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24 Oct 2016

Book Review: 03:02 by Mainak Dhar

I am a girl who easily gets attracted to mystery and thriller novels. That is my favourite types of books to read. So, when I won this book called 03:02 by Mainak Dhar in a contest held by The Tales Pensieve, I was eager to go through it. The first thing that tickled my fancy is the name and the cover of the book. It was really easy to surmise that there might be an action-pact storyline. I thought that both the cover and the title of the book is quite innovative and brings out a feeling of anticipation and suspense in the minds of the readers. 

The story starts with the news the Aaditya, the protagonist of the novel, has been promoted. The first chapter of the book dealt with the ambitions, achievements, dreams and somewhat the emotions of Aaditya and his life. The next chapter begins with Aaditya experiencing a power cut at 03:02am of the next day that eventually turns out to be a massive breakdown when we are told that Mumbai is in a crisis with no electricity, no phones, no cars, no communication. It is as if the entire civilisation was snatched away from the people. Things get worse when a news of the Police Stations being abandoned is spread. These leads to the rise of a group of looters all around the city only making it more difficult to survive. 

03:02 is a story that revolves around Aaditya and hundreds of people from his residential complex and the neighbouring ones. They, as a unit, fought the odds in order to protect their homes and families from the danger that was lurking around in the dark. This was until the lights at the Airport came back, only to surprise the residents with the real danger. The terror was now unmasked and the real threat was far more dreadful. The enemy was something that is inevitable. Suddenly, the fight for survival becomes a fight for the nation. People who once were executives, doctors, teachers, bankers now become warriors. This story is about a crisis that teaches a lot of lessons, a perspective that we often tend to overlook. The power of unity, will, and fighting spirit is perfectly defined in this book.

Mainak Dhar's brilliant plot, an amazing flair for writing and a great narration make the novel worth a read. Although, at some point in time I felt it is a little stretch but the climax did such a magic that I knew I have not wasted my time. The story ends on a great note of expectation and hope, something that I had wanted it to be. Overall, I think 03:02 by Mainak Dhar is a great read. I would recommend this book to all of you. I would love to read more from Mainak Dhar in future.

My Rating- 4.5/5

1 Sep 2016

Release Day Blitz- Metro Diaries 2 by Namrata

About the Book:

Give life another chance. Laugh a little longer. let go of your past. Hold onto what you love. In short LIVE rather than just exist!

Some told, some untold, some heard and some unheard - this collection of stories will make you look at life in a different light and make you ponder over its definition of it till now.

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Reviews for Metro Diaries 1:

After touching your hearts with 'Metro Diaries - Love Classics' she is back now with stories that will redefine life for you!

The stories in Metro Diaries - Love Classics are free from any trappings of youthful slang and fashionable language stunts. These young adults are speaking to the readers with Namrata’s maturity shining through, and Namrata’s ideas of love. - Sakshi Nanda 

The language is fairly pleasant to read and the elaborate discussions between characters in each story must have taken a lot of work – because the most difficult job of all authors is to bring out human emotions in proper words. Thankfully, Namrata has concentrated upon it very well! - Dhivya Balaji

About the Author:

Namrata is A Lost Wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. A published author in various anthologies and magazines she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words. She is forever in pursuit of a new country and a new story.

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30 Aug 2016

Book Review: I am Big So What!?

This review was first published at The Tales Pensieve. Click here- http://thetalespensieve.com/2016/07/book-review-i-am-big/ to read.

As soon as I noticed the title of this book, I knew it will be fun. In a society like ours where body shaming is a regular practice and marriage is the only testimonial for a good girl; Shuchi Singh Kalra‘s I am Big So What shows a girl who fights against all odds and succeeds in vindicating an independent woman’s concept of life.

The story is of Roli – a freelance graphic designer, who is tired of explaining to people what her job is, turning down suitors for their weirdness and tolerating people who advise her to lose weight. Roli is a smart, sassy and a prudent girl who loves herself; and is looking for a man who will embrace her for who she is. Roli is a character that speaks for all obese girls who are not frustrated in their lives, love themselves and enjoy life to the fullest. I am Big So What breaks stereotypes in some cases.

Roli, a confident, independent modern woman, is a representative to all those who are fighting for their own identity, no matter if they are fat or not; but struggling to establish a point of view walking against the wind. Roli’s love life comes to an end when her boyfriend, Ronit, breaks up with her. She decides to give a chance to arranged marriage and finally decides to meet a boy who was introduced to her by a pesky neighbour. She likes the guy but finds him to be too familiar. Later, as the story moves, we get to know about the twist.

The characters fit into the story very well. The character of Monika, Roli’s best friend is certainly a strong one that needs extra attention. Ronit’s character, I felt, is a little ambiguous. Other than these two, there is Orange Aunty, a nosy, pesky, outlandish lady who loves to show off and is curious about others’ lives.

I like the story because of three reasons. First, the language is very simple; apt for young readers. It makes you relate to the characters a bit more. For this book in particular, I think the author narrates in the right way. The conservations narrated in the story are very realistic and relatable. The second thing I love about the story is, the story moves rapidly with each paragraph. It makes it really interesting and enjoyable. The pace of the story-telling is perfect to make it a casual read.

Lastly, I would say I like the story because the author makes sure the story seems real. Roli’s life is never narrated to be a dream life. She has her problems which she wants to deal with, sometimes ignoring them but it does not end in a dream life anyway. Roli remains Roli until the end and I liked it.

Overall, I would say I am Big So What!? is throughout an interesting and fun read. The flow of the story makes it more of a casual read, which I prefer the most. The story is filled with humour, emotions, feelings, and most prominently with love.1 If you are looking for something that contains all of these in 200 pages then this book is a must-have for you.

26 May 2016

Cover Reveal- All of Me by Jonali Karmakar

~Cover Reveal~

Title: All of Me
Author: Jonali Karmakar
Length: 69 pages
Publication Date: May 29, 2016

Book Blurb:

All of Me is a collection of thirteen little stories that have been gleaned from real life as well as imagination. Exploring a range of genres, these throb with everything primal to human nature: fear, angst, joy, love, and longing. Some stories are designed to elicit smiles, chuckles, and maybe even a belly laugh or two whereas some are meant as a reality check. Universal in nature, each story provides a glimpse of what women empowerment or a lack thereof can mean in a person’s life.

From a small hamlet in India to the roads of Australia; from a mother’s betrayal to a daughter’s confession; from an extra marital affair to a same sex relationship learn for yourself the what, how and whys.

Originally written for anthologies and ezines, these stories have been revisited and updated for this new collection.  

About the Author:

Jonali Karmakar is a fiction writer with a Masters in English. Writing is not just her passion but her way of dealing with life. She loves being able to escape into the worlds she creates. Everything that she writes becomes a part of her and she wants her readers to know the woman behind those words. In addition to being an educator, she works as a content editor for a local news portal. She has been providing editing, proofreading and translation services for the past few years.

Jonali’s work has been published in several journals, anthologies and poetry collections both national and international. An avid reader, she loves flipping pages of anything and everything on the table and reviewing the same on her blog Eclectic Moods. She feels that reading and writing are the flip sides of the same coin. Writing is her way of communicating with the world. When she’s not writing or teaching she loves to experiment with her paintings.

She has quite a few accolades to her name.

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19 Feb 2016

5 Easy and Budget-Friendly Home Decorating Tips| Guest Post

There was this amazing ad from a wall-paint brand that said: “Har ghar kuch kehta hai, iss ghar main kaun rehta hai". Isn’t this poetic and beautiful! Every house says something. Be it wall paints, carpets, cushions or curtains – every home décor item in the household amplifies its beauty, and defines people who stay in it.

I say, it’s easy to judge people by their clothes, but it is interesting to know them by their house interiors. However, not everyone wants to spend a fortune in doing their home. So, here are five easy and budget-friendly ideas to revamp your home décor. Believe us, its achievable without breaking your sweat.

Designer bed sheets
Your living room or bed room can have a new life! Use a bed sheet that speaks comfort and class. Bed linen in interesting prints can work wonder for your rooms, and can easily spruce up the look.

5 Easy and Budget-Friendly Home Decorating Tips| Guest Post cherryontopblog.com

Cushion covers in ethnic prints
Desi cushion covers in ethnic prints are simply wow! Prints like kalamkari and ikkat are extensively used in cushion covers these days. Decorate your cushions with covers made of fabrics like raw silk and tissue, and add a touch of earthiness to your rooms. You can buy these covers at Jabong.com.

5 Easy and Budget-Friendly Home Decorating Tips| Guest Post cherryontopblog.com

Wall art
Doing your wall with wall paintings, wall papers and wall installations and lighting fixtures can splendidly illuminate your room, giving it a depth. A wall art should pique the interest of the onlooker. Here’s glass wall art to fancy.

Image: cityhomeconstructions.com

Curtains, eyelets in contrasting shades
Usually, we like to put curtains in similar prints and shade. But for a change, try to use eyelets in contrasting shades and prints. You can feel the difference. It also gives dimension to your living space or bedroom.

5 Easy and Budget-Friendly Home Decorating Tips| Guest Post cherryontopblog.com

Statement doormats

You can add a bit of quirkiness to your house by going for statement doormats and carpets. These doormats with a message are pure fun.  You can also go for printed carpets and area rugs for a splash of lavishness. These days thin carpets are available everywhere. Don’t spent a king’s ransom on it. 

5 Easy and Budget-Friendly Home Decorating Tips| Guest Post cherryontopblog.com

Author Bio
Usha Lakra is a stylist/fashion blogger working with India’s leading e-commerce company. She has been writing for celebrity fashion and is an avid Bollywood buff. This fashionista can always be contacted for style tips as they are always up her sleeve. Here she reviews 'The Juice' cover page.

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