Review Pen: Her Last Wish by Ajay K Pandey

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Book–  Her Last Wish
Author– Ajay K Pandey
Previous Works– You are the best wife
Author contact– fb.com/AuthorAjayPandey
Publishers– Srishti Publishers
Number of pages– 208

Blurb
His father’s over expectations only ruined his self-confidence further with each failure. A ray of hope walked into his life as his wife, a charismatic personality spreading joy wherever she went. Everything is going per plan, but darkness comes knocking soon. He finds out that she does not have much time to live and takes it upon himself to fight all odds – even his family, if need be – to help her fight her medical condition. His father sees his own redemption in helping them, he knows his son will be a winner only if he will fight for her, with her. Will a defeated son prove himself to be a good husband? Will the father-son duo together be able to change the course of fate? Her Last Wish is an inspiring story of love, relationships and sacrifice, which proves once again how a good wife makes the best husband.

Review
A man who considers himself as a failure and a woman with ambitions are a perfect mismatch, and yet they make up a duo in love with each other.
Vijay’s life was nothing less than a flop show with depressing storyline, he held a record for not being able to achieve anything with his life. His job was pulled off by his mother and his attempts at everything lead to failure.
Astha’s walk into his life was somewhat of a miracle, because Astha was too beautiful in comparison to Vijay and an extrovert.
Vijay’s failure didn’t hurt him anymore, he was happy with Astha but life wasn’t done with him, his paradise stood crumbling in front of him when he came to know that Astha was dying. His only light was pushed into darkness .
Her Last Wish is a story of a man trying to be  a good husband for the last few days of his wife, the story of a man madly in love with a woman, his wife.

The best thing about the book was the unpredictability, each time I came across a plot twist it amazed me, especially those seven wishes, they were impossible yet they were possible. The author has beautifully framed the story and has made it seem very real.

I have not read the first novel from the author’s pen so the first few pages disappointed me because I had expected a better way of writing from someone with a bestselling novel but still a reader’s expectation made me stick to the very end and I was able to witness a very beautiful story of love.
I had read numerous love stories in the past and the monotony of teenage love had made me run from the particular genre romance but this book was enough to renew my faith in Indian Romance Authors.

To top it all, the choice of disease was surely a master stroke but I won’t be revealing the name as the author has not done the same in the blurb.
Do not judge this book by its blurb, the tale inside is too beautiful to be written in short.

According to me, the book needs a sequel and I would love to read the story continuing with Aparjita in the scene, the author would surely manage to weave an unique plot like he did in this one.

Ratings- 3.5 out of 5 stars

As mentioned earlier, I had expected more from the author in terms of level of writing and improving that would make the book unquestionable.

Some editing errors were spotted.

Though the title is “Her Last Wish“, Astha didn’t have any specific last wish that has been highlighted in the book.

Reviewed By– Banaja Prakashini

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Spotlight & Interview: The Evil Twin By P.G Van


THE EVIL TWIN?
by
P.G. Van



Blurb


Vinnie lost her parents when she was ten and lives in San Francisco with her aunt and her teenage cousin. She never expected a simple act of kindness would be life altering. Reyan comes into her life threatening to shake up her focus and challenges her resolve. He is everything Vinnie wants in a man and he shows up just when she thought she had everything she needed to stay focused on her life and her goals. 

Will he crack her titanium tough exterior and get to her heart? Will she let him into her life especially with what she has been through since she was ten? Will she trust Reyan to help her recover from her emotional wounds? 

Will she get to the bottom of why people think they have seen her at places that she has never been to before. Does she have a doppleganger or a twin? 

Follow Vinnie’s and Reyan’s love story as she learns the true meaning of love, trust and family.

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The name of the blog “The Lazy Writer’ is very interesting but there is nothing lazy about the reviews that have been posted. The books reviewed seemed interesting and I can tell the books that have been picked up for review are unique and carry a bold and strong essence in the story. The rating and the details related to the rating are well balanced. The feedback is honest and constructive and as an author I think it’s great that the blog provides the reason for the rating. 

The reviews are very structured and honest. There is a touch of boldness to the reviews that back up the honesty factor and are clearly not written to please the author but to help them. The writing style of the review is very cool and casual (justifying the name in a way  ) with good language.

The blog is written to provide the right amount of information to a potential reader and makes their decision about adding the book to their list of ‘Want to Read’ very easy.  

The blog also has author interviews, if not many, they were interesting to read and I would have liked to see more interviews, maybe an interview for all the authors whose books are reviewed. I am pretty sure readers would want to know more about their favorite authors.

I’ve added the blog to my favorites and look forward to reading more reviews.

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1. When did the story weave itself in your mind? Any specific incidents?

I am very glad you asked this question because this is one story I had a few personal incidents and I took the incidents as a sign to pen this story. Prior to writing the story, I was getting ready to work on a different story when these incidents played in my mind and got me to write this story. I did use one of my personal incidents in the book as an event that happens with the lead character with a variation. 

One of the incidents happened many years ago when a gentleman kept smiling at me while I stood in line to pick up my drink at a local coffee shop. I was with my coworkers and did not want to over react to a stranger trying to get my attention from a few feet away. I ignored him after glaring at him briefly. He finally came up to me while I waited to pick up my drink and apologized for trying to get my attention and for making me feel uncomfortable with his stares. He went on to tell me that he has a friend who looked just like me and pulled up a picture of her on his phone and showed it to me. The woman in the picture had similar features like me and I wondered what the odds were of someone looking so much like me for a friend to think it was her. 

That was an orphan incident that I was able to tie to a similar incident that happened a few weeks before I started wrting the story of ‘The Evil Twin?”

2.What was the journey of the book till it got published?

The day I had someone look at me like they recognized me but just kept looking at me, like they were debating if they should talk to me was when the story was born. I wondered if it was possible for me to have a twin that was separated at birth (I know, crazy  ) and that was the spark I needed to get started with the story.

I was about to publish the second part of my Pure Destoiny series and was itching to write a standalone story with romance, family, friendship with a touch of mystery and used my personal incidents to kick off the story.

‘The Evil Twin?” holds a special place in my heart because of what the main character, Vinnie goes through in her life. I would say the journey from the day the story started to fall into place to the day I hit publish on Amazon, I throughly enjoyed working on the story and I hope the readers enjoy reading as much as I did writing Vinnie and Reyan’s love story.

3. Who/What is your inspiration in daily life?

My inspiration for this story were the personal incidents that occurred years apart but fell into place like missing pieces of a thousand piece puzzle. 

I feel blessed to be able to draw inspiration from everything I see, every person I meet and every single incident I hear about every single day. I personally believe that inspiration finds you, the author in many different forms and the job of the author is to connect the dots and write the story.

I’ve heard horror stories of people who get stuck with writing a certain part of their story for many different reasons and I can’t even begin to imagine how it feels. I don’t know if it is as easy as I think it is to be able to experiece something and decide to write about it but I’m sure it is possible, if you let your inspirationn find you, help your creativity thrive as you weave your stories.

One example of how I think inspiration found me was this person looking at me like they found a loved one they had lost many years ago and we experience many different things that authors can channel for a part of their story or as the core piece of their story.

4. How would you explain your book to someone who hasn’t read it yet?

‘The Evil Twin?’ is a story of a strong and smart young woman who has been through a lot and thinks she can take on anything life tends to throw her way, until Reyan enters her life. He introduces new relationships and challenges that seem to make her deviate from her controlled life but she realizes how important the relationships are to her and yet again just as she starts to let her guard down she finds out something about herself that she had never even imagined or had the slightest clue.

The burn of betrayal threatens to consume her, she fights her insticts to shut everyone out and with Reyan’s abundant love and support she learns to embrace her destiny, learns to accept love that is deeper and eternal.

5. Any word of advice for authors and bibliophiles out there?

I am a new author and need all the advice I can get and I hope to be in a position to advice another author soon. 

I do have one ask from my fellow authors and that is for them to keep writing and to write from their hearts. A lot of authors limit themselves from writing content that they want to write with the fear of being judged but a story or an emotion is not justified if an author doesn’t express everything they want to through their writing. 

There are no rules to writing YOUR story, write it the way you want to and the way you would want it to be if you were to read it. Take advice and be open to receiving honest and harsh feedback and figure out a way to turn in into something constructive.

For all the bibliophile out there, my only ask is that you keep supporting indie authors like you have been for years and show your support by taking the time to post a review. 

A few lines will do and I think I can speak on behalf of all the indie authors out there when I say, it doesn’t matter how many stars you give the book—just tell me if you liked it or you hated it and why so I can do a better job next time. 

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Review Pen: If It’s Not Love by Syed Arshad

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Book– If Its Not Love
Author– Syed Arshad
Previous Works– Debutant Novel
Author Contacthttps://m.facebook.com/syedarshad.iinl/?ref=bookmarks
Publishers– Blue Rose Publishers
Number Of Pages-161

Blurb
Was there a person in your life, who touched your heart, like nobody else ever did, whose letters of gifts are still safe in your secret closet, whose memories still bring the deepest of smiles and whose name still leaves your lips trembling and heart racing?

At some point in time you might have thought, “It’s not love”, and you let go, but a part of you keeps telling you shouldn’t have, because deep down your heart, you feel the indelible presence if the one you still miss so badly.

Well; what is it then… “If it’s not love”.

Review
Ever met someone who had given a new meaning to your life ? Most of us have. They might be with you forever or have left you at some point , but their names are craved in gold in your heart. Everytime you hear their name or think about  them, a smile creeps onto your lips or a tear escapes your lids. Well, that’s the idea of this story.
The story is about Aarav Khanna , a Fashion Designer from NIFT who works at a call centre because of certain circumstances. He has a girlfriend , a good friend at work , a contend life , a handsome face and a job, enough for a guy to be happy with.  And then he meets Ada Maciel, a Mechanical engineering student , a preplanned online friendship from the Metrogirl’s (Ada) side brings them close and soon enough they become friends.
The story goes on with their nurturing friendship and then caring for each other. Aarav’s confusion about his feelings, the ups and downs in his office friend’s life, Ada’s presence, Aarav’s own life and last but not the least , his girlfriend are the things that make up the entire book. The book ends after a time leap of 25 years, its almost like the narrator describing Aarav’s story from the past.
The story ends on a beautiful note and it probably must be one of the most beautiful endings.
It also teaches us an important lesson, “When something you dreadfully need is within your reach , then grab it as soon as you can because You never know when you will be late to do so.”
The story is different than the usual ones and the time Aarav and Ada spend together is worth the read.
I loved the way they married (fake of course) with each other and they could confide in each other regarding their day to activities.
If a reader is really into the story while reading, he/she may feel that Aarav is an idiot for letting Ada go but not in our hands, its the author’s work and judging by the end, good work indeed.

Rating – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The SMS language used in the book to state the chats between Ada and Aarav might be inconvenient for many a lot people who are admirers of the English language itself.

Minor but errors in editing.
Mention of some facts in normal conversation which the reader cannot relate to because of lack of total information.
The author leaves the readers curious and hanging when he doesn’t state anything about Aarav’s life after 25 years.

Reviewed By– Banaja Prakashini

Review Pen: A Soul Charmer (Poetry) by Richa Saxena

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Book– The Soul Charmer (Poetry)
Poetess – Richa Saxena
Publishers– Half Baked Beans

Review
The Soul Charmer is a book of about 32 candid poems written by the poetess will all heart .
I am not much of a poetry reader but the book surely made me glad that I had decided to read it.

Poem 1-  Unfulfilled Dreams–  It’s about a dream that someone had seen. A dream that can never come true but still the person thinks what it would be like to have the one in our dreams.

Poem 2- She is the girl–  The poem that would make any girl smile because ” She is the girl; A little in you   A little in me.”. The girl is real and so is the feeling one would have after reading it.

Poem 3- The sinful night – The burning passion of two souls curled up in each other’s embrace is surely a treat to read.

Poem 4- The caged bird– I have no words for this poem other than three, ” I loved it” , its shows the reality that some girls face. Being able to say no is an illness with heavy consequences.

Poem 5- To the girl in love – The tiny tale of first love perhaps. The love that remains in the heart forever.

Poem 6-  I am Alright–  For every mordern independent womab who cries in the dark but stands as a pillar in the light.

Poem 7-  A beautiful day– The poetess writes how a beautiful morning can be the inspiration for a beautiful day ahead.

Poem 8-  Love me Like never before –  The poetess writes and it is surely that a girl truely needs. Not riches, just love.

Poem 9-  Scars – The poetess writes the plight of a broken heart and I just couldn’t agree more to her views.

Poem 10-  Voice – Things just a voice can make us feel is beautifully converted into words.

Poem 11-  The Final Goodbye – Perhaps the last thoughts of a dying soul.

Poem 12-  The Lifeless Life – A life at brink of death and yet there is hope in another’s heart that he  live.

Poem 13- Tonight, I see you – A longing to be with the person,and an urge to let go of the senses.

Poem 14- Seasons of love–  A heart in love and the seasons of wait, a new concept to write on.

Poem 15- The Spell of your love – The tale of a longing heart who recalls the beauty of those moments spent in the past with its lover.

Poem 16- Love me Tonight– Another love tale, somewhat same as Tonight, I see you.

Poem 17- And we became ‘US‘ – A passion between two bodies and the fire that has started. The poetess surely did not mind rising the temperature a bit for this poem.

Poem 18- Soulmates– This poem was somewhat cute as I could imagine new love. The feeling surely is incredible.

Poem 17-  Please, betray me- The title made me expect something different this time but its the same love

Poem 18-  Do you love me, still? –  This poem sufficed my thirst for something different in the book.

Poem 19-  The First Touch–  First love again but with the better essence of a first touch. Surely enough to bring back memories.

Poem 20- Love at first sight– The poem does justice to its title, talking about the love at first sight that always remains in the heart.

Poem 21- My heart Awaits you – A longing soul waiting for its lover, speaks its heart.

Poem 22-  To the love of my life– The love of a mother described under the sweetest circumstance and my favourite poem in the entire book.

Poem 23- Daddy’s Little Princess– A woman who remembers her father and her love and care. Anyone girl who loves her father will surely shed a lone tear at least on reading this poem.

Poem 24-  High on your love– Love surely is more intoxicating than any other drug in the world and the poetess says it.

Poem 25- Shall this love last? – A lover’s insecurity or more of a question, does the love have an expiry date?

Poem 26- The silent tormentor–  Thr poetess talk about the silent treatment that some girls use an a weapon to torment their lovers.

Poem 27- Beyond those lofty walls–  A heart that wants to fall in love but is restrained by the walls that separate them.
Poem 28- The painful memories– The tales of a broken heart and the memories of the one who broke the heart.
Poem 29- To love,again– A love lost and yet the sign of the love left in her. I am in awe with the poetess as writing this.
Poem 30- Have I lost you? – The broken heart up with its antics again.
Poem 31- What a heart aspires! – We don’t get what we want, but that doesn’t stop the heart from wanting, does it?

Poem 32- In hope of a better tomorrow– The hope for a better tomorrow with her companion, and the hope that has kept her fighting the harshness of the world.

The poems in the book are beautiful giving a justification to the title i.e The Soul Charmer.

The poems don’t follow any sort of rhyming scheme, they are just candidly written . They are simple and easy to understand and those with creative minds will be able to knit tales with them.

Ratings- 3 out of 5 stars.

The poems are mostly on love while some where a bit different, I would really appreciate with the poetess doesn’t stick to a single topic in future but experiments with different things as well.
The poems though good still have room for improvement.

The poems seemed to be more appealing to women rather than everyone.

Reviewed by– Banaja Prakashini

Review Pen: Double or Quits by Shilpa Gupta

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Book– Double or Quits
Author– Shilpa Gupta
Previous Works– Ananya-A Bittersweet Journey
Author Contacthttp://www.facebook.com/ShilpaGuptaAuthor/       twitter-@shilpagupta2802
Publishers– Jaico Publishing House
Number Of Pages– 290

Blurb
Racy, realistic and fast paced, Double or Quits traces Jyotsna Singh’s story against the backdrop of the treacherous stock markets. Losing her father at the age of 12 and brought up under frugal circumstances, Jyotsna grows up too soon. Nervy and edgy by nature, she morphs into a confident and charming young woman with a successful career in Investment Banking. Enter Aryan Sahani, rising corporate star and billionaire who wraps Jyotsna in his charms, but has plans of his own. Driven by her loyalty to the firm, a desire to break out of her lower middle class moorings and misplaced love, Jyotsna overreaches. She is soon faced with the dark side of the stock markets – a world where ambition, greed and fear rule and reputations are lost a lot faster than they are built. Will Jyotsna be able to resurrect her life? Will she find the true love she has been craving? Double or Quits is a tale of love, betrayal and courage. It is a tale about falling down, but not staying down.

Review
Jyotsna Singh, an efficient and ambitious Investment Banker falls for Aryan Sahani while chasing an IPO Mandate. The man makes her dive into the abysmal depths of her suppressed emotions and makes her have blind faith in love.
But a love with lies at its foundation crumple doing putting Jyotsna’s personal and professional life in jeopardy. Her world crumbles before her and she is left alone but then even the worst of all happens, will she have the courage to fight her way out and rise against all odds? Read Double or Quits to find out.

The book has a direct start regarding Jyotsna’s corporate life instead of beating around the bush with her back story , as the story proceeds, we come to know who she is and what she was to figure out her background.

The blurb had made me think that the book is just another tale of love and betrayal but I will happily state that it’s not the same. It has more, a lot more. A woman against all odds and how she overcomes the blames, the shame, the situations and in the end rises above all to be on her legs comprises more or less the central story.

The book is written in satisfactory and easy english and though the corporate talk can be foreign for those not associated with it, it’s quite well explained by the author in order to make a layman not ponder over it for long.
It’s a woman centric plot and will be well accepted among women.

The blurb does not do justice to the content of the book for the book has way much more give than its blurb. This is one book I would like people to not judge by its blurb.
I recommend it to woman whp have ever suffered emotional breakdown both in regards with their career or love-life. Its surely inspirational and something one would cherish for sometime after reading.
And its just not Aryan, there is more to Jyotsna’s story.

Ratings- 4 out of 5 stars

The only thing that was off about the book was its title. Despite being a really beautiful title . I wish the author had explained it in the plot a bit more rather than few statements from the protagonist.

The author has kept the plot real and crisp without  sugarcoating the reality of today’s world and I am sure that the readers will surely appreciate that.

Reviewed By– Banaja Prakashini

Review Pen: Colourful Notions:The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal

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Book– Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0
Author– Mohit Goyal
Previous Works– Debutant Novel
Author Contacthttp://www.theroadtrippers.in
Publishers– Srishti Publishers
Number of Pages– 194

Blurb
Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometres across India? Just for fun!Three twenty-something’s dare to do just that! While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam.Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories while narrating their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It’s nothing less than crazy.
I doubted if I’d ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next best thing – I penned a book about them and their road trip.
Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.

Review
Abhay, Sashank and Unnati, three youngsters, embark a journey to travel to about 25 places in India, by road. Abhay plans to capture the journey on his camera with Unnati as the voice of the journey while Sashank makes his food fantasies come true.
Starting at Corbett Park and ending at Jama Masjid Delhi, what looked like a normal get away changed their life giving them new reasons to live for.
Sashank found the courage to fulfill his sole wish and Unnati found her love life sorted. Abhay, apart from gaining life experiences on the trip, gained something more precious than all, his family.
Apart from life lessons, they also have tonnes of fun, creating all sorts of nuisance that youngsters do. Some crazy, some pleasant, some eerie and some serious enough to have shoved them into jail.
They find new opportunities, robbers and wild animals as well.
The roadtripping isn’t the only thing that the author had written about, he also writes about some devious thoughts that make Abhay lose his sanity as well.

The book has a casual start and the author keeps dropping hints that builds anticipation to explore the story behind those hints.
The language is simple and easy to grasp and the book happens to be a light read.

Ratings- 2.5 out of 5 stars

At first I had the view that the opinions of the author about the places the trio/duo visit could be taken into consideration by anyonr interested in a tour of same sort but his review on the Jagannath Temple of Puri made me reconsider my view. That place is not just about the three deities, it’s about feasting your eyes on the majestic architecture of the temple along with the 33 crore idols craved on the temple walls (Yeah you read right, that’s the number)
The place has a museum, a botanical garden, a series of mysterious steps with rumours that lead to nowhere, numerous small temples within the temple and yet the characters in the book call it not worth a visit, I would really appreciate if the author revisits the place and hires a Panda( Though they are expensive) to let them be aware of the rich heritage that place beholds. It can raise some serious controversy lest some devotees of the temple come across the book.

I cannot say the book to be informative anymore regarding the travel as I couldn’t agree with the opinion about the one place I have visited.
The reviews on the food can surely be taken into consideration as I have confirmed the places from a few local mates. Especially, Hotel Paradise and its biriyani.

The chapter “Lama for life” is the best chapter in the entire book and I can suggest the book to anyone who reads just for the sake of them reading the chapter. Really appreciate the author for adding the chapter in the book.

Reviewed by– Banaja Prakashini

Review Pen: Northern Springs by Celeste Young

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Name– Northern Spring- At Crossroad. Book 1
Author– Celeste Young
Previous Works– Debutant Novel
Publishers- Blue Rose Publishers.
Number of Pages– 346

Blurb
Northern Spring is a life-journey of the Artist-cum-lawyer Evangeline aka Eva Mccarthy, who has located to an estate in Pennsylvania after a failed marriage. Her journey from being a manager of a car-wash to partner in a law firm is as realistic as could be. Her attempts to refuse the attraction she felt towards Mike or Michael Diller her boss at the law firm put her at a different crossroad in life yet again.The immediate families of both Michael as well as Eva are keen to see them settled. Will Eva find her match in Mike or is it just another tryst with fate? Every choice she makes leaves an imprint on her life, but can love be chosen or it just is to be felt? Go on this new-age romantic rendezvous with Eva McCarthy and Michael Diller with Northern Spring- At the Crossroad Book 1.

Review
Betrayal and a bad marriage drives Eva to face the real world for the sake of the upbringing of her daughters, Enora and Alana.
She leaves her low paying managing job to serve as a Secretary in a law firm and meets Mike, his boss and maybe the one for her.
But it isn’t easy for her, she has to mend her ways, rise up from the trauma of the previous marriage, complete her degree at the law school, make her daughters happy , manage her job and other duties, in all that choas, will love find her?
Is he undamaged enough to reach out for her.
Northern Springs make us acquainted with the tale of a strong, independent woman who has a truck load of responsibilities and how she manages her life.
Amongst all the negativity in her life, Eva manages to be a good employee to her office, a good mother to her growing girls, a good employer to her house keeper, a good friend to Slyvia and a good attorney as well.
The book is well-written and well researched, making it a good read.
The language, presentation along with the execution of plot are up to the mark.
The book is very maturely written and in addition to the simple plot there occurs a light twist in the end to make the reader free of boredom.
It might also serve as an inspiration for women who are struggling with their life and are in a constant need of motivation.

Ratings-
Cover- 4.5/5
Title-3/5
Blurb-4/5
Plot-4/5
Writing and Presentation-4/5
Overall- 4 out of 5 stars

The title wasn’t satisfactory as I couldn’t fathom the gist of it , though the foremost assumption was to maintain an uniformity in the naming of the next book in the Crossroad series.
Few editing errors occur in the book, including the use of “End” instead of “En” that signifies the nickname for Enora, readers can brush that aside in order to enjoy the book.

Reviewed by– Banaja Prakashini

Quotes
*New  life  always  brings  in  the  unknown excitement;  it’s  an  experience  you  will  cherish  forever  and  yet would  leave  you  wan ting  more.

*Love  is  blind  dear,  marriage  is  an  eye opener

* This  exactly  is  what  end  of  the  world  signifies . I  live yet  feel  lifeless.  That  force,  which  is  inside  me  has  vanished or  should  I  say  was  banished.

*The  divine  merger  of  one’s  inner conscious  and  outer  persona  is  integrity.  Being  true  to oneself  is  at  the  base  of  integrity

*For  the  sake of  love,  one  cannot  let  go  of  selfrespect.

Review Pen: A Knotty Affair by Dhaval Birajdar Jinadatt

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Name– A Knotty Affair
Author– Dhaval Birajdar Jinadatt
Previous Works– 366 Days
Publishers– Frog Books (Leadstart Publishing)
Number of Pages– 227

Blurb
‘A Knotty Affair’ is a story about a thirty-year-old software engineer, Viraj Sargaokar.
Born into a middle class family that lives in the suburbs, he joins a south Bombay college, where he encounters a culture divide between him and his rich classmates, who ridicule him in various ways, making his college life a hell.
With a father that is a disciplinarian and a professor in the same college, Viraj’s only consolation is his mother. His mother thinks the world of her son and stands by him through all his struggles.
Viraj is fascinated by a classmate Ruhi, a beautiful good-natured girl, who be-friends him and treats him well, unlike the rest of his classmates.
Life changes drastically for Viraj, when his honest professor father is accused of bribery and arrested.
Will Viraj be able to prove his father’s innocence?
Will Viraj survive the rigours of college life and overcome his shortcomings?
Review
Viraj Sargaokar, a man dedicated to his work and family receives a call and his whole past flashes before his eyes in form of Ruhi.
The same girl who had rejected him 14 years ago but doesn’t even recognize him in the present.

But Ruhi wasn’t the only unfortunate memory of his past, his father, his personality, his failure at being able to communicate with everyone and in the end, his stammering.
His father, an honest man was splashed with the mud of dishonesty and Viraj is hell bent on removing those dark memories off his father’s life.
Will he suceed? Will he be united with Ruhi?
The book starts with a present day Viraj narrating his life 14 years ago after his encounter with Ruhi.

Ratings- 1 out of 5 star.

The narration, presentation and method of writing needs real time improvement and work.
The editing has been a faulty job and the author should consider rewriting the book for a second batch of printing.
The language used is quite amateur and needs improvement as well.
The plot has the capability to be good when well-written.
The number of loopholes in the plot are quite considerate and the execution is faulty as well.
The book needs a lot many number of improvements and it will be appreciated if the author considers it.

Reviewed by– Banaja Prakashini

Review Pen: The Kissing Circles by Nitin Tewari

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Book– The Kissing Circles.. to be or not to be extraordinary.
Author– Nitin Tewari
Previous Works– Debutant Novel
Publishers–  Invincible Publishers
Number of pages – 313

Review
Manoj and Rajesh, two engineers with not so good academic achievements and not so bright future, join Digisys in Kerela, cursing their fate and lives they are united with another like fated Adish Matthew , an IT geek with an incurable phobia of his father’s anger.
He introduces them to Mutthur, his friend whose love life is jeopardized by his love’s father who looks down on Mutthur.
The boring thoughts about Digisys vanish when they felt blessed about being in the locale with Adish as their guide, and a budding friendship found its way between them. Life was a rose and soon the thorns found their way, pricking in their skin. Manoj started doubting himself and his futile hope for a bright future seemed to be fading, Rajesh’s life took a drastic turn and he found himself buried under the load of grief and alcohol, Adish’s bridge of tolerance for his father’s taunts seemed to be crumpling, though he didn’t have the courage to revolt against his father, Mutthur of all suffered the biggest loss when his only hope of winning his love lay in ashes.

The Southies and the Northies joined hands against their misfortune to defend their future, and overcame many odds. Will they come out victorious in the end or lose the final race? Read the Kissing Circles to find out, for ‘ to be or not to be extraordinary’ is the present question.

The book is written in multiple point of views that makes it different from the others and has been pulled off really well.
The detailed description is highly appreciated for I could fathom the pain and effort the author has poured into his writing, all the local festivals and the traditions in them have been explained rather than just being mentioned and that makes the book informative as well.
Glad to know the history behind Pal Payasam, because any details regarding food is always welcomed.
The north indian bargain, the dazed southie, the vegetarian dread, the Nain Sukh Prapti, the desperate male, the Vashikaran and many other things will make the reader chuckle.
Look out for “The Sunday Church” named chapter, the first four pages were unexpected and a sure treat.
The book left me wondering one thing though, Do crabs have tails?
Yes they do.

Ratings- 3 out of 5 stars

This is not one of those books that everyone would be pleased to read, despite the satisfactory presentation and detailing, if a reader is not able to connect with the book (which might be difficult for non-technical line holders) it would pass off as a non-worthy read.

The author has used quite a bagful of good words but he better could have explained some, for ‘Alcohorginity‘ isn’t even explained by Google. P.S- It’s alcohol-virginity .

I actually had to google about some basic parts of a boat in order to be able to understand what exactly was going on in the story while the designing and that was quite tiring.

Reviewed by– Banaja Prakashini

Quotes
* Coincidences are strange at times. At ‘all’ times. But when they occurs, they invariably seem inconsequential to our lives.

* You don’t sell memories.

For book reviews, contact- banajaprakashini@gmail.com

Review Pen: The Kissing Circles by Nitin Tewari

Book– The Kissing Circles.. to be or not to be extraordinary.
Author– Nitin Tewari
Previous Works– Debutant Novel
Publishers–  Invincible Publishers
Number of pages – 313

Review
Manoj and Rajesh, two engineers with not so good academic achievements and not so bright future, join Digisys in Kerela, cursing their fate and lives they are united with another like fated Adish Matthew , an IT geek with an incurable phobia of his father’s anger.
He introduces them to Mutthur, his friend whose love life is jeopardized by his love’s father who looks down on Mutthur.
The boring thoughts about Digisys vanish when they felt blessed about being in the locale with Adish as their guide, and a budding friendship found its way between them. Life was a rose and soon the thorns found their way, pricking in their skin. Manoj started doubting himself and his futile hope for a bright future seemed to be fading, Rajesh’s life took a drastic turn and he found himself buried under the load of grief and alcohol, Adish’s bridge of tolerance for his father’s taunts seemed to be crumpling, though he didn’t have the courage to revolt against his father, Mutthur of all suffered the biggest loss when his only hope of winning his love lay in ashes.

The Southies and the Northies joined hands against their misfortune to defend their future, and overcame many odds. Will they come out victorious in the end or lose the final race? Read the Kissing Circles to find out, for ‘ to be or not to be extraordinary’ is the present question.

The book is written in multiple point of views that makes it different from the others and has been pulled off really well.
The detailed description is highly appreciated for I could fathom the pain and effort the author has poured into his writing, all the local festivals and the traditions in them have been explained rather than just being mentioned and that makes the book informative as well.
Glad to know the history behind Pal Payasam, because any details regarding food is always welcomed.
The north indian bargain, the dazed southie, the vegetarian dread, the Nain Sukh Prapti, the desperate male, the Vashikaran and many other things will make the reader chuckle.
Look out for “The Sunday Church” named chapter, the first four pages were unexpected and a sure treat.
The book left me wondering one thing though, Do crabs have tails?
Yes they do.

Ratings- 3 out of 5 stars

This is not one of those books that everyone would be pleased to read, despite the satisfactory presentation and detailing, if a reader is not able to connect with the book (which might be difficult for non-technical line holders) it would pass off as a non-worthy read.

The author has used quite a bagful of good words but he better could have explained some, for ‘Alcohorginity‘ isn’t even explained by Google. P.S- It’s alcohol-virginity .

I actually had to google about some basic parts of a boat in order to be able to understand what exactly was going on in the story while the designing and that was quite tiring.

Reviewed by– Banaja Prakashini

Quotes
* Coincidences are strange at times. At ‘all’ times. But when they occurs, they invariably seem inconsequential to our lives.

* You don’t sell memories.

For book reviews, contact- banajaprakashini@gmail.com