Book Review – Sins of the Father – by Sunanda J.Chatterjee

Sins of the Father

This is the first book in the Wellington Estates series by the author and it’s a romantic story blended with a little mystery..This story revolves around relationship between main protagonists  Harrison McNamara and Laura Carson..

Harrison, a police officer, meets Laura, a psychologist, while investigating a suicide case..Both are mutually attracted towards each other..But they have dark secrets in their life which involves their childhood days..Their troubled past life becomes a deciding factor in their relationship..Whether they are able to overcome those hurdles and live happily makes this story interesting to read…

Author had described the pain experienced by both Laura and Harrison while growing up, due to mysterious past which involves their fathers..Laura’s friendship with Juhi is beautifully depicted by the Author..The importance of trust, love and forgiveness in relationships is explained well in this story..

Overall, I feel that this book is interesting and a light read!!!

My rating for this book is 3.5/5

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of book  in return for my honest review..I didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the same.

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Book Review – Fear is the Key – by Juggi Bhasin

Fear Is the Key

 

To start with, this book’s cover intrigued me a lot…When I started reading, I guessed about the flow of the story.. But all my predictions were wrong.. Kudos to the Author for his brilliant writing..This book is fast pacing, thrilling with unexpected twists and turns..

Rahul Abhyankar, an IIT graduate, runs Yummimages, a digital infotainment site, along with his business partner and close friend Suhel Bagga..Rahul is in relationship with Simone who works in his company..Suhel and Simone fight with each other due to some problems in office..Rahul plans a party at his house to set things right between his close friend and lover..But Simone mysteriously disappears from the party..Rahul is totally worried as police is not able to trace her..He starts investigating and suspects that Fredo (a pizza delivery boy), Usman (swimming instructor) and Dubey (a taxi driver) may be connected with Simone’s disappearance..He finally finds out the truth which is totally unbelievable and unpredictable..

So, if you think that this book is all about revenge, then you are wrong..This story is not as simple as it seems to be!!! I loved the complexity a lot..I don’t wish to reveal more but you can definitely expect the unexpected…

Author talks about Fear in this book… We all do something in our life that we don’t like mainly due to fear..We have to confront our fears and if we fail to do so, it will  surely take us down..I feel understanding a person is not an easy task..We get fooled by a person’s behavior and have wrong perceptions about him/her..At times, Truth is stranger than fiction!!!

Overall, I feel that this book is very good, interesting, mind-blowing and unputdownable..I enjoyed reading this book..If you like reading fiction thrillers, then you should definitely read this!!!

My rating for this book is 4.5/5.

Book Review – Carthick’s Unfairy Tales – by T.F.Carthick

Carthick's Unfairy Tales

Many of us would have listened to fairy tales during our childhood days..While growing up, I loved to listen and also read many stories which took me to another world..I adored and believed those stories when I was young..

In this book, the Author talks about such fairy tales, but with a twist..He makes us think from a completely different angle..He explains about the complexities involved in a simple story and how people perceive things..It is not just a simple fairy tale, but definitely more than that, if we concentrate deeply on these stories..I loved the way in which he uses satire – It made me to laugh and think…

There are totally seven stories in this book..I enjoyed reading all the stories but my favorite ones are “Of Mice and Horses” (This story is  different version of Cindrella) ,“The frog who would be King” (talks about a princess who refuses to marry a prince), “The beans of Avarice”( a story about boy, magic beans and magician)  “A tale of one city” (about the piper) and “What the hobglobin did” (a very little man who helps a girl).

Overall, I feel that this book is interesting and refreshing with a different point of view to read..Kudos to author for thinking out of the box!!!

My rating for this book is 3.5/5

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of book  in return for my honest review..I didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the same.

Book Review – Brahmahatya – by Rajiv Mittal

“Brahmahatya” ( a sanskrit word meaning “the act of killing of a brahmin”) is a story of emotions, relationships, suspense, guilt, revenge and forgiveness..

In this book, protagonist Ravi Narasimhan, who works in Dubai, returns home due to sudden illness of his father..He tries to get his father admitted in GMR Old age home as he couldn’t stay in India due to work…Dr.Chari, one of the trustees in GMR Old age home, refuses admission for his father citing medical reasons..So he admits his father in another old age home which is not good when compared to GMR..After some days, his father dies and Ravi holds Dr.Chari responsible for his father’s death…What he does to punish Chari and whether he succeeds in his mission makes this story entertaining and thrilling to read..

All the characters are penned well by the author especially Ravi’s father and Bhavna, who works in the old age home..Author refers to many hindu slokas and mythology..

When I started reading this book, I was wondering what would happen next and even guessed about the climax part…But I was wrong and the climax part was dramatic, unexpected, thrilling and I loved it..

I liked the way the story was told by author..This book is interesting and engaging to read..

My rating is 4/5.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of book  in return for my honest review..I didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the same.

Book Review – It Happens – by Karan Sharma

It Happens

Does age really play an important role in love and marriage?? Why a boy can’t marry a girl older than him??? These are the questions which the author answers in this book..I have to first congratulate the author for writing about this subject which is still considered as wrong by many in this society..These people are selectively narrow minded – They accept an older man marrying a younger girl but if it’s vice versa they couldn’t digest the same..

In this book, Gautam, a twenty five year old banking professional falls in love with Roshni, an unmarried thirty seven year old senior management member who works in same multinational bank..Gautam’s friend Rohit asks many logical questions regarding their age gap which makes Gautam think twice about his relationship..Gautam accepts an onsite offer to Singapore so that he could move away from Roshni..But  he is unable to forget Roshni and returns to India and proposes to her..She accepts the same and they are engaged..Both of them face some minor issues due to their age difference and Roshni’s friend asks her many questions which confuses her a lot..Whether they are married finally or not and the way they faced many problems makes this story interesting to read..

I liked the logical questions asked due to their age gap and it made me curious to know whether their love is truly strong enough to fight against many confusions and problems..I loved the characterization of Gautam’s sister a lot..

I feel that decisions related to love and marriage are more personal and it is high time that this society stops intruding..Love is not about “logic”, it’s more about “emotions”.

Overall, I feel that this book is interesting, fast paced and engaging to read..Kudos to author for writing about this different theme..

My rating is 4/5.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of book  in return for my honest review..I didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the same.

Book Review – Destined – by Rubina Ramesh

Destined

Unexpected twists and turns makes our life more interesting and thrilling..In this book, Author talks about the way in which fate changes the lives of Esha Mehra and Rohan Sharma..”Destined” is a story of  love, relationships, trust, commitment and self respect..

Esha Mehra is shocked when she finds out that her father has cancer..She is worried as she had already lost her mother to same dreadful disease..Her fiance and childhood friend Ayush is indifferent towards her father’s health.He and his mother feels that it’s not Esha’s responsibility to take care of her father as she is a daughter..Esha feels offended and upset on their insensitivity and ends her relationship with Ayush..

She meets Rohan sharma, her boss, to discuss about availing loan from office..She is surprised when Rohan has different plans..He asks her to agree for  a contractual marriage with him just for six months..He says that he will take care of her father’s medical expenses if she agrees for marriage..She accepts and they get married..Rohan’s secret behind his sudden plan and whether they are able to live happily or not makes this story very much interesting to read..

I loved the way in which Author had portrayed the character of both Esha and Rohan..They are independent, head strong  and likable..Esha’s self respect and her way of facing problems makes her special..Her responsibility and commitment towards her parents’ health is commendable..Author had beautifully narrated the relationship between Esha and Rohan.

Author talks about the way this society wrongly perceives that a daughter is not responsible for taking care of her parents..It’s time to change this narrow mindedness of many people who think like this..

Overall, I feel that this book is good, interesting and engaging to read..

My rating is 4/5.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of book from the author in return for my honest review..I didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the same.

Book Review – When Love Happens – by Manish Kumar

In this book, Author explains about how falling in love plays an important role in a person’s future life..This story is full of love, emotions,dreams, feelings, friendships and also failures..

Nish falls in love with a girl ‘G’ during his school days..He loves her so deeply but ‘G’ fears a lot due to their conservative backgrounds…He is more serious in their relationship but ‘G’ is not fully ready…He gets distracted in his studies and fails in achieving his dream of joining IIT..Finally he joins in another engineering college and tries hard to concentrate in his future life..Author explains about the events that happen after his college days and whether he succeeds in his professional and personal life or not makes this book interesting to read..

I feel that Nish’s feelings had been portrayed well by the author..His love, trust, frustration and forgiveness towards ‘G’ is understandable…When we love someone deeply, we couldn’t hate them fully…Love may make a person to think more from his heart and that’s what Nish does….’G’ is more suppressed, confused, afraid and unable to make strong decisions in her life..

Nish learns a lot from his failures and his experiences makes him more matured and happy in his life..Life is full of twists and turns and that’s why it’s worth living..

The story is good but I personally feel that this book could have been edited better..Narrations are OK but at times it becomes more repetitive..

Overall, I feel this book is interesting to read..

My rating is 3/5.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Day 34 – A dream…

I still remember the way in which some of my school friends explained about the dreams they got while they sleep..I listened a lot about their fun, sad and horror dreams..While I was young, I used to feel bad that I didn’t get any dreams…

After many years, I had this beautiful dream recently:

I was sitting alone in a beach watching the sea..It started raining but I didn’t move away..I felt peace,happiness and was mesmerized at what I saw…It was a feeling which could never be expressed in words..

When I finally woke up, I couldn’t believe that it was a dream..I am happy that I had this dream and I hope that it would come true soon..

But, this made me think more about myself..I always liked to be alone from my childhood days..I had friends, but I enjoyed being alone and reading books..I never felt bored and didn’t feel like talking to others just for the sake of starting a conversation..

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family but I also make sure that I have time to be alone!!! It definitely makes me more happier.

Book Review – The Jasmine Bloom – by Rajat Narula

The Jasmine Bloom

I believe that in any relationship, trust and love towards each other plays a very important role..Further, the way we communicate our feelings is also vital..In this book, Author portrays the complexities of  various relationships..

Sameer Chadha, a middle aged man, feels bad and worried about various incidents in his life..He couldn’t face problems and dirty politics in his professional life..He thinks that his wife Kavita doesn’t love him anymore and feels bad as his elder daughter treats him as a stranger..His younger daughter is the only person who talks to him more and sees him as a hero..

Kavita feels that Sameer had changed a lot after their love marriage..She feels that he is more concerned about his professional life and doesn’t discuss any problems with her..Both don’t communicate or express their issues and this causes strain in their relationship..

Sameer starts alienating from his family and his affair with his office colleague Ritu (who has an autistic son and abusive husband) creates more problems in his life..The way this affair affects both his personal and professional life is portrayed nicely by the author..The twist in the end of the story makes it very interesting to read..

To be honest, I couldn’t sympathize with Sameer’s character..His extramarital affair couldn’t be justified.. I got more involved with characters and this book is full of emotions..

Overall, I feel that this book is interesting and engaging to read..

My rating is 3.5/5.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of book from the author in return for my honest review..I didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the same.

Day 33 – This Song…

There are some days in which I think as if  I am the only person in this world facing many unsolvable problems!!! I know I am wrong and I listen to the below song whenever I feel bad..The lyrics, music and visuals are so philosophical..

There is a strange peace which I feel while I am listening to this..I have to be grateful for what I have as there are many who even don’t have basic necessities in life..

The lyrics are so meaningful..Some of us like me really don’t know what are we chasing in this life..

Happiness is realizing and being grateful for what I have now instead of worrying for what I lack in my life..I adore this song and it keeps me calm.