BOOK REVIEW – Paradise Lost and Regained by Ratnadip Acharya

Title : Paradise Lost & Regained
Author : Ratnadip Acharya
Pages : 252
Publisher : Frog Publication
Genre : Fiction


Blurb:

“Whispered the forest & its trees, Little deer, tell us your story again. Smiled, I & asked, What will you gain hearing it time & again? Replied the forest at once, It is not just a story of a deer, but of we all forest, earth, sky, trees, wind and river. It is a testimony to trust, love, hope & courage that we will all remember for ages. With a smile, again, I began to narrate my story, which breathed my love, fear, success, failure & glory. It spanned from my birth in the forest to human captivity, from where I escaped to explore life s other possibility. Everywhere and every moment I received help from Nature, & it taught me to experience life from closer. I learnt that the other name of life is a mystery, and that it is beautiful with all its unknown twists and unpredictability. Once I finished my narration, the forest was throbbing with life, there prevailed only peace, silence & joy, and no strife. Name your story, breathed the forest and every living entity it contained. Thought I for a while and replied… Paradise Lost & Regained….


My Review:

The book starts telling us how this deer takes birth and her mother’s love and affection towards her is shown brilliantly, Baby deer is taught many essential lessons and the story moves on. The story will keep you engrossed as new things keeps on adding up. I simply loved the climax. It made me smile and it feels good to make mistakes, feel bad and learn? Isn’t it.

Positive points: 

Concept: Paradise Lost & Regained by Ratnadip Acharya is an unusual concept. Many important lessons are been taught in the book. The essential philosophical facts are been taught but depicting deer in the picture. I appreciate author for writing something out of the box.

Language: As a reader, I never felt an urge to reach for dictionary as the language used by the author is simple and I personally feel, Book will be appreciated by the masses for the same reason. While reading the story you’ll be able to imagine the scenes in front of you. That’s what the magic of words is all about.

Writing Style: I repeat, I could feel the same that was happening in the story, Yes, you’ll smile and even get frightened at times.

Story Line: There are few tales that directly touches the chords of the heart and I feel this tale is one of them. The beauty of the book is, you know all those lessons which are said and taught in the story, but most of the times we need someone to remind us the importance of our life.

Title of the book: I personally like these kind of titles where nothing much is revealed and that indirectly engross readers to read the story.

Last but not the least, I liked the way how each chapter begins with a quote.

Negative points:

At some point of time, while reading the book, you’ll feel like it has been stretched unnecessarily. That’s the only drawback I could point out after completing the book.


About the Author :-

“Ratnadip is a well-trained street magician and has demonstrated his skill to many across the country. A NIT Jamshedpur graduate, Ratnadip lives in Mumbai where he works as an Electrical Engineer. He contributed many inspirational write-ups in different collections of Chicken Soup for the Soul. In December 2012 his first novel, Life is Always Aimless ….Unless You Love it was published and was received well by the readers across the country. Being deeply interested in life, Nature and its mysteries, this time Ratnadip has come up with a storyline the like of which has hitherto not been told. It is about a little deer growing up in a far-flung deep forest, teeming with its fellow deer, other animals, trees and rocks. Yet we can all find ourselves in this strange and surreal world that Ratnadip has created in this inspirational novel Paradise Lost & Regained. Ratnadip can be reached at: ratnadip76@gmail.com or

facebook.com/ratnadip.acharya.5 or on

Twitter: @RatnadipAcharya ”


Conclusion:

I would like to conclude my review saying that, if you wish to read something simple and mesmerizing, you can surely choose Paradise Lost and Regained, Some stories are simple yet they touch our heart, the lessons taught from such tales remain with you for long. I would say, this book is one of them.

If you’re a nature lover – This book is for you. If you like happy endings, this book is for you. If you wish to read something that’s unusual and inspiring – This book is for you.
For the Author: Thank you for sending me review copy, I had a great time while reading the story. Best wishes for your future endeavors!


Ratings: 4.5 out of 5

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Book Review – Hey Dad! Meet My Mom – By Sandeep Sharma & Leepi Agarwal

BOOK TITLE: Hey Dad! Meet my Mom…

ISBN: 9788192960982

AUTHOR: Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal

GENRE: Fiction – Comedy/Romance/Drama

NUMBER OF PAGES: 160

Blurb of the book:

Right since childhood, the world in which we live teaches us to bury our bad past somewhere deep inside us and just move on. So deep, that even we can’t possibly dig it back out. What happens when a 10 year old child, who claims to be your future son, comes to you to help you find his mother, who’s your perfect match? What happens when you eventually start doubting his intentions? What happens when a girl starts turning your dreams into nightmares? What happens when your future son starts haunting you? What happens when your future starts bleeding into your present through your PAST? Hey Dad! Meet My Mom!!! is nothing less than a roller coaster ride of mystery, love, comedy, fear and suspense. So make sure you don’t forget to expect the unexpected!!

About The Author:

Sandeep Sharma (21), a dreamer from Agra, the city of love and the Taj Mahal, is currently in his final year pursuing B. Tech (Civil Engineering) from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida. He is very passionate about writing and has been writing short stories for a personal blog since 5 years. He has also co-founded ‘The Author’s Blog’ which is a kind of a platform which tries to bridge the gap between authors and readers. He is an avid reader and loves to review books on his blog. He has been previously associated with many anthologies as a contributing author. He loves to spend most of his time with his parents. According to him, “Parents always have so much to teach, it’s just a matter of your learning desire and time.” He can be contacted through: E-Mail: sandeeplochansharma@yahoo.in Facebook:www.facebook.com/sandeeplochansharma

Leepi Agrawal is a final year student and a gold medalist for her academic excellence in Masters of Computer Applications at Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has won the TechFest in April 2014 at college and state Level. It is said that books are a person’s best friend, so Leepi started spending her time with this special friend who then led her to write stories and poems at an early age. The Times of India gave wings to her writing by publishing her works in their esteemed newspaper. She is quite obsessed with writing, wires and machines and subsequently her obsession have turned into her passion and profession.

My Review:

The title, the first thing you notice about the book. The second is the list of characters. This will surely set the mood for the story.

The writing is smooth, pleasant and the story line is simple and uncomplicated with not many add-on. From the eye catching title to the cover of the book that made me want to take up the book.

Coming up to the story, some scenes stood out in memory, what I loved the most about this story is they way author has written it, it jigs between dreams and reality.The phase of the nightmares and their consequences on Puneet is shown brilliantly.My favourite characters are Rishi and Myra. I’m going to cherish this tale for long. The characters were all undoubtedly realistic; For me the story is much more than brilliant, an unexpected story.

The plot moves quickly and smoothly, with much needed and satisfactory twists to be a page turner.

Overall an enjoyable experience. The excitement never ends.

Give it a read!

Conclusion:

And then there are few stories which leave you dumbstruck! 
You are so much taken aback that no words can describe what you actually feel about the story. 
One such book I read today, Hey dad! Meet my mom written by 2 young authors Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal.

Honestly, I never expected such an insightful story before accepting this book for a review. I took it as a random story which meant I was to have a great Sunday. I am truly amazed to see the imagination that has been put down by in a form of a novel by these authors. I truly appreciate their dedication towards this story. These guys have won my heart, like literally. They both have wonderfully shown the meaning and power of love.

For authors: You both are successful in reaching to hearts with your lexis. Good Luck for your future endeavors.

Ratings: 4.5 out of 5