Thursday, June 13, 2019

Spotlight: Shiva Stone: Hampi's Hidden Treasure by AJINKYA BHOITE

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Debut Author Ajinkya Bhoite's debut book: Shiva Stone: Hampi's Hidden Treasure makes for an interesting read. Know more about the book :

 Shiva Stone: Hampi's Hidden Treasure by AJINKYA BHOITE


 Shiva Stone: Hampi's Hidden Treasure by AJINKYA BHOITE


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Mithila is a senior archeologist on the Hampi site along with two other UNESCO scientists. They decide to open some secret vaults in the underground Shiva temple. Treasures and artifacts from the 18th century make the headlines but the Shiva Stone was kept a closely guarded secret. 

When a RAW officer hires Mithila on a secret mission to safely transport an ISRO professor and the Shiva Stone to Bangalore, she knows something is up.

Why is the stone called the Shiva Stone? Why are archeologists, UNESCO, ISRO, and RAW interested in a discovery at Hampi? Why is Mithila working for RAW? Is she the only agent on the mission? 

Shiva Stone will take you on a thrilling adventure through the historical site of Hampi. Buy it now!

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About the author
 Ajinkya Bhoite


I am an Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer with an inclination towards reading and writing. Besides, being Engineer, I enjoy running. 

My first novel is Shiva Stone which is self-published on Kindle.

I was born in a small town called Wai, near Panchgani, Maharashtra. Moved to Satara for High School. 

Under-graduation from Pune University and Masters from California State University, Long Beach.

Currently, working as a Cloud Support Engineer for Amazon Web Services.




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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Book Review: Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman

Good day Romance Book Lovers,

 Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman

The prequel to my favorite book till date by Sundari Venkatraman is out & I am super happy. Also double happiness because this is the first novel to be printed in her venture to print Paperbacks under her name and I own an Autographed copy of it. Yay ! Congratulations, Sundari Venkatraman.

Want to know more about these books?
My favourite novel by Sundari Venkatraman: The Malhotra Bride.
The prequel to this is Her Prince Charming.

You can read the Review for The Malhotra Bride here.
You can read about the story of Her Prince Charming at: Spotlight: Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman

Now let me give you the review too:

My Autographed Paperback copy of Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman


Story:
Tanuja Bhatia lost her mother when she was one year old. Her father Talveer remarried Gurinder, who made sure she was a step mother in real sense. Her step sisters Harpreet and Jaspreet love to make Tanuja's life worse. Tanuja becomes a perfect daughter, cook, seam-stress by self learning and grows into a beautiful young lady. The step mother cant dominate Tanuja nor make her father see fault in her. Her life revolves around making Tanuja's life miserable and hoarding as many assets for her 2 daughters. Tanuja loves to dream of a Prince Charming who will come, sweep her off her feet and give her all the love she never got in life.
During a family vacation to Mahabaleshwar, Tanuja meets Raj Malhotra. It is love at first sight. They both meet in secrecy and promise to marry after a year. Tanuja's dream seems to be coming true.
But Gurinder, the step mother gets a whiff of this affair and tries to severe all plans of marriage for Tanuja. How can she loose a free maid and cook? She plans and plots.
Do these plans succeed?

What makes Tanuaja, such a grounded, accomplished girl, fall in love with Raj? Who is Raj Malhotra?
Will Raj and Tanuja live a happily ever after life? How does destiny play its role in this story?

Find out by Reading the book: Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman

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What I liked:
The Malhotra Bride, made me believe that arranged marriages can turn into Love. The visualisation practise with this book, bore fruits for me ;)

Her Prince Charming, shows that the Universe delivers the best of what you ask for. Loved how Tanuja's dream manifested in such a grand way.

I loved that Tanuja is not shown as a motherless, pitiful, naive, doomed kind of girl. She is an upbeat, self-motivating, thinking, hard working, satisfied, mature, friendly girl with her head on her shoulders.
I loved her in The Malhotra Bride and here I loved her younger self too. We need woman like her in every house. I am proud I know many of such Tanuja's :)

Raj Malhotra, uff. He is Prince Charming and has no fault. How? Sundari, you are raising the standards too high for men to compete, arent you? I can see where Akshay got his flirty and self-made-man traits from. Grand father is no less ;) The Malhotra men are getting better with each generations and I would love to see such fine men supporting the women in each house.

The step mom, step sisters play their vamp parts perfectly. I loved how Tanuja's father is not shown as a feeble, non-decisive father throughout. I loved how he made the perfect decisions for everyone in the house throughout his life.
I loved Bhoomi, her mom, Raj's mom, Ashok, Chotu characters. They each were very important for the story.

Hats off for the research and weaving of the old times details into the story. The phone numbers, the car models, landmarks, way of talking etc all gave the correct retro feel to the book. The Cover is perfect for the story too.

The language and flow of story were perfect. I read the book at leisure.

The second twist in the story caught me surprised. Read the book to know what it was ;)


What I wanted more:
The Stolen kisses scene is going to cause an uproar, Sundari :D. I had my jaw drop down. Then I remembered hearing of such instances when I was in my 20s.

I smell a Ashok and Bhoomi story coming up. Did I guess it correctly?

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A Little Showoff. Me with Author Sundari Venkatraman and The Malhotra Bride's autographed copy along with Author Sunita Saldhana. 2 Authors in one frame and one of my favourite book :) Lucky day ! 

















Take a look at all the Books of Sundari Venkatraman reviewed by me:
1) Book Review: The Malhotra Bride by Sundari Venkatraman
2) Book Review: Meghna by Sundari Venkatraman 
3) Book Review: The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman
4) Book Review: The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman
5) Book Review: An Autograph for Anjali by Sundari Venkatraman
6) Book Review: The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman
7) Book Review: His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman
8) Book Review: Her Secret Husband by Sundari Venkatraman
9) Book Review: Rose Garden International by Sundari Venkatraman
10) Book Review: The Casanova's Wife by Sundari Venkatraman
11) Book Review: Her Bohemian Husband by Sundari Venkatraman
12) Book Review: Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman
13) Book Review: Matsya: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman
14) Book Review: Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman

I hope I havent missed any review links. Also till date there are 39 books. I have a long way to go ;)

Please buy the book, read it, review it on Amazon, Goodreads. Share your comments with me too. Thank you in advance.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Spotlight: The Clockmaker (Jungle Series Book1) by Paromita Goswami

Good day Book Lovers,
Do you love Paranormal genre books? Here is Author Paromita Goswami's latest book: The Clockmaker from the Jungle Series.
Spooky but intriguing. Lets get to know more:

 Book: The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami


Blurb: 

Can you change destiny? What if you can?

Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life - financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.

 Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.

Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?

Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.

The Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!

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 Author Paromita Goswami


About the Author:
Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer the variety of life to her readers. Besides writing, she is also the founder of a reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family.
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Spotlight: Aspire to Inspire by Nasreen Variyawa

Greetings everyone,
A Poetry collection Aspire to Inspire by Nasreen Variyawa. It is a collection of inspiring poems which proves that each person is a Leader. I hope it inspires many :)
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ASPIRE TO INSPIRE
by 
NASREEN VARIYAWA

 Book: Aspire to Inspire by Nasreen Variyawa


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Aspire to Inspire: Poems that elevate your speech is a book full of poems that defy all norms and rules for poetry writing. The authors work is packed with words that rhyme and when read with rhythm, are delightful to the tongue and ears alike. Right from the acknowledgments and dedications at the beginning of the book till the concluding statements at the back of the book, the author has aspired to be lyrical throughout. Written between 2017 and 2018 in Antalya, Turkey, all the poems in the book are simultaneously independent but connected to each other by way of the subject of leadership. Nasreen has always held that Leaders don’t need titles and aren’t necessarily from the corporate world. All people are leaders in whatever they do and so she has written a diverse range of poems that are aimed at inspiring massive action in whatever people want to do or accomplish in their lives. 

In Aspire to Inspire: Poems that will elevate your speech, motivational speakers, teachers, trainers, and coaches can look forward to 100 poems that can be used at the beginning, middle and concluding parts of presentations. The author has written short but powerful poems on love, leadership, spirituality, strength, abuse, authenticity, financial management, communication, listening, heartbreak and family to name but a few. Whatever the subject, the poems embody the aspect of leading oneself in different aspects of life and living. They teach simple but powerful lessons and reach the point of the subject very quickly. Speakers using them can begin the objective of a speech quickly, make valid points during a speech by breaking the monotony and conclude just as powerfully at the end of a talk. 

In an industry overflowing with advice in the form of quotes that are either overused or recycled, Aspire to Inspire: Poems that will elevate your speech is a fresh, innovative and entertaining way to influence an audience, persuade a client or simply lead passionately. The book is a must have for your coffee tables, library shelves, office desks and makes for a thoughtful gift. 

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 Author Nasreen Variyawa


"Nasreen Variyawa was born and raised in South Africa where she completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education Leadership and Management from Regent Business School. Most followers would know her as a trainer, coach and mentor. Having worked at some of South Africa’s biggest education and training brands, Nasreen has touched thousands of lives through her work.

After spending 10 years in the corporate trenches, she swapped life in suits and stilettos for the classroom and chalkboard, wander-lusting through Turkey where she now resides and teaches English as a Second Language. 
Nasreen is also a graduate from Ledge International where she pursued a Mastermind Programme in the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell. 

She is the author of 4 books and hit the #No. 1 best sellers list on Amazon recently for Ignite the Champion Within and Inspire Others to Begin and Ignition: Answering your call which she coauthored with Dr. Farookh Sensei.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Spotlight: Beyond Scars by Alka Dimri Saklani

Good day!
New book by Author Alka Dimri Saklani : Beyond Scars. The blurb is super confusing yet intriguing.
Let us get to know more about this interesting book.

 Beyond Scars by Alka Dimri Saklani



Beyond Scars 
by 
Alka Dimri Saklani
 Book: Beyond Scars by Alka Dimri Saklani



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Hi, I am Avinash, but this is not my story. This is the story of Avni, my sister. I know the smell of cement and bricks still pulls her to the incident seven years ago where she made a daring yet ruthless decision. I know she is drifting away. I know she has begun to find comfort in Vivaan. But I don’t know if I like it. 

Hi, I am Avni, but this is not my story. This is the story of Vivaan, the stunning, vivacious painter. There is something sad about the paintings he has locked away from the world in his storeroom. But he never talks about it. But then there are a lot of things he doesn’t talks about, like how deeply he loves me. 

And what about Dev and Kangana? Isn’t this their story too? It wouldn’t have been if only we did one single thing differently on that ill-fated night, the night that changed the course of our destiny. And hey, I am Vivaan. 

And what about me? Why does nobody talk about me? Or talk to me? Because I am a little girl or because…Well, this is my story too. You will ask who I am? The answer lies somewhere in the pages of BEYOND SCARS.

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About the author

 Author Alka Dimri Saklani

"Alka Dimri Saklani writes contemporary fiction. Her books are labeled as ‘intense’ by most of her readers. Her debut novel ""45 Days in a Cancer Hospital"" was longlisted for Crossword Books Award 2013. Writing is her first love, the love that seized her when she was just 8.

She holds MBA degree in HR and worked with a leading MNC before turning to a full-time writer.

Born and brought up in Vadodara, a city in Gujarat, her roots hail from “Dev Bhumi” Uttarakhand. Apart from writing, she loves music, reading, traveling, and spending time with her two naughty kids.
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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 and many more places.

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.

Buy the Book and read it to be transported in to a lovely motion picture.

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.

Know the book: Spotlight: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal

 Book: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal

Story:
Do women wonder? All the time, I think. Would you like to know about what?
Buy the book, read and review it: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal

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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