The Perfect Drug – Review

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Book blurb:-

Buddha meditated for six years, and Shiva had his mountain. Could there be a drug that might induce enlightenment? A substance that could cause us to attain a heightened state of consciousness, the gaining of a perspective that perforates this veil of maya, revealing the divine in us and others a well? One that makes us perceive that the biggest problem of the world isn’t global warming, air pollution, or overpopulation, but is a global demented state of consciousness, the demon of ignorance that has ingested this whole wide world? Ananya synthesizes such a divine drink with immense difficulty, and tends it with great care-but the attainment of power often brings its abuse. It an attempt to beat the demon outside, he mutes all the voices contrary to his ambition including his much-revered intuition. He fails miserably but his torture endures. Does his indulgence keep Ananya entangled in the web of illusion, or will he emerge a true, conscious being, devoid of all attachments? Is the answer he has to discover for himself.

My review:-

Pushing the limit of physical as well as intellectual limit of a human, is there a boundary? A breaking point? What if there can be a drug to catalyze your vision to enhance life to a euphoric state overcoming that challenge? Ananya is somewhere on that track to create The Perfect Drug that could do good to humanity, his main motive was to save his girlfriend though… but on this journey with his extraordinary mind he comes across valid phases of reality of life that is worth our time to know and understand.

The book can be described in one word as – UNIQUE, literally! The Perfect Drug tells you a story that no one ever has; and that exactly is what this makes this book extra ordinary. It has layers to it, it holds content to inspire a thinker, to feed minds, to ignite spark. The story that may seem simple is a web work of carefully weaved views and perceptions. The amount of effort, dedication, attention to detail and research the author delivered for this book is indeed commendable.
Some may find it dragged at few points, or need effort to grasp what is conveyed, but trust me it is worth your effort. I will rate this book 4.5/5 🙂 and recommend it to all those would like something deep and thought provoking.
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Making a Poem ~ Book Review

Book blurb:-

Making A Poem is a powerful affecting collection of poetry that sheds a fascinating light upon the writing process and poet’s personal aesthetics. These are eloquent pieces where the poet displays a confident command of the poetic form to bring his ideas and observations to life. The pieces that ponder the reality of poetic expression are perhaps most fascinating. Their reflexivity results in a most engaging collection of poems. Making A Poe

m is a intuitive, thoughtful and creative pieces that work together as a cohesive collection.

About the author:-

Vihang A. Naik born in Surat, India on September 2, 1969, is a contemporary poet writing in English, widely published and won many awards.He is educated from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda with English Literature , Philosophy and Indian Literature in English Translations.

From Surat, he moved to Baroda, Ahmadabad and other cities out of Gujarat. He had his primary school was from Navrachana , he changed cities and schools. His travels gave him unique insight into life and humanity and he wrote “City Times and Other Poems” which enters Limca Book of Records : 2016. His collections of poems includes City Times and Other Poems (1993), Making A Poem(2004) and Poetry Manifesto ( New & Selected Poems) (2010). His Gujarati collection of poems titled Jeevangeet (Gujarati poems) (2001) is dedicated to the cause of victims of Gujarat Earthquake 26th January, 2001. He also translates poetry written in Gujarati language into English including his own Gujarati Language poems into English. His poems have appeared in some of the most noted literary journals and anthologies. He lives and works in Gujarat, India.

My Review:-

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”                                                                    ~ Robert Frost

 
Making a Poem by Vihang A Naik reflects this quote in all aspects. This set of poems penned by Vihang falls under the following segments –  
1. Are you looking for that poet 
2. A poet as a young man 
3. Making a poem
4. A poem comes alive
5. A poet.
It is like a timeline of a poem or a poet sketched out with beauty.
The most attractive and alluring part of all is his choices of words and the way they are blended so perfectly, a couple of them so strong to carry an array of thoughts and views. There was more to read in between those lines, just reading them once will not be enough as it demands to be considered again and again.
This is my second book by Vihang A Naik and I think he just simply raised his own standard which was a very impressive and out of league in the first place.
The poem – A Story will always remain with me, it is my personal favorite.
I also think that I cant exactly describe these poems in mere words of mine as this humble being is yet to reach that level. If I may, let me rate this 5/5 and recommends it to all poetry lovers, this is one of a kind that you wont want to miss!

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Letters in the Rain ~ Book Review

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Quite early in his life, Aman had been labelled a ‘weirdo’. His side-parted, oil soaked hair and gawky physique made him the butt of jokes among his peers. There is nothing spectacular in his life—he studies all day, has never had an interaction with a girl that lasted more than five minutes, and scribbles his inner musings into his best friend, a personal diary.

Deep down, however, the guilt of being considered a social killjoy by the society starts to have a negative impact on him.

When forced out of his solitary shell into the action-infused warehouse that is ‘college’, Aman’s life takes a drastic U-Turn. Owing to a Chemistry project, he is forced to partner up with Kiara—a cheerful, carefree soul who tucks away her dark, brooding past upon arriving in Manipal.

What follows is a series of awkward encounters and quirky adventures; ones that throw them in the deep end and make them face their worst fears.

Review

When opposites collide, they create a spark of change… Letters in the Rain tells you about a weirdo and a wannabe. Their meet up, how their life cross path, how their own spheres impact from that fusion sums up the story.

Aman and Kiara holds layers to them, like a shelled person who holds something else in reality inside which defines what they are; that characterization is the main beauty of this book. You may find the story or the basic plot line something you might have already read or heard, but the people involved are different and their reaction and reasoning to it different to it. How they accept… refuse… understand what is happening with and around them. The writing style and presentation makes it outstanding.

I personally liked the title and the book cover design, they pleased me pretty well and urged me to grab the copy. The blurb seemed fine too.

I will rate this 4/5 🙂 , if you are up for a warm read, this one is for you.

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Icebergs in Paradise (Sayan Basak) ~ Book Review

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“There is a relationship between the eye contacts we make and the perceptions that we create in our heads, a relationship between the sound of another’s voice and the emotions that we feel in our hearts, a relationship between our movements in space all around us and the magnetic pulls we can create between others and ourselves. All of these things (and more) make up the magic of every ordinary day and if we are able to live in this magic, to feel and to dwell in it, we will find ourselves living with magic every day. These are the white spaces in life, the spaces in between the written lines, the cracks in which the sunlight filters into. Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life, we stand and blink our eyes in the sunlight reaching unseen places, we know where to find the white spaces, we live in magic. Icebergs in Paradise is a journey that will make you travel the entire world of emotions – starting it from joy to sadness, love to pain, fear to cheer and anger to tranquility. “
Review:
I beleive that words are power enough to touch your heart and change your mood and when they are in a flow and rhythm, it becomes a beautiful surprise; the feel of a poem!
Icebergs in Paradise by Sayan Basak is a crafty set of poems, there is an outstanding beauty to his words and the thoughts he intend to convey. It is commendable, how the poet weaved delicate feeling and emotions to his words.
A few of the poems make you think, a few will strike you, there is an ample share of detail to dwell on within those few lines.My personal favorite is Scattering Ashes. Any poetry lover will love this work.
I think that the book cover design could have been better, it did not give me an alluring or catchy impression. Other than that it was an amazing experience in reading and reciting those poems. I will rate it 4.5/5 😀
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Mysterious 4:30 AM (Nitin Sharma) ~ Book Review

About the Book: Mysterious 4:30 a.m. Every love story is inspired by another love story, but this love story is a distinct one which is inspired by its own…! “That day in the business economy of the flight I saw you for the first time, which was the most precious moment of my life and has been preserved in my eyes, in my heart, in my soul and in my thoughts. Ill not say that you were looking gorgeous coz…” Love stories are immortal, they never succumb to time. In fact, they are always meant to be forever. This story is also a kind of such endeavour. A Mysterious amalgamation of Real love, Destinys Unfavourable decisions, Unexpected turning points and A sweet love story of Shilpi Sanghi and Harsh Vardhan Singhania. I hope, its glow will illuminate the paths of young lovers and will remain alive forever in the deep thoughts of true lovers…!!

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Review:

Fate or … say destiny is something inevitable, it presents itself accordingly!

Mysterious 4:30 AM is about  Shilpi Sanghi and Harsh Vardhan Singhania, their life and their fate. They are no ordinary couple and fate holds extra ordinary for their life too. it would be spoiling if i am to sum up the story or say anything more.

The title grabs interest of a reader easily, it invokes curiosity and suspense. I liked how each page held me to it with more interesting and unexpected leaps and twists the story took. It is indeed necessary to appreciate the author for penning down such a dramatic story. I pretty much enjoyed reading it. There is strong foot hold for the characters, their framework and the bond they share and develop, it reaches the readers easily.

Other than the point that i felt romance or love relation given a bit more importance than necessary it was a fine read.

I will rate this 3.75/5 🙂

About the Author:

Nitin Sharma Nitin Sharma has proved himself a role model for our young generation. After the grand success of Mystery of Atom which amazed everyone with its unconquerable explanation and intensive depth of the Quantum Universe-Atom, this one is his second book. Mystery of Atom was launched after his long struggle of 8 years, on 23rd January, 2012. Then, within a year he took a complete turnover from a scientific book to a love based novel which is an incredible work in itself. Surprisingly, his talent doesnt end with his writing skills. He is a kaleidoscopically talented personality with the colors ranging from singing, dancing, acting, lyrics and poetry writing. As in this book, he has come up as an overall groomed and impeccably talented person. After spending his childhood years in a small district of Dholpur, Rajasthan he has now finally settled in Jaipur. He has served some renowned institutes as a lecturer of chemistry and presently is the Academic Director of pre foundation wing in a reputed institute for IIT-JEE. He is famous for his unique teaching style as he inspires and motivates his student.

 

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Book Review: Come Back to Leave Me… Again (Sohil Ashvin Shah)

Come Back to Leave Me... Again by [Ashvin Shah, Sohil] Blurb:

“Why does the love always seem beautiful in romantic movies and novels, but not in real life? Why should lovers not be in any relationship after they break up? Why do ex-lovers always try to deal with damages instead of staying together? If you want answers to the questions, this book is for you.”

Review:
Dust accumulated on the books has no power to change its story 😛

Come Back to Leave Me… Again tells you another love story of present times. With Sidhhant as lead, it shares his share of life and love, his take on them.

I loved the title and the cover design, they are catchy. The story is in the form a chat mainly, a new style of presentation or an experiment with storytelling I suppose, fitting the current tech-savvy world; some might find it impressive and some might not. The story is mainly about friendship, bonding, love, break up and henceforth. The story is good enough and the gujju-english mix makes way to trend-setting maybe?! An appreciative attempt at a debut!

I will rate this light read 3.5/5 🙂
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That’s How It’s Meant To Be (Shilpi Chaklanobis) : Book Review

BLURB:

Love transcends distance, time and age. It’s beyond the customs of the world around us that spin us into a frenzy. People meet, they fall in love, that’s where your usual love story might end. But not this one. For this is not a love story, this is a story about love. When Nilanjana meets Vikram in the strangest circumstances, they fall in love with each other against all odds. The quintessential Bengali girl finds herself smitten by your not so spoilt Punjabi guy. But sometimes, life throws lemons at you and you ask yourself, is love enough to keep two people together? Come on the journey of a lifetime that makes you wonder, introspect, dive in your deepest thoughts, only to come out wiser. Experience, anger, joy, surprise, and love. Experience, LIFE.

REVIEW

 

Where there is love, there is life ….

That’s how it is meant to be explores shades of love and life. With Nilanjana and Vikram, a present day life slice is presented. The spotlight is on Nilanjana, her experiences, her life, her voice…

The author smoothly weaved a heart warming tale through words with an eye to detail., there was elegance in the way it was presented; , I adore it’s writing style. It is not bogus or made-up scenes but it was like she beautifully sketched reality with her pen. You get to experience serious emotions and feel connected to  the characters as you read. You might feel wronged, you might feel sad or happy along with the characters who holds their own set of strengths, weakness and flaws… after all, that’s how it is meant to be, no human is perfect!

It is a simple yet complicated tale of human relation and feelings. It will keep you going till the end.I will rate this 4.5/5 🙂 . I would like to read more from this author 🙂

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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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