Cover Reveal

Day 1

So today I will be starting The Bitter Pill Social Club Official Blog Tour organised by Bloomsbury India, with a little cover reveal and introducing to other members of the tour through Instagram.

First comes the gorgeous looking book :

Below is a picture with a list of all the Bookstagramers taking part in this tour, so make sure to look them up for many more posts on the tour.

Since I have never before been a part of a book tour, am really looking forward to this amazing opportunity and hope you guys come along enjoying your time.

#review Murder in a Minute

Author: Shouvik Bhattacharya

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Publication date: 10 Dec 2017

Language: English

Book length: 204 pages

Genre: Fiction/ Crime Thriller

Synopsis:

When a young woman is found lifeless in a pool of her own blood, everyone is convinced that it is her college sweetheart who murdered her. The victim’s step-brothers, Rishabh and Arya,embark on a journey to unearth the truth, a journey riddled with fallacies and conspiracies, planted intentionally. What connection is there between a missing blue envelope, a misplaced sweater and stray footprints in a room. Could those people they thought they knew so well be hiding dark secrets about their past? Or did their dead sister have more to hide than they imagined?

Rating: 4/5

Review :

I am thankful to the publishers for sending me this book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

Okay! let me gather my thoughts. I don’t even know where to begin. I ain’t sure if I can express even half of what I experienced throughout the book in my attempt to write the review. Do I sound extremely dramatic? Well, can’t really help it. Am being really honest here. Before I go further into blabbering about my take on the book let me describe the story-line a bit.

The story revolves around the death of a young, hard working woman, adopted, unwelcomed child of the family, who through her extreme dedication to work had won her father’s confidence in taking over their company, Arora Cements instead of his ambitious son, Pranav. Esha was the eldest of 5 children, adopted after four years of Vishal Arora’s childless marriage with first wife, the renowned actress Archana Gulati. Within a year of adoption, they were blessed with twins – Pranav and Rashmi. But the marriage didn’t work well and after three years of their birthday, the lady eloped with a retired Major. He had then married Sunanda Rai and within a year Rishabh was born; four years later she died at childbirth, Arya arrived. Keeping this characters aside, we come to the character Anubhav deeply and unrequitedly in love with Esha who gave up his well off job to work in and support her company. With every character present in the house and no sign of outsider during the time of Esha’s murder, the inspector and sub inspector are stressed out to find out the truth. No sooner had they come to a conclusion that Rishabh informed them of a missing blue envelope from Esha’s room and the housemate believes to have heard her talking to someone before the day of murder in her room about eloping!

Who killed Esha? Was there really no outsider but was someone inside the family? What was the motive? What was in the blue envelope? Who took it? Who was she planning to elope with and why?

If only these questions weren’t enough to deal with, the author interestingly brings in the topic of lesbians and I very much appreciate this initiative. In the times when we readers must even through stories, under the condition of current society, this very book is a genuine example. It points out how India is yet to come to an understanding with homosexuality and how all the people, though have the right to love anyone and everyone, has to hid this. The fear of shame and disgust they suffer then they believe that what they feel is unacceptable in the society because it is unnatural and sin. They crush their on feeling in the name of disease and insanity.

Murder in a Minute is a fast paced, gripping and intelligent story, filled with conspiracy, suffering, betrayal, power and insanity which I enjoyed thoroughly. The choice of words and concepts are well thought out. What absolutely intrigued me was the rawness of the reality. How till date orphan and homosexuality is unacceptable, both by families and society. Every human deserves a family and the right to love anyone they choose to. Also I must praise the author’s talent of storytelling – cleanly detailed and quite informative. If I hadn’t already known I wouldn’t have believed if anyone said this book is a debut novel. I am utterly impressed and look forward to reading more works of him in coming future.

Anyone who loves crime thrillers, I recommend you to give this book a try at once.

About the Author:

Shouvik is a management graduate from S.P Jain, Mumbai and is currently working for General Electric. During the day, he designs high-end analytical software which makes aircrafts fly, and during the night he plots devious murder mysteries. He had brief stints studying in Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University and European School of Business. He is a die-hard fan of Manchester United and you might spot him reading, in a café or a bookstore in Bangalore.

You can follow him @StoryTellerShouvik on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

COVER REVEAL + Book Description of AUSTENISTAN

Bloomsbury to release Austenistan on 16th December, 2017, Jane Austen’s birthday

A fabulous read this winter season!

Austentistan

The World’s Favourite Author Goes to Pakistan

Edited by Laaleen Sukhera

Page Ext: 164 | Price: Rs. 399 | Paperback

Austenistan is a collection of short stories by the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan

 

Description: Heiress and society doyenne Kamila Mughal is humiliated when her brother’s best friend snubs her to marry a social climbing nobody from Islamabad. Jamila Baig’s cold, unenterprising husband hasn’t planned for the future and all she can think about is how to find suitable husbands for her daughters. Roya discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her and ends up on a blind date on her wedding day. Beautiful young widow Saira has mourned her husband but feels she may finally be reading to start following her own desires.

Inspired by Jane Austen and set in contemporary Pakistan, Austenistan is a collection of romantic, uplifting, witty and sometimes heart-breaking love stories which pay homage to the queen of romance and find their straight to the romantic in all of us.

Comprising seven stories inspired by Austen’s novels and set in contemporary Pakistan, Austenistan is a witty, sometimes savage and sometimes moving look at love, loss and second chances in the upper echelons of a society which very closely echo Regency England.

The writers, including journalists, editors, lawyers and medical health professionals, are largely based in Pakistan and are all members of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan (JASP), whose founder, Laaleen Sukhera, is editor of this collection.

#review Sing, Unburied, Sing

Author : Jesmyn Ward

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date : 1 Oct, 2017

Book length : 304 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction

Synopsis :

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary, a journey rife with danger and promise.

Rating : 5/5

Review :

I am thankful to the publishers for sending me this book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

Sing, Unburied, Sing is a book which brings in a hurricane of emotions into the reader’s mind. One time it’s sad, then hurtful, pitying, happy, longing, lone, faith, failure, jealousy and what not. It truly reflects the naked, undressed parts of a human soul. It twists and turns every inch of one’s sanity. It challenges human behaviour, duty, responsibility, ideals and most importantly, delicate choices. It boldly points out racism at it’s truest form.

Leonie, mother of two, like every other mother is expected to love her children and put their necessities first. But she is in no way near to that. In fact, it is clearly seen that she is a heavy drug addict and only finds comfort in her husband, sharing news that you all love to either of the children. It may be because of the fact that after the early death of her only brother, Given, a gruesome murder and the absence of justice done to him because of him being just another black boy killed while trying to outsmart a white guy, showed her how meaningless and utterly painful it was to take care of a little life only to one day see all of it crashing down. Whenever she looks at her children, the only feature that seems to be hers is their black skin, the one always looked down upon. Her only bliss is when she is high on drugs and can see Given.

Jojo on the other hand, finds it difficult to acknowledge his mother who never shows any signs of being one. He has grown up being looked after by his maternal grandparents while his paternal ones never seemed to love him nor his little sister. As long as he could remember, he has been taking care of the tiny human and being a constant helping hand to his Pop who would tell his storied from the time in jail. Jojo was fascinated by the tales and was always keen to know more about that one particular boy there, Richie. He always wanted to know what happened to the boy at last but was never given a proper answer until the time on his trip to Michael’s jail when only he seemed to notice Richie.

All these encounters with ghosts, both by the son and mother, seemed quite odd to me at first, since the rest of the story was very much realistic. Then it struck me that they probably saw the ghosts because they had a sort of special bonding with the ones long dead. To explain clearly, since Leonie had never really grieved or come to an understanding with Given’s death, a fragment of her mind always displayed him in front of her. She always found him when her senses were too numb to differentiate between reality and imagination. Whereas, Jojo always had this urge to know the last of Richie but since he never found the answer, the boy hovered around in his mind and thus when they came closer to the jail, his subconsciousness projected a mind formed appearance of Richie.

Then one might ask, why is there the mention of Richie’s thoughts in the book? It may be just Pop and Jojo’s minds stitching together the last pieces of Richie from their minds.

I might be wrong. I might someday find another explanation to it. I might just be overthinking. But then again everyone is allowed to interpret stories in their own way, right?

An intriguing, engrossing, unforgettable story painted all over with profound thoughts, harsh reality and heart wrenching pain.

I would recommend each and every book lover to read this absolutely amazing book at least once in a lifetime.

#review Murder in Paharganj

D61212C5-E16F-4A99-B94D-CDFD16D9F2F8.jpegAuthor : Kulpreet Yadav

Publisher : Bloomsbury India

Publication date : 10 Oct, 2017

Book length : 278 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ Thriller

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On a cold December morning, a white woman is found murdered in a cheap hotel in Paharganj, New Delhi.

Vicks Menon, an out-of-work journalist, is tipped off by the hotel’s receptionist and is the first to arrive at the crime scene, where he discovers a lead. It’s the bus ticket used by the dead woman two days earlier. But Vicks is battling personal trouble. He has no money, an alcohol problem, and a nearly broken relationship with Tonya, his estranged live-in partner, a clinical psychologist who specializes in profiling hardened criminals.
Moving in and out of the shadows, Vicks pushes his investigation harder as it takes him from Udaipur to Bangkok. On his side, for resources, he has a nameless intelligence operative, and to read minds, a lover who is beginning to trust him again. But above all, his instinct to stay inches ahead of death will be the key to his survival.
If Vicks lives, this is one story that will change his life forever.

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Review :

Thanks to the publishers for sending me the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

AE15FAC9-2990-4ABD-9AB3-9B676CD4ACD2“THE DEAD WOMAN lay face-up on the bed, her hands at her side.” The very first line of the book is enough to grab the attention of a reader. I, like so many other bibliophiles, have read a large number of story books because of which I have come to notice there are three types of thrillers :

  • The one which creates an atmosphere of thrill and excitement from the very beginning of the book and continues the same till the very end.
  • The one which though seems exciting in the beginning, loses its spark somewhere in the middle without a certainty of bringing it back while nearing the end.
  • The one which although doesn’t seem much of a deal or thrill suddenly punches excitement right into the reader leaving one wanting more.

This book falls in the first category. The very beginning pumps up curiosity over the questions – Who is the dead woman? Why was she killed? And we all know this very well, Curiosity is a boon. It feeds the hunger to know more and more. Murder in Paharganj never gave me a chance to put it down except the times when I really needed to do the necessary daily life things, you know and attending college. The most important characteristic feature of the book is how it highlights present Indian conditions where people are afraid to have faith and belief in the police. It shows how politicians take advantage of the lack of information of common people to insert false ideals and fear in the name of betterment. The book fearlessly points out how due to the ill behaviour of some policemen both in the outside world and also in their own homes, the policemen who try their best to restore justice face mistrust and anger from the common mass.

Everytime I read a good book I am left fascinated by the fact how an author has the power to influence readers through words. We, the commoners, are kept in dark of the clever and dangerous happenings of the ruling powers. We can barely understand the up and down occuping deep inside the country while the only unresting effects brushing our senses are given the name of necessities in the path of  development. This book goes into the depth of these curious, unimaginable, dangerous happening through the eyes and mind of a crime journalist, fired by his boss because of his overpowering habit of drinking. The      urge of getting back both the job and his love who left him tired of his alcoholism, as soon as he gets the wind of a crime taking he runs to the location before the police. He moves fast and hungrily towards the  truth but he ends up inside the Vortex thus he runs for both his life and story. Will he finally be able to locate the killer? What is this Vortex? Will he be able to finally get out of it?  

I am very satisfied with Tonya’s character. Being the girlfriend of the main man of the book, her identity is not stuck to that alone. She was a clinical psychologist working part time at the government run all India Institute of medical science. She has been described as an independent, intelligent, witty and extraordinary woman. She is tough and soft at the very same time. Though talented she is not a flawless human and this fact probably makes the reader understand the realistic character of a human, irrespective of man or woman.

Jamie, on the other hand represents a very important role I believe. It is not unknown to any corner of rhe world how Islam is on several occasions referred to as a violent region and that they promote terrorism and mass killing. What I personally believer and the book also suggests is that it’s not essentially Islam which spreads terror but the powers working underneath it in the name of justice and faith. Young muslims are often misguided by power hungry, wrathful leaders and corrupted believers of region who instead of truly unearthing the fertile riches of a region, it’s wisdom and knowledge, concentrate on destruction and filthy ideals. Jamie i.e, Jalaluddin was one of those young people with passion and patriotism boiling in his veins, blindly believe that whatever his boss would make him believe. He took up different identities in different places just to fulfil his missions. He had become a blind worshipper of preached Islamic faith. He was from Iran has, hiding in India, working on a mission which required him to make Siri Bing fall in love with him only to realise soon the team self was falling in love to. I find it difficult to express the numerical number of emotions that arise with me when I try to understand the gym. This is the author’s extraordinary skill to have painted over canvas of words, a story so bold, so strong, so painful, so aggressive and so realistic.

There is still some more to the story some more to say but I fear the more I speak, the more I might reveal that the contents of the book. This book is something that should be read throughly, thoroughly and one I would not want to give spoilers of.

The storyline is realistic, extraordinary, thrilling, impacting and powerful. The book was very fast pacing. The power of storytelling of the author had that were mesmerising visionary effect. It was as if the fictional characters have been transformed into real life characters. While reading the book I could feel myself going deeper and deeper into it and I could clearly see myself living and experiencing it all, I could see Vicks running here and there for his life, his report, dodging the stalkers, fighting his fear and alcoholism . I could see the dead woman’s body lying still on the bed staring at the ceiling as if she would wake up just the next moment. I could see Tonya’s stress, tension, love for Vicks. The book was a nerve wrecking, mind-boggling, heart pumping experience for me. The suspense the book created with every stepping stone was exciting. It made my heart skip a bit everytime I learned a new fact about the story.

Would I recommend you to read it? Absolutely! Obviously! Like just go and read it now!! I am looking forward to reads more of Vicks Menon’s thrilling adventures in the risky and exciting profession of being a crime journalist. 

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#bookreview Selfienomics: A Seriously Funny Guide to Living the Good Life by Revant

Author: Revant Himatsingka

Paperback: 196 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury India (18 November 2016)

Language: English

Category: Non-fiction

Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis :

“Original version of a #selfie: Taking a photo of yourself rather than having someone else take it for you. You try out various filters and select the one that makes you look your best. #Selfienomics version of a #selfie: Reflecting on different aspects of your life and taking the initiative to improve so that you can be the best version of yourself. ”

And so begins Selfienomics, the first Indian self-help book written for young people by a young entrepreneur who speaks their language. Offering workable, practical advise on how to manage finances, start a business, complete creative projects and how to be a better citizen, Selfienomics is so funny, upbeat and entertaining, it’s not just a must-read but also a mast-read.

Review:

I do not particularly like reading non-fiction books.  But when saw this book on social sites I found myself interested in it and thanks to the publisher I got hold of it. This book has given me a lot to think about – like really deep thoughts. It is the reason that I have started writing a bookish diary in the first place. I found some lines in the book that I would like to discuss in my review. Not some, just two that have knocked deep into my head.

  • When something is too big, it loses its importance.                                                                        – This is something which is being said and remembered at some point in every human’s life. Whether the reason be wealth, love, care, giving your loved ones time, the fact of being too poor, the fact of being too rich – the more the fact holds position, the less importance it attracts. Did I confuse you? Let me see, now how to simplify it enough that my thoughts come out clear? Well, lets try this out… for example let’s say you love someone too much, care for that person too much, listen to him/her all the time, go everywhere the person wants you to go: you do this out of  love for the person, don’t you? But as time passes by you would definitely feel sad, due to the fact that the person does not acknowledge your love, your care, he/she has taken you for granted. What happens is that your care and love has become so big that it has lost the importance it had in your partners life. Another example, when we see a poor child sitting in the pavement, crying it’s lungs out because of hunger, we try to help that little belly by buying it something to eat or give some money. But if we see as many as 4-5 children doing the same, do we really feel like doing so? Don’t we think once that we don’t posses the capability to help them? Don’t we ignore the poor when we see a good no. of them together? Doesn’t it just seem normal? It so happens that with the no.of the poor increasing at a high rate we, the better ones have taken the happening as a “normal” feature. We consider them as a class, “the poor” just like “the normal people”.

So have I now made my thoughts clear? The more a fact gets bigger, the more it loses importance, it becomes NORMAL.

  • When we can mourn their death, why can’t we celebrate their life when they are alive?    – We someday or the other have to face death – whether it be of someone close to the heart, someone we used to know or even our own death. When someone close dies don’t  we feel the urge to let them know so many unsaid things, don’t we wish we had let them know the secrets that they had the right to know, don’t we want to get back to time and change the way we had behaved with the person? When I think  about the fact that someday I too am going to die, I find myself regretting over some decisions I have taken, the way I have behaved with someone, I feel like speaking out certain unsaid words. It might sound crazy but I often feel like standing on the rooftop and shout out everything I have in my mind -doesn’t matter  whether anyone is listening or not, at least I have said it all. Is a life worth living we have so many regrets? I believe that we should live each day as the last day of our life leaving no pace for regrets. I believe we should celebrate each time we feel joyous. Celebrations & parties don’t always need occasions,  birthdays or anniversaries. Sometimes all we need is a moment of joy, speaking our minds out, shouting, dancing and being all crazy. Let’s never feel regretful over the undone things for the one who died, let’s celebrate while he/she is still alive and make him/her more alive.

Let’s make a life worth living for us and everyone around us.

See, what the book has done to me? It has given me so many things to think about, so many lessons to realize my mistakes.  A non-fiction book which has given me so many useful tips that least expected before reading it. It’s a book I would suggest everyone to read. 

Links for buying the Book:

WITHIN INDIA:

Amazon.in: http://www.amazon.in/Selfienomics-Seriously-Funny-Guide-Living/dp/9386141671/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480675856&sr=8-1&keywords=selfienomics

Flipkart.com: https://www.flipkart.com/selfienomics-seriously-funny-guide-living-good-life/p/itmema3hnwxgtqpn?pid=9789386141675&srno=s_1_1&otracker=search&lid=LSTBOK9789386141675LTRCEO&qH=e64fb75ac9456256

Infibeam.com: http://www.infibeam.com/Books/selfienomics-chilled-out-approach-living-good-life-revant-himatsingka/9789386141675.html#variantId=P-M-B-9789386141675

OUTSIDE INDIA (preorder):

Bookdepository.com: http://www.bookdepository.com/Selfienomics-Revant-Himatsingk/9789386141682?ref=grid-view

Wordery.com: https://wordery.com/selfienomics-revant-himatsingka-9789386141682?cTrk=MzEyNjE2Mzh8NTg0MTU2NzU4MGUyZjoxOjE6NTg0MTU2NTk5NzdjNDUuNTcwNzIyNDU6ZGEzYjU0MTg%3D

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Selfienomics-Seriously-Funny-Guide-Living/dp/938614168X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480676407&sr=8-1&keywords=selfienomics