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Book Review #10: Maaya


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Author: Minal Arora
Pages: 216
Publisher: Ocean Books
Cover image: Sonia Singh, Shilpi Singh

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3/5
Title : 2.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 3.5/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 3.5/5

  • Characters (Leads): Maaya- The narrator
  • Blurb:

‘Maaya – A tryst with self’, is the story of a woman, Maaya, who, through her love for a man, Rahul, took on an incredible journey within, where she understood & experienced love in its purest, truest form. When Maaya first met Rahul, he touched a part of her soul that she had suppressed long ago in order to become the perfect girl for the love of her life, Kunal, whom she was engaged to. As Rahul and Maaya realised their feelings for each other, they also realised the futility of it all. A few days of togetherness was all they enjoyed before they accepted that they weren’t meant to be. Maaya gracefully let go of him to marry Kunal and have her happily ever after. Little did she expect that he would show up again in her life, at a point where she had separated from Kunal after 6 years of marriage, and her pursuit for his love would lead her to see love in a light she had never seen it in before. She never knew her inner journey was awaiting to be unleashed. She goes through ecstasy, joy, grief, failure, misery & sadness due to the love she longs to have in her life. On the road she travels to reunite with her twin-soul, unexpectedly leads her to becoming a spiritual healer, the experience of which, opened her up to an infinite horizon where she not only found love, but found herself.

Maaya is the essence of human experience through a woman, beyond time, which began with her loving someone so intensely that she dissolved in whom she loved & then finding herself through what followed. The book carries deep revelations about soul mate & twin-soul relationships including how they have been a source to spiritual upliftment for both the twins and how they can prove instrumental in transcending the limitations of each other.

  • Review-

“Maaya” is a journey of a woman named Maaya, her relationships and how she is spiritually guided, always. She falls in love with Rahul even when she is engaged to Kunal. Her 6 year old marriage with Kunal ends up in a divorce. In the course of time, she undergoes workshops on Hypnotherapy and Past Life Regression. She meets of lot of people who help her during her journey. She becomes a spiritual healer and helps healing her clients during weekends. In this journey, she herself finds answers to many of her queries. She also does a final workshop on Serenity Surrender which helps her as well as her clients to surrender to the divine and trust their spiritual guide to show them path.

  • Appreciations:

Minal has managed to explain a lot of twisted and complex concepts about sprituality, love, soulmates and many others very easily in such a simple language that even a novice would understand. The incidents have been timed very well.

  • Let-downs:

The narration style could have been improved. The story makes a lot of jumps between past and present, which sometimes becomes confusing to understand. Also at some points the story was hushed a lot as if written in a hurry to complete it. Also the end was a bit abrupt.

  • Verdict:

A recommended book. It’ll surely answer many of your questions regarding life and you’re definitely in for a surprise. (3.5/5)
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Book Review #9: Wise Enough To Be Foolish


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Author: Gauri Jayaram

Pages: 205

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3/5

Title : 2.5/5

Blurb : 3/5

Story : 3/5

Theme : 3.5/5

Characters : 4/5

Overall : 3.5/5

  • Characters (Leads): Gauri- The narrator
  • Blurb:

Wise Enough to Be Foolish is a fictionalized memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl’s life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises, as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman. This roller-coaster ride of adventure, laughter and heartache, as she balances her love life with her struggle for independence, will keep you guessing – What rules will she break next? How far will she go to find herself?

  • Review-

Thanks Gauri for sending out your book for me to review.

“Wise enough to be foolish” is a real life story of Gauri, the author. Its her journey from the time she was born to when she is a mother to her two daughters. Gauri has let out every phase of a girl’s life in a way that leads even men into the mind of a woman which is, as everyone knows, a difficult task. Understanding a girl has never been easy but Gauri has done it beautifully with her book. All the experiences have been timed and described very well, be it being discriminated on the basis of gender in one’s own family, child abuse, friendship, teenage love, hostel life, switching jobs for paying bills, paying for the education of younger siblings, marriage, traveling abroad, meeting new people, divorce, staying alone, etc.

  • Appreciations:

The narration is apt for the kind of story portrayed. Gauri has given a deep insight to a girl’s mind and its a real bonus.

  • Let-downs:

I couldn’t find anything that could be criticized. Good job Gauri 🙂

  • Verdict:

A different kind of book with a different kind of story. A light read with lots of supporting characters. (3.5/5)

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Book Review #8: Walking In The Streets Of Love & Destiny


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Author: Purba Chakraborty
Pages: 191
Publisher: Diamond books

  • Ratings-

Cover : 2/5
Title : 2.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 3/5
Theme : 2.5/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 3/5

  • Characters (Leads):
  1. Prachi- The narrator
  2. Arvind- Prachi’s childhood friend and boyfriend
  3. Sahil- Prachi’s colleague
  • Blurb:

For a girl, who is more important?
The guy who taught her to love or the guy who taught her to dream?
The guy who considers her his life or the guy who gave her a new life?
The person with whom she has spent almost two decades of her life or the person who understands her more than anyone else within a short span of less than a year?
Life-partner or soul-mate?
In today’s modern world, Prachi is too lucky to get love in the two purest forms- Arvind, her childhood sweetheart and Sahil, her magician. Both loved her beyond boundaries and sacrificed their every happiness just to see her smiling but should love be always in limits? Does Prachi’s life really become both beautiful and ugly when destiny brings two jewels in her life?
Yes, love in excess is indeed a curse!
This is a story of Arvind, Prachi and Sahil and how love and destiny shuffles their paths…do they meet in the streets of love and destiny or their paths get separated forever?

  • Review-

Thanks Purba for sending out your book for me to review.

The story is about Prachi’s life. The narration starts from Prachi’s childhood days when she first meets Arvind and they become best friends over time. During their teenage, they fall in love with each other and later Arvind has to leave the town for his job. In the mean time, Sahil joins Prachi’s office as his colleague. She hates him at first but gradually starts liking him. The story then revolves around how destiny plays its cards and changes Prachi’s life.

  • Appreciations:

The dilemma of love in a girl’s life has been handled very well. Purba has done a great job by maintaining the pace throughout and the plot moves on very smoothly. The second half of the book is much better in description than the first half.

  • Let-downs:

The book looked like a personal diary and at a point it was cheesy with the nicknames and descriptions. Lots of grammatical errors were a pure let down. Descriptions could have been improved.

  • Verdict:

Not surely recommended, but a good read. (3/5)

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Book Review #3: Sorry You’re Not My Type


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Author: Sudeep Nagarkar
Pages: 200
Publisher: Random House India
Cover design: Saurav Das

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

  • Characters (Leads):
  1. Vikrant- The narrator and member of VAYU
  2. Anamika- The dancer of VAYU
  3. Yuvi- The lead vocalist and guitarist of VAYU
  4. Kashish- Yuvi’s girlfriend
  5. Anurag- President of Student Union of Rajhans College, Delhi University
  6. Sanaya- Anurag’s ex-girlfriend
  • Blurb-

The final audition for Rajhans College’s prestigious music band brings together three contrasting personalities. Vikrant, a perfectionist, who believes there is only one perfect someone for you. Anamika, a free spirit, who stands up for what she believes is right. And Yuvi, a die-hard music lover, who can strum the guitar all night long and still wake up the next morning to drop off his girlfriend.

The three become close friends and start hanging out regularly. So how does Aditya, a stranger, become familiar to their lives? And what happens next?

  • Review-

“Sorry you’re not my type” is a story which revolves around a band named VAYU (Vikrant, Anamika, Yuvi). Aditya meets Vikrant at a lounge, where he had come to enjoy the evening with his best friend Sakshi. Vikrant is a singer at that lounge and Aditya gets to know his story overnight, and also about VAYU.

Vikrant, the drummer of VAYU, is a serious guy who opens up only with his friends.
Anamika, the dancer of VAYU, has a sad past and fears ragging.
Yuvi, the lead vocalist and guitarist of VAYU, is a drug addict.

They are all freshers in college and get selected to form a band of their own, to represent Rajhans College. Though Yuvi is the lead, Anamika is more popular amongst the youth and this makes Yuvi jealous of her. Since Anamika fears ragging, she hooks up with Anurag after his breakup with Sanaya, to save herself from ragging and gets trapped in a relationship which she is not interested in. They get along well and become the best of friends.

Vikrant falls in love at first sight with Sanaya when he sees her at Delhi’s metro station but is not aware that she is Anurag’s ex-girlfriend and his senior too. Yuvi is in a four year long committed relationship with Kashish and both love each other to the core. Anamika always feels like having someone in her life who would love her like Yuvi loves Kashish.

The title doesn’t exactly suit the story, as it is all about friendship. A title indicating love, trust and honesty in friendship would have been more relative.

  • Appreciations:
  1. Perfect grammar.
  2. Good philosophical thoughts portrayed.
  3. Quotes on love, friendship and relationships.
  4. Narration is superb.
  5. Amazing connectivity between situations.
  6. Poems have been included at the correct incidents and written beautifully.
  7. Romantic situations have been described very well.
  • Let-downs:
  1. Element of mystery could have been described in a better way.
  • Verdict:

A very good book which will bring a smile on your face from page to page. (4/5)

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Book Review #2: The Agony of Love


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Author: Neilay Khasnabish
Pages: 175
Publisher: Leadstart

  • Ratings-

Cover : 4/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 3/5
Theme : 3/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Overall : 3/5

  • Characters (Leads):
  1. Srijan- Protagonist
  2. Priyam- Srijan’s lover
  • Review-

I received this book through Goodreads’ First Reads giveaway. Thanks Neilay for sending the book.

The Agony of Love is a story of a young boy Srijan Ghose and what he goes through in the most crucial phase of his life. He fails to get a suitable job, according to his degree, and the frustration builds up. He isn’t afraid of failure, but of frustration. The story then revolves around how leaves his home, resides at his elder brother’s place, falls in love with a girl named Priyam who inspires the poet in him and he takes up poetry as his job, for which he also refuses the job offer from an MNC. His elder brother then asks him to leave his house and he resides in a nearby apartment.

I couldn’t connect with the characters at the beginning. Different names have been used to refer to the same person which becomes confusing to understand. The connectivity between scenes is a bit poor. At times you would wonder what is going on. Priyam’s character has been described a bit confusingly. It sometimes felt as if she is forcing Srijan, controlling his life, to make him do what she wants him to do.

The second half of the book has been described amazingly. From the time Srijan is kidnapped, the plot takes a massive turn and I was hooked to the book till I completed it. Climax will bring a smile on your face.

  • Appreciations:
  1. Good description of flowers and birds, which shows that Neilay has great appreciation for nature.
  2. Simple vocabulary.
  3. Imaginary descriptions of Srijan with his lover are amazing.
  4. Inspirational phrases at various points
  5. Great use of metaphor.
  6. Good description of various incidences from history.
  • Let-downs:
  1. Grammar could have been improved.
  2. Editing is such that it sometimes becomes difficult to understand who is saying the dialogue.
  3. Flow could have been improved.
  4. Difficulty in relating to situations
  5. Characters not described clearly.
  • Verdict:

Not something definitely recommended, but a good read. (3/5)

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Book Review #1: At First Sight


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Author: Mihir Kamat
Pages: 74

  • RATINGS

Cover : 4/5
Title : 4/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 4/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Overall : 4/5

  • REVIEW:

I received this book through Goodreads’ First Reads giveaway. Its attractive cover instantly appealed to me. My overall rating for this book would have been 5/5 had the font used in the book was something more comforting to the eyes. This was the only drawback I felt about the book. I had a great time reading this 74 page book with 12 short stories.

The feeling of love has been described amazingly as a guy expresses his love at first sight, a proposal after a 2 year old relationship, a blind date after your lover passes off, a grandfather who makes an evening worthwhile for his granddaughter as she is to lose her eyesight the next day, a father who sees his new born daughter after losing her wife only to see her inherit her mother’s eyes, a brother walks her sister down the aisle to hand her over to the love of her life, a guy who has one last dance with his love before she marries someone else and many other such feelings.

Couldn’t get enough of this book. Truly well written and expressed. Great work.