FROM ASHES TO DREAMS|RASHMI TRIVEDI|BOOK REVIEW|

From Ashes To Dreams

Author : Rashmi Trivedi

Publisher :Blue Rose Publishers

Book length :192 pages

Description

Sometimes life brings you at a crossroad, where you have no choice but to live every day as if it was your last one. Naina was at such a crossroad! An orphan, she did not have much to look forward to in life, until she fell in love. Love gave her wings and she started to fly, only to come crashing down as the wind beneath her wings turned into a storm. She tries putting an end to her now wretched existence, but fate has some other plans for her. She comes to know that she has limited time to live and decides to start living everyday instead of merely surviving. She lives every moment without worrying about the future she does not have or the past that could not be undone. She falls in love once again, this time with life! Will fate respect her fortitude?

Review

First impression is the best impression. That is absolutely correct in the case of this book. The cover of the book catches the mind of the reader . The cover is beautifully designed, with a black and white photograph of a woman with mysterious face. And the title also drew the attention of us instantly into the book.
The story revolves around a girl called Naina who is an orphan. The story is all about how Naina grew up and her destiny takes turns . She fell in love with a married man . At one point she lost everything. The story continues with her struggles to overcome the hardships . Naina who was a lost cause since the beginning of the story emerges as a strong and independent girl at the end. She rises from the ashes to her dreams like a phoenix bird .
The book was good with the deep emotional outburst. The characters have been portrayed quite well. Each and every character have a significant role in their own way and everyone of them had done justice to their roles throughout the story .Thus making it easy for the reader to relate to them and their point of views. The plot is gripping and heartbreaking. The language and narration was lucid and simple . The book explores the life of a woman who discovered the importance of life . The message the author trying to convey was reflected in a good manner. It motivates us to move further in life and overcome all the barriers .

Sometimes I felt repetitive and the story is somehow predictable. Apart from that this is a good book which teach us how precious are lives .

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En route Goa ;a memory can taint your dreams |Abilash Geetha Balan|#BookReview |

Title : En route Goa; a memory can taint your dreams

Author :Abilash Geetha Balan

Publisher : Notion Press

Book length : 68

Description

Every journey in life has a purpose, and at the end we make lasting memories out of each journey. Some memories will be cherished and some others struggle to be forgotten. En Route Goa is one such journey of a few people traveling to different destinations. In this story, each one plays a subtle role in other’s lives, carving lasting memories in an overnight train travel. But they never knew they were just playing their part in an age old myth.

Review

En route Goa is a exceptionally thoughtful short story. From the title and blurb of the book I would not have imagined that it can be a horror story. I thought the book is going to be a story in which people plan to go to Goa and have adventures there. I was expecting to read usual cliche like a girl met boy and their romance etc. But the book turns out to be a completely different than what I expected.

The story started with 5-6 characters boarding a train, which was scheduled to with night travel. In the first half of the story author tried to settle each character of the story. There is no relation between the characters. Then how all these diverse characters fit in the story? This thread drives the reader through an intense race filled with twists and turns.

🔹Book written in a manner that it apt for a movie script.
🔹The plot is centre of everything, all the dots were converged very well in the end.
🔹The story was mixed with the essence of mystery, romance, thriller and comedy.
🔹The language used was simple.
🔹The title is completely misleading, as there is nothing related to Goa.
🔹The humour parts could have been better.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something beyond ordinary and loves twists and turns. Congratulations to the author for his maiden attempt. It is a wonderful 2 hour read.

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar |Kochery C Shibu |Book Review |

Title : Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

Author : Kochery C Shibu

Publisher :Niyogi Books

Length : 284 pages

About the Author

Kochery C. Shibu is a retired naval officer. A graduate from the National Defence Academy he has held several important posts in the Indian Navy. Post his retirement he has executed hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka, Beas river basin in Himachal and lately Teesta river basin in Sikkim. He holds a postgraduate degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University, and MA in English Literature from Pune University. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is his debut novel. The technical content of the novel, namely the setting up of a hydro-project is drawn from his experience in these projects since 2005, as are many of the characters inspired from those whom he encountered at the project site. Kochery C. Shibu was born in Kochi and now lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.

Synopsis :

A Hydel project in the remote HImalayas- three people brought together by fate.

Nanda an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site, hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love for his dear ones, and the kalari code of revenge.
Khusru, a youth displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot that threatens to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site.
Rekha, a kathak dancer at heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru.
A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.

All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched,successful;some miss a step and perish. each has a story to tell and a dream to realise. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people, with their cares and worries woven to the site life. The fury of nature and hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead.
Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk their lives and limb in the quest to fulfil their dreams.

Review :

The story is inspired out of author’s personal experiences. He had beautifully explained his experience of working at hydal power project and the characters those whom he encountered on site.

It is the story of three different people who met each other in the Dhauladhar. This story starts when a hydal power project was approved and a dam was to build in Himachal Pradesh near Dhauladhar range. Nanda, Khusru and Rekha are main characters. These three have a secret past and all of them were hiding it from everyone.

This book is something beyond the usual subjects that Authors were selecting. Several never before touched topics ha e been put forth in the novel. Every chapter conveys how much research the author has done. The description of beautiful landscape of India and culture was highlight of the story. It has a pure Indian vibes. With the mixture of languages, the story enlightened the diversity of our country. Story carries you to different places. The story has some traits of both southern and northern India, that the respective reader will able to connect.

This book talks about the dreams, the hopes and the intricate plot of human complexities. The story of all the characters seemed totally separate in the beginning but the author beautifully brought them in the same track. Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader.

Initially I was bored by the slow pace of the novel. Being a character driven book the author elaborates a lot on the past and present of the characters, sometimes even the history of the ancestors of the characters. This can be irritating for a few readers. If you are not from a an engineering background then the technical part may be tough to understand. Still you can enjoy the reading by skim over the technical aspects.

With a strong plot and characters the author’s debut novel is fanatastic.

Once Upon A Genie |Durriya Kapasi |Book Review |

Title : Once Upon A Genie

Author : Durriya Kapasi

Publisher : Half baked beans

Length : 202 pages

Description :

Daisy had no idea what was in store for her when she uncovered the priceless reward concealed in a miscellaneous bottle; a super sexy genie that would pull the rugs below her feet.

Khalil Muwahid, the genie owed Daisy his gratitude for freeing him from the trap. He generously asked her for three wishes without holding any grudges against her. Gradually there was a strong connection between them, the bond of love. Also, the rules of Djinn world were amended for their love, where Daisy wasn’t supposed to ask for the third wish since they could be together, everlastingly.

BUT on the horns of Dilemma, Darren, Daisy’s best friend’s life was at threat. Does she use the last wish to save Darren? Or does she save her love?

My Review :

This story revolves around a character called Daisy who got a misterious box from her witch grandmother. Unknowingly she freed a genie from the bottle inside that box. The genie broke our imagination from aladdin’s genie 😜 He is handsome (BF type 😉). Daisy have to ask for three wishes to get rid of this genie. Because she want freedom from that genie. The person who irritated her , became the soul of her whole life. But here comes the twist. Darren – friend of daisy – is also fall in love with her. Love triangle. Whom will she choose? Is a human – genie relationship acceptable to the world? These questions develop a curiosity to read.

The characters were described in a very well manner. While reading we can visualize whatever she wrote. I think I am also fell in love with Genie. The romantic scenes shows the depth of their love. ( never prefer to children this portion). Narration of each and every bit of the story is fabulous.

This story not only portrait the love between two couples but also pointed out the depth of a good friendship. The struggle between love and friendship leads the story plot. Also we can see a rebirth of a shattered mother daughter relationship.

I felt like something is missing in the novel. That is about Daisy’s grandmother and her magical powers and childhood of daisy. The end of the story is much predictable because of the hint in the blurb. It could have been avoided.

Eagerly waiting for the second part.

The Heart Affair |Rashy Dubey |Book Review |

Title : THE HEART AFFAIR: A Short Story

Author : Rashy Dubey

Length : 49 pages

Genre : Short story

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Description:
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Just Friendship or an emotional affair? Does cheating on your partner only mean being involved with someone ‘physically’ outside your relationship? The biggest threat to relationships these days is ‘Emotional Infidelity’ and it certainly is more toxic and dangerous if you don’t realize the thin line between ‘friends’ and ‘just friends’!
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Exploring the above questions, I present to you all a short story ‘The Heart Affair’. It tells the tale of Reeva who had a perfect marriage in all aspects but something crucial was missing in it. Soon enough, she comes in touch with her old friend and things start turning rosier. Will she cross that thin line? Will Abhay realize the glitch? Will they get a chance to save their relationship?
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My review :
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This book is about a common issue that is seen in most of the marital life. Every relationship starts a huge investment love and care. But as the days passed, the strength of their bond get reduced. Complete ignorance may make the partner to rethink about the relation. We have to balance our
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Being in a relationship means you’ve found someone you want to spend all your time with. You miss them like crazy when they aren’t around and you’d text them all day long if you could. Sounds like exactly what we’re all looking for, right? Maybe in theory that sounds great, but in reality, spending too much time with someone can actually cause a lot of problems. Ideally, you should find someone who you genuinely want to spend tons of time with, but not actually spend all that time with them. Here’s how overdoing it can ruin an otherwise healthy relationship.
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Missing someone is actually a pretty good sign that you love them. Not to mention, the reunion after spending some time apart is always a great feeling. Spending every second together means you no longer know what it’s like when they aren’t around and that will make any separation that comes up a lot harder to deal with.
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Even if you’re the closest couple on the face of the earth, you’re both still individuals and it’s important to remember that. It’s amazing to have someone who is like your other half that you can always count on. At the same time, if you no longer have an identity outside of your relationship, you could end up resenting each other, which we all know is never a good thing.
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This book conveys a good message to all couples which we should apply on our life. The characters in the story handled the problem with maturity. Most of the issues raised in relationships are due to lack of mature thinking.
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Minuscules : Priyanka Bhatt |Book review|

Title : Minuscules

Author : Priyanka Bhatt

(debut novel)

Genre : Microtale / short story

Length :152 pages
Publication date: 7 Sep 2018
Publisher: Notion

Press
Language: English

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Description:

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When I asked him to be the poetry I could write about,
he kissed me softly and left.
Since then, my words have been oozing pain.
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Today’s instant make-up, instant break-up generation have no time to spare time at all. They prefer enjoying eternity in moments to waiting eternally for that moment. Hence, these micro tales have become the latest fad.
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Minuscule is a collection of unique micro tales and short stories that are spread over various themes. From horror to social issues to romance, these tales leave no topic unwritten about, no emotion unexplored. Though told with brevity, the impact of these stories can be more lingering than that of novels. To-the-point, poignant, relatable – this micro fiction book can be read by anyone in today’s time – a teenager and an adult alike. Its varied range of themes is the cherry on the cake.
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Minuscule is a book that is sure to bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes – and stay with you for a very long time.
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My take :

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It is difficult to express our feelings in very few words. Though the words are less, emotions are sharp. This reflects the writer’s talent. Each of the lines has flames. Every trouble that the writer experienced in his life has been put in the mind of the reader.
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The cover picture is so beautiful. I loved it very much. I think the cover picture has something to say. A red feather on the black surface. The black mark indicates the misfortune of the writer or of each one of us. At the moment when everything seems to be over, we will look into a ray of hope. That feather might have been a symbol of hope.But what is the red color for the rays of hope? Only the writer can say the real reason. But one can even guess. And that’s probably the origin of the hope was from the pain that the people in her own gave to her.

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Overall it is good and easy to read. As a debut work she did a fantastic job.

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Thanks to the author Priyanka Bhatt for providing us free e-book.

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P. S. :I wish I had the physical copy too😜 This review is not for promotion. I just wrote what I felt.

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Here I am sharing some of the poems that I liked. Hope it would be useful to you for give a chance to this book.

Movie 🎫 or Books 📚

Do you read the book before watching the movie, or vice versa? Why?

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I almost always prefer to read the book first so I can form my own image of the characters, and so I’m not constantly trying to fit the narrative to what I’ve seen on-screen.

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I usually find watching the movie first to be too distracting, but if I have really loved a movie I like feeling as though I’m getting a richer experience.

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I always read books before watching the movie,because reading is an altogether another experience…it takes you to a world of your own imagination and fantasies,,where you can build up the characters in your own way..perceive things the way you like…in other words it maybe compared to directing you own movie based on the script(thebook) you are reading.

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Also, books have a lot of details which movies cannot provide…mostly parts of the book are ignored while creating the movie. The emotional connect which comes with reading is seldom achieved with watching the same thing.

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I have a habbit of googling about any movie I just watched or about to watch..so after watching any movie when i come to know it is based on a novel( which i haven’t read ofcourse) … i have tried reading that book..and that goes in vain…because then all interest is lost. But the opposite happens when I read the book first. I get the curiosity to see if the movie is according to “my’’ imagination. 😀

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Books allow you to get inside a character’s head much easier than a movie can. In a movie you have to rely on the script and the actor to cue you on how their feeling rather than a inner monologue describing events and its impact on a character. Neither mode of storytelling is inherently better but they are distinct even when the events are the same.

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