Review: My Father is A Hero!

“I can understand what you are thinking about. I think about it myself all the time. If only I could too. We are the If Only I Could Too Class Sir.”

  • My Father is a Hero.

There is no shortage of love stories in this whole wide book-world. For every nook and corner, there happens to be at least one book with the hero tailing behind his lady-love or there is a doe-eyed beauty wishing for the attention of a knight in shining armor. Love has been molded into standard teenage-awestruck moment making the emotion a source of super-power to accomplish things that are beyond the border of imagination.

Amidst this, I happen to land upon a book that tells the tale of an ordinary man trying his best to bring every joy to the apple of his eyes, his daughter.

Here is the tale that makes love something more than an emotion. It makes life seem significant.

Name: My Father Is a Hero

Author: Nishant Kaushik

Publishers: Srishti Publishers

ISBN: 978-93-82665-60-1

my father is my hero.jpgDescription of My Father is A Hero

Vaibhav Kulkarni is an ordinary, down-to-Earth man, with average lifestyle good enough for his daughter Nisha Kulkarni. The father and daughter live a happy and peaceful life in a small world of their own.

Until..

A day arrives when Nisha doesn’t talk to her father anymore. Vaibhav is at loss as his only reason for living is slipping away from his fingers. She avoids him and soon Vaibhav gets to hear her failure in school through skipping classes and slipping grades.

Now..

Vaibhav has a choice to bury all his dreams to bring back the smile on his daughter’s face. The choice between a comfortable life and happy life.

A struggle for love, a struggle to stand up to his daughter….

What makes a father a hero in his daughter’s eyes?

This above video kind of sums up what the book tries to convey to the reader. Maybe most of you would have watched this video either when it went viral on WhatsApp or Facebook. Even then do take a look, you will feel the book!

My take on My Father is a Hero:

There are no words that can describe the book as it is really good. Being a daughter I know that my father is my hero. However, reading it in the words of someone else takes you back through the pages of your own life making you revisit your history and remember.

Remember the day you were proud to be a daughter to such an amazing man,

Remember the day the tear snuck down his face when you were ill,

Remember the time he clapped the loudest at your performance,

Remember the time when he laughed at your silly jokes and still didn’t judge you.

When everything fades away, he will still be there to hold your hand and take you across this hurdle. He will wait for you to sort your priorities and still smile even when you chose to leave.

I felt all that when I read through the book and maybe somewhere someone also should read this book to forgive themselves and run back to that old man waiting for them.

The words of this book felt like a tribute to all those amazing fathers out there who have not been appreciated enough. Those men who don’t show a lot of emotions but still feel the same amount of love and pain as that of our mothers!

Coming back to the book, the writing is fantastic with all the dramatic pauses and tear jerking situations. Its a joy to read this book, thank you author!

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What I didn’t like about the book was..

It got over too soon…..

The best part, the story. It is beautiful and all daughters should definitely read this once.

This is one book that is simple, ordinary and plain. However, once you read it, its simplicity makes you fall in love, makes ordinary seem extraordinary and nothing seems plain anymore.

I thank writersmelon for this amazing book, and apologies for the delayed review. I loved the book no matter who gave it, however, thank you for showing me the existence of this book!

 

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Review: Secrets, Sins and Struggles!

Sometimes setbacks and bitter experiences which a person may not have expected make him discover some unknown and hidden strengths in him,leaving him stronger and steelier in determination.

  • Secrets, Sins and Struggles

In recent times, short stories have started gaining new color in a way that would appeal to people. However, never had I imagined that the same short stories can be used to send a message to the society. The book that I’m going to share with the world is: Secrets, Sins and Struggles: The journey of five women, by Kamini Kusum.

Name: Secrets, Sins and Struggles: The Journeys of Five Women

Author: Kamini Kusum

Publisher: Zorba Books

ISBN: 978-93-85020-95-7

Category: Fiction-Short Stories

sss Description of Secrets, Sins & Struggles:

The book is an amalgamation of strength and the struggles of five very distinct and powerful women, who attain the adjective “powerful” with their determination and their spirit to overcome any odds to reach the final destination.

The story speaks of ladies who had to undergo tough transformations to realize their dreams and aspirations.

Each story is unique and the plot is special as it outlines the problems of new generation women. The fight has taken a whole new meaning and the term “equality” has gained a new definition.

Through small yet powerful stories the author has made an effort to spread the thought and share the courage of these strong ladies.

My thoughts on Secrets, Sins and Struggles:

I have to divide my thoughts based on the stories involved and eventually come to the overall conclusion.

First, the story of a rape victim named Pooja:

The story made my blood turn into ice. Never had I expected an author to start a book with the strongest and the most horrifying story that a person can ever experience. However, Kamini Kusum has made that effort and it just pushed the expectation of the book with the powerful writing in its very initial pages.

The story narration is beautiful and there are moments when I thought, maybe the author should have expressed Pooja’s thoughts and the emotional cycle that she had to go through.

Second: The story of a sweet corporate lady, Geshna.

Of all the stories in the book, this is my most favorite. This is the journey of a girl who crushes her dreams for the sake of a man who wouldn’t give a second thought about her.

The beauty of this story lies not within the initial build up. It is after the fall that the story makes an impact. It shows how a woman can burn in the flames and still rise from the ashes like a phoenix!

Third: The story of a girl with high ambitions, Shrawani.

This is a story that is awe-inspiring. The writing here was that great compared to the other stories. There could be more to it rather than the guy distracting the ambitious girl and later cheating her. I was a little disappointed as the expectation had reached the peak by now.

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Fourth: The story of an idiot girl who throws away the greatest gift offered by life to her, Harsha.

This story is the only one which makes one feel that maybe all men are not that bad. It is not always the fault of a man for the sufferings of a woman. Sometimes women are foolish enough to not see the greatest treasure offered by life and go out in search of fool’s gold.

The reason I liked this story was it is unique.

It is simple to understand and writing is so beautiful that the perspectives of each character are well put through.

Last but not the least:

Soul Sister’s are forever: The story of Avni and Saumya.

Many times we forget that our well-wishers are not exactly stupid enough to point the wrong direction. They do it for a specific purpose. However, situation and experience play an important role in how judge it.

 Some people try to act clever but they forget that there is someone smarter watching and keeping tabs on everybody’s activities.

Also this is the only story where revenge plays a part. Maybe taking revenge is wrong, however, the satisfaction it provides is something only the ones who have done it will feel. I’m not advocating revenge here, however, sometimes I guess it’s okay.

So overall the book was a great read and I would like to rate it 3.5/5 stars!

I would also like to thank and simultaneously apologize to the Author and Anuj for the amazing book and delayed review respectively.

 

Review: Colorful Notions!!

Ever dreamt of packing your bags and just leaving for a road-trip to unknown destinations and places that signify the cultural heritage of your country?

If yes then I have something to say to you.

Pack light, carry cash and the most important thing – do not at any cost, fight with your comrade.

Where did I ever learn this?

Sitting at home with an amazing book name: Colorful Notions!

Name: Colorful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0 (Click on the name to buy)

Author:  Mohit Goyal

Publishers: Srishti Publishers

ISBN: 978-93-82665-80

colorful-notions-197x300  Description of Colorful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0

Abhay alias Ab dreams to take a journey across the length and breadth of our country in hopes of witnessing the cultural diversity first hand and get the kick out of traveling the terrain with his car.

With him joins his side kick Shashank alias Sasha and Sasha’s beautiful girlfriend Unnati. Unnati provides the voice over to the video of the journey which is to be made into a movie by Ab.

With just high hopes and big dreams the trio set out to make a record and travel the distance to witness twenty-five amazing places known for their spectacular beauty and notable foodie delights.

On their epic journey they encounter the adrenaline rushing action sequences, haunted forts, tryst with love and fight between friends. They encounter the wildness of the nature and craziness of the humans across states. Meanwhile they delve into the past hidden in the stones and rocks, palaces and caves. Their journey takes them across places that they planned to visit and emotions that they had never planned to experience.

Join in this epic journey with colorful words and feel the emotions of twenty-five places sitting right at your home!

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My take on the Colorful Notions:

I would never ever give up a successful job just to go on a trip. That is something all my friends and family are aware of.

So starting this book was essential to me. I’m an occasional traveler and I only travel with family or friends. Never alone and never in a small group. I never found it fun.

When I started with the book, I was wondering is this trip worth it for the characters. Exactly on the same lines of the parents mentioned in the book. Then the journey just started off without any delay. That’s when I started enjoying the read.

Each of the places is so beautifully described that suddenly I have twenty-five places to visit, okay not exactly, around 20 at least.

That’s because I have visited the beautiful Mysore palace, breathtaking Rameshwaram, calm and soothing Kanyakumari. I guess I would have visited other places when I was young and I practically have no recollection of the places.

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The book is not just a journey to various different places. It is an emotional journey as well.

That is written so perfectly that the reader will not be able to find where they changed their perspective of going on and about the journey. In the very beginning, the journey is all about making it across the country. Somewhere the purpose is learning the most that you can from each culture and each place. The confusions and the turmoil in the minds of the characters is something that was worth all the effort of reading. It is easy to relate to and believe in. Also, the solutions offered for these are really good.

The fights and stress that the characters undergo are written in a brutally honest way which I really liked. In a travel book the fatigue and travel sickness are a must. Also missing home is something essential just like the song by Passenger “Let her go” suggests.

My most favorite part was Kanyakumari. Love the way author has expressed the ocean, the scenario and the love. I have been there and I know how it feels. Thank you Mohit for such a writing! It really took me to the same place again.

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What I missed in the book is some snow-covered peaks and their description. I would have loved to read more about their trip in Leh and Ladakh. I wish a little more on the people there and also in Kerla would have made the journey better.

Weaving the journey into a story is pretty hard and the author has done it pretty effortlessly. One can just go with the flow.

The greatest and the most epic part of the book is…

Hands down winner of magical moment in the book…..

The Taj!

The description, the situation and the timing, fantastic! no words can express that.

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With all things in mind I will rate the book 4/5 stars!!

I received this book in exchange of an honest review from The Tales Pensieve. Thank you so much for the book!

Review: Rukhsat

Emotions are like a tree. One stems from another leading to a myriad of emotions. There is no exact moment one knows regarding the initial budding of such emotions, but at a later stage, every moment in life is driven by it.

When talking about such emotions, it is hard to relate to short stories. Then again nothing is impossible.

Name: Rukhsat The Departure (Click on the name to buy) rukhsat

Author:  Sujit Banerjee

Publishers: Frog Publishers

Description of Rukhsat The Departure:

Emotions are the root to many stories. These stories from one perspective form the foundation for each of the twenty-six short stories in this book. Most of them are taken from the darker depths and rest are of little lighter shade. Few of them are from the story written from varying perspectives. That’s the uniqueness of  this book.

My review of Rukhsat The Departure:

I had chills while reading this book. There were times when I didn’t want to read further but curiosity would get the better of me and then I would start reading once again.

One thing about the book is it’s interesting enough to make the reader feel scared, elated, chilled to the bone and everything in and around with its words. It is not a “bad book”. Infact it is really good. However, this book is not suitable for young readers and orthodox readers. This might give you a heart attack if you are very orthodox in what you read.

There were times when I literally loved the story and cried along with few of them. I could understand the characters so well as it was written pretty well and depth was provided to make the experience more amazing.

Being the very first short story book I’m reviewing, I will give it 4/5 stars for the thoughts that went into writing it and every emotion being highlighted. I thank the author and Nishant Joshi, for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book has changed my perspective about the world!

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To the journey through light

There are times when all I ever wanted was to hide in that dark corner in my mind and not raise at all, that’s when I remember that a phoenix has to rise from ashes

  • Anonymous

Life brings in both joys and sorrows. Some say it is balanced while some say it is a state of mind and nothing more. I was one among those who believed that life would give only so much problems that I can handle. But then again what do I know about problems. If you did a survey on how many people are happy out there in this world, you will find my name in that list. If you think you are suffering for unfair reasons, maybe it is time to read this book:

Name: Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints That Matter: A Journey Through Toxic Relationships 

Author:  Nina Norstrom 

Publisher: WriteLife

ISBN: 9781939371478

Star Rating: 4/5!

 

blueprint Description:

I honestly will not be doing any justice when I write the description for this book. But I will try my best to get real close.

This is the journey of the author through multiple toxic relationships and toxicity of life in general. She gives great insights on how her experience through this journey was and how to recognize, repair and avoid such traumatic experiences. This is not one of those self-help books which guide one through till then end and feed your brain with too much information. This is one of those books with heartfelt emotions and story of those loved ones who teach us things that cannot be taught. It is a wonderful effort by the author to write her thoughts and experiences and using this to guide others who might stumble upon such issues as well. Hat’s off Nina!

My take:

I initially started reading this book with a lot of other work and very hectic events happening in my life. But slowly the book started showing me the toxic part of life which I had never encountered as of yet {Yes, nineteen isn’t exactly all knowing age}. Then again prevention is better than cure. So I continued reading through and that lead me to knowing so much about how life is not as simple as it seems. I have super amazing parents and a brother who is a pest at times and the greatest gift to me during the the rest. I had always taken them for granted and only after reading this book did I understand my mistake.

Never ever take it for granted that you have an amazing family and good friends to help and support you. You couldn’t have asked for better people in your life!

The thing that finally made me throw away all my work and read the book was when the author is faced with the Cancer taking away the light of her life. That’s when I cried while reading. The author herself seems so calm and reassuring in her words, but me, as a reader I could feel the pain radiated from the pages. I love this book and this is one book that I according to me, should be read at least once in a lifetime!

There are many books out there, but none can compare to a mother who is guiding a child. This book gave me that feeling and I’m so thankful for the author for sending me this book! Really really amazing!