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

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Hacklyf by Vijay Poudel

 

 

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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

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

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

Keeping up with Kaneda – by Gaurav Kumar

 

 

 

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Canada – the land of beautiful lakes, opportunities and umm… scores of desis (aren’t we just everywhere?). What happens when a young man gets a one-way ticket to the hallowed country? When you’re saat samundar paar, even a modest course at a community college becomes a gateway for merriment and learning… of a totally different kind. And so it did, with Gaurav. An Australian flatmate, fellow students from Nigeria and Bangladesh and an employer from Kazakhstan lead him on a journey of epic escapades and much self-discovery. And when you’re looking to earn some pocket money, odd jobs just have to do. From a curious DJing gig that turns out slightly different than expected to becoming a walking salesman clad in a sandwich board, there’s no dearth of drama. Jump right in, for Keeping Up With Kaneda is an adventure in itself.

 

REVIEW –

Starting off with the cover it is really colourful, vibrant and full of life. The title is really funny and apt just in the ways punjabis call canada. The blurb just tells a little about the book.This book is really an amazing read during coffee or travelling. How gaurav has trouble being called properly by his name and all the jobs he had to survive through to become who he is now. The novel is a light read which will definitely cheer you throughout the each chapter which brings in a new person/job in his life. How everyday is an adventure for gaurav in canada ranging from food-friends-job and everyday drama. The book is really witty and full of humour. Provides you with a fresh perspective of an Indian in a foriegn land. This book really keeps you hooked and by the time you realize it is already over. This book feels like a journey.  It feels like the author is along with you and all of the fun is happening right in front of you. The pace gets a little slow in the end. would definitely read this author again.

overall – 4/5