Short not so sweet stories – Jatin Khandelwal

 

Blurb

Every story has a happy ending.”
“All’s well that ends well.”
Right? Well, what if it isn’t?
A delectable Biryani that feels a little too tangy on your palate; a son emulates his father but a little differently, eluding his tryst with destiny; a struggling artist takes a detour via a road not taken, and that makes all the difference; star-crossed lovers defy all odds to stay together and entwine as they never imagined; an unbreakable bond of friendship between two friends that leaves one of them unusually incomplete.
Short, Not So Sweet is a collection of 14 short stories that will stoke an unsettling whirlpool of emotions within you. Each story will resonate with the reader and leave a strong lingering afterimage. Are you game for a soul-stirring rollercoaster ride of words?

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Review

Not so sweet stories
Sometimes some books are just as they seem and this book is supposedly one of them.
From the moment you start reading this book author has you hooked up to it.
Be it the blurb, title and even the cover of the book.

The cover is black in colour and showing up a coffee cup which means a conversation or a gossip taking place.

The title is really apt as far as all the stories goes.

Being intrigued to the book since the start.
So the book is a collection of 14 stories. They are not related to each other.
Each story has its own element of surprise and emotion. Indeed the stories are not very long and the twists that keep happening in every story is really applauding.
You might think maybe this is how it will end but no.

What I felt is every story has a different meaning of endings as well. I felt an element of thrill and alot of emotions as well.

My favourite stories were biryani, invisible lines and metro.

The narration of the stories is on to the point without any drag to the story.

And it’s really an amazing read along with your coffee or just to spend some time with books.
Can be read by anyone due to the easy words and flow of the stories.
Overall 4/5.

 

Potpourri: stories for children by Urvashi Tandon.

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Blurb

The sea fascinates Isabelle, and Robert loves his treehouse. Anna’s adventures are exhilarating, and it is gratifying to see Prakash achieving his goals.
Save the planet!
What kind of society do we live in today?
Kids these days just won’t listen!
Potpourri attempts to address these issues by creating awareness in the pre adolescent age group who are at an age where they begin to understand and distinguish right from wrong. These short stories that integrate both fantasy and reality, manage to instil values and contribute to a better tomorrow.

 

 

Review

Potpourri is a collection of 10 children stories which can be read out or given them to read. The stories are 4-5 pages long and very interactive because of the use of colourful graphics. Good imagery. Each of the ten stories have a small teaching based on our morals that we have been taught for a long time.
1) isabelle’s day at the beach: the first story teaches us the value about small things in life.
2) rohan and the talking parrot : rohan realizes what freedom is.
3) rajah and his best friend :teaches sharing is caring and about humanity.
4)anna and the buzz be: makes us realize that imagination is necessary and how happiness is important.
5)prakash wins a prize : teaches that dedication and health is very important.
6) sheru does a good turn :dogs are our best of friends.
7) a memorable vacation : how journeys have a vague route and could end up in different things.
8) the classroom disaster:how kindness saves the day and also how to learn from mistakes and bullying doesn’t lead you anywhere.
9) deepak gets rewarded :honesty is the best policy
10) uma gets lost at the farm :beauty of nature.

I loved the imagination and simple words. The graphics go along well with the words.
A great book.

James allen – Be your own sunshine.

 

BLURB

Be your own sunshine is a collection of four works by James Allen that sum up the Hows, Whys and Whats of Taming the mind and its infinite energies, of channelizing the power of positive thinking, and striking a balance between the inner world of our thoughts as against the outer world of action. As a man Thinketh maps out the way in which our thoughts can affect our physical, mental, emotional and social health. It also discusses ways in which we can use our visions and ideas to lead us to peace of mind. From passion to peace is a step by step discussion on conquering the factors within us that hinder us from achieving success. Man: king of mind, body and circumstance aims at freeing us from the slavery of our negative and binding thoughts, enabling us to conquer our inhibitions and set our spirit free. Foundation stones to happiness and success help us lay the foundation for a stronger self, with the right balance of thoughts, speech and its implementation in action.

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Review

James allen books are famous for his thought process and the self help books. This book is also a masterpiece with some advice for the beginner’s. The cover of the book is simple and has a peaceful vibe around it. The book has self help broken down into small pieces with well formed examples that will help you relate well to it and form some solutions to you.
The author has broken down right from the very thought process to actions and where are the things that we do go wrong. How our actions and thoughts are what we need to work upon. You will find the book to be relatable and helpful. In the end there is a short foreword which can be referred back to again and over again. The simple words and examples is what sets this book to be a bit different and unique.
There are small quotes and poems too which are a great takeaway from the book.

Just a housewife – Dr.Rakesh Varma

 

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Blurb :

Barkha is a successful working woman. She is rich, beautiful and ambitious. But love eludes her.
Anjali is an intelligent, fearless and ambitious woman with a loving husband and two kids. Outwardly, her little family looks perfect but if you peer closely, her home is falling apart.
Aradhya is a submissive and dutiful wife who fears living after the death of her husband. But then, she has to protect her two little daughters from a harsh world.
What is it that these three women are looking for? Are they looking for love in their life or calm in the love, which they already have?
Just a Housewife explores the journey of three women in search of their identity, in a society constantly questioning their every move in a world that is ruthless.

 

 

 

Review

 

The cover is really colorful and vibrant showing what goes on into a women’s head or the different divergent roles. The blurb gives you an insight about how different women in different places made a good choice and changes around them. How everything around is building and falling apart.
This book really shows the power of women. The title shows its simplicity yet the power of how just being a housewife is so much more than just the title. Different roles and aspects of women have been explained.
I really loved how the book gave in a view of 21st century women.
Loved the way narration was done. A different kind of book. The plot is different.

I liked the book overall.
4/5

From Regular to Remarkable: 365 Motivational Quotes for a Positive Life by Dr Roopleen

 

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We all have experienced days when things get difficult and we find ourselves in a tight place. Yes, life is not always great. On the journey of life, setbacks and disappointments are aplenty. Each day, you set out to fight a battle. Each day, there is more on your plate than you can handle. There are moments when you feel glum and low on energy.

When you are experiencing tough times, coming out of the negative frame of mind doesn’t come easy. The best thing to do during such times is to pep yourself up with positive words. Here are your daily words of encouragement — a collection of 365 quotes that will provide you inspiration and uplift your spirits.

Life is never going to be easy. But you must not lose faith or get discouraged by the temporary setbacks; the show must go on. No matter what happens in life, you must never stop your pursuit of success. And motivational words can take you much higher and much farther than you can think of.

 

 

REVIEW

Having read dr. Roopleens other work I had a feeling this book will also be filled with positivity and lots of energy. The cover is simple and radiates bliss. The title is simple enough and self understanding.
So the book contains different original quotes written by the author. What I really loved is it is compiled into a book so that way all the quotes are easily accessible. The quotes are divided into various categories as and what we need in life some of them being self belief, mistakes , patience, failure , hope and about life itself. I love how the quotes are simple and consists of lot of fierce energy. Loved reading it. Gave alot of hope and some more insight into my life

The Missed Beat by G.V. Subba Rao

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Everyone knew Dr. Raj Kumar, the eminent cardiologist and the founder of Get Well Hospitals. But no one knew about a dark secret he nurtured within.

And then one day, his precious daughter Dr. Sheela, gets kidnapped! Hell breaks loose as a free fall of skeletons from the past start haunting him. In this roller coaster ride can he overcome the deadly combination of the present and the future?

Yet another hard ‘heart-hitter’ from G V Subba Rao. A tale of inconceivable, sinister sequence of events with a headlong rush of excitement.

 

 

REVIEW

Once I read the blurb I was really interested to know what the story really holds. The blurb is really catchy and the title is short and relates well to the cardiologist and also as to how it takes you through a thrill and catches your mind.

The book consists of amazing thrill and twists. I really loved how the author narrated the incidents you really feel you’re going through the scenes. The first half of the book was really my favourite after that it got a little difficult to understand so yeah.

It’s a good book with emotions of revenge and nail biting turns in the story.
It’s a little medium lengthy book.
Overall 4/5

The Sinners by Sourabh Mukherjee

 

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BLURB

Vikram Oberoi is found dead in his penthouse. A few hours ago, his involvement in a sex scandal in NexGen Technologies made headlines across the world.

Who is behind the sinister conspiracy that destroyed Vikram Oberoi, the philandering India Head of NexGen? Rivals within and outside the firm? One of his many jilted lovers or the miffed wife? A mysterious conspirator laying out honey traps to sabotage his plans? Or, is it the ghost of a sinful past that continues to haunt the Oberois?

The Sinners is a fast-paced thriller with a shocking twist that unravels against the backdrop of corporate warfare, illicit relationships and ruthless seduction games.

REVIEW

The cover gives off a really game kind if a vibe along with showing of power and glory. The book is full of twists and turns. I really loved how the book changed its pace and keeps the reader glued to the story. with the blurb itself you can feel and understand how amazing is the story. I absolutely felt as if I was going through a drama movie with such thrill. The words are easy to understand. The author speaks about everything in third person. The story is gripping. there is love, revenge and so much power. All the elements are put up beautifully in the book. Cant wait to read more from the same author. The plot, narration and story all of it will leave an impact on you.
overall 4/5