Right fit wrong shoe by Varsha Dixit

0c762-book2bcoverI received the book Right Fit wrong Shoe by varsha Dixit as a review copy from the Book Club and I would like to thank the Book Club, the author and the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. Right fit Wrong shoe is the story of a girl, Nandini Sharma who lives in Kanpur.

The Blurb:

What does a woman want? Shoes? Nope, Sex? Maybe, Money’ Yes but nowadays her own . . . Hmmphh so then what does a today-s woman really, really deep, deep down want? Still your hearts and hold your breath.

LOVE!

And Right Fit Wrong Shoe shall give it to her. The story of Nandini or as her hesitant paramour describes her ‘lassi in a wine glass’ is set in the more-than-just-a-third-world-country’s city, Kanpur. She has been bitten, for better or worse, but definitely bitten, by Bollywood. Her spirit is undefeatable; she mocks certain death (Aditya) and suffers stoically for love (Aditya, again. Go Figure!) her accomplice in all her escapades is Sneha Verma- that one friend we al refer to as BFF, but function with, as chaddi-baniyan (or gracefully put as hand and a glove).

The book begins at a point where all love stories end. Dripping with humour and romance, it encases a young woman’s thoughts on the society she survives in.

The story:

Nandini Sharma, lives with her parents in Kanpur. Her mother, Shruti, is the last of the Mohicans, according to her father and he is her one-stop-shop for pure love and solace. Sneha Verma is her best friend and self-imposed guardian angel since the tenth standard when she had saved Nandini from the bullies and vowed to protect her for life from everything and everyone except herself.

Twenty one year old Nandini Sharma meets Aditya Sarin. He is the younger son of their neighbours, Vibha and Paresh Sarin. Both of them hit it off on the wrong note, he feels she is a BTM and she feels he is a snob. Their constant squabbles irritate their families who are fond of both of them. Their mothers are best friends, she calls his mother Badi maa, and their fathers are childhood friends. They continue like this for a year and then she realizes she is in love with him when he leaves for Mumbai. They meet after four months and confess their love to each other. And then Paresh Sarin passes away and Nandini breaks up with Aditya for reasons known to her and he starts hating her.

Now, three years, seven months and few days later,

Nandini works in Ace Advertising Agency (AAA) as peer manager in the design department. Sneha, happily married with an eighteen month old son is also a peer manager in the same department. One day, she hears the news that Aditya Sarin is coming back to Kanpur and is nervous, and only Sneha knows why. She is skeptical to meet him and when she reaches the office next day, she comes to know that he has bought the company and she now has to report to Rochak Chowdhury, someone she cannot stand. He blackmails her into staying back and Nandini feels that he is here for revenge because of the way she broke off with him. Then there is Gayatri, the girl Aditya wants to marry.

My take:

A simple love story. The plot is simple with a few twists here and there and the language and the flow are good. It took me a little while to get a hang of the book but once that was done, I wanted to know, What next?? The author has used a lot of Hindi terms and also taken pains to make a glossary of the hindi terms used.

The characters have been developed well and are relatable. The story moves back and forth between the present and the past. The author’s idea to start the book with the character list at the beginning, the list included the villains too, was indeed innovative. The names of the chapters are very filmy and so are Nandini and Sneha.

The altercations between Nandini and Aditya are very funny and interesting. And Nandini and Sneha share a deep bond. Nandini’s conscience pricking her at times and Nandini responding to it is actually very funny.

Overall, a nice book.

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Cover Reveal: AN AUTOGRAPH FOR ANJALI by Sundari Venkatraman

 

Releasing on March 7, 2016
 
Cover Reveal:
 
AN AUTOGRAPH FOR ANJALI
 
#AAFA : a Romantic Suspense
 
by 
 
Sundari Venkatraman
 
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     Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?


     Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.


     Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?


     Will Anjali find happiness and peace? 
 


About the author
 
 
An Autograph For Anjali is the sixth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This book is a romantic suspense. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom and The Madras Affair – all romances. She has also published a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made In Heaven. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia, many times over. 
 
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My Dream Man by Aditi Bose

27516868.jpgI received My Dream Man by Aditi Bose as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws and would like to thank Debdatta and the author for the same.

The blurb:

I don’t know if I can do a story like this once again or not.

Ajopa Ganguly, a struggling writer, is reeling from the pains of her manuscript having been rejected by all publishers. She knows that making cupcakes and embroidering handkerchiefs is not her true calling. However, she is scared to write anymore and is losing focus.

Aniket Verma, is the professor of economics who was also Ajopa’s tuition teacher once. Despite their twelve years age gap, with time, they forge a special bond of friendship.

Then a misunderstanding!

Now Aniket is back and it feel just like old times. With a challenge of finishing a new manuscript in record time and a promise that he will help her to get it published if she does, he asks her to meet him at the publisher’s office two days later.

Does she write?

Does she go to the publisher’s office?

At what moment does their friendship change?

Do they fall in love?

My Dream Man, a let-me-tell-my-friends and I-need-to-finish-this-now story, is an insightful examination of how forces beyond our control help us make decisions. As Ajopa says, it is all about ‘deep choosing’.

The story:

Ajopa Ganguly lives with her Bengali parents in Greater Kailash in Delhi. She loves going to Chittaranjan Park to get her dose of Calcutta. She is scared of lizards, has a sweet tooth, does not understand rules and fears ghosts. She has this wonderful habit to digress from a topic and also liked to play football. She has written a book, a romantic tragedy, her father rejected it and so did many publishers. She believes that this was because she is not a celebrity.  Money is a trigger for her so after her book is rejected, she tries her hand at painting, baking cupcakes, embroidering handkerchiefs and even tutoring children because she gets money.

She left her job almost two years ago because she wanted to WRITE. And as she sits down to write, the book goes into flashback because she is writing her own story from when they moved to Delhi from Kolkata ten years ago.

She met Mr Aniket Verma, had a crush on him and cajoled him into teaching her economics and they gradually became friends. Until, she told him that she wanted to write and he wanted to know why. And she parted ways with him saying that whoever tried to meet the other actually lost the challenge. Only to meet Rajat Agarwal during her MBA. And shunned Rajat when he proposed to her only to compare him with Aniket.

The book moves to present when she wants desperately to talk to Aniket about her problems and does not know what to do.

My take:

The book has been written in first person from the point of view of Ajopa. The story starts when she is seventeen and comes to Delhi and moves to the present. The characters are relatable and well developed. The language is simple, so is the story and flow is good. The author has used very funny descriptions to a lot of things and the way she has described herself in the first chapter is hilarious. She has introduced the other characters also in a very humorous way mentioning them as characters in her story.

The author has described what an author goes through from writing a book to printing it.

The author’s idea of chapter names being famous quoted of writers is unique. The cover is a little off the track.

Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts

51H5E65c6cL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgUnfinished Business by Nora Roberts is the first book by the author that I read. The attractive cover of the book was an instant pick me up.

The Blurb:

COULD HE HEAL HER BROKEN HEART?
What was she doing here? Hyattown had changed very little in the years Vanessa Sexton had been away. In some ways her high school sweetheart, Brady Tucker, hadn’t changed much either – he was still lean, athletic, rugged…But the once reckless boy had become a solid, dependable man. He’d stood her up on the most important night of her life; could she ever trust him again?
So Vanessa had finally come home, Brady thought. She could still turn him inside out with one of her sultry looks. He couldn’t believe she hadn’t forgiven him for that night twelve years ago–but he’d had his reasons for not showing up. He’d let her leave town then–but he wasn’t going to let her get away this time.

The story:

Small town girl, Vanessa Sexton, 28, now, a world renowned concert pianist comes back to Hyattown after 12 years. Twelve years when she was staying with her father, touring the world and building a career. She goes to her childhood home, with doubts about how to meet her mother, Loretta, whom she had not met since she was sixteen when her father took her away. Then there is Brady Tucker, her childhood sweetheart (I love this word), who stood her up on her prom night.

She wants to know a lot many things.

Why did her mother send her away with her father to Europe and never tried to get in touch with her?

Why Brady stood her up?

They both have unfinished business.

My take:

Though the story is old sweethearts meet after twelve years and rekindle the bond, but the author has presented it in a very different way. The main characters have been developed very well and so have the secondary characters, all of them are so relatable. I loved the small town feel of the story. The author has described the feelings of both the characters.

The story has been written in simple English with a lazy flow and a lot of descriptions.

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BOSE
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1. Built From The Ashes – Radhika Maira Tabrez – Life brings widowed Nikita at the doorsteps of her estranged in laws where she finds a new meaning to life.
 
 
2. It’s Not The End – Kirthi Jayakumar – A fresh start changes the foundation of what might have been the beginning of a bright future. But it’s not the end. 
 
3. She Chose To Live – Debosmita Nandy – She shines even when she is betrayed by love, uprooted from home and misunderstood by all.
 
4. Bidisha – Paulami DuttaGupta – Insurgency tore her life apart, will Bidisha be able to forget her past?
 
 
5. The Drug Addict – Santosh Bakaya – A 19 year old turns to drugs after her parents death in a Mine blast, this story shows how she turns over a new leaf.
 
6. Safe Passage – Sanghamitra Bose – She survives extreme betrayal and is determined not to let it happen again.
 
7. The Bride – Esha Chakraborty – ‘The Bride’ toasts to a new beginning!
 
8. Dear Rangama… – Sutapa Basu – An 18 year old bereft of family and friends, navigates her and her unborn child’s life defying all malignant forces. 
 
9. Unfound: Searching For Home – Vasudha Chandna Gulati – Can a child with two sets of parents still feel alone? It is Riddhi’s search for a place to belong.
 
10. The Journey of Two women – Deepti Menon – Two Divas on divergent paths dare to dream, defy the world and carveout their entwined destinies!
 
 
11. A Second Chance – Arpita Banerjee – A girl pays for her innocence once, but becomes strong enough to avenge a betrayal, second time around.
 
12. Dharmambhal – Bhuvaneswari Shivakumar Shankar – Can one ever recover from the trauma of domestic violence? A namesake finds courage from an inspirational story. 
 
13. The 40s – Ramaa Sonti – Story of a woman craving for love and attention, one who falters, yet takes the situation in her stride with the virtue of her wit and determination.
 
14. Amlanation – Anirban Nanda – An acid attack, a play of fate, the emotional trauma of both the attacker and the victim. 
 
15. Please Leave Your Sex Outside – Aashisha Chakraborty – What made a woman a top automobile entrepreneur of the country?
 
16. Tara – Geeta Negi – A simple girl from a remote hilly village discovers her womanhood while standing firmly against patriarchy.
 
 
17. Anjali Chakraborty – Tanushree Ghosh Dhall – A woman who is neither a mother nor a wife epitomises love, sacrifice and support. 
 
18. Yamuna Maa’s Hand – Mahesh Sowani – Two patrons, one rich another poor, use their funds to support poor women to be independent. 
 
19. Once, For a Change – Moinak Dutta – A fashion designer proves her mettle by taking up a challenge. 
 
20. Pregnant Dreams – Sridevi Datta – A woman’s dreams and desires faces trials in the real world.
 
 
21. Second Innings of Ma – Namrata Chauhan – An exceptional bond between a mother in law and a daughter in law, proving women are soft but never weak.
 
22. Here I Come Benaras – Avanti Sopory – Is marriage the only identity of a woman? A widow in Banaras finds her identity amidst strangers.
 
23. To Be Or Not To Be – Paromita Mukherjee Ojha – An act of crime, a betrayal rips her life apart, now she must rise up to the test and face the realities of life. 
 
24. Some Porridge and an Education – Sreesha Divakaran  – Shanta leaves behind her village and her drunken husband to earn a livelihood for herself and provide education for her son.
 
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Rhiti Bose is a writer/blogger/reviewer who is also the founder and Chief Editor of the e-zine Incredible Women of India. She has a first class Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Madras. She has done her Teacher’s Training, PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and holds a Child Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling Post-Graduate Diploma from The School of Natural Health and Science, London, UK. She has 6 years of experience in Education/Training. She has spent two years working with The Refugee Council, Sheffield, UK mentoring and counseling Bangladeshi and Liberian refugee children.
 
Her works have been published in Femina, feminafastfiction.com, learningandcreativity.com, redomania.com and she is also a part of short story collection, An Atlas of love, published by Rupa. Her poems are a part of poetry collections Kaafiyaana and Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered.
 
When not reading, writing or curating stories for IWI, you can find Rhiti watching Bollywood masala movies, baking or playing with her children. She believes in kindness and love and hopes to spread the same through IWI. She currently resides in Bhubaneswar with her husband, daughter and son.
 
 
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Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She has a Master’s degree in English with a thesis in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her unpublished memoir Thwarted Escape has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews. She is an editor of Learning and Creativity, an e-zine for the literary and creative souls.
 
Her poetry, stories and essays have appeared at many print and online literary journals and anthologies both in India and the US. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Significant Anthology, Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered and Kaafiyana, published by Readomania. Her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella The Broken Home is being serially published at Café Dissensus. She has received the Critics’ Award at Destiny Poets International Community of Poets, UK and also a Certificate of Merit as part of the Reuel International Prize 2015 for Writing and Literature. Her husband is an IT professional and they have two beautiful daughters, Srobona and Sharanya.




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Spotlight: Right Fit Wrong Shoe by Varsha Dixit

 

Right Fit Wrong Shoe
by 
Varsha Dixit 
Blurb 
Right Fit Wrong Shoe, begins at a point where all love stories end. The tale weaves around Nandini and all that is important to her, with two contenders gunning for the top spot; Aditya Sarin and Sneha Verma.
Aditya Sarin, the man Nandini is madly in love with, yet compelled, for some unsolved reason to shun.  Aditya, on his part, in the past declared Nandini to be a ‘millennium bhehenji (conservative girl)’ and ‘lassi (yoghurt drink) in a wine glass’. Yet he fell for her  . . . hard! However, some mysterious episode caused the lovers to, acrimoniously, part.
Now, Aditya is back in Kanpur,  all his guns blazing (the real and the imagined), determined to devastate her life. Fortunately for the readers, and unfotunately for Aditya, Nandini is determined not to‘bite the dust’ oh so quietly. Wonder, in the battle royal, who wins or who loses it all?
Sneha Verma, the other contender, is Nandini’s BFF, that one friend who knows us better than we do. The one we trust more than Stayfree or Clearasil. Sneha maybe headstrong, hammer fisted and stern mouthed, but for Nandini, she will willingly stand in the path of imminent lightning bolt or a nasty tornado, even if it’s named Aditya Sarin. In standard X, Sneha took Nandini under her wing and that equation hasn’t changed much. Sneha, a recent wife and even more recent mom, appears to be fighting some unknown demons of her own.
Right Fit Wrong Shoe, observes and opinionates the society, affected and amused. It fleetingly touches on issues; fleeting as watching discourses (courtesy Astha Channel), is trendier and quicker, than reading them.
The book is an AAA (anytime, anywhere, anyone) read. It promises to make your day better, and a bad one not any worse.
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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.

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The Deliberate Sinner by Bhaavna Arora

the-deliberate-sinner-228x228I received The Deliberate Sinner by Bhaavna Arora as a review copy from the author and would like to thank her for the same. The Deliberate Sinner is the story of Rihana.

The Blurb:

Rihana is an adventurous and free-spirited girl, until she marries Veer, an eligible bachelor who comes from a wealthy family. While they appear ‘happily married’, their strong personalities are at odds. Veer, for the most part, is insensitive to Rihana’s physical and emotional needs, straining the relationship and leaving her feeling incomplete.

Caught between the devil and the deep sea, Rihana has to now decide whether to walk out of her marriage and be a victim of society’s ridicule or compromise on her physical needs, which for her are the foundation for a healthy marital bond.

Can they work out their differences? Will Veer give her what she desires, or push her to do something desperate and scandalous?

The story:

Rihana is the only child of a rich businessman father and a politician mother. They live in Jaipur. She is a passionate swimmer. She is bold enough to go on a holiday to Thailand alone, because her friends have backed out. On the flight, she meets Veer and his friend, Raj. Raj is also her best friend.

Veer checks on her and meets her at the swimming pool one evening and tries to flirt with her. He asks her to join him for a cup of coffee but she refuses. He asks her if he swims a hundred laps, would she then go with him. She agrees and he proposes to her

after 82 laps. Then they tell their parents and get engaged.

She slowly starts to realize that Veer has no time for her, her friends in Delhi also warn her. She gets close to Raj and falls in love with him. Her parents do not want her to marry Raj and tell her that she should stick to Veer. She then gets married to Veer, hoping to fall in love with him but is not happy in marriage….

My take:

The author has discussed a topic which is kind of taboo in the Indian society. The language is simple and the book being less than 150 pages can be finished in one sitting. The characters have been developed well and I felt for Rihana, who was tied up in the shackles of society.

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