Let Erotica Literature come out of the dark cloud!

Any adult denying to having watched porn or watches often, is probably a liar! It is more like women denying from reading books of steamy intent. There aren’t many places where people can explore their sexuality in a non-judgemental manner and the Indian Government’s recent call to ban adult content on the internet has simply shut the door straight on the face of men! But there is still one place where you can find your bedside pleasure without being judged. At times few scenes might have left you cold, but a written verse has never failed a women from fueling her imagination. And just may be women have gained competition-cum-companion in reading ‘Erotica’.

Reasons why reading Erotica is better than steamy visuals:

  1. It will help you de-stress and escape from reality. If you are curious about things you have never tried, reading about it in a book and imagining it for yourself can be highly educational and powerful.

  2. You will get sufficient space to be actively involved in the character’s life and their relationship than any film can offer.

  3. Erotic novels help you regain sensuality and you will re-discover love making with your long lost partner.

  4. Erotic literature can be taken with you wherever you go.You dont need the glow of your laptop in the darkroom anymore. Just keep that Kindle in your bag and fantasize about the characters while you are travelling or on a work break!

  5. You cannot force somebody to watch things they dislike or aren’t in the mood of, but you can sure as hell read out few sensually written verses to your partner and use them to reenact for a little role playing.

Hoping that the government won’t ban Erotica Literature anytime soon, it’s time to read the red marked content online or offline.

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Am I Invisible?

When I dreamt this, I walked straight up to the mirror and began to admire myself. Phew! I am pretty much visible, unlike what I just dreamt, I exhaled. All day long this thought kept ringing in my mind like an echo. The inner voice tried to shut me up, but I was reluctant to do so. What inner voice are you talking about? Asked my friend. Oh! You can’t see it, but I know, it’s the real self hidden within.

What did I just say? A hidden self? That another can’t see? Right! I am invisible. I am invisible till the time somebody or everybody recognizes me. Listen up close, there is a difference between getting noticed and recognized. “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me,” said Ralph Ellison the late author who is famous for his 1952 existentialist novel, Invisible Man.

Remember the magical cloak used by Harry Potter in his movies? Yeah! Certain literary characters preferred this cloak of anonymity while they acted nameless throughout their story.

Few compelling uses of nameless characters are as follows: http://www.flavorwire.com

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The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A nameless woman is confined to her bedroom by her physician husband. She’s been diagnosed with a vague nervous affliction, the details of which are recorded in a secret journal she hides from him. The conclusion of the story is hotly debated. Some see the character’s surreal visions of women hidden within the wallpaper of her room as a descent into madness. Others call it a feminist epiphany — a realization that there is no freedom in marriage and a triumph over her inner world. The nameless woman becomes a universal symbol of female social oppression during the 19th century.

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The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene

Haunted by his past, pursued by an anti-clerical government, and struggling with his devotion to God, the unnamed “whiskey” priest in Greene’s parable reflects his uncertainty and weakness. His formlessness and failings allow us to identify with the man who is ultimately “too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom.”

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Everyman, Philip Roth

Roth’s spare novel recounts one man’s death. We are introduced to his working class beginnings, spent working in his father’s jewelry store. We learn of three marriages and divorces, mistresses, surgeries, and later, retirement at the New Jersey shore. Roth makes us face the inevitability of aging and death in a mere 182 pages — our identity quickly torn asunder. “Old age isn’t a battle; old age is a massacre.”

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The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe

Poe’s macabre short story, as told by a murderer who tries to convince us of his sanity, is a classic example of the unreliable narrator. The mystery surrounding the gender of the storyteller has led some people to speculate that the “madman” could very well be a woman, even suggesting that this could influence our sympathies for the troubled narrator.

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Blindness, José Saramago

A mysterious epidemic inflicting sightlessness upon the unnamed residents of an unnamed city threatens the collapse of society. Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago reveals a simultaneously bleak and hopeful view of humankind — people incapable of saving even themselves by banding together and those who offer selfless generosity. The dystopian allegory reveals the universality of these social orders in Saramago’s unnamed players with a striking, intimate style.

So, what happens when you encounter a nameless protagonist? Are you still able to draw a picture of the character portrayed? I think while you are analyzing what the protagonist’s name could be, you might just stumble upon your inner self. They might be the mirror you never wanted to face. They might be someone with whom you can resonate.

However, PepperScript found someone who is not nameless, but lacks identity. Or maybe she is hiding her true self?

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Ruby, protagonist of the story, is a 25 years old woman with a fair and clear complexion, deep set honey colored eyes, dark brown wavy hair falling till her shoulders, sharp nose, pale pair of lips and a clearly defined jaw line. She is an easy display of confidence and composure but inwardly innocent woman. To her genuineness is important, for pretensions won’t last long with this woman. She is blissfully ignorant of the ways of the world. She has a constant brooding look on her face; why? That is for the writers to decode.

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Six Reasons to get Published in India

After all the hardships that you have just heard about getting published in India, we’d actually like you to read the below stated points, only to better understand the Indian Publishing Market. Fact being, Indian publishing market is the place to be right now, provided that the market is only booming and making money but it is also expanding the english language market.

  • We Hate Slush Pile: Unread mails, pending queries, unanswered calls, Jeez! We hate missing out on opportunities. We deny the stereotypical thinking that only an author benefits when she/he gets published and not the publisher. How could that be?
  • Opportunities be in line please?: Reread point number one. Yes, we hate missing out on opportunities. How can we not read your manuscript over months and skip a chance to gain profits out of it? Both monetary and otherwise. As much as you hate to wait for a response, equally we hate not having received a good manuscript. You submit an evocative synopsis – we evaluate your script – we sign the publishing contract- and booyah! you are a published author.
  • You better fear rejection: Yeah! We reject a manuscript only and only if we taste a bad story. Quality of writing does matter, but we can always enhance the writing skills if the plot of your story is bang on! So yes, if we dislike your plot you better fear rejection, but if you give us an amazing plot, than its time for a sigh. Besides, if we think that your script is not good enough but can be drastically improved, instead of rejecting it we provide you with a feedback to help you understand the areas of improvement.
  • You will wear off sooner than you know: Well, smooth roads often out you to sleep, even if you don’t want to. So, obstacles is a common enemy regardless the race, creed, country, and writer, plot, story. Just because someone you know had a hard time getting published doesn’t mean you will face them too, it all depends upon how good you are at writing and expressing.
  • Wrong Subject line? Marked as spam!: Following submission guidelines mentioned on www.pepperscript.com is a must. However, we do understand the hard understanding sometimes and therefore if you send across a mail with a wrong subject line, exhaustive thesis less synopsis, fancy fonts and unnecessary attachments; Good Lord save you, we’re not trashing your email but we might just warn you to be aware.
  • Understanding: Being a group of young enthusiasts, we take pride in working with you and desire equally of fame like you. It is not about just publishing your book, it is about taking it to a level where dreams seem to come true, where your book is your identity.

Now, let’s analyse the Indian publishing industry.

  1. Indian publishing industry is growing at a rate of over 15% a year.
  2. The size is valued at 10,000 crores.
  3. There are enough new authors published each year to substantially calculate the growth in Indian literature.
  4. There are specifically designed PR and marketing services for authors.
  5. More than 50% titles published each year account for self-publishing, resulting a safety zone for the publishing game.
  6. Digital media is the fastest growing community in India, therefore, digital publishing is finding its way to the top.

PepperScript, plans on solving two problems with one solution. A self-publishing platform with well-planned approach, global reach, effective outcome and maximum ROI. No, we are not saying this to make you happy, we are saying this because we will make you happy.

She is seeking help!

Throughout the world women are deprived of their social and economic rights. When women stood besides one another to seek make a self-identity, women across the globe started a revolution and the critics termed it as ‘Feminism’. And twentieth century has witnessed a growing awareness among women regarding their desires, sexuality, self-definition, existence and destiny. Feminism does not particularly talk of equality and rights of women but it is more about compassion, respect and understanding from the male counterparts.

Beginning from the first inception of the Universe, there is a fascinating myth associated with the creation of woman by the Supreme Creator, Lord Brahma. He had introduced woman to his earlier creation man stating, “She will serve you lifelong and if you cannot live with her, neither can you live without her”. With time Literature had gained pace and began to carve a new way of introducing feminism in Indian literature. Massive work of feminism is also accomplished through Indian literature, leaving aside the activists and crusaders of the political and social scenario.

In post-Independence India, the New Woman also had begun to emerge. It was then that the feminist trend in Indian literature had appeared on the horizon. It is rather ironical that in India, the premier people who had come forward to claim women`s rights were not women but men. Feminist writers in India today proudly uphold their causes of ‘womanhood’, through their write-ups.

With every kind of Indian literature, there have existed such umpteen kinds of the evolution of womanhood, which have also at times taken the shape of feminism, mostly profound in Indian literature in various Indian as well as English languages. The habit of defining woman as an essence whose nature is determined biologically and whose sole identity is to produce human species, needs to change. And literature is doing its best to discourage the conventional image of women constructed by the orthodox society.

Literature therefore has always been an effective vehicle of fundamental changes. To a large extent, the popularity of feminist ethics in India has also been generated by the ‘new’ image of women presented by literary writers in their works. Writers not only embrace in themselves the social, cultural or mythical backgrounds of their native land, but also expose the fragments of alienation present in different segments of human life and its predicament.

Considering PepperScript is a publishing house, we as a team are making it a point, a strong point, that women issues be highlighted and reached to as many responsible individuals as possible. If you think you have a story that could motivate a woman to break the egg shell she’s been living within forever and seek out a self-identity; then we suggest you get your story published!

Get to know Ruby in detail!

Get to know Ruby in detail!

PepperScript is calling for submissions for its first ever Anthology ‘UNMASKED’ which will reveal as many facets of human mind and our character Ruby. For more details and submission guidelines visit www.pepperscript.com

Calling for Submissions!

Dear Reader,

PepperScript is coming out with its first ever Anthology ‘Unmasked’ in the second half of 2015. Being a start up company we have faced a lot of hurdles and obstructions. However, we never gave up and we expect the same from our followers / readers.

Why the name Unmasked you may ask!

We chose Unmasked as the title because we are unveiling different facets of a human mind. We want to look at human nature from an objective, scientific, third person point of view; one that any competent observer could adopt in order to confirm or disconfirm his assertions.

We have prepared a character Ruby and your story must revolve around her. Be it any genre but the character and her traits remain the same.

To know more about the character and submission guidelines, visit www.pepperscript.com

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P.S. The selected authors to be published in the Anthology will have to pay a submission fee of Rs. 2000/-

PepperScript in Conversation with Nistha Tripathi

  1. Seven Conversations (SC) is your debut novel. How challenging was the publishing industry?

Very challenging! Since I am an engineer, I had no understanding of how publishing works. Plus, I was in USA for last seven years, so Indian book market and its trends were also not very familiar for me. Good thing was that I was able to establish connection with some authors early on who had gone through the process and could give me an insider’s view and what to expect. So, I knew a rough ride lies ahead. Needless to say, it is hard to land a publisher for a debut novel especially by a person not connected to media or journalism. Writing an interesting synopsis itself is a tricky thing. For example, Anuj Bahri from Red Ink called me as my query had piqued his interest. Even though he could not take up the project at that point, he did give me couple of helpful feedbacks regarding the synopsis I wrote. This helped me later on. I was expecting a tough ride and was not going to give up easily. Eventually, Leadstart showed an interest and we signed up a deal. 

  1. SC is a spiritual fictional novel. What inspired you to weave the Hindu mythology with spiritualism?

The book is primarily spiritual. But instead of keeping it abstract and completely philosophical, I wanted to reconcile Hindu mythology with my sense of spirituality. This is mainly because I feel our ancient Vedic scriptures hold a lot of timeless wisdom which we, youth, are quick to reject because we don’t want to be orthodox. I wanted to convey that wisdom in form of a story we can relate to. So, there is lot of focus on Gita and Krsna in the book. At the same time, the message conveyed is religion agnostic. I strongly believe that all religions convey the importance of good values and inner happiness; I have put it in a fiction format where the protagonist is going through turmoil’s that are making her question the meaning of life. I have tried to answer those doubts (which I am sure all of us face at some point) in seven conversations. One of the conversations is also focused on ‘love’ because I think it is an integral part of finding inner happiness.

  1. As an author what would be your best conversation with ‘Meera’, the protagonist of SC?

I crafted each conversation to serve a specific purpose. Seven conversations are of pain, truth, heart, purpose, hope, light and self. I strongly recommend everyone to read the ‘Conversation of Self’ which ties the whole book together and is the soul of the book. All our answers lie within and that is conveyed beautifully in this conversation. 

  1. Your book is changing perceptions. How does it feel having changed lives?

It is very humbling. I was working in high paying jobs on Wall Street previously but I never got the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile. This book’s journey has given me immense happiness and a feeling of content. Frankly, commercial success was not my primary goal, I was just happy to have written a book that I loved and that I could be proud of. When that first feedback came and someone told me that the book has helped them find their peace, I felt the whole grueling journey has been worth it. And that feeling will keep me happy till I die. My family was also very proud of me after reading this book and that means a lot to me. It is a book that I could share with my parents and teachers. As you grow, you start realizing that financial success is not everything, life is so much bigger. 

  1. One question you think we all face in life undoubtedly. And why?

One question that we all ask inevitably at some point is ‘Did I do the right thing?’. It could be about a big decision you made or in general, the life choice you opted. One variation of it is – ‘What should I do?’ when we are facing a dilemma. I have covered this in detail in ‘Conversation of Heart’ in the book. Humans are constantly facing a battle of heart vs. mind. We think that we can control and plan out things and if we follow certain strategy, then our life would be good. At the same time, we are plagued by doubts – ‘what if?’ We feel that the grass is always greener on the other side. All this leads to is an eternal tug of war between different choices. We are never satisfied because we keep feeling that we could have done something better. This is the root cause of unhappiness in most of us.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

There are so many of them. To name a few, I would go for P G Wodehouse in humor. He is extremely consistent and the metaphors he comes up with are so unique – signs of a gifted writer. Other than him, I am also a fan of Kurt Vonnegut in satires and Keigo Higashino, best selling Japanese mystery author. 

  1. Not restraining only to SC, would you like to share with us your favorite quote?

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”  ― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

  1. Did you overcome any dare before you could choose happiness over convenience?

It was more like a prolonged thought process than a dare. I have made many unconventional choices in life such as leaving traditional jobs to pursue things like writing, dropping out of a very competitive MBA program to pursue a startup, ending unhappy relationships etc. I think its about taking a leap of faith. The first time is obviously very difficult but then you get more accustomed to making such decisions in future. 

  1. Would you like to point the similarities between Meera and yourself?

There are many because the book is partly inspired by my own life experiences. We are both willing to choose happiness over convenience; we both are reserved, strong and spiritual. 

  1. Would you like to leave a message for Team PepperScript?

Absolutely, I think it is a great initiative because I have seen the struggles of publishing journey myself. I feel there are many deserving writers out there and it would be great if PepperScript can bring them to market and help them get to as many readers as possible. So, keep up the good work and I am also psyched about PS Comics and Comic Con 🙂

About the Author: Nistha Tripathi is a writer and entrepreneur – wanderer would be more appropriate. She is by education an engineering grad from UIUC and MBA dropout from NYU which she believes is not important. “I penned down Seven Conversations when I felt that life had given me a story to tell and it was my duty to tell it aloud,” she says.

About the Book: Seven Conversations is a thought experiment on life and existence. The characters might be fictitious but their questions are not.

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Gain some Humor this Valentine!

“Books were safer than other people anyway.” – Neil Gaiman

14th February, a day that marks ‘Love’ is celebrated across the globe with sheer joy. People wait for this day with bated breath as if the rest of the days give no space for love! While you gather the courage to express your love to your beloved, how about gaining little humor, knowledge and feelings for a stranger and experience a deep affair this valentines?

Ever thought how it would be to fall for someone whom you will never see again after a certain time? Someone whom you can partially relate to? The one who can add the spice to your smartness quotient? Someone who would make you feel thoughtful, and then suddenly you feel where you have gained something, besides you have also lost a little of yourself!

To all the above questiones my answers are:

Yes I know how pleasant the feeling is to love the unknown who is unseen and shall never be seen, literally.

Not once, not twice but several times I have bumped into characters I can totally relate to. Yes, several times!

When I came across someone who added the perfect amount of emotions to my humor and intelligence, the feeling was overwhelming. I wanted to hold on to the stranger forever!

And every stranger I have happened to learn about has in some way or the other made me more thoughtful helped me be a better myself.

And speaking about lose or gain, yes I have lost my time, but I would rather say I invested my time learning those strangers, because by the time I finished reading a book, yes you read it right, a ‘BOOK’, I probably gained too many insights about life, people, places, vocabulary, myself and but of course – the strangers.

If you haven’t understood already who I am talking about, Oh boy! I must say you definitely need to fall in love with reading, a book, those characters, and lastly but your power to imagine.

Grab a book this valentines, read it, finish it, cover to cover, and then ask yourself, have I fallen for the writer? For the protagonist? Or may the place described in the book! Because love could be for and towards anyone right!

Gain the experience, and the richness that you will feel by connections that you make with such strangers would be spellbound!

In case this still doesn’t convince you to fall in love with reading, then I suggest you fall in love with someone who loves to read, because:cititul

Readers are patient

Readers aren’t afraid to let their mind wander in new and exciting areas

Readers are willing to commit

Readers like to be entertained – I hope you can at least entertain your partner if not read!

Wise and understanding

They find in you a romantic character

Last but not the least; gifting becomes a lot easier for you, since the world will never run out of Good Books!