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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 Rayna has a temper, curses, thinks about sex, keeps her house messy and finds her wardrobe outdated.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

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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

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मायके की रातें

याद आती है वो मायके की रातें,

वो बहन से रातों में ढेरों बतियाना,

बीमारी में माँ का रात भर जागना,

पापा की वो कहानियाँ , माँ की वो लोरियां,

अँधेरे में डरना और माँ के साथ लिपट कर सोना,

बहन के साथ का रिश्ता सुहाना,

ढेरों गाने और हँसना हँसाना,  

परीक्षाओं का तो किस्सा पुराना,

बहन, माँ और पापा का वो साथ

जैसे रात ना हो, बस हो कोई दिन,

अब सब कुछ  बेबस सा लगता है,

रात भी पराई सी नज़र आती है,

थक चूर के बस गुज़र ही जाती है.

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Painting the Canvas of Life

Her canvas had lost its colours after the death of her mother due to cancer.
He was a wanderer, a nature photographer.
The love for colours brought the two closer.
He had lost his love due to cancer too.
“Losing love in life doesn’t mean losing hope too,” he said. Taking out a ring from his pocket and sliding it in her hand, he said, “I want you to fill colours in my life.”
“Me too,” she said.
Together they coloured not only their lives but also the life of his girlfriend’s autistic child whom they adopted with all the love and care, and called her Neelima, after her mother. 

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Best Remedy to Unblock Your Baby’s Nose

With the onset of monsoons, viral infections are on a high. Cold, cough, stomach ache and diarrhoea become common in every household. It is very difficult for a mother to see her baby falling sick due to these. Children become cranky all day and are unable to sleep at night. This is a very painful sight for a mother.

During monsoons, when the weather becomes cooler, children also suffer from blocked nose. Children get extremely cranky because of the discomfort caused due to nasal congestion. Both the bacteria and viruses are there all through the year but they become more active during the rainy season. There could be many reasons for the increased viral infections and common colds during this time – the cold, the growth of germs in stagnant water, mixing of clean and infected water and decreased immunity. 

How Nasal Congestion Affects Babies?

1)    Obligatory nose breathers

Babies who are less than 1 year of age are obligatory nose breathers which means that they can only breathe through their nose. When they suffer from Nasal congestion, they have difficulty breathing. 

2)    Mental and physical growth

Chronic nasal congestion leads to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing disrupts our natural body mechanics and adversely affects other bodily functions. 

3)    Food intake of toddlers

Toddlers are obligatory nose breathers. With a blocked nose, they use their mouth to breathe. When they are eating food they find it difficult to breathe. A blocked nose also affects their hunger since they cannot smell or taste the food. 

4)     Kids become highly cranky and restless due to nasal congestion.

What are the symptoms of nasal congestion in children below 6 years of age?

1)    The nose is runny and drooling all the time. 

2)    You can hear a whistling sound in the breathing of the child.

3)     Nasal congestion leads to snoring while the baby is sleeping. 

4)    You will find the child picking up on his nose often. 

Best remedies for nasal congestion in babies

  1.    Increase the humidity in the room with the help of a humidifier. 
  2.    Increase the intake of liquids and water throughout the day.
  3.    Give steam inhalation to babies to give relief from congestion.
  4.   Put a well squeezed towel soaked in warm water gently on the forehead and around the nose to give warm compress. 
  5.    Give a lot of quiet time and rest to recover speedily. 
  6.   Give saline solution nasal drops to relieve the nasal blockage.
  7.    For children above 2 years of age, place a pillow under the mattress so that there is an angle with the child’s head higher than the feet. This may help out in draining mucus out of sinusitis.
  8.    Consult a doctor if the blockage persists and take proper medication. 

About Nasivion Nose Drops

Nasivion nose drops is a nasal decongestants in an easy drop form. It unblocks the nose and provides relief to the baby. It comes in different strength according to the age of the child. Give it only after consulting a doctor.

  1. a)    Nasivion (0.01%) Mini is for infants below 1 year. 
  2. b)    Nasivion (0.25) Paediatric is for children between the ages of 1-6 years. 
  3. c)    Nasivion saline nasal solution helps soothe nasal dryness and improve nasal hygiene.

Give the dosage as per the advice of the doctor. 

Nasal congestion is troublesome not only for the baby but for mothers too. Maintaining hygiene and sanitation in and around the house proves beneficial especially during the monsoons as it checks the growth of bacteria and viruses.

Hope you found these tips helpful do share with me your experiences and tips in the comments box below.