My Better Half Forever by Arushi Vats

Here is my review of My Better Half Forever by Arushi Vats

Romance, as a genre/concept, is always special to each individual’s heart. And there is no denying that destiny has a major role in bringing two souls together. Without us being ever aware, the universe conspires secretly and make us stand face to face with our destined partners is what keeps the unpredictability of life alive. 

This beautiful novel is a tale of two individuals who meet unexpectedly while going through a personal loss in their respective lives. Malvika has lost her brother and Rahul had to say goodbye to his dearest father. While the former suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, the latter too is carrying an emotional baggage. Both of them try to put on a strong face to meet the world and collide into each other, falling in love. They become each other’s constant support but we get to know that fate holds something different for them. They get seperated as Rahul goes abroad to pursue his higher studies. And when he comes, things change but to what degree that is what makes the suspense. 

The plot is well layered with contemporary romance genre. The narration is kept easy and simple making it a comfortable read for all. The language used is lucid. The characters are well potraited. There several characters in the plot and each has been given sufficient scope to contribute to the plot. 

A nice read I would say.

Fitness Habits by Amaresh Ojha and Subhra Moitra

A Fit Read – Here’s my review of Fitness Habits by Amaresh Ojha and Subhra Moitra

Health has become the top most priority these days. Due to COVID-19, people have realised the importance of maintaining good health and keeping their immunity system strong. Especially, due to lockdowns and curfew, physical inactivity has increased as we are caged in our respective homes to curb the pandemic. Hence, this book plays a vital role in educating us on how to keep ourselves fit in such dire times.

Written by two prolific fitness enthusiasts , this book serves as a guide for everyone who would want to stay healthy/fit. It covers all aspects related to health & fitness and answers our queries/doubts in a lucid manner.The language used is simple and easily understandable.The worksheets given at the end of each chapter helps in our self assessment.

We are served with many myth busters and significant pieces of information regarding our health. The book also helps us in trying to figure out what works best for our body and not running after fad diets.

An absolute great read👍

The Crusader by Randeep Sisodia

Have a look at my review of The Crusader by Randeep Sisodia

This book talks about how Modi again won in 2019 elections after his mammoth victory in 2014 elections. The author gives a somewhat factual account of things which led to Modi’s win along with doing a comparative analysis between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. The book gives an insight into political activities from which one can learn a lot about the functionings of politics.

The book beautifully presents an analytical view of how Modi won people’s trust which ultimately led him to his victory path. Undoubtedly, it is a well researched book where you get to know the salient features and the essence of how a politician wins the trust of people. The writing style is very good and comprehensive.

However, I can’t certainly say that it is the book of truth as it is also coming from a biased point of view towards one party. There are few incidents where it is pretty evident that the author is favouring one party and not telling about the wishes of the masses.

Therefore, I can sum up by saying that politics is never an easy topic to write about. One has to be extremely neutral when discussing about politics and politicians. So, one can’t really make judgements without listening to the other side of the story.

All in all- a good read

The Good Wizard by Prasun Roy

Have a look at my book review of The Good Wizard by Prasun Roy

Wizardry has always fascinated me and it had been long since I read any such book. Thus this book – The Good Wizard by Prasun Roy – was very helpful in satiating my hunger for a magical escape. The language is pretty simple and can be comprehended easily.

The story of this book revolves around Badshah Bisht. He is a famous wizard, and the only person who can perform the dangerous “Dance of the Phoenix” act. Emperor Shah Jahan has honoured him for his acts. When a deadly disease strikes Badshah and an evil magician attacks and takes over his home, the book containing the knowledge of the celebrated act is destroyed. Now it is only saved in Badshah’s mind. Badshah sets out to find someone who can help him safeguard his knowledge, and meets 11-year-old Titli, who wishes to become the first ever female magician. With little time left, the old wizard must train the vivacious and energetic Titli within the nick of time. She is his only hope.

Both these characters are beautifully drawn and present an amazing comparison between the young and old age. Also, the character of Titli contains feministic characteristics where she can also be seen as the voice of a woman stuck in a patriarchal society. She longs to be free of the gendered duties which society has burdened her with.

And the text contains gorgeous illustrations which help in imagining the world of wizardry more vividly. Also, it appeals to all the ages, so one would enjoy it thoroughly.

Me before you by Jojo Moyes

Read my review of Me before You by Jojo Moyes.

The reading of this novel ended with me bawling my eyes out and itching to read it again, thinking maybe there is an alternate ending. Alas this was to no avail and I had to accept the fact that it was what it was. The writer Jojo Moyes forces her readers to believe in all the situations that she creates in this amazing book and makes them reach the point where they find it hard to read, given that their eyes are filled with tears.

This is a love story which shows us the bravery and the effort needed to get our lives back on track after it has been pushed off the course. The book starts somewhere in 2009 where Louisa Clark, a 26 year old, clumsy, happy, working-class girl gets the job as the care taker of the rich, grumpy and witty Mr. Will Traynor. After a tragic accident, he has been left a quadriplegic for two years. It is this condition that puts him in depression and his mother in a desperate need to get him out, hence she hires Louisa.

Lousia- the girl who lives in a windowless room in a sleepy market town, robbed of her confidence to live life. When she finally meets with Will- the once lively man…. they both go through a roller coaster of emotions as they teach each other the parts of life that they both lack respectively.

In this course of the story not only do Lou and Will fall in love with each other but they also bring the reader to fall in love with the purity of their love. Somewhere in between the antics of Louisa, the foreign films they watch and the books they read together we lose ourselves completely and embark upon a journey filled with life lessons, laughter and tears.

I recommend this book to everyone who can get their hands on it.

Book Review – Home by Manju Kapur

Manju Kapur is perhaps one of those few writers in modern India, whose stories can convey and express, some of the most complicated human emotions in a beautiful simplistic prose. Home is another one of Manju Kapur’s masterpieces, others being – Difficult Daughters, A Married Woman, etc. In what has become characteristic Manju Kapur style, Home is a tale which weaves an enchanting tale of survival and hope from a host of complicated and often disturbing themes ad sub- plots.

The narrative of the book is built around the life and experiences of Nisha, the only granddaughter of a traditional, merchant family of Karol Bagh. Although Nisha remains the main protagonist throughout the book, the tale in the story is of more than three generations of the Banwari lal Family. The novel discusses and brings to light a number of issues which continue to exist in “modern India” from caste, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, female education, objectification of women, but the main focus of the novel, in characteristic Manju Kapur style, remains Marriage and family. The sensitivity with which the author captures the stigma of Barrenness and desperation of a child is worth applauding.

The believable characters, with their relatable struggles and dilemmas combined with the eloquence and grace of Kapur’s writing make this novel capable of transporting one back to the 1990s and adds to the charm of a tale which is already fantastic , in its scope and narrative. At the end of the book, one feels connected to each and every character of the novel., and while one does feel disappointed and frustrated at a number of characters and events, there is no “villain” at the end of the novel. Home very accurately captures the very spirit of upper Middle class Delhi while exposing the hypocrisy and confusion of “family values” in modern urban India.

All in all, if you enjoy realistic portrayals of families and characters then this is one book that you should definitely read .

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Are you willing to sacrifice your love for your love? Jodi Picoult deals with the ultimate question of true love and loyalty in the heart-wrenching novel.

Imagine someone you love dearly. Now imagine that this person is sick and dying, and the life he lives is too painful to be worth it. So much so that you know for a fact that this person, if he was well enough to say it, would beg for death himself. Now if you had the choice to grant this…….would you do it? Would you be able to let him die or would you not? And would you be more selfish if you let him go, or if you keep him in that perpetual state of misery because you are too attached to give him up?

Questions like these do not have answers. The reason is that none of us are willing to think about them until we have to. This is what happened in the life of Luke Warren. The man who ran with the wolves (literally). He was an adventurer, too wild to have lived an ordinary life. Ironically though, not these adventures but a car accident put him in a coma one unfortunate night. The real tragedy however is what happens to his family next, as they have to decide whether to let him go off the ventilator or keep him in that vegetative state. Fully aware of the fact that he would never want a life like that, his family still cannot decide if they are ready to let him go.

This brilliant novel is yet another masterpiece by Jodi Picoult where she deals with the ultimate question of true love and loyalty- are you willing to sacrifice your love for your love? This tear-jerking and heart-wrenching novel is sure to leave its readers in a state of emotional trauma and purification.

Hence, I recommend it to everyone who has a strong enough heart. Personally, I fell in love with how well Picoult expressed human feelings and cannot wait to read more of this authors brilliant penmanship.

The Dog who healed a family- Jo Coudert

Can animals bring together and heal human families? What do you think? Read the full review of this amazing book – The dog who healed a family by Jo Coudert

They say soul mates come in all shapes and sizes. Tall, short, fat, skinny and sometimes even with four legs and a furry tail.

‘The dog who healed a family’ is a book of nineteen short stories about our furry friends and how these animals are more like us than we give them credit for.

It is a beautiful book that re-establishes the honest and unconditional relationship we have with our friends from the animal kingdom. It is a relationship that unfortunately we seem to have long forgotten, however these touching short stories remind us and take us right back to it.

Whether it is the story of the dog who brought together a family of adopted children, the talkative parrot who brought new meaning to the life of a widow or that German shepherd who comforted the sick and the lonely, every story in this ‘treasure’ of a book, leaves the reader happy and sad at the same time. Happy because of the love these creatures get into our lives and sad because we realise how ignorant we have become of that love.

I recommend this book to both animal lovers and those of us who are not particularly fond of them so that they become animal lovers too. It is literally impossible for anyone to not to fall in love with both this book and its protagonists.

We live in a world these days that has no time for love and compassion anymore. People have become so busy in their daily races that we have left humanity behind. Stories like these help us stop and look at what is really important and they help us realise the significance of these friends in our lives.

Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A college going girl who is still inside her fangirl bubble and doesn’t like leaving her room. How she adapts to new lifestyle changes and what all happens? Read everything in my review of the novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

So, this book revolves around Cath and Wren, two identical twins who were inseparable until they went to college. While Cath still feels dependent on Wren and wants to spend as much time as possible together, Wren feels that it’s time that the two went their separate ways and found people to hang around with. Cath’s an introverted writer who spends most of her time in her room, writing fan-fiction while Wren’s an extrovert who likes to party and get drunk. Both of them had been Simon Snow’s fan but Wren wants to move out of this fangirl bubble while Cath is still inside it.

Since Wren doesn’t wishes to be Cath’s roommate so Cath has a new roomie. Her roommate Reagen, a character I personally loved, is a total badass who couldn’t care less about the world, their friendship is one of the most precious relationships in the book. It may not be the most obvious one, but it’s amazing. Cath initially has a hard time getting out of her room and has absolutely no friends, but as the story proceeds, Cath makes heartfelt connections which made me smile so much throughout. Cath’s an over thinker, she probably over thinks about over thinking if you ask me, but she’s the nicest character. The kind you want to put in a glass box so nobody could hurt her. The relationships portrayed in the book are probably the best part about it, for me at least. And not just the romantic ones, the one between Cath and her father, the one between Cath and Wren, even the non-existing full of resentment relationship Cath had with the mother who abandoned her.

When I started college, I had the same worries as Cath, about not knowing anyone, about being all alone, about what to do and where to go, it’s such an honest, well written story that I can’t help but think about how much I liked it.

That being said, I do feel that sometimes, Cath’s character was just a little too whiney, like a child who refuses to grow up but well, aren’t we all children who just don’t want to grow up either?

I give this book a 4/5.

Those pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

ABCD. These are the first four letters in the alphabet and the first four letters of the charismatic bunch of the four sisters in Anuja Chauhan’s book, “Those Pricey Thakur Girls”. Meet the Thakur girls, Anjini, Binita, Chandralekha and Eshwari. Anjini is the oldest sister who is married,without children, to a boring banker. Binita is the mother to twins and devoted wife to her beloved Vickyji. Debjani is the news reporter on India’s favorite news channel. Eshwari is a schoolgirl.

Anuja Chauhan’s novel may have the words, “Thakur Girls” in it but the story mainly revolves around the love life of Debjani.  Chick lit is a genre explored by many authors but seldom do they make the characters strong and interesting. Chauhan has done that through the portrayal of  these sisters who each have their own raucous persona. Debjani is the news reader for a television channel. She falls for the dashing yet cynical Dylan Singh Shekawat. How their love story blossoms is one aspect of this book.

The author has a surprisingly refreshing style in writing this book. The characters banter and their opinions on everything is hilarious. The book also focuses on the emergency period in India and the perils of  being a journalist.

Each character has its own specialty and they all come together to give it a light yet sassy flavor. This book is well-written and is surely a time-pass activity. Any chick lit fan should read it. I would give it a 3.5/5 as it has scope for a more empowering story yet it fails to do that. It is humorous and entertaining at the same time. Go grab a copy today!