Thursday, December 15, 2016

The allegorical expedition : A Quest for Truth by P Satyadeep

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 ventures 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 these?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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Saturday, December 10, 2016

The princess of a whorehouse :The story of a swamp lotus by Mayank Sharma

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 the 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 will deny?That’s why Ramya marries Raj, an artist who works for an NGO. Ramya has only one goal that drives 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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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Book Blast : From Gods by Mary Ting



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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“From Gods takes mythology to a whole new level of imagination with its incredible plot and amazing characters. It’s full of hotness that you never want to end!” Michele, Insane About Books

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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

Spotlight : Colors of the Sun & Moon




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.



Forward by Spencer Christian

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

Colorful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal

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.

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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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Deep Singh Blue by Ranbir Singh Sidhu

No. of pages : 243
Publisher : The unnamed press
Published on : March 29, 2016
Genre : Young Adult
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My review

I have always wondered what kind of life a child will have in a dysfunctional family. I had no clue as I have not met one until I read this book. In ‘Deep Singh Blue’ I got more than a glimpse of life of a child especially a teenager. The novel is about Deep Singh who hails from a Punjabi family settled in US. His dad and mom always support their eldest son, Jag for everything as he has a job. Thus, Deep Singh leads a loveless life. This is when he meets Lily, a 27 year old married woman in his Junior college. At first glance, her story is difficult to comprehend but when the story progresses he learns a lot about Lily. By then, he has started to love Lily more than his family. Lily’s abusive past is sure enough to make him fall head over heels with her. But will she reciprocate his love? He is over a decade younger than her.

As Mother Teresa had said “Everyone should know they are loved”, Deep Singh and Lily liked each other(just as a friend by Lily) because no one else did or at least they thought so.I must admit, I felt sorry for both Lily and Deep Singh for their loveless life. But this doesn’t mean I supported their relationship. He could be her brother. Deep Singh is very young. He is only sixteen. Lily must have made some sense into his brain which has fallen heedlessly in love with her. Even though she tried so hard , Deep Singh turned out to be a home wrecker. I thought that if Lily had not made him take advantage of her, he wouldn't have become an animal. And who says Deep Singh is not loved by anyone. He has Chuck, his best friend with whom he shares everything. Lily spoiled Deep Singh not the other way around.

Parents should be their children’s best guardians and well wishers. In Deep Singh’s family this is lacking. His mother is also not supportive. All she does is cry. His brother who doesn’t speak much tells him to die. His parents don't bother about this devilish character of their eldest son and all they do is try to find a suitable bride for him. Deep Singh parents are fully unaware of Jag’s mentally ill behavior. How can they be like that? When it comes to Lily’s family whose Chinese mother being a prostitute unintentionally made her to fall in love just to escape with Eddie, her husband at a young age. However, these two characters are under developed. 

There are flaws in all the characters in the novel. This is what makes the book a real page turner. The book is an intense and emotional. It is a must read book by all parents with teenagers. How to raise children with discipline may not be found in this book but it warns you about the signs why the children behave in a certain way. How much do you love your children?Read the book and find out for yourself. Direct your child or children towards the right path.

My likes

Deep Singh Blue is otherwise a wonderful novel penned down beautifully by author Ranbir Singh Sidhu. The novel is on the melancholy side and yes, I loved it that way. The vagaries of emotions displayed by the characters fooled me into thinking, this must be a real life story. We learn what the power of favoritism can do to change the behavior of children very well. 

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict

I don't understand why Deep Singh's parents love their first son foolishly. Why they turn a blind eye to his mental illness? I think all the readers of this book would agree with me. May be it is because they are illiterate or is the answer known only to the author.The ending left me bewildered. However, I recommend this book to all parents out there. Buy this book and see if you understand your children well or not. In this book, you will learn communication is the best way forward to raise a good kid.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Author Interview : Lonnie Ostrow

Hello to all. Meet author Lonnie Ostrow who is a proud writer of an exceptionally fantastic debut novel, ‘Poet of the wrong generation’ which before its release date that is 10 November 2016 is receiving positive reviews by book reviewers all over the world. Below is the conversation I had with the author.  After reading this conversation,  just hurry before the book goes out of stock because the novel is going to be high in demand in the coming months. You can read my review of his book here. The conversation with the author, here it goes.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

A) I grew up on Long Island, New York. I studied English and Communications at Adelphi university. Writing was always my backbone. I wrote for the student newspaper, and later for the audio division of Simon and Schuster publishers. My job for the last 14 years is with the famous bestselling novelist, Barbara T. Bradford. I work as her marketing director, office manager, researcher and social media director. In my spare time, I work with first time authors in helping them to edit and marketing their novels.

Who is your favorite author?

A) Nick Hornby and Carl Hiassen are two of my favorites. They both tell stories that are loaded with popular culture and musical references. They also both write with a great deal of humor.

What are your hobbies?

A) In my local community on Long Island, I organize annual theme parties. In the past couple of years, I arranged costume parties in the theme of the 1970s and the 1980s. Hundreds of people dressed up in costume and attended. It was great fun. I also read a lot of fiction and biographies when my time allows.

How many novels have you read up until now?

A) I lost count when I was in college. For English Literature, we were assigned dozens of classics from Dickens, Steinbeck and Sallinger. I must have over 300 novels on my bookshelves at home.

How much time did you take to finish your debut novel, ‘Poet of the Wrong Generation’?

A) I wrote the first draft back in November of 2002. It took me two years of editing to get it up to publication level. then another two years to find a literary agent. I worked with her for 8 months, making many changes along the way. Then, we reached an impasse when she wanted me to change a PG rated novel into a much darker and profane one. I insisted on keeping it more accessible to a wider range of readers. Eventually, we parted ways and I put the project away for several years. It's taken me 14 years since writing the novel to see it published.

How did you find your publisher? Did they accept your novel in the first instance?

Harmony River Press found me. A friend of mine was working on a children's book project with them. He told them about my manuscript and they asked me to email it to them immediately. It took approximately 15 months from that time until the launch this month.

Who read your novel first?

A) I read many passages to my wife while I was writing it back in 2002. The first person to read it in its entirety was my childhood friend, Ben Wulsohn. He was my initial story editor and sounding board. He was exceptionally helpful.  

If your novel should be re-written again, what would you change?

A) I've been so diligent in polishing this novel over 14 years that I don't think I would change anything. Certainly nothing major.  

How did you deal with writer’s block?

A) I've never had to deal with it. When I'm writing, I sit down and concentrate, often following the story outline that I created at the beginning of the project. Once momentum kicks in, it feels like I'm running downhill. Sometimes it feels like the story is writing itself. On the odd day when I feel tired, or less motivated, I'll force myself to write a page or two, which may not be perfect, but can be edited, or salvaged the next day.

What’s your next project?

A) I started a second novel back in 2005. It's a different story with different characters and set in a different time period. What it shares in common with Poet is that it takes a different, cynical look at the concept of fame and celebrity. This time, with a notorious twist. I plan to go back and complete that novel once I have finished promoting Poet of the Wrong Generation.

Your favorite scene from your novel?

A) There is a scene where Johnny goes looking for his musical mentor inside his old and disorganized house. Howard has been missing for several days and Johnny and his friend manage to get inside in an effort to find him. What they discover is another major mystery within the story.

Do you have any advise for budding writers?

A) Be prepared to deal with rejection and make sure to wear a thick skin. So many young writers start out with big dreams and expectations. They need to reel this in and focus on completing all the steps in perfecting their work before seeking literary representation. Writers must also prepare to be their own marketing directors. They can not expect their publishers to turn their work into overnight bestsellers. Instead, they need to come up with every possible angle to get their book reviewed and promoted.

Anything else the readers would like to know about?

Many early readers have asked me if i plan to write a sequel to Poet. The truth is, I didn't initially plan to do so. I thought of Poet as one complete story with a definitive starting point and conclusion. That said, I'm now starting to get requests from readers who are asking questions about what happens to Johnny and Megan after the story ends. I've come up with a series of potential story lines. if the demand is there, I will consider the possibility of going back and writing another book featuring these characters.

Thank you author Lonnie Ostrow for agreeing to have this conversation. I wish you all the success .May God shower His enormous blessings on you and your family members and of course your books. And about the sequel to Poet, I would love that but please make sure the book is as interesting and captivating as the first book. All the best.

Lonnie Ostrow

About the author(Courtesy goodreads)

Lonnie Ostrow has been an innovator, storyteller, promoter and celebrity-insider for more than two decades. With Poet Of The Wrong Generation, he combines all his unique experiences to bring you a novel of love & betrayal, music & fanfare, downfall & redemption -- a fable of stardom's rewards, set in New York City during the 1990s. 
Since 2001, Mr. Ostrow has been the publicity/marketing director & researcher for the iconic best-selling novelist Barbara T. Bradford. He also serves as an editorial and marketing consultant for a collection of first-time authors through The Editorial Department. Previously he served as a PR executive, promoting an assortment of first-time celebrity authors including Ray Manzarek of The Doors. 
From 1995 - 2001, Mr. Ostrow was widely credited with inventing the "living celebrity postal phenomenon." In all, he worked with more than 40 legendary personalities from Bob Dylan to the Bee Gees, Sylvester Stallone to Jackie Chan, creating high-profile media events to celebrate their postal recognition by an assortment of foreign nations.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

All chennai readers and bloggers are invited

Bestselling author Shatrujeet Nath will lead an interactive session on what makes great fictional characters great. Shatrujeet will deconstruct great characters to explain why they are so striking & memorable. Ideal for both aspiring writers and avid readers. 


The event will happen in Odyssey at Adyar, Chennai. Everything you need to know about the much awaited event can be found by clicking this facebook link

Just follow the above link and click interested if you wish to go to the event but not sure whether you can go to the event because of the timing.  All those who want to go to the event, click going.

If you have read all books written by the author or at least two books or even one book and you currently live in Chennai, then you are the person we are looking for and do you know a deep reader who is not a blogger but just a friend of yours, go ahead and bring them along with you. Do not forget the date of the event. Kindly, note it down in your diary. It is November 2nd, on Wednesday approximately at 7 PM.

Books written by the author in chronological order


About the author

Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Poet of the wrong generation by Lonnie Ostrow

31675691No.of pages : 462
Publisher: Harmony River Press
Publishing date :10th November 2016
Genre: Romance
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My review

I have read plenty of foreign books but this novel is the best of them all because of the attachment I had with the characters. They felt very real. Even though to me New York is a country that I haven’t visited yet, through this novel I was able to arm chair travel while reading the book. As this is a 462 pages long book, without my knowledge, I was fully absorbed by the sentiments of the main protagonists.This book came as a breath of fresh air to me. Poet of the wrong generation is such a unique book that left me flabbergasted in each and every chapter. It was a thrilling experience for me to find out what is going to happen next.

There was never a dull moment in the book. I kept on turning pages and pages. It made me like every chapter of the novel. But the main put off for me was how did both Johny and Megan fell madly in love with each other in the first place. But still I loved the book as the book was very fast moving making me forget this flaw and all. The book is a great entertainer. I haven’t read this kind of novel by a foreign author ever if I have to recall when I was studying my bachelor’s degree, I read one novel by Deborah Smith, but this novel is the best . Hence, I thank author Lonnie Ostrow for generously providing me a copy of this wonderful book for me to review. It was an absolute joy reading this book.

The novel is set in 90’s. It is a betrayal love story. What if your lover one day turned you down. It will hurt you badly if you loved them honestly. This novel is about the source which made Megan Price daughter of New York’s most powerful PR woman to ditch her faithful and loyal partner, Johny and the reasons why she did it..

People who have read this novel before me may dislike Megan’s villainous mom but I didn’t because she wanted to make her daughter’s life much easier. This doesn’t make her villainous at all. She thought the best life she can gift her daughter is by separating her from Johny. I firmly agree with her. As a mother she wanted to give the best to her children. It doesn’t make her bad. Not only mothers, even the fathers are like that. Every parent not only in foreign countries, even in India, parents are like that. Above all, which parent wants their daughter to divorce her husband at a young age and marry multiple partners or be proud of her children living a lonely , melancholy life..All parents wish is that their children to enjoy a blissful married life. Who knew Katherine price's perceived notion will backfire? 

Please do not think it is my hate for Johny that makes me like Katherine Price. He is a nice guy.It is just that he didn’t have a decent job ( he was just a college student) to support Megan in the beginning. This triggered Katherine’s egoistic nature. Thus I enjoyed Johny’s success as a songwriter and singer. If Megan didn’t ditch him he wouldn’t have become a rock star. So thank God for that.

The sudden twists and turns of events in the novel made me sad, angry,  happy and shocking. The ending part was very romantic. I didn’t expect such an ending. 'Money doesn’t buy happiness' is a strong message that the readers will learn via this novel because of this reason, it deserves a place in everyone’s household.  We learn about Johny’s success and failure and everything in the book especially the readers after reading the book may start pitying the celebrities. We learn the true meaning of life through Megan and Johny’s musical love story. Be prepared to find out spookily accurate meaning of life. 

My rating 5/5

My verdict  

After a long time I am giving a fiction book 5/5 rating so that says it. The highlight of the book is all the poems found in it. So hats off to author Lonnie Ostrow for all the hard work put into publishing this marvelous novel. 

Excerpts from the book

" You trust me, Meg?" Seeing her nod , he pressed on, "Have I ever given reason to doubt me?"-Johny

What do ya mean?I trust you more than anyone. You know that. Why'd you ask?

"If you're asking if men intimidate me, no. Except for my soon-to-be-ex-husband, I get on fine with every guy I've ever known. As long as we mesh musically, I'm cool."-Lauren

"Get up, you spoiled princess!" He moved around her in a raging semi-circle." Quit being damn' useless!"-Gerry

She took a volunteer job working part-time with battered woman. Other people's problems 
were surely easier to solve than her own- Megan

Disclaimer  An advance review copy was provided to me by the publisher and I thank them.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Taken by Laxmi Hariharan

31575143No.of pages :222
Publisher  : Juggernaut
Pubished on : August 192016
Genre : Dystopian, Paranormal fiction
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My review

This book took me by surprise. Although I enjoyed reading the first book in Many lives series, 'Feral' failed to impress me. It was a pleasant read but logic was missing in the novella according to my view or it was too difficult to believe the goodness of the story. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book set in a futuristic world call it Utopian after tsunami cleansed the whole world and where many people died leaving only few to survive the attack by tsunami.

I have read and reviewed the 'Many lives of Ruby Iyer' and quite liked it. Though this novel is a part of the many lives series , it’s a standalone novel. Ruby Iyer’s one silly mistake ended up in a massive loss where many people lost their lives not only in the city Bombay but the whole world. Jai has promised his mother on her death bed that he will protect his country and all the survivors of tsunami where even temples are washed out and destroyed. So the novel is set in the near future where hybrids pose a great threat to the humans but enough reasons not given to justify this fact in the book.

Jai is the son of the Mayor Vikram and Ruby Iyer and in this period only people with high positions have phones. There are refugees settled in the city Bombay now called as Indostan.Particularly these refugees are from all over the world. Ariana alias Aria is one of the refugees. Jai is attracted to her immediately when she came to his house as an unwelcome guest.

She offers herself to him so that her sister and her mother can be saved from the iron hands of the people with bad intentions especially the hybrids. Her mother was raped in place of her and her sister, and therefore she does not trust anyone. She simply goes by what her gut feeling says. She is very daring in nature.

Jai’s mother has given him a sword before she died that belonged to Charles II once(it was the main reason that triggered tsunami), which can kill all the hybrids.As I have read the novella 'Feral' I am not too shocked to know about Jai’s sibling. There arises a situation where Aria has to kill Jai but will she do it because she loves him so much. The love is mutual but they don’t say it.

What I liked in the novel was that Bombay had become more economically powerful nation after tsunami hit the world. I liked what Vishal had said. It gave the city and its survivors a fresh start to a more cleaner and pollution free nation even though the cost of life cannot be replaced. Bombay 2 is ready to be occupied by the refugees but the hybrids have grown large in number and they pose a menace to the world.

I liked all the good characters in the book starting from Gilbert, the right hand of Jai. They all speak volumes apart from the main protagonists Jaidon and Ariana. I liked the theory behind the red moon day and Jai harnessing the power of the sword. I liked the ending part and it was quite filmy. If this book was a movie I am sure all teenagers might like it.

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict 

I read this book in one go. If you like the genre dystopian , this is a must read otherwise never bother to read this book. The initial pages are boring and the second half is much more interesting than the first half. I would recommend this novel to all teenagers.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Fancy & Adriaan by Haidji

21895852No.of pages : 62 
Publisher : Create space
Published on : 2014
Genre : Fantasy
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My review

I have no words to express this book. But be assured this is me reviewing this marvellous work of the brilliant author, Haidji .The story is set in a distant world away from the earth. This is a love story. Fancy is a fairy while Adriaan is an elf. There are other beings like dwarfs too in this world.

One day Fancy meets a man entering their world and she asks her guardian angel to know who is this giant being for which the angel replies he comes from the human world. She asks the guardian angel to give her permission to visit the human world and the guardian angel declines her request saying she does not come under senior fairies group.

Will she visit the human world? She asks help from her lover Adriaan. Adriaan is a popular elf in his world as he creates portions to cure the sick trees, dwarfs, elfs, fairies. Fancy is inquisitive, risk taker and very, very adventurous.

If one thinks, other one feels. This is something us the humans lack. Lot of divorce cases happen all around the world because married couples lack this quality of being sensible and level headed to enjoy a happy fruitful marriage.

After reading the book, thanks to the author, Haidji I was able to imagine and weave my own story about the world which I am sharing right now. There were humans, elves, fairies, dwarfs , guardian angels when God created the world. But due to the greediness of the human beings to become like God, God separated them by putting the elves, fairies and dwarfs and guardians angels all in a different planet.

The humans lived more than 1000 years on earth. Then God decreased the life span of humans  and animals owing to over population. It was hard for him to make this decision but if it is not made there will come a time where humans do not have space to even stand.

I loved the author’s style of writing. The book contains very few pages but the message is clear. True love indeed exists. The love will survive until there is a give and take in the relationship.

Rating 5/5

My verdict

Go buy this book immediately. It is not a yet another book. 
You will not be disappointed. I always used to hate fantasy stories exceptions go to few books like Fancy and Adriaan.After reading the book who knows you can also create your version of story telling. This book is a decent read. So it can be read to children below six years as a bed time story.Fancy & Adriaan is a book I will cherish for a long time.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The BNO: Sex, Life And Hookah by Manoj Jain

29281434No.of pages : 125 pages
Publisher : Notion press
Published on : February 15th 2016
Genre : Erotica
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My review

This book is an absolute shocker because the author has shared some revelation about married people in well-to-do family. Their lust for the opposite sex is told with downright honesty.The BNO-Sex, life and hookah is a great book discussing the thoughts(mostly sex thoughts) that is going on in the minds of the nine protagonists- some of the middle aged wives, the husbands and a young slut who should not be called as a slut as there is no sex involved with her customers unless the girl wishes to.

As the book blurb goes the story is about eight men, two girls and one boys’ night out in a restaurant . One of the men in their gang of friends have arranged two sluts from Ajay who is a professional pimp.

The characters I liked the most and did not like at all

Of all the nine characters in the book if I have to pinpoint which character I liked the most was Venkatesh. He is heterosexual but has a feminine side to him. He is decent enough not to stray and betray his wife’s immense trust in him. While all the other guys played with the sluts he was being very quite observing his friends toying around with the sluts. It was so nice of him to help his friend who was in trouble. But it was gross when he was top on Rohan , one of his best friends and was trying to have sex with him.

Sheena the most desirable woman after Neha was abused by one of the men in the gang. I don’t know how the abuser was able to betray his pregnant wife and make a horrible choice which he will regret later. The guy who tops my hater’s list was Suyash and being a manipulator, and a total jerk how can be so sure that his daughter likes him more than her mother. His daughter's reply to her friend is a slap on his face. Men like him should be never forgiven. A man who has a daughter or daughters wouldn’t go to parties with hookers involved who are two decades younger than him.

My thoughts

In my 25 years of life living in South India I have never come across such persons as mentioned in the book. This may be due to my lack of awareness on my part . So the reaction I had after reading or while reading the book was knowing some harsh truths of the persons I have come across or of the persons who I am daily speaking to.

The other side of the married people was simply yucky. But all I can say is that I also found traces of myself in the book. Everyone reading this book may find the traces of themselves-the part they have hidden from the world. I am very sure of it. People have to accept they are not chaste like a nun or a monk but mere married or unmarried humans born because of sex after the wedlock by their parents.

When I was studying in an Anglo Indian school in Trichy(I was in 12th standard that time), there were three sections that split the students namely computer science group, biology group, and commerce group. I come under the section commerce group. One day the teachers of biology group made an arrangement to let the students know the reproduction process. They made the 1st rank holder in ‘B’ section to speak to the crowd of more than 170 students and four or five teachers. 

The girl stumbled with her words many times mostly talking to the board as she was very shy. The girl would have been married by now. This book came as a revelation that all women and men are not Saints. They are unfaithful to their spouses some times. Like the fantasy dream of Riddhima by being fucked by her hot driver but chanting prayers three times a day to ask God for forgiveness. I feel everybody is like that.

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict

The author has real guts. After all he would not have published this book if he hadn’t. What I found distracting the otherwise remarkable story was the sentences and phrases in brackets. In many places, it wasn’t needed. The author should have trusted a good editor or he should have proofread it himself and have told the editors to remove the brackets in the initial pages. 

The lines from the book, Alice in Wonderlad in each of the character introduction to the readers was very thoughtful . I felt there is no need for that to be included in the book. 
There are very few typographical error like instead of ‘their’, ‘they’ was used. Overall, the initial chapters readings gave me a feeling as if I am reading a pornography book but the later half gave me a feeling there are really trustworthy and faithful spouses too in this world who will not stray and give up on their spouses even when knowing their infidelity.

Disclaimer  I won this book in 'The Tales Pensieve' giveaway.