Friday, 18 August 2017

Book Review : If you never try you will never know : Ambition-Love-Destiny By Sahil Mehta





Title : If you never try you will never know

Author : Sahil Mehta

Publisher : Notion Press, Inc.




About The Author : Sahil Mehta was born and brought up in India and is currently in Seattle. If you never try, you will never know is his first book. Apart from writing he enjoys fitness related activities and listening to music.


Blurb
Robin, who gets inspired by his mother to become a musician, is forced by his father to pursue the education needed to join their family business. This compels him to leave home at the age of eighteen to follow his dreams. In few months of independent living, his over-ambitious dreams turn into an obsession, which gets even more intense when he falls into a drug addiction, and mysteriously unleashes a new side to his life.

During this journey, he meets Aisha. They talk, play and fall in love. Her exquisite beauty defines the melody of his musical journey as they both fall deep in love with each other. But Robin's obsession with his dream and a struggling career become an obstacle in their relationship. Is their love strong enough to overcome complexities?

During these tumultuous times, Robin's flat mate Jordan begins to motivate him to follow his heart. Jordan becomes his philosopher and guru but not for very long-what makes Robin lose trust in him? Discover how he finds a spiritual path after being disheartened during his struggle to achieve success.

Amidst the ups and downs in his career, love and life, find out what destiny holds for Robin. Will he find success in music industry or will he end up joining his father's business? Experience a thrilling story that will inspire you to believe in your love and dreams.


My View
The story revovles around Robin, the main protagonist, his life and its twists and turns. I was drawn to the book as it is a love story but what held me along was his ambition, his passion. If you are the one who wants to live your dreams out then this is the book for you.

The way the author has described certain places it sets one's imagination free. It was beautiful and surreal to read the description. It is a nice light read and his story is an instant connect for ambitious people. So needless to say the best thing about this book for me was Robin's ambition indeed and what an apt title loved it totally, so motivating.


The negatives -
At certain points the story seems dragged. There are certain parts which may be cut short but overall a good read. I personally did'nt like the cover appeal.

I will rate a 3 out of 5 for the light read.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Book Review : Other Poems and Rustic Goddess by Nivedita Narasapuram



Title : Other Poems and Rustic Goddess

Author : Nivedita Narasapuram



About The Author

Nivedita N, a Hyderabadi has taken the yatra called poerty in 2007. He journey along with walks with poetry books include conversations with her muses over cups of chai or sitting near the Hussain Sagar Lake and a rendezvous with the historical figures. She currently resides in Milwaukee where she meets her muses over Caramel Coffee during Spring and Fall and hiberantes during Midwestern winters.


Blurb

Other Poems and Rustic Goddess by Nivedita Narsapuram is an observation of the life enfolding within us, around us, and beyond us. The poems are written to appeal the senses of the ones dipped in nostalgia; a magic realism lover and the romantics, among us. Also it marks the beginning of a new journey to be embarked on as an agnostic.



My View

This book is a collection of some short but very beautiful poems. I am in love with the quirky out of the box titles of the poems. I always like to quote my favourite lines for the review but this time I want to list the titles...

That Short Button

Unicorn Island

Quater to three

A glimpse of you

are some of my personal favourites. The author has rendered a poetic vision to the small little things straight out of a normal household. Hence anyone can directly relate to them.



The negatives -

The biggest blunder in my eyes is a beautiful cover adorned with the wrong name. Yes, there is a poem titled Rusted Goddess and the cover but all the pages and the title she used as a footer says rustic. I don't know if the writer was in hurry or what but it did ruin something for me.

Overall I will rate a 3/5 for the short-eclectic mix.



Monday, 17 July 2017

Book Review: The 23rd Girl - Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia





Title : The 23rd Girl

Author : Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia

Publisher : Half Baked Beans


"Life is a bitch and Love is the mother-in-law of all bitches"


Blurb
Smart, Suave and confident, Rashv is a young man in his early twenties whose claim to fame has been his never say die spirit. 

His life lacked any excitement till one day he accidently discovers a strange connection with the number 23. He gets so obsessed with it that the number begins to influence everything he ever does. Roohi is a fiercely independent, headstrong girl who is relentlessly chasing her dreams in the corporate world before the 'burn out' happens. She craves for a change and takes a sabbatical from work when she happens to cross paths with Rashv who falls irrevocably in love with her. 

They have a whirlwind romance before Rashv realizes that she does not quite fit in his number theory. On one hand is this number which has defined his life and on the other hand is the truest love he has ever felt. 

Can a number run your life? 

Is it justified to let it run your life? Dive into Rashv's world to find out.


My View

I am a sucker for romance and the title of the book "The 23rd Girl" intrigued me. The book is written in a simple language and is bound to connect with boys. Yes, you read it right! though girls are more known to fall for love stories, here is a book centered on boy, his playfulness and trysts. Rashv, the main lead is the boy-next-door turning into the most eligible bachlor and he is indeed very inspiring .

The character of Roohi is also well-written and though she occupies lesser space it does leaves one with a smile on face. Infact, I love the part where Roohi enters Rashv's life. The chemistry between the two and the way the story moves from there on is very gripping and emotional.

Some beautiful lines from the book -

"There's a reason why we have ribcages, our hearts have wings."

"Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give back, its about how many hits you can take and still keep moving forward."

"The overwhelming amount of guilt one needs to deal with when you just decide to let people go, slip away from your fingers like dry sand."

"The thing about heartbreak is that....you may not realise it, but it's permanent.".


The negatives -

It has a slow beginning and at places abrupt sequence. I want the author to leave some moments to readers imagination but there are certain places were the depiction is way too much. and some places very less.

Overall I will rate it 2.5/5 as for the slow and predictable story line, I didn't find it gripping enough. It may strike a chord with people looking for something - light and easy.


Grab Your Copy :- The 23rd Girl


Friday, 30 June 2017

The last seven









He used to be eager to get home from office
and now a days he doesn't want to leave,
it's the last seven days to his retirement.


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As a journey ends, a part of you ends there.



The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The uneven seven










Unspoken words
Unwritten letters
Unexchanged glances
Unabiding heartbeats
Unapologetic ignores
Unsaid goodbyes
Unrequited love
The uneven seven between us.


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The story of one-sided love.

The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Seven stories












Not pictures, Not people,
Stories make one fall in love......

I read one, I read two,
By the time I reached SEVEN....
I was in LOVE with YOU.


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I fell in love not with your face but with the stories you weaved around.


The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"

Book Review: Writing Tools By Cheryl Sterling




Title : Writing Tools

Author : Cheryl Sterling

Publisher : Self Published - Ebook



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A blogger is a writer and always dreams to become an author. "Writing tools" is an ebook which lays down 26 tips on writing and marketing.

About the author

Cheryl Sterling is an American author of several paranormal and contemporary romance novels and short stories. Her first novel, What Do You Say to a Naked Elf?, was a finalist in the TARA contest and was later sold to Leisure Books, an imprint of Dorchester Publishing. Cheryl is a co-founder and past president of Grand Rapids Region Writers Group in Grand Rapids, MI. She has conducted several workshops that focused on the writing craft and co-chaired their first “I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Book” regional conference. In her spare time (she’s retired, so there’s that, but she writes a lot, so, never mind), she reads. All genres (except suspense and horror because she reserves the right to mess with readers’ minds). She loves history (lots of ideas to steal borrow), sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, Regencies (who knew so many eligible Dukes were around?), anything Doctor Who, and/or quantum entanglement. Her passion is learning and improving her craft, but mostly, she is a teacher. Cheryl currently lives in Phoenix with her husband and their cat, Coco Xena.

Plot Summary

The book is a compilation of 26 blogposts of Cheryl, a seasoned writer, as she participated in #AprilAtoZBloggingChallenge 2017. She has been writing since long and so took up the theme of writing tools. The book elaborates on the important tools which one should use if one wants to venture into writing a book.


My View

I stumbled upon this book through Blogchatter, it was listed on there ebook carnival. I am an aspiring author and this year wrote my second ebook- Just as it happened . I chose Writing Tools to read and review as part of the carnival and my my!! this book is fabulous.
For any novice planning to writer and become a published author it lays down tips and tricks starting from the very basic drafting, use of images or making your own to promoting oneself as an Amazon author or promoting the book using the various social media tools.

Cheryl lays down the writing tools as well as has put in her personal pointers which people like me can easily copy for a start. I am using this book as a constant guide. In simple words, this is an easy compilation of what steps to follow if you want to be an established author.

I will rate it 4.5/5 for the ready self-help guide it is.


Grab Your FREE Copy here :- Writing Tools


Friday, 23 June 2017

Seven qualities..







"He is so smart."

"He is so HOT!!"

"He is such a charmer."

"He is such a gentleman."

"He is so humble".

"He is so sensitive."

"He is the man of my dreams."

For girls, he has these seven qualities and more...

For me, I am with him for he patronises the Man I love.


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Love has different meaning for different people.


The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The seventh









She asked me to pick my favourite number,
but none came to mind.
All I could think of was "Seven",
for today she celebrated her "Seventh"-
wedding anniversary with my best friend.


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When it is true love but unsolicited, the heart bleeds more and too often for years.

The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN".






Monday, 19 June 2017

Seven Days....











For the aching heart,
and the sullen eyes.
For the soulful music,
and the pensive lyrics.
For the cold stares,
and the warm breaths.
For it had been seven days,
and they didn't say a word.


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People madly in love but too egoistic to confess.

The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"




Saturday, 17 June 2017

Seven ways........












The way he smiles when he sees me, just as he did the first time we met.
The way he removes a strand of hair, just to have a better look at my face.
The way he looks for me, the moment he gets home.
The way he looks at me, across the dinner table.
The way he cuddles upto me, in the middle of night.
The way he brings me morning coffee, with a twinkle in his eyes.
The way he holds my hand, for everytime we say goodbye.


Seven ways.....he makes me feel beautiful and loved so more.


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The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN".

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Just as it happened #BlogchatterEbook

"I take on the baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Humaira Sadaf whose Ebook Travellore India is also a part of the mix.

About Humaira's Ebook: It's a fab to see numerous cities, deserts, and heritage. Human beings have discovered travel.To blog on traveler can be knowledgeable to the readers. Travel is to enhance the diverse collection of places. It has a perfect adventure lore.It displays easy to navigate the places. We can easily grasp the tour packages with different criteria like by location, tour departure/arrival date, tour category, price, tour agency, transport type, and much more. The best voyage is to ensure a smooth viewing experience.

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Once upon a time there was a little girl. She went to a good school, had affluent friends, got all that she wanted and at the same time was made to see how people struggle for things that she easily gets. But amidst what she lacked was a goal.

When asked by teachers what she wants to be when all grown up, she used to say Doctor because of what her best friend wanted to be. Years passed, the answer kept on changing from doctor to psychiatrist, from actor to director, from singer to dancer but nothing made her heart jump.

She started reading, again, because it was a cool thing to do. Reading turned to writing as people used it to tell the tale of their hearts. And in writing she found the solace she yearned for.

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So that is how I started to write, writing in notebooks, journals, diary and finally my blog :)
Blogging was started with an intention to earn money *hehe* but now it is a vent for my heart.

I am a lazy blogger, but even with that I managed to participate in not one but TWO daily blogging challenges and have successfully completed both. And with the help of an awesome blogging community -BLOGCHATTER, I have two ebooks to my kitty now.

This year I ventured out for a fiction and in 26 posts, moving in alphabetical order I tried to pen a story of two hearts. My ebook is titled - Just as it happened

Just as it happened,  is a contemporary story of Meer and Meera and their lives. It is a real yet fictional, predictable yet unpredictable, seen yet unseen,  heard yet never heard of, story of two hearts. It specifically revolves around their love and their transformation.

It is love that transforms you from what you were to a better you that you always wanted to be. Love sets one free.

My second ebook - Just as it happened is available for free download on Blogchatter ebook carnival for two months. Do read, sned me your feedback and share among your friends.

You can download it here :- Just as it Happened

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"I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to Upasna Sethi whose Ebook A To Z of Minimalism is also a part of the mix.

About Upasna's Ebook: If you're tired of the rat race and wish to quit Consumerist Lifestyle, this Book is for you. If you struggle with your time, your relationships, your Job- Its time to attain the freedom.

What you'll discover in this guide:

* Right approach for you to begin this journey of Minimalism

* How to gain Freedom

* You already have enough time to pursue your passions

* Time you spend organizing and re-arranging things is a waste of time

* New definition of Luxury

* Minimalism is for everyone including Kids

Read it as a practical guide to achieve Freedom

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Book Review: Once upon a Genie - Durriya Kapasi




Title : Once upon a Genie

Author : Durriya Kapasi

Publisher : Half Baked Beans



“The bottle though was very heavy; I assumed it was so because it must be made from expensive material. With excitement, I opened it's lid to welcome the unforeseen into my life.”


Plot Summary
“Once upon a Genie” is Durriya Kapasi ‘s baby and it sets you to the world of unknown. The story revolves around Daisy, a lone girl who used to live with her grandmother after been abandoned by her parents. She loses her grandmother as well but her grandmother gifts her a Genie. And the story unfolds of how Daisy's life moves with the Genie- Khalil Bin Muwahid. Khalil Bin Muwahid not being the ordinary Genie but going to be the successor of the Genie throne left by his father. While asking her wishes they fall in love and as per Genie world, if she doesn't ask her 3rd wish they can live together forever. But twist in tale is Daisy's best friend Darren, who falls sick and Daisy is confused whether to use her last wish or not.


My View
Ever since I saw Aladdin I wished to have a Genie of my own but as I grew up it was long lost and forgotten. So finding a book called “Once upon a Genie “ did revive those memories.
The story line is slightly predictable. A girl being gifted a Genie and they both fall in love.

But the best part is It let's one live the childhood dream of having a Genie. The wishes that Daisy asks for are fantasy inducing yet contemporary. The detailing that the author shows about characters and places actually makes one live through it.

There are points that keep you guessing what will happen next. There are moments of love, that makes one pink, then there moments of longing that makes one cry, then there moments of fantasy that makes one forget the reality and dream.

I will rate it 3/5 for depicting so many emotions and sewing them together. It is a short and sweet story which will keep you glued till you finish it.




Grab Your Copy :- Once Upon A Genie


P.S. The book was provided by the author for an honest review.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Zenith












I never thought life will change so much in just seven months. I was bored with my sedentary life in Pune which was disheveled by my Boss kicking me out by giving a three month notice.

I was frustrated and didn't know how to get through this phase and not only I did, I joined a better place in Bangalore and in 3 months of my joining I am being promoted already. Life has never been so good.

After being ditched by the love of my life I thought I will never be happy. But life taught me how to be happy. If the world is mean I can be meaner and tame it to my advantage. I met Meera and she gave me the elixir to live happily. She was warm and sweet like a child. I really loved her initially but it couldn't last and so I wanted to leave it at a beautiful corner and so we slowly stopped talking.

I have found my zenith, my corner cabin, my personal space and the secret to live happily together yet alone. Life is going to be better and better.



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Meera found her zenith in her husband. She never thought she will find the right answers to all questions that bothered her from a man. He was caring, sensitive, protective and gave Meera a clear vision of what she actually seeked.

It had been six months that she met Meer first. The highs and lows that she faced during these six months, she alone was a witness to them. But her husband took her to a new high, the zenith, her values, her aspirations and her deep down dreams were realized by him now. He stood by her as a pillar of strength and a push for whenever she stopped. He was a self made man and supported her to be self made and keep her individual identity even after marriage. And he asked her to keep dreaming more and keep realizing them.

Her zenith was to know herself and two man helped her attain that - Meer, made her aware of things she didn't know, her husband, gave her what she yearned.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Yearning










Every heart desires
Every heart has a special yearning.
Two individuals, whether together or alone,
yearn the most for what one's heart wants.

Meer had met Meera as he was yearning to find an anchor in his life. He wanted someone who could hold him through his difficult time. As time passed Meer realized he was his own anchor and what he yearned for most was external, materialistic pleasures. He wanted name, fame, money, glory, people talking about him, girls swooning over him and this was only going to satisfy him.

Meer was more confident about himself now. He had a face for the world to show and he knew what exactly he wanted as well.

Meer knew how to make the world work and he knew what he yearned for.


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Meera had met Meer and amidst a conversation she noticed him. He drew her to himself and it was then she realized she had more to yearn for in life yet. She had always dreamt about work and aspired to bring more glory.

After meeting Meer she yearned for love in her life and she was getting the same in leaps and bounds even after he left. As time passed she realized apart from love she even yearned for intellectual conversations, someone to care for her, someone around whom she felt protective, someone who listened to her heart and this yearning brought her closer to herself.

Meera knew what the world expects of her and she knew what she yearned for.