Poem – My angel!

I thought that my angel, 

would be sent for just me, 

but to watch over all, 

was how it must be. 

I cribbed his life, 

with a deep, tender love, 

but there comes a time, 

when you must lose that dove. 

One day he left without a kiss, 

leaving my heart broken and ache, 

I thought he finally returned, 

But it was a monk at my door.

I saw my angel into flames,

I sit alone and often blame,

that one day you left me, 

and didn’t say good-bye.

– Nehali Lalwani

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Book Review – Shattered Dreams (Ramayana: the Game of Life)

Book Review

The Shattered Dreams” by Shubha Vilas.

I am grateful to be called upon by BlogAdda to review a book. This time it is “Ramayana – The Game of Life: The Shattered Dreams” by Shubha Vilas.

Book Details:

Language: English,  Genre: Non-fiction/Religion & Philosophy

Author(s): Shubha Vilas

Publisher: Jaico Books, Year Published: 2015 January

Binding: Paperback, Edition: First, Pages: 404

ISBN-13: 978-8184955316, ISBN-10: 8184955316

Reviewed for: BlogAdda

 About the Author:

Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.

Blurb View: 

Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller, Rise of the Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana – The Game of Life. Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of Book 1.

Now, in Shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enigmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.

With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas, as well as folk philosophy from, the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before.

Ratings: 5/5

Review:

There are a few books which can be read multiple times and every time you read it, you get to learn something new. For me, this is one such book.

This book is a sequel to the first book in the series – Rise of the Sun Prince. The author has structured the entire manuscript into nine chapters. Each chapter is alienated into sub chapters, and each page will readily provide you something new and interesting about the Ramayana.

Shattered Dreams talks about the time when Dasharatha wants to crown Rama as king of Ayodhya and the following chain of events up until Rama, Sita and Lakshmana leave Chitrakoot for Dandakaranya forest. Kaikeyi chooses to trade in her two boons and Bharata granted for his mother’s sinful deeds in this enthralling tale.

The story begins with Dasaratha’s nightmare on a restless night. The second half describes Bharata’s agony upon discovering the truth of what transpired in his absence and ends with Rama, Sita and Lakshmana leaving towards the Dandakaranya forest. The emotions of the citizens, their love and devotion towards Rama and their desolation when he leaves for émigré are all articulated well with generous connotation to microscopic particulars.

This book explores the spiritual and motivational thoughts on life, truth and every aspect of life.  The author has given prominence to each character, giving enough attention to each of them, to portray their side of the story in detail. One more thing I liked about the book is Every page has a footnote with lots of messages and great insights.

Possessions and circumstances are so brilliantly defined by author that their message is easily understood by the readers. What I personally loved in the book is the beautiful relationship of Rama and Sita. The correct meaning of marriage is when two humans bound by marriage suffer and enjoy each other’s fate throughout their lives, their love is evaluated through understanding. Wife stands by husband in his right decisions and vice versa.

I rarely find any cons in this book. Simply I love this book and it’s each chapter.

I recommend this book to all mythology readers.

Highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about Ramayana.

Go for it. It’s worth it.

Book Review – Soul mates – Love Without Ownership – Vinit Bansal

ISBN: 978-819-2932460

Genre: Fiction

Publishers: Red Ink Publishers

About the author: Vinit K. Bansal began his journey as a poet and soon, he graduated as a 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 romance novels that redefined romance. His anthology series ‘Uff Ye Emotions’ has been the synonym of success in the segment for 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 or follow him at https://www.facebook.com/vini14jan

Blurb: 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 is 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.

 My Rating: 4/5

My Review: 

There are a few books that induce you to go on a voyage with the central characters and experience every ups and downs of the protagonists sincerely. One such book is Soulmates – Love without Ownership.

As I started reading, I fell in love with the narration style of the author and specially with the characters of Neel and Aditi. The title is rightly selected for the book and the cover is definitely impressive.

If I talk more about the book, The characters in the book are very authentic and apiece character has a diverse quintessence. The quandaries and predicaments that the protagonists face are very much allied. Some moments expressed in the book are so striking that you can truly portrait those moments.

Overall, This book has got a superfluity of feelings such as, romance, amity, ecstasy, swiftness, disloyalty, tragedy and a flawless ending which is no less than a cherry on the cake. This book is a delightful read. This story might help you to dig up your own thoughts on love. It might force you to rethink on your definition of love. To add more upon it, the cessation is definitely beautiful. It will surely leave you wordless and some lines of the book will certainly reside with you once you have finished reading it.

Recommended to you if you are ready to pour yourself in the thoughts of love, sacrifice, fascination and amity.

Book Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/Soulmates-Love-Without-Ownership-Vinit-K-Bansal/dp/819293246X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422870474&sr=8-1&keywords=soulmate

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Book Review – In love… Till my last Breath – Om Shukla

Book: In love… till my last breath

Author: Om Shukla

ISBN: 9789382536345

Publisher: Lifi Publications

About the Author:

Born in a small town of Allahabad and brought up in Faridabad, Om Shukla has been involved in creative expression of his thoughts and feelings. He loves to pen down his feelings in the form of poems, in both English and Hindi. But his life brought him to a situation where he decided to pen down his life in the form of this debut novel.

The blurb says, True love comes into our lives, only once. Sometimes, it vanishes all too soon, but sometimes it stays till our last breath. Love is a journey… of joy, happiness and at times painful. Some journeys of love do not reach their ultimate destination of togetherness. This is the story of Prachi and Sameer who love each other truly, and promise to stay together till death parts them…. But, will their true love reach its ultimate destination? Let’s all find out, on this amazing journey of love, pain, togetherness and solitude.

Cover design:

The cover design was a good one. Unlike, many disappointing designs, these days. It is subtle and darkly colored, enough to attract quite some interest.

Characters of the book:

Sameer Shukla, Prachi, Paakhi, Parul, Rohit, Anubhav, Yatin.

About the story:

A simple yet appealing story bounded about long distance relationship.

It is a story that has been spun in a beautiful web which makes you stick throughout the story. With each of the chapters describing about different characters in detail and the way life has turned (Sameer and Prachi) them, it is certainly an interesting tale.

There are so many beautiful moments in the book which will make you blush and you will at times manage to smile from ear to ear.

The last few chapters turn out to be emotional in nature and It is the latter part of the story kept me intrigued. I kept on reading the first quarter on the mere urge to complete this book, but I was really hooked up with the latter half of the book. The last fifty pages or so were real page turners. I’m sure readers will enjoy the surprising journey of Prachi’s and Sameer’s life.

One more thing I liked about this book is, the narration done by the author is even paced. Neither fast nor slow, the book just flows in a smooth manner.

Conclusion:

This book is worth reading at least once.

It is a very pleasant read. You can read in a few hours of time. All in all, this book is a very fascinating, evocative, stirring and connecting.

I would recommend this book to you if you are romancing lovers and you love reading Indian contemporary love stories. You will enjoy this book very much.

Happy Reading!!!

I would like to give 3 out of 5 for In love… till my last breath.