#Spotlight: The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman

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Marriages Made in India

Book #1
THE SMITTEN HUSBAND
by
Sundari Venkatraman

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Ram Maheshwari is a successful jewellery designer who has a huge showroom on MI Road, Jaipur. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a billionaire to boot. He’s twenty-nine and falls in with his parents’ wishes when they try to arrange his marriage.
The lovely, stormy-eyed Sapna Purohit is from Pushkar. She’s managed to finish school and makes a living by doing mehendi designs during weddings. She’s always dreamt of a Prince on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet.
One look into Sapna’s grey eyes and Ram is lost. Only, Sapna’s unable to see her Prince in Ram. Being from a poor family, she has no choice but to go along with the tide when the Maheshwaris offer to bear all expenses of the wedding. 
Does that mean that the feisty Sapna is all set to accept Ram as her husband? She puts forth a condition, after the wedding. Will The Smitten Husband agree to it?
*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.
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“Good morning!” said a sleepy voice. “What are you doing so far away?” called out Ram, before reaching out with a long arm to pull her to him.
A startled Sapna gave him a shocked look that was lost on her husband, whose eyes were still closed. His arms went around her waist like steel bands, his breath hot against her cheek. “Sapna…” he whispered in her ear as his hard lips pressed into her petal soft cheek.
Sapna tried to pull out of his arms, only to have them pull her closer. Her breasts were flattened against his solid chest. Her traitorous body seemed to enjoy the pressure as her nipples perked up. She did her best to hold on to the control that was slipping fast.
“Ram,” she called out loudly, hoping to wake him up. She couldn’t free her arms that were trapped against her own body, as he held her in a crushing grip. His mouth was busy exploring her face, moving inexorably towards her lips. His eyes continued to remain closed, while his hands moved restlessly at her waist. “Ram…” her voice came out in a whisper, as she felt his tongue trace the edge of her lips. Tortured, she made the final move to capture his roving lips, breaking free her hands to hold his face steady.
“Sapna…” sighed Ram, kissing her gently, his tongue first tracing her upper lip and then her lower one. He gently bit the luscious curve. Sapna instinctively opened her mouth to let him explore the velvety cavern with his tongue. Shyly, her tongue reached out to mate with his, making Ram groan with need.
His hands moved restlessly on her body, her nightie bunching up. His muscular legs tangled with her slim ones, making her sigh with pleasure as his hard and hairy skin brushed against her soft and silky one. His hands cupped her lush bottom, caressing it lovingly.
Sapna suddenly became aware of his hardness pressed against her belly. Coming to her senses, she turned her face away, breaking the kiss. “No Ram.”
His wet lips continued to caress her, his tongue exploring her shell-like ear. Even as her heart thudded loudly, Sapna pushed against him. “Ram, please, will you stop it?”
His black eyes opened a slit, desire and slumber at war in them. “Sapna?” If he hadn’t been fully awake before, he was now, as he stared at her lovely face that was so close to his. He slowly recalled what had been occurring over the past few minutes. He had at first thought he was dreaming about kissing the luscious woman in his arms. How had she landed there in the first place?
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The Smitten Husband is the eighth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #1 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia many times over.


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#BOOKREVIEW : SONG OF A FLYING SPARROW

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TITLE: Song of a flying sparrow
AUTHOR: Rajeev Pundir
PUBLISHER: Authors’ Ink Publications
GENRE: Fiction

 

THE BOOK

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Chiya is born and brought up in a wealthy business-class family. When her mom Rini, a highly ambitious woman, tries to fix her marriage with a millionaire divorcee, quite senior to her in age, she refuses categorically. As a result an ugly argument ensues between them. Chiya’s life turns upside down when Rini reveals an unpleasant secret pertaining to her life during the heat of the conflict.

Then she embarks on a mission-the sole aim of her life.

What was that secret and the mission thereupon?

To find, explore the novel-Song of A Flying Sparrow-a tale of emotions, love, betrayal, ambitions, greed, cynicism and twisted relations.
 

MY TAKE
 

PLOT:- One with immense potential. It has all the elements of human emotion as mentioned in the blurb. There is nothing wrong in being ambitious as long as it does not affect relationships. The moment it does so lives of those around us are shattered and the most badly affected ones are the young ones.

Like I’ve mentioned earlier the plot has immense potential but I feel it has not been fully explored. There are twists, there are turns some predictable, some unpredictable.

CHARACTERIZATION:- The character of the protagonist and her mother Riya are well developed. However I feel the author has failed to explore the potential of the other characters especially that of Professor Sekhar. He could have contributed more to the story. The characterization of Chanda too failed to impress.

LANGUAGE:- Simple and easy to understand.

PACE:- Fine.

EDITING:- Needs to be tightened. Grammatical errors and wrong usages took away much of the sheen from the story. I’d recommend that the author go in for fresh editing before he brings out the next edition.
 

VERDICT
 

Overall a simple read, one you can finish in one go. I’ll give the book 3 on 5.

 

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An ayurvedic doctor by profession and an author by default Rajeev Pundir pens in both English and Hindi.

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#BookBlitz : The Broken Home by Lopamudra Banerjee

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THE BROKEN HOME
English Translation of 
Rabindranath Tagore’s 
Nastanirh
by
LOPAMUDRA BANERJEE

Blurb

The Broken Home (Nastanirh), the novella, takes place in late 19th-century Bengal and explores the lives of the aristocratic Bengali gentry who were part of the Indian Renaissance. Within the peripheries of such a distinct, culturally liberal society, the world of Charulata, Bhupati and Amal unfolds. Charu, the dreamy, melancholic young woman dreams of an idyllic literary world where she and her brother-in-law Amal, a budding writer would remain two discreet, indispensable entities. However, Amal’s estrangement destroys her creative passions and creates an ocean of turmoil in her life that turns her marital world upside down. Her husband, Bhupati, despite his liberal ideas, is blind to her loneliness and dissatisfaction. It is only with the appearance of his cousin, Amal, in their lives, who incites passionate feelings in Charu, that Bhupati realizes what he has lost.

Nastanirh is the basis for the noted film, Charulata (1964), by Satyajit Ray. 

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Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer, poet and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She is the co-editor of ‘Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas’, published by Readomania in collaboration with Incredible Women of India. Her unpublished memoir Thwarted Escape has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC. She is also the Creative Editor of Incredible Women of India and a resident editor with Readomania.

Her poems, stories and essays have appeared at numerous literary journals and anthologies, both in India and the US.  She is a regular contributor for Café Dissensus, Different Truths, Readomania.com. She has received the Reuel International Award 2016 for translation also a Certificate of Merit as part of the Reuel International Award 2015 for Writing and Literature. 


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#BOOKREVIEW: VIKRAM RANA INVESTIGATES

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TITLE: Vikram Rana Investigates (Tales of Murder & Detection in Hyderabad)
AUTHOR: Sharmishtha Shenoy
GENRE: Fiction ( Crime, Suspense, Thriller)

THE BOOK


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Vikram Rana Murder Mysteries
set in Hyderabad……

The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion

When the glamourous socialite Richa Lohia is poisoned in her mansion in Jubilee Hills, her brother-in-law hires his mate, ex-cop Vikram Rana, to solve this murder. This is Vikram’s first case and he, along with Inspector Gopi Reddy, must solve the case even if they face opposition from the richest and powerful family in Hyderabad, who would stop at nothing to defend themselves.

The Sonia Sinha Case

When property developer Krishna Dhavala is stabbed to death in Necklace Road, everyone suspects Mrs. Dhavala to be the murderer of her alcoholic and abusive husband. But is that really the case? Vikram Rana and Inspector Reddy have a tough time uncovering the murderer and Vikram himself almost dies trying to solve this case. Experience the mystery along with the duo as they fight their way through the maze of lies, deceit and greed.

ME FEELS

WOWS!!!

PLOT: Interesting, intriguing and definitely ones that make the detective in you sit upright and try to solve the mystery. The needle of doubt points at many but each time the detective feels he has cracked the case something new comes to light making him once again take a fresh look at the same.

Now the question is was I able to identify the culprits even before they were revealed? Well to be frank in the first case i.e. ‘The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion’ case somewhere all along,I had an inkling of what to expect. In the second case i.e. ‘The Sonia Sinha Case’ too I deduced correctly but then here it was just a few pages before the end. Overall I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the two stories.

My personal favourite of the two? “The Sonia Sinha Case.’ It was more gripping and more complex.

LANGUAGE: Simple, easy to understand and of course crisp. In short no hard nuts I mean in terms of usages.

PACE: Perfect.

OOPs!!!

EDITING: Was wanting at some places. I also felt that there was no need to introduce Detective Vikram Rana once again in the second story. It somehow turned to be a stumbling block in an otherwise interesting and gripping story.

VERDICT

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

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#BOOKREVIEW : CORPOKSHETRA

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TITLE : Corpokshetra
AUTHOR: Deepak Kaul
PUBLISHER : Westland Ltd.
GENRE : Fiction

 

THE BOOK
 

TITLE

Catchy and interesting. One that’s sure to tickle one’s curiosity
 

COVER DESIGN

Appealing. Gives an insight into what to expect within the pages.

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Corpokshetra: Mahabharata in the MBA Yug

 

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“It’s a Bloody Good Book!”

The Pandavas have returned home after 13 years of exile. And they are demanding their stake in Hastinapur Inc.

But the Kauravas, led by the haughty Duryodhana, aren’t ready to give them a penny. The battle lines are drawn, only this war is in the present-day Kurukshetra – the corporate boardroom.

As the Kauravas and the Pandavas don their sharpest suits, Krishna – the wily Consultant – strategies for peace.

This is a humorous, modern take on the Mahabharata (with due apologies to Rishi Ved Vyas).

An epic story retold for the MBA generation.
 

WHAT ME FELT ON GOING THROUGH THE BOOK
 

PLOT / STORY-LINE:- Interesting and engaging! One that’s sure to tickle your senses and make you smile right till the end. There is humor, there is satire. Set in the 21st century we find the battle of Kurukshetra being fought in the Corporate boardroom, on the cricket field and golf course. Here Dhramaraj Yudhishtra gambles away everything in a game of poker instead of dice and Krishna plays the role of the wily Consultant hell bent on extracting a fee for each service he renders his clients.

While Kunti maa drowns herself in peg after peg of gin and tonic to cope with stress, Bhishma pittamah is easily fooled into leaving the boardroom battle by a man in womens’ clothes. Told in just 120 pages this epic battle fought in the modern day boardroom is not only hilarious but unique and speaks volumes of the author’s creative side.

CHARACTERIZATION:- The characters are well developed with all their imperfections. But yes, I felt the Duryodhana of ‘Corpokshetra’ was way too mild when compared to the Duryodhana of the original epic ‘Mahabharata’. What I further liked about the characterization was that the characters are easily relatable. One can easily understand why they act as they do. There is no element of the supernatural.

LANGUAGE & PACE: – Language is simple, crisp and lucid thus making it an easy and enjoyable read. The pace is perfect no speeding up nor slackening down, just smooth and fast enough to keep the reader engaged till the end.
 

VERDICT
 

‘Corpokshetra’ is in every sense truly ‘A bloody good book’ one you must definitely pick up. I’ll give this book of ‘an epic story retold for the MBA generation’ a 4 on 5.

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THE AUTHOR

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A chartered accountant by profession Deepak Kaul specializes in international tax. Deepak loves reading and writing is his aspirational hobby which he hopes to pursue as a vocation in the long run.

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Spotlight: Vikram Rana Investigates

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VIKRAM RANA INVESTIGATES
BY
SHARMISHTHA SHENOY

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Vikram Rana Murder Mysteries set in Hyderabad…… 

The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion 

When the glamourous socialite Richa Lohia is poisoned in her mansion in Jubilee Hills, her brother-in-law hires his mate, ex-cop Vikram Rana, to solve this murder. This is Vikram’s first case and he, along with Inspector Gopi Reddy, must solve the case even if they face opposition from the richest and powerful family in Hyderabad, who would stop at nothing to defend themselves. 

The Sonia Sinha Case 

When property developer Krishna Dhavala is stabbed to death in Necklace Road, everyone suspects Mrs. Dhavala to be the murderer of her alcoholic and abusive husband. But is that really the case? Vikram Rana and Inspector Reddy have a tough time uncovering the murderer and Vikram himself almost dies trying to solve this case. Experience the mystery along with the duo as they fight their way through the maze of lies, deceit and greed. 

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From “The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion”
“Kinshuk sprang out of bed and followed his uncle, Rohan along the passage to his mother Richa’s bedroom.
Rohan’s wife, Kiara joined them along with Richa’s personal maid Lakshmi and two more servants. Everyone seemed to be in a state of awestricken fear.
Kinshuk turned to his uncle, ‘What should we do? Father is not here.’
Never had Kinshuk’s weak nature been more apparent, Rohan thought in distaste. Rohan rattled the handle of his sister-in-law Richa’s door violently, but with no effect. The whole household was aroused by now. The most alarming sounds were audible from the interior of the locked bedroom. Clearly something must be done.”
What could have been going on the room? What triggered it?
Mrs Lohia was lying in her bed having seizures. In her agony she must have overturned the bedside table. As they entered, her limbs relaxed and she fell back on her pillow.
“I cannot see properly” she complained. Rohan and Kinshuk looked at each other helplessly. A strangled cry from the bed startled them. A fresh bout of pain had seized Richa. The seizures were terrible to behold. At that moment dr Agnihotri pushed his way into the room authoritatively. At the same instant, Richa cried “Rohan…. Rohan” then she fell back on the pillows motionless. 
Why was Richa killed? Why did she take Rohan’s name?
From the Sonia Sinha case:
“He reached the meeting place at 8 pm sharp. The headlights of his car revealed a woman in a burqa waiting by the roadside. She waved her hand. Krishna stopped the car and she got in. As she removed her veil, Krishna started in surprise. At the same time another man got into the back of his car. Confused, Krishna looked at the man. Then his eyes widened in fear.”
Whom did Krishna see? Who was the woman in burqa?

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Sharmishtha Shenoy loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she herself likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. She was born in Calcutta and has done her post-graduation from University of Reading, Great Britain. She lives in Hyderabad.

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Spotlight: The Mahabharata Code

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THE MAHABHARATA CODE
by
KARTHIK K.B.RAO




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“The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here. 

As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 
Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?”

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Karthik Rao is a 32-year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He lives with his wife Sushma, parents and two little sons Kaustubh Krishna and Raghav Krishna aged 4 and 1, respectively. He says, he gets to meditate close to 3 hours every day on his bike thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology. He also plays plastic ball cricket with his sons.


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#BOOKREVIEW- S.O.A.R.

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TITLE: S.O.A.R – Success over advesity reigns
AUTHOR : Abir Mukherjee
PUBLISHER: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.)
GENRE: Fiction
 

THE BOOK
 

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Interesting. One that’s sure to raise your curiosity.
 

COVER DESIGN
 
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Needs to be revisited to make it eye-catching and appealing.
 

THE BLURB

 
Frustrated with their current jobs, Uday, Adhyayan, and Rajasekaran team up to start an innovative business, non-existent in India until then. Ignoring all pragmatic aspects of life, they chase their dreams with immense pleasure. However, their journey is no cakewalk, as they confront financial crisis and rejections soon. Uday plays a business trick to triumph over that uninfluenced market; it works initially, but soon boomerangs, blowing the team apart. The police arrests Uday accusing him of illegal activity by his organization.

Were there any blemishes in their plan or was it just a typical Indian market, reluctant to accept an un-experimented concept? Will they be successful in implementing their innovation, staking their hard earned money, stable jobs, relationships, and life ‘S.O.A.R is the story of chasing a dream, quandary between desire and responsibility, friendship and love. Join the gutsy journey of three young entrepreneurs.
 

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE – A Simple read? Yes. Realistic? Well, I wouldn’t say it is totally realistic. There are events/ situations which are hard to believe. That said, what I liked about the storyline is the thought process that must have spurred the author to pen this book. While S.O.A.R is all about crossing hurdles and achieving one’s dreams, the book brings to fore a few things that are a norm these days – 1) People switch jobs easily without batting an eyelid. It comes to them as naturally as changing their clothes. 2) Youngsters unlike their elder counterparts are ready to take risks to achieve their dreams. 3) People are so crazy about achieving success that they often give a deaf ear to sound advice/ are indifferent to the trauma caused by their actions, to their beloved ones. 4) The fall-out of not being able to strike a balance between one’s professional and personal life………

There is a bit of humor, a bit of romance, a bit of deceit, but overall it is all about trying to live one’s dream.

PACE- There are times when one has to go back and forth to get a hold on what actually is happening. This is because the transition from present to past to present is often abrupt. This has affected the pace of the story to a great extent.

EDITING – Needs to be tightened. Certain usages don’t seem to fit in well with the context/ story and tend to become stumbling blocks.

VERDICT

Overall a nice read, one that needs a little fine-tuning to make it more enjoyable. I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.

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A small town boy, Abir Mukherjee travelled all the way from Bardhamam in West Bengal to the U.S.A. to live his dream of a successful software personnel. Somewhere along the path he also took out time to give wings to his passion for the world of letters. ‘As Life Has No Undo’ is his debut novel and S.O.A.R. is his second offering to the literary world. He writes to entertain and not to offer advice. Abir loves to doodle with the pencil too during his spare time.

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#Spotlight: The Secret of God’s Son by Usha Narayanan

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THE SECRET OF GOD’S SON
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‘The seas will devour the glorious city of Dwaraka.
People will forget your name and your Gita!
May the world perish!
May the world perish!’ 

 

With this cruel curse on Krishna, Queen Gandhari plunges mankind into the unspeakable evil of the Kali Yuga. 

It is up to Pradyumna to try and reverse the dire prediction. To journey into terrifying realms, confront Yama and Shiva, and to vanquish the Kali demon. In order to do so, he must shed all that holds a mortal back—his arrogance, his fears, his baser instincts… He must lead his people out of the swirling vortex of greed, disease and misery. And there is one powerful weapon still…the secret surrounding Pradyumna’s origin.  

Will he uncover it in time to fight off the cataclysm? 
In the answer lies the destiny of all humanity! 

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Usha Narayanan had a successful career in advertising, radio and corporate communications before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of The Madras Mangler, a suspense thriller, and Love, Lies and Layoffs, a light-hearted office romance. The Secret of God’s Son is the sequel to her bestselling book, Pradyumna: Son of Krishna, which was published in July 2015. 

When she’s not juggling travel, writing and interviews, Usha reads everything from thrillers to romances, provided her cat isn’t fast asleep on her Kindle. She would love to hear from her readers here: author@ushanarayanan.com 

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Usha Narayanan has taken a quantum leap . . . to the outright spine-tingling narrative from the leaves of a time before. This book is Indian writing coming of ageFemina

Like the best of our mythological tales, this too, is a multilayered one . . .There is valour, there is cowardice, there is glory, there is shame, there is sex, lies and deceptionThe Hindu

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#BOOKREVIEW – LOT FOR OTHERS

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TITLE : Lot for others
AUTHOR: Sweta
PUBLISHER: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)

THE BOOK

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Do the looks of a person matter in a true relationship? Why does a relationship end? Just because the redundant questions of the society can’t be answered? What would you feel when you meet that one person, whom you had left once upon a time, for the sake of his happiness in this ever-judging world, but whose actual happiness was in you, something you didn’t understand then. How would you react when you have to choose either one of two important things? Can life always give you a second chance? The story revolves around Ishanvi, a chubby girl. Everyone likes her, but only a few love her. Her looks are not appealing, whereas, her heart is of gold. She always puts herself behind others. She thinks of the world before contemplating about herself. What will happen when she gets into a relationship with a guy who is the dream man of every girl? Read the book to find answers to these questions, which, one day, you may ask yourself in life.

 

ME FEELS

Story-line: Interesting. ‘Lot for Others’ starts with the narrator rejecting a suitor proposed by her mother, just because he is not the dream-man she looks forward to invite in her life. According to her he is a dumbo who “..is not brilliant with his looks. He is tall but not that handsome. He is dark but not that attractive.” It reveals the typical mindset of a youngster romantic at heart yet not practical in approach. Does her perception of beauty and looks change? Well for that you will have to read the story of Ishanvi whose diary jottings Sweta the narrator has a chance to go through. But here it is the other way round. Ishanvi is the ‘ugly duckling’ plump and self conscious, who can’t figure out what a good-looking guy like Vivaan sees in her that he is keen to make her a part of his life. Affected by what others say and what others feel Ishanvi takes some decisions that have far-reaching consequences on the lives of others. Does Ishanvi ultimately find true love? Will she shed her inhibitions about her looks? Will she give life a second chance? Will the story of Ishanvi open Sweta’s eyes? ‘Lot for Others’ will answer.The book in short, focuses on the inner turmoil that the ‘not so good looking’ go through, the psychology behind important decisions they take pertaining to their life, the reason for their low self-esteem and society’s hand in molding their character and shaping their thoughts . The book has its fair measure of twists and turns, romance and suspense.

Characterization : The characters are well-developed with all their imperfections.

Language and Pace : Simple and steady. At no point do you find the pace slackening nor the author hurrying up with the events.

Editing: This is where I found the book wanting. The editing needs to be tightened to take care of grammatical errors, wrong/ misplaced usage of words/ phrases as well as to make the story smooth and more enjoyable.
 

VERDICT

Overall an enjoyable read and a wonderful attempt by a budding writer (Sweta Sahu, the author is just a school girl), I’ll give the book a 3 out of 5. 

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SWETA SAHU THE AUTHOR

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A school girl with a wish to make a mark in life, Sweta Sahu believes that each person is a story by himself. Time and situation play a vital role in shaking a person from his/her reverie and making him/her aware of the story within him/ her. It is this belief that has helped Sweta pen ‘Lot for Others.’

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DISCLAIMER

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the publisher.
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