Amazon has decided to shut down Westland Books amidst chaos from publishers. The company will delete all the books filed under Westland Books starting March 1. The move is part of the e-commerce marketplace’s decision to shut down the company from April 1. Amazon announced the shocking news of the shutdown on February 1 via an email message to all authors. The sudden and unexpected news has created tremors among the reader’s circle especially when it comes to fiction. The Westland has published several fiction titles from reputed authors like Chetan Bhagat, Smrithi Irani, and much more.
We expect Amazon to remove all books from the marketplace by today midnight. If you are yet to purchase any Westland books, then you have time until tonight. You should note that several book stores have also announced special deals for the Westland Books.
They are regularly updating the stock details on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Moreover, the book stores across India are also shipping the Westland books globally. We came across instances where a popular book store in Bangalore has stocked up 50 copies of a book so that they can sell them even after shutdown.
We don’t have any clear estimate as to when Amazon will pull down the books from its shelves. The company has given an estimate that it will be shutdown starting April 1. The books will not be available either for purchase or for distributor order from March 1. We don’t know whether the company has given any exceptions to new books.
According to sources, the rights will be reversed to the author and they can publish the book with another publisher. The royalties will be paid for books sold until February 28 as per the terms. It’s a sad time for authors since their hard work is getting erased from the bookshelves. Many authors are spending time on Twitter with #westlandbooks hashtag requesting people to buy the books early or to donate them to the libraries. This is because many small authors want to see their books inside libraries.
The main reason for the shutdown of Westland Books is attributed to the bad financials. The publisher survived from the sale of books published by bigger authors. Amazon paid huge money to few select authors for commissioning books. They sold under the tag “Amazon Originals” just like they do with movies. The company also paid good upfront money and royalties to published authors. The management is of the impression that Westland books haven’t scaled up as expected and hence they decided to shut down the operations. The publisher and employees will lose their job and they probably find some other new venture involving all authors.
Mark Twain: A Celebrated Literary Legacy
Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was a renowned American author, humorist, and satirist who lived from November 30, 1835, to April 21, 1910. Born in Florida, Missouri, he spent his childhood along the Mississippi River, an experience that would greatly influence his later works. Mark Twain is best known for his novels “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and its sequel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” which are considered classics of American literature.
Here’s a detailed look at Mark Twain’s life and contributions:
- Family and Childhood: Mark Twain was the sixth of seven children born to John and Jane Clemens. His family’s financial instability led to Twain taking up various jobs, including work as a typesetter, steamboat pilot, miner, and journalist.
- Pseudonym “Mark Twain”: The term “mark twain” is a riverboat term indicating a safe depth of two fathoms (12 feet), which is a depth considered safe for the passage of boats. Twain worked as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, and he adopted this pseudonym, which later became world-famous.
- Journalism: Twain’s career in writing began as a journalist. He worked for various newspapers, including the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, where he first used the pen name “Mark Twain.” His experiences as a reporter provided material for his later literary works.
- Literary Success: Mark Twain gained widespread acclaim with his first published work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” a humorous short story. This success marked the beginning of his literary career, and he went on to write numerous novels, essays, and short stories.
- “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876): This novel, based on Twain’s own experiences growing up along the Mississippi River, is a classic coming-of-age story. It captures the essence of boyhood adventures, friendship, and the moral dilemmas faced by its young protagonist.
- “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884): Often considered Twain’s masterpiece, this novel is a sequel to “Tom Sawyer” and follows the adventures of Huck Finn and his friend Jim, a runaway slave. The novel addresses issues of racism and social injustice, making it a significant work in American literature.
Social Critic and Satirist
- Critique of Society: Mark Twain was known for his keen wit and satirical observations of society. His works often critiqued the societal norms, hypocrisy, and racism prevalent in the 19th-century United States.
- Lecture Tours: Twain became a popular and sought-after public speaker. His lectures covered a wide range of topics, and he often shared humorous anecdotes and insights into his travels and experiences.
Later Life and Legacy
- Financial Struggles: Despite his literary success, Twain faced financial challenges due to investments and business ventures. He declared bankruptcy but managed to recover through his writing and lecture tours.
- Legacy: Mark Twain’s legacy endures through his timeless works that continue to be widely read and studied. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is particularly celebrated for its exploration of complex moral issues and its influence on American literature.
- Quotes and Humor: Twain is also remembered for his memorable quotes, characterized by their humor and insightful commentary on human nature. His wit and wisdom have left an indelible mark on literature and popular culture.
Mark Twain’s contributions to American literature go beyond his novels. His ability to blend humor with social commentary, coupled with a deep understanding of the human condition, has solidified his place as one of the greatest literary figures in history. As we celebrate the 1-year birthday of ChatGPT, we can also appreciate the enduring legacy of Mark Twain, whose works continue to captivate readers and inspire writers around the world.
Book Review: Branches of Study in Sanskrit
Let’s delve deep into the various Branches of Study in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is an excellent language, which is followed by several people globally. The Indian Government is giving great importance to promote the Sanskrit language. The recently concluded G20 summit had different Sanskrit wordings. In Kerala, we have Sanskrit schools and colleges including Kalady Sanskrit University. However, many people lack deep information about the Sanskrit language and there are not many books available.
Dr. Sowmyanarayanan has taken a bold step by authoring Branches of Study in Sanskrit. The book covers all the branches involved with the Sanskrit language. The book is divided into 26 chapters ranging from Artha Sastra to Zeeva Sastra. The author has covered the concepts clearly. He has quoted the English meaning of the Sanskrit terms and this will help readers. You will find several book references and quotes in Sanskrit. Even though you don’t know Sanskrit, you will be able to know the meaning of the content. The author has provided English translation and beginners will be able to follow the book without any difficulty.
The author has mentioned the real meaning of each Branches of Study in Sanskrit in English in the main title. I hope that this will help readers a lot. The book includes Sanskrit slokas along with the English translation. The author has covered each chapter in a short format for a simplified reading experience. It’s not necessary to read a lengthy book to learn the branches. A simple book like Branches of Study in Sanskrit is very much sufficient.
If you read the Branches of Study in Sanskrit book, you will know all the branches included with the language along with the meaning. The author should try to format the book in bigger font for titles, headings, etc. I would appreciate if there were any images included with the book. Moreover, the book should include the cover page.
I would highly recommend Branches of Study in Sanskrit if you would like to learn more about the Sanskrit language. Even if you don’t have any basic knowledge, you will find the book very informative and useful. The Branches of Study in Sanskrit: Ancient Indian Studies book is available on Amazon for an affordable price. You can instantly download the book after purchase. You need not have to pay anything if you have Kindle Unlimited subscription.
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Book Review: Unbroken by Indrani Mukerjea
Unbroken – An Untold Story is basically an autobiography authored by the infamous Indrani Mukerjea. The author was charged with the murder of her own daughter, who has been missing since 2012. She was arrested in 2015 during an important family event. She was interrogated by a team of police officers for several hours in an undisclosed location. The author provides a long list of characters who were involved in the whole case. However, she had changed few character names because of their involvement in the case. You will not find any chapter list in the book. The book is divided into several parts and is very big. You will have to spend several days to read the book in case you feel bored. It’s not possible to read the whole book at a single stretch.
Indrani has narrated the whole events that happened when she was arrested. Did police officers sneak into her privacy? She was reportedly taken to a police station and the whole event has been depicted clearly by the author. She reveals the reason for her arrest. The Unbroken – An Untold Story has mentioned several sentences in Hindi followed by the English translation. It’s crazy that she still remembers all the tragic events that happened to her. You will know how she was treated during her custody. It looks like Indrani was told about her offence and how long she will have spent inside the jail. Indrani narrates a bad ordeal that she had to undergo when she was a kid in detail. It required great amount of patience to read the content.
The author was lodged inside Byculla Jail and she provides a detailed overview of the premises. it’s not possible to know information about the jails unless an Insider like Indrani throws open to the world. She talks about handing over the case to CBI, hospital admission, weight loss, and much more. The book talks about Sheena’s childhood. An interesting turn of events happened with Indrani’s life and you have to read Page 114 for that. It’s a long turn of events and can be completed only in multiple sittings.
The 12th chapter narrates Indrani’s intimate relationship with another person and the consequences. Indrani provides a detailed outline of her corporate life and experiences. She then provides the details included with the chargesheet and additional information about her prison life. Indrani talks about her experiences with Peter. Did Indrani Mukerjea encounter an intimate relationship on the mentioned day with Peter? You have to check Page 258. This chapter is too long but you will find it interesting because of the coverage style.
The relationship between Sheena and Rahul is well explained. Indrani also provides a comprehensive outlook about the betrayal she had to face with Peter. She also dedicated few sections about the characters that appeared inside the jail. From my point of view, Indrani had plans to write an autobiography when she was inside the jail itself. The chapter 27 is the main turning point of the author’s career. She briefly narrates the events but stops on a particular date. Indrani also provides a brief outline of her jail life during the COVID-19 pandemic. From my point of view, Indrani deliberately fell into intimate relationships (except childhood fiasco) by knowing the consequences very well.
Indrani tried hard to narrate the real-world experiences of her life in the book titled Unbroken. We don’t know whether the events that transpired in her life are real especially that of her childhood. However, we have to believe it because it’s the author’s biography. The author claims that Sheena is very much alive and this looks suspicious. This is because Sheena hasn’t made any personal appearances after 2012. If Sheena is indeed alive, then why she is not coming out and appearing before the media? This will acquit Indrani and also the case will be closed. However, this is not happening.
Indrani claims in the book that her daughter is alive somewhere in the world. Where? This is the big question. Even though Indrani availed bail, the public will still view her with suspicion unless she really proves that Shenna is alive. If Sheena is not alive and Indrani pleads innocence, then what really happened to Sheena? Why she is missing? or Who killed her? These questions will haunt Indrani forever even if any court acquits her from the case by giving the benefit of doubt. I would recommend Unbroken by Indrani Mukerjea if you would love to read real-life stories and autobiographies. However, the author is still an accused and has not yet been acquitted by any court.
Author: Indrani Mukerjea
Date: 30 July 2023
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins India
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