Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Malhotra Bride by Sundari Venkatraman

Name of the book : The Malhotra Bride
Name of the Author : Sundari Venkatraman
Publisher: Flaming Sun; 2 edition (February 11, 2014)
ASIN: B00IE4R20U

Blurb

Sunita Rishi’s just turned twenty, having completed her graduation. She wants to fly free as a bird, explore career options and travel the world. Does she have a choice when Mamma & Pappa insist on arranging her marriage? Born in a rich business family steeped in tradition, Sunita has a tough job on her hands. Can she stop the tide?

Tall, dark and handsome, Akshay Malhotra is the catch of the decade. The only son of Billionaire Raj Malhotra, he’s in a strange fix. His father’s keen that Akshay meets Sunita with marriage in mind. He’s too close to his parents to say ‘no’ for the preliminary meeting. And then he comes face-to-face with Sunita….

Will Sunita be falling from the frying pan into the fire when she agrees to become The Malhotra Bride?


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REVIEW

Sundari Venkatraman, has taken a leap into the self publishing world with her second novel, 'The Malhotra Bride.' When this book, landed on my Kindle, the first thing that striked me is the cover of the book. Illustrated by Mr. Prashant Kamble, this scene depicts an Indian marriage ritual being performed. A scene of 'Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge' flashes in my inward eye. Got my bag of popcorn and clicked on the book in my Kindle and was soon  introduced to Sunita and Akshay.

She…


She is Sunita, a young girl from a rich business class family. Though very much loved by her family, she has one problem. She's bound by family traditions which are nothing short of male domination. [Itching to give a long lecture here, but don't want to divert from the topic :)] Sunita wants to work, but due to parental pressures, she is forced to agree to an arranged marriage. She does not take this kindly.


He…


He is Akshay Malhotra - the scion of the Malhotra family. The rich guy who is NOT a brat! He has a loving relationship with his parents, hard-working and OMG! without any vices. God! Make more like him, please. When he hears about his parent's arranging a marriage for him, he is a bit hesitant but when his dad insists he agrees to 'see'the girl.[This is another debatable topic.]


And he falls in love…


The love story…


So, the boy meets girl and falls in love. End of story :) popcorn is finished and time to go home.

But did I not tell you she wants to work and not marry. I wasn't bluffing, dear readers. When they meet for the first time, Sunita does tell Akshay that.!

Akshay is stunned. Here he was in love and this beautiful girl didn't want to marry him. So, what could a guy do? Think like a businessman that he was of course! Akshay proposes to Sunita but uh..... Not as a regular marriage proposal. You really think I'm going to tell you further than this? :)

Rating



Reasoning
Dear Sundari,


I loved your book. There were times I had an indulgent smile on my face. (I am reviewing, to hell with POV errors :)) seeing the love story unfolding between two characters who are so meant to be together and they don't know about it. There were times when I was angry with Sunita's father and clapped for Akshay's parents. There were times when Dadaji made me want to get up and hug him and the marriage rituals invoke many visualizations.

The characters are real and down to earth. The storyline is cute and straight. A love story between two characters who are meant to be.

But, what was not expected was the sudden 'attack' on Akshay. It took me a few moments to realize the sudden twist and after this twist the speed of my reading increased and I really wanted to know would he or wouldn't he.

Would I recommend this book - Definitely, with a cup of coffee, a soft music humming at the  background, this book would fit right into the mood. Uh! A bit of drizzle would be great for your visualization.... :)

And oh yes! Forgot one thing. Sundari has really has been very naughty in this book. I'm still blushing......

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Deep Soul (Dark Souls #2) By Anne Hope




Deep Soul (Dark Souls #2)” 
By Anne Hope




Blurb: 
"Save her life or save mankind. His choice could cost him his soul. "

For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the Watchers most faithful soldier. Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader.

His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus for decades, but the Watchers strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore the sizzling attraction between them. Until now.

When Regan goes rogue to protect a very special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice commit an act of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.

Hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and Marcus run for their lives, fighting to thwart an age-old prophecy and guard a boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world or save it.

Warning: Contains violent battle scenes, angels with twisted agendas, nail-biting suspense, intense emotion, burning-hot sexual tension, and a sexy, stubborn hero who would rather face death than admit what s in his heart.




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Excerpt


Marcus found Regan standing at the top of one
of the numerous cliffs that barricaded the Watchers’ complex, staring down at
the sea, her features pinched with concentration. The rain had finally stopped,
but dampness still hung in the salt-laden air. A thin mist hugged her feminine
figure, making moisture bead on her skin. She looked intangible, as elusive as
the fog encompassing her. Regan was so strong and capable, he sometimes forgot
how delicate she was.

The sight of her standing so close to the
edge triggered all his protective instincts, and something else—the forbidden
desire to touch. “Penny for your thoughts,” he said, burying his fists in his
jacket pockets, where they wouldn't be tempted to stray.

She smiled but didn't turn to look at him.
“Is that all they’re worth?”

“You drive a hard bargain. How ’bout a
quarter?”

She laced her arms across her chest as the
sun slowly set behind red-hued clouds. “What’s going to happen to him, Marcus?”

He didn't have to ask her who she meant. Ever
since they’d found Ben cowering in that kitchen, the boy had dominated her
thoughts, maybe even her heart. Marcus had never believed it was possible for
their kind to love, but recently he’d been forced to revisit that assumption.
He’d seen it firsthand with Jace and Lia, and now he was seeing it again with
Regan. Maybe one didn't necessarily need to have a soul in order to love. Maybe
just the echo of it was enough, similar to a phantom limb that continued to
throb long after it was severed.

“Cal hasn't come to any decisions yet,” he
told her.

A brisk breeze blew, sending her curls
rioting around her face. Again, he was seized by the urge to reach out to her,
to smooth back her hair, to run the pad of his thumb across her mouth.

A mouth meant to be kissed.

He gave himself a mental kick, focused his
attention on the churning waves below. He had no business kissing Regan. No
business even thinking about it. When he’d taken the blood vow, he’d made a
conscious choice to swear off sex, same as all those who bore the Watchers’
mark.

Only Jace and Lia seemed exempt from this
oath, and Marcus couldn't for the life of him figure out why. He’d seen Cal
punish his followers for far less a crime. If there was one thing his leader
demanded, it was absolute loyalty.

Regan picked up a pebble, then flung it over
the cliff into the restless ocean. “Do you believe in destiny?”

The question took him off guard. “I’m not
sure. I know Cal swears by it.”

“I didn't ask about Cal. I asked about you.” She
ran her fingers through her hair, exactly as he’d imagined himself doing.
“Cal’s always preaching about fate, and for the most part, I believe him. But
deep down, there’s this inkling of doubt, and it gets me thinking sometimes. If
everything really is preordained, what happens to free will? Does it even exist
or are we just being strung along?”

“When did you go all philosophical on me?”

She inhaled deeply, drawing his attention to
the gentle swell of her breasts. Ignoring the kick beneath his ribs, he looked
past her, fixing his gaze on the rocky shore again.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I’ve been having
this feeling lately, like there’s something I’m supposed to do, but I’m not
sure what that is. I only know it involves Ben. He’s important somehow.”

He’d been having the same feeling, but he
refrained from telling her. The last thing he wanted was for her to grow even
more obsessed with the boy. In their world, obsession and impulsiveness often
spelled disaster.

“Regan, you need to trust Cal to do the right
thing. You know the drill—no Watcher can deviate from the plan. If you do
anything, anything that compromises the mission, you will be labeled a Rogue.
And you know better than anyone how the Watchers deal with Rogues.”

They hunted them down and exterminated them.
The idea of that happening to Regan tore a painful strip out of him. He’d spent
too many years training her, working alongside her, fighting to keep her alive,
to lose her now. Had she been capable of reading his thoughts, she would've
argued that she was the one always bailing him out of trouble, and she would've
been right. She’d saved him more times than he could count. They were a team,
more in tune than most, able to regenerate each other with nothing more than a
touch, thanks to the Watchers’ bond.

The truth was, he couldn't picture his life
without her.

Losing the battle, he clasped her arms and
turned her to face him. “Promise me you won’t do anything stupid.”

She tensed at his touch, inclined her head to
look at him. “Define stupid.”
Those sweet-looking lips hovered inches below
his, too damn appealing to ignore. Right there and then, standing at the edge
of a deadly overhang ensnared by Regan’s smoky gaze, Marcus understood the
precise meaning of stupidity.

He was tempted to demonstrate, but he didn't.
Releasing her, he secured a safe distance between them. “Just think before you
act. That’s all I ask.”

She visibly deflated, and he could’ve sworn
disappointment momentarily flittered across her face. Above them, the sun’s
dying rays struggled to pulse against a sky determined to suffocate them. Regan
grabbed another pebble and sent it whizzing through the air with a note of
finality. “Thinking is overrated.”

A bitter laugh rumbled in his
throat. If he wasn't so damned disciplined, he would've agreed.


About The Author



Anne Hope is the author of emotionally intense romances with a twist—a twist of humor, a twist of suspense, a twist of magic. All her stories, however, have a common thread. Whether they make you laugh or cry or push you to the edge of your seat, they all feature the redeeming power of love and the heart's incredible ability to heal.

Anne's passion for writing began at the age of eight. After penning countless stories about enchanted houses, alien girls with supernatural powers, and children constantly getting lost in the woods, she decided to try her hand at romance. 

She lives in Montreal, Canada, with her husband, her two inexhaustible kids, a lazy cat and a rambunctious Australian Kelpie.










Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Meet Tuki from Parul Sharma's Tuki's Grand Salon Chase


Tuki's Grand Salon Chase by Parul Sharma


Seven Days and Six nights Tuki has been adorning our Facebook page, different blogger's site and our blog. Parul Sharma the creator of our Tuki has given various interviews on her thoughts as a writer. And from behind her the simple girl Tuki always stared at me. I wanted to know her. What made her like this? Why did she go to Goa and what did she further want to do? So I decided to ask the character herself instead of her maker. 

Meet Tuki, a simple girl In Parul's world of story.......

Dear Tuki,

Welcome to our Salon. Tell us something about yourself?

Thank you. Myself Tuki....no wait, Farida said that's not correct. I am Tuki aka Tulika Athavle. I am a hairstylist, a pretty good one too. I guess you could say I am a girl with a dream. Sometimes I am also a keeper of secrets.

You were working before? Ah, I see that in your resume. Tell us why did you leave this job?

Yes, I was working at Nancy's Factory, the Bandra one. That was before, uh, something happened that shouldn't have and I, uh, sort of had to leave in a hurry. Anyway, all that is in the past now. Moushumi looks better than ever. Short hair becomes her. Okay, maybe I shouldn't have said that.

You were in Goa? What made you leave Mumbai and go to Goa?

Why does anyone leave Mumbai and go to Goa? They are all seeking escape. So was I, escape from complicated people and unpleasant situations. Of course, it happened largely also because Bijoy asked me to come with him. Also, if he had not agreed to let me take Kaloo, I wouldn't have agreed. Just saying, you know.

How did you find Goa? Did you get the answers you were looking for?

The Goa of Villa Portugesa and Aldona was very different from the one I was used to. It was quieter and more contemplative, sort of like my own state of mind. I don't think it helped me with answers but I did understand myself a little better by the end of that.

Did you miss the life you had left at Mumbai?

I did. I missed Baba, with his numerous DIY projects and Aai and her wonderful cooking, I missed Nancy's Factory and Ashraf and Farida and my clients and I suppose after some time, I missed the buzz and energy of Mumbai and most of all, I do think I missed Bandra.

How do you plan to realize your dream of a Grand Salon?

Well, for obvious reasons I cannot talk too much about the deal with Frond Advisors but plans are afoot and I have some pretty good ideas up my sleeve. My grand chase may end up with a grand salon after all!

Few quickies:

When friendship turns into jealousy - things are bound to get very unpleasant.

When love is not returned - it's best to look elsewhere.

When you tell a friend you don't love him - you are about to lose a friend.

When forgiveness is not in the cards for an act done against you- you better make your peace with it and move on.

When your biggest dream is about to be realized - you had better organize good champagne!

Do you plan to marry and settle down soon? Will it not then effect your salon plans?

Married! No! I mean, I am only twenty four. Honestly, I haven't thought about it. I mean, I have thought about it but not in the immediate future. For one thing, Salon Blues will take up all my energies for a few years. We also need to see what the other half feels about this, hehe.

Tell us something about your dream project?

Salon Blues is a my dream project. I want it to be the sort of place where people like Brenda can come in to get a break from their taxing lives.

Wish you all the success in your life Tuki.

Thank you.

A note to the author: Parul Sharma

Dear Parul,

Thank you for bringing our Tuki to this tete-a-tete. Your lovely Tuki will stay with us for a long time. Hope she meets all the success she rightly deserves. 

from Rubina
The Book Club.



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Monday, February 24, 2014

Scavenger Hunt with Giveaway Event 24th Feb to 28th Feb



David Litwack

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful compaThnies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

There Comes a Prophet, published in July 2012, was the first novel in this new stage of life. His second, Along the Watchtower, came out in June 2013.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.




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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Indiscretion by Dahlia Savage



Name of the Book: Indiscretion
Name of the Author: Dahlia Savage

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00HYJFAGY

Blurb

When a night of passion between Elisa Tinsley and Senator Carson Royal is complicated by an unexpected pregnancy, her plans to keep not only her marriage intact but the baby’s paternity hidden from her husband combined with Carson’s decision that he wants Elisa for himself leads to a course of events which could be more than what either of them bargained for.

Review


I was not prepared to like this short novel of hundred and one pages. How can a short story do full justice to a subject such as adultery was beyond my sensibility. In fact, when I got this book for review, I was a bit skeptical. The title of the story, ‘Indiscretion’ caused my over active imagingation to imagine lucid love making scenes and with great apprehension, I clicked on my Kindle.

And I am glad I did!

The story is about adultry no doubt, but the treatment given to this story is wonderful.

Elisa 'slips' one night and that too with her husband's friend - Carson. Rather than continue having an affair, she puts an end to it. However, the night leaves its own consequences. A child growing in her womb!

Both Carson and Elisa are in a situation where such a leak would ruin not only their respective career but also their marital life. Even if Carson is ready for this but Elisa is not. She did not want to play a second fiddle in Carson's life. They both decide that it would be make Elisa's husband believe that the child is his. But there was only one obstacle to this problem. Elisa had no relationship with her husband for the past few months!

So, now would this problem be solved? There is so much I could add here. However, I am sure Dahlia will not appreciate a spoiler, even if my fingers are itching to type the consequences. Well thought of Dahlia!

So to find out how it is solved read this book of course. Hint? Ok a teeny weeny one..... psst... there is a murder involved. [Fingers goes to chopping board.... naughty fingers!]

Rating



Reasoning

1) The relationship between Elisa and her husband is not explored fully. It is not clear what they felt for each other, at least from Elisa's point of view.

2) Carson has been detected as a womanizer. So, why would he go out of his way to be with Elisa? Was it love out just lust?

3) Elisa and Carson's relationship is a bit cold after their initial 'meet'. Almost businesslike! Maybe, as a woman I need more reasons to understand why Elisa did what she did.

Recommendation: Definitely.A wonderful read for a snowy night…

About the Author

Dahlia Savage is a native of Detroit, Michigan. From a young age, she was gifted with an ability to combine her love for the written word with a vivid imagination. She was schooled in the Detroit Public School system and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration fromHoward University.

After graduating school, she entered the workforce and gained a a variety of experience she would later draw from, including over three years of marketing and communications, a few years as a freelance business and journalism writer, and 18 months as a flight attendant. However, she would return to her first love of writing fiction to balance out the business writing involved in her day job.

Although she currently resides in Tampa, Florida, she is and always will be a Detroit girl. She is currently working on her next project while simultaneously attending classes towards a second degree and raising a son with her husband.


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Our chat over virtual coffee.....

 Hey Dahlia, 
Lovely to have you in my blog. Let me first thank you fro daring to tread on a zone which makes many authors think twice. I do ask such tough question.. ...
 Dahlia : [looks at me as if I have lost my senses... picks up her cup and sips..]
Ah... well everyone knows I am a lamb... 

Now getting serious...

Hi Dahlia, :)

 Welcome to my blog, The Book Club
.
1. The story behind the creation of Indiscretion.
Thank you so much for having me, Rubina. I know that I keep telling you how much I appreciate the opportunity because I really do! To answer the question, Indiscretion was originally a short story I wrote for a creative writing class. It was about choices. A woman is propositioned to spend time with a man. The woman is aware of his reputation and knows that his request is not just for an innocent dinner. She also knows that he's been watching her. So, she's faced with a choice whether to stay or go. She decides to go. The original story was about two pages. However, after I submitted the piece, I just started thinking of all that could go wrong because of this decision and after I was done with the class, I decided to make the story longer.

2. One thing I couldn't understand is why Elisa had to do what she did. What was the main motive behind her action? 

The thing is, she didn't have to do it. She could've walked away and went on about her business. In the beginning of the story, she had a few opportunities to exit stage left. However, she willingly made the decision to sleep with a married man who happened to be a good friend of her husband. [Of course, had she walked away, the story would've ended ;-) ]

In all seriousness, her main motive was primarily lust. Loneliness and a need to have the attention she felt she was missing at home closely behind it.

3. The ending :) was not foreseen. Suppose you could change it would you have? (*Winking) 

No, I wouldn't have. It just felt right to end it the way I did.

4. Do you feel that Elisa got what she deserved more than what she deserved? If yes, I am not trying to condone the action? Isn't 'to each his own' more in fashion? 

When people make bad decisions, especially when motivated by wanting to meet their own selfish needs, there's going to be some kind of consequences or repercussions. The extent of the consequences vary. This story was just one example of everything possible going wrong because of a bad choice motivated by lust.

5. What does Dahlia do when Dahlia does not write? (By the way, a beautiful name) 

Thank you! When I'm not writing, I'm either at my day job, at school in the evening, or being wife and mommy all the time. Believe or not, I do manage to sleep (a little).

6. Carson: just boredom and lust was the motive? How much planning was required to create these characters? 

For the most part, lust was his motive. He's the kind of man who is just used to getting what he wants by any means necessary without much thought for the consequences.

Not much planning was required to create the characters. We're surrounded by all types of political scandals dealing with affairs, corruption, and the like. Carson happened to be modeled after the politicians who are extremely cocky and believe that they could talk or charm their way into whatever they wanted or out of anything. As for Elisa, I just thought of women who were very much aware of their beauty and sexiness and therefore can be brazen and bold.

7. Adultery is a very strong emotion behind many crimes. Do you feel that it should bear the consequences? 

Absolutely, adultery is a motivator and the emotion behind horrible decisions that can lead to many crimes. So is lust.  Adultery, just by its nature of breaking something that is sacred, will always have consequences. And lust in general, that desire for something that is not yours (not always another person, it could money or material possessions and whatnot) can also lead to some pretty disastrous consequences.

8. If there is one advise besides 'keep on writing' that the new writers need to follow what would it be? 

Partner up with a good editor. Indie writers sometimes make the mistake of trying to edit their own work, which is something I do believe we should do in order to get the manuscript as clean as possible. However, once the writer has cleaned up that manuscript to the best of his/her ability, send it over to a knowledgeable editor. He or she often sees things a writer cannot and can help mold the story into the best work possible. Trust me, the investment is worth it.

That my Dear Dahlia is the BEST advice a indie writer can get. My sincere advice to all my indie-writer friends. Don't do the mistake to thinking that YOU can EDIT YOUR own work. You can't. Thanks Dahlia. Lovely net chatting with you. :)




               



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuki's Grand Salon Chase by Parul Sharma


Tuki's Grand Salon Chase by Parul Sharma



The Blurb

For most hairstylists, the move from the dingy Lovely Beauty Parlour to the upmarket Nancy’s Factory would be reward enough. Gifted, young Tuki though has her sights set on a bigger prize – her own salon! Her well-laid plans start going awry as soon as the striking tattooist Faraaz joins Nancy’s Factory. Tuki needs to handle Faraaz’s advances, figure out the mystery behind the disappearance of the elderly, eccentric, brilliant writer Bijoy Dutta and rescue the multilayered Sweety Bhabhi from destitution.

Finding herself at the heart of one storm too many, Tuki decides to run away from the leafy lanes of Bandra to the old-world Portugese villas of Goa. In the comforting embrace of the village Aldona, she finds herself struggling with her rather untimely attraction to her enigmatic neighbour, the charming Arvind and sharing house with Bijoy, haunted as he is by the ghosts of his past.

Armed with nothing but a pair of scissors and the jigsaw pieces of her broken dream, Tuki has to navigate through Mumbai, Goa and London to find out if the universe is conspiring to make her or break her.

Tuki’s Grand Salon Chase is her heartwarming tale of finding love and hope in the unlikeliest of places.

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Review
As the sound of the crickets rise in a cresando outside in my garden, a hot cup of coffee and Tuki keeps me enthralled in my solitude at night. A very pleasant company for a woman craving for some peace and quiet.

Tuki aka Tulika Athavle, is a strong young girl working in a salon as a hairdresser. Not just any hairdresser but for the chique and elite society of Mumbai.  I had had my past tryst with the genre inappropriately termed as the ‘chicklit’ [Dear Google, Please change the definition of this term for this genre is here to stay.] and my experience has not been that pleasant. Never thought it was my cup of tea. But dear Parul changed all that for me.

Tuki, can be any one of us. You or me. Simple life, big ambition, young life of Mumbai, secret crushes and heartbreaks and a doting set of parents and not to forget her mutt, Kaloo. 

When her dream job is ruined due to the jealousy of Renee, the daughter of the owner of the salon, she wanted to fall back on her life’s saving. However, that too is no more.  So, she decides to take the coward’s way out and runs away, with an eccentric writer, Bijoy.[Loved this character!!] Till now, this story holds my interest mildly. I would even go so far to say, I was a tad disappointed. And then enters Arvind…… Mr. Ooomph!!!

The whole scenario of the story changes after this bohemian’s entry. Pace is faster, visualization stronger. Goan music, Goan food, Goan culture -everything engulfs a reader. [I had been to Goa when I was three and now I wish I had remembered something of that trip.] But Parul, creates a beautiful atmosphere with her play of words. She brought the whole town of Goa in front of me. [One of my Mumbaikar friends argued with me that she could see Mumbai clearly. No, Til Darling, It was Goa all the way  )

There was one scene here which really gave me Goosebumps. . Not the scary one, but the one an author creates with her words. In a page, Arvind sits with Tuki and blows smoke swirls in the air, while chatting with her. The visualization was so strong in this scene that I almost felt I was standing with them inhaling the smell of tobacco. That my dear, is a Goosebumps moment for me.

Arvind is a gypsy by nature who comes to Goa every time to rejuvenate. Tuki finds a friend in him but soon falls in love. But, he is out of her league being more sophisticated and worldly and Tuki could never tell him of her love.When Bijoy had to leave Goa, Tuki returns to Mumbai due to the fact that she had no money with her. [Cannot be judgmental here now, can I?]

When I thought here starts another chapter in Mumbai, Parul  pulls another punch and the next chap starts with Tuki being in London.  I did a double take here, made some more coffee, rubbed by eyes and found out that Tuki was really in London. I was pleasantly surprised at the is sudden twist in the story. 

The London rendezvous is short and sweet and Tuki emerges as a much stronger character and with her is Mr.Ooomph!

What is she doing in London?  That my dear Readers, Is for you to find out after reading this lovely tale of Tuki.

Recommendation : Highly Recommended

Rating 



Reasoning

Though I am itching to give a five, I have to hold back due to the bombardment of characters in the first few pages. I even got confused on who Kaloo was. But, it was short lived. Once you catch the thread, this  book is very tough to put down. 

The author has an excellent command over the language and the expressions used by her awed me. Though the characters are depicted from the ordinary way of life, they they all have a spark. Parul Sharma, keeps the women in the novel strong, each with individual voices of their own. Even Tuki, though stars as a simple, non-descript girl working in a salon you will soon realize that she is a stubborn girl with her own set of ideas.  Even God is a ‘She’. :)

Ms. Parul Sharma, the feminist in me LOVES that . High time someone says that aloud. ‘The Creator, listened in silence, like SHE did every moment………”

Amen to that !! Thanks Parul for making me fall in love with the genre termed as ‘chick lit.’


Meet the Author



Parul Sharma grew up in the small towns of Uttar Pradesh. This was fortunate because it ensured that she ran into some rather quirky characters pretty early on in life. Once done with schooling, she made the rather dubious choice of studying Economics, a sentiment with which Economics agreed, no doubt. This made way for a degree from Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad where many inspiring cups of tea were consumed, among other things. 


She has worked with the corporate sector for several years in companies such as Genesis Burson-Marsteller (New Delhi), Arvind Brands Ltd (Bangalore) and Indian Market Research Bureau (Mumbai) in marketing communications and qualitative market research, but she also writes novels. 


The bestselling Bringing Up Vasu: That First Year was her first book and described the travails of Mira, a young, first-time mother. Her second novel was By The Watercooler – the story of Mini and Tanya, young women who find that the corporate ladder is actually a greasy pole. All her books have been published by Westland. She has also contributed stories to the Chicken Soup For The Soul series and to Femina.


Parul lives in Mumbai with her husband, two children and sometimes, if she’s lucky, Kittu, the street cat. 


Parul is passionate about animals and their welfare and would like to open an animal shelter in the future. 

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