Blurb : Anoop, a crazy lover, struggling to lead a normal life and slowly moving towards it too, meets Ritu, the girl he loved. On seeing her after three years, he is confused whether she will recognize him or not. Her sudden reappearance drags him into the past. Friendship, love and betrayal had left him blank and completely stranded, but the way she reacts on seeing him gives him a ray of hope. It seems as if nothing had gone wrong between them. They hug each other and burst into tears unmindful of the people around them. Anoop repents for the dreadful mistake he had committed in the past and now wants her back in his life. He requests her for a permanent relationship. But will Ritu come back into his life again? Will she forgive him? And, will their life start over again?
My View : The colors of love are painted like a languid walk in everyone’s life, one day or the other. The quiet shimmer gently clutches you and lands you up in a chirpy garden where every bud welcomes you with a relish fragrance of infatuation. But what will happen if this aroma of love is slowly fading away with every hour and even after your unsurpassable efforts you are unable to feel it back. The book will make you walk on the similar slope of incomplete love having pebbles of pain, sorrow and heartbreak.
The simple title and cover of the book are perfectly suited to the story. Author has conveyed a sad love story in his book where the protagonist Anoop fails to clasp the love thread in his life. The story begins with the college life of Anoop where he falls in love with Ritu at first sight. They both became best friends in no time. Ritu who is unaware about Anoop’s love gets committed with his school friend named Samuel. Anoop was not in a condition to face all this and he goes on maintaining a distance with Ritu. Later wards Anoop gets a second chance to express his love when Ritu finally bids adieu to Samuel. Then Anoop expresses his feelings infront of Ritu but it seems like destiny doesn’t want to make his love complete. The end of the story is filled with sorrow and pain.
After reading the first chapter, I was zipped up with the excitement to read the whole book in order to discover some interesting and engaging episodes. But my all excitement discolored very soon. The theme of the story is so common that a reader can easily guess the very next episode. The whole content in the book is regular and is presented in a usual and common way. This effect will definitely ignite the feeling of boredom in reader’s mind. In short I would say – The story lacks the magnetic effect. To be honest I was not satisfied after completing the book. I was expecting for some fresh content whenever I was about to start the new chapter. I was totally disappointed when I failed to locate the newness in the book. The story is runs like a tortoise and goes on sketching the known and reckoning phases.
Author has mentioned that Ritu is Bengali but I didn’t found a single thing where I could feel the Bengali essence of Ritu. There are certain things in the book which are not well molded thus the book lacks in capturing my attention. Author just goes on reciting whatever he imagines; if Mr. Singh has focused on delineating the episodes in more interesting manner digging up the trite events than the book would be pleasant to read. The language is simple helping me to complete the reading journey without any deviation. A smooth narration is done by the author.
Altogether a common storyline presented in a monotonous manner.
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.
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!
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.
Blurb : Love is understanding, mutual confidence, sharing, and forgiving. Love is invisible. It is a true feeling; it cannot be seen or measured. Sometimes, the voice of the heart is much stronger than all the other sounds and words spoken without feelings.
Love leads a person to the path of truth but sometimes, the truth spoken for love can lead us and the life of our love to the never-ending separation and the conclusion is only destruction.
Welcome to ‘Out of the Blue’, an adventurous story of a young lieutenant, Sebastian, who struggles through many hardships for his tormented old father and his lover, Carole. Furthermore, plans, suspense, lust, and jealousy provide a divergence from the loving atmosphere of Paris.
My View : The book holds an adventurous story which is woven around the unexpected events of the protagonist’s life named Sebestian. The story goes symmetrical along the title; every episode played unexpectedly leaving Sebestian in trauma. The cover of the book already spoke that the readers will get a chance to meet the pirates while tracing the sea journey in their minds. Well it is an attractive cover which will surely set the readers on the reading track in no time.
Author has covered numerous events in this thin book. His father’s secret abduction of which he is totally unknown, his treasure hunt journey, friend’s avaricious and cruel behavior for him, his imprisonment in false case, Carole’s (Wife of Sebestian) adopted son’s meeting with him, his meeting with Margaret, his incomplete amour for carole, the fights with pirates and finally his unexpected death. There is lot more to discover in the book for readers. The story is fast paced. All the events are moving very fast that it would take hardly one minute to feel the switches between those events. The switches occur so often that a reader is welcomed by a new event before the establishment of a healthy connection with the previous one.
The writing style is simple. The narration done by the author is not impressive and was detaching me from the story over and over again. I had found several writings which does not provide any kind of linking with the story. Like protagonist’s childhood friend Catalina expressed her love for him (Sebestian) through a letter which he receives after her death ; this part is unnecessarily mentioned which was not helping the story in any way. Instead of mentioning such worthless parts if author had worked on polishing the important events, then the reading journey would be interesting.
If I see the age of the author, then I must say that he has done well in his book but from the reader’s perspective the book lacks in various ingredients which are very important to make a good story. Author needs to learn a lot for serving the story in an interesting way in-front of readers. I believe that Ekamdeep will surely improve his skills in future. His imaginations are very good but he lacks the art in expressing those imaginations in an effective way.
Title : Untitled: A bit like you, a bit like me, a lot like us
Author : Atul Deepak Tawade
Blurb : ‘Untitled’ is a story about a few people who start off as strangers to each other. They come together in the prime period of their life. Each one of them is a thread. In course of time, these threads are woven together to form a fabric and the memories they create as ‘the gang’ is the imprint on the fabric.
Through them the story of a generation unfolds. It is a tale narrating the enthusiasm of growing up, excitement of discovering oneself, exploring the different facets of youth and experiencing the world at large.
Each one of them comes from a specific origin, meets others like them, and then in unison, travel to their destination.
It is an ordinary story, about ordinary people, told in an extraordinary way.
My View : Three stories running in parallel, the only doubt I had while I was in the initial phase of the story is that I wouldn’t end up mixing up the three of them.But the collision seems to happen in the first chapter only.As chapter second comes in to greet readers, it would serve reader with the known trails of college life followed by the incidents which doesn’t excite readers in the journey.
While reading this book, a one-liner that struck my mind is- ‘Difficult to travel are those paths which are less traveled‘.The one thing I so wanted to ask the author while covering the journey is- What author wants to tell the reader? In the blurb itself, he speaks about his book –‘It is an ordinary story, about ordinary people, told in an extraordinary way.’ can author please explain what author mean by extraordinary here.There is not a single place, where I could sense that something extraordinary is being offered to readers.
As author himself says that it is an ordinary story ,about ordinary people, which could be told in an extraordinary way.It is not always necessary that story needs to be extraordinary and out-of-the-box what matters most is the way author approaches towards readers, the way he uses his words as a sword to strike different chords of reader’s heart.In this book, author has chosen a way ordinary style to let his words heard by people.If he would’ve been through some good books where extraordinary way is used to portray thoughts, then he would’ve known what extraordinary could mean in literature.
As the book got published in 2015, by the time many books had already hit the market with the same concept.Now comes the question, why author has chosen the same concept, if there is nothing new to tell.
When author was pushing his strength to write this full-fledged novel ,I wish author could have done research on what reader expect from authors these days?What kind of stories excite readers? If the plot chosen by the author is already available in the market or not?If available then how could he make his book doesn’t stand among the crowd.
I really appreciate your efforts as a writer in this book, but it is hard as well as necessary to gulp that its not that easy to survive in the literary field where there are so many writers racing in the same field with you.I wish you all the very best for your future projects.
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!
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.
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.
To destroy great EVIL, GOOD has to shed tears of blood. Rudransh Kashyap is a self-made billionaire and man of high moral fiber. His life is shattered when he returns home one day to find that his prodigy, his 16-year-old grandson, Aarush, has been rrested and accused of a brutal gang rape. It is easy to say, “Kill the Rapist” but what if the accused is your child? This case takes an unprecedented turn when Aarush’s identity is made public on social media. Rudransh finds himself living a nightmare as he fights against tremendous odds to get justice for Aarush, to save him and to bring him back home…
But what if the unthinkable is true? Can Rudransh save his grandson, or will he end up fighting a different battle altogether?
Based on a very sensitive yet strong issue i.e. Rape, the book emphasizes on the mindset and emotional states of the characters. It’s a psychological thriller which elucidates the mentality of our society and judicial system towards the accused and the victim. Loaded with drama and emotions, this story has an impactful subject that keeps the reader glued till the end.
In the first place, the appealing cover and blurb grabbed my attention and I right away decided to go through it. The title is definitely bound to arouse interest in the reader’s mind. The word “rape” itself has so many notions attached to it. Each one of us have different perspective about this prevailing problem but, this is a story which analyses how the mind of a rapist works.
Coming to the narration, the book has a fragment of intrigue in each chapter which piques the reader’s interest. Every chapter very well put forward the view points of all the characters. The author comprises of a unique and detailed explanation of each character. Their thought process, feelings, reactions and the kind of bond they share are described which makes it a long story. Also, the use of effective language, quotes and powerful dialogues makes the script engaging.
Furthermore, I find the plot quite captivating. It consists the behavior and persona of a teenager who is accused of rape. Over the years there have been a number of debates over the punishment for juvenile crimes and the story focuses on this unresolved matter.
The finale would not be able to please every reader but, the strong story line pulls the reader in and increases the reader’s curiosity to find out what happens next.
I liked how the book concentrates on the ground realities that exist even to this day. The pain and consequences of rape doesn’t stop once the rape is over rather, the situation becomes worse. The psychology of a rapist and the dilemma and fear of a rape victim is illustrated. Not only the physical pain but, it is the emotional trauma that tears the victim’s soul.
The book gives a loud and clear message to stand and speak up against wrong and injustice. Choosing such an important aspect for writing certainly deserves praise and commendation. Kudos to the author! Eagerly waiting to read more of such works.
Overall, it’s book that belongs to a different genre and very well portrays the crime without justice i.e. rape. Recommended to everyone out there!
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.
“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!
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.
Blurb : Is it possible that everything we think we know about God, and what God wants, is wrong? Look inside Gods Message to the World …
Could humanity’s ideas about all this be the greatest inaccuracies . . . ever? Would it matter if they were? The author of the multi-million-selling Conversations with God series places the question squarely before our world in another blockbuster book that could move our species closer to true spiritual revolution on the Earth, changing humanity’s future for the better, forever.
In direct and spiritually challenging language, Walsch here exposes the many ways in which he believes that humanity completely misunderstands God. He then describes in clear terms how the world could change overnight if humans accurately comprehended what God is, what God wants, who they are in relation to that, and to each other. Walsch calls this the “Missing Data” which, if ever embraced and acted on by our species, would create a spiritual revolution across the globe, bringing humanity both inner and outer peace at last.
Does anybody care why our species has been such a failure? Does anybody imagine it has not been? Does anybody want to know how this whole situation can be turned around in the virtual blink of an eye? If you do care about those questions, then you will read this book.
My View :
God is the one whom we consider the companion of our sorrows and joys. God is the one in front of whom we pray for our incomplete wishes. God is the one whom we recognize in painful moments and difficult situations. We had been taught several things related to God; some says God exists within us and some says God is all around us in every single atom. The book works as a guide in understanding the various terms related to God and uncovering the knowledge of humans about God.
The simple title of the book gives a blur hint about the insights of the book. Then there comes the blurb which will give a concise description about the book. I was in a tizzy when I completed reading the blurb. After reading the blurb the readers will be latched to the chapters very soon. The book will tell the readers very deeply about the presence of God. The book is about the God and about his believes.
Book also covers the different misunderstandings about God which human considers. Book throws light on different aspects of God which human concedes. The book will let you follow the path about God’s existence and faith of people in God. The book will tell you that we are mistaken somewhere and helps the readers to clear out the delusive images related to God.
The book explains 17 statements about the God which author has mentioned in chapter 2. The book focuses on aspects related to God and all that we have been told about God is accurate or not. Author has also talked about one’s believe in God in this book. The readers will found themselves curious to collect these details residing in the book.
The book is very interesting and I must say that author has done a commendable job. The writing style is simple which provides an easy read to its readers. Author had done a lucid narration in this book. The book will surely clutch the readers from the very first page. I was totally engaged while reading the book and the smooth and clear reading track aligned me more to the book.
Author has covered 28 chapters in the book. All the chapters are very well written and will definitely prod the reader forward in no time. Readers will get an opportunity to learn several different things through this book. The readers will surely enjoy while tracing out the channels of information discussed in the book. Some reads may not be comfortable when the book finishes as different people has different perceptions; so some may leave disappointed and some may be completely satisfied. All I could say is that it is a very good book to spend time with.
A fantastic read! Highly recommended to one who wants to scrutinize more about God.
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.
Blurb : Discover how flashes from past lives can appear as signs and synchronicities, childhood impressions, dreams and memories, even spontaneous shifts in consciousness or time. Providing time-tested exercises, Past Lives, Present Stories shows how to explore your past lives and use the lessons you’ve learned to flourish in your present incarnation.
Join author Judith Marshall as she takes you through the full range of techniques for exploring your past lives and piecing together information to help you on your path. Providing examples of her own glimpses into her past lives, Judith illustrates how illuminating and healing past-life discovery can be.
My View : ‘Past Lives Present Stories’ will help you to understand the facets related to soul, reincarnation, psychic senses, time, clairvoyance, astral travel and so on. There is a lot more in the book which will help you to understand the deeper terms related to the universal world of souls. Authoress has shared her life events in her book. Her experience related to past lives, soul’s existence, time synchronization etc. Although it’s hard for some people to believe in such things in today’s world but it will be interesting for readers to pore over the details whelming in the book. A reader will get to know the insights related to the dimensions and how soul accesses those dimensions.
The book inaugurates with a short introduction focusing on past lives. Then there goes fourteen chapters which throws light on different terms. Each chapter has definitions and brief introduction about some specific terms which will illuminate your knowledge and judgment related to past lives.
The very first chapter focuses on Soul, Reincarnation and its purpose, Time and Karma. Lifetimes are needed to explore and for this the chapter gives a clear understanding about Healing and Understanding.
The second chapter is very interesting and it will show you deeper terms viz. clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clair-cognizance and intuition.
The third chapter is about childhood; sometimes childhood behavior can also tell you about your past lives.
The fourth chapter will broaden you about your reactions; why you are attracted to something and why you are repulsive at others. Why some things seem very familiar? Chapter four focuses on these aspects of lives.
The fifth chapter drives its way to fourth chapter explaining the two terms deeply and covering the aspects related to intuition.
The sixth chapter is about dreams, astral travels and spontaneous slips which will provide valuable information about past lives.
The seventh chapter will tell you why sometimes you feel that the current event is repeating again. The feeling of Déjà vu, inexplicable abilities, unexpected behavior and creative expressions are mentioned with detailed examples in this chapter.
The eighth chapter focuses on apparitions and synchronicity. Both these terms will remind you of your spiritual nature and indicates about the spirits beyond personal realities.
The ninth chapter is all about historical research.
The tenth chapter is about guidance from spirits and angels. Sometimes at some places which seem so familiar to you are the guidance from the spirits and angels. Authoress has also share an exercise in this chapter to connect with spirits.
The eleventh chapter is about past life regression and seeking help of professionals in order to uncover your past lives.
The twelfth chapter has some exercises which you can follow to find the traces of past lives.
The thirteenth chapter is about past lives existence i.e. how to understand hints of it. The past-life clues weave in and out everyday life, it’s upon us to understand the hints and clues.
The fourteenth chapter will give you the insights about spiritual evolution, remembrance and transcendence. These are the final terms which you will need to understand to get more details about past lives.
Authoress has also jotted down a few exercises in her book which will help you to enlighten or discover your past live traces. But the exercises are hard to follow and it’s not necessary that you can discover all about yourself at once. Firstly you need to believe in all the terms covered in the book and secondly you need to be patient for all this. Several questions will definitely strike your mind after reading the book as it happened with me and for this either you need to read more or you can ask some expert (or even authoress).
Authoress has done a very neat work in her book. All the things are maintained very clearly by her and it will be easy for readers to grasp the things without any difficulty. A smooth narration is done by the authoress. The book had gripped me from the very first page till the very last page.
A nice book to discover the facets related to past lives.
Blurb : A youngster decides to play a prank on his friends, pretending to be able to read the lines on their palms. But, what he sees on his own palm shocks him. Do the lines truly foretell what is in store for one?
A young couple suffers the perennial perplexities of young love. Is this one the soul-mate? Are the feelings mutual? Can they speak their minds out in time?
A young man masters the technique to wipe out memories. What could the consequence be?
Woven around the myriad ironies that are a part and parcel of complex human relations, moving from the tranquil hills to the sweltering plains, touching upon the lives of Metropolitan cities and the remotest rural villages, this collection of short stories will take you through the lives of the various protagonists, who are typical to India in her magnificent diversity.
Written in a lucid style with a mix of humour and pathos, the stories are sure to touch your hearts as they unfold…
My views :
‘The Line Reader’ is a collection of short stories. It comprises of 22 stories each having a different flavor. The stories dwell in the book are fascinating and it will definitely hold you from the very beginning.Talking about the very first story—
Fasting to Liberation : It’s a story about a doctor who is posted to a new place. He is lost in his memories and is seeing people who are fasting to liberation. The story is nicely presented in front of readers.
Killer : As the name suggests, the story is about a killer who is hunting the innocent people for his cause. Police officers are trying their best to catch the killer and are scrutinizing about the events one by one. The story is very nicely unfolded in front of the readers but readers need to read the story without losing their concentration otherwise they need to re-read the story.
Parting Gift : It’s a story about a gift i.e. a swiss chocolate box which is lost somewhere and protagonist’s friend is searching hard for it in their whole room. A story narrated very well.
The Line Reader : After reading the blurb I was very much excited to find the blurb in the book and then there is the story which defines the blurb. The story is about four friends who were hanging out together and then one of them plays a prank; a prank of reading palm lines and predicting future. A nice story based on palmistry.
Love Birds : It’s a love story of college students who were departed for some time. They both were at railway station and waiting for the train which was 40 minutes late. The story is based on the conversation played between four people on the railway station.
Bongaon Local : It’s a story about a graduate student who is posted to a village for initial few years of his career. The student is travelling by train and is already scared because of empty compartment and to top it there comes a man who unfolds the threaten secret about the village i.e. the village is scary and people are missing by every passing day.
Photograph : The story focuses on Electronic eraser which erases the memories or some part of the memory. An interesting read!
Quarter No. 7B : It’s the story about a medical officer who is posted in Ankro village and is about the mystery of Quarter No. 7B. Why does no one live in 7B? The story is about the answer of this question.
At the bus-stop on the 28th day : The story is about two people who fails to carry their relationship. The whole story is delineated with the help of days. The days are neither in increasing order nor in decreasing order. The days are jumbled up in the whole story. The story will be clear when the reader relates all the days together in his/her mind. A nice read!
God’s own Child : It’s a story about a Muslim boy. The story made an emphasis on the difference i.e. there is no difference between the human beings in God’s eye. But the people on the earth always make differences on the basis of caste and religion.
My Gentleman : It’s a story about a man who on his journey in a bus finds a gentleman. The story is based on a ticket drama played in the bus between the gentleman, man and the bus conductor. A good read.
Found : The story is centered around a lost umbrella. A student already in debt lost his umbrella and manages his expenses somehow. Then after asking for extra umbrella from his friends he moved to ‘Lost and Found’ place to get an umbrella and at last he owns his umbrella again.
Shall We Dance? : The story is about a dancing couple who takes part in several couple dance competitions and wins a few of them also. The story is rolled around dancing episode of their life.
Innocent : It’s a story about a child who is excited about his birthday. His day was awesome and he also gets numerous gifts. He unwrapped the gifts one by one and happy to have the most beautiful gift that day.
Mr. Ghosh’s Bungalow : The story is centered around Mr. Ghosh and his daughter. Mr. Ghosh who is excited for his daughter’s marriage is left in trauma and anguish when he came to know about the hidden marriage of her daughter. A common story!
Tale of Maxriter : The story opens very precisely. The story will turn your way to find the existence of a pen which is present in protagonist’s bag. Protagonist is thinking that why this pen is residing in his bag. He is then lost in train of thoughts to find the reason about the pen’s dwelling in his bag. A fascinating read!
Operation Infecto Leaderous : It’s a story about a political leader who is sick. Doctor said that he may be suffering from measles. The doctor is waiting for the reports to find the actual disease.
The Other Couple : It’s a story about a couple who are lost in their own world but suddenly a caller interrupts them. The call is from a child who is alone at home and is calling to talk to her mother.
All’s Well that Ends Well : The story is completely symmetrical along the title. It’s a story about a bomb tragedy on a train. The story rolls gracefully and everything will be clear at the end. The characters are played very well in story.
My Friend Jyothi : The story is about a boy who is admitted to a new school. He befriends with Jyothi on the very first day. The protagonist is lost in memories of Jyothi; how he befriends him, how people talk about the biryani tragedy and how people say him to stay away from Jyothi. After so many years he again meets with his friend whose identity is changed now.
The Meeting : The story is based on the meeting of two people who are in love but they never meet each other. They never meet in-person with each other and the time came when after numerous hours of talking day and night they are meeting. They are happy and excited at the same time. But soon this happiness vanishes when Sayak came to know about the accident of Ria through an unknown person who is calling from her mobile. Sayak was in trauma and very sad when he came to know about all this. The story becomes interesting when a reader came to know that Ria’s mobile is stolen and she is waiting for Sayak at the decided place. A very nice story.
Yesterday : It’s a story about past love which exits in present also. Two people who are in love departed away few years back. Now destiny gave them second chance when they meet again but it seems like they are not aware about each other’s life. They both met and they were still having feelings for each other but they both lied that they are married. A touchy story!
The writing style is easy and the narration done by the author is smooth. Different genres are presented in a single book. Author has weaved every story very nicely. I found only a few stories having a common theme and all other stories are simply awesome. Some of the stories are having tints of sadness and some may make you smile. Some stories may fill you up with emotions and some may surprise you.
The reading journey is very interesting that I had completed the book in one go. I was very excited to detangle these interesting stories one after another. It is a book with different varieties to serve to its readers. Author has done a very good work in his debut novel; looking forward to read more from him.
All in all an amazing read. Recommended to everyone who enjoys reading short stories.
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.
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.
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.
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