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
ASIN: B07KSBFTTS
 
Current Ranking on Amazon.in
 
#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


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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 http://www.rubinaramesh.com
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.

Important message: This booklet is temporarily pulled down and will be available soon. In the meantime, if you want to get a copy of the booklet, you can write to the author and ask for a copy at rubinaramesh1973@gmail.com

 

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.

Shweta ka Swayamwar by Sundari Venkatraman

41+EoKOKZUL._SY346_.jpgShweta ka Swayamwar by Sundari Venkatraman is the sixth book of the Romantic Shorts series. I had read it as a short story in her book called Matches made in Heaven.

The blurb:

When Shweta receives an irrefutable offer from a TV production house to participate in the reality show Shweta ka Swayamvar, she’s not as excited as she should be. And there’s a reason for it.

Adi is attracted to Shweta the moment he sets eyes on the fashion model cum TV actress. But he just doesn’t get an opportunity to woo her as he rushes off to the US for his father’s heart surgery.

Disappointed at not meeting Adi or knowing of a way to contact him, Shweta signs up for the show, unaware of the surprise that awaits her when the shooting begins…

Are the two of them—Adi and Shweta—meant for each other or will fate keep throwing hurdles in their path? Read the full story to know more.

*A shorter version of this story was published before in the anthology Matches Made in Heaven

The story:

Shweta Talwar is a fashion model who moved from Indore to Mumbai to make it big. She is glad that she gets invited to events and parties as it is useful for her career. At one of these parties, Aditya Bhardwaj breaks her fall and he is immediately attracted to her. An avid TV and movie watcher, she does not recognize him. What she does not know that Aditya is a businessman and also an investor in the production house which gives her a break in the TV reality show Shweta ka Swayamwar.

And much to her surprise and that of others of the production house, he decides to play the host too.

My take:

As with all her books, Sundari has done it again.

I loved the book with its realistic characters, simple language and interesting dialogues.  And the happily ever after made my day.

 

 

Mirage by Jisha Rajesh

41fKiD2bslL._SY346_.jpgI received the book Mirage by Jisha Rajesh as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

A forced marriage binds Nikita to the suave and handsome business tycoon Aniket forever. Though she worshipped him for his charming demeanour and benevolent nature, she couldn’t make herself fall in love with him no matter how hard she has tried. During one of her visits to her hometown, she bumps into her old – flame Sidhant. While going through the nostalgic pangs of a long lost love, she accidentally stumbles upon something that makes her shudder and threatens to destroy her happy married life. She unearths facts that are accurate beyond doubt but accuse Aniket of being a cold-blooded murderer. Nikita is caught in an enigmatic whirlwind as she sets out in search of the truth that is hidden somewhere within the MIRAGE!

The story:

Twenty year old Nikita Agnihotri is excited to go home to Satvada as her cousin Richa is getting married. And then she hears the news that Richa is dead and her uncle, Mr Rathore, who brought her up as his own child after her parents’ death requests her to marry Richa’s fiancé, Aniket Malhotra, and she cannot say no. So she sacrifices her dreams, her love and gets married to Aniket. And she is Mrs Malhotra with no choice of her own.

And then five years later, she visits her uncle in Satvada when Aniket is off to London for a month long business tour and their son, Aditya, to a month long summer camp.

In Satvada, she meets her childhood friend, her boyfriend and comes across her sister’s diary and skeletons come tumbling from everywhere.

My take:

The author has woven a story which comes to the reader in the beginning as a love story, but as the pages went by, I could see the suspense building. And the best part is that the mystery cannot be guessed until the author does not let you know where all this is leading to.

The simple language adds to the flavor of the book and keeps the reader onto the edge of the seat. The characters have been etched out in detail, even little Adi could be picturised. The descriptions of scenes are detailed.

A good book for a one time read…because the next time you know, What happens next???

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.

Danika by Varsha Dixit

51dZdNKmSWL.jpgDanika is the latest book by Varsha Dixit. It is the story of Danika, a survivor and is set in the US.

The blurb:

Dear Life,

I get it. You are fond of sending shitstorms my way.

I lost my parents and grew up with one relative after another.

A few months into my marriage, I discovered my husband in my best friend’s bed.

Well, guess what? You made me one heck of a survivor! The joke’s on you.

Now this ‘hot’ Doctor you sent my way-the one who moved in next door to my stepbrother–don’t think I will be fooled by his charm like everyone else who is eating out of his hand.

His smart quips, teasing words and piercing gazes do not scare me. I see him for the man because of whom I experienced several ‘firsts’–my first accident, my first ride in an ambulance, and not proud to say it, but my first arrest!

I may not be able to get even with you Life, but I will get even with the Doc! It should be easy for he does have a habit of popping up wherever I go.

Yours insincerely,

Danika

The story:

Danika Dheer was a baby when she lost her father and she and her mother were at the mercy of one relative or another until Danika was five and her mother remarried Mr Dheer and things started looking better for her and she also had her step brother, Hans, ten years older than her to take care of her. But tragedy struck again and Danika and Hans lost their parents when she was eight, and they were at the mercy of relatives once again. Hans studied medicine, moved to the US but Danika was in India and moving from one relative after another.

Hans fixed Dani’s marriage to Piyush Saxena when Dani was 25 years old and Dani moved to the US from Mumbai. Despite differences between her and Piyush, she was not willing to give up on him or their marriage until she saw him and her best friend cheat on her with within ten moths of their marriage. And she quit her job at the advertising agency and ran to Philadelphia to her brother, Hans, her only family who would help her out come what may.

Around the same time, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dr Noah Collins, a cardiologist is mourning the loss of his childhood best friend and wife, Alicia,

Two years later, fate happens in Philadelphia. Dani, a victim of office politics, loses her job of two years at the advertising agency, and rams her one month old car into Noah’s rental car at a traffic light. Noah is the Head of Cardiology at Hans’s hospital and moves into Hans’s neighbourhood. Dani hates him and blames him for all the bad things that are happening to her but her sister-in-law has other plans for him.

And so does fate.

My take:

The cover, I liked. I loved the fast paced story. The language is simple and the story just flows. The characters are realistic and lovable. I loved Dani and felt for her and all that she had to go through.

Loved the book. This is one book that can be finished in one sitting with four hours in hand. Believe me, when I say it, it is unputdownable. With a bad cold, stuffy nose, and a bad headache, I was still reading the book till 2AM in the morning, even though I had to get up at five to send the kids to school- it is that addictive.