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Review: Rebirth of Love in 2060

Rebirth of Love in 2060 by Vignesh S.V.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love in future will be torrid. It will be like Maggi 2 minutes noodles. But earlier it was not. Inter caste or inter religion love was a big deal in today’s time. But when you look at it from future it looks very insignificant thing.

Karthi lives in 2060 and was attached to his grand father Bala. When he dies Karthi tries to know about his love story. Ramesh and Sharaz are his friends who joins him in this expedition. He finds out about 6 friends of his grandparents. His grandmother Keerthi was very beautiful and shy. How they met and fell in love is the journey of the book.

The book looks back from future to today’s world and customs. Religion is for uniting us and not for divindg. Bala is a hindu and Keerthi is catholic.

Religion is just a set of rules to keep us on track. Changing religion for marriage is a terrible idea. People are the way they are because they follow their religion.

It is nice little story…

Review: Because I love You

Because I love You by Pradip Chauhan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

एक राधा, एक मीरा दोनों ने श्याम को चाहा
अन्तर क्या दोनों की चाह में बोलो
इक प्रेम दीवानी, इक दरस दीवानी

There is a devotion line in Hindu religion which follows the path of love. Krishna and Radha are the epitome of pure love. It is almost platonic. Love is also a medium to each God. But is it happening in modern India? Now a days love means live in relationships or one night stands. Where is the space for that pure platonic love?

Kanaji is like Krishna- lover’s king and a perfect flute player. There are Radha and Meera too. Radha loves Kanaji. They work at a construction site. Then some tragedy strikes and seeds of suspicion are sown in Kanaji’s heart. Will the cosmic lovers unite again?

Kanaji is like Sri Krishna who can die for Radha. He is from a village and is innocent and pure. Radha is also pious and totally devoted to Kanaji. There is a Gandharva Vivah (love marriage in front of God). But the question book add…

Review: The Gift

The Gift by Sourabh Mukherjee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Does live in relationships work? Is it a modern phenomenon or an age old thing.

Aarav’s live in GF gets pregnant and he is confused what to do. She leaves him in a rage. He goes to Mussorie to his old home and complete the novel. His uncle was a successful businessman who withdrew to that home later on. There his uncle met a mysterious woman and fell in love.

The story is simple but tugs at your heart. It is olden days live in kind of thing. Is love name of sacrifice? This is fort part of the series and was very good. 3/ 5 stars.

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Review: Daredreamers: A Start-up of Superheroes

Daredreamers: A Start-up of Superheroes by Kartik Sharma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A startup is defined by Wikipedia as:
“A startup or start-up is an entrepreneurial venture which is a newly emerged business venture that aims to meet a marketplace need, want or problem by developing a viable business model around products, services, processes or platforms. A startup is a new business venture designed to effectively develop and validate a scalable business model.
Start-ups do have high rates of failure, but the minority that have gone on to be successful includes companies that have become large and influential.”

There are many tech startups in all over the world. But a startup of super heroes? This is certainly a novel idea. The book is divided into parts and action starts from part 3.

In part one RASIQ joins an investment form in Mumbai. There he works 24x7 without breaks. His girlfriend of college days leaves him because he cannot devote time to her. on top of it he has to de…

Review: Heart Quake

Heart Quake by Ishita Deshmukh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Natural disasters are unfortunate. These cannot be prevented, averted, predicted with certainty. Only thing we can do is minimize the damage or do better post disaster relief work.

One of the most devastating earthquake in the history of independent India hit Bhuj, Gujarat in 2001. There was a colossal loss of life and property. Jagrut Samaj, an NGO under Doctor Shah is working tirelessly for relief work. Soanl also joins the camp. Tejas also joins the NGO and relief work. They come close and then….

The book brings to fore the horrors of devastating earthquake of Bhuj. Natural disasters bring the best and worst out of humans. On one hand there is Jarut Samaj which work for relief and on the other hand there is a gang in Rajasthan which deals in spurious drugs. They use this disaster to slip in their fake medicines in relief camps. 3/ 5 stars.

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Review: A New Dawn

A New Dawn by Kamini Kusum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Stop it right away. I will never allow you to marry a rickshaw puller’s son whose father was locked up in a police station. What would you say to the whole world? Your Father in law was a thief, your mother in law cleaned utensils and the whole family lived in our servant quarter. Have you cared about my prestige? Now that you are learning a lot, do you think you can do whatever you like?”

The above quote sums up the story of “A New Dawn”. Love doesn’t know the boundaries of caste, creed, society, financial status and religion.

Shivaynath is an honest and upright high ranking official in Indian Railways. He has two daughters- Mughda and Vibha. Mugdha is elder one. He gives shelter to Ramlal, a Rickshaw puller in his servant quarters who has two sons- Shravan and Ganesh. Shravan is the elder one. Ramlal worked hard to give his sons the best education. They got admitted to Mughda’s school in EWS category. Mugdha and Shrawan …

Review: Punk Sunk Love

Punk Sunk Love by Dhirendra Tiwari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“feeki syahi se bana na silvet
Waqt ka dhoka bana de naa kahin sarhad
Bani sarhad to thanadar bana chahat mayoosiyat mein ro dega”

This modern-day love story is hip and happening. This has everything from romance, sex, heartache and triangle.

Roy is an MBA graduate and in a high profile job of investment banking. Monica is his colleague and love interest. Shammi is a rich spoilt brat who is in and out of relationships. Love doesn’t exist for him and sex is his only goal. That changes when he meets Sona. These four people paths cross and then everything jumbles up.

The feel and lingo of the book is very hip. Setting is also posh and modern. There are many Hindi and urdu shayaris written in roman English. Love prevails in the end or is it not? The book is for young generation and will surely appeal to them. However the concept of love is treated very lightly. 3/ 5 stars.

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Interview of Preetika Mehra author of "Let You Be My Puppet Once"

A brief Bio of Preetika Mehra:
MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi, Economics Graduate from the University of Delhi. Currently working with an MNC. Since childhood, have been passionate about social structures, economic policies and philosophy, analyzing and finding connections in all of them. In free time, love reading and learning about Zodiac signs, practicing yoga, and cooking.
Interview 1.Tell me something about yourself. How does your personality affect your writing? Ans: Being an economics student, I have always been passionate about analysing economic policies and social structures. There are many observations we make on daily basis on these subjects and consciously or sub-consciously we have opinions about them. I felt like writing on these subjects and simultaneously gave it a shape of a story to make it interesting for readers.
2.When did you decided to write? Wha…

Review: Work, Workers & Workplaces: Using space as the starting point of innovation.

Work, Workers & Workplaces: Using space as the starting point of innovation. by Parthajeet Sarma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Mark Twain is credited to have written his books while pacing around and dictating. Charles Dickens went for walks in the middle of his work to distract his mind, and the most brilliant ideas came to him during walks. Even if the conscious mind stops working the sub conscious mind keeps working on it.”

With the IT revolution everything changed. Now instead of manufacturing and agricultural society the focus has shifted to knowledge society. Traditional system of work and workplace has to give way to new systems.

New workplace should be a blend of workspace, infotainment zone and recreational/ play area. Humans seeks constant gratification in this age of materials and constant information overload. There is a sense of FOMO (Fear of missing out). Hence the workspace and HR has to accommodate the changed paradigm.

The book is valid only for works where th…

Review: The Last Attractor Of Chaos

The Last Attractor Of Chaos by Abhinav Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It had been two years since India had conducted its second nuclear tests in Pokhran and one year since the Kargil war. The Indian leadership had declared that its weapons were a deterrent, a way to avert a nuclear war instead f starting one. The Indian government had stated repeatedly on various international platforms that it was following a policy of “NO first Use”.

A spy thriller with supernatural elements is called “The last attractor of Chaos”. India, China and Pakistan and neighbour for forever and enemies too. All three are nuclear powers and the situation is tense all the time. Pakistan is a rogue state and China uses it to its advantage. Pak leverage the situation by taking arms from China and money from USA.

A weapon is stolen and it can cripple an entire city. Shruti is an retired agent. She marries Ashwin Rathore, a civilian and settles for a domestic life. She becomes pregnant and has to del…

Review: Let You Be My Puppet Once

Let You Be My Puppet Once by Preetika Mehra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am your elder brother, but I have no problems in working as your junior, trust me. Having the elder brother take the throne has caused many younger one’s plan and kill them. Our Indian history is full of such examples. So, I am making it clear to you. I know you are smarter than me. You work harder, and you are more ambitious. I am completely okay being your right-hand man provided we stick together. I love you and my wife much more than any powerful position in the party. If you don’t believe me, then I can resign tomorrow. But, please don’t repeat the bad Indian history in this house and this is my earnest request to you.

Politics is a dirty game. Brothers killed brothers for the crown. Can four persons can do something about it?

Karan, Saima, Josh and Vedica takes up new job in Mumbai. They live together. Saima and Josh are dating and Karan likes Vedica. Saima is sister of Meghna and daughter of a rich …

Interview of Neena H. Brar, author of Tied to deceit by

A brief introduction of Mrs Neena Brar

Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books. 

A hermit at heart, she's a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader. Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.

1.Tell me something about yourself. How does your personality affect your writing?
Answer: I was born and brought up in a small town in Punjab and moved to Canada after marrying a second generation Canadian Punjabi. I’ve two children: 11 and 9 and live in Edmonton, Alberta. I’ve a Masters in Business Administration. Nature-wise, I’m more of a feeler and that enables me to put myself in characters’ head and do the thinking.Also, as a feeler, I can easily grasp the context of big picture without being aware of its various details. That helped me work out various details in the plot more efficiently to some extent.
2.When did …

Review: The Ray of Asha

The Ray of Asha by Jisha Rajesh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Is allopathy only system of medicine which can sure? India has rich medicine heritage. Charak and Sushruta are few names. Ashwini brothers are god of medicine. Sanjeevani booti of Ramayan can give life. This book tells story of one such person who shifted from Allopathy to Naturopathy.

Gayatri an ace reporter goes to Kaivalya Ashram to meet Swamiji. She is sceptical in the beginning. Swami Siddharatha is young and handsome. She eggs her friend to do a story on him. Then they come to know that he is an ex convict. He was jailed for murder. He was a medical student and by mistake during ragging one junior dies. He is sentenced for ten years and after getting released he goes to an Ashram and start practicing new treatment system. What happens next?

The book is written in a simple and elegant language. The flow of story is good and there is some sensible writing. The accident which happened can happen with anybody and he p…

Review: The Myth of Hastinapur

The Myth of Hastinapur by Rahul Rai
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.

That is their mystery and their magic.”
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Mahabharat is an epic which inspired generations and writers. Rahul Rai also tried to weave stories around the happenings of Mahabharata. We want to hear these stories countless times.

But this book is different…

Review: My Mute Girlfriend

My Mute Girlfriend by Himanshu Rai
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

does love mean being together happily ever after? Or it can a sweet memory?

Varun and Vaidehi were in love. She was an attractive, intelligent and confident girl. She was no nonsense and it was impossible to flirt with her. then she becomes indifferent and mute. Varun fails to understand the matter. Then after five years he gets a call from her but his phone breaks before replying.

This is simple love story set in an engineering college. There is nothing new and this is like many other books. Lovers of romance will like it. 3/5 stars.

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Review: Connecting with Yourself: Why We Think, Feel and Act the Way We Do

Connecting with Yourself: Why We Think, Feel and Act the Way We Do by Vishal Jacob
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

people are different and complex. So human interactions are more complex. Degree of complexities increases as the participants increase. Can something be done if know the processes at work.

Women are emotional beings. She doesn’t always does the logical things. We feel with our heart and think with brain. Though it is a misconception too. Feelings also reside in brain. The book tells us how the thinking and emotion play out and interact. Different people interpret things differently based on their life experiences.

Intelligence, learning and habits play an important part. Every person has different kind of intelligence and traditional IQ scales doesn’t help much here. Habits are formed by repetition and unconscious processes.

Chapter 9 is most important which tells about happiness. As per Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky happiness is dependent on
1. Life’s circumstances
2. Genetics

Review: Trade and Grow Rich : Adventurous Journey to Successful trading

Trade and Grow Rich : Adventurous Journey to Successful trading by Kirankumar Nayak Indrazith Shantharaj
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trading is risky. Not everyone can make money. In fact, very few are lucky in making profit. Rest are losers. It is a complicated job and people who dive without knowledge and preparation are just gamblers.

This book gives us insight into the technicalities of trading. One good rule is not to risk more than 2% of your trading capital per trade. The trade should be hold for long time and no overnight gains should be expected. Chapter 9 tells how trading can be run like a business.

The book can be a good starting point for starters. Recommended. 4/ 5 stars.

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Review: Hope and Sunshine

Hope and Sunshine by Debasmita Nath Ghosh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb of the book:

Naina Grover has an imperfectly perfect life, or is it perfectly imperfect? A Punjabi kudi from Delhi working in the city of joy, Kolkata is joined by her crazy cousin, Arjun and his sober friend Aditya to come of age while at a long - distance relationship which seems to be going nowhere. She knows it is a recipe for disaster but should she let go or not? Should she hope for the best? Hope she will be accepted? Hope she can settle down? Hope she can come to terms with a family secret bothering her for years now? Just hope. Keep hoping? And then, Hope welcomes a ray of sunshine. Naina welcomes you to look at life from her perspective. 'Hop'e On!'


Long distance relation ships can be tricky. It might or might not work. Especially in modern times.

Naina is in love with Ved. They live apart in Kolkata and Patna. They met during MBA and fell in love. Ved mother has tumor and he i…

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…