I Tagged Her in my Heart

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36421200.jpgAuthor – Anuj Tiwari

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 250

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Friendship; the older it gets the stronger it becomes. Friendship is just like an old wine. But, only a few get lucky to have friends for life or forever. An unbreakable bond with no said rules still it is most cherished and celebrated and supposedly the best time of life.

I Tagged Her in my Heart is a story of a friendship of four friends, Arjun, Adrika, Anushka and Ved. They are not best of friends. They are a lifeline for each other. When one is in pain everyone felt the same. When one succeeds, everyone felt over the moon. They are tied in an unbreakable bond with unsaid terms of being with each other till the life ends, no matter what. They follow every rule like a religion.

They met in the college and become friends and partner in pain and happiness. Arjun dreams to be an author and Adrika bagged the best job. Everything is going the way it should be but life is not always the same. What happens in their life and how they will struggle to cope with the situations is rest of the story.

The story is based on friendship, love and betrayal. How some relations bring you the darkness and only give pain and how some relations help you come out of the same. The story has a message to never give up on your dreams and look at the brighter side of the life. Every dream is worth taking a risk and you never know what you are destined for. Go and get your dreams. It is never too late, everything happens for a reason and at the right time.

A light and simple read targeted to the new age readers.

Author Bio

A TEDx speaker and marketing consultant settled in Mumbai, Anuj Tiwari was brought up on the bushing streets of Bareilly. Instead of getting a ‘modern education’, Tiwari studied in a Sanskrit-medium school where there were no English books. He started building dreams of being able to read in English: however, he kept those dreams to himself in the fear of being mocked at.

Tiwari is now the bestselling author of the three books. He sold his books on the streets of Mumbai and has been listed as one of the top ten most influential authors in India in 2016.

I Tagged Her in My Heart is Anuj Tiwari’s most personal creation, inspired by his own life.

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Her Master Key

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37533139.jpgAuthor – Shruti Johri

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 172

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Usually, we read stories based in big metropolitan cities, big corporate buildings but very few stories have been written that entered into the hotel lobby or peek into the hotel rooms. Every room tells a different story of the occupants. Her Master Key tells the stories of the people coming from around the globe in search of a luxury and pleasant stay and of the staffers’ work in the hotel making their stay memorable.

This is a story of Gauri, a housekeeper at a leading five-star hotel in India. She tells her story in ‘Her Master Key’ and what really goes on in the plush world of luxury hotels in India. It is not easy to survive in the service industry with long working hours and bearing the fury of the changing moods of the guest of the hotel. Gauri managed that all with a perfect work-life balance.

Gauri has come into contact with the varied guests stay in the hotel and encounters some of the bizarre accounts during her career. She tells you what secrets lay behind ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the doorknob. Not everything we see is true. Eyes do lie, sometimes.

The plot is unique which makes it more desirable to read. If you are looking for a light and different plot story, pick this book. Gauri’s story has many stories comprising in one book and every story opens the door to a different world. An eye-opener, entertaining, insightful and thought-provoking read. The language is simple and connects to the readers.

Join Gauri and walk in the hotel lobbies supervising the work and working with her team to make your stay pleasurable. She will take you on a journey you will never forget.

Author Bio

Shruti Johri has published newspaper columns, blogs and short stories. She is among the top ten winning writers at The Times of India – #TOIWriteIndia.

This is her first book.

She is an instructional designer, trainer and researcher by profession. Her career started with hotels where she gained most of her work and life skills.

Shruti is married and has two daughters.

Follow Shruti on:

Twitter @shruti_johri

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shrutijohri

http://www.shrutijohri.com

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Cross Connection

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37639699.jpgAuthor – Jugal Hansraj

Illustrator – Shrirang Sathaye

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 163

Publisher – Red Turtle (Rupa Publications)

I want to read more. I did not like the story ends. Everyone has a child inside and this book is for that child. I love the colorful illustrations that made my reading more pleasurable and interesting. Cross Connection is a story for every child of every age group.

Bhole Ram the Brave is a big grey elephant. He is the most reliable and every animal in the circus bank upon him. He is brave, intelligent and smart. He is ready to walk miles on the name of friendship. Chunky the Funky monkey is notorious and prankster. He likes, no, loves to play pranks and most on Chintamani, the Lion. The majestic looking king of beasts is actually a timid and scared cat by heart. Other characters are Jenny, Savitri, Pintu Da, Uncle Geri and Kaalia. All the animals live happily and perform in ‘The Great Indian Circus’.

In a freak accident on a dark night, the bodies of Bhole Ram and Chunky’s get switched and they are forced to live each other’s lives. And it is not easy as it sounds.

Every character has its own characteristic qualities and adds fun and laughter to the story. It won’t be surprising if you get lost in the story and finds Chunky and Pintu Da jumping in front of your eyes and you too want to join Chunky in his mischief.

A complete package for your day and your kids. I am sure your kids will love it and a child in you also deserves a delightful read that brings back the finest memories of early childhood reads. Turn the pages of Cross Connection, swing on the trapeze, balance on the beach ball and let the child lose.

Bio

Jugal Hansraj is a feature film actor, writer and a National Award-winning film director based in Mumbai. He began working in films as a child actor, Masoom (1983) and went on to become a lead actor in films like Papa Kahte Hai (1996) and Mohabbatein (2000). In 2006, he turned writer-director and made the animated film Roadside Romeo and in 2010 he directed the feature film Pyaar Impossible! He is currently the Head of Creative Development for new projects at Dharma Productions. Cross Connections is his first book.

Shrirang Sathaye has been an animation lover, designer and director for thirty years. He currently works as an animation consultant. His other interests include political/satirical cartoons and illustrations.

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When Love Happens

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51RM7xgo8aL.jpgAuthor – Manish Kumar

Rating – 2.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 145

Publisher – Srishti Publishers and Distributors

Life is what you make it. Things do not happen after cautioning you about their arrival but you are expected to be prepared for them. This is how life is, unexpected and full of surprises. The life of protagonist of this story is somewhat same and goes through a lot of twists and took unexpected turns tests his patience and will to carry on with the dreams with the weight of fear of losing his love.

When Love Happens is a story of a boy, Nish. He falls in love with his classmate while in school, G. G is from a conservative family and her family doesn’t approve of their relationship though G never promised anything to Nish. Nish always wished a future with her and hope of a life together. Little did Nish knew that that love will have a lasting impact on his life and career and also decides the person he is going to become. They remain friends and their relationship goes on and off all this while he was chasing his dreams and trying to balance both.

The story runs in a fast track mode which needs to be slowed down a bit and allow the readers to engage with the characters and relate to the story and the mood of the characters. The plot is good and the storyline is common and the writing could have been better. The story has a lot of scopes which author failed to utilize and exploit the possibilities to make it a better version. It is hard to fall in love with the story that does not have a body.

Every book, good or bad, requires the same dedication and effort from the writer and I respect the efforts of the author but readers too expect a good book worthy of his time and money from the author.

A nice and innocent love story but storytelling did not meet my expectations.

Author Bio

An IT-guy living in Bangalore, Manish Kumar has been working with IBM for the past five years. Keen on writing true stories inspired by one’s own life, he always inspired to write about his observations on nature and its creations. He likes traveling to natural destinations and is fond of riding bikes. When Love Happens is his first published book.

You can connect with him at-

Facebook: /storytellermanish

Twitter: @authormanishk

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The Indigo Sun

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37639747.jpgAuthor – Rupa Bhullar

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 295

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Home – neither a place you live in nor a place you arrive at. It’s where you belong, and ultimately return – a return to the beginning, a return within.

The Indigo Sun by Rupa Bhullar

No one can run from his own story. It is important to have a purpose in life to live and just being alive is not living. The Indigo Sun is a story of finding a person long lost. A person part of you but no longer you. It is about being happy and celebrating life in every moment. The story is about discovering a meaning of life.

Maya, a young NRI woman finds herself lost standing on top of the ladder and having everything one would wish for, still she feels incomplete. She is looking for that light in life that would guide her and take her on her way to happiness. She wants to be happy again and live her life once again even if it means to start all over again from the beginning.

It is a slow read and little dramatic but life is no less than a drama and it is a life story of Maya. The best part of the story is it reflects life beautifully and will make you think. The storytelling is simple and touches the heart. I feel moved the way characters are designed and the story flows throughout the length of the book. I do not find any loose ends and is crafted intensely.

For those who love life and believes in living it the fullest. Join Maya on her journey to home, who knows you will also get your answers on the way.

The treasure of true happiness lies within you.

Author Bio

Rupa Bhullar serves as the Director of Finance and Business Development at a leading global corporation that provides digital and financial software solutions. She holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Charter and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Rupa was born in India and spent her early childhood years in Jaipur before moving to Chandigarh, the place she stills calls home. She relocated to the US in the year 2000, spending time between New York and Los Angeles before settling down in New Jersey where she currently lives with her husband, two sons, a Zen dog and a senior bunny.

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Ravana Leela

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36362637.jpgAuthor – Radha Viswanath

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 280

Publisher – Rupa Publications

I have never read something like this and a thought to read about Ravana never crossed my mind. Why would someone keen to know the most popular villain of Indian mythology? The one who disrespect woman by abducting someone’s wife and held her captive.

Ravana, the most popular villain of Indian mythology is no ordinary Rakshasa. He is more than a mere abductor. He was a devout Shiv-bhakt and immensely powerful, born out of wedlock between a Rakshasi and a Rishi. He was given birth with a purpose to regain control of Lanka in the hands of Rakshas which was once taken by Devas and forced his mother’s clan in Naga lok.

The book is a gem. It should be written long back and Radha Viswanath did the job brilliantly. We all have heard Ramayana and hates Ravana for his misdeeds. His life holds many untold information which author tries to tell in this book. This story of Ravana brings to light the many earthed accounts of his life in a form of a fiction book.

The author painstakingly gathered information from Valmiki Ramayana and consulting other versions of Ramayana, picked with care, collated and compared and presented to the readers in this book. The book shows a different side of Ravana, a caring elder brother to his two younger brothers and a stubborn sister. An obedient and determined son of his mother who spent her life to fulfill her father’s dream and only purpose of coming on earth and marrying a Rishi.

The book gives an insight of his character and imparts a greater understanding of his nature. After reading this book you will also admit that this villain of villains is worthy of greater attention.

Author Bio

Radha Viswanath was born in Andhra Pradesh and spent most of her life in Delhi. Trained as a teacher, Radha entered journalism late in life. After a distinguished career as a political correspondent spanning three decades, she retired from active journalism. She has the honor of being the first woman journalist to be admitted in the long and distinguished category of Parliamentary journalists, in 2006.

An avid reader with a keen interest in Hindu mythology, she aims to bring the complexities of the Indian political discourse into intricate and rich mythological narratives.

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A Home for Urvashi

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36631508.jpgAuthor – Sanchali Bhattacharya

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 350

Publisher – Harper Collins Publisher India

Absolute Brilliant. I love everything about this book. The plot is unusual yet unique. The story has completely taken me by surprise. The characters are well sorted and the story flows like a river, smooth and serene. The story is full of unexpected turns and bumps and surprising revelations that lead to the end.

I love everything about Dulari. Death separates her with her beloved twin sister, Ujjwala. The bond she shares with her sister exists beyond life and death. Her spirit is a constant companion to Ujjwala and hopes to reborn as Ujjwala’s daughter and find a home for herself. She is formless, powerless, no one to love, no home but a dream for a rebirth.

I love how the author draws her character. I am surprised by her powerful and artistic imagination. You won’t be disappointed investing your time in the book. The book is a good read for the readers looking for new plot and a fresh story. This is a perfect read for ardent readers who dive deep and savor the story. Will Dulari’s wait ever ends? Will her dream of life ever fulfill?

The only downer could be for few are its length which comprises good 350 pages. You have to sit back and patient and let the story unwrap one layer at a time. If you are a rush reader or night reader, you need a good time to reach the end. You cannot complete it in one go or in one night or in one weekend.

Breaking the barriers of all the biases and custom stories. I congratulate Sanchali for bringing such a beautiful and poignant tale. The story depicts bond of sisterhood, life struggles, the upheaval of emotions and a tale of life and death and a long wait of Dulari. Give it a go.

Author Bio

An electrical engineer from Jadavpur University, Sanchali Bhattacharya is a director in her own engineering and manufacturing company. In the past, she has worked for Larsen & Toubro in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Sanchali’s short stories have featured in The Statesman. She is also the author of a novel titled Ashes & Roses.

Sanchali is married and has a son. She lives with her family in Kolkata.

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Hit for a Six

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51zZI1VkOeL.jpgAuthor – Payal Dhar

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 152

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Rewind your life and relive your teenage days with Laila. She is a great cricket fan and lives on her own terms. She is bold and brave and always there for her friends. She was badly shaken when the cricketer she idolizes admits to match-fixing. She was happy that her best-friend is back in town and school reopens for the start of new session.

Hit for a Six is a story of a thirteen-year-old girl Laila. Her love for cricket, school, friendship and her rendezvous is what the story is all about. The story has a little mystery of an old Mr. Mashall’s house dated back to the nineteenth century. The house has a historical importance and holding many secrets and rumored as a haunted house. The house has been abandoned for many years and Laila’s secret hideout till new occupants of the house shifted in it.

This book is not for every reader. If someone has just started reading books or you want to introduce your teenage kid or younger brother/sisters to books, this could be a good starter. The plot is good and the storytelling could have been better. It is a short book and won’t take much time to finish. I completed it in one go in around three hours. The mature or middle age readers or someone who is into books from ages would not find the pleasure of reading. The book is for teenage or young and school going readers.

What turn Laila’s life takes after losing her secret hideout in the hands of new occupants who remained private? What happens with her love for her favorite sport? Who are the anonymous benefactors who have sponsored the renovation of Laila’s school? Find it out in Hit for a Six by Payal Dhar

Author Bio

Payal Dhar has been making up stories all her life. Sometimes she has got into trouble for them, but sometimes they have been published as novels and short stories, mostly for young people. She’s also a freelance editor and writer and writes on computer, technology, books, reading, games, travel and anything else that catches her interest. When nobody’s looking, she either has her nose in a book, is surfing the internet, or battling evil in a computer game.

Visit Writeside.net to find out more about Payal’s work and play.

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Pawan: The Flying Accountant

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36643047.jpgAuthor – Sorabh Pant

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 304

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Pawan is a story of a strange and unpredictable man Arjun. He is indestructible. He has certain powers which no ordinary human was blessed. His appearance scares and made him a joke for few. He is no ordinary human. He is a Chartered Accountant and a demigod. He is a monkey-man. No one knows his secret except his legal guardian protecting him from the eyes of the world fearing they might use him for their destructive motives.

A businessman wants him to work for him and fight with the enemies. They knew their secret and can do anything to make his life living hell until he agreed to work for them. Will he agree to work for them and fight with the enemies? What powers does he possess? Pawan is a story of superhero tired of his ordinary life. The character is inspired by the mythological God, Hanuman, the son of wind (Pawan).

Honestly, the blurb of the book looks interesting but the story didn’t appeal to me. I am failed to understand this kind of sarcasm and humor attached to famous people. The plot of the story is unique and had a lot of space to explore it. The author tries to instill humor in every sentence which is a complete nay for me. Every character is trying to be funny and looks almost similar.

I agree, not every book could match my taste and this book is definitely not for me. But, there is a section of readers to whom this book might appeal or they like to read and enjoy reading Pawan, The Flying Accountant. Take your pick and decide.

Author Bio

Sorabh Pant, according to The Times of India, is ‘one of India’s top comedians’. He does stand-up comedy for money and writes books to spend that money. Pawan is his third novel. As one of India’s most popular stand-up comedian, he has done 1500 shows across 85 cities in 18 countries; but he claims he did them only for the frequent flyer miles. He is also the ex-founder of East India Comedy – and his videos for shows such as Rant of the Pant, EIC: Outrage, etc. have over 1200 million views online.

Other books authored by him are The Wednesday Sun and Under Delhi, both of which received positive reviews.

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tinytale #38 ‘Town Graveyard’

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It was the dark and starry night. The city came to a standstill deserting the roads and silencing the noises. I hear the owls howling somewhere near from the crowd of trees.

I step outside for a quick walk under the stars in the silence. I love nights because it gives me a chance to hear the voices of nature lost in the music of daytime.

‘What’re you doing outside?’ a man standing on the pavement at the pole asked.

‘I came for a walk,’ I felt obliged to answer him.

‘What you doing here?’

‘Getting some fresh air. I am tired of lying all day and night,’ he said.

He leans back on the pole and looks at the sky.

‘Where do you live?’ I asked.

He looks at the other side of the road and points with his finger. ‘There.’

TOWN GRAVEYARD