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TITLE: A Walk in the Rain
AUTHOR: Udai Yadla
PUBLISHER: Partridge Publishing India
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)
Love is elixir that keeps you alive. Love is poison that kills you. Unreciprocated love keeps you alive but kills every day.
Heartbroken Sunny lives a reclusive life, trapped in the past, living in his memories. He has no complaints about his life but refuses to embrace the present.
Saloni is a prostitute who is desperate to earn money by any means. She does not care about exploiting others to fulfil her purpose.
Fate unites the loner and the prostitute to embark on a life changing journey of retribution and self discovery.
Lovelorn Sunny turns misogynistic after Sandy, the only girl he loved walks away from his life, unannounced. He suffers painful solitude for almost two decades with the relentless haunting of her thoughts. A distressed friend Imran, vows to change his life forever. A surprise planned for his birthday turns into a tragedy that claims the life of his dear friend, triggering a series of unbelievable events. As Imran gets killed by a stranger, Sunny’s calm life suddenly turns into a turbulent storm. With nothing left to live for, vengeance becomes his ultimate mission. His reluctant alliance with a prostitute to trace the killer sets him onto a nerve racking adventure of life and death.
Both are bound to a common goal with different motives but destiny has its own motive. A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions, driven by hair raising twists and turns.
STORY-LINE/ PLOT: Interesting, intriguing and engaging. Yet somewhere in the middle I knew what to expect. Hence I’ll not categorize this book under the mystery genre. Instead I’ve put it under the romance genre because a major part of it goes to showcase the budding love between the protagonist and his lost love Sandy.
There are twists, heartburns and of course a bit of violence. But hold on. This violence has got nothing to do with the protagonist’s love life. Instead it is connected with something entirely different. But then I’ll leave it to you to find out. 🙂
CHARACTERIZATION: Characters are well fleshed out. Each one is complex by nature. But then it is their life events that have made them what they are. To understand them one has to understand the underlying emotions that are slowly exposed as one progresses with the story. Each one acts his/ her part well and that in itself is a plus point. It helps one to relate to their actions and reactions.
LANGUAGE , PACE & STYLE: Language is simple .Pace is perfect and the style needs a bit of fine- tuning.
THEN WHAT DID NOT CLICK?
EDITING: Needs to be tightened. Typos and grammatical errors took away a bit of the sheen.
The book is an enjoyable read filled with action, romance and a little suspense. It’s one that you can pick up on a lazy afternoon. I’ll give it a 3 on a scale of 5.
Thwarted Escape, her debut nonfiction novel/memoir has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC, USA. Her literary works have appeared at numerous literary journals and anthologies (print and online), both in India and the US. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction and also translation works are regularly published in Setu, the international bilingual journal, Cafe Dissensus, Different Truths, Readomania.com and other publications. She has received the Reuel International Award 2016 for her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella Nastanirh (The Broken Home) instituted by The Significant League, a renowned literature group in Facebook.
TITLE: The Doppelgänger
AUTHOR: Prateek Yadav
The perfect plan for the perfect heist-a team of con-men, foolproof disguise and a painting worth millions, nothing could have gone wrong. But something did…
A man fnds himself on a bus to Manali with nothing but some cash and severe memory loss .
Embarking on a frantic hunt for his identity, he begins to discover that his presence in Manali isn’t an accident. The closer he gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he finds himself trapped between his doppelganger, the police, a sadistic gangster and his own dwindling sanity.
The journey of the search for his identity ends up being a race for survival.
STORY-LINE/ PLOT: Interesting, intriguing and engaging, The Doppelgänger has all the elements required to make a psychological thriller connect with its readers. There are places where one gets confused/ wonders where the story is leading to. But then I guess it’s all a part of creating a web to ensnare the reader pull him/ her to the core of the story and keep him/ her hooked till the end.
There are twists and turns that keep one guessing the true identity of the protagonist, his motives, his enemies and his past. Just when one believes that one has solved the puzzle, one comes across a missing piece that makes the puzzle more complicated. In short, this is one book where it’s best to have patience and wait till the end to get one’s answers.
CHARACTERIZATION: The characters being mysterious, one can’t say exactly who is what. But then again this adds to the suspense that the author has set out to create. The confusion, frustration and helplessness of the protagonist on not knowing his true identity is one we can all relate to. His character is well fleshed out.
LANGUAGE, PACE AND STYLE: The language is simple, the pace is perfect and the style is one that suits me.
A book that’s sure to keep the reader guessing and engaged till the end, I’ll give The Doppelgänger
a 4 on a scale of 5.
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A voracious reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer, Rubina Ramesh is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine at the age of eight.
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My query: “What makes or mars a piece of writing?
A tough question indeed. 🙂 As a storyteller, my mind functions in a different way but as a reviewer, my eyes searches for different quotients in a story. Sadly, my two alter egos are not friends. 😛 I envy those whose inner editors stay awake while they write. I, for one, need to kill it.
Before I answer your question, I have one for you. Would you love a story with a beautiful language and no soul or a soulful story with grammatical errors? As far as I know you, neither. They are like two sides of the same coin that makes the coin useful. But strangely, for many, difficult to achieve. (This is where one always needs a good editor.)
Many of us concentrate so much on the ‘artistic language’ or on the ‘show and tell’ syndrome that they forget one important thing – the journey of the protagonist who actually carries the soul of the writer along with her or him. For me, that is very important. That instant connection I should have with a character – whether as a writer or as a reader, I need that connection or reading a story is very tough for me. You should either love a character or hate a character – but never let a reader ignore your character. If you do that, you’ve lost a reader. So for me before language, before construction of the story- the soul of the author should be present in the story. Stories anyone can write while the soul only a few can share with the readers.
“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.” — Ayn Rand
When I had read this line in during my school days, it stayed with me for a long time. I started noting little incidents in life. I thought if I had honesty in my writing, I will be half a decent writer if not a famous one. But then one stranger wrote to me after reading my article in a local publication. According to him, I wrote well but there was no drama or the word he used was ‘punch’ in my stories. I was just 8 years old. I didn’t know what punch was. But I understood one thing – writing about your life is a diary but when you fictionalize those incidents and make them larger than life – they become a fiction. And Geeta, that is not wrong. A person who is spending $2.99 for my books- they would want to forget their problems for a few hours and walk in a make belief world a writer has created. I have created. Even the biographies need to be larger than life projections. Or why would I want to know about anyone’s daily life – I have one of my own, thank you 🙂 And this is the very reason why we need a soul in every story.
And I wind up :
Rubina you are spot on. A story without a soul is as good as deadwood. Looking forward to reading more from your desk.
Thanks a lot.