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.

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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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