Book Review: The Flame Of Anahata

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“They turned to see his tears of love wiping away her blood of agony..”
Diya throws Suraj’s proposal back in his face, leaving him broken-hearted. Why would she do so when she loved him desperately?Suraj finds his Guruji unconscious beside a cave clutching the warrior Indrajith’s diary. His heart-rending love story then unfolds. Being trapped in a web of emotions, Indrajith endured the pain of his lost love, hurting himself and trampled Deepali’s hope for his adopted brother.. Who was he?Sealed for centuries and holding the Mann-Parivarthana astra, the cave is besieged by evil now. But all attempts to unlock it go futile. Faced with baffling hints, Suraj’s intelligence is sorely tested. What is the potent power required to break through that Paanch-Dost-Gupha?
The Flame of Anahata
Will the fire of love ever flicker in the hearts of Diya and Suraj?

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REVIEW-

Flame of Anahata is a book with layers upon layers. On one hand there’s a story of Diya who rejected Suraj’s proposal and how he deals with that rejection. Then there’s a past conflict that comes into question. It’s a whole web of complicated plot that has been written beautifully so one can read and enjoy without getting confused.

Personally the whole part about the cave was my favorite. It has to be the most interesting thing in the story and I wanted more of that portion. Then there is a further theme of love and being in clarity with one’s emotion. That theme in itself is an important one. I really liked that the book was fast paced and captivating so I was turning pages until I was at the end and in no way did it leave me disappointed. Since I had not read the first part, I had wondered if this book will confuse but it didn’t which means it can work well as a stand alone too.

The characters that author has written despite being mythological seem realistic and the premise itself is well-built which is a commendable job. But I was more fascinated with Asur’s character and hoped for more insight on him.

Also, I couldn’t really accept Indrajith and the princess’ connection because it lacked the intensity and time that it takes to build a bond with someone.

There are further elements in this book like the two kingdoms that have been divided due to a misunderstanding. One focuses on natural and magical elements while the other makes use of science and inventions. In that way, the book included a far broader thing as well. I would say this was an entertaining and Captivating book.

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Surprise Reveal

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Hello lovelies,

Here I am revealing the surprise for which I have been talking about since yesterday. It is the first ever cover reveal which is taking place at my blog. Along with it, we are  disclosing the name of our debut cover designer too. So, I am super excited for this.. Here you go 🙂

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I would like to thank Anuj Kumar, founder and CEO of Kalamos Literary Services for giving me this opportunity..It means alot buddy..:)

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Blurb

” Intehaan hogayi, intezaar ki. Aayi naa kuch khabar, mere yaar ki. Humko hai ye yakin, bewafa wo nhi. Fir wafa kyu hui? Intezaar ki.”
What if your life end up like the lyrics of a song? What would you do?
What if all you could think of is about the one you gave your heart to?
Would you swing to the ‘let’s move one side’ or wait for your…

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Book review- Strangers with known faces

So many books release every week. Some become bestsellers some don’t. A lot of books remain underrated and of course, a lot become overrated too. Those books are written only for the mass-appeal. But, the book worm in me, always looks for the ones that would have that impact on my mind. The book that’ll leave me so overwhelmed that I’ll remember it 10 years down the line. Strangers with known faces by debutant author Gautam Dutta does that perfectly!

It’s a story of 5 friends who meet by chance at a college-event, come close and split off due to misunderstandings. Years later they meet when one of them is murdered and others are the suspects. The story deals with issues like friendship, love, passion, politics and the struggle to prove one’s worth. The book has everything- drama, romance, comedy, tragedy and action. The ending is somewhat unexpected but that’s exactly what makes the book a memorable read.

What I didn’t like was the use of very difficult and technical terms. Also, in some parts the pace becomes very slow. What I liked was the candid style of storytelling.

I would not recommend this book to everyone! Because this book is not everyone’s cup of tea. But it’s a hot cup of strong black coffee. It makes you feel something. And maybe that’s how the author wanted it to be.

Ratings-

Story- 4/5
Storytelling- 3.5/5
Cover design- 4/5
Overall rating- 3.83/5

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If just my staring makes you so uncomfortable…

Okay so, I’m sharing this incident that happened to me on this Sunday, 8 January 2017, at the World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan. Initially I thought I’d keep it to myself but it raised so many questions in my mind that I couldn’t help but speak out and share.
Now, everyone knows that the World Book Fair is a huge affair. It attracts huge crowds and the bookworm that I am, I just had to be there. It was a lovely day. I found classics at real good discounts and naturally I was excited. I was at a crowded stall where I found the Da Vinci Code for a hundred bucks from a heap of books. I leaned forward to pay the person at the stall and suddenly I felt that I’m being pushed. I’m being pushed with the whole body’s strength towards the heap of books before me! I got startled. Everyone in my position would be. Honestly, I didn’t know how to react or how to feel about the whole thing. I turned around to see who that person was and found a huge, fat man in a red jacket. I made an angry face and started staring at him. I wanted to let him know that what he did was really not appropriate. People like him should rot in hell. I moved aside but kept staring. Suddenly the man said, “oh sorry!” and left the place. He didn’t mean it of course but because I was staring he had to say something. I was demanding an answer that I didn’t get. If my just staring makes you so uncomfortable, then how can you think that I’d like to be pushed into a huge pile of books?
And people still ask me why we need feminism. Relating this with feminism? People push  even in temple queues. And those queues are exclusively for ladies. My point here is, people all over have poor etiquettes! Talking of feminism, yes, I am a feminist. Not a man-hater, but a feminist. Get you definitions right, there is a difference. I’m no preacher but I have written articles on relevant topics like women’s health and improving their social status. So yes, the fat man in red jacket ruined my mood and spoilt the amazing day for me. And what was my fault? I am a bookworm? I had come for the most prestigious book fair? Dressing? Well because its winter, I was wearing three layers of warm clothing. Inappropriate place or time? Hello! Book fair, day time, duh! You know the biggest irony of the whole situation? The theme of the book fair was “Manushi”; books by women and books on women.
I shared it with my close friends and many opinions came. “Oh you should have punched him right there!” said my best friend. “You should have reported to the police!” said the other. “Welcome to Delhi!” someone said. Like seriously? Should we make Delhi women free from now? And as if such incidents happen only in Delhi. It’s not as if I am a coward or couldn’t create a scene there. I could have. But would anyone support? Could I prove that I had been inappropriately pushed? The guy left the scene anyway. I didn’t know how to react. I still have so many questions in my mind. How can we stop something like this from happening? How can we change the mindset of people? How can we deal with the ignorance of people? Why do we not go beyond the blame game? After so much discussion on this topic, why don’t these incidents stop? Enlighten me, if you can.

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Book Review- Should I… Fall In Love

Book Name- Should I… Fall In Love
Author – Shradha khanna
Genre – Romantic Fiction
Publisher – RIGI PUBLICATIONS
Pages- 142
Price- ?250

Blurb

A story of Fear….. of not finding forever after and questioning your heart. Naina has always been a strong headed, lively and carefree person. She always felt that there was a reason for everything. She believed in love, commitment and sacrifice, but when her three year old relationship crumble down in front of her she lost all the hope in love and marriage forever. With time and help of her friend, Naina starts afresh in a new city with a new job and people around. For the first time in her life she was not looking for love but a deep urge to stand on her own feet made its way in her life. Little did Naina know her life was going to change? Nothing could prepare her for the storm of love in the shape of Nihal, the confident, persistent and handsome guy she met at her boss housewarming party. Read on to know, will Nihal be able to penetrate the cold walls covered around Naina’s heart or her insecurities are more than enough to lead them on different paths in life. A story where thinking that questioning your heart with “Should I”, can stop you from “Falling In Love”.
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Review-

Should I…. Fall In Love is debut novel by Shradha Khanna where she serves us simple love story of Naina and Nihal. Relatable Characters and Connecting storyline is what makes this book a different love story.
Book Title and Cover- Book Title is appropriate with the story. Cover is beautiful yet it could be improved in next edition to make it more appropriate with the story.
Language and Writing Style- Language of the book is simple yet lucid. Writing. Style of Shradha is simple and graceful.
Characterization- Both the characters, Naina and Nihal are portrayed artistically. I loved the slow changes in Naina as story continues.
Storyline and Plot- Storyline of the book is beautiful and makes readers happy. Engaging sub plots and realistic characters makes readers glued with the book.
This is fast paced book which you can complete in 3 hours.
Rating- 
Book Cover and Title- 3/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 3.5/5 
Storyline and Plot- 4/5 
Overall Rating- 4/5 

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Andamans: The world away from the world

It’s not every day when you get to see something as mesmerizing as this one. The sea that looked like a huge crinkled emerald blue satin cloth, shining in the sun and flying with the wind. The dense tropical forests that cover almost every inch of the seemingly tiny islands, if you see the maps.

And if you walk across these forests and reach the other end of the island, you’ll see another beautiful beach. The beaches wouldn’t look the same when you come back in the evening. The water as if shows distinct boundaries marked with different shades of blue. Actually this shows abrupt depths of the sea bed. When you dive into the blue of the ocean, you’ll see colors! Fishes, corals, shells, sea urchins, weeds, rocks and everything imaginable under the sea.

The most amusing part of this expedition- poor phone networks! No 3G, no Wi-Fi! 2G only if you are lucky.

So, for once, why not travel without Facebook check-ins and without telling the world where you are? Keep your phone aside and capture the view. Look around and you’ll see what the world can actually offer. Trust me, it’s beyond your expectations. Travel can heal you, reform you, teach you and make you. And if travel can be like this one, well, what else do you need?

“There are times when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere. And yet, there are times, when in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.”

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The Human Machine

Everyone around me has convincingly become a machine. Buttons going ON and OFF, ON and OFF. Bound by all the rules. But trust me, if you are a good machine, life will be so called ‘stable’. You’ll get a job, meagre but stable income and a raise every year and maybe more incentives and perks.

People mould themselves to become machines. They have trained themselves to work under pressure and in every condition. Survival of the fittest, eh? But if you really think, it’s not their fault that they are machines. They want a stable income. Show me the money baby! Money is important. Money makes you go blind. It makes you succumb to all sorts of compromises and literally makes you dance to its tunes. Beg, borrow, steal, baby! Let’s become a machine for money. I’ll improve my machine overnight for a raise. And yes, all said and done, money is important.

Anyway, there’s another category of people who are different. They are the new creative hipster generation of freelancers. Do what you love, love what you do, eh? Yes exactly and why not? Explore yourself, challenge yourself. Now these people offer services in exchange of some fee which can be negotiated. It’s less initially but can improve with your reputation, work ethics and of course, the quality of service provided. But in the end, all depends on how much work you can do at a time. The more you work, the more is the pay. More service, more money. More brainstorming, more you’re able to create, more production, money. Ah! The human machine starts producing here again. Hmm! It’s definitely risky here. Being a freelancer without a stable job or income.

Hey! Have you ever asked a writer how much he earns? Or ever asked an artist how much he makes per painting? The answer would be, depends, right? On what? Popularity? Mass appeal? Promotions? Ah! It’s all so damn complex. Can we have an easier way? Something that can reduce our struggle to establish ourselves? Struggle for money and struggle for even basic necessities. Oh by the way! Something I really fail to understand is why an intern or a junior is paid lesser that what he is expected to pay for his house rent. Anyway, that’s a different story.

So well, isn’t it easier to forget about all this shit and become a human machine? Let’s become a blind follower. Life goes on anyway. Or, let’s write a story. A new fresh story. With an ending that you want. Mould it, twist it, and turn it. Turn it around the way you want. And, life can be anything.

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