Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Blitz: God and His Girlfriend by Priyank Aryan



Name of the book: God & His Girlfriend

Author: Priyank
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1. Bani Jain

2. Alisha Patel 

3. Kapil Awasthi 


The Story:





Have you ever met a pretty girl in a suspicious condition with blood stained hands lying in a hotel room where you are staying in? 


Can a love story see its acceptance in the Indian society when the boy is from slums and the girl is born in a rich family? 


How many of you have met those girls who were molested by their known ones when they had not even crossed the age of 14? Isn’t forced and unwilling sex after marriage similar to a rape? 


Whether the prayers offered in love strong enough to bring back someone’s lost beloved from PoK? 


How many of you know a person whose deeds are completely ideal, something which only a God can do? 


Whether religion, caste or community should really be a parameter in deciding the hierarchy and dominance of people living in this world? 


God and his girl-friend is a mercurial story about two youngsters, from entirely different backgrounds who strive hard against their comfort to live with their passion. A boy from the slums and a girl from a rich lavishing family set out on an embarking journey to touch the moon. This takes them through many tests, eventually tying them up in love, followed by an unforgettable service to the nation as true stalwart patriots.








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About The Author 




‘The HINDU’ calls Priyank’s books, which has stories inspired from real life to be perfect in portraying the power of love.


Bollywood film maker Imtiyaz Ali conveyed his words to Priyank at a literary event in Delhi that he could see Priyank emerging out as a potential story writer from his city Jamshedpur.


Priyank is an author, a start up lover cum aspiring entrepreneur, a story teller and a motivational speaker. He is a gold medal winner in creative writing at the National level. He was named as the Best Debut Author of 2014 by Aagman Literary Organization, a Delhi based literary and cultural house for his novel ” I am dead but my heart beats. ”


He completed his Engineering from BIT Sindri, Dhanbad in 2015. He has delivered story telling sessions and motivational talks across many organizations in a short span of one and half year. He is the founder of Embellish India, a start-up he kicked off while in college. Currently, he works for a Delhi based funded start up after resigning from his first MNC job at TCS.


Born in Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) on 29th October, in a Maithil Brahmin family and brought up in Ghatsila (a small town near Steel city Jamshedpur in Jharkhand), Priyank’s dream is to bring changes in the country and make it a better place to live in. Writing was never his passion nor his goal. It happened to him by chance, by destiny, in an attempt to fulfill someone’s dream. He loves cricket, travelling, sleeping and trying out new delicacies.



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Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: The Prince's Special Bride by Devika Fernando


Name of the book: The Prince's Special Bride
Author: Devika Fernando
Star Rating: 4 stars.
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My Review:
I am reading Ms. Fernando's work after a long time. I always had a feeling that her writing caters to YA novels but with this series of  Royal Romance, she has certainly proved me wrong. 

The Starting Phase:

Every romance reader reads a romance novel for one thing only - the 'good feel' feeling that remains even after you close the book. Ms. Fernando's romance has that. Now who wouldn't want to be a Cinderella of their own love story? But here Marie is not a damsel in distress where the knight in the shining armor comes to the rescue. She stands out as a very strong woman who loves her identity. This makes me want to connect with Marie - for the days of a damsel in distress are gone. 

The Princely attitudes:
While writing a romance series and that too of a make believe Prince - not only does a writer create believable characters but also the world where the Prince will rule supreme. The alpha hero who escapes all those swooning ladies, only to be caught up by the bluntly-spoken, tomboyish yet beautiful (read that as someone who does not know how beautiful she is) ordinary girl.
Both Christian and Marie did justice to their respective role. 

The ambiance:
Was created by Christian's sister, Olivia. I really liked this character a lot and a little birdie told me that she makes an appearance in the series later. I am looking forward to reading the love story of Olivia. Once you read this book, you will know why :) Her beauty and grace will leave a mark on the reader.

What I loved about this book:
1. The total royal ambiance. 
2. The chemistry between Marie and Christian.
3. The struggle between falling in love and duty.  
4. The matchmaker :)

What I needed more from this book:
A few scenes I think the writer could have done without and a bit tighter editing. Not much. Just a bit :) Looking forward to reading the whole series now. 

Would I recommend this book:
A must read for all romance readers.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: Shadowed Promise by Rubina Ramesh

Name of the Book: Shadowed Promise 
Author: Sunanda Chatterjee 
Rating: 5 stars. 

Starting from the suburban Mumbai, Sunanda Chatterjee takes us across the seven seas by the sheer power of her words. I traveled along with Moyna from Mumbai to Beverly hills and with each step, I found myself getting closer to Moyna. 
I just loved Moyna's character. After a long time, I am reading a character that is complete with all her vulnerability and strength. Her darkness is her curse. The deaths around her are her nightmares. Yet out of that, she emerges as a strong career woman with a heart of gold. 

“And Lucy loves you. So don’t you get it? If you believe dogs have a sixth sense, then you must believe you aren’t bad luck.”

The above lines connected me to Moyna. Her vulnerability is at its peak at this point of time yet she is not one of those dames who needs a man to lean on. There were moments I hated her aunt for playing with her emotions. Moyna seemed a much bigger person than me. Never complaining and accepting all the problems that came her way. The characters around her are very well etched. Be it the Aunt to Avinash. From Karan to Sameer. As a reader, I could connect to each and every character of this novel. 

Her journey from Mumbai to the USA, her enrollment and her making new friends. At this point, I just had one small issue. The smoothness with which everything happened to Moyna. A bit of struggle could have added to her character but then if she had such a childhood, I suppose God had to be kind to her somewhere. But new culture and without much of a cash - somewhere, something must have been tough. No?

And then there was a part which surprised me the most. The meeting of Moyna and Bashir. Forgiveness is a very touchy subject with me personally. I don't know, if as a human, I can forget a crime of that magnitude. And in such a calm way.  I had the same problem with another book I had read in the recent months. The attitude one has about forgiving - especially the way we writers write it- I sometimes find it very naive. Even I do it. For we want to spread the love and forgiveness. But in reality, can I forgive a person like Bashir? But yes, I do agree with Ms. Chatterjee's logic of Mass hysteria. Very beautifully terrifying. 

As I close this book - one line will stay with me for a long time - 

"She’d lose a child she’d borne, in order to accept one she’d abandoned."

Even if Moyna is totally surrounded by problems, it's still a story of love and hope. And remember to keep a box of tissue next to you - this story will touch your heart.  Moyna's every achievement made my heart swell with pride. Loved this book. 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spotlight: Soulless by M V Kasi




SOULLESS
by
M.V.Kasi



Blurb

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. 







Read an excerpt from #Soulless

"Need help holding the bag still?" a deep voice asked from behind her.

Sia yelped in surprise, hitting the kick-boxing bag accidentally, and had to jerk back, away from the heavy swinging bag. Her sudden movement dropped her phone from her hands onto the gym floor. She could see half a dozen pieces of what used to be her phone scattered around.

Shit. Most of her contacts were stored in that phone. Now she'd have to waste at least a couple of hours to buy a new one and retrieve her contacts list. But she had bigger worries, and a more immediate danger.

On instinct, she widened her stance, ready to swing around and kick the intruder in his face, either to dislocate his jaw or at least break his damn nose.

"Whoa, whoa, easy lady," said a laughing man's voice, moving away from her swing.

As soon as she turned around, the air left with a whoosh from her lungs. And it wasn't because of her move. It was because of the face in front of her.

She kept staring at the amused boyish grin with twin dimples on the man's face.

"That looks like one hell of a fall," he said as he looked down at her broken phone.

Sia didn't even bat an eyelid when the man knelt down and picked up the pieces.

"I think I can salvage this," he murmured, and began to work on fixing her phone.

His eyes were focused on the job at hand and he had an intense look of concentration as he worked over her phone. Sia realized that she was gawking at a complete stranger like an idiot instead of demanding her personal property back.

"Wait, you don't have to..." Her damn voice was soft and whispery as it drifted off.

The man looked up briefly at her and smiled.

That little stretch of his mouth muscles was causing havoc to her insides. And it wasn't because of the panic she usually felt, it was because of the beautiful face in front of her. And it was having a strange effect on her.

What the hell was happening?

Her usual cold and aloof protective barrier was having a tough time emerging. Maybe because she felt a false sense of security around him, due to his blindingly good looks combined with the boy-next-door smile. But she wasn't the type of woman who usually got affected by some pretty boy's face. Then what the hell was so damn special about him?

It didn't make any sense. He was just a guy. Weren't they all the same? Yet somehow she felt a strange sense of connection with him. Especially with his smile.

You are just horny. You are a twenty four year old with a good imagination and a healthy sex drive. Yes. That must be it, she rationalized, looking at his ripped body that was barely concealed in his work-out shorts. He definitely must be one of the personal trainers at the gym. Maybe used to attract the female clients with his smile and body.

"Like what you see?" he asked, without raising his head. He was still working intently on her phone, but had a small smirk on his face.

At his teasing remark, she snapped out of whatever thing had possessed her.

What the hell was she doing? She asked herself again.

He's just a good looking guy, and she's seen, and also been with several guys who were similarly good looking.

"I think I can fix my phone by myself," she said coolly, extending her hand as irritation slowly crept into her.

"I'm almost done. This is a newer model, so there are smaller parts that need to be placed in the right sequence. And besides, I caused you to drop it in the first place," he said.

"True. But you have already done enough damage. Maybe next time, you should stop and think before sneaking up on the gym members, during the early hours of the morning."

At her stern set down, he stopped what he was doing to glance at her.

His eyes blazed as he looked at her face, and then slowly, and unashamedly, he dragged his eyes down the length of her body, lingering on her toned arms and legs.

Instead of being offended, she felt his gaze ignite something. Soon, a warning siren went off in her head as images of them spending a dirty night ran in her mind.

Sia recoiled mentally from those images. She had stopped having random meaningless sex almost a year ago. And more recently, she had promised herself, she would not be distracted from her mission because of anything or anyone.

But right then, staring at the beautiful man with a sweet, melting smile, and a contradictory brazen look, she was ready to jump on him on the gym floor, and take what her body wanted from him.

Before she pounced on a complete stranger, Sia grabbed her phone from his hand, and took a few steps away from him to give herself some space. She subtly took some deep breaths to calm down even as his eyes continued to assess her.

When his eyes met hers, he smiled again. "By the way I'm Ajay, and you are...?"

Before she could reply another man's voice interrupted them. "Good morning, Ajay. How have you been bro?"

 A brief look of irritation passed on Ajay's face, but he turned and smiled openly at the guy who joined them.

"I'm doing great Ravi. It's been a while, and quite a set up you have here..."

Before he could finish catching up with the other guy, Sia began walking out from there. After collecting her water bottle and work-out towel, she moved towards the stairs, and glanced back briefly towards him.

He was still talking to the other man, but his eyes were on her, laughing at her in amusement. As though he knew she was running away because of him.

Dammit.



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By day, MV Kasi works for a software company. She currently lives in Hyderabad, India with her husband and son.

By night, she gives in to her fascination to explore the human psychology and the various facets of life in her writing. She has particular fascination with successful people who are not considered 'normal' by society's standards.

Her love for reading has led her to start writing on her own. She likes to add depth to her characters and explore their psychological motivations. Due to the nature of topics and plots, she does not shy away from writing about sexuality or violence. Despite covering some heavy topics, she likes to infuse humor into her writing.



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Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: Multitudes of Ripples by Vaachakmitra

The Multitudes of Ripples


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The blurb of the book promised me another dimension. I am always looking for answers about the other realm and with this promise looming in front of me, I just had to pick up the book. I found the author's questions in his book very thought provoking. His promise of letting us know about his characters a bit more in the future but still introducing us in those particular scenes - is very interesting. I actually have very mixed feeling about this book. I did not want to go on reading it - yet I couldn't put it down. Hypnotic. Yes often beyond my thought process sometimes. I can say I may not be the right person also to review this book. Highly philosophical, yet a simplistic approach. Lovers of philosophy and those with a questioning mind might find this book interesting.



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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Review: His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman

Name of the Book: His Drunken Wife
Name of the Author: Sundari Venkatraman
Star Rating: 5 stars
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"They were the perfect yin and yang— he   was cool and collected while she was brash and loud. "

The above sentence sums up the story in a neat line. While Shikha comes across as brash and vibrant, it's Abhimanyu's quiet demeanor which will leave a mark on the readers. This short read is a perfect add to Ms. Venkatraman's series aptly termed as Marriages Made in India. Going with this title, this book also shows one very common thing which was present in all the stories of Ms. Venkatraman. Marriages are forever. 

A romantic notion as the cynic in me would shout out. But the romantic in me loves this. And I think that is the main base of Ms. Venkatraman's novels. They portray the innocent you. You remember the time before the jaded you took over your personality. Shikha is not a perfect character by any chance. But her road to redemption makes her a memorable character. I liked her. Just because she is a selfish, underdeveloped and brash. Add drunkenness to that. Just like an imperfect me. 

So if a heroine of a romance comes with all the taboos, finds love and happiness, how can you not love this book?

The Hot Perfect Scenes:

Is Ms. Venkatraman getting hotter or is the Arizona heat getting to me? If you don't like sexual content- don't read this book. If you are looking for a life changing experience - don't touch this book. If you are looking to learn something new (besides an error free grammar and some really hot scenes) run away from this book. No, I seriously mean it. This genre is called the HOT ROMANCE and not many will be able to take it. 

But just like her other books, if it's just a mug of coffee, a few drops of rain outsides and a feeling called innocent love, that you want to embrace one afternoon, this book is a perfect read. 

I never look for literature when I read Ms. Venkatraman's books. I look for love and that even with my own shortcomings, I am ok. Every imperfect person can be loved and find their rainbow - that is what Ms. Venkatraman's stories are for you. 

Would I recommend it?

To those who love romance, just for the sheer love of Romance, Read it.. those who are looking for intellectuality, to grow as a person and learn and igniting their philosophical cells - stay away. 



Book Review: The Evil Twin? by P.G Van

Name of the Book: The Evil Twin?
Author: P.G. Van
Publisher: Indie Published 
Star Rating: 4 Stars.

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I have read the earlier works of P.G Van and I must say that this book has been a very pleasant surprise. Not only has she worked upon the character development, but also the storyline has all the qualities that make this book a very entertaining read.

The story:

Vinitha Raj is always surprised when strangers stop her and ask her about a girl who is not at all related to her. She thinks that this is a coincidence and often ignores them until she meets Reyan. They fall for each other instantly and that starts a passionate affair between the two. At a glance, it looks like a simple romance,
​but there are many secrets held in the hearts of both the protagonists. Vinnie is tormented by her past and Reyan does not speak much about his life. But soon they decide that they cannot live without each other. But before they can make a commitment, the past revisits them.

The Chemistry

Between the protagonists is SIZZLING. Every time they are on the same page, you can see the smoldering smoke. There is boldness in the style of the author’s writing. Not a lady to mince words, she can call a fuck… a fuck. The opening line where both the protagonists meet, starts with an accident and that itself is the hook line of this novel. It will draw the reader in and make you travel in a maze of passion. I must mention here that the author’s love for cars and bikes is evident in this book too.

The relationships:

​As with her previous books, Ms. Van seems to have quite a few characters play a very significant role in her novels. All of them shape the main characters in achieving what their heart’s desire. The underlying mystery is evident throughout the novel. Thank god for that or else it would have been very monotonous. Neel, Meg, Annie all are lovely and well-etched characters. The sweet friendship between Annie and Vinnie (yeah they rhyme!) will often bring on a smile.  The layers of relationships are unfolded slowly in this novel. Vinnie’s relationship to her aunt and then to Meg. How protective she is of Meg and ultimately, her relationship to the friends of Reyan- all add up to show her real character, which I found personally very beautiful.

The Sexual content

This book is a borderline erotica, and yes, there are lots of sex scenes in this one. Hot scenes. Yet the story has not been overshadowed due to the sexual content and thank god for that.

What I loved:

​Ms. Van has a subtle sense of humor. She comes out with funny names like ‘SoSi’ aka soul sister and some mean concocted drinks.

Hey, SoSi, how are you? My soul sister!!
Along with her knowledge of bikes and cars, the author really knows or has researched the drinks well. *wink *wink. The title of the story is really intriguing. While it will take some time to understand why the novel is called ‘The Evil Twin?’ there is absolutely a valid reason behind that.

​WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?

Anyone who loves hot romances will love this one.