Book Review – Her Prince Charming – by Sundari Venkatraman

While growing up, many of us would have read fairy tales and hoped that we too will have such a happy life!! But as years pass, we realize that life is always not a bed of roses..Of all those stories,Cinderella was the one which I liked the most..Reading this book bought back my memories about Cinderella!!!

In this book, author talks about the life of Tanuja Bhatia, an intelligent young girl..Tanuja suffers a lot due to her bad stepmother Gurinder and her two half-sisters…Her father loves her a lot but doesn’t support when she is illtreated by his second wife..

Tanuja’s best friend’s mother tries to arrange a marriage between Tanuja and Raj Malhotra, a successful young businessman. Gurinder stops this alliance due to her jealousy towards tanuja..

Raj meets Tanuja first at Bombay Central station and is instantly attracted towards her..Tanuja too feels the same and they are madly in love with each other..Tanuja is happy as she had finally met her Prince Charming..Whether they are able to get married or not inspite of problems created by others makes this book an interesting and engaging read!!!

My rating for this book is 3.5/5.

Book Review – Beyond Scars – by Alka Dimri Saklani

I have read and reviewed the Author’s previous book “Beyond Secrets” and I loved it…So, when I got opportunity to review this book, I was happy.. This book is so engaging to read that I completed reading it very soon…

I strongly believe that childhood plays an important role in our life..The way we grow up and the experiences we face at that time, whether it’s good or bad, affects our future life.

In this book Author talks about the lives of Avni, Vivaan and Avinash and the scars created in their lives due to bitter childhood days..Avni and Avinash are twins who deeply care for each other and Vivaan aka appu is a college going student and a painter..Author had penned appu character as a continution from her previous book “Beyond Secrets”.

Vivaan couldn’t come out from dark younger phase of his life though his adoptive parents love him a lot..He feels that he doesn’t have the capacity to connect with others..His raw emotions are reflected in his drawings and his search for missing part in life makes him unhappy and gloomy..

Avni and Avinash are inseparable twins who study in same college..They face severe problems in home due to their abusive father..Avni is very deeply affected due to an incident in her younger days which badly affects her present life..Avinash is over protective and over possessive towards his sister..

Avni meets Vivaan in his painting exhibition and he feels strongly attracted towards her..She admires his paintings and is able to understand the hidden meaning in all his drawings..

Avni also feels attracted towards Vivaan but he tries to avoid her due to his dark past..Whether their love succeeds against all odds or not makes this story an interesting read…

Relationship between Avni and Avinash is beautifully portrayed by the author..Their affection,fights and joyful moments together is refreshing to read..

Vivaan’s love and affection towards Avni and his reaction towards sudden and difficult situations makes the reader glued to the story..

Author talks about scars in our life and how we have to look beyond scars to live peacefully..The twists and turns in this story makes it an engaging read..

Author has explained various emotions like love, friendship, relationship, guilt and revenge faced by all these characters in detail.

I loved reading this book and my rating is 4.5/5.

Book Review – Friendship Calling – by Sayan Bhattacharya

Friendship Calling

There are some phases in our life which we wish to relive again..It can be our childhood, school or college days..Our old memories are triggered even by small happenings in our current life..Reading this book had this effect on me and I am reminded of my college days and friends I had during that time..I enjoyed a lot with my friends and that happiness I felt is irreplaceable in my life..

In this book, Author talks about friendship between four friends -Sayan,Bijoy, Kaushik and Debasish. They all meet at a college in Calcutta…The way their friendship starts and their relationship is good to read and I could connect it with my own experiences in my college life.

All the four friends are in touch with each other after their college days..But suddenly Kaushik disappears mysteriously and cuts contact with others..Sayan takes effort to track the whereabouts of Kaushik..He meets Manisha, Kaushik’s fiance..She too is unaware of Kaushik’s status..They both search for him and whether they are able to find him or not and the reason behind his sudden disappearance makes the story engaging to read!!!

While reading this book, I was reminded of the movie ” Three Idiots”.. Author himself says that he and his friends are ” four idiots”..The storyline is slightly similar but reason for disappearance of one friend is different in the book..

Author had portrayed the character of Kaushik very beautifully..His feelings, emotions, friendship, relationships, fear etc are penned in detail.

Manisha’s love for kaushik and the way she handles herself after knowing the reason for his disappearance is commendable.

Sayan tries hard to track Kaushik..His love and friendship with Kaushik is so deep and is understandable…Further, Kaushik’s parents characters have also been portrayed well by the author.

Author also talks about practical situations in which we lose contact with our friends after we leave college..Our own professional or personal commitments make us do so.

The excitement we feel when we go for an education tour with our friends is depicted clearly in the book..I was so nostalgic while reading this book.The uncertainty of life causes fear but it also teaches the fact that we have to face problems with strong will power and try to move on in our life.

Overall, this book is an interesting and an engaging read!!!

My rating is 3.5/5.

Book Review – A Time To Burnish – by Radhika Nathan

A Time To Burnish

Are we fully aware of the history of the place that we live in?? We might live in any Country and each one has its own culture weaved beautifully..At times, we take things for granted and most of us never fully understand the significance of our own past glory…In this book, the Author talks about archaeological  and historical beauty of our Country in interesting way and it’s not boring!!!

Tom Winslow, who works in a museum is deeply interested in culture and history of India..He receives a Nataraja idol and is intrigued by its connection to Chola period..As he is confined to a wheel chair, he asks his brother Josh Winslow to explore the idol’s origin..Josh doesn’t care much about old idol and reluctantly visits India to help his brother..Tom also asks Vidya Thyagarajan, his friend from Chennai to help Josh..Whether Josh and Vidya find out the true origin of the idol or not, makes this story an interesting read!!

Author has explained the feelings of Josh in a beautiful manner…The way he feels when he first lands in Chennai and the experiences which transform his beliefs in the end are penned clearly by the Author..Further, the characterization of Vidya, is also good and her relationship with her father is interesting..Josh’s love for his brother in spite of many differences is refreshing to read..Romance between Josh and Vidya has been depicted well by the author..

This book is a mixture of love and mystery in background of art and history..It is interesting and engaging to read!!!

My rating for this book is 4/5.

Book Review – If You Only Knew Me – by Divyata Rajaram

If You Only Knew Me

Do we really and fully know about a person who is close to us?? That person might be anybody – Our family, friends or co-workers, neighbors, etc..In this book, Author explains about how difficult it is to fully understand a person in our life..

We, human beings, are full of surprises and we may have our own dark secrets which we don’t easily  reveal to others..It is difficult to trust a person completely as appearances may be deceptive..

Rupali, Anjali, Dipika, Sakina and Monica are five NRI women who are close friends living in Dubai..Their lives are exciting with a rich lifestyle and they love spending time with each other..All of them have some problems and they think that they can depend on each other during uncertain times..

But fate plays a cruel role and a grave tragedy happens to one of them..Others are totally  shocked and worried a lot..An investigation to this  tragedy by police opens up a bag of ugly secrets which makes their life totally miserable..Trust is completely broken and they are confused as they can’t believe each other..They realize that they have been cheated totally..What happens next  and whether they overcome their problems or not makes this story worth reading..Author had explained the individual lives and relationship of these five friends in detail..Further, many details about various places in Dubai is also interesting to read..

Overall, this book is a good and an interesting read.. A small  suspense and thrilling factor engages the reader a lot…I enjoyed reading this book…

My rating is 4/5.

Book Review – Mango People in Banana Republic – by Vishak Shakti

Before I started reading this book, I was intrigued by it’s title and also cover.. When I finished reading, I felt that Author’s narration of story and characterization has made this book a very interesting and a good read!!!

Ravi Bhalerao works as a Strategy Consultant in one of the bigger firms and  he feels that his life is purposeless and boring..He realizes that he misses something vital in life and he also suffers from severe physical pain due to anal fistula..His physical pain and office politics makes him fully depressed and he quits his job..He travels to new places seeking answers to numerous questions..He is worried on seeing the poor status of farmers in his village and he tries hard to help them..This leads him to cross paths with activists, political parties, maoists, communists and spiritualists..Whether he finally gets answers and the way he gets transformed in the end makes this book an engaging read..

Anand Reddy, a former NASA scientist, comes to India on a spiritual quest..He visits various ashrams in search of true realization and liberation..He finally realizes that everything is within an individual and it requires greater sacrifice to achieve his wishes.. Author had told this story through  Ravi and Anand..The way both these characters meet is interesting..

Author explains about various problems faced by farmers and also politics in our country..Many politicians, activists have their own understanding of core issues and they believe that only they can provide solutions!!!! But in the end, problems are not solved and it becomes complicated..

This story revolves around lives of Ravi, Anand and Author talks about important issues in our country with humour, sattire and  also about role of spirituality and self realization in life..

Overall, I feel that this book is a good, interesting and an engaging read and  I enjoyed reading it!!!

My rating for this book is 4/5.

Book Review – The Game Of Secrets – by Saurish Hegde

In this book, Author talks about the life of a young oncologist Nishanth shetty…Nishanth’s father Dr.Vittal, famous oncologist, manages a chain of hospitals in Mangalore and also in other cities..Nishanth loves his profession and he wants to help needy people a lot..So, he joins Politics along with his friend Kashyap and decides to form a new political party..He supports Kashyap in his political activities and faces problems from Adishakthi and Dhanush, who belong to another rival political party..

Further, he meets  Navya at first time in a party and is madly in love with her..He is very serious about their relationship, but a call from Dr.Ramdas,a scientist, changes everything in his life..Nishanth respects Dr.Ramdas a lot for his knowledge in the field of science..Dr.Ramdas asks Nishanth’s help in a research which is very vital for mankind..Nishanth accepts the offer and he starts helping him in his research..

Ramdas and Nishanth are  happy due to positive outcome of their research..But, Nishanth suddenly  gets a phone call from a stranger who asks him about research and warns him of serious consequences if he didn’t share details about his research..Both Ramdas and Nishanth are shocked and confused and they also face problems from Adishakthi…They don’t know about their enemy and are worried and they couldn’t believe anyone..What happens next makes this story interesting to read..

I liked reading this story but I personally feel that this book could have been edited and proofreaded better…Author’s narration of the story was good, but I feel that some characters could have been portrayed better..

My rating for this book is 3.5/5.

Book Review – Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales – by Rafaa Dalvi

Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales

This book is a collection of 100 micro tales of different genres..I  feel that it’s difficult for an Author to write a story within 140 characters (It’s my personal opinion)..So, when I started reading this book, I was amazed at how the Author had written all these stories..There is so much said and also not said at the same time and as a reader, I liked imagining about the flow of these stories..

Author had written about diverse topics – Love, relationships, thriller, humor,horror mystery and loss.. I liked all stories but my personal favorites are  – Always, Barren,Busy, Birthday special, Compliment, Confiscate,Contest,Cry, Gift, Grasp, Last, Liberated,Manage,Management,Missing,Murder,Saw, Tell, The Memorial,Trapped and Trust.

This book is a quick, interesting and a  good read..

My rating is 4/5.

Book Review – When the Chief fell in Love – by Tuhin A Sinha

When the Chief fell in Love

This story starts with a terrorist attack at an army camp in Kashmir during 2016 in which eighteen people are killed..Vihaan Shastri, Defence minister, takes steps to counter the terrorist attack..During this tense situation, he is surprised when fate brings back Zaira Bhat, his lover, back in his life again after many years..

Author explains about how Vihaan meets Zaira for the first time during 1990’s..It was love at first sight for Vihaan and he was strangely attracted towards her..Zaira was deeply hurt due to some incidents in her past and  not ready to reciprocate his feelings..Vihaan tries hard to win her heart and he succeeds finally..But, Zaira breaks up with him and their lives change a lot..After some years, Vihaan marries Ritu and he loves their daughter Tia deeply..He is a journalist and is interested in joining active politics..He realizes that Ritu is not trustworthy and their marriage is just a marriage of convenience..Zaira also has problems with her husband Aziz..Both Vihaan and Zaira meet again during 2003..But fate plays in their life again..

Vihaan meets Zaira again in 2016 during her book launch when he is Defence Minister of India…Zaira’s father Bilal Mohammad Bhat, a business man in Kashmir, becomes a supporter to Pakistan and this complicates Vihaan’s political career and his personal life a lot..What happens next makes this story interesting to read..

Author talks about the way Vihaan tries to change the situation in Kashmir..To be honest, I don’t know more about the unrest situation, politics and history of Kashmir..Though the solution to problems in Kashmir is fictional in this story, I  hope that it becomes true soon in future..I liked both Vihaan and Zaira’s characters in this story..Author had explained their feelings in detail..

Overall, I feel that this book is good, interesting, fast paced and engaging to read..This is a romantic story weaved along with politics..

My rating for this book is 4/5.

Book Review – The Big Switch: It’s never too late – by John Thomas

The Big Switch: It's never too late

Many of us are busy in life with our own professional and personal commitments…At times, some like me, have this question – “What am I doing in this life?? This is not what I wished for”..But, after some time, reality kicks in and I accept that I have to continue doing the same irrespective of I like it or not..This is mainly because of fear – I fear about my future and uncertainties I have to encounter if I start pursuing what I truly wish for in my life..

In this book, the Author talks about this fear that protagonist Keith faces in his life and how he finally overcomes the same after many problems..Kudos to the Author for not being so preachy – I can relate to the dilemmas faced by Keith and I loved the way Author stresses the importance of saying “NO” to others whenever it’s needed..

Keith works in  an IT company and has troubles balancing his professional and personal life..He is a hard worker, but his boss takes him for granted as he never says “NO” to him..He is dejected when he gets a bad appraisal irrespective of his hard work..Further, his girlfriend Maya also breaks up with him..He is sent to his company’s Bangalore office on deputation for a project..There he meets Ramesh, a team leader who makes him think about life in a very different perspective..Keith realizes that it’s never too late to chase dreams in his life..He understands the fact that it is important to at-least try before accepting any defeat..This change within him transforms both his professional and personal life.. What happens next makes this story interesting to read!!!

Keith’s character has been portrayed well by the author..His fear, failures, hard work and determination to win is inspiring ..Author also has stressed the importance of patience in life when we pursue towards our goals..

Overall, I feel that this book is good, interesting  to read and this story is relatable…

My rating is 4/5.