Tarikshir  The Awakening #review

Book Title: Tarikshir  The Awakening
Author: Khayaal Patel
Format: Paper Back
Language: English
Publisher: Westland publication
Total Number of Pages:  332  pages

Tarikshir  The Awakening which is author Khayaal Patel’s  debut book is a rightful mix of fantasy , mythology and adventure . He has successfully created an intriguing  tale in the premise of an  princely state called Devangarh with well etched characters . Through vivid imagination and interesting story line the books keep the readers enthralled in this mystique world.

Blurb

A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, he stumbles upon dark dangerous secrets that will destroy everything he now holds together.

My Take and takeaways

To begin with the cover and title are very apt, totally in sink with plot but manages to stir a curiosity in the reader . A large portion of the first half of book is utilised in developing the premise of the plot which kind of lower the pace initially but after that the  book gets engaging. As we enter into the mysterious developments and join  Rudra the main protagonist in his journey of adventure we get hooked completely. The twists in the story are worth the wait. Characters are a major plus ,they are interesting at the same time has that mysteriousness which keeps one guessing their true nature. You keep guessing who the killer of Raja is because no body seems to be trustworthy. The anticipation Whether  the mighty Tarikshir introduced in prologue be awakened to wreck havoc is also an interesting dimension of the plot.  The writing style is simple but effective. Especially the story building and the detailing given to each character manages to carve a place for each one in readers memory .

The imaginative world created by Khayaal Patel is totally worth a ride. It will definitely keep you hooked if you enjoy fantasy – adventure and I totally recommend this book.

 

I received this book from writersmelon for an unbiased review.

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The Windfall – Book Review

Book Title: The Windfall
Author: Diksha Basu
Format: Paper Back
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Total Number of Pages:  294  pages

“ The windfall ” by Diksha Basu is not a slice of life but a scoop of life garnished  with crunch of sarcasm . One of the finest social satire about  Indian families I have read. The underlying humor found all along the book is not loud but it hits the right notes.

Blurb

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Anil Kumar Jha has worked hard and is ready to live well. After thirty years in a modest flat, he and his family are moving to Gurgaon, one of Delhi’s richest areas. But his wife, Bindu, is heartbroken about leaving their neighbours, and doesn’t want to wear designer saris or understand interior decoration. Meanwhile their son, Rupak, is failing business school in the US – and secretly dating an American girl. Once installed in their mansion, the Jhas are soon drawn into a feverish game of one-upmanship with their new neighbours, the Chopras, as each couple seeks to outdo the other with increasingly lavish displays of wealth. As an imitation Sistene Chapel is pitted against a crystal-encrusted sofa, Bindu wonders where it will all end.

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My Take

The book is a breezy read and the plot is mostly event driven which just tumbles one after the other smoothly . The story is simple without much surprises but engaging . Overall the book is  a humorous take on an Indian middle class family who acquires sudden wealth and how they get entangled in an up-manship game with their neighbours in the light of the newly acquired wealth. Author takes a dig at various aspects of “society politics” as the Jha Family tries to fit into the elite prototype . The inquisitive  parents and the intrusive neighbour anecdotes are so relatable that it brings a smile at many situations in book.

The well fleshed characters were the highlight of the story. The initially insecure but later self-assuring  Mrs.Ray and the confused teenager Rupak were raw and realistic . Mr Jha and Mr Chopra were slightly  caricaturish,  maybe because the genre and plot demanded it.

 The language and fluidity in writing  set the perfect tone. The insights which author gives through various incidents is worth the time and gives a chance for introspection  . There is nothing much drastic happening over the pages but the narration and satire keeps the reader  hooked till the end.

If you are looking for light read with humour and some food for thought  this book is a perfect pick . Go for it !

About Author

Diksha Basu is a writer and  actor. Originally from New Delhi, India, she holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in New York Times, Cosmopolitan ,BuzFeed and BBC.

contact https://twitter.com/dikshabasu

keepers of the Kalachakra #BookReview

Book Title: keepers of the Kalachakra
Author: Ashwin  Sanghi
Format: Paper Back
Language: English
Publisher: Westland Publications Private Limited 
Total Number of Pages:  406 pages

 

The name of the book drew me into keepers of the Kalachakra…. it  made me curious ,as to know who the keepers of “Kalachakra ” or  time wheel were?. Guess what, I took part in a giveaway and won a signed copy …yippee!

This was the first time I had a taste of Ashwin Sanghi’s writing and was totally bowled over by his story telling style. The book is a wide pallet touching various areas, a unique blend of Indian mythology , quantum physics and contemporary world politics. It is observed that age old Indian Vedas and mythology aligned very much with many cutting edge science discoveries made down the line. These intriguing similarities full potential  are  utilised masterfully by the author in developing the gripping plot of this book.

Blurb

A seemingly random selection of heads of state are struck down like flies by unnamed killers who work with the clinical efficiency of butchers. Except that they leave no trace of their methods. Welcome back to the shadowy and addictive world of Ashwin Sanghi. After The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key and The Sialkot Saga, Ashwin Sanghi returns at last with another quietly fearsome tale—this time of men who guard the ‘Kalachakra’ or The Wheel of Time.

Sanghi describes a world of people at war with one another—a boomeranging conflict of faiths that results in acts of such slow and planned human cruelty that they defy human imagination. Caught in the midst of this madness is Vijay Sundaram, a geek scientist who is only dimly aware that the wider sky outside his laboratory is stretched taut and close to being torn apart by forces that he wants simply to have nothing to do with.

But events conspire to propel Vijay into the labyrinth of Milesian Labs, a centre of research deep in the forested hills of Uttarakhand. What he stumbles upon is a primordial clue to a galactic secret that could accelerate the downward spiral of humankind. Trapped and wholly unaware of his actual foe, Vijay races against time to save humanity—and himself.

Zigzagging from Rama’s crossing to Lanka to the birth of Buddhism; from the origin of Wahhabism to the Einsteinian gravitational wave-detectors of LIGO; from the charnel-grounds of naked tantric practitioners to the bespoke suits of the Oval Office; and from the rites of Minerva, shrouded in frankincense, to the smoke-darkened ruins of Nalanda, Keepers of the Kalachakra is a journey that will have you gasping for breath—but one that you cannot abandon till all the pieces of the jigsaw come together.

Till you come up gobsmack against an end that you simply did not see coming.

My Take and takeaways 

The story begins with a prologue where an assassination attempt is made on the Canadian Prime Minister  during USA visit , which sets the curiosity parameter high right from the word go. The book proceeds through untitled chapters dealing with  various events happening at different places which may  seem disintegrated at the beginning but of course later fall into place and make complete sense . The plot is built on the basis of  detailed research sighting science and mythological stories that readers need to keep their comprehension skills on alert. Really like the fact that similar to Christopher Nolan movies writer has taken the liberty to trust the readers sensibilities . The only issue was that ,more than half of the book  is about setting the plot and data needed for story  that in the process the main plot kind of slightly dwarfed .  Its absolutely wonderful when the fiction navigates through facts because that helps to take the reader into trust and we kind of start believing the fiction to be part of facts as well. Some of the characters were well thought out especially  Mikhailov and Brahmanand brought that mystique nature which gives an edge to story . Towards the end there was a handful happening and I felt if the explanations towards end were crisp ,the climax could be even more impactful . Overall it was an enriching journey and  was a pleasure reading those parts where historic references and modern science theories  perfectly aligned .

If you enjoy Science , Mythology genre this is a double treat you have ample amount of both and  an interesting narration as well. The book was informative at the same time engaging and I absolutely recommend it .

 

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.

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
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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.

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