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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Book Review | The Panchatheertha Part 1

Book: The Panchatheertha Part 1
Author: Rajiv Mittal

The Gist of Story:

The Panchatheertha Part 1 is based on the original Panchatantra Series by Vishnu Sharma. The stories presented in Panchatheertha are a resemblance to the five pilgrims and are the depiction of human emotions or feelings through various facades of life. It revises and modifies the original stories and gives it a fresh outlook.

Book Evaluation:

To start with the title, it does instantly take you back to “Panchatantra” The cover design could have been better. As a reader, I cannot really connect with the cover page. The language used is easy to understand and steady flowing. The characters portrayed through various stories have retained their uniqueness. The author has managed to grab and hold readers attention throughout the story. The essence of the plot is maintained till the end. All in all, it makes a great, entertaining read. One of the books which will make your imagination fly with a varied bunch of stories. Grab a copy to turn your boring days into adventures.   

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Book Review | An Autumn Turmoil

Book: An Autumn Turmoil
Author: Sourabh Mukherjee

Story Gist:

Shubho experiences a Durga Puja which he is likely to remember for his entire life and the same stands true for Atreyee. What is that binds them together? Shubho is in love with his childhood friend while Atreyee is married to Abhishek. Both of them are craving for the passion which they find in each other. However, will this “passion” stand true in the tests of time and relationship? Read to find out.

Book Evaluation:

The title and cover are synced with the storyline. As the title suggests, the story has a lot to do with the way confused emotions are to be handled. It is a simple and beautiful read, perfect for those who wish to relax over the weekend or a short journey. The narration and plot are set in relevance to the story requirement. I would have certainly enjoyed another few paragraphs post where the story has currently ended, to know what Jimli’s reaction to Shubho’s revelation was.

Book Review | The Hunt

Book: The Hunt
Author: Sourabh Mukherjee

Story Gist and Book Evaluation:

Grudges play a very important role in one's life especially when you refuse to let them go. Just like the character in “The Hunt”. Although, how long are you willing to go to ensure you get your revenge, well, read to find out. 

It is a very short read, something which will keep you entertained for a tea break. An elaborated version for this plotline should have been worth a read through. The suspense is maintained throughout the tale and the narration is very well done. The switches from past to present are very well represented and you could actually picturize the entire scene unfold. It will make a very good movie (it did in my head, at least!) Grab your copy and forget everything else till you are done. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Book Review | Neverfound Land

Neverfound Land is Durriya Kapasi’s second novel (Sequel to her first novel, Once Upon A Genie) She is an author with diverse perception for divinity and mystifying secrets of the world which is very clearly observed in her first book and now The Neverfound Land. Durriya Kapasi was born and raised in East African Country of Tanzania, although her roots belong to India. Durriya is currently settled in Udaipur, India. Starting her writing career from an online community, Durriya has authored three books online before getting her first hardcopy published in 2017. Once Upon A Genie, is admired and praised by large number of readers. She has been featured in many national and international newspapers along with other media. Durriya Kapasi is a creative writing teacher, motivational speaker, and a senior Wattpad Ambassador. She regularly contributes her skills for several social organizations. 

For more visit: www.Durriyakapasi.comOrder your copy of Once Upon A Genie and Neverfound Land

Story Gist:
Solomon is half-human and half-genie. It takes 20 long years before Solomon realizes his powers and the secrets which were kept hidden from him. As he explores, his routine life takes a turn towards adventures. However, Solomon’s biological father’s land needs his help. Will Solomon lend a helping hand to the genie’s of Neverfound Land? Moreover, will they accept Solomon as one of their own? This story is about a young man who is learning to embrace his destiny.

Book Evaluation:

I was left mesmerized by the cover itself. It clearly depicts the magical land that Durriya Kapasi intends on creating for pages to come. This book is a sequel to author’s first book, “Once Upon A Genie” and is equally good! The language is easy flowing and narrations are seamless. The character build is strong, you can see Solomon transform through the pages of the book. The concept of the book is unique and makes a good read. The scenes created are brilliantly written and will literally paint the picture of this new world and the entire plot as you continue to read. It is definitely a book for your shelf, especially if you already own the copy for the first one! Happy reading!  

Also reviewed at: Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram, Facebook.

Monday, December 10, 2018

In conversation with... Kevin Missal...!

Kevin Missal is a 21-year-old graduate from St. Stephen’s College, who has written four novels till now ranging from crime to mythology to horror. He had written his first book at the age of 14, which was released by the Chief Minister of Delhi. His second book was written at the age of 16 and was published by a British indie-press. He is a pioneer in writing the World’s First InstaRead and is a bestseller on Amazon under horror category. He is also the co-owner and co-founder of Kalamos Literary Services, which publishes and promotes fledgling writers to make a mark in the literary industry. He currently lives in Delhi and you can contact him on

We were able to manage to get this quick chat with Kevin to give our readers more insight about the author himself. Here is what Kevin had to share with all of us:

1. If you could give any writing advice to the younger version of yourself, what would it be?
K. Be patient. 

2. Did the feedback and reviews for Kalki have any effect on the storyline or writing process of the second part?
K. It did make me focus on the major events rather than focusing on the smaller, inconsequential details. 

3. How many unpublished stories do you have?
K. More than 100! 

4. Have you Googled yourself? Were you surprised by what you found?
K. Yes! I was surprised when I found myself in HT bestseller as well as Asian Age. I had no idea. 

5. If I were to find you inside a new crayon box, what color you would be?

K. Red.

6. Is there any incident or experience while writing both the parts of Kalki that you would like to share with readers?
K. I broke up with my girlfriend in between two books. So that was a funny as life played a joke on me and scary because I was about to live the rest of my life as a lonely guy. Now the thing is, is this statement a sarcasm or the truth? Well, I will let you answer that!

Monday, December 03, 2018

Book Review | The Cookery Show And A Love Story

Book: The Cookery Show And A Love Story (2018)
Author: Sourabh Mukherjee 

Story Gist:
Jay’s grandparents are the definition of love. They have fought against the world to build the life they dreamed of. However, Jay wonders if the petty fights are one of the reasons why two people fall out of love. Just how strong is his grandparent’s love for each other. Jay himself is in love. His life is going to experience a rude shock this valentine’s day. What is it? Read to find out.

Book evaluation:
The title of the book is as unique as the cover page and is just one of the many things that attract reader to this book. The blurb is perfectly written to give you a hint of what you can expect in the story and the writing style of author. Sourabh Mukherjee has beautifully written this piece. It is a short read but it does manage to grab your attention until the end. The narrations and sentences are very well framed. Good if you are looking for a quick read before bedtime.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

आगे कदम बढ़ाया कर | हिंदी कविता

चल पड़े हो इन रास्तो पे
अब सिर्फ आगे कदम बढ़ाया कर |
चाहे तुफानो से हो मुलाकात
दठ के उनका सामना कर |

अंधेरे हो घने कही
तो भले तू खुद को जलाया कर |
बात हो जो पहेलियों से
सूझबूझ से जवाब दिया कर |

मृगतृष्णा पर पड़ी जो नजर
उनसे मन को तू बहलाया ना कर |
अँधिया अगर घेर ले कभी
हिम्मत से तू मुक़ाबला कर |

चक्रव्यूह में फसा अगर
चालाकी से उसे तोड दिया कर |
मंज़िले भले दिखाई ना दे
तू पीछे मुदा ना कर |

बहुत लंबा है ये सफर 
मगर तू भरोसा कम ना कर |
ख्वाबों में है होंसले बंदे हुए
उनको बोझ समझ के उठाया ना कर |

रखना तू  ख्वाइशे आसमानो को छूने की
खुद को जंजीरो से बंधा ना कर |
पक्षियों के साथ जो उड़ना है
तू थक के ठहरा ना कर |

जब आशा है दुनिया पाने की
तो कश्तियों को सिर्फ किनारो पे रखा ना कर |
चल  निकल पढ़ उन् सुनसान सड़को पे
लोगो की फ़िक्र तू ना कर |

हर मोड़ पर मिलेंगे खुदगर्ज़ तुझे
तू  अपनी मुस्कान गवाया ना कर |
ले सहारा तू भले उस भगवान का
पर कोशिशो को रुकाया ना कर | 

तकलीफे हो बेशुमार
लक्ष्य से अपना ध्यान हटाया ना कर |
जंग है ये तेरी
तू ही पहला कदम उठाया कर | 

चल पड़े हो इन रास्तो पे
अब सिर्फ आगे कदम बढ़ाया कर |
चाहे तुफानो से हो मुलाकात
दठ के उनका सामना कर |

This is my first attempt at Hindi Poem. A friend of mine sent me the below forward and this poem just clicked. ☺️ Inspiration can be found anytime, anywhere when you are looking for it. 

Monday, November 05, 2018

Book Review : The Full Circle

Book : The full circle
Author : Namrata Gupta
Purchased at : Amazon

Book Gist:

Aditya and Zinnia are polar opposites, having nothing in common. Aditya is a traveler who likes to collect souvenirs from every place he visits. He is not a tourist but an explorer, he prefers spending his time with locals and to help them in any way he can. Whereas, Zinnia prefers stability, the sense of belonging to one place and is a tenant at her mother’s place. Twinkles and sparks fly when these path cross but doesn’t last for long. Aditya learns a secret about Zinnia which is will alter both of them forever. 

Book evaluation:

This book is a perfect example of “Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka” The entire story evokes thrill and excitement. You will want to finish the full story in one go for sure. The transitions between chapters are effortless and the very distinct characteristics of Aditya and Zinnia are clearly seen. Although the book cover is in sync with the plot perfectly. The back cover is vibrant as ever. The narration is easy to read and understand. All in all, “The full circle” makes a very good read. 

Book Review | Rise in Love

Book : Rise in Love
Author : Siddharth Roy
Purchase at : Amazon

Book gist:
What do most of colleges have in common? Well, love stories of course! Teenage years usually determine the way forward in life. At such tender age, Adhira, Shubham, and Abhi deal with various issues all of at once. Career choices, love life, mysteries, the ghosts of past, and humor surround these three at various stages. How are these three youngsters connected to each other? Read “Rise in Love” to find out. 

Book evaluation:
First thing first, I love the name Adhira and felt inclined towards her instantly. The narrations are character build is on spot. You will clearly make out the distinct personality of each of them. This story will certainly act as time travel and take you back to your college days and teenage years. The plot is very well written and easy to understand. The very picturesque cover captures the essence of book well. It is a good read for those who enjoy love stories. Since it’s a short read, you can very well grab this one for one of your lazy afternoons. You never know, may be, you will “Rise in Love” too. 

Book Review | Minuscules : when less is more…

Book : Minuscules : when less is more…
Author : Priyanka Bhatt
Reviewed on : Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram
Purchase at : Amazon

Book Evaluation :

Minuscules is a compilation of micro tales and short stories. You name a topic or a genre and you will find it in this book. At one you will feel your heart being loved and in less than a second you will cry over heartbreak. It is true to the mentioned tag line, “when less is more…” and certainly these words manage to play with an untouched chord of your heart. It is a one-sit read and the stories can be re-visited again and again as per our wish. The language is easy to understand and conveys the view point of author. All the topics covered are very relevant and relatable. One of my favorite lines from entire series is, “unfortunately, patriarchy is incurable.” The book cover is simple and this blurb sets realistic expectations. You will not be disappointed, go ahead and grab your copy!

*Book review copy received from Half Baked Beans. The views posted are honest and not influenced by anyone*

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Review | What Will People Thing?

Book: What will people think
Author: Rashi Dubey
Reviewed on – Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram
Purchase on – Amazon

Story gist:
Have we all not suffered from “What will people think” syndrome! So does Riya. Coming from a middle class background, Riya’s family is very strict. With every decision she wishes to take, there is always a counter argument. When Riya finally decides to get pass all these conflicts, she has to leave her parents and live independently. What does life has to offer to Riya once she moves out? Moreover, what is the learning for her parents, if any at all? Read to find out. 

Book Evaluation:
“Log kya kahenge” is something which every individual will relate to. Adding the ‘middle class’ tinch to it makes it more realistic and relatable. The title is perfect for the story line. Narration and language are easy to understand, clear, and precise. The decisions taken by Riya are very bold and very rarely would you find someone who would have the courage to go through with such life altering tasks. All in all, in a good book to read.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Book Review | In The Tolerance

Book: In the tolerance
Author: Anurag Raje
Purchase on: Amazon

Story Gist:

Partition of India had left behind many painful memories and the ripples of the effect can be felt today as well in both India and Pakistan. What if it were to happen again? Masterminds of terrorists are at play and they have hacked a plan to divide India again. Al-kharijite is the terrorist organization. Upon investigating them a more fearful network of mess is discovered. Intekhab, a 22-year-old recruit of this gang, is living in India under disguise. Amar is first hand witness to these terrorist activities. What follows is something which no one can judge. Will India part again? Read to find out!

Book evaluation:

Every chapter will leave you at a new twist. All the suspense turns are perfectly timed and are relevant to the story. This is not a slow moving story; it will manage to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the ride. The blurb gives you a very clear idea of what to expect from the book. The centre topic, around which the story revolves, second partition of India, is a very bold topic to write on. Someone who is into politics and patriotism equally will relate to every sentiment in the book. It will be difficult to leave the characters handing in between and will keep you engaged till the story ends. A very good read!

Book Review | We Never Know

Book: We never know
Author: Bhumika Monani
Reviewed on – Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram
Purchase on – Amazon

Story gist:
A girl from small city of Ajmer, Jigisha, enters as a fresher at St. Edmunds College. Next three years of graduation will have a lot in store for her. Not only in terms of friendships and love but also gaining a new perspective in life. However, will she be able handle all of this? Will she survive her college life? Go back to your college days with this read.

Book Evaluation:
The story is cliché and will definitely do what it claims – take you back to college days. Those long lost crushes and best friends do have nostalgic touch to it. There was a certain disconnect between the title, cover, and the actual story. The book cover could have been something more relevant to college lifestyle, around which the story rotates. The same could be seen in terms of narration and mainly grammar. Although, a good attempt at first novel, care could have been taken for better editing and proofreading. 

Book Review | Tarikshir: The Awakening

Book - Tarikshir: The Awakening
Author - Khayal Patel
Purchase at - Amazon

Story Gist:
Raja Ravindra, king of the Devangarh kingdom in Rajasthan is set to go on war with the British army which is led by Walken. However, he is found dead in a tent which was set for the war even before the battle could start. Rudra Pratap Chauhan, son of Raj Ravindra, takes over command, and is also found dead under circumstances which no one could explain. A power called Tarikshir is in potential danger of being released, if this happens, the entire mankind is in danger. Who knows about this power? And who knows how to stop it from being released? Read “Tarikshir: The Awakening” to find out.

Book evaluation:
This story is perfect blend of all the good elements of mystery, thriller, suspense, and action. The character development is very well defined. The narration and language used is fine tuned for the readers to grasp the entire plot. Every scene is described to such precision that you will feel as if you are seeing a feature film (I hope they do adopt in into a movie!) It is difficult guess the next line of action for characters and the twists are incorporated at all the right places. It is a good book for beginners as well. Grab a copy now!!

Monday, October 01, 2018

Book Review | Psycon

Book: Psycon
Author: Varun Tejwani
Purchase at: Amazon
Reviewed on: Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram

Story Gist:

Prateek and Yashwardhan join forces to create “Psycon” A brainchild which is solely formed with the purpose to extract money to be used by political parties. There are big names involved and in the process to get the job done, they decide to make a little extra money out of the entire project. However, the success is not long lasting. CBI is involved. Will these two be able to carve their way out the obstacles ahead of them? Or are their days numbered for good? Read “Psycon” to find out. 

Book Evaluation:

Thriller? Yes. Mystery? Included. Politics? Done. Excitement? Sprinkled. Story Line? Perfect. What do we get out of all these ingredients? “Psycon” by Varun Tejwani. I have read “The Last Chai” and the author is able to recreate the same magic with this book as well. The characters are finely crafted and are individualistic. The story involves many side characters all the way from PM of the country, CBI agents, Corrupt officials, businessmen, CA, and so on. The vocabulary and grammar are at its best just like the last book of Varun. If you are someone who loves politics or are into sociopolitical dramas, this is the right kind of book for you. None the less, it makes a great addition to the shelf, especially when you already have “The Last Chai.” If not that, the royalties earned by the author from this book will go to PM’s National Relief Fund, so do grab a copy!   

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Book Review | Pyjamas Are Forgiving

Purchase at: Amazon

Story Gist:

Anshu, divorced, is entering her alternate world, a rather expensive retreat, to get rid of all her dosha’s and find some peace in her life. What is the worst that could happen? Well, everything! Anshu’s ex-husband is at the same retreat with his new, young, and current wife and accompanied by his cousin. Anshu had introduced him to this place. However, having spent such a huge amount, Anshu did not wish to move out of the retreat center. What followed was a huge chaos.    

Book Evaluation:

Twinkle Khanna has always left her mark with the witty columns she writes. That was the first reason I picked up Mrs. Funnybones and absolutely loved the book. This was followed by, the legend of Laxmi Prasad, a collection of short stories, from which only the first one was appealed to me as a reader. Well, I thought she deserved another chance to prove herself but it seems like fiction is not the cup of tea which Mrs. Funnybones could drink.

Shanthamaya Sthalam which means a peaceful place is the name of retreat center which Anshu visit, however, nothing which happens at this place is peaceful in any of the sense. The book starts well and on a hilarious note. The first few pages keep the reader asking for more; from there it goes down the hill and loses all the charm. Anshu ends up having an affair with her own ex-husband (so much for a place where sex is forbidden), Lalit physically abuses a foreign girl (and Anshu doesn’t take the right action to teach him a lesson), so much for a retreat being peaceful. Moreover, retreats are supposed to be secluded. It is indeed weird that the characters were able to make their way to Café, smoke, and drink beer. Frankly, if someone told me this experience of their retreat, I would have never set my foot there.

The cover art and title are certainly misleading. It gave me the impression of being a book about a woman who is running away from her reality to find peace and relive the life to the fullest. None of this is seen in the story. The narration has various words, sentences, and dialogues which are cringe-worthy.  Ideally, Twinkle Khanna, could have leveraged her status as a celebrity and used that platform to give out a better message. “The pyjamas are forgiving; it is the skinny jeans which hold the grudge.” And this book is skinny jeans for the author, not her pyjama.

Book Review | Zidd

Book: Zidd
Author: Hetansh Desai
Purchase at: Amazon
Reviewed on: AmazonGoodreadsFacebook, Instagram

Story Gist:

The story begins with a boy of a tea vendor, Vihaan, trying to earn extra money. The lessons he received and his own skills have given him an uncanny edge over others. Parth, a college dropout, joins the story. Like the classic break-ups, Parth’s girlfriend has sworn never to see his face again. Parth is determined to do exactly that by ensuring his picture is displayed on the hoarding which is right opposite her building. Parth and Vihaan join forces to buy the most expensive hoarding space available in Ahmedabad. Will this unusual pairing achieve success in their endeavors?  

Book Evaluation:

The first thing that strikes a chord with this book the ‘dedication’ mentioned at the start of the book and the title. The stubbornness and determination of main characters to achieve the impossible is noticed and justifies the title “Zidd” The story gist is clearly communicated through the vibrant cover art. The book is funny, interesting, and written in an easy to understand language. The characteristics and development of the protagonist are visible through the narration. The unique storyline makes it an interesting read and will make sure you put down the book only after you have read the last word.   


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