Book Review: Interdimensional Gateways

Title: Interdimensional Gateways

Pages: 328

Cover and Blurb: 4 out of 5

Storyline: 3 out of 5

Characters: 2 out of 5

Overall: 3 out of 5

Blurb of the book:

Our world has always been under the shadow of paranormal beings. Ever since the dawn of civilization, powerful races from different dimensions have been pulling the strings on humanity. Modern day science calls them aliens, whereas different religions identify them as either Gods or Demons. This war started eons ago in a period, now known as ‘Satyuga,’ when an elite fighter race called ‘Gandharva,’ responsible for guarding the dimensional Gateways were attacked by an unknown entity.

Adish and Savarnik are living a perfectly normal life in Delhi. But a simple act of helping a stranger during one of their road trips sets into motion a chain of events that pulls them into this simmering conflict. They are left fending for themselves as they encounter forces beyond their comprehension and find themselves as pawns of this cross-dimensional war.

The fate of not only their world but all ‘worlds’ hangs in the balance.

Only Gods can save them. But who will save the Gods?

My view about the book:

I received this book from Authors paradise for review purpose. While, I was honestly too bored of reading those similar college life romance stories this book came as a change to me. Recently, I got a chance to read this book published by notion press titled as “Interdimensional Gateways” a book that comprises of many aspects like historical facts with the combination of fiction, tug of war between responsibilities and our own choices for life, war between good and evils energies (God and Devils), family bonding, friendship, college life etc.

Starting with the first look of the book, I always prefer to go through the blurb and cover of the book as it gives a slightest of idea about its story. Blurb of this book gets the full marks as after reading it, I was too excited to read this book.

Prologue of the book starts with Kunal panicking and some negative energy killing people created a lot of suspense and it didn’t leave a great impression on me as a reader.

Story starts with a part explaining a time of Satyuga which had Gandharvas (Protectors of God), how they are even ready to die for saving Devlok. Story moves on smoothly but soon after that story started being complicated while it took a pace and mixed up present and history together. A little bit of proof reading and re writing could have done wonders. Some parts of war were too exaggerated that I as a reader started losing interest and it kind of killed suspense element too.

Too many characters and their descriptions made my experience of reading this book quite a boring and confusing. Story could be made clearer by not adding too many facets together. (Kunal (Sunita, his office mates, Archeologists (Mr. Ventakeshwar, Vishwanathan, Jaswant), Gandharvas(Aarav, Aartha, Demons and Rakhshas, Sarvanik, Adish, Natasha, Bhavna, Raveena, Piyush)

End of the story left me stunned as it had a much needed suspense element to make readers wonder what would happen next. The 2 characters (Sarvanik andAdish) which remained my favorite are truly the best part of the book.

Positive Points:

• I personally had a great impression about a book after reading its “Blurb”. I must say, engrossing blurb.

• The limited yet the strongest segment of the book to me is, Savarnik and Adish. I loved the detailing of these characters and I thoroughly admired them as characters. They felt so real. I would love to read more of them in the upcoming book.

• I liked the headings that are given to the chapters. “Interesting titles of the chapters”

• I couldn’t find any grammatical errors which is truly essential facet while narrating a story.

Negative Points:

• Too many characters are involved in a story, this story flips from Satyuga to the present life of a metro city and that created a lot of confusion in my head as a reader.

• Some parts were over exaggerated especially the war part, that could have been omitted or deleted while rewriting or proof reading. I personally feel this story could be told in an easier way.

• This story is engaging for sure but the way of presenting the story messed up a bit.

• Usage of Easier Vocabulary could have been better as story was too complicated as it was flipping through different eras. Unnecessarily words were overly used and that could be easily ignored.

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Chit Chat session with Anurag Mohn

 Anurag Mohn:

Anurag Mohn is an Indian film Music Composer (Music director), Programmer, Arranger, Mixer and Playback Singer. At the age of 18, Anurag Mohn started his music journey as one of the finalist of Kingfisher Voice of Goa 2012.

He’s a graduate in BA (Hons.) in English Literature from IGNOU. India’s premiere music label ‘Times Music’ released his debut Music Video ‘Kho Gaya’ in the month of June 2014. It’s in the ‘Top Ten’ recommended romantic songs of June 2014 by Times Music, also a Finalist of (2015) Benedryl BIG GOLDEN VOICE -Season 3 (Mumbai).

He has more than 10,000 subscribers on Youtube. His covers are admired and loved by his fans and followers. Check out his work by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnuragMohn

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Let’s peep into your personal diary

  1. What did you want to be when you were 5 years old?

I started playing the Keyboard when I was 4, so yes I was attracted towards music. But, I still had no idea what I wanted to become.

  1. What was your first job?

Music Director, Programmer / Arranger and Singer at the age of 17, for a feature film “Let’s Change”

  1. Describe yourself in 5 words.

Patient, Unique, Disciplined, Fashionable, Fun Loving.

  1. Which languages do you speak?

Mostly, Hindi and English

  1. Who do you most admire in life? Name 3 people you admire. 

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  1. What do you do when not working?

I listen to my favorite songs or Play Games (Assassins Creed, CS: GO)

  1. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

I haven’t traveled around much, but I love the beauty of the place I live in, Goa.

  1. What’s on your bucket list this year

I am eagerly waiting for my songs to release for the movie “Redrum”, I wish to learn new things for sure; I’m also looking forward  to work with Experienced Singers for movie projects.

  1. Who is your personal hero

My father

  1. Which are your 2 favorite careers and why?

To own a Restaurant, and Come Up with my own Brand of Clothing / Accessories.

Something called Rapid Fire….

  1. What is your favorite song?

Chunar from ABCD 2

  1. Who is your Favorite singer?

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  1. What kind of music do you listen?

Slow/Romantic ; Sufi , English

  1. How do Mondays feel for you?

Just like any other day.

  1. What’s your number one priority?

Work

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  1. What makes you special, unique and talented?

My way of connecting to the audience through my music.

  1. What do you value the most?

My family and Friends

Just to know you and your thoughts in a better way…

  1. Define success

Success is Never Ending, failure is Never Final. Success is also not permanent; you need to keep working hard.

  1. What’s your greatest achievement till date?

I got a chance to work with Javed Ali, Abhijeet Sawant and Sonu Kakkar.

  1. What do you consider a wasted life?

A life wherein one’s talent is not utilized is a wasted life.

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  1. If you could change one law of your country, what would it be?

No laws, but I would work  for the Judiciary to be much more efficient.

  1. Who influenced you the most in life and why?

I was always influenced by Mithoon’s music, I have been listening to him since 2011 and it’s because of him I chose to be a Composer. The connection he has with the people through his music is something to be learned. Apart from Mithoon, KK has always been an inspiration in singing.

  1. They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?

My struggle to become ‘The’ Anurag Mohn and how to stay calm, positive and patient in any situation.

  1. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

A Combination of All.

  1. How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

An Accomplished Musician and Good Human Being.

Message for your followers: Peace, Positivity and Patience. 🙂

 

Chit Chat Session With Rohit Gupta

Introduction- Rohit Gupta:

He is an Indian entertainer, comedy artist and a performer. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He attended St. Francis High School in Mumbai. After his completion of masters in Business administration he started working as a chemicals’ manufacturer, Rohit started his career with Facebook videos in 2016.

Rohit has a significant fan following in India and Pakistan across social media platforms.

Let’s get ‘Thoda Personal’

  1. Describe yourself in few words.

It took me approximately 30 years to become Rohit Gupta!  It’s a tough task but then I feel some words that can aptly describe me would be:

  • Fighter by mind
  • Humorous and passionately funny
  • Emotional and intensely Romantic by heart

2. In how many languages you can communicate?

I can communicate in several languages. I’m BEST with certain accents and that includes: Arabic, Hindi, English, Sindhi, Marathi, Punjabi and Gujarati

3. How many actors you can mimic?

Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Sanjeev Kumar. Even I can talk/mimic as an African, South Indian, Bihari, Nepali, Chinese and I know a lot of other accents too.

  1. Who do you most admire in life? Name 3 people you admire.  
  • My Role Model – my father.
  • Bollywood Badshah King Khan Mr. Shahrukh Khan,
  • International Celebrity Mr. Russel Peters
  1. What do you do when not working?

I watch a lot of web series, moreover I watch Hollywood and Bollywood movies, I love to go on long drives and I also read self-help books on my kindle.

  1. What’s on your bucket list this year

I have lots of hopes with 2017. This year I want to do some serious acting in web series maybe, I’m looking forward to it.

  1. Tell us something about your favorite book, magazine or comic.

Basically, 2 books made tremendous change in my life, the first one is: The power of your subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy (one of my all time favorite) as it helped me in being more positive with life and removed my phobia & fear from life.

One must read, Easy way to stop smoking by Allan Carr for some obvious reasons. I was a chain smoker and this book truly helped me to quit smoking with a single side effect.

  1. What changed in your life when you became famous?

My life has totally changed upside down. I am no more a rich daddy’s kid now. Today I know that, I attract and entertain people with my humor and its amazing to be loved my so many fans. I am more confident and secure about myself.

  1. What is the biggest audience you have performed in front of?

Rohit_GuptaI haven’t faced crowd personally as I’m not much into stage performances but number of views, comments and likes on my videos says it all

10. What is the weirdest call that you have made?

Once a girl called and asked me to have phone sex with her in Shahrukh khan’s voice and believe it or not, thinking back about it I find it to be a weirdest call that I have ever been through.

  1. What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever done for you?

To be precise, every approach of my viewers and followers add humour to my life. I haven’t really felt anything weird till now.

Thodi si Philosophy to banti hai…

  1. Define success

Success is where my dreams come true with lots of fame, heaps of good health and wealth which I can share with my beloved family.

  1. What Is “Home” To You?

Home is where you feel like ending up your day.

  1. What feels like “love” to you?

Love for me is when two different individuals are effortlessly comfortable in making each other happy regardless of time, situation and place.

Rapid Fire…. Here it goes:

  1. What was your first job?

Assistant of the actor Poonam Dhillon in which I was fired on the first day itself.

  1. What did you want to be when you were 5 years old?

As a Kid, I always wanted to own a car showroom.

  1. Would you ever date a fan?

I cannot be with a girl if she is not a fan of my work. I would only date someone who actually likes what I do.

  1. If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Chicken Royale (Burger King), fried rice and some sauce, London dairy Ice cream

  1. What is your favorite movie quote?

“I have a weak heart but a strong mind” from the movie Awake.

  1. What Are You Most Grateful For?

To have a father like I have, he has given me everything I wanted.

Just to know your bit of secrets…

  1. What single event has had the biggest impact on who you are today?

Betrayal of my close ones including my girl friend has made me a stronger person. Now, I no longer seek or demand support of anyone and would say that, I have achieved my dreams being alone, I am indeed thankful to all those who gave me a chance to do so!

  1. Who influenced you the most in life and why?

I am thoroughly inspired by the journey of Shahrukh khan who molded himself from nobody to a self-made man and is ruling Bollywood industry with his charm and wittiness since a decade.

  1. If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

I own the most prized possession of my life that’s my DAD and I don’t expect anything more than that for my life.

  1. If you could change one law of your country, what would it be?

I personally hate violence and being into physical fights that can endanger someone’s life. I wish to have strict laws against those committing such crimes.

  1. How has stardom changed you?15319190_561528847384124_889459579461430491_n

Stardom has never affected me and I shall never let it happen as I believe in what I am because of my work.

  1. If money were no concern, what would you do for the rest your life.

Money was never a matter of concern for me. Only thing that matters is my passion towards making others smile.

  1. What is the toughest part of being a celebrity?

I’m not a celebrity; you’re just too generous to consider me one.

  1. What is your dream Project? 

“Yash Raj presents Rohit Gupta”

Any Message for your fans and followers who are reading this Interview

Thank you, for making me who I am today. I felt worthless before, I thank you all for all the appreciation and encouragement which you pour in through your comments and reviews on my page.

My parents are proud of me, because of all the love you have showered upon me. I had given up on hopes from my life but my fans and viewers got it all back in me.

I love you all.

 

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 – Tamanna ( A Story Of Forbidden Love) by Tejeshwar Singh

Title : Tamanna
Author : Tejeshwar Singh
Pages : 247
Publisher : Fingerprint Publication

Blurb of the book:

True love is like a permanent state of madness, one that makes us end up doing things we always thought ourselves incapable of.

The same happened with Delhi-based Arjun Singh. As a teenager, he made fun of romantic movies and love songs. Even when he got married, he only gradually fell in love with his wife—their love was mature and pure and had none of the madness that love stories are made of.

But his story only begins here . . .

One day at a party, he meets Tamanna, who looks breathtaking beside her overweight and pompous husband. Her arrival turns Arjun’s life around. He does everything love-struck teenagers are known to do—from writing poetry and letters to checking his phone every few minutes. He pines, he sings, he cries, he obsesses, he hyperventilates, he regrets, he scolds himself, he broods, he dreams, and he loves—truly and helplessly.

And as time passes, the gradual revelation of Tamanna’s maturity, her thoughtfulness, and her witty personality leave Arjun completely awestruck. But his is not a usual love story, for he is married, and so is she.

Heartbreaking and inspired by the author’s life story, Tamanna is a journey through a man’s heart, exploring, as it does, how it is possible to love more than one person at the same time, and how love heeds no reason and no boundaries.

Characters of the book:

Arjun Singh, Sangini, Baabu, Tamanna, Sanjay, etc.

My review:
First impression of this book was WOW! The cover of the book is undoubtedly captivating. The blurb of the book is satisfactory as it unfolds many secrets.

Ever heard or experienced the phrase which says, there’s nothing wrong and right when you’re in love? Well, This tale explains the same. Tamanna is a real life story of author himself, which talks about extra marital affair. Author has tried to define one side love here in the story in a mature way.

When I read the blurb, I expected love making scenes and other such description in the book but nothing such is found in the book. Honestly, I expected this book to be nothing more than a regular one sided love story in which a guy falls for a girl after marriage and he has to go through the complexities of life but this tale surprised me as it is not an ordinary tale. It’s all about Obsession, Pious feelings, gloom, regret, self condemnation etc.

Positive Points of the book are:

  1. Intriguing tale! You will not feel like picking up next book till you complete this one.
  2. Subject line! Very much sensible and thoughtful story line.
  3. The writing style is gripping and you will keep turning pages.
  4. As author has experienced all these emotions himself, narration seems realistic.
  5. I loved the character the Baabu ( Protagonist’s Friend). This character is my favourite in the book.

Negative point of the book are:

The pace of the book could have been a bit faster. I felt some details in the story were unnecessary and could have been avoided. One of them was defining Tamanna. Her part for was excessively narrated.

Conclusion:

A thought provoking book! Tamanna is a story which will be loved by the masses for the subject that it has. Theme of the story is very much practical hence this book will be appreciated by many.

The writing style is simple and this book can be read by anyone and everyone, which is a definitely a positive thing. Towards the end, the story becomes exciting and it leaves you with wanting for a bit more.

If you are looking for a quick weekend read, Tamanna ( A Story Of Forbidden Love) by Tejeshwar Singh is worth trying.

Rating: 3 out of 5 

About the Author:

Inherently curious about relationships and mysteries surrounding human emotions, Tejeshwar Singh runs a software consultancy firm in Delhi. He was a little late in realizing his passion towards creative writing, but doesn’t regret it. This is his second book and almost auto -writing – it emerged from the deepest confines of his sub conscience. His first book, I’ve had Enough… God!!! was published by Rupa in 2009.

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: Hidden Husband by Shikha Kaul

Title of the book : Hidden Husband
Author : Shikha Kaul
Publisher : Gargi Publishers

Blurb of the book:

Aisha is trapped in her own secret which makes her life hell.

Her love for Raghav is true. But hailing from two very different cultures is the basis of their continued friction. Aisha is a Punjabi girl from Gurgaon and Raghav a Bihari from Ranchi. Raghav’s family will certainly not accept a girl from outside their community. And yet, he continues giving her false hopes through his efforts and promises.

And then they take a step which entangles her life further.

Will she manage to come out of this quandary or must she continue to live in her self-created web? Explore her journey that makes her realise the atrocities being committed on women in the Indian society and the tough decisions she must take, keeping her most loved ones oblivious to everything happening in her life.

About the author:

Shikha Khanduja Kaul is an Indian author who was born in Amritsar, Punjab. Her family moved to Gurgaon in 1992 and she has seen the city grow from a small town to being the Millennium City of India. She completed her schooling from Gurgaon and later graduated with Honours in Physics from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HR) from Symbiosis Center forDistance Learning. A mother to a beautiful daughter and a wife to the handsomest husband, a daughter to loving parents and a daughter-in-law to the most caring parents-in-law, she works in the Staffing Industry and is passionate about penning her thoughts and creating stories out of thin air. She loves to dance and spend time with her little princess. In short, she can be described as a complete woman who ensures she goes to bed with a content smile every day; someone who manages her 24 hours, balancing both her personal and professional lives, perfectly.

My Review:

Positive Points:

1) Realistic plot: Yes, Being an Indian you will be very well aware about the fact that, falling in love and staying with the one you love is altogether a different thing. Hence, I would like to say, this novel shows us a dark side of the society in context of caste and religion.

2) Story line: I would give 5 out of 5 to the author for selecting such a mind joggling topic. Moreover, flow of the story was like cheery on the cake. I was never bored while reading this tale. I think, that’s one of the best compliment an author can get.

3) Narration:  I would like to congratulate author, for being a brilliant narrator. It’s all because of her writing skills, I could sense the feelings like love, pain, misery while reading the tale. I could imagine Aisha and Raghav. “Something that’s written by heart, surely touches the other heart.”

Special Mention: Throughout the story, author tried to depict the point that no matter what we do, think and plan. There’s nothing that can be done or said in front of God’s will. The way this point is shown and proven by author is appreciable.

Negative Points: 

I didn’t find anything negative as such to mention it here.

Conclusion:

Shikha Kaul does wonders with her story-telling skills. I was lost in the world of the protagonists for almost the entire day. Very remarkably crafted characters and truly a heart wrenching story hidden husband is. And how beautifully the epilogue has been written!

I want you to pick up this book, as I’m sure, Hidden husband will surely sneak into your heart. I loved it to the core and I’m sure this tale will touch your heart too!

My Ratings: 4.5 out of 5

Hidden Husband – A book by Shikha kaul was provided to me by Mr. Pulkit Gupta  (Publisher at Gargi Publishers) in exchange of a honest Review.