Book Preview: Coffee Date: The Real Taste of Love by Saravana Kumar Murugan

Presenting Coffee Date: The Real Taste of Love from the Undisputed King of Romance on Blog-o-Sphere Saravana Kumar Murugan.

The Blurb:

Siddhartha Abhimanyu… People call him Sid, a techie, a beard lover, an ardent reader and a big fan of Nicholas Sparks. He loves reading stories with happy endings. And when he’s not reading he write poems; which helped him impress a long list of girls.

Isha Reddy, the queen of his little heart. The first time Sid saw her, he couldn’t blink even for a second. She, being a writer, director of three award winning short films, hates men with a stubble and, has a different opinion on life.

Sid falls in love with Isha. Isha could not escape from Mr. Charming. They date over a cup of coffee. Sid also acts as the male lead in Isha’s new short film.

Niharika, Sid’s direct report in office falls in love with Sid. He rejects her proposal, but destiny has different plans. They have to fly abroad to execute a project.

Shivani, Sid’s reel life heroine, get introduced to him by Isha. Shivani kisses him during a shoot. This along with a series of incidents hurt Isha.

Isha breaks up with Sid. Both Shivani and Niharika waiting for this opportunity, what will happen to Sid and Isha’s love? Will Sid and Isha reunite? Will Niharika get what she wants? Or will Shivani succeed in her masterplan?

Read and cherish this tale of love from the Undisputed King of Romance on Blog-o-Sphere.

Coffee Date, the real taste of love!

Excerpt:

Chapter 8: First Night

About the Author:

Saravana Kumar Murugan is the author of the book Coffee Date, editor of Shades of Life Book Series, contributing author of several anthologies that includes “Uff Ye Emotions 2”, “Timeless Love”, “A Little Chorus of Love”, “Will You Be My Little Dirty Secret?”, among others. His poems have been published in several online magazines and anthologies. His love for the language “Deutsch” reflects in “die 55”, a collection of short stories (55 Fiction), published on Amazon.

He is the Marshal of Blog-a-Ton, the online marathon of Bloggers; where bloggers decide a theme, and write on a monthly basis. He writes under a pen name “Someone is Special” at “Few Miles– shortlisted as one of the Top 12 Creative Blogs of India in 2014”, and winner of more than 25 contests in blog-o-sphere. He is also known as the ‘Undisputed King of Romance on Blog-o-Sphere’.

Apart from writing, he is a project lead at Wipro Limited. He has won Best Campus Joinee Award, Technology Innovation Spark Award for his work. He is graduated B. Tech in Information Technology. He loves capturing life through the lens, giving life to paper with pencil, and at times, he satisfies his stomach with his own cooking.

He can be contacted at contact@iamsarav.com or follow him on Facebook and Instagram @iamsaravofficial. For more visit his website: www.iamsarav.com

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indiauthor.in, founded in 2013, is originally a community aimed to connect authors, readers, publishers and reviewers. The community was active till 2014 after which, they ventured into publishing, marketing and book reviews under Book Lovers World. In 2015, indiauthor.in merged with a couple of startup publishing house, and is now managed by team of five members who prefers to be anonymous.

indiauthor.in moto is to publish curated content in a traditional way and is expected to take publishing industry by surprise with its variety and creativity. indiauthor.in has three titles under its wing, and is all set to publish its major title Coffee Date by the Undisputed King of Romance on Blog-o-Sphere, Saravana Kumar Murugan.

Book Details:
Title: Coffee Date
Author: Saravana Kumar Murugan
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Type: Paperback
Publisher: indiauthor.in
Language: English
Pages: 160
Year of Publication: 2017
Price: 143 INR (I LOVE YOU)

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MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK…after reading many romantic blog posts and short stories from Sarav, I have no doubt that his debut book is going to be a romantic read.

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
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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.

Favorite Story Reveal: Rukhsat The Departure By Sujit Banerjee

Rukhsat The Departure By Sujit Banerjee

Book Details:
Title: Rukhsat The Departure
Authors: Sujit Banerjee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Frog Books
Language: English
Pages: 260
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 250 INR
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The Blurb:

Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters – from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man’s trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man’s memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

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Book Review: Monsoon Masala by Sulagna Chaudhury

This book is un-put-down-able!

The Blurb:

Siddharth Chatterjee – Mr Playboy…high flying career, parties, hot girls and loads of booze. Life can’t get better than this or can it?

Akanksha Dutta – Miss Perfectionist, who has fought against all odds and emerged as a winner, who detests the word “relationship” and wants to live life on her own terms only.

Welcome to Monsoon Masala, the whacky love story about the madness and magic in the lives of two individuals, Akanksha and Siddharth. Multiple times they meet, they ditch and they separate. And then, on 8th June 2004, Venus is in transit for the first time since 1882. Astrologers predict that this “celestial once in a lifetime” event will lead to the making of some great love stories. Does it mean something “surreal” for these 2 strong individuals as well?

Excerpt:

To catch a bus I needed to cross the busy junction at Park Street. He promptly came forward and caught my hand saying that he would help me cross the road. I looked at him and said, ”You know Sid, over the last few years, I have been commuting all by myself. I am not a damsel in distress. I can cross my roads. I think I have more than proved my point on this through my life. Not that I want you to feel bad but you didn’t even stand up as a friend when I needed one desperately, right?

So, don’t do all this, it really doesn’t matter. And please don’t hold my hand ever again.

About The Author:

With over 15 years of experience, Sulagna Chaudhury at present works with a reputed MNC as a client services and sales professional.

She is the owner of a contemporary dance group ”Jhankar Beatz” and in her free time doubles as a MC doing a corporate as well as public shows. Here is a multi-faceted career that also encompasses stints as a lecturer and a banker while living her ”radio” passion and ruling as a popular RJ across cities and radio stations for more than a decade.

She is an active blogger who loves penning her thoughts on diverse topics and proudly lives her mantra of ”Life is all about moments… it is you who decides to make it large.” She currently resides in Bangalore, India, with her husband and her 5 year old daughter.

The Review:

Every love story has its own essence and beauty of the feelings that people in it share. Not all of those stories go smooth and like the ones all of us dream about. Many a times it takes years to realize that there is a love…a strong one which persists behind anger, ignorance and million little fights.

According to me, letting go a sincere love is the biggest loss one can have because not all love is true. After reading ‘Monsoon Masala’ I realized it even better.

The Reviewer’s Heart…

Monsoon Masala by Sulagna Chaudhury is a complete set of adventure and drama with much needed masala for its readers to savor. The story revolves around a very beautiful, diligent, talented and intelligent girl, Akanksha Dutta and equally opposite to her, Siddharth Chatterjee (Sid). The story starts with the childhood days of Akanksha, her little anecdotes and about her family. Then comes an interesting twist when Sid’s childhood days begin. Both of them despite having a childhood together what they share is a complete contrast of each other. If it’s Akanksha, you would want to pat on her back for being an ideal child and if it’s Siddharth’s, you would wish to return to your childhood days to make it awesome like his. The Bengali culture has been beautifully described throughout the book.

Since both of them had the same class and the culture it was quite obvious that traits of Sid was compared to Akanksha. The author has well depicted one of the most common traits found in parents, especially in India. Akanksha is an all-rounder. She is good in studies, well mannered, a winner of AIR (All India Radio) singing competition and to add a cherry on the top, a very pretty girl. Whereas, Sid is smart in everything except for studies. He listens none but his heart. In short, he is a spoiled brat, thanks to his dad for fulfilling all his demands. His favorite past time is irritating Akanksha who has an image of a perfectionist; not out of jealousy but revenge because she be there in his ”everything”, an ideal for all to whom he desperately wants to put out of his life. There is a clash for sure; every time they come across each other.

There is an instance when Sid’s family approach Akanksha’s for match making with Sid’s elder brother. Somehow, it seems wrong to Sid. He feels pained with the fact and convince his brother to reject Akanksha. Sid gets a decent job in Gurgaon. With his good performance at workplace he gets a chance to work in abroad. Sid is sure that he is in love with Akanksha. He writes her a long mail; expressing his desire to be with her. On the other side, Akanksha is getting married to Raghav, a highly educated and well settled. There is a big secret about Raghav that can change Akanksha’s life forever.

Will Akanksha read Sid’s mail? Would Raghav be able to cheat Akanksha and make her life a living hell? or Will Akanksha reject Sid’s proposal? Read Monsoon Masala to find it out.

What I liked?

It was interesting to see how tactfully and naturally the author got into the shoes of Sid and Akanksha and connected the dots neatly. Both of their parts were interesting, equally. Each character was well developed, this shows that the author has given a good time for writing each chapter. The book is well edited. Also, I liked the paperback quality.

What I disliked?

At some point of time the pace of the story became too slow and monotonous. Also, I felt that the book cover could have been better. In the end, like always when I try connecting the book title and the story; this time the duo didn’t work together.

Why should one read this book?

For all those who are planning for a light read or looking for a book which opens a door for you to anticipate the next possibility only to read a twist… then it’s a right book to go for.

Rating:
Blurb: 3/5
Description: 3.5/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 3/5
Book Cover: 2.5/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Book Details:
Title: Monsoon Masala
Author: Sulagna Chaudhury
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Frog Books
Language: English
Pages: 294
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 275 INR
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Stars… To this light read with unexpected twists I give a 3.5 star rating.

Monsoon Masala is a light read. Those who firmly believe in love should must read. Love makes you do things you had never thought of. A ★★★½ Book! Recommended to all!

This book was given to me by the Publisher 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 3.5 star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Story Reveal: Rukhsat The Departure By Sujit Banerjee

Rukhsat The Departure By Sujit Banerjee

Book Details:
Title: Rukhsat The Departure
Authors: Sujit Banerjee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Frog Books
Language: English
Pages: 260
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 250 INR
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The Blurb:

Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters – from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man’s trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man’s memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

Story Reveal:

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Book Review: Going Underground by L. N. Denison

This book is un-put-down-able!

The Blurb:

The year is 2044. A decree is put into effect that brings about a new era—a revived holocaust against mixed-lineage humans. Being of non-pure blood, Jen Cole has been forced to live under the oppressive government’s radar.

Myron Cutter, Jen’s professed nemesis, one day requests an uneasy alliance with Jen to support conspiracy theorist and rabble-rouser, Oscar Saracen. Incarceration is only the beginning of Jen’s problems when she’s caught conspiring against the government, while Myron is sent to military training by his powerful father as punishment for his part in her deception.

Yet when Jen ends up in the same labour camp as Oscar Saracen, escape becomes palpable as serendipity reunites her with Myron, and hope looms on the horizon. As Jen uncovers treasonous plans, she heads underground—the only safe place for her now, and where she can continue her pursuit of the dark truths enveloping the world she once knew.

Packed with political turbulence and a chilling existence, Going Underground is a hauntingly thrilling journey of a troupe of misfits in a fight to win back their freedoms. December 31, 2046, would be a day to remember. The new Independence Day. But who will win the battle?

Excerpt:

The reason for Lavinia’s hatred towards Jen was unjustified. It wasn’t Jen’s fault that Lavinia had been chased out of her own village, or that she had been ostracised by her family for having a child out of wedlock. When it was brought to light that the father of the child was English, Lavinia was given two choices: she could face the consequences of her actions, or leave the serenity of her village. Lavinia preferred the latter to what was planned for her had she stayed.

Punishments for sinful acts were almost archaic in nature; the sin that Lavinia had committed was punishable by stoning. She preferred to take her chances onthe outside, living in filth and degradation, rather than facing the prospect of a painful death at the hands of people she had thought loved her.

Her brother drove Lavinia as far as North London and left her there with her luggage in one hand and two-year-old Jen in the other. After an agonising journey to the heart of London, they finally made their home under Waterloo Bridge, a temporary stopgap until Lavinia could find work and somewhere a little more suitable to live.

From the moment of their arrival, life would become one big struggle. As the war between England and Scotland escalated, so did the English government’s need to rid itself of the minority groups: namely, people such as Lavinia and the others under the bridge—non-pure bloods, as they were known. Social standing meant nothing, as the people under the bridge had proved. Each one had, at some point, been an integral part of society—at least two had been members.

Parliament before the witch-hunts began, forcing them into hiding. Lists of known non-pure bloods had been posted in all the patrol stations across the Southeast, and one by one they were rounded up and placed into labour camps. There were five such camps, all situated dangerously close to the main battle areas along the North-South divide. Lavinia could count herself lucky—nobody, apart from the people under the bridge, knew that she or Jen existed. So, for a while, they were safe from harm. Lavinia had to learn how not to be so Scottish, trying desperately hard to pick up the English dialect and rid herself of her broad accent. This was a necessity before she could even consider going to look for work. She practised every chance she had, and with anyone who would listen to her.

About The Author:

I’m 44 years of age and live in rural Kent, where I have been for the last 25 years. I have been writing this novel on and off for the past 15 years, I now have something that I can be proud of. It has been tweaked many times over, and it is now where I want it to be. I generally write for fun, poetry and short stories. It is something that I enjoy doing. I am currently writing a post-apocalyptic piece, called Cavers, which is penned for release the middle of next year. That is my ultimate goal.

The Review:

The scenario these days is strange, unforeseen and unheard of. Notwithstanding the proud proclamation of being civilized, developed and sophisticated, we still brood the hatred, repugnance and discrimination about class, creed, race. If we don’t put an end to this insanity, years apart we would be in ground zero, back to point one. Authoress tried to, say, foresee, what will happen after 29 years. The book is an adult fantasy.

The Reader’s Heart…

From now onwards, I would not say that I am not much into fantasy since I have been reading quite a lot of fantasy books lately and Going Underground nailed me. The story revolves around Myron and Jen. The ups and downs in their relation, right from the enemity, to friendship, fights and finally love is an undercurrent of the story. Due to the circumstances, they are dragged into the labor camps arranged by the government to put down the impure blood and the protestors. The cruelties in the camp will make anyone cringe with fear, pain, and repugnance. Finally the join hands with Oscar Saracen, and fight the double standards of the government. Will they succeed?

What I liked?

Authoress has adapted a tight narrative style, which keep up with the storyline. With the right meter of words and imagery, authoress succeeded in engaging the readers till the end of the book. Not even for a second we feel that what we read is fiction. The story has been pulled off with utmost conviction. Lately, I was quite disturbed about an unnecessary surge of erotica in almost all the story with a tinge of romance. But, Going Undeground proves that erotica is not needed to convey the depth of a relation. Thank You Layla for showing a platonic love and a fact that she showed it as that happens in 2044 proves that there are still chances for pure love in future as well. The atrocities in the labor camp remined me of what I read about the way fighters were treated during freedom struggle, emergency, world war and situations alike.

Characters are all crafted well, with required importance to each character at each point of time.

What I disliked?

Even if with a tinge of reality that happened in the past, the cruelties in the labor camp became over the top towards the end, which made the readers tired of the sufferings of the protagonists. Yes, this has happened earlier but it is difficult to even read through.

Why should one read this book?

Do you think that the cast, creed, and race discrimination would surface and engulf us in the future? Do you think that Science would bite us back like a Frankenstein Monster? Do you feel a surge of adrenaline seeing the political double standards? Moreover, Do you love Adult Fantasy? Then you should read this.

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

Book Details:
Title: Going Underground
Author: L. N. Denison
Type: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Createspace
Language: English
Pages: 390
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 0.99 $
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Stars… For this exciting work of fantasy, I would give four stars. Thank you Layla for making me a lover of Adult Fantasy.

Going Underground is an exciting read. It made me a lover of Adult Fantasy. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Recommended to all. No second thoughts!

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 or more than that would be fair.

First Chapter Reveal: Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee

Book Details:
Title: Seeking Redemption
Authors: Madhu Vajpayee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 176
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 199 INR
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The Blurb:

Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It’s her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste-based politics. Her path is crossed by two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are going to change her life forever. If it is Aman Sharma who can challenge her ideals, defy her resolves and make her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay Bharti’s sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It’s also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

First Chapter:

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Book Review: Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee

This book is a nice decent read!

The Blurb:

Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It’s her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste-based politics. Her path is crossed by two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are going to change her life forever. If it is Aman Sharma who can challenge her ideals, defy her resolves and make her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay Bharti’s sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It’s also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

Excerpt:

All of them busy cheering their friends and exchanging pleasantries. Optimism was at its peak. She always loved the energy and undying spirit. An announcement was going on for today‟s final dress rehearsal program. Students were advised to segregate according to the degree they were receiving. She proceeded to join the MBBS batch with her friends Priya and Kiran Mala.

MBBS graduates were asked to stand alphabetically. Meera was taking her position when she sensed from the corner of her eye that someone was intensely watching her. Before she knew it, a tall and handsome man, with a whitish complexion, sharp chiseled features and deep dark brown eyes, wearing jeans and sky blue t-shirt was approaching her.

“Can I talk to you for a moment?” He asked her. Meera was perturbed by this sudden intrusion.

“Hi! I am Aman … Dr Aman Sharma, MD Medicine. And I guess you are….” he trailed off.

“I am Meera Mishra. I‟ve just finished my MBBS.” Meera finished the sentence.

“I would like to meet you sometime.” Aman said. There were no preliminary talks, not much introduction, it was simply a command. She, still unable to get a grip over the situation, replied, “I will see.” He then vanished in the crowd as quickly as he had appeared.Her eyes tried to follow him in the auditorium while rehearsal was going on. Aman Sharma had a demeanor, which reflected a kind of aloofness. His face had an arrogant look about it and there was an aura of aristocratic upbringing.

About The Author:

Dr. Madhu Vajpayee,- the writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is her first step in literary world.

Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires. When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.

The Review:

When a country’s political system starts taking a toll on the lives of innocent people. So much, as to nearly threaten all aspirations, opportunities, rights and even peace from their lives. Their only mistake is being a part of that vicious cycle. But then, from a league of common people only, there are revolutionaries too. Who courage to rebel and fight against the system. Has sacrifice been that easy? Yes. Only when your dream and sacrifice are entwined together, adding will and perseverance to it.

Simran’s Desk…

Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee is a deliberately written book in context to social issue which still persists strongly in the roots of contemporary society and that is – a combination of politics and increase in the number of reservation quota for backward class.

The story revolves around Meera Mishra, a charismatic, intelligent, diligent and courageous doctor, who earns her M.B.B.S degree despite all the odds that her family face in terms of financial condition. Her mother constantly probe her to get married in a well-to do family whereas, her father be there to support her during all her ups and downs. He believes in Meera’s capability and encourages her to apply for post-graduation. Aman Sharma, who is pursuing MD in medicine from the same college admire Meera’s beauty and falls in love with her. He starts contacting her and seek ways to meet but Meera being goal oriented ignore him. Though he is arrogant and demanding but gradually, she starts liking and accepts the way he is. Unfortunately, Meera being hard working and intelligent fails to qualify the post-graduation medical entrance exam whereas, her best friends Priya and Kiran Mala who are comparatively less deserving candidates clear the entrance with the help of reservation quota. Meera is surprised and bewildered thinking what destiny holds for her in future and suddenly, her father gets terribly hit by an attack which paralyzes one side of his body. He is the sole earning member in the family. Meera’s younger brother, Raghav is an average student who aspires to study engineering. He doesn’t qualify entrance for a government engineering college but his mother pesters to get him admitted to a private college instead, that are expensive. In parallel to this, the government and the officials such as Prof. Rajaram, Samir Saxena, Rajesh Kumar and Rahul supports increase in number of reservation quota for their own benefits and agenda of winning votes whereas, on the other side, Aman, his father, Dr. Sanjeev and Dr. Abhay Bharti are against it, as they believe the gap between lower and upper castes has been filled and there is no more need of privilege. Meera, even after scoring well in her M.B.B.S doesn’t get to work in her own college which she should have had got it by default. That’s when she realize, the vicious cycle of politics and the system that runs blindly solely for its own benefits.

Will Meera be able to get a job and continue her studies or would be married off to someone? Will her parents would agree Aman- Meera relationship? Will she be able to arrange funds for family and expense for her brother’s higher education? Will Abhay Bharti and other rebellions get justice or will the vicious cycle would get stronger? Read the book to find it out.

What I liked?

The author has well defined all the characters in the story. She has nicely narrated the story and has put almost every aspect of the situation (reality) very wisely. The story goes on more like a debate which I found interesting. The ending is quite justified and has not been hurried.

What I disliked?

Repetition of dialogues and grammatical/spelling errors were a bit irritating. Other than that, I felt the story lacked surprise element and it was a slow read.

Why should one read this book?

Are you too against the reservation system? Have you too been deprived of opportunities because of the ongoing reservation system? If yes, then it’s a book you can relate yourself and realize how deeply it’s affecting so many dreams and lives.

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Sarav’s Desk…

First of all, a very big congratulation to Madhu Vajypayee for addressing a social issue that’s in the roots of our society – reservation and the politics involved in it. Keep writing and good luck for your future.

How often we read a book on social issues these days? The answer would be a single digit I guess. This book, Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee, is one of its kinds – a mixture of reservation, privatisation of medical colleges, ugly politics, and the people in power deciding the fate of everything. Just like how it happens in reality. I appreciate Madhu for attempting to write in this genre.

This book had a promising plot, which later got mixed up with too many subplots that diluted the concentration of the book. The first few chapters drew me into the story, made me travel with the characters, only to read a diluted plot. For example, when Meera said YES to Aman, I expected to read a few romantic chapters, but what I offered was a complete let down. When the author wrote about anti-reservation movements, what lacked were the details, the complete setup, and facts to believe it. To be true, I was bit disappointed reading the final few chapters.

The story had its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the end, but there was no surprise element. Still, this was a good decent read. I took three hours to complete reading the book and one hour to write this review. If you are against reservation, then read this book to know the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, which the author penned wonderfully.

What I liked?

Only a few people know where to tell and where to show, I believe Madhu has done a decent job in this area. Her impeccable narration is what kept me hooked till the end. The plot and the characters are wonderfully plotted. The quick turn of events, the so-called good-luck factor, are well used in this book. Overall, this is a different decent read!

What I disliked?

Love and romance… the book lacked love and romance in those candid conversations between Meera and Aman, overuse of the words “Reservation” and “Caste”, lack of details or the setup of the subplots, repetition of the dialogues and grammatical errors.

Why should one read this book?

If you are against reservation, then read this book to know the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, which the author wonderfully penned. If you are victim of these ugly politics, for sure you will relate and applaud the author for plotting a decent read!

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

Book Details:
Title: Seeking Redemption
Authors: Madhu Vajpayee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 176
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 199 INR
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Stars…

Simran, the talented reviewer of our team, gave this book a three-star rating. While Vidhya and I, gave this book a four-star rating, to applaud the author’s brave attempt to write about a social issue that’s in the roots of our society. Keep writing, Madhu!

Seeking Redemption is a decent read! This book is against reservation, highlighting the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, will make you applaud the author for plotting a decent read! A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you hooked till the very end! Highly recommended to all who are against reservation. No second thoughts!

The author has opted for a promotional package and our services. 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 four-star rating on Goodreads and we will on FlipKart and Amazon as we felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: Humbling And Humility by Rian Nejar

This book shakes the prejudices through a grave, touching, and harmonious background story

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The Blurb:

“Humbling and Humility” is an intense, detailed narrative of an Indian-American father and husband’s struggle with betrayal by his spouse and its consequences upon himself and his children.

Including a critical view of state intervention into domestic discord in families in America, the narrative explores this father’s attempts to mitigate harm and accommodate disruptive life changes in non-violent ways, both in his family and in other families in similar predicaments.

In raw and honest discussions, with no pretense of holding back, the author delves into culture and gender differences, and the many challenges immigrants face in America.

Excerpt:
The wagon rolled out of 4th Ave., and I was grateful to see some sunlight through the tiny window. We stopped at a holding facility in another part of the metropolis, where a young, stocky fellow, no more than a year or two above twenty, with a large black patch of what seemed like dead skin on the underside of one of his forearms, joined me in my side of the dog wagon.

He seemed chatty, and given my brief exposure to sunlight, I conversed with him permanent black skin patch through MRSA gathered from unclothed contact with surfaces inside many jail cells he’d been in. MRSA is a bacterial strain highly resistant to treatment. It is quite common in the holding cells and incarceration facilities of the state. He was hospitalized by the state due to the severity of his bacterial infection. They’d managed to stop it, but not before the starkly visible damage. He seemed dismissive of it, but I wasn’t so sure that I would, at my age that was twice his, survive such bacterial infection.

As we were led into the civic center in Dilbut that housed the courts, through back doors into a holding area, I saw the same cop who’d mocked my request for toiletries at the 4th Ave. intake line. This Hispanic member of law enforcement– from his name, Carillo– seemed to enjoy playing sadistically with the emotions of those in the state’s unrelenting grip, presumed innocent or not. His face had all the refinement of a Halloween mask. It was a face not even a mother could love.
who’d mocked my request for toiletries at the 4th Ave. intake line. This Hispanic member of law enforcement– from his name, Carillo– seemed to enjoy playing sadistically with the emotions of those in the state’s unrelenting grip, presumed innocent or not. His face had all the refinement of a Halloween mask. It was a face not even a mother could love.

In time, an officer came in to inform us that a female judge had put in an appearance, and the sadistic cop changed his slant to discussing how she’d been making bail release determinations. It’s rather redundant to indicate that he worked at raising our hopes, with claims that the judge had, just the past week, let many in arraignment leave without bail, right from the courtroom, on their own recognizance. It is also not hard to now see why those arrested and subjugated by law enforcement refer to them as pigs, which I hardly think stands for ‘people in government service,’ though you may again be forgiven for such a gentle assumption.

A short walk, and a climb up a spiral staircase, led us directly and surprisingly into a courtroom. There, we were all gathered in the jury section, some gloriously attired in overalls of white with wide black stripes, and all with handcuffs on. There was only the judge and two cops present in the room. She went through each person’s situation, setting bail at significant amounts for each and every one of us. Some she would not release at all, and had to resign themselves to going back to the holding facilities or to Waspoia’s tent camps.

About The Author:

Rian Nejar is a mid-60’s child from India. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90’s. After a Master’s in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility (HnH) is the first heartfelt written expression of his varied life experiences. He lives in the Southwest United States, and writes on the social and human condition.

The Review:

Humbling and humility is predominantly an account of author’s take on the eastern and western culture.

The reader’s heart

We have always been complaining that the system in India is dormant and takes forever to reach a decision but Humbling and humility tells us a different story; the repercussions of a fast action. In a context of the humiliation of Indian Diplomat Priyavani, author unravels a dirty world where the facilities to the convicts or presumed guilty are menial. Author shocks the reader with the stories of unhygienic cells, which carries bacterial infections to the inmates of the prison. The protagonist ends up in an intervention center as a result of a bogus complaint filed by his wife. In spite of the sufferings from his spouse, the protagonist is the one who is convicted due to the indiscretion of the legal system and bureaucracy. In an unrelenting effort to make sure that the wrongdoer is punished, innocent people are becoming scapegoats. Protagonist is a first generation immigrant from India, who is struggling to adjust himself in the western culture. The dilemma, pain and frustration of the protagonist is conveyed well to the readers. Surprisingly name of the protagonist or his spouse if not mentioned anywhere in the book; or I missed it. While trying to put to light the inconsistency of marital lives in Western culture, author has portrayed a well to do family of his friends John and Parvathy, which shows that it is not an impossible task to inculcate two cultures but as the protagonist’s counsellor in the intervention center says, the Pendulum keep on swaying and at a point where it stops, things will work out. Protagonist’s life takes a turn when more people enter his life.

What I liked?

The language and craft of the story is solid. It is more of a monologue of the protagonists but yes, there are conversations but in a lesser number. Nevertheless, readers would not be bored. Author is absorbed seamless into the protagonist that at some points, I kept on wondering if I am reading an autobiography. Author touched so many topics, which are matters of concern for the protagonist. Through the stories of people whom the protagonists meet at the intervention center, readers are subject to revelations of unexpected happenings in a system that is considered secured, perfect and spotless. Last but not the least, the book is an eye opener about the misuse of Domestic Violence prevention measures. The editing is also done with finesse.

“Punishment for something I’d done, I can accept, but a beating, just because you are angry, is not okay.”

“This pendulum was not only an unstable system; it was, in the hands of a ruthless and single-minded collection of authorities, a hammer of social injustice and repression.”

What I disliked?

While we are half way through the book, the pace drops a little bit but takes momentum once Giddu, Guddy and Monty come to picture. A wave of anti- female feeling could be felt but it could be the protagonist’s perspective. The book cover design is simple when compared to the gravity of the topic.

Why should one read this book?

To know the sugar coated, quasi-perfectionism of a system which we look up to, one should read this book.

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Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Humbling and Humility
Author: Rian Nejar
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Anasim Books
Language: English
Pages: 310
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 933 INR
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Stars…

To this enlightening journey of words, I give a four-star rating.

“Humbling and Humility” is a sugar coated, quasi-perfectionism of a system which we look up to, one should read this book. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you hooked till the last page. Highly recommended for all. A must read. No second thoughts!

Disclosure of Material Connection: 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 four-star rating on Goodreads as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

About the Reviewer: Rakhi was born in a small town in Kerala. Born and brought up as a quintessential small town girl, she had always been ambitious and goal-oriented. After her masters in Biotechnology and Business Administration, she joined as an HR recruiter in a consulting firm. Her eight-year-old love life blossomed into marriage in 2010 and she joined her husband's family business. Blessed with two children, she is a full time mother and an author. Her passion for literature made her the author of the poetry collection Un-assuaged- The blossoms of my imaginations. She started writing her blog Outset- Rakhi Jayashankar.

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.