Book Review: Aryavir – Guardians of Blue Lotus #1

Author: Anita Shirodkar

Genre: Mythological Fiction/Fantasy

No. of pages: 346

Publisher: The Write Place

Book Blurb:

ARYAVIR (GUARDIANS OF THE BLUE LOTUS Book 1)

Aryavir is not an ordinary prince. Heir to the throne of Kamalkund, Aryavir is a Kamal Akshi – blue-eyed and blessed by the Indivara, a divine Blue Lotus that protects his kingdom. And yet Aryavir harbours a terrible secret about his fate. His family, led by his father, King Chiraksh, is bound by its own web of intrigue and ancient promises. Continue reading

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Waterboarding: Not Your Typical Book Review

Vanakkam!

So, it’s been two months and 17 days since I wrote a blog post on my blog. Damn it! 13 more days and I might have probably lost my membership with The Chennai Bloggers Club.

Speaking of CBC, when I joined CBC a few years back, I got acquainted with a blogger named Bragadeesh Prasanna. He used to (and still does) read all my blog posts and give me feedbacks – sometimes personal and other times as comments on my blog. Every single time I write a story and leave it at “to be continued…” he makes sure to remind me about writing it. And thus started our friendship.

Now, cut this scene and couple of years later, he published his first book, 300 Days. I was one of the few people who read the first and second drafts. When the book released, I told him about how I would like to hold his book as a paperback and read it, so I can close the book and smell it as I cherish a well-written line. Continue reading

Perfect Prescription for Broken Hearts By Aparajitha Nagesh: Book Review

Hi, Folks,

Around three years back, I met Aparajitha in the book launch of the book, The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy. It was an interesting event. Aparajitha told me that she was writing a novel, and some time later, she did publish her novel.

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I was pleasantly surprised when she sent me a copy of this novel for review and reading. Well, here are my unbiased thoughts. Before that here’s a brief about the book! Continue reading

Open Eyed Meditations: A Book Review

Ha, the happiness of being back with a book review! It’s been a rocky fortnight. In fact, as you all know, it has been a rocky year, but then I am holding on tight to my hopes and dreams – that’s the most you can do when things topple. I was glad to have received this book for review right at the time I was expecting something refreshing and profound to read. Without further ado, here is the book blurb!

Open-eyed Meditations is a beautiful compilation of thoughts wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present. A true distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives, this unique self-help book uses the wisdom of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to solve your everyday problems. Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines. Continue reading

Rambles Into Sacred Realms: Journeys in Pen & Paint – A Book Review

Hi, Folks,

Today on the review table, I have:

Title: Rambles into Sacred Realms: Journeys in Pen & Paint
Author: Krish V. Krishnan
Format: Paperback
Pages: 238
Published: April 7th 2015
Publisher: Shanti Arts Publishing
ISBN: 1941830927 (ISBN13: 9781941830925)
Edition Language: English
Genre: Travel Chronicle

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My Dream Man: A Book Review

Hi, Folks,

I am being a procrastinating princess for some long. I have quite a lot of books to review, so here it goes, the first book for this month, a romance novel by Aditi Bose.

Book Blurb:

My Dream Man

Ajopa Ganguly is a girl in her twenties who lives with her parents in Delhi. Her life is fine except for one tiny problem. All publishers have rejected the manuscript that she has very painstakingly written. She believes it’s more because she is not a known celebrity rather than because the plot is not appealing enough. She is so disturbed by this that she has been baking cupcakes and embroidering handkerchiefs instead these days. This is when Aniket Verma re-enters her life. He is a professor of economics who is well known in his circle. He’s twelve years older to Ajopa. They had been good friends till a misunderstanding happened five years back.

What happens when they meet again is what the story is all about. Continue reading

Why We Love The Way We Do – Preeti Shenoy: A Book Review

Hi, folks,

This might probably be the first review of this book that you might be reading. All thanks to Preeti for sending her latest (seventh) and her first non-fiction novel, Why We Love The Way We Do to me even before its release. Before, I get into the review, here are the details of the book.

Title: Why We Love The Way We Do
Genre: Non-Fiction, Relationships
Author: Preeti Shenoy
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Westland (16 November 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9385724185
ISBN-13: 978-9385724183
Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm

Pre-order here to get free copies: Amazon.

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Written With A Cursor: A Book Review

Hi, Folks,

This is a long-pending book review of an e-book. As you all know, I neither review e-Books nor read. Yes, call me old school! But, this book is special for two reasons. Firstly, the author of this book is a really close friend and one of the best colleagues I ever had! Seriously, the office is not the same since you left (KP, don’t give a blunt reply for this in comments below). Secondly, I was an immediate reader as and when he wrote something for this book. Yes, as and when he wrote a short story or an episode he sent to our gang of friends for review, critic, and feedback (all 3 are the same, he he he). So, yeah, once when the final copy was ready, I gave it a read again. Did I like the book? Did I not? Well, read on!

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Ganga Bharani’s A Minute To Death: A Book Review

Hi, Folks,

I got hold of this book just today, and I have finished reading it in 2 hours. What’s more interesting is I am reviewing it immediately. I have 10 books lined up for review, but still I wanted to read and review this first. There are two reasons for that:
1. The book is a thriller
2. The author is my good friend.

When she asked if I would like to give an unbiased, honest review of her book, I was more than happy. I have already read her previous book Just you, me, and a secret and I liked it. It was a fresh and poignant tale. With very good hopes, I started this book. Did the author live up to my expectation?

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Sandhya Jane’s “A Second Spring…Brings New Hope” – Book Review

Hi, folks,

You guys need to sweetly forgive me for giving back-to-back reviews. These are long overdue, and I feel really guilty for making these authors wait. But again, my blog was filled with other reviews and travel series everyday 😦 I seriously need more than 24 hours. Anyway, Sandhya contacted me eons back (literally) to check if I can review her book. I was more than interested to do so as the book blurb caught my eye.

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From Where I See: Book Review

Hi, Folks,

Open any newspaper and all you see is strife, conflict and humans making life hell for other humans. Doesn’t the question ‘Why is this happening?’ creep into your mind on seeing this? Many people question the cause of all these problems but don’t really look for the answers. In his book ‘From Where I See’, author Dr. Ajay Yadav tries to delve beneath the surface and find answers to these situations that stem from the beliefs of men. 

Title: From Where I See
Author: Dr Ajay Yadav
ISBN-13: 9789382536819
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Lifi Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Number of pages:401
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Price: Rs.300

This is what I read as blurb when I selected this book for review.

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