Book Review by Nehali Lalwani – SECRETS OF SOUL – Rigi Publications

Secrets of Soul is a book with collection of Short stories by Rigi Publications. It consists of 12 stories across multiple genres like Thriller, Humor, Romance, Emotion, etc..

The very first thing that I like about this book is it’s written in a simple and understandable language. It’s easy to read and it suits the taste of almost everyone as it is multiple genre. Anyone from a child to adult can read this irrespective of the age.

The book starts with a story called Barkha by Anshuma Sharma – This is a tale which depicts the feelings of parents’ grief and mental trauma when their child passes away. The initial part of the story was raw. Which can be a turn off for readers and  That could have been better by just bit of editing. But, I enjoyed going through this particular short story as the story line was touching.

A Significant Turn by Gargi Sarkhel Bagchi is one of my favorites. It’s all about the satisfaction and contentment of a father looking at his child’s happiness. Where author speaks about the pure feelings of a father towards his son. The dilemma of focusing on the future or to live and share some priceless moments at present with your loved ones is being portrayed wonderfully.

I Turned Twenty Five by Khushboo Gulrajani This one is a sad story of a girl who misses her old romantic days. A sweet and simple story.” The story is very common as most of us gone through or have seen our friends going through it, but the essence is the way how the author has narrated the story. The language used by the author is appealing.

Three Weeks by Shreyan Laha is a good story! A cute love story! It gave me a mixed feeling. At times, a bit stretched, but overall, a good coffee-time read.

 Chosen by Pooja Purohit is a story of the simple moral of  life’s happiness, choices, twists and turns of life. Hats off to the writer for writing such a beautiful story. Very well written.

I promise you by Akash Shrivastava A beautiful love story which will make you fall in love with the characters of the story and their pure feelings are being very well portrayed by the author in this story. I Loved each and every line and it’s written in a simple and effective  manner. There were editing errors which can be neglected though.

Truly, Madly, Yours Rohan Kachalia  is a cute and sweet love story with a perfect ending. This story has left footsteps on my heart as  I personally admire positive endings. A nice and enjoyable read. Loved the title!

A handful of strength by Ashwati Menon I would like to tag this story as the best story of the book. Kudos to the writer. I am in love with this story. I could feel the images in my mind while reading this one.  The story is not that ordinary as it looks like, and a few good lines which will surely force you to smile and say WOW. A concept which will undeniably keep you glued till the end.

I Married my first love by Rohit Bhatia Umm… This story was a turn off after reading the above stories. Author lacked the maturity in the description. I felt like, I was reading a personal diary of any girl.


The Empty Chair by Shrruti Patole Clarence 
I will not describe or comment much about the story because I want people to read and feel it because “it is simple to describe but much more important to feel”. BEAUTIFUL STORY!!!
Keep Writing 🙂

A Man on Platform by Sandeep Sharma  the way author touches the human emotions, the portrayal of emotion is superb and I can see an excellent writer in him. The only thing that disappointed me is the title. I didn’t like the title, I know sometimes it is hard to find a good title, but title plays an important role when it is a short story.

Maybe by Rahul Ramesh This was the story wrote it in a simple way, but the story lacks the spark at few places, sometimes the story looks predictable and all of sudden it becomes unpredictable that is the positive remark for the author.

Conclusion:

There are many more stories in the book that make it a good read. I guess the book needs some editing before getting it published in the next edition (If Any). Overall, the book is a fast read that often leaves you pondering. Perfect for any travel!

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Book Review – Mutton Soup: Because Chicken & Chicks Are So Outdated

Blurb of the book says, LOVE! The only word and emotion in this world that bags the potential to turn a rat into a lion… and a lion into a lamb! Now, when this lamb is caught in the web of love, slaughtered into multiple shapes, compressed under varied emotional tortures, marinated and preserved by certain caretakers, and finally, heated and cooked to death, where its sole motive remains to be a TASTE to others, our MUTTON SOUP is ready to be served delicious! Vegetarians or non-vegetarians, doesn’t really matter.

Pratham, whose one track life surrounded by his friends gets zeroed when he meets the love of his life, Priyangi. Ultimately, they define it beyond the bounds of right and wrong. Eventually, a roller coaster tale follows, which reveals that ‘love’ exists beyond Mills & Boon and Bollywood, deep in the corner of every heart, what only creates a difference is CONFESSION. In this story where you would be trapped between two hearts beating away from each other, still staying together, you would be caught in the bliss of googly giggles, you would be chopped to chip and bleed, you will turn salty to create a taste with your tears, but you won’t have the permission to yell and prevent yourself from being cooked!

My view on Pratham’s story: 

Main character’s – Priyangi, Pratham, karan, poorvi, Divya, David Thomas, Inspector Venkateswaran, Siddesh, Himang, umang, and Yogi.

What’s Good: dialogues delivery, simple and subtle writing style, Language, Twist and turns, Lot of funny moments, Emotional and romantic roller coaster and a specially those poems which were added in between the chapters.

What’s Bad: As a reader, I wished writer could have spent few more pages before main story starts and in end part was abrupt and sudden.

Read Or Not: Mutton Soup: Because Chicken & Chicks Are So Outdated is definitely a one time read novel that makes you laugh,you can feel the romance in Pratham’s and Priyangi’s love tale, emotional at times where you would end up having moist eyes.

The novel starts somewhere from between where pratham goes to a small trip to Bangalore. Than-after, the story starts with the monotonous college life of a notorious yet ambitious Pratham. While reading I felt like this story was written as an ordinary teen, College students will love it as they would be able to associate them with the protagonist and that’s what make it a wonderful read.
Later on, the twist comes where Priyangi enters his life, their love life starts and that plot seems being inspired from a Bollywood movie.

Later on, the thrill starts and that’s where you will be able to see and find the best capabilities of Author in narrating a story. I thank author for ending up this story on a happy note. As a reader, I wanted this story to be ended up on a positive note.

The USP of the novel is a mushy romance and those thriller chapters in between are like cheery on the cake. Some love making scenes and poems will actually keep you glued to this book till the end. I must accept, Romance and emotional factor is in the core of it. There is a lover who goes mad after losing his love and still never lose his hope and keeps trying to retain that relation. That is what this book is all about.

Though the book is having a common story, college students, lovers and teenagers would love it like anything as they would be able to associate them with the protagonist.

I like this novel and I want this author to write more such beautiful novels.
Some moments in the novel specially the love making scene,those parts where Pratham longs for her love. romance at sea shore and in hotel rooms will definitely touch your heart and stay for a while in your mind.
I would suggest, read this book at least once as you won’t regret it.

Conclusion:

Though the author is able to create some really wonderful scenes, the story line is ordinary. Language is very simple which has already worked wonders for him.

I definitely love reading Mutton Soup: Because Chicken & Chicks Are So Outdated and will definitely recommend it reading at at least once.I assure you you won’t regret it buying and reading this thriller cum romance tale.

My rating: 3.75 out of 5