Review of She Ekla Chalo Re

Book Cover of She Ekla Chalo Re by Author : Dr Shayan Haq ,Santosh Avvannavar

Title : She Ekla Chalo Re

 

Author : Dr Shayan Haq ,Santosh Avvannavar

 

Editor : Rajashree Ghosh

 

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Blurb : Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, She Ekla Chalo Re is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. The story spins around the life of Kusum, a brave heart whose identity is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket, thanks to our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission?Read on to find out about Kusum’s undying passion for life,her love, and aspirations.

 

The motivation to write She Ekla Chalo Re came from Tagore’s”Ekla Chalo Re” song, which urges the protagonist to continue despite the fear of abandonment from others.The song goes like this, ‘Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Chalo Re’ meaning “if no one responds to your call,then go your own way alone.”

 

 

My View : The concept is new in the market, and where many queues up to speak on the same concept, comes another set of writers.This is the second book, I’m reading which discusses the same topic but in a way precise manner.It is like one such short story which one could complete in minutes.Santosh Avvannavar’s books are known for the thinnest one,which brings out a hot topic in the form of some humorous story.As with this story, I was not that much happy with the plot, as some more twists could make it a great read.

 

 

 

Authors bring out the story in a very approaching manner, the reader who likes simplicity would like his story-telling art very much.But usually, reader would like to dwell in the story, they would like to live the life of protagonist’s, and here authors are in so hurry to complete the story, that they doesn’t take care of these things while penning the book.As the concept is new, and you could find very few books available in the market on the same concept,so the concept will definitely grab your attention.

 

 

 

It’s true that most of the readers doesn’t like to go through thick books, as before purchasing the book they see for the number of pages.But that doesn’t speak that author should thin up the book to this extent.This thin and petite book would want to touch reader’s heart,but as far as story is involved, reader is required to feel every emotion in order to feel involved in the story.But with this very precise story, authors don’t give enough time to readers to participate in the story.

 

 

 

As far as his previous books I’ve gone through, they are also thin, and I enjoyed covering the short journeys.But there, the demand of the book was like that, if he could have down-poured the story with more content, it would bore readers,but in this story demand is of to get drained with the story, to get drenched with the protagonist’s emotion and to live a new life, which a short story like this fails to provide such ambiance.

 

 

If someone like very precise stories, he/she might find it a good read.

 

 

I wish to read author’s full fledged novel, as the topics chosen by him entice me, and the simplicity he maintains touches me.

 

 

Rating :  2.5/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Curse Of Surya

The Curse Of Surya by Author : Dev Prasad

Title : The Curse Of Surya

 

 

Author : Dev Prasad

 

 

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Blurb : Sangeeta Rao, a beautiful, feisty reporter at Channel 7 TV in Singapore, rushes to Agra on a special assignment after an early-morning phone call. At the Taj Mahal, she meets Alan Davies, a charming Welshman. But a terrorist attack on Mathura’s renowned Krishna temple turns them into fugitives from justice and the duo must decipher a series of complex cryptographs and unearth the illustrious Shyamantaka that belonged to Surya, the Sun God, to prove their innocence.

 

 

Joined in their quest by an elderly Frenchman, Anton Blanchard, the duo race against time in helicopters, motor boats and yachts. In hot pursuit are the brilliant and daring SP Nisha Sharma and the most ruthless terrorist organizations. Before she realizes it, Sangeeta is trapped in a world of betrayal, deceit and horror. Fast-paced and gripping, The Curse of Surya will keep you hooked and on the edge of your seat while you unravel one of the biggest mysteries in 5000 years.

 

 

My View : Mythological fiction-How strongly they play with reader’s mind and how easily they make their way to reader’s heart.With my new-found love for mythological fiction, how come I leave a book written by an award winning author.And then it was with me-‘The curse of Surya‘-a journey to find the lost gem, a journey of love, a journey to locate the evil mind.

 

 

 

Since reader would be introduced with so many characters in the beginning itself, to keep a mental note of all of them is a hefty task.But as you progresses ahead, you would realize that how beautifully author has done the characterization. Initially, it looks like there are so many characters involved in the story, but as the story starts to show its colour, it revolves around the few characters which are very-well described in the beginning.As was scared before, of falling into a messy story, not for a single moment confusion arrived at the doorstep.

 

 

 

The plot is so well-organized and so demanding that it demands you to give your complete attention and forces you to solve the mystery along with Sangeeta.An event comes and brief you about the scenario, and then the other comes and throws numerous questions at you, and the chain of events of goes on and on, and keeps on injecting your nerves with dose of thrill and excitement till you get to the bottom of the mystery.As you set your grip on the story, you would discern the momentum through which you are covering the journey.

 

I was all set to get myself surprised with the lined-up events, and then came the revelation of false identity of Davies which kept under the shadows for long driving me impatient to remove the curtain and to know his identity. At the back of my mind,I was trying my best to find who he could be,but my attempts went futile,as author has something to drive readers crazy with the mysteries he plunged to the story.He drops the events at such edge which makes one go impatient to encounter the events followed afterwards.

 

 

 

Along with a hooking story, readers would get a chance to experience a matured writing style.With his well-articulated sentences , and his finesse in portraying downpour of events plugged with humour and curlicued around thought-provoking episodes, this book sweeps you out to live a different life for some time.Even though when I was done with the story, the story marks its presence by toying with my mind, as I recall all the events I had encountered.

 

 

 

At the end,when Sangeeta was giving brief on tsunami ,I couldn’t digest one thing ,at such situation how come one can talk about tsunami in detail.When you are about to get struck by the Tsunami, how can one think of pouring her knowledge on a subject, and others listening patiently to her.

 

 

 

The blend of history with the madness of finding Shyamantaka is a hell of a story.I liked the concept and love the way it has been implemented.As promised in the blurb,the story is fast-paced and gripping, The Curse of Surya will keep you hooked and on the edge of your seat while you unravel one of the biggest mysteries in 5000 years.Promises are hard to keep, when author does, then there’s no way one could leave the chance to explore this Mythological fiction.

 

 

 

Mythological and thriller fans, this is a must read for you!Would like to read more such pieces by the author in the near future.

 

 

 

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

Review of Game of Destiny

Game of Destiny by Author : Suraj Deo and Debjani

Title : Game of Destiny

 

Author : Suraj Deo and Debjani

 

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Blurb : Game of Destiny is the true story of a guy whose fierce devotion to his love is threatened by the cruel turn of fate. The story is mostly set in the steel city of Bokaro with occasional references to Dhanbad, a neighbouring coal town. The Protagonist is also taken to Hyderabad by Destiny for his coaching in FIITJEE and then to Pune, where his college life is described. The turning point happens to take place on his first visit to the National Capital, Delhi, which is a mysterious phone call from his childhood buddy. It changed his life forever. What was that call about? What happened on his first visit to Delhi???

 

 

My View : With a look on the cover,I was not sure of the story whether it would be worth my time.But as they say,Never judge a book by it’s cover,I started to give it a try.When I started reading the story,the same story of love and break-up followed,but what came as oomph was the letter written by Priya.I was sure that she would turn into prostitute (as what I thought at the back of my mind),but how author would shape the story was what I wanted to see.As soon as I was filled with zeal, the story gave me an attack while tracing the same paths of love and break-ups which I didn’t expect after going through the letter. It left me completely disappointed from the content it has. It was like To make much a do about nothing.
It is only the letter which could turn reader on.To me, it was the backbone of the story, until I finished it. Because the way snap of the letter is presented, it was a sure shot hint of it becoming a thrill, but nothing happened like that.With this letter, authors could do a lot more, they could bring more suspense and thrill, but they choose a simple path and forgets to play with the letter in an efficient way.At many places, readers would be greeted with conversations in Hindi, it would be fine it it participates at a place or two, when required. But the use of Hindi words are more than required,even though authors have nice command on English,I didn’t get why they chose to insert Hindi conversations.

 

 

 

I didn’t get why they(Dev and Mili) broke-up when they both love each other?Author should have mentioned this facet of their life so that reader can sail the rest of the journey without burdening their shoulder with the bag of doubts.With the end of this love story,comes another one which has a meaningful life attached to it, but what influence does author wants to make from the first story which kept on thumping my head.It was the end which pulled me back towards the story.The destiny at which the end is written, I wish the same intensity was used to write the whole story.

 

 

The sudden twist of events is good, but how it came before readers is not that much entertaining.The choice of picking which incident to narrate and which to not becomes the major loophole of the book.They  could have chosen some interesting events to narrate which could make reader go hooked to it, but instead they have chosen some faded events which fails to mesmerize readers. Although they tried to catch reader’s attention in Game of Destiny by narrating intimate scenes, but that couldn’t fall into every reader’s interest.

 

 

A better implementation would have done the trick.

 

 

Rating : 2/5

 

Reviewer :Shweta Kesari

Review of Married Virgins

Married Virgins by Author : Rituparna Deshmukh

Title : Married Virgins

 

Author : Rituparna Deshmukh

 

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Blurb: In Married Virgins Akira, deeply in love with Usain, dreams to create her beautiful world with him. Raghav, her colleague and best friend, loves her one sided unconditionally. Akira sees her dream world shattering when her parents refuse to give their permission to marry Usain who they think is a psychopath, tainted and useless. Akira tries to make them agree but all her attempts prove to be futile. Usain’s psychotic behaviour made the issue even worse.

 

When all hopes were lost, she decided to keep her failed love sacred and decided to remain a ‘virgin’ throughout her life. But how would it be possible when she has to marry someone to keep her parents honour? How would her would-be-husband agree not to touch her when ‘sex’ is an integral part of marriage?

 

She found the solution in Raghav who was her sole companion during all this misery. She proposed marriage to Raghav with a secret celibacy promise; they decided they wouldn’t get intimate with each other after marriage.

 

The story goes on to explore whether Akira and Raghav manage to stay virgins after marriage without getting intimate.

 

How they respond to their family when it comes to having a child?

 

What happens when Akira herself wants to be a mother while keeping the promise intact? What happens when psycho Usain enters the scene once again knowing their secret?

 

My View :

 

Reading the blurb, it was quite hard to keep yourself at blocking mode,regulating yourself to not to go through this story, as it speaks of excitement to endure the journey with the traces authoress has shown in the  blurb.With the concept in mind, author doesn’t only brings an interesting story for readers,but she let readers a chance to feel and enter into the protagonist’s lives to live this story.The story from the blurb might seemed like a common one, but the questions she throws at you,leave you with no option but to find them out while connecting the dots.

 

 

The way she narrated events felt like she is none other than Raghav itself,not letting herself open up to pour her thoughts.I felt little amount of hesitation in the narration where authoress wanted to tell so much, but something pulled her back.But as Raghav steadily tried to came out of his world and tried to build relationship with his colleagues, authoress too started to make a healthy relationship with the reader.Through her words she swiftly clutches reader’s hands and finishes the journey serving so much to the reader when he/she approaches towards the end.

 

 

Without a shadow of doubt, the story could be covered in a precise manner, merely taking some 250 pages or so.But after going through the story,I was not sure that if it would’ve taken a short-cut, it could be this healthy in nature.Also, she doesn’t beat around the bush, and her words just roam around the story, it was not a burden for me to cover the far-stretched story.Instead, this far-stretched story,made me more comfortable with the happenings and a friendly relationship established while covering the journey.

 

 

The sudden turn of events she overtures in the book, hooks reader at its best.Once you get friendlier with her narration fashion and covers 150 pages, you would find yourself so engaged that your mind budge you to find answers no matter how far the journey is.While pouring out her thoughts in simplest possible manner, her words somehow manages to enter your heart and force you to accompany the protagonists.

 

 

There are some missing words at some places, and some grammatical errors here and there,apart from these hitches, the book will take you to a ride of emotional turmoils twisting the story at very possible angle.

 

 

An interesting and engaging read!

 

 

Rating : 4/5

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Shiva in the City of Nectar

Title : Shiva in the city of Nectar

 

Author : Preetha Rajah Kannan

 

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Blurb : Throbbing with non-stop excitement, Shiva in the City of Nectar sweeps across Heaven, Earth and the Underworld, narrating the exploits of the mysterious and powerful blue-throated god.

 

One after another, the tales unfold the follies of ancient devas, asuras, sages, men and mythical beasts. And through them all, Shiva blithely takes on the guise of beggar, saint, monarch, merchant, fisherman, hunter, warrior and woodcutter; walking through the three worlds to slay rampaging demons, perform his Dance of Bliss and embrace good and bad alike.

 

Shiva is portrayed in all his multi-faceted mystique – the tender lover who woos and weds Goddess Meenakshi; the eternal Guru who dispenses wisdom; the fierce avenger whose third eye flashes fire; the generous benefactor who showers blessings on his devotees; and, above all, the gentle prankster who embodies the essence of Vedic faith.

My View :            

 Stories driven from Ancient India,

Stories of Lord Shiva,

Stories of Lord Shiva’s devotees,

Stories from City of Nectar,

Stories extracted from different facets of Lord Shiva,

Stories of Wisdom and gain,

Stories worthy to attain.

 

 
Stories picked by the authoress from the city of Nectar are all aesthetic in nature.All the fifty-four divine tales extracted from Ancient India is full of exciting flavours.The role of Shiva in the lives of ancient people is very beautifully portrayed in this book. Stories will teach you the art of attaining wisdom and will entertain you with its charisma at its best.When one story warms you and holds you till it ends,another waits to welcome you at its doorstep.One after another, the pile of enticing story reaches your doorstep to thrill you.

 

 

When I started reading this book,I didn’t know that this book would serve me stories I was unaware of.When I first get in touch with this book,thoughts that clouded my mind was that it would cast stories of Gods in a precise manner,which are already known to people.Of course,one who have great knowledge of Ancient culture and history,are aware of this stories,but for a newbie like me, these stories are surely a bunch of fun.

 

 
Covering fifty-four stories in 200 pages book with a condition of doing justice with all of them requires a lot of  work  to be done.While narrating the stories precisely, she never forgets to maintain the charm of the story and providing a required ambiance to the story.How easily she has managed to excel in all the aspects of making this book a flawless one, compels reader to complete the book at the fastest pace.

 

 

 

Seeing the strong command on language of author’s, a novice could hitch to start the journey,but for an ardent reader it would be a bliss to experience her writing style.The words chosen by her could easily paint the picture back in the mind of readers of all the happenings.With a hefty bunch of stories in reader’s hands, they get a great chance to see different facets of Lord Shiva in a single book along with some fascinating stories.

 

 
As this 54 stories involve a lot of characters, one needs to keep a note of each one of them while going through the story,otherwise he/she will end up mixing the stories.Only if one has strong knowledge of the history of Devas’ period, then he /she could cover the journey with ease,otherwise it could be a tough task to cover the journey smoothly.Although at the end character sketch is given, but it was hard to remember their role and their identities in the story.

 

 

A great read which opens up your chance to ride with Lord Shiva, and to know how he contributes in lives of different people trailing along his own life. Wondrous read!

 

 

Rating  :4.5/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Law of Attraction

Title : The Law of Attraction

 

Author : Mitesh Khatri    Indu Khatri

 

 

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Blurb : You already have everything to transform your life into anything you desire.Do you believe it?

 

The Law of Attraction is the power key to unlock your destiny, to consciously attract more of what you want an endless of what you don’t want.This book teaches you how to use the hidden energy within you to alter your life circumstances to create abundance of happiness and success. 

 

Once you read this book, there is no turning back.So grab your copy now and start manifesting your dreams into reality!

 

 

My View :’The Law Of Attraction : Master the Universal Energy to Unleash your potential’, is a book that teaches how to bring positivity in your life and mind, and how to tune into required frequency to get what we want. Initially,in the first few chapters, the success stories that authors tell about people who has adopted Law of Attraction in their life,didn’t made any impression on me,as the story only conveys that they had adopted Law of Attraction and they achieved this and that.But the question that kept hanging on my mind at that time was-How do they adopt Law of Attraction? How they achieved what they wished for? The inquisitive me was so restless to know the secret behind the Law of Attraction.

 

 

 

But as in the chapters ahead, author opens up as how to apply Law of Attraction in one’s life, the knots started to unknot and then I could comprehend what author actually has in mind to convey.What author wants to tell readers and understand is not that easy to figure out , especially when something like that which is hard to believe,knowing this very fact, authors has tried to quote every possible quotes extracted from real life and Science to make readers understand authors’s words.

 

 

 

In a chapter,author relates words dictated in Bhagwad Gita to those we have learned from Science.The moment I read the comparison,the positive frequency in me told me that this book has surely something beneficial for me,which can tune the resting me.The way authors simplify this complex thing is worth appreciating.It is difficult to get into reader’s mind and convey messages with ease.

 

 

As  this is the first book that pours me the knowledge of Law Of Attraction, it was quite hard to believe what all it says.Some points seem convincing,while some seems baseless.But as author has himself told in this book, to believe in Law of Attraction, you need to learn more about Law of Attraction and you needs to be in the touch with the practitioner of Law Of Attraction. As this new thing can play a vital role in making life pleasing from every direction,I thought to feed myself with more knowledge of Law of Attraction, as I approached towards the end of the book.

 

 
When he speaks about something and says that think positive and it will happen, my heart wanted to believe in it,but my mind was disagreeing to the same fact,as logically I couldn’t understand how could that happen. But the faith and confidence author has shown in LOA and as written in this book,I was forced to believe at several nodes,that this will surely work.As of now,I’m quite aware of the magic of Law of Attraction, but my belief will only tune in, when I implement it in my life and see the result.
 

 

But overall,I enjoyed knowing about LOA and how if effects our day to day life.

 

 

Rating : 4/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

Review of Strings of Friendship

Title : Strings Of Friendship

 

Author : Mehul Kaku

 

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Blurb : School days.What do you remember when you think of these two words?That those were the best days of your life and the most magical.Isn’t that so?

 

The fay before Prabh is to reunite with his three closest friends from school for a a celebration, he recalls the years they spent together.However,an unexpected development seems to cast a shadow on the impending reunion and Prabh is forced to wonder-can time erode the bonds of friendship that were first made in boyhood?

 

This book talks about the most important relationship that teenage boys have- their friendship with other boys of their age, who know and understand what it is to fail,love,cry and grow up.

 

 

 

My View :

‘Strings of Friendship’ showcases those strings of friendship to readers which any individual could relate to, the friendship we lost in the run of fame and power, the friendship we lost in the race of becoming successful and rich.This is a story of Prabh,who misses his school friends so much that he reminisce the old days spent with them,even if they denied to meet him on an event he has organized.

The first half of the story doesn’t stand up to my expectations.Unnecessary and irrelevant details are scattered all over the place which doesn’t contribute to take ahead the story in any manner.There are description and narration of such events which reader doesn’t want to encounter in the journey.In a chapter,protagonist and his friends went to watch Step up2 movie,and he wasted a paragraph in narrating the story of the movie.How on the earth reader would like to hear out a story of a movie in a book unless and until it has a relation with the story.

He also discussed about different games one can play with marbles.Now do tell me readers, can you pick up a story book to know different games played with marbles?This is just a few examples I thought to bring before you,there are many such contents that participated in the story which acts nothing more than filler.

Words are so precious, and it should be chosen very wisely.As this being a book of 180 pages,I  thought I could cover the journey easily,as author would have done the narration precisely.But he instead of doing that, talks about all the natural events which doesn’t entice readers a bit.Only when comes to relate with the events, it was way easy to do because of the simplicity he maintained throughout the story.

Even this bunch of friends seem unreal to me.Their conversation mostly roam around how author wants to picture them in their future life.The fun that bunch of young guys have is missing from the story which snatches the moments of fun and excitement from the story as one expected from it.Although he tries to capture the moments in a lively fashion,but then linking of episodes in a proper manner is missing.He so hurriedly switches events without even giving an end to it, hanging the episode in the mid air.

Chapter 8 demonstrates an adventurous event which could make you go high,but as the event is too common and the consequences were known in advance,it wasn’t that good to excite readers at its best.From there on,story gives something to read to readers.There are events which has something to contribute to the story and this fuel is sufficient enough to take the readers to the end of the story.

You could only found yourselves engaged in the second half.The story as in whole is simple in nature and that’s why any one could easily relate to it .To make the process more easy,author has used a very simple writing style to quote his words,which a novice reader would find a great advantage  as it provides them a soothing journey.

A light read which could make you reminisce your school days, your school friends and about life that has taken a turn.I found  lack of maturity as a writer in the book, but I’m sure,as author has taken one step in this world, with his practice and skills he will surely come up with a better book in the future ahead.

A book that lets you sit on the couch of friendship!

Rating: 2/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Life Of Social Animals

Title : Life Of Social Animals

 

Author : Paresh P. Ajmera

 

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Blurb : 

Human identity that you flaunt, refresh and update daily is bared in a liberating manner and the garb of religious beliefs/non-beliefs is made to fit such an identity in the most convenient manner. God, the Supreme Creator, and Devil, the Ultimate Destroyer, are both appeased for a better and smoother life.

 

While religion takes refuge in certain mythological and extremely ancient events to explain human identity and morality, you should look around at contemporary societies in order to make your human identity enjoyable in the most moral, healthy and contemporary manner.

 

In fact, you can be god-daring and maintain good relationships with gods and peoples of all religions for your own benefits. You can consequently feel your mundane identity completely evolved in order to enjoy it under any circumstances and amongst people of any society. Also, blind belief in a single religion can only bring in hypocritical concepts, dogmatic rigidity of thinking and unnecessary “god-fearing-ness” in day-to-day life.

 

 

My View : 

These days we are so involve in leaning head to hear other’s stories that we forget to know what is happening with our own life.As a human, learning about human nature is a great bless which one could do by sincerely spending some hours by reading the book ,’Life of Social Animals, in which author has shared his precious views about what all human is, and how he reacts and in what circumstances.

 

 

As we have heard from many, we come alone and alone we die.Then, what is the need of becoming social animal? To survive among many, we need to learn to how to survive in society.This book will help you to understand and to learn to detach and attach with social drama.When to detach and when to attach, when to react, and when not to react, how to react,and how not to react.All these questions will be answered once you go through this book.

 

 

Usually, such books becomes monotonous after some pages.But as you turn the pages one after another, you’ll be served by so many things to gulp that you wouldn’t have expected while starting the journey.His perceptions, his point of views, the way he juxtaposes objects seems natural and witty.He, not for a single moment nags reader, if he/she is really wants to know what human psyche requires and how that works.The content he has in store for readers will help them to know and understand about their responses in past, and how they can manipulate them, if it was being effected by any object.

 

 

Author has selected a very good and unique subject to share his view on.His deep study, his research and hard work can be easily noticed in the book.And most importantly, the content it holds make reader satisfy at the end.This book gives you a chance to have a look on your inner self, which you are unaware of.The bitter truth that you are avoiding from so long  is now ready to meet you thought this book.The blunt approach author has used to let his mind speak helps a lot in bringing the transparency in comprehending the subject.

 

 

A great book to know about our surroundings, the people we connect with, and about ourselves.

 

Rating :4.7 /5

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

 

Review of Barefoot To Paradise

Title : Barefoot to Paradise

 

Author : Soorina Desai

 

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Blurb : The sale of a painting that depicts her childhood home prompts Naintara to dissect various aspects of her life: The awareness of being, the confusion caused by an inner voice, a necessity to co-exist with people and a desire for love that fills one void but causes a deeper one. The need to earn a livelihood, a passion to create that doesn’t always pay and luck, which holds her ransom till it turns. Also, God who doesn’t help slay her demons, about life that shows an uncanny ability to sort itself out and hope, which if nothing else, doesn’t abandon her side.

 

This book is about the intriguing path life takes in order to bring one to something as simple as one’s own self. *** “I so appreciate Soorina’s thoughtfulness and her many insights about love. And as always, her characterization is remarkable in Barefoot to Paradise.” Sarah Cypher Editor, B.A. (Creative Writing), CMU, USA. “Barefoot to Paradise is brimming with promising characters, ideas and images… Soorina has a good ear for dialogue.” Marion Urch (Director and Editor in Chief-Adventures in Fiction.) MA-Royal College of Art (London), UK.

 

My View : The story while welcoming readers gives a slight hint of how the journey would be and the mystery to be unfolded.I got various thoughts when I started this journey,that the story could be about a single mother and  the daughter,struggle of a painter followed by a love story etcetera.All the possible thoughts clouded my mind, an inquisitive reader could have.

 

 

As the story backtracks, my mind was forced to think about the present events,the painting and the customer that came to buy the story.In my mind, I was painting my own story, and in expectation of that I forgot to look upon what authoress has in store for me.As she dug deep into her childhood it fails to amuse me at its best.The minute details she talks about doesn’t give any direction to the story just creates a background on which story can walk,but what is the use of creating a long road when the journey is small.Stories of her past life keeps on vibrating,that I forgot for a moment that the first chapter I read belongs to the same story.It’s like she has traveled the path inclined at every angle except the 180 degree one.

 

 

Above were all the thoughts that struck my head when I just started the journey.It may cloud any reader’s mind and can force reader to leave the journey in the beginning itself.
But as you take some steps ahead you would be welcomed by the same content, revealing her past,then you would realize it’s not the setting of the background but it is the story,the life of the protagonist,and then you would slowly learn to sway with the story.

 

 
The book seems like a biography of a painter who later becomes a good acquaintance of the reader by reading the chapters of her life.I thought that in the journey ahead, she would become a famous painter and a well-known artist, but there enters the art of the writer, presenting the unexpected.From the beginning to the end, it is not what I expected from it.These days, authors try to twist story in every manner in order to compose a different tale, but only some realizes that readers love to read such books in which they can find their involvement and presence.

 

 
The minuscule incidents she has chosen from life and accommodates in the story brings out all the fundamentals of the protagonist’s life which drives reader to know more about her.So many characters and their impression on the protagonist’s life helps to compare, how so many people leave their impact on our life.One could easily relate from all the happenings in the protagonist’s life. Author has disclosed all the moments with such fire, then reader would have no option but to dwell in it,and live the story as his own.

 

 

Such books are hard to find which let you meet life face to face, and when they are available, they why loose the opportunity to grab it.A book worth my time and highly recommended.

 

 

A beautiful tale of life which possesses the strength to inspire your life!

 

 

Rating : 4.5/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Sales Room

The Sales Room by Author : R.T. Manu Ramesh

Title : The Sales Room

 

 

Author : R.T. Manu Ramesh

 

 

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Blurb : in The Sales Room, Rajesh Iyer, a young, ambitious salesperson, returns to The Sales Room of Oregon Software Technologies after an aborted attempt at getting into a business school in the US, only to notice the metamorphosis of the software start-up which he had earlier been an integral part of. What used to be a rat-infested hole in the midst of a vegetable market is now a swanky, state of the art facility owned by an upcoming Bollywood star. The enthusiastic and compact team firing on all cylinders is replaced by a sclerotic and bureaucratic set up. Sales review meetings, once rife with passionate discussions, are now replete with profanities. The ill tempered angel investor’s scream can be heard all the way from his villa in New York.

 

Rajesh, now shunted into an innocuous role finds every effort made to alleviate the condition of the demoralized sales team, met with resistance. As revenues dwindle and tempers rise, Rajesh realizes he is running out of time and options. He either toes the CEO, Venky’s line and becomes party to a sham or quits citing a host of plausible reasons. This hilarious narrative takes the reader from plush corporate boardrooms of Bangalore to the seedy hotels in Delhi as Oregon meanders in search of illusory customer wins. Rajesh meets several interesting characters ranging from the busty Polish graphics designer to the loquacious pimp masquerading as a taxi driver.”

 

 

My view : In the beginning, author introduces readers with the clients and workers of Oregon Software Technology.His introduction of an individual doesn’t end in a line nor  in two, and not even in a paragraph.He kept on speaking about the person until he picks up a witty remark to stick on the character’s biography.The witty remarks he used in every next paragraph would grasp reader’s attention more and more,as he/she progresses’ ahead in search of more such scoops of hilarious dose.After going through couple of pages, reader could easily understand what he/she would get to learn from this book, and he prepares himself/herself for the upcoming hilarious lines in advance.

 

 

I found some fillers participating in the book like description of terms related  to sales, although author has given brief on them so that reader would be able to comprehend the situation when the term is used ahead in the story.But for me, it was an overstretched details, as readers are less interested to know what a sales report contains, until and unless they are reading a sales management book.A one-line description would have done the work.

 

 

This book will change your outlook towards sales and Salesperson, your perception drawn towards them might take a 180 degree turn through the insight author has provided to you.The story he has picked to bring light on the topic of sales, and to change the ideology every individual has about the salesperson is very-well knitted.If by chance,the story fails to strike any chord in reader’s heart, it will definitely strike  all the vivacious chords, through the notorious comments he made.

 

 

Author’s competence lies in picking up life’s events that any one could relate, but not any would be able to share with such ease and poise.He’s one such writer who without having the support of story could entertain reader  by delivering amusing and rollicking events of day-to-day life.That’s the only reason, I want to read more of his writings in future.Readers are always in a search of such writers, who could bring out impish life out of nothing.Honestly, the story didn’t charm me as much as the minuscule anecdotes he dropped from his bag of experience.

 

 

An enjoyable read where you can freely enjoy funny takes on various episodes of life.Bring peace to your mind through this hilarious journey.

 

 

Rating :  4.1/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Nidhi Kapoor Story

Title : The Nidhi Kapoor Story

 

Author : Saurabh Garg

 

 

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Blurb : 

Just when Nidhi Kapoor, a leading Bollywood actress, was to start shooting for her much anticipated film,unwarranted incidents start to happen around her.Her pets are found maimed in her very home.And an anonymous letter threatening her and her family is discovered in her study.

 

The high-profile case forces ACP Prakash Mohile to take lead in the investigation himself. Rujuta Singh, a photojournalist tailing Prakash for an assignment, gets embroiled in the case.

 

Despite intervention by the police, attacks continue to mount on Nidhi; and the unknown assailant is getting bolder and more vicious with each attack.The assailant is adamant on taking away from Nidhi everything that she holds dear- her career, her home, her reputation, her family and her life.

 

In absence of any clues or motives, Prakash and Rujuta are forced to dig deeper into the past of the Kapoors an dthey uncover a violent tale of lies, betrayal, treachery, infielity and murder.A tale that the Kapoors want to guard at any cost.

 

Who is the unknown attacker?

Why is Nidhi Kapoor a target?

What are the kapoors hiding from the world?

 

And can Prakash and Rujuta save Nidhi?

 

My View :  ‘The Nidhi Kapoor Story’, a crime-mystery-thriller drama, featuring the pain and overdose of sorrow in the life of individuals winded up with lots of fun and zing.

 

 

Through the voice of protagonist author wishes to convey the life of a dejected child , which turns out to be a  copacetic variance in the reader’s taste.The story, in combination with pain and sorrow, dishes up variety of flavors to the readers that too with utmost sincerity.If we talk about the supply of oomph, through the series of events it pass on to readers, it keeps reader’s senses alive and energized.

 

 

He pen his words with such intense that it forces readers to believe what he says. The story has something or other to play with your mind continuously. It wouldn’t let your mind rest until you crawl towards the last word.It felt like through this book author was branding and promoting cigarette’s brand Stikk,as no one would be as appreciated as Stikk, it’s like it’s one of the author’s favorite player, that he was so in want to feature it in the book.(:p)

 

 

The story author demonstrates before readers is full of fun.It has moments of excitement,adventure,conundrum at one shore, while at the other, it has romance, and brutal reality of life.The policy he uses to bring parity among different interludes is flawless.He seamlessly covers the different junctions of the story taking readers along with it.

 

 

While you will be counting,’the could-be culprits’ in your list,author has dropped the clue in the halfway, which at the end comes true, snatches the deadly impact from the end,because the beans had already been spilled, and most of the reader could predict in advance as who could be the culprit.Author himself have spoiled the fun to unlock the mystery, and that’s the only loophole I found in this book.If he could have maintain the mystery, then I doubt that I would be able to guess who the felon is.

 

 

Rating  : 4/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Desire

Title : Desire

 

Author : Sheena Bassi

 

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Blurb:“Desire…, holds the secret to change your destiny.”

 

“Ryma’s desire to save her son enforces her to agree for a deal. Unknowingly, her yes to a deal involves her in a web planned by an evil spirit – a threat to mankind.

 

Realizing the truth, Ryma determines to fight back. Ira’s last four words propels her into an adventurous journey that includes unfolding a mystery, sneaking in the hidden passages of Rajasthan that ends up revealing the secret buried from a century ago.

 

Where will the search take her? Does her wisdom enable her to transform the demon into an angel? How would it affect their lives? How would her desires help her to overpower the toughest circumstances?”

 

My View : ‘Desire’, a story which promises to bring the lost desire in people.A story in which goodness win over evil,which as a message is being conveyed to readers through a story which is accompanied with black magic.This might be one such story which many of us would strive to read,which has something delicious to serve to readers, with a bunch of  suspense, anxiety, thrill, romance and true love.

 

 

The story moves with such a great pace in the beginning that it was hard to feel and relate with the situation in the given time.The nature of incidents lined up for the readers are somewhat different from what we go through in our usual life.As story races to cover the tracks reader would feel completely left behind in the beginning, but when Karan arrives in the picture everything fall into place, and there where reader would feel his/her presence to witness the story.

 

 
What became the major hindrance in the journey is -What to say at what time and at what place.The only thing that caught me is the story,the suspense it holds, the pages it reveals , and the unexpected it has for readers.The plot she has knitted is interesting, and at every node she has something thrilling to serve to readers.This made reader hooked to it, until he/she finds out what would happen next,and it is not that easy to predict what would happen,as authoress has maintained the suspense in a good manner.

 

 

When Ryma’s story starts to travel along with Karan, authoress more focus was to show  his richness and the exquisite delicacies he has, instead of showing her care for her son or being tensed about the upcoming incidents that was to be happened.There I felt not connected and scenes appear to be animated.Her description were not appropriate and that’s where lies the reader’s detachment from the story.Instead of having a different plot, different series of incidents, she is not able to connect to readers and her voice is not audible to reader’s heart.But, as she progresses head, her progress speaks of her heart’s involvement in the story.

 

 

She talk about Karan’s green eyes not once or twice but so many times that at one time,I was like, what is the need of talking of same thing again and again.Okay, considered he has the most effective eyes, but readers are very keen, they can get what she has in mind if she narrates it only once.In the diary,after every note the ‘Miss you’s’, after a couple of times irked me and its presence felt like forcefully injected.

 

 

For a time she is so focused to talk about one part that she forgets to talk about another one. There are many such places where such words or content took place which made me irritated like the frequent visits of her Grandmother’s advice,it looks all so artificial the way it has been presented.Apart from these loopholes, noticed in the path, she has somehow managed to keep my interest alive in the story to reach to the last page.What helped most in the journey is her writing style- simple and very-well articulated, except from some grammatical errors here and there.

 

 

Rating:3.4/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Prince Of Patliputra

Title : The Prince of Patliputra

 

Author : Shreyas Bhave

 

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Blurb: 

“272 BC BHARATHVARSHA, LAIID OF THE ARYAS Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta and the second Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas rules over the massive subcontinent from his holy seat in Patliputra. Almost five decades ago, his father had laid the wealth and glory of the past has subsided. As the Samrat’s health continues to decline due to an unknown illness, problems are arising all over his realm. There is infighting and rebellion. No clear successor to him is present. Ninety nine of his sons stand in line waiting for his throne. Bharathvarsha needs a Chandragupta once again. And it needs a Chanakya too. Can the young Prince Asoka, who is the least favorite son of the Samrat, fill the boots of his grandfather? Can Radhagupta, a mere Councilor of the Court be what Chanakya was to all the Aryas? Begin a new adventure with the first book of the Ashoka trilogy as you read to find the answer to one great question- That who shall be the next Samrat of this holy land of the Aryas? ”

 

My View : 

‘The Prince of Patliputra: Asoka Trilogy 1’ reverberates the voice of Asoka, Chanakya, Chandragupta and Radhagupta in a firmly approaching manner. The story as fired from many directions doesn’t confuse readers for a while. Although, such stories involves a lot of participants, but author has bound the limitation so as to make it a cakewalk for readers. The readers get comfortable with not one, but all of the protagonists, that too with great ease.

 

 

As reader hops to start this journey the strange events that author has knitted started to trap reader in its arm slowly and steadily. It would take some couple of pages to gauge what author has in mind, but once reader discovers how the story would wave, he/she would find it interesting to cover the rest of the journey. Author has served flavours in this book. Love, betrayal, relationship and conspiracy all has occupied a good place in the story and they are very well placed to charm readers.

 

 

When events are judged as an individual, they take every possible advantage to grab reader’s attention and engage them till the reader prepare himself to follow the tracks of upcoming event and the process goes on. But when one comes to the end, and concludes how the dice rolled, what amount of humour author has involved in the book, one wouldn’t feel completely overwhelmed by the turn it takes. A reader would demand for humour, more mystery and more fun from such historical stories. The one-liners are not as effective as it is supposed to be. The power and the humour that is required to make a lasting impact on reader’s mind, as a historical fiction should, is not up to the mark.  But, they are good enough to complete the journey and interesting enough to entice reader’s heart.

 

 

 

Author has used a very simple writing fashion to address the story. The articulation and formulation of sentences are simple, and good enough to comprehend the meaning of his words. His words are so impactful that they makes clear image of what is happening. Through the words he used, he succeeds to make connection with the reader.

 

 

Not an extremely wonderful fictional one could make out of Asoka’s story, but yes, it is for me an engaging read.

 

A pinch of twist and humour in a well-known historical story!

 

Rating: 3.6/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Heart Of Bullets

Title: Heart of Bullets

 

 

Author: Nikhil Kushwaha

 

 

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Blurb : ‘The only way to get close to those glittering stars in heaven is, to look at a soldier with stars on his shoulders’ Every time, they’re around, the thing that we see is the bravery awards, medals, the pride, but what we can’t see is their heart that lies inside the iron chest, some untold stories, sacrifices, and the hardship they’ve been through. Every soldier has a story that is unique and extra ordinary.

 

A tale of brotherhood & heroism, a tale of love & betrayal, ‘Heart of Bullets’, is about two best friends, Arpan & Sam, and the untold story of their friendship, untold story of their love, Shradha, but what happens when Sam gets hit by the enemy – across the border?

 

What will Arpan do to save his friend? Will love prevail over friendship of lifetime?

 

There is a decision to be made, is the life without love, and friends, better than dying to save the one we love the most?

 

 

My View: ‘Love Triangle’ – so many stories have been written, so many stories have been heard and so many stories have been watched.Love triangle is an old concept and when I came to know that Heart of Bullets is one another story based on Love Triangle,I was not sure as this story would have something worthy of my time devoted to it.Many would get the same thought, but to clear your misconception I propose a one line statement- ‘A love triangle with a traditional touch to it.’

 

 

Author while narrating the story feeds reader with his perception about some selected topics,about the nation,women power,love and many more.These content doesn’t play any major role in the completion of the story,but when they eliminated from the story and read as an individual they surely have something to knock reader’s mind.Also,they act as an hindrance in the flow of the story,but one soon travel on the track as the next episode appears.The way he shares his thoughts about such topics shows his art of dealing with words.

 

 

The one-liners he used are very impressive.They speak of humour and fun, and at times leave you with no option but to smile.Some of the thoughts he shared in this book makes a lasting impact on reader, he carved words in such a manner that it would sooth reader’s heart at regular intervals.His words has intensity to reach to reader’s heart, what needed is the manner in which it should be presented.

 

 

The real fun starts when he rolled the pages of past life.The story-line is quite common in nature, the episodes it accumulates also doesn’t have something very different taste to offer to readers, but for the one who likes traditional touch may like the story.The story even after having a common plot, delights reader except the time when unnecessary and over-stretched content takes place.Apart from the uninvited content, what act as the hindrance in the flow of the story is editing loopholes.

 

 

The climax of the story is really touchy, when you are about to take the final steps, you would definitely feel your heart attached to it, and feel connected to the emotions of the protagonist.Apart from being touchy, the climax of the story also make the story a bit dramatic, for some it might be hard to relate with it, but for one who could easily flow in the pool of emotions, would feel engaged to it.

 

 

Rating: 2.9/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Thicker Than Blood

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Title : Thicker Than Blood

 

Author : Munmun Ghosh

 

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Blurb : Thicker Than Blood is the poignant tale of a husband and wife who fight adversities to keep their marriage going.

 

Young and beautiful Mayuri wife of affluent businessman Vimal is crushed as she fails to conceive even with medication. Deeply in love with his wife Vimal gives in to her plea to seek help through reproductive technology. The treatments tax the couple physically and emotionally straining their relations.

 

While Vimal grapples with his business challenges Mayuri plods along restless depressed painfully aware of her growing age and convinced she cannot be content unless she has a child. In her desperation she turns to religion and even hurtles to the edge of infidelity.

 

What makes a couple s life complete? Are children the indispensable glue binding a family? And does motherhood and fatherhood have to be biological?

 

 

My View: Thicker Than Blood is a story of a woman and her quest for a child. The story brings out a desire of a woman to be a mother and how her incomplete desires forces her to go down to any step. Previously, when women were not blessed with child, Pooja, Hawan and many such steps were taken in order to fulfill the desire of the family. Authoress in this book brings light upon how a modern woman can take steps to a great extent to fulfill her desire.

 

 

In the beginning, the story doesn’t give sure shot feeling as where the story is heading. It sometimes speaks about her treatment and sometimes God knows what which to me doesn’t seem like appropriate content to be fed to reader’s in order to provide a comfortable ambience to the readers. It was a case of ‘maybe’ or ‘maybe not’ the time spent on this book would be worth.

 

 

The theme chosen by the authoress to write on is good and something different to deal with. She has chosen such a topic which could showcase various modes and she has shown some shades in the story as well. Judging as a whole, she serves a different recipe to the readers where the ingredients involved  in the story are of mediocre in nature. Where some increases the amount of spice in the recipe others simply fails to prove their worth.

 

 

The language she has used to describe the moments, the situations and the feelings is very well and artistically designed. She has her way with words. She could roll the words in her way and can give life to dead words. The way she tunes the feelings of the protagonist makes a deep impact on reader’s mind.  She narrates some of the events with so intense that it felt like happening all in real. One could feel and relate with the same and enjoy the moments she so daringly addresses.

 

 

At various nodes,tiny events participated in between and I couldn’t figure out till the end why they are a part of this story. When such events becomes a part of the story,the excitement that the story creates so hardly vanishes into thin air and forces reader to skip the content to see if there is something worthy ahead to read. She so hurriedly changes track that it became hard for me to keep a track what actually is happening.What pinned me most in the journey is unnecessarily stretched  content. If avoided,it could have been a different experience altogether.

 

 

 

Rating : 3.2/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

 

Review of Engineer

Title : Engineer

 

Author : ROD

 

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Blurb :

Vineet is starting his second year in NITK,Surathkal. He and his friend Abhi set out to explore only to find out life in this college is nothing like they had imagined.

 

They face an old club and discover the college life which is unseen to the common eye and things take an ugly turn as his degree comes under threat. Watch him as he tries to uncover the meaning of passion, struggle and fight for his rightful place in the prestigious college of NITK.

 

Keep in touch with rod, as we venture through the college life and the burning passion which keeps all the engineers alive.”

 

 

My View:The story that revolves around engineer, as very-well depicted from the title.Knowing the theme of the book in advance,I was wondering what special book would have for readers.Is there something beyond ragging, depression and tension, or fling in between? To clear my doubts, I stepped ahead to find out the quality of content.

 

 

In the beginning, I got the feeling that this book would revolve around the same events that I had guessed.Ragging, friendship, freshers, and the definition of engineering and how engineering is taken as a game of toy these days.But after couple of pages, a new shade occurred infront of readers.

 

 

The story doesn’t have a new concept, as a whole, but when one take a look from peephole, it shows some different aspects of engineering life, struggle of the protagonist’s life to get his degree and the mystery that walks with him.One by one, as the events unfold,I couldn’t find a proper sequence of unfolding the events.Also, author could have taken a different path to cover the journey in less time.If story has been narrated in a precise manner, it would have been an interesting journey.

 

 

Due to the presence of unwanted content, the journey becomes dull at various corners.The story takes many turns to reach to its destiny, and those turns prove worthy when it reaches to its destination which ends serving something good to readers.The friendliness that a readers seek from the story is missing in the book.It would take some time to readers to get comfortable while walking hand-in-hand with the protagonist.

 

 

As the story progresses ahead, new characters keep on popping which makes it confusing at many nodes to get a clear sight of the scene.While concluding, what this book has in store for its readers, it won’t thrill readers and play game with minds, but it would give readers an insight of engineer’s life through a story of an engineering graduate.

 

 

All in all, it was a nice read!

 

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Love No Matter What

Love No Matter What by Author : Komal Ahuja

Title :  Love No Matter What

 

Author : Komal Ahuja

 

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Blurb :Naina and Manish are waiting for their second child as excitedly as Khushi waits for her sibling. Their life takes an unexpected turn when Naina gives birth to an intersex child.

 

Everyone will ask if it is a boy or a girl. What are we supposed to say?
Manish doesn’t know how to handle the situation, and his family worries more for the world than the child who Naina names Devi. Naina fears that the family might not accept Devi, forcing her into leading a frugal life, dancing on the streets for earning a livelihood.

 

Will Naina be able to fight the world and give her child the life she truly deserves?
Devi also has a Dad she adores. Is Naveen really her dad or is there something more to this beautiful relationship?

 

Love, No Matter What! is set in Rajasthan, and gives you a peep into the world of the transgenders and the intersex. It makes us wonder: Are they different from us, or are they just as human as we are?

 

Discover as you read how love prevailed when all else failed.

 

 

My view: A story of an intersex. How many of us are familiar with this term and how many of us compare this term with the transgender.While someplace are being provided to transgenders nowadays, authoress brings a beautiful story for her readers which covers the story of an intersex, her success and the hurdles she come across with the support of the love showered on her.

 

The story-line that authoress has designed is full of ups and downs.At every next turn,she has something interesting to serve to readers.And to top it, the theme she has chosen is very rare to find in market.And when she steps ahead to choose a different theme, she courageously walks down the path to do justice with it in every manner.She, through this book not only narrates a heart-warming story but also conveys a message to reader which is required to be adopted by each and everyone in order to bring equality in every aspect.

 

 

She not for a single moment diverts from her track.She traces the bouncy rides of the protagonist’s life in an order which makes an interesting read for the reader and at the same time makes it comfortable by not involving unnecessary details and events.Although not familiar with the events happening with the protagonist, and the life-events of transgender or intersex unknown to the world, not for a single moment I felt like story is artificially designed.There are feelings and emotions of multiple characters attached with this story.One could feel involved and part of the story at every facet.

 

 

A fast pacing novel with authoress’ simple and artistically portrayed words.One could easily complete this book in a single sit and found himself drenched in pool of emotions.A very-well crafted story.

 

 

The only loophole I found in this book is the lack of proper editing.

 

An inspiring story which can change the mindset of people bringing a positive change for the world to grow.RECOMMENDED!

 

 

Rating : 4/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of No Parking No Halt Success Non-Stop

no-parking-no-halt-success-non-stop by Abhishek Ratna

Title : No Parking No Halt Success Non-Stop

 

Author : Abhishek Ratna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb :  A self-help book for success at work! No Parking. No Halt. Success Non-stop! has 50 career lessons for today’s 20teen generation.

 

Practical and comprehensive, the book often stretches to the point of ‘cunning without harming’. Interspersed with quotes, stories and humour, it also breaks a few myths. The author treads a fine line between ethical and non-ethical. The author is able to convince the reader about the necessity for professional success.

 

 

My View : It is a one year planned book for individual’s success. Lessons in this book are partitioned in twelve chapters, one for each month, and sub-sections are also provided in this book so that reader can take much needed time to implement the teachings.As for a non-reader this trick will work out very-well,but for a voracious reader, spending twelve months to complete a book is like heart-attack.But if someone really wishes to implement  each of the lessons taught in this book, he could walk step by step and achieve its motive by devoting a year to bring out the change.Ofcourse, bringing changes takes time and that’s why author has planned out a well-scheduled time-table for his readers.

 

 

The best lessons I discovered in author’s words are :

  • In all walks of life, assumptions are dangerous, Use your judgement instead.
  • When an employee truly understands the meaning of his work and gets recognition for his efforts he performs the best.
  • Selective Intentional Absence is a powerful tool for increasing your importance.
  • Over-engineering can create products too complex to use. Likewise, too much focus on  perfection can hinder progress. It is important to understand where to draw a line between progress and perfection.
  • Do not settle for less just because you can’t wait for the BEST!For success in life and at work it is important to be relaxed and have the ability to handle things wisely giving them the time and attention they deserve.

 

 

His way of approaching readers is very appreciative.Readers hate to go to uninvited details and that’s what this book is far away from.Author has tried to share his thoughts with readers as precisely as he can.What made the journey more comfortable is the simple writing fashion he has adopted.With so many thoughts in his mind to share with readers he uses appropriate and relatable examples to make his words strike the proper chord.

 

 

Some of the lessons really did the trick while some of them seemed futile to me.Some of the practices he states to learn doesn’t make an impactful impression on me.He tries his best to bring out the teachings in such a manner that reader could relate with them with the present working scenario.But to some extent, I was not able to comprehend and adopt all of the words.

 

 

Author in his book doesn’t ask to do something out-of-the-box.Very precisely and in a simple manner he demonstrates the changes one should bring to get gel with the working environment of corporate world.In self-help book what inspires readers at most is the stories which can revitalize the energy within individual.He has used very inspiring stories in the book, and what I call as the backbone of the book is the stories quoted as an example to understand author’s state of mind and his words in the proper direction.

 

 

Talking about the downfall of the book, some editing errors are there, but there participation is at very few places, so that doesn’t act as a major loophole in the journey.I was not convinced through some of his points.I have been  through self-help books before which helps to learn the way to survive in corporate world and from what I’ve learnt from them,my mind couldn’t relate with all of the points stated in this book.

 

 

A guide-book  which suggests to climb the corporate ladder in a precise manner!

 

 

Rating : 3.5/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of In The Shadows of Death

In the Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukherjee

Title : In the Shadows of Death

 

Author : Sourabh Mukherjee

 

In the Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukherjee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb : Sheetal Mehra, HR executive with Crescent Technologies, is found murdered in the toilet of a Kolkata hotel after an office party. ACP Agni Mitra finds out about her adulterous ways as he starts investigating into the murder. The miffed husband, a lecherous boss, one of her many jilted admirers – anyone could have killed her.

 

The investigation is stuck in myriad perplexing questions when the murder of Meenakshi Menon, a Director with Altius Finance, hits the headlines.

 

As more murders rock the city, it is not too long before the battle of wits with his unseen adversary turns personal for Agni.

 

A ruthless killer walking the rain-washed streets of Kolkata. A detective battling storms brewing in his private life. Human relations infested with deceit. A generation struggling to cope with fast-changing ambitions and desires.

 

In the Shadows of Death is a gripping page-turner with a heart-rending emotional core.

 

My View : ‘In the Shadows of Death’; a thriller act where protagonist being the detective Agni finds the murderer behind the case he had opted, and the special thing this story involves is his own past involved in the culprit’s murder list.

 

What questions I had in my mind while reading the book is why Detective’s story (Agni) is being portrayed in the story? What significance it has in the plot?Is it a dual nature story or it has something to relate with the murder mystery? To some extent, Agni’s personal life acts as an hindrance in creating a proper flow of the mystery in the beginning. On one hand, one after another, women are being killed following the same pattern, and in between the search of the culprit, detective’s personal story is being portrayed.It felt like detective’s personal story somehow removes the fragrance of mysteries unfolded.

 

Whenever the culprit arrives to narrate his story, it gains more attention as it becomes fascinating to know his words,his thoughts and most important his identity.The parallel walk it takes with the other incidents brings out a different look to the story.From the series of incidents happening it was way easy to guess the motive of the murderer.Half past the story and it was way easy to predict what would happen next, and so the amount of thrill and excitement decreases at that point.

 

With the motive already in front of me,the spark and excitement fades to a great extent.What left behind the curtain is the identity of the culprit. With a bunch of characters involved in the plot, at some places it was a bit confusing to recognize who the person is.The coordination between the detective’s mind and the culprit’s actions doesn’t match reader’s expectations.

 

What provides a smooth sailing to the journey is author’s narrating fashion.It is well articulated,well-edited and free from unwanted details.He arranges the events in a simple fashion.The series of events offered to readers doesn’t play any game with readers’ mind.It was simple and free from any kind of tricks.

 

What reader expect from the book is a new and thrilling story.From a mystery and thrilling story, reader already expect so much from the story that his mind started to play games  even before starting the story.For me, this story is like one which one could encounter in any suspense and thriller TV serial episode.I hope his next book would bring an enthralling taste for readers.

 

A fast paced novel with quite a common plot in mind!

 

Rating : 3/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of In God’s Wishlist

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Title : In God’s Wishlist

 

Author : Pradipta Panda

 

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Blurb :

“‘In Gods Wishlist’ is a fantasy that speaks of a whole new world order, where there will be no fear of death. Love and beauty will rule the world and spirits will interact and fall in love with human beings and propagate love. This love will transcend everything and be the panacea to all problems.

 

God has a vision and a mission.

 

He invites humankind to join active politics as it controls their life. He performs experiments to induct his theory. In one of his experiments, he studied beauty with the mind,and released all the spirits to the world, except for twenty-one top leaders of the world, whose beautiful minds were not mapped and programmed. God’s theory is that the two main things that rule the earth are the ruler and beauty that remains true for all ages. Youth have different aspirations, towards their fantasy, the opponent, and society.

 

 

To inculcate this God inducted a new theory of love, the love between the spirit and a human being. The love between the spirit and a human being will be the panacea of all and this love will transcend human behaviour.

 

Read to find out how and what is in God’s Wishlist…”

 

 

My View : A story where God act as the protagonist, where God has a plan, a different plan to bring out a new change in the world he has created years ago.The concept behind the book is really appreciative.Author’s motive is to serve God’s piece of mind to readers,with this story he tries to change people’s ways of thinking, their perception about God.

 

It was quite hard to relate to what author had in mind.His words didn’t make connection at proper chord.I love fantasy genre and exploring the fun it has,and it was till the time easy for me to relate with fantasy story and to feel them.But this time,I feel like the magic is missing,author couldn’t bring out his thoughts in a manner where reader could create his own world and dwell into it,until he reaches to the last word of the book.
Readers always seek for a new concept, a new story, no doubt this book has a new concept, but what readers more demand is the quality of story, a story through which he can relate and feel as if they are reading their own story.Not for a single moment,I was able to relate to the story.

 

 

Whenever Cinderella(the spirit) came into picture I felt why her existence doesn’t make any sense to me. Author should have made more impact on her words while introducing her.He should have lighten her part so that reader would get gel to this new character and cope up well with her in the coming episodes.Because of the absence of magic in the beginning, the whole journey fails to charm readers.Incidents are not real enough to satisfy my mind.What more irritates reader in the journey is unwanted and irrelevant events.Events which participated just to increase the count of words.

 

 

At some places, I felt like skipping the pages,and see if author has something fruitful for readers in the journey ahead.I was completing the journey without having any feeling with me in hope that at some node,it would take a turn and bring something exciting and thrilling,but nothing came as such.His motive was very clear from prelude and last chapter, what more it requires is some good events that could take readers ahead in  the journey.
Author has focused more on what a spirit can do and what not.He has wasted scores of pages in narrating his interaction and his moments with the spirit which doesn’t prove to be fruitful enough to complete the motive of this book.It’s obvious for readers to guess what a spirit can do,even if one doesn’t, author can narrate that in one chapter,but he kept on serving the dishes made up of same ingredients.

 

 

Rating : 2/5

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari