Author interview, Interview

Interview with Saket Suryesh – the author of “The Rude Tenderness of Our Hearts” 

Here I come up with the interview of Saket Suryesh – the author of “The Rude Tenderness of Our Hearts”.

Thanks to Vishnu Chevli sir for availing me this chance.

1. About Saket Suryesh:

The most important and defining aspect of my being is my being a father. Everything flows from there. Writing, Living and being all of it. Mostly we all write witih a view of the future. It is like being stranded on a lost ship and leaving a message in the bottle, with a hope that it will reach somewhere and will be read.

 
2. Discuss the special features of your book which will make the readers prefer your book over others.

The stories are not complex. I always believe to have too many incidents in a story, characters will have to be pretty accident-prone. My characters are mostly not. Stories come from events unfolding around us. Only thing is that I look at them from a different perspective, try to imagine and fictionalize the story behind very ordinary characters, and faceless names- in our lives, in newspaper headlines. I believe it is the duty of a writer to do that and try create a sense of empathy. Secondly, I always consider myself as a word-worshipper. I am not the one for clean, plain language. Not that I favour the frivolous. I love language when it is elegant and accurate. I try to take care of it in my writing. The elegance of language makes literature readable and message reaches the readers hidden in the beautiful covers. 


3. Being a debut author, what are all the hazards you underwent in the publishing process?

One of the biggest challenge is the lack of knowledge of the writing Industry. See, to know writing and to know the writing industry are two very different things. Previously I had self-published couple of poetry books and a book of essays. Partridge experience was more structured which was kind of first-time experience for me. However, the Industry today is a full- fledged market enterprise and run by well-networked individuals. It is easy to fool oneself in believing oneself to be Salinger material. For every writer, the self-image of isolated work is enchanting but the world is cruel. As a writer, one critical part of writing is editing and revision. This is one very critical part filled up by a good publisher. Usual ones would run word-check and go with it. I find that challenge in my book as well when I read many stories once printed. The difficulty is that it is very difficult to go back once the book is printed. Therefore be very critical to be fussy about editing and revision.  Poor editing and mistakes spoil many good stories. I have seen that in this book. Other thing is reaching out to traditional media is very important if the book is important to you. It might take time, but Amazons of the world cannot compensate for the loss of bookshelf space in next-door book shop. It hurts when your work created with a lot of affection misses eyeballs, while many a times, some sloppy work would also reaches a wider audience through traditional publishers. 

4. When did the thought of writing sparked in you?

I used to write as a little child as well. Being the only child, there was always a brooding sense of loneliness which written words would fill up. Then through my Engineering, I used to write on last page of my engineering books and on empty cigarette packets. Like any young man at any time and age, I was lonely, confused and dissatisfied with the world at large and writing was my way of getting back at the world which I did not understand. Then there was a lull period post- marriage as I went about setting the house in order, getting a job. Once I had a daughter in 2008, I felt it was a time to go back doing what I promised to myself when young, that is to write. So I began writing in earnest- while at home, while commuting in the metro, while at the airport waiting-halls, in Hotels while traveling for work. 
5. Discuss your favourite books and your inspiring icons??

This is a difficult one since I read a lot. My favourite books would be Orlando and The Waves by Virginia Woolf, The Great Gatsby- Scott Fitzgerald, Lord Jim and The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, The Insulted and the Humiliated, Crime and Punishment and Notes from the Underground by Dostoevsky, Middlemarch – there are many. Among the contemporary writers, I love reading Julian Barnes, loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Salinger Years by Joanna Rakoff. I have a bias towards to older generation writers, but that is mostly because I feel there has been huge amount of great work which already has been already written and I feel I have not read much of it. It is like I am trying to make up for a lost education. 
6. “The Rude Tenderness of Our Hearts”, is all about the emotions of a people undergoes. Is there any particular reason behind choosing this theme??

Well, Stories were not written around any common theme. I was the only thing common that they have and could be reflective in the nature of writing. I took to writing stories much inspired by a speech by Ray Bradbury who advised that any writer who feels stuck in his novel should write stories. Stories have almost the same structure as a Novel, with a limitation of space and are a good practise. If you see the introduction to The Rude Tenderness of Our Hearts, I refer to the difficulty in naming a collection of stories for each story is independent in texture, theme and direction. All stories whether about the war or honour killing are in the end looked at from the aspect of emotions, thereby the name. Unless we cover the emotional aspects of the events, we are not being a writer, we are then being a journalist. It is not that I am deriding the work of a journalist, but that is not what I have set out to be. 
7. Where you see yourself after 10 years in this literary field?

Would like to have written few novels. I hope I will have more structure to my literary life and will have more acceptability to my writing. 



8. Some notes on your upcoming books?

One I am currently writing about a daughter trying to understand her parents, another is still in my mind. Also would love to write a children’s book. I had started but is still stuck. I am also trying to put together a book of Indian mythological stories from modern perspective. Not that I will have mythological characters swearing like modern day people, rather will try to give more real face to them. Something like Shiv and Shailputri in The Rude Tenderness of Our Hearts. 

Thanks Sanket Suryesh sir, for taking some time out of your schedule to answer my questions.

Blurb of the book ” The Rude Tenderness of our Hearts” :
Smith studying art at Yale, with a bright future ahead of him. He is not a man of half-measures. What happens when he falls in love? And who does he fall in love with? How much love is too much love? Surprise yourself with Love in Yale.Shiva is a man in mourning, an asocial man, even if great. What will a father do whose daughter falls in love with an ascetic and a warrior? How would she win in love if not by losing herself? Read to find how the story of Shiva and Shailputri ends. Sarthak is a modern man, with a modern family, trapped in the modern world. This day has seen him coming out as an undisputed winner in corporate warfare. He is rushing to meet those he loves- his wife, his daughter. What happens then? Will time bring solace or will he be Betrayed by Time? A soldier is beheaded on India- Pakistan border. His headless body comes back. Will his soul find its salvation in the patriotic reception he gets as a martyr, having served his country? He is an Indian soldier, he could belong to any country. Where is the resolution to the people who die in such conflicts? Are they great men destined for divinity or are they human, all too human, like me and you? Discover a different perspective of territorial conflicts in The Death of Soldier. These and three other stories are placed in different time, different worlds, with nothing but one common thread that runs across them, connecting them is a human heart beating across the book. Surrender to the magic of human heart.
Amazon link to buy the book : 

Grab your copy from http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/1482884429/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497195628&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_QL70&keywords=the+rude+tenderness+of+our+Hearts

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Book review

Review of THE MOON IN THE SUN by Sanjay Kumar Singh

Title : A Moon in the Sun

Author : Sanjay Kumar Singh

No.of pages : 189

Price : Rs. 340/-

Publishers : Notionpress publishers 

Blurb :

When Narayan Sambhan’s world fell apart at a very tender age, the time he spent in the forests that lay ample around his village resuscitated him. No one knew the forests and the tiger better than Narayan Sambhan. But the forests are mercilessly cut down and increasing loneliness invades his life. As he struggles to carry on, a remarkable incident takes place.

The Moon In the Sun is a tale in poetry set in the Himalayan Terai replete with mesmerizing sights, bliss and beauty as also nerve-wracking experiences that the jungles alone can provide and bestow. It is also a touching tale, in poetry, of the wonderful journey that life can be when the soul attempts to break free.

Review :

This book is all about the life story of Narayan Sambhan and his connection with wild life and tigers. Since Narayan is the only one who knows well about the forest nearby, he was selected to guide the forest conservator who arrived to study about tigers and also to take some photographs. Further the book unfolds the beauty of nature and also unveils the social issues we are undergoing these days.

Moon in the Sun – Novel in poetry of love, life, soul and wildlife is one of the rarest books, written in poetry format. It is divided into two parts dealing with the life of The author has very well narrated every events and also the poetic touch leaves the readers, mesmerised. The words are neatly weaven which increases readers’ interest to explore the book more. The author has very well mixed up the themes of nature, animals and deforestation along with some social messages. The author recieves an applause for choosing such an unique storyline and also succeeded in proving that this book holds a place in every reader’s bookshelves. The title is also unique and justifies the content of the book. The cover page with a ferocious tiger grabs the readers attention and the blurb also gives a clue of what’s hidden inside the book. The beauty of the wildlife is well explained through the carefully picked words. 

Verdict : For every poetry lovers, this book will be a best pick since it delivers a great story with a poetric feel.

Ratings : 

Cover : 4.5 / 5

Title : 4 / 5

Blurb : 4 / 5

Plot : 4.5 / 5

Characters : 3.5 / 5 ( since the characters weren’t explained deeply )

Overall rating : 4 / 5

Amazon link :

Grab your copy at http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/1947137476/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

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Book review, Review

Review of KARMA- world’s first insta read by Kevin Missal


Title : Karma

Author : Kevin Missal

No. Of pages : 85

Price : Rs. 75/-

Publishers : Kalamos Literary Services

Blurb :

KARMA IS WORLD’s FIRST INSTAREAD Karman Malik a lonely man finds his wife standing outside his house. But there are two problems. One, she Karman Malik a lonely man finds his wife standing outside his house. But there are two problems. One, she had died eight years back. Second, she is not human anymore. Can he love her again?

Review :

The book opens up with an event where three friends tries to dispose the body of a woman who they raped and murdered hours ago. Further the book takes a leap of eight years and describes the life of Karman Malik, a lonely writer whose wife has died years ago. But on an unpleasant day, his wife returns back from the grave as a man eating monster. Later the book reveals the reasons of why she returned back? What was her expectations? Has she succeeded in achieving them? etc… 

Karma – world’s first instaread, an interesting read to finish it off within 30 minutes. The author has plotted the story well and also makes the book interesting with some twists and turns. The book also has some flaws like the unwanted neighbour character, the predictable end but the gripping storyline hooks us up with the book till the end. The language and words were simple and the author has very well connected the present and past without leaving any rooms for doubts. The cover page is alluring and also fills the readers with horror, hence it is easily grabbed by any thriller lovers. The title also justifies the story and the blurb is catchy enough to attract readers. Also the book deals with some social issues like robbery, politics in law etc going on in this present world.

Verdict : An enjoyable read on horror.

Ratings :

Cover : 4.5 / 5

Title : 4 / 5

Plot : 4.5 / 5

Characters : 4 / 5

Presentation : 4.5 / 5

Overall ratings : 4.5 / 5

Amazon link :

Grab your copy at http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/9384315621/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497805362&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_QL70&keywords=karma

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Book review, Review

Review of WHITE SMOKE – THE MISSING SHIMLA GIRL by Nikhil Mahajan

Title : White Smoke

Tagline : The missing Shimla girl

Author : Nikhil Mahajan

Genre : Romantic Thriller

No.of pages : 147

Price : Rs. 175/- (Grab it for Rs. 139/- from Amazon)

Format : Paperback, Kindle edition

Publishers : Srishti Publishers & Distributors

Blurb :

Virat studies in a renowned boarding school in Shimla. But behind the façade of a happy teenager is a disturbed child trying to fight the pain of his mother’s death and his father’s ignorance. Neither love nor friends seem to be of any help. That’s when he finds a picture in a library book, which changes his life forever. 

In trying to find the truth behind the girl in the picture, he stumbles upon dirty secrets and a scandal that shocks him. 

Meanwhile in Delhi, a CID officer and Police Inspector Mathur are trying to unravel the mystery behind the gruesome murders of two influential families that seem to be connected to the mysterious girl in the picture. 

Will Virat be able to find the mysterious girl or lose himself on the way? 

Discover the chilling reality of life, friendship, love and deceit behind the curtain of White Smoke.

Review :

White Smoke – an engaging thriller book bound up with some extra spices of romance, mystery and death.

The book opens up with the unpleasant love story of Virat and Payal where she decides to end up their relationship. Then the story of Mahi and Arjun moves parallel with that of Virat’s where Arjun, son of a millionaire, tries to attract Mahi but eventually fails in his aim. And finally,the book moves to the story of Mathur, an investigative officer loaded up with the stress of unraveling a murder case. Further, the book showcases the medical issues of Virat, the newly bloomed love of Mahi and Arjun and the increasing murders in the city. 

The author has very well connected all the three parallel storylines and also the subsequent unexpected events made the book an immediate page turner. The story was composed in an elegant language with simple words and the author has succeeded in maintaining the excitement of the suspense till the end. Also the book delivers some social thoughts about rape, trust issues, crime, politics etc. Every characters were given a brief explanation which helps to maintain coherence with the book. The two love stories of Virat&Payal and Mahi&Arjun, teaches you what is love and what is revenge.

Though the book was well plotted in the thriller storyline, it had some drawbacks where the reader cannot avoid some questions like “How the photograph reached that library?” “Who was that girl, Virat met?” “Why the reports submitted by Mathur didn’t comprise of the names of Arjun and Eshaan” “How Mathur identified the third victim of the chain murder” etc. The alluring cover and the mysterious title attracts readers to grab the book and also the blurb increases the eagerness to read it. Overall, White smoke is a book to engross you completely in thrill and excitement, also spiced up with romance, betrayal, hatred, love etc.

Verdict : You will not be disappointed after travelling through the book.

Ratings :

Cover : 4.5 / 5

Title : 4 / 5

Plot : 4.5 / 5

Language : 4 / 5

Characters : 3.5 / 5

Overall rating : 4 / 5

Amazon link :

Grab your copy @ http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/9382665951/ref=cm_cr_srp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8#

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Book review

Review of “37+ Grace Marks…because life is beyond numbers” by Vishal Anand

Title : 37+ Grace Marks

Tagline : Because life is beyond numbers 

Author : Vishal Anand

Genre : Romance

Price : Rs 175/-

Published by : Sristhi Publishers & Distributors

This book is provided by Arudhaa club in exchange for a genuine review.

Blurb : 

What happens when you fall in love at first sight? That too in college, which is supposed to be the best time of one’s life. But is it the best place to find love too?

Viraj falls head over heels in love with his classmate Nimisha, who could make boys on campus go crazy. While his friends Punit and Sahil just want to have fun – despite poor mark-sheets, grace marks to pass, and other everyday adventures – Viraj wants more from his life and love.

Life has led Viraj to the edge of a cliff. He has a choice to make – to forget everything and jump, or fight.

What brought him here? An unrequited love, encounters with law, or the dilemma of grace marks? Where does Viraj’s story eventually end?

Welcome to 37 + Grace Marks, Viraj’s journey to discover that there is more to life than marks.

Review :

This book is all about the life of Viraj, who hails from Pune to an engineering college with an aim to bring his dreams into reality. His friends Punit and Sahil, proves to be the friends for life in all circumstances. Then a fine day, when the semester was reaching its end, he meets Nimisha and falls head over heels in love with her at first sight. And then Viraj’s life travels through a new course with some unexpected turns. Further the book moves on to find the answer for whether he won the love of his girl.

37+ Grace Marks – a regular romance book which takes you back to your college days. These days engineering colleges has become a backdrop for most of the books and this book is also the  one under that tag. The author has spiced up the plot with dreams, confusions, friendship, fights etc. Though the book was well knitted, it misses it’s coherence at some chapters. The characters were well narrated and the first person narration helps us to hook up with the book. And the simple language makes it an easy read. The story starts slowly and so it takes some time to travel with the book, then the plot gears up when it approaches the end. Also the author has tried to convey some important life lessons through this book. The cover page and the title very well suits the book. The blurb gives a clear vision of what’s hidden deep inside the book.

Verdict : A light read to bring back your memories of college days filled up with silly fights, love, crush, grace marks etc.

Ratings :

Cover : 4.5 / 5

Title : 4 / 5

Blurb : 4 / 5

Plot : 3 / 5

Language : 3.5 / 5

Narration : 4 / 5

Overall rating : 3.5 / 5

About the author :

Vishal Anand is the author of a bestselling short story collection, Emotions Unplugged. His book has not just carved a niche in the readers’ hearts, but has also remained popular since its release. Vishal works with a talent consulting partner to several domestic and international companies. Currently, he lives in Bangalore.

Amazon link :

Buy the book for Rs 88/- from http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/9382665978/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497201906&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_QL70&keywords=37%2B+grace+marks
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Book review

Review of A TEAM OF EXTRAORDINARY BASTARDS by Arka Datta 

Title : A Team of Extraordinary Bastards

Author : Arka Datta

Length : 328 pages

Publishers : Story Mirror

This book is provided by Arudhaa club in excahnge of a genuine review.

Blurb : 

Arya Sen is destiny’s child, a young boy from Kolkata who is born to be the greatest the Football World has ever seen. The universe never fails to surprise him with good fortunes as he embarks on his journey from Kolkata to all over the world. But, just when he starts to believe that nothing can go wrong for him, everything changes. Surrounded by loss, darkness, and complete absence of luck, Arya desperately waits for hope. And it appears but from the unlikeliest of places. With the support of his wife April and younger brother Ilan, Arya takes upon him a task that is bigger and more important than all of them. This time, he is up against his greatest friend: Destiny.

Review :

A team of extraordinary bastards is a motivational book which narrates the life of a football player, Arya Sen. The book opens up with a thrilling football match where Arya Sen was identified as the best player of the match. And then the story travels back to his childhood life and describes how football happened to be his life. That was the sweetest part of the book where little Arya plays with the ball among other tall boys. Everyone might desire for a motivating dad like Arya had, since he stood behind his son’s football career inspite of all the odds. This book makes the readers to travel along with Arya from his childhood to a renowned footballer. This is an exceptional motivational book which makes the readers believe that nothing is impossible in this world if we strive hard for it. The author has delivered an inspirational message spiced up with dreams, responsibilities, heart break, love, failure etc with football as the centre of attraction. Every characters were very well portrayed and Arya’s characterisation will always be close to heart since he inspires the readers. The language is simple and the fast paced narration makes the book an immediate page turner. The football matches were very well narrated and it resembles a match going on infront of our naked eyes. And the author recieves an applause for such unique plot. The cover page and the title is attractive and goes well with the storyline of the book. 

Verdict : One of the best motivational and inspiring books which infuses our brain to follow out dreams, no matter what. Highly recommended for sports lovers.

Ratings :

Cover : 4.5 / 5

Title : 4 / 5

Blurb : 3.5 / 5

Plot : 4.5 / 5

Language : 4 / 5

Overall ratings : 4 / 5

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Book review

Review of THE INIMITABLE CHAOS OF LIFE by Maliny Mohan


Title : The Inimitable Chaos of Life

Author : Maliny Mohan

Length : 183 pages

Price : Rs 190/-

Genre : Short stories

Publishers : Story Mirror

Blurb :

A naive girl of eighteen is trapped in a dungeon, which changes her and her capturer’s life forever. Afar, tucked away in the sleepy terrains of a town in Kerala, a married woman is determined to revisit
a forbidden part of her past. A model-turned-MBA aspirant is scourged mentally for a decision she almost made three years back. Back in the
less happening village of Kanyapuram, an aspiring author loses a copy of her very first manuscript.
True to its title, ‘The Inimitable Chaos of life’ is an amalgamation of enthralling stories borrowed from the chaotic pages of life, which allure you to relive the multitude of unique emotions humans are made
of.

Review :

The Inimitable Chaos of Life – A perfect book to stir out the emotions from the depth of your heart. This book is a combination of 14 different short stories which has the capability to leave an impact in the reader’s heart in one way or other. The author has narrated every stories with utmost care and so it helps us to maintain coherence with the book. Overall, this book is an amalgamation of struggles, chaos, pain, heartbreak, betrayal, love etc. Though every stories possess a different storyline, they all grabs the reader’s attention within finishing  a single page. And so it makes the book, an immediate page turner. Some stories also left me with tears since they depict the reality about the daily chaos which everyone undergoes in their life. And some will be forever close to my heart.

My favourite picks :

Sara – the story about the siblinghood of two orphans Sara and Thomas. This story will teach you about love – the love which never ends. I ended up with tears after reading this story.

A soulful chapter-Sonu – It deals with the bonding between a maid’s son and his owner who adopts him when life pushes him into tragedy.

Fortitude – This deals with the story of Seema, who ends up in jail after fighting against the injustice done to her sister.

And every story will leave you with a refreshment and a deep impact.

The another best part of the book is its language which grips the readers to the book. The author has very well weaved the plot of the book and teaches us the importance of relations, feelings, emotions and etc.. in our life. The words are very well knitted and helps to add some more words to our vocabulary. The cover is simple with an intriguing title which gives us a clue on the content of the book.

A great work.

Verdict : 

One of the wonderful books on reality which should not be missed.

Ratings :

Cover : 3 / 5

Title : 4.5 / 5

Blurb : 4 / 5

Plot : 4.5 / 5

Language : 5 / 5

Narration : 4 / 5

Over all ratings : 4.5 / 5

Link to buy the book :

Grab your copy from 

http://shop.storymirror.com/_/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=221

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Book review

Review of “Come Back to Leave Me… Again” by Sohil Ashvin Shah

Title : Come Back to Leave Me…Again

Author : Sohil Ashvin Shah

Genre : Romance

Length : 210 pages

Price : Rs 230/-

Publishers : Power Publishers

Format : Paperback, Kindle edition

Product description :

“Why does the love always seem beautiful in romantic movies and novels, but not in real life? Why should lovers not be in any relationship after they break up? Why do ex-lovers always try to deal with damages instead of staying together? If you want answers to the questions, this book is for you.”

About the book :

This book deals with the story of Siddhanth Shah, from Dubai, who falls in love with a girl just by hearing her silvery voice. And slowly he finds her identity that she was Hritisha and also befriends her. Their friendship starts losing its spark when Hritisha was forced to return back to India. Meanwhile, the love in Siddhanth’s heart grows strong day by day. He returns to India when his dad starts looking allaince for Siddhanth. He was continuously rejected by two girls, Reema and Ruchi and so he decides to propose Hritisha. Also she accepts his proposal and falls equally in love with him. Then they both arrange a meeting for their both families at Delhi, after convincing Hritisha’s stubborn dad. Everything ends well and also Siddhanth returns back to Dubai when he recieves a call from Hritisha’s sister Reet, informing him not to disturb Hritisha anymore. Also Hritisha decides to walk out of the relationship. Then the story further moves on revealing the answers for the questions 

1. Why Hritisha ended her relationship?? 

2. Was she really in love with Siddhanth??

 3. Did she come back into Siddhanth’s life again?? Or Siddhanth moved on??

4. Is it possible to get back a lost love??  

5. Will it remain the same as before?? 

Etc…

Review :

Thanks for the review copy of this wonderful book.

First of all, I wish to congratulate the author for his creativity and awesomeness in his prologue and epilogue. (Read the book to find it). Just the prologue is enough to prove that you are a great author.

The cover and the title is really eyecatchy and can make any romance lovers to pick up the book. Though the blurb didn’t reveal much about the story, it made us to read the book to find the unanswerable answers.

This is not a book which comes under the category of usual romance. Yes, it’s romance, but it talked about reality more than fiction. Any readers can relate himself/herself to the characters of the book. The story not only dealt with love but also it showcased friendship, heartbreak, reality, dreams, family, relations etc. Some chapters seemed prolonging since the author tried to depict the real life. Some of the narrations were in Hinglish but it was also explained in the following line which made my reading comfortable. Every characters were explained with utmost care and also every emotions which were narrated by the author, made us to feel it from the depth of our heart. The author has very well plotted the storyline and it helped us to travel along with the story. The elegant language and first person narration helps to maintain coherence with the book. The most loved part about the book is the epilogue where the author answers our every question as if he read our mind throughout our journey with his book. This book is to teach the readers that no matter how truly you love each other, destiny will always have its role to play in your relationship.

Waiting for the sequel to know more about Hritisha.

Verdict : A good book which showcases real life than the fascinating love stories.

Ratings : 

Cover : 4.5 / 5

Title : 4 / 5

Blurb : 4 / 5

Language : 4 / 5

Plot : 4.5 / 5

Narration : 3.5 / 5

Overall ratings : 4 / 5

Amazon link :

Grab your copy at http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/9384334839/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496601314&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_QL70&keywords=come+back+to+leave+me+again&dpPl=1&dpID=51rYzbzMinL&ref=plSrch

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Book review

Review of “The Girl Who Knew Too Much: What if the Loved One You Lost Were to Come Back?” by Vikrant Khanna

Title : The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Author : Vikrant Khanna

Genre : Romance + Mystery

Length : 213 pages

Price : Rs 175/-

Publishers : Penguin Random House India

Format : Paperback, Kindle edition.

This book is provided by Arudhaa club in exchange of a genuine review.

Blurb :

Can true love bring someone back from the dead?Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all?In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but herself as well . . .

About the book :

The book opens up with the story of Akshara, a girl of 13 years old who lost her mom recently. She sobs continuously at the thought of her mom, when Harvinder aka Harry lends his helping hands to her and make her believe that she can get her mom back. Then Harry narrates a fantasy story to make Akshara believe that miracles do happen. The story which Harry narrates is about Sahiba and her lover Siddharth. He also says Akshara about how they overcame the fate that was destined for them. Also this story infuses Akshara with a hope that she would get her mother back to her. But eventually she accuses everything as her imagination and she not only dismisses the story told by Harry but also she concludes that even Harry was an imagination. And the story further moves on with the answers for how Sahibha tackled her destiny?whether Akshara got her mother back? Also who is Harvinder?

Review :

The pleasant color combination of light blue, pink and white on the cover page makes the color look attractive. The mysterious title and the alluring cover with a detailed blurb can make anyone to prefer this book. I couldn’t take my eyes off the cove page.

 The author has weaved a unique plot which makes the book an interesting read. The book really started up well but after some pages, the story seemed dragging to some extent since Sahibha and Sidhu were given utmost attention which made some chapters boring. But the twists and turns were unexpected and they almost shocked me. The book was not just a combination of mystery and romance but also it dealth well with heartbreak, karma, afterlife, parental care, psychology etc. The author hooked the readers with the book using his first person narration.  The characterisation of Sahibha, her faith in love and the character of Akshara is still close to my heart. The simple words and the fast paced narration made it an immediate page turner inspite of the speed breaking chapters in the middle. Also the afterlife happenings should have been spiced up with emotions but the author has tried it in a comical way which makes the concept faraway from reality. The book also makes the readers to believe in miracles and automatically infuses our mind to perform good deeds. Though this book failed to meet my expectations which I built after reading the blurb, it’s still a great book to give break from regular romance and also it makes the readers to realise the value of life.

Ratings :

Cover : 5 / 5

Title justification : 4 / 5

Blurb : 5 / 5

Plot : 4 / 5

Narration : 4 / 5

Language : 4.5 / 5

Overall rating : 4 / 5

Amazon link :

Grab the book at http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/0143439944/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496425575&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_QL70&keywords=the+girl+who+knew+too+much
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Review of RAINS OFF A SMOKY SKY by Dr.Pritam Mandal

Title : Rains Off a Smoky Sky

Author : Dr. Pritam Mandal

Length : 274 pages

Price : Rs.300

Publishers : Notion Press

Format : Paperback, Kindle edition

Blurb :

Do you want to work, walk, relax, breathe, smile and cherish your wonderful life under a clear bright blue sky?..Then, under the smoky sky, say a little prayer for the rains of love to wash away the smoke… 

Strap yourself for an emotional roller coaster ride as you experience Anurita’s world through the pages of her diary. Laugh with Anurita, wipe away her tears, revel in her wisdom and be a part of her life’s conversations. 

A bold and daring young woman from a little village in India, Anurita chooses to tread the untrodden path, against the dictates of a judgmental society. But she is determined to seek the true meaning of her life at any cost. As she follows her heart all the way to the city and beyond, she is met with turbulences of all kinds. A stunningly handsome middle-aged man stirs in her feelings of love and passion; but her romantic fantasy meets with an abrupt end. And then, in a faraway country, she loses her friends to an unexpected tragedy. 

Just when everything seems to be going awry and she is about to give up on humanity, it rains. As rains from the smoky sky fall on the Earth, Anurita discovers fireflies in the darkness, dancing on the rain-bathed petals of lovely carnations, the flowers of god.

Review :

This book is all about the life of a simple girl called Anurita, who hailed from a small village and later succeeded living her life in the way she dreamt. This book is an inspirational package which motivates the young girls to strive hard for their dreams and not to settle for what the society offers you. The first person narration helps you to travel along with the protagonist Anurita, throughout the book. Apart from being a fictional book based on a diary, the story is more close to reality speaking the issues of terrorism, environmental pollution, child molestation etc. The author has used simple words and had very well plotted the story to make it an interesting read. The whole book was divided into 40 simple chapters dealing with the day to day life of Anurita. Also this book makes you follow the habit of writing a diary. The author has set a role model to all the youngsters with the characterisation of Anurita insisting everyone to work for their dreams. The language is simple but the author could have minimised the use of the word “sir” in every possible lines. The title goes well with the book but the cover could have been more attractive.

Verdict : 

This book is highly recommended to all the youngsters who are striving hard towards their aim.

Favourite quote :

An eye for an eye will make this world a blind place.

Ratings :

Cover : 4 / 5

Title : 4.5 / 5

Blurb : 4.5 / 5

Language : 3.5 / 5

Storyline : 4 / 5

Editing : 4 / 5

Overall rating : 4 / 5

Amazon link :

Grab your copy at http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/194643647X/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8#immersive-view_1496335427170
Thanks for reading…