VoiceMates by Anamika Mishra

26103190.jpgI received VoiceMates by Anamika Mishra s a review copy from the author herself. This book is the story of Tulip and Sam set in Goa.

The Blurb:

Tulip Hill is an obedient and intelligent daughter to her disciplinarian parents. She has been a topper throughout her school, because her parents wanted her to be. Now, they want her to enroll in one of the best colleges. But Tulip harbors the desire to become a singer, for music is her only passion that helps her see through life’s miseries.

Then there is Sam – witty, easy-going and flirty. Both Tulip and Sam share their love for music. Yet, both dream of a different life.

What are those dreams? What happens when they meet and enter the biggest duet competition together? Will their love blossom during this emotional roller-coaster?

Join the VoiceMates in their musical journey to know more!

The story:

Tulip Hill belongs to one of the richest families in Goa. Her mother is a Goan and her father, a Canadian. She is a student of class twelfth and her parents want her to prepare for a professional course. But Tulip does not want that. She wants to become a singer, like those we see on reality shows on TV. She wants to win VoiceMates, an International singing reality show. She has had no professional training but she knows she has a thing for songs and sings western songs well. Every evening, she tries to go to the fort near her house and sing to the small children there. It is during one of such sessions that Sam joins her.

Sam is an orphan who sings for a living, in the daytime around Goa and in a bar at night. He also wants to win a reality show. They discuss about the reality show and Sam convinces her that they could participate in the show as partners and as the next season would be in Goa, it is a God sent opportunity for them. And they start practicing songs separately.

She lies to her parents and goes for auditions and then the show moves to a resort outside Goa and she has to come clean and convince her parents. Will she be able to confess and convince? How would they react? Read on……………

My take:

The cover has been designed to suit the theme of the story. A simple story, written in a simple language. The story is about following a dream and the efforts made to win it.

The book is fast paced moving from one scene to another quickly. The author has described the reality show in detail and it made me feel as if I was seeing the entire story unfold right in front of my eyes. The story moves on taking the reader deeper into action and wanting Tulip and Sam to win the show.

The characters have been developed well. Tulip has had a protected life, she is liked by her maids and even the children she sings to. Her innocence and her passion for music is very visible in the story. Sam’s intentions of winning the show have been beautifully portrayed.

The story becomes more realistic with the lyrics of the songs which Tulip and Sam sing being written. The end is different.

A nice, quick  read.

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.

 

 

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Spotlight: With You I Dance by Aarti V Raman

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With You I Dance

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Aarti V Raman


 

Blurb


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.

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Second Chance at Forever by Summerita Rhayne

be8b7-scafSummerita Rhayne’s latest book Second Chance at Forever is a book which made me revisit the saying, “If you love someone, set him free. If he comes back to you, he is yours. If he does not, he never was.”

The Blurb:

What happens when the terrible twos come in threes?
Stuti loves being a mother to her triplets, but it can be a harrowing routine. She’s even more submerged in the craziness when she takes them and her mom-in-law for a trip to Rajasthan, the land of the erstwhile Thar desert royals and their palaces. After the passing away of her husband, she feels she owes it to her mil to take her to her favourite holiday. In the Amber Palace, her reckless toddler rushes onto a modelling shoot. As she picks up her daughter who has tripped over a gorgeous zardozi sari, her gaze clashes with that of the man she’d hoped never to set eyes on again in her life.
A passion that threatens to set fire to more than just her senses
Revath was everything she wanted in a man, but six years ago he chose to walk away from her. Now he wants to be back in her life. When she knows he doesn’t want the same things in life that she does, would she be wise to let anything rekindle between them? Is it already too late for rethinks?
Desire that has to be denied
Revath knew the moment he met Stuti again that he couldn’t just let her go. But Stuti is absolutely the wrong woman for him. It was proved six years ago when they chose diametrically opposite ways for themselves. He doesn’t believe in forever, so what’s he doing asking her for a second chance?
Can three little miracles be a barrier to two people finding love?

The story:

When Stuti was in college, she meets Revath. They were a team, he, the photographer and she, the model. But, it was not meant to be, because, she wanted commitment and he wanted his freedom. So one day, he walks away, never to come back. And Stuti is left alone.

She gets married to Avinash on the rebound. It is a marriage of convenience, a marriage based on liking, a marriage based on mutual needs. She shifts base to Faridkot and is content with her family and her teaching job.

Now six years later, they meet in Rajasthan, where she is on a holiday with her triplets and her mother in law and he, on an assignment. And the air between them sizzles. He wants to have an affair. He cannot stand kids and she cannot leave them.

Where does that leave them? Will they be able to overcome their past and make a future for themselves? Or will they part again?

My take:

The story is simple and the flow is good. The book has been written in a simple language. The story has all the ingredients: love, romance, understanding, passion, drama and suspense. The pace is such that  I was unable to put the book down. The author has written the story in such a way that even when I was getting angry with Revath for all that he was doing, I was feeling bad for him also.

I loved the characters and the chemistry between them. It crackles, it sizzles. I loved the triplets and also Stuti’s mother in law. Stuti is the perfect mother, who tries to play the role of both the parents for her children. She is the perfect daughter-in-law, who wants to keep her mother-in-law happy. The kids are cute and quite a handful and her mother-in-law, understanding.

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

Life and Grey notes by Mayank S. Sengar

81zLrZKTZpL.jpgI received the book Life and Grey notes by Mayank S. Sengar as a review copy from BecomeShakespeare.com. The book is a collection of ten short stories.

The Blurb:

The collection of short stories in English, Life and the Grey Notes, brings home the simple truths of human nature, the essential human ingredients. The author has you reflecting, smiling, as you relate intimately to the characters and situations that people these stories.

From the inescapable dilemma of a tea stall owner caught in the mesh of societal hypocrisy, to the inherent tendency to presume and judge that lurks within each one of us, the cherished place we accord to individual faith and the element of divinity, the intricately entwined threads of emotion in the Indian ethos can all be derived from this collection of experiences in the form of a book. The turning point in some stories where the protagonist emerges as a hero or confronts his own inevitable human frailties will warm many a heart, cutting across reader demographics such as age, geography and language. Suitable read right from a teenager to a young adult to an adult.

Heartwarming, thought-provoking, explores human relationships and human psychology yet light and humorous, this short stories collection makes for an ideal quick read with your leisurely cuppa chai.

My take:

The author has mentioned in the prologue that the black and white episodes in our lives are easy to deal with and the grey shades are difficult to understand and handle. He also mentions that this book is a collection of grey incidents of life presented in the form of short stories.

I am not discussing the book story wise because I do not want to spoil the fun. The stories have been penned in a manner that is easy to understand but the message goes deep. The language is simple and the flow is good. The characters are relatable and have been developed well. There are many instances in the stories that have happened in reality like the world cup. The stories have humour as well as some seriousness. Each story has a message to deliver.

Loved the book and will recommend it with a small request to read each story and savour it before moving to the next.

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

Where the River Parts by Radhika Swarup

27216723.jpgWhere the River Parts by Radhika Swarup is a book about Asha. We follow Asha in this book from a girl to a woman. This book is also about partition. I received this book as a review copy from Rupa Publications and would like to thank the publisher for the book. This is one book which brought about a lot of things that I had heard when I was a kid.

The blurb:

‘Blood had begun to trickle down Asha’s starched cotton salwar, and once more she tried to will herself to stay calm. It was nothing. These things happened. ‘

But these things haven’t happened before. It’s August 1947, the night before India’s independence. It is also the night before Pakistan’s creation and the brutal Partition of the two countries.

Asha, a Hindu in a newly Muslim land, must flee to safety. She carries with her a secret she has kept even from Firoze, her Muslim lover, but Firoze must remain in Pakistan, and increasing tensions between the two countries mean the couple can never reunite.

Fifty years later in New York, Asha’s Indian granddaughter falls in love with a Pakistani, and Asha and Firoze, meeting again at last, are faced with one more – final – choice.

Spanning continents and generations, Where the River Parts is an epic tale of love, loss and longing.

The story:

Asha Prakash and Nargis are neighbours and best friends in Suhanpur, Pakistan. They go to school together, share each other’s secrets and fast with each other, Nargis fasts for Karwa Chauth and Asha observes Ramzan. The two houses exchange delicacies and Asha falls in love with Firoze, Nargis’ brother and her father’s protégé, he reciprocates her feelings. She wants to marry him and he feels that her family will not accept her. They meet secretly and Nargis knows their secret. He advocates for a separate country for Muslims because he knows that there would be no place for Muslims in India.  Om Sharma, a regular visitor to their home, wants to marry Asha, but her father is not ready and when Firoze asks her father for her hand, he tells him that they would discuss it later. Meanwhile, Nargis’ wedding is finalized and preparations are on full swing and India becomes free.

The Prakashs and many Hindu families are forced to leave Pakistan for the sake of their own security. Firoze escorts them to the bus station from where they would take a bus o Delhi. But before the bus comes, all of them are killed by the mob except Asha and Roopa who were not present at the bus stop at that particular moment. And Asha is saved by a Muslim family and then she finds a safe escape to Delhi with a couple in their car. On reaching Delhi, she looks for Om, whose address her mother had given her and her brother, in case they are lost when they reach Delhi.

And Om offers to marry her much against his mother’s wishes. After her marriage, she leads a purposeful and happy life helping Om in his ventures. She meets Sanam, an orphan, who had also lost her family during the partition and gives her shelter. They share a bond, a secret and a daughter, Priya.

Life comes a full circle when Asha’s granddaughter, Lana, falls in love with a Pakistani boy, who is Firoze’s grandson. And Priya is against the match. What will Asha do when she comes face to face with Firoze after half a century? Read on…..

My take:

The story has been told from Asha’s point of view and divided into four parts, Asha as a daughter, Asha as a wife, a partner and a mother, Asha as a grandmother and Asha in old age.

The story has been written in a simple language and the author has used words in the local dialect which has made the story all the more interesting. The book is fast paced especially near the end, it moves very fast. The author has laid stress on young Asha, Asha who lives in Pakistan and migrates to India with her family but reaches India alone.

The description of the incidents during partition was hair-raising. I really felt for the people who lost everything during that time and the author has portrayed the feelings through her characters. The characters themselves have been developed well, be it Asha, her parents, Om, Nargis or Firoze.

The scenes have been described well and were easy to visualize. The marriage songs, have been mentioned in English, had the words been mentioned in the original dialect with English translation in brackets, it would have been more interesting.

The book has been beautifully written and is unputdownable. I am looking forward to reading more from the author.

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.

Cover reveal: Knitted Tales: A Collection of Emotions By Rubina Ramesh

RELEASING ON THE 10TH OF OCTOBER 
Knitted Tales: A Collection of Emotions 

By 

Rubina Ramesh

 
Every tale has a path to follow to reach its destination.. but it may not exactly be the one we should follow.
 
WHAT IS THE ANTHOLOGY ALL ABOUT?
What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?
Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?
Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?
Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?
In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.
 
WHAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE THIS ANTHOLOGY…
 
Dear Friends and Aspiring Writers,My journey as a writer started after I joined Wrimo India. It’s a group of aspiring authors where all members are challenged to write, by the NaNoWriMo ML for India region and the Founder/Admin of  Wrimo India, Sonia Rao.  Along with the other admins, Neel Ina and Dola Basu Singh, she made our lives pretty tough if we did not submit on time.

Our work was critiqued, broken to pieces and then mended again by all the Wrimo members. I laugh now, whenever I reminisce about those days. We writers are so passionate about our work that even a little bit of criticism makes us want to hide our baby. But in this group, we trained ourselves to accept all types of honest criticism. We sculpted our stories and life continued. This happened around 2 years ago.

Then, one fine day I found that I had gathered around 17 stories and forgotten all about them. As I dusted away the layers of neglect, I fell in love with my own stories. I am a narcissist. 🙂  But then, all writers are, aren’t they? I do hope what I have written from my heart, touches you. Here are the stories of a writer who aspires to always write from her heart. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, here’s raising a toast to inspiration!

 

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About Rubina Ramesh
 Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time.  She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona.  Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.
Her other published works include
‘Home is where Love is’ a short story in the anthology Writings from the Heart. Ed. by Beth Ann Masarik.
‘You Stole My Heart’ and ‘Let me Go’. Short stories as a part of the anthology ‘Long and Short of It’ by Indireads.
‘Wake Me Up’ as a part of the anthology ‘Marijuana Diaries’ by Fablery Publishers.
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The Corridor of Uncertainity by Kiran Chandra

unnamedI received the book The Corridor of Uncertainity by Kiran Chandra as review copy from the author. The book is set in Bangalore in the nineteen nineties.

The Blurb:

The corridor of uncertainty is a story set in the 90s of Bangalore, about a bunch of boys growing up on a sport & religion called ‘Cricket’. Karna’s love and passion for Divya is as much as for the game.

Karna & his friends, worshipers of the game, go through a pious and adventurous journey of conflict. They are guided by the principles of righteousness, sportsmanship, ethics and fair play by Mr. Iyer & most importantly the confidence instilled by their mentor Nawab Khan. They have to gain self belief, which leads them to introspect. They recognize the true sense of Arthur Schopenhauer’s quote ‘Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.’ They ultimately win many hearts, but will Karna win the only heart he longs for?

The boys of Lalnagar overcome many challenges in their quest to master the game. As they play the sport, they are embroiled in a conflict in their locality, a communal conflict across the nation & conflicts of interest. How Cricket as a sport collides with the real systems of faith & how the boys respond is the game plan (story line). There is a bit of Indian mythology, history, its characters & their importance & draws parallel to the war of Kurukshetra & Cricket.

The story:

The story is set in the Lalnagar area of Bangalore in December 1991 especially of the third cross street which consisted of the middle class and the real Bangalore’s voice, a cosmopolitan street by itself; it housed people of different caste and creed living together in harmony. Most of the children on the street were adolescents, some were stepping into teens and some were stepping out of it. Karna alias ‘Kutti’, Rakesh alias ‘Coconut’, Sai Keerthi alias ‘Sui’, Ramesh alias ‘Captain’, Raghu alias ‘Bulldog’, Shanth alias ‘Soda’ and Vikram alias ‘Tiger’ consisted of the younger crowd. They would play tennis ball cricket on the street and even had a ‘pavillion’ for their cricket ground.

The story revolves around the passion the boys have for cricket, the various tennis ball cricket matches they play, adolescent crushes, the relationships between neighbours irrespective of their caste and creed until one act threatens to spoil everything.

What do the residents do? Do they follow suit of the country or are they united in testing times? Read on and find out….

My take:

The story has been developed around cricket, a sport that almost everyone is familiar with. The language is simple and the author has even given an appendix at the end of the book to explain about the game. The book is fast paced and the cricket matches have been described ball by ball making it very interesting and also it was very easy for me to visualize the scenes. I am sure that cricket lovers would love the descriptions.

The events have been described in a chronological manner but the best part of the book is relationships between the families residing on the third street and celebrating festivals of different religions together. The conversations between the characters are very real.

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.