Release Day Blitz: The Sinners by Sourabh Mukherjee

The Sinners by Sourabh Mukherjee

~ Release Day Blitz ~

12th November

 
The Sinners by Sourabh Mukherjee
 
 
About the Book:

Vikram Oberoi is found dead in his penthouse. A few hours ago, his involvement in a sex scandal in NexGen Technologies made headlines across the world.



Who is behind the sinister conspiracy that destroyed Vikram Oberoi, the philandering India Head of NexGen? Rivals within and outside the firm? One of his many jilted lovers or the miffed wife? A mysterious conspirator laying out honey traps to sabotage his plans? Or, is it the ghost of a sinful past that continues to haunt the Oberois?



The Sinners is a fast-paced thriller with a shocking twist that unravels against the backdrop of corporate warfare, illicit relationships and ruthless seduction games.


 
 
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Read an Excerpt:
Agastya picked up the call from a private number after the third
ring, taking his eyes off the monitor in front of him.
“Is this Agastya Bakshi?”
“Yes… who’s this?”
“Agastya, my apologies for calling you late. I assure you this won’t
take too long. But, we need to talk in private. Where are you right now?” The
male voice at the other end of the line sounded authoritative. Agastya could
not recall having heard the voice earlier.
Agastya looked around the near-empty office and said, “I am at
work, but we can talk. Not too many people around at this time of the night.” His
curiosity, by this time, was at its peak.
It was past eleven. It was the third time that week that Agastya had
to work through the night. Hired a couple of years back, his work as an engineer
in the Network and Systems Division of NexGen kept him rooted in front of
computer screens through his days and very often, his nights. Agastya did not
have much of a social life. A clumsy desk littered with pizza crumbs, empty cartons
and soda cans, and a paunch growing at an alarming rate – that was what his life
had been reduced to. But, he did not complain. Agastya loved his job.
“Great! Then let’s talk business. I’m sorry I cannot disclose my
name. I belong to a private investigation agency that’s currently looking into
the dealings of the company you are working for. There are reports of certain
financial irregularities in the business.”
Agastya sat up straight in his chair.
“Okay! But, what – what do you want from me?” Agastya asked tentatively. “I work in Network and Systems. I
don’t think you have the right number!”
“Agastya, I know who I am talking to,” there was an almost
imperceptible hint of annoyance in the voice of the man at the other end of the
line. He went on, “We need access to the e-mail accounts of some of the top
guys in your company to check their correspondences. And I’ve been told that you
are the right man for the job.”
Agastya took a sip of the cola that had already gone flat.
“Why – why me? You can
speak to my Manager in the morning. He -“
The voice at the other end of the line did not let him finish.
“Agastya, this is a covert operation and we are a private agency.
We cannot turn up at your office with an order to gain access to these
accounts. Also, right now, we’re not sure how many of the big guys are involved
and in what ways. For all you know, your boss – the Systems Manager you are
referring to – might as well be a party! Let’s not forget that, he has access
to all records of transactions. We do not want anyone getting alert and
tampering with the data we are looking for. We cannot risk exposure. It’ll take
us some time to complete the basic investigation. And I’d really appreciate
your cooperation while we are at it. Once we have enough evidence at our
disposal, we will make this official.”
Agastya thought for a few minutes. The whole thing could be a
hoax, for all it’s worth!
“Look… how do I trust you?”
“I knew you’re going to ask, Agastya. We’ll be completely
transparent with you. One of my agents will get in touch with you. You’ll be
working with her. I want you to hand over the details to her in person. This is for reasons of
safety. And also, to make sure that you put faces to names. We want to win your
trust and make sure that you are
comfortable working with us because, as I said, this investigation isn’t going
to get over in a day. We’ll need to work together for a while.”
“I – I’ll need to think this through. What’s in it for me?”
“We’ll most certainly compensate for your time and your
cooperation. And I can assure you that, you will have no reason to complain
about the money. Don’t worry about that,” the voice sounded reassuring. Agastya
did a quick mental calculation of the remaining EMIs for his new car. Almost at
the same time, the full front-page advertisement of the upcoming apartment complex
in South Mumbai flashed before his eyes.
The voice continued, “So I gather we’re good to go here, right?”
Agastya mumbled an uncertain “Well…”
The voice did not seem to care.
“Thanks for your co-operation, Agastya. Ruchika will get in touch
with you shortly. Have a good rest of the night at work.” The man hung up.
Agastya looked disbelievingly at his phone. Agastya wondered if he
should call someone and discuss. The next moment, he decided against it. The
man did sound like he meant business. And, in any case, Agastya was the one in
charge. He was the one who had access to the data the agency was asking for. He
was willing to give it a shot if the money was good. If, at any point in time,
he had any reason to doubt the authenticity of the agency, he could always step
back. Maybe even report the guy to appropriate authorities. He could always
make an honest confession.
He put the phone down on his desk and went back to monitoring the
data backup jobs. In a couple of minutes, his phone buzzed.
“Hey, this is Ruchika” – said the Whatsapp message.

About the Author:

Sourabh is the author of two psychological thriller novels The Colours of Passion: Unravelling Dark Secrets behind the Limelight (Readomania) and  In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller (Srishti Publishers and Distributors); Romance Shorts, a collection of dark-romance short stories; a 2-part series Beyond 22 Yards (Srishti Publishers and Distributors) on stories of Love and Crime from the world of cricket and a 7-part series of short stories titled It’s All About Love (Srishti Publishers and Distributors). The titles in the series are The Gift, The Cookery Show and a Love Story, A Special Day, Masks, An Autumn Turmoil, The Hunt, The Death Wish.



A keen observer of human behaviour and cultural diversities, Sourabh loves travelling and has travelled widely across five continents. An avid reader of fiction, Sourabh is equally passionate about photography, movies and music.


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Still Loved…Still Missed! : The Myriad Hues of Souls by Mridula

still loved.jpgI received the book Still Loved…Still Missed! : The Myriad Hues of Souls by Mridula as a review copy from the author. And am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

“Still loved…Still missed! The myriad hues of souls” is a collection of 14 short stories and a poem. These stories span characters and emotional states with canny details that touch the depths of your soul. Picturing the complexities of love, misery and mystery, the stories try to gnaw your heart like never before.

What does a flower teach us we often fail to see?

“The belly is an ungrateful wretch.” Is it true?

Once Tasha obtains a treasure in her garden, what happens next?

Ever wondered about the sparseness and illusions in life?

Does death put an end to true love?

Have all the ascetics won over their emotions?

With the power of simple language, this book transports the readers to a world scarcely thought of in our bustling lives. The allegories maintain an intense rhythm of life prompting the readers to perceive things from a unique angle.
“A whole bookful to make you think, cry, think again and move on.”

My take:

This book is a collection of 14 short stories and poem written in simple language. These stories have been written from the perspective of humans, animals and different things. These stories are about sepals, a bamboo coracle, a mother, a girl who wanted to be a paraglider, a person who loves the fall season, about a person who should not get distracted while crossing a pass, a sanyaasin, a little girl who is close to her grandmother, a story of two friends and hunger, a person who writes to his departed wife about their daughter’s wedding, a lady who is a nature lover and who gave up the fortunes to be an environmentalist and about a person who won the award offered by multinational company and still is not happy and another story about an old person who has a hate-love relationship with the winter night. The poem is beautiful and needs to be read to enjoy the beauty.

All stories have different theme and can be read easily, one story at a time. Almost all these stories are short and all carry a deep meaning. The language is simple and all the stories have beautifully developed characters. Some stories really touched my heart and there some stories which I felt it could be developed into longer ones. The author’s inside into a lot many things has been beautifully depicted in the book. I hope to read more stories from this author.

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.

Loving you Twice (Jasmine Villa Book 2) by Andaleeb Wajid

510o3QJz6qL._SY346_.jpgLoving you Twice (Jasmine Villa Book 2) by Andaleeb Wajid is the second book of The Jasmine Villa Series and can be read as a standalone. This book is the story of Ana and Luqman.

The blurb:

Ana Hasan has never given much thought to love and is focused on her new job. She keeps her feelings closely guarded and is good at pretending that everything is fine, even when it isn’t. When she finds herself seated next to Luqman Ahmed on an international flight, she knows why has avoided men like him all her life. But she also remembers everything that had drawn him to her the previous times she met him.

Luqman is tired of travelling for his job and is seriously considering relocating to the US. But his plans go awry when he’s seated next to his friend Ayub’s sister-in-law Ana. He considers himself lucky to get some time talking to pretty Ana whose eyes have always captivated him from the moment he met her for the first time.

It isn’t too long until they discover their feelings for each other but Luqman is travelling to the US and by the time he returns, their lives are thrown far apart and brought dangerously close at the same time. Will they be able to get back their love for each other again? Will they survive the double whammy that fate has planned for them?

Loving you Twice is the second romance in the Jasmine Villa series by Andaleeb Wajid, author of acclaimed novels such as More than Just Biryani, My Brother’s Wedding, The Crunch Factor and House of Screams.

The story:

Ana Hasan works as a behavioural counsellor at an international school and has been selected to represent her school at a conference in Kuala Lumpur. Her older sister, Tehzeeb, now happily married with a six-month old baby, convinces their father to allow her to go for the conference. As it is her first flight, Ana is nervous. And she is surprised to see Luqman, her brother-in-law’s best friend come and occupy the seat next to her, and he helps her overcome her fear of flying and they get talking.

Luqman is the youngest of three brothers and is the black sheep of the family as he works as a software developer with a top IT firm in Bangalore, while his older brothers are in property business. He is going to San Francisco on a three-week project.

One day, Ana’s father says that there is a proposal for Ana from Farhaan, who happens to be Luqman’s oldest brother. Ana is the good one, the one with moral compass, the grounded one and she decides to marry him for her father’s happiness and put Luqman out of her mind. Meeting Ana for the fourth time, Luqman is struck by her decisiveness, clarity and beauty.

And once he comes to know of the impending wedding, he takes the next flight back to Bangalore but fate has something else in store. Luqman meets with an accident and has short term memory loss.

My take:

The story takes off right after the first book in the series. The characters from the previous two books make regular appearances in the story and I could feel the continuity between the two books. More so, because I binge read the series in three days.

As with all her books, the characters are realistic and relatable and even the secondary characters have important roles to play. The scenes are well described, and so are the emotions. There is love, romance, friendship and drama. The language is simple and easy to follow. And the story is fast paced and that makes the book unputdownable.

 

 

The Weight of a Cherry Blossom by Shruti Buddhavarapu

31ls+I+xnWL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book, The Weight of a Cherry Blossom by Shruti Buddhavarapu, as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

If you took a map and pinned each city I’ve lived in, I’d exist somewhere in the tautness of the string attaching one point to the other.

If a life is lived across many homes—from balmy Chennai to muggy Mumbai, the crackling expansiveness of Delhi to the breath-taking splendour of Vancouver in spring—where do you truly belong? If you are constantly on the move, is home just what customs can clear? And how do you find love, in the middle of it all, when you do not or cannot stay in one city long enough?

Funny, poignant and reflective, the weight of a Cherry blossom is a fable of rootlessness and belonging in the modern world. It is equal parts a story of urban loneliness and self-discovery, and of the healing powers of kinship and love. Revisiting the awkwardness of adolescence and the chaos of growing up, it looks the foibles of adulthood irreverent in the eye.

Tracing the powerful patterns of family, friendship, storytelling, fear, love and loss from her childhood to the teetering end of her twenties, Shruti Buddhavarapu takes you through the embarrassing yet affirming adventures of a life lived with one’s heart on one’s sleeve—through illness, despair and joy.

My take:

This book talks about Shruti- from her birth, her childhood, her fears, her parents, her grandparents, her uncles and aunts, her brother, her cousins, and her feelings through it all. It talks about her relationships with her family and also about her family moving from one place to another and how she felt uprooted every time they moved and how she never had best friends. It talks about her love for books and also her illness and how she tried coping with it.

This is one book which has been written from the heart. I could see little Shruti weaving stories, young Shruti and little Varun and Shruti in Canada trying to map her ways. I could see her trying to adjust to her school and I could visualise her travelling across the continents and cities. I could see little Varun in the orange sweater touching four year old Shruti’s cheeks and I could see Shruti spending time with her grandmother after her Tatha’s passing away. I could see Shruti suffer from PCOS and shuffling from one doctor to another in search of treatment.

It is an introspection, a well written memoir describing her inner feelings. The descriptions are detailed, be it her feelings or be it the scenes. The language is simple and the book is funny at times too. The book is divided in two parts, Weight and Weightlessness and the names of the chapters are different.

Highly recommended, with a request to start from chapter one and then read the prologue and introduction once you are midway, it becomes more interesting.

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.

 

One Way to Love (Jasmine Villa Series Book 1) by Andaleeb Wajid

510U0vwhr1L.jpgOne Way to Love (Jasmine Villa Series Book 1) by Andaleeb Wajid is one book that I borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited Library. This the first book in the Jasmine Villa series.

The blurb:

Tehzeeb Hasan lives in the quaint Jasmine Villa in Bangalore with her father Yusuf and her sisters Ana and Athiya. Their rundown little house is no villa but Tehzeeb loves it dearly. Not too keen on marriage, she hopes to work for a few more years in an NGO before her father succumbs to one of the many inevitable proposals sent by nosy aunties. A chance meeting with an old friend Yusuf brings home, results in a marriage proposal for Tehzeeb who is reluctant and wary.

Young, handsome architect Ayub Ahmed is one of the most eligible bachelors of the city and he is not interested in getting married either, until he meets beautiful Tehzeeb. Their vastly different backgrounds do not matter until after they get married and Tehzeeb realises that she’s expected to be a perfect bahu, dressed in flowy ghagras, and wearing jewellery at all times. Stifled by the numerous vapid parties she attends with her mother-in-law, she yearns to break free.

Will Tehzeeb go too far in her quest for her own identity amidst the well-coiffed ladies who lunch? Will her love be enough to overcome the sense of betrayal Ayub feels over her actions? Tehzeeb and Ayub’s story, One Way to Love is the first in the Jasmine Villa series, a romance novel series by Andaleeb Wajid.

The story:

Tehzeeb Hassan lives with her father and younger sisters, Ana and Athiya in Bangalore. Their father, an accountant, bought the house ‘Jasmine Villa’ decades ago with the intention of demolishing this house and making a new one but this was not to be as the land was under dispute and also the expenses on lawyers and their mother’s illness. They lost their mother a six years ago when they were 16, 15 and 14 years old respectively. The sisters are very close and share everything with each other.

Tehzeeb works as an accountant for an NGO and her sisters are still in college.  One day, their father’s college friend comes home with a proposal that Tehzeeb marries his son, Ayub Ahmed, an architect. She is not interested in getting married immediately because she wants to continue working and helping people but her father tells her that this proposal is better than those he is fending off for quite some tome and that she should give him a chance. The girls are surprised at this sudden proposal from a stranger and Tehzeeb decides to see for herself and decide whether there is some problem with Ayub.

Ayub Ahmed, 28, is being forced by his father to hire his friend’s daughter as his assistant and has set up a meeting with her at a coffee shop so that Ayub can see whether the girl is qualified and suitable for the job. And Ayub and Tehzeeb meet at a coffee shop and agree to marriage after an initial confusion.

Ayub is surprised at his father’s choice of bride. Tehzeeb’s family is not as rich as they are, his mother has no idea and his father is already planning the wedding dates. But his father has his reasons which he reveals to Ayub and they keep it a secret between them. Tehzeeb is scared, she likes Ayub’s sister, but his mother is different.

My take:

Usually, a book on romance finishes when the lead pair confesses their love to each other and then everything ends happily ever after with an epilogue in some book. But this love story is different. Her, a girl and boy meet, they fall in love, they get married and the love story and family life move in parallel.

I loved the characters, Tehzeeb, for her independence and Ayub, for his understanding. They are realistic and we meet people like them often. The bond between the sisters and their conversations have been depicted well. I loved Ana’s practicality and Athiya’s boldness. The feelings of both the characters have been described and I loved it when Ayub realises his love for Tehzeeb before she realises it herself. The scenes have been described in detail and the chemistry between the lead characters sizzles.

The author’s writing style is simple and the story moves at a fast pace. The story has everything, family, friendship, love, drama, misunderstanding.

This the first book in the Jasmine Villa series. The best part is that we can read them as standalone as well. I binge read the three books of the series and was not a bit disappointed.

 

 

 

A Useful Death by Sriram Chellapilla

51-3vvr7-QL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book A Useful Death by Sriram Chellapilla as a review copy from Writer’s Melon and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Aspiring actress Priya is dead. It’s a suicide, and rumour has it that Anil, son of politician and former Telugu-movie superstar Mohan Krishna, drove her to it. Just another film-industry scandal? Or something bigger, much bigger?

Partha, hired by Mohan Krishna’s family to handle the crisis, thinks so. Why won’t such a powerful father defend his son, Partha wonders. Is there an intra-family war? Whose interests are playing out in the media and on social media? Is a political game afoot or is this all connected to Mohan Krishna’s own dubious past? And why are student unions getting involved?

Even as Partha and his associates, Seema and Harish, confront the ethics of being involved in a war with no heroes, they are drawn into a dangerous hunt. They must negotiate a tangled and vicious world to answer one question: a young woman is dead—to whom is her death useful?

The story:

An aspiring actress Priya is dead and the police that it is a suicide as there is no forced entry. And the media is in a frenzy. All this before her debut movie is released. The police also realise that her laptop and smartphone are also missing. And the primary suspect is Anil, the only son of Telugu industry’s biggest Superstar, Mohan Krishna, who is about to enter politics. Anil is suspected because Priya was supposed to start opposite Anil in their debut movie which was shelved before it went on the sets.

Inspector Pratap is on the job. Sirisha, Priya’s friend, who discovered the body is questioned. Junior Artistes Association and National People’s Party have started protests.

And Anil’s family want Partha Rao to help. Partha and his crisis management associates, Seema and Harish start the investigation and the conspiracy unfolds.

My take:

This is one book which actually kept me guessing for a long time. There were many moments when I felt that I should keep it down, but then something would come up and I would continue with it. Initially, it is very slow, it took me three days to reach page 100, and then it picks up pace and the twists begin. The narration is in the form of a script with detailed descriptions of scenes, characters and action, and sometimes I felt that I was watching a movie, especially the action sequences. Some descriptions could have been lesser. The characters are very well-developed and their back stories have also been mentioned.

The book gives an insight into the film industry and what new actors go through.  The story has all the ingredients to make it unputdownable: suspense, murder/ suicide, politics, film industry, suspects, clues, university students, protests, money and power. The language is simple and the twists and turns are unpredictable.

I loved the book and would definitely like to read more from the author.

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

 

#Just Romance by Jyoti Arora

JustRomance#Just Romance by Jyoti Arora is a collection of 7 love stories. And they are not short stories, they are seven novellas in one book 373 pages long. I received this book as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

 7 heart-warming love stories to make you smile

You raised a song in my heart

That I never knew before.

Now kiss me, Love,

For I yearn to know

What a dream must taste like.

Luxury adds glamour to romances, danger adds thrill. But it is real emotions that turn love magical. And when love casts its magic, even ordinary people can have extraordinary love stories.

It is seven such delicious and relatable Indian romances that this book brings to you.

With realistic characters that will live in your heart. With romance spanning across mountains, forests, glowing beaches, or coming alive in roadside dhabas and buzzing city streets. With myriad gripping emotions of friendship and love, these feel-good love stories are sure to touch your heart with delight.

If you are in love with love, then these beautiful romances are a must-read for you!

Seven couples, seven clean contemporary romances, one delicious book.

#JustRomance

Because nothing matters more than love.

The stories:

This book is a collection of seven different stories of romance. The first story, Drunk on Love, is the story of a girl from a conservative family of a small Indian town who comes to Gurugram to work as content writer and becomes friends with a bartender who lives in her society. She also wants to have a love marriage because she owes it to her sisters. The second story Miles Apart is the is the story of Vaibhav, who has an activity tracker which keeps a strict watch on heart’s activity and warns him not to fall in love and his colleague, Nethra, who works at a different branch, who never does do anything her uncle does not like.

The story, O Teri, is the story of a girl whose mother wants her to get married but she is not interested in getting married then. She also has a stringent eligibility criteria for her prospective husband and would not compromise for anything less. And when she is forced to meet the boy at her mother’s behest, she does everything to warn him off. The fourth story, Dance of Fantasy, is the story of a girl who has come to a remote, tiny island with her friends and cousins and is mesmerised by the sound of a violin.

The fifth story, Tarini, is the story of a girl whose elder sister send her to Jim Corbett National park to sort herself out and she meets someone, but she wants to stay away from love. The sixth story, I guess I love you, is about a boy, who is trying to bring his family back to normal after a tragedy and the last story, It’s in the Books, is about how a person keeps his love going by gifting books anonymously to the girl he loves.

My take:

This is a collection of love stories, all of which have a happy ending. I loved the cover of the book as well as the stories.Each story begins with a beautiful quote which sets the tone of the story. They are neither short nor too long, just ideal. I loved reading them one at a time. The language is simple and each story portrays a different kind of love. The realistic characters are different and their way of portraying love is also different.

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