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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
No.of pages : 200
Publisher : Patridge  India
Published on :August 18, 2016
Genre :Self-help , Fiction
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My review

This book is one of the best I have read so far in 2016. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t say this usually. Author Satyadeep is someone who knows what the voracious readers of today want. Satyadeep ventured into writing with a strong story plot that not only grabs the interest of the readers throughout the story but also manages to educate the readers. The allegorical expedition: A quest for truth is a wonderful read. I liked the flow of the novel and how it encourages those who read the book to know the story of Satyajit, a top notch film director in Bollywood.

The novel revolves around Satyajit alias SJ. He has given many blockbuster movies and is confused and stressed out because he doesn’t know what kind of film to direct next to remain permanently in the hearts of the people who watch his movies.This makes him nervous and take solace in all the wrong places. He is not able to differentiate between the people who truly care for him and who don’t. He learns his mistakes very soon.

He hurts Maaya his long time girlfriend or say childhood friend in the process but soon these two make up. Satyajit has selected a script that was shortlisted by Maaya and he needs to do some thorough research on the topic. Without Maaya’s support, it cannot be possible. He confesses his love for her and promises her once he finishes his dream project, he will settle down with her. Maaya agrees to this. This is just the beginning of the story.

This novel is like a spiritual movie. You get to know many things you didn’t know before. Being on a spiritual mission is the quest for truth. We have all been to temples, churches, etc but this novel gives a feeling as if we are experiencing the oneness of body and mind when traveling with Satyajit.One question leads to another question. We all believe civilization of other countries but why not our own ancient civilization? This is said by Rai and Dharma.

I have to add some inputs here. Even if we believe our ancient civilization and how it all existed and how Rameshwaram was named, I wanted to know how languages of all countries came into existence. This was bugging me so much from the beginning. The languages we speak are picture perfect. Nobody can argue with it. Who created all the countries?The facial features of each country is different?Why?I want answers to these questions more than Satyajit getting the approval from Teja alias Dharma’s book and clarify his doubts. The rest of the book also triggered so many thoughts but gave a serene feeling. 

What we learn through this book? Did Satyajit find what he wanted? Whom he did he meet and why and how? Did he get answers to all throbbing questions he had? What did he learn after the allegorical expedition? What truth did he find out and how it served him well to produce his movie? 

Let me be frank. The novel is unpredictable You experience peace of mind through this novel. Each and everyone must read the book and gain wisdom. All those who are looking for a fiction novel that stands out amid other novels must buy this book. I am sure you will be benefited.Some notable characters other than the main protagonist, Rai, Dharma in the book are panditji and Shantilatha. The novel ends with a cliffhanger. I sincerely hope there is a sequel and wish that the author clarifies my doubt in his second book.

Rating 4/5 


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Friday, December 09, 2016
No.of pages : 98
Publisher : Notion Press
Published on : October 23, 2016
Genre : General fiction
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My review

Who loves losing their dignity for a sake of living?Who loves working as a sex slave? Who loves to pass on their job as a sex slave to their next generation?No one. All sex slaves are mothers after all.

This novel is about Ramya and her daughter Aparajita. Ramya who lost her husband in an accident was pushed into flesh trade by her husband’s friend, Anjum who was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. She was barely 15 when she got married NOW what work will she get? She doesn’t have common sense. She trusted Anjum so much that she came to New Delhi to start her life from scratch. But what to do when the reality was different.

So when an opportunity to ditch being a sex worker is offered who would deny?That’s why Ramya marries Raj, an artist who works for an NGO. Ramya has only one goal that drove her to marry Raj which is to make her talented daughter study in a proper school . She will do anything to protect her daughter from the evil eyes of the pimps.

I accept the fact that the author has done a fantastic job in writing the intriguing story(it did really engross me) sometimes it lacks sense in many areas or should I say the cruel deed of the NGO. Why did they save only Ramya and her daughter? There are many sex workers like them. There is Lucy who is around twenty years of age.

In India, this is the problem.Why the cops remain silent towards this injustice is an another question that needs pondering. Don’t these cops have daughters too. In many cases, they know the places where these sex slaves are being kept, then why don’t they act humane or are they regular customers at these places? Half yes, Half no. The pimps in order to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, they sell innocent girls as below as age 12. This is so horrifying. Think about the terrified girls. What are the cops doing while they have given their jobs to the NGO's? The Indian cops should be ashamed and give their salary to the NGO.

In the story, what Priya and Raj should have done is alert the good cops and rescue the young girls, save all of them if not some of them. They shouldn’t have done what they did. This will boost the spirit of the pimps even more that they will kidnap more and more helpless young girls. A mistake done cannot be erased. Honestly, I didn’t like the first half but I loved the second half. To be truthful, I loved everything in the second half. It is full of positivity.The letter Aparajita wrote to her step father was beautiful. It is very rare to find a person like her stepfather these days.

Aparajita was a bold and brilliant girl not shying away when Tanmay asked whether what he heard about her mother was true.The first half was narrated by Ramya, Aparajita's mother while the second half was narrated by Aparajita. The title' The princess of a whorehouse-The story of a swamp lotus' is apt for the novel.

My verdict

Everyone has best friends. What if they, one day found to be a false friend like Anjum. We can’t trust anyone these days. Especially girls must be more careful with their male friends. After reading the book, I got a feeling of being satiated from attending an awareness program. I thank the author for it. 




Rating 3/5

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Monday, December 05, 2016

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From Gods by Mary Ting

***2013 InD'Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day?
Don’t blame Mother Nature.

Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.

Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?


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International Bestselling, Award-Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Colors of the Sun & Moon by Talia Aikens-Nunez

Colors of the Sun and Moon is an English/Spanish STEM book which featuring an inquisitive young girl and her grandmother. The bright illustrations engage children and illuminate the science of the horizon with vibrant colors.


An inquisitive young girl questions her grandmother about the science behind the colors of the sun and moon. With a forward by Spencer Christian. "Colors of the Sun and Moon" is the second book from the new multicultural, multilingual children's press, SundanceKid Press. The mission of SundanceKid Press is to promote cultural, ethnic/racial and linguistic diversity in children's literature. Each page includes the English text along with the Spanish translation. A free audio recording is available on the SundanceKid Press website.

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As a young child, I was much like the little girl in this book - intensely curious about the wonders of the natural world - asking questions such as those put forth by young Gabriela, “Why is the sky blue; why are leaves green?” My search for answers took me on a fascinating path of discovery, which eventually led me to become a national TV weather forecaster.
If the child in you - or a child you know - finds the world to be a wondrous place, your path to discovery can be found in the pages of “Colors of the Sun and Moon.” “Colors of the Sun and Moon” is the story of 8-year-old Gabriela and her wise and loving grandmother - a grandmother who has the answers to all of her precious granddaughter's questions about the world of wonders they see around them. While Abuela's answers are simple enough for a young child to understand, they are factual and scientifically sound.

I applaud author Talia Aikens-Nuñez for giving her readers a story that is appealing on so many levels: it is educational, entertaining, and family-focused. What a rare combination of elements! As I read “Colors of the Sun and Moon,” images from my own childhood flashed in my mind, and I found myself smiling in amusement and amazement. I feel certain that the young reader and the not-so-young reader in your home will enjoy this book as much as I did.

- Spencer Christian, Weather Anchor for ABC 7/KGO-TV, San Francisco

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Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children's books. Talia's family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. They live on a river in Connecticut with their kids.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
32938026No. of Pages : 194
Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Published on : Novemeber 16, 2016
Genre : Young Adult
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My review

The author has written this book solely keeping in mind the youngsters. Today the youngsters(including myself) are streaming with adrenaline rush that they(we) decide anything in the spur of the moment. We don’t think about the risks involved. If something holds our interest we will do everything to satisfy those desires whether it is small or big and sometimes even someone like our parents opposes to it. We will go to extremes. When I meant ‘ Extremes’ it includes all daring adventures. Nothing scares us at this point of stage. So this book is told from Abhay’s point of view who is also our hero. His sidekick is Shashank alias Sasha. They are both twenty five.

Abhay comes from a poor family background as his mother and father are separated. He didn’t want to live with his stepmother, consequently he lives alone. He wanted an answer from his mother for leaving him with his father but his mother to convince him says his father is rich so he can provide whatever that he wants. She doesn’t give a proper answer . Speaking of, it is very clear that is why he has friended Sashank who comes from a well protected joint family. In the first half his jealousy is justified. Shashank has got it all, a loving family and a very beautiful girlfriend. He has enough on his plate. On the other hand, Abhay though he is handsome is lacking in all areas.

Abhay who worked in an advertising company which paid him well quit his job to visit some of the important places all around India to make a movie out of it. He asks his best buddy Sashank to accompany him on this exciting adventure. Shashank’s parents wouldn’t allow it. But after asking an opinion from his uncle who himself is a traveler they agree. Now they have to convince Sasha’s girlfriend Unnati’s parents. Here I have a doubt to ask the author if Abhay quits his job, it is his decision. What happened to Shashank and Unnati’s jobs. Did they quit too? Today finding a job is like rain in desert. I mean how did they agree to Abhay’s wish?I don’t know the answer.

Then another thing that caught my eye. Though Unnati’s mother is modern, her father is not. How can they trust two male companions with their daughter even when Abhay and Sasha try to convince them both. These days we can’t trust a girl with a male even if it is her father. We read a lot in daily newspapers about the rapes and gang rapes committed by men. It is as if Unnati’s parents live in another planet. How can they let Unnati to go with two strangers they have only known for just a short period of time. And what about their long journey? Will they not miss their only daughter? Abhay has no one but this is not true in both Unnati and Shashank’ s case.

If we exclude the minor errors , the 'Colorful notions' is perhaps the only one book that is written detailing the road trip of three youngsters.I would suggest this book to all those who are fed up of their daily routine that is wake up, get ready, go to office, come back, sleep and wake up next morning to do what they did yesterday all over again with an exception goes to Sundays and for some including Saturdays.

I want to share everything from the book but it will be considered as spoilers. Hence I will stop here only with this. Abhay's mother who we thought she left her husband without giving a reason actually has a valid reason. Buy the book to know what it is. It energized me and made me stronger to face life's challenges.

I am also a twenty five year old woman who worked in an office(just resigned to find a more suitable job- what a timing) so I was able to connect with the characters well. I am in fact surprised with all the details regarding the road trip that felt like I am also visiting those places with the protagonists and getting into trouble because of mischief. In short, If you are reading this, buy the book to free yourself from stress. I am sure you will like it. The plus point of the book is the entertainment quotient otherwise this book will be dull and boresome.

Who will love this book? All youngsters. The expedition of three youngsters makes it interesting for anyone who reads it. I enjoyed the book so much. Family, Fun, entertainment, romance, adventure, suspense, truth, revelation, are the key ingredients that makes this book a huge success. A thoroughly well researched novel which lacks logic in some places. This book is readable by both teenagers and adults.  

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict I can't help noticing it. This book is very cheap at Rs.176 only. It is worth buying. It is a great adventure thriller. Don't miss it.

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