Hangover – by Shilpi

 

 

BLURB –

Sneha, a beautiful young woman, was too rigid to fall in love. When he gave a knock at the locked doors of her heart that were meant to keep any man from entering her life, she resisted in opening it.

Love entered her life when she fell for Vikrant. However, life took a different turn and they parted ways. After being married to different people for a long term, they realise they are still in love with each other. There is no infidelity or cheating here, but only love.

Hangover attempts to redefine love, and in the process, make you realise that love has no definition, that it is boundless.

 

REVIEW –

Starting of with the cover it looks like a girl who is contemplating. The story is a typical love story between two and how they do not stay together. The title of the story keeps on repeating over and again in the book. Hangover of each others love even after a span of long time. The main characters are sneha and vicky.The story revolves around their college life and how they keep getting away. How love rises and keeps moving them closer. The narration is from sneha’s point of life. Hinglish is used in the book. Hindi shayari is also there which adds to the beauty. Sneha’s past and present keeps on narrating. characterization was alright. What  you will dislike is the spelling mistakes. English which was very simple and childish at times. The book looked promising but did not quite stay to the word. Alot of changes could have been made. A Short read with simple story line.

overall – 3/5

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Hacklyf by Vijay Poudel

 

 

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BLURB –

Hacklyf is an honest attempt to help people who want to live an exceptional life but is clueless amidst all the chaos. It`s an unchallenged fact that “Motivation never lasts”, and that is where this book will come in handy. It will provide you with continuous motivation through simple reasoning. A mélange of stories inspired by real-life events and short write-ups which will leave you inspired. There are plenty of activities dispersed throughout the book to help you grasp the ideologies and methodologies better. The writing is simple, crisp and enjoyable even for those who aren’t an avid reader. Unveil it and let it transform you.

 

REVIEW –

New year. New start. This book gives you just the right inspiration you need.

It is a book that needs to be read whenever you feel low. It gives you a energized feeling right from the cover itself. You will really love the way the author has narrated it and there are little quotes present at the end of the every chapter which can be used as a take away or gist that can be referred again and over.

The little questionairres help you priortize and focus on your goals or where one is going wrong. It is a short read which will help you in many ways . You will definitely use alot of the things in your life too. The book is written in easy english so that more people can relate well to it. The way all the incidences are put up help you relate well to the author and not feel alone too.  This book is a compact self help book like a journal and a friend which will guide you through life and help you grow much more stronger.

This book will surely give you hopes and hacks about life from one to another. definitely worth it.

overall -4/5

River Rule by Ameeta Davis

 

River Rule by [Davis, Ameeta]

 

BLURB –

The jungle is closing in.
First it sends a welcoming party of parakeets.
Next, a garland of disembodied chicken parts.
Finally the tribesmen and their spears arrive demanding human trades of Avi and Una, the property developer’s firstborn grandchildren.
Twice before, the jungle tried to take Una when she took risks.
Twice Avi foiled their attempts.
This time he’s not there — yet she can feel him somewhere near.

River Rule is a dark, urban fantasy, which pivots precariously on the friendship between a boy and girl from different cultural
backgrounds. It deals with deceit and treachery, but it shows that, even when familial unconditional love is withdrawn, strength and kindness can be found elsewhere – even in a jungle

 

REVIEW –

Starting off with the cover it is simple but definitely a cover you will like. The blurb is really interesting and gets you to read the book immediately. The title gives you an idea of the book being a little about ancient or related to the tribes. The vocabulary is good and you will get to learn many new words too. The characterization is alright. The book consists of the friendship between avi and una who have to deal with alot hurdles as they are from different cultures. It is a fantasy thriller consisting of many twists and suspense. The beginning of the book makes you sad and then the story keeps on flowing.

Overall-4/5.

Icebergs in Paradise by Sayan Basak(poetry)

Icebergs in Paradise by [Basak, Sayan]

 

Blurb –

There is a relationship between the eye contacts we make and the perceptions that we create in our heads, a relationship between the sound of another’s voice and the emotions that we feel in our hearts, a relationship between our movements in space all around us and the magnetic pulls we can create between others and ourselves. All of these things (and more) make up the magic of every ordinary day and if we are able to live in this magic, to feel and to dwell in it, we will find ourselves living with magic every day. These are the white spaces in life, the spaces in between the written lines, the cracks in which the sunlight filters into. Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life, we stand and blink our eyes in the sunlight reaching unseen places, we know where to find the white spaces, we live in magic.
Icebergs in Paradise is a journey that will make you travel the entire world of emotions – starting it from joy to sadness, love to pain, fear to cheer and anger to tranquility. ”

 

Review –

Starting with the cover it is all blue in color – calm and yet destructing the way blue color is. The blurb gives you about the type of poems are present. The title is different. relating to a metaphor as per the poet. Vocabulary is amazing and you get to learn new words and imagery. Most of the poems are lenghty. Some poems take a little time to be understood. The way each poem flows- the description is beautiful. his/her both perceptions of poems are present. The theme of the poems range widely from daily observations,fights, as a person,  mental health, sky life, love and society issues. you will notice skies and ocean being used alot of times in poems which shows love for skies.

Favourite lines – into your embrace and we fade into starry skies.

Favourite poems – anguish, before autumn, rapt, as we once were.

For poetry readers this book will take you to different world of imagery and new silences.

overall – 4/5.

Ramayana: Stand Strong – by Shubha Vilas

 

 

BLURB –

The Ramayana is not a story. It’s a way of life. It’s the game of life.

Life is a constant reminder that nothing, however powerful in one season, remains unchanging. The endless cycles of change can truly us if we are unprepared to face its realities. However, we often see these changing times as problems larger than they really are. Many issues in life when perceived with fear, result in pain; but when perceived with CLARITY, result is FREEDOM.

Situations of helplessness are almost always created by our own limited imagination.

Do you have the courage to face your fears?
Stand Strong, the fourth book in Ramayana: The Game of Life series reminds us through its eternal stories — such as the tale of brothers Vali and Sugriva — that life is like a high-risk treasure hunt: one often has to walk through a maze of confusing paths while being chased by dangerously complex dilemmas to find the hidden treasure of wisdom.

 

REVIEW –

There are books that uplift you and hold you through storms , this book is one of those. Ramayana has been written over and over again but this one has a different perspective and teaching to tell us. This book keeps you hooked at all times. Starting from the cover itself it  is so calming. The blurb gives just the right amount to keep you interested. A long read yes, but really beautiful. The way it is narrated and each event is properly explained plus every page has glossary to explain all the meanings to one. It is a self help plus a story book. This book gives you so much more clarity about life and your current situations. It will make you wise and much more satified with life. Language is easy to understand. The book has alot to offer as you delve in. It is not necessary only for sprituality readers to read this book but it is made for the masses to gain wisdom and root alot more to themselves. It is a series of 4 books one can read this book directly or can even be read from the start. The plot rotates around the main characters.

overall -4/5

I Shouldn’t Have Died Like This – by Ashutosh Srivastava

 

 

BLURB –

Dreams… We thank God, after we wake up from a nightmare. And we are also the one, who curse God after we wake up from a dream in which we had all the luxuries of the world, or in which we had achieved what we really wanted to. Smile or grief comes to us, when we wake up from the dream, but when we are asleep, we live in the dream, as we are… Dreams take us to a land filled with imagination; imagination which is by our conscious and subconscious mind. Name, Fame, Money, Honey… that’s it. That’s all we want! Isn’t it? What if you die in your dream? What if you didn’t go to hell or to heaven, because when your deeds got tallied, you didn’t fit in, for any of them? What if you attain enlightment in your dream? What then? Nothing! It will also come to an end, just like every other dream does; leaving you behind with just a story… a story, which can teach you something..

 

REVIEW –

The cover is a bit trippy. Showing adventures and misadventures. The blurb is crisp doesn’t give away the story. The title goes along well. The story revolves from the perspective of the person who is dead due to unfortunate events and is living in the afterlife somewhere between dreams. What you will really enjoy is the imagination, naming of the objects (likw ru, shrota) and how different it is than the other usual stories one reads. The language is simple and easy to underdstand. how he meets different people there. What if everything is a dream, what if we could change everything. Language is easy to understand. Plot is something with a really unique twist and has a sequel as well. Really amazing work.

overall -3.5/5.

When Opposites Meet by Sachin Garg

 

 

 

BLURB –

What happens when opposites meet? When two completely different people find themselves drawn to each other? Can they really find happiness together? Can wheelchair-bound Ritwika find a chord that connects her to national-level athlete Chetan? Will Aditi’s irrepressible cheerfulness restart Jayant’s life, put on indefinite pause since his parents’ death? Does Indu, happily divorced, rediscover her faith in love with the reclusive Lokesh? When Opposites Meet is the story of three unlikely couples and the differences between them. It’s the story of love, and the possibility of finding it in the most unlikely of places

 

REVIEW –

Cover depicts it is a love story. The cover is simple. The title really meets all the story that keeps cooking inside the book. Limited characters are there in the book. Each one is different ,each one is beautiful in their own way. The story revolves around love. Characterization could be done better. The chapters leave you confused with the characters in the start clarity comes in soon. The start is really strong, relatable and keeps you hooked to the book.

language is simple and easy to understand. The plot is how opposite souls attract and live in peace later after all the mess settles down. How concidence takes place and life sets up.

Ritwika and chetan keep going away but coming back for each other. They both suffer from a genetic disease and that is what brings them close and fall in love.

Jayant falls for aditi who has a weird obsession with gulping down objects. somehow with how silent he is and aditi being all bubbly. he finds his solace in her.

ritwika and lokesh find their love brewing too.

This book is deifnitely once a read.

overall – 3/5