TWENTY TWENTY-A RACE AGAINST TIME

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Life is a fast-paced Twenty20 game and you need to keep playing to win. Abhi and Aditi are siblings who want to realise their dreams in the ever upgrading world. In the midst of all the struggle and success, they get entangled in a strange web. If they are not able to resolve the crisis in twenty days, their very existence can come under threat. In short, they have to hit sixes on every bouncer thrown at them. Not just with the world outside, this ordeal is also a fight with one’s own character and principles. 

Unwanted situations, unexpected turns, money and sex push them deeper into the web. Manipulations and treachery become the order. The hunter becomes the hunted. A vicious circle of betrayal and debauchery is created. ‘Twenty Twenty’ is a story of betrayal, deceit and relationships, where a master planner devises games, to get to his own ambitions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

Anuraag Srivastava, having done his schooling and college from Lucknow, has been a banker for over eighteen years now. Presently based at Ghaziabad, he has written more than a hundred poems in Hindi and English. A learning guitarist, an amateur photographer and an avid reader, he is a multi-faceted person. He also runs a blog for sharing his views on spirituality and general philosophy.

MY REVIEW : 

​”Twenty Twenty a race against time” by Anuraag Srivastava is one of those book which I read completely in one sitting and ended up saying, ” Waaaohhh what a twist. ” Starting with the cover, it is designed perfectly well which matches with the theme. The title of the book is adding cherry to the cake as it is the best title for this book. Reading the blurb of the book one can guess the book to be totally different from all the book currently trending in the market. The book all over revolved around the life of Abhi but even his sister Aditi part in the book was equally important. Abhi had to return twenty lakhs rupees to Raghu bhai and how is sister’s life was at danger. Aditi had listen to the threat given to her brother but rather than discussing with her brother, she started thinking ways to arrange the money. Even Abhi was trying to manage money at his own level. People say world is really a small place. On one hand where Aditi tried contacting Rajal whom she knew from many years but had a great fight with him. On the other hand even Abhi got a work but his boss was Rajal. Apart from these characters there are many more important characters. I liked the whole book. The author has maintained the pace well. I just found that Alka and Rajal part was too much at some places. The secrets get exposed when we turn pages after pages. The biggest secrets comes out in the last few pages. The language of the book is quite simple. Overall, the book was an enjoyable and small read. 

RATING : 4/5

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THE HIGHWAY MAN 

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The whole world is upside down. People are walking in the sky with the ground moving above their heads. And the reason is simple; a bestselling author is in love. But why the whole world is inverted? What’s so special about this love? Or worse?
A man throws his masculine brain and heart aside and fixes a feminine one there. And the reason is simple; he wants to live the life of his lover, for 24 hours. But why does he want to do that? What’s the need?
A man, neatly dressed in a suit, is playing with his bowler hat, on a highway at dawn. And the reason is simple; he needs a lift. But why does he need a lift? What’s his purpose?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

J. Alchem is a voracious reader and a critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror season 1 (a nationwide writing competition), Superhero Storyteller and NaNoWriMo-2015. He has written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. His stories have been published in numerous Anthologies such as Blank Space, Love Bytes and Mighty Thoughts and on various online channels as well.

He is actively involved in writing quotes and short write-ups which are often seen being circulated among the youth in Facebook, Whatsapp and other Social networking sites. Recently he has signed a short movie contract on his award winning short story.
MY REVIEW : 

There are many books which I have read twice but “The HighWay Man” by J Alchem is the first book that I read twice in one go. The book contains three wonderful stories and trust me you won’t want any story to end. From the first word of the book to the last one each word will just touch deep inside your heart. Yes, I mean from dedication itself. Apart from author’s inspiration in life he dedicated this book to all the broken people out here. Never ever, any such acknowledgement has touched my heart but even his acknowledgement was such that I read it twice. I guess you can know the intense feeling present in acknowledgement which made me read it twice.

The first story is about the bestseller author Nicholas Sieum who has written super amazing romantic series. Dr. Rusenvelt, a 62 years old physician is a huge fan of Nicholas Sieum. The turning point comes when the doctor receives a call from Nicholas Sieum father. After meeting doctor comes to know that the author is in love but with his book character Catherine. Nicholas love for Catherine is so deep that it has actually turned to a disease and the cure done by doctor was something else than expected.

The second story is of Jihaan and Sidzy. I know this story will be loved by everyone who reads this book. If ever you ask a girl what type of guy she wants to marry ? The description will just like Jihaan character. Even the dream of getting married to a man like Jihaan was making me feel like being of heaven.

Last but not the least, the third story made me cry a lot. By, ‘A lot’ I literally mean a lot. If I wouldn’t have reading an e-book, I would have hugged the book and shed my tears. The story is about a father and his son Ayaan. Ayaan who usually used to hide her tears after her mother died in an accident; laughed a lot when one day he was going to Agra with his father and met a man on Highway who asked for a lift from them. And the journey along with #KuchBhi just made me laugh a lot. But after few days, Ayaan came to his father crying holding a newspaper. The Highway man actually changed their life.

The language of the book is quite simple and easy to understand. The book is simply outstanding. J Alchem, I loved your baby. Your baby is a shining star among other star. It is surely an emotional read but an inspirational too. I would recommend this book to every person reading this review. Do read this book and I am sure you will come back and thank me for this recommendation.

RATING : 5/5

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JIM MORGAN AND THE SEVEN SINS

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 A quest to identify seven deadly sins 

A mystery behind seven keys that were passed to seven men 

A deadly race against time to seek atonement 

On the outskirts of New York City, Jim Morgan, an international bestselling author learns through God that he had committed seven sins in his previous life. Clues lie in the six novels he has written, that would lead him to the mystery. But the novels won’t reveal everything to him. With seven days on hand, he must walk in the direction that faith leads him in, to reach the lost chamber of Seven Planets. Unless Morgan understands the secret behind his past life and the sins he committed, his chance to live will be lost forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

Bharat Madan is an author, motivational speaker and a personality developer. He has been a meritorious student through his time at college and holds an MBA from Amity University. He received the prestigious Shree Baljit Shastri Award and Best All Round Student Award, the highest awards at his university.

 His journey as a writer began after he finished his education. His first piece of fiction, the story of a college boy over three years, was set aside in favor of his decision to make a debut with a more mature and conceptually unique novel.    

 As a motivational speaker, he has inspired thousands of students in reputed schools in Jaipur. Through his writing and speaking skills, Bharat endeavors to add value to the lives of students and make their personalities forces to be reckoned with.

After pressing demands from his listeners, Bharat started a Youtube Channel called “Bharat Madan” to share his ideas through the digital platform. 
 He derives inspiration from his mother who raised him single-handedly after he lost his father at a young age.

MY REVIEW : 

Ever heard that God visited a person and had a talk with him? No! Then, meet Jim Morgan, to whom God visited. Jim Morgan is an international bestselling author. The cover of the book is designed quite well and matches with the theme and plot line of the book. The blurb of the book in one read is quite catchy and one cannot stop himself from turning the pages. And once you turn the pages, I bet, you just can’t put it down before you reach to the last page. The starting itself is so intriguing. The best part is Bharat Madan chose a totally different theme if compared to other authors of the present time. The story begins with Jim Morgan coming to know about the seven sins he has committed in the previous birth. Jim Morgan is informed by God that all his sins are mentioned in the book. One can feel the connection with the characters while reading the book. The number ‘7’ is quite significant part of this book, from 7 sins to 7 planets, from 7 persons to 7 novels. Jim has completed his six novels and his working on his seventh one. The book isn’t just about sins and past birth but has a relation with science and astrology. 

The language of the book is simple and the author has done a great work. It is surely a well-researched book. The author very well knew how to hold readers interest till the end. I would suggest this book to all those who are looking to read something totally different and new. I am sure each reader will enjoy this mystery thriller having lots of suspense. 
Rating: 4/5

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EXCHANGING WORDS WITH MANVENDRA KUMAR

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1. Tell us about yourself?

Well, my name is Manvendra Kumar but people generally call me Mannu. I grew up in a small town of district Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh. I completed my graduation in Mechanical Engineering from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida in 2014 before taking up a job in corporate firm. I am currently working in NTL Electronics India Ltd, Noida as a design engineer. I wanted to be a singer but destiny wanted something else.

Cooking is my favorite time pass. Apart from this I love watching sitcoms and travelling with friends. And yes I love photography too but only when someone offers me his/her DSLR because I don’t have my own Camera by now.

2. Writing for you is .. ?
Writing is something that gives me peace. This keeps me busy in nights. This gives me exactly the kind of rest and relaxation your body needs after a long working day. 

3. Who inspired you to write… ?

There were two things which continuously inspired me during this journey. In the initial phase, my dream girl. She always stood by my side and encouraged me to work harder. This book is a tribute to her and her family. I used to be wanderer, a maverick before she came in my life and when she arrived, the trajectory of my life changed.

In the last phase, when I was about to complete the book and searching publishers, I decided that I would donate half of the book’s earning to an NGO. And the day I made this decision; I felt a different kind of energy and enthusiasm within me. Every time I felt low, I reminded myself that, Manvendra, you are not writing this book just to make money or get fame; may be your book’s earning could make someone’s life better; could feed him/her for a month or more than that, could get him/her a new pair of clothes, could pay his/hers a month’s school fee. So you have to write and get it published at least for that someone.

4. How much research did you do before writing this book?

I did a lot. I want to tell you; reading was never my hobby and still it is not.  In the initial phase, I searched almost everything on Google like- how to start, how to write a particular scene, how to write an effective character description etc… etc… I don’t think without the help of Google I would have been able to complete this book in 7-8 months.

5. What were the challenges you faced while writing and getting this book published?

The biggest challenge was how to start. Initially, there was nothing creative was striking in my head but I kept writing… writing shit. I wrote and deleted and I did this till around one month. In the middle of the book, many times I went through the writer’s block.  Sometimes I spent whole night sitting in front of my laptop and ended up writing only 2-3 lines.

The second challenge was making a proposal to impress the publishers. It took me around 15 days to write a 600 words’ synopsis. It is always a tough task to summarize your 200 pages into a single one. 

Since I work in a private firm, so whole day I spent in office. I only get time in night for doing anything personal.

7. Who are your favorite authors?

Honestly Speaking, I am a writer by chance. I just read 5-6 books in my whole life and that too when I started writing this book, just to get an idea about “how to write a book.” So, basically writers were never the source of inspiration during my writing journey and I have no author in my ‘favorite author list’ by now.

8. Tell us why one should buy and read your book?

This book has a perfect content who loves to read rom-com. This book has everything that a common reader seeks in a good novel- humour, love, emotions. This book would make you believe in the power of true love. The ones, who dare to love and believes in “Never give up” phrase must read this book.

9. When can we expect your next book?

I have started working for my next project. If everything goes well, it will hit the market next year.

10. Any message for new writers?

Two things I would want to say. First – “Never give up”. When I started writing this book; I was very scared because the hardest thing in writing a story is where and how to start. Nothing new will strike in your head in initial days. But be patient; keep writing shit and one day surely something good will come out. And second- always put your source of inspiration in your head because that inspiration will motivate you in your bad times. That inspiration could be anything – your lady, your parents, your children or someone else.

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 BLURB :Mickesh Roy, on the very first day of his office, meets Gauri Trivedi in an elevator and her beauty leaves him spellbound. His sole aim was to woo her and for that he left no stone unturned.

He reads a quote on Quora: “Even if the path taken is a malicious one, it is justified if the destination is a temple” and does every damn thing which could have taken him a step closer to his love. 

He tried all possible funny and cute proposals until Gauri rejected him straightforwardly.

They say everything is fair in love and war, and for him, it was a combo. The one-sided love and the war, he had to fight against all odds. 

And then Gauri decides to take a new job in Kolkata, without giving a second thought about Mickesh. And this hammered the last nail in Mickesh’s coffin. He is heartbroken and completely shattered.

But will Gauri ever recognize his colossal efforts or she keeps playing the part of a confused girl? Is she going to take her new job or will Mickesh follow her to the eternity? Will she accept his proposal in the end or the doors to her heart are as cold as Arctic?

Accompany Mickesh in his journey to find out what it takes him to solve the complex equation of his first love when it is entwined together with social stigmas.

“On the moon, between the stars” is the journey of an ordinary guy and his extraordinary efforts to get his love.

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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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