Book Review of The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal by Adite Banerjie

The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal by Adite Banerjie is a Mills and Boons saga which will keep you glued till the end. The book highlights the motive of revenge, marriage, betrayal and love.

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Cover- The cover like other Mills and Boons is fabulous and includes an image of intimacy which is required of it.

Title- The title is straight to the point and the whole story’s theme is delineated in this. It gives us a clear cut idea about the motive of the author.

Plot- The plot is gripping and revolves around Krish is the son of a tycoon and he is trying to avoid the marriage which is based on a business deal.Maya is a landscape gardener whose father became an alcoholic after he lost his job and his wife (Maya’s mother) was killed. She holds Krish’s father responsible, although Krish doesn’t know any of this.

Life takes a turn when opportunist Maya comes across Krish and in the party he asks her to marry her. They both have their purposes for which they agree to marry. BUt destiny has some other plans for them.

Theme- The story revolves around revenge motive. This is the evident theme in the novel where Maya wants to avenge the murderer of her mother and her father’s bad state. She hates Krish and her father to the core of her heart for which she agrees to marry Krish.

The theme of love can also be noticed as the way Maya and Krish click each other is mind blowing. They have a connection but both deny till the end.

Characterisation- The most impressive part about the authoris the way she has portrayed her characters. Maya is an interesting character who has solution for everything be it her work or anything else. SHe is a multitasker and teh way she handles her life is impeccable but she carries a grief and hatred in her heart. When she comes to know that Krish is her enemy’s son, she accepts his offer and tried to avenge him but soon destiny plays its role and things change forever. Whereas Krish is opposite his father who doesn’t approve his decisions but he has to obey him because of the boundations. The way he comes across Maya and asks her to marry him is wierd but when she agrees to it, sounds more wierd. He is money minded but deeply attached to his mother.

Style- The style of writing is simple, lucid and has brevity in it. The way the author has used descriptions be it of a landscape, house or anything, are just impressive. The use of third person narrative and use of epistolar technique in between is enthralling. The editing is also fine but the story seems predictable and might be a hinderance if anyone guesses it before. Overall, it is a contemporary romance challenging the old notions of novel writing.

You can grab your copies from :http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?keywords=Aditie%20Banerjie%20The%20Indian%20Tycoon%27s%20Marriage%20Deal&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=dearauthorcom-20

About the Author

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Adite Banerjie discovered the wonderful world of books at an early age which sparked her interest in writing. After a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist she turned her attention to fiction.

Her latest book is a romantic-thriller, No Safe Zone, published by Harper Collins India. She has penned two books for Mills & Boon (The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name) and written several screenplays.

When she is not grappling with her current work-in-progress, she enjoys spending time with her husband, spoiling their Irish Setter silly and watching back-to-back movies.

She loves to connect with her readers. You can find her on Facebook (https://facebook.com/AditeBanerjieWriter) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/adite)

Also Read the review of NO Safe Zone: https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/book-review-of-no-safe-zone/

 

 

I am Big So What?- A Review

Shuchi Singh Kalra’s I am big so What? is one of the thought provoking book. It focusses on the carefree living and it challenges those sterotypical notions about fat people and even the marriage alliances. The book is famous for its witty language which takes away the hearts of the readers.

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Cover- The cover of the book is colourful and it has a picture of a girl who seems plumpy but still manages to look classy. This gives us a slight idea that the story highlights the life of a plumpy or fat girl.

Title- The title is perfect and the story revolves around it. The way the author has used the title with a question mark is actually a Rhetorical question and in a way challenges the changing in progress society.

Plot- The plot is crisp and doesn’t lose focus till the end. It elucidates the life of Roli who has low esteem because of her oversized body. She face rejections at many places but doesn’t lose hope until she comes across her seventh suitor who is just like her. The way she overcome her fears, find herself is the rest of the story.

Characterisation- The author has beautifully portrayed her characters. Every character is given special importance and have their set of stories to tell. The way the author has drawn the portrait of Roli is mind blowing and we instantly fall for her.

Kabir Wagh’s character is most apppreciable. He has that appealing style which one cannot ignore. The way he does everything for Roli and look after her looks so cute. Whereas, the other characters also surprise us with their set of ideas.

Style- The author has used third person narrative and paired up with impersonal descriptions. Further, the witty style is surpassable. The language is simple and lucid. The dialogue structure is impressive and the author has amazingly added humour and emotional drama in this book.

Grab your copies from : http://www.amazon.in/I-Am-Big-So-What/dp/817599343X

About the Author

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Shuchi Singh Kalra is the author, freelance writer, editor and blogger with bylines in major Indian and international publications.

She is the owner of Pixie Dust Writing Studio, a writing and editing firm that services a global clientele, and the Indian Freelance Writers Blog. She has started dabbling in fiction only recently and her first book, Done With Men (published by Indireads), has received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. Her short stories have appeared in Love Across Borders, Stories For Your Valentine and NAW Anthology 2013. ‘I’m Big. So What!?’ is her second book.

Before she took to writing, Shuchi was an Optometrist at one of India’s leading eye hospitals. Traveling is her first love and she leads a happily nomadic life with her fauji husband and livewire toddler. Pay her a visit at www.shuchikalra.com.

Blog link: www.indianfreelancewriters.com
Professional portfolio: www.shuchikalra.com
Company website: www.pixiedustwritingstudio.com
Twitter handle: @shuchikalra

Book Review 0f We Will Meet Again

We Will Meet Again by Tarang Sinha is a romantic novel. This novel has beautiful sides of love, relationships, marriage, sisterhood, woman empowerment and parenthood.

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Cover- The cover surely is eye catching and has soft colour scheme that mesmerises the readers.

Title- The title is enthralling and the way we come to know the literal meaning of it in the end is just perfect. A well thought title.

Blurb- We will meet again is the story of Paridhi, a mass media student in Delhi. Life for Paridhi is all about course assignments, lost pen drives and urgent submissions. Harried and running against an unexpected deadline, she bumps into Abhigyan, a young, good-looking, wealthy young man – every girl’s dream. This meeting however isn’t one bit romantic. She meets him again at her best friend’s wedding. While he is clearly falling for her she is rude and angry and rebuffs him all the way. However, Abhigyan is not one to give up easily.

Setting- The settings taken up in the novel is mind blowing. I am personally connected to Jalandhar as its my hometown and the way the author has told about Punjabi weddings is completely amazing. Every Punjabi can relate to it. Then the Delhi and Mumbai sequences are brilliant.

Plot- The plot construction is simple and gripping. It is devoid of any digressions. This is a story of PAridhi whose life journey from a mass student to an independent Magazine Editor is delineated in the book. In this course we come across, Abhigyan who enlightens Paridhi’s life in the most interesting way.

Themes- This novel has many themes and the way they cover every segment is impeccable. The major theme highlighted in this novel is Marriage. The story starts with a marriage sequence of Paridhi’s friend where she comes across Abhigyan closely. THen, the other side is of PAridhi and Abhigyan’s wedding.

Love- HAte Relationship-PAridhi and Abhigyan share a love hate relationship which looks beautiful as well as entertaining. The way they argue over things and end up caring or helping each other is worth reading.

Friendship- This book is a celebration of friendship and the way Paridhi and her best friend stay is commendable. Both are each other’s confidantes and the way they stay with each other can remind you of your own best friend.

Parenthood- Paridhi is raised by her father who helps her in many ways. He always encourage her to do things and is proud of her. When he gets terribly sick, Paridhi turns no stone unturned to save him.

Sisterhood- Paridhi shares a close bond with her sister and that is why she takes her to her friend’s wedding. She always guard  her like her own child. She even instructs her like a mother and shares secrets with her like her friend. When she wears her dress after she comes back from hostel is sweet. The sisters bond is very co- relatable.

Characterisation- The author has beautifully mastered in creating her characters. It can be said that the author has used limited characters and mastered them. The main characters turn out to be the best. Paridhi is an amazing girl who has dusky skin and is doing mass communication. She is an interesting character who is always busy in her tests, assignments and the way she look at things is different. She doesn’t trust anybody easliy because of a terrible past.  She is a true friend, caring sister, adorable daughter. Abhigyan brings change in her life and tries his best to sort her notions.

Abhigyan is a rich guy with a drastic life which he never shares with anyone. He is helpful, caring, handsome and witty at the same time. When he comes across Paridhi, he is surprised to see a simple girl and the way she refuses him all the time. This boost him and he challenges her to win her heart. He takes care of everybody and becomes the apple of everyone’s eyes.

Style- The author has used simple language to convey her transparent thoughts. The story is written in first person narrative. Some sentences are simply amazing. There are certain editing errors which looks like some black spots in the beautiful book. It is not a fairy tale but a common story told in a unique way.

Why I Liked the Book?

I am a Punjabi, Jalandharite and can relate to the location pretty well.

The relations like father- daughter, sisterhood are co- relatable and one can feel that its their story.

Grab your copies from: https://www.pustakmandi.com/we-will-meet-again-tarang-sinha

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About the Author

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Tarang Sinha is a freelance writer and editor. She is an avid reader and active Blogger. Her works have been published in magazines like Good Housekeeping India, Child India, Woman’s Era and Alive, and a bestselling anthology “Uff Ye Emotions 2”.
A science graduate, she holds a Diploma in Creative Writing in English from IGNOU.

‘We Will Meet Again…’ is her first novel.

 

 

Book Review of The Smitten Husband

The Smitten Husband (Marriages Made in India Book1) by Sundari Venkatraman is a typical Indian tale which highlights the patriarchal society where decision makers are men not women. This is not just a simple tale but there are so many hidden facts about the society.  I got this book in an ebook form as a part of The Book Club blog tour.Lets get into the details:

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Cover- The cover of the book is fantastic and matches the story. We can notice a man and a woman dressed up.

Title- The title perfectly matches the theme of the novel and the way the story moves, it makes it apt.

Blurb-

Ram Maheshwari is a successful jewellery designer who has a huge showroom on MI Road, Jaipur. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a billionaire to boot. He’s twenty-nine and falls in with his parents’ wishes when they try to arrange his marriage.

 

The lovely, stormy-eyed Sapna Purohit is from Pushkar. She’s managed to finish school and makes a living by doing mehendi designs during weddings. She’s always dreamt of a Prince on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet.

One look into Sapna’s grey eyes and Ram is lost. Only, Sapna is unable to see her Prince in Ram. Being from a poor family, she has no choice but to go along with the tide when the Maheshwaris offer to bear all expenses of the wedding.
Does that mean that the feisty Sapna is all set to accept Ram as her husband? She puts forth a condition, after the wedding. Will the smitten husband agree to it?
*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.
Plot- The plot is simple and intruguing without any loopholes. The story revolves around a couple named Sapna and Ram who belong from different corners of the societies. When they come across things didn’t click on both the sides but as the decision is based on man’s verdict, the marriage happens. This is a journey of a non hero who later turns out to be a hero.
Theme- There are many themes in this novel. The main highlight is the male chauvanism society. Sundari maam elucidates that time when Indian men were the bread earners and their decisions were final but we find a bit of twist where the Maheshwari family is ready to accept their daughter- in- law the ways she is. But still when Ram agrees for the wedding inspite of Sapna’s reluctance, this shows us this concept.
Wedding plays a vital role in this novel. Always girl’s are affected if they don’t get a proper match. Hence, here we notice Sapna as a victim of such things and her rejections were due to inability to pay dowry. But in the last case, Ram didn’t ask her any dowry and her parents were pretty impressed by Ram and his family’s thoughts.
Individuality is one such theme. In India, women are mostly deprived of their individualities. Sapna is independent and wants to marry someone who could understand her and has her own picture of a perfect husband but that image she couldn’t find in Ram. She thought after wedding she would lose her individuality but this novel is full of surprises and the way Ram gives her space is impeccable.
Characterisation- The characters are realistic and amazing. I simply loved Sapna who is an independent girl with simple living and high thinking kind of attitude. She belongs to a poor family always lived with respect and dignity. When she comes across Ram, who is not her Prince charming she begins to hate things. She is not happy with the wedding and feels like a curse with this rich man. Later on, things take a positive change and love dwells slowly.
Ram is a rich guy who instantly falls for Sapna and doesn’t want to lose her at any cost. Things get upside down when Sapna reveals that she doesn’t want tobe with him. He gets infuriated and as an audience we do sympathise with him but when we he keeps himself at his wife’s place he realises that he was at a fault. He tries every possible thing to mend the relationship and later on, his hard work is paid off.
Style- I really loved the Indian touch in the novel. The flow of the story was smooth and easy. The sentences were simple, compound and complex. The author has beautifully described the things be it the small house of Sapna or the ravishing environment at Ram’s place. The narrative technique is mind blowing.
My Observations- This story highlights the arrange marriage. According to me, arrange marriages are beautiful as there is alot to know the person. It even takes our entire life to know a person but in love marriage we know everything from the start and that click begins to fade away. In this story, though Sapna wasn’t happy earlier and had a bad opinion about Ram but later on, as she started living with him, spending time with him, she realised that he was not a bad person infact, he is a gem of a person. Sundari maam has beautifully delineated this concept.
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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Candid Talk with Akhil Rajurkar

Its being a long time since I updated any interview. So, today I would interview Akhil Rajurkar, The author of Made in Heaven. Lets start the session:

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1. Tell us about yourself?

I am a normal middle class next door guy, born and brought up with ambitions and dreams of doing something different. I did my chemical engineering from Pune and now working in Gurgaon.
2. When did you realise you want to pen down your thoughts?


It was in the back of my mind for quite some time, I was motivated by my friend and wife, who used to love the narrations of my various encounters. Someone once jokingly said, “you should write a book ” And post marriage my wife made sure I did not lose focus on the book.
 3. Was getting published in your list?


Yes, definitely. Writing and making the book known was a long awaited thought.
 4. Why you took up “Marriage’ as a topic for your novel?


Well as its said, its not the destination, but the journey which is most interesting. I felt that this was a journey, each one of us undertakes sometime, and hence I wanted to narrate mine, so that it would make the married people remember theirs and make them smile, or inspire the ones who are in the process of searching for their soulmate, that they are not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel !!
 5. What is marriage according to you?


Marriage is like enrolling in a long drawn degree course, the only difference is that your room mate is your spouse, you have multiple headmasters (in-laws and parents), and  though there is fixed syllabus but the pattern keeps changing every year !! What does happen is that in the process of graduation, you come to respect and love the values of each other and learn to put someone else above yourself.
 6. Do you think marriage is an important of one’s life?


It is a journey that helps you discover yourself ! Its a personal choice, but as generations evolve, time and again in India the concept comes back in vogue. The reason I say it is because, I have seen the trend changing from early marriages (21) to getting married after settling down (after 28-30) to back. Nowadays Graduates who joined in my company 3 years back are getting married and many already have kids by the age of 26 !!
 7. What all research you did while writing this piece?


Well observation and talking to people was what helped me .

8. Is this book inspired by anyone?


It’s everyone’s story !

9. Is this book autobiographical?
Maybe and maybe not !
 10.Do you have any plans of trying anything different from this topic?


Writing helps you discover yourself more and I hope to continue this journey ! The next one is already out from the mind and on the paper…

Thankyou so much for your wonderful answers!!

P.S. Read the book review of https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/book-review-of-made-in-heaven-google-on-earth/

Book Review of In Love and Let Free

In Love and Let Free by Jagdish Joghee is the journey of a woman caught in the ties of love, relationships and marriage. The novel is fast paced and their are certain contents which shall be highlighted in the upcoming points:

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Cover- The cover of the novel is beautiful and has amazing blur colour in it. The cover justifies the story somewhat as we notice a girl whose standing alone.

Title- The title is intriguing and adds lot of curiosity in our minds to open the further pages.

Blurb- Shruti has everything going in her life with great education, incredible romance, a wonderful husband, and two adorable kids. There is plenty of laughter, joy, and love in the cosy nest that Shruti has carefully built.

All is well till that fateful Diwali day when passion gets better of reason. One momentary lapse threatens to uproot the entire foundation of her beautiful life. The stakes are too high as Shruti runs the risk of being abandoned by her husband and loosing her children too.
And there is no one to blame except herself.

Caught in the cesspool of blackmail, ransom, revenge, and remorse, Shruti is on the blink of collapse. She can run but cannot hide …..

Plot- The plot is simple and gripping. This is a story of a woman named, Shruti whose life is going smooth until an event takes place in her wife which changes her life. In short, it is a story of love, lost and found. There is a sub plot where Rahul plans and plot against his wives with his girlfriend which merges with the main plot in the end.

Themes- There are couple of themes which are being talked about. The theme of marriage is the main. It is often noticed that people end up getting married and later on, the spice and love is lost due to other responsibilities. In all this we forget to give time to our spouses. Thus, this situation was faced by Shruti and her husband.

There is another theme that talks about illicit relationships. This takes us back to the Victorian Era where illicit relationships were common and this same happens in this modern world as well. SHruti is unable to find love and satisfaction in her relationship with her husband and her void is filled by Rahul who himself is married. Things get nasty and ashamed Shruti takes some decisions which surely affects her life, firstly for bad and later for good.

The theme of love is definitely a valid one. This is strange, there was love between Shruti and her husband. Did that love vanish when Rahul entered her life? She in seen in a state of tabula rasa where she is unable to decide whether she loves Rahul or not? This seems unclear till the end and later on after the nasty truth being revealed by Rahul, the questions seem to settle.

Characterisation- The characters are artistically portrayed by the author and he deserves a salute. Shruti is perfect in everything be it homemaking, keeping pace with the things, a perfect wife and things get to change after one fine Diwali night where she is seen in an inner turmoil. She takes some steps which makes her pay in the end. She is a round character.

Rahul is the antagonist of the story. He is a typical complex character and his mind games are unpredictable. He is a greedy at heart and a murderer. He gives a lot of trouble to Shruti and her family followed by her second wife. I liked his character as that was the toughest one to portray.

Style- The writing style is simple and use of third person narrative along with informal descriptions is just fine. The story is fast paced which looks like a running story. It feels as if the author is in some hurry. Then there are few typographical errors which makes it bit cliche. The start and the end twist amazing. As compared to his previous book, this book lacks twists and turns. But its not bad for a first timer.

Availability- https://www.amazon.com/Love-Free-woman-caught-between/dp/9352063198/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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About the Author

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Born and brought up in the beautiful hill town of Coonoor in Nilgiris, Jagdish Joghee has always been attracted to the hills and the forests. Growing up in the midst of serenity, Jagdish had enough inspiration to write short poems during his school days. He now lives in the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu where he works for a leading global information technology services company. Jagdish has worked in some of the top IT companies in India, which required him to travel to some of the major cities in the country and overseas too. His passion for writing started early during his school days. Being a closet writer, Jagdish’s writing was initially confined to journals and scrapbooks. He could not pursue his dream of becoming a journalist when he started working in the IT enabled services industry. Jagdish is an active blogger and writes on issues that have a social impact, apart from reviewing Indian movies. This book marks his foray into fiction. He considers himself more of a story teller than a writer. Jagdish wants to write novels that will keep readers engaged with a good mix of romance, revenge, laughter and thrill. He is also keen to explore the realm of fantasy.

P.S – Also read my review of The Colour of Love : https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/book-review-of-the-colour-of-love/

 

Book Blitz: His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman

Marriages Made in India
Book #2
HIS DRUNKEN WIFE
 
by
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Blurb
 
The badass Shikha is startled when the nerdy Abhimanyu proposes marriage. She loves… herself, and Abhimanyu doesn’t figure on her list anywhere. For Abhimanyu, however, it was love at first sight when Shikha walked into RS Software, where the two of them work.

When Abhimanyu shows her that he just might be rich enough for her, a pleasantly surprised Shikha accepts his marriage proposal and moves into his swanky apartment.

But it looks like the love is all from only Abhi’s side as Shikha continues to drink herself crazy. Yeah, even at their wedding party.

And then Abhi sets out on a honeymoon to Thailand with His Drunken Wife…

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


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His Drunken Wife

is the ninth book authored by SundariVenkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #2 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India; Book #1 being The Smitten Husband. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of SundariVenkatraman’s books are on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK, Canada & Australia under both #romance & #drama categories.


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