AN UNEXPECTED GIFT

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‘Giving up is not an option when someone calls you mother.’

Abhay, still struggling with the grief of losing his wife, is unable to cope with his job and the care of his toddler son. So, when the mysterious Sheetal enters his life, applying for the job of looking after Ayush, he is thrilled.

All Sheetal has ever wanted, even as a child, is to be a mother. Circumstances mean that she might never be one. The almost instant bond between her and the young boy is balm to her soul and like a godsend to Abhay.

Still, something about Sheetal nags at him. She seems perfect, but why is she so reluctant to show him her identity card? What is she hiding?

What happens when Abhay finally discovers her secret? Does he stand by her side, or abandon her, as everyone before him has done? And what is the gift that she gives him, a gift that will change his life?

In An Unexpected Gift, bestselling writer Ajay K Pandey brings to us an emotionally resonant story that questions everything we believe about friendship, love and motherhood.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Ajay K Pandey grew up with big dreams in the modest NTPC township of Rihand Nagar. He studied Engineering in Electronics at IERT (Allahabad) and then did his MBA at IIMM (Pune) before taking up a job in a corporate. He is currently working with Cognizant, Pune.

Apart from writing, he wants to follow his role model, Mother Teresa, and make a contribution to society. He aspires to start a charitable trust that would support aged people and educate children with special needs.

Ajay’s first book, You are the Best Wife, was published by Srishti Publishers in 2015, and went on to become a bestseller. Based on his life, it went straight to the hearts of his readers. The sequel, You are the Best Friend, was also received with much appreciation. His next two books, Her Last Wish and A Girl to Remember, have only expanded his fan base and cemented his place on the bestseller lists.

Ajay makes it a point to individually connect with and respond to all his readers, making him a personal favourite for many. He has also introduced many people to the world of reading.

MY REVIEW :

“An Unexpected Gift” by Ajay K. Pandey is a wonderful book. Although, I am already a big fan of him but then his books add more love in my heart for him. The very first line of the blurb itself is so meaningful as well as thoughtful. The three bonds of life friendship, love and motherhood that the author has mentioned in the blurb is well explained in the book. The cover of the book looks simple in first impression and even I felt that it could be better but towards reaching till the end I found that this simple cover is perfectly apt for this book.

The book holds the story of Abhay who lost his wife as she was suffering from brain cancer. Sheetal enters to his life as care taker of Abhay’s son Ayush. The bond between Ayush and Sheetal is equal like that a mother and a son share. Abhay and Sheetal bond of friendship also grows with time until one day Abhay comes to know a truth about Sheetal.
The author has very well portrayed the story keeping in mind the issue of society and how people deal and react to it. Lots of emotions comes to one’s heart while reading this book.
The simple language of the book , easy narrative skills of the author make the book more enjoyable. Overall, I read the book in one go and it is an amazing read.

RATING : 5/5

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LOVE STORY OF A COMMANDO

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Do we really have control over how we feel for somebody? Can we stop ourselves from falling for someone, even if we know he’s just not right and means only trouble?

Riya is a millennial who watches Splitsvilla, worships David Guetta, sways to Ed Sheeran tunes … She knows nothing of passion, agony, gallantry, sacrifice and love—until the day she meets Captain Virat. Captain Virat is a Black Cat commando with the NSG, India’s elite counter-insurgency Special Forces unit. He is swift, sharp, lethal and dark. He has trained across the globe and wrangled with many a dangerous situation. There’s nothing he cannot handle—except his own demons.

When Riya meets Virat at an art exhibition in Delhi, sparks fly, but he then just disappears, leaving her broken-hearted. Riya moves to Mumbai to start afresh, but a different kind of danger stalks her here. Under the burning dome of the Taj Palace hotel, Riya and Virat’s lives intersect once again. Then he leaves … again. Crushed, Riya decides to leave it all behind for the remoteness of a village in Kashmir. But peace is short-lived. The prime minister’s visit to the Valley brings violence, and gunfire, back into her life. As they find themselves behind the enemy lines in PoK, can Virat snatch her away from the jaws of death this time too? Can there be a happily ever after for Riya and Virat?

Love Story of a Commando brings together the mystique and perils of the uniform with an epic romance that must brave the fragility of these present times.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

An alumni of Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Swapnil Pandey has worked in many places and held several positions, which is the trademark of any Army Wife. She has worked in Wipro, HDFC, taught at Lovely Professional University and the Army Public School, to name a few. She is also an active AWWA member.

Swapnil is a fitness freak, and a green tea addict who loves shoes and perfumes. She wears her ‘silent rank badges’ proudly, and loves compiling stories about life in the Indian Army on her blog. The extraordinary Army life has given her a vast canvas of stories, and helped her gain an insight into human emotions and struggles. The courageous veer naris, the extroverted Army brats, charming Army wives and the gallant soldiers whose lives are filled with joy, sorrow, adventure, and even horror, have inspired her to be a storyteller. She believes people should not only know about a soldier’s valour, but also about his hidden emotions. Love Story of a Commando is her second novel after the bestselling Soldier’s Girl: Love Story of a Para-Commando.

MY REVIEW :

“Love Story Of A Commando” by Swapnil Pandey holds the love story of a girl Riya and Captain Virat. The cover of the book has been designed beautifully. I strongly feel no other cover could do full justice. The blurb of the book broke my heart into million pieces. The book starts with a letter from Commando, A black cat. I swear this letter will melt your heart and bring tears to your eyes. Love at first sight is something most of the people have experienced in their life and so as a reader, I could connect well. The love story of Riya and Virat begins at an art exhibition. But then Virat leaves Riya in between and disappears. Riya with her broken heart decides to start fresh in life when she meet Virat again her life. I strongly feel this becomes the most difficult situation in one’s life. Although, with many twists and turns, the author has very well portrayed this storyline. This book made me so emotional all together but still I would recommend this to everyone because the ending has its own story and I am sure one will enjoy all the emotions that this book holds within its pages.

RATING : 5/5

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WILL YOU STAY?

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Manya Sharma, a shy loner starts her college seeking life beyond her shell to find someone “who will stay?”.
Everything changes when she comes across an enigmatic senior, Shreyansh.
He is alluring, honest, lovable, yet haunted by his dark depressing past.
Manya finds herself under his spell and together they embark on a journey of self discovery, love and bittersweet life lessons.
They attempt to defy all odds, but at what cost?
Peek inside the life of Manya Sharma’s blank canvas and watch as her life explodes into a kaleidoscope of colorful hues, only to fade to black.

“If this love was water, I would’ve drowned in him.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS :

Vedant Saxena hails from Ghaziabad, a hotel management graduate from IHM Kurukshetra. He was a trainee at Le Méridien, New Delhi, before finding his niche in writing. He is also a self proclaimed grief-counsellor and motivator, who loves to help people, counselled dozens of people out of suicide, as well as people going through depression, anxiety & heartbreak. Apart from this, he loves to cook, read and travel. You can reach out to him through: Instagram–@Vedant_thereal Twitter–@Vedant_thereal.
Annie Pruthi is an old soul which nestles in a body of 17 year girl. She’s from Delhi and an alumni of St. Anthony’s School, currently pursuing her Bachelors from Gargi College, Delhi University. She likes to read and listen music. Instagram: @poetryandpoetess

MY REVIEW :

“Will You Stay” by Vedant Saxena and Annie Pruthi is। one of the best book I read this month. The blurb of the book is simple and one cannot guess much from it but has enough hints that forces one to turn the pages. The cover of the book is amazingly beautiful. The title of the book is actually thoughtful. In the era of broken relationship all over, the title will take you to an emotional zone. There are few books which brings various emotions within one’s heart and this book is one of them. Manya falling in love with her senior Shreyansh. I have always enjoyed reading love stories and for me this book was much relatable. The narrative technique of the authors is brilliant. The authors has made the book interesting by highlighting some parts that a reader would surely connect to. The interesting plot, sensitive emotions and a wonderful story line makes this book a worth reading for everyone.

RATING : 5/5

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The Sun Shines Down

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MY REVIEW :

“The Sunshines Down” by Sankha Ghosh is a fast paced intriguing read. The cover of the book is perfectly amazing and the title is apt. The book shows the dirty side of Competitive exams. The book all about shows corruption in details. The two stories are moving simultaneously and what matters is that author has very well managed to write ii two stories together without creating confusion for readers. Shreya Basu is all set to reveals the dirty secrets of politics. While reading the book I could relate to most of the aspects mentioned in the book. The narrative technique of the author is brilliant and the way the author managed to hold the interest of the reader is brilliant. Overall, a perfect gripping thriller read. Recommending it to everyone reading this review.

RATING : 4/5

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BETWEEN YOU AND ME

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A young soul trapped in an old body.

A ticking clock slower than time.

Can this be the ironic destiny of 600 million bright and young Indians? Are we born free and yet trapped by our circumstances?

Between You and Me is a conversation that makes the reader ponder about the much-needed transformational changes for the twenty-first century. Why should we get up to act only when we are pushed to the corner? After all, a stitch in time saves nine. Could it be that the parameters of economics, administration, democracy, and social and political constitutions were all ideated and executed for another era? Will tinkering with these institutions help or are fresh ideas needed?

Encompassing an extensive discussion and analysis of what comprise our society-government, economy, education, healthcare, science, technology and so on-this book gives the reader a holistic view of India and helps in deriving solution-oriented ideas for a new societal design and structure which will ensure a thriving democracy. It presents the hope and aspiration of an ancient society that wants to break through the colonial legacy and land safely into the future. It is a gripping petition with operating models for redefining the citizen’s role-from the audience to the hero-which, if implemented, would bring societal moksha of peace, power and prosperity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Atul Khanna is a risk-taking, self-taught entrepreneur who is connecting people, cultures and technology, often ahead of its time. He has built enterprises in manufacturing, engineering, machine vision, life sciences and now education by building an Indian-European knowledge corridor over the years. He lives a quiet, joyous life with his family and friends in Pune, India, and travels to Europe for work.

MY REVIEW :

“Between You and Me” – Flight To Societal Moksha is an interesting read. The blurb of the book is enough to arouse interest in one’s mind. The cover of the book is perfect and wonderfully designed. Last but not the least the title says it all.

The book is divided into three parts. Not only per part is important in itself but all the sub parts is important and interesting to read. The book starts with Eklavya and Karna from ancient India. The author has very well explained the need to establish fair opportunity. Moving forward, the author presents teaching from past few years highlighting Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Ambedkar, Indira Gandhi, Jinnah and he moved forward highlighting about the present day leaders like Narendra Modi. The writer provides the structure that is needed. While reading I could just agree to many more points the author has provided. After few chapters, the author talks about equality. The second part of the book talks about administration, case of Jammu and Kashmir and economy of the country. In the last part of the book the author talks about the actual song of India for him is ‘Hanuman Chalisa’. The author ends the book leaving the readers in the state of imagination.

This was the first time when I was reading book of this genre. This book proved to arouse my interest in such genres. I came to know about many facts which were unknown to me. Overall, it was surely a lengthy read. I took three days to complete the book but after finishing I realized that the book was worthy all the time. Recommending it to all those who are interested in knowing in deep about the country.

RATING :4/5

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WHEN YOU’RE GONE

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Amman is a travel writer on an assignment in Shimla. A happy-go-lucky guy that he is, Amman stumbles upon a girl named Ayesha who captures his heart and changes everything that he has ever known. Their attraction for each other turns into love that cannot be described in a few words, and both end up falling in love at the end of a road journey through the beautiful landscapes of Himachal.
But things change between them when Amman vanishes and Ayesha leaves for Paris disheartened. Years later, their paths cross again, not once but twice. Will she accept the love that she has waited for all her life, or choose to tread her own path?
When You’re Gone is a tale of self discovery, bliss, love and longing in a time where love has become a loaded word.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Amit Sharma is a published author & poet of two works titled, White Feathers and My Elementary Life. He has also written two short stories titled Still Loving You featured in Half-baked stories in collaboration with 17 other writers from all over India, and You Are the One published on Juggernaut’s writing platform.
At present, he’s working on his fourth book which is a nonfiction. In 2017, his poetry collection, My Elementary Life was reviewed by Kitaab, a publishing house based in Singapore. He also likes to paint sometimes and did theatre for a short span of time in New Delhi with Asmita Theatre Group. He lives in Gurgaon with his family.

MY REVIEW :

The title of the book When You’re Gone will leave one in thinking. As soon as one reads only the title certain things hits the mind. The cover of the book although simple and beautiful but is quite deep. The blurb of the book will make one sad but will leave you in the zone where you will be excited to know what actually happened and what will happen. To know the ending, one cannot wait to turn the pages. The book holds the story of Amman and Ayesha who meets in Shimla . Love blossoms between them but some turning happens. The author very well wrote the twists and turns of his book. The author has given each character equal importance and the story is normal paced. The description of places is beautiful. I visualized certain incidents in my mind. The language is lucid. It is an emotional and heart taking read at the same time.

RATING : 4/5

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WALK OUT OF YOUR HEAD

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Let me tell you a thing!
You can stick to alkaline water.
You can hit the gym six days a week, for years.
You can stick to all the veganism in the world.
You can calculate nutrients intake and take supplements for your body.
But if you don’t take care of the chaos going on in your head, you are still unhealthy!
You may be the smartest living animal,< but if you overthink, you will get your mind cluttered.
And if you do not de-clutter it, you will start living in your head, contemplate your thoughts over and over again, and take no decisions, no action!
Don’t do that, be the smartest animal….

MY REVIEW :

‘Walk Out Of Your Head’ by Haqiqat Ali is a self help book that won’t bore you at all. The cover of the book is simple. The blurb of the book is interesting. Like it will create many questions in your mind. When I read the title first, it led me into confusion but after reading the complete book, I would say that the title is perfectly apt.

The first page of the book deals with various questions. The answers to those questions can be found while one turns the pages of the book. The author has brilliant example to put the points forward. The author has stressed upon the major issue “Overthinking”. Being myself an Overthinker, I was relating to it much. The book also explain three facets of Overthinking and again I would say the examples were wonderful. The language is lucid and narration is simple. It is a short read with lots of learning and experiences. A must read book.

RATING : 4/5

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