Review of The Shaadi Brouhaha

Title : The Shadi Brouhaha..

 

Authoress : Anjlee Shah

 

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Blurb : Launching a newbie into the Indian matrimonial scene is like introducing a new iPhone in an already saturated market has to be sleek, overflowing with catchy features and better than the already available versions. So when twenty-five-year-old Nitya Trivedi is forced into it by her ever so enthusiastic mother and pestering relatives, she hardly knows what she has bargained for. In her journey to find her soul-mate, she becomes Dollarkumar’s Poundkumari, ends up fasting on party days to make peace with her horrorscope, attends hilarious ‘arranged’ meetings through various matchmaking portals and people – all under the nose of her extremely evil, but deliciously debonair boss Rudra Desai. With besties tying the knot and cousins ‘stealing’ prospective groom, wonder how Nitya’s mother will find the perfect match for her only daughter. But as always, love will find a way in the midst of The Shaadi Brouhaha..

 

My View : The Shaadi Brouhaha’ is the debut novel of Anjlee Shah. It’s a book with a well-shaped story having excellent illustrations. The story is about a girl named Nitya who walks around different paths to cover the path of her marriage life. The story is locked with drama and real-life events. The lovely cover and the perfect title worked in grabbing my attention and then there goes a story which is presented very neatly. From the beginning the story drives its path elegantly across the every recto and verso.

 

Sometimes the book will make you chortle when you process the words and sense the episodes in your mind which are whelming in the book. The whole line of episodes seems so true  and real in nature, from the relatives to the friends all will make you recognize the events of your life. Most of the events in the book hits so right and are relatable without a hint of confusion. To me it seems like authoress has very deeply studied the events related to marriage and planted them perfectly in her book.

 

The story moves forward with a neutral pace but soon Rudra emerges from the book making the story alluring. All the ingredients of marriage environment are stirred up accurately in the book. Reader will happy when he/she discovers those ingredients one by one and will be filled with excitement to discover more in the book. Romance, cousin’s entertainment, friendship and relative’s drama all are played very well in the story.

 

All the characters are way closer to real life characters. Authoress has sketched them very neatly from Jignesh’s mother and her pronunciation of words to Nitya’s maasi all will make your lips curve when you are about to turn the page. Nitya’s friends and her cousins seem realistic and all this makes the story charming. The story clasps a reader very easily. I found myself completely engaged in the journey.

 

The easy writing style and smooth narration is maintained throughout the book by the authoress. On one side some of the chapters are interesting and engaging and on the other side some of them are laced with bromidic phases. But I really enjoyed reading the book.  The book will entertain all its readers and there is no doubt in it. Anjlee has done very good work in her very first book and after this I wanted to read more from her.

 

Fascinating read! Recommended to everyone out there.

 

Rating : 4.5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of Soil For My Roots

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Title : Soil for my roots

 

Authoress : Minal Sarosh

 

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Blurb : Soil For My Roots asks: Does a cross culture society bring out the best or worst in an individual? How do we preserve our roots? Or in present times do we really need to.

The protagonist, Angela feels that her situation is similar to the money plant which is uprooted from the soil and put in a bottle. She always feels the lines between various cultures are slowly blurring.

Soil for My Roots is a novel exploring these most confounding, unanswered, yet subtle queries of our times and maps how we as people have evolved in a multi religious society.

 

My views : The attractive title ‘Soil for my Roots’ will nudge your mind to find the answers of the questions like What kind of root? Is it a root of a plant? Why soil? Is it the soil of earth or something else? The simple book jacket depicting the title will shove you to search the soil inside the story so as to find the answer of your questions, as had happened with me.

 

We need our time and the freedom to play the events of our life according to our wish. Does culture and religion should have the right to stand as an obstacle between the paths of our wishes. Why a Christian girl can’t apply ‘mehandi’ if she wants and can’t wear the jewelry according to her wish. If so then why we are supposed to make wishes and carry the happiness thinking all the time that someday our wishes will come true. The story will drive your way to the same feeling when one wants to fulfill their wishes but their religion doesn’t allow them to collect the colors of their will in the painting of their life.

 

The story narrates the saga of  Angela and her cousin Sarah. The story whirls around Nasik and then later on Ahmedabad. It is interesting to find the traces of the prologue in the book and reader will be more glued to the book when they are about to acknowledge it. Authoress has very finely illuminated the events and places which swirls in the book and thus the description of the places seems realistic.

 

Authoress has gone over a fine tooth and comb to pour the events clearly and without a hint of confusion. Characterization in the book is effective and pragmatic. In one episode there are sub-episodes which are switching more often. These episodes are not well synchronized with the former one and due to this it is sometimes difficult to deal with the story in a proper manner as required. Readers will need to maintain clear images of the episodes in their mind from past to present and vice versa so that they can have a better and undimmed understanding about every passing chapter.

 

Sometimes events are unnecessarily stretched. The story would be proved to be more compelling if these unnecessary events were made invisible. The writing style is not easy making the reading journey slow and strenuous. The way authoress has written the story is really amiable; her written work is filled with affection and very gently pours the story.

 

Striking read!

 

Rating : 3.5/4

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Heart of Gold

The Heart of Gold by Hemalatha Gnanasekar

Title : The Heart of Gold

 

Author : Hemalatha Gnanasekar 

 

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Blurb : This Novel is intended for all those young girls who are too infatuated and fall out with their parents in relentless pursuit of their love and pleasure. The theme of this fiction brings out a clash of generation gap modeled on the so called concept of New Woman. The plot centers round Mukesh, who is dumbfounded when his newly married wife says that she is forced into marriage. She tries her best to maintain a distance with him. One fine day, she asks his permission to go out and meet her ex-lover. Mukesh is deeply hurt and warns her that if she ever goes out to meet him, he would renounce her. Nithya refuses to comply with his order s and leaves the house only to land in trouble. She is kidnapped and forced into prostitution. There was only one person who can save her. Nithya pleads with her husband to rescue her. Mukesh being a man with a Heart of Gold decides to suffer the wrong rather than inflict the wrong. While he rescues her, he is not willing to accept her back into his life. Nithya however, is bent up on staying with him, no matter what! Is she able to win his heart?

 

My views : The book will drags your path to the story of a lass who is unknown about the events playing in her life. Her working parents are too busy all the time that they even neglected the loneliness of her daughter and ends up to her marriage against her will. From her marriage to the time when she realized the fake love of her ex the events are wrapped tightly making the reading voyage easy.

 

Hemalatha has done a good job in her book. She shares all her thoughts and imaginations with a soothing effect. The chapters are strolling perfectly on the periphery of the story from past to present which makes them easy to relate for a reader without a hitch. This way of limning the story will clasp the reader from the very beginning. The story doesn’t fluctuate withdrawing unnecessary events.

 

The verbose blurb heretofore reels off much about the story. The reader will need to only find the answer of the question residing in the Preface– ‘Is she (the protagonist Nithya) able to win his (Nithya’s husband Mukesh) heart’? His heart which is of gold will surely forgive her. The title “Heart of Gold” connotes about the protagonist’s husband Mukesh. A nice cover murmuring about a girl’s plight , who is yet to face the coming waves.

 

The story turns out to be more interesting and charming when Nithya realizes that her husband is the only gem which she is avoiding all time long. The theme chosen by the author is perfectly emerging out of the story. When something wrong is about to happen then it will show its light tint. Like in the story after acquiring jewels Nithya’s ex-lover is missing for two months. Her mother understands what the truth is and forces Nithya to marry. But Nithya was blind in love and take revenge with her parents. The lesson which I could draw from the story is –“Despite of submerging in emotions one should be aware of, when the light tints come into action.”

 

There are times when a girl ensnares in such kind of situations and totally lacks the capacity of thinking. By this story the girls will able to understand and learn that the yearning is not always true and they should be aware of every step taken of their beloved to avoid such critical situations of life.

 

A winsome story!

 

Ratings : 4.5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

 

Review of The Forbidden Line

The Forbidden Line by Mayank Kashyap

Title : The Forbidden Line

 

Author : Mayank Kashyap

 

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 Book Blurb : In The Forbidden Line Virat is completely different from what his Dad wants him to be. With Pulkit and Saurav, who are like brothers to him and his girlfriend Manya, his life is perfect, until one fateful day when his world falls apart. Now, he has only one aim in his mind… Redemption.

 

In order to arrange the broken pieces of his life, he crosses all the forbidden lines only to end up destroying everything he had and then he faces the cruel reality behind his agony.

 

Why was Radhika waiting for Virat?

 

Will Virat’s story ends with a happy note?

 

A loss can never be reversed.

 

My views : Blurb of the book will fill the reader with inquisitiveness and soon when the book commences with the two prologues, the reader will be more curious to read the insights of the book. The story which book carries is common and congruence to life events happening nowadays. But author has portrayed the story as light as rain making it a touchy story. All his efforts are oozing out from every page of the story and discharging the tale from his imaginations.

 

The title- “The Forbidden Line” is the best suited title for the story. The reader can smell the aroma of love, friendship, aggression and revenge in the book. A reader will find common events till chapter 11 and the twists will loosen up when he/she rides the reading voyage ahead. The first 60-70 pages in the book are running with a neutral pace leaving me inattentive. The book would take some time to gather the interest and heedfulness.

 

The part of the book which could moisten the reader’s eyes is, when even after the efforts of Virat (Protagonist) and Pulkit their friend Saurav left them and passed away. When Saurav died then story has taken a doleful turn which could nudge the reader to remove the devils from the society. How on earth people keep on watching the drama when the girl is semi-nude in front of them. These kinds of events are happening in the society to which nobody pays attention to and all do they care about is their life. Author has portrayed the same in his book and maintained the events very well which are really praiseworthy.

 

The narration of the story is done very smoothly by the author. The writing style of the author is simple making the reading journey easy. There are some spelling mistakes in the book like on page no. 80 and 84 the spelling of ‘post mortem’ is written as ‘post modem’ , on page no. 97 author had written ‘Mon’ instead of ‘Mom’. Such kind of bloopers should be taken care of to make the book flawless.

 

A nice read!

 

Rating : 3.5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of Sherlock Holmes: The Whitechapel Vampires

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Author : Dean P TurnBloom

“Sherlock Holmes: The Whitechapel Vampires” by Dean P Turnbloom, as the name suggests has an additional character of Vampire.This book comes out with a difference in storyline along with the blend of mystery.

As the back cover says ‘ In this fast-paced novel set in the Victorian London, a string of heinous murders in London’s East End has Inspector Abberline of Scotland Yard baffled and his boss, Commissioner Sir Charles Warren furious that no arrests have been made of the culprit the newspapers have dubbed “Jack the Ripper”. With pressure for an arrest mounting, a reluctant Abberline calls on Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson for assistance. Using a combination of intuition, luck, and good old-fashioned police work, the trail they follow leads them directly to Baron Antonio Barlucci. The wealthy Italian financier is a long time family friend of Sir Charles and a ruthless vampire. His trail of blood stretches from Paris to London and if he’s not captured soon an innocent young Italian immigrant will swing from the gallows for a murder he didn’t commit. The baron, though, has other plans. He’s come to London to enlist the aid of a young American, Dr Alan Tremaine, to cure his vampirism. To complicate matters, the baron has fallen in love with Sir Charles’s niece, Abigail Drake. Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts, “Jack the Ripper” aficionados and fans of old school vampires will find something to love in this meticulously researched novel that dares cross multiple genres.’

The lustorous cover invites reader’s attention and the inviting title made it more attentive.Storyline is good enough to spend some time with and is also implemented in a nice way. Along with suspense this book also serves romance that creates its own niche making this book more charming and interesting. Some facets of the story are really very-well imaginative and handsomely portrayed.

The story is a blend of vampires ,Jack the riper with all time greatest detective Sherlock Holmes.This new figment in Sherlock Holmes series brings a new charm in the story.The concept of vampire that has been added in this book gains the credit to grab my attention.At some places,author has done a commendable job to create the suspense. The story paces up in an constant manner that keeps the readers interest alive. The characterization is very good.It was easy for me to picturize the events as the narration fashion of the author is friendly in nature.

About the downfalls of the book: The real essence of Sherlock Holmes series is to some extent is missing.The highly imaginative mystery(as found in the other series) is amiss in this book and some events could be predicted easily and it comes out as thought or predicted.Also, I found some of the facets of the story unclear or confusing.

All in all, an enjoyable read where one would find something new in Sherlock’ s detective series.Also, for the one who loves to read Vampire’s story, this book could be very entertaining.One time read.A good effort.

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of Mad Money Journey

Author : Mehrab Irani

Money-the most demanding thing in today’s era. Who doesn’t run after money? In reality we all run after money to get all the possible comforts and pleasures. But the question is how to earn and spend money so that money would always accompany us? Let’s find out the answer.

Many people learn how to earn money but most of them fail to learn how to use that money. Author Mehrab Irani’s book ‘Mad Money Journey’ broadcasts some fundamentals and his theory on ‘money’ in a witty manner portraying a wonderful story.This book will provide you financial knowledge of how to manage money and could also change your perceptiom about ‘money’.

This book will make you learn how to become financially independent through portrating the tale of John Pinto’s tale.

As the back cover says ‘Mehrab’s latest book is sweeping tale of mystery and adventure , with deep revelations on the nature of man and money.

Tired of his energy- and money- draining middle-class life, Dr. John Pinto decides to end it all by walking into oncoming traffic. But Life has other plans for him! Through a quirky twist of fate, John finds himself saved and launched into a financial pilgrimage across the world.Through a whirligig of exotic, shocking and sometimes dangerous encounters, he learns what it means to be financially independent.

The school of Life introduces him to people who have learned the 10 commandments of financial freedom the hard way. From Afghani terrorists to Kenyan marathon runners, from Bangkok prostitutes to Chinese mystics and many more- each soul on this incredible journey holds a key insight into the relationship between man and money. To achieve true freedom, John will have to face it all- a turbulent odyssey of hair- raising adventure, unexpected teachers, monetary rewards and an overarching mission.

A dazzling novel, written with wit, compassion, intelligence and deep humanity; travel with John Pinto to unearth the secrets of a rich life.’

From the very beginning story seemed interesting and it played well throughout the reading journey. I was very much inquistive to turn the pages and unfold the facets of the story and unleash the mystery. The way author has outstandingly melded fiction with reality rules over my heart.

Writing style has a constant flow and the story goes in a smooth flow.There is a charm in author’s writing style which kept me glued to it throughout the reading journey.The story was all the time stick to its theme. It was clearly seen that the author’s thoughts were clear and lucid while writing this book.

The combination of finance and fiction is really commendable. It feels good to read such books where a beautiful story teaches you some lessons which are way required for leading a happy life.

‘Money’ the most prioritized thing living in everyone’s head. Who doesn’t want to be rich? Who doesn’t want to see the richness of life? The way author has splendidly defined this small term through this engaging story gained my vote. It’s not just a story, its not just a theory book on money. Its Mehrab Irani’s gift to everyone who wants to learn money- management fundamentals.

A worth-read and recommended to everyone who wants to learn some finance management tactics along with a wonderful story.

Rating : 5/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Popular

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Author- Alissa Grosso

‘Popular’,a novel by Alissa Grosso is an interesting book and will blow your head with the twist it holds.First few pages depicts that it’s just an ordinary story but the blend of twist that occured in five girl’s life makes it special.

As the back cover says-‘ Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High: Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by über-popular Hamilton Best. You know you’re “in” when you make the guest list for one of
Hamilton’s parties. And in the thralls of senior year, everyone wants to get noticed by Hamilton.

But Hamilton’s elite entourage is coming apart at the seams. Olivia fantasizes about finally
having a boyfriend, Zelda dreams of ditching high school, Nordica wants to be alone with her photography, and Shelly’s plotting to dethrone Hamilton. Lies and secrets are ripping away the careful ties that have kept them together for years. But Hamilton has the biggest secret of all,one that only her boyfriend Alex knows.

If the truth got out, it would shock everyone and destroy Hamilton’s fragile world—and she’ll do anything to protect her secret and keep her clique together.’

Plot is a bit different and that’s what made me to count it as an interesting book.Not going in depth,I would like to say-This story needs your concentration and it would be good if you could complete it in a single go.As there are six major characters in the story,if you leave this book in between and take it to read after a couple of days; confusion may create in remembering who is who and what is there role.Except that storyline is very good and one may enjoy it,if they like sudden twists and turns in the story.Writing style is good and narration is compact and the uprooted imagination of the author brings out a great change or profit to this story.

If you once got a hint about the twist you can’t stay away from this book.Once this sudden twist starts to flow,you can’t hold yourself to read it further.At the end,this book will leave you with an amazing feeling.In short,it’s for sure an entertaining reading journey.

Rating- 4.5/5

Reviewer- Shweta Kesari

‘Wise enough to be foolish’ by Gauri Jayaram

Review by Shweta Kesari

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‘Wise Enough to be Foolish’ is a fictionalized memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl’s life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises, as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman.The novel deals with the adventure, laughter and heartache, as she balances her love life with her struggle for independence.

The story itself revolves around Gauri’s transformation, from a tomboy to a brave woman who marries, gets divorced & finally finds ‘magic’! Being the middle child is never easy and Gauri is no exception to this rule. She harvests not just courage but shows enough courage to prove the world wrong.She walks down the memory lane and talks about her childhood, her youth, her school life, college life, and career and about the many problems she faced during her journey of 28 years.She faced the problems head-on and carved out her own destiny. This novel offers you a look into the thinking pattern of girls and how they analyze a situation or a relationship, be it with their parents, with their friends or with their lovers and husbands.

This story of her life experience will surely inspire those women who are in need of moral support to take the correct path in their life. I would definitely say Gauri has been enough honest throughout her roller-coaster ride. The title is very catchy and suitable.

Rating-3.7/5

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‘A Kaithali Street Tale’ by Arjun Chandrashekhar

Review by Shweta Kesari

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In Kaithali Street, the days get boisterous for Arjun with the arrival of an American researcher and his son – Mr.John and Julian John. Arjun’s friendship with the Yankee teen develops to tremendous dimensions through unexpected events of adventure and humor. While Julian John enjoys everything around him in the foreign land,with a tourist’s air of frolic.
Events take unexpected turns,separating the teens to the distant corners of the world.However, they are able to keep their friendship strong, despite the distance and time.
Synopsis lucidly depicts the tale.

A Kaithali Street Tale by Arjun Chandrashekhar is a story of two friends Arjun and Julian and their hangout tales in the street. I was back to my school days. I felt like I was reading a detailed chapter of my English course book.

There were characters whose names are in Tamil which often drew misconception and difficult to recognize till the ending. There were also some sentences and words in Tamil but the author has provided its translation too. It has the complete essence of Kaithali street. A novella of 96 pages where you can find a beautiful tale of true friendship.

It is a good book for school students who love to read and wants to increase their vocabulary. As good vocabulary is used by the Author.

Rating-3.5/5

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Review of Chase your dreams by Heena Priya and Atiya Shazi Ahmed

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Review by Shweta Kesari

Chase your dreams is a debut novel by two young authors Heena Priya & Atiya Shaazi Ahmed.

The description is very simple and lucid. The story takes us back to both our school as well as college life. The title of the story is well suited and readers can read it in a single go which makes it an extraordinary read.

It is the story of two besties kashish and samaira, the story of their legendary friendship, the story of their struggles. The story makes you optimistic by showing even if the whole world is against you, there is a true friend beside you.

As written in the book itself, two  best friends are the greatest source of inspiration to each other.  Really, its true in this case. Readers can learn a lot from this book and this is how the purpose of the book as well as the authors would be served.

Rating-3.2/5

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