Book Review: The Calling: Unleash Your True Self by Priya Kumar

This book is un-put-down-able!

The Blurb:

The Calling is a spiritual adventure. It is an encounter with the truth, the wisdom and the force that is innate to us all. At the brink of a divorce and personal breakdown, Arjun took a trip into the heart of the Himalayas, on the insistence of a sadhu, who predicted that the journey up to Hemkund Sahib would align him to his purpose and change his life forever. At every turn the mountains holds secrets and tests that urge Arjun to evolve into the person he had denied to be – himself. Pretenses, falsities, confusions and untruths fall apart as Arjun is forced to confront the mess he had created in his life. What started off as an opportunity to escape reality, turned out to be an opportunity to escape from the dwindling spiral of self-created misery. Filled with spiritual insights and sprinkled with light humor, this story will help you find your calling, your voice and who knows, even your true self.

Inspiring Quotes:

Instead of usual excerpt, this time I am sharing a few quotes from the book:

Regret is to life like termite is to wood. It will eat you up. Confusion is to life like a parasite is to its host. It will consume you.

To sit in your space and your world and do nothing in it is a disgrace to the intelligence that you are bestowed with. It is a disgrace to the spiritual force that is inherent to you. Your role in the world is to take charge, to take responsibility for your role in your environment and of what happens in it.

Life doesn’t test you at your level; life tests you at a level higher that yourself. You don’t choose the test. That way you would have the choice to live small. The test is always a step ahead of you, so that in reaching beyond it, you grow beyond yourself.

This itself is inspiring enough to pick this book and read, still I would like to share my thoughts on the book.

The Review:

Congratulations Priya! This is an amazing read. I am very sure the other seven books written by you is going to be awesome.

The Reader’s Heart…

Books of this genre is usually boring unless until the writer has something good to offer to make it interesting. And that’s what Priya Kumar has done. When I got an email asking if I am okay to review the book from Priya Kumar’s Team, I thought for a second. I read the blurb from goodreads; I was impressed. The astonishing book cover added the zeal required. I quickly browsed Priya’s website and found her intro interesting. I responded positively and I received the book next day. Somehow I took time to start this book, but once I started reading the book, I swear I could not stop. I read the 150 plus pages highly motivating book in a single sitting.

I must say that “The Calling”, impressed me right from page one. The character Arjun, sounded like one of us, trying hard to balance between personal and professional life, excel in both but failing miserably. Standing at the crossroads of life – divorce filled and at the verge of losing job because of a missed meeting – he take a journey to Hemkund Sahib located in The Himalayas. With the help of his friend Jay he reaches a point from where Hemkund Sahib is just a few kilometres away. Really? He is accompanied by the most wittiest humorous easy going soul Chandu- the guide and two donkeys. Arjun finds Chandu irritating and enlightening at the same time, still he is the only way to reach Hemkund Sahib. What follows is a highly inspiring story narrated at a decent pace by the author.

Will Arjun reach Hemkund Sahib? Will he reunite with this family? What lessons the journey had to offer him?

To know the answers reading this enlightening book of twists and turns, filled with many surprise elements that will keep you hooked till the very end.

What I liked?

It’s hard to pick one and rate it the best. Right from the storyline to the narration, chosen characters to one-liner quotes, it is highly is very impressive. Hats off to the author.

What I disliked?

There’s nothing I disliked in this book.

Why should one read this book?

Aren’t we looking for motivation or inspiration at work?

This is a story of us. This is where we stand. This is why we should read this book!

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

Book Details:
Title: The Calling: Unleash Your True Self
Author: Priya Kumar
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Books That Inspire
Language: English
Pages: 166
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: 120 INR
Buy: website | Amazon
Follow on Goodreads: Book | Author

Stars… To this highly motivating read, I give a five-star rating.

The Calling: Unleash Your True Self is a true bestseller to me. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Highly Recommended to all and special recommendation to those who seek motivation in life and work. No second thoughts!

This book is provided by author in exchange of an honest review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and Amazon as I felt nothing less or more than that would be fair.

Info: I took two hours to complete the book and one hour to write this review.

Book Review: A Dog Eat Dog-Food World By Suresh Chandrasekaran

This book is un-put-down-able!

The Blurb:

A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ is the story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how just minding your own business can lead to unexpected consequences, guided by the ‘invisible hand’ of long dead economists. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.

The tale only dogs the doings of Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter by his uncle Spike’s careening pursuit of commercial success; Spike’s rival Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike and tries to do it by teasing the palates of cats, helped by the bumbling efforts of his nephew, Jasper Rich who would rather be chasing girls than chasing cats.

Excerpt:

Prologue
The difficulty with history is that you never know whether that is the way it really happened. There is always this niggling question – Did the good guy win or did the winner proclaim himself to be the good guy? You know how it is – the winner is always the good guy and, if he murdered, raped and pillaged, it is only because the poor chap was forced to do so. And, of course, the winner is also going to wax eloquent about how he was not only fearless and astute, but was also steeped in virtue.

Let us assume that the winners have virtue sloshing inside them and overflowing from their ears. You still do not know whether the chap, who was most energetic in getting the victory, got the credit for it or whether he got sidelined by his colleague, who was more energetic in claiming the victory. While the former is still getting back his breath from his exertions, the latter could well have been yelling, “I won! I won!”, and having the entire populace fawning on him.

As if that is not enough, you have a further problem of what gets touted as a victory. For example, can any achievement, which is valued only by the lazy chaps, get written in the books of History? Achievements that cause ecstasy to the lazy man will remain unsung, simply because he is too lazy to sing hosannas to the achiever. All of us have heard about James Watt and his sterling contribution to the steam engine – merely because he made it possible for the rest of the world to run around in circles faster than before. Can you name the person who invented the arm-chair? That poor chap rests in relative obscurity merely because the man lolling around in the arm-chair – with a book in one hand and a glass of beer in the other – is unlikely to be jumping around, buttonholing people and singing the praises of the inventor. It would spoil his relaxation, make him spill the beer all over himself, and ruin his day.

Such, then, are the ways of the world. You can change the entire life experience of the indolent with the fruits of your intellect and you shall live and die like that ‘violet born to blush unseen’. You could merely change the design of a button for the energetic man and be feted by ‘crowned heads and coronets’ – or, in modern terms, by double-breasted suits and designer dresses. It is not merely enough for YOU to be energetic – it is also necessary that you benefit the energetic.

It is one thing for a person to make a place for himself in History. To make History, though, is wholly a different matter. To make History you not only need to change yourself, you also need to interfere with and change other people. You need to kick people out of their comfortable rut, drown out their pathetic pleas that ‘what ain’t broke don’t need fixing’, and force change on them. Everyone may happily intone ‘Change is the only constant in life’ but it is truly a rare person who actually thinks that it will happen to him. (It is much like saying, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes”. You never really accept the fact that you will die one day, and you never lose the belief that you can successfully evade taxes.) So, for someone to make history, he really needs to exert himself. Pushing one man to change is a herculean enough task – pushing the vast majority of humanity to change is of the stuff of nightmares.

I know – the moment we talk of making History, there will be a chorus chanting the names of Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi and such others. Really? Even after conveniently deifying them, so that we can all say, “Ah! But I am no Mahatma” as an excuse for not following their tenets, and continuing on our joyous journey of hatred, violence and corruption? I don’t think so. They have made a place for themselves in History but on the issue of whether they have made history, measured by whether they have changed the way WE live, I am afraid that the jury is out and showing no signs of returning in the near (or far) future.

Of course, there are other individuals who have made History and proved themselves capable of making lasting changes. The roll-call of honour includes people like Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. It is a fact that the easiest way to make History is to make war. I mean, if you were to say, “How dare the people from the next street take a twig from our street? Do they think we are cowards, and they can deal with us so despicably? Let us go and bash them up”, you would possibly assemble a gang ready to follow you into mayhem. Just try saying, “There is no point in waiting for the government to clean up the streets. It is our street after all. Let us get together and clean it up”. You will find that people do have paranormal powers, after all. The speed with which they disappear can only be explained by telekinesis.

So, yes, it is easier to make History by making war. Getting together a gang of people to butcher others is simpler and, as for making changes in the others, it is easier to beat the change into them than to drill a new idea into their heads by reasoning. It is amazing how receptive people become to new ideas when you poke a sword in the guts or put a gun to their heads. So, periodically, we have had these people coming in and changing the world by spreading their own people all over the earth, spreading their ideas and their culture. Once you do things like that, you can become the Emperor or ‘the Great’ or the ‘Fuehrer’ and enthuse the coming generations to follow in your footsteps – another lasting change.

People of latter days have ascribed either physical or mental disorders as reasons for the abnormal energy and activity of these individuals. Some of these hyper-achievers are said to be suffering from mental derangement due to syphilis; some have been called megalomaniacs and some are said to be over-compensating for an inferiority complex. So, there is something other than normal about these people that makes them do what they do.

As in History, so in pseudo-history. What you are about to read is the pseudo-history of a man who changed the world and a rare achiever who did that without making war – at least, not war as we conventionally understand the word. He, too, started out suffering from a disorder. A strange one!

Incidentally, difficult though it must be to believe, the world was not always run by computers and a cell-phone was not something that could only be removed from the body by surgery. One of the various amazing and unbelievable things, that History talks of, is the tale of times when neither of these was the case. As with History, so with pseudo-history. The times of this tale were bereft of computers and cell-phones BUT this is still pseudo-history and not fantasy.

From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow – or, in modern metaphor, from the tiny micro-chip does the mighty Information Technology industry spring. The genesis of the world-changing revolution was a simple visit by a doctor. And the ailment was….

The Review:

Congratulations Suresh (CS) for the solo debut paperback! I am very much impressed!

The Reader’s Heart…

Having read author’s previous works, I had huge expectations on this book and I must say that “A Dog Eat Dog-Food World”, impressed me right from the prologue. To be frank, the prologue is out of the world.

What followed is a brilliant management story that revolves around the reality of life. The character details, their styles and tones is very impressive. The chat conversation between Jerry and Spike, Tom and Jasper, played well in the middle chapters. The so-called innovations, the marketing strategies, is very close to the reality. In fact, this is what happening today in the market. Popular brands in India follows the same technique to attract people and make a fool out of them.

The book has its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the very end, but there was no surprise element in the end, at least to me. This book is a quick read. I took two hours to complete the book and one hour to write this review.

If you are looking for a humorous storyline to free yourself from all the stress, then read this book to laugh continuously.

What I liked?

The storyline of the book is very impressive. The author has taken up a challenging subject and passed colourfully.

What I disliked?

There’s nothing I disliked in this book.

Why should one read this book?

The reality. The story of us. The market and the management concepts behind this book.

Rating:
Blurb: 5/5
Description: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Editing: 4.5/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: A Dog Eat Dog-Food World
Author: Suresh Chandrasekaran
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Fablery
Language: English
Pages: 91
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: 150 INR
Buy on Amazon: Paperback | Kindle Edition
Follow on Goodreads: Book | Author

Stars… To this fantastic read, I give a five-star rating.

A Dog Eat Dog-Food World is a is a true bestseller to me. Wish the publisher launches this book in all possible locations and help the author reach people. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Recommended to all. No second thoughts!

I own a copy of this book. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and Amazon as I felt nothing less or more than that would be fair.

Gone With The Bullet by Sheeja Jose

This book is going to be an amazing read, will keep you curious and thoughtful throughout!

The Blurb:

She last saw her father when she was eight months old. Now, 18 years later, she is going to meet him.

There is something strange about the man she meets. Is he really her father? Or a stranger who may be her father’s killer?

What happens when a perfect plan turns around the next nine days into a spine-chilling race to kill and to stay alive?

Love. Lies. Deceit.

Twists. Turns. Murder.

It’s just the beginning. Because, every story has an untold truth.

An answer to a gun is another gun. Answer to deceit is love….

An eventful journey of a middle aged, hardcore, lonely shooter with a multi-million task falls in love with the teenage daughter of the man whom he has brutally killed. He has a past…his present changes the history…his future is in her hand…

A girl who landed up in his life from nowhere, changes him and his fate forever. Secrets will throw them into the whirlpool of illusions, which going to test the purity of the reality!!! Their amazing journey brings the unusual tale of love, and race against time to to kill and stay alive.

Will it break them or bring back them together???

A crime thriller with an extra-ordinary end….

Quote:

‘So you are not leaving me, right?’ She put her arms around him.
Mark said, ‘Happiness can wait. You have to be alive for that.’

‘It was time to go, feel better, where no memories and tears haunted her. She saw black…’

‘The end justifies the fear and the struggle.’

‘…giving her a roof above her head and the name wasn’t the only responsibility of the father…’

About The Author:

Sheeja Jose is a daydreamer. She believes in a world beyond religion, love movies and stories. She remember the stories told by her grandma, and remember the books read by her mother and her siblings. She loved the world existed only in imaginations and thus she chose to become a story teller over her studies. Hence a runaway student became an assistant director in Bollywood, turned creative director turned author and that’s her – Sheeja Jose – in short.

Sheeja was Born and brought up in ‘God’s own country’ Kerala, did psychology in ‘God’s own city’ Mumbai. Writing wasn’t a cakewalk for sure, however she do enjoy it, over everything…

You can contact her: sheejasthoughts@gmail.com

Synopsis:

The story has been very craftily woven in the present and past, which unfolds at a very appropriate pace. It starts quite unexpectedly with a duel between two assassins, one of them walks alive only to land up in a trouble of meeting the daughter of the other. The destiny has its own plans, wherein the girl, Nimisha aka Bomber Girl and the survivor, Mark teams up to kill the PM of India. Arjun, a cop has been assigned the duty of saving the Indian Prime Minister. They all set out on their respective missions, escaping their deaths, trying to survive. But remember, the truth is not what you see, game is not lost till the last move has been played. Not revealing any other details, I’d say something unpredictable awaits you.

The Reviewer’s Heart…

I generally keep targets for finishing a book, and I kept 7 days for finishing this one. I started it late night and the story was so intriguing and interesting at the same time, that I finished it in less than 7 hours (PS I’m not at all exaggerating). The book tells us about ‘Karma’, with a hidden moral of ‘what goes around comes back’. The language of the book is lucid yet compelling, author has created an aura which binds the author with the plot of the book and there is no breaking of link anywhere in the book. Being an emotional guy, I’d add some part of the book did moisten my eyes, and I believe the author wanted just that. The author has done a very neat job in transitions that the plot as well as individual characters take. Readers are busy throughout the book, as the characters’ perception keeps on changing, while a character maybe shown in bright light in one part; the same character would be shown in dark light by cheekily providing some addition information that creates an illusion in front of the readers.

This novel has been very well narrated and the story unfolds in quite suspenseful manner, which glues the reader as it is more like a rollercoaster ride where you don’t know what may come next and you enjoy as you get along with it.

What I liked?

I liked the simple language and strong plot of the book which entertains the reader throughout the course of the adventure. I’d also appreciate the author’s research regarding this book, making it as close to reality as possible.

I simply loved the character of Arjun, the cop, who was a great professional. In a situation where even the stone hearted people gave up to their emotions, Arjun remained committed to his duty, he knew how to create a balance between the professional and personal life, though he struggled in between but everyone had a trust in him that he would manage, and at the end he really did.

What I disliked?

There is simply nothing that is lacking in this thriller. It’s a complete package with lots of twists and turns which are expected by murder thrillers and keeps the reader entertained and puzzled till the very end.

Why should one read this book?

Though the book does give out a hidden message about the karma and completing of the circle of life, this book should be read for the thrill it offers. The book is one of the few books you can take on a long train journey, or can read on a chilly night to give you a spine-chilling experience.

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

Book Details:
Title: Gone With The Bullet
Author: Sheeja Jose
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: White Wall Publishers
Language: English
Pages: 318
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 195 INR
Buy Paperback: Flipkart | Amazon

Stars… To this fantastic reading ride full of suspense and thrill with an exceptionally moving narration; I give a five-star rating.

Gone With The Bullet will stand up to your expectations with an exceptionally moving narration. Main characters of the story appear so real and alive to have you moved along with themselves. This book weave a magic with the sword of words. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you mesmerized for a long time. Highly recommended for all. A must read. 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 nothing less than that would be fair.

About the Reviewer: Shashank Tyagi, an undergraduate student at BML Munjal University, loves to read and question. A passionate quizzer, who has participated in various national level quizzes at school and aspires to do good in college quizzing as well. He is a self-proclaimed sports geek and a secular nationalist, (pardon the oxymoron). A bibliophile, with special love for poetry though he spends his free time answering or framing questions.

Book Review: Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time Edited By Saravana Kumar Murugan

This book is a treat to people who believe in friendship!

The Blurb:

True friendship is defined as a natural and spontaneous reaction towards a person with unconditional love and ultimate support to a person in all areas of life. A true friend is the one who is always with you when the entire world rejects you. A true friend is like a mirror who reflects the real you to you. In this unpredictable world of twists and rough roads, a true friend is a blessing, a rejuvenating factor, and is always fresh. Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time by Shades Publications, cherishes such true friendship, and this collection of 25 short stories on Friendship is a dedication the all true friends in this world.

Excerpt:

ONE: SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya

“Grandma, what is friendship?”

I have never seen her so wholly, so perfectly. Her face and her eyes gleamed. Shone with brilliance and surety. She looked at me and then looked at the sky. She was silently crying. I could see the tears rolling down her wrinkled cheeks but she held herself strong. She took a deep breath and very soberly in just sentence told me all I needed to know. She as so calm but so confident. Then, with a deep voice, she began to tell me. Tell me the most important thing in the world while I embraced and envied her beauty entirely.

“Friendship is learning.” She said.

“Learning?” I asked.

“Yes”

TWO: CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan

“Would you like to have some mangoes?” he asked, with that he took a stone and gives it a throw with aim to the very same mangoes that he wished. In the next second, those mangoes saw their fall. He picked them up and showed towards Ravi.

Ravi with an embarrassed look replied, “Mom said not to accept anything from strangers!”

With a smile he said, “Don’t worry, I won’t be a stranger. I am Raghav, living next door to you. Will you be my friend?” he stretched his hand towards Ravi.

After thinking for a while, he gave his hands, “yes I am Ravi, and I will be your friend.”

THREE: THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha

“Matt, who is that?” she interrogated, her brows furrowed.

I gulped hard and was dumbfounded.

“Why are you all so quiet?” she questioned, her hair bobbing with her vehement gestures.

“Mom, he’s my friend.” I whispered.

“Friend?”

The Review:

How can I start this review without praising the publisher for bestowing this wonderful book?

Congratulations Sachin! You have a done a great job! Stay blessed!

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” -Walter Winchell

I second that. This book is a result of one such wonderful friendship, and so, I dedicate this book to all the best friends in this world. Review from the editor of the book might sound odd, but my review, as a reader, remains unbiased and uninfluenced.

The reader’s heart

SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya: The title says it all. Scarlet and Rose, their friendship, is what we get to read in this story. The story opens with a letter addressed to Scarlet about the death of Rose, followed by the conversations between Scarlet and her granddaughter Emma on friendship, and what it is to be a friend. This beautiful and mesmerizing story of two wonderful women, narrated beautifully using chosen words, will teach us what friendship is all about. I give this awesome story a five-star rating.

SAVIOUR by Apurva Joshi: Saviour, as the title suggests, the story is about two people, Sanjana and Kanishk, and their journey from being complete strangers to each other’s saviour. Right from the introduction of the characters to the last word, the story is written using the best words; emphasizes on the fact that friendship is the cure of all problems. I give this journey a five-star rating.

THE COLORS OF TESU by Shubham Sinha: Very rarely we get a chance to read a story that unveils a different dimension of friendship, and this story is one of such kind. Dhvani, a passionate girl, and her son Kshitij, are the best of friends. They support each other throughout the ups and downs in their lives. And then, there comes a twist, which add more colors to the story. The writing style of the author is admirable. I give this colourful treat a five-star rating.

THE FRIENDLY STRANGER by Dr. Disha Bhatt: A guitar player (the stranger), the lonely girl Advika, and a so called best friend Manjari, are the three major characters in this story. Advika is on a trip to Goa with her friends. However, in Goa, people colors change and they leave Advika on the roads. Will Advika, amidst the waterfalls, beaches and plush surroundings of Goa, succeed in exploring the world outside her shell? Will the friendly stranger befriend Advika? The plot is fresh, the writing style is good, and for these reasons, I give this friendly stranger a five-star rating.

SPARKO by Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Not even a dog will follow your words when you do not have a job. Here, we have a dog, which helps him get a job and to settle the scores with his landlord. The switch between present and past is smooth. The narration could have been better. I give this unique story a four-point-five star rating.

CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan: We have read about treaties in our history books, but ‘The Mango Treaty’ in ‘Rajbhag colony’, is about the bond of friendship. Raghav and Ravi, two wonderful friends, who support each other endlessly. Raghav wants to pursue the path of his father, an army man, for the good of humanity. Ravi loves to contribute with his pen, for the good of humanity. Both choose different paths and travel to different destinations, and when they get to meet each other, there comes a twist. I appreciate the writing style of both the authors. I give this mango treaty a five-star rating.

THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha: Every kid needs a home! This story is about two kids, how they get introduced to each other and become friends with time. With beautifully chosen words, the author narrates the story intriguingly. I wish if this could happen in reality. I give this interesting story a five-star rating.

THE PURSUIT by Prakash Guru: This is a masterpiece. When an aspiring artist run away from home, struggles for a living, finds a soul that was in search of a good friend. The bond between those two flourishes instantly irrespective of the caste, creed and community. The story unveils a different angle of friendship with a twist at the end that is definitely engaging. I give this masterpiece a five-star rating.

FRIENDS FOREVER by Elora Rath: This story is very close to my heart. It reminded me of my engineering college life, memories of four years, from the first hello to the last goodbye, late night calls, SMS, Orkut and Facebook. The last day of college is the toughest. And this story is all about those wonderful memories! I give this fun ride a five-star rating.

THE 3 SEVENS by Nikita Tak: When three authors turned friends (Sanidhya, Rinish and Tanya) join hands to write a book, what will happen? They are failed authors, though they all have individual bestsellers to their credit. As the saying goes, “Unity is strength”, will they succeed? This story is about failure and success, and it conveys a stronger message. The plot is fresh, the narration is good, but the flow could have been managed better. I give this “3 Sevens” a four-point-five star rating.

I’LL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU by Anisha Mohata: The story revolves around two friends who are the support system of each other. Anwesha the prettiest and Rounak the smartest are quite popular in their college and they openly flirt with each other. Anwesha gets into a worse situation and change completely. Will Rounak bring back the old Anwesha? Will he succeed? Be it the plot, the style, or the word choice, I enjoyed reading it. I give this feel good story a five-star rating.

HOMEWORK by Anirban Nanda: Probably, the cutest story in this book. This story revolves around two friends, Ani and Tina, both are studying in sixth grade. Ani is studious, whereas Tina is careless and casual. Tina usually copies homework from Ani, and on one fine day, things get worse and their friendship is likely to break. Will Ani and Tina stay best friends forever? I admire the writing style of the author. I give this cute innocent story a five-star rating.

WEEDS OF HAMPI by Mahesh Sowani: The story-line is very intriguing. Perhaps any IT professional could connect with the first part of the story. The latter part of the story comes with a great twist served brilliantly. The underlying message of the story is appreciable and the author has done a good job. I give this nail-biting story a five-star rating.

SOUL-MATES by Tapobrata Kumar: Friendship, love and marriage. We will get to read all about it in this story. Arjun and Meha, two very good friends, get separated by distance. Meha is about to get married with Kushal. Meha and Arjun meet just before a week of her marriage. Their reunion brings back the essence of their relationship. Soul-mate, is indeed a soul mate. The narration could have been better. I give this beautiful feeling a four-star rating.

THE SCARLET TINT OF YELLOW ROSE by Prachi Agasti: Is it good to fall in love with best friend? Is it because of the cherished trust or the inseparable nature? Ishaan and Panchi, friends from their childhood, get into a situation they’ve never been before. Will their friendship change to love? Will they both accept each other as couples? The author glitters through her words. I must say, she is a great talent, and for sure, she will become a renowned author soon. I give this short and sweet treat a five-star rating.

THE DEAFENING SILENCE by Prachi Sharma: This story could be made into a short film. The story opens with chit-chats on various topics by friends, followed by a couple of incidents, and a twist in the end which will leave you teary-eyed. The plot is woven beautifully and the narration is impeccable. I give this sentimental story a five-star rating.

KHUSHI – A DIVINE SOUL by Kiran Lalwani and Kajal Lalwani: A kid gets lost on a trip to forest from school meets a divine soul. The authors take you down the memory lane and make us travel between the present and past, the memories of long lost friendship, and it touches the chord in the right way. The story defines the meaning of sacrifice, pain and friendship. The authors should work on the writing style. It will help the authors to shine. I give this story a four-star rating.

TRUE LOVE SAGA by Nidhi: This story is all about sacrifice and friendship. The plot is quite common and the story will keep you hooked till the end. I give this saga a four-star rating.

THE ELIXIR OF FRIENDSHIP by Akash Shrivastav & Adyasha Panda: This story will make you laugh and keep you hooked till the last word. The twist in the climax is unpredictable, which makes the story enjoyable. The authors should work on the writing style, as I had to edit a lot of “…….” I give this story a four-star rating.

FRIENDSHIP IS THE CURE OF EVERY THING by Kalyani Yadav: Friendship, love, marriage, betrayal, and what not? We have all kind of emotions embedded in this story. The climax of the story is very beautiful, and completely gives a new definition of love and friendship. This plot has the potential to be presented as a novel. I advise the author to do so, introducing more twists to it. I strongly feel the narration could have been better. I give this story a four-star rating.

SHERLOCK & WATSON by Rishabh Patel: Like the title, the story is unpredictable. It opens up like a Bollywood film and closes like a Hollywood film. That’s the best feature of this story. I admire the writing style of the author. I give this combo film a four-point-five star rating.

A VISIT OF THE DEAD by Abhipsa Mohanty: A visit to the dead is a totally different story. The story opens up when a thirteen-year-old girl wake up in the middle of the night and walks to her friends grave, for the mistake she committed when her friend was alive. This story teaches a good lesson to all the readers. I must say the author has the potential of writing a crime thriller. I give this story a five-star rating.

TWO LITTLE SPARROWS by Rounak Roy Chowdhury: Friendship is something that can never be said in words. Likewise, this story, cannot be expressed in words, it has to be felt by the readers. Raju and Bitoo are indeed two little sparrows. The author should work on the narration part and hone his writing skills. I give this cute story a four-star rating.

FRIENDS FOR LIFE by Debasish Mishra: Time and distance can spoil even a friendship. Jatin and Shubham’s tale is quite the same. Will their friendship stand tall amidst the situations they are in? The author could have introduced an additional character to make the story engaging and unpredictable. I give this story a four-star rating.

My Top 5:

1. SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya
2. SAVIOUR by Apurva Joshi
3. CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan
4. THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha
5. THE PURSUIT by Prakash Guru

What I liked?

The plots, the characters, the twists, and the writing style of all the individual authors.

Why should one read this book?

It’s very rare to read an anthology on friendship. To me, this book is a wonderful collection of stories on friendship, a fresh and breezy read.

Do you have a friend who will stand by you even if the entire world is against you? Gift this book to that one single pearl of your life.

Stars…

To this bouquet of friendship, I give a five-star rating. To be honest, I selected the best stories out of the numerous entries we received, and that’s the reason to give the book a five-star rating. Maybe, I will wait for the reviews to flow in to crosscheck if I am right or not.

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

Book Details:
Title: Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time
Author: Saravana Kumar Murugan (Editor), Aashi Dahiya, Apurva Joshi, Shubham Sinha, Dr. Disha Bhatt, Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra, Anmol Singh, Sanjana Radhakrishnan, Varina Rasquinha, Prakash Guru, Elora Rath, Nikita Tak, Anisha Mohata, Anirban Nanda, Mahesh Sowani, Tapobrata Kumar, Prachi Agasti, Prachi Sharma, Kajal Lalwani, Kiran Lalwani, Nidhi, Akash Shrivastav, Adyasha Panda, Kalyani Yadav, Rishabh Patel, Abhipsa Mohanty, Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury, Debasish Mishra.
Genre: Friendship
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Shades Publications
Language: English
Pages: 300
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 200 INR
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“Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”, is a bouquet of twenty-five award winning stories, edited by me and published by Shades Publications. Some of the stories made me teary-eyed, some made me happy and delighted, and a few of them gave a new definition to friendship. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, dedicated to the best friends in this world! Highly recommended for all. No second thoughts!

Do you have a friend who will stand by you even if the entire world is against you? Gift this book to that one single pearl of your life. Order now on Flipkart or Amazon!

I am glad to review the book. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads, FlipKart and Amazon, as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

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
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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.

Book Review: Without You by Preethi Venugopala

This book is a perfect read during journey.

The Blurb:

When Ananya, a bubbly twenty-year-old engineering student, reaches her Grandmother’s house in Sreepuram on a month long vacation, romance is the last thing on her mind. However, she meets Dr. Arjun there and falls head over heels in love.

As it often happens, the path of true love never runs smooth. Circumstances force them apart even though they were madly in love. She becomes a victim of depression. When everything fails to return her to normalcy, help arrives from an unexpected source. Will she ever find happiness again? Will time allow her heart to heal and forget Arjun? What indeed is true love?

Travel with Ananya to the picturesque Sreepuram, face the chaos of Bengaluru, and relish the warmth of magical Dubai in this heartwarming tale of love, betrayal, friendship and miracles.

Excerpt:

From the very first time, I had heard about Arjun, my heart had become partial to him. As though it had recognized destiny’s cue that he was not just a glorified stranger. After meeting him, my heart had become obsessed with him. It convinced me that he was someone who wouldn’t let me down, someone who wouldn’t hurt me. Like building a sandcastle with loose, dry sand, which had in its destiny only failure, I was yearning to be connected with him without waiting for time to induce love. Oh, how I wished he would fall in love with me.

About the Author:

Preethi Venugopala is a Civil Engineer by education and an avid blogger, artist by passion. After working in many prestigious civil engineering projects for more than a decade, she quit her job to become a full time mother. Meanwhile, she took a Masters Degree in English Literature to complete her dream of studying English literature. She tried her hand successfully at crafts, crocheting, portraiture and painting before venturing into writing.

She has been published in two anthologies, ‘The Second Life’ and ‘Blank Space ‘. Another anthology ‘Á Little Chorus of Love’ is to be published soon. She is a regular contributor to many online magazines and websites. She strongly believes that storytellers are healers in the present world as they can change the outlook of people through the stories they tell.

My Review:

A book which help you to bask into the ocean of pure love, beautiful friendship and will make you believe that,“ When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

– Paulo Coelho 

The reader’s heart…
Without You by Preethi Venugopala takes you on an exciting venture of Ananya’s love story. During her vacation to Sreepuram on her grandmother, Ammamma’s home she meet Arjun and falls in love with him. She holds a soft corner for Arjun and leave no opportunity to make him feel special. The story takes a sweet turn when Arjun expresses his love for Ananya, unexpectedly. We believe in testing everything- friends, relations and family. Here it is no exception. On an occasion when Arjun instead of shielding Ananya respond unassertive, it break Ananya’s believe apart and every expectation she had from Arjun’s side. She decides to end it then and there. She leaves for Bangalore, back to her paternal home with her broken heart and shattered dreams. The emotional trauma turns her life upside down but her best friends, Khushi and Poornima leave no stone un-turn to bring back the bubbly, perky and happy go Ananya. By the time she overcome the pain of betrayal but her love and memories with Arjun remain fresh as ever. Did Arjun ever loved her sincerely? Why he didn’t stand in protection of Ananya when she needed him the most? Will he ever return in Ananya’s life again or will remain just a sweet-bitter past? Will Ananya be able to forgive him if ever he confronts her?

Without You is a racy promising love tale. The author has brilliantly worked on each character with a well planned plot. Intriguing narration and beautiful description will make you hooked to the story till the end. The cover of the book looks decent with a girl’s back side image, lost in thoughts. I find the book title very apt. Without You, depicts life of Arjun and Ananya without each other.     

What I liked?
Without You assures of an enduring love in its purest form. I especially loved Colonel RS Nair’s character as his revelation brings the wanted crux of the suspense. Ammamma, Ananya’s grandmother is an open minded lady with a loving heart. Her sweetness and simplicity won my heart. The best part is, story-line doesn’t get predictable at all.

Why should one read this book?
Without You runs on a realistic line, a part of which each of us come across at some point of time, those raw emotions. If you believe in true love then this book promise to make your believe stronger.

Stars…
To this romantic reading ride that will compel you to smile, laugh and cry with its characters, I give this book a five- star rating.

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

Book Details:
Title: Without You
Author: Preethi Venugopala
Genre: Fiction/ Romance
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Write India
Language: English
Pages: 198
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 150 INR

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Without You will stand up to your expectations with strong story line and un-put-down-able narration. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will refresh your mood. This light-romantic book is a perfect read during journey. Highly recommended for all romantic hearts, No second thoughts!

I self-bought this book. 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.

Book Review: 21 Ways of Being Happy by Shama Patel

This book will help you to meet yourself and discover a better self.

The Blurb:

Happiness is a state of mind. Yes, it is. It is not a condition or situation that is presented to some and kept away from others. It is in our own hands to overcome guilt, self-pity, regret and anxiety to lead a fulfilling, happy life.Shama Patel, a professional psychologist, enlists the ways and tricks to stay happy, forever.

21 Ways of Being Happy is written with the aim of bringing you closer to yourself. It is a book that will help you charter the course of your life, your own way.

Excerpt:

Staying connected with your loved ones is a key to living a happy and balanced life. It is OK to run away from everyone- mentally, emotionally or sometimes even physically- to sort things out in your head but once feel you have collected your broken pieces together, get back to your home, get back in the vicinity of your loved ones. If someone continues to hurt you, you are indeed free to take a step back and let them exit from your life, but breaking ties with all others is a clear invitation forloneliness and depression. At any time of crisis, this connect will make feel loved. This connect will make hopeful that you aren’t alone in this world and that there are people who care for you and your survival matters to them. (Page 108 – Stay Connected)

About the Author:

Shama Patel is a Psychologist and an Author of a recently launched book titled ”21 Ways of Being Happy”. She is an empathetic soul with a creative mind and a beautiful heart which has touched the lives of many young adults, couples, senior citizens and several others who she has met in her journey of life. She has also helped various alcoholics, drug addicts and survivors of abuse and human trafficking in their healing process. An ardent believer in the trinity of Body, Mind and Soul, her practice and writing strongly reflects this philosophy. This altruist finds solace in sketching and her yoga practice.

My Review:

A book that must be read by everyone. It’s important to look into yourself and feel contentment in what you are and how you are. When I had it in my hands, I felt this is something I really needed.

The reader’s heart…
21 Ways of Being Happyby Shama Patel is a sensitive approach towards comprehending humanpsychology,better vision to look at life and some effective ways of being happy inwherever you are and whatever you are – you are here with a purpose. So, focus on that. The optimism in the title was enough to hold my attention and the cover page is breathtakingly beautiful. The author has shared her real life experiences and clear examples which makes reading all more interesting. The book deals with various problems that we encounter in our everyday life and some of us for many long years. Such as anger, grudges, shame, self-pity, helplessness, ego, etc. also suggests some valuable tips to sort them out with continuous practice based on inner quest to cope with them. It also shares some beautiful life mantras like,to live in a moment, appreciate little things in life and importance of gratitude.My favorite chapters are:Be a miracle for someone else, Take a stand… And Stick To it! and Power of Mindfulness.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this happy go book. To be honest, while reading I found myself there in the book. In a positive way and negative as well. I got my answers well. A book I would love to gift my friends.

What I liked?
The best thing I liked about the book is that, in the middle and in the end of each chapter some exercises are given which are highly effective if you solve them sincerely. So, while the book discuss about the problems; it offer some good solutions as well. There are some interesting caricatures inside the book that will help you feel connected to it. I especially loved the gratitude message in the book.

”Gratitude is an ”expression” of being content with anything that comes your way, or everything that you have in life. It is a form of expression that makes feel good about what you are blessed with, and gets you closer to your inner self. It helps you keep the ego – I, me, myself- aside.”

What I disliked?
Absolutely there is nothing that I disliked about the book with hope and positivism being its main ingredients.

Why should one read this book?
This book creates positive vibes around you. It will help you to focus your attention towards the brighter side along with some valid reasons. This book will push to solve your inside riddles and perplexity.

Stars…
To this promising reading ride that will make you merrier, I give this book a five-star rating.

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

Book Details:
Title: 21 Ways of Beings Happy
Author: Shama Patel
Genre: Non- Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Grapevine India
Language: English
Pages: 223
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 140 rs.

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21 Ways of Being Happy is like a guardian. It will guide you in happy as well as in hard times. I had a wonderful time reading it and I will definitely get back to it time to time. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will help you in self-discovery and that happiness is just a thought away. Highly recommended for all, No second thoughts!

I self-bought this book. 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.

Book Review: My Little Epiphanies by Aisha Chaudhary

This book depicts the essence of hope in despair.

The Blurb: 

‘Aisha’s body may be failing her but she has a continent -sized spirit and it’s impossible not to be touched by her bravery, her grace and her wisdom’ – Danny Boyle, English filmmaker

‘Aisha, your each breath is worth a thousand of ours, your each moment expands into million of ours, your love for, and deep understanding of what life is, open a door for us to peek into our own, in a roomful of mirrors where your each word reflect our lives, thank you for opening our eyes, and for the love.’ – Shekhar Kapoor, Indian Filmmaker

‘This book is written by a 18 year old who has seen and understood life much better than most of us. Aisha gives us a masterclass of life through her book…a very special book by a very special person.’ -Shantanu Moitra, Indian Music Director 

‘Aisha is an angel with a human voice…celebrating every moment of her precious life…she is here to spread love and just love…speaking about every breath she takes with hope, positivity and humor. I see my chirraiyaa in her’ -Swanand Kirkire, Indian Lyricist

‘Aisha…You bundle of talent, wit, honesty, mischief, fun, love, kindness, brightness. You amaze me every single day. It is a privilege to know you. I love our chats, rants, secrets, musings. To quote you…you’re ‘amazeballs’. Love you. -Virginia Holmes, Make up Artist and Designer

Excerpt:

Fairy dust in your eyes
I could see no more
They say the soul never dies
What did yours leave me for
My darling you have kept me alive
You soothed the rocky roads before me
I’m shattered now you’re dead inside
Burnt into thin air, this was our destiny.
Until we meet again, one day our worlds will collide.
Till then you always own a piece of my heart Just
tell Him not further break it apart

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We are so selfish, because we are never truly in love with another human being. We are just in love with a reflection of our desires, an idealization of a dream, which, in the end, is merely our own.

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The cure for any sadness is connection with the people we love. Once you’ve lost all the connect, then you know you’re losing the battle

About the Author: 

Aisha Chaudhary was born with S.C.I.D (severe combined immune deficiency) and underwent a bone marrow transplant when she was 6 months old.

2014 was a brutal year for Aisha as her disease progressed and her lungs started giving up on her. The last few months of the year felt like a roller coaster ride, one that seemed to be mostly going down. Spending almost all her time lying in bed, Aisha wrote down her thoughts to get some relief, to get them out of her head.

Aisha’s life was not anything like the average life of an urban teenager, but she had experienced a lifetime of emotions; life and death, fear and anger, love and hate, the depths of utter sorrow and the happiest one can be.

 In My Little Epiphanies she takes a hard look at her own feelings and what it was that gave her a sense of hope and control. This book gave her purpose and meaning, something to hold on to. Sometimes Aisha’s little epiphanies have morphed into doodles that capture what was going on in her mind as her destiny played itself out. Through the book she wanted the world to understand her unusual life and hoped that it would inspire others going through similar hardships to find peace.

My Review:

My Little Epiphanies is a masterpiece scribble by an eighteen year old girl who has a strong will power and a desire to live her life at its fullest no matter what. Normally, when there are things in our lives not going well, we tend to get upset and curse life and fate. But Aisha is an exception. According to her, ”We should be happy about things we can do instead of being sad about things we are not capable of.” She believes living in the moment and she implemented that in her life, can be seen in her book. While she was on the bed fighting every day with her illness, she made wonderful sketches, doodle, poured down her heart and mind through words, introspected herself and figured out what this life is actually all about. She was of my age. While reading I realized how painful her days would have been and yet she remained optimistic towards life. Her wisdom, way beyond her age. It’s amazing to see her beautiful interpretation about hope, fear, anger, love, life and people in it. At many places Aisha’s words pinched me to the core to think over it. This book depicts the essence of hope in despair. I am sure her maturity and deep understanding towards life will amaze you and will help you to stay strong in situations you think you would give up. There is a lot learn from Aisha, the little angel. Sadly, she is no more with us but her words and preaching will remain with us forever. She will remain alive in her readers’ heart.

The book cover is beautiful with Aisha’s photo imprint. Inside the book you will find her colourful doodle and photos. The quality of pages is par excellence and it is a book you will cherish for a lifetime.

Rating:
Blurb: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpts: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: My Little Epiphanies
Author: Aisha Chaudhary
Genre: Non- Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Language: English
Pages: 67
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 250 Rs.

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If you are keen to comprehend about ways of life or seeking for positive vibes and inspiration, then you must read this book. Also, if you are a person who easily get demotivated and going through a dark phase of life must read this book. You will feel a new self after you complete reading it, I bet. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, recommended for everyone irrespective of age group.

This book was gifted to me by a close friend. 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.