The Fragrance of Rose: Beauty. Dignity. Ambition by Chirajit Paul

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction


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Rinita Bose is an ordinary middle class girl with extraordinary beauty and unmatched aspirations. While chasing her dreams, she comes face to face with harsh realities. That’s how she learns the valuable lesson – what most men really want. In a twist of fate, she picks up enmity with a powerful man and flees the city. She switches careers and hides her identity behind the garb of Rose to make a place in Bollywood. She earns money, fame, adulation and success. But love eludes her. She witnesses the darkness of life in a drunkard father, a lecherous boss, a scheming producer and a friend who wants to take advantage. But then there are those that she can rely on in the worst of situations, her friends from childhood who stand by her through thick and thin. Those who don’t judge her; just love her unconditionally. Will Rinita be able to find the love she craves for? Or will she be mercilessly crushed for The Fragrance of Rose. Continue reading

The Diary of a Young girl by Anne Frank

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Genre: Autobiography, Memoir, Non-fiction

Rating: 3.5 stars
Paperback, 283 pages
Published July 1993 by Bantam

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

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The 365 days by Nikhil Ramteke

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Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 3.5/5 stars


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This is a story that falls through the crevices of pitiless anonymity, yet miraculously waits to be told.
Shijukutty, a Malayali fisherman, leaves his tiny hamlet of abject poverty in the coastal village of Vizhinjam on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, that picturesque vignette of searing beauty on the southwestern coast of India.
Shiju, like millions of other Malayalis, seeks his destiny in Dubai, that gleaming global hub of fortune on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. What unfolds is a stirring story of distilled hardship, exploitation, identity, and friendship, and the heartbreaking choices Shiju is often forced to make.
So what he sees is not what he experiences when he lands in a world of glimmering towers, fast-paced life, and unabashed opulence. For what he was not prepared for was the dark underbelly of Dubai beyond the shimmering mirage.
Shiju’s life is no more the same. But he holds his ground, drawing on ancient instincts of his seafaring ancestry. As things settle down around him, he is inexorably pulled into the canyon of recession…
Will Shiju be able to hold on to his dreams? Will he able to pull out himself from the whirlpool? Will he survive against all odds? Will he redeem himself?
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Outta Time by June Lundgren

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, YA


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Sophie is a psychic medium and animal communicator.
She runs a small crystal shop called, Outta Time. The shop
Is located in a small district called Lents in Portland,
Oregon.
Nick is a man who if you can’t touch it, feel it or see it then it doesn’t exist. He is sure she is a phony psychic who is bilking money out of his mother and he intends to expose her.
Sophie sees him as a non-believer, someone who could never
understand her or her way of life. She is attracted to him but knows there can be no future for them unless he can bemade to understand what her world is all about.
Their Guardian Angels get into the act to guide the two
to a better understanding of each other.
Nick’s Guardians help his deceased Father get through to Nick
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Control- The Treacherous Moon by Tushar Janjalkar

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My rating: 3.5/5 stars

Genre; Mystery, Thriller

254 pages
Published January 20th 2017 by Omji Publishing House Pvt. Ltd.


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They say your acts resemble the machinations of your thoughts. But the great question is: Are your thoughts, your feelings really yours?
The financial capital of the world, New York, is terror-stricken. Death is crawling forth from the sewers, every full moon nights. On each occasion, an Indian is found involved and the diplomatic relations between the two countries are at breaking point.
NYP detective John is continuously failing to track down the true perpetrators behind these incidents. The situation worsens when John’s case causes a threat to his love, Disha, a neurologist. Alongside, her security becomes his priority.
When Disha learns that it’s not just her life at stake and her own past has united with the present in the cabal to ruin the future of many lives, she secretly sets out to uncover the mystery.
Will Disha and John succeed in their journeys? Or will end up losing everything including their love?
And above all, will the secret of moon ultimately be revealed?

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Terminal Love by Vicky Arora

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My Ratings: 3.5 stars

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133 pages
Published December 7th 2016 by Kalamos Literary Services
Genre: LGBT,Romance


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In the mad roller coaster that is Mumbai, two men separated by age, class, and religious faith, find the love they yearn for in each other. This is their true story of braving all odds through the ups and downs in their lives.
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Another Tale of Two cities By Ezhuth Aani

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My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Paperback, 304 pages
Published by Inspire India Publishers


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Fourteen thirty one is the year remembered for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. But another landmark event was unfolding in a future French colony. Cambodia was a cultural cauldron of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The largest metropolis of the pre industrial era was also facing a climate change calamity. The story unfolds in fifteenth century Cambodia and travels to China, Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East, as Princes Adithya and Mahendra set out to seek help for their beleaguered country. Will the splendid twin cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom survive? Who wins the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess? Continue reading