Interview with Capt Kunal Narayan Uniyal for Unanswered!



Capt. Kunal Uniyal

Q. Characterize yourself in one word. 

A. Seeker

Q. Define your book in a word.

A. Bliss

Q. Please describe what the story/book is about.

A. Unanswered, I know it is quite an unusual kind of title for a book of poems barring a few articles. Before I say anything more about my book, I would like to say something about myself and my thought process. Born and brought up in Dehradun, I have always shared a close affinity with nature. I used to love, I still do, watching nature and ponder how it can be loving and cruel at the same time. I grew up with my thoughts and took to sailing, a job were I fit in perfectly. My roving mind now had more to ponder about. Often have I stood alone on the deck of my ship, feeling the vibrations of a surging ocean underneath and watching the sky change its colours and mood without any indication. At times I have been frightened…. bewildered… mesmerized…all at once. I respect nature in all its aspects…its benevolence… its fury…its colours… its stillness…its suddenness…its unpredictability…everything!
Then I look at us…I mean we humans…we are the most superior…the most intelligent…the most progressive of all living creatures and yet the most miserable of all living creatures so long as we are shrouded in false ego and ignorance. Nature has its laws fixed and does not discriminate. It is we who draw what we call bad luck. I quote Cassius from Julius Ceaser” fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings…”All that is required is an insight into ourselves and faith in divine providence. Here lies the crux of my book ‘unanswered’.

Unanswered is all about finding the answers which lay deeply hidden in the core of our hearts but we fail to discover it as we are covered with fog of ego and desires. Unanswered is all about revealing those answers.

Non fiction cum poetic novel are based on life as question and answers. Each poem is supported by an article explaining the poem and reason behind writing same.

So much of questions in me,which in turn coming from this mortal world led me to find answers for same and giving solace in this painful world. Why is there pain and sufferings, why do we die, what is morality, how can we become immortals are among those many questions which one will find answers to in my book in a very very simplified form. If my writing can bring peace into someone’s life that would solve the purpose for which book was written.

“From where it came,there shall it go”

Q. Briefly, what led up to this book?

A. Search of my soul, search of my heart, search of a vision which could answer to all unanswered question which rattle our very existence. What is the point practising spirituality when you can’t provide solace to anyone’s life was the question which led me to read veda’s, upnishad’s , purans where I finally discovered the gold mine , secrets of our existence and answers to our mortal existence. All I wanted was peace to this suffering life, from pain and answers to all undiscovered realities of life and thus slowly and gradually the fog parted and unanswered came into existence.

Q. What was the time frame for writing this book?

A. It took me almost two years to finish this book since each day some question or the other used to creep in which made me think about my work and I had to start from scratch again. Each day was a progress for me , journey to self degree in which I found myself growing as a person and thus led to continues correction in each poem, each essay I wrote. If you ask me now, I can say that “unanswered” is incomplete and with new vision entering my life with each passing moment, I can spend my whole life correcting my book and adding new chapters

Q. Tell us an interesting incident or an event that occurred while writing this book.

A. An incident, every poem or essay in the book is an outcome of incidences which has occurred in my life in quest for self-discovery. That’s why I have mentioned in the preface of the book that the book is based on my personal experiences with truth. But there was once interesting incident which I would like to share with you. I was standing on the Bridge wing of my ship, while vessel was crossing pacific ocean, cool breeze hitting my face, sound of sloshing sea and vast ocean. Suddenly I felt as if I had started flying and in a span of few seconds I was right above my ship. On a close observation I saw my mortal body still standing on the bridge wing and my soul staring at it hard. It was as if I was released from the clutches of maya, from this suffering world into vast vast blissful sky. Just then my ship shook and my soul returned to the body. This realisation of few seconds led me to write “the new beginning” based on my real experience of escape and return of soul from and to maya.

Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?

A. I never lost track of me, never got carried away with life and always kept this thing in my mind that my purpose of life is not accumulation of wealth, success or ego but progress towards divine, towards my real self. All around me is maya which will melt from where it was created but my soul will remain. So let me discover immortality of my soul rather than get engrossed with material wealth and mortal existence.

Q. Did you have a platform in place?  On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?

A. My biggest strength, my powerhouse is social media which no doubt can make or break you. Each and every person in the world wants peace; all I am trying to do is to reach to as many people as possible through facebook, twitter, google, radio, newspaper so that they can get glimpse of peace and serenity which they can discover through my book. And with such helpful bloggers like you who gave me time and opportunity in their good blog, my job is almost done. This is his work . I am just a medium to spread his words in this world. If the book is good, it surely will be liked and spread.

Q. What is your favorite novel?

A. The real man by Boris Polisvey

Q. Something personal about you, people may be surprised to know?

A. O yes, I love watching cartoons and my day starts with doremon, kid vs kat, motu patlu and of course chota bheem

Q. What’s next in the pipeline?

A. Hindi poetry collection “Main kaun hoon, kuch nahi”, English poetry collection “Sparrow in the mirror” and epic fiction novel “Journey to the next level”

Q. Since your book is a treasure of poems, would you like to share one of your favourite prose from your favourite poet?

A. Although all poems are close to my heat but one which is nearest is


   Sailor to saint

Rowing my battered boat, across the furious seas

Enraged as an angry demon, ready to topple me

Winds hitting with rage of a dragon

Waves towering high, ready to smash my meek soul.

With dark engulfing me, trembling with fear

I watch that faint, shimmering star

To guide my way far from the tempest of mortality

To the haven of peace, that island of three lives.

I row with bare hands, my clothes tattered by the fire of wars

My hands raw, my one aim-to reach that star

Water filling fast, wood creaking sharp, I smile, my fate now known,

I emerge victorious, the battle won.

That star glows brighter, with a bright divine light shining on me

Waves gentle, tender breeze, soothing my soul

My boat docks, on the island; free of all turbulences

I look at my healed hands , from sailor to saint I turn.

Thank a lot on behalf of The Notepad Reviews. It was an absolute pleasure sharing this time with you!


Blogtour & Giveaway – ‘Love Forever @ Rajpath’


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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?

Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley

herName:  Her Resurrection

Author: Soumyadeep Koley

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

My rating: 

Cover: 5/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Presentation: 4/5


Once before, I had spoken about a quote I came across on the note of being scarred for life…that exactly suggest the tone of this novel. It says “I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?”.  Can a scar never heal can one never be born again?

Her Resurrection is one such book to me.

It is very rare that a sensitive topic like rape, survival and conquer can be construed in words. But what the Author here has done is indefinitely an attempt to undo the stereotyping.

Review: Before I go about my opinion on the book, its worthy to say that the Author’s choice of the cover is phenomenon. The cover is simple yet so intriguing. The vibrant colour combinations at the backdrop of white, eyes that has so much to say, lips sealed tight and the tears of dark pain. The cover has so little in it but so much to say.

This story is about a victim of all the ill fate of life, a victim of poverty, gang rape, hatred, abandonment and loneliness, but the tale is also about a survivor, a fighter a challenger and the conqueror of life. Maya, at an early age falls prey to the most wicked face of life, she is molested , gang-raped traded for money, forced into prostitution and drenched out of life. She is left to sulk on her on self..she is left alone. But this is not the end, she begins a journey of Emancipation, Reclamation and Redemption.

This fight is not just against the criminals, but against the stereotype thought, the shackled customs and the system that condemns the victim not the accused. Maya fights against her own past the dead in her.

An unusual genre, his attempt to see this pain through the eye of a victim and the effort to put words that only run tears when thought off has put the Author to a different level. Every word in the novel, brings in life. His efforts with words and the emotions very much goes to prove the Author’s background and the social involvement he works for. There were moments I felt the strength in the redemption but again there were moments when I wanted to tear up in the pain that Maya held in herself.

The plot is very neatly built. The unfolding of the events have been meticulously iterated giving the tale a persistent cliff hanging mood. There are elements of surprise and moments of closure both in the tale. Which again is a very rare quality in an Author.

What I loved:

This tale is an instrument of undoing the societal blind fold. The Author has walked far from the fiction. The Author’s choice of quotes and language that are rare in colloquial use was an icing to read.

What could have been better:

All though the tale was gripping and edging to the end, I believe there were a few lacuna. There remained a scope of maintaining a flow with disposal of justice; to me, there seemed a vague rush. Also the Author could have worked a bit more around building characters to the need of the plot.

I really appreciate the Authors stand at the end. It shows how much beyond words the tale meant.

All in All:

This tale gives one bitter taste of the boasting male-controlled society and the stereotypical mind frame. It drives one through a journey of survivor who chose to blend the scars in her life with bravery. Read to know the dreams of flight that Maya bore despite being robbed off the little wings she had. I would personally suggest this book to readers and non-readers of all age. Teenagers primarily, cos very few books in this genre can actually make them see the harsh reality and the endless strength to surface in life.

Overall rating: 4.8/5

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Hidden Husband by Shikha Kaul

hidden husbandName:  Hidden Husband

Author: Publisher: Gargi Publishers

My rating

Cover: 4.2/5

Writing Style: 4.5/5

Presentation: 4.2/5

Preview:  It’s very rare that a Book’s title and the cover both intrigues a reader. Shikha’s book very well did that to me. A sleek woman dressed to niche with a secret in hand and the title, Hidden Husband. What is it about the briefcase in the woman’s hand? God I wish I could open the case uncover the secret.. err but you guys can. Flip the pages and the tale shall unfurl!!


This story is a bucket of topics and genres. Not commonly seen is this rare combination of social issue, stigma, drama, love, romance and religion. The Author has very articulately interknitted the events in the story such that each bit falls on a different foot than other.

Aisha, the protagonist is a very chiselled character, high on moral yet wet in the corrupt gel. This typical Punjabi HR recruiter meets Raghav a very orthodox Bihari , a new candidate in one of her company’s interview days and the cupid sort of rings the bell. Love spreads blankets with hollow promises in between Aisha and Raghav. While this tale spins here, parallely the protagonist ends up meeting her school friend Sameer. Strings hit here too; Aisha was Sameer’s school time crush.

The Author ensures she discusses the essence of purity in relationships. Every marriage is revolt against something, every relationships have problems. But lies don’t sort them it only postpones the repercussions. This is what happened to this beautiful relation of Aisha and Raghav. Raghav’s lies to Aisha in the fear of hurting her love and losing her forever robbed him of his marriage.. he was left to the Hidden Husband. But this isn’t it. The tale has more. Way more!!

Talking about character sketch; the Author undoubtedly has an eye for details, she has clearly given a detailed thought about each of her characters in the tale the protagonist, the hero, Sameer who continued to linger an after image in my head after the book was done and Aisha’s confidante her bff!

Without giving you any more spoilers all I have to say is.. woa!! quite a ride

What I loved?: The Author has a very good grip on her language and commands an interesting talent of playing with words. Lucid I must say! I love the subtle irony she has reflected in her tale. The story is an amazing interplay of plots yet it manages to maintain its own essence with no spill over. Commendable!!

What could have been better?: The initial building of the story was slow, however from the middle the story gripped pace and my attention. I felt a certain rush in the end; since the end was a classic I was expecting a little more twinning.

All in All: The book is a joy ride for any reader. Will not restrict this read to any category because.. this one guys is not age barred or genre barred. But for romance seeker.. you must go for this one!!

Overall rating: 4.2/5

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Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey by Shilpa Gupta

ANANYAName:  Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey

Author: Shilpa Gupta

Publisher:  Rupa Publications India

My rating

Cover: 2/5

Writing Style: 3/5

Presentation: 3/5


A teenager, an IIT aspirant well-grounded in morale and a brilliant student. But something goes wrong, she falls prey to the age temptation. Life gets to a standstill, there is emotional breakdown and wreckage in life. This tale unfurls a deep sense of belongingness that every child in the tender age need and the fact that the lack of it pushes the child to the extreme. 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: This story is about Ananya who despite being an achiever is twitched in the teenage crisis. She falls in love with her best friend’s brother. Although he was just toying with her, she fell head over heal in love with him. She got pregnant. She knew it was a social taboo. The guy was in absolute denial. She broke down. Destiny faded right there, dreams crushed and she went into depression.

This story is about how family and friends revive life into the a girl who has lost it all. Hoping against hope one day Ananya will understand and evolve from what has happened her family strongly stands by her. Her journey of rediscovering the need to understand what love is when despite the world beats against is not just a herculean trip but a trip of bitter reality.

This tale teaches the fact that at times the absence of parent in the tender age of teens pushes them to find love beyond family and that’s what happened with Ananya.

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

This tale is a narration of a memoir of a wounded daughter. Although the novel focuses on the story Ananya, 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 everyone has a reason to stay in the tale. There were indeed dramatic deviations from fact, yet it held a great read!

The story flowed well and there was a good balance between reality and expectation of de-stereotyping.

What I Liked about it?

The Author did a fantastic job of introducing the readers to the character of the leads, the families and friends all that definitely resonated with the readers. This novel was very much about understanding a teenage crisis and how important it is for parents and guardians to no more treat a teenager like a glass doll but confront them with the reality of life and the bitterness beneath the journey so called.  The Author’s language is very communicative. It acts as a learner’s guide to parents and yet maintains a character of subtle in read.

What could have been better?

I didn’t really find a loop hole in the tale; beside the fact that the end seemed a little abrupt. I was expecting a detailed climax since the positives just started building up in my thought.

All in all:  After reading this book, I will recommend this book to teenagers and parents with teenage kids. This tale reflects where today’s generation stands in terms of relationships and crisis it comes. This book attempts to break the stereotype of closing self in the black box and repent it breaks through into the idea of evolving from the wrongs once done. A good read for readers across genre. A thorough suggestion or this to be a part of school library specially for those who are hitting the age of breaking the enclosures.

Overall rating: 3.8/5

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3 @ a Time by Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

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Name:  3 @ a Time

Author: Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

Publisher: Omji Publishing House Pvt. Ltd

My rating

Cover: 2/5

Writing Style: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

Preview: A rapid campus spice. Love, drama, heartbreak, social making, friendship, ego and the list goes on. This tale is a tour of a complete campus atmosphere. If you are a pass out its definitely a walk down the silly past but if you are yet to go into the college will see the multifaceted life that any campus calls you in. FYI not very impressed with the cover!! Could have been better.

Review: Deepankar, no different than any other college fame boy enters into a world of arduous truth. LOVE! The protagonist of this tale is one of those typical dude of the college who attracts the lovely ladies. The Author’s narration is in first person and ensures that the readers hold a connect to the tale. The tale expresses very flamboint diverse personalities of each character. The protagonist with his no end to life YOLO attitude wins over three girls. Oh wait or is it four??? There is a mystery lady too. But that’s for the readers to uncover. The tale revolves around how one deals with the college fiasco and walks with the utmost pride despite know the deep grave one creates for self. And trust me everyone has one. This tale is meant for a light side coffee table mood. Not really the ‘emotional syapa’ kinds. The pace is uncertain but is apt for a cozy Sunday afternoon read.

The tone of the tale is very fresh and youth centric therefore a sure draw to the college goers. The Author has also commendably maintained a very subtle humour that quite often will catch you off guard.

There is slight positive communal angle in the story that sort of gives a bright angle to the tale. The Author has very tangently but articulately described the most celebrated  Dahi Handi festival of Maharashtra and the strength in the unity of one not just to build a human pyramid but the factor of trust when it comes to bond with a member of other community.

What I loved: This tale is a reflection of college life. A fun to read; quick to be done tale. The language is lucid and quite communicative.

What could have been better: There’s a tiny min need to polish use of language to give it a more mature head. There is also a scope of maintaining the pace in the tale. There are grammatical errors and editing issues but am sure all well pointed can be taken care of in the next edition.

All in All: The Attempt is commendable. I appreciate the nitty-gritties that the Author has taken care of in the tale not making the story a monotonous read. Do not expect a stereotype love story this one is a little over the other side of a real love story

Overall rating: 3.2/5

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The Last Surge….A tale of relationships by Pramit Sarkar

Name:  The Last Surge….A tale of relationships

Authors: Pramit Sarkardownload

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

My ratings:

Cover : 4.5/5

Writing Style: 4.2/5

Presentation: 3.5/5


The Howrah Bridge, the tram, the hand-pulled rikshaw and the beauty of relationships. This is so much of Bengal for me. The appearance of this book in all is so captivating that one doesn’t have to be a Bengali to taste the flavour of Bengal. Each chapter in the tale is a glimpse of the rich culture, the life and the essence of this land of heritage. I relieved my childhood summer vacations in the 200 page tale of love and emotions right in the heart of Bengal. This tale is journey told on the flipside of a relationship. The blurb is exactly how it should be, a beautiful trip into the tale yet not revealing. just what one needs to know to be drawn to the book!


This story revolves around the protagonist, Gabriel a footballer by passion and devoted lover at heart. This tale unravels ties of every bond a man beholds with his life. Rimi the female lead in the tale is Gabriel’s love interest and hiss wife-to-be when she leaves him at the altar for another man. Shattered and broken in betrayal, Gabriel quits his passion to nurture a beautiful daughter. A daughter not his own. While Rimi married a choice of her family.

Once a lover always a lover. This tale is an untwining journey of love. Not it isn’t a traditional love story. It’s a tale of relationships, it’s a tale that reflects vibrancy of the most beautiful emotion. While Rimi is repenting her decision and wanting to break free in one world, Gabriel is falling in love all over again; is daughter , he leaves no effort hitched when he is a playing a brother. A saga of a beautiful love encarved story is the Surge. Rimi and Gabreial meet again, fate brings them together. But it isn’t easy anymore. There are lives behind. There is a parallel livelihood that both have lived in.

The author has an excellent hold on his language vocab. His playful tone of vintage lingual treasure is a pleasure to read. His tale has the complete capacity to not just compel a reader to read his tale but to develop an urge to flip very page uncovering a very different meaning of relationships. This tale is a Pandora’s Box of mixed sentiments. Readers will have a journey of sheer anticipation in every page. This tale managed to beautifully hook a pace. There were moments of stillness but very rightly placed. The author, a very young chap, so adapt in communication that you will feel yourself in the tale. There are many characters in this story, each very subjective and equally relevant. Never in this read did I for once feel the need to turn back pages. It’s so very well connected. Every character justified if u don’t find yourself in Rimi or Gaberiel you will definitely find yourself in some other character but from right within the book!

What I liked about it?

I believe the passive aggressive language, the beauty of Kolkata, the reiteration of the essence of life in words and tale all of it was a wonderful take away for the Author in this book. But all apart I admire what the author had to convey with is story. This tale his not merely an aesthetic read. It covers a beautiful journey of relationships in the heart of a beautiful city.

What could have been better?

I think it ended too soon! I mean it.. The end seem quite a rush.  Given the beautiful built of the tale, it deserved both in a more generous climax terms of the mood an in terms of the pace.

All in All: If u relate to this tale at any level you will know that it’s not just a love story it has a different view to the emotion something beneath words something knitted so beautifully with the tale as a part of the same wool! Read it to know it!

Overall rating: 4.1/5

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The Notebook of Romance…By Gargi Sarkhel Bagchi & Harshita Srivastava

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Title: The Notebook of Romance…By Gargi Sarkhel Bagchi & Harshita Srivastava

Publisher : Gargi Publishers

Cover Ratings: 4/5

Preview:    Love, an endless topic to talk about. Maybe a word in the dictionary which has numerous meanings each suiting to a person or a condition or a scenario. There is a lot to be talked and tamed about it, there are positives and negatives and that creates a spread out version of it. Have put together people from different walks of life and express themselves on this one single most talked about yet eluding topic. So how have they fared? Let’s find out.

Love is a magic that touches ones soul, it’s a myth that treats one with oblivious emotions. Seldom distant and always within. Author Gargi Sarkhel and Harshita Srivastava in their book “The Notebook of Romance” a series of heart touching and soul felt short stories of the form less love.

As a reader this was my journey from being distant from love to one gradually accepting the intensity of the emotion. So I take you through my journey just as I did.

The cover is a dreamy with a breezy pinkish romantic image. Which gives you an obvious hint of the genre of the book. When I saw the book at first I thought it must be a like a representation of a personal story or jots of a peak into a romantic story of the Author. But no…this one is a treasure box of 25 romantic, beautifully knitted stories of people who belong to different walks of life.

Review:      My Journey began with a mug of coffee by the side of my room’s window in one of those dusty Delhi morning. As I already told you am not much of a believer in love and its stands as a myth to me. I somehow was inquisitive to learn what different perception of love these stories have to share.

My 1st station, where I hit to aboard a journey to understand love started with ‘The Goodbye’ by Harshita Srivastava.

The tale is spin off in between two people who are married yet not in love, given the punctured past of the husband and how gradually he realizes that love happens second time and happens to stay.  The image that the author creates when she eludes the dialogue between the two at the end is so pure and beautiful. I start to believe that perhaps it not bad to let this love comes along with me to this journey.

2nd Station, Deaf and dumb Love by SabiShaik.

Having read Sabi’sVia Delhi – A Twisted Tale of Love, I was pretty sure he will be pretty fluidic with this one. The title sounds kinda catchy. It goes to tell one that love can be imperfect, it’s not always a Bollywood film. The tale is quite a hold given the depiction of multitudes of emotion. However to me the Author is way better with a full-fledged novel than an anthology, owing to the eye he has for details. Such cannot be wrapped in a short story.

3rd Station, Letters from Ladakh by Shraddha Sahi

This tale is a pretty much character oriented and seems sort of a bi-logue. The idea of conversing via letters is an age old practice, but telling a story trough it is unique and quite a challenge to avoid monotony. This one was sober but spicing it up a little and toning down the emotional narration would have helped.  And I appreciate the subtle humor in the story.

4th Station, The Pristine Love by Akash Rumade

The story revolves around a uprooted dream. The initial buildup of the tale is beautiful and raises your bar of expectations, however the end really doesn’t catch up the expectations. I was not really hooked to it but was definitely disheartened with the climax. The tone is very mainstream but the time-play in the tale gave a bit of anchor top the story. A little above average one.

5thStation, Love inspire by Nikita Jitendra Nepali

A story involved in a very emotional twirl. Driven by a subject always questionable and sorted by an emotion always stronger. A beautiful story of how love can overcome any odd. This is tale took me to a different emotional level. The narration indeed has a very bold approach and beautifully blends with the reality of today. So far my favorite.

6th Station, Seven days and I am in a relationship by Pavitra Singh. 

Short crisp and very peculiar kind of tale. Seems like an innocent attempt to be romantic. This tale too is a main stream romance. Somehow seems like a very genuine attempt by the Author.  Wrapped up in a 7 days story is a light on emotion and feelings but gives a subtle break to the intense emotional journey of love. I liked it.

7th Station, Who wants to marry a mama’s boy? By Manjula Pal.

The thing about the story is the catchy and kind of drawing title. The title gave me flash of thoughts which was unlike the story ahead. Throughout my read I kept expecting there to be some change, but it remained monotonous.  The story revolves around the reality of life and the expectations post marriage. The end created a vacuum in the tale and seems inconsistent and abrupt. Not a very satisfactory read.

8th Station, The Bride by Kumar Vikrant

This story stands a little apart from the lot. The tale is like a journey to find and unearth the lost love. The reader’s urge to reach the climax keep us gripped to the tale till the end. Needless to say this has been the Author’s USP whatever given genre. The narration is very thoughtful and simply connects to the reader. However the story line remains very predictable.

9th Station, The second chance by Priyanaka Bose

Live I moment, follow your heart, take unexpected decision and follow your heart. This story starts a little off beat but catches the reader’s attention midway and ends with a beautiful affair. Very simplistic and thoughtful tale by the Author. Makes one think and rethink

10th Station, SMS Wars by Ruch Chopra

I genuinely liked this one. I could connect quite a lot with the essence of this story. If all you know is what love is worth for. How much one can sacrifice. How tolerant can one be to bare pain, betrayal to withstand for ones love. I could feel every inch of love and emotions. This Author was indeed successful to touch the string of my heart.

11th Station, Something Unsaid by Ranjit Nimbalkar

This tale seems like an attempt to bandage a torn heart. Once you lose hopes, you give up on a second chance but when one does the heart becomes very speculative and scared. The story is set off in a very serious tone yet is very positive. Good for those who are into the shell of closed love.

12th Station, Desired Sin by Shital Dutta

It’s a tale is a swirl of blooming love and the sceptic notion in the corner of the emotion. The story displays multiple emotions, love, tragedy, hopelessness and melodrama. Although theend left a lacuna, I drawn within the tale.

13th Station, Always and forever by Rakshita Girish

Love at first site..Never loses the charm. So did this tale. The conventional love story old romance and the love..Sweet and simple. Not much efforts put in by the author, yet is a subtle peek in romance. The author could have put in a little more spice to make it more involving. But I found it a sober read.

14th Station, The red rose by Aakash Raghavendra

This one is an unexpected tale. The Author builds up a deceptive image in the tale, un till the climax. You sort of don’t like how harsh love can be but gradually u end up with a subtle smile. I liked how playfully the author has conveyed the angle of this emotion.

15th Station, Campus Crush by Neha Garg

The plot is interesting and could have been intriguing. However somewhere the Auhor lost the trend in the narration. The story starts with a wonderful curtain raiser but the steeps to an uncertain and abrupt ending gradually. However I appreciate the thought behind the plot!!!

16th Station, The three men of my life by Jayanth Mjety

It’s a stranger world and even stranger are its ways to teach us a lesson. The story tries it’s hand at imparting a lesson or two, but alas the old romance catches up once again with no particular bright spot in the story. It certainly could have been a better offering but rather turns out to be a very dull affair.

17th Station, How I fell in Love by Khushboo Gulrajani

Falling in love by  chance of fate, has always been the essence of love story and shall remain. The Author has very safely retained the age old theory of love.  The plot isn’t very inviting yet has some good narrative that will let the reader breeze through this tale.The climax is very predictable hence little turn off.

18th Station, Love is blind by Kedar Vitekar

Pace building and gripping love story. Every moment is a surprise and as the event unfurls itself love unleashes its strength.  Love is blind and this tale goes beyond itself to prove it. The most amazing and wonderfully articulated climax. Yet again in my favs..

19th Station, Subconsciously, waiting for him by Ummul Fazal Fatima Khan.

 Before anything, this title held me for a while, the reason I haven’t trusted in love was somehow what the tale has in itself to convey. So true so untainted. It’s a ride from the best of summers to the trying times. Beautifully knit and intertwined two parallel lives balanced and served in a platter of love, faith and hope. It had it all, drama, emotions, love, humor, loss and faith. A wonderful  read.

20th Station, Love story by Khyati Jha

This story lacked narrative skill. The end seemed abrupt to me. It sounded more like a monotone iteration of oneself of a peek into one’s life. There was enough scope of spicing up the tale. The Author could have chosen to add a little spice and drama to stretch the tale. A very average read.

21st  Station, A tale of a silent kiss by Rishikesh Pande

A soft, subtle and light weighted love story breaking through the intense ride.  Every reader will very well connect to the tale. Faith and hope carried the world. Love only survives if hope holds your hand. The Author has ensured that the sanctity of the emotion is preserved and touched throughout the tale. The balance of language is sober. However high alert on spell check!

22nd Station, A Leap Of Faith by Shruti Narayanan

This story is a complete reality check. Harsh to gulp down the throat but so true that it hurts. The Author has put in phenomenal efforts to come up with a plot which is contemporary yet traditional. It’s a breathless read and will leave an image in the minds of the readers, Great job.

23rd  Station,  The Magical Door by Aashi Dahiya.

Sharpening a memory to cherish for life. The Author has touched every layer of emotion in her tale. The story is impactful and  marks a wonder image in mind. It encompasses love , hope, hopelessness, defeat, crushed emotions, dilemma and  romance.  A handcrafted tale for those who are looking for a tale with a checklist of emotions. One of the few in my hit list!

24th Station, The Red Fountain by Enakshi Johri

A twisty tale I would say.. this is an unexpected journey. The reader flows with the rhythm set for you. You build a thought and a climax in your mind expecting a main stream end..but the table turns over and get answers to all your question. This tale has the potential to be a full fledged novel. Give it a thought. So engrossing and involving that the reader would find oneself as the character in the tale. I lived the story while I read it. Beauty in writing style and conveying skills.

Finally the last Station 25, my quest to know love ends with Love in the Air by Gargi Sarkhel Bagchi

When it comes to love, it talks about compatibility, it hold society in its arms, it runs around expectation and it twirls around the urge to bond. This tale is simple and crystal clear, a tale of finding love and joining the dots. Understanding and bonding being the adhesive to mould and mend the cracks in any relationship. An interknitted balance in contemporary and traditional definition of love.

What I loved about it?    Each of these 25 stories were similar yet different. Every tale hasdits own message to convey.

I like the fact that every story comes from people from different facets of life, a kid a housewife, college going students, post grads. Somehow it proves that fact love remains and live to stay forever in every face . some stories really made it to my heart. I shed tears I smiled, I walked the lane of memory and I fell in love again.

What could have been better?    The downside of the book is the fact that given the theme of the anthology, the tone became monotonous in some stories.  Although there were beautiful spray of different other emotions the theme remained the inspiration. But that’s what the theme demanded.

All in all:   I enjoyed rediscovering love with every tale I turned into. A good read for every age. And a sincere suggestion for those who wish to regain trust in love.

Overall rating: 3.5/ 5

Where can you buy it?

Via Delhi A Twisted Tale of Love


Title: Via Delhi A Twisted Tale of Love

Author: Sabi Shaikh

Publisher: Gargi Publishers


Cover: 3/5

Writing Style: 3 /5

Presentation: 2/5

The title and the cover gives away pretty much the impression of the book. Although I would appreciate the subtle color scheme on the cover, impressive. The blurb is very fascinating and raised my bar of expectations from the book.

REVIEW:  It’s a tale of two cities; a love budding between Mridu from Dehradun and Saifuddin Khan from Hyderabad. As you can obviously guess there is indeed a social barrier between the two. Both happen to meet randomly at an unusual chat room and fall in love. This is a story of you, me and every reader or perhaps every lover.

The book is indeed in every way a twisted tale of love, bait, commitment issues, community divide and a journey of romance. Mridu and Saifu too had to stand the test of love; they had to swim across the tide. This story is yet another epitome of how the strength of love prevails over the shackles of society. There remains a constant hold of the ‘love fragrance’ in the book irrespective of what emotional phases the tale drives you through.

Yes! The book is a main stream love story but very differently narrated.  I give a brownie point to the fact that, the book maintains a very steady tempo and is not very melodramatic. The tale unknowingly narrates a very interesting social deficit in acceptance of happiness in love in the background.

The initial chapters are moderately slow but it catches up the tempo gradually and maintains steady. There is a beautiful tinge of  the love mischief and the tuffle which is very sweetly narrated. The Author’s language and narration is intermediary and easy going. I have to say, I expected some more surprises or thrills and other elements in the book drawing from what the blurb had to say. It seems that the Author tried to play the safest game and restrained his storyline within the boundaries of much tried and succeeded love angle.

In the end, the epilogue gives a hint of a sequel to this story; that only the Author can confirm!!

I LOVE THIS: The Authors’ balance of pace and the ‘love fragrance’ all through the book till the end.

THIS NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: There is a need to polish the use of language to give it a mature approach. Moreover, there could have been a subtle indulgence of other elements apart from love, given the fact that too much sweet love is contagious. 

ALL IN ALL: The story in all is a beautiful read. Its smooth; no bumpy ride. Readers can’t expect something out of the box or refreshing… but definitely this will remind you of your own love story.  So go for it when you want to read something light and breezy!