Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh #BookReview and a Giveaway

Knitted Tales

Rubina Ramesh – the lady behind TBC or The Book Club is a multi talented lady! I knew her as someone very capable going by the efficient way in which she runs the all the Blog Tours. I was pleasantly surprised to know she is a writer too and that her book was born out of the NaNoWriMo effort. Of course I had to read Knitted Tales: A Collection of Emotions.

Plot of Knitted Tales

The book is an anthology of short tales, each with a different emotion. As per Goodreads blurb…

What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate? Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you? Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving? Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them? Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.

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Love, Whatever That Means by Aditi Mathur Kumar #BookReview featuring The Body Shop Lipstick Coral Cutie

Love, Whatever That Means by Aditi Mathur Kumar

PageThose of you who read my blog do know that I love reading. I am impartial to most genres of fiction. Be it thrillers, spyware, mythology, fantasy or romance. One genre that I am particularly fond of though is chicklit. I really enjoy a well written chicklit. However, well written chicklits are hard to find. They are as rare as gems and I usually pick one with trepidation.

Aditi Mathur Kumar‘s first book Soldier and Spice came highly recommended from Ikku, a gorgeous beauty blogger and now an army wife. I was intrigued by the choice of subject but when I read it, boy it was great! Aditi also happens to be an avid blogger and I found out that we were in a common WhatsApp group. So when she approached me for reviewing her second book: Love, Whatever That Means, I agreed in a heartbeat.

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Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right by Varsha Dixit #BookReview

Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right

Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right by Varsha Dixit is a the third part of a trilogy about finding your love. According to the Goodreads Book blurb

Love is in the air again…this time it’s steamy, bold and manipulative!

Gayatri and Viraj both are products of childhood trauma. Yet they were able to survive, one because of her shrewdness and the other because of his genius. Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right, the final part in the best selling ‘Right and Wrong’ love trilogy is the story of these two damaged souls.

Gayatri Dutta, the poster child for rich spoiled diva is fighting to escape a life of servitude her tyrant father is hell bent on pushing her into. Her past string of failures have her backed against a wall. Lonely and desperate!

Viraj is a con who uses his genius to perpetuate his isolation. His life once of violence and abuse has left him cynical and cold. He shuns the society and its hypocrisies.

And then Gayatri and Viraj cross paths. She needs him and he despises her.

To Viraj, Gayatri, is the epitome of all that he despises, shallow, manipulative and the kind who uses her beauty as a weapon. Or is she?

Gayatri sees Viraj only as a means to an end. She is sure that Viraj with his nerdy demeanor, owlish glasses and crude behavior will be easy to manipulate and walk over. Only he isn’t!

What I Liked about Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right

Having read the last two books in the series, I knew what to expect. A heroine who is full of chutzpah and yet battles her own demons. A hero who is a mystery to her and the reader. A plot that is full of twists and turns. The book does not disappoint. It is a very light and easy read and yet engages you as the story of Gayatri and Viraj moves along. I liked that while the characters from the last two books are present, they do not take centre stage. The back stories are liked but this book can be read on it’s own even if you have not read the last two.

What I Did Not Like about Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right

The book moved along very well and at a good pace till about three fourths of it and then everything gets wrapped up in a hurry. There are time leaps and then some things like Gayatri’s relationship with her father that are rather unexplained. The first part of the book is made up of little moments that collectively mean a lot. The conclusion is a fast paced narrative and that seems jarring.

Final Thoughts on Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right

To conclude, Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right is a light fun book that falls right in the middle of the chicklit category. A perfect pick for taking your mind off the stress of job, kids, kaamwaali bai etc etc. It is not deep and what stays with you is the enjoyment of the experience of reading it.

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Varsha Dixit, the bestselling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
 
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Dancing with Demons by Nidhie Sharma #BookReview

Dancing with Demons by Nidhie Sharma

Plot of Dancing with Demons

Dancing with Demons is a love story set in India. The protagonists are a brooding angst driven boxer Karan Pratap Singh and the mysterious and brave Sonia Kapoor. According to the GoodReads Book Blurb

Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.

Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.

When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?

Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection

What I Liked about Dancing with Demons

Dancing with Demons is a Indian romance that is surprisingly devoid of mush. While many would call this a negative, it is a big plus in my book. For some strange reason, we have mixed romance and mush with each other so that the two have blended to form a homogeneous product and one seems inseparable from the other. Personally I have developed an aversion to too much mush. For that reason alone, Dancing with Demons was so enjoyable. It is a serious romance. Of course it has the moments of uncertainty, the conflicted feelings and the clashes of personality that are the essential ingredients of a romance. To be able to add all that without a dash of pink tinted rainbows is a feat Nidhie Sharma has achieved with finesse. While an amateur boxer with childhood issues and a gutsy lady whose past is shrouded in mystery are not everyday characters, a reader is still able to relate with the two people trying to make the most of their lives after the set backs that would have broken a weaker person. The writing itself was first rate – the descriptions of settings and situations was just apt to conjure a broad image and then fill it up with details using the reader’s own imagination.

What I Did not Like about Dancing with Demons

The protagonist is a boxer. Naturally, one expects boxing and the fights to be a huge part of the narrative. In several places though, the fights completely takes over and begins to over power the story. The fights are explained in such deep detail that after a while, it starts to snag. I was sorely tempted to skip a few pages!

Final Thoughts on Dancing with Demons

I would like to applaud Nidhie for this book. It is a fantastic debut indeed. I am certainly looking forward to reading more from her. If you like a good drama with strong well etched out characters, this is for you. If you like reading sports related stories, this book is for you.

 


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A Dance with the Corporate Ton by Lata Subramanian #BookReview

A Dance With The Corporate Ton by Lata Subramanian

Plot of A Dance with the Corporate Ton

A Dance with the Corporate Ton: Reflections of a Worker Ant is an autobiographical account of author Lata Subramanian’s professional life. It starts with a brief glimpse of her childhood and then quickly transitions to her humble beginning in the service industry. The book is about her unconventional start in advertising and details out the years she spent there. According to the book blurb in Goodreads

The author, Lata Subramanian, will take you on a career journey that will make you relive the excitement of your first job; the exhilaration of career breakthroughs; the highs and lows of corporate life; and your search for personal meaning. Along the way, she will also make you smile a lot as her career autobiography is full of humour, satire, anecdotes and interesting historical references to aristocratic behaviour.

A Dance with the Corporate Ton – What I Liked

What I liked about the book was that it was very real. The names of companies, people, ad campaigns was all real. In a memoir, this is absolutely essential. While she claims to not be in touch with several people, she still mentions them in detail. Another thing is the very positive tone of the book. She has elaborated on the positives and hardly spent any time on the negatives. Even when she talks about the low points in her career, she focuses more on her own feelings and what she did than trying to make someone else look bad or unfair.

Throughout the book, you discover a lot of management and corporate lessons. Be it about being a people manager or office politics! The parallels drawn with the London society of yore, add an interesting twist to the presentation.

A Dance with the Corporate Ton – What I Did Not Like

While this book chronicles her professional journey very well and is written in first person, you don’t get to see Lata the person. The hard working professional is there but the woman behind it remains partially hidden. Her drive to make it comes from a childhood resolve and her decisions to take care of her mother are explained but the reason for living in America is not. The personality behind it all remains hidden behind the saree clad persona the author draws up for us.

A Dance with the Corporate Ton – Final Thoughts

I found the book a welcome change from the string of romances and thrillers I had been reading. There are plenty of lessons to be drawn from the book – some the author calls out and some she does not. She is not judgemental of anything and leaves it to the reader to form their own opinions.

After reading the book, I have acquired an immense admiration for Lata Subramanian and the dignified way she has handled her career. If you are a career woman, this book is a must read.

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