Book Review: Diabolical by Supriya Parulekar

Title: Diabolical

Author: Supriya Parulekar

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

ISBN: 9789384382094

Blurb of the book says,

Lost and alone, Sonya fought with the demons that haunted her, threatening to rip her apart! “They want me dead…” Sonya mumbled as fear took hold of her. Being a superstar in Bollywood provided no solace to the gorgeous Sonya Rana and there was no running away from the fear that she experienced every waking moment. Jay tried to soothe her frayed nerves with his love but she chose to shut herself from the world. All she wanted was to leave her dark past behind, somehow.

“Let me go… please,” Sonya pleaded to Tania, her step-sister who fiercely loved and protected her. Sonya knew the bitter truth. In the end, either one will survive; she or the demons raging within her, and if the demons won, it would spell an end for Sonya. When one’s soul takes a beating, all hope is lost and everything is over in a single heartbeat. The ‘Diabolical’ had manifested itself within the gorgeous Sonya, killing the hope of a chance at a beautiful life she could have had. Read this book to unravel the dark games our mind plays with us. Experience a tumultuous ride of emotions as Sonya’s past catches up with her sending her life spiraling down.

Review:

This book titled, Diabolical is a story of a superstar – Sonya Rana. A triumphant Bollywood celebrity hitting on the highest point of her profession.

What people perceive about you is not always the truth is very well explained here in the story. The same is applicable in Sonya’s life. For others Sonya has a perfect life, perfect family, perfect carrier, but deep inside her head, she had her own demons to fight with. Loneliness is one of the worst feelings. Agree? This story explains the same thing, even though being encircled by her relatives;  Sonya Rana feels all alone.  She’s having a sister cum best friend in her life as Tania. Who cares for her more than her life.  I simply loved the characterization of Tania. Sonia has a loving, caring and understanding partner too, but they say few things are not meant to be with you forever.

Here in the story many emotions are being portrayed by the author, Fear, selfless love, jealousy, abuse, negligence, Loneliness, etc. This story had many facets and author managed to wonderfully craft them all. In the story, Sonya is struggling to get rid of the worst rival, the devils inside her brains. Each and everyone who’ll pick up this book would say at least once; Yes, I have been there. Yes, I know how it feels.

I could easily connect with this story as a reader, because the language used by the author is uncomplicated and smooth, the vocabulary is not at all knotty and it was an overall pleasant read for me. The story had enough twists and turns to keep me obsessed for knowing more. This tale was successful in creating curiosity in the mind till the last page of the book.

There are some editorial mistakes, for which I will not blame the author. I want to appeal to all the publishers out here, please take care of editorial mistakes.

Overall, nice attempt. Author hence proves to be a versatile writer by penning down something like Diabolical.

If you consider my point of view before picking up a book, I would say, diabolical is a book which shouldn’t be missed. Go for it. It is different than others. A book that can help you to introspect, a book that can create a storm of thoughts in your head.

Ratings: 4 out of 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Supriya Parulekar is a published author with four books in her kitty and has written a story, a screenplay and dialogues for two movie projects that are under consideration at present. She has also worked as a script editor for TV18 and History Channel. She was a columnist for ‘YUVA’, a magazine for the youth. Her passions include reading, writing and travelling to new places in search of inspirations.

Supriya’s debut novel ‘A Soulful of Lie’, a supernatural thriller, was very much appreciated by Lat Gautam Rajadhyaksha, a well-renowned celebrity photographer. ‘DReamcatcher’ belongs to the romance genre and it was a huge success in a couple of days since its launch. The third, ‘The Gangster’s Muse’ is a thriller and is available online and in stores. Recently, ‘BFF: Best Friends Forever’ was released and it did quite well in the ‘Teen fiction’ category.

Supriya compose poems too when she is not working on her books or reading.

She can be connected at:

Email: parulekar.supriya@gmail.com

Facebook: /supriya.r.parulekar and /parulekarsupriya

Book Review: Anything to look hot by Jas Kohli

Title: Anything to Look Hot
Author: Jas Kohli
Genre: Ficton
Publishers: Srishti Publishers

Blurb of the book says,

When the superstar diva of the past decade doesn’t want to play the hero’s mother on screen, she insists that she be reshaped into the most beautiful woman in the world…by any means.

This is just one of the many odd situations which plastic surgeon Dr. Dhruv faces in Mumbai. He has dealt with tyrannical bosses and finicky patients while undergoing his training, during which he has also won over a stunning doctor as his life partner. But satisfying the movie stars is a different ball game, because every girl wishes to have bee-stung lips, and every guy wants to flaunt a six-pack abdomen without working too hard. And all this while, he has to resist losing his balance over his ravishing female clients. Dr. Dhruv’s journey surpasses even a masala movie for humour, drama and action. In debunking many a myth about cosmetic surgeries, the book will enthrall those who can do Anything to Look Hot.

Characters of the book:

Dhruv, Nandini, Ravinder Khanna, Mururi, Dr. Jayraj, Dr. Palmer, Dr. Vidhur, Chirta, Shagun.

My review:

I am glad, I decided to read, anything to look Hot. When market is almost flooding with same kind of stories this kind of concept and book truly deserves to get appreciation. This book clears many misconceptions regarding Plastic surgery. This book also talks about actors and actresses and their tantrums surgeons has to face every now and then.

I was able to connect with the characters right from the beginning and liked them almost instantly. The flow of words, the pace of the story and the fusion of different emotions in the context was perfect for me. The Narration is just perfect and undoubtedly not belonging to a debutante author.

I totally loved the part where Dhruv goes mad after Nandini. Their part in the book is something that I enjoyed reading the most. Most importantly, this offers you various themes in one story like it had love and romance and it had thrilling elements to engross the readers. The sense of humor is just perfect and enough to crack a laughter riot.

Author has presented the story in a promising way. Every single line leaves the thread of emotion. The play of words assists you all the way down to conjure up an image of what’s going on and hence the novel becomes intriguing.

Positive Points:

Lovely book cover and title of the book: I liked the cover of the book. Title of the book is equally interesting. Any reader would like to pick up this book by looking at its cover and title.

Lucid Language: Language plays an important role while you decide to share your story with masses. Your language should be easy going and convincing too. Both these qualities were found in Jas Kohli’s narrating skills.

Gripping Story: I loved the story line. The flow of the story is truly appreciable. The pace of the story is well maintained.
I so much enjoyed reading Anything to look hot that, I couldn’t keep down the book till I completed reading it. Yes, I mean it I completed this book in one go. I repeat, writing style is nice and the freshness of the plot makes it a delightful read.

Negative Points:

The exaggeration of the details that were related to Plastic Surgery were turning my mood down as a reader.

Conclusion:

I was glad that there were not too many editing glitches and the narration moved smoothly. The writing style of the author is fine and the book is a page turner. It will keep you gripped till the end. A light,  enjoyable, breezy read. It was definitely a good and deserved break for me from all the dark, sinister novels that I was feasting on. On the whole this book is a decent read and can be a good accompaniment for a lazy afternoon.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

About the Author:

A practicing plastic surgeon Dr. Jas Kohli is a multi-faceted personality. His interests include bird-watching, astronomy, music and writing. Dr. Kohli aims at furthering the doctor-patient bond through his writings. ‘Anything To Look Hot’ is his debut novel. The book in part, reflects Dr. Jas’s own story.

Book Review: The Last Surge by Pramit Sarkar

 The Last Surge 

Pages: 202

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

Genre : Fiction

Blurb of the book says,

“…the day we face each other, she will be sorry; sorry for rendering me emotionally impotent. And that will be my victory.” Their blazing courtship was nearing marriage, before fate played its vicious card. Rimi dumped Gabriel and married the choice of her family but Gabriel decided to remain single. Why did Rimi take such a drastic decision? How did Gabriel keep up his single hood? Did they meet again or did fate succeed in keeping them apart? How does Sneha fit into the picture? Crafted with the characteristic flavors of Bengal, THE LAST SURGE brings you the tale of an ace football player turned relationship counselor and what made this protagonist a great brother, a greater father and an even greater romantic.

Characters in the story:

Gabriel, Rimi, Sneha, Sayantika, Tanima, Torun, Sudhanshu, Mrinalini,Melyssa, Kriti, Kartik,  etc

Review of the book:

I’m extremely elated to post the review of this wonderful book. On a boring Sunday, when you have nothing good to do, book like this can literally cheer you your mood. It is the love story set up at Kolkata. The lead characters of the story are Gabriel Hopkins and Rimi Chakraborty. The best thing of the book is the story never got boring.

Being a reviewer, often I get to read love stories and more often it happens that I get bore reading almost the same kind of stuff, but The Last Surge is a book which kept me engrossed till the end with the brilliant plot and mesmerizing story telling skills were like cheery on the cake.

Cover and title of the book get full marks. Narration done by the writer is something that I loved the most. As I always say, the toughest task for the author while writing is to make people feel their words. Pramit Sarkar, you have done a Fab job. I could feel your lexis. I felt the pain while Gabriel was left aloof by his lover Rimi. I have never been to Kolkata, but the description and the detailing is done so wonderfully that I could imagine the scenes in front of my eyes while reading the story.

Playing with words using right grammar and metaphors is not at all an easy task. Pramit Sarkar has done an appreciable job here too. No such editing errors were found in the book and that made my reading journey a soothing one. Kudos to the editor of the book.

characters were very well built. Writing with patience is all we need to make a book worth readable. Yes, Pramit your patience could be felt while reading about the characters and other minute details which you provided wherever needed shows that you’re a mature writer.

The end of the story was unexpected. I loved it. Though, I somewhere felt writer was in rush while ending the story but the end of the story can be rewritten in the other editions of the book.

Conclusion:

I loved the way author has crafted Gabriel’s character. I loved sneha’s role in the story, how she gets to know about his father’s past and the way she tries to bring back Rimi in his father’s life. I loved the story line. I repeat, this story never got boring. I loved the language used by the author too. Emotions and feelings are not at all easy to describe but the way author has described pain, aloofness, mad in love, care etc is truly appreciable.

Negative points of this story are, The ending made me feel incomplete. I wanted author to dig up more before ending this tale and too many characters in the story were used which made the story bit complex. I forgot few characters while going through the story. Nevertheless, The last Surge is an enjoyable read.

Recommended to you, if you are looking for an engaging story while travelling.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5  

About the author:

An alumnus of IIT Bhubaneswar, Pramit has previously served a Navaratna company before following his passion for story-telling. Besides being an ardent follower of cricket, he takes just as much interest in cooking as he does in case of books.
Presently he covers wedding stories as a freelance writer, along with the preparations for his next novel. One may write to him at princeofmistakes@gmail.com or visit his website thebabblingraconteur.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pramit.e.sarkar