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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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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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YOU NEVER KNOW

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Book : YOU NEVER KNOW: Sometimes love can drag you through hell…
Author : Akash Verma
Paperback price(discounted) : 122.00/-
Pages : 240

Story Line

Story revolves around life of Dhruv, a happily married man with children’s until Anuradha is recruited in the his advertisement company. She leaves impression on Dhruv on first day itself. Dhruv fells attracted towards her. They work together on a product’s advertisement, for which various company are competing. On the D-day of presentation, International team asks questions that whole of advertising team isn’t able to answer. At that right moment Anuradha with her confident attitude, and sticking to the campaign presented brings the project to her company.
Everyone is impresses, and Dhruv is more attracted to her. He knew its wrong to have feelings for someone else for a married man, still he can’t control his feelings.

As time goes, Anuradha reciprocate the same feelings. Like new love birds, they start seeing each other under eyes of everyone. Dhruv feels, he has started spending more time with Anuradha than her wife and kids. But Anuradha has a past, her ex Sid died few months back. And she is coping with the past. Till the past, comes and threaten her new life, & Dhruv. Dhruv’s marriage, his work is under threat. Will Dhruv be able to cope with everything? Will Anuradha make peace with her past? Sometimes Love Can Drag You Through Hell, what Hell is author talking about ?

Writing

Author has narrated with perspective of Dhruv & Sid, which keeps on binding the readers to know the characters personally. The series of event are weaved in an interesting way, that keeps readers on edge sometimes, and sometimes readers can look through what next is to happen. Language used is easy and nothing much to add up in my vocabulary.

What I liked most is the Cover & Title of book that keeps readers wondering about the HELL that is referred. And it isn’t exposed to readers until the very end, in last 20 pages.

Cover: 4.5/5
Title: 4.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Overall: 3.6/5

I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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The 365 Days

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Book : The 365 Days

Author : Nikhil Ramteke
Paperback price(discounted) : 140.00/-
Pages : 178

Story Line

The 365 Days, is a story of a fisherman from Kerala whose life has been bounded-in by sea always. Shijukutty living with his beloved wife and son, is lured by the gleaming global hub of fortune, Dubai. Southeast coast of the Persian Gulf has changed fate and status of his fellow Malayali‘s in community. Shiju also dream of a life where he wants to uplift the status of himself & his family. With anticipation of leaving his wife Dhanya & his son, and dreams in his eye he takes heavy loan for traveling to the city of dreams.
On reaching Gulf, the words

“My dreams began to fade as reality stretched its scaly torso and wrapped itself around me in a bruising clasp”

make it clear what he thought it would be and what actually was there. No one is different their, the story of why they are here are same. All was attracted towards the dream city for money. But they never knew, they would be cheated, cheated by the agent back home, cheated by their employer here. By giving them less money from what they were promised. Befriending his fellow migrants and knowing their story is depicted in other pages of this 365 days journey.

Options of going back to previous life is not possible for all, as all that is left back there is a BIG loan and their shattered dreams in heart. All can’t take it.

Writing

The narration is very good, and the depth of author’s knowledge for the plot conceived is impressive. Author Nikhil has written novel from a malayali perspective, and have used certain malayali words which is apt for narrating the story from protagonist’s mind.
I found the plot to be a constant line, there were no ups and down that couldn’t be foreseen. Only last few pages, shook me.
Also there were certain things which weren’t anywhere supporting the plot.
For example : watching that bhojpuri film, or those random retold of Jabbar’s life stories.

I could related to book more, as one friend of mine is Malayali and is from Kerala. And her brother-in-law’s are working in Gulf for so long for the same reasons, as in the book. I loved the naration where author has given each day to day references of labour class working and life. However, I got sadden by the end. I loved the little cartoon animations at almost each chapter giving apt meaning to chapter. My little 2 yrs nephew used to turn pages of the book, and show me those cartoons and asked me to narate a story to them that included us the family members (yup, the book got personal to me 😛 ).

Also I loved how the Cover of book is given Matt finished. I haven’t seen any book with this finishing yet.

Cover: 4.5/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Overall: 3.6/5

Received a review copy from the author and publisher for an honest review.

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Spells of Love

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Spells of Love- A Collection of Soulful Poems

Publisher: Artson Publishing House
Paperback price :199.00/-
Page : 121

‘Spells of Love’ is a compilation of poems on Life, Hope, Remembrance and Melancholy.

Writers across India, have submitted and are being part of this art turned into book.

The book was released on 12 Sept 2017 and is already among top 50 best sellers in poetry section.

Book is available on Amazon.in, link Spells of Love

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Book Review – The Mahabharata Code

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Book : The Mahabharta Code

Author : Karthik Rao
Paperback price : 158.35/-
Pages : 214

First and foremost Thanks to TBC for sending me a copy of book in exchange of an honest review.

So me being honest, the book completely lost me in first 30 pages. I didn’t knew what the author was writing. It was too confusing to read so many “I”‘s being narrating it, and then there were so many “worlds”. This made me consider myself miserable that why did I said yes to this book.

Seeing reviews on goodreads, everyone giving it 4-5 stars I thought it’s definitely a 4 star on an average. The Blurb and goodreads rating was my reason to say yes.

I don’t regret it, but was definitely too confusing for me the whole time. Author has played with minds, by mixing events together. One page we are NR in Bengaluru, other page we are NR in alien world. That didn’t worked for me.
There were certain questions that keep peeking my mind, how did it even happen because earlier page was just to small to happen it. For E.g.

In Chapter 8, NR was on spiritual journey in India. Talking to Shristi about the religion and other sensitive topics. And suddenly Chapter 9, NR is on some other planet with his team mates. In which few pages down, Shirti is also there. How did she came there ? How they got a child ?
All are unanswered till last chapter.

Also what I couldn’t digest was the language used by author for/by Mythological characters. It looks like the author wanted to IMPRESS the new generation, instead of giving any literature to his readers. Reading words like below WAS NO FUN, instead a BIG TURN OFF !!

KLPD
scumbag
MC ! BC !
Blind king
Dummy king

Author tried to bring in BIG guns like, religious Hindu-Muslim issues, Nirbhaya & the final spiritual journey which was nothing in any sense. Because, Uhhh..!! all I could read was same words from different angles.

Bharma Laboratory
God Program
THE GAME
Cloning
Environment
Testing
Bug
Four Yuga’s into Environments
Malware-infested souls

Ahh..!! too MUCH TO HANDLE!!

Being an Indian origin and a NASA person NR is shown too DUMB in The Revelation chapter :-/

The talks between Shristi & NR were so monotonous and some discussions were question after question. For e.g.

So was this onsite just an illusion which provided temporary happiness? Was it just an outlet for making more money as their dollar value happens to be stronger than our Indian rupee? How much is more money then? Will more money buy me permanent happiness and bliss? Should I have followed the crowd and gone abroad for my higher education like all my friends? Will holding fancy degrees give me permanent bliss?

I mean why SO MANY QUESTION MAN!!!!!

Only thing that “kinda” worked out for me, was few of things that was technically connected to mythological scenes. Like Ravana having 10 head, how only few could pick the Bow etc.

Mythological Stories are one of my favorite kind of genre, but this book just couldn’t give anything like that. There was nothing related to mythological relation with the story, instead it was YO PEOPLE TRYING TO INACT A MYTHOLOGICAL STORY.

Cover: 4/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 1/5
Characters: 1/5
Overall: 2.6/5

The book was provided by TBC for an honest review.

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Book Review – ARDH-SATYA

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Book : ARDH-SATYA The Half Truth & Other Stories

Author : Ananya Mukherjee
Paperback price : 243.00/-
Kindle (discounted price) : 191.69/-
Pages : 230

This was my first read by Author, and WHAT A BOOK. I am really impressed with the writing of author.

This book is bounded with 20 beautiful and some amazing stories, and divided in four parts :
-> The Equation
-> God Must be a Mother
-> Between Divine & Mortal
-> Life Positive

“In beginning, there were only a few words, then sentences. Then songs happened; then poetry. What remained of me became my story”

I have loved how author Ananya Mukherjee has expressed her stories in words blended beautifully. Since the very start, dedicating book to her parent, she had me captured. I knew it, it will be greatest of reads.

Being an Indian and knowing different places is what had worked for the Author. She has captured different states of country and their culture. In the book you can find, stories from all around the world and some are very much embedded with Indian culture from Mumbai, Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Calcutta (Kolkata).

The biggest disadvantage of book compromising short stories is, all can’t be 100% your likeable. Same happened to me while reading Ardh-Satya. There are some stories, which I felt like was far too much stretched in the middle.

Also I read a lot of Indian authors, and I have NO SHAME in saying. Ananya’s writing style and language used is one of the finest I have read.
The author has a way of describing things like a simple sunrise

“I grew up watching the sun trickle its first rays through the round-headed glass windows with coloured motifs above the doorway on the porch, and sunshine slipping in through the large Venetian window at the East-end. It overlooked the blue mountain in the distance and the emerald green valley below.”

Didn’t those words just made a beautiful painting in your mind, of what the person feeling,viewing. And there are many such places, that author has done this beautifully.

I know, authors tend to do that. That’s why they are authors, but go and read other Indian authors and you will know what I am saying :3

Also what more I liked about the stories were they started off like a first person format. And we try to imagine its a man or woman, but after first page or few paragraphs it turns out Ouchh.!! the first person was someone else. I really liked that kind, and usually went backwards to see if I missed seeing it at the first time.

Ananya Mukherjee has included amazing words/poems at the starting of each parts and some of the stories, that blend amazingly with the parts/story.

My favorite part will always be God Must be a Mother, because that’s the part where all 4 stories are heart touching ❤

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Cover: 5/5
Title: 5/5
Blurb: 4/5**
Theme: 5/5
Story: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

**Correct me if I am wrong to say, the blurb doesn’t justify what the book consist 🙂

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

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ARDH-SATYA The Half Truth and other stories

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