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A Cold Winter Night

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“Knock! Knock!”

Suddenly woken up from deep slumber, I looked at the mobile screen with bleary eyes.

2.00 AM

I shook my head trying to keep my eyes open and slowly trudged towards the door, fumbled for the light switch. It took me a good one minute to locate it.

“Knock! Knock!”

The lights came on. Hand on the door knob,I made to turn it when…….

Suddenly I was wide awake. Hey! What am I doing? It’s just 2 am and I am all alone in the house. Who can it be at this unearthly hour?

Fear overtook me. I looked through the peep hole but not finding even a soul in sight I waited.

“Knock! Knock!…”

This time the knocking was louder and more persistent.

“Who’s there?” I asked trying my best to keep away that tremble from my tone.

No answer. Instead the uninvited just knocked once again. Beads of perspiration gathered around my brows and slowly started to trickle down the temples. I was at a loss. Who do I call up at this hour?

“Knock! Knock!”

I could take it no more. That gnawing fear of the unknown was slowly getting on my nerves. I had to know who it was and why. I slowly tip-toed to the easy chair lying in a corner of the room, pulled out the wooden rod that held the cloth from slipping out and walked back to the door.

“Knock! Knock!”

Letting out a silent prayer I slowly turned the knob and waited with bated breath for the uninvited guest to enter. My hands were perspiring profusely. Yet, I maintained a steady grip on the rod.

“Tick! Tick!”

Seconds passed by slowly. Nothing happened.

Just as I was about to relax, there was a flurry of activity at the door and in a flash the attack took place. I yelled and the rod slipped down to the floor with a heavy thud. I jumped on to the nearest chair shivering, hand to mouth.

The visitor looked at me with surprised eyes and before I could react turned and scurried out into the darkness.

Slowly, still shivering from the fright, I got down from the chair and cursing the rodent slammed the door shut. Leaning on it I tried to steady my racing heart.

Minutes later peals of laughter reverberated through the room. Tears flowed from my eyes as I held my stomach tight.


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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.
 

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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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THE AUTHOR

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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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DISCLAIMER

A copy of this book was provided to me by Author Paradise 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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BOOK REVIEW- THE DORMANT STATE

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TITLE : The Dormant State
AUTHOR: Dibya Satpathy
GENRE : Political Thriller

THE BOOK

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Aniruddh is a non-conforming, spirited, unorthodox young man, bound by the shackles of tradition. Brought up in one of India’s poorer states – he experiences first-hand, through his middle-class upbringing, the gruesome realities of governance in the country. His youthful exuberance and provocative circumstances leave him with no option but to take on the system. On entering the murky world of politics, he is forced to confront with evils, which he hadn’t bargained for. The events in his life leave his relationships at peril as he lurches along the forlorn lanes of insecurity. His transformation from an honest novice mutineer to a guile political leader brings out the layers in his character. Amidst strained relations, friendships that turn ugly and back-stabbing foes, Aniruddh has to govern a dormant state and win over the masses.

The climax is a gripping tale of sinister moves and counter moves that end up bringing out the devil in him in a moment of self adjudication.

ME FEELS

WOWs!!!

Storyline : Interesting, intriguing and engaging, the book takes the reader on a virtual tour of a state riddled with problems. While on the one hand we come across the rise of a lad of humble origins, one who is pure of heart and feels strongly for his fellow beings, on the other we also come across those wily beings whose every breath stinks of deceit.

In short, the story is a mirror to the dirty politics played in not only Odisha but in almost every state of India. There’s nothing new that we don’t know yet how many of us has the guts to put it across in black and white. Kudos to the courage shown by the author.

While there are some interesting twists and turns that keep the reader on tenterhooks, the climax is the icing on the cake.

Characterization: The character of the protagonist i.e. Annirudh Mishra is well – developed. However I feel that the characters of some of the other players in the story like that of Vishnu, Deepak, etc. have a lot of potential. They could have been given some more space and importance in the story. It would have added more spice to the plot.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

Pace: Though slow at first it picked up in the second half.

OOPs!!!

Narrative: Long winding narratives while explaining the state of affairs in Odisha acted as hurdles at times. Similarly some generalized / sweeping statements proved to be irritants in an otherwise well-crafted plot.

THE VERDICT

An interesting thriller one that’s sure to make you guessing regarding the man behind the scene, the one who pulls the strings and the climax, I’ll give it 3 on a scale of 5.

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A copy of the book was provided to me by writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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BOOK REVIEW: Operation India One

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TITLE: Operation India One
AUTHOR: Shiv Kumar
PUBLISHER: Om Books International
GENRE: Fiction (Mystery- Adventure- Thriller)

THE BOOK

COVER PAGE

The cover design with a man in battle fatigues holding a gun and the title i.e. ‘Operation India One’ depicted in the tricolor is enough to make one realize that this one has got something to do with the Nation’s security. It fits the story-line.

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Operation India One
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Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organization based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, ‘Operation India One’. As his investigations on the ground progress, however, he uncovers behind the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged. Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the miserable plight of the people of the area and the supposed terrorists fighting for them, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow countrymen.

THE HIGHS & THE LOWS

WOWs!!!

Plot: Wonderful and realistic. Deals with a socio-economic topic and the Naxalite menace. One can easily relate with the emotions of the displaced those whose land is acquired for developmental purposes, their agony and anger on not being given adequate compensation or being rehabilitated properly, the apathy of the State towards these poor beings and how muscle-power often forces simpletons to take up arms. ‘Operation India One’ also gives us an insight into the dirty politics played by politicians just to feed their ego, at the expense of the safety of the common man, the security forces and the Nation.

Language: Language is simple, crisp and lucid.

OOPs!!!

Story: Inspite of having a wonderful plot I felt there was something missing in the book or should I say it felt incomplete. That feeling of satisfaction that one feels after having read a fast paced action- packed thriller or a mind- boggling mystery was missing.

Characterization: A little under- developed. A story especially a thriller, is complete only when the characters are able to connect with the reader. Here that was sadly missing. I also felt that the Swamiji could have been given a bigger role in the story to make it more interesting.

RECOMMENDATION & RATING

Overall a simple read which one can finish in just one sitting I give this 3 on a scale of 5.

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‘OPERATION INDIA ONE’ IS THE BRAINCHILD OF

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SHIV KUMAR

A commercial tax officer in Government of Bihar(India), Shiv Kumar was previously an engineer in BHEL(A government of India Undertaking). A voracious reader and passionate writer, Mr. Shiv Kumar is interested in subjects that provide an insight into issues concerning contemporary Indian Society. He is also fond of travelogues, thrillers and crime fiction.

To make contact with him just mail to – shiv5180@gmail.com

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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book by the The Readers Cosmos under their Book Reviewing Programme, in return for an honest review.

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Spotlight: Only Wheat Not White By Varsha Dixit

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Only Wheat Not White 
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Varsha Dixit 

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What if the one you completely love is the one you simply can’t! Twenty-six-year-old Eila Sood moves to America to mend fences with her estranged older sister, Sheela. Eila and the rest of the family in India had cut off ties with Sheela after she married Steve Jacobs, ‘out of caste, and out of color’. Elia soon realizes that Sheela’s marriage is on the rocks. To help pay Sheela’s household bills, Eila takes a second job at an afternoon strip club. When she crosses paths with the owner, the handsome Brett Wright or ‘blue-eyed ogre’ as Elia calls him, he both infuriates and fascinates her. Brett turns out to be her reluctant and unquestionably sarcastic knight in shining armor. As Eila and Brett spend more time together their desire for each other builds. However, when Brett discovers the true reason for Eila’s refusal he storms out of her life, accusing her of being a prejudiced coward. Will Eila find the courage to break stereotypes and embrace her love? Will Brett find solace in the arms of his ex-girlfriend Cate? Will Sheela and Steve divorce? All of these questions and more are answered in Varsha Dixit’s latest and humorous and steamy love story.

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I’m the author of four books and the genre that I write is contemporary romance. Penning stories defines and completes me.I thinks of myself as a borderline obsessive-compulsive dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. A true ‘feel good’ junkie seeking quick fixes, I love a good laugh and a good book. A voracious reader of who dunit mysteries and legal dramas, I did sit down to pen a book on serial killers but finding it impossible to maim or kill anyone, even on paper, I penned a romantic story instead. Thus, I found my true calling – at least for the time being.Even though creativity is gender free, I feel blessed and enriched to be a woman.
Currently, with my family, I’m settled in the US.
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