the Hurt: Love Stories – Round the Clock by Sourabh Mukherjee

Matters of Hurt

 

 

  • Book Description

 

About Matters of the Hurt: Love Stories – Round the Clock is a brisk read with lasting impact – a collection of four contemporary romantic short stories, aligned in settings and mood with the four parts of the day. The collection paints love in its various hues that make it the only emotion worth dying for. A slice of life in true sense, the book takes us on a soulful journey as we relive loves lost or found or nurtured unprofessed in the deepest recesses of our hearts.

  • My View     
About Matters of the Hurt is a heart-breaking and highly emotional book, which will leave you teary, eyed in a good way. This book consists of 4 short stories, honestly speaking, after reading the 3rd story, I wanted to throw away the book, because the book was torturing with my emotions way too much, making me feel painful all the while, but after reading the 4th story, I realized love can be equally painful and wonderful.

All the stories are narrated from the main protagonist of the story. This book will make you realize that love can be heart-breaking, love can make you crazy, love can be revengeful, which occurs when you want to hate somebody you love too much and love can be forever and ever. Well not to mention these are the themes of the 4 stories.

Praise to the author for writing such an emotionally romantic book. The author has able to bring out the right emotions through this book. Well written book with all the descriptions in the right places. I loved this book to my heart and I’m sure if you guys read this one, this book will make you realize that love is not any child’s play, and that we must all value the idea of love.

  • My rating:  4.3/5

 

Title: About Matters of the Hurt: Love Stories – Round the Clock

Author: Sourabh Mukherjee

ISBN-10: 148281577X

ISBN-13: 9781482815771

Genre: Romance, Anthologies

Publisher:Partridge Publishing (Authorsolutions)

 

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

Reviewed By:  Aditi Saha(Team WordBite)

EMOTIONS: Eyes That Speak by Binita Chirakattu (Team WordBite)

Eyes That Speak

 

courtesy: Google Images
courtesy: Google Images

 

 

A wish to speak

But voice too weak,

What the heart wants to say,

Let the eyes convey.

 

Pretending to sleep,

Just to silently weep;

But the eyes so wide

All the pain they can’t hide.

 

Hoping to smile

Just to rest for a while;

Then return to that life

With its joys and strife.

 

But those eyes all along

Never ever are they wrong;

The sparkling look in those eyes

Says-‘Wake up, arise!’

 

Book Review: The Thorough Check by Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh

Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review The Thorough Check by Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh

 The Thorough Check

  • Book Description

So much has been talked about to quell the great religious divide in India but it pervades like a dust storm all across the society, politics, business and intelligentsia. Here is an honest attempt to see the nation first, a nation that cannot afford to talk divisive after sweltering for hundreds of years under foreign rule and their loot. This is the story of a police officer, who puts his life at stake in protecting the country. Narrated at the backdrop of some scintillating scenes of love, passion, and adventure, it keeps the readers glued to the content. The earthly appeal, scenic locales and the contemporary relevance, make it a darling for all age groups. The book creates yet another Tryst of Destiny, this time in the twenty first century. The protagonist achieves what the creators of this nation could not, a change of heart of the hardliners. A must read for the world citizens of tomorrow: Vasudaivakudumbakam.

 

  • My View  

 

I must say, I was clueless about this book and its cover wasn’t giving me a hint about what exactly is this book about. With this thinking I started reading the book. Like a train which starts slowly and with a little time it picks up its speed was this story too. And once this story picked up the speed, I didn’t look back. What a gripping read this was? The lead character of this story is an undercover policeman working under the State Police of Kerala. He is sent to the state of Gujarat for a tough assignment to find what the answer to all those mysterious activities which was detected in the coast of Kerala and which has some links to the Gujarat. The rest of the story is about the lead character’s quest in uncovering the possible conspiracy by the evils to save the country from them with some high octane action. Will he be able to save the country from the terrorist activities? What will happen when the terrorists get to know about the person who is stopping them?

The story is surely paced in a right way. The character sketching was done perfectly by the author. I could feel the way the characters did. The dramatization was excellent and so was the way the author described the starting chapters. Being a Keralite helped me feel the way the character has spoken about the typical way a Malayali behaves; the Malayalam dialogues were very funny, though proper translations have been provided. There are some creatively written sentences in the book which will sweep you off your feet. A slight importance should have been given by the author in the way the narration goes. The way the protagonist thinks about the way the minorities are treated was very touching. This was the best part of the story. And it surely questions us, the Indians to ask ourselves, “Are we really secular?” Finally I like to say that this is a very unique and beautiful story, filled with some great suspense and some very beautiful emotions.

 

  • My rating: 4/5

 

Title: The Thorough Check

Author: Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh

ISBN-13:  9789383562053

Genre:Fiction/Crime Thriller

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing

 

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

Reviewed By:  Rahul Marar (Team WordBite)

 

 

Book Review: When Strangers Meet by K. Hari Kumar

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Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review When Strangers Meetby K. Hari Kumar

 

  • Book Description

When Strangers Meet is a story that shows the father-son relationship from the points of view of the three main characters in the book, and all of them belongs from three different strata of society. The story is divided into three parts, the runaway, Iyer’s story and revelations. The first part has two stories running side by side, Jai Sharma; a teenager wants to take up a course but his father is totally against it. His father wants him to do engineering and against his wishes takes him to an engineering college for his admission. Frustrated Jai, fed up with his life, writes a letter to his father and runs from his house to the Delhi Metro Station where he meets Iyer and Hussain. In parallel to Jai’s story, there is another story, which is of Hussain a tea vendor. He has an obedient son who always thinks of helping his father in all possible ways. One day the family wins a jackpot and Hussain sets of his journey towards to Delhi Metro, early morning to reach the Delhi Lottery Office to collect the winning amount. The second part is that of Iyer who narrates his story to the rebellious Jai. Amidst this, the story is about these three people and their tryst with each other’s destiny that will change their lives forever.

 

  • My View  

This is a story that grabs you from the first page itself and makes your heart go out with the characters and their feelings. A story filled with pace and is a sure shot page turner. An evocative prose and I must say it’s one of the most riveting books I have ever read this year. The conversations between Iyer and Jai are the highlight of this book. Even the innocence shown by the little Arshad touched my heart. There is one line that touched me and inspired me like nothing is “You are a little man…having a modest dream…but a big heart.” Then the end revelations, this is something which was unexpected and is one of the best climaxes I have ever read in recent times. The author carved a beautiful climax that will sweep you off your feet. And I must say, this story is a perfect amalgamation of action, comedy, romance, drama and the most important one is the suspense. When Strangers Meet will stay with me for a long time. I am damn sure that this book has a power to endure and resonate forever in the minds of all those who will read this. I will definitely recommend you to grab this book

My rating: 5/5

 

Title: When Strangers Meet

Author: K. Hari Kumar

ISBN-13: 9789380349930

Genre: Fiction, Drama, Suspense

Publisher: Shristi Publishers and Distributors.

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

Reviewed By: Rahul Marar (Team WordBite)