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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Book Review : The Surrogate Lies

Book: The Surrogate Lies
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Purchase at: Amazon

Story Gist:

Four diverse characters + Four different journeys + Four perspectives = One humorous, paradoxical, and adventurous tale. A dysfunctional writer, a hyperbole consultant, a Bollywood smitten driver and an over the top mysterious foreign man meets at crossroads for an epic expedition. The book blurb says it all. Go ahead and give this book a read.

Book evaluation:

The essence of comedy is essentially in the timing which Shantanu Munshi has managed to capture beautifully. The story conceptualization is unique and is rightly accompanied by the style of writing, which is fresh and a much-needed break from the usual fictional tales. The cover does not do justice to the tale presented. The book tells us how every situation we face in our life can be different, great, or worse from someone else’s viewpoint. A thumbs up for this book and pat on the back for the author for pulling this off.  

Book Review : Till The End of Forever

Book: Till The End of Forever
Reviewed at: Amazon, Instagram, Facebook
Purchase at:  Amazon

Story Gist:

Two pained souls, two seekers of peace – Ayaan and Avani were bound to hit it off. Like a puzzle, they completed each other. Like all good things, the bond they shared also soon faces the trial of time. Ayaan is accused of murdering a friend and is the prime suspect. Ayaan feels himself sliding down the hole of deep pain yet again while Avani struggles to keep a hold on him. Will she be successful to keep him afloat for long enough? Is Ayaan really a cold-blooded murderer or is he being framed? Read to find out.

Book evaluation:

The story concept is unique and the title is justified. The cover doesn’t do justice to the roller coaster ride this plot serves. The writing style is a tad bit confusing but you will manage to comprehend. There are a few grammatical errors and spelling mistakes but they do not really have an impact on the story narrations. The jump of writing perspective from Ayaan to Avani could have been smoother. Overall the book is very well conceptualized with a lot of twists and turns which will keep you guessing the next move but required a bit more editing. Grab this one to make your boring plane rides interesting.  

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Book Review: Perfume Girl

Book: Perfume Girl
Reviewed at: Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram, Facebook 
Purchase Online: Amazon
Published by: Half Baked Beans

Story Review:

Ayushi and Aditya. They meet and they hit off. The difference of age does not seem to have any adverse effect on their relationship. However, like the most of us, Aditya runs behind unimportant things in the heat of the moment which makes Ayushi go away from him. After efforts and ages, this gap starts to cut and their life gets back on track. Marriage and baby are on the cart for both of them. Will these bring a happy beginning to their journey ahead? Or will this happiness mark as the worst turning point of their life? Read to find out.   

To Read or Not To Read:

The storyline is conceptualized in a good way. It is precise and to the point of not wasting words and pages to give unnecessary details to elongate. However, in some places playing around with words could have helped to intensify the plot to build up the suspense. The blurb gives out one very important detail about the future of Ayushi and Aditya. It could have been left as a question and not be giving out the details upright. It is a one time and quick read book which will keep you busy for the entire day. You may choose this book for a quickie!

*** Review copy received from Half Baked Beans in exchange of honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. ***

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review: Legends Over Generation

Book: Legends Over Generations
Author: Ashraf Haggag (GoodreadsWebsiteTwitter)
Purchase at: Amazon (English), Flipkart, Waterstones, Powells, Barnes & Noble
Other Links: YouTube Book Video

About the Author:

Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. His more recent experience has also taken him to every facet of the hospitality industry.

Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have helped him realize that companies must target new market zones in order to grow and prosper in the international marketplace. He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.  

Book Gist:

Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.

People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.

In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.

They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern day culture is completely unrivaled.

To Read or Not to Read:

The first thing I did after receiving the book was to go through all the signatures. It is interesting to see manifestation of a personality in just one format and gives me major signature goals (for when and if I am famous one day 😋 ) although that is not the USP of this book. Leo Tolstoy and William Shakespeare seem to have the same signature, we can happily overlook this considering the varied information scoop provided. The subtle language and properly framed timeline make this book easy to read. This will make a great read for those who get intrigued by history. The quotes towards the end of every persona is the ‘mantra’ to understand how these personalities viewed the world differently and how they framed themselves to achieve what during those days would have been thought of as impossible to do so. This is also a handy guidebook for children to base their projects and essays on as it gives details is crisp words which are easy to understand. Although, non-fictional books tend to slip down the rabbit hole after few pages, this one manages well to keep your attention and ensures you complete the book. A definite book to add your “To be read” list!

**Review Copy received in exchange of honest feedback. The views expressed here are not influenced by anyone and are entirely my own**

Friday, June 08, 2018

Book Review: Lovestruck

Book                : Lovestruck
Author             : Prasupta Roy
Publisher        : Half Baked Beans
Purchase        : Amazon

Story Gist:
Girl meets boy – Check. Boy meets girl – Check. They get married – Check. They have baby – Error! Kaatyani and her husband are trying hard to get their own bundle of joy which is also the reason both of them feel lonely and incomplete. The irritability soon starts affecting the rational of their relationship. It is in this phase when Kaatyani meets Sid. Kaatyani’s feelings and connection with Sid is something which she cannot ignore but is this love? Even if it is what about her husband? Kaatyani faces a dilemma which may end up either destroying her marriage or the person she cares about the most. What will be her next steps? Read Lovestruck to find out!

To Read or Not To Read:
People will seldom agree that they have been this situation but its human nature and men-women alike have been in it. The dreadful situation where your brain is committed to one but your heart yearns to be with someone else. Simple is beautiful and this is proved by Prasupta Roy’s writing in Lovestruck. The story picks up pace very quickly in the start and is slow at a few parts. The blurb is apt while the vibrant cover and art of book cover are relevant. The story will warm your heart on a cold winter day. 

***Review copy provided by Half Baked Beans in exchange for honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own***

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Book Review : Tikri's Fiasco

Book – Tikris’ Fiasco
Author – Rishav
Publisher – Blue Rose Publishers 
Purchase at – Amazon 
Reviewed at – GoodreadsAmazonInstagramFacebook

Story Gist:

Tikris’ Fiasco is set in an imaginary world. Sindhusthan, Lubras, Eastern World, Mysterious Oasis, Alistan, United Seculars are broadly divided between the Kasht and the Seculars. The story revolves around the spies and operations carried to keep country safe. It a story of love, sacrifice, honour, pride, and above all that of patriotism. The love of country and the love of your life – which one would you choose? An answer faced by all spies. Real life missions and spy stories and beautifully depicted in this book making it a thriller read.  

To Read or Not To Read:

Double agents, spies, love, thrill, sacrifice, and mystery all packed into one e-book of 131 pages. It is fast paced but easy to follow and with a simple written style. The use of science and technology is very well researched and made relevant to the plot. If you want to derive an already existing code language for your best friends and you, Symbola is just the thing for you. The entertainment quotient is high and will leave you asking for more, which is a good thing because Tikris’ Fiasco ends with words “to be continued…”

***Book received from Half Baked Beans in exchange for honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own***

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Book Review: Fragments - You and I

Book: Fragments - You and I
Author: Vasundhara
Reviewed at: GoodreadsInstagramFacebook
Published by: Half Baked Beans

Book review:

One of the most heard things about love is its property of being undefinable. Every individual will have a subjective point of view and a very own definition to go along with. The feeling of butterflies in stomach may be true to me but not to you. The scientist, psychologist, and artists have tried to express the phenomenon of love in their own field of expertise. However, till date, there has not been a universally accepted definition of love. This feeling of warmth in your heart is yet again explained through combination of words and graphics in this book.

To Read or Not To Read:

The combinations of graphics and words have plays a different chord all together. The pages would have jumped out moreover had there been a play with colors as well. The concept of joining letters with art to give emotions to just one word is definitely a unique one. Although it is a quick read, for someone who likes to dwell upon deeper meaning of concepts will end up spending more time on each page trying to decipher the meaning which author wants to convey. It makes a great addition to your shelf and you will  love your morning when you combine it with pajamas, coffee, and cold rains. 

*Review copy received from Half baked beans in exchange for honest feedback. Views expressed are entirely my own and not influenced by anyone*


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