Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Five Shields :The Lost Souls by Ilan Dvir, Joseph Fackenhiem (Translator)


The Five Shields :The Lost SoulsThe Five Shields :The Lost Souls by Ilan Dvir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantasy as a genre has enthralled us since time immemorial. This is liked by children and adults alike. Fight between light and dark forces is also eternal.

Jess, May, Johnny, Rose and Kiyoshi have a secret. On their 13th birthday they come to know that they possess shields with gems in them. They are the soldiers of light forces against the darkness. They are set on a journey to find a scroll and set free the persons of light.

It is a thrilling ride. The book kept me hooked and I liked the fantastic elements. Though the story is same as told countless times it is still enjoyable. I liked the chemistry between the five. This is book one and I hope Ilan Dvir writes next instalment and the book ended with a hint of further books.


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Friday, 20 October 2017

Devil's Bride by K. G. Isaac


Devil's BrideDevil's Bride by K. G. Isaac
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Devil is real or just a figment of our imagination. If there is a god there must be a devil. Because plus and minus are opposite side of the same coin.

The opening of book reads “This book is dedicated to those who believe devil exists, but do not know where to find him. If you believe in devil and feel your search will end after reading it, you will be disappointed big time. I failed to understand whether Rabbi Mendel Schul is mentally disturbed or does devil possessed him. He searches a wife for devil like a fanatic and in the process destroys lives of two women.

This is sick, confused and very long book. Very boring and idiotic to say the least.



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A Universal Storm by Gershon Shevach


A Universal StormA Universal Storm by Gershon Shevach
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If we can have one nation for all religions, races and skin colour life will be great. But it requires a revolution and that means blood have to be spilled.



A reporter finds there is no power. Then he meets a person with no name but just “Engineer”. Leila is a Muslim girl from Pakistan who is rescued by Engineer from a building rubble. She is taken to Israel for treatment and she hates it. Eyal is an idealistic young man from Israel. He is not impressed by Zionism. Eyal and Leila meets in picturesque Manali, Himalayan foothills of India. They plan for something g drastic.

The book has some interesting idea. But it read more like a disjointed stories which have no plot. It was more of a non- fiction feel. The characters are flat and you don’t feel anything for them. There is no purpose either and it ended as abruptly as it started.


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Just A Few Lies by Sandeep Sharma


Just A Few LiesJust A Few Lies by Sandeep Sharma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mind is complicated machine. It can lead us to believe things which may or may not be there. Love, guilt, crime of passion and stealing away someone’s love may lead to losing one’s mind.

Anant is a popular writer and his friend Raman is his publisher. He feels his beautiful wife Kavya has an affair with Raman. Then enters Sagarika and Raman asks him to mentor her. Then it becomes like a love quadrilateral or a maze.

Psychological thrillers are a new hot trend. This book also has a mysterious character Alka Thakur who may be imaginary. This is many insights like about the second woman. There is always guilt and the second one gets less love. Lies are good or bad for relationship?

There are some issues also. The book is jumbled and motivations of Raman and Kavya are not clear. Sagarika is also confused it seems. Anant condition it seems affected all. As this book is told in third person but mainly from Anant point of view the result is confusing.

3/ 5 stars.



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Thursday, 19 October 2017

My Evolution: An Amazing Journey from Zero to Hero by Gili Weintraub


My Evolution: An Amazing Journey from Zero to HeroMy Evolution: An Amazing Journey from Zero to Hero by Gili Weintraub
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Life is a riddle to be solved by us or by philosophers. It is a complex and finding meaning is tough. What is the point of life? What is success? How to live life on our own terms?

The book answers these question with help of animals; rabbit, zebra, lion, salmon, crow etc. Gili answers the life biggest question in a very funny and light way. You feel that the answers were in front of you all along but you filed to see them.

Say for example Zebra. Horses are trained and subjugated. Zebra is from same family but he is never tamed. He teaches us to be free and independent; how to take our own path.

Success is not material things. It is growth within. I liked the book very much and learned few things.



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Playing with Fire (FIRE Trilogy, #1) by Devika Fernando


Playing with Fire (FIRE Trilogy, #1)Playing with Fire by Devika Fernando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paranormal romance is a new rage. This adds another dimension and tension to stories. Otherwise love stories tend be pretty boring. Boy meets girl, they fall in love and marry. Or don’t.

The story opens with a burning house. She is fire and can’t burn. But Joshua doesn’t know this and tries to save her. Then they meet again in the library where she works. Sparks fly and attraction she feels is electric.

The story has potential and as this is book 1 story is developing. Characterization is good so is descriptions. Language is impressive. I liked the book though I don’t read paranormal. Let’s see what book 2 has in store.


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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Two Princes and a Queen by Shmuel David


Two Princes and a QueenTwo Princes and a Queen by Shmuel David
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The world has only heard about atrocities committed by Nazis on Jews. This is history lesson and we read this in terms of numbers and dates. So the real horror of situation doesn’t come out in terms of human tragedy. But through a book or movie we can see the human tragedy that the holocaust was.

Hanne is living in Yugoslavia with his family. They have to flee from there when it becomes to much a life and death struggle. They go to pre Israel in a make shift boat. What happens next?

The book is good and gives the perspective of persons who has to face this persecution first hand. I gather that this is translated from Hebrew in English and translation is good but sometimes becomes jerks. But that is understandable. You should read it if you want a human angle of those events.



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Breathing Two Worlds by Ruchira Khanna


Breathing Two WorldsBreathing Two Worlds by Ruchira Khanna
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Is it easy to settle in a foreign land? There is so much craze to go to USA or Canada or Europe to earn and settle. Indians (especially Punjabis) are crazy to go abroad and to be called NRIs. But is it all hunky dory?

Neena a Delhi girl goes abroad and meets Adan. They hit it off and when she comes back to India, she feels trapped between two cultures.

The language is lucid and crisp. This book has a message that we have to take the best of two cultures. Clash of east and west is old and both civilizations have good and bad traits. It is up to us to choose. 3.5/ 5 stars.



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Second Chance by Sandeep Jatwa


Second ChanceSecond Chance by Sandeep Jatwa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a review copy from Vinfluencers in exchange of honest review.


Life gives us many chances. But this book is about second chance. Life is a continuum. It never stops for evil as well as good persons. Do people change? Maybe.

Shekhar is a businessman whose father is paralytic. He is a selfish, nasty and ruthless person. He is totally indifferent to feelings of others. He does not believe in marriage. He needs new woman daily and does not want to be tied to one. He has a new manager Manish whose only capability is that he acts as a pimp for Shekhar. He arranges girls for him for sex. Kailash is old manager from his father’s time and he demoted him. He insults him all the time. Unnati is a nice girl in his office but he does not promote her. Hrishita is new girl in the office who is ready to sleep with him. He takes hostile over company of another businessman. Then he start receiving warnings from mysterious “City of Justice”. They warn him either to mend his ways or be ready for dire consequence. He ignores the warnings. And one fine day he meets with a fatal accidents. He is taken to this city by a mysterious person. There he sees hell and realize his folly. Then he comes back to consciousness. It may a dream or reality but it changes him completely. What happens next?


Unnati explains about “Near Death Experience” which he felt in 2 minutes when he was dead. It is felt by those who has been very near to death and they might feel extreme fear or total serenity, security or warmth. In 1975 Raymond Moody wrote a book “Life after Life”. In 1981 “International Association for Near Death study (IANDS)” was founded. Many famous people has experienced it.


The book starts off well and is written in a simple language. The description of hell is clichéd and so are many other things in the book. Shekhar character lacks development and transformation is very simplistic. He is shown as a very cruel person initially and then he becomes diametrically opposite. He even made a list of wrong deed done by him, which is very short considering his character. After the accident book became very boring. It is a one time read.


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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Flying Without Wings by Rishabh Puri


Flying Without Wings (Ravinder Singh Presents)Flying Without Wings by Rishabh Puri
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my second book by the author. First one was “Inside the Heart of Hope”. The hero has some kind of disease. Live is hard to find both for rich and for poor. Rich can never be sure whether the lover loves his money or him. And who loves a poor person?

Mili work at Chandigarh airport shop. Her brother Karan was an army man. She lives with her mother in a despondent atmosphere. Karan Singhania is a rich businessman. He has many girlfriends but no lover. Then they connect through a dating app and hit it off. What happens next?

I find this book much, much better than the first one. The editing and language is better and so is the narration. Character development of Karan and Mili is good. Their love develops steadily and it is heartening to see. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to romance readers




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Craziotic by Anika Vedh


CrazioticCraziotic by Anika Vedh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heart break or heart attack. Which is bigger killer? Earlier it used to be attack but mow heart break is a real threat. It leads to depression and suicide.

The girl in the book meets Chris at her work place. They are poles apart in personality. They fall in and then out of love. And our heroine heart breaks and she is extremely sad. There is a mystery caller also who warns her from time to time.

The book is an out and out romance. It is told in first person from point of view of the heroine. She lives in a dream world and then in a hell. This is part one of the series and many questions remain unanswered. A better editing would have been good.





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Army Girl Steals Civilian's Heart by Oswald Pereira


Army Girl Steals Civilian's HeartArmy Girl Steals Civilian's Heart by Oswald Pereira
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love in the time of communal tension and ghar vapsi. Its like fighting a herculean battle. Though the book is printed in 2017 period seems old. But the issue is evergreen. Inter religion marriages are always tricky.

Amrita Datta and Oscar Pereira are as different as chalk and cheese. She is an army officer daughter having loads of money. He is also from an erstwhile landowner family; but they were ruined due to drinking. She is an intern in the newspaper where he is a seasoned reporter. She is a hindu and he is Christian. He has a heavy drinking problem? But after he falls for her, she ask him to choose between her or booze. What do you think he chose?

The way Oscar family integrates her is commendable. She goes to church and gifts the priest “Bhagwad Gita as it is” after he gifts her a Bible. He also respects her decision and is very open.

4/ 5 stars.


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Friday, 6 October 2017

Until Sweet Death Arrives by Amnon Binyamini


Until Sweet Death ArrivesUntil Sweet Death Arrives by Amnon Binyamini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mental illness is much more devastating than physical illness. The reason is simple. Brain controls the whole body and if brain goes kaput. Whole body stops functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is especially cruel.


Nahum Patterson, happily married to Edna, is a talented journalist. He is not afraid to take on powerful people and exposes the wrong doings. He is highly regarded in the professional circles. But his life becomes pathetic due to his disease. He starts forgetting things but his enemies don’t forget.

The book is fast paced and keeps the interest going. The pace is good and the conditions of Nahum evokes sympathy.

4/ 5 stars.



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One Last Time by Anubhav Shrivastava


One Last TimeOne Last Time by Anubhav Shrivastava
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Teenage is a crucial age. You are at the cusp of childhood and young age. Your body and mind are changing. It is also important from the career perspective.

Nakul is an upper middle class spoilt brat. He goes with his grandma to Bardoli and meets Prakash. There is no modern amenity there and Prakash lives in poverty. He is unlike Nakul and Nakul learns a few things from him and in turn teaches him English. Akansha is a beautiful young achiever. She is good in studies and dance. All the boys are in awe of her and thus don’t approach her. Nakul and Akanksha become friends.

This is a story of bonding. The friendship of Nakul with these two is special. They teach him few things and in the process they also grow.

The pace is slow and plot is missing. It is a simple straight line story with no turns. The climax is also predictable.

I give the book 3/ 5 stars.



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Friday, 29 September 2017

Lean In To Relationships


About the Book:
Doubt has pivoted many a relationship across the centuries. Whether it is Othello suspicious of Desdemona or through the rise of paranoia as a trope in twentieth century writings. While paranoia naturally suggests the vulnerability of individual mind to social rhetoric, it is also the space for deep interrogation of the individual that renders him/her to paranoia. This novel presents that doubt has the potential to be a space of liberation.

Madeeha works in Jordan to rehabilitate Syrian refugees. Zehen, a political analyst from India, meets her in the US during their social impact program. He is intrigued and charmed by her, and falls deeply in love. But the world political climate, with its accompanying cultural narratives about terror and pain, infects Zehen’s mind. Zehen begins to suspect Madeeha as a possible mujahid. Will he find his truth?

Fear doesn’t devastate; it stirs the inner pot. It is a tender love story that triumphs heartbreaks and sets the foundation of deep lasting future relationships - a delightful emancipation from social intrigues and cultural constraints.



Read an Excerpt:

Zehen was experiencing sweet joy in his heart. Memories bustled in the head.

When did he first see her? Zehen searched his head madly. Orientation session? Corridor to the classroom? However, he tried, he couldn’t pinpoint the moment. A whirr of images, of moments, yet-to-be collaged. And a heart that already had a narrative, waiting to be inset.

We imagine that all romantic stories will have a sigh-worthy romantic beginning. But beginnings are when the heart awakens, when the soul remembers. A presence stills and emerges from the shadows of time.

His first memory was when she introduced herself in the class. They had gathered at Presidium University for a one-year course on Social Impact Leadership. Outside, the white fringe tree was laden with its grape-like fruits. The pine, oak and spruce waited for winter to tell the world how unchangeable they were. And the old Redwood stood proud like the institution itself. Inside, in the warm classroom, students from various cultures across the world had gathered. Icebreaker session was on and the usual round of introductions.

Introduction is a ritual. A cumbersome ritual. How does one reduce the tapestry of one’s entire existence, the colors, and the many weaves into a single palatable thread?

The Book is Free on Amazon on 29th & 30th September. Grab it here: Amazon

Anecdote

I published my first book in 2015 and my second book in early 2016. I was single at the time and using dating apps to meet other single people. I met a girl in mid-2016 who took fancy to my dating profile, especially that I am an author. After a couple of meetings, She demanded that I write about her. I jokingly told her that I am a Phoenix writer, i.e., I fall in love, get dumped, and write about my failed relationship. She broke-up with me, and still invariably pings whether I am including ‘her and our relationship’ in my upcoming book(s).

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The genesis of this book came about while I was on a cross-country train ride in the US. I met Mark who had been a successful marketing professional with considerable international marketing experience. He had travelled to all of Asia and understood the regional peculiarities.
He was later diagnosed with lung cancer. By the time, it was detected, it was stage 3. He was put under radiation and intensive chemotherapy. He went in for three other opinions. All of them agreed that the cancer was aggressive and spreading fast. He searched for the latest treatments and sought to enter clinical trials. The process lasted for two years.

In the meantime, the cancer advanced. The doctors said the cancer was incurable and he didn’t have long to live. It took him weeks of denial to come around to the truth – he didn’t have long to live.

He returned home from a long walk one evening and asked himself a crucial question: “If I am going to die, then I might as well die straight away. What is point of waiting for death to show up?”

That evening he ate well, watched a movie with his girlfriend, poured himself a rare scotch and sat at his study. It was time. He wrote out his letter – love and wishes to his family, loved ones and friends, his last wishes about funeral, information on his will, and a general note thanking all. He placed it in an envelope. He planned to kill himself early morning. He finished his scotch, brushed and went to bed.

In the middle of night, he woke up to a noise. The light was on in the study and he could hear sniffles. He walked cautiously up and there in the study, his girlfriend was holding his suicide letter and crying. He watched her as her body crumpled and sink into chair. Her face contorted in agony. In her face, he saw what was the consequence of his action. The penny dropped.

I paled and listened in horror. Mark continued, “I realized that our life is never ours. We are nothing but a bundle of emotions for the people who love us and the people we love. The meaning of life is to optimize for the happiness of such people. There’s nothing more to living.
That day on, I have been living for maximizing the happiness of my loved ones”

That’s how I stumbled on lean in to relationships; it has become my life philosophy.


About the Author 

I was born into poverty. At the time of my birth, my parents shared a one -room hut with six other family members in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Delhi.

It was a hot day in the month of March 1995. I was in standard 4th and had an examination the following day. As was regular in that locality, we didn't have electricity that day. I couldn't study or sleep properly. One of the watershed moments happened when I came back from school the next day. We had an inverter installed at home. I knew we couldn't afford an inverter. But my dad was always convinced that the way out of poverty for our family is through education. 

Despite an interest in creative writing, I chose to study a subject that society values more – Finance.  Later, I got into one of the top colleges for finance in the country. My first salary out of college (in 2007, when I was 20 years old) was higher than that of my dad's salary at the time.

When I was 24 years old, I had everything that makes one happy – loving parents, great partner, close-knit group of friends, and career path that exceeded every goal. Yet, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t sad either; but it never felt like my life. I had carefully and meticulously built that life though. Contextually, it was the safe thing to do.

Following year though, I had to deal with the loss of my 7 year old relationship and of my 5 year old job. My identity was crushed. My biggest lesson was that you can fail at what you don't want, and what you consider safe; you might as well take a chance at what you truly want.
Next year, I got my ‘ideal’ job but walked away from it. Failure had taught me to be more ambitious and audacious. I had reached a point in my life where I wanted my work to have more meaning; and to stand for something more important than myself.

I started a political consulting company to maneuver social ascendance of marginalized communities by equalizing access to political capital.  I primarily did topical research for MPs for their debates in the parliament and on TV shows.  Partial project list includes:

1.   Providing 108 rape survivors with medical, legal, financial, and social support over six months through one of my client's NGO
2.   Getting amendments passed in the communal violence bill that tackle systemic bias towards Muslims
3.   Helping three social entrepreneurs raise a combined total of INR 43 lakhs from their MP for community initiatives

Along with running my own company, I focused on my passion for writing and traveling as well.  I solo travelled to all seven wonders of the world, and did two-cross country trips by train in India and in the US.  I have also written and published three fiction novels.






Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Magic & Survival (From Siberia with Love #4) by Ilana Cohen


Magic & Survival (From Siberia with Love #4)Magic & Survival by Ilana Cohen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is part IV of a series. This is called (something) and survival series. This novel is Magic and Survival (part IV).

Alex is a scientist also. He is working in top university in Russia and as always there is no dearth of beautiful woman. HE meets Julia, his future wife there. He wore suit twice and one occasion was his wedding. Coincidentally Edith son’s name is also Alex. He is busy I his own life. Her daughter Ruth is working for Army and living with his boyfriend. So that leaves Edith alone. So she gives Alex ultimatum. Come to me fully or end it. What will he do and how will Julia react?

The two air hostesses give useful tips to Alex to woo woman. Here are these six rules in brief;

1. Never chase woman.
2. Not interested, keep her away and vice versa.
3. Always choose woman older than you.
4. To get rid look her down.
5. Avoid pregnancy.
6. Never give her any presents.

To know more about these rules read the book.

Again the book has no character development. Alex character is inconsistent. I thought Ilana will explain but no. Their business end badly. And the climax is sudden and a lot is left unexplained.


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Charm & Survival (book III) by Ilana Cohen


Charm & SurvivalCharm & Survival by Ilana Cohen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is part III of a series. This is called (something) and survival series. This novel is Charm and Survival (part III).

Alex meets with an accident on a way to his another lover. Edith takes care of him. She rues the fact but she craves the incredible sex with him. Alex says that Russian men cannot be monogamous and he is capable of satisfying more than one women sexually. Edith wants him totally but has to accept that he will go back to Julia. She is not happy with the arrangement but cannot say no to incredible sex. Alex tells her the stories from Siberia.

The pace of book is erratic. It moves back and forth between Israel and Siberia. Alex tells so many stories. They have no connection and it seems that they are of different persons. Alex has multiple personality disorder it seems. No details of business dealings are given.

Book is long and protracted and has no plot whatsoever. It read like a documentary on Siberia. There is zero character development and Alex character is totally hay wire.


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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Mystery & Survival (From Siberia with Love Book 2) by Ilana Cohen


Mystery & Survival (From Siberia with Love Book 2)Mystery & Survival by Ilana Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is part II of a series. This is called (something) and survival series. This novel is Mystery and Survival (part II).

Edith is a widow who is living with her mother in law and two kids. She starts affair with Alex and they have passionate sex. But is it a good idea to be a business partner of your extramarital lover? Alex pitches her a business proposal. He says that Siberian wood of top quality and they can sell it here and get commission. She laps up the proposal and they start the business. Alex’s wife Julia and Edith becomes partner in the firm. Story moves in the flash back and we get t know about difficult child hood of Alex. He is not very bright but was hardworking and survived harsh Siberia. He gets a degree also and have sex with air hostesses.

Some witty one liner are:
1. Israeli tax authority was much more forgiving of self employed people than it was for salried employees.
2. Behind every successful career woman, there is a man who is not her husband.

One interesting revelation of the book is that Julia knows about the affair and accepts it. She doesn’t see Edith as a competition.

The pace of book is better than the first one. Still pace is slow. I have a feeling that the business dealings are heading for a bitter end. We will find out in the book 3 hopefully.






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From Siberia With Love: A Women's Fiction Novel by Ilana Cohen


From Siberia With Love: A Women's Fiction NovelFrom Siberia With Love: A Women's Fiction Novel by Ilana Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am getting books from Israel and find that they have different flavour. They are unlike Indian or American books. This book is part I of a series. This is called (something) and survival series. This novel is Joy and Survival (part I).

Edith is a widow who is living with her mother in law and two kids. He yearns for male company which is evident from the fact that she feels attracted for married men. First it is Dr Janusz Zuriel who is older than her. Then after 10 years she meets Alex. He emigrated from Siberia and is a hunk. They start and affair have passionate sex.

One passage from the book which I liked:

“An affair with a married man is much like Swarovski jewellery. It is like a dream—beautiful, shiny, and pleasing to the heart of a woman. But eventually, it turns out to be unreal. Edith fell in love with the renowned doctor, a man filled with charisma. It was the first time she’d fallen in love outside of her marriage, and she didn’t do a single thing to stop it. The two became close friends and sought ways to spend time together.”

The book has its moments but they are few and far between. The story is dull. The pace is snail’s. Still it gave knowledge about Siberia.

“There is no such thing as an ugly woman. However, there is such a thing as not enough vodka,” was the motto of the Russian soldiers, the great liberators of Eastern Europe.
Two months of summer in Siberia are the equivalent of four months of summer in another place, where the natural order of nights and days takes place. After two months of negligible nights, the weather rapidly changes. Frost covers the greenery. The grass and shrubbery freeze overnight and are preserved beneath a layer of ice, fresh and green, just like frozen foods kept cooked or fresh in the freezer.

The motives of Edith are clear. I have sympathy with her and can understand why she entered into affair with married man. By the way Alex doesn’t seem too reliable either. Still she loves him and loves the sex. I feel she is entitled for fun in life and her life continues even after her husband’s death. I somehow liked the book despite slow pace. I will continue with the series. More reviews once I finish more books of the series.






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The Royal Roommate by P.G. Van


The Royal RoommateThe Royal Roommate by P.G. Van
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Life of royalty is not always a bed of roses. We find that they get everything easy. They are born with a silver spoon in mouth and live comfortably till death. But is it the case?

Amy is a happy go lucky girl living peacefully and pursuing her law degree. Her life takes a 180 degree turn on the fateful day when she helps a badly injured stranger. The stranger is a fugitive of another country. In come dashing Sid who pies on Amy due to this action of hers. He moves in as her roommate and falls in love with her the attraction is mutual and they start making out passionately. Then Sid finds out that Amy is royalty.

The book is essentially a romance of Mills and Boon variety. Some element of action and conspiracy is thrown in but central motif is romance. Chemistry between Sid and Amy is great and attraction is electric.

Some issues are apparent. The way he spies on Amy is reprehensible with total disregard to her privacy. Sid along with only one main helper takes on the enemy army. The story in last few chapters is rushed for no particular reason. It could have very well ended at their wedding and they lived happily ever after.

I give the book 3/ 5 stars.



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रूह से – रूह तक लेखक विनीत बंसल


ROOH SE ROOH TAKROOH SE ROOH TAK by Vinit K. Bansal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

मोहब्बत क्या है? ये पाने का नाम है या चुपचाप दर्द झेलने का? सच्चा प्यार किस्से कहानियो मे ही होता है. कुछ ऐसा ही वर्णन इस पुस्तक मे है.

नील एक इंजिनियरिंग कॉलेज मे प्रवेश लेता है. पहुचते ही वो एक दबंग अमीर जादे की जान बचा लेता है. रणवीर उसे अपना छोटा भाई बना लेता है. नील उसके परिवार के सदस्य की तरह हो जाता है. जैसा की कहानियो मे होता है नील को अपनी सहपाठी अदिति से प्यार हो जाता है. परंतु एक खूबसूरत मॉडेल जैसी लड़की जिया स्थिति को जटिल कर देती है. जीया, नील को प्यार करती है और रणवीर जीया को. इस सब के चलते रणवीर शराबी हो जाता है और नील व अदिति के जीवन मे भूकंप आ जाता है.

कहानी मे जिस प्रकार के किरदार है , वो काफ़ी पुराने अंदाज के है. ऐसा ७० के दशक के मूवीज़ मे होता था. एक बेहद शरीफ हीरो. प्यार मे पागल हेरोइने.एक दोस्त जो कालांतर मे विलन बन जाता है. तथा अंत मे एक पागल सुंदरी. और निखिल के रूप मे एक वफ़ादार मित्र.

कहानी मे कुछ नयापन नही है. ये सपाट चलती है तथा अंत मे प्रिडिक्टबल होने के कारण नीरस बन जाती है. कहानी इतनी नाटकीय है की आर्टिफिशियल लगती है.

इस कहानी मे इस प्रकार का प्यार है जैसा पुराने किस्से कहानियो मे होता था.

मैं इस उपन्यास को ३/ ५ स्टार्स देता हूँ.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee


The Colours of Passion: Unravelling Dark Secrets behind the LimelightThe Colours of Passion: Unravelling Dark Secrets behind the Limelight by Sourabh Mukherjee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good murder mystery is a page turner. There are many writers who excel in this genre. Yet it is very difficult to keep the identity of real culprit hidden till end. Many red herrings are to be planted and it is a cat and mouse game between author and the reader.

In the very first scene Tollywood’s (Bangla film industry) heartthrob Hiya Sen is brutally murdered. The identity of killers is no secret and they are apprehended. She recently married Manav Chauhan a business tycoon. The case is not as simple as it appears, so it is given to ACP Agni Mitra and inspector Arya. The marriage of Hiya and Manav took place after he broke up with a spoilt brat of a rich dad. There are many unanswered questions. Can Agni find out the truth?

This is the second book of Sourabh Mukherjee which I read. First one was “In the shadows of death”. I liked both. The qualities of good murder mystery as told in first para are available in this book. The investigator is intelligent, observant and persistent. Agni doesn’t come under pressure and gets to the bottom of this murky tale.

I give the book 4/ 5 stars.


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The Mahabharata Code by Karthik K.B. Rao


The Mahabharata CodeThe Mahabharata Code by Karthik K.B. Rao
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.

That is their mystery and their magic.”
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

I am tempted to open the review with these words. Mahabharata is a great book. It inspired countless authors to retell it in myriad ways. Everyone has their own interpretation. Yet we are not tired of reading it. The reason is told above.

The story is set in a far off planet. Narayan Rao, a scientist from NASA goes to a far off planet. There he meets a mystery man Vyasa. They try to recreate the great epic there. As expected Pandavas and Kauravas hate each other and come face to face in a war. Krishna is also there to guide.

The story is well written and a lot of research is done by Karthik. The Chapter of “Not required Indian” deals with the theme of caste. Srishti has some theory about it being based on deeds and not birth. They discuss it at great length in the context of Ramayan and Mahabharat. In these epics the lower castes were stopped from learning and that shows that it is based on birth.

Chapter 20 “The revelation” gives insight about the God Program. I cannot tell much as it will be spoiler.

The book is not a simple retelling of Mahabharata. The scale is large and the myths are explained in a scientific way. The dogmas of caste, superstations and blind faith are questioned. It made me think and reflect. The book is humorous and intelligent.

I give the book 4/ 5 stars.




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The Hidden Spark: Ignite The Passion For Your Amazing Life by Vikas Trivedi, SMITA AGARWAL


The Hidden Spark: Ignite The Passion For Your Amazing LifeThe Hidden Spark: Ignite The Passion For Your Amazing Life by Vikas Trivedi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

All of us want success. The world is running after success. But very few maybe 5% of world population is successful in true sense of the word. All other are just running in a rat race. It seems they are plain lucky. Or is there some formula to success?

This book tells us some time tested methods to achieve success and happiness. The book gives techniques for success and happiness. There are many approaches to this and each chapter gives a different one. These are interconnected and part of a whole. The noteworthy ones are given below:

1. The law of attraction: What we think, positive or negative, we attract.
2. The law of you: There is no problem in the world where answers are not known to your inner soul.
3. The law of echo: This is the power of spoken word.
4. Karma: Karma is a force. It has repercussions good and bad both.
5. Switch words: These are words to trigger subconscious mind.
6. Imagination therapy: It means imagining the thing you want in your life in your own beautiful world, so that you can inhabit in another world.
The book basically teaches positive thinking. It has been proven by psychologist that this thing work sometimes. Habits play an important part in our success as told in the chapter “Remove your mental Blockages”. Everyone knows of Pavlov’s dog and conditioning. Habits good and bad can make or break us. The experiment of pouring cold water on monkeys shows that negative thinking is equally powerful and can lead to inertia and ultimately doom. Visualisation plays an important role in the overall scheme of things.

There are many stories of people who benefited from these techniques and given throughout the book. If they can be successful so can anybody else.

Although the concept is nothing new and taught by countless persons from Norman Vincent Peale, Shiv Khera, Deepak Chopra, Rhonda Bryne, Paulo Coelho among many others. The author tries to give so many things in a single book. There are some printing issues and many a times there is no space between the words.

I give the book 3.5/ 5 stars.

P.S.: A word of caution. Positive thinking is good but it has limitations which is proven beyond doubt. So the techniques given in the book should be used with eyes open.



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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Mona Lisa's Secret by Phil Philips


Mona Lisa's SecretMona Lisa's Secret by Phil Philips
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Mons Lisa by Michael Angelo is the most famous painting of the world. What if the painting in the Louvre, Paris is fake.

Joey great grandfather stole the original Mona Lisa. His girlfriend Marie knows Pierre the curator of Louvre. She advises him to return the original to Paris. They fix the return with him on one condition that they return it with after a press conference. It will clear Joey’s family name. But they are double crossed by Pierre once they reach there.


It is claimed that fans of Dan Brown's, da Vinci code will love Phil Philips Mona Lisa's Secret. The story is good initially. But it is stretched too much. The plot is wafer thin. Nothing much happens and the motivations of key characters are childish. So is the tactics employed by Joey and Pierre. Pierre sidekicks though ex-military are all morons. The twist which came (in shape of a hidden code in the paining) was a case of too little too late.

I give the book 3/ 5 stars.


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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Finding The Angel by Rubina Ramesh


Finding The AngelFinding The Angel by Rubina Ramesh


The love story of a prince charming and a pretty girl next door is intriguing. As this is a modern day romance prince charming comes in a private jet and not on horse. Though he rides a horse.

Faberge the angel is a rare diamond. It is property of Aryan Ranuat the prince. Shefali works for an auction house and is called by Gitanjali Devi to catalogue the artefacts in the fort. Gitanjali Devi is friend of Kalpana who brought up Shefali. Shefali comes to fort is enamoured by Aryan’s charms. They come close briefly and then the unthinkable happens. Angel is stolen and by chance Shefali leaves fort the same time. She does not inform anyone. Aryan is furious and thinks that she did it. He goes to Bombay after her and confronts her. She denies everything of course but finds Aryan irresistable. They share a uneasy romance and what happens next? Will they recover Angel and unite or go apart?

Now a days there is a trend of showing broken, psychologically damaged characters. The best part about this book is that characters are normal human beings. Although Aryan has some trust issues due to the trapping of his father by a beautiful seductress, he is still normal. He is just cautious and rightly so. He is rich and successful and the world is full of gold diggers. He is bold, courageous, arrogant, haughty, considerate and romantic deep down. He is hesitant to commit despite his obvious love (lust is part of that) for Shefali.

Shefali is an orphan raised by Kalpana. She is dedicated to his job and highly cautious. She feels indebted to Kalpana and when the scandal threatens the firm she panics. She goes along bullying of Aryan for two pronged reasons: her love and prestige of Kalpana. She is very good at her job and that is why the bad guys feels threatened when she enters the fort.

The supporting cast is good. Gitanjali Devi is typical queen. She is magnanimous, pragmatic and caring. Her daughter and son in law are playing their part.

The romance is first rate. Rubina brought out the romantic feelings of Shefali beautifully. I am not a girl but am pretty sure that is how a young girl in love feels. Though Aryan emotions are not dealt in detail. The mystery of missing Angel and fake artefacts is not hard to decipher. But then it is a romance and not mystery.

I give the book 5/ 5 stars.

P.S. Writing a book is a tedious job and labour of love. Views in the review are personal and with full respect to the hard work put in by the author. Please like/ comment/ mark helpful the review if you feel so.

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Blurb:
All She wanted was love...
Shefali is a die-hard romantic. Having lost her parents at a very tender age, she is in search of a place which she can call home. Her passion for Art lands her a job as an art curator to the famous artifacts of the Ranaut Dynasty. When she meets the scion, Aryan Ranaut, she feels that her dream might come true until…

All He wanted was to trust…
Living the life of a modern day Prince is no easy task for the young and dashing Aryan Ranaut. Having lost his father to a rapacious woman, Aryan has severe trust issues. But upon meeting Shefali, he feels he could let down his guard. Until…

All They need is to find The Angel…
Just as Aryan realizes his love for Shefali, one of the most precious artifacts, The Angel, goes missing from the Ranaut collection. All fingers point towards Shefali—more so because she leaves the palace without telling anyone on the very night of the theft.

Finding the Angel is a story where duty clashes with love and lack of trust overrides passion. Under these circumstances, can The Angel bring the star-crossed lovers together?

About Author

Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.


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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Brahmahatya by Rajiv Mittal

Bramahatya is composed of two words meaning killing a priest (Brahman+ Hatya). Hinduism has four main Varnas (loosely translated castes) and Brahmins i.e. priests are at top of it. The act of killing a Brahman is considered utmost vile and punishment is condemnation to hell till eternity.

Ravi is an obedient son working in Dubai and his father is in India. He tries to put him in GMR, an old age home but due to one Dr Chari his father dies. Dr Chari is a Brahman and Ravi vows revenge. He enters the old age home in disguise of his father and helped by Bhawna. Bhawna is an employee of GMR and has a very sick daughter. She is alone as his husband left her due to sickness of the daughter. Will he be able to take revenge?

The book is meant for upper caste readers. Almost all main characters are depressed. So naturally the story is depressing. It is slow, boring and has no pace. Nothing happens till the end. Even the romance angle between the two is not developed.

There are many sholkas (Sanskrit verses) used. First these are written in roman and then translated into English. These slow the pace.

The plight of old is brought out well. Many old persons are living alone in India and their wards live abroad. This is a real problem and author did well to bring out this problem.

I give this book 2.5/ 5 stars.


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Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Blue House in Bishop by Sunanda J. Chatterjee


The Blue House in BishopThe Blue House in Bishop by Sunanda J. Chatterjee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book is a double bonanza. It has romance and suspense (say in 70: 30 ratio). There is the genre called cozy mystery. This book can be called cozy romantic mystery.

There are four main characters. Alisha is an Indian lady cop who has a broken heart. Sunil is a doctor who is also having his secrets. Duke is ex-military who, is retired hurt. And Jenny is a mysterious lady who claims to be wife of Sunil’s friend Todd. Alisha was in love with his senior who ditched her for a politician’s daughter. She resigns from the force. To top it she lost his brother to a drug overdose and she hates drug dealers from bottom of her heart. Duke is distraught due to a failed mission and adultery of his wife. Sunil’s mother has cancer and forces him to marry before she dies. So she arranges marriage of Sunil and Alisha. Both don’t want to marry, but it gives them a good escape. She comes with him to Bishop, a prosaic town. Duke is living with Sunil and then Jenny also joins. Who is she? What she has to hide?

The book moves at a slow but steady pace. Sunil and Alisha shares a platonic camaraderie. Instant sparks fly between Alisha and Duke. Though romance is subdued and never blossoms fully. When Jenny enters the scene element of suspense and mystery is added.

Each character has his own pains and insecurities. Alisha feels she is responsible for everyone else pain. She holds herself back and never able to commit fully to love as she is not able to trust men. Duke is damaged physically and emotionally. Duke feels the pain of betrayal by his wife and pain of not being able to save an innocent life. Sunil is not comfortable with Alisha as he loves someone else. He is desperate to make friends and approval of others. That is why he keeps sheltering people in his home. He is lonely and sad. Jenny is sacred to death.

There are few blemishes too. The pace is steady but slow. Nothing much happens till very late in the book. Also the motivation of each character is not fully clear. I explained the insecurities above but that doesn’t justify the slow pacing. Two parallel tracks of romance and thrill don’t gel properly. Almost all action takes place in the blue house. The romance portion is better scripted and the thrill part is weaker. FBI involvement, drug dealers and politician nexus seems forced and underdeveloped.

Keeping in view the pros and cons I give the book 3.5/ 5 stars.

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Blurb:

Alisha has left the Indian Police Force with a broken heart, her wish to bring criminals to justice, unfulfilled. When she agrees to be a friend's 'pretend' fiancée and travels to Bishop, California, she has no idea the decision will transform her life.

Haunted by his failed mission and failed marriage, Duke Wilcox has left the Special Forces, and an accident leaves him recovering in his friend's house in Bishop.

Alisha falls hopelessly in love with Duke, whose troubled past prevents him from opening his heart, especially in the presence of their mutual friend.

But when a mysterious woman appears with a baby, Alisha's cop instinct kicks in. Is this woman who she claims to be? Why is the FBI after her? And how is she involved with a Colombian Drug lord?


A story of loyalty, camaraderie, and love, The Blue House in Bishop is a romantic suspense that brings four strangers together in a quest for self-discovery and justice.
About Author

Freelance author, blogger, and ex-Indian Air Force physician Sunanda Joshi Chatterjee completed her graduate studies in Los Angeles, where she is a practicing pathologist. While medicine is her profession, writing is her passion. When she’s not at the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction. Her life experiences have taught her that no matter how different people are, their desires, fears, and challenges remain the same.




Her themes include romantic sagas, family dramas, immigrant experience, women’s issues, medicine, and spirituality. She loves extraordinary love stories and heartwarming tales of duty and passion. Her short stories have appeared in short-story.net and induswomanwriting.com.




She grew up in Bhilai, India, and lives in Arcadia, California with her husband and two wonderful children. In her free time, she paints, reads, sings, goes on long walks, and binge-watches TV crime dramas.




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Friday, 25 August 2017

Roller Coaster in Tehran by Y. I. LATZ


Roller Coaster in TehranRoller Coaster in Tehran by Y. I. LATZ
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When we hear spy what pops up in our mind. James Bond. Right? Or now a days Jason Bourne. Both are very hi-fi. They are cold, calculating, suave, unemotional almost robotic and ruthless. But how are real spies?

This book gives a peek into the life of a real espionage agent. Amalia Tavori has to become a Mossad agent per force due to a useless husband. She is originally a roller-coaster engineer. She is sent to Tehran, Capital of Iran to spy in the garb of an engineer. General Khudadad is a feared monster in army. She starts working for a powerful business tycoon. He has 4 beautiful daughters and a very sick son, who needs a complex heart surgery. The surgery can only be done in three western countries which have sanctions against Iran. Last option is Israel which is out of bounds. Amalia herself is a mother of 3 and feels the pain.

Iran and Israel are like India and Pakistan. Arch enemies. So the tensions are high. I read another novel by the same author ‘I am not a traitor’. This one is way better than that simply because of this very fact. Amalia is not Bond or Bourne. She is a spy who has heart. She has emotions like us. She is not fearless and cool composed like Bond. She is terrified to death while entering Iran. Rightfully so. She is not a robot. She feels for the little Ali despite being Iran her enemy country. She lose his son and is not allowed to visit Israel. Her pain is real. It also shows the ruthless world of espionage which takes a physical, meatal and emotional toll on the operatives. This is not about exotic locales and shooting from the hip. The real job is mundane, boring, slow, tedious and dangerous. I liked the book showing the real face of this covert world.

There are some inconsistencies too. She has it too easy all the time. Everything falls into place for her without her enterprise all the times. The tycoon is a big shot in the protection of Iranian secret service. Still they can not make out what she is doing. Especially after Chrisitina dies in her place and she comes to close. Then there is the track of her son’s killer which is totally outlandish. Everyone is flying across international borders with impunity.

So keeping in view the pros and cons I give the book 3.5/ 5 stars.

P.S. Writing a book is a tedious job and labour of love. Views in the review are personal and with full respect to the hard work put in by the author. Please like/ comment/ mark helpful the review if you feel so.

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Blurb:

Imagine being sent to spy on your country’s worst enemy!
Dr. Amalia Tavori is a mother of three and an expert rollercoaster engineer with a short fuse and an insatiable appetite for adventure. She is forced to join the Israeli Mossad to save her husband from economic collapse. Amalia is sent under false identity to Tehran, the capital of Israel’s worst enemy, to help the Iranians build a grandiose amusement park.
Every day could be Amalia’s last!
Roller Coaster in Tehran reveals an intimate picture of the exceedingly dangerous daily life of an Israeli spy in Tehran. Amalia knows no boundaries and has no shame. She fools both her enemies and her operators from the Mossad, working out of her own deep inner convictions.
Can Amalia complete her mission without losing her life?
When a grave disaster befalls her family in Israel, it becomes even more difficult for her to perform her secret mission. This book redefines the concepts of loyalty, betrayal, enemies, and compassion. The image of an ordinary woman emerges – one who yearns for true love but who has been forced to become larger than life itself. She is prepared to sacrifice herself for her country, but not to sacrifice her life for an existence without love.
About Author
Y. I. LATZ is a playwright, journalist-researcher, and former editor, whose specialty is writing about matters of intelligence and economics. Roller Coaster in Tehran is his second book. His first, A Woman as a Fire, was a best-seller in Israel. LATZ wrote a play based on this book that was purchased by the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv, the largest theater in Israel.



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The Light Between the Shadows by Tsukiko Spark


The Light Between the ShadowsThe Light Between the Shadows by Tsukiko Spark
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What to do with a vile person? Can he be treated (yes treated) of his malady? Being an asshole is a personality trait or mental sickness? If former is the case nothing can be done apparently but in second case it is treatable. This is the idiotic premise of this book as far as I understood.

Ben is a bid shot executive who is successful and a Casanova. He is megalomaniac. He is fond of screwing beautiful young girls. The girls who work for him also have to please him in kind. He doesn’t stick to one for long as he gets bored. So he keeps changing his assistants after some time (of course after using them physically). His friends and girl friend, Tina are also not safe from his barbs. Enters his new sexy assistant Shira and the same pattern seems to be repeated. Meanwhile a young waiter stands up to him and he demolishes him and his pride. Suddenly he found himself bound in a strange place. He is told by none other than Shira that he needs treatment. Then a kind of joke type treatment begins.

The book is pretty boring and repetitive. The whole section of his treatment is skippable. This is so outlandish and absurd that I stopped bothering about the same. It may be a metaphor of life (Shira is life and Ben is any one person on earth). Maybe. But the book is so shallow that I discounted that possibility. He is shown to be treated. Then all the convicts maybe treated. To top it all there is Stockholm syndrome also. This is an idiotic book which I totally failed to like.

I give the book 2.5/ 5 stars.

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Blurb:

Ben Brattler lives the good life at the top of the world! Ben Brattler, 29, is a handsome athlete who regularly practices Aikido (Japanese martial art). He lives the good life: lavish parties, fancy restaurants, and a dream job in his father's advertising company. The world is his oyster; nobody can resist him. Beautiful women fall at his feet, and he switches them and his personal assistants constantly.

But somebody close to him has had enough of his wild behavior...Just when Ben is scrambling to finish a work project so he can leave for a lengthy vacation, someone close to him decides to make a profound change in his behavior using a dubious, non-conventional therapeutic process. Ben wakes up in a strange place with his mind foggy, hands bound behind his back, legs cuffed, eyes blind-folded, and wearing only his Aikido pants.

Who could have done this to him? Ben goes crazy trying to figure out how he could have ended up this way. Who did this? His good friend, Fred, who wants him to learn to start making better choices? His father finally trying to discipline him? His mythical ex-girlfriend, Tina, who wants to rekindle their relationship? Somebody more sinister with ulterior motives?


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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Another's Child by Einat Danon


Another's ChildAnother's Child by Einat Danon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Life is uncertain. Anything can happen anytime and we don’t know which moment will be our last. Insurance is for money. But can it secure the future of our children.

Yael and Arik Katz are have made a pact with their friends which they never imagined will be implemented. But their friend die in an accident and they get their daughter Noa. Noa is raised in Canada and they live in Israel. They bring her to to them but she is not happy there. She tries to escape but is unsuccessful. Then Debbie the lawyer tells them that the accident might be a suicide and the insurance company may deny the compensation. What happens next?

The story is poignant. The pain of Noa who is recently orphaned is vexing. Teal and Arik don’t know how to deal with it. This book makes you to question every set norm of society : family, friends, relations etc. the writing is clear and make you feel the pain of characters. It is a good one time read though a slow sometimes. I give the book 3/ 5 stars.

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Blurb:

Imagine inheriting a child that you don’t even know!
One morning, Yael and Arik Katz are startled by a surprise inheritance: Noa, the ten-year-old daughter of Canadian friends with whom they had made a long-forgotten will-exchange agreement, is delivered to their doorstep with no warning. Why did her parents decide that she should grow up with acquaintances rather than family? How do you raise a girl you do not even know?
Secrets and lies are revealed and everything starts to get complicated
Noa does not find her place in Israel. Yael takes her back to Toronto to look for a more suitable adoptive home. The search reveals answers to questions that have not even been asked about parenthood, marital relations, love, one’s home, and the fragility of life.
Can life ever be the same again?
As Yael delves into Noa’s past to better understand her, she discovers some unflattering things about her own partner and that the connection between her family and Noa is deeper than it had seemed. These shocking revelations leave Yael with a serious dilemma about her own family relationships.

About Author

Einat Danon holds an MBA degree and a BA in marketing and communication from York University in Toronto. She works in marketing and advertising, managing clients at large advertising agencies and handling leading clients in the market.
Einat and her family have lived in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, for 13 years, on and off, where she worked as a marketing communications manager, responsible for regions of Canada and North America, for an international company. She currently lives in Israel with her husband and two children.
Another’s Child is her first novel.


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Our Start-Up by Dov Reichman


Our Start-UpOur Start-Up by Dov Reichman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As per Wikipedia a startup is

“A startup company (startup or start-up) is an entrepreneurial venture which is typically a newly emerged, fast-growing business that aims to meet a marketplace need by developing a viable business model around innovative product, service, process or a platform. A startup is usually a company such as a small business, a partnership or an organization designed to effectively develop and validate a scalable business model.”

Israel is known for enterprise. This is the story of Nir, a teenager who wants to be an entrepreneur. He has a idea to save the environment and make some money at the same time. Nano technology plays a role in it. His mother is under a lot of pressure as her job is under threat due to globalization. His father and Maayan, sister is helpful. Nir is curious and inquisitive. He is aware that his business has to compete at a global level. He along with his friends try to iron out agreements, ideas, findings etc. they woo investors from Japan and USA. Read the book to find out what is the fate of his startup.

This book has a lot of serious information in very simple and lucid language. The basis is the industrial recycling to save the environment and agriculture with lees water. The idea is good as well as the execution. Startup is a multi faceted thing. It involves technology, innovation, legalities, partnerships, financing and enterprise. This book covers all the bases and can be useful for the younger audience as a starting point. I give this book 3.5 / 5 star.

P.S. Writing a book is a tedious job and labour of love. Views in the review are personal and with full respect to the hard work put in by the author. Please like/ comment/ mark helpful the review if you feel so.

Where to buy:

https://www.amazon.com/Our-Start-Up-D...

Blurb:

Nir has a great idea. But will it work? Middle school student, Nir Carmelli, dreams of conquering the world with his idea for an innovative new product. Although aware of the difficulties, Nir decides to advance the idea, even if it does not become a product or profitable business. Group members of the start-up are required to show daring, original thought, and creativity. They meet industrialists from Japan, investors from America, as well as scientists and professionals from a range of fields working in the field of high tech.

Not only off the ground... but soaring! His classmate, Anna, gets involved in the project, creating a friendship between the two and even first love. Together, the young inventors learn many practical lessons about what it takes to develop a successful start-up. Their story, written in a contemporary style, is full of humour as it navigates the ups and downs between success and failure and introduces the reader to the challenging world of business.

From the Author

The main motive for writing the plot of the story was to bring children, adolescents, and their parents closer to world of start-ups: understanding the uncertainty that accompanies the entrepreneurs and becoming familiar with the terms that children hear concerning the technological and business challenges faced by start-up companies.
The plot of the book also combines values of entrepreneurship and contribution to the community.



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The Three Psychos by Yash Pawaskar


The Three PsychosThe Three Psychos by Yash Pawaskar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.”
― C.G. Jung

How apt these words are for the book. The mind is a dangerous master and good servant. It will make one do all the non sense and dangerous things. It can be tamed though with practice and will. Easier said than done but, at the same time difficult but not impossible. Out of three, 2 of the stories prove this and one shows how mind is a beast.

The book is a psychological thriller and has three stories. Let’s see one by one:

1. DE22912: The story is as unusual as the name itself. Alex is a millionaire who is trapped in a box. He remembers scenes from his past and each incident has some relation with a mysterious number DE22912. What does it mean? Will Alex ever come out of the box?

2. Patient number 9: An amnesic person is brought to the mental hospital. He has no recollection of his past. Not even his name. So he is called patient no 9 (9 is his cell no). He sees a mysterious blue creature which may be an alien, named Shahenshah. This creature is a Bollywood fan and tells no 9 that only he can save earth from impending doom from an alien attack. Is this the product of his demented mind or reality?

3. Six bullets: Aakash is a sixteen year old offspring of a policeman. He hates bullies. What can a sick mind do which thinks it is righteous? This shows the ugly side of mental illness and sense of grandiosity.

The stories are surrealistic. These may be true or just figment of imagination of a mentally disturbed person/s. you can never be sure. But one thing is certain that if the mind is sick distinction between real and fiction blurs. These two fuse and the person becomes very dangerous as he can do anything.

At the same time the three stories are independent and have no connection whatsoever. The connection in the epilogue is tenuous. Also the stories falls in the grey area so after a point of time they start becoming repetitive and enervating.

All in all a good collection of psychological stories. I give this book 3.5 / 5 stars.


Where to buy:

http://www.amazon.in/Three-Psychos-Ya...

Blurb:

Three Thrilling Stories, One Gripping Novel. In the first tale, a naked man is trapped inside a white box. His only company: 'DE22912'. How long can he survive? The second story, 'Patient Number 9', is about a hospitalized patient who must save Earth from an alien attack by blue pig-like creatures. The countdown has just begun. In the third narrative, an angry sixteen-year-old gets hold of a loaded revolver and is determined to make use of all 'Six Bullets'. And no, it's not a toy. The three psychos are part of a connected universe, set in a novel with innovative storytelling, witty narration and an entertaining mix of thrill, humour and drama.

About the author:

Yash Pawaskar is a multi-faceted personality. He is an author, poet, reader, traveller, photography enthusiast, cricket fanatic, movie buff, music lover, and continues to discover himself and the world around. Yash holds an MBA degree and works in the Content industry. He stepped into the literary world with his much-loved debut novel ‘When We Clicked – A Twisted Love Story?’ and his short stories are a part of several anthologies. The Three Psychos is his second book. He is known for his innovative storytelling. Yash has a knack of presenting stories in an engaging manner. His writing is free-flowing, descriptive when needed, and catchy throughout. Yash has grown up on stories, be it reel or real, and focuses on creating characters that connect instantly with the audience. His stories often follow a non-linear pattern, something that makes the reading process extremely immersive. Yash’s first book ‘When We Clicked’ was a breath of fresh air in the cluttered rom-com genre. While it had a few elements of a thriller, his second novel, ‘The Three Psychos’ is a mind-boggling, roller-coaster ride and an out-and- out, gruelling psychological thriller.


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