Moongphali

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81DoDsGDOKL.jpgAuthor – Neha Singh, Mukesh Chhabra

Illustrator – Sonal Gupta Vaswani

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 155

Publisher – Red Turtle

Have you seen a watermelon God? What when you find a green big watermelon running on a road? Do you know what is that special gift Lalita get from that German tourist who came to see their village festival? Read to get all the answers and meet the wonderful kids of Moongphali and go on a funny and adventures journey with them. I am sure you never had such an experience before.

This is one of the best reads so far I have read in children’s book. It is truly amazing. The stories are refreshing and entertaining and the illustrations are hypnotizing. The added perk of this book is a DIY at the end of each story for your kid to learn to make a craft while reading. A combo of reading and learning and making self-taught things with own hands.

The stories from Mukesh Chhabra carries a message with them like The Hundred Rupee Note is a story of a boy who stole a hundred rupee, but when he reached to the market to spend that hundred rupees he understands how tough it was for his parents to run a house of five people. The stories from Neha Singh is unique in its content and composition like Lalita’s Gift is a story of a small girl Lalita and a gift given to her by a tourist German woman.

Relish your childhood with the stories of Moongphali with your kids, craft dolls, piggy banks and other beautiful things with easy to follow DIY steps given at the end of the stories. There are only a few books written as such. This is a must have book. An enriching and heart-warming experience.

Bio

Neha Singh loves creating stories, using books, theatre and film as different mediums to tell her stories. She has authored two picture books for children – The Wednesday Bazaar and Bela Missed her Train. Neha roams the country as a theatre actor, playwright and director, and uses her travelling adventures to create new stories for children.

Mukesh Chhabra is a leading casting director in the Indian film Industry. He has won several awards for his work and is a member of the Casting Association of America (C.S.A.). He has a special penchant for casting for children’s films like Chillar Party, Nil Batte Sannata, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Dangal.

Sonal Gupta Vaswani is an artist, illustrator and an animator. She also conducts storytelling sessions for children and adults. Besides this, she designs products for children, paints and blogs at thematchboxgirlbysonal.blogspot.in

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Unlawful Justice

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35279464.jpgAuthor – Vish Dhamija

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 308

Publisher – Harper Collins India

Unlawful Justice is an enthralling and captivating crime and mystery story. A powerful legal thriller that moves from crime scene to courtroom, evidence to witness, justice to rightful justice. The story is an emotional and legal battle both. It is not about what is right or wrong. It laid bare the difference between the law and justice, what is rightful Justice for a crime even though unlawful in the eye of law.

A minor girl, Baby, daughter of Diwan family’s domestic helper has been violated and brutalized in a bright day light and nobody came to know till the family came back home and found Baby on the kitchen floor in the blood pool. Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a rightful justice for the Baby and a very powerful client of his law firm. He cannot decide which way to proceed – to justice or to compromise.

An old friend and city’s best criminal lawyer Akash Hingorani, must step in, for the friendship and to bring the justice to the girl and put them behind the bars whoever did and playing with the law and made it a joke to establish a belief that law is not a puppet in the hands of rich. It is equal for all and whoever tries to create a mess, the justice will punish the wrong.

It is a definite page turner that won’t let you drop the book till you reached the last page. It is more a crime story than a courtroom drama. The story revolves around the crime and mystery surrounds it. Everything is perfect – the plot, story, mystery, hooked you till the end. A perfect entertainer with a perfect ending.

Author Bio

Vish Dhamija is the bestselling author of five works of crime fiction. He has gained a reputation as the master of legal crime and courtroom drama in India. In August 2015, at the release of his third novel, Deja Karma, Glimpse magazine called him ‘India’s John Grisham’ for stimulating the genre of legal fiction in India, which was almost non-existent before his arrival on the scene. Unlawful Justice, a legal thriller, is his sixth novel.

Vish lives in London with his wife Nidhi.

You can reach to him at:

Website: www.VishDhamija.com

Twitter@vishdhamija

IG@vish_dhamija

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tinytale #27 ‘Someone unlike You’

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His words echoed in her mind ‘You don’t deserve me. It all ends here, everything we had.’

She was trying hard not to cry. She wants to fire every emotion, every feeling she had for him. She wants to rip him out of her system. Unfortunately, tears are not cooperating with his mind.

What was her mistake? The only mistake she made was to love him. But, loving someone isn’t a mistake. Is it? Then what about all the love stories. All those romantic movies and romance novels. Are they all are false stories? But she believed them, least till this time.

What about their relationship and all the love they had? Was that all a work of fiction? No, her love was true, neither had she made a mistake.

She picked her mobile and text him.

‘You were right. I don’t deserve you. I deserve someone better.’

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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