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My Ratings: 4/5 stars
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Bulbul or An Unsung Song’ is a literary coming-to-age novella about a girl based on story of Byblis from Ovid’s metamorphosis. Continue reading
My Rating: 3/5 stars
About the book:
A story of revenge and redemption and deeds shaped by forces that humans believe they have defined through mythology and scriptures but still struggle to understand.
A woman employee of a retirement home is shocked to discover that a new resident is in fact the son impersonating his father. The son is seeking revenge. She, by her past actions, is unwittingly complicit in his being there and now tries to thwart his peculiar plans. A senile woman-resident and an enigmatic founder offer him sage advice. The samudra manthan (a major episode in Hindu mythology), a slightly dim secretary and a sinister boss play their part in ensuring justice is finally served but in an unexpected manner.
The novel quotes frequently from the ancient Hindu scriptures and stories that the protagonists use to justify their actions. The treatment of the elderly in society is a major theme. Continue reading
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
About the book:
Three Thrilling Stories, One Gripping Novel. In the first tale, a naked man is trapped inside a white box. His only company: ‘DE22912’. How long can he survive? The second story, ‘Patient Number 9’, is about a hospitalized patient who must save Earth from an alien attack by blue pig-like creatures. The countdown has just begun. In the third narrative, an angry sixteen-year-old gets hold of a loaded revolver and is determined to make use of all ‘Six Bullets’. And no, it’s not a toy. The three psychos are part of a connected universe, set in a novel with innovative storytelling, witty narration and an entertaining mix of thrill, humour and drama. Continue reading
Ratings : 2/5 stars
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When you love someone, what’s there to prove? Everything! It looks like life is teaching Rohit a lesson. His publishing deals, his relationships, even his job – nothing seems to be working out. To make matters worse, Karan is still trying his best to ruin him as a writer. But when Nisha leaves him, it’s the ultimate blow. To win her back Rohit must prove he loves her enough to do things that matter to her: like helping Tara find a publisher. As Rohit takes control of his life, he begins to find things slowly changing for the better for him too. But will Nisha be happy with that? Will she come back to him? Just for You is an adorable, bittersweet story about love and its responsibilities. Continue reading
My Rating: 3/5
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RAFFLESIA The Banished Princess The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold… As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess.He lives with her in a world ﬁlled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to ﬁnd his place. What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu ﬁnd what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafﬂesia – The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!
Rafflesia is a book that gives you the feel of fantasy genre when you first look at it. But it is actually the story of Appu and a fairy tale of Rafflesia. While the book hooks you in from the first glance at cover, the story is a bit slow to start and evenafter 100 pages, it struggled to hold my attention.
What I liked about this book was that even though the book was centrally based on Appu’s character and his struggles, the side characters were well-developed and the author doesn’t neglect them. The book had certain mistakes which could be rectified by a good editor. Otherwise, it was a slow but a good read.
The tale of Rafflesia did tinker the fantasy lover in me.
My Rating: 2.5 stars
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Publisher Kalamos Literary services- InstaRead
About this Book:
Karman Malik a lonely man finds his wife standing outside his house.
But there are two problems.
One, she had died eight years back.
Second, she is not human anymore.
Can he love her again? Continue reading