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: I will not regret losing you by Abhishek Agrawal

Author: Abhishek Agrawal

Publisher: Red Ink Publications

No of pages: 207

Blurb of the Book:

Aratya, a guy next door comes from the land of dreams, Kota. His strong and righteous moral character made him unique from other teenagers of his age. But he does a mistake and falls in love with Rithima who reciprocates as well.

It seems that life has become beautiful for them, but then life does not always go by our plans. And the two lovers get separated.

But, life has to move on, so Aratya tries to overcome his feelings by finding solace in friendship. Gaurav and Rohit become his best friends. He willingly takes every possible risk to help his friends in their time of distress. He had once read that friendship is a ship which never drowns. But life isn’t a fiction.

Meanwhile he met Riyankaa online and started liking her as a friend. Though, he was infatuated, the feeling of love was not on his mind. But, Riyankaa had her heart set on him. She proposes to him but he rejects. Later one day he gets to know that Riyankaa has met with a car accident near Hubli.

He is shocked to know this, wishes to search truths about Riyankaa and her accident and asks his friends to help.

Will his friends help him?

Will he be able to find Riyankaa?

Will he be able to regain his lost trust ever?

To know read,” I will not regret losing you.”

The true saga of the dark and complex cobwebs of relationships in today’s fake and treacherous world.

“Sometimes helping the wrong people makes you lose trust on yourself.”

My Review:

I will not regret losing you is a story of a Guy from Kota, Rajasthan. His name is Aratya. This story talks about love, betrayal, misunderstandings, friendship, selfish motives and destiny.

Talking about the first impression of the book, I was really excited to read it as it is published under the banner of Red Ink Publishers, one of the fastest growing publication houses of India. Secondly, I was thrilled and had high hopes from the book because foreword of the book is written is none other than Sudeep Nagarkar – one of the best writers of India.

Talking about the cover the book – I loved it for the simplicity it possess. Side cover of the book had a spelling error too. Which needs to be taken care of.As per my habit of judging a book by its blurb,I read the blurb and trust me,I was still excited to dive in with Aratya in his journey.

Sadly, When I reached half way,I realized I was not able to connect with the story. I couldn’t understand the plot and moreover the incidents sounded impractical to me.

I don’t deny to the fact that author has worked hard to create this plot an interesting one,but somehow he failed to do so.Moreover, innumerable spelling errors, grammatical errors and punctuation errors were found that is one of the reason why this book let me down. Proper proofreading is the solution to this problem. Which can be solved in next edition.

I couldn’t connect to this story much,because so many characters were playing their different roles at same time. As a reader, I got confused with few of them. This story talked more about Gaurav’s and Rohit’s life than Aratya’s life. Rewriting few chapters of the book will do wonders, I guess.

This story would have been much more better if this story had Ridhima’s, Akash’s or Riyanka’s part more in it. Somehow I felt, few characters were unreasonably added like – Bijli (Abhinav), Utkarsh, Arvinder, Zoya etc.

Honestly speaking, I didn’t like the story much but the climax steeled the show. I loved the end. Last chapter and the epilogue is the best part of the book.

Conclusion:

This book can’t be tagged as the best, but it doesn’t deserve to be called as worst. Author’s imagination could be seen through his work. The only thing that didn’t work here is his narration. Proper editing, proof reading and re writing could have made this book a wonderful piece of art.

If you can ignore grammatical errors while reading and it doesn’t affect your mood, you can surely pick this book. This book has several emotions entangled which will make you ponder over your thoughts. Few of them like, mother’s care, Parent’s trust, betrayal of your loved ones etc.

This story teaches you some important lessons like:

  1. Life doesn’t stop for anyone. One must learn to move on.
  2. No matter how good you are, people around you are going to treat you according to their needs and convenience.
  3. No matter what, nobody can love you more than your parents.
  4. Don’t ever regret losing them when they didn’t care about your emotions and feelings. If they hurt you intentionally, please note they never deserved you in first place.

About the Author:

Abhishek Agarwal is among the new generations of authors who has created his mark as a writer even before completing his first book. Born in the city of dreams, Kota, Abhishek completed his schooling from Saint Paul school, Kota. Since the beginning of his life, he had a keen interest in writing and reading. Other than being a prolific writer, Abhishek is an anchor and has anchored in a number of book launches, including the likes of Sudeep Nagarkar and Durjoy Datta. At present, he is pursuing his management degree from Kota University and aims to be one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the nation.
He strongly believe in human values and his debut novel “I will not regret loosing you” is a glimpse of his effort to serve the mankind.

Ratings: 3 out of 5

Book Review -He fixed the match She fixed him By – Shikha Kumar

Author: Shikha Kumar
Pages: 284
Publisher: Vitasta Publishing Pvt. Ltd.

Blurb of the book:

Shreya – I’m a highly qualified Delhi girl earning an enviable salary. My parents are having a tough time finding a suitable groom for me. However, recently they have a proposal from this very interesting guy from Mumbai. I almost get mesmerised when he starts talking to me. I think I like him very much.

Kunal – I’m owner of a textile company in Mumbai. My mom wants me to get married. Again. She has recently suggested a suitable girl from Delhi. What my mom doesn’t know is that I’ve already met Shreya before once in my life and I’ve been looking for her ever since. I have a vendetta to settle.

The author takes you along on a journey via roads of revenge, agony, remorse, attraction, titillation, tantalization and romance. Do Shreya and Kunal make it, or do they fall prey to their past?

Characters of the book: 

Kunal, Vineet, Shreya, Anuradha, Madhav, Gurdip, Ridhima,Rohan, Sandhya, Mahesh, Aastha, Saloni.

About the Characters:

Each character is precisely portrayed by author. Proper detailing is much like cherry on the cake, such minute detailing is  something that can make you feel connected to the story. Kunal and Shreya are the lead characters. Vineet plays a vital role in a story as Kunal’s cousin. Anuradha – character I loved the most.

Madhav and Sandhya are Shreya’s parents. Madhav and Aastha plays a role of Shreya’s Brother and Sister in law respectively.

My Review: 

Author has crafted a brilliant story in merely 284 pages. A story that will make you think about the hardships that an Indian girl has to face before and after marriage. Both good and bad side of arrange marriage is depicted clearly in the story.

There were many other points that author tried to highlight like:

  1. Couples are made in Heaven
  2. Marriage is all about destiny
  3. Love is never planned – it happens with most unexpected people at the most unexpected time.
  4. Friends and family are forever.

Talking about the positive points of the book:

I adored the language used by the author. Language is something that can keep you hooked up with a book. Language used by the author is simple yet impressive.

Editing is something that is usually not given importance or treated as a priority by Indian authors. Here is the book that can change your perception. No such editing errors were found in the book. That will make your reading journey a soothing one.

Characterization: When so many characters are involved in a story, it becomes a tough job to prioritize their roles in a story and to do justice with each of them. Author Shikha has won my heart in this process. Each Character is defined and used in a way that this story might feel incomplete if any of these characters are deleted. Anuradha’s character is my personal favourite. I truly adore her role in the story. The way Madhav and Sandhya gets restless for finding Suitable match for their darling daughter will make you feel like its your own house story. The way Madhav and Asthaa support, motivate and protect their darling sister is something that you will love to read. Author has also shown the darker side of the society by revealing the fact that despite of being educated, mature and broad minded people are not open and acceptable towards broken marriage and engagements.

Story Line of the book is entertaining too. Each reader asks for thrill, drama, romance, struggle and many such emotions while reading a book. Author is indeed successful in winning my heart through story line. From Tragedy to suspense, from friendship to love, from hatred to care, each emotion that was needed to create an impact on author’s mind is added by author in a brilliant manner.

The only negative point which I personally felt was not justifiable, Shreya who is such a mature, educated and ambitious girl meets a Guy for once in a coffee shop and agrees to get married with him. This thing is nowhere possible practically.

Conclusion:

A book that you can surely pick up while going on a long journey. A book that will surely connect you in some or the other way, a book that I will cherish for the long long time simply because I truly loved the way Kunal falls in love with Shreya not for her looks and money, not for her education or not for her earning capacity but for the qualities she had. Shreya is a character that won my heart and is surely going to stay in my mind for long long time. Each newly wedded bride desires to get a friend and a supporter like Vineet.

Cover of the book is indeed cute. Blurb of the book makes you feel like there’s nothing more exciting in the book but once  you start reading a story, you will be forced to turn pages without taking a break. I bet!

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book written by shikha.
Take a bow lady! Keep Writing!

My rating: 4 out of 5

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