Book Review of Soulless

Soulless by MV Kasi is a stream of consciousness novel. The book deals with serious issues like child abuse, drugs, alcohol and depression. Since its a serious issue type book but the author has balanced the seriousness with wit and humour.

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The cover of the book is dark. The chess game gives us a glimpse that it has mystery and suspense in it. At times, it seems unmatchable with the title and the theme of the book.

The title is Soulless which stands for a person who doesn’t care about anyone and their emotions. The title is apt as the protagonist has heartless traits. Still, there are many reasons behind this title which are uncovered as the reading proceeds further.

The format of the book is an ebook. I wish the author could have converted into a paperback, it would have a different essence.

This novel can be categorised in many ways. It is a social novel as the social issues like child abuse, drug addiction, sex addiction, alcohol addiction are concerned. Further, we can call it a psychological novel as it is difficult to deal with Sia’s psychology who seems addicted to many things and the way she behaves. We need to know psychology a bit if we are analysing her character. This can come under young adult or dark romance category as we say many intense love making scenes. Not only this, it can be further categorised a stream if consciousness novel as we come to know about the thought process of various characters.

They say when you take revenge you lose a part of your soul.

But Sia hadn’t felt her soul in a very long time. She only knew the soul-crushing fear and helplessness. Especially during the nights, when she fought an invisible enemy that terrorized her during the nightmares.
Her days weren’t any better either. She spent most of them trying to desperately gain control of her life while battling her various fears and addictions.
She was only twenty three, but she had resigned herself to live the rest of her life that way. Fearing the unknown.

Until it all changed one day…

Now she knew. She knew that the monster from her nightmares was real. And also that her soul had been ripped apart from her.
The memories had brought in fear, rage and pain, along with a strong craving for a swift payback.
But revenge was a dish best served cold. And it required a complete absence of emotion.
So now?
Now she plotted. And she schemed. She prepared herself in every possible way to hunt and destroy her enemy.
But every mission, however well planned can go awry. Sometimes it’s because even though one can be soulless, there is always the heart. A very weak and desperate heart that was being stolen by a man.
A man who was like a bright spark of vivid colors in her otherwise dark and dreary life.
A man…who was only supposed to be collateral damage.

The plot is neatly woven and is really crisp. The story revolves around Sia, who is a mysterious girl with so many secrets in her bag. She has a big motive of revenge which we come to know at the end of the book. The story is written in her voice and at times we hate her and at times we feel sympathetic towards her.

The characters are beautifully delineated. Sia’s character seeks a lot of attention as she is mysterious, bit cranky, rude and soft at the same time. She wants to avenge someone, for which she plans and plots. During this course she comes across a man who changes her life. She is a tormented soul and when things began to heal slowly, her past knocks at the door. The story ends in such a way that it makes a way for the next part. I feel Sia’s portrayal have been the toughest task for the author as she had to create a heartless character who was soft at some point.

The style of writing is simple, lucid and creative. The thirs person narrative along with vivid descriptions makes it poignant. The way the point of views is used, its mind blowing. The author surely confuse our minds at various points. It further has an episolar as well stream of consciousness technique in it. This book can be converted into a movie and I am sure, it will be a hit. There were minor errors in the editing as I could find some missing words, yet the subject matter cannot be ignored. The author has done a tremendous job in highlighting the serious issues which are often ignored.

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Spotlight of Finding Juliet by Toffee

 

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Arjun is an incredibly nice guy who believes in true love and is waiting for it with open arms. He falls in love, not once or twice, but thrice. And every single time, happiness – like the girls he fell for – comes very close to him before pushing him away. His only pillar of strength in all his moments of grief and dejection is his childhood friend Anjali. Dejected by the games played by girls and fate, he leaves Hyderabad for Bangalore and ends up meeting Krish, an irresistible flirt. 
 
Krish understands Arjun’s predicament, pacifies him with his words and enlightens him about the most complicated species ever created by God – Women. And then, Arjun’s life changes forever. Will Arjun find the one he has been waiting for, or will he end up becoming a flirt? Will he ever taste lasting happiness? Join Arjun as he tries to figure out women and discovers the meaning of love, lust and life… all in his journey of Finding Juliet.


Read an excerpt here from Finding Juliet
‘I have fucked you enough. Now you can fuck off!’ I said furiously, as I pushed her away from the bed.

‘You are such an asshole!’ she said, looking angrily at me as she stood up. Her cheeks were red with anger.

I saw her as she stood naked, with her hands on her hips. She was expecting me to say something, but I didn’t. It simply doubled her anger.

‘All you guys are the same. You want women only for sex,’ she stated furiously, pointing a finger at me.

I could have refuted her point easily and proved that she was being a hypocrite, given the fact that she had a boyfriend and yet she had slept with me a few moments ago. But I didn’t bother to respond and I just looked away from her. Disgusted, she let out a deep sigh and began picking up her undergarments, which were lying on the floor and started wearing them hurriedly. She moved towards the door where her black denims and purple tee were. She wore them in an instant and fished for her comb in her handbag. She brushed her hair and then wore the earrings I had removed before kissing her ears. She took some more time to get ready, gazing at herself in the mirror and adjusting everything, and I wondered how girls gave so much importance to their looks even during moments of distress.

Eventually, before leaving, she threw me a disgusting look and said, ‘I will never see your face again.’

‘Thank you. Now get lost,’ I said as she slammed the door shut.

After she left, I pondered over what had just happened and what had been happening in my life. ‘You shouldn’t have been so harsh on her’ – a soft voice from inside my heart said. But I strangulated it in an instant. I had lost enough in my life by listening to my heart.

Just a few moments ago, I was rolling in bed with Aditi, and after we came together, she began talking to me endlessly, like most girls do after sex. I was more interested in looking at the fan on the ceiling and wondering why it was spinning anticlockwise and not clockwise.

While talking, she had grazed her finger over my shoulder and moved it slowly towards my arms and said, ‘Behind these strong muscles, there is a weak heart, yearning to be loved and dying to be cared for. You can hide your pain from the world, Arjun, but not from me.’

That was when I had pushed her from my bed and I didn’t really understand why I had reacted so strongly. Was it because I had been hiding my true face from the world successfully all the while? No one had ever tapped the underlying guy inside me, except Krish. But when Aditi said those words, I became very defensive. The last thing I wanted was someone knowing about the void inside me.

I got up, splashed water on my face and looked at myself in the mirror. My eyes were crimson red. And even though I was nowhere near smiling, I saw an evil grin on my face. I splashed water once again and looked at myself. The grin grew wider and scarier. ‘How had I been and what have I become?’ I asked myself. I saw the image in the mirror once again. I couldn’t look at it and smashed the mirror with my hand. Pieces of glass got stuck on my knuckles. A big piece made a deep gash, but it didn’t hurt as much as the scars on my heart did.

I then riffled through the shelves to find weed – my temporary solution to permanent problems. I rolled a joint hastily and lighted it. After a few puffs, I felt feather-light and forgot everything that had been going on in my mind. Surreal images flashed in front of my eyes, and when I closed them, I saw myself waiting at the gates of heaven, even though I was, in fact, right in front of my bathroom door.

I tried to get in as I had to pee, but I tripped and fell on my face, my forehead hitting the tap find. The thud sound was what I remembered last, and I woke up to see myself lying on a hospital bed the next morning, with Anjali standing beside me.

 

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Book Review of With Me/Otherwise

With Me/ Otherwise by Sheetal S. is a poetry book that includes collection of 50 poems which are magificently delineated. Poems are difficult to comprehend as they showcase the thoughts of the poet. In poetry genre, a poet is free to write about anything, it is a free flow of emotions and Aristotle says, ” Poetry is an art of imitation.”

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Blurb of the book :

i told him every time you kiss me leave a word in my mouth conundrum. elison. stay. foofaraw. shoal. freyja. With me/ Otherwise is all about the intricate design of human relationships. The poems hold a reticent astonishment at facts that occur around the world and transcribe them into emotional entropy. The romance of emotional weight and the linear projections of them make up for the major theme. Often swinging with images, questions and compulsions, the poems halt with sudden references to observations, surrealism, rituals and desire.

Thought Process:

The thought process of the poems are difficult to understand as the thoughts are hidden somewhere in variety of words used. The poems are about romance, emotional thoughts,desires,confused mind,observations, rituals,surrealism.

Sheetal reminds me of EE Cummings who never followed syntax in his poetry. Similarly, Sheetal’s poetical scribbles are devoid of punctuations and capital letters. Technically speaking, it isn’t correct but when we look at this poetry genre, in this everything becomes correct. It is poet’s imagination, their thoughts and the way they look at things, we can’t see that perspective.

The writing style of the poet is lucrative. The use of transfer epithets, metaphors, alliterations, rhyme patterns makes it poignant. Some of the headings of the poems are taken from different language. The poems don’t follow any particular pattern. Some of them are in verse form, while some are lyrical. They are mainly irregular in nature.

It seems that Thursdays are unlucky for the poet as two poems talk about the loss on the very day. Sheetal has beautifully talked about the lost umbrella and the melancholic thoughts.

The cover of the book is simple, elegant and graceful while the title of the book delves feelings of curiousity in us. The book consists of 50 poems and all these poems give us varied range of thoughts.

My favourite poems : THURSDAY; BAD HABITS; OUTSIDE OF EVERYTHING; NAILS AND LUNGS

Wow lines:

you said you are busy, so i ate all the moons.

i am gray, the absence of whatever you do.

i decorate my hair with your insecurities.

much wine and fatigue in my bones slow to respond so slow to respond.

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Confessions of a Bibliophile – Episode 2

As promised, Episode 2 is posted on Kaffeinated Konversations site and is linked to my blog as well.. This post is about bibliophiles and their desires about having libraries.. Embrace Me is the title and I am sure you will embrace my thoughts as well.. stay tuned for more updates..Lets meet again the coming Sunday and share new thoughts.. If you like this post, kindly shower your love with your like, comment and share..:)

Episode2:  Embrace Me

Everyone has some hidden desires which they want to be fulfilled..

Well, Bibliophiles have some unique desires..They want to have a library..

Since I am a Bibliophile, I want a huge library at my house.. My room is an average room and its my heartiest desire to have a magnificent library somewhere.. At times I look at the pictures of the libraries..

I have a huge collection of books but the space is limited so they are either kept in cartons or in my suitcases.. It feels bad when you have to pack your books in your suitcases.. I have 6 suitcases and 6 cartons of books.. I badly want a space for my books where they can feel at home, where they can breathe, where they can be safe.. I guess I am more possessive about my books that my heart sinks when I have to…

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Confessions of a Bibliophile

Confessions of a Bibliophile on Kaffeinated Konversations.. stay tuned for more updates guys.. follow my Confessions.. it will be posted every Sunday ..:D

Episode1- Marry Me Nolan Parker

If you are reading this confession then you are in love with books. Have you ever fallen for the characters in the novel? If your answer is Yes, then you are reading the right article.

I am in love with characters to such an extend that I can imagine them in my life. I can imagine that ruthless, handsome Heathcliff staring at me. I can feel the care of Augustus Waters. I can inhale the heavenly touch of Nolan Parker. And not to forget my dream teacher, Rowan Masters. I am in love with them all. Well, that is called the novel effect. It is a moment of happy dance for the authors if you remember their characters. The popularity of a character is a biggest achievement for the author.

Books are magical guys. Most of us say that books are our best friends but…

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Book Review of The Icelandic Voyage

The Icelandic Voyage Where Fire and Ice Meet by Dr.Amit Gupta is a travelogue. Honestly speaking, I have never read any travelogue so at times I have a notion that travelogues are boring and exaggerated but when I picked up this book,all my notions came to a halt. This book gave birth to a new perspective in me.

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Cover- The cover is breathtaking and you will instantly fall for it. The color scheme is kept in mind about the place the author wants to talk about it, ie, Iceland. The hardcover looks dazzling and to add more, this is my first ever hard covered book.

Title- The main title The Icelandic Voyage purely makes sense while the sub title gives us a glimpse of a unexpectable thing, where fire meets ice. As it denotes the ice and volcanic eruptions.

Travel books strive on cliches. And mostly it is a single man on a ‘journey of self-discovery’, phew. Well, not this one. The author along with his family decides to take a trip to the outlandish Iceland. It was a huge task first of allto convince his family to side-line a trip to the sandy beaches of Italy or France and linger upon the idea of a country which has active volcanoes. After a delayed nod, they set on a road trip to discover the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. So, what sets Iceland apart, the black beaches, or a crashed plane turned into a tourist spot, or the city where the population of people can be counted on your fingers? Or the non-existence of mosquitoes & McDonalds. They don’t coincide but you cannot find one in Iceland. Read their journey about how the author faces his family’s indolent behaviour and how he deals with it throughout the whole trip. And also, take a glimpse of a rendition of ‘Gerua‘, Gupta family style.

The person who wrote this travelogue is a Doctor who is not a writer but a traveller who conveyed his journey beautifully. The way with which he described about the incidents, places and even the safety rules makes it amazing. The traveller surprised us as he took his family to Iceland. It is difficult to handle kids at such a place but the traveller managed it. I loved the witty dialogues in between. The scene where the family refuses to get up and at the safety rules, he remarks, “This place is really safe, if you leave your wife in the  car, you will find her there.” This made me laugh out loud.

The descriptions were fantabulous and the use of pictorial form is the main highlight of the book. The pages flow fantasmagorically like a river. The language is simple and easy to understand. The use of guidelines, pre planning and a lot of research makes it enjoyable for the family. The other fantastic feature of this book is when the traveller mentions about Gerua Song by Shahrukh Khan. This can surely attract us and even the readers to grab this piece. The book is written from soul hence, I just couldn’t look at the technicalities.I wish all the best to the traveller and maybe it gives birth to a traveller in many others including me.

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Book Review of The Unpredictable Heart

The Unpredictable Heart…You May be a Victim by Moksh is a romantic tragedy. This book has the aura of love, friendship and relationships. The concept of Flashbacks is beautifully delineated.

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The red and white contrast of the cover along with a girl blowing the flowers which are in a heart shape. We notice a broken heart. This small indication gives us an idea of incomplete love. Maybe it is a tragedy. The back cover has a small story at a glance while it also has author’s intro. This part is written so small that you will need a magnifying glass to read it. It could have been written using some normal or large fonts.

The title is intriguing as the main title and the sub title totally contrast with each other. The Unpredictable Heart gives us a positive vibes and a notion that our heart can choose anybody to fall in love. On contrary, You May Be a Victim gives us a negative vibe and leave us with a question ‘Who will be the victim?’ ‘Will the protagonist find his love?’

The story of the book revolves around Mrinav, a young employee of an IT sector who is caught between the clutches of crush and love. Neeti being his crush and Ankita, his love, both, shatters him into pieces. Life takes a new turn when friendship of Jiya enters his heart and this completely heals his soul. Will Mrinav feel the same for Jiya? Are they meant to be together. The plot construction is way too simple and somehow we can predict the story hence, making a common story.

The theme revolves around love and only love. It becomes difficult to distinguish between crush, love and a friendly love. At times these three overpower you and you tend to make some mistakes which breaks your heart only. We also find traces of friendship but not for a longer time.

The characters play a significant role in the story. Mrinav is the protagonist who is young and bit underconfident about himself. His life becomes miserable, therefore he becomes numb and tries his best to hide his feelings. Neeti and Ankita almost smash his heart into pieces. When Jiya enters his life, it takes her sometime to heal him. But there is word called ‘Destiny’ which has some other plans in it.

The best part of the story is its ending. The author doesn’t finish the story, infact, he makes a way for the next part and we are left in thoughts in the mid air. This particular line might take away your sleep for sometime until the author comes up with the second part:

What I saw was unbelievable and the unexpected; the lady standing at the door was Ankita.

The style of writing used by the author is simple, condensed and limited. The use of simple sentences makes it way too simple. The predictability of the plot makes it monotonous at the time but the author surprise us with his ending. We can notice hindi jargons in between which adds flavour to the story. Furthermore, the flashback style of writing made the story beautiful. I could trace some grammatical errors, missing words and wrong spellings. This could have been avoided. It is an average and one time read, but I would surely love to know about the suspense which the author has left for us to guess.

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