Category : Reviews
पद्मावत या पद्मावती
 Asha Pandey  
 29 January 2018  

काकी हमारी क़माल की किस्सागो थी,जब भी कोई कहानी सुनाती आँखों में दृश्य कोंध जाते थे और हम बच्चे अवधी में देश और दुनिया के तमाम किस्से सुनते नहीं थे काकी के आँखों से देखते थे।बचपन में काकी के ही शब्दों में देखा था महारानी पद्मावती का जौहर,गोरा और बादल के शौर्य की गाथा,सिंघल की राजकुमारी का अद्भुत रूप,महारानी नागमती का अपने पति के लिए किया गया त्याग,वो कम्बख्त तोता "हीरामन" जिसने रूप का वर्णन ऐसा किया पद्मावती के कि जिसने सुना मोहित हो गया।शर्मसार एक ब्राह्मण के कृत्य पर भी उन्हीं शब्दों के चित्र पर हुए।और अंत ये सुन के "अय बिटिया" अतिका कौनो भला न,न रूप न ख़िलजी के ताकत न,न राणा के प्रेम,न ज़िद".....ये थी महारानी "पद्मावती" जी शताब्दियों बाद भी जायसी के ग्रंथ से निकल कर हमारे तक आई थी।पिछले कुछ महीनों से अचानक से "पद्मावती" फ़िर चर्चा में आई(वैसे उन्हें भूला कौन था?)संजय लीला भंसाली जब शूटिंग करने चले इसी नाम की फ़िल्म का तब। संजय की बनाई फ़िल्मों के कभी बड़े दिवाने होते थे हम। तब,जब वो 'हम दिल दे चुके सनम' या 'ख़ामोशी' बनाये थे।तब भव्य सेट,उम्दा कलाकार,बेहतरीन संगीत,एक अलग दुनिया में पहुँचता हुआ सा जादूगर थे तबतक,संजय 'गुज़ारिश' तक में।लेकिन जब उन्होंने 'देवदास' को कृत्रिम रूप से भव्य बना दिया दृश्यों को बदलकर कहानी को ही ड्रामेटिक करने के चक्कर में,उस वक्त़ लगा ये चितेरा बहुत जिद्दी है।हर रूप को भव्य दिखाने को आतुर।बाजीराव मस्तानी देखी,फ़िर बाजीराव बदले से लगे। एकदम फ़िल्मी उस वक्त़ निर्णय लिया कि इस आदमी की बनाई फ़िल्में देखनी हो तो,इसकी ही आँखों से देखनी होगी इसलिए ऐतिहासिक फ़िल्में अब न देखनी कमसे कम इनकी बनाई हुई।इस इरादे को मज़बूत ही रखती अगर फ़िल्म को लेकर इतना बवाल न मचता,इस फ़िल्म को देखने का मक़सद साफ़ था अपने-अपने तईं अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी को बचाना किसी भी तालिबानी फ़रमान से,बाकी तो पता था जिद्दी भंसाली भी है।नाम और कुछ दृश्य को छोड़ पूरी कहानी खुद लिखेंगे,तो कल दो ज़िद्दी टकराये एक साथ। एक जिसे बदलाव ज़रा पसन्द नहीं,कुछ कहानियों किरदारों में।और दूसरा जो मनमर्ज़ी करता है हर कहानी और किरदारों के संग।भंसाली की पद्मावत(पद्मावती)बहुत खूबसूरत है,वाकई जब जंगल में दीपिका नज़र आती हैं हिरन का शिकार करते उस वक़्त उस सादगी,उस खूबसूरती का कौन न शिकार हो जाये।सिंघल के मोती सी नायाब नायिका हल्के रंग के जोड़े में खुद मोती लगती हैं।"शाहिद" जाने क्यों शाहिद ही नज़र आते हैं,शायद शब्दों में और फ़िल्मों में राजपूत राणा हमेशा लम्बे-ऊंचे आन-बान के साथ इसी रूप में मन के कोने बसे हैं इसलिए।हाँ एक सम्मानित प्रेमी एक निष्ठ राजा के रोल में बुरे नहीं शाहिद,लेकिन "शाहिद" शाहिद ही रहे।दीपिका पहले दृश्य से ही राजकुमारी रहीं,जो जब चलती हैं मुस्कुराती हैं छत्राणी के तरह घाव ताज़ा कर अनूठे ढंग से प्रेम निवेदन करती हैं।मारवाड़ की महारानी बनते ही उस राजकुमारी के पहनावे और ज़बान तक पर असर हुआ और वो भी क़माल के दृश्य हैं।मुझे फ़िल्म में "रणवीर" बस एक बार रणवीर नज़र आये जब वो "खलिबली"गाने पर नाच रहे थे।वीभत्स रस प्रेम के नग़मे गाते हुए।बाक़ी पूरे फ़िल्म में इस लड़के को ढूंढती रही लेकिन वो न था,हाँ इतिहास में दर्ज़ एक क्रूर शासक 'ख़िलजी' को और भी क्रूर रूप में दर्शाता हुआ,अलाऊद्दीन था ज़रूर।जिसे क्रूर दिखाने के सारे हथकंडे अपनाये गए थे। जो जीत कर भी सिकन्दर न बन सका,पदमावती के चिता के,राख़ के नीचे उसकी सारी हेकड़ी दब गई।ये वो दृश्य जो अच्छे लगे।जो देख दुःख हुआ वो एक राजपुरोहित के रूप में एक ब्राह्मण का द्रोह,अपमान के आग में जल कर पूरे मेवाड़ को भष्म करने की कुटील चेस्टा।ख़ुसरो का छोटा सा रोल जिसमें अजीब तरह से डायलॉग डिलवरी और चाटूकारिता की गंध।गोरा,बादल के अद्भुत शौर्य को कम-से-कम फिल्माना।महारानी नागमती जैसी विदुषी को बस गहने के लिए रूठते और सौतन से डाह करते दिखाना।बा-कमाल दृश्य जब महारानी पद्मावती पूरे रनिवास संग जोहर करती हैं उस लाल चुनर को देख उस दृश्य को देख,उस पल में चले जाना जैसा जब ये आत्महत्या नहीं गर्व और वीरता की निशानी थी।सती होना,दुश्मन के हाथ आने से बेहतर अग्नि में समा जाना।एक पल को लगा जैसे वाघा बॉर्डर पर देशप्रेम हिलोरें मारता वहां के वायु में कुछ है।उसी तरह फ़िल्म के अंतिम द्दृश्य क़माल के।पूरी फिल्म देखने के बाद सोचा क्यों मचा बवाल इस फ़िल्म में ?इतनी महिमामंडन तो आल्हा गाते हुए नहीं सुनी राजपूताना शान की।जितनी इस फ़िल्म में हुई है।"ख़िलजी" को आतताई दिखाने की भी भरपूर कोशिश तो की ही गई है।जब वो अपनी ही हथेली काट अपने चेहरे पर खून पोत कर युद्ध की घोषणा करता है।जब वो पीठ पर वार करता है,जब उसके बाये गाल पर आँखों के नीचे आये चोटों को बार-बार फोकस करके दिखाया जाता है।फिर खुद को समझाया शायद ज़रूरी था ये विरोध का ड्रामा भी।न तो, मैं ही न आती,"पद्मावत" देखने।और मेरे जैसे जाने कितने जिन्होंने सुनी हो जायसी के शब्दों से निकली पद्मावती को या महसूस किया हो सती माता के तेज को मेवाड़ में।लेकिन हमसब गये देखा और एक फ़िल्म जिसे बेहतरीन तरीके से बनाया है इस किस्सागो ने,जिनका नाम संजय लीला भंसाली है।*मेरी काकी से बेहतर नहीं है किस्सागोई में यह फिल्म।मेरे ज़ेहन में आज भी वो पद्मावती है जो काकी की ज़बानी दिखी वो आज भी सुरक्षित है।*

Rabbit Doubt
 Roshan Rollands  
 4 February 2018  

Rabbit DoubtA group of rabbits used to have fun playing games and lived together happily. One day, a wolf disguised itself as a rabbit and snuck in under the pretext of being their friend. When the rabbits would fall asleep, the wolf would appear in its true form and kill the rabbits one by one every night. Not knowing what to do, the rabbits held a meeting to address the matter. They decided the one among themselves who was most likely to be the wolf and killed it. If they chose correctly, the rabbits would win. If not, the wolf would keep picking them off one by one. This is the basic plot of “rabbit doubt”, a game played among the youth where a group of people convene to play by the aforementioned rules. A group of rabbits where one is given the role of the wolf. However, this amazingly thought out manga by Yoshiki Tonogai takes a turn for the worse when Yuu, Mitsuki, Rei, Hajime, Eiji and Haruka, people who often play the rabbit’s doubt together decide to meet up for a good time, but are instead captured and forced to play the game by the dark, bloody rules that underlie this seemingly innocent activity. They wake up in an abandoned building with a barcode on each of them. They move around in the house trying to find an escape route but end up finding Rei nailed to a wall. Doubt and isolation make friends turn against each other, making it easier for the wolf to carry out the Devil’s work. The wolf has already made his move and has claimed his first victim. Who could the wolf be? And can they be stopped before they strike again?Image source- https://www.zerochan.net/t 15220

Review of “Wheels of Wish” by Bibhu Datta Rout
 Niyati (The_bookshire)  
 21 February 2018  

Book - Wheels of WishAuthor - Bibhu Datta RoutGenre - Mythological and crime fictionMy Ratings - 3.5 / 5 ⭐️Review -This Crime Fiction novel by author Bibhu Datta Rout is both intriguing and refreshing. The story revolves around an incident that occurs in 2008, with the accused being Shashank, also happens to be in a romantic relationship with Roohani, the victim of the crime.This leads to an interesting chain of investigations, a lot of courtroom drama and conspiracies of unheard, unimaginable circumstances and links to past as old as 13th century.The story goes back to 1200 AD when the chain of mysteries has its roots linking historical and mythological figures which is an Essential dimension in the whole storyIt’s a very short, descriptive and to the point novella, of about 200 pages. The good thing is that the author doesn’t seem intent on beating around the bush. But only at some places it feels a little rushed. The work of mythological facts and fiction is beautifully blended.That being said, the language, narrative and editing could have been much better. Also the Direct translation of certain Hindu words into English is a bit of a let down. I would want more had it not been for some loose ends the book had left.Other than that it’s a good book. Short and fast paced.I’ll definitely recommend you to read this book, especially if you are a Mythological fiction fan.-The bookshire

Movie Review: PadMan
 Shivangi Rawat  
 21 February 2018  

PadMan movie cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika AptePadMan movie director: R BalkiPadMan movie rating: 3.5 starPadMan is based on the real-life inspirational story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who famously invented the machine that led to the creation of a low-cost sanitary napkin and created a real-life revolution.There is absolutely no doubt that the subject and the intention of the film is applause-worthy. In India, the ‘shame’ associated with ‘that time of the month’ isstill so strong and so pervasive that anything that brings out into the open is causing to cheer, and a film starring a big star is sometimes the best way to break age-old taboos.PADMAN STORY:  Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) Concerned about his wife Gayatri’s (Radhika Apte) menstrual hygiene, urges her to stop using the cloth and go for sanitary napkins. Gayatri is reluctant to go for disposable pads as they are expensive. Lakshmi obsessing over a ‘ladies problem’ makes her cringe but he insists on bringing a change by addressing the taboo topic. The story revolves around his efforts to make her wife safe by using sanitary napkins, he fights all odd for women safety.  Pari (Sonam Kapoor) makes quite a late entry in the narrative but adds charm to every frame she inhabits. Her character is beautifully etched, perhaps to balance Radhika’s naive and self-destructive wife. Sonam’s character not only offers marketing and financial help to Lakshmi but also shares a modern and chilled-out life mantra when the former is unsure of himself.REVIEW : Peoples mostly of India have a tendency to make simple things complex. The entire taboo around menstruation is its ripe example. Menstruation is completely a natural process of women’s body. But the shame associated with regards to even talking about it is highly shocking. A lot of people have tried their best to make people understand about this issue but the impact has been limited. Now, Akshay Kumar takes up the issue in his new film Pad Man. The film is already a winner prior to its release. After all, the way it has ignited discussions about periods is huge and is growing day by day. And thankfully, the film goes beyond expectations and arguably emerges as Akshay Kumar’s most elegant work! But still, there are people who think women or girl going through periods are untouchable. A movie has left its impact on narrow-minded people. Apart from a story which I felt was lacking somewhere still the social message was delivered rightly. Personally, I give it 3.5/5

When breath becomes air
 Garima Rathi  
 6 March 2018  

I began this year with a resolution to fuel my love for books all the more. I am happy that with a two year old toddler to manage-a round the clock job, I have already completed reading three books this year. It is literarily satisfying when the book you have read is the one you would want to re-read from your library.I am a lover of books of fiction. Presently, I am in a zone to explore my reading interest in different genres. The first stop in this road to exploration was a non-fiction autobiography penned down by Paul Kalanithi which was published posthumous. This is an amazing book that transcends you from a real world into a spiritual realm pondering over the questions of life and death – the answers to which the author had been trying to seek all his life.Paul Kalanithi, aged 36, was an eminent doctor and a scientist who was just months away from completing a decade long training in the exhaustive field of neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. An alumnus of Yale School and Stanford, he had dreamt of his beautiful future along with his wife Lucy Kalanithi (also a neurosurgeon resident at Stanford) which evaporated one fine day with the news of his diagnosis. This profoundly moving book encapsulates his journey from being a doctor treating terminally ill patients to being a terminally ill patient himself. A tragic role reversal. It is a book that beautifully describes the gruelling life of a doctor, the strain that it can have on the marital life of a doctor, the relationship between a doctor and a patient and the relationship between a doctor and the patients’ families.Every death leaves behind a saga of sadness but some deaths seem particularly cruel. He wanted to become a writer and a dad and he became both only when the reality of his terminal disease dawned on him. His volition to write this book was inexplicable. He penned down his autobiography with immense determination in times of great difficulty. He wore silver-lined gloves to use the trackpad of his laptop when his fingertips began to crack due to the effects of chemotherapy.He has candidly borne his heart out. The essence of this book lies in the account of all the shades of his life to his grave. If he has put some spotlight on his athletic and workaholic side; he hasn’t shied away from exposing his despondent phase, rancorous soul and details of his anguished body. Paul chose the field of medicine to explore the answers to his questions on life and death only to understand them better in his own tryst with death. He breathed his last breath in his sanctuary – the hospital where he had worked relentlessly; in a room barely yards away from where his daughter had been born eight months ago.This book has left an indelible mark on me. I found it deeply moving. I am not someone who is reduced to tears easily but have felt tears forming in my eyes through the course of this book. This book brings you very close to the soul of Paul. You live his journey through his writing.This is one of those books which I wish would never have a ‘The End’ page. I am certain I will read When Breath Becomes Air again.

FrenchConnect
 Swati Rastogi  
 17 March 2018  

https://swatifrenchconnect.wordpress.com/Speaking a language is about connection ,not perfectionWhy learn another language?A lot of people have this question in mind.If you are at all curious about the world beyond your own day to day routine, speaking french (or any other language besides your native tongue) can upgrade your life by increasing opportunities for career,living,travel,adventure,friendship and love.The more languages you speak,the bigger your world becomes.You can learn to speak another language,no matter your age or educational background;maybe you will never be mistaken for a native speaker but you will be able to communicate and that is what languages are for.Remember speaking a language is about connection,not perfection.Read more to know my story-how i got the idea of creating this blog.Have you ever thought of learning french language?Are you facing the problem of pronouncing french words correctly even after hearing the voice of a native french speaker?Do you think that native french speakers speak very fast?Do you find it difficult to catch hold of the pace at which they are speaking?Keeping these problems in mind, I have created a blog FrenchConnect to solve these problems of french language learners.Though i was a topper in french in Kamla Nehru College,Delhi University,I also faced the same problems being from a non french background.I got this idea for my blog because of my own experience when I did my 3 yrs advanced diploma in french from Kamala Nehru college,Delhi University.Being from a non french background,when I used to watch the french videos of a native french speaker,i found it very difficult to catch hold of the pace at which they were speaking.Same way when I read some information in french,I had to check the meaning of many words in the french-english dictionary which used to take a lot of time.So I thought of creating a blog in which all the information about France is given in both the languages-french and english.Assuming that english is widely spoken and my readers know english,I have written the content not only in french language but also translated in english simultaneously so that my readers dont have any problem in comprehending what i have written in french.Through this blog of mine,I will teach my readers/viewers:reading,writing,listening and speaking in french through videos,images and audio that will help stimulate the imagination and bring out the creativity in them.The uniqueness in the videos which I have created is that I am discussing news,french grammar,french vocabulary,french expressions at a slow pace so that my viewers can understand almost every word and sentence that I am speaking clearly.I have created these videos keeping in mind that my viewers are from a non french background.I am sure these videos will definitely ease the problems of my viewers and will help them learn french quickly.I will also give a little information about the french literature,french painting,art and culture,renowned french writers.I have even written essays and articles in french which I have translated in english.These will improve the writing skills of my readers.My blog will be giving information regarding the famous dishes of french people and I will also give the recipe of some dishes.i even want my readers to know that I can create websites,translate them from french to english and english to french with the highest level of accuracy.Beginner or advanced learner,traveller or business professional with a tight schedule?There is something for everyone in my blog www.swatifrenchconnect.wordpress.com#smblogcontest

Padmavat Review
 Mayur Patel  
 17 March 2018  

ફિલ્મ રિવ્યૂઃ રાજપૂત પરંપરાનો ભવ્ય ચિતાર ‘પદ્માવત’ (રિવ્યૂ બાયઃ મયૂર પટેલ)રાજપૂત સમાજના વિરોધના બહુ લાં...બા ચાલેલા વિવાદને લીધે ફિલ્મની વાર્તા બધાંને ખબર જ છે, છતાં જરા ક્વિક નોટ કરી લઈએ તો, દિલ્હી સલ્તનતના બાદશાહ અલાઉદ્દિન ખીલજીને જાણ થાય છે કે ચિત્તોડની રાણી પદ્માવતી જેવી સૌંદર્યવતી સ્ત્રી આ જગતમાં બીજી કોઈ નથી, એટલે અય્યાશ ખીલજી બધું કામ પડતું મૂકીને પદ્માવતીને પોતાની રાણી બનાવવાના કામમાં જોતરાઈ જાય છે અને પરિણામે સર્જાય છે ‘પદ્માવત’ની રસપ્રદ કહાની.ફિલ્મ પહેલી જ ફ્રેમથી જકડી લે છે અને પોણા ત્રણ કલાકની લંબાઈ છતાં ક્યાંય કંટાળાજનક નથી બનતી. સંજય લીલી ભણસાલીએ ફિલ્મને શક્ય એટલી ભવ્ય બનાવી છે. ૧૯૦ કરોડનું તોતિંગ બજેટ ઊડીને આંખે વળગે એટલી ભવ્ય..! રાજમહેલો, વસ્ત્રાભૂષણો, અસ્ત્ર-શસ્ત્રો, મેકઅપ... બધું જ આલાગ્રાન્ડ. ડાયલોગ્સ સુપર્બ. કેમેરા વર્ક જબરજસ્ત. થ્રીડી અને બેકગ્રાઉન્ડ સ્કોર એક નંબર. ફક્ત એક જ વસ્તુ ફિલ્મમાં નિરાશ કરે છે અને એ છે ફિલ્મનું સંગીત. એક ‘ઘૂમર...’ને છોડીને બીજા એકેય ગીતમાં ભલીવાર નથી. ને ‘ઘૂમર...’ના મૂળિયાં પણ રાજસ્થાની લોકગીતમાં હોવાથી એ કર્ણપ્રિય બને છે, બાકી સંગીતના નામે ભણસાલીસાહેબે નિરાશ જ કર્યા છે. સિરિયસલી, ભણસાલી સર, તમે હવે ગીતો કમ્પોઝ કરવાનું બંધ કરો, ફિલ્મ ડિરેક્શન આટલું ફાંકડું કરો છો એ કાફી છે, તમારી ફિલ્મનું સંગીત અન્ય મ્યુઝિશિયન્સ પાસે બનાવો તો દર્શકોને કાનાનંદ થાય, બાકી તો... (એક અંગત ઓબ્ઝર્વેશનઃ ભણસાલી સર એમની ફિલ્મોમાં પશ્ચિમ ભારતની સફરે નીકળ્યા હોય એવું લાગે છે. પહેલા ગુજરાતનું કચ્છ દર્શન કરાવ્યું ‘રામલીલા’માં, પછી મરાઠાજગત જોવા મળ્યું ‘બાજીરાવ મસ્તાની’માં અને હવે ‘પદ્માવતી’ થકી રાજસ્થાન ઘુમાવ્યા. હવે પછી પંજાબ લઈ જઈને કંઈક ‘સોહની-મહિવાલ’ કે ‘હીર-રાંઝા’ જેવી ક્લાસિક લવસ્ટોરી બનાવશે કદાચ...)‘પદ્માવત’નો એક્ટિંગ ડિપાર્ટમેન્ટ તગડો છે ને એમાંય રણવીર સિંહ અવ્વલ. ખીલજીની ચામડી ચીરીને અંદર પેસી ગયો હોય એટલી સહજ અને ઉત્તમ એની અદાકારી. અય્યાશ શાસક તરીકે જે જંગાલિયત, જે વહેશીપણું એણે પડદા પર સાકાર કર્યું છે, એ લાજવાબ છે. એના ડાન્સ મૂવ્ઝ હોય, બોડીલેંગ્વેજ હોય કે આંખોમાં ડોકાતી ઠંડી ક્રૂરતા, સિંહે ખરેખર સિંહ-સમું પરફોર્મન્સ આપ્યું છે. કંઈ પણ બોલ્યા વિનાય એણે ‘વાહ’ પોકારાઈ જવાય એવો અભિનય કર્યો છે. એક સીનમાં એને ચૂપચાપ માંસ ખાતો બતાવ્યો છે, એય જબરું ઇફેક્ટિવ બન્યું છે. તો બીજા એક સીનમાં એ કંઈક વિશેષ ઢંગથી એના શરીર પર પરફ્યુમ લગાડે છે. કઈ રીતે લગાડે છે, એ તો જાતે જ જોજો, મજા આવશે. ભણસાલીની જ ‘બાજીરાવ મસ્તાની’ પછી રણવીરની આ કરિયર-બેસ્ટ અદાકારી છે. એને ખીલજીનો લૂક આપવા માટેના ગેટઅપ પાછળ કરવામાં આવેલી સઘળી મહેનત રંગ લાવી છે. દિપિકા રાણી પદ્માવતી તરીકે અત્યંત જાજરમાન લાગી, તો રતનસિંગ રાજપૂત તરીકે શાહિદ પણ ફર્સ્ટ ક્લાસ. હા, બંને કલાકારો રણવીરના જબ્બર પરફોર્મન્સ સામે સહેજ ઝાંખા તો નહીં, પણ ઓછા જરૂર પડી જાય છે, પણ એ તો કેરેક્ટર્સની ડિમાન્ડ હતી એટલે. બાકી દિપિકા-શાહિદે પણ અત્યંત સંતુલિત અભિનય કર્યો છે. બંને વચ્ચેની કેમેસ્ટ્રી લાજવાબ. ત્રણ મુખ્ય કલાકારો ઉપરાંત બીજા ચાર એક્ટર્સનું કામ ઊડીને આંખે વળગે એવું છે. એમાંના પહેલા છે, રઝા મુરાદ. અમિતાભ બચ્ચન અને અમરીશ પુરી બાદ હિન્દી સિનેમામાં ગૂંજેલો પડછંદ અવાજ એટલે રઝા મુરાદ. ‘પદ્માવત’માં એમના ફક્ત ૩-૪ જેટલા જ સીન્સ છે પણ એ જ્યારે જ્યારે સ્ક્રીન પર આવે છે ત્યારે એમની તોતિંગ પર્સનાલિટી અને સાવજની ત્રાડ સમાન બુલંદ અવાજને લીધે છવાઈ જાય છે. અહીં તો પાછા દિલ્હી સલ્તનતના શહેનશાહ જલાલુદ્દિન બન્યા છે એટલે ખૂબ રુઆબદાર લાગે છે. થિયેટરમાં એમનો ઘેઘૂર, મર્દાના અવાજ ગૂંજે અને જાણે કે સોપો પડી જાય. રઝા સર જેવો જ રુઆબદાર અભિનય કરીને યાદ રહી જાય છે ‘આયાન મહેતા’. એણે નીભાવેલા બ્રાહ્મણ રાઘવ ચેતનના પાત્રને લીધે જ ફિલ્મમાં આખી બબાલ સર્જાય છે. બદલાની આગમાં જલતા અપમાનિત બ્રાહ્મણને આ કલાકારે સોલ્લિડ રીતે નીભાવ્યું છે. નાનકડા રોલમાં ખીલજીની પત્ની મહેરુન્નિસા તરીકે અદિતી રાવ હૈદરી આંખોને ગમે એટલી શાલિન અને સુંદર. સહાયક પાત્રોમાં સૌથી વધુ અસરકારક લાગ્યો હોય તો એ છે ખીલજીનો અંગત સેવક બનતો મલિક કફૂર. અગાઉ ‘નીરજા’માં આતંકવાદી બનેલા પારસી એક્ટર ‘જીમ સર્ભ’એ ગુલામ કફૂરના રોલમાં જીવ રેડી દીધો છે. ઈતિહાસમાં નોંધ છે કે આ કફૂર મૂળે તો ખીલજીનો સમલૈંગિક સાથીદાર હતો. હિન્દી પારિવારિક ફિલ્મ હોવાથી ખીલજીના પડછાયા બનીને રહેતા કફૂર સાથે ખીલજીના એવા ઇન્ટિમેટ સીન્સ તો ન બતાવી શકાય એટલે ભણસાલીએ બહુ ચાલાકીપૂર્વક અમુક સૂચક પ્રતીકો દ્વારા બંને વચ્ચેનો સંબંધ મોઘમમાં રજૂ કરીને મૂકી દીધો છે. એ જે પણ હોય તે, પણ ફિલ્મમાં જીમ સર્ભની ભાવભંગિમા અને અભિનય કાબિલેતારીફ છે એટલું નક્કી.   ભણસાલી સરની જૂની ફિલ્મોના છાયા ‘પદ્માવત’માં દેખાયા કરે છે. ‘હમ દિલ દે ચૂકે સનમ’નું સાંકળ ખેંચીને ઝૂમર ઉપર-નીચે કરવાનું દૃશ્ય અહીં પણ જોવા મળે છે. ‘દેવદાસ’માં પારોની માતાના અપમાનવાળું જે જબરજસ્ત સીન હતું એવું જ કંઈક અહીં પણ થાય છે. ‘પદ્માવત’માં બ્રાહ્મણનું અપમાન થતાં એ ‘પદ્માવતી’ના જીવનમાં હોળી સળગાવે છે. બહુ જ જોરદાર સીન બન્યું છે આ પણ. હોળી દરમિયાન રંગો વડે ખેલતા રતનસિંહ અને પદ્માવતી વચ્ચેનું શૃંગારિક સીન ભણસાલીસાહેબે બહુ જ બખૂબી અને સલૂકાઈથી સજાવ્યું છે, પણ એમાંય ‘રામલીલા’ના ‘અંગ લગાલે…’ ગીતની છાપ દેખાઈ આવે છે. છતાં ભારતીય સંસ્કૃતિને અત્યંત સુંદર ઢબે ફિલ્મી પડદે કંડારતા રહેલા આ સર્જકને સલામ મારવી પડે એવું અફલાતૂન રિઝલ્ટ એમણે ‘પદ્માવત’માં આપ્યું છે. રાજસ્થાની-હિન્દુ સમાજ અને મુસ્લિમ પરિવેશ જેવા બે અંતિમો ફિલ્મમાં અત્યંત બારીકાઈથી દર્શાવાયા છે. યુદ્ધના સીન્સ અલ્ટિમેટ. શાહિદ-રણવીર વચ્ચેની શાબ્દિક તડાફડી અને શારીરિક તનાતનીના જેટલા પણ દૃશ્યો છે એ બધ્ધાં જ પૈસાવસૂલ. ભારતભૂમિમાં અત્યંત ઉચ્ચ આદર્શો સાથે જીવતાં રાજા-રજવાડાં હતાં એ જાણીને એક ભારતીય તરીકે છાતી ગજગજ ફૂલી જાય એ પ્રકારની ફિલ્મ ભણસાલીસાહેબે બનાવી છે. રાજપૂતો અમથા અમથા જ વિરોધના વાવટા ફરકાવવા નીકળી પડ્યા, બાકી આ ફિલ્મમાં કંઈ જ વાંધાજનક નથી. ઉલ્ટાનું એમને ગર્વ થાય એ રીતે રાજપૂતી પરંપરાઓને દર્શાવાઈ છે. નિઃશસ્ત્ર કે ઘાયલ દુશ્મન પર પણ વાર ન કરવાની ઉદાત્ત પૌરુષી વીરતા હોય કે પછી દુશ્મન સૈન્યથી શીલની રક્ષા કરવા માટે જાતને અગ્નિશિખાઓમાં હોમી દેવાની નારીસહજ દૃઢતા હોય, ભણસાલીએ બધું દિલ પર ચોટ કરી જાય એ રીતે દર્શાવ્યું છે. ફિલ્મના અંતમાં બે સીન તો એવા છે કે જોતી વખતે અચૂક આંખમાં પાણી આવી જાય અને રુંવાડા ખડા થઈ જાય. એક, ખીલજીના દસ-બાર યૌદ્ધાઓ સામે એકલેહાથે ઝઝૂમતો રાજપૂત સેનાપતિ ગરદન કપાઈ ગયા પછી પણ હવામાં તલવાર વીંઝતો રહે છે, એ સીન, અને બીજો, દિલ્હીની વિશાળ ફોજ સામે સઘળું હારી ગયા બાદ ચિત્તોડની મહિલાઓ ‘જય ભવાની...’ના જયનાદ સાથે ભડભડ બળતા અગનકુંડમાં હસતી હસતી ઝંપલાવી દઈને સામૂહિક જૌહર કરે છે એ સીન. આફરિન. સેલ્યુટ. નતમસ્તક. આપઘાત કરવાની અન્ય રીતો પણ હતી ચિત્તોડની મહિલાઓ પાસે. ઝેર પી લેવાથી લઈને ગળે ફાંસો અને જળસમાધિ સુધીના વિકલ્પો હતા, પણ એ શીલવતિઓ આગમાં બળી મરવાનો સૌથી પીડાદાયક માર્ગ અપનાવે છે કે જેથી દુશ્મનોના હાથમાં એમનું શરીર આવે જ નહીં અને મર્યા બાદ પણ એમના શરીર સાથે કોઈ દુર્વ્યવહાર ન કરી શકે. વાત ફક્ત દુનિયા જોઈ-સમજી-માણી ચૂકેલી પુખ્ત મહિલાઓની નથી, અહીં તો દસ-બાર વર્ષની બાળાઓ પણ એમની માતાના હાથ પકડીને અગ્નિમાં સ્વાહા થઈ જતી બતાવાઈ છે અને પ્રેગ્નન્ટ મહિલાઓ પણ… પદ્માવતિની એક ઝલક મેળવવા માટે રીતસર ફાંફા મારતા ખીલજીને ચિત્તોડનું મહિલાવૃંદ છેવટ સુધી સફળ થવા નથી દેતું. આ સમગ્ર ઘટનાક્રમ અત્યંત સચોટપણે ફિલ્માવાયો છે અને મન પર ઊંડી છાપ છોડી જાય એવો બન્યો છે. ભણસાલીની અગાઉની ફિલ્મોની જેમ જ ‘પદ્માવત’માંય ફિલ્મનો ક્લાયમેક્સ જ ફિલ્મની હાઇલાઇટ બની જાય છે. તો આવી આ ક્લાસિક ફિલ્મ ‘પદ્માવત’ જોવા માટે મારી જેમ છેક મુંબઈ સુધી લાંબા ન થવું હોય તો ઇન્ટરનેટ પરથી ડાઉનલોડ કરીને કે પછી ટીવી પર આવે ત્યારેય સમય કાઢીને જોઈ જ લેજો. પાંચમાંથી ૪ સ્ટાર્સ તો આપવા જ પડશે. ભારતવર્ષના ઈતિહાસના એ બુલંદ પ્રકરણનો આ ફિલ્મી અવતાર ‘પદ્માવત’ છે જ એટલો રસપ્રદ.

Book Review - The Leader
 Swapna Peri  
 17 March 2018  

Book Title: The LeaderAuthor : N.S.RaviAbout The Book:From the early 20th century, the then city Bombay now known as Mumbai, its economy was characterised by major textile mills, the base of India's growth in textile and garments industry. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over India were employed in working in the mills. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Mumbai-Thaneindustrial belt witnessed successive working class strikes and protests, with multiple trade unions competing for the allegiance of workers and political control. These primarily included famous political leaders from various Indian Political parties also.Dr. Dattatray Samant or Datta Samant), and popularly known as Doctorsaheb was the  trade union leader, who is most famous for leading 200–300 thousand textile mill workers in the city of Bombay now Mumbai on a year-long strike in 1982, which triggered the closure of most of the textile mills in the city.The book is based on this incident but based on timeline as in the year 82.. The author has made a great research and brought this story to his readers with a immense efforts. For this generation youngsters who are not aware of such incidents in the country from past, this book is like a reference.Such stories carry an impact which in real includes many unsolved conspiracies. These kind of stories make the readers attach to the real world while reading a fiction story. Kudos to the author.The title of the book ' The Leader ' is strong and gives an impression that the book must be about a person.The book cover is an image of an industry in black & white color and a lake's image in orange depicting pain.Superb and intense characterisation of the characters is observed.The narration is fantastic, simple yet effective.Simple and effective language is used.Final Verdict—A good read to know the lesser known facts and the book can be rated 3.8 out of 5

Book Review: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
 Surender Negi  
 19 March 2018  

Digital Fortress by Dan BrownMy Rating: 3 out of 5NSA Command center (Source: www.nsa.org)[/caption] Mission StatementThe National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) products and services, and enables Computer Network Operations (CNO) in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances.  NSA Seal (Source: www.nsa.org)[/caption] National Security Agency ex-employee put this institution under hostage and he chose individual privacy right before national security. NSA has done the great job for United state security which is in the reflection of their tagline for this institution:  Defending our Nation. Securing the Future. NSA has done the great job for United state security which is in the reflection of their tagline for this institution:  Defending our Nation. Securing the Future. Dan Brown novel give the opportunity to glimpse us inside this mega-institutions which work for the cyber-security of United state of America. Irrespective of Dan brown critics, who had given this novel a big thumb down. I think this novel survive my expectation. This cannot be equated with The DaVinci Code, Origin,  Angle, and Demons, The Lost Symbol, Inferno and Deception Point. Susan Fleischer, the young and dynamic cryptographer with his professor boyfriend David Backer had a bad morning. While His boyfriend flew to Spain, she had been called by His boss (Deputy Director of NSA) for resolving some sort of the problem in their office. She had crossed checked the issue with his boss and with great astonishment she learns that NSA has been facing problem for their extension. 2 Billion dollar machine which was created for breaking every code by brutal force technique and had maximum time consume for a code is three hours is unable to break a code for more than 15 hours.This put her as cryptography chief and his boss into a position where they need to break the code. This code can be broke by Pass Key which has only available with The Original code maker or his friend with allies NDKOTHA . Even trying hard luck with this machine Susan and his boss failed to get any luck on this code So, they decided to trace NDKOTHA . The plot of novel run around another side where David (Susan Boyfriend) fail to get Ring of original code breaker (Who has been killed by NSA or Any other party is suspense to Read). From the Spanish Police station to Santa Cruz church, David has to run for the ring without knowing that the people he was speaking silently being terminated by a deaf Killer who works for NSA. Killer only waiting for the opportunity after David get back the ring which has pass-key. Finally, Devid obtains that pass key but within a second he understands that he has been chased by someone. Then start a chase by NSA Killer and Devid.  Spain Sunday Mass[/caption] On the Other side of the world, Things being changed from bad to worst. Susan failed to chase NDKOTHA because her tracer is being aborted by one of his colleagues. But an unfortunate turn of event, her friend is also killed. Things jumped from one mystery to second and at last the national databank come to the risk. Director of NSA involves into this circus. Susan also lost Dupety Director in an accident and chase concentrate into Devid Passkey decipher and the National threat to Databank. What happens next? is an exciting read.Digital Fortress is a technical thriller which creates astonish amazement though its shape and turning plot which can amuse readers. Although, I am impressed by Dan Brown way of writing this novel has done a bit less compared to Robert Langdon series. I can say that David Becker is an early version of Robert Langdon.  Dan Brown (Source: Google Play)[/caption] This fast-paced novel has been increasingly great for me as I turned the page more and more.Happy Reading !!

Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown
 Surender Negi  
 19 March 2018  

Rating: 4/5Dan Brown once replied on a question asked to him about "How much similar he feels when people compare him with Robert Langdon?" He simply replied that it's not alike because Robert is much more courageous and adventuress than him. (paraphrase)Dan Brown answer to Question (mention above).I think Dan is lying about that. I think he enjoys more than anyone and at least surf into excitement created by him for Robert Langdon. From the day, Dan discovers this symbologist, this men (Tom hank) is on run to uncover world biggest discovery and conspiracy through his exceptional intelligence and photographic memory.In this book also Robert never missed any chance to surprise readers with his sheer intelligence. I am the blind fan of Dan Brown. His all books give me goosebumps whenever I read them. Ironically, my busy schedule left me thirsty each night for reading more and more. So, Robert tries to answer humans most ancient questions through the help of his friend Edmond Kirsch who ironically killed by a Spanish admiral. From the point of the utter shock of that killing, the journey begins to know worlds most important question that can shake the whole world:-From where we come? Where we go? - Origin, Dan BrownPaul Gauguin - D'ou venons-nous [Image Credit: Wikipedia][/caption]Dan Brown new journey is a chase for the most philosophical questions of human existence. From primitive eras to till date, humans have spent their extensive energy for looking answer of their existence. Robert Langdon used is intellect to cracking the code which is part of unrealizing the discovery which only can give the answer to these question. Ambra Vidal [hot and spicy independent women] added into the plot to have the grip on the subject. Winston [Watson], an incredible AI helps Langdon to access information which can break the code and discover what is left behind the show made by that great futurist. Robert journey from Guggenheim Museum to Barcelona is filled with thrill. Chased by the cult killer, misunderstood by world media, framed by Spain highest authority and heavily emotional feeling for future queen of Spain, Langdon journey pushed him into a trail of forty-seven characters which can unreleased the discovery of Edmond Kirsch. Robert Langdon played by Tom Hank in The Davinci Code (movie) Source: Playbuzz[/caption]This particular password related to the dead Futurist most loved poem. Artificial Intelligence, Winston help Langdon to unearth various bind bending situations. Akbar love for the prince of Spain come to an end when a conspiracy website started to expose the link between Kirsch death and Palace of Spain. But most fearful way, Three most religious figure of the world come under a death cult which guided Spanish admiral to kill Kirsch also killed two of them mercifully. This confusion that who is actually behind the stoping kirsch presentation? What great discovery that Futurist and computer genius did which can threaten the Religous world? How krisch can answer the deep philosophical questions of human history? From where we come? And where we go?.Mind-bending description of artifacts, most controversial church of Catholic history and Moreover a startling and amused presentation which based on scientific data by the current scientist. A prediction which can change the way human think about themselves and the way they think about future will change for forever. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (Spain) -  Source Wikimedia[/caption]Dan Brown, the way of thrilling his reader with complex art explanation and his passion for technology binds his reader till the end. His art of twisting the tale with unique tactics of waving the story around facts, art, and technology is ever appreciating.At last, it's a must-read book for the fan of thriller, mystery, and technology.

Book Review : A Stoic's Diary
 Swapna Peri  
 24 March 2018  

What is Stoicism?Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy developed around 300 B.C. as a modification of Cynicism which teaches the development of self-control and courage by fighting destructive emotions. It is not just a set of beliefs but a way of life with practice and including the logic mostly. Soliloquy and a kind of meditation aimed at training one's attention to remain in the present moment is the main characteristic. No wonder it’s not more popular. No wonder the Stoic sage, in Western culture, has never obtained the popularity of the Zen master. Even though Stoicism is far more accessible, not only does it lack the exotic mystique of Eastern practice; it’s also regarded as a philosophy of merely breaking even while remaining determinedly impassive. What this attitude ignores is the promise proffered by Stoicism of lasting transcendence and imperturbable tranquility.It ignores gratitude, too. This is part of the tranquility, because it’s what makes the tranquility possible. Stoicism is, as much as anything, a philosophy of gratitude – and a gratitude, moreover, rugged enough to endure anything.About the book:The title of the book ' A Stoic's Diary '  is very  attention capturing and new. The book cover is very subtle and doesn't talk much about the book. The art of Stoicism is briefly yet illustratively and practically is explained in the book. The concept of mind maps and looking at a problem in different dimensions is observed as the main concept in the book. Self awareness, self help, will power and perseverance are explained in a beautiful manner. One of its kind of a book in the field of Stoicism. Kudos to the author.

Awaken The Jackson You Are.
 Gunika Grover  
 24 March 2018  

Review: The Lightning Thief, in Heroes of Olympus, Rick RiordonImagine being a half happy. Being half sad. Being half of any expression or substance and not completely belonging to a clan or community which you can call your own. Imagine not being able to belong anywhere. Percy was one such character.Rick Riordon with his first novel in the series of Percy Jackson And The Olympians crafts one of the best selling fiction books and etches his name in the world of fantasy literature.In his book, the protagonist, Percy Jackson is anatomically, a half blood being. An exciting blend of human and a god.(That consternation when you imagine humans and Gods procreating!) Adapting many characters from the Greek Mythology of heroes and demons, Riordin traverses the readers through a world where the spectator wants to enter this realm of fantasy and live through it.The book starts to make a direct peak in the young readers life, by showing the Jackson’s tough time surviving in school because of his dyslexic nature. After having changed his school umpteen times, he gives up and makes his up his mind to settle and work towards his improvement in his personal and official life. He lives a normal teenage life, with his mother (who is more human than the two parents!) which comes with its own qualms. He tackles his love interest, reads top rated books and struggles in class like you would expect an average teenager to handle his life to be. Hence making it one of the best reads in fantasy novel section in a student’s and adult’s library too. The twist in his destiny comes when he experiences a tiff with one of his professors. Which is unusual since Percy is one docile creature. The tiff brews into a battle where his real identity is revealed and Percy is welcomed to the world of monsters and gods. After a heated battle and a headfull of mind numbing confusions, Percy returns to his house and is promised by his mom to be taken to his favorite Beach in Mantauk. At Mantauk start the real cat -dog race between dreams and reality. His greatest fear and unsettling notion of not being able to fit anywhere suitable for him and experiencing an unknown power over water gets to him and is teleported. Rordion makes this transition seem so swift and endearing it relates to every student’s transition to high school years,which makes it one of the best children’s books. He is taken to a place where he belongs, Camp Half Blood, and made to introduce with his new group of mates who are just as unique in their genealogy as he is. He, along with his favorite friend,Grover who now has become his satyr are introduced to a world of magic, sorcery and witchcraft. Percy finds himself in the mirror by the masters and centaurs who teach him about his life their and his identity unravels as the son of Poseidon- god of the sea.While Percy is following a strict and lax regime at the same time in his real home, meeting with other Demi-gods(Annabeth) (We ship them together!), things take toll in his personal life as his mom gets kidnapped and the world basically starts to tear down. In such a hassle to understand the reasoning behind these events, he is informed of another accusation made on him the Olympians.He becomes a target under suspicion when the king of the Gods,i.e Zeus’s lightening bolt gets stolen. Percy travels through many worlds and crosses his boundaries on the quest to decipher the thief and clear his name. He encounters many hellhounds, monsters and Oracle prophecies get to Percy just like his examinations and social gatherings used to. He learns and masters his skills and spearheads his connect with water through his half stallion, half human teacher, Chiron and uses them to protect Annabeth, Grover against trouble. While getting rid of Hades and his callous tricks to stop Percy from his pursuit to trap him and his team, he exercises his full power and shows his wrath to the God of Wrath himself. Nobody messes with the son of Sea! After passing all the hurdles and dodging arrows, Percy finally is able to restore the peace amongst the gods in Olympus and he goes onto retrieve his mother as well. A well crafted novel revolving around Greek Gods and monsters become very relatable because of the author’s simplistic and innovative expression makes it an impressive story book in english for adults as well. All turning out well at last, but this is just the latest in the series of new novels under the Heroes Of Olympus by Rick!

Book Review- Prisoned in Love
 Sameera Baber  
 26 March 2018  

Book name: Prisoned in loveAuthor: Vaiibhav NigamPublisher: Story mirrorPrisoned in love is a crime thriller with flavor of twist tale of love and suspense by Vaiibhav Nigam.The title and dark background cover are attractive and suitable to the storyline.The blurb will arise the curiosity of readers.The author has done a great research work, breakout plan of Rayirth and details of state penitentiary is wow factor of the book and it shows hard work and dedication of author.The author has very well presented the book it will scare you and will leave you in tears at few places.The author has very well balanced between past and present. Every chapter ends with a twist that engrossed the reader till the end and makes remarkably a page-turner book.The simple and lucid language makes an interesting read for readers it seems like watching a movie.A few chapters story is drag and needs editing over punctuation because it is easily caught by readers.Still, there are few answered question that how Rayirth knows every minute details about the state penitentiary looking for an answer in next part as the author had written in the end that to be continued.I would recommend to every thriller  +       romance lover because these books stand up to mark for a crime thriller. Even romance lover can also crap these book, it will not let you down.The author has done a good job for his debut novel.Ratings:Title: 4/5Cover: 4/5Blurb: 3.8/5Narration: 3.9/5Overall story: 4/5©Baber Sameera

Book Review: Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu (Book 1) – Kevin Missal
 Kiran Kumar Adharapuram  
 27 March 2018  

Blurb:Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles.Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe. But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins?My Review:Kalki – The tenth avatar of Shri Maha Vishnu, who is supposed to be take his form during Kaliyuga for samhara(killing) of Kali Purusha (Evil who sits in every person) as per mahapuranas. Inspired by these words author has taken readers into the world of mythological fantasy. Opening with a war after the deed between kali and Vedantta to acquire Keekatpur. Kali churns his evil with a motive of power. Somewhere in a remote village Shambala for the parents of Vishnuyath and Sumati, Kalki Hari takes his form(birth), who is not aware that his life has a purpose of “DUSHTA SHIKSHANA AND SHISHTA RAKSHANA” (Kill evil and Restore Dharma)Kalki who lives a happy and prosperous life in his village meets Kripacharya who explains the purpose of his birth/reincarnation. As destined he eventually meets the evil king kali in the process of creating an empire.Inspire of a slow beginning, the secret of the plot lies in the map which closely relates the characters and places without any impediments. Story is written in multiple viewpoint which makes you observant to every detail and keeps you on the edge and attentive to detail. Regardless the book is 400+ pages in length. The characters(tribes) are too many to remember, infact i referred the book back and forth to not to miss flow. Book is fast paced and always taking unpredictable twist and turns, sometimes it becomes as well.Kalki sets off on a battle to finish Adharm. Will he succeed in saving the world?The book is divided to two parts: Battle of Shambala & Rise of kali (My Favorite)I see many similarities with the actual mythological characters1. Sage Shuka (Parrot Head)2. Lakshmi (Godess)3. Arjan (Arjuna)4. Thakshak5. Vasuki and so on.Special mention to the Book Cover – “The BEST BOOK COVER” till date, The characters are excellently written and well placed in the story. The pace of the book is very good. Super fine paper quality.Remarkable effort of the young author in through research, I’m sure he would have referred to various scriptures and epics before bringing this book out. If you are a lover of fantasy and mythology, this book is highly recommended.This book carries almost all the aspects and breaking the myth of complex words when we take the mythological reference. Nothing in specific, I liked everything in this book. Hope unanswered questions are addressed in Satya Yoddha Kalki – The Eye of BrahmaPS: While I post this, I see the second book is taking its form. Cant wait more to read the next book in this series.Direct Link: https://www.amazon.in/Dharmayoddha-Kalki-Avatar-Vishnu-Book/dp/8193503309/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522175115&sr=8-1&keywords=kalki+by+kevin+missalRegardsKiran K Adharapuram

Book Review: Kansa: (Book 1 – The Killer Trilogy) The Professor Black Series – Prassant Kevin
 Kiran Kumar Adharapuram  
 27 March 2018  

Blurb:OVER A SPAN OF TEN YEARS, HE KILLED FORTY PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEN VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE. AFTER FIVE YEARS OF SILENCE, HE IS BACK AGAIN, SEEKING HIS NEXT VICTIM. ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP HIM – PROFESSOR BLACK.Maher was found unconscious in the middle of the highway and later, in the hospital, she revealed that she had escaped from a killer’s house. All the details and patterns matched the serial killer ‘Kansa,’ who had disappeared five years ago after murdering forty pregnant women. ACP Saargi Desai was assigned to the case. She appealed to her department to bring back Professor Black to help her catch the killer. The Professor, who had a haunting past that had kept him away from the world of crime and investigation for several years, was not willing to take on this case. But the ACP managed to convince him to get on board just for this one last time. Soon after agreeing to help, the Professor realized that for the first time in his life, he had met his match. As he dug deeper into the case, everything got dirtier, the stakes went higher, and nothing was what it seemed.Intrigue:‘Kansa’ is the First book of ‘The Killer trilogy’ series by Prassant Kevin. The book narration starts with a couple who are traveling back after marriage at Corbett, whose car met with an accident, which rans out on Meher who is an escaped victim from KaNsa. The story grips with “ACP Saargi Desai” who suspects the impression of serial killer Kansa, who seeks help of a alcoholic, drug addict, womanizer yet criminology expert “Professor Black” to break this killing mystery of forty pregnant women and their babies.Not to further be a spoiler, this book answers the questions:Who is kaNsa?Why is the motive of killing pregnant women and their babies?Did ACP and Professor could break this mystery ?How Meher escaped from killer clutches ?To know yourself, read this crime thriller kaNsa. My Review:To start off , the book cover is damn awesome specially the EMBOSED title, the background picture and fine quality paper with bigger font which is handy makes happy to carry. It was one of the most awaited crime thrillers, the pace of book is very good and you will not find yourself bored at any point and a perfect nail biter.Book starts with a hidden message, a second of driving negligence needs more pay off and in other way that paves a great start as clue to find the serial killer, “There is no one either good or bad, but circumstances make them so” , one of the best thing in kaNsa is the story is written and narrated in third person point of view. writing style is pretty clear, decent content and has minimal grammatical errors, can be ignored in interest of plot. The narration was so perfect, I can feel those come before my eyes when I am reading the book (may be due to midnight read)At few places due to suspect and mysterious nature, readers will literally experience chills in their spine (sweet warning), this book pulled me from love and romance to crime and suspense genre ( I stacked three already) ,title kaNsa and story progress makes the keen readers feels the mythological impression in the intrigue.Below few unanswered questions made me to go with a star less:1. Professor Black family ?2. Logical or medical reason to kill pregnant women3. The necklace4. Two pictures of of three by Meher5. Annu Kesharwani, white rabbit6. Exact male who torture and kill pregnant women7. Arjun involvement in crimeLooking forward for Book:2 in this trilogy series,overall kaNsa turns out to be a perfect crime thriller, with decent story-line,well narrated, fit to screen-played, minor grammatical errors, nail biting page turner. Even the last page has an amazing twist that paves a thought for the upcoming one. kaNsa serves as reference for “Criminology” enthusiastLink:KaNsaRegardsKiran K Adharpuram

Book Review: Pralay: The Great Deluge (Harappa) by Vineet Bajpai
 Shivangi Rawat  
 28 March 2018  

Blurb"“Even death is afraid of the White Mask…”1700 BCE, Harappa – The devta of Harappa has fallen…tortured and condemned to the dungeons of the dead. His murdered wife’s pious blood falls on the sands of the metropolis, sealing the black fate of Harappa…forever.2017, Banaras – A master assassin bites into cyanide, but not before pronouncing the arrival of an unstoppable, dark force. A maha-taantric offers a chilling sacrifice.325 AD, Bithynian City (modern-day Turkey) – Unable to foresee the monster he was untethering, an extraordinary monarch commissions a terrifying world-vision spanning millennia.1700 BCE, East of Harappa – A mystical fish-man proclaims the onset of Pralay - the extinction of mankind. The Blood River rises to avenge her divine sons.What happens to the devta of Harappa? Is Vidyut truly the prophesied saviour? Who are the veiled overlords behind the sinister World Order? What was the macabre blueprint of the mysterious emperor at Bithynian City? Turn the pages to unravel one of the world’s greatest conspiracies and the haunting story of a lost, ancient civilization."About bookReading level: 12+ yearsPaperback: 315 pagesPublisher: VB Performance LLP (19 January 2018)Language: EnglishReviewThe Author has done an awe-inspiring job in its prequel, “HARAPPA” and I was enthusiastically waiting for its sequel and here it is. My tick- tock waiting watch is stopped and finally I am giving my verdict on Pralay – the great deluge.I enjoyed Pralay-The great Deluge which is the second part of Harappa - the curse of the Blood River.Like the volume one, this book holds the equivalent charisma and page turner for all. Several characters role play shows instantaneously in this book, like a historical drama based move rolling.Coming to the story, in the last book we had seen that Vivasan pujari was sentenced to mrit karavas like a hell type place and on the next day numerous torture done by King Chandrashekhar army. He landed to the west of Harappa, at the place of Sura, the mighty demon king, with the extreme mental country of in search of revenge of the fatality of his beloved soul mate Sanjana and his single son. The mighty king agrees to help him, but in exchange for something, which stunned the great devta for an instant. On the other end in Banaras, Vidyut flabbergasted and immobilized to see the sudden alteration of Bala, his brotherhood friend. On which earth Bala tried to kill Vidyut and who is the mastermind behind it. Each passing moment Vidyut condition is getting life-threatening. Does he recover from it? In the meantime, meanwhile, the Masaan Raja, the deity of the dead, Trijaat Kapaalik entered the matth with his 666 maniac followers and his guts left everyone stunned in the matth. What was the purpose to visit in such horrible phases to the Matth? Another fragment of the story, Manu succeeded to get away with the lifeless body of his adored mother with the support of Pundit Somdutt and swift with his horse to the East of Harappa in search of the Black Temple as directed. On the way, he met Matshya, a mystery man.Manu seeks help from this mystical man Masaya for taking revenge for the death of his parents. Did he help Manu on his mission? All mystery will solve, once you go through the book. The fast pace of the book holds you till the end & it’s a single sit read for me. Writing a historical fiction is a tough job and need too much research to make it the best. The Author has succeeded in that case. Language and narration are breath-taking from its first page of the book. Mythology was never my cup of tea, but recently I have read few amazing mythology related novels including this and I just loved it now. I was gripped and enthralled by the transformation of the pujari into evil. Saptrishi and Vidyut played and justified their role. The cover is not unique still simple and good it could have been better. The title is catchy, this book I never thought will be released soon I must pat on the back of author for his creativity and imaginations!4/5 to this book!

Book Review: SOLITUDE and other OBSESSIONS
 Shivangi Rawat  
 28 March 2018  

ReviewSOLITUDE and other OBSESSIONS is a thoughts and imagination treasury of Uma, Binod, Trupti, Shruti and Saurin. All the five poets have done an amazing work, they have compiled 73 poems in totals that reflect the emotions and feelings.A human mind is always preoccupied with various and numerous thoughts. From man to woman, boy to girl, minor to stripling every humankind is indulged with obsession, some people refrain but some they cant and become obsessed.Poems in the garner have a high and rich vocabulary, themes of the poem are multifarious. Poetry is something that has a power to control the mind, I was enjoying reading these poems on various topics, the book is full of awestruck and awesome pieces of poems of poets. Some of my personal favorite from this pile is Binod Panda's collection every poem has a story behind even years are mentioned, Life: With A smile amazing, Two to Tango, Who Am I, Send Me, Flute, The Light Princess, and In A Lap Of Death are few titles touched my soul.Title and cover both didn't make a place in my heart, but yes poems have left the print in my heart!Highly recommended to all the poetry lovers.4/5 startsBlurbWe are a species fueled by obsessions. Every human achievement, and every infamy, is the result of an obsession that tormented, possessed and consumed. This is a selection of poetry about solitude and other obsessions that have distracted, driven, destroyed and / or defined us. Spanning genres, styles, emotions, time & place, these works by a collective of 5 poets are a glimpse into the obsessions that have become us.All about the five Authors"Uma Sudhindra grew up in an army environment. After a decade-and-half of corporate life, she became an entrepreneur and has remained one. She loves books, music, travel & the Armed Forces. Her entrepreneurial venture Go Magic Trails reflects her passion for travel and experiencing the new & unique.She's co-founded I'm Every Woman, an NGO for women empowerment. Their flagship initiative, DURGA India, has worked tirelessly with communities, corporates & government to create safer spaces for women & children.Binod Kumar Panda is the classic mix of left-brain, right-brain. Gregarious and charming, he's an engineer and MBA with a hugely successful corporate, entrepreneurial and consulting career.His school and college years though were spent in the company of solitude and like-minded friends that resulted in thought provoking poetry.Trupti Kalamdani is a mechanical engineer by profession who investigates stresses developed on an aircraft body at work; while at home, releases her stress by penning down a few lines.Her tryst with poetry started during her school days, when she expressed her undying love for cricket in the form of a poem. Over the years, her limericks have grown into full bodied verses. A closet poet for years, she is finally out and exploring different platforms to share her work.Her poems have been published in literary journals like efiction India, Taj Mahal Review and Coffee Shop Poems. She is also a regular performer at ""Let Poetry Be"" events at Atta Galatta.Dr. Shruti Arabatti comes with a mature head over drooping arms and a mind ticking faster than an exploding bomb. Like her namesake, she is an orchestrated person living in a discordant cadence. She manages to hit all the right notes amidst all the gobbledygook yelping by her adorable preschooler.Saurin Desai's first love led to a roaring affair that's ongoing now since nearly 30 years. At the innocent age of 8 he met a comic book that whacked him on the head (pun intended) and he fell heels-over-head, literally (pun not intended).But being commitment-phobic, he had a couple of dalliances: with engineering, jobs & businesses, before succumbing to the seduction of the writer's life and giving up everything to become lazier than he ever was.About BookPaperback: 128 pagesPublisher: Notion Press,Language: English.

Book: ILA IS ONLINE – Preeti Vayada
 Kiran Kumar Adharapuram  
 29 March 2018  

Blurb:All mothers dream of their sons getting married, having children in a couple of years, and living happily ever after. But my dream was shattered into pieces, not to mention that it was because of a reason I cannot talk about in public.Well, after much thought and careful consideration, I have come to the realisation that it is not all over. Varun will get married. This time I will double check. Sameer told me that staying ‘Active’ on Facebook can help.The only problem is that I don’t know how to use Facebook. But how difficult can it be? If I can operate the washing machine and the smart TV, Facebook cannot be much harder. After all, Varun’s future at stake – and my name in society.Intrigue:“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – This is the crux of this book.This is the story of “Ilaben Patel” conservative mother who wish to get his son varun married to Aakruthi which calls off due to strange circumstances ends her into the social media vicious circle.What’s next,Could she subsist the concomitant of the social media infirmity ?What decision Ila took in addressing those aftermath?Did Varun get married ?My Review:Blurb hints the essence of social media which is supported by Splendid book cover (Facebook blue background) with a marriage procession horse and a chat text “Ila is online”, this is not the story of protagonist Ila rather its a anecdote of every mother Whose children are already trapped amidst the evils of social media. I cant stop appreciating the author who picked up this idea. Every sentence explains the agony of mother of techno-freak kids. This book is first person(Ila) narration with a dash of comical aspect. Author never missed the theme of chucklesome in the entire plot. Characters are very well illustrated.Author conveyed different angle of motherhood of extant society. Its a different approach in conveying message to the readers. Undoubtedly this is a reference manual for the present day fraternity mothers.“I saw my mother in Ilaben Patel” – I hope that consolidatesI rate “ILA IS ONLINE – Preeti Vayada” a 4.5/5 which carries powerful message,humour, motherhood emotions, family bonding and desi style. Its worth reading as this is of different genre and you will never feel bored. Believe me you will never regret reading this treatise.RegardsKiran K Adharapuram

Book Review: Who Will Cry When you Die by Robin Sharma
 Surender Negi  
 1 April 2018  

My Rating : 3 / 5I am a not very usual reader of self-help books but I read them time to time. The last self-help book which I read was “You can win” by Shiv Khera in 2009. After that, I did not get chance to read them. Robin Sharma’s Who Will Cry, Whenyou Die might be one of few self-help books which I have selected for myself. I haven’t got chance to read Robin Sharma best-selling book “The monk who sold Ferrari”  but luckily one of my roommate having this book. Confession: I haven’t bought that book but took it on loan from my friend. Might be I will steal from him because that book is simply Awesome.Robin Sharma has written many books on the subject of leadership, self-help, professional guidance, and spirituality. he himself claimed the constant student of philosophy and mentioned that he has amide interest of changing the lives of millions.Irrespective of his attractive writings, he runs the seminars, performs personal classes for high table peoples around the world through his company.This book contains many heart touching topics related to Life, discipline, and leadership. This book is mostly a call for people who don’t want to regrate in their life. I would like to discuss the personal lesson which I vow to follow after reading this book.Write a journal for yourself.It might seem like a crazy idea but I think everyone must try this once in their life. I used to write personal diaries from 2005 to end of 2009. But after being in Job and same monotonous life sucked up my passion for reading, writing and learning for few years. I took the vow to relive my habit of reading in 2014 and that year I have completed 50 books and almost reading more than 12000+ pages. In the year 2016, I also promise to my self that I will start writing and I am doing it from 2016 to till now through this blog.Now I feel that, while these two habits change my life tremendously, this book remind me about my third habit for writing journals for myself. I am a great fan of fountain pens and paper white crispy dairies. I have good fountain pen but next week I am going to buy a diary for talking to myself.Learning Tough loveThis is might be the most difficult thing to do. But I am going to learn tough love with my life. I am not allowing my laziness to fill my days with excuses and crying about things cant be change. I am going to stick with myself (Mind and Body). I remember that one of my European friends told me thatIndians are great people with lot’s of potential but they lack consistency and discipline.I agree with my European friend. Indians even after having so much energy, fail to channelize that power because we believe that breaking the rule is normal. We (as an Indian) don’t believe in the firm and steady lifestyle while we believe that things get settle down eventually. That’s where we are weak and we lack focus.I personally need to reinstate that focus in my life. It can be started with minor but permanent changes. Like I have started to wake up 6:00 AM anyhow. I vow to get into bed around 11:00PM. I have told myself that I will read minimum one hours daily. Eat almonds for my health.Having a book all the time with meThis is one of the ideas which I like most. I mean how many of us notice that we waste our time by sleeping, chatting and gossiping during the day. How many of us waste their hundred hours by standing at lines, watching TV’s shows rather than having a book which can give us million dollar ideas like this one did to me.I am not saying that everyone must have the book and read it unconsciously. But I am saying that use the time which is being wasted in your life.My Mantra is simple: Life is short, Read !!Original Blog

Book Review- Chakravyuh
 Shweta Kesari  
 6 April 2018  

Book Review- ChakravyuhI was greeted with some family drama and corporate stuff but was not impressed with the storyline, at the beginning, itself. Although I quite liked the way he expressed his thoughts, the excitement a good book should draw in the very beginning was missing.There are some events which one would like to read either from the first person or second person, but here the events unwrapped through third person's perspective. That part of the story didn't make much impact as it could make through first or second person's perspective.Such as the incident of Nikki and Varun!His observations on day-to-day episodes that he had inculcated to be a part of this book don't go with the flow of the story. There are some usual kinds of stuff he talked about, which we encounter in most of the stories. Thus, the content didn't sound appealing to me. The only hope I had in the journey was the Chakravyuh they are going to face. Tomy surprise, story-line ended on a good account, but what completely lacked is the participation of interesting and engaging events. It seemed like the incidents were written without much of a though, just the normal stuff anyone can think about. Especially, the conversation that takes part. Fine with the regular events, but he could have done more brainstorming while presenting the story before readers.Even if a writer is blessed with a good storyline and a soothing writing style, one thing I found lacking in most of the work I see these days is the participation of healthy events. Writers are unsure as to what to share with the readers. What could go well with the story, and what could make the journey an effortless ride, is a must thing to work on. Even broken incidents start to make sense when they are interesting. But, in this case, incidents are not fruitful enough to serve a flavourful story to the readers. In addition to that, There are some minor typos here and there like some missing letters, replacement of him with her which could be avoided.All I would like to say is, there are plenty of books in the market. If the reader spends his time, money and effort, he would expect the same from the work of the author. Jitendra definitely has a good plot with him, and he could do much more with this, all he needs to work upon is how to strategize healthy events.Rating: 2/5Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Book Review- Europa
 Shweta Kesari  
 6 April 2018  

Book Review EuropaThey say, Never Judge a book by its cover, I agree. However, the cover of the book is the first thing that forces me to know more about the book, moving towards the blurb and then the story. I think the designer could have done a lot more with the cover, as the story holds so many things to tell which can be illustrated on the cover so as to gather the crowd. I think a great story deserves a great cover. Well, in this case, something more creative would do a great good to reach to a few more audiences.'Europa' is the first book for me that took me to space. When I say this took me to space, then it literally took me. The minute yet balanced details that Hywel provided for his reader did a great job for me to be in the protagonist's shoes. I liked experiencing the time in space which I never did before. Plus that, the story that took place there didn't bring confusion for me, as I got familiar with the characters participating there pretty soon.The story is designed with great effort, could be easily noticed by the work he had put up in his book. I liked the way traced has been left in mid-way, and how it unfolded later on. There was always a drop of curiosity that pushed me further into the story. Also, Hywel has a way with words. It seemed like he expresses his thoughts with great ease, that it occurred effortlessly to the readers.I was all lost in the story but the only hiccup I had during the journey is remembering all the characters by their name and recognizing who is who. As the story is not limited to few characters, there are a good number of participants who participated in the story, and keeping note of all of them at the same time was a task, especially if you are not much familiar with the names. Most of them are English names, so it was quite difficult to keep hold of all of them. There were quick changes in the stories, from space to earth, then from present to past, at times I felt lost in a maze, created by the author himself. I was looking for more clarity so that I could be more involved in the story rather than pondering what is actually happening and how is it related.Rating: 4.3/5Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Book Review -Kansa Book One of The Killer Trilogy
 Murtaza Kuwarawala  
 13 April 2018  

Book Review: Kansa (Book 1 - The Killer Trilogy) by Prassant KevinSo, after a very disappointing start to February with Keepers of Kalachakra, I decided to pick this one up for a bit of light read. I was provided this book in exchange for an honest review and I would try my best to be as honest as possible. I chose this book for the sole reason that it did not promise any cheesy romance that Indian authors churn these days and the blurb provided quite an interesting read about a serial killer. Did the book live up to the expectation? Here is my take on it.Blurb (From Amazon):Over a span of ten years, he killed forty pregnant women and then vanished without a trace. After five years of silence, he is back again, seeking his next victim. Only one man can stop him - Professor Black. Maher was found unconscious in the middle of the highway and later, in the hospital, she revealed that she had escaped from a killer's house. All the details and patterns matched the serial killer 'Kansa,' who had disappeared five years ago after murdering forty pregnant women. ACP Saargi Desai was assigned to the case. She appealed to her department to bring back Professor Black to help her catch the killer. The Professor, who had a haunting past that had kept him away from the world of crime and investigation for several years, was not willing to take on this case. But the ACP managed to convince him to get on board just for this one last time. Soon after agreeing to help, the Professor realized that for the first time in his life, he had met his match. As he dug deeper into the case, everything got dirtier, the stakes went higher, and nothing was what it seemed.My Take on the Book:Imagine you are being provided a box of Bertie Bott's every flavor bean recommended by a friend and as soon as you take the first bite, you get a bad flavor. The same case happened with me while I was reading this book. Within the first 10 pages of the book, you realize the book was more of an essay rather than a thriller that was expected. Even though the plot was quite promising and had a huge potential, the book just did not live up to the expectation.What promised to be a brilliant plot falls flat due to bad editing, concurrent plot holes and inconsistency in characters. I could count almost three characters whose names changes in the course of the plot due to either spelling errors or the author took the liberty to change the name of the characters which were a synonym to the original name. What I would have preferred was if the author had taken the approach of a more dialogue-oriented story which would have added more clarity and thrill to the novel.Coming down to the characters, except for the main protagonist, none of the characters make any impact on the story. To avoid revealing any spoilers, I would just say, none of the characters did match up to their qualifications that were boasted in the book. Also, at many places, the main character would easily get his hands on things that are generally not quite accessible at many places and that added a few weird expressions on my face.There is always light at the end of the tunnel and since I have been talking quite negative about this book, let's also talk about some positives. Yes, as I mentioned earlier, the plot does seem promising and if the author ties up some of the loopholes, the novel works quite well. Also, since it is the first of the trilogy, there is a vast room for improvement in his future novels. The main protagonist does seem to be larger than life currently, but if this can be handled in future novels, it could just add to the betterment of the character and the novels. So go for it, if you want to read something interesting but where you don't have to put too much of your thinking cap on it. Also, for a person who is a fan of Bollywood Masala movies, this won't be a letdown.My Rating: 1/2 out of 5 (Hoping against hope, that the shortcomings are taken care in future novels)Book in Three Words: Thrilling. Glitched. Exaggerated.murtu.kool@gmail.com

Book Review:- Kansa (Book one of the killer trilogy)
 Hema Suresh Talreja  
 13 April 2018  

Book Name:- Kansa (Book one of the killer trilogy)Author Name:- Prassant KevinPublisher:- Inked Company PublishingBook Pages:- 398 pagesDescription:-“One of the best Thriller novels written by an Indian Author.”“‘Professor Black is India’s Jack Reacher.” “You Cannot escape this thriller.” “Breathtaking. Original. Spine-Chilling and a perfect start to the TRILOGY.” OVER A SPAN OF TEN YEARS, HE KILLED FORTY PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEN VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE. AFTER FIVE YEARS OF SILENCE, HE IS BACK AGAIN, SEEKING HIS NEXT VICTIM. ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP HIM – PROFESSOR BLACK. Maher was found unconscious in the middle of the highway and later, in the hospital, she revealed that she had escaped from a killer’s house. All the details and patterns matched the serial killer ‘Kansa,’ who had disappeared five years ago after murdering forty pregnant women. ACP Saargi Desai was assigned to the case. She appealed to her department to bring back Professor Black to help her catch the killer. The Professor, who had a haunting past that had kept him away from the world of crime and investigation for several years, was not willing to take on this case. But the ACP managed to convince him to get on board just for this one last time. Soon after agreeing to help, the Professor realized that for the first time in his life, he had met his match. As he dug deeper into the case, everything got dirtier, the stakes went higher, and nothing was what it seemed.Review:- Oh my my my!!!! What a book…hats off to the author… after a very very long time, I read a book which hooked me till d end and kept me wondering who the culprit was..I couldn’t guess it until the end..The story is written exceptionally well..it has that power which u need in a thriller fast paced book…as soon as I started this I knew I would love every bit of this book.. it is a book about a person who is called ‘kansa’ and who has killed more than 50 people including pregnant women, infants etc.. it all started when Maher met with a road accident and was admitted in the hospital where she revealed that she has escaped from a house where she was kept after kidnapping and also revealed that person was a killer.. ACP Saargi Desai is in charge of this case and after getting into this case she knew she needed help from someone who has vanished from this field years ago she insists commissioner and he agrees to her demands.. than professor comes into the picture he is a man who is alcoholic, aggressive, violent and has numbers of escorts girls as speed dials but he is the only person who can help them crack the case..While trying to solve the case the facts that are portrayed, the twists and turns, people dying, the overall concept was written by the author is brilliant… we can see love, betrayal, duty all in this book…cannot wait for the next book in the series now and I am damn sure it will also be the same…intriguing, thriller, ride of roller coaster all in one book…How do they get hold of Kansa is really worth reading..Overall Rating:- ★★★★★ Hema Suresh Talrejastylishangel28@yahoo.co.in

Review on the movie - Kahaani -2
 Harsha Darji  
 20 April 2018  

Everbody has 'kahaani' i.e stories to share in life, but their are few stories that are very heart touching, senstive, serious, reality & a matter of attention. I know we all have busy life, busy schedule & there many couples whose life depends on nanny, maids, day care for children etc. At times parents also leave their children at friends place, neighbours place or any relatives place without even having a thought tat whether my child would be safe or unsafe. The dirty mind belongs to strangers is true but we need to accept that even our own near & dear ones could have mind filled with shits & may try to harm your child, abuse your child. We teach many do's & dont's to our children but we forget to teach them a very important lesson that is of their own safety, yes safety of their body, lessons of good & bad touch. Make your child aware about gud & bad sign of touch, talk to them daily, have more conversation about school, teachers, bus drivers, auto driver etc. Parents must not forget that child abuse done by near & dear ones is not a matter to hide, ignore & make your child to suffer & get into pain or depression wherein he/ she cant tend to come out. We see & read many cases of child abuse in newspapers, televisions etc but we only get serious about it the day if any such incident takes place in our family. I request everyone do not wait for such cruel incidents to take place. Get alert & start talking & teaching your child today, coz precaution is better than cure. If any one comes across about any such incidents in schools, tutions, day care centers, NGO's one must immediately light such issues, investigate & inform the police. If we dnt act now than many such strangers will get more gutts to spoil life of several children. Your children are lucky coz they have parents like you to take stand & raise voice for them but there are many who do not have parents, they live in child ngo's, ashrams & have no one to share their pain. It's our moral duty to raise our voice & act against the child abuse. Be a friend to your child so that they can share entire routine & kahani of every day. I appreciate the director to take such a serious topic of 'child abuse' & highlighted the current rising issue for our children. There is a strong message to get serious about your child & their safety. Vidya was awesome the way she performed. It could have highlighted more such issues along with data from schools, child ngo's etc. I give 3.5 start to raise this topic in 'Kahaani -2' . It's a family movie so make sure your child also learns out of it. There is a message for all such strangers that, don't play with the life of any child or else accept death penalty or imprisonment for entire life. Even our judiciary laws must be strict & such person should straight away be sentenced to death.

Book Review- Reminiscinces Of Seeker
 Niyati Gogna  
 25 April 2018  

Reminiscences OF A Seeker: Dark Face Of A White World” by Kapil Kumar Bhaskar is a fascinating account of author’s true experiences with the spiritual world!The book is a true story fascinates and takes the readers into the dark and unbelievable world of mystics, spirituality and dark arts.The plot opens with author’s yearning for a true spiritual master, however, the author is plunged deep into the vortex of tantric powers, dark arts and paranormal world of sadhus and aghoris.His journey through the unforeseen, extraordinary circumstances intrigue the readers and glue the readers completely.The book deals with supernatural elements and incidents which seem unbelievable. To embark on this journey with the author, the readers need to believe, have faith in spiritualism.The author has flawlessly narrated the events, fascinating and thrilling the readers immensely. At times, certain parts got dragged a bit too much, but the overall suspense helped it get overshadowed.The book deals with powerful themes like a student-teacher relationship, it’s boundaries, the occult world of supernatural and dark arts, practiced by yogis and aghoris. The author talks about how the events pulled him into a world of drama, suspense, greed, betrayal, struggle, strength and HOPE. And most importantly, the strength and inspiration to get out of the dark world towards the light.The glossary provided at the end proved really helpful in understanding the book. Language is inspiring and lucid. Characterization is done well and is a true account, characters seemed to come to life.The title hints towards the mystical and spiritual account contained in the book, the cover is simple yet powerful and attractive. It connects with author’s journey from the dark world to the illuminated white world. Blurb is well written and concise.I would like to rate it as 4.0 out of 5.0.Overall, a gripping, real story of author’s pursuit of ultimate divine!

Let The Game Begin By Sandeep Sharma
 Sumon Bhowmick  
 27 April 2018  

A REVIEW BY SUMON BHOWMICK.Published by INSPIRE INDIA PUBLISHERSISBN – 978-93-85783-46-3:2nd Edition:Review Point : A must read Indian thriller.Plot of the book : Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess.’Serial killing shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.Key Points :*Merits :)1. A thrilling plot.2. Story flow is good.3. The author has written the book in such a way that you will enjoy every page to search for the very reason behind the serial killings. And you will love it.** Demerit 😦Spelling mistake : (ingdom, *kingdom @ Page 121)Note (Unanswered):The author did put two different reasons : But he didn’t clear that which one is true. And even if the theory behind ‘DNA’ is the one, then did the serial killer checked all the DNA tests?If history repeats itself, then Viratha’s son should born again. Did he?*** As the book is not completed and the author claimed to write it’s 2nd part, I hope I will get my answers from that one.Novel Point : 4.2/5(Good)System :5/5. (One of the best)4/5. (Good)Lower than 3/5. (Not my type)@ Grab the book from Amazon and other bookstore and enjoy._Reviewed by Sumon Bhowmick.

Book Review- Prisoned In Love
 Aarohy Kapoor  
 3 May 2018  

I picked up this thriller book and glad to have read it. Fully enjoyable and worth your time; this book will not disappoint you. More than romance I love crime and thriller books and this story gave me another reason to grow fond of this genre. This story was a different one from regular thriller stories and I enjoyed reading this book. This is not a complete thriller and suspense as it has an element of love in it.Starting with the cover of the book, it is lovely and eye-catching. It is appealing to the eyes of the readers and they get instantly curious to read the book. This is one of the main reasons behind me picking up this book. The title is also perfect for the storyThe protagonist Rayirth Kapoor was leading almost a near perfect life with an amazing job in the Bank of America, with a lovely wife and daughter. All was fine till the life turned like a nightmare for him. The insomnia and the after effects of it made this one a scary read at times. When you put yourself in the place of the protagonist, you might feel chills going down your spine. Undoubtedly the plot was mysterious but the sequence of events became predictable at times probably because I have seen quite a large number of crime and thriller series.This book would have been one of the best ones in this genre that I have read if it was free of errors. The printing and grammatical errors at frequent intervals broke my flow of reading at times. Otherwise this book can be completed in a single go without losing much interest. A must read for the ones who are fond of crime and thriller genre. Others can give it a read because undoubtedly it is a good book if you ignore the errors in it.Plot- 4 / 5Narration- 3.5 / 5Cover- 4 / 5Title- 4.5 / 5Overall- 4 / 5

Book Review- All They Need Is Your Respect Not Sympathy
 Lavanya Rajanala  
 21 May 2018  

Aarohi is an Independent girl with big dreams. She always wanted to stand at place where she will be admired, loved and respected by many. Her family always stood by her side in every decision she made. After finishing her Masters in Business Administration, She wanted to start a business of her own. She did research for same to find what works well and essentials to start a business. She approached a bank for loan to start her business, Manager of the bank is some distinct relative of her father. Aarohi explained him her business plan and objectives and provided all necessary documents. He signed the documents to proceed further into loan process. When Aarohi was about to bid leave, he said “Have your seat.” and paused for while and continued “I know your father very well. He is great person, he worked hard to reach the position where he stand today. I admire him a lot. And I feel sad to see you running behind banks and offices to raise funds for your business. At this age you should start a family of your own. Business and all these is a difficult job especially for ladies. I know how difficult it is for you to do all this being a girl I respect you for that. You are no less than a son for your father. I wish and hope you will make your parents proud. All the best.” Aarohi bid him leave and was returning home but her mind was still in that manager’s room and her thoughts were rotating around his words. ” he is feeling Sad for me. Why? Just because I’m a girl and working at the age of marriage? And daughter helping her family is some sort of thing to be sympathized ? He is proud of me not for hard work I’m doing but for even after being a girl, I’m doing all this. Why is he showing such sympathy? Will he say same words if I be man, Son. His respect for me is out of sympathy of being a lady and doing business.” There is nothing wrong in respecting women but not just because of their gender, respect them as they are also humans, respect them for their qualities and respect them for the good work they do. “ALL THEY NEED IS YOUR RESPECT NOT SYMPATHY.”

Book Review-Mission NPA
 Ravi Yadav  
 22 May 2018  

आदरणीय श्री रमेश यादव जी का ये पहला कहानी संग्रह जब पहली बार हाथ में आया तो लगा कि ज़रूर कोई सेना का या किसी जुनूनी युवा दल का कोई मिशन होगा,जिसका नाम होगा ‘एन.पी.ए.’ किन्तु शुरुआत में ही समझ आ गया कि ये कुछ अलग तरह का मिशन है. एक ऐसा मिशन जो पाठकों को ऐसे जगत के भावनात्मक सफ़र पर लेकर जाता है, जिससे हर आम और ख़ास आदमी का वास्ता तो रोज़ पड़ता है लेकिन सिर्फ ऊपर-ऊपर से, यानी बैंकिंग जगत. डेस्क के इस पार खड़े हम, और डेस्क के उस पार के लोग...चेहरे पर मुस्कान और जुबान में मिश्री घोले सलीकेदार कपडे पहने हुए लोगों को हम समझ ही कितना पाते हैं कि उनका अंतर्जगत कैसा होता है, उनकी मुश्किलें, उनकी भावनाएं उनकी पीड़ाएं और मुस्कुराहटों के रंग हमसे कितने भिन्न हैं ? साहित्यकारों ने काफी अलग-अलग विषयों पर लिखा है किन्तु बैंकिंग जगत पर नहीं के बराबर लिखा गया है, ऐसा मेरा मानना है.      ‘ मिशन एन.पी.ए.’ की अधिकतर कहानियाँ उसी जगत से जुडी हुई हैं. कभी डेस्क के इस पार के मनोभावों को, तो कभी डेस्क के उस पार के मनोभावों को कागज़ पर बड़ी साफगोई के साथ उकेरा है. रमेश यादव जी की पहले भी मैंने एक दो कहानियाँ जैसे “राजू इंजिनियर” और “खेल बनाम साहित्य” हंस पत्रिका में पढ़ी ज़रूर थीं, लेकिन मैं उन्हें मूलरूप से एक स्थापित अनुवादक, कुशल बाल साहित्यकार, लोक साहित्यकार, कलाकार और एक जागरूक पत्रकार के तौर पर ही जानता था. मगर इस संकलन को पढ़ते हुए मुझे बार- बार ये महसूस हुआ कि वो एक बहुत ही मझे हुए और संवेदनशील कहानीकार भी हैं. कहानियों के बीच में उनके द्वारा दिए गए बिंब आपके मन में एक तस्वीर बनाने में कामयाब होते हैं और रमेश जी कहानी को आगे बढ़ाने के साथ-साथ बीच में कहानी के किसी नुक्कड़ पर दो पल रूककर जो आस -पास के माहौल या मन अम्बर पर हवाओं की तरह उठती गिरती भावनाओं का विवरण करते हैं वो आपको एहसास कराता है कि आप हर उस मोड़ पर स्वयं खड़े हैं, जहाँ ये कहानी करवटें ले रही है. जैसे- “ट्रेन देश के दक्षिणी क्षेत्र को पार करके उत्तरी क्षेत्र के सीमा में प्रवेश कर गयी थी, ताप के दिन, जलती दोपहरी, झुलसते सपने, प्लेटफोर्म पर आते जाते लोगों को मैं निहारने लगा. कुछ देर तक मौन होकर सब कुछ देखता रहा. सामने से चाय वाला आ रहा था उसे बुलाया और चाय की चुस्कियां लेते हुए अपनी सीट पर जाकर बैठ गया. सीटी बजी और लहराती हुई ट्रेन चल पड़ी” इत्यादि. मिशन एन.पी.ए. कहानी की ये शुरूआती पंक्तियाँ ही पूरा दृश्य खींच देती हैं. इसी तरह “राजू इंजिनियर” कहानी पढ़ते हुए हनुमान गली की गुमटी से लेकर, बैंक के अन्दर मिन्नतें करता, फूट- फूट कर रोता राजू और साहब वेणुगोपाल के हाव-भाव सब कुछ आपको अपनी आँखों के सामने घटता दिखाई देता है, मानो कोई चलचित्र चल रहा हो. “ राजू का धैर्य टूट गया, वहीं बैंक में सबके सामने रो पड़ा. उसकी चीख़ कातर थी. हाथ जोड़कर वो कह रहा था “साहब मेरी मदद कर दें...मैं बर्बाद हो जाऊंगा.. आप लोगों के भरोसे पर मैं इतने दिनों तक इंतज़ार करता रहा..मेरा बयाना डूब जायेगा सर... मैं सड़क पर आ जाऊंगा... अगर कहें तो मैं फर्जी पेपर भी बनवा लूँगा...आप लोगों को पार्टी भी दूंगा...मुझ पर रहम करें सर...”       अक्सर ये होता है कि हम जो पक्ष होते हैं उस पक्ष को सही साबित करने की कोशिश करते हैं और ये जताने की कोशिश करते हैं कि दूसरा पक्ष हमें समझ नहीं पा रहा, मगर रमेश जी ने खुद बैंकिंग प्रणाली का हिस्सा होते हुए बैंक के कर्मचारियों की मुश्किलों, मजबूरियों, अच्छाईयों के साथ-साथ बैंक में व्याप्त अव्यवस्था, अफसरशाही और ख़ामियों को भी बेबाकी और बिना किसी भेदभाव के साथ लिखा है. इन कहानियों की यही सच्ची पहचान है. साथ ही बैंक के ग्राहकों की सोच को भो बहुत ही इमानदारी से उकेरा है. जैसे शिवा फ्रूटवाला में एक तरफ बैंक मैनेजर शर्मा जी के चरित्र का मानवीय पहलू सामने आता है कि किस तरह वो एक छोटे मोटे धंधे वाले को सलाह और लोन देकर व्यापार का रास्ता दिखाते हैं तो दूसरी तरफ़ एक आम ग्राहक शिवा के चरित्र का सकारात्मक रूप दिखाई देता है कि वो जीवनभर उस एहसान के प्रति अपना सम्मान ज़ाहिर करने के लिए शर्मा जी को तलशता रहता है. रमेश जी ने बहुत ही करीने से कहानी के कैनवास पर भावनाओं के रंगों को बिखेरा है. बैंकिंग प्राणली के दायरों से बाहर निकल कर बीच में वो  “फैसला ज़िन्दगी का” और “सिक्के का दूसरा पहलू” जैसी प्यारी-सी कहानी भी लिखते हैं और फिर लौट कर “पानी रे पानी” और “ नई शाखा का उद्घाटन” में व्यंग्यात्मक शैली का प्रदर्शन करते हैं. “फैसला ज़िन्दगी का” आधुनिक परिवेश की बड़ी ही बेहतरीन कहानी है और युवा पीढी को एक नई सोच देती है. ‘ बिल्ला नम्बर 64 ’ भी लाइव घटना पर आधारित एक बेहतरीन कहानी है जो रोंगटे खड़ी कर देती है. इसी तरह पारिवारीक जीवन के ताने–बाने को बुनती ‘ एक ही थैले में आंसू और मुस्कान, ‘दादाजी’, ‘मुक्ति’ जैसी कहानियां संवेदनात्मक संदेश देती हैं. बदलते समय काल और परिवेश पर आधारित ये कहानियां मन को झकझोर कर रख देती हैं. इस दौर में डॉक्टरी पेशे और निजी अस्पतालों के लूट की पोल खोलती ‘मुक्ति’ कहानी पाठकों की आंखें खोलती हैं. खैर सभी कहानियों पर विस्तार से भाष्य करना संभव नहीं है, अत: आप सभी सुधी पाठक गण स्वयं इनसे रूबरू हों और अपनी कसौटी पर इन्हें परखें.      पत्रकारिता, अनुवाद और बाल साहित्य रचते- रचते अचानक कहानी संग्रह का प्रकाशन और पूरे संग्रह को एक से एक बेहतर ढांचे में ढालना उन्हें करीने से सजाना वाकई एक सराहनीय और स्वागत योग्य कदम है. मैं बैंक बहुत बार गया हूँ लेकिन हमेशा अपना नज़रिया ओढ़ कर, लेकिन इस कहानी संग्रह को पढने के बाद मैं इस बार जब बैंक जाऊंगा तो डेस्क के उस पार को भी रमेश यादव जी के नज़रिए से देखूँगा. श्री रमेश यादव को ‘ मिशन एन.पी.ए.’ के इस सफल मिशन के लिए हार्दिक बधाई और शुभकामनाएं और एक बेहतरीन कहानी संग्रह के प्रकाशन के साथ साहित्य जगत में बहुत कम समय में अपनी सशक्त पहचान बना चुके स्टोरी मिरर को भी साधुवाद. रवि यादव, मुंबई.  ( चर्चित कवि, अभिनेता, प्रोड्यूसर )  

Book Review-Mission NPA
 Rita Shukla  
 23 May 2018  

मानवीय संवेदनाओं के नवीन आयाम का बोध कराती कहानियां ।रमेश यादव जी एक सिद्धहस्त कथाकार हैं। उनके नवीनतम कथासंकलन ‘ मिशन एन.पी.ए.’ में मानवीय संवेदनाओं के नवीन आयाम का बोध होता है। जमीन से जुड़ी इन रचनाओं में कथ्य और शिल्प दोनों का सुंदर विन्यास देखा जा सकता है। बैंकिंग जगत और जीवन से जुड़ी ये कहानियां हिन्दी साहित्य जगत के लिए एक अनूठा प्रयास है जो काउंटर के इस पार और काउंटर के उस पार की दास्तां को बयां करती हैं। ऐसे कई प्रसंग इन कहानियों के माध्यम से प्रस्तुत होते हैं जो इंसानियत के रंगों में सराबोर होते हुए उखड़ने और उजड़ने की जद्दोजहद से गुजरती हैं। इस संग्रह की सभी कहानियां अलग–अलग परिवेश से गुजरती हुई कई नई चीजों का बोध कराती हैं और हमें यह सोचने पर मज़बूर करती हैं कि जिस व्यवस्था से लगभग हम रोज रूबरू होते हैं क्या उसकी ज़मीनी सच्चाई और हकीकत को हम जानते हैं या हम इसे जानने के लिए कितनी कोशिश करते हैं ? अनुज रमेश की हिंदी साहित्य में पैठ महज संयोग मात्र नहीं है। उन्होंने अपने दैनंदिन जीवन के अनुभवों को कलम की नोंक पर सहेजने की साधना की है। उनकी प्रत्येक कहानी मानवीय मूल्यों का दस्तावेज कही जा सकती है। एक मौलिक रचनाकार होने के नाते इंसानियत के दर्द को चेतना की अतल गहराई से समाज तक पहुँचाना उन्का मकसद है। इस पुस्तक के लोकार्पण समारोह को और इसके लोकप्रिय होने के लिए मैं अपनी समस्त शुभाशंसाएं देती हूँ और ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करती हूँ कि वे इसी प्रकार सृजन धर्म में जुटे रहे और शतायु हों।डॉ. ऋता शुक्ल. ( वरिष्ठ एवं प्रतिष्ठित साहित्यकार, कहानीकार – रांची )कहानी संग्रह– ‘ मिशन एन.पी.ए.’– कहानीकार– रमेश यादव, प्रकाशक– स्टोरी मिरर 

Book Review- Mission NPA
 Harish Naval  
 23 May 2018  

मिशन NPA यह शीर्षक है प्रखर कथाकार रमेश यादव के ताज़ा तारीं कहानी संकलन का ।किसी भी देश का तंत्र उसके अर्थ तन्त्र पर आधारित होता है ।अर्थ को विषय बना कर बहुत कम लिखा गया है ।रमेश यादव ने अपने बैंकिंग दीर्घ अनुभव और चिंतन के बल पर यह महत्वपूर्ण संकलन रचा है । इसमें सोलह कहानियाँ हैं जो अर्थ की सोलह कलाओं से समृद्ध हैं ।एन पी ए अब पहचाना बोध है ।ऋण न उतारे जाने और वसूल न हो सकने पर नान पर्फ़ोर्मिंग ऐसेट यानी एन पी ए घोषित होता है और......इसका लाभ (या कहें दुरुपयोग )लिया जाता है...अमरीका में इसकी वजह से कई बैंक अचेत हो गए थे...और उसकी अर्थ व्यवस्था डगमगा गई थी जिसे किसी भाँति ओबामा ने उभारा...भारत के तथाकथित कई बड़े आदमी ऋण लेकर चुकाते नहीं और अर्थव्यवस्था को पंगु किए रहते हैं ....ये कहानियाँ विरल कहानियाँ हैं ।इनमे बड़ी व्यंजक स्थितियाँ हैं...कथाकार ने सार्थक शब्द प्रयोग और ध्वनित अर्थ के बल पर इनकी सहित्यिकता क़ायम रखी है ।बैंक कर्मियों के जीवन के ख़ाकों को रमेश यादव ने बहुत सशक्त ढंग से उकेरा है ...हम सब बैंक जाते हैं किंतु उसके भीतर की संवेदनाओं स्थितियों को भाँप नहीं पाते ...कहानीकार ने हमें बैंक जगत के बाशिंदों से वास्तविक परिचय कराया है ।मैं अभिनंदन करता हूँ ऐसे मेधावी कहानीकार का जिसने हिंदी कहानी में एक नया आयाम जागृत किया ।                         डॉक्टर हरीश नवल              सम्पादक ‘गगनांचल’ नई दिल्ली 

Review of Wheels of Wish
 Megha Biloniya  
 9 June 2018  

Title :Wheels of WishAuthor : Bibhu Datta RoutBlurb : Imprisonment of a couple in the Dwapar Yug and the creation of magnetism at Sun temple in Konark has a great deal of linkage to a missing boy in the 13th century carrying the mightiest power of the universe that transcends in time across generations leading to an alleged rape and murder accusation to the story's protagonist, an investment banker Shashank Chaudhary in 2008 who flies from New York to Odisha to find himself trapped in an 800 years old enigma. A biological allegory that unfolds a historical and mythological mystery that counts back in time as far as the epic Mahabharata. One that surpasses time and the material world with its mathematical calculations within physical elements. Unexplainable evidences, puzzling data, conspiracy theories and unheard secrets intermingle with one another to create plots in the history of time that have been startling scientists and mythologists to date. It's now in the court room that he must face his worst fears and probably the world's greatest held secret, a rare phenomenon of a chromosomal defect, from an unexpected guest.My View : The blurb of the book will definitely fill the curiosity in the reader’s mind. The lovely cover and the title Wheels of Wishes worked completely in grasping my attention making me more curios to unfold the story residing in the book.All the characters are portrayed beautifully; the author very well briefs about the characters at the beginning of the book but still a reader may get confuse as there are numerous characters dwelling in the story. The story is locked with a lot of drama having tints of history and mythology. The way author has painted the details of history is really commendable. Author must have done a lot of research in order to portray such details clearly in his book. Portraying such kind of stories requires knowledge and skills.The tagline on the cover of the book already suggest that the story holds a crime; author has crafted the story very well and the crime revolving around the other events having details of history lands the reader on a different node. The story goes on switching its way from past events to present. The book also contains the hues of love of Shashank and Roohani, murder mystery, rape case and lot more to locate. The writing style is simple which makes the reading journey easy for me. Articulation of the sentences could be much better which will help in attracting the reader’s mind. I found the narration of the story moderate which weakens the links between the reader and the story. Fascinating Read!Rating : 3.5/5Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Book Review: For A Girl In A Star By Ratna Chandu
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

For A Girl In A Star is written by Ratna Chandu.Book Title: For A Girl In A StarAuthor: Ratna ChanduFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 224Language: EnglishPublisher: Srishti Publishers & DistributorsPublishing Date: 10 February 2018ISBN-10: 9387022153ISBN-13: 978-9387022157What do you do when your best friend – the one person who has stood byyou through thick and thin, knows you better than you know yourself, andliterally saved your life – falls in love with the same girl as you?Avinash and Sahas, two village boys, arrive in Bangalore in search of art andin pursuit of ambition. Sahas, hardworking and nervous, antonym to hisfriend, has emerged from a troubled past only to find that his future doesn’tcome without encumbrances. Their friendship is the one constant in thetwo boys’ lives, but that is tested when they each meet Aarti – a mysterious,compassionate, beautiful girl who captures both their imaginations andsets their hearts aflame.Will their passion for the same girl, and an untimely tragedy, sunder the twofriends forever?A compelling tale with twists and turns reminiscent of India’s melodramaticfilms, For a Girl in a Star deals with the age–old staples of young love, heartbreak, and what it means to be a true friend.Starting from the cover is eye catching. It’s not only the design work but also the substance of the Story as well. Just look at the design, there is a couple and a guy which is going away from the couple. The view is simply amazing. The title of the novel is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.The story revolves on love triangle with the lives main protagonist Avinash (Avi), Sahas and Aarti. Avi & Sahas, both belonged to the same village Agumbe. Since their early childhood, they were the best buddies of each other and the depth of their friendship was beyond of any imagination. Since the time Avi saved Sahas’s life from drowning in his childhood, Sahas devoted his unconditional friendship to him and soon with time, their bond became inseparable. Aarti was a girl, full of life, with a caring and sensible heart, mature thoughts and kind nature. Her beauty of heart got reflected in her outer appearance also.Aarti and Sahas are in the same college. With continuous interactions, and close encounters, even a shy personality like Sahas also had fallen head over hills for Aarti, but due to lack of courage, he could not get the chance to express his true feelings in front of Aarti. Aarti considered Sahas as a very good & genuine close friend, but she was unaware completely about the feelings of Sahas for her.Sleep felt like a faraway dream since he meet her…Destiny made Avi too crossed his path with Aarti suddenly in an awkward situation, and soon after the first sight, Avi noticed the actually inner beauty of that Aarti possessed and curiosity stuck him. Not one time, but frequently, and after a point, Avi got the chance to interact with Aarti directly. Though their initial interactions was one sided, but soon, after realizing the talent of Avi, and seeing the mesmerizing art of Avi, and his inner simplicity of heart, she started to admire him. With time, they got very close to each other and love blossomed inside the heart of both of them. Even their love for each other made them to take a step further.It is the destiny which turns out to be so cruel that it brings so much misunderstanding in the life of two childhood friends who fall in love with the same girl. It happens in movies that two boys of different worlds find one girl and fall in love with. Talk about coincidence but it happens with these childhood friends. And of course, this love-triangle drives a wedge between them. The story revolves around their struggles and the way they cope up with grief and situations.The story makes you smile in the first half and leaves you sobbing in the second half, the story is narrated in such a manner that everything you read can be visualized.Life sometimes throws you encounters only to leave you indelible memoriesLanguage is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story.  Characters are also clearly justified to their respective roles and all of the characters mentioned in the book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the characters effortlessly and live the journey with them. It’s a combination of emotions, revenge, friendship, realization, redemption, love, true love, pain, joy, happiness, laughter, family, fate & many other elements infused together. However, the editing errors including spelling and grammatical errors are numerous.  I had learned the true meaning of friendship from the book.Recommended to all bibliophiles.Overall 5/5 StarsAbout the AuthorRatna Chandu was born and brought up in Hyderabad and did her engineering in mechanical. Having worked as a Personality Development Trainer for four years, she gave up her job to be a full-time writer. She’s a voracious reader, an artist and a yoga freak. When she isn’t reading or writing, she tries her hand at varied culinary, the activity that helps her unwind and works as a therapy. Currently, she’s residing in Pune with her husband and son.

Book Review: Come Back To Leave Me… Again By Sohil Ashvin Shah
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Come back to leave me… again is the debut novel which is inspired from his real life incidents and his own fantasies written by Sohil Ashvin Shah is a romantic thriller. It’s an combination of emotions friendship, love, relations, heartbreak, dreams and reality.Book Title: Come Back to Leave Me… AgainAuthor: Sohil Ashvin ShahFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 216Publisher: Power-PublishersPublishing Date: 16th April 2017ISBN-10: 9384334839ISBN-13: 978-9384334833Why 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.Starting from the cover to the title its beautiful and looks interesting.The title is also good and gives an idea that its a sad love story. This is the story of protagonist Siddhanth  and Hritisha. Siddhanth fells in love with Hritisha over a phone call and tried hard to get her. As the time passes they became friends and one day when he was drunk, Siddhanth proposed Hritisha. They became a happy couple but one-day whole world of Siddhanth falls apart when Hritisha tells him she won’t marry him without her parents permission. He loses everything after that, even his job. Later he comes to India with the support of family and friends he moves on a finds a new job in India. 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. The language is lucid and also perfectly written what should be in a perfect novel and it’s a mixture of Hindi,English and Gujarati. Narration of the novel is simple and really nice.All the characters are well crafted. The author has balanced emotions and humor in the story throughout. Overall, it was a wonderful read. I recommend this book to all those who love to read love stories.I just loved it. Recommending it to everyone. Must read for all the book lovers.Overall rating 5/5 stars.About the AuthorSohil Ashvin Shah aka Bunty is a Senior Accountant by Profession.He was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and resides and works in Dubai for last Eight years. Apart from writing, his hobbies are reading romantic novels, watching Bollywood Movies, and singing. He is commerce graduate from Gujarat University. His biggest dream is to see his name on big Screen as a ‘Film Director’. ‘Come Back to Leave Me… Again’ is his debut novel, which is inspired from his real life’s incidents and his own fantasies.Contact : write@sohilashvinshah.comInstagram : beingsohilshahTwitter : @sohil8289FB : Sohil Ashvin Shah

Book Review: Pinto Has An Idea by Rajeev Saxena
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Pinto Has An Idea is written by Rajeev Saxena is a frictional tale.Book Title: Pinto Has An IdeaAuthor: Rajeev SaxenaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 272Publisher: BloomsburyPublishing Date: 10th December 2017ISBN-10: 9386826933ISBN-13: 9789386826930Young Pinto has from his childhood been an out-of-the box thinker, finding solutions in his everyday surroundings to a myriad ancient global problems. A certain machine he invents in his childhood makes him a hero in his village but it’s not sufficient to change the mindset of naysayers for Pinto to pursue his career in hardcore science.Pinto Has an Ideais the tale of Dr Pinto, a small-town boy, an IITian and a scientist working in MIT, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation in the early days of his research, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.Returning to his native India, he finds his noble quest beset by unexpected adversaries, obstacles and trials, but emerges triumphant from each battle.Pinto does not like to appear a romantic person, and keeps women at bay. But when Lavanya returns to haunt his life, and eventually shoe-horns him into marriage, he obligingly falls in love. Because Lavanya is not just a pretty face, she’s his partner in research. And Pinto, a newbie in romance, discovers a whole new craze.But life takes directions never aimed for. Pinto is on the road to becoming rich and famous. He invents a mechanism to eradicate corruption in the land, and in that process moves towards politics. That impinges on the couple’s relationship so severely that Lavanya disappears suddenly without telling Pinto. Why does she leave their child with Pinto? Will he lose his greatest ‘idea’, Lavanya, and thereby, himself? Sure, Pinto’s ideas bring dramatic changes to society. But how much romance can a scientist handle as well?Rajeev Saxena, in his debut novel, shows you just how much.The cover of the book is very catchy. Title of the book so fascinating that one can’t stop to adopt this book.This is the story of a protagonist Rajat Srivastava well known as Pintoo.Despite being a brilliant student and a successful person he never gave away his nationality and patriotism and returned back to his country to serve its country. Pinto who later becomes a scientist, also a social worker, his ideologies have been depicted really well. His care for the betterment of the society and it’s people is inspiring to read. His ideas were always innovative and extremely different from people around him. Dr.Pinto does not like to appear a romantic person, and keeps women at bay. But when Lavanya returns to haunt his life, and eventually shoe-horns him into marriage, hey obligingly falls in love. Because Lavanya is not just a pretty face, she is his partner in research. And Pinto, a newbie in romance, discovers a whole new craze. With Lavanya, Pinto decides to solve the problems that people all over India face. From figuring out how to hire servants in the most effective way to delivering groceries right to your doorstep, Pinto has created ideas for all and sundry. Book gives away the idea of common problems one had to face in villages and small towns.This book describes struggles of pinto, his intelligence and his hunger for knowledge.This book takes you through all those ideas, and much more. Book gives away the idea of common problems one had to face in villages and small towns.This book describes struggles of pinto, his intelligence and his hunger for knowledge. The language and narration is lucid and easy to comprehend for any kind of readers.I haven’t read this kind of story before and I’m overjoyed with my experience. Hats off for choosing such a difficult theme and presenting it in such a wonderful manner. Looking forward to read more from the author.

Book Review: The Wild Cat By Taanya Sarma
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Book Title: The Wild CatAuthor: Taanya SarmaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 328Language: EnglishPublisher: Invincible PublishersPublishing Date: 21 December 2017ISBN-10: 9387328139ISBN-13: 978-9387328136Based on true events, this erotic thriller novel tells the tale of a young, naive woman named Tanya who enters the online dating and chat world. Her first foray into this digital realm initially proves to be bland and disappointing; however, sex, suspense, power struggles and attempted murder soon unfold. These unwelcome adventures interfere with her business and her sanity as she aspires to live up to her deceased parent’s standards.A conman named Sam ensnares Aaron, a handsome investment banker, into his ploy and uses him as a pawn to lure women into doing things they normally wouldn’t do. Sam then exposes their personal information as well as their images, sometimes in the act of cyber sex, and posts them on a very successful porn website that he owns. Tanya’s encounter with these two men evolves into a long, winding road, with each turn bringing irreparable changes in her life.Enraged by the deceit and the unconscionable behavior of these men, Tanya turns whistleblower and vows to assist the FBI in shutting down the dating app and porn site – and she won’t stop until the perverted perpetrators are behind bars. She never relents, but ultimately laments, “I never thought that I would have to give up my life to remain alive.”ReviewsA very interesting book, especially for young girls to understand the danger that exists in this society with online predators ~ Alma Guzman, Executive Producer Hollywood.Sex, suspense, power, struggle, murder attempt and well developed characters. This book has all the masala to be the next blockbuster Bollywood flick. A must read for sure. ~ RJ Khurki, Zabardast Hit 95 FM Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. This gripping story based on true events will keep you hooked till the very last page. ~ Antil, ScoopwhoopMY TAKEStarting from the book cover the first impression is the best impression the foremost thing which I liked in the book is the beautiful cover and its little unusual title “The Wild Cat” it indeed developed the curiosity within me to know what author meant by it.   The lower half of a girl’s face and below it is the night view of a city with buildings in the middle of the cover title with sub title. The Wild Cat A deviant tale of a young woman, a banker and a conman who happen to meet on dating website. The Cover is beautiful and attractive. Title is also perfect for the plot.The story revolves around the line of protagonist Tanya aka Iron Angel, Dorothy, Adam, Mr. U W, Aaron aka Phantom or Alpha, Mrs. Martha, Sarah, Monica , Sam Baker aka call as Nick Baker or Cobra, Newguyintown,Notorious, Aunt Iris, Rookie, Venom, Rebel Queen, Rex, Mr. & Mrs. Baker, Stephanie Owens, Schmidt, Jeff Simpson, Dali, Frida.This is the story of female protagonist Tanya an art gallery owner inherited from her father. She lost her mother in her early age and her father had brought her up but later her father passed away in an accident. She was a alone and only have the support of her best friend Dorothy.  Dorothy is dating online through an app which matches with a person of similar interest and lets them talk in a group or one -one.Tanya also downloads the app iVoice once she learns that she has been using it to date this person who is the owner of a sexy voice according to her. iVoice is a dating app but the twist is that it’s not like any other dating app. It’s a dating app based on voices of different people. One can only connect with another person she is interested in by hearing his voice. No real names, no identities. Just voice. The application has a option to lock in the phone number and also has a voice changer option if any user feels not to reveal their own voice. Tanya, aka Iron Angel on iVoice comes across another user called Adam who invites her to a private chat. Adam apparently is married and is a father to three kids. He shows signs of perversion and voyeurism and have cybered (cyber sex) quite a few times but his wife doesn’t mind even when she knows about his addiction. I don’t know why. Even his therapist knows about it but takes no step to stop him from his adventures. Tanya and Adam end up talking about the colours of underwear they wear, whether they wash hands after peeing, whether they sleep in PJs or sleep naked. I mean, girl you are talking to a virtual stranger and you haven’t even seen his face and you are already talking about penises, panties and thongs!! Like, seriously. I was exasperated at her common sense. He could have turned out to be an old pimp who doesn’t think twice before killing innocent girls. Anyways, coming to the second user Phantom; he is the lead male protagonist in this book. Aaron aka Phantom turns out to be an investment banker and is pretty civil when they first engage in conversation. He isn’t a creep like the two other users she had interacted previously. They almost talk everyday. As days pass, Tanya becomes more addicted to this app and starts to feel “soft” for Aaron. It’s trap. There’s always some people lurking in the background to pounce on when they are presented with opportunities. There’s one such person in this iVoice app too. He gains a large sum of money by selling of phone numbers and private images of the girls who uses this app. When Tanya comes to know about this and learns that Aaron is also linked with this whole ploy, she plots a revenge against them. The rest of the story follows Tanya in her revenge and whether she finds success in her plan. This book ends with a cliffhanger mode. The rest of the story will be in next trilogy set of the book.Language is simple crisp and lucid and has the ability to bring live the events narrated in the book. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. The only character that left me a bit confused was that of Tanya. The best part is that even the supporting characters are well- developed and merge smoothly into the story. You can easily relate to most of their actions, reactions and inner turmoil. However I would have loved to get to know what happen after BANG. BANG. who had shoot for that i have to wait for next book. While the first half is erotic thriller with cyber crime, the second half which is revenge.  Narration is done well. The author’s strongest point is plot with unique theme and warn the women of online world. One of the most important things that I noticed is how with few words, the author could not only just portrayed  the hazards of online world, the pain, joy and sorrows of the characters but she even manages to bring that out from the readers. Most victims of these crimes were teenage girls and women. There was a nefarious attempt to trap young girls to indulge in wrongdoing. The increase in number of mobile phones had also led to more number of cyber crimes. Crimes were also reported by misusing social networking websites on the internet. The writer’s words has the capacity to hold the reader till the last page. The book has been written well in accordance to real-life examples with realistic point of view.This is the debut novel of author but we don’t seriously feel as if we are reading a book written by a debut author. Overall a fantastic fantasy packed with action and tinged with suspicion and suspense. I personally would like recommend this book to every women out there and to all the book worms it’s a must read.Overall Ratings 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorTaanya Sarma is an author, poet and an entrepreneur. An ambivert true to form, the depth and duality of Taanya’s personality are evident throughout her writing.The genesis of The Wildcat trilogy stems from her desire to warn naive young women about the pitfalls of the online dating world.Taanya’s goal is to see her series of novels published and available in multiple languages as far reaching as countries like India, China, UK, NZ, SA, Australia – and, of course, in her home country the United States.When she’s not writing, Taanya is most likely thinking about writing – or spending time with her adopted dog, playing the guitar and piano, sketching, biking, snorkeling or participating in some extreme sports like parasailing, skydiving, or bungee jumping.For a more in-depth look into the life and creative mind of Taanya Sarma, follow her at @taanya.sarma or check out her website at http://www.taanyasarma.com

Book Review: The Divine Throne Of Maharani Meeramani By Meenakshi Verma
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Book Title: The Divine Throne Of Maharani MeeramaniAuthor: Meenakshi VermaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 278Language: EnglishPublisher: Invincible PublishersPublishing Date: 12 August 2017ISBN-10: 9386148773ISBN-13: 978-9386148773This story has Historical, Political & Social aspects. “JAIRAJGARH,” The Grand Empire of Rajputana, whose King is a great warrior, and a devious politician. He didn’t limit his devious politics to only the royal throne, but extended it to his personal relationships. He’s a ruler, who waited for a long time to have a successor for his grand empire and went on to design a conspiracy for the murder of his own child… The third wife of the King, Maharani Meeramani, who is a warrior by actions, and a hermit by thoughts. This ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, turned her pain into power and despite being a stepmother of a Eunuch Prince, Meeramani has not only loved, but has safeguarded the prince from his own father and beyond everyone’s imagination, she has tried to prepare him to take over the Royal Throne while fighting against all odds of society. A ‘Eunuch’ Prince, whose responsibility is to earn rights for the entire Eunuch community. A Political and Social war between the ‘King’& his ‘Queen’. Who will win and claim the Royal Throne Will Queen Meeramani convert the Royal Throne into “The Divine Throne”? To unravel the truth you have to be a part of the journey of Queen Meeramani’s struggle.MY TAKEStarting from the cover It’s one of the best I’ve come across in recent times in historical friction. The tile is perfect for the plot. “The Divine Throne of Maharani Meeramani” is the first fictional social novel of the author Meenakshi Verma, in which she has raised the question of respect and rights of the third gender, ‘Eunuchs’ along with the equal rights of all human beings. She has not only raised the questions, but also tried to suggest a solution to the society.This is the story of  Jairajgarh: The Grand Empire Of Rajputana of Maharana Ranjeet Dev Pratap Singh is a great warrior, and a devious politician. The story starts with announcement of next war and news of Prince Samar Dev marriage. While going for the war the news of  untimely death of Prince Samar Dev Pratap Singh everybody was shaken. The entire Jairajgarh was struck with grief. Maharana had locked himself up in his personal room. He had restricted himself to a personal dark room and the words of his Father Maharana Surya Dev Pratap Singh were echoing in his mind and then goes to flashback of Ranjeet childhood memories with his father Surya Dev Pratap Singh and two wives Queen Manorama Devi and Maharani Kesar Devi and seven children. There is no unity in the family and where is no unity, there can never be peace. Both wives and their children all are always busy in pulling each other. While remembering these lesson from his father life, Ranjeet has decided he will marry as many wives as he want but was sure enough that he will make his child from only one wife who deserves to get the throne. He first marries Queen Vaishali as per his father wish but there relation was not much successful.  He then marries Queen Ambika love of his life. Later Queen Vaishali realizes the truth of Maharana Ranjeet and commits suicides and Queen Ambika was all alone after the death of Queen Vaishali and she realize the pain of Queen Vaishali had gone through. Maharana had never loved her and then later Maharana Ranjeet marry Queen Meermani. Meeramani and Ambika share a bond more than real sisters rather than the life of co-wives. Later Queen Ambika with help of Queen Meermani  was conceiving. The child born was was eunuch. If a child gets good upbringing and education then he could do anything and become anything, even if he is a eunuch. Deformity in a body could be anywhere so how is the child responsible for it, if he is a son, a daughter or a eunuch, but isn’t he still  the child to his parents. He can be anything for society, but for his parents he is still their child and separating a child from his mother or a father is a shame on humanity as well as society. As per Queen Ambika request Maharana Ranjeet to give throne of Maharani to Meeramani and also gives the right of his son as mother to Meeramani. From there Maharani Meeramani and her struggle begins with the Prince Samar Dev and form a army of eunuch peoples to give them their right to live Shiva-Jan Army their main aim was to protect Prince Samar Dev. Will Maharana will get to know the truth behind the birth of his son? What happens to Meeramani? Will the bond with Queen Ambika and Maharani Meeramani will remain same? To know more go and grab the copy of book.Settings in the story are Jairajgarh, Ballabhgarh, Rajputana, Sambhalgarh, Kashi, Santpuram. The story revolves around the Maharana Ranjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Prince Samar Dev, Maharani Meeramani Devi, Maharana Surya Dev Pratap Singh, Queen Vaishali, Queen Ambika Devi, Prince Rudra Dev Pratap Singh, Princess Amritamani, Akroor Singh, Sushant Singh, Sukanya Devi, King Satya Rajsingh, Queen Manorama Devi, Maharani Kesar Devi, Neelima, Manjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Jagjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Rukma, Padma, Shobhana, Shamsheer Singh, Acharya Chaturanand, Prince Neelkant, King Krishnakant, Queen Jamuna Devi, Princess Ambika, Prince Khushaal Singh, Shiromani Pandit Gangeshwar Nath Shastri, Pandit Rameshwar Nath Shastri, Sushma, Heeranand, Ranjeet Singh, Janki Devi, Gulabo, King Surat Singh, Uma Devi, Kaushika, Prince Virat Singh, Sheetla Devi, Prince Somesh, Malini, Jagat Singh, Shambhoo Singh, Kaushika, Queen Padmavati, King Shantanu Dev, Shankula Devi, Sulakshana, Mungeri, King Gangdev, Baba Vishwanath, Kokila, Chanchala, Phoolan, Chammo, Gola, Gannu, Kaalu, Malini, Princess Sukanya, Shiromani Pandit Gopaleshwar Nath Shastri, Kamala Devi, Leela Devi, Dev Kumar Shashtri, Shyaamla, Govardhandas.Language is Simple, crisp and lucid. The smooth flow of words makes the narrative not only easy but engrossing too. The characters be they the protagonists or the supporting souls, are well articulated, thus making it easy for the reader to relate to them, their views, their actions and reactions. In fact one can easily don their shoes and live the story without feeling ill at ease/ appearing odd. Each one of them contributes to taking the story forward without a hitch, without a hurdle. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book. To write is an art, to keep the reader spellbound and yearning for more is magic. The book brings out sibling love at its best and also addresses certain social issues in subtle yet powerful strokes. This book deals with every aspect of struggles a women undergone during the ancient time and also serves a great social message about eunuch community. There are a few typos and one or two places where the author has made contradictory usages that need to be rectified. My favorite protagonist of this story is Maharani Meeramani. The book has worth to be carried and flaunt because it has got a magical touch of love which can be done in a single sitting.A wonderful read, one I’ll strongly recommend to all book lovers. I’m sure that those who don’t like the historical friction will not get disappointed after reading the book.Overall Ratings- 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorMeenakshi was born on December 27, 1972, in New Delhi. She now lives in Gurgaon, Haryana, with her husband and a daughter. Graduated from Jesus and Mary College (Delhi University) in 1994, she got married in 1997. Despite being an Interior designer, she preferred to be a house wife, and invests her lone time in reading (literature, history, spiritual) and writing ( poetry and novels). She is a supporter of Indian culture and has a great faith in God and Karma. She is very religious but not superstitious and strongly believe in Humanity.  

Book Review: To Hell and Back by Anurag Anand
 Ayushi A Nair  
 14 June 2018  

Book Title: To Hell and Back: Not all Tragedies are Orchestrated by FateAuthor: Anurag AnandFormat: Paper Back Total Number of Pages:  236 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher:  ReadomaniaPublishing Date: 21 April 2018ISBN-10: 9385854623ISBN-13: 978-9385854620A mindless road-rage incident leaves a young and promising entrepreneur dead. Is it an accident, or a cold-blooded murder, planned to absolute perfection?Namrata, a young professional, is enveloped by all the quintessential elements of life in the fast lane a staling marriage, an extramarital affair and eyes full of dreams, until a fun evening turns into a chilling nightmare for her.Renu, a girl living in a world marred by regressive customs and dated practices, has resigned to the patriarchal ways of her world, until they begin to cast their malicious shadows on her unborn child.Their worlds, although separate, intersect each other in a single strike of tragedy that none could have imagined. It is then that this story begins and sends everyone’s life on a dizzy tailspin.Will they be able to get back to their safe and secure lives?To Hell and Back is a fast-paced thriller that will not only keep you on tenterhooks till the very end, but it shall also rattle your beliefs on how ‘crime-proof’ the world that you live in truly is.Attachment leads to expectations and insecurities…Things that i have been running away from all my life.The Title of the book To Hell And Back is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.  Also the cover is attractive enough to catch attention.The story revolves around the life of protagonist Namrata and Renu and life revolves around them. The story is divided into three parts- 1st part of the book starts with an horrible accident with Namrata and Akash while travelling to Ludhiana some goons have stabbed them, Akash was badly injured and lost his life defending the goons. 2nd Part of the story is will take you to the life of Namrata, Pranav, Akash, Renu, Rakesh and Pooja, Dileep and more. The 3rd part of the book was my favorite. Never in my wildest dream would I have thought that the story would take such an unpredictable turn and that I believe sums up the success of the book. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. Never felt my interest waning. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.  Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. Narration and characterization is done well.The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story.  An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end. I would like to recommend this book to all the bibliophiles out there.Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Rating 4/5 Stars

Interview With Anuradha Singh
 Ayushi A Nair  
 18 June 2018  

Anuradha is working in the field of academics from past 18 years. She has worked in a variety of schools across India as an English Language teacher, along with an experience of working in Nalanda University. She is also an avid blogger and writes from her heart at www. anuradhastringsofmyheart.com Being alumni of Fergusson college, Pune and a post graduate in English Literature and then working as a teacher; writing poems, travelogues, articles and then a novel came naturally to her. As an army officer wife, she has experienced and explored India from North to South and East to West as India’s true citizen. Though a Punekar by birth, she loves every moment of her wandering life and calls herself as the new age gypsy. A mother of two boisterous boys and a charming lady wife of a serving officer, a teacher and a writer, she wears all these varied caps with élan.What inspires you to write the book?Social evil spread rampant made me restless and that restlessness made me write a story of triumph of good over evil that too a battle waged by a woman who had nothing extraordinary about her, just will to eradicate evil from society and save her brethren.How did publishing your debut novel “The Mysterious Widows of Mehboobpura” change your process of writing?I am even more motivated, more responsible and disciplined. Of course since I have gone through the process once now I know the do’s and don’t of the craft.What is the main thing you want readers to take away from this book?The central idea of the book that social evils like drugs and other things which can finish a complete generation, a healthy society should be curbed and finished at all costs, it is possible to fight against it at your level, individually as well and it should be done by each and everyone of us.What are your hobbies, passion other than writing?Other than writing I enjoy travelling, listening to music and of course I read a lot.If I have a good book in my hand then I forget everything else.Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?Yes, I was very small then, mere 3 year old. My father got me an illustrated dictionary with amazing illustrations to describe the word, along with an interesting sentence. I kept that book with me for longest time. It was part of my childhood memories. I lost it somewhere when we changed our house.What does your writing/reading space look like?My writing place is very quiet, calming. I have made it in a corner of my bedroom. I write at the study table gifted by my hubby. I enjoy sitting there reading, thinking.What are your top three favorite books of all time?The top three books which I can again and again read are Gone with the Wind, The Hungry Tide and The Kite RunnerDo you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?Yes, I try my level best to jot down new ideas, phrases, sentences or revelations as soon as I get them, I usually write it in my mobile itself, or on a piece of paper whatever I can get at hand.What does literary success look like to you?Success is a very subjective feeling. It changes according to the perception of a person. For me, my book getting published, gives me a stupendous feeling for the main reason that words do not have death. Words change into knowledge and will always float in this worldly space.How did you feel when the publisher accepted your draft for the first time ?The idea of the novel was revolving in my head for quite sometime, it was crystal clear in my head. When it got accepted by the publisher though, i gave a contented sigh, as it was a first sign that now the book is on its way for publishing.Tell us something interesting that has occurred since you became a writer?It is overall a good feeling, when people read my book and come up to me or call me to tell that they enjoyed it thoroughly. This feeling that I can give a good story to people, and people can take something out of it , gives a high.One character from your books, that you like the most?Though the character of the main protagonist Ira is very impressive. I like the character Jagtar for his struggle, the ups and down that he goes through.What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?The chapter where Ira visits the pind with Nimrat. I wanted to make it very interesting. I myself was on edge while writing it, as the words were tumbling off my fingers so fast, it was thrilling writing it down.What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?To write stories of varied genre, unique characters, thrilling plots, engaging narrative and reach widest number of readers.A message for aspiring writers?Write from your heart, tell a story which you must.It was really a privilege interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed the interview.Thank you!!Here are some of links via you can contact Anuradha-Facebook Twitter Instagramhttps://anuradhastringsofmyheart.com/Write to her at anuradhasingh78@yahoo.comLinks to buy her books- Amazon.in Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Flipkart Infibeam

Interview With Revathi Raj Iyer
 Ayushi A Nair  
 21 June 2018  

Revathi Raj Iyer is a freelance writer, book reviewer, company director, service volunteer and yoga/fitness enthusiast. Professionally qualified as Company Secretary (India & New Zealand) with legal background, she has worked in the corporate field for over a decade. Bombay is her hometown and Baroda her abode after marriage. When she moved to Fiji Islands, she bid adieu to a rewarding career with a multinational to become a full time mum and pursue her twin passions, yoga and writing. She worked as lecturer of Laws at the University of Fiji. Living between NZ and Fiji, she pursued writing and yoga training and continues her passion after moving to India. She lives in Ahmedabad, India and has completed her next book which is a collection of short stories. Her dream is to write books for children.A couple of easy questions to begin with…First off,  What inspired you to write “My Friendship with Yoga”?Physical activity was dominant in my life right from an early age, as a trained classical dancer, which continued until my late twenties. Thereafter it took a back seat, when I became engrossed with my career together with being hands-on mum to a lovely little daughter alongside other demands that needed my attention. However, things changed when we moved to Fiji Islands, and I got back into fitness with intense aerobics and strength training. As destiny would have it, a disciple of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar was deputed to Fiji to introduce this ancient tradition to the people of Fiji. Yoga was at my door step and I embraced it with heartfelt love. I started writing my yoga journal. One fine day, I decided to give a formal structure to my jottings to reach out to a wider audience. As I wrote the book I had no idea of the publishing process, but I was focussed on my goal. “My Friendship with Yoga” thus took shape and was launched on the 10th January, 2017 at the New Delhi World Book Fair. Thanks to Lifi Publications for making this happen!How do you see writing, as a hobby or a passion?I find writing very therapeutic and it also makes me happy. It is passion that drives me to enter that lonely space, which I beautify with words, plot and characters to create a story.Is yoga a way of life or a way to exercise and meditateYoga and meditation are a way of life for a holistic and healthy lifestyle. It is not instant therapy or about perfecting the postures. It is much more than that.  One has to go through a process of learning – patiently and persistently; and observe the changes it brings about in oneself.Please tell us some more about your debut novel?“My Friendship with Yoga” is about my progression from learning under an instructor to achieving confidence in self-practice and sharing my varied experiences with readers. I have presented the complicated aspects of yoga in a lucid style with practical hints so as to cater book lovers of all age groups and skill levels. The book is divided into three parts:Narrative which combines the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga, wherein a selection of topics along with interesting anecdotes have been coveredThe 2nd Part has more than 80 postures with steps to attain these, guidelines, tips, techniques and benefits; keeping in mind yoga enthusiasts, beginners as well as those who have been practising yoga.The 3rd Part consists of the much desired weekly practice schedule written sequentially with clear instructions to enhance one’s practice.What has yoga done for you as a person?Yoga has helped me to deal with a given situation in a pragmatic and dispassionate manner. It has enabled me to let go of the past and negative emotions, be more positive and result-oriented and direct my energies towards my creative pursuit and other commitments. Yoga has certainly helped in making me acknowledge and appreciate the choices I have made so far, and offered me a healthier and more content lifestyle.What sort of research did you do to write this book?I have been reading books on yoga, but “My Friendship with Yoga,” is the outcome of my entire learning process, from the disciple of BKS Iyengar and instructors from the West. My effort was to present the complicated aspects of yoga in simple language that would appeal to readers of all age groups and skill levels. Yoga is not about perfection as different bodies react in a certain way to a certain posture. To that end, my thought process kept evolving during the entire course of my writing. I made several drafts until I was fully satisfied that I had done justice to my work. For each and every asana which has been illustrated in the book, I consciously performed them and wrote down the steps. Every single breath, every movement, position, the sequence had to be accurate.How did you come up with the title of the book “My Friendship with yoga”?It came straight from the heart; in fact I did not falter or ponder over the title. I began writing this book with its title in place. The title was a reminder to simplify yoga and it guided me in writing a user and reader friendly book, which has been appreciated by the reviewers and readers. Fortunately, my publishers were also happy with the title and did not suggest any changes.Besides writing, what else do you do in your free time?Besides writing and reading books; I practice yoga, support my publisher in the promotion of my book, review books for Muse India, handle professional commitment as Director of a company, travel and spend time with my family. I love to bake and cook, and feel delighted when the outcome exceeds my expectations Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?I don’t recall the title of the first book, but I started off with the Enid Blyton series, followed by Agatha Christie.Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?My mum read a lot and I would accompany her to the local lending library. She was not pushy but I gradually picked up the habit and enjoyed those evening walks to the library after school, with my best friend. She will get nostalgic when she reads this!What are your top three favorite books of all time?It is hard to pick just 3, as I have so many favorites. Hmmm….. The Little Prince, Kite Runner, Reluctant Fundamentalist, Namesake…As a new author, what is your favorite part of the writing/ publishing process? Least favorite.My favorite part is the writing itself and working hand-in-glove with the publishers; the book launch being the icing on the cake. My least favorite part is to face rejections without knowing the reason for it, after waiting for months to hear from publishers.What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?To understand the pure essence and simplicity of yoga, without feeling intimidated or inadequateAs mentioned in the book, “Yoga is not about perfection. It is a very enjoyable bonding with our body and mind that teaches us to be resilient and patient.”I would like you to share something about yourself with the readers. Something that does not go in the about the author section something that is the real you?I dream a lot and wish that all my dreams came true, hahaha…And finally, A message for aspiring writers?“Rejections are a part of the whole process of being ultimately accepted and acknowledged, as a writer. Please do not give up, no matter what, and pursue your passion, despite the road blocks. Think of the book lovers and connect with them. Write for them and the passion will always be with you.”Thank you. It was really a privilege interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed the interview. Links to buy the book- Amazon.in Amazon.com FlipkartWrite to her at chirminey@gmail.com

Book Review: My Love is Away From Mortality by Vansh Arora
 Ayushi A Nair  
 22 June 2018  

Book Title: My Love Is Away From MortalityAuthor: Vansh AroraFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages:248 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Kalamos Literary Services LLPPublishing Date: 23 April 2018ISBN-10: 9387780066ISBN-13: 978-9387780064What will you do if the love you nurtured with utmost care walks in to the territory of evilness? Manav, an atypical sleepyhead cares about nothing but his sleep. Life is good for him as long as he is in the premises of his bedroom. Aditi, a pro-level pessimist boasts her proficiency in envisioning worst possible consequences of every situation. After bumping in to each other, the course on which their life was previously treading begins to witness a complete transformation. The tender age pushes them to believe what they shared was more than a mere comradeship. They try to repel the feeling at first, but it intensifies to such an extent that both of them end up getting swallowed by it. However, they must keep an eye out for the lurking danger as there is a person who is on the quest to bereave them of something which will certainly put their and whole world’s fate in jeopardy. How will their destiny unfold?The cover is catchy enough and the reader shall pick the book up just after looking at it once, the blurb as compared to the story gives an apt just of the entire story. The title My Love Is Away From Mortality is apt according to the plot.This is the story of the protagonist Manav Kashyap and Aditi Gupta. Manav is a sleepyhead and a football lover on the other hand Aditi a pessimist and a book worm. Aditi and Manav soon became friends in school. They were intimate in School days, but the distance started growing between them when they took admission in different colleges. Still their hearts always covet for each other all the time. Despite knowing that their world will be meaningless without each other, still their hearts were not convincing enough to confess their love for each other.Will Manav confess his love with Aditi?How will there destiny unfold?To know more what happened next read the book.However, one thing i want Manav to know is that even if something undesirable happens. I will never stop loving him. I am mortal, but my love for him is away from mortality.Words flow smoothly and emotions find expression thus making the book a veritable treat.  Never felt my interest waning. The every scene and all character are well crafted that you can actually get images of them in your mind. Narration of the novel is simple and really nice. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. Language is perfect, simple yet elegantly written. I did not liked the climax and Salistonia story felt in complete. I wouldn’t say it would be the same when you finish reading it.  Perceptions may differ. You might like the way the story ends. The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story.An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end. Looking forward to read more to read more works by the author.Highly Recommended to all book worms.Overall Ratings-4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorVansh is currently pursuing his higher studies. Along with it, he is working on the sequel to “My Love is Away from Mortality”. When not writing, Vansh loves to follow sports or heap up some knowledge about stuff which fails to make into the textbooks. Apart from it, he is a proficient member and a self-proclaimed food tasting officer.Grab Your Copy- Amazon.in Amazon.com Goodreads

Book Review: The Mysterious Widows of Mehboobpura By Anuradha Singh
 Ayushi A Nair  
 27 June 2018  

Book Title: The Mysterious Widows Of MehboobpuraAuthor: Anuradha SinghFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 196 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Notion Press,Publishing Date: 24 April 2018ISBN-10: 1643240498ISBN-13: 978-1643240497Ira is an army Officer wife, posted at Ferozepur Cantonment, she is a passionate teacher.Nimrat is a new admission in her class, a daughter of a queer looking Veer Nari.Ira is worried that Nimrat is not studying well, being passionate about her work, she goes to Nimrat’s house to meet her mother and talk about Nimrat’s poor performance in school at Mehboobpura Pind and is reeled by the look and character of the Pind.She comes across some very devastating information about the Pind and now is hunted by the goons. Ira’s life is in danger. She has to finish these diabolical people or she will be finished.Will Ira be successful in unfolding and further finishing the racket?Will she come out of it unscathed?My TakeThe cover of the book is simple and the title of the book The Mysterious Widows Of Mehboobpura  is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. The plot covers social evils like drugs, prostitution, human trafficking army, veer nari lifes and struggles. The author has clearly crafted the family life of army officer. The Joy, pride, tears, hardships, separation , skipped heartbeats, the uncertainty and ecstasy.Every chapter starts with a poem which are beautiful and really meaningful.The words were simple and the language is lucid which eased the reading. The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth.The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc.The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited. If the Punjabi and Hindi dialogues were translated into English it was much better since everyone will not able to understand it. The book has a very powerful message to deliver.My favorite character from the book is Ira. “A charming Army wife, a masterful mother, A multi tasker and a teacher, And now an adventurer?”  Never felt my interest waning. The ending part of the story i enjoyed a lot Kulwinder, Jagtar and Ira together made their attempt successful. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.You shout at me, tie me and kick me,And harass me, but I will get up…Dreams are my teachersThey show me the way to my destinyDifficult is the way, but strong is my resolve.A valiant soldier he isWho does not know any other wayApart from truth, integrity, righteousnessAnd love for his motherland.Evil will dwell, roam and spread aroundGood will always evoke in some soul, daring… to finish evil.Looking forward to read more works by the author.I personally recommended this book to all readers.Overall 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorAnuradha is working in the field of academics from past 18 years. She has worked in a variety of schools across India as an English Language teacher. Currently she is working in Nalanda International University. She is also an avid blogger and writes from her heart at www. anuradhastringsofmyheart.comBeing a post graduate in English Literature and then working as a teacher, writing poems, travelogues, articles and then a novel came naturally to her.As an army officer wife, she has experienced and explored India from North to South and East to West as India’s true citizen. She loves every moment of her wandering life and calls herself as the new age gypsy. Hence the backdrop of her first novel is army itself.A mother of two boisterous boys and a charming lady wife of a serving officer, a teacher and a writer, she wears all these varied caps with élan.Grab your copy here- Amazon.in Amazon.com Flipkart Infibeam

Book Review: The Blue Moon Day By Santhosh Sivaraj
 Ayushi A Nair  
 30 June 2018  

Book Title: The Blue Moon Day Author: Santhosh Sivaraj  Format: Paper Back  Total Number of Pages:   Language: English  Publisher: Invincible Publishers   Publishing Date: 4th June 2018  ISBN-10: 9387328767  ISBN-13: 978-9387328761"Are we really Living Our Lives, Or Are Stuck In A Rate Race? The Blue Moon Day Might Open Your Eyes To The Illusion." -Deccan ChronicleThings were never the same for five ordinary individuals who got struck at cross roads and there was no way they can run back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fear and leave the rest to destiny. Their characters was tested out of their comfort zone and it witnessed abstruse results; a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza making contest and a tennis prodigy running for his life in a war torn , bloodied Island. Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary . Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves. The Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon day story which questions an individual’s priorities, ridicules the worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.My TakeThe cover is attractive enough to catch attention. It’s one of the best I’ve come across in recent times. The Title of the book The Blue Moon Day is catchy and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination. It’s always great to read a book when it not only has an interesting cover and title but a great story as well.The story consist of 5 different stories have a different protagonist but there is a common connection among each of the five protagonists was old man in different name. Pizza Engineer, The Messenger, Not Today, The Story Teller, Heaven and last they all come together at The Blue Moon Day. Out of this five short stories The Storyteller is my favorite part. The plot is unique; the storyline is gripping as well as intriguing and the narrative takes the story forward flawlessly. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. Never felt my interest waning. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book. He has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story.Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. Narration and characterization is done well.To write is an art, to keep the reader spellbound and yearning for more is magic. An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end. The book has a very powerful message to deliver. Kudos to the author for penning down this book.Looking forward to read more books by the author.A wonderful read, one I’ll strongly recommend to all book lovers.Overall Ratings- 5/5 Stars.About The AuthorSanthosh Sivaraj believes in seeing with the mind , writing with the heart and living through others. This way he says one can live more life per life.Based out of Chennai , he started his career as a sailor and eventually ended up wearing many hats in life including that of a teacher, entrepreneur and a banker. He considers the journey of life to be the destination in itself and that pushes him to seek newer avenues in life every now and then. Absurd Economics interests him and he loves doing stand up comedy. He laughs at his own mistakes and loves life unconditionallyGrab the book here- Amazon.in Amazon.com 

Book Review: Emotions And Elation by Banani Das Dhar
 Ayushi A Nair  
 3 July 2018  

Book Title: Emotions And ElationAuthor: Banani Das DharFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 90Language: EnglishPublisher: HALF BAKED BEANS Publishing Date: 4 June 2018ASIN: B07DHB9521Each expectant mother goes through a different journey, each relationship with the unborn child special. This book is a piece of my soul. It does not aim to be a guidebook but is a detailed journal of my beautiful journey. Yes, my body went through a tremendous transformation and not every moment was as smooth as I thought it to be. What started out as a period of pampering and feasting was soon overshadowed by bouts of miserable times as well. A long separation from my husband and a gnawing loneliness marred my joy. I want to take you on an emotional ride, one that touched every nerve of my being. a joy that has to be experienced to be believed. welcome to my world !My TakeThe first impression is the best impression the foremost thing which i liked in the book is the simple and yet beautiful cover. The title of the book Emotions and Elation is apt according to the plot. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.Motherhood is the greatest gift God gave to womankind, to know that we are instruments in  God’s Creation, to know that we participated in God’s purpose and plan. The author has written her personal life experience of her 9 month of conceiving a baby and her anxieties and ambivalence that pregnant women experience. Baby moon was my favorite part of the book. Words flow smoothly and emotions find expression thus making the book a veritable treat.The language of the book is simple and crisp which will make it easy to read for the readers. The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. Narration is done well. Characterization is perfect. All the characters are well developed.I miss you the most at night.When everything is quiet and the silence reminds meThat I’m not sleeping next to you…An engaging read, I would like to recommend this book to all bibliophiles.Overall Ratings 5/5 StarGrab the book here- Amazon.in

Book Review: Perfect Imperfect by Ravi Bedi
 Ayushi A Nair  
 3 July 2018  

Book Title: Perfect ImperfectAuthor:Ravi BediFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 172 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Authors' Ink PublicationsPublishing Date: 2016ISBN-10: 938513759XISBN-13: 978-9385137594 'Minutes later, a door opened. The vision that appeared at the entrance turned me into a gravestone with the date of my death engraved on it. An invisible force gripped me, as the visible one removed a cigar from his mouth and greeted Samarth'Childhood sweethearts, Jimmy and Farah device a perfect plan to rob a famous jeweller to get rich quick, not realising that even the most perfect plan could have some imperfections. Will they succeed or end up in a bigger mess?With his penchant for surprising and confounding a reader, Ravi Bedi takes you on a roller-coaster ride through some interesting twists and turns in the tale that will keep you guessing till the very end.My TakeThe cover of the book is black with a hidden face of a girl and some jewels. The title of the book perfect and imperfect which caught my attention  and made me to give it a read. The cover and title is apt according to the plot.This is the story of the main protagonist Jimmy, Farah, Samarath and life revolves around them. Jimmy was working at Gokuldas  Jewlellers, he fly to Bombay with his boss  Samarath  Jain  for business deals and then he came to know the luxury life. Farah a common sales girl was the love of his life has always dreamed to live a happy life with lots of money. He plans to execute a robbery of his boss jewelry set in next trip with the help of Farah. They plan to interchange the suitcase which contains jewelry with duplicate Mr.Pillai’s suitcase with help of Farah. They both collect some money for the trip and items they need to buy. Farah goes Bombay two days before of Samarath, Jimmy’s arrival to looks like unplanned trip with the robbery she also visits her cousin and attends some interview.Will Farah and Jimmy be successful in their plan?Or Samarath will be able to find out the motive behind Jimmy?What will happen to Jimmy and Farah relation?To find out the answer read the book.Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. Narration and characterization is done well. Pace of the story was steady and smooth. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.I would like to recommend this book to all crime thriller lovers. Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Rating 4/5 StarAbout the Author Ravi Bedi did Chemical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University (1962), and joined the Indian Air Force more for the lure of its blue uniform than any patriotic fervor. But his heart was in the creative world, composing music being his first love. To quench his creative thirst, he became a self-taught painter with moderate success and, when his basement started filling up with all the trash (read paintings), he decided to become a writer. With his first novel, "Lovers' Rock" (published by Rupa Publications - 2014), he has earned a pass to join the club. Ravi Bedi loves his golf, enjoys his music, runs a hotel in town to put meat on the table, and lives with his wife in Jodhpur, India. Grab your copy here- Amazon.in 

Book Review: Twisted by Shravya Gunipudi
 Ayushi A Nair  
 4 July 2018  

Book Title: TwistedAuthor: Shravya GunipudiFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 254Language: EnglishPublisher:Notion PressPublishing Date:  1 edition 2017ISBN-10: 1947349090ISBN-13: 978-1947349094It is weird that I still meet my mother almost every day.I am 35 years old. But that is not why it is weird.It is because nobody else has seen her since 18th September, 20 years ago.Because, that is the day she died.”Meet Ria, the charming woman with an edge. Her life is nearly perfect. Or so it seemed, until one fateful day an accident wipes out parts of her memory. Suddenly, she starts to experience strange visions involving repressed childhood memories which send shivers down her spine.A man called ‘Anuj’ whom she can’t remember.The sadness that led to her mother’s sudden death.Answers that her husband Jay refuses to share.Secrets begin to resurface and Ria is left with no option but to confront her own fears.Twisted is a tale of love, family and friendship, where bitter memories and shocking truths drive everyone to the point where they have to decide – Will the relationships crumble to dust or can love really conquer all?My TakeThe cover is attractive enough to catch attention. Tittle of the book Twisted gives the in that the plot will have lot’s of twist and turns. According to the plot its apt title.The plot is unique; the storyline is gripping as well as intriguing and the narrative takes the story forward flawlessly. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it.This is the story of main protagonist Ria has a troubled childhood. After an accident, she lost her memory and not able to recognize any one from her family. Jay her husband supports Ria in her every good and bad time. To know more read the story to unfold the twist and turns in the book.The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. This novel is a perfect blend of love, friendship, emotion, hates, twist-n-turns revenge, psychological drama, and trust. Author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the story and live the journey with them.The language is simple to follow which make it easier for the reader to connect to the characters in the stories and resonate with them.The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. My favorite character of this book was Jay. It’s hard to find a such a loving husband in these days after knowing all the truth between Ria and Anuj then also he is caring and supporting Ria. Something very magical can happen when you read a good book. I felt that magic in me after reading this book. It makes me realize what true love is, as it demands nothing but just to be expressed.Overall, An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end.Kudos to the author for penning down this book.Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Ratings- 5/5 Stars.About the AuthorShravya 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. Recently, she was awarded ‘Best Author of the Year, 2016’ by salisonline.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! Grab the book here- Amazon.in Amazon.com

Book Review: The Author by Raj Siddhi
 Ayushi A Nair  
 7 July 2018  

Book Title: The Author Author: Raj Siddhi  Format: Paper Back  Total Number of Pages:  183  Language: English  Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers  Publishing Date: 11th Apr 2018  ASIN: B07C42K9KB‘The Author’ begins with the story of a published book which has been maintaining its position of being the ‘best-selling book’ for last few years, but no reader knows who the writer of this is. A press conference is convened to disclose the fact of its author. In addition, it will disclose the fact why the readers have been put in the dark so far in connection with the identity of the author. The MD of the Publication House is a young lady who narrates a story before introducing the author of the novel. The story begins with Bangala Sahib Gurudwara at Connaught Place, Delhi. It is 14th February, the Valentine Day. In the meantime, a boy falls fainted at the gate of Sacred Heart Church. Nobody but two attendants of the church, Mrs. David, and her blind granddaughter, bring him to the hospital for treatment. While the boy’s treatment is on, it is discovered that he has tried to commit suicide. The boy’s name is Samar. Samar is an orphan and in an orphanage, he was brought up under the tutelage of Mother Marry. Spring is his fast friend with whose help he succeeds in winning the heart of a voracious reader of novels, Sufi. The Author is the story of love, dreams, sacrifice and an unquenched thirst. It deals with a journey to being a promising author for the fulfillment of other’s dreams.My TakeThe cover is full with grey hints us that there is something mysterious in the story. The title The Author is apt for the plot. The plot is blend of emotions, love, friendship, scarifies, dreams, passion.This is the story of protagonist Samar. Samar and Spring is an orphan who was bought up with love and guidance of Mother Marry. They grew up like brothers. Later they started working in an restaurant. Samar meets Sufi. Sufi loves reading love story and want's to meet a real author. To impress her Samar tells a lie that he is an author. The friendship blooms into love. What happens after that to know more read the book.Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story. Pace is was slow. Narration was done well. I love the friendship and understanding between Samar and Spring.Ek jaddo jahad hui is jindagi se...jindagi ke khatirEk tarif hamne khud kee ki..ek jeet ki khatirEk sapne ko maine jinda rakha...jinda rahne ke khatirEk takraro hui sapnooo se...sapnooo ke khatirEk tohfa sapnaoo ne diya...apnoo ki khatirEk jaddo jahad hui is jindagi se...jindagi ke khatir.Every page is loaded with emotions and twists. The Hindi poetries in between the chapters that were included according to the situations are enough to touch readers’ heart.Overall ratings 3.5/5 StarsGrab the book here- Amazon.inAbout the AuthorRaj Siddhi, which is the pen name of Raju Kumar Dubey, is a very young writer and poet from a small town of Jharkhand, Giridih. Raj Siddhi has a good experience of staging theatres in Delhi. His underlying quality of composing poems on different aspects of the society isInstagram unique. He is a BA from Vinoba Bhave University. He loves travelling to hill stations and coastal areas. He also loves watching Bollywood films. ‘The Author’ is his debut fiction, which was originally penned in Hindi. Later, the work was translated and edited by Mr. Ashish Anandam. The best way to contact Raj Siddhi is through Facebook.You can also write to him at rajsiddhi91@gmail.com Facebook |Instagram 

Book Review: My True Angel by Irshad Thalakala
 Ayushi A Nair  
 7 July 2018  

Book Title: My True Angel Author: Irshad Thalakala  Format: Paper Back  Total Number of Pages: 216  Language: English  Publisher: Invincible Publishers  Publishing Date: 16 January 2018  ISBN-10: 9387328201  ISBN-13: 978-9387328204This is a sweet tale of finding true love.Iqbal who works in an IT company Bangalore, meets the beautiful Rubina.Iqbal's love is unfortunately not reciprocated by Rubina.When he is trying to overcome from Rubina, he finds his true love from Payal.Were these meant to be together?Whether they could able to crack the religion barrier?Does destiny has other plans for Iqbal and Payal?My TakeThe title of the My True Angel gives a hint of love story and the cover of the book is simple and beautiful.  The plot is a blend of emotions, love, friendship, affection, loneliness, humor,  religion, and most importantly family values.This is the story of the protagonist Iqbal  software engineer from Kerala and moves to Bangalore for a job hunt and with the dream of finding an angel. Iqbal joins a software company and meets Rubina a Muslim girl from Delhi falls in love with her but Rubina rejects the the proposal and also complains the higher authorities of the company about harassing her because of it Iqbal was fired out. Then he joins new company and there he meets Payal. Payal was the first angel of his life who loves unconditionally without any expectation. Payal is Hindu and Iqbal is from Muslim orthodox family where chances of getting married with to other religion is strictly prohibited. Payal father was supporting to the marriage for the sake of his daughter's happiness but on the other hand Iqbal's family were not supporting to the relationship. Payal and Iqbal breakups there relationship for the parents happiness and try to move on in life with other proposal and promise to keep in touch. Later Iqbal gets engaged with third angel of his life Nazriya. After engagement he was back to Bangalore and meets his first angel of his life Rubina. Rubina apologize him for what she had done with him. Rubina and Iqbal becomes friends and Rubina asks whether his love for her still remains in heart. Iqbal met with accident. What happens to Iqbal and his angels to know more read the book.The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. Narration of the book is done well.Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story. All in all, a good easy book to read, a book which won’t require the use of a dictionary, a book which even an amateur reader would love to get indulged in. Pace is slow. The story flows like a movie. The book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the story and live the journey with them.She was the true angel that God had sent with a healing touch. When I was low and depressed in life, she was the one who inspire me to live and not give up on loving people.I recommend this book to the readers who are seeking for a quick read or a light-heated romantic novel.Overall Ratings 4.5/5 StarsGrab the book here Amazon.in Amazon.comAbout the AuthorIrshad Thalakala, presently works as Technical Teach in IBM Bangalore. In the past he worked with Tech Mahindra, Tata Technologies and DRDO.  He is a serious writer and frequent writer of blogs and small stories. His latest novel “My True Angel” getting good response and appreciation from all over.He is from Thalakala, which is a town in the northern part of Kerala, situated in the lap of Western Ghats. He finished his primary education from Kasaragod, Kerala and his higher education from Mangalore, Karnataka. Other than writing he likes to explore different varieties of food. He also likes to travel.Here are some of links via you can contact Irshad- Facebook |Instagram  

Book Review: Connecting with Yourself By Vishal Jacob
 Ayushi A Nair  
 25 July 2018  

Book Title: Connecting with Yourself:Why we think, feel and act the way we doAuthor: Vishal JacobFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 164Language: EnglishPublisher: Notion PressPublishing Date: 7 June 2018ISBN-10: 1643244760ISBN-13: 978-1643244761Every life is an interesting story, and this story is best written when people go through life's experiences by staying connected to who they truly are. To stay connected to yourself, you need first to start listening from within.This book gives a perspective on why we think, feel and act the way we do, through concepts from neuroscience and psychology. It attempts to answer some of life's key questions, such as--Why do we all perceive things differently?-Why are we designed to do different things?-Why do we all learn things in different ways?-How are habits formed?-What role do emotions play in our lives?-What makes us happy?And finally, what it means and takes to stay connected to ourselves and others.Here is what people have to say about the book:"Great ideas for a better living, that not only help you connect with yourself but also to connect with others."Dr. David J Lincoln - Chief advisor and president ANLP India."The simplicity of ideas and the depth of knowledge make this book a must-read for leaders everywhere."Rajat GargMaster Certified Coach & Director, Global Board of Directors for The ICF (International Coaching Federation)"Vishal brings to life and connects many aspects of living with facts about the brain and how the human mind works. These easy to read and well-structured reflections 'from the heart' show the simple aspects of living life fully."Chitra RaviFounder & Principle consultant at SeedTLC, Regional Representative for India & Asia on the Board of Trustees of the ITAA (International Transactional Analysis Association)My TakeThe title of the book Connecting with Yourself and cover of the book is apt according to the plot. The title is catchy it gives the hint's to the readers that it will be a self help book.The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.                                                                                                                        -William MorisThe book is a combination of neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. The book is divided into ten chapters Perspectives, Intelligence, Learning, Habits, Decisions and Biases, Emotions, Happiness and where author explains the connection with yourself in different situations. Every chapter starts with a inspiring quotes and the end of every chapter there are key points where you get important point from the particular chapter. The author had done lot's of research while writing the book and it's highly appreciable.The words were simple and the language is lucid which eased the reading. Narration is done well. The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited.All in all, a good easy book to read in one sitting.I'll recommend this book to all the readers who want to know more about yourself. I won’t say that reading this book entirely changes your life but I’m sure your approach towards life and many other will surely get influenced.Overall Rating 4.5/ 5 StarsGrab your copy here- Amazon.in | Amazon.com | Amazon.co.ukAbout the AuthorVishal Jacob is the Vice President, Digital Media & Marketing at WaveMaker India (created from the merger of GroupM India's Maxus & MEC). He has over 17 years of experience in the field of digital marketing, communication planning and consumer behavior. The works of some of the teams he has led and mentored have won recognition and accolades both in India and globally.Vishal is also an executive coach certified by the NeuroLeadership Institute and holds certifications in TA (Transactional Analysis) and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). He has co-authored two books on Digital Marketing and is a guest lecturer in some of the top B-Schools in the country.Here are some of links via you can contact Facebook |Twitter|Instagram

Book Review: Navarasa By Vinaya Patil
 Ayushi A Nair  
 31 July 2018  

Book Title: NAVARASAAuthor:Vinaya PatilFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 100Language: EnglishPublisher: HALF BAKED BEANPublishing Date: 4 June 2018ASIN: B07DHB2256Know your Rasa while you enjoy reading a story about it. From the butterflies you feel in your stomach when you fall in love to the spine chilling horror, this book has it all. Denials, acceptance, adventure, anger, humor, you will experience the different flavors when you read the nine (nava) rasa stories. A love story on kindle, a girl who hates to fly, a boy full of wonder, an adventurous and brave brother, an iron cored girl with goals, a loving Grand Pa and a story around his tea estate, a haughty landlord, a taxi ride and a woman’s struggle make up for a wide variety of reading.MY TAKEStarting from the cover of the book is simple and yet beautiful with nine different rasa emoji in red color background. The title of the book “Navarasa” Nava – nine and Rasa – emotions means nine emotions.The book is a collection of short stories based on nine navarasa. The nine emotions included in Navarasa are:-Shringara (love, devotion, beauty)Hasya (Joy, humor, sarcasm)Adbutha (wonder, mystery, curiosity),Veera (courage, confidence, pride),Shanta (peace, relaxation, calmness)Karuna (sadness, compassion, pity),Raudra (anger, irritation, violence),Bhayanaka (Horror, anxiety, worry),Bhibathsa (disgust, depression, self-pity)These are the emotions that humans show according to the situations. My love for you, Take Off, In the eyes of wonder, A Knock at the door, the damned bridge, Nancy’s Haven, A wash away story, girl in the back seat, when I wake up are some short stories author had penned down based on these emotions. Every page is loaded with emotions and twists.Grandpa Henry from Nancy’s Heaven was my favorite character in the book. Take Off! It’s one of the funniest stories in the book. The protagonist Manasi dislikes kids and hate flying. Manasi colleague Arunima inivited her to celebrate New Year Eve Party at Chennai. Aravind (Arunima’s brother) is also coming from US to attend the party so Manasi decides to use the opportunity to meet him. She had a crush on him. Arunima requests Manasi to take her darling daughter Shaina with her in the plane. Shaina was very naughty. The plane and airport journey in the book was amusing.Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story. The style of narration and the pace are perfect. The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story.Looking forward to read more works by the author.I’ll recommend this book to all readers.Overall Ratings 5/5 StarsGrab the book here Amazon.in | Amazon.com |About the AuthorVinaya Patil is a passionate IT professional who chose to write when she decided to take a break from her well established IT career. She resigned the much sought after Fortune 500 company to explore her creative side in writing and drafted her first book ‘One Life to Love’, a young adult fiction which was published by Rupa Publications in 2014.‘One Life to Love’ was very well received and been reviewed by various forums such as Bookgeeks, Asian Age, Aaj Tak and Women’s Era.    She has been interviewed by newspapers such as Deccan Chronicle and The Hindu. She was also interviewed on Bangalore Radio Fever 104 on Mad mornings. Vinaya also has had a stint with Theatre and worked with Theatre Groups such as Evam and Red Pill before she moved to US where she lived for two years. More recently Vinaya has been helping a start-up company and is the Head of its Operations.Vinaya is also an avid reader, spiritual follower and a random scribbler.You can stalk her @Facebook | Instagram |Twitter

Book Review: Stories Are Magical by Abhirup Dhar
 Ayushi A Nair  
 4 August 2018  

Book Title: Stories Are MagicalAuthor: Abhirup DharFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 175 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Hawakal PublishersPublishing Date: 16th April 2018ISBN-10: 9387883043ISBN-13: 978-9387883048Stories are like magic! Who doesn’t like listening to or reading a good one? This book is just that. A reminder why we love them and why we live them – a celebration of storytelling!Six stories. Six different genres. One book.My TakeStarting from the cover the green colour is quite soothing design is simple but powerful. You would want to sit in your own cosy corner and immerse yourself. The title of the book is captivate.Stories Are Magical is a collection of six different short stories And Love Happened With Her Again!, Once Upon A ghost, Woof!, A walk Through Memory Lane, The reunion, Two Plans Ans A Murder. Never felt my interest waning. To write is an art, to keep the reader fascinating and hankering for more is magic. Out of this six short stories Woof!  is my favorite part Dogs have long been considered “man’s best friend.”The plot is blend of emotions, friendship, heartbreaks, romance, hope affection, anxiety, phantasm, creature love, dreams, power struggle, passion, crime, betrayal and many more.Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book.  The characters are well developed and one can easily relate them. Narration is done well.An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end.Overall Ratings 4/5 StarsGrab the book here AmazonAbout the AuthorAbhirup Dhar was born in Kolkata and is still being brought up in India. A banker by profession and aspirational in life with a passion to excel, he also reviewed movies for certain portals years ago. He writes for the sheer joy of it since childhood and that itself led him to pen his first book ‘Once Again… With Love!’. He believes the best stories are always the simpler ones. He now celebrated storytelling in his second outing with ‘Stories Are Magical’ and readers had a quick, relaxing and fun read. Abhirup currently lives in Delhi.You can stalk him @Facebook | Instagram | Twitter