Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Review of Mr. Perfect by Sundari Venkatraman

Marriages are made in heaven and divorces are planned on earth. At least I believe that. When you are forced to marry someone, or your likes and dislikes clashes with your other half, that was definitely not willed by the Gods. But there is also another aspect to this whole tale. Intolerance. And this kind of intolerance, let me be clear here, I support wholeheartedly. Where education has opened the eyes of the woman and they have realized that they are at par with men. And when she is forced to play a role of a doormat, the warrior inside her rises. One such woman, Saloni, is introduced in Sundari Venkatraman's book, Mr. Perfect.

There is one thing about Ms. Venkatraman's book that I really appreciate as a reader. She does not hover over the darkness too much, unlike me I would say, but rushes towards the light at the end of the tunnel. When Saloni finds nothing but unhappiness in her marriage to Manish, she decides to leave him. But her mom, Rati, is against it. According to Rati, a woman's place is always beside her husband.  Saloni not only had to fight against such dogmatic view but also her heart's desire where her childhood love, Aarav, resided. 

There is a simplicity in this story. While the heat quotient is decently high you can't help but root for the chemistry between Aarav and Saloni. On the other hand, there is another factor in this story. Salon's young son, Mitesh. How does a man accept another man's child without feeling any jealousy? Again I can say that Sundari Venkatraman, has touched or rather taken this part for granted in her story. 

Recommended for all romance lovers. 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Blog Tour: Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer's Toolkit Book 1) by Devika Fernando

Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer's Toolkit Book 1) 
by Devika Fernando 

Have you ever thought of going indie? Are you a traditionally published author interested in switching to self-publishing? Or an aspiring author looking at various publishing options? 

This concise booklet will show you reasons to go indie and give you an overview of the advantages of self-publishing books. It also shines a light on the 6 F's of self-publishing. 

This eBook is part of the TBC Writer's Toolkit series in which experienced authors offer advice. Check out the other volumes for a step-by-step guide on how to become a successful indie author.

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About the Author

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.


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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book Review: Cadence Interrupted! By Sinchita Ganguly

Name of the book: Candence Interrupted!

Name of the Author: Sinchita Ganguly

No. Of Pages: 386 pages 


Publisher: Indie Published 

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Rating: 5 Stars 

Reading a book that touches your heart and leaves a tiny mark in your life is the biggest compliment an author can get. And this compliment I truly can give to Sinchita Ganguly.  

Mrinmayi stayed in my mind even after I had closed the book.  Mrinmayi is a rebel. She fights against her dictatorial father to do what she wants. She becomes a travel photographer and lives her life in her own terms. She hates the way her mother had accepted the atrocities of her father and vows never to lead such a life. And then she meets Swayam, a man who captures her heart with his brooding personality. The opposites attract and Mrinmayi falls in love, a thing she had sworn never to do. But there is a dark secret looming between the lovers. 

One which even they are unaware of. When Swayam's mother makes her hatred for Mrinmayi very clear, the young lovers are nonplussed. Swayam is tied to his mother's wheelchair and Mrinmayi can't do anything to win her heart. Will the hatred Swayam's mother has for Mrinmayi makes it seem impossible for the lovers to have their own happy ending. And the worst part is, you can't blame the mom. Sometimes, forgiveness is too heavy a gift to bestow on others. Or will they be able to win her heart and live their lives happily ever after? The contrast between the rebel and the silent lover has come out beautifully. 

While Mrinmayi will win your heart with her devil may care attitude, Swayam's cool attitude will frustrate you enough to shake him up. The author has managed to pay with the emotions beautifully. There were moments when I could help tears coming to my eyes. Especially with Swayam's mother's backstory. In this book, I found one thing very endearing. The mix-bag of emotions. When Swayam's mother was trying to stop this marriage, I too waited with bated breath. Will they marry? I was rooting for this love story where the complexities of human life were full of pain and desolation. 

The horrors of a patriarchal society and the tolerance of the women folk have been superbly depicted in this novel. I am looking forward to reading more and more from this author. 

This book can do with a bit of polishing no doubt. But I don't at all feel hesitant to give this author a five star. The writing has power and that is what pulled me inside the story. 

Highly recommended for all Romance lover. It has a high dose of emotional quotient. 

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Friday, November 9, 2018


Ariya has the assignment of photographing the hotshot vet, Veer. The moment she saw him riding, his muscles flexing and his hair flying, she knew she has met a man who would be hard to forget. Of course, sparks fly from the moment she meets him and she finds out that he is the best assignment she could have asked for. Ariya's life changes into a roller coaster life as she is kidnapped along with him and she also learns to conquer some of her darkest fears in the days she stays with Veer. Veer's love is very subtle, In fact, this book of P. G Van surprised me. The love story grows emotionally with as the story progresses.  Ariya has many shades in this story. To the self-confident photographer to being a vulnerable daughter. 
Both the characters, Veer and Ariya are well developed. Even the friends have a role to play and I find that very important in a story. But if I had to choose my favorite it would be Ariya. She had all the shades of life in her. I liked the way she displayed vulnerability and it did come as a surprise to me when the story took this sudden turn. On the other hand, Veer could have shown a bit more emotion. I felt Ariya was the one strong woman whereas Veer had taken a backstep to her. But then all strong female tends to do that to a man. 

The best part of this book for me was the introduction of Veer. 

"It was a marvelous sight, and there was no denying the beauty of the man and the beast as they rode through the rain. The man had thick, long, dark hair that was drenched but bounced on his broad shoulders as he enjoyed his ride."

 The rest you must read to find out. :)

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Book Review: Breaking Vases: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive - A Middle Eastern Woman's Story by Dima Ghawi

Abuse. Sometimes physical and mostly mental. But the degrading feeling an abused person undergoes cannot be soothed with any balm. Breaking Vases: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive - A Middle Eastern Woman's Story by Dima Ghawi is a story that must be told. Must be heard in every household where women are often hidden from society in the name of honor and family pride. 

Dima's story starts off with a natural eastern flavor. I felt ashamed because in some parts I started questioning what the heck is the issue here. I started doubting if the book was at all about abuse. Some of the scenes are so natural in all families that it never draws to you that it's not natural. It's not natural not to have a choice. It's not natural not to have a say in your house. And it's not natural to lead a life where your education is considered a luxury. 

But into this world of social deprivation is born a little girl called Dima. Where she is taught to obey her father without questioning his authority. As she grows up she learns to curb her questioning nature for it would bring out bouts of fight in the household.  And the exact same transfers to her husband when she gets married. This part of the story I found very interesting. Her heart filled with romance and while I am sure her husband did care for her, but his upbringing, where he is taught that women are the weaker sex, does not let him give his hundred percent to his marriage. There are many places in this book where you will question the absence of abuse. But as you read on, the subtle way it has been introduced is mind-blowing. It's an abuse of rights. An abuse of relationship. A psychological abuse. 

Breaking Vases is a story of Dima who breaks every social norm to reach a level where she becomes a motivator for many women. Her story is a story of immigration, of starting a new life with nothing. It would have been so easy to give in. To accept the life she felt was destined for her. Yet she chose an independent path which must not have been easy for her. More than fighting the abuser, fighting the society becomes more difficult. 

I cannot even understand how a divorce of a niece will affect the aunts and uncles and other members of the society. This hypocrisy is difficult to digest. I applaud Dima for the courage she has shown in fighting against the patriarchal society. 

This book has some powerful scenes. The scene where both the mother and daughter walk out as free women is one of the most powerful and inspiring in this book. The second one when realization dawns on Dima as to why her father is supporting her is like a revelation that destroys her innocent mind forever. Shattered Vases is shattering of innocent ideologies- one by one.

From the first page, Dima's character makes a home in your heart. There were moments when I wanted to pat her back and yet was astounded when she quietly revolted against her father. It was the last scene with her father I could relate to most. To love someone unconditionally, even your parents and hope for that love to be returned can break any child's heart when it's not. 

An emotional roller coaster ride and one I am glad I got to read this book.

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