Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Review :: 'Mr Imperfect Series' by Aditi Chopra

Book Review (Part of The Book Club blog tour)
Three intriguing women, Three Imperfect men, Three fascinating stories!

House of Love : Real estate agent Nikki Desai has a rule of not dating her clients. When she hosts an open house on a cold Dallas afternoon, she didn't know what was in store for her. Much like Dallas' unexpected weather, Karan Malhotra, a business consultant, walks into her life and challenges every belief she holds close to her heart. Karan manages to cajole Nikki, but is she making a mistake in breaking her rule by dating Karan?

Arranged marriage : where love happens after marriage or does it? Ishan, a NRI from Dallas, Texas visits his home country, India and gets entangled in his parents' plan to get him married. Sonali is a simple girl from a small town called Meerut and has no desire to leave India. However, she reluctantly agrees to marry Ishan. But when she settles with him in a foreign country, she is completely lost and homesick. Will Sonali find love in a conventionally arranged marriage?

Love Tango: Maya Sarin is sensuous and enterprising. She runs a dance school in the suburb of Dallas. Tahir Ali is an aspiring author who owns a Mediterranean restaurant in the area. When his regular dancer bails out on him, he rushes in Maya as a replacement. Maya is the inspiration that he had been longing for; she feeds his creative soul. Do they have any future together? Explore their passion and intrigue in Love Tango.

My Review
Three novellas, short and simple, addressing varied conflicts in day to day lives of the protagonists. All three stories are well narrated and touch the human aspect of a relationship which at the outset seems simple but is very complicated.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Review :: 'Delirium' by Sowmya Aji

Book Review
Disclaimer: This review is part of the blog tour of The Book Club and all the details of the book can be found here.

I was addicted. To him.
Anjana Narendra just can’t keep her head straight when it comes to the nation’s heartthrob, cricket vice-captain Avinash Katagi. The mere sight of him sets the heart of this thirty-one-year-old television journalist pounding, and fills her stomach with butterflies. He seems smitten too – taking her out for romantic walks in the botanical gardens, appearing by her side when she has a road accident, knocking on her door in the middle of the night. Even as Anjana is swept off her feet into a whirlwind romance, the reporter within her sniffs out the biggest scoop of the season. All too soon, she is neck-deep in trouble with her bosses and the cricket board, struggling to make sense of the sordid world of steroids and celebs. Will anjana give up the delicious young man she is hooked on to? And does she even want to? Sinful and alluring, Delirium is a heady cocktail of intrigue, temptation and betrayal.

My Review
Delirium is a story set in the backdrop of two highly glamorous professions—cricket in India and journalism and deals with common human emotions. Add to it Sowmya Aji’s writing style and the recipe for a fantastic, page turner is complete. After a very long time I have read a book in one sitting, till the wee hours of the morning.

Anjana is an ambitious journalist moving up the ladder of her career with sheer intelligence and hard work, looking for that ultimate scoop to further her career. She meets the vice-captain of Indian cricket team, main strike bowler, handsome, reticent Avinash. There is something dazzling about the fast bowlers, and the two that I pictured were Kapil Dev and Imran Khan, the fast bowlers.

Monday, June 22, 2015

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Book Review :: 'The House That BJ Built' by Anuja Chauhan

Book Review: 
Author: Anuja Chauhan
Publisher: Westland
Pages: 432

Blurb: (Courtesy: Goodreads)
I'll make my sisters squirm like well-salted earthworms. I won't sell. Even my jutti wont sell. And if I die na, then even my gosht won't sell! The late Binodini Thakur had been very clear that she would never agree to sell her hissa in her Bauji's big old house on Hailey Road. And her daughter Bonu, is determined to honor her mothers wishes.

But what to do about her four pushy aunts who are insisting she sell? One is bald and stingy, one is jobless and manless, one needs the money to 'save the nation' and one is stepmother to Bonus childhood crush-brilliant young Bollywood director Samar Vir Singh, who promised BJ upon his deathbed that he would get the house sold, divvy the money equally and end all the bickering within the family.

The first word baby Bonu ever spoke was 'Balls' and indeed, she is ballsy, bullshit-intolerant, brave and beautiful. But is she strong enough to weather emotional blackmail by the spadefull? Not to mention shady builders, wily politicians, spies, lies and the knee-buckling hotness of Samars intense eyes? Sharply observed and pulse-quickeningly romantic, this is Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best!

My Review
After immensely enjoying Those Pricey Thakur Girls and that tantalizing paragraph about the sequel featuring Samar and Bonu, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the ‘The House That BJ Built’. In this much-awaited book, Anuja Chauhan focusses her imagination on society’s obsession with property, heirs and hissa(s).

The plot has three threads running, Samar’s quest for making a film which is authentic and true to life and his pledge to BJ, his grandfather; Bonita aka Bonu’s self-oath on honoring her late mother’s wishes; and external forces like chachaji, Tringjis, Mushtaq Bhai, which were working against the Thakur girls. Amongst this chaos the romance blooming between Samar and Bonu, and… surprise, surprise between Eshwari and Satish or shall I say Steesh.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Review :: 'Finders and Keepers' By Sapan

Book Review
Genre: Thriller
Blurb: (Courtesy: GoodReads)

Finders, Keepers. Losers, Weepers
Two men are murdered in settings which speak volumes of involvement of some sacred cynicism. A psycho-killer on the loose? Or is this the beginning of something much more grave and dangerous?

This is the tale of how Deputy Director, I.B., Shoumik Haldar and celebrated author Ishan Vajpayee exercise all their tools of conventional and unconventional deduction to solve the puzzles thrown across by the enemy, yet unrevealed.

Intertwined intensely with the opulent mythological tales and specimens attributing to the rich cultural heritage of India, the story depicts the resurgence of a dormant historical sect, which attacks the very foundations of one of the most powerful and secreted organizations of all times.

Spread across the length and breadth of the entire Indian subcontinent, read the mystery as it unravels with the duo travelling from one corner of the country to another searching for the signs.

My Review:
Finders and Keepers is an out and out thriller set in the present times, expertly interwoven with the tales from Indian mythology, beliefs, and a secret society flourishing since hundreds of years. The fictional elements in the story are narrated in the same vein as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code or Ashwin Sanghi’s Rozabel Line. The author has done extensive research on Indian scriptures, Vedas and has come up with a mind-blowing tale riddled with puzzles and clues spanning Nepal, India and Sri Lanka.

The story starts with a gruesome murder of professor Antriksh Verma amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras in Allahabad. In Calcutta the guards of the ‘Library of the Asiatic Society’ are found unconscious with their eyes and ears punctured and the tongue cut. In Srikakulum, Optical Scientist Venkat Krishna is murdered with the similar modus operandi as Prof. Verma.