BOOK REVIEW: I AM ALWAYS HERE WITH YOU

Book: I Am Always Here With You

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Author: Himanshu Rai

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 191 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.

Kartik and Ashima have known each other since their school days. Kartik fell in love with her from the first time he saw her and Ashima soon reciprocated. They call each other ‘Angel’ and ‘Teddy’. Though Kartik has differences with his father regarding his choice of career, he gets married to Ashima as soon as he is settled in his career.

After a few years, Ashima is pregnant and their lives seem to be complete. In the course of her pregnancy, Kartik writes several letters to their unborn child. He does not let Ashima read these letters.

The only thorn in their idyllic existence is that Kartik’s father is still not happy with Kartik as Kartik did not follow his wishes regarding his career choice. Also, his father did not entirely approve of his marriage to Ashima.

Events take a turn for the worse and Kartik sees Ashima on her wedding day, only Ashima is getting married to another man. How did this come about? What happened to Kartik and Ashima’s fairytale love?

I am Always Here With You is recommended as a touching love story that will appeal to lovers of romance novels.

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BOOK REVIEW: ELT-DUK AND THE COMPANY OF GOLD HUNTERS

Book: Elt-Duk and the Company of Gold Hunters

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Author: Yash Sharma

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Invincible Publishers

Number of pages: 140 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 is set in Northly Earth. In the town of Mirkota, there reside Tigun and Misarel who are “gold-hunters” and O’blame who is a businessman.  Ispichu, Tigun and Misarel’s communicator pigeon brings them the news that there is gold to be found on Elt-duk.

Accordingly, Tigun and Misarel decide to embark on quest to Elt-duk to prospect for gold. They rope in O’blame as their financier and business partner and he decides to join them on their voyage.

But what is Elt-duk? It is a dark, doomed and cursed place where no one dares to go.

On the way, they rescue an elderly man who is being attacked by flying beasts. That man, Buk Parsomin, turns out to have magic powers. He warns them not to go to Elt-duk as the Trroths and the Burburks want to occupy it.

The gold hunters accompany Parsomin to the kingdom of Monaar in order to meet King Altreen to warn him about the coming dangers. King Altreen is reluctant but finally agrees to offer some help to Parsomin.

The author has ended the story in a way that makes one certain that he is planning a sequel.

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting. The main drawback in the book was that I kept feeling that the story has been heavily inspired by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

BOOK REVIEW: YODDHA THE DYNASTY OF SAMUDRAGUPTA

Book: Yoddha The Dynasty of Samudragupta

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Author: Rajat Pillai

Genre: Historical, Fiction

Published by: Jaico Books

Number of pages: 316 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Rajat Pillai provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Chandragupta Vikramaditya of the Gupta dynasty of course is one of the greatest kings in Indian history.

The story begins showing Samudragupta, Chandragupta’s father at the peak of power and slowly beginning to show the signs of old age. Chandragupta has been raised in a village by a foster mother and does not know who Samurdragupta really is. He only knows Samudragupta as a benevolent relative who visits him and his mother from time to time. It is only when his foster mother is on her deathbed that Chandragupta comes to know that he is actually Samudragupta’s son and a prince of Magadha.

Chandragupta arrives in the capital, meets his father and assumes his rightful place as a member of the royal family. He is soon engaged twice, once as a political match and once out of love. He is also reunited with his brother Ramagupta.

Life in the royal palace is not what it appears to be as there is a deadly assassin on the loose as well as numerous conspiracies and rivalries afoot. Chandragupta finds himself in an asylum weak and in ill health, branded mentally unstable after a series of events.

Will Chandragupta be able to get himself out of this mess and will he stake a claim on the throne of Magadha? Will the assassin be caught? Who has hired the assassin? Who is the mysterious prisoner who is being held in the dungeons of the palace? The reader will have to read the story to find out.

It will remain to be seen whether the author will take the story forward in a sequel. I highly recommend “Yoddha”, as an extremely interesting story that will leave the reader hooked to the very end!

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.

BOOK REVIEW: THE TIMES WE LIVE IN

Book: The Times We Live In

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Author: Madhav Thapar

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 195 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was kindly provided with a copy of this book by the author Madhav Thapar.

The story has characters from the author’s previous book, A Friend Like Karna, playing a role in the story. However, for this story, the author has weaved an elaborate plot with characters based in the United States, England, India and Pakistan. The story also goes back and forth in time, from 1947 up to the present day. Moreover, there are numerous sub-plots in the story. I will endeavour to review the book without giving away any of the suspense of the story!

Girdhari Lal Mehta’s family attempts to cross the border from Pakistan into India at the time of Partition, with the assistance of his close friend Sarfaraz Khan, the Inspector General of Police. However, Girdhari Lal’s family is killed en route with the exception of his two children Sushma and Jai Prakash.

The main characters in the story are the progeny of Sarfaraz Khan and Girdhari Lal. The RAW officer Shashank Puri also plays a pivotal role in the story. Morever, there is a deadly assassin codenamed Cobra whose identity is unknown.

The thriller is action packed and taut with various twists and turns. The identity of Cobra is not revealed until the very end and comes as a major surprise.

A fast paced thriller that is definitely worth reading!