The Bearded Prince by Rajesh Talwar

51jEY5OrFPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWhen I was asked by Bookr3vi3ws to review The Bearded Prince by Rajesh Talwar, I saw the cover and thought that the book would be some kind of a love story. I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of the book.

The blurb:

After much persuasion, Princess Roopali, ‘the beautiful one’, agrees to have a swayamvara. This is an ancient Indian ceremony in which an unmarried girl who has come of age chooses a husband from among several suitors. According to the tradition, at the end of the ceremony, the princess is required to place a marigold garland around the neck of the prince she has decided to marry. She is happy to meet with all the princes who will attend the ceremony, and are keen to be chosen by her. She explains to her parents, the king and queen that she does not, however, wish to meet anyone with a beard. Over the past few years there have been a string of armed robberies by a gang of tough-looking bearded thugs. The princess has come to dislike beards. Her father, the king, explains to her that it would be discourteous for them not to extend an invitation to any eligible prince, but he would be surprised if any of them still sported a beard. Will Princess Roopali find the prince of her dreams? A delightful tale set in Ancient India the story provides a window into an exotic culture and will appeal to children from all age groups – particularly those from the ages of five to one hundred.

The story:

Beautiful princess Roopali of Fadidad, is twenty years old and an artist. She values her privacy and lives alone in her part of the palace with her dog, Jhabroo. She is all of twenty and her parents want her to get married. They convince her to marry to provide heir to kingdom and a ‘Swayamvara’ is announced.

The princess decides that she will not settle for a compromise candidate.  The man she wants to marry should be taller than her and should not be fat. She also does not want to marry a prince with a beard.

15 princes from various neighboring kingdoms come for the Swayamvara with the hope of being garlanded by Princess Roopali of Fadidad.

She meets them one by one and is still unable to decide and the ceremony ends.

What happens on the next day?? Read on….

My take:

The book is simple, short and sweet. It can be finished in one sitting or maybe two, if you want to read it aloud to your children.

The author has explained in details, a lot of things, making it easy for people who are not very well versed with the Swayamvara.

The characters have a lot of moral values and that can be highlighted to the children while reading the book to them.

Overall, a nice book.

Disclaimer: I received an e-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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Book Blitz: Ponni’s Beloved. Volume one: New Floods

 

Blurb
 

Kalki Krishnamurthy’s Ponniyin Selvan is a masterpiece that has enthralled generations of Tamil readers. Many authors have written phenomenal books in Tamil literature after Kalki Krishnamurthy, but Ponniyin Selvan remains the most popular, widely-read novel. It has just the right mixture of all things that makes an epic – political intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal, huge dollops of romance, infidelity, seduction, passion, alluring women, unrequited love, sacrifice and pure love.

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Excerpt


“I have brought important information for all of you. That’s why I asked the noble Sambuverayar to invite us all here. Maharaja Sundara Chola’s health has been steadily deteriorating. I secretly asked our royal physician, and he says that there is absolutely no chance of his health improving. His days are numbered. And it is up to us, to think about the future of the royal throne.”
 
“What do the astrologers say?” asked one of the noble men.
 
“Why ask the astrologers? Haven’t you seen the comet that has been appearing in the sky, for the past few weeks? They say whenever a comet appears, there will be death in the royal family,” said another.
 
“I have asked the astrologers as well, and they say that the king might live for some more time. Anyway, we will have to decide who should ascend the throne next,” said Pazhuvetarayar.
 
“What is the use of discussing that now? Aditya Karikalan was made the Crown Prince two years ago,” said one of the noblemen.
 
“True. But before he took that decision, did Sundara Chola consult any of us? We all have stood by the Chola Kingdom with loyalty and have sacrificed our sons and grandsons in the battlefield. Even now warriors from each of our clans have gone to Elangai to fight for the Chola Kingdom. Don’t you think we deserve the right to be consulted about who should be the next heir to the throne? Even King Dasaratha asked his council of ministers, before deciding to crown Rama. But our Sundara Chola didn’t think it necessary to consult anyone…”
About the author
 
 
“Sumeetha Manikandan is a top bestselling romance author whose novellas ‘Perfect Groom’ and ‘These Lines of Mehendi’ (which was published as a paperback novel called ‘Love Again’) have been on the top of Amazon India charts ever since its publication. A bookaholic, thinker, feminist and a daydreamer, she reads across genres and is a crazy fan of history, romance and science fiction novels.
An avid reader of historical novels, she has been translating Kalki Krishnamurthy’s classic Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan for the past ten years and hopes to translate more of his novels to English.
Sumeetha is married to filmmaker K.S. Manikandan and lives with her nine-year-old daughter in Chennai.”
 
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Book Blitz: KEY TO MY SOUL by Probal Mazumdar

 

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KEY TO MY SOUL

by
Probal Mazumdar

 

 

 

Blurb

 

“When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him. It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story. But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him…”
 
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Probal Mazumdar works in an IT company. He is an NIT engineer by societal pressure, singer by accident, guitarist by love at first sound, poet by soul, writer by passion, a world class badminton player in childhood dreams, rebel by day, recluse by night, a samosa in a family of laddoos, a Jughead at the dining table, a shameless and congenital dreamer. 

 

 

 

Oh! An arsonist too – when his wife is not around, sets his own house on fire with his little son. 

 

 

 

He won the FIRST prize in the All India Poetry Competition, 2014, conducted by PSI (Poetry Society of India). Click on www.indianpoetry.org/awardsgeneral14.htm

 

 

 

His other poems have risen too from cold storage into literary journals like Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Wasafiri (U.K. Vol. 67), Acumen (U.K.), OtherPoetry (U.K.), Chandrabhaga Literary Journal (Editor Jayanta Mahapatra), Dhauli Review, amongst others.

 

 

 

He writes short stories too. This is his first foray into writing a novel.

 

 

 

The Title of the Book is “Key To My Soul.”

 

 

 

 

The entire plot and story of the novel hinges on these words of the Title. Once the protagonist, Sidd, finds out the Key, he enters the Soul of his long lost beloved. The words, “Key to my Soul” is also a phrase used by his beloved in a letter to him which is the axis the story revolves around.

 

 

 

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Book Blitz: Finding Anya by Sundari Venkatraman

 


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This is the Book Blitz of Finding Anya by Sundari Venkatraman.  This is my stop and we have many bloggers who are sharing the love for this book. This tour is organized by The Book Club.

 

Name of the book: Finding Anya
 
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
 
Format Available: Kindle / Paperback
 
Also available on Kindle Unlimited 
 
No. Of Pages: 182 Pages
 
Genre: Romance
 
 
 
Blurb
 
Anya Chhabria wakes up in a hospital room with no recognition of who she is and where she belongs. In her troubled times, Anya finds her anchor in a handsome stranger. But is he really unknown to her? 
 
Dev Wadhwa’s past finds him when he sees Anya lying unconscious in the middle of the road. Not willing to let go of her one more time, Dev takes her to the hospital and later to his farmhouse, where he helps her recuperate. 
 
Sparks fly and Dev and Anya fall for each other! But the feisty Anya refuses to commit herself to marriage as her loss of memory looms larger than life. 
 
Things aren’t easy with an ex-husband, not-so-understanding parents, and a jealous neighbour thrown into the mix. What if Anya’s memory never comes back? 
 
Will Dev and Anya get a second chance? 
 
Or will circumstances force them apart, yet again?
 
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About the author
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 15 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
 
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 
 
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 
 
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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His Christmas Surprise (Christmas romance series Book 2) by Summerita Rhayne

book-cover-his-christmas-surprise_orig.pngHis Christmas Surprise (Christmas romance series Book 2) by Summerita Rhayne is the second book in the Christmas romance series. This book can be read as a standalone book also. It is the story of Dan Tollinger and Tonya. Dan is Jay’s (first book’s hero) brother and Tonya is his wife. Myra’s best friend.

The blurb:     

She stole his Christmas dinner and left him with a kiss.
Dan Tollinger is having a bad Christmas. His wife lost her battle with cancer and he’s finding it hard to manage his two sons. Busy with his shop he has little time left for them, so having a woman around to keep an eye on them seems like an ideal solution.
Tonya needs premises to run her business after her bakery got damaged in a fire. With a son to bring up on her own, the sensible option is to accept Dan’s job offer to housekeep while putting her business back on the track.
Neither counted on the unexpected warmth and awareness that sprang up between them. Would it be wise to let it kindle to desire and then something more?
Especially when his sons are not ready to accept her in his life.
Book 2 in Christmas romance series, His Christmas Surprise is the story of Jay’s brother Dan. It’s not in continuity with Book 1 and is a standalone romance.
For you if you like to read family oriented romances with a bit of sensuality on the side.

The story:

Dan Tollinger has no time for his kids after his wife, Anna’s death. He has to manage his toy shop and cannot face the kids and the boys usually said they had work to do when he asked them. On Christmas Eve, he finds someone stealing his dinner from the kitchen.

Tonya, 27, lost her husband, a firefighter five years ago when her son, Toby was just seven. She is now in trouble after investing everything in her business and has nothing left for provisions.

Myra has a proposition for Tonya. She tells Tonya that Dan needs someone to keep an eye on things, make sure the boys are fed and monitor their studies. In return, Tonya gets space, Dan’s kitchen, to carry out her business.

 

My take:

It took me a little more time than usual to get a hang of the book, but once I was into it, I enjoyed it. The story is set in Goa and the author has carved the characters beautifully. Both Dan and Tonya’s feelings have been described in detail. And also the insecurities of the kids. The feelings described were so natural that I could feel that it was actually happening in front of me.

Jay and Myra also appear in places but, believe me, even if you have not read the firt book of the series, you will connect with them. I did.

I loved the pace of the book, which was sometimes fast and sometimes slow, it actually gave me sometime to catch up.

Will there be a part three????

FINDING THE ANGEL by Rubina Ramesh

51q9sx5u-xlFinding the Angel is Rubina Ramesh’s second book, the first being Knitted Tales, an anthology. It is the story of Shefali Verma,  a girl with a passion for art.

The Blurb:

All She wanted was love…
Shefali is a die-hard romantic. Having lost her parents at a very tender age, she is in search of a place which she can call home. Her passion for Art lands her a job as an art curator to the famous artifacts of the Ranaut Dynasty. When she meets the scion, Aryan Ranaut, she feels that her dream might come true until…
All He wanted was to trust…
Living the life of a modern day Prince is no easy task for the young and dashing Aryan Ranaut. Having lost his father to a rapacious woman, Aryan has severe trust issues. But upon meeting Shefali, he feels he could let down his guard. Until…
All They need is to find The Angel…
Just as Aryan realizes his love for Shefali, one of the most precious artifacts, The Angel, goes missing from the Ranaut collection. All fingers point towards Shefali—more so because she leaves the palace without telling anyone on the very night of the theft.
Finding the Angel is a story where duty clashes with love and lack of trust overrides passion. Under these circumstances, can The Angel bring the star-crossed lovers together?

The story:

Shefali Verma, 26, lost her parents in a car accident at the age of twelve. Kalpana Desai, her guardian, boss and mentor and her mother’s best friend had taken her under her wing. Now, Shefali is given the job of cataloging the antiques belonging to the Ranaut Estate by Kalpana and she grabs the job as it is a challenge to the historian in her and also because the project is very important for her company. A friendly person living on her own, Shefali has no problem in mixing with new people and follows quite a few dramas on TV as the daily soaps kept her loneliness at bay. Novelty of living in a palace excites Shefali. For the project, Shefali has to work with Prince Aryan Ranaut, Scion of the Ranaut Family, and Kalpana warns her against his amorous adventures.

Aryan is the sole in-charge of the art collection, having fallen in love with the art collection when his grandfather had introduced him to it. A shrewd and astute businessman, Aryan took over the family business after completing his education from Harvard University and has been labelled as the youngest entrepreneur. Every cell of his body spoke of Royal blood and he has political influences in all the right places. Sonakshi and Raima are his married sisters who stay in the estate with their husbands.

As a part of the project, she is entrusted with a very rare Fabrege, one of the rarest of its kind, The Angel with Egg in a Chariot, which is stolen and they think that she has stolen The Angel. She leaves the palace at the first instance without finishing the project because of forced circumstances and he has her under surveillance. He loves his mother, Gitanjali Devi, the queen, and was holding Shefali responsible for her unhappiness. He technically kidnaps her and takes her back to Ranaut and is willing to let her go free, without pressing any charges, if she hands over The Angel to him.

Both need to find it for different reasons- she, to salvage her reputation and he, for his mother, so they join forces. He is not a normal, easy going guy and she is a simple girl from Nagpur. He was after her because he thought she had stolen his precious Fabrege Egg, The Angel. She was the only woman who kindled a passionate fire within him, he had respect for her but he knew she was the one for him but had promised himself that no woman would ever make him weak. Like a fool, she had fallen in love with him.

My take:

The story is simple and has been written very well. The characters have been developed well and are very realistic. The language is simple and the flow is excellent. The conversations between the characters have been very beautifully written and the emotions of both the characters have been described well.

The mystery makes the romance even more interesting.

Looking forward to more romances from you, Rubina.

Loved the book immensely, a perfect read for the vacations.

 

 

 

Mighty Raju goes into space

1282118a.jpgI received the book Mighty Raju goes into space as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one book in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

In this book, Raju travels to the Moon and finds his friends at the command centre there. There are aliens and they capture the kids. And thus starts Raju’s adventure in space. The story is cute and has been written in small sentences which are easy for a small child to understand. The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters.

An excellent book for little ones who have just learnt to read sentences.

Highly recommended.

 

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.