RSVP by Ruchira Khanna

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I received the book RSVP by Ruchira Khanna as a review copy from the author. This book is not about the romantic love but about things that we take for granted in life. And when things change, we look for a scapegoat. The author has beautifully narrated the tale of Jay Sethi and how life changes for him twice. It is one book that made me realise a lot of things.

The blurb:

Jay Sethi, an Indian-born American, has lived with the consequences of a torn family since a teenager. After facing the effects of unrequited love and unpaid credit card bills, he settles in a small town in California from where he embarks on a cruise with his canine best friend, Yogi. He is shipwrecked and washed ashore on an island that would be nothing short of fantasy to others. There he realizes the impact of love and a lack of attachment, and through the work of a local, he is given the opportunity to visit his past.

Will Jay be able to relieve his hiccup of years?

Will the broken bridges and the seemingly permanent goodbyes remain that way?

RSVP: A novel explores the lines between reality and illusion and the significance of family.

The story:

Jay Sethi lived in India with his parents and grandparents. He was ten when his parents adopted his cousin, eleven year old Gina, who had lost her parents to a fatal car accident. And Jay and Gina have practically grown up as siblings, been each other’s best pals, had seen adversities but refuse to pour their heart out. He was very close to his dad and his dad deserted them, had given up everything, gone to the mountains and lives in solitude.

Now at 27, Jay is running his café, Got T in California, for three years having quit his corporate job, taken a loan and going back to his grass roots to get his stability because his legs were trembling due to his breakup with his fiancée Sasha  and the credit pile-up. He was bruised wickedly and all he wanted was stability and love. Jay is uncomfortable in close relationships and does not have friends except his dog and his customers.

His dog Yogi, a two year old beagle, is his best friend and for him Jay is his dad, his caretaker and Yogi is obliged to take care of him whenever the opportunity arises.

Gina Mehra, Jay’s cousin had left the town two years ago to pursue her studies in Kingston City, Jamaica despite constant no’s from his mother and their grandparents. Now she is back and her study subject for her masters is Jay. And now that she is here, Jay wants to tick off another item on his bucket list and go for a week long cruise on the Pacific. And he wants to take Yogi with him.

And he and Yogi are shipwrecked and reach and island of 30 inhabitants where nobody speaks English except Mack, and he becomes his saviour.

My take:

The cover reminded me of The Life of Pi but I loved this book more.

A beautifully written story of things we take for granted and once we do not get them we look for scapegoats.

The characters are relatable and the relationships between them is realistic. Be that between Jay and Yogi, Jay and Gina, Jay and his customers, Jay and the mysterious woman who comes for her routine food at a fixed time and even that between Jay and his mother (sometimes I felt for his mother and sometimes for him). I loved his café and could imagine myself sitting there with a cup of jay’s special tea.

The quotes at the beginning of each chapter were very apt for the particular chapter.

This book got me thinking and also thanking. One line in chapter eight kept me on the edge of the seat. You will have to read the book to see which.

A book that is a definite must read for all ages above 14 (because the little ones would not understand the depth of the book, but they would also love Yogi and his antics).

My question: will there be a sequel??

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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Spotlight: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit

 
Killer Moves
by
Varsha Dixit
 
 
 
Blurb
Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many! 

Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life. 

But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays. 

Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart? 

Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away? 

How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer? 

From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements. 
 
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About the author
 
 
Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of six successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman.Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
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Call me Saaya by Zoe M

Call me Saaya.jpgI received Call me Saaya by Zoe M as a review copy from Keemiya Creatives on behalf of the author and would like to thank them for the same. The book is the author’s debut novel and the story of Sayana (Saaya) and Shamsher.

The Blurb:

Shamsher Singh Rathore has it all. A job he loves and a life he lives every moment. Until an untimely call from home embroils him with a woman called Saaya who proceeds to turn his orderly world upside down!

The only interest Sayana Singh Rajput had in him was the prized Sheesh Haveli. She had never believed in love until destiny threw her this impossible challenge.

What do you do when all that you believed in turns out to be a lie?

Will Shamsher be able to save his world?

Will Sayana believe in love or will she allow avarice ruin it all?

What about Saaya?

What happens when desire meets destiny?

Set in idyllic Rajasthan, Call me Saaya is the story of two souls in pursuit for true love while destiny has other plans for them.

The story:

Thirty year old Shamsher Singh Rathore is a professional photographer who preferred the mountains and had spent the last five years of his life globe-trotting. An only child, he had spent five years in England after his graduation, studying photography and apprenticing with world class photographers. Six months ago, he had given up his dream of being a world known photographer and turned into a modern, organic farmer following the sudden death of his mother, who was transforming their family farm that was being transformed into an agro ecological farm,  which left both him and his father devastated.

And on the way to his mother’s village, Jhalra Patan in Rajasthan, Shamsher boards a rickety bus, after taking a train from Bombay to Bhawani Mandi  from where he boarded the bus, to go to his final destination. And he did this to experience the rustic beauty of Rajasthan. Maan Singh is his trusted confidante since childhood.and Shamsher shares a special bond with him. And he is in Rajasthan to meet his lawyer and also to locate someone, a ‘girl’, in Rajasthan.

And then he meets Saaya, who car has a burst tyre. Twenty five year old Saaya, was driving on her own, even though her father had told her not to. And he helps her change the tyre and she gives him a lift home and they become friends. She takes him sightseeing in and around.

And then he realizes that her friendship with him was done on purpose to take the possession of his mother’s haveli from him, the same haveli for which he was in the village to meet with his lawyer.

My take:

The author has set the story in Rajasthan. She has described the locations in detail and it was very easy to picturise them. The characters are relatable and realistic and have been developed well.

The language is simple and the narration flows. The story has friendship, romance, suspense, family values. The story is fast paced, and the plot has a lot of twists and turns. It is unputdownable and a page turner.  But the end was a bit abrupt.

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

Falling in Love with Cupid (A mytho-fiction Romance Series Book 1) by Rubina Ramesh

51xUV8XBCyLFalling in Love with Cupid (A mytho-fiction Romance Series Book 1) by Rubina Ramesh is a romantic story with a difference.

The blurb:

When Cupid was given the task of making Psyche fall in love with an unsuitable candidate, he had never thought that he would be that candidate. Her beauty ensnared him, and he understood for the first time what it was to fall in love.

He had two problems in front of him. No God could fall in love with a mortal and Psyche was his mother’s sworn enemy.

Psyche was beautiful but sadly it was not a boon but a curse. Men would swoon over her, but no one would dare to marry her. Then one day she felt she was turning mad as she imagined a presence near her. It was casting a spell of passion around her and she couldn’t help but fall in love with that shadow. She knew it was a figment of her imagination, yet that pull was hard to resist. She couldn’t see him, yet he had captured her heart. Who would believe her and when she came to know that it was her destiny, she decided to surrender to her fate.

When two unlikely souls fall in love, it’s because the Gods have a plan in action. But the question is how much are these two lovers ready to give up to get their love?

The story:

Venus is very angry, her anger has reached its peak and her maidens in attendance approach Jupiter to help them calm her as her temper is out to destroy their world. So Jupiter calls out to two people, who he knows, have reasons to poison the life of Venus- his wife, Juno, because Venus competed with her in beauty and Mars, who was in love with her but could not marry her. Mars confesses that he had something to do with it.

Mars had played a trick on her by creating a creature as beautiful as Venus, born to the king in whose kingdom Venus’s temple grandly sits. The girl is Psyche, the youngest daughter of the King and is the main reason that the people are flocking outside her palace rather than the Temple of Venus.

So now Jupiter has a plan and to make the plan work, he has to make use of Venus’s situation and he decides to play the devil’s advocate and enters Venus’s household as an old maid. But Venus sees through him and together they decide that the only way the goddess can seek her revenge is by punishing Psyche.

So, Venus’s son, the God of love, Cupid, is assigned the task of making Psyche fall in love with him and then abandon her. So she would lead the rest of her life lamenting for her lost love and never bother the Goddess again.

But Cupid does not know what he should do, seek revenge for his mother or go with his heart.

My take:

The author has portrayed the Gods like us lesser mortals and even described their feelings. The emotions of the Gods have been described in detail. Some scenes have been vividly described and I could see them play right in front of my eyes. I could visualize a beautiful Venus in her white gown, just pushing everything on her dressing table onto the floor (like they show in the Hindi movies).

At the beginning of the story, I felt how this story would unfold, because giving a fictional feel to the characters who are Gods is a very daunting task, because the reader has to unlearn and then read, and Rubina has done an excellent job. And once I started reading the story, I was drawn into it and felt that this is what the characters were like.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced, full of emotions, parental love, sibling love, jealousy, spite, hatred and anger.

I am early waiting for the next book in the series.

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.

The MoneyLender: tales from a small town in South India by Manju Nambiar

41Nfj9V9XELThe Money Lender: Tales from a small town in South India is the debut book of the author Manju Nambiar. It is a collection of four short stories set in a small town in Kerala in Southern India.

The Blurb:

“I am a money lender by profession and belong to a small town in the Southern State of Kerala in India. I help people financially in their times of need, and demand exorbitant interest rates in return. I love money. I think the world revolves around money. Money is one thing that can bring happiness, peace, tranquility to my life. As I spent all my life dealing with money and people who yearn for it, I get to hear several interesting tales about the fascinating people around me. So I compiled few of such amusing stories for my readers. These stories reflect our town, our way of living, our thoughts and priorities and our deepest innermost fears.”

The book is a collection of short stories, narrated through the eye of a small town money lender. As the story unfolds, we see how the money lender gets involved in the town’s problems and provide solutions in the most humorous and practical manner.

My take:

The stories have been written in first person from the point of view of the moneylender who lives in a small town called Gulf town somewhere in Kerala. This is town is named so as almost every house in the town has one member working in the Gulf. This person is unique in the sense that he hands out free advice also.

Though the format is short stories, but the characters are well developed and realistic. One character is a brick maker, another is a mother in law, there is a maths professor who weighs everything in numbers and there is this spoilt son of his parents who goes to Germany to be his girlfriend.

The language is simple and the stories have been narrated very well. There is humour and some satire as well.

Mission Superstar by M V Kasi

41WL+psBZ1LMission Superstar by M.V. Kasi is one story I read and enjoyed a lot.

The blurb:

DJ, aka Mr. Perfectionist, is one of the biggest movie stars with millions of fans all over the world.

To prepare for his upcoming movie role of a police officer, DJ geared up for research. He was prepared in every way to shadow a real police officer during the fieldwork. But what he was totally unprepared for—was to find out that his assigned mentor is a woman.
DJ is unusually fascinated and strongly attracted to the beautiful police officer. But unfortunately, his mentor is not only NOT impressed by his money, looks or stardom, she has made it quite clear that she considers him as nothing but trouble!

Can DJ win the heart of the beautiful but stubborn cop?

A HOT, SWEET & PASSIONATE LOVE STORY.

The story:

Shilpa Dasani is a cop, a staunch feminist who is very serious about her work. One day, she is called by her boss and given a mission for a period of sixty says and the mission is to mentor DJ, Dhruv Jagannath, the biggest and the most famous superstar in India, and prepare him for a role for his new movie.

For the project, Shilpa has to sign a non-disclosure agreement and the worst part is that DJ would shadow her everywhere, even when she is on a case.

DJ’s mother was a brilliant actor and DJ followed her footsteps. Neeru Thadani, his manager, was his mother’s agent before she took him on as her client, and is very protective about him. So are Viren and Shiv, his personal bodyguards, who are also his friends.

Shilpa is irritated and she barely noticed his existence and DJ is not jut fascinated by her but also attracted to her. So where does this leave them…..

My take:

A sweet romantic story with realistic characters. The plot is so essentially Bollywood but I think that’s what worked for the story, given that a superstar is the main protagonist.

The author has beautifully created the characters and as a reader, I could understand them and their predicaments. The back story of the characters has been developed well.

The language is simple and easy to understand. I loved the pace of the story and the action packed scenes. It was like watching a movie playing before me. The descriptions are detailed and beautifully done.

It is undoubtedly an unputdownable book. Highly recommended.

So pick up a cup of coffee and download the book and start…..

Rhythm Of Love by Nivedita Verdula

51WI4gTmKAL.jpgI borrowed the book, Rhythm Of Love by Nivedita Verdula, from Kindle Unlimited.

The blurb:

Esha comes from a background where being bad is an unforgivable sin. But being good means living a restricted life, and making many sacrifices in order to follow all the accepted social norms.

After graduation, she moves to Mumbai and discovers a whole new life.
During her struggles to find a job, she meets Siddharth, a start-up owner, who employs her as his assistant. Life is good until one mistake changes the course of her life.

Can this one misunderstanding destroy all her efforts and dreams?

Find out how Esha struggles to overcome the misconceptions of good and bad, and how she survives to fulfill all her dreams in Rhythm of Love.

Indian Love story with happy ending.

The story:

Esha lives with her mother in a small town. Her mother is strict and over protective and as a result, Esha is restricted to the confines of her home and college. Having a ‘good girl’ image is important to her mother. Lucky is her best friend but she has to break her friendship with Lucky at the behest of her mother, but Lucky tells her to let her know if she wants anything.

After Esha completes her graduation, her mother tells her to take up a job after graduation and do part time studies as this would be economically beneficial for their family. So, Esha moves to Mumbai to live with her uncle, but flees from his house seeing his behavior. Fortunately, Lucky is in Mumbai and Esha runs away to her house. She gets a job in a startup

Siddharth Mehta, the owner of the startup is the only other person who works in the company. His goal is to bring Indian handloom to the forefront of the world and if it does not work out in five years, he would join the family business. All is well at the company, but Esha has to leave the job due to a misunderstanding.

My take:

The cover is beautiful. The book has been written in simple easy to understand English. The narration has been done very well and the scenes have been described in detail, I could actually visualize them. The book is fast paced.

The characters have been developed well. I could feel for Esha but I could also understand her mother’s insecurities. As for Siddharth’s parents, maybe being rich, they had no insecurities.

This story is about parental insecurities, parental love, friendship and love. I loved the story and would want to read more from her.