Book Review: The Story of My Second Marriage

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TITLE: The Story of My Second Marriage
AUTHOR: Mahesh Sowani
GENRE: Fiction
PUBLISHER: Blue Flower Books
ASIN: B06XY6YXX1
 

THE BOOK
 

 
 
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Marriage, does it really make a person happy? Or is it all about adjustments? Intense, haunting and evocative, The Story of My Second Marriage is a delightful rumination on marriage, adjustments and human nature.
 
 
MY TAKE
 
 
STORYLINE/ PLOT: Interesting and different. Narrated in first person by the protagonist Manju aka Manjunath, the story is about his second marriage. But is it as simple as that or is it just about his second marriage? No. A simpleton, Manju is prone to comparing his second wife i.e. Yamini with his first wife Chitralekha. However though he finds her less overbearing and more hospitable when compared to Chitralekha, he is at his wits end when he finds out that she is a compulsive liar. The ugly demon of suspicion raises its head within him giving him sleepless nights and making him irritable. Does he succeed in making peace with his situation? Does he forgive Yamini? What turn does his life take? To know this and much more of Manju’s second marriage one will have to read the book.

There are some unforeseen twists and there are some turns but the story is basically about Manju’s equations with his second wife.
 
 
CHARACTERIZATION: The character of Manju is well developed. He comes across as the village simpleton who in spite of acquiring a good education and landing a good job is hesitant to open his mouth, take firm decisions and use his authority when needed. He lacks in self-confidence and is a confused man. His frustration and lack of self-confidence is clearly reflected in the way he views his life and his handling of situations. On the other hand his sister Jaya comes across as a strong character.

Yamini left me confused I must admit. I could not understand her character in the beginning, neither on finishing the halfway mark nor by the end of the story. I wish there was more clarity as far as her character was concerned. It would have definitely made her feel more realistic and relatable.
 
 
LANGUAGE: Simple. Neither jargon nor long,winding sentences.
 
 
OVERALL

There are a lot of holes in the story that need to be darned seamlessly to make it truly enjoyable. A few cuts here and there will do no harm. In fact they will not only make the story slim and healthy but will be able to hold the reader’s interest till the end without making him/ her release a yawn.

In its present form the story comes across as a raw manuscript with umpteen grammatical errors as well as typos. The touch of a professional can work wonders for the story. Hope the author goes in for fresh editing soon.


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MUSIC

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Cu- ckoo of the Cuckoo
Welcoming the first rays of the sun
Awakens the drowsy, brings cheer to the baby
Weaves magic, magic, magic…

Flute to the lips
Eyes closed and relaxed
Strains wafting through the air
Weave magic, magic, magic…

Fingers on Veena
A smile on the lips
Sweet melody lifting spirits
Weaves magic, magic, magic…

Drums in front
Stick in hand
Sounds invigorating filling the air
Weaves magic, magic, magic…

Strains of music in the air
Bringing smiles,calming spirits
Imparting life to limbs lazy
Work magic, magic, magic…

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Monster

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“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
– Friedrich Nietsche

 

Agree or not the fact is that there is a monster lurking within each one of us. The only thing that keeps it from rearing its head is our sense of right and wrong. The day we lose the ability to distinguish right from wrong all hell breaks loose and the ugly monster rears its head in glee. So is the case with those innumerable youth who have chosen a path far too dangerous for us to think. They are in fact lost souls who have lost a sense of direction. They believe that their acts of terrorism will ultimately win them an entry into Heaven after death. But does anyone know what’s going to happen after death or for that matter what that Heaven looks like, feels like? I doubt if anyone has an answer to this question of mine. I for one don’t know what’s going to happen to me after death except the fact that my body may be consigned to flames and that it may become one with the elements called earth, water and fire. But is there a Heaven or Hell? If so, where is it?

Yes, is a Heaven and there is Hell. Know where? Well right here on Earth.

When Angels tread Earth becomes Heaven and when Monsters rampage it Earth cries out in pain. It becomes Hell for even the innocent ones. Today earth is in fact slowly falling prey to Monsters. To keep these Monsters in check the Angels need to gather together, pick up cudgels, make them see light and bring them back on the path of right. So, what should be the plan?
 
 
1) Starting Point Home:

Home should be where the heart can be laid bare. It should not be a prison where young legs shiver at the sight of elders but should be like a lush green lawn where you sit, relax and have a heart to heart conversation.

We must remember that children see, absorb and adopt things, ideas, mannerisms and beliefs from their surroundings. So, if you love them, hug them, make them feel wanted they are sure to imbibe these naturally and grow up as normal human beings with a happy disposition. But if you constantly terrorize them and terrorize those around them they are bound to see it as a way of life. They see the Monster in you and may grow up to be Monsters themselves.
 
 

1) Next Stop:

Teachers, Gurus, Spiritual leaders play a key role in nurturing the Angel or the Monster in each one of us. If someone were to go on ranting and filling my ears with negative things about things and people around me I am sure to be radicalized unless I have a very strong disposition and am not easily influenced. Sadly, today many a youth are easily influenced. They believe that the people around them who do not ascribe to their faith, their beliefs, their way of thinking, their dictates are not fit to live. They are in fact evil souls. But in their mission to wipe out these evil souls they wittingly or unwittingly become Monsters.

So, Teachers, Gurus, Spiritual leaders need to emanate positive vibes and spread positive message. They are like the shepherd. They need to see to it that their ward, their followers don’t go astray.
 
 

2) The Journey Continues:

Society, Social Media and Government need to act with maturity. They need to handle sensitive issues with care and not let rumor mill run amok. They need to address issues with restraint and understand the underlying problem before finding a solution/ dealing with the same. Else in the process of killing monsters they themselves will tend to behave as a monsters. Yes there are times especially in a war like situation, when they may need to pay back the monster ( enemy) in the same coin and they may look as monsters/ be termed as monsters. But that should be the last resort and when they look into the mirror they should be able to look with a clear conscience. The mirror should not reflect the Monster in them.

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Today’s prompt for the challenge is : MONSTER

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Dreams Vs Reality

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Lying within layers of blankets,I dream
A dream invigorating it may seem
I see myself climbing snow clad peaks
Braving blizzards and avalanches


I sit on the beach far away from the waves
Sifting through the sands
See myself rafting down turbulent waters
Body sprayed with water exhilarating


I watch from the sidelines my friends’ paragliding
See myself in the harness suspended
Waving to the teaming crowds below
The wind my mate caressing, encouraging


Sitting in front of the television
I see in me another Bolt in the making
Feel hot blood flushing my face
As I fly on legs no less than wings


I stand by the side of the road
See the mad rush of vehicles passing
Step forward to cross, step back in fear
Feel helpless, ashamed, a coward lame


I dream and dream for dreams are free
To make them work I need something
Something called courage
To take the leap

Can I or can I not?
It’s for me to think, decide and act
Each day, each minute is precious I know
I must move out of my comfort zone.

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Today’s prompt for the challenge is
“ You can choose courage or you can choose comfort (but) you cannot have both.”
Brene Brown

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Book Blitz: Water Boarding by Bragadeesh Prasanna

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Print Length: 292 pages
Publication Date: October 8, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B075W9WBVR

 
 

As a torture technique, Waterboarding involves the torturer to pour water over the face of the captive, over a damp towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that he is not actually drowning, the captive’s body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience.

Ved, who just got out of a life-changing accident finds out that he has blank spaces in his memory. He is unsure about his past and uncertain about his future but goes through with the present with the help of his friend Sara. Sara slowly builds Ved’s past, filling him with people and instances he had forgotten.

As Ved struggles with the financial strain caused by his accident and subsequent medical bills and figuring out whom to trust, Ved is forced to live in the moment, which is dark, terrifying and maddening as his past catches up with him. Will he finally know who he was and how his past actions affect his present?

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

 
 

 
 
 
 
Bragadeesh Prasanna is a Chennai based writer, who blogs, writes short stories and sometimes lets his stories stretch itself to become a full fledged novel.  His romance novel, 300 days, which released in 2016, received generally positive reviews.  He had also contributed to different short story anthologies like After the Floods (Published by sixth sense publication), From Chennai, with Love (Curated by Chennai Bloggers Club)
When he is not writing or dreaming about writing, he runs a marketing agency in Chennai, which specializes in digital marketing. He loves his scotch and coffee, chicken biriyani, Rose milk and Chennai. You can just type in his full name in Google search bar to reach his blog. No, seriously, try it. 

 
 
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BOOK REVIEW: YOU NEVER KNOW

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TITLE: You Never Know – Sometimes Love Can Drag You Through Hell…
AUTHOR: Akash Verma
PUBLISHER: Penguin Metro Reads
GENRE: Romance
ISBN: 978-0-143-44109-0
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
BLURB
 

There will be times when you feel you have the best relationship, ever . . .
There will be times when it will be the worst that has happened to you
There will be times when you know you are getting into something
horrible, something that will not stop till it destroys you,

And yet . . .

You are pulled so inextricably, unstoppably . . .

She was my true love, I knew that. So despite being married and having children, I still went ahead with our affair. I hid it from my wife and colleagues. I told lies so I could be with her-it was that amazing! But I couldn’t hide from the dark truth she was keeping. It pulled me into a vortex of danger so deep that I lost all I had. It happened to me and if you think it won’t happen to you-think again.
 
 

MY TAKE
 

Plot/ Story-line : Interesting yet nothing new. It is the story of many who inspite of a blissful married life somewhere down the years fall for the charms of another. Their confusion, their mental turmoil and the consequences of their misdemeanor are put across well in the book. Is it newfound love or is it an attraction wrongly interpreted as love that has the protagonist Dhruv in its clutches? Well for Dhruv it may have been love but for me it certainly turned out to be just a mere attraction one that would have waned off with time, if only he were more strong-willed. As for Anuradha again was it love or just a way of satisfying her hurt ego? Was she trying to heal the wounds inflicted by her ex-lover or was she trying to take out her revenge on the male species unwittingly?

The story according to me is open to various interpretations regarding Dhruv’s feelings for Anuradha and vice versa. This is what makes it interesting. Apart from that I’d say the conclusion was pretty clear from the start. By that I mean the turn their relationship will take and the upheavals it will create in their life. However, I must admit that there is an element of suspense and surprise in the story which I’d rather not reveal since it will be an injustice to the author and his readers/ prospective clients. To know what I mean, do read the book.
 

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Characterization: The characters especially that of Dhruv and Anuradha are well developed. You can easily relate to most of their actions, reactions and inner turmoil. However I would have loved to get to know Dhruv’s wife Shalini a little more. I feel she has not been given enough space and importance.
 
 
Language: Easy and free flowing. Devoid of jargon, the book is a smooth read.
 
 
Pace: Steady and perfect. There are neither lull moments nor racy ones.
 
 
Style: I liked it. It suits the plot.
 
 

VERDICT

 

A simple and easy read, one that you can pick up on a lazy afternoon. I’ll give the book a 3 on a scale of 5.
 
 


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Agony Of A Free Bird

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What is life if I were to follow rules that others make
Born a free bird, live a free bird, die a free bird is my birth right I say
Traffic rules are not for me, I like the wind caressing my hair as I do ride
Seat belts restrict me; they are a nuisance I cannot bear.

 
 
Hair flying wild in the wind he rode the Pulsar at top gear
Raced his Audi on bumpy roads, the seat belt lying limp by his side
Hot blood rushed through his being, life a joyous ride for him
Wild as the wind he raced along life’s path at speeds no one dared

 
 
Then one day his kid the Pulsar, skid off the bumpy road
Threw him off as would a raging bull on hot rocks rough and sharp
Skull shattered, legs broken, eyes closed in a pool of blood he lay
Helpless, moaning, writhing in pain, waiting for solace…….

 
 

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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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Book Blast : Children’s Classic Stories Volume I – Retold by Aniesha Brahma

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About the Book:

 
 
This gorgeous treasury of ten classic stories is guaranteed to delight and entertain young children, bringing the magic of traditional stories to the new generation of children. Aimed at 8-12 year olds, each favourite fairy tale or story has been sensitively retold for young readers.

The series ‘Children’s Classic Stories’ contains total 100 stories in 10 volumes. The stories in this collection show the consequences of greed, pride, and vanity, but also tell of the love that grows from a kind heart and a cheerful nature.

Volume 1 includes the following stories:

01. Little Red Riding Hood
02. Cinderella
03. Hansel and Gretel
04. Sleeping Beauty
05. Snow White and Rose Red
06. The Emperor’s New Clothes
07. Rumplestiltskin
08. The Wise Little Girl
09. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
10. Rip Van Winkle


 
 
About the Author:

Aniesha Brahma knew she wanted to be a writer since she was six years old. She was schooled in Dolna Day School and went on to pursue B.A., M.A., and M.Phil in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur Univeristy. She currently lives in Kolkata, with her family and five pet cats. She is the author of All Signs Lead Back to You, When Our Worlds Collide, The Guitar Girl and The Secret Proposal. She compiled and edited the 10 volumes series, ‘Children’s Classic Stories’ with love and great efforts.

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Book Review: Destined by Rubina Ramesh

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TITLE: Destined
AUTHOR: Rubina Ramesh
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)
ASIN: B075ZS2MZH
FORMAT: eBook
 
 
 

THE BOOK
 

 
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Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.

When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.

While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives?

 
MY TAKE
 

Why did I pick this one up?
 

Hesitant at first not because I don’t have faith in the author’s writing skill but because I prefer thrillers and mythological fiction to romance, I picked this up for two reasons:

1) Curiosity. The blurb interested me. I wanted to know what fate had in store for Esha and her boss Rohan Sharma.

2) Faith in the Author’s writing. I knew she could pull off a romance well have read another romance from her desk titled Finding The Angel
 

So, how did I find the book?
 
Enthralling!

Esha the female protagonist, comes across as a strong- willed, level head one who is not ready to buckle under pressure. She can be sweet and rude.Not ready to be cowed down either by her fiancé, his mother and boss Rohan Sharma, she knows her priorities and responsibilities. Faced with a serious situation she needs to take some hard decisions. But can she, without compromising her dignity? For that you need to read the book.

Packed with stings and barbs, selfish motives and selfless love, ‘Destined’ also has some sizzling romance scenes that are sure to go down well with lovers of romance fiction and the romantic at heart.

The characters are etched out well and you can’t but help relate to their mood and mood- swings. Even the secondary characters are strong enough to make an impact on the reader. They play a pivotal role in moving the story forward. You may hate some of them but then you can’t help agree that without them the story would lose its charm.

Language is Rubina’s forte. She knows how to play with words to bring live the scenes. ‘Destined’ too is blessed by this ability of hers. The imagery is vivid and lingers long after the story ends.

Pace is perfect. Smooth and free flowing, it is neither too fast nor too slow. So there is no scope for letting out a yawn in between the pages, nor feel that things have been rushed through. One can relax and enjoy the story.

 
Any suggestions from my side?
 

Ah! Yes. Would love those minor typographical errors at a few places here and there, corrected.
 

VERDICT
 

A must read, one that is destined to leave you smiling. I’m glad I picked it up. I’ll give it a 4 on a scale of 5.


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