Book Review: S.O.A.R Success over Adversity Reigns by Abir Mukherjee

Title:   S.O.A.R Success over Adversity Reigns

Author: Abir Mukherjee

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Frog Books

Blurb of the book:

“Frustrated with their current jobs, Uday, Adhyayan, and Rajasekaran team up to start an innovative business, non-existent in India until then. Ignoring all pragmatic aspects of life, they chase their dreams with immense pleasure. However, their journey is no cakewalk, as they confront financial crisis and rejections soon. Uday plays a business trick to triumph over that uninfluenced market; it works initially, but soon boomerangs, blowing the team apart. The police arrests Uday accusing him of illegal activity by his organization.

Were there any blemishes in their plan or was it just a typical Indian market, reluctant to accept an un-experimented concept? Will they be successful in implementing their innovation, staking their hard earned money, stable jobs, relationships, and life

‘S.O.A.R is the story of chasing a dream, quandary between desire and responsibility, friendship and love.

Join the gutsy journey of three young entrepreneurs. ”

About the author:

He was born and brought up in Bardhaman, a small town of West Bengal. He is currently living in U.S.A and have completed more than 8 years as an IT Professional. He completed my B.E. in computer science and engineering in 2005 and started working in different software MNCs. ‘S.O.A.R-Success Over Adversity Reigns’ is his second novel, published by Leadstart Publishing. Blackbuck Publication has published his first novel, ‘As Life Has No Undo’.

He love to sketch and write in spare time. He write to entertain people, not to teach them how to live life, how to be successful in life or any other philosophical lessons. 

My Review:

The title at once captures one’s attention while cover of the book failed to attract me.

The characterization is brilliant; the pace of events is just perfect. It has all the elements of soul stirring story, it makes you smile, it gives you hope, and more than all, and it somehow makes you realize how fragile life can be.

There are several plot points within each chapter, which hold quite well, but the central plot line involves a hard times of their life when the 3 young men Uday, Adhyayan amd Rajasekaran decide to follow the path full of uncertainties.

Every person has a Right to become what ever they want to be, which both society and its people are ignoring, added his own imagination and made the truth acceptable. That’s what I liked most about this book, the brilliant way of telling a story and making it acceptable in a practical world.

The climax will make you smile, for two reasons. One, it’s a happy ending like you expected it to be and second you just realize that you have completed reading one of the best books recently.

Positive Points:

It has a kind of the language I most admire. The use of simple words by author is just awesome. Though the language was simple, the author littered just exact amount of complicated words to the prose which is more knowledgeable than hitches. The metaphors used were just brilliant.

Abir’s writing is elegant, real, with an emotional power that compels you to connect deeply with the characters and their situations.

Most I liked about this book is that it even paced. Neither fast nor slow, the book just flows in a smooth manner. Author beautifully balanced their personal life about Srishti, wife of Adhayan, mother of Uday, and Sneha, committed to Rajasekaran is described. Save for the editorial errors, which were infrequent, I guess, every average Indian reader will enjoy this book.

Negative Points:

Cover of the book could have been better than this. I personally didn’t like the cover of SOAR.

Blurb at the back worked as a spoiler. Well, I would suggest author to make it short and sweet before bringing out the next edition.

Conclusion:

The book is worth reading if you want to take a break from life as it is a fascinating tale of bubbling youth, ready to come across fortune and misfortune with equal probability.

In a character-driven book, the author’s biggest strength is his writing. Abir masterfully brings scenes to life. Small, trivial things become interesting in his hands as he crafts a delightful crochet of ideas. Indulge by all means! This 161-pages book is a gift to all those dream and who want to do big in life.

It is a story that has been spun in a beautiful web which makes you stick throughout the story. With each of the chapter describing about different characters and the way life has turned them while they walked and worked to accomplish their aspirations, it is an interesting tale.

It will make you go ‘aw’ at times, ‘what the hell’ at other times and ‘oh! my god’ at most of the times. Most importantly the book is too captivating and will surely leave you spellbound for hours after you complete reading it. No doubt the book is a best seller!

I hope his next book comes soon with another terrific page-turner.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Book Review: 3 @ a time by Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

Title: 3 @ a time

Author: Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

Genre: Romance

Publishers: Omji Publishers House Ltd.

The Blurb:

Falling in love is one of the most exquisite feelings that one can experience in their lifespan. But what if while searching for your true soul mate, you end up having that ‘exquisite feeling’ for three people at the same time?

3 @ a time is the story of Deepankar and his tryst with trust, love, relationship, betrayal and humiliation with 3 girls at the same time along with maintaining his reputation as the wonder boy of his college.

Deepankar- strong, laborious; with a never-say-die attitude while searching for true love ends up in relation with three girls from his college.

Notorious yet dedicated for his deeds at college, Deepankar seeks love from his dream girl who turns out to be homosexual!

And then destiny plays its game.

And the reason- GIRLFRIENDS

But one should never back down and nor did Deepankar; Pooja stood by him in full support.

And in the end…

It does matter

Will the search for his soul mate be completed after his rendez vous with all the three girls?

Will Deepankar restore his faith in others or will life throw curve balls at him?

Will he be able to maintain his reputation or will be hailed as a wonder?

“3 @ a time” tells us not to be complacent on our victories neither be demotivated on our losses.

About the author:

Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty is an engineering graduate and holds a post-graduate degree in Management from Pune. He currently works at an automobile company based in Muscat, Oman.

In his five year old professional career, he has worked with automobile, advertising and entertainment sector. His work has taken him to many parts across the country and abroad. He finds this experience very relevant while giving shape to his stories.

Three at a time is his debut literary achievement. .

Diptendu is currently based in Muscat, Oman. He loves watching movies or reading anything near the sea shores of Muscat when he is not working.

Diptendu can be reached at diptendusekhar.dsc@gmail.com

My Review:

3 @ a Time”, debut novel of Diptendu Shekhar Chakraborty, has dollops of various elements that makes for a meaningful read. There is emotion, there is die-hard friendship, there is romance, there is humor, there is ecstasy and so is agony.

Although the story has been overall success, but its feel little sluggish in the first half. I started liking the book at the later stage. Initially, I was not much convinced by the story line which included Ragging, so many love affairs in sequence, Yes, this novel disappointed me at various points yet, this novel is a delicious slice-of-life book with lush characterization, setting and atmospherics.

Positive Points:

This tale’s setting is of college life, they have some incidents in it which make you realize the importance of a lot of things in life.

Had it not been the climax, the story wouldn’t have been more than just average one. But the climax stole the show and to some extent overshadowed the exaggerated first half.

Negative Points:

Deepankar (Lead character of the story) manages to balance all three relationships! I am not at all convinced with this fact. When you write a book, you not only write it for the sake of writing, you write for passing on some message to the reader. I personally disliked this part of the book and what’s more shocking is not even a single girl comes to know about Deepankar’s league of affairs.

Publishers and specifically editorial team need to focus on editing errors as these errors actually distract a reader while going through the story. This book have got caliber to do good in market but I feel these kind of typing, spacing and grammatical errors might get this book negative reviews.

Conclusion:

3 @ a time is written simply and has the quality that makes one want to read the book cover to cover in one sitting. I’m sure the story makes connection with every reader in one form or the other. The story is overwhelming with the colours of love, friendship, relationship and that too in different contexts. it’s certainly readable, and even with all its flaws is a pretty catchy story. Above all, it is that ‘All’s well that ends well’ theme that is one of the most striking element of the book. Overall, the book is not extraordinary but you will be engaged in the story and will  be able to complete it.

It’s a one-time read for me, and a book that is best for travel.

All the best Diptendu for your upcoming projects!

Rating: 3 out of 5

You know what is worst kind of pain?

you know what is worst kind of pain?

It’s a feeling when you’re unable to feel anything anymore for anyone. It’s a feeling that you’re simply breathing ( inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide).

It’s when you feel there’s no amount of love, cling, care left in your soul. In fact, you feel like you no longer own a soul. It’s when you no longer respect yourself, its when you don’t feel like differentiating between wrong and right, because you yourself are no longer capable of differentiating between both.

When the terms like trust, friendship, companionship no longer makes you feel good or related. When you no longer feel tears and grief of people around you, moreover, you’re unable to shed tears no matter how much painful your life gets.

when no amount of music soothes your soul, because in real you don’t own one such thing in your body. You no longer get excited or anxious over something or someone because you doesn’t feel connected to anything or anybody.

When words like forever, trust, feelings, emotions seems to fade from your dictionary and they no longer serve any meaning in your life.

When you wish to weep in front of your parents and close ones but tears tend to dry, they feel like fading away just like your real smile.

When life seems to be dark and dull and you have no other choice than saying it loud that, you’re doing great with life…

Ages after that, when you look into the mirror, you see those eyes which no longer serve a purpose, which no longer see any dream, which no longer keeps any aspirations in it. You see those dark eyes and miss those gaze which use to shine at its best and motivate you every morning.

You wish to get back to what you were, but you see no option for getting in back and you choose to wear back that mask and prepare yourself for the new battle, battle that lies within yourself, between your mind and soul.

And once again, just like yesterday, mind wins the game and soul stays their starving, craving and crawling for that one last breath, dying daily within those dark walls build through the mind.

And then you step out of your place and when someone asks how’s life, you spread your pink lips, show up your teeth a bit as a daily practice you have almost been expert in faking it and say, I’m doing great in life.

Deep somewhere, your soul screams up, no you’re not. Please don’t lie. I wish to live, I wish to come out of these dark walls, it’s suffocating here, I wish to come out and smile again, while your mind decides to lock it up and take a charge.

You get back to your routine there’s some pain inside, pain which can never be told or scribbled down in form of words, you stay their silently pretending again and life… Life goes on!

– Nehali Lalwani

Book Review: First Job and Ten Mistakes by Uttam Kumar

Title: First Job and Ten Mistakes

Author: Uttam Kumar

Publisher: Author’s Ink Publications

About the Author: Uttam Kumar has a Masters degree in Mathematics. He has had a liking for writing since he was in 9th standard but “First Job and Ten Mistakes” is his first published work. His upcoming books include “The Moment of Truth” and “Recruitment Hijacked”.

He can be contacted at:

Twitter: @AuthorKumar

Facebook: www.facebook/AuthorUttam

My Review:

No No No! This is not a common chic lit kind of a book which you have been reading and viewing everywhere around in the market. This book can be tagged as a Self Help Book which consist various kind of theories which will be providing great help not only to the new comers in the market for seeking job, but will also be helpful in guiding experienced people too.

As a reviewer, at times we are ought to read 400 pages for completing a single book but this book is only having 44 pages in it. While I got so much to learn from it. Interestingly, every chapter captivated my attention bit by bit and how the book ended, I never knew.

Positive Points:

Self help books are always boring, this book is an exception. 1st job and 10 mistakes isn’t like the other books on this topic which include massive description about a particular topic and that would do nothing great but confuse you at the end.

I liked the title of the book. Straight forward and catchy it is!

Language used by the author is interesting too! I’m sure a reader won’t have to struggle much to understand what the author has written.

Negative Points:

Cover of the book could have been designed properly. No matter what, Cover of the book is the first impression of the book.

Conclusion:

Interesting title to start with. After reading the name, I didn’t know what to expect from the book. The best part in the book was, SpEaR and ESS theory. This book has been written after doing the proper study on the particular topics and hence I’m sure this book is going to do well in market. while reading this book you’ll surely feel like planning things and applying those plans in your life.

I recommend this book to you if you want to read something useful and inspiring. A great book to travel with. I’m sure it will help you to juggle your mind and its thoughts.

My best wishes to author for this future endeavors. Kudos for this amazing book. Hope the author comes with more such books!
Rating : 4/5

BOOK REVIEW: Just Six Evenings by Tanmay Dubey

Title of the book – Just Six Evenings

Author – Tanmay Dubey

Publisher: Rupa Publication

Genre: FICTION

Blurb of the book:

What if the course of your life, and your love, is determined by just six evenings?

Atul Shukla, a young, successful executive, has been arrested by the Gurgaon police. As he attempts to find some comfort in the dark confines of his cell, Atul revisits his life and the six evenings that changed its course.

Eight years ago, while working in Bhopal, Atul had met the beautiful and intelligent Priya on a train, DDLJ style. When it turned out that she was in his city for only six days, he decided to woo her in that fleeting period of time. But fate had other plans in store, and Atul and Priya were torn apart by lust and betrayal, seemingly forever.

Years later, Atul and Priya meet once again for six days, while they are both navigating the murky underbelly of the modern corporate world. And this time it’s not just their love at stake, but their careers, and their future as well. Will Atul and Priya manage to give love a second chance? Or will corporate greed destroy their chance for a happy ending?

Just Six Evenings is a modern-day tale of love, lust and ambition in a corporate India that shines at the expense of the dreams it tramples under its feet.
Author’s Bio Sketch:

An IT professional based in Gurgaon, Tanmay Dubey is a voracious reader and an avid storyteller. In a career spanning more than ten years, he has been fascinated by several aspects of the corporate world and this book is a result of those observations.When not busy spinning a yarn, Tanmay can be found reviewing latest Bollywood films on his popular Facebook page ‘Tanmay’s Movie Adda’. He is also an enthusiastic cyclist, a randonneur, and loves running marathons.

My Review:

Just six evenings is a story of a salesman. In this tale, author has tried to show different aspects of his life including his Career, aspirations, love life, friendship, ethics, and spiritual philosophy of the Guruji etc.

5 out of 5 for cover of the book and Title of the book.

The story begins with Atul getting into police custody and then the story takes a U turn while it carries you into the past where the whole mystery is been solved. End of the story is the best part of the book. Author gave the best ending to this tale, nothing more and nothing less was needed to make it perfect.  I would appreciate Author for the brilliant plotting. The writing style that is simple yet gripping.

Positive Points

1) Much needed Twists and turns to keep the reader glued to the book.

2) The story is very simple and the flow is apt.

3) Story of Just Six evenings is not only on a love story it had different flavors in it like spirituality, ambitions, love & lust, corporate lifestyle being ethics and unethical, which made my read completely enjoyable.

4) Characterization in the book is something that you would love while reading this tale. Each character ( Atul, Priya, Lovely Chadha, Guruji, Kodaji) is been given proper importance, with pompous detailing in the book regarding incidents you’ll be able to feel the story through author’s words.

Negative Points:

Copious grammatical and spelling errors were found while going through the story and those errors needs to get rectified in the next edition.

Technical terminology about marketing/salesmanship was something that I wished I could skip while reading the tale.

Conclusion: 

Just Six Evenings is one such book which you would like to re read and dive into it, plot of the story is brilliant. Characters of the story lead and supporting both are portrayed wonderfully that clearly depict author’s hard work and dedication.

What makes just six evenings stands out is the sensible approach that the author took in characterizing Atul’s life, his struggles, Guruji’s Gyaan etc.

I really wish the author consider the remarks that he gets for this book so that the corrections can be done in the upcoming editions.

Rating: 4/5

 

Book Review: Are You Magic or Am I a Trick? by Arpita Chipkar

Book Review: Are You Magic or Am I a Trick?

Publisher: Authors Press (2015)

Language: English

“Writers are called as creators, because they know this art of portraying their imagination into words.”

Here, in this novel Are You Magic or Am I a Trick? Arpita Chipkar, a young authoress has tried to portray an imaginative character named as Mihir Rajput. Mihir Rajput is one of the main characters of the book an imaginative character in Tanya’s life, who appears in front of her out of the blue.

Talking about the chapters, Initial chapters were not impressive as much as I expected them to be, I had very high expectations from Miss. Chipkar but the start and initial description of incidents didn’t impress me much. I felt like  But than, the story was crafted wonderfully along with the Desi tadka of tragic drama, romance and I would say, I enjoyed being a part of Tanya’s love journey. 

Tanya Bhosle is the lead character of the story in, Are You Magic or Am I a Trick? and what’s interesting is she’s is a writer too. Tanya’s character is just a like a fresh flower with fresh dew drops on it, I loved her character in the story.

The story of Tanya is been crafted wonderfully in mere 173 pages and not to forget, the language of the author and the detailing she has provided while narrating the incidents will make you fall you in love with this book. The characterization of each and every individual has been done in a very captivating way, such that neither the readers are confused, nor bored. I would give 4 out of 5 for her narration in Are You Magic or Am I a Trick.

But then when we think of this book on practical grounds, this story is disappointing. If you’re an vicarious reader and wish to read something that has nothing to do with fairy tale and imagination this book is not for you. But if you’re a kind of person who would like to believe in magical tricks and perfect drama including passionate love this book is something you shouldn’t miss.

Positive points:

1) characterization

2) Description

3) Detailing of the incidents and characters

Negative Points:

1) Story line

Conclusion:

Thus, taking all points in consideration, there’s no denying to the fact that Arpita, as a debutant has done an incredible task of penning down a story that has spice, romance, passion, drama, dreams, reality and with all the essential ingredients it surely deserves to be tagged as a Masaledar Tadka, with all Arpita seems to be an promising author. I’m sure she’s here to stay here for long, she’s going to create magic in her upcoming projects with her story telling skill. Though, this book didn’t live up to my expectations, I’m keen to read more from Arpita because of her brilliant narration skill.

I would give this book at 3.5 stars out of 5 for the effort put in.

Good Luck for your future endeavors, Arpita!

P,s. I received the copy of Are you Magic or Am I a trick? from author in exchange for honest review.

Book Review – From Where I see by Ajay Yadav

Title – From where I see

Author – Ajay Yadav

Publisher – Lifi Publications

Genre: Fiction

Blurb of the book:

Ajay meets his childhood friend Shruti on a social network site. He finds her to be struggling with intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-social and inter-religious conflicts. Eventually the conflicts kill her. Even if the police solve the case, will it prevent hundreds of Shrutis from getting killed?
How long will we think of ‘who’ killed as more important than ‘what’ killed a person? Till we don’t address this issue and work on it, many Shrutis will keep on getting killed. We need to cure the disease, not just the symptoms.

This book is an effort by the author to find the root cause and probable remedies of conflicts, and tries to explore hundreds of pertinent questions like “Why does it become so easy to get volunteers to blow up themselves and others for the sake of religion? Does religion divide or unite? What precipitates extramarital affairs? Is the immature and wrong interpretation of female emancipation the reason for a 13 fold rise in divorce rates in the last 5 years?

It’s not only a book, it’s the path to revolution, a journey towards an utopian world. Accepting the truth is the toughest job in the world. If you feel that you are open minded, have the courage to accept the truth and a desire to change the world. Be a part of the change and take the first step to build a road to the ideal world.

About the Author:

Dr. Ajay Yadav is a consultant anesthetist, intensivist and pain specialist. His textbook of anesthesia is the most sold textbook for medical undergraduates in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. He is a rational, logical and analytical thinker and is fond of reading, travelling and long distance running. It had always been his dream to write a book which can unfurl the other side of curtain.

My Review:

Firstly, thanks to the team Author’s paradise for sending me a copy of the book just because of you guys I got a chance to read this marvelous piece of literature.

Interesting blurb, catchy Title and brilliant cover design will surely create an urge in you to read this book. As a reader, when I went through the blurb, I couldn’t resist hence, I started reading this book at the very moment.

There are many books that you read, there are many writers who come and go, and then there are few writers like Dr. Ajay Yadav and few stories like “From Where I see” which are sure and create an impact in people’s mind.

Positive Points:

Story line: As a vicarious reader, I believe a story should be such where a reader gets to know something & gets to learn something.  Story line of “From Where I see” surely is one such kind of story. Stories like this can make you think about your life’s lessons and mantras.

Well researched book: In today’s scenario, where writing a book has just become a hobby or a short cut to fame, books like “From where I See” gives you a hope that Indian Literature has got talent and people like Dr. Ajay Yadav will be doing wonders in future. Research done and executed on social, national, cultural issues is truly appreciable.

Characterization: Characters are the important aspect when you read the story, and I must say, characters were well developed and well narrated, it helps you to get linked with the story easily.

Content of the book: Today where market is flooding with nothing else than love and romance, this kind of book is no less than a treasure to read, every now and then something  new, something great was kept in the story line to keep the reader hooked. Brilliant work!

Negative Points:

1) Initial chapters: Story starts with police inquiring about Shruti’s death from Ajay. The first chapter is about the series of questions and answers between the inspector and Ajay. I personally feel, author should make the mood of a reader before keeping in such serious things in picture,I feel, this chapter creates a fuss in a reader’s mind.

2) Length of the book: This story is written in 400 pages. A non reader would think thrice before picking up the book from the store.

Conclusion:

This book can be tagged as an tremendous effort by the author to show the glimpse of some important aspects of our life. This book tries to reveal many aspects at a time. The first impression which I got was, a murder Mystery but gradually author took off wonderfully and didn’t let me down. From where I see is like, More you dive in, more you get to understand and learn from it. This book will teach you, Be the change to you seek in others”, accepting a fact is indeed the tough task. If you have the courage to deal and accept the truth, be a part of this change and take some steps to make this world a better place to live in. 

If you personally wish to read something great. If you wish to read something uncommon, I recommend this book to you. Not everyday, you get a chance to read something like ” From where I see”

Rating: 3.5 out of 5