Just the Way You are by Sanjeev Ranjan

51wZYBABKEL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I received Just the Way You Are by Sanjeev Ranjan as a review copy from The Readdicts Book Blog.  Thank you, Janhvi & Sarika @ The Readdicts for the same.

The Blurb:

Love happens when you least expect it…

Sameer is a Steve Jobs fan, a consultant at an investment bank, and a confused soul looking for love. As he moves cities to study and work, he falls in and out of love,but fails to find the one person who belongs with him. In comes Shagun, whom he marries. But he leaves the very next day for Switzerland…to start a dream Job. In the meantime, Shagun starts reading his diary! What does she find in there?

Will this spell the end of their marriage? With Sameer not around to defend himself,what is the future of their relationship?

Just the Way You Are is a humorous, heart-warming story about one man’s quest for true love.

The story:

Sameer has always been unlucky in love, so much so, that his parents give up hope of his marriage and then he sees Shagun reading a book in the library. He falls in love with her, not for her looks but because she is reading a book which he himself was unable to finish. Now, three years later, at 34, he gets married to Shagun, his girlfriend of three years, only to land up at the airport the very next morning to catch a flight to Switzerland, to join his dream job, much to the disappointment of his parents.  As Shagun helps him pack his back his bags, she stumbles upon his diary, and starts reading it. And the story moves back into flashback.  It seems that Sameer is reading out his diary to Shagun.

So how does Shagun react, when she reads about his past which he has shared with no one not even her? And how does Sameer feel now that he knows that Shagun knows all about him…

My take:

The book has been written in first person from Sameer’s perspective. The language is simple and the flow is good. The cover is cute. Sameer has been portrayed as a normal guy from a simple family who wants to do well both in professional and personal life.

I felt that the author could have told more about Sameer’s present that detailing his past.

This tour also included a read-along (my first, so I did not know what to expect), in which I was asked to keep the reading part of the book for the entire month of July. The book was divided into three parts which we discussed at length every five days so even though I finished the book in two days flat, it is fast paced; I still had to wait to post the review on 31st. It was of course, part of the deal.

Book Source: The Readdicts

Publisher:Random House India


The Eligible Princess by Summerita Rhayne

91Z7TUfQDILI received the book ‘The Eligible Princess’ by Summerita Rhayne as a review copy from the author. The second book in the Kamboj Princesses Saga, it is the story of Lakshaya, the second princess of Kamboj.

The Blurb: 

King Kartikeya must marry a princess. He’s determined to do anything to keep the kingdom that he has taken with strategy and sheer guts. If that involves charming a princess into marriage, then so be it.

Princess Lakshaya infinitely prefers the study of her scientific experiments to the learning of the arts of impressing a suitor. In fact, she would rather have no more proposals at all. But refusing a king as opulent as Kartik is out of question. Drawn against her will by the force of his attraction, she begins to accept him, only to discover hidden secrets along the way.

Can she bring herself to go ahead with this marriage?

Set in the Early Middle Ages in India, Book 2 in the Kamboj Princesses Saga follows Lakshaya in her journey to discover desire, passion, intrigue and love.

The story:

The story begins with King Kartikeya, who is not actually a royal, reminiscing about his past as a robber. He is now the King of Vidharbha and Shakha, his partner in crime, is his advisor.

Princess Lakshaya, the eligible Kamboj princess, is not actually a princess, princess. She is intelligent, logical, loves colours, loves making war strategies and has been rejected by many princes for this nature of hers. The King and Queen tell her to restrain herself in front of the princes’ so that they can find a suitable prince for her.

Then comes King Kartikeya with his battalion seeking her hand in marriage.

There is instant mutual attraction between the two and the road has its bit of twists and turns before they reach the final destination.

My take:

Though this is the second book in the saga, I felt I could relate to the book even though I have not read the first book of the saga. The ancient names, even names of the parts of the clothing and even the endearments have been chosen very diligently. The cover is beautiful.

The characters have been developed well and so were the scenes of the palace, I could actually visualize the princess playing pachisi or even looking through the spy-glass to name a few. The conversation between the characters was very natural.

Next, I shall read the first book of the saga.

Book Source: Author

Just the way you are by Sanjeev Ranjan

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the Just The Way You Are Read-along hosted by The Readdicts
For those of you who have been wanting to read this book, here’s an excellent opportunity to do so, and it’s going to be fun as there’s going to be author interactions, discusions and all that jazz. It’s never too late to participate, so grab the book from one of the purchase links below, and join in! 
The book is divided into three parts, so a discussion post will go up on the host blog every Friday of the remaining three Fridays of July. Do stop by and share your thoughts. Also, help us spread the word about the same using the hashtag #JTWYAReadAlong. We look forward to you joining us! 
Love happens when you least expect it…Sameer is a Steve Jobs fan, a consultant at an investment bank, and a confused soul looking for love. As he moves cities to study and work, he falls in and out of love,but fails to find the one person who belongs with him. In comes Shagun, whom he marries. But he leaves the very next day for Switzerland…to start a dream Job. In the meantime, Shagun starts reading his diary! What does she find in there?

Will this spell the end of their marriage? With Sameer not around to defend himself,what is the future of their relationship?

Just the Way You Are is a humorous, heart-warming story about one man’s quest for true love.


Sanjeev Ranjan is the bestselling author of “In Course of True Love!(2012)” and “It’s No Longer A Dream! (2014)” 

An ardent lover of western classic and instrumental music, he enjoys reading. He has a keen interest in understanding human behavior and relationships.

“Just The Way You Are” is his third novel published by Random House India. 

Currently he resides in New Delhi.
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Murder with Bengali Characteristics by Shovon Chowdhury

51wlRZjsddL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book  Murder with Bengali Characteristics by Shovon Chowdhury as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for the same and Also Richa of Rupa Publications. The book is set in 2013 in future Kolkata, now ruled by Maoists, when Bengal has become a Chinese Protectorate.

The story:

The book starts with the death of teacher, who is actually a senior clerk from the fisheries department, Barin Mondol, in a small village near Calcutta, which looks more like a murder.  A copy of The Complete Works of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee resting on his chest and his thumbs are missing. Inspector Li is put in charge of the case. He finds a visiting card in his threadbare wallet and a mobile phone from which the last call made was to Bijli Bose, the head of the Communist Party of India who has gifted him the phone. He thinks it is the work of the New Thug Society, a social organisation whose members are determined to free Bengal from Chinese.

There are characters like General Zhou; Governor Wen, who is on a punishment posting; Propagandist Wang; Maoists in the jungle; Agarwal and his partner, Verma, the mining magnates; the Japanese; Sexy Chen and Big Chen; Crazy Wu; Li’s ex-wife Gao Yu, who keeps calling him up despite having a rich boyfriend; corrupt policeman, Phoni-babu; Pishi, who has run away from the mental institute and is hiding in Bijli Bose’s house. There are talking cars, flying cars and drones, remote controlled paintings and a firewall that suffers from emotional exhaustion. There are dharnas, mobs and bandhs and the anticlimax at the end.

My take:

Though the book is a murder mystery, it has an element of humour in it. There is even Kolkata Knight Riders in it though by a different name. He has also used local dialects, some in the local language ad some literally translated into English. The way he has described the characters, I could correlate some of them with real-life people.

Somehow, I found the book a bit disconnected and it took me a long time to finish the book, more than a week, maybe because of the lack of flow.

But enjoyed the end.

Book Source: The publisher

Publisher: Rupa publications

There is something about you by Yashodhara Lal

FinalCoverSomethingAboutYou  Some people get lucky sometimes. I felt this way when I was invited by Indiblogger to attend a day of interaction with the author and editors at the HarperCollins office (Noida) on the 4th of July. And that was not all, I got an autographed copy of the book from them too. I am talking about Yashodhara Lal’s new book, There is something about you. It is the story of 28 year old Trishna Saxena, Trish, who lives in Mumbai with her parents, rather, they live with her and works as a content lead in the internet department of her company. She is single, overweight and snarky and is independent, she does not need a man in her life.

unnamedThe Blurb:

This is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Okay, they do meet, but there are some complications.

Trish is twenty-eight. She’s unemployed, overweight, single and snarky. She knows all that. And if one more person – just one more person – tries to fix her, she might explode. Sahil is thirty-five. He has superpowers. Well, kind of. He seems to think so, anyway. He’s also hot (in a geeky kind of way, but still). And he plays the guitar, helps the underprivileged and talks about his feelings. Aren’t guys like that supposed to exist only in fantasies?

When Trish and Sahil meet, magic happens. Real magic, you know, like fireworks, electricity, that sort of thing. But here’s the problem. Trish doesn’t want anyone in her life. She has enough to deal with – dependent parents, flaky neighbours, bitchy editors, the works. And yet, Sahil is determined to be in her life.

From the bestselling author of Just Married, Please Excuse and Sorting Out Sid, here is another zinger of a book.

The story:

The book starts on a Monday morning, when Trish nudges the closing lift open with her knee and walks into it as if it was all right for her to do so. The same day, she is told to leave as the company is rationalizing and wants to start a new fashion and lifestyle vertical and she is not the one they are looking at. So, dejected she comes home and tells her mother about it. She cannot tell her father because he has Alzheimer’s. and she is a lot of trouble, the rent, the fuel, the maid, for all this she needs money and till when can she hang on to her savings, not that she had saved much.  To top it all, her friend Akanksha and her mother try to take over her life and gossip about her. And her ex-colleague calls her up to become anonymous Amy to answer relationship queries for the newspaper.

And that is how she meets 35 year old, confirmed bachelor, Sahil Aggarwal, a psychic. He knows that she is Amy and wants her to help him. He wants them to be friends and tries to instill confidence back in her. She feels they are opposites and he feels there is a connection between them.

My take:

This is not a typical love story but a story of finding oneself with garnishing of romance here and there. The author also said that she never intended to write a love story, but the editor felt so and hence, the genre, romance. The author has beautifully sprinkled romance into the story without being so obvious about it. She has dealt with relationships, friendships on and off the job, self-centeredness of people, bossiness and most of all under confidence.

The characters are regular people, a plump girl, a geeky guy, a hi-fi friend, an irritating colleague, a pestering mother, that I felt I have met all of them in the course of my daily life. Don’t expect a tall, dark and handsome, dashing hero to make an entry soon because you will be disappointed, I was waiting and waiting. You have to do some guess work, ‘Is he the hero or Is he the hero’ as the male characters come along and also have some patience and then he will come.

The cover is beautiful, making you want to pick up the book, I found the pink in the lettering very attractive, hence the pink blurb (but the author says she did not prefer pink so much, personal choice I guess). The description of Zumba classes is so infectious that I looked up Zumba in detail.

‘There’s Something About You’ is releasing on 15th July 2015 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/Theres-Something-About-You-Yashodhara/dp/9351771997

and Flipkart: http://www.flipkart.com/there-s-something-you-english/p/itme7k427twwfjfy?pid=9789351771999

That’s not all, there are three sample chapters available for readers to get a feel of the book at http://www.yashodharalal.com/some-thing-about-you/

At the interaction and book signing:


Book Source: Review Copy from the publisher

Publisher: HarperCollins India

The house that BJ built by Anuja Chauhan

51OFHJ-4O0L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The house that BJ built by Anuja Chauhan is the sequel to Those Pricey Thakur Girls. This much awaited sequel starts 20 years after the previous one. The story is set in 16, Hailey Road because, this is The House That BJ Built and four out of five of them want to sell it. The sisters have grown older, and the kids have grown up.

The Blurb:

I’ll make my sisters squirm like well-salted earthworms. I won’t sell. Even my jutti wont sell. And if I die na, then even my gosht won’t sell! The late Binodini Thakur had been very clear that she would never agree to sell her hissa in her Bauji’s big old house on Hailey Road. And her daughter Bonu, is determined to honor her mothers wishes.
But what to do about her four pushy aunts who are insisting she sell? One is bald and stingy, one is jobless and manless, one needs the money to ‘save the nation’ and one is stepmother to Bonus childhood crush-brilliant young Bollywood director Samar Vir Singh, who promised BJ upon his deathbed that he would get the house sold, divvy the money equally and end all the bickering within the family.
The first word baby Bonu ever spoke was ‘Balls’ and indeed, she is ballsy, bullshit-intolerant, brave and beautiful. But is she strong enough to weather emotional blackmail by the spadefull? Not to mention shady builders, wily politicians, spies, lies and the knee-buckling hotness of Samars intense eyes? Sharply observed and pulse-quickeningly romantic, this is Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best!

The characters:

Bonita Singh Rajawat is the daughter of Binodini who along with her husband and son was killed in a car crash en route to Delhi, when she was six. Bonu, as Bonita is known, is brought up by her grandparents and now lives in the family home with her grandfather and runs a boutique in her mother’s part of the house. She is now 26 and has a peculiar dress sense, her harem pants, her chamcham payals and her silver bangles and her trademark ‘Nataraj’ pencil that keeps her hair together.

Samar Vir Singh, Bonu’s aunt, Anjini’s step-son, the same Samar, she had a crush on as a child, is now a film director. He is 32 and lives in Mumbai.

The sisters:

A for Anjini lives in Allahabad. She is fifty and the editor of a fashion magazine,

Chandraleka, now lives in the US, is married but has left her husband and son as she has joined a spiritual group, called RIGID (Redemption is God’s Immortal Design). She has shaved her head completely.

Debjani, 43, lives in Mumbai, heads a TV Channel with her husband Dylan and lives with her two kids.

Eshwari, lives in the US, is unmarried and has just been laid off, a fact she hides from her sisters.

The story:

BJ has willed the house to his four surviving daughters and the dead daughter’s hissa to his granddaughter, Bonu. When BJ dies, the sisters troop in and want to sell off the house and use the money but, Bonu does not want to sell. She feels that when her mother needed the money, they did not want to sell and she wants to honour her mother’s wishes.

There are tenants who don’t want to vacate, the Tringjis, and there are the local goons who give them ideas to vacate only if they are adequately compensated (not to mention their own big commission). There is Steesh (Satish), Eshu’s ex-flame, who wants to buy the property as he is now a big builder. And chachaji, who brings out another twist in the tale (I will not tell you what). There is Samir’s film on Pushkar and Pushkarni, which was made basis BJ’s version of their story, which Samar himself is now in a dilemma.

A little romance between Samar and Bonu is sprinkled here and there.

My take:

The author has beautifully spelt (or rather misspelt) the words as pronounced by the characters especially, Chachiji. I loved the way the author has misspelt Chachiji’s mispronounced words. The dialogues are funny and the characters have been beautifully described. The humour is there, intact. I was laughing out aloud. The characters are the same as its prequel but somehow the chemistry between them is not the same. I don’t think sisters drift apart that much with time. I loved Bonu and her nature of helping everyone.

The best part of the book is that you can read it even if you haven’t read TPTG because the way the author has built the characters, you don’t need to refer to TPTG at all.Between the two, I would definitely say that TPTG is a much better book. But as they say, it is your own expectations that let you down, so I would like to tell all readers don’t expect a TPTG from THTBB and you will enjoy it.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Westland

Love, Again

823a8-untitled-12bcopy2b1Love, Again, comprises of two novellas, These lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the desert Shrruti Patole Clarence.

These lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan

The story:

Lalitha was married to Suresh for a few months before they separated. She now lives in Chennai and runs her beauty parlour with her aunt. She is famous for her mehendi patterns and her bridal make-up. Until one day, when she has to travel to Bangalore because Suresh is dead. Once she is back in Chennai, she loses her clientele because nobody wants a widow to dress up a bride.

Her aunt tells her to marry Shrikant, a confirmed bachelor, for the sake of his sick mother and her business. They decide on a marriage of convenience. He leaves for US with his ailing mother and she gets busy with her work and home. They communicate through whatsapp, emails and phone, and then their feelings for each other surface.

My take:

A beautiful book with very real life characters. The author has portrayed the society and its rules and she has shown Lalitha to be a strong character.

Loved the book, just could not keep it down till I finished it.

A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.

The story:

Charmaine Rai, the only child of horticulture loving parents moves to Amsterdam with her family when she is studying in secondary school. Now she is specializing in ancient Egyptian history in Holland. Ira is her best friend and Raj is a new entrant from India.  They are also specializing in ancient history. Charmaine has read Cleopatra for the first time and is impressed and even haunted by her. It is when they go for a tour to Egypt that supernatural events start to take place.

My take:

The story is different from the other romances that I have read. The characters names match with the names of the characters in Cleopatra.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Half Baked Books