The Unsung Song by Sidharth Vardhan

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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

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The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

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“Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen? Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, the dashing young entrepreneur, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered by three men. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model, and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

My Review:

The colours of passion by Sourabh Mukherjee is an interesting thriller that begins with the rape and murder of a popular Tollywood actress.

As the attackers are identified and jailed, a trail begins to form that shows that there are bigger parties at play there. I like how the story had a strong start with which to intrigue the readers so as to keep building the suspense.  The language and the writing style itself supports the thrill that the plot tries to build. The introduction of ACP Agni, the person who has a strong passion towards solving cases is also well done and his character remains so strong throughout. The doubt as to who the murderer vpuld be remained in my mind till the mystery was solved so it was not predictable in any way. 

Another positive point would have to be the editor who didn’t let a single error remain in the book. 

The author seems to me like a person who wants to raise the name of Indian literature with his compelling stories and and crisp writing. 

As the single killing of Hiya Sen turns into an event of serial killing, it makes the premise more intense and every character is a suspect. The justification of characters and the carefully concealed agenda of the crime made this story distinctive.

I would recommend this book to all suspense lovers.

About the Author:

Sourabh Muherjee is the author of the psychological thriller *In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller* and *Romance Shorts*, a collection of dark-romance short stories. His books have been highly appreciated by readers, bloggers and the mainstream national media. Sourabh received the Golden Pen Award in the Monsoon Romance Contest 2014 organised by Sulekha.com and judged by an eminent panel of literary luminaries.

Sourabh speaks in several events on a variety of topics. His points of view in a panel discussion on serial killings, occult crimes and ritual killings in the Supernatural Literary Festival, Kolkata (2017) with the legendary Ipsita Ray Chakraverty was highly appreciated. He was also an invited panelist in a debate organised by Rotary Club, Kolkata on International Women’s Day, 2017.

Sourabh writes a column for *Sportskeeda*, India’s largest all-sport website. His articles have been featured in *Yahoo Sports* too.

An Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from School of Management Studies, New Delhi, in his day-job, Sourabh works in a senior leadership position in a technology consulting multi-national. Author of several publications on emerging trends in business and technology, Sourabh speaks regularly in various national and global conferences and technology summits.

A keen observer of human behaviour and cultural diversities, Sourabh loves travelling and has travelled across USA and various countries in Europe and Asia. An avid reader of fiction, Sourabh is equally passionate about photography, movies and music.

Brahmahatya by Rajiv Mittal

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My Rating: 3/5 stars


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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. 
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The Three psychos by Yash Pawaskar

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Genre: Contemporary Fiction

 160 pages
Published July 7th 2007 by Dimple Publication
My ratings: 3.5/5 stars


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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

Just for you by Rahul Saini

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245 pages
Published August 9th 2014 by Penguin Books India

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

Rafflesia: The Banished Princess by Gautam

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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!

Review:

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.

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Karma by Kevin Missal

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My Rating: 2.5 stars

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Publisher Kalamos Literary services- InstaRead

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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