Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Book Spotlight: The Doppelganger by Ruchira Khanna

Print Length: 34 pages
On Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: December 26, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07M65B8D8

Sandra lost her husband, Sam, and was lonely in this not-so-alone world until she met Sam’s look-alike, Fran, from another world. Will Fran be able to provide all the happiness Sandra has been yearning since Sam’s physical body left?

The Doppelgänger is a metaphysical short story that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as the astral and physical bodies clash. 


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"A Biochemist turned writer who gathers inspiration from the society where she writes about issues that stalk the mind of the man via tales of fiction. She projects the mental growth of her characters thus, making her readers tag her work as, ""Books that make you ponder!"" 

She blogs at Abracabadra which has been featured as ""Top Blog"" for three years. Many of her write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few."

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Book Review: The Curse By Randeep Wadehra

Name of the Book: The Curse
Author: Randeep Wadehra
No. of pages: 165 pages. 
The format I read in: Ebook
Publisher: Self Published 
Star Rating: 5 stars. 

When I think of a political thriller, I always envisage something like The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen or Books by Tom Clancy. But then they don't fit into our Desi model. That downright corruption - that rotting of roots that is slowly spreading across our nation and we the people of India are but silent spectators. This is exactly the raw nerve that Randeep Wadehra's book, The Curse, has caught on. 

It's a story of revenge, of extramarital affairs, of imbecile ministers and of the Jwala (flame) that is burning in the heart of every Indian. The first thing that caught my attention about this book is the sheer rawness that makes your blood boil as your peep into the lives of  Daulat,  Chaupat, Kamini. These are the people who stoop to any level to fulfill their greed. Where elections are tempered with and men raising the questions vanish into the thin air. This imaginary society created by Mr. Wadehra is not so imaginary after all. It's a mirror, showcasing the deep-rooted greed of those in power. 

Though I would protest when the question "those who sit on power becomes corrupt" was displayed by Jwala.  But again this topic is so debatable and so personal, that as a reader I can only say that this is my view and you don't have to agree with me. If all of us think like that - when does this corruption end? There is not one place where money is not ruling. Whether in the electoral fields or business decisions or small competitions where the means of winning is secondary. The only thing that matters is if you have money - throw a few in every direction to live a happy and fulfilled life. Our ancestors would do it for God and we called it Dakshina and now that has transcended to our society and we call it corruption. What's the difference? 

The Curse has raised many such questions in our mind.  It has all the ingredients of being called a political thriller. Sex, Violence, Corruption in the world of the Rich and the Famous. A love story - if I can call it that - between the rich and the poor, where the drawn line eventually refused to be erased. But that doesn't stop the rendezvous between Kamini and Yodha. 

The ending surprised me. The massacre hit me hard. Falling in love with Saaya is easy though calling him the perfect man is a tad difficult. But Saaya is a thought process which I hope never comes true. But whether you believe in violence or nonviolence, none of us can argue that a radicle change is needed to covert this dystopian society into a utopian one. 

The only issue I had with this story was understanding Kamini's character. But then Kamini can represent anyone in society. But somewhere at the back of my mind, I continued to ask, why the heck is she like this. Only for greed? There has to be a deeper meaning to all this massacre. I think that made this book more hard-hitting. As an Indian, I felt more betrayed. Is this all that it takes to fire a few bullets, injure a few souls? Just this much? 

The biggest USP of this book is the sheer brilliance of writing by the author, Randeep Wadehra. Flawless editing by Dola Basu Singh. The dialogues are all hard-hitting and after some time I found myself chanting "Through peace, it's justice we seek! The hunter will meet the fate of the hunted and the mighty will serve the meek!

Interesting names, brilliant characterizations all culminate to make this book a fantastic read for those who love a political thriller where the author is not shy of writing very well articulated sex scenes to inhuman massacres.

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Book Spotlight: The Time is Now by D. R Downer

The Time is Now 


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What possibly could an Ex-Major, an Ex-College Professor, a bookstore manager, and a college student have in common? Has fate brought them all together to rekindle some old flames or to start an entirely new one?

The Time Is Now is a short, sweet, unusual, un-cliched, and a mature love story. With just four main characters and one locale, the story is like a leisurely walk around the park on a pleasant summer evening that relaxes you and recharges you at the same time. It is sure to leave you with a mirthful feeling in the end and possibly moist eyes too.

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He started his professional journey as an Executive in the sales department of a UK based organization, selling timeshare. Since then he changed over and handled many different roles and responsibilities in the Marketing, Sales & Customer Service departments across industries. He finally shifted over to Advertising and spent a good 11 years in the same. It was during the later years of his career that he started to feel suffocated, doing the same sh**, day in and day out. he started to feel as if he was meant to do something more in life, and it was this feeling that forced him to call it quits and resign from his then position of Vice President of a multinational Advertising firm. 

He finally had his calling in writing.  He took out his laptop and simply started to punch the keys on a blank word processor page. Since then, his laptop has been his closest friend, the one he spends most of his time with. In fact, sometimes he wonders if his wife can sue him for cheating on her...with his laptop. No seriously, can she?

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