Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Review: The Time Is Now by D.R. Downer

Greetings People,
Introducing a new author D.R.Downer with his book The Time is Now. D.R.Downer is not debut author but a seasoned one and has till now 6 books to his name or more. I loved this book and will surely recommend you read his works for some fresh writing.

Retired army officer Abhilash Banerjee is running a bookstore in the sleepy town of Kasauli. He is an avid reader. A customer shakes up his view about youngsters these days and their knowledge. Who is this young female customer? Why does he feel he knows her?

What I liked:
As the author repeatedly has mentioned this book was an experiment. He has written it in a screenplay format and not like a typical novel. I liked this experiment. Please do not feel apologetic Author D.R.Downer. It is a fresh way of reading a story.

When the dialogues came up, I could visualize myself sitting for play with the actors enacting the scenes on stage and the emotions palpable even from a distance. I had goosebumps when Victor the store manager points out the obvious to Abhilash.

The language is smooth and good. The story though short flows smoothly.

The characters are just 4 and play their part well. The army and gentleman demeanor was endearing. Its hard to find it these days and I am sure ladies love it. Nainika comes across as a well balanced, opinionated, knowledgeable young lady. Loved her spunk and her wise cracks at Victor.

The bookstore atmosphere and talk of literature makes me want to go to a library to sit and read. I did just that few days ago :)

What I wanted more:
Bigger story. It will make a full fledged, well fleshed out novel. I would want to read it even though I know the story.

Keep going D.R.Downer. You are a new author on the block here to stay. Keep writing !

Please do buy his book(s) and leave a review. Thank you in advance:)

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Book Review: Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman

Good day everyone!
As promised, review of Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman. I have read the shorter version of this story in Matches made in heaven. So was excited to read a full fledged novel on the same plot. Loved it.

Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman

Surekha, the eldest daughter of a carpenter teaches in a Public School. She doesnt have plan on getting married. The dowry culture is so rooted that she or her parents cant will not be able to get even one daughter married. So she has made peace with it and loves her life nevertheless. That doesn't mean she doesn't have men drooling after her.
Ameya, the only son of a millionaire is a farmer by education and career choice. He is a forward thinking young man. He is doing good by society terms. The apple of his parents eye. He has them wound around his little finger.
Surekha and Ameya meet at his friends wedding where she is the choreographer. She dances right into Ameya's heart. She knows a relationship with Ameya will be a dream come true but will never materialize.
Ameya's belief that his parents will agree to his idea of marrying Surekha are crashed by his parents.

Should they forget each other? Is there an alternate way so that love can win over such societal norms?  Buy the book to find out yourself :)

What I liked:
The Bihari tone and essence has been set perfectly in the characters and story background.
It is evident powerfully throughout the book. The stubbornness, the dowry tradition which they feel is the birth right of the grooms family, disregard for education,  discrimination in treating sons and daughters, the race and caste divide, stalking and leering at women or girls is ok, etc all gives you the feel of watching a Bihar oriented Bollywood movie.

I liked the characters portrayal. All have them have perfect bases to show why they are that way with enough background covered. Each carried their parts perfectly.

The story language and flow is smooth. The love scenes are few but descriptive and bold considering a small town girl and boy love story ;)

The twist at the end was good. I also loved how Misharaji was handled and his kite was set afloat. Sorry dont Know the English proverb for patang katt gayi :D

The ending promises a Book 2 in this series. Eagerly waiting to read it.

What I wanted more:
I would have loved if the bride's parents reputation was kept intact till the end. I have a suggestion Sundari of how that could have been possible. But then again it would be another story. ;)

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Spotlight: Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman

Good day people !
I am reading Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman. This story and the way Sundari narrates it, is very different from her usual style. I am trying to get out time to finish it. Till I post the review, you can know more about the book here.

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(The Groom Series #1)
Sundari Venkatraman

 Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman


The lovely and feisty Surekha is the eldest of three daughters of a carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks. She teaches science and maths in the Bihar Public School. 

Ameya is the only son of a millionaire farmer-cum-builder and over and above that, he’s educated too. 

They meet and fall in love quite easily, the drawback being the dowry system prevalent in Bihar. With Ameya’s parents expecting a huge dowry and Surekha’s parents having a tough time eking a living out of their humble income, it seems like the match between the two lovers is one made in hell. 

Ameya isn’t one to take things lying on his back. But when the parents who adore him otherwise are so set against the marriage, will he be able to make Surekha his? 

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About the author

 Author Sundari Venkatraman

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 31 titles (27 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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