Book Review of Knitted Tales

Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh is a collection of short stories that has some deeper meaning. In these short stories Rubina has taken us to childhood, matured level and to extremely above all level. It is a journey where we feel mixed emotions overpowering us after reading every story.

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The cover of the ebook perfect as it says knitted which can be in form of a web. This gives us a positive touch. Further, The title is perfectly chosen as surely, these tales are knitted like those grannies knit the sweaters of a baby.

Stories at a glance:

A Secret in their Closet: This story talks about reincarnation which is believed in India where one comes back in another form. This is a heart touching story where the child reminds her parents of their sin.

Betrayal: This story is of a married couple where the wife betrays her husband because of his evil deeds. This talks of illicit relationships but in other way the reader might feel that the wife did the right thing.

Chiclets: It is a story with a deeper message of where the author talks about discrimination on the basis of race. The way the mother and child handles the situation in a positive way is the rest of the story.

Forgive Me, For I Have Sinned : This story highlights a topic that is treated as taboo in India and many other countries. It is considered as a sin if a brother falls for his sister. The use of epistolary technique adds essence to it.

Lolita: This is a story of the struggles of Lolita whose life changes in a bad way where she becomes Lolita, a sex worker from Lalita.

No Regrets: This is beautiful story of a husband wife whose dull life becomes interesting when the husband accidently reads the chat of his wife.

SuvarnaRekha: This story talks about Honour Killing where two lovers are not from caste are forced to commit suicide.

The Little Godmother: A Beautiful inspiring story that can change the minds of the people. This reminds us of Cinderalla’s story as we have that anecdote in it.

The Missing Staircase: A suspense story that keeps you in thoughts. It reminds us of our childhood and the memories shared woth our grandparents. It also give us a bit spooky feeling. A perfect role of stream of consciousness could be noticed.

The Other Woman: This story brings tears in our eyes. It is written from the point of view of the child which has its own essence.

Daddy, Hear Me Out : A story that reminds us of the time when we were struggling to do something and that calling in our life totally changed our life. The same happens in this story.

Cliffnotes: This is a complicated story which might confuse you but has a deeper meaning, if you get the knack then you get the story.

The author has beautifully expressed her feelings by taking up different sets of stories. The way she has handled such serious issues with an ease is appreciable. Many people might criticise her because of the unusual stories and their combinations, also the taboos dealt here but I feel atleast she dared to talk abot them with a different perspective and we all should respect her thoughts. The way she added the hindi words and their meanings in the end are the best as it is of great help to those readers who are naive to Hindi.

Grab the ebook from amazon: https://www.amazon.in/Knitted-Tales-collection-Rubina-Ramesh-ebook/dp/B01M6UV0DK?_encoding=UTF8&keywords=knitted%20Tales%20by%20Rubina%20Ramesh&qid=1482319730&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

About the Author

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Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre Release Review : You Are My Reason to Smile

You Are My Reason to Smile by Arpit Vageria is a romance novel. This novel talks about romance, friendship. The elements of humour, sadness can be noticed altogether.

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The cover of the book has a shady green colour which mesmerises the soul ofthe readers. Those who judge book by its cover would surely buy it by looking at it. The green shade gives a positive ambience and surely grabs a lot of attention.

The title is appropriate though we come to know the literal meaning of it in the end. The story revolves around this. It can be related to us also as we keep on looking for a smile but we find smile in a person whom we love the most.

Ranbir is a dreamer, he has a well-paying job, but his aspirations are higher. He is a good lover, he adores Adah and can forego any comfort of the world for her sake. But even then, he is not happy. Because his true calling is not in the corporate, it’s in writing. After much deliberation, he takes the plunge and leaves his job to write full-time. While he struggles for balance, Adah also starts keeping herself away. Was she really in love with him and was it just a facade? 
Amidst all this confusion, Pihu Sharma enters his life – his first ever fan, who seems to be head over heels in love with him. While Ranbir’s equation with Adah deteriorates, Pihu leaves behind her luxurious life to shift in with him. Is this the true love Ranbir had been waiting for? Join Ranbir as he makes his way through a world that kills for money and dies for love.

The plot of the novel is intriguing and has no digressions in it. The story is of Ranbir who wants to be an author and is struggling for it whereas Adah is a confident girl with a capricious nature.  Pihu’s entry in Ranbir’s life is a solace but not for a long time. The relations get entangled and how these three handle their turmoils is the rest of the story.

The themes of friendship, love, calling can be noticed. Yes,it is true that calling is important in one’s life. And Ranbir’s calling was not in corporate world infact in writing world. The friendship bond and the love include the other themes.

The characters are beautifully portrayed. I personally loved Lakshya’s character because thats the only character that remains unchanged throughout the novel. He is an amazing friend to Ranbir and could go to any extend to help him.The protagonist Ranbir’s life is a roller coaster ride and the way he gets a positive response for his book gives us a glimpse of the author.

The style of writing is simple, lucid and clear. The author has used easy language to understand. Some lines are really loved while some can make you cry that very moment. The use of third person narrative along with point of views could have been better. Those who are not romance lovers might not like it. The story was sounded predictable but was unpredictable.

Grab your copies from amazon; its on pre orders and will be released on 25 December.

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About the Author

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Arpit Vageria is a bestselling author of two romance novels – I Still Think About You and Chockolate Sauce-Smooth. Dark. Sinful. Arpit also writes for the Indian television industry and has written stories and dialogues for many fiction and non-fiction television series and award functions. Hailing from Indore, he currently lives in Mumbai. He enjoys road trips, singing, playing pranks and adventurous sports.

 

 

Book Review of Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown turns out to be a hidden gem just after the Da Vinci Code. This book surely takes way the hearts of the readers as the way this book is presented. It has multiple genres hence anyone can analyse it in any way which will be acceptable everywhere.

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This book marks a new beginning for the religion and science loving people. Mostly they say science and religion can’t be together but here in this book, Dan Brown has proved this idealistic notion wrong by blending religious believes with the science fiction. This book has ccreated the history.

Unlike The Da Vinci Code, this book also keeps the suspense from the start to the end. The thickness of the book surely has meaningful incidencts and evidences. This book is just like those crime series when one finds a clue it leads to another and then to the other. Every page has something or the new to tell.

The plot is gripping and keeps you glued till the end even though the 615 pages are being ignored by the people. This book can be completed in 4-7 hours of continuous reading though I had to leave this aside because of my exams.

The characterisation is perfectly done and the way Robert Langdon’s characters is delineated makes the book mindblowing. Vittoria’s emotions are well portrayed. Further, the other characters play the role in the plot construction.

The stories about science and the Illuminati Cult are an icing on the cake. They arise the interest of the readers.

The author has used Italian in between which is hard to understand for those who don’t know Italian else the language is simple and easy to understand.

Grab your copies from : http://www.amazon.in/Angels-Demons-Robert-Langdon-Brown/dp/0552161268

Book Review of Retirement Planning

Retirement Planning by R. K. Mohapatra is a book that gives us a new meaning to our retirement and helps her to keep our cards safe in all the situations. I got this book from goodreads giveaway in return of an honest review.

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Blurb- The book, “Retirement Planning- A Simple Guide For Individuals” is meant to enlighten readers especially the middle class on how to invest, instruments in which to invest, and where to get started.

This book enables you take meaningful decision for your future retirement, whether you are at thirty or fifty. This book guides you to develop an attitude and aptitude for investment of your retirement and other financial goals. This book also enables you to grab the best opportunities in this volatile market rather than just investing in the conventional instruments. It also assists you on focusing goals one by one by utilizing the best possible alternative investment avenues in the market.

Review- Honestly speaking, this book is a proper guideline for a layman who is doesn’t know where to invest and what to do after he gets retired. The author has highlighted all the points step by step. The way these forwards are written, it gives a picture of a better book. The author has laid down certain investment plans which are simple and easy to implement. The pros and cons of the plans have been beautifully explained by stating certain facts and figures.

This is not a novel but a self help or rather say a non fiction that is written in a factual way. It has no personal or impersonal descriptions. Certain examples are shown from real life only,hence it is not a fiction book.

Not only this, the main plus point of this book is, one can never get bored as the author involves the readers as if he is talking face to face to explain them the points. The cover of the book is not the main concern henceforth, it is kept white and simple. The title is perfect for its purpose.

The caption on the cover takes away the hearts of the readers

“Retirement is not an age; it is a monetary amount; you have thought about for rest of your life.”

Grab your copies from : http://www.amazon.in/Retirement-Planning-R-K-Mohapatra/dp/819321899X_encoding=UTF8&keywords=retirement%20planning&linkCode=sl1&linkId=6811e94ff0d6b2651a7c721c5f0515a1&qid=1480423356&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1&tag=thereandtheir-21

 

 

 

 

His Drunken Wife- A Review

His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman is her second novel in the series of Marriages Made in India. This is a novella that has spice, sensuality, love and loads of drama. This book can be surely converted into a movie.

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Talking about the cover of the book, it looks fantastic as it has a couple who are in intense mode. The cover looks like as if we are going to read an erotica but it has something different in stored for us. The passionate picture surely has a unique story to convey.

The title His Drunken Wife is a new beginning. Mostly in country like India, alcohol is acceptable for men but when it comes to women, they are often judged by this. Drinking is a choice but when it becomes an addiction its hard to get over it, be it for man or woman. This title surely gives us a different picture but we don’t judge the lady.

The story is about Shikha and Abhimanyu who share a passionate relationship. Shikha has a mysterious past whereas Abhimanyu is like an open book. The card begin to uncover when Abhimanyu and Shikha gets married. A new innings of love, passion, care begins in their life. The plot construction is apt and it binds us to the end.

The author has worked on limited range of characters and all the characters are given much importance. Shikha is a complicated character who is struggling with her inner demons and a past which makes her an alcoholic. She is highly ambitious and wants to marry a rich man like Abhimanyu and when Abhimanyu proposes her, she willing says Yes to him.

Abhimanyu is madly in love with Shikha and can do anything to keep her happy. The way he looks after her after the marriage and handle her anger is appreciable. He heals her heart and pain.

The style of writing is simple. The thrid person narrative with impersonal descriptive pattern makes it beautiful. Further we find some witty sentences that are awestruck. It is an easy read and one doesn’t mind it being in an ebook format.

Grab your copies from : https://www.amazon.in/Drunken-Wife-Marriages-Made-India-ebook/dp/B01KCXSMMM?_encoding=UTF8&camp=3626&creative=24790&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb_in-21

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About the Author

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Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she couldn’t write to save her life.

All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job as a school admin and didn’t know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she returned home one evening after her walk, took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape. While she felt discouraged when publishing didn’t happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up.

In the meanwhile, she landed a job as Copy Editor with Mumbai Mirror. After working there for two years, she moved to the Network 18 Group and worked with two of their websites over the next six years, as Content Editor.

Despite her work schedule, she continued to write novels and then short stories and had them published in her blogs. She also blogs voraciously, writing on many different topics – travel, book reviews, film reviews, restaurant reviews, spirituality, alternative health and more.

Her first eBook Double Jeopardy – a romance novella – was published by Indireads and has been very well received by readers of romance.

In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).

2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.

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P.s Read the review of The Smitten Husband: https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/book-review-of-the-smitten-husband/

Pre- Release Review: Her Last Wish

It gives me an immense pleasure that I am the first one to read and review this book. Her Last Wish by Ajay K Pandey is his second book. This book talks about love in a unique way. Further, the elements of morality story can be seen in this piece.

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Cover- The cover is mesmerising, soothing and eye pleasing. One can feel that the two people in the cover are in love. This cover has beautifully highlighted one point,”It is important to be with each other”

Title- The title is simple but has a deeper meaning which we comes to knowin the end. Its not just the wish but the infinite love of a husband for his wife. The story revolves around it.

Genre- This novel can be categorised as a Romance or a Tragedy.

Blurb- Her Last Wish is a story of a guy burdened with his father’s  expectations and mother’s over protective rules. Then love walks into his life as his life partner. The story is his fight with the world and even destiny as he tries to pull his wife out of the clutches of a fatal disease, trying to fulfill her wishes and making her happy.

Plot- The plot construction is gripping and it surely keeps you glued till the end. The story is about Vijay who is a hopeless man. But when he gets married to Astha, a confident girl life changes for him. The way he handles her disease is the rest of the story. The story is unpredicatable. It looks simple to crack to the code but as you progress in your reading your notions are proved wrong.

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Characterization- The author has surely played with the minds of the characters. The best part is, all the characters in this story are round characters as everyone undergoes a change in the latter half of the novel. It is often stated that the protagonists are the favourite characters. They are always, but this time, I felt more connected to the supporting characters because without their role, the story would have no meaning. I am impressed by the mother and father of Vijay who are the pillars of this novel. The way they helped in the progression of the story is impeccable. I would say no father is like Vijay’s father and no mother is like Vijay’s mother. Vijay’s father played the role of a true friend in the lives of Vijay and Astha whereas Vijay’s mother is a confident woman whose love is unexplainable.

Highlights of the Novel

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The book talks about morality. This takes us back to the ancient drama times where Morality Plays were shown. Well, these morality plays were based on human virtues like anger, sadnees, happiness, revenge, forgiveness. This novel has one of these virtues which are beautifully highlighted hence, I could make out that this is a morality story.

The Epistolary technique of novel writing used by author is an icing on the cake. These letters are in form of point of views of different which surely takes away the hearts of the readers.

Style- The style of writing of the author is surely unique. It is neither simple nor complicated yet it has some different essence of novel writing. Maybe the author writes as a husband, thats he can bore such emotions which just melts your heart and force you read the story. Some of the lines are heart touching and can become axioms in near future. The descriptions, editing are perfect. i would say the author has experimented with multiple point of views which is a huge risk but according to me, this is worth it. This book has surely stolen away my heart and I would strongly recommend you all to read it.

Grab your copies from Amazon: Its still on Pre- orders: http://www.amazon.in/Her-Last-Wish-Ajay-Pandey/dp/9382665870/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481877657&sr=8-1&keywords=Her+Last+Wish

About the Author

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Ajay K Pandey is currently working with Cognizant, Pune. Although he grew up with a dream of becoming a teacher, destiny landed him in the IT field. Travelling, trekking and reading novels are his hobbies. Travelling to different places has taught him about different cultures and people and makes him wonder how despite all the differences, there is a bond that unites them. Trekking always inspires him to deal with challenges like a sport.
Reading is perhaps what makes him feel alive. Apart from writing, he wants to follow his role model Mother Teresa and make some contribution to the society.
His debut novel You Are The Best Wife was based on his life events and went on to become a bestseller soon after its release. It charmed many hearts and inspired several others to live every moment with love, peace and happiness.

 

Book Blitz of The First Touch of Sunlight by Len Webster

 

 

Title: The First Touch of Sunlight
Author: Len Webster
Genre: A Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2016

 

Blurb

 

My Josh. His Beth. Someone else’s Meredith.Destined to fall apart before their lips have even touched, Samuel Michaels and Meredith Driessen have seven years of almosts between them.

Seven years ago, a night by the river would bind them together. Seven years ago, Sam’s entire world blew up before his eyes.

His only saviour …

Meredith.She saved his life, exposing him to what it could be like to be with her. But that wasn’t Life’s plan. Because deep down, his secrets will destroy their lives and separate them. His secrets will break both their hearts until the day he finds her standing on the edge of the train platform, completely lost.

He did this to her.

And Sam knows that if he doesn’t go to her, he’ll lose her forever.

Will seven years be enough to mend their scars? Or will the secrets they both keep deny them once more?

One thing is certain …

You may never know tomorrow’s sunlight if you’re drowning in yesterday’s storm.

 

 

Purchase Links

 

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Excerpt
CHAPTER ONESAM

Seven years ago

It’s my fault.

It’s always my fault.

Samuel Michaels picked up the bottle of Jack Daniel’s from the passenger seat. It was lighter than before he got in the car. His mother wouldn’t be happy. Disappointed wouldn’t even come close. She couldn’t look him in the eye. Not after what had happened.

Because of Beth.

Because of what they had done.

They destroyed what they knew.

They destroyed how they lived.

Their lives would now change.

He uncapped the bottle of whiskey and brought it to his lips. He paused and stared out at the river. It had started raining almost ten minutes ago, and in those ten minutes, his phone had rung a handful of times. Looking out the windshield, he was thankful the moonlight aided in his view of the river. Sam could just make out the raging waves. A sigh had left his lips before he threw back the alcohol and felt the burning on its way down his throat. Whiskey had never been his drink. The way the liquor scorched waves in his stomach was one he hated, but for Sam, he needed strong. He didn’t want weak beer.

He wanted to be numb.

To forget.

The ringing of his phone had him returning the bottle back to the seat next to him and picking it up. He saw Phillip Hall’s name flash on the screen—no doubt, his mother had called his best friend. Sam declined the call and threw his phone next to the empty bottle. It’d been over an hour since he’d run out of his house to his car. He drove to the bottle shop and then to the riverbank. It was too dark for anyone to notice his car, not unless they came close.

Sam curled his fingers tightly around the leather-wrapped steering wheel and let his forehead rest on it. He wouldn’t cry. He promised himself he wouldn’t. But the flash of Beth’s trembling lip had him sobbing. It had been a mistake. She had said that months ago, and now, that same mistake had caught up to them.

The alcohol had finally kicked in, and he no longer felt. Instead, he relished the numbness consumed by his body. He smiled and then belted out a heavy laugh.

“What the fuck has she done?” He leant back into the driver’s seat, and his hand searched the door for the handle.

The moment he found it, he opened the door and fell out of his Jeep, landing on his hands and knees. Sam ran his palms through the wet grass and rolled onto his back, laughing. Once he was able to get back on his feet, Sam lifted his arms up and down as if he were flying and stomped towards the riverbank. He let his feet sink, even squishing his shoes into the sloshy mud. He laughed like a child, continuing to march in the dark night.

When he had reached the edge of the bank, he watched the water rush past him. With the moonlight beaming from above, he was just able to see the river current drowning a log.

“I want to be that log,” Sam said as he bent down and unfastened his shoes. He removed them and placed them on the wet ground. Moisture seeped through his socks and hit his skin, causing his toes to wiggle.

“Sam?”

“Can’t save me,” he said to the sweet and gentle voice. “I need to be the log… I need to die.” He closed his eyes and leant forward, intending to fall into the cold water and never resurface.

To be free.

The impact of the water had him opening his eyes. The current was strong, trying to force him under. His instincts had him fighting against what he had wished for. Water rushed into his mouth, and he swallowed it for air, choking him. His arms fought against the strength of the river.

“Dutch, stay!” the voice commanded.

Sam turned his head to see her. She was on her stomach, reaching for his hand. His heart had drowned at the sight of her. The look of determination on her face was one he could not miss. Sam paddled—not to reach her but to get away from her.

To die quickly.

“Sam!” she screamed and reached out further, almost falling in.

I can’t let her die.

The sight of her instantly sobered him.

Not her.

Sam pulled his hand up from the water in time for her to take hold of it. He kicked his legs to get closer to the bank and to stop her from falling in. When he was close enough, she had tried to pull him out of the water, but Sam had fought her. He just wanted her to fall back on the ground.

“Stop fighting me!” she demanded loudly, tugging on his hand.

A wave hit him, dragging him under and pulling her entire arm into the water. It was a miracle he hadn’t dragged her with him. He broke through the surface, and his eyes met hers. It was too dark to see the colour, but he already knew they were a bright blue. Not dark enough to resemble the ocean, but not light like crystal clear water. The colour was somewhere between.

Sam coughed, trying to breathe in air. “My life isn’t worth much. Let me go, Meredith.”

Can’t let her die.

Not her.

She gripped his hand tighter, as if she knew he was moments away from letting the current take him.

Meredith blinked once, and the fear in her eyes left her. The determination had returned along with her tears.

Meredith Driessen was crying.

Because of him.

Because she thought he was about to die.

“Your life is important to me, Sam. The moment you give up, I’m following you,” Meredith said.

Don’t save me, Meredith.

His heart squeezed in a way it had never done before. He held Meredith’s hand tighter, his lifeline.

“You’d …”

Don’t let me live a life where I want you.

Meredith nodded. “Yes, Sam, I would. I wouldn’t hesitate.”

Don’t let me love you.

She wrapped her other hand around his arm and gave him a small smile. “Let me save you, Sam.”

Let me drown, Meredith.

Author Bio

 

Len Webster is a romance-loving Melburnian with dreams of finding her version of ‘The One.’ But until that moment happens, she writes. Having just graduated with her BBusCom from Monash University, Len is now busy writing her next romance about how a boy met a girl, and how they fell completely and hopelessly in love.

She is also not a certified explorer, but she’s working on it.

 
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