Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Review of Fight or Flight by Dana Bachar Grossman

Have you ever traveled with a toddler over a long distance? I have. When my daughter was just a newborn, my hubby decided that being possessive about one’s territory is not good for a child’s upbringing. ‘We need to show her the world,’ he would quip. And me, greedy for this wealth of learning and traveling, I followed suit.  But during those days no one had warned me about the terrorizing moments one can have while traveling with a toddler. Ear pains to runny noses, demands of walking to carrying the child and not daring to move an inch. Glaring at people for talking loudly to looking pathetic under some reproachful stares. You name it, and I have done it all.

So when I got a chance to read Fight or Flight by Dana Bachar Grossman, I was stunned to see her words etching my experiences.  I could empathize with her as she tried to keep her calm and dignity in the flight. The worst thing I have faced while traveling is the rudeness of the fellow passengers. So when Dana says –
That’s just adults crying in their own way! -  
And I can totally understand that. When it’s our kids, we want to collect all the sympathies but when we see other’s doing it, I think we remember our ‘those’ days and want to shut them out. Though the author has given a solution regarding this calling them #GoodDeedOnTheFly, I feel it’s too utopian a concept. But then you never know. An idea can change a society, so why not?

An overall interesting book to read not only for mothers but also for anyone who travels a lot. You never know when you will need the #GoodDeedOntheFly ideas.  Happy travels folks. Stay safe.

Fight Or Flight by Dana Bachar Grossman was published on May, 26th, 2019

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Book Review of Lost and Found by Sunanda Chatterjee

A collection of stories can only be called successful if it holds your attention until the last page. from A White Christmas to Letters from Carmen the pages unfurl one emotion after another.

A White Christmas is a story of a woman who takes a second chance in life. This story particularly touched my heart. A couple in love, slightly older and one with responsibilities. How do their family members react to their relationship? Children have this way of putting their parents on a pedestal, forgetting that they are human too. Chatterjee has brought out the conflict of emotions such relationships creates very well.

On the same line, I would also say that the resolution came out too easily but then we have to give it the concession of being a short story.

Two of the stories deal with the father and daughter relationship. Each dealing in the complexities of the relationship in their won. The first one, Since When, has some very heart touching moment. A girl, losing her mother at a very young age, The scene where Mina hears her father saying I love you, brings tears to my eyes.

The Turning Tides, on the other hand, carries the burden of the bittersweet nature of human relationships. A father leaves his land behind and goes to look after his daughter and her son. How his life changes as he grows old is a very heart-wrenching story. The stark reality of this story astounded me. It's the truth. However inhuman we sound - it's the freaking truth.

Lost and Found had a personal touch. Something many women would experience. I like the way how the girl stood for her pride. We need that in today's world.

My favorite of the lot is My Memsaab. The ending will pull at your heartstrings. Pitoli is going to stay with me for a long time. The pathos this story has will make you imagine the life of Pitoli as she travels towards a better life only to be reminded that class and status mattered in the society.

A collection of very well articulated stories. The differences in the culture in every story is well etched and not in one place did I feel that the author has done justice to the cross culture life of the desi's in the USA.

Lost and Found by Sunada Chatterjee was published on September 2, 2017

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Review of I am the 10th by Deep Downer

How does a woman go out on a date with her husband, returns home to make love to him and wakes up in another world? A very riveting premise that will take you through the journey of Sarah as she searches for her identity amidst lies and embedded memories. As the line between reality and surreal vanishes, she must know what has happened to her memory before more deaths occur.

Downer has done a commendable job in creating characters from the history to the present day, with uniqueness and mystique that will make this book unputdownable. My first shock came when Sarah confused between New Delhi and New Deli, Missouri and Mussoorie. Clever play with words. The story takes interesting twists and turns as it makes your travel between the past and the present and between different countries.  The second surprise came when we traveled to the court of Chandragupta Maurya to Ashoka. Meeting characters from our past and weaving them in the present has been made the story interesting.

The only peeve I had with this book was the abundant usage of commas. But due to the freshness and the plotting of the scenes, it can be overlooked. Overall I can only say that this book is a mixture of mystery, historical and sci-fi. A must-read for mystery lovers.

I am the 10th by D. R Downer is a self-published book on Amazon, 2019. 

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Review of The One I love by Nivedita Vedurla

Complexities of relationships are brought out best in a romance. Nivedita Verdula had woven an intrinsic detail of love, loss, and discovery with her characters. The characters meet on a cruise and from then on changes to a story of a contract marriage. Love, at first sight, does not happen as both are engaged to different people at that point in time. Life would have passed them by had Ajay Khurana, father of Akshat Khurana, not taken it into his hand to get them married. He made the circumstances such, that both had to tie the knot with each other – for a  month.  During this period, relationships are explored before reaching a beautiful HEA.  

Please don’t ask me what a HEA is, you will break my heart. :D

The story started off well. The prologue was interesting enough for me to turn the pages of the novel. The story had many sweet moments – like the daughter understanding the pain of her father, Akshat seeing Advika smiling for the first time. The scene where Advika is molested is handled well with not too much detailing but enough to bring out the characterization. The story had many levels of love vs. wealth issues and most of them have been handled well. 

But where the story has a good storyline, the author made a few misses with the technicalities of story writing. The prologue, though intriguing was not addressed further in the story. The epilogue was the conclusion of the book which though is used often by mystery authors falls flat in a romance. The storyline of Harsh needs a bit of clarity. The character of Riyan was interesting and had a good amount of gray shades which kept me interested enough to reach the end. I like bad girls I suppose. Don't judge me! 

The One I love by Nivedita Vedurla is a self-published book on Amazon, 2019. 

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