Book Review- Should I Fall in Love by Shraddha Khanna

Book Name- Should I… Fall In Love
Author – Shradha khanna
Genre – Romantic Fiction 
Publisher – RIGI PUBLICATIONS
Pages- 142

Blurb-
A story of Fear….. of not finding forever after and questioning your heart. Naina has always been a strong headed, lively and carefree person. She always felt that there was a reason for everything. She believed in love, commitment and sacrifice, but when her three year old relationship crumble down in front of her she lost all the hope in love and marriage forever. With time and help of her friend, Naina starts afresh in a new city with a new job and people around. For the first time in her life she was not looking for love but a deep urge to stand on her own feet made its way in her life. Little did Naina know her life was going to change? Nothing could prepare her for the storm of love in the shape of Nihal, the confident, persistent and handsome guy she met at her boss housewarming party. Read on to know, will Nihal be able to penetrate the cold walls covered around Naina’s heart or her insecurities are more than enough to lead them on different paths in life. A story where thinking that questioning your heart with “Should I”, can stop you from “Falling In Love”

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Review-

Should I Fall In Love is a debut novel by Shraddha Khanna and author has done amazing done with keeping the book close to reality with simple yet intriguing plot and connecting storyline.

Book Title and Cover-  Title is appropriate with the book and creates curiosity about the book. Cover however, is not much attractive and should be improved in the next edition of the book.

Blurb is short and up to mark and gives us hint about the content.

Narration and Editing- Language used in the book is lucid and engages readers with the book. Narration is done in third person and makes a wonderful reading experience.

There are few editing errors in the book which should be corrected in the next edition. Apart from them, book is pretty interesting to read.

Characterization- Main characters, Naina and Nihal are portrayed beautifully with keeping everything close to reality. I liked Naina’s character the most. She is workaholic with dark past and wants to move forward but misses “Love” in her life.

Nihal on the other hand, is a free living, charming, flirtatious guy. The book is about Naina and Nihal and whether they end up together or not.

Plot and Storyline- Plot is simple and realistic and thus predictable most of the times. But the way series of events flow with happy and bumpy ride, readers are bind with the story. It is a perfect romantic book with happy ending.

The plus point about the storyline is Shraddha kept it simple and realistic and thus story is connecting.

Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/4
Language and Narration- 3/4
Characterization- 3.5/5
Storyline and Plot- 3/5

Overall Rating- 3/5

All in all, Should I Fall In Love is a sweet engaging tale of love and makes you smile throughout the book. Don’t miss this book if you’re into romantic genre.

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Book Review- The Golden Temple Raj Kiran Atagaraha

Book Name- The Golden Temple

Author- Raj Kiran Atagaraha
Genre- Mukti Genre/Romance Fiction
Publisher- Zobra Publishers
Pages- 164
Price- ₹169

Blurb-

Raj is excited to visit the Golden Temple for the first time. But it’s not just the Guru Granth Sahib whom he meets in Amritsar, there’s someone else waiting for him on the way‒Geet.
A day spent together under the watchful eyes of Waheguru and Geet becomes a teacher for Raj. Neither of them realizes when the discussions on Sikhism end up teaching them secret lessons of love.
It takes Raj a lot of time and courage to profess his love for Geet. But there’s a wall standing in front of his ‘I love you’‒a wall that was built way back in 1984. Desperate to break that wall, Raj returns to the Golden Temple again. Does the Golden Temple really hold any answers for him? Is Waheguru really watching over the two hearts that he had brought together?
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Review-

The Golden Temple is a simple story of love which serves us unique plot and easy going storyline. I loved how Raj revolves his characters and story around Sikhism. This book not only serves good story but also tells us about Sikhism and it’s history and culture. Kudos to the author for this amazing debut.
Book Cover and Title- Book Title is appropriate and gives us hint about the story. Cover is beautiful and further discloses about the story.
Language and Narration- Language is lucid and easy to comprehend. Narration is simple and graceful. Story flows beautifully with the amazing one liners and simple narration. Few one liners in the movie are worth quoting.
Characterization- All the characters in the story are relatable and thus readers will find them connecting to the story. Other Characters are also given importance and they add flavour to the story. All the characters merge well with the plot and sub-plot and makes this book an interesting read.
Also author beautifully uses spirituality to connect with the readers.
Theme- Main theme of the story is Love and different perspective of love. It also covers spirituality and religion which was fun and interesting to read.
Storyline and Plot- This book serves us unusual plot with pinch of spirituality. I loved the way Raj kept the characters and scenes realistic enough to connect with the readers. Story is not so fast and not too slow and flows smoothly with few twists and turns to keep readers bind with the book. Climax was quiet predictable but given storyline and characters it’s still an enjoyable read.
Also this book shows spirituality with other perspective. It also teaches us a thing or two about Sikhism, it’s culture and history.
Likes-
1. Love factor and the simple take of love with much melodrama.
2. Spirituality in the book.
3. Connecting characters.
Dislikes-
1. Few editing errors, apart from that this book is perfect read for romance lovers.
Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 3/5
Storyline and Plot- 4.5/5
Final Rating- 4/5
Overall, The Golden Temple is simple yet beautiful story of love meshed with spirituality and teaches us about Sikhism and few important morals.

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Book Review- The Way She Loved by Nitin Kumar

Book Name- The Way She Loved
Author- Nitin Kumar
Genre- Romantic Fiction
Publisher- Notion Press Publishing
Pages- 194
Price- ₹190

Blurb-

Every relationship has ups and downs. But, only those relationships that sustain separation and pain will stand the test of time.

Ayush, a small town boy, falls in love with Arpita who is older than him and already has a boyfriend. After much struggle, he succeeds in getting into a relationship with her. They fall in love but end up going their separate ways.

Ayush is deeply affected by the breakup and is plagued by unanswered questions.
What were the reasons behind Arpita’s change in behavior? Did she really love him? Would he learn to live with the pain?

Does Ayush come to understand The Way She Loved?

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Review-

This is debut novel by Nitin Kumar and it could not be better. The way she loved is wonderful book of True Love and pain where author shows us different perspective of love.

Book Title and Cover- Book Title is apt with the content. It attracts readers. Cover is beautiful and  reminds us of the setting sun.

Language and Narration- Language of the book is simple and easy to comprehend. Narration is okayish and being the debue book of Mr. Kumar, he had done a good job with narration.

There are some editing errors which should be corrected in the second edition of the book.

Characterization- There are two characters in focus, Ayush who is a boy from small town loves Arpita who is elder to her. Author beautifully sketches the small town boy and the love he feels for Arpita. Arpita is complex character and wins our heart in the end of the book.

Storyline and Plot- Storyline is simple with twists and turns to glue the readers. Author artistically shows the human emotions. Plot is not so unique but interesting characters amd lively narration makes this book an interesting one.

Ratings-

Book Cover and Title- 4/5
Language and Narration- 3/5 
Characterization- 3.5/5
Storyline and Plot- 3.5/5

Overall Rating- 3.5/5

All in all The Way She Loved is beautiful story of love, pain and sacrifices. I would recommend this book to all romance fiction lovers.

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Author Interview- Devanshi Sharma, Author of No Matter What I Do: I End Up Falling for You

Hello readers,
Today we have an extremely talented young authoress Devanshi Sharma, author of No Matter What I Do: I end up Falling for You with us. So, without wasting more of our time lets start the interview.

1. Tell us about yourself.

Defining yourself is one of the trickiest tasks to do. But, if you ask me, there are three words that more or less speak about Devanshi—workaholic, dreamer and stubborn. I dream, and I try to work as hard as I can to achieve it with a stubborn positive attitude. That’s what’s needed to achieve your aims, isn’t it?

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2. What brought you in this writing world?

Imagination and love for stories. Even as a kid, I loved making up stories and narrating them, I am doing the same, the only difference is that now, they are more realistic!

3. What after writing?

My family is the first priority in my life, after which comes writing and then the list concludes. So, that’s writing in my life.

4. What made you write No Matter What I Do: I end up Falling for You?

No Matter What I Do is a story that narrates four stories knitted in one string. When I was writing it, I simply wanted to make people love tea with salt! In simpler words, I wanted my readers to know about Amaira and her story. The story also talks of Kabir, Suhani and Kushank, who like most of us are struggling to find the right path. It is a story amidst us, I thought why not share it with my readers?

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5. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

I think that each person and each character is shaped individualistically and therefore, comparing two individuals is not something I usually prefer. So, I would say I resemble to Devanshi!

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

Literature means world. Having been a student of English Literature myself, I feel that literature is one subject that covers all layers of human behavior and society. So, when you want to know everything about human beings, you refer to literature.

7. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I love reading Indian authors, naming a few they are, Ruskin Bond for the reason that how he defines mountains, no one else can. Another writer I love is Manju Kapoor for her realistic and gray characters.

8. Anything about your upcoming work?

Well, it is a novel about characters like us, who make mistakes, who fall down, and who still want to get up and move ahead. No one’s perfect so why not celebrate imperfection? And, why go with wrong when right is an option?

9. How can our readers connect with you?

I’d be more than glad to connect with my readers on Facebook. They can visit my website, devanshisharma.in to know more about all my books and latest updates.

10. Any words to newbies?

No one’s a newbie and all of us are newbies. What I’d say to my friends who aspire to write is that No Matter What happens, write ad infinitum. I know writing is a journey in itself, with waves of ups and downs but just stick to your story and make it happen, trust me after all the waves, you will never regret the amount of work, effort and emotions that you’ve put in your work! On that note, Keep writing!

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Interview Break- Ankita Rathour (Author of Epiphany: Tales of Revelation)

Hello everyone,
Today we have an amazing and smart poetess Ankita Rathour who launched her book, Epiphany: Tales of Revelation, a few days ago. So let’s see how she responds to my questions.

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  1. Tell us about yourself.

I am a lazy nerd who reads and watches crime series in free time and writes poems. I love F.R.I.E.N.D.S. which is my daily dose of sanity. Teaching is my passion and I am associated with Hindustan Times Learning Centers since 2015 as a subject expert in English. I love long conversations over coffee!

  1. What brought you in this writing world?

Dissatisfaction. There are books everywhere nowadays and most of them are bestsellers but hardly any of them are contributing to the social and cultural fabric at large. I intend to do that through my writing. Moreover, I am disheartened to see the rampant commercialization of writing in which poetry has no place. For me, poetry has always been the most powerful and underrated form of literature that needs to be out so that it can inspire more poets to come out of their shells.

  1. What after writing?

I have been a literature student and still am. I have continued and will continue my research interests. Secondly, I am a teacher so I will be dedicated towards the long-term purpose of making this society and India better.

  1. What made you write Epiphany: Tales of Revelation?

An inspiration. An Epiphany.

The book is a story about and of people. As a writer, I strongly believe in the raw and purest forms of emotions that need to come out on paper because they deliver you the liberation that you have been looking for.

I had been writing poems since long and then I decided upon the right time to get it out in print.

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  1. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

Well! It’s quite impossible to associate yourself with one character and being a literature student yourself you would agree with that. A very dear friend of mine once said: “You have multiple personalities in you.”

I feel I am an amalgamation of many. To narrow it down: I associate myself closely with Elizabeth Benett (Pride and Prejudice), Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) and Sindi Oberoi (Foreigner). I think I am witty like Elizabeth, passionate like Heathcliff and detached as Sindi. Many other characters come close to but let’s just end it here.

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

Literature means to connect, relate and grow. What is the most fascinating part about literature is the way different narratives go on being ‘relatable’ through ages. I think literature is the biggest time travel ever possible. Not everything written is literature. So, we need to be very careful about what we read and write.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I am fanatic about Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I ardently love Austen, Bronte sisters, D.H. Lawrence, Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett, Paolo Coelho, R.K. Narayan and Arun Joshi. I love the works of Hanif Qureshi and Jhumpa Lahiri. The list goes on.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

I have recently penned down my first crime story which is to be released soon in the anthology titled ‘Abstract Tales’. I will be working on the short story collection of my detective/sleuth after that. I am ready with another collection of poems too but I am waiting for the right time to get it out.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

I write experiences which not only become easily relatable but also give you an insight about yourself. The readers will find that reality and individuality in my work.

  1. Any words to newbies?

Please read literature. Pick up classics and start now! Read what you think you shouldn’t be reading. That helps you grow and mature. Please do not run after the tag of ‘bestseller’. Believe in quality rather than quantity and learn to love solitude- that will make you a great writer.

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Book Review- Crème Brûlée: A Novel by Ramona Sen

Book Name- Creme Burelle
Author- Ramona Sen
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Genre- Drama, Fiction
Pages- 246 
Price- 295

Blurb-

A quintessential Bengali anglophile, Aabir Mookerjee, is back from Oxford and can often be spotted basking in the comfort of colonial clubs or pottering around his restaurant, E&B, whose chocolate mousse has been garnering all the attention.
Troubles begin when The Mad Hatter opens across town and its attractive young proprietress shows a knack for concocting sweetmeats. Meanwhile, Aabir’s mother and the family priest unite to find him a ‘suitable’ bride. His monosyllabic sister won’t help and his incorrigible friend is too much the flagrant Lothario to be depended upon. Soon, the easily disoriented Aabir finds himself swamped by more ladies than he can handle.
Perhaps the only person who can bring things to a head is his dead grandmother, who watches over the family with an eagle eye from her unearthly abode on the coconut tree.
Hugely engaging, with bountiful laughter, read along to know how Aabir fares, even as he inches closer to the best dessert he can get his hands on and a romance he hadn’t bargained for.
Psst: The reader runs the risk of unappeasable hunger pangs, which is not to be held against this lip-smackingly tasty book.

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REVIEW-

Creme Burelle is simple yet engaging drama fiction novel penned down by Ramona Sen. Engaging story and life-like characters are what makes this book a special book.

Book Cover and Title- Book Cover is beautiful and eye-pleasing. Title is confusing yet interesting and at a time it creates curiosity about the book. Blurb is  short and up to mark. All in all First Impression of this book catches the attention of readers.

Language and Narration- Language of this book is ‘advanced English’, lucid and interesting. It increased my vocabulary of colours. Narration is decent and helps readers to get hooked up with the book. Dialogues between characters are short and interesting.

Characterization- This book has lots of characters and every character, main protagonist or side characters, have important role to play in the story.

Storyline and Plot- This book follows a simple story of family drama. All the scenes are written perfectly. Number of characters are skillfully woven with storyline without losing track of story.
Humour content and love story is beautifully meshed with the drama.

RATINGS-
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and plot- 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

BLURB-

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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