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Book Review: Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman




Format: Paperback
Publisher: Flaming Sun (7 March 2019)
ISBN-10: 9353464846
ISBN-13: 978-9353464844



Done in black and fading white, the cover gives us a glimpse of the timeline when the story of an Indian Cinderella is set. Beautiful and captivating, it takes us back to the era of black and white movies which are till date loved for their lyrical melodies and graceful heroines.


Where do I begin, and where do I end? That’s the dilemma I’m facing at the moment. Hats off to you Queen of Romance Sundari Venkatraman, you’ve once again proved that a light romance can not only turn out to be a page turner, very much like a racy thriller, but also linger on in the reader’s mind till long, long after the last word is read. 🙂 ‘Her Prince Charming’ deals with a story that has conflicting emotions like love, passion, hate and anger in a manner that’s bound to captivate the romantic at heart.

Simple yet executed with skill and aplomb, Her Prince Charming scores a perfect five on all counts. While the plot is interesting, characterization another important aspect that tests an author’s prowess, turns out to be flawless. The good, the bad and the so-so aspects of each character figuring in the story are presented adeptly leaving no room for complaint. One can easily relate to each one of them, their thought process, and predict what to expect next. Yes, in a thriller this aspect could prove the undoing of a story, but here in a romance this lends a ray of hope to the reader who looks forward to a happy ending.


A simple, yet thrilling read, this one will leave you relaxed on a tiring summer noon when temperatures tend to peak. It’s also a read I’d recommend to anyone feeling low on account of an illness. It will buoy up your flagging spirits just like it did mine. 🙂


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Book Review: Dance With Me by P G Van



Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1197 KB
Print Length: 219 pages


Racy and sweet, ‘Dance with Me” by P G Van is not just a story of passion or steamy romance. In fact it is much more. It has at its core yearnings of the shy, the one always looked down upon, to bloom and blossom as well as make a niche for the self. However the path from being an introvert to an extrovert is not easy given that Suhana (the protagonist) is media shy, and has all along kept herself in the shadows. What happens when she is suddenly thrown into the limelight thanks to a viral video of her private dance moves? How does she deal with the sudden intrusion into her private space?…………The answers to these and much more, can be had in this light-hearted love story.

Well-articulated and engaging, ‘Dance with Me’ takes the reader on a ride fraught with contradictory emotions seasoned with a dash of suspense. The mother in Suhana while battling with the heart break awarded by her ex-husband, refuses to let hatred overshadow her emotions for him, and instead time and again reminds her son that whatever he may have been, however he may have treated her, he is still his father and common courtesy demands he respect him. Difficult for the embittered, yet easy for the one who was orphaned young, a person who has all along yearned not for riches but for just love and relationships (read family).

Vivid with imagery and an easy one to connect with, ‘Dance with Me’ is also a tale of giving life a second chance, a chance to leave behind the past and accept the future with open arms, and forgiving the truly repentant. When Samyan her elderly neighbor’s son offers Suhana happiness and security, the scars of the past seem to fade away until…………that fateful day when she discovers something that topples her world upside down, and leaves her suspicious and angry. What follows is a tale of twists and turns interesting.


A tale with a lot of positive messages, ‘Dance with Me’is a smooth ride (read) that will leave the reader smiling. Not a tear will be shed, only light will spread. 🙂

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Book Review: The Doppelgänger by Ruchira Khanna




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File Size: 2026 KB
Print Length: 34 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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Language: English
ASIN: B07M65B8D8


Backed by an interesting plot and an evocative cover design, The Doppelgänger is a metaphysical short read that takes the reader into the heart of a realm entirely different from the real world that we humans are used to. What plays out is something that the rationale side of the human mind may find difficult to accept. However, look at the story from another angle that of human aspirations and emotions, and feel a tug at your heart. It’s now easy to relate with it.

Sandra and Fran’s story is that of yearnings, while Liam’s is that of finding joy and friendship. What turns out to be a discovery by accident, finally takes both Sandra and Liam on a ride of joy, hope and second chances. However, does this new found happiness last a lifetime, or does fate rake up a storm once again in their little world?……….. Read the book to find out.

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A story with a mix of suspense, subtle humour and the paranormal, The Doppelgänger sees the presence of characters that are well articulated. Yes while the human side is relatable, the ones from the other side come across as unbelievable. Yet the emotions they express, speak volumes of the feelings that the mute in this world of ours, may be experiencing.

Overall, a unique take on an interesting plot, The Doppelgänger will hardly take your thirty minutes to wrap-up and put down. It’s that short and fast paced.

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Book Review: Falling In Love With Cupid (A Mytho-fiction Romance Series Book 1)




Though not an ardent fan of romance fiction, I picked up this one. Want to know why? There were two reasons- 1) though a part of a romance series, this one has at its core mythological characters, and I’m partial to the same. 2) It’s from one of my favourite authors. So I had a lot of expectations from this one, and I must admit that Rubina did not disappoint me. In fact I loved every bit of this novel and can’t help wait for the next in the series. That said, here’s my opinion on the book –

The story of Psyche and Cupid though short, wraps within its fold multiple emotions. There is hate, despair, doubt and love. Revenge meant to wreak havoc, ends up in two souls getting entangled. However their path of love is fraught with dangers and difficulties. Will the flame of love burning within them help them overcome the obstacles or will it reduce them to ashes? ………That’s where the suspense lies, and to untangle the mystery you must read the book.

The language, the imagery, and the twists and turns keep you hooked. In fact they draw you into the story, and you can’t help but try step into the shoes of the characters and live their role.

Revenge gone awry is how one can describe ‘Falling in love with Cupid.’

A light yet intense read one that will ensnare you and not let you stop till you reach the last full-stop.

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#BookReview: Finding Juliet



Title: Finding Juliet
Author: Toffee
Publisher: Srishti
Genre: Fiction




Arjun is an incredibly nice guy who believes in true love and is waiting for it with open arms. He falls in love, not once or twice, but thrice. And every single time, happiness – like the girls he fell for – comes very close to him before pushing him away. His only pillar of strength in all his moments of grief and dejection is his childhood friend Anjali.

Dejected by the games played by girls and fate, he leaves Hyderabad for Bangalore and ends up meeting Krish, an irresistible flirt. He understands Arjun’s predicament, pacifies him with his words and enlightens him about the most complicated species ever created by God – Women.

And then, Arjun’s life changes forever.

Will Arjun find the one he has been waiting for, or will he end up becoming a flirt? Will he ever taste lasting happiness?

Join Arjun as he tries to figure out women and discovers the meaning of love, lust and life.. all in his journey of Finding Juliet.


STORY-LINE: Interesting yet unrelatable at places. It’s more in tune with Bollywood themes. When I picked up the book I expected more of humor. But that was sadly missing. In fact the story is just about Arjun and his thirst for acceptance by the fairer sex. On the way we get to see the heart breaks he encounters, the feeling of disillusionment he suffers and his metamorphosis from a simple guy to one easily giving into lust. But then this phase too is short-lived. Very soon he comes face-to-face with a situation which leaves him jittery. In short ‘Finding Juliet’ is all about love, lust and life. But somehow lust seems to have overshadowed love and life throughout the pages of the book.

While Anjali won my heart I cannot say the same for Arjun. Somehow he came across as a very weakling.

In Esha the journalist, I was looking for someone out to get a scoop, one ready to blow the lid on the sexual escapades of the people in Arjun’s organisation. But then nothing of the sort happened.

The end was predictable.

CHARACTERIZATION: The character of Arjun the protagonist somehow did not work for me. He looked too desperate to hook a girl and always seemed to end up weeping. However, in contrast I found the character of Anjali his best friend, more appealing. She appeared more strong and level-head.

Another thing that I found strange was the characterization of most of the female characters the protagonist Arjun comes across/ gets into a relationship with. They appear promiscuous and just waiting to jump into the bed with him. A bit difficult to digest given my reading of Indian girls and their views on pre-marital sex.

LANGUAGE, STYLE, PACE: Language is simple, crisp and lucid thereby making it an easy and quick read. Style of narrative too is fine while the pace is perfect.


A simple and quick read, one that you can pick up on a short journey, I’ll give it 3 on a scale of 5.



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A simple guy who loves the complications of life, Toffee loves narrating interesting stories with subtle insights. Finding Juliet is his second book. The same was written keeping in mind India’s Generation-Y.


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#Spotlight: The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman


Marriages Made in India

Book #1
Sundari Venkatraman


Ram Maheshwari is a successful jewellery designer who has a huge showroom on MI Road, Jaipur. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a billionaire to boot. He’s twenty-nine and falls in with his parents’ wishes when they try to arrange his marriage.
The lovely, stormy-eyed Sapna Purohit is from Pushkar. She’s managed to finish school and makes a living by doing mehendi designs during weddings. She’s always dreamt of a Prince on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet.
One look into Sapna’s grey eyes and Ram is lost. Only, Sapna’s unable to see her Prince in Ram. Being from a poor family, she has no choice but to go along with the tide when the Maheshwaris offer to bear all expenses of the wedding. 
Does that mean that the feisty Sapna is all set to accept Ram as her husband? She puts forth a condition, after the wedding. Will The Smitten Husband agree to it?
*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.
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“Good morning!” said a sleepy voice. “What are you doing so far away?” called out Ram, before reaching out with a long arm to pull her to him.
A startled Sapna gave him a shocked look that was lost on her husband, whose eyes were still closed. His arms went around her waist like steel bands, his breath hot against her cheek. “Sapna…” he whispered in her ear as his hard lips pressed into her petal soft cheek.
Sapna tried to pull out of his arms, only to have them pull her closer. Her breasts were flattened against his solid chest. Her traitorous body seemed to enjoy the pressure as her nipples perked up. She did her best to hold on to the control that was slipping fast.
“Ram,” she called out loudly, hoping to wake him up. She couldn’t free her arms that were trapped against her own body, as he held her in a crushing grip. His mouth was busy exploring her face, moving inexorably towards her lips. His eyes continued to remain closed, while his hands moved restlessly at her waist. “Ram…” her voice came out in a whisper, as she felt his tongue trace the edge of her lips. Tortured, she made the final move to capture his roving lips, breaking free her hands to hold his face steady.
“Sapna…” sighed Ram, kissing her gently, his tongue first tracing her upper lip and then her lower one. He gently bit the luscious curve. Sapna instinctively opened her mouth to let him explore the velvety cavern with his tongue. Shyly, her tongue reached out to mate with his, making Ram groan with need.
His hands moved restlessly on her body, her nightie bunching up. His muscular legs tangled with her slim ones, making her sigh with pleasure as his hard and hairy skin brushed against her soft and silky one. His hands cupped her lush bottom, caressing it lovingly.
Sapna suddenly became aware of his hardness pressed against her belly. Coming to her senses, she turned her face away, breaking the kiss. “No Ram.”
His wet lips continued to caress her, his tongue exploring her shell-like ear. Even as her heart thudded loudly, Sapna pushed against him. “Ram, please, will you stop it?”
His black eyes opened a slit, desire and slumber at war in them. “Sapna?” If he hadn’t been fully awake before, he was now, as he stared at her lovely face that was so close to his. He slowly recalled what had been occurring over the past few minutes. He had at first thought he was dreaming about kissing the luscious woman in his arms. How had she landed there in the first place?
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The Smitten Husband is the eighth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #1 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia many times over.

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TITLE : Lot for others
PUBLISHER: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)



Lot For Others



Do the looks of a person matter in a true relationship? Why does a relationship end? Just because the redundant questions of the society can’t be answered? What would you feel when you meet that one person, whom you had left once upon a time, for the sake of his happiness in this ever-judging world, but whose actual happiness was in you, something you didn’t understand then. How would you react when you have to choose either one of two important things? Can life always give you a second chance? The story revolves around Ishanvi, a chubby girl. Everyone likes her, but only a few love her. Her looks are not appealing, whereas, her heart is of gold. She always puts herself behind others. She thinks of the world before contemplating about herself. What will happen when she gets into a relationship with a guy who is the dream man of every girl? Read the book to find answers to these questions, which, one day, you may ask yourself in life.



Story-line: Interesting. ‘Lot for Others’ starts with the narrator rejecting a suitor proposed by her mother, just because he is not the dream-man she looks forward to invite in her life. According to her he is a dumbo who “..is not brilliant with his looks. He is tall but not that handsome. He is dark but not that attractive.” It reveals the typical mindset of a youngster romantic at heart yet not practical in approach. Does her perception of beauty and looks change? Well for that you will have to read the story of Ishanvi whose diary jottings Sweta the narrator has a chance to go through. But here it is the other way round. Ishanvi is the ‘ugly duckling’ plump and self conscious, who can’t figure out what a good-looking guy like Vivaan sees in her that he is keen to make her a part of his life. Affected by what others say and what others feel Ishanvi takes some decisions that have far-reaching consequences on the lives of others. Does Ishanvi ultimately find true love? Will she shed her inhibitions about her looks? Will she give life a second chance? Will the story of Ishanvi open Sweta’s eyes? ‘Lot for Others’ will answer.The book in short, focuses on the inner turmoil that the ‘not so good looking’ go through, the psychology behind important decisions they take pertaining to their life, the reason for their low self-esteem and society’s hand in molding their character and shaping their thoughts . The book has its fair measure of twists and turns, romance and suspense.

Characterization : The characters are well-developed with all their imperfections.

Language and Pace : Simple and steady. At no point do you find the pace slackening nor the author hurrying up with the events.

Editing: This is where I found the book wanting. The editing needs to be tightened to take care of grammatical errors, wrong/ misplaced usage of words/ phrases as well as to make the story smooth and more enjoyable.


Overall an enjoyable read and a wonderful attempt by a budding writer (Sweta Sahu, the author is just a school girl), I’ll give the book a 3 out of 5. 



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A school girl with a wish to make a mark in life, Sweta Sahu believes that each person is a story by himself. Time and situation play a vital role in shaking a person from his/her reverie and making him/her aware of the story within him/ her. It is this belief that has helped Sweta pen ‘Lot for Others.’

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Second Spring


This is Avantika’s heartfelt journey through love and life…

As a smart, successful, thirty-eight-year-old single mother, Avantika seemingly has it all: a great career as a seasoned banking professional, respect and admiration from her peers as an able leader, fulfillment as a mother, and so many other things.

What is it, then, that drives her towards Rohan, a man six years her junior? He’s a man who ideally would not occupy much room in Avantika’s otherwise sorted mind space.

She has told herself she has no time for love. Then, why does she make the choices she makes? Is it the sameness and banality of everyday existence? Is it the emotional vacuum? A need to relive life? A feeling that life as she has truly lived and felt is passing her by?

However, as she struggles with her feelings, Avantika and Rohan part ways… only to meet again. To what end? Why does Rohan want her back… and why now?

So many questions! Very few answers!

Avantika’s journey is as spiritual as it is emotional. Can love give second chances? Join Avantika in the twists and turns of her story, through her ponderings over the mysteries and vagaries of the word “love,” the complexities of human relationships, and the reassessment of all the values she has held dear…





A simple yet engaging and entertaining read the story is narrated by two different people who are in fact the main protagonists of the story. They share their side of the story thus creating a bond with the reader. The author has through their life, their relationships and their thought processes tried to bring out the complexities in relationships. There is romance, denial, realization, pain, inner struggle, search for inner peace and a lot more. In short the story is more of the turmoil that love causes in the life of the protagonist Avantika. It is also about giving love and life a second chance and making the right choices.

The story has its fair measure of twists and turns. But what I liked best is the climax. I couldn’t help but say, “Oh!”

The characters though few, are fleshed out well and one can easily relate to their strengths and weaknesses, their emotions and actions.

The pace is fine and language is simple, making it an easy read.



Long winding explanations in the middle of the narrative were uncalled for at times. They were like hurdles which I couldn’t help but jump.



A light and refreshing read I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.



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An Indian writer, entrepreneur and business analysis professional, Sandhya Jane has authored book and research papers. Her articles are also published by leading newspapers.

Sandhya is a founder director at ANISAN Technologies that provides consulting and training services in the area of Business Analysis.After completing her higher education in United States, Sandhya worked with several investment banks in India, USA and subsequently moved to Hong Kong. Her travels across the globe has made her richer in terms of knowledge of different cultures and regions.

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The Other End of the Corridor- Book Review


Title : The Other End of the Corridor
Author: Sujata Rajpal
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers
Genre: Fiction




When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor

Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight.
She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations.

Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger.

In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again…
No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.

Where does this journey take her?


Story-line: Interesting and different from the usual books belonging to the romance genre/ books on societal realties, ‘The Other End of the Corridor’ is not all about chasing one’s dreams. It is also not all about lies and deceit. Instead the author has cleverly woven the life of the hapless girl child forced into marriage at a young age, the crushing of her dreams and the apathy towards her state both at home and outside. There is all that’s anti-girl, anti- woman portrayed here like gender bias, domestic violence and the blame- game inflicted by society on the victim of rape and molestation.

The protagonist, a simple and dreamy girl wishes to soar high and make a career, a life of her own but that’s not to be. Her wings are clipped even before she can prepare to take-off. She finds herself tied down by a loveless marriage that offers her nothing but pain. But even in the face of adversity her eyes search for a glimmer of hope at the end of the dark tunnel only to be disappointed. She lives each day believing that tomorrow will spell a change only to be disappointed.

Her patience tested to breaking point, she finally decides to walk to the other end of the corridor though it’s fraught with obstacles. Does she make it or does she stumble and fall down? To know that one must read the book.

The story has its fair measure of twists and turns but there are also several such instances that one can foresee much before they unfold.

All-in-all, there was times I felt let down, especially when the protagonist kept on pinning for the man of her dreams not only to be let down once but again and again. It felt demeaning and I couldn’t help feel angry with her. I wished she knew how to keep her spine erect. In fact that’s where the author wins. She is able to involve the reader totally.

Characterization: The characters especially that of the protagonist Leela and S.J.Venkataraman aka Jai are well- developed. Yes, a little more work on Leela’s husband’s character would have added value to the book. We know so little of him and his mental state that it’s not easy to comprehend his treatment of Leela.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

Pace: Slow at first but gradually picked up only to rush through the end.


A simple and interesting read one that each Indian reader can easily relate to, I give the book 3 on a scale of 5.



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The Madras Affair



Sangita Sinclair was not always this successful & passionate lady, heading the NGO “Penn Urimai” for downtrodden, abused and homeless women….

When Sangita catches the eye of Gautam Sinclair she is a simple, homely girl; utterly unaware of her charms & capabilities. She has the devil’s own time in overcoming her inhibitions, hesitation, and her family’s orthodox and outdated rules before recognising her love for Gautam.

Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita’s Dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past?


STORYLINE: Interesting. A simple yet strong one, this story of Sangita and Gautam Sinclair is not all about falling head over heels for someone. Instead it conveys something more. It is a take on society, its aversion towards the hapless widow, false egos, selfish motives, outdated rituals, false notions, etc……… It is also a call to the victimized to stand up for their rights and enjoy life and love.

The story would have been another run-of-the-mill romance, another Mills & Boons book if the author had not very deftly interwoven the darker side of society into the story.

The ending was of course predictable but then I liked it. After the engrossing read if it were anything else it would surely be a disappointment.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters both the main and secondary or supporting ones are well-developed with all their imperfections. While one can’t help loving the cute Sandeep, one also can’t help hating Radha and her vile tongue. In fact one actually lives the characters as the scenes unfold. Hence it’s easy to empathize with them or hate them for their thoughts, their words their actions.

LANGUAGE: Simple, crisp and lucid. Yes there are a few typos here and there that need to be set right. But that’s no major hurdle to enjoying the book.

PACE: Perfect. It’s neither too slow nor too fast.

STYLE: Full marks to the Author’s narration style. It made the story not only interesting but engaging too.


By far the best book in this genre that I have read in recent times I’ll give this book a 4.5 on a scale of 5




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