I.R.Shankar, An Author Of Modern Times Gets Candid About His Two Novels

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I.R.Shankar, An author of modern times gets candid about his two novels


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Author I.R.Shankar has been an inspiration for budding writers to follow their passion for writing. He asserts that the people should always follow their true passion and make a living out of it. Currently residing in US, he talks about his inspiration in life which encouraged him into becoming a writer.

His first novel \\’An adolescent mind\\’ was highly successful. The esscence of the story and the

intensity of characters in this novel was beautifully captured by the author. It stirs the emotions in the reader\\’s mind through its simplicity in narration. Talking about his journey as a writer , he said

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In my childhood I discovered the pleasure of reading. I read Treasure Island and Sherlock Holmes and the classics in English Literature. In my teens I read Alexander Dumas \\’s novels. Later when I read \\”Great Expectations \\” and \\”David Copperfield\\” by Charles Dickens I found the inspiration to write novels.Reading is my real and true passion. Reading stimulates my imagination and writing exercises my imagination. This is ecstasy!

Everyone cannot be a writer. Only few have that ability to master this art. Every writer has his or her own writing style. Speaking about the method of writing, he asserts, I do not have any method to writing. There is no process. In many ways writing a novel is a mystery.Something inexplicable happens. And thoughts flow in the form of words. And my fingers tap on my computer keyboard. I believe divine inspiration comes into play. I am just a medium. The ideas and the thoughts come from a higher agency, the Almighty. A novel is a miracle.

About the Author:

I.R.Shankar, born and raised in India, came to the United States.He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer by training and a Software Consultant by profession. He has tremendous passion for writing novels. He is the author of two of highly successful novels \\’An adolescent mind \\’ and \\’True colors of love \\’.

An Adolescent Mind:

The book deals with the transitional stage of a young boy and his journey to his adulthood. His curiosity is satiated through many ways that he had never imagined before. An enchanting tale of passion and imagination, this debutant novel deals with the relationship between the boy and his grandfather. \\’An adolescent mind\\’ is his attempt at a literary performance for all lovers of fiction

True Colors of Love:

True Colors of love is an intriguing account of a young man in love, splendidly written.Written in the second person, marked for its narrative drive, it is a first-class reconstruction of a youthful dalliance with the fairer sex, a fascinating story of first love with all it s amusing digressions and abstract matters merged in the form of a story.Suggestive and self-revealing, it dwells on the psychological motivations of his fanciful exploits and the surprising outcome of life. This is a book which should be of interest to the reader who loves fiction.

Visit : http://www.irshankar.com/

Pritesh Bagwe is a Mumbai based blogger and actor. He writes occasionally for different portals from time to time. He is equally passionate about books and bringing solution for social issues.

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Tour de France: Alexandre Vinokourov wins stage 15

Monday, July 23, 2007 

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan has won stage 15 of the 2007 Tour de France in a time of 5h 34′ 28″.

Michael Rasmussen of Denmark kept his overall lead by 2′ 23′ over Alberto Contador of Spain. The two extend their lead on Cadel Evans of Australia by 1′ 37″, and more on the rest of the contenders.

Today’s 196 km stage is one of the major stages of the Tour, with no fewer than five major mountain passes – including the Col de Port, the Col de Portet d’Aspet (5.7 km climb at 6.9%), the Col de Menté (7.0 km climb at 8.1%), the Port de Balès (19.5 km at 6.2%), (the first time this climb has featured in the Tour), and finally the Col de Peyresourde (9.7 km climb at 7.8%) with a downhill finish in Loudenvielle.

Tomorrow is a rest day for the Tour.

Caribou plays the Bowery Ballroom

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 

Daniel Snaith, better known as Caribou, formerly known as Manitoba until a lawsuit by musician Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, recently played New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with the electronica pioneer.

David Shankbone: How is the tour going?

DS: How do European and American audiences compare to each other?

DS: But they are more electronic in Europe than they are here, right?

DS: You reach the same fans in each place?

DS: Do you play to larger audiences over there or here?

DS: Do you have a favorite venue?

DS: What would be a dream venue to play?

DS: Is there a continent you haven’t played where you would like to?

DS: Rio or São Paulo?

DS: How has the Iraq War affected you as an artist?

DS: Has it affected you as a person?

DS: Do you find you’re more inspired by manmade things or things in nature?

DS: What sort of ideas inspire you?

DS: Would you consider your music to be mathematical?

DS: Do you have a favorite mathematician or unsolved mathematical problem?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in other people?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in yourself?

DS: You think that might be a negative?

DS: That’s a challenge for any human of whether or not to pursue something you think is a greater good or indulge yourself. How do you wrestle with that question?

DS: Well, we need music in this world and if people are responding to it, you’re giving something to them.

DS: Maybe. [Laughs] Hillary or Barack?

DS: What do you think of Gordon Brown?

DS: What would be a bigger turn-off for you in bed, someone who was overly flatulent, or someone who spoke in a baby voice?

DS: Do you have a favorite curse word?

DS: Favorite euphemism for breasts?

DS: If you had to choose between the destruction of the entire continent of Africa or the entire continent of Asia, which would you choose?

DS: What are traits you respect in a woman?

DS: It doesn’t differ in men?

DS: What’s your most treasured possession?

DS: Any favorite films?

DS: What difficult question in an interview do you anticipate but are never asked?

DS: What question are you tired of answering?

DS: In the last year, where have you drawn most of your influence, and you can’t have been listening to them beyond a year ago.

Tour de France: Michael Rasmussen wins stage 16

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 

Michael Rasmussen of Denmark has won stage 16 of the 2007 Tour de France in a time of 6h 23′ 21″.

Rasmussen increased his overall lead by 35″ over Alberto Contador of Spain, who finished third.

After a rest day, the riders faced the third-longest, 218.5 km, and arguably the Tour’s hardest, stage. The first challenge was the brutal Port de Larrau (14.7 km climb at 8.1%), which is just 79km into the stage. The race dips into Spain for some 50 kilometres at the summit, the fourth country visited in this year’s Tour. From there, there was little reprieve for the riders, hitting the Alto Laza and the Col de la Pierre St Martin (14.2 km climb at 5.2%) before descending to the start of the difficult, and very steep, first-category Col de Marie-Blanque (9.3 km climb at 7.4%). The riders then climb the infamous Col d’Aubisque (16.7 km climb at 7%), which will reward out-and-out climbing ability and punish the legs of all the major contenders.

The entire Astana Team withdrew from the Tour prior to this stage due to Alexander Vinokourov testing positive for blood doping. Some riders staged a protest against doping at the start.

Another doping scandal hit the Tour today. Cristian Moreni of Italy tested positive for testosterone in a test conducted after Thursday’s stage 11. Moreni was questioned by police. Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer told Reuters: “He accepted his wrongdoing and did not ask for a B-sample.”

Like Astana did, Cofidis has withdrawn its entire team from the Tour. François Migraine, the team president and CEO of the sponsoring insurance company, Cofidis, said: “It’s the only thing to do in such circumstances.”