Book review of “Catch me if you can” by Rafaa Dalvi

Book name: Catch me if you can

Author name: Rafaa Dalvi

Book pages: 18

Format: Ebook

Description: What happens when the world’s best detective realizes that his prodigy has become a wanted global con artist? Prepare for a wild cat-and-mouse chase around the world.

Book review: Firstly I think the cover could have been something more catchy. It is a short story of chase between a detective and a con man but I felt the chase could have been made more interesting. The writing is simple and easy to understand by everyone. The book ended way too soon. If few pages were increased, story could have been made more interesting and characters could have been more developed and enjoyed than overall I would have enjoyed it more because I liked the idea of this short story. None the less you could give it a chance since it is such a short read.

Enjoy it while you have way less time to read you will finish it up before the time ends. Happy reading.

Overall rating: 2.75🌟

Thank you to the author for the review copy.

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Book review of “FROZEN MOMENTS REVISITED” by Md Taslim

Book title:- Frozen Moments Revisited (kindle edition)

Author name:- Md Taslim

Book pages:- 94 pages

Book description :- “Frozen Moments Revisited” will offer remarkable insight on appreciating life’s simple moments.”Frozen Moments Revisited” talks about love, betrayal, material wealth and human convictions. It dwells on both the tangible and the abstract. It illuminates the significant. The characters do not dominate as single entities but as a piece of the collective. They complete each vignette which, in turn, supplements their metamorphosis.Entirely insightful with metaphysical messages that transcend beyond any epoch, it touches universal truths by going back to the basic, let the readers re-examine their own values, personal conflicts and self-beliefs.Excerpt from “Frozen Moments Revisited:”“Why do we live?”I am taken aback by her question. I start staring at her face while thinking about the answer of her question. I am unable to think of any answer. In the process I take her hand in my hand and tell her “I think I am living to keep these hands in my hands for ever, for whole life. I wish to live to hear my name from your beautiful lips forever. I wish to live to hear your sweet melodious voice. I want to remain entrapped in your big magical eyes. I want to live with you forever.”

Book review :- We all have moments in our lives which we wish could be frozen. This book consists a lot of stories. The writing style is very simple to understand.
There are few stories which will keep you thinking about the realities of life. A lot of People now a days value money more than lives but for some humanity is at the top priority. There are some stories which I felt had no base. But the rest of the stories will make you face the reality of today’s world.
The stories could have been a bit more interesting for me if the description of few things were lessen. But nonetheless the book is worth the read.

Overall rating :- 3🌟

Thank you for the book review opportunity.

Crossword Bookstores and Puffin India launch Sudha Murty’s The Upside Down King in Mumbai

12th December 2018

Mumbai

Crossword Bookstores and Puffin India launch Sudha Murty’s “The Upside Down King” in Mumbai

At the launch of her 30th piece of original work, The Upside Down King, at Crossword Bookstores, author Sudha Murty was in conversation with RJ Anita.

The duo dived into the genre of mythology and writing for children. Over 100 book lovers sat enraptured as Sudhaji spoke about her third book in the series of unusual stories in Indian mythology.

“Ram and Krishna are the two very popular Gods. They are the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu and yet their personalities are dissimilar,” said Sudhaji. In her latest book, she unravels their dispositions along with other characters in the age-old tale where readers discover speaking bears, Ravana’s brother- the God of Wealth, and a man with thousand arms.

Talking more on the relevance of these lesser-known stories in current times, Sudhaji stated that Mahabharata and Ramayana come in various versions such as Bengali, Odisha and so on and that’s why taking into account the idiosyncratic storytelling from different states and tribes becomes important.

“Although more and more authors are writing mythology, the genre is struggling to stay alive. Parents should buy their children only books as gifts. Hold a dialogue through books,” she added.

Talking about her own experience on how she began writing in the mythology space Sudhaji stated “The reason I started writing mythology was for my grandchildren in London, which made me wonder how much my daughter and in turn Indians know about mythology. I embarked on a journey to pen down and to expose the simple yet unknown facts of our past.”

The conversation was followed by a question and answer session where Sudhaji revealed that because of her mother’s persistence to make her write 25 lines every day, she became a proficient writer.

“Sudha Murtyji is launching her book at Crossword, Mumbai again and we couldn’t be happier. Her persistence to keep writing quality stories which engages readers of all ages is remarkable,” said Maulik Desai, Head, Crossword Bookstores

Book Review:- Winning like Sourav Think and Succeed like Ganguly by Abhirup Bhattacharya

Book name: Winning like Sourav Think and Succeed like Ganguly

Author name : Abhirup Bhattacharya

Publisher : Rupa publication

Book pages : 160

Description : From being nicknamed ‘God of offside’ to charting the future of team India, Sourav Ganguly is undoubtedly one of the greatest captains to have played for the country. His records speak for himself: 18,000+ international runs and 11,000 runs in ODI matches including 22 centuries with an average of 41.02! Moreover, Sourav still has the highest win/loss ratio (even higher than M.S. Dhoni’s) and also holds the record of the highest number of wins overseas as a Test cricket captain. What makes Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, the ‘Prince of Kolkata’, such a winner? How did he motivate himself when everyone had written him off? And what can we learn from him? Winning like Sourav aims to unravel the secrets of his success to help us think on the same lines and come out with flying colours just like Ganguly.

Book review: I am not a fan of reading such type of book but this book was an exception for me. It was such an interesting read. I love cricket but only when India is playing. The bits and pieces from a lot of episodes from Dada’s life is written in such a gripping way that you couldn’t stop yourself from reading it. Dada’s way of thinking, his professional and personal life, his anger, his cricket journey everything is well written. I am Rahul Dravid’s fan but this book helped me to take a look into Ganguly’s life and I enjoyed it… worth reading.

All the cricket lovers should read a book like this to know more about cricket and their own country team players.

Overall rating : 3.5 ⛤

About the author : Abhirup Bhattacharya is a graduate in fashion technology from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kolkata and has earned his MBA in finance from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai. Beginning his career in the apparel sector in Egypt, he also has a diversified experience ranging from IT Consulting, Payment System and Risk Advisory and a passion for reading business books, writing stories, watching movies and cricket. He is the author of Winning Like Virat: Think and Succeed Like Kohli (2017). Hailing from the Kolkata, he is presently based out of Mumbai.

Hope and Sunshine- Book Review

Book name:- Hope and Sunshine

Author name :- Debasmita Nath Ghosh

Publisher :- Power publication

Book pages:- 178

Description :- Naina Grover has an imperfectly perfect life, or is it perfectly imperfect? A Punjabi kudi from Delhi working in the city of joy, Kolkata is joined by her crazy cousin, Arjun and his sober friend Aditya to come of age while at a long – distance relationship which seems to be going nowhere. She knows it is a recipe for disaster but should she let go or not? Should she hope for the best? Hope she will be accepted?Hope she can settle down? Hope she can come to terms with a family secret bothering her for years now? Just hope. Keep hoping? And then, Hope welcomes a ray of sunshine. Naina welcomes you to look at life from her perspective. ‘Hop’e On!’

Book review :- We all need that someone, who is our hope and sunshine in the most difficult times.

Naina is the main protagonist in this story with Aditya, Arjun and Ved. Naina is working in a corporate office where Aditya is the new one in the HR department and coincidentally he is a close frd of Arjun who is Naina’s cousin. She is in a long distance relationship with Ved.

Naina starts getting to close to Aditya when the trio (Naina, Aditya, Arjun) starts spending most of the time together. But she can’t go close to him because of her long distance relationship with Ved. When the trio is together the fun, the bond is depicted is so beautiful. The bond between Naina and Ved starts to fade because of the long distance that they have.

The story moves on smoothly and you are completely engrossed in it before you know. This is not a romance story which you wont enjoy. The characters are amazing with amazing plot. It shows a side of long distance relationship which can be true in most of the cases. You won’t be able to part ways with this book till you finish it.

To be honest now I have this major crush on Aditya. Will Naina and Aditya reveal their love for each other? What happens between her and Ved? Will Arjun have any role in bringing them close?

Overall rating :- 4🌟

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset” from https://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in

Lean Days- Book Review

Book Name :- Lean Days

Author name :- Manish Gaekwad

Publisher :- Harpercollins India

Book Pages :- 208

Description :- Fed up with his tedious desk job, a young man decides to quit on an impulse. He wants to write a novel, but doesn’t think he has a story to tell. So the would-be writer, who was raised in a kotha, sets out to travel, hoping to arrive somewhere: at a destination, at a story. But it’s not just about arriving. What about the journey? The joy and pain of trudging through the country without a plan, or a map? If his aim is to write, who will document his search for inspiration, and for love? Lean Days is the story of an artist’s voyage through the country, mixing history with imagination, and finding people and places whose stories he can tell along with his own. It is a book of journeys without an end in sight, about the yearning for romance and succumbing to the temptations of the flesh.

Book review :- Lean Days is a LGBT book. It took me some time to get into the book because it had so many characters in it and to remember them was a task. But what was unique is that the protagonist had no name in this story. The author has given every chapter a different name which is based on places in India like Mumbai days, Ajmer days,Bangalore days and many more. There were a lot of difficult words in this one and I had to Google the meaning everytime. But it was fun getting to know new words.

The main characters takes us to a lot of places with him in search of content for his novel. With the help of this story we can travel with him to all the different places and find about their heritage/history. He travels through his past and sees the changes in the recent times. He has described the places so well that you can travel with him to those places. It has all the elements of romance,lust, friendship,travel and many more.

It is a topic which is not written by most of the Indian authors and it is considered as Taboo in India and a life of gay/lesbian is very very difficult here. Due to the orthodox thinking people here are not able to grasp all these normal changes. So it was overall a different read for me.

The cover is soo pretty giving the vibes of the Newyork’s lane (I don’t remember the name of that place 😉). That pink colour is the cherry on top for this cover with amazing font.

Overall rating :- 4🌟

About the author :- Manish Gaekwad is a journalist based in Mumbai. This is his first novel. He is currently freelancing for the Hindu, and has previously worked for the Scroll.in and Mid-Day.

The Secret Of The Sculptures- Book Review

Book Name :- The Secret of the Sculptures

Author name :- Monika Thakur

Publisher :- Notion Press

Book pages :- 246

Description :- Lifelong friends Aditi and Maitreyi meet up in Delhi when Maitreyi returns for her holidays. The holidays start with innocent fun but before long the girls are embroiled in the theft of a priceless sculpture that is stolen from Aditi’s college. Mr. Seth, a mysterious stranger with hypnotic eyes, keeps crossing their path. For him, the sculpture seems to be more than just a relic of history. Events unfold rapidly which make the girls become the prime suspects of a heist. As if being at the center of crime and priceless history was not enough, the girls realize that there is a supernatural element to the sculptures that is directing the fates of everyone involved. What will the outcome be?

Book review :- A Secret of sculpture is a story involving 2 best friends Maitreyi and Aditi and their journey to find out about the sculpture which is ancient and stolen.

Elements that are involved in the story are Friendship, Mystery, supernatural and a tiny bit of romance. Aditi takes Maitreyi for a event at the Museum . They meet a lot of people in the party and come to know about the most talked sculpture and instantly Maitreyi feels connected to it and her quest about knowing about the sculpture begins. For conquering their quest they visit Aditi’s college the next day and later on that sculpture is missing and knowingly or unknowingly Maitreyi and Aditi finds themselves in solving the mystery behind this. During this journey they witness supernatural activities too but they stay focused on finding out about it. With help from few friends they reach to the point where they find out about the disappearance of the sculpture.

The pace of the book is okay and story is something I found unique and it kept me engrossed in it. I liked all the characters especially Maitreyi.

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset” from https://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in

Overall rating :- 3.5🌟

About the author :-Monika Thakur lives in India and has been working in the corporate sector for over ten years. During this time she had the idea that she wanted to do something more creative. She had always liked creative writing and she finally decided to take the plunge to write her first novel.

She is a nature lover. She enjoys travelling and sampling the vegetarian cuisines of various places.