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Why So Twisted

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Book : Why So Twisted?: It’s Not Always About The First Impressions!
Author : Vinayak Nadakarni
Pages : 160
Price : 175/-
Publication : Notion Press

Short stories that cover all emotions !!

Since last year, I am getting a hang of reading short stories. And because of authors like Vinayak Nadkarni I appreciate them, as they say a LOT in just short.
This book consists of 12 short stories, each different from other one and leaves you in a different state of mind and feelings.
The author has made sure, that the language is lucid and easy to understand. But the stories are added with a different twist every time. There are suspense or twist added to most of the stories, and I loved enjoying this as a thriller or major suspense comes out in that end. The narration is simple yet it has the effect to keep the reader on edge till the end comes.

The cover is unique, and it intrigued me that those unique elements will be used in the stories. Some stories had those unique elements that the cover is made of, alas some were missing. I wished if everything the cover had been in the book.

My Favorites

I liked quiet a few stories, Flirting which was author’s first story and was published in 2012 by Penguin India.
Another favorite is A Repechage Love story which shows how people can go to extend for loving someone *loving first love*
Diwali bonus, takes you in mind of people of a family when a bonus comes.

The Results, gave me goosebumps. The story of every student, who has to go under pressure of performing good in exams. Made me cry.

My most favorite is A Second Date, it kept me wishing a happy ending to this, be a happy end. It’s story about two people who get arranged for a marriage, but instead they play an interesting game and let the fate decide the end.

Final Note :

If you are looking for a short read, or want to get out of reading slump this one is perfect. As this is fast paced, and have many emotions with each story. Go Grab It, if you don’t like reading short stories, this one can be the first one you will love.

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

I would like to thanks Author for providing me the book in return of an honest feedback.
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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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Whispering Flames : Bookish Candles

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Whispering flames, is the FIRST bookish candle store in India. (as far as I know) 😉
The candles are made with love by Afia Vasaiwala, a 17 year kid. And its INCREDIBLE, that she at this young age had discovered such a wide variety of scents. She started doing candles for just friends and family, and after successful product she started it shipping all over India.

As we all bibliophile knows how we love the scent of candles when reading and going into that aura but shipping and customs were always issue for Indian readers. Whispering Flames made this possible for every Indian bibliophile with a very nominal prices.

What more attract Bibliophile is that we get the scents of our FAVORITE FANDOM’S (YES, HP … and many more ACOTAR, SOC etc)
The sizes of candles ranges from 8oz to 4oz and are 100% Vegan candles.

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I recently bought special edition of Sun-signs special edition candles. I ordered one for me, VIRGO 😀 and it SMELLS GREAT Coffee scents… And other Aries, its JASMINE in scent (it’s for a friend but I KEEP SNIFFING it until I send it to her address 😛 )

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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 – 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.

You can buy book (paperback or kindle edition from amazon) from following link

ARDH-SATYA The Half Truth and other stories

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Book Review : Knitted Tales

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Book- Knitted Tales: A collection of emotions
Author- Rubina Ramesh

Format : e-book

It’s not just a book, its collection of short books/stories.
Each story deserve their own reviews/stars.
Some I simply loved, some were good, some were fine. ❤
Every story had a deep human emotion, and kept readers beautifully binded till the end of story.
Stories are not very short, not very long. They are just about the perfect size, to keep readers intrigued about what going to happen next.

It’s the debut book of blogger, book marketing and author Rubina Ramesh. And she has done amazing while weaving each story with correct amount of emotions.

The tittle of tales

A Secret in Their Closet
Betrayal
Chicklet
Forgive me
Lolita
No regrets
SuvarnaRekha
The Little Godmother
The Missing Staircase
The Other Woman
Daddy hear me out
Cliff notes

The book has 12 tales, and my favorites have been quite a few. The first one ‘A Secret in Their Closet’ gave me jitters, to what it’s about. and after it reveled I was all soaked in emotions..

My personal favorite is Cliff Notes, it’s so precious to see how mountains feel about humans. It’s from their perspective, and its Great one.
Others being, The Missing Staircase, The little Godmother .. ❤

She was someone’s dream and someone’s lust. She was someone’s passion and someone’s curse. Yet no one knew her nor did anyone dare to come near her.

– Lolita

Just tell him, Everest freed you.
He knows me…

– Cliff notes

“Where the heck is the staircase?” I shouted.’
….
“Why are you searching for it?” he asked, his voice hoarse, from lack of use perhaps.
“I need to sit on it and remember the innocent days of my life”

– The Missing Staircase

Lying and cheating is not good. I won’t recommend it to any housewife. But if there is a moment when I have to choose to lie to save my marriage and sanity, I will do it all over again.

– Ne Regrets

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

I read an e-book copy provided by Author and The Book Club for an honest review.

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Book Review : Spoilt for Choice

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Book- Spoilt For Choice
Author- Dr. Poornansha Shrivastava
Publisher- HALF BAKED BEANS

Paperback Price – 189/- (Discounted price)
Pages- 210

 

The cover pic, displays what the books is about.
Its love vs passion. Some people go in a tug-of-war between love & passion. There is a couple on top (LOVE), and in reflection there is a boy racing a bike(PASSION). Also looking more closely to cover pic the motor bike traces covers the image.

It’s a love story of Samarth, who fell in love at first sight with Sachi. How they come together, and then goes apart is the story about. Pursing his under graduation study as dentist, he manages to pursue his passion as motorsport racer. Which he developed in his teens while taking part in illegal racing.
A story how Samarth competes among 200 Riders to participate in motorcycle racing that is conducted every season till the final round that leads to one champion.

The story gives us a deep insight of what fails in long distance relationships. Samarth’s relationship with Sachi goes for a toss when he is not able to give the time she needs. And in between she keeps on using Samarth, and goes into relationship with more than one person other than Samarth.

Here is what I loved about Story,
1. The friendship shown between Samarth, and his friends. They are always available in his highs, in his lows.
2. If a person take his passion seriously, he can achieve it.
3. How the author, Poornansh Shrivastava has used casual talks between friends.
4. How the author, has detailed the entry, journey of his motorsport career.

However, there are certain loopholes in story, and grammatical errors.

Author is a Dr. and a Racer, for that I would like to give this 4/5.

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

You can by book at Amazon -> Spoilt For Choice

The book was provided by Half Baked Beans(HBB) in exchange for a genuine review.

This is a semi-autobiographical by the author. This book will definitely be appreciated by motorsports people.

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Toothbrush (microtale) : DP Challenge

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One night stands were his favorites,
until he found the one,
whom he can share his toothbrush stand with.

~mpsn

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August, here I am

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Toothbrush

~213 Of 365~

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Book Review:Reminiscences Of A Seeker: Dark Face Of The White World (True Story)

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Book- Reminiscences Of A Seeker: Dark Face Of The White World (True Story)
Author- Kapil Kumar Bhaskar
Publisher- Angel Books Publications

Paperback Prince – 250/- (Discounted price)
Pages- 300

I would not lie, but in started when I reading the book. I got a bit bored, and went to read the blurb that why at the first place I agreed to read it.
But as you reach Chapter 3, the thrill kicks in. I loved what I read after chapter 3. It was nerve racking sometimes, how we say we live in a perfect world. But then their are people like Kapil (author) who goes under this much in life, just to know the meaning of life.

The Tantrics, the Aghoris, I loved how simply but deeply Kapil the author has given information. It is such an engrossing story that it seems you are living each moment that the author has experienced.

The book covers different levels of Spiritual world, like relation between master and the devotee, jealousy of master when his devotee gets more knowledge, innocent people blindly trusting people with all the show offs etc.

One thing I didn’t liked about book is, its said to be a “True Story” then why author have changed name/places of many people. It just gets so much confusion sometimes, I read a name and think myself only. Its changed name. In my opinion, when the author has decided to give his real life experience the name/places should be real life only. Also if not, it should be mentioned in beginning only, that some names will be changed. Reading again n again “changed” was a bit irritating.

There were so many passages I loved, following are few of them

“There is no God, Guruji, and even if He exists, He is completely blind. He exists only for them who keep buttering and pleasing him. He is so blind that he can’t see what these people are doing to me. I have not done any wrong to them, then why they are after my life?”

“Doubts makes a mountain of fear and fear gives you nothing. Faith dissolves all mountains and gives you appropriate results. Have faith, my son.”

“Most of the time our inner voice tries to guide us to the ‘Truth’ but we, out of our own vested interests, wish to continue living in our own self-created illusions because it suits our purpose or fulfills our needs.

 

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

You can by book at Amazon -> Reminiscences Of A Seeker

The book was provided by Half Baked Beans(HBB) in exchange for a genuine review.

This books, give a different perspective and dimension to life. If you need a break from all those Romantic/YA fictions, my advice will be read this True Story where Author takes you to a spiritual journey.