Friday, April 19, 2019

Book Review: Until The Swallows Come Home by Arvind Iyer

Good day Book lovers,
Today I am introducing you to a new author Arvind Iyer whose latest book: Until The Swallows Come Home had me engrossed for 3 days. This is a Crime, Thriller & Mystery novel. The plot is so engrossing, it would have been completed in one day if I had my way. Being a parent, this book had my heart racing all the time.
This is Author Arvind Iyer's 3rd book. I loved the book totally and would recommend it to all book lovers.


 Book: Until The Swallows Come Home


Story:
Ruhaan Syed, founder and chief Architect of his firm Zeenat Constructions was a happy married man. He was grateful to Allah for a complete family with his beautiful wife Ayesha, their seven year old son Ayaan and six year old Riya.
They were on a family vacation to Pondicherry after a long time. The first evening itself had turned into a nightmare for them when both their kids went missing in front of their eyes on the beach.

The search was turning murkier as along with police, the political party of JSD and the Cheenai headquarters of NGO: Save The Children got involved. DSP Siva wanted to find the children at any cost. The head of JSD party Sesh didnt want this case of missing children tarnish their chance in the upcoming elections. Gayathri heading the NGO wanted to help since children were involved.

Why were Ruhaan's kids taken? Who had taken them? Was this a kidnapping? Why was there no ransom call?
 Will the Swallows of Ruhaan come to nest back?

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What I liked:
Raw emotions, thriller movie like plot and narration.

The plot is engrossing from Page 1. Even if you are forced to keep the book down, you are constantly thinking about it.

When you read, the pace of story unfolding is slow. When you keep the book down and imagine each scene it looks like a fast paced Thriller movie. Complete with black shades and mysterious hues.

The emotions portrayed are raw. Emotions of parental love, anxiety, lust, grief, greed, fear, power, desire, etc are all raw. You can feel each of them and relate to each character. The anger and sweat of DSP Siva, the power rush in Sesh's brain, the calm but pulled in many directions emotions of Gayathri, the heart wrenching ache in Ruhaan's chest longing to hold his kids again, the helplessness of Pasha or Ex CBI Pradhan .... all these emotions were pulsating through the pages.

It is perfect for a thriller movie. I will always remember it as a movie I saw in my mind. I shudder when I think of parents or those kids who in real life went missing. I am paranoid for my kids now.

The cover of the book portrays all this perfectly. The language is good. Flow of story smooth and slow. The characters are too many and you have to remember each one of them in the story. But each has a role to play and you realize how they were needed for the story.

Hats off to the research done about each tiny detail in the story. Details like the model of vehicles used or the guns or the places described or the operation of teams in the police or NGO or political parties. Also each of these details were woven in a realistic way. The story travels to multiple locations like Pondicherry, Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai, USA.

The story with its numerous characters is like a colorful tapestry. When you observe the full image from far, you realize it forms an actual picture with each part adding to it.

What I wanted:
I hope this story is made into a movie soon. I was actually trying to cast the characters to existing heroes and heroines of today. If you do the same, let me know :)

Author Arvind Iyer needs to write books fast now. His story writing is wonderful and I as a book reader would love to read many more books by him.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Good day Book Lovers,
After ages I took up a book from the library to read for myself. Book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


This book is a keeper. It needs to be in each ones library. Books like these make me fear writing a review because they are good beyond measure. I fear if my review will express its quality, story correctly.

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Story:
 Ove is a 53 year old widow staying alone since his wife died 10 months ago. People think of him as a disagreeable grumpy old man. For Ove its principals and rules which are always correct. He decides the character of a person by the car they drive. He is a self made man who talks too less. He can build cars, house, manage housing societies, etc. For him, if there is a manual he can learn anything. Love doesnt have a manual. Making friends doesnt have a manual. Raising children doesnt have a manual. He lacked in these skills and few more. But he was lucky he met his wife.
Now that she is gone, he has lost his anchor and reason to live. He is just trying to go meet her very soon.
But the neighborhood he stays in, wont let him even die in peace.

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What I liked:
This sarcastic sounding story is hilarious. It gives you a deep understanding of how we humans work with our feelings as the compass.

This book I have been reading since 3-4 months. Re read many passages. Took my own sweet time to read. I mulled about the things I read. I tried to sit back and observe the feelings it evoked. The book keeps you in a warm, cozy haze of thoughts at all time.

The book narration is in the form of present day and then rewind back to some memories which pop up in Ove's brain. But the weaving of these phases is seamless. Ove as a person starts standing tall as the past and present episodes merge.

The language is so good and simple. This review's language is testimony to that. The words just flow when you start thinking or reading the book.

The narration is so good, the poor Author is overshadowed. It feels as if Ove is real and he has himself written the story. Dont feel like giving Fredrik Backman any credit as the character Ove is so real.

At the start of the book, I wanted to click pictures of all the lines which were so beautiful and almost lyrical. Then I just kept my phone away & read. Taking long breaks to ponder.

But once you pick up the book, in few lines you are in the house or the neighborhood Ove and his wife built.

There were parts when I have snorted on my tea at Ove's nerve bursting temper for the stupidest reason. There were parts when I wanted to give him a peck on the cheek. Some passages made me keep the book aside and ponder. Some lines made you want to cuddle up with your kids and hubby. Some lines make you want to check on your own neighborhoods policies and rules.

The characters are quite a few. Colorful characters. They get their colors as the story progresses and you realize why the author introduced them in the first place.

The talkative neighbors, their little girls, the grouchy cat, the reporter, the man from the Health council, the student who Ove's wife taught.
Parvaneh the pregnant foreigner neighbor stole my heart. I wanted to hug her for coming to live beside Ove. Gem of a person and I could relate to her as a mother of kids :D Loved the cat and Parvaneh's daughters and her hubby too a little. I hope I have the maturity and heart like Ove's wife Soonja by the time I reach old age. :)

Some of the lines I loved:

 Book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

 Book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman



What I wanted more:
I want to buy a copy of this book. Also I am going to read up on any more writing by Author Fredrik Backman.


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I am going back to flip through the pages once again & then read random pages until I get another reminder call from the library to return the book :p

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Book Review: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal

Greetings everyone,
We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal is collection of women centric blog posts. These articles were penned as A to Z blogging challenge posts. Inderpreet has tried to compile them in book format and has presented it to us.

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 Book: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal

Story:
Do women wonder? All the time, I think. Would you like to know about what?
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What I liked:
A to Z. Everything about Women has been discussed. So why another book, you might think. But this one is about different topics with quotes and snippets weaved into them.

Each posts encourages Women to Empower themselves, test themselves and not bow down. It prods, taunts, jibes and gives clear instructions of how they can make the best of their lives.

The topics are thought provoking. There is Color discussed, how we ignore ourselves over family, who are your friends, take ourselves seriously, stay healthy/happy, how we pull other women down, how society dictates our choices, how we shouldnt burden other women with those choices, how we need to make our own choices & be heard, etc.

The quotes are good and I tried to read them first in each chapter. The book doesnt bore you with lectures or theory.

I have done the A To Z challenge and know how much effort, planning it takes to complete it. Kudos to Inderpreet for completing it and this book is its testimony.

What I wanted more:
1-2 rounds of editing for typos, rephrasing sentences and silly mistakes will make the book perfect.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Spotlight: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal

Good day everyone !
The Spotlight today is on Book: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal.
The 2nd book by Author Inderpreet Uppal has been published. Lets get to know what is this book all about.

 Book: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal

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WE WOMEN WONDER: Dreams, Desires, Struggles & Triumphs
by 
Inderpreet Uppal

 Book: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal


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"When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier." 
– Diane Von Furstenberg. 
Thoughts, quotes and determination can make a woman stronger, a survivor but she is a winner regardless. 
This book is the story of every woman, you might find your reflection too. 
A journey into what keeps us women ticking. 
What annoys the hell out of us? 
What are we women really about? 
How does the world see us? 
Is the world changing for us or are we just dreaming? 
What is our success and what it means to a woman? 
We Women Wonder, I often do, don’t you?

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About the author
 Author Inderpreet Uppal


" Inderpreet writes for her love of writing, edits manuscripts and reads endlessly. 

A sprinkling of fiction, a dash of books, and a bit of opinion add to the eclectic mix that is Eloquent Articulation, her blog.

Books, editing, writing, and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’. 

An Army brat, she now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country. "


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spotlight: From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh

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Introducing a new author: Tanushree Ghosh with her latest book: From An-Other Land. Get more details of the book below. Buy the book at: https://amzn.to/2YalU6Z



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From An-Other Land
by 
Tanushree Ghosh

 Book: From An-Other land by Tanushree Ghosh


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Never has been the conversation on immigration more pertinent than now, post 2016 US elections. From cancellation of refugee protection and zero tolerance to undercurrent crackdown on H visas, the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalized population head-on. 

But what is immigration today? A question of life or death - fleeing of persecution? A compulsion? Or a mere pursuance of privilege? 
And what is the US today? A land of opportunities? Or a quagmire impossible to comprehend, inherently racist and selfish?

From An-Other Land dives deep into immigration today for the Indian diaspora and its many facets with characters who seek to define themselves in an intercultural setting that is less and less sure of itself. A reality check and a guide for anyone who wants to understand the modern-day US.

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About the author


Tanushree Ghosh works in the technology sector in the USA and is also a social activist and a writer. She has a Doctorate in Chemistry from Cornell University and has worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratories and is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and Presidency College Calcutta.

Her blog posts, op-eds, poems, and stories are efforts to provoke thoughts, especially towards issues concerning women, social justice, and immigration - which is the topic of her first solo-author work From An-Other Land published by Readomania publishing. 

As a contributor to the Huffington Post US, she has published several posts on topics that affect the under-represented and the lesser privileged, whether that's a population, a nation, or an individual. Her first article for the Huffington Post went viral and was picked up by the Yahoo news. She has since written on the Syria war and its children, open borders, the unfair coverage in the Western media of the Brazil Olympics, societal differences in outlook on issues like gun control in the US, and off-course - women. She has written on postpartum depression, acid attack and its state globally, #MeToo and a myriad of related topics and was interviewed for Reddit and the Indian Express. She is a regular contributor to several popular publications (incl. The Tribune (Sunday Diaspora segment), Thrive Global, The Logical Indian, Youth Ki Awaaz, Café Dissensus, and The Women's Web). Her literary resume also includes poems and stories featured in national and international magazines, including Words Pauses and Noises, UK; TUCK, Glimmer Train honorable mention, and inclusion in seven anthologies (through winning national and international contests), including Defiant Dreams (Oprah 2016 reading list placeholder) and The Best Asian Short Stories 2017 (published out of Singapore by Kitaab). She has served in coordinator and chapter head roles of ASHA and AID India and has affiliations with several women's organizations and non-profits. She is also the founder and director of Her Rights (www.herrights.website), a 501(3) c non-profit committed to furthering the cause of gender equality and supporting victims of gender violence.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book Review: Dance With Me by P.G.Van

Good day everyone !
The latest book by P.G.Van: Dance With Me is an optimistic love story about giving life a second chance and pursuing your talent. Read a really big book after a long time on Kindle.

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 Book: Dance With Me by P.G.Van





Story:
Suhana Vajra was a housewife for 14 years in a loveless marriage. She has been divorced for a year now. But her ex-husband still holds a grudge and doesn't make life easy for her. She has a 14 year old son who is more like an older brother. Suhana never went to college and was married at 18.

One day Suhana is notified to her horror about videos of her working out while doing house hold chores going viral. She feels threatened and creepy in her own house. She is angry when friends and people tell her they love the videos. Why?

She bumps into Samyan, her elderly neighbors son. Before meeting him, Suhana was angry with him. He helps her out when she is at her lowest. Now she gets feelings unknown to her when she keeps bumping into him all the time.

What is it that they have, she keeps asking herself?
Who is shooting those videos in her own house? Why?
How can she pull them down? How can she stop them completely?

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What I liked:
The phrase:
Whether it's for fun or to reach your fitness goal, Dance with Me!
This has been my slogan for the past few weeks for my fitness regime.

The few characters. Each growing as the story progressed.
Loved how Samyan is tuned into Suhana's mood changes. He knows what is worrying her or when she needs him or what she is thinking. Wish all guys were so attentive to their women's cues.

The language is good. Pace of story was slow.

Loved how Suhana is a worry monger and a typical mother. She then evolves into her own image as she discovers herself. The reasons, her past, her lack of proper qualification, how her ex husband made her feel, etc have defined her until now.

I liked her teen son, Samyan's mom, the concept of the dance school. I liked how memories of Suhana, Samyan are described and linked to the story.


What I wanted more:
Better handling of a Glaring ISSUE !
The topic of privacy breach and stalking should have been handled more maturely. Thinking about someone recording you in your own house is very very unsettling. I was put off through half of the book as a result of it.

The love scenes were too many. You may ask how that is possible. But when most of the story is still to unravel, you would rather want the story first.

Chopping off 50-60 pages at the 50% mark of the book. There was a lull at that point. The last part with Samyan's secret mission were also unnecessary.


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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Spotlight: Dance With Me by P.G.Van

Good day!
Featuring another book by Author P.G.Van on our blog today: Dance with Me. I am reading it right now and really want to Dance away. Stay tuned for the Review soon.

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 Book: Dance with Me by P.G.Van


 Book: Dance with Me by P.G.Van


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When a video of Suhana dancing in her own home goes viral, the first thing she does is panic. Suhana got out of a loveless marriage and is trying to prove to her ex-husband that she can live her life without him or the money she got as part of the divorce. She had been a housewife all along, but now she is trying to rebuild her life. However, life throws her a wrench in the form of a viral video—a video that creates a sensation on the internet. 

Samyan is her elderly neighbor’s son who is staying at his mother’s place while she is away, and Suhana keeps bumping into him wherever she goes. His very looks instigate new thoughts and sensations within her that she tries to ignore because of the man she thinks he is. But, when he helps her in the direst of situations, she finds out more about him and starts to feel a connection to him. 

Dance with Me is a sweet, light-hearted and passionate love story with a happy ending. 


Note: This is a standalone romance with content recommended for mature readers.

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About the author

 Author P.G.Van

P.G. Van published her first novel of The Pure Destiny Series in October 2015 and cannot stop writing. She loves to spend time with family and is a strong believer of retail therapy (mostly shops for boots and purses!!). She enjoys giving her readers an escape to the world of love and romance.


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