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.

 

 

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 Review of Secrets, Sins &Struggles

Secrets, Sins & Struggles by Kamini Kusum is a mind boggling book that would surely change your perspective towards life. The book is a collection of five stories based on five women. This book can be called feminist book as it has stories that revolves around the lifestyle of women including their hardships, sins, secrets and many more such elements.

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Cover- The cover of the book has four women posinf in different ways alogn with different expressions. It gives us an idea that the book highlights about women.

Title- The title is crystal clear and successfully delineates the motive of the book. The whole set of stories revolve around this.

Sneak Peak-“This collection of tales about the lives and loves of five women traces their long, eventful journeys. Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his. These stories are about the odds stacked against these women in their paths to love and success, and their hope that the next turn that they make will be the one that leads them to the happiness they are longing for. ”

Stories at a glance:

Brothel to Assembly– This story has all sort of emotions that are required in a perfect story like action, drama, thrill, struggle and many more. The protagonist is Pooja who belongs to a low class family and suddenly one day she is dragged in flesh trade which changes her life forever and how she overcame her miseries is the rest of the story. This story teaches us that no matter what happens, strong determination and will to achieve something will surely make the things happen.

Love, Corporate and Custody– This story revolves around Geshna, an amibitious and intelligent teenager who falls for Nihal, an equally intelligent guy. It is believed that often love comes with loads of struggles and sacrifices. This story also had sacrifices but on Geshna’s plate. She did every possible thing to keep her love and remained loyal throughout, little she did she know the secrets of her Nihal. This story has romance, betrayal, dreams. The way Geshna sacrifices her dreams surely makes you respect her.

Madam Bureaucrat– This tale has a prime focus on Sharawani who belongs to a low caste family and desires to clear IAS Exam. In this course, she comes across a guy whom she admires a lot and considers him as her confidante, little did she know his attentions. This story is about her strong will to achieve her dreams. It teaches us, no matter what all situations come up, we should not lose hopes at any point. It really inspires you.

Sin-This saga revolves around Harsha who gets married to Snehil but is in love with Anish. This story is about the true love of a husband and unfaithfulness of a wife who becomes a victim and ends up in an illicit relationship. I feel this story has Snehil as the main hero who proves out to be an ideal who looks after his wife. I feel a husband should be like Snehil but a wife should never be like Harsha.

That Rave Party Night– This story is about Avni, who is torn between her childhood friend Soumya and her boyfriend, Jeevak. This is tale of romance, betrayal, lifestyle. Life takes a drastic turn when Avni finds out that her friend, Soumya has told her something true and it is hard for her to believe this naked truth. The story has a revenge motive as its second part. Sometimes one should not blindly trust our partner. Even if you are in love, you should be alert always.

These five stories are so powerful and has a long lasting impact on the minds of the readers. I could never imagine that five stories could be life changing as well could end up in 211 pages.

Style- The style of writing is simple, clear and lucid. The themes of the stories have vigour in it. The way the author has used point of views is superlicious. Furthermore, these are not short stories, structurally speaking, they are novellas that are beautifully delineated. The characters are portrayed artistically.

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About the Author

Kamini Kusum is a management professional working in an MNC. In her eleven years of professional experience, she has worked in top IT companies such as TCS and HCL, where she has won numerous awards for her skill as a meaningful, gripping story teller. She is a movie buff, while writing is her passion. She lives in Delhi with her husband and two daughters.

 

 

Book Review of The Way She Loved

The Way She Loved is a typical love saga penned by Nitin Kumar. This book has an extraordinary way of showing love. It is believed that some show love on face while some love but others never come to know about their love. This story celebrates love in the most unique way.

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Cover- The cover of the book has amazing colours which reminds us of the setting sun. This colour scheme gives us a gesture that every setting sun has a rising morning. Hence, the cover surely takes away the hearts of the readers.

Title- The title mesmerises the readers and this gives us a glimpse about the main focus of the story i.e Love at its best.

Blurb- Every relationship has ups and downs. But, only those relationships that sustain separation and pain will stand the test of time.

Ayush, a small town boy, falls in love with Arpita who is older than him and already has a boyfriend. After much struggle, he succeeds in getting into a relationship with her. They fall in love but end up going their separate ways.

Ayush is deeply affected by the breakup and is plagued by unanswered questions.

What were the reasons behind Arpita’s change in behavior? Did she really love him? Would he learn to live with the pain?

Does Ayush come to understand The Way She Loved?

Plot- The plot is simple, common and still binds the attention of the readers. The story progresses in a steady way. The story revolves around Ayush, who happens to be a small boy and falls madly in love with Arpita, a girl older than him. The way their relationship meets its destination is the rest of the story.

Theme- The main theme to focus on is love and only love. But it has many perspectives of love. It surely gives us an idea about love, sacrifice.

Characterisation- The author has beautifully delineated his characters. Ayush is an interestung character who loves Arpita from the core of his heart and does every possible thing to be with her. On the other hand, Arpita is a complex character who is difficult to understand but the end part surely makes us fall for her.

Style- The style of writing is simple, lucid and condensed. The way the author has used the technique of omniscient narrative is mindblowing. Some of the sentences are much appreciated like :

“Everything happens for a reason but you need to is convert it into a good one.”

Last but not the least, the editing could have been better. But as a first time writer, it is a wonderful job.

 

 

Book Review of Adhira by Aditti Gaur

As Francis Bacon says,”Some book are to be TASTED, others are to be SWALLOWED, and some few to be CHEWED and DIGESTED that is, some book are to be READ ONLY IN PARTS, others to be READ, but not curiously and some few to be READ WHOLLY, and with DILIGENCE AND ATTENTION.” Similarly, Aditti Gaur’s Adhira is one such book which can be read thoroughly with diligence and attention as it offers a whole set of emotions that are imbibed in the characters by the author.

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Cover- The cover is fascinating and the way the white colour is used with those cute pictorial messages gives us a glimpse of the story. It can be said that it looks really cute with those white snowfall atmosphere.

Title- The title in itself is unique and intriguing. It binds the readers with the story. One can feel connected to the story till the end.

Plot- The plot is constructed in an artistic manner. The story is about Adhira who is an independent woman and struggles to find one reason for her living. In this course she comes across many old and new people which affects her life in a different way.

Characterisation- The author has beautifully portrayed all the characters be it Adhira, Riddhi, Shekhar or the other characters. All play a vital role in the plot construction. There are too many characters in the book but not a second one feels that the characters are not given much importance. The characterisation is well justified.

Style- The book is written in third person narrative with impersonal descriptions. The use of epistolary style with blend of poetic aura adds flavour to the book. The way the lyrics are written and sung in the book are impeccable. Not only this, the quotes in between the chapters were really matching and inspiring. Furthermore, the concepts of wedding, relationships, independence are the main themes which have been amazingly delineated.

You can grab your copies from:http://www.amazon.in/Adhira-Aditti-Gaur/dp/9385783378/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479998129&sr=8-1&keywords=Adhira

About the Author

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An Indian by nationality and a Hindu by religion. Aditti Gaur was born in New Delhi, but her complete upbringing was done in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Years later, she moved to Gurgaon in 2011, post her marriage. She worked for the leading DTH Company for almost 5 to 6 years. She holds a respectable past experience working there, but, she quit that 9 to 6 profile job, because somewhere deep inside her heart she knew that job is not meant for her. When she completely realized this fact she silently surrendered herself to her passion – writing. She started her writing experience through her blog. She used to write her thoughts, views about everything and short stories. A die-heart music lover and almost crazy for her favorite musicians, she also loves reading. She takes a step ahead in pursuing her passion by writing her debut book ‘Adhira…Love: Lost & Found’. By this, she tried to explain the life of a girl. It is a story about a girl and her life journey of struggles, achievements, responsibilities, passion & love of her life. The journey, where, she realized that sometimes… silence is the most powerful scream and indication of something being terribly wrong. A journey, where she loses her love somewhere and then finds it again.

P.S – Also check the spotlight : https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/spotlight-of-adhira-love-lost-found/

Pre- Release Interview:https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/pre-release-interview-of-aditti-gaur/

 

 

Book Review of Turning Back Time

Turning Back Time by Shravya Gunipudi is a mind bloggling novel or rather say collection of short stories compiled up in a fictional way. The use of involvement of the author in disguise of a character named Alia is fantabulous. This book takes you to the old times where there is no technology, just the stereotypical notions.

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Cover- The cover of the book is mesmerising as it transports you to the old village times which you might have heard from your grandparents. It is surely a beautiful painting which is taken as a cover of the book. The colour scheme is radiant.

Title- The title is crisp, clear and fulfills the purpose of the book and the author, as it gives us an idea that we are going to be taken in flashbacks. The story dances around the title.

Sneak Peek- When people we love pass away, they only take their presence with them. They leave their memories with us. The story revolves around ‘Alia’, an emotionally distant woman, and how the lives of four elderly strangers impact her own very deeply, bringing about a change in the way she treats herself and those around her. As the clock begins to tick and they each start to die, leaving their stories behind for her to learn from, she finds that the depression and trauma caused by their loss have left with her the gift of a lifetime… Realisation. In the tale of life, death and the ride in between, where there are always mistakes and never second chances, there is only one question. Can you make it through without regrets?

Plot- Well, this book does not have a single plot but many plots. It do have a main plot which focus on Alia who works in an old age home. The others are sub plots or can be said separate plots which include life stories of the characters,highlighted in the book. They are on the verge of their death and the way they delineate their stories is the rest of the plot construction.

Theme- The whole book highlights ‘DEATH’ and the way it affects the people around it. For some death is the ultimate destination, for some its the way to get rid of all the sufferings, for some, it is a divine union with their loved one and for some, its a suffering. The author has phantasmagorically shown this concept using different stories in different ways.

Characterisation- Well, the author has beautifully given space to each and every character by giving them their own set of story to tell and made the link, Alia. Alia is a young girl who is bit unsure about marriage as she is attached to old age home and is not able to find out the reason behind her denial as she is attracted to her fiance but is reluctant to accept his love. Her story moves slowly in parts as she is seen busy listening to others’ stories henceforth, her story takes a halt in between.

Style- The author has used picaresque technique of story telling which is almost long lost these days. Not only this, the use of epistolar technique blended with flashbacks makes is more enthralling. The use of first person narrative with a tinge of third person narrative adds flavour to the novel. The next best segment is the use of impersonal as well personal descriptions. The plot construction is surpassable. In simple words, it can be said that,” this piece is a non fiction mixed with fiction”. The book needs a bit of proof reading but it doesn’t overshadow the unique concept of writing style used by the author. This is ‘Perfecto’ as its her debut novel.

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About the Author

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Shravya Gunipudi, a 23 year old CA and CS, has been writing ever since the tender age of nine. Now, more than a decade since her first journey with the pen, she has won numerous prizes for her Articles, Short Stories and Poetry. She was a part of 19 Anthologies with a total of 17 published stories and was recognised as ‘Best Writer of the Year, 2013’ by yourstoryclub.com. She is also the editor of the project ‘The Book of Dreams’, by Numerique Publications.

Shravya wishes to explore her passion both in Finance and Writing. It is her dream to merge her creative side with her analytical one. Writing, she believes, is the best form of expression that calms the mind and frees the soul. Her favourite quote is ‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about’.

Her Debut Novel, ‘Turning Back Time’, is now available in stores!

Spotlight of Color Me Rich by Mohan Deep

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A sensitive love story of a handsome and talented struggling painter Akash Saigal. What happens when he marries an extremely rich and beautiful artist and art investor Zenobia Taraporevala?
 
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Mohan Deep, is an Indian author, painter and Feng Shui Master. Mohan Deep is the author of ‘The Mystery and Mystique of Madhubala’ (1996), ‘It’s My Life’ (Novel) (1997), ‘Simply Scandalous: Meena Kumari’ (1998), ‘Eurekha!’ – an unauthorized biography of Rekha. (1999), ‘Four Options’ (2000), ‘Feng Shui for the Bold & Beautiful, the Rich and Famous’ (2001) and ‘Nehru and the Tantrik Woman’ (2002). After a sabbatical of a decade, during which he touched upon the lifves of people as a Feng Shui Master, he is back with The Five Foolish Virgins, a book of fiction, to be launched in April 2013. Mohan Deep is arguably the only Indian author to write what is often described as controversial, unauthorized star biographies in India. Columnist-journalist and former editor of ‘Illustrated Weekly of India’, Khushwant Singh called him ‘a truly gifted gossip writer’. “The maverick writer”, like columnist-reviewer-poetess Tara Patel described him has also been called William Goldman of Bollywood’s stars (By Behram Contractor, the Editor of Afternoon Despatch & Courier) (Source) Kitty Kelly of India (By R K Bajaj, the Editor of ‘The Daily’). Interestingly, almost every book he has wrote/penned has invited controversies for its bold content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review of DNA…Dad’s Not Adopted

DNA… Dad’s Not Adopted by Shikha Kaul is a murder mystery blended with crime, emotions, thriller, romance. The book is a page turner as every page has a new set of story to tell.

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Cover- The cover of book has fantastic colour scheme and has a girl who is seen relaxing near a sea shore with a message in the bottle in her hand. This makes the readers excited to go through the contents of the book.

Title- The title is unusual as nobody can come up with this except Shikha Kaul. I feel she is born to come up with this title only. The literal meaning gets cleared only we reach the end of the story.

Blurb- When the past that never existed comes to haunt you, there’s only one thing that persists in your mind – It is definitely a lie!

Sometimes life is not just a mystery, but withal a discovery and cognizance of facts and people around, people who have lived on this planet every moment of your life, as a part of your life, have breathed through the times you have spent. Yet they remain anonymous to you like aliens from a different world. Their existence is non-extant. Yet they influence you without your knowledge. Sometimes they too are oblivious to the reality, like the railway tracks which run parallel to each other but never meet. The moment the tracks meet, there is bound to be a disaster.

She is a simple girl from Thailand and he is one of the top business magnates of India. She claims to be his daughter and a year later she is found killed.

A Managing Editor of a leading newspaper and a CBI Investigating Officer team up to unearth the truth. How far do they go to uncover the mystery?

Delve into the timeless journey that promises to keep you hooked from the beginning to the end….without a blink!

PLot- The plot is well knit and gripping till the end. The story is all about a well known indutrialist Rishabh Shenoy. Life takes a halt when Nisa Yuen claims that he is her father and her murder adds more misery to it. This is a story of little romance, tangled relationships, full of suspense elements and many unsaid truths.

Themes- The novel has varied themes including romance, mystery, social status, tangled relations and adds lots of drama to it.

Characterisation- The author has taken a risk of adding too many characters in the novel and to my surprise, this risk proved out to be n asset. It has added flavour to the book. The way the characters have their own background stories is enthralling. Actually, even the readers are unable to predict the things which turns out to be the biggest highlight. The author has given proper space to each and every character by giving them cerain role to perform in plot construction. The Major characters are just perfect with minor characters being their backbones. My personal favourites are Rishabh Shenoy, Ghazal, Pranab. I would say, the antagonists add more spice instead of the protagonists.

Style- The story is written in third person narrative and some flashback technique is being used in the book. The descriptions are apt and the way the story is delineated is mind blowing. The use of epistolary techniques is an icing on the cake. The book keeps you hooked and is well edited.

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About the Author

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Shikha Kaul is an Indian who was born in Amritsar, Punjab in 1981. Her family moved to Gurgaon in 1992 and she has seen the city grow from a small town to being the Millennium City of India. She completed her schooling from Gurgaon and later Graduated with Honours in Physics from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HR) from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning.
She got married in 2007 and is living with her husband and in-laws in Gurgaon. She has a daughter and she enjoys her responsibilities as a wife, mother and a daughter-in-law.

She works with a Telecom Company in the Staffing division. She is passionate about writing her thoughts and creating stories from nowhere, loves to dance and spend time with her kid. She manages her 24 hours perfectly, balancing her personal and professional lives.

She found her passion for writing not too long ago. Her debut fiction novel ‘Hidden Husband’ is a contemporary love story with a touch of realities prevailing in Indian society that form the foundation of the biases against women for centuries. It’s based on the concept of hidden marriages which is common in urban India these days.

The novel has been receiving commendable responses from readers and reviewers.

 

 

Book Review of The American Indian Dream

The American Indian Dream by Pranay Sahu is novel full of emotions, dreams and decisions. Sometimes we tend to take such decisions which change our lives. THis book is about such decision.

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Cover- THe cover of the book has black and yellow colour scheme along with a picture of a man who seems thinking. This reminds us of the time when the protagonist takes the biggest decision of his life. Or we can say, the time of his calling.

Title- The title is challenging and the readers think alot about the reason like why the word’American’is being striked off and why the author has not used ‘The Indian Dream’. Well, this confusion or rather say the pool of questions are answered when we read the last line of the book. We come to know the purpose of the writer while coming up with this title.

Blurb- His life was his dream. From being a Wall Street Investment Banker to being a jobless put under spiritual arrest, to being hopelessly in love with a hippie ten years elder to becoming an entrepreneur , he lived his dreams throughout his life.

 Cut to 2012, destiny’s favourite child is now controversy’s favourite child. Come success, come controversy. Controversies are inevitable, one’s reaction to them, is optional. Roshan should not have reacted.

Four years since he lost his job, Roshan is now battling his life after multiple gun shots; defending his actions before a spiritual guru whom he does not like at all. But life is not always your choice. The difference between dreaming and making dreams come true is what life is all about.

PLot- The plot is neatly woven and the way the story is being depicted is appreciable. The story revolves around Rohan and his struggles. The end is a mystery which opens the chapters of history.

Characterisation- The characters played an amazing part in thi=e progression of the novel.  Apart from Roshan, there are Jagat, Ira, Hirenbhai, Silvio, Ariella aka Lakshmi, Maera, Gurudev and his henchman Farhaan. The love affair between Roshan and Ariella seems convoluted. Some characters are round here while some are flat.

Style- The author has used simple and lucid language to convey his ideas. The use of varied range of sentences adds flavour to the story. The pace of the story is languid. The author beautifully helps us in clearing some of the notions that we have about an American Dream. The concept of the book is an icing on the cake. Some lines just take away our heart.Like:

“The difference between dreaming and making dreams come true is what life all about.”

“It is indeed a dream, the American Dream, made in India”

As we know,Every coin has a flip side, hence this book has too. There are certain loose ends in the story whereas the editing could been better. But one cannot ignore the amazing concept of the book.

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About the Author

Pranay Sahu is the classic case of an engineer turned MBA turned banker turned novelist. He is also an avid marathon runner, a stand-up comedian and a lonely traveler. Yes, he is either settling business for Corporations or travelling into his own world of stories or is out travelling alone talking to strangers at places like Pondicherry, Cochin or Diu. Having lived in places like Kota, Bhopal, Indore and Bangalore, Pranay now lives in Vadodara and divides his time between three cities, other two being Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

 

Book Review of Khwaishein

Khwaishein: Kuch Puri to Kuch Adhuri  Si by Pulkit Gupta is a Hindi Translation. The book has strong emotions that keep you hooked till the end and its my first Hindi novel and I don’t regret reading it.

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Cover- The cover has amazing colour scheme where we notice a guy standing alone. This gives us a glimpse of solitude being the segment in the book. The colours tells us about the ups and towns that we are about to read. The ambience is ethereal and one feels mesmerised by it.

Title- THe book has a title as well as a sub title. Khwaishein means desires of a person whereas the sub title Kuch Puri to Kuch Adhuri Si denotes that the desires are just desires, out which some are fulfilled while some are not. The sub title has a deeper meaning which we get to know only after reading this book.

Blurb- ‘ख़्वाहिशें’ सिर्फ़ एक कहानी नही, यह तो एक… सफ़र है – ज़िंदगी का सफ़र। जहां सपने जन्म लेते हैं, कुछ पूरे होते हैं तो कुछ अधूरे रह जाते हैं। जहां रिश्ते बनते हैं, कुछ अंजाम तक पहुचंते हैं तो कुछ बीच मझधार दम तोड़ देते हैं। लेकिन ज़िंदगी चलती रहती है…. इन्हीं सपनों और रिश्तों के बीच… बहते पानी जैसी।
आई.आई.टी. में पढ़ना रचित का सपना है। लेकिन यह सपना टूट जाता है जब बीमारी की वजह से उसे आई.आई.टी. छोड़ना पड़ता है। इसके बाद वह सीए करने का फैसला करता है। पर इस फैसले को अंजाम तक पहुंचाने में वो फेल होता है, बार-बार फेल…। इस बीच रचित से मिलती है राधिका, जिसे वह दिलो-जान से प्यार करता है… राधिका रचित का सहारा बनती है, हर मुश्किल, हर दुख में उसका साथ देती है।
फिर ऐसा क्या हुआ कि रचित को खुदकुशी जैसा संगीन कदम उठाना पड़ा ?
रचित और राधिका का मिलन पूरा होगा या अधूरा ?
क्या रचित के ख़्वाबों की ताबीर होगी ?
तमाम सवालों का एक ही जवाब है – ‘ख़्वाहिशें… कुछ पूरी, तो कुछ अधूरी सी’

Plot- The plot is beautifully woven and revolves around the life of Rachit who happens to be in Engineering College but ends up becoming CA due his health issues and circumstances. The story has a flashback of Rachit’s past life which he narrates to Khushi.

Characterisation- The author has a strong hold on his characters and at times it looks as if Rachit is his mouthpiece. He is a confident carefree guy whose life turns upside after he comes to know about his illness.

Radhika is a flat character and the way she loves Rachit inspite of all the bad behaviour from his end, is breathtaking. She is a true soulmate who understands him so well and the way she gives him a new meaning to live is appreciable.

Style- The author has a simple style of writing. He doesn’t use fancy words but a simple language to convey his thoughts which touch the hearts of the readers. The use of stream of consciousness technique and monologues is the icing on the cake.The use of epistolary technique along with metaphorical representation makes the book impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Hindi novel and planning to read more such.

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About the Author

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CA, CS student by profession and a writer by passion, Pulkit is someone who believes in living life to fullest. Born in Sonepat, and brought up in Bijnor (Western U.P.), writing came naturally to him due to his genes and current location. He belongs to the land of Bijnor, which gave our country “Dushyant Kumar”, one of the foremost Hindustani Poet during the 20th Century. He did his schooling from St. Mary’s Convent School, Bijnor and graduation from MJPRU, Bareilly. Apart from studies, he also represented his school in various plays and won a State-Level English debate competition in both team as well as in Individual category. He is a CA Final and CS Professional Student and also studying Law from MJPRU, Bareilly.
He started writing with a diary and some random poems, but CA gave a professional look to his writing skills. He got associated with Caclubindia in 2008 – India’s no. 1 Interactive Platform for Finance Professionals with over 11 Lac Members. He soon got popular among its members due to his unique genre, where he used to link current life situations with CA life, which proved to be inspiring for students as well as professionals. He was voted “Favourite of the Club” in 2011, and was amongst the youngest professional to be included in the list of experts. Till now he has written over 50 articles and enjoys a fan following of 1 Lac +. Besides this, he has also contributed to other online platforms and maintains a Blog.

Apart from reading and writing, the author loves listening to Hindi music, watch all kind of Hindi movies and follows Cricket and Tennis very closely.
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