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Review of Novel ‘Whisper of the Worms’ By Marcardian

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Title: Whisper of the Worms

Author: Marcardian

Publisher: CACTUS

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The story of the novel ‘Whisper of the Worms’ centers round the main character of Thobais Mathai who is based out in USA and has been diagnosed with a disease which is deadly and known as Cancer. He is strongly determined on not telling his family about this ghastly ailment.

As he was sure that his life is going to end he decided to spend his last days on his own terms and conditions. He decided to pay a visit to his nation and meet his old mother for the last time.

He decided to live once again his childhood days before this deadly disease made him say goodbye to his life. Even in this situation life was not so easy for him and he experienced a huge twist in it. His international ID (Passport) was usurped while he landed in the airport. He was accused of a charge imposed by his past association, SMILE BANK.

He was in the trap of a spider where he needed to think about his wellbeing along with the job of managing a case.

He was resolute to know the reasons which became instrumental in recording a case against him and he also needs to comprehend the thought process behind such allegations. The question will definitely come in mind of reader that is it true that he is honest or has he been made a scapegoat for this case? To get the answer to this question being a reader I will insist all to read this novel.

The story is passionate and absolutely an endearing one. I am sure about the fact that the way I loved the author’s creativity in penning down the child and father’s relationship in this story. No doubt in the fact the motion of this story is slow although the story is well crafted. In some areas it will give the feel that the story is unnecessarily dragged which can be easily cut short. Some features of this story are on the positive side and some on the negative side too. It will be hard for the readers to predict the story which is definitely a great power of presentation shown by the author and the emotional side which is displayed in the novel is absolutely heart touching. On the cons side the cover page is not matching with the context of the story and the motion is slow for the story. Rest this novel is a perfect buy for all fiction lovers. Do read it……….

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Rating: 3.5 on 5

Review of Fusion: A Mingled Flavour Mocktail

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Publisher: Dream House Publications

Category:  Anthology

Life is full of unexpected events and many of us don’t know what next is going to happen in our life. There are many people present in this world who all are still not aware about the different shades of life both positive and negative. It’s true that if we are enjoying a blissful life we hardly dare to care to look into the life and pains of people who are suffering. If you are keen to know about the different shades of life in true spirit they my friends go ahead and pick the latest release by Dream House Publication- Fusion: A Mingled Flavour Mocktail– An anthology of 25 wonderful stories of modern century with different shades, which will help us to know what life is for many people.

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Before I go ahead further on discussing about the wonderful stories in this Anthology, I would like to congratulate Dr.Rachit Bhushan, Editor for this Anthology for making the wonderful selection of short stories written by bright, young, promising, multi-talented writers of India. This bunch of 25 authors proved India is full of talents.

Let’s go ahead to discuss in short about these 25 short stories:

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  • The Heir by Renuka Viswanathan: A story which stands apart from common life. Once you start reading it you will first get to realize that something is attracting you to understand the complicated relationship of a husband and wife and why there is a gap in it which forces a father to stay away from his sick son of 2 years who is counting his last days. How can doubt and disbelief hamper and spoil a family The Heir will tell you. Good work Renuka.

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  • Dance Of Life by Shreya Kumar: For many of us end of relationship seems like end of the world for us and ending the life seems to us as one stop solution. We fail to realize that by ending our life we are ending the chance to show the world how important we are for this society and especially for those people who love us unconditionally. An individual who managed to survive in life after coming out of such situation can be a true figure for a person who is passing through the hard times of broken relationship and decide to end the life. Here in this story we will learn how a victim who survived managed to bring positive-ness in another victim to look at the bright side of life.

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  • Telephone by Ayan Basu: The plot of this story is just amazing and truly speaking I will try this technique out which Ayan mentioned in this story to spend a lonely rainy day with a conversation with an unknown person over phone. Very interesting and a complete new thought which I get to know from this story. Amazing work Ayan.

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  • Strings by Mehek Bassi: Good story, well-crafted the relationship of a mother and child even after the demise of mother. How a mother managed to fight against all odds of life alone, in spite of being a handicap to give the best to her daughter who is perfectly physically alright. Emotionally this story touched my heart. Mehek you are unique in your presentation.

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  • Affair@Online by Neelam Saxena: A real picture of the modern India which we will get to see happening to many of us, but the rest world is not aware as the same is kept hidden by families. We all are highly addicted to social media networking and ends up making friendship which leads to love affairs on this platform. People are there to trap innocent people in the net of spider with the intention to do criminal activities and earn money from the families. This story is a warning to all such people who fell in love without knowing the criminal intention of the social media friends unknown in personal life.

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  • Twilight by Purba Chakraborty: A love story which departed two young lovers as family did not allow them to be together as both belong to different cast. Both started separate family but with no love in relationship with partner. God didn’t give them the chance to stay together in life but gave them the chance to die together in each other arms while by chance at senior age they were traveling in a bus for same destination in side by side seats which met an accident to mark their demise together. Heart touching love story by Purba.

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  • The Red Lahori Dupatta by Paromita Bardoloi: Another love story in this series which ended with death of the male character. It is a cross border love story – India – Pakistan. The love birds met online in social networking site and from there the story began. When they planned to meet for the first time in India, the female character requested for Kajal and Red Lahori Duppata to the male character from Pakistan. The destiny decided something else and the love story came to stand still all of a sudden. But the love is still alive in heart of the girl. Heart touching sensible love story by Paromita. Love it.

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  • Love – A Vague Puzzle by Nehali Lalwani: An interesting presentation of love story of modern India where friends and roommates play a significant role towards bringing the spark back for the love in life. Here we will get to learn how the roommate helped the room partner to get back her lady love. Nice one and I liked it.

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  • How To Kill Boredom by Arjun Pereira: A childish love story of school days where both young boys and girls believes in getting the attraction of the most attractive boy or girl of the school and feels like a great achievement if they manages to get the job done for them. Nice story and a true school life infatuation story. Good work Arjun.

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  • The Unsaid Words by Swarupa: The Theme is heart touching of this story. Unspoken feelings of one character and wrong selection of love life by other character devastated the life of 2 Peoples and forms the base of this story. One is alone even today and makes the effort to find peace in every day tiring professional life while the other one entered family life but not happy with partner. The two main characters meets after a long timeline when the son of male character fallen sick and need the attention and care of the female character who is a Doctor by profession.

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  • A Housewife And A Goon by Renu Sethi: How unconditional love for a lady who is victim of domestic violence can change the life of a Goon is well depicted in this story. The love was so pure that the goon in the role of a character like Robin Hood did not hesitate to take charge to finish the life of the husband and in-laws to take revenge for killing the lady whom he loved so much. he did his best to give the best life and education to the daughter of this lady. The story is narrated by the lawyer who was fighting the case for him in court.

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  • Slaves of Soul by Heena Ahuja: Story is nice, well-crafted keeping in mind the concept of how forcefully lands are taken from poor villagers against huge promises to establish commercial complexes against a good pay, job and shelter. Nothing is received by the poor people finally and then they decide to rob the bank where the false documents are stored of their property keeping the employees and customers hostage. Knowing the real fact of robbing how the employees as well as the hostage customers stand along with the robbers to support their genuine demand forms the base of the story.

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  • The Blind Fold by Shalini Katyal: The base is common for this story but the fact is very real as many of us believe that one sided love is enough to craft the fairy tale of love. But when this fairy tale gets a jerk, then life seems a complete end. The narration is good, simple and easily reaches the heart. Simple yet nice work by Shalini.

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  • Anaesthesia By Manshi Bhateja: It’s a story where the central characters loses his father at the age of 12 and enters a lonely life where her mother remains busy and occupied to forget the absence of her husband and earning the money to give an established life to daughter with whom she gets disconnected emotionally. How a social networking site friend makes the space in the heart of the girl and gives some light to life covering up the loneliness which she was facing for long after her father’s demise at her tender age forms the base of this story.

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  • The Angel by Ishita Bhown: A heart touching story of a young girl of just 12 years with a good voice of music. She is the daughter of a poor man and his father in spite of severe financial crisis along with her reached Mumbai for a music audition. She was selected and happy but destiny decided something else for her. Her father faced a heart attack and she alone was puzzled what to do. A wrong number call to a person who is real angel by nature helped the girl to reach the hospital with the father and stayed still the last with her before her relatives reach there. The doctor responsible to handle the patient in ICU was busy celebrating the 16th birthday of her daughter and reached quite late to hospital in spite of several reminders from the hospital. When he reached there is no life left and the patient died. He lied to the child of 12 that he did his based but can’t save him. For him the doctor was an angel to do his best to save his father. To know further about the story read it for sure. Ishita you did a wonderful job. Kudos.

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  • Stone Cold by Nikhil Chandwani: The anxiety of parents for a hospitalized child at old age, their reaction and dreams in life about how to care for the child forms an interesting base in this story.

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  • That Unexpected Encounter by Elora Rath: Story of Arnav and Ankita, two people who were in love and separated before getting together as Arnav’s father who was in death-bed wished his son to get married to his friend’s daughter whom he promised for this marriage when his friend was in death-bed. When Akita was getting married to other guy selected by her parents, life gave her a chance to meet Arnav. Rest part of the story will tell what the destiny holds for Arnav and Ankita. Good work by Elora.

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  • It’s Forever … It’s Love!!! by Vinita Bali: A Heart touching love story, where one decided to take owns life to be with the partner whom she lost in an accident. Narration is good and story is simple.

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  • Simplicity by Col Mahip Chadha: A Story with a different theme. A Story of simplicity of an army man will attract readers for sure.

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  • Born under Bad Sign by Warishree Pant: How the non-acceptance of a homosexual relationship by parents and pressure of society, can end the life of 2 young lovers forms the base of this story by Warishree. We all should get the right to live our life the way we want and with the person we want. Who understands this fact in this society of complications where society status matters the most. Well written.

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  • Play 4 Change by Roshan Kumar: We can see these days that young generations are taking a step forward to create the spark in the life of common man about how to say no to corruption. This story spreads the message about how to remove the corruption from this society of humans with complete patriotism. Roshan this is a sure short nice story to touch the heart.

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  • This Was Written by Surbhi Thukral: No doubt in the fact that if the selection of the life partner is done without thinking of the future then it will make the life a devil’s home. Same was the case with the lead characters of the story, who failed to recognize what is best for them in life and married to such people on parents’ choice who made their life a complete hell. But all well that ends well, the male character realized the real love of his life and approached the girl with confidence who also a victim of broken house. The flow is smooth but bit fast which does not spoil the essence of this story. I liked the work of Surbhi.

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  • Love, Lust And Loot by Anjali Vaswani: A single thriller story in this anthology. A story of a neglected wife and her aggression in life how helped her to plot the plan of killing his husband along with his love partner in a full proof manner to get the property. A well plotted thriller story by Anjali

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  • Will You Cross The Skies For Me? by Neha Zahir.: The most precious possession in the life of a woman is her self-respect and dignity. What happens to a woman when she is repeatedly used like an object of sex ad satisfaction after marriage? The narration of the story to the person whom she used to love in her college days touches every bit of the heart. This story touched my heart and its narrations are awesome. It’s the story of many women who all are scared to tell the real fact happening in their life. Awesome presentation by Neha.

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  • Menaka-A Lost Apsara by Simson Biswal: Before I started reading this story I was quite sure about the fact that same is going to offer me a different flavour which I will definitely cherish. The reason for this fact is that the author Simson Biswal. Truly he failed to disappoint me and presented a story which is out of the odd. Betrayal from wife and her relationship with other man will definitely spoil the life of a loving and caring husband and that what exactly happened to the lead character of this story. His vagabond life one day all of a sudden in drunk condition took him to the red light area where she meets the prostitute Apsara- The name of his ex-wife. He was not comfortable with the lady and when he realized that she is severely down with fever and still trying to serve him, he moved up and paid what she deserved and left the place. He again returned next day morning with fruits and asked her why is she in this profession and she told the real fact of financial crisis and need of urgent money to help her poor father who is in the picture that his daughter is doing job in the city to help him. Apsara requested to stop taking alcohol and he requested to stop doing this job. Next day he wrote a letter to her stating that he wants to do something for all those girls who are forced to join this profession in whatever way he can and for that he wants her in his life as a partner. Will she agree? Read the story. A heart touching story by Simson. Great work.

The publisher needs a review too or else my review will remain incomplete. First of all thanks to the team of Dream House Publishing for sending the review copy. The cover is very well designed and the title selected matches really well. The quality of paper is good and the book is handy enough to carry where ever you go. Great work by Dream house and I expect much more good work from their end to fulfill my thirst for good stories. Keep Going.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Review of Novel” Beyond School “By Chitra Anand

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Title: Beyond School

Author: Chitra Anand

Publisher: Leadstart Corp

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Book blurb:

Beyond School centers upon the weeks leading up to 17-year-old Shail’s final board exams, as his world becomes a pressure-cooker and the weight of preparing for the exams sends him fleeing rebelliously in the other direction.
Along with Shail’s journey from boyhood to manhood, Beyond School vividly weaves between the narratives of four main characters, seamlessly uniting the past and present of Shail, his parents-  Urmila and Sushil and his mentor Gladys, in a story that is honest, funny, heart-breaking and ultimately, incredibly human.

About The Author:



Chitra Anand was born in Mumbai. She is a postgraduate in Physics and holds an Education degree. Beyond School is her first novel inspired by her journey as an educator.

 

Brief on the story:

A grade 12 student named Shail studying in Muscat at “Indian School in Muscat” is the central character of this Novel. His parents Sushil and Urmila, like every parent are highly tensed as the countdown of their son’s board examination already started. Parents are totally unaware about the fact that their son is unwilling to appear this year in board examination and solely and wholly interested to spend his complete time in fulfilling his dream to become a football player, in chatting and in investing time to talk to his girlfriend. Being unaware of Shail’s actual intention his parents were busy in forcing him to prepare well for the exams.

Being scared about Shail’s activities, his father decided to approach his school teacher Glady, known to be a great mentor for students and a great counselor. She managed to convince Shail to appear in the exam and made him understand why it is important to appear for the board exams.

There are other characters of Shail’s friends, their parents, other teachers which are very well depicted in the novel to create the solid plot for the novel. The past life stories of Glady the teacher are very interesting and real too as this actually happens in many of the student’s life if not ours. I loved the Character of Glady. If the education system gets blessed by teachers like Glady, then students will get a new dimension in life.

There are some very important aspects of student life which Author Chitra manages to pen down in this Novel to give some light on its drawbacks.

  • Misuse of mobile phone by teenagers
  • Barrier less use of internet leading to addiction towards pornography
  • Incomplete knowledge about sexual life

Some more are there in the list which you can know on reading this novel.

 

Review:

In my view In short I can say this Novel is a masterpiece work which focuses on the issues and problems in the life of teenagers and its impact on the society. The areas which are highlighted in this novel are areas of concern for the parents of this generation and so it’s a must to read novel for parents, teenagers and young adults. The gaps in relation between child and parent are well presented and will help the parents of this era to work on this area. A great work by a debuting author Chitra Anand.

 

Rating: 4 on 5

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A Review of Love @ Air Force By Gaurav Sharma

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Title : Love @ Air Force

Author : Gaurav Sharma

Publishers : Blackbuck Publication

Rating: 4 on 5

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Love@Airforce, the name of the Novel itself indicates that we are going to smell some fragrance of love in this piece of work By Gaurav Sharma. Well this Novel is focusing on the relationship between two long time buddies Sushil and Shabd who are a part of Air Force life. The background of the novel is set in the Air Force station of Agra.

The character of Sergeant Sushil Awasthi is somewhat depressed as he believes in the fact that he deserves better out of life. His depression gets a new dimension when his school life bosom friend medical officer, Wing Commander Shabd Mishra joins the same station and creates inferiority in his mind. Shabd makes the concept clear to Sushil that nothing can come in between their true friendship. Since his school days Shabd’s lady love was Soumya and even today she is the one occupying the heart of Shabd. At present Soumya is married to another Air force person who is also a wing commander.

The story takes a complete U-turn when Soumya’s husband commander Shandilaya shifts to Agra Base with complete family. Soumya and Shabd meet again. The major reason for which Shabd failed to propose to Soumya in school days was due to the difference in rank between his father and Soumya’s father. Her father was on a superior rank than Shabd’s. Shabd made the effort to become professionally eligible to be a perfect match for Soumya, but as luck would have it, Soumya got married before he could do something.

The question hits, will Shabd manage to express his love for Soumya this time. How will be the bond of friendship between 3 friends after so long time.

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Review:

This Novel is the first work by Gaurav Sharma, and, believe me, he proved that if you have the urge to do something unique and out of track then it’s possible. He crafted the story really well and the flow and language is so simple that readers of all taste will love it for sure. The flashback of the story created the base on which the present episodes of the story are crafted. Great work by Gaurav and being a true lover of good stories I expect some more new and fresh work from Gaurav.

Keep up the good work Gaurav.

 

Special Thanks to Nimi Vashi for giving the chance to review it. I received this book as a part of the Readers Cosmos Book Review Program

 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Novel is the first work by Gaurav Sharma, and, believe me, he proved that if you have the urge to do something unique and out of track then it’s possible. He crafted the story really well and the flow and language is so simple that readers of all taste will love it for sure. The flashback of the story created the base on which the present episodes of the story are crafted. Great work by Gaurav and being a true lover of good stories I expect some more new and fresh work from Gaurav.

Keep up the good work Gaurav.

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Review of “The Temple of Avinasi” By Ayush Pathak

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Title: The Temple of Avinasi- The Legend of The Kalki- Part 1

Author: Ayush Pathak

Publishers: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd

 

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

You will get to see two recent trends in the literature world which will impress book lovers. The first is that the young talented authors are showing interest in penning down mythological stories and the second one is that people from non-literature background and especially from technical field are entering the world of Novels. A combination of both these trends is Ayush Pathak who recently penned down the 1st part of his 6 series novel “The Temple of Avinasi”.

The language chosen by Ayush for writing this novel is very simple yet expressive and entertaining. If you are yet tired of reading any mythological stories then I will suggest you to go with “The Temple of Avinasi”. If you consider this novel from vocabulary point of view, then sorry you are not going to get any great vocabulary.

It’s a gallant story plotted in the era of modern man – a skirmish of presence between shrewd and the great, reproduced on the base of a four thousand-year old incredible Epic Wars.

The present age protectors of the Temple are thinking that it’s hard to uphold control over another escalating wicked entity, with far more massive powers than the past war.

The story is well crafted centering on the main characters Shri, Yeti, Ana, Nishachars, Dev and Angel. The scene when Angel comes on a special riding horse with sudarshan chakra and the war comes to an end between the 2 armies touched my heart.

No harm in accepting the fact that Ayush did a wonderful job in Indian English literature by creating a new history by penning down a modern mythological story.

Being a true book lover I want to give equal opportunity to other readers to enjoy this novel and so prefer not to disclose the story here in this review.

Great work by Ayush in his very first novel and so expectations are pretty high from him for the upcoming sequels of this Novel.

 

Keep up the good work.

Rating: 4.5 on 5

Supertraits of Superstars – By Priyanka Sinha Jha- A review

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Title: Supertraits of Superstars

Author: Priyanka Sinha Jha

PublishersRupa Publishers

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The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

Positive inspiration can do wonders in the life of a person. Inspiration can be anyone; it can be a common man or even a celebrity. We used to hear that too much attraction towards the life of Bollywood celebrities can spoil the future of a man  as we are not among them , but that thought process comes to an end when you pick up the book ‘Supertraits of Superstars- Success stories of Bollywood’s Biggest’. To change this view all credit goes to Priyanka Sinha Jha,the journalist author of ‘Supertraits of Superstars- Success stories of Bollywood’s Biggest’.

Life of Bollywood people can also be so inspirational for us, that I personally got to learn after reading this awesome work by Priyanka. Priyanka, here, in this book, has compiled mini biographies of 11 popular Bollywood stars who are really inspirational and can be a true lesson of motivation for many of us. The Stars selected here are:

Amitabh Bachchan– For his ultimate discipline in life

Shah Rukh Khan– For his genuine Passion

Vidya Valan: For her power of Reinvention

Amir Khan : For his tremendous perfection towards work

Katrina Kaif: For Perseverance

John Abraham: For his exceptional quality of learning from failures

Ranbir Raj Kapoor: For Maximal Focus

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: For perfect maintenance of absolute grace even under pressure

Hrithik Roshan:  For overcoming the Achilles heel

Karan Johar: For his diplomatic quality and sharp tact-fulness

Salman Khan: For Generosity

The author focused really well on every stage of the life of these super stars starting from scratch. There are many facts which were unknown to us totally about these Bollywood stars. In most of the cases we are always ready to criticize these super stars for their lifestyle without knowing why and how they are doing all this. Thanks to Priyanka again for removing the curtain in front of our eyes and helping us in knowing these stars closely and with perfect vision.

The style of writing is really awesome and admirable. Nowhere in no page will you feel bored while reading. It’s a great work on part of Priyanka and I look forward to more such work from her end

Rating: 5 on 5

You ll live again…Let me Die by Simson Biswal – A review

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BOOK: You ll live again…Let me Die

Year: 2014

Publisher: Dream House Publications

Summary of the Novel

It’s the story of a young aspiring boy having a world full of imagination. We will experience the college life of young students, their desires, destinations, imaginations, mistakes, sacrifices and the special world of love and romance in this novel by Simson Biswal. The experience of college life gets a new dimension when students need to move to a new place far away from their home town and stay in hostels. I personally experienced hostel life in my college days and so can say beyond any doubt that this life teaches us lots of lesson which makes us and our way of thinking more matured.

The story starts off with the conversation between few friends who meet after a long gap of time making them free from the professional world for time being. While talking, the discussion turns on love topics.  A girl named Sangeeta committed suicide for Love. This topic of sangeeta moved the discussion on how foolish are people who commit suicide and are weak hearted. One of the friend in the group denied that point and said that there is no hard and fast rule that a person need to be of sick mentality and weak hearted for committing suicide.

Right from here the actual story begins of the central character named Robin. He was the son of a middle class family and in order to fulfill his dream to become an engineer he moved from Orissa to Kolkata. His father took the risk of making investment of his hard-earned money on his son in order to secure the future of elder son Robin besides the complete family.

The first introduction with the Roommates Chetan and IAS is really heart touching as this happens actually on the very first day of hostel life.  How IAS introduced Robin to the college campus, the canteen and to the view and information about Girls hostel is quite interesting. But I feel if there is little bit addition of introduction with seniors and the intros taken by them is there in this story it would have look better.

In next part of the story you will learn about the bonding of friendship, the essence of first love, result tensions, unexpected episodes in life of Robin and betrayal of first love leading to addiction of alcohol and cigar.

Can second love ever happen to anyone and can be that successful, can true love and silly mistakes in life can bring an end to it……………………..Read it to know what will happen next in the life of Robin

My review:

The story goes in a smooth flow till the time 2nd episode of love arrived in life of Robin. I was expecting some new twist after that, but that finally ended up in a very expected way as the name of the novel already gave the view that someone is going to die in this love story.

The language is simple and understandable to every reader in India. But in my personal view too much use of Hindi language is there, which will keep this novel confined to Indian readers only as the Hindi words and sentences are not narrated in English. In one section I got to learn Kolkata is an expensive city, but I deny on that part as expenses in Kolkata are cheaper even today in comparison to other metro cities. Overall a cool story, but areas of improvement are there and I am sure Simson will come with more new stories which are entertaining and fresh. For readers who believe in love a definite novel to read.

Rating: 3.5/5

Life’s Like That- By Prashant Shrivastava————– A Review

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BOOK: Life’s Like That

Year: 2013
Publisher: Blackbuck Publication

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

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“Life’s Like that” by Prashant Shrivastava is a book which readers of all ages will love to read. This novel has all the interfacing components that are astounding, fun-filled and affectionate and that connect the readers well with the concept of the story

The base of this novel is formed by the stories which are part and parcel of everyone’s life hence everybody will without any doubt feel that this book really relates to the incidents of their life in some way.

Writer “Prashant” has utilized an extremely pleasant dialect with great vocabulary that will seem close to the heart of the readers.

The story has a group of companions as we all have in our montage time, indicates how things change with circumstances and time. Amit and Preeti are the central characters of this story. Apart from this couple there are 2 more couples, Sankalp and Ishita and Rahul and Niharika. The story tells about the way they fall in love and start believing in the fact that their love is truly divine. But will this fairy tale love story be successful or become a victim of money attraction over love? That you will get to learn once you read it.

The whole story talks about the beauty of Udaipur that excites you to explore every part of the destination.

No doubt in the fact that this novel is a good attempt by this debutant author, but areas of improvements are still there and as a reader I will expect  his next venture will be more entertaining with something new and fresh to offer. Grammatical mistakes are well noticed in many pages of this novel, which is more the responsibility of the editor and I guess the editor failed badly to perform the role. Effort made by author ended badly due to the negligence of the editor and publisher.

All the best to Prashant for better work next time.

Rating: 3 on 5

Review of “THE OTHER SIDE__________ DARE TO VISIT ALONE? By FARAAZ KAZI and VIVEK BANERJEE

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BOOK: THE OTHER SIDE__________ DARE TO VISIT ALONE?

Year: 2013
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers

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Before I go ahead with the review of the Horror story collection “The other side” I would like to thank Faraaz Kazi for giving me the chance to review this Book.

It will be difficult to find a single person who have not yet meet the world of Horrors. Some met this world though some awesome horror movie, some might have experienced it personally, some read horror stories  and some on a definite note  watched at least once the horror series which comes live via our television serials. All in all almost all of us experienced this world some way or the other.

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Since childhood I too preferred reading horror stories and love to experience those uncanny feelings of this world. My memories brushed up when I touched the book “The Other Side” by Faaraz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee. The first look of the book will make you feel every bit of Horror. Just look at the red eyes, it’s talking to you and as if saying” Welcome to my world of Horror”. What a cover page Man, just amazing. Kudos to DigiImprint.

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Penning down the review of this anthology of horror stories is not at all an easy task for me and the prime reason behind this that there are N numbers of unique things in this book which need to be discussed while reviewing it. For the readers of this review I am trying to keep it short so that the secret of these horror stories are not disclosed completely as this will mess up the interest of the readers who are planning to grab a copy of it.

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About the prelude:  For the first time in my life I read such a wonderful prelude. The prelude of this book will create the environment which you will be looking for while reading a horror story. In the prelude authors marked the beginning of storytelling with an engaging conversation with each other.

The 13 stories of this novel are as follows:

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  • The Fateful Night
  • The long weekend
  • The man who did not fear
  • Strangers in the night
  • The muse comes calling
  • The Lady in the Pub
  • A Mother’s love
  • Red Bangles
  • The mark of the Beast
  • The mystery lake
  • Possession
  • Unfulfilled desire
  • Dream Girl

In this collection we get to read some stories in which we meet some good spirits with some good intentions or other way round we can say having no intension to harm anyone. The story “That Fateful Night” is one among them.  The top stories with evil aspect of spirit include “The Man who did not Fear”, and “Strangers in the Night”. Each of the stories is offering some freshness in the category of horror genre which depicts awesome quality of imaginative power of both Faaraz and Vivek. Narration of each and every story of this book is excellent and will give you the true feel of horror.

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We all believe that experiencing horror stories visually creates the best impact in the mind of a person. But both Faraaz and Vivek proved it wrong with this anthology of horrors. You will get the feel that the scenes are coming live in front of you.

You will start biting your nails when you go through every story as you will experience the true feel of horror movie sequence. If you are a true lover of horror movies, then this book is a must read for you. It will be hard for you to leave it for a single minute till the time you finish it. Absolutely master blaster work by Farraz and Vivek. Keep it up and come up soon with next collection of Horror stories.

Rating: 5 on 5

Book review – It’snevertoolate… By Priyanka Baranwal

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Book: It’snevertoolate…

Author: Priyanka Baranwal

Year: 2014
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors

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Are you a woman of 21st century? If yes, then this Novel “It’s Never Too Late…” is a must read for you. We are in a nation where we are forced to believe whatever be the crime; it is the woman who is always going to be blamed. This novel is the story of a woman named Maya. She is the one who decides to fight against all odds and prove that it is not the women who are always responsible for what happens with them. Maya is alumni of IIT Kanpur and there she meets her love Rajat. They get married and later are blessed with a daughter- Sejal.

Life is going in a smooth fashion like a happily ever after story, but receives a sudden jerk when 2 inhuman criminals step into her life with a clear cut intention to turn her life into nightmare.

Facing this critical situation in life she decides to show her hidden power of womanhood and revert back boldly to the society and the criminals planning to make her life a hell. No doubt in the fact that even in the era of 21st century India is still a male dominated nation and the struggle Maya needs to go through is quite tough. She is having the responsibility of her daughter who is just 5 years of age and his husband is away from her when the incident of molestation peeps into her life.

This novel depicts the story of Maya, who with her mere sense of intelligence and love for her husband and daughter struggles to win the battle with destiny. She takes the oath to make this world a better place for the future generations. Will she win this battle? Read the novel to know it…..

This novel made me strongly believe that Indian women are not weak, all that is required is to create the spark in the level of confidence and they can rule the world. Women need to be respected in all the roles they perform and they will come out as strength for the whole society.

The story goes in a smooth flow and that too in an entertaining way which will make you feel curious to know what next is going to happen. The narration is so simple yet touchy and when you read the descriptions, you will get to feel that everything is happening right in front of your eyes. Priyanka executed the plot of the story in such a fashion that readers will connect really well with the story.

Amazing work by a debutant author. Hats of Priyanka, keep up this good work as we expect lot more from you in coming time.

Rating: 5 on 5

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