Hey Dad! Meet my Mom by Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal~Book Review

Title–  Hey Dad! Meet my Mom

Authors– Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal

Publisher– Gargi Publishers

Number of Pages-160

Price-150 INR

Blurb

Right since 51WFYIIUUwL._SS300_childhood, the world in which we live teaches us to bury our ‘bad’ past somewhere deep inside us and just move on. So deep, that even we can’t possibly dig it back out. What happens when a 10 year old child, who claims to be your future son, comes to you to help you find his mother, who’s your perfect match? What happens when you eventually start doubting his intentions? What happens when a girl starts turning your dreams into nightmares? What happens when your ‘future son’ starts haunting you? What happens when your FUTURE starts bleeding into your PRESENT through your PAST? ‘Hey Dad! Meet My Mom!!!’ is nothing less than a roller coaster ride of mystery, love, comedy, fear and suspense. So make sure you don’t forget to expect the unexpected!!

Review

The cover is something that attracts readers the most. I mean before reading the blurb the cover is what any reader looks at and the cover of this book is really simple but it didn’t stand on to my expectations as it could have been better. The title is something that attracts more than the cover page indeed. It’s catchy and to be honest the title is what made me pick up this book.

So this book is about this guy named Puneet, a banker who falls in love with Myra, a customer to the bank he works in but being an introvert he couldn’t gather enough courage to approach her. Then comes this 10-year-old kid named Rishi who claims to be his future son which is totally astonishing thing for Puneet as he is unmarried. So here Rishi is someone who helps his dad to meet his mom and that’s why the title goes like hey dad! meet my mom.

Puneet is stunned by the dreams that turned into nightmares and that too about another woman whom he doesn’t know and that woman haunts him every day. It is like a puzzle between his dreams and reality. Well, that’s not the end.

When Puneet get to know that there’s something that his mother is hiding from him and that’s when the turn in the story comes and then enters a new character named Roshini. Who is Roshini and what was Puneet’s mother hiding from him?

Well, I’m not gonna reveal everything here, you have to buy yourself a copy to know more about what happened next.

The characters are woven really well and I loved the character of Rishi but there is something which is really not practical like how can a ten-year-old kid be this helpful. The intimate scene was irrelevant. I don’t really understand is it necessary to include that portion in every book? I mean every other book I read has some irrelevant sex scenes which really piss me off and it’s the biggest turn off for me as a reader.  The narration was good but the editing and the language could have been better to make the book little bit more engaging.

Overall this book is a light read and you can read it in one go.

I would like to give it 2 stars out of 5.

H-A-P-P-Y  R-E-A-D-I-N-G. 🙂

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The Bogus Read by Divyamaan~Book Review

Title– The Bogus Read

Author– Divyamaan

Publisher– Frog Books

Number of pages– 290

Price– 295 INR

Blurb

512u0qSUn6L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_“In a galaxy far, far away from Earth there were two countries. India and Pakistan. Both countries somehow remained in a perennial state of conflict since their independence. After badly losing thrice to India, Pakistan has now come up with the ultimate conspiracy – attack the minds of the Indian masses and capture the nation. In a partially successful attempt, it captures some portion of India. The Indian Government, led by its highly patriotic PM, Narendar Mody and His Royal Highness, Arnub Gooswamy, takes charge of the situation and comes up with a master plan of defeating Pakistan, using some of India’s most potent weapons – corruption, political-hooliganism and annoying celebrities. They are supported by five engineering students who, inspite of their otherwise mundane lives, get embroiled in the mess. They set themselves on a perilous journey only to discover how deep the whole conspiracy is and how dangerous are the brains behind it. Will they succeed in revealing the conspiracy to the Army? Will the lost territories be recaptured by India? To find out read ‘The Bogus Read’, an illogically-logical take on Indian politics, mainstream media, cinema and the television industry.”

Review

Starting with the title “The Bogus Read”, it represents comic nature of the book and indeed the book really stood very well on its humor level. And then the cover, it’s attractive and unique to be found in a novel. Cartoon sketches of politicians and celebrities, similar to what we see in newspapers sometimes, and those news type quotes, those are really humorous and illogical, of course.

The book is comedy themed and as I said before too, it stood very well on it. Its humor level is insane actually. It also has a chill of patriotism along with humor theme. The book made me laugh my ass off from the prologue till the end but I would say that the last chapter was not up to my expectation, maybe because I had expected a little way too much. I did not like the hulking form of Arnub Gooswamy, else everything was great. Covered in humor, it also shows the current (bad) scenario of Indian politics, mainstream media, cinema, and TV serials. This book shows how blindly a person worships a politician, how news channels instead of covering news, cover saas-bahu jhamela and that how silly and stupid our television industry has become (or it was like this since always).

The story goes as that all these media, cinema, serials and even politics being ruined was a decade length conspiracy of Pakistan. And now Pakistan is ready to attack India. It succeeds in capturing parts of India, beginning from J&K and proceeding further down to Shimla and Chandigarh. In return, India makes a master plan to use its most potent weapons – corruption, political hooliganism and annoying celebrities, against Pakistan.

The writing style is really good and editing also. The book has been well divided into eight chapters with 3-5 sub-chapters in each. Changing of the scene was also good with an end mark at the end of a scene. The book also has an index page which is helpful. The story goes with dates succeeding which is again good and it also hasn’t any irrelevant love story (no love story at all) unlike last few books I have read which was like a cherry on top.

So at the conclusion, I liked almost everything about this book (e.g., cover, title, humor, editing, etc), I enjoyed reading it since beginning till last and the author deserves appreciations for his work on his well written first book.

I rate it 5 stars out of 5 and strongly recommend it to everyone.

About the Author

Divyamaan aka D-MAN is an aspiring poet, actor, writer, director, guitarist, astrologer, entrepreneur, cook and gardener who works as a Business Development Manager at an IT MNC. A nationalist at heart and a lover of cinema, he wishes to someday contribute to good cinema in particular and nation building at large. As a step to that, he indulges in several Facebook comment fights, trolling useless celebrities on Twitter and leaving attention seeking comments on YouTube. Besides aspiring for so many things, he also happens to be an aspiring Engineer, with a degree from JIIT Noida and an MBA from Great Lakes Chennai. Currently he blogs and writes soulful articles for TheUnrealtimes.com under the moniker D-MAN.

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H-A-P-P-Y–R-E-A-D-I-N-G 🙂

Unns – The Captivation by Sapan Saxena ~ Book Review

Title– Unns: The Captivation

Author– Sapan Saxena

Publisher– Inspire India Publishers

Number of pages– 244

Price– 189 INR

Blurb

“Of course you know about the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?”

Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim. 

Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission…

Are they in control of their own destiny, or its their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love. 

A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.

Review

Starting from the title, Unns is an urdu word and is the second stage of love, i.e., the stage of the infatuation of the seven stages of love which has been described well in the book.

The cover is beautiful and that’s what attracted me towards picking up this book. The royal blue rose on the cover has an important role in the book as well.

Coming to the book itself, it is of course romance themed with a chill of mystery and suspense. The story starts with the protagonist Atharva narrating his cute high school love story with Meher through his diary. This high school romance ends when Meher breaks up with him because her parents find out about them. But then they meet again 15 years later in Germany and seeing Meher again, Atharva comes to discover that he is still in love with her. They break apart here again but only to meet again in Boston after another 12 years and that’s what the blurb says “or its their destiny which is making dance on its tunes? “. And did I tell you that Atharva is a RAW agent now which gives a vibe of the Bollywood movie “Ek Tha Tiger” only by coming to know this? However, it poses no similarity to that movie. The chapters of the book have been creatively named after the seven stages of love. The first half of the book may sound similar to other books of the same genre and maybe can get you a little bore if you’re not much into adolescence romance. Thereafter, its a page-turner, it captivates you and I read the whole second half at one go in my bed at night.

I, personally, liked the mysterious character of Meher more than the optimistic character of Atharva, and its because I found some loopholes in Atharva’s character too i.e., his carelessness after being a trained RAW agent. Also, a little more in-depth description of characters would have done better.

The language used is simple, thus making it an easy read even for beginners, though there are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. The writing style is good but has some loopholes causing some disturbance while reading, editing could have been much better. Another drawback is that the book is a little predictive.

At the conclusion, editing and writing style ruined the book but still its worth a read. I rate it 3 stars out of 5 and strongly recommend you if you enjoy love stories.

Author’s Bio

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Brought up in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, Sapan Saxena did B. Tech in Information & Technology from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.

He started taking interest in writing on various spiritual and mythological subjects during his college days and his work found place in leading newspapers on many occasions. His profession is engineering but writing is his passion. He connects and finds links of modernization with mythology having keen interest in the same.
Sapan married in the year 2011 and is now the proud father of a toddler. A responsible father, a loving husband, a supportive brother and a caring son, Sapan generates time to write.

Visit author’s facebook page and blog.

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H-A-P-P-Y–R-E-A-D-I-N-G 🙂

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

A Road Not Traveled by J Alchem~Book Review

Title– A Road Not Traveled

Author– J. Alchem

Publisher– Story Mirror

Number of pages– 198

Price– 225 INR

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Review (Spoiler Alert!)

Starting with the title, “A Road Not Traveled” sounds adventurous but it didn’t stand on to the level I’d imagined it to be. And then the subtitle “Can the world be a single country” is exactly what has been discussed inside the book, so no complaints here.

The cover of the book is simple and I liked its simplicity. Plain blue background with author’s achievements on the top, his name at the bottom, and the title along with the subtitle in the middle. The title “A Road Not Traveled” written in all capital letters with a globe instead of “O” in “Road” with a magician’s hat placed on the globe, of course representing Albormi Menhtis, one of the lead characters, and a red heart inside “A” of the word “Road”, this actually represents the motive of the book very well which is to unite the whole world and spreading love.

Coming to the book itself, starting with the acknowledgment, as it was unique so I thought why not mention it. It’s damn humorous but it loses its humor after 2nd page, it’s much longer than it should have been. Then the preface which is more like a philosophy and had no whatever connection to the story but it was good in itself.

The story starts with the narrator, Niorgast Stinvins sitting in a cab and telling the driver his destination where he has been invited by an unknown phone call. There at his destination, he meets all the other three lead characters, Doillin Flenk & Bakintin Lenit whom he becomes friend with, and Albormi Menhtis, the person who had invited them all. Together, from there, they start a mission of “One Country World”, whose benefits have been discussed in the book.

Now let me break something out to you that it’s not a unique concept. Probably you at some point in your life would have wished that country boundaries wouldn’t have existed, and also The European Union is the same.

To approach their mission, they make a plan of bringing development in the most backward state so that they could easily gain national attention and then bringing development at national level to gain international attention and for this, they make schemes, offer them to government and make them accept their schemes, till now it was all digestible with the help of hajmola but then they bring development with such an ease and in such short periods, like it was halwa-puri, as like nobody prior to them tried such schemes .

And in the meanwhile, narrator was also narrating his untold love story (more kinda crush story) with his teacher while doing MBA which was totally irrelevant but I was enjoying it but then all of a sudden the girl leaves without telling him anything and later start leaving him a series of anonymous letters and when they finally meet, she tells him that she had leukemia (cancer…so dumb, no?) and she didn’t want him to get hurt, so she left. I’m hell tired of these irrelevant untold love stories.

The fantasy goes on and on, and the narrator along with Flenk and Lenit are taken into hostile by their own country in doubt of information leakage… like, seriously?… so dumb again, what a layman even knows that they can leak information, they were mere scheme makers. But with efforts put by his love Sidzy (the teacher), they are freed when later Albormi is found to be the traitor; he was leaking information, while he was not even in govt. officials or RAW things… LOL, so dumb again.

After then, they give up on their mission of “One Country World” and the story ends with the narrator going back home with Sidzy and getting intimate there.

So at the conclusion, this book has nothing new, the approach shown is so dumb, then the irrelevant ghisa-pita untold love story with leukemia was so irritating and then comes the govt. taking them in hostile…..ugghhh…..was dumb.

I rate it 2 stars out of 5 and leave it up to you guys whether you want to read this book or not.

About Author

Motivation

J Alchem is a voracious reader and critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror 2015 ( A nation wide writing competition), NaNoWriMo -2015 and super hero storyteller (2014). He has written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. His stories have been published in numerous anthologies such as blank Space, Love Bytes and Mighty Thoughts and on various online channels. He is actively involved in writing quotes and short write-ups which have often seen circulated among youth on Facebook, Whatsapp and other social media platforms.

You can reach him at http://www.authoralchem.wordpress.com and http://www.facebook.com/Jalchem

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H-A-P-P-Y  R-E-A-D-I-N-G. 🙂

 

The Resurrection of Evil by Neelabh Pratap Singh~Book Review

Title– The Resurrection of Evil

Author– Neelabh Pratap Singh

Publisher– Story Mirror

Number of pages– 214

Price-225 INR

Blurb

When an antique artefact is stolen from National Museum, Delhi, a reckless and stubborn police officer ACP Aryan is placed at the helm of the case. Uncovering each layer of the truth, Aryan discovers that the people on the hunt for the artefact are the descendants of those who are found only in the scriptures of Indian mythology- The Asuras. From the gateway of Lord Vishnu- Haridwar to God’s own country- Kerala, from fiery pursuits to narrow escapes, the mystery of the artefact draws Aryan into a lethal maze of vengeance, betrayal and dreadful secrets. With time slipping out of hands like sand, Aryan must unravel the secret motive of his adversaries. Else, this story of Good vs Ancient evil might not end with the victory of Good.

Review

This book is mainly supposed to be thriller themed but no, it didn’t stand out on that. I can understand where did he (the author) get this misunderstanding of action and thrill words from… and the answer is South Indian Movies. Now I may sound offensive to some of you, but truth to be told, I hate southern movies and particularly the action scenes. And did I forget to tell you that it has romance too, the love story of Rohit and Shraddha (Aryan’s sister-in-law), and there was a little sort of romance scene which could have killed me with its boring energy. So they both are best friends since 3 years and both of them have romantic feelings for each other but untold…. LOL, old crap, no?

The cover of the book is okay, red background with black stains representing evil and violence, then the town alongside the river (Ganga) and the helicopter in which Aryan, along with Lugh, went to rescue his sister-in-law Shraddha and Rahul, seems meaningful and good. The only thing I didn’t like about the cover is the gun which is supposed to represent action but doesn’t actually go well along with the background and then the yellow vertical bar above the gun, which I guess has no purpose other than decoration.

Also the title “The Resurrection of Evil” has been chosen wisely and represents the story, however the word Evil seems to represent “Asuras” or particularly “Mayasura” which is not so as he saves Shraddha at the end of the story as he does not want any innocent person to die because of him.

Let’s come to the book itself now. The action scenes are crap, it is basically like watching southern movies or Sallu Bhai’s Dabangg :p. And the thrill… I didn’t see any. But there was one thing in this book, its suspense while reading the book (after prologue), you’ll be in suspense all the time that when will the author connect the prologue to the main story. Only if you’d look at the last paragraph of the prologue again (after completing the book), you’d come to understand the senseless connection and your expression would be like, seriously?

The writing style was okay, there were spelling errors though that didn’t cause much disturbance while reading. Also, it’d be better to have named the chapters but still it’s divided, at least.

The story now, ancient myths are true and different descendants of ancient families are on a hunt for an antique artefact which has been stolen from the museum as it is supposed to fulfil their goals of revenge for their 1000s years back ancestors and/or ruling the universe. The author seems to have done an in-depth research on ancient myths, particularly Indian myths which is the only thing to admire in this book. But still, most theories used in the book is not author’s, and some of the only few author’s imaginations, like the band which converts negative energy to life energy, seem so dumb. And also, which police would trust and release a deadly criminal, namely Lugh, from lock-up whom he doesn’t even know much about? and this wasn’t enough, Lugh doesn’t just win the trust of that police Harish but also the protagonist Aryan’s and Anand’s too, moreover in seconds… great. It was like…

And at the end, it wasn’t enough, this book will have sequels.

I would rate it 2 out of 5 stars and now it’s all up to you, the readers, to decide whether to read this book or not. 🙂

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Odyssey of a postmaster by Debaprasad Mukherjee~Book Review

Title– Odyssey of a postmaster

Author-Debaprasad Mukherjee

Publisher– Inspire Publishers

Number of pages-243

Price-175 INR

Blurb

The skinny, bare bodied boy of an East Bengal village is willing to do whatever it takes to visit the newest entertainment buzz; motion picture. The passion is pursued in later life with whatever be it: carrying cash of bank in the oddest possible manner, escaping disguised in the coal-heap of an engine from an alienated land, rearing tiger cub in Orissa forest, finding moorings in a hitherto unknown land, and……giving shape to a goal……not cherished by many. Obstacles, barriers are ways of life; let them come. What matters is the satisfaction at the end of the day. That is Sanjoy for you; the Ulysses, or Odysseus by his own rights. He savours the beauty of the hilly terrains with the same gusto as he has his romance with telegrams. Torrid times like escapade from Pakistan, death of the first child or imprisonment during postal strike are taken with equanimity. There is a bit of Sanjoy in everybody; yet, can everyone be an Odysseus?

Review

The story revolves around Sanjoy, the protagonist, a skinny guy of East Bengal and his life. It’s about his struggles from childhood to old age. His father, purnachandra, was a Bengali teacher and a man of values and Sanjoy always admire him. Unlike other Sanjoy is very rustic and full of life. His dream of being a postmaster ignites one fine day when he meets a fisherman. Then there is a scene of his marriage, him losing his 1st child and then fear of diagnosed with cancer.

This book is a mixture of dreams, love, struggle, fear, death and what not with a unique concept. There are letters and quotes in the chapters that enhance the essence of the book.

The cover page is simple and I feel it could have been better. The maps on the background cover indicate the places mentioned in the story which is really a good thought. The title is apt as it refers to the journey of a postmaster. One can connect with the plot as it is deep with meaningful series of events.

Overall it was a good yet slow read and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

This book contains few inspiring quotes which are worth sharing.

*Life is never a constant entity. It goes through its graphical depiction of peaks and plateaus.

*It is how life goes on; we form our dreams and these very dreams do the rest. The dreams move us on, in a great journey called Life. The magnitude of the dream is unimportant, but the realisation is. Yet, you win some; lose some.

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

Another Tale of Two Cities by Ezhuth Aani~Book Review

Title-Another Tale of Two Cities

Author-Ezhuth Aani

Publisher– Inspire India

Number of pages-303

Price-245 INR

Blurb

Fourteen thirty one is the year remembered for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. But another landmark event was unfolding in a future French colony. Cambodia was a cultural cauldron of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The largest metropolis of the pre industrial era was also facing a climate change calamity. The story unfolds in fifteenth century Cambodia and travels to China, Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East, as Princes Adithya and Mahendra set out to seek help for their beleaguered country. Will the splendid twin cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom survive? Who wins the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess?

Review

Only if my school history books were written by Ezhuth, I never would have slept in history classes :p. I have always loved reading books set in historical period and a book with this much historical details and references is rare to find, of course, Ezhuth had done his research in depth. Though it’s fictional, it still gives you emotions while reading like it’s happening for real and you’re witnessing it. The simple language of the book along with short dialogues is like a cherry on top.

This book, revolving around the war between two kingdoms of 14th century – Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, is mainly themed on war and thrill while also covering elements like Religion, Patriotism, History and Love. Adithya and Mahendra, prince of respective kingdoms, both set out on the journey to save their kingdom. Meanwhile, Adithya falls in love with Mandagni, daughter of Guru Vajragnini whom he meets and is guided by in his journey, while Mahendra, who had set his journey to China to seek help, only runs into trouble until a former king helps him.

The cover page is an intriguing one, I loved the way how the reflection of the city,  the setting red sun and a temple all are put together in one frame. It gives a serene look to the book. The title is really simple and has nothing to do with Charles Dicken’s “A Tales of Two Cities”.

The in-depth details, which is something to adore about the book is on the other side also holds a negative side. The detail of principals and doctrines of Buddhism was irrelevant and useless, also distracting from the main story time to time. Another negative side of this book is that it is not divided into chapters, but just parts (4 parts). Well, overall this book is really good and recommended to people who like war and historical fictions. I would rate it 3 out of 5.

Favorite quote- The Deeper you Dig, the more Water you Get.
The more you Learn, the more Knowledge you Glean.

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 P.S. This book is provided by Arudhaa Book Club in exchange for a genuine review.