NUMBER OF PAGES: 185
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer, Mohan Deep as a part of TBC book tours. He was also kind enough to send me a signed note. Thanks guys!
Color Me Rich by Mohan Deep is story a typical story of a struggling artist. The protagonist, Akash, is a talented yet struggling artist.
The art market in India is strictly for the elitists. If you have the money, you might as well sell your paintings and make more money. Talent of course, is a primitive requirement only. This sad state of affairs does offer a huge scope to be fictionalized isn’t it? This writer has capitalized well on the struggles of an artist’s life. Our protagonist, Akash, is a struggling artist who marries the rich and beautiful Zenobia. She gives him the much needed financial boost to sell his paintings. Things are all rosy between the pair until Zenobia starts suspecting Akash of having an extra marital affair. Things turn bitter and she jumps off her plush apartment. Did she really jump? Or does Akash have blood in his hands? Read on!
The narration alternated between past and present. This was initially uncomfortable but improved as the story progressed. The language however was highly disturbing as there were a lot Hindi/Marathi words infused. This simply ended up breaking my flow of reading. Though I am proficient in Hindi, alternating between two languages is a pain especially if one language is transliterated. The story as such was predictable until the climax. The climax however reminded me of another book with a similar protagonist – ‘Seppuku’ By Vinod Bhardwaj. Of course, that book had an entirely different story line, just that the ending was eerily similar. One other qualm that I have is of Suma’s character. She was a vital character of the plot, yet her character seemed a bit shallow and bleak when compared to Zenobia’s and that of Akash’s. Barring the above mentioned things, I found the book to be a pleasurable and interesting read which was paced perfectly.
The cover and the title of the book deserve a special mention. The cover in paper is catchy and totally attractive. The title was quite apt for the story and left me wondering if my interpretation of what it meant was right.
MY SAY: An interesting read.
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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Color Me Rich
A sensitive love story of a handsome and talented struggling painter Akash Saigal. What happens when he marries an extremely rich and beautiful artist and art investor Zenobia Taraporevala?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mohan Deep, is an Indian author, painter and Feng Shui Master. Mohan Deep is the author of ‘The Mystery and Mystique of Madhubala’ (1996), ‘It’s My Life’ (Novel) (1997), ‘Simply Scandalous: Meena Kumari’ (1998), ‘Eurekha!’ – an unauthorized biography of Rekha. (1999), ‘Four Options’ (2000), ‘Feng Shui for the Bold & Beautiful, the Rich and Famous’ (2001) and ‘Nehru and the Tantrik Woman’ (2002). After a sabbatical of a decade, during which he touched upon the lives of people as a Feng Shui Master, he was back with The Five Foolish Virgins( 2013). Mohan Deep is arguably the only Indian author to write what is often described as controversial, unauthorized star biographies in India. Columnist- journalist and former editor of 'Illustrated Weekly of India', Khushwant Singh called him 'a truly gifted gossip writer'. “The maverick writer”, like columnist-reviewer-poetess.
Tara Patel described him has also been called William Goldman of Bollywood’s stars (By Behram Contractor, the Editor of Afternoon Despatch & Courier) (Source) Kitty Kelly of India (By R K Bajaj, the Editor of ‘The Daily’). Interestingly, almost every book he has wrote/penned has invited controversies for its bold content.
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GENRE: Fiction – Romantic Suspense
NUMBER OF PAGES: 303
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
An Autograph for Anjali is a treat for people who love that right mix of suspense and romance. Jayanth Mathur, our protagonist – Anjali’s husband is found murdered – shot at point blank range with his own revolver. Anjali isn’t really shaken up but is quite perplexed as to who stands to gain from Jayanth’s death. Parth – the handsome writer handles the whole ‘situation’ and stands as pillar of support for Anjali and her son – Arjun during this difficult time. Who is Parth? What does he mean to Anjali and Arjun?
Having read most of this writer – Sundari’s works, I’m quite comfortable with her style of writing which is actually perfect and filled with warmth. Murders described in graphic details almost always end up being puke worthy. Seasoned writers of course, handle murders in a far better way – they ensure the readers experience that chillness of the gory act. With Jayanth’s murder, it was almost the same. It wasn’t puke worthy but it wasn’t chilling either. It was simply saddening. For someone who has written a lot of romance, this diversification was a great attempt by the writer.
The characterization aided the authenticity of the story line. With almost realistic characters and an equally realistic story line with right amount of fiction infused, the book was that perfect read. However, one character slightly disappointed me - Arjun. He seemed too good to be real. Men are almost always supportive when it comes to their mum, but certain ‘acts’ of Arjun were too supportive which sort of crossed that line of idealism. However, tweaking Arjun’s character to a large extent would have resulted in the story becoming nothing short of a Bollywood drama, which the writer probably intended to avoid. Also, guessing the killer was pretty easy making the story a wee bit predictable. In short, no story can be too perfect, this story wasn’t either. That doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be good enough!
MY SAY: A balanced and well written story with right amount of romance and suspense.
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Though widowed women of today are more independent, there are many taboos attached to them even in these times.
According to Hindu superstition it is inauspicious to see a widowed woman while stepping out of the house. Do people practice this today? Sadly they do. I have seen my own mother cringe in shame when her neighbours who have known us for decades turn their face away and run into their homes because they sighted a widow.
There are some taboos that are ingrained in our culture and drummed into our heads so much so that a rational man or woman too would believe and act in a manner that is absolutely absurd. For example, a cousin of mine, who was divorced refused to touch her own mother’s sari during her parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. Her reason was that she didn’t want her own bad luck to visit her parents!
I have seen women whose marriages are far from perfect being married to drunkards, drug addicts, womanizers and adulterers. Yet when a marriage is being solemnized, no one prevents these women from coming forward to hold the bride’s hand or participate in the various ceremonies. I would often wonder if bad luck would flow from these women onto the bride. After all, they were stuck in a bad marriage. But no, they are auspicious because they are married.
A friend of mine who was divorced attended a friend’s marriage and her presence made people uncomfortable. Many comments flew around, which she took it in her stride. After a year, she got remarried and when she attended the baby shower of the same friend, she was warmly welcomed and was asked to participate in all the ceremonies. Why? That’s because she is married and now is auspicious.
These are many themes of culture and taboos that I used in my story. Lalitha, the protagonist of ‘These Lines of Mehendi’ is a talented beautician and a Mehendi artist. She is much in demand during the marriage season but things change when her estranged husband commits suicide. Separated from him for more than ten years, Lalitha had not seen him or heard from him in the past decade. His death comes as a shock to her but she didn’t think that it would change her life in any way. Why should it? She was an independent woman after all… but it does. Her clients now see her as a widow and she is taken to task for being near the bride and for touching her bridal clothes!
Do women have no value of their own? Do our identity depend only on our husband? Is there no end to this hypocrisy?
These are the many questions that I have posed in my story ‘These Lines of Mehendi’. I would love to hear your views and opinion too, so kindly share them as comments below.
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SUMEETHA MANIKANDAN &
SHRRUTI PATOLE CLARENCE
Life is tough, and it becomes tougher when you need to make life changing decisions. Would you dare to love again? Would you allow yourself to be loved and to be cherished again? Many of us turn away from life, thinking that it is not for them but some take a leap of faith rewrite their story for the sake of love?
Love, Again is a double header book bringing you two stories about chancing love again -These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.
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Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a bestselling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since publication.
An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc. A history buff to the core,
she is currently translating Ponniyin Selvan – the evergreen tamil classic epic history by Kalki Krishnamurthy into English.
Married to film maker K.S. Manikandan, Sumeetha lives in Chennai, along with her six year old daughter.
Shrruti Patole Clarence
An Aviation Manager and 10years with various airlines, she has been on a sabbatical for her two son's aged six years and 1 year respectively.
She enjoys this welcome break from career, to be able to pursue her passion, writing!
She has to her credit 6 short stories featuring in different Anthologies all published this year, one of which will soon be seen as a short movie.
And Love, Again a double header romance Novel publish date 25th May 2015, with her story A Tulip in the Desert will soon be seen on the stands!
Her lyrics feature in the theme song of group Young Indians – an off shoot of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries).
Her poems feature in Zest of Inklings and a Hindi poem in an e-book – Ehsaas, judged by eminent Urdu and Hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright - Javed Siddiqui.
Shrruti is a warm and friendly person who loves music and watching sports when she is not writing.
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Hope We Never Meet Again
A girl gets divorced just before her wedding!
A widow seeks answers for the deaths of her husband and son.
A mysterious man follows a convicted rape victim.
A stranger scribbles a number in a train.
Two hearts part ways with a final wish: Hope we never meet again.
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Varun Diwakar is your average, happy-go-lucky young lad with many a dream that most middle class youth harbour. But, he has a peculiar predicament. An accident changes his life forever and he discovers that he can travel into the minds and dreams of people - and in that journey, he discovers many untold stories, painful narratives and surprising twists. What triggers it all, is the death of a dear friend that Varun decides to avenge. What happens in the end? How are all these stories connected? Does love outlast death and time, the two great levellers, and become the greatest leveller, of all? Find out, as bodies keep falling and many a lives are at stake!
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“Dreams are to be lived, not chased.”
“Sometimes you need to walk alone to be together with yourself…”
“Timeless love stories just have beginnings…”
“If you make your every today as safe as your yesterday’s… your dream of a better tomorrow will always remain a dream.”
“Well, history is more about heroes who rebelled and flourished than heroes who rebelled and perished. The ones that flourish became the songs and the ones that perished became the anthems. I strangely felt like a song that once craved to be an anthem.”
About the Author
Srinath Krishnamoorthy was born in Palakkad, Kerala. He holds a B. Tech degree from Government Engineering College, Palakkad and an M. Tech from MA College of Engineering, Kothamangalam. He is an avid reader, blogger and a traveler. This is his first novel and marks his transformation from a software engineer to a story engineer.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 211
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys!
A story based on a woman picking up her life and moving on is always an absolute bliss to read. That resilient quality of a woman is always inspiring. This story was one such inspiring read.
Our protagonist Samantha survives a broken marriage and failures of infertility treatments. She moves to her hometown to resurrect her teaching career and in general put her life back on track. In the process, she meets an old lover and rekindles their relationship. She also meets with an old friend Craig who guides her in bringing her life back on track. This whole process of transformation turns out to be a spiritual process for her.
The one thing that immensely impressed me was a fact that the writer steered pretty clear of that romantic story line. In spite of the story having immense scope for it to turn into a romantic tale, the writer decided to purse just the transformation process. Romantic relationships are vital for a happy life but they aren’t just the only perquisite. The writer elaborated well on this line of thinking. The writing was pretty simple and straightforward. Characterization was something that was missing the much needed depth. I would have loved it if the writer had given much more depth to Samantha’s character. In spite of this, the book was absolute pleasure to read. Samantha’s effort to make her student’s world betters was so heartwarming. Craig’s helping hand and the interaction between Samantha and her students seemed very realistic. The book taught me one thing – Wisdom is never lost, it is just misplaced along the journey called life. I would have certainly liked to read more of Samantha and would have loved to have seen a “complete” result of her life’s transformation.
MY SAY: An inspiring and simple read
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 248
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer as a part of The Book Club book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you :)
Right fit wrong shoe is the typical Bollywood styled tale of a man and women who have a love hate relationship. Our protagonist Nandini is the smart woman who works for an Ad agency which is taken over by her arch “enemy” Aditya. The man much to his reputation makes it his life mission to make her miserable. What could possibly be the explanation for his erratic behavior? Obvious isn’t it. Nandini and Aditya have an history – one from which either of them have moved on emotionally. What follows is the story of their past and how it ends up impacting their present.
The story as such was good. I was hooked and wanted to know what exactly happened between Nandini and Aditya. I also wanted to know what the future had in store for them. That was purely the story and the writer’s imagination at work. However, the language and the swap between past and present left me a bit disoriented. To me, all the characters seemed a bit too hyper and emoted more than what was required. The characterization as such was typical of such a book and the writer did do a good job of bringing out various shades of the characters barring their emotions.
The constant injection of Hindi words just marred the charm that the story actually had. I do understand that the writer probably felt compelled to put in all those words as the story was set in Kanpur but in my opinion that wasn’t really attractive and didn’t deliver what was intended by her. The book could have used a bit more of sharper edits and careful proof reads which would be actually supported the really good story that the writer had.
MY SAY: An interesting story
BOREDOM QUOTIENT : 1/5 (lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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Right Fit Wrong Shoe
Right Fit Wrong Shoe, begins at a point where all love stories end. The tale weaves around Nandini and all that is important to her, with two contenders gunning for the top spot; Aditya Sarin and Sneha Verma.
Aditya Sarin, the man Nandini is madly in love with, yet compelled, for some unsolved reason to shun. Aditya, on his part, in the past declared Nandini to be a ‘millennium bhehenji (conservative girl)’ and ‘lassi (yoghurt drink) in a wine glass’. Yet he fell for her . . . hard! However, some mysterious episode caused the lovers to, acrimoniously, part.
Now, Aditya is back in Kanpur, all his guns blazing (the real and the imagined), determined to devastate her life. Fortunately for the readers, and unfotunately for Aditya, Nandini is determined not to‘bite the dust’ oh so quietly. Wonder, in the battle royal, who wins or who loses it all?
Sneha Verma, the other contender, is Nandini’s BFF, that one friend who knows us better than we do. The one we trust more than Stayfree or Clearasil. Sneha maybe headstrong, hammer fisted and stern mouthed, but for Nandini, she will willingly stand in the path of imminent lightning bolt or a nasty tornado, even if it’s named Aditya Sarin. In standard X, Sneha took Nandini under her wing and that equation hasn't changed much. Sneha, a recent wife and even more recent mom, appears to be fighting some unknown demons of her own.
Right Fit Wrong Shoe, observes and opinionates the society, affected and amused. It fleetingly touches on issues; fleeting as watching discourses (courtesy Astha Channel), is trendier and quicker, than reading them.
The book is an AAA (anytime, anywhere, anyone) read. It promises to make your day better, and a bad one not any worse.
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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
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Relics of Camelot (Legendary Saga #3)
by L.H. Nicole
Release Date: 03/29/16
Summary from Goodreads:
Making a devilâs bargain with a Fae queen is a dangerous thing.
Thrown back to the golden days of Camelot, the Destined One needs to find the object that will lead her and the Knights of the Round Table to the Grail of Power. But Aliana must also figure out and complete a mystery task before she can return to her own time.
The consequences of revealing Camelotâs future to King Arthur or any member of the Round Table family could be devastating. She is forced to keep secrets, feeling more alone than ever, even with the support of new friends and allies. With the unwelcome knowledge of their looming deaths, will she be able to resist the temptation to save the people she loves?
The attentions of Sir Galahad and King Arthur are a delightful yet confusing distraction. Her feelings for Arthurâeven this version of him who doesnât know herâcontinue to grow. The sparking sensation sheâd felt whenever she touched Sir Galahad is mysteriously missing, but she canât deny a continued connection with the protective knight.
Weapons powerful enough to destroy even Excalibur surface along with a shadowy figure that even seems to have influence over Mordrid. The time of the eclipse grows ever closer and everything Aliana thought she knew will once again be tossed into question again as she continues on her Legendary quest.
I am a seasoned Pastry Chef in our nations capitol and a life long fairytale (Disney and Grimm) lover, believes in love at first sight, is addicted to 80âs & 90âs cartoons and anything that can capture my ADD-way-to-overactive-imagination. Joan Lowery Nixon and L.J. Smith were the first authors I became addicted to and who inspired me to steal away whenever I could to read and write. You can keep up with me, and all my news and adventures on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Blogger and Legendary Saga website.