Book Review of Arjun Without A Doubt by Dr. Shinde Sweety

Well, I got this book from Authors Paradise. Arjun Without A Doubt is a mythology that has tinge of suspense and spirituality in it. This book takes us back to Mahabharata times where the characters do the talking and killing. We all are acquainted with Mahabharata which is the biggest known epic and many other versions have been written about it. This book is one such version which highlights the struggles of Arjun. For this book, the main protagonist is Arjun.

Cover- The cover of the b0ok has colourful schemes which makes it look fascinating. Actually speaking, The cover has Lord Krishna’s Mor Pankh which makes the readers interested in reading the book.

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Title- Arjun Without A Doubt is the title of the book which clearly tells us that the story would highlight Arjun and his struggles.

Blurb-

‘I knew there was nothing poetic about death. I knew not that the most horrific battles are fought off the battlefield.’

Arjun: The idealist in a non-ideal world, the warrior whose deadliest opponent was his conscience. History forgot his voice, but misquoted his silence.

 
‘My self esteem originates from me and ends in me. Why does your honor depend on me? Find your own.’

Draupadi: The untamed tigress, the fragrant flame, the unbridled spirit.

‘Power does not justify sin. Power is not virtue. Virtue is that which lasts in spite of power.’

Krishn: The enigma whose unique ideology churned the battlefield into a quest for truth.

 
The Missile… The Trajectory… The Vision…
The trio that makes for the core of the Mahabharata.
This is their saga. Insightful, visceral and candid.
Plot- The plot construction by the author is amazing as it highlights the two protagonists Arjun and Draupadi who have enough to handle on their plates still they stand together. Though Draupadi is married to Arjun’s other brother yet there is a special bond between the two. Draupadi always had a special corner for Arjun. It also gives us an insight about their dear friend, Krishn who guides them at every step. Krishn is the almighty who is the mouthpiece of author.
The greatest epic ‘ Mahabharta’ – This book is inspired by Mahabharta which is the largest epic just like Ramayana. Very few people know the hidden story behind it. It is said Maharishi Ved Vyas wrote it but the truth is, he was blind so took help of Ganesha who agreed to write it only if he recited it continuously. The saga records the facts and events of the 12 day war between Kauravas and PAndavas in Kurukshetra. The saga is written in poetic form and has used blank verse. There shlokas which are written in Sanskrit and is known as the longest poem ever written.
Characterization- It is hard to decide who was the protagonist in Mahabharta as all have their own stories to tell. All were bounded by their own issues and curses. But when we read this book we can clearly make out that in this book Arjun is the mouthpiece of the author. The story is written in his context hence, his point of view is highlighted. He is a warrior and has all the traits of an ideal soldier.
On the other hand, Draupadi is a princess who is born out of fire and is a flat character. She is beautiful and the counterpart of Arjun. The author has beautifully delineated their characters and the pain, suffering is shown fantastically.
Style-The book is mixture of third person narrative and a dialogic form. The author has used varieties of sentences. The emotions and descriptions are perfectly written. There are no digressions in between. The name of the chapters are intriguing. for instance : The Cacophony of the Dead, The Womb of a Butterfly and my favourite, Tears Reversed. The author has used rich vocabulary which serves as an icing on the cake.  the chapters are short which becomes a quick read inspite of the length of the novel. There is use of italiced words or sentences to grab our attention. I really loved the Whys and Whys not : Exploring Myths.
Lows- There were not spoilers as such, just the minors which my eyes got hold of them. There were some typo errors, mismatch of dialogue or rather positioning of dialogues and the spacing issues which could have been avoided. But for me, The book stands out. It is worth reading and I am falling in love with Mythology again.
About the Author
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The heart can be dissected, the brain can be spliced open, but I love to unravel the mind and emotions.

Dr. Shinde Sweety holds a Doctorate in Medicine.
Avid Mahabharata fan. Voracious reader.
Yoga enthusiast, Student of Spanish and yearns to learn Sanskrit.
Skilled at pencil sketch. Loves to daydream and swim – but preferably not together!
Curious about the Mystic & Mystique. Insane about soulful music.
Content to be cocooned in a dream world.

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Book Review of Hidden Passion by Summerita Rhayne

Summerita Rhayne’s Hidden Passion is a historical romance. It highlights the romance of princess Rukmini and King Devesh. This ebook talks about the passion that arises in both their hearts which they struggle to control and end up losing at that passion. The author has done a fabulous job in writing this ebook. While I was reading this piece I instantly fell in love with princess Rukmini, her boldness, her desires and the way she is fearless is remarkable. Further Devesh’s sophisticated attitude and his ability to control his heart is appreciable. The author has beautifully woven her tale around these two characters. The character portrayal is the strongest point in this ebook.

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The plot construction is amazing as it has no loops in it. The author has done full justice to the plot. The cover picture is enthralling and title is apt for the plot development.

The style is simple yet it complicates the language. There are some complicated words which are in typical Hindi and might confuse the readers like ‘Uttariya’, ‘Antariya’, ‘Kanchuki’ and many more. The negative pointer is, there were some syntactical errors which can be corrected easily.

Behind the Book-

Rukmani, the youngest of the Kamboj royal family, has always had her way and she thinks she would too when the question of her marriage arises. But when she expresses her wishes, her world comes crumbling down because it seems aristocratic affairs matter more than her heart. Who can she run to but the strongest ruler of the region, Deveshwaraya?
Devesh finds himself torn between duty and desire. He is drawn to her yet being with her jeopardizes everything he has worked for. When even protecting her invites trouble, how can he let his heart become involved?
When the walls of monarchical politics rise high between them, will her passion prevail?
Hidden Passion – the story of a princess daring to reach out for her heart’s desire.
Availability of the book-  The book is an ebook and is available on amazon.
About the Author
Summerita Rhayne loves to read fiction in all genres but especially romance. When she’s absorbed in writing and reading romance, she becomes temporarily deaf! She loves to write hot, sensual heroes who are sometimes masterful and have to be tamed by sassy but sweet heroines. She loves characters who learn and grow and carve their way out of their troubles and emotional hang-ups. She also believes that a touch of humor never goes amiss in a book. She divides her time between family, job and writing – and loves music, movies and internet!
You can reach her on Website | Twitter | Facebook

Book Review of Dancing with Demons by Nidhie Sharma

 

DANCING WITH DEMONS
by
Nidhie Sharma
 
 

Dancing with Demons is a unique book with a different concept. Lets have a look at it thoroughly :

Cover- The color scheme of the book is blue and black. It has a boxing field and down there is couple who seems to be standing on the road. The cover of the book gives us the glimpse of the novel.

Title- Dancing with Demons is the title and I feel it perfectly suits the book as the characters fight with their inner demons and the way they struggle to overcome them is being shown here.

Blurb-Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.

Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.

When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?

Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.

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Tagged Diaries : Amazing Photographer

Hello everyone! I am starting this tagged diaries as I have kept this category for some different set of people whom I want to give some tag so that whenever I look down the memory lane those tags come in my mind. The first person whom I want to tag here is Aman.

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Amazing Photographer( Amandeep Singh Chabhal)

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Amandeep, popularly known as selfie addict and an amazing photographer is my dear friend who knows the knack of clicking pictures from different angles. I met him three years ago at my class, so he happens to be my classmate. The aura of meeting a different person could be seen. So, I call him selfie addict  as well because this guy is fond of cell phones and the way he click pictures be it of others or himself is impeccable. And to add more his super sexy cool cell phone which everyone wants to have helps him to capture amazing photographs. He even has an amazing professional camera and is a vivacious Photographer. I am amazed by his talent.

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Amandeep hails from a town named Chabhal which is near Amritsar. Beside being an amazing photographer he is a fantastic human being and a friend of friends. He can go to any extend to help you and this quality makes him special. He will never leave you at your worst times and would do anything to make you smile after you have cried.

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Aman’s religious attitude can impress most of the people. The way he handles the issues related to Gurudwara collection is highly appreciable. He is a jolly person and has a heart of gold. I am glad to have him as my friend. Furthermore, the way he says ‘BATMEEJ’ in a different style can make anyone laugh. Not to forget his, announcement speech ‘ BAHUT KHOOBSURAT ITEM  PESH KARAN JA RAHE HAI SADE FANKAR AMANDEEP SINGH..’

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This is Surbhi signing off… will be back with more tagged people and stories behind them 🙂

 

Guest POst by Maisha

Hello Fellow readers! Its been a while since I have posted guest post so here I would like to talk about the youngest guest whose work speak more than her. Lets read together what she has to say :

Fall in Love…with your heart!

“It wasn’t long ago when he decided to give up on me, he didn’t have enough words to justify his deeds neither do I think that he wanted to, but he simply preferred to walk out of my life, just as quick as the snap of my fingers.”

 What I do not understand is, why have people stopped confronting their own deeds. They prefer walking in and out of your life as if you’re a doormat at their service, as if they never thought of you to be anything more than a lifeless entity which will never question them no matter what you may do and so is why they think that walking out is okay, and walking out without an explanation is perfectly alright as it will not matter much to you.

For what they aren’t aware of is the fact that you aren’t them. It might not matter to them, but it does matter to you as you witness sleepless nights, late mornings and a non existent lifestyle for months to go from there. What they do not know is the fact that there are things you keep on asking your soul, lost in those unanswerable questions for it’s only them who could answer them. Questions which land up being a question mark on your personality.

“Was it you who could not make them stay? Was it all your fault? Did you do something which made them walk away? Or was it that they find someone to be better than you could ever be?”
Such questions gift you these nights where a million thoughts cross your mind where you think you’re unworthy of anyone, or anything which surrounds you, but what you should know is the fact that nobody has the right to make you feel unworthy.

A betrayal shouldn’t make you question your existence, for the someone who left doesn’t define you. Your soul, your heart and your personality does so. A person can never be in control of another, and one should not hold out their control to someone for you may never know when they might think that it’s unnecessary for you to be there with them and they walk away with your control, do not let that happen for it’s then when you have no clue why things change in you, your stay a lot less happier and chirpy. Nobody seems to set things straight for you as you made that one mistake to give up on your control over yourself, smile through the waves of betrayal for what’ll reach the shore later will be a stronger version of you who’ll know how to set sail in the storms and fall in love with the hurricane which might visit you soon after.

A simple thing which has to be looked over is the fact that you must rule your own heart, you must fall for yourself in order to love another and you must know how it is to walk away for you may not walk over someone, specially without an explanation. Hurting someone does not lend in peace, it only devastates the remains of the peace you thing exists in you.

About the GUest

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Manvi Singh is a 17 years old, passionate soul who’s one and only dream is to make this society a better place to live in. Being a wordsmith, she believes that her words will definitely change the mindset of the people someday.
Apart from being a creator of a dreamworld, she’s also an avid reader, from Sudeep Nagarkar, Novoneel Chakraborty, Sachin Garg to Paulo Coelho, Roald Dahl, and Jhumpa Lahiri everything resides in her and her bookshelf.
She loves to dance, paint colors in her life and also, in between all these things she often tries her hands in culinary arts.
She visualises that she owns the spark of achieving the impossible and she believes that someday, she definitely will. She has penned herself with the name ‘Maisha’ on her blog Maisha “A Voice Within” and many other such platforms.

A Perfect Crime thriller

Ganga Bharani’s A Minute to Death is a perfect murder mystery which keeps you stunned throughout the reading. I read this book when I was travelling and trust me guys, this was a perfect read and I completed it till I reached the destination. Lets analyse it together:

Cover- The cover of the book is simple and colour scheme was light. But I would say,” Never judge a book by its cover.”

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Title- A Minute to Death is an apt title as the whole story revolves around it. Nothing could have been better than this.

Plot- The plot of the story is simple yet complex. The story opens at the death of a teenage girl and series of events takes place. There is also a sub plot of the investigation officer, Rohan and his girl friend, Riya who seeks his permission to be with him throughout the case so that she can write a book on it. Both the plots have great connection and meet in the end where the subplot overpowers the main plot. Ganga has done a tremendous job in her plot development. It is one of the crisp plots that I have read so far.

Characterisation- The character portrayal is the most applauding point of the book. Ganga has beautifully portrayed her characters especially Riya’s character who comes out to be the round character.

Style- I would like to highlight this point as I have read all her books and I have found out that Ganga always surprises her readers with variety of techniques. And this time, the impersonal description and third person narrative  with lots of twists and turns makes the readers admire her more. The sentences are simple and do have some poetic touch. She has carefully chosen the words to show the progress of her story.

Others Reviews- http://www.destinationinfinity.org/2016/05/29/book-review-a-minute-to-death-by-ganga-bharani/

https://drkiranacharya.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/book-review-a-minute-to-death/

https://wordpress.com/post/captivatingmode.wordpress.com/985

Availability of the book- http://www.amazon.in/Minute-Death-Ganga-Bharani-Vasudevan/dp/9384315079

http://www.flipkart.com/minute-death-english/p/itme9afc2tdwvpdn

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25882541-a-minute-to-death

ABout the Author

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Ganga Bharani can be reached at : http://www.gangabharani.com/

Also read the book review of A Sip of LOve& A Sip of Coffee :https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/book-review-of-a-sip-of-love-a-sip-of-coffee/

Book Review of 60 Writing Prompts and Plots : http://reviewswithsur.blogspot.in/2016/03/short-review-of-ganga-bharanis-60.html

Book Review of Just You Me and A Secret : http://reviewswithsur.blogspot.in/2015/03/ganga-bharanis-just-you-me-and-secret.html

 

Book Review of Maya’s New Husband

Well this is my first horror thriller which actually brought goose bumps to me while reading it. I completely read this book in one go and I had a detailed discussion with the author Mr. Neil D’ Silva who enlightened me about this concept of Aghoris. So, before writing my review I would like to throw light on Aghoris. Aghoris are the people who are devotees of Lord Shiva with a different concept of pleasing the God. They eat humans to satisfy their almighty. They think its a way of worshipping God and are celebates. They live on this purpose. It might confuse you, I know but such practise exists. If you want to know more about them then just google ‘The practises of Aghoris or simply type Aghoris’. To add more check here :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aghori

A special warning: If you can’t handle such horror then don’t read it, it might disturb the hell out of you. Heart patients, asthma patients, pregnant ladies should avoid reading this book as it might affect their health. Now I will tell you about the book.

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Cover- The cover of the book gives us a glimpse of thriller and horror segment in it as it has a woman whose mang is filled with blood instead of a sindoor.

Title- The title of the book is apt as it perfect suits the theme, Maya’s  New Husband and the whole story revolves around Bhaskar, Maya’s New Husband.

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Plot- The plot is crisp and well constructed. This is a story of Maya who happens to be a science teacher and how she deals with her life after she lose her husband, Samar. Things began to change when she comes across Bhaskar Sadachari, fine arts teacher. There is something wierd about him wish makes others hate him. When these began to spend time, they fall for each other and ends up marrying her. The story proceeds when Bhaskar’s intentions come forward in the chapters.

Theme- There is a theme of love and passion between Bhaskar and Maya. At some point it makes the readers think that one should just love a person and not look at their physical appearance.

The major theme is of Aghoris who eat flesh of humans which is the turning point of the novel and how others become the victims of this practise.

The other theme is of a Matriachal society. Maya lived with her sister and her mother. They were typical Maharashtrians and her mother was the woman of the house, all the decisions depended on her approval.

A minor theme of friendship could be noticed between Padma and Maya. They were inseparable and Juno swans. They used to gossip, shared food and many things. They both adored each other and could go to any extend to help each other. Padma was a confidante to Maya and was very much concerned about her. She even sacrficed her life for her sake whereas Maya could go to any extend to find the culprit behind her abduction and death.

Characterisation- The author’s characters are his best part of his creativity. The way the author has crafted Maya’s character is enthralling. I feel it was difficult to depict Bhaskar’s character who is the antagonist of this book. Its hard to show such an evil and heartless character. I salute Neil sir for bringing such character in light which we all wish to never see again and coming to Maya, all fell in love with her instantly.

Style- The author has used impersonal description and third person narrative. The language of the novel was not so complicated. It was understandable. It even had some typical hindi Indian words like ‘sindoor’ while the mention of their meanings could be seen at the end of the book. Even a non Indian could understand these terms after looking at the glossary. Not only this, but the author has used variety of sentences which makes the book attractive. Yes, there were so many new words and even there were no typing or editing errors which actually brought a broad smile on my face.

Others Reviews- http://www.indianyouth.net/mayas-new-husband-book-review/

http://klishmaklaver.blogspot.in/2015/07/mayas-new-husband-book-review.html

Interview of the Author- http://www.writerstory.com/neil-dsilva-interview-mayas-new-husband-book/

Availability- https://www.amazon.com/Mayas-New-Husband-Neil-DSilva-ebook/dp/B00RPZ01LQ

http://www.amazon.in/Mayas-New-Husband-Neil-DSilva/dp/9385137077

About the Author

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Just visit this site to know more about him..

http://neildsilva.com/