Finding The Angel

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33258664.jpgAuthor – Rubina Ramesh

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 145

Publisher – The Book Club

A love story. A mystery of lost artefact. A story of modern age Prince fell in love with an art curator called to catalog the antique collection belonging to Ranaut Estate. A love story weaved in with the mystery of lost and stolen artefact, a very rare Faberge. One of the rarest of its kind. It’s called The Angel with Egg in a Chariot. It’s an entertaining romance and mystery story and highly recommended for all the romance readers.

Shefali Verma works with her aunt Kalpana as an art curator. She is also her guardian after Shefali lost her parents at the tender age of twelve. Aryan Ranaut, prince of Ranaut Dynasty of Rajasthan famous among the girls for his charming looks and royal status. Having lost his father in the hands of the other woman he has trust issues and he made sure not to fall prey in the hands of a woman in this life but when it comes to Shefali he couldn’t help falling in love with her. All goes well until one day The Angel got missing and all fingers pointed at Shefali.

I am impressed with the writing of the author. The story is a mix of mystery and romance and woven beautifully. All the characters in the book have portrayed well. The ending of the book is a bit dramatic. The story is engaging and full of romance. If you like high-octane romance reads, this is for you and the story won’t disappoint you.

Author Bio

Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8yrs. old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles, she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

You can connect to her at:

Website: http://www.rubinaramesh.com

Email: rubinaramesh1973@gmail.com

Facebook/RubinaRameshWrites

Twitter@rubinaramesh199

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On India

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81HF8AMWglL.jpgAuthor – Khushwant Singh

Editor – Mala Dayal

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 152

Publisher – Rupa Publications

What does it mean to be an Indian today? What is India to its people? A country as diverse and fond of its culture. There are though things you disliked about your country but there are many things you cannot deny loving them. How much you know your country? Khushwant Singh talks about his country and the city he loves, Delhi, and he gave seven reasons for loving. He talks about seasons and a festival for everyone, among others. He recalled the days of partition, gunfire and mobs yelling in the streets. Those arduous days left a deep wound on his heart.

On India brings to you some of the selected writings of Khushwant Singh on his beloved country edited by his daughter, Mala Dayal an author herself. The articles featured in this book written over the decades and span a wide range of topics. The book ends in a lighter vein with some of the favorite jokes of the author.

The translation of the Bara Mah by the Guru Nanak describes nature and human mood and talking to the Lord at the same time telling him all problems and believing wherever he is will come to their help. The beautiful description of the twelve months of the year is beyond words. His impeccable and trademark humor can be seen when he talked about the VIP culture and the importance of being important.

Every article is stand-alone and divulges the mind of the nation strengths on its diversity. Read this book to know more about your country and countrymen in the words of the most widely read, best-known and revered writer of India.

Author Bio

Born in the village of Hadali in Punjab (now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant Singh over the years had acquired an iconic stature. He was the founder-editor of Yojana and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, National Herald and Hindustan Times. Over the past six decades, he has published several best-selling nonfiction and fiction titles, including Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, his autobiography, Truth, Love and Little Malice; and the two-volume history of the Sikhs. Khushwant Singh was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 which he returned in 1984 to protest the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second-highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan.

Singh died in 2014.

Mala Dayal is the daughter of Khushwant Singh. She also authored books: Nanak: The Guru, The Story of Hanuman, The Story of Krishna and The Ramayana in Pictures. She is based in Delhi.

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tinytale #26 ‘Standing Tall’

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‘They need me’

‘No, they can’t do this’ he retorted.

‘Yes, they can’

A big tree of twenty ft. high and a small one of seven ft. standing under the sun going over the conversation they heard when few men came and decided to cut down the bigger one.

‘But you are serving them for years and you are not that old. You are still green. How could they think to do something like this? To You!’ asking bewildered.

‘Yes, I served them and now I am going to serve them in another way.’

‘What I am supposed to do now? Would they cut me down too?’

‘I don’t think so. Survive and serve, as long as you can’ the older the wiser.

‘How?’

‘Like I did all these years, standing in the sun and providing the shade and now by providing them the wood.’

The Resurrection of Evil

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32329443.jpgAuthor – Neelabh Pratap Singh

Rating – 3.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 214

Publisher – Storymirror

The Resurrection of Evil as the title suggests the rise of the evil from the dead. The title is apt with the story. It is a story of a fight between the good and the ancient evil trying to rise again after centuries and desire to rule the world. They have only one hindrance in their aim – ACP Aryan. A reckless and stubborn police officer.

An antique artefact has stolen from National Museum, Delhi. Delhi Police get the information that famous antique robber Jahangir carry out the robbery. Inspector Harish Tripathi of Delhi Police heading the case of the robbery but failed miserably losing his men dead. ACP Aryan of Mumbai Police roped in to solve the case and bring back the stolen artefact to where it belongs. Uncovering the truth one by one he discovers that this is no other ordinary case of robbery. The people on the hunt for the artefact have some relevance with the Indian mythology.

The story runs from one place to another, moving back and forth keeping the attention of the reader with every turn of the page. The story is an action packed thriller with lots of twists and turns, unexpected revelations, jaw-dropping action scenes. But, that is not all. The book has a love story too weaved alongside. The story has emotions of love, suspense and thrill to hook you and a mystery of the artefact and legends of Indian mythology.

Author has researched Indian mythology painstakingly and weaved a story around folklores, myths and beliefs of legends of Indian mythology. An excellent read for the readers of mythology, thriller and mystery.

Author Bio

Neelabh Pratap Singh is a mechanical engineer by profession. He hails from the holy city of Varanasi. He has spent his school life in the steel city Bhilai and pursued engineering from National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. He has been associated with premium bike manufacturers like Honda and Triumph. He is an ingenious sketcher, an enthusiastic dancer and a passionate storyteller. Being a technocrat by the day, he has to resort to the nights to follow his passion for storytelling. He is a great lover of action thrillers and is highly impressed by Indian mythology. Hence, his debut novel The Resurrection of Evil is an amalgamation of both. He also runs a short stories blog named “The Tale Shelf”. He currently lives in Gurgaon.

You can connect with him at

Blog: thetaleshelf.blogspot.in

Email: neelabhpratap.singh@gmail.com

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Messed Up! But All for Love

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35171166.jpgAuthor – Arvind Parashar

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 160

Publisher – Srishti Publishers and Distributors

How far are you willing to go for your love? Your life is messed up but you know this is all for love and love is for brave hearts. This is a story of love and fights to win your love. A love story of Neil and Gauri living a life of comfort and love and like any other love story, this story too has their share of bitterness, arguments and some secrets.

Neil and Gauri are so much in love and married. They are happy and doting young married couple leading their personal and professional life with equitable balance. But, there is a third angle to this story and that is Srinya. Srinya is fitness consultant of Neil which he kept secret from his wife. Why?

Drishti and Somesh are married but not happily. They are bored of their mundane professional life which demands most of the hours of the day and left with no time for the other. With a bizarre circumstance, they happened to bump into each other in Cuba and trouble entered in their life. All hell broke loose when Drishti gets abducted and Neil is framed for it. Gauri finds out some secrets of the life of Neil and this is the end of their relationship. Will he get back together? What are the secrets Gauri came to know? Their lives are Messed Up! But all for Love.

This is a Book1 of romantic thriller Trilogy. The next upcoming title in Messed Up series is ‘The Girl on My Side’. You have a fair chance to read it before the next part came which is a prequel to this book. The book is a breezy read. It’s a love story recommended for the lovers of this genre. The pace of the story is good except at few places the Hindi dialogues and song lyrics breaks the rhythm. They are like a small pause not needed at all. I find it good for a one time read. It’s a smooth and simple read.

Author Bio

Arvind Parashar is an author and painter hailing from Dehradun. He has been a corporate leader in various firms like GE, Dell and Genpact. He enjoys road trips and gives motivational lectures at various educational institutes. Other titles from the author – Kabira – Not Until I Die.

You can reach to him at:

Facebook/arvindparasharauthor

Twitter@arvindparashar1

IG@arvind.parashar

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tinytale #25 ‘Open Window’

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I keep the window open facing my writing table while I write and close it before leaving the desk. The blue sky inspires me.

One afternoon I was pacing in my room thinking what should be the next course of action of my protagonist. I heard a voice.

I saw a little birdie sitting on my writing pad, tweeting. She sits there for few seconds and flies out. I came to the window to see where she has gone. She had flown away. She came back next day and followed the same pattern.

On the third day, I put few grains on my writing pad in anticipation that she might visit again and she did. She came, tweet, picked grains in her beak and fly away.

From that day I kept the window open all day long. I get a visitor every day who chirp and fly.

One Enduring Lesson

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51SOH-NkvFL._SY346_.jpgAuthor – Jamal Merchant

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 274

Publisher – Rupa Publications

One Enduring Lesson is a tale of determination and dreams. It is a journey of a boy who has been recently redundant from his job and dumped by his girlfriend. Rejected in love and out of job, he decided to embark on a new journey to give a chance to his long time dream to become a filmmaker and landed in Mumbai. He thought this could also give him a break from his messed up life in London and give him a new start. Less he knows his life is going to turn upside down and the journey will become a lesson for a lifetime.

Rahul Saxena, a half-Indian British citizen, come to India to fulfill his dream of filmmaking. On the start of his new journey he was robbed and from that day his life takes him to many new adventures and a fight for his survival. In the determination to survive and fulfill his dream to become a filmmaker, his desperate need of urgent money take him to the dark corners of the city of dreams. His secret life threatens the love that he finds. Read to find out how Rahul finds his way out of the darkness and write his own destiny and win his love.

The story is great. It’s a fascinating read. The story shows some of the dark truths of the big city hidden behind the closed doors and curtained windows. I loved the way the story runs and expose various aspects of Indian society and customs imprisoned someone in the name of culture. The author brings the truth naked without losing the sensitivity of the matter. This book could be your that One Enduring Lesson which opens your eyes and make you think. A thought-provoking, enthralling and captivating read.

Author Bio

Jamal Merchant came to England from Tanzania, East Africa, in 1972 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976. He then settled in London where he is now self-employed as a property finance broker.

Jamal has traveled widely including to India, China, Egypt, USA, Canada and the Middle East. His interests include reading, current affairs, movies and cricket. One Enduring Lesson, a love story based in India, is his debut novel.

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The Lovers

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image004.jpgAuthor – Amitava Kumar

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 265

Publisher – Aleph Book Company

This is not something we just call a book. The story reads more like a painting of an artist drawn by the words in place of colors. It has colors. Colors of love, disappointment, guilt, regret, desire, and dreams. A story in picture and text, anecdote and essays. This is an extraordinary piece of art of literature.

This is a story of Kailash. His friends teasingly call him Kalashnikov or Ak-47 or sometimes just Ak. He is an immigrant who came to New York from India for a better future and eager to shine. He met some wonderful women Jennifer, Nina, Cai-Yan during the time of his college years and his mentor Professor Ehsaan Ali.

The story sounds like more real than fiction. Again and again, I have to ensure that what I am reading is a work of fiction. I felt I was peeping in the life of Kailash and he is very eager to tell me his story which came from the heart and genuine. That’s the beauty of the story, it feels so real and not fiction.

If you are an art lover, you will love this book. The story gives you every reason you are looking for to fall in love with the book. The reader who read or like to read the fine content and not someone who reads only for pleasure or to fill the gap of the days, if you look at the literature as an art then this book is for you.

This is a story of a youth, Kailash and his campus life. This is a story of self-discovery. This is a story of love and lovers. This is a story for you to read and fall in love with it. This book is for the Lovers of literature. The author played exceptionally with words. The story is truly Mesmerizing.

Author Bio

Amitava Kumar is the author of A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna; Home Products, which was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize; and A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, which the New York Times described as a ‘perceptive and soulful….meditation on the global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions’, and received the Page Turner Award. Kumar’s writing has appeared in Caravan, Harper’s, The Guardian New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. His essay ‘Pyre’, first published in Granta, was selected by Jonathan Franzen for Best American Essays 2016. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016. Kumar is a Professor of English at Vassar College.

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tinytale #24 ‘My Story’

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My Story.

My story began when I first opened my eyes in the world.

My story began when I scribble on the back of the notebook during the classes and left it incomplete.

My story is my aspirations, inspirations, dreams, and desire. All those dreams I saw with open eyes to write a story one day.

My story is all those laughs I shared with the people important to me. All those tears I shed, the pain I endured when I hurt and wounded. All those countless memories I have with you. My story is part of you because you are a part of my story.

When you like to hear my story visit the time we shared, the memories we created. My story is all these years I lived.

My story has already written. I am living my story.

The Future of Indian Economy

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image005.jpgEditor – Yashwant Sinha and Vinay K. Srivastava

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 376

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Economists say that if India won its political Independence in 1947, it won its economic independence in 1991. India faced a serious economic crisis in that year. It all started in July 1991 with a major fall down of the economy resulted in introducing trend of privatization and globalization. The book discusses the tumultuous year of 1991 and reforms brought after to free domestic economy.

The book is divided into three parts – Revisiting Pre- And Post-Liberalization India – discusses the economic crisis of 1991 and the reforms introduced. Fiscal, Budgetary and Capital Market Reforms – discusses the policies, issues, and challenges faced by the country and suggestive measures. Public Sector Enterprises and Disinvestment – reforms and disinvestment in the public sector, government policies and trade policies.

The book has essays discussing the achievements and failures and corrective measures needed. The essays are contributed by distinguished authors from politics, government, academia, economists, civil servant, analysts, such as C.Rangarajan – former governor of RBI and held several key positions, U.K. Sinha – Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Rajat Kathuria – Director and Chief Executive at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi.

It’s been more than twenty-five years since July 1991, when economic liberalization began in India. The year 1991 is important in regard to the history of Indian economy. India faced a serious economic challenge that brings reforms that changed Indian markets and the financial sector in the country. The book is a detailed analysis of reforms, policies, shortcomings, and challenges ahead. The book is an excellent and interesting read for the economists, journalists, students, concerned citizens and one who like to be well informed.

Author’s Bio

Yashwant Sinha is a veteran politician and a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is credited with preparing the blueprint for the 1991 economic reform of India as part of his Union Budget.

Sinha taught political science at the University of Patna till 1960 before he joined the Indian Administrative Service. In 1984, he resigned from the service and joined politics as a member of the Janata Party. He worked as the Union Minister of Finance from November 1990 to June 1991 in Chandra Shekhar’s Cabinet. He later joined the BJP and became its national spokesperson in 1996. He served as the Union Minister of Finance (1998-2002) and External Affairs (2002-04).

Vinay K. Srivastava is presently working as Dean and Associate Professor, Raffles University, Neemrana. He is the author of Privatisation of Public Enterprises in India (2007) and is the editor of Public Enterprises and Changing Scenario (2014). With 16 years of experience in academic, Srivastava has published more than 65 articles in various journals, magazines, and newspaper. He is the founder and managing editor of Arash: A journal of ISMDR and Raffles Business Review.

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