Sunday, 21 May 2017
Title: The Highway Man: Short Stories
Author: J Alchem
Publisher: Kindle Ebook
Price: Rs. 46
My Rating: 4.5/5
The whole world is upside down. People are walking in the sky with the ground moving above their heads. And the reason is simple; a bestselling author is in love. But why the whole world is inverted? What's so special about this love? Or worse?
A man throws his masculine brain and heart aside and fixes a feminine one there. And the reason is simple; he wants to live the life of his lover, for 24 hours. But why does he want to do that? What's the need?
A man, neatly dressed in a suit, is playing with his bowler hat, on a highway at dawn. And the reason is simple; he needs a lift. But why does he need a lift? What's his purpose?
This ebook is a very quick read, and believe it or not these 46 pages consist of 3 power-packed short stories.
Let me break down each one for you:
1. Catherine: a brilliantly written story about a best selling author who is in love with his own fictional character. It is a rather quick and well described story. What intrigued me about this story was the end. I loved it.
2. Sidzy; for a day: a simple story of love and passion. It narrates how a man can surprise his woman and repay her for everything by just one loving kind gesture. It is nice, but honestly, I liked this one least (well if I have to compare).
3. The Highway Man: A nice story with sad beginning and happy ending. It is story of loss and tragedy, and is written in way that initially you want to kill the lead for being so selfish. But later you understand his pain.
Overall it is a very good read and I strongly recommend it everyone. I loved it. And you can grab your copy below:
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Title: It Ain't College, It's War!
Author: Subhodeep Mukherjee
Publisher: Notion Press
Price: Rs. 350
My Rating: 2.75/5
What happens when an engineering college fresher:
• confronts his violent seniors on the first day of ragging?
• tries to woo a beautiful senior who has a nasty boyfriend?
• is heart-broken when his past causes his break-up with the girl he loves?
• goes boozing for the first time?
• is involved in a bloody inter-hostel rivalry with dire consequences?
In his debut novel, It Ain’t College, It’s War! (Book 1 of the It Ain’t trilogy), Subhodeep Mukherjee tells the story of Rahul Arora, an outspoken Delhi boy with a devil-may-care attitude that always gets him in trouble.
Amidst the politically charged atmosphere of his college and his many adventures, Rahul seeks true love, friendship and a job. Will he manage to find balance in his life? Will he make peace with his teachers, classmates, seniors and father and find what he is looking for or will his attitude get the better of him?
Loosely based on true events and also touching on various social issues, this book explores the meaning of love, friendship and career as seen through the eyes of the narrator and protagonist, Rahul Arora.
The cover says it all, by looking at it we can expect what it holds. And it holds the story of Rahul Arora and his college and hostel days.
The story sounds interesting in prologue and it is fine till mid. But post that, for me it just drifted apart. Got really monotonous and made me feel that it is nothing but a college story.
Hostel life and ragging part is hilarious. I finally got to know what my husband says about hostels of Engineering colleges. If they all are as author has narrated in the book, then they are real fun.
Characters are finely depicted. There have been times when I felt real pity for Rahul and there were times when really irritated (how can someone be so lame, duh!)
Twists and turns are fine as well, however, more or less expected.
Overall it is a decent book but it does have some cons. What I really didn't like about the book is the flow and narration. It needs much more polishing. I felt story was dragged at times and sentencing needs more maturity.
I read it till the end and unfortunately it couldn't take me to another world (which is the expectation when reading a book). Sadly, my review to the book is 2.75/5 (An Okay-okay read).
If you want to relive college life, you can give it a try as well.
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Thursday, 11 May 2017
Title: We Decided on Forever
Author: Nida Ahmed
Publisher: Kalamos Literary Services
Price: Rs. 149
My Rating: 3/5
What if your life end up like the lyrics of a song? What would you do? What if all you could think of is about the one you gave your heart to? Would you swing to the 'let's move one side' or wait for your 'magical' moment? Alfisha was a regular happy-go- lucky Delhi girl. The only thing extraordinary about her was her devotional love towards Rayan, her Ravz. But would loving someone so close yet so far away be enough for them? Is -LOVE- the only ingredient to a -Happily Ever After
The title is intriguing and the cover looks very soothing. Even the inside cover of the book is good -reminded me of J.K. Rowling. Out of all the books I have read so far, only she has her image on inside cover and now Nida has too. :) Very good attempt by Kalamos.
Talking about book, while reading it I remembered my school and college days. I hardly know a person who hasn't met a crush on Orkut/Facebook. But in this case, the lead in book Alfisha meets her true love, Rayan, on fb. They meet, fall in love and it is epic but there are complications, like always. And those complications and challenges are the ones that author has penned down in the book.
What I liked is that the story is very simple and soothing. You can totally relate to everything a person goes through in a relationship. The essence of love is also beautifully portrayed.
Characters - of Alfisha is finely defined but not of everyone else. At places names are just thrown out and left me wondering - now who is that? Even Rehan and Rayan caused some confusion, at first I thought that author wrote Rayan's name wrong, only later I realised they are two people -LOL.
Talking about weird part - On two occasions Alfisha faints and is admitted to a hospital. I wonder which hospital admits a twelfth standard girl for blood and glucose (separate occasions) and does not call her parents. And how can the girl afford?
There are few more but one can let go of them as a part of story. But this hospital one made me like really?
What I didn't like about the book is how in general girls are portrayed. 'I am a boy, main sambhal lunga, par tum...' - this is mentioned twice and it is too bad that girls in general are portrayed in such weak manner. I understand the love part but I felt it was too much. Anyways, Alfisha is only in twelfth in the story, maybe girls that age are so naive. :|
At times story was a little too dragged and narration was missing. But dialogues kept moving and conversations between leads was cheeky and interesting.
There were some spelling mistakes which can be corrected in next edition and ignored.
My overall rating to the book is 3/5 (Its good)
It is a quick entertaining read. And you can grab your copy below.
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