Nazm-E-Aashiqui – a new poetry book – DESCRIPTION

Book description :

Love is the most beautiful feeling experienced by Mayank, love showed him that everything on the uranium has two side “positive side” and another is “negative side”. The book Nazm-E-Aashiqui is about this both the phases of love. The first phase expresses its joy in good times and second phase shows sorrows of the bad times. All the poems in book are just words until you experience them. And this all experience is now in your hand.

About author :

Mayank was born in the states of Maharashtra and bought up in Madhya Pradesh. At the age of 16 his grandpa gifted him a diary and asked to improve handwriting, but improving handwriting did not worked for him, as he was fond of reading and listening Hindi poems, shayri, gazal, he wrote them into the diary. Mayank is pharmacist by profession and believe every wound can be healed either by medicine or by words.So he started writing his own feeling into the diary as shayri, Nazm,etc.

His father is businessman and mother is home maker, they both encouraged him at every stage of life. He is inspired by his father

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#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.

#review The Tree with a Thousand Apples

Author: Sanchit Gupta

Publisher: Niyogi Books

Publication date: 15 Nov, 2016

Book length: 284 pages

Language: English

Genre: Fiction

Synopsis:

Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.

While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will.

Twenty years later destiny brings them to a crossroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylized layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling makes for a powerful, gripping read.

Rating: 4/5

Review:

I received this book from VInfluencers in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

As a child I had always heard stories about the beauty of Kashmir, a piece of heaven on Earth. I have had always dreamt of visiting it but till date haven’t had the chance. With passing time and gaining more knowledge about reality, I came to realise, even Heaven has it’s part of chaos and Kashmir is no exception. Being the borderline of Pakistan and India, though an essential part of India is often debated by the Pakistanis to be their region. Kashmir has for many years been facing torture and torment, the people are exposed to disturbing situations and suffer to the extreme. It is quite normal to see any article on Kashmir’s condition on paper almost everyday. While we sit with the paper in our hand, thinking of the hardship of those people, there’s not really many scopes of finding a solution.

Authors throughout India have tried quite a no.of times to compose stories based on this condition of Kashmir but not many have such an expressive impact on readers like me than this book “The Tree with a Thousand Apples” has. It may be because of the three protagonists and their lives.

The story begins with two people, Safeena and Bilal rescuing Deewan from a police minibus. And with a jolt we are brought many years back into the childhood of the three where we see two happy families, Muslim and Hindu, eating, smiling, enjoying life together. But life is not always happy-go-lucky. For the struggles of Kashmir reaches the three children soon enough. To a point where they had to struggle between deciding whether to be sinners or tainted saints.

‘Stand for your rights’,

You tell me,

And when I do

You beat me down

Break my bones

And crush my soul?

I nay raise my voice

Close my fist, and demand;

Or seek and desire

With polite words and a patient heart

So that you and I can live in peace

Forever, I wish;

You should pray

I choose the latter.

This little poem got me goosebumps. Such an intense, bold and challenging one. Generally when I read a storybook, if any poems in between, to me they do not seem to be much of importance. But this very poem had my blood boiling and you might thing I am exaggerating but if you read through the story, you will be saying the same thing like me.

The author has done an outstanding job in presenting a well formed story, based on true events and incidents that at some point even I could relate to. The book was impossible for me to put down ti the very end (and I have exams so…). The whole journey of the three protagonists from their childhood to maturity with time and experience has been portrayed beautifully. Though a big no.of characters within a story can sometimes confuse a reader, the accuracy and individuality of each character was written down so distinctively that I never had problem understanding.

Overall, the story is unnerving (in a good day), bold, extremely realistic, heroic and makes one question the boundaries between sin and sane. The book is like a carnival of emotions from the first page till the end. With the cover presented the richest fruit of Kashmir, the very first look of the book is the accurate representation of the thousands of lives woven into the roots of the land.

I would absolutelyrecommend everyone to read it.

About the Author:

Born and brought up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, Sanchit Gupta began his career as a part-time copywriter with an advertising agency in Mumbai. He went on to co-found his own theatre group, worked as a freelance film screenwriter and as executive producer–fiction for a leading television network. His short stories have been published in several esteemed publications and literary journals and have won acclaim in leading literary festivals and online forums. One of his film scripts (fiction) has been long-listed in a globally reputed screenwriters’ lab. He has worked with All India Radio as a talk show host and regularly features in poetry recitals at Prithvi Café, Mumbai. This is his debut novel.

Apart from being a writer, he is a brand management professional with a wide range of brand building and communication development experience across FMCG, automobile and media industries. His works explore his fascination for global cultures, societal structures, vagaries of the world and the human mind. He welcomes interaction @sanchit421. Find out more about the author and his work at http://www.sanchitgupta.in

#review Wheels of Wish – (Book 1 – Wish Trilogy) : The crime planned 800 years

Author: Bidhu Datta Rout

Publisher: StoryMirror Infotect Pvt. Ltd.

Publication date: 1 Jan, 2017

Book length: 212 pages

Language: English

Genre: Fiction/ Thriller

Synopsis:

Imprisonment of a couple in the Dwapar Yug and the creation of magnetism at Sun temple in Konark has a great deal of linkage to a missing boy in the 13th century carrying the mightiest power of the universe that transcends in time across generations leading to an alleged rape and murder accusation to the story’s protagonist, an investment banker Shashank Chaudhary in 2008 who flies from New York to Odisha to find himself trapped in an 800 years old enigma. A biological allegory that unfolds a historical and mythological mystery that counts back in time as far as the epic Mahabharata. One that surpasses time and the material world with its mathematical calculations within physical elements. Unexplainable evidences, puzzling data, conspiracy theories and unheard secrets intermingle with one another to create plots in the history of time that have been startling scientists and mythologists to date. It’s now in the court room that he must face his worst fears and probably the world’s greatest held secret, a rare phenomenon of a chromosomal defect, from an unexpected guest.

Rating: 3/5

Review:

I would first and foremost like to thank Brandedgupshup.com for sending me this book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

I would like to start my review with explaining how absolutely fascinating I believe the whole idea of the book is. The story in divided into four parts in three different periods starting with March 18, 2008 when a woman reaches out Sidharth, a dropout engineer and qualified lawyer with the case a renowned NRI investment banker Shashank Choudhury, who has been arrested for Rape and double Murder.

Then the next chapter shifts to another period line of the story – 1120 AD. Here we are introduced to the Kalinga king Indradyumna and the history behind the construction of the Fourth dham of Lord Vishnu in Puri. The story of him meeting Lord Vishnu in his dream which lead to the search of the blue mountain.

Then we see another shift in the story as we travel to another timeframe – 1976 where we meet a classroom full of children engrossed in listening to their replacement teacher, Pariniti Mam, narrating the story of The Sun Temple. A little of mother-daughter love is seen with Pariniti pampering her little “genius” as she calls her child, Roohani.

Through Pariniti’s story we are taken back to 1250 AD, the history of talent and sacrifice of 1200 men for 12 years in building the magnificent Sun temple under the rule of King Narasingha Dev.

These completely different stories involving numerous people along a timeline of 800 years comes together through Shashank’s court case. The story unravels how the accused is Siddharth’s college friend and the rape victim, Roohani’s (yes!!the daughter of Pariniti) childhood sweetheart. She demands that the two of them were forcefully drugged and Shashank is not guilty of any charge. No one seems to believe her. How then will the innocent be freed from the jail? Why is Siddharth so willing to defeat his opposition lawyer? Just for his friend’s justice or do they share a long dark history?

Now as I have described before, the whole concept of the book is pretty interesting and informative. However, what I didn’t like was the author’s choice of words in writing. Not only the words but the writing pattern itself seems to be missing the punch of a strong thriller. Even though the writing was tolerable at first with the beginning of the 1250 AD episode it made me cringe. It cannot be classified even as erotism. It was plainly disturbing to read and nasty. After reading the storyline I had high hopes for the book but after reading a few pages disappointed arrived quite fast. Also the ending of the book was a bit disapproving with the finale of the court case appearing to be utterly stupid. The author has made a futile effort to bring together a huge amount of excessive and unreasonable information into one case and that did not fit well. What I had believe to be well researched and informative at first turned out to be just fruitless mumbling and disturbing storytelling. I gave 3/5 just for the effort the writer has put on the book and his inexpressible but vast imagination. The storyline had the potential to become an iconic part of literature but the elements within and everything else was not worthy enough to be properly called a “good book”.

I look forward to betterment in the next book of the series.

About Author :

Bibhu Datta Rout is an Indian novelist and investment banking professional and now an entrepreneur. Born in Odisha, Bibhu spent his childhood in Bhubaneswar, and most of his twenties and thirties in the cities of New Delhi, Singapore, Detroit, Tokyo. He has been working as a banking professional for last 15 years. During these period he has worked for companies like UBS, Barclays, Citi and Credit Suisse. Algorithms trading, High Frequency Trade and quantitative analytics are his core skills. He is currently living in Mumbai.

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.

Cover Reveal of TELL TALE

JEFFREY ARCHER RETURNS

WITH A RIVETING COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES!

Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly awaited collection of short stories, Tell Tale, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

BLURB :

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out ‘Who Killed the Mayor?’ and the pretentious schoolboy in ‘The Road to Damascus’, whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life in the most profound way.

Revel in the stories of the woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university during the 1930s in ‘A Gentleman and a Scholar’, and another young woman who thumbs a lift and gets more than she bargained for in ‘A Wasted Hour’.

These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared to Dahl and Maugham, but why he was described by The Times as ‘probably the greatest storyteller of our age’.

PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR :

‘If there was a Nobel prize for storytelling, Archer would win’ Daily Telegraph

‘The short story has always been Jeffrey Archer’s strong suit and here he grips you quickly, puts you on the scent of a mystery, and moves you towards a charming moment of revelation’ The Scotsman

‘Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining . . . Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories’ The Times

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O’ Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies.

He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

The author is married to Dame Mary Archer, and they have two sons, William and James, two grandsons and a granddaughter, and divide their time between homes in London, Cambridge and Mallorca.

#review Second Chance

Author : Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

Publisher : Ebooks2go

Publication date: 5 May, 2017

Book length : 198 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction

Product description :

Shekhar Kapoor is a successful businessman who has never done a decent thing in his entire life. For him it is all about what he can get and how fast he can get it. He goes through life cheating and insulting people, even after he receives a mysterious telephone call from what is called the City of Justice. Ignoring the cryptic warnings, Shekhar continues to live his life as he pleases, until one day, shortly after insulting a beggar in the street, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed. And it is only when he is standing before the Bookkeeper, and being shown where his life had gone wrong, that Shekhar finally understands what life is all about. But is it too late for him? Can he be given another chance, to undo all the wrongs he has done? Or is there a chance that Shekhar Kapoor can find redemption where there had previously been no hope?.

Rating : 3/5

Review :

I received this book from V Influencers in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

Shekhar Kapoor, a successful businessman and owner of Aerowalk, has done all the wrong things throughout his life. He is known to be arrogant, money loving, dirty schemer. He is used to get his way with women either by threatening their jobs or pouring out money. Mr. Balraj Kapoor, his father, a man of great personality was the one who had established the business but was now bed ridden, the only signs of survival being the sound of him breathing. Although ever since Shekhar took his father’s place, the company had been increasing and improving, the people working under him suffered his ill treatment. He appointed and promoted people based on extra service than their capabilities. But one must always keep in mind how powerful Karma is. It spares none. And no amount of money could save Shekhar from what happened next. It all started one day withan awkwardly disturbing call from so called the City of Justiceand receives his first warning to drop all misdoings and start afresh. But Shekhar was tooegoistic and ignorant to do so which ended up with him receivingmore warning and more ignorance and then finally an accident. When he opens himself dead and somewhere far from the human civilisation, he is taken to the God of Justice and Bookkeeper; he is made to rememberand rewatch all his wrong doings and punished for that.A long list of sins starting with when Shekhar was sixteen and was driving a car intoxicated. He had ran the car over someone’s leg and on opposing had beaten that poor fellow’s father. And it was only the beginning for the list goes all the way to each and every horrible behaviour –

  • he had demoted a devoted, loyal and responsible person, Kailash, from his work because of unethicalreasons.
  • He used his position to compel women to make physical contact with him.
  • He didn’t promote Unnati Sharma, despite of her deserving it just because he liked her.
  • He had wrongly seized Feetland Shoe Company from Mr. Ashutosh Upadhyay forcing him to lead life like a beggar.
  • He insulted an old female beggar and pointed out she would be of help in reducing the population just by ending her own life.
  • He was sentenced for not serving his father and not fulfilling his although he had thought to do so, he did not do it.
  • He was sentenced for not helping others, for selfish behaviour and for hundreds of other crimes.

By then he had finally understood how monstrous he has been and regretted not realising that sooner. He begged for a second chance which he got only because of the limitless love of his mother. He wakes up to find himself lying in the hospital bed and resolves to correct his every mistake. Initially when he discloses his experience to two of his closest people, one says it’s NDE or Near Death Experience while the other, a doctor dismisses the theory and describes it to be a mental illness.

Will he be able to turn every sin to help for the people? Is yes then how?What was the experience he had gone through in his 2 mins of death? What is NDE really? Do you believed in it’s existence?

I must say the concept of the book was intriguing. Thoughat some point I found it to be rather childish or unnecessarily descriptive, the changes Shekhar went through was quite inspiring. The book pulled out two contrasting characters of the human, one who works hard yet doesn’t get the deserved and the other who woos and pleases the boss to acquire high scores. But then again kamra is always there!

Karma is a very strong word. Some people believe it while some fear. Life is so very delightful to lead when in the bright side of happiness than under the choking covers of wealth.

About the Author :

Dr. Sandeep Jatwa was born in holy city Ujjain and grew up in Dewas, in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. He is married and still lives in Madhya Pradesh today. Having attained an M.B.B.S. from MGM Medical College, Indore, Sandeep went on to secure a job in medicine and now works at the Government Hospital Sarangpur District Rajgarh. He has an amazing imagination and spends much of his free time dreaming up stories. He has been writing since 2006 and has completed two novels. The first has yet to be published, but his second one, which he self-published and is entitled Second Chance, is an exciting and moralistic tale of how one man comes to realize the error of his greed. In his free time, Sandeep likes to relax and spend time with his family and friends. He is also a food lover and enjoys trying new and exciting dishes. Sandeep’s most urgent wish is to be able to educate children who work in the street and have little opportunity to make something good from their lives. He believes that everyone’s childhood should be awesome, and not a struggle.

#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

367B8836-AC0C-4E74-9921-7374593211E6Synopsis :

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.

37F97D06-2DC9-4C22-8DD6-F74E5D0C93FA.jpegRating : 4.5/5

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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#review Served with Love

9789352644032Author : Priyanka Menon

Publisher : Harlequin

Publication date : 15 May, 2017

Book length : 176 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ Romance

img_2253Synopsis :

Abhimanyu Dev, orphaned early and brought up by a doting grandfather, has his life chalked out. He is forty-two years old and single, and intends to stay that way. And he runs a hotel with all the care he might have devoted to a home. In walks Pakhi, taking charge of the hotel kitchen. A guardian to her niece Abhithi, Pakhi is passionate and opinionated, and focused on the little girl and on work. Abhi and Pakhi rarely see eye to eye. Sparks fly and tempers fray. Yet there are two things that bind them – gourmet meals and their love for Abhithi. The little girl’s affection and innocence draw Abhi out of his shell in a manner he had not anticipated. As for Pakhi, her niece is the very centre of her life. When Abhithi is kidnapped, it brings Abhi and Pakhi together as they follow her trail to Mumbai. Will they find Abhithi and each other in time? Served with Love is a mature romance for a new age.

Rating : 3.5/5

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I received a copy from the publishers in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

As soon as my eyes rested on the book, it’s chocolaty sweet cover and delicious title “Served with Love” gave me that I-should-have-brought-a-pastry-to-eat-while-reading-this-one feeling. Okay it sounds quite strange . . . But guys!! It’s so damn true. Like I couldn’t find anything more suitable to describe it!! The cover gives off that spicy, sweet and bitter vibe of the story-line.

The only reason of me describing so much of the cover is because it sits perfectly in the story. The story has a sweet atmosphere while deep beneath it lies the bitterness of sad incidents and losses. It has that spicy chemistry between the lead characters – Abhimanyu and Pakhi, a prosperous head chef and his sous chef. However we have a supporting actress here!! Pakhi’s little niece, Abhithi, an adorable little human who is a ball of happiness and dearest to her aunt. Together the trio set out on delicious adventures intertwined with the delicate strings of pure love, raw emotions and thrilling trails of life. The never ending love of an aunt is challenged when Pakhi’s past barges into their lives, threatening to take away Abhithi from her and she starts doubting herself as a worthy guardian for the child.

What I loved about the book was the bond between an aunt and niece, the journey of a selfless love. The success of an Indian woman is what attracts me the most. The way how Pakhi portrays a working woman is important. Pakhi is a human who does not stand ill behaviour, who loves her niece more than anything, who is knowledgeable, self-dependent, loving, caring, bright and happy. She has the aura in her that attracts the reader to want to know more about her, to want to be like her.

Abhimanyu on the other hand perfectly plays the role of a stubborn, hot headed, professional guy who believes love is not for him. Whereas, deep within, he is a passionate, food loving, caring and responsible guy.

Abhithi is a little bright soul who binds the two adults together. Though she has been snatched away from her parents through a fatal accident, has been scared forever, Abhithi never forgets to smile. She is a surviving example of hope, happiness, delight and innocence.

Altogether, if you ask me for a recommendation of a light, sweet and bitter read, the one you can enjoy on a rainy day, sitting alone in the balcony over a cup of tea, I would definitely say, “Why don’t you try reading Served with Love?”

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About the Author :

priyanka menon

Priyanka Menon is a romance writer and spoken word poet. Her love for romance novels goes back almost two decades, when she was gifted her first romance novel for clearing her 10th board exams. Priyanka has come a long way since then, having finally written her first book, The One That Got Away (Harlequin). She credits her writing powers to red velvet pastries and white chocolate mochas at Starbucks. This is her second novel. When she is not penning love stories or writing poetry, Priyanka teaches advertising to college students. You can write to her at priyankamenon.author@gmail.com