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 
Alka Dimri Saklani
 Book: Beyond Scars by Alka Dimri Saklani


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

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?

Definitely Buy the book: to see if its a Happily ever after.

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

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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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 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.

Grab The Book NOW ! 

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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