Book Review: Harappa

Book Review: Harappa

Title: Harappa

Subtitle: Curse Of The Blood River

Author: Vineet Bajpai

Publishers: VB Performance LLP

Publication Date: 9th June 2017

ISBN-13: 9789352685486

Number of Pages: 316

“Listen you who are already dead. Listen you congregation of corpses. Listen you fools. I am half-human, half-God!”

What will happen the day when you are merry with your life and you receive a call suddenly from someone who reminds you of a past that needs you to be present? I’m sure the experinece will astonish you. Harappa is a mytho-fantasy historical thriller that takes the reader back to 18th century. This book has been dedicated to Munisha by the author. The story has been set in three different places or I must say generations (Rome, Banaras and Harappa). The author has given a very brief introduction of the inicidents that are related to the story in the beginning that makes the reader feel connected to the story and also make the reader curious to know what will happen and how the story will start and end. The story starts on a huge note of suspense in which Vidyut receives a call from Purohit Ji while he was sleeping at his home next to his wife Damini. The sudden call at such a peculiar time scares Damini and she gets more afraid due to the weird behaviour of Vidyut after he receives the call. After a lot of suspense he finally reveals that he is half-man and half-god. After the first chapter the story takes the reader to Rome in which Reg is welcomed by Maschera at the airport and he gets a surprise note from Maschera in which he is told to kill a boy Aryan. The story then shifts to the ancient times of 1700 BC when the city of Harappa existed and where activities like exorcism, black magic and many more evil acts took place to kill the last Devta. The story takes a very smooth shift from modern period to ancient period making the reader experience both the generations simultaneously. What was Vidyut’s secret that he hid from everyone? Why did he go to Banaras? What was the link between the incidents that took place in Harappa, Rome and Banaras? The book takes the reader to a thrilling historical roller coaster journey in which the curiosity of the reader triumphs and does not allow the reader to leave the book without completing the last chapter of the book. It is very hard to create an ancient atmosphere while narrating the story but the author did it brilliantly. Not only was the cover appealing but the interior layout of the book is appealing as well. There are little images above very chapter like a logo of the chapter that makes it look attractive. Honestly speaking I don’t have much interest in reading historical fictions but this book developed my interest in history as it not narrated the historical stories in a boring way but mixed the elements of fiction, mythology and suspense throughout the story which grabs readers attention to the story. The author has done justice to all the characters of the book. There is a perfect balance of characterization throughtout the book. The title befits the theme of the book. I’m very much eager to read the second part of this book. I recommend this book to all the readers who have huge interest in history or mythology and even if the reader has never read any of the two genred before this book is the best one to start with as a beginner. Overall, this book is a chilling and gripping read.

My Ratings:

Title: 4/5

Cover: 5/5

Blurb: 3.5/5

Characterization: 4/5

Plot: 4.5/5

Writing and Presentation: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

 

Buying Link: https://www.amazon.in/Harappa-Curse-Blood-Vineet-Bajpai/dp/9352685482/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508315920&sr=8-1&keywords=harappa

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Book Review: One Last Time

This book has been provided by ArudhhaClub in exchange for a genuine review. 

Title: One Last Time

Author: Anubhav Shrivastava and Shreehari H

Publishers: Write India Publishers

Publication Date: 15th September 2017

ISBN-13: 9788193298879

Number of Pages: 143

Blurb:

Nakul, a fifteen-year- old boy from Delhi who has been raised with a silver spoon, visits a quaint little village in Madhya Pradesh. The crudeness and modesty of the village changes how he perceives different aspects of life. There he comes across Prakash, the son of a paddy farmer, who is the yin to his yang – their contrasting ideas on life fail to stunt the growth of their nascent friendship as ultimately it is their exuberance and a taste for adventure that bring them together. In the midst of their tale is the charming and talented Aakanksha who lives in the shadow of a spotlight. She goes through the motions of life according to the perceived ideals of society, consistently feeling a void, for she lacks a genuine friend. One Last Time is an eclectic and delectable fusion of Nakul’s superficial urbane sensibilities, Aakanksha’s confounded solitude and Prakash’s rustic but sagely naiveties – one that will change their destinies forever.

Review: 

One Last Time is a thriller that revolves around a 15 year-old boy Nakul who was sent to village by his father. At first he was not able to adjust to the surroundings of a village but later when he meets Prakash who dwelled in the village he starts liking it. Right from the beginning till the end the book grabs the reader’s attention. This book is an erotic and inspirational thriller. It is written from the perspective of a child. While I was reading it I felt as if I’m myself dwelling in the village. The author has very well described the beauty of the village with his words and exceptionally highlighted the village life. The language is simple and informal. The characterization was perfect. My favourite character of the book is Nakul who very well adapts to the village life. The narrative style was very well addictive. The title of the book is very catchy but it had no significance to the story. Even the cover could not depict the theme or story of the book. The plot was excellent. The writing and presentation style of the book was commendable as it was a debut book of the author. Overall, it was a worthy read. I recommend this book to all those who have keen love for thrillers.

Book Review: Dharmayoddha Kalki

Book Review: Dharmayoddha Kalki

Title: Dharmayoddha Kalki

Subtitle: Avatar of Vishnu

Author: Kevin Missal

Publishers: Kalamos Literary Services LLP

ISBN-13: 9788193503300

Number of Pages: 462

“Strength in a person doesn’t define a hero. But where he uses his strength is what matters the most. A hero isn’t born. He’s made. Through people, through journeys and most of all, through tragedy.”

Every Yug or era consists of two entities; Dharm and Adharm. Dharm is considered to be the good one and Adharm to be the evil one. In the war of Dharm and Adharm it’s always the Dharm that triumphs. Dharmyoddha Kalki features Kalki Hari, the son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, who was born as an avatar of Vishnu to eradicate evilness from the foul world. This is the first part of Kalki trilogy which has been written by Kevin Missal and is dedicated to all the writers who have inspired the author. It is not a historical or modern adaptation of Kalki Puran but entirely a piece of fictional work that will take the reader to the fantasy world of Shambala, that was a village situated in Indragarh. The book is divided into two parts, (i) The Battle Of Shambala and (ii) The Rise Of Kali. The first part of the book describes Kalki’s life in which he struggles to save the lives of his dear ones from Kali and his sister Durukuti unfortunately losing them one by one. While he manages to survive the battle he realizes his genuine powers and identity. The second part reveals the real Adharm (evil character) of the book and how Kalki challenges him only to make situations worse for himself. The story ended on a pessimistic note of suspense which made me urge for more content. Honestly speaking this is the first mythology I’ve read and it indeed develops my love for mythology. Before reading the book I was obviously terrified by its size and wasn’t sure whether I’ll be able to even complete it or not but it was worth my attention. Firstly the cover of the book is appealing enough to make anyone pick up this book without thinking twice. There are many books that are thick and have lots of pages which make a reader doze off to sleep. But this book is a complete page turner. Each and every page justified its reason of being the part of this book. The story is very addictive. The author has done justice to all the characters. He has described each and every character perfectly. For example:

“Kalki had learnt about his powers when he was nine years old and he was able to grab a poisonous snake and squeeze it hard till it choked to death. He had learnt he wasn’t like other boys.”

Kalki stands out as a very bold heroic character throughout the story. Out of all the characters he has been my favourite one. The cover of the book justifies the theme of the book and gives a mythological feel. The author has very well showcased the historical setting of Shambala. It was very easy to visualize the events while reading as if they took place before my sight. The way he has presented the story makes the book an addictive piece of mythological literature. Overall, it was a very commendable, inspirational and blockbuster read. I highly recommend this book to all those who have a keen interest in reading mytho-fantasy thrillers as it is a perfect balance of all the three elements.

My ratings:

Title: 5/5

Cover: 5/5

Blurb: 4.5/5

Characterization: 4.5/5

Plot: 5/5

Presentation: 5/5

Overall Rating: 4.8/5

Author Interview: Shweta Shah

Author Interview: Shweta Shah

“I expect my book to reach maximum masses and I see it as an Amazon bestseller. I expect it to entertain people and that they appreciate my work.”

-Shweta Shah

In the field of Literature, there are many Indian authors who are soaring high towards success. I’m glad to say that I’ve got the opportunity to interview one such exceptional author who has already made a huge imprint on every reader’s soul with his literary masterpiece. Miss Shweta Shah, the author of ‘I Wear The Smile You Gave,’ is a German Language Specialist and has been working in the IT field since past 8 years. She is an entrepreneur who is bold and decisive enough to run her business efficiently all by herself. She is a keen and enthusiast writer who is presently working on her second upcoming novel.

Interview Session With Shweta Shah

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Question: What inspired you to write the book “I Wear The Smile You Gave?”

Answer: I always had a dream to write and publish my book. My inspiration is my dad who has always been supportive, understanding and a pillar.

 

Question: Give us an insight into the main character of your book.

Answer: The protagonist of my book is ‘Ajeet’. A college-going lad who is just happy-go-lucky and indifferent to the Worldliness. During his college, he comes across the love of his life, however, it is a one-sided love from his part. Breaking the shackles of the familial business he decides to join Army in the quest for defining his identity. Years later a tragedy connects him back to his crush and with his friend who used to like him which in due course eventually changes their lives forever.

 

Question: What challenges did you face while penning down this book?

Answer: Challenges that I faced was the writing the start of the book. There were many stories but wasn’t finding an apt one, to begin with.

 

Question: How did you manage to devote time to writing along with other work?

Answer: As and when I got time I kept on writing, later clubbed it together. It took me merely 20 days to complete my first draft and later editing was being done.

 

Question: What are your other hobbies besides writing?

Answer: I love reading. I am a voracious and an avid reader, cooking different delicacies, tennis and music is my all-time favorite. I love making friends and traveling.

 

Question: What do you think are the most challenging things about writing a book?

Answer: Penning down the thoughts is the most challenging part as it is not easy to write down the thoughts.

 

Question: What were the marketing strategies that you applied to promote your book?

Answer: My promotion is being taken care by Champ readers association run by Sagar Sir. He plans both online and offline promotion moreover he is ready to help irrespective of his official hours. This extended support and help are rare to be found.

 

Question: Which author do you consider as your role model and why?

Answer: It’s always Preeti Shenoy. I like the way she writes and engages the readers taking them in a different world altogether.

 

Question: What are your expectations from the book “I Wear The Smile You Gave?”

Answer: I expect my book to reach maximum masses and I see it as an Amazon bestseller. I expect it to entertain people and that they appreciate my work.

 

Question: Give me three reasons that will compel me to choose your book over other books of the same genre.

Answer: The reasons are :

  1. It is a sort of real story. Few instances are from my life while few are inspired.

  2. The reader can definitely associate himself/herself with the characters.

  3. It has few messages here and there which is required for the world to know and implement. Moreover, the characters to guide us in a way.

 

Question: Every writer has a motive behind writing a book. So what was your motive behind writing this book?

Answer: I wanted the world to know this story as it is very close to my heart. The characters in this are fictional but somewhere everyone has a story to tell.

 

Question: What message or advice would you like to give to your aspiring writers?

Answer: I would like to tell the aspiring writers to stick on to writing and not to stop believing in themselves and their potential as everyone is God’s best masterpiece.

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I would like to offer a huge vote of thanks to Miss Shweta Shah for taking out time from her busy schedule for the interview. It was a great interview session as the answers given by the author were interesting as well as inspiring. I congratulate her for her book and also wish her luck for her future.

To know more about the book read the blurb of the book below:

Ajeet is a commoner, a boy next door who is away from the Worldliness and moreover just a happy-go-lucky guy.

Aditi and Ajeet are batch mates in a Junior College and share a good chemistry.  Aditi is all head over heels for Ajeet and without any hesitation, irrespective of the time and place boldly conveys her feelings for him. Ajeet was infatuated towards Aditi however finds his true love in Sumi whom he meets in his coaching class.

Wanting to break away from the conventional norms and the shackles of a traditional familial business and to prove his worth to his dad, Ajeet joins Army.

 Years later a tragedy connects Ajeet, Sumi and Aditi once again however changing their lives forever.

 

 

Kalki Cover Launch

Kalki Cover Launch

Title:Kalki
Author: Kevin Missal
Publishers: Kalamos Literary Services LLP
ISBN: 9788193503300
NUMBER OF PAGES: 462

1. All the books that you’ve written till now are of different genres. Which book has been the most challenging one for you and why?

I think Kalki was really challenging because it was a big book and handling subplots, so many major characters and their arcs, making sure it’s cohesive and yet expansive was really tiring. I used to take long naps because how exhausting the entire process was. I have more than 20 documents on world building, characters, quotes, cultures etc.

2. What are your expectations from Kalki?

I just want people to pick up Kalki and be part of a new immersive world which they can be part of. I always had a dream of making people’s childhoods like they can always reflect back to the time and say “yeah this book really made my years.”

 

3. If I were to choose a mythological book then give me three reasons that would compel me to choose your book over other books of the same genre?

1) it has a beautiful cover. Like no kidding.
2) it’s a mishmash of all genres ranging from romance to action to mystery. It’s not JUST a mythology book.
3) it’s a novel that’ll immerse you in a fantasy world and is part of a trilogy.

Book pre order links:

http://www.pustakmandi.com/Dharmayoddha-Kalki-by-Kevin-Missal?search=Kalki&description=true

https://www.amazon.in/dp/8193503309?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&portal-device-attributes=desktop

Book Review: Secrets, Sins & Struggles

Book Review: Secrets, Sins & Struggles

Title: Secrets, Sins and Struggles

Subtitle: The Journey Of Five Women

Author: Kamini Kusum

Publishers: Zorba Books Pvt Ltd

Publication Date: 24th October 2016

ISBN-13: 9789385020957

Number of Pages: 223

Blurb:

This collection of tales about the lives and loves of five women traces their long, eventful journeys. Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his. These stories are about the odds stacked against these women in their paths to love and success, and their hope that the next turn that they make will be the one that leads them to the happiness they are longing for.

My Review: 

Secrets, Sins & Struggles by Kamini Kusum is a collection of 5 short stories that describes the struggles of five women. The first story ‘Brothel To Assembly’ featured the story of Pooja who was unwillingly made the prostitute of a brothel house in Delhi not by destiny but by the cruel people around her. Whether it’s at home or at police station or anywhere, she was brutally harassed by men. The only thing she never sacrificed was hope and giving up. Her courage and fearless attitude opened new gates for her and she finds a way out of all her miseries. The second story ‘Love, Corporate And Custody’ featured the Geshna, who was deeply in love with her high school boyfriend Nihal until she gets dejected by him. Her life changes the day Aman gives her the entire support as he already had a secret liking for her long back. The third story ‘Madam Bureaucrat’ featured Shrawani, who was desperate to become an IAS Officer but loses her track when she falls for Ashwin who only accompanies her during her IAS prepartions and not when she actually needs him during her losses. The fourth story ‘Sin’ features Harsha was forcibly tied to the bond of arrange marriage by her parents with Snehil. When Harsha informs him about her love Anish he further refuses to leave her in hope that one day she will fall for him. But all his hopes go in vain when he discovers that his wife had a secret extra mariatal affair with her love Anish and gets pregnant with his baby. The last story ‘That Rave Party Night’ features the story of Avni, who was warned by her best friend Soumya to stay away from Jeevak who was Avni’s boyfriend. Avni always turned deaf ears to her advices and even leaves her flat and shifts with Manya to avoid Soumya whom she considered to be jealous of her relationship with Jeevak. Was Soumya really jealous of Jeevak or was Jeevak really wicked? The book was written in a simple language with a few grammatical errors. The stories highlight a strong message for women to always fight back and never give up in their lives. The major characters of all the five stories, Pooja, Avni, Harsha, Geshna and Shrawani set an example for womanhood. The narrative style was extremely perfect as the reader could connect with the story and events in each story and feel the depth of emotions that flowed throughout the story. Overall it was a very inspirational read. I recommend this book to all the women who wish to get inspired to struggle for their rights.

My Ratings:

Title: 3.5/5

Cover: 4/5

Blurb: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Writing and Presentation: 3.5/5

Overall Rating: 3.8/5

Book Review: Her Wounds Hurt Him

Book Review: Her Wounds Hurt Him

Title: Her Wounds Hurt Him

Author: Aiman Parween

Publishers: Blue Rose Publishers

Edition: First

ISBN-13: 9781640088702

Number of Pages: 77

Blurb:

This book is a book that everyone can relate with. Each girl would have suffered like Dhani and Preeti, but the sad part is that there are few people like Akash in society. We need more of people like Akash to stop beasts like Ankit.

Review:
Her Wounds Hurt Him is a romantic thriller that revolves around Dhani, an elegant dancer and Akash. The story initiates on a very pessimistic note in which Dhani is introduced as a girl who has lost all hopes from her life. Akash falls in love with Dhani during their dance practices but always wandered over the cause of Dhani’s introvert attitude. He is later informed by her sister that Dhani’s best friend Preeti lost her life in a very bitter way. The guy who ruined her life was none other than Ankit, who had a secret crush on Dhani. He even sexually harrases Dhani when she enters his house in false hopes that Ankit will tell her about her friend’s real culprit. Akash feels sorry for Dhani and supports her throughout her struggle for justice. Will Dhani and Preeti get justice? The language of the book was lucid with perfect narration. At certain points, I found the book a bit boring but overall the story was very inspiring, especially for women. In a society where women are worshipped, it’s awful to see people hurting the same women. This book conveys a strong message that every woman should fight for herself. There are people like Akash who still exist in today’s generation where evilness is higher than humanity. The cover of the book was too simple. It could have been better. The title of the book was apt to the theme. There were very minute grammatical errors in the book. The story was good but not extraordinary as it reminds me of the usual Bollywood movies. Overall, it was an average read. I recommend this book to all those who want to get inspired by Dhani’s story.
My Ratings:
Title: 3/5
Cover: 2.5/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Plot: 3/5
Characterization: 4/5
Writing and Presentation: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 3/5