Saturday, April 30, 2016

The review of The Committed Sin by Leema Dhar



Book Name         - The Committed Sin

Author                  - Leema Dhar

Publisher              - Frog Books

Number of Pages - 264

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 3.5

Blurb


"#Test 1: Carry the bowl of love and pour a drop of the venom of distrust. Does it survive? #Test 2: Best friends forever, really? Put her in a cobweb of mysteries and see if she bleeds with a smile. #Test 3: It's simple. There are no rules in the game except to commit SINS. But you'll be served death for dinner. Are you still ready to play the sinful game? She's an agnostic. She survives on my own terms in a metropolitan city. She sees around. She sees the puddle of human abhorrence everywhere. She's knocking at the door of answers that her mom refuses to open. She loves a guy who plays with heart beats. She has a best friend who rules death. Her dad rules the island of enigma. And then there's a man who binds them all in a single thread- the thread of the game. The rule is pretty simple. They need to commit sins, one after the other. Take revenge, be sinful, break the rules, forget the morals of relationships but if they try to escape...they'll be thrown...in the land of the unknown from where none can return. So shall we begin the game? The Committed Sin is a STAND-ALONE romance that you cannot afford to miss. This time Metro Kolkata has an untold story which vehemently explores the sphinx of mortal relationships. Experience the journey of nightmares like never before. The bestselling novelist of Till We Meet Again and You Touched My Heart Leema Dhar weaves love, revenge, hatred, mystery and despair--all in a single thread. "

My Review

The story line need not be mentioned in this review since the blurb itself is a synopsis of the book. The story and narration are promising and engaging. Right from the prologue, authoress succeeded in leaving the readers inquisitive and forces them to hook to the book to know what next. Each chapter comes up with a new twist which traverses seamlessly from chapter to chapter.

Great care is taken in characterisation. Noteworthy fact is that Authoress could convincingly help the readers in visualizing not only the outward look but also the inner worth of the characters. The first person narration of  Seya comes off in  a matured fashion, while maintaining the liveliness of a teenager.

How Pakhi became the protagonist's best friend, is not conveyed well since very few instances of togetherness is manifested.  During the emotional voyage with the characters, grammatical errors served as eyesores in some areas, since it would leave the readers confused as to what exactly did the writer intended to convey. The climax did not keep up with the level of the the rest of the book may be because of the predictability or abruptness. 

Overall the book is a great read with a strong story line and outstanding narration. With a little more care and rework in the Grammar side as well as the climax, we can expect a great piece of literature.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review of War is not yet over by Jyothirllatha Girija



Book Name         - The war is not yet over

Author                  - Jyothirllatha Girija

Publisher              - Cyberwit.net

Number of Pages - 

Publishing Year   -2015

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0

Blurb


Every man has a story! - I recall at this moment this statement of a famous writer. If a man writes his autobiography, revealing his thoughts and his life s incidents that can be shared with others, it will definitely be an interesting long story! When I reminisced about it, I mused why I myself should not put down in black and white my own story. In our country, that is India, the one and only man qualified to do so was none other than Mahatma Gandhi. He was one who never boosted his personality either by uttering lies or by concealing truths. Nevertheless, in this autobiographical story, I m not going to utter any lies. I intend narrating only such things as will not offend or hurt the feelings of others. My reference to others doesn t relate to those who are connected with my life alone. As one who s crossed the ocean of unbearable sufferings and sorrows, the truths I m going to divulge in this story are going to hurt for sure the feelings of such men and women who re till date causing similar grief to others. But I can t help it.


My Review

The story revolves around the life of two women Pankajam and Durga but they cannot be termed the protagonists of the book since the real protagonist is every woman who has been subjected to exploitation through the years, every woman who found their worth and dared to rise, every woman who could succumbed to the exploitation.

The story is timed during the pre independence age during which women were trodden by the society including other women in the name of dowry, widowhood, and many such rotten rules of the society. Inspired by the teachings by great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and fed up of the sufferings, Durga and Pankajam rises from the ashes like a phoenix.

The book will shake our conscience for sure. Every reader irrespective of the gender will be touched by the intensity of the story. Authoress portrayed a deep story in simple words embellished with rich vocabulary. That the book was written originally decades back surprised me. Jyothirllatha Girija is that writer who never fails to astonish me with her talent. The book should be treated as a classic due to the age when it was written and also due to the narrative. The book is a historical fiction as well as thriller. While authors cram their heads to pull of a suspense these days, the authoress successfully did it decades back. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author






Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review of Democracy 2.0 by Krishna kumar



Book Name         - Democracy 2.0

Author                  - Krishna Kumar

Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing

Number of Pages - 416

Publishing Year   - 2015

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0

Blurb
Three mavericks – Aditya, an IAS topper, Siddhanta, a Harvard drop-out and Devanjali, a top-notch media-woman, by a combination of circumstances, come to a remote village and set up ‘The Ara Club’, the secret meeting place that attracts some of the best young professionals of India who nurture similar ambitions of systemic changes. Together, they work out a formidable new-age movement, the ‘Post-Gandhian Movement’, which happens to be full with stunning ideas of change. Soon, it catches the fancy of the urban middle-class and the rural India alike and snowballs into a great revolution which demolishes various stereotypes of Indian politics and society and goes to establish the new version of democracy, called ‘Democracy 2.0’ that meets the aspirations of a modern India. 

But, will they succeed in ushering in a systemic change or will the forces of the status-quo, led by a powerful ruling family and its protégé Prime Minister, destroy them? Will Devanjali get the chance to express her love for Aditya, the leader she had so diligently created? 

A powerful saga of love, passion, renunciation and hope expressing itself through the macabre socio-political reality of the day.
 

My Review


In a scenario where the decaying political plays, the book enlightens the readers with new ideas and developmental policies. The thriller incites the soul of the exploited mass of people. The book is an eye opener of the handicapped educational system. 

The characters of Aditya, Siddhantha, Devanjali and Lavanya possess high degree of heroism without any gimmicks. The ideas like nano socioeconomics, citizen credit, post Gandhian movement etc portrayed in the book are are fresh and novel. The story shows us how the determined youth brought about changes in the living conditions as well as the rotting social discrimination.

The pace of the story is steady and the language is simple with rich vocabulary. The back story of the characters were too long, which in turn brought down the pace of the story. All in all the book is feel good one.

One should not approach the book as an easy read. It is a thought provoking serious take on the current political and social environment.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author


KRISHNA KUMAR, a post-graduate in Sociology, is currently working in CSIR (Government of India). He was born, brought up and schooled in the small town of Ara, Bihar and graduated from Magadh University. He joined the Intelligence Bureau in 1998 as Assistant Central Intelligence Officer and after serving for a year joined the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi. He shifted to Lucknow in 2009 and works at CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow. DEMOCRACY 2.0 is his first novel. The author can be reached at Krishnaharsh@Yahoo.com.



Friday, April 15, 2016

Interview with Sanjay Bordia- Author of the Claim



Today we have an author who introduced investigative auditing to the Indian readers. Please welcome Sanjay bordia, the author of The Claim.

Hi Sanjay


Welcome to my virtual teté-a-teté

To start with, share your CA journey. A short note on the do’s and don’ts will help the aspiring minds.
I completed my CA course in 1986. I passed all my groups in first attempt though appeared for one group at a time.
CA course requires both intelligence and diligence, one trait will not do.  So I advise all the aspiring CAs to work very hard, don’t rot but understand the concepts thoroughly.  The course is very vast, so one need to be mentally strong to handle so many concepts at a time. But remember, it is not impossible.  Regular and informed study is the requirement.
Best thing about CA is that cost of doing it is very less in comparison to other professional courses.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am from Udaipur-Rajasthan, aged 53 years.  My wife takes care of the house and my daughter is in CA final.  I am working in an Indian MNC.

When did you decide to become a writer?
Since childhood, I was interested in writing. Writing for school magazines and local newspapers were my addiction.  In school days I was known as ‘Aashu Kavi’ or a poet who can write on the spot.
In my half yearly exams of 9th standard I wrote an essay.  The teacher was floored with it and made me recite the essay in 6 classes i.e. two sections each of 9th, 10th and 11th.
In those days I used to write in Hindi. I would like to reveal that I did my graduation in Hindi medium.

Which writers inspire you?
There are many.
In Hindi language my favorite are Shrilal Shukla, Sharad Joshi, Hari Shankar Parsai and a few more.
In English language my favorite are Hanif Mohammad, Frank MacCourt, Nadeem Aslam, Yan Martal, Vinod Mehta, Khalid Hosseni and a few more.

Investigative Auditing is a new genre as far as I am concerned. Can you share your thoughts?
John Grisham, Alexander MacCal Smith, inspires me. These writers use lots of their educational qualification for writing stories.  Since I am a CA, I started observing the things in my office, following these kind of news, discussing with auditors about their experiences.  These all gave me idea to write this book.

Do the auditors actually venture out like investigators? Do you have similar experience?
Yes, many times. In my previous job, I laid my hands on a fraud where ration coal was being sold in black market. 

So, What have you written?
I have written stories, participated in competitions like of Unilever and Honda and won first prizes.  I won prizes in writing intra group competitions.  One of my articles published in Reader’s Digest. 
Honda’s first prize was a trip for four to Mauritius.  Unilever printed my photo on their tea packets for one month distributed across India.

Where can we buy or see them?
I have copies of all of them but may not be available in public domain now.



Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The main character is CA Mohan Mohanty. He is a smart, intelligent, sensitive and academically brilliant person.  I have tried to develop his character as a person who is fond of Epic Mahabharata and treat it as a Management Book.
Mohan doesn’t believe in showing off, he is not very smooth with females.

What are you working on at the minute?
At present my focus is on marketing THE CLAIM. Trying to inform about the book to as many persons as possible via social media, mails and personal contacts.

What genre are your books?
THE CLAIM is a detective fiction

What draws you to this genre?
I think I know this genre, I have read many book in this genre.

How was your publishing experience? You book is an apparent bestseller material. Did you find it difficult to find publishers?
I sent the book to many publishers, being a debut writer nobody gave me any importance. Ultimately Leadstart agreed.

Were you interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
No book launch has taken place yet.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
I am contacting many insurance companies since it the book talks about insurance fraud.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I did it because I enjoy writing. Write, if you love it.

Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Rising literacy level is generating new readers but the same readers are moving to Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter.

If given a chance, will you make any changes to your book?
If the book goes in second edition, I would like to add a few more pictures in it.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Website:www.sanjaybordia.com
Facebook:sanjaybordia
Twitter:@bordiasanjay

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.







Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: My World by Anupama.V.Kadwad



Book Name         - My World

Author                  - Anupama.V.Kadwad

Publisher              - Cybetwit.net

Number of Pages - 105

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 3.0

Blurb

Anupama V. Kadwad is most convincing and admirable in her new poetry book. She has incomparably excelled most of the contemporary poets. Her intuitive complexity is revealed in concrete images or words. The myriad subtleties of her thought are truly amazing. These poems are quite remarkable due to rich and copious diction, innovative application of images and phrases, the structural capability and unique command over all the intricacies of feelings. Anupama s poetry is miraculous for the depth of her philosophic insight. We can rightly say that Anupama is the queen of the unique poetic rhythm and style.

My Review

My world is the music of words rendered with finesse. The book is divide into three sections named Nature, Life Journey and Relationships. There are more than eighty poems to quench our thirst for imagery. The poems are not metaphysical or philosophical but they possess an inherent philosophy. That implicit subtlety is the highlight of the book.

It is always a pleasing experience to read the poems, which comply with the meters of figures of speech. These days of modern poetry, such poems are difficult to find. To name a few sounds is a poem that is simple but magnetic. 

Another is thoughts. With a rhyming pattern of ‘abab’. The poem indeed is thought provoking and innocuous. Modern childhood is a take on the lives of kids in the present scenario. 

The word relationship always brings to our mind the relation between lovers or spouses. But author shows us different dimensions of relations. Pearl and gemstones are two poems that surprised me with the metaphor.

In spite of the brilliance in rendition, some peoms disappointed me with lack of matter and poetic musings.

Overall the books is good to read piece.





Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author




Review: Parenting in the Age of McDonald's



Parenting in the Age of McDonald's Parenting in the Age of McDonald's by Tanuja Sodhi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Feeding your child has always been a struggle and nightmares for all parents especially mothers. From toddler tantrums to teenage anorexia, they never fails to trouble their creators. But the greatest challenge is to get to know the do's and dont's for feeding your child. Parents are overfed with information from internet that they believe anything and everything that they read online and try it on their children. What they fail to see is that not everyone who post articles online are qualified.

Another mistake is overfeeding your child to make them look like a chubby sweet cuddly things who attract every eyes. Apparently they pave the way to obesity for their child through this stuffing. Another mistake is depriving your child of everything that is unhealthy, which will force them to sly eating.

Author addresses every issues and has chapters dedicated to each type of parents. Author has mentioned in the introduction that she has tried to make the book as interesting as possible. Author had touched almost every areas possible.

The dietary requirements and the contents, mentioned in the book are available easily but while writing a nutrition book, it is required and hence justifiable. Towards the end of the book, there is a list of recipes which are actually very helpful and easy to make.

Even though the author has mentioned the do's and dont's some of them are far from pragmatic. There are a lot of repetition, which will force a non-reader to skip the pages.

Nevertheless I would say that the book is definitely a must in a mother's book shelf.

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Parenting in the age of Mcdonald's by Tanuja Sodhi



Book Name         - Parenting in the age of Mcdonald's

Author                  - Tanuja Sodhi

Publisher              - Rupa Publications

Number of Pages - 200

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0



Blurb

Parenting in the Age of McDonald's admits that parents have never been busier, children have never had so much food to choose from - deep-fried chips, giant burgers and imported chocolates - and obesity has never given more cause for concern! This practical and comprehensive handbook helps parents deal with every kind of child across the diet spectrum - the overweight one, the picker eater, the underweight student, the young athlete, the stressed pre-teen, and the opinionated pre-schooler. Drawing from real-life experiences, and chock-full of practical tips. Parenting in the Age of McDonald's will help parents strengthen the nutritional foundation of their children.


My Review


Feeding your child has always been a struggle and nightmares for all parents especially mothers. From toddler tantrums to teenage anorexia, they never fails to trouble their creators. But the greatest challenge is to get to know the do's and dont's for feeding your child. Parents are overfed with information from internet that they believe anything and everything that they read online and try it on their children. What they fail to see is that not everyone who post articles online are qualified. 

Another mistake is overfeeding your child to make them look like a chubby sweet cuddly things who attract every eyes. Apparently they pave the way to obesity for their child through this stuffing. Another mistake is depriving your child of everything that is unhealthy, which will force them to sly eating.

Author addresses every issues and has chapters dedicated to each type of parents. Author has mentioned in the introduction that she has tried to make the book as interesting as possible. Author had touched almost every areas possible.

The dietary requirements and the contents, mentioned in the book are available easily but while writing a nutrition book, it is required and hence justifiable. Towards the end of the book, there is a list of recipes which are actually very helpful and easy to make.

Even though the author has mentioned the do's and dont's  some of them are far from pragmatic.  There are a lot of repetition, which will force a non-reader to skip the pages.

 Nevertheless I would say that the book is definitely a must in a mother's book shelf.

Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


About the author

Tanuja Sodhi is a well-known diet and fitness consultant, and a marathoner with numerous podium finishes. She has a number of blogs on nutrition and fitness to her credit.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Review of Mercy Row Retribution by Harry Hall man



Book Name         - Mercy Row Retribution

Author                  - Harry Hallman

Publisher              - Octane Interactive

Number of Pages - 276

Publishing Year   - 2015

Edition                  - Kindle


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Rating : 3.0

Blurb

While serving as a pilot during the Vietnam War, Gerry Amato—the grandson of Jacob Byrne, the head of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family—seizes the opportunity to create a lucrative marijuana smuggling operation. It’s 1967, and under the secrecy of a classified military operation, and with the assistance of a Marseille mob that owns plantations in Cambodia, he is able to send tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana to Philadelphia every month. His grandfather’s criminal enterprise distributes the drug to a population that has developed an insatiable appetite for the marijuana.

A rival Paris gang tries to force Amato to buy their product, which triggers war between the Byrne family and the Paris mob. From the steamy jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia to the streets of Saigon, Paris and Philadelphia, the ruthless actions of the Paris mob threaten to destroy the Byrne family. Gerry Amato orchestrates a merciless campaign of retribution against his foes in order to save himself and his family.

In part two of Mercy Row Retribution—the third book in the Byrne family saga—it is April 1975 and South Vietnam is about to fall to the North Vietnamese communists. Gerry Amato fears that the communists will take revenge on the population, especially the children—many of whom are Amerasian—at an orphanage he supported and volunteered at during his time as a pilot. He orchestrates a rescue mission to retrieve the children and bring them to the United States. This takes him and his team into harm’s way in Thailand, across Cambodia and into war-torn Vietnam and back. The fates of 75 children and 30 adults rest squarely on Gerry’s shoulders.

Bonus Section

Mercy Row Retribution includes a bonus section of short, true stories of the author and his friends’ experiences growing up in North Philly in the 1940s and 50s. This is a true reflection of what life was like for working-class kids growing up on the streets of Philadelphia. 


My Review



Action, reactions, fights, gun shots, killing, attacking, kidnapping- The book has all the spices for an action thriller. Story begins with a military operation giving an impression that readers are going to get an account of geopolitical strategies and war. Later it takes us to a family get together giving an impression that readers are going to see a family saga. Afterwards what we see is a gang rivalry.

A family that smuggles marijuana acts as benefactors for another mass of people. This sounds like a contradiction. While we proceed further, the story is into a hard core revenge game between two mafia groups. That's how I would like to put it forward.

Personally I am not much of a violence lover. Hence I was forced to skip a few pages of hardcore violence and actions, due to which I might have missed some part of the story. I found the bonus section more interesting than the story itself

The target audience of the book is Action lovers. This is a full fledged feast for them. So buckle for some raw action and start reading

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


About the author


Hallman was born in 1944 and raised in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia. That was a year before World War II ended. He was influenced by the stories told by returning servicemen and the proliferation of war movies that were shown on the then new invention of the television. With the influence of movie heroes such as John Wayne, and real heroes like Audie Murphy, he gained a healthy respect for his mother and father's generation and their sacrifices. His uncles on his mother's side both served in WWII, one in the Army and one in the Navy.

Hallman's father was Harry Hallman, Sr., a champion billiards player who also owned a poolroom called Circle Billiards, located at Allegany Avenue and Lee Street. The younger Hallman spent many hours after school at his father's poolroom and watching his father play in other poolrooms in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The people he met, some belonging to the real K&A Gang, influenced his writing of the Mercy Row series.

He served four years in the U.S. Air Force, including two tours in South Vietnam, as a photographer. He is married to Duoc Hallman, whom he met in Vietnam, and has two children, Bill and Nancy, and one grandchild, Ava.
Hallman is a serial entrepreneur who has created several marketing services and digital media companies and continues to work as a marketing consultant.



 

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Book Blitz- Wake me up by Justin Bog




Wake Me Up
By Justin Bog
Genre: Literary Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, LGBT

A FATHER IS HAUNTED BY HIS PAST — HIS WIFE LIVES HER LIFE IN A RIGID SHELL — THEIR SON, UNTETHERED, DISCOVERS THE SECRET THEY SHARE WITH DEEPIKA, A VISITOR TO THEIR TOWN. 

“I see all of these people. They’re living and breathing and acting on their basest impulses. I lay in a coma. They live. I hover over all of them, all at once. I can see my body, motionless, wired up, adrift. And I can find out why this happened. This is my story and I won’t remember any of it when—if—I wake up. But I’ll try to remember—I’ll try damn hard.” 

MIDDLETON, MONTANA—OCTOBER 2004—AN ELECTION YEAR

A small college town’s populace is tied, complicitly, to the brutal attack of a teenage boy by four of his classmates. Soon, heated rumors of a possible hate crime surface. Injustice is a hungry beast.

While Chris Bullet remains unresponsive in a coma, his skull shattered, he floats above dire circumstance. In this phantom state, compelled to witness his past once more, the family’s darkest secrets, hidden over generations, will be aired.


Author Bio 

A member of ITW: International Thriller Writers group, Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest with his two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling. He is the author of the Suspense Magazine Award-winning collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition, and Hark: A Christmas Collection. Find Justin at http://www.justinbog.com and on Facebook at Justin Bog.


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