Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review: Take 2 by Ruchi Singh

Introduction
  • ASIN: B00TLHD2SK
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Amazon
  • Price: Rs. 155/- (I received the book for review from the author)
Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realizes her husband considers her dead weight after stripping her off her inheritance for his ambitions and lavish lifestyle.Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her.Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu.

In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires... will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness? 

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Source: Goodreads

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: Kalyug by R Sreeram

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-93-84030-65-0
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Westland Books
  • Price: Rs. 395/- (I received the book for review from Writer’s Melon)
He looked at his gun once more. The helplessness left him, in its place was a hardened resolve that he would still have the final say. A third option. The middle-finger to the middlemen who had driven him to this. A few moments later, Major General Iqbal Qureshi fired the shot that shook the nations conscience.

The death of a decorated war veteran, one of India's foremost military officials, triggers a chain of events that threatens to spiral out of control. The democratically-elected government is overthrown and a new one is formed in its place.A fierce and pure regime that promises it's people the kind of governance they have been deprived of. Just. Fair. Unyielding. Operation Kalyug has begun.

Caught in the middle is Bala Murali Selvam, a writer who is still tormented by the memories of his persecution at the hands of the erstwhile-establishment. As the new government battles factions fighting for control, international intervention, personal agendas and incompatible motives, Selvam is swept along, a bewildered-pawn in a high-stakes game. Forced to question everything he has believed so far, even his innate sense of justice, Selvam struggles to choose sides. Will his instincts fail him when he needs them the most? 

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Source: Goodreads

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review: She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal

Introduction
  • ASIN: B00S1HKGIK
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Indireads
  • Price: Rs. 150/- (I received the book for review from the publisher)
Zoella didn’t know whether she was devastatingly happy or happily devastated.

Zoella’s been in love with Fardeen Malik, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, since she was ten, but he’s always seen her as a ‘good girl’—not his type—and he can barely remember her name. Besides, he’s engaged to a gorgeous leggy socialite, someone from the same rarefied social strata as the imposing Malik family. In short, Zoella has no chance with him.

Until a brutal accident leaves Fardeen scarred and disfigured, that is. Suddenly bereft of a fiancée, Fardeen is bitterly caustic, a shell of the man he used to be, a beast that has broken out of the fairy tale world he once lived in. And a twist of fate lands him his very own beauty—Zoella.

This man, however, is a far cry from the Fardeen of her dreams. Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.

Order now and read this modern, unusual interpretation of the old-age fairy tale, in which Zeenat explores the themes of love, longing and arranged-marriages.

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Source: Goodreads

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Review: A Mirrored Life – The Rumi Novel by Rabisankar Bal (Translated by Arunava Sinha)

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-8-184-00615-5
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Random House India
  • Price: Rs. 399/- (I received the book for review from the publisher)
On his way from Tangiers to China, the medieval Moorish traveller Ibn Battuta arrives in Konya, Turkey where the legendary dervish Rumi had lived, danced and died. More than half a century may have passed since his death, but his poetry remains alive, inscribed in every stone and tree and pathway.

Rumi’s followers entrust Ibn Battuta with a manuscript of his life stories to spread word of the mystic on his travels. As Battuta reads and recites these tales, his listeners discover their own lives reflected in these stories—fate has bound them, and perhaps you, to Rumi.

A Mirrored Life reaffirms the magical powers of storytelling, making us find Rumi in each of our hearts.

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Source: Goodreads

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review:Seahorse by Janice Pariat

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81-8400-582-0
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Random House India
  • Price: Rs. 499/- (I received the book for review from the publisher)
Nem is a student of English literature at Delhi University. He drifts between classes, weed-hazy parties, and the amorous complexities of campus life, until a chance encounter with an art historian steers him into a world of pleasure and artistic discovery. Nem’s life is irrevocably transformed. One day, without warning, his mentor disappears.

In the years that follow, Nem cocoons himself in South Delhi, writing for a chic cultural journal. When he is awarded a fellowship to London, a cryptic note plunges him into a search for the art historian—a search which turns into a reckoning with his past. Retelling the myth of Poseidon and his youthful male devotee Pelops, Seahorse transforms a simple coming-of-age story into an epic drama of loss, love, and healing.

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Source: www.goodreads.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Metro Diaries : Get Set and Go.....


It is one thing to sit night after night to write stories and it is another to finally see it in the form of a book. When I began writing the Metro Diaries I never knew the number of hearts it would touch for I wrote because I felt the need to share those stories. From blogposts to a book the journey has been nothing short of enthralling and yes today when I am just few hours away from holding it in my hands I am speechless. Yesss!! The book is finally ready for release and the pre-order links are now open here:

Flipkart: http://bit.ly/1CCN7i0

Amazon: http://bit.ly/1zKcsC7

Seeking your love as always!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Giveaway: The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman ( 14 Feb -28 Feb)

Today is Valentine's Day, the day of love and how it be complete without celebrating what we at Reviews & Musings love the most - books! So here on this occassion we are here participating in a wonderful Blog Hop -Giveaway hosted by Book R3vi3ws.

When we talk about romance as a genre there are many names that come to our mind the first being Nicholas Sparks. I started reading romance through Mills & Books like a typical teenager and gradually fell in love with love in those books. Today as the whole world celebrates love, Reviews & Musings brings to you a wonderful book written by Sundari Venkatraman who managed to make me nostalgic by taking me back in my teenage with this book of hers.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Review: The Forbidden One by Zaarra Khader

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9789384226954
  • Genre: Fiction / Anthology
  • Publishers: Leadstart India
  • Price: Rs. 150/- (I received the book for review from the author)
Desire enchants! Irrespective of what that desire is for and no matter how correct or blatantly wrong it seems to the world around us - it leaves us stirred. The more we try to resist it, the more irresistible it becomes till there comes a moment when we actually have to take a call whether to draw lines or to cross those intimidating boundaries. The Forbidden One is for all those who believe that one can feel to be alive only when one takes that leap of faith to cross the barriers to your moment of truth. The Forbidden One is also for those who haven’t fulfilled their forbidden dream as yet and are on that cusp of time to take their chances.

The Forbidden One is a compilation of short stories - the chronicle of characters who, in some way or the other, are either excluded or restrained or tattooed ‘promiscuous’ by the society. Malicious and primitive in its ways, pushing such people on the periphery is bourgeois. Yet such people have a life of their own and as we go delve deeper into the lives of these characters we discover strengths, self-belief and even a sense of ease with which these characters go about their daily chores. Each of the ten tales here is set in the deep ocean of human emotions. Except that some of these emotions find their expressions in forms that are supposed to be suppressed as per the norms and inherited wisdom of the society

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Review: Lajja by Taslima Nasreen

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-0-143-41921-1
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Penguin India
  • Price: Rs. 299/- (I received the book for review from the publisher)
The Duttas - Sudhamoy, Kironmoyee, and their two children, Suranjan and Maya - have lived in Bangladesh all their lives. Despite being part of the country's small Hindu community that is terrorized at every opportunity by Muslim fundamentalists they refuse to leave their country, as most of their friends and relatives have done. Sudhamoy, an atheist, believes with a naive mix of optimism and idealism that his motherland will not let him down...
And then, on 6 December 1992, the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in India is demolished by a mob of Hindu fundamentalists. The world condemns the incident but its fallout is felt most acutely in Bangladesh, where Muslim mobs begin to seek out and attack the Hindus... The nightmare inevitably arrives at the Duttas' doorstep - and their world begins to fall apart

Behind The book
 
Source: www.goodreads.com


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Book Review:Playing Big ~ Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr


Introduction
  • ISIN: 9781594206078
  • Genre: Self help
  • Publishers: Random House
  • Price: Rs. 599/- (I received the book from the publisher for review)
A groundbreaking women’s leadership expert and popular conference speaker gives women the practical skills to voice and implement the changes they want to see—in themselves and in the world

In her coaching and programs for women, Tara Mohr saw how women were "playing small" in their lives and careers, were frustrated by it, and wanted to "play bigger." She has devised a proven way for them to achieve their dreams by playing big from the inside out. Mohr’s work helping women play bigger has earned acclaim from the likes of Maria Shriver and Jillian Michaels, and has been featured on the Today show, CNN, and a host of other media outlets.

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In gave many women new awareness about what kinds of changes they need to make to become more successful; yet most women need help implementing them. In the tradition of Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly, Playing Big provides real, practical tools to help women quiet self-doubt, identify their callings, “unhook” from praise and criticism, unlearn counterproductive good girl habits, and begin taking bold action.

While not all women aspire to end up in the corner office, every woman aspires to something. Playing Big fills a major gap among women’s career books; it isn’t just for corporate women. The book offers tools to help every woman play bigger—whether she’s an executive, community volunteer, artist, or stay-at-home mom.

Thousands of women across the country have been transformed by Mohr’s program, and now this book makes the ideas and practices available to everyone who is ready to play big.

Behind The book

Source: Goodreads

Book Review: Ramayana – The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams (Book 2) by Shubha Vilas

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9788184955316
  • Genre: Mythology
  • Publishers: Jaico Books
  • Price: Rs. 350/- (I received the book for review from Blog Adda)
Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller, Rise of the Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana - The Game of Life. Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of Book 1.

Now, in Shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enigmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.

With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas, as well as folk philosophy from the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before.

Behind The book

Source: Goodreads

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Book Review: The Other End of the Corridor by Sujata Rajpal

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-9350881019
  • Genre: Fiction/ Drama
  • Publishers: Mahaveer Publishers
  • Price: Rs. 150/-
When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight.

She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations. Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger. In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again… No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams. Where does this journey take her?

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Book Review: Soulmates – Love without ownership by Vinit K Bansal

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-819-2932460
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Red Ink Publishers
  • Price: Rs. 175/- (I received the book for review from the author)
We all know that Love is the most beautiful feeling in this world. But what if it becomes an obsession? It can be fatal.This is a story of love, friendship, passion, obsession and sacrifice. A story that seeks to find out the real meaning of love. A story describing the purest form of love.

Neel «» Aditi «» Ranadeep «» Ria «» Neel

Neel is a simple small town middle class boy who comes to a new city for studies. On his very first night in the city, when he saves Ranadeep’s life, he realizes his life is about to change. But he had no idea that it would lead him to a path from where there would be no turning back. Neel and Ranadeep’s friendship cements beyond the conventional measures and they are inseparable and like a family. Neel eventually meets Aditi, his beautiful, simple and dainty new classmate and there is love at first site. Life for Neel, Aditi and Ranadeep is perfect till the day Ranadeep meets Ria and falls obsessively for her. While Ranadeep is frighteningly obsessive about Ria, the suave Ria has her heart set on Neel. Things begin to get complicated and then suddenly something drastic happens.

Neel is put behind bars on charges of Ria’s murder. Will Neel be able to convince his innocence to Aditi and Ranadeep?Will Ranadeep ever be able to forgive Neel for snatching away his love?How far can Aditi go to save the life of her love from the grips of destiny? Can there be a love without ownership?Find out what happens when love has to pay its price.

Behind The book
 
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