The Red Line by Tanmay Dubey

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Book title: The Red Line

Author: Tanmay Dubey

Language: English

The Red Line by Tanmay Dubey is a thriller story inspired by true events. The story starts with the sudden demise of  Rakesh Kumar at Red line metro station in Delhi. At first, everything seems to be normal about death. But an honest police officer Hanumant became suspicious about the death of his superior officer and starts investigating. The story becomes more curious and twisted when Hanumant finds out that all the fellow passengers in the train are either murdered or attacked. Who is behind all these dreadful crimes. The rest of the story is the journey of Hanumant to unveil the mystery behind all these murders.

From the cover to the last page it is a thriller genre book. The suspicious title and splash of red color in the cover is too good. If you closely look at the cover, you can see all the plot-making factors in the cover. The cover design is apt for this book.

For a 300+ pages book, there should be a gripping tale to make the reader stick. And here it is. The story has every element consciously embedded to create curiosity. You can’t help to think constantly that “what happens next?” every time you turn a page over.

The plot twists were unpredictable. I think that twists were the core of this story. The author has cleverly placed them at appropriate sections. Another highlight of the book is its take on the life of an honest police officer. The author attempted to show to the readers that what are the sacrifices a police officer has to do for keeping his moral and ethical values. The braveness of the protagonist is commendable. He gives first priority to his ethics let alone his family. His sacrifice has to be mentioned.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Highly recommended for the readers. This story will not disappoint you.

Rating: 4/5

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Knots by Deblina Bhattacharya

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Title: Knots

Author: Deblina Bhattacharya

Format: Kindle Edition

Language: English

Blurb

“These knots that do bind
Make thee one of a kind”

Knots is a collection of poetry and prose about love and heartbreak, tragedy and grief, survival and loss. It’s a journey through the numerous knots that we tie in life, and the ones we tangle and untangle with. It explores the realities of mental illness & suicide, social taboos & violence against women, pain & darkness, self love & healing in all its naked glory. The rhythm of Knots resonates directly with the poet’s heart, conveying to the readers that there is a way to untangle every knot in life, but sometimes, some of these knots are what we are made of.

My review

“Knots” is a collection of short poems written by Deblina Bhattacharya. The poems travel through a wide range of topics. The poems are arranged in 7 main sections such as heartbreak, love, fantasia, darkness, pain, lost and healing. I found a smooth flow of words throughout the book. The author starts her writing from heartbreak. The words are much intense at this point. This intensity gets diluted as the pages turns. In the second section, she remembers the various acts of love she experienced in her life. Every reader can relate to one or two poems here. The poems are much realistic in this section. In the Fantasia section, the true creativity of the author emerges. The expression of the magic of an imaginative world is very good. In the next two sections, that is darkness and pain, one can feel the darkness which is engulfing life. In the next section lost, I found a ray of hope. The hope emerges in the route of lost. The healing section is a perfect end for this emotionally high journey. I really loved the poems in the last section. It is really is the healing of a wounded soul.

The poems are written in a simple and lucid language. The arrangement of poems is commendable. Each section in the collection is starting with a  thoughtful quote relevant to the respective topic. This may leave you in thoughts for a few seconds. After you turn the last page, this book will surely give some serious insights into our life. Recommended for all poetry lovers.

Rating: 4/5

Author Interview: Riddhi Pranay Wagle

A conversation with Riddhi Pranay Waghle, author of To petrichor, published by Bluerose Publishers

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  1. Tell us about yourself.

Ans. I am the girl you see sitting in a park with a notebook and pen, the kind of person you see walking alongside an elderly couple, secretly admiring them, or the one who keeps short notes in the restaurants I visit, for someone who’d come to clean my table after I leave. I have been the happy-go-lucky person since my childhood, yet I grew up believing that books make better friends. I find poetry, my safe place, my home. I am pursuing English Literature currently, and with all my passion. Besides, I wish to make people read more poetry, because verses don’t lie, and lately; we’ve stopped Living and just started Surviving. I find solace in verses, and soul in fiction. I sincerely feel that words have more power, if directed correctly.

  1. If not being an author, what was your dream in life?

Ans. My impulsive trait has taught me to be versatile. I studied Science up to class 10, Commerce in Senior Secondary, and Currently, I am going with Arts. Since I like trying new things, there is no One Dream I could’ve turned into reality, if I wasn’t an Author. But I would have gone with Travel Journalism to satisfy my Wanderlust. This is on my list, for the time being. I had started writing since a very young age, since the days I had newly turned a teenager. When kids my age would wander around with their friends on their bicycles, I would hawk fiction to tuck my mind and conscious in them. My love for books is irreversible. It can be said, I haven’t really known anything else apart from Reading and Writing.

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  1. Who do you attribute your success to?

Ans. I was the student in the class, who would never get up on herself to take a stand, or even answer a question, even if I had practiced it a ten times in my notebook, and was confident about it. Everything was running fine, until I wrote my first poem. It was class 8, and I straight went to my English teacher Mr. Rajendra Singh Aluna, who not only appreciated me for that piece of verse, but also encouraged me to write more and interact more. The seed had germinated, and it brought confidence, light, hope and positivity as it grew. My paths were now clearer than before, my ship was ready to sail.

Secondly, it is my family, my home. Not only I learnt the basics of my Native language, but the basics of Life; to give, to forgive, and to achieve. I know, my parents live their life in installments, that we (I and my sister) bring to them as we walk each step towards our dreams, to conquer life. They have wholly shaped me to be a better version of myself till the day I die. Their enormous support is the reason why everything that I have achieved, was marked. So this, is for them. For making me a good human being first, and to let me design my life in my own way, to make things the way I want, to keep me in the limelight.

  1. Any message you would like to give to your readers?

Ans. ‘To Petrichor’ is a creation solely from the Heart. Each word, each verse has been felt with a lot of Gravity not only to be written, but also to make others feel the same depth as they read it. I feel readers are as important as writers, but being a good critique as you read, is more than important when it comes to a path full of writers. Find art, is also an art, which starts when you read good, and you read more.

The book I present to you, is a rollercoaster ride from 9pm to 3am, from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm. It has perspectives, it has sentiments, it shows both, male and female perspectives, but in the end; it isn’t what I felt once, it is what we all feel every day. It is when we call take up our call and answer the universe. It is when we all, randomly find ourselves sitting and smiling, and that; is exactly when we react to the signs sent by the Universe. I sincerely hope, you find yourself in the pages of this book, that you find yourself smiling randomly as you recall one of the verses that you most connected to.

 

To Petrichor: The divine essence of dust by Riddhi Pranay Wagle

 

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Author: Riddhi Pranay Wagle

Publishers: Blue Rose Publishers

Language: English
“O! Thou symbol of serenity,
That keeps hiding a universe
Of mindful ideas,
Always discussed in the state
Of inebriation of blue rains,
Of dark soil and wet-less water;
That seems more intoxicated
Than all the ideas of Love……”
-To Petrichor (Riddhi Pranay Wagle)
I like poetry above all other forms of literature. It is because a collection of poems is not an expression of one’s creativity, it is the expression of one’s own soul. The poems will touch your heart if and only if it is pure. You cannot write a poem with your brain, it must come from your heart. This is the thought I had when I finished this book. For me, it is so difficult to review a poetry book. Because it is very hard to judge one’s thoughts and memories which forms a poem.

“To Petrichor: The divine essence of dust” by Riddhi Pranay Wagle is a collection of 62 poems. The book is divided into 3 major parts such as “Rotation of the love circle”, “Leaflets of life” and “Odes, to the fables of serendipity”. In the “Rotation of the love circle”, the author includes her thoughts on the most written emotion in the world, love. She tried to explore all the experiences one can possibly have in love. The journey of love from the moment it blossoms to the end when it dies. In “Leaflets of life”, she explored all the minor and major details of human life. This section is covered with the thoughts on dreams, failure, heartbreak, memories and more. The last part includes some of the strongest poems in this collection. We have heard a thousand times that ” a pen is mightier than a sword”, but how often a writer uses that pen to raise his/her voice against injustice. In this small collection, the author has given space to raise her voice along with other works. This kind of dedication has to be appreciated. The poem “To the Daughter of India” speaks volumes.

This is not a book made out of a piece of writings written here and there. This is a serious work. As she said in the preface, she has been framing her poems since grade six. She was dreaming to be an author since then. The dedication of the author is clearly visible when you turn the pages over.

The book is well edited and well framed. A reader can experience a roller-coaster ride when they read this book. Each part of the collection gives you that feeling. As I said earlier, this is because the collection of poetry is the inner voice of the author. This book is raising the bar for debut works.

This short read is recommended for everyone who loves poetry.

Rating:5/5

Yes, I Met Maruti by Daxesh Trivedi

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Book Title: Yes, I Met Maruti

Author: Daxesh Trivedi

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers

Language: English

Blurb: Its a story of Jay Jani from Vadodara, who firmly believes in the power of imagination. During his graduation at the ms University of Vadodara, he falls in love with beautiful Preeti Chauhan. Things become interesting & surprising when Maruti, the God arrived in his dream, Jay asked Maruti that he wants to become a very famous & successful person, Maruti said yes but I will take something in return from you & Maruti disappeared. Jay started his MBA study in Rajkot, where he met gorgeous Deepika. Suddenly zoom tv announced a storytelling competition, where the winner will get an opportunity to work as an assistant director with the living legend Shyam Benegal sir. Jay participates in it. To find what actually happened with Jay Jani, read the entire book.

My Review

“Yes, I Met Maruti” is a story written inside a story. The first thing I noticed is the unique name of the book. Second is the cover and blurb. These things are perfectly designed to create curiosity about the story. The blurb itself makes every reader to immediately starts reading to find out what happened for Jay at the end.

As a reader, I always interested to find out new styles used in the storytelling. In this sense, the narration used in this story is quite good and innovated.
The story is essentially based on a wish most of us have, to meet God once and demand something important in our life. This may be the shortcut to happiness. But nothing comes easy and everything has its own prize. What will be that prize? This paves source for wildest imagination and became the backbone of the whole story.

I found this story as quite unique and I’m giving 4 stars for that “power of imagination” alone. Though the book contains numerous typographical mistakes, it narrates a good story amidst them. This clearly shows the potential of the author.

Overall this is a good read with a strong message at the end.

Rating: 4/5

Divyastra by Nimish Tanna

 

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Author: Nimish Tanna

Publisher: Become Shakespeare

Blurb: Thousands of years ago, Indian Yogis possessed the knowledge to obtain the weapons of the gods. However, this knowledge could only be transferred from a Guru to his disciple by word of mouth. In today’s world, one mystic, who calls himself Guruji, still possesses this knowledge and is using it to empower an innocent person’s life. Only, this empowerment could be a deception and the innocent person is a thirteen year old boy with a stutter…

In this intertwining tale, an ambitious yet unsuccessful Shankar, in search of his identity, is manipulated to embark on a never-told-before fantasy tale; only to rediscover the father he never knew and unmask the mystical Guruji.

Amidst this confounding concoction of ancient myths, deluding personas and dispersed emotions, will Shankar ever be able to separate fact from fiction and find his true identity?

My review

5 star read

The combination and the story is unique and I’m experiencing this blend for the first time. The tale is based on the mythical period in the beginning. The story talks about the 10-11 different weapons or divyastras used in Hindu mythology. But when the story moves forward, the mythological genre slowly turns into sci-fi. The author has included the sci-fi touch very brilliantly in this tale. Because he justifies the characters of rishis who are not simply mythological but they actually experimented scientifically everything before believed. The story is a combination of emotions and knowledge. But the ending is a cliff-hanger. The author left some things unanswered. Maybe it will be good in that way.

The characters are developed in a manner to drive the story. I really liked Dr. Vyas character in the tale. His ways of explaining things with valid scientific points but infused with mythological references are a very interesting feature to note.

The best thing about this book is, it has an amazing plot but it is written in a simple way without any harder plot twists.  The blending of mythology was very good in the narration because in the halfway its signs totally vanish.  This is a perfect entertainment read because the touch of humor is unlikely in sci-fi or mythological genre books, but the author has incorporated it in the story excellently. The cover is catchy and unique. It is enough to generate curiosity about the story with a single look.

 

 

ENDURER A Rape Story by Kapil Raj

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“The deepest cuts are given by the people who are nearest to you. Why? Because they can.”

Book title: Endure A rape story

Author: Kapil Raj

Publisher: Write India Publishers

Language: English

Blurb: Life was a fun fed roller coaster: New found love, drugs, cat-fights, patch ups, crushes, night hangouts, and unplanned trips. Like any girl, not in the wildest dream, Palak could imagine that after attending a Rave Party, she will wake up to the horror of finding herself raped.

In traumatic conditions and struggle between sanity and hallucinations, she is compelled by the circumstances to leave her world. Already fighting a war within, her stances takes a toll witnessing horrifying tales of women and girls. Little did she knew that this catastrophe was not enough for one lifetime, and a storm – was just cooling its heels.

Will she be able to carve her path while facing the rapists, her tyrant father, appearances of her passed away mother? Should Palak let her life to be decided by people, society, and taboos? Would justice return her life or revenge lend her peace?

A heart-rending story of a girl, whose beliefs and honor has been battered, stands up to make choices, rediscovering the meaning of life.

My review

A really insightful and gripping tale. A story that has to be told over and over. The biggest power a pen is it holds the capability to bring untold or so-called untouchable stories to the common readers. The author has taken an applaudable initiative to write a very realistic story that we all are heard through mainstream media but refused to discuss openly.

The story follows Palak, a girl who loves to enjoy life. Her life is normal and she goes with all teenage fancies. But her life suddenly takes a twist when she wakes up to the horror of finding herself raped.  Easy to say but a hard or hardest to experience. At this point, we will think that the rest of the story will be around her survival and justice. But really the story speaks more volume than that. This story gives an insight into the life of rape victims and how their life and life of people around them changed after a single incident.

The characters in this story are written quite beautifully. Story with a strong female lead is the type of books I enjoy most. A change of perspective is essential in an ever-changing society. The female characters in this story also convey a positive message and the author has written this story on victims perspective. This will give an overall view of how the society around a single human being changed after an overnight incident. The success of every story lies at one point, whether it will leave you in an emotionally disturbed state or not. This story will make every reader, change their perspective to such incidents.

As an entertainment point of view, I really enjoyed this book. A good story with charismatic writing skill is enough to enjoy this book.

Rating:4.5/5

Done With Her… by Chirasree Bose

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Book title: Done with her…

Publisher: Evincepub Publishing (2019)

Language: English

Blurb: A gripping tale of love, lust, obsession and murder. It’s a kick in the guts. Love that’s raw, lust that’s insane and obsession that’s frantically irresistible. Twists will keep you on the edge while the truth will stab at your subconscious.

Avesh Mathur, a techie stumbles upon the enchanting and sultry Spreeha at work. Every man in his office wants to have her. But he is struck with horror. She happens to resemble a girl from his past. The past that he’d do anything to keep under wraps.

Spreeha lives next door to Avesh. She watches him furtively day and night even though she has a lover. He intrigues her, however, she’s not done with her lover. She wants them both because they remind her of someone.

What tragedy awaits Avesh? Is the girl he’s madly falling for as beautiful on the inside as on the outside? Will he finally have to face the frightening truth that he’s been stashing for two years?

My Review

This is a perfectly concise story which is told through just more than 50 pages. What I like most is the author was not dragging the reader by spending too much time on unnecessary details. Building an environment to tell a story is essential for sometimes, but here this story can stand alone with its own strength.

From the blurb, it is evident that this is a thriller. But this thriller is based on a socially relevant story. A story which has to be told over and over until it reaches everyone’s ear. The execution of the story can be rated as good because the character of protagonists is well built. Main characters are built in a way that they all have a dark past and they don’t know how to deal with it. They are unable to make peace with their past and this directly affects their decision-making skills in the present and future. This touch of realistic characters is always successful in making connections to the storyline. In this story too, these emotions have a large role to play. Hence I can say, the storytelling capability of the author is exceptionally well. Though at a certain point towards the end, the story doesn’t meet my expectations.

A special mention has to be given for the cover. I can simply pass the time by staring at it over and over. The cover is so haunting, perfect for a thriller.  The dark theme of the cover truly expresses the core of the story.

Rating;4/5

A Cynic’s Shadow by Yash Singhania

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Blurb: Have you ever seen
A smiling man cry?

Of course you have.
You are crying on the inside too..

A Cynic’s Shadow, is a collection of poems that explore the ailments of a melancholic man, whose enticing screams are beautiful when inked.

My Review

Amidst the sea of fog

I  saw the sun resurrect.
So weak and wan
Then so full of light and power.
Vaporizing the darkness,
Illuminating the sea of fog.
Raising our hopes
And opening our eyes.
Illuminating some dreams and
burning some.
Ending some cold nights
And birthing some bright days.

                             -Yash Singhania (A Cynic’s Shadow)

A Cynic’s Shadow by Yash Singhania is a compilation of 64 poems accompanied by beautiful illustrations that are projecting the meaning of each word in it. As said in the book, this writer’ words tend to seep in the readers subconscious, painting fantasies. Fantasies one can’t get enough of.

These poems are penned down when the author was on a voyage of the solitude of self-realization, partly lost and partly in immense pain. Finding light in a road which seems to be dark and being alone throughout the journey is more than enough to light up the creativity of one’s own self. As said by the author in the preface, he convinced his orthodox family into believing that he was destined for better things than CA. So altogether these poems represent his journey of chasing dreams and to remind everyone that, the hope still exists. When you skim through these lines you can feel the pain of a trapped man who was searching for a way out in his own mind.

The illustrations accompanied by each poem are a marvelous piece of art. Once gaze into its meaning, you can’t look away for minutes. These poems are surrounded by emotions rather than the deep meaning. When I progressed reading these pages, I felt like reading a diary rather than a piece of literature.

The title and cover were deep and represent one’s own journey to the inner self. If you are a poetry lover you can taste this one too.

Rating: 4/5

An Unmatched Couple’s Misfit Relationship by Biswajit Mishra

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Title: An Unmatched Couple’s Misfit Relationship

Author: Biswajit Mishra

Pages: 260 pages

Blurb: All the time she hoped and dreamed of a better tomorrow in her life in a span of six years. Her experiences both good and bad; the man, the mind and the moral… where, repeatedly she failed, woke up and then moved on.
Paayesha, solely grows with the time, experiences multiple affairs, extensively pulling out her inner persona to face the reality, and finally, she leads by conquering her insight while finding the literal tranquility, and reflects a moral… “Accept what it comes and dare to face, not always that comes what we expect.”
Even she went deep through the life to realize, “the time, the reality and the present are the factual ingredients for the life, rest everything virtual, an unseen mirage…!”

She realized four men in a span of five years. While in the search of the fifth man on her sixth year, what she expects, and finally accepts..? Is that a fortuitous Paayesha finally impounded felicitous?

It would be a favorite stuff in a single gulp, for anyone, whoever had experienced a break-up at least once in a lifetime.

My review

“Once loved, once married, once in extramarital; Paayesha didn’t drown. Still, she hopes to excel, even if in the deep ocean, she learned to live with the third side of the coin.”

-Biswajit Mishra (An Unmatched Couple’s Misfit Relationship)

An Unmatched Couple’s Misfit Relationship: Experience a love, never experiment a Break-up by Biswajit Mishra is an interesting tale of Paayesha when she sails through a course of life’s ups and down. Two things surprised me when I started reading this book. First one is it has a female lead because how often you came across a female lead in romance fiction particularly in Indian literature? Surprisingly the author has quite beautifully portrayed the female lead’s emotions, thoughts, and her decisions.

The second thing is this is not a predictable romantic story as I thought of, because at the end you never get that beautiful fairytale ending as we’ve seen in a lot of Bollywood movies. As a female lead, the growth of Paayesha’s character over the pages is so satisfying. The story of Paayesha’s love and breakups started right from college. Paayesha’s first love Abhishek abandoned her because he didn’t have the courage to confront his mother about his relationship. Once Payeesha came out from her depression, she slowly started moving ahead with her job and career and eventually get married to a guy whom her parents arranged for. She eventually realized he is impotent and moved out. In her office, she found solace from her friend Rishav who was like a breeze in a desert to her. But Rishav too wasn’t really good for her. But Rishav has a secret that he was hiding from her for a long time. He actually asks her one thing back for all the support and comfort he has given for her. What will be it? How she will manage this situation? The main crux of the story revolves around this thread.

I absolutely loved the way of writing of the author. The beauty of writing is the one main thing which made me hold to this book until the end. The diary entries of Rishav’s are absolutely straight from the heart. The emotions are conveyed through the words. This quality solely makes this book a good read. This is a fast-paced story which doesn’t give too much time on unimportant characters. I really liked this fast-paced method of storytelling, because it really helped the story from being monotonous and dragged at certain points.

The portrayal of depression and true heart-breaks are my favorite parts from the narrative perspective. Because it is an unlikely subject in romance fiction and it truly decided the author’s ability to convey emotions. The author has portrayed the female lead from a fragile young girl to a career focused- strong women. Truly her journey to womanhood is very heart-touching. The story also pays attention to the orthodox society which we all are lives in. The strong messages like this are inevitable to change the perspectives of society in things like marriage, life, and divorce.

Altogether it is a refreshing story which offers a handful of new thoughts before you close the last page.

Rating: 4/5