Review of Novel ‘Whisper of the Worms’ By Marcardian

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Title: Whisper of the Worms

Author: Marcardian

Publisher: CACTUS

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The story of the novel ‘Whisper of the Worms’ centers round the main character of Thobais Mathai who is based out in USA and has been diagnosed with a disease which is deadly and known as Cancer. He is strongly determined on not telling his family about this ghastly ailment.

As he was sure that his life is going to end he decided to spend his last days on his own terms and conditions. He decided to pay a visit to his nation and meet his old mother for the last time.

He decided to live once again his childhood days before this deadly disease made him say goodbye to his life. Even in this situation life was not so easy for him and he experienced a huge twist in it. His international ID (Passport) was usurped while he landed in the airport. He was accused of a charge imposed by his past association, SMILE BANK.

He was in the trap of a spider where he needed to think about his wellbeing along with the job of managing a case.

He was resolute to know the reasons which became instrumental in recording a case against him and he also needs to comprehend the thought process behind such allegations. The question will definitely come in mind of reader that is it true that he is honest or has he been made a scapegoat for this case? To get the answer to this question being a reader I will insist all to read this novel.

The story is passionate and absolutely an endearing one. I am sure about the fact that the way I loved the author’s creativity in penning down the child and father’s relationship in this story. No doubt in the fact the motion of this story is slow although the story is well crafted. In some areas it will give the feel that the story is unnecessarily dragged which can be easily cut short. Some features of this story are on the positive side and some on the negative side too. It will be hard for the readers to predict the story which is definitely a great power of presentation shown by the author and the emotional side which is displayed in the novel is absolutely heart touching. On the cons side the cover page is not matching with the context of the story and the motion is slow for the story. Rest this novel is a perfect buy for all fiction lovers. Do read it……….

The book was received as part of the “Reviewers Programme” on “The Tales Pensieve”. 
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Rating: 3.5 on 5

Review of Fusion: A Mingled Flavour Mocktail

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Fusion

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Publisher: Dream House Publications

Category:  Anthology

Life is full of unexpected events and many of us don’t know what next is going to happen in our life. There are many people present in this world who all are still not aware about the different shades of life both positive and negative. It’s true that if we are enjoying a blissful life we hardly dare to care to look into the life and pains of people who are suffering. If you are keen to know about the different shades of life in true spirit they my friends go ahead and pick the latest release by Dream House Publication- Fusion: A Mingled Flavour Mocktail– An anthology of 25 wonderful stories of modern century with different shades, which will help us to know what life is for many people.

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Before I go ahead further on discussing about the wonderful stories in this Anthology, I would like to congratulate Dr.Rachit Bhushan, Editor for this Anthology for making the wonderful selection of short stories written by bright, young, promising, multi-talented writers of India. This bunch of 25 authors proved India is full of talents.

Let’s go ahead to discuss in short about these 25 short stories:

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  • The Heir by Renuka Viswanathan: A story which stands apart from common life. Once you start reading it you will first get to realize that something is attracting you to understand the complicated relationship of a husband and wife and why there is a gap in it which forces a father to stay away from his sick son of 2 years who is counting his last days. How can doubt and disbelief hamper and spoil a family The Heir will tell you. Good work Renuka.

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  • Dance Of Life by Shreya Kumar: For many of us end of relationship seems like end of the world for us and ending the life seems to us as one stop solution. We fail to realize that by ending our life we are ending the chance to show the world how important we are for this society and especially for those people who love us unconditionally. An individual who managed to survive in life after coming out of such situation can be a true figure for a person who is passing through the hard times of broken relationship and decide to end the life. Here in this story we will learn how a victim who survived managed to bring positive-ness in another victim to look at the bright side of life.

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  • Telephone by Ayan Basu: The plot of this story is just amazing and truly speaking I will try this technique out which Ayan mentioned in this story to spend a lonely rainy day with a conversation with an unknown person over phone. Very interesting and a complete new thought which I get to know from this story. Amazing work Ayan.

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  • Strings by Mehek Bassi: Good story, well-crafted the relationship of a mother and child even after the demise of mother. How a mother managed to fight against all odds of life alone, in spite of being a handicap to give the best to her daughter who is perfectly physically alright. Emotionally this story touched my heart. Mehek you are unique in your presentation.

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  • Affair@Online by Neelam Saxena: A real picture of the modern India which we will get to see happening to many of us, but the rest world is not aware as the same is kept hidden by families. We all are highly addicted to social media networking and ends up making friendship which leads to love affairs on this platform. People are there to trap innocent people in the net of spider with the intention to do criminal activities and earn money from the families. This story is a warning to all such people who fell in love without knowing the criminal intention of the social media friends unknown in personal life.

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  • Twilight by Purba Chakraborty: A love story which departed two young lovers as family did not allow them to be together as both belong to different cast. Both started separate family but with no love in relationship with partner. God didn’t give them the chance to stay together in life but gave them the chance to die together in each other arms while by chance at senior age they were traveling in a bus for same destination in side by side seats which met an accident to mark their demise together. Heart touching love story by Purba.

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  • The Red Lahori Dupatta by Paromita Bardoloi: Another love story in this series which ended with death of the male character. It is a cross border love story – India – Pakistan. The love birds met online in social networking site and from there the story began. When they planned to meet for the first time in India, the female character requested for Kajal and Red Lahori Duppata to the male character from Pakistan. The destiny decided something else and the love story came to stand still all of a sudden. But the love is still alive in heart of the girl. Heart touching sensible love story by Paromita. Love it.

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  • Love – A Vague Puzzle by Nehali Lalwani: An interesting presentation of love story of modern India where friends and roommates play a significant role towards bringing the spark back for the love in life. Here we will get to learn how the roommate helped the room partner to get back her lady love. Nice one and I liked it.

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  • How To Kill Boredom by Arjun Pereira: A childish love story of school days where both young boys and girls believes in getting the attraction of the most attractive boy or girl of the school and feels like a great achievement if they manages to get the job done for them. Nice story and a true school life infatuation story. Good work Arjun.

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  • The Unsaid Words by Swarupa: The Theme is heart touching of this story. Unspoken feelings of one character and wrong selection of love life by other character devastated the life of 2 Peoples and forms the base of this story. One is alone even today and makes the effort to find peace in every day tiring professional life while the other one entered family life but not happy with partner. The two main characters meets after a long timeline when the son of male character fallen sick and need the attention and care of the female character who is a Doctor by profession.

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  • A Housewife And A Goon by Renu Sethi: How unconditional love for a lady who is victim of domestic violence can change the life of a Goon is well depicted in this story. The love was so pure that the goon in the role of a character like Robin Hood did not hesitate to take charge to finish the life of the husband and in-laws to take revenge for killing the lady whom he loved so much. he did his best to give the best life and education to the daughter of this lady. The story is narrated by the lawyer who was fighting the case for him in court.

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  • Slaves of Soul by Heena Ahuja: Story is nice, well-crafted keeping in mind the concept of how forcefully lands are taken from poor villagers against huge promises to establish commercial complexes against a good pay, job and shelter. Nothing is received by the poor people finally and then they decide to rob the bank where the false documents are stored of their property keeping the employees and customers hostage. Knowing the real fact of robbing how the employees as well as the hostage customers stand along with the robbers to support their genuine demand forms the base of the story.

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  • The Blind Fold by Shalini Katyal: The base is common for this story but the fact is very real as many of us believe that one sided love is enough to craft the fairy tale of love. But when this fairy tale gets a jerk, then life seems a complete end. The narration is good, simple and easily reaches the heart. Simple yet nice work by Shalini.

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  • Anaesthesia By Manshi Bhateja: It’s a story where the central characters loses his father at the age of 12 and enters a lonely life where her mother remains busy and occupied to forget the absence of her husband and earning the money to give an established life to daughter with whom she gets disconnected emotionally. How a social networking site friend makes the space in the heart of the girl and gives some light to life covering up the loneliness which she was facing for long after her father’s demise at her tender age forms the base of this story.

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  • The Angel by Ishita Bhown: A heart touching story of a young girl of just 12 years with a good voice of music. She is the daughter of a poor man and his father in spite of severe financial crisis along with her reached Mumbai for a music audition. She was selected and happy but destiny decided something else for her. Her father faced a heart attack and she alone was puzzled what to do. A wrong number call to a person who is real angel by nature helped the girl to reach the hospital with the father and stayed still the last with her before her relatives reach there. The doctor responsible to handle the patient in ICU was busy celebrating the 16th birthday of her daughter and reached quite late to hospital in spite of several reminders from the hospital. When he reached there is no life left and the patient died. He lied to the child of 12 that he did his based but can’t save him. For him the doctor was an angel to do his best to save his father. To know further about the story read it for sure. Ishita you did a wonderful job. Kudos.

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  • Stone Cold by Nikhil Chandwani: The anxiety of parents for a hospitalized child at old age, their reaction and dreams in life about how to care for the child forms an interesting base in this story.

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  • That Unexpected Encounter by Elora Rath: Story of Arnav and Ankita, two people who were in love and separated before getting together as Arnav’s father who was in death-bed wished his son to get married to his friend’s daughter whom he promised for this marriage when his friend was in death-bed. When Akita was getting married to other guy selected by her parents, life gave her a chance to meet Arnav. Rest part of the story will tell what the destiny holds for Arnav and Ankita. Good work by Elora.

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  • It’s Forever … It’s Love!!! by Vinita Bali: A Heart touching love story, where one decided to take owns life to be with the partner whom she lost in an accident. Narration is good and story is simple.

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  • Simplicity by Col Mahip Chadha: A Story with a different theme. A Story of simplicity of an army man will attract readers for sure.

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  • Born under Bad Sign by Warishree Pant: How the non-acceptance of a homosexual relationship by parents and pressure of society, can end the life of 2 young lovers forms the base of this story by Warishree. We all should get the right to live our life the way we want and with the person we want. Who understands this fact in this society of complications where society status matters the most. Well written.

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  • Play 4 Change by Roshan Kumar: We can see these days that young generations are taking a step forward to create the spark in the life of common man about how to say no to corruption. This story spreads the message about how to remove the corruption from this society of humans with complete patriotism. Roshan this is a sure short nice story to touch the heart.

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  • This Was Written by Surbhi Thukral: No doubt in the fact that if the selection of the life partner is done without thinking of the future then it will make the life a devil’s home. Same was the case with the lead characters of the story, who failed to recognize what is best for them in life and married to such people on parents’ choice who made their life a complete hell. But all well that ends well, the male character realized the real love of his life and approached the girl with confidence who also a victim of broken house. The flow is smooth but bit fast which does not spoil the essence of this story. I liked the work of Surbhi.

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  • Love, Lust And Loot by Anjali Vaswani: A single thriller story in this anthology. A story of a neglected wife and her aggression in life how helped her to plot the plan of killing his husband along with his love partner in a full proof manner to get the property. A well plotted thriller story by Anjali

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  • Will You Cross The Skies For Me? by Neha Zahir.: The most precious possession in the life of a woman is her self-respect and dignity. What happens to a woman when she is repeatedly used like an object of sex ad satisfaction after marriage? The narration of the story to the person whom she used to love in her college days touches every bit of the heart. This story touched my heart and its narrations are awesome. It’s the story of many women who all are scared to tell the real fact happening in their life. Awesome presentation by Neha.

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  • Menaka-A Lost Apsara by Simson Biswal: Before I started reading this story I was quite sure about the fact that same is going to offer me a different flavour which I will definitely cherish. The reason for this fact is that the author Simson Biswal. Truly he failed to disappoint me and presented a story which is out of the odd. Betrayal from wife and her relationship with other man will definitely spoil the life of a loving and caring husband and that what exactly happened to the lead character of this story. His vagabond life one day all of a sudden in drunk condition took him to the red light area where she meets the prostitute Apsara- The name of his ex-wife. He was not comfortable with the lady and when he realized that she is severely down with fever and still trying to serve him, he moved up and paid what she deserved and left the place. He again returned next day morning with fruits and asked her why is she in this profession and she told the real fact of financial crisis and need of urgent money to help her poor father who is in the picture that his daughter is doing job in the city to help him. Apsara requested to stop taking alcohol and he requested to stop doing this job. Next day he wrote a letter to her stating that he wants to do something for all those girls who are forced to join this profession in whatever way he can and for that he wants her in his life as a partner. Will she agree? Read the story. A heart touching story by Simson. Great work.

The publisher needs a review too or else my review will remain incomplete. First of all thanks to the team of Dream House Publishing for sending the review copy. The cover is very well designed and the title selected matches really well. The quality of paper is good and the book is handy enough to carry where ever you go. Great work by Dream house and I expect much more good work from their end to fulfill my thirst for good stories. Keep Going.

Rating: 4.5/5

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My Wishes- A Poem By Meetu N

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Deep in the woods

Deep in the woods

I want to go

I want to roam

And feel the glow

Of God’s gift

Of love and life

I want to fly in the sky

I want to fly in the sky

And want to feel the air so clean

I want to go into the ocean blue

I want to go into the ocean blue

And see the life of water too

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So rich so pure

I wish to learn

I want to explore

The treasure of nature

The gift of God

The savings of time

And the destruction we bought!!!

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Spotlight- Beyond School by Chitra Anand

Title:  Beyond School

Author: Chitra Anand
Category: Fiction

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing
Date: 2014
Price: Rs 124
Pages: 201

ISBN -10: 9383562404

ISBN-13: 978-9383562404

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About The Book:

Beyond School centres upon the weeks leading up to 17-year-old Shail s final board exams, as his world becomes a pressure-cooker and the weight of preparing for the exams sends him fleeing rebelliously in the other direction. Along with Shail s journey from boyhood to manhood, Beyond School vividly weaves between the narratives of four main characters, seamlessly uniting the past and present of Shail, his parents-Urmila and Sushil and his mentor-Gladys, in a story that is honest, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately, incredibly human.

About the Author:

Chitra Anand was born in Mumbai. She is a postgraduate in Physics and holds an Education degree. Beyond School is her first novel inspired by her journey as an educator.

Copies Available at all online stores:

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A session with author Shikha Kumar

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Shikha Kumar– An engineer by profession and an author by passion. She made an attempt to present her as an author with her debut novel “He Fixed the Match She Fixed Him”. Presenting a lively session with Shikha for my readers.

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1) Welcome to SamataWelcomesYou. Before i Go ahead will request you to share with my readers you background and also who you are as a person apart from being an author.

I’m an IT Manager with TCS as a profession. I’m a graduate in Computer Engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth College, New Delhi. I have no professional degree in writing nor do I have any such background. It all just occurred to me as divine plan maybe.

2) How writing came to your life?

I always cherished writing but mostly limited to myself. But slowly the craving kept mounting and finally I penned a story down which was knocking my mind from long.

3) who encouraged you to enter this world of authors?

When I had finished writing my manuscript, I took it a professional editor for an opinion. I think she was first one to make believe that it was good stuff.

My husband was very encouraging throughout. Then my parents were tremendous support. My brother and his wife were also very elated. Followed by close friends, colleagues.

4) Who is the one who for the first time noticed the spark in you to become an author?

Me 🙂

5) Can You recall that day when you first penned down to start your journey in this world and what was that?

I actually just finished reading a bad novel which is one of bestsellers. And it just occurred to me that I can do much better job than this. I sat to write first page and then just kept on for 3 months whenever I got time. Don’t mean to sound pompous, but I sincerely think my work is finer quality and is high in content.

6) You are by qualification and profession an engineer then what provoked you to enter this world of books?

Alas! I had an answer. But good thing is I’m not the only one of my kind. There are many established fiction authors who are Science or Management students. So I guess if you have a story to tell and passion to write, background doesn’t really matter much.

7) Whats the difference between the life of an author and an engineer? How you are balancing both these roles?

Well they are entirely different roles for sure. Engineer has to be logical and ruled by mind, author on other hand needs to imaginative and follower of heart. So yes, living both roles is like having a split personality. But then again back to one of your previous questions; it’s all about passion.

8) How is your journey so far as an author?

It’s been beautiful. Because I knew my book will touch the hearts of people and it is keeping up to my expectations. Another good thing is that I have something new to talk about apart from my IT life. My friends and family are always very excited about my promotion plans and book reviews. And I also now have a new good-night story to tell my child.

9) You debut Novel “He Fixed the Match She Fixed Him” Is already in the market. What sort of response you are getting for it from your readers?

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Response is very encouraging. Even when I just released sample chapter, the reviews were very satisfying. Having said that it’s little too early to make a concrete comment, but yes readers are sending me congratulatory mails which feels thrilling.

10) Will request to give a brief on the story

As blurb suggests it story of two highly qualified charismatic individuals tethered together. Story traverses through many facets of their relationships starting from all-hope-lost.

11) How the plot came into your mind?

It just kept brewing with time. All I knew I want to write a mature story yet entertaining and mass appealing. And I thought that topic I chose is not written much, so it’s unique in a way.

12) What sort of problem you faced while searching for the publisher?

It wasn’t easy and that too without any links in publishing industry; it was a hard task at hand. But then maybe story and I had it in our fate; it did interest four publishers. But yes it took about 6-8 months.

13) What next after this Novel?

Another novel next year maybe.

14) What are your other passions in Life?

I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I love spending time with my family & friends. I’m confessed shopaholic too.

15) Where you see yourself 5 years down the line?

As an author who’s known for good reasons. My book being talked about in positive spirits among all age groups. To be satisfied of having done my bit in creating a better world.

Read more about Shikha Kumar Here

A young talent in the world of Photography- Anup Ranta

A young talent in the world of Photography- Anup Ranta

About Anup: Himachal is one of leading picturesque destination in India and the beauty of the state enhances when talented photographers like Anup Ranta take initiative in capturing Himachal beauty in their camera. His in born attraction towards lovely pictures motivated him to develop his knack towards photography. Once you take a look at his clicked picture believe me you will get to feel your own presence in every location of the state. So i dont want to miss the chance for a short chat session with this young photographer to know him better and share it with my readers.
 

1) Let us know something about you as a person, about your education and your professional life?

 

Basically I m ordinary person with lot of desire like everybody have. I belong to the nature thus my lifestyle is very simple & down to the earth. I like to explore things, meeting & greeting new people and discover new places. By clicking pictures I keep those memories alive. As per my education after completing my B.Tech in Civil Engg I am still learning lot of things. Currently I am working as Digital Marketing Manager at Delhi.

2) What attracted you to be a part of the photography world?

Since my child hood I was influenced by lovely pictures but I did not know at all photography. I remember that one of my friend’s Dad used to have digital camera. At very first time I realised that I should have a camera like this and I requested to take some clicks. I took some photographs & I was appreciated by all and it fuelled my interest in photography & I fall in love with it. After that I started casual clicking with several kind of digital camera. Finally I got so much in to it and now it’s become very essential part of my life which keeps me motivating to explore more & more into the photography world.

3) Can you recall the day when you first clicked the photograph? What was the subject of that snap?

Honestly, I can’t recall it at the moment but yeah it’s often happen with me like when I see something interesting I cannot stop myself to capture in my lens. I mean to say if you ask me to take picture on particular thing I can do that but I will not satisfy with that Some unusual objects always inspires me to capture them in different frames.

4) We know you remain busy with your hectic schedule, so would like to know how much time you manage to dedicate these days towards photography passion?

As, I already mention above, now days photography has become a part of my life. I always have spare time for it but not in a planed manner. However, I spend more time related to photography like exploring new technology, creativity and getting idea from others photography. You can say my camera is my best buddy and I love to spend my time with it. I spend hours and hours with my clicks and trying cherishing them.
5) Are you professionally trained or who actually acted as an inspiration for you to learn the tips and tricks of photography?

Not actually, I discover my skills of photography gradually. Before I was using Kodak 8mpx Digital Camera then I upgraded my desire with Nikon D5100. There are lot more people who connected to me directly or in directly to develop my photography skills. I always got inspiration from their work.

6) Can you name those personalities who acted as a Guru for you? We would also like to know about the photographers who attracted you with their photography?

Every day I use to get in contact with loads of photographers. Every day is a new beginning, new people, new clicks, new inspirations & new learning.

Some of them are: Jignasa Jadwani, Kingshuk Bhuyan and loads of others.

7) What are you plans down the line with photography?
Photography to me is capturing precious moment in time and creating ways to keep memories alive. My plans are simply creating the memory that is it. J

Photography was my hobby which I gradually developed in my passion. There are no plans down the line at all.
8) Do you have any other passion other than Photography?

Travelling with my camera capturing hidden emotions and discover the new places. I often do travel once in every 2 or 3 month at remote places mostly in my native place in Himachal. I m very attached with it especially high altitude lakes and snow covered peaks.

9) What style of Photography you prefer to click?

There is no particular style of my clicks but I really attract with purity, emotions and innocence weather its people or nature.

10) Can you give a brief about the instruments and its Make you are using for your photography?
I don’t know much about photography. Currently I am using Nikon D 5100. I am still experimenting with it every day.

Nikon D5100 Key Features

  • 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
  • Side-articulated 3.0″ LCD monitor (920,000 dots)
  • 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • IS0 100-6400 range (Up to 25,600 equivalent when expanded)
  • HD movies (1080p, 720p or WVGA)
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • In-camera effects filters in both stills and video modes

11) Any recent photo shoot you conducted?

 

I have been to Dodra Kanwar (Rohru) & Kheer Ganga (Parvati Valley, Kullu) and took some lovely Pics of this destination.
12) Will you like to share some suggestions for the upcoming new budding talents in world of Photography?
Click by your heart. Click for your inner satisfaction.

 

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