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Friday, 15 September 2017

The Age of Kali

★.•**•.★ Soul Warrior Book Blast ★.•**•.★ 
15th to 17th September, 2017


The Age of Kali is a series of mythic fantasy novels by international bestselling novelist Falguni Kothari. The first book of the series, Soul Warrior, introduces readers to a fictional law-governed Cosmos made up of heavenly, demonic and human realms and its protagonist, Lord Karna, the legendary guardian of the Human Realm, who is coerced into training six godlings into demon hunters against a rising demon army. The series arc interlocks into a war of domination between the Light and Dark forces of the Cosmos and the race to control the one soul capable of total cosmic annihilation, demi-god Karna's and Draupadi's secret child.


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Praise for Soul Warrior:

"A beautiful exploration of fantasy and mythology, Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali) is the latest release from Falguni Kothari and by any stretch of the imagination she’s delivered an awesome story. Rich, enchanting, evocative, she effortlessly blends an ancient Indian epic and South Asian mythology with grace and quiet elegance to create the canvas upon which her miraculous world finds form.... Beautifully written and enviably imaginative, Soul Warrior proves an exemplary example of Fantasy Fiction. Definitely deserving of your attention it is recommended without reservation!"

   —Book Viral 


"I loved the writing which... hit that nice spot between being evocative and descriptive and still keeping the story moving....It has a huge cast of fascinating characters, a deep and rich world and definitely something I’m interested in following."

   —Fangs for Fantasy 


"I loved the way Ms. Falguni has shown an eye for the details scattered throughout the novel.... Will I recommend this book? Oh yes, and be assured you will grab the next one too just to know more about the Soul Warrior."

   —Global Asian Times 


"The plot is intriguing, much in the tradition of a modern thriller.... Precisely sketched and nuanced with quirky detail, the characters enrich the story they inhabit.... The vibrant characters in the multi-hued setting are the stuff superhero animation films are made of. Soul Warrior engrosses and enthralls. A thumping good read, I would say."

   —Of Prose and Poetry blog 



Read an Excerpt:




SHUNYA: NOTHING AND EVERYTHING


Kuru Kshetra Battlefield.

        Day 17 of the Great Kuru War, seven thousand five hundred years ago.



Death is hot.


That surprises me. I’d imagined death as cold and brutal. Merciless. But in truth, death is hot as blood, and constant like a heartbeat.


Thrum. Thrum. Thrum. My lifeblood ebbs to the rhythm. My head ripped from its torso by Anjalika, the arrow of death that burns even now with the energy of the sun. Struck from behind like some novice. Felled in battle by that lily-livered usurper the Heavens smile upon—Prince Arjun. Brother Arjun.


What have I done?


I harness the thought. Cease all reflection and wrench free of my mortal body. I soar up, up into the gloaming, snapping the ties that tether me to life. Dead, I have no use for ties.


“A matter of perspective, Karna, O son of my godsire.” The unearthly words strum through the air, and I quiver like a plucked bowstring, overcome as much by the voice as its blasphemous claim. 


“Bonds of devotion nourish the soul, brother.”


There is that word again. Brother. Unpleasant laughter wells up in me. Alive, I am abandoned, denied my birthright—Celestial or royal. Death, it seems, changes everything.


A bright, nebulous light brings forth Lord Yama, the God of Death, atop his divine mount. His elephantine thighs ripple beneath a silken dhoti, ochre and crimson of color, as he guides the mammoth water buffalo to a halt. An iron medallion sways against the God’s powerful cerulean torso, its center stone an ethereal blood orange.


Hypnotic. Pulsing with life. I am drawn to the stone.


“Piteous waste,” Lord Yama mutters, surveying the carnage of war far below us.


I trace the trajectory of his gaze and behold the battered remains of my army drenched in the evidence of its mortality. Is it true? Have we died in vain?


Words form inside me and I will them out. “Shall we go, my lord?”


“Ha! Impatient to be judged, are you? Anxious to have your fate revealed?” asks the Judge of the Hell Realm. His red-black eyes burn with intelligence and compassion in a blue-tinged face that is long and lean and hard. “Rest easy, brother-warrior. You are not bound for the Great Courtroom.”

Not bound for Hell? Where then? Fear has eluded me for so long that I take a moment to recognize it. 


A hollow-bellied feeling it is, as annoying as a bone stuck in my throat.


“My lord, I have done bad deeds…terrible deeds in my life. I have waged wars, this horrendous bloodshed, and all because my pride could not—would not abide rejection. I have sinned. I must atone for my actions.”


Lord Yama smiles in a way I do not like. “You have redeemed yourself admirably, Karna. You forfeited your life for the greater good today. The deed far outweighs any misguided ones. Be at peace, brother, and enjoy the fruits of your karma.”


There is but one place to enjoy such fruits—the Higher Worlds.


I’d rather burn in Hell for eternity. I say so. “I won’t live amongst the Celestials.” Coexisting with the very souls who’ve spurned me is unthinkable. Watching her—for she would surely reside in Heaven soon—will be eternal torture.


Yama shakes his head, the horns on his crown slashing to and fro. “I thought you might say that. Relax. Your destiny lies elsewhere.”


“Am I to be reborn then? Am I to begin a new life, and forget the past?” Pain, sharp as a blade, lances through me at the thought. Forget my past? My family? Even her? Was that my punishment? To forget all that made me human?


It must be so. For have I not betrayed them as surely as I’ve betrayed my prince regent?


“Human rebirth is not your destiny, either. You are chosen, brother. Your war skills are needed for a higher purpose.” The God slips off his mount, his garments rustling in agitation. “This unjust war has pushed the Cosmos to the vortex of a cataclysm. Tomorrow, the Kuru War will end. Fearing its outcome, the Celestials rolled the Die of Fate and have unwittingly bestowed on Demon Kali untold powers.” Lord Yama bares his fangs in disgust at the foolish gamble. “Imagine the havoc that asura and his minions will wreak on the weak if left unchecked. The Human Realm must be safeguarded during Kali’s dark reign.”


I can imagine the horror only too well as I have battled with evil all my life. But I am done with wars. 

I am done with defeat. I won’t waste another lifetime fighting.


“With due respect, my lord, I am not the man for this task.”


“You are not a man at all,” Yama thunders, fists shaking. “You are the son of Surya, the Sun God. Accept that you are no ordinary soul.”


I say nothing. I think nothing. I feel something but I squash it down.


Lord Yama’s thick black brows draw together. “Demon Kali will try to pervade every particle of good that exists in the Cosmos, beginning with the corruptible Human Realm. Once he obliterates all of humanity, he’ll set his sights on the Celestials. Kali will not stop until he’s destroyed our way of life. But you can stop him. You are light to his darkness. Do you understand now why you had to betray him? Your beloved humans need you, Karna. I need you. Our father believes in you. Claim your rightful place in the Cosmos.”


Impatiently, Lord Yama removes the iron medallion from his neck and holds it out. The vermillion sunstone glows as if its soul is on fire. Nay! It is my soul that is on fire.


Indescribable energy curls through me. I gasp, though not in pain. I shudder and feel myself grow large, grow hot. Was this rebirth?


I am strong, full-bodied and lethal once more. Then I roar as light bursts forth from my very core and I throb with glorious, blinding power. When I come to myself, my world has changed again. Bubbles of color shimmer all around me: cobalt and saffron, azure and rose. By karma! They are souls. Infinite floating souls.


“Behold the spectrum of life: the worthy, the notorious, the righteous and the sinners.” The God of Death’s soul was a worthy sapphire blue with a tinge of silver. “Your duty, should you choose to accept the office of the Soul Warrior, is to hunt down the red-souled asuras and crush them. Whatever you decide, I wish you a long and successful Celestial existence, Karna,” Yama booms out and vanishes into the purpling sky.


The parley has stunned me. The world of color holds me in thrall. I was dead. Yet, now I am not. A new path lies before me. Unwanted, unwelcome, I insist on principle. I close my eyes. Open them to stare at the medallion cupped in my hand—a golden-hued hand at once familiar and not—and know myself for a fool. I do want this. It’s what I am.


Bastard-born. Rebel. Son. Husband. Father. Warlord. And protector. I fist the talisman, buoyed by its concrete warmth. This is who I am.


I am the Soul Warrior.



About the Author:


Falguni Kothari is a New York-based South Asian author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She’s published in India in contemporary romance with global e-book availability; Bootie and the Beast (Harlequin Mills and Boon) and It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! (Rupa & Co.), and launches a mythic fantasy series with Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali, #1)

I’m embarrassed to admit how many social media accounts I own :

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Unlawful Justice

About the book

Baby, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Diwan family’s household help, has been raped and brutalized. Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a shot at justice for the girl and a very powerful client. He cannot bring himself to proceed at the risk of all that he has secured for his family. His wife Priti, distraught and devastated at her husband’s decision, turns to an old friend for help.

Akash Hingorani, top criminal lawyer and best friend to Priti and Vansh, must step up. He is Baby’s last chance. But things quickly unravel as Akash’s probe into the rape suddenly turns into a murder investigation. A powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom to homes to lay bare the difference between law and justice.

My Review

Summary: Akash Hingorani wasn't touchable; potentially lethal. 
Advice: stay away, make peace, be humble, make amends if possible.

Vansh Diwan a renowned criminal lawyer, is up against his richest client and is in a dilemma of saving his firm or to stand for what is right. What seemed like a rape case suddenly changes to a murder case and now the tides have taken a different turn in just one night.

Life is very unpredictable and some things in life are best left untouched. But when the person is Maninder, a underworld don, he will leave no stones unturned to overthrow whosoever has murdered his son. Now when all seems lost for Vansh, his old friend Akash takes up the case. Akash Hingorani is one of the finest and the best criminal lawyer in the city. And when Akash is in the courtroom, the opposition doesn't stand a chance to win.

In a gripping crime thriller story plot Vish Dhamija has played his cards well. Mystery and suspense surrounds the story, making it an ultimate page turner.

When I first started reading the story, it seemed like any other crime thriller story, but as the story builds up and gets the momentum, everything changes. Rape case suddenly changes to a murder case. One who was hiding from the police is now dead. The story completely takes a huge U- turn.

Now when I thought the story was completely predictable, behold there is another twist at the end of the story. I had an inkling that the story isn't going to end soon. It indeed didn't!
So, you have to read till the very end to find out what an incredible story teller is Vish. Only a very few story tellers have the skill to keep their readers spellbound to the story plot and Vish Dhamija is one such author to have made the story spellbinding.

'I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.'

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Release Day Blitz of Avishi

~ Release Day Blitz ~
Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer
12th August, 2017


Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita
Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda
But largely forgotten to the memory of India
Is the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, Vishpala

Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of the neighbouring Vrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.
Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing amputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?


Read an Excerpt

“I am the Queen! This will be my throne!” The seven-year-old chirped leaping from the middle of the porch towards the broken mortar which served as a mock throne. “You will be my guard!”
“Guard?” the man pondered scratching his unkempt beard. 
“No.” He shook his head and smiled seeing her indignant eyes. “I will be the Queen’s elephant.” He beamed.
Sukratu stepped out of the house to see his daughter in action, perching herself on the tramp Loha’s back, pretending in all earnestness that he was her elephant. He smiled and was about to set out for his duty as the night guard of the King. A sudden lightning appeared in the eastern skies. Sukratu had barely walked a few paces when a deafening thunder made him instinctively turn towards home. He heaved a sigh, finding Loha shielding the girl as if he would, his own child. 
“Father, don’t go.” The girl pleaded. 
Sukratu smiled and shifted his gaze towards the sky. He saw dark clouds loom over the city. The monsoon winds had started to make their presence felt. He had to reach the palace soon. “Isn’t my little Queen brave?” He called out. 
The girl nodded. He saw the fear fade. From her eyes. From her heart. She knew she was the queen! Pride filled his heart. His mind ached to stay home but duty beckoned. Tearing his gaze away from the one he treasured the most in his life, braving the drizzle that would soon turn into a storm, he unwillingly walked towards the King’s residence. Sukratu’s house was in the third ring of the concentric structure of Vrishabhavati. In the centre, was the structure, that served as the residence of the king and as the centre of all trade activity of the city. Here no wealth or goods could change hands without the king’s knowledge and approval. The residences of the noblemen formed the two rings around it. The guards and soldiers forming the outermost circle with the citizens living around them. 
As per the protocol, Sukratu approached General Ugra’s residence quite ahead of his reporting time— an hour before the moonrise. He walked into the empty courtyard. But the rain made it impossible for him to stand there any longer. He knocked at the giant wooden door fervently. The doors creaked as a strange woman clad in a dark indigo garment opened them and glared at him with a frown on her forehead. 
General Ugra, Sukratu knew was never faithful to one woman. His superior’s romantic exploits were not his concern either. But something about the woman at the door disconcerted him. “Please let General Ugra know that…”
“He has already left for the palace!” The woman frowned before attempting to shut the door. 
“What? How ca…” Sukratu’s words hung in air as the door slammed on his face and the woman disappeared from his line of vision all of a sudden. Something did not feel right. He knocked at the door again. Firmly this time, as though seeking answers. Any change in the reporting time would have been announced the day before and he remembered that nothing of the sort had happened. His knocks went unanswered. Frowning and muttering under his breath, Sukratu hurried towards an empty cowshed three houses away from Ugra’s place hoping to catch his companions who he knew would be equally surprised. 
The first to arrive was Khela, the eighteen-year-old guard, holding a metal shield above his head. The newest addition to the King’s guard, Khela was related to General Ugra and Sukratu felt that his position in the King’s guard was largely a result of undue favours that Ugra showered upon an otherwise impudent boy. 
“Sukratu! By the great Varuna, I should have come to you earlier!” Khela hurried towards him. Pausing for breath, he added. “Our platoon has been given a relief tonight! It was a sudden decision and I personally informed all the others.”
“Relief for tonight? That happens only when…”
“Our guarding hours change from night to day!” Khela completed in a hurry. “Now, come with me.” He turned towards the western direction and the javelin he held started to sway dangerously and came close to grazing Sukratu’s arm. 
The older guard’s instincts made him dodge the cut. “Where?” Sukratu hissed, visibly annoyed, first with the fact that he was kept in dark about the change in guarding hours and then about Khela’s irreverent behaviour. “And watch who your weapon hurts, boy.”
Khela shrugged and changed the position of his weapon. “We are now going to the place.” He winked, stretching his hand in the direction. “Follow me, this is the only night we get to have some fun.”
Sukratu did not move. The place he knew implied the tavern where wine was served. “We cannot drink tonight, Khela. When do we have to report tomorrow? By sunrise?”
“You ask too many questions. The rest of us are there too!”
“That does not answer my question.” 
“Well, I don’t know, and I don’t care to. The palace is paying for the wine. Are you coming or not?” 
The last sentence sounded more like a threat than an invite. Sukratu had all the mind to give the youth a piece of his mind and storm back home. His daughter would be overjoyed to see him before she went to sleep. It gnawed at Sukratu’s heart every day to leave her under the care of Loha— the tramp who had begged him for shelter about six months ago and then became a part of his life. The girl liked him instantly and had begged Sukratu to let Loha live with them and he, despite his misgivings about the tramp’s origins and his unkempt appearance, could not refuse his only daughter. Over time, Sukratu felt grateful for Loha’s company. Now his daughter did not have to be all by herself every night. The guard’s home would have been unguarded if not for that stranger. Sukratu brushed aside these thoughts and had almost decided to go home when the thought of meeting other senior guards and clarifying the confusion struck him. He followed Khela’s lead, making no attempt to hide his displeasure. 
When they reached the tavern, Sukratu to his dismay, found many of his brothers in arms deeply drunk. “When did they reach here and when did they…”
“Quite some time before. I just forgot to tell you in advance!”
Sukratu’s eyes scrutinized the men and women of the tavern who were serving wine to the guards. There were no other citizens or travellers in the tavern. 
“Just for us, the whole night!” Khela said as if reading his thoughts, bringing him an earthen goblet. 
The older guard accepted the goblet taking his first sip with a sense of foreboding. 
“Where were you all the time, old friend?” The voice belonged to Tunga one of the senior guards in the platoon. 
The grin on his friend’s face brought a smile to Sukratu’s lips. “Tunga, what is this about the sudden change in our guarding hours?” 
“The King… that imbecile, has finally remembered that we are human too!” Tunga guffawed, emptying his goblet, waving vigorously at a woman of the tavern who obliged with a seductive wink. 
She approached them, skilfully distributing her attention between both the men, winking at Tunga and pouting her lips at Sukratu. Her brows rose at Sukratu’s filled cup. “Don’t keep the Sura nor this Sundari waiting, my love...” Serving Tunga his wine, she placed her fingers upon Sukratu’s shoulders, digging her nails into his skin for a moment locking her gaze with his and turned around swiftly, letting her light upper garment rest on his face for a fleeting moment. 
It was a wilful invitation and Sukratu knew it. His attention though was caught by the colour of the garment. The Indigo hued garment! All the women of the tavern wore clothes of the same colour. So did the woman he saw in General Ugra’s house! Was Ugra at home while the woman lied that he was at the palace? If the General and the whole platoon of the night guard were lying down drunk, who was minding the security of the King? Sukratu looked at the rest of the guards. No one seemed sober enough to talk. The only sober man Khela had disappeared!
“By the great Varuna!” Sukratu exclaimed aloud and rushed out, pushing the woman who tried to stop him away. 
He raced to the King’s residence, as fast as his legs could carry him. The huge wooden gates of the structure were closed and secured from inside. The rain lashed drowning his cries. Misgivings regarding the King’s welfare made him shudder. He had to meet General Ugra. Something told him that the General had his own reasons to send the whole platoon of guards to enjoy a drunk night. He was a guard who had sworn to protect the King with his life. The general owed him an answer. Sukratu rushed to General Ugra’s house determined to confront him. 
That, Sukratu realized was the biggest mistake of his life. 
At the gates of the general’s residence he saw a familiar figure hurrying out of his house, a heavy bundle on his shoulders. “General Ugra!” he called out, feeling relieved. 
The figure started, and the bundle fell to the ground. Sukratu came to a sudden halt as he realized it wasn’t a bundle after all, but a blood-drenched corpse. A stroke of lightning from the sky revealed the face and the very familiar greying curls. Sukratu froze for a long moment before he could speak.
 “K... King...”
Something hit him on the head even before he could utter the name. Sukratu staggered, reeling at the impact, clutching at his long sword in a vain attempt to defend the next move. 
“Finish him!” The General shout behind him. 
Before he turned around, Sukratu felt the cold metal tear into his back. Lightning struck revealing the contours of the person. Khela! The javelin stabbed him again. Thunder drowned his screams. Falling to the ground with the weapon still stuck to his back, Sukratu lifted his sword and managed to slash Khela’s palm though the latter, unlike him was vigilant and alert. Crawling away from the menacing duo, knowing very well that he could not last more than a few moments, Sukratu’s thoughts, went to his innocent daughter. She would now languish as an orphan remaining in dark about the monsters who killed her father. Or would they kill her too?
Sukratu would never know. 


About the Author:
Saiswaroopa is an IITian and a former investment analyst turned author. Her keen interest in ancient Indian history, literature and culture made her take to writing. Her debut novel Abhaya, set in the times of Mahabharata was published in 2015. Avishi, her second novel set in Vedic India explores the legend of India’s first mentioned female warrior queen Vishpala.
She holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music and has won a state level gold medal from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. 










Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The girl who knew too much


About the book

Can true love bring someone back from the dead?Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all?In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but herself as well . . .

My Review

“When you have your lost ones, is it possible to bring them back.” Akshara a little girl has lost her mother in an accident. When Harry passes by, he notices a little girl crying inconsolably. Harry narrates a story to help her deal with the pain of losing her mother.

The story is about Sahiba and Siddharth. Harry falls in love with Sahiba, but Sahiba is in love with Siddharth. Harry secretly wishes if he can be Sahiba's boyfriend and tries to interfere in their love life, but without much success.

Harry latter plans to kill Siddharth but still then fails in his endeavor and Siddharth is miraculously saved. Harry finds the event very disturbing and the incident take a toll on him. He latter dies, when his car catches fire and he is burnt alive.

You need to read the rest of the book to find out what happens next and how the author has twisted the story. The twist wasn't the thing I was expecting in the first place but it was a good one.

I loved the story plot and the love story of Siddharth and Sahiba. Harry the protagonist of the story describes the love life and the way he does, will change the way you looked at love. Though the story was predictable, it was interesting.

Harry narrating the small girl his love life that wasn't fulfilled, will be a bit weird to you, as you flip through the pages and the narrations of the circumstances is really good. Easy on read on one go. The book won't disappoint you if you are looking for a quick romantic read.

I just loved the story and the way the author had put his imaginations into words.

“A thousand good deeds make a miracle.”


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Book review of The Last Valentine


Book review of The Last Valentine

The Last Valentine is one of the phenomenal book that I have come across in a long time.

“Love acknowledges no limits—not even the grave.”

This book has redefined love and has elevated the way you knew about love in your life. It is just at another level where only the best of the best romantic author's dare to tread. The classic story telling ability, which makes the reader spellbound can only be done by someone who truly loves his work. It is the love for one's craft that pushes you out of your comfort zone to put your feelings in words.

I really love the story telling and the plot of the story. And what keeps you turning the pages is the mystery that surrounds the story. An eerie silence that it leaves you with when the author takes you to a graveyard to share the secrets about love only in the presence of the dead.

The author has made a perfect mixture of the dead, living and the love between them when both the love birds were alive and when separated by fate long to meet their partner after death.

You won't realize when your two minutes become two hours, while reading the story. Time will just fly away when you are engrossed in the story, but I can assure you, that you will be left with a story that will have a long lasting effect on you.

Read more about the book at Online BookClub.

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day".

Sunday, 16 July 2017

“Border Post 99”— No man’s land

“Border Post 99”— No man’s land--- Book Review

What is more important a county’s pride or an individual’s connection with another person?

Every time you listen to anything about India and Pakistan in this part of the country, it reminds you of all the terrorist attacks, war between the two nations and the long standing conflicts the two nations had since Independence.

The only thing that has connected both the countries is at an India—Pakistan cricket match. In India its said cricket is a religion and when we play with a match with Pakistan, there is a lot of emotional connection on both the sides.

Now when there is tension and soldiers being killed on either side, this story has just struck an emotional chord in me. On the borders the soldiers are stationed to protect the nation from enemies. But not on the Border Post 99, it practically doesn’t exist on any map and any soldier assigned to the post is virtually non-existent.

Lt. Mangesh Sharma is assigned to this post!

Now on a “No man’s land”, you have practically nothing to do, until unless you meet the enemy. But you still have strict orders not to shoot at your enemy. So, when Mangesh does his daily patrols on the Indian side of the post encounters a Pakistani on the other side of a stream that separates the two nations.

What follows is a series of events, where one soldier tries to harm the other without killing. This somewhat feels funny, even on book review. I assure you that these harmless events will entertain you a lot but as you all know when you are in India –Pakistan Border, there is always tension lurking around the corner.

I was beginning to question myself where is the story leading to, the first half of the book was just exceptional, and will the climax/ending do some justification to the introduction.

Behold the writing skills of Kedar Patankar that reaches its peak in the final few pages, where he mixes tension with humility and makes sure that humanity wins above all wars, killings and hate.

Never ever had an author had made a twist in the story that would leave you with the question of what really did happen next. I really want to know, of what happened to the Pakistani Captain Adid Khan, after the military convoy of India left the No man’s land.

I wish I can read a sequel to this story or craft one and present the story to Kedar.

I also wish to meet the author, to find out if the story is real and the events that might have happened that lead him write such an incredible story.

It’s a 5 star rating from me and anyone reading this review should read the story.

And my last wish, I wish our PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif, to read this story so that Nawaz Sharif understands the true meaning of humanity and friendship over terrorism and the ability to not take actions on of all the terror activities in their state.


This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day"
Read more about the story at Online Book Club.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

"Avishi" Cover Reveal

~ Cover Reveal ~
Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer
12th July, 2017


Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita
Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda
But largely forgotten to the memory of India
Is the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, Vishpala

Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of the neighbouring Vrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.
Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing amputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?

About the Author:
Saiswaroopa is an IITian and a former investment analyst turned author. Her keen interest in ancient Indian history, literature and culture made her take to writing. Her debut novel Abhaya, set in the times of Mahabharata was published in 2015. Avishi, her second novel set in Vedic India explores the legend of India’s first mentioned female warrior queen Vishpala.
She holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music and has won a state level gold medal from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. 


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Sunday, 18 June 2017

The tree with a thousand apples by Sanchit Gupta


When you have put your heart and soul and have set sail for your dreams, you have already half way there. There are no expectations, no promises but the sheer motivation to work hard, work hard for your object of passion. In the end what matters the most is how deep are you willing to dive for your object your passion.

Sanchit Gupta has made his mark in the world of story telling and carving out the perfect story that will capture a part of your imagination and after you have read the last page of the book will force you to say a WOW! The tree with a thousand apples is a story about the three protagonists Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar and their journey through the ordeals of the night of 20th Jan 1990. Deewan's brother. Ravi is killed by an unknown militant group.

Being a Kashmiri pundit is a nightmare when there are militants attacking the city. Deewan and his family takes shelter in Rehman Chacha's house. The general visits his house, people are killed and bullets doesn't differentiates between a family member and a mob.

Safeena's mother is killed and Bhat's family had to flee owing to the tensions growing in Srinagar and are forced to settle in Mumbai. But life takes it toll and 20 years latter destiny brings together the three friends Bilal, Deewan and Safeena.

What happens next?
Where is Safeena and her brother Bilal?

You need to read the book to find out what happens next and how the world will change for the three friends.

A gripping story line and the odd Hindi words in the book will always comfort you that an Indian writer has changed the way story is told and with such audacity that you will be in complete awe. The book never losses the momentum in describing the situations and circumstances that leads to an incident and that is what keeps you in the hunt about how the story will unfold itself.

A must buy book by Sanchit Gupta.

Friday, 16 June 2017

The Poems of Robin R. Rabi


The Poems of Robin R. Rabii are both influential and controversial. With his poems he shares his feelings. How the world around him has changed, how a baby can change one's perspective about life, religious wars, he has even spoken about the greatness of America, how the society has treated women and also how women have given birth to all the legends that have walked on the Earth.

One of the poems that I loved is “An Open Poem to God”, where he says,

Dear Almighty God, how can you be so bear the oppression that happens in the world and how the unfit men are teaching about religion and the poet wishes that God should stop talking with his self-appointed priests. The poems speak of love, betrayal and about the world filled with war and violence.

One of the best part of the book was the Preface of the book where the poet describes with such skill and precision about life and a mind that is free. Free from the narrow thoughts, can achieve a lot more than a person with a cheap mindset.

I loved this sentence from the Preface

As we tread the path to self-transformation, messages from our subconscious are sent to our dreams, new thoughts are directed to our waking mind. The aggregate of all these gives birth to coincidences that begin to occur with frequency, generating the types of experiences and attracting the types of people that aid in the journey to be free from cultural, societal, ethnic and religious conditioning.......”

I felt as if the poems have spoken for themselves, the message they wanted to convey to their readers. As you flip through the pages you will be in awe about the imagination and the in depth analysis of the poet about a certain subject.

I liked a lot of the poems but some poems are not for everyone though. The poems are worth reading and the more you read the more you will find yourself immersed in this world.

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day".

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Book Review of Immediacy


Immediacy is a series of essays written by the author that compels one to think about the intricacies of life and how things are related to one another.

How can your thoughts influence you and still be very different from what you are perceiving at this particular moment. It a paradoxical world where every other thing happening contradicts how you feel or will feel once the moment passes. You may feel good at a moment and the very next moment something else may happen with you and your mood can change.

The author has mostly focused on the Nazi rule and how his family members suffered. I sincerely felt that this book would have influenced me more at the age of 45 or 50 than it does to me at the age of 25. I felt like this is too much for a 25 year old guy to think about things that dive deep into the world of psychology. The author has gone on to say why Hitler was an influential person and how he was a false Messiah, to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, to a person on a death bed and how she discovers the meaning of life.

The topics discussed here are very different to one another but as you read those essays it all makes sense, but the only proposition that goes against the book is that rather than talking about more how good can prevail, he has discussed more about evil and how to learn life lessons from it.

It was daunting to me to learn so much of truth about life and at a certain point of time I felt as if enough is enough, the author should stop now. You need to follow a pattern when you describe things or want to convey your feelings. But conveying your messages in a way that the reader feels like to set aside the book for a few minutes or hours before resuming again, isn't a way I would love to read.

The book is great for anyone who loves psychology and wants to learn the mysteries of life. It isn't for everyone out there. Only a selected few can understand the true meaning of the book and the messages imbibed in it.

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day".

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Book Review of When Leaves Fall

About the book

Ralph wakes up to what others only experience in a nightmare. Chained to a shed, he has no idea where he is, or who his captor is. His memories are blurred at best. As the days press on, he finds himself experiencing a roller coaster of feelings. Hunger, thirst and pain become his only companions. Flashbacks of a happier time are all he has to keep him going. As his situation deteriorates, he finds himself doubting he ever had the very thing he wants most - a family.

When Leaves Fall is a dramatic thriller with a twist. Keep the tissue box close for the ending.

WARNING: Sad ending

My Review

Ralph isn’t sure what is happening. He is chained in an isolated and desolated place and isn’t sure why is he there in the first place. Who chained him and why? How can you treat a living creature this way? He is forced to use a corner outside the door as a bathroom, and has nowhere to go and there is no one in the vicinity to help him.

Now who is Ralph and why is he chained. The mystery that surrounds the story creates an atmosphere of oblivion. I wouldn’t be a spoiler and you need to buy and read the book to find out what happens next to Ralph. Honestly speaking it was mind blowing when I found out who is Ralph and why was he left alone.


The author has really added an unexpected twist to the story and I really liked a part of the story that says

“A single falling leaf grabbed Ralph's attention. It fluttered playfully about, caught in a gust of wind. It blew around in circles a few times before drifting peacefully down to join the others. How lucky that leaf was. If, at that exact moment, he could choose to be anything, it would have been that leaf. Ralph sighed - brought back to reality by another problem he didn't want to face.”

Interesting piece of story with a twist, that was totally unexpected. Anyone reading the story can relate to message the author has tried to convey to her readers. I like the story and would love to read more of her work.

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day"


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Envoy of Jerusalem by Helena P. Schrader

About the book

Hollywood made him a blacksmith; Arab chronicles said he was "like a king."

He served a leper, but defied Richard the Lionheart.

He fought Saladin to a standstill, yet retained his respect.

Rather than dally with a princess, he married a dowager queen—and founded a dynasty.

He was a warrior and a diplomat both: Balian d’Ibelin

Balian has survived the devastating defeat on the Horns of Hattin, and walked away a free man after the surrender of Jerusalem, but he is baron of nothing in a kingdom that no longer exists. Haunted by the tens of thousands of Christians now enslaved by Saladin, he is determined to regain what has been lost. The arrival of a vast crusading army under the soon-to-be-legendary Richard the Lionheart offers hope -- but also conflict, as natives and crusaders clash and French and English quarrel.

This is Part III of a biographical novel about Balian d'Ibelin. The first two books in the series, Knight of Jerusalem and Defender of Jerusalem, were both BRAG Medallion honorees. Defender of Jerusalem won the 2016 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction set in the Middle Ages and was also awarded the Silver (second place) for Spiritual/Religious Fiction in the 2016 Feathered Quill Book Awards. It was a finalist for the 2016 M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction.

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day".

My review

Envoy of Jerusalem is the third book in the historical fiction genre series about the king Balian d’Ibelin. He had surrendered the Holy kingdom of Jerusalem and was set free by the Sultan. But he is determined to take control of the kingdom as soon as possible. His thoughts are always about the people of the land and how to evade those people from being slaves of the Sultan Salah ad-Din.

A fight to get back the land they had called their own some days ago before the attack of Salah ad-Din. Balin was able to free himself and was able to free the people who were able to pay the ransom. But there are many who can’t afford the ransom and were held captive till, Balin finds a way out.

The story tells us a tale of Lord Balin and the wars that he has fought, which makes the historical fictional book interesting. I just fell I love with the narration and how the author has used his writing skills to get the attention of the reader, just making him spell bound with the plot. I had a great time reading the book though I was very confused with the characters in the story. At one point of time I lost track of the where the story was going to, as the characters kept changing on every page.

I would love to see a movie made out of the story. A picture says more than a thousand words, so a movie will do justice to the story and its characters.


A great book that you will keep you engaged till the very last page. 

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Book Review of Into Autumn.

Book Blurb

Lars is living alone in the Texas countryside when the economy collapses and his world becomes a dystopian nightmare. Joined by outsider Eileen, he and his neighbors band together for survival in their “Peaceful Valley.” They must learn to scratch out sustenance while fending off predatory invasions in an increasingly violent and lethal world. Into Autumn is a sweeping adventure, a thought-provoking saga that could happen to us all.

My Review

Lars the protagonist of the story is fed up with this life and decides to purse his dreams at the age of 54. Lars went on from being a mechanic in his mid twenies to the owner of Lindgren Chevrolet by the age of thirty, he had seen a lot in his life. He decides to live the hustle bustle of the city life and buys a 40 acre land near a river on the county side, so that he can live peacefully. He has everything he needs but he is missing something. He needs a woman in his life, having divorced his wife.

Now the author introduces us to Eileen, who worked in stock markets and after the stock market crashed on one fine day, and the news channels reporting of riots and the disturbance in the world, enough is enough for Eileen. She decides now is the time to leave the city and head south, to go far away from the city life.

On her journey to the south, she happens to drop by at Lars property. She eventually plans to stay with him and falls in love with Lars. But things were not going to be easy there. To be able to protect herself from intruders she has to learn how to shoot and a lot many things this, quite different from the city life.

Things turn around as chaos takes palace, the government is practically non-existent and there violence is on the rise. Lars and his neighbors have to take steps to ensure their safety.

A story of survival under hardships and far from one's comfort zone. Lars and Eileen's story tells you about the survival of the fittest. One should always be aware of one's surroundings where there is no one to take care of you rather than yourself.

I love the emotions the author has put into in the story and the conversations the characters in the story have among each other. Father missing his son and daughter and taking revenge upon killing his neighbors. The author has depicted the story wonderfully and in a way that you will not put stress on you. You will feel as if you are going with the flow of the story. The pace of story plot is great but I felt as if some parts in the story was narrated too much, excepting that I love the story plot as one situation leads to another and how the protagonists of the story face all the mayhem.


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Monday, 5 June 2017

Book Review of Outland Exile

Book Review of Outland Exile

Incredible piece of work by the author in showcasing the dystopian world, where the Democratic Unity of America rules over the majority of the population and how it is different from the people living in exile.

Their only crime being their age, anyone above the age of 40 is forced to retire and  they live to the West of the Unity in Outlands and they come to be known as Siris.

Lieutenant Chui is sent as the person in charge to access the damage and restore the station at Sunprairie. On the day of the reaching the station, she overlooked the damages. While asleep after a day’s work she was kidnapped and her ID chip was removed by a man named Jesse. She then had to follow the man for nearly six months before coming to a place where the older people stayed.

Chui was moved by seeing the ways the Siri’s lived, things she had never seen before in her life, the love among the kids, young and the old. Now she is in a dilemma as to what is captivity, the outlands or the Unity.

The emotion described by the author is just out of the box and strong. You can feel how the characters must have felt when they would have the new world they were never introduced to and the freedom that it brought along with it.


In an epic and compelling story W. Clark has made the book a must read for everyone.

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day"

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

You will do anything for her

Book blurb:

Dearest,

What I want most is to feel cared about and loved by you.
I’ve tried everything, but it’s not working.
What more can I do?
I love you so much, but I don’t feel like there are two of us in our relationship.

When you fell for her, were you so crazy in love and happy to be with her that you did whatever she wanted, so she’s happy with you? 

Do you feel your relationship isn’t working for you, but it sure seems to be working great for her?

Are you exhausted from trying so hard to please her?

Do you sometimes think that there is something wrong with you?

Would you like someone to tell you why you’re so unhappy and why your relationship isn’t working?

Would you like to learn something new about yourself and learn what you have to do to get what you want in your relationship?

My review:

The worlds around you will change once you find the person who cares about you and your feelings and with whom you can be your self, so, that you’re emotionally stable. In a relationship you need the love of the other person and get the same amount of love back in return. And finding that perfect partner is one of the many important things in life.

The authors of the book “You will do anything for her”, describes how one falls in love with the other partner and how you make every effort to make her feel loved and care about her. The initial stage of the relationship is wonderful and you start believing that she is your life and start planning for your future with her.

The author describes this as a one-person relationship where she is dominating your life and wants all your attention. You begin to lose your self. And when you can’t fulfil what she needs she blames you, putting you in an emotional turmoil.

Now the author describes why there is a one-person relationship. This is the best part of the book and 
I don’t want to be a spoiler. This part speaks in length and breadth about the emotional aspect of your life as you were growing from being a kid to an adult. And how your tastes change and how the past influences your present.

In the last the author has given a few ideas about how to change for better, so that you start believing on your self than wasting your energy on someone else. People do change so should you, to lead a life of our dreams rather than, that of regrets.

Excellent self help book! This book shares with you all the tricks of the trade and will be of a great help if you’re suffering from one-person relationship. I loved the fact that the author did use the word “your self” rather than yourself, so that you can focus more on YOUR self, rather than anything else.

The authors have a solid command over the issues they have shared in the book and have beautifully put their opinions which every person can relate to. I am looking forward to read more self help books by the authors.


Loved each and every aspect of the book!

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day". Read more about the book at Online Book Club

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Amidrishti - The Divine Attitude

About the book:

he Divine Attitude provides knowledge to live a life full of purpose and peace. This simple tale of two brothers provides guidance to the art of living with greater spiritual and emotional intelligence. A wonderfully crafted tale, the book narrates the extraordinary life of Amichand, a virtuous merchant who confronts challenges in life through his faith and patience. A life-changing odyssey, his journey provides powerful practical lessons that teach us to: Nourish relationships with family members Cultivate self-discipline Deal with adversities in life Be a benefactor to all including our own family members The story is all about relationships but there is a learning to one's own self also, which is very powerful. Also available in Gujarati as ""Amichand ni Amidrishti"" and in Hindi as ""Amrut Drashti."""

My review:

“Amidrishti – the divine attitude” a self help book aims to help people understand the mysteries of life and how to overcome the odds that one faces in his/her life. Written by Acharya bhuvanbhanu Suri, the book speaks in length and breadth about the life of our protagonist Amichand.

Amichand is a son of a wealthy merchant and his father passed away soon after his marriage. Being a mature and virtuous person Amichand takes proper care of the business and his mother who grieves the loss of his husband. Amichand promises his mother that he will take good care of his brother Vinu and to love him as their child.

Vinu grows older and gets married to Tara. Tara seeing such goodness of Vinu's brother and sister-in-law towards her husband, becomes jealous. She tries to corrupt the mind of Vinu by manupulating him against his family. She eventually succeeds in her endeavor and separates the family as well as the business.

I won't be a spoiler and you have to read the rest of the story to find out what happens next.

Amidrishti, the book based on the teachings of Jainism, enlightens the reader about various situations that takes place in a person's life and how to overcome the turmoils in life. Honestly speaking I loved the story and the message imbibed in it. Lord Mahavira's teachings truly reflect in the story and how can a person change if he embraces Jainism and follows the path of Mahavira. A person's thought process reflects one's state of mind and how well he can handle situations in life.

Amidrishti has described each and every aspect of a person's life and the author has reflected his thoughts on a particular circumstance and how to deal with it before moving to the next aspect.
This is what I loved about the book, being shown the path of greatness by the author himself.

The story plot is exceptional and the teaching is even greater but there is something that I didn't like about the book. I accept the teaching is of Superior quality and there is no match to it.

Maybe the original text is completely different from the one translated to English. But this is what I didn't like about the book.

There is an excessive use of the word “Poison” in the first few pages of the book. For a self-help book to use the word poison repeatedly is completely outrageous. I believe that a self help book should focus more on how can a person change his life by reading the book and not by repeatedly being convinced that a nectarous thought is better that poisonous thought.

I read this quote a long time ago “Good of everything bad.” and this applies to every form and aspect of life. I really didn't like the translator using the words like poison, poisonous, jealousy, envy again and again throughout the book. This pained me as a reader, as I believe that a self help book should focus more on positive thoughts and should change the words that reflects more positivity than negativity.

When you focus on solutions rather than problems, life becomes easy. The book has focused more on problems and how to get rid of them eventually. I say rather than discussing how to address the problems, discuss on what could have been done, so that the situation wouldn't have taken place in the first instance and that would have been incredible.

I wish Acharya Bhuvanbhanu Suri's thought and his original writings are much different than what I have read.

The characters in the story have justified their purpose and the story should have been left alone rather than doing an autopsy on a particular situation. Yeah! I know why the author has chosen to teach and enlighten a person though the story of Amichand, so that one can co-relate his/her life to Amichand's life and change the way he/she thinks.

I can say one thing, the story and it's characters have won but the words that have described the situations have lost owing to negative words like poison, poisonous, hatred, victim, nectarous as a word also lost in fulfilling its true purpose. As I said earlier “Good of everything is bad.”

What could have been done is that the story should have been different book and the teachings should have been written in a completely different book.

I wish to read the original text of the book Amichand rather than the translated version in English.

About the author:

Jain Acharya Shri Bhuvanbhanu surishwarji Maharaja was a clairvoyant, acadamic genius, profound thinker, skillful orator and versetile writer. He acquired GDA degree from London. Has written more than 80 books of various subjects. He was renowned scholar of Prakrit, Sanskrit and Gujarati and had mastered every aspect of Indian Philosophy

'I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.'


Below is my review on Goodreads



Amidrishti - The Divine AttitudeAmidrishti - The Divine Attitude by Acharya Bhuvanbhanu Suri

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“Amidrishti – the divine attitude” a self help book aims to help people understand the mysteries of life and how to overcome the odds that one faces in his/her life. Written by Acharya bhuvanbhanu Suri, the book speaks in length and breadth about the life of our protagonist Amichand.

Amichand is a son of a wealthy merchant and his father passed away soon after his marriage. Being a mature and virtuous person Amichand takes proper care of the business and his mother who grieves the loss of his husband. Amichand promises his mother that he will take good care of his brother Vinu and to love him as their child.

Vinu grows older and gets married to Tara. Tara seeing such goodness of Vinu's brother and sister-in-law towards her husband, becomes jealous. She tries to corrupt the mind of Vinu by manupulating him against his family. She eventually succeeds in her endeavor and separates the family as well as the business.

I won't be a spoiler and you have to read the rest of the story to find out what happens next.

Amidrishti, the book based on the teachings of Jainism, enlightens the reader about various situations that takes place in a person's life and how to overcome the turmoils in life. Honestly speaking I loved the story and the message imbibed in it. Lord Mahavira's teachings truly reflect in the story and how can a person change if he embraces Jainism and follows the path of Mahavira. A person's thought process reflects one's state of mind and how well he can handle situations in life.

Amidrishti has described each and every aspect of a person's life and the author has reflected his thoughts on a particular circumstance and how to deal with it before moving to the next aspect.



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