An assortment of emotional tales on unrequited love and heartbreak!

“UNREQUITED : A Collection of Short Stories” by Dipanjana Nath is a beautifully penned down set of 9 heart-wrenching tales.

The book contains stories written with such stirring emotions that one can’t help being moved. The pain of heartbreak is soul shattering and is best explained through the tales. Unrequited love, according to the author, is the finest form of love and the book has a lot to offer to unrequited lovers.
Not merely love, the author brings out hatred, jealousy, madness, passion to the edge of crime to the surface as well.
Each of the tale is brimming with deep, myriad emotions and tugs at the strings of readers’
hearts.

Language and narration is mellifluous. Description is vivid and imaginative. Vocabulary and word selection is beautiful.
Inspite of being a romance genre book, this book had so much more to offer as the author explores the unexplored side of love with fervour.

The cover is beautiful and attractive, however, could have been designed in such a way to depict the unrequited side of love. Title is perfectly justified and apt. Blurb is crisp and would want the readers to bury their noses in the book.

I would like to rate it as 3.9/5.
Overall, an engrossing book infused with love, pain and emotions.

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An inspirational non-fiction book encompassing legends over generations!

“Legends Over Generations” by Ashraf Haggag is a book brimming with knowledge, power and inspiration!

Being a non-fiction book, it deals with reality. The book contains relevant and sufficient information about various legends in various fields from history.

The book begins with author’s meaning of a ‘Legend’ and purpose of writing the book. As we proceed we come across different sections in which the book is divided, each one dealing with legends from different backgrounds, for instance, human rights, politics, science, art, literature etc.

The information is delivered in a lucid and effective manner, inspiring and motivating the readers at each step.

The facts and content provided about every legend of history is very basic and precise. If you are looking for a book catering to a requirement of such a source of knowledge and insight, this book is for you!

The book is capable enough to introduce some of the legends to readers and awe-inspire them with their thoughts, works and discoveries, leading them to sky-high success.
So, this book instills leadership qualities in readers as well.

Language, content and description is concise, accurate and reliable. The way of writing is capable of engrossing the readers throughout. The quotations from every legend makes it even more read-worthy and inspiring.

However, I felt only a few legends were described from every field. A scope for inclusion of many more legends is still there. Moreover, a detailed description might prove to be much more beneficial for the readers as the book contains information known to most.

Cover of the book is perfectly suited for the book. The cover provides an elegant and attractive look to the book. The title completely gives away what lies inside the book and is indeed justified for the book.

I enjoyed reading the book for its content, knowledge, inspiration and leadership skills that the book might profess without being preachy. and I would like to recommend it all book lovers looking for inspiration, motivation and dedication in life!

Overall ratings: 4.1/5.

Author Summary:
Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. His more recent experience has also taken him to every facet of the hospitality industry.

Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have helped him realize that companies must target new market zones in order to grow and prosper in the international marketplace. He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders. 005.jpg

Book Summary:

Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.
People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.

In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.

They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern day culture is completely unrivaled.legends.jpg

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A suspenseful crime fiction story with human complexities!

“Strangers With Known Faces” by Gautam Dutta is an intriguing and hooking crime fiction novel!

The plot is crafted around five college friends – Anmol, Rajat, Saddaf, Meenakshi and Shanaya whose friendship deteriorated over times. So, they turned into strangers with known faces. Shanaya is found murdered and it was discovered that she was involved in illegal activities. Now, the rest of the five friends turn into suspects and are arrested.

The plot was well thought of, however the execution lacked smoothness. The plot seemed somewhat disorganized and rushed. Inspite of long, detailed elaboration of crime scene and situations, the closure seemed abrupt.

Narration and description was lucid, well written and almost flawless. Characterization was done remarkably well and the author has brought out complexities of human psychology and inner turmoil to the surface. The content seemed to be error free and thus, an easy and engaging read.
Language and word selection was beautiful with an apt and enhanced vocabulary.

I found the cover weird and unattractive. Title appeared to be quite mysterious and appealing. Blurb is concise and reveals enough about the book to ignite a spark of curiosity in readers to know more about the book.

I would like to rate it as 3/5.
Overall, a one time read, suspenseful crime fiction tale!

A collection of soulful poetry based on myriad realistic themes!

“AN ASSORTMENT OF SORTS” by Ajay Ramanathan is a vivid, picturesque collection of 109 poems!

The book consists of heart-warming and soulful poetry on myriad themes including love, life, rejected, hurt, despair, joy and memorable anecdotes.
The author has added a realistic touch to every piece of poetry, allowing the readers to connect, feel and imbibe author’s thoughts as penned down in poetic form.

Being varied in themes and topics, the poems are written and compiled in such a manner that lets the readers savour each and every emotion depicted by the poet thoroughly.

Some of the poems are written with a rhyme scheme; others are written in freestyle.
Most of the poems are personal in nature as they are a reflection of author’s personal experiences during various periods of his life and thus, are classified under the genre of ‘realism’.

Dealing with both modern and conservative themes, the book is suitable for all generations, both open minded and traditional people.

Language is simple, lucid and contemporary. Writing style is smooth and remarkable. Titles of certain poems are capable enough to strike a chord deep inside readers’ hearts. Often, the poet has stretched the poems a bit too much unnecessarily, but at times it also serves to provide vividness and clarity of poet’s thoughts. However, a few punctuation errors were observed which disappointed me.

I found the cover dark, mysterious and scribbled with modern art, allowing the readers to contemplate and understand in individual way. Title is quite apt and justified as the poet truly means it when he says this book is an “Assortment” due to different kinds of flavors and variety in the book with regard to themes and topics.

I would like to rate it as 3.3/5.

Overall, an engaging poetry collection, especially recommended to poetry enthusiasts!

An engaging romance thriller with mystical elements!

“My Love is Away From Mortality” by Vansh Arora is an engrossing romance thriller!

In this cornucopia of romantic novels, the author has made a sincere effort to craft an interesting love saga with passion and thrill. The plot revolves around protagonists Manav, a hardcore sleepyhead, football lover and Aditi, a nerd, highest marks scorer, who presumes the worst case scenario in all situations.
Little do Manav and Aditi know what destiny has in store for them. From being companions since school days, they eventually turn into lovers. That’s when life throws twists and turns into their lives.
The author has created the romantic tale coated with love, hatred, anger, evilness, horror, fear and supernatural elements.

Narration is almost flawless, except for some much required improvement in editing. However, the plot construction needs reorganization as I found something amiss in the story. For example, the concept of Saliatonia demanded a little more development and detailing. Moreover, I found the closure quite unexpected and abrupt.

Language is beautiful, lucid and artistic. Vocabulary is refined and word-selection is appropriate. Characterization is done quite well and the readers can connect well with the characters.

I found the cover mystical, intriguing and attractive. Not only it suits the tale, but encourages the readers to pick up the book and delve deeper into it. Blurb is concise, crisp and reveals enough about the book to arouse the curiosity in the minds of readers about the book.

I would like to rate it as 3.8/5.
Overall, a refreshing romantic saga to entertain and involve the readers till the very end!

An emotional tale of unquenched thirst of a reader for an author!

“The Author” by Raj Siddhi is an emotional roller coaster ride!

The author has made a sincere effort to create a well written story brimming with emotions and sentiments. However, a few loopholes were identified in the story. The plot was loosely crafted and requires appropriate sequencing, organization of content and an overall improvement.

Language and narration was impressive with shayaris and soulful words added charm to the tale. Characterization was mediocre. Errors regarding spellings, grammar and punctuation were numerous and editing requires improvisation.

The cover seemed somewhat intriguing and mysterious on account of lack of clarity. Blurb is well written and revealed a bit about the story. Title is apt and justified.

I would like to rate it as 2.8/5.

Overall, a heart-wrenching tale of unquenched thirst of a reader for an author!

A much needed beautiful guide to a happier life!

“Life is What Matters: It’s time to be happy again” by Alka Dixit is an incredibly inspiring creative non-fiction tale of a girl!

The books talks about ways to lead a happy life, to fulfill your life’s dream, importance of smile and other little overlooked mantras of a successful and joyful life.

The author has beautiful penned down the book in a non-preachy way, covering the essential aspects of an inspirational life, brimming with positivity and motivation.

The language is easily understandable, lucid and motivating. The book is divided into various parts – A, B, C and the author has divided each part into different sub topics and points, thereby making it quite effective and efficient.

I didn’t find the cover suitable or much attractive. It’s simple and doesn’t give a hint about the book. Blurb is concise and very well written. Title is indeed inspiring and would make the readers want to pick up the book

I would like to rate it as 4.3/5.

Overall, a much required book in today’s chaotic and stressful times!

A heart-wrenching tale of pure love, courage, resilience and a spirit of never giving up!

“A New Dawn” by Kamini Kusum is a gut-wrenching story of courage and resilience!

The plot revolves around protagonists Shravan and Mugdha, who despite the differences in their social statuses fell in love with each other. However, as they say, ‘life is what happens to you when you are busy planning something else’, destiny has something else in store for them. It’s an emotional journey that Shravan and Mugdha undergo with grit and determination.

The author has wonderfully portrayed human emotions, thoughts and feelings. The author has brought out the harsh reality of life and facing the hurdles with courage and strength. The essence of the book lies in the spirit of “never giving up.”

Narration and description is done flawlessly with minor glitches here and there. The plot and storyline is well presented. Characterization is done equally well, offering insight to the readers to know and understand the characters.

Language and vocabulary is fine. The author has used general, simple and easy English with a few vernacular words like ‘namaste’, ‘verandah’, ‘aloo’, ‘vaid ji’. This adds to the effectiveness of thoughts and emotions going on in a particular scenario.

Nevertheless, the typos, grammatical errors and punctuation marks were unavoidable. Editing needs improvisation. The print quality requires improvement too as it is straining and unattractive to go through such small print.

I found the cover quite suitable and attractive, hinting at the love story and army backdrop of the tale. Blurb was average, concise and crisp. Title does justice to the story lying inside the book and is inspiring and brimming with positivity.

Overall, a great tale about reality of life and facing the hurdles heat a belief of “never giving up!”

A suspenseful murder mystery bound to intrigue and enthrall the readers to the core!

Behind the Scenes: A Vikram Rana Series” by Sharmishtha Shenoy is a mind-boggling, intriguing and suspenseful tale inspired by Agatha Christie’s books!

The plot was build meticulously, keeping the essentials of a murder mystery in mind. The fine detailing, vividness of description and slow and steady development of storyline is admirable.

The plot thickens around Ryan Gomez, a dimming star of Bengal Cinema. He is murdered by poisoning and suspects are many. The list of suspects includes his wife, director of the film, producer of the film, screenplay writer etc. Vikram Rana, along with a cop investigates the case.
The plot is crooked and full of twists and turns, allowing the readers to wrack their brains at each page. There are layers behind the crime and as the mystery unfolds, the readers are left craving for more!

The narration was crisp, vivid and detailed. However, the ending seemed a little abrupt to me. Not only the ending of the tale was somewhat predictable, but the sudden solution of the mystery disappointed me a bit. Nevertheless, as the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, the readers could feel the satisfaction coursing through their minds.

The author has brought various human emotions like love, lust, hunger, anger and vengeance to surface.

Overall, an interesting thriller for crime fiction lovers. Certainly recommended to all the readers out there!

A warm, fun-filled, joyful collection of work-related incidents!

“65 Colours of Rainbow” by Smit Kapila is a unique, refreshing collection of 65 little tales or rather incidents infused with humor and warmth!

The book contains 65 such short stories, where the author has tried to bring out funny, heart-warming work related incidents.

Well, nothing extraordinary, but, ordinary incidents, retold in a pleasing manner. The purpose of this book, according to the author is “to make you understand how to extract happiness, pleasure and joy from day to day incidents that take place around you at the workplace and how that can turn your workplace into a fun place.”
The author comes from IT background and amongst all the stress, tension and pressure prevailing over the corporate workplace, this is author’s effort to lighten the mood, brighten your heart and cheer up your spirit with his collection of warm, fuzzy short stories.
Each tale is adorned with caricatures based on real life, which added sheen and multiplied my interest manifold to go through the book. Being a light and humor-based entertainer, illustrations served as a vital element of the book, making it even more interesting and appealing to wider group of readers.

“65 Colours of Rainbow” is suitable for a wide range of readers and even non-readers as it’s a light read, requires no heavy reading, is a quick, short and warm collection of stories.

As I went through each and every account described by the author, I felt as though it’s a light, everyday chit – chat between colleagues over a cup of coffee and exchange of warmth, happiness and humor. It seemed raw, unprocessed, emnating directly from author’s heart.

However, some stories seemed too bland and failed to touch my heart. In other words, they seemed forced or made-up.

The language thus, was simple, lucid and easy going. Narration was crisp and consice. The title of each tale aroused special interest in me. They were smartly chosen and reflected incidents of workplace. Fortunately, I didn’t find much grammatical errors or punctuation mistakes.

To be honest, I found the cover simply average. It couldn’t do justice to the heart touching objective of author to resurface hilarious, joyful incidents of corporate world.

Infact, it was way too general, without any incidication of what lies inside. Title was cheerful, colorful and certainly attractive. Blurb was well written too, giving a slight indication of real-life, work-related, fun-filled incidents.

This is author’s wonderful step towards countering the stress and strain of corporate world and is a great read for both avid readers and non-readers!