Book Review- No Matter What I Do by Devanshi Sharma

Book Name- No Matter What I Do, I End Up Falling For You
Author- Devanshi Sharma
Genre- Romantic Fiction
Pages- 200
Price- 175

Blurb-

Kabir, Amaira, Kushank and Suhani – four very different people bound together by love and friendship – struggling to find the motto of their lives. Four individuals striving to find themselves. Four threads entangled together and four lives recuperating each other – No Matter What I Do is the story of these four youngsters, on a journey to find themselves.
The love story narrates tales of reversing stereotypes and finding individuality. But will they really find their reason to live
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Review-

No Matter What I Do: I End Up Falling For You  is the second novel by the  Devanshi Sharma. After her first novel, expectations were high from Devanshi and she succeeded to fulfill our expectations with her new book.
I received a free copy of this book from Kalamos Literary Services in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Book Cover and Title- The book Cover is eye-pleasing, plain and simple. However, it could have been made more attractive. The title is appropriate for the content and creates a curiousity about the book. The blurb is okay and further discloses about the content of the book.
Language and Narration- The language of the book is lucid. Narration is done in first person. It is simple and binds readers with the book. The descriptions are perfect and the editing is done well.
Characterization- All the characters are justified properly. I loved the way characters undergo a change in the latter half. It was good to read that apart from protagonist, supporting characters are artistically portrayed.
All in all, Characterization was near to perfect.
Theme- The theme of the book is unconditional love, it also shows the way a woman can change a man and what a man can do for the love of his life. The author has merged emotions with his word which makes you feel the pain and happiness of characters.
Storyline and Plot- Storyline of the book is unique and it serves a fresh story. Plot construction is gripping and forces you to read the book. Story is fast paced and scenes are penned beautifully and placed rightly. You can read this book in 3-4 hours.
Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 3.5/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot-  4/5
Final Rating- 4/5
 All in all, No Matter What I Do: I. End Up Falling For You is an emotional story which will surely touch your heart. I would recommend this book to the romance fiction readers out there.

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Author Interview- Nitin Kumar

Today we have Nitin Kumar, author of The Way She Loved with us.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I am student of Journalism and mass communication, pursuing my graduation from National institute of mass communication, New Delhi. Being a bonhomie, I am pretty cool creature living under my own conditions. If I talk more about myself, I see myself as a dream chaser. Nevertheless I am not so called ‘ambitious’, however all matters for me, are my dreams.

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  1. What brought you in this writing world?

To be very honest, I was always fascinated about writing and literature. I used to write poetries and short fiction stories since childhood. Moreover, I had a dream of writing my own novel from the schooldays. That’s why certainly, I am here today giving you my interview.

  1. What after writing?

See, I have several dreams that I always keep following. So, my next step would probably be the masters in business administration and after that others goals too. (Of course, keeping my writing parallel with further steps)

  1. What made you write The Way She Loved?

Clearly, there was two genuine reason behind writing down ‘The way she loved’. One is to fulfil my dreams of be an author. Second one is to avoid or can say compensate, the bad happenings of my life. I believe that everything happens for a reason, all we need is to convert it for a good one. So, this one also played very important role. Once you read the novel, you can easily get the reason behind writing ‘The way she loved’.

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

Life keeps moving on and people too. So, I won’t like to consider any character as me because everyone has some own unbeatable originality and prospective. However, I see myself in a person (better not to mention the name) to whom I concord at various parameter. So, let the people guess.

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

I think, “Literature” is very ambiguous concept that one can define it either in one line or nevertheless in a book.  If I give you one liner answer, literature is somewhat penning down morality.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

Though I am not bookworm but I usually prefer to read Indian authors like Chetan Bhagat, Sudeep Nagarkar, Durjoy Dutta and Ravinder Singh. Needless to mention here that they mostly write about love, romance and relationship which work in real life sometimes. So, one can get the better understanding of love and can have various phases of love through their novels.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

Ah, yes! I am currently working on the plot of my second novel jointly with my closest one. Probably, readers will able to get it into hands by the end of this year.

  1. What else after writing?

Besides writing, I love to give priority to my close people and doing crazy things for them. Rather than that, I love to paint as well my mood allows to do so or else interacting with the masses.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

Readers can contact me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, mentioning the user ids; nknitin567567, nitin567567 and nknitin567567 respectively. One can mail me either on: nitin567567@gmail.com

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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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Author Interview: Niraj Satnalika

Hello everyone
Today we have Niraj Satnalika, author of 8 Days a Week, Published by Half Baked Beans.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

To earn my living, I am currently employed with a leading investment bank in Bangalore. Previously, I worked with Crisil Ltd in Mumbai. Academically I am nearing completion of PhD from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, I have completed MBA in Finance from IMT Ghaziabad and B.Tech from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata.

Also, I run a non-profit NGO which helps the underprivileged children get access to education. Being closely attached with education, I also co-founded a start-up, MeTrack, in education space. The product is currently in the beta testing mode and aims to bridge the gap between parents and teachers.

  1. What brought you in this writing world?

I would say Books are one’s best friend as they don’t have any demands/ expectation. In order to communicate and struggle with zillions of thoughts in my mind, I started penning down.

  1. What after writing?

Live in the present and enjoy the current moment. I don’t generally plan much for future as whenever I have planned, the opposite has happened. I strongly believe life is too dynamic to be planned before hand.

  1. What made you write 8 Days a Week?

While I was at B-school, I saw fellow batch-mates chasing grades as if this is the end of the world and probably low grade would not allow them to survive. This made me feel that now people are more concerned for marks and not the practical real world experience. I found people accepting sales profile job with different companies even if they are not interested in the same just to get placed and beat the heat of placements.

Post MBA also, whenever I met people from sales field everyone cribbed and yet continued the bandwagon. This whole world of sales then motivated me to have a closer look and that’s how the product 8 Days a week was born.

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

I would choose Ron as his work shows his passion. Even if he was struggling with targets at the end he loved sales. While switching job also he joined the new organisation in sales profile only.

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

Well, literature for me is the best means to put forward one’s thought. I believe it to be a plain vanilla method which helps you in communicating, fighting, learning and doing much more with the outer world. It helps you realise your inner being as well.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

Devdutt Patnaik. I like his correlation of mythological concept in the field of economics, science etc. He very well brings out mythology in his work which is easy to understand for a layman while ensuring it’s not boring either.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

I am working on two titles. Though the names are not yet finalized, it could be “Escape from Corporate Hell- How I Squirmed Through and Survived?” and other would be “Virginity and Psychology”.

On the timelines, I am not sure by when I will complete these.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

Readers can always drop me a line at nirajsatnalika@gmail.com. I am also available on the social networking sites:

  1. Any words to newbies?

Follow your passion, make it your profession and you will never hate your job. By the end of the day when you look back, while leaving your workplace, and if feel you have contributed (in any manner) for the improvement of the organisation and yourself, think you have utilized your time and made an impact. Impact matters rest everything can wait.

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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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