Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Jingle of a Mingle by Dr. Preeti Batra - Book Review

romantic comedy book

Book Name - The Jingle of a Mingle

Author - Dr. Preeti Batra

Publisher - Invincible Publishers

Blurb -

The Jingle of a Mingle is a comedy of errors that is set in motion by a middle aged couple looking to rediscover love after many years of marriage. Between the demands of their teenagers and commands of their parents, they lost each other somewhere along the way. As their lives take twists and turns even their children and grandparents get tangled up in the web of confusion. See how the jingle of their mingle unfolds, and how their story ends...

Review -

The moment I read the title of this book, I wasn't very sure about how the story would be like. I had started to believe that it would be that usual tale about an extra-marital affair with loads of humor. Thinking it to be a light read, I started reading the book. I read the first few chapters and was convinced that the story was very much like I had assumed it to be. But as I read further, the story astonished me. There was a complete twist in the plot. And I indeed started loving it.

The story is about a couple who feel that the spark in their relationship has extinguished. They wish to revive this lost spark through secret meetings. They behave like teenagers who have recently found the love of their lives. Their secret life takes a drastic turn when their family learns about their affair. What happens next? Are they successful in rekindling their relationship?

The plot is something unique. And the reason why I enjoyed reading this book is because of its uniqueness. The plot has been well crafted. The story will keep you surprising at every turn of the page. You will be overwhelmed with emotions. The story will give you butterflies in your stomach, will educate you and teach you the essence of communication in any relationship. Categorising this story as a romantic tale wouldn't do justice to the story. It is much more than a love story.

I loved the narration. It has been done well. It will keep you engaged and interested until the very last page. The language is simple. The story has a realistic touch to it.

It is only when you read this book that you will understand the complexities of any relationship and how to deal with them. The story has been narrated in a kind of casual way. But the author gives out many lessons through this story. You need to have the knack to identify those lessons and implement them in your lives.

This book is a refreshing read - a change from those cliched love stories.

I rate-
Cover: 1/5
Characters: 4/5
Story: 4.5/5

My overall rating for The Jingle of a Mingle is 4/5 stars.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Jalta Paani by Meenna Dawar ‘Mohini’ – Book Review

jalta paani, acid attacks book, mohini book

Book Name- Jalta Paani

Author- Meenna Dawar ‘Mohini’

Publisher- Invincible Publishers


'Jalta Paani' is a collection of stories relating the life experiences of acid attack victims and how they coped with the terrible experience to regain their sense of purpose in life. The book works as an excellent medium to question the attitude of the society towards the victims, and also the government and the constitution which allows the per perpetrators of such a heinous crime to walk away with minimal punishment. For the purpose of this book, Meena Dawar traveled across various cities in North India to interact with share in the pain of these acid attack survivors and used her position as an artist and a poet to make their voices heard. All revenue generated for the sales of this book goes into the welfare of acid attack victims. Meenna Dawar entered the world of books and poetry by relating her own experiences, lessons and teachings from life in the garb of words. Being both an author and a poetess, she possesses the beautiful art of expressing herself with a charm very unique to her. She is known amongst her peers as 'Mohini' and is applauded for being an emotionally strong and beautiful writer who always manages to touch the heartstrings of all her readers with her delicate string of words. She has her own individual take on relationships and the society which she never fails to portray beautifully in each of her creative productions.


I believe that it takes real courage to tell your story to the world especially when the story brings you pain. Through this book, the author has told stories of those courageous and beautiful women out there. The title of this book gives you a faint idea about what the book could be. Yes, it is about acid attacks and the stories of those heroic women out there.

I feel pained to know the reasons why these women were subjected to such heinous torture. Feelings of revenge, jealousy, obsession, etc. was the trigger for this crime. Are we so blinded by these negative emotions that we do not value life? This book is truly an eye-opener.

The stories are being narrated in a very simple language. There are snippets of poems in between the stories. The poems are so well-written that you will feel all emotional.

Acid attack survivor is what these people are generally called. I would call them brave hearts. This book is not about the stories of acid attack survivors but that of courage and inspiration.

A must read.

I rate it with 4.5/5 stars.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Imperfect Misfits by Devanshi Sharma - Book Review

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Book Name: Imperfect Misfits

Author: Devanshi Sharma


Tiasha: I am very annoyed.

Aakaash: That’s your job, Tiasha. Good that you are doing it well.

Tiasha: And I am very serious.

Aakaash: When are you not!

Tiasha: Argh! I hate you, Aakaash. 

Aakaash: Thank God for small mercies! 

Just like a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes the sizzling chocolate brownie delicious, these best friends complimented each other. A chef by passion, Tiasha jumps and waves through her professional choices, while Aakaash, the witty stand-up comedian, knows exactly what he wants.

He was the tranquility which refugees crave to stay in and she was the refugee, who wanted to wander and explore. Imperfect Misfits is a story of perfect misfits, food, frolic, emotions and their endless imperfections.

The question is, will their friendship survive through this wavy journey of love?


Imperfect Misfits is a story of two best friends who are already in love with each other yet aren't really ready to admit it. The story is about Tiasha and Aakash. Tiasha wishes to become a chef while Aakash wants to become a stand-up comedian. Do they follow their passion or does a need to have a stable job and make money come their way? Do they acknowledge their love for each other? 

Starting with the cover, I just loved it. It's cute and relatable. The novel is about teenage love and I believe the cover throws some light on what the story would be. 

Best friends turning their friendship into a romantic relationship is a very common plot. The story can be basically sum up in six-eight sentences. What's different is the situations and incidents. I won't say that I loved reading this book. But, enjoyed it. The story seemed very interesting at first. However, it turned a little dull towards the end. I felt that the end was kind of rushed into. I liked the way the author has presented the story i.e. in third person's perspective. She mentions some anecdotes about her own life which I found a bit distracting. It seemed as if I was drifted to some other place and then, all of a sudden brought into Tiasha and Aakash's lives.

The author has crafted the characters - Tiasha and Aakash in a very nice manner. They are adorable. I really loved their determination and hard work towards achieving their dreams. They are inspiring.

My likes-
- Tiasha and Aakash's friendship.
- Their determination and courage to take the path less traveled.

My dislikes
- The picture-perfect setting (I wonder how things can go so well. I remember author mentioning that certain things not only happen in books and movies but happen in real lives as well.)
- The abrupt end.

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

My overall rating for 'Imperfect Misfits' is 3/5 stars.

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My Mute Girlfriend by Himanshu Rai - Book Review

my mute girlfriend book

Book Name - My Mute Girlfriend

Author - Himanshu Rai

Blurb -

“That day I realized I had lost her forever. I had lost her smile, her friendship, her voice… But still, somewhere in my heart, I believed her to be my girlfriend. My mute girlfriend.” Rohan is a telecom professional posted in Meerut and misses his girlfriend from college days, who had stopped interacting with him, without giving any reason. Although she had always stood by his side and her eyes reflected immense love, but she remained his mute girlfriend. The book opens with an SMS from Vaidehi to Rohan, after five long years. But before he could reply, his mobile gets damaged and he wanders in his memories to narrate a story. About how his girlfriend became his mute girlfriend after the first year of their engineering college. My Mute Girlfriend is a true romance story of how Rohan unravels the answers to why Vaidehi was mute for so long and how their life is about to change. But little do they know that the worst is yet to come.

Review -

Rohan, an average boy is infatuated to his junior, Navya. He believes that he should achieve something before he confesses his love to her. He wishes to become an engineer. But, life has other plans for him. He meets Vaidehi, a studious and intelligent girl and falls in love with her. Confused between love and infatuation, Rohan seeks help from his sister. He confesses his love to Vaidehi only to suffer from a heartbreak later. Vaidehi stops talking to him altogether. Why does Vaidehi break Rohan's heart? Why does she stop talking to him?

To be honest, I found the story to be quite predictable and a bit boring. The story is a love story of two teenagers who fall in love and then grow apart. I felt like this story was like that old wine which is presented in a new bottle. Yes, there were many surprises and twists. But overall the story failed to hit those chords in my heart. At few instances, the story had turned really boring. I don't want this review to be a spoiler. But I cannot help myself from mentioning this particular incident from the story. It's the ragging incident. It is very much similar to the one from the movie, Three Idiots. The second thing that I would like to say here is the word 'mute'. It's all over the second part of the book. I found it a little weird..addressing your girlfriend as my mute girlfriend.

Coming to the narration, the story has been narrated in first person narrative. It has been done really well and has a personal touch to it. You will instantly connect with the characters. The language is simple and easy to understand. This novel is packed with emotions. You will be overwhelmed with the kind of relationship the characters, Rohan and Vaidehi share. It's too good to be true. I actually wondered why authors portray unconditional love between the characters. Does it actually exist?

The characters have been crafted well. They seem realistic. Selfless, adorable and determined - that is how you can define the characters of this book.

I found this book to be an okay-ish read.

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

My overall rating for 'My Mute Girlfriend' is 3/5 stars.

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Dialysis 2121 by Sujata Kohli - Book Review

dialysis 2121

Book Name - Dialysis 2121

Author - Sujata Kohli

Publisher - Invincible Publishers

Blurb -

Millions of innocent people, throng the Gigantic Multi/Super Specialty Hospitals every day each moment, some with cash, some with Govt. cards & yet some EWS, but all .... one and all .... having a common hope, brimming in their little hearts that they .... or their dear one ... their precious one .... would be saved, treated and cured and would return home with a smile. But it is not to be .... Little can they imagine that the simple doctor with the doctor's bag of yesteryears is no more that simple ... he is now a tycoon.... the simple small nursing home of yesteryears is now a giant corporate industry.... They or their dear ones can little imagine the encounter that awaits them.... with heavy dozes of medicines, multiple series of tests.... gigantic machines like CT Scan or other such......, used quite lightly... Through this attempt, author have tried to highlight the state of darkness, we are in, about the futility of this whole process in some kind of diseases; our lack of awareness about the alternative remedies and alternative systems like Unani, Ayurvaida, Homoepathy and various other systems, where there is an ancient concept of cure. Above all, a deep seated lack of respect in the minds of the Medical Professionals, for the alternative remedies.

Review -

Dialysis 2121 is an emotional tale about a girl and his mother. It really pains to see your loved one suffer from a medical condition and you can do nothing to help him out. A similar thing happens to the girl’s mother who has been her companion ever since her birth. The girl has never visualized her life without her mother. Bringing herself to the fact that her mother’s condition is deteriorating was really difficult for her.

The moment you start reading the book, you will find yourself in an alien place. You won’t understand where the story is heading to. Confusion will follow every page. But then a few chapters later, the story gains momentum. It grows somewhat interesting and engaging. 

The first person narrative adds a very personal touch to this book. The language is very casual which will make you feel like you have been talking to the narrator. The start of the books appears to be off the main track while the rest of it seems too detailed. The continuity is missing in this novel. A few chapters are really short and read like a diary entry. It was disappointing. There are many instances where you will wonder what is happening.

The emotional aspect of this novel is praiseworthy. You will be left teary-eyed.

I rate-
Cover: 2/5 

My overall rating for Dialysis 2121 is 2/5 stars. 

You can buy your copies of this book on Amazon.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Talion Tale by Rahul Apte - Book Review

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Book Name - The Talion Tale

Author - Rahul Apte

Blurb -

Just when Lieutenant Jamshed Hyatt Khan, lovingly called Jimmy, begins to feel that he can leave his tormented past behind and acquire some semblance of normalcy; a demonic machination of fate throws his life into irrevocable chaos. The heinous terror attack of 26/11 bereaves him of the love of his life and his family. Reeling with a grave sense of loss and helplessness, the enraged soldier vents his anger on a terrorist sympathizer in Kashmir, where he is posted. The extra judicial killing turns him into a pariah in the eyes of the Indian Army and a golden catch for the RAW; the Indian intelligence agency, which in the wake of 26/11, has received a secret mandate straight from the top. Devoid of reasons to live and stranded both personally and professionally, Jimmy is convinced by the RAW to undertake a covert surgical strike deep inside Pakistan. Initially annoyed at his systematic trapping, he gradually realizes that after four wars and decades of failed diplomacy, for Indians like him, a covert mission is the only way to secure justice. Thus, Lieutenant Jamshed Hyatt Khan dies and a coldblooded, lethal assassin is born, one who is driven only by revenge and has nothing to lose.

Will he succeed in his mission and secure justice for his nation as well as for himself? Meandering like a spy thriller, with its fair share of realistic twists and turns; 'The Talion Tale' is a cry for justice. It is also a tale of love, loss and the vengeance that is born out of it.

Review -

The Talion Tale is a real page turner. It keeps you on the edge. It will compel you to turn pages. This nail-biting thriller is an awesome treat for all thriller lovers.

The story is about a lieutenant general, Jimmy. Having lost his family and love interest in a bomb blast, revenge is the only thing on Jimmy's mind. Once a guy with good morals and behaviour seeks for the wrong. Will Jimmy avenge the death of his loved ones?

The plot has been well-crafted, keeping in mind the minute details. The story is being narrated in third person narrative. It has been done real good. However, the story shifts from 2009 to 1990s which confused me a bit. But it didn't affect the overall reading experience. The characters are unique and you tend to know more about them as you read the book.

The story offers you many new things and surprises you at the turn of every page. I could visualize the entire book playing like a movie in front of my eyes. I won't be surprised if this book is made into a movie.

I rate it with 5/5 stars.

You can buy your copies of this amazing thriller on Amazon.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sleep My Valley by Ruth Netzer - Book Review

sleep my valley book

Book Name- Sleep My Valley

Author- Ruth Netzer


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.


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. 

You can buy your copies on Amazon.
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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


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.


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

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.


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.

You can buy your copies of this amazing book on Amazon.
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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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