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- 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- 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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REVIEW-

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- 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

Blurb-

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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REVIEW-

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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