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.

A Conversation With Rohan and Riya

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

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

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

BLW: Rohan tell us about yourself?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rohan: Does that mean you love me?

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

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

A Conversation With Ganga Bharani

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

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

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

I am a simple girl with complicated dreams.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Ganga Bharani: Death.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

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

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

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

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

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

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Ganga Bharani: Does JavaScript count?

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

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

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

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

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

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

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

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

Book Review: Just You, Me and a Secret by Ganga Bharani

This book is a perfect travel read!

The Blurb:

Pitch dark. Extreme Silence. Felt like vacuum. I opened my eyes and found nothing familiar. Where am I? First of all, who am I? Ashruth says I was head over heels in love with him. He says our wedding was fixed. But there is no trace of love for him in me. I don t remember anything. Why would I have loved this pumpkin? San was drunk but I got intoxicated. I had fallen for him gradually. I can t imagine marrying anyone else. But how do I stop my wedding now? Don t say I am dead. I am all alive, standing right in front of you. I am not dead. Trust me. And the secret comes to light. Just you, me and a secret -A battle between past, present and the nothing called future.

Excerpt:

He looked at me but I was still looking at Santhosh in the photograph. He was tall, fair complexioned and looked very adorable. Even in that confused state of mind I couldn’t resist admiring a guy like that. I could have forgotten the past but I still remained a girl made of flesh, bones, blood and hormones. Ashruth toggled the photo and diverted me before I could think any further about Santhosh.

My Review:

Having read GB’s interesting tales, crisp reviews and watched creative short movies on her blog, I read her debut book with a lot of expectation and I must say that she did a wonderful job, much better than established writers did. GB opens her debut book with questions like “Who am I?” “This is me?” “How old am I?” and succeeds in making us feel the same. Meera, the female lead character, do not know who she is finds herself in a locked room in a stranger’s house, Ashruth, who claims to be her lover and she was head over heels in love with him, which she could not believe it.

She was given her diary (Clara, I liked the fact that she named her diary) by him to learn her past. As she reads the diary, she believes that ‘she’ in the diary could not be her, though it is written by her. She gets to know about San from her diary and tries to uncover the mystery behind her past. Will she find how she lost her memory? Will she find out if she was really in love with Ashruth? Or was it San whom she loved deeply and madly? Will she uncover her past? Will she marry Ashruth or San?

To know the answers read the mysterious gripping fast-paced novel from the pen of GB – Just You, Me, and a Secret – A battle between past, present and the nothing called future.

For sure, the book will, tempt you to read the book at one stretch, as the more you read; the more you get into the story. The more you get into the story, the more the twists you expect, and GB does not fail us to surprise with the twist. I have read a book with the similar story line written by a famous Indian author published months after the release of GB’s Just, You, Me and a secret; the author failed to surprise us, but GB managed to do well. She deserves a High-Five for such a fantastic attempt. Overall, it was a great read!

The negative points are the font used in the book, paragraph alignment and other formatting stuff. I felt that it could have been done better, but then that does not take away any of the accolades, I have to give to this fantabulous book. I give this book a five-star rating.

Rating:
Plots: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Twists: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.8/5

Book Details:
Title: Just You, Me and a Secret
Author: Ganga Bharani
Genre: Mystery
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Tales4 Publications
Language: English
No. of pages: 168
Year of Publication: 2013
Price: 150 Rs.

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Mystery served with a twist to read again and again! This book, Just You, Me and a Secret, is a gripping fast-paced novel with a twist that kept me hooked till the end. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, A Brilliant Attempt by a Debut Author, Highly Recommended for all the Mystery Lovers, No Second Thoughts!

This book was bought by me from FlipKart.com. This is not a paid 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 FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.