Friday, April 20, 2018

Pralay by Vineet Bajpai- Review

Book Name          - Pralay
 Author                 - Vineet Bajpai
 Publisher              - VB Performance LLP
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My Review
Rating : 4.5

Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Blitz- I owed you one by Madhu Vajpayee

About the Book:

Publisher: LiFi Publications Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 978-9386191281
Format: Paperback
Pages: 258 pages
Price: 275/-

Dev Khanna has a perfect life with his loving wife Radhika and son Neel in Melbourne, Australia. But there is something from his past that keeps gnawing him, an open wound that is a reminder of a debt. His present is very flourishing and future promising but what happens when the past comes knocking? As the skeletons begin to tumble one after other from the cupboard it is now threating his present.

Join Dev on a journey that spans across the tall skylines of Melbourne, the royal Dilwalo ki Dilli to the dingy streets of Moradabad as he battles love, religion, politics and fear questioning his own beliefs at every step. Will he be able to make peace with his past and save his future? Will humanity lose this battle against everything else?

Book Links:
Goodreads * Amazon

Feedback for the Book:

5 Stars “With an intriguing and powerful theme, the author has chosen a realistic and suspenseful plot with all its subplots tied very well. The characters are realistic and believable. Descriptive writing style along with the confident tone of narration with the extremely good use of vocabulary made it easier for understanding. The suspense that starts building up in the midway is being handled with utmost care and is taken care that it does not loses its grip and holds the capacity to keep the readers engrossed till the last page.” ~ Nikita onAmazon

5 Stars – “Entwined in the backdrop of a courageous young man who let go his turmoiled past and commits himself to love and fulfill his duty without self-interest to be an ultimate winner, the author constantly reminds and beautifully conveys that secularism means humanism and peaceful coexistence. The book has all the makings of a Bollywood blockbuster. A must read for everyone...” ~ Namita Dimrion Amazon

4 Stars “The story line is no less than a thriller. It has all the elements for a perfect entertaining read. Romance, action, drama, mystery, socio-political angle and lots of thriller. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this unpredictable tale of Dev and travelling across continents with him to witness what is the extent one can go for a loved one. There are some scenes that left me goose bumps, because of how real it all felt.” ~ PrivyTrifles

About the Author:
Dr. Madhu Vajpayee- the writer is born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture the enigma of life in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several medical papers and chapters in books, she started her journey in the literary world. Seeking Redemption was her first fiction book which is now followed by I Owed You One.

Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a faculty at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires.

When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and traveling.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Letters to my Ex by Nikita Singh- Review

Book Name          - Letters to my Ex
 Author                 - Nikita Singh
 Publisher              - Harper Collins 
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My Review
Rating : 3.5

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Emotion- Juice of Life & Relationships- Bond or Bondage by Sadhguru

Book Name          - 1. Emotion- The Juice of Life
                                     2. Relationships- Bond or Bondage
 Author                 - Sadhguru
 Publisher              - Jaico Publishing House
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My Review
Rating : 4.5

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Book Launch- 'Love in Lutyens' Delhi' by Amitabh Pandey

Join Amitabh Pandey and Neelima Dalmia Adhar, as they launch 'Love in Lutyens' Delhi' and talk about this sparkling #lovestory with a difference. 

Akku and Sanju, friends in kindergarten, lovers in college, are about to face the big bad world. Will their love survive the trials? Or will the compulsions of #LutyensDelhi stand in the way of their togetherness?

Book blurb:  
  • Are women in urban India becoming independent, or is it just an illusion?
  • Are the young men of India truly liberal? Will they stand by their partners or conform to their traditional family values?
  • Have the urban youth been able to break out of their class hangovers?

Akriti ‘Akku’ Patel and Sanjay ‘Sanju’ Saran become friends in kindergarten, lovers in college, and then
hit the real world. With bureaucrats for parents, Sanju’s world is one of power, privilege and entitlement.

Akku, on the other hand, is brought up by a single mother – a distinguished surgeon widowed very young – and an aunt who is a smart and sassy books editor with commitment problems.

Sanju’s mind is in turmoil as he chooses to abandon his dreams and, like his parents, looks to the Civil Services for what he thinks will be a meaningful career. Meanwhile, Akku, armed with a BTech from IIT, is jetting off to California, land of systems design and fun-loving computer geniuses.

Can their love survive these growing differences? Or will the compulsions of Lutyens’ Delhi stand in the way of their togetherness?

AMITABH PANDEY studied Economics at St Stephen’s College and Delhi School of Economics. He taught Economics at an undergraduate college of Delhi University and then joined the Indian Railways where he worked for twenty-four years, during the course of which he conceptualized, implemented and managed the Railways’ online ticket reservation system at the IRCTC. In 2007, Amitabh shifted to the private sector and spent five years building business software. He now lives in Noida and writes full-time.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

14 stories that inspired Satyajith Ray- Review

Book Name - 14 stories that inspired Satyajith Ray
 Author - Anthology edited and translated by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay
 Publisher - Harper Perennial
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My Review
Rating : 4.5

My Mute Girlfriend by Himanshu Rai- Review

Book Name          - My Mute Girlfriend
 Author                 - Himanshu Rai
 Publisher              - Srishti Publications
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My Review
Rating : 3.5

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

My journey as a blogger

A fortnight back I got a Facebook notification that my page was mentioned by I presumed that it would be another blog tour as usual. But when I opened the link I was dumbstruck. Top 50 Indian book review blogs! I was exhilarated.

On a retrospect, I thought of my journey.

When I started my blog, I was completely disoriented and unfocused on what I should concentrate on and how I should promote the blog. It was one of the numerous unknown blogs beneath the sea of links. I still remember my first post which had nothing more than four lines.

"Reading had been a habit for quite a long time
Wanted to convey my heart feelings
Wanted to say what I like what not
Wanted to flourish my unassuaged phantasm"

Further I continued posting without much knowledge about how to write a blog and what is the relevance of key words, SEO, Crawling or anything of that sort.
My first book review was of Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell. I still cringe on reading this inadequate piece. Meanwhile I kept on writing my novel and started sourcing publishers for my book. It is from one such publisher that I got my first solicited review copy. The book was Ajaya-Roll of Dice by Anand Neelakantan. By then I had read a couple of blogs and had an idea about how these work. Nonetheless, coming to the forefront was far from my expectations. It was then that I started sourcing review copies from Goodreads. Through systematic and patient study, I slowly redesigned my blog and focused into book reviews. It took 1 year to get associated with the first established publisher- Rupa Publications.

Now, while dealing with publishers like Harper Collins, Pan Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Rupa, Srishti, Jaico, Westland, Zorba, etc, I used to look back and see that lady who had confined herself to a corner of a sofa without any idea as to what to do with her life, thinking of which, I realize that, to achieve something, we have to actually start doing something with immense passion. Now I have my focus and hopefully through years, I would be able to reach where I dreamt of, provided, I continue getting the support of my followers. Thanks each and every beautiful soul who supported me unconditionally.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Poonachi by Perumal Murugan-Review

Book Name          - Poonachi
 Author                 - Perumal Murugan(N.Kalyana Raman-Translator)
 Publisher              - Westland
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My Review
Rating : 4.5

Willpower by Ros Taylor- Review

Book Name          - Willpower
 Author                 - Ros Taylor
 Publisher              - Capstone(A Wiley Brand)
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My Review
Rating : 4.0