Book Review of You Raise Me Up

You Raise Me Up by Arjun Hemmady is Leadstart Publishing book. In this book, the author has expressed his thoughts in a way too simple way.

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Blurb : Aalok Sharma, a 27-year-old, chartered accountant, meets the vivacious and beautiful Priyanka Mehra, on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai. They are instantly attracted to each other, though completely opposite in nature. However, something is holding Aalok back. Will this thing throw a spanner in his love story? Or will he be able to overcome his demons?

Cover and Title: The cover is again simple and doesn’t convey much. Maybe it suits the theme but it fails to grab attention of the readers, so those who judge the book by its cover, might not like it. The title is YOu Raise ME Up. It surely gives us no idea to what the author wants to convey so here, the readers want to grab this fat book and read it.

Plot : Again the plot is easy to predict and it revolves around Aalok Sharma and Priyanka Mehra. They happens to be from different backgrounds and cross their paths on a journey. Something click between them but the dark past of Aalok stops him back to make any move. This book about that dark past and how these too realise each other’s worth.

Remarks: The blurb is simple and I feel it could have been presented in a more innovative way. Coming to the plot, it reminds me of a situation of Aniket and Nidhi from Preeti Shenoy’s It’s All in the Planets. The way Arjun’s characters meet are just way too relatable to Preeti’s characters. Further, the predictability of the book makes it a turn off. I really liked the way the characters are delineated. The structure of the novel into three parts makes it quick and easy read. The writing style is again simple and condensed. I feel that surprise element seems missing in the book. The book could have been much better as it had that spark in it.

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Book Review of Ability on Wheels…Enabling Drivability

Ability on Wheels… Enabling Drivability by Harish Kumar is a motivational book, not only for the disabled people but also for us. This book is really informative and a guideline for the people who are handicapped and have the desire to drive the car.

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The cover is apt as it has a car and a man who is disabled. The captions are inspiring and also the way with which the colours are used.

The title is crystal clear and gives you all the vibes of positivity. At times, the readers are curious to know more about the book.

This book is a non fiction and it is all about the thought process of Harish Kumar who happens to be diabled but did the act of ability. Through this book he has given everyone a lesson that disability doesn’t matters. It matters to those who feel it. He is the record holder and through his struggles, guidelines he has not only encouraged others but also gave us the way to ahead. While I was reading this book I was reminded of my teacher’s words,” Never let your disability come in your goals.” Harish through his success stories gave us enough information about driving tests for handicapped. After reading this, I never felt that Harish Kumar is a handicap. He can drive a car and do all the activities then how can he be a handicap? Infact he is a winner who has defeated his disability as well.

I am glad that I decided to review this book after a session that I had attended on drugs. The person who gave us lecture about it was a handicap. His name is Vivek Joshi. This man is an alumini of my college and the way he handled the audience was spectacular. I felt like mentioning about him. He has spread drug awareness in almost many schools and colleges. Harish Kumar and Vivek Joshi have been an inspirational figures for me. Hence, for the first time in my book review, I got carried away.

This book will make you inspired and it can help you guys in knowing many facts which we often are unknown to. I will strongly recommend this book to everyone as we all have that one person who is handicap, we can help them and help ourselves also, so that we don’t judge such people.

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Book Review of Bag it All

Bag It All by Nina Lekhi and Suman Chhabria is an autobiographical book that has all the flavours of spiritualism, motivation, entrepreneurship.

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Sneek Peak:

As told to Suman Chhabria Addepalli with a foreword by Rashmi Bansal – A Bestselling author. The inspirational story of an entrepreneur who built a 100-crore company with the power of intent and love . Indra Nooyi said, “Women can’t have it all!” It’s either career or family. I disagree. As I see it, we can have it all – a successful company, a loving family and the opportunity to follow our passion. When I was a teenager, I started a small ghar-ka-business selling trendy handbags. Today, Baggit is a 100-crore company. Along the way, I became a wife and a mom, and navigated the various twists and turns in my personal life. I could do it all because of my loving, supportive family and my guru, who have made me a better person and a better entrepreneur. This is the story of how a C-minus student – a failure in college – became an A-plus entrepreneur. If I can do it, so can you. My secrets are in these pages.

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Starting from the first look of the book, I could make out that this book will surely reach my heart. Yes, it did. The cover of the book is fantastic as it has the picture of the owner, Nina Lekhi, of Baggit Brand. Those who are unaware of this Baggit then I would like to tell you that Baggit is a brand name that deals with handmade bags. It has a history of many years and now the turnover has reached upto 100 crores. This book is a story of young Nina who went through thick and thin to make a small shop into such a big brand. Behind all this, lies the support of family members, friends and relatives.Even the contribution of yoga and Guru ji brought Nina’s life on a track.

The book is divided into 3 parts, it has a narration of Nina’s life and then the next part has her struggles along with it, are the lessons she learnt from those struggles and experiences. Honestly speaking, when I started reading this book, I was in my low modes. But after reading it, my mind was fresh and I was ready to take up the challenges. Furthermore, the way the author has used the remarks made by her dear and near ones makes it impeccable.

The book is written in a simple yet lucid way. It is easy to understand and comprehend. Some of the pictures used in the book makes it look beautiful. This book is not an autobiography but a journey of Nina which we can go through by reading this book.

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Book Review of 4 am Conversations

4 Am Conversations by Ayushee Ghoshal is a collection of poems and nanotales which mesmerises your mind. Honestly speaking, I am new to this poetry reviews. But when I started reading this book, I couldnt stop myself from drowning in the thoughts poured by the author. She is full of myraid thoughts. I completed this book in 20 minutes.

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The cover is black in colour and gives us the vibes of night time. It surely attracts the readers.

The title of the book is intriguing and its sub title surely brings chills to your spines. There is an essence of horror element in it but the insides of the book gives us a complete surprise.

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From the Ferris Wheel of Love and anticipation to the Carousel of Loss and despair.
 From the darkness of delusion to the bright rays of self discovery.
 Four AM Conversations with the ghosts of old lovers is a handpicked selection of poetry written for the love that got away and also for you.
 You, who forgot to love the lover you’re meant to love all your life. Yourself.
The poems are divided into parts which have different essence and flavours of emotions in it:
A Fistful Of Love
A World Of Almosts
A Silent Madness
An Irreparable Memoir
Losing A Muse
4 AM Conversations With The Ghost Of Old Lovers
A Brief Affair With Time
A Game Of Silence
What The Poets Never Told You
These categories have different set of poems that take away our hearts. The words poured in each poem are so powerful that you can feel the emotions of broken heart, happiness, seasons, lost friend and many more.
Some of the poems are short, while some are long and also have collection of nanotales. The depiction is simple yet lucid. Further, some of the poems are in verse form while some are expressed in rythmical representation. Not only this, you can feel the characters in the poems hovering in your head. I could feel a lost friend.. I even shed fresh tears for the loss of love. The dedications have been beautiful. The author has done full justice to this poetry book by adding sense of horror and eeriness in it.
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Book Review of Bogus Read

Bogus Read by Divyamaan is a political satire. Honestly speaking, I have not read this sort of book and genre but when I read this, I wasn’t bored, infact, I ended up laughing. If you want to make yourself laugh,then this book is the best choice.

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The cover of the book is intriguing as the pictorial delineation and the remarks makes you hooked to the book. The white colour of the cover signifies a newspaper where we read all those news.

The title is even more enthralling and you are more curious to know the content inside the book.

“In a galaxy far, far away from Earth there were two countries. India and Pakistan. Both countries somehow remained in a perennial state of conflict since their independence. After badly losing thrice to India, Pakistan has now come up with the ultimate conspiracy – attack the minds of the Indian masses and capture the nation. In a partially successful attempt, it captures some portion of India. The Indian Government, led by its highly patriotic PM, Narendar Mody and His Royal Highness, Arnub Gooswamy, takes charge of the situation and comes up with a master plan of defeating Pakistan, using some of India’s most potent weapons – corruption, political-hooliganism and annoying celebrities. They are supported by five engineering students who, inspite of their otherwise mundane lives, get embroiled in the mess. They set themselves on a perilous journey only to discover how deep the whole conspiracy is and how dangerous are the brains behind it. Will they succeed in revealing the conspiracy to the Army? Will the lost territories be recaptured by India? To find out read ‘The Bogus Read’, an illogically-logical take on Indian politics, mainstream media, cinema and the television industry.”

The blurb is interesting and after reading it, I instantly fell in the love with the book. The blurb had so much information but that was just a start. The entire book is full of surprises.

Through this book, the author wanted to highlight the mind sets of so called Indians including us. These days we are more bothered about politics, politicians, actors and moreover, thos crazy tv serials that has taken away our ability to think logically. Not only this, a wierd imagination which sounds really absurd that our stars being kidnapped by Pakistan. There is an element of absurdity with loads of drama and mockery. I was impressed by the thought of the author, like how he came up with this concept? This book is a must read.

The combination and situation between Indian army and Pakistan army which seems to be linked with some students. These two are poles apart and when they are brought together, this made me realise, anything can happen in a novel and Divyamaan has proved it right. We writers have that ability where we can see those which are not possible in practical world. Kuddos to the author for being an exceptional.

The narration is simple and this simplicity kept us hooked and glued till the end. I completed this book in one go and couldn’t stop laughing. I won’t quote the sentences as every sentence is worth quoting and this might come up as a spoiler. This is the only book which you can pick up anytime and if you read and read again you will just end up lifting your mood.

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Book Review of Sensual Attractions

Sensual Attractions by A.J. Karan comes with a disclaimer that it can be read by children above 18 years of age. This book is a collection of short stories that are intense and maintains a certain level.

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The cover of the book is eye catching but still it fails to relate with the themes and the thought process of the author’s point of view which makes it average.

The title is intriguing and gives us a tinge hint that it might have some sensuousness in it.

The blurb of the story actually is okayish and doesnt attract the readers which turns out to be on a negative side.

Since it is a collection of short stories, some of the stories like Friendship Pact, Love Jeopardy, Corporate Espionage, Emotional Conflict, Prodigal Son have been my favourite. I really loved the way the author has used the thought process, mind schemes and also the character delineation. They have been beautifully expressed. The plots have been amazing throughout.

Whereas, Hotel1 and Hote2, Perilious Liasion couldnt catch my attention. I felt the same old love stories and love making which one can notice in those love lorn novels or you can say Mills and Boons. They came out to be overrated for me.

The stories, narration could have been improved and the errors could have been avoided. For me, it was a one time average read.

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Book Review of Her Secret Husband

Her Secret Husband by Sundari Venkatraman is the book 3 in the series Marriages Made in India. This book again is about the well known Maheshwari Family whom we met in the book1. Sundari perfectly delineates the emotional as well as sensual element in the novella.

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The cover of the book always catch the attention of the readers when it comes to the marriage series. I have read her previous two novellas and her covers are just amazing.

The title is intriguing as the reader is really curious to know about whose the Secret Husband and what the story is about. This title gives us many ideas about the story but again the author surprise us with her own unique concept.

The Maheshwaris are back, a little secretly this time!

What do you do if you find a man who looks like chocolate, speaks like warm syrup, looks at you like you were the most precious cake ever created, and he can bake too? You marry him, even if in secret.

Ruma Malhotra falls head over heels and a little more in love with Lakshman Maheshwari, but her parents insist that she marry a rich businessman of their choice. When Ruma’s only option is to marry Lakshman in secret, she is left torn between her love for her parents and her passion for Lakshman. Is a secret marriage the solution or will it lead the way to a public disappointment?

Lakshman Maheshwari falls in love with Ruma Malhotra the first time he sets his eyes on her in Ranveer’s office. Will he agree to marry Ruma in secret even if it means betraying his parents?

Psst… Those who have read THE MALHOTRA BRIDE might be happy to reconnect with Sunita & Akshay Malhotra in this one.

*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.

The plot is beautifully woven around Ruma Malhotra and Lakshman Maheshwari. They seem to have a breathtaking chemistry but face many problems as Ruma’s father fixes her marriage with someone she doesn’t want to marry.

Sundari seems to me a skilled artist who has amazingly crafted her characters. Ruma and Lakshman’s characters are the most loved. They are round characters. They are madly in love. The chemistry they share is phenomenal.

The best part of Sundari’s books is her writing style which is simple yet elegant. Those who want to read as a starter base can easily pick up her novellas as they are best way to know more about Indian culture and the delicate aspects she delineates though not focussing on them yet just touching it. Her writing makes her magnificent. She knows how maintain a balance when it comes to writing an intimate scene. The next best part is, her work is devoid of editing errors. This book is A major shoutout for romance lovers.

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Book Review of Gradients

Gradients by Swatii Chandak is a collection of poems based on various themes and concepts along with pictorial depiction which makes it outstanding. There are various shades of life which can be seen in this book.

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The cover of the book has various textures and in between those colours schemes one can notice some figmented figures. Honestly, it gives us a sense of absurdity. This absurd term reminds us of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot.

The title seems to be perfectly chosen for this book only as it delineates correct sense of emotions. It is a one word for all the shades shown in the poems.

These poems delve, intensively, into almost every emotion. Swatii has intricately engaged her poems with women’s perception and meticulously serves some, amongst others, best nuances of ‘Love,’ Intensities of an ‘Identity,’ the obsession towards a ‘Passion,’ a strong ‘Companion’ all ingredients in a single platter.

The collection of poems exhales varied titles for a poetry lover in a manner of feast & its theme unfolds the bonding of breathing with emotions in life. An enigmatic yet energetic theme.

The poems are divided into four parts namely, Breathing, All in Between, Exhalation, Poetic Saga. These parts are further includes different types of poem which perfectly matches the headings. The best part is, the next title of the poem is related to the previous poem. There is inter relation, connectivity and a beautiful ambiance that one can feel while reading these poems. Furthermore, the headings just look as if we are living our life. We breathe, inhale, exhale and then their are some of the situations that happens in our lives. Its just sound blissful. There is a sense of passion, companionship, confession, energetic themes in it.

There is no such rhyme scheme pattern. Some poems are rythmic while some are in verse form and at times I could feel a sense of drama in it. Some of the poems are shortwhile some are long. The other special part that caught my attention is the sketches and pictorial representation which makes the poems magnanimous. The choice of words makes it look so unqiue.The sense of alacrity could be seen. It takes us to a peaceful mode. I am glad that I picked up this book.

Favourite Quote- “The cheat in emotions, Disrupting lives and actions! Passing through trivially, while growing through the fractions”

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Confessions of a Bibliophile : My Blogging Journey

This is my blog story and I hope many of you might connect to this story. A blog is the best place to express yourself and when it gets appreciated, the moment is priceless.. Stay tuned for more confessions and this blogging story was featured on Candy Floss Last Year..:)

Episode 5: 

I always wanted to be read by people but I was away from this blogging thing. I had no idea that a word called ‘BLOG’ exists until I entered the world of online writing through a site named BOOKSIE. I saw that some of the writers had links and later on when I visited them, they were blogs. I still had no idea how to use it or make your own blog. I had this thing in my mind.

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Then one fine day, a miracle happened and my own book, Turning Point of Life‘ got released and after sometime, I decided to make a blog where I could review books. It was made for official purpose but I started with personal stories just to make a perfect starting. The very first post I wrote was about my success story and introduction. It was published on 2…

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Book Review of It’s All About Mahi

Blurb

He is a die hard fan of the most successful captain of the Indian Cricket team. She doesn’t like cricket itself. What shall the destiny unfold? Read this heart-warming tale of a fan.

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My Review

This book is a true tribute of a fan to his super star named MS Dhoni. It reminds me of a one act play where the fans wait for the stars and after getting the autograph they boost about.. Well, coming back to the story, the author has highlighted two segments.. One is his own love for the cricketer and other is his love for a girl named Barkha. The story is beautifully narrated but the mere descriptions of cricket matches and the other struggles makes it sound genuine but it fails to grab my attention at times. I may not be a cricket fan but I very well understand the emotions related to someone. The way Ankit has expressed his love for both the characters is impeccable.

The title and the cover perfectly matches the story. There is sense of alacrity in it. Further, The characterisation includes very limited characters which helps in the plot construction. It is a to the point story and has many factual information about MS-Dhoni.

The writing style is simple. Since its a pocket book, one can finish this book in 5-10 minutes. The third person narrative is just fine and yes, I can finally relate some good parts from a movie named FAN and MS Dhoni- The Untold Story..Not only this, the autobiographical theory makes it more realistic and eloquent. Kuddos to the author.

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