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: 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

BOOK REVIEW: GREAT TEXTPECTATIONS

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Author: Ruchi Vadehra

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 225 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.

The story is extremely contemporary and relevant in these times, as these days many relationships start and flourish virtually.

Amaya Kapoor is a single, attractive woman in her thirties living in Delhi. She works at Amaya Books which is owned by her family. Amaya is successful in her work but she has a dream of opening a bookstore that will be unique and different from other bookstores. She is also a fitness enthusiast.

While playing Scrabble online, she meets Rohan, who lives in Mumbai. Amaya and Rohan start to chat while playing the game. Slowly, but surely, they start to chat more and more frequently while in their professional lives, both of them are very ambitious and busy.

Amaya feels extremely comfortable and compatible with Rohan, even though she has never met him in person. Finally, they are able to meet when Amaya visits Mumbai for work.

Sparks fly even when they meet in person and from there, Amaya and Rohan are in a relationship that cannot be defined, as both of them live in different cities and Rohan is commitment phobic.

So of course the question raised in the story is whether Amaya and Rohan do manage to get together, overcoming various hurdles. The reader needs to read the book to find out.

I definitely recommend “Great Textpectations” to readers as it is a frothy, interesting and extremely enjoyable read. The story and the characters are all extremely progressive and modern.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This is Ruchi Vadehra’s first book. She belongs to a family of writers and lives with her husband, children and family in New Delhi.

HOW REVIEWING “LOVESTRUCK” BY PRASUPTA ROY GOT ME TROLLED & BULLIED ONLINE!

I decided to post this because I was extremely disgusted with what transpired yesterday and because I do not believe in letting myself be bullied.

Earlier, in this week, I received a copy of the book “Lovestruck” by Prasupta Roy to read and review. I received the copy through a fellow reviewer. I had never heard of the book, “Lovestruck” or the author Prasupta Roy before that.

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When I read the book, there were several points about the book that I disliked. The first one was that the entire book was riddled with bad grammar. So much so, that I was actually cringing in dismay whenever I came across a wrongly composed sentence, which happened ever so often in the story.

Secondly, at one point in the story, the protagonist’s husband asks her for a divorce and informs her that he is getting married to another woman next month. He also tells her that his fiancée wants him to get divorced before he marries again!

Whenever I review a book, I always try to find something positive to write about it. But at the same time, I cannot post a review falsely praising a book.

Accordingly, I posted an honest review stating my opinion on the book. The review was posted on my blog and Goodreads.

A short time after posting the review on Goodreads, I started getting trolled by a “gentleman” named Somnath Mazumdar who accused me of having a personal bias against the author. He also accused me of having entered into a deal for posting such a review and called me a “sick character”.

Excuse me if I sound ignorant, but I had never heard of Prasupta Roy till date. Is she such an eminent author that a rival author will enter into a deal with me for posting a negative review about her book?

Mr. Somnath Mazumdar did not stop trolling me there. He demanded to know my qualifications for reviewing the book and then finally ended by calling me a “fool.”

Again excuse me if I sound ignorant, but is there a certificate or a diploma that one should obtain before reviewing a book? If yes, then kindly let me know.

I will end my post here by simply raising this question: when an author publishes her book and anyone is entitled to read it, is a book reviewer not entitled to post her opinion on the book without getting bullied and trolled online?

BOOK REVIEW: LOVESTRUCK

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Author: Prasupta Roy

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Half Baked Beans

Number of pages: 130 pages

My Rating: 2.5/5

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Lovestruck” from the author in exchange for an honest review.

At the outset I would like to apologise for my negative comments on this book as it is not my intention to hurt anyone. But I am merely sharing my thoughts on this story.

The story is littered with various grammatical errors that made me cringe every time I came across them. But the worst grammatical error was “the Pandora’s box”. I do not mean to sound like the grammar police but I have always understood that the article “the” is never used before a proper noun. I was especially unhappy with these errors as the author is supposedly an English teacher.

Coming to the story, Kaatyaani lives in Chennai and is married to Hemant. She used to be a teacher but gave that up when she got married as Hemant didn’t want her “going for a job”.

Hemant comes across as an extremely unpleasant character in the story. Though they are unable to have a child, Hemant refuses to get himself tested for infertility.

Kaatyaani is living an extremely unhappy life when on impulse she accepts a stranger’s friend request on Facebook. She starts to chat with Siddharth, i.e. the stranger over Messenger. Slowly, they grow attached and start to meet. The inevitable happens and they fall in love.

Life takes a turn when Hemant gets a new job in Bangalore. Kaatyaani decides to end her relationship with Siddharth and stay married to Hemant. However, their marriage worsens until Hemant informs her that he is getting married next month!

This took me by surprise as I was not aware that polygamy is legal in India, i.e. can Hemant get married when he is still married to Kaatyaani? Hemant then sends her the divorce document as his fiancée wished that Kaatyaani signs the divorce papers before they marry. Kaatyaani has to simply sign in a few places and send the document back to Hemant and just like that, they are divorced!

After this speedy divorce, Kaatyaani moves back to Chennai and starts working in a school. She tries hard to contact Siddharth but cannot find him. This again sounds strange that she only tries his mobile number but not any kind of social media or e-mail, when it was through Facebook that she met him in the first place!

I will avoid revealing the ending of the book as someone might want to read it. This is merely my opinion on the story and of course a reader might actually enjoy it and have a contrary opinion. A little editing and some research on the Hindu Marriage Act and divorce laws would certainly have helped to make the story better!