The Aravan Head by Arvind Narsima~ Book Review

Title – The Aravan Head

Author – Arvind Narsima

Publisher – Inspire India

Total Number of pages – 220

Price – 249 INR


A politically driven criminal syndicate tries to steal a valuable ancient artifact, The Aravan Head, from a very old temple of the transgenders in Hijravan. Police officer Arya foils the well planned attempt. The incident unfolds a deadly secret that connects to a series of mind-boggling crimes which points to an unlikely person of tremendous authority in the political & business circles of Mumbai. With his friends kidnapped, his own people involved with the criminals and himself facing departmental enquiry, Arya is strangulated from all sides. Meanwhile in Delhi, 4 college girls, fed-up with the canteen food, hire a cook. While they expect an old, typically professional person, they are in for a great surprise that leaves them sweetly shocked. But the surprise is short lived after a beautiful transgender arrives at their bungalow revealing secrets that baffle them. Unfortunately the lives of the 4 girls become a nightmare along with that of the transgender. Did Arya arrest the main perpetrator behind all the crimes? What dangers did the Transgender bring to the girls? Did they survive the deadly situation they were pushed into? What price did Arya pay to win?


*No spoilers*

The Aravan Head is a well written thriller with amazing plot, well crafted characters and detailed description. Well, it’s not just a thriller themed book, it has much more in it. There are drama, action, love and what not? While reading you will feel like it is something like a south indian movie and you would imagine the scenes.

This book deals with various issues that people face here in India that includes corrupt political system, acceptance of LGBTQIA community people, smuggling, trafficking etc.

Title – “The Aravan Head”, the title itself is interesting and creates a curiosity inside to know what the title is all about. What would be the story? (I’m not going to give any hint :p)

Cover – Umm..All I can say about cover is, it could have been better. I mean it’s good but per my opinion it’s just okay okay type.

It’s totally an unpredictable kind of story which means you can’t just predict what will happen in the next scene.

Author Arvind has done a commendable job in describing the crime scenes using apt words and full justice to all the the characters in the story.

P.S. – This book was best thriller book written by an Indian author that I’ve ever read.

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Rafflesia: The Banished Princess by Gautam~ Book Review

Title – Rafflesia: The Banished Princess

Author– Gautam

Publisher– Leadstart Publishing

Number of pages– 397 (quite thick)

Price – 265 INR


The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place.

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of
Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!”


*Rafflesia the Banished Princess is Author’s debut book.*

To be honest, at first I thought it would be some fantasy genre book as the cover says it all but no! I was wrong and if you too are thinking that the story would be some fantasy related then let me burst the bubble. It’s not a fantasy related book. It’s more of a family related one. Totally different from what you would imagine it to be. 

The story is about Appu’s ( that is Apurva Sharma) journey, about the struggles he faces, about his professional life, family and love life. The story oscillates between his present and past life. An intense story which can make you cry at times. 


Title is something that is totally a turn off for me. I mean Rafflesia the banished princess was actually one of the two books that has been given to him by his grandfather that he cherishes a lot.


Okay Okay types. It could have been much better.


Characterisation has been done brilliantly too but I couldn’t relate with the character of Appu’s for he is very reserve kind of person who keeps everything to himself. 

Writing style

It’s something which can be said as better than the story. The language and the writing style is commendable. Simple yet amazing.

Overall it’s a kind of book that gives us sad vibes also it’s a slow kind of read because you would feel that the story has been dragged a bit after 150-200 pages. I would recommend it to the readers who look for intense and slow paced read. 

I rate it 3 out 5 stars.

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Parrot Under the Pine Tree by Surendra Pratap Singh ~ Book Review

Title – Parrot Under the Pine Tree

Author – Surendra Pratap Singh

Publisher – Invincible Publishers

Number of pages – 252

Price – 240 INR



​Parrot under the Pine Tree is the powerful expression of love. In the girl’s heart; it’s subtle, sublime and eternal. But in the boy’s heart; it’s earthy, insecure and restless. The anxiety brings the two young hearts close. In the clean and tranquil environs of Kausani, Vedanta inadvertently meets Saranga under bizarre circumstances and both fall in love with each other. But Alas! Their happiness doesn’t last long. On one fateful night of temptation, the storm that blows up not only consumes his heart and soul, but also shreds that of Saranga into pieces. On insistence of her grandma Saranga agrees to give a second chance to a repentant Vedanta. But misgivings remain in her heart. Will Kausani rework the magic again between the estranged couple?


Parrot Under the Pine Tree is basically a story about love and heartbreak.

The story revolves around two young people (protagonists) Vedanta and Saranga where Vedanta comes to a beautiful village, Kausani, in a hilly region and his path crosses with that of Saranga and as usual what happens in a typical love story happened here too, they fell in love. Later they got married and a year later gave birth to a child and named him Dhruv.
Everything was going perfect until one day Vedanta was found cheating on his wife, Saranga.
He felt guilty of what he had done and wanted his wife back but she wasn’t ready to forgive, to give him a second chance.

The description is something that I liked the most. The author had done a commendable job when it comes to the description. And here if I talk about the cover and the title of the book, the cover is something that can be called as soothing. I mean it’s beautiful indeed and title is something unique, I mean unique in the sense like most of the love stories has this cliché kind of titles starts with “the guy/boy, the girl” but also it remain unjustified. The cover and the title  together was something that first attracted me towards the book but the story left me disappointed as it has nothing new to offer.

Ratings – (2/5)

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