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The Jasmine Bloom by Rajat Narula – Book Review

Hello everyone,

I am back again with a review. This is a book which I picked up recently and I must say it was a decision I don’t regret. The book up for review today is The Jasmine Bloom by Rajat Narula.



Sameer Chadha is in a mid-life crisis – unhappy with everything around him, even his name. His corporate career is languishing and he is increasingly alienated from his family. His wife Kavita, is a part-time poet and a full-time mother, lives more in the past than the present.

When their lives collide with that of Ritu, a younger woman coping with an abusive husband and an autistic son, a chain of events gets triggered that puts all their lives into a tailspin.

The Jasmine Bloom is a story of lust, love, ruin and resurrection. It is a commentary on the fragility of modern family life; of terrible secrets and shocking choices. However, at its core, it is the tale of a man learning to be happy in the here and now.


The story of Sameer, Kavita and Ritu is one eye-opening reality. It does bring out the kind of society and world we are living in. It makes us – in a way – face the issues that seem to be cropping everywhere, in most of the workplaces, homes, relationships and people around us. It talks about love, peer pressure, greed, desires, corporate struggles and lust in a very open way.

Sameer is a protagonist whom you’d love and hate at the same time. I felt he was a complex character which got carried away by the situations and the people around. Sometimes he is a man who doesn’t know what he is getting into and sometimes he knows what’s forbidden yet gets lured into it. He represents the unclear and adamant nature prevalent these days, where it is important to gain something; how it is done, doesn’t matter.

Ritu and Kavita are two women who are poles apart, but then they are so alike when it comes to their relationships and children. While Ritu manages to end her turmoil, Kavita (my personal opinion) ends as the quiet and wronged character. I felt she could have been written more about.

The story is well-written. It kept  me interested all along. The characters were well created and they didn’t seem like God-ly or un-humanistic. They had their flaws and insecurities and that made the story relatable. Just that I wished to know Kavita more! 🙂

I would give this one a 4 star rating! I would recommend it to those who are into some practical, contemporary fiction novels.

What have you been reading as the first week of 2018 came to an end? Do let me know!

Lots of love and best wishes,


The Perfect Ten!

Originally posted on Chai & Biscuits:
I was hopeless. I was sitting without a clue and sipping the elixir (Chai) from my favorite cup, complemented with some biscuits. Mom knew that I was taken back with the unexpected turn of events. I usually don’t share…

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.



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?


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!

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.


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