Book Review of Finding Juliet

Finding Juliet by Toffee is a romantic fiction which was first online on Juggernaut books and later on it was published as a paperback version by Strishti Publishers.

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The cover of the book is intriguing as it features a nerdy guy and some random colour schemes that makes it stand out. The cover surely says that the story is about an average guy who is in search of love.

The title is fantastic and one just falls for the choice of the author. Finding Juliet reminds us of another Finding Juliet by Frank Sennett which is modern day story of Shakespeare in love. But this book is nowhere related to that book.

An incredibly nice guy turns into an irresistible flirt and learns the fine art of seducing women. A hilarious and heart-warming novel with some surprising nuggets of wisdom.

The plot is strong, crisp and binds the readers till the end. This is Arjun’s story. Two months ago, he moved from Hyderabad to Bangalore. Other than Anjali, Krish is the only good friend he has in the new city. One day, after noticing that Arjun is upset, Krish takes him to a pub and Arjun tells him his entire love story and the book moves into flashback.

He talks about his childhood in Hyderabad, about Anjali, who has been his friend since the first day at school. He talks about getting into an engineering college, about making friends with Amit and Rohan, about falling for Shraddha, the first girl he loved, about his love for cricket. He then goes on to talk about getting rejected by Neha in college. All through Anjali egged him on, motivated him. He then talks about landing up a job in Hyderabad, and meeting Saakshi, Amit’s friend, who comes to Hyderabad from Vizag with whom he decides to part ways due to their disparities.

Krish gets him a makeover and helps Arjun come out of the depression and find his mate.

How does he do it? Read on to find out.

The author has introduced wide range of characters which might confuse the readers. Especially the female characters which surely gives us a tough fight to guess whose the protagonist. As we reach the end, we come to know who plays the main lead and stays throughout. I find Arjun’s character really interesting. The way he changes from a completely dumbass to a casanova is mind blowing. His character makes us laugh, cry and lament at the same time. Whereas Krish has been a confidante to Arjun. The way he explains him the girl’s philosophy is really interesting.

There many things covered in this book. The relationships, lust, marriage, family, friendship. It can be called shades of life. We can notice almost all the segments one experiences in his life.

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The style of writing is eloquent. The way the author has used his words and sentences carefully makes it more meaningful. The witty dialogues, lyrical language makes it more rememberable. The poetic diction along with epistolary technique adds sense to it. Furthermore, the way the twists and turns are shown along with different set of side stories is the icing on the cake. This book is a must read if you want to read something simple and light. I am sure this book can be converted into a romantic comedy.

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Book Review of Voicemates

Voicemates by Anamika Mishra is a musical journey of two souls who are connected by the knot of music. We all know music has no boundaries and it can reach everywhere. It is a solace for everybody. These days reality shows have taken a new turn. Many lives are changed by these reality shows. A zero can become a hero in just a few months. I am a lover of music, hence I picked up this book.

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The cover of the book is intriguing and has two people who are singing  on mike. This surely gives us a glimpse of a story of a singer. The black and pink ode reminds us of Aye Dil Hai Mushkil movie’s font style. But guys, this book is not connected to that movie by anyway.

The title ‘Voicemates’ is really beautiful and it reminds of the movie that I had seen ages ago, named ‘Sur’. Well, this title is taken from a fictional reality show in the book named Voicemates.

The plot of the book is mind blowing. It revolves aroun two teenagers Tulip and Sam who are from different backgrounds but share a same dream of winning the reality show named ‘Voicemates’. The way they handle their struggle is the rest of the story.

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The characterisation is the soul of the novel and the author has done full justice to it. Tulip and Sam are obviously my favourite characters. The way they meet and get clicked all of sudden is impeccable. Tulip belongs to a high class family whereas Sam is not well off. But children connect them the most. Both are ready to help each other in the competition for which they could go to any extend. Sam was ready to make a stranger his partner whereas Tulip was ready to lie to her parents for the sake of singing.

The style of writing is simple, lucid and clear. The author has used witty sentences. The descriptions are impersonal while the narrative technique used is that of third person. The use of lyrics makes it more lively. This book gives us the touch of friendship, love and music ofcourse.

Some undigested Facts:

It is a reality show but there was no strong competition in the show. The matter of Cyrus got resolved so easily. It could have been extended and this would have added some more drama. Further, reality shows have voting systems,how come it got missed by the author? Not only this, the other contender Seema, what happened to her remained a mystery. We can guess that she got eliminated but in reality shows, runners up are there so that could have been talked about. The suspense part seems missing as all could be guessed but still we love this book because of its unique concept.

Lesson Learnt:

Unknowingly this book teaches us an important lesson about our family. We all know that what our parents say is always right but at times they are over protected towards us. It is we who needs to break the shield and talk about our dreams. Parents are not bad and talking about your dreams is the best way to make them aware about yourself. Thankyou Anamika for teaching us this beautiful lesson.

This book is a treat for all the music lovers and a must read if you want some different story.

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Book Reviewof Black Sheep Caught in a Cobweb

Black Sheep Caught in a Cobweb by Mirabelle Pereira is a collection of 25 anecdotes that surely has essence. This book has a limited range of characters with wide range of thoughts. In short, this book takes up microcosm and reaches the macrocosm.

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The cover is not that impressive as I feel the author mainly focussed on her thoughts. It is simple and sober which surely matches the title of the book. The title ‘Black Sheep Caught in a Cobweb’ has a deeper which we come to know once we are done reading the book. The headings of the chapters is unique and makes sense completely.

There is no such plot. Infact, it revolves around the author and her family. These 25 stories are just like normal stories and can be narrated by a person. It seems as if someone is telling us the stories face to face. These stories gives us warm and homely feeling.

The author has taken up her own family as characters. It includes her grandmother, grandfather, mother, Jasmine( The aunt), Keith( The Uncle), Sid( brother), Zara( cousin). Even she herself includes in these stories. It is strange that the author has herself given the character sketches of her own family members and we surely do not need to make any picture in our minds as it is already crystal clear.

The narrative style includes first and second person narrative. It is difficult to incorporate two different styles altogether but the author has managed themvery well. Further, the descriptions used are fantabulous. The witty sentences and references from important people adds flavour to it. EVen the author has used her own quotes that can be made as axioms in near future. These stories are full of incidents, anecdotes, sarcasm, wit and humour.

The quality of the book surpasses everything. The pages are fine and one surely falls in love with the soft pages. The book is an easy read. It is thin and has just 94 pages. Some pages are left behind if someone wants to make notes or write something.

Some of my favourite quotes include:

“All happy families are alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy

“Expect the worst and you will never be disappointed”

Book Review of Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini by Kavipriya Moorthy is a romance fiction and in some way is related to social issue which I shall uncover in the upcoming paragraphs. This book is an exceptional book and in my reviewing career, I have not read such a book. This might highly impress a person and even depress a person, depends on their view points.

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The cover is eye catching and this is enough to lure you to buy this book instantly. The kohl on the eye and the black thing reminds you of a Muslim lady as this sort of eye makeup can be seen their but I say, Don’t judge a book by its cover. This cover surely makes you think of some erotica or some crime. But yes, all these notions are wrong which are uncovered once we start reading the book.

The title is inspired from a drink  named Dirty Martini which in itself is a diverging part as the story is nowhere related to the drink or based on it. But still, once we read we come to know the knack from where it has come. Then surely, this title makes sense to us.

The plot of the story revolves around the lives of two people, Preethi and Raghu. The story is mixture of past and present events which have been beautifully conceptualised in the book.

Some things to talk about

Every woman has the right to live and take her own decisions. Nobody can force her for that but according to this book, women who take their decisions are judged, be it taking a drink, be it smoking, be it living alone, be it moving in with someone or be it expressing your sexual desires. If a man has sexual desires he is considered cool but if its about a woman she is called a ‘BITCH.’ This book talks about Gender Inquality where women are judged for their decisions or being independent.

This book talks of a stupid notion about a few NRI’s. Who are these NRI’s? The people who can’t find a girl in their own country and come to some other country. They fool a girl of their good status and take them. After taking them to their land they treat her like a slave. And what we so called stupids do? We get in their traps and end up ruining our lives. We are ready to compromise everything be it his age, his looks or thoughts. WHy? The answer is, he is a NRI. Does it give him a license to betray you and crush your heart into pieces? Does NRI means that he can rule you? This dirtiness of so called NRI idealogy is clearly shown in the book.

The author has beautifully delineated her characters. Surely Preethi, is the protagonist as well as the mouthpiece of the author. She is bold, independent,confident and fights the society alone. Whereas, Raghu is the most loved guy and the reader might surely fall for his behaviour and traits. Both are perfect for each other but destiny has something else in store for them.

The story moves in a steady pace. The way the author use past and present technique is impeccable. The use of social media is the key point. The way the first person narrative blended with point of views is depicted adds essence to it. The wit, humour, sarcasm are like jewels of this book. The editing is beyond perfect and the editor’s note is just loveable. This book can surely end up into a movie.

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About the Author

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Kavipriya Moorthy was born in Chennai, India. She did her Engineering and MBA, and is now working as a business analyst at GAVS technologies. “I don’t wear sunscreen” is her first published novella, and she runs her own blogs.http://www.yoursprofessionally.com is her micro-niche blog andhttp://www.kavipriyamoorthy.wordpress.com is her personal blog where she shares about her works, reviews other books, and writes about the process of publishing.

 

 

 

 

Book Review of Love & Peace

Love & Peace by Abhishek Kothari is a romance fiction. This story is about love that makes breaks and makes you something. The story has a simple perspective but the situational delineations makes this simple concept beautiful.

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The cover of the book is simple, sober and beautiful. The whote background indicates peace and tinge pink has essence of love. The cover maginificently delineates the purpose of the novel.

The three words sums up the title and its purpose ‘ Love and Peace’. This is an amazing combination as we know that love can melt stones, can stop wars, can make enemies friends and so on. Hence, this love can bring peace and solace to a person’s mind.

Are you in quest of love and peace?
Dear reader,
I have been dreaming of marrying Guddi ever since childhood. No, I didn’t love her back then. I wanted to marry her simply because all my friends were married (child marriage!) and I didn’t want to lag behind.Now, I love her deeply. But for her, marriage is a three-ring circus – engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering. More so, I’ve run away from her a couple of times for my atonement. But every time, life has dragged me back to her. In running after love and peace, I forgot to live! A mesmerizing anecdote about following your heart, Love and Peace is about my fight with fate and life to achieve what I had set my heart on. Come, join my journey and rediscover yourself.
Love and peace,
Raju.

The plot is crystal clear and intriguing. It revolves around the lives of Raju and Guddi who happens to be childhood friends. This is a journey of love lost and found. They go through a lot of ups and downs which makes their bond strong only.

The characterisation is one of the best elements in the book. It seems as if the author has mastered the art of character portrayal. I felt Raju’s character exceptional. The way he handles the situations is impeccable. Even though the life knocks him down everytime, he comes back with a bang on. His ambitiousness makes him a better man and his lifstyle improves. He is madly in love with Guddi and it doesn’t change till the last page of the book.

Guddi’s character is complicated. Many people might not life it from the start but once we read her side story we surely love her character. She is a confident woman who has her own perspectives towards life. We are more influenced by Raju’s life that we almost forget her existence.

The minor characters also play a vital role in progression of the plot. The way Sanjay, Harish and Raju’s dear ones behave is mind blowing. They are surely the pillers of his success.

The language used in this piece is simple, lucid and clear. There are many witty sentences that makes you laugh. It seeems that the author has balanced the emotions correctly in the novel. The first person narrative with impersonal descriptions makes it understandable. The exchange of letters gives us a glimpse of Epistolary style of writing. There are certain proof readng errors which can easily taken care of. It is quick and easy read. One can complete this book in 2 hours.

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About the Author

Abhishek Kothari, aka Qais AK, wrote his first book A Feeling Beyond Words in 2010 and it became a bestseller soon after. An alumnus of Lovely Professional University, Punjab, Abhishek is an atheist at heart. A deep believer of Humanism, he loves every soul and sees every religion as equal. Born in the beautiful valley of Dehradun, when he isn’t writing, he is sketching portraits and enjoying his pursuit of beauty.

Book Review of Colorful Notions

Colorful Notions : The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal can be categorised as a travelogue mixed with fiction. This book will surely grab your attention because of its different motive to serve a point i.e travelling. This book would surely change the perspective of a person. It is always difficult to take a decision like exploring life by tripping but this book surely gives you a glimpse of how to live your life.

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The cover of the book is intriguing. This surely gives us an idea about a travelogue but our guess is half wrong when we read the book.

The title Colorful Notions is indeed colorful but the subtitle The Roadtrippers 1.0 has an internal meaning which we come to know at the end.

“Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometres across India? Just for fun! Three twenty-something’s dare to do just that! While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam. Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories while narrating their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It’s nothing less than crazy. I doubted if I’d ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next best thing – I penned a book about them and their road trip. Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.”

The story revolves around three youngsters in their early twenties, Shashank (Shasha), Abhay (Ab) and Unnati, who manage to convince themselves first and then their guardians to go ahead with their idea of a road trip. Their plan is to travel throughout India across 25 different places, during a period of three-three and a half months, of cultural and historic significance. The planned journey starts from New Delhi and then moves on to other places like Corbett Park, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Manali and Ladakh, Wagah Border and Golden Temple Amritsar, Bhangarh Fort Alwar, Jaipur and Jaiselmer, Mount Abu, Udaipur, Rann of Kutch, Ellora Caves, Goa, Mysore, Kanyakumari, Rameswaram, Hyderabad, Puri, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Taj Mahal and conclude at the Jama Masjid in Delhi.

The places are more hence the author didn’t cover each and every place in the book. To be precise, these places and the checklist is really good but not much space is given to them though the incidents related to some places can make you laugh, cry.

The characters in this book are hilarious at times and we have a good time reading the book. These are characters show bond of love, friendship and tangled life. The way they handle the situations at the worst times is remarkable. It is a treat to analyse these characters. And all three of them took my heart.

The descriptions are apt as the author has beautifully explained about the mentioned places. The comic level is well maintained. Some of the incidents are dramatic and if you enact them, you will surely end up laughing your hearts out. The first person narrative surely adds flavour to it. In short, this book is blending of travel experiences with loads of fun element. It uplifts one’s mood. Even if you are not a traveller, you will surely enjoy this journey. Only the editing seems out of the place as it needs a lot of attention else it surely reach your hearts.

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About the Author

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Mohit Goyal holds his Master’s degree from Cranfield University, England. A successful entrepreneur for past 11-years; he is currently heading an international logistics conglomerate with presence in several Asian countries. He resides in New Delhi. Been acknowledged and awarded for many of his short stories in past; he conceived this idea of ‘The RoadTrippers Series’ to combine his love for travel, food and philosophy.

Book Review of A Murder in Gurgaon

A Murder in Gurgaon by Manish Dubey is a crime thriller that deals with elements of mystery, crime, thriller and bucket full of suspense. The novel surely reminds you of Crime Patrol series or CID as the way it is delineated.

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The cover and title are intriguing. The cover has a woman whose face is covered and the name of some people are written which we assume as characters. It give us so many mixed vibes. Further, the title is accurate and to the point as it suggests us the name of the case which the police comes across.

The Synopsis goes like this: Gurgaon. December 2014. A young event manager, an ex-cop’s son, is murdered. Inspector Singh vows justice.

There is little to begin with, and frustration mounts when the initial suspect – a reclusive woman with a mysterious past – is found missing. Digging deeper, Singh uncovers a sordid tale of adultery, blackmail and revenge, only to find himself staring at a conspiracy unlike any he has seen.

There are deceits, little and big, to decode; the predator and victim are indistinguishable; his witnesses could be misleading; his closest ally may not be an ally at all. Will Singh succeed? Or has the sick, wily mind behind the crime always been a few steps ahead?

The characters are interesting as they help in the progression of the plot. Singh being the honest and the clever cop whose mind runs faster than anything. The suspects have done their own set of planning. All the characters are round who change according to the situations.The shifting of places keeps the story moving and one can feel travelling along with the characters.

This book comes under crime thriller as we see a lot of drama and crime in the book. It can also be called as a mystery novel as the author has maintained the mystery till the end. Further, the element of stream of consciousness is beautifully used along with strong detective skills.

The story is fast paced. The chapters are crisp and short. The author has used condesed style of writing.The way the bullets are used to analyse the case developments sounds realistic. The environment and descriptions are well maintained. There are certain turn offs. Though the story is narrated but at times we feel the story has turned into a play where the investigation or police scenes takes place. This doesn’t go in novel’s favour. Further, the way the editing errors and typos comes as a hinderance for the reader. Though the pages are 192 but one doesn’t feel becauseof the shortness of the chapters. The quality of the book is perfect and the pages are just fine.

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About the Author

Manish Dubey is a policy analyst with time for politics, cricket, sitcoms and PTA work. A Murder in Gurgaon, his first work of fiction, was drafted along side work on water sector reform in Bihar and climate change issues in Kolkata and Surat. He lives in Gurgaon with his wife, two children and mother-in-law.