Review of Strings of Friendship

Title : Strings Of Friendship

 

Author : Mehul Kaku

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

My View :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating: 2/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Life Of Social Animals

Title : Life Of Social Animals

 

Author : Paresh P. Ajmera

 

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Blurb : 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

My View : 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Rating :4.7 /5

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

 

Review of Out Of The Blue

Title : Out Of The Blue

 

 

Author : Ekamdeep Singh

 

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Blurb : Love is understanding, mutual confidence, sharing, and forgiving. Love is invisible. It is a true feeling; it cannot be seen or measured. Sometimes, the voice of the heart is much stronger than all the other sounds and words spoken without feelings.

 

Love leads a person to the path of truth but sometimes, the truth spoken for love can lead us and the life of our love to the never-ending separation and the conclusion is only destruction.

 

Welcome to ‘Out of the Blue’, an adventurous story of a young lieutenant, Sebastian, who struggles through many hardships for his tormented old father and his lover, Carole. Furthermore, plans, suspense, lust, and jealousy provide a divergence from the loving atmosphere of Paris.

 

 

My View : The book holds an adventurous story which is woven around the unexpected events of the protagonist’s life  named Sebestian. The story goes symmetrical along the title; every episode played unexpectedly leaving Sebestian in trauma. The cover of the book already spoke that the readers will get a chance to meet the pirates while tracing the sea journey in their minds. Well it is an attractive cover which will surely set the readers on the reading track in no time.

 

 

Author has covered numerous events in this thin book. His father’s secret abduction of which he is totally unknown, his treasure hunt journey, friend’s avaricious and cruel behavior for him, his imprisonment in false case, Carole’s (Wife of Sebestian) adopted son’s meeting with him, his meeting with Margaret, his incomplete amour for carole, the fights with pirates and finally his unexpected death. There is lot more to discover in the book for readers. The story is fast paced. All the events are moving very fast that it would take hardly one minute to feel the switches between those events. The switches occur so often that a reader is welcomed by a new event before the establishment of a healthy connection with the previous one.

 

 

The writing style is simple. The narration done by the author is not impressive and was detaching me from the story over and over again. I had found several writings which does not provide any kind of linking with the story. Like protagonist’s childhood friend Catalina expressed her love for him (Sebestian) through a letter which he receives after her death ; this part is unnecessarily mentioned which was not helping the story in any way. Instead of mentioning such worthless parts if author had worked on polishing the important events, then the reading journey would be interesting.

 

 

If I see the age of the author, then I must say that he has done well in his book but from the reader’s perspective the book lacks in various ingredients which are very important to make a good story. Author needs to learn a lot for serving the story in an interesting way in-front of readers. I believe that Ekamdeep will surely improve his skills in future. His imaginations are very good but he lacks the art in expressing those imaginations in an effective way.

 

 

Rating : 2/5

 

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Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of Untitled

Title : Untitled: A bit like you, a bit like me, a lot like us

 

Author : Atul Deepak Tawade

 

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Blurb : ‘Untitled’ is a story about a few people who start off as strangers to each other. They come together in the prime period of their life. Each one of them is a thread. In course of time, these threads are woven together to form a fabric and the memories they create as ‘the gang’ is the imprint on the fabric.

 

Through them the story of a generation unfolds. It is a tale narrating the enthusiasm of growing up, excitement of discovering oneself, exploring the different facets of youth and experiencing the world at large.

 

Each one of them comes from a specific origin, meets others like them, and then in unison, travel to their destination.

 

It is an ordinary story, about ordinary people, told in an extraordinary way.

 

 

My View : Three stories running in parallel, the only doubt I had while I was in the initial phase of the story is that I wouldn’t end up mixing up the three of them.But the collision seems to happen in the first chapter only.As chapter second comes in to greet readers, it would serve reader with the known trails of college life followed by the incidents which doesn’t excite readers in the journey.

 

 

While reading this book, a one-liner that struck my mind is- ‘Difficult to travel are those paths which are less traveled‘.The one thing I so wanted to ask the author while covering the journey is- What author wants to tell the reader? In the blurb itself, he speaks about his book –‘It is an ordinary story, about ordinary people, told in an extraordinary way.’ can author please explain what author mean by extraordinary here.There is not a single place, where I could sense that something extraordinary is being offered to readers.

 

 

As author himself says that it is an ordinary story ,about ordinary people, which could be told in an extraordinary way.It is not always necessary that story needs to be extraordinary and out-of-the-box what matters most is the way author approaches towards readers, the way he uses his words as a sword to strike different chords of reader’s heart.In this book, author has chosen a way ordinary style to let his words heard by people.If he would’ve been through some good books where extraordinary way is used to portray thoughts, then he would’ve known what extraordinary could mean in literature.

 

 

As the book got published in 2015, by the time many books had already hit the market with the same concept.Now comes the question, why author has chosen the same concept, if there is nothing new to tell.

 

 

When author was pushing his strength to write this full-fledged novel ,I wish author could have done research on what reader expect from authors these days?What kind of stories excite readers? If the plot chosen by the author is already available in the market or not?If available then how could he make his book doesn’t stand among the crowd.

 

 

I really appreciate your efforts as a writer in this book, but it is hard as well as necessary to gulp that its not that easy to survive in the literary field where there are so many writers racing in the same field with you.I wish you all the very best for your future projects.

 

 

Rating :  1.5/5 (For his Efforts)

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Barefoot To Paradise

Title : Barefoot to Paradise

 

Author : Soorina Desai

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Rating : 4.5/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Sales Room

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

Title : The Sales Room

 

 

Author : R.T. Manu Ramesh

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Rating :  4.1/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Nidhi Kapoor Story

Title : The Nidhi Kapoor Story

 

Author : Saurabh Garg

 

 

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Blurb : 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Who is the unknown attacker?

Why is Nidhi Kapoor a target?

What are the kapoors hiding from the world?

 

And can Prakash and Rujuta save Nidhi?

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Rating  : 4/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of 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

Thicker than blood by munmun ghosh

Title : Thicker Than Blood

 

Author : Munmun Ghosh

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Rating : 3.2/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

 

Review of Engineer

Title : Engineer

 

Author : ROD

 

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Blurb :

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

All in all, it was a nice read!

 

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Love No Matter What

Love No Matter What by Author : Komal Ahuja

Title :  Love No Matter What

 

Author : Komal Ahuja

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Rating : 4/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of No Parking No Halt Success Non-Stop

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

Title : No Parking No Halt Success Non-Stop

 

Author : Abhishek Ratna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Rating : 3.5/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Maya

Maya by Pooja Agrawal

Title : Maya

 

Author : Pooja Agrawal

 

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Blurb :                                          Unfold pages to open mystery,

Which usually create chilling history.

As you open one by one each page,

You will get to form clear image.

Sometime give smile on face,

Sometime make cry when trace.

It may be pleasant for a while,

Feel without this you are not alive.

Is this just a mere feeling,

That obsession is always healing.

Cannot understand what to do,

Just help me to move it through.

If you really cannot put down,

This is the place where your heart will pound.

You will imagine sheer beauty around,

This chilling mystery of MAYA…..

Will help you to understand different notes of trauma.

 

My View : The first thing that caught my attention is the blurb presented in poetic form. It was precise and gives a brief on the plot in an approaching manner. The story promises to bring light on the concept of obsession and love. If one couldn’t grasp the brief from the poetic blurb, an elaborated note is presented in the beginning which tells what author has in store for readers.

 

The story traces out the edgy paths of the protagonist’s life very-well in the beginning that it felt like story would definitely have something different for readers.The series of events happening, one after another different turns in protagonist’s life gears reader for the journey.But the journey takes a halt when it reaches to station 13.

From chapter 13 events seems to be stretched unnecessarily and fruitless.Authoress wanted to focus light on Maya’s past life giving readers a sneak peak of her college life.But the incidents and the conversations involved doesn’t make sense at all.It doesn’t play major role in order to complete the story.Where authoress was pacing with great speed in the beginning outlining the incidents, the pace slowed down when the journey reaches at chapter 13.And then again, it came back to life after couple of chapters, when story again came to travel on present track.

 

At one place she has mentioned that the trip to Lakshwadeep was planned for the new year Eve and in the very next chapter they left for the trip on 29th of Sept.Such minor mistakes takes away the essence of reality from the story.And there are many hindrances in the journey which comes under the part of editing like grammatical errors, misplaced words and spelling errors.

 

It felt like authoress turned the situations as she wanted to at any cost.As a result, most of the events doesn’t look natural and real.At places, unnecessary and unwanted details are fed to readers which in turn snatches the charm of the story.For example, Geography of Lakshwadeep Island in the first paragraph itself and the details of Imperial College in chapter 13.

 

Authoress has a good storyline in mind and she covered the story with the series of interesting and curvy episodes but the way she has presented her thoughts doesn’t strike the chord.To some extent, it was easy to predict what would happen next, and it occurred like broken pieces of other stories are taken and used to make a different story.

 

What more charmed me in this book is the aesthetic poems that would help readers in every next step to relate with the situation.Her poems very-well paints the ingredients of the exemplar’s heart.They are simple, beautiful, and at the same heart-warming.Just the way she has adorned the blurb with a poem, the story is adorned with poems at every new facet.

 

Overall, the story doesn’t make delightful impression on reader’s mind,but I would state it as a light read.

 

Rating : 2.7/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of 1000 Kilograms of Goa

1000 kilograms of goa by Rohan Govenkar

Title: 1000 Kilograms of Goa

 

 

Author: Rohan Govenkar

 

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Blurb: Seven years after they last met in college, four best friends set out for a reunion holiday to Goa. Strange but alluring circumstances compel them to break the stereotype of a beach vacation and let themselves wild.

 

Instead of treasuring memories, they memorize treasure-maps. Instead of scoring keys, they duplicate keys. Instead of haunting discotheques, they break into haunted-like houses. Instead of partying at EDM festivals, they gatecrash birthday parties. Instead of hitting on random hot women, they grow into subjects of hot pursuit. De-stress becomes distress, and their jolly vacation transforms itself into a cabaret of headless chickens.

 

What motivates them to let adrenaline shoot to potent levels? What inspires them to act in a manner they’d term insane in their otherwise normal worlds? Is it a fair gamble or just another wild goose chase? Or is it really a goose that lays the golden eggs?

 

Find out as you lose yourself in the frenzied, gripping and adventuresome tale about the 1000 kilograms of Goa.

 

My View:

A story that presents divergent shades of an ideal holiday destination i.e. Goa which is also known as the “Pearl of the Orient” It brings a group of four friends together for a fun reunion where they set out for a sporting treasure hunt. This excursion marks the beginning of a thrilling adventurous ride with a risky chain of events.

 

The weird yet riveting title of the book drew my attention towards it. To add on, the mystifying blurb made me want to know more about the story. However, the opening is not very much compelling but, I found it absorbing after going through certain chapters.

 

The plot holds a good amount of intrigue. Elements like suspense, shock, mystery, entertainment are amalgamated in a fine manner. Furthermore, there are romantic encounters and interactions that the characters have. I wish there could be more. Certain parts of the story hold a great amount of thrill and drama in it.

 

All the characters seem to fit the setting of the story. Each one’s quality and unique trait predominated the plot. Moreover, the language is simple and effective. The pace seems to flow better after each segment and gives a few more details that make the story sound interesting.

 

The debutante author did a brilliant job while describing about art,places, people and culture of Goa. From the kind of language to the traditions of Goans are well depicted. The Russian mafia plays an important role in the story and that’s what makes the script realistic and gripping.This clearly shows how author took care of minute details which is praiseworthy.

 

The book mainly concentrates on the dark and dangerous sides of drugs and the rise of the criminal mafias. A lot of twists and turns are involved which grabbed my attention and raised question marks in my mind.

 

How will they reach to the hidden treasure? Will these people be successful in keeping the treasure to themselves? How they would be saved by the criminals? Will these friends stick together till the end?

 

At times bewildered and surprised by the events in the book, the reader will eventually enjoy reading until the final episode.

 

Overall, it is an engrossing and light read full of adventure. Especially aimed at a younger audience.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Reviewer: Shivani Chauhan

Review of In The Shadows of Death

In the Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukherjee

Title : In the Shadows of Death

 

Author : Sourabh Mukherjee

 

In the Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukherjee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Rating : 3/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Don’s Wife

Don's Wife

Title : Don’s Wife

 

Author : Vinod Pande

 

Don's Wife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb : LETHALITY OF BEAUTY AND INNER RADIANCE BRUTALLY FELLED :

 

After several dastardly attempts on her life in different cities of the world, Kamini, the firebrand leader of the emerging new party, the icon of the youth, the idol of the world of glitter and glamour, the revered social reformer, the enigmatic wife of the dreaded underworld Don Harsh Jadhav, assassinated by unidentified gunmen at the unlikeliest of places, right at the front door in the porch of her own house. With mere two mortal shots, death had snatched her from life and what a life!

 

She could launch a million ships, both with her beauty and her exceptional brilliance. A fulsome life but a born rebel. Defiantly left all this to marry a man she loved, a man, she was to learn rather late in the day, was the son of one of the most feared mobsters in the country. A woman who went beyond, beyond the societal mores in her passionate relationships.

 

And, then the world did not remain the same. A saga began. A saga of revenge and hope, of aspirations and betrayals, of human tragedies and triumphs.

 

A story of tall men and even taller women where heroes are not only heroes and villains are not only villains.

 

Story of Kamini, more powerful in death than even in life.

 

My view :

The beginning of the story is intriguing and readers will surely found themselves latch to the book very soon. But the thick book of 500 pages cannot be completed forthwith and thus readers need to give some time to discover the various peaks and valleys submerged in the book. The title of the book very finely suggests that the story is centered on Don’s wife. The cover of the book shows the wretchedness of a woman and the woman is definitely Don’s wife; a captivating cover.

 

The story is sketched around the facets of Kamini’s life. A woman who falls in love with Don’s son named Harsh. Everything goes well in her life but then sudden drastic change oozes when several unspoken words related to her husband pops up at the edge of her life. Her life is totally changed when her husband leaves her one night and becomes criminal. Things are difficult for her and her life is slipping away with every passing moment.

 

Laterwards Kamini falls in love again with her bodyguard named Jayanth. Reader will be interested to find the reason behind Kamini’s death. There are three main characters in the book viz Harsh, Kamini and Jayanth. Kamini’s character is very finely weaved and is really touchy; a strong woman buried under the heaps of dolor. Author had done a good characterization in his book.

 

The writing style of the author is easy to go with. A very neat narration is done in the book providing a smooth flow in the reading journey. But the smooth narration becomes edgy when surplus events come into action. Some parts of the book are not well edited. Incidents are properly portrayed by the author. He portrayed the events which seem real and are catchy.

 

Every scene from love to hatred is played very well in the book. This book will definitely lead its readers to a story full of drama. Some parts of the book are unnecessarily stretched which may ignite the feeling of incense. If these unnecessary events were cut then the book would be more compelling. Although the story holds captivating episodes but the pace of the story is slow at times.

 

Altogether a book having pinch of crime, love, anguish and sex.

 

Rating : 3/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya