That’s how it’s meant to be – by Shilpi Chiklanobis – Book Review

Hello Blogging world!

Today I am back with another review. Well, I already began reading the next, was a bit occupied and couldn’t bring in the review as soon as I finished this book!

The book which I am going to review today is That’s how it’s meant to be by Shilpi Chaklanobis.

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Blurb:

Love transcends distance, time and age. It’s beyond the customs of the world around us that spin us into a frenzy. People meet, they fall in love, that’s where your usual love story might end.

But not this one. For this is not a love story, this is a story about love. When Nilanjana meets Vikram in the strangest circumstances, they fall in love with each other against all odds.

The quintessential Bengali girl finds herself smitten by your not so spoilt Punjabi guy. But sometimes, life throws lemons at you and you ask yourself, is love enough to keep two people together?

Review: 

That’s how it’s meant to be.  The title did make me curious but it was mostly the cover which kind of made me pick this up. 🙂
This is the story of Nilanjana, her struggles, her dreams, her aspirations, her love and all about her life. Nilanjana is a young and beautiful woman who has done all she wanted and aspires to become an independent woman.
She has the support of her parents who love her dearly. And life seems all so perfect after she meets Vikram. The stylish and magnificent Vikram has his own tale. Yet these opposites somehow hope to create a world of their own.
But after two years, will their long-distance relationship survive? What will happen when they get reunited? Does their love pass the test of time? Are they the same man and woman who fell madly in love with each other, when they meet again, after two years?
All these answers lie in the pages of the book by Shilpi Chiklanobis.
Rating: 3.5/5
I wished the story had more details of the relationships and emotions rather the details of places and things. And I really wish the character of Anurabh was delved into with more conviction.
So that’s about it! Hope you like the review and do check out the book. It is available on Amazon.
My current read is Tuesdays with Morrie. And halfway through in it, I am experiencing and seeing life with a different perspective already. It is one amaaaaazzzinnng book!
Hope to get back soon again!
Love,
Syeda

My new pursuit!

Hello everyone!

I really hope you are all doing well. I have been quite busy with the school work and in between managing to do a bit of reading, a little writing and also spending sometime watching some amazing series.

The series that I recently watched on telly was Anne also known as Anne with an E on Netflix. It was broadcast on Canadian television and is based on the book Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The first season ended at the point which is nearly mid-book, so I guess there is more to come in the next seasons.

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There are 6 books in this series about the life of Anne Shirley. It is the story of a a young orphan who is sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their fifties and sixties. Anne’s life has been a turmoil after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew had originally decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm at Green Gables, which is set in the fictional town of Avonlea. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne instead.

Does Anne get to stay in the Green Gables? Are the Cuthberts willing and ready to keep a girl with them? Will the town of Avonlea take this idea in its stride and accept Anne in their world?

While I was reading the book, I did find it an emotional journey. Watching the series was no less. It really brought tears to my eyes. There are moments when a smile will slowly creep on your face and moments when Anne’s words will just touch your heart.

I really enjoyed it and I’m already awaiting the next season. I am hopeful that it will be sometime soon in 2018. Waiting with fingers crossed!

Any series you have seen and would recommend? I might just be in a mood to watch something more 😉

Love and best wishes for all

Syeda FR

Author Interview – Eshan Sharma

Hi everyone!

Well, I am back here with a different thing. It has been a long time since I had interviewed anyone. Actually it takes a lot of patience and also a great deal of collaborative effort to get an interview done (well that’s what I believe, many might disagree!).

Anyway, here it is. This is a really interesting book and author who has set out to make a mark for himself in the literary world. So before I bore you all down, here is the little exchange of thoughts we had. But before the Q&A session let me tell you a bit about the author and his book.

About the Author

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ESHAN SHARMA was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on 20th June, 2000 and grew up in Kanpur. Ever since his childhood, he has been an avid reader which motivated him to focus his expressions and pen it down. It is not only his hobby but also his passion to write. He passed class 10th in 2015 from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanpur with flying colors and currently he is in class 12th with Humanities stream in Delhi Public School, Kalyanpur, Kanpur.

He is a blogger, writer, and a poet who can write in both English and Hindi. He enjoys learning foreign languages as well as Indian regional languages. He has also written many essays and articles for many competitions. He enjoys participating in competitions regardless of the result.

School magazines gave him the platform for writing. He started writing from the age of eleven – his first poem was on his grandmother. He generally writes poems in Hindi as he think that the beauty in words can be expressed in one’s own language. He has penned down more than 20 poems, essays, articles till now, in a period of five years. He is a jovial, carefree and fun loving person. His self-belief and selfless attitude are just few good points about him. He firmly believes that if our country wants to be developed, we have to make certain changes in our education system, and youth personality development. He is also a good painter, and has been awarded the 3rd prize in Kanpur region Postmaster General Stamp making competition.

About the book: The Teacher I Never Met

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The book is the story of a school going kid of 11years who regards Abdul Kalam as his mentor. The journey of the boy in the book is all about exploring about the missile man. Later at the age of 16, he tends to start an adventure travel in to the lifeline of Kalam since a kid till his last days.

The book is a fantasy fiction with lots of emotions shown towards a person whom the boy in the story considers as his mentor. The book gives lots of information about Kalam’s literary works.

This is not a mere book with a story but the journey of a successful human through whose teachings young children can have an idea of laying path to their golden future.

(courtesy: Amazon.in)

The interview:

  1. What made you think of writing a book like The Teacher I never Met?

The youth, the young blood of my nation motivated me to write ‘The Teacher I Never Met’. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam had a dream of India 2020, so as a contribution towards that mission, I published this book; to change lives and motivate the youth to make a change in this world. I was delighted on reading the reviews and compliments I got for this book, I realized that the book was able to represent their thoughts in the right manner and do justice to it. All this was possible, thanks to blessings of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. I think that today’s youth is ardent, talented and skillful. Sometimes, the impositions laid on our generation due to orthodox thinking and non-provision to pursue one’s skills does not allow us to think big and make a difference. But we can definitely overcome the difficulties and barriers with positive motivation and confidence of our parents, teachers, and elders. I have put these feelings through “The Teacher I Never Met”

  1. How much feedback do you get from family or friends while you are working on a manuscript?

My family has been a pillar of strength throughout the entire process. It has been the support of my parents, my sister, my paternal grandfather (dadaji) Shri. B. L. Sharma, who was a poet (shayar) of his time and my maternal grandfather (nanaji), who was a also poet. Also, I cannot forget my cousin Shivi Pandey who has already made some name in this field – courtesy the publication of ‘Love Story Seriously?’. My friends have also been supportive all this while. And Dr. Kalam’s family ‘House of Kalam’ deserves a special mention as they have spent their valuable in conversation with me throughout the phase of editing of the manuscript. Palak Tripathi, who is also an author now, checked the grammar and editing part along with bestselling author and motivational speaker Sourabh Bandopadyay.

  1. What is the genre you read? Which genre you prefer while writing?

Basically, I prefer reading self-help, motivational, biography, Hindi poetry, I.Q. and G.K. books. While writing, I try to write Self-help, motivational work, and sometimes poetry.

  1. What made you decide to go for publishing the book?

I never intended to be a student of literature, neither did I aspire to be a writer when I was growing up. But I never disliked writing. Regarding my inspiration – it was never what, but a who. It was Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s vision for our nation’s youth and their development that inspired me a lot and it does now as well. Besides that, the brothers and sisters, the youth of my country of which I am a part too, has always inspired me.

  1. A genre you prefer not to read?

Nothing as such, I can read any good book. But yes, I don’t read love stories much.

  1. As a writer, which is the daunting task? Writing/editing/looking for an agent / self publishing / traditional publishing / marketing?

The biggest challenge while writing a book is ‘writing’. People often say they can’t go beyond two paragraphs while writing, so the biggest challenge is never giving up in writing.

  1. What are your future plans?

I aspire to become a law abiding, proud citizen of my nation, probably a civil servant while writing along as a hobby.

  1. Answers that come to mind:

a: Favourite book: Wings of Fire and Power of Subconscious Mind

b: Favourite writer: Dr. Kalam, Ruskin Bond and Sudha Murthy

c: Favourite band/singer: Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café and A.R. Rehman

d: Favourite food/drink: Manchurian and Mojito drink

e: I can’t live without: talking or chatting (hahaha)

f: My inspiration: Youth of this world

g: A book I wish I had written:  Shiva Trilogy by Amish

h: A book I am glad I did not write: Wings of Fire, because I couldn’t write it like that, it’s a masterpiece and a life changing book. I am glad that Kalam sahab wrote that book, because I couldn’t motivate the youth in that way.

i: The dream I wish comes true: We all become happy and tension free.

j: If I could swap places with someone, it would be: Narendra Modi ji

  1. What would be your message to new and aspiring writers: Never give up, have faith in yourself. And in case, you want to get in touch with me:

 just ping me at http://www.facebook.com/officialeshansha

or shoot an email to this address – eshansha@gmail.com

 So, that’s it! I hope you had a good time reading about the young author. You can check out his book on amazon.in and amazon.com

Lots of love and best wishes for all,

Syeda

Forever? – Poetry

Your voice reaches

My ears softly. 

Flawless words which

Immaculately express 

Your uncontrolled thoughts.

Those eyes cast spells

Which none can break. 

The ocean-hued ones

With depth of the abyss, 

Have left me enchanted.

But I had to go, 

Forced by destiny. 

Each moment like an age

Passed in distress, 

Yet I desired, never to see you.

However, that’s not enough

For the pen of Fate. 

Has it brought us

At the crossroad unexpectedly, 

To be together or be separated, 

Forever?

*A poetic insight to my next work! **
Hope you’ll like it. 
Love, 
Syeda FR

I wear the smile you gave By Shweta Shah – Book Review

Hello blogging world!

I am here with a book review. It is the one which I picked up randomly while I try to help the new authors. It is titled ‘I wear the smile you gave’ by Shweta Shah.

Blurb:
Ajeet is a commoner, a boy next door who is away from the worldliness and moreover just a happy-go-lucky guy.

Aditi and Ajeet are batch mates in a junior college and share a good chemistry. Aditi is all head over heels for Ajeet and without any hesitation, irrespective of the time and place boldly conveys her feelings for him. Ajeet was infatuated towards Aditi, however he finds his true love in Sumi whom he meets in his coaching class.

Wanting to break away from the conventional norms and the shackles of a traditional familial business and to prove his worth to his dad, Ajeet joins the Army.

Years later a tragedy connects Ajeet, Sumi and Adit once again,  changing their lives forever.

Review:

The cover is a nice effort to attract a reader’s attention and did entice me a bit to pick it up. But it needed a little care.

The story is about Ajeet, a simpleton. His life moves around his family and friends. His days at college and his bunch of crazy friends make his life a thing which we all could relate to. One among them is a girl called Aditi. You really can’t -just like Ajeet – make up your mind if you got to like her or hate her.

But then an incident involving him and Aditi mars everything for him. His troubles begin, not only at college but also at home. To perform well he joins classes where he meets the beautiful Sumi. 

He tries his best and decides to move away from his blotted image and life in his hometown. This leads to him joining the army. Things change and he gets a chance to meet the girl of his dreams – Sumi – who is fighting her own demons. 

Does he manage to save her? What does he do to prove himself as a knight in shining armor? Is life in anyway as predictable as we believe?

These things are what make the story move ahead till you reach the last page.

The book is a nice and quick read, at least for me it was! A few areas could have been developed well. Especially the character of Aditi, she could have been portrayed in a much better way. There are a few things which leave the reader a bit hazy. But on the whole, a good effort by the writer.

This one gets a 3.5/5 

Thanks for reading!

Share with me what you’re reading these days, dear friends.

Love,

Syeda