Book Review | God is great by Joish Upendra Kumar

Blurb

A short fiction depicting a young Indian scientist’s journey to find answers on Spirituality and religion and the all important questions on God, weaved in a beautiful love story. Every mind has some uncertainties/dilemmas about God, faith and science. This story addresses some core issues and brings some clarity. It is a light and a feelgood read.

Review:

The book; God is great is a short and very moving account of how spirituality can drive your life on a better path. It’s a short read and very crisp and to the point book. The thing I liked the most about it is the way it smoothly blends fiction in reality. Madhav; a research scientist who gets a marvellous revelation of his greater self. His questions are intriguing and the way he paves his way to the answers kept me hooked. I would like to recommend this book to everyone who’s seeking answers to some spiritual questions!

My Ratings:

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Book Review| Sometimes I talk to the Moon by Samiksha Rungta

Blurb:

I asked The moon
what it felt.
It smiled,
then cried a little.
I asked The moon
how it felt.
It said, ‘dark and Lonely.’
It looked at me,
it smiled.
It said,
‘much better now.’
I said to the moon
it must be beautiful up there.
It smiled,
then cried a little.
I said to the moon
what if I joined you?
It looked at me,
it smiled.
It said,
‘much better.’
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Review:
Reading this book was like visiting an old friend and having tea with them. I found myself reminiscing the good times, the old good times and it made me feel so overwhelmed with emotions. I guess that’s what poetry is meant for, to make you feel things. I am still in awe of how beautiful this book is, embedded with pictures and intricately carved by the poems. Absolutely loved this piece of art and highly recommending it to everyone who loves poetry.
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Thank you Vidhya and Samiksha Rungta for the review copy.

Ratings:

4/5 ✨

Book Review| Waves, Sand and Magic by Neeraja Kona

Blurb:

“Why do you always write magic in the sand of every beach you go to?” he asked as he watched her finger move through the sand in a rhythm writing the word.She smiled and said, “Because there is magic in the sand.”“What do you mean?” he further asked.“When you feel the sand under your feet,” she scrunched up her toes in the sand as she spoke.“And feel every granule of it, the noise of your thoughts suddenly sound like the waves.Just like magic.”

Me

Review:

You put surreal in my REAL
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The book consists of quotes about love, life, and heartbreak. The beautiful process of falling in love, being heartbroken, and falling in love with oneself over again is described in a very fascinating manner. I really loved the way these quotes were relatable and the way they breathed in the paper; combined with beautiful pictures that totally sync with the theme of the quotes. It was a short and heartwarming read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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When nothing becomes everything and Everything becomes nothing.
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Thank you Neeraja Kona and Neelam for the review copy.

Ratings:

3.68/5✨

Book Review| Midnight Sun by Faiz Yusuf

Blurb:
Midnight Sun’ is not a book of literary poems. It’s a journal of emotions, even those one is reluctant to admit. There are letters to long-lost lovers. There are reflections of a man not even close to the best version of himself. What one wants to say aloud at one point or the other but often holds back. The book gives voice to all these and more.

Review:

Midnight sun is another poetry collection that caught my eye recently, the poems in this one are lengthy and have more substance than the short poetry collections. I loved the poetic muse presented with pictures in the book. The illustrations add to the beauty of it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.

The title suits well to the theme of the book. The poetic craft is evident from the title itself. The cover though, could have been more specific and I think there’s a creative scope for getting a better cover for a poetry book like this. I can say the cover was a bit of disappointment but the title worked for me.

I really like the concept of dividing the poems into dawn and dusk. There are 32 poems of dawn and 32 of dusk, which represent the various dynamics of life from the lenses of varied emotions. The poems lure the readers to enjoy the muse and hence add a deeper meaning to the expression. It will be very difficult to pick one poem but The Blue Neighborhood stands as a favourite.

Ratings:
⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Book Review| Not really Indian by Subhashini Prasad

Blurb:
Shivani returns to the heart of Mumbai after a decade of ruling New York as a banker. But who can she count on when a sudden intruder enters her house?

Seema’s childhood nanny from Jaipur visits her in Singapore: 50-year-old Mamta massi who has watched her grow. What can a new country do to a loyal simpleton?

Twin sisters Ahana and Sahana are oceans apart for the first time in their lives, one in Delhi and the other in London. And both are expecting babies in the same month. What does it take for these inseparable sisters to stay apart?

10 women of Indian origin. No, they are not a sports team. They are women who have a love-hate relationship with their country. Some opportunists, some merely curious, some bystanders and some striking the fine balance between being Indian and not. But none of them can call just India home.

This book is a collection of short stories taking us through the lives of these women who are…Not Really Indian.

Review:

The book comprises of ten short stories that feature SHeroes from different fields and backgrounds. This has been fourth short story read for me in the month of march and what an amazing read it was, perfectly befitting for the femme march.

I loved the way the stories have been crafted and the characters have been framed skillfully with lucid language and artistic narratives. I like how every story is different from the previous one and yet is threaded like beads in a string. Beautifully presented and I must add the book cover is appealing enough to pick this one at a glance.

I cannot point out the favourite ones from the book but the story titled: ‘Maid in India’ left a lasting impact on me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the presence of women in their lives and also to those who don’t ( so basically go and read it!)

Ratings:

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Book Review| Afsaane by Ameya Bondre

Blurb:
A sky-blue paper bird glued to a mirror. A handmade book on music to be gifted. A pair of mud-brown tea cups without handles. A shelf to hoard dying memories. A little home tucked away in a remote village. A haunting voice after boarding an empty bus… The images on the cover belong to people whose stories are packed in this book: A man who meets his lost friend in a new world. A seeker who resists everyone to reach an unwanted place. Lovers that separate, only to find some hope. A failed artist who finds another voice. A new entrant in a home who creates turmoil. A cheated girl who makes a desperate call. A shattered man who pegs on a sudden dreamy trip. With eleven stories of unrequited love, hope, acceptance, heart breaks or just needs, ‘Afsaane’ will tug at your heartstrings and open windows to people that experience unusual situations in far too usual lives.

Review:

This is a short and sweet compilation of 11 stories. The stories which are unusual vin a usual manner, the art of searching extraordinary in mundane lifestyle is the essence of this book. I really like the core idea of the book which is basically revolving around simple musings of day to day life.

This book was the third short story read for me in the month of march and this month was so good so far only in terms of reading let’s avoid the obvious pandemic outbreak discussion.

In these days of distress and anxiety this book came as a light shower, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The lucid language and crisp narration was an additional a cherry on the cake.

My Ratings:

⭐⭐⭐/5

Book in Spotlight| Unlocking the Universe by Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking

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In this time of precautionary quarantine, I just completed a space adventure (cos Earth isn’t safe rn you see!) Unlocking the Universe by Hawking dad-daughter-duo was truly a delight to go through as it consists exciting facts about outer space and celestial objects in a lucid and easy language. You can totally say that it’s the perfect guide to everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Universe. Also, embedded with beautiful illustrations and pictures, this turned out to he the much needed escape!
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Thank you penguin for the gifted copy!
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I would love to know your childhood fantasy about space? Comment below!
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Mine was to shoot some planets down with a huge catapult so that I don’t have to remember their names for the test! (Never been a good student you see!😅)
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Book Review| Stories of Us by Bobby Sachdeva

Blurb:

Does saving your family’s honour trump personal happiness? Will the god be appeased if you overfeed him and not help the needy? Will the law protect the stray dog that tears an eight-year-old into shreds? Is a deceased manual scavenger just another statistic who risks his life for a cleaner future?

In the voice of the common man, Bobby Sachdeva questions our everyday practices in an unorthodox manner in Stories of Us. From Rishi to Parth or Lata to Rajnath, the hard-hitting and honest narratives are sure to inspire the common person to rethink the values long etched in our belief system.

Review:

I just knew this book will move me deeply and will make me think in the way everyone should. A delicate and yet bold collection of 41 stories which scream aloud the dark and hushed issues of the society. I am in the awe of the author’s nib by the way he has carved and shaped the stories out of the wood of society. The cover is equally appealing and the synopsis ( by which, I judge the book before picking) was moderately good too. The bookstagrammers have been going gaga over this one so I decided to pick it too.

The stories of us; has complex issues but lucid language which can be easily adopted by a person who is not a voracious reader at first place. I like the concept of ending each of the shorties with a question, it is like leaving open ends for the reader to tie it accordingly. As I have said before, this book can make you think the way everyone should.

Overall, it has been an intriguing and involving read I cannot point out few favourites from the book as all of them have been unique and have made me re-think about some conditions which we generally brush away.

Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

In other news how’s COVID19 quarantine got you? What you are doing with all the free time you got suddenly due to this unfortunate virus outbreak? Comment below I would love to hear from you! (Wash your hands after doing so!)

Book Review| The Conspiracy Unknown by Abishek Babu

Blurb:

The story starts with the birth of a prince and the series of events that follows. Fifteen eons ago, the ‘Great War’ was fought between the Anndas and a group of revolutionaries, in which the revolutionaries came out victorious. The Anndas were chased out of the empire and were made to live in the forest like nomads. The revolutionaries named Ragupta Moriya as their king, and thus the Great Moriyan Empire was formed. Great songs and stories were written about Ragupta Moriya and his ten war generals who fought out the evil Annda Empire. After fifteen years, a plot is made to overthrow the Moriyan Empire. And it all falls on the shoulders of Ragupta to win the battle. After nearly 2300 eons, the life of Dr Sebastian Stein is under peril. A mysterious man in a black suit is in pursuit of capturing Dr Stein, but Sebastian is saved by his father’s old friend.

When Sebastian starts to learn about the death of his father, he realizes there’s no other way to escape but to run for his life. What exactly happened in Before Clearance Existence (BCE) for it to affect the life of Sebastian Stein in After Clearance Existence (ACE)?

Review:

I think I can classify this one as one of it’s own kind of periodical drama. The story has a gripping plot, which is based some eons ago and has princely background. The plot emerges as fall of a particular empire and rulers takes place after a series of events which results in formation of Moriyan Empire.

I like the way author presents his work in different timelines as we can see the chronology of events from past start reflecting in the present as a Doctor, faces existential crisis and finds himself surrounded in unusual chaos. The trails of chaos can be followed right back where it all started. How far can we trace them? You need to check out this book in order to find answers!

As far as the presentation of the book is concerned, I was not impressed by the first sight of the book cover but the synopsis got me and picked this one. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend this to everyone.

Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Book Review| Life in Different Colours by Pratik P Sharda

Blurb:

If one can safely assume something, many of us who love reading are unable to do so due to lack of time to read a full novel running into a number of pages.
Life in Different Colours offers the readers short and captivating stories, which focus on some facets of life as seen by the author, woven into a world of fiction. Each story in this book can be read within a maximum of thirty to forty minutes.
But that is not all. The author hopes that, through his imagination captured in these stories, these stories will not only make for a good read but also help the readers in some manner.

Review:

This Book is a small collection of 13 short stories, I got an ebook of the same and I finished reading it in one go. The thing I like the most about this book is; the vividly dynamic themes of the stories which provide a multi dimensional theme to the book. The cover is simple yet interesting, I like how it syncs with the title.

Coming back to stories, all the thirteen stories are different from other yet they have one common theme ie: life. I like how various shades of life are painted on the canvas which is representing life. Overall, its a good short read.

I would like to conclude it by telling you one more thing that I liked about the book is how the author gave it a personal touch by giving a piece of his experience on choosing the theme of his first book. You can say; this book kept me deeply involved from the introduction to the last page.

Ratings:
⭐⭐⭐⭐/5