Friday, December 6, 2019

Book Review: Untethered by Sunanda J. Chatterjee

Good day Book Lovers,
Do you love Short Stories? I have begun to love them recently.This book of Short stories by Sunanda Chatterjee : Untethered is mind numbing.
A very small book and can be finished reading in few hours coz you cant stop at just one story.

 Book: Untethered by Sunanda J. Chatterjee



Story: 

49 pages. 14 short stories. Some of them not even half a page. But each hits you hard. You cant just read one story and put the book down.
2nd book of short stories which I would love to keep going back to.

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What I liked:

Sunanda Chatterjee has a way with words and can highlight human emotions and psyche perfectly. She shows the flaws so openly, you start to introspect if you too have them.

The way she deals with loss, pain, heartbreak,.... is heart breaking but not sarcastic. She shows the sarcastic nature of destiny with these 14 short stories.

As a mother my heart broke after reading: The Escape, The Lost boys.
It soared after reading: The Muddy Shoes, A Friend A Date and a Carton of Milk

What I wanted more:
Hope to read more of Sunanda's writing.

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Do check out my posts about Books by Sunanda Chatterjee:
Book Review: Shadowed Promise by Sunanda Chatterjee
Book Blitz: Fighting for Tara by Sunanda J. Chatterjee
Guest Post: Wellington Estates Series is your first book series? to Sunanda Chatterjee
Spotlight: Sins of the Father by Sunanda Chatterjee


The Other short story books I love:
Book Review: Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi
Book Review: The Money Lender by Manju Nambiar
Book Review: Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh



Buy the book, read and leave a review on Amazon & Goodreads. Thank you in advance.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Book Review: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni

Greetings everyone,
Which was the lastest book you found you couldnt stop reading?
For me it was, The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni. I couldnt believe its a debut book for the author. The book covers a big mystery story plot which keeps unraveling till the last page. I enjoyed reading a Crime Thriller after a long time. I savored this book slowly.



Do read about the story and book at: Spotlight: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni

 Book: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni


Story:
Smita has just re-started her new life with Karan Joshi when he suddenly makes all of them move to Mumbai. He insists on settling in the Hawa Mahal which is a bad replica of its Jaipur original. The place doesnt give Smita the good vibes. A murder occurs in Hawa Mahal on their first night there. The police are checking on everyone. Jai Rege the officer in charge is thorough in his investigation. His boss wants to close the case in 24 hours. There are famous people involved and residents of Hawa Mahal. To top it, Karan is acting weird.
Its a mix of dirty politics, corrupt system, race to reach the superior position, hiding more skeletons in the closet. Solving one murder isnt easy when the suspects keep getting changed, more are added and then there are series of murders. The victims are strangled to death. Is the Strangler and Murderer the same person? Are these murders plotted by a Serial Killer?
Whom to trust? Who is telling the truth? What is the motive for the murders? Are each murders and their murderers different or same? Will this case too be just shushed off with innocent people taken as accused coz the CM's son is one of the suspect ?

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What I liked:
The mysterious haze throughout the book. The description of people and places especially Hawa Mahal is always shady and with many layers throughout the book.

This book is difficult to put down. The mystery keeps getting tangled and the twists and turns happen till end of the book.

There are many characters in the book. Each character in the book has many layers and the layers keep getting peeled as the story progresses. The story of each character is unraveled in parts, revealing the connection and position as the book progresses. Its complicated and tangled up like noodles but without confusing the reader. I am still trying to think how the Author N.J.Kulkarni kept track of each and perfectly added the parts together.
I loved how mental disorders or serial killer mentality, childhood trauma and its effects on character building are weaved into the plot.

The flow of the story is steady. Even during the murders or the coups in guise of secret meetings with the Murderer... the flow is steady. Your breathe will only race. The narration goes in its steady pace.
The language throughout is simple and good. The story is full of complexities but the detailing of everything is simple for your mind to visualize and map it to each incident, suspect, place etc. You start to make a chart with all these details in your mind as the story progresses. I am still grappling with some of the loose ends or misplaced details after finishing the book.

The book is 280 pages but the story is huge without overwhelming. Perfect balance of story, mystery, crime, thrill and human psychology.

The story brought to light the working of the police, investigations, mind of a serial killer, celebrities and their real vs reel life.
Kudos to the author for putting in so much research, efforts to get the details in place.

I hope there is Book Series on Jai Rege and his investigation process. I hope the Author wont disappoint us :)

What I wanted more:
Everything is perfect about the writing, research, story plot. I just was disappointed with Smita's choice of profession in the middle of story and end too. Wish she had chosen something better.

Dont want to give out spoilers. So


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Thank you in advance.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Spotlight: #JustRomance by Jyoti Arora

Good day !
New book to introduce: #JustRomance by Jyoti Arora. Lets get to know more about the book below:

 Book: #JustRomance by Jyoti Arora

#JUSTROMANCE
by
Jyoti Arora

 Book: #JustRomance by Jyoti Arora


Blurb


7 heart-warming love stories to make you smile

You raised a song in my heart
That I never knew before.
Now kiss me, Love,
For I yearn to know
What a dream must taste like.

Luxury adds glamour to romances, danger adds thrill. But it is real emotions that turn love magical. And when love casts its magic, even ordinary people can have extraordinary love stories.

It is seven such delicious and relatable Indian romances that this book brings to you.

With realistic characters that will live in your heart. With romance spanning across mountains, forests, glowing beaches, or coming alive in roadside dhabas and buzzing city streets. With myriad gripping emotions of friendship and love, these feel-good love stories are sure to touch your heart with delight.

If you are in love with love,

then these beautiful romances are a must-read for you!

Seven couples, seven clean contemporary romances, one delicious book.

#JustRomance

Because nothing matters more than love.
     
Read an excerpt



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About the author


 Author Jyoti Arora


Jyoti Arora is an Indian novelist and blogger. Besides her books, her writing achievements include several wins in blogging competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 30 English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, etc. 

Jyoti’s first novel ‘Dream’s Sake’ was published by V&S Publishers in 2011. It tells a beautiful love story revolving around the troubles of physically challenged people. Her second novel ‘Lemon Girl’ is based on the theme of gender crime against women and victim-blaming. It is featured in Ezvid’s wiki list of 9 Well-Written Novels That Put Women Front & Center. It also received appreciation from Ms. Maneka Gandhi. Her third novel ‘You Came Like Hope’ talks about the opposite side of the issue discussed in Lemon Girl. That is, it talks about the fake cases filed by women. This too is a case of gender crime and victim-blaming. But in this case, it is the man who suffers. The book received much appreciation for its unique theme and heart-warming love story. All three books are intense and based on serious social issues. For her fourth book, Jyoti decided to write something lighter and happier. That’s what has resulted in #JustRomance, a collection of happy love stories. 

Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt to read by herself even before she started going to school. And she considers herself fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.

However, if books are her first love, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of her blogs is a technological blog called TechnoTreats. One of her posts in this blog even won her the title of Samsung Mobiler in 2011. After that, she has won several other blogging competitions too.

She is a patient of Thalassemia which forced her to drop out of school too soon. But she did not let that defeat her. She studied on her own and completed her schooling through correspondence courses. Then she went on to Jyoti study BA English (Honours) from Delhi University and then achieved postgraduation degrees in English Literature and Applied Psychology from Annamalai University.

For her determination and achievements, she has received appreciation from several eminent dignitaries and her life story has been covered in various TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines, and websites. In the year 2016, she was one of the 100 special women achievers of India that were invited as special guests to attend the Republic Day parade in Delhi. 


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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Spotlight: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni

Greetings Book Lovers,

 Spotlight: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni

Let us get to know a debut Author N.J.Kulkarni and her debut book: The Hawa Mahal Murders. A Crime, Thriller & Mystery novel. The Title itself piques my interest. I remember my trip to Jaipur in 2012 whenever I think of this book.
What is the motive behind the Murders? Lets get to know more about the Book.
Book Review is coming up soon. Stay tuned.
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 Book: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni
The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni
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Blurb:
It was an old building in Mumbai, a wretched imitation of Hawa Mahal. Built by a rich jeweller as homage to his adulterated love. It wasn’t cursed but it might as well have been. Forbidden love extracts a price, even if it is years later.

This is a story about a blackmailer and serial killer hiding in plain sight.

It is also a story about Smita, a troubled housewife trapped in a bad marriage, and about Jai, an honest police officer desperate to prove himself, but stymied at every step by a crooked boss and a corrupt system. When a beautiful socialite is killed in a posh locality in Mumbai, Jai watches with horror as his colleagues scramble to save the Chief Minister’s son and frame an innocent man. As the body count rises, he has to ask himself whether he is willing to risk his career and his life to do what is right. Smita, struggling to come to terms with the dark secrets in her husband Karan’s mysterious past, gets sucked into a world of deceit and treachery. Unsure of whom to trust, she must first fight her own inner demons before she can salvage whatever little she can of the world crumbling around her.

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 Author N.J.Kulkarni

About the Author:

Nita has an English Literature degree at the graduation level and an MBA (Marketing), both from Pune.

Initially, she worked in Advertising but switched to journalism after a few years. Her journalism career started with working for major national publications like The Times of India and Deccan Herald and later she wrote for The Telegraph and Sunday Express. She also wrote regularly for magazines A&M and The International Indian and worked full-time for The Economic Times and Business Today magazine.

Nita wrote on a wide variety of topics ranging from Health and Lifestyle to Crime, Education and Business.

Her creative writing, however, continued, and several of her short stories were published in newspapers.

She won a manuscript competition at the Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) and her crime thriller titled "The Hawa Mahal Murders" was launched on the 20th of September 2019, during the inauguration of PILF19, by Javed Akhtar, the famous lyricist. This is her first novel.


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Do buy the Book, Read it and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you in advance :)


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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Book Review: More Unfairy Tales by T.F.Carthick

Greetings fellow humans,
I just finished reading More Unfairy Tales by T.F.Carthick, the sequel to Unfairy Tales. I loved the Unfairy Tales. So I was eager to read this one.

 Book: More Unfairy Tales by T F Carthick

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Story:
More Unfairy Tales is collection of 5 stories. They are anything but Fairy Tales. Hence the name Unfairy Tales.  Buy the book to know how: More Unfairy Tales by TF Carthick

What I liked:
Unconventional thinking. A different perspective to look at the fairy tales we have been hearing for generations.

The stories make you think of all the possible twists and end to the stories. Carthick's stories make you think at everything you know from a new angel.

The clean language was good to read. The 5 unfairy tales are the ones we have been reading since we were little children but with a different perspective.

I looked at the Book Cover more closely after reading the book. Now I knew what thought went when making the Book Cover.

What I wanted more:
Crisp story line for each story. I found the stories rambling around. Too many details added. It was as if someone was writing their mental chatter and hence the stories just went on and on.

I still love the first book. Hope to read more of T.F.Carthick's books. All the best.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Spotlight: You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

Good day!
Introducing a Crime, Thriller and Mystery novel You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas.
This book has crossed all the records within few days of its launch and is still going strong. You need to read the raving reviews it is still getting. I am late in posting this Spotlight. But I needed to do it. Main reason: The Proceeds from this book will go to Project Why and Chhanv foundation.

Damyanti is a power house of a woman. She is a blogger I have followed from the beginning of my Blogging journey (since 2007). If you read her blogs, you will feel warm and fuzzy inside. She is doing tremendous amount work in supporting orphan children through Project why and Acid Attack survivors through: Chhanv with #StopAcidAttacks.

I am honoured to shine the Spotlight on her debut novel: You Beneath Your Skin published by Simon & Schuster India



 Book: You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas



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Blurb: 

Lies. Ambition. Family. 

It’s a dark, smog-choked New  Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her  job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is  in a long-standing affair with ambitious Police Commissioner Jatin Bhatt  – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives. 

Jatin’s  home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he  appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention  to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not  even the sister to whom he is deeply attached. 
 
Across  the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags,  faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of  control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all.

In  a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin  must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the  iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover  long-held secrets before it is too late.


 Book: You Beneath Your Skin


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About the Author:

 Author Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore, and works with Delhi's underprivileged children as part of Project Why, a charity that promotes education and social enhancement in underprivileged communities. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. You can find her on her blog and twitter.

Do please buy the book, read it and leave your review on Amazon and Goodreads. Lets support a good cause.


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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Spotlight: The Magician by Sonia Rao

Good day people !
Join me in welcoming Book: The Magician by Sonia Rao. Lets find out more about the story of lives of three women as they try to find the meaning of True Love.

 Book: The Magician by Sonia Rao


 Book: The Magician by Sonia Rao


Blurb


Fashion designer Sasha Kapoor always felt she'd missed out on love as she had an arranged marriage. And when her husband turns up at their 15th-anniversary party with a strange woman, she knows that her marriage is dying. With constant surprises and disasters to contend with, will Sasha ever get a chance at true love?

Shantha is much sought after for her tarot card readings on love, but can’t seem to help her own love life with a string of broken relationships behind her. Now, sparks are flying between her and a sexy bartender but will this relationship fizzle out too?

Young professionals Nilima and her husband are so besotted with each other, they give the word ‘soulmate’ a complex. Theirs is a match made in heaven…till tragedy strikes.

The Magician is a heart-warming story of these three dynamic women as they discover the meaning of true love through loss and longing.


Thoughts from the Author, Sonia Rao

Who is a Magician? If it is a Tarot Card, then it the Major Arcana card in the deck and symbolizes life-changing issues.

 But if it is a person, then it is Sasha, the main protagonist of my novel, The Magician. In this urban, contemporary romance, fashion designer Sasha, who caught within a loveless marriage, now seeks true love. It is also Shantha and Nilima who face their own challenges in love and try to rise above them.

 It is also every woman. This is because, as Shantha says to Sasha in the book, “Imagination is your strength. You have the power to visualize and then manifest what you want. You are the Magician.” Each one of us is The Magician because we hold within ourselves the power to create the life of our dreams.

But how did this cover happen? There is a lovely story behind it. While researching the many tarot decks online, I saw this card on the Attic Shoppe website and I knew at once that this was my “Sasha.”

Go back and have a look at the cover again. Doesn’t it just grip you too? Part practical, part whimsical, part traditional, part digital, this card, like the book, is a labour of love.

The designer, Bethalynne Bajema, created this card for her Black Ibis Tarot card deck.  The love she put in is very evident in the vibe one gets from it. Every time I see it, I am inspired to bring a touch of magic to the everyday routines of mundane life.

Carrying on the serendipity, Bethalynne immediately and graciously agreed to my request to make this card my book cover. Such generosity is hard to come by and I believe it is the Universe’s way of saying “you’re right on track.”  


(Bethalynne can be contacted here: Instagram)

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About the author


 Author Sonia Rao



"Sonia Rao is a writer, editor, and award-winning blogger. Her fiction has appeared in many prestigious anthologies such as Voices Old & New and Jest Like That (edited by renowned editor-writer Shinie Anthony).

 As NaNoWriMo’s Municipal Liaison for all-India and founder of the Wrimo India group on Facebook, Sonia has motivated thousands of people in India to write a novel every November since 2011. She has also curated and edited the first Wrimo India Anthology, Vengeance—A Sting In Every Tale.

Sonia likes to believe she is ‘high-minded’ but strangely, her fave hobby is thinking up torture devices for those autorickshawallahs who consider the roads to be their personal spittoon. Who knew?"



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