Book Review- Secrets, Sins & Struggles by Kamini Kusum

Book Name- Secrets, Sins & Struggles: The Journey of Five Women
Author- Kamini Kusum
Genre- Anthology/ Fiction
Publisher- Zobra Books
Pages- 210
Price- ₹199

BLURB

A collection of five tales,Secrets,Sins & Struggles is about the lives and loves of five women, tracing their long, eventful journeys that are anything but linear.

Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way.

Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend.

Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover.

Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his.

These stories are about the odds stacked against women in their path to love and success.

They are also about hope that the next turn will lead to the happiness and success they all long for.

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REVIEW

Secrets, Sins, and Struggles by Kamini Kusum is a kind of anthology where author serves us 5 short stories of 5 different women which are going through their sins, struggles and many other elements. This book is perfect feminist book of a kind and inspiring too.

Book Cover shows five different women with different emotions. The cover is appropriate with the book and catches attention of the readers.

Title discloses about the content and is complements well the cover of book. Blurb is short and interesting enough for readers to pick up the book.

Language of this book is simple and easy to comprehend. Narration is done well and makes story reading smooth. Few quotes in the book are worth quoting.

All the five characters are different from each other with different struggles but one thing common in them is, all of them try to change their fate. I loved the way author focuses on the main protagonist in few pages and makes readers involve in the character building.

My sister picked up this book before I could and as I saw her reading this, so engrossed in the pages, I knew it was going to be a fantastic book.

What I didn’t know was that it was also going to be an emotional and a memorable book.

Well since Women’s day is coming soon, I thought I’d pick this book up myself.

What started with a thought provoking intense tale of Pooja, a girl who runs away from her detestable family and gets raped and sold into flesh trade.. Just reading about those incidents made me skin crawl and my stomach turn.

Continuing ahead, I got to experience one poignant story after the other which led to a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts.

Every woman with a unique character, different qualities and flaws was portrayed so beautifully.

The story and their struggle was weaved in such a wonderful way making this book a real page turner.

No it is not a straight on book. It is a bunch of short stories. So even if you don’t like a single one, don’t worry,  there are others which could be more to your liking.

For me, the tale of Avni was an incredible one.

I will not lie and say that I finished it in one sitting. Instead I savoured each story every day, mainly because I didn’t want this to end.

What makes me commend the writer is the fact that she brought diversification in the characters. Not every girl was a single independent feminist, nor they were all uneducated, just looking to get married. There was variety, in stories and in the characterization.

The name ‘Secret, Sins and Struggles’ is totally apt for this roller coaster book and I recommend it to any person looking for a deep, thought-provoking and marvelous book.

 

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Book Review- Icelandic Voyage by Dr Amit Gupta

Title: The Icelandic Voyage
Author: Dr. Amit Gupta
Genre: Travel, nonfiction
Publisher: Invincible Publishers
Pages: 170

Blurb-

Travel books strive on cliches. And mostly it is a single man on a ‘journey of self-discovery’, phew. Well, not this one. The author along with his family decides to take a trip to the outlandish Iceland. It was a huge task, first of all, to convince his family to sideline a trip to the sandy beaches of Italy or France and linger upon the idea of a country which has active volcanoes. After a delayed nod, they set on a road trip to discover the most unusual tourist destinations in the world.
So, what sets Iceland apart, the black beaches or a crashed plane turned into a tourist spot or the city where the population of people can be counted on your fingers? Or the non-existence of mosquitoes & McDonalds. They don’t coincide but you cannot find one in Iceland. Read their journey about how the author faces his family’s indolent behaviour and how he deals with it throughout the whole trip. And also, take a glimpse of a rendition of ‘Gerua’, Gupta family style.
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Review-

The Icelandic Voyage explores beauty of Iceland. Book is given with lots of pictures where author tries to bring the beautiful Iceland in front of readers. All the photographs are amazing and eye pleasing.
Content of the book is humorous and written in very simple language. Author talks so much about Iceland and Author’s experience in the Iceland. Author also talks about little but important things like travel blogs, packing, ticket booking etc.  The do’s and don’ts are also mentioned in the book which I am sure will help readers if they are planning any trip.
 Not many people that “Gerua” song from movie “Dilwale” was shot in Iceland. Author shares his own Gerua moments which was the most beautiful part of the book.
Also I loved the hardcover copies and glossy pages.
All in all, The Icelandic Voyage is a beautiful travel book. A must buy if you are planning a trip to Iceland.

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Book Review-8 Days a Week by Niraj Satnalika

Book Name- 8 days a week
Author- Niraj satnalika 
Genre- Drama, Fiction 
Publisher- Half Baked Beans
Pages- 120
Price- 200

Blurb-

Niraj Satnalika- investment manager turned writer takes a sneak peak in the world of sales – a department which makes business possible through his second novel Rohan aka Ron was super excited to join sales department in a leading financial services company post his amazing 2 months internship experience. Just like a drug peddler, Rohan peddled with complex financial products ranging insurance to credit cards to mutual funds. However, little did he know that his life as a sales person would change his professional and personal life for the better and worse. Read on to unfold the mystery.

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REVIEW-

8 days a week is hilarious book written by debutante Niraj Satnalika. This book serves us story of normal sales officer in very hilarious way.

Book Title and Cover- Book Title is apt and interesting. Cover hints us about the numbers and job. Both title and cover are complementing each other. Blurb is short and interesting. Overall First Impression of our book demands attention of readers.

Language and Narration- Language is lucid with decent narration. Narration of the book surely engages readers with the book. I loved the humour content and Hindi verses.

Storyline and Plot- This book is all about Sales officer. It tells us his ups and downs, his hard work to meet targets, his frustration in very hilarious way without losing interest of readers. Author has done commendable job with this satirical and humorous book.

Ratings-
Book Title and cover- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 4/5

Final Rating- 4/5

All in all this book serves unique storyline and plot with guaranteed laughs. I would recommend this book to sales officers and readers who read humour/comedy content.

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