I took a big leap - Why I left Wattpad



Yesterday was the day when I took a huge leap. Surely for some of you it might not look like one but for me it is. It took me a long time to finally take this decision and let me tell you why as most of you are asking me about it.

Yesterday I deleted my Wattpad account and decided to start posting here on my personal website/blog. Many of you were shocked by the decision because of me being an Ex-Wattpad ambassador and it being a huge part of my life. Well the full story behind it is that, I might have began to start my journey as an author on Wattpad but now it was feeling stagnant.

I have invested quite a lot over my blog and it was conflicting to come up with content at the same time to keep two things alive. Writing is a hobby and a passion that helps me earn a bit of pocket money for now. Publishing on Amazon is a complete different story which I'll share someday in future but for now let's focus on this topic.

After I finished my first book, I had been writing a second Science Fiction in the same time. But again as the time passed it was growing difficult for me to generate content for both my blog and Wattpad account. It was weird to divert same set of readers on two different places to read the same content by the very same writer. It was weird for me as well as the people who used to love read my stuff. I had started to see decline because of this hustle between two platforms.

Since my academics were also a huge factor in the real life which are actually going to define my career and future and they had been taking a huge toll because of my online life. I decided to merge everything into one and minimize the clutter that I've spread around. Surely the progress will be slow and not as expected but it'd be better than me dancing between apps and platforms to address the very same set of crowd.

Another reason to ditch Wattpad instead of Blog was Wattpad wasn't honestly giving a good response on originally created stories. Cliche was getting more views than everything else and whole thing seemed like a pain because blog here was giving much better response than Wattpad. Another factor being Blog is my own entity and creation while Wattpad is a totally different set of platform. Here on the blog I can do as I feel like but on Wattpad I am bound to the things that they offer me.

Another factor being the question of keeping books on the platform once I finish and publish them. Overall the whole thing of keeping it was weird for me as it had no significant use for me. All I used to do was interact with a few people here and there for a few days until they went missing and that's all. For reading, I have my Kindle and I feel there's plenty of content still left for me to consume on it. I know many of my Wattpad friends would be thinking of me as a 'stupid' but well you understand  me why I did that, Also I am not dead so stop acting like that. I am here and you can contact me via any of the sources I am linking here.

So just as I decided to ditch a few socials, deleted a few other apps and sorted all the clutter it was on step in that direction. I hope you enjoy reading here and would support me the same way you did there. Do share the content if you love and I hope it lives upto your expectations.

So in future you'd find this place on the internet holding all my work in progress books which you can read and comment on as a beta readers before they head off for publishing. Also, I'd be solely focusing on this platform and might bring out a few updates soon if everything goes well. I'd totally love if you'd share it and spread it across helping me to reach new readers.
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Review: NEVERFOUND LAND



NEVERFOUND LAND by Durriya Kapasi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb From Goodreads:
Solomon, who is a genie and human hybrid, discovers his supernatural powers and a truth hidden from him for twenty years. His ordinary life turns into an adventure, full of never-ending challenges and responsibilities, when his foster father is kidnapped and his biological father’s kingdom and legacy is threatened. Will Solomon step into the land of the genies to save his loved ones? Will he accept his fate as the heir of Neverfound Land? Neverfound Land is a heartwarming tale of a young man taking control of his destiny.

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I had read the prequel (click here to read about it. ) and I can certainly say that sequel is worth the wait. There were a lot of uncleared things in the previous book which I feel are now explained very well. I wish there was more content to read although as the whole ideas of Genies and magic is exciting to read. Most of us have read about Aladin and his magic lamp but this story takes us on some new unseen world of genies. It is a totally and unique plot. The writing and narration was really good and the plot was really well worked upon. Totally enjoyed reading it as I finished it within a day.

I loved the cover design and the printing quality. It's weird to mention because I've never added this to any of my reviews but I really liked the printing style. Only regret being wish there were more chapters to read. I felt this could've another book in the series like a triology instead of duology. The plot had so much depth into it that I felt there could've been possibly more stuff to write and create the genie world. But in a gist if you are a fantasy lover and wanna grab a unique plot, this book is totally worth going for it.

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Review: Tarikshir: The Awakening



Tarikshir: The Awakening by Khayaal Patel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :
A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.

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I received a copy of this book through the BOOK GENIE REVIEW PROGRAM.

This book is begins its story with the ancient legend of Ramayan. Later it takes you into the 19th century British Raj. It is quite an adventure filled historical fiction. I love as the mix of adventure, fantasy, and history takes place in the plot. The characters were well blend together and felt real to life. It felt as if I was reading something that has actually happened in the past. I loved the way story begins with the Ramayan. As the vanar, gets hold of the gem. It gets interested further as the plot gets deep in the Rajasthan. I really enjoyed the writing style and the narration has your interest in the plot throughout the read. It was quite a long read but you never feel the story was dragged or boring. It holds your interest throughout. Somewhere I felt the characters were explored a bit less. I know there were too many characters in the plot and it’d be tough to give a backstory or explore them all together in one book. But I felt even if the main characters like the Royal family could’ve been explored in better manner. I don’t count that as a flaw but something that could’ve been done. I feel the end was a bit abrupt. As the mystery and fantasy had a nice build throughout the book and the end was bit of a not so good way to end. Maybe because this book will be having a sequel? It can be read as a nice stand alone book for sure. If you are someone who loves reading something fun, based of history and mythology, this can be surely a fun read for you.


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Review: The Diary on the Fifth Floor



The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

A woman leaves her infant at home but finds her on a busy street in an unexpected turn of events.
Another woman wakes up in a flight hours later, befuddled, in the strangest circumstance.
A fascinating tale of a twenty-five-year-old woman that takes hold of us from the moment she enters the fifth floor of a hospital; more precisely, the psychiatric ward. Visibly terrified, she clutches at her clothbound diary, caught in the horns of a terrible dilemma—whether or not to hand over the diary to the doctor. She fears that she will be declared insane if her tangled web of thoughts unspooling in dark mysterious stories is read by the dissecting eye of a doctor.
What does this diary contain? As the novel progresses, we are drawn into characters and stories that are toe-curling, strange, and haunting in their raw intensity. What is the story of this woman? What secrets lie in the pages of her diary? And most importantly, what happens on the fifth floor?

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I really loved the cover. There are really few books where I liked the cover. The editing and formatting was nicely done. Apart from first impression, I found the blurb to be quite misleading. I assumed it'd be some thriller having some mystery and things going in background but it wasn't like that. It was a totally different scenario. I'd say it was more of a collection of little nicely written pieces. There was very minute story line to it. Although, I liked reading it as it was nicely penned down. There's not much to tell about it without giving out spoilers. Its a nice read for a deep thinker. As there are many nice topics to be read. Its overall a short and sweet read.

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Review: Never Fear the Reaper



Never Fear the Reaper by Ashley Pagano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :
She’s been to the other side and back again . . . But she’s never met anyone like him.

He can see things no one else can . . . But he only sees her. 

From the moment he witnesses her do the impossible . . . he is obsessed. 

When Chase hires the mysterious ghost exterminator, Ryder, to cleanse his house from a pesky poltergeist he gets way more than he’s paying her for… There’s just something about Ryder that has him mesmerized.

Is it the fact that he’s witnessed her do the unexplainable? Or the fact that she’s absolutely breathtaking? Or perhaps it’s that eerie familiar feeling that they’ve met before, perhaps in another lifetime. 

Chase desperately tags along with Ryder on a whirlwind of life threatening adventures in exchange for a few precious moments of alone time with her. With the Grimm Reaper’s Scythe as their defense, Chase developing some supernatural gifts of his own, and an intense crush developing between them what crazy supernatural force will target them next?


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I really enjoyed the book throughout! I wish it could've been much longer with more story. It felt like a quick an hour's read for me. I liked the way characters had been placed and their chemistry wish there was more to it. It felt really short read. But a good one none the less. I liked the concept of having a strong female lead instead of a damsel like most others. It gets boring reading those books constantly. This one had a fresh idea to it and wish it was more story within the book. It was overall a really nice read.

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Create a Website for Free in 5 minutes - No Programming Knowledge Needed.




Many of you might be worrying about your online presence these days. But for a business, a website can be a way to present themselves online. Where most websites for businesses are either just information and landing pages. It costs a hell lot of amount to maintain them. Along with that there comes hassles to hire a programmer or a team and deal with all technical mumbo jumbo.

Whether you are someone who is looking to make a free website without any much hassle and cost or you're someone who wants just to have some presence online, maybe a resume? If you are a blogger, author or youtuber maybe some landing page that gives some information about you and then show cases all your works. You also can be a school kid who wants to show off in front of some friends.

Here, I'm going to show you an easy and effective way to build sites practically for free without any technical knowledge at all. I know the popular options like blogger ( which is too technical for some people), Wordpress (hosts ad and limits control to everything) and many as such. This one here won't show any ads nor is too technical to deal with.

Many of you are familiar with the use of Google forms where you just have to drag and drop and no major hassle of coding into stuff. It's quick, efficient and easy way of doing surveys whether internally inside your workplace or some public survey.

Simiarly, google has another tool in its toolbox named Google Sites. Just like Google forms, you can build your website with ease by just dragging and dropping stuff here and there. Creating buttons, headers, links, uploading images. Everything is connected with your Google Drive here. It's simple, easy and mobile friendly.

Wanna know how? then lets begin.


  1. Go to Google Sites website.
  2. Click on the plus icon you'd find in the bottom right corner.
  3. A new webpage layout will open where you can customise it as per your creativity.
  4. You can add headers, create text boxes, choose from the present layouts, play with the buttons.
  5. Once you are done creating the site of your dreams, you can then push the publish button.
  6. Now, the catch here is that you'd need to change the permissions to anyone to view. That'd make the site visible to anyone you'd like to share the link with.
  7. You can also set limited permissions, so that only a selected few are able to access your websites, if you want to host something that is needed for internal use, like a LAN of sorts but which is connected to internet.
  8. You can also connect your own domain with it to create your own custom URL or you'd have to provide some extension randomly to the 'https://sites.google.com/view/' where the main domain is by google and you'd get a kind of subdomain. It's like a username.
    For example : I created this - https://sites.google.com/view/dhawaljoshi here 'dhawaljoshi' is unique to me.
So, what are you waiting for? Go try it out! There are a different range of style and options you can play with. Its a really easy and simple way to do it without anyone having ads on your website.

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How to get out of depression




It's been a super long time for me writing these talking or discussion kinds of posts. But well last few weeks were the reason I decided to write this one down so I have it in my memory lane for a long time.

We all have been in this due to one reason or the other. Most are cause by disappointment while having expectations from a portion of your life that you don't have a control over or maybe not. But after it happens all these internet tips can be a hit or a miss for you. You can be out of it for a while using some temporary options but in long term you'd be the same. Thinking about that disappointment you had and crawling back again into dark, warm, comforting den of sadness and depression. Cocooning yourself off the world and hopelessly trying to be a butterfly but when you come out its the same story again and this time the cocoon is stronger and for much longer time.

What's the solution to this? Can't we just end this for once and for all? Well, honestly yes you can and can't both. It depends upon you and your own will. Many times in life we expect a ton of stuff from animate and inanimate alike. But in life all things don't go our way and we need to learn how to tackle them. Being depressed and sad isn't the option for you.

You might think travelling, diving into deep music, writing, or getting workaholic and keeping your mind busy is going to help you at all but sadly these are some of the temporary fixes until your realize your mistakes and come upon a conclusion to improve. Many times we just land up in state of denial where we think we are the victim to the whole world. Later on you try being a rebel but since everything's inside your head nothing works out as expected again and you dive down in the sea of depression again. This time much deeper than before.

What to do so that all of this ends and you feel happy? All you need to do is just one thing. Accept your mistakes. Accepting the situation without any negativity or hatred makes it easier t understand and analyse where it went wrong. It helps you to develop further and improvise. But if you are in a state of denial and accept it that way, pushing the blame on others. It'll just get much worse trust me. Although life is a funny game, where once you reach a certain stage, it levels up and it does until you reach the boss level or death.

You get upgrades, challenges, rewards and failures equally. Most fun part in all of this is that, its unpredictable. You have to live in present and learn to move on without having any baggages. If you don't drop those that you are holding grudges against, you won't be able to grow and fall prey to depression time and again.

I hope this helps actually unlike the tips that you'd find over internet. I don't blame totally but you can't fix a cancer with first aid bandage.

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It's the age of Advertisments




The moment you open any browser app to the moment you go online and search for something, each and every move of yours over this world called Internet is tracked and stalked by someone. You just can't avoid any eye here, just all you can do is make it not something obvious to pay attention at. This isn't the topic I am going to write about here.

With all the businesses these days coming up with free models or as they more appropriately call as freemium models of earning, there are some who actually are annoyed by these things called adverts and rest just don't mind.

From some random music or video streaming app to OEMs, there are steps where your everyday driver like your so called feature packed smartphone is nothing but just a personalised display to show you ads? I know this is looks like some sort of paranoid thinking but its true. But the main question is why ads? Why not just make it paid subscription and let people enjoy content free of annoyances?

The issues lies here in the mindset of the mainstream public and media. Ads aren't bad, without ads, you won't be knowing anything even out of the 1km radius of area you live in everyday. But when does something get annoying? Do ads really benefit the companies and businesses that much that every single firm you can think of is busy running behind these ad giants?

Companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc.. track your even minor details like your height, weight, heart rates and what not to serve you 'personalised ads'. The reason that all of this is booming is because people love free stuff.

When you aren't paying for the product, you are the product.
Lets see how this works in the real life of Joe and Harry. Joe and harry launch a new business which is a new online video streaming service investing billions into the business. Joe heads for the traditional pay to watch model where Harry prefers the freemium model. Harry decides to place and show ads in the app to while people don't have to pay anything. They can just login and watch whenever however they like. Also alongside Harry decided to launch an option to remove ads by paying monthly some amount which is lesser than Joe's business model.

The people who were heavily against the ads decided to stick with Joe and pay while they enjoyed their content free from all sorts of intrusions. But slowly Harry's app interested people more with more content coming to his platform with exclusivity. Harry's app was used by masses and hence guaranteed more eyes to watch for all those content creators and revenue for them. Even though Joe's app wasn't in loss but it wasn't known by people or used that much since they had to pay to watch. While harry's app continued to gather more attention since there were options for both to watch for free and also if you get bored of ads, you can pay to watch just like Joe's app.

With time Joe's app was about to go down as since there weren't any more increasing number of users to his app, no more content creators were interested in giving streaming rights as much forget the option to make something exclusive  to their app. Since there wasn't much content to be discovered anymore people stopped paying to Joe and moved on to Harry's app and paid to get rid of ads.

While here Joe's app was taken off the market since it wasn't profitable anymore. Harry gauging the situation decided to make the premium price higher since there wasn't competition anymore around to catch up with him. Ads were paying him more than the premium subscribers and he wanted to maximize the profits out of his business while he could. Here Joe decided to ditch his paid model of business learning from the Harry's Model of doing business and started his own another app totally based on free viewing with ads concept. Now Joe's app was fairly new and to get more attention he decided to take the help of ads. Now he paid for the ads campaigns which got streamed on the Harry's app which was showing the ads.

Slowly people started giving Joe's app a chance and the cycle begins again.

You see, ads actually pay these businesses more than the paid models and also attracts way more people quickly than any other thing. Guess the reason? People like free stuff, it allows them a chance to explore things in much better manner. Ads aren't the evil but as long as people decide to love free stuff more ads are here to stay and business will always run in the way to earn more profit.
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Review: Lotus In His Eyes



Lotus In His Eyes by Renuja Haque
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Diya is a simple girl with secrets living a lonely life in Delhi. One day out of the blue a hot officer shows up on her doorstep claiming to know parts of her life she hasn’t told anyone. As she tries to fend off her attraction to this sexy man while helping him with a case, a new angle arises. Her past has come back to haunt her. 
The innocent boy she had once fallen in love with as a child is not so innocent anymore. He makes her feel things she had buried deep inside her. He had broken her heart once and threatens to break it again. Ride along with her journey as she discovers whether to go with her long lost love or to fall for the new man in her life.

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This book is an emotional rollercoaster. It has some triggers and shady moments that some might not be comfortable reading but its overall a really good read. The story was gripping and I never lost interest in reading even once. The characters very really well blended with the situation and although there were a few silly errors here and there but I feel they can be easily edited out and doesn't affect story that much over all. The story I felt was much more focused on the romantic and personal life of the protagonist, I wish there was some focus on the other elements as well which were really good enough to uplift the story but probably were under the shadow of the tale of Diya.

Overall it was a really good read and would surely recommend to ones who love books with a ton of emotional ups and downs.

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In the Age of Propagandas




In my last post I had written about the possible case why there was a rise of thing called untouchables in the human society. I was pretty much sure that I was about to get backlash from some narrow minded people but writing world always surprises me. One of the person I was talking to from a while where she was being all goody and called other people thin-skinned when I told her my idea behind not doing any reviews from hence forth. That very same person was so clouded with something in her own mind which was worst than being a narrow minded person.

In this age of social media where a few clicks can make your voice reach throughout the world, this person decided to become a keyboard warrior and bash someone who just stated the obvious fact drawing a conclusion on his thesis. It's often very easy for creators like me to find hate or negative comments but people who understand and support rarely comment and just be silent spectators. Why is that so? This question still at times intrigues me but lets keep it for some another day.

If you just open up any app in which somewhere down the line it has social interactions possible. I am sure you'd see a propaganda running in very first few seconds. Right from the personal messaging apps like whatsapp to social media websites like facebook. Media houses have gained a strong hold over people when they switched from the traditional printed newspapers to e-media. It was rather easier for them to maintain a website and rather cost effective than printing and delivering papers to people around the regions.

Again all the things talked about in here and just to show an easy example of how a propaganda is planted into people's minds by smart people who want to benefit from it. Most of the times we aren't even aware how this happens but it does. After which all you can do is start a word war which can be verbal or with keyboards to defend yourself in vain attempts to prove something that no one is even interested in knowing.

These ideas are promoted blindly by two kinds of people mainly, one who are benefiting from it and second are the one who just love the whole idea of the message being passed. These propagandas are so tightly knitted to your most important ideals that people just can't resist them or ignore them totally. Some are smart to just read and understand while most aren't and they fail to understand the thing that has been going around such posts and articles online.

You'd find all sorts of ideas being cheered from sporting a beverage to promoting a particular leader where the later one is being easily spotted and hated more. But the thing is, do we really need to be a keyboard warrior online? Suppose, imagine I hate something and I stopped commenting about it online but does that mean its not in my mind? Nope, the things still go in your mind ticking the clocks and at times the when it comes out, they aren't much pleasant either.

So what's the solution to this? I'd say whenever you read something just ask yourself a question, is really the world that bad like these people are promoting? Obviously, everything isn't sunshine and walk in the park but its not bad like these weird articles with all sorts of ideologies promote. If that bad been the case the world would've ended long back.

All I'd love to say is stop falling prey to such absurd and head-ache giving propagandas. Your life will be at peace and you might even love it more than you do right now.

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The Truth and Science behind the untouchables




If you are known to the Indian culture and its ancient vedic culture, you might have somewhere heard about the caste system which divided the society into the 4 basic sectors. The Brahmins, The Kshatriya, The Vaishyas and The Shudras. All of these 4 kinds of people were given a basic life task that they had to work upon and improvise with generations.

Vedic culture was said to be one of the most advanced civilizations ever known. Its said that it was even more advanced than the present modern civilization in some aspects. But with time all of that information was lost, some of which we are been recovering even today. Although most of its information was long lost but one thing stayed very dominant within the Indian culture and made its deep roots within the modern Indian society as well.

I had question in my mind from a long time which often kept me bugging without any answers until a few days back I had my answer. You can say I had my eureka moment while I was in shower and you know the shower thoughts right? So, coming back to the topic, I wanted to know why a society and culture so scientifically inclined and stable decided to declare a certain number of people untouchables. Why this kind of discrimination which almost lead to exploitation and gave out a feeling of criminalisation to a person born within those families?

Well the answer lies here, I was watching a video which explained the black plague, its causes and also the present human sanitation systems. As some of you might know vedic society was one of the pioneers in creation of proper sanitation systems. Now, its no nonsense that who ever deals with the bio-waste also deals with all sorts of the hazardous chemicals from biowaste and bacterias and other germs that breed in it. They would've been easily susceptible to a number of diseases which spread via contact and other means.

Now, a few generations later as we know how the magic of evolution works its on way. It might have brought resistance for those germs to the people who had been exposed to that environment but at the same time the other three kinds of people didn't have any exposure to that environment and its harsh nature so they'd be readily susceptible to diseases and might have caused plagues a ton of times. Hence they might have decided to medically isolate the people who used to work with bio-waste and hence keeping the society safe and secure as it might have reduced the transmission of diseases and had enhanced the living conditions until they found a cure for them. If you see this in real life we can relate it with the nuclear power that we work with today.

We lack measures to stop and cure any harms caused by nuclear radiation and hence it has to be dealt with utmost care. Similarly, in that era they might not have cures for diseases and hence to isolate the people who have daily exposure was thought of as a better solution. But as the years passed, people started to use these scientifically thought divisions and systems for their benefits to have political gains, things started changing. There was hatred developed in each of the sects for one another and who gained the most? The ones who ruled above all those.

Its a very basic implementation of the story of a monkey and two cats who were fighting for food in real life. The two cats were finding for the loaf of bread that they had found. But each of the cat was worried if the other one would be partial and take a bigger share instead of making it equal half. Monkey was observing this from the tree for a long time and hence decided to take the benefit of it. Monkey started with first making unequal pieces of bread and then as a measure to make both equal he started eating of extra portions where he ate more than the portion required to make both parts equal. In the end none of the cats got any portion from the bread and stayed hungry that day and monkey laughed back to his branch satisfied by the free food he obtained with two people fighting for it.

Also, everything in this blog is updated with scientific attitude and pragmatic thinking. There are no other agendas then the spread of scientific attitude and promotion of logic and reasoning which we all have somewhere lost in this world of propaganda. Again this article or anything else on this blog has whatsoever no inclination to any association or political agenda. Kindly treat it as it is.

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Review: Strangers with Known Faces



Strangers with Known Faces by Gautam Dutta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb From Goodreads:

Rajat, Meenakshi, Sadaaf, Amol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’. 

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This is the third thriller back to back I had this week. It was really fun reading first two that you can check out by clicking here, but since you have clicked to read about this book, lets talk about it.

This book had me interested with the title and blurb itself, it gave me off a feeling of a nice mystery and criminal story. Perhaps, since I had read a few political thriller here the plot also had a bit of a political feeling.

The start was nice and gripping, The scene of the investigation where all the friends are been called and questioned about their dead buddy who was also involved in something else. It was really gripping at the beginning but as I kept reading the story felt draggy to be honest. The plot was a unique and good one but somehow I felt narration was weak. Although I liked the grammar and vocabulary used. It felt like a mix of flavors to me.

I kept  on reading since I wanted to know what's the end. On climax It wasn't holding me on the story as much and wanted to finish it which I did somehow. The plot and story line was interesting, but I feel narration needed a bit more work here. It's a quite okay read for me. The idea of strangers with known faces was certainly gripping for once wish it could've been better, then It would surely have been a 5 star.

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Truth behind the Publishing and types of publishing.




A ton of people who are interested in writing have been getting in touch with me to gather information about publishing industry, agents, how to get your book published and what not. Well since I got so bored of answering the same questions again and again, I decided why not write a post and share my knowledge of whatever I have gathered based on my intel in all these years. Let me remind you this is not me self-proclaiming anything. I am just sharing my knowledge. On the past several posts regarding publishing I have recieved some not so friendly messages and egoistic people which I'd ignore here and share the truth.

As many loved the way I explained the past topics in a form of a story lets do the same with this one and let me tell you the story of a girl named Megha.

So, Megha is a mere 20 year old who has just done with her degree in some other field rather than literature and wants to have writing as an career option. She writes really well and honestly all the contests here and there she has won has given her enough courage that she could muster and write a full length novel.

It took more than a year for her to write,edit perfect, have beta reading done and finalize one manuscript that she wanted to get published. She started googling, doing all the circus that friends and fam around asked her to do. Writing letters to agents, publishing houses and what not. Interestingly, Instead of getting replies from people she wrote to, she got replies and offers from some unexpected places which called themselves publishing houses.

She ignored those people and went on her letter and application sending journey for a year. One day there was one author's meet and greet and she met 2 more girls just like her who are ready with a story and are encouraged enough to get published. Megha told Avni and Tina about the things she'd been doing in past one year to crack a deal with a nice publishing house. She had this dream to get published with a big huge house that is famous for making its authors millionaires( at least that's what people say and think).

Avni was a girl on the similar path but the only thing was her family wasn't supportive enough and she was doing all on this her own. Tina laughed when both finished their part of story. She had a vision that to make money one needs money and hence she sooner or later will crack a good deal with a major publishing house soon.

The trio kept each other in touch and continued their dream to get their manuscripts published. Out of the trio Avni was the first one to share the news of her getting published. Both Tina and Megha were quite shocked by the news and envied Avni with the whole heart as they were still on their way to struggle with their books and yet getting no chances anywhere soon.

Avni had won some contest by a leading newspaper and her manuscript was now selected for getting published as a novel by one of the top publishing houses in the industry. Also soon her book will be adapted into movie soon. This was a news was like a nuclear bomb on both Tina and Megha's dreams as both were now demotivated to hell. But here there was a major catch that Avni hadn't shared with both of her friends. She had to sign off her rights to her work to the house. So that they can proceed with the other work. All she was getting is an offer to get published and honestly Avni was pretty happy with that, even when she was not supposed to get anything out of it.

Here out of jealousy, both Megha and Tina boosted their attempts to crack a deal with publishing house that they could find. But both landed upon a semi-trad publishing house. They gave an offer where author would keep their rights, earn the royalties and publishing house would only take some commission of sales. But they'd have to invest in their own books. All the budget needed for marketing,editing, printing of books and making them reach was supposed to be funded by authors themselves. Publishing house would just give them support.

Megha's parent's were indeed supportive but she had a dream where she'd be getting recgnised as an author with her work and not with her parent's money so she backed out from the offer. While Tina had this ideology where to make money you need money. Hence, Tina took the offer and she was the second one of the friends to get a deal. Now both Avni and Tina happy at their own places glanced upon their friend and pitied her. They wanted her to take her parent's money, invest in publishing and later on return them back since that would be same as earning on her own. But Megha being adamant, she didn't even budge her parents about the whole publishing idea that she had in her mind.

Both Avni and Tina's books were in process for publishing soon after a few months. But a few weeks later of trio having chat about it, Megha came across a e-commerce platform where she could just upload the manuscript and people can buy her book as ebook, also if formatted and uploaded in a particular format, she could get people to buy her book as a print version as well. All of that required no investment from her side. Hence she decided to go underground and started editing and polishing her work to extent that would match professional standards. Just a month before Tina's book was about to publish, Megha shared her book's buying links with her friends and started promoting it on her socials.

Both Tina and Avni were shocked as a month back there was no update regarding Megha having a publishing deal and now her book is even out on sale before theirs?  They thought their friend betrayed them and decided to confront her. While here Megha was struggling day and night to promote her book to her friends and family via whatever means she could.

See saw her friends' messages in group and decided to reply them clearing their confusions. Megha had self published her book and she was the only person who was editing, making covers doing basically everything from her formatting till marketing. Both Avni and Tina had a breath of relief and laughed at Megha and her ideology behind doing this. They mocked her by taking such a bold step by not being backed by a publishing house and called her fool by showing such desperation. Insulted by her friends Megha decided to leave the group and never messaged them again.

Not sooner after this happening, Tina's book got published and Avni's was yet to arrive. Soon all three of them were on their own paths trying to fulfill a common goal of getting published. A year past by and none of the three had contacted each other. Each of them was regretting their decisions and trying to think that others have done so much better than her. But none of them tried to get in touch with each other out of ego? shame? regret? who knows?

A week later they got invite from the author about a meet and greet that has been put up for his 20th book getting published by the a very big publishing house. It was the same author and same publishing house that they had attended event for when all of three first met. Each one of those accepted the invite and headed to facebook to see if other two were attending the event or not.

The event was over and the first copy signing was going on and all 3 faced each other now. Tina was first of the trio to apologise and followed by Avni and Megha. It felt like all three and back on good terms now and each one of them wanted to know how was their part of the experience with publishing world.

Megha was first one to share where she openly accepted that her idea of jumping into publishing without any backing of publishing house was a bad idea. She had only sold somewhere around 50-60 copies of her book and at 60% royalty on average. She although was glad that she didn't have to sign off her rights to any publisher for the sake of getting published. She was just unknown as she had been before but only happiness she had was that each of the review she had was from a genuine buyer and not reviewer. Also, there were most 5 stars and a few 4 star reviews for her book. She felt she had achieved something at least and not something like Tina and Avni did on large scale.

Tina and Avni were shocked on this and apologised again for being so rude to her. Tina was the next to share her part of story. Tina was most popular amongst their circle and had spend almost 32 lacs in all of her marketing adventures. She had sold around 2000 copies but had a royalty of 5% and it was a totally well received book. Although, she had suffered huge losses in terms of money and her family had now refused to invest even a penny in her further publishing ventures. Hence she planned to cash out from her publicity gained from popularity of her first book. But her second book wasn't getting as much attention and without marketing budget, she sold mere 200 copies this time at the very same royalty rate. Her publisher decided to no longer extend her contract and now she is looking for some other idea where she can live off her writing without handing rights over to any publishing house just for the name sake of being backed by a publisher.

Avni who was bedazlled by listening to both of her friend's experiences. She decided to not tell her own but after a lot of push from both her friends she shared hers finally. Avni had earned nothing and invested nothing in this whole scenario but here she hadn't told her friends that her work no longer belongs to her. Even if the book is publisher in her name, but her super famous story which is been adapted into movie soon isn't even hers to claim anymore. Nothing is worse than a writer getting ripped of her own work she tells them. Now for namesake they may add her name in credits but she was still the same where she had began and her family now wants her to live off her writing since she had rebelled against them and now had got so much of fame. They think she has some secret treasure earned from her books and is now not telling them because they didn't allow her to write.

Both friends had their mouths open and Avni was on the verge of tears. Both held her shoulder from one side each and supported their friend. Listening to all of this a producer from seat behind approached the trio and offered them a writing career where they had to just write and offer some rights to him for obvious publishing reasons and their works will also be converted into movies and tv shows. What do you think they should reply with? Do let me know down in the comments below.

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Review: Checkmate




Checkmate by Varun T.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb of Goodreads :

The year is 2020. 

While New Delhi deliberates on commensurate retaliation to Beijing’s actions, a series of events across the globe pushes the world to the brink of war. 

A high-profile assassination in Israel stirs up emotions in the Middle East, and the Arab armies form an alliance united by the rallying calls of jihad: to conquer the holy land, once again. 

The public execution of a CIA agent in North Korea brings the gargantuan navies of US and China to a terrifying stalemate in the Sea of Japan, while the world watches in horror as hopes for human survival and global markets dwindle into oblivion. 

Amidst all this, Lama, the influential leader of Tibet, finds himself in a political pickle, and sways towards Beijing, the mightier side, in the event of an Indo-China conflict. So does Pakistan, China’s all weather friend. 

With the possibility of war on both fronts, as the struggle for dominance on Tibet brings the dragon to India’s doorstep, the tiger prepares for yet another showdown with the dragon. 

Six decades after the Indo-China war of 1962, will the tiger be able to turn the tide and douse the dragon’s fire? 

Who shall fire the first shot and who is actually calling the shots? Only time will tell. 

Witness a tale untold and immerse yourself in a world of moves and countermoves, where there’s no distinction between black and white. Where every piece has a role to play but their loyalties are not a function of their colour. Where the only thing that truly matters is who gets to call CHECKMATE.


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Yesterday I had finished the prequel of this book and knowing I have sequel with me  I couldn't wait any longer to see what happens next. This book is a second in the 'Nation at War'  series but it can be read pretty much as a stand alone if you have knowledge about world politics and latest happenings.

Again I must say Author has done amazing job of making the real life scenarios into the awesome political fiction. Again as I had done yesterday, I won't be giving any spoilers out and the story is totally your to read and find out the mystery. But this has been an totally gripping tale throughout. I finished the book within a few hours and I was totally gripped.

Only difference being from the first book is that the Hindi or I can say Indian based references are a bit less and so it might be easier for you to decipher if you aren't quite familiar with the Indian cultural references. Although since this book is based of politics you must be aware of some recent events that are been taking place in recent times. I can say its more of taken from the politics happening on twitter.

I felt that the book was a bit less enjoyable compared to the first one only until the book crossed 50% mark. Then slowly everything was getting bit clear and it was now totally more fun read. Honestly I won't recommend this series to people who are quite sensitive to politics and religions maybe? But still if you are open minded and fun person who has good interest in politics and maybe mind games then this read is totally fun for you.

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Review: The Last Chai




The Last Chai by Varun T.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

The year is 2019. The world, as we know today, is not the same anymore. 

Blatant threats of war by ‘world leaders’ is the new normal. Gone are the days when mobilizing armies at borders, or aiming missiles at adversaries, was a rare phenomenon.

With every nation or their allies possessing nuclear weapons, victory through conventional means is no longer possible, paving way for covert warfare to emerge as the preferred weapon. 

New Delhi is an easy target and Doshi, the unassailable supremo of the regime, is on the ‘hit list’. The threat assessment being at an all time high, Ajay Kaamte, the director of SPG (Special Protection Group), is tasked with protecting the PM.

Intelligence claims that the PM is susceptible to cyanide attacks and situation is grim, to say the least. 

Will Doshiji survive to serve another term or will he very soon be having his last chai?

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Well I don't know where should I begin this with. Its been awfully long where any book had me impressed to this level. I can say its one of the best reads I've had ever. Honestly beginning with the blurb was a bit off and cover is totally boring but don't stop there. Prologue had me gripped and well I stopped usual posting on instagram about the book and just went on binge reading in silence.

The story had me gripped right from the beginning till the end. Like there was so much happening around. I can't just write a review without giving spoilers but I'll try my best. There's a ton of things happening in the story, there's just no one point to look at. Also, I love the few Indian looking references once in a while that had landed in between. I would say for you to enjoy this book you must be well aware of world politics and Indian politics to some extent. Even if you don't you'd love the story thorough-out but if you did, you just love it like I did.

Kudos to the author, he has surely done his research really well, no doubt it was one of the top five books in Amazon's pen to publish contest. I'd say at the price the read you're getting is amazing. Its a very rare occasion where I just push the book this harder. The mystery, drama and thrilling reading time is awesome experience with this book. I was a bit skeptical about getting this for a read but I just headed for it and It was totally unexpected and awesome. I'd totally recommend this read.

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Review: The Trouble with Unicorns




The Trouble with Unicorns by D.T. Dyllin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Part-time demon tracker, full-time optimist …

Talia White does what comes naturally to a unicorn: Balances the scales between light and dark with hefty doses of love and joy. 

Faced with a string of high profile demon possessions, Talia is determined to do her job, despite the fact that she finds herself strapped with a brooding dragon warrior as her new guardian. 

That’s the trouble with unicorns … they’ll accomplish their goal one way or another, even if they have to get a little stabby to do it.

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This book had caight my attention with the blurb and well the whole idea of the plot. The whole idea of having unicorn,dragon and mermaid shapeshifters was really cool to be brought down together. Usually where dragons and unicorns are posing as the opposites here, they're partners. That was one weirdly interesting thing that made me curious to read the book.

As it began certainly the book impressed me, as I kept reading past a few chapters I felt the character ageing had some issue. Rather I'd say it was overly immature. The writing style felt like some teenage girl has read a ton of Wattpad novels and had began writing her own. Not saying in any offending or bad way but it just felt like it. The whole idea was really amazing and had bought me along with a few other reviewers as well but then when you began reading it, it was like a childish theme over it. At least that's what I thought in the beginning but then, as I began reading ahead, it was I don't how to say this, but it was nice as well is overly immature at the same time.

It felt as if the plot idea is really amazing and then someone put the child safety mode on. Turning everything weirdly light headed and cartoonish. But then some steamy scenes in the middle didn't suddenly go with the theme again. I don't know what set of people would love reading this one. But certainly it wasn't a totally rubbish read at all. If this book had been on Wattpad, surely it would've a ton of fans for sure. I think the book needs rewriting for sure because somethings are very ingenious and others are just plain immature leftovers. It's really weird, because you really liked the base idea and execution was just weird. Some might like it while if you are a serious reader then it's not a book for you.

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Review: Her Revolution




Her Revolution by Caroline Hecate Cavendish
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:
For fans of Divergent, Red Rising, and The Hunger Games comes a gripping new tale of ambition, treachery, and love.

When what appears as a prank on arrogant ambassadors at an exotic vacation city turns out to be the first tremors of a revolution, the Enlightened Council of Castillia turns to its 11-year old undefeated military prodigy and her loyal Guardians for help.

After all, it was Innocence who liberated the Jewel of All Cities in the first place. Everyone knows she will be the last to let it slip from her grasp.

But why would anyone want to leave Castillia? Its laws are just. Its Council is democratically elected. It has liberated more cities than any other Republic, past or present.

But Castillia has enemies, that’s for sure.

Sedition is the favorite trick of the southern Republic Ausonia. In fact, the exotic vacation city used to belong to Ausonia—and they have always wanted it back.

But could those hedonists really organize anything between all their dancing and drinking?

Or has Vesper, the mighty Republic to the North finally woken from its slumber? It has plenty of old scores to settle with Castillia and it’s palm-lined streets.

Squashing the uprising and re-uniting the town and her city could be the perfect way to end the most legendary military career Castillia has ever known and begin a new, exhilarating life as a prominent politician.

But it also might just be the perfect way to start what Innocence has secretly always yearned for: her own Empire. 


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I don't know how to begin talking about this one. The cover was interesting, blurb also had made it compelling but then when I started reading it, there was absurd reaction on my face. I don't know why this book was so weird. I think it's one of the very few reads that I've had in my life where I can't just form any opinion about. At time I feel like to just correct the hell out of the things inside it but later then I calm down my inner Mr.Perfectionist and focus more on the story part.

If you might have followed me on Instagram, I had began reading and also had posted a small part of prologue in my stories. The prologue was totally off beat the track that Goodreads had presented me with the blurb and cover everything else. I thought it was weird, maybe I've got a wrong copy? Hence I continued ahead to read, mostly to see if it is indeed a wrong copy or something else.

The first chapter was like the south if the prologue had been the north. I don't know if that was good or bad. Then a few confusing chapters later brainless action began. Although I love action, which probably had made me read ahead. I started feeling there's an actual story and a very deep and huge plot being built up. I liked reading ahead until I finished half of the thing but then the story was stagnant. It was really weird to be frank. You might think I am being rude and bashing but honestly It was weird, and I am just sharing because I don't want to feel weird about it alone. You can read and check it out for yourself.

Personally at the end I felt it was a clear mess of ideas, I am not sure if that's the fault of the ARC provided or something else. But well it felt like the writer just wanted to write and started creating a world and a new story but forgot how to end. I really liked a few scenes and a few chapters because they had deep meanings and great sci fi influence but at same time everything felt odd. Whole thing wasn't making any sense at all.

I don't what to say about this, I would've saved more of my time if I had DNF-ed this but I kept on reading for 10hrs (according to my kindle) and I really don't know why I did that.

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Review: Wings of Flesh and Bones



Wings of Flesh and Bones by Cathrina Constantine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:
An Angel. A Witch. A Demon. And A Choice.

Creatures from outer realms suck, as any gatekeeper worth their salt will tell you. Welcome to Rogan’s life, an orphaned seventeen-year-old who lives and trains with other misfits under her uncle’s roof, keeping Earth safe from non-human realm jumpers. Rogan’s biggest issue concerns her uncle’s short leash with her freedom—that is of course, until she’s taken by a notorious witch, and her life begins to unravel. Soon, the supernatural beauty discovers there’s a reason her uncle kept such a tight lock on her whereabouts, and that she has more than angel blood running through her veins.

Eighteen-year-old Max is an angel, and Rogan’s mentor and guardian. He’s well aware of her tenacious inability to obey orders, though he also knows she’s a fierce fighter. When he’s involved in a scheme that ultimately gets Rogan kidnapped, he must battle his way back to her in an attempt to save her from the darkness threatening to possess her.


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I seriously had taken a long time to read this and was always reading in breaks where I rushed from chapter to chapter between my classes, transit and what not. But one thing for sure, this book kept my interest all along that long period.

Well I was bit skeptical about the book when I saw the cover and the bio but well as I started reading I decided to kept my judgement a bit aside and just enjoy the read. The book had a bit okayish starting where it didn't give out any wow moments. But yes as it progressed it had me deeply engrossed in it. Again this book had a ton of biblical references as if you are someone who isn't familiar with story of lucifer and micheal and else, it might be a tiny bit confusion for it them. Although it wasn't like you'd need to know to understand the plot but if you did, it would be awesome experience as the context would be more enjoyable along the story.

I just loved the narration, perhaps I had the ARC copy it had some editing issues but I think they might not be present in the final published version. I feel wish they didn't had the cover changed. I mean I just loved the ARC cover and wished it could've been same on the published version. But no worries even this looks cool enough. As you go deeper in the story the plot keeps on thickening and loved the unexpected twists that had been placed on most unexpected places.

Down the lines, I felt this book was more of a mytho-fiction inspired rather than being a fantasy novel. Plus the references were so subtle and nice. I just loved the whole setting, plot and narration as everything was perfectly blended together.

I'd surely recommend it to ones who love the fantasy realm in the book world.

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Do you need a Fitness Band or a Smart watch?




In this world of tech, where every other day new device pops up and then rises into popularity if it is able to impress a few set of manufacturers a new trend of fitness bands popped up in last few years. Myself was so intrigued by the whole idea of being able to measure how much of calories you spent or how much your stamina improved over the workout over the time.

But its been now 6 months of me personally wearing a fitness band almost 24/7 on my wrist and trying and testing most features of it and realizing something interesting. If you are someone who wants an answer whether you should get a fitness band or a smart watch then I'd explain you in simple terms. If you are someone who has money to be spent and forgotten whether the thing you spent it on is even worth it or not then you can happily go and choose whatever fits your pocket. Perhaps if you belong to the later category of humans who have this desire of always having worth of their money then I'd say better use that money for something else. Now, If you are still interested in why am I saying this then continue to read the post.

Lets dive into the story of Jack and get a better understanding do we really need these things or not. Jack was a tech enthusiast who constantly kept a track of latest tech and trends in the tech market. Alongside Tech Jack was a cyclist and also was a kind of stats nerd who loved to see stats almost wherever he can. He always used to watch reviews of new fitness bands and smart watches and used to think, 'what purpose do these things serve?'. His friends and fellow cyclists used to boast a ton about their fitness stats using those garmin and other fitbit fitness bands and used to proudly show their performance screenshots from strava app. He used to measure the similar stats using the google's fit app and well the stat's were approximately accurate to his understanding he somehow felt that a proper device could serve a better purpose.

After watching a lot of reviews he decided to invest a little amount and gift himself a budget fitness band which had all the basic features that he'd require. That band was praised a lot for its price to performance ratio and hence he ordered it online with enthusiasm. A week later of ordering his band, it arrived and he was finally excited to try out its all new features that he'd been listening about and watching in reviews.
He used to cycle regularly and used to measure his workouts. Apart from a few technical issues he realized that the fitness band wasn't showing any better results than the google fit app that he used to use before. He had to keep his phone connected with band with the bluetooth and GPS had to be turned on so that thing doesn't serve any major purpose apart from giving him a live heart rate counting all along his workouts.

After a few months he realized that all this while, he was just treating himself as a guinea pig. In the world where everyone is concerned about their data and privacy, he was giving much more sensitive data to random tech companies he bought the fitness band from, the very private data like his heart rates, GPS locations, what time is he active, how many notifications and calls does he get etc etc. He thought, all of this was even worth it? Surely the band had some of its own cons like everything has but, did he actually needed that thing in a first place or was it another fancy impulsive spending.

Now, if you imagine if I strip down a smart watch/fitness band without its notification functions, stop using its workout mode and enter workouts manually. Don't keep it connected with Mobile all the time or wear it all the time. It doesn't make any significant difference in my regime. Some stats that can be easily picked up if you are a pro athlete or a regular working out person. You don't need some random app or device to tell you about your health. Your body is way better indicator for that. Also, some people who are obsessed with step counting and calorie counts, those numbers are always a rough approximation. You can use a google fit app and keep it in your pocket while you walk and see how it gives you almost the same number unless you are using your phone.

This whole idea of treating yourself as a lab rat has many caveats in itself. So unless you are someone who desperately needs a way to spend out extra cash and doesn't wanna invest or donate, you can buy these useless fancy items and let data companies collect all the data about you like a lab rat. I know it sounds a bit rude and blunt but that's the truth.

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Truth Behind the Bestseller tag.




It's been a long time I had done a blog post on any topic which wasn't a review. There's this question that someone or the other keeps asking me whenever the topics of books and sales pop up, 'How come every other book is a bestseller?' then its followed by a number of conspiracy theories about someone hacking into databases or someone paying amazon or retailers to give the book a best selling tag and what not.

Apart from those bizarre theories, let me tell you there's nothing as such. Behind this 'every other book becoming best seller' is a very smart ingenious and tricky marketing plan that only people investing tons into their book launches can afford. This marketing plan is something that isn't a choice or option for an average joe or a newbie like me.

Being in this world of Internet, I realised that its very easy to misguide people by faking the number of likes,shares and what not. But when it comes to marketing where you have to sell any actual products these things don't work quite in that manner. Our bookish industries have made up and devised a really nice and smart plan to I'd say misguide the readers. Although, I'd call it smart and not cheating or a scam, even though it feels like one.

Lets say your average Joe has written a book and now he has a wish of getting it published, he went through the tedious procedures of publishing houses and their plans. Although he wanted to self publish but the tag of getting published with a publishing house sounded really nice to ears. It was a thing of self validation and ego satisfaction altogether.  Apart from that now as his book was now ready to hit market his marketing team came up with a nice plan for him.

His book was priced at 100 bucks (considering random amount and currency), which was although slightly above the market price where other popular books were been sold at 75 or 80 books for super lengthy books. His marketing team wanted him to sponsor them with amount from which he'd be able to buy 200 copies of his own book at least.

A few days before the book launch his marketing team connects with several reviewers and gets them collected, here some huge and popular ones are paid and while most aren't. This team of reviewers is now sent the amount to buy the book and for the paid ones their original amounts of review as well by any of the favorable means usually which are giftcards.

Now its the day of launch, each of those reviewers is now asked to buy the book by using the amount sent to them beforehand. They don't ask all of them to buy those books at once since that'd trigger the seller who'd then know that this book is trying to get into best selling charts by non fair means. Hence to avoid the suspicion the reviewers are asked to buy books in different time slots.

Now as the books are been sold every hour or say every other day, the retailer thinks that this book is selling like hotcakes, hence the book after a limited period of time say, one week will be seen in best selling charts. Now my average Joe is so happy that for his next book he can use the bestselling author tag on the cover of his book as well as he actually thinks that his book did so well that it became a best seller. Although in reality he'd have been buying 200 copies of his own book and giving it for reviews and total sales would be ranging from 700 - 800 books if the book is decent enough and might be more if its actually good.

Also the boost from the reviewers and then after getting the TAG of best seller, there's a very fine campaign of ads everywhere, from where you come to know about your new best-selling author and next time would even buy from him.

That's all for this time. I hope you liked this and do comment down and share your stories with me. I'm planning to do all such publishing related stories soon over the blog as soon as I get some free time to write down from my UNI-and personal coding projects. Also do subscribe to my blog and show me some love. ;)
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Review: The Pendant Path




The Pendant Path by Jane Barlow Funk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

Kenji Okado has a secret. Trained since birth to be the ultimate weapon against a threat that might not even exist, he is struggling to navigate high school. His world changes for the better when popular student Hyrum Decker becomes his lab partner, but little does Kenji realize how his newfound friendship will be tested when he and Hyrum discover the hidden potential of a family heirloom.

Elsie, an apprentice clockmaker, is struggling to achieve Journeyman status in a place where being half British isn’t an asset. Recently, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her. But that’s the least of her problems, now that her brother Xan has stolen a priceless artifact from the local crime lord.

Two teenagers. Two parallel worlds. Destined never to meet until they stumble upon the secret of the pendant path.

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I usually don't take books by cover but this one is an exception where I liked the cover so much that I decided to give it a try. The blurb was interesting as well and hence it didn't took me long to dive into this book.

The story is a mix of fantasy and history, which is a very unique and creative blend as compared to other fantasies that I had been reading since last few months. Certainly, the plot was very well developed and characters were also well developed with a great bonding. I liked the way it began with kenji being trained for unknown things that he thought his father was paranoid about but later those very things came to his rescue.

Some really key good points that I really liked in this book are great blend of historical plot and their references along with the story's progress although as more if the story is been happening in the historical phase. Also another thing I liked is that there wasn't a cliche turn where the characters had to romance with each other, which is another weird trend seen in the books these days but this one was a huge relief to that annoying trend.

Also some minus points I felt were that, the plot of fantasy could've been explored much more. Like there wasn't much of a talk about pendant, its powers etc.. I felt that was a bit left ignored? Also since major of the part happens in the past, the story-line could've been much better as the present one isn't bad but it could've been much better exploring much ups and downs instead of singing the same tune till the end.

The climax although surprised me and had a nice stable ending. There were no weird things that would seem like a plot-holes but I felt much of the plot was left unexplored especially in the Fantasy portion where I felt history was overpowering over everything. There's action,drama and nice banter between young teens. I'd surely recommend this for children and also for those who want to avoid romance for once in a while.

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