Spotlight: Love & Curses by Sunita Saldhana

 

Love & Curses 

by 

Sunita Saldhana

 
 
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When Amber meets Shardul, her heart starts doing somersaults and it seems as if her body has forgotten how to breathe. She has never been so strongly attracted to anyone before. But beneath the physical attraction, there is something else that she struggles with. Why does he seem so familiar when she is sure she has never met him before? And why has she suddenly started waking up each morning with tears running down her cheeks, haunted by the same dream every night?
 
Shardul has been waiting for Amber forever. But fate conspired to keep them apart. He could not forget what she could not remember. Now that he had finally found her, would she open her heart to love or would he lose her forever?
 
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About the author
 
 
Sunita Saldhana is a blogger, a poet, an author and a life coach.
 
She has been writing since the age of 13. She is now a “retired mom” with both her kids having flown from the nest and is now concentrating on her writing. She is happiest when she is writing with her dog curled up at her feet.
She loves reading romance and fantasy and binge watches Crime series like Criminal Minds and Elementary.
 
She blogs about things she cares for and things that drive her mad. She loves to review books by other authors and share good books with the world.
 
She has worked as a corporate trainer. She believes that every human being has seeds of greatness within them and she loves to help people find that tipping point in their lives as they discover themselves. This is why she started The Know & Grow Learning Centre where she conducts various courses for kids and adults on communication and life skills.
 
 She is happiest when she is writing fiction with her dog curled up at her feet.
 

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Book Blitz: Daffodils by Author Shree

 

 

Daffodil by Shree
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07KDDS452
 
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Daffodil is a story of an ordinary girl who was compelled to lead an extraordinary life right from her childhood. Contrary to the meaning of her name, the flower which blooms in the spring, Daffodil had to brave squalls and struggle in retribution. Happiness came to her life only to obliterate it mercilessly. She witnessed darkness like nobody did but she persistently followed the light at the end of the tunnel. The tempest could not wither her roots ̶ she surfed through the ebb and flow of her life with robustness and proved her life to be worthwhile. Daffodil’s story is all about how she survived beyond the season of blooming amidst deaths, crimes, corruption, prison, and vengeance.
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Shree from Houston, TX, is an IT Pro turned author / poetess since 2015. Her works include short stories collection ‘Secret Expressions: Two Stories’, novella ‘Silent Invaders’, which has entered the quarter finals of Screencraft Cinematic Story (for Hollywood) Contest 2017, and Bengali poetry book ‘Onuronon’, released in International Kolkata Book Fair 2018. Her latest release is a novel titled ‘Daffodil: Blooming Beyond the Season’. Shree is a contributing author of ‘Flock-The Journey’, ‘Different Strokes’, ’50 Shades of Women’ and ‘Petals of Love’. Her upcoming anthology is ‘Muffled Moans – Unleashed’, where she has contributed two of her poems. She is a regular writer on several writing platforms, portals and magazines. She also works as a freelance writer / editor.
 

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My Small, Thin Indian Wedding By Sudesna Ghosh

51eUytEPmJL.jpgI received the book My Small, Thin Indian Wedding By Sudesna Ghosh as a review copy from the author and would like to thank her for the same.

The blurb:

Reema is in love. And she’s ready to get married. BUT she doesn’t want the usual big, fat Indian wedding. Will she get the quiet, simple wedding day that she wants?

Find out in this dramedy about a modern Bengali woman and her family.

The story:

Reema Bose is the only child of her parents and lives with them and her cat in Kolkata. She is 34 and single and spends half her income into animal causes. And her father is upset because the astrologer has told him that finding a match for her would be difficult.

And one day, on the way back from office, she takes a cab and has to share it with Nishant, who is in Kolkata from London for work, is also going in the same direction.

And one thing leads to another and she proposes marriage to him.

And she wants a simple wedding at the registrar’s office followed by a dinner with the near and dear ones at a restaurant much to the dismay of her parents, especially her mother.

And to top it all, she wants everyone to donate the weddings gifts to animal charities.

My take:

The book is hilarious right from the first page till the last. The language is simple and I finished the story in one sitting flat.

I loved the story and the characters. All the characters have important roles to play in the story, be it both sets of parents, Nishant’s brother or Reema’s best friend, Mansi. And let us not forget how important Reema’s cat, Cupcake, is.

The author has beautifully portrayed a middle class Bengali household, who wants to get their only child married according to the social norms and she does not want a wedding like that. And we go on a roller coaster with Ree and Nishant.

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.

 

Fun With Maths Series Fun With Maths Series: Math ‘a’ Stick


51vd7svcwml._sx384_bo1,204,203,200_I received the book Math ‘a’ Stick which is the sixth book of the Fun With Maths Series (a set of 6 books) Fun With Maths Series. Though there is no order in which you can read the books, I am giving it a number in accordance to the pictures on the back cover.

About the series:

The Fun with Series seeks to do exactly what the name suggests – let children have fun while they explore the wonders of maths.

Packed with activities, puzzles, games and mazes, this series will help children develop their logical and numeracy skills without even realizing that they are doing maths.

Each activity has been designed to explain concepts and mathematical operations using playful material and creative techniques.

This series will ensure that every child opens up to the joy of mathematics.

HAPPY MATH-ING!

About this book:

This book is a fun book to explore various maths concepts using matchsticksor toothpicks instead of a pencil and eraser. Play with the sticks and movethem around till you find the answer. Sounds fun!

My take:

Math ‘a’ Stick: Mix them up, move them around, make your math skills really sound! Toothpick puzzles to challenge your math skills is the last book of the series and I hope that we see more such books in the times to come.

This book comprises of using matchsticks or toothpicks to solve puzzles. I remember when I was a kid, my father used to sit with us and put matchsticks on two sides of a bridge saying that they are trucks that have to move to the other side of the bridge and that only one truck could cross the bridge at one time. This puzzle has always stayed with me. There are many interesting puzzles in the book and I have seen quite a few of them being circulated on whatsapp.

I must say that this book is just not for only young kids but also for adults because once you sit down and start doing this puzzles it really destresses you and rejuvenates you, so happy stick puzzles to you.

 

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

It’s all about the Click by Priyanka Mathur

41jina_l_gl._sx309_bo1_204_203_200_I received ‘It’s all about the Click’ by Priyanka Mathur as a review copy from the publisher, Fingerprint. This book is the story of a twenty four year IT professional, Mitali Asthana, and her search for a groom.

The blurb:

Meet Mitali, a young IT professional working in Bangalore who decides to take a plunge into the complex world of matrimonial websites to find herself the perfect life partner, only to be sucked right into a quagmire of stereotypes, insane expectations and outrageous demands.

After dozens of excruciating interviews, heart-breaking rejections and obnoxious feedbacks, when she finally meets a guy who is refreshingly normal, Mitali agrees to marry him. But destiny had something else in mind for her.

When that magical, elusive moment of ‘click’ which every girl longs to experience in her life comes to Mitali in the most unexpected of ways, it throws her heart and her life up in turmoil. Caught in the centre of a crazy whirlwind that lands her in a police station in the dead of the night, two days before she is set to get married.

Will Mitali be able to get out of the mess she has unwittingly created. Will she find the love her heart yearns for. Will she find that elusive ‘click’ again?

The story:

Mitali Asthana, 24, a girl from Khetri, Rajasthan works as a software professional in Infosys, Bangalore. She shares her flat with Kriti, her colleague who is also her close friend. Her parents stay in Khetri and her only sibling, her elder sister, Tanushree, Tanu, is happily married and stays in Delhi.

Her parents want her married and have registered her profile on almost all the matrimonial websites under her father’s name (had she registered under her own name, she would have been considered ‘forward’). And her target was to get married before she turned 29, her potential expiry date.

And then starts the process of bride seeing and groom seeing. Some reject her and she rejects some. And the process goes on till she is engaged to be married.

And then, her high school crush enters to scene.

My take:

I loved the story and am impressed at how she has portrayed a sensitive issue, arranged marriage. If we look around, we will see that there is a Mitali we meet everyday. Also there are certain parts in the book which really took my breath away like the conversation Pritish has with Meetu on her birthday. The author has used humour to illustrate many things.

I have gone through the process, though at that time it was newspapers that were the medium and today it is the website. I could relate to Mitali and her father’s conversation, as I used to have similar ones with mine, for her it was the ‘click’ and for me, it was the ‘bell’.

The characters are well developed and have been portrayed beautifully. They are realistic and relatable. Though the story has been written in first person from the point of view of Meetu, but the other characters’ presence was also palpable in the story. I loved the bond that Tanu and Meetu shared and also the one that Meetu shared with Kriti. And the relationship between Pritish and Nitin.

The language is simple and the story just flows and at a certain point in the book, it becomes unputdownable. Loved the book immensely and would recommend it to everyone.

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

 

 

Fun With Maths by Sonia Mehta: Math ‘O’ Play

518hN9JEPOL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Math ‘O’ Play which is the fifth book of the Fun With Maths Series (a set of 6 books) by Sonia Mehta. Though there is no order in which you can read the books, I am giving it a number in accordance to the pictures on the back cover.

About the series:

The Fun with Series seeks to do exactly what the name suggests – let children have fun while they explore the wonders of maths.

Packed with activities, puzzles, games and mazes, this series will help children develop their logical and numeracy skills without even realizing that they are doing maths.

Each activity has been designed to explain concepts and mathematical operations using playful material and creative techniques.

This series will ensure that every child opens up to the joy of mathematics.

HAPPY MATH-ING!

About this book:

Get ready, all you game buffs! This book is a fun book of games that willhelp you practice maths as well. So bring out those dice, playing cards, dominoes and other exciting stuff. It’s time to play!

My take:

Math ‘O’ Play: Play games one by one, and build your maths skills while having fun! Fun games to hone your math skills.

At the outset the author says that these activities can be enjoyed with friends and what we need for these is a pair of dice, a pack of playing cards, some beads, Domino tiles (if we have a set), some paper and a pencil. The book has card games, games with Domino tiles, even the matching game which we used to play when we were kids. I liked the the card war which is actually the greater and lesser game. The games are mostly based on mathematical operations and many more mathematical concepts.

I loved the Math’O’bot challenge and it took me 3 attempts to complete it. I even liked that Who Am I and guess who. This book can be used by teachers and parents to teach children things like symmetry, balancing and other concepts which include making histograms and graphs.

A highly recommended book.

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

 

Fun With Maths Series by Sonia Mehta: Math ‘A’ Maze

510zvqnlq9l._sx384_bo1,204,203,200_I received the book Math ‘A’ Maze which is the fourth book of the Fun With Maths Series (a set of 6 books) by Sonia Mehta. Though there is no order in which you can read the books, I am giving it a number in accordance to the pictures on the back cover.

About the series:

The Fun with Series seeks to do exactly what the name suggests – let children have fun while they explore the wonders of maths.

Packed with activities, puzzles, games and mazes, this series will help children develop their logical and numeracy skills without even realizing that they are doing maths.

Each activity has been designed to explain concepts and mathematical operations using playful material and creative techniques.

This series will ensure that every child opens up to the joy of mathematics.

HAPPY MATH-ING!

About this book:

Enjoy cracking mazes? Then here’s a treat! This book is packed withelaborate mazes, but with maths problems hidden in them. What a great wayto sharpen your mathematical skills while also having loads of fun!

My take:

Math ‘a’ Maze- solve the sums, and the path you’ll know, build your math skills as you go! Mathematical mazes to solve for hours of fun is the fourth book in the series.

Puzzles have always intrigued me and it has amazing measures for the children to solve and I must tell you a secret here that I was sitting and solving the puzzles/ mazes as I was reviewing the book. Only once I finished all the measures did I start writing the review.

There are mathematical operations to solve the mazes, and also tracing the string, greater- lesser numbers and even odd and even numbers and time.

This is a book which can keep both adults and children busy or hours on the end.

A beautiful book for your own children and can also be given as a gift.

 

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