#IAm16ICanRape by Kirtida Gautam

16Name:  #IAm16ICanRape

Authors: Kirtida Gautam

My ratings:

Cover: 3.5/5

Writing Style: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5


You don’t have to be a seasoned criminal to commit a heinous crime. The cover is simple and very subtly yet conformingly depicts the psych of the accused in this tale.

Rape! it just isn’t the wrath of today’s generation, it’s a concern. Every time the primetime show casts one such incident and the nation is out there with candles in hand protesting against the unjust. One hardly ever realizes that the darkest tranquility is right below the radiance. This tale, unlike any other tale on this social issue is a differently narrated. It does not give one the insight of the incident but imperceptibly gives you a glimpse of the psychology of every individual allied to the incident.

Review: There isn’t a protagonist in this tale, like most of the other tales, there isn’t a hero or a villain. The pseudo-protagonist of this tale is the readers mind and his vision towards a tale revolving around such sensitive genre.  A 16 summer old kid, grandson of a fairly well off grandparents, born with a silver spoon in the mouth. Spoilt and adamant this 16 year old Aarush, does the unthinkable. His family falls apart. Life is done and dusted for him. He is accused of rape.

Its worth mentioning that the Author has an excellent sense of backdrop depiction. Given the time and the situation in the country, this story will be a breakthrough. This tale is not about a crime rather it’s about the aftermath of it. Life went standstill when this incident unfurled its bruises caused not just to the victim but the culprit, his family and all others related. It’s a read in the minds of too many characters giving the reader a walk through a small trail class of psychology.

It was an abounding situation when the righteous grandfather who once blindly trusted his grandson was ready to battle against the unjust, even if that would incriminate his grandson. The concocted tale of truth defying, pinching and reality hitting issue will definitely leave an after taste in your mind. One that will force you to think and think in every possible way.  There are flows of mixed emotions but not one that will give the reader a kick. Rather these emotions will sometime but for sure once in the read will make you confront the reality you chose to ignore. Aarush was guilty, he realised he begged for forgiveness but he wasn’t let go. Some damages are truly irreparable. The grandfather had regret of failure to raise a good man, h would have to take this pain and guilt to his grave.

What I liked the most:

This tale is a beautiful journal of quotes that will run in you mind for long. The fact that the Author managed to reflect this tale in different views is commendable. I appreciate her in-depth knowledge of human psychology that is very creatively put through in words. The most surprising element in this tale was it seemed like a motion picture to me, just that the picture was in fragments. Rest apart ,Well done!

Things that could have been better:

Too many jargons is quite a turn off for most of the readers. I would say the Author could have toyed a little with the language. For indie readers this may be quite a tough read. There were places in the story where there were some sudden lacuna, however it helped to maintain the pace.

All in all: A well maintained pace and a well tamed story line. This piece will be a good long run in the literary world!

Overall rating: 3.8/5

Where can you buy it? http://www.amazon.in/IAm16ICanRape-Kirtida-Gautam-ebook/dp/B00XWVMWI2

BTW is kindle edition!


Paradise Lost and Regained by Ratnadip Acharya

imagesTitle: Paradise Lost and Regained

Author: Ratnadip Acharya

Publisher: Frog Books Publishers

My ratings:

Cover : 4.5/5

Writing Style: 4.2/5

Presentation: 4/5


This isn’t a tiny tale, no it is even a fantasy tale, no neither a nursery fable and no not at all a Jataka tale as it may appear from the cover.

This is something that is not just unique and interesting theme, but it demonstrates a very gutsy stand taken by the Author. Its not a love story, not horror, no drama yet so much emotion. All the while reading this tale all my concern was ..under what genre do I list this tale?? The cover is a subtle blue star light night and a very pristine outline of a doe. Yes the protagonist!  This tale, from the blurb to the last page is nothing but a surprise. Read ahead to know more!

The most enticing par about the book is the beautiful blurb..err not a blurb but a poetry trace. A narration by  mother nature that asks the protagonist to share her story. A very interesting and a fascinating approach!


This tale is an amazing narration of how one defines a paradise. It isn’t the life after death, it isn’t the ultimate abode. It is right there amidst life. And one needs to find it within. The story is an autobiography of a female deer. She is not ordinary, she is a daredevil with the desire to discover freedom she embarks upon a journey of life. The Author in this tale has ensured that the readers get an opportunity to unfurl a beautiful and a mystic life of the doe through her eyes. She narrates her memoir from her birth until what I believe is the ultimate abode the paradise of her life. Her journey seems like the reader wandering in the reality of life. It’s very seldom such that an Author can connect fiction to the truth of life so well that they just remains a tin line of belief in between. And trust me my belief was dissolved in this amazing read. For the time I read this tale all I knew was the doe is expressing and disclosing the secret of her life to me. The reason of her survival to me. She taught me how cruel life can be and how one is destined to fight her way out to reach the end. How even when one loses to fate, life gives enough strength to revive and win. This tale is not just a close encounter of the living beyond the humans but a journal of learnings.

Every animate, inanimate, living and human made element around us is for a reason. And if the curiosity of the protagonist of this tale can create a mirage of life. We humans are too much driven by the intelligence to know more, we only need to acknowledge presence of the elements around.

The Author’s writing is so earthy, playful and gorgeous at the same time. He weaved in these metaphors about life and environment (in the most non-preachy way) and they blend into the story in such an organic, unpretentious way. A wonderful and commendable work!

What I love the most : 

The protagonist stole my heart from the beginning and I only grew to admire and love her more with each page. The Author told the story as if it were the Deer herself, she was breathing into the pages…The elements, the loneliness, the sense of freedom, the beauty and simplicity, the grandeur, the complex solutions to a simple problem, the ordeal…He painted all this with honesty and trust in words. Sometimes, I felt as if he truly believed who ever read this book would gladly and immediately, pledge money or time to this book. And I liked that most about him. His beautiful and heart holding naivety.

What could have been better?

I believe that there were few stretches in the tale that had gloomed the pace. It sort of created certain void and monotony, however rest apart was a sheer delight!

All in All:

The genre is unusual and I would say it takes great belief in self and the work created to bring something unexpected and unfit in the set trend of romance, horror and mythology! To me the Author has well justified his belief and this creation of his will set a new standard in the reading class. A sure shot suggestion for readers across all genre and age!

Overall rating: 4/5

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One Tequila, 2 Tequilas… by Supriya Parulekar

Title: One Tequila, 2 Tequilas…

Authors: Supriya Parulekar

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

My ratings:

Cover : 4.5/5

Writing Style: 4.2/5

Presentation: 4/5

Preview:11084186_1809150265976970_7232101713734277028_o  One tequila 2 tequila, 3 tequila floor!! No this isn’t the title of this novel.  But this is exactly how I felt when I was done with this book! I laughed. I was thoughtful (and believe me. I thought  a lot!). I fell in love. I learned. I simply loved the book. The cover of the book is as neat as an imagination. That again has always been the trend with the all the titles by Gargi Publishers. The blurb is just about the right content to keep the readers on the cliff. It is a love story but reiterated from a very unique angle.

In the surge of discovering how her mother found her love in Siddharth, Samiera reads her mom’s diary.

It was indeed beautifully written and it reached out into the depths of my soul. My heart just poured out as I read the last few pages of the book. Such a tiny book to stir such great emotions in me.

It’s such a quick read, but man does this book pack an emotional punch. The characters really come to life.


Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge..beta version but narrated is such a beautiful tone that if one reads it all you will feel is that the strength of love. No I don’t mean to say that this tale is a Bollywood masala, but this tale is a wonderful narration of how love can be sorted and attained.

The story runs in multiple angles yet retains the essence of one thread tale.

So do you ever know that you are falling in love? Can you guess if someone is just the right match? Are there violins that play, music that rings or cool breeze.. nope love is when you know that there isn’t anything beyond this emotion, love is when it just feels right despite the world beats against.

She was perfect, he was no less..love was never meant to be for both. She was almost getting married to someone else. He had already failed in love and there wasn’t another go. But their fates crossed destiny had a written slate and it had to happen. Love had to happen.

This tale is a narration of a memoir of a mother to her daughter. A decked up marriage arrangement, the bride all set to marry someone who she doesn’t love..hoping against hope that her love storms into her marriage and proposes to her.. times tick and moments intensify the bride, her bff still cling to that bare little hope in the love she had, the anticipation builds up. Just when there enters the hero, not to elope but to marry the bride with dignity and pride he proposes her father for marriage and ..volla they are happily married.

Although the novel focuses on the love story of a married couple, there wasn’t a moment when too many characters in the tale took away the spark. The Author has beautifully managed to weigh each character in balance ensuring every one has a reason to stay in the tale. It follows the story line of any typical gossip of the B Town, the one we love to spice, there were indeed dramatic deviations from this fact, yet it held a great read!

The story flowed well and there was a good balance between reality and fiction, it in short seemed like a mission to take the seven rounds of the fire. Lightly put!

What I Liked about it?

The Author did a fantastic job of introducing the readers to character of the leads, the families and friends all that definitely resonated with the readers. This novel was very much about love, understanding it, pursuing it and how important it is to get the friends and families involved before embarking on something with a significant other.  The Author’s language is lucid and very communicative. Choice of words reflect the niche that take demands. An absolute delight!

What could have been better?

I didn’t really find a loop hole in the tale; beside the fact that this was too much of love dose for me.

All in all:  After reading this book, I will clearly recommend couples to enjoy this tale of tipsy love. At some point you are bound to relate to this story. This tale reflects where today’s generation stands in terms of relationships and love marriage. A good read for readers across genre.

Over all rating: 4/5

Where can you buy this: http://www.amazon.in/One-Tequila-Tequilas-Supriya-Parulekar/dp/938438206X