Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Book Review: Generously Yours by Inderpreet Uppal

Good day people !
I have finally read our Author friend Inderpreet Uppal's book: Generously Yours. For a debut book, it is pretty good :)



Read about the story at: Spotlight: Generously Yours by Inderpreet Uppal

Story:
The shy, bookish Diya is in love with the DIY guy Viren and believes that is enough to last a lifetime. But she is unprepared for what life has in store for them. Will Viren be able to solve this jumble? How should Diya carry on with life? Can she find or make herself anything without Viren?

What I liked:
Surprisingly a very very short story. But it is packed with a story of five years within its page.
Inderpreet Uppal has weaved a story which fleshes out the characters, their lives, their traits, how opposites attract and their love for each other.

The language is simple and flow is smooth. But being its short nature it left you asking for more.

The characters are just 2 and fill up the entire story. Loved how they grow with each page for the reader.
The description of the houses was so clear, I could visualize each part. The bougainvillea, the photo wall, bird feeder, kitchen all so clear in my imagination. Cozy home made by 2 people in love with each other and their special place.

The story left a heart breaking but warm feeling within you. The emotions are portrayed so realistic.

What I wanted more:
More of the story please. A full fledged novel, if you will. Inderpreet Uppal I am sure everyone is waiting to know more about Diya :)

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Book Review: Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi

Greetings Book lovers,
Presenting review for a unique form of stories or rather micro stories. Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi is a collection of 100 micro tales.
Know more about the book & Author at Spotlight: Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi



Imagine giving a start, middle, end of story in just 140 characters. I cant even write a review for a bad book in 2-3lines. Hats off to Rafaa Dalvi :) Follow his Facebook, Instagram account to get new stories :D

Story:
100 micro tales. Each story of 140 characters. Different genres in one book.

What I liked:
I can pen down most of the stories in the book & that would be enough to go as review.
Each story is really good & I am sure the author must have had a tough time choosing the 100 to go in this book.

The stories cant be clubbed in a specific genre.
Huge range which takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions with each story. They can be from humour, thriller(most), crime, sarcasam, nail biting suspence, spine tingling paranormal, love, etc genre.

Each story lets your imagination fill in the blanks or draw your own conclusions. My imagination had a field day & I have caught myself visualizing some or the other story from the book days after finishing it.

My favourites:
Desire
Fantasies
Goodbye
Promise
Tell
The End (best,brought a smile on my face & then :( coz the book ends here)

What I wanted more:
Keep writing more such micro/flash fiction. All the best for all your book(s), Rafaa.

Superb deal ! Buy the book

Bye. Take care.

Spotlight: Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi

Greetings everyone,
I am very late in introducing this book on my blog though I read it long time back.

Introducing Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi. This is a collection of 100 micro tales. Micro meaning each story is of 140 characters, can you believe it ? :) Lets know more about the book & author.

Blog Tour: Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales by Rafaa Dalvi


SMALL IS BIG:
A Collection of 100 Micro Tales
by
Rafaa Dalvi

Blog Tour: Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales by Rafaa Dalvi


Blurb

Have you always wanted to read more, but you could never finish that one book?
You kept putting it off, hoping you would find some free time, only to find out that months or even years went by and you saw little progress.

That’s about to change!

With Small is Big, Rafaa Dalvi has created a potpourri of 100 diverse micro tales (140 characters or less) that will provide you a rich experience in easy-to-digest fragments and urge you to read one page after another before you finally finish the book.
And the best part is that there’s a story for everyone, including YOU!

If you’re a romantic at heart, this micro tale is for you-
She kissed his cheek as he smiled back. Nothing had changed much since two decades.
Her husband called her.
She hid the photo in the closet.

If you love happy endings, this micro tale is for you-
You rested on my lap, opened yourself before me and shared your fantasies with me.
Then the stories ended and you turned back into a book.

If you are a big fan of word play, this micro tale is for you-
They’re lying in bed. 
“You’re the one,” he says; he’s lying. 
“I never doubted it,” she says; she’s lying. 
They’re lying in bed.

And if you like thrillers, this micro tale is for you-
There were two of us and one vacant position.
He would die for this job and I would kill for it.
No wonder it worked out just fine for me. 

In fact, there are 100 such small tales that will have a big impact on you.

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About the author

Rafaa Dalvi, 26, is a vibrant mess of innumerable thoughts, quotes and movie dialogues who tries to escape from the mundane with words. He dreams about changing the world, one smile at a time. When he’s not busy befriending the voices in his head, he can be found in cosy corners, sipping green tea from a wine glass. As for everything else in between, there is food.

An alumnus of NMIMS Mumbai, he wants to be a versatile writer following in the footsteps of his role models Michael Crichton, Charles Dickens and Roald Dahl.

Already published numerous times, his stories can be read in the anthologies – Curtain Call (editor), Terribly Tiny Tales Volume 1, Kaleidoscope, Myriad Tales and Her Story. His first solo book ‘Small is Big’ is a collection of 100 micro tales. He’s the recipient of Indian Bloggers League Booker Prize 2013, the winner of Melonade 5 and a Select Writer at Terribly Tiny Tales.




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Spotlight: Generously Yours by Inderpreet Uppal

Good day Everyone !
One book I am eager to read is by our Author friend Inderpreet Uppal's debut book Generously Yours. Lets dive in to know more :) Come back for the review or better buy the book & we can compare ;)





GENEROUSLY YOURS
by
Inderpreet Uppal



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‘Love is forever’ or so thought Diya. 
Shy, bookish and loving, Diya never thought she would ever need to be anything else. Her charmed life slips away from her in ways, she never imagined. 
Will Viren be able to sort the jumble of their lives or is it already too late? 
A bittersweet story of life, longing, and lasting love.

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About the author


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. She is a Masters in Human Resources Management and an Army brat, she now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country. Books, editing, reviews, freelance writing, posts, and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’. She has recently published her first book on Amazon, GENEROUSLY YOURS,       



                          

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Book Review: A Hasty Hookup by Varsha Dixit

Good day everyone,
A review after a long time. You wont be disappointed with this one. Its about one of our favorite author Varsha Dixit's latest book A Hasty Hookup. This is Book 1 of The Wallflower series.
Like Doyal said, "I am doing a slow clapping in my head for you Varsha." after reading the reason for naming the series The Wallflower :D

Book Review by Grab The Book: A Hasty Hookup by Varsha Dixit


Story:
Gina Bansal is a girl with a horrid memory of her marriage to Ojas Purohit. It leaves her as a bunch of nerves innumerable times collapsing on floors without warning. She has come a long way with the help of therapy & her bracelets to regain some normalcy in her life. Staying alone in Singapore five years which she fled to after everyone disowned her. Now Ritesh a friend she made proposes marriage & she cant commit to it until she gets a divorce from the demon she ran away from. She asks support from The Wallflowers, her girl gang who know her & will stand beside her how much ever angry they are with her. 5 years should have cooled off any feelings, longings, anger etc Gina & Ojas may have for each other, right? The divorce should be quick unless Ojas has other plans for her.
How can Gina get rid of this demon from her life? Will The Wallflowers stand by her?
Buy the book and you wont regret it. Promise :)

What I liked:
Varsha's signature style of evoking the emotions within the reader. Like in the book Meher says Ojas should come with a Statuary warning. Varsha's books should have one too! Read the Warnings in other reviews for Varsha's books or go to bottom of this post ;)
For this book:
  People around the reader of this book, take cover or change houses till the book reading is over.

The reader (atleast me) resonates all(ahem) the emotions of the female protagonist. The portrayal is so real hence the warning.
Love how the thick friendship is shown. You will surely miss your friends when reading Varsha's book(s). All her books will make you hug your friends closer.

The physical chemistry is crackling in this series. If Varsha's earlier books were subtle in their sensuous parts, this one is bold ;) Loved this side of Varsha's writing too. Good going lady, without going repulsive.

I like the way the characters are added, described, the variations in them yet what connects them together, each of their endearing traits etc. Each has a big chunk of the story to themselves.

There is a morale or human psychology angel with the characters or the story itself. This makes it all the more relate able and realistic at the same time.

What makes it more realistic? The smart ass comments, sarcastic remarks, slang or intertwining current affairs. Like these, quoting from the book:
I’m the Sanjay Dutt of my life. I shall keep bouncing back.
Did my crash course in self-awareness put her to sleep? Gina wondered.
Gina, the best thing about a self-created mess is that it does not require a crowd to fix. So freaking fix it.
'Maybe if you hid his meds altogether, we all would be in a happier place. Except for God, of course.’
Although it is mentioned it has a cliff hanger ending like Ojas I wanted to throw something when the story stopped for Part 1. Still every few minutes I was picking up the Kindle to read further & realizing I have to wait for Part 2 :(.

I have read a book in 2days flat after a long time & that too a Varsha Dixit book. Her books have that effect on you.
Patiently waiting for Part 2. Controlling throwing things here, Varsha ;)

What I wanted more:
The condition put forth by Ojas to sign the divorce papers was a little obvious or filmy to me ;)

Nevertheless waiting for Part 2,3.... full series.

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Do check out our reviews of Varsha Dixit's other books:
Book Review: Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right by Varsha Dixit
Spotlight: Right Fit Wrong Shoe by Varsha Dixit
Book Review: Wrong Means Right End by Varsha Dixit
Book Review: Only Wheat not White by Varsha Dixit

More books and reviews coming up.

Come back real soon.

Happy Week ahead :)
Bye. Take care.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Book Blitz: If You Only Knew Me by Divyata Rajaram

Good day People!
A new book to introduce. The Cover piques interest. Lets know more :)



IF YOU ONLY KNEW ME
by
Divyata Rajaram



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If You Only Knew Me is a story of friendship, passion and intrigue set in Dubai, arguably one of the world’s most exciting cities to live in.

Rupali, Anjali, Dipika, Sakina and Monica are five NRI women whose lives are glitzy and exciting as they flirt with high society within the charmed social circles frequented by the Dubai expat community. Beautiful homes, designer clothes, shoes, fast cars and a lifestyle that is envied by all, there is very little these women have not attained. Together they have also woven the closest of friendships and must rely on each other to stay on top.

Appearances are deceptive, though, and often the people you think you know the best, harbor secrets too dangerous to be shared. When tragedy befalls, the investigation that follows opens an ugly box of secrets that will test their friendship and find them struggling to make sense of the madness and deception surrounding them.

Who can they really trust anymore? How far must they go in their fight for survival?

How long will their friendship last once the masks have dropped and none can pretend any longer?


Read an excerpt from the book...

Dipika’s head was swimming as she sat in Tim Horton’s, Mall of the Emirates, waiting for Rupali to join her. The only reason she had even fixed up to meet her was that she knew her mother had called up Anjali who would have informed Rupali.
“Ha … I’ve crossed over to the dark side, Ma. Too late to return home again,” she thought. The black coffee she sipped did nothing to clear the confusion in her head.
Dipika pushed her limp, dank hair out of her eyes, struggling to make sense of the menu in front of her.
That bastard was stringing her along, she knew it. All his false promises meant nothing, she thought wearily while gazing at the menu.
She looked up to find Rupali rushing over to the table.
“Dips, darling, so good to see you,” said Rupali, trying to sound upbeat and cheerful. She almost recoiled as she hugged Dipika.
The stench of body odor and some other strange pungent aroma permeated the air around her.
Dipika looked awful; her usual dark circles worse than ever, hair dank and limp, and lips cracked and blistered. She never used makeup, but this was truly the worst Rupali had ever seen her look in a long while.
“Are you okay, babe?” she asked in a soft whisper. The answer seemed apparent - she was not.
Dipika made a superhuman effort to sound and act normal.
“I haven’t been too well, Rupa. That’s what I had called mom about. Hope she didn’t worry you girls. I’m sure it’s nothing serious. I just haven’t been sleeping much lately and it’s telling on my health.”
Rupali was sure that Dipika was depressed about her father’s upcoming death anniversary.
“Listen, baby … you are going through a tough emotional phase right now. It will get better, I promise. Meanwhile, we are all there for you, okay?” She hoped she sounded more confident than she felt.
Dipika nodded listlessly. Poor Rupali, such a good friend, always looking out for her. Dipika felt a million miles away from her right now.
They finished their coffee and made their way over to a few shops. Rupali could tell Dipika was having trouble walking and put it down to her mystery illness. Psychosomatic symptoms, probably, given her bouts of depression. All she could hope for was that whatever it was, it would clear up and her friend would get back to normal.
Dior, Valentino, Lanvin; there was truly no dearth of high-end brands in the latest styles in the Dubai malls. The girls finally agreed on a stunning Chanel dress, stark and beautiful, in black and white. When Rupali tried it on with the blue turquoise earrings the shop assistant provided, she loved what she saw in the mirror. The hunt for matching shoes took them to the Shoe District where even Dipika was seemingly revived by the stunning collection of Christian Louboutin. Rupa convinced her to pick up a pair of strappy stilettos in hot pink with a gold trim.
Rupali hesitated for a few seconds before charging her card. Sometimes she felt guilty about spending Rohit’s money. However, he had always told her that appearance meant everything - sleek, sophisticated and expensive clothes were his natural choice and, now, hers as well.
Finally, exhausted with their shopping, the girls headed to the parking lot where Rupali’s driver was waiting for them. She asked him to first drop Dipika off at her apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road before heading to her own home.
On her way home, she quickly called up Anjali.

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About the author


Divyata Rajaram has been living and working in Dubai for the past fifteen years. An experienced financial service professional, she is also an accomplished singer of Hindustani classical as well as western music. If You Only Knew Me is her first novel based on NRI women living in the UAE, and offers a glimpse into their lives and the challenges they face in a foreign land.

An avid reader of crime fiction, Divyata lives with her husband, their daughter and a beautiful dog in Dubai.      


                          

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Review: It Happens by Karan Sharma

Good day everyone!
We had done a Spotlight & Guest Post for Book: It Happens by Karan Sharma.
Sharing my review today.
Know more about the story: Spotlight: It Happens by Karan Sharma
Our Guest post question: Guest Post: The cover shows two women. Is it a trick or story plot? to Karan Sharma



Story:
Gautam & Rohit are best friends and work in the same bank. They are young 25yr old guys who work hard & party harder. Gautam is a little matured than Rohit who is always upto pranks or partying or a playboy. Gautam is in love with Roshni, a senior member of their bank. The age difference of 12years is the reason clouding their decision about will their relationship stand the test of time.
Rohit and Roshni's friend try to talk sense into them.
Will this relationship go to the next level of living a blissful married life?
Read It Happens to know.

What I Liked:
Clean language. So clean that school English teachers will give full marks :)
Description of places & surroundings. A imaginary tour of Singapore is a given when reading the book.
Loved how the many differences age factor can cause are depicted.
Patting Roshni for her thought process & also to Gautam for confidence in his love.

What I wanted more:
I would have liked to see Gautam as a more matured person to make such a uncommon relationship work. A little cheesy for me :)


Do buy the book and review it please.



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