Book Review of The Fence

The Fence is the collection of short stories by different writers. These stories were written in a workshop which was organised by Half Baked Beans. Half Baked Beans only sent me the copy in exchange of an honest review. Lets get into the details:

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Cover- The cover of the book is simple yet amazing which includes a dark background followed by some people walking together.

Title- The title is unique and its an anthology so we have different themes related to it.

The stories:

Illustrado’s Eulogy-  The story  moves in a flow and the way the author has expressed the segments is impeccable. The characters were complimenting each other. The story has epistolary traits.

The Other Woman- This story highlights the illicit relationships and the guilt that overpowers it. It justifies that saying,” If you throw thorns for someone else, you will also feel the pain” (This one is my saying..lol)

The Smartphone- This story was unique and had a new perpective to life. The events of the story moved me and at some point I felt what the mother did was right. She went through a tabula rasa state where she couldn’t digest that his own son could call her a slut. The total drama package with an unexpected reaction. I would say, the materialistic thing ruined the unconditional love.

Resignation to Heaven- The title is unique and the story focus on the topic of Euthanasia. This topic is of soul discussion these days. The hypnotising sessions in the story highlights the stream of consciousness technique. This story is well thought and beautifully written.

LOve is Everything- The story revolves around the vicious circle of life where a rude girl falls for a kind hearted guy. The story is cute and quite predictable.

Runaway- The story that touched my heart and sounded realistic.Ouch! I could feel the story. The way the author expressed the psychology of a guy who realised that he ended up kissing the girl lying next to be. The state of shock could be felt but thats what actually happens to men. Either they face or they run. Just a perfect delineation of a sitaution related story.

Cashmere, I need Cashmere- A fantastic story after Runaway that grabbed my attention. A perfectly mentioned incidents with high voltage of emotions and the way. The characters, daughters,old man and his wife sounded realistic and I could relate the story to the most loved drama, King Lear by William Shakespeare.

What she wanted- The best story so far and the way the author kept the pace is remarkable. The suspense element was beyond perfection. The character of the protagonist, Sujata is beautifully delineated.

Style- The stories were written in a simple, lucid and condensed form. The expressions, lines were simply amazing. There were some errors in the book which can be corrected easily. The typsetting and the quality of pages needed attention. Further, I couldn’t relate myself to the title ‘The Fence’, maybe it was a random title.

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Version of Departing Soul…

Hello Readers,

I guess I have never written this kind of writeup since the day I started writing. I hope I do some justice to it. Do give me your honest feedbacks.

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A shayari popped up in my head :

ankahe dhaagon mei baandh gya koi

ki vo saath bhi nhi

or hum azaad bhi nahi

 

P.S- I lost a loved one and maybe that made me write what I never wrote before. I miss you Madhu Aunty. I know you will never be back but you are around us and giving us all those hints in those forms. I can feel you and yes, we all are trying to be okay. We miss you badly. Love you so much.. May your soul Rest in Peace!

Author’s Note: This story got published by Book Array in their book Frozen Emotions. Due to copyright issues, this story has been removed. To read the story Pre- order the Book:

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Book Review of No Safe Zone

No Safe Zone by Adite Banerjie is a romantic thriller. It is an amazing roller coaster ride of action, love, betrayal and human trafficking. Every page has some new twists and turns which arises lot of curiosities in our minds. Lets get into the details:

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Cover- The cover of the book is totally ‘Filmy’ and enthralling. There is a road where we notice and a couple is riding it. This actually makes us excited to open the pages of the book.

Title- The title is unique and intriguing and will add so many questions in your mind which helps in reading faster.

Blurb- Qiara Rana will do anything to save her mentor and their non-government organization from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city she had vowed never to return to. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a potential suspect in the murder of a high-profile businessman.

The only person she can turn to for help is Kabir Shorey, the man who stood her up ten years ago. Past and present collide in a deadly plot of crime and greed that moves from the cosmopolitan streets of Delhi to the bazaars and villages of Rajasthan.

Plot- The plot of the novel is neatly woven. It is devoid of any loose ends. This is a story of two individuals Qiara Rana and Kabir Shorey whose destinies get reconnected during a case.  There are many sub plots which later on merge with the main plot. The mystery of a girl’s disappearance and leads to reach her further gets mixed. To add more, the background and life of Kabir Shorey is revealed in the end which clearly unfolds all the mysteries in the end.

Themes- This book is full of themes. The main theme is of Human Trafficking where certain kids start disappearing from their trip and are trafficked to some other places. The characters tries to uncover this theme. The next theme is of love. Qiara and Kabir are madly in love and their love has to undergo certain tests during the course of the story. Earlier they submitted themselves to destiny but when destiny or rather say the author planned to make them close, many nasty truths are uncovered. We also find traces of friendship, parenthood, dark pasts which helps in the progression of the plot.

Characterisation- The author has artistically portrayed her characters. The protagonist Qiara Rana is young and beautiful. She is enthusiastic about her venture. She seems attached to people but has a dark past. She is in a love denial mode when she comes across Kabir Shorey. On the other hand, Kabir is adventurous, handsome, pragmatic and loves his job. He also has a dark past and when he comes across Qiara, he is unable to control his emotions in front of her. It becomes realy tough to see his beloved as a suspect for the case.

Besides, there were many other characters and for this novel, I would add, the multiple characters didn’t affect the plot construction infact it helped in making it more beautiful.

Style- The novel is written in a third person narrative with vivid impersonal descriptions on the top. The language is simple, lucid and has brevity in it. The sentences have a range of simple, complex and compund. Some lines are so beautiful and this whole feels like flowing river or rather say amazing flow of poetry. Some sentences are lyrical. While certain remarks add humour to it. Not only this, there were many twists and turns which makes the story totally unpredictable.The best part of the book is that I couldn’t find any error in it.

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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)

 

 

Damaged Beyond Any Repair

Life is never perfect though we always wish it to be. People come and go in our lives but we learn to move on. A close one’s death makes us sad, true, but till when is the question. We can’t breathe sadness everyday as one day or the other we must move on. Not all such separations are because of death, some are a result of bad situations or wrong times.

 

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Author’s Note1 : I wrote this story 8 years ago and sent this for so many competitions but I guess it was meant to be shared here..The title of the short story is inspired by an online novel Damaged Beyond Any Repair by a dear friend, Abstract Kash.. Would appreciate your likes, comments and share..

Author’s Note2 This story got published by Book Array in their book Frozen Emotions. Due to copyright issues, this story has been removed. To read the story Pre- order the Book:

http://www.amazon.in/dp/8193298705/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482127892&sr=8-1&keywords=Frozen+Emotions

Rains Series : Part1

It was a pleasant day. I decided to go to an exhibition with my dad. The exhibition was boring and I was lost in myself. I had no interest in what that sales girl was telling me about a certain piece of cloth named PLAZo. She was enthusiastic and I was least interested. I was unable to concentrate anywhere because my mind was lost in him. I told my dad to drop me to my class and he agreed to it. We were on activa and don’t know from where, it began to rain heavily. Dad stopped the activa near a bus stop. There were some people who were already standing there. We occupied the nearest available chairs. My salwar was completely soaked in water and I hugged myself tightly. I noticed a familiar face gazing at me. He had worn black shirt and blue denims. It was him. I saw him after two long years. He looked changed. He had put on some weight. I wanted to wave but guilt overpowered me. A drop of tear rolled down my cheek. I had turned my face and began to notice rain. I was looking at the rain and somwhere, his eyes were not leaving my sight, waiting for the answers of his unasked questions. But, I had no strengths to face him.

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My dad shifted all his stuff in a plastic bag that he always carried. He looked towards me and said,”The rain is not going to stop for the next two hours. So you get an auto and go to your French class since you are getting late.”  I agreed to his suggestion and nodded. He looked for some auto. He looked for some autos and their he got one. My dad and he, both called for the same auto. I sat there and he was too there with me in that auto. I was in a state of tabula rasa and my mind was bugging me with so many questions, ” What if he asked me? What if he hates me now?” Suddenly there was a bump on th road and I was about to fell when he pulled me towards him. I was breathing heavily and my wet black-blonde hair were on his face. He met my black eyes and we both were lost in each other. After some nano seconds he carefully tucked one strand of hair behind my ear and whispered,” You still look beautiful and your heart even today beats for me. Your silence gave all my answers.” I was taken aback and kept flaunting his innocent eyes. The auto stopped and it was his destination. He stepped out and went away in the right direction. I kept looking at him till he was out of my sight. My heart was bleeding with pain. I wanted to call him but couldn’t. He was my past  which was like rain, that comes, makes you wet and goes. After that the rain stopped. I reached my class but still I could feel his warmth and his hypnotic voice.

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