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

The Assassination of Rajat Gandy : Book Review


About the author:
The Assassination of Rajat Gandy is written by Anurag Anand. Anurag Anand is one of the most prolific young authors in India today. The Assassination of Rajat Gandy is his twelfth book. He has written in various genres like self-help, historical fiction, and romance and crime thriller. His bestselling works include Where the Rainbow Ends, Birth of the Bastard Prince, Love on 3 Wheels, Of Tattoos and Taboos and To Hell and Back.
Anurag is a contributing author to several magazines and newspapers, he is also a corporate who works full time with an MNC.
Plot and Genre:
The Assassination of Rajat Gandy is a gripping political thriller. The story is set in Modern India and the current political scenario. Elections are going on and being the largest democracy, stakes are high. There are other minor but relevant events which slowly build up to the main plot. The riots in Bhopal, a road accident in New Jersey along with a Pharma company’s conspiracy all lead up to the main plot. The love story of Afsha Khan and Sumit Anand is very interesting too.
Characters:
All the characters are very well etched out. The main characters like Afsha Khan, a political correspondent with a leading news channel and Sumit Anand, an officer with the Economic Offences Wing who is on the trail of an industry lobbyist are very realistic. They have their own flaws as well as strengths which make them very relatable.
Review:
When I received the book for a review, it did not interest me much since I do not like reading political thriller. The story begins very slowly which failed to grab my interest initially but when it gained pace, I couldn’t keep it back without reading it through. The narrative is very tightly gripped. The story is fast paced and the dialogues hold the reader’s attention throughout. It has all the elements of drama, emotion, romance, thriller and suspense making it a perfect package. All the characters are excellently drawn especially Afsha. Afsha is courageous, bold and determined who can be seen as an inspiration. The swift story holds the suspense till the end.
The subplots are very interesting too. The murder of Alkesh, in the beginning, is carefully portrayed as a road accident, the narrative of Bhopal riots has some vivid description which gives it a very realistic feel. The different plot setting in every chapter brings some fast action and pace to the story. The story also brings out the dirty reality of how big multinationals and politicians play with the lives of innocent people.
The climax is quite engaging where all the subplots are tied together with the main plot.
I would highly recommend it to others and would wait for the author’s next release.

I received this book as part of the book review program by Blogchatter

The Inheritors: Stories of Entrepreneurship and Success by Sonu Bhasin – Book Review

Wondering how to grow your business and looking for some inspiration? Thinking as to how some businesses grow so big and while some are still struggling to make the ends meet?

The Inheritors by Sonu Bhasin is just what you are looking for.

About the Author

Sonu Bhasin is one of the early and senior women professionals in the industry and has led businesses in senior leadership positions during her role as director, ING Barings; president, Axis Bank; and group President, Yes Bank. Currently, Sonu is an independent director of boards of well-known companies.

She is the founder of Families and Business (FAB), a platform for family-owned businesses, and the editor of Families & Business magazine.

Blurb of the book

Why did Harsh Mariwala leave his family business? Why did the Burman family quit the day-to-day operations of Dabur? How did the Dhingras turn a collapsing business into India’s second largest paint company?

The Inheritors offers a fascinating behind- the- scenes look at what goes on in Marico, Dabur, Keventers, Berger Paints, Select Group, Motilal Oswal and many more. The book focuses on culture, family politics, ego battles, business rivalries and a lot more. And then, of course, there are the inheritors themselves- some take the businesses to greater heights while others lead them to doom.

Review

Sonu Bhasin has chosen storytelling method while writing about the inheritors of the so-called big business houses and brands as we know them today. The story telling method makes the book very interesting and highly relatable. It is very interesting to know that the inheritors, who are believed to be born with a silver spoon, also need to work hard and face a lot of challenges to reach where they are. Success doesn’t come easily to anyone. Even the big companies who have reached the skies of success today have to start from a scratch and had to go through several hardships from various fronts to be where they are today.

I found the book very inspiring and gripping from beginning to the end. Even while talking about the details of financial aspects of the family businesses, the book doesn’t lose the interest of the reader. Reading about the personal lives and interests of the inheritors of the family businesses, their ambitions, passions and dreams while dealing with the various obstacles that they had to confront, like Amit Burman’s dream of establishing food related business and how he had to work his way through in converting Real Fruit Juices and Lite Bite Foods into big profitable brands has highly inspiring and motivating.

The book also brings into light some aspects of feminism though in extremely subtle ways when the author talks about how the females of the families of the family businesses were not given any role in the council and even the profit sharing of some companies.

At the same time, there is the story of Pooja Jain from Luxor group, who questions the term “inheritors” itself and brings in to light how each day she has to work hard and has dedicated herself in the service of the company.

To conclude, the tight grip on the narrative and the story telling medium combined with some of the most fascinating stories of the people who took the reins of their family businesses in their hands and have not only been running it successfully but have also led them to greater heights, makes “The Inheritors” a worth read.

I was given a copy of the book by Writer’s Melon for an honest review.

Second Chance by Dr Sandeep Jatwa: A Book Review

Can we really buy everything with money? Who is richer: a person having billions in his bank or a person having someone to love and receive love from? These are the questions which the book Second Chance brings to us.

“Second Chance…if you were given a second chance, how would you change things?” The book poses a question on the reader through the cover page itself. From the beginning itself it feels that there is an element of some kind of surprise in store. It is sufficient to arise the curiosity of the readers. The cover page of the book is very intriguing. It shows a wealthy man walking on a road amidst the clouds and his head is held by a huge hand. It signifies the role of a super power in our lives whom we keep ignoring and fail to recognise.

About the Author

The book is written by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa. Born in the holy city of Ujjain and grew up in Dewas, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. He attained his MBBS from MGM Medical College, Indore. He works at the Government Hospital Sarangpur District Rajgarh. He has been writing since 2006 and has completed two novels. The first is yet to be published and the second one with the title of Second Chance has been published. His most urgent wish is to be able to educate children working on the streets and believes that childhood should be awesome and not a struggle.

 

Blurb of the book     

Second Chance is about a billionaire called Shekhar who believes that he can buy anything with money. Words like love, kindness, pity, sympathy and respect have no value for him. Through the course of his entire life, he has conducted so many evil deeds that he himself cannot recollect. A thorough ruthless and reckless person, he starts getting warnings from the City of Justice to mend his ways but he keeps ignoring them and continues his ways. One day he meets a terrible accident and is taken to the City of Justice. He is surprised and does not believe himself. Considering it to be a joke, he talks rudely with the God of Justice, “you have no rights to punish me,’Shekhar yelled”. When he is shown all his evil deeds by the Bookkeeper in front of God, he feels ashamed. He gets sentenced to go to the hell. His mother’s last wish comes to his rescue and he is given a second chance to improve his wrong doings. What were the deeds for which he was taken to the hell? Will he be able to improve himself? Will an arrogant and egoist person like Shekhar Kapoor acknowledge his mistakes and correct them?

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Theme

The book revolves around the theme of the cycle of Karmas. If we do good deeds, we go to heaven and if we do bad deeds then we have to face punishments in hell. We have to pay for our sins and no riches, money or wealth of the world can save us from that. Love and kindness go a long way in providing happiness in life rather than money. The moral of the story is very well stated by Manohar Kaka in the book, “a small cottage wherein laughter lives is worth more than a castle full of tears”.

Review

The book is very well written with a very interesting plot. The narrative is able to hook the reader and keep them engaged throughout its course. The language is simple and comprehensible. The story unfolds gradually seemingly predictable at the beginning it brings in some surprises. The characters are portrayed very vividly and realistically. The protagonist, Shekhar is not a hero or someone you would fall in love with immediately but on the contrary is someone the reader as well the other characters in the book hate from the beginning. The character, Shekhar, evolves gradually. He is made to see his folly and is directed towards improving it. The narrative becomes too descriptive while presenting the scenes of the City Of Justice and the punishment he has to go through in the hell, “he stood on a red hot land, whimpering for mercy with smarting and impotency on his face. The remains of his shoes were hanging from his ankles and his suit – a rag now – was totally drenched in his perspiration.”

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The narrative becomes dull and slow paced during the descriptive scenes of the City of Justice and Hell but picks up pace after that. The second part of the book which deals with Shekhar trying to correct his wrong doings is very interesting. There are elements of surprise and suspense which are unfolded in the end. The love story of Shekhar and Unnati is very sweet and subtle, “the most beautiful and golden hearted girl was his and now he was feeling himself to be the luckiest person in the world”.

The book provides its reader with a much needed lesson and thought to ponder over in its closing lines, “life changes when you open the door of your heart for love…no money can give you contentment and happiness”. Overall the book is surely worth reading and keep you engaged with some good morals and learnings too.

Note: I received a review copy from Vinfluencers in exchange of an honest review.