The Rumour by Preethi Venugopala

the_rumour_300_rgb_1494315047_380x570I have read Preethi Venugopala’s book before. So when I saw that she has written a book which is available on Juggernaut, I was excited to read the book. The best feature of Juggernaut which has been recently added is that you can read the book offline. So what I did was downloaded the book before boarding a flight and read the book while travelling. So it was simple, I used my phone for reading the book and did not have to carry a book or an Ipad.

The blurb:

Rohit broke Tara’s heart when they were in college. She’d sworn never to see him again. But years later they found themselves making a journey together.

The story:

Tara is the stop gap arrangement to accompany the engineering students to a picnic in and around Munnar as the lady teacher accompanying them could not go as she had fallen ill and she being the unmarried female teacher is asked to join the picnic party.  As they are about to leave, the male teacher, RK sir joins them.

And RK sir is no one else but Rohit Kurup, her elusive senior, chairman of the college union, badminton champion and class topper, when she was an engineering student herself. And a rumour was all it took to create a misunderstanding then.

So how will both of them endure the journey….

My take:

The author has brilliantly captured the emotions of the character in the thirty pages of the book. A simple story written in a simple language.

I loved the book and would recommend it to one and all.

A quick read.

 

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Book Blitz: WATER BOARDING by Bragadeesh Prasanna

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WATER BOARDING
by
Bragadeesh Prasanna
 
Blog Tour by The Book Club: WATER BOARDING by Bragadeesh Prasanna
 

Blurb


As a torture technique, Waterboarding involves the torturer to pour water over the face of the captive, over a damp towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that he is not actually drowning, the captive’s body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience. 
 
Ved, who just got out of a life-changing accident finds out that he has blank spaces in his memory. He is unsure about his past and uncertain about his future but goes through with the present with the help of his friend Sara. Sara slowly builds Ved’s past, filling him with people and instances he had forgotten.
 

 

As Ved struggles with the financial strain caused by his accident and subsequent medical bills and figuring out whom to trust, Ved is forced to live in the moment, which is dark, terrifying and maddening as his past catches up with him. Will he finally know who he was and how his past actions affect his present? 
 
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Bragadeesh Prasanna

 

 

 

Bragadeesh Prasanna is a Chennai based writer, who blogs, writes short stories and sometimes lets his stories stretch itself to become a full fledged novel.  His romance novel, 300 days, which released in 2016, received generally positive reviews.  He had also contributed to different short story anthologies like After the Floods (Published by sixth sense publication), From Chennai, with Love (Curated by Chennai Bloggers Club)

 

 

 

When he is not writing or dreaming about writing, he runs a marketing agency in Chennai, which specializes in digital marketing. He loves his scotch and coffee, chicken biriyani, Rose milk and Chennai. You can just type in his full name in Google search bar to reach his blog. No, seriously, try it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz: Fragments by Janaki Nagaraj

 

Print Length: 76 pages
Publication Date: July 31, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Fiction, Anthology

 

 

“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could” – Georgia O’Keeffe.A serial killer on the loose who chooses a particular day of the month to kill his victims; a strained father-son relationship, when the father returns home after being presumed dead; a girl who can go to any extent for her career and money; a woman openly acknowledging the presence of the many ‘other women’ in her life; a lady’s dark past finally catches up with her… Life is an ongoing sequence of events meshed with everyday mundaneness so that it becomes difficult to isolate them.

‘Fragments’ captures the essence of those parts of our lives that we are not proud to show to others. It takes you through a range of emotions and leaves a big question mark on what is supposed to be.

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Janaki has been a blogger for more than 5 years now. An English Literature graduate from the Bangalore University, she started writing stories for various online groups and publications. She also writes poetry.
Apart from being a homemaker she is also a fitness enthusiast, marathon runner, an upcoming entrepreneur and now a self published Indie author.
She lives in Mumbai with her two grown up kids, husband of 27 years and 3 cats.
 
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Spotlight: SIMHA INTERNATIONAL (The Bansal Legacy #1) by Sundari Venkatraman

 

SIMHA INTERNATIONAL
(The Bansal Legacy #1)
by
Sundari Venkatraman
 
 
Blurb
 
Rohit Bansal, the handsome and suave managing director of Simha International, is the envy of many—from a director of the hotel to an employee. 
 
A thief comes up with a simple modus operandi, believing that nobody’s really going to find out anything about the thefts taking place. But when a guest brings it to his notice, Rohit is determined to save the reputation of Simha International and ropes in a top-notch detective. Will Rohit be able to find who the thief is before time runs out?
 
The lovely and intelligent Tasha Sawant goes to work at Simha International as the duty manager. Her experience in the hotel industry only adds to the hotel’s excellent service. 
 
Tasha is attracted to Rohit and it would seem that he reciprocates her feelings. Well, the lady isn’t looking for a permanent relationship as it looks likes she’s already had an unpleasant experience. But then, what about the guy? Does Rohit want any kind of relationship with Tasha? 
 
*Simha International is the first book in the trilogy called The Bansal Legacy.
 
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Tasha caught the movement in her peripheral as Rohit walked into the atrium along with Vignesh. She straightened from the desk in front of her to pay better attention. He was like her very own Prince Charming in modern apparel, minus the white charger.

Rohit walked across the reception as if he owned the place, a devil-may-care expression on his gorgeous features. Tasha felt something akin to a jolt of lightning strike her heart while she felt a buzzing reverberation like thunder, which muted all the other sounds in the hall. She just stared as Rohit moved towards her, her sherry brown eyes wide and her mouth open in a startled moue.

A trifle irritated when a phone buzzed, Tasha sounded breathless as she answered the call. A small frown knitted her smooth forehead and Akhil was startled to see her drumming her fingers in annoyance on her desk.

Tasha turned her head towards the two men who were deep in conversation as she placed the receiver back on its rest. Her heart beat a wild tattoo when she saw them walking in her direction. Her slender form thrummed in anticipation as she stepped out of the bay when Vignesh beckoned to her. Akhil could feel the tremors as she walked past him and a scowl puckered his forehead as he looked up to see what had caused the excitement. On seeing Rohit, he wiped his frown in a hurry and gave the other man a sheepish smile of greeting that didn’t quite reach his eyes.

Akhil hated his boss, passionately. Akhil was from a middle class family and had had to struggle throughout his twenty-four years to reach where he was, a management trainee on his way to becoming a duty officer in another nine months’ time subject to—a look of bitterness marred his good looks—the approval of the board of directors, especially Rohit Bansal. Whenever he looked at his young boss of thirty-three, Akhil felt the fire of jealousy consuming him. Rohit Bansal was so lucky—Akhil was absolutely sure of it—to have everything handed to him on a platter, a child born with a silver spoon, into a hotelier family. Rohit’s single-handed struggle and hard work to set up the 5-star hotel against so many odds didn’t enter Akhil’s mind. His patience and perseverance had no place in the employee’s thoughts. His narrow mind could only perceive Rohit, as he was today, a billionaire who held 22% of the total shares of Simha International.

Adding insult to injury was Tasha’s reaction to him. She had been gently firm in her refusal to date Akhil. The bitch! His lips drooped downward. Big money went a long way to pave one’s path, it seemed.

Tasha went to stand beside the FOM, waiting for him to do the introductions.

“Rohit,” said Vignesh, “Meet Tasha Sawant, the latest addition to the Simha family,” he smiled before he turned towards Tasha, “And Tasha, meet Rohit Bansal, our managing director.” He didn’t notice the shocked look on Tasha’s face as she stared at Rohit.

Sherry brown eyes clashed with obsidian black ones and sparks flew! Her small hand was engulfed in what could be termed only as a huge ‘paw’. Tasha forgot to breathe as she felt herself being sucked into the black depths of his eyes from where she never wanted to escape.

The flash of his smile drew her attention to his sculpted lips—the thin upper one and a luscious lower one—and the incredible set of white teeth was a dentist’s dream. She drew a deep breath before whispering, “Hello.” She couldn’t help but notice the deep cleft in his square chin. Sexy!

Rohit read her lips rather than heard her greeting and met the lovely doe-like eyes with his obsidian gaze. He closed one eyelid in a wink and grinned at her, hoping to ease the situation that was fraught with sensuality.

Unaware of the undercurrents, Vignesh Kumar excused himself to go about his work.

Rohit smiled at Tasha. “Welcome to Simha International, Tasha.” His black eyes studied her boldly, from the top of her head to the tips of her toes peeping from her low-heeled shoes. She was tall and slender and oh so perfect! He had a tough time keeping his right hand from moving to her velvety cheek. The dusky gold of her skin seemed to invite his caress. He wanted to gather her in his arms and kiss her sensational lips into oblivion. He saw her breasts move agitatedly as she took deep breaths to calm herself.

Pink flooded Tasha’s face that appeared gorgeous to the fascinated man. “I don’t bite,” he declared, his expression devilishly mischievous. His black eyes danced and sparkled, lighting up the area.

 

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles 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 #1Bestseller 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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Old Money by Sunanda Chatterjee

om-md-1I received Old Money by Sunanda Chatterjee as an advance review copy from the author and thank her for the same. The book is the second one in the Wellington Estates and is the story of Juhi Raina, an American Indian girl.

The blurb:

“Families are made from love, not DNA,” said her father.

Fashion designer Juhi Raina has always struggled with her identity; an Indian-American, she straddles two worlds, haunted by salacious rumors of her family. After a break-up with her fiancé, all she wants is a little distraction. But the handsome photographer threatens her uneasy status quo.

Wellington Estates heir-turned-photographer Connor Riley shuns his family’s wealth and abhors all form of pretense. He is mesmerized by Juhi’s simplicity, and Juhi is drawn to his candor. The two misfits make a perfect match. But being with Juhi brings challenges Connor may not be ready for.

The past unravels, revealing secrets that may be best left unopened. Can Juhi and Connor look past the deceit and shame to reclaim their love?

Book 2 of the Wellington Estates, “Old Money” is a stand-alone romantic saga about heartbreak, loss, and finding forgiveness despite all odds.

The story:

Having lost her mother to breast cancer when she was in high school, twenty five year old Juhi Raina lives with her father and aunt in her childhood home. Her family is broad minded but family name and family reputation mean everything to them and she only hopes that they would not force her to get married to some nice Indian boy from Delhi. She has always had to embrace her American identity forsaking her own culture and is sick of being considered too fair to be an Indian and too exotic to be an American.

Having loved making dresses, she thought of making them for others and owns a boutique, Juhi’s dresses. Her mother had been friends with Laura’s ever since the girls were in elementary school and Laura has been her best friend since school.

The story begins with Juhi being stood up by her cardiac surgeon fiancé, Brad, on the night of her best friend, Laura’s wedding and to make matters worse, he sends her a text and breaks up with her. Though she is smiling outwardly, the wedding photographer, Connor Riley of Riley and Roper photography, sees through her tears and even tells her so.

She becomes friends with Connor. She feels that she can be herself with him as there is no pressure to conform, no pressure to commit, no pressure to behave in a certain manner and no pressure to cohabitate. She likes him for his talent in photography, his personality and his friendship. He respects her for her honesty and strength of character. He proposes to her after dating her for eight months, but his Indianness, his origins and his family creeps in.

Connor Riley’s family is very rich and they stay in Wellington Estates. He wants nothing to do with money because he feels that wealth hardens the heart. Reputation means everything to the Rileys too. His step mother wants him to marry the wealthy girl she has chosen for him.

So what do Connor and Juhi do? Where does their love take them?

My take:

Though, references are made off and on to the first book of the series but I read this before the first book and could not find a single instance where I was lost.

The characters, as always, have been developed well and portrayed so realistically that I could relate to them. The author has described the feeling of both the protagonists in details. Juhi and Laura’s friendship and understanding is one high point of the story, as was in the previous book.

The story has been articulated in a manner that it is unputdownable and the reader always wants to know what happens next? The scenes and the timelines have been described well. This book has all the ingredients: friendship, love, hope, family ties and suspense. Plus the twists and turns make the book interesting.

I loved the way the author has tied up the loose ends at the end of the book. I am eagerly waiting for the next book of this series. Who will the book be about…..

DISCLAIMER: I received the book a an advance review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

That’s How It’s Meant To Be by Shilpi Chaklanobis

THIMTBI received the book, That’s How It’s Meant To Be by Shilpi Chaklanobis, as a review copy from the author. This book revolves around Nilanjana, a Bengali girl from Kolkata, the only child of her parents, and her life. The story made me feel, Sometimes love just ain’t enough.

The blurb:

Love transcends distance, time and age. It’s beyond the customs of the world around us that spin us into a frenzy. People meet, they fall in love, that’s where your usual love story might end. But not this one. For this is not a love story, this is a story about love. When Nilanjana meets Vikram in the strangest circumstances, they fall in love with each other against all odds. The quintessential Bengali girl finds herself smitten by your not so spoilt Punjabi guy. But sometimes, life throws lemons at you and you ask yourself, is love enough to keep two people together? Come on the journey of a lifetime that makes you wonder, introspect, dive in your deepest thoughts, only to come out wiser. Experience, anger, joy, surprise and love. Experience, LIFE.

The story:

After having spent a protected childhood in Kolkata, Nilanjana, whose childhood dream was to study in a good University in India and then abroad and work in a big company, comes to Delhi when she secures an admission in JNU Delhi. She is not a shy person but meeting new acquaintances is always hard for her. She meets Priyanka, who is also her roommate and through Priyanka, meets Vikram, a rich Punjabi boy, who is also their senior. And the friendship between Vikram and Nilanjana slowly blooms into love.

She gets admission into PhD at Pennsylvania and just before she leaves for the US, Vikram proposes marriage to her and they decide that, if two years down, once she is back from the US, their feelings are the same, they would marry each other. They keep in touch via emails, Skype and social media.

In the US, she meets Arunabh, a PhD student and they become friends. He falls in love with her, proposes marriage and she tells him that she is in a relationship with Vikram and so cannot accept his proposal. He tells her that he would wait for her for life.

She comes back and Vikram does not seem the same.

What happens next?

My take:

The cover is beautiful, with Howrah Bridge in the background giving the reader a feel that there is some Kolkata in it. The author has beautifully described Nilanjana’s childhood and her feelings. I could feel I was walking in Kolkata with little Nilanjana and enjoying the puchkas. I even saw Delhi with Nilanjana.

The characters have been developed well. The author has given each character a strong personality, though I felt, we could have been given more details about Arunabh. Each character has his/ her own space and also an independent mind.

The language, story and narration are simple. The author has also taken up a social problem through her story.

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

Behind the Scenes by Sharmistha Shenoy

imagesHaving read the first novel of Sharmistha Shenoy wherein we were introduced to the detective Vikram Rana, I readily agreed when the author asked me whether I wanted to read and review her latest, Behind the Scenes. It is a murder mystery set in Hyderabad, Darjeeling and Kolkata in the year 2017.

We met Vikram Rana in the first book. He is a Rajput, born and brought up in Hyderabad, likes aloo parathas and masala chai and is a yoga addict. He used to be a police officer with the reputation of being tough, but fair. He quit his job and opened his own investigative agency and is still popular among his ex-colleagues especially, his immediate senior, Gopi Reddy. He has the luxury to pick and choose the cases he personally handles and leaves the mundane everyday cases to his assistants.

The Blurb:

Fading superstar of the Bengali film industry Ryan Gomez is poisoned to death while shooting for a film in the pretty hill town of Darjeeling. Sheila Dhar, the film’s beautiful female lead with whom Ryan had recently broken his engagement is the chief suspect. Sheila attempts suicide and is shifted to a hospital in Kolkata for treatment. The CID, Kolkata, takes over the investigation and the film crew is allowed to move back to the “City of Joy”.

Though revenge for the broken engagement seems the obvious motive for the murder, there are several others who had reason to wish Ryan dead. Powerful film producer Rustom, the love of whose life ended up becoming Ryan’s first wife. Screenplay writer Allan, who was in danger of being fired from the production house thanks to a public tiff with Ryan. Acclaimed film director Paddy, who was in love with Sheila. Sheila’s mother, Jaya, who was strongly opposed to her marrying Ryan. The family of Ryan’s first wife, who bear a deep grudge against him.

There are suspects galore, but the murderer has not reckoned with the tenacity of Vikram Rana.

The story:

Vikram Rana decides to take his wife on a surprise holiday to Darjeeling and then to Kolkata to her parents’ home. When in Darjeeling, he is goes to see the shooting of a film with his wife as the leading lady, Shiela Dhar, is her old friend. It is during the shooting that Ryan Gomez, a fading Bengali superstar, the hero of the film dies and Sheila and her mother are the main accused and Vikram is dragged into the case as an investigator.

Sheila tries to commit suicide and has to be sited to a hospital in Kolkata and Kolkata CBI takes over the case. Inspector Lobo from Kolkata CBI is the investigative officer.

What starts is a jigsaw puzzle with many suspects, many edges which need to be placed together to form the whole becomes a complicated maze. The suspicion moves from one character to another. And the story moves from Darjeeling to Kolkata.

Does Vikram nail the murderer or the police had framed the suspects correctly?

Read on……..

My take:

I loved the book. The story is fast paced and has been written in a way that I felt that I was Vikram Rana investigating the case. The characters are realistic and have been described well. The descriptions of the scenes are detailed and it was very easy to picturise them. The author has described Kolkata and Darjeeling in detail, that I could actually feel that I was actually there. The language is simple and easy to understand. The editing is commendable. The cover of the book is apt.

There is suspense, and there are twists and turns. Many a times I felt, so this is the culprit, but the spotlight would just move to someone else.

The end is the best, so go on read it.

DISCLAIMER: I got a free copy of the ebook from the author in exchange or an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.