THE DAY BEFORE I DIED

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Svetlana had never known pure love, till she meets Brajesh… Brajesh is a fun-loving, mischievous and caring Indian prince who visits Russia and captures Svetlana’s heart. He christens her as “”His Matryoshka.”” 

Once his work gets done, he leaves for India, taking Svetlana’s heart with him. 

Unable to forget him and confident of his love for her, Svetlana travels to India in search of her prince. 

Does she find him? What happens to her love? How does the international politics affect her life? 

Inspired by true life incidents, The Day Before… I Died narrates the love between Svetlana – daughter of the infamous dictator Josef Stalin – and Brajesh Singh, an Indian Kunwar. 

The murder, trails, betrayals and the hope leads to more agony.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 
Ashi Kalim is an avid traveller, explorer and a home maker. Writing was a hobby for her from her childhood days. Her fascination for English literature started during her school days when she started writing poems and scribbling, under the guidance of her Mentor Sister Avita – Bethany Convent School. Further, her education did not confine itself to prestigious Allahabad and Aligarh Muslim Universities. For her, Learning is a lifelong process. She pursued her passion for writing and the outcome is this Novel.

She was fostered by her mother, who gave words to few Bollywood Songs, and Shamim Ahmed – Shamim – is an eminent poet of Oudh area.

During her college days, she took to entrepreneurship in education and is also a Restaurateur.

She has also worked with Defence Academy as an education trainer. Her struggle in bringing up her three-year-old child made her more resilient and brave.

Hope is the asset of life.


MY REVIEW : 

The Day Before I Died is the story of a girl Swetlana. Starting with the cover, it was designed quite well. While reading the book I had predicted a different story in my mind but by turning pages failed my prediction failed. The story totally came out to be different. The book was quite engaging. The poems in the middle was very nice. This book shows culture of two nations. One can at time imagine things happening right in front of their eyes . Swetlana, a Russian girl who belonged to a politically rich family but still she is not happy. She meets a man Brijesh from India and falls in love with him. The author has potrayed each character quite well. I would love to appreciate the author for the name of the characters which was giving their impact on the story. 

The book was short yet was not lacking anywhere. But at points it was difficult being a reader to get connected. It was a historical and romantic read. I will recommend this book to everyone who is finding something short and interesting to read. 

RATING : 4/5
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UNNS – THE CAPTIVATION

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 “Of course you know about the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?” Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim. Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission… Are they in control of their own destiny, or its their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love. A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.

MY REVIEW : 
“UNNS” by Sapan Saxena, is one of those book which I honestly loved reading. From each chapter to each page everything in total was amazing. Starting with the blurb I thought it to be a boy and girl falling in love,then getting separated and at last meeting again. But by turning the pages,the book proved my guesses to be completely wrong. The cover of the book was designed so well and it went with the theme too.

 UNNS-THE CAPTIVATION is story of Atharva and Meher who met during their school days fell in love with each other. But then Meher’s mother forces her to break all ties with Atharva and she did it. Reading this part reminded me of my school days when I had seen many couples like Atharva and Meher. The story moves on a normal pace and both of them meet again in Germany. Atharva in all those years have waited for Meher. His love for Meher never died. From this point the story takes a lot of twists and turns making the readers completely shocked and surprised.
The book tells us about 7 stages of love. The chapters name were totally brilliant and at its’ best.The narrative technique of the author and the way he expressed each emotion made me speechless. The last few chapters brought tears to my eyes. I would recommend this book to everyone because this isn’t only a book of romance but is actually a mystery romantic thriller.

RATING : 5/5

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THE FLAME OF ANAHATA

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“They turned to see his tears of love wiping away her blood of agony…”Diya throws Suraj’s proposal back in his face, leaving him broken-hearted. Why would she do so when she loved him desperately?

Suraj finds his Guruji unconscious beside a cave clutching the warrior Indrajith’s diary. His heart-rending love story then unfolds. Being trapped in a web of emotions, Indrajith endured the pain of his lost love, hurting himself and trampled Deepali’s hope for his adopted brother… Who was he?

Sealed for centuries and holding the Mann-Parivarthana astra, the cave is besieged by evil now. But all attempts to unlock it go futile. Faced with baffling hints, Suraj’s intelligence is sorely tested. What is the potent power required to break through that Paanch-Dost-Gupha?

THE FLAME OF ANAHATA!

Will the fire of love ever flicker in the hearts of Diya and Suraj?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 



Saranya Umakanthan is a software engineer by profession and a two-time university topper. An avid reader, she enjoys playing with words. She loves coffee, books and online shopping. Nothing brings her more contentment than seeing a reader enjoying her book. The fragrance and texture of paperback novels inspire her and she hangs out at bookstores frequently.


MY REVIEW : 

“The Flame Of Anahata” is an interesting book to read if you are looking  for something new and different. Starting with the cover of the book, I wouls say cover could have been something different. According to the story, there was a mismatch between the plot and cover. But it is rightly said, “Never Judge a book by its cover.” And by seeing the cover, I started having a different story in my mind but the story was way totally different. I liked the way author managed connecting the past and the present in a proper manner without creating confusion in the minds of readers. The story of cave in the starting itself will arouse readers’ interest. The book holds story of love and friendship. The plot was amazing. I felt bad for Prithvi. No matter the confusion was cleared in the end but it was way too late. Another positive point was author did not stretched the story much. The pace was well maintained. Each character of the book held their own importance. Varsha’s character proved that some people do not deserve to be loved at all.

Overall, it was unpredictable story. The author has managed to keep the suspense till the last page. The writing style of the author was good and the narrative technique was excellent. The language used in the book was easy to understand in one go.It was surely an enjoyable read. A good one time read and I won’t mind reading it all over again.

RATING : 4/5

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HER LAST WISH

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His father’s over expectations only ruined his self-confidence further with each failure. A ray of hope walked into his life as his wife, a charismatic personality spreading joy wherever she went. Everything is going per plan, but darkness comes knocking soon. He finds out that she does not have much time to live and takes it upon himself to fight all odds – even his family, if need be – to help her fight her medical condition. His father sees his own redemption in helping them, he knows his son will be a winner only if he will fight for her, with her. Will a defeated son prove himself to be a good husband? Will the father-son duo together be able to change the course of fate? Her Last Wish is an inspiring story of love, relationships and sacrifice, which proves once again how a good wife makes the best husband.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

Ajay K Pandey is currently working with Cognizant, Pune. Although he grew up with a dream of becoming a teacher, destiny landed him in the IT field. Travelling, trekking and reading novels are his hobbies. Travelling to different places has taught him about different cultures and people and makes him wonder how despite all the differences, there is a bond that unites them. Trekking always inspires him to deal with challenges like a sport. 

Reading is perhaps what makes him feel alive. Apart from writing, he wants to follow his role model Mother Teresa and make some contribution to the society. 

His debut novel You Are The Best Wife was based on his life events and went on to become a bestseller soon after its release. It charmed many hearts and inspired several others to live every moment with love, peace and happiness.

MY REVIEW : 

I am sure this author has made up his  mind that by his every book he will make his readers’ cry. By ” Her Last Wish” the author succeeded to bring tears in my eyes all over again. The book revolves around the life of Vijay and his wife Astha. Vijay a simple boy, whereas on the other hand his  wife was a girl who loved non-veg and loved drinking. The starting few pages of the book was like good. While reading them it was that we can connect it with families around us. But with the turning of pages, it was getting more and more emotional. How Astha’s wishes, written years before were now Vijay’s only aim to fulfill.

There are many twists and turns but in this book I loved each and every characters from the major characters to the minor one, each character was special. From Vijay’s parents to Sargham and Daniel every one had their own part and it was like all the things were happening right in front of the eyes. The writing style of the author is well and it is very easy to understand and we get attached to the book as well as the characters. Astha was really a brave girl and getting a husband like Vijay would be everyone’s dreams. 
Overall it was a super amazing read. I loved each and every word of the book. I request the author not to make his readers’ cry with his every book. 

RATING : 5/5

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GOD AND HIS GIRLFRIEND

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BLURB : Have you ever met a pretty girl in a suspicious condition with blood stained hands lying in a hotel room where you are staying in? 

Can a love story see its acceptance in the Indian society when the boy is from slums and the girl is born in a rich family? 

How many of you have met those girls who were molested by their known ones when they had not even crossed the age of 14? Isn’t forced and unwilling sex after marriage similar to a rape? 

Whether the prayers offered in love strong enough to bring back someone’s lost beloved from PoK? 

How many of you know a person whose deeds are completely ideal, something which only a God can do? 


Whether religion, caste or community should really be a parameter in deciding the hierarchy and dominance of people living in this world? 

God and his girl-friend is a mercurial story about two youngsters, from entirely different backgrounds who strive hard against their comfort to live with their passion. A boy from the slums and a girl from a rich lavishing family set out on an embarking journey to touch the moon. This takes them through many tests, eventually tying them up in love, followed by an unforgettable service to the nation as true stalwart patriots.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

‘The HINDU’ calls Priyank’s books, which has stories inspired from real life to be perfect in portraying the power of love. ‘Bollywood film maker Imtiyaz Ali’ conveyed his words that he could see Priyank emerging out as a potential story writer from his city Jamshedpur. 

Priyank is an author, a story teller and a motivational speaker. He is a gold medal winner in creative writing at the National level. He was named as the Best Debut Author of 2014 by Aagman Literary Organization, a Delhi based literary and cultural house for his novel ” I am dead but my heart beats. “

He completed his Engineering from BIT Sindri, Dhanbad in 2015. He has delivered story telling sessions and motivational talks across many organizations in a short span of 2 years. Currently, he writes scripts for a daily soap and for small ad films. 

Born in Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) on 29th October, in a Maithil Brahmin family and brought up in Ghatsila (a small town near Steel city Jamshedpur in Jharkhand), Priyank’s dream is to bring changes in the country and make it a better place to live in. Writing was never his passion nor his goal. It happened to him by chance, by destiny, in an attempt to fulfill someone’s dream. He loves cricket, travelling, sleeping and trying out new delicacies.

MY REVIEW : 

It is absolutely right,” God and His Girlfriend” is a story of love, passion and patriotism, as the cover itself says it. The title of the book is very apt as it matches with the plot of the story. Moving to the cover it was designed well. When I read the blurb with so many questions, my interest to read the book rised more because for a few questions my answer was yes and for the rest I wanted to know the answers. Turning the pages, honestly the curiousity level was rising. Priyank always manage to present the most sensitive matter in a best way. The same was with this book. 

Each character had their own importance. Ashfaque character was definitely the best character in the book. But I loved Mansi’s character the second most. “Loyalty in love” is one of the most important thing and Mansi love towards Anmol was totally  selfless and that is why I admired her character a lot. The book teaches many valuable lesson of life and most importantly the book covers all the most of the important issue of present society. The writing style of the author was simple and easy to understand. Overall, an amazing read and will surely be loved by all. If in few words, I have to sum up the whole book I would say it as : 

“An inspirational love story. “


RATING : 
4.5/5

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KHAN VS KAHN VS KANH

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The three Khans, Akbar, Amit and Chris, spelt their surnames differently but the Indian filmgoer still liked them. They were the uncrowned kings and superstars of the Hindi film industry. ‘Uncrowned’ meant there was no clarity about who was better than the other. This confusion was on display from the way they tried to run down each other in private and public. Baba Ram Karim was everything rolled into one-a philanthropist, businessman, film financier, race horse breeder, educationist and much more. Some called him Don behind his back! The three superstars indulge in ruckus and childish behaviour during Baba’s famous Iftar party where they were invitees. A furious and unhappy Baba plans retribution and calls it Khan Vs Kahn Vs Kanh.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

N. S. Ravi holds a master’s degree in economics from Delhi University. He has had a distinguished career in senior positions in public and private sector enterprises dealing in jewellery, infrastructure, textiles and apparel in Europe, Africa and India. He speaks English, Hindi, Tamil and French. This is his second book. His first book titled, Those were the days was a non-fiction published in 2015. Ravi currently lives in Delhi with his family. 

He can be reached at nuranisravi@yahoo.co.uk

MY REVIEW : 

” Khan Vs Kahn Vs Kanh ” is another most wonderful piece of work written by N.S. Ravi. Yes, I used another because I have read the first book by the author which was surely praise worthy. The title at first confused me but by turning the pages everything was quite clear. The cover of the book was simplw which could have been more attractive. The book revolves around the lifes od three Khans Akbar Khan, Amit Khan and Chris Khan. Starting with the book it at first gives the background details of the characters of the book. The author in a very well manner way presented the details about the life in bollywood and the struggle they face. The author has very well managed writing each part of the book. The author did a great work by maintaining the suspense till the last point of the book. The curosity of the author would not die till till last. The story takes different twist and turns. The egos’ of the three Khans’ and the way Baba Ram Karin wanted to teach them all lessons in commendably presented. The story was beautifully narrated. Each character was given equal importance. While reading the book we could relate to our daily life at some points. The language used by the author was simple. The book was quite lengthy and a non-reader would definetely hesisate to pick it up. Last but not the least, the pictorial images in the book was one positive point and so was the glossary of Indian words and their meaning in the context of usage in the book. Overall, an amazing book recommended to all age groups. 

RATING : 4/5 

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– Nidhi

OPEN-EYED MEDITATIONS

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Open-Eyed Meditations is a beautiful compilation of thoughts wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present.
A true distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives, this unique self-help book uses the wisdom of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to solve your everyday problems.

Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

Shubha Vilas holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. But in essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, lifestyle coach, and a storyteller par excellence.

His leadership seminars, wherein he addresses the crucial needs of top-level management through inspiring seminars, are popular in corporate houses. Shubha Vilas periodically interacts with the youth in premier institutes across the world, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values.Travelling across the globe and meeting people from all walks of life, he teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out spiritual lifestyle tips and contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations.

MY REVIEW : 
Open eyed meditation is one of the most amazing book by Shubha Vilas. Earlier, I have read there books by him, ” Ramayana” series, which were outstanding in their own way. Starting with the cover of the book it is amazing. It was  beautifully designed. The best thing about the book was it was a solution to all those problems whose solution we keep on asking from others or to ourself. This book has given us so many great examples to understand simple things which we usually fail to understand. Till date I had always heard, ” Close your eyes and meditate. But today by turning the pages of this book, I totally agree with what Shubha Vilas said. There are 64 chapters in the book and then some chapters  are definitely worth reading twice or thrice at the same moment. Starting with “Yoga Of communication” we learn that what all actually combines to become yoga of communication. One also learns how yoga of communication be applied to improve the health of relationships. The Paralysis by Analysis Syndrome is yet an interesting one. I enjoyed it more and read it twice again because the first line took all my attention.

Are you an over-thinker who analysis everything to the point of exhausting to the point of exhaustion?  This line in short depicted my character. Yes, I am an over-thinker who analysis all that to the point I really get exhausted. This lesson really taught me a great lesson. Another great chapter was, ” Why don’t I make the right decisions in life.” Many of us have this question in mind and this book will answer you the question. Another most asked question is, “Why do people I once loved now appear detestable ? ” The answer to this question is explained in a beautiful manner. Ravan of Ramayana was gone long back but it do exist today too and the book tells us where will be find Ravan of today’s time. There are many more interesting chapters in the book like, ” Is real love in Kisses and Gifts”, “Are you Angry against Anger”, ” Do I lack something? ” , ” Leading Through Mistakes”, ” Keeping Old Friendship Intact with changing time” and many more. There are few lines from the book that I really liked.

* Many problems don’t need to be solved, they need to be just tolerated. 

* Problems are your best chance to prove your maturity. Anyone can take maturity in fair weathers, but to act nature in tough climates is a sign of a seasoned traveller. 

* When a bad problem comes in contact with a good attitude, the result is an inspirational story.

* Living relationship thrive on acceptance and strangle on expectations.

* Incompleteness is a free and completeness is a myth.

While reading the book many other attractive lines caught my attention.Overall, the book was not only a good read but surely a wonderful read. From the first page to the last page it was great. I would suggest people of all age group to read this book and not only once but surely twice or thrice.

RATING : 5/5

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