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Last day of April

REVIEW DAY

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PUDDLE JUMPING

Blurb — When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional. 

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Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special. 

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating. 

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out. 

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls. 

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

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It is about happy ending and the story

My Thoughts

To The Author –

Amber, I have read many books, many stories which touched my heart, made me cry, made me laugh and feel many other emotions that are just…well..difficult to find in the fiction world. Then, there are some stories that touch my soul, that make me want to continue to read, get inside the book, grab a character and hug him/her to heaven. Those are the books that touch my heart, they come twice or thrice in a year, if I am lucky. Those are the books that touch my soul. There are books like Harry Potter which make you want to leave all the work and complete reading the book, to know the end and then there are books like “Puddle Jumping” which makes the reader want to continue reading the book, hoping the book never ends.

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BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

Book Review

Received this book not long time back and today I felt like reading it. I decided to complete the book by this week but well, this story had its own thinking and I completed it today itself.

And here is my review,

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BLURB–

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The world seemed not enough for free spirited Renuka, when she married the highly educated Shashank hailing from the mightiest Zamindars of Bengal. However, soon her life turned upside down when a neighbor revealed her of their sinister past.

It’s a mysterious supernatural curse cast on their family almost a century back. Generation by generation, Damini’s enraged curse had passed on, declining their family clan from hundreds to a handful few. Who would be Damini’s next victim? And why innocent lives are at a stake for a crime committed by an ancestor a hundred years back? Renuka would not settle until she finds an answer and in her quest she struggles to eradicate all the evils that come in her way. Would she ever win a battle against an unseen enemy? Would the wrong done to Damini be ever avenged?

Set against the nostalgic era of 1940s, the story narrates the arduous journey of Renuka Pal, the protagonist, from a rash teen age freedom fighter to the seasoned writer of the 21st century India. In this thrilling saga of death, betrayal and power plays the narrative would cover a large chunk of twentieth century history. The passing of time, historical events and the changing country is so well-woven to the story that one would hardly differentiate between fact and fiction. 

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12th, 13th feb

12th, 13th feb

The romance day is coming guys!

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JUST LOVE

So, which novel comes to your mind when the genre ‘romance’ is discussed?

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My top favourite romantic reads…

There are just so many books that I have to select from! I have to think twice before naming them. These are the books I read last year and found heartwarming. I hold them close to my heart. They made me laugh, cry, whine, pout, swoon, giggle and sob.

Hope they have the same effect on you.

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Source - The Reading Room

Top Ten names —

– Someone To Watch Over Me – Lisa Kleypas

– Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

– What Price Paradise – Katherine Allred

– Duncan’s Bride – Linda Howard

– The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

– Lover Awakened – J.R.Ward

– The Mason List – S.D.Hendrickson

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“Love hath no bounds,
                     It is incense and proud;
It can not be scathed by people or crowd,
            Love is blind and has no sound”
                                                      – Me

– The Promise of Jenny Jones – Maggie Osbourne

– Fugly – Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

– The Trouble With Tomboys – Linda Kage

– Sweet Lullaby – Lorraine Heath

– The Sweet Gum Tree – Katherine Allred

– Silver Lining – Maggie Osbourne

– Annie’s Song – Catherine Anderson

– The Mating – Nicky Charles

– The Endearment – LaVyrle Spencer

– Hollywood Dirt – Alexandra Torre

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Series — And below are my favourite series under genre ‘Romance.’

Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score; Then to that twenty, add a hundred more.

Robert Herrick, 1648

The Wallflower Series – Lisa Kleypas

– Georgina Kincaid Series – Richelle Mead

– Hush Hush Series – Becca Fitzpatrick

– Wife Lottery Series – Jodi Thomas

– The Hathaways Series – Lisa Kleypas

– Forbidden Men Series – Linda Kage

– The Unwanted Series – Natasha Anders (the first two parts are my favourites)

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And that’s my list. Reviews are in my goodreads account and some are available in my blog.

Happy Valentines Day

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” 
― Helen Keller

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Nishtha Singh

 

8th and 9th February

8th and 9th February

There are times when you start feeling the emotions of the characters of a novel, you feel their anger, their happiness, their contentment. You cry with them, you smile, you sob, you laugh, you feel relieved, you feel doubt and you fall in love. Those feelings define a good story, a good novel.

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Me Before You (Me Before You #1)

by Jojo Moyes (Goodreads Author)

 4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  296,738 Ratings  ·  37,485Reviews

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time

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I strictly ask you to not read this review if you haven’t read the book. I will try not to add spoilers but I am pretty sure the next lines will explain my feelings towards the characters and it will hard for you to not read between the lines.

My Review —

Louisa Clark is in search of a job. It’s recession time in Britain and no one in her family has a good enough salary to feed the house. Her mom takes care of her Granddad, her sister who has a son named Thomas, works in a flower shop. She is intelligent but not qualified. Her Dad works in a furniture company and is dreading a suspension call anytime soon. After she loses her job, she is in urgent need of another. Her advisor Syed tells her of various jobs from working in a chicken factory to a strip club.

       Louisa is disgruntled and impatient. Syed comes with another job, this is something Lou has never done and never wanted to do. The work is to take care of a quadriplegic, the paralysis of all the four limbs.

Her first question is if she has to clean his arse. Syed tells her he will find out and if the answer is in a negative, she will have to take the job.

The first time Lou meets Will is unlike any other romantic story. Will makes incoherent sounds just to scare her away. She secretly is afraid but doesn’t let it show on her face. She remains bright and cheery towards him. She thinks Will hates her and who wouldn’t be in his situation? She reasoned.

Camille, Will’s mother employs her. At first, all Lou wants to do is leave the job but weeks later, she is used to Will. Will becomes patient and a little friendly with time. He with his sarcastic but funny remarks makes Lou comfortable.

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Did I tell you Lou has a boyfriend?  Patrick is a runner and what I call a fitness freak. He runs Marathons, spends most of his time running or talking about it.

Then there is Will’s nurse, Nathan, who is a strong part of this novel. I liked him since the beginning. Will trusted him and talked to him. Lou felt safe when he was around and it was just difficult to not like Nathan.

The story continues with Lou getting more friendly with Will. One day, she overhears Will’s parents talking about dignitas, the place in Switzerland where patients who are fed up of their life and lost all hope go to end their life. She thinks of Camille as heartless because which mother would let her son die?

      Lou writes a letter to Camille informing her that she won’t be working anymore.

Camille then tells Lou the complete truth.

From there, I certainly had lost interest in food, water or sleep. I can’t express my feelings towards this novel in a single review. I cried even after reading the whole story. I know some compare it to ‘The Fault in our stars’ which was another tearjerker but they aren’t alike, the story is completely different.

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I vowed to myself after reading ‘The Fault in our stars’ that I would never read anything like that again. I loved it but I hate crying and these novels will make you sob. I last time I cried like this was when I completed ‘The fault in our stars’ and ‘Walk to Remember’. The thing is I didn’t look like a patient of conjunctivitis after reading the ‘The fault in our stars’ and ‘Walk to Remember’.

If you, by any chance, think your life is absolute Shit then read this. You will get a new view towards Life.

Also, there is a movie coming out very soon with probably (definitely) the best actors. I saw the trailer and it was quite awesome. They changed some things but well, books are always better than movies because of the same reason. Still, the cast for Will is Sam Claflin (swoons, hits head and heaven) and for Louisa is Emilia Clarke (The Game Of Thrones, she is perfect.)

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Oh God, these tears need to just leave me alone. My mother is getting suspicious now and my father is asking me “If I am fine” more often than ordinarily. My sister is rolling her eyes because she knows.

I can’t Judge Will but I really hoped throughout the story, until the last page of Q/A with the author that he will change his mind.

An excerpt from the novel —

Oh, come on, it’s not as if they’ve never seen a girl nibbling a bloke’s collar before.’

I seemed to have briefly silenced him. Will blinked a couple of times, made as if to shake his head. I noticed with amusement that his neck had coloured a deep red.

I straightened my skirt. ‘Anyway,’ I said, ‘I think we should both just be grateful that it wasn’t in your trousers.’

I love both of them, so much.

“There are some feelings in this world they haven’t invented the right words for.”

And as Will said in his letter –

I don’t want to think of you getting all maudlin. Just live well.
 
Just live.
 
Love,
 
Will

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You get just one life, live.

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The next part

 
 

Nishtha Singh

 

13th January

13th January

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THE SERIES – THE MAZE RUNNER

2- THE SCORCH TRIALS

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BLURB —-

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 
 
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. 
 
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
 
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. 
 
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 
 
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive. 

My Thoughts

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I know this is from the movie and first part

You should check my past review to know my thoughts on the previous part of the series. I started this part late last night and because I knew today would be a busy day, I slept early.
        Started it again in the morning and then continued till breakfast. This story is not something you want to read while chewing your cereals.

Nope, it isn’t. Not if you want the cereal back on your bowl.

I will first start with the rating – 5 STARS

This book is especially for the fiction fans (Hunger Games, Divergent,etc)

Thomas was brave in the last part, in this one, he is ready to help whenever, whoever and however possible. Newt, Winston, Minho, Teresa are playing the second important parts.

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THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE, SO DON’T EXPECT A FAIRYTALE BREWING ANYWHERE. THE BOYS ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR SURVIVAL. THEY CAN DO WITHOUT ADDED PRESSURE OF LOVE.

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I haven't seen the movie, just the trailer.

Waiting for the movie to come out in theatres in my country.

Excerpts —

It’s locked,” he muttered when he finally gave up, his arms falling weakly to his sides.

“Really, genius?” Minho said, his powerful arms folded and tensed, veins bulging all over the place. Thomas thought for a split second he could actually see the blood pumping through them. “No wonder you were named after Isaac Newton—such an amazing ability to think.”

Minho pointed at the screaming, bloody woman. “That’s what they keep calling themselves. Haven’t you heard it?”

“I don’t care if you call ’em pussy willows,” Newt snapped. “Find me something to break through this stupid door!” 

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  I am quite upset to find all this hilarious …I feel like a sadist… But well, they are making me laugh, not my fault.

Pg 15 – Not feeling so hilarious now…I feel horrified.

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“What’s going on?” Newt asked, looking back and forth between Thomas and Aris. “Why’re you guys looking at each other like you just fell in love?”

Pg 112 – I am suspicious about this Brenda girl.

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Pg 114 – Its getting scary

The story is completely unpredictable. Anything can happen anytime, people betray, are betrayed, beaten, and killed. Aris and Brenda are new characters. There are more but I found them important enough to mention.

And some dreams of Thomas’s past.

***** stars

I am exhausted, it wasn’t lengthy but my eyes aren’t cooperating anymore.

Also, I am very excited about the third part of the book. I really like Thomas.

May the peace be upon you, Thomas

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Nishtha Singh

 

QUESTIONS TO THE AUTHOR

QUESTIONS TO THE AUTHOR

I love Charlaine Harris and I love her even more when she answers my questions. So when I finished the last episode of TRUE BLOOD,

      WHAT THE FUDGE !?

 

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I LOVED THE SERIES! I can read it again and again, and never get bored!

So WHY! WHY DID YOU CHANGE THE END!?

I asked the author..

And SHE ANSWERED –

Nishtha asked Charlaine Harris:

I am not a huge fan of TV series but True blood was quite interesting. I completed the last episode today and wasn’t satisfied with the end. The book told a different and far better ending. I was very glad when ….(well you know) Were you satisfied by the TV series end? Who is your favourite character when it comes to the TV series?

CHARLAINE HARRIS —-

This answer contains spoilers… 

The TV series really has to be considered as a separate entertainment event from the books. I think all the actors were very good; picking the right person for the right part is one of Alan Ball’s talents. The point at which the story ended on TV was somewhat the same as the point at which it ended in the books, kinda-sorta. Sookie was happy and happily matched with a human-ish guy. My ending had to have a little more drama, since I was drawing so many stories to a close.

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Okay….Now that I think of it ..she is right.

Still I love the books more.

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Take care!

Nishtha Singh

 

BEST NOVELS (GENRE – SUSPENSE)

I know you guys might have read it before, but I had the privilege to read it this year.

The best suspense read of 2015 for me!

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Let’s go through nominations first

1• Cuckoo’s Calling and Silkworm

TO SAY I WAS MIRTHFUL WHILE READING ‘Cuckoos Calling‘ would be an understatement, I was chewing on my nails, biting my cheeks from inside and I felt my cheeks flame whenever something unanticipated occurred Rowling was as always articulate, persuasive, humorous and surreptitious in her writing. Sometimes I felt agitated, sometimes benevolent and sometimes rhapsodic . My eyes bulged and narrowed on every second paraph…I suspected the murderer to be …well no lies ….I suspected every…literally every person excluding Strike AND Robin.
      This year I read it again so I don’t miss out anything or not misunderstand anything in ‘Silkworm‘  
   What can you expect from J.K.Rowling?

Every Damn thing.

So, when I came across this book. I knew she will easily pull this off and she did.

Oh how she did! I respect and love J.K.Rowling, her writing style, her narration, her use of words, her intelligent mind and the meticulous description of every thing. This book was actually a Raksha-Bandhan (an Indian Festival) gift from my brother followed by a hardcover copy of Silkworm this year. I read ‘Robert Galbraith’ and jumped on it. You see, I already knew J.K.Rowling was writing under this pseudonym and my brother knew how much I loved her books. I had completed Harry Potter in a week.
This book, wow, I am still speechless. J.K.Rowling is awesome.

A MASTER READ 

HATS OFF TO J.K.ROWLING OR SHOULD I USE THE PSEUDONYM ROBERT GALBRAITH…. 

MA’AM You are one Great Writer !….

2 • Mistress of the Game by Tilly Bagshawe

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Sometimes you have to lose something for winning something” said by Tilly Bagshawe

My 2010 reviewDon’t judge me, I was too young.

THANKS TO SPY FOR SUGGESTING THIS BOOK NAMED “THE MISTRESS OF THE GAME”..
LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK ….GABE,LEXI,ROBBIE..EVEN MAX WAS NICE …ITS NOT A TRUE STORY BUT IF YOU WILL READ IT , you will surely say “Hell!! this is what happens in this world, this is how people become rich”…….for the first time i felt like i m reading Meyer !!!or Collins ..though Collins is not my favourite but i like her books a bit…a book that made me sleep was the  …ugh…i hated it!!! damn wastage of time it was!!! but this one was worth reading!!!

Sometimes you just have to be smart enough to fool the world!! remember every end is the beginning!!said by Sidney Sheldon

Now, the real me, who does not use a flood of exclamation marks, so many love symbols and Well, that review was shit. I had posted it somewhere, today I just copied and pasted it.

So, What is this book about?

As this book is a suspense book, sharing anything more than the blurb will be spoiling it for you readers.

So I will post the blurb and then share some of my opinion about this novel.

Beloved number one internationally bestselling author Sidney Sheldon introduced the glamorous, scheming Blackwell family and its unforgettable matriarch, Kate Blackwell, in his worldwide bestseller Master of the Game. Now a generation has passed, and as the world has changed, so too has America’s own royal family.

Yet the intervening years have not lessened the Blackwells’ drama or talent for manipulation, domination, and passion. Though Kate is long gone, the children of her beloved granddaughters, Eve and Alexandra, battle to carry on her powerful legacy. Each is determined to control Kruger-Brent, Ltd., the multibillion-dollar international corporation with holdings in diverse industries around the globe. But only one can reign supreme. . . .

Lexi Templeton is a ruthless competitor with the brains and beauty to match. Raised by her psychiatrist father, Lexi burns to follow in her great-grandmother’s footsteps and become her own Mistress of the Game.

She is not alone in her ambitions. Her handsome and nefarious cousin, Max Webster, the son of Eve, will stop at nothing to own the prize of Kruger-Brent. Driven by hatred, jealousy, and blinding devotion to his bitter and twisted mother, he will seduce, betray, and even kill to succeed.

And there is another player with plans of his own: a little-known descendant of Kate’s great-grandfather. Growing up in poverty in Aberdeen, Scotland, handsome and cunning Gabriel McGregor is determined to fulfill his destiny . . a quest that will lead him deep into the heart of the Kruger-Brent empire.

In a family rife with secrets—murder, hidden identities, perversions—and a depraved sense of honor, the player who wins the game may be the only one who will survive.

Full of the late master’s trademark elements—remarkable characters, dazzling plotting, and a page-turning narrative style—this sizzling sequel vividly captures the master’s voice and irresistible magic. Vintage Sheldon, Mistress of the Game will enthrall loyal fans and introduce his enduring brand to legion more.

I liked the author’s way of representing the characters. Lexi appealed to me, I found Robbie’s character the most innocent and caring. I loved Gabe for his sharp knowledge of everything.
The story had a small suspense, if not big. I would recommend it.

3 • Dream Man –
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OH MY GOD

THIS DESERVES A APPLAUD! 

This book made the hair on the back of my next stand up and shudder ( okay, I know I am exaggerating but wow!!!)

5.1 stars! Finally I giving it again. 

Linda Howard has a inner desire to cross all my expectations and then some more.

This book made me weep with excitement. I can’t explain it in a small review, I need to write an essay maybe.

Dane ( swooning ^_^ ) sexy Hollister is the definition of ‘A Hot Male Detective’ and he is very passionate about his work and duty so of course when there is murder in the city and no leads, he is determined to find the killer. His senior takes help of a psychic, our heroine who knows how to argue. Dane can’t control himself in front of her, he wants her, bad but he doesn’t believe in psychics so insults her.

But then, there is another murder, another girl killed viciously but no leads. Dane has no choice but to believe Marlie (the heroine and psychic). Something happened in her past due to which she doesn’t want the media to know that she is helping the police. 

The thing with Marlie is that she can see the murder happening, she is always inside the killers mind when he is doing it. And as she is in the killer’s mind only when he is doing the deed, she can’t see him or help the girl. 

This concept used by the author is so vividly used in the book that you won’t leave the book midst. 

The murder scenes are not gory, but will make you shiver.

The suspense is unpredictable and appraiseworthy!

5.1.stars

4 • Mr. Perfect
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I didn’t expect the end. 

It has a suspense okay? An awesome suspense. The book felt like a movie, Jaine and Sam were constantly fighting in the start ( and isn’t it common in every Linda Howard’s novel ? ) 

I can’t spoil it for you, I wish I could but Eeeeeeee! I can’t. You’d probably kill me for the big spoiler. 

The story is of four girlfriends who are quite close, they meet over for drinks one day and make a list, of a perfect man…

Wow-

Faithful
Good to both old people and children. 
Good looks
Comfortable money 

And much more…

but this list doesn’t remain a secret list, it spreads. One of the friends tells about it to another friend who demands the whole list, they laugh and giggle throughout the way but well that friend isn’t really someone who can digest a talk so she tells it to someone else, press. 

Well, suddenly they are getting call from a person, all four friends. They ignore it, thinking of it as a stupid prank call but well you wish it was. 

Then, there is a murder, and the story has just begun.

There is a romance going on throughout the story. I don’t think the b of boring can even touch the novel, its just soooo entertaining.

Five.one stars

I giving them a lot lately but well…

I love Howard.

A few honourable mentions –

• THE MASON LIST

• THE OPEN SEASON

• FUGLY

• DIRTY RED LIES

My favourite suspense novel is DREAM MAN.

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Enjoy reading..:)

Nishtha Singh