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.

 

REVIEW –

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

 

REVIEW –

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

 

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.

 

REVIEW –

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

Letters in the Rain -Anubhav Shrivastava

 

 

 

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Quite early in his life, Aman had been labelled a ‘weirdo’. His side-parted, oil soaked hair and gawky physique made him the butt of jokes among his peers. There is nothing spectacular in his life—he studies all day, has never had an interaction with a girl that lasted more than five minutes, and scribbles his inner musings into his best friend, a personal diary.

Deep down, however, the guilt of being considered a social killjoy by the society starts to have a negative impact on him.

When forced out of his solitary shell into the action-infused warehouse that is ‘college’, Aman’s life takes a drastic U-Turn. Owing to a Chemistry project, he is forced to partner up with Kiara—a cheerful, carefree soul who tucks away her dark, brooding past upon arriving in Manipal.

What follows is a series of awkward encounters and quirky adventures; ones that throw them in the deep end and make them face their worst fears.

 

REVIEW –

The book cover is in blue and is really attractive ,depicting a love story. The book is written in simple easy to understand english and is a short read. The book will take you on a trip from jr college days to your degree college days. What I really liked about the book is the story is simple and yet flowing. The poems and letters throughout the book makes it interesting. It is the story of aman and kiara. Aman is an introvert and kiara is magic. Of how their friendship is formed in manipal and how things fall apart. Less characters are there in the story which helps in keeping the clarity. Importance of friendship in ones life which help you become a better version of you. The story also tells you how maintaining a balance is necessary between work and life. A short yet amazing read.

overall -3.5/5.

Fear Is the Key – by Juggi Bhasin

 

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A bitter winter wind blowing outside spoke to me. There was no one else. And then it struck me. She might have truly disappeared! Sometimes, you get a sense of these things . . .’

It’s been one hell of a tough week at Yummimages, a digital infotainment site, with controversies seeping into the politicking within the office. To calm things down, Rahul, the founder, plans a party at his home. His goal is to set things right between his fiancée-to-be, Simone, and his business partner and close friend, Suhel. With the party in full swing it’s time for Rahul to have ‘the talk’, but suddenly Simone is nowhere to be found.

As all investigations come to naught, Rahul takes matters into his own hands and soon has a few suspects lined up. It’s just a matter of time before he knows the truth. But reality can be so twisted, so bizarre, so utterly unbelievable . . .

This book, by the creator of Agent Rana, will continue to give you chills long after you have read it.

 

REVIEW –

Starting of with the cover it is really intriguing giving more power to the title’fear’.  The colours do the wonder to bring out the fear. The story revolves around rahul, suhel and simone who goes missing at the party. The title is riveting. After reading the blurb you do want to know what the story is all about. The book starts off good and gets a bit confusing towards the middle. Too many twists are there in the book which makes it more interesting to read. It is a little long read.Characterization has been done well. The story could have much better flow. You might think the book is about finding simone which instead leads to a truth which is rather really huge. The language used is easy. Plot is good. The author has written with alot of research and keeping all the characters intact all the time. The book is mediumly paced. Friendship, romance, psychology, revenge all the themes are used. The ending leaves you with goosebumps. The imagery formed by the author is a tremendous job done with ease. Book filled with suspense and thrill. A good book.

Overall -4/5.

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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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