‘Anything to look hot’ by Jas Kohli – Book Review

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Title : Anything to look hot
Author : Jas Kohli
Pages : 196
Publisher : Srishti Publishers
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3/5
Plot/Story : 3/5
Characterization : 3/5
Writing Style & Narration : 3/5
Presentation :
Overall :


Sometimes you do come across the books that are written not just to entertain but to give you an insight of the mater which is totally unknown to you. ‘Anything to look hot’ by Jas Kohli is one of those categorical books. The main motive of writing this book was not just to give you a ‘Masaledar’ story but to let you to know the life of plastic surgeon, through his own words.

Jas Kohli, by profession is himself a plastic surgeon so he knows exactly what he’s writing. Anything to look hot is a story of a person who steps up as a surgeon in the industry that works to beautify the world by using medical miracles. He falls in love with his junior who herself is ambitious about her profession. Jas Kohli, through his protagonist explains the life of lime light and also touches the emotional strings of different relationships such as (that I liked the most) father-son relationship. The author, beautifully explains and narrates the story of that lovely relation.

The problem with the book is that it picks up the pace pretty slowly. After about 30 to 40 pages, you’ll understand that the book is something different. It may or may not suit your choice of reading. The book goes a lot more deep into the technicality sometimes that may irritate you and you can end up skipping pages.

The beauty of the book is that it will introduce you to the world that is totally new to us. We haven’t heart lot about the industry of ‘Hotness’. We don’t know anything about plastic surgeons (ignoring the basic knowledge). Their lifestyle is totally different from ours and that’s the key point of this book. Jas Kohli do have some surprises in his book as well, that you would not expect in the first 50 to 60 pages but it does enhances your overall experience of the book.

Do pick up the book only if you seriously want to read something totally unknown to you. If you are picking up this book for entertainment, you may end up getting disappointed.


Rise of the Setting Sun… by Suvashish Mukhopadhyay

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Title : Rise of the Setting Sun
Author : Suvashish Mukhopadhyay
Pages : 318
Publisher : Authorspress Publication
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3/5
Story : 2.5/5
Characterization : 4.4/5
Writing Style & Narration : 4.5/5
Presentation :
Overall :

Overview :

This book is nothing but the candid story of an ordinary engineering student. The central character of the book is named Animesh who is frustrated due to imposition of wrong vocation of Civil Engineering on him by the family members. The book talks of struggle, tears, labour, emotion, stress and lastly joy of Animesh. After completion of graduation in engineering Animesh opted for post graduation. He was a scholar who was wrongly placed in a wrong vocation. The book talks of the childhood, boyhood, student hood and manhood of Animesh. It is shown that in all the critical junctures of his life Animesh had only choice which is none else than teaching profession. A person can be only happy if he gets his preferred profession. Asmita the wife of Animesh had to struggle enormously for the stubborn nature of Animesh. The mission of the author is to show the correct path to the generations to come and awaken the dormant talent within a person which is in deep slumber due to wrong guidance and lack of counselling.

Review :

These are the times of experimenting with the readers of Indian Literature. Slowly the readership is increasing and with that the courageous authors are also coming up, trying to provide something different to the readers and one such experiment is done by Suvashish Mukhopadhyay in his work titled ‘The Rise of the Setting Sun’.

Through this book, author speaks about the most neglected community in India – Students. Animesh, the protagonist of the story speaks about his choices and the influence of the surroundings on his mental state. How small happenings around us, shapes our life, unknowingly and how small decision of ours that we take under someone else’s influence, makes us suffer for whole life.

Animesh was not very bright student and the reason was, he never had any idea why studies are so important and what’s the basic way to study? Different people had different opinion but finally he got his answer and started loving the books. He loved the subject of Chemistry but because of some circumstances, he was forced to take up Civil for his graduation. That was his biggest mistake. Life started to complicate further and that lead to depression and failure on every possible ground for Animesh.  Then he met his hobby and strived to make it his profession, it was the only escape possibly left for him. The hobby was, teaching.

The specialty of the book is not its story but its presentation. Small events of life that do occur with everyone and tends to shape our thinking but we ignore them assuming to be very normal, are very beautifully described by the author in this book. Some events will surely touch your soul and can take you back on the memory lane.

Another thing that I loved about the book is the simplicity of language. Narration of the book actually flows. Each chapter talks about different event of Animesh’s life and in every chapter there’s a hidden message for the reader. Beautiful quotes of the famous personalities, personifies the writing of the book.

This book is basically an autobiography (Author uses a different name but basically it is his own story. Read the story first and then look at the author’s bio, you’ll find many similarities) of an ordinary Indian. It’s the collection of memories that shaped the person out of it.

Now the downfalls of the book. Being a different kind of book, it needs a different approach of reading. You should be aware that there’s no story in the book. When I started this book, I felt an urge to leave it because I can see no particular direction where author wanted to take me forward. Blurb is weak. The basic attachment with the book can be felt after around completion of 50 or so pages. Sometimes narration becomes really slow and that detaches the readers interest from the book.

Overall the book deserves to be read by the readers who want to read something that can leave them spell bounded and make them think over life yet again. This is a kind of book that you’ll surely want to keep in your bookshelf and bookmark some pages to read again and again. Do give it a try, hope you’ll like it.


Book Review: Rage in the jungle, Raj on the street by Doctor Kesi

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Title: Rage in the jungle, Raj on the street
Author: Doctor Kesi
Number of pages: 250
Pubisher: Frog


About the book:

Rage in the Jungle, Raj on the Street, is a story that captures the essence of a group of people caught in a strange predicament. Political activist Neema unwittingly puts her family – a widowed mother, old husband, a little daughter in jeopardy, while pursuing Buddha, the encounter specialist, for his false encounters. Buddha, with his dogmatic belief in an extreme definition of patriotism, was tempted to stage false encounters on a terrorist couple. Chased by his pursuers, he finds himself in an awkward place, which he must have not dreamed of in the wildest of his dreams. Sambhu, an absconded bonded labor-turned Maoist was in Neemas company, knowing precious little of how fast his criminal past would catch up with him. Or that he would again meet the same terrorist-cum arms peddler from whom he had purchased the AK47s, in exchange for hashish, cultivated to fund Maoist activities.



THE LANGUAGE: You pick up this book and writer would take you to a boat decorated with polished language and would sail you to the deep ocean of English literature. Polished English, beautiful adjectives, masterfully placed metaphors make Rage in the jungle… a treat, a delightful treat for literature lover.

THE DETAILING: Detailing of the book was minute, beautiful and engaging. Some incidents were so beautifully written that you can’t just miss a single phrase, given that you have a strong vocabulary or a Merriam Webster to cope with the language used in the book.

THE STORY: The book lacks a brick in here. I wouldn’t say the story was not good. No, not at all. Just it failed to rivet me with itself. The story was told so slow that it tested my patience a few times. But thanks to the writer’s creativity and imaginatively dipped in beautiful English literature, I somehow glued to the storyline.

THE WRITING STYLE: Cant be better, I must say. May be, the storyline was not gripping but the way it has been written has paid the damages wonderfully.

THE CHARACTERS: They were strong and wonderfully written. I could manage to connect each one of them distinctly.


Overall review:

“Rage in the jungle, Raj on the street is a journey of love, thrill, patriotism, suspense, adventure folded in 250 pages inscribed with impeccable and elegant language.”

Rating: 4/5

Bhendi Bazaar By Vish Dhamija – Book Review


Title : Bhendi Bazaar
Author : Vish Dhamija
Pages : 363
Publisher : Rumour Book India
Genre : Crime Thriller Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Blurb : 4.5/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 4/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Writing Style : 5/5
Presentation : 5/5
Overall : 4.5/5

Overview :

1982. Three teenage girls planning a flight from the Soviet Union to the West end up being sold in Mumbai’s red-light area instead. The murders start a quarter of a century later. The victims are all men. All of them tricks, waiting for trysts with high-class escorts. DCP Rita Ferreira is quick to recognize the serial-killer strain; the media isn’t far behind. The news sends shock-waves through the city. The first serial killer in living memory of Mumbai is out on the streets. As Rita grapples to establish the killer’s pattern through Bhendi Bazaar, the killer gives her 24 hours to stop the next murder. Can she do that before she becomes the next victim?

Beauty :

  • Writing Style.
  • Thrilling plot.
  • Stunning Climax.
  • Characterization of Protagonist.

Beast :

  • None.

Review :

What do you expect from a perfect crime thriller novel? It should be stunning regarding twist and turns, it should be nail biting regarding the suspense involved and it should be gripping throughout. Well, if you are searching an Indian Author who can deliver all what you demand in this particular genre, try Vish Dhamija’s Bhendi Bazaar.

The cover and the blurb of the book will make you pick up the book from the bookstore for sure and you’ll surely never regret your decision. The story of the novel is divided in two sections. The first one is about three teenage girls planning a flight from the Soviet Union to the West end up being sold in Mumbai’s red-light area instead. This part of the story is set in the year 1982. The other part starts with the second chapter itself, it is set in the year 2007 and is about some strange murders that are being investigated by the protagonist Rita Ferreira. Both the stories are entangled throughout the novel very beautifully, it never confuses or breaks the flow of the reader. Author, very cleverly merges both the stories in the end with a stunning climax. The life of the protagonist is written in detail and it creates a bond of the reader with Rita.

Vish Dhamija’s writing style and detailed research over the topic gives the novel a perfect edge over other authors in the same genre. I loved the tag line written over the cover which says, ‘Vish Dhamija- The crime writer other crime writers are talking about.’ Once you finish the book, you’ll surely understand why this line was written.

Either you love this genre or not, I’ll surely recommend this book to all. I am eagerly waiting for his next novel which is scheduled to get released in the end of this year or in early next year.

8 Points to let you know that ‘Long Distance Relationship’ is turning you MAD!!!

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Welcome to Wednesday’s With Sandeep Sharma. Today’s hot topic of discussion is for all those couples who are burning under the heat of LDR. I salute those noble souls and dedicate this article on their regular activities. Lets have a look at some points which are pretty common between the people who are suffering from the disease called love under the category of LDR.

  • On every single sound from your mobile phone, your heart beat races up and you jump up to the phone expecting her name to appear over the screen but feel heartbroken to see your mobile company’s new offer related message/call.
  • You smile unknowingly, lying on the bed, watching the ceiling fan turn. You have no idea what you are thinking about or smiling at but still your lips get widened.
  • You stare stars a little longer than a normal person do.
  • You feel alien while sitting between your ‘so called’ regular friends group.
  • You start finding Romantic Novels interesting and Bollywood songs lovely. You’ll often cry while doing these two activities.
  • If someone else took his/her name in front of you, you’ll blush.
  • You’ll suddenly turn into a poet/ poetess.
  • While chatting you’ll start interpreting or decoding the messages behind the ‘Different Smileys’.

Being in love is the most fantastic and lively feeling in this world. So if you are suffering from all these listed points don’t feel depressed and just think of your soul mate who is thinking about you right at this moment and is smiling remembering you. So if you are turning mad, feel happy about it because there’s nothing else in this world which is better than this particular madness.

Again a Suicide. Why? – By Rahat Farooqi

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A Class 10th student (a girl) is committing a suicide after failing in a golden test. Was it a golden test of her life? What caused her to take such a rattle step? These questions must be answered, who’ll answer these questions? Her parents her teachers, her friends, her relatives or the society we are living in?

I’ve noticed one thing, whenever such news came in daily newspapers we read it just like ordinary news. Why don’t we pay any heed to such an irresponsible act by a human being? Why did we take it lightly? Being a human we can’t even think about committing a suicide and how can one go and just kill himself/herself? Well, everything is a reason behind and what’ll be the reason for committing a suicide? Have you ever think about that while reading or listening such a type of news and after finding the reason have you ever tried to act against that? Who will come forward to stop this grave sin from our society?  Isn’t our responsibility to stop people committing such sins? If yes, then act. If your answer is no, and your eyes are on your leaders then listen. Political leaders won’t do anything to stop such major sins because they are not finding it political they all are busy in making a fool of their own people. So, how could one expect that these leaders will act against this and remove this sin from the society? “Getting freedom is an easy task, but removing sins from society is really a big deal”. People are committing such grave sins and it’s our duty to educate our people our friends about such grave sin and if you ever find anyone feeling hopeless, lonely or frustrated, try to talk with that person try to know the reason of his/her hopelessness, maybe you could become a reason to save a life from Hell Fire.

Now, why students commit suicide?  Who is responsible? “Look at Mr. someone’s son/daughter; he/she has cracked IAS/CET or whatever. Has been selected for MBBS/ Engineering or whatever. How intelligent his children are, and look at you. What have you achieved so for”? How many of you have faced this kind of torture?  And if a child shows no interest in these fields, this is how parents react. “You will never do anything in your life, you just know how to play cricket, write songs, stories, wasting time in reading novels, watching movies”. Such a hard time to face.

Tell me dear parents; are MBBS and Engineering only modem to live a happy life?  Do you think Doctors and Engineers are the only creatures with IQ of about 100? Do you think only these creatures have a right to live? Do you think only these creatures are having manners, a good character etc? Do you think securing cent% marks in the examination is knowledge?

Aren’t we so unfortunate that we have to call you our parents? Believe me I sometimes think so. Do you think failure is a crime? Do you think if your child fails in any examination ruins his/her future, ruins your image as his/her parent? Anyone can secure cent%0 marks, but knowledge cannot be gained by securing cent% marks. Failure is not the end of life or future, it is a beginning of your bright life & future. But, unfortunately, no parent understands this fact. When a sucking child alone in a room, tries to take his first step for getting something, the child slips and fell down. You didn’t go to say him/her that the kid of your neighbor walks better than you, why can’t you? Compare that room with the world and that something with the goal of your child. You will get the answer, what I actually want to express.

Mental Torture, Mental disturbance in our youths is spreading like smoke in the air. After hearing the height of mental torture from “now” one of my friends,  I wonder how can a father feel good by not giving his son a note of 40 rupee for a haircut Or 10 for fares? He has money to buy a pack of Cigarette which costs not less than 40 or 100 but when it comes to a haircut of his child or fare he has an excuse ready “I have no money this time or I’ve no money arrange it by Yourself”. When his child has an age to develop himself into an educated person, he has to quit his studies. Not by his own will but by the behavior he is facing by his father at home and from the very young age he has to look for a job as a salesman and anything else like that. When he was in a need of love, care, courage, and help, unfortunately, what he gets is the hatred, rebuke at every step and sometimes a father quit talking to his son. Which forces him to think wrongly about his parents, forces him to take drugs, sit alone in the room. Some have a power of tolerance some don’t have and then sometimes the story ends on a tragic note of suicide. “Mental torture causes more damage than a physical torture” not only to the brain but health as well. Drug abuse in youths is the reason for mental torture. “A sweet talk by father removes all the pains and stress of a child”. Dear parents if your child is failing in examinations just talk to them, parents mostly a father must be friendly with their children’s, try to know what fields are they interested in, try to know what makes them happy your children’s life is not yours.  You don’t have to live his/her life. “Let them be themselves the masters and teachers of their lives” and you the helpers. Do believe in your child “like we believe in tomorrow” because when we believe, we sleep recklessly. And save your children from killing themselves.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: “Life is a struggle do achieve your goals by a struggle, when you achieve thing by struggle you get to know the real meaning of life”. – Rahat Farooqi

Keep hope alive in the heart “One day you’ll achieve the goal of  your Life”. What people are saying on your back. Never pay a heed to that.


YOUR ‘DIARY’! – by Kavita Sharma (Guest Post)

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Don’t cry like this every night.

It hurts.

Your tears falling on me makes me cry too.

I love your smile.

My pages smiles whenever they see your 3 inch smile.

Your shining eyes add more colors on me.

Your touch, your kiss, your hug, gives me Goosebumps.

Am I really special to you?

Might be a ‘Yes’.

That’s why you spend your sleepless nights with me.

I was blank.

But you gave me colors, poured all your emotions.

I know, I am the one with whom you share everything.

You share your deepest secrets with me.

Am I your best friend or a soul mate or just a diary for you?

The ink of your pen soothes my pages.

My pages were mortal.

But you made them immortal with each passing night.

You made me fall for you.

I am not just a diary; I am a part of your life.

The part which is hidden from this outer world.

We spent every night with each other.

And we will continue this every night.

I’ll always be there as a best friend.

As a lover.

As a sister.

As a brother.

And as a diary for you.

Your ‘diary’ promise.