First Chapter Reveal: A Minute To Death by Ganga Bharani

Book Details:
Title: A Minute To Death
Authors: Ganga Bharani
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 114
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 175 INR
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The Blurb:

Murder most foul or an open-and-shut case of routine suicide?

Young, vivacious and an aspiring writer, Riya wants nothing more from her longtime crush/boyfriend than to let her in on one of his exciting investigations. After all, what better source material for a book than a real life tragedy?

No-nonsense veteran cop, Rohan picks a case of probable suicide to satisfy Riya’s needs. Little does he know that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

What made the victim hang herself at the break of dawn? What is the secret that her group of friends is hiding? Will Riya be able to salvage a workable plot for her upcoming novel out of this case of seemingly simple suicide?

First Chapter:

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Book Review: A Minute To Death by Ganga Bharani

This book is action-packed with lots of mystery!

The Blurb:

Murder most foul or an open-and-shut case of routine suicide?

Young, vivacious and an aspiring writer, Riya wants nothing more from her longtime crush/boyfriend than to let her in on one of his exciting investigations. After all, what better source material for a book than a real life tragedy?

No-nonsense veteran cop, Rohan picks a case of probable suicide to satisfy Riya’s needs. Little does he know that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

What made the victim hang herself at the break of dawn? What is the secret that her group of friends is hiding? Will Riya be able to salvage a workable plot for her upcoming novel out of this case of seemingly simple suicide?

Excerpt:

They got up and as they were walking to the door, she asked ‘Won’t anyone question why I am here always and why I accompany you to the cases?’

‘Who can question me? You know we are in a country where policemen and politicians can do whatever they want. I am not doing something very wrong. I am just helping a budding writer who can earn a good name for the country. So it’s ok.’ He said, caressing his fingers in her hair.

‘Don’t mess up my hair.’ She frowned. She picked the sunglasses that were hanging on the first button of his shirt and slid it over his nose. He was confused why she did that. She immediately looked at the sunglasses and adjusted her hair.

‘Idiot, this is my 3k sunglasses not your dressing table.’ He said removing the glasses instantaneously.

‘Shut up. My dressing table had cost my dad 15k.’ she snatched it from him and looked at it to adjust the hair even more.

’15k for a dressing table? Now, I understand why guys hate to get married.’ He said sarcastically prolonging the stay on love in his voice.

About The Author:

Ganga Bharani, is a consultant by profession and the Author of the books, “Just You, Me And A Secret” and “A Minute to Death”. She is a creative writer, a passionate blogger, a script writer, a motion film maker and a director, with a creative mind and a beautiful heart that has captured the hearts of several people in reading world.

The Review:

Have you ever imagined how it feels before “a minute prior to death”? This book will take you on a spellbound venture from suspected suicide cases to a mystery to a passionate suicide. ”A minute to death” of all the victims holds the secret and unveil only in the end.

Simran’s Desk…

A Minute To Death by Ganga Bharani is a thrilling journey of Riya, an aspiring writer and her boyfriend, Rohan; a cop. The story starts with a crime scene at Raghavan Colony in Chennai. Riya is working on her debut novel. She wants the crime scene in her book seem real and effortless. For this, she makes the best use of her boyfriend, a cop. He agree to let her accompany him on a suicide case. Avanthika, a young and pretty girl who was happy and hearty till previous night suddenly found hanging from the ceiling of her apartment. Below her lies a mystery, a wrist watch that stopped exactly at 5:00 AM. Riya find the case amusing for her novel’s plot and join Rohan in the investigation. When they think, they have hold on the case’s grip, another mysterious suicide case comes. This time, Reema. She is found hanging on the ceiling, in her house. Something that was common in both the cases is, the wrist watch which struck at 5:00 and the girls hanging.

Will Rohan and Riya be able to unmask the mystery and find if it is actually a suicide or not? Will Riya be able to get a perfect plot for her novel? Who stopped the wrist watches at exact 5:00? Does the book hold some secret behind their deaths? Read the book to find it out.

What I liked?

Ganga Bharani has masterfully worked on the plot, background and characters. Every chapter ends with a suspense. The racy narration and logical dialogues will keep you hooked till the end. I especially liked the twist brought with Febbon’s anonymity.

Why should one read this book?

It’s rare to read a good thriller from an Indian contemporary writer. Ganga Bharani comes up with an exceptional skills of telling a story keeping mystery, suspense, thriller and romance balanced. This book is sure to give you goosebumps while reading. Quite worth the book price.

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Sarav’s Desk…

First of all, a very big congratulations to Ganga Bharani for masterfully plotting the story, background and characters. You deserve every bit of applause you got so far, and the ones you get for this book in the future.

How often we read a grand introduction to the female lead character of the story like Aishwarya Rai got in Dhoom 2, except for the bike and the dialogue that followed. Had I not known that Riya is a writer by the end of first chapter, I would have gone mad dreaming about this Ms. Beautiful. Rohan, too, made a mark, in the first chapter, when he carefully noted each and every detail in Avanthika, an adamant young pretty girl’s suicide. When I expected the next few chapters to revolve around murder, investigations, forensic reports, and other stuffs, I was happy to read something new. A combination of investigation and a blossoming relationship, between the two, mostly those teasing lines, conveyed the beauty of their relationship. To be true, I was laughing all the time reading the conversation between the two – be it the first kiss or the dialogues outside her college.

The story had its own twists and turns, I enjoyed travelling along with them, without getting confused whether this book is a crime thriller or a romantic thriller like Rohan did. When I read about Reema’s suicide, much similar to Avanthikas, I started connecting the dots to find out the dark secrets behind the suicide, and what struck me was something I could never imagined of. Still I enjoyed reading the last chapters, such was the talent of the author. Hats off to her!

It was a racy read. I took two hours and fifteen minutes to complete the book. If you are a lover of racy reads, then read this book to know the secret behind their deaths, which the author and we reviewers know. In GB’s style – “Reviewers, Author and the Readers”!

What I liked?

I liked reading this book. To be precise, the conversations between Rohan and Riya. Having interviewed them personally, I expected them to do better, and they did justice to it.

The Plot, The Characters, The Execution, Masterfully done!

What I disliked?

There were places author highlighted Riya’s intelligence, though I liked initially, but when it crossed the minimal point, I felt really bad for Rohan. Maybe, the author should have maintained the equality between the two lead characters.

Why should one read this book?

Because this book is bag of emotions. It will make you fall in love with Riya, laugh reading the conversations between the two, bite nails (if it’s your habit) when you read the suspense filled chapters, hate the author for writing a chapter, and finally become a fan of the author for plotting a wonderful read!

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: A Minute To Death
Authors: Ganga Bharani
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 114
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 175 INR
Buy Paperback: Flipkart | Amazon
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Stars…

We thoroughly enjoyed this amazing, fun-filled, suspenseful reading ride, and we give this un-put-down-able book a five-stars rating.

A Minute To Death is a racy read! This book is bag of emotions, it will make you fall in love with Riya, laugh reading the conversations between the two, bite nails when you read the suspense filled chapters, hate the author for writing a chapter, and finally become a fan of the author for plotting a wonderful read! A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you hooked till the very last world! Highly recommended for book lovers. No second thoughts!

This book was given to us by author in exchange for an honest review. We are glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are from the reviewers heart and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. We have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and we will on FlipKart and Amazon as we felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: Hey Dad! Meet My Mom by Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal

This book is a page-turner and stands out of the box!

The Blurb:

From childhood, the world in which we live, teaches us to bury our ‘bad’ past somewhere deep inside us, so deep, that even we can’t dig it back and after that just move on.

What happens when a 10 year old child, who claims to be your future son, comes to you to help you find a perfect match for his mother? What happens when eventually you start to doubt on his intentions? What happens when a girl starts to turn your dreams into nightmares? What happens when your ‘Future son’ starts to haunt you? What happens when your FUTURE starts to bleed in your PRESENT through your PAST?

‘Hey Dad! Meet My Mom!!!’ is nothing less than a roller coaster ride of comedy, fear, love and don’t forget to expect the unexpected!

Excerpt:

What’s in the name, dad? Just answer me, would you like to solve the dilemma of my friend?” He had something crazy in his mind; his mischief was in his smile.

“Okay, tell me.”

“Listen! I have a friend who is currently caught up in a turmoil of problems. Actually he loves his mother but also loves his father equally. So one day, his father told him that, ‘Beta, you should obey what your mother says. Never ever disobey her.’ My friend said, ‘OK’. Another day, his mother repeated the same thing to him. She said, ‘Beta, you should listen to what your father says. Never disobey him.”

“So where’s the problem?” I asked.

“Patience, dad! Why are you always in a hurry?” He took a pause, smiled at me and continued, “So now his father tells him to obey his mother and mother tells him to obey his father. He loves both his parents equally, now whom should he obey? Should he obey his father and start obeying his mother or vice-versa?” So finally his meaningless question was put in front of me.

“I think your ‘friend’ should follow what his father said and start obeying his mother.” I tried to answer the riddle.

“Why the father? Why not his mother?”

“Okay, so tell him to follow his mother’s instructions and obey his father. In both cases, the same thing is happening, right?”

“Think deeper, dad! Show your intellect.”

“Why don’t you tell him to obey both his parents?” I gave up with that.

“You know dad, sometimes in life, we just can’t go for both our opinions; we have to choose one, either we feel good about it or bad.” He said in a serious voice. Rishi was not playing around with me, He was there to tell me something, and he was there to tell me that the time to choose had come.

About The Authors:

Sandeep Sharma, a dreamer from Agra, the city of love and the Taj Mahal, is currently in his final year pursuing B. Tech ( Civil Engineering ) from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida. He is very passionate about writing and has been writing short stories for a personal blog since 5 years. He has been previously associated with many anthologies as a contributing author. Sandeep Sharma loves to spend most of his time with his parents. According to him, “Parents always have so much to teach, it’s just a matter of your learning desire and time.”

Leepi Agrawal, an “Ahmadavadi Chokri” filled with zest and always strives to mark her work with perfection. She is a final year student and a gold medalist for her academic excellence in Masters of Computer Applications at Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has won the TechFest in April 2014 at college and state level. She is quite obsessed with writing, wires and machines and subsequently her obsession has turned into her passion and profession.

My Review:

If you are expecting it to be yet another mushy- romance novel or a boyfriend- girlfriend love tale then wait! This book comes up with a unique story, the one you would have never read or heard before.

The reader’s heart…

“Hey Dad! Meet My Mom” by Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal, is a story of a bachelor guy, Puneet, an SBI Branch Manager in his late twenties with no interest in marriage. His mother is a strong lady with a calculative mind whose only concern is the marriage of his workaholic son. One day, Puneet see a young and pretty girl from his cubicle and lose his heart. While lost in trance, he finds a 10 year old boy sitting in front of him, with a lolipop in one of his hands and smiling at him. Soon after that incident, the little boy with lolipop starts appearing everywhere.When Puneet inquire him where his parents were and who was his dad. He get a shock of his life listening to the child’s reply who addressed Puneet, his father. It irritates Puneet but the innocence on his face melts his heart to be friendly. The child introduces himself as Rishi and future son of Puneet who has come to find his mom. Puneet find it amusing only till the time he doesn’t know that Rishi can be seen, heard and felt by him only. Soon dad and son gel up with each other and begin their “Mission Mom”. Puneet is shy and an introvert guy. Rishi is a smart kid and guides his dad to impress the girl, his dad had seen in Bank the other day. With the help of Rishi, Puneet and Myra’s love story starts flourishing. Puneet starts seeing weird dreams which haunts hell out of him. Every time he see a re-occurring dream of Ahmadabad railway station, a lonely girl in despair, children playing in the park. He become insomniac and develop dark circles under his eyes. He starts behaving abnormally. Maya, his best friend and Myra, his love stands by him in his hard times. Puneet’s mother suggests him to consult a Psychiatrist. He attend sessions with his psychiatrist uncle but the cure seem to have no avail. One day Puneet overhear a conversation between his mother and his doctor uncle which reveal the darkest of the secrets from his past. A memory of past which had been erased from his memory! There was someone in his life before Myra. It was Roshni, his college friend and his wife but he didn’t remember. His dream guides him way to Roshini, to a hospital in Ahmadabad. Now he is in middle of two precious people of his life. Roshni and Myra both of them are his love for life. Will Puneet be able to choose his love between past and present? Will Rishi help him sort out in this riddle too? Will Puneet be able to do justice to three of their lives and promises he made? Read the book to find it.

What I liked?

The book title was intriguing enough to catch my attention. I appreciate both the authors for their hard work in matching up with each other writing style. At no point I felt that the book is written by two authors. Poems in beginning of chapters were like icing on the cake. I liked Roshni’s diary for unexpected twists and surprises. The book has been edited with sheer excellence.

What I disliked?

After revelation of Roshini, Maya was kept out of scene. I felt his best friend should had have been there to support or may be after things were settled down.

Why should one read this book?

This book is a complete page-turner with surprises as its main element. The racy narration and tempting fantasy will welcome you into its world right from the prologue and will keep you hooked till the end. Main characters of the story appear so real and alive to have you moved along with themselves.

Stars…

To this amazing reading ride full of unexpected surprises with an eye moistening ending, quite justified; I give a five-star rating.

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: Hey Dad! Meet My Mom
Authors: Sandeep Sharma | Leepi Agrawal
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
Language: English
Pages: 159
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 150 INR
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Hey Dad! Meet My Mom“will standup to your expectations with racy narration and tempting fantasy. Main characters of the story appear so real and alive to have you moved along with themselves. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will refresh your mood. . Highly recommended for all. No second thoughts!

This book was given to me by author in exchange for an honest review. I am glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

A Conversation With Rohan and Riya

Have you ever imagined reading the interview of the leading characters from a book? If you haven’t then get ready to meet and greet, Riya and Rohan, the characters of the book A Minute To Death by Ganga Bharani.

BLW: Riya can you tell us a little about yourself?

Riya: I am an aspiring writer. I love Rohan but I am not very comfortable expressing it to him. I enjoy him shadowing me everywhere to know if I love him. But trust me this isn’t a love story just because the guy I love is cop and I want to become a crime writer.

BLW: Rohan tell us about yourself?

Rohan: Hello, I am a cop as my darling Riya said. I am nearing my thirties and she is in her early twenties. So I am scared to propose marriage to her. She is my cousin and the girl I have always been in love with. You will have to trust us when I say it’s an Indian novel but it isn’t a Romance novel.

BLW: Is this the author’s real life story?

Riya: You will have to read the book to know that. Also, a little research have to be done to know if author has an ex who is a cop. But I can assure you that Riya is not the author’s real life character. Though I reflect a lot of her thoughts and resemble her a bit.

Rohan: Come on Riya, you are size zero and the author is fat. So readers can easily understand it’s not the author’s real life.

Riya: Shut up Rohan. She is our creator and you can’t call her fat.

Rohan: When will girls understand that fat is not offensive?

BLW: Coming back to our interview, we read that this book is a crime thriller, what’s the crime?

Rohan: It starts with a death. Death of someone always raises many questions in so many people’s life. When the death is not natural the first question will always be if it is a suicide or a murder. The book is based on the journey of one such case, the confusions, the investigations, the stupidity and creativity of Riya and most importantly about death.

BLW: Author always names two characters after her friends Deepthi and Nakul. What’s Deepthis role and what’s Nakuls?

Riya: Deepthi is Avanthika’s best friend, don’t ask me who Avanthika is. Nakul’s character will be a surprise to him and the readers just like last time.

BLW: Author’s previous book, Just, you me and a secret, has a happy ending. What about this book, A Minute To Death?

Rohan: Rohan pleasure don’t open your mouth. It takes so much time and effort for an author to bring their book out in stores and you please don’t spoil the surprise for the readers.

BLW: Riya, you told us that you are an aspiring writer in this book, A minute to death, do you become a writer at last?

Ganga Bharani: No comments. I assure you that you will not be bored reading this book. Read it to know the answers for these questions.

BLW: When the book release is planned and why was the date chosen?

Rohan: Unlike Riya, our author Ganga Bharani loves her husband, Rajan, so much. She wants to gift him the best she can on his birthday which is on the 23rd of July. So she has planned to release her book, which she considers a part of herself, on the 23rd of July 2015.

Riya: You will understand how much I love you more than what Ganga loves her husband at the end of this book.

Rohan: Does that mean you love me?

Riya: Did I say so? I was being sarcastic when I said “how much”

Thanks for your time Riya and Rohan. Hope you bring home laurels for the author like how Meera Asheeth deepthi and San of just you, me, and a secret did. And to my dear readers, we’ve something more for you. Yes, on 23rd we will be publishing the first chapter of the book as a PDF, exclusively for our readers!

A Conversation With Ganga Bharani

BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian author Ganga Bharani to Book Lovers World. Ganga is a consultant by profession and the Author of the books, “Just, You, Me and a Secret” and “A Minute to Death”. She is a creative writer, a passionate blogger, a script writer, a motion film maker and a director, with a creative mind and a beautiful heart that has captured the hearts of several people in reading world.

Ganga Bharani: Thank you so much for the warm welcome.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on publishing the second book, A Minute To Death. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a simple girl with complicated dreams.

Ganga Bharani: I went to an engineering college to discover what I wanted to do or what I was passionate about, just like every other Indian teenager; I wanted to tell stories. Making stop motion and short films was just an accident that accelerated my journey to become a writer. Two of my short films have won awards at we care international film festival. I have two titles as mentioned above. I am sure I have already said more than just a “Little”.

BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Just, You, Me and a Secret is a fast-paced gripping novel. What a reader we expect in the book, A Minute to Death? Tell us the secrets about your book, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing on a topic that still seems to be a tough task to most of us? How long did it take to write this book?

Ganga Bharani: I would like to share with you the background of how this story materialised into a book. One of my colleagues was interested in making a short film

I thought my book would be published the month
after I signed the contract and the next month,
I assumed I will become a Chethan or a Preethi.

and had asked me to give him a script. That night this story occurred to me and I narrated it to him the following day. It wasn’t within their budget. That was the time I had already signed a contract with Tales4 publications for my first book. But things were moving slow. I didn’t know it took so much time for a manuscript to become a book. I was new and just like everyone else I was in a hurry to become a writer, reach my dream spot in life. I thought my book would be published the month after I signed the contract and the next month I assumed I will become a Chethan or a Preethi Shenoy. In the real world things doesn’t happen so fast, so easily. Disappointed. Frustrated. I started writing down the story as a blog series. I used to literally writer every minute I was awake and not at work. 3 chapters a day, two in the morning and one in the night. A lot of readers mailed me, messaged me, called me and a few met me in person at work asking what the next chapter would be and expressed their eagerness to read the next chapter that I was going to publish. This boosted my confidence and here I am, one and a half year after all that, with the book printed and ready to be published.

I don’t enjoy writing stories without suspense. As and when I write a new chapter I want to be entertained myself with the surprises my brain gives me with a new twist in the story. Most of the twists in my books are unplanned, they come with the flow as I write that particular chapter.

BLW: Riya and Rohan, San and Meera, which pair is your favorite?

Ganga Bharani: Riya and Rohan are really close to my heart. Though Meera was my first creation ever as a writer, I love Riya more. I am biased. Riya has a part of me, she is my reflection, a girl who shares my passion and goal. She is an aspiring writer In the book.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Ganga Bharani: Death.

BLW: Just, You, Me and a Secret deals with medical aspects, what can we expect in A Minute to Death? Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Ganga Bharani: A minute to death is a crime thriller. Just you, me and a secret had a lot of romance, family drama along with suspense. But A Minute To Death has a lot of suspense and beautiful romance along with crime investigations. It is a cop story.
Fingers crossed. If this book is welcomed well by reader, I am planning to write a series of crime thrillers with the same characters. If it is not welcomed by readers, I will still write a crime series. 🙂

BLW: We know what happened to your debut work. What was the verdict? Did you get justice?

Ganga Bharani: I have spoken so much about the injustice and my only motto was to bring it to light, To keep people informed of such things being possible. I reserve my comments related to this issue as this isn’t the right time or space for it. I will surely inform you guys what happens at the end.

BLW: Apart from being a victim of plagiarism, what are the other biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Ganga Bharani: Every single day I grow a little more as a writer. I learn new things and everything surprises me. When a reader mails me with so much excitement about his or her experience reading my book, it surprises me.

Patience is a lesson I am learning. It is very important for a writer to be patient for long waiting for responses from publishers and readers.

BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?

Ganga Bharani: I can write anywhere be it a noisy restaurant, a silent library or my room. I don’t easily sit down to start writing but once I sit, you can’t distract me until I complete writing what’s playing inside my head.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Ganga Bharani: When I was a preprimary student I wanted to become a teacher as I thought teachers were most powerful. They had the power to control all of us.
During my primary school days I wanted to become an IAS officer as dad said they were the most powerful people of the country.

Middle school, my dreams shifted to becoming a doctor as we waited for long hours in clinics, even IAS officers had to wait to meet doctors, I heard. Doctors are the supreme power I thought and really wanted to become a doctor.

After 10th exams , I heard that engineers work in A/C cabins all day. Considering that I was from a middle class family of those days, a whole day in air conditioning was a big thing. I wanted that sophistication. I opted computer science as my major.

I wanted to become a software engineer till the first day of college. Finally, I figured out that if I was good at something it was cooking stories. I had always cooked up convincible stories to support my absence or laziness for not finishing assignments. So here I am telling you such a big story for a simple question.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Ganga Bharani: Life itself is an inspiration for me. We are allowed to live and I really enjoy the fact that there a system here on earth for human beings. Every person is a million stories piled up in a particular order to call it his or her life.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Ganga Bharani: Movies have inspired me and have heavily influenced me. I watch Movies from across the world. JKR inspire me as a person. Her life has inspired me more than her books.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Ganga Bharani: As I said I want to write a series of crime thriller. I am too tired murdering, I have done that enough, so I want to go to school and fall in love again. My next book might be a romance novella. I am in talks with a publisher and it’s too early to comment about it.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Ganga Bharani: Does JavaScript count?

Just kidding. I have a lot of dreams to create some secret in my life. But as of now all I know is to write and I am not even sure yet if I do that well.

BLW: We know you enjoy reading books? What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

Ganga Bharani: No cook would tell you the restaurants he ate in, will he?

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?

Ganga Bharani: I am yet to reach a place where I could be called something close to an ideal. But even if I am there I would say that I’m not an ideal And that’s the best advice. Every writer is different so don’t aspire to become like someone else.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Ganga Bharani: My book will be available soon, please read and let me know how it is. I hope I have done justice to the money and time you spend on it.

Thank you so much for your time. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re going to interview the lead characters of the book, A Minute To Death “Rohan and Riya”. We hope you will like the response. Stay Tuned!

Book Review: Love Stories Around Us – An Anthology

This book is a good love dose for romantic hearts!

The Blurb:

World is full of love, and stories related to it…. just close your eyes and you will find too many love stories around us.

Have we wondered how these relationships are made? What connects people around the world? What is it that bind us together?

Love, sentiments and feelings keep us linked to each other, till our feelings are alive, our relationships are alive; our love is alive. No one can teach you this emotion, except life. And with every couple, there is a story. Shades brings you few of the love stories around us.

Excerpt:

“Hey”, he smiled, getting up to greet her.

“I’m sorry I am late”, she said, shrugging. “I just, I got caught up with something.”

“This is the least amount of time I’ve spent waiting for you…I don’t mind…”

“Do you… Do you have the papers?”

“Yeah, I do. I haven’t signed them yet, I just, I have to ask, just once more. I can’t forgive myself if I don’t Neha. Can we really not fix this?” ( The Memories by Shravya Gunipudi)

My Review:

A book that will make you fall in love with love stories and wanting you to read more and more because ”true love stories never have endings”. – Richard Bach

The reader’s heart…

Love Stories Around Us published by Shades Publications comprises of twenty-five love stories, penned by twenty-five different writers, inspired by real life incidents. Some of the stories made me teary-eyed, some made me happy and delighted and a few of them disappointed me. I am going to share my favorite picks which I felt were savior to the title of the book.

1) “But… why it has to be you?” by Saravana Kumar Murugan, is a beautiful and a modern love tale of Irene and Shiv. Irene is sure about her love for him but deep inside she wants an answer, “Why only Shiv?”. So, she decides to leave it on their destiny . Shiv, for whom Irene is breath; his life, goes through every possibility to find her amidst all the odds. The story depicts love across the globe, love beyond fate and love conspired by the destiny. I had a wonderful time reading this fast paced story with some interesting twists. You never fail to amaze me with your stories that conveys, “Love is beautiful, love is life and love is what that keeps us alive”.

2) “Love Beyond Rules” by Ankit Jain, revolves around the two passionate lovers, Ankit and Aashi. They work as a team for a leading company in Mumbai. Ankit falls in love with Aashi and soon the Aashified effect takes a toll on his mind. There comes smart tactics that one should follow to impress a girl and I completely envy your ideas, Ankit. I loved every bit of it. From your first meet, tricks to impress her, win her heart to a cute attempt to make Aashi fall in love with Ankit. Amazing!! It was a page- turner read. You said so much about Aashi and now I am tempting to meet her.

3) “Sunaina” by Barun Bajracharya, is a teenage love tale of Siddhartha and Sunaina. Their story starts with a kiss that Sunaina gave Siddhartha in an unconscious state. That incident erupt intense emotions in Sid and he starts liking Sunaina. But, every time she refuses to be friends with Sid. An incident changes everything for good. Sunaina accepts Sid’s friendship but for love, she choose someone else over Sid. A heart warming love story. Enjoyed it to the core. Siddhartha never lose his hopes on Sunaina. And like a sincere lover he is happy to have Sunaina around him though just as a friend. I liked the use of local terms and chirpy- innocent Sid. His imagination at tender age, it all seemed so real.

4) “Memories” by Shravya Gunipudi, is a sensitive story and quite a general issue in today’s time. Neha and Akhil, the made for each couple suddenly realize that there is nothing more left in their marriage and thus, decide to give divorce. Neha is firm on her decision despite knowing it will make their lives worst. She and her friend, Pallavi when start collecting things from room before the separation, each and everything in that place reminds Neha of the beautiful moments she had shared with Akhil and those promises of love. She is in dilemma but restrict herself to be carried away by his memories. Her ego is break when she find Akhil’s longing to be with her and give their marriage a second chance. It’s ending uplifted my mood.

5) “I Am A Killer” by Akash Srivastav, is a story of two childhood friends who get separated by the time but in hearts their love and friendship remain fresh as ever. Ramesh, a contract killer is quite efficient in his job. This time he has to kill a pretty -innocent looking girl, Sanjana who was travelling to Kolhapur. Sanjana’s husband marries her not for the sake of love but to take away her wealth and thus, he appoint Ramesh to make his way simple and clear. The simplicity on Sanjana’s face and sparkle in her eyes push away Ramesh’s intention. Every time he tried killing but ended up saving her. And, a moment come when they realize they are old childhood friends, separated by the destiny but united by hearts. The backstabbing by her husband was shocking for her but having Ramesh at her side, it didn’t last long. The story ends on a happy and justified note.

6) ”Payal, I Promise You…” by Divya R. Bandodkar,  depicts of a love story where a girl is not sure of commitment in relationship. Payal and Atul love each other passionately and know well, they are pairs made in heaven. The root cause of it is, Payal grow up seeing the hardship and failure in her parents’ marriage. Her father being there never stood to support or even love her , he assaulted his wife. And all this while her mother did her upbringing, playing all the possible roles. The sweetest part of this story was, Atul while listening her sad story types a long text message on his phone, he make promises to fulfill all the values which were missing in Payal’s parents’ marriage and send her the message as soon as she leave the place. The simplicity in the story touched my heart.

What I liked?

The book cover is exceptionally beautiful with pink- orange shade and silhouette of couples. Also, the stories in this book spotlight on various aspects of love, relation and friendship rather all mushy stuffs. It was a fresh read.

What I disliked?

I believe, a good editing adds life even to the dumbest of books. The spelling and grammar mistakes in some of the stories were quite irritating. I am sure a bit of editing will turn out this book into a splendid one.

Why should one read this book?

Some of the stories are breathtakingly beautiful but if I talk about a complete book, it doesn’t stand up to my expectations. And I feel, there is a serious need of working on some of the stories and editing the entire manuscript.

Stars…

To this up and down reading ride, I will give this book a four-star rating.

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 3/5
Editing: 3/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Love Stories Around Us – An Anthology
Authors: Atika Srivastava, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Ritika Raj, Anisha Mohata, Rafia Jafri, Debashish Mishra, Nilakshi Pathak, Shravya Gunipudi Divya R. Bandodkar, Vibha Sharma, Elora Rath, Akash Srivastav, Varina Rasquinha, Nidhi, Kavya Shah, Pavitra Singh, Mahesh Sowani, Arjun Bhattacharyya, Biswadeep G. Hazra, Abhilash Patel, Lipsa Padhi, Prakash Guru, Ankit Jain, Barun Bajracharya
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Shades Publications
Language: English
Pages: 243
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 150 INR
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Some of the stories made me teary-eyed, some made me happy and delighted, and a few of them disappointed me and doesn’t stand up to my expectations with careless editing.. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, a good dose for romantic hearts!

This book was gifted to me by one of its authors. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a four-star rating on Goodreads and Amazon as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

A Conversation With Sachin Shresta

Love Stories Around Us – review | paperback

BLW: Let’s welcome the new energetic Indian Publisher Sachin Shresta to Book Lovers World.Sachin is a Designer by Profession, CEO & Founder of the recently launched publishing house, “Shades Publications”, and the man behind the anthology, “Love Stories Around Us”. He is a creative mind and a beautiful heart who strives to help authors get better royalty and help more budding authors to have their own books.

Sachin Shresta: Thank you for the opportunity. It’s my pleasure to be interviewed. And Shades publications is all about change than just another business making publishing house.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the success of first ever anthology by Shades Publications, Love Stories Around Us. Tell us a little about yourself.

Sachin Shresta: I am just another common person out of the world who is little weird, crazy in my own ways, mostly busy in my dream and imaginations and lives in the world of his ideas. By profession, I am a graphics designer and a vfx artist, by choice I am self proclaimed writer. Someday I wish to see myself successful, no matter what I am doing, I want to be appreciated for my efforts.

BLW: Tell us about your ideas behind launching the Publishing House, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of publishing anthologies at first place? How long did it take to set up this?

All I had in mind,
when I chose to turn into a publisher,
was to place better royalties to Authors and Poets.

Sachin Shresta: I was just a blogger at the start. I used to carry out interviews of fresh talented writers and while interacting with them I kept on listing the points about self-publishing, how it started taking over the market of publishing. The royalty they were provided with was also not so inspiring. I thought why not bring out a change, and so I conceived the idea of converting my web-magazine to a publishing house. All I had in mind, when I chose to turn into a publisher, was to place better royalties to Authors and Poets. I knew it won’t be an easy path. I had to cross many hurdles, the biggest was arranging financial support, which I somehow managed, and after almost 6 months of research and hard work, Shades Publications was born.

I am really lucky to have a few good friends, who are authors themselves to stand by my side, all the time. I came up with the idea of publishing anthologies first, as it would let me share my perception to a lot of authors.

BLW: Love Stories Around Us is an anthology of short love stories, an enjoyable read for those who cherish love stories. We would like to know the home work you did to write this book.

Sachin Shresta: I have not contributed a single story in this anthology, rather I have complied all the love stories selected through a contest I hosted on Facebook. The response I received was overwhelming. Close to 100 people participated from all over the country, including a few from abroad. I had a difficult time finalizing the final 25 stories as I had planned to print best 25 love stories. The next big challenge was editing the stories and I had to do it on my own, as I was low on fund, and could not afford a good editor.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the launching process of the Publishing House and the publishing process?

Sachin Shresta: The biggest surprise I had was once I initiated the idea of hosting the contest, I found help coming from all sides. I was really lucky to find awesome contributing authors who turned out to be equally good friends. And I wish to have them working with me in most of my upcoming projects. Regarding the process, the printing agencies are really bad with deadlines, nobody values time over there, but I would like to work on that to make sure the deadlines don’t get affected.

BLW: What inspired you to come up with the ideas of publishing anthologies?

Sachin Shresta: I found anthology a better way to get started rather than the traditional novels. Say, if you are reading a novel, and if you start feeling bored, then you either drop the idea of reading the novel or drag yourself finishing even if you are not interested. But with anthologies you can just skip the story and jump to the next, as it is a collection of different short stories.

BLW: Love Stories Around Us deals with the most beautiful feeling “Love”. Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Sachin Shresta: I would select genre as per the occasions. To be precise this book was planned for Valentine’s day release but due to printing delays and other problems, it was released really late. But I always believe it’s never late to start something.

BLW: When do you design/edit/write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when publishing a new book?

Sachin Shresta: I am mostly a night-person, I tend to work after I return back from office, and work till late morning. I know it would have a wrong impression but I always tend to have a smoke breaks in-between as it makes be get better ideas and lets me think in better way, I know it’s my psychology. And I prefer doing a lot of research for everything I do.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Sachin Shresta: As a child, I wanted to be a robotic engineer. I know it sounds a bit wired, but creativity is what I chose for myself. If you stick to your decisions you can make yourself what you always wanted to.

BLW: What are your inspirations?

Sachin Shresta: I tend to take inspirations from my surroundings. I prefer to stay on ground no matter how high my dreams are. I mostly read quotes and thoughts of famous personalities to get inspired. It really helps me boost my confidence.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a publisher/designer/writer?

Sachin Shresta: As a writer, I am a lot influenced by books of Dan Brown, Amish Tripathi and JK Rowling. As a publisher, am I yet to figure it out as I am just a beginner, I would say I just learnt crawling in publishing world. And as designer, there are no books but a lot of tutorials which inspire and teach me a lot new facts.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Sachin Shresta: Right now, there is another anthology lined up for release on ‘Friendship week’ with theme as friendship. And I am planning to print a collection of poems of a good friend. Then I might print complete novels if authors come to me to help them get published.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Sachin Shresta: I am not such a hideous person, so you know what my skills are and what my flaws are, and I am working to rectify my flaws every day.

BLW: We know you enjoy reading books? What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

Sachin Shresta: I started reading with Harry Potter books and all the books in the series have been my childhood favorite, after that Dan Brown books are my favorites. I am even a fan of cheesy romantic novels by most Indian writers, preferably Durjoy Dutta, Harsh Snehanshu, Novoneel Chakraborty, Ravinder Singh, etc. And Shiva trilogy has been one of my favorite books by Amish Tripathi.

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring budding authors who like to publish their book with Shades Publications.

Write. Rewrite when in doubt. Trust yourself. Never give up.

Sachin Shresta: Just follow a few rules: – Be organized. Write. Rewrite when in doubt. Trust yourself. Never give up. Nobody said it’s going to be easy, but follow these 5 rules and it won’t be difficult either.
And the authors who ever contact us to publish their books, help will be provided to them, who seek it. And we will help and guide you in every possible ways, we can.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Sachin Shresta: ‘There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.’ It is a famous quote by Josh Jameson, so always do proper research and check reviews before you go for it as you would be paying for book. So you don’t have to think should I turn next page or close it once and for all.

Thank you so much for your time. It’s our pleasure to chat with you…

Giveaway: Hooked, Lined and Single by Rashmi Kumar & Love Stories Around Us by Shades Publications

About the Book: Hooked, Lined and Single

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask God, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night…’

So you’re a woman, you’re 30-something and living in India? So what’s the big deal about it? Well, if you’re all of the above and still unmarried or married previously and you just don’t seem to find the ”right” man, you suddenly acquire a tragically special status as being cynical, demanding, impractical and chronically single or ambitious.

In Hooked, Lined & Single, Alafia Singh meets a similar fate on her journey to find a husband using somewhat more traditional methods.

Details:
Title: Hooked, Lined & Single
Author: Rashmi Kumar
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Language: English
Pages: 188
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 150 Rs.
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About the Book: Love Stories Around Us

World is full of love, and stories related to it…. just close your eyes and you will find too many love stories around us.

Have we wondered how these relationships are made? What connects people around the world? What is it that bind us together?

Love, sentiments and feelings keep us linked to each other, till our feelings are alive, our relationships are alive; our love is alive. No one can teach you this emotion, except life. And with every couple, there is a story. Shades brings you few of the love stories around us.

Details:
Title: Love Stories Around Us
Authors: Atika Srivastava, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Ritika Raj, Anisha Mohata, Rafia Jafri, Debasish Mishra, Nilakshi Pathak , Shravya Gunipudi, Divya Bandodkar, Vibha Sharma, Elora Rath, Akash Shrivastav, Varina Rasquinha, Nidhi, Kavya Shah, Pavitra Singh, Mahesh Sowani, Arjun Bhattacharyya, Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra, Abhilash Patel, Lipsa Padhi, Prakash Guru, Ankit Jain, Barun bajracharya, Gayatri Sailaxmi
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Shades Publications
Language: English
Pages: 250
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 150 Rs.
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