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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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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