Monday, 16 April 2018

All that is unseen by Sahil Bhambri – Book Review

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Book Name: All that is unseen

Author: Sahil Bhambri

Publisher: Invincible Publishers

Blurb:

All That Is Unseen, all that never really blossomed under the sky of truth. Embracing the voices coming from within and when these personalities started interlacing with each other, everything fades. The storm of facts started unfolding the time Nasia interceded for Arav's nightmare, for he didn't know whether what seems to be real is actually there or is an illusion from within his own mind, anymore. It's amusing that, how unreal the truth can become-how one feels about being unchained to fly but having short lived freedom- how one believes the seen but later encountered to be a game of betrayal, an elaborate set of unreal illusions that wheeled to destruction.

Review:

The title of this book is appealing and creates curiosity in the minds of the readers. All that is unseen – isn’t the title very interesting? The blurb gives you a faint idea about the story. It doesn’t get into details though.

The book starts with a mystery. As you start reading it, you find answers to the mystery and ultimately, end up falling prey to another one. Every page of this book presents you with a surprise. The story is about Arav and Nasia. The author has developed these two characters very thoughtfully. They complement each other. They fit in each other’s lives like the pieces of the puzzles. 

Our mind is the biggest puzzle. Thoughts lead on to more thoughts and you never know when you are caught in the web of thoughts. Arav and Nasia are too a prey to these games that the mind plays. Will they be successful at solving the puzzles the mind? The story has been woven perfectly well. You will be amazed by the author’s storytelling skills. The lucid language along with the descriptive kind of narration makes this book an awesome read. The story is being narrated in third person narrative. However, I feel that had it been done in first person it would have created a better impact.

Reasons why you should read this book-
- A great storyline.
- Well-crafted characters
- Amazing narration
- Makes you realize that the biggest mystery on this earth is human mind itself

This book is a refreshing read. 

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

My overall rating for ‘All that is unseen’ is 4/5 stars.

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

The Lost Arcanum by Navin Reuben Dawson - Book Review

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Book Name: The Lost Arcanum

Author: Navin Reuben Dawson

Publisher: Invincible Publishers

Blurb:

Arcanum is a lost cache of esoteric wisdom guarded by a prehistoric secret brotherhood that besides holding dangerous information on disciplines ranging from metaphysical science, alchemy, advanced microbiology, anthropology and exhaustive cosmogony had known to contain, amongst many other, mankind's greatest untold truth about his origin. It's the subject of one of history's intriguing mysteries that was lost to time. But now, the hunt to unearth that cache of lost esoteric wisdom has begun once more. On the verge of solving series of gruesome murders, CBI officer, Jake Stevens, is pulled from the investigation. Intrigued, Jake seek answers and eventually stumbles upon a link that connects his long dead father and the murders to a secret - The Lost Arcanum. The link - a meticulously crafted cipher propels Jake through labyrinth of ancient secrets, hidden history and unseen truths scattered across the mysterious landscape of India, drawing him closer to a devastating secret buried since the beginning of time. With an unexpected company of Taneez - a historian, entangled in a treacherous chase with a professional killer and covert organization, Jake find himself on a deadly collision course with forces of vengeance, greed, power and the lost history itself.

Review:

I wasn't quite sure that I would complete reading this book so soon considering its length. I am amazed at the speed at which I completed reading this amazing book. The Lost Arcanum is as interesting as it's blurb. The cover gives a kick to your reading buds. It has been designed well.

I wouldn't go much into the details of the story. (I don't want my review to be a spoiler). The plot has been crafted well. The amazing characterization and lucid language makes this book an interesting read. The author has presented the book in an appreciable manner. The chapter ends with a twist and you will read it further to know more about it. Thus, you're hooked on to the book. The author keeps the mystery and suspense alive at the turn of each page. It is a perfect page-turner.

I would love to see this book converted into a movie. It has it all.

I rate this book with 4/5 stars.

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Monday, 2 April 2018

One Enduring Lesson by Jamal Merchant – Book Review

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Book Name: One Enduring Lesson

Author: Jamal Merchant

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Blurb:

Give me your money, or I will kill you!’
‘Please…’ I gasped. ‘I’ve come from England to study!’
‘Well, let this be your first lesson, English boy…’

Eager to start a new phase in life, Rahul Saxena, 27, a half-Indian British citizen, recently out of job and rejected in love, lands in Mumbai from London to study filmmaking. But little does he know that Mumbai, the city of dreams, will turn his life inside out. From the dark corners of the streets as a professional rat killer to the vermin-infested confines of a jail, from shady dance clubs to the homes of Mumbai’s rich women where he is paid to provide pleasure—fate takes him on a roller-coaster ride that challenges his very will and determination to survive. When his secret life threatens to destroy even the love that he finds, Rahul seeks recourse in spirituality. Inspired by India’s synergetic religious traditions, Rahul fights back internal and external demons to write his own destiny.

One Enduring Lesson is a tale of the undying human spirit of survival against all odds.

Review:

One Enduring Lesson is a novel filled with friendship, love, anger, jealousy, helplessness and belief. It is a complete Bollywood movie package. 

The story is about Rahul, a young man from London who dreams of making films. Film making is his passion and he wished to pursue it from a university in India. Initially, his parents do not approve Rahul’s intention of moving out of London. After numerous attempts of persuasion, they finally agree. Rahul lands up in Mumbai. Will Mumbai treat him good? Does Rahul succeed in following his passion? Who is Radium and how is he connected to Rahul?

The author has crafted this story perfectly well. Every single thing is paid attention to. The story turns a bit predictable towards the end. However, the curiosity about what would happen still exists. The book is a perfect page turner at the beginning. It is narrated in first person narrative and is just perfect. This realistic narration will make you feel like you have been conversing with the protagonist or like you have been watching a movie.

The characters aren’t many. It is Rahul’s parents, his friends and his love interest. I personally loved Rahul. The way he thinks and cares about his parents, his dedication towards his passion, the manner in which he faces the adversities…all are worth praising.

One Enduring Lesson is an all-in-one combo. It teaches you how to face adversities of life. It teaches you to follow your passion. Hard work, dedication and unshakeable faith in God certainly moves mountains. It proves that every cloud has a silver lining.

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

My overall rating for ‘One Enduring Lesson’ is 4/5 stars.

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Friday, 30 March 2018

Beneath the eyes by Upender Reddy - Book Review

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Book Name- Beneath the eyes

Author- Upender Reddy

Publisher- Notion Press

Blurb-

Everyone gathered around as the child opened his eyes. They stared at the monitor as the chip attached to the child's optic nerve began to relay his vision on it. There was nothing. The child appeared to watch an empty corner of the room, focusing his eyes on something invisible. The people around followed his gaze, but could only see a blank wall. Puzzled, they looked at each other inquiringly. The child continued to stare.

"Look!" said Natasha, suddenly. The monitor on the table came to life, and a faint image began to form on the screen. As they all watched intently, the faint image began to form the dark shape of a human. In a few moments, there was a hazy outline of a woman staggering towards the door. The image soon became clear, taking the distinct form of a woman. Slowly, she appeared to come closer to the screen. All of a sudden, her face became clear. She raised her eyes and looked at them. Everyone gasped and fell back, frozen.....

Review

It has been quite a while that I read some horror novel. I picked this book up to read in the morning and by 7 in the evening, I was done reading it. 

I wouldn't go much into the story deets as I don't want my review to be a spoiler. As the title says, the story is related to eyes and about an invention which lets you display what the eyes see on a monitor. It starts off well but gets a bit confusing in the middle. It's bound to happen as the author tries to keep the mystery factor intact. He then reveals all the truth towards the end. I loved the way the author has revealed all the answers to the questions slowly and steadily. The story starts off with one tale and as you read further, you know more about the others. 

Every character has a story and that is what the author has shown in this book. He has built the characters and their lives very well. He doesn't give out too much details. He tells you about a thing and you figure out the rest. I like such kind of books.

As for the pace of this book is concerned, it is average. It's neither too fast, nor too slow. The narration is done in third person narrative and in present tense. I have never read books wherein the story has been narrated in present tense. So, reading this book was kind of difficult at the beginning. But I got accustomed to it soon. The language is simple and lucid. The overall reading experience is good.

Here are a few reasons why you should pick up this book!
  • It isn't anything like those stereotyped Bollywood horror movies. You will get chills and goosebumps at many places.
  • You cannot say this book to be a pure horror one. The part of the lives of the characters may leave you teary-eyed. It's kind of emotional.
  • The book gives you an insight of the advancements in the technology.

I rate-
Cover: 3/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Story: 3.5/5

My overall rating for 'Beneath the eyes' is 3.5/5 stars.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Lost Daughter by Anchal Rana Aggarwal - Book Review

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Book Name: The Lost Daughter

Author: Anchal Rana Aggarwal

Publisher: Petals Publishers and Distributors

Blurb:

Finding herself at some deserted isolated land Anika is not able to comprehend that how she landed here. Her mother ACP Inayat Bakshi faces the worst nightmare of her life when she discovers that not only her daughter has been raped but she has also lost her memory and fails to recognize her. While Anika tries to embrace the given identity, she is yet not able to understand if everything is for real. ACP faces the toughest case of her life where there is no lead and tries to break the ice with whatever power she has. Anika discovers about the life she had been living before her memory loss from a diary journal she fetches from her cupboard. Truth divulges to be a real shock. Meanwhile, Anika builds courage to move forward in life and discovers love but is this love real? ACP Inayat too has kept some secrets of her life from her daughter. Will Anika accept her mother even after discovering the truth? Will they both be able to build that solid bond of reconciliation? Will there be justice? Will destiny be good to them? Will they be able to fight and break the society norms?

Review:

The title of this book and the blurb intrigued me so much that I ended up reading it in straight three hours. There was this constant urge to know the story which made me read it so soon. I would say I'm impressed. The author has penned this novel beautifully.

Coming to the story, it is about a girl, Anika who finds herself in the hospital with no memory. She learns that she has been raped and the rapists had attempted to kill her. She fails to recall anything of her past. She doesn't even recognize her mother who happens to be a police officer. With no memory about that terrifying day, will Anika know who did wrong things to her? Will her mother catch the culprits?

The story is really gripping. I totally loved it. The author has plotted it excellently by giving attention to minute details. There aren't any loopholes in the story. The pace of the story has been maintained well. The narration is done from the point of view of Anika and that of her mother alternately. It has been done really well. You will not be confused at any point in time while reading the book. The first person narrative is a cherry on the cake. The characters have been well portrayed. You feel connected with the characters. The emotions have been depicted well.

This book will urge you to turn its pages. The story seems realistic at every page. However, I found the end a bit filmy (something that I felt).

On the whole, I would say this book is really something. In the present times where there are numerous love stories published in a month, this book seems to crave a path for its own. A matured read, it is!

I rate-
Cover: 3.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Story: 4/5

My overall rating for 'The Lost Daughter' is 4.5/5 stars.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Day I Started To Think by Sreeja Vinnakota - Book Review


Book Name: The Day I Started To Think

Author: Sreeja Vinnakota

Publisher: Invincible Publishers

Blurb:

"Listen to me, young lady. You have thirty days to return Tanya's crown or else, your father is as good as dead."

One phone call disrupted the lives of Arya McLean and her family.

The daughter of a wealthy businessman, Arya had never been exposed to the big bad world. Now, in a quest to save her father from the clutches of a sinister bunch of villains, she comes across shocking revelations about her family and is faced with a decision that could either save the world or plunge it into complete chaos. 

Review:

The Day I Started To Think cannot be decribed as a novel belonging to one particular genre. There is mystery. There is fantasy. There is suspense. And much more.

The story is about Arya, the protagonist. Arya's father has gone missing. She receives threats from an unknown source that she needs to find and hand over Tanya's crown if she wishes to see her father alive. There are two people who are after the crown. Will Arya find the crown? Will she fight the kidnappers? Where is the crown and what is the crown's story?

The story begins with the incident where Arya's father is kidnapped. I feel that the beginning of the story was done fabulously. It created questions like 'Why' and 'How' in my mind. It was enough fuel to the fire. It made me want to find the answer and kept me hooked on to the story. A series of events unfold later. As you proceed, you encounter numerous questions which makes finding answers mandatory. Such is the 'engagement' aspect of this book. Every chapter surprises you. This book is indeed an awesome read.

I loved the manner in which the author has maintained the mystery aspect of the story. It is revealed in parts - which keeps you interested and entertained throughout the reading session. The characters are well-crafted. I could relate my reading experience with the movie 'The Chronicles of Narnia'. The narration seems realistic. The simple language and 'not-so-complicated' names of characters makes this book an easy read.

If you have been a fan of fantasy novels, the movies like 'The Chronicles of Narnia' or 'Journey to the Mysterious Island', go for this book. It is worth the read.

I rate-
Cover:
Characters: 3.5/5
Story: 4/5

My overall rating for 'The Day I Started To Think' is 4/5 stars.

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

For a Girl in a Star by Ratna Chandu - Book Review


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Book Name – For a Girl in a Star

Author – Ratna Chandu

Publisher – Srishti Publishers and Distributors

Blurb

What do you do when your best friend, the one person who has stood by you through thick and thin, knows you better than you know yourself and literally saved your life falls in love with the same girl as you? Avinash and Sahas, two village boys arrive in Bangalore in search of art and in pursuit of ambition. Sahas, hardworking and nervous, antonym to his friend, has emerged from a troubled past only to find that his future doesn’t come without encumbrances. Their friendship is the one constant in the two boys’ lives, but that is tested when they each meet Aarti, a mysterious, compassionate, beautiful girl who captures both their imaginations and sets their hearts aflame. Will their passion for the same girl and an untimely tragedy, sunder the two friends forever? A compelling tale with twists and turns reminiscent of India’s melodramatic films, For a Girl in a Star deals with the age old staples of young love, heartbreak and what it means to be a true friend.

Review

The title of this novel and the blurb appeared quite filmy to me. Two best friends falling in love with the same girl – typical Bollywood story. This is the thought that came to my mind. With this thought, I started reading this book. The story went on just like the way it happens in the movies. And then arrived the shocking twist. And the story grew interesting.

The book seems predictable at first but then it grows interesting and keeps the reader hooked on to it. This is the thing I loved about this book. The story is a unique one. It has the potential to keep you engaged until the last page. The pace of the story is fast. I loved the manner in which the author has written all the chapters. She builds suspense in the prologue and it is only during the end that you find the answers. The story being a tale of friendship and love will give you good lessons for life.

I loved the way the author has created the characters. The two protagonists seem to be much different from each other yet they are best of friends. I envy their friendship. The girl, who seemed like a sweetheart, ever since she was introduced in the story has a minimal yet very important role to play. The close family of the protagonists are too given an equal share in the story. All the characters and their lives is kept in a loop.

I liked this book for the following reasons-
-The surprising plot
-The lessons of love and friendship

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

I rate ‘For a Girl in a Star’ with 4/5 stars.


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My True Angel by Irshad Thalakala - Book Review

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Book Name: My True Angel

Author: Irshad Thalakala

Publisher: Invincible Publishers

Blurb:

This is a sweet tale of finding true love. Iqbal, who works in IT company meets a beautiful girl Rubina. Iqbal falls in love with her, but Rubina does not reciprocate the same. Whether any mystery behind this girl Rubina or the destiny is waiting for something else?

Review:

The title of the book itself throws some light on what the book would be about. The blurb adds on more! My True Angel is a romantic tale of a guy who meets three women at different walks of his life. Iqbal, the protagonist falls in and out of love. It is said that the true feelings of a person for you is only when there are adversities. Do the three girls pass this test? Do they stand by him during his bad times? Who was Iqbal's true angel?

I found the story of this book to be kind of a common one. It was predictable at a few places. However, one thing that I noticed about this book is that inspite of having a common plot, this book kept me hooked on to it. I do not know if it was the twists in the plot, the language or the narration. I was drawn into the world of Iqbal and his life.

When you start off the book, you will begin to feel like Iqbal is some kind of stalker. But as you read further, you will know his innocence. The author has crafted the characters well. The three girls seem imperfectly perfect. Though these are the central characters, the author has perfectly brought in their
families. They are a part of the story and the author has portrayed and pictured them well in the story setting. I loved the character creation.

Coming to the language and narration! The narration has been done in first person narrative. The simple language and the narration are the positives of this book. The author has perfectly placed the chapters. However, I found a few chapters to be exaggerated out of proportion. But it doesn't affect the overall reading experience.

My True Angel is a good read.

I rate-
Cover: 2/5
Characters: 4/5
Story: 3/5

My overall rating for My True Angel is 3.5/5 stars.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

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

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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


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Book Name- Jalta Paani

Author- Meenna Dawar ‘Mohini’

Publisher- Invincible Publishers

Blurb-

'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.

Review-

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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