Monday, 15 January 2018

Book: Forever is True - Drama, Romance and Mystery

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Title:  Forever Is a Lie
Author: Novoneel Chakraborty
Publisher: Penguin 
Pages: 166
Price: Rs. 148
My Rating: 3.5/5


Six months have passed since Prisha was pushed to death by the person she loved the most, Saveer. But she doesn't believes that it was him till she stumbles upon the first clue to the mystery that Saveer is, which leads her to his twisted past: he is not who he says he is.
Forever is True is a riveting thriller exposing the deadly limits that a person can go to because of a ruined childhood.

Some scars only heal superficially and the pain resides still. The same has been showcased in this story. It is mystery romance that has it all. While reading it, you feel the misery and pains of the protagonist and at the same time you feel irritated as well.

Being the concluding part of Forever series, I expected so much more from the book, and though the book is good and the story is gripping, it couldn't satiate my hunger for the suspense. Post-mid, it got very predictable for me, which was disappointing. But, I still enjoyed it.

The characters portrayed are pretty good and the pain they feel, as a reader you feel it too. Don't want to reveal much, but there was a time when I felt deep sorrow for certain character. 

My biggest disappointment of the story is the ending. The story was so good but it felt like you are climbing at a perfect pace and suddenly, it came to a dead-end. 

But apart from this, it is pretty good.

Lots of Love

Monday, 1 January 2018

Book: Forever is a Lie - Suspense, Fear, Romance, Sex or Murder... this book has it all.


Forever Is a Lie by [Chakravorty, Novoneel]

Title:  Forever Is a Lie
Author: Novoneel Chakraborty
Publisher: Penguin 
Pages: 166
Price: Rs. 148
My Rating: 4.5/5


The best thing happened to her... but in the worst way possible...
Prisha Srivastav turned eighteen two months back. Hailing from Faridabad, she studies mass communication in Bengaluru. She meets a mysterious man, double her age, who goes by the name 'the mean monster' in the Bengaluru party circuit. Intrigued, she pursues him and falls for him. However, there's a problem. Prisha doesn't know he kills the one who loves him. Literally.

"Hmm..." is the first thought that comes to my mind when I think about this book. Forever is a Lie is a masterpiece in itself. Be it suspense, fear, romance, sex or murder... this book has it all.

The story revolves around Prisha and Saveer - both names are pretty attractive - and it pretty simple yet weird. Author has written the book from both perspectives, which makes it even better. The innocence of Prisha, her heartbreak, her falling in love is typical teenage stuff. But the entry of Saveer - his maturity and his 'mean monster' persona makes it more mature. At times you feel irritated with Prisha and her persistence, but I guess that's the beauty of the story. It brings that originality. The character of Saveer is dark and full of suspense. However for me, honestly it was pretty predictable but I still enjoyed it.

The characters are well defined and narrated. Shy and weird Diggy and flimsy Gauri are good value addition to the story. 

I overall liked the story but I didn't like is the elaborate Erotica sections. I hate reading detailed sexual encounters and from the second instance I was forced to skip them.

My overall rating for this story is 4.5/5

Hope you enjoy reading the book too.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Book: The 365 Days - Life's tale of Immigrants


Title:  The 365 Days
Author: Nikhil Ramteke
Publisher: Write India Publishers
Pages: 192
Price: Rs. 110
My Rating: 3/5


This is a story that falls through the crevices of pitiless anonymity, yet miraculously waits to be told. 
Shijukutty, a Malayali fisherman, leaves his tiny hamlet of abject poverty in the coastal village of Vizhinjam on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, that picturesque vignette of searing beauty on the southwestern coast of India. Shiju, like millions of other Malayalis, seeks his destiny in Dubai, that gleaming global hub of fortune on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. What unfolds is a stirring story of distilled hardship, exploitation, identity, and friendship, and the heartbreaking choices Shiju is often forced to make. So what he sees is not what he experiences when he lands in a world of glimmering towers, fast-paced life, and unabashed opulence. For what he was not prepared for was the dark underbelly of Dubai beyond the shimmering mirage. 
Shiju's life is no more the same. But he holds his ground, drawing on ancient instincts of his seafaring ancestry. As things settle down around him, he is inexorably pulled into the canyon of recession...
Will Shiju be able to hold on to his dreams? Will he able to pull out himself from the whirlpool? Will he survive against all odds? Will he redeem himself? 
Nikhil Ramteke unfolds an extraordinary saga about Indian expatriates, their struggles, their alienation, and their dreams. The 365 Days is more than a story of a year in Shijukutty's life. 

Some dreams are fulfilled and some are shattered. While some turn into a living horror. The 365 Days is a book which comprises of the latter. It is a story of migrants from Indian continent and how they suffer and endure everything that's thrown their way.

Shiju, leaves his home and peaceful life and moves to Dubai in order to make money and earn himself a name. However what he gets is a big shock. The story revolves around his life and all the disastrous choices he make (or is forced to make) in name of his job.

Overall the plot is good. What I liked is the touch to the reality. While reading we can feel the pain and sufferings of Shiju and other migrants. We feel like killing the agents and others. And no matter the cost, we feel like saving these poor souls from the brutal torture. 

The characterization is decent. However at times I felt like losing touch with the lead characters. For other characters, author has done a good job in maintaining a balance between story requirement and character exposure.

What I didn't like about the story is the week narration at a few places and the way it felt dragged (to me) on certain pages. But that's just my opinion - I like fast pace on novels.

Overall it is a pretty decent read. It touches heart and leaves you with a feeling of solemness and wet eyes.

My overall rating to the book is 3/5

Do grab a copy.

Lots of Love

Sunday, 24 December 2017

New Year's Resolutions

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It's time to make some resolutions... Add these 5 for a better 2018.
  1. Instead of wishing ‘Good morning’ to the entire world on WhatsApp, Facebook etc. Start your day by wishing ‘Good morning’ to the person next to you with a heartfelt smile
  2. Instead of picking up phone or laptop all the time to pass your time, look up to your family members and talk. Talking to them will bring you closer, WhatsApp, Facebook won’t!
  3. Hug your partner instead of your phone or laptop at night. Hugging phone/laptop will not blossom anything, hugging your partner will blossom your relationship
  4. While spending time with your kids, keep your phone and laptop aside. They will remember the attention you give them, your phone or laptop wont
  5. Spending time with family bring true happiness and solve problems. ‘Likes’, ‘Compliments’ etc. from social media don’t.

Take a Pledge today to make 2018 more loving and caring…

All the Best! 

Happy New Year.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Book - Karna's Celestial Armor: Mytho - Fiction - Thrill - Suspense: It is the Ultimate Combo


Title:  Karna's Celestial Armor
Author: Surendra Nath
Publisher: Kindle
Pages: 281
Price: Rs. 65
My Rating: 3.5/5

We all know that in MAHABHARATA, Karna had, on his body, his Kavach-Kundal (set of armor and earrings) which rendered him invincible in battle against any foe. God Indra tricked Karna and took away the divine set. So, in the final battle Arjuna killed Karna.

That’s the back-story. After that, what did Indra do with the all-powerful Kavach-Kundal? Did he hide it somewhere? What if someone can find it today? That’s what this novel is about. Vasu, from the present time, sets off to find the set. The spirit of Karna guides him through the search.

Indra always knew someone would come looking for it. So he used all his ingenuity to hide it in most impossible of places. That makes Vasu’s task so much more challenging. And he is not the only one who is interested in this quest. There are others trailing him.

Join Vasu in this thrilling adventure through mysterious locations in India to know why the armor was all that potent, and if it still is. 

The book is very hard to classify - it cannot be said as purely mythological, nor can it be classified into fiction. It is a combination with hints of suspense, thrill, treachery and present day drama.

The story revolves around Vasu, kind of an alter ego of Karna, who sets out to hunt for Karna's long-lost celestial armour. Evidently it is a very powerful object and in hands of enemies it can wreak havoc. Vasu, an army man, travels around to find it's missing pieces. The story is entertaining and gripping. However it lacks a pace. At times you feel like it is flying and at times you feel like it is dragging - its the parts where it drags when you feel like taking a serious break.

The characters are fine. The depth of Vasu's character is pretty good and you can simply relate to him and his ambition.

The most important angle to the story is its linkage to the epic Mahabharata. It's very satisfying the way it has been linked. The only issue here is that if you have no knowledge or poor recollection (like in my case) of Mahabharata then you will find it a bit difficult to read this book. However no harm there, Google always come to aid for forgetful people like me, LOL!

What I disliked about the book are two things - to start with cover. Cover is the image of the book and author has done a poor job in it. Just by looking at cover one would feel it is a poor monotonous book - which is tottally wrong. Author should definitely get it remade so that it can do justice to the content of the book. And secondly, it needs proof-reading. Errors in pages is bit disappointing and off-putting to some.

Overall, it is a pretty decent book, bit lengthy but good. I am sure you will enjoy reading it.

Lots of Love

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