Book Review: Ramona by Manoj V Jain

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TITLE: Ramona
AUTHOR: Manoj V Jain
PUBLISHER: Notion Press
GENRE: Fiction
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 
COVER
 

Apt! Complements the book, which is a window to a woman’s mental turmoil on being ‘deserted’ by the man with whom she set out to weave dreams beautiful.
 
 

 
 
BLURB
 
 

Sitting on an armchair near the window, Ramona-separated, mother of a son and a cookery teacher-muses on the events that have happened in her life in the recent past. A letter from her husband, not even nearly justifying his mysterious disappearance, shocks her and topples her world upside down. Bombarded by a thousand questions, accusations, a tumult of emotions and confusion, she begins to untie the knots one at a time with help from her family. But what she wasn’t able to do over months, a stranger does within a matter of minutes.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

A sequel to ‘Balraj’ yet a stand-alone read, ‘Ramona’ can be categorized as a novella. A short read of around 100 pages, the book takes us on a ride through the life of the protagonist Ramona the ‘deserted’ wife of Balraj. Wading through a sea of emotions that range from denial to despair to anger to rebellion and finally a sense of calm, Ramona’s inner turmoil is nothing short of a ‘samudra manthan’(Churning of the ocean) of sorts. In the process she encountered the ‘Halahala’ (the poison) in the form of anger, the Ratnas( precious stones) that, took the form of the realization of the importance of her in-laws and the Amrita (sweet nectar) the calm that descended on her after going through the painful churning process- the climax.

A psychological read of sorts told in a simple, lucid and crisp language, the book is relatable and offers food for thought. We often tend to ignore our blessing and instead dwell on our woes without realizing that it is the blessings that drive us on, make life beautiful and fill it with sunshine.

A straightforward story, Ramona is also a grim reminder of the fact that often couples take their partner for granted only to drift apart. It is a reminder that even the ‘madly in love’ couple do fall out once they experience the grind of everyday life, unless they make it a point to find quality time for the other. Relationships don’t last merely on ‘love.’ To make them last a lifetime, one need to constantly work on them, feed and water them, tend to them with care and ensure that they remain fresh and charming. Neglect them, and they begin to wilt and slowly fade away into oblivion.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 

A short and breezy read with the power to make one think, the book scores a 4 on a scale of 5.
 
 

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Manoj V Jain

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Book Review: This Delicious Life

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TITLE: This Delicious Life
AUTHOR: Lekshmi Gopinathan
FORMAT: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B0778WXHXR
 
 
THE BOOK
 
 


THE BLURB
 
 
Spluttering, simmering and steaming. A story that makes you hungry and feeds your soul. From Jaffna Crab Curry to Mor Kuzhambu, Spinach Casseroles and Tiramisu, nestled in the tiny fishing village of Iraalpatinam, comes a delicious and heartwarming tale of food, life and love. Meet the valiant lady sarpanch, the food blogger in search of peace, the able District Collector, a nomadic football coach and the beautiful fisher folks of this quaint village all bound together by their love for food. A yummy story of friendship, love and spices.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 
The Main Course
 
 
Heavenly! Correct ingredients measured out in the right quantity and blended perfectly in just 214 pages to serve the perfect feast for the bibliophile in me; ‘This Delicious Life’ took me through a range of emotions and left me wanting more.

Refreshing and unique, the story starts with food and ends with food and in between we get to meet a range of people each with a story, a sorrow of their own, determined to live life on their own terms and make the best of it. What happens when their paths cross? Discover in ‘This Delicious Life.’

Each chapter in the book introduces a dish, its ingredients and its preparation but what strikes one is the way the same is seamlessly stitched into a story with two women poles apart in nature at its core, and the people they live among / come into contact. So in effect you have a story a fiction and a dish a reality. Is this symbolic? To me, yes after all don’t the stories that we weave sprout from life’s experiences. Sugared with imagination and spiced with tit-bits of gossip, rumors and our own observations these experiences are then dished out as fiction; the better the cook, the tastier the dish i.e. fiction.

An ‘allspice,’ the story is seasoned with a few twists and turns and has a dash of suspense that’s sure to tickle the brain while trying to satiate your stomach for a good read.

The characters are well developed, relatable and contribute to the story in their own humble way without standing out as the odd one, one who may force a raised brow or invite a sneer. While Radhamma comes across as a simple, down to earth, committed and determined lady, Matilda is a wild yet lovable character someone opposite to Radhamma but with the ability to complement her. Vishal, Gerry and Venkat the sub characters, act as lubricants that ensure that the story moves forward smoothly without a hitch.

The language is simple, crisp and lucid and the pace is perfect.
 
 

Dessert
 
 
Some truly wonderful quotes that left a lingering taste in the mouth :

“…..meditation is not sitting in a spot everyday and concentrating on a light in our head. It’s letting your senses feel every emotion, every instant, every moment in all their glory. Meditation is life, it’s not a compulsive routine.”

“…there is a lot of creativity, art and emotions behind every meal cooked. Cook like you would for the one you love the most and I believe it will taste better than the best.”
 
 

A tip that’s sure to spice up ‘The Delicious Life’ further?
 
 
Yes. Doing away with those typographical errors that stick out and taking a relook at the usage of ‘their’ at a few places.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 
A wholesome, mouth-watering meal dished out by a Super Chef, I’ll give the book 4 on a scale of 5.


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Cover Reveal: Carthick’s Unfairy Tales

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Cover Reveal: CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

CARTHICK’S UNFAIRY TALES
BY
Carthick

Blurb


A damsel in distress. An evil dragon. A concerned father seeking a savior to rescue his daughter. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.


But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous and vicious savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?


What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than met the eye?


This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed rats and bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.

     
About the author






T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.


He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.

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Book Review: An Awfully BIG Adventure

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TITLE: An Awfully BIG Adventure
AUTHOR: Aniesha Brahma
GENRE: Fiction ( Fantasy)
FORMAT: Kindle eBook
ASIN: B076QG52JK
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 

BLURB
 
 

Seventeen-year-old Yoshita Ray has stopped believing in happily ever after and fairy tales ever since her mother abandoned her. But now that her father’s married again, Yoshita’s world is turned upside down by her new stepbrother, the ten-year-old true believer, Tanay Mukherjee.

On his twelfth birthday, Tanay makes a wish which whisks them away to a magical land where all the fairy tale characters are real! While Yoshita wants to do nothing but leave this place behind, her stepbrother wants to stay.

Will the rather unfortunately timed adventure tear the stepsiblings apart or will it play a hand in bringing them closer together?

Join them on An Awfully BIG Adventure to find out!
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

When children her age believed in fairy tales and happily ever after’s, little Yogita turned the cynic all because of a broken home. Things changed over the years with Yogita’s father taking in a new wife but inspite of being fond of her stepmother and stepbrother, Yogita could never ever get over the blow that her parents’ divorce had dealt her i.e. until something unexpected happened on her stepbrother’s twelfth birthday, something akin to a big adventure one that would force her to look at things in a new perspective.

Interesting, intriguing and inviting, ‘The Awfully BIG Adventure’ is a novella of just ninety nine pages that will transport you to your childhood and nudge you to remember those little characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Alladin, Pinocchio etc. deeply entrenched somewhere at the back of your mind, make you smile and wonder if life is actually all about ‘happily ever after’ or the reverse, whether we are mere puppets of our circumstances or is it our way of thinking that molds our destiny. In short, ‘The Awfully BIG Adventure’ is not merely a piece of fiction but a psychological take on the human attitude of distrust and cynicism, an attitude that takes root on account of adverse circumstances and needs something really awfully big to address it.

The language is simple, crisp and lucid while the pace is perfect. There are a few typographical errors here and there that need to be fixed.

My only grudge…….. The book ended too soon. Would have loved to see a bit more of action and interaction between the protagonists and the residents of The Charmed City and would have felt satiated with a bigger dose of magic. These would have given a better insight into the woes of the residents of the magical land as well as made it easier to understand and appreciate the intentions of the Queen in trying to thwart the siblings from leaving the city or permitting the residents of the city to try rewriting their story.

 
 

VERDICT
 
 

An interesting short read. I’ll give the book a 3 on a scale of 5.


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ANIESHA BRAHMA

Aniesha Brahma wanted to be an author since she was six years old. She was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She studied in Dolna Day School and completed her college degrees (including MPhil) in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She works as a social media strategist/marketing executive, is the founder and editor of BUZZ Magazine and blogs (almost) regularly at http://www.anieshabrahma.com. Her debut novel was The Secret Proposal. It was followed by The Guitar Girl, When Our Worlds Collide and All Signs Lead Back to You. She has also worked on children’s books like P.C. Chandra’s Awesome Four and General Press’ Children’s Classic Stories. She was part of the UK-India 2017 India Wales’ The Valley, City and Village (VCV) Project and a speaker at Hay Festival 2017. Aniesha is extremely active on social media and you can get in touch with her by writing to her at contact@anieshabrahma.com.

 
 

Spotlight: Lean In To Relationships by Rishabh Jhol

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Blog Tour by The Book Club of LEAN IN TO RELATIONSHIPS by Rishabh Jhol


LEAN IN TO RELATIONSHIPS
by
Rishabh Jhol

Blog Tour by The Book Club of LEAN IN TO RELATIONSHIPS by Rishabh Jhol

Blurb

Doubt has pivoted many a relationship across the centuries. Whether it is Othello suspicious of Desdemona or through the rise of paranoia as a trope in twentieth century writings. While paranoia naturally suggests the vulnerability of individual mind to social rhetoric, it is also the space for deep interrogation of the individual that renders him/her to paranoia. This novel presents that doubt has the potential to be a space of liberation.

Madeeha works in Jordan to rehabilitate Syrian refugees. Zehen, a political analyst from India, meets her in the US during their social impact program. He is intrigued and charmed by her, and falls deeply in love. But the world political climate, with its accompanying cultural narratives about terror and pain, infects Zehen’s mind. Zehen begins to suspect Madeeha as a possible mujahid. Will he find his truth? Fear doesn’t devastate; it stirs the inner pot. 

The novel uses Sufi philosophical terms to mark the journey to self-love and explores the tensions between Ishq-e- Mazizi (worldly love) and Ishq-e- Haqiqi (love for Divine). The novel uses the backdrops of various cities around the world to build its narratives – Cusco and Lima in Peru, Petra/Aqaba/Amman/Jerash in Jordan, New York/Philadelphia/DC/Chicago/Seattle/San Francisco. The cultures within each of these cities inform and influence the story so that each city becomes a character themselves participating in empowerment and liberation of the main protagonist.

It is a tender love story that triumphs heartbreaks and sets the foundation of deep lasting future relationships – a delightful emancipation from social intrigues and cultural constraints.

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Zehen was experiencing sweet joy in his heart. Memories bustled in the head. When did he first see her? Zehen searched his head madly. Orientation session? Corridor to the classroom? However, he tried, he couldn’t pinpoint the moment. A whirr of images, of moments, yet-to- be collaged. And a heart that already had a narrative, waiting to be inset.

We imagine that all romantic stories will have a sigh-worthy romantic beginning. But beginnings are when the heart awakens, when the soul remembers. A presence stills and emerges from the shadows of time.

His first memory was when she introduced herself in the class. They had gathered at Presidium University for a one-year course on Social Impact Leadership. Outside, the white fringe tree was laden with its grape-like fruits. The pine, oak and spruce waited for winter to tell the world how unchangeable they were. And the old Redwood stood proud like the institution itself. Inside, in the warm classroom, students from various cultures across the world had gathered. Icebreaker session was on and the usual round of introductions.

Introduction is a ritual. A cumbersome ritual. How does one reduce the tapestry of one’s entire existence, the colors, and the many weaves into a single palatable thread?

About the author


I was born into poverty. At the time of my birth, my parents shared a one -room hut with six other family members in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Delhi.

It was a hot day in the month of March 1995. I was in standard 4th and had an examination the following day. As was regular in that locality, we didn’t have electricity that day. I couldn’t study or sleep properly. One of the watershed moments happened when I came back from school the next day. We had an inverter installed at home. I knew we couldn’t afford an inverter. But my dad was always convinced that the way out of poverty for our family is through education.

Despite an interest in creative writing, I chose to study a subject that society values more – Finance. Later, I got into one of the top colleges for finance in the country. My first salary out of college (in 2007, when I was 20 years old) was higher than that of my dad’s salary at the time.

When I was 24 years old, I had everything that makes one happy – loving parents, great partner, close-knit group of friends, and career path that exceeded every goal. Yet, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t sad either; but it never felt like my life. I had carefully and meticulously built that life though. Contextually, it was the safe thing to do.

Following year though, I had to deal with the loss of my 7¬year old relationship and of my 5¬year old job. My identity was crushed. My biggest lesson was that you can fail at what you don’t want, and what you consider safe; you might as well take a chance at what you truly want.

Next year, I got my ‘ideal’ job but walked away from it. Failure had taught me to be more ambitious and audacious. I had reached a point in my life where I wanted my work to have more meaning; and to stand for something more important than myself.

I started a political consulting company to maneuver social ascendance of marginalized communities by equalizing access to political capital. I primarily did topical research for MPs for their debates in the parliament and on TV shows. Partial project list includes:

Providing 108 rape survivors with medical, legal, financial, and social support over six months through one of my client’s NGO
Getting amendments passed in the communal violence bill that tackle systemic bias towards Muslims
Helping three social entrepreneurs raise a combined total of INR 43 lakhs from their MP for community initiatives
Along with running my own company, I focused on my passion for writing and traveling as well. I solo travelled to all seven wonders of the world, and did two-cross country trips by train in India and in the US. I have also written and published three fiction novels.

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Book Review: Fragments by Janaki Nagaraj

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TITLE: Fragments
AUTHOR: Janki Nagaraj
GENRE: Fiction (Anthology of short stories of various genre)
PUBLISHER: Amazon
ASIN : B074G4W2TD
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
BLURB (on Goodreads)
 
 
“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could” – Georgia O’Keeffe.

A serial killer on the loose who chooses a particular day of the month to kill his victims; a strained father – son relationship, when the father returns home after being presumed dead; a girl who can go to any extent for her career and money; a woman openly acknowledging the presence of the many ‘other women’ in her life; a lady’s dark past finally catches up with her… Life is an ongoing sequence of events meshed with everyday mundaneness so that it becomes difficult to isolate them.

‘Fragments’ captures the essence of those parts of our lives that we are not proud to show to others. It takes you through a range of emotions and leaves a big question mark on what is supposed to be.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

A motley collection of short stories that bring out the various facets of life and human emotions, ‘Fragments’ touches hearts and tickles the brain. Each story is a surprise and showcases the creative side of the storyteller beautifully.

While ‘The Ritual’ defied the ‘sleuth’ in me and caught me unawares by its unpredictable climax, ‘The Homecoming’ captured the agony of the disfigured soldier, father to a son who hates his very sight, well. One can’t help but empathize with both father and son given that both of them are suffering the only difference being that while the father suffers on account of being the cause of the son’s agony and depression, the son suffers because of pent up emotions and misplaced hatred.

Close Call’ was a bit of a disappointment I must admit, but then the next one ‘The Last Laugh’ compensated for it. The title sure misled me till the last few lines. But then what is the use of building up a suspense if you can’t hold it till the end.

‘Naked’ left not only Ravi the character speechless but left me too. I’d never ever have thought of such a brilliant ending to a story that could either have a vulgar ending or a violent one. Hats off to the author for cooking up something like this – khatta- meetha.

‘If you can’t understand my silence….’sent shivers down my spine. The story is a reality check. It reminds us how vulnerable the young one is if not mentored on time regarding the harsh realities of the outside world. My heart went out to little Sharat.

‘The Escape to Hell’ too did not work for me but then the author adequately compensated for the disappointment with her next story i.e. ‘Stree’ where the plight of women is put forth effectively in just three hundred fifty plus words.

‘Quid Pro Quo’ and ‘The Other Women In My Life’ impart some life lessons. While the former emphasizes the saying ‘money can’t buy everything’ the latter gives us a valuable lesson on happiness. Via ‘Quid Pro Quo’ we also get an insight into how empathy and assistance come from unexpected quarters. It also imparts a valuable lesson in Karma.

‘What Goes Around…’ left me angry with the protagonist Simran. I’ve always believed that our sufferings make us better human beings, they nudge us to act when we see someone in a dire situation more so when we have gone through a something similar. But Simran left me wondering if I’ve been dreaming so.

‘I Don’t Want To Be An Adult’ struck a chord within me and I couldn’t help but feel strongly for ‘Jing band Aunty’ aka Parimala. Loneliness I must admit, is unnerving at times and more so when age catches up. But to beat it one must dig into the self and draw out that which makes us happy and keeps us young in spirit. The story reveals the secret of Parimala’s ‘youth,’ one that is looked down upon as eccentricity by society but which if pondered on deeply, is anything but that.

‘Sexy Body, Big Boobs’ is a bitter truth. It is a pill that scalds the throat and leaves the stomach burning leading to an ulcer that slowly but steadily becomes cancerous.

Language is simple, crisp and lucid and the style of narration is perfect. My only grudge is:
1) The number of stories is few.
2) The ending of some stories felt abrupt and rough. I would have loved to see them neatly filed and shaped even if it meant adding a few more pages.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 

A short read packed with myriad shades of life that encase various emotions like love, lust, greed, deceit, treachery, revenge, depression, etc., ‘Fragments’ will leave one wanting for more. I’ll give it a 3 on a scale of 5.


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Janaki Nagaraj

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Book Blitz: Prem Purana by Usha Narayanan

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Book Blitz by The Book Club of PREM PURANA by Usha Narayanan

Book Blitz by The Book Club of PREM PURANA by Usha Narayanan
Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House India 
Publication Date: September 18, 2017
Language: English
Genre: Romance 

No one is untouched by love, not even devas and asuras, kings and nymphs. And when they face life’s unexpected tribulations, their love also undergoes trials. Read how Ganesha took myriad forms to please Riddhi, Siddhi and Buddhi, how Ravana shared an unbreakable bond with his true love, Mandodari and how Nala and Damayanti’s relationship was tested till almost nothing remained.

Tormented by passion, wracked by betrayal, torn by the agony of separation, love in its many splendored forms is the origin of these incredibly endearing stories of Prem Purana.

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Usha Narayanan had a successful career in advertising, media and corporate communications before becoming a full-time author. She has written several books, including ‘The Madras Mangler’, a suspense thriller, and ‘Love,Lies and Layoffs’, a Harlequin romcom. Her latest is ‘The Secret of God’s Son’, the sequel to her bestselling book,’Pradyumna: Son of Krishna’, both published by Penguin.
When she’s not juggling travelling, writing and interviews, Usha reads everything from thrillers to romances, provided her cat isn’t fast asleep on her Kindle. 

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Book Review: Waterboarding by Bragadeesh Prasanna

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TITLE: Waterboarding
AUTHOR: Bragadeesh Prasanna
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: eBook
ASIN: B075W9WBVR

 
 
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As a torture technique, Waterboarding involves the torturer covering the face of the captive with a dripping wet towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that it is not actually drowning, the captive’s body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience.

Ved, who just got out of a life-altering accident, finds out that he has gaping holes in the tapestry that was his past memories. He is unsure about his past and uncertain about his future but goes through with the present with the help of his friends Sara. Sara slowly builds Ved’s past for him, filling him in with people and instances he had forgotten.

As Ved struggles with the financial strain caused by his accident and subsequent medical bills and while figuring out whom to trust, Ved is forced to live in the moment, which is getting darker, more terrifying and maddening as his past catches up with him. Will he finally get to know who he was and how his past actions affect his present?
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

A love triangle woven with elements like love, lust, jealousy and deceit in right measure, ‘Waterboarding’ has at its core the issue of an identity crisis resulting on account of loss of partial memory. Ved the protagonist is at crossroads. The past is a puzzle and the present fails to help him solve the same. Old friends are either strangers or mere acquaintances. The one and only one in whom he places his trust and looks up to act as a bridge between his past and present too fails him. Secrets disturb him and ill health makes him reticent. Life looks bleak. That’s when things look up…..

Jolts and shocks unexpected leave Ved gasping for breath. But will the will to survive, the urge to discover, the challenge to accept help him move on in life or will fear, anxiety and frustration pull him down and let him drown? The twists, the turns and the climax have addressed these questions beautifully. However, certain things especially with respect to the happenings in Maya’s life, her easily giving in to certain demands made by Ved despite the fact that he is not much of an acquaintance and she is quite well educated and has seen much of the world, defy logic.

Narrated from the point of view of the three main characters i.e. Ved, Sara and Maya, the story is like I’ve mentioned earlier, not devoid of flaws. There are inconsistencies in the style of narration at times.

The characters of Ved and Sara are well developed but, the character of Maya is confusing. I’d have also liked to know more about Ramesh. His character has the potential of adding value to the story if handled better.

Language though simple and devoid of jargon, fails to impress at places. A revisit in terms of editing is urgently needed to fine tune certain parts of the book and make it more relatable and enjoyable.

I’ll give the book a 3 on a scale of 5.


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Book Blitz: Fragments by Janaki Nagaraj

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Print Length: 76 pages
Publication Date: July 31, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited 
Genre: Fiction, Anthology 

“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could” – Georgia O’Keeffe.

A serial killer on the loose who chooses a particular day of the month to kill his victims; a strained father-son relationship, when the father returns home after being presumed dead; a girl who can go to any extent for her career and money; a woman openly acknowledging the presence of the many ‘other women’ in her life; a lady’s dark past finally catches up with her… Life is an ongoing sequence of events meshed with everyday mundaneness so that it becomes difficult to isolate them.

‘Fragments’ captures the essence of those parts of our lives that we are not proud to show to others. It takes you through a range of emotions and leaves a big question mark on what is supposed to be. 

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Janaki has been a blogger for more than 5 years now. An English Literature graduate from the Bangalore University, she started writing stories for various online groups and publications. She also writes poetry.
Apart from being a homemaker she is also a fitness enthusiast, marathon runner, an upcoming entrepreneur and now a self published Indie author.
She lives in Mumbai with her two grown up kids, husband of 27 years and 3 cats. 

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Book Review: Balraj by Manoj V Jain

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TILE: Balraj
AUTHOR: Manoj V Jain
PUBLISHER: Notion Press
ISBN: 9781947137370
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
BLURB
 
 

Do you have the strength (or folly?) to give up everything in a quest to find happiness?

Inder, age 47, a family man and a successful financial consultant decides to walk away from everything he knows and loves.

He travels through the heart of India in search of himself, meeting new people, learning lessons and giving himself up to serendipity.

Balraj is thought-provoking, troubling and even uplifting at times.

Manoj Jain weaves a simple tale that explores the evolution of a soul-searcher through the travels of a man on a quest to find the answers he set out for.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

Overwhelming is the word that comes to my mind. Interesting and relatable, ‘Balraj’ is the story of a soul in search of the true self. It’s not about spirituality. Neither is it about escapism. It is about freeing the self from the hectic often routine and monotonous, life and seeking the actual purpose of one’s being on earth or simply being the true self. It is about shedding off that which weighs you down and accepting that which buoys your spirit. In short it is about seeking happiness that uplifts the self.

Woven beautifully, the story of Inder aka Balraj takes us on a journey of sorts, a journey where Inder the dissatisfied professional unable to put a finger to the reason for his growing uneasiness, decides to quietly quit his life of fame and luxury and set out on an unknown, untrodden path with a new name, a new identity and just a few clothes from his past. The people he meets on the way, the life he lives and experiences while travelling from one place to another, the ideas he shares and implements to better the life of others , the lessons he learns and the peace and tranquility he experiences bring about a marked change in his demeanor making him healthier, happier and more acceptable.

A straightforward story right from the word ‘go’ the book is short and touching. But……the climax…..I must admit I didn’t see it coming.

The book does touch a chord somewhere. It reminds us of those teeming millions who lose their true self trying to compete with the world and building a career big and demanding. They fail to live and love and often in the process become self-centered. While some choose the path that Inder takes before it’s too late, others fail to take the decision till the end and thus lose out on much.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 

A must read.

Why?

There are answers to a lot of questions that the human mind seeks, in this simple yet cleverly crafted philosophical fiction of sorts. One can feel an aura of peace engulf one by the time one reaches the last page of the book.

This is definitely a book one would always like to revisit. I’ll give it a 5on a scale of 5.


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THE MASTER STORY TELLER

Manoj V Jain

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