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For a Girl in a Star


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


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 😛


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

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


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


“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

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:

author ashraf
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.

Check the video of the book here.

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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.


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

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 ?


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


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

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


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


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


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 ?

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 ?

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?

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.


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.**


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Letters to My Ex


Book : Letters to My Ex
Author : Nikita Singh
Pages : 138
Price : 135/-
Publication : HarperCollins India


Story revolves around Nidhi and Abhay who are in love with each other since five long years. They can’t think about anyone else other than themselves. And the sudden announcement of their engagement and involvement of their parents. Put’s Nidhi in a disturbed place, where she can’t find what and why is this happening. Until the very end on the day of engagement, she runs off without giving any reasons to Abhay.
This is where the Letter’s comes in. Nidhi starts writing letters. Letters that are kept with her, but she write it for Abhay and herself to understand why this happened.
Then the emails starts.
Will Nidhi and Abhay ever be together again ?
Will Nidhi realize the reason she left Abhay ?
Who is Simran ?



This was probably my first reading in terms of letter/emails structure. I quiet liked it. The narration was easy, but sometime got me confused from whose eyes are we looking into the scene.
The first half of book, where Nidhi just wrote a LOT about her feelings and fears and her apprehensions why she left from engagement was the most things I could relate. Being a person who keeps a personal diary for big things, the letters made much more sense than the other scenes.
The book has a okaish kind of pace, and end is just KNEW THIS WAS COMING. And while I applied for this book, I thought it will be different that other love stories, but umm *spoiler* it’s not.


Things that worked out for me :

> Being a female writer, Nikita has made sure to bring that emotional and sensitive touch in Letters by Nidhi
> Pages from 63-74 , are PURE BLISS. That conversation shows how deeply they knew each other.
> Loved the cover, how those letters are wrapped in and kept with flowers. LOVED IT.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> The narration sometimes confused me, like from whose point of view am I seeing/reading this?
> I wish the book was Big, so that there could have been more characteristics attached to the characters.
> After first half, I guess I knew what the end was. And it’s kinda disappointment because it turns out to be same Lovy dovy story.

Words that touched

My head is foggy, my heart is sore, it hurts everywhere, all the time.

And then,today, my autopilot took me to you, and I was jolted back to reality. After the initial shock of coming face to face with you. When my eyes met yours, and we stopped dead in our tracks. All my thoughts halted. The entire world came to a pause. It was just your eyes holding mine. There was no sound, no movement, no air. And then I was flooded with feelings all at once.

That’s the problem with following a gut feeling, instead of your brain, or reason. Because these gut feelings can abandon you at any given moment and switch sides.

You were my anchor in the little storms I seem to face constantly in my life. You grounded me when I was all over the place….
I wish you were here.

Final Note :

If you are looking for a light, romantic novel. This novel is for you.
If you like to see how people feel for each other, when they are not together. This novel is for you.

 Cover: 4/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Overall: 3.2/5

**Book was provided by Writersmelon, in return of an honest review.**
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Murder on the Orient Express


Book : Murder on the Orient Express
Author : Agatha Christie
Pages : 274
Price : 299/-
Publication : HarperCollins Publishers

My first ever Agatha Christie’s !! and WHAT A BOOK. Convincing my broken wallet, I need to read/own more of AC’s work.
One down, 44 to go for Hercule Poirot series.

Story (can’t write this without spoilers)

A train with 22 passengers, each different from one another. Yet they become part of an investigation, when one of the passengers is found murdered in his compartment.
Hercule Poirot takes matter in hand, and starts with investigation. Making assumptions and getting clues as he moved forward with the investigation. Interviewing each passenger and train staff for knowledge of any unknown or known clue.

12 wounds, surely means murder.
But Who Did It ?
Everyone has a strong alibi.
Was it someone from the Train ?
Or Someone from outside did this ?


As my first Agatha Christie’s novel, I enjoyed the writing style. I now know, why she is the best-selling author of all time.
I feel great, when reading crime/mystery novel I am so much involved it in that I continue to make guess who did it. And this was no different, the book started in a different place all together. And I kept wondering when is the Orient Express coming in limelight. And the way it came in, and the pace book took was good enough even though it sometimes got bored. As I can feel the time characters took to open up.

For writers writing a book on one single character sometimes is different, yet here it is Agatha amazingly playing with 16-17 characters and that too pretty well. Every character had its uniqueness to them, and most of all our Investigator Hercule stole the show always. His mannerism and his way of deducting absolute absurd(well I thought them absurd at that time) until all made the sense.

I loved how their were pretty funny dialogues in starting like

‘Ugly as sin, but she makes herself felt. You agree?’

‘If you will forgive me for being personal- I do not like your face, M. Ratchett’

Not that it was completely fool-proof, I still have some doubts like, why did Poirot ever thought that the murdered couldn’t go out from window ? I mean he can go up the roof of train right ? Not that he will stay there, but for making fool of someone, a murderer can do that right ?
Also there were some absolutely ABSURD deductions by him, I mean how he said a person was THAT person just by fluke ? You might say he was a SUPER GOOD Detective, but then it’s hard to believe that his absurdest deductions made a strong case and investigation forward.

Final Note :

From very few books, that I haven’t seen movies of before hand. Murder On The Orient Express is one of them, and I am eagerly waiting to see the movie now. Having the book of movie cover gives a clue who is who, still I want to make sure who is who. Also Johnny Deep as a victim, well that definitely is a MUST TO SEE ❤

Rating a writer like Agatha Christie is not my cup of tea, as she is the BEST.
Yet for this one, I will like to

Overall: 4/5

**I won the book in a contest by HarperCollins Publishers, when movie was about to release.**
Read this as part of #femmeMarchFest, in March 2018 where we devoted our reading to Female writers only.
This was my entry for the contest.