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“AGNIPUTR”
           When Agni first spoke
                                        — VADHAN

Blurb —

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Many years ago, an extraordinary cripple disappeared from a remote village, ending a time of terror. Not many knew that he gave his life to confine a malevolence, the Sutram, to its subterranean womb or that in doing so, he had prevented the apocalypse. 

Deep beneath the Earth the evil has lurked, fraying its shackles and plotting its escape, all the while gathering immeasurable power. Until now. 

When ace lawyer, Raghuram Surya, received an order of requisition from the Government of India for his ancestral castle, he was unaware of the Sutram beneath it or his own legacy. 

He will have to choose between the world’s end or his own.

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“Invoked”
           (The Hymns of War)

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                        Written By – Karan Bhatia

Blurb – Krishna is a common man, leading a simple and content life with his wife, daughter and parents. A twisted accident leaves the family shattered and exposed to attacks from the netherworld. The attacks are the small, but integral pieces of the bigger picture.

As the family fights back and Krishna struggles to prove himself as the man of the house, the darkest chapters from his past re-open, unleashing a torrent of pain and desolation. Krishna decides to embark on a spiritual journey to save his family.

Does he succeed?

How does his journey affect the impending war?

Invoked is the first book of the Hymns of War series.

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To be read books

– See more at: https://notionpress.com/read/invoked#… 

My Review – Like always let’s start with a quote –

 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2″

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BOOK REVIEW

Let The Game Begin
                               By – Sandeep Sharma

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Before I start with the review of the book, I will share a quote written by the famous author

              
“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.

Blurb —

Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’.

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My paperback

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Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

Quote —

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Choosing Simplicity

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BOOK REVIEW

Point Ten Zeros Six None


(Fables Of Fatal Fate – Book 1)
                     —– Dhiraj Singh

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Blurb
Jeetu and Aashu are hopelessly in love with each other. And they profess to be each other’s soulmates in the next life too. As they embark on a journey of love and life together, they encounter several trying circumstances, which threaten to shake their faith in humanity. Can the power of karma and the strength of their love protect them and help them tide over their troubles? What happens to the people who betray their trust? Will karma catch up with them too? In God’s larger scheme of things, someone unfortunately must pay the price.

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My Review – I will start my review with the author’s own quote 

“Love is a strange word. It’s the only thing in the world that makes life worth living for, dying for and killing for.”

Wow, Bollywood much? Romantic much? Thrilling much?

The best things about this books—

° You cannot leave it anywhere in between (try it, you can’t)

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° The story is gripping from the first line.

° Has action, (Mr.Bhola with his six.three inch frame rocked) and suspense.

° The best female lead, Aashu is someone you can’t help but like. Nothing like those leads who are jealous every second chapter. She cares, trusts and loves Jeetu with all her heart.

° Jeetu, a brilliant character as the protagonist. He is not only head over heels in love with Aashu, he worships the ground she walks upon. I loved his sincerity. Also, the funny moments when he apologised to God for being the way he is.

° The book had an excellent story and even better writer who explained each and every thing in detail whether it was Aashu’s saree or the sun (I am being precise.)

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I loved the book. I have to be honest. I did cry at one moment (I can’t tell when because that will be a spoiler)

The suspense was not predictable so it shocked me. 

Ratings –
Five stars

Worth the time and money.

I loved it!

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” 
― Zelda Fitzgerald

Nishtha Singh

 

BOOK REVIEW

 

COINMAN: An Untold Conspiracy
               —- Pawan Mishra

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  I am speechless. I seriously do not know how to express my feeling towards this book in a single 400+ words review!

The reason is below:

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Blurb
Winner: 2016 eLit Book Award for Literary Fiction (Bronze)
Finalist: 2016 National Indie Excellence Award for Humor

Synopsis 
Coinman, a junior level office worker in India, has a number of eccentricities. The laughingstock of the office, he finds no relief at home; his wife Imli, an obsessed actress, completely vanishes into each role. When tough bully, Hukum, beautiful enchantress, Tulsi, and the office sage, Ratiram, unite the office to conspire against Coinman, they have no inkling of an apocalypse looming inside the office.

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My Review

I am an avid reader. If I get into a book, I just get “into” it. You won’t find me eating food, listening music, singing, dancing or doing other less important works in the middle (of reading). Coinman, a 200+ words book was short and thrilling. I knew that the story was good because of ‘ 2016 eLit Book Award for Literary Fiction (Bronze)’ (people do not just get it for no reason).

Hence, I started the book at 10:30 P.M. and finished by 3:17. The story was interesting, brilliantly written, comical, exciting and above all, original.

Why original? How many fictional books have you read that you can relate to? Have you read something that made you laugh so hard that the person sleeping next to you (in my case – my twin sister) wakes up and slaps you hard on the arm?(ouch! That did hurt but well, I deserved it, my sister did have an exam today)

Kesar, the Coinman, was quite an amazing character. He was incredible with his obsession of coins. His wife, Imli, was an obsessed actress that added fun and laughter to the story. His colleagues, well, I didn’t like them.

Kesar’s story was full of suspense and looked promising unlike the other “suspense” books in the market which define suspense as “killing one of your favourite characters in the end”. I love how the author described the characters, environment and especially loved the plot. The twists and turns were not confusing and made the story even more mirthful!

A man wants too many things before marriage but only peace after it.

Amazing quotes!!!

The author is a genius with writing!

Favourite lines —

“The hope is the best and the worst thing at the same time”

Still hope is a better companion than fear

“Most of a husband’s life is spent in doing research on his wife.” 

I didn’t know that, thankfully I am single. So, no worries of stalkers.

Ratings –
4.5 stars

The story was short, according to me. My friends on GR love it and I love it but I would have preferred a lengthier story. I would still recommend it  because currently it tops the “My favourite (Indian) book of the year”

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I recently finished Game of Thrones Season 6 4th episode. I have already read the books. Waiting for more!

Next review

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Take care!

Nishtha Singh

 

BOOK REVIEW

THE FUTURE KING – LOGRES

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LOVE THE COVER

Blurb

Britain, 2052. In a world of war, disease and hunger the UK stands alone as a beacon of prosperity under an all-powerful ruling party. Life at new school Logres seems promising for fifteen-year-old Gwenhwyfar, and quickly she falls for the school’s handsome catch, Arthur. When Arthur’s rival, Lancelot, returns after a suspension, her heart is soon divided. Realising that behind the UK’s prosperity lies unspeakable cruelty, Gwenhwyfar sets off on a path to dismantle everything the government stands for. Suspenseful, raw and awash in a dystopian setting, The Future King: Logres is a story of identity and discovery against this backdrop, the second coming of the Arthurian legend.

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My Review – I had two books in hand when I started reading this week. One of them was “ A Game of thrones (A song of ice and fire Part 1)” and another was “The Future King – Logres”

I am not comparing the books or anything. I am just telling that my instinct went with TFK-L and I started the book. I know nothing about Arthurian legends. I read this book (the first 70 pages) to just READ. After 70 pages, I guess I was in the (Britain of 2052) other world.

I have never been to Britain. I love Jane Austen, Lisa Kleypas, and J.K.Rowling.

Gwen came out as a strong character throughout the book. Arthur was in my eyes a ‘gentleman’ with the way he treated Gwen and Lancelot was a …well he was big “?” Lancelot was the character who looked a little like this guy.

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And Arthur

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Gwen stole the show though. She was fierce, easily trusting and not dumb. Her and Arthur’s story was quite interesting. The book is isn’t dull. I knew since the start that it was the first part so there might be some things unexplained.

Editing

The editing was good, there were some mistakes (like punctuation) in the story but overall the story was meticulously edited.

Story

The story went slowly, it was lingering. There were some things that I think I didn’t need to know, like the conversations between characters. The story is set up in a different time zone and I liked that very much.

The best thing – The love triangle! The jealousy brewing!

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If you have read “All these things I’ve done”, you will see some points similar, for instance, the lack of real chocolates. The author is quite good with creating a new atmosphere, characters and above all plot.

Favourite character – Gwen

It is the first part and I am very excited about the second! Hoping to read it very soon!

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Rating – 4 stars

The book is a little lingering which is why I cut a star.

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Do I recommend this – HELL YEAH!

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Nishtha Singh

 

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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1st Week of March

1st Week of March

BOOK REVIEW

Fluffy and Me

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by Anita Krishan (Goodreads Author)

 4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  4 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews

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A heartwarming true story of selfless love and boundless devotion that only canines are capable of showering.’Fluffy and Me’ is a journey full of laughter and tears, fun and fear. It is a moving, Sensitive, hilarious and deeply touching story of undying friendship between a young girl and her Lhasa apso, and of their escapades as life glides from childhoood to maturity in the pristine hills and valleys of the Himalayan town of Shimla

Review –

Remember hachiko? The dog story with Richard Gere as the hero , okay the Akita dog was the protagonist.  Remember falling in love with that little four legged specie?

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I do. I remember loving the movie and crying my eyes out throughout the movie.

In this book, you will read a story where in the city Shimla (in 1960), many strange things are happening. The conditions are not good because India is not in peace with Pakistan and vice versa 

There is this little independent girl who wants nothing but a little dog. She gets him and names him fluffy. Fluffy is just like any other normal dog. He loves everyone in the family, hates everyone outside. Fluffy who makes the surroundings safer and pleasant is at first sight my hero. I love imagining him walking with a little girl, protecting her, acting like he is above all.

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Actually, my love for this books ramped up because I have a little hero of my own. He is just like fluffy. The story of fluffy made me happy, content, and a little sad in the end (mostly, because the author made some facts clear, one of them being, you can live for many years, your animal/s can’t)

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The story was about living in the moment, enjoying every part of it especially with a living being who accepts you for who you are. Dogs or any other pet doesn’t care what you look like or how intelligent you are, what matters to them the most is how much time you are spending with him/her.

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I love you!!!

I love the book.
There were some editing problems. The date and year confused me but it didn’t sour the story!

Four.five stars.

Nishtha Singh

 

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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in 2016, 4.5 stars, Comedy, Giveaway, In Paperback

 

3rd and 4th February

3rd and 4th February

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REVIEW —

The Strive – An Endeavour to Change the World

by Saurish Hegde

 3.50  ·   Rating Details  ·  6 Ratings  ·  1 Review

Blurb

Nishanth Hegde, is an upcoming Oncologist in the city of Mangaluru. His father and his business partners own a successful hospital chain. Nishanth, whose ultimate aim in life of changing the world, gets the opportunity when his scientist friend Ramdas offers him an Experiment, an experiment which could potentially save the world from the deadliest viruses and give mind reading powers. This experiment was their path to greatness. Nishanth even finds true love in his girlfriend, Navya but things suddenly start going wrong when he receives a phone call from an unknown person who seeks to do the same experiment and needs Nishanth’s precious blood for it. Thus the events unfold. This makes Nishanth and Ramdas search for the person, their arch rivals Adishakthi and Dhanush being their prime suspects but this search leads to a mysterious turn of events with an epic conclusion which will shock you to the core.

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MY REVIEW –

Not the best, not bad.

This story is written by a twenty year old medical student and I guess whoever reads this book will figure that out by the second chapter.

The novel started with various promises, one of them being ‘a suspenseful read’. I didn’t find anything unpredictable in the book. I regret to say that the story really lacked thrill.

Let’s see the positive side of the story and the characters.

Nishanth (delete the n and you can form my name) Hegde (also the author’s Sir name) is a wonderful and benevolent human being. He is a 32 year old doctor who is always helping others whenever and however he could. I liked Nishanth, he really comes as a good and strong protagonist. He wants to help the cancer patients who can’t pay their medical bills and simultaneously, he is working with his scientist friend, Ramdas on an experiment that can save many human lives.

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So you understand, why I really like the lead in this story.

Freely we serve

Because we freely love, as in our will

To love or not; in this we stand

or fall.

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Then comes his love life. The author failed here. Navya, a clothing designer, loves him and he loves her just as much as the world loves water. What I didn’t get was why the first breakup happened? It was completely unnecessary and lingering. The novel was going fine till that part. The love scenes were awkward and fast. Instead of concentrating on Navya, knowing more about Dhanush and Kashyap would have been better.

Long story short, the protagonist is a doctor who is experimenting with Ramdas to make a medicine that can cure the deadliest diseases. Side by side, the protagonist falls in love with Navya. The experiment is done on him as his blood is immune. The bad guys want him. We don’t know who the bad guys are. He gets threat calls and he with his friend, Kashyap makes a plan which brings us slowly towards the end.

Rating3.5 stars. I know you people are thinking that why am I giving it a almost 4 star if the book is not up to the mark.

– I really read this book in one go, so yeah it is quite irresistible.

– The writing style is neither flat nor difficult.

– The lead of the story is very likeable. A specimen of a good caring human being.

– The story till 60% was definitely good.
– The problems with editing is not author’s fault. I will ask the author (through my review) to get the book proofread again (if he can). There are many spelling mistakes (which is again the editor’s fault)

– For a debut, it was applaudworthy.

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And its my brother's birthday. Love you bhai.

It’s our (reviewers) duty to write honest reviews and I definitely recommend it.

Happy Birthday to my Loving Brother! Bless you. Wish you healthy and peaceful years ahead.

Whenever I am upset, he tells me, ” Life isn’t over. What if you couldn’t do ‘that’? There is always something you can do, don’t ever let your past master your future.”

     

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God, Bless him with a really long and healthy life.

Till next blog, CIAO.

Nishtha Singh

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, debut, Giveaway

 

31st January

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Today, I completed my first month with no gaps in posts. It was difficult but exciting. Sadly, I won’t continue with this in February due to life (wattpad, late reviews, less movies, hardly any studies, etc)

Let’s get back to the reviews

India Reloaded: Inside India’s Resurgent Consumer Market

by Dheeraj Sinha (Goodreads Author)

 3.71  ·   Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews

My rating – five stars

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Blurb —

Brands and businesses from across the globe have tried to leverage the India opportunity, based upon simplistic and widely-held assumptions. This book takes a critical look at these myths and contradictions from an inside perspective, presenting a fresh and nuanced perspective on the opportunities that the Indian market offers. It draws upon a wealth of data, from consumer research, market data, macroeconomic research, popular culture and case studies, to provide a thorough and compelling insight into what makes for success in the complex Indian market, based upon two decades of experience. 

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My copy

MY REVIEW —

I started this book a week ago. I read the introduction with curiosity. I started with the chapters and read them slowly but steadily.

    This is not some fiction story which will force you to complete it in one sitting. Nope, its completely nonfiction and 99% who read the title know that.

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So what’s this book about?

As the title speaks, “Its about the developing India, the resurgent India.

Let me make one thing very clear, this book is for one —

— Who is a commerce student (guys, this is a must)

— Who is going to appear for a bank interview or Group Discussion (will increase your knowledge)

— Who is not reading the newspaper daily (I am not counting cricket news and entertainment news as news)

— Who wants to start a business (to understand your customer and market)

— Who wants to know about Indian market.

In this age of cut throat competition, the businessmen need to understand the wants of the customer. The author discloses the truth behind the success and failure of things in Indian Market. It is crucial to comprehend the market before taking a risk.

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How even the big brands like Tata failed when they brought Nano or how single handedly brands like Sensodyne and Oral care from GSK accumulated a huge share in just three years, it is all revealed in this book by Dheeraj Sinha.

This book increased my knowledge on various subjects. There maybe some things in this book which you already know about but there are many other important topics which will surprise you.

I thank the author for writing it because it certainly did increase my economic, market and consumer awareness.

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Not too lengthy, not too short.

To The Author – You could have sent me a paperback, I don’t need a hardcopy to review a book. Thank you.

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Nishtha Singh