Manipulated Lives

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30509344.jpgAuthor – Helene Andrea Leuschel

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 274

Publisher – Self-Published

‘Manipulated lives’ is a collection of five short stories based on relationships.  The five stories illustrate the manipulative tendencies that can distort lives and the victim lose the very feeling of self-worth and perceive himself a failure or inadequate. Manipulators are everywhere and their main motive is to use the other person for their purpose and satisfy their need. They devious a plan and trick their prey. They are hard to spot. They manipulate the other being and turn the path the way they wanted.

The five stories are on five lives who become a victim of psychological manipulation from five different perspectives. An elderly lady whose past is haunted by a wrong decision. A young woman looking for a beautiful life drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. A teenage girl fell for her fellow student and distracts from her dream. A narcissistic pervert acknowledges his past fatal mistakes and an aging mother has to face a parent’s biggest regret.

Manipulators are masters of disguise and that is their way. They are witty, charming but tricky. They shower you first with care and love and then make you do whatever they want you to do. You sympathized with them listening to their stories and feel emotionally evoked. There and then they started controlling you and your life and turn everything the way they wanted. Soon your every move is directed by them.

The stories are themed on psychological manipulation and if we look around we find this kind of people around us who make you believe that they are victims of circumstances and life is cruel to them.

The stories are relatable and unique in style and theme. These stories need to be told and Helene did a wonderful work from plot setting to the storytelling. Every story is different in composition yet connected to the other and binds in the central theme of the book ‘manipulation’. Very well crafted stories and a fascinating read. I am impressed with the depth and the theme the author centered her stories.

Author Bio

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London, and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

You can reach to her at heleneleuschel.com

Twitter@HALeuschel

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On the Moon between the Stars

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34993484.jpgAuthor – Manvendra Kumar

Rating – 3/5 stars

Number of Pages – 180

Publisher – Author Paradise Publishers

A love story is incomplete when love doesn’t make you run for it. ‘On the Moon, Between the Stars’ is YA romance novel. A journey of an ordinary guy to get the girl and love of his life and did everything silly or funny to get his love. It’s a love at first sight story of a boy who was madly in love with a girl and doesn’t want to lose her. But, did the girl also love him or is he just a good friend for her?

Mickesh Roy fell in love with Gauri Trivedi on the first day of his office. She was also a new employee. Their professional relationship grew into a friendship. Mickesh tried everything to woo her and left no stone unturned. He had gone head over heels. He did everything which brings him one step closer to her but Gauri had her own reservations and denied to his proposal every time. She finds a good friend in him and nothing else and reluctant to give him a chance. He doesn’t lose hope and tried again. Rather going forward their relation goes downwards when Gauri decides to take a new job in Kolkata. Mickesh lost all his hope but he is not a man who gives up this easy.

A story of a carefree guy who never took anything seriously in his life whether it is his studies, job or anything. When love comes into his life, it changed everything for him. He did things he never imagined to do, just to be with her and make her smile. It is a light and simple read filled with notoriety and banter of Mickesh and his boundless efforts to get his dream girl.

Author Bio

Manvendra Kumar grew up in a small town of district Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India. He completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida in 2014 before taking up a job in the corporate firm. He is currently working in NTL Electronics India Ltd, Noida as a design engineer. He wanted to be a singer but destiny wanted something else.

Cooking is his favorite time pass. Apart from this, he loves playing cricket and traveling with friends. ‘On the Moon, between the Stars’ is his debut novel which is based on his life events and lessons.

You can reach to him at Facebook/manu.rajput.923

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tinytale #19 ‘Picture’

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A crazy evening. Five friends. A picture.

Everyone is looking so happy and full of life, smiling to the camera. A girl in a ponytail with an oval face and pearl earrings with million dollar smile. A boy with pot belly trying to look slim in the picture holding his breath. A tall guy in white shirt and blue jeans clicked the selfie holding the camera a little upwards. A girl with short height in high heels and crop top and loose hairs. A boy squeezed in between the four making a victory sign with his two fingers of right hand; that is me.

The picture is of last day of our college and pinned to the wall of my office cubicle. Every time I feel sad I look at it and realize how lucky I am to have them and a smile appears on my lips.

Deceived

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32935069.jpgAuthor – Heena Rathore P.

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 350

Publisher – Citrus Publisher

Did you ever lose someone so dear to you? Do you think there could be a secret concealed from you by your own family? Did you ever felt like killing someone and take your revenge for hurting you?

How well do you know your loved ones?

‘Deceived’ is a story of a girl Allison Stone and her ordeals. At a small age of thirteen, she lost her mother and her five-year-old brother who was found brutally murdered in their own house. Since that day she struggled to cope with the loss and harsh reality but nightmares did not leave her alone. It took her nine years to get back to life and live like any other normal girl. She pushed back every bad memory on the back of her mind and started a new life with her best friend as a young writer. Everything looks like nothing ever happened and the life proceeds the way she always desires. Less she knows the past loved her dearly more than her present and never wants to leave her alone.

The cover of the book is totally apt with the theme and setting of the story and enough to drag you to the book. It is a definite page-turner. I didn’t find a single loose string that I can complain. It is a psychological thriller uncovers the deepest secrets buried in the family which changed the course of the entire family. For all the thriller and mystery readers and everyone who enjoys reading a good book. This is for you.

It is a well-written and captivating tale of revenge and drama and a heart-wrenching psychological thriller that will give you an unforgettable experience. Read it to live it.

Author Bio

Heena Rathore Pardeshi is a novelist, novel critic, as well as a book reviewer. She is also an ace social media strategist and an acclaimed YouTube Podcaster. An award-winning writer, she has won several NaNoWriMos and JuNoWriMos since 2014.

A fan of crime-thrillers, apocalyptic fiction and slasher movies and series, she draws inspiration from the works of legendary writers such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Sidney Sheldon. An introvert and free-thinker, Heena prefers neatness over chaos – in her fictional themes as well as in her real life. She has a special place for German Shepherds and books in her heart.

You can reach to her at heenarathorep.com

Twitter@rathoreheena

Instagram@authorheenarathore

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Second Chance

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34853360Author – Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

Rating – 3.5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 190

Publisher – Educreation Publishing

Life is only lived once. Either you spend it extravagantly or live with a purpose, it will never come back. What if you get a second chance in your life to live once more and correct all the mistakes you have made? Would you misuse the time and again spend it lavishly or right what was wrong you have done?

Second Chance is a story of a spoiled brat Shekhar Kapoor. He is the only son of a rich business and future owner of the company. He never cared for anything or anyone. He misbehaved with the poor, used the power of money to threaten and bring down the others. He goes through life cheating and insulting people. He wants to win everything but he cannot win death by his money. He can only use his money here but his money is useless in another world.

He ignored all the warnings he was receiving and continues to live his life as he pleases. He was given three chances to stop his wrongdoings and start over again before it’s too late. Shortly after exhausting his third warning, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed. He made to stand before the Bookkeeper and his life shown to him. What punishment he has entitled for all the wrongs he has done? Will he correct the wrong if he gets a second chance?

The book conveys a moral message. The illustration of hell and punishments sends a chill down the spine. Whatever you do in your life good or bad you will be punished or rewarded accordingly. There is someone who is watching your every move from above and keeps a record of that matter for justice. It is a simple and moralistic read. The characters weaved around the protagonist compliments the storyline.

Author Bio

Dr. Sandeep Jatwa was born in Holy City Ujjain and grew up in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, India. He works at the Government Hospital Sarangpur District Rajgarh.

He has an amazing imagination and spends much of his free time dreaming up stories. He has been writing since 2006 and has completed two novels. The first has yet to be published, but his second one is titled Second Chance, is an exciting and moralistic tale of how one man comes to realize the error of his greed.

He wishes to be able to educate children who work on the street and have little opportunity to make something good from their lives. He believes that everyone’s childhood should be awesome, and not a struggle.

You can reach to him at sandeepjatwa@gmail.com

Twitter@authordrsj

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tinytale #18 ‘Sunday’

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Another day begins with a cool breeze. That everyday sun again rises in the east but we are not there to witness because we are still in bed, in deep slumber. It’s Sunday. And we have all the right to spend it the way we want to spend our other six days but couldn’t.

We have duties to oblige on the workplace, at home and responsibilities to fulfill to children, parents and near and dear ones. We are happy people because we have Sunday to relax, watch TV and rejuvenate.

How good is that if the time also enjoys a Sunday? Rest for 24hours. The clock does not tick, the date hasn’t changed. This way we won’t lose a day of our life. But, for everyone, the Sunday for you is not the same Sunday for others on this planet.

This is yet another Sunday signing off.

A Hundred Journeys

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81pomg6XhgL.jpgAuthor – Omar Zafarullah

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 221

Publisher – Rupa Publications

‘A Hundred Journeys’ is a story of a father and his fatherland. A father wants his son when he grows up should know who he is and where his roots belong. A father wants his son to know what shaped him and his father into what they are today. A diary explains the journey of the author’s family.

This story comes from the land of Pakistan. A mother who lost her husband stands shoulder with the men and challenged patriarchy and raised his son to become a doctor. This doctor son has seven children and authors father is fourth among them and becomes a lawyer. Unfortunately, the author lost his father at an early age in a car accident. He heard the stories about the land he was born through his father and he wants to leave an account for his son of his fatherland.

A Hundred Journeys is a part memoir and part manual for living. The journey begins in the early 1900s when the family migrates from Ropar, Punjab, India to Gojra, Punjab, Pakistan in search of a better future.

The book is filled with inspiring characters author admires in his life and believe because of their efforts family is pulled out from the throes of poverty. The author finds instructing his son on lessons of life, how to set up a business and on to the advent of the war on terror. It seems author wants his son to be well prepared for the hardships of life and do not want a time for him he has gone through. He wants him to learn from his mistakes and experiences of life and take a learned decision.

The author writes this book because he wants his son to know what he cannot say to him. He writes about the family, country and anything and everything significant he finds and thinks his son should know. The Author attempts to explain Pakistan to his son Hyder. The land on which he was born and lived. The stories of the land of his father.

Author Bio

Omar Zafarullah is a mechanical engineer with a degree from Yale University, Connecticut, USA, and is an executive in a Fortune 500 company. He belongs to Gojra and lives in Lahore. He regularly contributes articles to The News, the most-read daily in Pakistan. He is married to a doctor, Saira, and has two children, Hyder and Maya.

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Urban Ayurveda

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91I7VqYTkxL.jpgAuthor – Dr. Tanya Malhotra

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 108

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Life is full of limitless possibilities, but to enjoy that the mind has to be clutter free; only then can we make the most of the innumerable opportunities that might knock our door.

Urban Ayurveda

Life in recent times has become a race to reach to the top and thus changes the lifestyle leaving no time for ourselves. We blame to our busy schedule ignoring the signals of the body that needs immediate attention and only recognize them when the time is running late. The race for money and survival making us miserable and our body vulnerable. We are running after fulfillment and happiness not acknowledging that without a healthy body we cannot enjoy them.

Urban Ayurveda is a comprehensive guide to understanding Ayurveda, the science of life. Urban Ayurveda is an attempt to restore your body to its natural health. There are two main principles of Ayurveda, the first is to preserve the health of a healthy person and the second is to alleviate a patient from his/her disease. The mind is the sensory consumer of thoughts whereas the body is the physical consumer of materials. Priorities your health over everything else you do.

This book will help you in understanding the science behind Ayurveda and how it works on your body. Not everyone’s body is same and this book will help you in understanding what is best for you and why? What works for you and what will not work for you. This book also illustrates some of the Ayurvedic techniques of cooking and few recipes packed with nutritions to help you stay healthy. You can start your journey towards a healthy and fit lifestyle by taking these small steps.

This book is a complete guide for your healthy living.

Author Bio

Tanya Malhotra completed her Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Delhi University and, thereafter did her postgraduate study in Clinical Nutrition from Medvarsity. She first did her own research in Ayurveda and Vedanta Darshan (Vedic Philosophy) and, finally, from the age of 21, she began doing her bit for the community. In more than nine years of clinical practice, she has served as a house physician for the Government of NCT of Delhi and has been the youngest Nadi Physician of the Art of Living Foundation.

Currently running two clinics in Delhi-NCR, she strives to make Ayurveda the preferred science of living for the youth of India. She can be reached at drtanyamalhotra.com.

You can also connect to her at Twitter@drtanyam

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Best stories from around the World

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Deepa agarwal.jpgAuthor – Deepa Agarwal

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 190

Publisher – Red Turtle (Rupa Publications)

Once upon a time, there was a story.’ The opening lines of the book make it clear that this journey is going to be amazing and the content page lists the stories of one of the best and the most loved authors of all times from around the world. And nothing could be better than reading best Stories from around the World selected and compiled in one book and presented to you by Deepa Agarwal.

‘The Best Stories from around the World’ has stories of every age and simply the best. ‘The Dare’ by South African writer Beverly Naidoo is a moving story about peer pressure. Minoo Karimzadeh’s ‘The Last Ticket’ transports us to Iran is a story of a young boy Sohrab’s struggle with financial hardships. A wickedly funny one, ‘The Open Window’ by Hector Hugh Munro, the British Author, who wrote under his pen name ‘Saki’ is universally acknowledged as one of the masters of this form.

I am no one to say anything about the stories and their composition because they have been written by one of the best authors of their time and admired through ages and idealized by the authors and writers in present time and in coming years and generations.

The stories are timeless and have a characteristic style of the writer that time and again reminds you of their other stories previously read. This book is good to introduce you to the authors if you haven’t read many or missed few. I came to know about authors I had never come across of their work before and also give me the opportunity to read few greatest authors I have heard but never get a chance to read. The book is an award for the one who loves reading more than anything.

Author Bio

Author, poet and translator, Deepa Agarwal writes for both children and adults and has about fifty published books to her credit. She has received several awards for her work. The picture book, Ashok’s New Friend, was awarded the National Award for Children’s Literature by the National Council of Education Research and Training while her historical fiction, Caravan to Tibet, featured in the International Board on Books for Young People Honor List of 2008. Five of her titles have also been listed in the White Raven Catalogue of the International Youth Library, Munich.

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The Highway Man

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35080838.jpgAuthor – J. Alchem

Rating – 4/5 stars

Number of Pages – 69

Publisher – Self Published (Amazon India)

‘The Highway Man’ is a short read comprising three short stories out of which one is soon to be a short film. The stories are touching and mesmerizing. If I have to pick one of my favorites, I would say ‘Catherine’.

Catherine is a story of a bestselling author who fell in love with his own character of the book. I love the beauty with Alchem created the characters of the story. It’s truly mesmerizing and I not only loved the story but also the way he composed it and portrays the character of the bestselling author.

The second story is ‘Sidzy; for a day’. The feeling I get after reading the story is every relationship should be same as of Jihan and Sidzy. ‘Sidzy; for a day’ narrates a story of a loving couple and the devoted love of them for each other. The third and the final story in the book is ‘The Highway Man’. The story keeps you wondering why he intends to do what he is doing and the revelation will make you emotional. ‘The Highway Man’ is a story of a mysterious man standing on a highway asking for a lift. But where is he going?

Writing a short story is a tricky affair, you have to tell the tale in limited words with completeness. There must be a start and there must be an ending and that too in those limited words and readers should get a feeling that they have sailed an ocean in minutes.

It’s a quick read and best part is it gives a feeling of fulfillment in space of limited pages. I recommend it to all the readers who wants to read something worth their time and penny.

Author Bio

J. Alchem is a voracious reader and a critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror- 2015 (a nationwide writing competition), NaNoWriMo-2015 & 2016, and superhero storyteller (2014).He has written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. His stories have been published in numerous Anthologies such as Blank Space, Love Bytes, and Mighty Thoughts. He is actively involved in writing quotes and short write-ups which are often seen being circulated among the youth in Facebook, Whatsapp, and other Social networking sites.

Recently he has signed a contract for a short movie on one of his award-winning short stories.

You can reach to him at Twitter@authoralchem

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