Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Book Review : The Colour of Love by Jagdish Joghee

Book- The Colour of Love

Author- Jagdish Joghee

Genre- Fiction (Romance)

Publisher- Notion Press

Price- 199

Pages- 155



Blurb-

Sarfaraz is from a mediocre family with high values. A bright student and a gym freak who isn’t certain that who actually his soul mate is.

In college after time passes he realizes the value and meaning of true love. But great starts meet tragic ends sometimes.

What happens when there is an attack in the city? How all this will affect Sarfaraz and people associated to him? Will things change for better?



Title and Cover-

The title and cover both are nice and suiting the tale well. I loved the colours of the cover and the elements shown. But definitely the cover lacks detailing. Different aspects of the tale could have been incorporated in order to make the cover look more lively and extravagant. For now, neither the cover nor the title has that power to make any reader have a good look at the book before picking it.



Characters-

I loved to notice different characters; mainly they were the college going students and their family. The characters were unique in their own way. There was a complete buffet in the book.

From the major characters I surely loved Sarfaraz, Meghna, and Siddhartha. I found them really capable of drawing attention towards them whenever there part came in the story.

And from the minor characters I loved Avantika and Rameez. The way Avantika was heading in her life can be seen from two perspectives but only those who are in her shoes can understand the trauma behind her moves. I totally loved her. And Rameez well yes he was a very interesting character without a spine and he stole the show for that.



Narration-

The narration was kept simple and to the point, same like the first book written by the same author. Same design, same short chapters, same easy vocabulary. I liked the fact that the author has his own style of taking his book forward.



Review-

The story showcased in “The Colour of Love” is a great balanced tale of a group of people that are ruling the book. What I liked about the book is the subject. The story is not just the love story it’s much more. The story has elements of rage, harmony, unity, fondness, love, lust, pride, honour and what not.

I liked the complete concept of the book. It was working in all terms for me. Though the book was short but I felt that it was complete in its own way, because it was capable of showing what many big sized novels can’t interpret.

Talking about the story, well I thought that the start of the story was magnificent. The story if one talks in larger terms is based on the college life of our male lead, Sarfaraz. I found a very drastic change in his life from first year of his college till the last. And that is the exciting factor of the book. I loved the transitions in the story and in the characters too.

What I liked is the outlook of the characters over relationships. The author has kept everything sorted yet complex at the same time. And this has made the story touch different heights altogether. I liked the movements in the story when the chapter of Avantika was started. I found her to be a really interesting character. At one point of time she was termed as shy and at the other end she was termed to be something very different. I like when the characters change themselves for some good with the story.

Meghna was an interesting character. The changes in a person when the middle portion of the story arrives really help things in great length. I loved the whole episode of Valentine’s Day. I inspected great changes in the story. The characters changed colours. Everything mixed well to create a great end point.

But the climax was really not matching the subtlety of the ending chapters. I found it to be really over the top. But the way things progre ssed in the climax are nice. There could have been better way to wrap things up but that was the author’s call definitely.

Summing up- The book was a great encounter. There were a lot of things to experience and see apart from some people in love. I liked the way things were progressing. A smooth flow was maintained till the climax. A little more work on the end and the book could have become a complete package.



Eye-catchers-

• “When love happens to you, the world becomes a better place.”



Recommendation-

A mixed tale of romance with different elements, it can be your pick if you are into uncomplicated books.



About the author-

Born and brought up in the beautiful hill town of Coonoor in the Nilgiris, Jagdish Joghee has always been attracted to the hills and the forests. His passion for writing started early, during his school days. Being a closet writer, Jagdish’s writing was initially confined to journals and scrapbooks. He considers himself more of a story teller than a writer. The book is his second attempt at fiction.



Buy the book-

• Amazon link- http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/1945400781/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472709523&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=the+colour+of+love+by+jagdish&dpPl=1&dpID=51vgsYpSdXL&ref=plSrch

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Book Review : In Love and Free by Jagdish Joghee

Book- In Love and Free

Author- Jagdish Joghee

Genre- Fiction

Publisher- Notion Press

Price- 149

Pages- 108



Blurb-

Shruthi is from a well to do family. God’s grace is on her and she attains everything she desires. A degree from a reputed college, a great job, supportive parents and the love of her life is also beside her.

But then something happened and she was travelling in two boats at the same time. Things were good but then came the doomsday.

What happens when the truth is unleashed and trust is broken? Will her life mend? How will Shruthi and her family deal with the catastrophic scenario?



Title and Cover-

I didn’t quite understand the title of the book. I don’t know how to deduce the meaning in a nicer way. And as far as the cover is concerned I liked the shades, I liked the lead and I liked the vast sea in front of her. The cover shows deep images.



Characters-

The balance which the author created by showing a lot of positive and negative leads was great. At every point of time I saw people who were shown with great precision. I loved the changes that came from time to time in the people.

From the major characters I loved Shruthi and Rahul a lot. I found great potential in them. They always brought surprises for me by their acts.

From the minor characters I liked Meera and Shruthi’s father.

I didn’t like Madhan. I found his character highly dramatic. The transitions in him were just showing a male chauvinist. And with a character like Shruthi in hand I didn’t find him equally competent.



Narration-

The narration was average. There was nothing bad and there was nothing extra-ordinary. Things were executed nicely by the author and everything complemented each other to bring out the whole story in larger terms. The short chapters were the lifeline of the book.



Review-

“In Love and Free” is a fictional tale of Shruthi and the level of fiction is well maintained in the book throughout. What I liked about the book is the movement in the story. There was not even one place where I felt that the story was lacking behind. In every chapter there was always something happening and it kept me engaged all the time. I liked the fact that the author avoided extra explanations and kept the book short, crisp and manageable.

The first part of the story don’t have much turns and twists but still it helps in creating a perfect background for the upcoming drama. I loved the idea of keeping the chapters short and to the point. This gave the zeal of turning pages without stopping to know what more is in store.

I liked the transitions that were shown in the relationships between the couples. They were of high order and also entertaining. The author kept himself away from penning a simple love story and that brought several crests and troughs in the book that made things worthy.

I loved the whole episode that happened in Sri Lanka. This was an exciting and well crafted phase. The fact that the author has framed a strong protagonist is helping the story in one way or the other. I liked the fact that the author hasn’t presented Shruthi as a victim in the book. The story revolves around her but the ball keeps changing courts and that makes the characters more lively and this also drifts there traits for good.

The middle portion had all the suspense and drama. After that I felt that the end was loose. I didn’t like the proceedings and there was no such moment where I felt great. The story moved and moved and moved and ended. I felt everything was over dramatic after a certain point of time. If and if the end was moulded in a more subtle and less heard way, things could have reached another tangent for sure.

Summing Up- The story crafted in the book is nicely shown but I don’t think that it was extravagant. Everything was moving nicely and things wrapped up in an average manner. All in all the entire book was a nice read, with a strong female protagonist.


Eye-catchers-

• “If your spouse wants to cheat on you, he or she will. This world is a haven of opportunities. But no matter what, in any relationship, on e must never doubt the spouse.

• “I quietly watched the waves forcing their way to the land; they retreated only to come back with force. I too like the waves wanted to keep trying to get ahead in life.”

• “Love or arranged marriage, the enthusiasm and euphoria is short lived.”



Turn-on’s-

• The simplicity of language.

• Clean plot.



Turn-off’s-

• Minor editing errors.

• No point of great nature.

• Movement of story in a monotonous way after a certain point of time.



Recommendation-

The book can be read as a light read for a bit entertainment.



About the author-

Born and brought up in the beautiful hill town of Coonoor in the Nilgiris, Jagdish Joghee has always been attracted to the hills and the forests. His passion for writing started early, during his school days. Jagdish is an active blogger and writes on issues that have a social impact, apart from reviewing Indian movies. He is keen to explore the realm of fantasy.



Buy the book-

• Amazon Link- http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/9352063198/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472622784&sr=8-1π=SY200_QL40&keywords=in+love+and+free+by+Jagdish+Joghee&dpPl=1&dpID=51u6maXMrCL&ref=plSrch

Book Review : World Full of Needles by Bhawna Monga

Book- World Full of Needles: Great way to reinvent your relationships

Author- Bhawna Monga

Genre- Fiction (Self-Help/Motivational)

Publisher- Notion Press

Price- 199

Pages- 123



Blurb-

Fifteen stories showing fifteen needles that are piercing people really hard and affecting their normal life. From a father son duo to a married couple, the stories have touched different corners to bring out some simple but strong concepts to be understood and adapted in the long run.



Title and Cover-

On one hand I liked the title, I also liked the subtitle. I think the author has summarized her book well with the name. But not full justice was done with the cover. The author has taken help of fictional tales in order to explain some things, so keeping the cover so bland was not acceptable. The author could have played well with the colours as we were talking about life in the book. But there is this simple white coloured background with no stills.



Characters-

I loved all the characters in all the stories. I liked the approach of the author of picking one thing at a time and doing full justice to it. There were a small group of people in every story and I didn’t felt lonely at even one point.

From all the characters I liked Zeeshan, Claire, Neha, Anamika, Mugdha, Riya and Aisha. I found all these characters very strong. Some were dark while some were radiant. It was fun to see so many human nature's in one book.



Review-

World Full of Needles was a great compilation of fifteen stories which were providing a great path to feel certain things which we tend to neglect or overlook. I thought the book would be a deep analysis of some concepts but to my surprise the author has kept things as simpler as she could. The way of explaining something to someone must follow a path where one can analyse the pros and cons himself/herself.

Bhawna has made her lessons so to the point that there is no space for one to lose the essence of the talk. The chapters are actually fifteen lessons which are showing the lives of fifteen families/groups/couples. The way author has first presented the story and then deduced the meaning is phenomenal.

The chapters don’t drag your brains unnecessarily they just open the pores that can judge the right and the wrong. And the way the author has related the things is a very smart move. It made things catchy and interesting.
From the fifteen stories I have my personal favourites.

Happily Never After is a very simple story of two people who are married for quite some time and then comes a usual turn, they feel claustrophobic. Well, the situation was kept normal but the inferences which the author made were very deep and helpful. They are worth remembering and it can work as a great advice for couples.

Then there was this chapter, Grass on the other side which was well portrayed. The motive of the author was not to show antagonists or protagonists in a family, her main objective was to show the meaning of acceptance and moving together. I really liked how all the concepts were arranged and explained. I loved the five bulleted points. There grasping can heal things and mend many ways.

I liked the approach of the story “Why Me?” it is a must read for the people who always blame others. I liked the idea of the story, on one end the author explained the idea of victimizing oneself and on the other end the author shows the negligence and movement of a person in his life so much that what he was leaving behind couldn’t come in his notice. It was a nice mixture of two things said in one go.

Give Me Some Sunshine Give Me Some Rain is the same story of an over enthusiastic parent and a boy with minimal wishes. It is not just about the same differences that bulge in between the two generations, it is about how we can mend ways. The story shows very clearly the two sides and whosoever reads this can surely take a lesson for a lifetime, if they are in the same shoes as the leads.

Wise and Prejudice is a great story presenting the concept of over-thinking and getting stressed for no reason. I loved the way things settled in the story.

And last but not the least I was touched by the story “Deep End of the Pool”. I loved the idea behind the story and the flashbacks mixed with the present lives gives a wider insight over what one must do to live their lives at the fullest. The author has presented the meaning of living for oneself crystal clear. The old whims and fancies compared to plethora of issues of today are well constructed and shown.

Summing up- The book can leave a large impact in the mind of any reader. The book shows issues of normal hue but a different side is shown at large and can be helpful for any age group who are dealing with various anxiety disorders. I loved each and every story so much that I can pick the book again for some motivation and advices at any point of time.



Eye-catchers-

• “The human brain does not work in a monotonous way. It needs supplements as well.”

• “You’ve known me for a few hours but I’ve known myself forever.”

• “The fear of unknown keeps you rapped where you are and doesn’t let you explore and understand the world with an open mind.”

• “Marriage is like a 3-legged race where rhythm of both partners matters, which help them win in the end.”



Turn-on’s-

• The way of explaining the concepts.

• Keeping things really meaningful.

• Creating a whole new world to understand the basic things.



Recommendation-

I can strongly recommend the book to any reader irrespective of their preferred genre choices. It can be read by any person and entertainment is guaranteed.



About the author-

Bhawna Mona an MBA in HR, a master’s in sociology, a post graduate diploma in education planning and management and a post graduate in psychological counselling. She works in the domain of Emotional wellness and has touched many lives.



Connect with the author-

• www.bhawnamonga.com



Buy the book-

• Amazon Link- http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/8175110775/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472622542&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=world+full+of+needles+by+bhawna+monga&dpPl=1&dpID=51or8QP2WLL&ref=plSrch

Spotlight : Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right by Varsha Dixit











RIGHTFULLY WRONG, WRONGFULLY RIGHT

by

Varsha Dixit











Blurb



Love is in the air again…this time it’s steamy, bold and manipulative!



Gayatri and Viraj both are products of childhood trauma. Yet they were able to survive, one because of her shrewdness and the other because of his genius. Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right, the final part in the best selling ‘Right and Wrong’ love trilogy is the story of these two damaged souls.



Gayatri Dutta, the poster child for rich spoiled diva is fighting to escape a life of servitude her tyrant father is hell bent on pushing her into. Her past string of failures have her backed against a wall. Lonely and desperate!



Viraj is a con who uses his genius to perpetuate his isolation. His life once of violence and abuse has left him cynical and cold. He shuns the society and its hypocrisies. 



And then Gayatri and Viraj cross paths. She needs him and he despises her.



To Viraj, Gayatri, is the epitome of all that he despises, shallow, manipulative and the kind who uses her beauty as a weapon. Or is she?



Gayatri sees Viraj only as a means to an end. She is sure that Viraj with his nerdy demeanor, owlish glasses and crude behavior will be easy to manipulate and walk over. Only he isn’t!



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‘I can do this, I can do this, I can...’ Gayatri wound her fingers tightly around her cellphone as she made her way to the cubbyhole Viraj called his office. I did not expect a freaking hug, but a polite ‘how are you’ wouldn’t kill that man. She rapped her knuckles on the door.

Viraj swung the door open. ‘What?’ His brows were furrowed and his lips, pursed.

Gayatri remembered what Nikhil had said to her once. Dr Viraj owns and runs this lab. He was the only one you needed to impress! ‘It’s my first day here!’ Gayatri could hear her voice shake. ‘Could you tell me...

Gayatri scuttled out of Viraj’s way as he leaned out. ‘Find an empty room, do your work there. You are free to leave any time you want. You are free to come or to not come.’ The door shut on her face.

Flabbergasted, Gayatri kept staring at the door. What just happened? She cleared her throat. I should not piss him off anymore. ‘Thank you for this…this job.’ Her voice was as uncertain as the look on her face.

Viraj tugged the door open again. Gayatri flashed a smile at him and opened her mouth to speak but he stopped her short. ‘I don’t like talking. Find a room and stay there.’ He shut the door on her again.

 Asshole! Gayatri fisted her hands and retreated. I can do this! I am doing this! Bigger picture, please! Gayatri paused and peeped inside the first lab that she stumbled upon. The place was quiet except for a low hum of machines. Gayatri pushed the doors open and walked inside the lab. It was empty. ‘Does anyone else work here besides the mad scientist?’ She leaned against one of the steel racks. The door flew open behind her. With a big grin she turned to greet the person coming in. ‘Hi! I’ she froze. It was the mad scientist with a bunch of papers in his hand.

Viraj noticed Gayatri at the same time. A familiar irritation flashed in his eyes. ‘Not this room. Not my lab! Find another room!’ He spoke with cool authority.

‘I was just looking!’ Gayatri smoothed her ponytail trying to mask her nervousness. He had her in knots.

Giving an indifferent shrug, Viraj walked past her. Gayatri got a whiff of his aftershave; it smelled clean and crisp, like water with a twist of lemon. At least he doesn’t stink like his manners! Gayatri stood there quiet and confused.

A loose paper slipped from Viraj’s hand and landed on the floor.

‘You dropped some paper!’ Gayatri said, her voice friendly.

‘Ignore it. Like you, it is not going anywhere.’ Viraj pulled a portable stool and took a seat in front of an electronic panel fixed to a bigger panel.

Gayatri gritted her teeth and grinned with the ferocity of a wild animal that could pounce any moment.

Unknown to her, Viraj gave a similar smile except his was more like the wild animal that had pounced and won.

‘I’ll go and find a room. Thank you!’ Swiveling on her heel, Gayatri headed for the door.

Something stopped herher father’s face and the realization that two weeks ago she had physically fought for herself, and now she had to fight again but with her mind instead of hands. I have to win over Mr Madness. Maybe I could wear a beaker over my head and tattoo the periodic table on my arms!

‘If you are trying to open the door telepathically, let me be the first to tell you it is not working!’

Gayatri exhaled noisily. Scathing and sarcastic, what more could a woman ask for? Taking a few calming breaths, she slowly pivoted to face Viraj, specifically his back as he sat hunched fiddling with the panel in front of him.

 ‘I’m sorry if I have offended you somehow. I really need this job. And also, I’m qualified for it. I can show you my degrees. I can really make a difference here.’

Hearing Gayatri’s words and her apologetic tone, something melted inside Viraj...again. But to keep up appearances, he turned rude. ‘I’m busy!’ he barked.

 ‘Please Mr Viraj, give me’ Just then, without warning, someone swung the door open. Gayatri wasn’t prepared for the push. ‘Ouch!’ She toppled. Her desperate hands grabbed the first thing in the vicinitya steel rack. The rack shuddered violently and some of its contents landed on the floor.

‘What the hell!’ Viraj bellowed jumping to his feet.

Gayatri winced. A large electrical component had crashed into her hand ‘The door just opened, pushing me in,’ she said shaking her arm in pain.

 Viraj glared at the door. He instantly lost the frown and his mouth eased at the ends. ‘Oh it’s you! Come inside!’

Huh, Hyde turns Jekyll! Gayatri spun around.

A timid, bespectacled, five-foot-nothing girl, her long hair in a tight braid, clad in a pastel-coloured salwaar kameez, stood at the door. Her skin was smooth and her hands kept tugging at the dupatta around her neck ‘Sorry to interrupt! Dr Kalra wanted to show you some tests he is about to run in lab 2.’ She then glanced at Gayatri. ‘I’m sorry if I hurt you. It was an accident.’

Gayatri was about to speak but Viraj cut her off. ‘She’s fine. Let’s go!’

Viraj went out with the girl, not even sparing a glance at Gayatri.

Astounded, Gayatri watched them leave.


Urghh…the shit-faced scientist actually smiled and that too at that girl! Gayatri kicked the steel rack. It shuddered again! Shoot! Before anything else would fall on her, Gayatri went after the scientist and the simpleton.









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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Book Review : The Mahabharata Code by Karthik K.B.Rao

Book- The Mahabharata Code

Author- Karthik KB Rao

Genre- Fiction (Sci-fi/Mythology)

Publisher- Notion Press

Pages- 216

Price- 250



Blurb-

A NRI Mr. Narayan Rao is finding some clues in the mystical country India. Mahabharata and Ramayana lure him from the time his grandmother narrated them as bedtime stories.

When the dimensions are changed and a group of people has travelled some light years away they inspect something magical and unbelievable.

What will happen when the restaging will be in full swing? Will Mr. Rao get his answers? Will the words of Krishna reveal the bigger picture?



Title and Cover-

I loved both the title and the cover because they explain things in a very wide manner. The name of the book tells the story in some parts but a lot of things can be seen only after the completion. But yes such indifferent title can make any mythology reader have a good look at the book. And what adds more points to the mythology characteristics of the book are the elements which are painted in the cover to deliver the relatable picture. The stars, planet and the Mor-Pankh say a lot. The cover is really catchy and extremely beautiful in all terms.



Characters-

Well as it was Mahabharata so I was expecting a lot of characters. There were many characters but those were different from what I wanted to see. But I am not sad over that because author has brought freshness in these new characters that were exploring the beautiful world of Shree Krishna. What I liked about these characters was that they had a spine. All the characters were able to show something of high quality and though they didn’t appear much in the book (in case of some characters) they still had that magnificent personality of theris which enhanced the parts in a great way.

From all the characters I loved Narayan Rao, Shree Krishna, Srishti and Badal. These characters were holding the book in one way or the other.

But yes if there were more people from Mahabharata I could have relish things more.



Narration-

The narration was smooth and to the point. I didn’t find any extra explanations. I didn’t find any hasty movements. Everything seemed very well crafted and nicely planned. The chapters were divided well and everything was complementing the book.



Review-

The Mahabharata code is one of a kind compilation of two very different yet fascinating genres. On one side is a member of NASA who is out to explore the hidden aspects but something whimsical is on his toes, and on the other side is Krishna who is magical himself. I picked the book just because of its name. Being an ardent follower of Mahabharata I was ready to explore some more details through this book.

And as expected I did explored some hidden facts. The book started with a bang on. The most basic and serene scene not to forget touchy as well is presented by the author. I loved the fact that the story wasn’t narrated in a monotonous way. There were amounts of thrill added here and there because of some different dimensions brought up together to make a great cameo.

What I loved about the book is also the same thing which I didn’t like. I was enjoying the changing scenarios very much. I was noticing Krishna at one end and I was seeing the beautiful explanations by a girl of Kalyuga. But as I proceeded I came to know that I wouldn’t get much of Bheem, Draupadi and Ashwathama in the book. So I was standing in two boats at the same time.

I wished the author could have extended his narration in showing some unforgettable incidents from the epic Mahabharata. But alas it’s the choice of author.

I loved the starting of the book. This part contained both the situations/eras in equal proportions. But the middle had more of explanations then story. The explanations were really scintillating no doubt. The author has taken a lot of pain in explaining different things with completely different concepts. But I wanted some story also going hand in hand.

The last three chapters of the book were the greatest because it had everything. I could see the great advices given by Krishna and the terminology was helpful in putting a cherry on the top. I was happy to see that the author maintained equilibrium. Then I liked the unfolding and the suspense’s and the turns that the last two chapters had. They brought out things in a more fuller and delightful manner.

I loved the fact that the author didn’t try to explain the things much. We as readers were left to think and draw an inference on our own. A book that can make you think for hours or maybe days is worth picking up again once in a while.

Summing up- The book came out to be really surprising because it is a piece of art that needs more space in your mind to place the thoughts which it contains. With simple vocabulary but distinct terminology blended with incidents of Mahabharata Kaal are really working in great terms.


Eye-catchers-

• “No matter what your salary is, there will always be that one person whose salary would be greater than yours and you will still end up comparing yourself to that person.”

• “India is like a mirror. If you see it with a negative mindset, you will only see negative things. You see it with an open mind and you will get whatever answers you are looking for.”

• “If you set aside your ego, any problem on this planet can be resolved.”

• “Act and fail rather than be inactive and regret later.”



Turn-on’s-

• Out of the box concept.

• The creativity of author.

• Simple and fluidic vocabulary.

• Negligible editing errors.

• Srishti’s explanations and point of views on different things. I found them really fascinating.

• The last three chapters.

• The mash up created.

And the list is endless...



Turn-off’s-

• A very smaller portion of Mahabharata is displayed.

• I missed some of my favourite characters.

• I felt a lot of positive side was shown in the book in the form of characters or incidents and the author didn’t focus on the antagonists and the darker phases in great length.



Recommendation-

Sci-fi and Mahabharata lovers can surely pick the book. It is a nice mash up of something extraordinary.



About the author-

Karthik Rao is a 32 year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He says that he gets to meditate close to three hours every day on his bike, thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology.

Check the spotlight for more details of the book and the author-
https://thesubtlebraiding.blogspot.in/2016/08/spotlight-mahabharata-code-by.html



Connect with the author-

• Twitter- @raokarthikkb



Buy the book-

• Amazon link- http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/9352068882/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472105261&sr=8-2π=AC_SX118_SY170_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=the+mahabharata+code+by+karthik

Monday, 22 August 2016

Book Review : Vikram Rana Investigates by Sharmishtha Shenoy

Book- Vikram Rana Investigates

Author- Sharmishtha Shenoy

Editor- Patricia B. Smith

Genre- Fiction (Mystery/Suspense)


Blurb-

An ex-cop Vikram Rana is all set for his new venture. A new case is waiting for him which can make him reach the zenith. There is a murder in town, that too in the family of his old buddy Rohan Lohia.

Vikram gear up and talks to everybody who is a little bit related to the murder of Mrs. Richa Lohia, wife of Rohan’s elder brother Gaurav Lohia.

Another interesting case “The Sonia Sinha case” Vikram gets after solving the previous murder mystery. Two business partners, various murders and a handful of suspects.


Title and Cover-

Well it is a detective novel and what better than making it clear from the name itself. “Vikram Rana Investigates” is a well suited name for the book. And the cover too is as ravishing as the name of the book. The dark and mysterious background with two person with no faces work well with the murder mystery, which is about to be displayed in the book. Also I loved the showcasing of Hydrebad city in the lower portion of the cover. It seems the author has taken care to show even the parts from the subtitle to make it a complete picture.


Characters-

Murder mysteries has a lot of suspects and victims, the cases in the book has the hue of same order. There were a lot of characters related directly or indirectly with the case. And it was nice to see that the author had brought them in front from time to time. It made the show look really realistic and understandable.

From the major characters I liked Vikram Rana of course. He was not the tough guy with extra embellishments. He was shown with utmost care and precision. From the first case I liked Gaurav Lohia and Rohan Lohia and from the second case I liked Pavel.

From the minor characters I liked Veena, Lakshmi, Juhi, Kinshuk etc.


Narration-

I liked the way the author presented the cases. The narration was smooth. Chapters were divided well and also named well.


Review-

Vikram Rana Investigates was my first Indian detective novel. I was highly impressed by the writing style and the two stories that were shown in the book. They seemed very well thought of and not at a single place I felt that I know who the murderer is.

From the very start the author had tried to build up the suspense of high order. What I liked the most in the book is the way of showcasing the case, step by step. Also I liked the transitions in the characters which came in front after each revelation. This was a very nice move. If the author had explained everything in advance then such effect wouldn’t have been created for sure.

Coming back to the story, well I thought that the author shouldn’t have summarized the advancements again and again. It made me skip some paragraphs easily without missing much. If a person skips some part of the chapters and read the endings then one can easily decode the things.

The first case was far better than the second one because I felt that things were a little more complicated in the second case or maybe the author didn’t present them well. The pictures became quite hazy in between and I had to re-read the incidents or check back who was whom.

I liked the little gags which were presented in the form of difference in opinion between Veena and Vikram Rana. I loved how Vikram always had a back door to all the issues he was facing due to his wife.

Summing up- The book came out to be a lot better then what I expected. The hopes were high from the first chapter itself. Mysteries were highly refined and interesting. Waiting to read more in the same series.


Turn-on’s-

• The smooth movements of the story.

• Creation of a perfect mystery.

• No hasty moves.


Turn-off’s-

• Not even a single part of the story was able to mark an extra-ordinary impact. Things just moved and moved and ended.


Recommendation-

The book was suspenseful and the mystery was nicely folded and unfolded. Any thriller lover can give it a try.


About the author-

Sharmishtha Shenoy loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she herself likes to read. Her favourite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray- especially the Feluda Series. She was born in Calcutta and has done her post-graduation from University of Reading, Great Britain. She lives in Hyderabad.

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Spotlight : Destiny Decides by PG Van









DESTINY DECIDES... A tale of two hearts in search of true love

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P.G. VAN














Blurb




Sameera lives a simple and fun life that she has structured with utmost care ensuring that she was focused on work and also keeps in touch with the classical dancer in her. Sameera has endured tough times in her life at a young age and wonders if she could ever hang on to anything that makes her life perfect.



Nick is a successful businessman who went to high school with Sameera, back when they lived in India. He re-enters her life taking her by surprise and in no time expresses his love for her. He wins her heart with his enigmatic but sweet gestures. He convinces her to move in with him.  Nick gives her the confidence and support that she needs to overcome her doubts.



Sameera starts to feel like Nick is the secret to happiness, she finds out that there is a search underway for her. Nick tells her that an Indian royal family is trying to locate her family. Fully convinced that it was a misunderstanding she ignores Nick’s warnings about the people that were searching for her and travels to India for a family emergency.




A member of the Royal Family that has been searching for her, meets Sameera as soon as she reaches India. Nick follows her to India a short while later and asks her to marry him to which she agrees whole-heartedly. The story ends on a happy note but with an open question around why Nick’s extended family in India is looking for Sameera’s family.






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I was running through this list in my mind when I heard a very soft knock behind me. I turned around and found Nick standing in the doorway in a dark gray suit and his seductive smile on his face.

Not caring about what I had in my hand, I let it drop to the floor and ran into Nick’s arms. His tight hold and the sweet masculine smell were proof that I was not hallucinating.

“Nick,” I said finding my voice and added, “When did you get here?”

He gently put his arms around me and said, “I got here when you were just about to wrap up your lovely dance,” and added, “I am still wondering how you can move your waist so gracefully.”

Nick brushed his lips against my sweaty temple and let out a heavy breath. This simple gesture kick started my heart to a heart rate no amount of workout would give me. Nick moved his arm down my back to the waistband of my capris and expecting him to sneak his fingers in to find my waist chain, I pulled back slightly and said, “Give me fifteen minutes to shower and change,” and asked, “Where are we going for dinner?”

Nick smiled at me and said, “Where we are headed, you are better off not changing now.”

I looked at him suspiciously and asked, “What does that mean?”

“Why don’t you grab your stuff, and I will tell you on our way there,” he teased as I put on my sleeveless vest over my sports bra.

As Nick walked towards the parking lot, I went to the locker to grab my bags and went back into the parking lot to find him standing next to my car. I dished out my keys from my bag, and as I approached him with my car keys in my hand, in a swift move, he grabbed the keys out of my hand and said smiling, “You will not need your car tonight.” As I looked at him in utter confusion, I saw him wave to someone and in the next instance, I saw Mitch, the limo driver, emerge from the darkness and catch my car keys that Nick had tossed to him.

“Mitch, you know where the car needs to go?” Nick asked him, and Mitch replied, “I got it, Nick.”

“Nick, what’s going on?” I asked annoyed with his action.

“We can go in my car, and Mitch will give your car keys to Nethra after he drops it off at your place,” Nick clarified.

“Nate is at home? How do you know that?” I inquired.

“I know because she came to meet Srini at the airport, and they were headed to your place,” he said thoroughly enjoying himself looking at my expression.

Nick signaled to Mitch to give him his car keys and as Mitch tossed the keys, I reached for them and grabbed them mid-air before Nick could get them.

Mitch looked at Nick apologetically, to which Nick said, “No worries, Mitch,” and smiled at me.

“So, will you be driving us to our destination?” he asked, his tone filled with joy.

“Yes, I most definitely can,” I said looking at the keys and realizing that what I had in my hand was a key fob for a Porsche, and the fob was designed to look like a little Porsche car.

“This key fob is so cute, and this is not the car I thought you were driving,” I said confused.

“The Rover is to take my mom around as she refuses to ride in my Porsche,” he said smiling.

I swallowed the lump that formed in my throat as I wondered if I should really drive his car. I saw Nick look at me with a wicked smile on his face. Refusing to chicken out, I held my chin high and said, “Let’s go.” I heard him chuckle behind me as if he knew I was terrified to drive his mean machine to an unknown destination. With a high sense of pride, I clicked the unlock button on the key fob. The car was a few cars away and was a midnight blue Porsche Carrera 911 and looked super sexy in the night lights.

I walked around to the driver’s side and in the dim lights on the inside I saw the sight that made my heart sink. This model was one of the very few cars in its class that still offered a stick shift, and this model pacified the stick shift driving enthusiasts with the seven-speed transmission. I hesitated for a few seconds debating if I should take the risk of driving the car. Nick was observing my reactions to the things that I have been discovering and asked in a soft voice, “Having second thoughts, love?”

“No,” I blurted out with immense pride and opened the door to put my bags in the back seat gracefully sliding into the low slung, deep-pocketed driver’s seat. Nick took off his suit jacket and put it in the back seat. He undid a couple of buttons on his shirt and kicked back into the passenger seat.

Nick looked at me as I sat in silence looking around the interior of the car in awe and very softly said, “Ignition to your left, key fob in there, and I suppose you are familiar with the third pedal down there?”

“Nick, I can’t do this. I just wanted to show you how annoyed I was when you took my keys,” I confessed putting my face in my palms.

‘Sameera, you can do this. I know you learned how to drive a stick shift back in India,” he encouraged.

“Nick, that was ages ago, and this is such a nice car and I am so intimidated by the power of this beauty,” I said my voice trembling.


“Sameera, don’t worry about the car. I know you love fast bikes and cars so enjoy the drive.” 





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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Book Review : What Might Have Been by Lynn Steward

Book- What Might Have Been

Author- Lynn Steward

Genre- Fiction (Romance/Women’s Fiction)



Blurb-

As a fashion buyer at one of New York’s most glamorous departmental stores, Dana McGarry is a tastemaker, her keen instinct for fashion trends and innovative ideas coupled with a razor sharp business sense. But like the elegant and conservative store that employs her, Dana is caught between two eras- between being like and standing her ground, between playing by the riles and being a maverick. Dana is sensitive and beautiful, but what you see is not what you get. Behind the cool and attractive facade, Dana is both driven by her need to control yet impeded by her expectation of perfectionism. As she competes to replace women at the top of their game, she is challenged by jealous colleagues. And when a wealthy love interest wants to open doors and support her ambition, she embraces Coco Chanel’s mantra of “never wanting to weigh more heavily on a man that a bird.” As the women’s movement paves the way, Dana finds a path to the carer she wants at the expense of happiness that was not meant to be.

Steward captures the nuances of 70s life in New York City and provides the perfect backdrop for an independent woman determined to make her mark. What might have been is a story that transcends any period.



Review-

The novel is set in 1970’s and the author has tried her best to bring in the flavour of the old school. The cover of the book is quite enchanting and it gives the feeling of independent behaviour. It is certain after having a good look at the cover of the book that the story will revolve around the "meaningful and challenging" life of a lady.

Penning female protagonist is not hard but it surely is challenging. Because one has to take care that the lady comes out to be serene and not just a subject.

The author has tried her best to talk more about Dana's professional life which made it easy for me to see a person rather than a lover, a wife or a friend in larger sum.

There were some characters like Father Macaulay, Patti, Andrew, etc who allowed me to explore the other sides of Dana. I thought that author has done justice in presenting the different characters and also connecting them with the main protagonist.

Also I loved the detailing done by the author in order to present the likes of Dana and how she explores various artistic aspects. For those who have lost hope after losing some bits of their life in the long run then Dana can be your perfect companion. She can help you to look beyond and fathom a world for yourself, made by your whims and fancies.



Eye-catchers-

• “...a determined woman could accomplish anything if, above all, she didn’t lose the spirit to fight for what she believed.”

• “A life worth living she realized had to be shared with others.”



About the author-

Lynn Steward, a veteran of the New York fashion industry and a buyer on the team that started the women’s department at Brooks Brothers, created the Dana McGarry series, set at a transformational time in 1970s world of fashion and in the lives of multigenerational women. What might have been is the second volume in the series. A Very Good Life, Steward’s debut novel, was published in March 2014.



Connect with the author-

• LynnSteward.com

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• Twitter- @LynnStewardNY



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Book Review : Shamsuddin's Grave by Paromita Goswami

Book- Shamsuddin’s Grave

Author- Paromita Goswami

Genre- Fiction

Publisher- Partridge Publishing



Blurb-

Shamsuddin is in the search for a place to call his own. In all these years only two ladies have been behind him in the ups and downs.

Latika is all set to have a fresh start. But there were things which became hard to handle.

What happens when the natural forces make things vulnerable? Will the people be ready to accept the changes? How things will wrap up for the final drop?



Title and Cover-

I loved the cover even though it was teamed up with a plain white background. The idea of using a photograph to depict the idea behind the novel is really creative. I can see a wandering man in the person who is shown in the cover, an umbrella in hand takes things to different level. On the other hand, the title of the book is really intriguing and suspenseful. All in all the first impression is really deep and any curious reader can pick the book for a good look.



Characters-

Oh, well there were so many characters in the novel that I almost fell in love with every person I came across. There was so much difference shown by the author that it became a nice package of varied courses. I saw ladies who were powerful and also those who were gloomy and lonely. Then I saw men who were sentimental and also who were goons. And above all there was this very important part of the book “The Brahmaputra” which had a larger share in shaping things the other way out. Though there were no dialogues by the river but there was this power which made things more lifelike.

From all the major characters I loved Shamsuddin, Latika, Snehlata, Debjyoti. They all were very powerful and serene to inspect.

And from the minor characters I loved Geeta, Latika’s father, Monidi. I found Geeta and Monidi very similar, there circumstances were same, just there way of living was different.



Narration-

The author used third person narration which worked nicely in all terms. But what I felt didn’t work was using the dialogues in the narrative section. It stops the flow. Also I felt that a lot of work could have been done to make behind the scenes part a bit more fluidic, so as to match the other part of the story. There were places where a lot of extra information the author has provided which could have been edited easily.



Review-

Shamsuddin’s Grave is one of a kind book. Right from the start such aura was maintained that sheer attention and a need to complete the book as soon as possible was driven inside. I was really engrossed in the book due to the short and crisp chapters which the author has penned. The short incidents presented in front in quick successions have made things really sorted out and clean in all respect.

I was certain in the start that the book is about a man who is a wanderer. But as I explored the book more I realised the real aim of the book. It’s not just about a man; it’s about the root cause of things which people don’t notice, even though they live in closer proximities.

I loved the complete concept of a NGO which was seen from time to time in the book. It made things more relatable and to the point in understanding the deeper concepts.

Everything was going superbly fine till some chapters. This is so because I was able to read a part of everyone who was in the major lead. But then as the chapters proceeded I found people getting subsided. I thought that the author has started focussing on the issues and not on the story, which is the most important thing that was needed to be look after at.

I was seeing incidents of varied people. It worked nicely, it brought up the whole concept but sadly it was a different part which didn’t gel well with the story. Also I found that some major leads in the book were having a major share of the story somewhere in the middle part of the book.

There were a lot of hopes in my mind after I completed the prior show. But I was disheartened later…

The ending chapters changed that scenario and made the book shine like before. I liked the different imageries with which the author played while explaining the surroundings. I could easily relate to the things and I could feel the rage and agony and what not.

After the track was restored I was enjoying each and other part of the story. I loved the terrifying picture, also I loved the movement in the story, I liked the way things altered for good or for bad, I liked the longing which develops in some characters due to incidents of different order, I loved the things which were wrapping up in the last chapter.

The last chapter to be precise is my favourite in the whole book. I liked the fact that author hasn’t tried to do things to make a showdown just fine. She has gone beyond her limits to think something which suits the picture in the longer run.

Summing up- The book was a great image to bring in front some important aspects which are neglected by almost all the classes, even the suffering ones. Everything came out to be a treat. Only and only if things were made to move one by one in every character's life then maybe the other characters wouldn’t have been left behind in the background. Paromita Goswami stole the show with the closing paragraph. Well done mam…



Eye-catchers-

• “Whatever Allah has assigned for you will always come back to you. Nobody can seize it from you. So have faith in his actions and serve him selflessly.”

• “He had already waited for so long that waiting some time more didn’t make much difference to him.”

• “They say the grass is greener on the other side and we run only to find it pretty same as this side. The day we stop running maybe we could make a difference to our life.”



Turn-on’s-

• A perfect showdown to a well lifted story.

• The atmosphere created throughout.

• The first visit of Latika to Shillong.

• The account of Debjyoti and Latika.

• Loved witnessing the amazing sentiments and feelings.


Turn-off’s-

• Editing errors.

• The brining up of dialogues in the narration part.

• Improper treatment of characters while dividing their share in the chapters.



Recommendation-

Shamsuddin’s grave doesn’t target a particular group of readers. It is more of a standalone novel. Anyone can give it a try. It will be worth your time.


About the author-

Paromita Goswami is an Indian based freelance writer and blogger. She also writes for many travel magazines. She is born in Shillong and spent her growing years in the Northeast before moving to Delhi. “Shamsuddin’s Grave” is her debut novel.


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Book Review : Never Again by Shreyan Laha

Book- Never again : Tale of a Stranded Legend

Author- Shreyan Laha

Genre- Fiction

Publisher- Dream House Publication



Blurb-

The secrets are hidden in the pages of an old diary which is with an old librarian. There are many people who are after that but only a historian gets his hand on it first to decode the hidden things.

Kasper Hartman, a Nazi soldier, narrates his life right from his childhood revealing the best and worst days of his life.

What happens when there are many people involved to claim the old piece? Will things be revealed? Or the story of “The stranded legend” will remain buried?



Title and Cover-

The title contain the main aspect of the book. It is working literarily and otherwise too as well. And as far as the cover is concerned it contains the important things, like a target, a soldier, a city ahead of him. I liked the visuals, loved the elements and most importantly I liked the rough colour scheme.



Characters-

When the story contains the background of a war or a war zone than it is certain to see some very great personalities and it happened in the book “never again” as well. I was surrounded by tough and determined soldiers who were ready to do anything.

From the major leads I loved, Kasper and Aarav. Kasper had all the traits of being in the top charts. He was showing colours of magnificent degree.

And from the minor leads I liked Saira, Siddha Maharaj, Klara and Petra.



Narration-

The narration was smooth and not hasty. I liked the concept of using third person narration while the life of Kasper was decoded. The author was really clear about the presentation of the story and it can easily be seen in the well divided chapters and incidents.



Review-

Never again is not a simple book which you hold in your hand every other day. It is one of a kind historical fiction which unleashes some different aspects of different countries. The book had opened up some really serious issues which remains answerless even in the 21st century. The way the author has mixed genres to bring out the best of both worlds is seriously a great attempt to make.

I liked the idea of the book. I think that it is the background or the base which the author created, which has lifted up the book. How the things connect and move ahead is really noteworthy. The best part of the book was the life of a Nazi solider that was shown very nicely. Witnessing the surrounding they are into, the kind of life they lead produces a really nice impact.

A historian is on the verge to decode the meanings but then that is not all. There are a lot of inner dimensions which are working simultaneously to bring the best in front. I found the approach of author to lift the story in a raw and rustic manner really radiant. It made things more engaging. If the flashback technique with simple narration would have been used then things wouldn’t have reached the present level for sure.

The advancements in the story are not at all predictable and it makes you glued to the book. Only if the author hadn’t used the Italic font the book would have taken less time. Nevertheless, it was the inspiring story of Kasper that made me read it in spite of all the hurdles.

I loved the harshness which his life had. I loved the phases which his story passed from. I loved his childhood, adolescence and adulthood. I loved him when he was at his darker side and I loved him even more when he was fully committed.

What impressed me the most was the ending or I can say the concluding pages. They were very promising and delicate. It shows the transition of a person in a very extravagant manner. The problem in the book arises when the secrets are revealed one after the other. I felt that if the secrets were opened in a more systematic manner or from time to time than it would have created a different effect altogether.

Summing up- The book is a complete treat in all terms. The chapters were divided well and the concept of putting in front one incident at a time worked perfectly. Never again is a very interesting book in all terms.



Eye-catchers-

• “People do not change. The changed self is always within us, unknown to us.”

• “Maturity is the worst barter we have in life.”



Turn-on’s-

• Concept of the book.

• Different shades of characters.

• Mystery of high order.



Recommendation-

A vintage thriller with a love story of different order, well yes the book can be highly recommended to any book lover.



About the author-

Shreyan Laha is a MBA student of XIMB and has completed his graduation from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack and hails from Jamshedpur. He marked his literary debut with a paranormal romance novel ‘The Adventures beyond Existence’ which earned him the Rajiv Gandhi Youth Literary Award in 2014. He has continued his literary voyage with several short stories and his second novel ‘Never Again’.


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Book Review : In Love with Shah Rukh Khan by Ajitabha Bose

Book- In Love with Shah Rukh Khan

Author- Ajitabha Bose

Genre- Fiction

Publisher- Authors’ Ink Publications



Review-

The idea behind the book is something which can catch the attention of any person. I loved the concept. An out of box idea that made the book a wonder project. Though the idea is tremendous, the story is just nice but not extra-ordinary. Stories of this sort have become quite common these days. But what I liked about this story is the showcase of utter determination and the want to do something for the one you love. I was really touched by this ten to fifteen minute story which the author penned.


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• Twitter- @ajitabhbose


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Spotlight : The Mahabharata Code by Karthik K.B.Rao









THE MAHABHARATA CODE

by

KARTHIK K.B.RAO










Blurb



"The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here. 



As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa's scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 





Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?"

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Karthik Rao is a 32-year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He lives with his wife Sushma, parents and two little sons Kaustubh Krishna and Raghav Krishna aged 4 and 1, respectively. He says, he gets to meditate close to 3 hours every day on his bike thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology. He also plays plastic ball cricket with his sons.

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