BOOK REVIEW: THE SUM OF ALL MY PARTS

Book: The Sum of all my Parts

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Author: Andaleeb Wajid

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Amaryllis

Number of pages: 287 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Mariam, an elderly lady living in Vellore, who is teaching four young women how to crochet.

Though Mariam is extremely critical at times about the crochet work of her four pupils, at the same time, she develops a fondness for each one of them.

The four young women are: Nimra, who is bullied constantly by her stepmother, Arifa, whose husband is away in Dubai, Amreen who is unable to get pregnant and Shaista who is going through an unwanted pregnancy.

In and around the design of each crochet pattern, each young woman’s story, along with her emotions and frustrations are depicted. Mariam, also has her own fascinating love story that she shares with her four pupils.

Mariam’s love story is told in an extremely interesting manner in the form of flashbacks.

All the women try to find a solution to their individual problems while creating an elaborate crochet pattern on a bedspread for Mariam’s granddaughter Faiza.

The author has woven a compelling tale and has beautifully depicted each character and her emotions.

I highly recommend “The Sum of All My Parts”, as a highly enthralling and interesting tale that will touch the heart of every reader!

BOOK REVIEW: MURKY GIRL

Book: MURKY GIRL

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Author: Vrinda Singh

Genre: Thriller, Fiction, Supernatural

Published by: Paperwiff Publications

Number of pages: 163 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Vrinda Singh graciously provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about a female who is abandoned as a baby by her parents because of her gender. By a series of fortunate incidents, she survives and ends up in a brothel where she is raised like a daughter by one of the women living and working there. She is named Avant by the women of the brothel.

When Avant is five, misfortune strikes again when Deepali, the woman who has taken care of her like her mother, dies in an accident. This results in Avant discovering her own supernatural powers. Strangely, this incident causes Avant to grow up overnight from the age of five to the age of twenty!

Avant’s misfortune continues when the entire brothel is destroyed and Avant is forced to go out in the world. She continues to embark on strange adventures and comes to know more about her birth mother and her powers.

Fans of the supernatural will probably be interested in this book.

BOOK REVIEW: AND WE WALKED AWAY

 

Book: And We Walked Away

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Author: Subrat Saurabh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 188 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Subrat Saurabh ensured that I get a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is told in the first person by Abhimanyu, a.k.a. Abhi. It begins with Abhi arriving at his engineering college as an alumni and a famous author, as a guest and a speaker in the Induction programme.

Arriving at and then wandering around the college premises leads Abhi to think about his past and reminisce about his relationship with Naina. The story is gripping and interesting as we read about how Abhi gets admission in an engineering college, meets Naina and finds himself drawn to her.

This book will certainly appeal to people who have studied in hostels during their school and college days. In any case it certainly makes the reader nostalgic about school and college events and childhood loves and crushes.

Abhi and Naina become friends and Abhi is ready and willing to take their relationship forward and to the next level. However, Naina insists that they remain friends as she does not believe in love before marriage.

Abhi and Naina support and guide each other through various crises throughout their college life but Naina remains resolute that they are just friends.

Now since I cannot give away the plot, I would ask readers to read the story to find out if there is a happy ending in store for Abhi and Naina.

BOOK REVIEW: TRAPPED BETWEEN LOVE AND TRAVELING

Book: Trapped Between Love and Traveling

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Author: Ranjeet Solanki

Genre: Fiction, Poetry

Published by: EduCreation Publishing

Number of pages: 157 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author/poet Ranjeet Solanki kindly provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The book is a collection of poems and abstracts. I loved the cover of the book as it depicts a traveller embarking on a journey.

I always find it difficult to review poetry as poetry is always a matter of perception. However the language used is simple and clear. Along with verse, there are various observations and musings of the author/poet in the book. The observations in the book mainly pertain to lost love and of course to travel.

If you are looking for a light read, and if you enjoy reading verse, I will certainly recommend this book to you. People of all ages can understand and enjoy the book. This book is ideal to be carried along on a journey to help understand the author/poet’s point of view in a better way.

Just for the reader’s information, in this book, the author/poet has voiced his thoughts which have occurred in the course of his travels across 12 states of India!

BOOK REVIEW: I SHALL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

Book: I Shall Always Love You

 

Author: Shilpa JaintempImageForSave

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 214 pages

My Rating: 4.5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Shilpa Jain provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is not a run of the mill romance, instead it has a great many intriguing elements: kidnapping, reincarnation, a lost treasure and a hunt for that treasure.

Shiv Sanyal is a talented sculptor and the son of a business tycoon Saurabh Sanyal. Shiv has a loyal friend in Arjun and another in Saloni. Unfortunately, Arjun is in love with Saloni while Saloni harbours feelings for Shiv. However, Shiv only sees a friend in Saloni.

In the middle of this love triangle, Shiv sees a mysterious masked woman at his birthday bash. He feels immediately drawn to her and it inspires him to create a magnificent sculpture.

At Shiv’s exhibition, it is pointed out to him by an art critic that his sculpture is a remake of a sculpture of Khajuraho. Shiv, who has never visited that place, decides to go to Khajuraho to see the sculptures for himself.

In Khajuraho, while sleeping, Shiv is taken back in time to the 11th century, and the story of his past life is revealed. Rudra and Mohini’s love story ends tragically resulting in their deaths. Coming back to the present day, Shiv meets his reincarnated love Nysa but immediately they are all put in danger.

I cannot reveal too much about the book without giving away the plot but Shiv, Nysa, Arjun and Saloni embark on a hunt for lost treasure. Will they be able to outwit the villain or will their present lives have the same sad end as their past lives? The reader needs to read the book to find out.

I recommend this book to readers as a thrilling action packed love story.

BOOK REVIEW: KAIKEYI-THE MOTHER OF A GOD

Book: Kaikeyi-The Mother of a God

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Author: Suresh Kala

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Published by: Inven Tech

Number of pages: 353 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Mr. Suresh Kala provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I was happy to read and review this book as I enjoy reading mythology, especially Hindu mythology. Also, it made a refreshing change from the recent novels that I have read.

The story is about Kaikeyi, the queen of King Dashrath and the stepmother of Lord Rama. Kaikeyi has always been depicted as an evil figure in Hindu mythology as it was at her behest that Lord Rama was sent into exile for fourteen years.

The story is told from Kaikeyi’s perspective and brings a whole new twist to the story of Lord Rama. We read about Kaikeyi’s childhood and upbringing, the circumstances that led to her marriage to King Dashrath and the thought process and reasoning that led Kaikeyi to ask her husband to send Lord Rama into exile.

Kaikeyi has been portrayed as a warrior princess and then a queen who was an extremely clever war strategist. Though she was not Lord Rama’s birth mother, she played an active role in his upbringing and grooming to be the future king of Ayodhya.

I loved the author’s portrayal of Kaikeyi as a feminist and a strong, independent woman. The story skilfully builds up the suspense and leads to Kaikeyi’s revelation of her motives behind her actions.

Do read the book if you enjoy reading mythology. I recommend it to readers as enjoyable, interesting and informative.

BOOK REVIEW: TIDES DON’T CROSS

Book: Tides Don’t Cross

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Author: Simar Malhotra

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 250 pages

My Rating: 4.5/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “Tides Don’t Cross” by Simar Malhotra in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about two sisters, who have completely opposite personalities. Mrinalini, the older sister, has always let herself be bullied and controlled by their domineering mother Neelam Siritya. Neelam has brought up her daughters singlehandedly after her husband’s death and wants nothing but the best for her daughters. While Mrinalini goes along with what her mother says, Rukhmani, the younger sister is a rebel who lives life on her own terms.

Mrinalini lets her mother dominate her into a “suitable” marriage with Surya. She also enters into motherhood though she is not ready for the same. Rukhmani, who is studying in New York, decides to study in Paris for a semester. There she meets Ayaan, a fellow Indian, who is in Paris for the same reason.

Rukhmani and Ayaan fall in love in the City of Love but their relationship ends when they both move back to the US for their studies and careers. In the meantime, Mrinalini finds herself suddenly widowed and a single mother to Rohan.

Mrinalini meets Ayaan without knowing who he is and slowly but surely they become good friends. Will Mrinalini and Ayaan fall in love with each other? Or will Rukhmani and Ayaan be able to reignite their lost love? The reader will have to read the book to find that out.

I really loved the way Ayaan’s character has been depicted, he comes across as a wonderful human being. I only wish that Mrinalini’s character was less wimpy and Rukhmani’s character was less brash.

“Tides Don’t Cross” is an extremely interesting romance that is worth reading.