Book Review: Our Song

Genre: Romantic

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India

Price: INR 299

Pages: 240

Rating: 4/5

Author: Milan Vohra

About the author: Milan Vohra is an advertising consultant and also Mills & Boon’s first Indian romance author.

Review:

‘Our Song’ is a sweet touching love story that easily touches the heart of the readers. The character of Ragini and Andrew are so realistically portrayed that one can easily connect with them. It’s a modern day love story set in Bangalore. The story traverses through Bangalore, Shimla and London. The traverse is so smooth and son well connected that the reader can also fee connected throughout. The language is simple and flowing. The book is gripping and interesting from the beginning to the end. There is never a dull moment in the book.

The protagonists are real, they have real challenges and conflicts. Andrew belongs to the cold corporate world whereas Ragini has musical background. Andrew is more thoughtful and calculative while Ragini is impulsive. The two are opposite to each other and therefore easily get attracted to each other. The scenes are very well etched out in the novel. It is almost as if one can visualise and “see” what’s happening. Right from the very beginning, the reader becomes a part of the story through its simple and well-paced narrative style.

Milan’s skill of writing clearly comes out in the way she interweaves the two contrasting worlds of corporate and music. The book has the elements of love, humor, drama and sorrow woven beautifully through its tight and gripping narrative style.

This book review is a part of Blogchatter’s book review program.

Once Upon A Crush: Book Review

Author: Kiran Manral

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Jufic Books

Pages: 224

Cover Design: Mistha Roy 

About the Author: Kiran Manral has worked with some of the leading media houses in India as a feature writer and journalist. Her debut novel, The Reluctant Detective, was published in 2012. She lives with her family in Mumbai and puts her current job definition down as school gate mom.

Blurb: The story revolves around the main protagonist, Rayna De, an almost 30-year-old, independent woman who is stuck in a horrible corporate job. Her boss gives her endless tasks making her life hell. Her parents are pestering her for marriage. She is completely stuck in her life where the only person who interests her is Deven Ahuja. Deven Ahuja is much like the character of Mr Darcy, who keeps confusing her. As Rayna is stuck between her job, her crush and the groom of her parents’ choice, Sid Bose, she discovers that life has its plans. 

Review: The cover page of the book, the cream coloured background with red lipstick and the red heart is eye-catching. The cover page immediately hints at the elements of romance and the presence of a female protagonist. The word ‘crush’ in the title captures the interest of the readers and immediately takes them to their college day’s romance. 

The novel is set in present-day Mumbai which takes the reader in the fast-paced city life which the modern reader will find relatable. 

The novel is gripping right from the very beginning. The story begins with the first-person narrative of the female protagonist, Rayna De, herself who tells us about herself her friend whom she calls Pixie. Rayna De talks about her corporate job, which she doesn’t find attractive at all. Even though her parents want her to get married, she is not interested in getting married and calls it a “communicable disease”.

Rayna is someone with whom the women of the present generation can easily relate with. She gets annoyed with her parents, who are nagging her to arrange marriage since she is going to be 30 soon. Rayna has a temper, curses, thinks about sex, keeps her house messy and finds her wardrobe outdated. Don’t you see all these sounding similar!

Kiran uses language intelligently, and we find many interesting quotable lines weaved in beautifully in the novel. The plot has a fast pace, and there is never a dull moment in the book. 

Overall, the novel is a fun read and interesting enough to finish at one go. It’s a speedily read which the reader will find enjoyable. 

P.S.: The review is done as part of the Blogchatter Book Review Program

Theme Reveal 2019 #AtoZChallenge

I have been staying away from my blog for quite some time and it has been months since I have come back to it. A lot has happened in between and both my life and my blog seems to have updated themselves (quite literally).

What brings me back is my love for writing and the flow of thoughts which I have been trying to keep inside me but it only found its way out of my heart again and chose its own course through writing. With Blogchatter AtoZChallenge, I am trying to be more regular on my blog.

I am always curious about relationships. I find them very complex and mysterious. We form them through our heart but they need a lot of sweat, blood and brains to make them successful and work for a long run.

This year with the Blogchatter AtoZChallenge, I am going to write stories based on emotions and relationships which is going to be the theme of my writings for this month.

The theme for the AtoZChallenge this year is going to be – the complexities of emotions and relationships .

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This April, get ready to read stories love, joys, laughter, tears and all the emotions that make or break the relationships.

Stay tuned!

Crime or No Crime #FridayFictioneer

Jatin Marwah, the young owner of Residency Hotel, was found dead in his office, leaving behind his entire fortune for Shimona, his charming wife. Cardiac arrest, that’s what the doctors declared. He was known to be an alcoholic.

Standing beside the round table and looking at the array of towering glasses and the tea cups in the hotel lobby, Shimona looked captivating in her white embroidered Kurta salwar. There was a faint bewitching smile on her pink lips, “When marital rape and adultery are not crimes, then choosing a path of freedom isn’t too,” she said to herself.

Linking up the story with Rochelle Wisoff as part of  #FridayFictioneer.

She loved those Slippers until… #FFfAW


If there was one thing Latika was obsessed with was her slippers. She had innumerable pairs of slippers still she could never resist herself from buying more. She was getting married to Saarthak and was planning an entirely new collection of them for her trousseau.
“Don’t you think 15 pairs are a bit too much?” her mother questioned.
“Mom, I can’t go on repeating the same for every party,” was her answer.
A month later, she came back to her mom. Her face full of bruises, her eyes swollen and blue. There were red marks of slippers on all over her body.
She cried in her mother’s arms, “You were right mom. I shouldn’t have bought them!”

Linking up this post with Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers  #FFfAW

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Michelle DeAngelis. Thank you Michelle!