BOOK REVIEW: THE STALKER

Book: The Stalker

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Author: Sandeep Sharma

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Redgrab Books

Number of pages: 135 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

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

Randhir Kamat is the CEO of USB (Un-social Bastards), one of the top companies in the field of entertainment. Randhir’s life appears to be settled, his company is at the top, he has a lovely girlfriend Rupali and a loyal friend and colleague Devendra.

However, Randhir has a stalker: Deepali. She stalks him incessantly on social media and professes her love for him. At first, Randhir enjoys the attention. But when the publicity affects his business and also his girlfriend Rupali, Randhir finally decides to go to the police to put an end to the stalking.

The matter is entrusted to Inspector Suraj Pant. When Inspector Suraj is assigned the case, it is in the middle of preparations for his daughter’s wedding. However, he investigates the matter with diligence.

Several questions arise in the course of his investigation. Who is Deepali in reality and why is she stalking Randhir? Is Randhir as innocent as he pretends to be? What is the actual connection between Rupali and Mayank, the head of Natak Company, one of the biggest competitors of USB?

The author has managed to spin an intricate tale of double cross, betrayal and suspense and has brought the story to an extremely unexpected conclusion. The story is only marred by bad grammar, especially involving the use of the past tense. The book would have benefitted greatly with better editing and proof reading.

However, ‘The Stalker’ is a quick and interesting read for lovers of that genre, i.e. suspense thrillers.

BOOK REVIEW: BESTSELLER

Book: Bestseller

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Author: Ahmed Faiyaz

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 190 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

The story is about Akshay who is sent to India from England in order to attempt to revive Kalim Publishing, a company that was once at the top but is now in deep trouble.

Akshay is given a year to turn around Kalim’s fortunes but he has his own problems to contend with as he is divorced and in debt. Aided by Zorah and hindered by Tarun, Akshay tries to publish more books on Kalim’s behalf.

The author has vividly depicted the way things work in the publishing industry by way of Akshay’s struggles. Akshay encounters an array of amusing characters ranging from the film star Roshan Khan to the politician Suryakant Joshi. Akshay unwittingly becomes a Page 3 personality and is thrust in the limelight in the course of his struggle.

Can Akshay succeed in getting Kalim Publications to start earning a profit or will he have to return to England in disgrace? The reader needs to read the book to find out.

The story is well written and extremely interesting.  If you are looking for a brisk paced and entertaining read, I will certainly recommend this book to you.

BOOK REVIEW: STROKES OF LIFE

Book: Strokes of Life

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Author: Anish Jha

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: &All

Number of pages: 239 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

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

The story is not a run of the mill romance, instead it has the elements of a lifelong love story.

Raj and Vira work in the same organisation but in different departments. Raj fancies Vira and allows her to talk him into joining a company organised holiday to Switzerland though he can ill afford it.

In Switzerland, Raj and Vira find that their booking has been messed up and they have to stay apart from the rest of their colleagues. They have to stay in a hostel and in textbook fashion, they proceed to fall in love.

Upon returning to Mumbai, they decide to get married as soon as possible. Slowly and gradually, over the years, the mundane problems of life creep in and a distance is created between them. However, the straw that breaks the camel’s back is their inability to have a child.

Matters come to a head and Raj leaves. Vira is shattered but tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. She manages to conceive a child through the wonders of modern medicine, whom she names Nandini.

Nandini is naturally curious to know the identity of her father but they are unable to find Raj anywhere. Nandini is also obsessed with Viraj, the famous reclusive writer.

Nandini go to Switzerland for a confrontation with Viraj thereby setting events in motion that will eventually lead to a meeting between Raj and Vira.

Will Raj and Vira be able to reunite? Who is Viraj and why does he play such an important role in the story?

Though there are a few loopholes in the plot, the story will surely appeal to readers of this genre.

BOOK REVIEW: BECAUSE I PROMISED

Book: Because I Promised

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Author: Anupriya

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Published by: GJ Group

Number of pages: 245 pages

My Rating: 3/5

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

Sushant and Varnika have been friends, classmates and competitors all through college. However when Sushant publically professes his love for her, Varnika rejects him firmly.

Varnika belongs to a large joint family dominated by her grandmother. Her father is deceased while her mother lives in Mumbai to manage the business of her own father. Varnika has had a traumatic childhood on account of her parents being estranged.

Varnika moves to Mumbai to live with and work for her mother while Sushant moves to Bangalore to pursue further studies. Their paths cross again when Sushant comes back into her life to help her out on an extremely important project.

The story reveals why Varnika is so determined to deny her feelings for Sushant. Will she ever be able to accept her love for Sushant and take their relationship to the next level? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

Because I Promised would have been a much more enjoyable book if there had been less grammatical errors.

BOOK REVIEW: THE MIND GAME

Book: The Mind Game

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Author: Devika Das

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Published by: Blue Rose Publishers

Number of pages: 203 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

This book can be deemed as a “self-help” or a “self-improvement” book. But what I really liked about the book is that the author doesn’t preach to the reader. Instead certain pearls of wisdom are imparted very simply and clearly to the reader.

The book has been divided into six sections: how to master your emotions, how to analyse people, how to live better with lies, how to strive for happiness, how to deal with anger and how to be happy in the workplace.

It is necessary to be guided in all these matters in the modern times when stress levels are at an all-time high and numerous people are struggling with unresolved anger, stress and depression.

There are many things in the book that the reader may already know. But when we struggle with certain situations in life, we tend to forget these things. Reading the book certainly helped me to get a fresh perspective on how to approach my life and problems.

I will certainly recommend this book to readers as motivating and inspiring. People of all ages can understand and relate to the book.

BOOK REVIEW: I AM M-M-MUMBAI

Book: I am M-M-Mumbai

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Author: Rishi Vohra

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Vishwakarma Publications

Number of pages: 188 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

The story is about Rudra, a young man who lives in Mumbai. He aspires to become an actor but does not dare to attempt to do so on account of his speech impediment, i.e. stammering. Instead he struggles as an assistant film director but constantly faces humiliation on account of his stammering.

When Rudra is dumped by his girlfriend, he hits rock bottom and goes into a deep depression. He is helped by a bar dancer Devika who gives him a roof over his head and his first break. Rudra manages to overcome various hurdles and finally gets a break in a film. Will he be able to make it big time?

The author has vividly depicted the way things work in the Hindi film industry by way of Rudra’s struggles. Once cannot help but fall in love with Rudra’s character, i.e. a truly decent human being. The story is well written and extremely interesting.

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.

BOOK REVIEW: ENDURER

Book: Endurer

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Author: Kapil Raj

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Write India Publishers

Number of pages: 216 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

The story is certainly different from anything that I have read so far. It deals with the pertinent question of rape.

Palak is a beautiful young woman studying in college. She is leading a fun life of drinking, partying and even drugs with her group of friends. While stoic Rohin in her group of friends appears to be attracted to her, Palak herself is interested in another friend Jahan.

Palak’s life takes a turn for the worse when she attends a rave party with her friends. She wakes up the next morning with no recollection of the previous night. But the battered condition of her body tells her that something serious and unpleasant has happened to her. She faces further humiliation when there is a sex video of her and Rohin doing the rounds.

Rohin takes Palak to his home town in order to get away from the gossip and speculation. Palak goes through a tremendous ordeal as she struggles to come to terms with what has happened to her.

Will Rohin be able to find out what actually transpired on the night of the party? Will Palak be able to heal? The author has beautifully depicted Palak’s thoughts, feelings and emotions in the story.

I recommend this book to readers as value for money.