An Unexpected Gift by Ajay K. Pandey

 

 

 

 

BLURB :

Giving up is not an option when someone calls you mother.’

Abhay, still struggling with the grief of losing his wife, is unable to cope with his job and the care of his toddler son. So, when the mysterious Sheetal enters his life, applying for the job of looking after Ayush, he is thrilled.

All Sheetal has ever wanted, even as a child, is to be a mother. Circumstances mean that she might never be one. The almost instant bond between her and the young boy is balm to her soul and like a godsend to Abhay.

Still, something about Sheetal nags at him. She seems perfect, but why is she so reluctant to show him her identity card? What is she hiding?

What happens when Abhay finally discovers her secret? Does he stand by her side, or abandon her, as everyone before him has done? And what is the gift that she gives him, a gift that will change his life?

In An Unexpected Gift, bestselling writer Ajay K Pandey brings to us an emotionally resonant story that questions everything we believe about friendship, love and motherhood.

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One step at a time by Venkat Iyer

One Step at a Time by Venkat Iyer

One Step at a Time

One step at a time is a journey that takes place one by one. It’s a story with limited characters and how so many things revolved around so much.
The book has a deep sense of struggle and how one should over come it.

How life never really goes the way you want it to.
Somedays it just keeps spiralling down. It’s about the strength of all mental/ physical that needs to be needed mostly mental strength which will get you through tough times like these.

I loved how every character was given a sketch and it felt like a photo time line of sorts. And there were quoted to uplift.

The story was simple and had deep bravery kneaded within it.
So much to learn as always

Overall 4/5.

Knotty Affairs by Dr.Chirag Bagadia.

 

BLURB

A land of countless customs, few things in India get bigger than a big fat wedding. A marriage is a celebration which brings families and friends together. And the ceremony ends with the tradition of the bride leaving her parents’ home and moving in with her husband. The groom always has a choice-he can either stay with his parents or stay separately. However, for the bride her ‘home’ is now a strange place.
Meet Aakash, a young dental intern, who falls in love with Kashish. However, what he doesn’t know is that winning her heart was never going to be easy. Kashish is resolute-nothing, not even their budding romance, will come in the way of her devotion to her parents.
Cut to four years later. Akash has fallen in love with Aneri, the only daughter of her parents. However, his father is clearly miffed by this development, and enlists the help of a psychologist friend to help Aakash. Furthermore, his father is also not surprised at the couple’s request of entering into a live-in relationship before the marriage. But is Aakash ready to challenge the existing customs for his love? Is he prepared to go to any lengths to see that his love does not shed another tear?
Take this tradition-defying journey with Aakash, Kashish and Aneri as they dare to delve deeper into the web of love and relationships. Warm up to their crazy antics which will leave you wondering-why can’t this be my story?!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr Chirag Bagadia is a Mumbai-based dentist who runs his own private clinic, Moonsmile Dental Care and Multispecialty. He has completed his BDS from YMT Dental College in 2008 and holds an MA in Yogashashtra from Somaiya College. When he is not busy designing smiles for his patients, he works as a yoga consultant, catering to high profile clients on a personal basis.

His debut novel, Knotty Affairs is a powerful story questioning the roots of Indian marriage. A heart-warming tale about friendship, love, family, and everything in between, this book is a result of his long-standing aspiration and acute interest in creative fiction-writing.

 

 

REVIEW

I’d firstly like to comment on the grandiosity of the cover and how beautiful it looks! The title makes sense as to how difficult things are for marriage not just two people getting married but altogether two different mindsets as well. Loved it how it is based on a medical student which could be authors personal experience as well. Being a medical student myself and seeing the relatable places such as Nerul and other such incidents made it so very relatable to me. It’s a simple story with good narration. I really love how the description of every Incident is there. It’s a bit long read.
It’s the story of Dr. Akash and his ventures with getting married and having a happy life. All the ups and down of the roller-coaster has been condensed and tried to be out in the book.

Overall 3.5/5.

Lurker – by Smriti Gour

 

 

Blurb :

What if there was a lurker living in the depths of your mind whose sole purpose seems to be getting you to feel sad, insecure and lacking in all senses of the word? What is it like to be stalked by your worst fears and your deepest, darkest thoughts? What if all your suppressed thoughts were suddenly all you can think about? ‘She shows up out of the blue one day and I’m very unprepared for her to make a permanent place in my life. But as I find out soon enough, I have no control over what she does and says. As her claws dig deeper in my life, I see it all spiralling out of control. Soon, I am reduced to a mess who cries at the slightest hint and closing off all doors which might help. I want help but reject it when offered and I watch helplessly as my life as I knew it crumbles around me. She seems to have a hold on every aspect of my life. Sometimes silent and sometimes verbose, but always hitting right where it hurts. ‘Her’ – the villain of the protagonist’s life and this story. The story is a first person encounter with ‘her’, the personification of depression.

 

About the Author:

Smriti is a writer, counsellor and trainer. After completing her Master’s in Biology with a major in Psychology from New York University, she began working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lurker is her first book, born out of her experiences with her patients with Depression. The need to understand Depression lurking in the corners of the mind resulted in this novella. Smriti aspires to write more about mental disorders in a fictional setting to raise understanding and awareness. She is also in the initial stages of starting her own program for people with special needs.

 

Review :

Just after reading the blurb I was very intrigued to know the content. And as mental health is rising this book just helps you understand it better.
And so many more instances where you know ah yes this happens with me as well.

Starting off with the cover it’s themed dark how one is loosing themselves because of the depression or be it any other mental health. Darkness is surrounded. One way to go about it that the person is light itself but cannot see because all they see around is darkness.
We become way too complicated than we are. This book feels like a long overdue conversation with depression that one needs to have.

There are so many relatable lines. So many things that we stop noticing and observing that used to bring in peace long back to us.
Everything seems to feel like a hustle.

The book is very well written.
I didn’t get bored or feel like stopping to read it at all. The book is broken down into chapters and sessions. The narratives given by the author are really mesmerising and so real as if she went through it too!

The first line ” I closed my eyes, tired already”
So many lines like these have poetic meaning to them!
The idea is very unique and I’m so in awe with the book.
It’s a beautiful addition 🙂
One must definitely read it!

Overall 4/5.

 

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Rain Drops and Caterpillars by Anuradha Prasad

 

 

 

 

BLURB :

Dealing with first time lessons is no easy task, as they can bring tears, joy, inspiration, in proportions unthinkable to human mind and heart! Still! We learn and move on like those caterpillars who have been subservient for a whole season but were able to transform into beautiful butterflies come tropical rains. Both representing changes -HUGE and PERMANENT! Sometimes we get inspiration from nowhere. Sometimes from the least expected person or someone, we might have despised all our life! Still! We learn and move on…..Are everyday heroes, those people who have their names etched in golden words in the history pages? Or like you and me, who have just set an example by their random acts of kindness? Or those who just by surrendering to a mighty force called destiny? Or by just WALKING OUT of a difficult situation that they no more could put up with? Who are they? Six human emotions and six stories to make you sit up and think if you were that HERO!

 

About the Author:

Anuradha Prasad is an artist, speaker and an author. She has worked with and published thousands of articles for top newspapers and magazines . She has a PhD. in English literature from Mumbai University and was on the cover of Times’ ‘West Side Plus’ and several notable publications.’Two Winters and 365 Days’ and ‘Coming Back Home’ were her previous books.’Rain Drops and Caterpillars’ is her third.She often deals with self-discovery and internal transformation of the characters in her writings. While the ‘The Statesman’, ‘News Today’ and the ‘Pioneer’ listed her books as outstanding on their shelves, the newspapers like, Dainik Jagran, Panjab Kesari, Story Zen have described her as a writer with a realistic edge, capable of stirring deep emotions in a reader. Kindle edition of ‘Coming Back Home’ exceeded 10,000 downloads early this year.Blogging, observing nature, traveling, listening to music and watching Bollywood movies are her many passions.https: //www.facebook.com/ AuthorAnuradhaPrasad/https: //mobile.twitter.com/anuradhap2?lang=en website- http://www.anuradha-prasad.com

 

REVIEW :

Beginning with the book title it gives you a gentle feeling of growing up and learning if you break the components of the title. The cover is really colourful and gives it a nice complete look.

The book contains 6 short stories with lessons we all go through. Such as sublimity, acceptance, courage, compassion,devotion,deceit. The human emotions are often so fragile that learning about them and knowing more will always give you a deeper sense of self.

I Thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories written beautifully with great narration. Each story will probably remind you of an incident that might have happened with you. Simple stories which will blend you in with the authors mind.

Loved reading it throughout my train journey.

overall 3.5/5.

 

Still Loved…Still Missed! : The Myriad Hues of Souls by Mridula

 

BLURB :

“Still loved…Still missed! The myriad hues of souls” is a collection of 14 short stories and a poem. These stories span characters and emotional states with canny details that touch the depths of your soul. Picturing the complexities of love, misery and mystery, the stories try to gnaw your heart like never before.

What does a flower teach us we often fail to see?

“The belly is an ungrateful wretch.” Is it true?

Once Tasha obtains a treasure in her garden, what happens next?

Ever wondered about the sparseness and illusions in life?

Does death put an end to true love?

Have all the ascetics won over their emotions?

With the power of simple language, this book transports the readers to a world scarcely thought of in our bustling lives. The allegories maintain an intense rhythm of life prompting the readers to perceive things from a unique angle.

“A whole bookful to make you think, cry, think again and move on.” ”

REVIEW :

Firstly I really loved reading it throughout there wasn’t a point where I felt I should stop here. The beauty of this book is the stops you’ll make in between to understand the importance of emotions in life. And so much being said in simple words.

The book contains 14 short stories and few poems both of which are written brilliantly.
The cover is blue which always bring out a deep sense of something said and some of it always remaining a mystery. An innocent melancholic colour. The title brings out more nostalgia in you. How a person is still loved and missed no matter what they go through.
The author had me glued in the first story itself where the loneliness or need of one has been written it’s my most favourite story. How the sepal never gets enough credit. The other stories are also about sadness. What I really loved is from the first story itself how the author focused on something that remains right in front of us but we don’t observe it much.
Such detailing can be seen in the other stories too. The stories have been written so beautifully as if they are poems. This book is pure and full of so many emotions that one will go through.
One day someday, resilience, bluebell in woods and sepal were my most favourite in the book.
The book is a short read with alot of depth and insights to every sentence. Can’t wait for another and much longer book by the author.
Overall 4/5.