Medium Fast and Furious by Rahul Oak

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Every parent wants their children to do well and succeed in life. When my son keeps his homework aside and starts playing cricket in the bedroom, I tell him that there is only one Dhoni but many doctors and engineers.

Medium Fast and Furious by Rahul Oak is the story of a young boy whose passion is cricket and who aspires to be a fast bowler. This book is like his memoir- the story of a few students of St Anthony’s High School in Bandra Bombay- the story of Raju and some of his friends who spend precious few years of their lives dreaming about lifting the shiny shield of KL Rao cricket tournament, the be all and end all of cricket tournaments. I received the book as a review copy from the publisher and would like to thank them for the same.

The blurb:

Cricket is his passion.

Wasim Akram is his hero.

And Raju Prabhakar aspires to be a fast bowler.

But mild-mannered and clumsy, he drops catches and is a mediocre bowler and has wrong-footed action.

To top it all, his parents would much rather he focused on becoming an engineer like his father.

Will Raju’s dream of winning the KL Rao cricket tournament cup for his school team ever come true?

Set in Bandra, Bombay, in the ‘90s, this book is a coming-of-age story of cricket, puppy love, nepotism, power struggles, class differences and much more.

The story:

Rajiv Prabhakar, Raju, an eleven year old, belongs to a typical middle class Maharashtrian family and stays with his parents and grandparents in a high rise flat in Bandra, Bombay. His grandfathers enjoy cricket, his grandmother pampers him and all this is balanced by his iron-fisted mother. He studies in St Anthony’s High School in Mumbai, wants to do is make it to the school cricket team and win the KL Rao cricket tournament but his parents want him to follow his father’s footsteps and become an engineer, and not a cricketer. Gopal, his friend both in the society and at school, also wants to be a part of the cricket team.

Raju feels that his name has something to do with his cricketing skills (Venkatpathy RAJU + Manoj PRABHAKAR). He wants to become a fast bowler and does not want the word medium near his name. He wants to prove everyone in the family wrong and blames his family for lack of opportunity as only someone with prominent family connections made it to the school cricket team if they are not in class 9. He gets an opportunity to become a ball boy for the school cricket team in class eight and gets selected in the school cricket team in the 1992-93 season. His coach, Sir Kumar selects him for the team but does not like the way he bowls and asks him to change his bowling style. They lose to their arch rivals in the first season only to come back in the second season with a new coach, Mr Mishra

My take:

A simple story written beautifully in first person from the point of view of Raju. His feelings have been described beautifully. The author talks about life in India in the nineties. He has also used favourite words used by various commentators across the globe.

The descriptions of the matches made me feel that I was watching the match on the TV and during the last part of the book, I was on the edge of my seat.

There is a glossary of Marathi terms as wll as cricket terms at the end of the book.

Loved the book immensely. Highly recommended to all children and adults whether they love or hate cricket.

Publisher: Scholastic

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.

Book Blitz: Yours to love Yours to Take by Reshma Ranjan

 

Print Length: 202 pages
Publication Date: July 21, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance

 

 

As if losing her parents and her voice in a childhood accident wasn’t cruel enough, Anita Batra now has to come to terms with her twin’s death and help her sister’s partner get a new lease in life.
Adopted by the Verma Clan after his parents died in an accident, Dr. Salim Verma finally finds love and a chance to be happy only to lose it in an accident he himself survives.
When fate strikes a final blow and brings two strangers together, Salim can’t help but punish Anita and make her tread through the hell he himself was in, while all Anita wants is to help her sister’s partner start afresh, no matter what the cost.
Will Salim ever be able to ignore Anita’s resemblance to his dead girlfriend and fall in love with her instead? Will Anita be able to reveal the real Salim hiding behind the monster? Will they be able to embrace their tumultuous attraction for each other despite their terrible start?
Yours To Love Yours To Take is a heartwarming saga of love and sacrifice that will reinstate your belief that love conquers all.
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR.
Here is a passionate romantic who loves literatureand has created many happy ending in her imagination, for every movie or book with a sad conclusion.
She soon began to create her own characters and situations, creating plenty of romances and happy endings to satisfy her imagination. “But for my laziness and diffidence,” says Reshma “I would have penned umpteen stories of unexpected pairs meeting and falling in love, overcoming troubles and hurdles to unite for a lifetime.”
A voracious reader, Reader, Reshma is a poet as well, and feels that she would be blessed as a writer if she could bring a happy content sigh on the readers lips.

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Book Blitz: Yours to love Yours to Take by Reshma Ranjan

Yours to love Yours to Take by Reshma Ranjan

 

Print Length: 202 pages
Publication Date: July 21, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance

 

 

As if losing her parents and her voice in a childhood accident wasn’t cruel enough, Anita Batra now has to come to terms with her twin’s death and help her sister’s partner get a new lease in life.
Adopted by the Verma Clan after his parents died in an accident, Dr. Salim Verma finally finds love and a chance to be happy only to lose it in an accident he himself survives.
When fate strikes a final blow and brings two strangers together, Salim can’t help but punish Anita and make her tread through the hell he himself was in, while all Anita wants is to help her sister’s partner start afresh, no matter what the cost.
Will Salim ever be able to ignore Anita’s resemblance to his dead girlfriend and fall in love with her instead? Will Anita be able to reveal the real Salim hiding behind the monster? Will they be able to embrace their tumultuous attraction for each other despite their terrible start?
Yours To Love Yours To Take is a heartwarming saga of love and sacrifice that will reinstate your belief that love conquers all.
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR.
Here is a passionate romantic who loves literatureand has created many happy ending in her imagination, for every movie or book with a sad conclusion.
She soon began to create her own characters and situations, creating plenty of romances and happy endings to satisfy her imagination. “But for my laziness and diffidence,” says Reshma “I would have penned umpteen stories of unexpected pairs meeting and falling in love, overcoming troubles and hurdles to unite for a lifetime.”
A voracious reader, Reader, Reshma is a poet as well, and feels that she would be blessed as a writer if she could bring a happy content sigh on the readers lips.

Click here to check out all the titles by the author…

 
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Book Blitz: Yours to love Yours to Take by Reshma Ranjan

 

Print Length: 202 pages
Publication Date: July 21, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance

 

 

As if losing her parents and her voice in a childhood accident wasn’t cruel enough, Anita Batra now has to come to terms with her twin’s death and help her sister’s partner get a new lease in life.
Adopted by the Verma Clan after his parents died in an accident, Dr. Salim Verma finally finds love and a chance to be happy only to lose it in an accident he himself survives.
When fate strikes a final blow and brings two strangers together, Salim can’t help but punish Anita and make her tread through the hell he himself was in, while all Anita wants is to help her sister’s partner start afresh, no matter what the cost.
Will Salim ever be able to ignore Anita’s resemblance to his dead girlfriend and fall in love with her instead? Will Anita be able to reveal the real Salim hiding behind the monster? Will they be able to embrace their tumultuous attraction for each other despite their terrible start?
Yours To Love Yours To Take is a heartwarming saga of love and sacrifice that will reinstate your belief that love conquers all.
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR.
Here is a passionate romantic who loves literatureand has created many happy ending in her imagination, for every movie or book with a sad conclusion.
She soon began to create her own characters and situations, creating plenty of romances and happy endings to satisfy her imagination. “But for my laziness and diffidence,” says Reshma “I would have penned umpteen stories of unexpected pairs meeting and falling in love, overcoming troubles and hurdles to unite for a lifetime.”
A voracious reader, Reader, Reshma is a poet as well, and feels that she would be blessed as a writer if she could bring a happy content sigh on the readers lips.

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Jugnu by Ruchi Singh

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Jugnu or firefly has been one of my favorite insects when I was growing up. When we were in the hostel and there used to be a powercut, we used to look out for these twinkling insects in the lawn behind our room. When the author Ruchi Singh asked me whether I would like to review her new book, Jugnu, I said yes, I would like to do it as I had read her previous book and loved them. This story is set in the hill station of Kasauli.

The blurb:

Zayd Abbas Rizvi, out on parole, wants to escape the suspicious eyes of the world and concentrate on rebuilding his future. He zeroes in on Kasauli, a small, quaint hill town.
Contrary to his expectations though, he is unable to find peace in the skirmish around the guest house, the antics of a three-year-old, and the deep, sad eyes of his mother. As he battles the demons of his past, falling in love is not in Zayd’s plan…

Ashima’s life is a long, tiresome struggle, until a tall, tattoo flaunting stranger registers in her guest house. Hoping against hope for a ray of sunshine in her life, unbridled attraction to a stranger is not what Ashima bargains for…

Will Zayd and Ashima be able to forego their past and embrace their present, even when they know that if things went wrong, all they’ll be left with is a broken heart and painful memories?

The story:

Ashima lives in Kasauli with her mother-in-law, sister-in-law, three year old son, Rishabh, and the hope that her ‘missing in action’ husband Rohit would be back one day. To make ends meet, they have converted their home into a guest house which is managed by Ashima.

Zayd Abbas Rizvi, out on parole, wants to make a new start in Kasauli, does not get a room in the hotel he had booked for himself and lands up at Ashima’s guest house. Initially, he tries to keep to himself but slowly gets involved with the family.

Ashima and Zayd are attracted to each other but both of have them have some responsibilities and some skeletons in their closet. And to top it all, Ashima’s responsibilities to her sister-in-law and her dominating mother-in-law add to her woes.

My take:

The story is simple and has been portrayed in a way that once I sat down with the book, I just did not want to keep it down. The characters have been beautifully etched, be it the main characters or the supporting ones. The strength of Ashima’s character has been portrayed by her silence, her tolerance and her simplicity. Zayd has his own secrets and anger. Rishabh is sweet and innocent at the same time.

The descriptions are vivid, both characters and the scenes have been portrayed in a manner that it was easy for me to visualize them. The feelings of the characters and their emotions have been beautifully described.

A beautiful story, written in an engaging way.

 

No Strings Attached by Sheila Kumar

81Hq5qaiBEL.jpgNo Strings Attached by Sheila Kumar is the author’s first book that I have read. It is a story set in a newspaper office in Bangalore.

The blurb:

The kiss caught fire, growing more urgent, more intimate, its tenor changing rapidly as their mouths fused and clung. They make each other breathless. Their kisses are dangerous. Their chemistry is simply off the charts.
Samar Pratap Singh and Nina Sabharwal can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. Yet, they don’t quite trust each other either: he thinks she’s eyeing bigger fish, she’s convinced he’s a heartbreaker. They have both decided that falling in love is simply not an option – no strings attached is how they roll. Only, the fact that they have to see each other at work every day makes situations stickier and the more their lives become intertwined, the more they realize that love – a real and lasting love – is just a leap of faith away. But will they make that leap? Can they?

The story:

Nina Sabharwal, born to an English mother and a second generation British person of Indian origin, is in India on a two year contract. She works at India! Newspaper as Sales and Marketing Director and is a sensation in the office due to her British colouring. She is an Indian at heart and British in appearance. She has already completed one year in India and plans to return to London, a place where she belonged, in the Chelsea apartment she shared with her sister, Sue. Once back in London, she plans to work for one of the dailies and start on a long planned book and visit her mother in the countryside every weekend.

Samar Pratap Singh, known as Heartbreak Singh, the star photo journalist of the newspaper is the scion of an old aristocratic family from Rajasthan. Having gone to University in England, Samar is becoming the country’s most perceptive lens man and travels a lot both inside and outside India. Samar is the only person who does not react to Nina in anyway.

They are attracted to each other. He thinks she is having an affair with her married boss and he is out to protect the Boss’s wife. And she thinks he is engaged to Kashmira Jhala.

My take:

The book is interesting with a simple story, simple writing and good flow. The characters have been developed well and their feelings have been described beautifully. The scenes are such that they could be easily visualized.

I finished it in one day flat. Maybe a little less drag at the end would have made it better.

 

The Casanova’s wife by Sundari Venkatraman

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The Casanova’s Wife (Marriages Made in India, #4) by Sundari Venkatraman is the fourth book in the series but the fifth book for me.

The Blurb:

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?
Read Book #4 from MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA series to find out more about “The Casanova’s Wife”.

The story:

Bharat Maheshwari, 25, is one of the twins of the Maheshwari family, with two married elder brothers, Ram and Laxman, and a married sister, Chanda, all of whom we have met in the previous books of the series. He is a famous ramp model and trailing the modelling circuit since two years. He is tall, handsome and someone every girl would love to hang out with. He is too big, too popular and a ladies man.

Dia Mathur, 22, works as a management trainee in a private company in Mumbai after completing her part time MBA. She lives in a studio apartment in Mumbai She has a sister Pia, who works in Delhi in the marketing department of a cosmetic brand and her parents live n Meerut. Avantika, her best friend, does dance performances with her troupe.

One night, Avantika takes Dia to a party at a suburban five star hotel after a week long fashion show.  She meets Bharat and ends up spending the night with him. She has never shown interest in a man before now. She does not know who Bharat is and once she realizes that he is not in her league at all, she leaves his room at dawn and goes to her apartment. When Bharat gets up in the morning, he finds that Dia is gone, and all he knows is her first name- Dia. Dia realizes that she has fallen in love with him and he also wants to look for her. He wants to hire a private detective but thinks that if she was interested, she would have tried looking for him.

Two years later, the Maheshwaris’ old friends are visiting them from Meerut, the Mathurs. The families had lost touch since the former family moved to Jaipur thirteen years ago.

My take:

A predictable plot- but all love stories are predictable aren’t they? I loved the way the characters have been developed, each character is realistic. The best part about Sundari’s books is the way the link is maintained between the books. The language is simple and the flow is good. loved every moment of it, its unputdownable.