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Finders Keepers by Russ Colchamiro

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Finders Keepers by Russ Colchamiro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finders Keepers is the book one of this trilogy. What if the Gods also have systems like humans? This book is a sci-fi and has this interesting premise.

In some far off galaxy Eternitarians live who have the job of populating planets. They build eath like stystems on new planets. The story starts with an eternitarian couple Donald and Danielle. They are work crew and given a single jar of cosmic building matrial or CBM, which is universe DNA. A single drop can wipe out several star systems. They lose it and it falls on earth. It is reterievd by two tourists. They come to earth to reterieve it and then what happens makes the whole story.

To give you an idea of the premise this passage is reproduced:

Eternitarians impudently denied even the slightest similarity between themselves and the Earth cretins, physical appearance being the only exception. The people trudging along the Earth were said to evolve painfully slow and possess o…

A Symphony of Chance Encounters by Sayujya Sankar

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A Symphony of Chance Encounters by Sayujya Sankar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An anthology of twenty poems and stories is covering many human emotions. Love, craziness, hate, desperation etc. the range is varied.

Story 16 “A Dragon Fire and Cuckoo Song” is about weaving stories. Nisha writes larger than life stories. She creates Minotours (a monster in Greek mythology) and Naagins (female personified snakes of Hindu mythology). She meets Thangjam who reads Kafka. They weave stories that are fantastic.

Story 8 “An Incomplete Building” of Viskaha who frequents a construction site. The temporary nature of construction and some incomplete stories are similar.

Story 2 “A Sane Insanity” is about dissociative personality disorder. Is it genes or due to conditions that people have split personality? Vani and her alter ego Shnathi is a metaphor of rebellion of a oppressed woman. As Nietzshe said “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” This one has…

Broken Crayons Can Still Colour by Captain Rakesh Walia

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Broken Crayons Can Still Colour: A Soldier and a Fighter by Captain Rakesh Walia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Life is harsh and not everyone is born with a silver spoon in mouth. Most people end up surrendering to the circumstances and keep living the pathetic life. Some brave hearts rise above all challenges and come out at top. This is the autobiography of one such brave heart, Captain Rakesh Walia.


Rakesh loses his parents in an accident at a very young age. Then after spending his childhood with indifferent relatives he starts working in factories. But he has a dream of becoming and officer in Indian Army. He keeps studying along with his day jobs, worked on his English and eventually joined Indian army as an officer.


The story is inspiring, motivating and gives hope to the less fortunate. The story is testimony to the fact that there is no hurdle in the world which can not be overcome with sheer will and hard work. Human will can move mountains and took humankind to the moon and beyond.


Messed Up! But All for Love by Arvind Parashar

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Messed Up! But All for Love by Arvind Parashar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

People fall in love. Then marry. After the initial honeymoon period the spark starts to die down. It is more prevalent in urban upper middle class couples who are financially well off. They get stuck in a rut and rat race to make money. The relationship becomes boring and one or both starts to stray. This is the basis of this novel.


Neil and Gauri is one such couple. Neil is a senior executive and Gauri is a dentist. They are a loving couple and Gauri is very possessive of Neil. Gauri is caring, beautiful, sexy, romantic and dedicated to her work. First sign of trouble starts when a svelte gym trainer Srinya enters his life. This sows the first seeds of doubt in Guari’s mind and first crack in their ideal marriage. The other couple Som, a DCP and Drishti, TV anchor is having trouble in their marriage already. Som is a known arrogant philanderer and Drishti is not happy. When Neil and Drishti come into contact in Cub…

The Highway Man, by J. Alchem

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The Highway Man: Short Stories by J. Alchem
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is love an obsession, togetherness or a sad memory? The book is an attempt to show these three different facets of love.

1. Catherine: This story is love in the form of obsession. A very successful romantic novelist Nicholas Sieum is obsessed with a woman named Catherine. A very seasoned doctor is called by Nicholas’s father to cure him. Can the doctor cure Nicholas?

2. Sidzy; for a day: Love as in togetherness. A very sweet love story of a couple Sidzy and Jihan. On women’s day Jihan works like Sidzy and do household chores. Hence the name.


3. The Highway Man: Love as a sad memory and grief. A husband loses wife and a son loses mother in an accident. They forget how to be happy and a mysterious Highway man again teaches them how to be happy.

Story 2 and 3 are connected I guess. I liked the tone of book. 1st and 2nd are good but the best one is 3rd. I liked this passage from it:

“There are two phases of life; happy and sa…

Demons in My Mind: When Mind Becomes Your Biggest Enemy, by Aashish Gupta

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Demons in My Mind: When Mind Becomes Your Biggest Enemy by Aashish Gupta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Human mind is one of the most complex machine ever built. It is more complex than any super computer. Does we rule the mind or the mind rules us? The title gives us the idea.

Dakshesh is an old man who is on the verge of a painful death. He ask his fellows to take him to mysterious three monks. The three monks Rizwan (Muslim), Murli (Hindu) and Joseph (Christian) all have dark past. They start telling him their stories. The first monk, Rizwan is from a poor family who is in debt of local priest. He has his friends Ayeda and mysterious young boy. He end up doing heinous crimes. The second monk, Murli is a celebrity painter who have become so successful in short span of time that he has surpassed his guru. He is inspired by body of women and they are her muse. But success gets to his head and he loses grip of his faculty. The third monk, Joseph is in love with Ira. Ira want to do social servi…

The Krishna-Christ Connexion by Oswald Pereira

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The Krishna-Christ Connexion by Oswald Pereira
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has an interesting premise. Is GOD (or his incarnation Krishna or son Jesus) limited by geographical boundaries. Is GOD not universal, omnipresent, omniscient and all pervasive. Are The religions man-made or not?

So the story starts in heaven where Christ and Krishna are together (isn’t that obvious as is no distinction there). They are sent to earth by GOD and they change destinations. Chris (as Krishna lovingly call Christ) comes to India and Kris (nickname of Krishna) goes to America. Here they spread the message of love and brotherhood and we find that Hinduism and Christianity (though as author explains there is no such religion names as per holy scriptures) are more alike than we imagine.

Chris quote from Geeta

“I am the source of all spiritual and material world. Everything emanates from me.”

Kris tells Chris that sometimes violence is required as in war against terrorism.

“When President BO in his pray…

Dying to Live by Monisha K. Gumber

I have read another book of author named “Sick of being healthy” and thoroughly enjoyed that. This is equally enjoyable and very funny. This is story of Megha (best friend of Tara of SOBH) and how she overcomes all odds to become successful and happy again. This captures teenage years and school memories beautifully. Again the presentation is with pictures, cartoons, doodles etc which breaks monotony and makes it spicy. 4/5 stars and recommended to all.

Sick of Being Healthy by Monisha K. Gumber

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Sick of Being Healthy by Monisha K. Gumber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tara is a teenager who is plump. She has a heart of gold and SHE is grappling with growing up issues of a fatso girl. She has her family, friends Megha and Dolly and her crush Karan. The tale is sweet, relatable, fast paced and interesting. It kept me hooked. The presentation with pictures, cartoons, screenshots of WhatsApp, FB etc breaks monotony and makes it spicy. 4/5 stars and recommended to all.



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The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Vikrant Khanna

The book is provided by Arudha Club in exchang for a genuine review.The Girl Who Knew Too Much: What if the Loved One You Lost Were to Come Back?by
Book Cover:
The cover is showing a girl walking on some kind of bridge to a jungle. Time is probably evening either snow is falling or divine light is shining. This is mysterious and religious. It matches the tone of book.
Blurb:Can true love bring someone back from the dead?Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hi…