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Book review -“If an Asteroid Falls on Kolkata,India” by Tanushree Chowdhury

Friday July 10, 2020 12:19 pm


This blog post is a sequel to the previous post on the special Writing Project organized by Chinthaka Nanayakkara focusing on World Asteroid Day on 30th June 2020.

asteroid day
Image Courtesy : asteroidday.org

If you have not yet read it please go back! Or else you would find all this bit confusing, my Spacelovers!


All Writing Projects by Chinthaka Nanayakkara is based on a particular day which is internationally recognized by the United Nations. The current writing project, his sixth, is based on World Asteroid Day 2020. 


The participants of WRIPE-6 (or the sixth writing project) are all given a writing prompt when they are selected for the project. This time, the prompt consisted of 3 parts. Maximum word count is 300. On reasonable grounds,additional paragraphs are allowed. 

Courtesy: Pixabay

First part, the selected writer has to describe his city or town he / she is currently residing. Second part, the writer has to imagine that a large asteroid is about to fall on his city on 30th June 2020. He / she has to describe the extent of damage an asteroid could cause and suggest plans to save his / her fellow countrymen from the impending disaster. Short Sci-Fi stories that consist of all three parts are also accepted.


Tanushree Chowdhuri accepted the challenge with the start of May and published her mini e-book on 27th of that month. It’s a 7 minutes read and covers the story genres of Action & Adventure, Thriller & Horror. But it’s a safe read for all ages. 


The story starts with a look back at how dinosaurs were suddenly wiped out from the face of earth owing to what was later argued to be an asteroid colliding with earth during the Jurrasic era. And Tanushree points out that “… the person who must have once said that history repeats, he definitely wasn’t wrong …” which is followed by the total annihilation of an entire human population in Kolkata, India… 


She has successfully used this intro to creatively cover the 2nd part of the writing prompt of WRIPE-6.


Then Tanushree brings the reader sharply back to reality, with the narrator awakening on 20th June 2050 from a comma after the Kolkata disaster. Then, She returns back to the date in which it happened: 20th June 2020. 


She describes Kolkata as “embracing a sky high population of 4.5 million, Kolkata is India’s fourth most populated city, being the home to various festivals along with its cultural diversities in a dazzling display …” This is where she covers the 1st part of the writing prompt. The reader is transported to that “city of joy”. She explains “… if you want a city with a soul, then Kolkata is the place for you”. Then her story unfolds around her characters that are few but undeniably vibrant.


Read the book FOR FREE! and don’t forget to Like, Follow, Share while you enjoy her story! You can also drop a friendly hello to her anytime!


A Senior Coordinator of WRIPE-5 (World Water Day 2018) and WRIPE-6 (the current writing project on World Asteroid Day 2020), Tanushree is the Hindi and Korean coordinator of all WRIPES organized by Chinthaka Nanayakkara. She is also a brand ambassador of Sweek.


 

Let us join hands to celebrate World Asteroid Day 2020!

Friday June 5, 2020 6:14 pm

 

World Asteroid Day 2020 is just round the corner and this time we are here to announce something very exciting to our space lovers! We are inviting you all to celebrate World Asteroid Day due 30th June 2020 by joining a collaborative writing project based on World Asteroid Day 2020!

The official logo of World Asteroid Day released by United Nations

Check out the UN approved official website on World Asteroid Day! 

https://asteroidday.org/

 

Here’s your chance for you to be involved in something that would really help you to win some high level of attention from people in lots of big places!

Let us explain!

Recently our website has partnered with Chinthaka Nanayakkara, who is a former Brand Ambassador of Sweek.com. This was what he was doing for Sweek!

UN Water of United Nations Acknowledges Sweek Writing Projects!

 

He is now a guest blogger on our web site! Here are some of his previous posts! Enjoy!

https://www.ouruniverseforkids.com/asteroids-for-international-asteroid-day/

https://www.ouruniverseforkids.com/ceres/

https://www.ouruniverseforkids.com/4-vesta/

 

Sweek.com is a writing platform that was launched in 2015, which enables anyone in the world to read, write and share their stories at no cost. The platform is available in nearly 70 languages!

Visit https://sweek.com/ or to know more about it https://blog.sweek.com/the-sweek-story/

 

Although Chinthaka is no more working for Sweek.com, he is still very much involved in organizing various writing projects on behalf of the platform on a voluntary basis.

Since 2017 he has organized 5 writing projects (which he fondly calls as WRIPES) and currently he is in the middle of his 6th WRIPE or WRIPE-6, which focuses on World Asteroid Day 2020.

WRIPES are a unique type of writing projects. WRIPES help aspiring writers from around the world to publish mini e-books based on UN recognized International Days like World Asteroid Day, get popular and become authors in a very short period of time!

 

Let us explain how it happens:

If we take World Asteroid Day 2020, it is celebrated each year on 30th June. Six months in advance, Chinthaka personally invites aspiring writers he has identified in Sweek.com to submit their draft stories that are written focusing on World Asteroid Day, through Google Drive.

Once he receives a story, he carefully edits it and informs the writer to publish it in Sweek.com. Once it is published, Chinthaka designs a beautiful and attractive book cover for the book and sends it to the writer to adorn the book he had written.

 

 

Then, everything in place, Chinthaka starts to promote the book within the Sweek community!

Since he has about 500 followers in Sweek alone, the books he promotes become popular easily!

 

Chinthaka’s Writing Project on World Asteroid Day in 2018 (WRIPE-4) came to be recognized by the International Space Magazine ‘Astronomy’ and he was invited to publish a guest blog post on his work! Here it is!

http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/b/astronomy/archive/2018/06/27/guest-blog-writers-of-sweek-com-hail-asteroid-day-with-literature.aspx

 

Chinthaka also hosts a Youtube Channel on his WRIPES! They are one of a kind!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGh9RDEloDpkWLeJZrsWNtg/

 

For the best performers, he also provides author interviews! http://wripes.blogspot.com/

 

His current writing project, WRIPE-6 is now registered in the United Nations’ Official website on Asteroid Day. Take a look!

https://asteroidday.org/event/mini-e-book-writing-project-on-world-asteroid-day-2020/

 

Okay, now here’s your chance kids! Deadline for new entries to WRIPE-6 has just passed. That means although you cannot join it as a Writer, you can still reserve your place as a Writer in the upcoming WRIPE-7, by joining WRIPE-6 as a Promoter! Just visit Sweek.com and type the keyword ‘ASTEROID2020’ (as one word) in the search bar and you are all ready to go!

Sweek.com easily loads on desktop computers and also, you can download the Sweek app for free anytime!

If you are in need of further clarifications, never hesitate to directly contact Chinthaka through his email: [email protected]

This series of blog posts will continue in the coming months, bring you the latest developments in WRIPE-6, author interviews, book reviews, asteroid day fun facts and much more!

Stay tuned!

New Articles Posted

Tuesday May 19, 2020 6:38 pm

Check out new articles posted on the site in the run up to National Asteroid day – June 30th. 

 

https://www.ouruniverseforkids.com/asteroids-for-international-asteroid-day/

 

https://www.ouruniverseforkids.com/ceres/

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