The girl who knew too much by Vikrant Khanna ~ Book Review

Title– The girl who knew too much

Author– Vikrant Khanna

Publisher-Penguin Random House India

Number of pages– 224 pages

Price– 175 INR

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Can true love bring someone back from the dead?Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all?In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but herself as well . . .

Review

The girl who knew too much is the story of Akshara, a 12 year old girl, who is devastated with her mother’s death. She always comes to this garden/local park where one day she meets Harry (Harvinder Singh) who tries to lessen her grief by telling her his love story, one sided love story.  He narrates her a story about his love, Sahiba and her lover, Siddharth whom he has nicknamed “Ugly nails”.

The book starts off very well with nice description however, as you will read further you will find it being dragged a little bit. 
The first thing that will attract you to buy this book is it’s cover page. It’s attractive indeed but talking about the title of the book, it is something I really disliked. I mean it’s a trend or what to start a book’s title with ” the girl, the boy…” 

Coming up to the blurb of the book, it is something that is misleading and is nowhere close to what the plot is all about.

The narration was good, characterization was good too. Overall, it’s not a type of book that I really loved/liked but giving it a read or not is all up to you.

P.S- This book has been provided by Arudhaa club in exchange of an honest review.

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Karma by Kevin Missal~ Book Review

*KARMA IS WORLD’s FIRST INSTAREAD*

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Title– Karma

Author– Kevin Missal

Publisher – Kalamos Literary Services

Number of pages– 92

Price – 39 INR

Blurb

Karman Malik a lonely man finds his wife standing outside his house. But there are two problems. One, she Karman Malik a lonely man finds his wife standing outside his house. But there are two problems. One, she had died eight years back. Second, she is not human anymore. (Italics) Can he love her again?had died eight years back. Second, she is not human anymore. (Italics) Can he love her again?

Review

Karma by kevin missal is a paranormal psychological thriller that left me amazed, seriously. The story begins with a robbery and murder that took place 8 years back and is followed by how the culprits face the results of their deeds. Karman finds that his wife, Urvi,  has come back after 8 years of her death. How could someone who died long back can come back? What is the purpose behind her come back? And what happens when she come back? Well to get all the answers you need to buy this book because I’m not going to tell you that 😛

The cover and title of the book, both are really appealing and apt also it says lot about what is inside that will surely going to let you instantly buy this book.

It is a very short yet crisp story that would keep you guessing till the end because it is the end that left me amazed. Your prediction about the ending will be proved wrong and I can bet you on that. It is one of kind type of book that will let you hooked on to it from the very beginning till the end. It has the vibe of a horror film indeed.

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37+ Grace Marks by Vishal Anand~Book Review

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Author– Vishal Anand

Publisher– Srishti Publishers and Distributors

Number of pages– 190

Price– 175 INR

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What happens when you fall in love at first sight? That too in college, which is supposed to be the best time of one’s life. But is it the best place to find love too?

Viraj falls head over heels in love with his classmate Nimisha, who could make boys on campus go crazy. While his friends Punit and Sahil just want to have fun – despite poor mark-sheets, grace marks to pass, and other everyday adventures – Viraj wants more from his life and love.

Life has led Viraj to the edge of a cliff. He has a choice to make – to forget everything and jump, or fight.

What brought him here? An unrequited love, encounters with law, or the dilemma of grace marks? Where does Viraj’s story eventually end?

Welcome to 37 + Grace Marks, Viraj’s journey to discover that there is more to life than marks.

Review

37+ Grace Marks is YA Romance fiction novella which revolves around love, college life, and teenage problems. It’s a story about a young guy named Viraj, an engineering student, and his friends. His life was all good when he joined the college but the things change for him as he falls in love, at first sight with a confident, pretty girl named Nimisha. It’s about engineering college and the happenings there, those boring days, the funny moments and pressure of studies.

Coming up to the title of the book it is interesting but for me, the book could have been better with some other title. The subtitle is what I loved more than the title. The cover is catchy, apt and suggests us about the genre and content. The language used in the book is simple but there was something I didn’t like about that..I mean though the language was simple and easy to comprehend still I didn’t connect well with it. There were few errors too. The narration is done in First Person and is done well but could be improved in next book for better reading experience. The Author has tried well to portray the characters. However, Characters of the book lack depth and that’s the reason why I was unable to relate to them.

This book is simple and has nothing new to give in the plates of the readers. However, the storytelling is something that can bind you with the book. Scenes are written well and they flow smoothly while the story goes off sync in the mid pages.

Overall it’s a light read and is ideal for all those people who likes YA with a common story and easy language.

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P.S.- The book has been provided by Arudhaa club in exchange for an honest review.

– of days I couldn’t feel myself

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I stayed awake some nights willing to fight with the blight. I cried, I yelled, anger took hold of me, I fought, I smiled; all at once.

I cried, I yelled, anger took hold of me, I fought, I smiled; all at once.

I fought, I smiled; all at once.

Those days of depression when I couldn’t bring myself back to who I was and to what I did.

Those days when I couldn’t open my hands because they were extremely busy in making a tight fist so that they can bear all the pain that was making my chest feel heavy enough; as if someone had put some heavy weight on it.

Those days when my clenched fist somehow got opened because it had to cover the mouth tightly such that they couldn’t let an inch of sound come out of the mouth.
Those days when even the slightest beam of light irritated me and the only light that enlightened was the green LED notification fluctuating from my mobile.
Those days when my stomach craved for the food mom had made with all her love but I couldn’t eat because my mouth refused to have it.

Those days when my eyes forgot that they know how to cry as those drops even forgot their ways to come out.

Those days when talking to someone was very rare for me yet I searched for love, that little love which could have helped me not to get lost in the woods. The love I found inside me after several failed attempts of finding that outside.

I didn’t give up on my life,

I never did.

I stayed strong and will stay forever.

A letter to my 1st love

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So this goes for the 1st love of my life.

Dear love,
Sometimes I wish I were the comfy quilt in the chilled winter night so that you would have embraced me like you never really did. Or sometimes I wish I were the little puppy of yours that sometimes cries when it hurts and you hold her in your caressing arms, not letting her cry unlike me.

Do you remember the nights I begged you to let me sleep but you didn’t just to finish a useless conversation or the times when the precious pearls couldn’t stop themselves from coming out over the late night call? Oh, how on earth I could forget or you either the time when the knives, sadly three were there but all blunt, held my hand the way no one ever did? Or that 12 am Tuesday night when you kept on calling and bound me to receive them or the time when the first day of my period came and I was screaming in pain but all you wanted was to meet, you cared about yourself not me.

Don’t you miss the smiles, the giggles, the laughter, the pink lower lips, the bright glow of eyes, that wink, the shiny hair, that plaited one, and the innocent face of your baby?

Don’t you miss the child inside an 18 years old girl whom you turned into a frail 5 years old kid who cries because of every little thing?

Don’t you miss the girl whose lips never got tired of taking your name? Don’t you miss the girl whom you used to call with baby, babu, shona, nimona…..endless cute little names?

Sometimes I wish I would not be this much talkative then probably that “BHAIYA” would never be changed into “GADHA.” And sometimes I wish I wouldn’t have entered in your life or you in mine, life would have been much easier to live.

~From the writer whose words hate you still write of you.

Les just not be only friendz by Vikash Sharma~ Book Review

Title– Les just not be only friendz

Author– Vikash Sharma

Publisher– Creative Keeda Publications

No. of pages– 276

Price-160 INR

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Les just not be only friendz (1) is based on relationships and various phases of a graduate student’s life. The novel is set in Noida (NCR) in the time-period of 2009 – 2011.
The novel tells the story of a young, average performer and simple middle-class guy, who in desperate bid to not join his father’s profession of selling mechanical spare parts in a small town, comes to Delhi after graduation to study in a Film school, hoping to make it big and become successful in a short time span.

Aakash opts to stay with his old school friend Dhiru and his trouble making friends, who were perusing engineering from Noida. Before he could sink with the feel of Delhi NCR, he falls for a girl named Neha and finds him swept away by love and varied emotions. Dhiru does not like the progress in Aakash and Neha’s blooming relationship and consistently tries to act as second fiddle.
In order to save his friendship with Dhiru and in seeking Neha’s love, Aakash goes through various troublesome phases, which test him over time and eventually changes him from a shy and simple person to a completely different kind.
Towards the end, in order to prove his true love to Neha, Aakash accidentally ends up doing something that he had never dreamed of. The incident terribly jeopardizes their relationship. Will they ever get back to each other?

No, It’s not entirely a romantic story of panic stricken Aakash and confusedly demanding Neha,
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Yes. It’s an amalgamation of intricate relationships, set in modern times, focusing towards the trials and tribulations of average, but true lovers. It’s an endearing tale of veritable friendship and love in its ever changing colors.

Review

Les just not be only friendz (1) is the first book of its trilogy with the succeeding two books pending to be written and/or published. This book is just another youth romance, nothing unusual but hey, this is what our world is…. usual stuffs :).

The title of the book has altered spelled words, I don’t understand the point, maybe the point is to point at those youths who write everything on social media with altered words and billions of stupid #hashtags. So, it’s clear now but I didn’t like this alteration. But the title conveys what the book is about, so that’s “thumbs up”. The subtitle is good too.

Now the cover. It’s catchy but doesn’t mean its good, it’s really not. Moreover, the warm color dominates over the subtitle and blurb (at back) making it quite hard to be read.

The story is itself as thin as a 10 rupees dairy milk and should not have exceeded 100 pages but somehow the author made it in 270 pages **coughs**. The book is really really lengthy with repetitiveness, challenging my patience to the extreme. Also, there were so many slang words beeped in the book which was a bit irritating to me. There were conversations written in Hindi language keeping the originalness of the book but they were too many and may cause disturbance to non-hindi speakers. There were also some grammatical mistakes but those didn’t cause any disruption. The protagonist, Akash, I think, portrays the mindset of the author himself as there were some moral philosophical statements throughout the novel which who else can give other than the person bearing it. One of those statements begs us to change the way we look at prostitutes. I’ll say that its really good of him (the author) to include such things, so a thumb up here too :).

Now I think I have only been covering the negatives of the book and I beg pardon for this. This book also has many positives, like the story itself, the college life and the portrayal of modern love stories and friendship in the midst. The book is interesting enough to make me turn pages and with all the negatives, I am waiting for the sequels, curiously.

The first half of the novel introduces Akash, covers his family background and other things, nicely where the second half is a bit less repetitive which is a good thing.

The book could have been a lot better, especially by precise words and excluding some irrelevant things. At the end, I’ll say it’s a worth read and rate it 2 stars out of 5.

I recommend it to people who are looking for a novel on college life, youth romance, and friendship. It really sums up all these three nicely.

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