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.

My Ratings– (2/5) stars

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

 

Karma by Kevin Missal~ Book Review

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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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 My Ratings– (2/5) stars

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

अभिव्यक्ति by रौनक टांक~Book Review

अभिव्यक्ति एक हिंदी कविताओं का संग्रह है जिसे रौनक टांक द्वारा रचा गया हैं। इस कविताओं के संग्रह में कुल 86 कविता है।

कविताओं को बड़े ही सरल ढंग से लिखा गया हैं। कवि ने इन कविताओं के माध्यम से मनुष्य से जुड़ी भावनाओं को बड़े ही अलग ढंग से प्रस्तुत किया हैं। इन कविताओं में कई चीज़ों को शब्दों के माध्यम से बतलाया गया हैं, इनमे प्यार हैं, झूठे वादे, दर्द, स्नेह, उम्मीदें, तन्हाई, बेक़रारी, बेचैनी, तपस, त्याग, पुकार, बेवफ़ाई जैसे कई चीज़ों को बड़े ही अलग ढंग से शब्दों द्वारा प्रस्तुत किया गया हैं।

86 पन्ने और 86 कविताए।

मेरी राए ― वैसे तो हिंदी कविताएं मैं ज्यादा पढ़ा नही करती हूं लेकिन जब मुझे यह किताब पढ़ने का मौका मिला जो कि इंस्टाग्राम जैसे सोशल साइट पे प्रति दिन लिखने वाले मेरे प्रिय लेखकों में से एक कवि ने लिखी है तो मैंने ये मौका हाथ से गवाया नहीं। ये अपने आप में वो पहली किताब हैं, हिंदी में, जो मैंने पूरी पढ़ी हैं।

अब किताब और कविताओं पर आते हैं, जैसा कि पहले भी बताया हैं मैंने यह किताब बड़े ही सरल शब्दों में लिखी गयी हैं और यह किसी एक विषय पे लिखी गयी क़िताब नही हैं, इसमें कई विषयों पर लिखा गया हैं जो कि दिल को छु जाने वाले हैं।

इस किताब में कुछ ऐसी कविताएं थी जो मुझे बहुत ज्यादा पसंद आई एंड आशा यही रहेगी कि आपको भी पसन्द आये। वो कविताएं थी :-

1) हाँ साहब रंडी हुँ मैं।

ये कविता इससे पूरी किताब में लिखी गयी साई कविताओ में सबसे अच्छी कविता हैं। इस कविता के माध्यम से कवि ने एक वैश्या के जीवन, उसकी आवाज़, उसकी मज़बूरी को हमारे सामने रखा हैं।

2) मगर मैं वैश्या तो नहीं।

एक लड़की की हालत जो इससे समाज में आज के समय मे हैं और कैसे अपने ही समाज मे वो एक कैदी की तरह जीती हैं, यह कविता उस बारे में है।

3) बुजुर्ग

काम शब्दों में बहुत कुछ कह जाने वाली ये कविता हैं।

4) नारी

कई पुरुष आज भी महिलाओं को एक चीज़ मात्र ही मानते हैं, यह कविता उन सभी नारीयो की आवाज़ हैं।

5) सही समझा ख़राब से निकले

बेवफ़ाई पे लिखी एक कविता ।

6) निर्भया

शिर्षक काफी है ये बताने के लिये की कविता किस बारे में है।

और भी कई कविताये जैसे कि काले जूते, कुछ भी कर लूं अब वो शख्स मेरा तो नही होगा, ताउम्र रहे वो हमारे काफ़ी होगा, पहचानोगे कैसे, नही तो उसे बुरा भी बहुत लगता है, माँ, बचपन…..भी काफ़ी अच्छे थे।

ये क़िताब मेरे पसंदीदा लेखकों में से एक के द्वारा लिखी गयी है इसका मतलब ये नही हैं कि मुझे सारी कविताएं पसंद आई जो भी लिखी गयी हैं। इस किताब में कई ऐसी भी कविताये थी जो कि, मुझे ऐसा लगा,  बिना मन से लिखी गयी है या फिर यू ही बिना कुछ सोचे लिख दी गयी हैं। और वो सारी कविताएं निरासा का कारण रहीं।

किताब का कवर और बढ़िया हो सकता था जबकि शीर्षक मुझे काफी पसंद आया।

मैं सभी हिंदी पाठकों को बस इतना कहना चाहूंगी कि इस किताब को एक बार जरूर पढ़ें और हाँ ऊपर लिखी 6 कविताओं जिनके बारे में बताया मैंने उसे पढ़ना न भूलें। 

आप अपने लिए इस किताब की एक कॉपी अमेज़न से ले सकते हैं, ये रहा आर्डर करने का लिंक। 


– 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.