BOOK REVIEW: KEY TO MY SOUL: HEARTWARMING

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Author: Probal Mazumdar

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Pblishing

Number of pages: 297 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

The story has all the elements of a Bollywood movie: childhood sweethearts who part in unexplained circumstances, letters that are written but not read for years, villains that go around beating up the hero, the heroine in a coma and a key that contains all the secrets of the past.

The book begins when Siddharth gets a phone call from an unknown caller, informing him that his old girlfriend Hazel was hurt in a car accident and is now lying in a coma in a hospital in Jamshedpur. The mysterious caller also informs him that there are letters written by Hazel to him that he needs to read. Siddharth has not heard from Hazel in seventeen years and the phone call sends him in a tizzy.

Siddharth revisits the past in which Hazel and he met in school, became friends and then fell in love. But Hazel abruptly leaves town and Siddharth becomes a victim of nasty gossip. However, Siddharth moves on in life, goes to college, starts his career and even gets married, though his marriage later fails.

Siddharth goes to Jamshedpur to be by Hazel’s side. There he faces many old memories and is given a “key” that unlocks the secrets of the past.

The story is certainly riveting. The reader is faced with several questions. Why did Hazel leave town? Who is the unknown caller? Will Hazel recover from her coma? Can Siddharth and Hazel finally be together?

“Key to My Soul” is certainly a heart-warming story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I certainly recommend it to everyone. The book is available on Amazon and in select bookstores.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Probal Mazumdar is an IT Manager by profession and writes poetry and fiction. He can be followed on Facebook as /probalmazumdar.official.page/ and on Instagram @probalmazumdar99

BOOK REVIEW: MY MUTE GIRLFRIEND

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Author: Himanshu Rai

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 208 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

The story is told in the first person by Rohan Verma. It begins with a text message from his old girlfriend Vaidehi, whom he has not heard from in five years. Before Rohan can reply to the message, his phone has an unfortunate accident.

This message from Vaidehi leads Rohan to think about his past and reminisce about his relationship with Vaidehi. The story is gripping and interesting as we read about how Rohan gets admission in an engineering college, meets Vaidehi and enters into a relationship with 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.

Just when things are going well between Rohan and Vaidehi, there is a hurdle in their relationship. Rohan makes all attempts to repair the situation but Vaidehi remains “mute” and refuses to speak up and share her problem with Rohan.

Rohan however, rises to the situation and tries to come out of it in the best possible manner.

This text from Vaidehi leaves Rohan in a tizzy and he tries his best to track her down.

So the reader will have to read “My Mute Girlfriend” to find out if Rohan and Vaidehi can rekindle their love. What was the reason for Vaidehi remaining mute all these years.

My Mute Girlfriend is recommended as an engrossing love story which will surely appeal to everyone. The book is available on Amazon and other e-commerce sites as well as in book stores.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Himanshu Rai is a telecom professional and storytelling is his hobby. He can be followed on Facebook as /authorhimanshu/ and on Instagram @himanshurai80

BOOK REVIEW: 65 COLOURS OF RAINBOW

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Author: Smit Kapila

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 131 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

MY REVIEW: The author Smit Kapila kindly sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a collection of 65 short stories. Each story is accompanied by a caricature that has been drawn by the author himself. The stories are of a vast variety but revolve around a common theme, i.e. the workplace.

The book is refreshingly different. Each story is brief and amusing as well as entertaining to read. Though the stories revolve around people working in the IT industry, anyone who has worked in an organization will be able to relate to and enjoy reading them.

If you are looking for a breezy and light read, I will certainly recommend this book to you. People of all ages can certainly understand and enjoy the book.

The book, “65 Colours of Rainbow”, is available on Amazon and in all major bookstores.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Smit Kapila is an electronics engineer and works with an MNC. He is also interested in painting and music. He can be followed on Instagram @smitkapila.

BOOK REVIEW: SUNSHINE TOWN

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Author: Maniissh Aroraa

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Peacock Books

Number of pages: 186 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

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

Though the story is told from the point of view of a young boy, I feel that the story is relevant to adults also.

Shlok is a teenager who lives in a small town in North India with his parents. They are a regular middle class family, wherein the father harbours a dream that Shlok will become a doctor. However, Shlok is not the best of students academically.

The family gets a new neighbour, a young girl of Shlok’s age, Natasha. Shlok, like any teenage boy of his age, tries to impress her and make a good impression on her.

Certain incidents take place in the story that inspire Shlok to change his ways and try to improve in his academics as well as other aspects of his life. At the same time, Shlok and Natasha find themselves falling in love with each other. But there also, the path is not entirely smooth.

Though Shlok admittedly tries hard to self-improve, he does have to face many setbacks in trying to reach his goals.

Does Shlok succeed in fulfilling his father’s dream of becoming a doctor? Can Shlok and Natasha be together as a couple? One needs to read the book to find out.

The story appeals to teenagers and adults alike as the message the story gives can be understood and applied by everyone. The book “Sunshine Town” can be ordered on Amazon, Flipkart and Infibeam. It is also available in select bookstores.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maniissh Aroraa is a published author and an IT professional living in Bangalore. He can be followed on Instagram @writetomaniissh.

PRODUCT REVIEW: XAF’S BATH & BODY (SOAPS)

I came across the charming Xafira Mendonsa’s amazing hand crafted soaps and she was kind enough to provide me with some samples. Today I am going to review two of her soaps.

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The first soap that I have tried is called Lemon & Honey. Xafira calls it a “happy soap” and I must admit that using it and inhaling its fragrance made me feel really happy! I checked out its ingredients and learned that it is made out of lemon essential oils, honey and lemon peels. I felt that this soap particularly suited me as I have an oily skin.

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The second soap that I tried was very interesting in appearance and is called Himalayan Pink Rock Salt in Aloe Vera. This soap is for all skin types and is said to draw out toxins from the body. The Himalayan rock salt is said to contain minerals like chromium, zinc and sulphur. This soap is also said to help to prevent acne and keep the skin smooth.

The best part about these soaps is that they are free of artificial foaming agents (detergents), parabens, alcohol, petroleum and artificial preservatives.

I would definitely recommend these soaps to everyone. Though they are pricy, (each soap costs Rs. 250/), they are definitely long lasting and of excellent quality. Xafira lives in Mumbai and can be contacted on 9821735666 or on 9967586929. She can be followed on her Instagram account Creativity with Taste. She is also available on Facebook as Xaf’s Bath and Body.

BOOK REVIEW: WEDDING PICKLE: FULL OF SPICE!

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Author: Neha Sharma

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by:

Number of pages: 263 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Neha Sharma was kind enough to send me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book as it beautifully depicts the problems faced by young women in India today when they have to go through an arranged marriage.

Avni is a young woman living in Delhi, who loves her work and her independence. She is pressured by her parents to “meet” this great guy from Norway, Ansh.

Avni meets Ansh and finds him nice enough but at first she is unable to have romantic feelings about him. However, she does get engaged to him and all the engagement and wedding planning starts to take place. Still, Avni is afraid of losing her independence.

Every person in India can relate to the descriptions given about the chaos that takes place whenever there is a family function.

Does Avni finally marry Ansh? Is she able to overcome her fears and commit to him? As I cannot give away the plot, everyone will have to read the book to find out.

I recommend this book to readers as it is a realistic and relatable story. The book “Wedding Pickle” can be ordered on Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Neha Sharma is a writer and blogger who resides in Norway. She can be followed on Instagram @novelistneha

PRODUCT REVIEW: NIGHT REPAIR GEL BY MYSTIC KAORI

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Manufacturer: Mystic Kaori

Quantity: Available in 50 grams and 100 grams

Price: Rs. 225 for 50 grams and Rs. 410 for 100 grams

My Rating: 4/5

I had posted a while ago that I had started using the Night Repair Gel by Mystic Kaori. This post is about the benefits that I have experienced after using this product. For those who missed my previous post, the ingredients of the night repair gel are as under:

INGREDIENTS: Farm fresh aloe vera, sandalwood powder, raktachandan, saffron, vitamin E oil, geranium essential oils, Frankenstein oil rose water and vegetable glycerine.

Of course all women know about the importance of using a night repair product. I have been applying this product since a couple of weeks now and I have noticed a considerable improvement in my skin tone.

I make sure that I apply this gel on my face every night before going to bed. The things that I ensure is that I only apply it on a cleansed face and that I refrigerate the product.

The best part about this night repair gel is that it dissolves beautifully in my skin so that I do not wake up in the morning with a sticky or oily face. I definitely recommend this product to all women!

Mystic Kaori has a wide range of personal care and beauty regime products. They try their best to use minimal preservatives in their products.

Mystic Kaori products are available in Ahmedabad in the shop “Gujjju” located at Sarjan-1, Ground floor, Shop No. 3 & 4, Opposite Vishal Tower, B/h Saavi Women’s Hospital, Satellite.

Orders can also be placed over their Facebook page: Mystic KAORI soaps & more.