Book Review – The Last Bloom – Poulomi Sengupta

Title:  The Last Bloom
Author:  Pouloumi Sengupta
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Leadstart Publishing PvtLtd
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  394

Blurb of the book:

‘The Last Bloom’ is a story of Priya, her dreams, aspirations and struggles to fit into her new college life and its politics. Priya was ecstatic, as she was admitted to her dream college. All her visions of adventurous rock climbing trips, long night jollification with bosom friends, class bunking in lieu of movie shows, tasting lip smacking street side delicacies with classmates-a new exciting world would now unfold before her! But college is different from Priya’s idyllic dreams. In an environment as opposed to that of school, exposed to an educational system, which is controlled by political unions, will naive Priya be able to survive without any political protection? Caught between the college hero Suvo’s charming words and her acrid tussles with conceited college dropout Vivek, will immature Priya be able to differentiate between cajoling false comrades and brutally honest well-wishers? Often degraded by the skittish Shweta and saved by the blunt rebellious Aashi, will Priya be able to identify her friends and stand up for them, against fierce opposition? As Priya undertakes her journey of self-discovery, will she succumb to her deep-seated fears and insecurities or will she survive the ultimate test of time?”

Review

Authors like Pouloumi Sengupta make us think like yes, there’s so much more to write and ponder about other than Rain and romance. I would like to appreciate author’s effort for taking up such an interesting topic.

You always wish to travel back to the time which you always define as “The Golden Period of your Life” yes; you got me right, I’m talking about the college life. This book had elements to take me back to those days which I was missing since months. The lead character of this book Priya was a strong character weaved perfectly by the author. I would appreciate writer’s describing skills here as the way author kept all the scenes and different details in a sequence that as a reader I never felt out of the pace. I would genuinely like to appreciate author’s writing skills.

Various aspects were taken up by the Author while penning down this interesting tale called “The Last Bloom” as this book talks about different aspects altogether such as Politics, college, difference in environment, different opinion, dreams and aspirations and other struggles  which a normal student might face as a part of life.

Language has always been an important medium for us to communicate wherever we want to. Author took up this issue in an interesting manner. How does language affect students in colleges and how problematic it becomes for students to deal with language barriers. I would like to congratulate Author for taking up an issue which is indeed serious but hardly discussed and taken into consideration.

Another positive point I found in the book is, language used by the author is easy going that will make easier for a reader to connect with the story line.

Conclusion:

Books like these need to be promoted for some obvious reasons. This book has all the elements to get a tag of a Best Seller.

Even though this book is written by a debut writer the way description is done, the way out of the box thought process is shown and the way whole story is weaved is truly commendable. I had a great time reading this book and as a reader I loved how this book turned up.  I would recommend this book to you if you are fond of reading new and exciting subjects. If you like to read fresh writers and their fresh thoughts, this book deserves to be given a chance.

 Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review – Logically Stupid that’s Love

  • Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • ISBN-10: 9382665560
  • ISBN-13: 978-9382665564
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Shikha is a qualified IT Manager and an accidental author.  Her first book  ‘He Fixed the Match, She fixed Him’ will soon be adapted as a motion picture. She writes columns occasionally with DailyO (India Today) and TOI-Blog, Right Nailed and other forums. She’s also a relationship expert and a traveler at heart.

Main Characters of the book:

Kartik Brar, Sahana, Mr. Ajit, Mrs. Alka, Mrs. Gauri, Mr. Arminder, Vinny, Honey, Samar, Rahul, Garima,Kauveri etc.

My take on the book:

There are few writers whose writing skills never fail to awe you. One such writer for me is, Shikha Kumar. Her narration skills are so powerful that you are literally forced to visualise the characters of the book. The easy-going language used by the author is of course like a cheery on the cake.

This story has all the essential elements to make you believe in the power of true love. This story has all the essential elements to appreciate writer for the wonderful work she has done. Yet again, she has proved her brilliance through her work!

This story revolves around many emotions like parenthood, love, lust, frustration, hopes, ambitions, dreams, misunderstanding, longing for love etc. You’ll be laughing out loud at the funny moments shared by Kartik (Happy) with his childhood friends described in the story. You’ll be having moist eyes while reading Kartik’s dilemma between head and heart and Sahana’s true feelings about love and life will make you believe in the power of love.

There are few positive points about the book:

The title of the book is very apt and it perfectly suits the story. The cover of the book is brilliantly made, it perfectly depicts the story’s baseline.

The language used in the book by the author will be appreciated by the masses for some obvious reasons. I was sheding tears while reading the pain that was felt by Sahana and Kartik while they longed to be with each other but destiny was too harsh with them for 5 years. I could feel Sahana’s pain as a lover and an Indian daughter.

The characterization is done brilliantly. You’ll be instantly connected with the characters, they seem so real. It’s the magic of Shikha that no character in the story feels useless or forcibly crafted. Each character in the story has its own importance. Sahana and Vinny are my personal favorite. I literally hated Rahul’s mother for all the insensible talks she did with Sahana.

Talking about the negative points of the story,

I personally feel this story badly needed some twists and turns. Some more masala in this story could have made this book a perfect treat for readers. After a point, story becomes stereotype and it becomes too easy to assume the next move which can eventually bore readers.

It’s only because of the beautiful narration of emotions and story, I could complete reading this book in less than 2 days.

Conclusion:

The philosophical part in the story is my favourite, where life’s important lessons have been taught to us in the most simplest way. There’s no question about writer’s ability when it comes to dialogue delivery and narration, she’s simply the best in it. Not to forget, editors have done their work brilliantly, I could thoroughly enjoy the story because of minimum grammatical errors.

Ratings: 3.5 out of 5

**This Book, Logically Stupid, that’s love was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.**

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

Book Review- #IAm16ICanRape

Book: #IAm16ICanRape

Author: Kirtida Gautam

Genre: Ficton

Publishers: Read Out Loud

Blurb of the book says,

Rudransh Kashyap is a self-made billionaire and man of high moral fiber. His life is shattered when he returns home one day to find that his prodigy, his 16-year-old grandson, Aarush, has been arrested and accused of a brutal gang rape. It is easy to say, “Kill the Rapist” but what if the accused is your child?

This case takes an unprecedented turn when Aarush’s identity is made public on social media. Rudransh finds himself living a nightmare as he fights against tremendous odds to get justice for Aarush, to save him and to bring him back home… But what if the unthinkable is true? Can Rudransh save his grandson, or will he end up fighting a different battle altogether?

Characters of the book:

Gayatri, Aarush, Shubhangi Tyagi, Ananya, Mrigank, Rudransh Kashyap, Meghna, Pihu, Shirni , Harry , Priya, Dr. Samvedana, Vijay.

My Review:

This book was received by me few weeks back. I had instantly agree to review this book as the title of the book won my heart. I couldn’t wait much to wear my reading glasses and unfold the story. I took around 7-8 days to complete this book. Yes, this book is unusually massive, but the length can be ignored when the story has potential to steal the show.

Blurb of the book is captivating enough to force you to pick this book. When I read bio sketch of the author, first word that I uttered was IMPRESSIVE! I had high expectations from the book, because from the title of the book, blurb, cover of the book and even the author’s introduction impressed the reader in me. Let me tell you, Kirtida surely lived upto my expectations.

There are few books who literally juggles your though process, it hits you hard on head and you can’t just escape. You need hours or few days to come out of it, one such book I read recently is written by Kirtida Gautam #IAm16ICanRape.

I firmly believe, talking something about social issues like rape needs a lot of courage. Not everyone is good is doing justice when it comes to narrating such sensitive tales but Kirtida has won my heart through #IAm16ICanRape.

This story is different because it is been told by 15 perspective. Each character blurts their feeling out and the narration is indeed appreciable. At the end of each chapter author managed to bring in a new twist which makes this book a ” Page Turner.”

Positive Points:

Sensitive topic:  This book talks about Rape and its suffering, Juvenile Justice System of India, Media etc. I truly loved the concept of the book, Applauds to the author for penning down such an soul stirring tale.

Realistic: Though this book is a fiction, I could very much relate to the scenes that were brilliantly inscribed in the book. Overall, this book shows the real and darker side of the society.

The best part of the book is, it talks and discusses the issue from various perspective. This quality shows that the book is well researched and its definitely not written hastily.

Characterization: Pihu’s character is my favorite. As I always say, when a reader can connect with your characters you can say you’re successful in building characters. Yes, I could feel the pain of Shubhangi Tyagi. The description gave me goosebumps.

Negative Points:

Psychological description in the book could have been easily eliminated. It’s only because exaggeration shouldn’t be felt by the reader while going through a story.

This book had grammatical errors and typos. When you’re reading such sensitive topics, grammatical errors and typing mistakes hinders your thought process which somehow hampers your pace of reading. These errors can be rectified in the next edition.

This book could have been divided in 2 parts. Reading 590 pages is not everyone’s cup of tea. Though this book deserves to be read by masses, size of the book can be a reason why people will ignore to read it.

About the Author:

Kirtida is a clinical psychologist turned screenplay writer who completed her education from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, India. Her passion for psychology and writing inspired her into writing psychological thrillers. While the readers are reading this introduction, the next thriller is in the making…

Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review – Those Were the Days by N.S. Ravi

Title: Those Were the Days

Author: N.S. Ravi

Publisher: Frog Books

No of pages: 249

Honestly, I am not much fond of reading non fiction books. When I was contacted to read and review this book, I was not sure If I can do justice while reviewing. I gave it a try and I am happy I didn’t deny to read this book.

Talking about the title and the cover of the book, it’s interesting and impressive!

As I always say, a blurb and cover of the book shouldn’t be taken for granted. They play an important role in creating an impact on the reader’s mind. Blurb of the book is something that created excitement in me to read this book.

Blurb of the book says, 

I get frustrated when I hear my own people criticizing India.

I feel sad when I realize that more than half of the Indian population is unaware of what we have achieved in the recent past.

It is unfortunate that we seniors along with the government have jointly failed to make our younger generation know how great this country is. We teach them about Ramayana, Mahabharata and few selected leaders during the independence movement. We name all our new schemes after one or two leaders as if they were the only ones who did everything.

India is more than just few leaders. India has been a movement which assimilates everything which comes into contact with it and it is people who live here who make it happen.

The last fifty years have seen tumultuous changes world over. These have had vibrations in India as well.

Let us re-live these years.

About the Author:

N. S. Ravi holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and has had a distinguished and chequered career in senior positions in public and private sector enterprises dealing in jewellery, infrastructure and textiles and apparel in Europe, Africa and India. He speaks Tamil, Hindi, English and French.
Ravi is married and has two children.
‘Those Were the Days’ is his debut non-fiction work.
He can be reached at nuranisravi@yahoo.co.uk

Inside the book:

This book contains in total 30 chapters. Each chapter had something new and exciting to offer. Various positive aspects regarding our country are covered in these chapters which are generally seen but ignored. This book will give you reasons to feel proud for your motherland. Aspects like, music, technology, astrology, banks, property, pets, teachers, schools, pencils, pens and ball pens, tuition, radios,etc. Is being inscribed wonderfully, this shows the mature writing skills and observation skills of the author. These kind of work and stories require a lot of patience and research, the author has done it all and it could be easily seen in his Lexis.

In my view, if there’s any ounce of patriotism within you, this book will touch your heart for sure. What I personally liked about this book is, the author has tried to highlight the positive points of our nation rather than criticizing our motherland.

Positive Points of the book:

  1. The language used by the author is easy and understandable. This will surely help author to reach the maximum readers.
  2. I liked the concept of the book. I got to read something different. Something unusual and something which is not commonly chosen to read and write.
  3. Mature writing skills can be observed while flipping the pages.
  4. Simple yet catchy title.
  5. The book is written in a letter based conversation. Interesting!
  6. No such editing errors were found in the book.

Conclusion:

Uncommon plot. This book can be read if you’re bored of reading the same Chiclets which has nothing new to offer. This book must be read by the youngsters to understand the worth of our motherland, to understand the journey of our motherland.

A great effort done by a debut writer! I would definitely love to read more from him.

My Rating: 4 out of 5