05 February, 2016

Book Round up - Jan 2016

I feel January flew so quick :-) I didn't take up many reviews this month and probably I will be reviewing in this low pace even for next two months due to many things going quick in the personal front. Here is the book roundup for the first month of 2016!

Book Spotlights that I have featured in Jan 2016:

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

Here is the spotlight of this fantasy novel. 

Blurb:

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.


Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.


With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

Purchase Link: Amazon

Joyce Proell - Deadly Series

This one is a Historical romantic mystery. 

Blurb:

When Doyle Flanagan finds two strangers in his library—one dead and the other the beautiful but meddlesome Cady Delafield, his life begins to unravel as all clues point to him for the murder. As the sexual tension sizzles and Victorian conventions crumble, Cady risks job, reputation and family ties to help him clear his name. But even as his life hangs in the balance, his passion for her drives him on, but will the truth about him be the one thing to scare her away? 

Purchase Link: Amazon

The Quest for Integrity by Jaswinder Singh

This is a contemporary fiction on socio - political scenario in India.

Blurb:

A riveting tale of power, corruption, and the need for social change, The Quest for Integrity is a thought-provoking and inspiring story that illustrates the importance of dignity, morality, and social responsibility.

Purchase Link: Amazon

My Book Reviews in Jan 2016:

Partially Broken, Never destroyed by Nataisha T Hill


Here is my review of this Chicklit/ Women's fiction.
The story of a 20-year-old Kayla, her love life and lessons learned from experiences. 
My rating: 3/5

Purchase Link: Amazon

Shadow of the Dark soul by Sukhmani Gandhi

The Shadow Of The Dark Soul is the story of Zayesha who is a twenty-something journalist working in Delhi. Sensitive and compassionate she is a league apart from her contemporaries, who believe in the mantra of manufacturing or milking news. Cornered by her boss, she fights against time to work on the Nirbhaya case in order to save her job. Synchronicity plays a crucial, life- altering role in her life when a series of events make her question herself. During this phase, Zayesha comes across The Shadow of The Dark Soul, thanks to her next door neighbor. Nothing stays the same afterwards as Zayesha is made to reassess everything. 

Will she manage to finish her report on the Nirbhaya case on time? How far will she go to step from armchair activism into the realities of life? Will she win in the end? 

The questions are many, but the answers lie within The Shadow of the Dark Soul, the maiden novel of Sukhmani Gandhi, a budding Delhi based writer. 


Read my review here
My Rating: 3/5

Purchase Link: Amazon

A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Duttagupta

This romantic fiction novel is a joyous read. 

Blurb:

A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.

The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his ideals above all else. Scathing attacks at his books and a night of hide and seek from political goons leads Musafir unto a path he never liked, faraway from his ideals. He runs away and chooses the comforts of money over the travails of following one’s ideals. The hero falls.

But Tilottama, a passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever? 

My Rating: 4/5

Purchase Link: Amazon

Until next time,






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03 February, 2016

Thirst by R P Channing - Book Spot Light






240+ Pages
WITH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS


About the Book:

~ Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)

Or

2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)

She chooses the latter...

~ Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices:

1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...)

Or

2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.

He chooses the latter...

It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he's always ignored.

Until now.

Genres: Young Adult Romance, Paranormal Romance, High School, Vampires, Demons, Witches, Dark Fantasy, Horror


Buy Links

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Kindle Unlimited

An Excerpt:


PROLOGUE
-1-
The Puppy Eyes

My life was perfect.

I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were...okay, and my waist...well...also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.

But then there was Jack.

Jack was a problem.

He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?

I think not!

Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.

Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that?

I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.

I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered.

“Jaaaaaaack!”

Still no answer.

“Jack!”

Jack...materialized.

His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.”

His puppy eyes became worse.

His skin was gray and, well, dead.

“Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries...

The idea excited me somewhat.

“What would you have me do, Miss Kira?”

“Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.”

“Yes, Miss Kira.”

The dead. There’s just no reasoning.

“Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could.

“I have to do something about this,” I mumbled.


-2-
The Rat


Mike knocked on the door before I had time to leave the house. Mike was the guy I thought (at the time) was perfect.

“Who is it?”

“It’s me, baby.”

Baby, urgh — I wasn’t his baby. I dated Mike because he was the quarterback, because girls are supposed to like the quarterback, because it’s just so darn perfect to be seen with the quarterback, like we’re brainwashed into thinking these things from the first romantic doll set mom buys us.

This was my previous life.

“Mike.”

“Uh-huh. Gonna let me in?”

So you can try rub me up and then complain when I don’t let you? This, dear reader, was the big problem with Mike. The second we first kissed, his hand went way too far south for me to be comfortable — and I pulled back.

Mike suddenly wasn’t so perfect.

“Uhm, I was just on my way out,” I said.

“Kira? C’mon, open the door.” He sounded upset. “Is there someone in there with you?”

Boys. As if.

I didn’t know much about love (nothing, actually) but I knew this wasn’t it.

“Uhm, now’s not the time, Mike.”

“C’mon, Kira, what’s going on?” He banged harder.

When in doubt...lie. I opened the door a crack. “There’s a dead rat in the house, Mike. Been here for days. I gotta go get some detergent and stuff to handle the stench.”

Mike stepped back. He peered through the crack of the door.

“It’s really bad,” I said.

“I’ll drive you.”

“I’m afraid the smell” — I stuck my armpit to my nose — “has found its way all over me. I’ll drive myself.”

“O — okay. Fine.” And then he grinned like he wanted something. “Later? My place?”

Urgh. “Uhm, sure...er...later. Not sure when though.”

“Six.”

I fought the urge to roll my eyes. According to girls at school, he was apparently so damn good looking — theoretically. But for me personally, he did nothing. Moved nothing. Twisted nothing. “Look, I gotta go, Mike. I gotta — ”

“Kira.” His eyes grew stern. “You’ve been avoiding me...”

Bingo! Well done contestant number one! And what have you won? A brain!

I tilted my head. “Mike, look, this...rat — I need to deal with it. We’ll talk later, okay? Bye.” I closed the door, not waiting for an answer, and peered out the peep hole. Mike hung around for a second, shoulders wide and eyes glaring straight at me through the door. Could he see me? Did he know I was looking at him?

He kicked something off the ground, and I had the distinct impression he mouthed the word Bitch before leaving. But I wasn’t sure...


-3-
The Mack


“Roll down the window, Jack.” Jack was recently dead, so he still had a smell about him. (Which only I could smell...)

I had purposely skipped breakfast. Maybe Jack would help me lose weight. I was (still am) a little wide, although it had never stopped guys flirting with me. I know how to dress.

But I could be skinnier.

Lucy Rogers was skinny. All bones and no boobs.

Charlene Carverton was a babe. Cheerleader. Big chest (which she pushed out generously with a push-up — if only guys knew). Toned thighs. Charlene only dated college boys (back then), which I still think is pretty gross for a girl her age.

“He’s not for you,” Jack said out the blue.

“Hmm?”

“This...Mike — he’s wrong for you, Miss Kira.” For all Jack’s faults (mainly, being dead), he has a good heart. Factually, probably it’s why I kept him around at first.

“You think I don’t know that?”

“Then why don’t you dump him?”

I braked at a stop sign. Looked left and right. “Because I’d look like an idiot. I flirted with him and showed interest, and one kiss later I can’t stand the sight of him.”

“So dump him.”

“It’s not that simple. Kids at school — they can be vicious. I have to let it fade slowly. If I drop the bomb on him, I’ll never hear the end of it through senior year.”

“And you care?”

Yes, I did. Forget Guantanamo, schools are rough. “You don’t understand, Jack. Maybe school was different in your day. But in mine, well, we walk through metal detectors.”

“Schools weren’t too different in my day.” I noted the sadness in his voice.

“You okay?”

“I’m dead.”

Right. “You miss...your life?”

Jack shrugged. “I like being with you, Miss Kira. And I don’t remember much of my life. I think I’m in limbo.”

“Limbo?”

“Yes, like I have some unfinished business. If only I could remember...what...it is...” He scratched his head.

“Any ideas?”

“Well, it can’t be love. If it were love, I’d be a vampire. That’s who teenage girls fall in love with these days.”

“A vampire? That’s just what I need — two undead beings stalking me.”

“I feel I have something to do around you, Miss Kira. I don’t know what, but something. Something important.”

I looked over at him. “Me?”

I was still looking at him when I missed the stop sign.

The Mack truck drove straight into us.

$20 Amazon Gift Voucher Giveaway

At the back of the book there is a giveaway link. Once the book hits fifty reviews on Amazon, one of those reviewers will win a $20 (US Dollars) Amazon Gift Voucher!

Author Bio

R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.

Author Links

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Until next time,



Ramayana - Stolen Hope - Part 3 by Shubha Vilas - [Book review]

Book Details:

Title: Ramayana - Stolen Hope - part 3

Author: Shubha Vilas

Genre: Mythology

Publisher: Jaico Publishing house

No of pages: 296

Source: A free review copy from author


Overview:

In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and trickery, the praise, the slander and above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of exiled royals.

Stolen Hope is about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they valued the most.

Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple – and the complex game of power and greed, Stolen Hope mirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them.

Seek courage when everything, including hope, is stolen. 


My Review:

I have been reading all the parts of this Ramayana series and I loved the third part too. Here are my reviews for Part 1 and Part 2.

This book covers the story of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita leading the ascetic life in Dandakaranya for thirteen years until Sita is abducted by Ravana. This part of the series covers till Rama and Lakshmana enter Kishkindha. So, we have to wait for the next part to read about the adventures of Hanuman.

I have received a signed review copy from the author in December and I was eagerly waiting to complete this book. I like the way the author provides morals which are relevant to our contemporary world. I literally sat with Pen to underline few sentences while I read this Ramayana series. A few of those:

Delay management is about understanding that some problems need not be solved now. Many problems are solved by just postponing the attempt to solve them. 

Happens, right?

Knowledge with wrong knowledge of its application is actually worse than ignorance itself.

The science to control things also brings in the desire to control people. Whereas things behave the way you want, people behave the way they want.
There are many more gems of advice from the book. 

The major advantage of Shubha Vilas's Ramayana is we can get the perspective and stories not only from Valmiki Ramayana but also from Kamba Ramayana and Tulasidas's Version. I grew up learning Valmiki Ramayana from my father and I was always amazed listening to these stories. I like every small story associated with Ramayana and I loved Agasthya muni's adventures described very well in the book. I loved learning those little less known facts like Rama never killing anyone before Sita, the origin of Tamil language, origin of Sitaphal, Curses on Ravana and his character etc., 

I wanted to know more about Sabari's life and Mandodhari, which were not covered in the book. 

Overall, a fantastic read and I would recommend this to people who doesn't know Ramayana to understand the story and morals behind it. I would also recommend this to someone who are familiar with Ramayana to learn about dharma and logic behind Rama's each action and get a different perspective on the epic.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Purchase Link:
Amazon


About the Author

Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker, motivational speaker and author of ‘Ramayana – The Game Of Life’ a 6 book series and India’s first self-help book based on the story of Ramayana.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShubhaVilas/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shubhavilas

Until next time,






PS: I have received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book.

29 January, 2016

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oohmerbhoy - Book Spot Light

Welcome to the world of fantasy.
Win Amazon gift vouchers by participating in the raffle copter giveaway at the end of the post. 

Happy Reading :-)

★.•**•.★★.•**•.★ The Avalonia Chronicles Book Tour ★.•**•.★ ★.•**•.★


About the Book:

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.


Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.


With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever. 


Book Links:

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World of Avalonia





Read an Excerpt:

Chapter 3
Kidnapped

For a second that felt like a
lifetime, everything stopped; I felt like I was floating in nothingness. Then I
blinked, and, when I finally opened my eyes and focused again through the tears,
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
I found myself standing at the
mouth of a small cave situated on a hill and overlooking a quiet, moonlit
valley. On my left, a dark forest stretched out as far as the eye could see,
treetops glistening silver in the light of the full moon. The hills around us
undulated into wildflower-filled meadows that lay sleeping in the dewy night.
Far down in the valley, I could see
a little village, its lights twinkling in the distance. To my right, a
waterfall splashed playfully into a small river that ran down into a lake, next
to which the little village was built. The moon here was fuller and larger than
I had ever seen it, and the night sky was awash with a fantastic array of
glittering stars.
Had I passed through the tapestry?
Where was I?
I looked around, disbelief clouding
my judgment. I was still trying to get my bearings after that strange moment
when I had been inside the tapestry and nowhere at the same time. It gave me a
funny feeling, as though I had been lifted out of my own consciousness and then
put back into my body.
A warm breeze brushed past my face
and played with my hair. Gone were the cloudy grey mist and the cold, nipping
wind of the English countryside. I drew in a sharp breath—the air was crisp and
clear, sweet smelling, and fresh. The moonlit valley was filled with fruit
trees, wildflowers, and rolling meadows.
“How did we come here? Where are
we?” I asked, still confused.
“You really are ignorant,” said
Oblek, glancing at me. “I take it your uncle didn’t tell you anything?”
I shook my head and looked down.
Oblek had tied my hands with a rope he had with him while I was still dazed and
looking around. It was humiliating, and the rough ropes cut into my wrists,
rubbing them raw every time he pulled me forward.
I had to find some way out of this.
And, at the moment, the only thing I could do was discover more about where I
was. Then, when I got an opportunity, I could escape and find my way back up to
the cave on the hill, where we had arrived out of the tapestry.
But then what?
Christopher was probably dead, and
Aunt Arianna would doubtless blame me for everything since I had disappeared at
the same time. I had no idea what to do. I didn’t really want to go back, and,
now that my adoptive parents were dead, I had nothing to return to.
I was starting to panic. I had
nowhere to go, and my mind was imagining an array of horrible outcomes of my
kidnapping. My palms had become sweaty, and my racing heart was thundering in
my chest as I half-walked and half-ran, desperately trying to keep up with
Oblek’s giant strides.
“Why are you doing this?” I pleaded
with my kidnapper.
But Lord Oblek said nothing. He
didn’t even look at me. He just kept walking ahead and dragging me along behind
him, with no more explanations as to what he was planning to do with me.
I was terrified, and I had no idea
if I was going to survive this. But I tried to be brave. Maybe I could talk my
way out of this?
“You do know that this is called
kidnapping?” I said, trying to reason with Oblek.
He didn’t bother to answer.
“What will happen to me now?” I
squeaked, my voice breaking, as I tried not to cry.
“Queen Morgana will decide what is
to be done with you,” said Oblek, finally.
Queen Morgana! The woman from my
dream? It was not possible that this, too, was a coincidence. It must be the
same Morgana, the one who had tried to kill my real mother.
Who the hell was she?
Suddenly all of this seemed
extremely scary. I hoped that I was still dreaming and that there was no way I
had actually traveled through a magical tapestry into some strange land. It all
seemed very exciting in books. But actually being kidnapped and then hauled
around like an animal, traveling deep into a land I knew nothing about, was not
my idea of fun.
I had to get away from this
horrible man, and fast.

About the Author:

 

For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.

When she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago, a story popped into her head she could not ignore. “I was at my grandmother’s house, and as I looked at the image of a beautiful forest with a castle in the distance on a tapestry hanging on the wall, I imagined myself being whisked away into another world,” she said. It was at that moment the world of Avalonia, with its powerful mages and fae and the evil Queen Morgana, was born. Farah Oomerbhoy’s debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, was released in the summer of 2015.


Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.

  

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28 January, 2016

Gratitude List - Jan 2016

What a great month to start this year.. More family time, More books, not hectic and interesting work in the office.

I missed writing my gratitude list for December. December was very hectic both in personal and professional life and I felt, time quickly flew away. Thank God, I am back to normal mode now.
Thanks  to Vidya Sury, You inspire me to write Gratitude post every month :-)

Here are a few things for which I am grateful in my life this month:

1. My Father's 60th birthday
I feel fortunate to celebrate this special moment. Very good family time. Soo much shopping, planning and fun time with family. We reminiced old days by creating a video(from old photos) of his journey of 60 years.

2. Book Reading
There are many books waiting for my review this month. I have pushed many book reviews from December to this month and I am very much tempted to lock myself in the room for days with minimum food and water ofcourse :p and complete reading those books. Sigh! But, things wont work in that way :-) I could complete 2 books so far and planning to complete one more by this weekend.

3. Good times ahead
I have a hunch that I am going to have great time ahead, be it an intuition or something. So, welcomed this new year with bang and planning for the coming months on how I can pursue my old hobby 'classical dance' once again. I know, I have to go through tough time practicing dance again as I have to improve my stamina as well for that.

4. New Direction
I took a new turn in my perosnal life which gave more clarity on future. Unsure how easy it is to adapt with new changes, but taking a new route this time.

5. My Family support
I am so fortunate to have my family support. Else, it would have been a difficult journey with kids and work.

Linking this to Gratitude Circle hosted by Vidya Sury. Join the circle and be grateful for every little thing and spread the Joy :-)

Also, Linking this to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne of Everydaygyaan.


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Until next time,


PS: Image courtesy: From Google images labeled for non-commercial reuse.

27 January, 2016

A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Duttagupta - [Book review]

Book Details:

Title: A thousand Unspoken words

Author: Paulami Duttagupta

Publisher: Readomania

Genre: Fiction/ Romance

No of pages: 252

Source: A free copy from the author for review




Blurb:

A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.

The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his ideals above all else. Scathing attacks at his books and a night of hide and seek from political goons leads Musafir unto a path he never liked, faraway from his ideals. He runs away and chooses the comforts of money over the travails of following one’s ideals. The hero falls.

But Tilottama, a passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?

My Review:

This is my second book by the author. I loved the first one - Ri-Homeland of Uncertainty and here is the review. 


This is the story of a famous young writer, Ridhiman who writes revolutionary books with pen name 'Musafir' and influenced many people with his writings. His books are pulped for his controversial ideologies and he escapes his death from very nearer due to his writings. This incident changes him forever and he hates his ideals and wants to run away from Musafir and make more money. But, his love interest Tilottama, an independent woman who works in the NGO run by his mother is a devoted fan of Musafir's ideologies. This is the story of Ridhiman's struggle between something he loves to do and something he has to do to earn money.

Paulami plays with words magically to create that romantic aura. I loved the subtle romance between Ridhi and Tilottama. Characterization is a major plus for this novel. Characters are very deep and novel displays different layers in a person. The character of Tilottama's father and lively Krishnakoli (Ridhi's mother), always enthusiastic Deep etc., are very naturally portrayed by the author. I got to know something about Bengali culture, cuisine to some extent through this novel :-) I loved the way the author touches upon the issues during the division of Bangladesh from India and the plights of refugees.

Mischievousness and sometimes the arrogant behaviour of hero with ego reminded me of the famous novel 'Devdas'. Tilottama with her beauty and intelligence compliments Ridhi. 

Overall, a good read, but I felt bored in the last few pages as the pace became slow. 

My Rating: 4/5

I would recommend this to everyone who love subtle romance and deep, complex characters with different layers.

About the Author

Paulami DuttaGupta is novelist and screenwriter. She shuttles between Kolkata and Shillong. She has worked as a radio artist, copy writer, journalist and a television analyst at various stages of life, having been associated with AIR Shillong, The Times of India – Guwahati Shillong Plus, ETV Bangla, The Shillong Times, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath.

As an author, her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines. A Thousand Unspoken Words is her fourth book. Paulami also writes on politics, social issues and cinema. Her articles have appeared in Swarajya, The Forthright and NElive.

Paulami is associated with cinema and her first film, Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty was awarded the National Award for the Best Khasi Film. Her second film Onaatah- of the earth is at post production stage and will release in 2016. She is currently working on her third screenplay. A short film tentatively titled ‘Patjhar’ is also in the pipeline.

Paulami is a complete foodie and is almost obsessed with watching one film every day. She also loves reading- political and social commentaries are her favourite genre. Literature classics and books on cricket are also a part of her library, apart from a huge collection of romances. Jane Austen’s fictional character Mr. Darcy is her lifelong companion. She is an ardent fan of Rahul Dravid and has been following all news about him for almost twenty years now.

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PS: I have received the book from the author in exchange of an honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book.

Joyce Proell - Deadly Series Blitz

A Mystery Novel series with Romance. Read more about these 3 books and win the e-books by entering the rafflecopter.







Historical Romantic Mystery
Date Published: 5/25/2015

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When Doyle Flanagan finds two strangers in his library—one dead and the other the beautiful but meddlesome Cady Delafield, his life begins to unravel as all clues point to him for the murder. As the sexual tension sizzles and Victorian conventions crumble, Cady risks job, reputation and family ties to help him clear his name. But even as his life hangs in the balance, his passion for her drives him on, but will the truth about him be the one thing to scare her away?







Historical Romantic Mystery
Date Published: 5/25/2015

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In 1881, the air in Chicago is rife with worker discontent, yet business titan Doyle Flanagan is hopeful for the future. He looks forward to a lifetime of peaceful bliss with Cady Delafield and leaving the wretched past behind. But his life is once again thrown into disarray when his office is vandalized and the night watchman viciously murdered. Clues lead to a powerful organized labor movement. Targeted in the press as anti-labor and with a big rally staged next door to his offices, Doyle must uncover the culprits before his wedding plans and his livelihood go up in smoke.

Plagued by memories of four brutal deaths, school director Cady Delafield is determined to drive the recent tragedies from her mind and enjoy being courted.  Although his commanding personality threatens to overshadow her, Doyle Flanagan is the most dynamic man she’s ever met. When another tragedy unfolds placing him at the center, she takes action—action that could shatter her future dreams.








Historical Romantic Mystery
Date Published: 9/27/2015

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The wedding date is set, and life is magical for Doyle Flanagan and Cady Delafield. Honor bound to repay an old debt, Doyle agrees to help an old friend find her sister. As he searches for the girl, painful memories surface, stunning Cady when she discovers facts about Doyle’s hidden past.

In spite of incredible odds, Cady and Doyle’s love has flourished. But in the midst of a life threatening accident, murder, and Doyle’s secrets, their wedding date and happiness are in jeopardy. Mired in tragedy, can they overcome the turmoil with a fateful decision that changes their future forever?







About the Author

Joyce grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. The Cady Delafield mystery series followed next with A Deadly Truth, A Burning Truth and the last, A Wicked Truth published in September, 2015. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to swim, walk and is a crossword puzzle fanatic. She and her husband live in Florida and Minnesota, in her very own little house on the prairie.

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23 January, 2016

Shadow of the dark soul by Sukhmani Gandhi - Book Review

Book Details:

Title: Shadow of the dark soul

Author: Sukhmani Gandhi

Publishers: Cypher publishers

No of Pages: 80

Source: A free review copy from the author




Blurb:

The Shadow Of The Dark Soul is the story of Zayesha who is a twenty-something journalist working in Delhi. Sensitive and compassionate she is a league apart from her contemporaries, who believe in the mantra of manufacturing or milking news. Cornered by her boss, she fights against time to work on the Nirbhaya case in order to save her job. Synchronicity plays a crucial, life- altering role in her life when a series of events make her question herself. During this phase, Zayesha comes across The Shadow of The Dark Soul, thanks to her next door neighbor. Nothing stays the same afterwards as Zayesha is made to reassess everything. Will she manage to finish her report on the Nirbhaya case on time? How far will she go to step from armchair activism into the realities of life? Will she win in the end? The questions are many, but the answers lie within The Shadow of the Dark Soul, the maiden novel of Sukhmani Gandhi, a budding Delhi based writer.


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My Review:

The story is about Zayesha, a journalist doing a research for 'Nirbhaya' case. The novel covers the series of events during her research on the case and number of questions that come to her mind after she gets associated to a team 'Shadow of the dark soul' which is formed for the benefit of rape survivors.


Prologue itself is wonderful. It covers the points on the actual society's perspective on rape victims. Author cleverly touches on other issues like LGBT and some feminist opinions.

The narration is interesting, easy to follow. But, there are many spelling and grammar mistakes, which i didn't like about the book. Editing might have been better.

We are living a secured happy life with option to study and freedom to work and live life in our own way, we see the bubble burst when someone mentions about the rapes, sexual assaults on children/ women/men. This scares us to realize about the dangerous society we are living in. Mostly we try to deny these kind of incidents and run away from these problems. We need inner courage to accept the reality and think about the support that we can give to rape survivors. Rape survivors don't need sympathy and they dont want to be called as victims. They want the society to change their perspective of treating them.

The novel ends with the quote -

"Humanity is within us. Don't search for it in other people. Be Human."
Book is very small, so it is a quick read. I felt, there is something missing in the book - how Zayesha brings about the change herself and what actually the organization 'Shadow fo the dark soul' does to rape survivors is un clear. But, I appreciate the efforts of the debutant author my wholeheartedly.

My Rating: 3/5


Until next time,



PS: Received the free copy from author in exchange of honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book.

22 January, 2016

Republic day - Q&A Post to explain kids

I had many doubts as a child on the differences between Independence day and Republic day. I questioned teachers and my parents on this and discussed with friends, but until some point of time in my life, I didn't get a clear understanding on the differences. Even now, I am thinking how I can explain Republic day to my 5-year-old. Thus, came up with a Q&A post so that it can be helpful to Parents in explaining kids in a simpler way.


Tri colours of Indian Flag


What is Republic Day?

India celebrates Republic day every year on 26th January and it signifies that India became a sovereign country on that day. 

It means, India actually implemented it's ruling power on that day. Indian constitution was formed on that day in 1950.
Our Indian Flag

What do you mean by Constitution?

India became an Independent nation in 1947 on August 15. But, Our Country needs our own set of rules, principles on which our government can run. 

So, A committee was formed to draft the constitution which was led by Dr. B R Ambedkar in 1947. This committee has drafted fundamental laws on which Government can run and the authorities and rights of both the government and its citizens. 

You will be surprised to know that our Constitution is the longest in the world!

This document has 395 articles, 22 parts and 8 schedules. Oh, Such a big book :-)

Are we following the same old constitution even now?

No way. People change, circumstances change, so some old principals and laws might not be relevant now. Constitution provides an option to make changes to these laws by amendments. These amendments can be done if 2/3 of both houses agree (Lok sabha and Rajya sabha). 

How do we celebrate Republic Day?

Our President hoists the Indian flag in Delhi on that day. Millatary parade is the main attraction. This parade showcases India's defence capability and its cultural heritage. 

Governers in their respective states hoist the Indian flag. Even in schools, colleges and Universities, people hoist the flag, salute and show respect to our nation.


Picture of Republic day parade 2015

India is celebrating its' 67th Republic day on 26th of Jan, 2016.

I wish all Indians a happy Republic day. 

Happy to be part of the bloghop #RepublicDay2016 hosted by Shruthi from ArtsyCraftsyMom. Check these links to read more on recipes, crafts, art, food and other fun activities for Children on Republic day. 


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