Mélange of Mavericks And Mutants

Santosh Bakaya, Ramendra Kumar


Mélange of Mavericks And Mutants
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Print length : 101 pages
Publication date : July 12, 2022
Language : English

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Writing humour is not easy, but in these bleak times, these two award-winning mavericks, Ramendra Kumar and Santosh Bakaya, whose oeuvres stretch across multiple genres, have given us much to laugh about. The vignettes in the book, are sure to tickle the funny bone of the reader, and even make those supposedly born without it, realize that actually, they had these missing bones all along, but they had not been tickled enough.

Their words can make Mephistophelean frowns vanish, sinister scowls scurry to safer zones, and gloomy countenances break into gargantuan guffaws. These two Mad Hatters have unabashedly unleashed a torrent of laughs on an unsuspecting public. Be it a roaring lion suddenly mutating into a bleating lamb or the follically challenged man gnashing his teeth at the sight of one with a thick mop of shining, black hair; or the VIP in a ludicrous hurry to answer a very important call or the lady with a compulsive spending disorder, who manages to clinch a deal after 18 minutes of negotiation, during an African Safari in East Africa — the book bubbles over with incisive wit, tongue-in-cheek humour, and satirical punches. Once the laughter riot is over, the tremors of the laughs will linger on, making the reader crave for more.

If you find the reading fraternity suddenly mutating into perenially grinning Cheshire Cats, you know who the culprits are!


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'Book Review: Mélange of Mavericks and Mutants by Feby Joseph'
The book is simply called “Mélange of Mavericks and Mutants” and from the cover one can deduce that the contents are of the ha-ha variety. Beautifully divided into two halves one for the anecdotes of Ramendra Kumar and the other for the accident…, I mean anecdotes of Santosh Bakaya, this book, while no PG Wodehouse, is nevertheless very funny.
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About the Author

A die-hard believer in Martin Luther King Jr’s  Dream and John Lennon’s Imagine, award-winning poet, academic, essayist, novelist, biographer, TEDx Speaker, and creative writing mentor, Santosh Bakaya, Ph.D., has been critically acclaimed for her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, [Ballad of Bapu] and Only in Darkness can you see the Stars[ Biography of Martin Luther King Jr]

Her TEDx on The Myth of Writer's Block is very popular in creative writing Circles.

Refusing to be intimidated by any mythical Writer’s Block, she has written twenty- four books across many genres. Her poems and short stories have appeared in anthologies worldwide, her poems have been translated into many languages, and she has also edited many critically acclaimed anthologies.

She writes a weekly column, Morning Meanderings in Learning and Creativity. Com.

She has been on the Jury of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize for two successive years, 2020 and 2021

She justifies that streak of madness in her by holding on to the renowned filmmaker, Akira Kurosowa’s words, “In a mad world only the mad are sane” and Robin Williams’ quote, “You’re only given a spark of madness and if you lose that, you‘re nothing. Don’t ever lose that ‘cause it keeps you alive” So, she spends most of her time trying to keep that spark of insanity in her, alive by wreaking havoc on paper.

Her writings have appeared in Galaktika Poetike “Atunis”, Café Dissensus, Different Truths, Fasiihi Magazine, Glomag, Learning, and Creativity. Com. Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Kashmir Newsline, Kashmir Pen, Narrow Road, Poets in Nigeria, [PIN], Our Poetry Archive, Pangolin Review, Piker Press, Rhyvers, Setu, Scarlet Leaf Review, Spillwords, Window Journal, Yugen Quest Review, The Shadow Pond Journal, Bangalore Review.

Her book reviews have been published nationally and internationally in Setu, Bangalore Review, Different Truths, Kashmir Pen, and Fasihi.

About the Author

Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is an award-winning writer, a storyteller and an inspirational speaker with 38 books. His writings have been translated into 29 languages – both Indian and foreign. He has won 34 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust, over the years. This tally is one of the highest won by any writer.

Ramen’s stories have also found a place in anthologies and textbooks within the country and beyond. His stories have been showcased on several prestigious online platforms like www.Kahaanifestival.com, Radio Mirchi, Google & Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc.

Ramen has been invited to literary conferences & festivals held in Denmark, Greece, Sharjah, Sri Lanka etc as well Indian events including the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival, Bokaroo, etc. He has been conducting Workshops for children and parents across the country and also taking sessions for institutions and corporates.

To know more about Ramen you can visit his website: www.ramendra.in & his page on Wikipedia.