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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

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Book Review # 144 Bathinda to Bangkok: Vibha Batra


Mahi's back in the pavilion, but, ji, her dreams got mixed with mud. Hopes got crushum-crushed. Heart became pieces-pieces. As if life isn't tatti enough, one after another new-new siyapas are starting.
Mahi's hungry to grow Ludhiana to London, her party-planning company, to international height. Lavith, her international returned ex-love, is thirsty for her blood. Leave work-life balance, she's toh losing mental balance.

Her BFF (Bechari Frustoo Friend) Dingy's to-be-in-laws are refusing first night in Bangkok. Her other BFF, Dumpy's refusing to go anywhere without his Combo Pack -- his Sweet Knife GF Simran and her paindu brother Raj. Her brother Niku's business problem is not saying bye-bye. And her stepmom Bhooto (short for Bhootni) is - hai-hai - don't ask.

But the question bothering her the most is: Will her ex come back to her? Will it be Lav-ith or Leave-it for Mahi?

My Take:

A destination wedding, a wedding planner team of besties, blast from the past, odds to manage and a super fun loving Punjabi blended English speaking Mahi. A story that will keep you hooked and smiling till the end.

I loved the characters are blended. The highlight being the switch between Punjabi English (Mahi) and proper English (Lavith). Their camaderie and nok jhok adds a tadka to the story.

Mahi is bold and fiesty and inspite of being the best in the wedding business her personal life has been in dumps as she is unable to overcome her breakup with Lavith. With her best friend and partner's dream of destination wedding takes her to Bangkok she comes face to face with her ex. Will sparks fly again? Will the destination wedding be a success? Pick up the book to find out.

The writing is simple and Punjabish.The book is like a pickle; spicy,tangy ,and yummy, It grows on you as you start connecting with the characters. The story moves fast and keep throwing new challenges. The humor is subtle and catchy. A fun read .

I would rate this 4.7/5

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Book Review # 143 Listen To Your Heartbeats : Sonika Shandilya


“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

Sonam was stuck in a routine life, till she decided to take a solo trip. And it could not have started on a more rocking note. She bumped into Rann Vijay Rathore (RV) on a hilltop, and could not take her eyes off him. And even later, she kept thinking about him, till they met again.

With a fascinating twist in the tale, Sonam finds herself on a musical caravan with RV, Veer, Shiv and Aditi. Did Sonam's amber eyes compel RV to surprise her with the trip? And does it stay only a trip?
RV finds Sonam angelic and tries to become a better version of himself, only for her. But it distances Sonam from RV and she feels her world crumbling.

Can RV save his love in the nick of time? Will the gang of friends be able to find a road to their dreams?
This is a story of passionate dreams, unending friendship and a love that knows no bounds. This electrifying read will compel you to chase your dreams and make you Listen to Your Heartbeats.

My Take:

A dream we all keep dreaming. A life we all wish for. Unadulterated, pure and joyous. With no tomorrow to plan about and live each moment with all honesty and enjoy. the author has written about a gang of people who enjoy and take life as it comes.

A caravan we all wish to be a part of. Moments we all wish we would love to cherish. Yet practical life takes over and we do what is right and not what we wish to. I loved the free spirit and never give up attitude the book teaches.

Sonam after her disturbing past has decided to live life queen size. Seize moments and make memories. She finds a perfect partner in Rann Vijay Rathore (RV). The one she falls in love with and who tries to make all her simple dreams come true. With his band they start their caravan and keep moving places and enjoy life. But RV keeps a lot of things to heart and anger is his biggest enemy. Will RV find solace with Sonam? Or his anger becomes a wall between them? Read the book to find out.  

A book that can cheer you, make you smile and believe in moving towards your dreams. The journey and the writing is infectious, like there are many moments when we would all wish to let go of the inhibitions and live life the way we want.

Maybe all what is written might not be easy to follow, but yes simple changes can be implemented. A rather different and breezy read. 
I would rate this 4/5.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Book Review # 142 Does Love Give A Second Chance? From a pen of a heart broken: Yamini


True Love is hard to find but once found it can never be left. It mingles with the soul, runs through the veins and stays in the heart.

Despite all odds, Yauvani and Shayne fell in love with each other. Yauvani, a research scholar met Shayne an undergraduate student and magic was destined to happen. A whirlpool of unfavorable conditions tore them apart. Shayne was shattered, hurt and heartbroken and so was Yauvani. He left her in pain, punishing her for a flaw in destiny.

Yauvani chronicles her story, to remind Shayne of their divine love, hoping that her words will reach him and make him believe that true love always wins.

But why did Shayne leave Yauvani in pain?

Is love about killing your own people?

Does Shayne come back?

My Take:

Love is a powerful emotion that overtakes all other feelings.Yes true love is rare and very hard to find. An emotion so pure,so strong and so selfless. But there is a thin line between being in love and getting obsessed.

Yauvani a research scholar falls in love with Shayne a student in her college.Despite the age difference and her married status they get in a relationship. Shayne being the varied one, he maintains his distance from her. With time Yauvani starts expecting more which Shayne is not ready to.Will the relationship stand the test of time and age? Will Shayne and Yauvani be the happily ever after couple? Read the book to find out.

The book is about Yauvani's point of view as she chronicles their relationship when Shayne dumps her. Yauvani as a flawed character is written well. The character sounds human and reacts the way normally people do in various stages of relationships.Still, I felt Yauvani could have been written better. She crosses the line from being in love to stalking, obsessed ,helpless and never comes in terms with the breakup. I felt she deserved better than to be treated this way.

Shayne is confused and selfish most of the times. His character doesn't justify his behavior. His reasons are never explained. Had that been done I guess the book would have been balanced better.He comes across as someone weak and reserved.

The other characters like Rahul or his relation with Yauvani are never explored. Nothing much is written about her marriage to him nor their married life. The language is simple and the narration is smooth. A bold and unusual story written well.

I would rate this 3.5/5. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Book Review #141 :The Worst Daughter Ever: Aarti V Raman


The black sheep of the Chakrapani clan is coming home... Lasya ‘LJ’ Raghavan is a spectacularly single, unsuccessful playwright with an estranged family, crippling debt, and a dead-end job. When the family matriarch Chandralekha Chakrapani dies, LJ has to face the family that considers her an epic failure… Especially her father, who has taken a vow of silence against her; her cousin sister, Ahalya, who blames LJ for destroying her marriage; and Bridezilla Kiki whose wedding has been cancelled. Adding to the family drama is Banjeet ‘Ben’ Dewar, her grandmother's lawyer who keeps showing up whenever LJ falls apart. Ben is everything LJ is looking for in a man, except Ahalya is interested in Ben too! Can LJ be selfish once more when the last time nearly destroyed her family? More importantly, can LJ’s family forgive her when she is the ‘worst daughter ever’? Written in the style of bestselling Indian rom-coms, The Worst Daughter Ever explores love, loss, friendship, family, redemption and forgiveness in a funny, emotional, coming-of-age tale.

My Take:

A beautiful story that talks about family,self esteem, misunderstandings, love and hatred. Takes us back to time when our cousins were our best friends. We never needed anyone outside the family to know what we feel. Reading this made me nostalgic and I started missing my cousins who always were there around when we needed them the most.

Lasya (LJ) is a author who has been unsuccessfully dabbing my hats and failing miserably. Her life is in shambles with her family out casting her, so called boyfriend dumping her for a receptionist,weight issues,a job that drives her to the wall and a house that is more of a liability now than an asset. Add to this back home a lawyer she's attracted to and wonders if she has a future with, the only glitch being even Ahalya is attracted to making a love triangle.

With hell bent in proving herself a success she gets a call that she would have to come home as the matriarch of the Charkapani clan is no more. Time for her to face the people who have outcast her and labelled her the black sheep. Her cousin Kiki whose wedding is postponed who's on a verge of a  nervous breakdown.Her cousin Ahalya who holds her responsible for her broken marriage and her financial condition, her father who's has broken all ties with her thanks to Ahalya.  Atharva her ever supportive brother who stands by her and shields her all the time .Will she be able to stand up for herself? Will she find love? Can all the misunderstandings/ accusations be cleared?

I loved the way the characters are developed, they sound realistic and believable and the back story to all the cousins justifies their behavior. Although everything is from LJ's point of view you can still relate to all of them.A typical South Indian family set against the picturesque Munnar, a will that ensures that the family has to stay together till the final rites complete. The sibling rivalries, sibling loyalties, love and hatred are something we all experience with our families.

The writing is simple, narration smooth and paced right. We can visualize the madness as they unfold as we read making it more entertaining. Delve in the madness of the Chakrapani clan and enjoy reading.

5/5 for this gem of a book.Thoroughly enjoyed and loved.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Book Review # 140 The Girl With Blue Eyes: Vaiibhav Nigam


It was love-at-first-sight for Armaan when he saw Tanisha. Despite being exact opposites of each other, they manage to keep their relationship alive. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned and they develop compatibility issues. In an unexpected turn of events, he comes upon an accident. Though he survives, the faint memory of a striking face with blue eyes flashed right before he collapsed and the accident haunts him forever. Months later, Armaan has a chance to encounter with the same 'Girl with blue eyes' and unknowingly, he is lured into an affair he can't deny! While he makes all the attempts to hide this from Tanisha, things start to get out-of-control as he is now in a dual relationship. As events unfold, he realizes this mysterious 'Girl with blue eyes’ comes with a lot of surprises. Must this 'Girl with Blue eyes' rake up his ordinary world? Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, 'The girl with blue eyes’ is an incredible page-turner that keeps the reader hooked.

My Take:

Armaan falls head over heels in love with the demure Tanisha the first time he sees her. As different as chalk and cheese personalities they slowly progress and eventually Tanisha too falls in love but thanks to her past she is shy of coming closer. Although Armaan is understanding his friends moving fast ahead ina relation in a much lesser time triggers his behavior and what follows is a ugly confrontation after which Armaan has an accident.

Rutvi a girl with blue eyes is exact opposite to Tanisha and the one Armaan remembers from the accident. Her bold and sassy avatar attracts him and what follows is a whirlwind romance. But now Armaan is with both Tanisha and Rutvi. He is in love with both.What will he do?Whom will he choose? Is Rutvi what she looks like? Or does she have an agenda? What is Tanisha's reaction to this double timing of Armaan? Read the book to find out.

A mystic love story. A different one and hold the attention of the reader easily . With neat etched characters and building the story the book captures your imagination. The mystery factor is beautifully incorporated in this. It keeps you hooked and anxious till the end. I liked the way the suspense is maintained till the end and the layers added to the mystery character.Also the way the story bind them together for a logical fitting conclusion.

I would rate this 4/5.

Book Review #146 Love Unexpected: Ritu Kakar

Blurb: Kaira is an independent girl, chasing her ambitions. Aveer is a strong-minded and successful entrepreneur, seeking expansion...