Review of I Am 16 I Can Rape

Title: #IAm16ICanRape

 

Author:  Kirtida Gautam

 

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Blurb: 

 

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?

 

 

My View:

 

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!

 

 

Rating: 4.5/5

  

 

Reviewer: Shivani Chauhan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Gods Message To The World

God’s Message to the World by Author : Neale Donald Walsch

Title : Gods Message to the World

 

Author : Neale Donald Walsch

 

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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.

 

 

Rating : 4.5/5

 

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

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 No Parking No Halt Success Non-Stop

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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 Past lives Present Stories

Title : Past Lives Present Stories

 

Authoress : Judith Marshall

 

 

 

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.

 

Rating : 5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Line Reader

Title : The Line Reader

 

Author : Agni Tripathi

 

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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.

 

Rating : 4.5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Shaadi Brouhaha

Title : The Shadi Brouhaha..

 

Authoress : Anjlee Shah

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Fascinating read! Recommended to everyone out there.

 

Rating : 4.5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of Soil For My Roots

soil for my roots by Minal Sarosh

Title : Soil for my roots

 

Authoress : Minal Sarosh

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Striking read!

 

Rating : 3.5/4

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Heart of Gold

The Heart of Gold by Hemalatha Gnanasekar

Title : The Heart of Gold

 

Author : Hemalatha Gnanasekar 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A winsome story!

 

Ratings : 4.5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

 

Review of The Forbidden Line

The Forbidden Line by Mayank Kashyap

Title : The Forbidden Line

 

Author : Mayank Kashyap

 

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

 

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

 

Why was Radhika waiting for Virat?

 

Will Virat’s story ends with a happy note?

 

A loss can never be reversed.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A nice read!

 

Rating : 3.5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of Rise of The Grey Prince

Rise of the Grey Prince by Arka Chakrabarti

Title : Rise of the Grey Prince

 

Author: Arka Chakrabarti

 

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Blurb: In Rise of the Grey Prince a cursed night at Nisarga had revealed the true reason behind his father’s sacrifice and his own dark past. Each revelation now draws Agni into the sublime world of secrets. With Vrish and Guru Sidak by his side, fighting the daggers from the past and winning over the opponents of the present, somewhere deep down, he knows that his journey has just begun.

 The other scarred prince walks the ashes of his reality. Haunted by the glimpses of truth the same night, Yani had but one choice to survive. His unknowing steps, trapped in cruel games of ancient powers had led him to a truth, a truth which shall mould a good man in the clay of misfortune, hate and lust.

Such is the world of Gaya and thus shall be the Rise of the Grey Prince the one torn between the darkness of evil and a lone ray of hope.

My View : The cover enthralling in nature, gains reader’s attention if he/she is a lover of fantasy stories, and so do the title. ’Rise of the Grey Prince’, being the sequel to the book ‘The Secrets of the Dark’, was in the top list of my reading journey, because it is one of the books by Indian authors, whose stories  flavoured with wild imaginations I adore. Undoubtedly, my expectations from this book were very high, let’s sneak peak how it worked out for me.

 

The moment I started this book all the chapters of the previous serious kept on visiting in front of my eyes. The enthralling magic it poured on me last time made me more eager to go through this one. The burning urge of chasing something, the fight for the lost loved ones, the ride to meet the lost and loved ones, the feeling of brotherhood and friendship is all what you got to see in this book.

His words made a deep impact on reader’s mind and create a proper ambiance for the show. He cleverly and very precisely speaks of the moment and incident. He indulges healthy conversation in the story and sometimes in between some conversations they participates as  good one-liners which act as great dialogues which suited very-well for the scene and to the character.

With the old, staunch and sturdy characters enters some fresh bunch of characters which brings in new charm to the story. With them also come new twists and flavors, and new discoveries in the protagonist’s life which reveals the hidden phases of the story.

 

Juxtaposing both the books if the question arises of the better plot then the award goes to the first one. Putting light on this matter, the second book has comparatively weak plot, the first one shrewdly connects to reader’s heart and left them satisfied with the story it serves. While on the other hand, the second book has very little to serve to readers.

At some nodes, the story lefts reader confused. Only if the reader reads in a single seat and he has clear image of the story narrated in the first series, then only he will be able to gauge the incidents with ease. Number of characters involved in the story can act as a hurdle in the reading journey if not read keenly paying proper attention to each and every event.

 

Overall, a nice read!

 

Waiting for the next series to splash out the thoughts second one has smashed on reader’s mind.

 

Rating: 3.8/5

 

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Other books by Arka Chakrabarti: Review of The Secrets of the Dark

Review of Urmila

Urmila by Pervin Saket

Title : Urmila

 

Author : Pervin Saket

 

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Book Blurb : Recapturing the mythical journey of love and longing in contemporary India.
Inspired by the story of Lakshman’s wife from Ramayana, Urmila traces a tale of rejection and a woman’s passionate search for love, rekindling questions of devotion and desire.

 

The talented and passionate Urmila Karmarkar has recently married into a wealthy, politically connected family in suburban Mumbai. When Urmila’s brother-in-law is compelled to move to Dubai, her husband leaves her behind and chooses to follow him instead. Fuelled by this rejection, Urmila seeks solace in her art as she battles to keep her dreams of love and motherhood alive, waiting for her husband to return.

 

 

My View : The story from the very beginning grabs reader’s attention displaying a different theme to them,and assuring that the journey ahead would be fruitful and worth their time.Turning the pages of the book didn’t hurt my hand, instead I was so eager to turn the pages and to found the twists it serves.

 

There is a great charm and piece in author’s writing style,such a charm would let you read his words even if the content is meaningless.Many a times, I found the content over-descriptive, but the way it has been laid down before readers forces them to read it and feel to the core.He lets out echoes of his heart which comes out very clearly and effectively.

Miniature details of the incidents are covered in this book,but they didn’t bore me for a second,they didn’t let me feel out of the place.The way all the incidents has been portrayed is flawless.Festooned with maturity and art,they lure readers and scratches their mind to guess how it would turn and what surprise it would have fore them.

I found the pace of the story very slow.It takes such tiny steps to reach to conclusion of one event,and sometimes some events doesn’t even act as an important part of the story.It feels good to read them,but at last while summarizing the story,they play no role, which acted as the hindrance in the reading journey.

The backbone of the story is the concept chosen by the author. The concept behind the book is logical and enthralling.When you finish, reading the book, you would feel that yes this what I can call a different take on literature.The plot and the events it has is interesting to cover.

 

10,20,30 pages or so but the fragrance loses its charm when I didn’t get something new to feed my mind.Episodes incorporated in this story somehow fails to amuse readers at its best because of the irrelevancy.Unresemble and irrelevant details brings a great clutter in the flow of the story.If the story have been narrated from an another point and making it move on the track, it will interest readers throughout the journey.

 

All in all, I found this book interesting and engaging.

 

Rating : 4/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Stars In Your Eyes

Stars in your Eyes by Sunil Gera

Title : Stars in your Eyes

 

Author : Sunil Gera

 

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Book Blurb : In Stars in your Eyes – Mumbai – well-known as the city of dreams, as also the underworld – gives Ranbir his directorial debut in Bollywood, reuniting him and his leading lady Meera in a bond he had dreamt of since their college days. While Meera is crowned the queen of Bollywood, Ranbir also makes his mark as a director, till success parts their ways.

 

While they search for true love, trouble comes looking for them. A series of heartbreaks, lies, blackmails and vengeance culminate into a murder, putting Ranbir and people he has loved – the charming Sunanda who gives Ranbir the love he was craving, and the vivacious Veena who stars in his magnum opus and becomes his real-life wife – under the police radar.

 

Will Ranbir be able to find his true love, or will the stardom leave him alone and aloof?

 

Will the murder of someone he cherishes kill his soul too?

 

Stars in Your Eyes is a story of love that loses its way in the stardom that many crave. A thrilling page-turner, the story brings to life various facets of love – those that thrill, and those that kill.

 

My View:

Your failure is your best teacher.’Stars in your eyes’, a story of a director, his struggles and his failures where his failure acted as his biggest lesson which showed him the path of Success. From there on the story showcases various shades of protagonist’s life, several ups and downs and the spice and sparks his life offered him.

 

Starting of the story is a bit dull, it fails to grasps reader’s attention completely. If it could have been inaugurated on a better note, the story would offer a confidante feeling to the readers from the very beginning. The story takes some time to grasps reader’s attention completely.It took me around fifty pages or so to dwell into the story and to follow the flow.

 

Author’s writing style is soothing in nature. It very well compliments the story.Simplicity lies in his way of narration. From articulation to connectivity of events, everything is done flawlessly.

 

The story incorporates so many incidents that if all the incidents are judged individually, it would stand as a common one, but when we tie all of them together in a single thread, it has something to tell to readers. It is a flavoured story where one would get so many flavours to taste. The Bollywood spice, fame and ambition, love and infatuation, all that is involved in the life of Bollywood’s participant can be seen in this book.

 

Whenever the story involves both Ranbir and Meera,I felt that author hesitates to bring his thoughts clearly before readers. The scenes seem incomplete and fruitless in the first few pages. The essence and the feel it should carry seems to be missing throughout their interaction. It didn’t seem like both the characters share a strong bonding as narrated by the author.

 

As this book involves number of events, author paces the story with a great speed. He very precisely touches the subject and leaves them with ease. As one progresses ahead, he/she would keep on reading without a pause. To some extent, there is a thrill to discover upcoming events, but at some point thrill drops.

 

Overall, a light and nice read!

 

 

Rating : 3.5/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Book of James Carrom

The Book of James Carrom by Shubham Pandey

Title : The Book of James Carrom

 

Author : Shubham Pandey

 

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Book Blurb :

” But why do you want to be a bad ghost??’
‘I am not a ghost, I am the Tarehonuck King!’

 

Arthur McKutcher and his best friend, Tom Metagom, are two happy-go-lucky twelve- year-olds, who thirst for adventure.

 

But when adventure knocks on their door, in the form of a vengeful Tarehonuck, James Carrom, will they turn and run, or will they fight back?

 

Taking help from experienced allies, Raymon Velmin and the Zahabevs, they must battle monsters they have only just heard legends of: Vampires and ghosts, and interact with creatures they have never even heard of: Tarehonucks (a hyper-intelligent race of the undead, who have developed special powers) and the Zahabevs, a race of magical warriors, who protect humans, and who have vowed to end the Tarehonuck race.

 

Amongst the chaos of trying to find and kill James Carrom, Arthur finds out the real plan for James’ utter and complete revenge. But will he be able to stop him?

 

My View  : The first impression this book made on me was quite effective,the cover design whispers about the mystery and the fun this book holds,but the title doesn’t hint in particular about the plot,but is chosen in such a way that it impresses reader.Also,the external elements suggests that,this piece of literature would be from an experienced writer or from a newbie who has spend hours in reading for years.
But as soon as,I step ahead for the author’s bio, I was hopeful and hopeless at the same moment. Hopeful that such a young writer has given wings to his thoughts,and hopeless because I doubt whether my expectations from the book would turn down.Let’s take a sneak peek how this piece of literature worked for me.

 

The beginning of the story showcases a great thrill.It makes reader’s mind to prepare for the thrill ahead.As I paced ahead, facets opens with great ease but the flavour and the spark misses, maybe because a teen head is not reading it.I think the story is carved by a teen head for teen heads.The plot is good but the way it has been knitted is quite charmless.

 

 

His writing style is matured according to his age, and his narrating fashion seems to be inspired from foreign writers. Novice readers would find difficulty in dealing with his style,while ardent reader would like to discover more of his writings.He portrays the incident with a style and his style doesn’t seem to be compromise with the story.

 

Some of the facts seem completely ignored as if it doesn’t participate in the story,but questions on the same facts keep on knocking reader’s mind to find out the answers in the author’s word.When events switched from one to another,it escapes without notifying readers which left readers to know more of the events.The way one event starts and the way one event ends need to be polished fervently.As a result, some of the events just blurred out without causing its impact on reader’s mind.

 

I praise for the efforts author has put into it.No doubt he has done great hard work for this book and I’m pretty sure that in coming years he will do wonders in literature field and win over many hearts.But to reach that point, he has to climb many step and involve more maturity in his story.

 

The wild imagination this teen author has hammered in this book is good enough to lure teens and interesting enough to keep their interest alive.

 

From a teen’s perspective it is an interesting and thrilling read.

 

Rating : 3.7/5

 

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Reviewer  : Shweta Kesari

Review of Voices of the Silent Creek

Title : Voices of the Silent Creek

 

Author : Vikkas Arun Pareek

 

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Blurb :

Shanti is married in a prominent family but her life will never be the same for a life thrusted on her for honour of the family. She accepts her life but will she let the same fate unfold for her younger sister?

 

Bhano discovers the horrors of her sister’s life. Will she be able bring justice to her sister’s life and her sacrifices?

 

Arti finds herself strangled with choices. Will she risk her life and her family’s life to help Bhano get justice or leave her helpless?

 

The story of set in rural India takes us through unimaginable yet common atrocities which a woman faces in today’s society. Will they fail to survive? Will they emerge stronger battling the troubles?

 

 

My View : 

 

Amidst so many books arriving in the market everyday,book with a different story is hard to find.Introduced with some little twists and turns,the same themes keep on repeating,and authors serve the same dish to the reader over and over again.These days you would find many books based on women empowerment theme,portraying her pain and the odds she has been through where her sanity being exposed.

 

 

‘Voices of the Silent Creek ‘ debut book of Vikkas Arun Pareek ,is one such attempt where author wants to reach many heart through the story of  Shanti.Let’s see what different and interesting author has in store for his readers.

 

 

The ambience of the village created by the author started to absorb reader’s attention from the beginning to the end.The minute description and actions of the characters are defined in such a manner that reader can very easily feel the essence of village.Call it his experience or research, the story seems cordial by the way it has been presented before readers.His writing style is uncomplicated and straightforward, and that very thing makes the journey even more light.

 

 

The story travels on a single track, it,not for a single moment, losses its track, and that’s why author has managed to make it fast-pacing.The story is crafted with adroitness. Irrelevant or uninvited doesn’t participate in the story, instead each of the part plays their  role quite well in order to complete the story and to make a lasting effect on reader’s mind.He makes the narration in such a way that it provides regularity in the flow.

 

 

The theme as already told is common,but given author’s honest attempt towards this book,this book needs to be read, and Shanti’s story need to be heard,stories like these offers us a chance to know the story happening in villages,or may be this is the story happening in the home next to you, or you might be playing the role of a silent spectator. Shanti’s story would make you feel to take a step ahead,and makes you aware about the happenings with people,of which you might not aware of.

 

 

Rating : 4/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari 

Review of I’m Not A Retard!

Title: I’m Not A Retard!

 

Author: Rajashree Anand

 

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One of the crucial issues prevailing in the twenty first century is Cyber bullying. Misuse of social media and cell phones to harass people are contributing to an alarming number of cases which at times even lead to suicide. “I’m Not A Retard” focuses on the problem of cyber bullying and how it can affect the victims. It’s a simple story that is actually a source of awareness of cyber crimes soaring for everyone.

 

Blurb: Tormented by a group of cyber-bullies in Smithsonian College, Katya Mishra reaches out to Tara Ghosh. Her appeal is marked “spam” by the journalist, who’s caught in her own world of choices: career, family and newfound love. Matters were also getting worse in South Hall for Ralph Archer who was already a victim of ‘a host of hate-pages on FB’. Can each of them find solutions to their problems and solve those of others?

“I’m Not a Retard!” seeks to make people aware of the downsides of this newly-found medium of expression and is the voice of silent rebellion from the many students and adults faced by instances of cyber-bullying in their lives.

Through an interplay of narrative voices, the reader is taken on a voyage, experiencing the twists and turns of characters who meander through the complex intricacies and ironic shortcomings of the cyber-world.

 

My View: At first glance, the unusual title and attractive cover grabbed my attention towards it. The short and catchy blurb made me more likely to want to read it. These three elements gives a slightly intriguing scenario.

 

The book comprises of different stories of different people amalgamated in a certain way. The instances from a school and college are elucidated in the book. The story is composed of various difficulties faced by the teachers and students. However, the matter of concern remains the same i.e. the cons of cyber world.

 

There are compelling characters in the book which contain a little bit of us. The day to day problems and worries are illustrated in a interesting manner. Such as the bewilderment of perceived career-related choices, peer pressure, the expectations parents have for their kids and several frequent human feelings and emotions.

 

The plot is well crafted. It emphasizes on the severe consequences of digital persecution on the youth. It expounds how cyber bullying is linked to depression in teenagers. Moreover, it results into public humiliation, emotional and mental breakdown, insecurity and despair. The author brings out the problem along with the solutions to it. How people can reach out for help and share their stories is also delineated in the book. I liked how the author has improvised this issue in such a riveting way.

 

The author adopted a pleasant and simple writing style. The sensitive issue of dealing with cyber crimes has been well presented.

 

The story is divided into four parts. It’s a fast paced book with a number of questions going through the reader’s mind. Although, the beginning doesn’t give the idea of the plot and it may seem indistinct. Indeed, the climax is powerful which instills a sense of understanding related to the drawbacks of internet and social media world.

 

It’s a fresh script with a strong subject. I would like to congratulate the author for drawing attention to a serious predicament in the present era.

 

Altogether, it’s a entertaining story with a message to be cautious of cyber bullies. Recommended to everyone out there!

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Reviewer: Shivani Chauhan

Review of I Inspire

Title : I Inspire

 

Subtitle : A Unique Treasure Hunt

 

Author : Megha Bajaj

 

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Blurb : 

A must-read for anyone who has ever rolled their eyes skyward and asked, “Hey God, is there like a road map to life?”

Srinagar was dressed in her autumn best. Like blushing brides, the trees were clothed in bright red, their graceful limbs swaying eagerly forth in the wind, and then, as if suddenly recalling their modesty, holding back just a bit.

Neerja’s grandmother was busy in the kitchen. The smell of pickles enticed the chubby little girl and she walked in to watch the elderly woman create magic with her wrinkled hands. Every now and then, she would steal a piece of sour green mango, flick it into the air and catch it in her mouth. The taste was heaven… pure heaven.

“Oh nani, I love you!” Neerja sighed. “This is the greatest treasure you could ever give me!”

“Oh, no, my little one”, replied her grandmother, beating masalas into a bowl to marinate the cut raw mango pieces. “Raw mangoes are not the greatest treasure.”

“I give up Nani! Tell me, tell me now, what is the greatest treasure?”

Equal parts humorous and soul-stirring, the deeply personal and disturbingly honest I Inspire reveals how the human spirit is much, much bigger than anything it endures.

 

My View : The story welcomes reader with an amusing part of Neerja’s childhood, nothing would be much better to inaugurate this story,perfect start.I loved meeting Neerja’s family member as much as I started loving her. The story is being portrayed in such a manner that slowly and steadily you would find yourself  dissolved in the story as sugar gets in water.

 

Little but cute snaps from Neerja’s life loathed me to the core,the way she looked and judged the incidents of life touched my heart.The way Megha has done the juxtaposition of little-little nuances of life is very likeable.It helps to relate with the protagonist completely,working as a cherry on the top of the cake.

 

Going through Neerja’s story, doesn’t just inspire you,but entertain you at the same time.The way she responds to life, even though what life has offered her, makes a very positive image of her on reader’s mind.Only personality like her know,what life is, and how to live it at its best.Counting all the odds, she travels on the path of light, enlightening her life,and becoming an inspirational model for many others.

 

Megha just not conveys Neerja’s words in this book, but she has done her best to make this story look like told by Neerja only.She has injected life into it, her words can be felt, and can be related ,and her efforts can be noticed when one can connect to the incidents narrated in the book with ease.She wanted the story to reach to many hearts, and that’s why she adorned her writing style with simple words, making it less complex for novice to complete the journey, and her narrating fashion is matured enough that ardent readers would feel comfortable while sailing.

 

Wonderful and inspirational read!

 

Rating : 4.5/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari