Thursday, 20 September 2018

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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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Download 60 Free books

Here I have complied a list of some ebooks which are free on Amazon kindle as of the time I am posting this. Do check all the titles before purchasing if they're free or if you like them do buy and support the writer.

  1. Dork in Love - https://amzn.to/2x3GJo0
  2. Tutus & Cowboy Boots (Part 1) (Tutus & Cowboy Boots Series) - https://amzn.to/2MlAYHQ
  3. Imperfect Li(v)es: A Breezy Romance in the Rain - https://amzn.to/2NvV7zA
  4. Knotted (Trails of Sin Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2NCNNSC
  5. Born in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy Book 1)  - https://amzn.to/2MmtvIq
  6. Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2MkpHrc
  7. A Pinch of Salt (Three Sisters Catering Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2CJwOtT
  8. Gone With The Ghost (Murder By Design Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2NxbkEM
  9. Suitcase Girl: SG Trilogy Book 1 (Abby Kane FBI Thriller 7) - https://amzn.to/2x179HI
  10. Traded: Brody and Kara (Cliffside Bay Series Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2QneSrs
  11. P.S. I Hate You - https://amzn.to/2QkXWC8
  12. The Wild Child (The Bride Trilogy Book 1)  - https://amzn.to/2QkYx6Q
  13. Men of Inked Books 1-3 - https://amzn.to/2NAghwm
  14. Trusting Jake (Blueprint To Love Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2Qlvvnt
  15. The Watchmaker's Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2Qf8frr
  16. Marigolds and Murder (Port Danby Cozy Mystery Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2x3bZnH
  17. The Marquess (Regency Nobles Book 2) - https://amzn.to/2Qiaw54
  18. Barely Breathing: A Colorado High Country Novel - https://amzn.to/2x9aogv
  19. Meant to Be (Sweetbriar Cove Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2MlHKgV
  20. The Fourth Element Trilogy: Boxed Set - https://amzn.to/2CQUFrI
  21. Erotica Short Stories for Women with Explicit Sex (Volume 2) - https://amzn.to/2Qm3sVd
  22. Sanctuary (Murrells Inlet Miracles Book 1)  - https://amzn.to/2O7Vuxt
  23. Bad Karma: A gripping serial killer thriller with a twist (The Criminally Insane Series Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2Ql9C7R
  24. hree Abductions and an Earl: A Steamy Regency Romance Novel (Parvenues & Paramours Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2QlUZ4o
  25. Legal (Older Woman Younger Man Romance) - https://amzn.to/2NxdXq8
  26. Letter from a Rake (The Duke of Strathmore Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2CF2z76
  27. Shackles: The truth will set you free - https://amzn.to/2x1w6CI
  28. Fearless (Rosewood Bay Series Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2QjL2V1
  29. White-Hot Christmas (Christmas Wishes Book 2)  - https://amzn.to/2CGHd9y
  30. Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery--Book #1) - https://amzn.to/2QjNrii
  31. Protecting Summer (SEAL of Protection Book 4) - https://amzn.to/2QlDuRG
  32. Searching for Faith (Carissa Jones Mystery) A gripping psychological thriller  - https://amzn.to/2N4pL3B
  33. Love at Last (Last Frontier Lodge Novels Book 2) - https://amzn.to/2O6DhQL
  34. No Stranger to Love (The Tavonesi Series Book 9) - https://amzn.to/2O7SxwA
  35. Alien Mate - https://amzn.to/2Nr8H7t
  36. Fairytale Love - Becca & Brian (Crossroads, Book 8) - https://amzn.to/2CDUQpY
  37. A Shameless Little Con (Shameless #1) - https://amzn.to/2Qg9oii
  38. Cocker Brothers Romance Series 3-Book Box Set 1 (Cocker Brothers, The Cocky Series)  - https://amzn.to/2Qm53ub
  39. Sweet Addiction - https://amzn.to/2QiA1TL
  40. Transmission (The Invasion Chronicles—Book One): A Science Fiction Thriller - https://amzn.to/2wZGOcS
  41. Almost Over It (Clover Park STUDS, Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2MiDT46
  42. Girl in Trouble (An Alex Mercer Thriller Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2N2KHYW
  43. The Forgotten Girls (Book #1 in The Suburban Murder Series) - https://amzn.to/2MmwYGW
  44. A Long, Cool Rain (The Delaneys of Cambria Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2wZQK6y
  45. Playing with Temptation (The Players Club Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2Qg9Mxg
  46. Flames of Love: A Western Fireman Romance Novel (Firefighters of Long Valley Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2MjFPcD
  47. A French Girl in New York (The French Girl Series Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2Oa7nCL
  48. Snapped: An Agent Jade Monroe FBI Thriller Book 1 - https://amzn.to/2N4TWaX
  49. The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth (The Irish Heart Series Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2N8iT5u
  50. Gone (Gone Series Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2QlFyJq
  51. From This Moment On (Windswept Bay Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2x4C2eg
  52. Wedding Bands (River's Sigh B & B Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2Ql6Dw3
  53. The Pawn - https://amzn.to/2QkPXVu
  54. Deadly Stillwater: A compelling crime thriller (Mac McRyan Mystery Series Book) - https://amzn.to/2Miwe5T
  55. Worth of a Duke: A Lords of Fate Novel - https://amzn.to/2N1p1wa
  56. Just Right (Just Everyday Heroes: Day Shift) - https://amzn.to/2O2Ymvk
  57. Copper King: Werebear Romance (Takhini Shifters Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2x6akgm
  58. Out of Bounds (Love in the End Zone Book 1) - https://amzn.to/2MpcJss
  59. Maniacal: A Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Book 1 - https://amzn.to/2MdGRH
  60. The Dragon Blood Collection, Books 1-3 - https://amzn.to/2CFahhy
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Monday, 10 September 2018

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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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Lotus In Eyes - Free Ebook Download

Well its been long I had arrived with a freebie. Yesterday one of my buddies had her book up on smashwords and she was generous enough to allow me to share the details and links with all of you. If you like the book then do show her some support and love. So without any more delays here's what you all clicked on this link for :P

Lotus In His Eyes



Blurb :

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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About the Author :


Renuja Haque as a person is a reader first and writer second. She loves science especially the theoretical physics. Alongside, she loves to write fantasy-fiction although, her first published book is a contemporary romance. She writes on Wattpad where you can check out her other works, mainly stories ranging from werewolves to vampires to aliens. 

She mainly writes for female audiences. She's a strong supporter of feminism where its not just male bashing or calling females a superior gender.

Her vision is something where she doesn’t believe in failure and only believes in lack of trying. 

You can get in touch with her on Instagram @renujahaque and on twitter @RENU693




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Saturday, 8 September 2018

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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ps: I haven't edited it and its just me pouring out words in a single shot. I like to keep it that way without any form of adulteration. 
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Friday, 7 September 2018

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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Thursday, 6 September 2018

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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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

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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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

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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Saturday, 25 August 2018

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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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

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 bizzare 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.

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Monday, 13 August 2018

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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Friday, 27 July 2018

Review: Bluff




Bluff by Michael Kardos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads

Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment.

At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she started touring at seventeen, took first place at the World of Magic competition at eighteen, and never reached such heights again. Shunned by the magic world after a disastrous liaison with an older magician, she now lives alone with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills in a New Jersey apartment. In a desperate ploy to make extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write a feature magazine article―on the art of cheating at cards. But when she meets the perfect subject for her article, what begins as a journalistic gamble brings into question everything Natalie thinks she knows about her talent, and herself. Natalie is dazzled by the poker cheat’s sleight of hand and soon finds herself facing a proposition that could radically alter her fortune―to help pull off a $1.5 million magic trick that, if done successfully, no one will ever even suspect happened. With Kardos raising the stakes chapter after chapter, Bluff is a breathtaking work of suspense from a writer at the top of his game. 

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I had read some of the previous reviews for this and felt this would be a great one to read. Rather I think I had my expectations high? I felt the story was pretty monotonous, like there's nothing much happening around. A main character who is a magician and has hard time being one to earn her bread and her struggle to something is all in the story. It felt totally one track thing to me. There were a few characters which were like left alone. Many characters were just there to have a dialogue or two nothing max. I felt there was a lot of scope where the author could've played more with the plot. Most characters were just underdeveloped or unused.

Since I do spoiler free reviews, I won't reveal which ones but pretty much story has only two characters used at most. There was a ton of backstory and reasoning for the ones who like to know more about the characters. I liked the fact there was a lot of explanation going on which can be good for a non poker person like me, but at the same time story lacked the spark. During the whole read I was waiting for something to happen, and at the climax I would give credit to that one single twist that made it a little enjoyable but when I see it as a book together, it felt a bit washed out.

I liked the writing style and the narration part though, the editing and formatting was done well( I read the ebook review copy). Although I said a lot of not-so-good things about it, the story was quite readable and nice. It's for someone who had a stressed day and needs a good book to read them to sleep. Not much of brain stressing twisters or story happening around.

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Review: The Seductive Affair




The Seductive Affair by Rishabh Puri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb :
Prisha Khatri is a regular college graduate, focused on her career, desperate to finally move out of her parents’ house and freshly dumped by her successful fiancĂ©. When she lands a job at a prestigious media house, she’s glad to have something to take her mind off her heartbreak. What she doesn’t expect is to be landed on a business trip with a famously fiery reporter Rajesh Lagheri. He’s travelling to a business conference for a story and doesn’t seem impressed by her involvement. But as soon as they’re out of the office, things change and it becomes clear that there is more to Rajesh’s trip than meets the eye. As Prisha is drawn into the story he’s trying to hide from their editor, their hunt for the story grows more intense and she finds herself growing closer to Rajesh. As their chemistry threatens to overwhelm them and Prisha is pulled deeper into the Seductive Affair, she must decide what matters most to her matters of the head or of the heart.

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It had been a long time I had reviewed any Romantic thriller hence as I got my hands on it I decided to give it a chance. Its a really nice read which I finished within a day. It's quite short and hence if you are fast paced reader like me it'd be a matter of hours to get done reading it.

I really enjoyed to the story as the characters were really well developed. The narration was good and language was simple and nice to read with. You can read it while travelling or just for fun if you are bored. It was although a very predictable story as its already been given out in the blurb hence there was nothing much to expect from it inside. Yes, even though it was predictable it wasn't cliche or bad at all. Certainly an enjoyable read. I really like the fact that it didn't headed much on ranting about a free woman and all those already overused lines and plots from the other books. It was something unique and different.

It didn't had much of twists and turns and was quite a straight forward read. Nothing that you would find coming up unexpected. The narration and flow of story was so good that it'll keep you gripped to the book and you'd surely love to read ahead. You won't feel bored after a few chaps for sure. I wish there could've been more of twists and turns, more of plot where the insides of the press world is shown. Also there was a lot of plot left unused, where I felt climax could've been much more interesting and better. The present one isn't bad but it falls very short in expectations and its predictable.

There were some good moments to read as well hence it was an overall well balanced read that'd you'd surely won't mind reading once.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Review: A Skin of a Dragon



A Skin of a Dragon by Frances Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

After a chance find in a smugglers’ cave, Tom Wild is kidnapped by a stranger and whisked away to London to face a secretive and ancient group of magicians. He is presented with an agonising choice: join them and forsake his old life and family forever or face a grisly death. Tom quickly realises that all is not as it seems and that the group’s leader is engaged in a dangerous game of magic, power and war. At stake is the future of England, her King, and the very existence of magic.

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Dragons have always been a centre of attraction for every fantasy book. I thought it would be another Dragon vs knight or an Evil King kind of a book but to my surprise it wasn't that. The story was totally different from what I had been expecting it to be. There was a lot happening thought it did have an evil villain whose defeat felt quite weird seemingly the build up that had been created against it in the whole story but at the same time the twist and turns throughout the story were very interesting and had be gripped throughout. It was a fairly long read of more than 80 small chapters.

I really liked the turns and twists in the story and the narration was really good. Even after being such a long read, which I ain't a fan off it didn't gave out the feel of being dragged as there was a lot of content inside happening. Though I felt a lot was kept out of the scenes and it would've been awesome if that had been included but the composition felt nice and good to read overall.  The blurb didn't give away that much idea or story about what's inside the book but the story was quite unique and good.

I felt there were parts which could've been much more elaborated and they were certainly ignored in this story. I can't be assured if that is the content for the next book in the series. This is quite a standalone and is first in the book series. I felt glad to see that there was no romance forced into the story unnecessarily which seems to be quite a trend in the post-twilight fantasy books these days. Certainly it was a refreshment from what's being in the trend now.

Overall it was a good read and I'd surely recommend if you are trying to search something which isn't just a fantasy themed romance after all.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Review: Song




Song by Jesse Teller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:


Some of the darkest minds in Perilisc attacked Mending Keep, releasing all its prisoners. Despite his strained relationship with the crown, Rayph Ivoryfist calls old friends to his aid in a subversive attempt to protect King Nardoc and thwart terrorist plots to ruin the Festival of Blossoms. But someone else is targeting Rayph, and even his fellow Manhunters might not be enough to save him.

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The very first thing I'd liked about the book is the cover. It totally goes with the theme of the book. Also I really liked the blurb of the book, it was quite catchy and hence got my interest in this book. It was a totally as expected book. I liked the whole grim dark theme and the story how it goes. For a few beginning chapters it might have you confused about what's happening and why but as the plot thickens its quite enjoyable.

Things I liked about this book is that the book is quite fast paced and there's a lot to read and discover within the plot. There's a lot going on and it doesn't get you off the book. It actually many times reminded me of Game of Thrones and I don't know why. The plot is mainly surrounded around Rayph Ivoryfist and One another character whose name I won't reveal because its a spoiler free review. :P

As I mentioned before there's a lot going on inside the book. I like the way the story is being narrated. The scenes have ample of descriptions and are narrated very well. One thing I felt where it could've been more better is the introduction to the plot world. The world in which the story is set isn't quite introduced which might get some of you confused in first few chapters but as you read it, you'd get to know more and more connecting dots.

Also I felt there were some scenes where I wish there was more backstory available on that point. Like on a place where there was introduction of a few new characters and new places etc. If you are someone who loves reading grimdark fantasy novels and something with a fast paced narration and loads of action scenes then this one is for you. Ah, there are a few places where some of you might be sensitive but its a part of theme and very well blended.

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Review: Burn One Down



Burn One Down by Jeffrey A. Cooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from GoodReads:

Retiring thief Jack Apple is offered a low-­risk, six-­figure payout to heist a medical marijuana dispensary from the feisty and impetuous Diane Thomas after Diane steals the robbery plans from her shady ex-­husband Alvin, hoping to beat him to the score.

Diane promises to stay out of Jack’s way but she can’t help interfering, forcing them to take hostages inside the dispensary when the robbery is interrupted by law enforcement, inciting a media circus that deteriorates into a full-­on urban riot.

To escape, Jack and Diane must negotiate the hostages, their agendas, an army of Sheriff’s deputies, the tenacious local news media, crooked deals, corrupt politicians, rioters, Diane’s shady ex-­husband Alvin, and their growing attraction to each other.

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It was a one totally unexpected book. Post blurb reading it felt like this is gonna be some kickass crime series novel where there's a theif, robbery and some awesome badass action but it turned out to be something I had not expected. It was good and bad in their own ways but well It was totally readable.

Let me tell you something, If you pickup this book after going through the blurb and think its gonna be a serious mood super action styled story then lemme tell you my friend you are wrong. This one was weird in that sense and by that I mean it was weirdly funny. A inept thief is on his robbery adventures with a lady who is kind of attracted to him and asks him to rob his ex-husband's marijuana dispensary. I know that sounds damn serious but actually it ends up goofily and funny.

There was constant eye rolling through out my reading time and well there was a lot of goofy humorous things happening in an expected to be a serious situation. I felt there was a lot of scope where it could've been better. If it had been a humor genre book then I could've given it a 4 star but well this one appeared to be something else and ended up something else hence the disappointment.

It is actually quite readable and not bad at all. All the thing is that if you are up for some light read which might make you facepalm and roll some eyes at the character's actions then this on is probably for you. I wished the story could've been more serious in respect to the blurb or the blurb could've made it clear about what to expect in a book. The first few chapters actually had me curious and impressed but as I reached half the book I was actually more of like "what am I reading?" It was funny and weird as the serious thing ends up in a goofy way, something unexpected as I might have ranted a million times by now.

I won't actually recommend this to someone who is up for some serious reads. This one is better suited at someone who is expecting a light read with some silly humor.

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Friday, 15 June 2018

How to increase your Instagram/Facebook/Twitter engagement.

Every other day there's this huge debate around the world in terms to what is the best to get more engagement on social media. Social media these days has become a kind of social status symbol as well as a good business opportunity who are looking forward to become something called as Social media influencer. But sadly many miss the major points here and then end up doing all the circus to get more followers, more comments and engagement and heck even end up paying for them!

Just wait a second, think for a while and look at it like this. Followers, Engagements, Comments, basically are nothing but things that people do normally. No amount of #hashtags or money expenditure on posts would help you to achieve that. Although I agree that Paid posts get more boost on social platforms because that's the common sense, social media companies aren't running for free and they will surely need to eat and spend some money on all the equipment and features they're getting to you so that you can start your influencer business right?

But without paying for promo posts and even if you are paying its not necessary you get all the expected comments or likes right? so here are a few researched and combined tips which are tried and tested by myself. Although everything is based on algorithm these days and is more rewarding to the genuine humans more then the so called made up and curated instagram feeds.

  1. Use the least amount of hashtags as possible. If possible don't use them at all.
  2. Write creative captions and something that would make people read that. Something that is surely related with your post. It won't be good if you have a funeral pic above and a party kinda quote caption down below. It should make some sense.
  3. Don't be mechanical with posts. Be irregular with posting times or days. I know it's absurd with respect to what other posts might tell you but a normal average human won't make his social media posts according to some schedule unless they're a time bound freaks.
  4. Be as genuine and real as possible. Don't make your account look like its been run by a robot. People love real people and that reflects in engagements.
  5. Stop robot-perfected social media pages. I know some Instagram and Facebook-s which look like they're either run by some supernatural deity or robot. So much perfection isn't quite normal to humans. Its okay to have some changes in the style or edits that you make. Too much curated feeds start looking like fake and then results in less following and less engagements.
  6. Don't be a person who smashes ad on people's faces. Like I have seen people whose each and every post/story is either a link, some ad, some paid promo and then they justify by making wide range of excuses. It might be good for you in short term but in long run it'll get your page/account dead soon.
  7. Keep a healthy gap between paid posts and random/genuine posts. If you are posting 5 ads and then 1 personal post it'd be bringing death of your socials soon.
  8. Relax and stop getting paranoid and just give out as much quality content and engagement as possible.
  9. Reply to DMs, comments etc it makes them , your followers feel good that you do care and tend to reply.
  10. Last but not the least, at the end of the day its just a social media page. Don't rely on it so much that if one fine day something happens to your account/social media itself and you lose your following or business as whole.
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Review: Awaken: Melody's Song Book 1




Awaken: Melody's Song Book 1
by Tanya Schofield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Amazon:

They want her dead, but she may be the only one strong enough to save them.

Melody has always lived a peaceful life, sheltered and protected by the few who know the truth about her past-- and about the danger that exists because of her growing magical abilities. Everything changes when an old friend arrives, and she is forced to flee a deadly attack. All she has ever known is thrown into turmoil, and she finds herself alone in a world she does not understand.

Two brothers, Jovan and Kaeliph, are in the wrong place at the wrong time. They're framed for a crime they did not commit, and they only seal their fate as they make their escape. Believing the brothers murdered his son, a powerful Lord tasks his soldiers with hunting them. They are one step ahead of a death sentence when they meet Melody.

The three young adults realize they are running from the same man, and only by sticking together do they have a chance. As they struggle to evade the Lord's minions, they learn of an ancient evil that is a threat to more than just them. It is a threat to the entire world.

The Lord's hold over the land grows. There is no horror he and his men are unwilling to commit to achieve power. The long dead Lich King's shadow looms. The world teeters on the verge of terrible darkness, and the only thing that can save it is Melody's Song.

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This book is certainly has a unique story-line than you'd find in most fantasy books around these days. Certainly the characters are well placed and they also feel lively enough. It took me a while to get into the book but later on it turned out to be good. It's quite a long read, my kindle was showing 6+hrs considering I am a fast paced reader.

The was a whole new world buildup and everything seemed to be placed nicely. Considering it as a 1st book in the series, it can surely be read as a stand alone as it has its own buildup, story, drama and other happenings. This is a good things as most of the time when the books are in the series they lack the actual story and merely end up creating the world which rather leaves you unsatisfied as a reader. But certainly this one had a lot of things happening and I really enjoyed throughout the book.

As I mentioned before it had quite a unique story line from the on going trend of vampires, werewolves and sudden fantasy powers coming into people. It had a nice descriptions and though felt over at times and minor in some places but overall it was really good. I also liked the narration and the flow of story. The story telling was nice and also editing was good. I seldom comment on the book's way of formatting and editing but this one is something I liked. I hate the fact that book ended with a cliff hanger but you seriously can't help it if there's a sequel coming up. Well I'd be definitely eager to read the second part when it is released.

I'd surely recommend this book to people who are looking for something unique to read. You need not be a fantasy lover to have this book. It has a fine balance overall and a nice story.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Review: Legends over Generations




Legends over Generations by Ashraf Haggag
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.
People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.



In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.

They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern day culture is completely unrivaled.

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This book tells us information about most legends that you might have heard or know of. Its a very nice collection of information that tells us about them in brief. At times you might not be able to read biographies of all these legends but this can be a nice collection. I liked the writing and the format. I also liked the way it was categorised with respect to their fields of work or contribution. Since its a non-fiction there's nothing much to say about as it collects information about most legends of the world which are very well known. Its a nice piece of work I'd like to keep in the library. It can also be a good book for kids where they can learn more about these legends. Also there's a great conclusion at the end where there are sort of tips learning from these legends over generations.

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About the Author :

Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. His more recent experience has also taken him to every facet of the hospitality industry.

Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have helped him realize that companies must target new market zones in order to grow and prosper in the international marketplace. He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.  
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