Call me Saaya #Book Review

Book Title: Call me Saaya
Author: Zoe M
Format: E book
Language: English

Blurb

Shamsher Singh Rathore has it all. A job he loves and a life he lives every moment. Until an untimely call from home embroils him with a woman called Saaya who proceeds to turn his orderly world upside down!

The only interest Sayana Singh Rajput had in him was the prized Sheesh Haveli. She had never believed in love until destiny threw her this impossible challenge.

What do you do when all that you believed in turns out to be a lie?

Will Shamsher be able to save his world?

Will Sayana believe in love or will she allow avarice ruin it all?

What about Saaya?

What happens when desire meets destiny?

Set in idyllic Rajasthan, Call me Saaya is the story of two souls in pursuit for true love while destiny has other plans for them.

My View

The first thing that drew me to the book was the title “Call me Saaya” .There was something about it which made me inquisitive  as a reader . It had an authoritative as well as intriguing tone to it. Of course the title had relevance to the plot . The name of the girl and the story was indeed perfect.

The characters were interesting. Shamsher was a perfect hero material you immediately approve of : Good looking , rich , belonging to aristocratic family , exposed  to world yet connected to family and roots . I liked the fact that sayana was flawed ,she was moody ,not quintessential pretty and a difficult nut. The diversities in the main two characters made the banter between the two  more spicy. Even the rest of the characters were edged out well and merged perfectly to the story . Although I wished to hear a bit more of Ravindra Rajput Kuma towards end.

There is a travel element in story especially during initial portions which was authentic and gave a flavor of Rajasthan, which I enjoyed . The narration was simple yet captivating .The usage of words were really apt throughout the story and yes it taught me few new ones too.

The plot was engaging , it had all the right elements love, suspense , twist but the latter half was little stretched and predictable. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions. The vulnerabilities of the characters  at different stages were relatable .The  suspense elements could be more convincing if it was devoid of certain loopholes . At the same time the truth in the two main protagonist and the author’s writing skill keeps you hooked.

The debut author Zoe M has written a wonderful story of  how a love blooms in the backdrop of Rajasthan. Its enjoyable to read how these characters find out their true self and discovers each other . So if you like a light read about love in its true form with  friendship ,beauty, banter, insecurities along with some suspense to pep up things this book is a perfect choice and I strongly recommend it.

About the Author

Zoe M lives and works in Mumbai. She fell in love with the written word at the age of sixteen. Her affair has only matured over the years as she read stories that captivated her. Now, she uses the magic of words to help her spin her own stories. Her love of reading was born when she read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Call Me Saaya is Zoe M’s debut novel.

Connect with the author:

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The book can be purchased from Amazon Amazon Link

I received the E book copy from https://keemiyacreatives.wordpress.com/ for an unbiased review.

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Love .exe #BookReview

Book Title: Love.exe
Author: Manju Nambiar
Format: E book
Language: English

Love.exe by Manju Nambiar is a  sweet  love story  told with a tinge of humor which  I instantly got hooked to. There is something charming about old school love stories that you never get tired of . This is one such tale and yet is a slice of present day life. The characters are relatable and genuine which makes one fall for them immediately. They just take you along their journey , and the journey as such is so engaging that you will never complain.

Blurb:

The story is  about Nitya Balakrishnan a young girl from Kerala . She is a bright student whose life revolves around family and friends. After her Computer science Engineering  she gets an opportunity to pursue Masters in one of the best universities in US. Nitya’s apprehensive parents , considering her safe future brings the proposal  of Ganapaty a US settled boy. Contrary to Nitya’s expectation she gets smitten by the charming gentleman but due  to occurrence of certain unprecedented events all their plans go haywire  . What happens to her dreams and their relation thereafter. The story of  Love .Exe is about all of that.

Plot and Character

The story has a beautiful graph with the highs and emotions  in the right place  to keep the reader captivated throughout. The pace is perfectly engaging and  there was never any lagging section. Even in Nitya’s Stanford college  days which could have been a slightly slow section Nitya and her friend  Andy pepped up things. The shift of location be it Kerala ,US or other places and there by introduction of new characters as well as  setup avoids monotony .It brings a freshness ,at the same time each of them added value to the plot. Every character has some USP. Not just the two main protagonists but other characters including both their parents , friends    and the shortest character in presence probably being  Appunni had something true and likable about them. Everything about the main protagonists were very contemporary and realistic that you could immediately relate. Apart from the character one other thing I found as a plus is authenticity in the writing of the author.

Authenticity …

probably due to familiarity of the author with the premises in the story we feel like the book is  a first-hand narration by someone called  Nitya who just lived through all this. The detailing  is so perfect that you get literally transformed to that place and experience .The reader have a feeling of visiting and witnessing all those along with the characters .

Story telling.

The initial impression of a book is conveyed to reader through  the cover . Here it has a cute cover which is apt for the book . The author has told the story in a simple language with real care being given to bring out the emotions. Though there are no literary outpourings as such the author  has always conveyed the feelings and experience  through the right usage of words or metaphors. Really loved the humor elements and today’s real life portrayal of Nitya.

The slight surprise in the end was a cherry on the cake.  It truly brings a fulfilling feeling to the reader .

If you like reading feel good , fun, love tales this is a perfect book. This book will bring a smile and reinforce your belief in true love. I enjoyed the book completely and strongly recommend it.

Author

Manju Nambiar hails from the southern state of Kerala.  She graduated with a Bachelor in Computer Engineering and later moved to USA where she further completed her Masters.

She now works in one of the leading firms in San Jose, California where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, playing with her daughter and catching up on the latest technologies and trends in the Valley.

Known for the dry humor and wit, her debut book, a novelette “The Money Lender” received rave reviews from readers and was an instant hit.

 

*I received the e-book copy from keemiya creatives for an unbiased review. *

Allow Me

That’s a beautiful poem about revival of  broken heart.
Hope…. that’s what keeps life going. When a chapter in life goes wrong…. just keep visiting new pages in life maybe there is a surprise up there.

The Musing Quill

What are you afraid of?
What’s stopping you?

Some pages are better torn off
and some meant to be burnt.
But don’t you stop me, baby,
allow me to fix you back.

Walk right by my side,
I’ll heal those scars
and take away the pain.
Cast your reservations aside.
Baby, open the door,
allow me inside,
in the darkest corners of your soul,
in the deepest recesses of your mind.
Allow me to fill every nook and cranny
of your heart, with pieces of me

Don’t you see
how you’re smothering me?
But I refuse to let go of you
To see you throw yourself
in the arms of despair.
Allow me to shower you
with nothing but love

Allow me to take you
to the meadows of happiness,
to the valleys of hope,
where there’s no room
for anguish and regrets.
Let bygones be bygones.
Let’s turn the page.
Baby, please allow…

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Unrequited

Book Title: Unrequited 
Author: Dipanjana Nath
Format: Paper Back
Language: English
Publisher: Notion Press
Total Number of Pages:  172 pages

Unrequited by Dipanjan Nath is a collection of nine short stories about unfulfilled love and heart breaks .

The shattering of a heart could sometimes be very quiet, and sometimes, it could cause a huge irrevocable outcome leading to physical and mental trauma for any individual.

Story Descriptions:

Would his expectations meet reality when obsessed-in-love Tuhin tries to get back to his long-lost girlfriend Debi’s life? Can a naïve animal show the care when Monisha is really in need of it? What happens when Shalini tries to get rid of a lecherous character who becomes a part of her day-to-day life? Would a Tomboy ever be able to save her true love? Or why did the thrust of Sheela’s anger drive her to a ruthless crime? Talking about her spine-chilling past, would Meera be able to solve her daughter’s teenage crisis? What was so eerie about the blue necklace? Or would Zubin’s daydream take him anywhere other than a crestfallen heart?

Above is the description given by the author about each story ,  which gives  a rough idea as to what to expect from the  book.

My take :

Though the book is invariably about love and heart breaks it has  still manged to touch various other dimensions of life . It feels like we are reading more than just love stories and it deals with all kinds of emotions which humans go through . The language command and the use of words by author are engaging . The narration and the premises are entirely different in each story so it doesn’t make the reading monotonous .Each of the stories has a different dimensions of human relations as backdrop like friendship, long distance relation, family commitments, mother daughter love etc.

The only issue I felt was that the  plot of certain stories could have been a little more stronger . There were few lose ends and the culminations were little unconvincing  and deliberate to make it in unrequited category .Therefore they lacked a smooth reasonable conclusion.  This may be because it is short stories and it had a restriction of word count . I really liked the fact that each story was unique and had a very distinctive hue , character and plot wise .Credit should be given to the author for displaying such variety in such a limited space.

Title and cover :

I liked the name “Unrequited ” . The only trouble is before the story begins I start thinking of all  possibilities of the plot turning out to be unrequited ,which of course is unavoidable. The cover is simple and basic.

Author :

Dipanjana, an engineer by profession, loves to pen down her thoughts during her free hours, shaping them up into a puddle of romance. Even though her early life was a roller coaster of science and mathematics, somewhere at her inner core, she had nurtured a dream of being a writer, and hence started writing short stories, unfinished novels and novellas during her free evening hours, sitting at the cafeteria, while pursuing her post-graduation.

Her first book, a romantic novel Scandalous Disclosure was a love story inspired from her own life, whereas her second book Unrequited is a collection of nine heartbreaking love stories about individuals who could never find their ultimate soulmates. In Unrequited, Dipanjana tries to put together different aspects of love and their impacts on human life. According to her, love is at its best when the heart is broken, and this book paints a generous picture of one-sided love and crestfallen lovers. Even after the busy schedule of her work life and usual household chores, she had tried her best to give a tribute to all the romantic people out there by writing Unrequited.

Find her on twitter here: @NathDipanjana.

 

Love of My Life -Book Review

Book details

Book Title: Love Of My Life
Author: Rohit Sharma
Format: Paper Back
Language: English
Publisher: Brosis Publishers and Distributors
Total Number of Pages:  276 pages

“Love of my life “ by Rohit Sharma is one of the books I read recently . The book is a romantic thriller about the main protagonist Virat Sing Rajput , a fearless Black Cat Commando in NSG and the love of his life, Pratishtha Sachdev.  The narration of the story is done beautifully. Especially the operations of Virat as commando are well described and seemed very authentic, the romantic thread is also interesting though some twists towards latter part may seem a  bit filmy . I really liked the way author has invested his thoughts in every details of the book like selecting the name of character or the cover of the book . He has named the main lady as Pratishtha which means reputation and the whole story is about fight for reinstating her reputation . Similarly the first half of book cover shows the love stuck couple and the other half shows the solo journey of Virat which is  a beautiful representation.

The story begins with Criminal Defense lawyer Vishnavi pandit’s attempt to meet Major Virat who is one of the heroes who saved Mumbai from attack of perpetrators , but is now in Tihar jail  based on  some strong accusations. Vaishnavi who feels something is not right about the case so far decides to take it up .

Pain, sometimes, is like Love . . .
It grows, until it becomes your Life.  This was true  about Virat .

Initially Virat is disinterested in saving himself, but then he finally share his story to Vishnavi for the sake of his love, Pratishtha . Virat had always loved Prathishtha but didn’t disclose it because of her love for Kabir. Life gives Virat a second chance when Kabir cheats on Pratishtha. During the broken phase of his friend Virat turns out to be her support system and eventually she realise Virat’s love for her . They end up falling in love and gets engaged .That’s when Kabir re enters , things take a dirty twist and  Pratishtha goes missing .What happens to Pratishtha? What was the reason for a national hero to turn into a villain ? Is Vaishnavi able to rescue Virat and what is her motive behind the mission ?. All of it is answered in the rest of the book.

The plot has a perfect blend of romance and thrill which makes it really strong . The author’s writing style and the way he expresses every emotions in few lines but with right usage of words is impressive . The thoughts of characters expressed through poems and soliloquys  are also interesting . The beginning of story is very gripping but after few chapters I felt it became  slightly slow and predictable  though the author successfully bring backs the interest later. The various twists  towards end  reminded of  Bollywood movies and I personally felt it could have been a little more subtle for a  book. The biggest strength of the book is its well defined characters . Major Virat is one of the finest characters  I have read recently. Really loved the way author has narrated the Mumbai attack keeping it as realistic as possible . The writer has manged to keep the pace needed for thriller  and makes one think parallelly as we read which is a major plus .The book is engaging and fits perfectly into romantic thriller genre . If you enjoy the particular genre then this is an interesting read with wonderful narration and some well-defined characters .

About Author

Rohit Sharma is a fiction/non-fiction writer, motivational speaker and the best-selling author of ‘Te Amo… I Love You’ and  ’12 HOURS’.
His debut romantic-thriller, ‘Te Amo… I Love You’, was released in December 2012 and was an instant hit among the readers. His second book, ’12 HOURS’– an anthology of 12 short stories, which he co-authored with Mahi Singla, was released in September 2013 and was widely appreciated by the media and the readers of all ages. He then did the Hindi translations of his own books. The Hindi translation of ‘Te Amo… I Love You’ was released in 2014.
Born in Amritsar and brought up in Faridabad, Rohit has written some of the most read articles for FilterCopy.com . Apart from being a Gold-Medalistin Engineering (Honors), getting inducted into the Hall of Fame of his college, Rohit successfully represented his college at various dancing and sketching competitions.
‘Love of My Life’ is his third fiction book. He is also working on his first non-fiction book titled ‘How to get into IAS’.

E-mail
author.rohitsharma@gmail.com

Author Interview-Zarreen Khan

Author Zarreen Khan has published her second Book:  Koi Good News?.  The book is:

  The hilarious private journal of a highly public pregnancy 

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and had given a detail review of the book : Review -Koi Good News .      Here I have a chat with  Zarreen Khan , to know more about the author and  her  experience of writing this book .

Author Bio

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Zarreen Khan is a marketing professional , a consumer insight specialist . After working for Pepsi, Hindustan Times , ACNielsen for ten years she is currently on a break (though in her words , looking after two kids doesn’t qualify as a break ). She stays in Delhi with family. Zarreen’s first book, I Quit Now What ? was published in 2017 . Koi Good New ?,is her second book .  Twitter 

 

 

Q1. “Koi Good News? “is getting good response , Share a bit about your book and    
 the inspiration behind it.

 Koi good news is a really fun book about an urban couple’s journey through their pregnancy. It’s a story told from the point of view of the two protagonists- Mona and her husband, Ramit who have been married four years and battled the question on starting a family day in and day out by their really large families and friends. It is their inner most thoughts on how they feel about such intrusion in their lives and eventually about their journey through the pregnancy. The inspiration for the book was observing how people like us deal with such hilarious invasion  of our lives.

Q2. Tell us about the journey of being a writer and process of getting published .

I’m still very new to writing. I haven’t studied it formally nor have I written much before – nothing that was read by anyone beyond my immediate family. My first novel, I Quit, Now what was released last year and this is my second one. Both my books have been published by different houses and therefore it’s been a great learning experience.

Q3. This book is a family drama , so generally people have a tendency to draw parallels with your personal life . So how did you and your family respond to it?

It’s very difficult not to draw inspiration from people around you. My family loved the book! They laughed out loud and quoted it for days. They’re perpetually trying to figure out who is who from the book even though I maintain it is purely (or mostly!) fictitious!

Q4. Congrats that the book will be seen as movie soon … how did that happen?

The team at Harper Collins India really believed in the book right from the start. They thought the story lends itself beautifully to the silver screen and therefore pitched it. A production house has bought the optioning rights and I’m thrilled that it gives the story and characters a chance to reach out to people who don’t generally read books.

Q5. The book is a hysterical , is there any humorous experience or hilarious  reaction you  received from readers ?

I love the fact that people are getting a good laugh out of it. People are telling me they are laughing so much they practically had to read out parts to their spouse. And one of my friends told me she was thrown out of the room by her sleeping husband for laughing out loudly in the middle of the night. The fact that it’s making people laugh is so flattering.

Q6. Is there any general writing process or rituals you follow in writing?

I am now a mum or two. Processes and rituals are things of the past. At one point of time I would write when the kids would sleep. Now I’m so exhausted I only catch up on my sleep. I only need peace and the insistent scratching of an idea to get going.

Q7. What got you interested in writing? What are your inspirations?

You know, I really can’t remember. I have piles of old registers filled with my scrawl handwriting that I seemed to have filled when I was 8 years old or maybe younger. I’ve always been writing- secretly or otherwise. But then again, everyone in my family reads! We’re always surrounded by books. My grandmother was the most gifted storyteller in the world. My father had the world’s best sense of humour. My mum’s a voracious reader. My husband really believed in my ability to write. Maybe it was a combination that got me here.

Q8. What are the kinds of books you enjoy and any author who has inspired you?

I enjoy light reads especially the ones that make me laugh. Like almost everyone out there I’m a Harry Potter fan. And I’m a Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy fan.

Q9. What are your other writing  ventures ?

I have two books out in the market. I’m sure I’ll be adding to the bouquet soon.

Q 10. Any writing tips or advice you would like to share with aspiring writers?

If you love writing, write. Tell that story that’s creeping up in your mind. Spend time on building your characters. Live them, breathe them. And then edit the manuscript multiple times till you think this is what you would like to read.

 

Thank you Zarreen Khan for the genuine response throughout our interactions  and for taking out time to answer these questions . The only request she made was not to post actress Zarreen Khan pics in place of hers , which I have happily Obliged  😛

Author’s Published Books are:

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My True Angel – Book Review

 

Book details

Book Title: My True Angel
Author: Irshad Thalakala

Language: English
Publisher: Invincible Publishers
Total Number of Pages: 216

There are some books which you go after and there are books which come to you .” My True angel “was a book which belonged to the latter category in my case. I got this book from a friend and started off without any idea what was in store. Pleasantly the book was engaging. The book My True Angel authored by Irshad Thalakala is a love story which also deals with some thought provoking topics. As  the book rightly says:


Every love story is beautiful but our love story is special because it has a message to convey.

The story is about Iqbal  and how he finds his true space in life . Iqbal after completing Engineering moves to Bangalore from his home in Kerala because of better job prospects .  There he meets a girl Rubina with whom he falls madly in love .Rubina but rejects his love proposal which also results in  jeopardising his job. Is there a reason behind her behaviour is something which book reveals  later. From there  Iqbal moves to a new job where he meets a second girl Payal . Her genuineness and comfort level with her gets them into a relation.  Their love story also has a villain which is _religion. Due to religious issues they are forced to move out of the relation and Iqbal eventually gets engaged to Nazia a naïve village girl. Later certain events  dislodges Iqbal’s life completely , the rest of  story is how he reclaims his life and true love after the incident . 

All the characters are well edged .We get a flavour of every character precisely . Author has covered socially relevant  topics like prejudice of society towards Muslims and love jihad , which is interesting . One thing that I noticed  is author has been quite diplomatic about every topics he has dealt . Since the narrative is by Iqbal, the protagonist has got a pretty much “ Oh its fine “ attitude towards all topics and actions of other characters, however insensitive their action are. Which kind of restrain from expressing the true feelings one would expect at many situations.  May be what author has tried to follow is the concept that everyone has their reasons for their action  . The book is  influenced from real incident so the initial part of the book especially the matured love track between Iqbql and Payal is vey relatable .The narrative is a sincere and the book is an engaging sweet love story . It’s not platonic and is an enjoyable light read.

Koi Good News #BookReview

Book details

Book Title: Koi Good News?
Author: Zarreen Khan

Language: English
Publisher: Harper Collins
Total Number of Pages: 382

“Koi Good News “ by Zarreen Khan is her second book . I found this title interesting and it drew my attention instantly into this book. That’s how I took part in a giveaway ,and guess what? I won it. I immediately got hooked on to the book and from the time go it was a laughing riot. The narration is hilarious and very relatable especially if one is married . A satire or humour gets the punch when it stand close to reality ,the writer has very well  managed to do it throughout the story.

This book is about a couple Mona – Ramit Deol and their journey to parenthood  .Ramit refers to his family as a bheed ; they have a family forest and not a family tree.  Having a baby is obviously a couple’s call  but its never a private matter when one is a part of Deol family. First thing a couple is expected to do after marriage is deliver a baby so what happens when this couple dares to remain childless even after 4 years of marriage amidst this inquisitive family .Initial part  is about how the couple dodges the  pestering of family for a kid and their public discussion of their private life, all with a pinch of humour .Then it moves on to the couple’s journey of how they fulfill the good news. The couple relation is very well portrayed.  Mona is feisty, vocal where as Ramit is from Ekta Kapoor’s “K “clan who replies to  messages with just “K”, docile and in control. The other characters like their Laila- Majnu neighbours and Mona’s sister Shania with her strange phases and fancies are all pleasant appearances which  enhances the main track . The advices and experiences the couple faces  through “their” journey is very realistically narrated without losing any wit.

Many of the subtle analogies and  filmy references by author have hit the right notes . At many points I ended up laughing loud  and had to actually read many extracts to my family who looked cluelessly at me, to prove my sanity . If you look for deep literary stuff or imagery  you might miss that in this book. There is no much of twist and has a very predictable storyline. As the name of the books hints the story is about how the couple tackles the inevitable question after  marriage – Koi good news? So there is no scope for surprise there . This is one of those books , once you get  the kick is irresistible  to keep back . As you see in a Bollywood posters – if you are looking for paisa vasool entertaining read  ,This is it. By the way the book  will be soon made into a movie. This book is hilarious and totally engaging.

 

About Author

zarreen Khan’s first book ,”I Quit, Now What”? was published in 2017. This is her second Book. After working for Pepsi, Hindustan Times and ACNielsen for ten years, she decided to take a break and took the role of  marketing consultant.

A silent dictum

My poem on  Maitreya Statue of Buddha -33 metre shown ,symbol of peace facing Pakistan in Nubra Valley in Indo -Pak border , Ladakh.

 

Amidst the lofty snow clad peaks

Guarding all his beloved cliques,

Below the canopy of splendorous sky

Saving valley from age old wry,

Resides Maithreya in the hope of peace

Wishing odium across the border shall soon cease.

 

 Either side of border line

Had pretty much the same destine,

Still they probed every crossing soul

Except breeze and cloud that abide no rule.

Petty human showed each other hatred face

Forgetting all belonged to same human race.

 

His hands gestured symbol of calm

Inviting embrace across, free from qualm.

 Authorizing drift of every tranquil cloud

 So no mother has to cry over her child’s shroud.

He reined the alluring valley

Hoping peace for every human in the alley .

 

 

The poem was initially published in  @jullaeofficial  and the pic credit goes to them

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