Served with love by Priyanka Menon

9789352644032.jpgBooks by Priyanka Menon are a treat to read. They are sure to lift up your mood anytime of the day. Served with love by Priyanka Menon is one such book. Once I picked it up, I just could not put it down and was reading it whenever I got an opportunity. This book is the story of twenty six year old Pakhi Mehra and forty two year old Abhimanyu Dev, both of whom share a love for cooking. The book is set in Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur.

The story:

Abhimanyu Dev, orphaned early and brought up by a doting grandfather, has his life chalked out. He is forty-two years old and single, and intends to stay that way. And he runs a hotel with all the care he might have devoted to a home. In walks Pakhi, taking charge of the hotel kitchen. A guardian to her niece Abhithi, Pakhi is passionate and opinionated, and focused on the little girl and on work.

Abhi and Pakhi rarely see eye to eye. Sparks fly and tempers fray. Yet there are two things that bind them – gourmet meals and their love for Abhithi. The little girl’s affection and innocence draw Abhi out of his shell in a manner he had not anticipated. As for Pakhi, her niece is the very centre of her life.

When Abhithi is kidnapped, it brings Abhi and Pakhi together as they follow her trail to Mumbai. Will they find Abhithi and each other in time? Served with Love is a mature romance for a new age.

The story:

Pakhi is an assistant chef at Leela Palace Bengaluru, a hotel she joined after her graduation from IHM, because Rajeev Ramaswamy, her fiancé, wanted her to, so that they could be near each other, when she has to quit her job and move to Mumbai to take care of eighteen month old Abhithi, her niece after the death of her brother and sister-in-law in a car accident. Rajeev does not appreciate the break-up.

Mow eighteen months later, three year old Abhithi is her reason to live. Paki loves her like her own daughter and the trio of Pakhi, Abhithi and Mr Mehra, Pakhis father saty in Mumbai. Her father is a retired school principal and writes books for children.

Abhimanyu, orphaned at a young age, was brought up by his grandfather, Pratap Dev, who not only was a grandfather, but his mother and father as well. Both Pratap and Abhimanyu share a very, very deep bond.

Abhimanyu, one of India’s renowned chefs, the head chef at Dev Intercontinental, is sincere and passionate about food and has been firing sous chefs who cannot meet his expectations. Pakhi is comfortable with all sections of the menu but her heart is truly in desserts. She in search of a job and lands the job of sous chef at Dev Intercontinental.

Though initially they fight over small things but they are attracted to each other. Pakhi has no place in her life for distraction and Dev does not believe in love, he is practical and a realist and is too old to believe in fanciful notion like love. Like Pakhi, he also does not need any distraction in his life.

To him, Pakhi is the kind of woman you took home to your family but Abhimanyu had lived his life on his own terms and could not compromise on that. And Pakhi loves her niece too much to give her up for someone.

My take:

The book is beautiful, the story, the dialogues, the descriptions, the characters, the emotions…….(I am breathless)

The characters have been beautifully created with a lot of detailing. The dialogues between them are so real that I could feel the characters were conversing right befor my eyes. Jaipur and Kolkata are two of my favourite places and the author has described them so beautifully, I felt that I was travelling with Pakhi and Dev to these places and seeing the places with them – so good are the descriptions.

The relationships between the characters, Abhimanyu and his grandfather; Pakhi and Abhithi; Abhimanyu and Abhithi have been beautifully depicted.

Loved the book immensely. It is unputdownable.



A Tangled Legacy by Jazz Singh

41pvH7TOoBL._SY445_QL70_.jpgI received A Tangled Legacy by Jazz Singh as a review copy from the author, finished it the same day and have been meaning to write the review ever since. Sometimes what you want to do first happens a lot later.

The blurb:

The instant attraction between Karan and Jahnavi is doomed before it can blossom into something deeper when he becomes responsible for her father’s illness and a downward spiral in business. Known as a predator in the business world and a bastard in the media, he cannot forgive his mother for the unwavering love she bears his unknown father, the man who abandoned her…and his son. Then there’s Jahnavi, his dream woman. How can he ask her to accept his love and share the shame that is his burden?

The story:

Karanvir Singh is one of the partners at DAK Enterprises, a company which would look for companies in distress and swoop on them and take over. A ruthless businessman, Karan, has a definite role in the company. As a child he had everything that was the fad of the moment, but a loving father, and he would feel unloved. His friend, Dhruv Kalra’s father, Ashok wants to help with his education. Education completed, the kids grow up and DAK, Dhruv-Ashok-Karan is born. Kriplani, the company’s lawyer is fond of Karan and is the only one who knows what Karan wants. Karan does not want to take over another company but put them together.

On one of his trips abroad, he meets a girl while travelling on a tourist bus, she is an Indian and they travel together, but they do not exchange names, addresses or telephone numbers. When he asks for her details, she refuses saying “If we are meant to, we’ll bump into each other….”. They meet again in a lift and again part as strangers.

One day, as he and Dhruv are walking to their office, he sees the same girl waiting at the reception and upon enquiry come to know that she is Jahnavi Kapoor, the daughter of Prafull Kapoor whose company has been sued by DAK Enterproises for non-payment of dues. They have been served a notice and the factory premises have been sealed and she is here to request them to give them some time.

Now, she hates him with all her might and blames him for her father’s heart attack. He regrets that he is the cause of upheaval in their lives. He feels guilty, wants to make amends and she does not want any of it.

Lives get entangled when destinies collided. Of all the men she is attracted to him. Under normal circumstances, he wanted to introduce her to his mother. In his thoughts he willed her to understand and in his imagination she did……

My take:

I loved the story. There is friendship, there is loyalty, there is romance, there is hatred and most of all there is suspense.

The simple story has been beautifully written in perfect English.

The characters have been painstakingly created and the author has described Karan’s feelings more than those of Jahnavi. He is the loyal one, loyal to his guardian, loyal to his friend. She is the perfect daughter and Prafull is the perfect father, keeping an eye on his daughter and at the same time giving her the freedom to do as she leases.

The secondary characters also have very important roles to play in the story.

I really loved the book and am eagerly waiting for its sequel.

A must read for all fans of romance and also drama.

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.


Spotlight: THE CASANOVA’S WIFE (Marriages Made in India Book #4) by Sundari Venkatraman


(Marriages Made in India Book #4)
Sundari Venkatraman


Bharat is the elder of the Maheshwari twins. Being a super model, he travels from Jaipur to Mumbai to Delhi, modelling for high-end brands and playing show stopper during fashion shows. Clothes, jewellery, glares, briefs – you name it and Bharat Maheshwari models for it. 
Dia Mathur is a management trainee based in Mumbai. She’s surprised to find herself at an after event party hosted by a major fashion label, thanks to her best friend. That’s where she meets Bharat, completely unaware of his claim to fame. 
Sparks sizzle and they get together instantaneously. But things fall apart when Dia realises that Bharat is quite the Casanova and might not make for a life partner. She disappears from his life…
…to surface again two years later, at no place other than his family’s drawing room in Jaipur. Will the Casanova turn a new leaf? Or will Dia have to play second, third or fourth fiddle to every gorgeous model who comes into his life?
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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 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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Man of her Match by Sakshama Puri Dhariwal

51uWkrPA26L._SY346_Usually books take off from where the previous one left off, but here we have a book, the characters of which bear some resemblance to a previous one by the same author. A prequel to her book, the bestseller, The Wedding Photographer, is Man of her Match by Sakshama Puri Dhariwal. This book is set in Delhi and is the story of twenty six year olds Nidhi Marwah and Vikramaditya Singh Walia.

The blurb:

Kicked off the team for a series of misdemeanours, Indian cricket’s bad boy Vikram Walia finally has a chance at redemption. The only problem: it involves collaborating with his childhood best friend turned sworn enemy, Nidhi Marwah.

Once a tomboy, now a gorgeous, self-assured marketing professional, Nidhi must put aside her personal dislike of Vikram and leverage his unparalleled fame and poster-boy good looks for her latest campaign.

But the ensuing battle of sardonic jibes and veiled slurs only heightens their blazing chemistry. Soon memories of their past fill their present, pulling them back to that fateful day when a heartless act destroyed their friendship.

Can Vikram and Nidhi put their stormy history behind them? Will their partnership have a second innings?

The story:

Eight year old Nidhi Marwah lives in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi with her workaholic lawyer father, Balraj Marwah; her dog, Odie and her trio of comrades Mahendra Rao, the driver, Mangal Singh, the cook and Bhimsen Thapa, the guard. Growing up with them, she is a tomboy and that makes her an outsider with both the genders. She is always on the lookout for a new face in the school as well as the neighbourhood and pins her hopes on them.

So one day, while playing with her trio of comrades, she sees a Maruti van drive into the house next door. And in the van is a child of her age and to her delight, the child has a cricket kit with him. She feels she is finally going to have a friend and is determined to make friends with him. Vikram Walia, the grandson of her neighbor, Mrs Walia, has moved from Mumbai to Delhi after the death of his parents, and is not on the lookout for company.

It takes a whole lot of persuasion and a month on her part that he finally relents to becoming not only her friend but her best friend. The trio welcomes him with open arms. He has always been there for her in the six years that they are together, playing with her, fighting for her, when her father tells her that she cannot be the captain of the girls’ cricket team and also while burying Odie.

Till they turn fourteen. When she felt that he had broken her heart and walked out of her life and he felt that she had ruthlessly crushed his heart. And they hate each other.

Twelve years later, Nidhi Marwah is the Senior Brand Manager of News Today. She is an ideal daughter and is also very passionate about her job. Risha Kohli and Tanvi Bedi are her best friends and she shares a healthy professional relationship with Sameer Singh, Sam. Dibakar is her boss and runs the marketing department with his own whims and fancies. In the long run, her goal is to move away from news media marketing to social marketing and when the EducateIn project comes their way, she feels this is her opportunity to put her best foot forward. What she has not accounted for is Aamir Khan, the original Brand Ambassador having other commitments and Vikram Walia being the replacement.

Vikram Walia, the boy who led the under 19 team to world cup win has never looked back since. He is obnoxious, self centred, spoiled and is known for offensive language foul temper both on and off the field. He has been banned by BCCI and a disciplinary hearing has been scheduled, so his manager Monty Bhalla feels that doing this campaign for free would present him in a positive light and restore his reputation.

So Vikram moves to Delhi, to his old home in Lajpat Nagar and goes to the News today office for a meeting. Nidhi tells him that he is not a suitable candidate for the campaign.

My take:

I loved the book especially the way it has been presented with timelines, flashbacks are in italics and diary entries in a cute handwriting.

The story is simple with well developed, relatable and realistic characters. The scenes have been described in a way that it was very easy to picturise them. The story has everything, friendship, romance, family drama and humour. The flow is good and the book is unputdownable.

Waiting for Tanvi’s story next.

Love Sees No Reason by Reshma Ranjan

c4b2f-loveseesnoreasonWhen The Book Club announces the Tornado giveaway, I take as an opportunity to tweet, tweet and tweet while participating in the giveaway. There have been three Tornados so far and I have been lucky enough to have won books in all the three of them. This year in the third giveaway, the book that I really wanted to win was Love Sees No Reason by Reshma Ranjan and was glad when I received the book as a prize for winning the giveaway.

The blurb:

Suraj’s hasty marriage to a complete stranger Ria Nair, makes Suhaan become suspicious about the sister-in-law he has never met. The fact that the couple adopt a baby immediately after the wedding, only serves to increase his antagonism.
Who is this Ria, and why did she marry his brother?

Suraj dies, forcing Suhaan to return to the homestead to take over the family business. That’s when the inevitable happens – he comes face to face with his brother’s widow and discovers that he is attracted to her.

On one level, Ria is all innocence and vulnerability. On another, is her mysterious and hurried marriage to his brother. She could be a gold digger.

Is his attraction for her mere lust – or could it be… love?

The story:

Ria Nair, heartbroken after the death of her fiancé, goes to an orphanage during her free time to keep herself busy. There she meets Mia, a newborn orphan, who makes her happy and wants to adopt her. But the orphanage allows only allows married couples to adopt children. That is not all, there is Suraj Nair, a rich man, who also wants to adopt Mia. Suraj has a complication, he is unmarried and has a terminal illness. He wants to be happy till he is alive. So they strike a balance, and decide to have a marriage of convenience, for Mia’s sake, for Suraj’s sake and for Ria’s sake. And they are a happy family until Suraj dies.

Ria knows that Suraj has a twin Suhaan, but she has never met him. She does not know that they are identical in looks but have different nature. Suhaan has a pre-conceived notion about her, a bad impression on her. He feels that Ria married Suraj for his money because she knew that he was rich, ill and about to die.

So when Suhaan comes back to the haveli after Suraj’s death, Ria runs into his arms because she thinks that Suraj is back.

They are attracted to each other but Suhaan’s impression of her and her own confusions and she runs away.

My take:

The cover is pink, and has the silhouettes of the side profile of a girl and a boy inside a heart. I loved the cover, it is beautiful. I finished the book in one day, so you can imagine the pace of the book.

The characters are realistic and their feelings have been well depicted. The author has depicted the relationship between Ria and Suraj beautifully. The language is simple and the book has been written in a way that it is unputdownable. The story has all the ingredients of a movie, romance, suspense, drama, jealousy, suspicion…..

I loved the book and the characters a lot.


The Blue House in Bishop by Sunanda Chatterjee

51bHzNO9vnL._SY346_.jpgI received The Blue House in Bishop by Sunanda Chatterjee as a review copy from the author. The story revolves around four characters who share the same house and is set in the US and India.

The blurb:

A broken soldier with a past, a doctor with a secret, an ex-cop with a mission, and a mysterious woman must fight a drug lord and the FBI to find justice.
After an accident, ex-Special Forces Capt. Duke Wilcox is forced to recover in the house of his old college roommate, Dr. Sunil Samant. Haunted by his failed mission and failed marriage, Duke has lost his trust in women and yearns for a chance to redeem himself.

Indian Police Inspector Alisha Raj has a passion for bringing criminals to justice. After leaving the police force with a broken heart, she agrees to an “arranged marriage” with Sunil. But it is an unusual proposal; Sunil asks Alisha to pretend to be his fiancée to please his dying mother.

Alisha comes to Bishop to leave her past behind, only to fall hopelessly in love with Duke. But she is engaged to Sunil, whose mother is expected to visit any day. The attraction seems mutual, but Duke’s troubled past prevents him from opening his heart.

Everything changes when a mysterious woman shows up with a baby, seeking Sunil’s help.

But is this woman who she claims to be? Why is the FBI after her? And how is she involved with a Colombian Drug lord?

A story of loyalty, camaraderie, and love, The Blue House in Bishop brings four strangers together in a fight for survival.

The story:

The book begins with a prologue where in two special agents, Agent McCoy and Agent Greene, of the FBI searching for a woman and child. They end up at a departmental store and discover that the woman is using the alias Felicity Spencer.

The story then moves to a car accident and the drunken victim being taken to a hospital. The victim is ex-Special Forces Capt. Duke Wilcox and the doctor concerned is his old college roommate, Dr Sunil Samant. Sunil takes him home to recuperate after he is discharged from the hospital. Sunil has a big blue house in the outskirts of the city, the interiors are painted white and door to each room has a specific colour, giving the room its name, like the blue room has a blue door.

Sunil goes home to India to meet his ill mother and ends up getting engaged to Alisha raj, his mother’s friend’s daughter. Alisha is an ex-cop who has been betrayed by her boyfriend cum boss. Sunil is in love with a girl who is not Indian and Alisha is not over the breakup yet, so theirs is an engagement of convenience. So Alisha moves to America with Sunil on a fiancé visa (I don’t know if there is such a visa) and is the third resident in Sunil’s home.

Alisha joins a class in creative writing and is working on her assignments. Dave has to regularly visit his counsellor and in one of these sessions, he is asked to write down his thoughts and as he cannot write, Alisha offers to type it for him. She wants to help him but she feels she can utilize his story as one of her assignments. She is attracted to Dave.

Then Sunil gets a call from his friend, Todd’s widow, that she wants to stay at his home. Sunil being the nice hearted person he is, welcomes her and her baby, Sam, even though he does not know her and has never met her.  She says her name is Felicity Spencer.

In search for Felicity, Agent McCoy and Agent Greene trying to follow her every move.

And all the four of them have secrets, how do they manage under the same roof……


The Goodness of Sunil, the strong demeanour of Alisha and the seeming vulnerability of Duke make you fall in love with them. strong character development and solid plot points made for an enjoyable reading experience!

A woman comes from nowhere who is trying to out run the mob.

My take:

This is one book which I agreed to read without even looking at the blurb, because of the author. Sunanda’s books are all so good that they stay with the reader for a long time to come. Initially I thought, that the FBI agents are the main protagonists but as the story moved on so did my idea of the protagonist.

There are many characters in the book and all are very realistic and relatable. Initially when a character is introduced into the story, he/she is a little cut off from the story, is a little independent of the story but then as the story progresses, the character gets intertwined into the story. Each character is different, has their own story and these stories move in parallel to each other and also criss-cross, but that never confused me.  Even the secondary characters have important roles to play in the story.

The conversations between the characters have been written in such a way that it felt that the characters were talking right in front of me. Also the descriptions of the scenes, I felt I was watching a movie.

I loved the way the stories of all the characters unfold one by one. The book is fast paced and it keeps the reader guessing and when I felt the book was going on fine, there would be twists and turns. The book is a page turner.

There is suspense and there is surprise. There is romance and there is friendship. There is trust and there is betrayal. There is adventure and there is fun.

The story other than being an entertaining read, covers various social matters.

It left me wanting more.

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.

My Hanuman Chalisa by Dev Dutt Patnaik

Untitled.jpgFor most of the Indian Hindus, Hanuman Chalisa as one book which they carry with them or read when stressed out or scared. I am one such person, any time of the day or night, I recite the lines consciously or subconsciously.

My Hanuman Chalisa by Dev Dutt Patnaik is a book in which author has tried to explore the popular Hanuman Chalisa, a book sold in roadside shop near temples. I received the book as a review copy from the Publisher and would like to thank Rupa Publications for the same.

The author mentions he has always wondered what makes this book so popular and he also wonders whether people who read it understand what they are reading as the book is not written in simple Hindi. Hence, he felt the need to explore the book and has named it ‘My Hanuman Chalisa’. He mentions that he wants to expand his truth and the truth of the readers and that he has tried to avoid the academic approach.

This book has been divided into 3 dohas and 40 chaupais like the Hanuman Chalisa. The book starts with the text of the Hanuman Chalisa and is followed by exploration or explanation of the 3 dohas and chaupais.

Each chapter of the book has been named according to a part of the chaupai like the first chapter has been named ‘Why monkey as God’ and this chapter explains the first Chaupai of the book of the Hanuman Chalisa.

The language is simple and the illustrations are beautiful. The author has used glimpses of the Ramayana in explaining the Hanuman Chalisa.

I loved the book.

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.