Review: Finding Juliet

When you look back, most days in life seem ordinary, but there are some that change your life forever and remain etched in your memory.

  • Finding Juliet

A lot of love stories for the valentine month and I hadn’t expected four in one love story plus few odd ones here and there in a single book.

Times are changing. The book that showed me that was:

Name: Finding Juliet

Author: Toffee

Publisher: Srishti Publishers

ISBN: 978-93-82665-85-4

finding juliet.jpg  Description of Finding Juliet:

Arjun is a geek engineer with bad luck hovering over him in the department of love.

When his friend asks him about the past, Arjun divulges in his story of how lady luck shied away from him not once.

Thrice.

Then there is another part of his life with friends and parents he neglects every time a new girl walks into his life.

When that same girl walks out, he reverts back to his life support: Anjali.

It takes time for him to articulate his thoughts and understand what exactly is he searching for when everyone around him gives him the “Handbook of understanding women”.

Will he finally understand what his heart wants? Does the fate have something else planned for him?

 

My take on Finding Juliet:

There was a time when a single love story sufficed for a book and a person. The requirements to an exciting love story changed not in quality but with quantity. Triangle love stories turned into hexagon and octagon love stories. Now one-to-one stories with too many intersections and speed breakers make up for a “good” love story.

This book starts off on the same lines.

However, this book surprised me when it changed course and came to a stand still when it decided to become “The Handbook of understanding women and their behavior!”

That was kind of funny and at times infuriating. I was wondering, “Do girls really do that?”

If you think the book is coming to an end, you are in for a sweet surprise. The hero becomes a playboy. A geek is reborn as a flirt.

That is the moment when he witnesses that many men live a hollow life because of too much expectation from things that cannot and do not deliver.

The writing is simple, interesting and the grammatical mistakes are only present in dialogues giving it a colloquial touch rather than highlight itself as a mistake.

This book is for young adults and people who love “love stories”. I for one am not that much into them hence, if the book inspired me enough to make me read it completely, then that book is good enough read.

Overall I liked the book and I feel that it is a light read, good enough for a break read rather than a serious read.

I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

 

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Review: Figmented Reality

In the era of social media, attention is become a major influence in life

  • Figmented Reality

It takes a lot effort into making a story out of hard facts and emotions. It is an art to craft a story with layers of plot and multitude of characters and their journey through the various situations.

One slip in timeline leads to chaos within the story.

Want to see chaos? maybe you should take a look at this:

Name: Figmented Reality

Author: ZUKO (aka Sidharth)

Publishers: Frog Publishers

figmented-reality Description of Figmented Reality:

The protagonist of the story is an addict. You name it and he may as well have it. Alcohol, smoking and sex.

Also, he is a slave to the worst form of addiction…

So how did he fall in this vicious trap of addiction?

Is there no way to come back?

Is it true about what he is perceiving? Or is it just a fragment of his imagination?

Is his reality stained with the stories woven by his mind?

Find out in this book.

My take on Figmented Reality:

The story is a chaos. That is what I felt throughout the book.

The story is divided into a psychological lesson and a story.

The psychological part has no connection to the story and at times seem boring. Maybe the thoughts are correct and relatable, however, it is just not needed at that point.

It might have been better if preaching came after the story. Something like “Moral of this chapter”.

The next part the story.

That is once again divided into three parts.

  1. The actual story that is happening.
  2. The hallucination
  3. The text chat.

The actual story and the hallucination are very confusing. Just like in the mind of the protagonist.

The text chat is just antagonizing the reader.

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What I liked about the book was the courage of the author to write about some of “untouchable” topics.

It was good till a point. However, after a certain limit, it felt like pure perversion.

I don’t have the right to comment here as I do not know what is the state of mind of a person who is abused sexually. However, I think a book with a central theme of abuse should focus on that.

Coming to the theme.

There is no theme for the book. Confusion seeps in at every point. I felt lost at many places while reading this book. Maybe if everything was chronological rather than shift between reality, hallucination, flashback and current events, it would have been easier to digest.

Overall I didn’t like the book much as it felt very confusing.

Though if there are going to be other editions, a lot of room is available for improvement.

With a little bit of modification with the story telling and lesser preaching, the story may become really good. It has all the elements that are essential to a good story. However, rearranging it is required.

I thank the author and Nishant Joshi for giving me this book, in exchange of an honest review. Thank you and apologies for any harsh word.

 

Review: Confused Bastards!

Great dreams come at a cost. Some cost you peace of mind yet some others cost you your fame. However, those dreams are worth it all. Fight for it, in a way that the world stops and watches you rise.

Unique stories don’t just happen. They are made. Preferably drunk and cursing at life when it shows you the place that you need to stand in.

Well, that’s the new version of “Necessity is the mother of invention”. Or so.

Recently, I had been to a lit fest Indian institute of Management, Bangalore to witness the biz lit festival. There a question was raised as to why there was no start-up fiction. Then the various authors chose to answer in various ways.

The one I liked the most was “Start-up stories never belong to the category of fiction.”

What is it about the start-up wave?

Well, I had this amazing opportunity to be a part of few start-ups and I’ve seen the energy that builds the dreams and brings out shattering innovation. I saw a glimpse of the beauty within the walls of a mind struggling to sort through the ups and downs of entering into the market.

So the when this book ended up on my shelf, I had no choice other than reading it with all my heart.

Name: Confused Bastards

Author: Manav Vigg

Publisher: Srishti Publishers

ISBN: 978-93-82665-77-9

confused-bastards Description of Confused Bastards:

When three friends, frustrated of their miserable existence get drunk, their story starts with a big bang.

Akash, the creative genius who is in search of success finds himself getting closer to his dream.

Jai, the brain which brought about the revolution, thanks to his torturous manager finds himself in a dream-like life.

Vivek, the peace-loving poor chap finds himself on an exciting journey.

All this happens because the trio creates a website for all the miserable and frustrated people out there to share their unabashed and unadulterated opinion regarding anything and everything.

The website was an instant hit among people and took them to unimaginable heights.

However, good things don’t last forever…

The dream turns into a nightmare within the snap of the finger …

The trio comes crashing down from their high and ends up in prison.

Moreover, they tumble into a confused abyss…

What next?

Will they make it back up? Or are they lost somewhere in this start-up wave?

 

Take a look at what Manav Vigg himself had to say. Since the video is old, I will not vouch for the campaign in the end.

My take on Confused Bastards:

The story has a normal beginning with the perspectives of the three friends and their opinions. Eventually, the story takes few small twists and turns and boom!

You are amidst a freaking start-up wave!

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No, sorry. It doesn’t happen like that.

The idea pops into the story and starts directing it slowly. The flow seems to increase in speed and there comes a point where the story is completely fast paced and super exciting.

In the way it climbs up to Euphoria, it comes crashing down the next minute.

The crash is expected. However, the climb back up is sweet.

At first, I thought just like Akash and it felt very much like an idiocy.

Slowly one gets into the flow and it doesn’t seem so stupid anymore. It becomes more fun and enjoyable. Not a single moment feels too heavy or philosophical.

That’s the best part of the book.

The writing is very simple and one can directly plunge into the story. The characters are well-developed and they are highly relatable. You can either feel like Jai, Akash or Vivek. There is a slot for all the beautiful women who support crazy men and that happens to be Sneha.

Overall, the book was a good, fun read. I thank Tushti Bhatia and the author for sending me this book. I enjoyed reading it!

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!

 

Review: Kashmir 90!

A story is where a life is created, a journey is made and a world is destroyed. One cannot live a story without living the drama, the sadness, the joy and the rollercoaster ride.

I had delayed all the book reviews in the wait for an epic drama called semester exams and to my surprise, the first book of the new year is the story of another engineering student. I have started getting this notion that we engineers are pretty great at story telling and we all have some sort of story to tell.

Before I digress, let me introduce Kashmir 90!

Name: Kashmir 90 (Click on the link to buy)

Author:  Vineet Mishra

Publisher: Frog books (www.leadstartcorp.com)

ISBN: 978-93-52017-42-3

kashmir90 Description of Kashmir 90:

The story of a silent valley thrown into chaos narrated in a unique way.

The story to inspire people about life and how to keep changing along with its waves.

The story of Shiv and Maya along with that of Vineet and Mallika as they try to bring back the joy in their monotonous life.

In 1990 Kashmir fell prey to the communal riots, orphaned many Kashmiri Pandits and made them nomads. In this processes lies the story of a guy named Shiv Pandit who is estranged from his home and the only girl he has ever loved: Maya.

Life takes him across the length and breadth of the country just to find his lost love and to find a home away from home.

Join him in his journey where lessons of life are learned in a different way.

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My take on Kashmir 90:

I personally don’t like love stories. I am not a fan of that genre. I do like to read really cry-worthy love stories though. I know I’m a sadist. However, I read this book. That tells a lot about the love story on its own.

The story overall is a good read though if you are looking for action of the riots, then you will be disappointed. Also the protagonist is just likable. Not the kind of guy I would trust or recommend anyone to trust.

The story could have been written and portrayed in a better as it was kind of influenced with Bollywood. I was not satisfied with that. However, I was happy about one thing.

I am in the book!!

I mean, my name is Vibha and there is a character named Vibha in the book. Since she portrayed to be an okay-to-like character I’m little happy about it.

This does not affect my opinion though.

I like the concept of the plot. I like the way the flow of the story is carried out. What I didn’t like was the grammatical errors across every few pages. It really makes reading difficult and hard to get involved with the story.

If that is rectified then the book is a pretty decent read.

So out of 5, I rate the book 3 stars!

Thank you, Author and Nishant for sending me this book and I’m really sorry for the delay in reviewing.

 

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!