Lines by Vaibhav Mukim

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Authors: Vaibhav Mukin

Publisher: Frog Books Publishers

My ratings:

Cover:  4.5/5

Writing Style: 4.2/5

Presentation: 4/5


It’s been awhile since I picked up one sci-fi book. While I am not a great fan of Sci-Fi, I realised no harm in getting in the blurb. Since it is the Author’s b’day what better way to wish him all success and good luck than reading his work and starting to like this genre.

With this in mind I picked it up and started ahead. Now for those of you who aren’t aware of the Author, you will know that he is prolific writer right and kind of keeps to himself (I may be totally wrong).

Starting with the cover, very subtle yet imprinting cover and trust me in no way would this title ever give away any hint of what is inside. Its commendable and a very intriguing idea that compels the reader to turn to read the blurb. Again the blurb is an even fascinating dictum of what is in store. Lets explore!


The tale begins and dwells in three duration and three parallel world. We say the parallels never meet but here, the protagonist Siddharth is the root to the three. It begins with the protagonist’s thirst to explore, explore a duct that leads to a different world just like in Narnia but way way way different! Siddharth finds himself in some impossible, world-altering fantasy that whisk him off to an adventure in a parallel world.

The pace is swift and story engaging although at times it does feel a little derivative and predictable. It’s a book of three parts, the first exploring the backstory and developing the character, the second dealing with the present  distance world and the third closely depicting the end of life. While you could say this about many books, with Vaibhav it’s so obvious that you can actually see the switch, very rare quality when it comes to debut Authors. It’s a coming of age novel, one that should appeal equally to younger and older.

What I liked about it?

The author’s narrative flair helps here too, it feels personable, relaxed and ever so friendly. The cling to read didn’t settle even for a non-Sci-Fi person like me. It was engaging. Author’s calibre of intertwining three parallel plots is amazing as it, despite so much switch maintained its exclusivity.

What could have been better?

The chapterization seems too stretchy and kind of hold like a loop of never ending pages. Given that the theme demanded such bifurcation I believe the Author should have rather sorted for another way to reflect the same.

All in all:  This book ranged from short sharp shocks to a written well plotted tale.

Overall Rating: 4/5

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1st Job & 10 mistakes by Uttam Kumar

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Author: Uttam Kumar

Publisher: Author’s Ink

My ratings:

Cover : 2/5 not very happy with the cover; doesn’t really go with the title. Should have been more subtle.

Writing Style: 3/5

Presentation: 3/5


What next?  You are just in your final year or just a fresh graduate.. all that you look for is that little hope of a job..your 1st job. So what do you do? Hunt, find, apply, jugaad, and best is pray! Of course you know the dos and don’ts but what you don’t know is what has to be rightly done and what is a complete no no. So this tiny little book by Uttam Kumar is nothing but an IMP guide. I-In M-My P- Pocket guide of all one should know about the new journey of social security and financial liberty.


Since this is just the beginning of your new innings in life you will definitely need a daddy lesson before you step your foot in the rat race and the leech hunt. This book serves just the thirst to all the what? why? and when? question.

The author has listed down 10 possible and very common inadvertence that anyone can do in their 1st job. As a reader it seemed more like a practical guide which is articulated in a way that helps one note and jot the silly yet important what not to dos. This isn’t a story hence there isn’t an opportunity to decide a pace, but surprisingly there is a plot not in literal sense but in the sense that the 10 mentioned mistakes are threaded to one root. Though one will learn all these lessons gradually in life some after the 1st job some after second and some never but why take a chance to chase away the 1st opportunity.

The book seems like a walk through from the first person experience and this goes to show that the Author has been through and wants us not be through.

What I liked about this?

This book is a quick read and acts as a simple know how guide. The authors language and choice of words are appreciable, it’s easy to communicate and kind of instructional. There were jargons used yet seemed passive wen placed in sentences which is quite a commendable tactics adopted for a debutant.

What could have been better?

Since the book has a different purpose the content is not to be questioned but what I would really appreciate if the author could have played around with a theme to the book. Perhaps a plot in literal sense now. There seemed a need to keep this book compact so it kind of gave an impression that the content was too less.

All in all: This book is a pre-1st job dad lessons for a journey new and unknown. A heads-up to what one shouldn’t do and what one ought to do. Although the title demanded more, the Author rightly tried to justify his content.

Over all rating: 3.1/5

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#IAm16ICanRape by Kirtida Gautam

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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

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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 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

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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 infinite equinox by Bhavya Kaushik


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.


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

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Name:  Rapescars…they never heal

Authors: Gaurav Sharma

Publisher: Petals

My ratings: 

Cover: 2/5

Writing Style: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

Preview: Sometime back I came across a quote that exactly suggest the tone of this novel. It goes somewhat like this “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?”  a line spoken loud enough to pinch and choke.

Rapescars is one such book to me. It is a commendable thing to put down a sensitive topic like rape into words. But what Gaurav has done is indefinitely an attempt to undo the stereotyping.

Review: Am not very happy with the cover of the book. Precisely because a beautiful art work of girl on with scars is being over-shadowed by news article that I couldn’t read because of the language handicap. Going to the back cover – I believe use of slightly more suspense and drawing language would have added to the appearance of the book.

This story is about Akriti, a gang rape victim. Who fell prey to her so called ‘loving who is gang raped by her boyfriend and his friends. Broken from within, with no hopes in heart Akriti begins a fight for justice. 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. All that she goes through post the traumatic incident is more hurtful than the trauma of being robes off her innocence, her faith her trust and her love…

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. It feels as if you are in a theatre act. You may want to stop yourself from feeling the pain that Akriti goes through. But the Author ensures that every word reaches your soul.

The plot is very neatly built. I would say that the Author could have articulated the language a bit more..

The unfolding of the events post the incident only goes to show how ruthless and clogged our society is. In all the menace of pain, insult, cracked soul, lifelessness Akriti does the unthinkable.

This tale is the bitter after taste of a rape incident. The blame game. The inappropriate questions faced by the victim. The inanimate condolences. The verbal abuse. The jeopardizing of future. And the heinous attempt the victim for her choice.

She chose to love someone, she chose to trust someone, her faith, trust and belief was crushed, she was robbed of her soul…but she is to be blamed

Questioned, interrogated, abused, tortured judged and pointed at; was not the accused but the victim. Such is the mentality.

A complaint by the raped and battered victim does no justice to her, until she is pushed around and mocked with like an inanimate doll by the investigators and the police.

The scar remains, but the pain heals. Why is it so?

What I loved: This tale is an instrument of undoing the societal blind fold. The Author has walked far from the fiction. He has been mature enough to rightly use terms, that are although objectionable but stands as an epitome to unleash the unspoken.

What could have been better: 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 courtroom scone; to me towards the end there seemed a vague rush. I really appreciate the Authors stand at the end. It shows how much beyond words the tale meant. Is idea behind to convey a message rightly reaches the reader.

All in All: The Attempt is commendable. A voice of woman reiterating a horrific nightmare trough a man’s quill is worth appreciating. 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.

Overall rating: 3.8/5

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The Vikramaditya Trilogy: Book 1 – The Guardians of the Halahala


TitleThe Vikramaditya Trilogy: Book 1 – The Guardians of the Halahala

Publisher : Jaico Publishing

Cover Ratings: 4.9/5

Preview: The title and the cover of the book is fierce and dominates the appearance a dagger looking royal and pristine, but bold enough to hint what the book beholds.

While many may contemptuously flick history as tales of the dead and gone, it has in recent times emerged a one of the best received genre. The art of combining fascinating history with appetizing mythology has not really been around but the Author seems to have carved his way in and has come to stay with a lasting impression. The recipe remains a guarded secret, for all you must know its voluminous amount of research and caliber served hot. The Author has fused legend, mythology, the known, the unknown and the lesser known with an applaud worthy element of mystery. He has sketched the characters of the tale racing against time and has maintained a generous pace. Bon Appétit!

The mythological element in the book is placed in a very contemporary setting, which runs parallel to the Vikramaditya era.

The tale runs a narration across an honour the legendary King Vikramaditya upholds interknitted with although debatable yet an indelible incident of mythology the Amritmanthan. The tale opens with an intriguing narration and holds the reader to a cliff hanger until the end. The Guardian of Halahala is themed on an unexpected plot. It’s a tale of courage, wisdom, passion, kingship, deceit, defeat, greed and victory. The Vikramaditya trilogy sets off with a tale from mythology and history.


Epic narrates that Lord Shiva, the supreme god had swallowed the deadly, all destructive poison The Halahala that was thrown out during the churning of the White Lake.  Halahala holds the capacity to annihilate the evil and the good, the Devas and the Asuras to nil.

But what remained untold and unknown was that, a diminutive portion of the Halahala was stolen by a conniving asura and was hidden in a dagger. What unfurls in this tale of strength and courage is the war to poses the poison, coz the one who owns the lethal poison could destroy his enemy. Overpowered by greed and thirst for power the Devas and Asuras have embarked upon a fierce battle. Lord Shiva had acquired the poison and had guarded it for a time unknown, now it was time to bestow the guardianship of the Halahala upon a protector, safekeeper, the king of his words, the guard of honour, King Vikramaditya and his council of nine priceless courtmen. Duty bound to battle the Devas and Asuras, the King and his council aboard a journey to exploit their intellect and strength to guard the poison.

From the plots of the forces of Indra and Shukracharya, only mankind can contest the mystic powers to save the universe.

Shatrujeet Nath has created a very compelling and intriguing character sketch of Lord Shiva, every arch in the narration brings him to life. However to me, the portrayal of King Vikramaditya was the awe worthy, his might, his intellect, the courage the wisdom is very richly narrated. The language is affluent and the book speaks to the readers. There was no moment when the tale missed a beat.

What I loved : The entire novel is a fast pace thriller read. Although there are multiple characters and depiction, each one stands distinct of the other.  A perfectly crafted hard-hitting, intense tale that takes readers to a time undiscovered. Shatrujeet Nath commendably blends reality and fiction into one compelling tale maintaining steady and unexpected twist in the plot.

What could have been better: There isn’t anything essentially a put off in the book. But I believe there was a tiny scope where the Author could have spiced up the political angle of the tale. However with the lasting effect that the book has created this bit can be ignored.

All in All: The story is interknitted with action, brilliant storytelling, and insightful of mythological and legendary elements that get under your skin and challenges the way you perceive history, as only few of the talented authors can. This was the book 1 of the Vikramaditya Triology..looking forward to the the book two in the series!

Overall rating: 5/ 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

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