Blogtour & Giveaway – ‘Love Forever @ Rajpath’

BLOG TOUR

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Two best answers will get a copy of the LOVE FOREVER @ RAJPATH absolutely free with a special thank you note from the author.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:-

True love can blossom anywhere, in a government set-up too, and can be as permanent as the job itself.

Shalini ,a government employee strongly feels that there is no point in getting married and joining the brigade of abused wives. Till she is swept off her feet by Kartik, a dynamic colleague from Bihar.

Just when her faith in the system of love and marriage is rekindled and at its peak, Kartik goes missing. Her search for him reveals some dark secrets about Zabaria Shaadi still existing in Bihar, where eligible boys are abducted or forced for marriage.

A love story at its core, Love Forever @ Rajpath highlights the predicaments of a girl on the verge of losing her most precious relationship. Also reflects the inner turmoil of a young boy sandwiched between age-old traditions and his own liberated opinions. 

Will Shalini be able to save her relationship? Will Kartik acknowledge her efforts or will he abandon her for the sake of his family?

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.

Review 

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

The infinite equinox by Bhavya Kaushik

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Book:The infinite equinox!

Author: Bhavya Kaushik

Publisher: Petals

My ratings:

Cover: 3.5/5

Writing Style: 3.9/5

Presentation: 4.5/5

Preview: The title of the book is an amazing epitome of mild tautology. Fascinating, intriguing and wrapping cover that loosely revolves around the theme of the book. Commendably there was no giveaway of the plot from the cover.

As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.

Review:

The tale is wrapped around the protagonist Tamanna, a painful reiteration of days spent on streets of India begging, a victim of a racket. Besides being a heart-wrenching tale of a turmoil of a girl, this tale is a compelling insight of how one can battle her own destiny to overcome miseries of life.

Maintaining a tenacious tone and pace in the tale, the Author has undoubtedly been able to connect life of Tamanna to the readers. It would be an understatement if I say, I connected to Tamanna, perhaps I was in her. I lived figment life of Tamanna through the articulate words of the Author.

There were times, reading this, when I literally couldn’t flicker, and felt like the bottom had dropped out of my stomach. But this story is beautiful, and enlightening and hopeful even through all the gritty, heart-wrenching, almost physically painful emotional rawness of it.

The Authors choice of subject, the language and the intention to convey is so well delivered that one actually, sees that the book is not just another tale of a girl. It is indeed a memoir of how we interpret lives. As very correctly put by the Author, we live a life of infinite moments, shade of emotions and a knit of memories. Every moment is an ingredient to a bizarre recipe called life.

Tamanna, stands to be just another girl, who gets her own share of pain and distress. This journey of her, is no dreamy walk. It is for real and she is just like you and me gearing up to what destiny had for her and tumbled upon what fate beheld.

The tale gradually unfurls a beautiful tint of blooming love. Clipped by destiny Vikram and Tamanna are moulded together. The test of time when fate tried to pull them apart. A story of how even in the most crazy crisis of life, love, friendship and trust hold hands till eternity.

Yes this tale, unearths the gory truth of the begging racket. If you have lived in India you have indefinitely seen victims of this racket. Tamanna is nothing but a strong, bold survivor of this evil world. She has questions, she has doubts, she has worries and she has her own little dream. This book unfurls her journey to explore every question, that you , me and Tamanna will definitely come across while reading.

Although the tale revolves around Tamanna, the book in no way side-lines any other character. Every character in this tale has a reason to stay. Has an answer to give. Very artistically knitted characters placed at the absolute juncture of read.

What I loved?

I am not sure, if such was an intent of the tale, but I learnt a very beautiful fact of life. Our fate is what is meant to be, but destiny is what one thinks it ought to be. The book isn’t full of jazz and surreal fiction but is an insight of what every other face we come across is living.

Now in Seattle, then in India on the streets lived Tamanna. The tale is a bounce-back to past and then a flip to present. This book has very essentially maintained a pace that will definitely keep you hooked to the edge. “Appreciably, the Author has a keen eye for creating an environment before setting in the story. Which is a very rare find.”

What could have been better?

I think the blurb of the book was quite a give away. There could have been a little less of tale in the blurb to pump up the inquisitiveness.

All in All: The USP of the books is the intensity of emotions it holds and the innocence that the tale unfurls. This book is a friendly read for all age groups.

I would recommend this one to those who have seen the good after worse and those who are yet to see the good.

Overall rating: 4/5

Where Can You Buy This?

http://www.amazon.in/The-Infinite-Equinox-BHAVYA-KAUSHIK/dp/8192982726

Where else? :

http://www.flipkart.com/infinite-equinox-english-1st/p/itmefbgeh2jnrxfy

Hey Dad! Meet my Mom

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Author: Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agarwal

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

Rating :

Cover: 4/5

Writing Style: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

The title and the cover are deceptive of what is in store. Totally appreciate the thought behind the cover design. Yes it sounds very catchy and no it’s not a main stream genre. Lets have a look.

REVIEW: The tale revolves around Puneet who’s a banker and his quest to find love. There comes his wing man to his rescue or rather his 10 year old future son Rishi. The duo, then go on board to find Puneet his love of life, Rishis’ Mom. Soon Puneet becomes fond of Rishi. But Rishi is not seen by all…. How long will this last? Will Puneet meet his love? Why can’t anyone see Rishi? Why does Rishi call Puneet Dad!

Eventually Puneet is haunted by nightmares; he can’t decipher those faceless dreams. Who is indeed Rishi? The tale unfolds to his answers to every question.

The story enters into diverse realm of emotions. The readers will definitely have an ambivalent experience right from page one to the last page. It reflects tints of humor, untold secrets, suspense, mystery, romance and the some serious setbacks of life. The best part of the tale is that the Authors have very aptly given balance weightage to the characters. There is humor tickling you from Rishi, concerns and introspection from Puneet, and the women bring in the flirt of romance. Not for once the reader will lose the punch.

There are twist and twirls that keeps the reader on the hook and compels one to reach the end. There remains a constant long-winded fear around the character of the 10 year old Rishi. The story keeps juggling between tenses as rightly put ‘What happens when your future starts bleeding into your present through your past?”

I LOVE THIS: The Authors’ unique story-line and plot is indeed commendable. There is excellence in the ingenuity and the mind’s eye.

THIS NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: There’s a tiny miny need to polish use of language to give it a more mature aura. There is also a scope of maintaining the pace in the climax of the story as at the end there seemed a vague rush.

ALL IN ALL: The story and the book in all is a beautiful read. An unconventional refreshing plot. I enjoyed the frequent humor element; it did not put my jaws to rest. A sure recommendation for those who are looking for something light and something not so mainstream. A wonderful attempt by both Sandeep and Leepi. Kudos to you guys!

OVERALL: 3.8/5

WHERE CAN YOU BUY THIS?: http://www.amazon.in/Hey-Dad-Meet-My-Mom/dp/8192960986  

DECODING LIFE. A short story collection by Vikas Singal

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An anthology with plethora of emotions at every page and every story.

It’s a complete coffee table book and one can finish the book at a go sitting comfortably on a sunny day!

With this collection of 10 tales the Author tries to bring some unseen and untold emotions to light.

I would prefer taking you through each story and the expressions it unfolds.

The Taxi Driver: It is a story about Pooja and her ferry back home from the Mumbai Airport. It unfolds a spirit of a single girl in the busy town of Mumbai and the constant battle against the fear of the unseen and the uncertainty the city beholds. It’s very easy to be judgmental and pronounce your opinion, but every face that looks scary may not always have an evil soul behind.

A Rain Kissed Tuesday: It is a beautifully written love story which revolves around an inter faith love between Aditya and Arisha. It’s a story of a very pure and untainted relationship which remains incomplete because of the barrier of faith. This story will definitely remind the readers about their first kiss, their first unfinished passion in love. The love that only taught you to grow emotionally.

K.N Laxman: This was one of my favorite tale. Every time I look back in time is feel a void in my life. There always seems something amiss. This story about Laxman and his untold and unsaid loyalty towards Rohan. Although Rohan will no longer be Laxman’s superviser, Laxman still held him high in heart. This story is about the faith Rohan bestows upon Laxman and his urge to deliver the best not for duty but for respect that Laxman had for Rohan. Certain emotions remain unsaid while the silence echoes aloud

Glad That We Met : it’s a very lovey dovey story that unfolds the jitters of the pre marriage phase. While Rajveer and Priya meet for the first time as prospects for marriage, they have their mental notes prepared. This story is about how Rjveer and Priya fell in love with each other in their quest for an arranged marriage. The tale is about the silence of love felt in the tension of an arranged marriage. It is a very beautifully portrayed simple story that gives you a tingle of romance.

Switch It On: Yet another like of mine! This story very simply put is about how selfless small deeds and gestures that we ignore in life within the bigger selfish world can restore our faith in humanity. All we have to do is take a look around and note the tiny hints of life… the worth of smile goes thousand folds if you care to smile back.

The Mistake: It’s a tale of two friends and their unintentional mistakes that only dents their friendship, but once the role switch the friendship not only restores the dent but strengthens way more. It tells us about a very simple truth of life… certain things come back to you as a realization only when you step into the shoe of another. A reaction is always resultant to an action and therefore introspection is the key to maintain relationships.

Two States: it is a story about friends belonging to different cities of India, while Pulkit lives in Mumbai Mukesh hails from Jaipur. Mukesh had to visit the city of dreams on account of his new job. This tale is about how contrasting the two cities are in culture, crowed, whether and hustle. It is about how one seasons himself to a complete new and distinct lifestyle just to make a living.

The Shy Boy: At times one doesn’t have to try… love finds its own course; just like Tanya found her hero in a timid, shy and innocent Ravi. The cupid struck just when Ravi was trying hard to gather some courage to talk to the girl he always thought was the only one for her.

The Train: you may not like a person at once, just like Patricia who had a very wrong first impression on Peter. But as their train journey begins…their story unfolds. One can never know what life beholds; behind every face is a soul. Both realized though their journey started differently their destination will be the same!

The Mystery Girl: There are secrets and then there are lies. At times hiding the truth is healthier than lying. This story is about Riya, a bold and modern girl of the century and her visit to Mumbai. Riya was new in the city and was offered a temporary accommodation by an old time friend at his flat amongst few boys. Riya had no choice but to accept it. With what happened with Riya,  the questions there were raised on her integrity did not crush her but only made her stronger. It is very simple to remark and assassin someone’s character, that’s the least of efforts one can put in judging a person. But what one ignores is that such remarks can crush someone’s belief and self-esteem.

This book covered a rainbow of emotions like love, misunderstanding, revenge, fear and romance. Each story has a massage to decode and every code is a mantra to a better life.

There are some grammatical errors that completely puts me off. The author has to good content and thoughts to offer but there is a need for improving the choice of words. The Author needs to concentrate more on the detailing of the tales as there are certain conflicts of statements which cannot be ignored.

The book is a decent read for teens.

All in all the books was an average read. And as they say; there is always some room for improvement.

I would rate this book a 2 pointer on a scale of 5.

Shop for the book at : http://www.amazon.in/Decoding-Life-Vikas-Singal/dp/9384382043/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424340079&sr=1-1&keywords=VIKAS+SINGAL 

Myriad tales

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So finally done with Suhail‘s Myriad tales…it was a wonderful ride from thriller to horror to comedy…the book is a complete package..U can feel a series of emotional twist with every story.. each story is unique in its own. It will be a treat for readers with tastes in multiple genre.

Suhail’s Atarahbaham- Mahabharata Remixed was hilarious all the way down. Was filled with quasi known characters..and the portrayal of every chapter of Mahabharata was beautiful. A sure proposal for a stage play! Saurabh Chawla’s The Raveled Mystery! is enticing the plot revolves around a triple murder and it’s investigation. A wonderful read! And then my school friend Ayush Agarwal..You were a surprise..your story The Letter is a puzzle that takes a reader to a tangent..it’s gripping and keeps u hanging.. all in all the book is a treat of 32 short stories that rides a reader through a sweet, shocking, scary, nail-biting and hilarious journey. All the best to all the wonderful 32 !

Detailed review on each story coming soon…

LIFE AND PROMISES by Pulkit Gupta and Ila Garg

“Life is what we make of it!”

Ever wondered if you are running too fast to chase you dreams; that you fail to
cherish every special emotion of life?

You live just once and if you can live it right one would never have to struggle to survive.

Just while I was in a middle of a chase, I happened to sit by my coffee table and pick this beautiful novel LIFE AND PROMISES by Pulkit Gupta and Ila Garg. The cover of the book gives a simple yet etching impression… So you can guess that my expectation with the book was set right high! No its not really a main stream love story… it has an unexpected yet beautifully lasting end.

The story is about Rachit who is a dream chaser, yet a quitter. The story begins with Rachit narrating his tale to Khushi at Appolo Hospital Delhi..Khushi happens to be a bubbly, happy go lucky 19 year old girl who has occupied the bed right next to Rachit’s in the ward..

It dwells majorly into an interplay of flashback and the present. Rachit finds love in Radhika his batchmate at IIT-Madras. She is characterized as a very charismatic and a beautiful girl who loves Rachit beyond limits. Soon while the romance is budding; Rachit gulps a harsh fact of his serious ailment and his dream to become an engineer shatters right there. With all his might he stands again not wanting to give up and aboards a new profession in Delhi; to become a CA… Rachit and Radhika try to juggle their lives and balance a long distance relationship.. but Rachit falls short of commitment and unintentionally withdraws himself away from Radhika… he loses her to fate..

The book runs through different colours of emotions.. The book has elements of love, compassion, energy, hopes, desire and helplessness. The Author has very artistically maintained the absolute mood and tone with his choice of words to crisply depict every emotion. There are wide and well spread use of poetic verses in the book which are every aptly placed to set the essence right.

This book takes one to a journey within oneself.. you realize that the reason to be happy is within yourself.. it will for once force the reader to introspect if he is doing justice to his life .. is he fulfilling his promises to life…The narration in the book is so befriending that readers can easily connect to the situations. The delivery of idea and perspective is very strong. The Authors have ensured that there never is an off beat pause.

The book has a very surprising ending.. I bet none can guess until the end. All in all the book is a wonderful story that helps the reader to reflect back in life. The Authors effortlessly carry the readers to a beautiful journey within self. Very much up to my expectation!

A positive read for young readers and a personal recommendation for those who have lost the run to chase their dream!