Bootie and the beast by Falguni Kothari

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Bootie and the Beast by Falguni Kothari is the story of Diya Mathur and Krish Menon. They were the supporting characters in the author’s first book, It’s your move, Wordfreak. He is the protagonists’ brother and she, her best friend. They were engaged nine years ago when she broke off the engagement saying that she would never marry a dictatorial, ungallant, workaholic.

The characters:

Diya Mathur, 30, is the daughter of dentist parents, Kamal and Lubna Mathur. She has an elder sister Priya Shroff, Pree, a gynaecologist. She grew up with the Menon kids, Alisha and her brother, Krish and the children called themselves the M brigade. As a kid, she believed in fairy tales, wanted to marry a real prince and called herself Princess DKM. She still does and has been in love with Krish and wanted to marry him since she was sixteen until her dream ended on the night of her twenty first birthday. Now, she is a super model, Party Princess of Asia, Queen of House and Kitchen and Brand Ambassador for the fashion label House of Scheherazade. She loves to cook and has all the possible skills like stitching, needlework. She loves the colour pink and almost everything she owns is pink.

Krish Menon, 35, is the Chief Financial Officer of Armadillo Farms and Foods and lives in Dallas. Diya was the first baby he held all by himself when he was five years old. Work is his religion, numbers his mantra and profit projection and spreadsheets, his portal to Nirvana. He idolizes her father and trusts him with everything in the world. He thrives on being the Beast of Burden. Being a true Menon, he runs far far away from romantic entanglements. She calls him the Beast and he calls her Dee-Dumbs. They haven’t seen much of each other in the last few years, work, life and their own hasty actions had got in the way of their friendship.

The story:

It all starts with a bootie that Diya buys for her friend Alisha and Aryan, as a lucky charm and then she is spotted by a fan at her sister’s clinic and the rumour mills start working overtime. Diya’s father asks Krish to let Diya stay with him till the rumours about her settle down, and Krish agrees. She comes to Dallas and finds that he lives in the house of her dreams. He convinces her to Neil, the grandson of one of her father’s patients, for a matrimonial alliance, by becoming her knave. Krish tells her that he loves her and wants to marry her, they get engaged but she breaks off the engagement once again.

My take:

I loved the line in the book which says, “Men are not equipped to deal with life’s vicissitudes”. The story is nice and sweet. The language is simple and the characters are lovable. Slight references to her debut book make it more interesting and the link works well. Krish is very nice, understanding and caring. Diya being Diya, is unpredictable.

Highly recommended.

A must read.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Harlequin India

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Seven Day Love Story by Nikki Logan

I was surprised to see this book by Mills and Boon India, M&B, fast fiction from Mills and Boon, a monthly magazine. It has a short story, hImageoroscope and some recipes. A good book for its price of Rs 60.00. I could lay my hands on the second issue only as the shopkeeper had sent the unsold copies back to the distributor. I shall look for the first issue.

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The story is Nikki Logan’s Seven Day Love Story, less than 100 pages of print and can be read on the go. It is the story of Jayne Morrrow, alias J.C.Moro, a top of the list novelist from Pennsylvania who comes to Banjo’s Ridge in Australia and lives in a house with four rescued dogs. She is living a simple life, keeps the blinds closed, does not go out and orders everything in. In comes Todd Blackwood, a biologist  (flora specialist) turned Shire Ranger, and tells her that she can keep only three dogs as per law and ends up helping her get a license for keeping other animals. He helps her and she starts opening up to him.

I liked the story, it was simple and nice. The chapters start with a day of the week and the story moves day by day. She has portrayed Jayne really well, that I could feel what Jayne was feeling.

A book worth the money spent.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Mills & Boon India

The Prophecy of Trivine

The Prophecy of Trivine has been written by three authors, Pulkit Gupta, Srivatsan Sridharan and Tnahsin Garg is a book belonging to the sci-fi genre. It is the story of three different people who meet and become friends: Phil, a hacker; Siv, a scientist and Arty, and artist. I would like to thank Nimmi Vashi of Readers Cosmos for sending me an autographedImage copy of the book

The blurb:

An emissary of an advanced alien race travels to the Earth to undertake responsibility of an experiment that has gone out of control. The outcome of this fateful experiment, which was conceived millions of years ago by her species, now rests in her hands. As she prepares to deliver her final judgment, she comes across three young men in a sacred forest who change her life forever.

These three men- a scientist, a hacker and an artist, happen to take refuge in that forest, trying to escape from the oddities of their own unfair lives. Struggling with their dreams and demons, they begin to explore the dark and paranormal behavior of the forest by forging a companionship. From the rare flora and fauna breathing alive on the ground to the deadly wide expanse of the whimsy black sky, everything they find is yet another puzzle unsolved.

Little did they know that four of them hold in their hands the future of mankind and much beyond imagination, they are connected through an ancient Prophecy that was long lost in the sands of time.

The characters:

Phil, Philip Mascarenhas, a student of the City College of Engineering, known as Red Dragon to hi friends both online and offline.

Siv, Sivananda Chandrashekhara Ishwar Venkatamurthy is a PhD and has come to a forest for research.

Arty is an artist who loves nature.

Xona, a Gucutep Council member, is sent to earth by the council with a mission to save purpose.

The story:

The book starts with a prologue which mentions about a Gucutep creating something on the floor of the ocean. And then the story begins….

It is midnight when Phil is watching a movie on the computer in his hostel room, his friend comes and tells him that there is a team from the Cyber-crime division and a police squad in the Director’s office looking for him. He puts everything in a self-destruct mode and runs away from the campus. The police chase him and he ends up in a clearing in the forest where he sees a shack. The shack is like a laboratory with chemicals and it belongs to Siv, who is out in search of a flower whose drawings were accidentally lying in the shack. And Siv meets Arty, the artist, the one who did the drawings and his drawings are missing. And the three of them start staying in the shack when they meet Agni, who also starts staying with them.

Who is Agni? Why is she here? What is Xona’s mission? These are some mysteries and there are many more in this book.

The review:

I actually looked up the word ‘Gucutep’ to see what it actually is and realized that this alien race is actually a product of the authors’ imagination. The language is simple and the characters have been developed well. Once the characters come in conta
ct with each other, the story becomes a fast paced thriller. The book being written by three authors has been well written except at some places where it was a little difficult for me to find the flow of the book. The scenes in the jungle have been well described and can be imagined. My favourite was the part when the three of them are stuck inside a cave and do not leave each other because they know that only one can survive and they decide to brave it together. The story also shows the compassionate side of the aliens, which are very similar to humans.  I found the prologue a little confusing.

Overall, a nice book. I am sure Sci-fi lovers would love it. A sequel would be more than welcome.

Book Source: Readers Cosmos

Publisher: Good Times books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its your move, Wordfreak by Falguni Kothari

I started looking forImage the book. ‘Its your move, Wordfreak by Falguni Kothari’ when I saw her name as the next author of the Indian Author collection of Mills and Boon. I ordered it on Snapdeal, waited for it to arrive but suddenly, I received a prerecorded message from them that the order had been cancelled. I then looked up and found it available on Amazon, who delivered it the very next day and started my journey with Alisha Menon and Aryan Rajaram Chawla. The story is set in Mumbai.

The characters:

Alisha Menon, 28, BSL, LLB, a divorce lawyer, specializes in out of court mediation and does not believe in happily ever after. She is wary of men and wary of romantic entanglements. Interference makes her cranky and opposition, furious. Her parents separated when she was 11. Brought up by her mother, Savitri Menon, she is strong and independent. She does not have many friends, Diya Mathur is her best friend, she calls her Lee-Sha and Alisha calls her Dee. Madhuri Tandon, MT, is a lawyer, her mother’s friend and her mentor.

Aryan Chawla, 25, an architect with Prithvi Homes, designs environmental friendly homes. He lost his mother when he was 13 and was brought up by his grandmother, Bharati Vaidya. He is a Page 3 and knows people from Bollywood. Sameer Vaidya is his Uncle Sam, elder to him by ten years. He is an architect and Aryan is very close to him.

The story:

Wordfreak and Worddiva come across each other while playing an online scrabble game. Gradually, they get chatting, their online chats are enchanting and their scrabble competitions exhilarating, and agree to meet on a blind date. She hopes he would be all that she had imagined him to be and he is but she refuses to reveal her identity and phone number to him, whose name she overhears as Aryan. For him, she is not only perfect but his polar opposite and for her there is a reservation about their ages. After the disastrous meeting is over, they go back to their online scrabble and chat and decide to meet again. They start meeting daily and meet each other’s families. He wants her to move in with her but she lacks commitment.

Everything is nice and happy till they have a fight, he disappears and is nursing a secret.

My take:

I loved the cover of the book. The story is interesting, well written and the language is simple. The characters have been developed well. The story is fast paced and nery involving. The book made me laugh and it made me cry.

Aryan is too good to be true, just the guy you would like your family to meet. I loved it when he called Alisha, Sunshine.

I enjoyed the book thoroughly, highly recommended. A sequel would be appreciated and welcome.

If made into a Bollywood film, I am sure it would be a hit.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher Rupa Publications

 

It had to be you by Anuj Tiwari

Girl meets boy, they fall in love. The girl disappears and the boy is heart broken. He goes into depression, gets treatment and moves town but the sImageearch is on.

It had to be you by Anuj Tiwari is the story of Anuj, a software engineer, who undergoes treatment for depression after the love of his life, Pakhi disappears. He moves to Mumbai for his job, to start afresh, but Pakhi’s memories go with him. He works, gets tired and falls asleep. But, he is still searching for Pakhi. He reads her mails, sees her picture and listens to the voicemails.

He makes friends like Payal and Meera in office and there is his flatmate, Vishal. In Delhi, he has a friend in Anushka who helps him in his search. He meets an old tea seller outside his apartment complex in Mumbai, Rahim Chacha, who helps him understand the deeper meaning of life.

The book moves back and forth from Delhi to Mumbai in search of clues for Pakhi.

The book has been written in first person and the feelings of the main protagonist have been described in detail. The language is simple and the flow is good.I liked the book but felt that the author has stretched the search too long and suddenly the track of the book changes and there is a twist in the story.

I would like to thank Shorya Bhutani of Rupa Publications India for sending me a review copy of the book.

Book Source: Review copy from Publisher

Publisher: Rupa Publications India

Against all Odds by Jazz Singh

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Against all Odds is an Indireads novella by Jazz Singh. It is the story of Sanjana and Abhimanyu Chopra set in Delhi and Kasauli.

The Blurb:

On a rainy night, Sanjana and Abhimanyu meet in the most unromantic of conditions. She’s wet, muddy and is almost run over by him, while he accuses her of trying to scam money from him. After an acrimonious exchange, each hopes never to set eyes on the other again. But fate has other plans for them…

As they meet again, and yet again, Abhimanyu finds himself admiring Sanjana’s spirit and obvious talent. Before he knows it, he’s head-over-heels in love with her. It’s the perfect modern fairytale–business tycoon falls for struggling designer from nowhere–but then his mother enters the picture.

She makes it crystal clear that Sanjana has no place in her son’s life.

The two break apart until their worlds collide yet again; another accident, in another time and place. Will they come together this time, against all odds?

 The story:

Sanjana, from Kasauli is a freshly passed out Interior Designer, on her first project in Delhi.  One day, she slips and falls in front of a rich man’s car, and when he accuses her of purposely doing so, she hires an autorickshaw and goes to a hospital despite his telling her that he would take her there. She ends up with a hairline fracture. She then runs into the same arrogant rich man at her workplace and they are introduced to each other. He is Abhimanyu Chopra, a real estate agent. They keep running into each other and she starts falling in love with him but does not let him know because they are from two different world: He is rich and she is middle class, he is city bred and she belongs to a small town.

Enter Mrs Chopra, Abhi’s mother, a rich lady who thinks that Sanjana is out to get her son for money and the drama is complete. Sanjana goes away without leaving a trace.

My take:

A sweet and simple love story, with all the essential ingredients thrown in, against all odds, is a refreshing read. The characters are well described and lifelike. Sanjana has her head firmly fixed on her shoulders, sacrifices her love and does not have any bad feelings for anyone. Abhi is arrogant and nice both at the same time.

I loved it. Another must read romance from Indireads.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Indireads

Format: Ebook

The Prophecy of Trivine

I would like to thank the authors for sending me an autographed copy of The Prophecy of Trivine. This book has been written by three authors, Pulkit Gupta, Srivatsan Sridharan and Tnahsin Garg is a book belonging to the sci-fi genre. It is the story of three different people who meet and become friImageends: Phil, an ethical hacker; Siv, a scientist and Arty, and artist.

The blurb:

An emissary of an advanced alien race travels to the Earth to undertake responsibility of an experiment that has gone out of control. The outcome of this fateful experiment, which was conceived millions of years ago by her species, now rests in her hands. As she prepares to deliver her final judgment, she comes across three young men in a sacred forest who change her life forever.

These three men- a scientist, a hacker and an artist, happen to take refuge in that forest, trying to escape from the oddities of their own unfair lives. Struggling with their dreams and demons, they begin to explore the dark and paranormal behavior of the forest by forging a companionship. From the rare flora and fauna breathing alive on the ground to the deadly wide expanse of the whimsy black sky, everything they find is yet another puzzle unsolved.

Little did they know that four of them hold in their hands the future of mankind and much beyond imagination, they are connected through an ancient Prophecy that was long lost in the sands of time.

The characters:

Phil, Philip Mascarenhas, a student of the City College of Engineering, known as Red Dragon to hi friends both online and offline.

Siv, Sivananda Chandrashekhara Ishwar Venkatamurthy is a PhD and has come to a forest for research.

Arty is an artist who loves nature.

Xona, a Gucutep Council member, is sent to earth by the council with a mission to save purpose.

The story:

The book starts with a prologue which mentions about a Gucutep creating something on the floor of the ocean. And then the story begins….

It is midnight when Phil is watching a movie on the computer in his hostel room, his friend comes and tells him that there is a team from the Cyber-crime division and a police squad in the Director’s office looking for him. He puts everything in a self-destruct mode and runs away from the campus. The police chase him and he ends up in a clearing in the forest where he sees a shack. The shack is like a laboratory with chemicals and it belongs to Siv, who is out in search of a flower whose drawings were accidentally lying in the shack. And Siv meets Arty, the artist, the one who did the drawings and his drawings are missing. And the three of them start staying in the shack when they meet Agni, who also starts staying with them.

Who is Agni? Why is she here? What is Xona’s mission? These are some mysteries and there are many more in this book.

The review:

I actually looked up the word ‘Gucutep’ to see what it actually is and realized that this alien race is actually a product of the authors’ imagination. The language is simple and the characters have been developed well. Once the characters come in contact with each other, the story becomes fast paced. The book being written by three authors has been well written except at some places where it was a little difficult for me to find the flow of the book. The scenes in the jungle have been well described and can be imagined. My favourite was the part when the three of them are stuck inside a cave and do not leave each other because they know that only one can survive and they decide to brave it together.The story also shows the compassionate side of the aliens, which are very similar to humans.  I found the prologue a little confusing.

Overall, a nice book. I am sure Sci-fi lovers would love it. A sequel would be more than welcome.

Book Source: Review copy from the authors

Publisher: Good Times Books Pvt Ltd