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Book Review # 180 Tinder Loving Care : Sundari Venkatraman

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Blurb: Sparks fly when Advik Hegde and Aaradhya Iyer meet via the Tinder app. Advik resists, citing work pressure and targets while the bold career-minded Aaradhya pursues him relentlessly. Unable to resist, he falls into a relationship of sorts with her, without thinking too much of the future… …until the past comes back to bite them. And what a past it is! The Iyers and Hegdes don’t seem all that different from the Montagues and Capulets of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The first generation fought while the second suffers in silence! Will the Gen-Next also buckle under pressure? It’s a story of Ego versus Heart! Read on to find out which one is the stronger of the two in this eternal tug of war. My Take: My Latest favorite. A simple love story that touches your heart. Spun around two families, the book talks more about grandparents, Chittappa and Athai. Relatives who adore, loathe or simply manage. They are someone we cannot ignore.   Set against the backdrop of friends t

Book Review # 179 Midnight's Star: Shilpa Suraj

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 Blurb: Visually impaired author and current flavor of the Indian literary scene, Dev Arya, has not just triumphed against the odds in his life, he's annihilated them. He's got fame, fortune and floozies in abundance. And yet, he's lonely. Cafe owner and only child to her dependent father, Avni Desai is broke, heartbroken and a true survivor. But no matter how hard she hustles, she's still struggling to stay afloat. And then, one day, Dev walks into her cafe...and everything changes for both of them. From excellent tiramisu to ear shattering singing, from dramatic friends to accident prone sexcapades, they embark on the ride of a lifetime.  Will it all be worth it though? Will two broken souls find a way to heal each other? Or do the fractures go so deep that there is no way for either of them to find the love they so deeply crave and yet can't seem to have? My Take:   One of the best reads this year. I loved the way the author adds flair and colors to the leads. I

An Enigma Called SSR

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  Last year this day my afternoon slumber was broken by a disturbing news of Sushant Singh Rajput no more. Soon after all the new channels,social networking sites all and sundry started talking about him and his greatness as a actor.  Now I won't say that I was his biggest fan and all but somehow his death seemed like a personal loss, like someone we knew of, promising ,self made and also intelligent.I had noticed him in Pavitra Rishta and he looked promising. I am not a serial buff but came to see him regularly in dance shows, movie trailers and award functions. Like many he as MS Dhoni was when I realized his charm as an actor. A country where cricket is religion and cricketers are Gods he played the man himself who has a larger than life image and persona MS Dhoni.   Now to copy someone’s mannerisms and playing styles is no mean feat. Hats off to the way he transformed himself. The whole movie time he was Dhoni and not S S R. Now that’s what I call talent. I became a fan.

Underrated Normalcy

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  PC: Google There was a time when people used to crib about "routine". (Don't worry you are not alone) I also never used to like :(  We all underrated the value of doing things in a routine so much that now routine is angry with us. With the Pandemic bringing the world to a standstill and uncertainty looming large over our heads now all the time I wonder how underestimated routine was. Now with everyone cooped up at home and all the time #stayathome now we understand and realize the value of small things in life. First being maskfree. Never thought we would have to keep our faces covered. A simple smile that we plaster when we see a acquaintance/ friend, the hifi we gave and the pat on head for the kids lovingly, everything seems like a distant dream and another era. The basic need to roaming or going for a walk or eating at a roadside thela without any worries , outing with friends and shopping in crowded places all now seem like a luxury. Now this has so much become a

Book Review #178 Love In Agartha : Sundari Venkatraman

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  Blurb: Wh en Sanat Kumara usurps the job that Naavya Batra has been coveting for a long time, her instantaneous attraction towards him turns to intense dislike. But soon, she's all in admiration for the man. When she finally decides to give herself to him, Sanat insists on telling Naavya something about her… …something she has absolutely no memory of. What does Sanat know about Naavya that she herself isn’t aware of? And what secrets are her cousins holding back from her? Read this tale of fantasy which takes you to three different realms on the earth, to find out if Sanat Kumara is really what he appears to be on the surface. But what about Naavya? Will her love for Sanat hold up under the circumstances? My Take: A novel way tried by the author this time. Something out of her comfort zone in the way of handling the story but the genre is the all time classic romance. A story that spans through places and dwindles between earth and the other dimensions. Sanath Kum

Book Review # 177 Taurus Temptation (Written in the Stars Book 3): Sundari Venkatraman

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  Blurb: V idyut has a broken engagement behind him. But being the typical Taurus that he is, he isn’t fazed when his fiancee from the arranged match hands his ring back to him. Into his life walks in Haasini, a successful entrepreneur in her own right. The Cancer woman brings a powerful dose of joie de vivre into the serious bull’s staid existence. While the café owner struggles not to fall for the beautiful young lady, all because of the fact that she’s eight years his junior; he’s unable to help himself as his heart refuses to listen to his logical mind. While she has no qualms about admitting her feelings for him. Just when things seem to fall in place for the couple, trouble brews from unexpected quarters, tearing them apart as it brings to the fore the jealous nature of the Cancer. While the bull moos loudly, the crab attempts to scuttle away. Read the book to find out if they will ever find the happiness that Destiny is keen to bring to the Taurus man and Cancer woman

Book Review # 176 Leo’s Desire (Written in Stars Book 2) : Sundari Venkatraman

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  Blurb: Twenty-four going on twenty-five, Nishaan Ahuja refuses to take life seriously. Intelligent and highly educated, he’s slotted to become the VP of his father’s multi-billion-rupee construction business. Only, the Leo man insists on living on his own terms. He takes the identity of Shaan and goes to work as a farm manager. Chaahat finds a quick-fix cure to her plumpness as she’s desperate to become a fashion model despite her parents’ objections. The Aries woman is stubborn, determined and fiercely competitive. There’s a hitch though. Her body refuses to cooperate as she continues to abuse it and is soon on the verge of breakdown. The Lion is a know-it-all and has to impart advice. Will the Lamb realize that it’s all for her best? Sparks fly in their love-hate relationship as Chaahat struggles to achieve her dreams with a lot of unsolicited help from Nishaan. Will the lovers be able to get together on their own terms despite the distance separating them and their interf