Palm’s Foster Home for Peculiar Stories is a collection of short fiction written by C. G Salamander.
In this book you will find: English colonizes; Somalian pirates; Somalian pirates pretending to be English colonizers; a few spies; a zombie with an existential crisis; an evil bowl of soup; a ghost cow; a priest stuck in a chicken’s body; a few vamp-iyers; some backup dancers; a couple of orphaned brothers; God; some rowdy farm animals; a mad scientist; Death and all his friends; an incompetent angel; some deranged occultists; some not so deranged occultists.
You will also find: an armadillo; a few porcupine; an effigy; a ghost named Prya; some advice on stalking; wasp creatures who start conversations; a T-Rex; and a very old man.
NIGEL THE LAST BRIT IN INDIA
There is chaos and pandemonium in the streets of Madras, and it is up to Nigel (an officer of the Imperial Police) to restore order to the city... only he hasn't quite learned about India's Independence. Yet.
GAYATRI AND THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY VEGETABLES
When the newest and most successful religion (Cabbagism) threatens to bring about the destruction of the world, it is up to a melancholic zombie and a collection of rowdy farm animals to save the earth.
ALIENS, DINOSAURS, PORCUPINES
A porcupine, after setting out on a journey away from home, falls in love with an armadillo.
About the Author
It was exactly fifteen years ago that C G Salamander realized he was different from all the other Chinese Giant Salamanders. As a child C G Salamander hated living in the muddy crevices along the river banks, and so he decided to leave the Yangtze river and set out on a quest to find himself.
He spent days travelling across the vast terrains of china and finally reached the foothills of the Himalayas. With nowhere to go, and equipped with a childlike sense of wonder for a compass, C G Salamander began scaling the Himalayas where he would later enroll himself in a monastery. During his time in the mountains, he was taught how to read and write by foreigners who’d come to partake in the mountain’s rich culture and cheap herbage.
He spent most of his time in meditation, and eventually learned how to move objects with his mind.After spending a decade in the Himalayas, C.G Salamander traveled south to the city of Chennai, and has remained there ever since. He now spends his time telekinetically moving pens and pencils across paper.
Palms Foster Home for Peculiar Stories is his first book.
One look at the cover and you know, this is not the usual fare, nothing like the ones you have read before. In fact, this is going to be different. Really different.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, but you can surely pick
up one. Judging should be based on what lies enveloped between the front and
back covers, and that’s exactly what I will be doing here. Right now!
I was fascinated by the front cover, big time. Turn it around
and the back cover looks fascinating too, with the blurb encrypted in white.
This is where it gets interesting. The blurb denotes that this book is
going to take you on a fantasy ride, with dollops of imagination. Did it serve
the right concoction?
Yes. It did.
'Palm’s Foster Home For Peculiar Stories' is divided into
three parts, each comprising of stories weaved in interesting and unique
backgrounds. In the first part, we get to read about Nigel, a British Police
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that he or the readers did not expect to be. The story then unfolds how Nigel meets his lady love,
who keeps on coming to his rescue whenever he is in a fix, and the quirkiness
of his brother in law, who doesn't like being told what to do. There is a lot of
action going around in this story, and the humour is well encompassed in the
lines, making you laugh like mad on numerous occasions.
Yes, madness defines this book perfectly.
But it’s the second part of the book where the author,
C. G Salamander, has crossed all thresholds of eccentricity (God! How can
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characters that make you sit up and take notice. There is a cow (that too a ghost),
a number of zombies and their prophet ‘Murali’, and the Celestial Cabbage, who
wants to rule the world with the new faith, Cabbagism. As you can guess, what
follows is a crazy riot, with each chapter bringing forth the stories of the
characters. Kudos to the author for being successful in binding the strings and
not leaving any loose ends even though he was dealing with such a large number of plots and subplots.
After the craziness of the first two parts, the third
part mellows down a bit, and one wouldn't mind that, ‘cause the stories in this
section are equally endearing. My favourite is the beautiful love story between
the porcupine and the armadillo. The author even has tips on how to stalk
someone at the beach, and it comes with a warning. There is also a
fascinating tale of Denver the dinosaur and how he saves his two human friends
from the clutches of the telekinetic mole – people.
This is not a quick – read, by which I mean you may not
be able to complete it at a stretch. With a multitude of eccentric plots and
fresh from the imagination fantasy tales, this book should be relished at a
leisurely pace, sip by sip, letting the magic sink in. Yes, magic it is, and
like an accomplished wizard, the author manages to steal our attention to his
unique style of storytelling. This is not just a book, but an experience, that
blends dreams into fiction, making them sound real, and fascinating. C. G Salamander shines on debut, his finesse on wordplay amazing, and his characterizations
lively. This is a brave attempt by the author to debut with an unconventional
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“Honey, do you know what day it is today?” she asked me
on a morning Friday.
I thought and thought, but the day being too hot, my mind
grew numb, my memory needed a shot.
I stayed quiet, not knowing if I would speak right.
“Fine. Keep sleeping till nine. You don’t even remember
the date, and that’s why you I hate.”
The kitchen banged, the utensils clanged, spoons danced
in haze, knives and forks flew in rage.
Oops, it was her birthday, but
before I could realize, I had already ruined her day. Her mood was spoilt and
her anger boiled.
"On your birthday I shall bake a cake, with your
name written on top, and decorations I will make. A lavish meal on the table,
my sweetheart I promise, this birthday you will forever cherish," my words
rushed back to my mind, the vows I had once made with all flavour and shine.
I made a mess, and thus I had to handle the case, with
care and caution, I tried to find a right reason.
"My dear wifey, how can I miss your birthday cutie?
I just wanted to give you a surprise, trust me 'cause I speak no lies."
She remained silent, at least that was better than being
Actions speak louder than words, they say. I decided to
find out a way. I rushed to the kitchen, and started the oven. Luckily, the
ingredients were all in stock, and I had to race against the clock. Delays
should no longer hold my path, the cake should make her smile and laugh.
I turned on the LPG cylinder knob and subsequently the
stove, and what happened next marred my hope. The flame didn't ignite,
something was not right, I lifted the cylinder and realized it was too light.
No gas in the cylinder, couldn't fate be any kinder?
But hey, there was the oven, the cake was baking even. I decided
to prepare the meal in it, once the cake turns out beautiful and fit. Minutes
passed in lazy hue, the morning threatened to embrace the noon, when finally
the cake was ready, soft and mushy. I took it out, placed on the table,
decorations were next, my heart now stable.
I inscribed her name in creamy white, the icing on
chocolate made her eyes shine bright. She gave me a hug, a peck and a kiss, and
I ran back to the kitchen for the rest of her wish.
The meal now left, and I turned on the oven. But hey, why
this malice, why this treason? The fans turned off, the lights disappeared, the
electricity in our house suddenly acted weird.
A power cut in our locality, and with neighbours
discussing loud, I guessed what it was all about. Rain had started in full
flow, without an indication of the torrents turning slow. There had been a major
fault in one phase, and power supply wasn't expected for the rest of the day.
What could I do now? My plan had gone astray, wow!
I was sulking over my failure, when I heard her sweet
voice near, "It's ok hubby, don't be sady. You tried your best, do not
turn your mood into waste. I shall cut the cake now, and share a slice. We shall
sing and dance, and it will be all nice."
She cut the cake, and we did celebrate. And then by the
window, we talked and waited.
Finally, after a couple of hours, the skies dried in our
favour. We went out for lunch, albeit a bit late, but alas, that was in our
Now, when I look back to that day, I realize things could
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Title: GREY: Fifty Shades Of Grey As Told By Christian
Author: E. L. James
Publisher: Random House
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Adult
No. of Pages: 576
Price: Rs 499
My Rating: 3/5
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What could be more frustrating than a slow internet
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Launching a newbie into the Indian matrimonial scene is like introducing a new iPhone in an already saturated market has to be sleek, overflowing with catchy features and better than the already available versions. So when twenty-five-year-old Nitya Trivedi is forced into it by her ever so enthusiastic mother and pestering relatives, she hardly knows what she has bargained for. In her journey to find her soul-mate, she becomes Dollarkumar's Poundkumari, ends up fasting on party days to make peace with her horrorscope, attends hilarious 'arranged' meetings through various matchmaking portals and people - all under the nose of her extremely evil, but deliciously debonair boss Rudra Desai. With besties tying the knot and cousins 'stealing' prospective groom, wonder how Nitya's mother will find the perfect match for her only daughter. But as always, love will find a way in the midst of The Shaadi Brouhaha..
About the Author
Born in UAE and brought up in India, Anjlee Shah has completed her MBA from Cardiff University. Currently she works and lives in England with her husband. Intrigued by arranged marriage in Indian culture, she decided to write her debut novel. In her spare time she loves to read, write and travel.
A primary reason to pick up ‘The Shaadi Brouhaha’ is
that it is relatable. A second reason, well, the humour is delectable. Ask for
third, and I would say, the plot is damn believable.
Nitya Trivedi, ‘CA pass without fail and currently
working with Axis Bank’, realizes she is no better than an iPhone in a
saturated market when she is pushed into the matrimonial hullabaloo. All well
and good, and though initially she feels doubtful, she confidently goes ahead
with it guided by Monali bhabhi, who makes sure she handles questions like age
and weight carefully in her matrimonial profile.
Nitya wishes for a partner who will understand her, giver
her her own space, and be compatible to her needs. Over the course of time, she
meets several prospective candidates, whether it be the US – return
Dollarkumar, who admitted being gay, or the ‘blackberry in one hand and an
iPhone on his right ear’ Jigla, whose father proudly declares ‘our family
members are very impotent to us’. Unfortunately, she fails to find a life
partner in most of them.
Until she finds her man, or so she thinks.
‘The Shaadi Brouhaha’ is a tale that focuses on the
nuances of an arranged marriage, the serious issues surrounding it, albeit in a
light hearted manner. Through Nitya’s story, we come face to face with the pros
and cons that surround this style of matrimony. Getting acquainted with a
stranger, knowing what clicks and what not, and then trying to decipher the
chemistry is a task that many undertake in the country. Often, we start liking
someone, only to realise that the relation doesn’t have a definite conclusion,
leading to heartbreak, tears and lots of tears. Nithya experiences the same
emotions, the same pain, of a rejection that is totally unexpected, leaving her
However, as they say, everything happens for good. Love
blooms, and blossoms gradually, and as expected, the tale swims through a
happy conclusion, but not before it experiences a few twists and turns on the
way, which in a way is good, as it engrosses the readers’ attention throughout
Nitya Trivedi is a character we all know and can
identify with. She is real, her confusions reflecting our own stream of
thoughts. Her reactions to the prospective grooms, and her conversations with
them is often the best part of this book. Not only are they funny, but they also
reflect the truth of our society. Nitya meets a number of suitors, but nowhere
does the narrative bogs down due to large number of characters, as the author
Anjlee Shah has taken proper care to provide unique individual characteristic
traits to all of them, thus each meeting brings forward a whole new experience,
and a stream of interesting subplots.
Brouhaha’ shines on several fronts, be it the subtle romance between the
protagonists, the suspense never ending in the pages, or the humour that
encompasses that floats throughout the book. Anjlee Shah displays the
competitive environment encircling arranged marriage, with every person trying to get the
best catch. However, at the end of the day, amidst all the arranged marriage
hungama, it’s love that emerges victorious, signifying that whether one goes
for arrange marriage or not, a successful partnership is one that is full of
care, understanding and love; love, love and lots of love.
And it’s love stories like this that makes you feel good
and smile, like a smiley :-)
Title: The Shaadi Brouhaha.. : Arranged Marriage Hungama