Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Book Review: Till death do us apart by Umera Ahmed

  • Genre: Fiction / Romance
  • Publishers: Juggernaut
  • Price: Rs. 120/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Till Death Do Us Part is the story of Zainab, who is shattered when her fiancé Shiraz dumps her, but radically transforms herself to become a hugely successful film star. But will fame bring love and happiness back in her life?
Behind the book
Source: Juggernaut.in

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Book Review : Figmented Reality by Zuko

  • ISIN:  9789352016167
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Leadstart
  • Price: Rs. 150/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Addiction blurs our hold on reality; people say. But what if addiction becomes our reality? Siddharth had a fair few addictions in his wake. The challenge now was to differentiate between the ideal world and the real world. Will Siddharth be able to overcome his addictions and find true love. Or is it just another addiction? This book is not a biography of the author but is written in a way that author is the protagonist.
Behind the book
Source: Goodreads.com

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Review: A Window Seat by Vishala Katta

  • ISIN:  9789352016198
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Leadstart
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
When a dying corporate professional escapes into a train to somewhere, he finds himself become a storyteller of old mythological tales. Tagging along is ten year old Hari who is looking for his parents he lost in the trains. Together their adventures lead them to debating with priests, dancing with eunuchs, sharing meals and conversing casually about death with random strangers. A runaway wife tags along with these annoying mavericks. Taking her first train she is all ready to be an actress. That night, what begins as a harmless conversation changes their fate completely. What makes them hold on to each other for longer? Do they find what they were looking for? What happens when they bump into each other few years later? But do all of them make it alive? A window seat is all about those conversations with strangers that seem to change you unknowingly.
Behind the book
Source: Amazon.com

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review Anya's Lyric by Nikhil Kumar

  • ISIN:  978-1530307210
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Create space Independent Publishing Platform
  • Price: Rs. 494/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
A story of one girl's courage in the face of our society's worst offenses. Anya's Lyric is the critically acclaimed new book by Nikhil Kumar, that tracks the journey of a young girl's self-discovery and the roads that lead her from a turbulent childhood to peace. We see the world through Anya's eyes - a girl who suffers from a learning disability - and discover places, incidents, and people through her. A girl born on an unlikely day to an unlikely couple, Anya stumbles through her chaotic life that gets undone at every step because of her inability to communicate what she wants to say. Follow her journey of courage, self-discovery, and empowerment as she gradually finds the hidden path to peace.
Behind the book
Source: Goodreads.com

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Guest Post: The Story Teller by Nikhil Kumar

There's a man who always sits at a particular table at a particular café on a particular beach and orders a particular coffee, time after time, every Sunday. He even wears the same shirt. He sits there for exactly twelve minutes, finishes his coffee, pays for it with the exact change, down to the exact number of coins each time, walks up and down the beach thrice, before getting into his car and driving away. 

You may observe him and call him a man of habit and leave it at that. I look at him and imagine that he's in love with the lady who cooks the fish at the café – the lady who only works there on Sundays, and is thinking of ways to ask her to marry him, but can't make up his mind because he's got a family waiting for him at home.

I pray that I never see him. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Review: The Failure Project -The Story Of Man's Greatest Fear by Anup Kochhar

  • Genre: Non Fiction / Self help / Inspirational
  • Publishers: Leadstart Publishing House
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

"Failure destroys lives. It damages confidence and crushes the spirit. Throughout our lives we endeavor to manage our thoughts, actions and results so as not to be branded as failures. However, despite our best intentions, life does have a way of throwing curve balls and surprising us. Things do not always go the way we planned or wished for. Failure happens. And it will continue to happen.

For most people failure is akin to a dreaded disease that must be prevented at any cost. Certainly it can never be admitted to. Failure is like fire – it has the power to singe or destroy completely. Few of us remember that failure can also be harnessed creatively. All that it requires is a different perspective.

What do we know of failure? More importantly, how much do we know about it? The first step to overcoming our inherent fear of failure is to know the enemy – inside and out. This amazing, comprehensive and compassionate book helps us understand the anatomy, psychology and management of failure – the greatest, and often the most secret, fear of Man.
Behind the book
Source: Goodreads.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Review: Zindagi Live by Priyadarshan (Translated by Vandana R Singh)

  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Juggernaut
  • Price: Rs. 60/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Chaos reigns. TV anchor Sulabha and news reporter Vishal forget to pick up their son from the crèche and later find him missing. Written by senior NDTV journalist Priyadarshan, the book follows their increasingly desperate search against the backdrop of one of the most horrific attacks in the city’s history. Author and teacher, Dr Vandana R Singh brilliantly translates the story to English.
Behind the book

Source: Juggernaut.com

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: What May Have Been by Lynn Steward

  • ASIN:  B00U8CR2KG
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Romance/ Literary fiction / Women's Fiction
  • Publishers: Lynn Steward Publishing
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the b00k r3vi3w for a review)

As a fashion buyer at one of New York’s most glamorous department stores, Dana McGarry is a tastemaker, her keen instinct for fashion trends and innovative ideas coupled with a razor sharp business sense. But like the elegant and conservative store that employs her, Dana is caught between two eras—between being liked and standing her ground, between playing by the rules and being a maverick. Dana is sensitive and beautiful, but what you see is not what you get. Behind the cool and attractive facade, Dana is both driven by her need to control yet impeded by her expectation of perfectionism. As she competes to replace women at the top of their game, she is challenged by jealous colleagues. And when a wealthy love interest wants to open doors and support her ambition, she embraces Coco Chanel’s mantra of “never wanting to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” As the women’s movement paves the way, Dana finds a path to the career she wants at the expense of happiness that was not meant to be.

Steward captures the nuances of 70s life in New York City and provides the perfect backdrop for an independent woman determined to make her mark. What Might Have Been is a story that transcends any period.

Behind the book

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Book Review: Eye of the Eagle - Translated by Uttara Ganguly

  • ASIN: B01JH2CS60
  • Genre: Crime Thriller / Murder mystery
  • Publishers: BEE Books
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
The Characters….
Three Women and Bishan
Wife Shivangi, wife's friend Nandini and Jahnavi
The turn of events...
Nandini is brutally murdered!
Shivangi is found in the bedroom, lying half naked and fatally injured.
All evidences are pointing at Bishan. But, is it that simple?
And the truth…
Eye of the Eagle delves into the complications of relationships and world of complicated characters where mystery unfolds only through the eyes of Detective Shobor!
Behind the book

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Book Review: Why Not? Life Stories of Amazing Achievers by Lata Upadhyay

  • ISIN: 978-9352015665
  • Genre: Children's / YA 
  • Publishers: Leadstart Publishing
  • Price: Rs. 199/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Inspiring five real-life stories for children (late elementary/early middle school).

Welcome to the real world, where superheroes live. They are no different from anyone—confronted with life’s turmoils and challenges.

Like the young performer, Pandit Ravi Shankar—the sitarist who introduced Indian classical music to the West—in The Music Weaver. His heart tugs him to leave his cushy life behind for exciting but uncertain possibilities.

The mountain porter, Tenzing Norgay—the first climber to top Mount Everest, alongside Edmund Hillary—in The Determined Dreamer. He can’t control his yearning for something more…bigger, better and greater.

The number-whiz, Srinivasa Ramanujan—a one-of-a-kind mathematical genius—in The Mathemagician. He outshines his teachers even though he fails his high school exams.

The aspiring pace-bowler, Kapil Dev—India’s greatest fast bowling all-rounder—in The Game Changer. His talent, passion and dedication are dismissed as building up an impossible dream.

The US-educated engineer, Dr. Verghese Kurien—the father of India’s White Revolution—in The White Knight. He returns to India with stars in his eyes but lands his first job in a dusty small town in the middle of nowhere.

These heroes do not share dreams or circumstances. Yet they have one thing in common. They do not look at what is and ask why. Instead, they imagine how they want things to be and ask … WHY NOT?

Behind the book

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Book Review: Resistance by Samit Basu

  • ISIN: 9781781162491
  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction
  • Publishers: Penguin Random House
  • Price: Rs. 599/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
In 2020, eleven years after the passengers of flight BA142 from London to Delhi developed extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires, the world is overrun with supers. Some use their powers for good, others for evil, and some just want to pulverize iconic monuments and star in their own reality show. But now, from New York to Tokyo, someone is hunting down supers, killing heroes and villains both, and it’s up to the Unit to stop them…

Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com