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Review: Rising From The Ashes by Rubina Ramesh


FORMAT: Kindle Edition


She was one of the most beautiful woman Asura Sambara had laid his eyes on.

Possessing a beauty of this magnitude became his passion. Sambara kidnapped her and whisked her off to his palace.

Mayavati knows she has no option but to bow down to his wishes. But what about the young man who always haunts her dreams? She had no clue why she was in this palace but after speaking to the mischief making Sage Narada, it all started making sense to her.

Who was Mayavati and what was she doing in Asura’s palace?

Was Sambara her destiny?

Disclaimer: This short story is a mythological fiction and should be treated as such. The author does not claim it to be a retelling of the Puranas. This piece is a product of her unbridled imagination.
A short story written as a prequel to Knitted Tales 2, Rising from the Ashes sees the author weave an interesting twist to a mythological story, one not heard of till now. She exposes the rich potential existing in Indian mythology for the one with a creative and inquisitive bend of mind.

The language is flawless and has the capacity to help the reader visualize the emotions the protagonist goes through be it anger, despair or that of relief. One can also easily visualize the ugly Asura Sambara, his lust ridden expressions on approaching the protagonist, anger at being rejected, suspicion on encountering Narada, etc…etc… Narada on his part plays the role of the instigator and pacifier to perfection. So in short, the author scores full points on both the language and characterization fronts.

Is there anything that I’d love to change?

Hmm..! The end. Was left gritting my teeth.

Know why?

The story ended as soon as it began. Felt like the one who is called in for a steaming cup of coffee on a wet day, only to be told later that there’s no coffee because there is no water to brew the coffee powder. Wish it had not ended abruptly. Looking forward to reading a sequel to the same.


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Do take a look at the author’s other books/ writings. Click on the titles to read the blurb and more.


Finding the Angel

Knitted Tales

Marijuana Diaries


Book Review: The Vengeance of Indra by Shatrujeet Nath


TITLE: The Vengeance of Indra (Vikramaditya Veergatha Book 3)
AUTHOR: Shatrujeet Nath
PUBLISHER: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN: 978-9386867575



Vengeance is a Cage. Forgiveness is Freedom.

In their greed to possess the deadly Halahala, the devas and the asuras have employed every dirty trick against Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine. But the humans are still standing, bloodied but unbowed.

When the wily Shukracharya discovers the secret to breaking the Council’s unity and strength, he forges an unlikely alliance with his arch-enemy, Indra, to set a deceitful plan in motion.

As cracks emerge between the councilors and their king, ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Vikramaditya and Kalidasa’s friendship, signaling the beginning of an eclipse that will cast a long shadow over all that Vikramaditya holds dear. And into this shadow steps Indra, bearing an old grudge – and a devastating new weapon.

How much longer before the Guardians of the Halahala finally fall apart?


To write is an art, to keep the reader spellbound and yearning for more is magic. The magical touch of Author Shatrujeet Nath continues to hold the reader spellbound right through the third book of the Vikramaditya Veergatha Series too. While the first two books saw some truly captivating war scenes take away my breath, this one saw a crafty Indra wreak a vengeance shattering, without as much as a war cry. While the first two books in the series saw an Avanti strong and resilient thanks to the unity within its governing council, the faith of its people and its strong allies, this one sees a country riddled with fear for the future, one smarting under the blow handed down by Indra and tension simmering within its governing council. Will Vikramaditya fail? Will Sindhuvartha fall into the evil hands of its enemies? Will Indra be successful in calling the shots or will the wily Shukracharya succeed in his devious game plan? To know this we will have to wait for the final book in the series. And I must say that once you finish reading ‘The Vengeance of Indra’ you will hate the wait.

The book is a bag of emotions. There is hate, deceit, fear, determination, hope and much more. One can’t help but empathize with Varuchi, grind the teeth on seeing Kalidasa switching sides and feel proud of the metamorphosis of Shanku from a simple lasso to a strong and determined warrior. One also can’t help but feel a bit disillusioned with Vikramaditya at times especially with respect to his attitude towards Varuchi.

There are twists that will leave you pondering and turns that will make you sit up and wonder what’s coming next.

The language is as usual simple, crisp and lucid with the power to bring forth the scene of action live before one’s eyes. The style of narration and the pace are perfect. Characterization has always been the author’s strong point and this one is no exception.

So, is there anything that left me disappointed?

Well, if you’ll ask me how I found this one in comparison to the previous two in the series, I’ll say it was one notch below.


1) I think, the title gave hopes of something truly ominous, something really gripping like a full scale war scene. But that was not to be.

2) The note of discord within the governing council, of which I’ve been a great fan, left me thoroughly shattered. Maybe I always believed that the bonds within the council were so strong that they could weather any calamity as one, without falling prey to personal grudges. They could never disintegrate. But I was wrong. I felt a sense of loss.


A wonderful read, one I’ll strongly recommend. I’m sure even those who generally keep away from mythological/ fantasy fiction will love the ‘Vikramaditya Veergatha Series.’


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Want to check out the other two books in the series?
Here they are with my review for the same

The Guardians of the Halahala
Geeta’s Review

The Conspiracy at Meru
Geeta’s Review

Book Blitz :: I Owed You One by Madhu Vajpayee


About the Book:

LiFi Publications Pvt. Ltd.
258 pages

Price: 275/-

Dev Khanna has a perfect life with his loving wife Radhika and son Neel in Melbourne, Australia. But there is something from his past that keeps gnawing him, an open wound that is a reminder of a debt. His present is very flourishing and future promising but what happens when the past comes knocking? As the skeletons begin to tumble one after other from the cupboard it is now threating his present.

Join Dev on a journey that spans across the tall skylines of Melbourne, the royal Dilwalo ki Dilli to the dingy streets of Moradabad as he battles love, religion, politics and fear questioning his own beliefs at every step. Will he be able to make peace with his past and save his future? Will humanity lose this battle against everything else?

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Goodreads * Amazon

Feedback for the Book:

5 Stars

“With an intriguing and powerful theme, the author has chosen a realistic and suspenseful plot with all its subplots tied very well. The characters are realistic and believable. Descriptive writing style along with the confident tone of narration with the extremely good use of vocabulary made it easier for understanding. The suspense that starts building up in the midway is being handled with utmost care and is taken care that it does not loses its grip and holds the capacity to keep the readers engrossed till the last page.” ~ Nikita onAmazon

5 Stars – “

Entwined in the backdrop of a courageous young man who let go his turmoiled past and commits himself to love and fulfill his duty without self-interest to be an ultimate winner, the author constantly reminds and beautifully conveys that secularism means humanism and peaceful coexistence. The book has all the makings of a Bollywood blockbuster. A must read for everyone…” ~ Namita Dimrion Amazon

4 Stars

“The story line is no less than a thriller. It has all the elements for a perfect entertaining read. Romance, action, drama, mystery, socio-political angle and lots of thriller. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this unpredictable tale of Dev and travelling across continents with him to witness what is the extent one can go for a loved one. There are some scenes that left me goose bumps, because of how real it all felt.” ~ PrivyTrifles

About the Author:

Dr. Madhu Vajpayee- the writer is born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture the enigma of life in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several medical papers and chapters in books, she started her journey in the literary world. Seeking Redemption was her first fiction book which is now followed by I Owed You One.

Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a faculty at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires.

When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and traveling.

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Book Review- Finding Her Way: An Indian Girl’s Dilemma by Ruchi Vasudeva



Edition: Kindle Edition
Pages: 18

What does marriage mean for an Indian girl? Whether she marries for love or by arrangement, she’s forced to obey unreasonable demands. But she also wants to live her life on her own terms.
Avni is such a girl. When the man she loves and cares for wholeheartedly, throws her a curve ball, she chooses to walk away. What comes next for Avni?
She left for love
Love she found
But slowly the demands pained her a lot
Till one day she walked out
The love she left came swiftly behind
Won her back or fought with her?
Read to know what’s there within the leaves….

Finding Her Way: An Indan Girl’s Dilemma is the story of not one but millions of Indian Girl’s who step out of the comforts of their home into another with stars in the eyes and love in the heart, only to find their dreams shattered.

But…..Is Avni’s story just about shattered dreams? Well, to know that you will have to go through the entire 18 pages. But I must admit that the short read did have a variety of emotions packed within it. While there is love, there is also a sense of despair, emotions that are conflicting and bound to make one frown. There is suspense and there is relief as well as fear and surprise.

In short the book is not just a simple love story but one that’s bound to make you sit up in your seat till the end.

Narrated in simple, crisp and lucid language, the book takes us right to the scene of action. It is a fine example of a complete nano-novel.


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Book Review: Generously Yours by Inderpreet Uppal


Edition: Kindle Edition
Pages: 18
ASIN: B079H4531X




‘Love is forever’ or so thought Diya.

Shy, bookish and loving, Diya never thought she would ever need to be anything else. Her charmed life slips away from her in ways, she never imagined.

Will Viren be able to sort the jumble of their lives or is it already too late?

A bittersweet story of life, longing, and lasting love.

Two souls bonded together for life
One bids goodbye, the other cries
Memories come flooding, making the other listless and lost
Then time the healer takes things in hand
Brings the lost one back on track
Life moves on….

Inderpreet’s ‘Yours Generously’ is the story of two souls bonded in love, the making of their memories, and the metamorphosis of one into a strong person as well as the role of the other in the transformation process. There is love and there is loss. There are traces of bitterness borne out of a sense of despair and there is gratitude for the support extended for a metamorphosis that would perhaps have been difficult if not impossible, without the same. In short this is the story of a lost and found soul.

Narrated in simple, crisp and lucid style, the book reminds us that life does not stop or stand still with death. In fact death is just a temporary passing phase which jolts us yet, makes us see things in new light. It makes us look up at life with new eyes and sometimes challenges us to leave our comfort zone and move ahead.

The book is a breezy read. But……..I wish it would not have ended so fast and abrupt. Hope the author works on making this one a full-fledged novel.


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