Tribin and the Battle Axe by Abhijit Chaki

I received Tribin and the Battle Axe by Abhijit Chaki as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to him for the same.

The Blurb:

Sayali Deodhar is having a bad year. A professional badminton player, she’s parted ways from her coach who is also her father. She’s alone, friendless and taut as a racket gut. Her game is falling apart. In stumbles Tribin Sarkar, jaded writer and flawed human being, facing the slow unravel of a conflicted existence. An uncanny quirk of nature brings them together. He’s drawn towards Sayali. Is she amazing, or confounding? The feeling isn’t mutual. Is he a maverick, or a deadbeat? Either way, Tribin’s determined to change the narrative of Sayali’s life. He comes up with an outrageous plan to get on her inside track, and it works. But not for long. As love and hate collide, a rollercoaster ride of events culminates in the biggest sporting event on the planet. The stakes have never been higher for Tribin and Sayali…or for India’s shot at an Olympic medal at the 2016 summer games in Rio. No pressure. So, what happens when the Unstoppable meets the Immovable? The Unthinkable.

The story:

Tribin Sarkar, a journalist and writer, is writing a book, a biography for a sportsperson, and for that he is in Kerala. One day, he hears a scream. He realises that he has a neighbour. Sayali Deodhar,  a reputed badminton player who has hit a low, after an altercation with her father cum coach, and losing her ranking. She is in Kerala to mend herself.  

Tribin is attracted to her and takes it on himself to become her mental coach so that she can make it to the Olympics. So he enlists the help of Mannu, his best friend and  Sethu Raman, badminton player turned coach. 

Will Trbin be successful?

Will Sayali take his help?

Will she make it to the Olympics?

My take:

The story is different, not a romance, nor a self-help book.

This book is the story of a girl, a badminton champion on a low phase of her career, and an author. The story has so many emotions involved, insecurity, hatred, romance, drama, light-heartedness and sports. The language is simple and the story moves at a pace that was comfortable to me, sometimes, it becomes fast paced and sometimes, it slows down when the descriptions start. The descriptions are detailed that the scenes can be visualized be it the boat-rides, the badminton matches. The funny one-liners make the story more interesting.

The characters are well developed and realistic and have been described well. Tribin and Sayali are opposites and sparks fly when they meet. Their temperaments are always at war with each other, but that creates a nice read. Secondary characters, be it Mannu, Tribin’s best friend, Sethu, the satellite coach or even Sayali’s father, have important roles to play. 

I loved the matches and the way they have been described. It kept me at the edge of my seat.

Highly recommended.

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

Dawn’s Desire: A passionate, contemporary, second chance romance (Shades of Night Book 3) by Shilpa Suraj

I received Dawn’s Desire: A passionate, contemporary, second chance romance (Shades of Night Book 3) by Shilpa Suraj as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

One night of passion, a stolen moment of joy and six years of pain…

Rishi Khatri cannot forget the beautiful woman who swept into his life for one incredible night and then disappeared…with the contents of his wallet and large chunks of his heart.

Until the day, he meets Sehar again and he realises that he cannot forgive her. For, Rishi has made a cardinal mistake. He’s fallen in love with his one night stand.

Sehar Mirza’s one night of rebellion destroyed any chance of a normal future. But her heart cannot regret her choice. For in that one night, she laughed, she loved and she lost. She lived an entire lifetime.

When their paths cross again, Sehar and Rishi find their feelings for each other haven’t dimmed. All they want in life is another chance, a second chance.

But Sehar has a secret. One that will destroy their tentative happiness.

Can they learn to look beyond their past mistakes and hope for a shared future? Can Rishi forgive a betrayal so large that it leaves his already battered heart in pieces at Sehar’s feet?

Can love win? Or will loss claim their destiny for its own again?

The story:

Sehar Mirza was about to be engaged to a man her parents chose for her, and she decides to enjoy one night before she is tied. And with a presumed name, she visits a bar and meets Rishi, and leaves with the contents of his wallet and large chunks of his heart. Six years later,

Sehar is the Vice President of Marketing for one of the largest FMCG companies in the country. She is one of the most balanced girls of the trio of Avni, Diana and Sehar. She is the best friend, confidant, mother hen to two very confused, messed up girls who cannot live a single day without her.

Rishi is a corporate lawyer for a big multinational firm and fighting in the ring is one of his hobbies. His best friends are Dev and Manav. He had fallen in love with Sehar when he had met her for the first time

And when they meet, they realise that the attraction is still there.

How long can they pretend to be strangers when their lives are entangled through their best friends and their hearts….

And what about their secrets….

My take:

I had been waiting for Sehar and Rishi’s story ever since I saw the sparks fly between them in the previous books of the series. And once the book was live at 12 MN on 4th Nov, I started reading it and only put it down once I finished it at 4 AM in the morning.

The characters are familiar as we had been meeting them in the previous two books of the series and meeting all the six of them again made me recall the other stories as well.

The story has been written in first person from the point of view of both Sehar and Rishi and that made the story very real. I just wished that we could see some reconciliation between Rishi and his father.

The language is simple and the story just flows in such a way that it was difficult to keep the book down.

Now that the series is over, I will miss the characters.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from BookR3vi3ws on exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Incognito: Lights. Camera. Undercover by Vibha Batra

I received Incognito: Lights. Camera. Undercover by Vibha Batra as a review copy and I am thankful to her for the same.

I received Incognito: Lights. Camera. Undercover by Vibha Batra as a review copy and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Aarav is on the run. From a gun toting, trigger happy, blood thirsty mobster, no less. That’s right, a dreaded gangster has sworn revenge, like, on his entire family. Forcing them to go into hiding. Which means, bye bye school, friends, old life! And no cell phone, no laptop, no iPad, no FB, no Snapchat, no Instagram, no Wii, nothing. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, he has to assume a whole new identity. That wouldn’t be so bad – things were pretty sucky at school, anyway. Except, he has to pretend to be – hold your breath – a girl. Now Aarav may be the best actor around (and not just compared to his mom and brothers), but a girl? To make matters worse, he has the World’s Biggest Crush on his employer’s cute daughter, while the pesky son digs, ahem, him. With a dangerous criminal hot on his heels and a startling discovery that throws light on his father’s unsolved death, things only promise to get more complicated. Will Aarav’s cover get blown sky high or will this go down as the role of a lifetime? Will he manage to escape incognito or will he be finito?

The story:

Aarav Pandey lives in a joint family with his mother and two brothers. His scientist father is missing, presumed dead, a case of suicide. Also living in the same household are his paternal uncle, aunt and two cousins. He is interested in drama and dancing and even is expecting to bag a role in the school play.

Happy-go-lucky Aarav is in for a shock at the urgent family meeting called by his uncle. A gangster is out to seek revenge on his family and the entire family has to go undercover- new identities, new passports, no phone, no internet, no social media. But that is not all, Aarav has to play the role of a girl, because a mother with three boys in a new city would raise suspicion. When he resents this, his brother tells him his theory and Aarav agrees to do it.

What does his brother tell him? Are they able to come out of hiding? Read on…..

My take:

This is an interesting book by the author and it really kept me on the edge of my seat as I kept guessing, WHODUNNIT?

The characters are realistic and well developed. I loved Aarav Pandey alias Ria Verma. Even the other characters have justified their aliases well. The secondary characters have been given importance as well.

The language is simple and the story moves at an incredible speed. And the way the author has written it makes it all the more interesting. The story has suspense, drama, action and dance as well.

Though it is a YA novel, but I am sure it would appeal to adults as well.

Joyoti: A gripping saga of loyalty, love, and sacrifice by Sunanda Chatterjee

I received Joyoti: A gripping saga of loyalty, love, and sacrifice by Sunanda Chatterjee as a review copy from Booksprout and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

“Find your father.” That was her mother’s dying wish. Despite her grief, twenty-two-year-old Maya sets out on a quest that takes her from sunny California to the busy, smoggy streets of Kolkata, India, to unfold events that took place six decades ago.

In 1940s pre-independent India, Chandana is a scrappy teenager brought up by the kindness of her relatives. Amid a country dominated by foreign rule and a budding revolution, she must abandon the simple pleasures of childhood with her best friend Saira, picking up odd jobs to supplement her family’s meager income.

Courageous and driven, Joyoti cares only about two things: food for her family and freedom for her country. Spying on the British Commandant while working as a hostess allows her to fulfill both her needs. But the famine ravaging Bengal and her ill-fated attraction to a British Captain force her to walk a dangerous path.

Spanning 1940s India and 2000s California, Joyoti is a saga about three headstrong women whose lives intertwine through loyalty, love, and sacrifice.

The story:

1940, Calcutta

Chandana Biswas, a five year old motherless child is handed over by her father to her grandparents and aunt because her stepmother does not want her around. So Joyoti, her aunt, who is ten years older, takes her as her younger sister, protects her. And Chandana is happy with her Joyoti di. She has a friend Saira Baig, who looks a lot like her, studies in the same school and class and whose mother is like a mother to her.

Joyoti is also involved in the freedom struggle activities and even resorts to spying for her country. She supports her family through her jobs and protects Chandana from everyone. Chandana and Saira also try to support their family’s incomes.

And then comes the Bengal Famine and also the struggle for independence intensifies.

2001, California

Maya lives in California with her mother, and they are best friends. She does not know her father but then as her mother is dying she asks her to find her father.

And that opens a Pandora’s Box…..

My take:

Three women. Two timelines. Two cities. Two countries. Two stories. And where do they meet?

This story is about love, trust, friendship, understanding, patriotism, sacrifice and so much more. The story moves back and forth between 1940s, Calcutta, India, pre-independence and  2000s in California. Though the story moves back and forth between the past and the present, not once was I lost.

The story has been written in first person from the point of view of three main characters, all of them women, Joyoti, Chandana and Maya, all of them very strong.

Chandana, a little motherless girl, whose father leaves her when she is five with her aunt and her grandparents; Joyoti, who takes care of her, protects her even if it she has to sacrifice and Maya, who travels across the world, just to fulfil a promise she made to her dying mother.

The author has portrayed the characters beautifully and even the supporting characters have been given important roles, be it Chandana’s friend, Saira’s family or Maya’s friends.

The immense research that has gone into the book is visible in how the author has created the setting of the pre-independent India and also the changes sixty years later. The freedom struggle, the atrocities people faced and the Bengal Famine have been described in great detail.

A must, must read with a warning to keep a tissue box handy and time on hand as this book is unputdownable.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from Booksprout in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Release Blitz: Dawn’s Desire by Shilpa Suraj

 

One night of passion, a stolen moment of joy and six years of pain…


Rishi Khatri cannot forget the beautiful woman who swept into his life for one incredible night and then disappeared…with the contents of his wallet and large chunks of his heart.
Until the day, he meets Sehar again and he realises that he cannot forgive her. For, Rishi has made a cardinal mistake. He’s fallen in love with his one night stand.
Sehar Mirza’s one night of rebellion destroyed any chance of a normal future. But her heart cannot regret her choice. For in that one night, she laughed, she loved and she lost. She lived an entire lifetime.
When their paths cross again, Sehar and Rishi find their feelings for each other haven’t dimmed. All they want in life is another chance, a second chance.

But Sehar has a secret. One that will destroy their tentative happiness.

Can they learn to look beyond their past mistakes and hope for a shared future? Can Rishi forgive a betrayal so large that it leaves his already battered heart in pieces at Sehar’s feet?

Can love win? Or will loss claim their destiny for its own again?

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Read an Excerpt from Dawn’s Desire

“Partay!” Di yelled into my ear as I left my sad little family reunion and started towards home. My cab driver seemed to think he was racing in the Formula One so we would probably reach really soon. 
“No,” I told her. “Not tonight.” 
“Yes tonight. Come on, Termi. Don’t be a bore,” she wheedled. “We can’t party without you.” 
“Yes, you can. I’m going home to my book.” 
Someone hissed at her in the background and then there was a loud clatter that sounded like the phone falling. I was about to hang up when Manav came on the line. 
“Dude, you have to come,” he hissed. “The girls are really drunk and Dev and I need help.” 
I groaned and scrubbed my face with both my hands. I knew what my answer would be even before I sighed and said, “It should take me half an hour to reach.” 
I gave the driver the new destination and sat back, my mind still on my father and his requirements. Join the family firm, marry the perfect girl, produce two perfect children, win a lot of cases, get some high profile criminals acquitted, die with dignity. 
I could feel the noose of his expectations tightening around my neck even after a brief dinner with him. What had my mother lived with every day of her marital life? 
The cab pulled up outside the nightclub Manav had mentioned. I paid up and got out taking another deep breath. From the frying pan into the fire. 
I shook hands with the bouncer who recognized me and made my way into the crowded venue. It took less than a second to find them. 
Avni appeared to be pole dancing with Dev in the middle of the dance floor and by that I meant, Dev was the pole. A very embarrassed pole.
Diana and Manav were doing some version of Patrick Swayze’s Dirty Dancing moves except with a lot more enthusiasm and a lot less finesse. Manav seemed to be spending more time stopping her from falling and less time dancing. 
And Sehar…Sehar was on the bar. ON the bar. Her hands in her hair, her eyes closed, she was swaying to a beat only she heard in a burgundy jumpsuit that clung to the mouthwateringly svelte shape of her body. Even from this distance, I could see the crowd of hungry men eyeing her and slowly closing in. 
I made it to the bar in record time. For once, I was grateful for my size. By the time I glared at the men with bloodlust in my eyes, they accepted defeat and shuffled away. 
Her eyes were still closed and she still hadn’t noticed I’d arrived. 
“Sehar, get down.” I wrapped a hand around her ankle and gave it a gentle tug.
Every muscle in her body stilled. She stopped the gentle swaying she was doing but stayed exactly where she was. Hands in her hair, eyes shut, a slightly heightened flush to her cheeks. She made my traitorous heart ache. Did the bloody idiot want to be trampled to dust for the second time?
“Get down,” I said again, my voice dropping to a whisper but she heard me. 
She opened her eyes and looked at me and it was six years ago, all over again. She was still the most beautiful woman in the place. She still made my blood hum and my heart thump. She had the power to bring me to my knees. 
And she knew it. 
She dropped to her knees on the bar counter and looked at me. I knew she was drunk and yet, in that moment, she looked at me with perfect clarity. 
“I’m sorry,” she whispered. 
And before I could even process the apology, she was kissing me. The world dropped away as her lips met mine for the first time in forever. 
It was like the years between had never happened. Her tongue slipped into my mouth as she cradled my head and brought me closer. She licked and nibbled and nuzzled. And God help me, I let her. 
Even as the voice inside my head screamed at me to be better, to be smarter, to be wiser. I let her. 
Because, Sehar was my weakness. The chink in my armour. The mistake I could never regret. The ‘what if’ I couldn’t forget. The girl who’d stolen my heart and never given it back.

About the Author:

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Claim: A Hot Enemies To Lovers Marriage of Convenience Billionaire Dark Romance (Bastard Billionaires Book 1) by Aarti V Raman

I received an ARC of Claim A Hot Enemies To Lovers Marriage of Convenience Billionaire Dark Romance (Bastard Billionaires Book 1) by Aarti V Raman and I am thankful to her for the same.


The blurb:
A temporary wife. His permanent downfall?
Billionaire Drake Fallahil needs a wife in three weeks.
Or he stands to lose everything.
When he finds intriguing Anya Mallya-Bhatt in a compromising (read criminal) situation, he proposes a simple deal.
Go to prison. Or marry him for ninety days and walk away with piles of cash.
Desperate to save her family, MBA student Anya has no choice but to agree to the intractable investor’s proposal.
She doesn’t know what’s worse. Being bound to her ice-cold enemy or craving him!
This is not a match made in heaven. So she does the only thing she can – defy him.
Drake’s marriage of convenience to Anya turns incredibly hot… one that spirals out of his possessive control.
But enemies, past and present, threaten Drake’s tenuous control. Awakening the monster within. And the worst part? His much younger, secretive, whipsmart wife has more of a claim on his heart, the more he gets to know her…
And that’s an unforgivable sin. Isn’t it?
The Bastard Billionaires are ruthless, dangerous, powerful, born of secrets, sins, and ambition. Tempting the one woman who makes them burn with dark desires in a lush and dangerous world. Hate is just another word for want and love is the ultimate chase for them.
The Bastard Billionaires is a romantic suspense series of interconnected enemies to lovers billionaire romances set in exotic locations around the world, each of which can be read as a standalone.


The story:
Anya Mallya-Bhatt, an MBA student needs to save her family and make things right for her mother. For that she can even commit a crime and that too at the home of the man she hated most in the world. And Caleb Drake Fallahil catches her red-handed. But in order to save her from the prison, he proposes a deal. To marry him for ninety days and walk away with cash.
Drake does not act at the drop of a hat, he does so because he needs a wife to cement his position and power in Singapore.


My take:
I had always wanted to read Drake’s story ever since I met him as Lily’s brother. The characters are well developed and we even meet the characters from the previous books and even attend Dev and Zara’s wedding. Drake and Anya are 14 years apart, are opposites and have different financial backgrounds. The back stories of the characters have been described in detail and that actually gave us an insight into the reactions. Anya’s relationship with her mother and sister and Drake’s relationship with his sister and nephew have been described in detail. So many times in the book, I was in two minds whether to like Drake or to hate it.
The story moves at a fast pace and what happens next is what kept me hooked to the book. I loved the book.

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

Lights! Wedding! Ludhiana! By Jas Kohli

I received the book Lights! Wedding! Ludhiana! By Jas Kohli as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications and I am thankful to them for the same.

The Blurb:

All hell breaks loose when a hardcore environmentalist ends up increasing his carbon footprint in a way least expected.

A new day dawns in Ludhiana, a city of big cars and even bigger show-offs. The Rahejas are different—well, at least one half of the Rahejas. Reeti Raheja is the free-spending stunner, while Kushal, her industrialist husband, is a fanatical environmentalist and a misfit in Ludhiana. The story starts with Reeti, who is preoccupied with planning her outfit and make-up in order to dazzle the invitees during a wedding celebration. However, things soon go awry when her mischievous son Lakshya uncovers a secret that sets off a series of mis-happenings and also threatens to create a big turmoil in the family. After they reach the wedding venue, there is not a single dull moment. It’s full on Lights! Wedding! Ludhiana!

Will the Rahejas be able to weather this storm?

In his third novel, medico-cum-author Dr Jas Kohli, takes humour and satire to another level with his depiction of a quirky family in a small but famous town.

The story:

This book revolves around the Raheja family that lives in Ludhiana. Kushal Raheja, is the sole earning member, he is an industrialist and an environmentalist. He is a misfit at home as well as in the community because of his environmentalist ideas. He does not believe in being a show off. His wife, Reeti, is just the opposite. She is a homemaker, who loves living a luxurious life and loves to gossip with her mother. Their daughter studies in a hostel in Gurgaon, where all the elite Ludhianavis send their children, and their son, Lakshay is a brat. He knows how to twist things and get his work done. The older Rahejas are a shade better at home.

My take:

The title is interesting and catchy and the cover is an instant pick me up.

The characters are unique, realistic and can be easily picturized. As I was reading this book, I could put faces to these characters from people I know.  Though the story is only 24 hours long, but the way it has been written gives us an insight into the characters, and their quirkiness.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced. The author has touched many points relevant to what people actually do to show off their status in the society, from clothes, to cars, to jewellery, makeup. The humour and the satire is interesting.

I really loved the book.

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

You’re stuck with me for life by Venuka Goyal

I received a review copy of You’re stuck with me for life by Venuka Goyal from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The Blurb:

Neeti and Ronit both ended up in the city of Indore in central India as tragedies struck their families.

When Neeti got married to Ronit, all she wanted was to get away from her mentally unstable mother and get into a household that allowed her the freedom to work as a school teacher and the freedom to drive a car. In return, if she had to take care of her in-laws and manage the household, she was okay with that. Having witnessed her mother’s utter inability to deal with life after her father’s untimely demise, Neeti was determined to be self reliant and to never have expectations from anyone. If she didn’t expect anything from anyone, she would never be disappointed, and never end up like her mother who had forgotten how to live.

When Ronit got married to Neeti, he just wanted to get a daughter-in-law for his parents. His father had refused to undergo the bypass surgery that the doctor had recommended unless Ronit got married and Neeti came along at the right time. Living in a joint family setup with his parents and his younger college-going brother, Ronit was okay sharing a room with his mother’s daughter-in-law. He didn’t necessarily want a wife for himself. Having tried his hand at love and having failed at converting his previous year-long relationship into a love-marriage, he was not convinced that a woman could be both the wife that he wanted and the daughter-in-law that his family insisted on.

Ronit and Neeti had made their expectations with regards to their marriage clear from the very beginning and in the last one year of being married they had both held up to their end of the bargain. Love was never a priority. It was something deemed so unimportant that neither of them brought it up before the wedding. Nor did they ever talk about it over the entire first year of being married. Will Neeti and Ronit continue to live in a loveless marriage, taking it simply as a responsibility? Or will love sneak up on them on a road-trip to Ranthambore?

The Story:

Neeti and her mother moved to Indore where her brother worked as a scientific officer in a research facility after the death of their father which had affected their mother badly and all they wanted was for her to have a change of environment. She even lost her boyfriend in this process. Neeti was then in the first year in college. After completing her education, she started working in Indore as a school teacher.

Ronit moved to Mumbai from Indore to work in the creative line and fell in love with Vaishali, his coworker. He had just proposed to her when he received a call that his father had a heart attack and was asked to take things slowly. So Ronit had no option but to move to Indore to manage the family business.

Neeti decides to get married to the first not-too-creepy guy as long as he accepts her conditions and Ronit fits the bill.

And Ronit decides to get married to a complete stranger just so that his father gets his bypass surgery done. And Neeti fits the bill.

My take:

The story starts in December 2010 and moves in a fast forward way till December 2017 when Neeti and Ronit decide to make a trip to Ranthambore to celebrate their first anniversary.

A simple story of an arranged marriage where in both the girl and the boy decide to get married for reasons other than love.

The language is simple and the descriptions detailed. The story depicts the feelings of both Ronit and Neeti. I loved the relationship between Neeti and her in-laws. The author has stressed more on the present and given the back story in such a way that we get an idea of how they react to the situation.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it one and all.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary conpensation for the same.

The Crow and The Peacock by Sunanda Chatterjee

I received The Crow and the Peacock: A gripping saga of deceit, redemption, and forgiveness by Sunanda Chatterjee as a review copy from the author via BookSprout and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

You don’t need a big house, you need a big heart!”

Sisters Mohini and Aditi were brought up by their single mother with meager resources. As young women, both strive to escape village life and its restrictions.

For fiercely independent Mohini, nothing is more important than financial security and a higher status in life. But easy-going Aditi just wants love and acceptance.

Their paths diverge when Mohini marries into a rich family and Aditi marries her high school sweetheart. 

But life doesn’t turn out as expected. A tragedy drives a wedge between them, upturning their lives and leaving them with difficult decisions.

Can they move past their differences and find what they’re looking for? Or will the deception pull them further apart?

The Crow and the Peacock is a family saga of ambition, deceit, and finding acceptance despite all odds.

The Story:

Mohini and Aditi were brought up single handedly by their mother when their father died in the war, leaving her with a meager pension inadequate to raise them, twenty six years ago. Mohini was ten and Aditi was seven. Their mother worked as a house help to raise the girls. And then both of them married the loves of their lives, but then…..

My take:

I loved the story, it is not a romance, but it is about life, love, family and trust. It is about two sisters. Two sisters who are so different from each other. One an extrovert and one an introvert. This story is about sibling rivalry and also about trust and love between siblings.

The characters are well developed and described in such a way that I felt that I knew them. I was with them when they were girls, when they got married and even when they moved on. I felt happy for them and I grieved with them. 

The story is set in India and Tanzania and moves back and forth between the past and the present and has been written in such a way that I never felt lost even though the timelines changed. The twists and turns kept me guessing.

The language is simple and the story just draws you in. I just could not keep the book down. I would highly recommend this book to one and all. 

Counting to Diwali by S. C Baheti

I received Counting to Diwali by S. C Baheti as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Bring the magic of Diwali home with this incredible book. Learn how to count from one to ten in Hindi, all the while sharing in the excitement of the festival of lights. This book is a great way to reinforce language learning, as well as building an integral part of Indian culture with your family, in a fun and colorful way.

My Take:

What a beautiful way to teach Hindi counting to kids. I loved the concept behind the book. The illustrations are wonderful. The colours used are so attractive. And the idea to bring in the most liked festival of all kids, makes it all the more interesting.

A must buy book especially to gift to younger kids.

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