Book review – More Things In Heaven And Earth

So I am back after a long break from blogging and back with another book review, the book is More Things in Heaven and Earth by Kiran Manral.This book deals with life,death and everything in between.Also with love,hate and everything in between.

The story is split between the current timeline and a flashback to the protagonist, Kamla’s, childhood. Kamla is a widower trying to get on with her life but her husband’s memories almost engulf her life making it impossible to live.There starts her journey to different cities before finally ending up in Goa where her ailing maternal aunt decides to leave her a fortune however with a condition. The story also talks about her chemistry with Victor who is her aunt’s step son.

The story is gripping, the climax is good (i bet i never predicted that) .I did feel the storyline was slightly dragging in the middle but it gained momentum towards the end. I particularly love the writer’s penchant for describing the surroundings and streets of the cities in great detail. Especially her description of Goa and the palatial villa which Kamla inherits is beautiful.

There is a constant hint of the unknown, afterlife and hallucinations throughout the story which all starts to make sense towards the end.The ending is sinister and left to each to decipher.The dash of noir added in the story is good and just enough.

To summarise,this is a good read to someone who is curious of life,death and the grey matter associated to them.

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Book review- Zoravar:Book One in the Bollywood Saga

This is a book written by first time author Maharsh Shah and its based on the life of fictional bollywood hero Zoravar.This is part 1 of the Bollywood Saga. It follows Zoravar’s adventures right from his adolescence to his middle age. His journey from utter poverty to a rich affluent life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, could not keep this book down for a minute after I started reading.The beauty of it is that although its about a fictional character, the timeline and events mentioned in the book are all real events that have taken place right from Partition era to the Indira Gandhi era. Also the fine subtle details and personality traits of all the Hindi film industry stars are so interesting and intriguing. I totally appreciate the effort put in by the author to research on each real artist mentioned in this book, be it directors, producers, writers or actors.

Bombay,the city of dreams, is the heart and soul of this story. The different studios referenced too in this book are such a crucial part of the storyline.

Coming to the writing, its incredibly simple yet keeps you totally engrossed to the storyline. I did find some miniscule editorial mistakes but thats trivial. I especially love some of the references made to objects and events of those years…be it the different cigarette brands or the Osho community reference. I almost believed till the end that this has to be based on a real person’s life as it was that convincing.The story also addresses the ill effects of the ‘Page3’ life of celebrities like alcoholism, drugs, infidelity, casting couch and competitive rivalry.

I am super excited for the second part and cant wait to see what happens next in the story. Maybe this can be a web series, what say Netflix?!

This is a must read especially for those who love the glitz and glamour of the world of cinema.

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Book review – The Patriots’ Legacy: Forbidden Treasure

The book ‘The Patriots Legacy: Forbidden Treasure’ is written by first time author Apurva Bhuta.The genre is fantasy fiction and I must admit the book did complete justice to the genre.

It is about these 7 young patriots who come from famous architecture and archaeological background families and who are now given the mission(should they choose to accept 😜) to find the forbidden treasure that was planted in a secret location by the famous kingdoms many many years ago! The only way to find this treasure is by solving the different clues found at different locations. This book travels through various countries infact continents in search of the ultimate treasure one clue at a time. You almost feel like you yourself are closer to the great mystery with each clue.These patriots themselves come from different backgrounds and countries and each have a somewhat unique personality. The research done by the author on each clue and each location (New wonders of the world) is really praiseworthy.

The writing is simple and easy to understand. The last 2-3 chapters personally captivated me the most, as I left very involved in the storyline.The middle portion was a bit too dragging and I feel this book could have been a smaller one (as opposed to 308 pages).Also the book starts off rather abruptly, which confused me in the beginning due to all the 7 different protagonists. But this was a clever trick by the author to intrigue us and the introduction actually comes in the 3rd chapter where things really start to make sense.

Also although I loved some of the characters,I felt there should have been more buildup on the individual characters, their personalities and their family background history.Well this seems like a series so you never know,maybe the future parts could be having more information on each character.

Well I cant wait to read the next part in this series as I really want to know how the story progresses and what their next mission would be!

This book is available on Amazon at below link-

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Book review – From An-other Land

The book ‘From An-other Land’ is written by Tanushree Ghosh and was published around Nov 2018.

This book surprised me completely from the different stories in it to the language used in the book. Its a challenging read and one you would love if you are into complex storylines. The collection of stories in this book are literally like a window into immigrant lives- the sacrifices, compromises, adjustments, happiness, depression and all those complex feelings immigrants go through in a foreign land. That feeling of wanting to gel in yet maintain one’s own beliefs and culture is a common point in most of these stories. I liked the storylines especially because all of them are relevant to modern times, whether its associated to BLM movement, LGBT community, illegal citizenship, Asian work life balance, religious tolerance etc etc

Another important aspect are the women characters,who each stood apart, bold and strong.Some women going low due to depression while others fighting their own fears and facing each new day valiantly. You may love some characters and you may grow to hate some others.

Such immigrant stories are very familiar to our own life stories, we get absorbed into each character’s emotions and realise how similar the basic framework of mankind is whether its someone in India or in US.

Coming to the language and writing style,I would call it as difficult and intriguing because sometimes its tedious to understand the parallel time lines,which is why we would need to have our full concentration on the story. I quite enjoyed the style of writing as it was not an easy breezy read…I kept having questions…and enjoyed finding their answers too in the stories. The stories are unique in their own way,each addressing different but very important social issues. These stories are important as these enlighten us on the difficulties immigrants have to go through. We should strive to be better human beings and help one another in times of need or trouble.Unity in diversity! Representation matters!

This book is available on Amazon, so go grab a copy! –

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Book review- Shadow in the mirror

‘Shadow in the mirror’ is a thriller written by Deepti Menon. Firstly I should confess that thriller and noir are my favourite genres and much to my delight this book had both.One is introduced to so many characters in this book that in the beginning you are confused where this is all going..but it starts to make perfect sense after some time. The writer describes these different characters so well that you can literally visualise them. Although I was able to predict who the perpetrator was,the reasons supporting it blew me out of my mind. This book is about our fragile minds, on how we face adversities and how we end up reacting.This book keeps you at the edge of your seat and you will find yourself wanting to just know more and more.Some characters are so beautifully sketched that you sometimes feel pity, sympathy and even anger at the same character.

This book is set mostly in Kerala and Bangalore. I love all the references to South Indian household and members. Also this book contains some very good poems too which blend so well with the story.Also the thoughts and minds of all the young vivacious women we are introduced to,be it Nita,Vinny, Kavita,Roma or Sudha. It goes to show the complex mind of each woman and her ambitions and fantasies. I liked how each woman had a stand of her own and was independent and was vocal against most society norms. This book also casts some light to one’s mental well being. Its almost like flashback scenes between varying timeperiods which all ultimately helps to solve this big mystery.

In short if you are in a mood for some paisa vasool thriller suspense novel then do give this one a shot! You can order this book on Amazon –

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Book reading challenge 2021

I’m participating in the #TBRChallenge by Blogchatter! Check it out!

So lets face it we all plan EVERY YEAR to read atleast a minimum certain number of books but it NEVER happens.

So this year I get ambitious and put it out in writing as well😂😂 However I am realistic and I go with the humble number of 20. So here wishing myself good luck on this journey!

Also I am open to book recommendations,so please go on and recommend away! Also would just like to mention my favourite genres are crime,thriller and noir!Happy reading!

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Book review- It happened in Bengaluru

This book ‘It happened in Bengaluru’ by author Absum is surely a blessing in disguise especially in recent times. We currently live in the era of WFH life.Especially those in IT would agree that work life has become way more hectic and one has almost lost the so called ‘work life balance’.

This book teaches not one but many a lesson especially to today’s stressed modern generation.Stress can come due to many reasons these days- too much work, work culture,fellow team mates,nagging management,long working hours, stringent timelines and what not. This book is a lifesaver to people who are undergoing one or more of the above mentioned pain points. The story follows the life of young and ambitious Aryan who is initially super stressed due to the disappointing work atmosphere around him and daily terminations. He has almost decided to quit it all when he comes across an angel…in this case,CB,who makes Aryan come to his senses. He arranges various mentors to guide Aryan from different walks of life. I was blown away by some of the advices provided by these mentors. Its really not rocket science but simple basic steps…Aryan slowly but surely gets more and more confident and finally reaches a zen like mode where he even inspires our author of this book. This change in Aryan from the start to the end is really his journey through various ups and downs.

Another important aspect is the importance of purpose in one’s life.This story inspires you to dig deep within you and unearth your purpose in this world. A high paying job and starting a family life does not really fulfil our purpose in life.We are often scared to make the difficult decisions of our life. We are often worried about the risks it would involve. This book is like an awakening to us…to refocus and prioritize what we wish to do. Some times we already know what we want to do but we are scared to execute.

The main part of this book is how everything is explained with reference to the beautiful game of chess. Just like in a chessboard,every person in our life has a specific role. And just like the chess pieces, every person has different characteristics.The game of Chess indeed teaches us how to maneuver our life and reach our peaceful final destination. Almost every mentor Aryan meets explain their points with reference to the game of Chess thus demonstrating their lessons in a way that is most understanding to Aryan.

My personal takeaway from this book is all the subtle learnings on how to focus on one issue at a time,how to take difficult decisions ,how to be there for near and dear ones in time of trouble,how to cope with stress. The unique way in which fiction and non fiction has been blended is this book is indeed praise worthy. So go grab a copy if you wish to be enlightened too!

How to get hold of this self help book-

Buy on Amazon – It Happened in Bengaluru


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