Friday, April 28, 2017

Book Review-Sharmishtha Shenoy's A Season for Dying

          A young housewife is killed brutally and the grotesque pictures and the date of next murder are mailed to the editor of The Telangana Times. Initially he thinks it's an April fool prank but when the news of the murder is confirmed he forwards the mail to the Police Commissioner for detailed investigation.

          What follows later is the investigation, enquiry etc. But is it a serial killer or a psychopath or is someone making it look like one?

          Inspector Gopi Reddy and Vikram Rana get involved in this investigation and the manner in which they solve the case is commendable; or rather say the manner in which the author has written the case conclusion is commendable.

          I had read Vikram Rana Investigates first book of the series last year, when I had received it for reviewing through TheBook Club

Plus points: well etched plot, filled with suspense, fast paced and addictive story which makes the book un-put-down-able. Characters from previous series like Veena, Kamala, Murali, and Radha makes the reader connect (if you have read the first book). Even if you haven’t proper and short description doesn’t make you left out. Both main characters love for food and to excel in their field and also their comradeship is worth a mention.  

Usually i am able to guess the culprit but this time I was unable to predict till I read the end. (My hubby has nicknamed me CID). 

Negative points: Well, a couple of editing errors which can be ignored considering the brilliant storyline.

          In other words, Sharmishta Shenoy’s A Season For Dying is worth a read, if you love to read detective novels and even otherwise.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review-Probal Mazumdar's Key To My Soul

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Probal Mazumdar


"When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him. It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story. But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him..."

My Honest Review:

          Key To My Soul is a typical coming of age love story of Sidd Banerjee and Hazel Castelinos.

          It’s a romantic story which starts in present, takes you back to the protagonists past, where they got acquainted, fall in love but fate separates them. Their journey after that, under what circumstances they meet again, will they get together or will fate deliver another blow, is what the story is all about.

          What caught my eye was the title of the story and its relevant use in bringing out the real essence of the story as well as the title.

          Excellent story weaving by the debutant author, who keeps the reader hooked to the story. While reading the letters you can actually feel the pain of the protagonist, you experience the love and serene surrounding of Jamshedpur. The only flaw I would like to mention is why Sidd felt fleeced by the lawyer in his divorce case. The details are not mentioned even though the author has covered all the aspects of life like before and after Hazel but left this point out. If this detail was mentioned, it would have added little more power to Sidd’s story.

          Other than this missing point in the story, the book is worth a read, medium paced, romantic story with little hint of mystery but well developed characters and situations.

          Key to my Soul is a story of true love which faces the ups and downs blown by fate and still ends up with a happy note. Kudos to the writer, whose poems added extra oomph to the otherwise beautiful story. 
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Probal Mazumdar works in an IT company. He is an NIT engineer by societal pressure, singer by accident, guitarist by love at first sound, poet by soul, writer by passion, a world class badminton player in childhood dreams, rebel by day, recluse by night, a samosa in a family of laddoos, a Jughead at the dining table, a shameless and congenital dreamer. 

Oh! An arsonist too – when his wife is not around, sets his own house on fire with his little son. 

He won the FIRST prize in the All India Poetry Competition, 2014, conducted by PSI (Poetry Society of India). Click on

His other poems have risen too from cold storage into literary journals like Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Wasafiri (U.K. Vol. 67), Acumen (U.K.), OtherPoetry (U.K.), Chandrabhaga Literary Journal (Editor Jayanta Mahapatra), Dhauli Review, amongst others.

He writes short stories too. This is his first foray into writing a novel.

The Title of the Book is “Key To My Soul.”

The entire plot and story of the novel hinges on these words of the Title. Once the protagonist, Sidd, finds out the Key, he enters the Soul of his long lost beloved. The words, “Key to my Soul” is also a phrase used by his beloved in a letter to him which is the axis the story revolves around.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Book Review-Rubina Ramesh's Finding The Angel

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Rubina Ramesh


All She wanted was love...

Shefali is a die-hard romantic. Having lost her parents at a very tender age, she is in search of a place which she can call home. Her passion for Art lands her a job as an art curator to the famous artifacts of the Ranaut Dynasty. When she meets the scion, Aryan Ranaut, she feels that her dream might come true until…

All He wanted was to trust…

Living the life of a modern day Prince is no easy task for the young and dashing Aryan Ranaut. Having lost his father to a rapacious woman, Aryan has severe trust issues. But upon meeting Shefali, he feels he could let down his guard. Until…

All They need is to find The Angel…

Just as Aryan realizes his love for Shefali, one of the most precious artifacts, The Angel, goes missing from the Ranaut collection. All fingers point towards Shefali—more so because she leaves the palace without telling anyone on the very night of the theft. 

Finding the Angel is a story where duty clashes with love and lack of trust overrides passion. Under these circumstances, can The Angel bring the star-crossed lovers together?

My Honest Review:

            Finding the Angel is second book of the author which I have read. The Knitted Tales was a collection of heart and soul touching stories. But Finding The Angel is typical run out of mill, Mills & Boons type story, with suspense as main hero and romance and relationships as supporting cast.

          Though I loved the plot, story and the well-developed characters, it's bit difficult to digest Aryan’s attitude towards Shefali. He was such a confused character that his behavior in some scenes seemed to be obnoxious. Also would have loved to know how does the thief manage to steal The Angel without anyone noticing it?

          Except for these two things, Finding The Angel is a fast paced romantic story, with suspense as the main lead. But once you start reading, you just can’t put the book down until you finish reading till the end. I would like to add one line about Rubina, she can write any genre with equal flair and excel in it. Keep the good work and keep us hooked to your work.

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Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer, and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

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