Colours of Passion (Sourabh Mukherjee) – Book Review

Blurb

“Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen?

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, the dashing young entrepreneur, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered by three men. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model, and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

Book Review

‘The sane are madder than we think, the mad saner… darkness can engulf anyone at any moment …’

Just as the blurb says the revolves around the murder of star icon Hiya Sen; through that incident, the author unveils the darkness of the blinding limelight and the glamorous world. The case, solving its mystery and further events revolving around their background is what it presents. Revealing anything further about the plot will only disturb the quality of reading it.

It was indeed a page-turner in all aspects, from the blurb, the book cover… you can’t help but grab it and read it till the end. The subplots, the setups, the characters will easily seep into you as you read through. The best part is that I failed in predicting the culprit and turn of events and I guess most will too, as the author succeeded in maintaining the suspense intact and it is not just that, the intriguing characters with the eccentricity it carries will make you yearn to know more about them. The writing style and presentation is what that outshines everything else in the book, it holds a soothing beauty to entice a reader.

The Colours of Passion is my second book from Sourabh Mukherjee and he was able to give the reader in me a greater delight. This is my personal recommendation to my readers and I will rate it 4.5/5 🙂

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Love Will Find a Way (Anurag Garg) ~ Book Review

Blurb

Madhav is an aspiring writer stuck in a dead-end corporate job that gives him no
joy and no time to write his book. But there’s more to him than meets the eye.
He has been hiding a secret all his life-which, if revealed, may shatter the very
existence of his being.
His loved ones know he’s holding something back but don’t suspect anything
grave until his girlfriend, Meera, tired of his constant mood swings, decides to
take him to an art therapy session. There he meets someone who tries to
unearth the past Madhav so desperately wants to keep buried.
So what exactly happened years ago? Why does Madhav not want to go down
memory lane?
From the bestselling author of A Half-Baked Love Story and Love . . . Not for
Sale comes another enigmatic tale of friendship, hidden truths and the
redeeming power of love.

Book Review

” No one is an open book, everyone holds a few unleafed pages waiting for certain fingers or forever shut ”

Love Will Find a Way takes you to meet Madhav, a stuck-on-corporate-desk-writer-in-making who is not exactly what he seems to be. A simple and usual lifestyle upfront holds a dark part untouched giving way to his mood fluctuation and a bit of complication for his dear ones. And Meera takes it upon herself to take action on this and takes him for an art therapy session bringing in Radhika into his life. What is it that he is hiding? How will Radhika influence or help him? What will become out of them? Grab a copy to know more.

The way the story takes its pace and how it is presented is what that I found to be the major plus points of this book. I really enjoyed the writing style of the author which I found to be easy to connect and get into. Also, it gives you everything mystery, suspense, drama, psychology, romance… a perfect blend of them. The characters and how they are framed is impeccable, you will be able to walk on their shoes easily. A simple yet elegant work by the author with a realistic approach. I would also like to appreciate the beauty of the cover design!

The only thing that was off to me was that the second half was low compared to the first, with a predictable and easy going end, also a few parts felt like too much.

I will rate this best read of mine 4.5 / 5 😀

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Book Review : Aravan Head (Arvind Narsima)

BLURB:

A politically driven criminal syndicate tries to steal a valuable ancient artifact, The Aravan Head, from a very old temple of the transgenders in Hijravan. Police officer Arya foils the  attempt. The incident unfolds a deadly secret that connects to a series of mind-boggling crimes which points to an unlikely person of tremendous authority in the political & business circles of Mumbai. With his friends kidnapped, his own people involved with the criminals and himself facing departmental enquiry, Arya is strangulated from all sides. Meanwhile in Delhi, 4 college girls, fed-up with the canteen food, hire a cook. While they expect an old, typically professional person, they are in for a great surprise that leaves them sweetly shocked. But the surprise is short lived after a beautiful transgender arrives at their bungalow revealing secrets that baffle them. Unfortunately the lives of the 4 girls become a nightmare along with that of the transgender. Did Arya arrest the main perpetrator behind all the crimes? What dangers did the Transgender bring to the girls? Did they survive the deadly situation they were pushed into? What price did Arya pay to win?

REVIEW

Arvind Narsima is one of the Indian authors whom I look up to and have expectations for. He is what I call a word-weaver, he always impresses me with his writing style, plot theme, and character frame works. With the second installment in the Investigator Series, Aravan Head, that I received after much waiting, he hit the mark again!

Aravan Head takes you on track with Arya with yet another investigation of his. A case that seemed normal on the front had much more darkness to it, a theft case on the face held volume to unfold, and as he gets into it, it chains him on all fronts to a point where it’s not about a mere case solving but about surviving the situations that cripple him. There are lives at stake, a lot to lose but justice needs light! Follow this enthralling tale of Arya, grab a copy soon!

The character Arya yet again concreted his hold on to me a s a character. Reading Aravan Head was like watch an interesting movie with eyes glued on to screen totally into it! I must appreciate the author who travels with time, who picks themes and shades to his plot that fits the current scenario of our society, be it corruption, politics or transgenders… a lot of serious issues are given its space for attention in the book. The book is something that won’t let you do anything else other than reading it to the last page!

I would rate this crispy entertainer 5/5 😀 … all my readers must try this out!

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Book Review ~ Solitude Revisited (Manaswita Ghosh)

About The Book:

Solitude Revisited is a collection of short stories. It is a confession, a realization and the musings of a pensive young heart. There are a million stories around us, but few are told. This book is about those invisible souls you encounter everyday, but never care to observe. Sometimes, the eyes need to look further than just what they can fathom, the heart needs to seek an anecdote and the mind needs to frame a memoir for the soul — to survive the vastness reality throws at it. That’s where fiction steps in, presenting an alternative universe for the mind to thrive in, so it may preserve its individuality and brood over its reflections. Thoughts demand to be contemplated and preserved just like history, for they tell infinite stories no sane mind can perceive. Solitude Revisited is all but real; it’s a confidante and a confession, an artist and his muse, a whisper and a madman. Listen to it and you may find yourself, listen to yourself and you may find it.

Review:

“Solitude is bliss, and sometimes it’s the devil. It looks at
you menacingly, waiting to cut you up into a thousand pieces,
takes out memories from the deepest pits of your heart and
mind, and play with them mercilessly. Bloodstained memories
on the floor, makes you question your entire life. I would be so
wrong if I told you I enjoy solitude but then, I don’t have anyone
for company except solitude. Solitude – my dearest friend, my
most dreaded foe.”                                                                              ~ Solitude Revisited.

‘Solitude Revisited’ offer you a set of soul-stirring tales that are reflections of human life with all its pain and prize! There are 10 stories, 10 characters to touch your heart. Introspection and solitude are the companions of your life; at the end of the day even your shadow leaves you; you, yourself is your greatest enemy and greatest friend! The book gives Solitude a different setback altogether. Be it Arundhati, Zunaid of Afreen, their solitude speak volumes.

I loved how each scenario, each character was framed about, you are able to see with them, stand with them and feel with them owing to the writer’s skills in bringing it about. The language and the flow of each story are beautiful so as to get you absorbed into it. It will be no wonder if some of the characters or stories take a place in your heart. They conveyed such simple yet complicated, elegant yet dirty shades of life.

I am confused to pick a fav among them as each left a strong impact on me… the quote that I would like to take away from the book is – I guess some spaces are meant to be void.

 

I am happy to rate this book 5/5 🙂  and would love to recommend it to my readers.

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About The Author: 

Manaswita Ghosh is an independent media professional based in Calcutta. She is an optimist who believes each day has beauty in store for those who seek it, no matter how bad a day it is. She loves to observe and pen her thoughts as they occur to her; penning stories has been more of an obsession to her than a casual pastime. She has worked for The Telegraph Calcutta in the past. Penguin Books India, The British Council, First Step Corp., and Talent Flush Creations have published her in the past. Of every amazing experience this world has to offer her, she is crazy about travelling, reading and fine dining.

Rafflesia: The Banished Princess (Gautam) – Book Review

 Blurb:

“Rafflesia: The Banished Princess”
The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours
blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place.

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship, and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of
Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!”

Book Review

Life is never a fairy tale, reality can be sour yet sweet”

Appu is not someone whom you can call a protagonist, he is an introvert, day dreamer, not-so-smart… someone whom people might tag, useless. Even his wife wishes to leave him, dissolving their marriage. But is he that much of a mob-character?! or does he fit right for the spotlight? Is too much to live in a fantasy land, escaping reality? What does reality hold for Appu? What relation does Rafflesia hold to the story and Appu? Grab a copy to enter the world of Appu and travel along with him on his journey of life where reality and fantasy collide.

I found the story something different, there was a beauty (might be the depressing feel, dark is beautiful too) to it especially the characterisation of Appu, the one who lived in fantasy but was forced out of it; he faltered but he was able to take those small yet powerful steps out of his cocoon to evolve owing to his friendship with Rahul.  The concept is good but the presentation could have been better, the connection of Rafflesia, the fantasy princess, and life of Appu felt a bit forced, it was not very much convincing. The book needs a good editor’s hand too since there was a share of grammatical errors and sentence framing issues in the content.

The writer’s effort to stand out with regards to the title, book cover and concept is to be appreciated and I indeed find potential. I will rate this book 3.5/5 🙂

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Transitions and Beyond (Inderjit Kaur) ~ Book Review

About the Book

Transitions and Beyond helps us recalibrate our focus to align with our long-term objectives and goals thus making problems much easier to deal with and restoring one’s confidence in life. It promises to renew and reform a disordered life so that one can live a complete life with all stagnation removed. One becomes a true adventurer, who now sees life’s miniscule complications as challenges and can begin to transition.

Transitions are the phases that help one grow through adversities transforming one into an individual who will love challenges and convert them into opportunities for a magnificent tomorrow. They are related to psychological and situational parameters and both are equally important to optimize and to manifest a simple tool of transformation into the realm of personal developments to achieve balance in every core area of life.

Transitions and Beyond thus leads us to believe in life and produce a defining path that will reveal who we are and who we are meant to be.

Book Review

Every day is a new beginning, every chance is a scope for change, it is up to us to grab those opportunities and evolve for good!

Transition and Beyond by Inderjit Kaur, the fourth book in her inspirational series named The Living Series tells you about changes, facing the changes and accepting or overcoming them. The book is basically divided into three parts The Change, The Intervention and The Renewal or would like to say Chances, Involvement, and Evolving. The blurb does justice to the book depicting very clearly what to expect.

This nonfictional self-help book will tell you about the importance of change in life, how to accept it or accept yourself changing and finally how can you evolve to be a better version owing to situations and life. The author gives a good share of real life examples that make the book and the content it wants to convoy connect to the readers. The best part of the book is ‘Take Away’ that comes after every chapter, a short reminder of what all you saw in a chapter; some of them will stay with me forever!

There were a few grammatical errors and a few points where the book lost my interest but overall it is a wonderful effort as usual by the author to bring about such a motivational and helping book.

I would love to rate it 4.25/5 🙂 and recommends it to my readers.

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Book Review ~ 37+ Grace Marks… Because life is beyond numbers (Vishal Anand)

Blurb

What happens when you fall in love at first sight? That too in college, which is supposed to be the best time of one’s life. But is it the best place to find love too?

Viraj falls head over heels in love with his classmate Nimisha, who could make boys on campus go crazy. While his friends Punit and Sahil just want to have fun – despite poor mark-sheets, grace marks to pass, and other everyday adventures – Viraj wants more from his life and love.

Life has led Viraj to the edge of a cliff. He has a choice to make – to forget everything and jump, or fight.

What brought him here? An unrequited love, encounters with law, or the dilemma of grace marks? Where does Viraj’s story eventually end?

Welcome to 37 + Grace Marks, Viraj’s journey to discover that there is more to life than marks.

Review

Life lies in simple things, the one who gets competitive fails to see around him and enjoy life, the one who is laid back gets diverted and stagnant getting his vision limited and there again missing out of life.

Viraj is like the most of Indian teenagers, preparing for the competitive exams, getting into a good institute and then on the gust of enjoying the pleasures of life, as per him, takes a low curve ride with regards to many things that is valuable to him. He even gets chaotic with his feelings of love. Thanks to the grace marks, he was able to move on. What exactly is the system of this grace marks? Will he be able to get back on track positively or will fall into more depth? Will he make it?

It is a light-hearted and motivational story that reminds you that it is never too late to give it another shot, it is never enough to stop trying. Viraj is someone who you can relate well and can follow. The author expressed valid thoughts through a simple story.

The writing style and presentation was a bit off to my taste. The story even though engaging is not something different or new. Towards the end, I felt it, to be a bit more dramatic.  But at the end of it, if you are into simple, around-your-town and motivating stories, this is your pick.

I will rate it 4/5 🙂 and would love to recommend it to my readers.

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A Team of Extraordinary Bastards (Arka Datta) ~ Book Review

A Team of Extraordinary BastardsBlurb:

Arya Sen is destiny’s child, a young boy from Kolkata who is born to be the greatest the Football World has ever seen. The universe never fails to surprise him with good fortunes as he embarks on his journey from Kolkata to all over the world. But, just when he starts to believe that nothing can go wrong for him, everything changes.

Surrounded by loss, darkness, and complete absence of luck, Arya desperately waits for hope. And it appears but from the unlikeliest of places. With the support of his wife April and younger brother Ilan, Arya takes upon him a task that is bigger and more important than all of them. This time, he is up against his greatest friend: Destiny.

Review:

Spring alone does not make life, there will be storm,  heat, wind, rain; that’s how it rolls. A balance of ups and downs, of failures and success’. Arya’s life is no different, he his journey embarked on goodwill and fortune turns dark soon enough. The passionate footballer makes his way through the odds, how will he make till the end or will he? Grab a copy to know more.

The author effectively depicted Arya’s share of life to deliver an inspirational story. It is a difficult task to create the spirit of a game through words than visual but he did it well. The story started on a point of match. The essence of the play makes the book a page-turner and the thoughts delivered through his life strikes you for good. The book makes you believe in your dreams again. The writing style, character frame, and presentation did justice to the book. I loved how engaging and refreshing the read was.

What I felt off about the book is its cover design, it could have been much better. A few portions could have been framed better or could have taken a different turn; just my thought.

I would happily rate this book 4.25/5  🙂 and recommends it to all football and inspirational story lovers.

Book Review ~ Demons in My Mind (Aashish Gupta)

BLURB:

Dakshesh, an old man in Sirubari village suffering from cancer, wishes to be released from the excruciating pain. He requests the villagers to take him to the three monks. They are all intrigued by the legend of the mystical three monks. No one has seen them but only heard stories of miraculous healing they offered.
Knowing that the sick man’s death is imminent, the villagers leave him alone near the Pashupatinath temple hoping that the three monks, if they exist, would embrace him on the holy land. The old man wakes up to the sight of the three monks, but only to know that they are no saints but notorious criminals. What they tell Dakshesh in his last few breaths, shakes his entire perception of humanity and its sins

BOOK REVIEW

One day I chased the problem, Next day, the problem chased me, and kept chasing me forever – becoming  bigger and bigger, collecting the sand of time. Small battles with the mind every day turned into big unceasing wars.                                                                        This book is dedicated to those who are fighting similar wars with the mind. I want to tell them, no one can understand our struggles better than us. This book is a message that you are not alone.                                            ~ Demons In My Mind

Demons in my mind follows the path of a kind soul Dakshesh who wished nothing but an easy death, who is in his sick bed with excruciating pain rethinking what went wrong in his life for such kind of suffering; he believes that The Three Monks will be able to save him from this dilemma. What he expects to be a divine enlightenment turns out to something least expected, after all the face of truth is said to be dirty. The so-called three monks show him the strength of human mind or to be clear, the truth of human life.

It is indeed an outstanding and daring content that the book presented. It explores the darkness of human mind or say, its power; it sketches human life in grey shade. The writing style and presentation stick you to the pages, it is a thought striker and there is a great deal to ponder over from its content. Through the three monks the author presents you three different stories, three different dark tales where a man helplessly falls prey to the chaos of mind and circumstances. it conveys solid points to be reflected or pursue.

The only thing that put me off about it is that it took a great deal of time to frame up things which displeased my impatient soul a bit.

My rating for this book will be 4.5 / 5 😀 Book lovers who would love to read deep and thought provoking content, this is your pick!

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Vikrant Khanna) ~ Book Review

Blurb:

Can true love bring someone back from the dead?Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all?In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but herself as well . . .

Book Review:

The Girl Who Knew Too Much took me to meet Akshara, her sorrow over her mother’s death. As a kind influence came, Harry with a story to share that could ease her pain. But that story shakes her life and strikes her thought to the extent of even doubting herself. What exactly is Harry up to? And what kind of story is that? Read the book to find more.

I loved the book cover and title of it, they simply made me eager to read it. The subtle humor, mystery and effective writing style along with Akshara’s predicaments attached me to the book. I found the plot line interesting along with its characters and their life. It slowly unfolded layers of thoughts to explore along with Akshara and Harvinder aka Harry. The concept is creative and the presentation is stimulating. The question it puts forward towards its lead character, as well as the reader,  is – “Are you ready to believe?”

It took really slow pace after a session of around 30 pages; that could have been taken care of. Also, the mystery and suspense should have been kept intact; it was a bit predictable.

I will rate this refreshing read 4.25/5 🙂 My fellow readers, do try this one it is interesting 😀

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