Monday, July 31, 2017

Book Review: The Blue House in Bishop by Sunanda Chatterjee

Name of the Book: The Blue House in Bishop
Author: Sunanda Chatterjee
Star Rating: 5 stars 
Goodreads: Read the Blurb here 

Alisha Raj is a cop who had lost her faith in the system. She resigns and falls into the nitty gritty of family life, with her mother pressurizing her to marry. As with many young girls in India, the expectations to marry mounts up after a certain age. So when her mother finds a right match for her, she couldn't  refuse and decides to meet the guy.

She is pleasantly surprised to find that Dr. Sunil Samant has no inclination to marry her either but is also agreeing under duress, due to his mother's illness. But fate binds them in a friendship and they both decide to pretend to accept their mom's desires and give this a try. Alisha goes to the USA to live with Sunil and meets his 'broken friend', Duke Wilcox. And that is a fatal attraction.

But The Blue House in Bishop is not a simple love story. It has layers upon layers upon layers of mysteries. Two federal agents, one woman with red hair and a small girl child who is not what she seems. makes this novel a very interesting read.

I love this new style of writing by Sunanda Chatterjee. I have read her other books and was pleasantly surprised with her bold style of writing in this one. By bold, I don't only mean the sensual scenes that this book has but the character of Alisha. She is spunky, breaking our traditional taboos and yet her softer side is not eclipsed. Sunil and Duke provide the perfect combination of friendship and the dark brooding young guy.

The red haired lady is now another story. And also here lies my only peeve. I would have rather had Alisha open the layers rather than it being told all at once. But yes I do agree that writing a romance with mystery, balancing between both the genres is a precarious walk. One tends to favor one side more than the other. In that way, I must praise Ms. Chatterjee's craftsmanship. Except for the revelation scene, the whole story is gripping. Gripping. I couldn't put it down even if I wanted to. After a long time, I can say, I found this book 'unputdownable.'



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Monday, July 24, 2017

Blog Tour: The Casanova's Wife by Sundari Venkatraman


(Marriages Made in India Book #4)
by
Sundari Venkatraman



Blurb

Bharat is the elder of the Maheshwari twins. Being a super model, he travels from Jaipur to Mumbai to Delhi, modelling for high-end brands and playing show stopper during fashion shows. Clothes, jewellery, glares, briefs – you name it and Bharat Maheshwari models for it. 

Dia Mathur is a management trainee based in Mumbai. She’s surprised to find herself at an after event party hosted by a major fashion label, thanks to her best friend. That’s where she meets Bharat, completely unaware of his claim to fame. 

Sparks sizzle and they get together instantaneously. But things fall apart when Dia realises that Bharat is quite the Casanova and might not make for a life partner. She disappears from his life...

...to surface again two years later, at no place other than his family’s drawing room in Jaipur. Will the Casanova turn a new leaf? Or will Dia have to play second, third or fourth fiddle to every gorgeous model who comes into his life?

Read Book #4 from MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA series to find out more about The Casanova’s Wife.

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review Opportunity: The Mahabharata Code by Karthik K B

Name of the Book: The Mahabharata Code 
Name: Karthik K B
Publication Date: March, 2015
  • Publisher: Notion Press
  • 191 pages

Genre: Indian mythology, fantasy,science-fiction


Blurb:

"The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here. 



As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also, NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa's scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally, the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 



Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers, and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?"




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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Schedule: The Casanova's Wife by Sundari Venkatraman




NameType of PostDate of post
Aparna NayakSpotlight24/07/2017
ArtiSpotlight25/07/2017
Chitra IyerSpotlight26/07/2017
Chittajit MitraSpotlight27/07/2017
NiharikaSpotlight27/07/2017
Devika FernandoSpotlight28/07/2017
Nilima MohiteSpotlight28/07/2017
Geeta NairSpotlight29/07/2017
RC beanSpotlight29/07/2017
InderpreetSpotlight30/07/2017
Reshma RanjanSpotlight30/07/2017
Ruchira KhannaSpotlight30/07/2017
Paulami Dutta GuptaReview30/07/2017
RubinaSpotlight31/07/2017
Surbhi SareenSpotlight31/07/2017
RajanReview31/07/2017
Ruchi SinghSpotlight01/08/2017
ArtiReview01/08/2017
RC beanReview01/08/2017
Ruchi SinghSpotlight02/08/2017
Dhivya BalajiReview02/08/2017
Reshma RanjanReview02/08/2017
InderpreetReview03/08/2017
RubinaReview03/08/2017
MariaReview04/08/2017
Surbhi SareenReview04/08/2017
Nilima MohiteReview05/08/2017

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Book Review Opportunity: The Blue House in Bishop by Sunanda J. Chatterjee

Name of the Book: The Blue House in Bishop
Name: Sunanda J. Chatterjee
Publication Date: January, 2017
  • 220 pages

Genre: Romantic Suspense



Blurb:


A broken soldier with a past, a doctor with a secret, an ex-cop with a mission, and a mysterious woman must fight a drug lord and the FBI to find justice.


After an accident, ex-Special Forces Capt. Duke Wilcox is forced to recover in the house of his old college roommate, Dr. Sunil Samant. Haunted by his failed mission and failed marriage, Duke has lost his trust in women and yearns for a chance to redeem himself.

Indian Police Inspector Alisha Raj has a passion for bringing criminals to justice. After leaving the police force with a broken heart, she agrees to an “arranged marriage” with Sunil. But it is an unusual proposal; Sunil asks Alisha to pretend to be his fiancée to please his dying mother.

Alisha comes to Bishop to leave her past behind, only to fall hopelessly in love with Duke. But she is engaged to Sunil, whose mother is expected to visit any day. The attraction seems mutual, but Duke’s troubled past prevents him from opening his heart.

Everything changes when a mysterious woman shows up with a baby, seeking Sunil’s help.

But is this woman who she claims to be? Why is the FBI after her? And how is she involved with a Colombian Drug lord?

A story of loyalty, camaraderie, and love, The Blue House in Bishop brings four strangers together in a fight for survival.



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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review: half pants full pants by Anand Suspi

Name of the Book: half pants full pants
Author: Anand Suspi
Star Rating: 5 stars 
Goodreads: Read the Blurb here 

School days, childhood, nostalgia. 

These are the three words that describe half pants fully pants by Anand Suspi. Every chapter is an anecdote giving us a glimpse of his childhood. He claims in his introduction to the book that every character is still living and breathing in this world so one must say that he has taken up quite a feat in maintaining the authenticity in his words.

If you have never visited Shimoga you can get glimpses of the southern flavor in its pages.


"We were soon out of Basavanagudi, crossed Nehru Stadium and kept trotting towards the school. I kept peering towards the other side of the road."
The passages are studded with Kannada, but readers will understand everything since the translations follow right after. Many memories of those days flooded back. Especially when the movie Jaws was released. How it affected our young minds when we saw the larger than life sharks in those movie theaters we called 'talkies'. We didn't have multiplexes in those days. Frankly, I don't miss the talkies so much where we women had to walk with a shield in front of us. Multiplexes are much cooler places to watch movies nowadays. Though I do miss those chips packets. The multiplexes couldn't do justice to that small packet of potato chips in butter papers.

Another nostalgic moment for me was the white guavas and the red ones. The fights we cousins would have to see who got which and I don't know why we thought the white ones were superior to the red. I suppose my first lesson on racism started with these guavas.

Anand Suspi's style of writing very humorous. An unlined twang of humor is present throughout the story.

"Mom was a good cook but every now and then (more often than this suggests), she marred her reputation by preparing awful vegetables. I liked potatoes, ladies finger, cucumber, peas, carrots, cauliflower, drumsticks and brinjal. So we clearly had a choice of eight vegetables for seven days of the week. I never understood mom’s compulsion to stray beyond these."

Omg! I can so relate to this. Being a Bengali, who are known to be hardcore non-vegetarians, I never understood why we had to cut those precious veggies. Did they not teach us in school to save plants?
The author has divided this book into two sections. His childhood, half pants, and his teenage years - full pants.  Those who have lived in the small towns of India would understand the importance of Lions Club in your area. Sort of like bosses of all activities. And then the stage comes when you create your own club. Especially readers of Enid Blyton have done it often. My grandfather even made me and my friends paint our servant quarters in the name of it becoming our 'find outer' club.

This book has many nostalgic moments and I thank the writer for writing such a book in such a simple and humorous way. It has taken me many steps back in my life. This book deserves every star it gets because of the sheer brilliance of visualization it will invoke in many readers.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Book Review Opportunity: Who Shall I be today? by Sunita Saldhana

Name of the Book: Who Shall I be today
Name: Sunita Saldhana
Publication Date: Feb, 2016
  • Publisher: Patridge India 
  • 64 pages

Genre: Poetry



Blurb:


Who Shall I Be Today?

A woman can never be “just” a woman. She is a million people in one person. 

“Who shall I be today?” is a collection of poems that delve into what makes up a woman. It talks of a mother’s love and fears; a woman’s search for herself; the yearnings of the heart for that someone special. It tells of the hurt and pain that love brings, and the courage to pick up the pieces and start over again.

You will find tears and smiles, pain and pride. You will find fear and courage, nostalgia and anticipation. You will find woman in all her avatars.

 “Who shall I be today” by Sunita Saldhana is something written from the heart. It is a celebration of womanhood. It is guaranteed to touch the soul of every woman who reads it. 




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