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👍

Book Review – The Panipuri Crimes by S B Akshobhya

A Tasty Thriller – The Panipuri Crimes by S B Akshobhya

Before talking about the plot or anything I would love to draw your attention towards the title – I mean how creative! It’s like clubbing your two favourites in one name. Clever, right?!

Now, coming to the plot – we have our protagonist, Sagar, who loves to devour panipuris. The book is all about his dream to bring all the pani puri vendors on a digital platform to sell their pani puris. But as we move ahead we come to know that all five entrepreneurs before Sagar, who ventured into the same business have died some mysterious deaths. Thus, the seeds of thrill are sowed and we, as readers, begin contemplating about those mysterious deaths as the plot moves forward. Further, the book also has some twirling love stories to give this thriller some kind of spice. The book builds good intimacy during romantic scenes and even better suspense during the other scenes.

So, all in all this book contains all the right ingredients which make up a perfect panipuri. The book is quite fast and the reader will not at all get bored except for a few scenes inbetween. It uses moderate English which makes it suitable for anyone and everyone.

Note : Panipuri is a popular street side snack in India. It is tangy, spicy, sweet and filling – making it a burst of flavours in mouth.

I would call it a tasty thriller 😉

Ratings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

Book Review – The Promises We Made by Rohan Jain

Reviewing the first book of 2021 – The Promises We Made by Rohan Jain
. Happy Reading🌸

So, I have began my new year by reading this romantic novella by author, Rohan Jain. It is a classic romantic tale of two people who fall in love in the most unexpected circumstances in every way possible. They are faced with the ultimate question of how to confess their love for each other. Raj (Indian) and Sophia (German) are two students who meet in a foreign country with different cultural backgrounds but with their hearts beating for each other, irrespective of everything else. The characters are very nicely drawn and depict the kind of problems one is bound to face when people from two different cultural backgrounds meet. But all the differences become too small in front of the all-encompassing emotion called LOVE.

Second thing I liked the most about this novel is its vivacity. I have always loved reading novels with vivid descriptions; the kind of novels which stimulate my imagination and this book is sure one of them. When the protagonist, Raj, visits Switzerland, as a part of his internship program, the reader walks with him and enjoys the scenic beauty of this country. The description is so beautifully penned that you would want to pack your bags super quick and book a ticket to Switzerland.

Thus, I would sum up this book being a good one-time read. It provides you with the opportunity to experience the pangs of love along with journey of Switzerland. The plot is pretty predictable but still enjoyable.

Rating – 3/5

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 .