Upcoming Title – Soul mates – Love without Ownership – By Vinit Bansal

Soul Mates 

Without the other, their souls estranged, they grow agitated, mislaid, desperate; Insane, dejected, desolate when alienated too long. – Nehali Lalwani

I felt like I’d known him evermore,

He made all of my troubles disappear.

I realized that we belonged together,

The love I feel for him will never wither.

The first time I laid eyes on the one,

I simply knew I had found my soul mate.

-Nehali Lalwani

Back Cover Synopsis:

We all know that Love is the most beautiful feeling in this world. But what if it becomes an obsession?
It can be fatal.

This is a story of love, friendship, passion, obsession and sacrifice.  A story that seeks to find out the real meaning of love. A story describing the purest form of love.

Neel«»Aditi«»Ranadeep«»Ria«»Neel

Neel is a simple small town middle class boy who comes to a new city for studies. On his very first night in the city, when he saves Ranadeep’s life, he realizes his life is about to change. But he had no idea that it would lead him to a path from where there would be no turning back. Neel and Ranadeep’s friendship cements beyond the conventional measures and they are inseparable and like a family. Neel eventually meets Aditi, his beautiful, simple and dainty new classmate and there is love at first sight. Life for Neel, Aditi and Ranadeep is perfect till the day Ranadeep meets Ria and falls obsessively for her. While Ranadeep is frighteningly obsessive about Ria, the suave Ria has her heart set on Neel. Things begin to get complicated and then suddenly something drastic happens.

Neel is put behind bars on charges of Ria’s murder.

Will Neel be able to convince his innocence to Aditi and Ranadeep?

Will Ranadeep ever be able to forgive Neel for snatching away his love?

How far can Aditi go to save the life of her love from the grips of destiny?

Can there be a love without ownership?

Find out what happens when love has to pay its price.

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About the Author:

Vinit K. Bansal began his journey as a poet and soon, he graduated as prolific author and editor of national repute.

His first novel ‘I am Heartless’ created a sensation in the Indian writing industry and is widely considered as one of the top ten Indian romantic novels that redefined romance. His anthology series ‘Uff Ye Emotions’ has been the synonym of success in the segment since the past couple of years. Versatility remains the key factor in Vinit’s writing and has helped him create a niche for himself as a writer in both, Hindi and English language in fiction as well as in the non-fiction segment. Other than writing, he is a creative consultant and a motivational speaker as well, often conducting regular sessions on motivation and personality development in different academic institutes of India.

He can be contacted at: author.vinitbansal@gmail.com

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Book Review – God is a Gamer – Ravi Subramanian

God is a Gamer is the first of Ravi Subramanian that I read and frankly speaking, I expected nothing more than an enjoyable read.

About the author

Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013) —based on financial crime.

Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry, he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Characters of the book: Malvika, Aditya, Swami, Sundeep, Varun, and Tanya on one side, there’s Gillian, Nikki, Gloria, Adrian, Dan, and Mike

What’s Good:

The first thing I liked was the cover. It was nicely designed.

The narration of this book is as amazing. Intensely edited.

God is a Gamer is a pool of information. From bitcoins to TOR trails,. And for those who are technologically ignorant as me this book will not let you down for sure as, Technological terms are nicely explained by the author.

The language is too lucid to quench your queries with simplicity.

The curiosity to know who the killer is, it keeps that sub-story going well.

The chapters are short, crisp.

What’s Bad:

One moment you are reading about some mystery in Washington, the next moment you are in India, and then back again. With two settings, it’d have been better if both were given narration at a length, and then switched. The short chapters and too many characters with no brief overture makes it tough to enjoy the story in its preliminary pages.

My View:

Story revolves around “Bitcoins”- Virtual currency

The book started as apparently unrelated analogous stories and kept me marvel for the major part of it- how is all of it linked?

The book is an assortment with murders, robberies, virtual games,love, lust, drugs, money etc.

The story is set off in Mumbai and U.S.A, where a set of two of incidents jointly discharges a mishap and generates dilemma in the lives of the few people in NY,  an entrepreneur who is struggling to make some profit and is helped in his aim by a drug dealer. The important banker dies a filmy death, which cannot account for an accident. Agents from the USA and the local police of Mumbai gets involved to discover the mystery behind the entire mess. At the end each part of a set hooks up flawlessly and unravel the conundrum and not to forget this story also teaches you a very important lesson about Karma.
This it all about God is a Gamer.

My Rating

I am going with 4 out of 5 stars for Ravi Subramanian’s God is a Gamer.

Conclusion:

The story is innovative and excellent. The pace of the book increases the interest in the story too. The novel is a perfect blend of emotions, a father who meets his returning son, a son who saves his father’s gaming company from sinking, a couple who tries to find love, a bank CEO who has a secret to hide.

All in all, it is a pretty decent thriller which makes you want to sacrifice your sleep and finish it in a go.

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Summary

Title: God is a Gamer

Author: Ravi Subramanian

Publishers: Penguin

ISBN: 978-0-143-42139-9

Genre: Fiction

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Book Review – HACKSTER – The revolution Begins

HACKSTER – The revolution Beginsa novel by the Best Selling Author Sankalp Kohli and Paritosh Yadav is published by Red Ink Publishers. The cover is stunning, satisfying and it thoroughly goes with the story line. Amol Karambe you have done a significant job. The title is conspicuous and will definitely attract the readers.

Blurb of the book says, What happened when people lost faith in the system? One stood up and opened the doors of a revolution.  History has it that such men have the power to bring a nation to a standstill.

Revelations of the past have shattered Vikram and left him in extreme agony. Fueled by the universe of vibrations and his father’s legacy, he must now trigger a digital revolution that will leave India leaderless.

A special unit, CIST has been set up by the President to take on the growing cyber threats. Led by Arjun, CIST tracks down its target, but soon finds itself helpless in the kaleidoscope of cyber war.

The Kingmaker of Indian politics shivers at the sight of the upcoming war.

Who is right? Who is wrong? Who will reach the kill switch first?

My view about HACKSTER:

Main Characters: Vikram (main protagonist) and Arjun, many other officers like Ashfaq, Krishna, Vidyasagar, Ketan Singh, Rao, Pratap etc.

What’s good:

This novel offers a great cast of characters and an engaging plot in a remarkable setting. The plot has some good twists with that The story pulls the reader in and by the end. Profound Research has been done while penning down this story, hence, the detailing of the projects, episodes are noticeable. The climax was dramatic and exciting.

What’s Bad:

It gets a bit too sluggish at times and thus dreary and often tedious. Few incidents might have been easily chopped off from the book to uphold the readers’ curiosity.

To Be Read or not:

Back to the review… It is all about the hacking and the story line revolves around the same.  There is no argument from me that HACKSTER – The revolution Begins is an extremely well written book. The pace of the story was fantastic and the story was intriguing enough that I didn’t want to put down the book. I also thought the characters were interesting, and I appreciated how the story made me uncomfortable.

In my mind, things came together perfectly for HACKSTER – The revolution Begins If you are looking for a suspenseful plot with strong characters, you’ll do no better than this book.

Conclusion: This book is recommended to all readers who are bored of reading love stories and similar kind of stuff. HACKSTER – The revolution Begins is a well-paced political thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.  Excellent – Loved it!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Best wishes to the authors for the future ventures!!!

Book Review by Nehali Lalwani – Chronicles of Urban Nomads

Chronicles of Urban Nomads is a book with collection of Short stories by Readomania. It consists of 19 stories across multiple genres like Thriller, Humor, Romance, Emotion, etc…

The primary mark this book makes in readers heart is by its writing style. All the stories in this book are written in a simple and explicable language. It’s easy to read and it suits the taste of almost everyone as it is multiple genres.

Section I: Imagine

Confession of a Benarasi Sari – Ayan Pal

This is one of my favorite stories in the anthology, for the reason that it explores a different kind of plot altogether. The plot of the story is very simple, and the ending is impulsive even after the crucial incident happens in character’s life, but the exploration of that dilemma and bringing out as a sari was something the author did nicely, which made the simplicity appealing, and that I loved to read.

The Blue Slippers – Krithi Jayakumar

Shortest of all, but strongest as well. A beautiful story with unusual imagination and a message that registers with ease and liveliest manner. This story is one which I think is closest to reality. I even put my bookmark here!

The Wait – Ashay Abbhi

Ashay Abbhi absolutely nailed his plot with a nice flair in writing. I liked his choice of words, his language and the story’s climax.

My Soul mate – Janneker Lawrence

What make this story stand out of the pack is the narration and the ending. Quite a unique thought to narrate from the perspective and it works. Simple story and the events are easily guessed.

The Masterpiece – Rounak Nayak

The most mature story in this lot. The perfect kind of a story to take up this anthology to some different level. A job well done! Kudos, to the author for coming up with such a MASTERPIECE. *Wink*

 A Vicious Battle – Aravind Sampath

This is a very interesting and engaging story with its own shades of history and life beautifully weaved in to it. This is easily one of the better stories you will find in the book if not the best one. The only problem I have had with the story is that it finished way too fast, if only it did last a bit longer.

An Engagement Ring – Purnima Verma

Here the story teller is an engagement ring. This story is simple and has been written wonderfully. Emotionally weaved, this story is undoubtedly a nice read.

A Little Nugget of Fear – Deepti Menon

I didn’t know the event till I read it in this. The story appeals to me, and stays in my memory because of the starting few paragraphs. They not only set the tone, but also make me think. The narration kept me hooked till the end. One of my favorites from the anthology.

EFIL – Bhaswar Mukherjee

The opening was as they say whimsical and that perfectly set the tone for the story. It was executed flawlessly, except the ending was a little towards the predictable end of the spectrum. However, it still is a great tale to read.

Section II: Musing

The Last Letter – Dipankar Mukherjee

What make this story stand out of the pack is the narration and the ending. Quite a unique thought to narrate from the perspective and it works. Simple story and the events are easily guessed. It is very thought provoking. I could feel the pain while reading.

The Face on the Canvas – Pradeep Moitra

What I liked in the story was the pace and the detailing. I could imagine the story reading it out loud, and I could finish it quickly.

Arranged Marriage – Japneet Boyal

What I liked in the story was the plotting, which seems believable and in India, I can imagine it happening as well. The story held my attention and I didn’t stop reading till I finished.

Overall, it was another story I found really enjoyable.

Bachelor and Baby – Jagdish Nadanalli

I liked the characters in the story, and the language just brings that story out. I think the plot warranted for a very detailed sort of opening, which makes you get lost in the narration and bring out the effect. It had that. It had that conflicting opening that makes you wonder what happened and why the character is in that place. Brilliant!

Hopes and Promises – Rahul Biswas

This story is all about second chance, this tale talks beautifully about keeping the hope alive while life drives you through different ups and downs. A nice read!

A Shackled Destiny – Sharavya Gunipudi

The feeling of a mother who has lost her child has been depicted brilliantly. With faultless detailing the author has competently described the fondness a mother hold for her son. The Author has beautifully narrated the story. I am stunned and had wet eyes after reading this story. Very well drafted!

Rendezvous – Shloka Shankar

The genre doesn’t appeal to me in person, so it wasn’t one of my favorites. But I enjoyed reading it. I think it would appeal to a lot of readers.

Hide and Seek – Niranjan Navalgund

The narrating style supports the storyline perfectly and keeps the story natural. Hide and seek is surely a beautifully described tale. The end was unexpected which really touched me. Overall, each and every episode was adequately portrayed.

Mandira – Anupama Jain

The readers are made to think about extra-ordinary things without a strong justification. Her credentials are quite interesting and throughout the plot, she made sure that the reader is on the right track.

Finding Mia – Roopa Raveendran Menon

This was indeed an exceptionally enjoyable story, nothing very disparaging, I think the ending was the right way to end not only the story, but also the book.

Conclusion:

Firstly, my congratulations to the cover designer Book Bakers Team. I think this book has one of the sober covers I have recently seen. Coming to the content, in an anthology, the stories are blended together in some way, yet be different too.

Each story has an inimitable theme despite it being read about in the past; the beauty of these writings lies in their essence of quality storytelling, eloquence, quirkiness, and depth.

All the stories in the anthology are well written, most are appealing from beginning to end. The initiative behind the anthology is unique and I should congratulate the effort. It leaves a mark on your wits and sinks in at a snail’s pace, even if you read this as absolutely fictional. Certainly, more than a one-time read kind of stories.

Try it out. You might like it.

Title: Chronicles of Urban Nomads

Publisher: Readomania

My Rating: 5/5

Book Review – Half Girlfriend – Nehali Lalwani

About the Author

Chetan Bhagat is a popular youth icon of India and popular writer also. He is the author of bestsellers like One Night @ the Call Center, Five Point Someone, 3 mistakes of My life and 2 States: The Story of My Marriage.

Chetan Bhagat’s past books had inspired many directors of Bollywood to make movies in his book and movies like 3 idiots, 2 states, Kai PO Che is inspired from Chetan Bhagat’s books.

Book Cover: The cover was simple but attractive.

I Liked:  A new point of view about non native speakers of English and rural people of India is being wonderfully inscribed by the author. I used to judge a lot of people based on how they talk in English  (even though my English is not that great) It gave me a new idea that there is no relationship between how good a guy is and how well he talk in English.

Yes, Half Girlfriend gives you a new definition about true love.  It also talks about a typical friend zone’d guy in India, I  liked that  part.

Don’t Quit. At the end you are going to get it is the mantra that Author tried to depict in his story line.

I disliked:  The repeated references to Madhav’s poor English is annoying at times.

Conclusion:

Chetan Bhagat always takes up issues which echoes the issues of the masses. Chetan Bhagat has definitely raised a convincing issue and he deserves great compliments for that and that can be his reason to keep it simple in terms of narration, language, sentence construction and other intricacies of storytelling. However, the story sticks to its central idea throughout. Its a charming love story and  you will end up embedded for Madhav.

The last part of the story was the best. Honestly, that’s like a second-life in this novel. While the story was to be built around almost ten years, there were certain abrupt skips the author had to take. To the point they were sensibly selected. The Bill Gates episode was too much to the plot.

No matter what, it was a good read. An interesting one to be specific. Although not the entire story, but some twists of the story made me unable to keep the book aside! For me, ‘Revolution 2020’ and ‘2 states’ still remain the best of Chetan Bhagat’s novels so far. Awaiting another book from him!

Rating: 3.5 out 5