Wildflowers In The Rain by Leena Varghese

510dTiWFx-LI received Wildflowers In The Rain by Leena Varghese as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

When Dr. Aditya Menon boards a rickety old bus from Bangalore to Cochin after attending his best friend Sri’s cremation, he never expects to find himself stranded in the middle of the Bandipur forest reserve with a group of people he’s never met before.

Little does Aditya know that the answers to the mystery of Sri’s death could be found with the beautiful and enigmatic Rhea Balan who is travelling with him. Or, that the inexorable attraction he feels for her could lead to imminent death.

Rhea Balan had never imagined that life would fling her into the middle of a festering forest where she would have to grapple, not only with the hostile natural environment, but also evade the predators of the human world to stay alive. Someone is watching her every move and she must make sure that no one knows her identity.

Caught in the middle of wilderness and danger, in a situation that could either destroy everything that she holds sacred, or throw her behind prison bars, Rhea must choose. But how can she make a wise choice when she would lose both ways…For Aditya is the kind of man she would not forget in a hurry.

In a race against the vagaries of nature and time, both Aditya and Rhea must find a way to beat the odds before their nemesis catches up with them.

The story:

Ace Futuristic Laboratories, Bangalore witnesses deaths of two eminent scientists, Dr Mahesh Radhakrishnan and Dr Sridharan Iyer within six months of each other.

Dr Aditya Menon, an entomologist based in Cochin, and Sri’s best friend has some serious, unanswered questions about the circumstances of Sri’s death. And his suspicions are raised when Sri’s father tells him hat Sri wanted to tell him something about the ‘mango drawer’ and was unable to complete what he wanted to say. And his search in Sri’s room reveals a pen drive with name of Ace technologies printed on it. And Adi diligently calls up Ace and is connected to Dr Saumya, the man behind both the murders. Aditya decides to keep the pendrive till he knows the truth and Saumya is bent on taking the pendrive.

And Saumya puts Rhea Balan on the job to eliminate Aditya.

My take:

This book is full of adventure, suspense and mystery and has been written in such a way that the reader really wants to know what would happen next. The story is mostly set in the Bandipur forest with someone spying on Rhea at one end and a wild animal trying to attack them on the other.

The characters are well described and developed and the scenes have been described in so much detail that it was easy to visualize them.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced and unputdownable.

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.

 

 

 

 

The Mystery of the Nasty Grey Cloud (The Green World) by Sonia Mehta

51fCv26fuKL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Mystery of the Nasty Grey Cloud (The Green World) by Sonia Mehta is the first book of The Green World Series published by Puffin. This series of story-cum-activity books for children aims to teach environmental awareness early on. This book has 64 pages and is targeted at children of six years and over. I am thankful to the publisher for providing me a review copy of the book.

MEET THE ECONUTS

Dewy, Woosh, Petals, Pebbles and Waggy call themselves the Econuts because they are simply nuts about ecology and the environment!

Learn all about the many ways in which you can help save Planet Earth in this series of story-and-activity books, aimed at generating ecological awareness through a mix of fiction, puzzles, games, activities and more.

The blurb:

Woosh is very, very worried. There’s a nasty grey cloud that is making everyone sick. Where did it come from? More importantly, how can they make it go away? It sounds like a job for the Econuts! Read on to find out how they solve the mystery.

My take:

I loved the way the author has introduced the concept of air pollution for children using a story where five friends are out to solve the mystery of the grey cloud that has covered their town. She has used beautiful illustrations and different mind games like spot the difference, riddles, rhyming words, find out hidden words, crack the code, a maze, and also some space for the child to record the activities done by them. There are activities too. She has used the book to make the reader of the top five reasons of air pollution and also how we can stop it. The best part of the book is the air champion stickers.

I loved the book and recommend it to all children and their parents.

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.

From An-other land: Making home in the land of dreams by Tanushree Ghosh

41KQ0tPIorL._SX321_BO1_204_203_200_I received the book From An-other land: Making home in the land of dreams by Tanushree Ghosh as a review copy from the author. I am thankful to her for the book. This book talks about the journey of Indian immigrants who go to America to fulfil their dreams. These are stories of acculturation following immigration to a new country.

The blurb:

Given The chance, would you be ready to immigrate.A majority would probably answer ‘Yes’. Yet, immigrants are looked at with either contempt or segregation and rarely compassion, in their motherland and abroad. Post The 2016 US elections, The rhetoric is further reverberating. From cancellation of refugee protection, zero tolerance and undercurrent crackdown on H visas to racism, profiling and discrimination—the resurgence of nationalism is hitting The globalised population head-on.But what is immigration today. A question of life or death. A fleeing of persecution. A compulsion. Or a mere pursuance of privilege. And, what is USA today, especially for Indians.From An-Other Land is a reality check and an emotional guide for anyone who wants to understand modern-day immigration to USA.

The story:

This book begins at the compound of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi in 2004, where many people from many parts of India are waiting in a queue for a flight to the land of their dreams, the USA, with different ideas and ambitions. There is Tarun, a young man with a degree in pure sciences; Mani, who was to board the flight with her NRI husband; Asti and Hema; Mehmood Gilani, who liked coming there to watch the line; Ira, Sree and Raji who were travelling together; Shelly who was angry at everything her homeland had to offer; Badrinath Dubey who was as frustrated as Shelly; Ramesh, who was deserting his family business for selfish reasons and Meera, who was terrified to fly but there was no way to the US without having to board a plane.

And the story moves for fourteen years around these central characters till 2018.

My take:

Written by a person who has been in the US for over fourteen years, this book traces the lives of the central characters in the US as an independent short story each till 2018. There are stories of other characters as well. The author has described the lives and emotions of these characters in detail. The relationships, the stress, the emotions and what they go through has been described in detail.

Each story made me introspect and I must confess that I took a lot of time completing the book, as I read one short story at a time.

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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From An-Other Land

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Tanushree Ghosh

 
 
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Never has been the conversation on immigration more pertinent than now, post 2016 US elections. From cancellation of refugee protection and zero tolerance to undercurrent crackdown on H visas, the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalized population head-on. 
 
But what is immigration today? A question of life or death – fleeing of persecution? A compulsion? Or a mere pursuance of privilege? 
And what is the US today? A land of opportunities? Or a quagmire impossible to comprehend, inherently racist and selfish?
 
From An-Other Land dives deep into immigration today for the Indian diaspora and its many facets with characters who seek to define themselves in an intercultural setting that is less and less sure of itself. A reality check and a guide for anyone who wants to understand the modern-day US.
 
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About the author
 
 
Tanushree Ghosh works in the technology sector in the USA and is also a social activist and a writer. She has a Doctorate in Chemistry from Cornell University and has worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratories and is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and Presidency College Calcutta.
 
Her blog posts, op-eds, poems, and stories are efforts to provoke thoughts, especially towards issues concerning women, social justice, and immigration – which is the topic of her first solo-author work From An-Other Land published by Readomania publishing. 
 
As a contributor to the Huffington Post US, she has published several posts on topics that affect the under-represented and the lesser privileged, whether that’s a population, a nation, or an individual. Her first article for the Huffington Post went viral and was picked up by the Yahoo news. She has since written on the Syria war and its children, open borders, the unfair coverage in the Western media of the Brazil Olympics, societal differences in outlook on issues like gun control in the US, and off-course – women. She has written on postpartum depression, acid attack and its state globally, #MeToo and a myriad of related topics and was interviewed for Reddit and the Indian Express. She is a regular contributor to several popular publications (incl. The Tribune (Sunday Diaspora segment), Thrive Global, The Logical Indian, Youth Ki Awaaz, Café Dissensus, and The Women’s Web). Her literary resume also includes poems and stories featured in national and international magazines, including Words Pauses and Noises, UK; TUCK, Glimmer Train honorable mention, and inclusion in seven anthologies (through winning national and international contests), including Defiant Dreams (Oprah 2016 reading list placeholder) and The Best Asian Short Stories 2017 (published out of Singapore by Kitaab). She has served in coordinator and chapter head roles of ASHA and AID India and has affiliations with several women’s organizations and non-profits. She is also the founder and director of Her Rights (www.herrights.website), a 501(3) c non-profit committed to furthering the cause of gender equality and supporting victims of gender violence.
 
 

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Mr & Mrs Nambiar by Sudha Nair

nambiarI borrowed the book Mr & Mrs Nambiar by Sudha Nair from the Kindle Unlimited Library. A short story, this book talks about how when a simple thing changes in someone’s daily routine, things change in the whole household, for better or worse, only time will tell.

The blurb:

A cute tale about how a housewife gets her groove back…

Indu and Madan Nambiar have led a well-settled, almost-perfect life for many years — and then, Madan retires.

As their seemingly content coexistence is threatened, will they be able to strike a new balance? Will Indu be able to accept this new reality? Or will retirement be a new beginning for both Mr and Mrs Nambiar?

Read this funny take on the repercussions of retirement.

The story:

Mrs Indu Nambiar and Mr Madan Nambiar have a routine. She goes for a morning walk at 6.30 with her friends, comes back, makes his breakfast and lunch and Mr Nambiar leaves for work. Their only son, Akash, now lives in the US. Her life revolves around her husband, son and home and she cherishes her title and role as a housewife.

And then one day, Mr Nambiar retires.

And Mrs Nambiar loses her independence.

My take:

All working people have to retire one day, and we think that it is then that we will do whatever we like as we would not be bound by the routine of office home office. Mr Nambiar also thought so and in his thinking process, he did not take into account the life Mrs Nambiar led before he retired.

In a simple language, Ms Nair has portrayed what most women go through when their husband’s retire as they do not want to upset them, Mrs Nambiar also believed in the same. But look where that got her.

This book is a must read for all, those who have retired, those who are going to retire and those who plan to retire.

 

 

We Women Wonder: Dreams, Desires, Struggles and Triumphs by Inderpreet Uppal

51prrQ8cFvLI received We Women Wonder: Dreams, Desires, Struggles & Triumphs by Inderpreet Uppal as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same. Started as 26 posts for the A to Z Challenge years ago, this book deals with issues that we face in our life and have never acknowledged.

The blurb:

“When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier.”– Diane Von Furstenberg.
Thoughts, quotes and determination can make a woman stronger, a survivor but she is a winner regardless.

This book is the story of every woman, you might find your reflection too.

A journey into what keeps us women ticking.

What annoys the hell out of us?

What are we women really about?

How does the world see us?

Is the world changing for us or are we just dreaming?

What is our success and what it means to a woman?

We Women Wonder, I often do, don’t you?

My take:

A well researched book written by a woman for a woman. Just today, the radio had a contest for women to tell them as to why cannot wear what they want to wear, and this book deals with many such things.

In simple English, the author has expressed her opinion regarding many issues that we face in our life but have never acknowledged them. She has written in a way that she is talking to the reader and that made me sit up and read every word carefully. It also made me introspect and realise about a lot of things. The chapters are arranged alphabetically and deal with issues pertaining to women. Each chapter ends with a beautiful quote.

She has talked about how she associated being alone in a negative way with women; about how beauty and brains are in a constant battle with each other; and how we can be weighty and wonderful. She talks about how the colour of the skin is important in the Indian society; and how she is happy if someone is standing up for themselves and getting divorced or detached from something that is getting them down. She talks about how people take advantage of us being emotional and tearful; and the importance of friends and that of being healthy and how women are champions of guilt-tripping.

The author also talks about independent being the word for the woman of today; and that we have a life beyond kids too, the best advice is that we should marry only for love. She stresses that to say yes to ourselves, we have to say no to others and stresses on self-awareness.

This book is a must read for all women, would definitely help them introspect as well as encourage them. I for one am going for my health check up tomorrow, as Ms Uppal has mentioned in her book, if I stay healthy, only will my family be healthy and looked after.

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.

From An-other land: Making home in the land of dreams by Tanushree Ghosh

41KQ0tPIorL._SX321_BO1_204_203_200_I received the book From An-other land: Making home in the land of dreams by Tanushree Ghosh as a review copy from the author. I am thankful to her for the book. This book talks about the journey of Indian immigrants who go to America to fulfil their dreams. These are stories of acculturation following immigration to a new country.

The blurb:

Given The chance, would you be ready to immigrate.A majority would probably answer ‘Yes’. Yet, immigrants are looked at with either contempt or segregation and rarely compassion, in their motherland and abroad. Post The 2016 US elections, The rhetoric is further reverberating. From cancellation of refugee protection, zero tolerance and undercurrent crackdown on H visas to racism, profiling and discrimination—the resurgence of nationalism is hitting The globalised population head-on.But what is immigration today. A question of life or death. A fleeing of persecution. A compulsion. Or a mere pursuance of privilege. And, what is USA today, especially for Indians.From An-Other Land is a reality check and an emotional guide for anyone who wants to understand modern-day immigration to USA.

The story:

This book begins at the compound of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi in 2004, where many people from many parts of India are waiting in a queue for a flight to the land of their dreams, the USA, with different ideas and ambitions. There is Tarun, a young man with a degree in pure sciences; Mani, who was to board the flight with her NRI husband; Asti and Hema; Mehmood Gilani, who liked coming there to watch the line; Ira, Sree and Raji who were travelling together; Shelly who was angry at everything her homeland had to offer; Badrinath Dubey who was as frustrated as Shelly; Ramesh, who was deserting his family business for selfish reasons and Meera, who was terrified to fly but there was no way to the US without having to board a plane.

And the story moves for fourteen years around these central characters till 2018.

My take:

Written by a person who has been in the US for over fourteen years, this book traces the lives of the central characters in the US as an independent short story each till 2018. There are stories of other characters as well. The author has described the lives and emotions of these characters in detail. The relationships, the stress, the emotions and what they go through has been described in detail.

Each story made me introspect and I must confess that I took a lot of time completing the book, as I read one short story at a time.

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.