Destined by Rubina Ramesh

512WfBempgL.jpgI received the book Destined by Rubina Ramesh as a review copy from the author. Thank you Rubina, for the book. This book is the story of a daughter and the relationship she shares with her father.

The Blurb:

Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.

When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.

While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives?

The story:

Twenty five year old Esha Mehra lives with her father, Prateek Mehra, in Bangalore. Having lost her mother to cancer when she was young, her father is the only family she has left. The retired principal of a private college, her father has always been there for her irrespective of how his day had been, he had shouldered all her sadness so that she could have a happy childhood. Having stayed with her mother in hospitals since she was eight, as her father had to go to work, she is an introvert, a quiet and private person.

She has just joined a prestigious IT Company, Geno IT Solutions and is yet to be paid her first salary when her father is diagnosed with the same disease that her taken her mother and her childhood. She has depended on her father for everything in her life and now that he was sick, she did not know where to start. So she starts by calling her relatives, who are not helpful and then calculating their assets and realizes that she would have to sell their house and even for that at least a month is needed. She surfs the net and finds that her company is one of the best companies that did philanthropic work. But would her company sponsor her dad’s treatment.

Next morning, she speaks to the Company Secretary, Mr Chakraborty, and asks him for a loan, who in turn speaks to Rohan Sharma, the owner of Geno It Solutions. Rohan gets a background check done on her and asks her to enter into a six month contract marriage with him. He has his reasons: A clause in his father’s will and his step mother, who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend is blackmailing him and he wants her off his back.

Then there is Ayush, the guy she loves, the one who had been her best friend since childhood, the guy she wants to marry, someone who has been there through her ups and downs and knows all about her. She feels if she talks to him, he would help her financially. But when she does so, she draws a blank and ends up breaking her engagement and 20 years of friendship.

She accepts his proposal, he meets her father, pre-nuptial contracts are drawn and he tells her that though this marriage would be in name only, she has to convince Zaira that she loves him and would not leave him under any circumstance.

He had barely survived his first tryst with love and had sworn to keep away from anything to do with that emotion and she willed herself to not let any emotion invade her mind. But, he could not understand what it was about Esha that stopped him from thinking rationally

My take:

Though, we say that daughters and sons are equal, but I feel many women have to go through. Rubina has touched a very important topic by using the setting of the book.

The characters are strong and very well developed. Esha is a daughter who would make any parent proud. And Rohan, the ideal son-in-law. The secondary characters also have important roles to play in the story.

The relationship between Esha and her father has been beautifully depicted. The dialogues are very realistic.

What I loved most was the simple language and the fast pace of the book. the flow is so good that the reader is pulled into the book.

I loved the book and read it twice in a span of two days.

A must, must read.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

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Book Blitz: Lean in to relationships by Rishabh Jhol

Print Length: 143 pages
Language: English
ASIN: B0749CLW5G
Format: Kindle Edition

 

 

Doubt has pivoted many a relationship across the centuries. Whether it is Othello suspicious of Desdemona or through the rise of paranoia as a trope in twentieth-century writings. While paranoia naturally suggests the vulnerability of individual mind to social rhetoric, it is also the space for deep interrogation of the individual that renders him/her to paranoia. This novel presents that doubt has the potential to be a space of liberation.Madeeha works in Jordan to rehabilitate Syrian refugees. Zehen, a political analyst from India, meets her in the US during their social impact program. He is intrigued and charmed by her and falls deeply in love. But the world political climate, with its accompanying cultural narratives about terror and pain, infects Zehen’s mind. Zehen begins to suspect Madeeha as a possible mujahid. Will he find his truth?

Fear doesn’t devastate; it stirs the inner pot. It is a tender love story that triumphs heartbreaks and sets the foundation for a deep lasting future relationship – a delightful emancipation from social intrigues and cultural constraints.
Truly inspirational builds upon the basis of not second guessing everything, and taking risks instead of regretting not taking them. A must-read for anyone. 5 Stars. – Bill McManus, Author, and creator of the Storytime Pup

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At the time of my birth, my parents shared a one-room hut with six other family members in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Delhi.
It was a hot day in the month of March 1995. I was in standard 4th and had an examination the following day. As was regular in that locality, we didn’t have electricity that day. I couldn’t study or sleep properly. One of the watershed moments happened when I came back from school the next day. We had an inverter installed at home. I knew we couldn’t afford an inverter. But my dad was always convinced that the way out of poverty for our family is through education.
Despite an interest in creative writing, I chose to study a subject that society values more – Finance. Later, I got into one of the top colleges for finance in the country. My first salary out of college (in 2007, when I was 20 years old) was higher than that of my dad’s salary at the time.
When I was 24 years old, I had everything that makes one happy – loving parents, great partner, close-knit group of friends, and career path that exceeded every goal. Yet, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t sad either; but it never felt like my life. I had carefully and meticulously built that life though. Contextually, it was the safe thing to do.
Following year though, I had to deal with the loss of my 7 year old relationship and of my 5 year old job. My identity was crushed. My biggest lesson was that you can fail at what you don’t want, and what you consider safe; you might as well take a chance at what you truly want.
Next year, I got my ‘ideal’ job but walked away from it. Failure had taught me to be more ambitious and audacious. I had reached a point in my life where I wanted my work to have more meaning; and to stand for something more important than myself.
I started a political consulting company to maneuver social ascendance of marginalized communities by equalizing access to political capital. I primarily did topical research for MPs for their debates in the parliament and on TV shows.
Along with running my own company, I focused on my passion for writing and traveling as well. I solo travelled to all seven wonders of the world, and did two-cross country trips by train in India and in the US. I have also written and published three fiction novels.

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Mr Perfect by Sundari Venkatraman

Mr Perfect is a ‘standalone’ book by Sundari Venkatraman. It is the story of Saloni Chawla nee Malhotra and Aarav Chopra set in Delhi/ Gurgaon/ Chicago/ London.

 

The Blurb:

Saloni Malhotra is miserable with her lonely and servile existence in Chicago, while her husband Dr. Manish Chawla is too selfish to be bothered about his wife’s happiness. It’s watching her sister’s closeness to her new husband that actually opens Saloni’s eyes to the lack in her life.

Aarav Chopra hasn’t looked at another woman since he fell in love with the seventeen-year-old Saloni. The nine years in-between seem to disappear when he sets eyes on her again at her sister’s wedding. But this time round, his love stretches to include her son too, as Mitesh holds not just Aarav’s finger but also his heart in his little hand.

Things come to a head when she flees Chicago to return to Delhi along with her baby son Mitesh.

Life throws Saloni and Aarav together as she goes to work in his group of companies while awaiting her divorce. The attraction is as powerful as ever! But Saloni is absolutely clear that she wouldn’t be tied to a man ever again.

The story:

Saloni Chawla is the sister of Ruma Malhotra of The Secret Husband of the Marriages made in India Series by the same author. She also happens to be the niece of Akshay Malhotra of The Malhotra Bride. She was married off to a doctor, Manish Chawla, when she was 23 and had just passed her MBA. Now Saloni and Manish stay in Chicago with their six month old son, Mitesh.

The story starts with Saloni coming to Delhi with her family for her sister, Ruma’s wedding. She comes face to face with Aarav Chopra, the son of their driver and now a successful businessman in his own right. Aarav and Mithesh develop a bond.

Aarav has been in love with Saloni since he was 20 and she, 17. He was heart broken when he had heard that Saloni was engaged to be married and had stopped coming to the Malhotra house after Saloni’s engagement. He had never stopped loving her and his feelings for Saloni were the driving force behind the huge success that he was.  This was the first time he was coming to the house, and that too on her grandmother’s invitation, after nine years. He a a lotof respect for the matriarch and could not say no.

Manish tells her that he has to go back and that she can stay back for as long as she likes. She goes back to the US but Manish is busy with his own circle of friends. So she takes a decision, calls up Akshay and comes back to India with baby Mitesh.

Her grandmother supports her in her decision, and she start applying for jobs and ends up working with Aarav.

The rest as they say is histoy…………………

My take:

Sundari, you’ve done it again. Made me smile while reading the book and now while writing the review.

The plot is simple and well written. The language and the flow of the book is good. As always the characters are well developed and the conversations and interactions between the characters have been dealt with beautifully. I loved Mitesh, he is so cute and the way he keeps the family around him is very sweet. The scenes can be easily visualized.

The author has beautifully portrayed that understanding is a must in all relationships and also respect for the other person is important.

A must read for all romance fans, with a warning, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN. So grab the book, your pillow and a quiet space and read on.

I love the way the characters from Sundari’s previous books keep popping up.

Book Blast: Children’s Classic Stories Volume I – Retold by Aniesha Brahma

About the Book:

This gorgeous treasury of ten classic stories is guaranteed to delight and entertain young children, bringing the magic of traditional stories to the new generation of children. Aimed at 8-12 year olds, each favourite fairy tale or story has been sensitively retold for young readers.

The series ‘Children’s Classic Stories’ contains total 100 stories in 10 volumes. The stories in this collection show the consequences of greed, pride, and vanity, but also tell of the love that grows from a kind heart and a cheerful nature.

Volume 1 includes the following stories:

01. Little Red Riding Hood

02. Cinderella

03. Hansel and Gretel

04. Sleeping Beauty

05. Snow White and Rose Red

06. The Emperor’s New Clothes

07. Rumplestiltskin

08. The Wise Little Girl

09. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

10. Rip Van Winkle

 

About the Author:

Aniesha Brahma knew she wanted to be a writer since she was six years old. She was schooled in Dolna Day School and went on to pursue B.A., M.A., and M.Phil in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur Univeristy. She currently lives in Kolkata, with her family and five pet cats. She is the author of All Signs Lead Back to You, When Our Worlds Collide, The Guitar Girl and The Secret Proposal. She compiled and edited the 10 volumes series, ‘Children’s Classic Stories’ with love and great efforts.

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Juni Dagger: Murders in Meraupatnam by Arjun Chandra Kathpalia

51aRsKAIadL._SX354_BO1_204_203_200_.jpgI received the book Juni Dagger: Murders in Meraupatnam by Arjun Chandra Kathpalia as a review copy. I would like to thank the publisher for the book. The book is a mystery and has been written by a sixteen year old boy.

The blurb:

When the residents of Meraupatnam’s posh Dormeth Lane start getting picked off by mysterious snipers, the mayor has no choice but to call in the celebrated detective Juni Dagger. With the aid of his assistant, Monroe and a stranger-turned-ally, Cameron, Dagger must trace the links between the murders and find the mastermind, a mysterious man who goes by the name Veron.

Interspersed with his sleuthing, are Dagger’s culinary adventures, which often throw up clues to his case. Soon, Dagger discovers that Veron is now targeting him and his desire to be rid of the detective can only be matched by Dagger’s desire to enjoy a good meal (or two or three!).

Perfect for readers who like their mystery with a generous side of comedy, Juni Dagger is sure to leave you wanting more, both from the detective, and your meals.

The story:

27 year old Juni Dagger is an investigator, and one of world’s best detectives. When the small, sleepy town of Meraupatnam in the Indian sub-continent witnesses serial sniper killings and the police are not able to even start digging the case, Juni is pressed into the case by the Mayor of the town. Juni does not have an assistant, he prefers to take and drop assistants with cases, is more of a lone wolf and does not prefer attachment of any sort. He likes to take things easy, he is in no hurry to plunge into the case. He loves food and does not believe in coincidences.

When Juni reaches Meraupatnam he meets eccentric Mr Crow, a widely acclaimed cards player and defeats him. Then he meets the Mayor who briefs him on the case and assigns a local person, Monroe, as his assistant. At the first instance, Juni asks Monroe to get him food. Monroe thinks he is an extremely eccentric and whimsical person.

They try to decipher the clues, the deaths continue and sometimes they foil the plans. During one of these episodes, he meets Cameron, a Ninja and a trained assassin to kill and make it look like an accident, who uses Ninja equipment like a shruiken. As they have the same plan they decide to work together.

Time progresses, clues come, clues go, and suddenly one day, Juni has a Eureka moment and suddenly everything starts falling into place like a jigsaw puzzle

My take:

The story is a murder mystery plot set in a small town setting. The author has created the characters with a lot of details and the characters were realistic and also relatable. The author has described the town of Meraupatnam in detail and I was actually looking for a town of the same name on the internet. It was only then I realized that the town is a figment of the author’s imagination.

The language is simple and the humour is palpable. The author has used the plot of a murder mystery with all the possible elements like suspense, secret codes, clues, snipers, letters, riddles and twists and turns.

Once I was 20 pages into the book, it was very difficult for me to keep the book down. The book is fast paced.

All through the book, I never felt that the book was the debut work of a teenager.

A must read for everyone.

DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from the publisher. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Book Blitz: Water Boarding by Bragadeesh Prasanna

Print Length: 292 pages
Publication Date: October 8, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B075W9WBVR

 

 

As a torture technique, Waterboarding involves the torturer to pour water over the face of the captive, over a damp towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that he is not actually drowning, the captive’s body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience.Ved, who just got out of a life-changing accident finds out that he has blank spaces in his memory. He is unsure about his past and uncertain about his future but goes through with the present with the help of his friend Sara. Sara slowly builds Ved’s past, filling him with people and instances he had forgotten.

As Ved struggles with the financial strain caused by his accident and subsequent medical bills and figuring out whom to trust, Ved is forced to live in the moment, which is dark, terrifying and maddening as his past catches up with him. Will he finally know who he was and how his past actions affect his present?

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Bragadeesh Prasanna is a Chennai based writer, who blogs, writes short stories and sometimes lets his stories stretch itself to become a full fledged novel.  His romance novel, 300 days, which released in 2016, received generally positive reviews.  He had also contributed to different short story anthologies like After the Floods (Published by sixth sense publication), From Chennai, with Love (Curated by Chennai Bloggers Club)
When he is not writing or dreaming about writing, he runs a marketing agency in Chennai, which specializes in digital marketing. He loves his scotch and coffee, chicken biriyani, Rose milk and Chennai. You can just type in his full name in Google search bar to reach his blog. No, seriously, try it.

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The Laundry Girl by Yamini Pustake Bhalerao

the_laundry_girl_300_rgb_1501123577_380x570.jpgI received The Laundry Girl by Yamini Pustake Bhalerao as a review copy from the author. The debut novel of the author is an ebook exclusive to Juggernautapp and website. I have read her previous book, Operation Superstar, which was a collection of short stories on the Juggernaut App.

This book is the story of Indira, a girl who heads a detective agency. Her team comprises of Spence, a hacker; Nadia, a chartered accountant; Laxmi, an ex-assistant of a private detective and Bhavesh, the go-to person for anything and everything. Bhavesh was her first partner and we had met him in Operation Superstar, the first book.

The Blurb:

Indira can make your worst and most embarrassing problems go away. She is a fixer, private investigator, thief and lethal street fighter rolled into one deadly package. She is pressured by a very powerful client to take up a case she doesn’t want to. The very case has lead to her involvement in the death of three people.

And now that she is the next target of a dangerous assassin, it turns out that only she can help herself. Can The Laundry Girl overcome the demons of her own past as a convict, and come out alive at the end of this case? Or will this case lead to her end?

The story:

The book begins with Yamini on a case of the CEO of a company, Trista Pharmaceuticals, who is being blackmailed by his PA. She solves the case with the help of her team in a fast-track mode. But little does she know that the case would almost cost her her life.

My take:

It is an interesting book which showcases the journey of the detective. Her past, her family and why she is what she is. The book has been written in simple english and the characters have been created with a lot of effort. The book is fast paced and has been beautifully written.

I was so caught up with the book that I was reading the book till 4am even though I had to get up at 530am the next day to go to work and actually had to have a cup of strong black coffee to take me through the day.

Initially, I thought, the case is over, now she would move on to the next one, so this is also a collection of short stories like the previous one, but little did I know that what I was about to read next would keep me glued till the end.

I enjoyed the book immensely.

And am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series…..

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.