Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sleep My Valley by Ruth Netzer - Book Review

sleep my valley book


Book Name- Sleep My Valley

Author- Ruth Netzer

Blurb-

Ruth is alone and desolate as her world falls apart.

A lonely child on an Israeli kibbutz, Ruth watches painfully as her family falls apart. Her mother struggles with haunting memories of her troubled youth; her father succumbs to depression. When she is 15 her parents divorce and leave the kibbutz. Desolation follows Ruth to her new home.

Join Ruth as she struggles with the demons of her family’s secrets.

Ruth must get to the bottom of her family’s harrowing story. Her lonely search for understanding becomes filled with poetry, literature, and dreams. Ruth looks deep within herself and creates a personal dialogue with God. She struggles for the strength to grapple with her parents’ demons, lest they become her own.

Courage, strength, spirituality, and healing in this moving family saga.

Through haunting narrative and diary entries, join Ruth as she triumphs in her spiritual quest to come to terms with her family’s history. Share in the process of family analysis, as Ruth confronts her parents in their old age, eventually leading to repair and reconciliation.

Review-

Sleep My Valley is an autobiography. I like reading autobiographies because it feels like a complete stranger is sharing his life story with you. He is making you a part of his life. He is sharing his life with you. It makes me feel special and privileged. I know there are many autobiographies out there. But I believe that it is the story that finds you not the other way round. 

When I started reading this book, I was a bit confused. I didn't know how things were going. I was new to many words. I decided to give it time and started reading the book slowly page after page. And then I realised that there was nothing in the book to be so confused about.

The author has used a lucid language for narration. I was skeptical about reading cause of language. I generally find the language of foreign authors a bit out of my league. But I was proved wrong by this book. It is the simple language and narration that kept me hooked on to its pages. The author quotes the family and siblings' talk. Making the text bold is something I liked about this book.

I had read the autobiography of Anne Frank when I was in Std. X. And then, I read this one. This book reminded me of my first autobiography reading experience. The reading experience of this one too is of similar kind. I could feel that I knew Ruth. I could feel the connection. I could feel the emotions and sentiments. I believe that is one thing that is required when reading an autobiography. Isn't it?

It was a pleasurable read.

I rate 'Sleep My Valley' with 4/5 stars. 

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Letters in the rain by Anubhav Shrivastava and Ananya Roy - Book Review

letters in the rain


Book Name: Letters in the rain

Authors: Anubhav Shrivastava and Ananya Roy

Blurb:

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

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

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

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

Review:

The cover of the book is a simple one with images of that of a girl and a guy. It's is in the shade of blue which goes well with the title. However, I didn't find it very impressive. As they say, you should never judge a book by its cover. The blurb seemed interesting. 

Romantic love stories isn't something that I enjoy reading the most. I completed reading this book in four days. For a person who reads novels in a day, I believe four days was quite a long time. I found the story to be very common and predictable. A nerd guy falling in love with a jolly girl who thinks of him as a good friend - this is what the story is all about. Yeah, there are some really good incidents which make you go 'Aww!'. But, overall this book was the same old wine presented in a new bottle.

The story has been crafted well. The placement of the incidents is done really good. The reader will never ever feel confused about what is happening in the story. The characters aren't many. They have been crafted well. And the authors have done justice to all the characters. The narration is simple and conversant. The lucid language is one of the strong points of this novel. However, I was disappointed with the font size. I felt it could have been increased a little.

There are points in this story where you are eager to read more while there are some incidents where you would pray for the book to end. It's not that I didn't enjoy reading this book. The book didn't hit the right chords. 

Letters in the rain is a treat for all romance lovers out there. 

I rate:
Cover: 3/5
Characters: 2.5/5
Story: 2.5/5

My overall rating for 'Letters in the rain' is 3/5 stars.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Marital Advice to My Grandson, Joel by Peter Davidson - Book Review

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Book Name- Marital Advice to My Grandson, Joel

Author- Peter Davidson

Blurb-
When my grandson, Joel, got engaged, I decided to jot down a few words of marital wisdom for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week. As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is!

Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, humorous look at married life that any engaged or married person can relate to and will find insightful and fun to read. Even unmarried people can enjoy the book and, who knows, it might convince some of you to take the plunge, or perhaps confirm your belief that being single is a blessing.

Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to deal with your wife’s steely-eyed, clinched-jaw scowl, known as “The Look,” how to answer your wife’s questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world’s most powerful anniversary card for your wife. 

Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you’ll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.

Review-

Marital Advice to My Grandson, Joel - the title of this book has a really personal touch to it. It seems more like personal account and that is the reason why you feel so connected to the book.

The cover is aptly designed. It provides you a quick glimpse of what the book could be all about. The blurb also says a lot about the book which makes you interested in the book. It is presented in a conversing manner... like the author is speaking to his grandson in person. I liked the simple way it is written.

Coming to the book, it is divided into small chapters. The chapters are really short and hence, can be read quickly. The author puts forward his advices straight...without any twists. He doesn't beat around the bush and comes straight to the point. This is what I loved about this book. This book isn't something like those which tell you a lengthy tale before actually telling the main point.

The author has personalised each chapter with a small encounter of his life. He has presented it in a cutest way possible which will make you say 'Aww...this is so cute.' They say experience is a great teacher. And I believe it is rightly proved in this book.

I was little skeptical about reading this book as it is written by a foreign author. I was wondering whether I would buy the concept.. whether I would understand the culture and way of living. But, this book proved me all wrong. Women and men all over the world are same. It is only the style of living that varies across geographical regions.

The language is simple. You will feel like you're listening to the author giving advices to his grandson, Joel. The narration is perfect. The chapters are rightly placed. However, I was disappointed with the book length. I wanted it to go on.

If I write about the advices that the author has written for Joel, this review will be termed a spoiler. The book is a pleasant read. It makes you face the reality. You can term it as a perfect relationship mentor.

I rate it with 4.5/5 stars.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Wild Cat by Taanya Sarma – Book Review



Book Name – The Wild Cat

Authoress – Taanya Sarma

Publisher – Invincible Publishers

Blurb –

Based on true events, this erotic thriller novel tells the tale of a young, naive woman named Tanya who enters the online dating and chat world. Her first foray into this digital realm initially proves to be bland and disappointing; however, sex, suspense, power struggles and attempted murder soon unfold. These unwelcome adventures interfere with her business and her sanity as she aspires to live up to her deceased parent's standards. A conman named Sam ensnares Aaron, a handsome investment banker, into his ploy and uses him as a pawn to lure women into doing things they normally wouldn't do. Sam then exposes their personal information as well as their images, sometimes in the act of cyber sex, and posts them on a very successful porn website that he owns. Tanya's encounter with these two men evolves into a long, winding road, with each turn bringing irreparable changes in her life. Enraged by the deceit and the unconscionable behavior of these men, Tanya turns whistleblower and vows to assist the FBI in shutting down the dating app and porn site - and she won't stop until the perverted perpetrators are behind bars. She never relents, but ultimately laments, "I never thought that I would have to give up my life to remain alive."


Story in a nutshell –

I am an introvert. And hence, I feel that we introverts find social media extremely amusing. We get to meet new people, make friends and come out of our shell. (These are my perceptions.) The protagonist, Taanya is amused by an online dating site and willingly signs up for it. She makes friends and realizes that she has been trapped in the social media web. She learns about the dirty games and about the founders of this dating site. Her life is at stake. Does she get out of the trap? Is she successful at punishing the wrongdoer?

Review –

They say you should never judge a book by its cover. But when the cover is so intriguing, I guess judging the book is allowed. Isn’t it? (:P) The Wild Cat is an engaging read. It is indeed a page turner.

We live in the age of internet. Social media is used by a majority of people. With the invent of social media, cyber crimes increased. We do hear stories about cyber crimes in news and in print media. This novel throws light on one such cyber crime – pornography. The story has been well crafted and the plot is perfect. The manner in which the events have been placed in the story is excellent. The pace of the story is fast. I believe that is how the pace of web 2.0 is! It’s fast and changes in the blink of an eye.

The characters aren’t many. They are portrayed so well that you will think of them to be real at some point in the story. You will draw a vivid picture of the characters in your minds. Every bad person was, once upon a time, a good human being. You will learn this when you read about the history of the characters.

The story has been narrated well. The lucid language and the great narration makes a perfect combo.

The story will confuse you a bit towards the end. But it is worth all the time you invest in it. I believe that this story has the great potential of being turned into a movie. I wouldn’t be surprised to find it on a movie screen.

I rate:

Cover – 4/5

Characters – 4/5

Story – 4/5

My overall rating for The Wild Cat is 4/5 stars. 
 
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Saturday, 6 January 2018

For the sake of love by Anamika Mishra – Book Review

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Book Name – For the sake of love

Authoress – Anamika Mishra

Publisher – Westland

Price – Rs. 199

Blurb

Young, pretty and successful, Twisha Khanna has it all. She works hard and has no time for frivolities like love. After all, being the creative head of a happening travel magazine is no joke.

So when she travels to Shimla on an assignment, the last thing on Twisha’s mind is love. But then, life has other plans. On finding a stack of old love letters that speak of an unrequited romance, Twisha is convinced that she must find the man who wrote these letters and help him.

Along the way, she meets spoilt rich boy Alex, who is everything she would NOT want in a man. As the two try to reunite the old lovers mentioned in the letters, they are hardly aware that how they feel about love and life is going to change forever…

Story in a nutshell

A successful career, a couple of true friends is what Twisha’s life is all about. Love is the last thing on her mind. Not that she despises love, she just feels that it is not worth her time. Twisha goes to Shimla for her work assignment and happens to bump into some old letters.

Twisha mocks the letters initially but gets glued to them once she starts reading them. She decides to get in touch with the writer and complete his incomplete love story. She and her friend Bobby, sets on their path on finding David, the person who wrote those letters for the love of his life, Jasmine.

She meets Alex, David’s grandson who is nothing but a rich, spoilt guy. Is Twisha successful at completing David’s love story? Does Twisha change her notion about love? Is she successful at finding the love of her life?

Review

‘For the sake of love’ is a plain and simple love story. There are no cheesy lines, no unexpected twists and turns. And that is what makes it one of the kind, a unique love story.

The cover is a simple one and conveys a faint idea about what the story would be like. I did not find it very catchy. As the saying goes ‘Never judge a book by its cover’, I too did not judge it.

The story has been plotted well and thoughtfully. The pace of the story is neither too fast nor to slow. It keeps you hooked on to it. The flow of the events in the story has been done well. You will not feel lost at any point of time. The chapters are perfectly placed. The language is simple and lucid. The first person narration of this story will surely make an incredible impact on your minds. The engaging narration will keep you hooked on to this story. I found it very similar to the movie “Letters to Juliet”. And maybe that is one of the reasons why, I could predict few incidents from this story.

This story gives you many lessons about love.
  • True love doesn’t demand anything, it only gives.
  • Love can never be defined, it can only be expressed.
  • Love is selfless.
  • No time is a great time when it comes to love.

For the sake of love is a simple love story which will show you how beautiful love can be.

I rate-

Cover: 3/5

Characters: 3.5/5

Story: 3.5/5

My overall rating for this book is 3.5/5 stars. 
 
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Saturday, 30 December 2017

The Twist of Fate by Anjum Awasthi Malik - Book Review

romantic novel

Book Name: The Twist of Fate

Author: Anjum Awasthi Malik

Publisher: Invincible Publishers

Blurb:

A young and vivacious girl, Raahi is all set to live her dream in a big city. A cruel twist of fate and her world starts collapsing around her. Aadit, a business analyst in New York, is effervescent and full of life. Or at least that's what he shows to the world, but deep down he is still struggling with his own demons. The fate interweaves their lives together and just when a bond is about to bloom, life throws another curve at them. They start drifting apart completely oblivious to what fate has in store for them. The Twist of Fate is a heartfelt and enamored tale of the entangled emotions of love that promises to keep your eyes glued to its pages.

Story in a nutshell:

'If you love someone, set them free. If they return, they are yours else they were never.' - These lines from the story gives you a vague idea about what the plot could be. A romantic story about a girl whose heart has been broken. Isn't it? Yeah, the story is similar to those love tales but there is some magic to this story which will make you love it.

Raahi, a young girl, comes to Noida for her career. She stays put at her father's friend. She is in love with her college mate, Abhimanyu. Their long distance relationship is like a fairytale come true for her until the day her man breaks up with her. Heartbroken Raahi finds a true friend in Aadit who has already fallen for her. Will he propose marriage to her? Will Raahi give love another chance? Why is this story of Raahi, Aadit and Abhimanyu titled 'A Twist of Fate'?

Review:

Reading the blurb of this novel, I thought that it would be another tale of love with cheesy dialogues with lot of emotions that could make one cry. I started the book with an intention that I would finish it in another three-four days. But the book is so interesting that I hardly took four hours to complete reading it. I was hooked on to the book.

As the blurb read, it is a love story (Read ordinary love story which is made extraordinary with the characters and their chemistry). The story has been plotted well by giving equal importance and part to all the characters. The story majorly revolves around Raahi and Aadit, the two protagonists while their respective families also have a fair role to play. The characters have been crafted well. Each character is given a good part in the story (which doesn't usually happens in most love stories). You feel connection between all the characters. The chemistry between the protagonists have been protrayed really well. You begin to believe that they are for real. The story plays like a movie in front of your eyes and trust me, you will enjoy watching it.

The story has been narrated from the point of view of Raahi. However, there are some three chapters where in Aadit shares his thoughts. It is in first person narrative, something that was indeed required for this kind of story. It created a nice reader experience. The language is simple. I found a few new words here and there but they kind of appeared stuffed. The lucid narration is the main reason why this book keeps your interest up. The incidents in the story are rightly placed. I found the transition from the present to the past a bit confusing though. I also found that some chapters seemed a bit exaggerated. The book is over 250 pages and every page is a page turner. The book will keep you stuck on to it.

I loved the following from this story-
  • Aadit's unconditional love for Raahi.
  • Raahi's belief that true love exists in modern days
  • Aadit and Raahi's chemistry.

I rate-
Cover: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Story: 4.5/5

My overall rating for 'A Twist of Fate' is 4/5 stars.

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Hacklyf by Vijay Poudel - Book Review

self help book


Book Name- Hacklyf

Author- Vijay Poudel

Publisher- Invincible Publishers

Blurb-

Hacklyf is an honest attempt to help people who want to live an exceptional life but is clueless amidst all the chaos. It`s an unchallenged fact that "Motivation never lasts", and that is where this book will come in handy. It will provide you with continuous motivation through simple reasoning. A mélange of stories inspired by real-life events and short write-ups which will leave you inspired. There are plenty of activities dispersed throughout the book to help you grasp the ideologies and methodologies better. The writing is simple, crisp and enjoyable even for those who aren't an avid reader. Unveil it and let it transform you.


Review-

I enjoyed reading this book for two reasons-
  1. Real-life incidents are given to make you understand the essence of certain things.
  2. An interesting quote towards the end of each chapter which summarises each chapter in a few words.

I read this book in one day. It is that time of the year when one makes resolutions and tries to improve himself/herself. I am glad that I chose to read this book now.

I can very well implement some things from this book in the coming year.The narration is done in simple English. I felt like the author is conversing with me. It has been done well. Some chapters have an activity mentioned towards the end. These activities make you ponder about your dreams, your goals and your plans to achieve them. I believe such exercises are necessary for self-introspection.

I have read many self-help books. But I can say that this particular book has made a special place in my heart. I am looking forward to follow some lessons from this book.

I rate Hacklyf with 4.5/5 stars.

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

She was the story ~ of my untold story by Yashvardhan Awasthi -- Book Review



Book Name- She was the story ~ of my untold story

Author- Yashvardhan Awasthi

Publisher- Invincible Publishers


Blurb-

"Don't give up. It is going to hurt but if you give up now, it is going to hurt forever!"
This story is about RV, who started his career as a novelist but found his calling as an actor along the way, finally becoming a superstar within a short period of time. He is odd, arrogant and alcoholic. Some people think that he has an ego problem while the others are curious about his past. What has his past really been like? No one knows. Find out who RV actually is. Where did he come from? What is his secret? 'She Was The Story' is an inspirational love story, presenting a subtle critique on the ills of society that we have learned to live with. Is love worth fighting for till the end? Is death the greatest loss? Come find out in between the pages of this book.


Review-

'She was the story' is a romantic tale of an author turned actor. I found the story to be quite common and predictive. I could guess what the next page would bring in for me. And I guess, this is the reason why I did not really enjoy reading this book. 

The characters aren't many. And I believe justice has been done to each character. They have contributed significant enough to this story. The narration is done in first person narrative. The language is simple. Both the language as well as the narration has been done well. However, the use of Hindi at many places seemed to turn me off. My trance was broken and reading seemed a little bit difficult. 

'She was the story' is overall, a one-time read. 

I rate- 
Cover- 3/5 
Characters- 3/5 
Story- 2/5 

My overall rating for this novel is 2.5/5 stars.

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Jeet Lo Marathon by Aryan - Book Review



Book Name - Jeet Lo Marathon

Author - Aryan

Publisher - Invincible Publishers

Story in a nutshell -

Every person born on this earth is born with some talent. The only difficult thing is that you need to identify that talent and take a leap towards it. Raj, the protagonist, is also born with one such talent. He is blessed with running skills. He doesn’t recognize his skill. He has turned into a lazy person.. a person whose life revolves around his work and his wife. His wife considers him to be an absolute loser. He is someone who desperately wants to seek attention and love from his wife.

She leaves him one fine day annoyed with his behavior and lifestyle. He goes out in her search and finally, finds his calling. What does he find? Who is Aaliya and how does she help him?

Review -

'Jeet Lo Marathon’, as the name suggests, is an inspiring novel. The moment I started reading this book, I was reminded of the movie – Bhag Milkha Bhag. The cherry on the cake was that the book is being made into a movie. My interest for this book increased manifold. 

The story is a simple and engaging one. The author has crafted the plot well. However, I wasn’t very happy about the book initially. I found the incidents like that of a Bollywood movie… in few words..cheesy. But as I proceeded, I discovered that I had a wrong notion about the book. The story indeed was fresh and kept me hooked until the last page.

The main characters – Raj, Manasi and Aaliya are developed well. I loved the transformation of Raj from a timid, aimless fellow to a guy having a goal in life. Aaliya’s giving nature makes you love her. The story has been narrated in third person narrative. The language is simple. The narration has been done well.

Why should you read this book?
  • It tells you how having a goal in your life changes your life for good.
  • It’s inspiring. It tells you how being focused on your goal will help you overcome any obstacles.
  • It tells you that love is all about giving.
  • Lastly, it tells you that a HERO resides in every individual.

I rate-
Cover- 3/5
Characters- 4/5
Story- 4/5

Overall, I rate ‘Jeet Lo Marathon’ with 4/5 stars.

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Two Angels by Nivedita Vedurla - Book Review

two angels novel



Book Name- Two Angels 

Authoress- Nivedita Vedurla 

Publisher- Invincible Publishers 

Blurb

Do you know the love story that the sea shares with the sea shore? The mighty sea travels with his companions; boats, sailors and the sea creatures together visit many destinations. When he gets tired from all his travels, he comes to the sea shore, and crashes down onto her, surrendering everything that he has. The sea shore keeps her arms wide open when he reaches for her, to soothe his tired body and take away his pain. The moment he is relieved of his pain, he longs to go back, and the seashore lets him go. The love that Arun and Esha share is just like that between the sea and the sea shore. Their relationship is short and leaves Arun devastated. Could he have found love only to lose it all to fate? Will he survive the loss? The answers take him back to Esha, and to the realization that love comes in many forms. This story is a journey to love through friendship, from loss to hope.

Review

'Two Angels' - the story is as simple and innocent as its name. The story is about Arun and the love of his life, Esha. They meet each other at school and soon, turn out to be best friends. It is during this time they fall in love only to realise it later.You never know you are in love until the time that person goes away from you. A similar thing happens with Arun and Esha and they realise their immense love for each other. They get married after facing a zillion hurdles. Life is strange. It knocks you down when you least expect it. What incident happens which knocks Arun down? Does he come out of it? 

The simplicity and innocence of this story touched my heart. The story is presented in a simple way, without any twists and turns, without any masala. It appears as if the author has written it all by her heart. There's a personal touch to every word that has been written. You'll be overwhelmed with emotions by the time you reach the end of this story. 

The language is simple and so is the narration. The story has been crafted well. It teaches you many things about love and life through the protagonists. 

Two Angels is a good treat for romance lovers. 

I rate 
Cover: 3/5 
Characters: 3/5 
Story: 3/5 

My overall rating for 'Two Angels' is 3/5 stars.

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