Dance with me by P G Van

41xyoElOTqLI received Dance with me by P G Van as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

When a video of Suhana dancing in her own home goes viral, the first thing she does is panic. Suhana got out of a loveless marriage and is trying to prove to her ex-husband that she can live her life without him or the money she got as part of the divorce. She had been a housewife all along, but now she is trying to rebuild her life. However, life throws her a wrench in the form of a viral video—a video that creates a sensation on the internet.
Samyan is her elderly neighbor’s son who is staying at his mother’s place while she is away, and Suhana keeps bumping into him wherever she goes. His very looks instigate new thoughts and sensations within her that she tries to ignore because of the man she thinks he is. But, when he helps her in the direst of situations, she finds out more about him and starts to feel a connection to him.

Dance with Me is a sweet, light-hearted and passionate love story with a happy ending.
Note: This is a standalone romance with content recommended for mature readers.

The story:

Sunaina was twelve when she lost her immediately family in a bus accident. She was eighteen, when she got married. Fourteen years later, she managed to get divorced from him, because she had found out that he had been cheating on hear for more than a decade. But he is constantly looking for ways to get back at her for filing a divorce after such a long time.

Now, thirty two year old Sunaina Vajra is a stay-at-home mother. Her fourteen year old son, Karan, is protective of her. Both mother and son had grown used to a life without her ex-husband as he spent a lot of time travelling. She had promised herself never to let her hatred for her husband influence her son. She had always craved attention, affection and appreciation, something she never got in her marriage.

She has been living in the current neighbourhood for over a decade and her house was on a small hill giving them privacy. So she is shocked and taken aback when she finds that someone has been making videos of her dancing at home doing household chores and puts them up on youtube.

To make matters worse, Samyan Singhal, the only son of the Singhals, is her neighbor as his mother, Mrs Singhal, is visiting family in London. And she is attracted to him.

My take:

This book is the story of second chances, the story of support and the story of standing up for yourself. There is love and what it can do. And I don’t mean the romantic kind of love only. I also mean the love between a mother and her child.

The story stresses on relationships between people, neighbours, parents and also friendships.

The characters are realistic and relatable. The language is simple and the story just flows. It is unputdownable.

I loved the book and also recommend it to everyone.

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.

 

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The Internet Trap, Five Costs of Living Online by Ashesh Mukherjee

51d9VqtAxmL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book The Internet Trap, Five Costs of Living Online by Ashesh Mukherjee as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Whether we are checking emails, following friends on Facebook and Twitter, planning holidays on TripAdvisor, watching videos on YouTube, or simply browsing for deals on Amazon, the Internet pervades our professional and personal environments. The Internet has revolutionized our lives, but at what cost?

In The Internet Trap, Ashesh Mukherjee uses the latest research in consumer psychology to highlight the hidden costs of living online: too many temptations, too much information, too much customization, too many comparisons, and too little privacy. The book uses everyday examples to explain these costs including how surfing the Internet anonymously can encourage bad behavior, using social media can make us envious and unhappy, and doing online research can devalue the product finally chosen.

The book also provides actionable solutions to minimize these costs. For example, the book reveals how deciding not to choose is as important as deciding what to choose, setting up structural barriers to temptation can reduce overspending on e-commerce websites, and comparisons with others on social media websites need to be cold rather than hot. The Internet Trap provides a new perspective on the dark side of the Internet, and gives readers the tools to become smarter users of the Internet.

My take:

This book covers the five costs of internet which can be grouped into two categories: commercial costs for consumers and social cost for individuals. This book talks about the five costs of living online, namely, too much temptation, too much information, too much customization, too much comparison and too much pprivacy.

At the outset, the author talks about how internet has transformed our lives and how we lives most of our lives online. But it is a fact that internet has made life more difficult for us. The author talks about how there was no internet while he was growing up and how he was introduced to it. He also talks about the benefits of internet and the dark side of internet. He talks about how internet hurts us in five important ways which he calls the cost of living online. Ask me, with two teenagers and a husband who are addicted to it, I completely agree. Each of the five chapters of the book describes a cost, explains its psychological origins and suggest ways to minimize the cost.

The first chapter shows that the internet reduces our self control and makes us easy to overindulge; the second chapter talks about having a world of information at our fingertips which can paradoxically make it difficult to make good choices; the third chapter discusses why having it our own way can cause disappointment; the fourth chapter is about the comparing ourselves with others on the Internet in ways that make us less happy and less productive; and the fifth chapter reveals that people say they have little privacy on the net but then behave online as if no one is watching. The conclusion summarises the central themes of the book and looks into the future of our relationship with the internet.

The author also mentions that this book would be useful to the readers, be it a curious person interested in the net or a manager interested in the business implications of the internet. He also mentions that the Reader would gain broader insights into human psychology; how people think and act and are able to use these insights to make better decisions on their own. He also talks about how internet is a waste of time and money.

The author also mentions how temptations can sometime you take into addiction and these addictive behaviours prominent on the Internet are gaming and shopping. He talks about increased desire which depends on the gap between an ideal and actual States. He also mentions that the internet makes us vulnerable temptation by reducing a self control and at the end of the first chapter he talks about what we can do to keep this danger of temptation at bay.

Chapter two talks about how too much information leads to choice paralysis. He also mentions that research has shown that too much choice or too much information is bad for us in four important ways. He also talks about the three steps we can take to minimise the negative effects of too much information on the Internet namely satisfy and not maximize delegate choice and use decision tools. The third chapter talks about too much customisation in which the author stresses on the negative effects, that is, attitude formation, creativity, risky behavior, product attachment, product assembly, product co-creation, product pricing and online advertising. And like in the other chapters he talks about how we can reduce the echo chamber effect by precommitting it into alternative points of view.

Chapter 4 talks about too many comparisons and how social networks have made it easy to compare ourselves with others and how social networks encourage upward rather than downward social comparisons on the internet. He also talks about the costs of these comparisons, their power and what we can do to overcome it

Chapter 5 talks about too little privacy and how this lack of privacy on the internet is the latest chapter in a history of surveillance. This surveillance state is spreading from the online to the offline world, the costs we pay for it and the privacy gap. He has in details spoken about the reasons for privacy gap and also what we can do as individuals and firms to close this gap.

In conclusion the author mentions that the internet will be our workshop and playground in the 21st century and that we have to understand these costs to help us so we will benefit from the enormous potential of the internet for improving our lives

The language is simple and the author has actually written in the way that he is speaking to the reader about all these things. The way the author has written it made me think twice about what he has spoken and this book is a must read for the current generation who sits more on the internet and who is more wired and who has lesser friends then we had when we were kids and also for adults who are constantly on the net, whether browsing or chatting or even shopping. The research that has gone into the book is evident.

I would recommend this book to all those who are hooked on the internet.

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.

Engineering a Life by Krishan K Bedi

41UDLjaX2RL._SX309_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book Engineering a Life by Krishan K Bedi as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications, and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

In December 1961, twenty-year-old Krishna Bedi landed at a port in New York armed with only $300 in his pocket and a resolve to study engineering in the US. What transpires then is a story of one man’s perseverance and determination to create the life he had always dreamed for himself as a little boy in India—a place where his options seemed anything but limitless.

Krishna K. Bedi’s memoirs reflect the hardships and the triumphs in his path to fulfilling his dream of becoming an engineer and returning home to India as a successful man. A lesson in attitude, survival, perseverance and grit, Bedi brilliantly narrates the story of the immigrant experience, his close-knit relationships and enmeshing cultures—a story that not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions.

My take:

This book is the story of the author has he travels across the continents on a ship in 1961 to when he goes back on a flight in 1991.

The author talks about how, as a young boy of 20 from a small town in Punjab, he had the courage to travel to the US and how his parents encouraged him even though they had to take loans in process. He mentions the hardships he went through to sustain himself and how at the end his hard work paid off.

The entire book is about his struggles in a country so unknown and so far. And the author has vividly remembered the details and also the names of the people who supported him. He has talked about his failures and also how he succeeds in his ‘American dream’ and becomes a citizen. His homesickness for India, his want to be with parents and also his move to India are depicted in detail.

The language is simple and the book just flows.

A highly motivational book which I would highly recommend to everyone.

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.

Book Blitz: Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman

 

Print Length: 141 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: February 9, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Coming soon: PAPERBACK 
Genre: Romance
 
It’s instantaneous attraction when Tanuja Bhatia from Delhi meets Raj Malhotra from Bombay at the Bombay Central Station.
 
The mutual attraction soon blossoms into love over the next couple of meetings. 
 
Tanuja and her simple father fail to see the crisis brewing in their own home. Her not-so-nice stepmother Gurinder is totally against the idea of Tanuja meeting her Prince Charming which would make her step-sister Harpreet seriously envious. By the way, Harpreet’s main aim in life is to simply make her half-sister miserable. 
 
While Raj’s parents and Tanuja’s father try to arrange a marriage between the two with a help of a mutual friend, the evil stepmother comes up with a plan of her own—to marry her stepdaughter off to Sonu, a good-for-nothing idiot. 
 
Can Her Prince Charming lift Tanuja out of this life of drudgery and boredom and give her the happiness she deserves?
 
*A prequel to The Malhotra Bride, this book is also to be launched in paperback soon
  
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 42 titles (38 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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The Doppleganger by Ruchira Khanna

e42e5-coverI received The Doppleganger by Ruchira Khanna as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the book.

The blurb:

Sandra lost her husband, Sam, and was lonely in this not-so-alone world until she met Sam’s look-alike, Fran, from another world. Will Fran be able to provide all the happiness Sandra has been yearning since Sam’s physical body left?

The Doppelgänger is a metaphysical short story that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as the astral and physical bodies clash.

The story:

Sandra, a single mother, lives with her son Liam in the small town of Santa Barbara in the southern region of California. Liam is mature for his age and does not play with many toys and mostly has masks. Yogi, their dog, was his best toy before Yogi died. He is good at studies as her late husband, Sam, used to stay at home and had laid a solid academic Foundation for Liam as did his school teacher. The certain instances in Sandra’s life which remind her of a deceased husband. Liam is excited one day because he wants to show his friend how he can become a superman. And by accident Sandra meets not only Yogi’s but also Sam’s doppelganger and the story begins

My take:

This story is different from what I expected. I was expecting Sandra to meet Sam’s doppelganger on the street but she meets him in a different ubiverse.

The characters are well developed and the descriptions are detailed. An even pace is maintained throughout the book.

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.

 

You are the one by Jisha Rajesh

41KZZUXGMvLI received Jisha Rajesh’s latest book You are the one as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

After losing his wife in a freak accident, the veteran cricketer Sagar Taneja found solace in nurturing new talents. During that dark phase of his life, a prodigious young cricketer Vihaan Arora walks into his life and Sagar instantly cuddles him under his wings. Sagar meets Vihaan’s mother Anika at a party and is dazed by a mysterious craving pain floating in her eyes. And then he encounters a blackmailer who threatens to reveal a secret to the world that will leave Vihaan’s life and career devastated. Sagar is caught in a whirlwind of mystery as trains of thoughts crisscross through his mind. What was the devastating secret? Does Anika know more than she has cared to say?

The story:

Anika Arora moved to London from Delhi, with her father, when she was a baby and returned to India two decades later when she her lost her father, her only living parent to an accident. 21 year old Anika was depressed and it took a lot of effort on her best friend, Esha and her boyfriend, Vikramjit’s part to bring her out of it. It was then that she met Sagar Ravikant Taneja, the lord of cricket and the skipper of the Indian team.

Twenty three years later, Anika, a business tycoon in London, manages Arora Group of Industries, her family business that her dad and uncle wanted her to join, but her roots are in Delhi. Life has not always been a bed of roses for her and she has suffered a major setback early in her life when she lost her husband Suraj, who was also her childhood best friend, before her son was born.

Her 21 year old son Vihaan, one of the youngest players in the history of Indian cricket, has made it to the national team and his skills have been applauded by Sagar Taneja, now a veteran cricketer, who is famous as the lord of cricket. Sagar had opted for a retirement from all forms of cricket 8 years ago when his wife, Anjana, had died in a freak accident, after having been the coach and commentator. Now he is a selector of the selection committee.

When Anika sees Sagar after 23 years, she is taken aback and memories come back. Then there is the blackmailer who is bothering her.

My take:

I liked the story of old flames meeting. The characters are well developed and the story moves fast. I loved the relationship that Anika shares with her son Vihaan. Though there are some predictable parts, but I liked the flow. The language is simple and easily understandable.

Not only cricket lovers, this book will be liked by all romance lovers.

 

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.

 

 

 

Yours Purni by Reshma Ranjan

51pgezZVGSLI received the book Yours Purni by Reshma Ranjan as a review copy from the author and I would like to thank her for the same. This book is about marriages between maternal uncle and niece that are still prevalent in some parts of southern India.

The blurb:

Purni Vivek, a guest lecturer and an M.Phil student, has her life planned and her future set. What happened to her fourteen years ago has shaped her identity–that of an independent, resilient woman with no place for a man in her life.

Vivek Panniyar, a successful entrepreneur settled in Denver, has not gone back to his ancestral home for fourteen years. His guilt has kept him away. The last thing he had expected when he went back home was the cause of his guilt standing right in front of his eyes.

The age-old custom followed in some parts of south India–maaman kalyanam–was meant to hold the family members and their wealth together. But in Purni and Vivek’s case, it backfired and split the family irreparably.

Will Vivek be a threat to Purni’s freedom? Will Purni shake Vivek’s belief that relationships are better short? Can Vivek and Purni come out of their past and embrace life afresh? Read Yours Purni to find out more.

The story:

Purni lives with her Thatta (grandfather in a small town in Tamil Nadu) since she was eight years old after her marriage to her twenty one year old uncle, Vivek, at the behest of her dying grandmother. And soon after the wedding, Vivek, who is an engineer, leaves for the US because he feels guilty and does not believe the marriage to be real.

They belong to a rich Panniyaar family of Karimalai village in Tamil Nadu and she is his wife for the people in their village, for her and fro her grandfather, Vivek’s father. Her parents did not want her back after her marriage and so it was upto her grandfather and Seetha amma to bring her up.

Now, fourteen years later, Purni lives in Chennai and works a guest lecturer and an M.Phil student. She is an independent woman who has no time for romance. And Vivek, an entrepreneur in Denver, comes back to give her a divorce and her independence.

My take:

A book which talks about the customs and traditions that are still prevalent in our villages. The characters are realistic and relatable and I could feel for both Purni and Vivek. But my favourite characters was Thatta. I loved the conversations between the characters and also liked the way their feelings have been described. I loved the descriptions of the scenes.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced, I actually finished the book in one sitting.

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.