I.T.Hurts by Subhasis Das and Mahi Singla

IT hurtsI received IT hurts by Subhasis Das and Mahi Singla as a review copy from Rupa Publications. Thank You Ram for the book. The book revolves around the IT world and Gautam, the main protagonist.

The blurb:

Gautam, the rich brat ; Subho, the corporate slave; Mudrika (Moody), the ambitious girl; Richa, the tomboy; Pritam, the dummy; and Ali, the carefree genius—six people from different backgrounds enter in the IT industry with a common dream: to become rich.

On the very first day of his job, Gautam falls for the gorgeous Ananya. But when he admits his love to her, he gets the shock of his life—she is soon to be married. Devastated, Gautam moves out of Ananya’s life and finds solace with his gang of friends and in cans of beer. Corporate life and its grind helps, too, and so does a move to the States. But Gautam decides to give love a second chance and flies down to Mumbai. Will he be second time lucky?

Find out in IT Hurts! a heartwarming story of newfound love, old friendships and the trial and tribulations of a punishing industry.

The story:

Gautam Deshmukh moves to Mumbai for a job, but more so to forget the love of his life Riya, only to meet a Riya lookalike at the pre placement medical examination. This Riya turns out to be Ananya Singh, four years older than him and already engaged to be married. This devastates him and he finds his friends mean more to him than anything. He then moves to America and parties hard. Only to come back to India for official work and find Ananya again. Will they confess their love now or will they still keep beating around the bush?

My take:

The book revolves around the IT industry, its cut throat competition, goals and targets. But it also revolves around friendship of Gautam, Subho, Pritam, Ali, Moody and Richa. The language is simple, the flow good and the suspense keeps the reader wanting to read more before keeping the book down. Though the book moves back and forth between the past present, but the track is well maintained.

 

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Rapid Fall by Adiana Ray

Rapid Fall by Adiana Ray is the love story of JD and Sonia set in Rishikesh and Mumbai. I received the book as a review copy from Indireads. Thank you, Naheed for the book.

The Blurb:rapid-fall

Sonia and JD’s tempestuous attraction is as stormy as the rapids at Rishikesh. Not even a dip in icy waters can douse the sparks that fly when they are around each other.

JD’s recent divorce, however, has left him commitment phobic and bitter, and he doesn’t seem to want more than a physical relationship. At heart, Sonia is conservative; can she bring herself to accept a modern ‘live-in’ relationship, or will she push him away with her demands for a commitment?

The story:

Jaiprakash Dwivedi, JD is the Managing Director, Phoenix Media and Creativity Group, a company that he set up fifteen years ago with his friend, Monica. A workaholic, his work was his passion and when an idea struck he had to act on it immediately, something his wife did not understand and divorced him and also she didn’t want him to meet their daughter, whereas he had always tried to be a good father.

Sonia Mehta, from Indore, works in the HR department at Rittam Exports and has been asked by her boss to organize some affordable team building activities. She talks to her friend, Reena, and finalizes a white water rafting trip to Rishikesh because it fits within the budget. Naveen, a CA in her company is interested in her but she keeps her distance.

JD had always loved trekking and he goes river rafting in Rishikesh when he and his friend cum guide, Rakesh, meet with an accident and he has to fill in for Rakesh, who had broken his leg, for the team from Rittam Exports. As soon as they land, Sonia finds that the guide is late and they hit off the wrong way. The team leaves after a near accident and a brooding JD also goes back to Mumbai, making it difficult for his office people, till they manage an assignment with Rittam Exports.

My take:

A light, nice and fast paced book.  The characters have been described well. I loved the detailed description of the scenic beauty of Rishikesh and the falls. JD and Monica’s relationship is beautiful. Good work, Adiana.

Book Source: Review copy from the Publisher

I also won the book as a part of the Tornado Giveaway organised by the bookclub

Publisher: Indireads

Format: ebook

Cover Reveal: Under my skin

 

~Book Details~
Title and Author: Under My Skin by Alix Nichols
No. of Pages: 130 Pages
Series: Bistro La Boheme #2
Publication Date: October 11, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
~Blurb~
UNDER MY SKIN is the second novel in the addictive BISTRO LA BOHEME series. This delightful Parisian version of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” will entertain you with a gripping story, endearing characters and sizzling romance. 
 
A tall well-dressed guy entered the bistro, dripping rain and hotness. He stopped by the door and surveyed the room searching for someone, his gaze lingering on the females…until it met Jeanne’s. He beamed and walked toward her, his eyes trained on her and full of warmth. Did he know her? Was she supposed to know him? 
 
Feisty bartender Jeanne and geek-turned-hottie Mat embark on an emotional and sensual roller coaster, as their paths cross at an engagement party, a baptism and a wedding… not counting all the other times they “accidentally” run into each other. 
 
And miserably fail to behave with propriety. 
 
But Mat is an ambitious politician running for mayor of his hometown and going steady with an exquisite woman. He knows exactly where he wants to be five years from now. 
 
Falling for Jeanne all over again is definitely NOT part of his plan.

 

~Excerpt~

A tall well-dressed guy entered the bistro, dripping rain and hotness. He stopped by the door and surveyed the room. Must be looking for Rob, Jeanne thought. She tried to peel her gaze off him and focus on the conversation around her. Easier said than done. Aside from his general attractiveness, the stranger was full of contrasts that mesmerized her.

He had long legs and narrow hips, yet his upper body was deliciously brawny. The poor fellow must have a hard time finding suits that fit. Speaking of suits, his was a sleek number cut from the finest, smoothest wool to grace La Bohème on her watch. The trendy jacket overlaid the lines of his V-shaped torso as if it were tailor-made. Which it probably was. On top of all that, his friendly clean-shaven face sported a masculine nose and a firm jawline.Just as the mysterious hunk turned to survey her side of the room, Rob approached him and gave him a big hug. “I’m so glad you made it! It wouldn’t have been a proper engagement party without my future best man.”

“It’s a matter of having one’s priorities straight,” the hunk said. “I told the boss I was leaving at five thirty, whether we were finished or not.”

His crooked smile sent a couple of Jeanne’s internal organs into a happy little somersault.“That’s the spirit, man.” Rob grinned.

The guy winked. “Having Mom as my boss does have its perks. Where’s Lena, by the way?”“Fetching her folks. They should be here in half an hour.” Rob patted him on the shoulder. “Now, why don’t you give me your wet jacket and go get yourself a drink. The party doesn’t officially begin until eight thirty, so you can chill and talk to the people you know.”

The hunk removed his jacket, uncovering an expensive-looking shirt–and a better view of his broad chest.

Jeanne swallowed. Was this guy real?

Rob took the wet garment from him and walked away. And then something weird happened. The hottie remained by the door instead of walking toward the guests or the bar. He looked around the room again as if searching for someone–his gaze lingering on the females until it met Jeanne’s. He beamed and walked toward her, his eyes trained on her and full of warmth.

Does he know me? Do I know him?It was downright impossible that she would forget a stud of this caliber, even if she had met him during her wild teens.

“Hi, Jeanne. Don’t you remember me?” he asked when he was close enough for her to discern the hint of five-o’clock shadow on his chiseled jaw.

“I’m sorry . . . Are you sure we’ve met?”

“Every day for almost two years.”

Righto. “Next you’ll tell me I used to go out with you,” she said tilting her head to the side.

“Unfortunately, you didn’t.” The dreamboat sounded genuinely sorry. “But it wasn’t for my lack of trying. I spent most of my money eating at this bistro just so I could see you.”

She gave him a puzzled look. Who was he?“OK, you really don’t remember me.” He bowed ceremoniously. “Mathieu Gérard, also known as Mat. I’m a friend of Rob’s. We studied together here in Paris a few years back.”

“Mat?” There was no way this guy was Mat. “You can’t be him. Mat was . . . he was . . .”

“Nothing like me?” he prompted, the corners of his mouth twitching.

To put it mildly.

~Buying Links~
PRE-ORDER on: Amazon
~About the
Author~

 

I am an avid reader of chick lit, romance and
fantasy, caffeine addict and a badge-wearing Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fan. 
I
released my first book at the age of six. It had six postcard-size pages
stitched together and bound in velvet paper. The book was titled “Eliza
and Robert” and had atrocious mistakes in every single word. Some words
were written in mirror image. Unintentionally. I remember being immensely proud
of my creation. 

Turns
out there’s a remarkable constancy to my life: decades later, I still love the
name Robert and the genre romance. As for my spelling and grammar, they are
only marginally better than at age six (thank God for editors!). 

I live
and work in Paris, France. When not writing, I read romance (what else?) and
spend time with my family. 

Follow the Author:
Website: http://www.alixnichols.com

Twitter: @aalix_nichols
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AuthorANichols


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Author Interview Series: Interview with Adiana Ray

author picAdiana enjoys reading murder mysteries, classic romances and playing Pictionary (the noisier the better). She believes in the Zen tenet ‘each state has a 1000 truths’. Every person brings their own unique experiences to a situation, which makes them see things differently and interpret it in their own way.

Couple this with the winds of change that are sweeping across the Indian sub-continent, with the rise of the meritocracy, breaking down of social barriers, rising education levels and professional representation for women in the work force, and more and more men and women working side by side on a daily basis; at the same time family ties, ideas of beauty and attractiveness in a partner and cultural expectations haven’t exactly been thrown out of the window.

All these things together throw up interesting circumstances, actions and reactions among people. This is what inspires her to write, trying to see each relationship in a different way, and always having a new story to tell. When she writes, her story could be a fantasy, but will be a believable one that could happen to anyone of us and her focus, above all, is to entertain the reader. Rapid Fall is her first published book.

Thank you Adiana for agreeing to this interview.

At the outset, could you please tell the readers about yourself?

I like reading, cooking, traveling and trying out new stuff. About five years ago I made a promise to myself to try two new things every year; I have managed to keep that promise. So done things like belly dancing, learnt to play golf and tennis, went for a web designing class and toboggan riding etc, etc. This year it is going to be mahjong and swimming. It has been great fun. I absolutely dislike pseudo intellectuals and drama kings and queens. I believe change is ever constant and when you move on don’t look back.

How did you think of writing a book?

Well I love to read and have always liked to write as well. Went through the usual gamut of writing opportunities in school and college. Then did an MBA and besides reports didn’t write much else till I gave up working when my children came along. It was my publisher Indireads who asked me to send them a few story ideas and then we just took it from there.

Have you done a course on creative writing or is the talent natural?

No, I haven’t done any course but I would really like to do one as I think that would help me a lot as a writer.

What motivated you to write a full fledged novel?

Meeting up with Indireads…I guess. They asked me to send them a few story ideas and then we discussed it and Rapid Fall was born. However technically I still have to write a full fledged novel as Rapid Fall is really a novella due to it being shorter than a novel.

What were the challenges faced while writing the book?

I didn’t know anything about structure, flow, character development or anything so I had to research stuff as I went along and of course the editors could be quite ruthless. Besides there were times I was just stuck and didn’t know how to proceed. I knew where I wanted to go, just didn’t know how to get there. Vocabulary was another challenge. In our day to day life our vocabulary is so limited that even though you have access to words and phrases your short term memory has a problem retrieving them. So you know there is a better word out there but it is just floating around beyond your grasp, Which is what I found very, very frustrating. Besides due to it being a ‘novella’ you have to work within a smaller word count and that does constrain your descriptions and character development: on the plus side though it can move at a fast pace and I like that.

Is the book based on someone you know or heard of?

No, not directly. In fact I make it a point not to use friends or their experiences in my stories. When I say fiction it is completely and wholly that. Having said that I lived in a working woman’s hostel when I first came to Mumbai and the character of Sonia could have been based on many of the girls who had come to the metropolis to make a living. Also I have worked for many years in Mumbai so do know how corporates operate which gave me my background.

The cover of your book, Rapid Fall, is very nice, did you have a say in designing it?

That was wholly the publisher’s design. They showed it to me after it was done and luckily I liked it. Authors don’t get too much say in this area.

What kinds of books do you read? Who is your favourite author?

I am a very eclectic reader and go with anything that comes my way; result is my list of favourite authors keep changing. Right now I would go with Suzanne Collins.

When you pick up books to read, what is your favourite genre?

All time favourites are legal dramas and romance; recently though I seem to be veering towards fantasy too.

Which book are you currently reading?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Norwegian Wood by

And some of Jazz Singh’s romantic novels that are in the pipeline.

What is the next project that you are working on? When is the next book scheduled for release?

Working on two or three things right now, including a collection of short stories and a historical romance. When is the release scheduled? That my dear is the million dollar question…wish I knew.

Any word of wisdom for aspiring authors?

Read! Read! Read! Anything you can get your hands on. Read critically; look at their structure, their dialogue, their descriptions to get an idea of what you like and what would work for you.

 

Thank you once again for sharing your thoughts with your readers.

 

Social Media links of Adiana Ray for readers to find/follow/like:

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adiana.ray

twitter: @adrayyyed

blog: adianaray.blogspot.com

google+: https://plus.google.com/+AdianaRayauthor

 

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Once upon a Bride by Helen Lacey

image_width.phpOnce upon a bride by Helen Lacey is a story set in Crystal Point, Australia.

The blurb:

Bridal consultant Lauren Jakowski wants marriage, but she’s just sworn off love and sex! To avoid getting burned again, she’s looking for safe, comfortable and forever-after…. which is opposite of what her delectable new neighbour, Gabe Vitali, wants! Too bad Lauren isn’t going to give up on her fairy tale just yet….

The story:

Lauen Jakowski, owned the most successful bridal store in Bellandale. She has a tragic history, losing her love, Tom, to cancer, three weeks before her wedding and her marriage to James, two years later, ended in a divorce. She believes in happily ever after and would settle for compatibility when she marries. Her mother is always looking for a son-in-law. Mary-Jane and Cassie are her best friends.

Gabe Vitali has moved to Crystal Point from America, where he worked as a doctor, and manages the Crystal Point Surf Club and Community Centre. He is friends with Lauren’s brother Cameron. He has a five year plan before he commits himself.

Lauren has made a vow of celibacy when her marriage to James ended. She tells this to her friends at her brother’s wedding and her neighbour, Gabe, hears it all. This is how the story begins.

He is single. She is single.

She is awesome. He is gorgeous.

She likes him. He clearly likes her.

They’re friends. Neighbours.

Sounds perfect. But it isn’t.

They both want different things.

This is all that I would tell you and not spill the beans any further.

My take:

I loved the way the characters develop. The author has chosen very different names for the characters and that also makes them very likable. She has described the feelings of both the characters and the best part of the book was that the characters share their feelings with each other. I loved it when Lauren calls her mother, Matka, Polish for mother.

This is the first Helen Lacey book for me and am looking forward to reading more from her.

A thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Harlequin India

What would I tell her @13 by Sudesna Ghosh

61y2DmSrCPL._SL500_AA300_What Would I Tell Her @ 13 by Sudesna Ghosh is a book which the author has compiled using her knowledge of psychology. As the blurb mentions, the book is dedicated to the new Indian teenage girl, her parents and anyone trying to survive this phase. She has illustrated the various chapters of the book with interviews with various women and also compiled the viewpoints of child psychologists and various experienced parents.

My take:

The introduction of the book made me recall certain instances of my teenage years and made me nostalgic. As a mother of a ten year old who has already started rebelling here and there, I found this book very helpful and nice. I feel that I would need to read again and again as a reference manual as she progresses to thirteen and mark whichever I can for her to read.

Book source: Bought

Publisher: Harlequin India

 

Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons in Old Delhi by Pamela Timms

P-M-B-9789382277149I received the book Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons in Old Delhi by Pamela Timms as a review copy from Rupa Publications. Thank you, Ram, of Rupa Publications for the book.

Book Blurb:

One of the great highlights of the winter is heavenly milky dessert that makes a brief but unforgettable earthly experience in the gullies of Old Delhi almost as soon as the last Diwali firecracker has fizzled. From then until Holi, the daulat ki chaat vendors wander through the bazaars, their snowy platters dazzling in the pale sunshine, as if a dozen small, perfectly formed clouds have dropped from the sky.

Daulat ki chaat (meaning ‘snack of wealth) is probably Old Delhi’s most surprising street food. Anyone expecting the punchy, spicy flavours usually suggested by the word ‘chaat’ will be disappointed. It resembles uncooked meringue and the taste is shocking in its subtlety, more molecular gastronomy than raunchy street food, a light foam that disappears instantly on the tongue, leaving behind the merest hint of sweetness, cream, saffron, sugar and nuts; tantalizing, almost not there. I’ve often wondered if daulat ki chaat is a preview of what might be on the menu should we make it as far as the pearly gates.

About the Book:

Pamela Timms has described old Delhi both as a tourist and as a resident well versed with the streets. She mentions that she started as a food blogger, interviewed various restaurant owners/ vendors for their recipes, their history. She has even mentioned her childhood and her mother’s cooking.

She has mentioned that this book is a diary of her food journey of one year. She mentions about Ashok and Ashok’s shop in Sadar Bazaar famous for its mutton korma and the lengths she went into to collect the recipe; about the spice market in Khari Baoli; Sita Ram Diwan Chand, famous for its chola bhaturas, in Paharganj; and the Amritsari Kulcha. She has gone on to describe various localities of Old Delhi like Kinari Bazaar, Hauz Qazi Chowk and many more.

My take:

The author has painstakingly collated a beautiful memoir which I feel is a must in every foodies library/ collection of books. I have even underlined the various joints and places in Old Delhi which I think I would try to cover in the next year or so. Knowing the story behind the food joints would make it all the more interesting to go and have a meal there. She has described the places beautifully making the reader want to go and visit them or if they have been visited already, a revisit. I loved how she connected with various proprietors on an emotional level even visiting their homes and meeting their family. Even celebrating festivals with them.

I would have liked it more if the pictures would have been coloured, a caption describing the picture would have made it more interesting, and more so if she would have included the Old Delhi map given by her friend.

Book Source: Review copy from Rupa Books

Publisher: Aleph Book Company