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

Blurb

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?

Review

*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

Blurb

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!”

Review 

*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

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.

Cover

Okay Okay types. It could have been much better.

Characterisation

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

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Blurb

​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?

Review

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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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

*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

Title– 37+ Grace Mark37+ Grace Marks

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।