Book Review- The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal

Book Name- Four Patriots
Author- Sumit Agrawal
Genre- Fiction/ Patriotic Fiction
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Pages- 306
Price- 175

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Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back?
Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician and Aditya, an altruistic businessman.
Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives—a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive?
A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goose bumps. Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must-read!

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REVIEW

The Four Patriots is debut novel by Mr. Sumit Agrawal. With his novel, Sumit takes on various social problems like poverty, terrorism, naxalites, political problems. He also suggests the possible solution on them.

I received this book from Rupa Publications in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Book Title is apt with the content. Cover is eye-catching but could be improved. Blurb is short and further discloses about the content and thus attracts readers to pick up the book.

Language used is very simple yet interesting. Author has amazing narrating skills which i am sure you’ll experience while reading this book. Use of Hindi verses adds to the book and glues readers with this book.

Characterization- All the characters are described artistically without giving full descriptions about everything. I loved the way author handled their personal and social life in the book.

Story is fast paced and flows smoothly. Plot is unique and thus keeps you interested with the book. Twists and turns are woven throughout the plot which stays with you after you finish the book.

Overall The Four Patriots is new age novel which talks about social problems and their possible solutions. I would recommend this novel to Youngsters.

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Book Review- Where The River Parts by Radhika Dogra Swarup

Book Name- Where The River Parts
Authoress- Radhika DograSwarup
Genre- Fiction/Partition Fiction
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Pages- 288
Price- ₹295

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But these things haven’t happened before. It’s August 1947, the night before India’s independence. It is also the night before Pakistan’s creation and the brutal partition of the two countries.
Asha, a Hindu in a newly created Muslim land, must flee to safety. She carries with her a secret she has kept even from Firoze, her Muslim lover. But Firoze must remain in Pakistan and increasing tensions between the two countries mean the couple can never reunite.
Fifty years later in New York, Asha’s Indian granddaughter falls in love with a Pakistani and Asha and Firoze, meeting again at last, are faced with one more final choice.

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REVIEW

A lot of authors from India and Pakistan have written many books on partition but very few of them manage to touch readers heart without being patriotic and emotional for religion. Where The River Parts is one such book which is not only written beautifully but it stays with you after you’hv completed the book.

Book Title and Cover both are soothing and apt with the content. Both are eye catching and demands attention of readers. Blurb is short yet interesting and forces readers to pick up the book.

Narration is what this book different from other books written on same theme. The way Author describes the horror of partition and emotions of protagonist in different situations touches your heart. Characters are artistically shaped from lover to mother and grandmother. The different shades of protagonist in different roles is beautifully described.

Though plot is not very unique, the narrating skills and gripping storyline glues readers with the book. Author have handled critical situations with delicacy without being biased towards any country and religion.
Climax is unexpectedly beautiful and my favorite scene from this book.

I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to read books on partition fiction.

I received this book from Rupa Publications in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Book Review- Never Kiss Your Best Friend by Sumrit Shahi

Book Name- Never Kiss Your Best Friend
Author- Sumrit Shahi
Genre- chick-lit/ Romantic Comedy
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Pages- 206
Price- 195

Blurb-

Go lingerie – shopping with him. Pass out drunk with her on the same bed. Cry on his shoulder when you break up. Bore her with football talk at 3 a.m. Ask him for advice on how to keep your boyfriend ‘happy’. Watch a cheesy movie with her and cry freely. Ask him to rate your butt. Dance with her in your boxers. But never, ever kiss your best friend. In this sequel to the bestselling Just Friends, find out what happens when headstrong and impulsive Tanie Brar meets her equally crazy best friend Sumer Singh Dhillon after five long years of separation. Heart-warming and poignant, Never Kiss Your Best Friend redefines the rules of friendship with its story of a boy and a girl who are soulmates in every sense.

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Never kiss your best friend is sequel of Just Friends written by Sumrit Shahi. Author continues to entertain his fans with romance, sarcasm and humour with this book as he did with Just Friends.

Book Title and Cover- Book Title is intriguing and confusing and it creates curiosity in the mind of readers. Cover is beautiful and apt with the story. Blurb is short and interesting.

Language and Narration- Language of this book is simple and enough interesting for both naive and avid readers. I liked the humour and sarcasm in the book. It made me laugh out loud in crowded places.
The only thing which i disliked is overusage of word ‘Fuck’ in every other line just to show how cool his characters are. Other than that, language and narration is nearly perfect.

Characterization- Both the characters are continued from prequel Just Friends. Tanie and Sumer both are relatable to youngsters. Author has successfully portrayed the cool metro lives of today’s generation.

Storyline and Plot- Story is set into three different locations. Chandigarh, hometown of tanie and sumer also they did schooling in Chandigarh.
Delhi, where they parted for 5 years being busy with their college.
Mumbai, where they meet again after 5 years of college.

Sumrit has done commendable job writing about the problems of today’s youngsters.The book tells us everything about the characters in just 200 words without over stretching the story.

Book picks up the pace from the first page only. Humour, sarcasm and twists and turns in the book helps readers to glued with the book. Climax is unexpected and makes your eyes well. To know more about the book, you must read this book.

RATING-
Book Title and Cover- 4/5
Language and Narration- 3.5/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 4/5

Final Rating- 4/5

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Interview Session- Varsha Dixit, The Bestselling Author of The Right Wrong Series

Hello friends, so today we have celebrity with us, the author of the famous and bestselling series, The Right Wrong Series, Varsha Dixit.

Varsha Dixit is the bestselling author of contemporary romance. ‘Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ her latest bookreleased in August 2016. To find out more about Varsha and her books visit her website www.varshadixit.com or her author page on Facebook. Twitter: @Varsha20.

So lets start the session now…

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m an author of contemporary romance, a mom and a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light.

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  1. What brought you in this writing world?

A love for the written word, an overactive imagination and a desire to leave some kind of a mark, I feel made me take up writing.

  1. What after writing?

I’m still writing and planning to do for as long as I live so there is no plan for ‘after writing’ J

  1. What made you write Right Wrong Series?

The desire to write a story about women friends and their intertwined lives.

  1. You live in USA then why your books have Hindi dialogues?

For I was born and raised in India. I moved to USA after marriage and in my late twenties. So I’m all Indian thus the Hindi dialogues.

  1. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?

Not really a character but I would say the friendships they share, specifically Nandini and Sneha, are much like I do with my friends.

  1. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Something and anything which is inspiring and interesting.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

John Grisham, JhumpaLahiri, James Patterson, Tess Gerrittsen, Michael Connelly to name a few. I like their writing styles, plots and pacing of the story.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

I am working on a few projects and will share when I’m closer to finishing them. However, romance is a thread common to them all.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

They can connect with me on

Twitter  Facebook or My Website 

Her books- 

Only Wheat Not White

Xcess Baggage

Right Fit Wrong Shoe

Wrong Means Right End

Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right

 

 

Book Review- Destiny of Shattered Dreams

Genre: Drama, Fiction
Book Name: Destiny of Shattered Dreams
Author: Nilesh Rathod
Pages: 244
Publication Year: 2016
Price- 200

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An insider’s view into what goes on behind the glittering façade of corporate stardom, Destiny of Shattered Dreams is a fast-paced tale of a brilliant young man’s meteoric rise at business. It is also a moving portrayal of love and its fallibility.
Ambition, passion and raw courage are Atul Malhotra’s key aides to realizing his dreams as he learns the art of gambling for high stakes. What follows is a game of treachery, infidelity and murder. The book lays bare the sordid corporate-politico nexus that compels this once middle-class boy to deftly learn the ropes and negotiate a world where dirty deals and power plays can make or break lives, where one wrong choice could prove fatal.
A tale of yachts and hidden Swiss accounts, sordid affairs of lust, intrigue and exhilarating highs, Nilesh Rathod’s Destiny of Shattered Dreams is also the story of innocence forever lost.

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Review-

Destiny of Shattered Dreams is drama fiction by Nilesh Rathod. With this novel, Mr. Rathod serves us one of the life-like characters and gripping storyline. This book come up with shades of human emotions with his characters as story continues.

Book Title and Cover- Book Title is catchy and attractive. Cover is apt but could be improved. Blurb is short and upto mark. Overall First Impression of our book is enough interesting for readers to pick up the book.

Language and Narration- Language of this book is simple yet lucid. Narration is decent and keeps readers hooked with the story. Hindi verses in the book is icing on the cream.

Characterization- Atul is main character of our book. Author has beautifully covered the different emotions of Atul in different phases of his life. Though there are many characters in the book, author has skillfully knitted them with the story with creating confusion.

Storyline and Plot- This book revolves around the Atul. His dreams, his hardwork, altogether his life. Story picks up the place from the first page only. The storyline is nearly perfect without any loopholes. Though, plot is not extraordinary, gripping storyline and strong characters alng with decent narration makes readers glued with the books.

All in all, The Destiny of Shattered Dreams is one of the finest books by Indian authors in drama genre. I would recommend this book to readers who wants to read hardcover books over masala books.

RATING-
Book Title and Cover- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 4/5

Final Rating- 4/5

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Book Review- Love Bi The Way by Bhaavna Arora

Book Name- Love Bi The Way
Author- Bhaavna Arora
Publisher- Penguin Publications
Genre- Fiction-Romance-LGBT
Pages- 240
Price- ₹199

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Rihana is a painter who is trying to find inspiration in love. Zara is a businesswoman trying to make a niche for her company in a male-dominated world. Rihana is fire, Zara is ice; Rihana is openly sensual, while Zara is more cautious with her heart—they are opposites that attract. They are different people bound together by their house—‘Cupid’—and their pet golden retriever, Tiger.

As both of them navigate their fulfilling careers and try to leave behind troubled pasts, they find solace in each other. But Tiger’s not the only male in their lives. Rihana finds herself a string of sexy men, while Zara emerges out of her shell and meets an actual prince who sweeps her off her feet. But can these relationships last? And what road will they take when love happens bi the way?

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REVIEW-

Love Bi The Way is penned down by a bestselling Authoress Bhaavna Arora.

The book is nice but not as I expected. The authoress has given extra attention to Rihana which in some ways made her a little extra dramatic. But this drawback has been covered by her new idea and concept. The two best things I liked in the book are Cupid and Tiger.

Book Title and Cover- Book Title is catchy and draws attention of readers. Cover is beautiful and intriguing.  Book is upto mark and attracts readers.

Language and Narration- Language is lucid and with decent narration story flows effortlessly throughout the book. One liners in the book are catchy and quotable.

Characters- Both the characters, Rihana and Zara are justified properly. Rihana is an extrovert and free living while Zara is an introvert and caged in her own world. Another character, Tiger, he is a cute dog and reading about him was fun. At the end when all the twists and turns arrive the characters of the novel develop with time which is a good sign of a good novel.

Storyline and Plot- Bhaavna Arora with her book serves an interesting story of two females loving each other. This book is perfect blend of Love, Friendship, Human Emotions and of course intimate scenes. But I think the story could have been better. The start is very interesting but in the middle the story loses its pace a little. As we all know in a book a climax is one of the most important thing and Bhaavna Arora nailed it there. Towards the end she showered lots of love in the book.

Some people may misunderstand the tag line of this book but a reader who reads it till the end will get the correct meaning.

Ratings-
Book Title and Cover- 4/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Character Justification – 3/5
Storyline and Plot- 3/5

Final Rating- 3.5/5
Overall, Love Bi The Way is fresh and intriguing book which promises entertainment to his readers. I would recommend this book to readers looking for something new to read and also to those who are looking to find out things about love…

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Book Review- Wrong Means Right End by Varsha Dixit

Book Name- Wrong Means Right End
Author- Varsha Dixit
Genre- Romantic Fiction
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Pages- 310
Price- 140

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After a failed marriage, Sneha, a single working mom, has no time, or inclination, for love. She resists every matchmaking attempt made by the overzealous Nandini, married to industrialist Aditya. But then the past intrudes in the form of the gorgeous and rich, Nikhil, who brings along Gayatri to break-up her ex-fianc, Adityas marriage. Sneha enlists Nikhils help to salvage the situation. But how does she even talk to a man who clearly loathes her? As Nikhil and Sneha try to grapple with their egos and combustible chemistry, love blossoms.

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Book Cover and Title- Cover designed beautifully with colours that are pleasing to the eye and there is even some texture in the print. Title is catchy and appropriate with the story. Blurb was upto mark. This book had good paper quality and font size.
Overall First Impression of our book is catchy

Language and Narration- Light Simple and Quick to read. Language and Narration combined with story flows effortlessly.

Storyline and Plot- Author has done beautiful job with this book and characters. Sneha the main protagonist of our book is sassy. I was shocked to read about her past. But she never came as victim. Nikhil is another protagonist who has killer looks, caring with dry humor.I loved the chemistry between Sneha and Nikhil. The sexual tension between them was fun to read. Also it was hilarious to read the mispronounced abuses by Sneha.

Last book’s major characters Nandini and Aditya are also involved here. But their story runs simultaneously with the story of Sneha and Nikhil. This time Gayatri also comes in the limelight again when Nikhil helps her in breaking the relation of Nandini and Aditya.

Story flows well with the all the scenes meshed beautifully. Pace of this book is fast and although length is 300+ pages, it is quick read. There are few twists and turns which hooked me with the book.

In short, Wrong Means Right End was a mixture of a funny romance and a teary sentimental tale with a tone of Bollywood. I would recommend this book to all the romance readers.

Because of little less grip for this book I can give this book 4/5 stars.

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