Release Day Blitz for My First Breakup by Dhruba D.Roy

About the Book:

“Oh God, why me?”

This is perhaps what we think of when we go through a ‘breakup’.

This story is about Anirudh and Anvi.

Both of them have their own thinking which are not alike.

The story begins with Anirudh meeting with and accident. As he slowly succumbs to the pain, he starts reflecting about his bygone college days where he found his love for music. He loves Anvi dearly who is a long-lost friend of Anirudh.

The story reveals how Anirudh struggles as the hands of reality strikes him down.

Read an Excerpt:


   This is it. One wrong move and I find myself
crying to sleep. Days, maybe weeks of putting up the brave face. The ultimate,
cliché teenage drama. Everyone has been through it and everyone has heard of
it. But for me it was the first time. Maybe the last, hopefully.
 
   So, wearing my heart on my sleeves, I fell in ‘love’.
Not once, but twice with the same guy in a row. Tramp? No. I was in love.
Deeply, madly, unconditionally. Until the hand
s
of practicality
punched me
right
on my face. I was left stranded
and confused. Wondering why all
of this was happening to
me.  Another cliché moment. But for me,
it was the first time.

There is something about human nature which seeks for sympathy. Just had
a breakup? The whole world is conspiring for you to be unhappy. No
, I will not smile, the world is a cruel place. It
takes days for people to get over it. For me? Well no surprise to you, it took
a year. One entire year of  ‘the wait’.
Sitting back now and thinking about it, I find it funny. No, I find it
hilarious. So, what happened after the year was over? Did I just miraculously
wake up one day and think to myself that, “hey, you know what…. you are a great
girl, get over it…move on!!” No, I realized that he had thought of this way
back. He had moved on way back. While, the “so-in-love”
me, was waiting. Simply waiting for my stars to turn
and
relive the same love story again. 
  The moment
you see that your ex has a different face beside the “in a relationship”
status, that is the moment you realize how blind and ridiculous you were. The
once cute goatee seems like a bush now, that smile which made you smile makes
you want to knock off all his teeth, his fascination for food makes you notice
his peeking belly pouch. In a nutshell, you are no longer in love with him and
his flaws. So then, life brings you to a fork road. The fun road is where you
sit back and spread wild rumors about how terrible he is and how he broke your
heart. Believe me, the devil will tempt you to follow this path. It is a
fantastic journey, but a few more months of futility. So I chose the better
path. Get up, pull yourself together, shrug off the dust and embrace the new
journey. I am glad I chose the latter. Very glad.

What do you do when an entire part of your life has been erased which
once held so much of importance to you? You try and fill it up with things you
never had time for otherwise. Sociali
ze,
go out, write, sing, laugh, read, stare randomly out of the window and get lost
in your own beautiful world. Life was better. I am an ardent believer in
unconventionality. Why follow the crowd? I won’t make my own crowd! No siree! I
won’t even sit at a distance and laugh at the crowd. I would rather live in a
parallel world, a different dimension maybe. I can see you. But you can’t touch
me. You can’t judge me. I can be me. Shamelessly.
Raise the walls
high. Build the impenetrable walls. Shut the gates. It’s my own perfect world.
A year goes by in my world. Everything is healed.

I decide to open up the windows a little bit. A little fresh air will cause no
harm. I felt a whiff. A new breeze. That felt nice. It felt familiar. Maybe I
can open up my windows just a wee bit more. I will shut them off immediately.
They are wide open now. Even today. I never shut them. I was never able to.


Vulnerable or strong? Please be vulnerable, please be vulnerable………
pleaded my heart. Shut up already. You have created enough chaos. I am in
charge now. No more “
Fairytale dreams”,
no more car rides, no more falling for flattering messages, no more being silly
in love.
Do you have a tiny voice at the back of
your head which speaks back to you and gives life advice, for god’s sake? Well
mine is louder than my own voice, has a humongous ego
and can be downright obnoxious sometimes. It’s difficult living with it
seriously. You know the worst part? It is usually right.

 

 

‘ I love you’. Nope, no you don’t. I could die for you.
No you can’t. ‘I have waited my whole life for you’. Were you born yesterday?
‘I just want to be with you’. Yeah, you want to be in my pants. The voice is
annoying I tell you, but it is always right. If I was anything like the voice
then I doubt whether I would have had any friends.



About the Author:

Dhruba Das Roy  is a freelance writer, a musician by passion, and a software engineer by profession. He is from Assam, but born in a small town of Meghalaya, where he finished his schooling. He then obtained his degree in engineering from the esteemed college of National Institute of Technology. He discovered his love for music there and was the lead vocalist of his band, “The Rozarts”.

He loves rock and roll and is a great fan of the pioneers of rock and roll-(Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen and the list goes on).Unfortunately, as engineering life came to an end, the band had to split. Recently, he moved to Kolkata where he is working in one of leading software service based companies in India.

Not everyone can put their thoughts into words. Dhruba had never tried his hand in writing; but he had an experience, an experience which changed his life for the better. Being a vocalist, his only way of expression was through the creative way. He decided to pen down his thoughts and he discovered that writing came naturally to him. His thought process in the novel relates to the general mass in many ways. He decided to stretch his limits and ended up voicing his thoughts in a different way this time.

Transit Lounge: An Indian’s account of travelling to thirty countries across six continents by Sunil Mishra

51OlbF48DZL._SY346_.jpgI received the book Transit Lounge: An Indian’s account of travelling to thirty countries across six continents by Sunil Mishra as a review copy from Author’s Channel.  I would like to thank them for the book.

The blurb:

“Transit Lounge” is a contemporary book consisting of short incidents, observations and reflections while travelling to 30 countries across six different continents during the last 15 years.

The book is a personal account of travels to places in Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and Mauritius), South America (Venezuela and Argentina), Asia (China, Iran, Kuwait, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand), Europe (UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Georgia, Turkey, Croatia and Romania), USA, Australia and New Zealand. It has always been interesting to observe all these different cultures and people from an Indian’s perspective.

The book is a compilation of small incidents and events during such travels; it includes losing an air ticket, dealing with difficult custom officials or getting mugged in a prime location in a foreign country. It is based on observations that someone with an Indian context will find most noticeable when talking to a taxi driver, walking through the local markets or going to a tourist destination. In essence, it is about an Indian travelling the world and discovering India in the process.

My take:

This book is a personal account of the author’s travels to 30 countries across six different continents during the last 15 years. He mentions that during these travels he has been a witness to the change in the perception in the developed countries towards the Indian outsourcing industry. He also mentions that this is not a tourist’s analysis but more his observations, interpretations and sometimes opinions. He says that it would be interesting for the readers as they would be able to relate to some of these experiences in their own context (I certainly did). His mention of the airticket booklet certainly brought back fond memories or my younger days.

The book is divided into 8 chapters continent wise- maybe more so for convenience, as he has divided Asia into Middle East and Asia and Europe into Eastern and Western. In most of his accounts, he talks about the country, the culture, the people, and the natural beauty. He has also mentioned specific points related to the particular country/ city like customs, monuments. He has compared the airports of the cities he visited.

He starts with his most memorable trips to Africa, to countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt and Mauritius. He talks about the preparation of travel and various roadblocks during the travel. He talks about fond memories of Ghana. And also of Nigeria. He mentions that Egypt looks a lot like India and in many ways is more like a middle-east country than African. He talks about Mauritius being a beautiful amalgamation of African, Indian and European cultures.

Then he moves to the Middle-East and talks about Iran, Kuwait, UAE and Turkey. He mentions how a lot of his myths were broken for him when he visited Tehran, their values being similar to Indians in hospitality and his visit to Turkey during the times of the Swine Flu and how people in Turkey knew of India as Hindustan. And also how oil played a major role in the countries like Kuwait and UAE.

He talks about his visit to United States of America- covering multiple trips and short stays in different stays in different cities during 2004-2006, his harrowing experience of losing the ticket book enroute to the USA. This is the longest chapter in the book.

His experiences of Western Europe include UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany and Denmark. He calls London the cosmopolitan city, but finds the weather disappointing. He also talks about how his definition of hospitality needed a redefinition when he travelled to Western countries and the tourist friendly cities of Europe.. He talks canal management in Netherlands, about Brussels in Belgium having the first shopping mall in Europe, the different coloured cows in Belgium and Netherlands, famous attractions, scenic beauty of Italy and the work time regulation in France. He talks about the environment conscious Danes, and use of bicycles in Copenhagen. He mentions about the less cosmopolitan society of Germany and the cost of living in Denmark- the highest among European countries.

Then he talks about the countries of Eastern Europe- Georgia, Croatia and Romania and the Parliament Building in Romania and the lakes national park in Croatia.

Next he talks about his visits to Australia & New Zealand and his multiple trips there. He talks about the unique tax system of Australia which taxes the people for working more and the fire alarms triggering on making Indian food.

Then he moves to the countries closer to India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Sri Lanka. I loved this part of the book the most as I could relate to almost everything that he was saying as I have travelled to few of these countries. His account of Singapore is more of a resident’s account. He calls Singapore a beautiful box with a sense of synthetic beauty in it. He talks about the crush proof and water proof paper currency of Malaysia, the infamous traffic jams of Bangkok, the Chinese version of the social media sites, the small size of hotel rooms in Hong Kong, the beautiful airport of Jakarta and the beautiful flora and fauna of Sri Lanka.

The last chapter of the book is about Latin America- Yet to be discovered by Indians wherein he talks about Venezuela and Argentina and calls them the exotic locations, having heard about one in a song and the other, the country that gave a lot of Miss Worlds.

At the end, the author mentions that he learnt a lot about India in these trips abroad.

The author has summarized these thirty places in a 216 page book and has given a small account of everything in a simple, easy to understand language. The book is a must read for all Indians who either wish to travel abroad or even those who love to read about travel. There are pictures in the books giving the author a feel of travelling with the author. A little bit of editing would do wonders for the book.

I loved the book.

DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Cover Reveal: THE BODYGUARD by Ruchi Singh

 

THE BODYGUARD
by
Ruchi Singh
 
Blurb
 
Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. dead. 
 
He refuses the Z+ security option offered by the government. With too many variables, trust is hard to come by…
 
Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active-army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, a workaholic and a tenacious flirt. As the attraction between Vikram and Esha simmers and sizzles, another attempt is made on his life.  
 
The killer is resourceful and determined. 
 
The motive is unclear and perplexing.
 
Will they be able to nab the assassin before he gets to Vikram?
 


About the author

 

 

Winner of TOI WriteIndia Season 1, Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is ‘romantic thriller’. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms. 
 
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At the threshold of love by Namita Sonthalia

51SQRswpFULAt the threshold of love is a book by Namita Sonthalia, a book that talks about friendships and love, set in Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai and Delhi.

The blurb:

They fell in love – unaware that it had happened! But the passion that lay veiled within, would that be enough to re-write their future together?

Ahaana runs an event management company called ‘The Threshold of Love’ with her childhood friend, Ansh. Celebrating love in the lives of her clients, she is unknown to the emotion herself.

Only until business tycoon Ronit Malhotra arrives at her doorstep to get his wedding planned. At first sight, she experiences what weak knees are, but is unable to come to terms with the emotion love.

As fate may have it, Ronit too cannot stay oblivious to Ahaana’s charm and charismatic magnetism. When things spiral out of control, Ahaana meets the fun-loving stranger Soham at her cousin’s wedding. As an arranged marriage is set between them, will true love and passion make way into the inevitable and re-do what destiny has already carved?

Join their roller-coaster journey to find out how the mind and heart are tossed around At the Threshold of Love.

The story:

Ahaana Agarwal, 26, lives in her own magical world. She lives with her parents and younger brother, Krishna, in Bangalore. She runs an Event Management company, The Threshold of Love, with her childhood friend, Ansh, and Mishka. Her mother wants her to get married and settle down but she wants to marry the person whom she loves. Ansh is her best friend and supports her and guides her. He is her pillar of her strength and her brother is her best buddy. She can confide in her father.

Ronit Malhotra, 28, a businessman, approaches Ahaana’s company to plan his wedding. He is a thorough gentleman, down to earth and does not flaunt his wealth. He is taken aback when his fiancé, Taashi refuses to marry him.

Ahaana goes to Mumbai with her family to attend her cousin’s engagement and there she meets Soham Sehgal, 28, whom her parents want her to marry. But, she is not ready to commit yet to Soham. Soham also does not want to be rushed into the engagement, so they decide to give themselves time, to get to know each other before committing.

But Ahaana is not comfortable with Soham, something she shares with Ansh. In the meantime, Ronit and she meet and slowly they realise that they love each other.

But Ahaana realises that Soham is Ronit’s best friend and Ronit comes to know that Ahaana is the girl Soham pines for.

My take:

The cover is beautiful. A simple story of friendship and love, written in a simple language which touches the heart. The plot revolves around a close knit family, friendships, family pressures regarding marriages. The scenes have been described in detail. There are many scenes in the book which most of us have gone through in our lives. The book moves at an even pace and keeps the reader intrigued as to what happens next.

The main pivot of the book is Ahaana and the characters revolve around her. The characters are realistic and have been penned down beautifully and even the secondary characters have an important role to play in the story. The relationships between the characters have been portrayed very well. Be it between Ahaana and her family or that between Ahaana and Ansh.

Her mother is like any normal mother who wants her daughter to settle down and the relationship that Ahaana shares with her father and brother has been portrayed very well. The conversations between the characters have been presented very well.

The narration is unique, sometimes story has been written in first person from Ahaana’s point of view and also from third person point of view when the feelings of other characters have been described.

The best part is that there are two more love stories in the book, moving in the sidelines of the main story.

The editing is where the book needs to be relooked at. I also felt that the author tried to tie the loose ends a bit too quickly at the end.

But overall, the books is simple and leaves a smile on the face of the reader at the end.

The Trouble with Love, book 3 of the Wellington Estates Series by Sunanda J Chatterjee

ttwl-md.jpgI received The Trouble with Love, book 3 of the Wellington Estates Series by Sunanda J Chatterjee as an advanced copy from the author. It is the story of Connor Riley’s (Refer to Sins of the father by the same author) half-sister Danielle. Though, references are made to the previous book of the series but this book can easily be read as a standalone.

The blurb:

“You’re like a piece of driftwood, floating through life without direction. I cannot be with someone like that!”

Wellington Estates heiress Danielle Riley has everything her heart desires. But for the first time, she wants something she cannot have: Mike, the poor, proud, talented athlete, whose mother is working class, whose family is beneath hers.

Mike Melgoza works hard for a living and bears a terrible secret, a secret that clouds his decisions, that pollutes his relationships. He mistakes Danielle’s generosity for pity, spurning her love and everything she represents.

Brokenhearted, Danielle embarks on a journey to rural India, and her life transforms in ways she hadn’t imagined possible. But neither distance nor time can make her forget Mike.

When fate throws them together again, can they resist their mutual attraction?

Book 3 of the Wellington Estates, “The Trouble with Love” is a stand-alone romantic saga about privilege, prejudice, and defying social norms.

The story:

Danielle Riley is born to privilege. Growing up, she could have everything, a father who could not say no, a doting brother, an overbearing mother who wanted the best for her, a butler who loved her like his own child and Lilibeth Leoni, Lily, her best friend and college roommate. Danielle and Lily have been together since elementary school. Danielle is humble in her wealth and Lily is content being her best friend. Danielle helps Lily live and Lily makes sure that Danielle doesn’t die.

When in her senior year in college, she meets Mike Melgoza, a basketball player, through her friend and floor mate, Arjun Dheer at an after game party. Mike is good enough for NBA but does not want to go pro as he helps with his mother’s catering business with the sole purpose to help her as long as she could cook. His father used to visit them after long uncertain stretches, all has is his mother. Esparanza, Espi is his best friend since they were kids. And he has a secret that only Espi knows.

Danielle and Mike fall in love with each other. She is determined to help his family in the only way she knows and starts helping his mother, Isabella, in her catering business. She is desperate for Espi’s approval and Espi is judgmental about Danielle, calls her Got-it-all-Barbie-Doll. All goes well and then her mother makes a mess for Isabella.

Isabella and Espi tell her that she is a distraction and they tell her to leave him alone, leave them alone as this would be the best for all of them. His coach also tells her that he needs to focus on the game. Cumulative weight of Espi’s words, Gloria’s threats, Isabella’s change of heart, coach’s warning makes it clear to her that she has to break his heart. So for Mike’s sake, Danielle breaks up with him and vows to get over him.

Danielle is not the one to plan her life, her life is planned for her. All her life, her offers to help or work hard had been met with laughter or derision. How is she supposed to have a purpose when people mocked her as a spoilt, useless girl? After completing her graduation, she hasn’t found what she is looking for and does not know what she is looking for. Her mother wants her to get married to Morgan, a casino tycoon, but she is not ready to marry yet. As far as she is concerned, she and Mike Melgoza are history. But Mike would remain her one great love, a love that remained unfulfilled. She blames herself for listening to others and breaking up with him. Mike was the only good thing in her life and she had squandered the opportunity. He loves Dani, no matter what she has done, he would forgive her. But he feels she deserves better than him

Few months later, Danielle’s half-brother, Connor Riley is getting married to Juhi Raina and a week before the reception, the caterer cancels and her mother, Gloria, is in a fix. And Danielle suggests that she can help her mother. She goes to Isabella and asks for her help for the reception and Isabella agrees after much cajoling.

On the day of the reception, Mike and Espi come with Isabella and Dani and Mike come face to face with each other. She wants to go back to him but he tells her that they have to move on as he has found his path and she must find hers. He tells her that she is like a piece of driftwood. He knows he has been harsh with her but Gloria left him no chance and the strange string of events coaxed him to leave his comfort zone: his meeting the sports agent, his discussion with his mother, Espi getting a new job and Gloria telling him to leave her daughter alone. He knows that she is his anchor, but he has to do it.

She has to find a goal, a hobby and path forward that made her worthy of Mike. She decides to go to India and join an NGO ‘I can Read’ as a volunteer for a one year long commitment.

My take:

As with all her books, the author has written a beautiful story that moves back and forth between the past and the present.

The plot is beautiful, the characters are well developed and realistic, the language is simple and the book is very well written. The conversations between them are also realistic. The author has described the feelings of both the protagonists and other characters in the story. Even the secondary characters have a role to play in the story. The descriptions are detailed, be it of the characters or of the scenes, I could actually visualize the scenes.

The story is fast paced, with not a dull moment in between, and moves from one chapter to another flawlessly. The story has friendship, love, hope, family drama, romance and suspense. Though the story has a suspense element in it, the romance also moves in parallel. The book is unputdownable.

What I also love is the India connection in her books and also some connection with her previous books. Sameer Singhania , Governor of California, from one of her previous books also makes an appearance.

I am eagerly waiting for the next book of this series. Would it be the story of Arjun Dheer and Lily.

DISCLAIMER: I rcived the book as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.