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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Book Review # 151 Strange As It May Seem : Chitrangada Mukherjee


Trishna is an innocent, sheltered girl, living with her grandmother, Mrs.Binodini Chatterjee. Unaware of the outside world and its cruel ways, she is happy to be in the world of dreams and books.
Darvesh is a shrewd money-lender focussed only on what would give him the best returns. Hard-hearted and ruthless, Darvesh knows no love other than the love for money.
What happens to their relationship forged entirely for mutual benefit? Does it become a lifelong one or does it scar and change them forever?

My Take:

A refreshing love story. A different set up. Not the usual boy meet girl, falls in love and they live happily ever after kind ,but more subtle, more real. The characters here connect and they have a story that defines their personality.

Trisha is naive, yet polished, untouched by the realities of the world yet aware of things happening around her, sheltered yet independent, she is strong and her strength is her ability to take things at their face value. A streak that is complex yet refreshing that makes her more real and acceptable.

Darvesh is what the situation made him to be. He's learned life the hard way and values money the most courtesy his background and life earlier.That defines his character, real, a bit selfish and with grey streaks. Something we all have and would relate to.

Binodini the matriach has been etched well and the layers added to this character is what I loved the most. An aura is created around her and she is smart to read minds.She is Trisha's protector her shield.

What happens when Trisha decides to come out of her sheltered life and make a decision that can shatter her beliefs? Will Binodini be able to shield her as always? Darvesh, would he understand and respect his feelings? or would he be the shrewd money lender? Read the book to find out.

The narration is simple, crisp and holds the story well. I would recommend this to all romance lovers.

I would rate this 4.5/5

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Book Review # 150 Dating Jia : Krupa Somani


There is an old phrase, ‘If you want to get over a man, get under another.’ Two years after breaking up with her boyfriend, Jia downloads a dating app to meet men. Somewhere deep down, she is hoping to find someone who is great in the sack and likes her just as much. After all, she is that next-door, hot, sassy girl every man wants! She sets out on her quest.

My Take:

A girls point of view and her exploring relationships and quest to find her Mr Right is a refreshing take. Jia is a free spirited girl who after her breakup is looking for her Mr Right. In this process she meets different guys, traits and mindsets. An interesting read with a simple narration.Her bond with Rehan is impressive. The narration is simple and language easy to understand.

The title justifies the story. It gives a gist of what to expect from the book and what the story is about. I liked the way the story flows.  I loved her encounter with Aryan and the way their story develops.

I would rate this 4.5/5

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Book Review # 149 Till We Meet Again: Shibaji Bose


“Ordinary people have extra-ordinary stories.” Aryan is a young man with an extra-ordinary zeal to discover himself. His tryst with destiny begins when his father becomes the victim of political violence. He is suddenly the man of the house. In trying to bring together his breaking family, and win back their family home, he experiences life through encounters with some incredible women. Rhea helps inculcate a sense of purpose in his life. Kavya is vivacious, Flirty and sensuous, who makes him bolder. Priya teaches him lessons none else could have, and Ahana is an innocent poet at heart, who makes him shed the garb of the hermit. Till we meet again is a story of a sleepy neighborhood, which transforms into a modern-day ghetto of gated communities, riding the real estate juggernaut. A story of resilience and determination, it’s a heady cocktail of familial bonds, hope, deceit, vengeance and love.

My Take:

Simple writing is the  most difficult to do. The author has accomplished that and proved how simple can be effective and elegant.

A story we all live everyday and see around us all the time. Aryan is a simple guy who has ambitious yet he's confused. When suddenly he becomes the man of the house and have to make critical decisions he grows up. The transformation his character goes through is very well crafted. Family and little friends help him shape up as a person. His sister Rhea helps him identify his goal in life. Priya teaches him how success changes people. Kavya helps him learn how to smile. The story talks about Aryan, the challenges he faces and whether he would be able to keep his family united in spite of their differences.

A culmination of all small beautiful experiences help Aryan to deal with the situations and stand tall with his integrity. I like the way the story flows. Simple and straight from heart. I could connect with the situations and relationship challenges.A normal family with shades of grey in all characters. Everyone is selfish, making their own decisions, striving to make their mark on their own terms.

I would rate this 4/5.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Book Review # 148 A Drop Of You : Krishna Chhetri


We become overtly colorless when our hearts aren't together; only when a soul finds its body, they sing and dance together to the colors of life.

Three closely knit people, Karma, Diana & Ghazal meet at the crossroads of life, unaware of the cosmic conspiracy and its comical destiny. Heart is their road, love is their journey and the soul, the final destination. Sailing on the tides of emotions, they encounter deceit, with a tinge of poison and drop of bliss.

Forever love; it is a myth? Or a reality? Is it stifling pain or undying love, that makes love eternal? Come, let us explore!

My Take:
A different love story that indulges and talks more about ghazals, philosophy and life as it happens. The emotions expressed are raw and not sugar coated. Amazing ghazals add more strength to the narration. A triangle love story, that talks more about the complexities of relationships and crossroads.

Ghazal, Karma and Diana form the triangle with Ghazal and Karma falling in love. Diana being a faithful friend and a part of Karma's life forever stands by him and supports him in spite of being in love with him. A story of friends ,friendship, love and emotions. Read the book to find out whether Ghazal and Karma have their happily ever after?

The book takes a while to grow on you as it starts with heavy duty discussions like philosophy, spirituality etc and also lots of poetry. I felt the emotions expressed were exaggerated and couldn't connect much with the characters either as I found them bland.

Maybe people who love romance and poetic combinations might find this interesting. A special mention for the author for being able to explore a love triangle in a different way.

I would rate this 2.5/5.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Book Review # 147 Saved by Love : Shilpa Suraj


They meet under impossible circumstances. She is kidnapped by terrorists blackmailing her father, a Supreme Court Judge. He leads the team sent to rescue her. Trekking to safety through Ladakh...they are in danger of falling in love. But, Lt. Col. Arjun Rathore knows that Naina Ahuja, engaged to politics’ rising star, is not meant for him. Forever changed by her trauma, Naina walks out on her controlling family and forges a new life. And then, she meets Arjun again. But this time, he is engaged to someone else. Can they save their love or is too late?

My Take:

Some authors define pain beautifully. The pain of love,longing and loving someone in spite of being one sided. This is one such story. I loved the way the story and the characters handle their emotions.

Naina comes from a affluent family which is dominated by her ruthless father for whom its always about himself. After being kidnapped by the terrorists and being rescued by Lt Col Arjun she starts her journey back home only to spend time with Arjun and fall in love with him.

Arjun rescues her from the terrorists and escorts her back along with his team and gets to know her in the process. She's soon to be engaged and married, a fact that makes Arjun distance himself inspite of falling for her. Assuming that the spoil girl she is who would toe the line as per her parents wish he keeps his love to himself.

Cut to few years later when they meet again, this time Arjun getting engaged and she is the one arranging as she works in the hotel booked for the occasion. Surprised that he still has feelings for her and shocked that she has walked out on her family and working to support herself ,they both come face to face with each other.

Will Arjun be able to accept his feelings and propose her? Will Naina be able to get her love back or Will Arjun honor his parents wish? Read the book to find out.

Love forms the crux of the story alongside the pain they both go through. The narration is simple and crisp.

I would rate this 4.5/5 .

Friday, January 24, 2020

Book Review #146 Love Unexpected: Ritu Kakar

Kaira is an independent girl, chasing her ambitions. Aveer is a strong-minded and successful entrepreneur, seeking expansion. When they get together to give wings to her venture, there are fireworks and a strange Chemistry between them. But there is something else walking along – kaira’s past. With drew’s presence looming large like the devil, kaira does not know how to accept her emotions for aveer. Her loved ones protect her from all harm fiercely, but will they succeed this time too? Amidst confusion of a promising future and the demons of the past, in trying to find faith and burying betrayal, and in the battle between kaira’s heart and her fears will love unexpected lead the way to happiness?.

My Take:

A simple elegant story that makes you smile and believe in all good things. Writing a romance genre story is tricky. Not everyone can write story that is subtle.This one has been able to. I liked the way the story talks about love and family at the same time. These days barring Sundari Venkatraman's books (my all time favorite author) and a few loved ones like her the tone for romance is more towards sexuality.

Kiara is a bold independent girl who believes in love and all things good. Her positivity is infectious. In fact for me that was the best thing about her , her ability to stay strong and positive. The demons of her past keeps hovering around her but that still doesn't deter her clarity of thinking.

Aveesh is as different yet similar to her.Their chemistry and love for lingo is evident. I felt Aveesh is a little underdeveloped to Kaira. His story and more screen presence would have been more entertaining.

What happens when these two cross paths? Will cupid strike? Or will the personalities clash making things complicated? Read to find out more.

The writing is crisp. A few places a tad over dramatic yet it blends.Language is simple and narratiion smooth.

I would rate this 4/5 .

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Book Review # 145 When Stars Conspire : Shalu Thakur Dhillon


The universe may conspire against you. The stars may collude to bring you down. But God has a plan, always the best one for you. You need to trust it, live it and enjoy it.

Amrit, an accomplished doctor with a fetching personality, blames himself for his wife Niharika’s death. He is stuck in his past.

Arpita, a simple girl, fighting many complexes, cheated in her marriage, is not ready to trust anyone in life.
The Stars, ever conspiring, bring them together. But can they be together for a lifetime?

Is it facile for Amrit to let go off past?

Is it possible for Arpita to trust someone again?

Will Arpita ever be able to see herself through Amrit’s eyes?

How do the stars conspire bring Niharika into their lives?

Does the destiny unite them finally or push them away forever?

My Take:

Misunderstanding, a simple word that destroys lives. All it needs it a clear communication between people to resolve things, but our ego,self respect or whatever we call it never allows us to talk it out.

We assume the worst and always try to come in terms with it without giving the other person a chance to explain or even clarify whether they meant what we heard or assumed. Relationships break. Lives change.

Yet another riveting one by the author who has handled the complexities of relationships beautifully.

Arpita, a divorcee stays with her mom.She's simple and being dusky in a country like ours is always looked up which pulls her more into her shell. Fighting her own demons, society and broken marriage she is shattered when her only support her mom Nidhi is diagnosed with a life threatening disease.

Amrit,a successful and respected doctor who is considerate and emotional. A simple man he too is tied to his past which never allows him to look ahead.

What happens when Arpit and Amrit cross paths? Will they be able to overcome their pasts? Will they be happily ever after or will their own insecurities and misunderstandings get better of them? Read the book to find out.

The characters are etched well with a good insight to what goes in their minds. The story moves in at a decent pace and blends well.I liked the way the author connected their pasts to the present which helps in relating to them better. The narration keeps you engaged till the end.

I would rate this 4.5/5

Book Review # 151 Strange As It May Seem : Chitrangada Mukherjee

Blurb: Trishna is an innocent, sheltered girl, living with her grandmother, Mrs.Binodini Chatterjee. Unaware of the outside world and ...