Here's this month's blogger friend's writeup from Ritu Lalit. She is a prolific writer and blogs at http://www.phoenixritu.com/. From poetry to parenting to social issues and storytelling, Ritu has style and depth. This article can be found at http://www.phoenixritu.com/2008/12/20/we-are-like-this-only/
I started reading Ritu first from her dazzling humorous comments and then went on to sample her articles that span over diverse subjects. She reads, writes, runs a family and gives her friends, real or virtual, all the feedback and support they need. What else can be more important?
Here's an excerpt: "Once upon a time, somewhere in Rural India lived a family. The Head of the Family had four wives and lots and lots of children. The girls were of course a total loss so for the interest of the story, the HOF had two sons, who were called Ram and Lakhan. The rurals are not too original. I can point out a whole lot of farming families that have sons named Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughan or variations thereof. Of course if they have more sons, the Pandava names are roped in and once in a while a dark coloured chap is named Krishna or Gopala. However, I digress."
About FOOTPRINTS IN THE BAJRA (Cedar Books, New Delhi); By Nabina Das
"Fittingly for a poet, Nabina’s novel also has a strong lyrical core. 'Footprints in the Bajra' takes the homely image of the millet field as its central metaphor. ... But the novel is less a thriller about guerrilla action than a subtly colored character study of a fascinating group of individuals who intersect at various points in their lives ..." -- DEBRA CASTILLO, author, editor and distinguished professor (Cornell University, April 17, 2010).