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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Guy On The Sidewalk #BookReview

The Guy on the Sidewalk by Bharath Krishna

Guy on the Sidewalk is a book written by a fellow blogger Bharath Krishna. He reached out to me via IndiBlogger and asked if I would like to read and review the book. I received the book before its release but my travel and then the car incident has been keeping me totally tied up. So, my apologies Bharath for the delay in this review.

Plot of Guy On The Sidewalk

The book is about an Indian boy’s journey through his initial adult years. His education, career choices and most of all about his move to America and the decision to come back to India. We have had our share of novels depicting desi life in America. What is different in this plot is though that the book was about him coming back to India. According to the book blurb

Who am I, where do I belong and what am I meant for in this short life in this big world?

For Jay, life was a series of defensive detours until he gathered the strength to listen to his inner voice with honesty and decided to take life head on with fearlessness. Making the move from India to America was momentous. He sought to make something of himself, however, his yearning to live in his country and among his people never ceased to bother him. Over six years, despite the luxury of opportunities in the United States, he wondered, is this all there is? He left home to create a better life, but he could have never imagined that though his better life might be found in America, his best life might just be at home, in India.

Guy On The Sidewalk – What I Liked

The first thing I liked about the book was that the book is based on the protagonist Jay’s decision to return back to India after spending a few years in America. The return is not a will he- won’t he thing. It is the premise of the story and everything is leading up to it. The second thing is the honesty of the character. Bharath has written this book in first person and you are privy to each thought and feeling Jay goes through. His admiration for America and the inevitable comparison with India that crops up be it the attitude of people, the malls, the free ways or the way women dress and behave. Through Jay’s own thoughts and the way he perceives others’ Bharath highlights the contradictions in people’s psyche when they go from India to America. He talks about freedom that women enjoy, the conflicting values in the heads of the men and also about the yearning to return to India. Another thing I want to mention about is Jay’s relationship with the female lead – Siri. It is one of the most beautiful and yet practical portrayals of a modern relationship. It is not a hearts and flowers romance neither a slam bam thank you ma’m physical relationship. It is a story of friendship blossoming into love – of two imperfect people making each other better.

Guy on the Sidewalk – What I did not like

Personally, I prefer my fiction reads to be packed with action. Something needs to constantly happen for me to keep turning the pages. The pace of this book was very slow and uneven. When Jay first arrives to America, there is a lot of detailed description about his daily routine, about his forming relationships. I had liked this in the initial chapters of the book. As it progresses, the interaction reduces and Jay’s thoughts about the direction his life is taking increases. That seemed a bit imbalanced to me. I wish Bharath had continued the same unhurried pace of Jay’s life. His love for driving is described in just a line or two but his road trips formed a large part of his life there. Would have loved to know more about these.

Guy on the Sidewalk – Final thoughts

To conclude, this book is a rich insight into the lives and struggles of the desis in America. If you know someone who left everything he / she had going for them back there, you will probably identify with it more. Guy on the sidewalk is not a breezy read. I read it over many days, making a little progress at a time. Pick it if you like books that will give you an all rounded view of situations, reactions, thoughts, feelings and a whole lot of opinions.

 


 

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