Review of Fire in the Unnameable Country

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Author- Ghalib Islam

‘Fire in the Unnameable Country’ by Ghalib Islam is an unexampled book which makes it’s own position standing amongst the crowd.Author wants to say a lot through this book,lets check how much he succeeded.

As the blurb goes-‘ Recall the magic of 1001 nights, the horror of A Clockwork Orange,the exotic puzzle of The Savage Detectives- and prepare to meet the future.

The universe is shaking as Hedayat,the “glossolalist” narrator of Fire in the Unnameable Country, is born on a flying carpet in the skies above an obscure land whose leader has manufactured the ability to hear every unspoken utterance of the nation.He records the contents of his citizens’ minds onto tape reels for archival storage.Later in Hedayat’s young life,as the unnameable country collapses into disarray around him,he begins an epistle,wherein,interspersed with accounts of contemporary terrorist attacks and the outbreak of a mysterious viral epidemic, he invokes the memories of his ancestors to revisit the troubled country’s history and expose the root of its crisis.

Hedayat’s dark world is entirely foreign but oddly familiar,echoing the banality of our daily diversions and adding a terrifying twist.The Mirror,a gruesome,never ending reality show, turns the city of La Maga into a permanent Hollywood style film set where people gamble body parts and live in fear of the Black Organs,the paramilitary manifestation of the eviscerators that threaten to infect the nation.Islam’s vibrant,ingenious construction sends the plot twisting down rabbit holes and caterwauling through secret doorways to emerge anywhere from a domastic living room to a bomb techinician’s workshop to the deep recesses of the state’s repressive political apparatus.

A remarkable debut,filled with original characters and rendered in uniquely inventive language,Fire in the Unnameable Country is a book like no other.’

The blurb,the title, the cover design,the way title inscripted on the cover everything seems way attractive and lingering.When one goes ahead of it,there is another thing which they will find unique i.e. writing style.And,also the plot behaves strangely, knitting my mind with some confusion,excitement and eager to discover more.

To dissolve myself in the book,it took me to read one-fourth of the book to get friendly with the writing style.A different kind of articulation of words,at first seems a bit difficult to grasp but as the story paces up,it clutches its strength.A unique style of story telling and quite interesting for someone who wants to taste something new.

The story becomes interesting as when I got friendly with the writing fashion and I could conceptualize and visualize what author really wants to say.But,it becomes somewhat boring,when it comes to grasp the real meaning and the way how that is actually plunged into it.But,when all comes together and riddle slips on its place,from blurr images everything becomes clear to mind as the story paces ahead and comes to an end.

I think author tried to write something which doesnt fall in every reader’s comfort.This book is for those,who likes or wants to experiment something new in reading and wants their mind to go round and round while reading to digest what actually they are reading and get meaning out of it.On the other hand,if someone is hard core reader would enjoy this book because of its uniqueness and author’s guts to try something new and effort to do something out of blue.

Rating- 4/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of The Fine Print of Life

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Author- P.S. Wasu

“The fine print of life” is the first book by P.S. Wasu. This book represents that how one can spend his or her lifetime creatively, blissfully and freely. The book helps you to understand the basic elements of life. It is a philosophical and analytical book which deals with the journey of life through many real life situations and instances.

As the cover says that ‘how Panna Lal found happiness, wisdom and Mishri Devi’ shows the journey of a man’s life who constantly is in search of contentment, satisfaction and joy. The book deals with the lives of several people such as Panna Lal, Mishri Devi, Hira Lal, Jalebi Devi, Barfi Devi and others. As they set out to explore the fundamental questions related to life i.e. happiness, success, failure and many more. Our life is composed of events and states of mind.The book consists of five and a half wheels of destiny are very essential for living life joyously and creatively. They are namely:

-Minding it: The foremost wheel explains about the importance of our state of mind. Our state of mind is the engine that drives our life. The wheel explains about an optimal state of mind which is mandatory for living a life full of gladness. The wheel is further divided into five and a half aspects which constitute an optimal state of mind. The author discussed about openness of mind, intensity of mind, and an instinctive mind through short tales of Panna Lal, Jawahar Lal, etc.

-Finding it: This wheel is about the divergent doors that lead to an optimal state of mind. The wheel consists of five and a half facets which allow us to flow in an optimal and thoughtful state of mind. The author talked over unforced and voluntary actions of mind. Also, the book revolves about living in the moment and providing pleasure through gratification of the senses by taking several examples.

-Seeing it: Here, the wheel represents the state of enlightenment after we inculcate an optimal state of mind in our life. We view this state of wisdom and awareness through five and a half different angles. The story deals with the stages of enlightenment. And through this state of refinement ,virtue and sageness come naturally in one’s life. Various instances have been discussed in the book related to it.

-Being it: In this wheel, the story depicts the authenticity and truthfulness of the enlightenment state. The wheel helps us to understand the ways by which we can ingress this state of awareness and understanding in our lives. The author discussed about how allowing things, the art of non-interference, and coming out of the shell can prove to be effective and useful in one’s life.

-Walking it: It is about five and a half different ways such as the king’s way,the spider’s way and many more, to go about the journey called, Life. Life is a continuous and an interesting journey. The story says that, at no point we can say that we have arrived and reached to our final destination.

-Playing it: As the name suggests, the author compared the life to a game. The wheel reveals five and a half postulates which help in while playing the game. The author presents some of the rules of life. Some of them are known, while many of them are unclear and nebulous for us.

The book basically reveals the facts and ideas in order to live a happy life. The book discussed the varied lives of people who go through multitude of struggles, faced difficulties and sometimes bewildered about certain situations. They contemplate their suspicion and doubts and eventually find what they want from life. I liked the way how author distinctly described about the minute details of life and its fundamentals. The author interpreted the problems in a different way and gives solution to resolve them by giving many instances in book. Through composure, activeness, spontaneity, intuitiveness and optimism one can attain liberation!The book teaches numerous things which eventually guides to a lead joyful & carefree life.

I felt that this book was an eye opener for me. The book is like a guide which ushers you to a sense of insight knowledge. The author’s way of explaining about endurance and awareness of ourselves is exceptional which also shows author’s in deep knowledge & understanding. One can certainly relate him/her to the examples taken in the story. The language used is simple but yet effective. I like the way how author offers no prescriptions and instructions but permit us to recognize our true self, our paths and view new hopes and possibilities in life.

According to me,the book conveys a simple message to the readers:

“Life is a beautiful struggle. But that struggles makes you stronger, the chances makes you wise and happiness has its own way of taking its sweet time. Life is a beautiful ride. Enjoy all the wonders life has to offer. It’s great to be alive!”

Rating- 3.9/5

Reviewer- Shivani Chauhan

Review of The Journey Home

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Author- Radhanath Swami

‘The Journey Home’,mystic yogis,gurus,and an epic quest through spiritual India is an autobiography of an American Swamy:Radhanath Swami.It is a classical book ,which is woven with spirituality and motivational thoughts via Swami Radhanath Swami’s journey to home.This book is embedded with precious stones of life which gifts you an another soul.

As the back cover says-‘ Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure,mysticism, and love. Readers follow Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self awareness and a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine. Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path,Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor,immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous, and heartwarming.’

Pictures amalgamated in this book ,makes it more clear the journey of the author.From the picture of his parents,his pic when he was only eight years old,where his journey of self-discovery starts,whom he met and the great souls who taught him the lessons of life to his pictures with great sages like B.K.S Iyengar ,Baba Ram Das,with his friend Gary and renowned mystic yogi and guru-Neem Karoli Baba.In short,these pictures give a brief insight of his life.

Revealing different facets of life,this book will motivate you and creates a different and pleasant aroma around you.There are a lot many things to learn from this book,though this is a journey of a simple but the unique and specific thing about this book is ,how the life of a normal person becomes worthy ,when he travels and learns life-lessons from great souls.

For all spirituality book lovers, this book is worth to read and one could grasp and learn a lot from it.This book is a combination of motivational,spiritual and a truth revealing book which captures the reality of life through the life of Radhanath Swami.

Rating- 5/5

Reviewer:Shweta Kesari

Review of Mastering Public Speaking

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Author- Dorothy Lynn & Jessica Selasky

‘Mastering Public Speaking’, Excercise Your Body Parts & Build Your Speaking Skills by Dorothy Lynn & Jessica Selasky is an indeed helpful book for those who has stage fear or who gets nervous while speaking infront of public.One may say it a guide book ,as it tell us step by step methods as how to overcome from this problem.

As the back cover says-‘Do you need to Speak like a Pro?
(And Still Do Your Real Job?)

Here is our guide to good speaking.No nonsense,no theory- just the facts you need to know to speak with enthusiasm and confidence.
Imagine how confident you’ll feel when you :

-Lose your nervousness
-Get ready to speak faster & better
– Feel totally prepared
– Capture & hold audience attention
– Speak extemporaneously -no more tedious memorizing
– Quit giving boring presentations
– Love (okay,like) to get up in front of people

Use this book every time you make a speech or give a presentation Your audience will be glad you did.

This book shows six and a half steps to overcome from our stage fear and public speaking.Six steps are as follows-

Step-1
Analyze your fear of public speaking

This section is most important.This section help us to know where actually our fear lies.Until and unless we couldnt analyze our weak point we couldn’t kill it.

Step-2
Narrow your focus

Focus and concentration is what required in every work.Combine Head and Heart:You and your audience,this is what this step basically says.

Step-3
Assemble the pieces and parts of your speech

This step tells us about the guidlines of business presentations,how to come up with Superb Opening and Strong Closings and how to shake the skeleton.

Step-4
Tackle the details

This section tells us guidelines for using a flip chart,computer generated presentations,rough drafting and such kind of things which will help us to guide presentation skills.

Step-5
Observe yourself

It says to be natural,be prepared and enthusiastic.The PEP formula for introduction is what I like most in this section.

Step-6
Make a great speech

Apart of speaking confidently and in a proper way, we must have a great speech with us.This sections tells us how to calm our body,stay on time,put out mind at ease,control our butterflies and body parts’ role in communication and prepare a great speech.

Half Step:YOU
The last step tells you that the best speakers are those who are willing to tell their own truth,whatever that is.So true and so required.

Some good quotes are amalgamated in this book to boost up the reader’s confidence.’Work it out’ section is very useful and worthy and is must to do.If you don’t pay attention to this part then all will go in vain.As learning a task is different thing and practising it is different.

Many of us are not good public speakers.Though we have good communication skills,but sometimes we go lack of courage and confidence and so we ruined our image.Public speaking is required in almost every successful position.So,it is a must thing.For me,this book works as a great guide.Pick up this book,if you are suffering from the same disease.It will help you to learn alot as all the key features are there in the book.

Rating-5/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of Chords of Life

Author- Angad Singh Saluja

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‘Chords of Life’ by Angad Singh Saluja is a twiggy book where author poured out his heart and tries to open the pages of his life and what he thinks or learnt from the various fragments of life through the ink of his thoughts.Though the book is diminutive but it holds the strength to twist your mind and melt your heart.

As what poet says about this book-‘Chords of Life is a collection of real life experiences and stories written in the form of both long and short poems which would easily strike a chord with the readers.”Chords of Life” is here to break the myth of people regarding poetry and offer everyone an experience of their life time.The ease of vocabulary,real situations from heart and simplicity in its own sense would make every person witness some chapters of his or her own life through this book.

Life can be tricky and tough at times questioning your ability to deal with it.Still keeping faith,we move ahead trying to balance in the turmoil of different emotions, relations,situations and experiences. I myself have suffered many setbacks from time to time and witnessed different shades of life.Words have the power which no weapon can match and “Chords of Life” is a simple attempt to help and inspire the society in some way so that the world is a better place to live in for everyone.The set of poems are divided into the following three categories-

Life and Me
We have to understand questions related to our inner conscious, self realization and different feelings with respect to life’s dictatorship.

Life and Relations

People are changing colors and relations are not being valued leading you to different setbacks from time to time.

Life and Survival

There is no need to move beyond the individual level and focus on survival and worldwide problems like of “Development”, “Global Warming” and “World Peace”.’

His poems are very easy to understand and they speak more of life.Rhyming words at the end added charm to his poems.Though his poems are enclaved of simplicity, they show images of reality.In this book,poet dealt with those issues which often becomes the reason of dispute between heart and mind.Balancing them,author came up with positivity in his thoughts and wants to evocate the same in the readers.

No doubt,some of his poems are intentionally written to give messages to readers which is far more required for everybody to adapt.Poems like ‘Global Warming’ , Peace’ are sure to alarm people with a push.Though some of his poems are long but it tells interesting story in few words.

‘Chords of Life’ is the perfect title for the book as his poems works as a bridge between reader’s heart and poet’s heart.’Chords of Life’ is a book which reveals the secrets of life via poet’s heart.One could easily co- relate with the poems compiled in this book.

A 74 paged book ,which you could easily complete in a single go and there is no way to put a dictionary along with you while reading it.If you are yet to read a poetry book and wants to go through a book which is festooned with simplicity and richness in thoughts,you can go through this book. The one who doesn’t able to understand poetry can understand poems of this book with ease.

Rating- 4.5/5

Reviewer- Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author Sujata Parashar

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1. Your latest book ‘In pursuit of a lesser offence’ dealt with complexities in marriage life. Your other two books dealt with?

-My debut novel, ‘In Pursuit of infidelity,’ was published by Rupa and co. in 2009. As is amply clear from the title, the book tries to explore man – woman relationship outside marriage and its impact on married couples. My second book, ‘In Pursuit of Ecstasy,’ was also brought out by Rupa and co. in 2011. The book revolves around teenage life, drugs and explores the delicate relationship between youth and parents. And the third ‘pursuit,’ as you already mentioned deals with contemporary issues of marriage and was published by Alchemy and was released earlier this year.

2. The thought of coming up with the ‘Pursuit’ series popped up after the success of your first book or you had thought of it from the very beginning?

-The idea to turn it into a series came only after the success of my first novel. But I was clear in my mind that each book should tell a different story. The only things similar between all the three is the theme and the common sounding titles. Also, if you read the title of the books carefully, you will notice that all three of them has word which begins with a vowel each: The first one has the vowel “I” (in the word Infidelity), the second has the vowel “E” (in the word Ecstasy) and the latest one has the vowel “O” (in the word Offence). This was deliberate move.

3. Share your experiences of being in the literature world.

-I became an author by chance. The journey is still young but I’m learning and enjoying myself. Also, I’d always enjoyed reading and continue to do so. Although, now I read books more to study and absorb the finer nuances of creative writing.

4. Which would be the next book in ‘pursuit’ series? What will be the core of that book?

Well, I’m working on another fiction. But I don’t think it will be a part of the ‘pursuit’ series. The pursuit series was supposed to end with my third book on marriage which was released earlier this year. But many of my well-wishers and readers shared that they enjoyed the series and don’t want it to end. Moreover, my own interest in studying human relationships deepened with each book and so I’ve decided to continue with it. The pursuit ‘series’ essentially focuses on modern – day romantic relationships and the various challenges it faces in modern times. Modern – day relationships are more about sustainable partnership between couples based on some new parameters. I am interested in examining these new parameters especially women’s role in it and how it will impact these partnerships. But I’ll have to wait for the right inspiration for my next “pursuit.”

6.Sum up your life in the form of a poem.

-I live

From Moment to moment

Each new moment thrills me

It makes me wonder

About all the mysteries that I’ll get to solve;

Be enlightened

In anticipation;

I wait with bated breath

For the next to arrive

Like an excited child

On seeing her new gift

At times I’m too caught up

In the web of life

Moments pass me by unnoticed

Leaving behind important lessons

I pick up a few threads;

Abandoning the rest for another moment

At others I don’t pay heed;

Stumble, fall, make mistakes

And if the moment is right I learn

Or wait for the next turn

Some Moments are short lived

Others stay longer;

take their own sweet time to bid adieu

But moments must pass

They’re never meant to stay

I live to greet each new moment

I live from moment to moment

7. A message for your readers.

Believe in yourself,
Live life to the fullest,
Make people smile,
And read books.

Thank you for giving such a wonderful answers and your precious time.Wishing you a very bright future.

Review of Rainbows in the Desert

Author- Archna Pant

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This book depicts the life of women which has the effect of inspiring someone. Her life is composed of elementary joys and sorrows. Her day to day experiences have helped her to grow and made her the kind of person she is today. It happens when she goes through numerous ups and downs in her life in which she suffered, laughed, cried & finally developed herself through it.

The first story i.e. Rainbows in the desert deals with a woman named Malati who has something in her which sets her apart from others. Gradually she becomes indispensable to the author. Their conversations often lead to the burdens of womanhood &her rights and demands in the society. Malati’s marriage becomes drudgery for her but she refuses to loose her faith in sanctity which I felt is an exceptionally unique quality of hers. To keep your belief & be hopeful, at the most difficult times is what which makes your journey easier. I liked the way ,the author through her eloquent words represented a very grand essential thing of life. Through hope one can blossom even inside the abysmal abyss. In even the dark times, when you’ve lost everything one thing always remains throughout the journey and i.e. hope which guides you to do the right thing.And this influenced me to a great extent personally. Malati never give up & always tried to look beyond sufferings & pain. Her dreams couldn’t be fulfilled & so she wished to educate her daughter and make her independent in life. Instead of being totally disheartened from her life, she believed that one day all her miseries & adversities will pay off. And her hope was only the sole reason behind her optimistic approach towards life.

The second chapter i.e. lessons of life which is a story of a simple boy Vishnu. At every point of his life he faces rejection & is cursed by the people around him. Yet he manages to love life & is immensely devoted to work. While reading his story, I perceived that sometimes the most important lessons of life are learned through sufferings & agony. As when he confronts the harsh realities of life of which he never imagined in his wildest dreams, made him assimilate the facts of real life. For him, pain proves to be a great teacher.

The third story i.e. Lucknow mail presents the life of a woman named mrinalini. Fate decides his course for her when she meets Aditya who was a fine student of his father(Prof. Joshi). They both loved each other. But, Life plays its own truants on her as through all these years she was married to an another man. Her reminiscences of her early days always stayed with her through these years. The story outlines that love is the beauty of soul. Their love was beyond reasons & was all about nearness. Real love is all about giving not saying. Love is not about possession but it’s associated with the person’s affection & care. Their love depicts the warmth, tenderness & sentimentality for each other. Love is not about conquering or losing someone. Besides, it’s about appreciation & feeling grateful of someone or something in your life. It was justified on mrinalini’s part that she was completely broken when she saw the glimpses of her past. I realized the true meaning & aspects of love. The simplicity & profundity of love was beautifully represented in the story.

The next story i.e. mirages of heart which is a story of a woman who has her own expectations from life. She is a spontaneous woman and works tirelessly at all times. Like every woman, she’s full of enthusiasm & love for her family. But unfortunately there comes a turning point in her life where her husband turns down to her. He refuses to support her decisions due to his own reasons. As a mother the author completely described that to a great extent it was not totally wrong for her to expect from her children. However, I felt that the author is able to put forward the aspects of both of woman & her husband. In life, when expectations are not fulfilled it gives you pain & turn into disappointments.

The next chapter of the book i.e. Reasons of heart describes about relationships. There’s a boy who shifts into a new city for his job establishes a relationship with a lady named Devi which proves to be enduring & soul stirring for him. The author is successful in describing that it is a kind of relationship that our heart finds & seeks. She beautifully represents the feelings & emotions of both of them. It seems as if they both found their essence of life again. Their souls are jubilated & they felt as if an invisible void is filled in their lives.

The next story(justice for janaki) revolves around a woman named janaki who is filled with inquisitiveness & always questions sharply about the norms of society. She often shares her childhood experiences with Uma(An assistant professor in a college) & told that how her dreams & aspirations couldn’t be fulfilled. The author very beautifully shows a different meaning of justice. I felt that the author is successful in bringing a practical approach in people’s mind when it comes to provide a just behavior for an individual. I loved the way a woman helped & supported an another woman & she took a firm & a strong step for her. This also showed that a strong woman is capable to take a stand for herself as well as for others. It emphasized about the male chauvinistic society which makes it almost impossible for a woman to lead the life she has imagined for herself. The high point in the story is how beautifully justice has been delivered to janaki.

The last chapter(i.e. wind beneath the wings) deals with the life of two women who were best friends. Their life entirely differed from that of each other. Pallavi, a young ambitious girl faces failures in her life which made her strong & determined enough to confront each & everything what life offers to her. I liked the way her brother supported her to fulfill her dreams even though their parents didn’t like it. I liked that instead of loosing her belief on herself , she decides to not to give up & move forward in her life. She didn’t let her yesterday take too much of today. Instead of being shattered by the situations one should stand up & be ready to face the complications of life. This is a certainly a sign of a strong lady.The story highlighted the urge of a woman to be an equal human being, transcending all limitations of gender, to earn her dignity & pride in life.

The thing which I liked about this book is how simply the author has put forward the most sensitive issues of our society. All stories portray that from struggles, comes strength. The author has been successful in representing the image of a woman as strong, independent and free. Through an unwillingness to give up, a woman can achieve goals of her life. If she has the entire conviction in herself nobody can put her down or make her feel inferior from the entire world.

This book shows beyond doubt the various twists and turns of life which shape you the person you will be. It is capable to galvanize you through the simple tales of people. This book influenced me to a great extent & became aware of several strands of life. If you are interested to read a book based on the current matter in question the this book will work for you. As this will drive you and can change your perspective of life. The thing I loved about the book that almost every individual would be able to relate themselves to author’s words which is very rare.You will definitely enjoy the author’s style of writing .

Rating: 3.9/5

Reviewed by Shivani Chauhan

Review of Programming in JAVA 2

Author- Dr. K Somasundaram

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‘Programming in Java 2 ‘ by Dr. K Somasundaram is a book for all those who wants to learn Java from the very basic.Though the language ‘JAVA’ is very wide,author has given light on the core subjects and is specially written for the beginners.

As the back cover says-‘The book starts with the basic concepts of object oriented programming and a concise introduction to Java language and Java archietecture.The classes, inheritance and abstract classes are explained with the help of programs.All chapters contain complete programs with outputs.In addition real life programs are stated and complete programs with outputs.Important points are highlighted and all chapters contain objective type review questions.

Key features of the book-

-Clean and crisp description and explanation

-Hard to understand concepts are explained through appropriate conceptual diagrams

-Review questions and excercises for each chapter

-204 complete programs

-35 programs for real life problems

-149 figures and 47 tables

-Prescribed as a textbook for the MCA course’

As written in the last line-‘Prescribed as a textbook for the MCA course.I think anyone who is keen to learn JAVA can go through this book.This book will help you to learn from the basic-OOP(Object Oriented Programming). Description is way too simple.The content is so arranged that a beginner could easily learn from it.

The topics covered in this book are- Introduction to Java(OOP’s features), Literals,Data types and Variables, The structure of a Java Program, Operators, Control Statements, Arrays, Classes, Inheritance, Packages and interfaces, Wrapper classes, Mathematical methods, Exceptions, Input and output classes, Strings, Threads, Applets, Graphics, Event handling, Swing and GUI Components, Networking and JDBC.

Excercises given after each chapter is worth to do and will help you to revise the topics and to overlook them.Examples are placed at every required position to make one understand the topic more lucidly.If you are a beginner and seeking for a book to help you in learning programming in JAVA you can definitely go for this book.Provided you must solve the excercises and run the programmes to grab most of it.

Rating- 5/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of Resemblance

Author- Arti Honrao

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Arti Honrao’s book has a special thing- that you could complete the reading journey in a single go with ease.All the three books by her are diminutive and woven with variety of emotions as the stories basically focused on relationships.

‘Resemblance-The Journey of a Doppelganger’,her latest book made me to ponder from the very beginning as how would the story end.My attention grippens as I kept on turning it pages.No doubt,a page turner book it is.Unlike her previous two books,the plot of this book seems more fresh and new to me.This book is way thicker than the previous two and so do the content it holds has more power.

As the synopsis goes-‘ When you perform on stage in school or college days, you try your best to become one with the character you portray in the play. The applause from audience is the prize you get for your performance and dedication.However, it is totally different if you have to play a role in your real life. Portraying someone else,being one with someone, giving your best shot to
be the person is not as easy as acting on stage.And, the applause – it does not come. Silent gratitude from the person to whom it makes the difference and hostility from those who are offended, without you wanting to offend them, is all you get in real life for role-playing.

When Sneha sees Ajay for the first time, she is not aware her life is going to be turned upside –down. She does not know she is about to lose her individuality and step into someone else’s shoes willingly. What seems like love at first sight for her also means facing responsibilities which she is not sure, initially, whether she is ready to accept. The intensity of her feelings for Ajay,
however, finally makes her take up the challenge of role playing of a wife and a mother.

Resemblance begins with Sneha being exposed to the shocking fact that she resembles a woman she has never met before in her life, a woman who is the wife of the man she falls in love with. The story completes a full circle when in the end Sneha finally reaches where she is meant to be, being who she is really meant to be. She faces the hostility of few people, swims through the sea of emotions, accepts the challenge of life and battles the desires which take a toll on her peace of mind to finally fullfil her true purpose in life.On one hand, Resemblance takes us on a journey
of Sneha’s life and on other hand it also tells us about the depth of mother’s love for her child,which overcomes even the barrier set by death.’

After reading two books by this author, I got habitualized to her writing style and it became very easy for me to dwell in her tales.The time, when I finished reading the third book, I badly wanted to read more of the author.Three books in series by the same author has put a compact effect on me.Short and crisp tales that make you float in the sea of emotions and at last leave you at the shore where you never wants to end it.

Author has the art as how to come out with the story which will impress readers and make them dwell in another life. Soothness is the basic art of her writing style.The whole novel was like- I was a watching a movie;it was so imaginative and I could so easily visualize everything.This story is crowned with a perfect ending.This book is recommended to all novel lovers.

Rating-4.7/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of The Orange Hangover

Author- Rahul Saini

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‘The Orange Hangover’ by Rahul Saini is a book which deals with job problem,society problem and rolled up with a love story along with a suspense.Author Rahul Saini,through this book tried to mingle these four flavors but couldn’t portrayed a single thing as required.

As the back cover says-
Then
-Cool lifestyle
– Dinner with friends
– First Day First Show (s)
– Good Paying Job
– Good Girlfriend

Now
– Cool Lifestyle (cross)
-Dinner with Friends+ Best Restaurants (cross)
– First day First Show (s) (cross)
– Good Paying Job (cross)
-Good Girlfriend has gone bad
-Girl who understands me (Only me)
-Tangled in a case of extreme crime

The Orange Hangover
-Will he be able to follow his heart and stick to his values and ambitions?

-Will he ever be able to win the girl he likes?

  • Will the terrible case of extreme crime ever be solved?

The way cover has designed seems attractive and so the title was grabbing my attention. Starting is good and author’s good writing skill made me to turn its page.But as I was getting closer to the end I was expecting for an end,obviously!Alas,there is no end to this story.I felt that the story left-out in between.I felt like author wanted to say a lot but couldn’t actually able to.This book somehow wants to give message to its readers but couldn’t succeed in that very aspect.

The plot seems good in the beginning;what requires it is a good ending.This story is like any other story.I guess author wanted to come up with something different but he couldn’t. His writing style is good,the only thing author needs to work on is a good plot.At the starting and the middle, I enjoyed reading this book,some good scenes,apt dialogue delivery added some charm to this book.

Things I like about this book are-good dialogues,at some places story gets interesting and funny due to humorous monologues used.A light reading book it is;the only loophole it has is-no sensible end.

Rating-3/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of Is This Love & Autumn-The Last Leaf

Author- Arti Honrao

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‘Is This Love & Autumn-The Last Leaf’ are two exquisite tales compiled in a single book.Both the stories are tuned to relationships.Where one story dances on the beats of selfless love ;other holds the epitome that how far love can drag one and can make one do anything.

As the synopsis of ‘Is This Love’ goes- IS THIS LOVE opens with a respect for friendship that Vishaal and Sheetal share. They live together and conduct themselves as being rational, mutually
understanding and admiring friends.Even though both share the same roof,they are nowhere near to being lovers.At least not until Sheetal starts dating Aman and Vishaal starts missing her.Sheetal’s absence gives Vishaal a lot of time to ponder over his feelings towards her. Having convinced himself over his love for Sheetal, he decides to help her with her marriage to Aman; after all,what matters the most is who Sheetal loves to be with.Sheetal is a smart, independent, and outspoken woman. She has no qualms
about her friendship and living-in arrangement with Vishaal, and does not attempt to hide or justify this friendship to anyone. Workplace romance was inevitable between Sheetal and Aman.She has his photo beside the bed so that she could go to sleep looking at his smile.But… did she really love Aman? Aman is very much in love with Sheetal, but loathes the thought of her friendship with Vishaal. Yet, he stands by his ladylove when his parents confront her over Vishaal and her relationship. He marries Sheetal much against the wishes of his parents. Marriage was not a bed of roses for Sheetal. Her visit to catch up with Vishaal starts infuriating Aman.Aman’s parents were not of much support either, reflecting contempt at every gesture. One day, Aman’s simmering skepticism erupts as blows.Deeply hurt both on the inside and on the outside, she turns to Vishaal for solace, yearning for Aman in herheart. The doorbell rings on an unsuspecting afternoon. But, is it Aman at the door?Or did his intentions take shape? What provoked Aman to manhandle Sheetal on that fateful day? The events that follow, takes us through the course of love, lifeand trust amongst the three.

‘Is This Love’ is a simpatico love tale ,where it gives us the message to take decisions from heart not to allow brain to act in between.Relationships are made from heart not from mind,when our brain starts interfering in between we may lose our most precious relationships’.I like the way how author gave this message in such a short and simple tale.

As the synopsis of ‘Autumn:The Last Leaf’ goes-
AUTUMN – THE LAST LEAF starts on a scary note over a dream which Neha calls a premonition. She sees that her friend Cathy is in danger and sends Kedar over to Cathy’s place in an effort to avert this oncoming danger. But the inevitable has already occurred.Devastated over the recent happenings,Kedar nurses Neha back to normalcy.During times of delirium, and the dream or vision that followed, Neha starts observing the change in her approach towards Kedar. During the brief time while both spent time away from each other at their respective hometown, Neha becomes convinced about her love towards Kedar and decides to surprise him by confessing her love in person.Little did she know that fate had already planned a surprise for her. Kedar, accompanied by his wife Samiksha, greets Neha at the airport. Shattered and angry over the turn of events, Neha still decides to face the situation head-on. To her surprise, she finds Samiksha a charming hostess and a great partner for Kedar. Yet, she continues to ponder over the dream she once had during those delirious days, while Kedar nursed her. She decides to play tooth fairy, and offers financial assistance to Kedar over his “Dream Project”. It so seems that Neha is always followed by “dreams” in every walk of her life. She just can’t shake them off.Another “dream” shakes Neha out of a deep slumber. She sees Samiksha being murdered and the maid walking away with the diamond necklace that Neha had once gifted. Fortunately, or unfortunately, she is not able to identify the murderer in her dream. In spite of Neha’s best interests, Samiksha falls prey to destiny’s events. As providence would have it, now it is Neha’s turn to return the favour. She gives her heart and soul to salvage the pieces of Kedar’s personal and professional life.Kedar seems to have hit an abyss with Samiksha’s death. All the care and concern that Neha is giving him was beginning to look like a waste. Totally devastated over her unsuccessful attempts to bring Kedar out of mourning, she decides to let her emotions and lust rule over intellect.Was she able to get back the same Kedar she once fell in love with? What is bothering Kedar that he is so desperately trying to forget? Does Neha’s dream hold the key to all these unanswered events?

The second book by the author has more impressing narration than the first one. In last chapter of ‘Autumn-The Last Leaf’ ,author has very cleverly illustrates the story of Neha in a poetic form.The title chosen for this story is apt and says all in depth.From these two stories,I liked the first one more, though the second one holds it own position.

Author’s pen has power to bring life to short story.I think ,to write short stories is completely a difficult task as compared to write a full length novel.As, in full length novel one has given all the freedom to extent it and to give light on small things. Whereas in novella or short stories one has to keep in mind at what extent the story has to be extended,how the readers would be able to imagine in short description.But author knows how to do this job with ease and she expressed it beautifully.

Arti Honrao’s books’ speak more of true and silent love. Her stories very well described exemplar’s feelings.She knows well how to portray the story in a equi -proportioned way.Her stories will always left you with a different feeling.

Rating- 3.9/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of The Complete Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes

Author- Arthur Conan Doyle

‘The Complete Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes’ by Arthur Conan Doyle is a treasury for me.A widened treasury box where fifty-six different and my all time favourite treasures are kept.

As the back cover says-‘A selection of most exciting adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson.
The deerstalker cap,cape-backed overcoat,and the pipe.The gaslit,cobblestone streets and fog swirling in from England’s imperial seas into 221 B Baker Street.Sherlock Holmes are legendary detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle needs no introduction.Ever since the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes in the story “A scandal in Bohemia” there has been no stopping.Generations of his fans has been reading,fascinated ,as he employed his prodigious deductive and intuitive skills to crack the toughest of cases from the barest of clues.

Indeed,the stories of Holmes’ adventures are a perennial source of inspiration to lovers of detective fiction,for Sherlock Holmes elevated criminal investigation to a fine art.

This book offers complete 56 stories,a comprehensive sampling of the master sleuth’s detective skills.Written in an inimitable style by that multi-faceted personality and raconteur par
excellence.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,this concise volume will delight all Holmes-lovers.’

In this compilation,each story speaks of new twists and at the end you will be jaw dropped, finding how graciously the narrartion and plot are stitched.

This book is basically divided into five sections-

Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes contains twelve short stories, where story is of around fifteen to twenty pages.Though the stories are short but it has all the spice a suspense-thriller story should have.My most favourite story in this section is ‘The Boscombe Valley Mystery’.

The second section Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes consists of eleven stories where each story plugged with a different twist.The stories in the second section are quite longer than the first one or of same size.My most favourite story from this section is ‘The Crooked Man’.

The third section The Return Of Sherlock Holmes consists of thirteen stories.This section holds the best thriller part.As the Sherlock Holmes returns,along with him the truck loaded with suspense and thrill arrives and play their dynamite role.My favourite story from this section is ‘The Adventure of the Missing Three Quarter.’

The fourth section His Last Bow consists of eight tales.This section holds it own level of twists and turns which could make the readers mind to go zig-zag.My favourite story from this section is ‘The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge 1. The similar experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles
2. The Tiger of San Pedro’

The fifth and last but not the least section The case book Of Sherlock Holmes consists of twelve humorous tales.This is the perfect collection to end this book.My favourite story from this section is ‘The Adventure of Sussex Vampire’.

The only thing I don’t like about this book is-small font size.It becomes difficult for me to read.But as the content holds the power so I couldn’t restrained myself from reading.Suspense-thriller-Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle’s lovers-this is a must read book for you.

Rating- 5/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of A winning Attitude

Author- Rosie Hamilton Mcginty

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Some walk with positive attitude,some with negative attitude.Does someone walk with winning attitude? What actually is winning attitude? Very few of us actually know what in true manner winning attitude refers and others simply misunderstood it.Well to clear my these doubts, I picked up this book.

‘A winning Attitude’ , to change your life change your attitude by Rosie Hamilton Mcginty aims to enable readers to be motivated, self- guided, do right to others, open the way to empathy and become caring and compassion.

This book consists of 120 thoughts tends to change your attitude.As the title seems promising content is not that much promising.Though some thoughts are really good and perfect for the book but the rest doesnt intend to take position what the book actually wants to give.It is a diminutive book.Rarely took half an hour to complete or even less.

Rating- 3/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of The Twelfth Imam

Author- Joel C. Rosenburg

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‘The Twelfth Imam’ by Joel C. Rosenburg is a completely different and out of the box book in my collection till date .This book is thick and extended in size as compared to other books and quite a heavy rather I call strong reading pack.

As the blurb goes-‘ Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites before it’s too late. The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace.

And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout
the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. Word of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders is spreading like wildfire.

CIA operative David Shirazi was born for this moment. He is recruited and sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program, without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering an apocalyptic new war. But time is running out.’

First of all the blurb seemed enticing to me and that is what made me to go through this book.At first I thought that I would take a week or more to complete this 480+ paged book.But I was wrong.Author’s plain and exquisite writing style held my attention and the way content is up to the mark made me hooked to this book.

Where today most of the authors try their hands in love stories.Author Joel C. Rosenburg tried his hand on a rare thing.It’s an elegant fictional work making the base as religion.Characters are well potrayed and author has done justice with them.Narration is compact and balanced throughout.I was shocked to see how I so easily completed such a thick book that too in a very short span of time.Author definitely has the power to make his readers hooked to his book.

I’ve seen people who just don’t like to talk about religion and even don’t bother to dwell in it.If you are one of them then don’t go through this book.But if you wish to experiment something different and wants to feed your mind a completely different recipe then this is a must read book for you.

Review- 4.9/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of My Life Story

Author- Arti Honrao

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‘My Life Story’ by Arti Honrao plugged with variant stages of exemplar’s life.From the beginning to the end ,author has made her pen stiff and narrated the story in a constant flow.

As the blurb goes-‘My Life Story is the story of Kavya who believes in living each day as it comes.As she narrates her story we realize how her carefree nature extinguishes in the storms of her life and how she finally learns to take her own decisions.

Leaving her house to marry the man of her choice and beginning life anew,she finally finds herself standing face to face with her family during a critical situation.What happens then plays a major role in shaping her life.

During the course of this journey,she meets Shantanu,who has a positive influence on her life.How she copes with the challanges of her life and how she struggles to find her lost individuality is the center-point of this story!

The story also lays emphasis on how her love for her husband blinds her and forces her to undergo emotional turmoil till finally she decides to fight back.

What role does Shantany play in her life?What happens in her life that almost brings her to the stage of losing her sanity?Does she succeed in coming out of all these? Does she turn out to be a survivor? Read along as Kavya tells us her story….’

From the very beginning author is successful in creating the suspense on Rohan’s side.After every next page I was waiting for the time when Rohan’s true image came infront of Kavya. Author’s writing style has vividness which will make sequence of images in your mind.

As the story was stepping ahead I was getting glued to it.The end was unexpecting as I was expecting it to end on a positive note as Kavya has already gone through a lot and at last she deserves to be happy.

This is a diminutive book one could easily complete in a single sit. This book is for those who counts pages before reading;for those readers who are afraid of thick books.I rarely read novella and I am more into novels.But author’s simple and compact narration style made me to like this book too and to complete it without any pause.

Rating- 3.7/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of I will Love once again

Author- Krishna Verma

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‘I will love once again’ by Krishna Verma is a simpatico tale of Krishna who wanted to live completely in present but his past love Priety didn’t let him to do so. In every girl he was seeking for Priety’s resemblance.As the title itself says-once the protagonist has fallen in love and he again wants to be in the beautiful world of love.But would he be able to? This story somehow depicts a true tale of every lover who have lost their beloved.

As the back cover says-‘Would you fall in love again?
How would you react if someone you love suddenly calls you to convey message of her engagement and moves out of your life?

Even the last thread of hope tears up and they are apart.Priety is gone and HE remains a mere spectator watching the tide of the time rising high against and shattering all his dreams.

Will he be able to fight out his hard situation?
Will he opt for self destruction,making his life hell?
Or
Will he ever take a chance of searching for love again?

An exquisite beauty slowly and steadily involves into his life and there begins emotional battle between present and beautiful past.

Will he be able to replace Past with desired Present?
What if the same thing happens again?

Read and get to know how HE narrates ‘I Will Love Once Again’ ‘

The verse in the very beginning provides a perfect illustration to the story. A constant flow is maintained throughout the story. Writing style is simple and the narration is compact which holds my attention.Bites of laughter are also there to entertain readers.

The story paces up clutching the hands of past and present simultaneously.Comparing life from present to past, author swiftly and wisely opens the pages of exemplar’s past life.I liked the way how author did this job equally proportioned.

If the story could have more twists and turns then it would be for sure a great read as the author’s writing style is simple and soothing.Some more spice in the plot would make it a perfect read.Since it is the debut book of the author,no doubt author has done a good job.Expecting a lot more to read of this author.

Rating- 3.6/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari

Review of The Bhagwada Gita

Author- Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

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God talks with Arjuna, The Bhagavad Gita (Volume I & II) ;Royal science of God-realization.The immortal dialogue between soul and Spirit;a new translation and commentary.This is the ultimate book in the field of literature.No book can beat this book.It holds the epitome of being the King of literary.

As the book says, The words of Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagwada Gita, writes Yogananda,are at once a profound scripture on the science of Yoga,union with God, and a textbook for everyday living.

I’ve read Gita before too but in typical medieval hindi.The difficulty with that was the language is quite difficult to understand.I’m sure the same problem happens with the people of my age too.So ,I preferred this book, as everyone knows Bhagwada Gita teaches infinite lessons and stands as a great supporter in life.

The smooth and compact narration made easy visualization and I was feeling like The Great Lord Krishna is infront of my eyes,infront of me , who has came to make me learn the principles of life.

Bhagwada Gita is the destiny to peace and the best school where Lord Krishna himself teaches you the greatest lessons of life.A spiritual and secular book ,which will definitely holds one’s hand ,when one falls in the devastating turn of life.

The Bhagwada Gita makes me float in the sea of peace to the eternity.This book is -A brain with a heart – a perfect and guiding soul.This is the book, I think everyone should read once in their life.It is indeed a beneficial reading journey.

Rating-5/5

Reviewed by Pooja Kesari

Review of Remember

Author- Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley

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‘Remember’ by Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley,second redemption series, grippens my attention as I continue to read it.It is a book which can swing your mood and entertain you throughout the journey.

As the back cover says,Strong-willed Ashley Baxter is trying to forget. She has locked up her heart, convinced that no one – including God – could love her. Four unlikely people -Alzheimer’s patients -find the cracks in Ashley’s heart and slowly help her remember. Then comes the nightmare of September 11, which forever changes the lives of the Baxter family, causing them to remember what is important and leading them to make decisions that are both heartbreaking and hope-filled.

The ambiance created by Baxter Family seems much more familiar after reading Redemption.Where the core theme of ‘Redemption’ is -love a decision.In this book,authors dealt with completely different thing.’Remember’ illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves.I like the way,how authors keep experimenting on different theme and giving prolific messages to its readers along with a flamboyant tale.

Like Redemption,this book also gained my attention from the very beginning.Authors’ writing style is inquistive and matured , which never let you to keep this book down.

Their story seems more real and emotional.Readers dont need to force their mind to picturize the story.The story itself creates magnificient images providing a feather reading.I found myself more involved in this book than Redemption.

Rating- 4.8/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari .

Review of Man’s Eternal Quest

Author- Paramhansa Yogananda

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‘Man’s eternal quest: The collected talks and essays by Paramhansa Yogananda is for those who is keen to know the peripherals of life.I wouldnt like to say it a spiritual book, rather I would call it a magical book.The trait it creates,the aura it clutches,magnetized me to it.

As the book cover says-Paramhansa Yogananda’s Collected Talks and Essays present in-depth discussions of the vast range of inspiring and universal truths that have captivated millions in his Autobiography of a Yogi . Readers will find these talks alive with the unique blend of all-embracing wisdom,encouragement,and love for humanity that have made the author one of our era’s most revered and trusted guides to the spiritual life.

For all who have ever sought to understand the enigmas of life, for those who have held within their hearts an uncertain hope about the reality of God, and for seekers who have already turned toward the Supreme in their quest, this anthology
of talks by the author of Autobiography of a Yogi
offers illuminating insights and encouragement. In its pagese, Paramahansa Yogananda explores little-known and rarely explained aspects of such subjects as meditation, life after death, health
and healing, the unlimited powers of the human mind, the equality of man and woman, and the interrelatedness of all life.

In this book,author deals with core phases of life i.e what is life and death?Talks about health and healing,powers of human mind,meditation,giving equal priority to men and women in all the areas.

I felt like author flamboyantly poured out his heart in this book.It is so heartfully written that it touched my heart.This is a kind of book,which leads you to the ultimate path of happiness,peace and provides balanced thought processing to the mind,to understand the various facets of life.An eternal peace is hidden in every of its page.

There is a lot to learn from this book and this is such kind of book one would like to keep in ‘re-read’ list,but never get bored.A book that serves you worthy lessons,relief,pleasure and peace.

Rating-5/5

Review of Dissolve the BOX

Author- Santosh Sharma

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‘Dissolve the BOX’ by Santosh Sharma, is not just a book but it’s a Movement,as the book says.And I’m completely agree with this.This book could be very helpful for one to discard the loopholes and negativity and born up with positive attitude.It tells how to kill the viruses hailing in all of us.

As the cover says,Dissolve the Box (DTB) is a revolutionary movement to identify and drive out the 5 internal villains called LFEAD – Limited understanding of oneself, Fear, Ego, Attachment and Dominant mind. This phenomenon aims at cleaning up and setting free your family, team, organization, society,country and your world, using the following 7 steps:

□ Realise that you‟re not really free
□ Identify the 5 internal villains holding you back
□ Understand how they infect your personal,
professional and social life
□ Appreciate that you can‟t fight, suppress or
ignore but can only dissolve them
□ Learn how to dissolve your barriers or „boxes‟
□ Experience the significant and lasting impact it
has in your life and work
□ Now apply the model to solve personal,
professional, social, economic and political
issues practically
The DTB framework is a simple but life-changing
guide that will empower you to live, grow, lead,
create and act. It takes freedom to the next level, giving you your real freedom back!

Author came up with a very unique and prolific concept.He very well potrays the characters (the villains) residing in all of us.I like the way author deals with LFEAD in a profound wont.

Title is very creative and tactic and so the content of the book.Dissolve the box is the book,which stands out of the box.A mere creative and attractive way to help the readers.

Rating-4.8/5

Reviewed by Shweta Kesari