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The Last April by Belinda Kroll


Spontaneous, fifteen-year-old Gretchen vows to help heal the nation from the recently ended Civil War. On the morning of President Lincoln’s death, Gretchen finds an amnesiac Confederate in her garden and believes this is her chance for civic goodwill.

But reconciliation is not as simple as Gretchen assumed. When her mother returns from the market with news that a Confederate murdered the president, Gretchen wonders if she caught the killer. Tensions between her aunt and mother rise as Gretchen nurses her Confederate prisoner, revealing secrets from their past that make Gretchen question everything she knows about loyalty, honor, and trust.

The Last April is an entertaining, thoughtful novella of Ohio after the Civil War, meant to encourage readers to reflect on themes of fear and hope in uncertain political times.

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Everyone else would remember that Saturday as the day President Lincoln died. Gretchen Miller would remember it as the day the ragged man collapsed at her feet.

Gretchen was tugging at weeds and swatting at gnats when a thud made her whip around. The war was over, but Confederate supporters were everywhere. They lingered after General Lee’s surrender, and President Lincoln’s reconciliation speech, and in pro-Union Columbus.

Gretchen swung from her hunched position to lean back on her barefoot heels. Her skirts puffed out with the movement. She slapped them down, annoyed.

Sharp sunlight made it difficult to see. Gretchen thought she saw a collapsed man just yards from her hem. She adjusted her straw hat so it shaded her eyes.

The man was sprawled across the oak tree roots. Gretchen could not tell his age or condition from where she crouched. His back was to her, his dark head resting on his outstretched arm. He was not moving.

“May the angels have charge of me,” Gretchen whispered. She patted the revolver in her skirt pocket.

His leg twitched.

Gretchen’s heart leaped. That dark, matted hair gave her a turn. Maybe it was her brother Werner, returned from war at last. A hundred men from the Grove City area had answered President Lincoln’s call for soldiers. Everyone was afraid of the number that would return.

Gretchen grabbed her skirts as she scrambled to standing. She flailed her arms at the log farmhouse she called home. She could not shout, in case the man had faked his injury and was waiting for an excuse to attack.

Her aunt, Tante Klegg, stuck her head out the kitchen door. “What is it?” Tante Klegg’s heavy German accent was strident in the quiet morning. It matched the severity of her hair braided and twisted tight against her head.

Gretchen put her finger to her lips. She cupped her hands around her mouth so her whisper would carry. “There is a man.” She waved at her aunt to come outside.

Tante Klegg tiptoed across the rocks Gretchen had overturned gardening. She held her skirt layers high above her ankles.

The man remained quiet, only his twitching foot letting them know he lived. Gretchen did not know if that meant he was dangerous or that he was too injured to move.

Gretchen brushed a strand of reddish hair from her mouth as the breeze picked up. Though it was April, the humidity was heavy and stifling. The wind still carried the scent of cooling bonfires from yesterday’s elaborate celebrations.

Last night, Gretchen had danced until her feet ached and sung until her voice was hoarse. She had been ready to do anything to help her country heal. She held onto the president’s words of reconciliation that she read in the newspaper. She hoped everyone could see the Confederates as prodigal brothers and sisters. She hoped the Confederates would be humble and welcomed home.

With a stranger at her feet, Gretchen realized such things were easier said than done. She gripped the revolver hidden in her pocket and held out her other hand to stop her aunt from advancing. Holding her breath, she crept closer.

The man perhaps could have been her brother, once upon a time. His body was gaunt, worn thin by trials Gretchen suspected she would never understand. His left hand did not bear Werner’s distinctive strawberry-shaped birthmark.

This was not her brother.

Belinda Kroll is the author of Victorian fiction for kids and teens. She grew up in a home where reading was encouraged and Jeopardy! was on every weeknight. Both activities fostered her love of history. Some of her titles include Catching the Rose, Haunting Miss Trentwood, short story Haunting Miss Trentwood: The Seance, and contemporary short story Mad Maxine. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband and two step-dogs. Go Bucks!

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The Aryabhata Clan

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Book : The Aryabhata Clan
Author : Sudipto Das
Pages : 476
Price : 444/-
Publication : Niyogi Books

Gripping tale of finding the secret behind 1000 years old carpets.

Story

The story starts a girl named Kubha trapped & rapped in a place called Eight Heaven. Later we find out, three murders have been successfully done and people are collecting information about specific ‘carpets’.

21-year-old Kubha is the daughter of a linguistic paleontologist, Afsar and Kratu. Her maternal grandfather, Faraz Fareedi owned a business of sourcing oriental carpets from Asia and selling them worldwide. Soon the illustration on carpet are being noticed by many, and who ever gets to discover the secret behind are in high danger.
Kubha is the only one who can save the disaster to happen.

Her parents devastated by her kidnap, will ever make it to understand the reason behind all this ?
What is the secret of Khushawari rugs ?
Why the book is named on the great Mathematician Aryabhata ?
How politics in India make it weak and let other religion take India over ?
Is Taj Mahal is really an Indian Shivo Mahalay ?

For all this answers, you need to read and explore through this journey of Kubha, Afsar, Kratu, Fazal, Parush, Shamshur. Together they make one mystery sometimes nail biting thriller.

Writing

Kudos to author Sudipto for choosing such an interesting plot, that works around many topics, the Islamic state taking over , Taj Mahal’s famous myth being a Shiva Temple (Tejo Mahalay), unraveling secret of rugs that were 1000 years old, politician drawbacks of not being unite.

The writing was crisp, and narration was beautiful. The characters are shows and given enough time to build story around them and are uniquely differentiated from each other.
I loved how author have used images/diagram to portray and unravel the mystery of rugs and everything else (saved you from spoiler 😛 ). The amount of research and fact building author has done is overwhelming.
The fact that I don’t like Mathematics and I loved a book named around famous mathematician Aryabhata, clearly shows that the book has an impact that will linger.
I loved the variety of encryption/cryptic things where used in story. The rugs were obvious but then there were cryptic song, cryptic watch timings. This kept me glued to learn about them. But then I am sure a person with great music background will be able to understand them well.

Even though I loved it all most every point, few things that didn’t worked for me was when Afsar and Kratu abruptly came to decision of decrypting certain things in certain manner. The amount of background for so many different languages are given was difficult to keep in mind. The diagrams/illustration were very handy for such things. Moving places and topics made me confused sometimes, like when Fazal story came up I was confused in the starting later when it was connected I felt ok so that was that.
First chapter one was difficult for me, it was unsettling to read a rape scene in just few pages down, and the apt-Nance of it happened in Eight Heaven made my mind link it so much with recent Asifa’s case. It was strange for me to calm down after I ended first chapter, the similarity was so much. I almost stopped book at that point for a day, and came back later when I was ready to read ahead.

This review will be incomplete if I don’t talk about characters.
Kubha our protagonist, a girl that is gang raped and still has the urge to save India. In all the midst of what has happened with her, she definitely is shown strong to stand up again and do what she wants to do. In such cases, a regular person will surely be out of mind, but Kubha shows her intelligence when she delivers a secret message to her parents when she sings.

Afsar Fareedi, mother of Kubha . We have seen Robert Landon in so many movies doing and solving difficult symbols, decryption hidden motives. And we will surely appreciate what Afsar did. She is a way ahead of this century, she has knowledge and the way she uses it is amazing. I loved how Afsar had kept it all together even after seeing her daughter in such a state. May be Kubha got this trait from her mother.

Kratu Sen, father of Kubha. I loved him more than Afsar, he was the one with clear head more times and connected the dots that Afsar abruptly left. His ability to come up with different programs that helped Afsar to decode the hidden message is what I became a fan of.

Parush is another person whose age I am still confused of. May be he his like dad-age to Kubha , but the relationship they share is pure, and a bit weird because that can’t happen in our ‘society’. Moreover, he is the cop that always saves the day, he has his trusted men, and multi tasks and thinks ahead of the villain of any century.

This was my first read of author Sudipto Das, but I surely willing to read Ekkos Clan for such a journey.

Things that worked out for me :

> Character building and helping each other to solve this mystery.
> Amount of research author has done to write this, has definitely paid off in this novel.
> Multiple issues were given equal importance.
> The ways to encrypt message is what I felt like learning after this.
> Taking a real event like Taj Mahal named as Tejo Mahalay and building story around it. is Commendable.
> Women in book are shown so much strong head and heart wise.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> The story sometimes when into to much depth, & descriptive. I was unable to follow it.
> Starting a book with uneventful scene make me leave this book for a day until I was all prep for it.
> Sometimes there were places and time traveling which confused me.

 

Final Note :

If you are looking for a novel which has base on 1000 years old contents. This is for you.
If you love reading in descriptive form, and amount of information gives you kicks. This is for you.

Cover: 3.5/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Theme: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Overall: 3.9/5

**Book was provided by Author, in return of an honest review.**

 

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For a Girl in a Star

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Book : For a Girl in a Star
Author : Ratna Chandu
Pages : 216
Price : 195/-
Publication : Srishti Publishers Distributors

Story

Story starts with a gruesome murder, yet the person who died knew what was about to happen. And with this author takes us few months back to Avinash & Sahas born and brought up in a tiny village near Bangalore. Avinash moves in Banglore leaving back home the old mundane life of his farmer parents to pursue his God-gift talent of being an artist.It took 2 yrs for him to settle down a balanced life and now he was soon to be joined in by his best friend Sahas. Sahas came to Banglore for pursing his studies and both of them stayed at Avinash’s apartment which was a mess due to his work and schedule. Sahas tried to make it like home, with keeping things clean and place. Everything was going good, as Avinash helps a girl and falls in love the very moment. As the time passes, girl also starts feeling same towards Avinash.
On the other side, Sahas being a shy person finds that Aarti his batch mate making him more comfortable to talk to girls. How it was easy for Sahas to be around her and not feel weird. He starts falling for her.
The time goes on and one day Sahas tells Avinash that his mother is not feeling good now-a-days and asking him to get married. And Sahas open ups with Avinash for her love towards her batchmate. One fine day, Sahas takes Avinash to meet the girl. And the GIRL is common between friends.

Which one will give away her love for his friend ?
Will they be friends with each other ?
Who was the person killed in the starting ?

For all these you need to read book 😛

Writing

The story and the Blurb looks like another love triangle. As it simply gives out two friends falling in love with same girl. But what blurb doesn’t tell us is, this romantic fiction takes much twist and turns before it is ended. There are relationships that the blurb doesn’t talk about. There are deaths before everything gets settle.
The language is easy to understand, and characters are given enough time to settle themselves in your mind. Like you know how Sahas would react to a certain situation, or like how Avinash will still care of his best friend even after differences occur.
But we don’t know that there is a murder involved and people die in the book.
For 80% of the book, I couldn’t relate to the title of book UNTIL *I don’t want to give out the spoiler* 😛
I could make out some of grammatical mistakes as well, it errked me out. Would have been better with a round or two of editing of book.
The middle part was something which was not predicted, and things happened. There came in too many relationships/character that you will think of no use. But some of them make the core plot of novel. *believe me*

Things that worked out for me :

> Narrative of story worked for me.
> How authoress has complexed a simple plot of love triangle.
> Characters were given time to get explored, and their emotions were depicted well.
> I loved Cover.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> Grammatical and spelling mistakes.
> Story looked dragged sometimes.
> Too many relationships catered, mother-son, friendship, love triangle, father-son, husband-wife.
> Tittle of book, looked like not so much intervened with the story.

Final Note :

If you are looking for a love triangle, but it also has some action attached to it. If you can ignore grammatical and spelling mistakes, with lots of melodrama, this book is for you.

Cover: 3.5/5
Title: 2/5
Blurb: 2/5
Theme: 2.5/5
Story: 3/5
Characters: 2.5/5
Overall: 2.5/5

**Book was provided by Author, in return of an honest review.**
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~ A Little Reminder ~

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And we often forget the spark of being self.
Be You-ng
Be-You-tiful

Our inner spark is what people see outside. No it’s not the face, it’s the glow on your face. The radiance pours out of you.
It’s only possible, when you are happy to be you.
It’s only possible, when you are content where you are.
It’s only possible, when you don’t see the flaws of people and only appreciate their uniqueness instead.

Let yourself live today like you have just started in the world.
Age doesn’t matter when you have your head and heart both into it.
Happiness is what will take you a long way, and Being You is what will make you happy forever.

This is just a reminder for you
To Be You ! 
To Be Happy ! 

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65 Colours of Rainbow

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Book : 65 Colours of Rainbow
Author : Smit Kapila
Pages : 130
Price : 175/-
Publication : Srishti Publishers & Distributors

A book you can relate more if you are working. The book is a short read and with equally short stories. Just a page to tickle
your funny bones.

Book consists of 65 such stories, that revolve around the jokes we hear or are part of in our regular work environment. I being a engineer could relate to more that what other usual readers can.
The stories that are so good to be true are
> The Feedback : It talks about the times we employee go under pressure of being appraised by our seniors. How a very intelligent person gives ‘good’ feedback about his boss, until the second mail is sent.
> The Pantry : Gives a real life experience of how new interns can surely misinterpret a person and consider them not so valuable. But in real it turn outs to be THE BOSS himself *spoiler* ehh!! 😛
> The VNC : As a software engineer I know VNC is difficult to work on due to security reason that anyone with a correct software in same network can access and view whatever I am doing. This story gives a happy ending though, but not enough in real life.
> The Compilation : people might laugh out loud at this one, but it was not so fun for me. I just considered the person as dumb :-/
> The Lock : this totally happened with one of my colleague, though his phone was working called is maid, and joined office a little late. I totally related to this one.
> The Pronunciation : It’s not always necessary to laugh on other’s pain or any such condition. This one left me with, why did the author needed to do this.

The writing is easy to understand as it is spoken from day-to-day office life perspectives. No hard words, no complex situations, just some tickles in your funny bone.

Things that worked out for me :

> Loved how every chapter had a related illustration with it.
> As an engineer myself I could relate to some of the stories.
> This was so refreshing in between different reads, as this took away the seriousness of my current reads at that time.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> Stories were short (which is kinda advantage and a disadvantage too)
> Many stories were ‘this can’t happen’ . Stories about how easily people are getting ‘INCREMENT’, is not true at all. I wish it was, but it isn’t (I am hurt :-/ )
> People who don’t have much knowledge about work culture or related to it, won’t enjoy it. As much as people having background.

 

Final Note :

Pick it up if you are looking for a light read, to refresh after a heavy read. If you are a working person, this will make more sense to you in a way that this seems similar, or I wish it was like this. Both cases will surely make you smile in between those hour of work.

Cover: 3/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3.5/5
Story: 3/5
Overall: 3.2/5

**Book was provided by HalfBakedBeans, in return of an honest review.**
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Legends Over Generations

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“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.”

Author Ashraf Haggag brings to you one of the best Non-Fiction releases of the year, published by Bluerose publishers India will be released in the first week of may and will be available on Amazon soon.

The book was selected as the book of the month by  .(See the link).

Tredition UK is the publishing company which published my book and distribute it n Europe, Canada, USA etc but executing India

https://tredition.co.uk/authors/book-of-the-month/

Summary:
Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern-day culture is completely unrivaled.

About the Author:

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Ashraf Haggag has spent nearly three decades in the corporate business world. He currently works as a senior executive in the hospitality industry.

Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have exposed him to the diversity of culture across the globe and encouraged him to share his knowledge through his writing.He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.

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Saudade

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Book : Saudade
Author : Husna Mohammad
Pages : 149
Price : 250/-
Publication : The Write Place

I picked this book in crossword Mumbai, when I went to meet my booksta kid reader_Vidh .
And this was TOTALLY a Cover BUY at first. But then I read it’s blurb, and it was short stories. I knew it, this will be a great read. Because RECENTLY I love reading short stories compilation (yesh yesh, I have told this too many time)

Saudade : (n.) A deep emotional state of nostalgic longing.

And I clearly remember 2 of the stories gave me a nostalgic feel. Also other stories were written in old times I liked them too

The setting of all stories are in Kerala, and as Authoress herself is from same location. There was detailing for places, people. And I loved it.
The characters were special, short stories don’t have much time to grow their characters. But I LOVE when author in just few pages describe the aspects, the habit, and much more about the character and Husna has surely captured this very well in her stories.

Stories

Che Guevera’s Legacy
Is story of a 22-year-old boy Krishnan aka Kitu. Who believes in Che Guevera’s words and can do anything to bring justice to Che Guevera’s legacy of removing individualism.

The Calling
Is story of Mullah Masood, an Imam at mosque who got a higher calling for his life. I loved how the author has shown Aysha (Masood’s wife) thoughts of what happen to women behind the veil, how they feel and how they sometimes react that outside people can never think about

Beevitha
Is one of a kind supernatural/paranormal story of Beevitha (Beevi), how she found her child after 3 months with no memory of her.

The Commodore’s Daughter
story that touches your heart, how a daughter guards his fathers secret for her lifetime. Even though the thought of such can hurt someone badly, still she accepts it and keep with her and not letting anyone know about it.

The Inscrutable Case of a Lilac Saree
is another story with paranormal touch. The end left me in a state of fear, what alone people go under.

A Walk in the Rain
This one was one of my favorites, as this one had a poetic touch in it. The protagonist Naaz married to a man who kept her well, loved her, gave her everything a women wants yet she couldn’t love her back. Her heart belonged to something else, and then came a night and an old friend and the walk in the rain. Believe me this is not a love story.

The Dairy of an Insomniac
MY FAVORITE, as I could relate so much from this one. No not the heart-break, or anything. But a DAIRY, and an Insomniac well that’s me. Story of Ashiana who finally gets over insomnia after writing all her thoughts in dairy, and finds the beauty of life in the end.

The Empty Canvas
Story how an artist feel connected to a place, that when she is brought away from the place and lost people she loved. She goes into depression. And how once again, she finds the will to fill that Empty canvas with her thoughts. Another favorite.

My Name is Arif Mushtaq and I am Gay
This story is so gross in a way, and yet so touching in another way. A child, who doesn’t know about sexuality loses virginity to another 18 yrs old child/man. And then in future Arif marries a girl, just because she loved him too much. But will this unison be for long time ?

Writing

Each story takes you to different state of emotion, and some takes you under many emotions in one story. It’s commendable on author’s part that the roughness of characters are kept in it. Characters are flawed, and yet their stories will make you like them. The language is simple and no extra heavy words are put in to show off. As the stories are based on Kerala, the culture, places are well researched off.
The only thing that didn’t worked for me was Grammatical errors. The book need more editing.

Words that touched

That strange sense of being different stays with you. You long to be with people who are more like you. Similarities are what bonds humans than differences, Beevitha.

– that no matter how unconditional a love may seem between two people, there could still be instances in time when that love pales in significance before far more powerful forces of emotion, or perhaps temptation.

As children we see everything in hues of white, in harmonious balance. look deeper and there would be parallel narratives – A Pandora’s box just waiting to be opened.

So much has changed and yet everything remained the same.

Between the thin red line
Of words restrained and controlled
Where thoughts are veiled
And emotions guarded
Time lies witness to all that’s unsaid
Mired in the dichotomy of You

That a love as intense between two people who thought themselves to be unbreakable, could just vanish was simply another learning curve.

I guess that is what wounded souls do. They carefully annihilate the essence and self-worth of another, embedding seeds of their sinister darkness into them, so that with time, they create prototypes of themselves.

 

Final Note :

If you can ignore grammatical mistakes, like I did many-a-times. This book is perfect coffee-read on any evening and you should read if given a chance. Author Husna has tried so much to convey in these compilation of short stories.

 Rating: 4/5

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Men and Dreams: In the Dhauladhar

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Book : Men and Dreams: In the Dhauladhar
Author : Kochery C. Shibu
Pages : 284
Price : 395/-
Publication : Niyogi Books

DNF-ed
I don’t DNF books so easily, specially those which I get as review books and I have agreed upon them.

A request from author about book, I agreed on seeing Blurb & 4+ ratings on goodreads. Here is my Honest review in return of the review copy.

After putting in lots of efforts I couldn’t get through this book.
I have kept this book, may be when I become more older I will go back to this book and read it full.

My problem while reading book :

There were too many characters involved. I don’t like those books that can’t justify who the main character in 20-30 pages. And for this, I had read 110+  pages. But it was hard to pin point on the main character, there were people moving in & out of the book.

The Language used, was mix of Hindi, Malayalam and English. And MANY curse hindi words. Also words like *chakke* , I mean really ? You want to indulge readers into such language to make your point ?
I couldn’t take such language where people are degraded by their sexuality or race.
This book does both.

The hydro dam, details kept pouring in about this project. I felt like I was reading ‘How to build a Dam’ kind of book.

I may be a little less known in History, but calling a Punjabi as Pakistani. Isn’t that justifies my History. There is time and again this is done, by mistake or really an unknown history act. I am not sure yet.

The Title of chapters were in different languages, and I couldn’t understand what a non hindi reader will understand of this?

Unnecessary italics came in and went out. Not sure WHY?

For now this book, wasn’t meant for me. I seriously wish to give this another try, when I am less full of thoughts, because people have given it as 3-5 stars.

I would like to thanks Author for providing me the book in return of an honest review.
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Stepping Stones Taking Towards the Goal

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Book : Stepping Stones Taking Towards the Goal
Author : Lubhna Dongre
Pages : 344
Price : 290/-
Publication : Notion Press

Book is written by a 16-year-old Author Lubna Dongre, who was 12 when the first thought of writing came into her mind. At 14 years old, she was successful in deciding that this is it. This is what she wanna do, to write for people. To motivate them, while she herself got motivated in writing the Book.

The book starts with recognition and praise for Lubhna from various known people. In whole book covers 10 Main topics, and author make sure to cover them line by line and with subtopics. In the book author talks about how a normal teenager she was, & had this idea of writing this book came to her in 12 at midnight.

She has covered the topics in P’s.
> Potential
Covering all about an individual. Before we start doing anything big, we have to start by thinking about ourself and evaluate what we want to do in life.
> Purpose
This cover’s the reason WHY am I doing this. What will I leave to this society once I am gone? what is purpose of me being here in this world?
> Programming
This one is the one I concerned the most ‘self-help’ related topic. This covers with the mentality of us for doing something. The positive or negative impact our purpose will make in the society and to us. How learning always affect what we do in life. And Learning here only doesn’t mean the education we take up on, it’s the self learning, experience that we go through that teaches us.
> Progress
After we have learnt how to program our mind towards our purpose with our potential, we need to keep looking at the progress we are making. Dream something, and make it happen. The progress should not be of selfish type, someone’s progress always affect others around. So be considerate when making progress, it’s not just you but the society should progress too.
> Plan
Planning is what we need to do make an actual progress. So make some ground rules to the road ahead, how you gonna manage the time for all the activities you gonna do in life, the resources and energy are equally important while planning
> Problems
It happens major time, that when we are on a path we are faced with problems. Before we learn to step on those stones and make our way towards our destination, these are the pebbles that make our walk more difficult. But don’t be afraid of it, keep walking towards the end and see the LIGHT.
> Persistence
We should have the passion, persistence and consistently keep moving towards the path. Problems will come, but we have to keep moving and never give up until the very end. Be persistent to what we have already started.
> Power
> Performance
> Pleasure/Peace
All these three chapter are about the power we put in to keep the persistence and reach out goal. How our performance gratitude to others who helped us in this journey. And in the end we all are forced to ask ourselves ‘what will be the last thing you do before dying? ‘

I would like to say, for an age this small I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to have for dinner. No clear path was defined when I was a teenager. Author Lubhna has surely made me realize that age doesn’t matter, if a person thinks he can do it. They can do it, everything else turns to be a Stepping Stones when we are clear about our destination.

The language used is good, and we can have many quotes take out from this book. How Author included her story leading herself to write this book is commendable. The thing that didn’t worked out for me was the length of book, its 344 pages big book. But around 150 pages are all about the author and influenced people emails, appreciations. They helped the author to write this book, so for sure they hold a very special place in author’s heart. But as a reader they were like starring in start and end of a movie. I have to be honest about this, the end emails I just skimmed over them.

Overall: 2.5/5

I would like to thanks Author for providing me the book in return of an honest feedback.
Read this book as part of femmeMarchFest, dedicated to read only women writers in March 2018.
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A Word Thrice Uttered

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Book : A Word Thrice Uttered
Author : Parveen Talha
Pages : 192
Price : 290/-
Publication : Niyogi Books

The collection of short stories, with a roller coaster of emotions.

Another amazing short story book, and the more I read short stories the move I am driven towards them. Due to their short length, giving out so much in the book. And I am totally impressed by the Author Parveen Talha, her backdrop of Lucknow for stories are so perfect and are believable. Book is an anthology for 16 heart melting stories.

The cover is totally relatable and is in many ways does justice to the stories

It is so difficult to choose a favorite, when each story covers such different emotions and give an eye on societies issues.

So I will be giving a line or two on each story

Stories

Thanks for Ditching Me
Is story of a girl, who doesn’t lose hope and waste time after getting ditched by the man who she loved. She make a successful life of herself, even after such a heart-break at a tender age.
What will she say when she sees the man after many years ?

Amma! Come back…
is story of a boy Ratan, whose mother sacrifices their relationship to give him a good future. While boy lives with his maternal aunt, he is down the line treated as inferior and worker at home. Will he ever return to his mother from this ?

A String of Bela Flowers
Is story of lovers who couldn’t travel in together but reach their destination at the very end.
What is the significance of flowers in this story ?

Centipede
shows how cities move ahead to cope up with generations. The traditions are changed as per the generation they are done in.

A Word Thrice Uttered
is story of a Kausar, who kept on struggling with her life. Since she was born, with a stepmother, she got married to a person who was less in status, and then a disabled son.
She took all the house cruelty done by her new husband and his sister just because she feared the word ‘Talaq’.
Will she forever remain in this unsatisfied marriage ?

Rustam
Sona And Tiger
These both stories capture not just human emotions, but the emotions the pet animal have towards their owners aka family or each other.
Who is Rustam ?
Who is Sona ?
and Who is Tiger ?

Gangaji is not far, Bappa…
is heartfelt story of a boy who is born in a poor family, and has to take responsibility of family in very early age. Even though the story’s title is dedicated to the love of Ram khilawan towards her grandmother (daddi). He want’s to fulfil her last wish.
The story touches the social issue of child labour and its disadvantages
What was Ram Khilawan’s Grandmothers last wish ?
Was he able to fulfil it ?

Let Me Have A Love Affair
the story revolves around Prashant, a movie buff, married when he was in class 10th, wanted to make an adventure like Hero’s in movie do. And so he did.
The story tittle and majorly revolves around the love and affair. But subtexting it I think it also covers the social ill for child marriages.

Trail And Punishment
Is a story that will leave you in such a positive state, that there are actually good people and every person gets what they deserve. There may be a delay and the trail period may be bigger but at the end they get Punishment.
Another story that dealt with child labor and human trafficking.

Where Did The Delicacies Come From
story of a family, who went from being rich to poor. The story is about Amma (Gausia’s Amma) who believed in Allah with all her heart, and her love for children. They all saw a miracle happen together.

Virginity lost…so what
is a story that is mostly based on present setup. Where we as human’s have entered a generation where loosing virginity isn’t a big deal
*For me believing in this kind of story is a bit difficult. Because I know how society still has an EYE on girl, if she comes home late at night, or share a home with male partner without marriage.
But here is to hoping that this taboo goes out of fashion, and women are treated same in case of Virgin – Non Virgin Men.

The Magic Wand
is a story that makes you believe in magic and how a person can make you feel just being present in the same room.
*I clearly remember this one made me smile at the way till the end. Because I could see something similar, something very similar to my life.*

Real Sacrifice
is story of a boy, who loved his pet Moti. A baby goat which his parents brought in home for sacrificing on bakreed in a year.
How he manages to speak up in front of his parents, and grandmother for not sacrificing the goat Moti.
What sacrifice did he had to make for this?

Panditayin
is story of a hindu women, who works as a servant to Nawab’s. And how the time takes turn, and her rightful owners get killed by his own family. Panditayin gives a promise to dying Begum Sahiba to protect the child born to her.
How Panditayin takes up the task to bring up the child on her own, while working in other people home.
Will hasan ever know about his story?
Will a hindu lady will do a justice to bring up a muslim man?

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
is story of Atique, a man who started his own business from scratch and was betrayed by a company who took goods from him.
This story brings out different dark sides of our society, like How big companies exploit small business for their profit.

Writing

Author Parveen Talha has capture Lucknow and it’s people so beautifully on paper. I loved each aspect of Lucknow that was set to imagine.
The depth of characters in such short stories are so difficult, yet applaud to the Author that she did it so aptly.
The language used is well versed, and the pace of stories are good. Except some, which I felt were bored in the middle having too much information.

Final Note :

YOU SHOULD READ THIS. THIS IS NOT JUST A NOVEL, THIS IS WHOLE OF LUCKNOW AND PEOPLE IN THEM. I Stronnnnnnnnnglyy want people to read this, and come face to face with the evil of society that the books talk about.

You can buy the book (ALREADY) : HERE

 Rating: 5/5

**I would like to thanks Niyogi Books for providing me the book in return of an honest review.**