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Guest Post – Favourite Scenes In The Coral Strand by Ravinder Randhawa


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I am super excited to welcome the brilliant Ravinder Randhawa back to Tales today for another fab guest post this time celebrating her book, The Coral Strand which was released earlier this year published by Matador.

Passion. Deceit. Revenge.

I was a huge fan of Ravinder’s Beauty and the Beast (you can find my review here) and her short story collection Dynamite (you can find my review here) so I am super excited to find out what The Coral Strand has in story for me!

Today Ravinder discusses her favourite scenes in the book….


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From English winters to Indian summers. From the cold streets of modern Britain to the glamorous, turbulent and impassioned world of 1940’s Mumbai.

Each year, Sita makes a mysterious journey to the Mausoleum, the place of dark memories and warped beginnings. She goes to spy on Emily and Champa, the strange ‘guardians’ she once escaped, and on whom she had taken a daring revenge. This year proves to be fatefully different… This year, the terrible secrets of the past are starting to emerge; secrets that inexorably link the three women to each other, to the grey-eyed stranger Kala, and to an altogether different world – the glittering, violent and passionate world of 1940’s Mumbai.

Ravinder Randhawa’s women, caught in a desperate fight for survival, cross taboos and forbidden lines in this richly plotted novel, imbued with fascinating historical detail, and the beauties of place and period. Readers of modern and historical novels alike will enjoy Randhawa’s evocative portrait of the compelling relationship between Britain and India, which continues to enthrall and engage us.


Favourite Scenes In The Coral Strand

I have so many favourite scenes in The Coral Strand, I’ll restrict myself to four, from the early part of the book. The Coral Strand is one of the few novels to present the dark side of empire and the Raj. We’re normally given a Raj that’s glamorous and pretty, with only a little bit of tyranny. But in my head, I can hear Emily saying, ‘first they established the empire over women, and then over countries.’ This sentence isn’t in the novel, but I can hear Emily saying it loud and clear. Emily instinctively understands what it’s all about and when faced with survival or destitution, has the guts to break one of the Empire’s taboos.

On to favourite scenes: my first one is actually the opening scene.

“Afraid? No fear. Not me.” This is how we meet Sita, one of the major characters, as she stares into a tiny mirror, and chants her daily mantra to herself. Sita’s determined to appear strong and independent, to stand on her own two feet, but every morning she needs to build up some Dutch courage.

   When she takes a bottle of Old Spice, the male cologne, and sprinkles herself with it as if it’s the most fragrant of feminine perfumes, we begin to guess there may be contrariness and rebellion simmering in her character. The scene takes us back to her childhood and introduces us to the formidable and mysterious Emily, who will brook no defiance, and who first gives her a bottle of Old Spice. We also learn that Sita ran away from Emily’s house.

   Opening the curtains, Sita rubs the condensation on the window, and a reflective, thoughtful Sita, looks out into the dark morning, noting the few windows which are lit, “early risers providing her with a distant sense of camaraderie.” I love the feeling this sentence gives, suggesting that Sita instinctively feels a kinship with other people, a connectedness. Echoing one of the major themes in the novel, about people being connected to each other, and the need to find out how and why.

My second favourite scene is where Sita assembles herself, item by item, garment by garment, make-up colour by make-up colour, copying the image in an Asian magazine. Because she doesn’t know how to dress for an Asian occasion, and has to engineer an imitation. For me, it carries echoes of how women, so often have to ‘construct’ themselves, ‘engineer’ themselves, for the outside world.

The third scene is set in Britain 1942, and is rather brutal, but brilliantly captures the steel in Emily’s character. Emily and Maureen are both being courted by Thomas Miller, who is visiting from India. In the end he chooses Emily. Rejected Maureen waits for Emily outside the factory gates “with murder in her eyes.” Maureen batters and beats her into the ground, till other women forcefully pull her away. “Spitting blood and grit, Emily tasted victory.”

The fourth scene is set in Bombay*1942. Thomas and Emily have just disembarked from their ship, and are checking into a boarding house. Unknown to Emily, Thomas has a secret lover in Bombay, a woman called Champa. Two of Champa’s acquaintances see Emily arriving with Thomas; discover she’s his new wife, and immediately set off to see Champa.

   In Champa’s rooms, the women are formal and polite: “To fully milk the enjoyment of an event, suspense must be created, with hints and teases strewn along the path.” When they finally reveal the truth, one of the women, nick-named Telegram, gets completely carried away, wildly exaggerates the beauty of Emily’s looks, and extravagantly elevates her importance by hinting she may be linked to English nobility, perhaps Royalty itself.  “Emily was never to know how much she owed Telegram, for after her description of Emily, Champa never quite managed to shed the image and information she was first fed.” And thus, events are set in motion, which cross decades and carry them across the ocean to England.

*Bombay is now called Mumbai

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You can buy a copy of The Coral Strand here

Check out a previous guest post by Ravinder about Love and Loss here


About Ravinder Randhawa

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Ravinder was born in India, but grew up in the leafy county of Warwickshire, England, not far from Stratford-upon-Avon. She was incredibly lucky that her first trip to a theatre was to see ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by the Royal Shakespeare Company. An event that’s still luminous in her mind. Ravinder loves travelling, and socialising with friends and family. Tends to have opinions on many things, and tries to dig a bit deeper into them and discuss them in her monthly blog at: http://www.ravinderrandhawa.com/category/blog/        

You can find out more about Ravinder on her website – www.ravinderrandhawa.com

Or why not follow her on twitter – @RealRavs


A huge thank you to Ravinder for such a fab guest post and to Faye Rogers for organising.

I can’t wait to read The Coral Strand!

Have you read The Coral Strand?  What did you think?  Have you read of Ravinder’s other books?  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading!

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Guest Post – Love and Loss by Ravinder Randhawa


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When the lovely Faye Rogers asked me if I would like to be part of this fab blog tour I jumped at the chance.  I loved Ravinder Randhawa’ s other books I read this year Dynamite and Beauty And The Beast which I reviewed as part of a previous blog tour.

For my stop on the blog tour the lovely author Ravinder Randhawa is sharing some poetry with us and reflecting on love and loss.

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers and author Ravinder Randhawa for having me on this wonderful tour!


About The Book

A Wicked Old Woman

Publisher – Matador

Date Published – October 24th 2015 (republished)

Format – Paperback & Ebook

Category – Contemporary

Drama. Masquerade. Mischief.

A sharply observed, witty and confident novel. Linguistically playful, entertaining and provoking.

In a bustling British city,  Kulwant mischievously masquerades as a much older woman, using her walking stick like a Greek chorus, ‘…stick-leg-shuffle-leg-shuffle…’ encountering new adventures and getting bruised by the jagged edges of her life. There’s the Punjabi punk who rescues her after a carefully calculated fall; Caroline, her gregarious friend from school days, who watched over her dizzy romance with ‘Michael the Archangel’, Maya the myopic who can’t see beyond her broken heart and Rani/Rosalind, who’s just killed a man …

Vividly bringing to life a bit of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

You can find out more about this fab book here or on Goodreads here


Love and Loss

Our lives seesaw on love and loss. Even when we’ve lost, we continue to love. Grieving, bitter-sweet memory accompanying our days. Where there was presence, there’s now absence; where there was a voice, there are only echoes; where there was a future, there’s only a past. The world will never be the same again.

The following three poems cover the centuries from 725 to 2015. The emotions of the oldest poem to the newest, touch us with the same poignancy and haunting sadness as when they were first written.

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I was introduced to the ‘River Merchant’s Wife,’ by an actor friend, who read it out to a group of us after dinner. Silencing us with the gentle love story of these two young people, and the wife’s long wait, her yearning hopefulness.

The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter

While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead

I played about the front gate, pulling flowers.

You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse,

You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums.

And we went on living in the village of Chōkan:

Two small people, without dislike or suspicion.

At fourteen I married My Lord you.

I never laughed, being bashful.

Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.

Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.

At fifteen I stopped scowling,

I desired my dust to be mingled with yours

Forever and forever and forever.

Why should I climb the look out?

At sixteen you departed,

You went into far Ku-tō-yen, by the river of swirling eddies,

And you have been gone five months.

The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead.

You dragged your feet when you went out.

By the gate now, the moss is grown, the different mosses,

Too deep to clear them away!

The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.

The paired butterflies are already yellow with August

Over the grass in the West garden;

They hurt me. I grow older.

If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang,

Please let me know beforehand,

And I will come out to meet you

As far as Chō-fu-Sa.

(By Li Po. Adapted by Ezra Pound 1915)

Poem 2

The seesaw swings and we have one of the most beautiful love poems in the English language, ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?’ which refuses to acknowledge loss. Whether it’s the loss of youth and beauty, or life and love.

Sonnet 18. ‘Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day?’

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimmed;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,

Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,

When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.

     So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

     So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

(William Shakespeare )

Poem 3

‘Phone Call on a Train Journey,’ is peculiarly a product of our technology. The anguish of receiving such news while held in solitary captivity on a train, where your feelings have nowhere to go, to till the train reaches the station.

Phone Call on a Train Journey

The smallest bone in the human ear

weighs no more than a grain of rice.

She keeps thinking it means something

but probably is nothing.

Something’s lost, she craves it

hunting in pockets, sleeves,

checks the eyelets in fabric.

Could you confirm you were his sister?

When they pass her his rimless glasses,

they’re tucked into a padded sleeve;

several signatures later,

his rucksack is in her hands

(without the perishables),

lighter than she had imagined.

(From the collection Small Hands by Mona Arshi, published April 2015. Winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.)

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About The Author

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Ravinder Randhawa is the acclaimed author of the novels Beauty and the Beast (YA), A Wicked Old Woman, The Tiger’s Smile and the short story collection Dynamite. She’s currently working on a trilogy: The Fire-Magician. Ravinder was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Toynbee Hall, Queen Mary’s University, the University of London, and founded the Asian Women Writer’s Collective.

Ravinder was born in India, grew up in leafy Warwickshire, now lives in London and agrees with Samuel Johnson’s saying (though of course, in a gender non-specific way) ‘…if a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’  Loves good coffee and really good thrillers.

Website: http://www.ravinderrandhawa.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealRavs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ravinderrandhawaauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3518698.Ravinder_Randhawa

Check out my review of Dynamite here

Or Beauty And The Beast here

You can also check out a guest post from Ravinder about her favourite scenes in her other book The Coral Strand here


Blog Tour

Why not catch up on the rest of this wonderful blog tour!

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Monday 23rd November

A Novel Haul

Tuesday 24th November

Books with Bunny

Wednesday 25th November

Chouett

Thursday 26th November

Kirstyes

Friday 27th November

Live Otherwise

Saturday 28th November

So Many Books, So Little Time

Sunday 29th November

Big Book Little Book

Jane & Bex Book Blog

 Monday 30th November

Have Book Will Read

Tuesday 1st December

Linda’s Book Bag

Wednesday 2nd December

Ali the Dragon Slayer

Reviewed the Book

Thursday 3rd December

The Review Diaries

 Friday 4th December

The Bibliophile & Tea

Poppy Peacock Pens

 Saturday 5th December

The Reader’s Corner

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Sunday 6th December

Tales of Yesterday

Have you read A Wicked Old Women or any other books by Ravinda Randhawa?  What did you think?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading!

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Review – Beauty and the Beast by Ravinder Randhawa


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When the lovely Faye Rogers announced that she was hosting a blog tour for the books Dynamite and Beauty and the Beast by Ravinder Randhawa I jumped at the chance to be a part of it as soon as I read the blurbs!  These books sounded so interesting and diverse that I really wanted to see what they were all about.  I am completely over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for these books and I am so happy I have had the chance to read them!

For my second stop on this brilliant blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book Beauty and the Beast!

You can check out my review of Dynamite a collection of short stories here !

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers and Ravinder Randhawa for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.

Don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post!


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‘Problems? Confusions? Contradictions? I got them all and if you’ve got them, then FLAUNT them is my motto.’ Meet Harjinder (aka Hari-jan): ‘A’ level student, supermarket worker and desperate journalist. Feisty and impulsive, Hari-jan can’t refuse a dare and to make matters worse has fallen in love with the wrong boy. 
Her best friend Ghazala has taken to wearing the hijab and mentoring racists. 
Can Hari-jan battle through the hurdles and win her man? 
Can Ghazala work out how to do Good in her own way? 
A sparkling, coming-of-age novel about life, love and friendship. 


Publisher – CreateSpace

Published – 12th September 2014

Pages – 250 pages

Format – Paperback & Ebook

Category – YA Contemporary

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the lovely Faye Roger and the author Ravinder Randhawa as part of the blog tour.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you both for sending this to me to read!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


I went into this book quite blind and knowing very little about it and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it!  A really great read about friendship, love and life as an Asian teen growing up in England.

Beauty and the Beast is the glimpse into the life of seventeen year old Harjinder (aka Hari-jan).  She feels a little left out of her Muslim best friend, Ghazala’s, life and also seems to make an enemy out of popular girl Veronica!  When Hari-jan’s piece does not make the school newspaper “Popular Demand” she reluctantly ends up making a bet with Veronica that she can win editor of “Popular Demand” Suresh’s heart (who just happens to be Veronica’s boyfriend) and also gets roped into writing a piece about the local “All Women Beauty Contest”!  What pursues is not what Hari-jan expects!

The story is told from feisty, funny Hari-jan’s point of view and she is quite a funny, sarcastic teenage character who I adored as soon as I started reading!  Whilst she accepts boundaries and abides by them she also likes to add her own rules into the mix!  A typical teenager growing up and exploring trying to find her place in the world!

I loved the will they won’t they relationship between Hari-jan who say’s things as they are and Suresh who can be rather judgemental and sometimes quite rude to Hari-jan.  At times Suresh was totally loveable for me as a reader and then at other times totally the other side of the coin and frustrating which is exactly how e is meant to be.  The dialogue and banter between Hari-jan and Suresh was hilarious and I could feel Hari-jan’s confusion, feelings and anger towards Suresh on a number of occasions.

It may just be me but it reminded me a little of 10 Things I Hate About You which of course is a retelling of The Taming Of The Shrew.  The characters just reminded me of traits of the characters in that film which of course I loved!  Saying that it also seemed to have a classical kind of vibe to it also!

I also love how Hari-jan’s best friend Ghazala had her own storyline and faced her own struggles being a Muslim growing up in England and trying to tackle racism in her own way whilst also trying to help and support her family through a difficult time.  I admired Ghazala a lot and loved the portrait of friendship between Hari-jan and Ghazala which was realistically written and a real friendship which I enjoyed.

 As well as the plot unfolding between the characters the book explored and brought to the forefront knowledge about Asian cultures and traditions.  It gave me as a reader a fantastic insight into a culture I know a bit about but not as much as I would like to.  The book explores the traditions of arranged marriage, racism, feminism and poverty and I loved the integration of the Asian language within the story which is done with ease.  Everything is written so sensitively and enriched with culture and tradition and that is a credit to Ravinder Randhawa’s writing style and as a reader I absorbed every part of it.

A truly diverse, funny and touching read and one that I would highly recommend!

I award this book 4 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy Beauty and the Beast by Ravinda Randhawa here

Or why not add it to your Goodreads wish list here

Or check out my review of Ravinder Randhawa’s short story collection Dynamite here

Or a fab poetry guest post by Ravinder Randhawa here

You can also check out a guest post from Ravinder about her favourite scenes in her other book The Coral Strand here


About Ravinder Randhawa

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Ravinder Randhawa is the acclaimed author of the novels Beauty and the Beast (YA), A Wicked Old Woman, The Tiger’s Smile and the short story collection Dynamite. She’s currently working on a trilogy: The Fire-Magician. Ravinder was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Toynbee Hall, Queen Mary’s University, the University of London, and founded the Asian Women Writer’s Collective.

 Ravinder was born in India, grew up in leafy Warwickshire, now lives in London and agrees with Samuel Johnson’s saying (though of course, in a gender non-specific way) ‘…if a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’  Loves good coffee and really good thrillers.

Website: http://www.ravinderrandhawa.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealRavs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ravinderrandhawaauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3518698.Ravinder_Randhawa


Ravinder Randhawa Blog Tour

Why not catch up on the rest of this wonderful blog tour!

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Link to Tour Schedule

http://fayerogers.co.uk/tour-schedule-ravinder-randhawa-blog-tour

Monday 25th May

An Awful Lot of Books

 Tuesday 26th May

Bookaholic Confessions

Big Book Little Book

 Wednesday 27th May

Tales of Yesterday

 Thursday 28th May

Maia Moore Reads

 Friday 29th May

Man of Words

 Saturday 30th May

The Book Moo

Read Rant Review

 Sunday 31st May

Tales of Yesterday

 

 


Giveaway!

There is a tour-wide giveaway during the tour.

The prizes include;

3 Paperback copies of Dynamite

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Have you read Beauty and the Beast or any other books by Ravinda Randhawa?  What did you think?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading….go pick up a copy of this book straight away!

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Review – Dynamite by Ravinder Randhawa


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When the lovely Faye Rogers announced that she was hosting a blog tour for the books Dynamite and Beauty and the Beast by Ravinder Randhawa I jumped at the chance to be a part of it as soon as I read the blurbs!  These books sounded so interesting and diverse that I really wanted to see what they were all about.  I am completely over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for these books and I am so happy I have had the chance to read them!

For my first stop on this brilliant blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the collection of short stories in the book Dynamite!

You can also check out my review of Beauty and the Beast by Ravinder Randhawa here !

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers and Ravinder Randhawa for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.

Don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post!


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Collection of short stories: Fun, feisty, tender and wry. Full of imagination and originality, stories of innocence and experience, British-Asianess and life’s haunting complexity. From kick-ass heroines to mysterious spacecraft; the heartache of first love to the inheritance of history; the echo of distant war zones to treacherous boyfriends; riots and violent murder.


Publisher – CreateSpace

Published – 29th September 2014

Pages – 132 pages

Format – Paperback & Ebook

Category – Short Stories

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the lovely Faye Roger and the author Ravinder Randhawa as part of the blog tour.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you both for sending this to me to read!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Dynamite is a wonderful collection of fun and tender stories all told from the point of view of strong Asian women.  Prior to reading Dynamite I fully put my hands up here and admit that I had not yet read ANY other books by Ravinda Randhawa!  But after reading this collection of short stories this is soon to be rectified as it left me craving more!

I always ensure that my reading in general includes diversity.  It’s important and I really do believe that we need more diverse books out there so we can learn from characters experiences or feel not so alone when we find a character is just like us.  Dynamite for me champions diversity and opened my mind to a culture and traditions I knew little about and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

With this book I have been taken on a thrilling journey to find a missing diamond and a mysterious spacecraft!  I have read about first love and traditions, family values and missing family.  My heart has been broken reading about riots, murder and racism.  I have also been intrigued by mystery, but most of all I have been on a journey with this book with such a wide range of diverse characters it really is a must read.

Normal Times

This story is about family and a fictional society.  About a mother who was outcaste from her own family for breaking tradition and what her family believed in and about a daughter that to help find her missing brother strives to teach her mother that the world as changed.  This is a story that emphasises what tradition and cultures mean to people and although the tradition of the majkari sets are fictional in this story you get a good sense of value and what these sets mean to the characters and their lives.

India

This was one of my favourites.  A story of first love, how it feels to be in love and betrayal.  After falling for the boy who’s Dad is the richest guy in town and nicknamed Goldfinger due to the amount of gold chains and rings he wears India learns about love, hope and heartbreak.  The traditions of love and marriage are very much the forefront in this story and it is written so beautifully.

Sunni

Again another one of my favourites.  This story is fictional but based on real life events in Southall in the late 70’s about a racist attack and murder.  It brings racism and politics to the forefront with the main character Sunni striving to help others in her commuinity and the terrifying problems she encounters from racists, a boy and the police.  My heart was fully captured by this story and I felt the feelings of the main character so much.  A very powerful and moving story.

The Heera

This story took me on a journey to find the precious Diamond of Diamonds which carries a story, a legend of a woman’s treachery and betrayal from many years before.  When the Diamond of Diamonds goes missing it’s down to our main character, a kick-ass lawyer turned super thief to plot and plan to steal the diamond back to it’s rightful place before it gets into the wrong hands forever!  This story was fun and oh so enjoyable!  For me it brought to the forefront of how much legend really does live on once it is created, time after time, year after year.  Is the legend true or has it changed over time to become a story?

Pedal Push

This is a love story about the possibility of taking chances with the main character dealing with lots of feelings, emotions and decisions to make.   It makes you question that maybe we are not as free as we think we are and that in life we have choices which gradually reduce.  It actually made me really think long after finishing this story about how life can take different turns by the choices we make and the chances we may sometimes miss and let pass by.

The Maharanis House

A kind of mystery story of a house full of mystery and intrigue set in the 1980’s.  A successful well off couple move into a new house, in a new neighbourhood and appear to have everything they could possibly want, living comfortably.  They are intrigued by an over grown house that is a bit of an eye sore in the community and as the story develops the story of the old house unfolds through journalists, neighbourhood gossip and finally the preparation for demolition of the house.  This story was different as it contained short flashbacks to when the mysterious house was lived in by a possible Maharani (the wife of a king of India) and it was intriguing to gain glimpses into the past and then into the present again and I could really imagine the house in it’s previous former glory back in it’s day.

Time Traveller

This story is about a girl who has had a psychic extra-terrestrial out of body experience which came as rather a surprise, but changed her out look on her life.  It details a families struggles in the world and when things do not work out as planned or hoped.  Can we really follow our dreams and be happy?  It’s a very thought provoking story.

Its so hard to pick a favourite story out of this collection.  I really did love them all and they are all so individual.  I think I managed to whittle down to my favourite 3…no 4… you see my point.  If I had to pick a favourite it would be between Sunni and India as I really connected with the characters and really felt how they were feeling and what they were experiencing and this was down to the wonderful writing style!

So there we have it!  I highly recommend reading this collection a real treasure and champion of diversity!

I award this book 4 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy Dynamite by Ravinda Randhawa here

Or why not add it to your Goodreads wish list here

You can also check out my review of Ravinder Randhawa’s Beauty and the Beast here

Or a fab poetry guest post by Ravinder Randhawa here

You can also check out a guest post from Ravinder about her favourite scenes in her other book The Coral Strand here


About Ravinda Randhawa

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Ravinder Randhawa is the acclaimed author of the novels Beauty and the Beast (YA), A Wicked Old Woman, The Tiger’s Smile and the short story collection Dynamite. She’s currently working on a trilogy: The Fire-Magician. Ravinder was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Toynbee Hall, Queen Mary’s University, the University of London, and founded the Asian Women Writer’s Collective.

 Ravinder was born in India, grew up in leafy Warwickshire, now lives in London and agrees with Samuel Johnson’s saying (though of course, in a gender non-specific way) ‘…if a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’  Loves good coffee and really good thrillers.

Website: http://www.ravinderrandhawa.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealRavs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ravinderrandhawaauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3518698.Ravinder_Randhawa


Ravinder Randhawa Blog Tour

Why not follow or catch up on the rest of this wonderful blog tour!

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Link to Tour Schedule

http://fayerogers.co.uk/tour-schedule-ravinder-randhawa-blog-tour

Monday 25th May

An Awful Lot of Books

 Tuesday 26th May

Bookaholic Confessions

Big Book Little Book

 Wednesday 27th May

Tales of Yesterday

 Thursday 28th May

Maia Moore Reads

 Friday 29th May

Man of Words

 Saturday 30th May

The Book Moo

Read Rant Review

 Sunday 31st May

Tales of Yesterday

 


Giveaway!

There is a tour-wide giveaway during the tour.

The prizes include;

3 Paperback copies of Dynamite

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


Have you read Dynamite or any other books by Ravinda Randhawa?  What did you think?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading….go pick up a copy of this book straight away!

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