Bombay Heights by Adite Banerjie

51Xe1pBidIL._SY346_.jpgBombay Heights is the latest book by Adite Banerjie. A simple sweet romance with believable characters which leaves the reader with a smile is how I would like to sum up this book in one line.

The blurb:

A FEEL-GOOD ROMANTIC COMEDY

Small town girl Sanjana Kale wants a fresh start in Mumbai. A challenging job and some much needed distance from her ludicrously over-protective family could get her life under control.

Forced to team up with video game designer Ashwin Deo, who is too attractive for his own good, she finds life becoming a whole lot more complicated when he turns out to be her new neighbour. How can she maintain a professional distance with this charming troublemaker who believes in getting up close and personal?

To make matters worse, her ex tries to manipulate her loved ones to work his way back into her life. Hysterical siblings, a cantankerous client, an ex who will not take no for an answer, and a blow hot blow cold neighbour… Sanjana is sleepless in the City of Dreams! Can she do what Ashwin dares her to–create a few ripples even if it upsets her family?

The story:

Sanjana Kale, the youngest daughter of Dilip Kale, moved to Mumbai five years ago, from Nagpur, her hometown, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Chetan. She lives in Mumbai with her flat mate Pinky and works as an intern with the most reputed museologist in the Asia Pacific Region. Her aim is to apply for the UCLA Museology program and a recommendation would help her get a scholarship for the very expensive course. She is in touch with her father and sisters daily via skype and telephone.

For the new project, she has to partner with Ashwin Deo, a video game designer, and to make matters worse, he is her neighbor too. He has a cute dog, Dumbass. Their building is known as Bombay Heights.

She is not comfortable with him but, confrontation is not her thing, so she manages. And then there is Chetan, her ex, who wants to reunite.

My take:

Adite has done it again, A beautifully written book, Bombay Heights, has all the ingredients for a beautiful movie. Lovable and relatable characters. Believable story.
Detailed descriptions of scenes.

I loved the characters. The supporting characters, Pinky and even Dumbass have important roles to play in the story. The emotions have been described in detail and the conversations between the characters were believable.

 

~ Book Blitz ~ Storm From Taxila by Shreyas Bhave

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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?



Book Links:

Goodreads * Amazon


 
Read an Excerpt:
 
Asoka
was sitting on the steps to the throne, fastening his knee-high boots when
Chanakya entered
the chamber in his wheeled chair, dressed not in his usual long robe, but a
cotton undershirt. Asoka did not look up but kept tightening the straps of his
boots with both hands. The burning torches dispelled the darkness that
blanketed everything outside.
As
Chanakya rolled forward, his shadow fell upon the throne. “Why are you in
armour, Prince?” he asked.
“I am
in armour because we are under siege,” Asoka said, finishing his task.
“We
have been under siege for a week,” Chanakya reminded him.
“But
tonight the enemy is hammering at our walls,” Asoka replied, pointing a thumb
over his shoulder.
“The
walls will hold Prince.”
“I do
not doubt that. It is I who cannot hold on any longer.”
Chanakya
wheeled nearer. “What do you mean?”
Asoka
got to his feet. “Order the Captain of the Guards to assemble his reserve force
at the stables.” “But why?” Chanakya asked, perplexed.
Asoka
looked down at him. “I plan to sally out,” he said coolly.
“I beg
your pardon, Prince, but why such a foolhardy action?”
“It is
military slang,” Asoka explained, looking around for his shield, “sallying
out
signifies a foray by the defenders, in the middle of the night, to
carry out a surprise raid on the besieger’s camp.”
“Well
you are not sallying out,” Chanakya said firmly.
“Why
do you say that, Prime Minister?”
“Isn’t
it obvious? It is dangerous!”
“Great
things cannot be achieved without facing danger, Prime Minister. You of all
people should know that.”
“Great
things!” Chanakya laughed mockingly. “What do you plan to achieve by sallying
out
, Prince?”
“Small
things in this case,” Asoka replied, reaching for his scabbard. “We have about
forty horses
in the stables, Prime Minister. I and some of the city guards will ride out
under the cover of night and raid Sushem’s camp. I am certain we will catch his
men totally unawares. If we are lucky, perhaps Maharaja Sushem will fall
to my sword.”
“And
if you are unlucky,” Chanakya said, “you may fall to his.”
Asoka
shrugged as he pulled out his sword and checked its sharp edge by moving a
finger over it. “I am not afraid of dying,” He said.
“You
do not need to do this, Prince,” Chanakya pleaded. “Everything is under
control.”
Asoka
pushed his sword back into the scabbard. “Everything will be under control once
I am done with this raid,” he said softly.
“Your
friend, Shiva of Avanti, comes with your army soon,” Chanakya said, following
Asoka in his chair. “He will attack Sushem from behind and force him to lift
the siege. That is the plan!”
“The
plan!” Asoka stopped and turned around. “Is that your plan? Is that what you
wish the people of Patliputra to say, that they were saved by others while their
leader hid in the palace?” “Even your grandfather, Chandragupta, was not afraid to hide,”
Chanakya said. “He knew that…”
“Stop!”
Asoka said, raising one hand. “Look well, Prime Minister! Look at who stands
before you! I am not my grandfather. I do not look like him. I do not think
like him. Nor do I speak like him. But I am sure about one thing. If he were in
my shoes today, he would do the same as I.”
“You
are making a mistake,” Chanakya told him. “You will regret it later.”
Asoka
sighed. “I regret not doing this on the first day of the siege.”
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.
Connect with the Author:

 

~ 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?



Book Links:

Goodreads * Amazon


 
Read an Excerpt:
 

 

For
many centuries the holy books of the Aryas have preached everything from
eternal unity of one’s own kind to selfless service to one’s family and
society. But aeons after they were written, we still cannot practice what we
preach…
Our
lands lie fragmented, divided by everything from regionalism to tribal
sentiment and the petty selfishness of individual rulers. Our Rajas had fought
over everything from women, to land and pride; so much so that wars with their
neighbours has become a habit. And every time some powerful Arya rises above
these squabbles and seeks to unify our lands, he turns out to be an evil
monster rather than a rightful Samrat. Be it Jarasandha of yore or the
tyrannical Nandas of our times, those who have tried to unify our lands have
It is
not that the learned men of our society have accepted or become resigned to
this state of affairs. They have always attempted to stand against these evil
rulers. Be
it Lord Krishna of a thousand years ago, or I the
humble servitorof my people in these unsettled times.
My
name is Arya Chanakya, though I am known as Kautilya these days. Few are privy
to my past so take heed of what I say; then hold the words sealed within your
breast.
I was
born eight decades ago in the northwest of our subcontinent, where the Land of
the Aryas ends and those of foreigners like the Mlechhas and the Yavanas begin.
For my entire youth I strived for only two things – to accumulate knowledge of
our world; and unite our race as a single entity.
People
considered me foolish and stubborn. The Rajas laughed at my advice and
continued to fight meaningless wars for worthless reasons. For three decades of
my life my efforts were in vain as I tried and failed to instill the virtues of
unity and service in our rulers.
Then,
everything changed. I recognized my mistake. I had been counting on changing
the mindset of our people from within. What I should have realized long before
was that change of such proportions can only be brought about by a powerful
external force.
Fifty years ago, that powerful force arrived at the
boundaries of our Bharat, armed with insurmountable
power.
His name was Alexander, and he came from beyond the seven seas, from the lands
of the Greeks. His objective was simple – to conquer the whole wide world. And
our lands were next – the doorway to the far East.
The
Rajas of the northwest reacted as I had expected. They made deals with this
foreign foe in order to destroy the enemies of their own race. Even Raja Ambhi
of Taxila, did so. Only one man refused to succumb to Alexander. His name was
Puru, the mightiest Raja of the region.
But
even Puru’s might was no match for Alexander’s tactics and deceit. On the banks
of the holy Jhelum, everyone gasped with horror as Puru lost the battle to the
Greeks – everyone except me; I just smiled.
As Alexander spent time consolidating power in the northwest, I
travelled east to the greatest city of the known world – to Patliputra, ruled
by the Nandas. My plan was simple: to ask the Nanda Maharaja to take his army
northwest to defeat the Greeks. The people of the northwest were disgusted by
the unmanly conduct of their Rajas, almost all of whom had surrendered without
a fight. If The Nandas fought and won against the Greeks, the people of the
northwest would accept them as their saviours, thereby uniting the
subcontinent, north and south, east and west.
But my
plan had a serious flaw. While everyone knew the Nandas had the largest
standing army in the world, what few people beyond their borders knew was how they
used it. I discovered that the army was used to terrorize their subjects. The
Nandas were tyrannical kings who ruled with the force of an equally tyrannical
army. I witnessed and experienced their tyranny first hand. I was imprisoned
and tortured by Nanda lieutenants in Patliputra.
But I was rescued by an Ancient Brotherhood that had dwelled in
the tunnels below the city for five centuries. Since its founder, Maharaja
Ajatshatru, had laid down its mission, the brothers of the order had zealously
safeguarded the interests of the Arya race, secretly. They rescued me from
prison and inducted me into their ranks. They bestowed upon me their mission:
To bring down the evil Nandas from their thrones.
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.
Connect with the Author:

 

 

The Girl With A Secret Crush By Sudha Nair

517lwK5bOHL.jpgThe Girl With A Secret Crush By Sudha Nair is a feel good story by the author which I had recently borrowed from Kindle Unlimited. A short story, the book is only 32 pages long.

The blurb:

Twenty-nine-year-old Malini is single, a cat lover, and a proofreader with a secret crush.

Vikram Mathur is a bestselling author with more than a dozen books and a debilitating problem—the writer’s block.

What Malini wants more than anything is to meet Vikram, but he doesn’t even know she exists.

What if wishes were to come true! Read this short and sweet story to find out.

Will Malini get her heart’s desire?

Will Vikram be able to write his next bestseller?

The story:

Malini S Vaidyanathan, 29, a literature graduate, joined Jayco Publishing fresh out of college as a proof reader. In the eight years that she has worked here, she has proof read 14 books of Vikram Mathur, but has never met him. Even the bad pay and no promotion do not demotivate her. She has a secret crush on the writer as reads and re-reads his books. So one day, when her boss, Sagarika, is on a much deserved vacation, she gets a call from Vikram that he has a major writer’s block and needs to discuss the story problem of his latest book. Sagarika tells Malini to fill in as she is the one who knows his work the best.

But narcissistic, arrogant, cynical Vikram is not like the hero of his books and to top it all, he does not like anything she says.

My take:

A short story with well-developed characters. The story is fast paced, simple and sweet.
The author has described the emotions of the characters in details.

This may be the prequel to a novel in the offing, one can hope.

 

Horror by various authors

811ugbtbmol.jpgI received Horror as a review copy from the publisher, Scholastic and I would like to thank them for the same. This book is a collection of ten horror stories/ poems written by ten different authors. .

The blurb:

A spine-tingling collection of horror stories featuring some of India’s finest new voices in contemporary fiction. It deals with the oldest and strongest kind of fear, the fear of the unknown!

My take:

These stories have been written to spook the reader. The language is simple and easy to follow.

Read it with a word of caution, please leave the main lights on and do not read at night.

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

A Morsel of Different Shades by SK Sanyal

 

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A Morsel of Different Shades by SK Sanyal is the story of a lady who wants the girls to be educated.

The blurb:

Sumitra Ghosal came all the way from Bankura in West Bengal to join the education service in the recently formed Bundeli State. During the period from 1956 to 1990, spanning more than three decades, she got shunted around small towns and semi-rural areas. The book is woven around her experiences on women teachers’ lives. She found for some teachers, cruel circumstances charting out the unknown trajectory, while for the others, the evil streak already present manifested itself rather blatantly during their teaching careers.

Ranging from weird to quirky, scheming to whimsical, there were all kinds of women for Sumitra to experience and continually learn from. Bearing a religious bent of mind, Sumitra, a spinster by choice, didn’t fail to take cognizance of the bizarre instances of marital co-existence in the couples she met throughout the story.

The story:

A dedicated teacher, Sumitra, is a spinster by choice. She is posted in rural India where she meets Reshma, a fellow teacher in the same school and they become friends. Sumitra wants to educate girls and empower them but there are certain instances…….

My take:

This book revolves around Sumitra, her family and also her perspective and is set in rural India.

Sumitra and other characters of the book, both positive and negative have been developed well.  The author has used a unique way of describing the characters using geometrical figures.

The plot has been described well in details. And the descriptions are very detailed.

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.

The Princess and the Superstar: Sravanapura Royals (Book 2) by Preethi Venugopala

51BpO6wT5fL._SY346_.jpgI borrowed The Princess and the Superstar: Sravanapura Royals (Book 2) by Preethi Venugopala from Kindle Unlimited. This is the story of Princess Kritika and Superstar actor Saketh Rao set in Sravanapura and Hyderabad.

The blurb:

A Princess in love with a Bollywood Superstar

Saketh Rao aka SR, India’s latest Bollywood heartthrob, has bagged the role of a lifetime: to play Hari Varman, the doomed royal scion.

When he arrives at Sravanapura Palace with his director friend Rajeev Ratnam, little does he know that his life is about to change forever!

Princess Kritika is overjoyed that Saketh Rao will play the role of her ancestor. But when she comes face to face with the arrogant superstar she is determined to scuttle the project.

Fate, however, has different plans for them. The feisty couple is soon head over heels in love with each other.

As they uncover the secrets of Hari Varman’s life, Saketh makes a discovery that can rip them apart and their new-found love.

Will the secrets and lies of the past deny them a future together?

Or will they overcome the obstacles to true love?

The story:

Princess Kritika prefers books and history fascinates her. She lives at the Sravanapura palace and is writing the family history of the Sravanapura Royals. Movies feel like a giant force to her. Very reluctantly, she sees the interview of the famous actor Saketh Rao, just because it was her sister in law who was interviewing him. But, once she sees his interview, she is pulled into his movies and becomes his fan.

​Saketh Rao, known as the Bollywood Prince, is the most sought after Bollywood actor and does only one film every year. He agrees to pay the role of Kritika’s grandfather’s brother in his biopic.

For the role, Saketh and his director are visiting the palace and the family is hosting them. And ​Kritika is their contact person for accessing the archives. But they meet on wrong footing, sparks fly and then there is attraction, but is she his holiday fling???

My take:

The simple story has been written beautifully. Our madam is a hoity toity no nonsense princess. And in comes someone who is used to adulation. What happens, sparks fly.

The characters have been etched beautifully. Even the supporting characters have a role to play in the story. The prologue sets the ball rolling. And during the course of reading the book, I was looking for the characters mentioned in the prologue.

The language is simple and the story moves along with twists and turns.

Waiting for Ishaani’s story next.

Spotlight: BLIND, CERTAINLY IS LOVE by Reshma Ranjan

 

BLIND, CERTAINLY IS LOVE
by
Reshma Ranjan
 
 
Blurb
 
Neha Jaiswal is beautiful and intelligent—an alluring combination—but chooses to be a recluse. What works for her is her intimidating personality that comes with her success. With no desire to get into a relationship, the strong, assertive, and hardworking Neha manages to keep the men at bay—all except one.
 
Sumit Conrad, a super successful businessman, is an intriguing specimen of a man. Known to the world as the good Conrad, Sumit is actually a recluse who prefers only his own company, to the exception of his brother John and sister-in-law Sarika.
 
When fate throws the flirt in Sumit and the furious Neha together, sparks are bound to fly.
 
Will Sumit be able to convince the headstrong and opinionated Neha that what he wants is a long haul and not a passing phase?
 
Or will the stubborn and cantankerous Neha be successful in driving him away?
 
Will their love make them blind to each other or to their own flaws? Will this blind love ever find its way?
 
Grab your copy @
 
 
About the author
 
 
Reshma Ranjan is a passionate romantic who loves literature and has been driven by the romance around her. She has made up her own happy endings in her imagination for every movie and for every book with a sad ending. 
 
“Slowly I started to create my own characters and situation, creating a world of romance and happy endings to my liking. But for my laziness, I would have penned umpteen numbers of stories with unexpected people meeting and falling in love and uniting for a lifetime.”  
 
Also a voracious reader but for which she believes she could never have started writing. “If I can bring a smile and a happy sigh on at least one reader’s lips I will feel a blessed writer.”
You can stalk her @

             

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A Morsel of Different Shades by SK Sanyal

a9b98-morselI received the book A Morsel of Different Shades by SK Sanyal as a review copy from the publisher, Cinnamon Teal Publishing and I would like to thank them for the same.

The blurb:

Sumitra Ghosal came all the way from Bankura in West Bengal to join the education service in the recently formed Bundeli State. During the period from 1956 to 1990, spanning more than three decades, she got shunted around small towns and semi-rural areas. The book is woven around her experiences on women teachers’ lives. She found for some teachers, cruel circumstances charting out the unknown trajectory, while for the others, the evil streak already present manifested itself rather blatantly during their teaching careers.

Ranging from weird to quirky, scheming to whimsical, there were all kinds of women for Sumitra to experience and continually learn from. Bearing a religious bent of mind, Sumitra, a spinster by choice, didn’t fail to take cognizance of the bizarre instances of marital co-existence in the couples she met throughout the story.

The story:

A dedicated teacher, Sumitra, is a spinster by choice. She is posted in rural India where she meets Reshma, a fellow teacher in the same school and they become friends. Sumitra wants to educate girls and empower them but there are certain instances…….

My take:

This book revolves around Sumitra, her family and also her perspective.

Sumitra and other characters of the book, both positive and negative have been developed well.  The author has used a unique way of describing the characters using geometrical figures.

The plot has been described well in details. And the descriptions are very detailed.

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.

 

Blind Certainly is love by Reshma Ranjan

51fafgBn1iL._SY346_I borrowed Reshma Ranjan’s second book, Blind Certainly love is, from the Kindle Unlimited library. This book is the story of Neha and Sumit.

The blurb:

Neha Jaiswal is beautiful and intelligent—an alluring combination—but chooses to be a recluse. What works for her is her intimidating personality that comes with her success. With no desire to get into a relationship, the strong, assertive, and hardworking Neha manages to keep the men at bay—all except one.

Sumit Conrad, a super successful businessman, is an intriguing specimen of a man. Known to the world as the good Conrad, Sumit is actually a recluse who prefers only his own company, to the exception of his brother John and sister-in-law Sarika.

When fate throws the flirt in Sumit and the furious Neha together, sparks are bound to fly.

Will Sumit be able to convince the headstrong and opinionated Neha that what he wants is a long haul and not a passing phase?

Or will the stubborn and cantankerous Neha be successful in driving him away?

Will their love make them blind to each other or to their own flaws? Will this blind love ever find its way?

The story:

Twenty eight year old Neha Jaiswal, an IT engineer, is recovering from an ill-fated accident in which she lost her vision and her fiancé. She has always kept a distance from everyone since childhood even though she had had a beautiful childhood with her loving parents. Known as the ice maiden in office, no one had ever tried flirting with her, she had a successful career going for her before the accident. Her best friend, Sarika, has dragged her all the way from her house and brought her to a cottage here on a secluded beach of Kerala for recovery.

The cottage belongs to Sumit Conrad and his brother John after the death of their parents. The day Sarika brings Neha to the cottage, her husband, John meets with and accident and she has to rush to the hospital, forgetting all about leaving a visually impaired Neha on the beach.

That is where Sumit finds her, sitting on the beach in the late evening when the tide is about to turn. He picks her up and brings her back. He introduces himself as John’s friend. A self-confirmed bachelor, Sumit had left behind flirting when he was 30, and avoids women like plague.

What starts with mutual attraction, between Sumit and Neha, ends all too soon as Neha feels that he is attracted to her because she is exactly opposite of what her nature was, an independent woman, who made men uncomfortable. Neha is worried that after her initial securities are worn out, she would be back to domineering, bossing and intimidating woman and he would lose interest in her.

Neha tells Sumit that it was meant to be a vacation romance and that it was becoming too intense for her comfort and that she has to leave. She says that she knows that she is not a docile woman to find a man, fall in love, marry him, have kids and live happily ever after. Sarika tells her not to let her ego and complexes ruin her relationship. Sumit is heartbroken. He wants to lash out, to hurt her as much as he was hurting and tells her that he would always come between her and whoever she chooses to love.

Neha confesses to Maria that she loves him and tells her that the real Neha, would wreck his life as she has been doing that to her parents with her mood swings, her frustrations and her anger. She also tells Maria that she has put her parents through hell and cannot do the same to him. Maria sympathises with her and Neha goes back.

Two and a half years later, Neha has regained her lost vision, joined her own field of work, but is not as driven. She is also a consultant to her earlier company. She is content and happy to be where she is. She cannot forget Sumit, He is everything she could ever dream of having but knows only the feel of his face. After 2 years of continuous work, at the insistence of her parents and Sarika and John, she goes on a vacation with them only to be stood up at the nth hour and has to make the trip alone with John’s friend Alex.

She talks to Alex, is even attracted to him but………….

My take:

The story is unique. The characters are realistic, well developed and their feelings have been described in details. Even the supporting characters have important roles to play in the story. I loved the relationship between Sumit and john and also that between Maria and the Conrads. Neha’s affection for MR Raajan, her ex-boss has been described well.

The language is simple and the story just flows from page to page. The scenes have been described in details. I enjoyed reading the book.