Book Review: Reminiscences by the girl who lived

Reminiscences by the girl who lived
Author: Samrudhi Dash
Language: English
Publisher: Authorspress

“Reminiscences by the girl who lived” is the second novel of Ms. Samrudhi Dash, an erudite scholar of English Literature who is very popular in the literary circle for her interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking poems, articles and essays. Last year, I had got the chance to read her first novel “Beyond the Horizon” and I was impressed by her powerful writing style.

So expectations were bit high when I started reading “Reminiscences by the girl who lived.” And I was definitely not disappointed by the plot, characters, and the narration. Though sometimes I felt why the girl Tariqah who appeared quite mature was not able to handle the problems of her past with ease. Sometimes her acts were not convincing. But everyone has a different perspective on life and I know that the problems which appear trivial to one, can be a turning point in another’s life. Well, that’s life where nothing can be defined with common rules.

What I liked:

1. The story has been narrated by “Pain.” Doesn’t it sound interesting? It is the first time I have read any book where the story is narrated by an emotion.

2. The language of the novel is very impressive. The flow is praiseworthy. I felt as if the author had a reservoir of thoughts which needed an outlet to flow.

3. I felt that the novel was bit philosophical. There were many interesting quotes in the book. I would like to mention one of them- “Life does not give us all answers and sometimes we are better off without ever knowing the answers.

4. Though the first half of the book was a bit slow, leaving me to wonder why the girl Tariqah had such demeanor, why her acts sounded exaggeration of the trivial issues? However, the second half of the book was beautifully written and it answered all the questions that popped up in my mind initially.

Most Interesting Part:

1. I would say the second half of the book. It was intelligently thought, plotted and written. All the sub-plots had been given adequate coverage and none of them abruptly ended.

2. Author has mastered the art of inking the emotions in form of heart-touching quotes. And you would get its glimpse in this novel.

3. All the major characters of the story were interesting, but I liked the character of Ken a lot. Robin sounded a typical Bollywood hero and the lead character, Tariqah appeared more natural and convincing in the second half of the book.

Overall Opinion:

“Reminiscences of the girl who lived” is a commendable effort by the young author. Even a seasoned reader would love the plot especially the way it progressed and its climax, which was actually stated in the beginning but with some twist. To know about that, you will have to read the book.

Overall Rating: I would rate it five stars for the two reasons, first, the way the story is narrated and secondly, as I mentioned earlier, its interesting second half.

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Book Review: The Ride of My Life

The Ride of My Life
Author: Shivjeet Singh Raghav
Language: English
Publisher: Phoneme books

“The Ride of My Life” is an autobiography of Mr. Shivjeet Singh Raghav, a living legend who has been inspiring thousands of the distressed patients through his motivational speech and voluntary counseling.

Autobiographies are not merely books, but they are the invaluable memorabilia of the timeless journey that inundates the soul and replenishes the mind with the colors of life. Unlike a fiction where every chapter is dotted with the unexpected twists and turns, autobiographies are beyond those compulsions or rules. They are the unrestrained expression of long-suppressed emotions. A silent walk to the memory lane or perhaps, a caravan where rapture and excruciating ordeals are queued up in a series, as multi-hued beads to make a long string, named as life.

“The Ride of My Life” is an inspirational autobiography through which Mr. Shivjeet Singh Raghav has shared the story of his life commendably. He has weaved a tapestry of emotions and words. Like me, every reader would be surprised with his sharp memory. The way he presented his story with a bird’s eye view, deserves applause.

What I liked:

1. The use of Bollywood move songs and Urdu/Hindi couplets. I must admit, while reading, sometimes I thought what song he would choose to end the chapter.
2. Language is lucid and simple.
3. He had not overstressed the tragedy part and focussed on the overall journey.

Most Interesting Part:

1. I admire the way he gave the readers a veiled glimpse of his love-life.
2. The detailed narration of every phase of his life.
3. The beautiful pictures of all those who played a significant role in his journey.

Overall Opinion:

This book will compel you to think about the life beyond a closet in which we cocoon ourselves. Do read this autobiography to know that legends endure intense pain but in a gracious way, paving the path for others to draw inspiration from their life’s journey.

Overall Rating: 5

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Book Review: Dance

Dance: Poems
Author: Aabha Vatsa
Language: English
Publisher: Authorspress

Aabha Vatsa is a prominent face in the English poetry circle, famous for her inspirational compositions. Lately, I got an opportunity to go through one of her book, named “Dance.” It is an anthology of thirty-three beautiful poems having profound meaning. As she mentioned in the blurb, her poetry style is both delicate and bold, I have few more observations after reading this book. I find her writings very decent, mature and quite meaningful.

Most of the poems of this anthology are short with the commendable usage of powerful words that raises the interest to read between the lines. The titles of poems are precise and straightforward that gives the idea about the content underneath.
As the poems are short and their sentences have few words, readers can read this book in one go. The cover of the anthology contains a picture of a lady spreading her arms as if she is relishing her freedom from the shackles of the past. I admire the cover design that fits perfectly with the content of the book.

What I liked:

1. Few of the poems like “Aylan Kurdi,” “The Dance,” and “Three men in a Boat,” are beautifully written.
2. Proper usage of ornamental words makes the poems praiseworthy.
3. The cover of the book arouses an interest to read this collection of poesy.

Most interesting part:

1. The first thing that prompts in my mind is the choice of the words which makes these short poems, indeed, soulful.
2. Secondly, the way the poet conveyed the positivity through her writing.

Suggestions:

It would be interesting to read her poems inked in the conventional stanza format with perfect rhymes.

Overall Opinion:

A worth read for English poetry readers. These lyrical poems are inspirational, insightful and have the fragrance of spirituality.

Overall Rating: 5

 

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Book Review- Blue Butterflies: A Bouquet of Poem

Blue Butterflies: A Bouquet of Poem
Author: Namita Rani Panda
Language: English
Publisher: Aditya Prakashan Latur (2017)

Mrs. Namita Rani Panda is an erudite poet who has mastered the art of expressing her observations in beautiful verses. In this anthology of poems, she has poured out her heart and compels the male-dominated society to ponder about the countless trials a woman has to face as a mother, wife, sister or daughter. It is a cruel reality that women have been persecuted for ages at the same place where civilization sprouted from the womb of the mother earth. Even today, in most of the families, women have to suffer due to this deep-rooted male-chauvinism in this part of the globe.

Blue Butterflies is a collection of poems on various subjects directly related to us; however, while reading these gems of poesy, I could feel the feminine perspective in them. All the seventy poems in this book are well written and spellbind the reader. She has succeeded to convey her view on social issues as well as different colors of life.

What I liked:

1. Few of the poems like “Ahalya the Winner” and “Facebook Love” are my personal favorite.
2. Good choice of words used in these poems. She has chosen powerful words that enhance the beauty of her writing.
3. I’m impressed with the formatting, especially the font size and style used in her book.

Most interesting part:

1. I liked the way she raised the social issues. She has firmly presented her views using fewer words. Her writing style keeps you hooked to the book till the end.
2. As the poems were on diverse topics, I did not feel monotone.
3. The way she explained why did she title it as “Blue Butterflies” in the “From the poet’s desk” segment.

Suggestions:
Grey characters do exist in our society whether man or women. Reading her views on that aspect of womanhood would be interesting.

Overall Opinion:
Blue Butterflies is debut book of Mrs. Panda, and she does not disappoint us. Readers would love reading these poems on feminism, social injustice, and human emotions.

Overall Rating: 5

 

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Book Review: By the Flowing River: A Story of Survival & Self Discovery

Author: Vivek Singh

Published by: Adhyyan Books International Pvt Ltd

Year of Publication: 2017

Vivek Singh’s novel “By the Flowing River: A Story of Survival & Self Discovery” is an inspirational novel which has been written, keeping the journey of a river in mind. He has beautifully weaved a tapestry of inspiration quotes having profound meaning. “By the Flowing River” is a story of a promising young man, Sid, who gets detached with the deceptive world and desperately seeks for solitude and spiritual healing after series of the unexpected events in his life. And in this voyage of self-discovery, he comes across many interesting characters who teach him the invaluable lessons of the life and usher him to the path of enlightenment.

What I liked:

  • The basic plot of this novel is quite simple but keeps you engrossed until the end
  • The inspirational quotes used in the book are praiseworthy. These words of wisdom are the invaluable gift by the author, and they will guide the readers in solving the complicated tangles of the life.
  • The way Sid learns about the essence of the life from the strangers with whom he interacts in this spiritual journey.
  • Author has not deviated from the primary focus of the book, i.e., to spread the aroma of positivity through his inspirational quotes.

Most interesting part:

  • I liked the overall concept.
  • The seven quotes, revolving around the river.

Favourite Character:

Sid and Vishwa. I liked Vishwa more as he was quite balanced personality and there has always been a mystery around him since his entry in the novel.

Connect to Character:

I felt connected to the overall plot of this novel. Pointing to one would be an injustice to the many other characters whose roles were short but well crafted.

Climax:

The story of Varsha was bit unprecedented, but I had anticipated the end after finishing Varsha’s section, and realizing, there are few more pages left to read.

Favourite part of the book:

I will remember this book for the two reasons:

  •  Seven inspirational quotes
  •  Overall nice concept

Scene evaluation:

All scenes have been presented in the lucid language. The story develops convincingly. The conversations draw your attention and counter questions are quite relevant. Most of the answers given are satisfactory.

Overall opinion:

Overall good read. I’ve read an inspirational book after a long time, and this book didn’t disappoint me.

Is it gripping?

I would say “By the Flowing River” is a good book that inspires you through its excellent quotes.

Suggestions:

  •  Expected more coverage to the clashes of thoughts in Sid’s mind.
  •  Usage of Powerful words, enhance the beauty of inspirational writing.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

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Book Review: In Search Of Happiness

Authors: Sushil Kumar Rana and Shivangi Rawat
Format: Kindle edition
Print Length: 44 Pages
Language: English
Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Blurb:

Today, when social media is full of scandal, heartbreak, revenge and full of unsocial activities. But there is something a beautiful relation is going to spring up in between Arohi and Aakash. Most of all you are thinking it as love or something like that. But it’s not a love tale; their relationship has no name. Their relationship is more than a friend, relatives. Their bonding is pure and perpetual. Did this type of relationships exist in this savage world? If yes then how and when, to know more about it go through the story. Some relation has no names, but that doesn’t mean that relationship didn’t exist.

Love never is wrong its the person who always. Love has its positivity and can alter a person completely. After breaking up with his girlfriend, Sunil completely drowned in sorrow and grabbed by depression. There is no hope of returning to his normal state, at once he is a famous writer with full of positivity and a motivator to all. So what miracle happens in his life that change him a different soul.

Everybody thinks that happiness lies with money, what if it is wrong. We spent thousands of rupees in the pub, bar multiplex and shopping mall but did we ever draw the inner happiness? Inner happiness is long lasting and not like with today’s temporary happiness.
So where it lies, or this is just a myth in the form of a book. Friends it exists, and you can’t buy it with money and power. You gain it by serving some good deeds. What changes a selfish person into a selfless. To know more, we have to go through Madhav life story

About the book:

“In Search Of Happiness” is an anthology of five short stories written by the avid readers and well-known book reviewers Mr Sushil Kumar Rana and Ms Shivangi Rawat. I liked the concept that two people hailing from two regions, separated by hundreds of miles, came up with a noble idea of bringing the collection of these short stories. This concise anthology can be finished in one go.

What I liked:

1. Their honest attempt to showcase sweet and seemingly real stories.
2. Few philosophical quotes.

Most interesting part:

1. I liked the short story “In search of Happiness” very much. Especially the quotes used in it. I felt the goosebump while reading the second half of the story.
2. These are decent stories, written in the simple language.

Overall opinion:

This anthology is a collection of five short stories penned by two young people. “In search of Happiness” is a story that deserves applause.

Suggestion:

1. I hope that in the second edition, writers will rectify all the grammar issues.

Overall Rating: 3

Sushil

 

Book Review: …and the silence whispered (poetic musings)

Author: Wani Nazir
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9383755369
ISBN-13: 978-9383755363
Publisher: Global Fraternity of Poets

Mr Wani Nazir is an eminent poet and erudite scholar of English Literature, hailing from Kashmir. He belongs to that region of our country which often comes in the limelight due to wrong reasons. Mr Wani Nazir is that fresh breeze of knowledge and wisdom from Kashmir which enraptures all of us from the writer’s fraternity with its heavenly aroma.

All the poems in this anthology are very intriguing. I was interested in relishing their essence and read between the lines. And because of that I intentionally took a week’s time to finish this book. As a reader far from the turbulent life of the valley, I could feel the pain, the sadness and encrypted messages behind these poems. While reading them, I felt as if he was ushering me to those narrow lanes of the valley where every flower, tree and ferns had a story to tell.

What I liked:

1. The title of the anthology. It arouses interest.
2. The brilliant choice of words used in all these poems.
3. His writing style is fascinating. You can infer his profound knowledge of literature, history and philosophy while reading these poems.

Most interesting part:

1. I would say, the title of the anthology.
2. His unfathomable treasure of vocabulary. To be honest, I’m very impressed.
3. I felt as if I’m reading a literature book of the university. I think this book deserves to be on the library shelves of educational institutes.

Overall opinion:

It is a philosophical anthology, which compels you to contemplate over the plight of humanity, our insensitivity and lack of compassion. In this world where expressing honest opinions often brings criticism, you have no choice but to listen to the whispering of the silence.

Overall Rating: 5

Wani