‘Once In A Lifetime; Happens Again’ – Book Review

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Title : Once In A Lifetime; Happens Again
Author : Lovely Kumari & Ashish Kumar Mall
Pages : 224
Publisher : Leadstart
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Writing Style : 3.5/5
Presentation :
3.5/5
Story: 3/5
Overall :
3.5/5

Overview:

How far can a girl go to make a guy like her? Meet Ashwin. Know his deepest desires. Nothing more than being in love, and not being hurt in the process. Know Ankita, his best friend, his confidant. What will happen when, not just one, but both of Ashwin’s consecutive crushes, think he is playing a puppet master? Fate, as usual, has its own way.

Review:

The first thing that holds the reader is the book cover and the title of the book. For ‘Once in a lifetime; happens again’ both of these things goes exceptionally good. Cover concept is a well thought production and the title is catchy. But when we turn the book, blurb seems to be a bit disappointment. Blurb fails to catch the attention.

Coming to the storyline; story basically revolves round Ashwin and two of his crushes, as written in the blurb. Ashwin’s chemistry with both of his love interest takes up the major part of the book and is interesting to read as well because it evokes our emotions of teenage and make us relive the days of college. Kudos to both the authors to maintain the simplicity while writing the book. Characters are well defined and are well connected as well.

This book is a simple read and is beautifully presented by two young authors. I enjoyed taking a leap into the world of Ashwin, laughed, felt the emotions and for a time being felt the escape which every reader wants to feel while reading a book.

This book is all about teen-age and I think it will appeal to a certain audience rather than everyone. If you love to read teenage stories of crushes and college sagas, this book will surely be your next ‘Good’ read but if you are tired of reading such stories, it will not leave a good impression on you.

Congratulations to both the authors and will be waiting for more in future.

Age Of Apostasy-Knife Edge… by Abhijeeth Hiliyana – Book Review

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Author : Abhijeeth Hiliyana
Pages : 504
Publisher : Leadstart (Frog) Publication
Genre : Mythological/Historical Thriller

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Blurb : 4/5
Plot : 4.5/5
Story-line : 4.5/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5

Overview :

Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha’ – Dharma protects those who protect it, so goes the saying from Manusmriti. A aphorism, considered an ideal way of life for a human. But in a age where the quest for survival presents a greater challenge, ethics and loyalty have become mere cursory references in the lives of people, in this world it becomes hard to define Dharma. A disillusioned general caught between his loyalty for his country and the cost of that loyalty. An assassin stuck in the past, hoping for a way to escape it. A warrior desperately trying to gain the respect of his benefactor. And an ancient enemy, re-emerging, hoping to right old wrongs. This is age of suffering and conflict, an age of Apostasy and humanity stands on a knife edge.

Beauty :

  • Theme and plot.
  • Writing Style.
  • Pace, twists and turns.
  • Detailing of characters and the timeline.

Beast :

  • Some portions where the detailing takes over the storyline.

Review :

When history mixes with fiction with proper facts and timeline description, something unusual happens and the same is this book titled Age Of Apostasy-Knife Edge. The book revolves around the period of  Magadha Empire in ancient India. An epic battle that is said to be the apocalypse turned out to be something very different or may be not. The best thing about the book is it’s pace and uncertainty of events. For few pages, an event may appear to be something else and after some revelation it turns out to be something completely different. I loved the way the book is been written. It makes you stay at the edge of your seat till the very end.

The book is having some very interesting bits for example the quest of the commander of the army of Gaza who puts everything on stake to find the reason of the sudden appearance of supernatural powers to fight with the mortals. The book is full of thrilling and exciting twist and turns and the author never fails in making the Adeline rush in your veins.

The writing is crispy and pacy. Though sometimes the book goes into the philosophical mode that makes the read a bit boring but soon after, it picks up the momentum again.

Overall the book is having each and every element for the lover of thrilling historical/mythological tales. It will leave you bewildered. Fantastic book, a must read.

THE RECESSION GROOM… BY VANI – BOOK REVIEW

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Title : The Recession Groom
Author : Vani
Pages : 295
Publisher : Leadstart Publication
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

Overview :

Parshuraman Joshi, 27, handsome, Hindu-Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada, earns a high-figure salary.

These are credentials that would make any young man hot on the Indian wedding market, so it’s no wonder that Parshuraman’s family is inundated with matrimonial proposals. While so far all attempts to ‘settle’ him have gone kaput, he has bigger issues vexing him – such as Jennifer, his ‘fireball’ of a colleague, and their efforts to save Project Infinite. To top it all, as the credit crisis grips the global economy, the little world he’s created for himself begins to fall apart. Will he be able to pull himself together to face the challenges posed by a tough economy? More importantly, will this Recession Groom be able to find his ‘perfect partner’?

Beauty :

  • Character of Parshuram and Aunt Parvati are defined pretty well.
  • Simple and entertaining to read.
  • Flawless Narration throughout.

Beast :

  • The main story of the book starts pretty late.
  • Cover is too mediocre.

Review :

For a Non-Indian, the concept of Arrange Marriage is surely a fantasizing thing and this novel of Vani is somehow based on that theme only. Vani has done the tremendous work in exploring the ground reality of India’s most ancient practice, i.e., Arrange Marriages.

The book basically revolves around the protagonist Parshuraman who can surely be claimed as the most eligible ‘Canada Settled’ bachelor who came to India on the hunt of finding a perfect bride with the help of his Aunt and a sister. The journey of this hunt is pretty entertaining and is easily connectable. I must comment over Aunt Parvati here, she’s a laugh riot for the readers. Parallel to this search, a strange connecting tale of Parshuraman with Jennifer will let you keep an eye on it as well.

After about the half completion of the book it suddenly takes up a serious tone. Parshuraman loses his job and all the perks of being an eligible bachelor suddenly gets lost. Till this point, Vani would have made a connecting portal between the reader and Parshuraman and that will make you feel the pain of protagonist. The story suddenly becomes more gripping and you’ll wonder what is about to happen next. Though you’ll feel like knowing the end of the book but authoress will surprise you for sure.

The only downfall which I felt with the story line is that it’s too slow in the beginning. It does entertains but takes up a very long time to unfold.

I think that the book is a must read for all who loves to read a reality fiction. If you are planning to buy online, you should look for Myntra coupons as well for great offers on fashion, hopefully you’ll find a deal that could suit your budget. There are thousands of deals to search for.

Verdict :

Being a debutant, the book is a commendable job of Vani and deserves to be read.