Book Review: The King of Mathura by Sharath Komarraju




Part One

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 4754 KB
Print Length: 209 pages
ASIN: B081593GCT

The Krishna we know and the Krishna we worship is the playful one, the one with a mischievous sparkle in the eyes, the one who won hearts just with a smile. However, ‘The King of Mathura’ depicts a different side of Krishna, a cold and calculating Krishna, one who is devious and has no qualms in deceiving the very people who look up to him for redemption, one who sides with Kamsa. But are things as crystal clear as they seem to the naked eye?……..To know the answer to this, and to get a fair idea of the intrigues that take place in Mathura post the arrival of Krishna and brother Balarama, one must pick up this book, a book unique in itself, a book that is laced with twists and turns, and is nothing short of a cleverly craft suspense.

Brilliant plot combined with an equally adept portrayal of characters make the book a smooth read, one that has the ability to hold the reader in its grip, play with his/ her emotions, see them love, hate, and empathize with the characters, as well as clap the palms to the mouth in wonderment. Is there a dull moment somewhere along the way? ….None that I could perceive of.


A page-turner that will take you through the corridors of power and give you an insight into a Kamsa you can’t help but empathize with, a Krishna you may feel wary of, and a Balarama who looks like a weakling. The book will help you look at all these characters from a different perspective and help you realize that sometimes what the eye sees, the brain perceives, and the ears hear are mere figments of the imagination,reality is something else.


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Book Review: The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman




Format: Paperback (168 pages)
(Also available in Kindle Format)
Publisher: Westland
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9388754182
ISBN-13: 978-9388754187



A child marriage gone awry, leaves the little bride and family no option except to shift bag, baggage and all, and settle down in a new place away from prying eyes and wagging tongues. Life starts anew, and little Chanda grows up to be an intelligent girl. Fourteen years later while working as a temporary employee in a software firm, life gives her another chance, a chance to love and be loved. The once bitten, twice shy woman that she is, Chanda is wary of being in a relationship of any kind with the opposite sex. However, the heart finally decides to overpower the brain, and Chanda finds herself falling head over heels with a man who is the very opposite of all that she is. Can Chanda break with her past? Can she outwit Ranveer’s Secretary, Shikha? Finally, even if she can resolve the two, can she change Ranveer’s attitude towards marriage?………… To get answers to all these and more, pick up this breezy read that has romance at its core, and a societal evil that sets the tune to a wonderful plot.

While the plot sets the mood, characterization adds spice to the story. The characters, each one is of a different shade, and here when I say ‘shade,’ I don’t mean skin colour, I mean they are entirely different from each other in their outlook to life. Yet, each one right from the little bridegroom Veerendra Singh Choudhry’s grandfather to Abhimanyu, the second-in-command at RS Software Pvt. Ltd is easily relatable. You can find their kind scattered all over the world.


A beautiful story of love, relationships, and family values, The Runaway Bridegroom once again proves that the author Sundari Venkataraman is one of the best as far as this genre i.e. Romance is concerned, in the Indian writing scenario today. Her stories flow effortlessly like the little stream of water that flows unhindered through paddy fields, delivering pure joy and smiles.

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Book Review ~ Yakshini by Neil D’Silva



Paperback: 264 pages (Kindle Edition also available)
Publisher: Rupa Publications India (2019)
ISBN-10: 9353336740
ISBN-13: 978-9353336745


A plot set between 1996- 2010, with a touch of the contemporary as well as the mythological, ‘Yakshini’ is in every aspect a page-turner. When the teenage Meenakshi blossoms into one endowed with celestial beauty, little does she anticipate what awaits her. Still a child at heart, her life revolves around a Sal Tree in her garden that has been a true companion to her. Her joys, her worries, the tree shares, and when she is sad, the Sal tree knows how to cheer her up. So strong is their bond that her pleadings, her prayers to the tree, do not go unheeded. There is a sort of spiritual connection between the two. So what is it that connects them, makes their bond unique?……… To know that one needs to dive into this thriller of sorts that is a mix of the real, as well as the supernatural.

Cleverly crafted, ‘Yakshini’ is a testimony to the great story-teller in Neil D’Silva. While one can easily relate to Meenakshi’s predicament thanks to her enchanting beauty, as far as the actions and reactions of the opposite sex is concerned, one can’t but help feel sorry for the child in her that has to constantly live in fear of not only the external forces that are on the lookout to torment her, but also the demoness that resides within her, the one who constantly tries to overshadow her natural being and unleash a reign of terror. Her joys, her sorrows, her fear, her dilemma are all easily relatable. So too are the reactions of not only her parents and siblings but also the simple folk of her village who slowly but surely, see another side of her, a part not savory, a part that has the power to instill hate and fear.

Characterization makes or mars a story. As far as ‘Yakshini’ is concerned, I must admit that characterization scores full points. The brilliant plot combined with great characterization, perfect pace, vivid imagery, and the right style makes the book an enchanting read, one that can mesmerize the reader.

Interested?……….Read the blurb …..


Halfway to the heavens, in a realm hidden by clouds, a divine beauty—a Yakshini—is facing a sentence for her folly.

Down on Earth, a couple in Maharashtra is expecting their seventh child and is performing a special yajna to fulfil their desires.

By a strange quirk of fate, these two distinctly different lives are soon to be intertwined.

Fifteen-year-old Meenakshi is no ordinary girl. Blessed with celestial attributes, she has beauty that would rival a goddess’, a unique communion with nature and a supernatural being living inside her.

Even so, Meenakshi lives amongst men and eventually, the evil eye falls upon her. That’s when the Yakshini inside her awakens.

As the Yakshini takes control, Meenakshi is catapulted into a world of passion and violence that even threatens her husband life.

Neil D’Silva’s Yakshini is a toe-curling, spine-tingling tale where mythology comes deliciously alive on the page. With its fantastic creatures and unforgettable characters, the book highlights the tussle between the supernatural and the human, sure to enchant all readers.


Don’t hesitate…..Pick it up. There is nothing gory in here. Yes, the book does reflect on the bright, as well as the dark side of human nature, and if there is anything it truly offers, then it is an enthralling tale with some serious food for thought.


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Book Review : The Warrior God by Preetha Rajah Kannan



The Warrior God~ Ayyappa of Sabarimalai
Preetha Rajah Kannan

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; 1 edition (26 June 2019)
ISBN-10: 9388423534
ISBN-13: 978-9388423533

Power is all consuming. It strikes not only ordinary mortals, but also the Gods. Indra is a classic example of a God who can stoop to any level just to keep his throne and crown intact. Innumerable stories of his deception, lust for power, arrogance, etc, make him to be more evil than the asuras that we mortals look upon with disdain. The other Devas are just pawns in his hands. he even knows how to manipulate The Trinity. In fact in The Warrior God we once again get a sneak-peek into the deceitful ways of Indra.

Laced with a number of sub plots involving stories of animosities between the Devas and Asuras, The Warrior God slowly but steadily, leads the reader to the birth of Prince Manikantan, the adopted son of the Pandalam Raja, Rajasekara Pandyan. Born as the baby with a bell, Manikantan grows up to be a fine warrior, with acumen and the ability to even convert foes into friends. Like we mentioned above, power is all consuming especially when there are forces bent on manipulating situations, and trying to wrest it from the legally eligible one. Deception they make their tool, the unassuming they make their pawn. The Pandalam palace too witnesses a series of conspiracies drawn up with the sole aim of targeting Manikantan. How Manikantan overcomes them, how he befriends Vavar a sea pirate, how Sage Dattatreya’s wife Leelavathi becomes Malikapurath Amma, and finally how Manikantan gets a shrine atop the Shabari Hills and becomes Lord Ayyappa, is all there in this little book of just over a hundred pages.

A quick read, this one presents a vivid imagery that takes us to the scene of the battles fought not only by the Devas and Asuras, but also that fought by Manikantan. It also tells us how curses can turn out to be boons, and how love and empathy can win hearts and overcome barriers of caste, creed and religion. It throws light on not only Lord Ayyappa, but also on why the sacred shrine of Shabarimala attracts lakhs and lakhs of devotees each year.


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Book Review : The Speaking Stone by Ratnadip Acharya





Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1770 KB




This expression speaks for itself.

Two different timelines woven together seamlessly to provide the reader a thrilling historical fiction, The Speaking Stone by Author Ratnadip, transports one to the beautiful state of Tripura, a state endowed with Nature’s bounty, and some heritage sites that hold within their bosom a story.

When Saikat a young man from Mumbai, accidentally comes across a piece of stone that has some images carved on it, at an antique store, he is drawn to it. The piece of rock seems to him to communicate, wish him to unravel a secret. It seems to will him to find its missing piece. Curiosity gets the better of him, and Saikat finally discovers that Unakoti in Tripura could lead him to the other half of the stone that has been split vertically in the middle. The journey starts.

In Chandannagar in West Bengal, Shuvashini a young historian aspiring to research on a unique topic, suddenly finds herself demotivated by comments of a historian she holds in high regard. However, not one to give up easily, she decides to go ahead, and come up with a research work that she believes will give a befitting reply to the so-called historians who cannot think beyond the few areas researched. A startling discovery at the local library leaves her confused. Thus starts her journey to Unakoti.

What follows is some history and a mystery that is sure to keep the reader hooked till the end. As the story moves forward, the author weaves in the story of King Radha Kishore Manikya who ruled Tripura from 1896-1909, his close relationship with Poet Rabindranath Tagore, and the construction of Ujjayanta Palace. Interesting twists and turns create an aura of suspense. Parallel to the story of King Radha Kishore Manikya, another story unfolds, but this time in 2016-17. It is the story of Shuvashini and Saikat. As fate would have it, the two meet. What follows is a journey of discovery, a journey that sees the two bond together and face a challenge that could possibly end on an unpleasant note, if some people have their way.

Crafted brilliantly, The Speaking Tree is testimony to the fact that the author knows how to keep his readers hooked. Vivid imagery combined with great characterization make the book engaging.


A book with a unique plot, The Speaking Stone is a historical fiction that not only provides entertainment, but also a sneak –peek into the little State of Tripura. It speaks volumes of the author’s creativity and the research undertaken by him. Open it, and find a world of intrigue, romance and mystery open up before you.

The book is an absolute page-turner. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next part in the series.


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Book Review : Who Kiled The Murderer by Moitrayee Bhaduri



Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: TreeShade Books
ISBN-10: 9389237017
ISBN-13: 978-938923701


Absolute page-turner!

Strong plot combined with an equally strong narration and the ability to keep the reader on the edge, make ‘Who Killed the Murderer?’ a book worth each minute spent. When eleven year old Shagun Mehra is forced to spend an entire night in a rat infested room, her entire world turns topsy-turvy. The psychological aftermath of this incident, a prank played by two boys, leads to death……death…..and more death. An altogether altered personality, little Shagun finds a great ally in her mother Mrs. Mehra. Does Shagun heal? Does she find true love? ……… 206 pages of a thrilling read, provide the answers.

‘Who Killed the Murderer?’ is in every aspect a psychological thriller par excellence, which offers a great takeaway. Takeaway?……Yes. Once you come to the end of the book, you realize that parental love is not all about shielding your child, and overlooking their faults. It demands that you understand the trauma an experience as frightening as Shagun’s offers, and take immediate remedial steps like counseling and treatment.The mind should be put to rest on time, else the wounds won’t heal, and the little one will be scarred for life. The repercussions can be the birth of a criminal, a psychopath, or an introvert subject to deep depression. Life takes a dark hue, and along with the child and its family, Society too suffers.

Strong characterization, wonderful narration, and lucid language, complement the plot, making it one of the best in this genre.


A brainteaser novel that keeps the reader guessing till the end, offers a lot in terms of not only entertainment, but also food for thought.


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Spotlight: JustRomance by Jyoti Arora


Jyoti Arora


7 heart-warming love stories to make you smile

You raised a song in my heart
That I never knew before.
Now kiss me, Love,
For I yearn to know
What a dream must taste like.

Luxury adds glamour to romances, danger adds thrill. But it is real emotions that turn love magical. And when love casts its magic, even ordinary people can have extraordinary love stories.

It is seven such delicious and relatable Indian romances that this book brings to you.

With realistic characters that will live in your heart. With romance spanning across mountains, forests, glowing beaches, or coming alive in roadside dhabas and buzzing city streets. With myriad gripping emotions of friendship and love, these feel-good love stories are sure to touch your heart with delight.

If you are in love with love,

then these beautiful romances are a must-read for you!

Seven couples, seven clean contemporary romances, one delicious book.


Because nothing matters more than love.
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About the author

Jyoti Arora is an Indian novelist and blogger. Besides her books, her writing achievements include several wins in blogging competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 30 English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, etc. 

Jyoti’s first novel ‘Dream’s Sake’ was published by V&S Publishers in 2011. It tells a beautiful love story revolving around the troubles of physically challenged people. Her second novel ‘Lemon Girl’ is based on the theme of gender crime against women and victim-blaming. It is featured in Ezvid’s wiki list of 9 Well-Written Novels That Put Women Front & Center. It also received appreciation from Ms. Maneka Gandhi. Her third novel ‘You Came Like Hope’ talks about the opposite side of the issue discussed in Lemon Girl. That is, it talks about the fake cases filed by women. This too is a case of gender crime and victim-blaming. But in this case, it is the man who suffers. The book received much appreciation for its unique theme and heart-warming love story. All three books are intense and based on serious social issues. For her fourth book, Jyoti decided to write something lighter and happier. That’s what has resulted in #JustRomance, a collection of happy love stories. 

Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt to read by herself even before she started going to school. And she considers herself fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.

However, if books are her first love, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of her blogs is a technological blog called TechnoTreats. One of her posts in this blog even won her the title of Samsung Mobiler in 2011. After that, she has won several other blogging competitions too.

She is a patient of Thalassemia which forced her to drop out of school too soon. But she did not let that defeat her. She studied on her own and completed her schooling through correspondence courses. Then she went on to study BA English (Honours) from Delhi University and then achieved postgraduation degrees in English Literature and Applied Psychology from Annamalai University.

For her determination and achievements, she has received appreciation from several eminent dignitaries and her life story has been covered in various TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines, and websites. In the year 2016, she was one of the 100 special women achievers of India that were invited as special guests to attend the Republic Day parade in Delhi. 
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Book Review: SuperCop of Aryavrat by Mithilesh Kumar




Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: AuthorsUpFront
ISBN-10: 9387280365
ISBN-13: 978-9387280366
Also available in kindle format


A sneak-peak into the life and times of Krishna, and the run-up to the great war of Krurkshetra, ‘SuperCop of Aryavrat’ sees Author Mithilesh Kumar unravel a number of interesting facts that many of us are unaware of/ have not bothered to think and ponder upon.

18th February 3102 BC

Feeling dazed and defeated following the infighting in the Yadav clan and the departure of his friend, philosopher and guide of hundred plus years, Balram Bhaiyya, Krishna takes shelter under a peepul tree in the forest along the banks of the Hiran River near Somnath. While lying thus, the all powerful one reminisces on the events of his life-time right from his birth till date,the prophesies, the curses, and in the process encounters some ‘ifs and buts’ and also comes face to face with some uneasy questions, and reality. While the reader gets to see a reflection of the ordinary mortal in Krishna, quite often, there are few instances when the divinity in him surfaces, but then when it does, it leaves his fans thrilled, and his adversaries in shock and awe.

Though the story is based on a lot of research on the life and times of Krishna, and the great war of Kurukshetra, making the book a part of the mytho- fiction genre, it does have its fair share of twists, turns and suspense, thus making it a great thriller too. However what really was the takeaway from the story, was the small nuggets of knowledge that are often hidden/ not shared widely, like Krishna’s connection with Assam, and how come he came to be the husband of more than a thousand women. I’ve always wondered on the latter, and this book did answer that. Apart from that, like Krishna, I too was nudged to ponder on Yuddhishtra’s character, his guile, and the injustice meted out by him to his siblings and Panchali, not to mention the undue advantage he took of Krishna at times for his own benefit. It forced me to look at his character with new eyes, and what I saw there was not something that I liked. Yes, he came across to me to as the selfish one, a weakling, not worthy of what his name stands for. His brothers turned out to be more worthy and selfless.

While the take is unique, and the plot a strong one, the editing part left me slightly disappointed. A few cuts here and there, with restructuring of the content at places, would have done wonders for the book. I hope the author looks into this aspect before going in for a reprint. A fresh round of editing will definitely help the book scale the charts, and occupy a prime slot in the Indian mytho – fiction genre.

Overall an interesting read. This one is in short a biography of sorts on Krishna the charmer cum diplomat, with mystic powers that come to the fore only in extreme situations.


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Book Review : Switch In Time by Rajesh Shankaran




Publisher: GJ Group
ISBN-10: 8193660242
ISBN-13: 978-8193660249


Gripping, with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing, ‘Switch in Time’ sees skeletons in cupboards tumble out, deceit win over guile, people inviting their nemesis, and quite a few gory murders.

Armed with a strong plot, author Rajesh Shankaran, weaves together a story that is not only racy, but also one that has the power to keep the readers hooked and guessing till the end. With each passing crime, the mystery deepens and so does the confidence of the perpetrator of the crime. Loose ends are stitched closely together giving no room for an iota of doubt in the minds of the investigators regarding the identity of the killer/s. While life turns out to be miserable for some, it offers intoxication for others.

Overall a wonderful read, the book does have a few typographical errors. However what really put me off was the quality of the book. External appearances combined with amazing content is the hallmark of a successful book. ‘Switch in Time’ is wanting in this area. Received the book with a few pages popping out. ☹️


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Book Review ~ The Magician (The Tarot Trilogy Book #1)





This one word above sums up my thoughts about Author Sonia Rao’s latest offering to her readers. Endowed with all the qualities that define a true Magician, ‘The Magician’ has the power to keep the reader hooked, or should I say, ‘hypnotized,’ till the end. When the magic ends, you can literally feel your spirits buoyed up.

Three women, three stories, interwoven seamlessly make ‘The Magician’ a truly interesting read. Laced with all the elements that make the human mind work overtime, the story sees a wife go into an emotional overdrive, and search for true love. Then there is this friend of hers, who has always been her source of strength, her mentor, a tarot reader whose name and fame make her the sought out one. However, she who foresees the future of others, helps them untangle the tangled, is herself at a loss unable to resolve her love life. A string of broken relationships has left her wary of that magical word that is every girl’s dream. The third woman, a young professional blessed with true love, looks forward to live the life of her dreams only to see her world crashing before her eyes. When the vagaries of life stare them in the eye, how do they react? Will they part ways or will they turn out to be each other’s strength? Will Sasha find her true love? Will Shantha finally be able to settle down? Will Nilima rise up from the grief that envelops her, and move on in life?…… ‘The Magician’ is a story of the magic that’s called life…..a magic that has the ability to bring a smile to the lips, dry up wet eyes, and see the human spirit bounce back from the deep recesses of despair into the shining light of life.

Characterization being a strong part of this book, one can’t help live the lives of the three women, their emotions, their elation and their aspirations. This along with the imagery created by the author, and of course the tarot reading part, makes the book a one of its kind.



A book you will not regret having picked up.




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