When love finds you by Yashodhara Lal

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When Love Finds You is the latest book by Yashodhara Leal. It is the story of Natasha Patnaik, a thirty something girl. The story is set in the corporate world.

The blurb:

Natasha is a badass boss. Just how badass? She can make a grown man cry, whip a team into shape, meet her targets – and she won’t take any bullshit, period. Of course, getting the job done is never enough for a woman in a man’s world. When it’s time for her promotion, she’s passed over for Rishabh – a smarmy rake who apparently has ‘people skills’. He knows just how to push her buttons and it’s driving her up the wall. Then there’s the very desirable Nikhil, whose quiet self-assurance and distracting dimple only seem to complicate things at the office. With a crotchety old neighbour, an unrelenting friend and a tumultuous family history in the mix, Natasha is suddenly beginning to find that everything she’s ignored in the pursuit of success is coming back to haunt her.

But don’t worry. She’s bringing her A-game. She always does.

The story:

Natasha Patnaik, 35, Vice President at BizTech heads the sales department. She is a workaholic and a fitness freak. She is considered Hitler by her juniors because all she talks about is numbers, outputs and figures. She is negative, not considerate, and her nature is such that no one wants to get close to her. She is single, has no reason to cling to anyone, and does not want to allow herself another so called relationship as she believes that marriage would not work for her. She is not close to her mother and does not have a friend. She has even been growing apart from her school friend, Priya. Mrs Chopra is her cantankerous  neighbor.

Her boss pretty supportive, but suddenly one day, he introduces another new person, Rishabh Sethi, who would be her new boss, because she lacks people’s skills. She is upset, not only because of Rishabh’s nature and attitude but also because he megalomaniac.

There is also another new person in the office, Nikhil Katre, Vice President, Innovations, who is also a single father, who has a seven year old daughter, Tisha. He has a terrific sense of humour and Natasha a sense of warm admiration for his strength, spirit, positivity, empathy and curiosity. They become friends.

My take:

The book is in three parts, and talks about the change in Natasha’s nature and how she is the way she is. Her character has been developed in detail. The story has been written in simple English and the flow is good. The names of the chapters are interesting and the book is fast paced. Some parts of the book are funny. I loved Mrs Chopra’s antics and how Natasha dealt with them. The author has also discussed about the issues women face at a work place, how difficult it is for them to get accepted.

It is good for a one time read.

 

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Spotlight: THE UNTOLD STORY by Ridhi Drolia

 

 
THE UNTOLD STORY
by
Ridhi Drolia
 
 
Blurb
 
Love comes in different forms. But in all its forms, it comes with various challenges. Only those who can combat those challenges are true lovers. 
 
The Untold Story is the tale of Vihaan and Riaa. Vihaan falls for Riaa’s charms at first sight and brings to her life crazy adventures and madness. They soon emerge as two hearts with one soul and their intimate fantasies begin to unravel in exotic places. 
 
Their bond experience more downs than ups. These unexpected twists and turns bring Vihaan and Riaa closer and their romantic tale turn into one of lifetime bonding. 
 
The story takes a drastic turn after the lovely couple is blessed with a baby boy. It should be a joyous moment, but instead, haunting memories of Vihaan’s own childhood break out as a fresh wound in his mind. 
 
Read the novel to know what could make a father unhappy in the happiest moment of his life and how he combats his fear. 
 
Caution: The story is totally addictive and may arouse your sexual urge.


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“The passion of writing is deep rooted in my blood. 

 

 

 

After completing my Global Business Management certification from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, I joined hands with a few of my friends to start my first venture. 

 

 

 

 

Post my stint with the venture, I engaged myself in my lovely family life and now I present to you the author in me.”

 

 

 

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Let’s Have Coffee by Parul A. Mittal

ArtworksI received Let’s Have Coffee by Parul A. Mittal as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications and would like to thank them for the same. This book is the story of Meha, a wedding planner based in Gurgaon.

The Blurb:

Working as an assistant wedding planner at an ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Meha encounters the delectably handsome wedding photographer, Samir. Conceited and a flirt, Samir reveals that the bride happens to be his ex. Meeting coincidentally at their ex’s wedding, Meha and Samir feel an inexplicable connect. But when Meha finds out that Samir is using their relationship only as experiential material for his novel, she leads him to believe that he means nothing to her. Their chapter closes.
Will she find the forever-wala love in a world where relationships can be as brief as the messages we send each other and where we are spoilt for choices just like the screensaver on our phone?
An interesting take on relationships in our times, Let’s Have Coffee is funny and witty, warm and wonderfully realistic love story.

The story:

22 year old Meha Sagar, a graduate in English literature wants to do something different than being a journalist. Having always loved weddings and watching the wedding procession pass through from the balcony of her house since she was a little girl, she interns with Dream Wedding Planners Inc. and the first wedding she is planning turns out to be the beach wedding of Deepak, her so called ex-boyfriend, at Goa. At 18, she had fallen in love with Deepak, a handsome, rich graduate out of a romantic novel, the elder brother of her best friend, Anusha’s, boyfriend.

Her elder sister Tanu, eight years older to her is a smart, brainy, IITian who is married and her advisor on most of the things. Her father is a religious person who feels that if you want to go near water, you should go to Haridwar and not Goa.

At Deepak’s wedding, she meets Samir Singhal, an amateur photographer whose passion is capturing beauty on camera. He is at the wedding to take pictures as the bride is his ex-girlfriend and his pictures bring out the real woman in her.

He calls her Senorita, they become friends and share an amicable relationship at the wedding. She sees notes made on his phone and feels that he is using her for a book and leaves him a note telling him not to contact her, changes her phone number so that he cannot contact her.

Five years later, Meha owns a start-up ‘Tying a Knot’ which is nine months old and also is a proposal designer. She stays in Gurgaon, shares a flat with Mansi Luthra, Production Manager at her previous company and her BFF. Counting her money every morning has become a part of her daily routine and she is in need of work to make ends meet.

Neeta Jain, NetGen, is the food expert, menu designer and digital marketing in charge at her start up. NetGen tells her that they can also go the digital way like KISS, KnotsInShotS, another startup. When they look it up, she realizes that Samir is one of the founders.

She gets a project, meets Samir, the project gets goofed up and she needs money to get out of the mess. Samir and she decide to enter a reality show as a live in couple and need to fake the romance so that she can win the show. Their arrangement is excessively knotty. Even today her heart flutters at the sight of Samir Singhal’s name, which she has saved as Samsung Do Not XCall. Five years ago, he was stupid enough to think she was the one.

My take:

At the outset, the cover is beautiful. The story is simple with a lot of twists and turns. The language is simple and the book is fast paced. The names of the chapters are interesting. The characters are realistic and relatable. There are a lot of funny dialogues, some very cute moments in the book and a virtual boyfriend to keep us entertained. Meha’s mind jokey (MJ) has a song relevant to the situation and the lyrics have been written in such a way that I was humming the song as I was reading the book.

I loved the part where Meha, her father and her sister are solving the Sunday crossword and racing to finish it. The book has been written mostly in first person from Meha’s point of view. At some places it is in third person. The author has described the feelings of both the characters.

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Overall, I loved the book.

 

So let’s have Coffee, the real one………

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.

 

 

 

Spotlight: Snowbound by Oliver Lafont

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SNOWBOUND
by
Olivier Lafont
 
 
 
Blurb
Christmas is dying. 
 
The last Santa Claus had triplets who each inherited a portion of his father’s power, and that split is now tearing apart the soul of Christmas. 
 
Niccolo Vecchio, the eldest, has fortified the North Pole into a citadel of ice and metal. 
 
Santini, the middle brother, is in hiding somewhere in the Mediterranean. 
 
The youngest brother, Niccolo Piccolo, is raising legions to reclaim his inheritance. 
 
Two of the triplets will have to renounce their claim in the next forty-eight hours, or this Christmas will be the last one ever. 
 
And it’s up to Adam, underachieving teenager sub-ordinaire, and his brand new jock bully Zach to make that happen…
 
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About the author
 
 
 
Olivier Lafont is a French author, screenplay writer, and actor living in Paris. 
 
His novel ‘Warrior’ was published by Penguin Random House, and was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. He has just released his new contemporary romance novel ‘Sweet Revenge’ exclusively on Kindle. ‘Purgatory: The Gun of God’ is a fantasy novelette published in South Africa. 
 
Lafont has written a number of feature film scripts before. The first film he wrote opened at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win seven awards at film festivals worldwide. 
 
As an actor Lafont has acted in Hollywood and Indian films, in TV serials, and in over 80 television commercials. He acted in ‘3 Idiots’, one of India’s all-time blockbuster hits, the critically-acclaimed ‘Guzaarish’, and the Lifetime film ‘Baby Sellers’, amongst other films. 
 
Lafont graduated with two degrees in acting and writing from Colgate University, USA, with academic distinction. 

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Busting Cliches by Mahevash Shaikh

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There are so many times that we read/ hear about many clichés and think little about them. ‘Busting Cliches by Mahevash Shaikh’ is a book where the author has dissected 20 cliches on the basis of her personal experience. She also mentions that some of them are out dated. I received the book a review copy from the author and The Book Club. I am thankful to the author for the same
The Blurb (from Goodreads which tempted me to read the book):
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Blood is thicker than water
Time heals all wounds
Who hasn’t grown up with clichés?
Clichés have been around forever and everybody uses them from time to time. In fact, we learn a lot of them at English class in the form of proverbs and sayings. And that’s a good thing, because a lot of clichés are power-packed with wise advice and rules to live by.
However, trouble brews when they are generalized, taken literally or misinterpreted due to popular notion. These overused statements then become limiting beliefs that negatively influence our thoughts, choices and decisions.
This book examines 20 commonly misunderstood clichés – the ones we all learned in school. Full of cartoons, popular music references and personal experiences of famous and non-famous folks, it will help you truly live life your way
My take:
At the beginning of the book, the author has mentioned that each of the 20 cliches in the book are on the basis of personal experience, though some of them are out-dated. The book has a typical format. The author starts dissecting each cliché with an ‘intended meaning’, followed by the ‘misunderstood version’ and then a popular song in the ‘popular music reference’. This is followed by a simple illustration which tries to convey the meaning of the topic. Then the ‘takeaway’, where in the author has tried to explain in detail about the saying from her own perspective. This is followed by ‘they said it’ which is a line or two from a famous person on the same cliché. ‘they experienced it’ is an article by a known or an unknown person on the same cliché. This is followed by ‘think’, a blank page for the readers to put their thoughts.
She has wrapped up the book by asking the reader to write some clichés which get to them and what they are going to do about them.
The book is a total of 183 pages with blank pages for thoughts and other stuff which the reader can write. Though there are many blank pages and many with illustrations, the actual written matter is only approximately 130 pages and it took me many days to finish the book.
At the end of the book the author has referenced the music that she has mentioned in each of the clichés and some reading and watching recommendations.
The language is simple and easily understandable but what it portrays is very deep. Each cliché got me thinking. My favourite being ‘Practice makes Perfect’.
The book is such that one can read again and again but if we read one cliché at a time, it becomes more enjoyable. I loved the book and am waiting for more from the author.

Disclaimer : I have received this book as a review copy from the author and have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

 

Book Blitz: IF YOU NEVER TRY, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW by Sahil Mehta

 

IF YOU NEVER TRY, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW
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Sahil Mehta
 
 
 
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Robin, who gets inspired by his mother to become a musician, is forced by his father to pursue the education needed to join their family business. This compels him to leave home at the age of eighteen to follow his dreams. In few months of independent living, his over-ambitious dreams turn into an obsession, which gets even more intense when he falls into a drug addiction, and mysteriously unleashes a new side to his life.
 
During this journey, he meets Aisha. They talk, play and fall in love. Her exquisite beauty defines the melody of his musical journey as they both fall deep in love with each other. But Robin’s obsession with his dream and a struggling career become an obstacle in their relationship. Is their love strong enough to overcome complexities?
 
During these tumultuous times, Robin’s flat mate Jordan begins to motivate him to follow his heart. Jordan becomes his philosopher and guru but not for very long-what makes Robin lose trust in him? Discover how he finds a spiritual path after being disheartened during his struggle to achieve success.
Amidst the ups and downs in his career, love and life, find out what destiny holds for Robin. Will he find success in music industry or will he end up joining his father’s business? Experience a thrilling story that will inspire you to believe in your love and dreams.
 
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Sahil Mehta was born and raised in India, and is currently living in the beautiful city of Seattle. Inspired by the power of words, emotions and various life experiences, he naturally gravitated towards writing. If You Never Try, You Will Never Know is his first book, and its story-line is influenced by his childhood dreams. Currently, he is working on a story, based on the characters and places he came across during his stay in the USA. Apart from writing, Sahil enjoys fitness-related activities and listening to music.

 

 
         

 

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A Lot like Love…a li’l like chocolate by Sumrit Shahi

a lot like loveI received A Lot like Love…a li’l like chocolate by Sumrit Shahi as a review copy from Writersmelon and would like to thank the publisher and Writersmelon for the same. This book is the story of two eighteen year olds spread across a span of two years from 4 May 2009 to 1 August 2011.

The blurb:

A Lot Like Love…. is not a love story. It’s almost like one. Shadab and Arnika meet in school and eventually get in a relationship. Soon, their worlds revolved around each other. But life takes a different turn when they have to move to different cities, be apart from each other, miles away.

The pressure of distance forces Arnika and Shadab to re-evaluate their relationship. Can their romance endure the strain of time and distance? Can they fight all odds to be together?

A Lot Like Love…..A Li’l Like Chocolate, packed with fun moments, decodes the idea of love in the modern world and how its definition has changed over time.

The story:

Arnika Sinha, the daughter of Nishi Sinha, a celebrated National theatre artist and bestselling author, shifts base to Chandigarh alongwith her mother as her grandmother is alone. In Chandigarh, she gets admitted to Class XII of J.W.S High School because of her glorious academic record, some debating wins an her mother’s influence. In the school, she meets handsome Shadab Parvez, the president of the theatre and debating club who also happens to be her classmate.

So Arnika becomes the seventh member in the closed group of Shadab, Ritesh, Alisha, Bani, Vasu and Sudhir, all students of Class XII.

She is bold, fearless, outspoken. Love, commitment have never been a priority for her, because of her parents ‘separation when she was eleven. She is career oriented. For her, Shadab is a good friend, a debating partner. But he is a rich flirt who knows how to woo girls.

They become friends, add each other on Facebook, progress to becoming best friends and sharing each other’s Facebook passwords. This is followed by going out for movies, drives, sneaking out late in the night…… and then they are a couple in a relationship.

Then come the exams, both of them do well and get admissions into different colleges in different countries. She, in President George Institute for International Law and Public Relations, New York and he in Bachelors of Theatre Arts, Hansraj College DU and National School of Drama.

They decide to give their long distance relationship a chance, fixing timings on Skype, messaging each other on BBM (there was no Whatsapp those days). They even make a list of do’s and don’ts.

Does their relationship survive the distance?

My take:

The story has been written in a simple language which is easily understandable. The story moves fast and I finished the book in one setting.

The characterisation left a lot to be desired and also the way he has portrayed eighteen year olds gave me the shivers, has this generation reached that level?

The story has all the elements, romance, arguments, use of technology and friendship.

Each chapter has a line giving away what is to follow. The end could have been made better.

Overall, read the book if you want to read something just to pass your time and want to just zone-out.

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review