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The Woman Who Saw the Future

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Book : The Woman Who Saw the Future
Author : Amit Sharma
Pages : 276
Price : 149/-
Publication : Readomania

A science fiction that will grab your attention right from its blurb.

Story

The book is story of many people focused on our protagonist Sapna Vaid.
Born in a middle class family, Sapna lives with his parents and younger brother Vikrant. Their life was going good, until the mishap happened. Vikrant died by falling off the train, while returning from his trip. A happy family, turned sorrow overnight.

What more can happen to a sorrow filled house, Sapna started having weird dreams. Dreams filled with accidents, blood, disasters which later she searched and found was all REAL. She couldn’t believe herself that she could see the future, future of people who were about to die. The range of dreams weren’t just India they spanned whole wide WORLD. She used to be in the dream when the person next to her died in front of her house. Sapna parents couldn’t believe her that she was seeing these things. They thought she needed medical attention, until one day she saved her Father from an accident where he lost his legs.

The dreams turned happy-go-lucky girl Sapna to a gloomy ghost, with her family and (boy) friend Saahil believing her trying to keep her Happy. She turned inward and thought why the dreams didn’t happen before Vikrant. She could have saved him too, she wrote letters to Vikrant stating all the dreams, all the fears, all the faces she saw in her dreams.

Her fate changed when she met Kapil, a well-known businessman. It was one of those 20 dreams that showed Kapil’s mishap that was about to occur due to bomb in his car. Her move saved Kapil and many of his employees. When Kapil asked, Sapna tolw him about her dreams that turned reality. Kapil took all the information from her and did a detailed background check, when all details came out clean he was bound to trust Sapna and her dreams.

A business mind is never out of idea, and same happened with Kapil. Contacing Mehak, a TV reporter who was also a very good sketch artist. Kapil and Mehak went to Sapna’s house with the proposal of having a show based on her dreams, where she can save 1000 people from dying. It was the first time Sapna felt that her dreams can help people.
Her parents were sceptical about it, but she was sure to do it. Anupama come along the show, and she is the main lock that connect Sapna’s earlier dream victims, to saved people. 12 YEARS, go by and the show is hit, Sapna is now Goddess for many who she was able to save.

Did Sapna herself got into trouble ?
Will these dreams remain forever with her?
Will Saahil be part of this fierce journey Sapna is taking?
Is she really a Goddess, that can save ANYONE?

To unanswered questions, you need to READ this one!!

Writing

My first book by the Author Amit Sharma, and it was such a good read. Loved how the story is presented with different characters perspective, each character taking the story ahead and adding their own touch to it.
The experts from Sapna’s diary to Vikrant had the major effect on me, the way she shared the same bond with his brother even after his death. The pain of seeing people die was aptly covered in her diary.
Even though their were many characters, my favorites are Sapna, Kalpana (Sapna’s mother) and Mehak. All three ladies have a strong image attached to them, each living their own hardships.
Even though the blurb tells us almost everything from the story, I wanted to see how Amit keep the thread going together and he did it pretty well.
There were many such thrills that were guessed, I wished they were kept as thrills.
At some point I thought there were things, that were left mid way but it was later that those loose ends met and gave end to that mid way.
Om-Anupama were certainly played a great part in the story but there were things that I felt were extra elaborated.

Things that worked out for me :

> It was like a perfect read, mostly everything worked out fine. From language, to story, to character building.
> The book divided in parts ‘The Rise’ & The Fall, were made equally important and kept reader in their grip.
> Loved how every chapter/character’s story is started with a related quote from famous book. This just gave me kicks to read those famous books *again*
> The cover is minimal, but it says a LOT. The Eye, and the Yin-Yan of a woman from present to future, I loved it.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> I wish the blurb was a little less descriptive, after reading book I was like it almost gave everything.
> Somewhere I felt the story was dragged and it would be same if the things were kept to little.
> The story sometime became predictable, I wish the author had kept the thrill till the very end and not given clues about WHAT HAD HAPPENED *talking about Kabir* *spoiler may be*

Words that touched

Her mind turned into this healthy salad of emotions with loads of serenity, a handful of fervor and a pinch of ferocity.

Sometimes it takes a long time to understand that life is not just about a single relationship. It has much more to offer. If your life is a circle then no one but you should be at the center of it.

Happy families are all alike; even unhappy family is unhappy in its own ways
– Anna Karenina

I have always believed in a supreme power but I have my doubts. Sometimes I wonder if he is just a child who loves to play dangerous games. He comes across as someone who is extremely compassionate and ruthless at the same time, just like Nature. Sometimes, he scares the shit out of me.

Final Note :

A science fiction with mystery and drama packed you should definitely read this. In middle of my personal life, I took time to read this but a bibliophile will be too eager to finish it off as quickly as possible.
So if you like to read an INDIAN author, who can ACTUALLY deliver the fiction, mystery and supernatural thing all in together GO GRAB IT (what are you waiting for !!)

Cover: 4.5/5
Title: 4.5/5
Blurb: 3.5/5 *because it gave it ALL*
Theme: 5/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Overall: 4.4/5
Rating: 5/5

**The book was provided by Writersmelon in exchange of an honest review.**
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The Ghosts of Gurugram

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Book : The Ghosts of Gurugram
Author : Debeshi Gooptu
Pages : 150
Price : 149/-
Format : Kindle

My first read of 2018, and WHAT a read. Combination of two genre, horror and humor.

Story

It’s story about Tara, who at very starting of the book goes under a heartbreak. When his soon to be husband refuses to marry her just few days before marriage. On verge of depression, as she has to see her ex-fiance daily in office and all she did was trying to pretend everything was normal. It was Sonali her friend, who first suggested her to shift job.
The opportunity strikes, and she gets to start afresh in Gurgaon or Gurugram.
The first thing she needed was finding place to live in this millennium city. She met Mahesh Sharma for the same, and after seeing 9 apartment, door to 103/103 opened and Tara felt a sense of hope as she stood in the balcony breathing the fresh & clean air.
It was her meeting with landlady of flat, when Tara felt a sense of oddness when she could see a black cat in the house roaming and caressing her leg whereas the landlady & Sharmaji didn’t saw any cat.
After shifting, and a hectic day at office Tara came back home and felt relaxed and dozed off while watching T.V. She was worked up by a loud crash, and after a while heard a meoww. She was shocked, and remembered the cat at her landlord’s home. She goes to balcony, revisiting sad memories and feeling sad leans over it to peer down at the parking lot.
Suddenly, a voice ‘Don’t Jump’ make Tara look back, she saw a woman standing in lehnga choli and Tara collapsed on the floor.

As Tara wakes up, she is still confused about what she saw. Well was there a girl on her balcony ?
And she now wants to find out WHO SHE WAS ?

Was Tara imagining things ?
Was she really depressed, by her marriage taken off ?
Who was this lady in lehnda choli ?
Was she imagining the black cat too ?

Well for all those question YOU GOTTA READ THIS ONE..!!!

Writing

Debeshi Gooptu has done amazingly to weave out words and created a perfect world where such things could happen. The pace of story is great, events kept happening and there wasn’t any dull moment (as per me).
The book touches issues that we know exist, but in our busy life turn off them. Depression, Dowry, Suicidal, Getting good marks, Old age issues and what not. The story of The Ghosts of Gurugram depicts harsh reality of the transforming phases of any city.

Loved the characters building, each character had their own story and they got merged very nicely.
The story shows our dull belief in aghori baba’s well too. I am not sure, there might be some GOOD baba’s but well not all are. I would have loved to see the Kanai’s part more as he had so much scope to things at more of that level.

Things that worked out for me :

EVERYTHING, from humans to Ghosts to animals !!

Things that didn’t worked for me :

NADA !!

Words that touched

The full moon gazed back at her from its inky bed surrounded by twinkling stars. The black horizon stretched out in front of her, vast and indeterminate, illuminated by specks of light here and there.

It was then that Tara realised Gurgaon, despite its progress, had a dangerous, dark side. The industrial boom, the multinational work culture and the designer invasion had brought with it unhappiness, mental turmoil and feelings of inadequacy. Unable to keep pace with the demands of living in the city, people were sacrificing their sanity. Lives were spiraling out of control.

Final Note :

Living in Delhi, I could connect to so much from the book. Gurugram aka Gurgaon is a neighboring region and it has been in news for one or another cases. Reading this, has definitely sent a chill down my spine because we don’t live in perfect world. And such cases definitely happen. I wish the book is read by EVERYONE, and the issues those are touched in the book serves as an EYE OPENER to all.

Rating: 5/5

The book was provided by Writersmelon in exchange of an honest review.

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Nice Men Finish Last

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Book : Nice Men Finish Last
Author : Pravesh Vir Siddhu
Publisher : Srishti Publishers
Pages : 224
Price : 107/- (discounted)
Format : Paperback

Second half is better than the first half. Can be easily adapted by any Bollywood director.

Story

Our protagonist Nandu is a GOOD man at starting, get worse after the breakup with her girlfriend Noor and then again want to become nice for Tanishq.

The story starts with World Cup Final match, and like every indian Nandu is a huge fan of cricket. Missing it is like impossible, but he has to go and confront his long-term girlfriend Noor, who is cheating on him. As the match goes up and down, so does the meeting of Nandu and Noor goes, and just before Nandu closes his eyes, he get beaten badly by Noor’s current boyfriend is who ‘Not Nice’ man.

He opens his eyes in hospital and is surrounded by his friends, his roommates Keshav, Sattu and Shardul. As in real life friends help us get back from breakup, the story includes the real friendship of friends too. Though Sattu takes everything to a level that I DIDN’T LIKED. Being a girl reading such words, and description for other girls, sorry it was NOT FUN. It was rather a very low point in the book, and I thought why did I even started reading it. I wish if someone told me, I would have skipped those pages, as it was nothing but an over the top things *which boys might do MAY BE*.
That was the part, where Nandu the nice guy become worse, as Sattu his friend comes up with the idea of ‘Nice men finish last’. So Nandu and Sattu become a womanizer and have bets to SCORE women. Until one day Nandu realizes that this is not him. He talks over Sattu and breaks his bad guy image to returns being a nice men.

And as he moves forward and joins in college to be a teacher, he sees Tanishq a dentistry student. He falls in love at first sight. And she also reciprocates the feeling after some time.
But as they say, bad doings aren’t left unturned. And Tanishq leaves him, after knowing his was once a playboy. Then He leaves India and goes for further studies in Canada. And his roommate is a Pakistani girl, and I LOVED how his apprehensions about sharing house with a muslim changed to friendship with her, Madiha. And at a point she becomes the pillar of support Nandu wanted in Canada.

Will Nandu able to get Tanishq?
Will he and Madiha’s friendship turn into something more?
Will he be back to India?

Well for all of that you need to read the book!!

Writing

As a debut novel by the author, Pravesh Vir Siddhu the writing is fresh. The first half adds humour to the story, while the second half turns to be a bit more serious. Simple language, pace is great.
The problem that came in front of me was, to much of THINGS that happened in first half. Describing girls parts, and talking about it is not FUN as people think it is. It was the worst time to cover up those pages. And every after finishing them, I found out myself sulking in why did I said yes to this. But as Tanishq came in, it was GREAT again.
As a male author, Pravesh has amazingly covered Boy/Men point of view. The characters like Tanishq, Madiha were so much worth writing for. But he missed it.

Things that worked out for me :

> Second part of the book definitely worked for me. It had love, friendship, emotions everything.
> I loved how, author showed the apprehensions usual ‘Indians’ have when they come in contact with a ‘Pakistani’. But the BEST was Nandu’s dad when he explained him and made Nandu understand that all Pakistani are NOT terrorist.

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> I liked Madiha’s character, she is shown so strong.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

FIRST HALF. It was all about B**BS :-/ Sorry to say, but I HATED IT !
The concept of story remained same, Nandu falling in love at FIRST Sight. Well that’s the physical attraction, it can only change to LOVE when other person is beautiful inside. But author doesn’t think so
Tanishq, Madiha were strong and author could have explored them more from their side.

Words that touched

I will rearrange the pieces. I might succeed in solving the jigsaw puzzle of my life. But a piece of my perfect jigsaw puzzle will always be missing. And that piece will be you. Without you, the puzzle will always be incomplete. I will be happy, but will always regret that missing piece.

My chase for my dreams will successfully come to an end, but my quest for that missing piece will have no end.

Cover: 3/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 3.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Overall: 3.4/5

I would like to thank Author Pravesh Vir Siddhu, for providing signed copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Pimp in the Pulpit

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Book : Pimp in the Pulpit
Author : Thomas McRae
Publisher : Eber & Wein Publishing
Pages : 35
Price : 335/-
Format : Paperback

Story of a dysfunctional family, where each one is having issues with one or another person.

Story

Story is narrated keeping Edward Jones as the main character. Story starts with Edwards mother calls him and jokes about how his grandmother called and asked about if Jones family was going to attend her 95th birthday.
Well the story revolves around that birthday, and characters come in and go to make story going. There are unsorted things between family.

Does Jones family goes to the birthday party?
Did the birthday party happened?

Writing

The book is not for people, who are easily offended. There are words that come around as harsh sometimes.
The story kept on going, it was a constant graph and not a dull moment. As there was something or the other thing happened in family, with relatives, or with each other.

The narration of story went a bit of haywire, because it regularly shifted tenses, from past to present. Leaving reader a bit in haze what was happening, when.

Final Note :

Perfect short read, if you like to know how a dysfunctional family is. Some readers would definitely identify with some characters in the story, while some will be like ‘Does such people exist’?

Overall: 2.5/5

I would like to thank Author Thomas McRae, for providing a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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It Happens

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Book : It Happens
Author : Karan Sharma
Publisher : Notion Press
Pages : 166
Price : 225/-
Format : Paperback

Does age gap really matter in love ? A love where boy is 25 yrs and an unmarried 37 yrs girl?

Story

Our protagonist Gautam, a 25 yr old working professional falls in love with Roshini, a 37 yr old unmarried woman who is his senior in office. They both love spending time, and enjoy each other’s company. And Gautam makes his mind to propose the lady-love, bring out the ring and start practicing on another girl in office for the proposal.
When his best friend Rohit, find out about this odd love couple. Rohit bring out scenarios for future that were applied to this younger male, older women couple. And soon Gautam is indecisive about his love proposal. Even his sister Richa, couldn’t help him in making such a life changing decision.
At the same point Gautam gets an opportunity to go to Singapore, which he without thinking takes with Payal another girl from his office. The girl is already attracted to Gautam.

Will this age problem concern over love ?
Will Gautam return to India and marry Roshini ?
Will Gautam settle down with Payal, a girl of his age ?

For all those, you need to read this one 🙂

Writing

I loved how the author, Karan Sharma have brought our characters in the book.
Where Gautam is a simple gentleman, his best friend Rohit is a Casanova.
Where Roshini is older yet loved by Gautam, Payal is lovely but lacks reciprocation of his love from Gautam.

The language was easy, and phase shifted from good to slow. I loved the starting and conversations and confusions of Gautam when he talked to Rohit and his sister Richa.
The middle part was kind of depressing where a heart breaks and it didn’t even sound.
I would have loved to see, how Roshini handled this heartbreak. It would have been great, I know the story is from Gautam’s perspective. But I still feel that ways.

Things that worked out for me :

Characters, there were so many. Yet you can identify each one differently except Payal, I wanted to see some more of her character.
The friendship of Gautam and Rohit, even I loved how the Brother-Sister bond was given so much preference.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

The cover page, it missed giving the main theme.
Pace in middle that went slow and didn’t came back as it was in starting before Gautam left for Singapore
Apart from love story, Roshini’s character, her heartbreak wasn’t shown much.

Words that touched

Marriage is all about companionship.

One good act done today always came back to you by karma and so did a bad act.

That is why the heart falls in love, and not the brain.

Final Note :

Lover of a Romantic rom-com ? This is definitely for you.

Cover: 3/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 4/5
Theme: 3.5/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Overall: 3.6/5

Thanks Writersmelon for providing review copy in return of an honest review.

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Story of Sita

 

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Book : Story of Sita
Author : Nabeena Srikanth
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Pages : 306
Price : 345/-
Format : Paperback

Another Mythological retelling, and people who follow me knows I am a DIE hard fan of Mytho retellings. I picked this book, off course for the reason it’s based on Mythological, and thought why not give the writer a chance to retell the story I have heard from my childhood in a different way.

Story

Story is a retelling of Ramayana the great epic battle between good and the evil. Where goodness of Rama is prevailed over the evilness of Ravana.
As the blurb says, was Rama a real hero ?

Sita, is a daughter of Mother Earth, adopted by King Janaka, king of Mithila Rajya. Brought up with all the leisure of life, and taught the art of . Fell in love with Rama on her first sight, when she saw him helping a poor lady. Winning Sita in Swayambar by breaking the Shiv Dhanush (bow) and marrying her was what was destined for Rama. Becoming Princess of Ayodhya rajya was her destiny. But leaving all luxuries behind, she accompanied Ram his husband for 14 years to the exile to forest.
Kaikeyi demands Rama to be exiled into the wilderness for 14 years, while the throne passes to her son Bharata. The king under addiction by her third wife Kaikeyi to control him, gave in to her demands. Rama accepts his father’s decision in absolute submission. He is joined by Sita and Lakshman.

His travels across forests in India with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, build cottages and live off the land. At the Panchavati forest they were visited by a Princess Surpanakha, sister of King Ravana of Lanka. She tries to seduce Rama and failing in this, attempts to kill Sita. Lakshman stops her by cutting off her nose, and they felt it was all over. Until few more men, came back to Pachvanti to avenge their Princess lost prestige. Everyone lost against to brothers Ram and Lakshman.

When one fine day, Ram goes off to collect deer for their food. He doesn’t come back for a while, this upsets Sita. And she asks Lakshman, to go after him and check may be the Lanka men are back to take their avenge. Lakshman puts across about the fact that she came to exile to take care of Sita, and Ram can look for himself. Sita curses him with words that cut through Lakshman’s heart. She says, that Lakshman is doing this intentionally, so that he can go back to Ayodhya as he is feed up with this wilderness. After lots of argument, Lakshman gives in and leaves Sita in the hut. Saying not to come out, or open door for anyone for her safety.

Ravana appears outside Sita’s hut and tricks her into talking about her, Ram and Lakshman. After knowing it was due to Sita, that Lakshman and Ram has refused his Sister Surpanakha’s proposal. And due to Sita, her sister roams around in veil in Lanka, he forcibly carries Sita out of hut on her Vyaman across the sea to his kingdom Lanka.

At Lanka, Sita refuses all the leisure of Lanka kingdom, and asks to live in the Ashokavana. She is kept under the heavy guard of rakshasis, who used to keep telling Sita about how great their King Ravana is and that she should marry her, and enjoy all the leisures of Lanka instead of living in this ashok vatika. Ravana demands Sita marry him, but Sita, eternally devoted to Rama, refuses.

Will Ram be able to win back Sita from Ravana ?
Living in Lanka around Ravana, and other Rakshas will Sita be still be considered pure ?
As it’s already 14 years, will Ram, Sita & Lakshman be able to make to Ayodhya for Ram’s coronation ?

Writing

This is Nabeena Srikanth debut book, and she has lots of scope to explore her writing. The language used is good, and pace shifts between slow and fast. It was an easy read, with some new words to be added in vocabulary.

There were many words that were printed like a single word, which were difficult to understand sometimes.

Things that worked out for me :

The relationship shown between Sita and Lakshman, they are like best friends. Whenever Sita had something to say, Lakshman was there to listen, and he understood her and knew that she was pure even after living in Lanka.
Some of the situations handled and gave them a new look, for example in Mytho telling I heard so many times that Manthara was the one who had suggested Kaikayi about sending Ram to exile, where as in this retelling its shown that Manthara was innocent and it was all Kaikayi but as Kaikayi was queen it was spread in the kingdom that it was Manthara.
Another situation, is showing that Dasharatha was under drug influence by Kaikayi. So he makes the decision to sends Rama to exile, which in actual mytho is not shown. This might be very thoughtful of Author, as Kekeya is located in North Western, which in earlier India was source of all these practices.

Things that didn't worked for me

The tittle said ‘Story of Sita’, where I couldn’t get much of SITA side of things. A retelling is great, when we add imagination to things, and show readers the aspect which they haven’t heard of. I being a believer in mythological, I know the stories by heart, and so this was same as what I was taught/saw of Ramayana, with a bit of twists.
I would have loved to see, more of Sita’s perspective. Like the author could have added Sita’s life before marriage. Showing her growing up years, the bond between sisters was another things that could have been given more emphasis. As I being growing up with all sisters, I know there are lots of things that can be told in a story.

Final Note :

If you don’t know the story, you can pick this up to know the Mythological telling of Ramayana. This will definitely open your thinking towards somethings which original mytho has different perspective.

Cover: 4/5
Title: 3/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Overall: 2.8/5

The book was provided by Leadstart Publishing in return of a honest review.

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Adventures in Farland

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Book : Adventures In Farland
Author : Moshank Relia
Publisher : Rumour Books India
Pages : 70
Price : 141/-(discounted)
Format : e-book

A children’s book, that adult will enjoy too.
If you loved Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland well here it is another story with the magic of both. There are witches, wizards, happy gnomes, fairies, mermaids and many more to keep a child glued to it.

Story Line

Story starts on a misty Sunday, where Mira and her friends Bira & Vira (twins) were excited to go to top of Gunhill for shooting balloons. Until a loud BOOM ! BANG ! got their attention and Bushy came out of the bushes. He lived in bushes, surrounded by ladybugs on his head, he got an invitation for Mira to Farland on order of Princess Harmonica. There was a New Moon Party tonight, and Princess wanted Mira to be part of it.

Mira, as a seven-year old child, has heard about stories of Farland from her mother. She gets excited for it, and leaves home at before midnight for Gunhill. Meets Starhead, night pilot to take Mira to farland. And while traveling Starhead felt the plane wasn’t flying right, the wind wasn’t flowing right. Their plane bumped on to land with broken wing. Mira met the Windman, who was responsible for this powerful wind flowing. And Windman told Starhead & Mira about Queen of the Witches, who has come to Lost-Forest for freeing up Dragon of Underhill.

Will Mira, Starhead, Windman make it to Princess before Queen of witches looses Dragon of underhill ?
Will Mira be safe in the Lost-Forest alone?

A story without twist isn’t a story. Read it, for all unanswered questions 🙂

Writing

The writer Moshank has used imagination at its best, to fill children’s head with magic and creative thoughts. I loved the pace of book, the surprises waiting at each page. New characters came to life with those magical words. I love character building of some characters, as a child can Imagine what the character looked like. However, there were certain characters which were in story but also weren’t actually needed. I would have loved to see what Vira-Bira would have been capable of doing in this situation. Their notorious behavior would have been added to the story more.
Queen too didn’t have too much of influence in the story, same plot could have been done using Princess instead of introducing Queen.

The illustrations are more like rough sketches, and I wish they were colored (I am praying that in paperback they are colored). This will add more to children’s excitement while reading.

Final Note :

Children, pick it up for your imagination go wild to meet the Wizard, Witch, gnomes, fairies, mermaids.
Adults, pick it up for breaking your real life bored life. Bring some magic to it, revisit Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland kind of feeling.

Cover: 4/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Theme: 3.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Overall: 3.75/5

The book was provided by THE BOOK PLANET PR in return of honest review.

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Then The Doorbell Rang

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Book : Then The Doorbell Rang
Author : Capri Jalota
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing
Pages : 395
Price : 206/-(discounted)

The title and the blurb of Then The Doorbell Rang is very intriguing, as it made me feel like it’s a thriller or mystery read. Instead it’s emotional and touching story of Jane’s life and her different relationship. The story revolves in different country and state Dubai, Delhi, Mumbai.

Story Line

Story revolves around a single child, Jane. Her mother is British and father is Indian. How her parents fell in love, and her years growing showed different side of her parents. Her strict mother always wanted her to be an Independent women, and she didn’t like it because reading took her whole life and she couldn’t enjoy being a child. Until on her birthday 31 Dec 2005, she woke up and found her mother’s letter revealing many truths she never knew existed in their life. Was she wrong through out her childhood about her mother? Will she became an Independent women, that her mother wanted her to become?

Years apart…
One not so fine day, Jane finds diary written by his husband Uday. The diary contains secrets, Uday has never shared with Jane in their married life. She is confused and takes off to find the truth. Will she be able to find truth? Was their marriage a lie?

The story is moved to Mumbai, as Jane travels to India for first time to unravel the truth about Uday and meet his best friend Rahul. In the path of finding truth she meets Mahesh a broker who helps her to find Rahul. Will she be able to find him ? What will the meeting would be like ?

As the stories goes, there are comes multiple stories intervened with Jane’s life. Steve and Leena, her relationship with her in-laws (in Delhi), Rahul and his social services, who are Pinky and Shallu?

New Year’s Eve, 31 Dec also Jane’s birthday holds a very special/horrifying place in Jane’s life. This date has many a times mingled with her fortune. All things that we think shouldn’t happen on one’s birthday happens to Jane. To find about what events I am referring to, you need to read the book.

Writing

This book is a debut novel by the author, writing was simple and the pace was good. Though there were parts where story felt like too descriptive and could have cut it short. Uday’s dairy, felt it can be made into a separate story of a book. A background of Jane’s life, and her life as a whole is shown beautifully. It’s like How can someone not fall in love with her, she has her own flaws still she own it beautifully.

I loved how Author has shown Jane, a beauty with brains girl. An independent women, going through rough phases of life yet not feeling dishearten. Until …. (let me leave it open end) 😉

Sometimes, the sentences where too short, and there were few grammatical errors.

The first chapter gives us a LOT of information, and I felt like what author wanted to write. Until the very end, IT all made sense. And I was like WOOW, that’s what I am talking about. I love this kind of writing, writing some and leaving it till almost end to weave back those words into beautiful memories.

Author has played very well with human emotions and relationships. Feeling happy, sad, anxious for a character in book is what Author makes us do.

Some quotes and poems are really heart touching

Instincts work better than plans, You have to keep your eyes and ears open!

It was a beautiful night,
the lights were bright,
walls were shinning white,
yet, no one could see my plight.

“90 centimeters below the ground,
Is all that I long for now,
To be born again,
And restart our story one more time.”

My heart won’t stop beating until it has you in it.

Final NOTE :

I would surely recommend this book to anyone who want to experience Life’s journey through Janes hardships. She was a successful Independent women, yet there were MANY things that were missing in life. ‘Everything at the end will make sense’, is what book has taught me.

Cover: 3/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Theme: 3.5/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

The book was provided by Leadstart Publishing, in exchange of chocolates, money, ice creams (NOTHING LIKE THAT) only honest review.

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Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar Of Vishnu

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Book : Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar Of Vishnu
Author : Kevin Missal
Publisher : Kalamos Literary Services
Pages : 482
Price : 209 (discounted)

My mythological world craving heart, couldn’t resist this book. Once I read my fellow bookstagrammer @Tavleen’s review about this.
I love mythological retelling, that’s because born in Indian family we all have heard so much of Indian stories about God & Goddess. And it won’t matter, how much I age I will still love hearing every other interpretation of this stories
*But there are cases in my past, that I haven’t liked such interpretations*

But Kevin Missal author of Dharmayoddha Kalki has definitely given us great story on the warrior of Kalyug, Kalki with power pact action.

Story Line

Story revolves around two main characters, Kali & Kalki and is divided in two parts – The Battle of Shambala & Rise of Kali.
Starting with a scene of war zone, where Kali is leading all Tribal heads opposing King Vedanta.
Winning/Triumphing over King Vedanta’s army and war tactics with his cleverness and sharpness proved a great deal to Kali. He rose to become Lord Kali to Keekatpur after winning. Politics takes a roll, and all the leaders are questioning and making alliance with each other to remove others. Kali’s health detonates, and his sister Durukti goes out to Shambhala for a known-unknown solution.

In parallel book narrates the story of Kalki, living in a small village named Shambhala with his family. Knowing his extraordinary powers, but still questioning his abilities and why he got them. First fighting Mleechas (bandits) who kidnapped Kalki’s father. And then stood as a leader to his village, when news came ‘Commander of Indragarh wanted to excavate Lord Indra temple’.

The fighting/war scenes are described at a length, that we think we are amid of those plains.

Second part, Rise of Kali is about Kali’s regained strength and his mean ways to be the LORD of Indragarh. Kalki fighting for his freedom from prison of Indragarh. And the first meeting of Kali & Kalki was one of most anticipated scenes.

Many more people joined in second part of the book. Every character had a certain role, and each one impacted the story.

Everything ended with leaving readers a bit curious about WHO THAT WAS.
*Don’t question me, but I am still trying to figure out. If you are also thinking about someone, I am open to discuss it further*

Writing

The story had a good pace. As the story is in third person narration, it gives time for each character to create its significance and lasting effect. But also at the same time, second part of book had too many new characters coming which got me confused sometimes.
I loved how Women in the story are shown as strong as Men in the story.

As a mythological genre, I NEVER have liked those characters speaking of cheap kind of language.Some might argue with me, that characters are created for modern people. But its my personal believe, and I know I will never like when such characters say things like ‘Horse shit’ or scenes like ‘grabbing hips and squeezing’. But thank God these were few in the book.

There were multiple events to surprise me but some of them turned out predictable. Also there were many grammatical and typos. Looked like, book needed a good editing. But then its just first release, and first book by Author.

One last thing, that disturbed me was I kept on confusing Kali & Kalki and kept reading paragraphs until suddenly remembering it was other one instead 😦
Also Vasuki and Vedanta too…

Final NOTE :
I would surely recommend this book to anyone who loved Mythological genre, and is ready to wait quiet some time for another part. Also this is great start to people who haven’t read any Mythological retelling book. It’s action packed, with a Hero and a Villain ( or many Villain’s), politics
*I didn’t knew about its part, else may be I wouldn’t have read it*

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“I know it sounds abysmal…” he chuckled at the mere thought of it, “but I just want to be happy and content”

“Do you not dream big? Do you not want to travel?”

Kalki rounded his arms around his little brother. “Perhaps I chose not to. Perhaps big doesn’t always matter. It’s also the little things, specks of happiness that we go through in a day that we should look out for. It’s funny how grief makes you realize the good things you have overlooked in life”

Cover: 4/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 4.5/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.7/5

I may be a bit partial, but whenever I read any Mythological read. I compare it with Shiva Triology, which I TRULY LOVE….

The Book was signed by Author Kevin Missal himself with lovely note ❤ I love signed books 🙂

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…all five… a true story

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Book : …all five… a true story
Author : Karolina Robinson

Publisher : Michael Terence Publishing
Pages : 144

Story Line

Story revolves around life of Dorian living with his mother,step-dad and little sister. Always waiting for her elder sister, Iva to visit home. Their twisted relationship more that brother-sister is what I couldn’t digest. *Indian’s are very conserved in this type of things (not all)*
My stomach got a twist, when I first read they kissed each other *on lips* , I thought it’s their way of showing how much they care, how much they missed each other. Until few pages down, Iva gets pregnant, and then is detected with terminal illness. While living at home for illness, Dorian’s step-dad and mother finds out the bond Dorian-Iva share and are not so happy. Sending Iva away to her Grandmother, and asked Dorian for special camp for thinking such a relation could exist between a brother & sister. Dorian wasn’t happy to hear about these things, so he took STEP towards it. The blurb tells so much about the story, for that only I got intrigued about WHY would someone do this.

Writing

It was a fast read, I read it in one sitting *which like very less happens in my case*. The writing is easy and simple to read. English not being author’s first language, a reader can see it through out the book. I so wish the author had an editor, or some solid proofreading before publishing it.

I also wish, this could be a bit lengthy, because it doesn’t give us insight about Dorian mental state. He looks like a cold-blooded person after so much has gone happened in the family.
But everything is well concluded by the letter Granny wrote to the public press. This one just made me in tears, a letter 80 years writing about how her Happy family, got her to No family at all. The title also isn’t concluded until the last words of granny’s letter.

 

Cover: 4/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5 *it revealed almost everything*
Theme: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Overall: 3.9/5

Before I enter any giveaway, I check the Blurb. And …all five… I knew what has happened, but was intrigued to know WHY it has happened.
I won the giveaway.. **YAYYY** This was my first giveaway winning at goodreads *I know I am a bit late in posting this review 😦 *
The Book was signed by Author Karolina Robinson herself with lovely note ❤ I love signed books 🙂

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