The One I Love by Nivedita Vedurla

Book Name- The One I Love (Billionaire Romance Forever series Book 1)

Author- Nivedita Vedurla

Format- Kindle Edition

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Blurb:

Dear Mr. Ajay Khurana,

Before I started on the cruise trip where I met you, I was uncertain about travelling by myself. You changed my outlook towards travelling, and towards life.

Despite all the wondrous changes you made in my life, I have a complaint; I can’t stand your son. He is arrogant, mannerless and a complete womanizer. Every negative adjective that I can find for him would fall short in describing who he actually is.

I am not sure why and what made him like that, but I wish you could take control of his life and train him to become a better person, someone who is respectful towards women.

Thanks,
Advika.

If you don’t believe me, you can read this book and find out why I hate him so much. However, don’t judge him by his looks, and don’t kill him. After all, he is Ajay Khurana’s son; my favourite man in the world.

Stop by and grab this book real soon. Let me know if you hate him as much as I do.

My view:

As the blurb of the book indicates, the book is the story of Advika and the one she hates, that is, Ajay Khurana’s son. Is this really hate or love disguised You need to read to find out!

This simple story has been written beautifully in an easy language which can be understood by most. The characters have been described in detail and their emotions have portrayed marvelously that it becomes easy to relate  to the emotions. The relationship between different characters have been also written in detail. It is a different kind of book and is a good read for all romantic book lovers. A definite treat!

Overall rating: 3.5/5

 

 

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The Last Love Letter by Kulpreet Yadav

Book Name- The Last Love Letter

Author- Kulpreet Yadav

Publisher- Rupa Publications

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Blurb:

CAN YOU FORGET YOUR TRUE LOVE?

Akash is devastated when his wife Nisha dies of cancer, leaving him all alone to raise their fouryear- old daughter, Sara. He finds it impossible to deal with the void in his life, and coping with the demands of being a single parent makes the situation worse. The crisis affects his professional life as well, which, too, takes an unexpected turn.

Subah is a painter who started hating men ever since she was dumped by her boyfriend for another woman. She runs an NGO that helps women whose lives have been ruined by abusive men.

When Akash meets Subah their lives change forever, but Akash is ridden with guilt as he finds himself getting closer to Subah. Can he be in love with two women at the same time? The Last Love Letter explores the contours of broken relationships and the meaning of commitment in modern India. The book discovers that love is neither about control nor surrender but a blessing that can only be experienced by listening to the heart.

My view:

‘The Last Love Letter’ by Kulpreet Yadav is a mainstream love story. It is the story of two people falling in love despite the first heated meeting. It was not your typical love at first sight  novel but one which showed that giving a second chance to love despite your past sufferings is not a bad thing.

The story is about Akash, a man who was happily married to his wife Nisha till he loses her to a disease but is still in love with her and Subah, a headstrong, independent woman painter who has no trust in men because of her previous experiences with them. The story shows how they fight with their innermost thoughts in order to know more about themselves.

The author has depicted the characters’ thought, emotions and feelings beautifully. She has succeeded in creating a world where second chance at love is proved to be a positive thing. It also portrays commitment and broken relationships and how one should overcome a major setback in life. The language used by the author is quite simple and can be understood by all. The writing style is also good and the characters have been well developed and well executed. The relationship between the different characters has been portrayed nicely and they have been kept quite realistic.  The fact that it was not the usual sappy romantic books made it a welcome change to my reading list.

Overall it was a very good read for me as I love books of romance.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Thank you WritersClub India for sending a copy of the book for an honest, unbiased opinion.

Rewind And Play by Tarun Gautam

Book Name- Rewind And Play

Author- Tarun Gautam

Publisher- TreeShade Books

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Blurb:

Raghav Diwan is living the American dream. A successful career, a comfortable and happy married life. One day, he receives an invitation to an evening get together with his college batch mates. He has not kept in touch with any of them and has no desires to meet them. But the past seems to be calling him. The past wants to reveal something to him. Will he open the door to let his past in. Will he let it change hi future. Will he press, rewind and play.

My view:

The book is about Raghav and how he continues with his life after an unexpected incident. He was living the American Dream with a successful career, a good job and a happily married life. However something happens for which he ends up being a person with no job from being thee poster boy of an electronics company. During the period of no-work-life of Raghav, an invitation comes from his college batchmates for an evening get together. Now, any other time, Raghav would not have hesitated this much to meet them despite not keeping in touch with them. But the fact that he has no job is eating away at his insides especially when his friends are probably living their lives. Yet, he goes to meet them and has a gala time with them remembering all the fun they had during their college days.

‘Rewind and Play’ is a book which reminds everyone of their college days. It consists of different stories of various people about their college experiences. It also helps people who are facing midlife crisis by telling them to look back on their previous days and see what mattered to them then. It has been written in a simple language and has an interesting writing style. The flow was well paced and was able to keep me hooked.

It was a light, good read and perfect for a weekend read. Even though there are slight editing changes required, it was a really nice read.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

 

What Mina Did by by Geeta Menon

Book Name- What Mina Did

Author- Geeta Menon

Publisher- Rupa Publications

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Blurb:

A single betrayal can cost you everything… 1998. Twenty-two-year-old Mina is moving to the US from Bangalore to begin a new life with her husband. Then there’s a horrific murder and her life is turned upside down. Mina’s best friend Neelu helps her out of the abyss.
Mina gradually leaves her past behind and settles into a new life in the US. Years later, she is forced to return to India and is confronted by the demons from her past. In her fragile mental state, she is unable to support Neelu in her time of need. Their friendship hits rock bottom. Mina goes back to the US and faces further hurdles, this time on the work front. She tries to make amends with Neelu, but their friendship ends with Neelu accusing Mina of something unimaginable related to the murder.
Something, that deep down, Mina knows is true… Will Mina redeem herself? Will the people she loves forgive her for what she did? Alternating between flashbacks and the present day, What Mina Did explores how one betrayal can have catastrophic consequences, while delving into the complex bonds that link mothers and daughters, and best friends.

My view:

The cover of the book ‘What Mina Did’ by Geeta Menon is what attracted me in the beginning. The cover itself suggests a book filled with suspense.

The plot of the book goes like this. After an extremely tragic incident, Mina moves from Bangalore to U.S. with her husband, Vijay. However years later she had to come back to India to sell her mother’s house which in turn made her face her past demons. Mina’s trauma made her suffer a lot. She had anxiety, panic attacks, hypertension, sleepless nights due to nightmares etc. Mina was hiding something which in turn was slowly killing her. On coming back to Bangalore, she got to meet with her friend Neelu again but the secret that Neelu reveals leaves Mina in a state of frenzy and shock. She wonders how she would be able to help her. But due to some unavoidable circumstance, Mina returned back to U.S. damaging her already fragile relationship with Neelu.

Even though I expected the book to be some kind of murder mystery, it was quite a different read. It was a story filled with suspense, crime, love and betrayal. It shows how a single betrayal can change your life and make you face a series of consequences. The whole plot had sounded way too interesting from the beginning and so I had to pick it up.

The language, the writing style and the character development, all has been done brilliantly by the author. The author pens down the story in a brilliantly lucid manner and makes the plot tightly packed with descriptive details. However, even though I expected the plot to be promising, it did not live upto the expectation towards the end. The climax in the end didn’t surprise me because it was somewhat predictable.

A story filled with suspense should keep the readers guessing till the end and then have a completely surprising end. But that wasn’t the case with this one. The author starts with one storyline in the beginning but midway switches to another. It’s not uncommon to do so but both the storylines should be given equal importance. I would have like it more if the author had stuck to the original storyline and not gotten sidetracked.

However, I loved the concept and the book would have been way more interesting if the author had executed the plot better.

Overall Rating: 3/5

I would like to thank Rupa Publications for sending a copy of the book my way for an honest, unbiased opinion.

 

A Bookworm’s Safe Haven

The British Council Library

For more than 60 years, The British Council Library has been the go-to place for book-lovers, students as well as professionals. Today it also attracts youngsters interested in arts, indie films, musical performances and other cultural events. The British Council Library, established in 1960, operated in the first floor of Koshy’s Parade Cafe (Koshy’s Bar and Restaurant) in St Marks Road in the beginning. Now, the library has shifted and is situated on Kasturba Cross Road, opposite Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum.

The Library has been through a major revamp and it now looks more like a cultural hub for people of all ages (which is definitely not a bad thing in Bangalore or any other place for that matter). It has been decorated in such a way that all kinds of people can utilize it’s space. From having a separate and more cozy children’s corner to displaying the new titles which have been added to the library in the front, it has made it a point to serve the people of Bangalore with precision and care.

The Children’s Space

The Children’s Books

New Arrivals to the Library displayed in the front

You may ask how the library of Bangalore is different than those in other places. It has been revamped into a place which will attract audience of all ages, especially the youngsters to enable them to get into the habit of reading from early on. It has now become a smart modern center and not just a library anymore- with interactive sessions, RFID implementation enabling an open library and providing digital access to resources to help cater to the needs of the present generation who are more addicted to mobiles than books.

The Director of South India, Janaki Pushpanathan also intimated us of the various events that are planned for their readers in the future. From different storytelling sessions to film screenings and theatre workshops, British Council Library aims to be not just a Library but a place where books and culture are appreciated. As a result, there is something for everyone there. She said, “We are trying to bring everything for everyone so that all can benefit from the library.”

I would have to say that visiting the Library with my blogger friends has been an awesome experience. Even though I had not been there before, I must say that this new look definitely suits the present generation more. It’s more cozy and comfortable with different types of spaces available for all. The British Council Library at Bangalore has become every bookworm’s safe haven.

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Numi: The Guarded Loop by Nupur Sandhu

Book Name- Numi

Author- Nupur Sandhu

Format- Kindle Edition

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Blurb:

“NUMI The Guarded Loop” takes us through the mystic, beautiful and intriguing journey of Nuha, a sensitive young girl. She has already hit the quintessential milestones of life, yet continues to look for the oasis, searching within her soulful realms for vistas unknown. Life is seldom all about the crust. It is an inexplicable amalgamation of memories, insights and the miniature droplets of self-realization we conjure on the way. The transcendence she experiences through her journey flips her back to the revered but concealed moments from lives gone by; she morphs from a jovial youngster to an enlightened soul, having inculcated the art of being in sync with the supreme Creator. Her trysts with the mystical lead her to making soul-stirring revelations. Discover how the protagonist’s life takes a 360 degree turn when she meets someone with whom she had spent 7200 life times? Experience how the experiences of her previous lifetimes imprint and control her present? Will Nuha be able to complete the puzzle of her deep-felt connection with the stranger?

My view:

‘Numi’ is the story of a girl named Nuha and her beautiful life; her past as well as the present. Even though she has everything in her life, she always thinks that something is amiss in her life. She is the girl who gets flashbacks of her past life. The story is about the spiritual journey of Nuha and how she meets Minha, her therapist. They both together try to solve Minha’s problems and together help Nuha achieve inner peace.

Thee title of the story is what attracted me in the first place. It is a unique different one. The story is one of a kind with a unique plot. It is beautiful with simple easy language which can help one finish the book quickly. Even though the language at first felt a bit higher, it gradually settles down. The characters are well-built and well-developed. It has been written in such a way that one can relate to it. The comfortable pace helps us when there is a transition between the past and the present.

I would say that this is a different  kind of read, one that is unique and reading which helps you in certain ways you won’t think of, at first.

Overall rating: 3.5/4

I would like to thank WritersClub India for sending me a copy of the book for an honest, unbiased opinion. 

Where Will Man Take Us by Atul Jalan

Book Name- Where Will Man Take Us

Author– Atul Jalan

Publisher- Penguin Random House India

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Blurb:

The first person who will live to be 150 years old has already been born.
The screen that we peer into will soon be within us.
We could soon be taking happiness pills before breakfast.
The perfect partner might need to be charged before bed.

This is a new world we are walking into. And the man who began this journey won’t be the man who ends this journey. Where Will Man Take Us? explores the changes technology is bringing about in us as a society and as a species. What will the next generation turn into, what will it be like, how will the new Adam and Eve live and love?
In this book, Atul Jalan tackles nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and genetics, seamlessly weaving the future of technology with the changing dynamics of human love, morality and ethics.

My view:

Technology has helped us in the modern days in ways one cannot even imagine. It rules our lives but just like everything has its own advantages and disadvantages, technology too has the same. While helping us in various manners, it has also been a curse to us.

Atul Jalan’s book is a mix of technology with History, Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics, Genetics, Astrology, Chemistry and Religion and talks about the pros and cons of the technology man is developing as well as improving. He has also somehow managed to make Artificial intelligence,Nanotechnology, Quantum computing, Bitcoin understandable without boring the reader; which shows his writing capability. The book is divided into five sections: The Drivers Of Change, The New Society, The Magic Of Math, The End Of Mystery and The New Man. In these five sections, the author has discussed how the advancement of science and technology affected us and where its evolution might be leading us.

The hard research work done by the author is clearly reflected in the book. His knowledge and research work has paid off and has resulted in such meticulously written book. The language used by the author too is easy and hence can be read by most. I think it is a perfect read for those who like to read scientific things. However, the book got a bit boring for me as I am not into these things but that’s just me.

Overall rating: 4/5

I would like to thank WritersClub India for sending a copy of the book my way for an honest, unbiased opinion.