BOOK REVIEW: MY LOVE IS AWAY FROM MORTALITY

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Author: Vansh Arora

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Kalamos Literary Services

Number of pages: 245 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Vansh Arora provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about two people, Manav and Aditi who meet when they are in school. They are totally opposite personality wise but still they become good friends and eventually fall in love.

But college takes them apart from each other. Manav and Aditi try to maintain their friendship but circumstances and new friends keep them apart.

There is also a supernatural element in the book. Apart from circumstances, these other forces are also keeping Manav and Aditi apart.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading romance fiction especially those who like a bit of the supernatural thrown into the story.

BOOK REVIEW: SEDUCTIVE AFFAIR

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Author: Rishabh Puri

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 173 pages

My Rating: 4/5

This is a charming and totally believable love story.

Prisha is a young girl who has landed her first job at an established news publication, The New Delhi Chronicle. She has just broken up with her fiancé and is determined to be successful in her career. She meets a handsome colleague Rajesh whom she feels drawn to but he appears to be extremely uncomfortable around her.

An opportunity comes Prisha’s way when her boss Priya sends her to Bengaluru to cover a business conference with none other than Rajesh.

While covering the business conference, Rajesh is on the inside track on a scoop. While helping him get the scoop, Prisha and Rajesh not only become friends but they also find themselves being drawn to each other.

Will Prisha and Rajesh find true love in each other? Will they be successful in getting their exciting news story? Do read the book to find out.

I recommend this book to all readers of romance fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rishabh Puri is an entrepreneur who finds time to indulge in his passion for writing fiction. He can be followed on Facebook as AuthorRishabhPuri and on Instagram @officialrishabhpuri

BOOK REVIEW: THE BLUE MOON DAY

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Author: Santhosh Sivaraj

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Invincible Publishers

Number of pages: 213 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Santhosh Sivaraj sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

It is very difficult for me to review this book without giving away the plot, but I will try to do so.

The book is divided into six separate stories with a common theme. A young man’s quest to make a perfect pizza, a love story that goes sour, a young husband and father who is too busy to give time to his family, an old man who has a talent for storytelling and a promising young tennis player, are skilfully brought together in the final story in the book.

What is the message conveyed by the book? The reader needs to read the book to find out.  I recommend this book as interesting and inspiring. A simple message has been beautifully conveyed by the author through the stories in the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Santhosh Sivaraj is a banker who has also been a sailor, teacher, trainer and entrepreneur.

 

BOOK REVIEW: THE SECRET OF THE SCULPTURES

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Author: Monika Thakur

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 236 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

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

The story begins with Maitreyi coming home for her vacation. On the flight home, she encounters a mysterious stranger with hypnotic eyes.

Back home, she meets up with her best friend Aditi and accompanies her to an exhibit at the museum where Aditi is interning.

There, Maitreyi and Aditi meet many people like Aditi’s senior Archana Ma’am, Professor Dixit, the seductive Mrs. Shiela and the mysterious stranger from the plane who turns out to be Mr. Seth. The highlight of the exhibit is a rare sculpture of a warrior princess.

The next day when Maitreyi and Aditi return to the museum, the sculpture is stolen and then the action begins. Maitreyi discovers a miniature of the stolen sculpture which turns out to have supernatural powers.

This miniature takes Maitreyi and Aditi on an adventure. Of course the question remains as to whether they are able to recover the stolen sculpture. The reader needs to read the book to find out.

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Monika Thakur lives in India and works in the corporate sector. She is a nature lover and enjoys travelling.

BOOK REVIEW: KARTIKEYA-THE DESTROYER’S SON

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Author: Anuja Chandramouli

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 230 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The publishers Rupa Publications 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 Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. I had never given much thought about Kartikeya, till date, as Hindu mythology has such a vast plethora of stories.

The story describes the circumstances of his conception and birth and how it was prophesised that he would bring about the end of Soorapadma, thereby bringing victory to the Devas.

The story depicts Kartikeya’s childhood and how he goes to win the war against Soorapadma. This war, has been provoked by none other than Lord Indra! Kartikeya goes off to war on his mount, the peacock Chitrabahn. He meets and falls in love with Indra’s daughter Devasena only to lose her.

We also read about Ganesha’s conception and birth and his equation with his parents and bonding with his brother Kartikeya.

What is noteworthy about the story is that the author has depicted these gods and goddesses as beings with normal human traits. Lord Shiva and Parvati have been wonderfully portrayed as a much in love but a bickering couple and Indra as a wily player of games. I particularly loved the explanation of how the river Ganga remains twined in Lord Shiva’s hair!

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian classicist. She is also a student of classical dance and a practitioner of yoga.

BOOK REVIEW: A CAGE OF DESIRES

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Author: Shuchi Singh Kalra

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Penguin Books

Number of pages: 216 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Shuchi Singh Kalra generously provided me with a copy of her book.

The story is realistic in the sense that it reflects the plight of most Indian women today. They are expected to put aside their own thoughts and feelings and follow the wishes of their husbands and in-laws.

Renu is such a woman, a housewife who toils from morning to night taking care of her two children and cranky father-in-law. Her husband Dev, who lives in another city for work purposes, is distant and withdrawn from her.

However, Renu has a secret: she is the bestselling author of erotic novels written under the pen name Maya! Though she has earned a lot of fame and wealth through her novels, she dare not reveal her identity to the world out of fear of offending her husband and father-in-law.

The family takes on a new tenant, a single man named Arjun. Renu finds herself drawn to him and slowly enters into a relationship with him as she is extremely unhappy and lonely.

A lot of changes take place in Renu’s life and in her relationship with both the men, i.e. Arjun and Dev. It transpires that both the men are concealing things from her.

Will Renu finally take on the identity of Maya before the world? Does she find the peace and happiness that she craves?

I recommend “A Cage of Desires” to readers as a modern story that beautifully depicts a woman’s struggle to find her true self.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shuchi Singh Kalra is a freelance writer and is also the author of two previous novels. She can be followed on Twitter on her handle @shuchikalra

BOOK REVIEW: FLYING WITHOUT WINGS

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Author: Rishabh Puri

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: HarperCollins

Number of pages: 193 pages

My Rating: 4/5

This is a modern day fairy tale, a Cinderella story which left me moved. Milli Bajwa is a simple girl working at Chandigarh airport struggling with family problems and to make ends meet. Karan Singhania is young, handsome and wealthy but has terrible health woes.

Their lives collide over a dating app and they start communicating with each other. They share a common love for literature and fall in love over the course of many beautiful texts. They do finally meet but is their love strong enough to overcome the hurdles of both their lives? Can Milli sort out her financial and family problems? Can Karan recover?

Flying Without Wings is a love story in the truest sense and I recommend it to all readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rishabh Puri is an entrepreneur who finds time to indulge in his passion for writing fiction. He can be followed on Facebook as AuthorRishabhPuri and on Instagram @officialrishabhpuri