BOOK REVIEW: LOVE IS FOR LIFE & BEYOND

Book: Love is for Life & Beyond

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Author: Yashwant Kanodia

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 212 pages

My Rating: 3/5

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

The story is about Nikhil who has been friends with Shanaya since they were children. Shanaya confesses her feelings for him and Nikhil realises that he reciprocates them. They begin dating and everything seems to fine.

Nikhil is accepted in a college in Germany to do his master’s but nobly decides not to go as his mother has been diagnosed with cancer. He joins the family business instead. Apparently his mother makes a full recovery but no mention is made in the story again about Nikhil pursuing his further education.

Nikhil gets very busy with work and Shanaya appears to be extremely free as she has issues with Nikhil not spending enough time with her. These problems don’t stop them from having a very graphically depicted sexual encounter in which Nikhil extremely irresponsibly tells Shanaya that he is not carrying any protection to which Shanaya is equally irresponsible in assuring him that she will take the pill!

Despite this however, their problems continue and Nikhil discovers something about Shanaya that leads him to break up with her. A lot of melodrama takes place after the break up and Shanaya assures him that she will ‘prove’ her love for him in a couple of years.

Time passes and Nikhil is still unable to forget about Shanaya. Even though he meets Ridhima, he feels that he still loves Shanaya. Will he be able to forgive her and get back together with her?

Of course the question that arose to me while I was reading the book was that when Nikhil was so sure of his feelings for Shanaya, then why didn’t he just tell his family about her and make it official between them, especially as he was settled in the family business and she was an old friend of his? That would have taken care of the problem of him not being able to spend time with Shanaya.

I’m sure that the reader will have his or her own questions while reading the book.

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BOOK REVIEW: SOMETHING I NEVER TOLD YOU

Book: Something I Never Told You

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Author: Shravya Bhinder

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Penguin Random House

Number of pages: 225 pages

My Rating: 3/5

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

The story is told in the first person by Raunak, aka Ronnie. He has been in love with Adira ever since she came to stay as a paying guest at his grandmother’s house. However, he is too shy to say anything to her. He even gifts her an expensive bracelet on her birthday but is too tongue tied to take credit for it.

Adira comes into Raunak’s life once again when she starts work in the same office as him, as a trainee. Fate plays a role in bringing them closer when they are chosen as a team to work in Australia for a while. Raunak’s manager, Rajbir also encourages Raunak to talk to Adira about his feelings for her.

Adira and Raunak do come closer in Australia but Raunak’s jealousies and insecurities drive them apart. Adira comes into his life once again and things go well for a while before problems faced by any couple come between them again.

Is there a happy ending in store for Raunak and Adira? Or will their relationship never work out?

Something I Never Told You is recommended as a modern love story that will appeal to lovers of romance novels.

BOOK REVIEW: VANARA THE LEGEND OF BAALI, SUGREEVA AND TARA

Book: Vanara-The Legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara

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Author: Anand Neelakantan

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Published by: Penguin Books

Number of pages: 309 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided 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.

Before I started reading the book, I realised that I did not know much about Baali or Sugreeva beyond what stories I had read based on the Ramayana. I knew practically nothing about Tara.

The book begins with a detailed introduction by the author who shares various stories about the births of Baali and Sugreeva. The author also explains how myths and stories have evolved over generations.

The story begins with Baali and Sugreeva, the two brothers being raised in the ashram of Sage Gautama. As the brothers belong to the tribe of the Vanaras or the Vana Naras, they are shunned as monkeys and made to do the menial work of the ashram.

Sugreeva witnesses Ahalya, the wife of Sage Gautama, committing adultery with Lord Indra, which sparks off a series of incidents that force the brothers to run away from the ashram and seek refuge in the forest.

The brothers wish to reunite with their tribe, the Vana Naras but are not easily accepted by the tribe. It is only the eunuch Riksarajas, who takes in the brothers and becomes an adoptive father to them. He takes them to Mahabali, the Asura emperor to study.

Meanwhile, an interesting love triangle starts between the brothers and Tara, the beautiful daughter of Sushena, the Vaidya of the Vana Naras. This tension between the three of them continues throughout the story.

Baali with the help of Sugreeva and Tara establishes the city of Kishkinda and attempts to restore the pride of the Vana Naras.

The circumstances that lead to the rift between the brothers which results in Sugreeva seeking out Rama and Lakshmana and Baali’s death, are extremely fascinating to read.

The characters in the story are portrayed wonderfully: Baali as the alpha male, Sugreeva as the younger brother with a sly streak, Tara who is an extremely capable woman and even Hanuman, Ravana, Rama and Lakshmana.

Do read the book if you enjoy reading mythology. I recommend ‘Vanara-The Legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara’ to readers as enjoyable, interesting and informative.

BOOK REVIEW: HONEY & THE MOON

Book: Honey & the Moon

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Author: Kamini Kusum

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Redgrab Books & Anybook

Number of pages: 152 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

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

The story is extremely contemporary and relevant, as these days many marriages face the same issues as those described in the book.

Srishti is a single, attractive woman in her thirties living in Delhi. She is successful in her work and enjoys her single life. She is also a fitness enthusiast.

She meets Atharv Mathur who is a new colleague and is drawn to him. Slowly, but surely, they start to interact more and more frequently, until Srishti feels that she is in love with him. Atharv proposes marriage to her.

Srishti’s mother has misgivings about the match as Atharv comes from a large family and she doubts if Sristhti will feel comfortable in Atharv’s home. However, Srishti is sure about her love for Atharv and the two of them proceed to get married.

Issues start to crop up for Srishti as she feels that Atharv is too extravagant with his money and shells out too much money for his family instead of saving for the future. As Atharv does not like Srishti saying anything against his family, Srishti starts to withdraw from him and starts to focus more and more on her career.

Unfortunately, Srishti also seeks solace elsewhere and finds herself involved with another man.

So of course the question raised in the story is whether Srishti is able to overcome various hurdles and work out her marital problems. The reader needs to read the book to find out.

I recommend “Honey & the Moon” to readers who like to read realistic, contemporary romance fiction.

BOOK REVIEW: INELIGIBLE

Book: Ineligible

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Author: Bijaya Kumar Mishra

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Invincible Publishers

Number of pages: 173 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “Ineligible” by Bijaya Kumar Mishra in exchange for an honest review.

Saahil and Varsha are very much in love and want to get married. However, in true Bollywood fashion, Saahil is a penniless, unemployed orphan while Varsha comes from a very wealthy family.

To take the comparison to Bollywood further, Varsha’s brother Dev sets down conditions for Saahil if he wants to marry Varsha: he must own a house, a car, have a monthly income of one lakh rupees and a bank balance of ten lakh rupees!

Saahil starts rushing to meet these impossible targets. On the other hand Dev fixes Varsha’s marriage to a stranger, making the situation even more difficult for Saahil and Varsha.

Saahil learns lots of lessons on his journey to earn money. Varsha ably assists him in achieving his targets. They are also aided by an assortment of friends and people they meet who become their friends.

Whether Saahil achieves his target and whether the love story has a happy ending, is obviously part of the suspense of the story and should not be revealed by me!

“Ineligible” is a fun filled and quirky romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: IN LOVE WITH SIMRAN

Book: In Love With Simran

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Author: Kulpreet Yadav

Genre: Romance Fiction, Thriller

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 220 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

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

Sanjana and Simran are best friends. Simran is in love with a rich businessman named Nik Sethi but is found brutally murdered. The autopsy reveals that Simran was pregnant when she was murdered.

Sanjana is certain that Simran was killed by Nik. Devastated by her friend’s death and determined to avenge it, Sanjana launches a plot to get close to Nik.

However Sanjana doesn’t plan on falling in love with Nik nor does she account for various people that appear to be out to get her. More people start dying around Sanjana and she finds herself on the run, fighting for her life.

Is Nik actually guilty of the murders or is it someone else? Will Sanjana and Nik be able to find happiness? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

I recommend this book to readers as a fast paced romantic thriller that will leave the reader turning the pages of the book to find out the identity of the murderer.

BOOK REVIEW: SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS

Book: Sometimes It Happens

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Author: Karan Sharma

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 154 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

Gautam is a handsome twenty five year old working in a multinational bank. He finds himself drawn to Roshni, one of his seniors working in the same bank. Gautam and Roshni meet several times and find themselves attracted to each other. There is only one problem: Roshni is considerably older than Gautam, in fact she is twelve years older than him.

Definitely both Gautam and Roshni have doubts about their relationship and whether it will last the course of time. Both of their friends try to make them see the negative aspects of their romance. How will Gautam’s family react when they find out about their age difference?

Will their love story have a happy ending? Will their love overcome all the practical difficulties their relationship is bound to face? The reader will have to read the book to find that out.

The author has chosen an unusual but extremely relevant topic for today’s times as such type of May-December relationships are taking place more frequently than before.

Sometimes It Happens is recommended as a modern and unusual love story that will appeal to lovers of romance novels.