Category: Books I Read and Reviewed!

The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee – Book Review

Hello all,

To peace out my overexcited brain, after the release and elation of my book The Balloon Girl, I picked up a book to read. And often at such times, it’s a thriller which changes the mood for me. So here is the review of the same book.

The book is provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for a genuine review. The book is titled The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee.

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Blurb: 

Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen?

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Manav’s ex-fiancée; her father who was eyeing business through the alliance; an alcoholic male model, and a former Tollywood diva. When two more connected murders make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

Review:

The most intriguing thing about the book at first glance is its cover. It really catches the eye with the colours – red and orange. The knife lying across just makes you know which genre you are getting into.

The story begins from the crime scene and the reader is aware of who are the culprits and the victim. But as each page turns the story moves layer by layer and pulls you into the quagmire of questions and suspects. Everyone seems a suspect, everyone has a motive but you just can’t place the finger on the exact person. The fast pace of the story always leaves us at a roadblock and another addition to the list of suspects.

The plot is good and keeps your interest intact. It keeps rising and falling like the waves. Events keep happening unexpectedly. The characters are well crafted. The quick methods and approach of the investigator, ACP Agni Mitra makes you admire his character. And the writer deserves the praise for creating such a simple yet an amazing character.

By the time you reach the end of the page, you are not sure what’s really happening, but not to worry ’cause Agni knows what he’s doing and you got to trust him! The end was quite a surprise and somehow you feel no empathy or sadness for the manipulator. Because that’s what I actually felt he/she was. Manipulative and coward. (Well that’s my personal thought though 😉 )

The book is a wonderful read if you are looking for a thriller and enjoy reading murder mysteries. So it gets a 4 star rating from me!

Hope you like the review!

You can order the book on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!

Love and Best wishes for all,

Syeda

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Love Will Find A Way by Anurag Garg – Book Review

Hello friends,

I am back with a book review now and the next post will have a great news that I have to share with you all!

First thing first, the review of the book which I just finished up today.  The book is Love Will Find A Way by Anurag Garg.

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

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Blurb:

Are you willing to face your past?

Madhav is an aspiring writer who gets stuck in a dead-end corporate job that gives him no joy and no time to write his book. But there’s more to him than meets the eye. He has been hiding a secret all his life – which, if revealed, may shatter his very existence.

His loved ones know he’s holding something back but don’t suspect anything grave until his girlfriend, Meera tired of his constant mood swings, decides to take him to an art therapy session. There he meets someone who tries to unearth the past Madhav so desperately wants to keep buried.

What happened years ago?

Why does Madhav not want to go down memory lane?

From the best selling author of A Half-baked Love Story and Love. . . Not for Sale comes another enigmatic tale of friendship, hidden truths and redeeming power of love.

Review:

To begin with the cover and the blurb are the main reasons why I picked up this book. The cover seemed to tell me it was just another romance book while the blurb made me curious as to what could have happened in the life of this man called Madhav.

The story is well written. After a few pages, I was able to guess the main plot and the reason of havoc in Madhav’s life, yet the narration kept me going ahead. The turn of events and the leap of faith at the end give it a little magical touch.

The story has been crafted quite well and the end leaves you with a peace and satisfaction for Madhav. The third person narrative made it easy to move with the events of the story.

As a confession, I must add, that after a long time I saw a writer/author who hadn’t loaded his book with extravagant words which needed ‘dictionary sessions’. It allowed me to read without any inhibitions.

A lovely book to read if you are looking for a light read.

My rating: 4 stars.

Do order this book on amazon.in.

Thanks for reading! Do check out my next post for a special announcement! 🙂

Love,

Syeda

The Aravan Head by Arvind Narsima – Book Review

Hi all!!

How is life moving for you? At my side, life is busy throwing lots of stones, rocks and bombs! First my husband fell extremely sick, and since the Eid ul fitr, it has been my father in law. Please do remember me and all of us in your prayers.

To keep myself a little away from those thoughts I had started reading the new book that landed in my hands thanks to the review club. It is titled The Aravan Head, written by Arvind Narsima.

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

Blurb:

A politically driven criminal syndicate tries to steal a valuable ancient artifact, The Aravan Head, from a very old temple of the transgenders in Hijravan. Police officer Arya foils the well planned attempt. The incident unfolds a deadly secret that connects to a series of mind-boggling crimes which points to an unlikely person of tremendous authority in the political and business circles of Mumbai. With his friends kidnapped, his own people involved with the criminals and himself facing departmental enquiry, Arya is strangulated from all sides.

Meanwhile in Delhi, 4 college girls, fed up with the canteen food, hire a cook. While they expect an old, typically professional person, they are in for a great surprise that leaves then sweetly shocked. But the surprise is short lived after a beautiful transgender arrives at their bungalow revealing secrets that baffle them. Unfortunately the lives of the 4 girls become a nightmare along with that of the transgender.

Did Arya arrest the main perpetrator behind all the crimes? What dangers did the transgender bring to the girls? Did they survive the deadly situation they were pushed into? What price did Arya pay to win?

Review:

*Sigh*

That was what came out of me when I turned over the last page of the book. Truly speaking the cover and the blurb had caught my eye. And that made me pick this book for reading and reviewing.

The blurb told that it was a thriller and trust me you have no idea how madly I get engrossed when I am reading a thriller or suspense novel. And upholding my record for reading fast paced thrillers intact, I finished the book in one day. Yes! A 200 plus pages book I finished reading in a day.

The story and the plotline were quite well crafted and it had held my interest for the whole time. The thrill of following the police officer Arya in his endeavors keeps you on your toes. The characters are slowly revealed and they are well developed. The undeniable atrocities we see around us and the corruption and evil ways spread around us are well incorporated in the story.

The fight of an honest, hardworking and dedicated police officer against the system, the corrupt members within the department and the ruthless mafia provides the ray of hope to the darkness around. The background story of the Aravan head and the village of Hijravan make the story line all the more enchanting.

When a practical minded police man meets a soft spoken girl, her trustworthy friend and a couple of girls who live to eat, life seems different from his routine work. But then hell starts breaking loose around him. A hell that seems to be uncontrollable by him. Does he manage to end the inferno around? Does he get the justice he has been striving for? Is he able to complete his mission? Does he come out unscathed by the fury of the hell he had stepped into?

Well, the only place where I wasn’t too happy was the end. I wished there was more to the story and the evil forces were brought out and massacred as they had done with the weak and innocents. I really hope Arya will be back soon and with the same zeal and power that he always had. Though my heart goes out to him. Well that’s the effect Arya has had on me. Another fictional character whom I have fallen for.

**Oh! I keep falling for these men of books very often! 😍😘 What about you all?

So The Aravan Head scores a 4 star from me! 

Don’t forget to order this book here.

Stay happy and blessed!

Syeda

Rafflesia: The Banished Princess – Book Review

Hello all!

Today I am back with a book review. Yes! Another one that I managed to end up recently.

The book up for review is titled Rafflesia: The Banished Princess by Gautam. The book is provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for a genuine review.

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Blurb:

The curtains draw up. The lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about the beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place.

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia – The Banished Princess . . . because in her story, lay his!

Review:

Well, honestly speaking ( or rather writing! ) it was the blurb and the cover that made me pick this book for reading. The cover and the blurb made me think that it was some Oriental-Indian linked story. With words like magic, kingdom and princess, I believed it would be a story of a common man and his muse, though fictitious. I guess it has to do with the kind of books I love, like ‘If you could see me now’ by Cecelia Ahern.

But that’s exactly what the book, isn’t!

Rafflesia: The Banished Princess is the story, the journey of life of Appu. The story moves along the incidents, the people, the ups and downs, the goods and bads that happen in Appu’s life. His home, his parents, his friendships with the neighbourhood children, his best friend Rahul, his work and his marriage – it is all about the life of a young man. His life which isn’t as simple as he is.

Appu isn’t one tall, dark, handsome and all manly kind of protagonist. He is a simple, soft spoken, caring, helping, supportive kind of a man. Someone who may not strike you with his looks but will leave an impact with his simplicity and his character. He is probably just another man we see struggling with his inner demons and the incessant demands of the society. And all he looks for is love and peace. A little happiness and companionship. Things seem to be all on the rocky side for Appu till he gets a job in Holland. Just when all seem good, he goes ahead and makes matters worse for himself – he gets married. The way he manages to come out of those things each and every time, the way he faces things silently but firmly forms the story.

The other very impressive character in the novel is Rahul. His life is so closely woven with Appu’s that you feel for both the characters. A moment comes when it becomes difficult to take sides and say who is right and who is wrong. His life hasn’t been as easy as he shows it to be. It’s just like ‘you never know what’s going on in the other person’s life unless you are in his shoes’. Rahul is the best friend Appu has, but both of them are so guarded about their pains and troubles that they don’t even share it with each other. It makes you know that even the best of friends have their own deeply hidden secrets which they wouldn’t share.

As the story moves ahead, you meet many different people, all those who have some role to play in Appu’s life. They come, they connect, they teach or share somethings and some moments with him and then they leave. They leave with a lasting impression on the reader as well as Appu.

Coming to the point of my opinion on this book. Though I was misguided by the blurb and the cover, I decided to read it till the end. Not that I was disappointed, but I wasn’t too pleased either. The innumerable characters that keep coming in and going, kind of distract you from the main story. The 396 pages of the novel actually might make you skeptical. I was overwhelmed in the beginning too. But to carry on with the story and follow the events, you’d have to skip through some pages which describe everything with too much detail. Sometimes the writer should leave a few things for the reader’s imagination.

I would give this book a 4/5.

The story line and the plot are major reason for the score. The language was smooth and impressive. The author has indeed done a commendable job in maintaining the tempo of the story. The fluctuating of time and events are well managed through the course of the story. On the whole, a good one time read if you have ample time at your disposal and want to read a simple story with a deep underlying message.

You can order this book here on Amazon.in

So that’s it! I hope to be back soon. Maybe a poem. Maybe a short story. Or maybe just another review! 😉

Lots of love and best wishes for all!

Syeda

Calling for submissions for Anthology! #poetry #shortstories

Hello all! 

I am back after an unintended break. Some issues that cropped up regarding work and spouse health had kept me extremely busy. Soon will be up with a book review, but today I’m here to announce about an anthology!

This is open to all writers out there. Even international poets and authors can send in their entries. There are no hidden charges, for it is a genuine way to make dreams come true. 

Do send in your entries. Kindly spread the word so that all of us who dream and aspire to get published might just see it happen for real. 

P.S. Yours truly in involved in this, so friends let the entries come in abundantly!! 😉😍 Waiting to read your work!!

Lots of love and best wishes!

Syeda

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