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The Love Song of Maya K and Other Stories

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Book : The Love Song of Maya K and Other Stories
Author : Shuma Raha
Pages : 216
Price : 379/-
Publication : Niyogi Books

The novel is a compilation of 13 not so short stories. I loved the cover, it’s all bright red and give us a feel of something related to female love in the title itself.
The title is chosen on the basis of a story among 13 other stories. Authoress Shuma has very beautifully narrated these 13 stories, the stories revolve around Female characters and are set in Delhi & Kolkata. Being a delihite, I could surely manage to imagine certain situations mentioned in the book. Kolkata stories, have so much of variety of FOOD (I loved it 😛 )

Each story is turned and twisted up in the end, if not middle, the title of the story is made clear in the end. Characters are given enough space, and reality to sink in for the story. Many characters were given next door neighbor characteristics, which made them easy to connect.

With all these things said above, I however, couldn’t connect much to stories. Character’s I could, but the stories were finished with a twist and sometimes I just have to read again parts of the story to understand the twist. This happened with me for 2-3 stories.

Short stories from Niyogi Books, always leave a mark on readers. And I am happy to read this, this definitely leaves a mark on me. But the impact is less than other short stories I read from same publishing house.

Final Note :

If you love reading short stories, and those which revolved around women. Then you should definitely read it.
If the characters and social situations attract you, you should give this one a try.

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

*Thanks to Niyogi Books for providing review copy in return of an honest review.*
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A New Dawn

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Book : A New Dawn

Author : Kamini Kusum
Pages : 128
Price : 245/-
Publication : Half Baked Beans Publishing

Will remind you of 80’s era movies.

Story

A New Dawn is struggle story of Shravan, son of a rickshaw puller to become something worth for coming up to Mugdha’s father asking for Mugdha’s hand.
Simple enough ?
But no it is not, the story takes a roller coaster ride of their emotions, family status, and pulling them apart from each other for long to give book a good
content for a spicy story.

Will their love story be a success one ?
What’s the military background in Cover tells ? Who is it for ?
For all these you need to read the novel.

Writing

The story is what reminded me of movies that were made in late 80’s. A poor fellow loving a rich girl, making ends meet to prove her love and finally getting
unite. And it’s surely a hats off to the Authoress Kamini for taking such common plot, and writing on it.

The writing is what interested me in the book. Authoress has made sure that all the flavors are binded well in one single story. Emotions are expressed raw,
and there are many social issues like Family status “Matters” a lot while Loving one another, “Studies” are the only source for Income/ and good status.
I like it when there are subtle hints of such issues in a Novel. This gives a background of how flawed our characters are like people in real life.

Things I couldn’t ignore in the novel was, grammatical mistakes. There were a time, when same word was spelled three different ways on a page 😐 (yaa I am weird, I notice things)

The book name could have been something else may be, wasn’t happy with the tittle after reading book.

The end made my heart-break 😐 . Why it has to be like this ? *no spoiler* but why NO happy end ?

Things that worked out for me :

> Liked the cover is different and definitely strikes well with the story.
> Subtle hints of social issues that surely play in mind when read and remind us we should do something about it.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> Story was predictable (except the end 😐 )
> Grammatical & spelling mistakes

Final Note :

If you are missing that 80’s era and want to revisit it via a written novel but still want a different end. Well go for it.

Cover: 3/5
Title: 2.5/5
Blurb: 2.5/5
Theme: 2/5
Story: 2/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Overall: 2.6/5

*Thanks to Half Baked Beans for providing review copy in return of an honest review.*


**Read this book as part of #3daysreadathon on Instagram**

 

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The Girl Who Changed My Life

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Book : The Girl Who Changed My Life
Author : Pawan Aditya
Pages : 178
Price : 185/-
Publication : Educreation Publishing

A young generation kind of Love story(ies).

Story

This is story of a boy named Aditya. The story starts from him being kid at college to a gentleman going to Office. And in between this journey he “kinda”
falls in love with not 1, not 2…. but 4 girls.

There is a college crush, and how Aditya’s feeling are crushed in between.
There is a tuition crush, and how he falls trap in the orthodox family and their believes.
There is a “childhood” Bro-Sister crush/love, & how the EX returns.
Last but not the least, the office crush, more mature but also more issues.

You got to read the book to know which one of these GIRL is talked about in the tittle.

Writing

Writing is simple, and no complex roundbouts are talked about. The writing made me think of different Indian Author’s who write love stories.

It’s just a love story, but somehow covers some of very typical issues. And I kinda felt the author has shown girls in bad light A LOT. And such a story will
be liked by teenagers who love having love stories in their life, who do that “Alle Babu, Shona” all that.

I liked how author moved the story from different phases, and showed us some social good cause happening. And didn’t compromise on the social cause just to
get along with the Love Story happening at that particular time.

Having His Holiness Dalai Lama in the story really worked me up. Dalai Lama is one people who I look up on and only his mention was enough to sooth me. ❤

Things that worked out for me :

> I liked BookCover color, Blue-Black ❤
> Loved how the author has shown Mother’s nature. We all will agree, our mothers knows exactly when something GOOD happens to us before even saying.
> Quiet liked how author merged social cause like KEEPING CITY CLEAN and stood by that accompanying story brilliantly.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> The girls(friends) weren’t shown in good light. The feminist in me didn’t like it.
> There were scene’s/dialogue which I felt weren’t necessary and was just done to downgrade girls/women.
> How can someone FALL IN LOVE with ANY GIRL HE MEETS ? I can’t understand this.

Final Note :

If you are looking for a young teen love-love-love-love story, go for it.

Cover: 3/5
Title: 2.5/5
Blurb: 2.5/5
Theme: 2.5/5
Story: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Overall: 2.4/5

*Thanks to Author for providing review copy in return of an honest review.*
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Legends Over Generations

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Book : Legends over Generations
Author : Ashraf Haggag
Pages : 228
Price : 349/-
Publication : Blue Rose Publishers

Legends over Generations is a set of collective biographies of Legends we had from past to present times. Author talks about Legends according to the their self established fields. And these are divided in 4 parts :

> Human Rights
> Science
> Politics Over History
> Art & Literature

The chapters are evenly distributed, and properly aligned as giving first quiet a description of the field. Followed by life of some legends in that field, which includes their Early life & education , giving brief about what all they achieved in the field followed by their Legacy they left for us to follow.
I appreciate the author for keeping it well structured & not loading with extra information. As legends can have a lot to provide with them. Legend’s chapter started with their signature (well we can consider this book as signed book by Legends (**) ), and ended with great quotes by these great people.

However, this book reminded me more of my history lessons where we used to read about great people, learn about their life.

I loved most to read about Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Alexandar Graham Bell, Charles Dicken, Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare.
Also I would have loved to see more of Female Legends, who has done so much in the fields as differentiated by Author.

Also Conclusion;Key Features, gives us variety of traits for these Legends that we can apply in our daily life.

Quotes

Nobody can hurt me without my permission

– Mahatma Gandhi

Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.

– Malala Yousafzai

Little science takes you away from God, but more of it takes you to Him.

– Louis Pasteur

Flee the country where a lone man holds all power: It is a nation of slaves.

– Simon Bolivar

When words fail, Music speaks.

– William Shakespeare

Final Note :

If you haven’t read any non-fiction, and want to try your hand on first ever non-fiction. I will surely recommend this, as this is light and informative. Gives you boost about people and motivate you too at the same time.


Cover: 3.5/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.3/5★

**Thank you publishers for providing the review copy, in return of an honest review.**

 

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A Trunk Full of Sunshine

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Book : A Trunk Full of Sunshine
Author : Sapna Dhyani Devrani
Pages : 137
Price : 150/-
Publication : Frog Books (imprint of LeadstartPublishing)

The book is a memoir for life of military wife, which she has gone through for 13 years. 27 short reflections of how a family is affected by one person’s job.
The book is an easy read, and can be relatable in some manner. We all have the trunks we keep in for memory purposes, I remember having a separate carton for things that I did never unpacked. It was always used to pack things when I moved from one pg to another pg. That secret carton had many little memories of the room I was leaving and moving ahead. In same case Authoress Sapna, has opened a trunk of memories with us to share the emotions, situations she has gone through all this time.

The language used was easy to understand and narration was first person. Authoress husband being an Infantry officer when she met him, and how she has been moved to places, met new people, adapted to the life of being a military life was shown very nicely.

The stories are very short, sometimes a page, or sometimes 4 pages. To be honest, when it started I didn’t like the flow. Narration was supposed to be witty, but I couldn’t find my funny bone to laugh on it. As the middle part came, where author covered some emotional phases of her life was the best of all. Ending stories were again okaish kind, the composure of middle part reading where reader were kept in a grip was taken off the hook.

The book lasted few hours, but it surely has my eye to it. Because somewhere in the middle I had fallen for the grief and pain a military wife go through when the men are out guarding us(mango people).

Final Note :

Pick this one, if you are good to go for a story that last just a page or 3 pages. If you have any army/military background I guess this will be relatable to you.

(I wish to give it more, but it was an oka-ish read)
Overall: 2.5/5★

**Thank you publishers for providing the review copy, in return of an honest review.**

 

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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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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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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.