Friday, 26 February 2016

Book Review : Love Forever @ Rajpath by Kalpana Mishra

Book- Love forever @ Rajpath: approved... as proposed
Author- Kalpana Mishra
Genre- Fiction (Romance-Social)
Publisher- Srishti Publishers and Distributors

Two personalities, find a companion in each other inside a government building. Though they hail from very different backgrounds, somehow they manage to maintain the bond.
What’s hard in India? Certainly marrying your loved one. The hurdles are crossed one after other but still the race to win is still on.
If you fight parents, society comes in front. Kartik is gone. An ill-practice takes him in the cage. But will love surrender so easily? Would Shalini allow this void? Will an ill-practice omit this love story from the society?

Title and Cover-
The title comprises of an important part of the lives of leads, Shalini and Kartik. And anything that revolves around the main people, sound suitable. But no doubt, alternatives could have been possible, if speaking in literary terms. As apart from being important, no such relatable significance it has in the novel.
Cover of the book is better then the title. It has the power to take a look at it for once. The title and cover goes hand in hand.

The characters in the novel are enough. But were they appropriate?
Well, there were situations which had enough people to let it move. And many such situations were those which had some personal initiation but a bigger part of novel has outer setting. It really had some loss of connection in it. Some characters build up enthusiasm for some possible turns but in vain. If to mention then, Aman and Shyamlal were the two characters which lit the hope of some more spice but nothing happened.
Many characters did what they were supposed to. And sad part is the involvement of maximum positive characters. Where are the villains? Some do emerge as negative ones but for a short time span. Thus they were not able to pull up their sock to do justice. Picking some favourites then, Shalini was the only one who stuck to one corner, with consistency.

The narration is what proved to be the ultimate downfall. There is no distinction between dialogues and setting. While narrating the extra images the author has added the conversation, that too in a narrative manner. It created a real glitch. The story held the novel otherwise the framed parts were not helping in any terms to lift the book in a positive manner.
When girls get education they get power to move in the race. Shalini is a new recruit in the group. The story from the very start makes clear the dominance of the leads. Kartik and Shalini are present on every page, with certain supporters, coming in front from time to time. Like every other story, the girl takes time to understand what the bond between them is. One can’t deduce that as to why some characters are involved in the story. They don't make any difference.
The next part of the novel is the plainest one. The couple is in the middle of the stream. No one wants to get back and crossing the river is a hard affair. As the author wanted to show a strong woman through her novel, she was able to put that in this part too. It was really likeable to see such strong steps taken by a lady, who is so sure about what are her likes. It brings smile on your face to see such happenings. Finally, the fate is written and the doomsday is around the corner.
Though the novel has feministic dominance, still there are the cases where the ill-practices like dowry still have a strong hold. The rural areas are still behind from urban to around fifty to sixty years. And then we see the chaos. It’s a new term that is the highlight of the novel “Zabaria Shaadi”. When the novel has something to teach you, then it is remembered for a long time. Case settles at very heart-breaking turn. And here arrives the high point. The author has done proper hard work in bringing out something worthy from the best part of the novel.
All in all, the novel delights you due to the story but not due to the writing. It teaches you something and shows you the unknown facts. The book shows a different woman of the present scenario. A woman who doesn’t compromise, no matter what is in front. The book has small messages, if one open eyes to learn. And that’s the beauty of Love forever @ Rajpath.

· “She saw him only as good company, he was falling for her.”
· “My days and nights are not good without you now.”
· “...the fact that I am in love is far more lovable.”
· “...Politics is in the veins of Biharis, whether young or old, literate or illiterate.”
As the author has mentioned, the two foremost topics which she wanted to bring to notice, urinals and a different form of marriage still prevalent in some areas of India. They were really a new thing. And that’s what a reader wants to find in a book, something new, and something which fills the treasure of wisdom in one way or the other.
Apart from this, the book has shown certain facts which a girl has to go through. How can it be painful? And how can one leave aside everything if she has support? Everything is mentioned with some relatable instances. An extremist is shown in the form of the leading protagonist, Shalini.

The biggest disappointment was the main point to be put so late in the novel and that too so plainly. It ended very soon that a reader can never drown in the misery and if the reader cannot be in misery fully then how can he or she feel the bliss (when things are sorted) properly. If more chapters regarding that could have been added then maybe some adventure could have been served.

In habit of reading new writers? Then the book can be of use.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Cover Reveal : An Autograph For Anjali by Sundari Venkatraman

Releasing on March 7, 2016

Cover Reveal:


#AAFA : a Romantic Suspense


Sundari Venkatraman

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     Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?

     Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.

     Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?

     Will Anjali find happiness and peace? 

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An Autograph For Anjali is the sixth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This book is a romantic suspense. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom and The Madras Affair – all romances. She has also published a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made In Heaven. All of Sundari Venkatraman's books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia, many times over. 

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Book Review : Voices of the Silent Creek by Vikkas Arun Pareek

Book- Voices of the Silent Creek
Author- Vikkas Arun Pareek
Genre- Fiction (Feministic tale)
Publisher- Nivasini Publishers
Shanti and Bhano are from a small village of Rajasthan. Shanti is calm and composed as expected from an elder daughter. She is married soon and her fate is written. But what makes her married life so hard?
Bhano is quirky and energetic. She finds the wrong and tries to mend things. But is that easy enough for her?
Arti is a city girl. She is away from the chaos of mad village life. Her life is nothing less than a fairy tale. Then why she is in deep despair, which makes her helpless?
What happens when the three leading ladies collide in life? Will they bring good fate for each other? Or does destiny has some different tales to be penned beneath their veil?
Ok so the title is literary having little connection with the real story. There is a strong part in the story that revolves around the natural ambience. You can’t judge from the name what’s the story is about. A good start for sure.
The cover is very unique as it represents the naive outlook towards everything. The story and the images produced for the first click goes hand in hand. Also the dark side in the lives of people is well balanced with the two extreme colours of the frequency band.
The book has abundant characters, suiting things perfectly. Every protagonist has a complete set of supporters and antagonist around it. The narrator has tried his best to take out the best from everyone. If we talk about the leading ladies, Bhano, Shanti and Arti, they have ruled every page, every chapter and every turn. But the good part relies in raising the antagonists. To point out some, we have, Bheem Singh, Parshuram and in some way, Mohan Lal. Picking up some favourites, Shanti, Bheem Singh and Bhano surely gets the top ranking.
The narration being in third person suited the novel very well. The chapters were divided perfectly, no hitches. Easy narration made the novel a quick read, without much thoughts and extra queries arriving in mind. But on second thoughts, it can be termed as plain. Readers who like complexities while going through the story might consider it as a setback. There were times when you could predict and the author gave the readers full power to get in his head. If strongly weaved, the story could have been a little less “heard”.
The story starts at a very beautiful point. It leaves you spellbound, making you stick to the deep end. The girl, Shanti is all set to leave the house of her parents. What she experience nearby and how she takes her life is really pretty to notice. The author has done a wonderful job in making things so imperishable. But then things start drifting, in an expected manner. You wait for some turn to be new and unique but sadly things turn to that old corner.
The chapters shift setting. What luck that Bhano, Shanti’s sister is trapped too. The author has tried to show the distinction in these two sisters from the very start. But do things really fall according to one’s own self. That’s where the newness falls in the story. It’s almost half book when the incidents seem a little fresh. The violence reaches a new mark. Through a reader’s point of view, the tale of pain is really refreshing because it gave a new fragrance.
Extra efforts if would have been given then there were chances of more subtlety. For example, the vision of creek follows the path but it just vanishes after few chapters. You can spot it later only, that too with limited part but surely a strong one.
The part that is unlikeable is the unequal share of the leading characters in the story. Bhano gets the maximum share and Arti gets the least. Also, Arti’s part is really ill-treated. It seems its added just coz it was necessary to mend the end. It didn’t seem that convincing. The story catches pace only in the ending chapters, as the suspense relies on them.
So in total, the novel can hold you only at the end and a bit in the start. The middle portion is bleak and plain. The story is written in a nice way but the incidents are not that convincing. They seem heard. But yeah, feministic novels do have such incidents which sound heard, so it wouldn’t be fair to judge the story completely on that basis. The best part is the characters which do wonders in making the chapters seem so real. All in all, a nice and light read.
· “Only if she knew... This was just the beginning.”
· “I see strength, I see it belong to me and I belong here.”
· “...he seemed so close as if he lived inside her head.”
The part that Shanti’s father plays is really the best one. His character can’t be judged. What he needed from his daughters is really unknown. And I found in him a really infected father of today’s Indian family who wants to support their daughters but something holds him back, strongly. It really seemed relatable.
Also, the likeable thing of novel is that it showed three very different ladies. In the story we have a lady who doesn’t have a strong spine, a lady who has a spine but couldn’t do anything and a lady who have enough guts to let things happen.
The blurb, cover and title sound very promising but...
Editing errors were easily noticeable.
Love feminist novels? Then Voices of the Silent Creek can be in your reading list of this year. It is quick read so if you have started reading and looking for an easy pick then this can be in your shelf.
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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Book Blitz : Defiant Dreams - an initiative of Incredible Women of India

Tales of Everyday Divas


PUBLISHED BY: Readomania

The Stories in the Anthology are...

1. Built From The Ashes – Radhika Maira Tabrez – Life brings widowed Nikita at the doorsteps of her estranged in laws where she finds a new meaning to life.

2. It’s Not The End – Kirthi Jayakumar – A fresh start changes the foundation of what might have been the beginning of a bright future. But it’s not the end. 

3. She Chose To Live – Debosmita Nandy – She shines even when she is betrayed by love, uprooted from home and misunderstood by all.

4. Bidisha – Paulami DuttaGupta – Insurgency tore her life apart, will Bidisha be able to forget her past?

5. The Drug Addict – Santosh Bakaya – A 19 year old turns to drugs after her parents death in a Mine blast, this story shows how she turns over a new leaf.

6. Safe Passage – Sanghamitra Bose – She survives extreme betrayal and is determined not to let it happen again.

7. The Bride – Esha Chakraborty – ‘The Bride’ toasts to a new beginning!

8. Dear Rangama… – Sutapa Basu – An 18 year old bereft of family and friends, navigates her and her unborn child’s life defying all malignant forces. 

9. Unfound: Searching For Home – Vasudha Chandna Gulati – Can a child with two sets of parents still feel alone? It is Riddhi’s search for a place to belong.

10. The Journey of Two women – Deepti Menon – Two Divas on divergent paths dare to dream, defy the world and carveout their entwined destinies!

11. A Second Chance – Arpita Banerjee – A girl pays for her innocence once, but becomes strong enough to avenge a betrayal, second time around.

12. Dharmambhal – Bhuvaneswari Shivakumar Shankar – Can one ever recover from the trauma of domestic violence? A namesake finds courage from an inspirational story. 

13. The 40s – Ramaa Sonti – Story of a woman craving for love and attention, one who falters, yet takes the situation in her stride with the virtue of her wit and determination.

14. Amlanation – Anirban Nanda – An acid attack, a play of fate, the emotional trauma of both the attacker and the victim. 

15. Please Leave Your Sex Outside – Aashisha Chakraborty – What made a woman a top automobile entrepreneur of the country?

16. Tara – Geeta Negi – A simple girl from a remote hilly village discovers her womanhood while standing firmly against patriarchy.

17. Anjali Chakraborty – Tanushree Ghosh Dhall – A woman who is neither a mother nor a wife epitomises love, sacrifice and support. 

18. Yamuna Maa’s Hand – Mahesh Sowani – Two patrons, one rich another poor, use their funds to support poor women to be independent. 

19. Once, For a Change – Moinak Dutta – A fashion designer proves her mettle by taking up a challenge. 

20. Pregnant Dreams – Sridevi Datta – A woman’s dreams and desires faces trials in the real world.

21. Second Innings of Ma – Namrata Chauhan – An exceptional bond between a mother in law and a daughter in law, proving women are soft but never weak.

22. Here I Come Benaras – Avanti Sopory – Is marriage the only identity of a woman? A widow in Banaras finds her identity amidst strangers.

23. To Be Or Not To Be – Paromita Mukherjee Ojha – An act of crime, a betrayal rips her life apart, now she must rise up to the test and face the realities of life. 

24. Some Porridge and an Education – Sreesha Divakaran  – Shanta leaves behind her village and her drunken husband to earn a livelihood for herself and provide education for her son.

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Rhiti Bose 

Rhiti Bose is a writer/blogger/reviewer who is also the founder and Chief Editor of the e-zine Incredible Women of India. She has a first class Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Madras. She has done her Teacher’s Training, PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and holds a Child Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling Post-Graduate Diploma from The School of Natural Health and Science, London, UK. She has 6 years of experience in Education/Training. She has spent two years working with The Refugee Council, Sheffield, UK mentoring and counseling Bangladeshi and Liberian refugee children.

Her works have been published in Femina,,, and she is also a part of short story collection, An Atlas of love, published by Rupa. Her poems are a part of poetry collections Kaafiyaana and Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered.

When not reading, writing or curating stories for IWI, you can find Rhiti watching Bollywood masala movies, baking or playing with her children. She believes in kindness and love and hopes to spread the same through IWI. She currently resides in Bhubaneswar with her husband, daughter and son.

Lopamudra Banerjee 

Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She has a Master’s degree in English with a thesis in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her unpublished memoir Thwarted Escape has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews. She is an editor of Learning and Creativity, an e-zine for the literary and creative souls.

Her poetry, stories and essays have appeared at many print and online literary journals and anthologies both in India and the US. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Significant Anthology, Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered and Kaafiyana, published by Readomania. Her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella The Broken Home is being serially published at CafĂ© Dissensus. She has received the Critics’ Award at Destiny Poets International Community of Poets, UK and also a Certificate of Merit as part of the Reuel International Prize 2015 for Writing and Literature. Her husband is an IT professional and they have two beautiful daughters, Srobona and Sharanya.

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Book Review : The Shreds of Character by Jasbir S Jagdeo

Book- The Shreds of Character
Author- Jasbir S Jagdeo
Genre- Fiction (Dark side)
Publisher- Self Published (Distributed by Read Out Loud)
A small place in Punjab, carrying some vivid people, with vivid aspects towards life. Sanju, the chirpy bird of a household find it hard to learn her feelings.
Sanju’s brother Teji is an affectionate brother, but is not an affectionate person. The race between the male and female worlds is never ending.
What makes this household a mourning cemetery? Why Sanju is in search of something new? What role does Teji and Sanju’s father play in their outlooks? The end is smooth or with breakers?
Title of the book is catchy. The story revolves around many characters and their viewpoint towards life. One can easily think about appearance of different shades.
The cover could have been much-much better. The present cover do gives the information about the book, if and only if someone first reads the book and then judge it. Otherwise, it’s just bleak.
What can we expect when we talk about Punjab? Like place, like characters. You can see a whole bunch of extremely different people in the book. Some can help you to hate mankind, and that’s the beauty of this book. The author hasn’t felt shy in disgracing. He went out of his box in narrating what can be the possibility of action. He tells us to what extent people can go, to get what they desire, or to get what they are obsessed about.
But sadly, the characters, even the main antagonist and protagonist were not able to flourish their identities with flying colours. There were loop holes and often people changed their traits which can create chaos while understanding the real self of a character with perfection. Out of all, Teji, Balbir and Daadi were quite amusing and different.
The narration was mediocre. The sequencing of chapters was not taken seriously which made things worse. Though every question was answered perfectly by the author but still it was not enough to hold someone to the core.
The Shreds of Character is the story of a household in Punjab. From the very start the story shows two faced people. This fact is never new, when we talk about Indian families. Every person is ideal when he or she is inside the four walls and every dimension of his or her character mends vulnerably when they step out. The novel is full of such people who say, believe and do different things at different intervals.
One of the protagonists Sanju is experiencing her adulthood. What a normal girl desire? Some attention, some love and some fulfilment. But in small places no girl deserves to have happiness of her kind. The story often drifts from one person to another within a chapter and what we see is nothing different. Every person is in a cobweb of fake and spotless social name.
The story moves ahead and the plot start combining. The turn arrives when things open up in front of the family. Sanju’s father, Joginder; Teji, Sanju’s brother and Sanju herself experience a downfall. Every story has a high point and in this story the high point arrives here.
Though the story has different hues, the root is one. The situation varies but the end remains the same, despair is in air. A perfect blend of want and limits mark the end of the book.
· “History played strange games that no one could master”.
· “Antique mistakes became glorious tales of courage, courtship and conquest.”
· “She was better endowed too. She could satisfy anyone, howsoever demanding.”
The book has touched some important topics of the society, in a more fresh way. Either than lifting a complaining tone, the author has picked up a narrating voice. He was able to showcase the real face of families. It shows the deeper roots without any fabrication or alteration. Some incidents in the book can make you giggle, some can be relatable (only if you are a Punjabi or you are in their closer vicinity).
The quick and simple bonds are quirky and worthy. The bond between Teji and Sanju; Balbir and Sanju; Sanju and Preeto; Teji and Jaggu were quite hilarious at times and also very realistic.
The original blurb says nothing about the story. It might take you to different direction. The story at times become dispersed. The starting chapters doesn’t help the book in any terms, rather they confuse the reader. One has to re-read them in order to understand them completely. Also the novel ends with a very plain setting. And yes, you need to re-read the start again to understand some pages of the end.
The novel has many curt words, which sounds nasty. There are many repeated phrases too. The editing is fine but doesn't match the highest standard of precision. The main issue is the difficulty in identifying “who is saying what”. The conversation mix up at times.
Want to know what lies behind the beautiful walls of reputed families? This novel can take you behind the scenes.
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Book Blitz : Right Fit Wrong Shoe by Varsha Dixit

Right Fit Wrong Shoe 
Varsha Dixit 

Right Fit Wrong Shoe, begins at a point where all love stories end. The tale weaves around Nandini and all that is important to her, with two contenders gunning for the top spot; Aditya Sarin and Sneha Verma.

Aditya Sarin, the man Nandini is madly in love with, yet compelled, for some unsolved reason to shun.  Aditya, on his part, in the past declared Nandini to be a ‘millennium bhehenji (conservative girl)’ and ‘lassi (yoghurt drink) in a wine glass’. Yet he fell for her  . . . hard! However, some mysterious episode caused the lovers to, acrimoniously, part. 

Now, Aditya is back in Kanpur,  all his guns blazing (the real and the imagined), determined to devastate her life. Fortunately for the readers, and unfotunately for Aditya, Nandini is determined not to‘bite the dust’ oh so quietly. Wonder, in the battle royal, who wins or who loses it all?

Sneha Verma, the other contender, is Nandini’s BFF, that one friend who knows us better than we do. The one we trust more than Stayfree or Clearasil. Sneha maybe headstrong, hammer fisted and stern mouthed, but for Nandini, she will willingly stand in the path of imminent lightning bolt or a nasty tornado, even if it’s named Aditya Sarin. In standard X, Sneha took Nandini under her wing and that equation hasn't changed much. Sneha, a recent wife and even more recent mom, appears to be fighting some unknown demons of her own.

Right Fit Wrong Shoe, observes and opinionates the society, affected and amused. It fleetingly touches on issues; fleeting as watching discourses (courtesy Astha Channel), is trendier and quicker, than reading them. 

The book is an AAA (anytime, anywhere, anyone) read. It promises to make your day better, and a bad one not any worse. 

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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Book Blitz : Color Me Rich by Mohan Deep

Color Me Rich 
Mohan Deep


A sensitive love story of a handsome and talented struggling painter Akash Saigal. What happens when he marries an extremely rich and beautiful artist and art investor Zenobia Taraporevala?

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J J School of Art, Mumbai.
Taking a charcoal pencil, Akash Saigal started drawing the wood-and-stone structure, popularly known as „Kipling Bungalow‟. He was sketching sitting on a bench on which, in another era, K K Hebbar, M F Husain, Syed Haider Raza, Sadanand Bakre, V S Gaitonde, even Dadasaheb Phalke had sat with their sketchbooks, sketching the house where the author of The Jungle Book was born.
Ganpat Gupte appeared along with two of his gang. Gupte was the nephew of a minister, or so he claimed, and had the arrogance that comes with power. 
“Ae Akash, kae karto?”
Akash looked up at the trio and said, “Nothing much. Just a drawing.
“Okay. What is the day today?”
“I should have known.Tere ko blue shirt hai na?”
Akash didn‟t get the connection, but Gupte‟s chamchas laughed knowingly.
The three boys sang in unison, “Monday, blue shirt. Tuesday, black shirt. Wednesday, blue shirt. Thursday black shirt. Friday, blue shirt. Saturday, black shirt. Sunday...laundry!”
If Akash was hurt, he didn‟t show it. He laughed sheepishly and continued sketching the bungalow.
But he would never forget this.

About the Author 

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


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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Book Review : Merjella by Yuvaraja Dhayanithi

Book- Merjella
Author- Yuvaraja Dhayanithi
Genre- Fiction
Publisher- Dreamblooms Media
Jella is different from other octopuses and only two people knew this, her father and Mimico. Jella along with, Qwerty and Bingo is all set to find out some answers and reach a distant land. But something happens in between.
Marina, a scientist, falls in a trap and meets Jella. She is in a great need to know what is happening to her at the present hour.
What happens when Marina and Jella join hands? What happens when Qwerty is far? Will the trio unite back to fight against the evils residing in Zypher?
The title suits the book. Merjella is the name of the protagonist in the story. And what’s better then it being the showman.
Cover of the book is attractive. The story is like a fairy tale and the targeted audience is youth and kids, as mentioned by the author. Thus the radiant colours, pumped up image of the jellopus, Merjella, looks very exciting. The blue base suits perfectly to denote the watery aura.
There is a vast range of characters in the book, or to be clear, creatures. You come across so many names and kinds of fish which the sea world possesses. The focussed ones are the Jellopuses and malojels. The terms are new and fascinating. Like human beings, the fishes are also divided as good and bad, supportive and offensive. It’s nice to read all the traits of these creatures.
Also, at the end of the chapters, author has explained the new fishes and words that might increase knowledge. Extra points for that. Out of all the characters, I loved Mimico, Bingo and Ryan.
Third person narration, quite painless it was. The author seemed to enjoy what he was doing and that can be easily seen in the art of narration. It takes you ahead without any boredom. With every chapter, things become better and better.
Merjella is the story of a special kind of octopus, Jellopus Jella. The journey is on break and there comes a very vivid flashback from Mimico who is on a special task, assigned by Jella’s father, ruler of Zypher. The story starts at a normal pace, with no surprises, other than Jella being different from her thousands of siblings with a motive. The best part is the clear showcase of the antagonists in the story who are in action from the very start.
The story progress and suddenly there is an addition of Marina. The image of how Jella is transformed and how things get attached is something new and exciting. What I didn’t like is the way Marina’s story is forwarded; it becomes confusing as the time pass by. But what is nice is the way the connection proceeds in moving terms.
The best part of the book is when the things get sorted in Jella’s world. The fight of Jella is really breathtaking. And with every punch, with every knock down, with every cheating tactics, you start seeing the scenario with more clarity. The results are out and for sure it will leave a wide smile on your face. Jella and her story is the saviour of this book.
The story is framed to treat the kids and thus the short messages of loyalty in the form of Mimico, the message of friendship in the form of Bingo and Qwerty and the message of touching our target in the form of Jella are shown in the book. The book shows us that villains are often equipped with treachery and fall-means. But at the end nothing works. The message is nice and the entire book surely touches its finish line, neatly.
· “ take pride to create, not to destroy.”
· “I am being loved. I am being listened.”
· “...the time we spend thinking of the other keep our love alive.”
· “Rewards without wins are meaningless while wins with no rewards will still earn your honour.”
The small notes at the end of some chapters were the highlight. The beautiful world beneath water was tremendously shown. It would have taken many many days of planning for the author. The fishes of different origin were a nice way to bring freshness. The villainous traits in some fishes were shown, the smarter ones were in vision too and the two extremist groups were brought up out of the box.
As the end was approaching, the things got packed badly with one another. Two stories moving parallel can sometimes become hard to manage. The settings were shifting within the chapter and it didn’t work well.
Marina’s side of story was not up to mark. Many characters were not explained with precision. Thus they lost their significance, and at the end when they had important roles, you need to turn pages to know who they were actually.
If old fairy tales don’t take your child or sibling to another world, then this book can help. Also if a kid inside you wants to take a ride back, then you can try Merjella.
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Book Blitz: Voyagers into the Unknown by Ruchira Khanna

Voyagers Into the Unknown 
Ruchira Khanna

In the historic Indian town of Agra, you can find a very unusual tour company, which is owned by a charming young man named Raj. Although Raj's official job is to show off the historical landmarks of Agra, including the legendary Taj-Mahal, his true mission is to heal the souls of his broken "birds," as he affectionately refers to his tour participants. His business operates purely upon word-of-mouth referrals, ensuring that all of his tour members arrive in Agra with their hearts in their hands, ready for the spiritual growth and cleansing that Raj is known to provide. Healing the hearts of the spiritually damaged can be a difficult job, and in this particular tale, Raj finds himself faced with his most challenging tour group yet. First, there is Ira, a stunningly gorgeous but fragile young woman on the brink of suicide. Next, we meet Darci and Lennard, a couple on the verge of divorce. Then there is Carl, an irritable, antisocial workaholic who has burned all of his bridges. Lastly, we meet Asha, an elderly widow who still yearns for the company and comfort of her late husband. When disaster strikes the tour group, everything is thrown into jeopardy, including lives, relationships, and Raj's very reputation as a tour guide. Raj must find a way to lift the spirits of these five special travelers, even in the face of death and despair. Venture into the unknown and discover how Raj Touristry heals the brokenhearted, one soul at a time.

Dawn had risen over the historic Indian town of Agra. Agra was a city of monuments, which stood tall, their unmatched grandeur telling of their long and fascinating history. The morning air was filled with the sounds of roosters calling, birds chirping, and morning prayers and salutations. Dogs and cows were being hustled through the streets and errand boys on bicycles hurried along to their respective chores and deliveries.

Amidst this vibrant chaos, a man in his late thirties with an athletic physique, broad shoulders, and unkempt black hair was briefing his colleague in a quiet, affable tone. He held a bunch of papers in his hand, and the other man nodded obediently as he glanced through them, making notes on the pad in his hands. “So, are you all set?” inquired Raj, the black-haired man.

“I think so,” replied the other man confidently, as he took his seat behind the wheel of a mini-bus.

“Call me if you have any questions, Albert. You know where to reach me,” added Raj as he shut the door of the driver’s seat, giving his driver two thumbs up. Albert started the engine quickly and began to roll away from the curb. He was abruptly halted by a sharp knock on the door of the vehicle. The driver slammed on the brakes and looked to see who was doing the hammering. Raj reappeared on the other side of the glass with blank boards and a sharpie. Albert opened the door and reached out for the additional items. “Write the names of my birds on these planks. It will be easier for them to spot you,” explained Raj.

“Birds?” inquired Albert with a confused expression.

“Sure, Birds. Since they will fly back to where they are coming from in a week’s time.”

“Aha! Yes, boss!” Albert winked and started his journey.

About The Author 

A Reiki Master where she passes out information about channeling universal energy and conducts sessions. The author of “Choices”, “The Adventures of Alex and Angelo” but just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime.

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