#review Deceived

Author : Heena Rathore P

Publisher : Citrus Publishers

Publication Date : 1 Jan, 2017

Language : English

Book Length : 350 pages

Genre : Fiction/ Psychological Thriller

Synopsis :

How well do you know your loved ones? A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother. A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer. A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents. And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life. After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge? Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.

Rating : 4/5

Review :

I would firstly like to thank the publisher for providing me with an ARC of the book for review.

I have always held a special place in my heart for the never ending love for Psychological thrillers. It thrills the core of my entire being how much this little mind of us, humans have such immense amount of complex ideas, some stored for a long time, some manufacturing with time while some still in the making. Psychological thrillers, I find, are the perfect mediums to look into this various sides of the human mind.

Deceived by Heena Rathore P. is a psychological thriller revolving around the life of Allison, a young writer desperately struggling to get over the gruesome murders of her Mother and five-year-old brother. Though she still has terrifying nightmares every night ever since their murders, she finds her peace of mind in her little, faithful companion dog, Max and her best friend n roommate Samantha, in short Sam. But also, she didn’t force herself not to fall in love and was deeply, immensely in love with one hell of a Greek God ( i.e., according to Ally), Danny as in Daniel. She believes him to be a perfect match for her. Well, the book contains a lot many characters let us take a look at each of them for a better understanding.

  • Allison (Ally) : Some parts of her life have already been mentioned before. Adding to the fact is that, despite of the fact that she and Danny had been dating for not more then 4-5 months, she seems to be blindly and certainly in love with him. She doesn’t hesitate to say YES, when Danny ask hers to go live with him in his house. What I feel of the character is that having so less people in her life and such a frightening past, she doesn’t want to loos anyone else dear and near to her. She sense and fear of loss has nurtured her mind to think this way. To her, Danny is the home she desperately needed in order to bring an end to her nightmares.
  • Max : Well, Max is Ally’s beloved pet dog who has always been by her side as long as she remembers. She loves and takes care of him like her own baby. Max is very protective of Ally. However, a surprising fact is that Max holds a very noticeable dislike towards Danny from the very first time they have met and turns extra protective of Ally when he is around. Now I had once read somewhere that dogs are very sensitive animals. They can sense the situation and mood AND then react according to it. So him hating Danny  makes one think twice about the perfectly flawless human.
  • Samantha (Sam) : Ally’s best friend and roommate has always been at her side when no one else was. She and Max are always there to protect Ally. And their similarity lies also in their mutual dislike for Danny. Sam always has this uncanny, troubling feeling about Danny being with Ally and though she tries to be friends with him for Ally’s sake, she always ends up disliking him. 
  • Stephen Stone : Ally’s father, Stephen is a well known lawyer and also is loyal & kind. His wife’s and son’s deaths have made him perhaps more emotional and sentimental with passing time. Both he and Ally share the common love for books. 
  • Steve : Steve Thompson, Ally’s cousin, is back in town after long years of being apart from the Stone family. He has however come with a purpose, the crime journalist has come back to investive the murders of the Stones.
  • Danny : Daniel is Ally’s boyfriend whose appearance, according to her, is like a Greek  God. He is a man of few words, just the type she likes. Danny seems to be peculiarly hated by Max, felt to be oddly dissatisfying to Sam and Steve as well thought something to be off about that guy on their very meet. 

Okay. So these people are the main characters of the present situation. But every present is the outcome of past. When Ally’s starts getting strange phone calls and starts seeing a man very alike Danny after having moved to his house, she geta terrified to the very core of her heart but she had no clue what was happening and what it was going to follow to. 

    The story takes place in two sections. One talking all about Ally’s present and the other, about a strange girl named Elizabeth from a date of the past. It tells the story of how that little 13 years old girl slaughtered both of her parents and ran away in the deep forest where all other people thought she had died. But did she really die? Then again how is she related to Ally’s present? What purpose does Elizabeth’s story have in Ally’s troublesome, chaotic life? 

    Deceived points out the most important questions that we all humans face almost every passing time in our lives but are always afraid to find out the answers. The simple questions of – Whom to trust? How much do we know our loved ones? How much are we aware of the past?

    A cruel, cold-blooded killer with a past one can’t help but feel pity for. An imvident that one might wish to have never happened thus avoiding the birth of a murderer. The ending of the book is frightening, horrifying and utterly curious.

    A spine chilling, heart wrenching tale of endless suffering and pain. A story of deep love, cruelty, unforgivable betrayal, obsession, friendship, nightmares and rebondings. A tale so gripping and fast pacing that one cannot help but not put down the book till the very end. 

    To have been able to put down such an amazing story is an achievement worth applauding for a debut novelist. I look forward to reading more of her works in future. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I urge you, rather responsibly force you to get hold of it. 

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    #review The Village that Banned Science

    Author : Sangeeta Mulay

    Publisher : Groggy Eyes

    Publication date : 17 May, 2017

    Book length : 132 pages

    Language : English

    Genre : Fiction​

    Rating : 3/5

    Review :

    I was provided a free copy of the book by the author for reviewing.
    If asked to rate the book based on the perspective of a child, I would give it a 4/5.

    I seldom take up the troubling task of reading an e-book. Troubling why? Because I have issues. Ebooks hurt my eyes and give me frequent headaches. So whenever I do decide to read one, I always hope it is worth all the stress. And have never till date been upset of my decision. Whatever e-book I choose to take in remains short, so as to not cause much headache, and is well written.

    This book was exactly the same. Short, precise, interesting and well written. The book is a suitable read for children and is very educative.

    The story is about a small village in the forgotten part of India, Rampur where the government had forgotten to introduce science. As a result, it was still under the complete grasp of superstitions and beliefs of magic. It was run by a greedy and power loving Sarpanch and a holy Baba of the similar personality. The villagers believed deeply in the Baba’s speeches and buzzard solutions to whatever problems the villagers brought to his attention. They never questioned nor encountered his solutions but ladened him with gifts, food and other offerings. The Sarpanch saw to it that he also got a part of such mouthwatering offerings. Together the duo ruled over the village. The village doctor was never paid a visit to and was abundant, forgotten. The village doctor was never paid a visit to and was left forgotten. There was just one little girl, Jumbhula, who was always full of unbound curiousity over everything.  But found no one to answer her questions to.

    Suddenly, events took turn with the government finally noticing the village and sending a Science teacher, Mr. Harish, to educate the children as well as the adults of the unfamiliar, unknown subject – Science. The villagers were all excited to learn something new. 

    With the coming of Mr. Harish and his spending of enlightenment in the village, the villagers soon realised the useless tricks the Baba had played on them. There were still some who blindly believed in the Baba but majority turned against him. They all started questioning Baba hilarious remedies and soon the village doctor was remembered. Jambhula always ran to Mr.Harish who helped her get answers to all curious questions and experiments. The villagers started discussing and experimenting science. However, the altering effect on the Baba and the Sarpanch made then wrathful. Soon, when the village experienced an earthquake, they blamed it on Mr.Harish and the practice on science and announced to chop of the tiny toes of anyone found studying or practicing science. Though they all were angry, the villagers feared of their toes and kept silent. But Jambhula was not a girl to give up. With the help of Mr.Harish, she decided upon participating in an Annual village science competition for children in Seetapur with her solar cooker experiment. In midst of all these, when the village is struck by another natural calamity they decide to protest against the ban of Science. It was decided that the protest would be brought to the government’s notice.

    But, was Jambhula able to attend the competition despite the heavy guard of the Sarpanch and his goons? Could she successfully present the experiment? Did she win? What happened of the protest? Could they bring back Science to the village? Did the government help? 

    To get answers to all these questions all you have to pick up this short read and enjoy each and every aspect of it.

    The book is simply written yet packed with great lessons. In India there are many villages which despite the country prospering daily, are very much behind. They remain deprived of proper education and enlightenment. Superstition and belief in magic hovers around those villages. The powerful people take complete control of everything and often the people face hard times. The book is an eye opener of how, when given proper notice and education to a village, numerous lives and dreams are saved from those greedy, powerful, superstitious clutches. Every human must have the right to get proper education. A country wide prosper only when no corner of it is left unnoticed. As the saying goes –

    Diamonds are found only in the black, dirty depths of coal mines.

    Who knows what precious talents lay hidden and wasted due to the lack of proper education. 

    Another interesting fact about the book is the insertion of little experiments absolutely interest grabbing for children. This book is an educational book with humour, curiousity, struggle, understanding, enlightenment and Science.

    An adult should read this book as well. For it’s never too old to be young.

    #review No Plain Rebel (No Ordinary Star #2)

    Author : M.C.Frank
    Publisher :  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    Publication date : 16 July, 2016

    Book length : 204 pages

    Language :  English

    Genre : Fiction/ Sci-fi

    Synopsis :

    A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.

    A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.

    A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.

    The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.

    The year is 2525.

    Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
    Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
    Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.
    In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth.
    Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head.

    Because she’s no longer there.

    The Stadium is looming in the distance.

    It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.

     Rating : 4½/5

    Review :
    The moment the finished reading NOS, the thrill and excitement of what is going to happen next urged me to not waste a moment and dig into NPB. And,yes! I was so very pleased at the time to start reading No Plain Rebel.

    After having realised how inhumane the system is, Felix decided to bring about a change and save the earthling from their terrible fate. However, as the relationship between him and Astra seem to develop on a sweet note, things crumble down with Astra leaving without any notice. But, she seems to have left a clue for Felix and he knows what to do next. He gathers up this subordinates and plans to bring an end to destruction. It all depends on Felix and The Clock.

    Will he be able to save them all? What clue had Astra left for Felix? What purpose does the Clock serve in saving them all? Will his subordinates break the laws and stand by his side?

    The series is very promising and interesting. It keeps one glued till the end. The chemistry that slowly develops between Astra and Felix, between a girl fucked of emotions and a boy devoid of it all, is beautiful. At some point it does as though the book is an awakening of feeling, a rebirth of the happiness and love.

    #review UNNS The Captivation

    IMG_20170319_201516_791Author : Sapan Saxena

    Publisher : Inspire India Publishers

    Publication date : 1 Jan, 2017

    Book length : 244 pages

    Language : English

    Genre : Fiction/ Romance/ Thriller

    Synopsis : 

    “Of course you know the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?”

    Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim.

    Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission…

    Are they in control of their own destiny, or is it their destiny which is making them dance to it’s tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love.

    A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.

    Rating : 3½/5

    DSC01627Review :

    So, I found the story line quite interesting. To be very honest, at first when I saw the cover I didn’t really look forward much. I started reading the book and the story at that point was kind of cute but not that very interesting. So I was like, just let me check what happens at the end and turned to the last page. When I read the last page, I was like “what dude? What’s happening? Where did all this come from? Why? Who? When? What?” And now that I am typing I am laughing my lungs out at the remembrance of the expression my face wore at that time.

    Well, then I took up the book seriously and despite my exams (my college never seizes a chance to hold exams, I tell you!), I finished the book. And now, I have mixed feelings about the book. Before all that the story line.

    The story begins with Atharva opening up a diary and reading through memories starting from school. There are the memories of how came to meet Meher, how they fell deeply in love with each other. With each entry in the diary, the love seems to sweeten up more.

    The seven stages of love as said in the book are :

    Hub – the stage of attraction.

    Unns – the stage of infatuation.

    Ishq – when people actually fall in love.

    Aqeedat – stage of reverence.

    Ibadat – worshipping of lover.

    Junoon – the sixth stage of obsession for your lover.

    Maut – the final stage means death. There is nothing more auspicious for someone who loves a soul to die for him or her.

    Then something terrible happens. It tears the love birds apart and the next time they find themselves together, Atharva has with him a little child, Arya and lives outside India. Now you might ask, did he marry someone else? No. Then? Well, somethings need to be kept secret in reviews or else from where would the interest to get to know the secrets come? Right?

    What had happened between them so wrong that this time, Atharva does not pour down love to Meher but pure hatred? Where did their love go? Who is the little boy? Why was Atharva living outside India? Why was Atharva given security in his house? Who was after them? And with what purpose had Meher gone back to him?

    To know it all, grab hold on “UNNS The Captivation” and get along with a journey of love, trust, betrayal, loyalty, hatred, blood, massacre, pain and suffering.

    P.S. : It would make a very good movie. The plot is interesting for a movie. And I would love to see in on screen some day.

    #review Henrietta The Dragon Slayer ; The Five Kingdoms #1

     

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    Author : Beth Barany

    Publisher : Firewolf Books

    Publication date: June 2011

    Book length : 226 pages

    Language : English

    Genre : Fiction/ YA/ Fantasy

    Synopsis :

    Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can’t stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will the quest for the healing stone be derailed by misfit companions, seasickness, and an egomaniacal king? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?

    Rating : 4/5

     

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    Review :

    When we come across story books based on bravery, it is always a gallant, invincible, handsome man who is the leading character and the representative of strength and bravery. To come across ass kicking dragon slayer is very rare that also a woman!

    The story begins with Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer being almost forced by Sir Franc, knight to the Royal and Mighty King Singfan de Plumare de’Oro, the First, to come out of her life of retirement into dragon slaying once again. She gets mocked by him, is accused of false storytelling yet doesn’t agree to accompany him. However, she is that very night informed of her master’s illness. The solution leading to the same tasked the knight wishes her to assign to. She takes a little witch, Paulette along with her, whom she is supposed to drop to her own village on the way,  and starts for the journey but is joined unwilling to her choice by the knight, Franc and the jester (an old friend of Franc and admirer of Henrietta), Jexter; all towards the way hunt for Dracontias – Franc’s has demanded for it and Henrietta is in need of it to save her dying mentor.

    As they travel far and across lands, they face danger, betrayal, killing and misery. But the new found bond between the four is unbreakable. The betrayal makes Henrietta doubts King Singfan’s aims in getting hold of the Dracontias yet she does not back up. She hears the Guardians of the Dracontias to recognise herself, to save all. Though she enters the palace and confirms the deal with the King she senses immense danger and before killing the Dragon she backs off.

    What happens next is not my tale to tell but the reader’s curiosity to discover.

    This book kept me glued till the end and keep my heart beating fast. I totally am in love with the pairing of Franc and Henrietta cause why should I? It’s so exciting! Thanks to the author for introducing me to such a luscious, exciting, adventurous read. Can’t wait to dig into the next book.

    For those who love kick ass female lead characters with great adventure and fights as also some romance to brighten up the mood, I totally recommend it.

    #review The Secret of Tomorrow

    Author : Jahnavi Chaudhary

    Publisher : Notion Press

    Publication date : 1 Jan, 2016

    Book length : 144 pages

    Genre : Fiction/ Romance / Thriller 

    Synopsis :

    Neethu is a typical dad’s princess, who would never settle for something less. She couldn’t help being drawn to Siddharth, a charming guy. While she thinks everything was going good, she faces various twists and turns that come unannounced and shatters her.

    This is a test to love and friendship when their beloved one’s life is threatened. The story depicts how Kunal, her enduring friend, stood by her side through all odds, enters the sweet Tanvi who refuses to back off.

    A journey of emotions, offering ingenious suspense with exquisite breakthrough that reveals The Secret of Tomorrow.

    Rating: 3/5

    Review :

    To write a debut novel is to present to the world your perspective and thought stream. It should be such which can be acknowledged by the people and arouse their interest. To write a debut novel, one has to go through immense struggle. Starting with the skeleton of a novel – the plot, which is to be prepared over quite a long course of time. With the plot changes colours, addition and disposal of characters and many more. Then comes the format of writing, the grammer, the word choice, the author’s unique taste.

    Jahnavi Chowdary’s The Secret of Tomorrow is her debut novel which may sound like another cheesy love story while reading the synopsis. However I can guarantee you that it is dominated by the main character Neethu and her struggle to get together her father’s business after his death. 

    Siddharth is Neethu’s boyfriend whom she had met in between a cluster of foreign people, someone of her country, someone to call her own. Her life goes well and good but suddenly thunder strikes with her father being murdered and the company being handed over to her. She doesn’t let Siddharth know about it to let him not get stressed over her. No sooner had she got a little chance to grieve for her father than she is burdened with responsibilities. Men seem uncomfortable with the fact that a girl will run the company but she is ready to fight and make her mark. With her getting deeply involved in the company, she finds a loop hole in the financial condition and decides to find the source of the problem and solve it. The more she tries, the more dark secrets open up. And once the dark secrets are out her life is in danger. 

    Will she be able to solve the problem while fighting to get out of the danger? Will the world of men accept her as their boss?

    The book points out a very interesting fact of present society. Men consider themselves worthy of working under a male boss then a female. This is one of the problems working women still have to face. With all the preaching going on and on about gender equality to be existing, women still​ have to fight hard to make a mark.

    The plot is very interesting and inspiring. The writing pattern and choice of words need improvement. However, let me tell you this – the author has published an unedited​ novel. Yes!

    #review Come This Way

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    Author : Michelle Schlicher

    Publisher : Michelle Schlicher

    Publication date : 20 Oct, 2016

    Book length : 255 pages

    Language : English

    Genre : Fiction

    Synopsis :

    A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

    Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities – by letting go and moving forward.

    Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

    Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

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    Rating : 4 / 5

    Review :

    (Spoiler alert *though it’s not that much)

    This book has given me lots to think about. A free river of raw emotions flows through it. To be very truthful though I had not absolutely disliked the synopsis of the book, I didn’t really like it. I thought the book is going to turn out to be a free advising medium and a feminism advertisement. i myself am not very clear about this particular concept because all I do everyday is go to college, return home, study, do something productive and then have a not-so-fulfilling sleep. I would really like to known about this concept more but through someone’s mouth, not through a book. However, all my worries were false. It did not present itself as any of the two I had feared it would turn out to be.

    The book narrate 3 different stories of 3 different people and the people around them.

    • Fern and her daughter Colby
    • Kara
    • Nettie

    First, about Fern, she is fifty-year-old. She loves hiking and finds peace and excitement in doing that. She is a divorcee with her husband having moved on in his life, married a girl named Chelsea. However, she has never stopped loving her and still unsure of where it all went so much wrong that their love wore off and divorce came in. Their daughter Colby, claims of not being much outdoor enthusiastic as her mother. Even though her parents have divorced and she is planning to move out to New York with her boyfriend, she loves her mother too much to go away without spending a proper day with her. So she plans of going on a small hike with he mother where they would sort it all out and they can have some mother-daughter time. However< the plans goes wrong with Fern having not taken a map with her leading to them getting lost deep into the forest. How will they find their way out? Will they be able to survive?

    Next comes Kara who though is physically twenty-year-old, the illness of her twin sister, her other half, Kate has made her look and feel much older. She has forgotten how to enjoy life, how to spend time with herself, the thought holding absolute importance is that of her sister. Kate has always been a free spirited girl, she loves socializing and knowing new people, she is adventurous and full of life. To see such a person down on bed while she herself is well & good is what Kara couldn’t agree with. Her life has stopped somewhere with her learning about the fact the Kate is going to die sooner or later. BUT, suddenly her quiet life stumbles upon Erik Ford and she finds herself rapidly getting soaked into the stream of romance. No sooner had she started feeling a bit normal than Kate is moved out from the hospital into their home sweet home which is a clear sign of her reaching the end of it and never family’s for the last few days or months.Kara doesn’t know what to do and what not to. She has never thought of living along, without Kate by her side. Will she be able to overcome this pain? Will she learn to live her own life?

    Last but not the least comes Nettie, eighty-year-old lady who is healing in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. She loves her only son Nat with all her heart. She still feels pain of the fact that her beloved with not with her anymore. She recalls all those days they had spent together, the never ending love they had for each other, the care her love had for her. Now, while staying there lying all day in bed she slowly understands what a terrible mistake she had done, how she had almost given up on life. Now having realized her mistake, will she turn around? Will she give a meaning to her life from now on?

    How this three completely different stories come all together as the end of the book slowly approaches is something that a reader has to find out himself/herself. It’s an experience that cannot be jotted down just in words, it needs the feels.

    I learnt many things from the book. First thing I have learnt is to never just to merely lead a life because you are still alive, make it worth living at every moment. Never give up on yourself when someone dear and near you goes away or passes away. If he/she was so dear to you, they won’t ever want to see you in such a mess. One ting I personally took in was to never make yourself feel down. I am among those kind of people who love to feel pain flowing through their veins, hurting every time, passing into the body in the form of a jet of raw emotions, making me believe – yes, I’m alive. But that cannot be the only possible way to feel alive. All you have to do is live in the moment, not leaving any space for regret, like, what if I had not given up? What if I had just tried a little more? What if, I had done that then and not thought all these now?

    THAT’S MY POINT, and the book’s as well to some extent, LEARN TO LIVE THE LIFE AND NOT JUST SURVIVE. LEARN TO FEEL ALIVE THROUGH ENJOYMENT AND NOT THROUGH PAIN. Because when it comes to tears, remember, while people pour down tears in pain, there exists something known as “the tears of joy”.

    However, I found the ending a little dissatisfying. Somewhere I felt the absence of something. Which, being unknown to me, cannot be discuss about. The story having created such a beautiful impact on me , I would rather not take much notice to this till dissatisfaction.

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    #review Step Up

    Author : Anju Jain

    Publisher Penguin Random House India
    Publication date 24 Oct 2016
    Language English
    Product Dimensions 21.8 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm
    Book length 
    304

    Rating : 3/5

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    In this engaging, witty and conversational book, Anju Jain explains why gender disparity is an issue both at home and at work and how this can be changed, with insights gained from extensive research and experience, she presents practical techniques in a simple matrix for women to use to become successful.

    • Increase your productivity •

    • Build your brand •

    • Create work-life balance •

    • Meet your goals and success •

    There are also interviews with key leaders – women and men – who talk about the challenges they faced, and the solutions that worked for them. Those featured include Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Biocon), Sonia Singh (NDTV), Ipsita Dasgupta (GE), Divya Suri (Lalit Suri Resorts), Kumud Srinivasan (Intel), N.V. Tyagarajan (Genpact) and Mohandas Pal (Manipal Global Education), among others.

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    Review :

    So first thing first. I found this book lacking the power of grabbing attention. That obviously maybe because of the fact that I am way too young, rather an absolute air head about this particular topic. Being a mere teenageraybe is not enough to understand the gravity this book holds. But one fact struck me hard. The very introduction of the book points out the self-congratulatory attitude of the writer. To be confident is a must for a woman but to be over-confident is never acceptable irrespective of being a man or woman. The book which is supposed to be a guide for other women to step up in life (as the cover suggests) shows the self appraising side of the guide.

    More over the examples of successful women given in the book are mostly that of extremely popular personalities, some having come from a already popular family, some already accustomed to the higher leader of society because of contacts. Am not being absolutely negative of these examples but what I expected of the book to have like real life examples, life the common class of women rising to the higher social ladder. I hoped for their experiences to be shared so that the common people, reading this book get more accustomed to what to do and what not to. More over, the book reflects the trouble the author had faced in stepping up in life. The book at some points makes one feel the desire, the mentality of the author pouring down upon the reader. And to step up in what, what Indian women mostly need is the understanding of society, the understanding of family and mostly the absolute support of all other Indian women.

    Now, the best part of the book. Though I have possibly talked only negative about the book till this point. What I loved about the book is the author’s effort to help out women to take into themselves the urge to take in charge of the lives and every aspect of life. Women I believe the the most intelligent of the types. Why? Well, I have learnt throughout my educational life and psychological texts that, women can speculate the flaws and possible solutions of a troubled situation faster than men. A man earns for himself, a big part including the need to feed his musculine ego, and also for his family. It is seen in many cases that, even though the wife manages everything at home on her own yet all the credit goes to the man and also he takes hold of the family, taking in all the decisions of the family. The most important thing which people fail to notice is that the woman knows everything the best, she manages the drills of the family, takes care of the family’s need emotionally and physically. Again, when an Indian women goes out to work, the society at some point or the other puts absolute pressure on her, points out her to let her down. Why can a woman be successful in life? Where is she inferior? Doesn’t she manage everything in life?

    Me being just a mere teenage don’t know if I have already crossed the limits of speculation and commentary I should have done. But these are all my feelings about society and the book summing up all together.

    Again, if you are not a mere teenage and absolute air head like me, I believe this this book is absolutely important to read. Even though you may disagree with some points you will agree to most and reading to the experiences will add to what to do and what not to.

    #review Hickory Dickory Dock

    Author : Agatha Christie

    Publisher : Harper

    Publication date : 1 Jan 2002

    Language : English

    Book length : 496 pages

    Genre : Fiction/ Crime

    Synopsis : 

    Hercule Poirot doesn’t need all his detective skills to realise something is troubling his secretary, Miss Lemon – she has made three mistakes in a simple letter. It seems an outbreak of kleptomania at the student hostel in which her sister works is distracting his usually efficient assistant.

    Deciding that desparate times call for desparate measure, the great detective agrees to investigate. Unknown to Poirot, however, desperation is a motive he shares with a killer . . . 

    Rating : 4/5

    Review :

    Agatha Christie has done it again. Now, I believe you might be thinking, why again ? Well, again because, whenever I read her books, the writing does magic. Her books have this wonderful capability of visual effect on the reader. That is to say, while reading her books the description of every minute thing makes the reader visualize the scene as clear as a real happening. 

    So about this book, Hickory Dickory Dock, all I have to say in the very beginning is, curious. 

    “Hickory dickory dock /The mouse ran up the clock /The clock struck one/ The mouse ran down/Hickory dickory dock.”

    The story begins with Ms.Lemon, Hercule Poirot’s assistant, making mistakes in typing a letter which is extremely unlike her. When asked, she describes hoy her sister Mrs. Hubbard taking in the job of taking care of students living together. Funny incidents happening in a old fashioned roamy house accomodated for students in Hickory Road attracts Poirot who believes something queer is happening or rather going to happen.  Inspite of his repeating suggestion to call the police, Mrs. Hubbard dismisses the idea because the hysterics of the owner of the house Mrs. Nicoletics. However, soon the house has to unwilling accept the suicide of one of their inmates. While the police tries to find the reason of suicide, Poirot is definite that the girl has not committed suicide but has been murdered. Mrs. Hubbard is of the same opinion as him. With Poirot’s patient brain and police’s swift action, secrets start unraveling. The end of the books, like her many books, doesn’t have such a surprising ending I believe. But I do not say it is devoid of surprises. Now, how can a book be written by “the queen of crime” without giving pinches of surprises? This one has them as well. Surprises ready to surprise in a very surprising way. *confused

    #review The Front Page Murders

    Author : Puja Changoiwala

    Publisher : Hachette India

    Publication date : 23 Nov 2016

    Book length : 312 pages

    Language : English

    Genre : Nonfiction/ True Crime

    Synopsis :

    It takes a fearless mind to harbor such a dark heart, a heart that knows no nobility, no apology… 

    Mumbai, April 2012. The gruesome murder of a senior citizen in a wealthy Mumbai neighbourhood leads the city’s Crime Branch to unearth several half-naked, mutilated and dismembered bodies rotting in the ravines of the Western Ghats on the outskirts of the city.

    A trail of missing suspects, a lethal honey-trap, and unexpected links with Mumbai’s film industry and the underworld, brings the investigators – and the press, ever hungry for breaking news – to Vijay Palande, a cold-blooded killer equipped with the sophistication of Charles Sobhraj, the manipulative genius of Ted Bundy and the cruelty of Jack the Ripper.
    In The Front Page Murders, Puja Changoiwala, who covered the incidents as they unfolded, recounts in gripping detail the story behind the sensational case of multiple murders that shocked the country. Startling and intensely sobering by turns, her compelling narrative explores not just the murky depths of a serial killer’s mind but, tellingly, the media’s frenzy for a front-page story and the insatiable human appetite for horror in real life.

    Rating : 5/5

    Review :

    Like one of my friend’s review of this books says, it seems quite less even to rate this book a 5/5. It deserves so much more. I am never much keen to reading Nonfiction, a fact I point out almost every single day. While reading this book, to be stupidly honest, I had no idea I was reading a Nonfiction. The fact that I always tend to pass this paticular category untouched has left a large gap in knowing what the different types are. This book right here is a True Crime, a genre I am looking forward to reading more of. 

    Getting back to the book, author pens down the blood chilling tale of series killer Vijay Palande and his merciless killings. The story begins with the discovery of murder of a senior citizen living in Lokhandwala complex. As the journalist pushes her ways into the happening of the murder and the information gathered by the police, she finds other dark secrets opening up one after the another. With, what seemed like, the murder of a senior citizen for money & property, opened the path to the revealing of 4 other gruesome kills by Palande and his sophisticated, genius mind. 

    I will not go into any more details of the book as I wish to avoid spoilers asking you to take your time and read this book. It’s amazing. The whole tale making the heartbeat go fast and slow, makes one feel sad and happy. One thing which I keenly observed in the story is that, all is not bad from the very beginning, from the core. The core is always bright and pure, when the heart and mind still want to achieve good. But it all turns bitter with some rather painful incidents. Some manage to cope with it and move on while some can never get over the pain and turn revengeful. 

    No one is born bad, it is the pain they get and the path they chose to get over it that makes the different. 

    Wow… Someone’s being rather too philosophical added she really isn’t that much. (She is obviously I myself and I don’t find myself much into philosophical thoughts.) *laughs

    Human mind is but a complex system. What it decides to do makes oneself rather afraid at times. How it plays games with the body, how it controls the brain, how it chances a nature, how it creates a cold, sophisticated murderer out of an ambitious boy like Palande.