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.

BOOK REVIEW: SWITCH IN TIME

Book: Switch in Time

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Author: Rajesh Shankaran

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: GJ Group

Number of pages: 314 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

Lallan Ajmera, a business tycoon, suddenly announces that the beautiful Kamsin Ahlawat is his successor and will take over his business empire. Everyone is aghast at his announcement, particularly those closest to him, his wife Arati Devi aka AD, his son Mrigank and daughter-in-law Neeti and his second in command Ajay Parashar. They suspect that Kamsin has a hold over Lallan and Ajay and Mrigank in particular are determined to find out what it is.

In the meantime, Lallan’s business rival Rasheshwar Jatia is found murdered in a seedy hotel. Inspector Bushra Khokhar is assigned to the case. Though Bushra struggles to cope as a single mother, she is still determined to solve this murder mystery.

How is the murder of Rasheshwar Jatia connected to Lallan Ajmera? Will Inspector Bushra Khokhar be able to unravel the mystery before any more murders take place?

The reader will have to read the story to find out.

‘Switch in Time’ is an extremely enjoyable suspense thriller and I recommend it to readers.

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: ASHOK AND THE NINE UNKNOWN

Book: Ashok and the Nine Unknown

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Author: Anshul Dupare

Genre: Mythology, Fiction, Historical fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 224 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

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

Emperor Ashok of the Maurya dynasty of course is one of the greatest kings in Indian history.

The story begins just after the end of the war of Kalinga. Ashok is on the battlefield feeling very guilty about the death and destruction caused by him, when he comes across a mortally wounded Kalingan soldier who has lost both his arms and an eye. The soldier curses Ashok and falls into the river.

Ashok is a changed man after the war and makes sincere attempts to improve the welfare of his people. The wounded soldier Amartya is rescued and revived by his brother Vatsal.

After meeting Ashok, Amartya leaves for Mayong, a strange land of magic.

Ashok decides to form a secret society and entrusts his chief minister Radhagupta with the task of finding nine experts in different fields.

In Mayong, Amartya has completely recovered from his injuries and has now gained a lot of knowledge about the secrets of Mayong. The magical Mayong comes under attack by unscrupulous people who want to learn the secrets of Mayong. They attack the city with dragons but the people of Mayong try their best to overcome them.

In addition to the secret society formed by Ashok, there is yet another secret society that has a hidden agenda.

What is the connection between Ashok and the lost city of Atlantis? What secrets does the Sphinx of Egypt hold? What is the connection between Ashok and Amartya? These are just some of the questions raised by the end of the story.

I believe that the author is planning to take the story forward in a sequel. I for one, am awaiting the sequel in order to get the answers to the questions raised. “Ashok and the Nine Unknown”, is a story that will certainly appeal to readers.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: THE HEIST ARTIST

Book: The Heist Artist

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Author: Vish Dhamija

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Harper Black

Number of pages: 262 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “The Heist Artist” by Vish Dhamija in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with a description of Vagh Pratap Singh, aka “Captain”, a con artist wanted by the police.

The Captain has been assigned to pull off a major heist, one that if successful, will give him enough money for the rest of his life. He has been asked to steal an already stolen painting, ‘Poppy Flowers’, painted by none other than Van Gogh! This job is given to the Captain by an unscrupulous politician Udhham Kumar.

The Captain takes on the identity of an art professor in order to trace the painting. As Udhham Kumar does not trust the Captain completely, he assigns the beautiful Sylvia to keep tabs on him.

Once the painting is located, the Captain plans a daring heist to steal the painting and bring it to Udhham Kumar. Sylvia and Damodar, Udhham Kumar’s man, are sent to assist the Captain in bringing the painting in safely.

However, each individual in the story has their own agenda. So begins a thrilling journey of car chases, double crosses and betrayal. To complicate the situation further, an upright policeman Hari Mohan Gupta, who is determined to arrest the Captain and bring him to justice, is also hot on the Captain’s trail.

Will the Captain get away with the robbery or will he end up arrested or dead? The reader needs to read the story to find that out.

I recommend this book to readers as an engrossing and interesting thriller that will leave the reader hooked until the end.

BOOK REVIEW: DECEPTIONS OF TOMORROW

Book: Deceptions of Tomorrow

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Author: Kumar L.

Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories

Published by: Red Knight Books

Number of pages: 70 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author graciously provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The book comprises of 11 short stories. These stories are all based on Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), black holes and time travel.

I was introduced to Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics by way of this book. Many of the stories in this book are based on the Three Laws.

So what are the stories in the book all about? They range from topics as diverse as the thief who steals a star, a robot couple who long for their own child, a time travel zealot who decides to travel back in time to kill his grandfathers in order to solve the time travel paradox and a fun excursion to a black hole that goes wrong.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading these science fiction stories and that too from an Indian author! You do not have to be a lover of science fiction to enjoy this book. I am sure that every reader will enjoy reading this book. I recommend this book as interesting and convenient to carry along on a journey.

BOOK REVIEW: DARK BLOSSOM

Book: Dark Blossom

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Author: Neel Mullick

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 212 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Neel Mullick kindly provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. I was specially touched by the lovely handwritten message for me inscribed in the book.

The story is told in the first person by Cynthia, a psychologist/therapist who has just resumed working after a divorce. Cynthia lives with her surly teenage daughter Lily.

Cynthia has a new patient, Sam, who seeks recovery after the sudden deaths of his wife and teenage son in an accident. Cynthia tries to help Sam recover although she cannot help but suspect that Sam is hiding something from her.

Slowly, it appears that Sam is healing from his bereavement. Cynthia is progressing in her relationship with Lily as well. Sam also makes the transition from patient to friend of the family as he too becomes acquainted with Lily.

Just as everything appears to be going smoothly, Cynthia learns something that leaves her shaken! She is unsure whether she should share this knowledge with Sam or Lily as it will have an impact on both of them.

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

I highly recommend “Dark Blossom”, as a highly enthralling and intriguing suspense thriller that will keep the reader guessing till the very end!