Starting from 31st of May, our Competition # 8 (on Book Review writing) extended to 10th of June. There have been seven writing competitions conducted by LivingWriting earlier. But, to be honest, the most successful and promising conduct was seen in this one. The summary of the competition is as follows:
130 writers (yes they really are writers) participated in the competition, out of which 110 submissions were evaluated as “Serious ones” by the judge. Since choice of the book was left on the discretion of the Review writer, so the reviews we received covered a wide range of topics and genres.
Initially, only one prize of Rs. 1500/- was announced, but as we started reading the reviews and the strength and skills of writers with a competitive situation, we decided to increase the number prizes. So now, five winners instead of one are being announced.
3rd Position “Book of Love” By Jalaluddin Rumi – Review By Uxman ALii
Enjoy an excerpt from his review
“Drink from every moment, get yourself high, be in a state of ecstasy all the time is the core teachings of this book. Why go for the buzz of wine when you can find the similar buzz from the nature’s blessings. Every passing moment got a reason, observe them carefully. Every person you meet isn’t a co-incidence. Every friend of yours has something to teach you and help you out in a situation where no one else could help you out. Accept it; every single thing happening around you is correlated. Open your mind, think about the things happening, relate it with people in your circle, join the shattered chain and drink these moments till you get high enough to start knowing the real cause of your existence.”
3rd Position “If Tomorrow Comes” By Sidney Sheldon – Review By Rudaba Khan
An excerpt from her review
“If Tomorrow Comes”, I assert as a forbidden-jewel, a masterpiece from the mastermind, Sidney Sheldon. This novel is penned down in such a beautiful way that the flow of storyline is both mind-boggling and mesmerizing. The novel was published in 1985, an era when the word “feminism” had not caught its roots even in the western culture. Coming from Sheldon’s imaginary world, the novel is centered on a woman, portraying her as the hero, rather than the conventional heroine, of the story. Her character in the novel feeds all the pre-requisites of the reader and leaves one craving for more of Tracy Whitney, even at the end of the novel albeit being utterly satisfying with the end results of the story.”
3rd Position “A Tale of Two Cities” By Charles Dickens – Review By Neelum Afd
Have a look at how she writes.
“While reading, it was really hard for me to continue with the book initially, I couldn’t form a road where it was leading. It merely seemed like a scientifically woven book describing the age, people, occasions and incidents. I read merely through the surface until the half way of book 2. Thence onward my interest started growing when the story started developing. Before this point, the book is all about incidents, politics and characters that connect later in the novel. The last part is the most intriguing, full of human emotions and that is where the real story lies. Towards the end, it wasn’t allowing me to leave it even for a moment or to go to sleep until I was done reading it.”
2nd Position “To Kill a Mockingbird” By Harper Lee – Review By Dhanak Bugs Hashmi
Dhanak is amazingly skilled at her analysis on the book she reviewed. She is not just a third narrator of the book but holds a good command on making out the second thought. An excerpt:
“Another great aspect of the story is that in the Finch household, Cal is treated as an equal, a partner in the upbringing of the children and an indispensable member of the family. Outside their small world, things are different in community. I find Calpurnia to be one of the most interesting characters in the story. She is a strong and independent black woman who makes her way in the world dominated by whites. Scout is amazed on one occasion when visiting at Cal’s church that she spoke differently to other blacks, using their particular colloquialisms and dialect. It was very different from the way she spoke with Scout and Jem in the Finch home. Scout had no idea that Calpurnia lived this “double life” relating differently to the two cultures in Maycomb. In short, racial prejudice reigns, as was common in the time.”
1st Position “Forbidden Secrets” By R. L. Stine – Review By Syeda Neha
Neha has an approach of a critic. She doesn’t only see a book by the eyes of a reader, but suggests loopholes left in a works. Meanwhile, she is skilled at coining phrases and use them in an amazingly creative manner.
“Soul initiated getting petrified, sweating commenced to accompany my palms and a sound of daunting music composed by hair-raising words could be heard enormously by the heart. I managed to elicit enough strength to read further in thirst of knowing the dreadful and startling end of the tremendous story. It’s a compilation of numerous words which are there to appeal you, step gingerly. Yes, Forbidden Secrets hold mystery; hence one can never stop reading.”