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. *

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

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.

Everyone has a Story #Review

Book details

Book Title: Everyone has a  story
Author: Savi Sharma,    Language: English
Publisher: Westland ltd
Total Number of Pages: 175

 

“Everyone is a writer, some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts “says Savi Sharma’s through her debut novel “Everyone Has a story”. The writer seems to have weaved the entire story on this concept. The book is a light read with day to day characters and premise, probably the reason this book was a runaway success. There is no much complexity in understanding the book neither in plot nor in narration so the reader can easily skim through pages. One thing noticeable about the book is the fact that there are narrations by Meera and Vivaan , the main protagonists which gives the reader a chance to know each of their  minds. The musing like conversations the author has delivered through various characters might not be enjoyable to all but somewhere down the line they are relatable. Be it about love or life.

The plot could have been more convincing if the readers were given a multi dimensional view of characters life and a better perspective of their background or whereabouts. Here the author has conveyed the entire story through two pairs Meera – Vivaan and Kabir _Nisha  ,in the premise of a cafe mostly. The book is about Meera an aspiring writer who finds a story for her debut novel in a guy she meets in a Cafe run by Kabir .The guy is Vivaan , an Assistant manager in Citibank. Meera gets intrigued by the mysterious nature of this man and develops a fondness for him.  Vivaan becomes instrumental in letting both Meera and readers know about Nisha , Kabir’s love interest as well as about his dreams. Vivaan is a person who doesn’t like to stick to one place and wish to travel the world. Basically he wants to escape from everything including his mundane life and past too. Later on Meera and Vivaan’s love has to pay a heavy price for this trait of his. The story is about how their relation evolves over the period and how Meera’s dream of writing culminates.

There is not much you invest in the story as in time or emotions probably that’s the reason the takeaways are mere too. Vivaan says at one point “ I take a piece of each place I visit” ,I feel its applicable to books as well .You take something from every book ,a piece stays with you but in this book once I finished reading not much lingered around . The events were too sudden and dramatic you couldn’t actually feel their depth .Probably a little more detailing especially about the other facets of characters would have made things more authentic and the plot stronger.

Overall it’s a light read. It gives a motivation to believe in your dreams and second chances in life. One thing book emphasises is to love hard and forgive mistakes. Not only other people’s mistakes, but your own as well. Let go and live life to fullest.

 

 

About Author: Savi Sharma the author is from Surat, India. She self published this novel first, which was later acquired by Westland ltd. She is the co-founder of motivational media blog ‘Life and People” where she writes about law of attraction, positivity, spirituality, travelling and storytelling.

 

Pride and Prejudice

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is worldly accepted as one of the finest novels and it needs no testimony from someone like me to prove its worth . The truth is I just couldn’t hold myself from writing this review after reading the book . Even after two centuries this tale is still read with the same zest as when published. My purpose of this write up is to entice more people to read it and to allow those who have read to relieve that beautiful experience once again.  The guardian had mentioned it as “ Britain’s favourite book” which is totally understandable . Even a person like me from Asian continent who is not used to the culture and events could feel those emotions because of the depth of characters , then i am sure what Britain could have felt. For readers outside the terrine through Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen has vividly weaved the eighteenth century England in a satirical manner .

I don’t think there is a name more apt for the book . This tale is all about the pride and prejudice of the main leads Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwallim Darcy.  Elizabeth meets Darcy during a ball and things do not go very well between them in their first meeting. Darcy comes across as a rich arrogant snob to Elizabeth. Life pits them against each other on various stages and Elizabeth develops a complicated feeling of dislike ( yes women are complicated even for themselves at  times) towards Darcy . Whereas over the period Darcy finds Elizabeth and her realness attractive .He find her genuine and  different  from the other ladies he have met in life . He eventually fall for her ,to which Elizabeth reacts sharply due to some backlog events . Later on Elizabeth come to know about real Darcy and the motives of his actions . As the truths unravel before Elizabeth she ponders whether she was too prejudice about Darcy . Rest of it is about the alteration in their dynamics and what happens to their relation.

The best part about the story  is that it is actually a fairytale but weaved around very real characters and feelings. The emotions as well as thought process of the main protagonists are so clearly expressed that it totally justifies each character’s views and actions at various points. Even characters like Elizabeth’s parents or their relative  Mr Collins are so meticulously described and each of their character trait are so vividly displayed.  Mrs Bennet with her over anxious nature as mother to such bloomed daughters , the satire of Mr Bennet and pompousness of Mr .Collins are so convincingly portrayed. I personally felt like applauding for Mr . Bennet when he supports Elizabeth so subtly but effectively on her spat with her mother for forcing a marriage  . He  winds up the issue with just a sentence-“from this day you must be stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do marry Mr .Collins and i will never see you again if you do”.  Mr. Bennet is such a cool dad . This is one novel with quite a few number of “significant” female characters yet each one making a mark with a different streak. Especially Lizzy aka Elizebeth and Jane  were vulnerable but  ladies with such conviction. Aren’t we all somewhere built that way?. Lizzy was one badass character , a true feminist who lived according to her terms . Each of the sub stories has a beautiful graph of growth which you totally live through.

I am sure many of you have read this book, those who haven’t if you like some real romance , feisty characters and a view of eighteenth century  grandeur of England society this is it….you have found it in this book.

 

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