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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Another Crisp Review

Daily News & Analysis, DNA India in short, a Mumbai-based leading news paper has carried this review of my book. It's accessible by this link:

Let me copy 'n paste it here.

The Remix Of Orchid
AN Nanda
350 pages

The author, as Ruskin Bond points out in his foreword, is a clever man. In this work of fiction, set in the Andaman Islands, he finds stories in every grain of sand on its lush beaches. There is history and everyday relationships, murder and con games, sightseeing and introspection. There is the tale of Malovika, the established author who suffers from a severe case of writer’s block, Nitish, who battles the Postal God, and many more. All of these stories explore the not-quite-natural and edge-of-rational realm that seems just out of reach of reality. Each story is distinct, but taken together, this collection, by an author who has just been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Sadhbhavna award for popular writing for 2007, presents a view of the islands that comes only with familiarity, after many years of living and working there.


Where is a murder in my book? Oh yes, there is a murder of an emaciated dog. Oh my poor thing.

The review should have mentioned where the book is available. This would have helped my marketing. However let me supply the omission here:
A. N. Nanda

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Thank U Blogger

For a copy of "The Remix of Orchid" with the author's signature mail directly to and if you are in the US go to the portal here for viewing SNEAK-A-PEAK and online buying.

Your spam-prevention robot crawled over to my blog and warned you about the spam activities at my blog. You blocked my blog for the last three days and inspected it. Finally you cleared it for blogging activities. Thank u.

I must reiterate here that my blog "The Remix of Orchid" is not for any spamming activity. Like all other rule-abiding bloggers, I post a topic here, invite comments, read others' contents and leave my comments over there. This cannot be spamming in any sense of the term. You have rightly unblocked it for further posting. Thanks.

This blog has been created with a purpose: When nobody comes forward to help a new writer, he looks towards his confidence, gathers his guts. "The Remix of Orchid" started with this confidence. Since May 2007, altogether 870 copies have been distributed, some for sale and some as complimentary copies. Some netizens have directly ordered for this book. A friendly website has carried a review of my book and others are going to do that. People have come here and encouraged me with their valuable comments. Everything encouraging has happened to this book. And this blog has carried a running account of my trials and tribulations and my joy and satisfaction as a self-published author. Thank you blogger for giving this wonderful platform free of cost.

There is no commercial activities here. No ad, no nothing. So where is the need for spamming. You have realised this actually examining my blog. Thank U blogger.

A. N. Nanda

Friday, August 17, 2007

Another Review


"The Remix..." has been reviewed by Mr. Vijendra Mohanty and it is available at his blog. This is a fair review that brings out its strength and the quibbles in the style. I'll copy that into this blog with his permission. Until I'm able to do that, one can get to read that through the link given above.
A. N. Nanda

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ah! An Accolade

Rajiv Gandhi Forum, Orissa State, affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi has selected me as the popular & Eminent Writer of the year - 2007. They will be felicitating me with the RAJIV GANDHI SADBHABANA AWARD at 6 PM on 20-08-2007 at Idcol Auditorium Coference Hall, Bhubaneswar.

I don't know much about the organisation, but from their letterhead I came to know that a Union minister, three ex-CMs, three ex-Union Ministers, the former Chief Justice of India, Editor of the prominent daily of Orissa, The Samaja, a few other ex-ministers of the state, a few sitting MsLA, an ex-speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, an educationist etc are behind the forum.

I have asked my Directorate to allow me to accept the honour and they should decide it by tomorrow if I should attend that function.

It makes me happy that my book "The Remix of Orchid" could bring this accolade for me.

And I just wish to share my happiness here.

A. N. Nanda

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Dr. Nair's Review

The first review of “The Remix…” has come from Dr K. C. V. Nair, MA (English), MA (Socio), MA (American Literature). I thought I could reproduce this in my blog.


THE REMIX OF ORCHID. A. N. Nanda, Published by A. N. Nanda, 238 / A, Sahidnagar, Bhubaneswar – 751007, Price: INR 250.00


In this collection of twenty-one short stories, the author has created a panorama of Andamanese life, selecting characters and situations from different walks of life. The characters mostly have a middleclass or lower middleclass background, and lead a life of mundane, humdrum existence. The situations are those that any one of us would find ourselves in. But, using these ordinary people and situations, the author plumbs the depth of human existence with élan and aplomb.

Bhandarkar is not able to fulfil his promise of returning to Port Blair to reclaim his pet dog Snow, and the Naga servant Aloto disposes of the dog selecting the easy course in The Apt Disposal. Manglu, the tribal from Jharkhand in The Emancipated, after many years of toil and moil in the Andamans, get the shock of his life when he learns from his friend that his wife, whom he had left behind on the mainland, has betrayed him, but at the same time has a great feeling of emancipation at the thought of not having to care for anyone and anything in the world. The world is too much with us; this is what the author tells us in The Confluence. It tells the story of two brothers and their sister who have no time or desire to care for the last wishes of their father that his ashes be immersed in the Ganges. In everyday life, we all get shortchanged by hustlers and dishonest persons, and Sushila’s experience in The Golden Trip is no different. Her mother is seriously ill on the mainland, and she is at the mercy of unscrupulous pawnbroker for the money and the travel agent for the ticket. In Once Lucky the author has explored a common human situation, namely, that of the love triangle, and the denouement in the form of a dream happening to Nitish, the protagonist of the story, exposes his folly of having swapped the letters meant for his wife and the lover. Deprivation can have dehumanizing effect on individuals; this is what At The Crossroads tells us through the story of Damodar Pathak. How the land mafia swindles hapless people who are vulnerable when faced with the problem of their daughter’s marriage is the theme of Homecoming. Dannaya has to dispose of his ancestral house and land for a pittance to marry off his daughter, and becomes rootless in his hometown. In Still in India, an old woman who is in a predicament whether to stay with her younger son in the USA or the elder one in the Andamans, finally decides in favour of the latter, though he is less sound financially.

In The Millennium Blog the writer explores the theme of adventure. Instead of enjoying the New Year eve at the dawn of the Millennium at a holiday resort, a man and a woman spend the midnight under the deep ocean and encounter dangerous barracudas. In The Salvation and The Remix of Orchid, the author seamlessly blends the real with the unreal. In the former, a ghost that was trapped in a cave is released, and gets a chance to act in a play on a patriotic theme and thus gets salvation. In the latter, an orchid plant grows tentacles and goes after its owner to suck him to death. That a cataclysmic storm can rise to the level of an apocalypse is vividly brought out in A Clip in Slow Motion, while Out of Her Block tells the story of a woman writer whose creative powers are temporarily eclipsed. The Gung-ho Team celebrates the victory of the Andaman hockey team in a national tournament in Bombay. The Green Baggage burlesques the members of a Committee from the mainland, who have come to the Andamans to make a study of the environmental damage caused by building contractors. Not only that the building mafia looks after the comforts of the Committee members, but, as demanded by the members, they also arrange for them wild-life delicacies like venison. The author handles an uncommon theme in The Two Visitors, where some trickster tries to thrust a boy on a couple who had lost their first son many years ago.

There are two stories in this collection in which the author handles the theme of love with effortlessness of a mature artist. In Over the Seas, Dr. Sridhar, who is a doctor in Kuwait, falls in love with Rehna, a Muslim maidservant undergoing excruciating experiences in a Kuwaiti household, and decides to marry her and settle down in the Andamans, away from the watchful eyes of an unsympathetic society. In Flying Colours, it is the innocent love of a Nicobari girl for a person of her own tribe that the author handles. In both the stories, the author has shunned the routine path and idealistic vision of love in favour of one that is pragmatic and realistic.

The stories differ in themes, but what gives them an underlying unity is the locale that is almost always the Andamans. Mr. Nanda writes a kind of prose that has all the distinctive tang of the language we are all familiar with. In his maiden attempt as a short story writer, he has come out with flying colours.



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