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Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Colours of Passion: Unravelling Dark Secrets behind the Limelight


Published Year- 2017Publication- ReadomaniaPages- 238Genre- Crime/FictionFormat- Paperback/Kindle 



                                                                                               Synopsis 
Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths. 

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.


                                                                                            My Review

Saurabh Mukherjee needs no introduction; he is one such writer who has contributed something valuable to India Literature. Colors of Passion proved to be his remarkable work and I would not call this book as just novel but a masterpiece of his work.

Colors of Passion as the name indicate that story deals with shades of one person which he/she disguise but the beautiful cover image of the book makes it more clear that the story deals with the murder mystery. Being deprived of getting acquaintance the previous book of the series doesn’t create much pain to me. This very book was enough to pull my mind from the pangs of not reading the earlier book.

The book
was simply fast paced with so many twists and turns that one moment you would feel that you found the man behind the scenes but another moment you would realize how far you are from catching the criminal. Each page was full of suspense which will make its reader hook on their seats whereas the character building was just outstanding. Author has really got magic making his readers part of the book.

Talking about language, awesome it is. One cannot simply put down the book once he/she starts reading it. Those who enjoy reading crime fiction, they must get hold of this book as earliest as possible. But on a personal level, I would like to recommend it to everyone. You will never regret, trust me.

 I would love to give this thrilling book 4/5 star. Now, please excuse me I am going to buy the previous book of the series.

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Rooh se Rooh Tak by Vinit K Bansal

Published Year- 2017
Publicaton- Vani Prakhashan
Pages- 192
Genre- Fiction/Hindi
Format- Paperback/Kindle



                                                                 Synopsis 

गर ना समझें तो यह महज़ एक कहानी है, एक किताब है... बाकी और किताबों की तरह, जिसे आप पढ़ते हैं और भूल जाते हैं। समझें तो एक कोशिश... उस शय को समझने की जिसे लोग प्यार कहते हैं। आखिर क्या है इस एक अदने से शब्द में जिसे समझने के लिए लाखों कहानियां गढ़ी गई, कही गई और सुनी गई। लेकिन इसे समझने की कोशिश अभी भी जारी है। 
कहानी की शुरूआत होती है नील से। किस तरह से एक छोटे से शहर का सीधा-साधा सा लड़का यूनिवर्सिटी में आता है और उसकी चकाचौंध में खो जाता है। पहले ही दिन उसकी मुलाकात होती है रणवीर से – यूनिवर्सिटी का सबसे रूआबदार लड़का।

 दोनों दोस्ती से कुछ आगे बढ़कर एक दुसरे को भाई समझने लगते है। इसी बीच नील को प्यार हो जाता है – सच्चा प्यार, अदिती से। प्यार रणबीर को भी होता है – रिया से, लेकिन एकतरफा प्यार। परिस्थितियां कुछ यूं करवट लेती हैं कि रिया आत्महत्या कर लेती है और जाने से पहले अपनी हत्या का इल्ज़ाम लगा जाती है नील पर। 
क्या नील रणबीर को अपने बेगुनाह होने का यकीन दिलवा पाता है?
क्या होता है जब आपका सबसे अच्छा दोस्त आपका सबसे बड़ा दुश्मन बन जाता है?
क्या होता है जब प्यार सनकपन की सभी हदें पार कर जाता है?
क्या होता है जब आपको प्यार और ज़िंदगी में से किसी एक को चुनना पडता है?
कहानी या यूं कहें की कोशिश जारी रहती है प्रेम के सबसे सच्चे और सुच्चे स्वरूप को जानने की। क्या नील और अदिती का प्रेम उस स्वरूप को हासिल कर पाता है? क्या दोनों एक हो पाते हैं? 
जवाब आपके हाथों में है – “रूह से – रूह तक”


मेरे विचार


रूह से रूह तक कहानी वीनीत बंसल द्वरा लिखी गयी है। यू तो मैंने लेखक द्वारा उनकी दो उपन्यास
पड़े हैं जो कि अंग्रेजी मैं प्रकाशित थी। यह कहना बिल्कुल सही नही होगा कि, लेखक ने
दोनो भाषाओं को बहुत ही गहराई से अध्यन किया है।
                                      
रूह से रूह तक का सफर बहुत ही रोमांचक अनुभव होता, हर पल कहानी उत्सुकता की ओर बढ़ती ही
जाती हैं और पढ़ने वाले का मन जिज्ञासा से भर जाता है। कैसे दो प्यार करने वाले दूर हो कर भी एक
हो जाते है।  कहानी मैं चार प्रमुख पात्र हैं अदिति, रिया, नील और रणदीप।

माध्यम वर्ग और एक धनवान वर्ग की मित्रता दर्शायी गयी है। दोनों वर्गो मैं अंतर होने पर भी
एक दूसरे के लिए प्यार त्याग और बलिदान दिया   गया है । जहाँ एक ओर रणदीप अमीर ज़्यादा होते हुए
भी एक अच्छा इंसान था । चारों की ज़िंदगी मे सब कछ सही चल रहा था परफिर एक गलत निर्णय ने
चारो को अलग अलग करदिया।

कहानी ने दोस्ती और प्यार के दो पहलू दिखये है। एक इंसान कैसे अच्छा होते हुए भी अपनी
इंसानियत मार देता है वही दूसरी ओर कैसे ज़नज़रिरो के पीछे होते हुए भी प्यार अमर रहता है।

कहानी का हर पात्र बहुत खूबसूरती से लिख्या गया है, शिक्षक भी कहानी के अनुसार हैं।
जिन लोगो को किताबो का शौक़ है तथा हिंदी भाषा मे रुचि रखते है उन्हें ये पुस्तिका ज़रूर
पढ़नी चाहिए।
मैं इस कहानी और लेखक की लिखने की कला शैली को 3.5/5 अंक देना चाहूंगी।


 Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava
I Wear The Smile You Gave by Shweta Shah

Published Year- 2017
Publication- Blue Rose Publishers 
Pages- 204
Genre- Romance/Fiction
Format- Paperback/Kindle




                                                            Synopsis 

Ajeet is a commoner, a boy next door who is away from the Worldliness and moreover just a happy-go-lucky guy. Aditi and Ajeet are batch mates in a Junior College and share a good chemistry.

 Aditi is all head over heels for Ajeet and without any hesitation, irrespective of the time and place boldly conveys her feelings for him. Ajeet was infatuated towards Aditi, however, finds his true love in Sumi whom he meets in his coaching class. 

Wanting to break away from the conventional norms and the shackles of a traditional familial business and to prove his worth to his dad, Ajeet joins Army. Years later a tragedy connects Ajeet, Sumi, and Aditi once again, however, changing their lives forever.

                                                             My Review 

I wear the smile you give is a heart wrecking tale of love and friendship. Author has an amazing narrative style of writing which makes this simple story, an extraordinary one. Ajeet was having gala days in Junior College but sooner his destiny makes him meet Aditi. As the time flies, both were infatuated but something changed on Aditi’s end. She falls for Ajeet.

Ajeet was secretly in love with Sumi, his coaching friend. One fine day, God listens to his prayers but then after years something worse happens and it changed their lives. 
Talking about the story title, it goes perfectly and effortlessly with the storyline but somewhere I feel cover can be worked in a better way, it conveys a half impression.

The story was narrated in first person style, which proves to be a bonus because it will connect its reader’s right from the beginning. Ajeet, the protagonist and narrator; reveals his story between past and the future. Book has many page turner portions but somewhere few things were unnecessary stretched. The book is edited finely and neatly. Ajeet has been my favourite character and would make readers over heels for him. 

The book is highly recommended to romance lover, the book has worth to be carried and flaunt because it has got a magical touch of love which can be done in a single setting and would make its readers content. Overall I would rate this book 3/5 star. I would love to read more books by the same author in near future.


Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava
Friday, 6 October 2017


 Why Should I Love You by Kamal Paneru


Published Year-  2017
Publication- Half Baked Beans Publishing
Pages-  152
Genre- Romance/Fiction
Format- Paperback/Kindle





                                                                    Synopsis

This journey is of about an engineer and a small town girl who come close with a wrong number. Knitted in Haridwar, Srinagar and Bengaluru, this story revolves around love, hatred, betrayal, passion, dream and politics. Time makes them apart. Will they come close? Will they feel the same till eternity? Who would feel the reason behind loving someone? Let's come and dive into this heart-melting love story of Raunak and Juhi.


                                                                   My Review

Not many stories you read are real, some are written in fiction but you will find them real and relatable. Kamal Paneru “ Why Should  I Love You…??? “ is one such story which will make you laugh and heart bleed once you are done with the book.  

Raunak and Juhi’s  love story is set in those time when there were no heavy applications to bridge the gap between two lovers but a mere wrong number can turn a new leaf.  Raunak, third year engineering boy who never dated any girl but happen to fall for Juhi even before he see her in real person. The two shared beautiful relationship but sooner things get worse for them.  

Book will touch your chord and will enthrall you. Book is a perfect combination of love, friendship above all major issues which one faces being in relationship.

I thoroughly enjoyed the part where author emphasized on social issue, let’s call it social stigma. People happen to believe and create a perception in mind that there is no place of true love and people are after flesh. I enjoyed the part where parents become troublesome for us and worse we faced.

Each character was beautifully weaved and readers would relate to them. Plot construction was fresh and will keep you hook. Book contained minor editing errors which will create obstacles but it can be skipped. Only thing I disliked was font size, as a reader I personally found my eyes in uncomfortable position.

Overall, book will make you content and doldrums at the end.  I would recommend it to those book lovers who enjoy reading romance genre.

I would rate Why Should I love you…??? 3.5/5 stars. Can’t wait to read upcoming work of the author. 

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava


The Hidden Spark by Vikas Trivedi and Smita Agarwal


Published Year- 2017
Publication-  Become Shakespeare
Pages- 197
Genre- Self- help
Format- Paperback/Kindle





                                                                                  Synopsis

Do you feel that you are working hard but not getting the returns you deserve? Have you tried relentlessly but failed repeatedly, and now want to lose hope? Do you want to be like the famous and successful people but don't know what special gifts you have to do? Are you still struggling with your own demons and do not know how to get out of it? Do you think that you are negative, lethargy, failed, unsuccessful, poor and unlucky? 

If yes, then “The Hidden Spark” is only for you. This practical book is a result of thoughts of the great mentors of the world after a long research and the guidance of the most successful people. It is said that one mind has more power than millions of cells but when it comes about ten most intelligent and active minds, you can make out how important each word of this book is! The book, you are holding in your hand is not a theory but a practical guide which will take you to your right direction in your life and leave you as the best version of yourself. Each and every chapter of this book has already been implemented by thousands of people and their real stories are in this book. 


                                                                          My Review

As the name suggests The Hidden Spark is a collection of motivational fables around the globe with some life changing experiences by people belonging to different time zones and geographies. Book is like a life-guide which will help you to have a better understanding of gala moments and miseries which looks very odd to us.

There is a thin line between hope and survival, the book worked on the next one i.e. survival. When we take out survival, my mind is surrounded by Charles Darwin words, “Survival of the fittest” ; if you are willing to survive don’t give up pity as well as on harsh realities which we face day to day. Book will make you believe that there is life after death, success after failures and hope after the darkest night of our life. 

Book will explain each concept of “How to be not just happy but a happier person?” and the experiences quoted by peoples are good and inspiring. Book will also give you ample of quotes by famous authors and thinkers.

The best part about the book is that it will make you work from the beginning and would compel you to go back and unleash your hidden spark. Authors has done satisfactory job on their part but somewhere I felt book did not match the pace.  Editing errors will be destructions on your path of reading this book.

Language was easy and lucent; somewhere I felt it could have been better. Title is apt and cover image is very eye soothing. Book is recommended to those who think their life is a burden. Go ahead and read this very book.

I would rate this book as 3/5stars for encouraging and helping me to find my spark.
                                                                                                       

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava
Book Review of Secrets, Sins and Struggles by Kamini Kusum

Published Year- 2016
Publication- Zobra Books
Pages- 211
Genre- Fiction
Format- Paperback/ Kindle



                                                                     Synopsis



A collection of five tales,Secrets,Sins & Struggles is about the lives and loves of five women, tracing their long, eventful journeys that are anything but linear. 

Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his. 

These stories are about the odds stacked against women in their path to love and success.They are also about hope that the next turn will lead to the happiness and success they all long for.

                                                                  My Review

Secrets, Sins and Struggles are a collection of five stories of five different women who have their own story to tell. Each story is about intense struggle which one faces and how they combat such vicious situations.  Talking about the book cover and blurb, it clearly indicates that stories revolves around female characters. Story will create an immense pain in the beginning but at the end it will teach you lessons.

Pooja, who had never had seen love and care after her mother’s death. She stumbled hard for a better life but she was pushed into flesh trade. Pooja’s story would let you know the darker side of prostitution and their hardship. Story will also teach you that how one can become an enlighten figure for the world doesn’t matter how bed one’s past could be.

Shrawani, a blue stocking of her school and then college falls for a wrong person which leads to inner turmoil. Story recites how one’s emotions took over our ambition and our dreams. We never forget our dreams, we just get influenced by bad company which fills us with negativity. Shrwani’s story is of dedication towards our real goals of our life.

Anvi, who hails from a small town was newbie for a metropolitan city.  The shimmer of city drags her to transformation in herself. Influenced by high profile lifestyle of her office colleagues she refuses the facts or better say reality. Her story would connect to many of the girls out there.

Harsha’s story was different and fresh. It’s a story of girl who is asked to marry man whom she didn’t love. Harsha refuses to marry but her husband was adamant and thought that she would change after marriage but things were never fine between two. Finally, one fine day her life turned into a fairy tale.
Geshna who fancied her high school friend Nihal. Sooner the two become couple and were about to marry but then he called off the marriage. Geshna left all her dreams just to unite with her lover but later she realized her fault and then she toiled hard to bring back her life on track.

Each story was set in different pace and were inspiring. Language was crisp and enjoyable. Book will keep you hooked till the end and you would complete it in a one go. I would love to rate this amazing read, 4/5 stars.  


Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Sick of Being Healthy by Monisha K Gumber

Published Year- 2016
Publication-  Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Pages- 159
Genre- Fiction
Format-  Paperback/Kindle


                                                           Synopsis

"Tara, a young teenager is blessed with a little bit too much of health for her own good. Desperate to get the guy of her dreams, she ends up playing a very dangerous game- a game that could cost her friendship, her peace of mind and even her life ! Actually that's an exaggeration but yes, she does make some serious blunders in her quest for a perfect body to impress her one true love. Can she do it an d is it all really worth it? 

Welcome to her world and discover her inspiring journey towards real health and happiness, meet her stunning high achiever best friends and her parents who never seem to be satisfied. Let down by her own sister and under constant pressure to do well in studies, she learns how to fight her confidence and self-esteem issues and emerge a winner in the end."


                                                      My Review

No matter how you look there’s always one thing which never leaves your side is- YOU. The book says it all once you are done with it. Book has left no steps unturned in bringing the major issues faced by girls that too when they are “teenagers” . Some years down the line I was too concerned with my skinny body because it made me feel very uneasy among my friend circle, they would tag me with silly names(of’ course back then it hurts me hearing those names) but now  learned how I am important to me and I am not breathing to impress others. So the book was definitely relatable to me. Coming back to the book, Sick of Being Healthy as the title and cover image goes along with the storyline. A teenage girl, whose only love was food and later she turned bitter towards herself and became judgmental. Book is her journey from getting rid of extra muscles on her body to discovering her inner innate quality and capabilities.

Tara, a young teenager who assumed to have everything but at the end of the day she realizes that why people choose Barbie dolls over teddy bear. She thought it’s her weight due to which people tends to ignore her including her parents and crushes. This is the story of most of the teenagers who have decent amount of mass on their bodies and their struggle to get into right frame or their hidden ultimate to get into best slimy dress which is available on lavish stores. Tara story is sometimes funny, it will put you in deep thinking way back to your crush days and will inspires you. Girl who has so much capabilities was centered around her body weight that she almost forget that there is something very hidden and special within her.

Book plot is fast and really very interactive. Loads of illustrations were not less than rib tickling and would made you praise the author’s efforts. Book is guidance to many teenagers. I am again amazed with author’s work, and now  I am wondering that why I didn’t picked the first installment(Sick of Being Healthy) rather jumped on the Dying to Live but I don’t regret I would flaunt this book just I did with the other book of the author. Language was crisp and enjoyable, would make you amaze. The best thing about the book was illustrations and they were damn funny and catchy.

I would recommend this book to everyone because book knows no gender boundaries, no age boundaries. If you are struggling with your weight trauma or you are dwelling with loads of baffled emotions then you gotto go and grab the book right now.

I would rate this amazing, funny and inspiring book 4/5 stars. Can’t wait to read the third installment.

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava