A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Dutta Gupta

unspoken word final curveI received the book A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Dutta Gupta as a review copy from the publisher and I would like to thank the author, publisher and The Book Club for the same. The story is set in Kolkata, Darjeeling and Shantiniketan.

The blurb (from Goodreads):

A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.

The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his ideals above all else. Scathing attacks at his books and a night of hide and seek from political goons leads Musafir unto a path he never liked, faraway from his ideals. He runs away and chooses the comforts of money over the travails of following one’s ideals. The hero falls.

But Tilottama, passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?

The story:

Tilottama Sen, the daughter of a tea garden owner in Darjeeling, is attending a course on human rights and also indulges in some serious blogging from time to time. She stays alone in her flat. Musafir is her favourite author; she has read his books so many times that she can quote with the exact page numbers. One night, it is raining heavily, and she hears a knock and she opens the door to find Riddhimaan standing outside, scared, because he feels the people chasing him will kill him. She gives him shelter and food, takes care of his injury and he goes away the next day but not before criticizing Musafir. And one day, she receives a package which contained a book, a paperback, Musafir’s Lockout’ signed ‘With regards, Musafir’. The book also has a note which says,

‘Dear Tilottama,

Thank you for giving me shelter that night. I am sorry, I should have written back to you earlier. But you know I didn’t have an option. I had to leave this city. Not many would do what you did for me. It is also flattering to know that a beautiful woman adores Musafir. That leaves me with a happy thought. I will write to you whenever possible.

Musafir/Riddhimaan.

P.S—This is not a rude joke. You will find out in a week.’

Now, seven years later, Tilottama is working at an NGO Stree, run by Riddhiman’s mother, Krishnakoli. The two ladies have developed a very close bond. One day, the guard tells her that a filmstar is coming back, and hence there is a crowd outside the house. Tillotama realizes that the VIP is none other than Riddhiman, who is now a famous author with no trace of Musafir in him. At first, they meet as strangers and then slowly get attracted to each other and get married.

Does the story end happily ever after or is there more to it? Read it to find out.

My take:

Where do I start???

The story is simple and the language is easy to follow. The flow is good and makes the story fast paced. The author has touched a lot of current issues. The author has described many scenes in detail making me easy to picturise them. there are many twists in the story, once I felt that, now things fall in place, the story would turn suddenly. At certain points in the story, I felt that I was watching a movie.

The characters are very realistic, very true to life and very well developed. All the characters, even the supportive ones have a substantial role to play in the story. The friendship between Krishnakoli and Tilottama, the relationship between the mother and sons and also between the father and the daughter has been beautifully described. The cute, friendly banter between the brothers was very realistic.

The story has a lot many emotions: Love, betrayal, friendship, forgiveness and fights. I felt for Tillotama, she was confused forced to choose between Riddhiman, the materialist and Musafir, the idealist.

The story goes deep, leaves a long lasting impression on the reader. Me, I was left wanting for more. I am eagerly waiting for a sequel.

A must read for everyone.

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

 

Spotlight: RUKHSAT THE DEPARTURE BY SUJIT BANERJEE

 

RUKHSAT THE DEPARTURE 
BY 
SUJIT BANERJEE
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Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing with them is, they never walk alone. They always walk with a group of friends. Each reaches its own climax. Then with a final gasp of mortality and despair, fade away. No, they never die, they multiply. To the extent that the original gets lost and new ones are born. Over and over again. Yes, they get lost. No, they never die. They live on, permanently etched in the book of time. And from there, we borrow them and bring them alive. Again. And again. Here are twenty six of them, some standing alone and some chatting up with their long lost friends. When they depart, they leave a lingering fragrance of nostalgia and curiosity. What happened then?
Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters – from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man’s trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man’s memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.
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I felt the poison of anger raging around me, inside me, pulsating like an entity; anger at the one who betrayed and the one who took advantage of this betrayal. The anger of not being able to stop both. Then the flash of knife and the flowing blood, shimmering in the flames of the torches inside the chamber. Screams followed by hushed voices; bodies being dragged down a flight of stairs. The sound of digging and burying. Later, ruins all around as empires fell and one intrigue chased another through time while swords sliced and arrows whiz past, seeking hearts. Who was I and what was all this about? Why were most of the images that flitted through my head always dark and tinged with red? Rarely, very rarely were they warm and loving. So rarely were they, ever like the sun shining on a cold and shivering memory. 

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Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, I grew up in Patna where I finished my post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist! Which was

 

good since a Bengali born in UP and reared in Bihar does not make a great Psychologist! Am I now glad to be in tourism? It has taken me all over the world including places you would have never heard of. Eh? How about Tlacotalpan? It’s in Mexico.

 

 

Destiny had other plans as well so I became a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today I both heal as well as read Tarot cards. My wife thinks I am mad. My friends think I am weird. I guess I am both.

 

 

 

My first story was published in a magazine when I was seventeen. The Editor made such a hash of it that I stopped sending out my stories but I continued writing. Then I broke my heart and started writing poems; first in Hindi and then in English. All personal collection. They still remain personal. I do shudder when I read some of them! Then the short stories came back and written over two years – now is a collection.

 

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RELEASE BLITZ- FINDING JULIET BY TOFFEE

RELEASE BLITZ- FINDING JULIET BY TOFFEE

Title: FINDING JULIET
 
Release Day: APRIL 23, 2016
 
Published by: JUGGERNAUT BOOKS
Genre: ROMANCE
 
BlurbAn incredibly nice guy turns into an irresistible flirt and learns the fine art of seducing women. A hilarious and heartwarming novel with some surprising nuggets of wisdom.
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
 
Toffee is just another Indian youngster who became an Engineer first and then discovered his true calling. He was a typical Sharma ji ka Ladka, until Engineering happened and changed his life completely. After surviving college, he joined a reputed MNC as a Software Analyst, but a dramatic turn of events made him an author. Toffee is passionate about writing, so much so that he writes code by the day and books by the night and does everything else in life in between. A huge Rajkumar Hirani fan, he loves writing stuff that is both entertaining and insightful. And through his books, he wants to narrate stories that touch people’s hearts and change a part of their life, forever.
 
Toffee’s first book titled ‘An Idiot, Placements and IntervYOU’ was published by the Times Group Books and it went on sell around 5000 copies. ‘Finding Juliet’ is his second book and Juggernaut Books is publishing it exclusively on their mobile app.
 
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As Boys Become Men by Mukul Kumar

As-Boys-Become-Men-329x480.jpgI received the book As Boys Become Men by Mukul Kumar as a review copy from Rupa Publications and I would like to thank Rizwan Khan of Rupa for sending me the book.

The blurb: 

Freedom, friends and fun. That’s how most of us remember our college years. But for those studying to get into the coveted Indian Civil Services, college life acquires an additional layer. As Boys Become Men revolves around three such boys, Mihir, Uday and Sandeep, who set out together to crack the Civil Services exam. Narrated by the thoughtful and intense Mihir, this book explores college life, friendship, romance, leaving home and adjusting to a new environment, and describes how negotiating the path between dharma and desire, love and lust, can be tricky.

A sparkling story of the bond between a boisterous trio, the book will take you on a journey of discovery, where boys become men, and students become civil servants. In the course the book also ends up telling us what not to do when writing the Civil Services exam. A slice-of-life tale with a ‘Mona Lisa’ flavour that offers fun and romance aplenty, this book also imparts philosophical truths that will help every young person out to discover life.

The story:

Mihir Kumar is a confused IAS Officer posted in Delhi, he wants to write but his job and responsibilities do not allow him to take up writing as a full time career. So his wife Ruchi suggests that he start penning down his experiences and take it up from there.

As he starts to write, the story starts from when Mihir was a college student, to when he is a Civil Services aspirant and then a Beaurucrat.

My take:

The story starts in the present and goes into the past, this is common in many stories but the author has depicted it in present tense and named the chapters differently. The story is simple and the language is easy to follow. The story has been written in both lighter and serious vein. Some scenes have been described in a way that it was easy for me to visualize them. The relationship between Mihir and his friends, Uday and Sandeep has been described beautifully.

The author has described the life of a person living in the Delhi University area and preparing for the Civil Service Exams. Aspiring Civil services candidates can get a taste of what they will go through when they prepare and also about the various materials needed to prepare for the exams. The story has instances where the author takes the flashback into another flashback and tells the reader what prompted Mihir to take up Civil services. There are parts in the story where I thought it to be an autobiographical account.

An interesting read for readers who aspire to be something.

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

A dog eat dog-food world by C.Suresh

c4bd7-book2bcoverI received the book, A dog eat dog-food world by C. Suresh as a review copy from the Book Club Group and would like to thank the author and Rubina of the Book Club Group for the same.

The Blurb:

A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ is the story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how just minding your own business can lead to unexpected consequences, guided by the ‘invisible hand’ of long dead economists. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.

The tale only dogs the doings of Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter by his uncle Spike’s careening pursuit of commercial success; Spike’s rival Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike and tries to do it by teasing the palates of cats, helped by the bumbling efforts of his nephew, Jasper Rich who would rather be chasing girls than chasing cats.

The story:

The story starts with a doctor struggling out of his pyjamas in the middle of the night to dress up and leave home to attend to his emergency patient, a rich man called Spike Fortune, who is having palpitations and is about to die, so he says till he sees the doctor. The doctor describes this as ‘Ennui’. Spike Fortune is obsessed about spending all his money in his lifetime and does not know how to do it and that leads to worry and the palpitations. The doctor advices him to do something: Produce a movie, start a business or stand for President. Spike feels he will start a business and gives the doctor a hefty cheque for consultation. He tells his nephew, Jerry, to search for business ideas and they start the dog-food business. When there is business, there is a business rival. Here, the business rival is Tom Rich, Spike’s old schoolmate.

So what happens next, does he spend all the money before he dies or does he earn more? Read on and find out for yourself.

My take:

The author starts the book with a prologue which states that ‘The difficulty with history is that you never know whether that is the way it really happened’. Then he goes on to talk about the good guy and bad guy; people making history and people making a place in history and then he tells us about pseudo-history.

The author has used the story to explain various concepts of management with a lot of humour thrown in. While reading the book, sometimes, I would laugh out aloud and people around me would simply stare, making me put up a straight face. The language is simple, the way of writing is brilliant and once the reader gets the hang of the book, the book picks up a good pace. He has rightly pointed out that no one takes an advice when given for free. He talks about marketing representatives who sell things to people whether they need it or not ( I remember a salesman who sold my father a vacuum cleaner way back in the nineties when we did not even require it).

This book is a must read for everyone, just to see how things work in this society whether it is business or it is relationships. I am sure, when I read it the second time, I would understand it and enjoy it more.

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Book Blitz With You I Dance by Aarti V Raman


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With You I Dance

by

Aarti V Raman


 

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Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.

Enter . . .

Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.

And then . . .

There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing. They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason. Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?

With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.

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Aarti V Raman is an established novelist in the romantic thriller genre (White Knight, Kingdom Come) with her third book, a contemporary romance titled “With You I Dance” out soon with Fingerprint Publishing.29 years old, she graduated from Mumbai University in 2007 with a degree in Mass Media focused on Journalism, which provided her the perfect background for conducting sound research on any project. She then went on to study Creative and Professional Writing at Deakin University in Melbourne for post-graduation in 2008. It was there that she learned to hone her craft and lifelong ambition of writing romances that had strong characters and stronger stories that remained etched in the reader’s minds.

While waiting for her big break, Aarti pursued commercial writing and gained a vast amount of knowledge (from fishing tackle to soft toys) that she claims have helped her with molding better stories. Her first novel “White Knight” was published by Leadstart in 2012 and gave her the impetus to continue writing. In 2013, her work was excerpted in the Tamil Edition of Mills and Boon novels. And in 2014, her short story “Post-Coital Cigarette” was chosen to be part of the Rupa Romance Anthology “An Atlas of Love” curated by bestselling author Anuja Chauhan.

Her latest novel “Kingdom Come” (Harlequin MIRA) has enjoyed a brief stay at the bestseller lists in Amazon India. Her work is represented by Red Ink Literary Agency, Delhi. And very recently, she was a speaker and panellist at the Goa Arts and Literary Fest 2014, Vth Edition.

She is currently expanding her skill set to include copy editing, content marketing, and creative writing workshop that help her explore the wonderful world of words in various forms.

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Book Blitz I Don’t Wear Sunscreen by Kavipriya Moorthy


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I Don’t Wear Sunscreen

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For Laksha, life is a gift wrapped in red ribbon. But that’s all shattered when she falls for a misogamist. His ambivalence and vacillation always keeps her at bay, turning her into a neurotic. She gets betrayed by the most credible, loses her job, feels devastated and dejected as incidents crowd upon her corrupting her naiveté.Enigmas unfold revealing every glitch. Who will clear her blurred skies? What invigorates her career and life? Will she ever forgive her beloved? And how will Laksha survive?

The story also revolves around her rapport with Pallavi, a childhood friend and the relationship she has with her silver-tongued mom. Focusing on how experiences change perception of little things, this contemporary tale gives a better meaning to friendships, relationships, solitude, pain, compassion and success.

More often than not, Life drags you down to the adversities and thrusts outward to shine. It is your grit that truly matters when you reach rock bottom, and left with no choice other than to pick yourself up and leap forward, however arduous it may be!

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Kavipriya Moorthy is based out of Chennai, India. She is an avid reader, writer and blogger who blogs at http://kavipriyamoorthy.wordpress.com She scored an MBA degree and worked in IT organizations before; she just answered her call for passion and started off with polishing her writing skills. She is known for being broad minded and is established as a high morale person with a sweet family and good bunch of friends supporting her writing spirit. I don’t wear sunscreen is her debut in the literary world. 

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Spotlight: A Dog Eat Dog-Food World by C. Suresh

 

A Dog Eat Dog-Food World 

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C. Suresh

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Blurb 


A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ is the story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how just minding your own business can lead to unexpected consequences, guided by the ‘invisible hand’ of long dead economists. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.The tale only dogs the doings of Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter by his uncle Spike’s careening pursuit of commercial success; Spike’s rival Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike and tries to do it by teasing the palates of cats, helped by the bumbling efforts of his nephew, Jasper Rich who would rather be chasing girls than chasing cats.

 

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Fiction has been an addiction but the need to make a living took Suresh through Chemical Engineering and a PGDM at IIM-Bangalore and, from thence, to a long 16 year stint in the area of finance with specific expertise in fertilizer subsidies and a further two years as consulting expert in the same area. That, in his words, about sums up the boring part of his life, except for the people he was privileged to meet.Otherwise, he can be described as a mess of contradictions – a bookworm but avid trekker; alone but never lonely; enjoys solitude but loves company; lazy but a perfectionist, the litany is endless. Trekking, which side-tracked him from the writing for which he quit his job, is a major passion and he does, at least, one trek in the Himalayas every year in addition to numerous local treks.

He reignited his passion for writing with a fairly popular blog www.jambudweepam.blogspot.in. The blog has been rated among the Top 5 humour blogs in India, twice in succession – in 2014 and 2015 – by BlogAdda, and has also been listed third among the Top Humour Blogs by Baggout.

He also has a short story published in a collection “Uff Ye Emotions” and has edited and written a novelette in an ebook anthology “Sirens spell danger”

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She: Ekla Cholo re by Shayan Haq and Santosh Avvannavar

27112493Ekla Cholo re by Rabindranath Tagore is one of my favourite songs and when I received an email from the author to review their book, I jumped at the chance and one thing is for sure, I did not regret it. I would like to thank the authors Shayan Haq and Santosh Avvannavar for sending me a review copy of the book. Though, it is a story that can be read in a single sitting but what it portrays leaves a mark so deep.

The Blurb:

Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, She is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. The story spins around the life of Kusum, a brave heart whose identity is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket, thanks to our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission? Find out in She, an utterly absorbing read that derives inspiration from Tagore’s “Ekla Cholo Re” song, which urges everyone to move on despite the fear of abandonment from others.

The story:

The story is set in 1990 in Kolkata. Raj loves going on long drives because he finds them a stress-buster. On one of such drives, he sees a lady standing near a lamp post on the isolated road. He offers her a lift, she agrees and they get talking. She tells him about her childhood, the society in general and the stereotypical nature allotted to the genders by the society. The story ends when he drops her home after the drive and she asks his name.

My take:

A short fifty paged story which touches a very sensitive issue written in a simple language. The plot is simple and the narration is good. The characters have been well carved. I felt for Kusum, the female protagonist, who was never allowed to express herself during her childhood due to societal pressure. There would be many such Kusums in the society who are still struggling to break free. The add-on is the entire lyrics of the song.

I would recommend this book to everyone as it is an eye-opener.

 

 

Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride by Kandy Shepherd

Crown-Prince-s-Chosen-Bride-SDL235993267-1-7e5da.jpgCrown Prince’s Chosen Bride by Kandy Shepherd is a simple and sweet romance published by Harper Collins India under Cherish. As the name suggests is it is a romance that revolves around royalty.

The blurb:

Gemma Harper’s fling with gorgeous stranger Tristan was unforgettable enough… but then she discovers he’s a prince! And when Tristan throws out the royal rulebook, a happy-ever-after could be within Gemma’s grasp…if only she’s brave enough to say “I do!”

The story:

28 year old Gemma Harper, Food Director is baking a cake to mark the end of her six months self-imposed exile from dating. And she turns around to see a man standing inside the kitchen. He introduces himself as Tristan Marco and says that he had entered because Eliza, the business brain of Party Queens, had given him the passcode. He is indeed the mysterious client, the one for whom they are organizing a reception on Friday.

Tristan, the Crown Prince of Montavia, is on a short vacation in Australia as this vacation is his last freedom, the only time he can call his own, before he turned thirty. His life was different before his brother’s death who was the Crown Prince.

They are mutually attracted to each other. He hides this fact from Gemma and asks her to show him around Sydney but she declines saying it is against company rules. He asks her into organizing a romantic lunch for two on a yacht and tricks her into becoming his date. And then he cannot keep the deception any further and tells her the truth and she tells him that they should break clean.

After spending a weekend together and deciding not to meet each other again, he goes back to his kingdom and she to her work.

Do they meet again?? Read on….

My take:

The characters have been well developed, Gemma is independent, working woman who thinks with her head and Tristan is the perfect Prince, for whom duty comes first. The story is beautifully written with detailed descriptions, I could actually picturise quite a few scenes. The language is beautiful, the plot is simple and the flow is good.

I absolutely loved the book and am waiting for the sequel and looking for the prequel of the book.