Month: March 2017

Another Tale of Two Cities by Ezhuth Aani – Book Review

Hi all! 

I am back with another book review. So here it goes!

The book is provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for a genuine review.

Blurb:

Fourteen thirty one is the year remembered for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. But another landmark event was unfolding in a future French colony. Cambodia was a cultural cauldron of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The largest metropolis of the preindustrial era was also facing a climate change calamity.

The story unfolds in fifteenth century Cambodia and travels to China, Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East, as Princes Adithya and Mahendra set out to seek help for their beleaguered country. Will the splendid twin cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom survive? Who wins the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess?

Review:

The cover is really intriguing. The reflection of the city and the hues do pull the reader towards it. 

The reader is taken into a world centuries ago, and the turmoils of the two princes, Adithya and Mahendra. Their dedication and patriotism towards the country is what makes them do the unimaginable and unbelievable. They are ready to face the impossible for the welfare of their motherland. And that’s what makes the story go ahead.

The tasks and missions they undertake for the people, their kings and their countries involves the voyages, the quests and the revelations of many things. The story tries to describe everything in detail -a lot of imagery in place. 

The storyline is set in Cambodia yet all the regions and the happenings of the world over are discussed and narrated. The characters are strong and described in detail. There are many minor characters fulfilling the needs of the story. 

I would give the book a 3.75/5. 

On the whole, the story kept me involved. A good read if someone is interested in the historical fiction genre. The reason it fall 0.25 short from the 4 is the extreme detailed description of things. As a reader, I find it a little difficult to follow the story if too much information is there, for it makes me restless for the story to move ahead! Kind of deviates me from the main storyline.

You can order the book from here on Amazon.

So that’s about it!

Lots of love and best wishes!

Syeda

Unns – The Captivation – Book Review

Hi all!

I am back on the review track. This week I was busy in my assignments. Finally when I was done with them, I could take some time out to read. So, here comes the review!!
The book is provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for a genuine review.


Blurb
:

“Of course you know about the seven stages of love – but have you ever lived them?”

Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim.

Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission…

Are they in control of their own destiny, or is it destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love.

A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.

About the author:

Sapan Saxena is a software engineer by profession and an author by choice. Born in the city of nawabs, Lucknow, he earned his Engineering degree from MNNIT Allahabad. Sapan started writing when he was coding for a complex algorithm and found that a fictional story would at least make some sense.

Currently based in Nashua, New Hampshire, he is the author of the highly acclaimed FINDERS KEEPERS. Unns – The Captivation is his 2nd attempt at writing fiction.

Review:

A cover that makes you gear up as though you are plunging into a love story. Just my thoughts when I saw the cover of the book. 

Atharva is a simple, decent guy who has a different perspective towards everything in life. Meher is an ambitious and confused girl. She had an adamant personality while he is the patient one. Two contrasting people and as they say, opposites attract each other. So we have Unns – The Captivation.

The story starts slowly with the school days of Atharva and Meher, their meeting and falling in love. Little snippets of love, talks of romance and promises made, only to be broken later, are what follow as their love grows. The turn comes when Meher makes a decision and the world turns over for the male protagonist. 

Years pass by and Meher comes walking into Atharva’s life again. Is life giving their love another chance? Is the love he has kept in him, his power or his weakness? Why after so many years? 

The second half of the book, the part after he has grown up into a man, that’s where the story got me hooked and after that there was no way I could keep it down again. The story moved from here on as a thriller. 

Unbelievable and unexpected! 

Though I found it a little slow in the beginning, the latter part kept me intrigued with each turning page. What you don’t think could happen, happens! What you won’t believe, happens! What you weren’t ready for, happens! On the whole a well written story, woven well with the real world crisis we countrymen face. While Atharva is a well crafted character, after all he is the protagonist, the character of Meher is left like a mystery! Meher comes and goes. She appears and vanishes. A totally mysterious persona! Her character is left to the reader’s imagination and thoughts.

Rating: I would give it 4 stars …. for keeping me intrigued and lost in the enigma of Atharva! 😄

So that’s about it! The book is really one to pick if you are looking for a thriller+romance+suspense+drama package! Order it here on Amazon.

Keep reading! Keep sharing! Keep smiling!

Lots of love!

Syeda

Infinity – Poetry

Hello my lovely friends!!

I’m back after a long long time – seems quite long, so don’t mind if it really hasn’t been that long! 😋😋

Though unprepared with any new post, I thought of sharing an older poem of mine, which might have gone down the pile of blog posts! Hope you all will like it!

Infinity

Her eyes watched silently, the endlessness of the road ahead,
They passed over the terrains and fields lying boundless.

The darkness and unlimitedness enveloped her in an embrace,
The limitlessness of the lifeless and loveless land scared her.

As her sad eyes lifted to the canopy of the starless sky,
She realized not even the stars would give her company.

The vastness of the sky. How minute she stood under it!
The endless sky and land, watching her shatter, in vain.

A vaccum within her, an abyss of pain, an empty womb,
With blank eyes she stared out into the infinity of space!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Lots of love!!

Syeda

I will bear all…for you!

Life again, unexpectedly brought me to your door,

Unaware I float along as it throws me ashore.

Leaving you, for your own good, I had convinced

My melancholic heart. Consolation with pain, mixed.

You hate me now, since then, I know, for sure,

I see the viciousness, the venom, that your eyes store.

A promise made in times of pain, left me alone,

A vow to a dear one and my world got blown.

All aches and woes, as tokens of your love, I will face,

Standing tall, protecting, loving silently, at each phase.

©Syeda F.R.

To push you ahead! – Poetry

Hello fellow bloggers!

How has life been these days? My days are as hectic as they can be. Seems like I am in a race with time and work,they demand that I fall yet I won’t accept!

In all this, what suffers most is my writing and my blog! 😩😩

Anyway, here I am with a little poem I wrote. I hope you all will like it. Hoping to get back soon!

Lots of love and best wishes to all!

Stay happy and blessed 😄

© Syeda F. R.

You’ll remember me!

Sometime, some day, some moment ahead

You will remember me, and the words I said.

My shadow will be untouchable, unreached,

As my heart went pale, blood all drained.

Life never was, never will remain the same,

What for me was life, for you was just a game!

My footprints will vanish from the road and sand,

And nothing of mine will remain on this land.

On the wind lies just the faint sound of my whispers

And traces of my touch on the blank papers!

Someday, some moment you will think of me,

When all is lost and I’m not around for thee!

©Syeda F.R.