Friday, January 31, 2020

Ice Town By Akash Rathod

The Blurb: 

It’s 26 November, 2008. Mumbai is holding her breath. Death has never been busier – putting two innocent lovers, Sagar and Anjali, under her watch. Sagar, a nineteen years old, is trying to trace his dream in the chaotic atmosphere of his Engineering College. He’s trapped between his feelings for Anjali and his still unsure dream of becoming a photographer. In his attempt to overcome the magical power of the human heart and universal whisper, he commits a crime—a crime that shatters his life forever. Nothing will ever be the same. It’s a small story, about: A boy + A girl + A book whose wisdom has changed millions of lives + A Buddhist monk + A goddess being killed by her own devotees + And a lot of politics.

The Story: 

The story is about a boy that comes to Mumbai a city of dream with his dream. He came to Mumbai with a confused mind for engineering studies where he meets Anjali the love of his life. The story begins with 26/11 Terrorist attacks in which Anjali is one of the victims. Fighting for her life she is in ICU with Sagar standing out and wondering about the universe and its mysterious ways and how he first meets Anjali. So waiting in the waiting area Sagar relieves his love once again by remembering her from the very first day in the dream city to all the way to Rishikesh a magical place where he finds his calling for photography and life. Though being a photographer and starting a fight for the Ganga river is not easy when people want to kill you rather than support you. So the journey is relived from college first kiss to sadness of the family loss. From inner peace to a magical world. A journey from being a Caterpillar to being a Butterfly. 
So will Sagar ever find his true passion? Is photography is everything he ever needed? What will happen when he stop reliving past and faces reality sitting in the hospital?  Is Mumbai his last Ice Town or he will find a new Town after the tragic incident?  

My Take: 

Let me breathe for a moment before I write the review. 
As the book started I read about the terrorist attack and living in Mumbai I found myself imagining everything that the author, Akash Rathod wrote and my own memories of that day. As the story moves ahead I liked the teenage love story drama. Who doesn't love teenage love story? I like the way the author has written the love story, it was quite a story much say. All the details of river Ganga and other related subjects like Ashram in Rishikesh and Mountains were described not only in a detailed manner but also with care and delicacy. 

Overall loved the book and was seriously inspired to follow my dream. Even though I was sad at the end as I finished reading but I felt honored for getting the opportunity to read this book and getting to review it. So click on the link below and witness a dual story with his love story and a story of passion and dream:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Rage Within By Chandrayan Gupta

The Blurb: 

Aditya Gokhale and Radha Bose, now co-workers in the latter’s private detective agency, face the most daunting task in their careers so far – to track down the culprit in a 17-year old kidnapping turned murder. With Aditya’s depression causing him to become more unstable by the day, and Radha’s psyche coming perilously close to shattering due to the resurfacing of a past adversary, will the two be able to put their issues aside and rise to the occasion? Will their instability bring them closer together, or will their personal challenges prove too difficult to surmount?

The Story: 

This is the second book of the Author Chandrayan Gupta. Birth of a Duo is the first book and The Rage Within is the second book. The story is Detective fiction. A partnership of two depressed people solving crime cases.

My Take: 

Though this is the 2nd book, both the books stand alone and have their own twist and turn.  The most incredible work yet sad part of the book is when the author writes about the depression. It is written in such a manner that you will either end up crying (I certainly did) to help the character any way you can or you will end up thinking did the author go through all these? Well, I loved reading the second book and trust me if you are suspense and are a thriller fan, this book is perfect for you. The flow of the story is perfect and the wow factor is the ending. Sure we all do know,  in a crime-solving book the ends are the best part, and the book The Rage within certainly did not disappoint me. The book has a perfect balance of emotions, rage, shock, and revenge with a perfect ending and longing to read the next book already.

Overall loved the book will recommend all the suspense lover and crime fiction lover to read the book. Click on the link below and be a part of the crime solver team:

Monday, January 27, 2020

Thirst Trap by Zachary Ryan

The Blurb:

Tragedy comes in all forms, and you never know how you'll deal with it. Four friends have all dealt with their fair share of struggles. Dillion, an aspiring writer with writers block because of his brothers sudden death, Jesse the emotional stunted drinker thanks to his boyfriend's suicide, Ivan the abused victim just looking for a place to call home, and Leo the stubborn romantic trying to get his friends to open up, while keeping his issues close to his chest.

With these four friends, they avoid all their elephants in the room like a death card agreement between Dillion and Jesse, Ivan completely hoping his abusive lover with change or even Leo focusing on his friends problems instead of his own. Can these four friends learn to embrace and accept their own tragedy or will they be stuck in the past?

Thirst Trap is a humorous coming of age novel dealing with sexuality, tragedy, substance abuse, and the most beautiful insane friendships.

The Story:

The Book Thirst Trap is the story of four friends, Dillion, Jesse, Ivan, and Leo. The story starts with Dillion a writer with writer's block and struggling each day with his brother's death. Jesse who can't seem to stop drinking and is always depressed due to his boyfriend's death. Ivan the gym freak and a broken soul just like the rest, struggling with an abusing partner. Leo with a confused husband and searching for the spark to return. 

Dillion and Jesse never talk about there feelings as they have a 'Death card' agreement due to Dillion's brother's death and Jesse's Boyfriend's suicide, due to which they avoid talking about their feelings. Ivan a stubborn one, avoiding every sign and every mistake of his abusive boyfriend. And Leo the Romantic one, struggling to keep the spark on with his husband in his 8 years of marriage, but instead of dealing with his own problems he is determined to solve others and ends up pushing everyone away. 
So The book is about how 4 friends dealing with their own problems without actually telling each other. They are so focused on not being the emotional one in the group ends up being lost until one of them had it enough.
So will others understand what Leo wants from them? Will the group start sharing with each other or they will keep pretending to have their life on track? Does it take only one step to move forward?  

My Take: 

I found this story not only emotional but also eye-opening. It's not easy to share your feeling with others, but taking one step at a time is what everyone needs to do. I liked the way the author has talked about different relationships and the importance of friendship. Even though each one of the characters are different from each other the only thing that kept them from breaking was their friendship. I loved the spicy comments shared between friends and the most I like the way the chapters are written with each character's point of view.    

Overall the book is very interesting and with a great story. It's not only emotional but also amazing read so click on the link and find your self in the roller-coaster along with the friends of Boystown:

Friday, January 24, 2020

Operation Maya: The future of warfare is here By Girish V

The Blurb:

A renowned scientist is requested to participate in a harmless sounding military project. He assembles a small team to achieve the cryptic goal and unwittingly, they unleash psychological hell on an unsuspecting population. After a lot of twists and turns, the sinister objective of the project is unveiled at last. Would it be too late to contain the damage? The fiction thriller is an attempt to highlight the chilling possibilities and eventualities of war in the modern, super-connected and technology driven world. It envisages the dawn of a terrifying age of Psyber (Psychological-Cyber) warfare where our own devices and institutions are turned against us.

The Story:

The story starts with the USA returned computer scientist Girish, who returned India to start up his own company and build a small team to do something interesting. After returning Girish met with Dr. Jacob a psychologist based out of Bengaluru and his childhood friend for a social visit. Via Jacob Girish met Prasad and Neha. Prasad a hacker, Neha a banking expert. And later he met Aditi an office secretary, whom Girish had fallen in love with. Aditi worked at a military office and recommended Girish to work for them. And after detailed information, Girish got a harmless military project where the only job was to run cyber tests via simulations and create a defensive and offensive approach for the treats from the future. Within months a team was created lead by Girish, with Dr. Jacob, Neha, Prasad, Major Rajeev & Vicky. After the project was completed, the earth shifted beneath Girish's feet and left him stunned and shocked to his core, the technology created was not only harmful to our country but to the world as well. So what will Girish do? Will he be able to disconnect the technology? How did he create such a terrifying weapon? Is it too late already to contain the destruction? 

My Take: 

Operation Maya: The future of warfare is here By Girish V is a story, of an age in the future of Psyber (Psychological-Cyber) warfare where it is shown that our own smart devices can be turned against us. I have always loved a suspense and thriller book with twists and turns, and this book Operation Maya didn't disappoint me. I liked every twist and turn and the logic used in writing this book is just outstanding. I like the details description of the Military and other background aspects which made it seem like a real base. The flow of the story that started from the end and then the beginning was the cleaver work to build the tension and eagerness to read the rest. I finished reading this book in a day. The ending of the book is worth reading and I just loved reading it.

Overall if you love thriller and suspense novels just like me then this is the best recommendation. Click on the link to read about the cyberattack that can change future warfare:

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ballad of a Belle By Rahul Tushar


The Blurb: 

Smitten completely, love was all that Aarti desired as she stepped out of Panditpora, Sopore, a small town in Kashmir, with dreams of a glorious tomorrow in her eyes. She was ready to merge with varied colors that life had painted for her, surreal most of the time. With sprinkles of love and care from Priya, her leading light, the game changing journeys across various cities of the world strengthened her resolve to fight back every time fate besmirched her. Although, Priya helped Aarti wriggle out of decaying associations that had become possessive, self-centered and oppressive, could she teach Aarti all about life in a world full of envy, jealousy, greed and treachery?

The Story: 

The story is about a Kashmiri Girl Aarti who falls in love with Sanjiv and against everyone's will gets married to him. She never thought or imagined that love will bring such a cruel things in her life and after a traumatizing experience Aarti is left divorced and broken within a year of her marriage. Dilip a friend of Sanjiv and the person who helps Aarti to not only move to Delhi but to start a new life too, ends up falling in love with her. Aarti starts working and enrolls herself in self grooming classes where she finds Priya, her mentor who later becomes her best friend only to turn out to be something entirely different than what readers were initially made to believe.

The story is a journey of Aarti succeeding in her career to the downfall of her personal life. The story is described in 4 phased of Aarti’s life. One with Sanjiv, second with Dilip, third with Stan & finally with Arun. Each phase of her life is different from other yet feels similar. It’s not easy to live in a world where everyone wants to climb the ladder of success by pulling other down. So what will Aarti do? How did she manages to build a career after her divorce? How did she survive alone in Delhi after the tragic incident of her family in Kashmir? And is Priya really her friend, or she is just one of those people who takes advantage of an innocent girl?

My Take: 

Starting from the start the story is very interesting and is written in simple language and without any confusion. Though I have never been to Kashmir, the description, and the incident did touch my heart and I found myself sympathizing with Aarti and emotional about her life. The Journey of Aarti from a small village to becoming a Chairman of a company is not only heart touching but a bit sad too. Reading this book I found many emotion running in my head. Shock, Pain, Relief, Disbelieve, Hurt, Disappointed, and finally Happy but stunned too. 

The best thing about the book is the way author Rahul has described the work descriptions. In total Aarti does 3 jobs and all the 3 jobs are described in detail which I’m sure other reader will find helpful and knowledgeable, just like me. The book gives a strong vibe on work ethics and working hard and with dedication you can achieve anything. 

Over all I loved the book and can’t really wait to read the second book written by Rahul Tushar. So if you are looking for an interesting book with twists and turns and full of emotional upheavals click on the link to read the journey of Aarti:

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