Book Review: We Will Meet Again by Tarang Sinha

This book is in-escape-able!
The Blurb:
Paridhi Mathur, dusky, beautiful, and single, is doing everything to keep her academic records high and her love life nil, but lady luck keeps frowning at her.

When she meets Abhigyan Ambastha, rich – devastatingly handsome, intense and sometimes curt, her resolve wavers. Despite regular warnings from her ever-suspicious heart, she inexplicably gets attracted towards him. But she would not let him trespass her soul. 

Why? Is she scared of mendacious face of love her past has inflicted on her? Can Paridhi really trust Abhigyan? Will a blissful breeze of love ever kiss her heart?

A heart-warming saga of dreams and desires, We Will Meet Again promises to make you smile and cry at the same time. Hold on to your hearts before embarking on this roller coaster ride of emotions!

Excerpt:
“Why? Why Paridhi? Why you always misjudge everything about me? I’m sick of it.” He pauses for a second as if to control his anger, and then proceeds, “I have always tried to make you happy. Sometimes, I feel stupid proving myself in front of you for I don’t know what I want to prove! I don’t understand why can’t you trust me?”
He closes his eyes for a second, and then says abruptly. “I love you, Pari. I love you so much! Why don’t you get this simple truth? Is that so difficult? I don’t…just don’t understand what’s wrong with you?” His tone grows irritable. “May I know what churns in your mind, all the time? No seriously,” he confronts.
About The Author:
Tarang Sinha is a freelance writer and editor. She is an avid reader and active Blogger. Her works have been published in magazines like Good Housekeeping India, Child India, Woman’s Era and Alive, and a bestselling anthology “Uff Ye Emotions 2”. 

A science graduate, she holds a Diploma in Creative Writing in English from IGNOU.

‘We Will Meet Again…’ is her first novel.

The Review:                                                        
“The emotion that can break your heart sometimes the very one that heals it.” – Nicholas Spark
First impression lasts for long, if we have a bad experience in a relationship, then it becomes hard to take any such relations positively afterwards. Isn’t it? There is always a fear for the history to repeat itself which makes a person resistant to it, and, hence results into a more suspicious behavior. 
The Reviewer’s Heart…
We will meet again by Tarang Sinha is a remarkable novel which depicts how tragic one’s life could be. The protagonist of the story is Paridhi Mathur, a post graduate student. Her life forced her into so many challenges which although made her strong and independent but also a happiness deprived person. Life, which is generally called a blessing can also be miserable for some, to an extent that they fear to cherish their good times. Paridhi lives with her father, sister and bua and is the eldest daughter of her family. She appears to be an introvert in nature. She is pursuing PG in mass communication and journalism from Delhi. She is a consistent performer in academics and tries her best to keep herself away from any unnecessary relationships. However, she has a best friend named Reet since UG times. Reet is getting married, Paridhi and Mini (her younger sister) manage to convince their father to allow them to attend the marriage in Jalandhar.
Reet’s house, like any other marriage house, is full of lights, colors and flowers. On the arrival day, Paridhi and Mini are also having fun and desserts, however, happiness and Paridhi’s fate doesn’t get along for a long time. She confronts, Abhigyan, the guy she met an accident with, some days back in Delhi when she was going to submit her project to the college in hurry. Every other girl at marriage seems to have a crush on Abhigyan, in fact, Paridhi also admits that he is a handsome guy, in her subconscious, however, she never liked him since the beginning. Abhigyan seems to be a smart and stubborn gentleman. He wants to extend the hand for friendship with Paridhi but for her, he is nothing other than a reason for her stress throughout the marriage. She gets irritated easily in his presence. The more she tries to avoid him, the more she has to face him which makes her annoyed and confused during the whole time spent at Jalandhar.
The reason for Paridhi’s repulsive behavior towards Abhigyan is just not because of the poor first impression created during the accident but it was her terrible past experience in a relationship which made so harsh and hard when it comes to men. 
The story becomes mysterious when Abhigyan appears to be inclined towards Paridhi irrespective of her rude and blunt behavior. Now, the covert is, will Abhigyan be ever able to express his feelings to Paridhi? Will Paridhi be ever able to move on? Will she be ever able to understand Abhigyan’s love for her? In order to unleash the curtains, you need to read this book and I am sure you will never regret reading it. I would like to appreciate the author for her excellent efforts in maintaining the essence of the story till the last page of the book.
  
What I liked?
The setting of the story is so realistic that the reader gets empathetic with the Protagonist and feels fully indulged in the story till the end. The flow of the story is intrigued enough which persuades the reader to imagine beyond the boundaries of the story. All the characters in the story are well-developed and sounds way too real. I admire the character of Abhigyan, a man with high morale and patience. The language used is simple yet sophisticated which accounts to one of the aspects of a worthy novel. 
What I disliked?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. However, I felt that title could have been more exciting and precise, something which would have better suited the story line.
Why should one read this book?
For all those who are tough-luck and hopeless from their lives, looking for a source of hope and motivation, this book opens a door for you to stay hopeful and await by anticipating every possible twist which might change the definition of your fate. 
Rating:  
Blurb: 4.5/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 4/5
Book Cover: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Book Details:
Title: We will meet again
Author: Tarang Sinha
Genre: Mystery
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Gargi Publishers 
Language: English
Pages: 192
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: 180 INR
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Stars… To this in-escape-able read with breeze of love and suspense I give a 4 star rating. Recommended to all
This book was given to me by the 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 4 star rating on Goodreads and Amazon as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

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.

#25 Book Review: Postcards From Memory by Samir Satam

This book is a bag full of memories that will mesmerize, as you read them!

The Blurb:

Every moment that passes is not coming back. Yes, there might be moments in future, like the one you just experienced. But it’s not going to be the same again. The one that was, was one like itself. It cannot be replaced. It’s gone… Long gone… Dissolved in this crazy tasting, highly intoxicating drink of life. In an attempt to capture these bits and pieces that keep dissolving to give their distinct flavors to this colorful cocktail, I end up scribbling on my pad. This book is a bouquet of such moments that started with my mindless scribbling and ended up in verses. Sweet, Bitter, Sour, Sublime… Each piece has a taste of its own.

Excerpt:

Last night,
It remained unsaid,
That’s what I regret,
Only if I could have garnered the courage,
To say what I felt,
It might have brought a smile to your face,
Like it once used to…
But again,
The smile part is my assumption…
Poem title: Last Night, Page: 80

About The Author:

Samir Satam,- lives in Bombay where he works as a Software Engineer in one of the multi-national IT companies. He is an avid reader, a serious cinema lover and an individualist by nature. At an early age, he started writing his diary in verses and thus developed his passion for poetry. Postcards from Memory is his first book of poetry.

The Review:

It’s the first time I am reviewing a poetry book, which is easy not at all. In a novel, you go with the flow of events but in a poetry book every time there is a fresh tale, a new scar and an unknown healer. The book title was catchy enough to attract my attention. Being poetic at heart I was curious to read it, thanks to First Step Publishing for providing me a review copy.

The Reviewer’s Heart…

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” -Robert Frost

This is exactly I felt reading “Postcards From Memory” by Samir Satam. I liked the opening quote of the book which says, “Life is a large waiting room, Everybody seems to be waiting for something.” It instantly did set my mood to read it further. The book has been divided into ten different segments like; longing, stolen moments, ramblings, love, life and a little nostalgia, a point of view, lost moments, one for the road, flirting with death, temptations and idle mornings. The poet has very artfully brought up the raw emotions that we come across in our day to day or least at some point of our lives. Each of them has a story to tell. I could connect myself to many of his poems and some of them were so ideally tempting that I wish experiencing them. I would love to mention about the poems which I found exceptionally good. In the poem “A Lost Thought”, the protagonist longs to meet his girl and express his feelings. He imagines and prepares himself but as the day progresses, that thought seeps into the corner of his mind. And finally when he meets her in the evening, looking breathtakingly beautiful; he forgets all he had prepared to say. Doesn’t that happen with all of us? We wish to speak but words deny to spill out. “Villain”, talks about the hidden demon within all of us; to which when profess from outside gets evoked but… within a shield of heroism. “Reading”, I could so much resonate to this poem. It is a sweet treat for all the book lovers. “Silent Telephone”, when you end up fighting with your dear one and the ego take its seat in the first place. Grudges is what you hold on and the bond is what you lose on.

What I liked?

The poet has preferred simple language and yet his writing style has an intriguing touch to keep reader’s interest and attention. I liked the variety of themes he chose to write on, that saved the book from a monotonous read. The book cover goes perfect with the book title.

What I disliked?

I wish if only the book could have been edited a little better. Also, I felt the book ended so quickly as I wanted to read more 🙂

Why should one read this book?

If you are planning to read a good poetry book or if you aspire to start writing poems on your own then, this book could inspire you to hold your pen and dig down to your power of imagination. A wonderful read for all the poetry lovers.

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

Book Details:
Title: Postcards from Memory
Authors: Samir Satam
Type: Paperback
Publisher: First Step Publishing
Language: English
Pages: 132
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 195 INR
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Stars… To this inspiring poetry book, I give a four-star rating. Keep writing, Samir!

Postcards From Memory is a bag full of memories that will mesmerize, as you read them!! This book will inspire you to hold your pen and dig down to your power of imagination and write! A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Highly recommended to all the Poetry Lovers. No second thoughts!

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 four-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

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: 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.

******

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: Love Stories Around Us – An Anthology

This book is a good love dose for romantic hearts!

The Blurb:

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

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

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

Excerpt:

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

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

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

“Do you… Do you have the papers?”

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

My Review:

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

The reader’s heart…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What I liked?

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

What I disliked?

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

Why should one read this book?

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

Stars…

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

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

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

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

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: 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

***

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.

***

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.

Book Review: Hooked, Lined & Single by Rashmi Kumar

This book is an insight of India’s custom regarding ‘Marriage’ and ‘Women!

The Blurb:

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

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

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

Excerpt:

Before leaving the room, Ram did something unexpected. He clicked a quick picture of me and said, ”You do look very pretty in wet hair.” I smiled as the door in front of me closed. Ram was out of the room and I was left wondering how two lovely people can talk so amicably about separation and why is it that they fall short of expressing their concern, if not love, equally amicably?

But then there was no concern and no love. What Ram and I were doing was basic civility and this gesture transcended to the court room, as we hugged each other tightly to exchange goodbyes forever. Why didn’t we ever hug each other with such passion while we were still married? I wonder, but never get the answer.

About the Author:

Rashmi Kumar is a professional journalist who worked for leading newspapers in India before moving to Canada in 2012. Here, she was chosen as the Writer-in-Exile in 2013 to showcase her Indian literary work to the Canadian audience. This is her second book after Stilettos in the Newsroom.

My Review:

Hooked, Lined & Single is a story of Alafia Singh, a 31 year old woman who has been divorced. Her marriage with Ram had no values of love, attachment and concern. It didn’t last long and they happily part away. While Ram gets married to someone else Alafia starts her search for Mr Right. She and her family try every possible way to reach out eligible bachelors through newspapers, marriage portal website and family functions. On one side Alafia is attractive, confident and mentally strong while on the other side she is emotional, sensitive and naive. She easily get to believe in almost every man she meets. They hook for some time, get lined on the bed even but due to one or the other reason they get separated. One after the other emotional trauma Myra, her best friend uplifts despondent Alafia.

This book is an insight of India’s custom regarding marriage and especially when it comes to the marriage of a woman. Alafia’s life become hell after her younger sister, Anushka’s marriage. Her relatives and everyone else start taunting and blaming her alone for the fault in her marriage and because of her grueling she is still single. The search for her Mr. Right leads her to a psychologist. From there she realize a need to find herself and exact reasons for why she wants a man in her life. She do find reasons to her desire but will she be able to find her Mr. Right? Read the book to find out.

The narration style of the author is smooth and convincing. Book has been edited very well. At a few places I find the story losing its grip and repetition of same story line makes read a bit boring. The emotions have been displayed rightly. At many places author has left readers imagination to assume. Apart from that, book cover is awesome!

Rating:
Blurb: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpts: 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

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

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Beautifully narrated, Emotions filled, Wonderful Book. Hooked, Lined and Single, is a beautiful display of emotions that kept me hooked till the end. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, Recommended for all the Book Lovers, No Second Thoughts!

This book was given to my 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 and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.