The Seductive Affair by Rishabh Puri

 

 

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Prisha Khatri is a regular college graduate, focused on her career, desperate to finally move out of her parents’ house and freshly dumped by her successful fiancé. When she lands a job at a prestigious media house, she’s glad to have something to take her mind off her heartbreak. What she doesn’t expect is to be landed on a business trip with a famously fiery reporter Rajesh Lagheri. He’s travelling to a business conference for a story and doesn’t seem impressed by her involvement. But as soon as they’re out of the office, things change and it becomes clear that there is more to Rajesh’s trip than meets the eye. As Prisha is drawn into the story he’s trying to hide from their editor, their hunt for the story grows more intense and she finds herself growing closer to Rajesh. As their chemistry threatens to overwhelm them and Prisha is pulled deeper into the Seductive Affair, she must decide what matters most to her matters of the head or of the heart.

 

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This book to be summed up follows a simple yet predictive story which unfolds with it’s pace here the author has done a good job to put up the story in an artistic manner and to keep the reader hooked until the end of the story. The story is about Prisha who fights for her rights and breaks up with her fiance to focus on her career more than anything. She joins her dream company and has this infatuation towards rajesh who is another journalist in the panel as well. They firstly share this weird relation with one another. But both are inclined towards work more than anything to cover up a conference here instead they go behind to follow a big story which leads them both spending more time with each other and furthermore fall for each other madly in love. Not going to reveal much about the story.

The cover has this mysterios yet beautiful aura which adds up more to the title. The title is curious and tells alot about the story and blurb is crisp. The story is simple. The language is easy to understand. The author has done a good job in narrating the story.

A one time read.

overall -3.5/5.

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Men and Dreams: In the Dhauladhar by Kochery C. Shibu

 

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A hydelpower project in the remote Himalayas. Three people brought together by fate. Nanda, an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love of his dear ones and the traditional kalari code of revenge. Khusru, a boy displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot threatening to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site. Rekha, a Kathak dancer in heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru. A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.

All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched, successful; some, miss a step, and perish. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realise. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people with their cares and worries woven into the site life. The fury of nature and the hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead. Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk life and limb in a quest to fulfill their dreams

 

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The cover of the book is picture of the place itself Dhauladhar which is situated near himalayas. Cover of the book looks simple and relatable as per the title. The title gives you the feel of knowing more about the people in that region. The book revolves around 3 people- Nandu, Rekha, Khusru which have been brought together to finish off the work of creating a hydelpower project. Had heard alot about this book, so I decided to give it a read as well. The book is a bit of a long read but with great description of each event that takes place along the story. The book will remind you of your hometown for sure. The language is easy to understand but consists of hinglish and malyali words throughout the book. The pace of the book is medium. If you are looking for a different kind of a story you should definitely read this book. You will get to learn a little more about the culture and art as well. There are a lot of characters in the book which makes you read the book a bit slow or you might get confusedd. Beautiful imagery has been created by the author. The book will also teach you more about situations and thoughts one goes through.

overall- 4/5

 

Thus Spoke Chanakya by Radhakrishnan Pillai

 

 

 

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Ancient Wisdom for Daily Inspiration “CONQUER YOURSELF TO REMAIN UNBEATABLE
In the path to success, both the biggest hurdle and the biggest support is your own mind, depending up on how you have trained it.”
SAYS CHANAKYA.

No school or university teaches us how to make friends, how to have a successful career, how to maintain a healthy married life, how to run a family or how to live life in general. How many times have we wished for a roadmap to navigate the confusing landscape of life, to have a guidebook to show us the way?

In his much-awaited book Thus Spoke Chanakya, bestselling author Radhakrishnan Pillai decodes ancient texts from the illustrious Kautilya’s Arthashastra within the context of modern times and doles it out in short, crisp passages for everyday practice and use. Perfect for those who yearn to master the teachings of Chanakya and incorporate it in their routine for overall success.

 

REVIEW –

This book should be read one page at a time.
The witty chankya has been famous for his principles and how he dealt with life.
His stories are famous all over the world.

This book is also based on his sayings.

Starting of with the cover the cover is yellow with a tinch of black. Reminding about the Tilak over Chanakyas forehead. Also the very famous look of chanayka is given.

The book consists of chankya Neeti explained rule by rule in simple and easy language on various topics such as life, war, decisions, love, relationship and on how one should have some principles in their life. The book is given in an easy to understand manner. The book will definitely leave you with alot of information that will guide you through.
Book has been beautifully crafted and is definitely worth the read and money.

Overall -4/5.

Jukebox- By various authors.

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A Short Story Collection Based On The Stellar Works Of Budding Writers In India

A story you wish was NEVER narrated to an eight-year-old. Old letters of a dead father, what secrets could they hold for a long lost daughter? A chilly December morning and a lone gravestone – changed the day and someone’s life. A seemingly ‘ideal marriage’ in an old city smelling of love. An aging alcoholic superstar finding a magical cure for his incurable baldness. From middle-class Government quarter to a posh Neeti Bagh bungalow, was there a price for this!

Life would have been very different for the characters in these stories, but for the choices they make. Read these stories to know what they did with their choice. You many see a reflection of yourself. Spine chilling drama and suspense, quirky, funny and awkward moments, poetic love of hopeless romantics and a lot more is packed in the pages of this collection.

 

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Cover – the cover is simple yet speaking alot about how the book is made up from different writers amalgamated into one book and has a variety.

title – jukebox depicting the songs that one can listen to. The variety and the uniqueness.

The book is a collection of gut kicking stories written down by various writers around the country. Each story has a different tale to speak of and to enfold a new societal norm. The orthodox, the human thinking. all the stories keep you hooked throughout the book. Alot of various issues have been discussed in the book. A short but really amazing read for those who love stories. The stories will leave you in awe. The book consists of dark secrets that will definitely give you goosbeumps, make you cry and will give you alot to think about. The foreword has been written by Preeti shenoy.
The book will help you learn new words as well. Editing and other aspects of the book have been taken real good care. A must read collection of stories!
Overall -4/5.

Shaheen Must Die: A Thrilling Military Love Story set in Exotic Kashmir- By Captain Rakesh Walia.

Shaheen Must Die by Captain Rakesh Walia
Cover – the cover tells you about a tale of soldier and wars.

Title – about wars.

Characters – captain Rakesh walia is the protagonist,his son- mohit, Arijit and shaheen. Characterization has been done well.

Pace – the story moves in on a medium pace.

Themes – war,love for the nation, family bond.

The book revolves around how one should never give up. There are instances in the book that will make you teary eyed between the father and the son. Emotional ups and downs given in the story really adds to the beauty of the plot. language is easy to understand. The book feels like a thriller movie happening in front of you.
War incidents have also been put up in the story which adds up to it.
This being the second book by the author alot of improvement can be seen. The book is a short read.
overall -4/5

Making a Poem – by Vihang A. Naik

 

 

 

 

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Making A Poem is a powerful affecting collection of poetry that sheds a fascinating light upon the writing process and poet’s personal aesthetics. These are eloquent pieces where the poet displays a confident command of the poetic form to bring his ideas and observations to life. The pieces that ponder the reality of poetic expression are perhaps most fascinating. Their reflexivity results in a most engaging collection of poems. Making A Poem is an intuitive, thoughtful and creative pieces that work together as a cohesive collection.

 

REVIEW-

COVER- The cover is in black colour with an intense photo of the author, which gives it a different look.

TITLE – title is really apt and catchy of how the process of writing a poem is all about.

BLURB- is crisp giving information about the poems.

The book is divided into 5 sections- 1)Are you looking for that poet 2) A poet as a young man 3) making a poem 4) a poem comes alive 5) a poet.

The poems varies in length and meter. Mostly consisting of short poems that are gut kicking .The beauty of this book of poems is each book tells out another story in simple words that will gulp down so many emotions in you. Every poem is another chapter of a poets life on how they write and put down a poem the struggle, the ease, the absent, the forgotten poem. The poems say alot in less words that is the beauty. This book will not let you down it is must for every poetry lover. One will relate to alot of poems. All the poems are beautiful and easy to understand.  The imagery formed by each poem is really blissful.

overall-5/5

The Surrogate Lies – by Shantanu Munshi

 

 

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A dysfunctional writer, a hyperbole consultant, a Bollywood smitten driver and an over the top mysterious foreign man. They are strangers on an adventure and strange is their adventure. Their escapades are as serendipitous as life on earth yet their lives are as normal as a morning tea. Still you will laugh, cry, sympathise with them en route to their and yours redemption from the mundane life. Read as they dodge the bullets of their fear, their insecurities and their failures. They are waiting for you to board the rusted and trusted 4*4 and enjoy the smooth rollercoaster. So all aboard? Get started and turn the first page of this special journey of this nondescript motley of strangers.

 

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The title is different and interesting. The cover is really simple which could have been better. The book is divided into three sections of the trip. The plot is based on four different personality people travelling. Alot can be learnt from this story. The story is humour filled. The four main characters are – A Writer , Paul ; a Driver , Raj ; a Stranger , Hazare and a Mysterious foreigner -Ben. The book will take you on a humpur ride. The story does not lead you down at all. The story keeps flowing.It keeps you hooked at all times. The story is something different and rejuvenating. If you are looking for something unique one should definitely read this book. You will enjoy reading it and also learn somethings through this journey. Will definitely like to see what the author has in the future.

overall-4/5