BOOK REVIEW: AVATAR OF PROTECTOR ANDTHE SECRET OF SUDARSHANA

Book: Avatar of Protector and the Secret of Sudarshana

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Author: Chetan B. Thakkar

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 154 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 Kalki, a college student, celebrating his 18th birthday. Several mysterious events take place on that day and Kalki learns from his parents, the next day that he is not really their child. He is also told of a pouch containing a secret that has been placed in his bank locker.

Kalki’s parents are killed in a fire and there are some monsters after him as well. Kalki is aided by the beautiful Indrayani, Indra’s daughter and is taken away by her to Planet Paradise. Planet Paradise has been very well depicted by the author.

There Kalki learns more about his responsibilities and powers as an avatar. He learns that his parents are still alive and embarks on a mission to save them accompanied by Indrayani, his friend and a couple of others.

Of course the question remains as to whether they are able to save his parents. The reader needs to read the book to find out. The author has ended the story on such a note, that it appears that he has already planned a sequel!

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

 

BOOK REVIEW: HOPE AND SUNSHINE

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Author: Debasmita Nath Ghoesh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Power Publishers

Number of pages: 170 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Debasmita Nath Ghosh provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Naina Grover, who hails from Delhi but is working in Kolkata. She enjoys her work as Marketing Manager and is in a long distance relationship with Ved. Naina has a wonderful friend in the form of her cousin Arjun.

Arjun’s best friend is Aditya, the new HR Manager in the company where Naina works. Naina, Arjun and Aditya, soon become a trio enjoying their time hanging out together while Naina struggles in her long distance romance with Ved.

There is also a traumatic secret about Naina’s family that Naina has difficulty coping with. In the meantime, she grows close to Aditya and his family, to the extent that he becomes her ‘hope’ and she becomes his ‘sunshine.”

Who will Naina eventually choose: Aditya or Ved and will she ever be able to recover from the tragedy that happened in the past? The reader needs to read the book, to find the answers.

BOOK REVIEW: DAREDREAMERS

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Author: Kartik Sharma & Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma

Genre: Adventure Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 286 pages

My Rating: 5/5

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

The story begins with Rasiq starting his first day as an investment banker in Mumbai. Though the work is extremely high pressure and the working hours are long, Rasiq sticks on with his job as his remuneration is very generous. He is just starting to enjoy the perks of his job such as a spacious apartment and a designer motorbike, when circumstances lead him to question the validity of such a stressful existence. Rasiq ends up resigning and moves back home to Delhi.

An accident on his motorbike leads Rasiq to having the idea of a start-up that provides safety to their clients, i.e. he starts DareDreamers with a multitude of talented individuals.

Slowly but surely, the talented team of DareDreamers starts to achieve success and fame until they are targeted by a rival company, G-Force, whose Chairman Rakeysh Aurora conspires with the evil Narad Money to discredit and to ultimately bring down the DareDreamers.

All the characters and the incidents described in the story are worth reading and so I will not spoil the suspense for the reader by narrating them. However, it remains to be seen if Aurora and Narad Money succeed in their conspiracy and crush Rasiq’s dream.

I definitely recommend “DareDreamers” to readers as it is a frothy, interesting and extremely enjoyable read. The story is full of exciting stunts and keeps the reader hooked! I think that the story has great potential to be turned into a Bollywood potboiler!

BOOK REVIEW: FOR THE SMILE OF YOUR EYES

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Author: Aarish Nandedkar

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Brosis Publishers

Number of pages: 271 pages

My Rating: 3/5

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

The story begins with Riley Stacy, an ambitious young interior designer wooing a beautiful young woman, not for love, but in order to win the Biz Award. It is extremely important to Riley to win this award and he works single-mindedly towards this goal.

Unfortunately Riley over-spends to fulfil his goal and ends up being on the run from loan sharks. He takes shelter in an abandoned railway yard, only to encounter the mysterious April, a fierce lovely young woman who tends to his wounds.

Riley is forced to stay with April till his wounds heal and his money woes are sorted out. It appears that Riley is in a strange, out of the way place. He encounters Daddy, an elderly shopkeeper, still in love with his deceased wife. He learns more about April and her history from Daddy.

Slowly Riley and April start to fall in love. But Riley still wants to return to his life and fulfil his dreams. Will Riley’s love be stronger than his ambition? Will April be able to move on from her tragic past?

The story should be read as it resembles a Bollywood love story. I could actually imagine some of the scenes in the book as if I was watching a film instead of reading a book.  A good read, for lovers of romance fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aarish Nandedkar is a novelist, poet, script writer and blogger. He can be followed on Facebook at facebook.com/authoraarish and on Instagram @authoraarish

BOOK REVIEW: CHANAKYA

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Author: Ashok K. Banker

Genre: Historical, Fiction

Published by: Westland Books

Number of pages: 154 pages

My Rating: 5/5

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

This story is termed as “Book 1”, so it is obviously intended to be the first part in a series. Accordingly, the story does not take much time to complete as it is only 154 pages.

Chanakya of course is one of the most well-known figures in Indian history. This first part shows Chanakya or Vishnu Gupta as a seven-year old child prodigy and genius, who when asked by his teacher at the gurukul to memorise the first Paksha of Mandala Seven, memorises the entire Rig Veda instead!

Vishnu Gupta, with his parents and three sisters leave their village Chanak to go to Pataliputra, the capital of the Magadha Empire, as his father has to attend a conference there.

Pataliputra is an extremely sinister place, firmly under the control of the “Maha-amatyaji” Rakshasa, the Prime Minister of the Emperor Mahapadma Nanda. The Prime Minister is involved in and takes a cut out of every illegal activity that takes place in Pataliputra. The Yuvraj Dhana Nanda, is portrayed as an extremely demonic child! Another interesting character that is introduced in the story is Chandra, a young pickpocket, who helps Vishnu Gupta’s family.

Circumstances and fate bring Vishnu Gupta in contact with the Prime Minister and later the Emperor and the Yuvraj. It will remain to be seen how the story will go forward in the sequel.

I highly recommend “Chanakya”, as an extremely interesting story that has left me awaiting the sequel!

BOOK REVIEW: IT’S GOT TO BE LOVE

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Author: Prashant Kaul

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 254 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “It’s Got To Be Love” by Prashant Kaul in exchange for an honest review.

This story has all the elements of a romance, unrequited love, fights, serious accidents, misunderstandings and heroic stunts!

Dev Sharma lives in Chandigarh and becomes the best of friends with Vikram in school. The two of them also join the same college. At first, Dev is bullied in college but he manages to transform his physique through exercise and martial arts. Dev has this strange ability of having some of his dreams come true!

Dev falls for Carol in college. She appears to reciprocate his feelings but she also does not appear to be entirely committed to him. In the meantime, Dev connects with Vaani on Facebook, who lives in Delhi and two of them become good friends.

Dev meets Vaani in person when he moves to Delhi to pursue his post-graduation. As his relationship with Carol is going nowhere, Dev gets more and more close to Vaani and eventually falls in love with her.

However, Vaani and her family mysteriously disappear one day. Dev, aided by his group of friends, frantically tries to track her down. Whether he succeeds in doing so and whether the story has a happy ending, is obviously part of the suspense of the story and should not be revealed by me!

“It’s Got To Be Love” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: AGNIPUTR

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Author: Vadhan

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 354 pages

My Rating: 5/5

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

It was extremely difficult to review the book without giving away the story!

The beginning of the story itself is extremely interesting with a necromancer conducting a black magic ritual. There is a mysterious energy in the castle in Gudem, a village in Andhra Pradesh.

This energy and its source is of extreme interest to crooked politicians and government agencies which then involuntarily involves Raghuram Surya, the descendent of the Surya family who owns the castle.

There is a Parch that attacks at night and a benefactor called P. Eshwar who shows up to help Raghu whenever needed. There are a lot of explanations involving quantum physics about the source of the dark energy.

There is a heart-warming romance between Raghu and Sheila Pitambar, the upright scientist who is trying to find answers to the mystery.

The story just races along until there is a confrontation between good and evil. Who or what is the “Agniputr” is one of the many plot twists in the book.

The end of the story, is extremely unexpected and was surely nothing that I anticipated!

I highly recommend “Agniputr”, as an engrossing and intriguing thriller! I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to this story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Vadhan is a lawyer by training. He also aspires to be a politician and a reformist one day.