Saturday, 17 February 2018

Imperfect Misfits by Devanshi Sharma | Book Review


Summary:

Tiasha: I am very annoyed.
Aakaash: That’s your job, Tiasha. Good that you are doing it well.
Tiasha: And I am very serious.
Aakaash: When are you not!
Tiasha: Argh! I hate you, Aakaash.
Aakaash: Thank God for small mercies!
Just like a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes the sizzling chocolate brownie delicious, these best friends complimented each other. A chef by passion, Tiasha jumps and waves through her professional choices, while Aakaash, the witty stand-up comedian, knows exactly what he wants.
He was the tranquility which refugees crave to stay in and she was the refugee, who wanted to wander and explore. Imperfect Misfits is a story of perfect misfits, food, frolic, emotions and their endless imperfections.
The question is, will their friendship survive through this wavy journey of love?

Buffering Love by Issac John | Book Review


Summary:

Whether it's the tinsel town diva who accidentally tweets an intimate personal account, or the aspiring writer who opens a dating app in an office reception just before her interview, the characters from the world of Buffering Love cling on to their mobile phones, sometimes to crush reality and sometimes to embellish it.
Set in urban India, and replete with surprising turns, Buffering Love will delight and devastate its readers in equal measure with its 15 short stories about love and life through myriad mobile apps.

Betrayals And Paybacks by Sana Shetty | Book Review


Summary:

How far would you go to protect your loved one? Would you even condone murder?

Eight years ago Vedant Birajdar fled Tamara, a small nondescript village on the banks of the river Kaveri, after a wild night out with his best friend Jay Varma, turned disastrous.

Now he is back and Jay is dead, Misha, the love of his life is engaged to another man and his older brother, Tarun, is missing. All he is left with is a strange message Jay leaves on his answering machine, before his death.

Misha does not believe her brother, Jay, committed suicide. Yet, she has no reason to believe otherwise. Not until Vedant turns up at her doorstep, bleeding and seeking her help.

Together they have to figure out what really happened and they have to do it quick, before the body count goes up.

But can Misha trust Vedant? He had already betrayed her once before, after all.


Author:

Sana Shetty

Publisher:

Write India Publishers

Release date:

October 16th 2017


No. of Pages:

Paperback, 210 Pages


This book inevitably stopped me from doing what I had planned for the day. I had difficulty putting it down. The storyline is gripping, twists and turns that bump right back into themselves. The prologue seemed promising, full of intrigue and tension, and the anticipation of getting a good read hooked me. Concerning the plot, I thought it was solid. The story is filled with several potential suspects, and I was not completely sure who the murder was until well into the story. In my opinion it is very well written and believable.

 I enjoy the supporting characters and how they interact with each other and the main character. The author knows how to show us, rather than tell us, and he does it with such interesting characters and events. This book should come with a warning label: "Do not start reading until you're able to finish it, because it is impossible to put down." It's an easy read and keeps you interested enough to want to knock off the entire book in one sitting.

The Lucknow Cookbook by Chand Sur and Sunita Kohli | Book Review


Summary:

Lucknow’s famous Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb—a melding together of influences—is seen in its art, architecture, dance and music. But nowhere is this Tehzeeb better represented than in its food, redolent with the tastes of Turkey, Persia and Afghanistan and infused with the flavours of Sindhi, Parsi, Punjabi, Nawabi, Mughlai and British food. When Sunita Kohli’s parents, Chand and Inder Prakash Sur, first settled in Lucknow after having to leave Lahore following partition, they brought with them only the memories of home. In the Lucknow cookbook Sunita Kohli and Chand sur bring together the taste and smells of home in these 150 well-loved dishes from their kitchens and from the kitchens of family and friends. These delectable kebabs and soups, biryanis, pulao's and raitas, mutton, chicken and fish dishes, paranthas and rotis, vegetables, sweets and puddings, cocktail snacks, chutneys and pickles are a taste of the fabled Lucknowi tradition of hospitality. A celebration of the Tehzeeb of Lucknow as well as its nazaakat (elegance) the book is also a portrait of the city and its storied history.



The Shadow of Darkness by Priyanka Baranwal | Book Review


Summary:


When Maya fought two criminals one night and saved herself and her five year old daughter, Sejal, she thought the worst was over. But was it really? Or, there could be something worse than the worst? The childhood trauma that little Sejal did not deserve resulted in nightmares, trust issues and bizarre habits. Even after thirteen long years, the night continues to haunt and debilitate her senses with its magnificence, and as if it wasn't enough, an encounter with the remains of past slips her deep into a treacherous darkness.

Sejal has a loving family, a comfortable life yet disappointment is the only thing now echoing inside her. Will its shadow ever leave her side? Then we see a shining light in the dark brooding sky - Kartik. Is he the answer to her quest of peace? Will Sejal be able to find love, strong enough to fight all odds and bring her out from the darkness? Will the light of hope win over its foes?

The Shadow of Darkness holds answer to every question

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Her Master Key by Shruti Johri | Book Review


Summary:

She uncovers incredible and amusing stories from luxury hotels in India. She captures extraordinary episodes of infidelity, bigotry and brings to light the absurdity of travellers. She highlights the struggles of white-collared, blue-collared and non-collared staff to break the stereotypes around hotel professionals. While much has been written and read about star hotels in the West, the tales from India remain untold.It’s time we read these stories!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Hell! No Saints in Paradise by A.K. Asif | Book Review


Summary:

2050, New York. In the aftermath of a gruelling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani-American student, enters into an alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan, now in the grip of a brutal fundamentalist government, and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the Caliphate. To accomplish this, he must pose as a true believer. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father's inner sanctum and complete his mission? Hell! No Saints in Paradise is both biting satire and allegory that takes urban fantasy to dizzying heights.

The Legend of Kuldhara: A Historical Novel Set in Rajasthan by Malathi Ramachandran | Book Review

Summary:

Kuldhara, a village in the Rajasthan desert, perched at the edge of time. Abandoned, cursed, nearly two hundred years ago, to remain a heap of rubble and stone. It lies dreaming of its vibrant past when the streets echoed with laughter and the fields swayed green and gold. What happened one night that drove its inhabitants from their homes, never to return? Did they flee to preserve their honour, when the covetous gaze of a local lord fell on Pari, the headman’s daughter? Where did they go? How did they survive?