54 Reasons Why Parents Suck and Phew by Swati and Swaran Lodha

414EAG9XBeL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_I received 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck and Phew by Swati and Swaran Lodha as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications. Thank you for the book.

The Blurb:

The book is a tongue in cheek take on things parents should and should not do. It talks about various beliefs, behaviour, and biases held by most parents that make them annoying and difficult. So, all you parents out there—be a good sport, pick up this book, and see for yourself the heart of a teenager. 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck and Phew! will leave you with one big reason to understand your child, all over again.

My take:

A beautifully written book. I can actually call it as a letter from an offspring to the parents.

It actually made me realise a lot of things that I hated when my parents did when we were kids and I do it myself.

The language is simple and the book has a way of making the parent in me feel guilty. But I loved it anyway and it took me around 35 days to finish the book as I was reading it in bits and pieces like short stories.

And now I plan to preach less to my kids, if that is possible……

And my daughter is reading it now and sharing her thoughts with her brother so…..

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.

 

 

Spotlight:GROOMNAPPED (The Groom Series #1) by Sundari Venkatraman

 

GROOMNAPPED
(The Groom Series #1)
by
Sundari Venkatraman
 
 
BLURB
 
The lovely and feisty Surekha is the eldest of three daughters of a carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks. She teaches science and maths in the Bihar Public School. 
 
Ameya is the only son of a millionaire farmer-cum-builder and over and above that, he’s educated too. 
 
They meet and fall in love quite easily, the drawback being the dowry system prevalent in Bihar. With Ameya’s parents expecting a huge dowry and Surekha’s parents having a tough time eking a living out of their humble income, it seems like the match between the two lovers is one made in hell. 
 
Ameya isn’t one to take things lying on his back. But when the parents who adore him otherwise are so set against the marriage, will he be able to make Surekha his? 
 
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About the author
 
 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 31 titles (27 books & 4 collections) 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 #1 Bestseller 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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Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman

802ca-groomnapped-amazoncoverI received Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman as a review copy from the author. And I would like to thank the author for the book.

The blurb:

The lovely and feisty Surekha is the eldest of three daughters of a carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks. She teaches science and maths in the Bihar Public School.

Ameya is the only son of a millionaire farmer-cum-builder and over and above that, he’s educated too.

They meet and fall in love quite easily, the drawback being the dowry system prevalent in Bihar. With Ameya’s parents expecting a huge dowry and Surekha’s parents having a tough time eking a living out of their humble income, it seems like the match between the two lovers is one made in hell.

Ameya isn’t one to take things lying on his back. But when the parents who adore him otherwise are so set against the marriage, will he be able to make Surekha his?

My take:

Surekha Yadav, 21, the eldest daughter of Liladhar, a carpenter and Lachi, a house help, teaches science and maths to class seven students at a co-ed school in Paliganj. She excels in dancing and can make some extra income with this skill. They need the money as they need to support the education of Radhika and Vaishali, her two younger sisters.

Ameya Verma, 24, the only son of Jagjivan, a rich and powerful landowner, and Daksha, returns home to Paliganj in Bihar, after completing his degree in farming. While his father deals with the development of the city by constructing buildings, Ameya prefers to manage the farms.

Ameya meets Surekha during the preparations to his friend Ratan’s wedding, as she is their choreographer.

For him it is love at first sight. And he plans to woo her and then make her his wife.

Surekha realises that Ameya is too rich and she is from the wrong side of the tracks. So she accepts the fact that this relationship would never end in marriage.

My take:

A sweet love story with well developed characters. The title as well as the prologue made me curious how this groom would be kidnapped. The language is simple and the scenes have been described in detail that I could actually picturise them and felt that they were playing before my eyes.

The writing is simple and fast paced, and I can see a sequel coming.

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.

Beautiful love by PG Van

51JKWCABWuL.jpgBeautiful love by PG Van is one book that left me with a smile for a long time after I had kept the book down. This is a short story about two friends.

The blurb:

A HEARTWARMING STORY ABOUT LOVE & FRIENDSHIP!

Kushi is excited about her childhood friend’s destination wedding and hoped for it to be a distraction from the chaos in her life. She downs some extra shots at the bachelorette party and before she knows it, ends up with a handsome stranger on a balcony. She doesn’t remember what happened except for his dark eyes and sweet words. Who is the stranger, and why does she remember only him and nothing else?

The story:

Twenty six year old Kushi Agarwal, an emergency room doctor in San Francisco comes to India for her best friend’s wedding. Megha is her childhood friend and the two girls had made an innocent pact when they both were eight that they would get married at the same time- that was their deal. The wedding is at the family owned resort.

At the masquerade party. Kushi is drunk and meets a man who drops her off to her room. And she does not remember anything else………

The next morning she realizes that he is Nirvan, Megha’s cousin. And that Megha had tried to set them up three years ago.

My take:

I loved the story and the characters.

I was hoping for a long one but the author has managed to express the feelings of the characters.

Loved the book and waiting for an unabridged version.

More Than You Want: Millionaire’s Marriage of Convenience by Aarti V Raman

51ZQOtuKvcL.jpgMore Than You Want: Millionaire’s Marriage of Convenience by Aarti V Raman is one book that I read and enjoyed because other than the romance between the main protagonists, the author has dealt with relationships between the parents and their children, both positive and negative; relation between friends and also those between siblings. This story is set in Melbourne.

The blurb:

A Temporary Marriage

Jake Cavanaugh is a ruthless, self-made millionaire. He’s worked hard to overcome his outsider status because of his Indian-Australian heritage.

Now he only has one goal. To become CEO of the company he works for.

What Jake doesn’t know is that it’s going to demand a sacrifice from him.

Marrying the boss’s daughter.

Rachel Strand.

The one woman who tempts him to break all the rules.

Rachel is the quintessential, poor little rich girl. Ignored by her Australian billionaire father and criticized for being a flake all her life.

But now Rachel has a dream. The dream has a name. The Valemon Club – making it Melbourne’s next hottest night spot.

The only catch? No one will cross her father to help her.

Desperate, Rachel presents an outrageous proposal to Jake Cavanaugh.

Corporate shark-killer. Millionaire hotshot. And the hottest man she’s ever met.

A temporary, marriage of convenience that will each get them what they want.

But desire and romance have a way of laying waste to the most outrageous of plans. And sometimes, not often, life gives you More Than You Want. Doesn’t it?

The story:

Thirty three year old Jophiel Henderson Cavanaugh, Jake, comes from mixed heritage. His dad walked out on them when he was four and he and his elder brother, Bing, were brought up by their mother single handedly. Having worked for Cameron Strand for 18 years, Jake is now the COO of Strand Enterprises. A self-made, self-earned ambitious man, he has been listed in Forbes Asian young Turks under 35 to watch for. He is highly elusive, he is considererd to be an eligible bachelor in the Melbourne social circles. He works for 18 hours on week days and 8 hours on weekends and is very organized at home. Benton Mathers his best friend and his wife, Miranda, is his lawyer.

Rachelanne Marian Strand, 25, daughter of Cameron Strand was two when her mother left her and her two half-brothers with their father. Miranda Pritchard is her best friend and Miranda’s mother, Mrs Priscilla Pritchard is their housekeeper, den mother. She wants the ownership of a bar that belongs to the Strand Enterprises since she was little.

Rachel has a plan. And she proposes a business marriage to Jake for a period of six months.

Why marriage? Because she would get money from her grandmother’s trust as soon as she gets married and then she can invest it in the bar.

Why him? Because he is unpredictable.

Both of them have something to gain out of it: Cameron wants to choose the CEO only from the family and this would be his chance to become the CEO of Strand Enterprises before he turns 35. And then he can transfer the bar in her name.

Once they get what they want, they can go their separate ways. But do they?

My take:

I loved the story and the characters. They were funny, they were cute. The relationships between the characters was something that made me read the book twice. I loved the senior ladies and also both the Mirandas.  And the easy camaraderie between the siblings, the friends and the Cavanaugh’s was the highpoint of the book.

As with all her books. Aarti’s descriptions are beautifully done and detailed.

Loved the book and am eagerly waiting for the story of Bing and Amanda in the sequel.

Spotlight: 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, 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?


 

 

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Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and crime. Winner of the ‘Times Of India’ WriteIndia Season I under Amish Tripathi, she began her writing career writing short stories and articles, which have been published on various online forums. She has been a contributing author to many anthologies and Jugnu is her third novel.
 
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The Bodyguard by Ruchi Singh

Thee7803-ruchicover Bodyguard: A Romantic Suspense Novel is Ruchi Singh’s latest book. She has written it all, romance, short stories and now a romantic suspense. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited for free, so grab it.

The 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 that fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, 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?

The story:

Vikramaditya Seth Jr. took command of Seth industries after the death of his father. A prodigy, with an exceptional high IQ and command over no less than four languages, he is a brilliant strategist with a far sighted vision. His mother and his ex-wife feel that he is moody, short tempered and over bearing. He is divorced and mistrusts women, but his mother wants him to reconcile with his ex-wife, Urvi, an actress.

Nikhil Mahajan is his security in charge, right hand man, loyal friend, fierce body guard, and dedicated chauffer- all in one. Nikhil and Vikram met years ago on a trek and Vikram had saved his life and Nikhil has been loyal since. He had closed his private investigation agency and joined Vikram.

Major Esha Sinha, NSG trained, Black Cat commando, decorated ex-army officer is a crack-shot with a diploma in clinical psychology. She has two siblings and her family is only interested in her pay check. Once engaged to her colleague, Samar, she has a broken engagement behind her.

Vikram’s life is in danger and he has refused Z+ security. An assassin, with one and only mission – Seth Jr., has been following Vikram for years, watching and waiting and his only hitch is Vikram’s unpredictable routine. He even attempts shooting Vikram at Delhi Golf Club injuring his friend instead. And Esha is there and her actions save Vikram, but she becomes a suspect and is picked up for interrogation.

Then Nikhil appoints Esha as Vikram’s bodyguard in disguise. Vikram has qualms of having a lady bodyguard but for Esha, Vikram is an assignment for two months, a monetary transaction, the financial ticket to her sister’s wedding.

My take:

I loved the plot and the way the author has blended suspense and romance together. Both the elements are well balanced and the story just flows. The characters including secondary characters are well etched. The descriptions of the scenes are detailed. I loved the relationship between Nikhil and Vikram and that between Esha and Nikhil, I loved the way he calls her Xena.

The date, time and place of the scenes are mentioned at the beginning of the chapter and the reader keeps getting more and more involved with ‘What Happens Next?’ The point of view of even the negative character has been given, in italics.

This book is an unputdownable page-turner.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

unnamed.pngI received the book The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani as a review copy from the publisher and would like to thank them for the same.

The blurb:

On the eve of her twelfth birthday, Nisha receives a journal —a place to record the thoughts she can never seem to say aloud as she starts to see the world though older eyes.

But it’s not just Nisha who is changing. She doesn’t even recognize her country anymore.

It’s 1947, and India, newly freed from British rule is being divided into two countries: Pakistan and India. Many people are killed crossing borders as tensions among Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and others flare. Nisha doesn’t know which side she’s supposed to be on or why she has to choose. After losing her mother, who dies giving birth, she can’t imagine losing her homeland, too.

Mama was Muslim, but now she’s gone. Papa is Hindu, and says it’s no longer safe for them to stay in Pakistan. And so Nisha and her family become refuges and embark on a dangerous journey by train and by foot to reach their new home on the other side of the border.

Told through the letters Nisha writes to her mother in her journal, The Night Diary is a story of one of the most dramatic moments in history and of one girl’s search for home, her own identity, and a hopeful future.

My take:

The book has been told in diary format written daily by Nisha, a 12 year old, living in Mirpurkhas in undivided India in 1947. The partition of India is a gruesome aspect of Indian History where there were riots, discrimination and hatred all around.
Nisha, an innocent girl, lives with her twin brother, Amil, their father, grandmother and the cook, Kazi.

An introvert, Nisha enjoys cooking and is very close to the cook. When she comes to know of the partition, she is appalled. She is half Hindu half Muslim and her cook is Muslim. She is confused as to why people would hate each other based on religion and why a country would divide based on a conflict between two people. What ensues is a beautiful tale as Nisha moves across the border with her family leaving behind her cook who is like a father to her and the only home she has known. As she journeys across the border, she learns about her history and realizes her own courage.

The story was poignant and has been told beautifully. Veera Hiranandani masterfully captures one of the bloodiest parts of history. Nisha is a likable protagonist.
She is lost between two worlds and struggles to understand where she belongs. Her unflinching opinions are refreshing and her take on the partition rings true. It was a captivating story and hats off to Veera for narrating history in such an interesting way.

DISCLAIMER: This review has been written by my fourteen year old daughter who is a history buff- bookaholic- aspiring author.

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

Unexpected love by PG Van

51Jt3w2AZOL.jpgUnexpected love by PG Van is a short, sweet and steamy romance (in the words of the author herself) which can be read in one sitting as an in between read.

The blurb:

A SHORT, SWEET & STEAMY LOVE STORY 

Piya went on a blind date after being set up by her best friend. She almost ran when she realized her date was set up in an adult club.

Rajeev was intrigued by her innocence and wanted to know more about her.
When they meet at a rather unusual place, sparks fly, hearts beat rapidly and they cannot deny the instant attraction.

The story:

Piya Mithra is convinced by her best friend since childhood, Jai, to go on a blind date with the guy he has chosen. She is reluctant and agrees to do so once at Jai’s insistence.

And then…..

My take:

It was short and steamy alright.

The author managed to develop the characters and present them in such a short book. The language is simple and the book is fast paced.

The twist at the end left me surprised.

A word of caution to all readers: the book has adult content.

~ Book Blitz ~ Storm From Taxila by Shreyas Bhave

~ Book Blitz ~
Storm From Taxila by Shreyas Bhave
15th to 17th August
 

About the Book:  

BHARATVARSHA, LAND OF THE ARYAS: 270 BC

Bindusar, the Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas, ruler of the Indian subcontinent, is dead. Chaos rules across the empire. The royal succession turns upon intrigue, dark coalitions, violence and death. The realm stands divided and civil war ensues.
In Vidishanagri: Asoka kills his brother’s Ashwamedha stallion and marches to Patliputra with his army. The ancient Brahminical order rises in his supports, awaiting his entry into the capital. Have they made the right choice?
In Taxila: The rightful heir, Sushem, raises an army to meet the challenge posed by his ambitious and gifted brother, Asoka. He prepares to march to the capital and seize the throne by force. Will history repeat itself; will Sushem achieve what his grandfather Chandragupta did 50 years ago?
In Junagarh: Guild Master Hardeo sets out on a private mission to acquire the great salt pans of Sindh. Will he succeed in his secret enterprise?
In Vidishanagri: Radhagupta travels to fulfill the task allotted to him by the Order. Kanakdatta, the Buddhist, stands up to stop him. Will Radhagupta fail in his mission?
The winds of war howl over the sub-continent, blowing every last person one way or the other. Blood will be spilled, secrets revealed and men ruined. History shall be made.
In Book II of the epic Asoka Trilogy, the storm approaches; the harbinger of death and destruction. When the dust finally settles, the great question will be answered: Who is the next Samrat of the holy Lands of the Aryas?


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The cloaked man stood before them, his hands folded, his back straight, looking them in the eye.
Sushem studied the man from head to toe. He looked harmless enough. He was much too old to be a spy or assassin. “You desired a meeting,” he said. “Well, you have one. Now speak.”
“Allow me to say that I am honoured to meet the young lion in person,” the man said, bowing. “I once had the honour of meeting the lion himself, in a similar tent in this same place, fifty years ago.”
The words took some moments to register in Sushem’s mind. When they did, he froze. “You claim to have met my grandfather?” he asked, surprise showing on his face.
“Indeed, My Lord. I met him when he was laying siege to Patliputra, just like you.”
“What is your name?” Sushem asked, sitting down and resting his chin on his clasped palms. This was getting interesting.
“I am one Dasharath, and I represent the Ancient Brahminical Order.” “For what purpose did you meet my grandfather, all those years ago?”
“To help him take the city, My Lord.”
The words of the fable resounded in Sushem’s head: Like a bolt of lightning he came to liberate us. “No one knows how my grandfather captured the city. It remains a mystery.”
“Not known to the common people perhaps,” Dasharath acknowledged. “But I represent the Ancient Brahminical Order.”
Sushem rubbed his chin thoughtfully. The role of the Order in his grandfather’s victory over the Nandas had been well documented by bards and scholars over the years. “So how did you help him take the city?” he asked.
“It was simple.” A smile crept across the lined face. “Patliputra is invincible, but only above ground. Below it is an entirely different story.”
“Is there a hidden way into the city?”
“Aye, My Lord.” There is a tunnel that joins the infamous underground maze of the Patliputra prisons. It starts not too far from where we stand.” “And you say you took my grandfather through that tunnel?”
“I did. I remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.”
Sushem glanced at the Senapati, who wore a dubious expression. Looking back at Dashrath, he asked, “Do you have any proof?”
Dasharath slipped a hand into his cloak and drew out a roll of cloth. He unrolled it slowly, letting it fall to the ground. A small shining circlet of gold remained in his hand.
“The ring…” Sushem said, recognizing it instantly. “It is my grandfather’s fabled ring. He wore it when he captured the city and till the day he died.”
“Do you think this is the true ring, My Lord?” the Senapati asked, inspecting it suspiciously.
Sushem stared at the ring for some time. Then he nodded. “It is,” he said. ‘There is no other like it.” He leaned forward, his grey eyes looking straight into Dasharath’s brown ones. “Why are you telling me all this; showing me this ring?” “The Order wishes to welcome you to the city as it once welcomed your grandfather. We wish to see you take the city and oust the Pretender, your brother, who sits on the throne just as the Nandas once did.”
Sushem took a deep breath. “This tunnel you speak of… can you tell us where it is?”
Dasharath smiled. “I cannot tell you, My Lord, but I can show you.”
About the Author:
Shreyas is a 21 year old guy currently pursuing his B.Tech in Electrical Eng. from VNIT Nagpur. His love for history since his childhood prompted him to write his take on the story of Asoka who was one of the towering figures in the history of India, which has been taken up as ‘The Asoka Trilogy’ by Leadstart Publishing.
The first part of the trilogy called ‘The Prince of Patliputra’ has been published in January 2016 and garnered positive responses.
He is also presently working on several other manuscripts and completing the final year of his engineering Course.
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