The Quest of the Sparrows

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27802095.jpgAuthor – Kartik Sharma and Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of pages – 261

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Life is a journey to evolve, being your better self. Every day presents an opportunity to being better than yesterday. ‘The Quest of the Sparrows’ is a journey to discover your true potential. It is a journey to find the purpose of your existence.

Nikhil is living in London with his dysfunctional family. Seeking some peace of mind and answers for the way his life turned, he comes to an ashram in India. He took a journey with the fellow seekers, unsure he will ever find the answers. Will he be evolved and finds his higher self?

Sanjeev a private detective hired to spy on Swami Partibhan to prove him a fraud. Is Partibhan a God saint or a fraud that does all for popularity and attention? Will Sanjeev show his true face to everyone?

Swami Partibhan, a seemingly ordinary man who reluctantly takes up the place of his father sets off with his followers and seekers on a taxing journey that changes their mindsets and lives forever. Inspired by the carefree life of the sparrow, this journey is to teach them some of the life turning lessons and test his theory of practical spirituality. The only condition of this journey is to disentangle from all the materialistic possessions, shed your unnecessary anxieties and explore the joy of freedom.

The story is enlightening, intriguing and engaging. It explores the avenues of spirituality through the life of the sparrow. The work is a religious and spiritual fiction and does not give an emphasis on leaving everything aside and become an ascetic, but, small contributions on our part can make the world a better place.

We either live in past or in future. The time we have is taken for granted and when we lost it our whole life felt worthless. The story is thought provoking and stresses to find the meaning of life and an everlasting joy. The story will surely leave their mark on your mind and the way you perceive things in your life.

Author’s Bio

Kartik Sharma is an investment banker. He is an alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad. His ambition is to create change, to unlock the exceptional potential locked within each one of us and go for the next stage in evolution where ‘it all starts making sense’.

Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma is an Associate Creative Director (concepts and copy) with a reputed multinational agency. Making sense about the business of living is his passion. He believes each one of us is born with a unique talent, which if actuated, contributes to evolution.

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Wants And Desires

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34735847.jpgAuthor – Chitangada Mukherjee

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of pages – 180

Publisher – Self-Published

He died. Who? Sukanto Bhattacherjee.

Sukanto, sole heir of the wealthy Bhattacharjee family found dead in his own house ‘Bhattacharjee Bari’, in his study room in early hours of the morning, when he didn’t came out for breakfast and no one saw him since last night. His family looked for him and found him sitting on a chair, head rested on the table capped with hands. There was no trace of blood or any foul play, he died sleeping peacefully. The Police started their investigation and in the initial search, they found a note. A suicide note by Sukanto but not written. The suicide note was typed and placed carefully under his favourite crystal jug. He did not cut his wrist, he didn’t consume any poisonous substance, and he didn’t hang himself. His autopsy report, too, indicates organ failure.

He just died.

Was it really a suicide or a well-planned murder?

Sukanto left behind a shocked mother, hapless wife, tormented friend, a paranoid paramour and mystery of his death.

The story is a psychological thriller and suspense is deep hidden. You need to dig deeper to find the truth and remove the façade worn by the murderer. The story is the mystery of the death of Sukanto, who died in mysterious circumstances in his own house. When I first started reading the book, I found the initial chapters stretched to the length, but when I proceed in the story I found them relevant and connected in the later part of the story. The second half of the story will hook you at one place till you finish the book.

The book narrated the story of a Bengali family. The author used few Bengali lexemes and some common terms of the language at places that only makes it more relatable. The book is lovable by the mystery readers. It will boggle their mind; unnerving secrets will reveal deeply hidden secrets of a family and expose the truth. The weaving of the plot is beyond doubt and brilliantly done. The way the story unfolds is unexpected and no one can discern what he/she will come across on next page.

Author’s BioChitrangada Mukherjee was born and brought up in Agartala, Tripura. She graduated and post-graduated from Presidency College in Kolkata. She worked as a writer, editor, English Quiz master, soft skill trainer and school teacher in South India. She lives with her five-year-old daughter and Bong husband in Chennai and blogs on writing on mangochaat.com

You can get in touch with her on facebook/chitranda.mukherjee and bombard her with queries and comments on mangochaat.com

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Think With Me

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33861242.jpgAuthor – ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 128

Publisher – Rupa Publications

‘Think With Me’ is written with the thought to incite the citizens of India to think of their country, rise above from individual benefits, rise from ‘I’ and ‘My’ and think for the development of the country. The author wants to insight the challenges the country is currently facing.

Author, as a countryman, finds his emotional and moral responsibility to bring attention to these problems which he thinks is the five fundamental issues needs to be resolved for the development of the country and betterment of its citizens. The five fundamental problems are related to politics, leadership, population growth, education, the media, and religion. The author wants his every sincere and respectable countryman to ponder over where, after all, ‘did we go wrong?’

Yes, in past decade India has shown a tremendous pace in growth and among one of the fastest developing nations. But, these issues need an immediate attention. There are laws made in regard but mere making laws do not solve the problems; they need strict implementation and amelioration of them and above all, the participation from the countrymen.

He is worried looking at the growing corruption in the politics and irresponsible behaviors of the politicians, the degraded standard of education which only imparts a degree and not making a better human, the speed of populations’ growth which only flights every year despite the laws and efforts not yielding any results, the role of media in society and religion which is considered an important arm of the society.

He discussed the issues at length in his book and wants everyone and not just readers and those who are occupying the higher posts of leadership and decision-making to think with him and act before it is getting too late. He suggests some solutions which could be implemented for the benefit and prosperity of the nation. He is not writing this book to agree with him, he wants to bring in light the issues and compels to think deep and justifiably. It is an honest effort by the author to fulfill his duty as a citizen of the country and made a collective effort with the people of his beloved country.

Author’s Bio – Subrata Roy Sahara popularly known as ‘Saharasri’, is one of the most successful and talked about figures of corporate India. He laid the foundation of Sahara India Pariwar in 1978. ‘Think With Me’ is his second book in the ‘Thoughts from Tihar’ trilogy. The first book ‘Life Mantras’, was a National Bestseller after its launch in February 2016.

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Anxiety Girl

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33851955.jpgAuthor – Lacey London

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of pages – 271

Publisher – SSO Publishing

Lacey London is a bestselling author of Clara Andrew Series. Her newest release is ‘Anxiety Girl’ is about a girl Sadie Valentine who is like any other girl and suffers from anxiety, depression, and panic. The life when do not turn out the way we want or turn into a wrong direction, we experience an anxiety. It is not a problem, a certain limit of anxiety is very normal in daily life and one cannot ignore it but when anxiety over power your mind and takes a toll on your life then it needs to be taken care of and that is what Sadie experiences in her life.

Sadie Valentine is an artist. She paints. She sells her paintings and that is her only income. A series of events lands her into a state of anxiety and one day she experiences a panic attack. Over months her life takes every wrong turn and she bottled them is like digging her own grave. With her best friend Aldo by her side on every step will she able to fight the three devils ‘panic, depression, and anxiety’?

The story deals with serious issues which often swept under the carpet or ignored. The one who suffers felt ashamed to voice his/her illness. The issue is handled carefully and comprehendingly. The story voices many who are going through the same period. The story also accounts friendship of Aldo and Sadie.  A painstaking story of Sadie Valentine by Lacey London.

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How I became a Tree

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34532567.jpgAuthor – Sumana Roy

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 244

Publisher – Aleph Books

“I was tired of speed. I want to live to tree time.” – Sumana Roy

People do not usually look at the thing or here to say trees, as author see them. She finds them as a companion, a family member, someone she likes to talk and be with, and wonders, do they feel the same as humans do, like to cry in pain, laugh in happiness. Do they worry about how they look? Do they fear death?

The author is fascinated with the plants. She finds an escape root in the company of them, from the noises and violence. The noise spears the heart and violence that spear humanity. She finds her solace in the company of that brown and green piece of nature, well crafted and often ignored.

She wants to live in tree time like trees do not run with the clock time. They have their own time zone, unabashed. They are not in hurry to reach anywhere; they stand at one place and grow taller and higher, wider and bigger. New branches, new leaves come and old ones left the place for new ones. They talk to the wind and never complain of non-movement and loneliness.

The book might not be for every reader, but one’s who love nature and loves to spend a good amount of time with them and feels peace and calm in their company, will able to relate themselves with the author. We have many types of obsessions but hardly seen anyone obsessed with trees, despite, the trees all through their life gives us so much and rarely anyone appreciated their kindness.

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Beneath these Stars

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33985448.jpgAuthor – Hannah Ellis

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 384

Publisher – Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

This is the second book in Lucy Mitchell series. The first book of the series titled ‘Beyond the lens’ based on a TV reality show. You can read my review here.

This book begins from where the first book ends. After the show, Lucy and Adam fell for each other. Adam was among one of the cameramen on the show. Lucy shifted with Adam but Adam’s life fall apart when his sister Becky and her husband died in an accident leaving two daughters behind, and after few days of the tragedy, an incident shattered their lifes.

Adam dreams to have his own photo studio and left his job of a cameraman, but after the devastating incident, he abandons his dream and resumes his previous job to support and give a better life to the girls. Their relationship has only gone downwards since the girls started staying with them.

The story is about the relationship of Adam and Lucy and hardships they face to bring their family on one page. It is a sweet and loving story, and relatable. I loved the first book of the series and this book too is lovable. The characterization is so real and natural, that you feel lost with them. The most impressive thing of author ‘Hannah Ellis’ is her peerless style of storytelling. The book is an impressive and pleasant reading.

If you haven’t read the first book yet and thinking to read this second one, then go ahead, all the characters in this book is same as of first and you will get to know them as the story proceeds. You do not need to go all over the first book, before starting this book, the characters are well explained, that the book stands distinct but related.

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This is not your Story

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33972569.jpgAuthor – Savi Sharma

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 226

Publisher – Westland Books

You were standing in middle of your path and if someone would say to you to rewrite your story, what would you do. You find it amusing and babyish, but Savi Sharma makes it possible by choosing her path of storytelling, leaving her professional degree in between. Her first book inspired many hearts and here she is with her second book, telling you to follow your heart and re-write your story, but, this time the hand that put pen to the paper is, yours.

Shaurya dreams to become a filmmaker and wants to pursue a course in Mumbai. He has a keen eye for his art and wants to live every moment with his passion for making films. Anubhav followed his dream to become an entrepreneur and he did become at a very young age but life played a cruel joke with him. Miraya’s dreams overpowered her relationship with the love of her life. Will they gather the courage to re-write their story or surrender themselves in the hands of fate? Would you for once listen to your heart?

The author marvels in storytelling. This story is completely different with the one she had written in her previous/debut book. The story is inspiring and makes you think and re-think about your life and goals. One you set for your life and one others’ set for you. Which way do you want to go? A story of dreams and life. Simple, comprehensible and admirable work of art of writing.

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Accidentally Cupid

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29423731.jpgAuthor – Prachi Gupta and Sanchit Garg

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 196

Publisher – Self-Published

This is one such book, which makes me fell in love with the adorable characters and loving portrayal of the characters of Sid and Nishi. The book is a Rom-Com and the story is an absolute classic.

It is a story of five friends who met in their graduation class. Radhika met Nishi and Sid in the college bus on her first day of college and soon they become friends. They met Manas and Sameer through Sid. The story revolves around five friends and their life in the college of four years.

Radhika is the miss dependable of the group and Nishi and Sid are the ones who create the chaos. Manas is a one-woman man and Sameer is a Casanova of the college and girls go mad on his looks. The story has classroom drama, college crush, and affairs, exam anxiety and assignment last date panic sequence. Everything in the story is interweaved carefully and runs on smooth pace. Wait! That is not all enough to know about the book. Don’t you want to know? Who is the cupid of whose story?

This is Prachi Gupta’s first book and her second book is due for release on 25th march, though a self-published book, it is already a national bestseller. Every character has given equal space in the story with complete sync. Few incidents are hilarious, especially the climax of the story. The writing style of the story is candid and targets the readers of college students. It is an ideal read for fun and merriment.

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Ponytail: The Love for Revenge

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29932177.jpgAuthor – Pradip Chauhan

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 168

Publisher – Createspace Publishers

Ponytail – the love for revenge is a story of a man who fights for his life. A fight for his rightful life, to make the wrong right.

The protagonist Prabuddh is a young and ambitious boy of 26 years of age and fresh out of college he founded his own company. He waited for this day for many years but commencing his own company and making name was not his goal, he is eyeing for something bigger. He fell in love with one of his employee ‘Tapasya’. But falling in love is a trap.

Prabuddh has only one motive for life and that is to take revenge that ruined his life and took everyone from him whom he loves and his life. He lives for the day when he will see the demons of his life destroyed. He adorns a ponytail to recall himself his motive for life.

The story moves from one chapter to another at a fast pace and gives little space for reader’s anticipation. A tale of revenge intertwined with love. A quick and simple read and a definite page turner. A good read for suspense and thriller readers.

The author of the book has written previously in Gujarati before started writing in English under the pen name ‘Prajwalit’. His other works in English includes ‘Love stories’ – a collection of short love stories and ‘On the Earth: In the light of the Sun’.

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You Raise Me Up

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27151007.jpgAuthor – Arjun Hemmady

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 363

Publisher – Leadstart Publishing

A story of a boy who fell in love with a girl of her dreams. But, his life is not going to be the same forever.

Aalok Sharma met Priyanka Mehra on a flight to Mumbai from Delhi while traveling from Moscow. Aalok is a Chartered Accountant in a reputed company and Priyanka works in the legal department of Mahindra and Mahindra. A small chat during the flight turned into a friendship. Priyanka is new in the city and does not know many people. Slowly and gradually their friendship grew into something, we call love. But, something in Aalok’s life is holding him back. What is it?

Aalok is a simple guy and what’s to spend his life with a girl of his dream Tanvi. Tanvi is pursuing CA and to be getting close to her and get more time to spend with her, Aalok takes the road of CA. He wanted to be a chef and has a keen interest in cooking but after meeting Tanvi, his world has changed. Tanvi becomes his world. Will Aalok ever find love in Tanvi’s heart?

A story of love, passion, feelings, emotions. A story of finding love. A story of finding life in love and breaking the barriers. A simple and complicated life of Aalok giving meaning to love and relationship. The book is a fine reading, a life story of a boy Aalok, fighting his own demons and giving meaning to his life.

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