Review of Maya

Title : Maya


Author : Pooja Agrawal


Maya by Pooja Agrawal









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

Title: 1000 Kilograms of Goa



Author: Rohan Govenkar


1000 kilograms of goa by Rohan Govenkar









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

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

Title : Don’s Wife


Author : Vinod Pande


Don's Wife










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


Review of Past lives Present Stories

Title : Past Lives Present Stories


Authoress : Judith Marshall




Blurb : Discover how flashes from past lives can appear as signs and synchronicities, childhood impressions, dreams and memories, even spontaneous shifts in consciousness or time. Providing time-tested exercises, Past Lives, Present Stories shows how to explore your past lives and use the lessons you’ve learned to flourish in your present incarnation.


Join author Judith Marshall as she takes you through the full range of techniques for exploring your past lives and piecing together information to help you on your path. Providing examples of her own glimpses into her past lives, Judith illustrates how illuminating and healing past-life discovery can be.


My View : ‘Past Lives Present Stories’ will help you to understand the facets related to soul, reincarnation, psychic senses, time, clairvoyance, astral travel and so on. There is a lot more in the book which will help you to understand the deeper terms related to the universal world of souls. Authoress has shared her life events in her book. Her experience related to past lives, soul’s existence, time synchronization etc. Although it’s hard for some people to believe in such things in today’s world but it will be interesting for readers to pore over the details whelming in the book. A reader will get to know the insights related to the dimensions and how soul accesses those dimensions.


The book inaugurates with a short introduction focusing on past lives. Then there goes fourteen chapters which throws light on different terms. Each chapter has definitions and brief introduction about some specific terms which will illuminate your knowledge and judgment related to past lives.


The very first chapter focuses on Soul, Reincarnation and its purpose, Time and Karma. Lifetimes are needed to explore and for this the chapter gives a clear understanding about Healing and Understanding.


The second chapter is very interesting and it will show you deeper terms viz. clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clair-cognizance and intuition.


The third chapter is about childhood; sometimes childhood behavior can also tell you about your past lives.


The fourth chapter will broaden you about your reactions; why you are attracted to something and why you are repulsive at others. Why some things seem very familiar? Chapter four focuses on these aspects of lives.


The fifth chapter drives its way to fourth chapter explaining the two terms deeply and covering the aspects related to intuition.


The sixth chapter is about dreams, astral travels and spontaneous slips which will provide valuable information about past lives.


The seventh chapter will tell you why sometimes you feel that the current event is repeating again. The feeling of Déjà vu, inexplicable abilities, unexpected behavior and creative expressions are mentioned with detailed examples in this chapter.


The eighth chapter focuses on apparitions and synchronicity. Both these terms will remind you of your spiritual nature and indicates about the spirits beyond personal realities.


The ninth chapter is all about historical research.


The tenth chapter is about guidance from spirits and angels. Sometimes at some places which seem so familiar to you are the guidance from the spirits and angels. Authoress has also share an exercise in this chapter to connect with spirits.


The eleventh chapter is about past life regression and seeking help of professionals in order to uncover your past lives.


The twelfth chapter has some exercises which you can follow to find the traces of past lives.


The thirteenth chapter is about past lives existence i.e. how to understand hints of it. The past-life clues weave in and out everyday life, it’s upon us to understand the hints and clues.


The fourteenth chapter will give you the insights about spiritual evolution, remembrance and transcendence. These are the final terms which you will need to understand to get more details about past lives.


Authoress has also jotted down a few exercises in her book which will help you to enlighten or discover your past live traces. But the exercises are hard to follow and it’s not necessary that you can discover all about yourself at once. Firstly you need to believe in all the terms covered in the book and secondly you need to be patient for all this. Several questions will definitely strike your mind after reading the book as it happened with me and for this either you need to read more or you can ask some expert (or even authoress).


Authoress has done a very neat work in her book. All the things are maintained very clearly by her and it will be easy for readers to grasp the things without any difficulty. A smooth narration is done by the authoress. The book had gripped me from the very first page till the very last page.


A nice book to discover the facets related to past lives.


Rating : 5/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Line Reader

Title : The Line Reader


Author : Agni Tripathi




Blurb : A youngster decides to play a prank on his friends, pretending to be able to read the lines on their palms. But, what he sees on his own palm shocks him. Do the lines truly foretell what is in store for one?


A young couple suffers the perennial perplexities of young love. Is this one the soul-mate? Are the feelings mutual? Can they speak their minds out in time?


A young man masters the technique to wipe out memories. What could the consequence be?


Woven around the myriad ironies that are a part and parcel of complex human relations, moving from the tranquil hills to the sweltering plains, touching upon the lives of Metropolitan cities and the remotest rural villages, this collection of short stories will take you through the lives of the various protagonists, who are typical to India in her magnificent diversity.


Written in a lucid style with a mix of humour and pathos, the stories are sure to touch your hearts as they unfold…


My views :

‘The Line Reader’ is a collection of short stories. It comprises of 22 stories each having a different flavor. The stories dwell in the book are fascinating and it will definitely hold you from the very beginning.Talking about the very first story—


Fasting to Liberation : It’s a story about a doctor who is posted to a new place. He is lost in his memories and is seeing people who are fasting to liberation. The story is nicely presented in front of readers.


Killer : As the name suggests, the story is about a killer who is hunting the innocent people for his cause. Police officers are trying their best to catch the killer and are scrutinizing about the events one by one. The story is very nicely unfolded in front of the readers but readers need to read the story without losing their concentration otherwise they need to re-read the story.


Parting Gift : It’s a story about a gift i.e. a swiss chocolate box which is lost somewhere and protagonist’s friend is searching hard for it in their whole room. A story narrated very well.


The Line Reader : After reading the blurb I was very much excited to find the blurb in the book and then there is the story which defines the blurb. The story is about four friends who were hanging out together and then one of them plays a prank; a prank of reading palm lines and predicting future. A nice story based on palmistry.


Love Birds : It’s a love story of college students who were departed for some time. They both were at railway station and waiting for the train which was 40 minutes late. The story is based on the conversation played between four people on the railway station.


Bongaon Local : It’s a story about a graduate student who is posted to a village for initial few years of his career. The student is travelling by train and is already scared because of empty compartment and to top it there comes a man who unfolds the threaten secret about the village i.e. the village is scary and people are missing by every passing day.


Photograph : The story focuses on Electronic eraser which erases the memories or some part of the memory. An interesting read!


Quarter No. 7B : It’s the story about a medical officer who is posted in Ankro village and is about the mystery of Quarter No. 7B. Why does no one live in 7B? The story is about the answer of this question.


At the bus-stop on the 28th day : The story is about two people who fails to carry their relationship. The whole story is delineated with the help of days. The days are neither in increasing order nor in decreasing order. The days are jumbled up in the whole story. The story will be clear when the reader relates all the days together in his/her mind. A nice read!


God’s own Child : It’s a story about a Muslim boy. The story made an emphasis on the difference i.e. there is no difference between the human beings in God’s eye. But the people on the earth always make differences on the basis of caste and religion.


My Gentleman : It’s a story about a man who on his journey in a bus finds a gentleman. The story is based on a ticket drama played in the bus between the gentleman, man and the bus conductor. A good read.


Found : The story is centered around a lost umbrella. A student already in debt lost his umbrella and manages his expenses somehow. Then after asking for extra umbrella from his friends he moved to ‘Lost and Found’ place to get an umbrella and at last he owns his umbrella again.


Shall We Dance? : The story is about a dancing couple who takes part in several couple dance competitions and wins a few of them also. The story is rolled around dancing episode of their life.


Innocent : It’s a story about a child who is excited about his birthday. His day was awesome and he also gets numerous gifts. He unwrapped the gifts one by one and happy to have the most beautiful gift that day.


Mr. Ghosh’s Bungalow : The story is centered around Mr. Ghosh and his daughter. Mr. Ghosh who is excited for his daughter’s marriage is left in trauma and anguish when he came to know about the hidden marriage of her daughter. A common story!


Tale of Maxriter : The story opens very precisely. The story will turn your way to find the existence of a pen which is present in protagonist’s bag. Protagonist is thinking that why this pen is residing in his bag. He is then lost in train of thoughts to find the reason about the pen’s dwelling in his bag. A fascinating read!


Operation Infecto Leaderous : It’s a story about a political leader who is sick. Doctor said that he may be suffering from measles. The doctor is waiting for the reports to find the actual disease.


The Other Couple : It’s a story about a couple who are lost in their own world but suddenly a caller interrupts them. The call is from a child who is alone at home and is calling to talk to her mother.


All’s Well that Ends Well : The story is completely symmetrical along the title. It’s a story about a bomb tragedy on a train. The story rolls gracefully and everything will be clear at the end. The characters are played very well in story.


My Friend Jyothi : The story is about a boy who is admitted to a new school. He befriends with Jyothi on the very first day. The protagonist is lost in memories of Jyothi; how he befriends him, how people talk about the biryani tragedy and how people say him to stay away from Jyothi. After so many years he again meets with his friend whose identity is changed now.


The Meeting : The story is based on the meeting of two people who are in love but they never meet each other. They never meet in-person with each other and the time came when after numerous hours of talking day and night they are meeting. They are happy and excited at the same time. But soon this happiness vanishes when Sayak came to know about the accident of Ria through an unknown person who is calling from her mobile. Sayak was in trauma and very sad when he came to know about all this. The story becomes interesting when a reader came to know that Ria’s mobile is stolen and she is waiting for Sayak at the decided place. A very nice story.


Yesterday : It’s a story about past love which exits in present also. Two people who are in love departed away few years back. Now destiny gave them second chance when they meet again but it seems like they are not aware about each other’s life. They both met and they were still having feelings for each other but they both lied that they are married. A touchy story!


The writing style is easy and the narration done by the author is smooth. Different genres are presented in a single book. Author has weaved every story very nicely. I found only a few stories having a common theme and all other stories are simply awesome. Some of the stories are having tints of sadness and some may make you smile. Some stories may fill you up with emotions and some may surprise you.


The reading journey is very interesting that I had completed the book in one go. I was very excited to detangle these interesting stories one after another. It is a book with different varieties to serve to its readers. Author has done a very good work in his debut novel; looking forward to read more from him.


All in all an amazing read. Recommended to everyone who enjoys reading short stories.


Rating : 4.5/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Shaadi Brouhaha

Title : The Shadi Brouhaha..


Authoress : Anjlee Shah




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


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


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


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


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


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


Fascinating read! Recommended to everyone out there.


Rating : 4.5/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of In God’s Wishlist

Title : In God’s Wishlist


Author : Pradipta Panda




Blurb :

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


God has a vision and a mission.


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



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


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



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


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



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



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



Rating : 2/5




Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Second Spring

Title : Second Spring


Author : Sandhya Jane




Blurb : This is Avantika’s heartfelt journey through love and life…


As a smart, successful, thirty-eight-year-old single mother, Avantika seemingly has it all: a great career as a seasoned banking professional, respect and admiration from her peers as an able leader, fulfillment as a mother, and so many other things.


What is it, then, that drives her towards Rohan, a man six years her junior? He’s a man who ideally would not occupy much room in Avantika’s otherwise sorted mind space.


She has told herself she has no time for love. Then, why does she make the choices she makes? Is it the sameness and banality of everyday existence? Is it the emotional vacuum? A need to relive life? A feeling that life as she has truly lived and felt is passing her by?


However, as she struggles with her feelings, Avantika and Rohan part ways… only to meet again. To what end? Why does Rohan want her back… and why now?


So many questions! Very few answers!


Avantika’s journey is as spiritual as it is emotional. Can love give second chances? Join Avantika in the twists and turns of her story, through her ponderings over the mysteries and vagaries of the word “love,” the complexities of human relationships, and the reassessment of all the values she has held dear…



My View :

‘Second spring’, an heartfelt story of Avantika and Rohan which traces the path of their simple yet complex relationship.The story is narrated sharing both the protagonist’s view and doing justice with both of them.Most of the time, reader’s would get to  hear only one person’s voice.Letting the voice of two different protagonist’s to be heard out needs a lot of work to be done so that it doesn’t create maze in reader’s mind.Authoress has done a commendable job in doing that work properly.I was very comfortable while connecting to both the protagonists.


One after another, both of them shared their feelings, and at same time, story progresses ahead without creating any hindrance in the reading journey and maintaining the flow of the story.On the other hand, author’s writing style is simple yet effective.It provides a soothing effect in the reading journey.And also. the events are interesting to encounter and easy to relate with.


For a good time I was not able to relate properly with the content.And that remains till  the first chapter.The moment I hopped up for second chapter there was no stop.Whatever she narrates creates a blur image in my mind,though hard I try to imagine it properly the images come clouded till the first chapter, but after that everything seems at their appropriate place and the journey suddenly became interesting.The reason behind the inconvenience is the fast pace of the story.The story takes such long steps that it was hard to have proper insight to the story and to feel it to the core.But as one moves ahead, readers would get accustomed to it.


At places I found words like info replaced by information.In pieces of literature, author shouldn’t play with the purity of language while addressing something.If it could be used in conversation then only it would be okay with me. Well that happened at very few places, so it can be easily avoided or maybe to many readers it wouldn’t bother that much but for a literature lover it may.


Irrelevant details scattered here and there is what I found in this book as a loophole.At some places authoress dig so much of unnecessary information that it irks reader for eg on page number 47 the last paragraph which continues to irk  to the first paragraph of page 48 .And on page 227,history of Simi Valley that Rohan googled out was covered.I’m covering the loopholes in details because I wanted it to come out as a flawless piece because I so like the story.
The end was not how I supposed it to be,but it is the way it has to be.Authoress has done a great job while knitting the plot.Her  straightforward views let readers think sharply and her candid note on life would let readers realize how things take a turn nowadays.But obvious, with a change in time,stories has changed, and also the way human reacts, but to know who is the one to hold your hand till eternity is  the vital decision to lead a happy life. I quite appreciate the note this story ended on.The story succeeded in showing readers a new facet to life.Through the protagonist Avantika, authoress brings a message for readers that it is easy to flow in the whirlwind of emotion , but hard to take a wise decision at the proper time.


A book which has more than a story to serve to readers.


A lovely read!


Rating : 4.1/5


Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Soil For My Roots

Title : Soil for my roots


Authoress : Minal Sarosh




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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Striking read!


Rating : 3.5/4


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Heart of Gold

Title : The Heart of Gold


Author : Hemalatha Gnanasekar 






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


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


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


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


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


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


A winsome story!


Ratings : 4.5/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya


Review of The Forbidden Line

Title : The Forbidden Line


Author : Mayank Kashyap




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


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


Why was Radhika waiting for Virat?


Will Virat’s story ends with a happy note?


A loss can never be reversed.


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


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


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


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


A nice read!


Rating : 3.5/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of Rise of The Grey Prince

Title : Rise of the Grey Prince


Author: Arka Chakrabarti




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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


Overall, a nice read!


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


Rating: 3.8/5


Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

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

Review of Urmila

Title : Urmila


Author : Pervin Saket




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


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



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


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

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

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

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


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


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


Rating : 4/5


Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Stars In Your Eyes

Title : Stars in your Eyes


Author : Sunil Gera




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


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


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


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


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


My View:

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


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


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


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


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


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


Overall, a light and nice read!



Rating : 3.5/5


Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Corporate Stunts

Title : Corporate Stunts


Author : Navin M.Karmakar




Blurb : Young rebellious Nish joins Revenge. Corp unaware of the fact that his co-workers have resigned leaving behind enormous workload & a single female colleague in the team. Later on, more crisp to the situation added when a married man joins them and the interesting story of compatibility & survival starts among them.


Further, friendly Nish ties a strong bond with his four funny colleagues. They fight with never ending work, unpredictable management and perform every corporate stunt helping each other.


 The story further tones up with his flirting skills with girls and he gains a title of lover boy. He fell in love but is ditched. Friends will they be able to handle his broken heart & help him overcome his pain?


Will Nish & his friends succeed to prepare & execute their job escape plan? Enjoy a hilarious corporate journey of Nish and his colleagues; a story of Office-Premise.


My View  :

‘Coporate Stunts’ is a story of corporate world where an employee unmasks his experience about Corporate world trying to portray it with the support of comedy.What readers would get to feed in this book is the working ambiance corporate holds.What I expected from this corporate stunts is a plot,a well-crafted plot which could tell the workings of corporate world with a story which would act as a supporter to complete the journey.In the beginning, author’s words strike with such a great intense assuring that it would be a enjoyable ride.


He tries to accommodate such scenes in the story which could bring a smile on reader’s face,but there are just a few moments where his lines touch reader’s heart and forces him/her to curve his/her lips. His jokes and one-liners make sense to his own world of Revenge,but to readers they fail to compel their magic to lighten reader’s heart.

There was no twist and turn I could discover in the journey, it follows the track of boredom serving the monotonous content to the readers. Instead of humorous chips what more I got to gulp in this book is corporate tamasha,colleagues’ reactions , their bindings with each other and a little heartfelt conversations.

The story needs to be accelerated with patience. Events happen with such a great pace,that reader demands for some time to dwell into one event and switch to other.Incidents lack the flavour to lure readers,sometimes it feels like same chapter is being read by me again and again.Only at some places, author takes some step towards difficulty where he has to serve something different.He also incorporated a love story in the story, but that too faded in the shadow of boredom.


I like his writing fashion,it has all  an Indian reader seek for.Simplicity, effective articulation, selection of appropriate words.His writing fashion has the potential to reach to reader’s heart.He let’s out the words from his heart with great ease.What more his book demands is humour and a good plot.

His story of corporate life doesn’t have something interesting to serve to readers.Comedy born, when tragedy happens,tragedy happened with him,but comedy soon died before even giving a glance to readers.


Rating : 2.5/5


Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Book of James Carrom

Title : The Book of James Carrom


Author : Shubham Pandey




Book Blurb :

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


Rating : 3.7/5




Reviewer  : Shweta Kesari

Review of Kafka In Ayodhya

Title : Kafka in Ayodhya and other short stories


Author : Zafar Anjum





Blurb : “From Kafka and Faulkner to Babri Masjid and Bollywood, the myriad strands of contemporary South Asian life are twisted and turned into memorable stories – ironic or indignant, sad or touching – by Zafar Anjum in Kafka in Ayodhya and Other Stories.” – by Zafar Anjum in Kafka in Ayodhya and other stories.


My views : Kafka in Ayodhya and other short stories comprises of eight short stories. The title of the book is itself the story residing on the very first page. Beginning with the very first story.


Kafka in Ayodhya : Kafka in Ayodhya is a story of a writer Kafka who visits Ayodhya for a script and to meet his friend N, and there he presents his humorous and candid views on the ongoing war between Hindu and Muslim over Babri Masjid Ram Janmabhumi Structure.  In this very short story, author creates a perfect ambience of Ayodhya briefly; his traits are being drawn in a witty manner.


The Lone Fighter : A Lone Fighter is again a story of a writer, who wants to make his space in the crowd of writers and wanted to see respect in the eyes of people as a writer. The story reveals the condition of a writer, where he himself is to write, publish and sell his book. The story of an unrecognized writer told deliberately.


The Rats : It is a story about a lower middle class family. The family was irritated by the rats which recently occupied their house. Spouse also searched for a solution and looked up so many stores in search of poison. At the end they got a poison brick from a store, but the shopkeeper instructed not to kill the rats. Without wasting time they took the brick to their home and kept it on various positions, but nothing works. What happened with the rats at last is not unleashed till the end.  A story unlatched slowly with a cliffhanger ending.


Waiting for the Angels : It is the story about an old lady who sacrifices the joys of her own life to take care of her younger sister. In order to bring up Shehnaz she even chooses not to marry whole life. Her life is lighted up when Shehnaz’s baby came in her life. Soon after few months Shehnaz, his baby and Shehnaz’s husband left to States leaving the lady alone. She was bored, tired and unhappy. Days are stretching with increasing boredom across the edges of her life. One day two person (referred as angels) came and she was happy to see them. They were busy in the conversation and then story ends leaving tinge of riddle. Again a story with a cliffhanger.


E.D. : It is the story about a writer who was busy in completing his write-up. He was writing a story about a boy named Hanu suffering from a disease. Story shoes the behaviors of writer and his activities while completing the story. At times writer’s mind blank and later when the yarn of the story opens writer’s mind submerged with thoughts and events.


The Revolt : Here comes a story again about a writer who have gone through many years of struggle to publish his book. In the story writer’s own book’s character (Mr. C) vanishes from the story. C demands to change his behavior and then traps the writer into the book. At last the writer is trapped and asking the readers to don’t leave him. A nice story with a funny ending. My lips are curved at the end reading the last word “Nooooo….”


The Thousand-Yard Stare : You the reader’s out there will understand the chosen title after reading the last line of the big paragraph on page 80. A little girl Samira lost in the memories and dreams of her brother unleashes the misery of her heart as soon as the story is unbuckled on the edges of reader’s mind. A nice read.


Ima : Ima is a character in the story and she is a bar girl who works in The Pink Dolphin bar in Singapore. Protagonist Raghu fell in love with Ima. One day after making love with his wife Vijaya he throws the idea of opening a restaurant in Singapore. Why he came along with this idea to open the restaurant in Singapore instead on India? The question will be uncovered at the end of the story.


All the stories are very well written and I enjoyed reading the book. His writings have a class, his words attacks so smoothly that the thoughts he presents before readers stick to their mind. Inspired by the writings of foreign writers, his work reflects the same style. Author has sketched every shade up to the snuff making me completely hooked from the beginning till the end. All the stories have different threads of ideas and plot woven in a single book. All I could say is – A good book to spent time with.


The only downfall which I located is that – On page number 65 in the fifth paragraph “After sometime, Manu began to… “ , the story are having characters Hanu and Maneka then who is Manu. I guess author had mistakenly write Manu instead of Hanu.


A wondrous read!


Rating : 4.5/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of Envisage

Title : Envisage


Author : Jaydeep Khot




Blurb : In Envisage Kasak is a girl blessed with powers to predict the future. How does she do it? That’s what you have to find out by reading this crime and mystery novel. Will these powers help her to solve the biggest problem in her life? Will she be able to solve the biggest mystery?


Kasak loses her parents and becomes a part of a wonderful family, with her uncle and aunt. Ravi, her cousin is a naughty but an integral part of her life. From Kasak’s growing up to gaining her powers, everything will be unveiled as you turn the pages! Happy Reading!


My views : Envisage is the second novel of the author Jaydeep Khot. A well suited title and a ravishing cover will prod you to open the book as quickly as the second-hand moving in the clock. After the blurb there goes a simple and brief Preface which will tell you more about the book.


The very first chapter welcomes the reader to meet the protagonist Kasak. Kasak is a girl who can foresee the shades of the future. Kasak was a small kid when her parents met with an accident which leads her father to an unnatural death and mother in coma. She was brought up under his uncle’s care named Sunil and his wife Nazuk. Ravi is the only son of Sunil and Nazuk and he is very mischievous boy who enjoys playing pranks.


By the time Kasak grew older and fell in love with his classmate Shubham whom he happened to meet as a prom partner. Kasak also learned Taekwondo in her early age which she continued later wards after a long time break due to health issues.


By using the powers Kasam helped to stop so many unwilling and bad things to come into action. Kasak detangles the murder mystery of his only lover Shubham. At the end Kasak’s mother captured her senses and this news collected the breeze of glee around Kasak. But Kasak was gone in doldrums when she came to know that her parents intentionally met with an accident which has not only snatches the life of her father but also snatches the right to live a happy life with her parents.


The story is magnificent having impressive effect. The way Ching tells the value of each belt taking example of tree is really catchy and appealing. The first half of the story played at moderate pace and the story becomes compelling when the second half dig up from the every passing chapter. The end of the story is a cliffhanger and to find out the murderer reader will need to wait for the sequel. The most attractive chapter of the book is ‘Past or Future’ which slowly traces the future fastening the links together.


The book is written in such a manner that even a school going child can also complete the book within a few hours. So, I would say the writing style is as easy as pie. From the very first page story was moving with a very high speed. It seems author is in hurry to make the story reach the end as soon as possible. The narration of the book is smooth but is not well polished and lacks the soothing effect. There are grammatical mistakes in the book which will make your converge attention diverge within seconds. Altogether a story with a fascinating plot.


A page turner!


Rating : 3/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Departing Point

Title : The Departing Point


Author : Santosh Avvannavar, Jyoti Byahatti and Raghunath Babu Are




The feeling of incomplete love can tear you apart and will make you numb. It is a famous quote – To love is something and to be loved is everything. The book goes opposite of this quote making the love departed in mid-way. The Departing Point  is a collection of seven short stories woven with the feeling of love. Author has adopted a very well suited title for the book.


The cover of the book is simple. It consists of some balloons with words embedded in it like patience, hope, trust, kind etc. The concept of the cover is same as the other books of author. This is the third book in which I have seen the same concept having words on the cover page which are used to describe the insights of book.


The Last letter : The last letter is a story about a boy whose love becomes blur in the desires of his girlfriend. His love is more concerned about her career rather than about her relationship. She wants to fulfill her desire and hence she left in midway. The story is common but the way author delineates the story is heart-touching. The story has sections of letters, flashback and present. The whole story is depicted by the help of these three sections which goes on changing according to the number. A common theme but nice attempt by the author.


Derailed : It is a story about a college boy stuck between two girls. It is always hard to handle situations of having two girls aside. The situation becomes harder when you need to select your love. The story revolves around the two girls named Anjali and Emily and a boy. The boy addresses various uneasy situations and by time boy understands the value of love and friendship. A nice read.


Julie Loves Me : The beginning of the story was good and goes on pleasing and interesting after each turn but at last reader’s mind will be filled with sadness. A story in which a girl loves a boy and a boy loves a girl, they both unites, spent quality time together, make memories and at last their relationship ends and they separate. A story full of emotions.


Checklist Love : The title itself suggest that what the story is about? Protagonist has a checklist for everything which he wanted to achieve, so the case is with love. First he searches his love and then tries to get her love. He was almost successful in getting his love but things went wrong at last.


My cindrella : A story in which protagonist tries to acquire his love. At times the story is related to the movie DDLJ and protagonist compares his life with Raj. A nice read.


Open and Closed Love : The story is mediocre in the sense of capturing of reader’s mind and making them glued to the book. A story with no drama. The story is about a boy and his love for a girl who disappears first then appears then again disappears and the same rolled again and again.


Na Paki na Gulab Nadir ko baksh do Jannab : The story begins with a case playing in the court of law. As the story rolls out the protagonist and his love is clear in reader’s mind. Whole story is based on the conversations played in the court. A story with a nice plot.


All the stories are based on rejection. As the subheading says –“two people departed” , the book completely catches the subheading and in every story the love becomes blur at the end. The writing style is easy and one can easily complete the book without taking the help of dictionary. Some of the stories in the book are common, some may ignite the feeling of boredom and some may poke you to keep the book aside.


Altogether a nice read.


Rating : 2.5/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya