Review: Till the End of Forever

Till the End of Forever by Vivaksh Singh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The scars of childhood chase you till death. Child is the father of man. Sigmund Freud said that in his psychoanalysis that the repressed memories and childhood trauma shape our life. Can two broken people become whole when they meet?

Ayaan is an atheist who likes to chase his dreams. His mother was killed by his father for being involved in tantric rituals. That damaged his psyche and turned him against God. Avani is an orphan who come in his contact through common friend. The boy meets girl and they fall in love. But Ayaan’s friend Livleen’s sister Luv is brutally murdered. His drunkard father Joban accuses Ayaan of her murder. He has to leave from there and later on another girl accuses him of molestation.

The story tries to cover many bases. One is atheism to which many chapters are devoted. Some arguments are forceful. The love story of Ayaan and Avani is rocky. The story moves from India to Venice and to…

Review: Not Worth Living

Not Worth Living by Shreyan Laha
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Science fiction and mystery are a good combination sometimes. There is a mystery of rape and assault on a girl. And on the other hand, there is a story of a distant planet Isthenope.

Ishita Singh goes to a prestigious Saint Pierce’s college for studies. There she make many friends but a creep from her past stalks her. One day she is kidnapped and raped brutally. Narayan is the police officer in charge of the investigation. On Isthenope a girl Shweta wakes up with throbbing pain in forehead. There she meets Alexander a past secret service agent.

The story has two parallel tracks where one is on earth and other one is fantasy. The tracks do not intersect (or maybe towards the end). Mumbai story is like a thriller whereas the Isthenope story is more like a romance. Rape is a blot on humanity and the horrors of that is brought out.

There are many inconsistencies in the story. Editing could have been better. 3/ 5 stars.


Review: The Blue Moon Day: Five Men's Magical Discovery enroute Life

The Blue Moon Day: Five Men's Magical Discovery enroute Life by Santhosh Sivaraj
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Everyone wants to be happy. But what is true happiness only a few knows. Even if they know they chase other things. We want happiness but we do things which are not related to it. There are many self help books and it is one of them. This is in fictional format though.

The message is given through five stories. Sankaran goes to an old age home but his true calling is stories. Vivi is trapped in a job and then he is physically trapped. Abi (Abhinav) is ashamed because of his fat and he kept on studying. His real calling was food. Deepak and Priya marry and then grow apart. Prabha has a terminal disease. A mysterious Stanger comes in their lives and teach them how to find true happiness.

The book has some beautiful messages like:
1. Once the body starts to feel the emotions, it starts to dictate life decisions.
2. Ordinary people in extraordinary situations reveal their …

Review: Tikri’s Fiasco

Tikri’s Fiasco by Rishav
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


A story to honour the oblivious individuals who live a life of shadow. Tikris' Fiasco is a story about an imaginary world that comprises of Kasht Desert and a small island, the Seculars. Tikran, a prominent country on the lands of Kasht that comprised of Tikri tribe, has spread terrorism throughout and plans to destroy large parts of the Kasht with help of a small neighboring country, Alistan. Other two prominent countries in the Kasht Desert, the Briewsel and the Sindhustan align together to destroy Tikran's plan. The story is about the combined workings of different spying agencies of the Kasht and would take you on a roller coaster of events that eventually defeat the Tikris' plan.


The book tells story of imaginary countries but by name and there deeds we can find out which is which. I found that unnecessary because it took out the please out of reading. Instead the author should have given a disclai…

Review: Checkmate

Checkmate by Varun T.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

According to Oxford dictionary Checkmate is “A position in which a player's king is directly attacked by an opponent's piece or pawn and has no possible move to escape the check. The attacking player thus wins the game.”

This is the second book of author which I read. First was the “The last chai”. This is markedly better than the last one. The characters are repeated from the last book and some are new additions. Though it is not necessary to read the book in order but it is recommended.

The story moves far and wide n the globe. India, china, USA, Israel, middle east, Japan, North Korea etc all are involved in in capacity or other. USA and North Korea are on a brink of a nuclear war. Dalai Lama, supreme leader of Tibet has endorsed China and this is a huge setback to India. How will the Indian PM, Doshi tackle this?

The book has some interesting theories and details of espionage and media. The expanse is as big as possib…

Review: The Coin

The Coin by Sandeep Sharma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb of the book:

“Who likes Sudden death?” That's the only question he used to ask before killing his prey.
Random people are being abducted from the capital city, Delhi and are being killed mercilessly. Before killing, the murderer is reciting them a story, a story about a 9-year-old child who saw the brutal side of the world at a very young age. All the stories are being recorded for the Police department to see. Raunak Upadhyay, the Police inspector who is handling the case, links the style of serial killing to the case he solved years ago. But the murderer of that case is in jail then who is following the footsteps? Does the murderer want to convey something?
Whose story is being recited? Why is the murderer taking personal interest in Raunak?
Is there any other side of this coin or both the faces are just the same?
Welcome to the Brutal world!


“Silence of the lambs” inspired many books and movies. Serial k…

Interview of Radhika Nathan author of “A time to Burnish”

A brief bio of Radhika taken from Goodreads:

Radhika Nathan is a juggler, a meanderer and a rolling stone. She believes in the miracle of words and the rain. Her favourite pastimes include reading, listening to podcasts and gazing at monsoon clouds. Her taste in books is eclectic ranging from anthropology to old fashioned murder mysteries, and if pushed she would name Jane Austen as her favourite author for her believable, eternal characters. Travel is something she enjoys and has been to more than a dozen countries- for the love of meeting new people and discovering new cultures. 
Radhika writes for her fascination of human beings, intrigued by their archetypal & atypical behaviour and the differences & similarities in all of us. Writing is a means that forces her to think and re-examine a point of view or a preconceived notion. ‘I grow as a person as I write’, she says and quotes ‘A well written sentence [a rare occurrence] is like soul chocolate.Radhika, believes in a spiritu…