Wedding Photographer by Mariyam

51Hhs-VEFLLI received Wedding Photographer by Mariyam as a review copy from the author. This book is the story of Abeera Khan and Kabeer Shah set in mostly in Lucknow.

The Blurb:

You know that opposites attract. Does that mean like-minded repel?

Abeera Khan is a freelance fashion photographer. Till now, she has captured only tall and skinny models through her shutter eye. But when famous model Saher Khan offers an exuberant sum of money to cover her exclusive wedding at a distant resort, Abeera can’t say no.

She reluctantly accepts Saher’s offer. Not only because she needs money for her new studio but also because Saher is family. Even when they haven’t been in touch for years.
Is family reunion on the cards for this estranged daughter of the Khan household?
Kabeer Ahmad Shah isn’t quite clear what is luring him to Abeera but for sure he can’t take his eyes off her. The more he stares at her, the more he wants the girl. Soon his responsibilities take over as a host. But he fancies another gaze at Abeera all the time. The cute and lovely wedding photographer has captured his heart (but he doesn’t know it yet.)

Will Kabeer and Abeera’s story take off in the right direction and flowers of love bloom? Will the two matching personalities strike a balance and fall in love? Or will they hit “not-my-type” road block.

Find out now in The Wedding Photographer.

A romantic comedy and a lighthearted tale of homecoming & family reunion awaits you…

The Story:

Abeera Khan, a fashion photographer, has recently launched her studio and her close friends are her assistants.

One day, she has an unexpected guest. Saher Khan, a model, who is also her cousin comes to her studio and wants her to be her wedding photographer. And Beera has never been one, but for Saher’s sake and also for her family’s sake, she agrees. And the team moves to Lucknow from Bangalore to cover the wedding.

Once in Lucknow, Beera meets her relatives with whom she had lost contact since the death of her parents, and is welcomed back into the family with open arms.

She also meets Kabeer Shah, the best friend of the groom and also the owner of the palace where the wedding is taking place. And initial mutual attraction leads to friendship and promises of love until Kabeer’s ex comes as a guest to the wedding.

My take:

A long detailed story about relationships, customs and values.

The characters have been developed in detail and are realistic and relatable. The relationships between the characters have been beautifully described.

There are detailed relationship of costumes, rituals and scenes. Family relationships have been described in detail. So have the various wedding customs and sibling relationships and also friendships.

I loved the book and am looking forward to more books from the author.

DISCLAIMER: I received 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.

Book Blitz: The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal

The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal

File Size: 1691 KB
Print Length: 352 pages
Publication Date: November 21, 2018
Language: English
Current Ranking on
#77 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Humour
#1780 in Books > Literature & Fiction
The Panchatheertha (five pilgrimages) is an outrageously funny, satirical revision of sections 1 & 2 of The Panchatantra, the masterpiece Vishnu Sharma wrote between 1200 BCE to 300 CE. The stories are primarily about statecraft and full of wisdom and morals. Despite that, youngsters found them very entertaining. In the tales, animals act and speak on behalf of human beings. The series begins with a parent story that unfolds story after story; each strung to the other by a narrator.
Vishnu Sharma’s reincarnation Shiva Varma has, in this redraft, revived the ancient Indian tradition of parampara (continuation of knowledge from one guru to the next). In his excitement, he forgot the younger age group of his shishyas (students). His characters now try to explain the motives for their actions, also express their feelings; something The Panchatantra had cleverly avoided doing. Within its pages, animals are still made to think and behave like human beings but have not otherwise been harmed in any way.
The Panchatheertha was considered lost but the discovery of two altered strategies ‘The Loss of Friends’ and ‘Gaining Friends’ should create hope within the large and growing community that has had considerable success with the first and complete failure with the second. Those wanting to meet Shiva Varma are hereby informed he dislikes economists, preferring astrology. He is in samadhi (seclusion / deep meditation) and not in hiding.
There are many intriguing characters not known to Vishnu Sharma in this adaptation; from a sex consultant plying his trade in the locality Ajilundpenodhoka in district Makasam… to a devadasi (courtesan) wanting to conduct the temple prayers because she is bored… to Sage Narada Muni !!
Bibliophiles are urged to read the original Panchatantra (which Shiva Varma did consider including as an appendix), to truly appreciate the extent to which history gets distorted when it is made to explain itself. Historically, the appendix has been viewed as a vestigial organ with no real function. This is why Shiva Varma chose not to include it… or so he claims.
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

“I was born in Chennai, India in the early nineteen sixties.  I now live in Melbourne after a stint of several years in the Middle East.  
Writing was a vague aspiration.  It became a reality thanks to a stranger who said I reminded him of the main character from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.  He quoted from it, ‘Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.’”

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Spotlight: The Secrets of Ghostwriting by D. R Downer

The Secrets of Ghostwriting 
by D. R Downer


A guide that will tell you everything there is to know about the big, bad, mysterious, and often misunderstood world of Ghostwriting.
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Other books in this series
Why Go Indie? 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing  Vol 1
by Devika Fernando
Walking on the Indie Path Vol 2
Can be presently found in her blog
by Rubina Ramesh
The Art of Ghostwriting Vol 3
by D. R. Downer
Publishing Your Book on Amazon KDP Vol 4
by Sundari Venkatraman
Fears and Doubts of a Writer Vol 5
By Reshma Ranjan
Boosting Book’s Sales with a Riveting Blurb! Vol 6
By Ruchi Singh



Cover Reveal: Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh

~ Cover Reveal ~
Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh
The Man
Security expert Nikhil Mahajan is in mortal danger. Gravely injured and unable to see, he is in the midst of hostile strangers in an unknown place. Any hope of survival is fast fading away.
The Angel
Should an innocent man be allowed to die just because he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Someone has to intervene.
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.


Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz

51pc0-IIgIL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications and am thankful to them for the same. This book is the story of thirty four year old Akshay Mathur, a failed writer and a former editor of a now-defunct magazine, who is in Mumbai, India as an editor of a publishing house, because his friend from Cambridge, Angus Lee, whose father has bought the publishing house, had got him this job. In the year that he has the job, he has to publish five bestsellers or move back to the UK. This book is a rollercoaster of what Akshay goes through.

The Blurb:

Akshay Mathur, an out-of-work editor of a defunct literary magazine in UK, has moved to India to turnaround Kalim, an ailing Indian publisher. But, he has just one year to do so.

To complicate things further, he has to contend with a motley crew of has-beens and misfits working for the publishing house as well as wannabe writers, including an ageing Bollywood heart-throb. In a trial by fire, where he has to make it big or go bust, he also has to clear his head on whom he truly loves- the free-spirited and practical Zorah Kalim, who is the only daughter of Kalim Publishing, or the flighty and vivacious Anya Malik. More importantly, he is yet to decide how far he is willing to go to succeed and adapt to this unfamiliar world.

Ahmed Faiyaz, bestselling author of Another Chance and Scammed, is back with yet another wicked and unputdownable page-turner that takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the topsy-turvy world of Indian publishing.

My take:

Written in first person, this book has been presented as the diary of Akshay Mathur, who is in India to prove himself as an editor and also to pay off his credit card debts. The chapters are titled as Day 1, Day.. wherein Akshay tells us about where and how he is managing to stay afloat.

I loved the cover of the book and as the story progressed, I was trying to put names to the people on the cover. The characters have been developed well and could be easily visualised. The plot is different and we get an insight into what goes on inside a publishing house (I don’t know how much is true).

The language is simple and the story just flows, and the built in humour, especially Akshay’s thoughts that have been put in italics are interesting.

I loved this short, quick read and would recommend it to everyone.

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



The Secrets of Ghostwriting by D. R Downer

51kDONPeZsL.jpgI received The Secrets of Ghostwriting by D. R Downer as a review copy from the author. This book is the third in The Writer’s Toolkit series published by The Bookclub.

The blurb:

A guide that will tell you everything there is to know about the big, bad, mysterious, and often misunderstood world of Ghostwriting.

My take:

As Rubina has rightly mentioned in the note at the beginning of the book, D R Downer, a person who does not reveal his identity or face, is the right person to write on this topic. An author of 27 books, of which only 12 have his name.

As he has mentioned in the book, this is like being a surrogate author for the book and having no attachment for the same.

He talks about what Ghostwriting is, why it is done, why would a writer chose to remain a ghost and how to avoid getting swindled. How it talks about ethics and how to become a ghostwriter. He also talks about the various things that ghostwriting is done for: books, articles, essays, webcontent, memoirs, blog posts, white papers, Corporate MarCom material etc.

The author has written the book in simple English which is easy to understand and follow.

DISCLAIMER: I received 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.

Walking on the Path of Indie Publishing (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 2) by Rubina Ramesh

71B+739eRkL._SY600_.jpgI received the book Walking on the Path of Indie Publishing (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 2) by Rubina Ramesh as a review copy from the author.

The blurb:

Now that you have decided to become an Indie author, here are a few tools you will need.
The Topics covered are:

  1. What it takes to be an indie author
    2. Why have you chosen this path?
    3. Components of Indie Publishing
    4. Tools needed for writing.
    5. The Big Eight Brothers of Social Media
    6. Facebook Marketing: Promotional not Ad.
    7. Checklist for Facebook Marketing before your book is published:
    8. The Other Platforms for Marketing
    9. How to start a newsletter?
    10. Different forms of editing.
    11. The art of Cover Making
    12. Formatting of Manuscript
    13.Sample copyright page.
    14. Contacting reviewers
    15. Mind-Blowing Cover Designers’ links
    16. Hashtags for Instagram Marketing and Twitter Marketing
    17.100 Facebook Groups to start off with your Book Marketing
    Hope this book is beneficial to the new authors out there. I, for one, learned a lot while writing and researching about it.

My take:

Written in a simple language the author, who herself is an Indie Author, guides us how to become one. She details about the nitty- gritty of the process. The best part of the book is the social media part. It really made me understand how the entire process from publishing to selling works.

This book is a must read for all those who want to step onto the publishing horse.

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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.