Thursday, 15 March 2018



No of pages :  160

Published by : Harpercollins Publishers India

Published on : 2018

Genre : Non Fiction selfhelp Parenting Tips

Booklinks :  Goodreads   Amazon Flipkart  HarperCollins

Author's Links : Goodreads Amazon  Facebook  Twitter Youtube  

My review 

Rudimentarily geared toward dads ONE MINUTE SUPER DAD   is an excellent handbook for every father who wants to ensure a heavenly  future to his progeny.
This wonderful  volume by Dr Prashant  Jindal, Foreword by Raymond Aaron   imparts crucial and  critical lessons  to shape and improve the quality of the children’s life . Drawing  from his  own experiences, research, and studies along with the sayings of many a motivational teachers   and coaches like Tony Robbins.

99 Magic moments  are put  into logical sections concerning broad areas: Necessities , life  principles, and practical tips.  . Each moment deals with the advices as well as suggestions. Occasionally, the author has supplemented   the Magic   with pictures with amazing texts to highlight  and reinforce them.

The magic  themselves are  adorable and actionable. For example, Magic 55  coaxes the father to create a collection of photos of his family and children that they can all enjoy seeing together now and then.

There are 11 chapters each one captioned .  The first one – Why is a Super Dad is so Crucial Today?

My favorite is Music: Nutrient of Mind and Body.

The following nuggets of wisdom from the book have touched my heart.

A high self-worth is the ultimate gift that parents can give to their child, which in turn would prove mutually rewarding.

Parenting is a skill that can be acquired, honed and nurtured , one that needs some self discipline too, as there is a tender mind observing it all.

Hug your child every day and say ,’You are my most precious thing in the world”. After all , a hug a day keeps the psychiatrist away.

The title , subtitle  are fantabulous.  The bold letters, seamless language , fantastic narrative prose and the references from well acclaimed authors and speakers make the reading an effortless and engaging one.

The cover design by Rashmi Gupta is brilliant. 

I recommend this book to all dads , and moms to understand the role of the fathers. On special occasions this book should  be given as  a gift. It would change dads totally .

As the profit of the sale of the book is going to charitable cause your single investment in the book would give you double benefits.

Albeit  two hours are  sufficient for reading the book I suggest this book should take a place in your shelf to be taken frequently to reread it and savor the pearls of wisdom .

My score 4/5

Disclaimer: I have reeived the copy of the book free from Writersmelon and  this is my honest and unbiased review.  

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Review of Khoobsurat Unlimited


No of pages :  179

Published by :  Power Publishers

Published on  : 2017

Author's links :  Goodreads Amazon   Facebook  Twitter  Website  Instagram

Genre: YA Fiction Contemperroy Corporate Thriller

My review 

A taut and twisting novella  KHOOBSURAT  UNLIMITED , MONEY MISTAKES MEN is revolving around   survival amidst of cut throat competitions ,ambition , bond within the family , breakup  pain, lust  and sex in the back drop of corporate realm. It pivots on happenings in the life of the highly placed professionals called as  super women   in their  personal and professional relationships in a ludicrous and echt  light .Both the title and subtitle are beguiling .

I couldn't put this book down and now that I have finished it, I am thinking I will read it again and recommend to my friends. So much of this book resonated with me.  I like the way the social drama unfurls.

The book tells the story of highly qualified and well experienced executives  associated with Khoobssurat Unlimted Pvt ltd ,a big established corporate cosmetic  company situated at Noida near New Delhi. Shilpa Arora  ,41 year old  CEO and her husband  Rakesh CFO are living with her daughter Anu. Varsha is the sales manager and she is married to Gauravdeep.

Since Nitin Bharadwa Ex Marketing Director has resigned and joined  Surya Cosmetics their rival  group , Shilpa wants to appoint Karen half -Indian and half -American who has got the best  record to join the company as they are going  to launch new products and list their company in the Stock market.
Matt an American is the Research and Marketing Manager.
After joining the company Karen is given a period of eleven months to prove herself so that her term would be extended .

Has she achieved the target?
what are the hurdles and bad experiences she encountered  during this journey?
Whether they could launch the products as promised to the shareholders?

As the tale progresses so many questions arise and you have to read the book for the answers.

I like the following  wisdom on life in the book.

When we were growing up , we have expectations from life. as we grow older , life has expectations from us.

I admire the steps Shilpa takes to protect her daughter Anu, by getting an electronic gadget from Japan which helps her to monitor her movements.

Karen's courage to take up a challenging role in India astounds me. I am sympathetic about Shila as she goes through a trajectory of defeat .I hate Gaurabdeep for his rapacity as he wants to make money by hook or crook.

The climax is a fitting  one unexpected and surprising. 

The Authoress has penned the story to keep the suspense till the end and this would give goose bumps to readers.

It is  a nicely crafted  story that blends romance, conflict, betrayal , greediness and societal values without overwhelming the reader with any of these angles.

 The writer’s style is strong and concise .

Cover design by Swarnava Bera is superb.

Dialogue and feelings are well-thought out  and I could easily picture the  occurrences.

The font is medium and the book lengthy without enough  space in between. Otherwise the number of  pages would go up to 280.

Everyone would like the language with the gripping narrative and the pace is stable .The plot is conceptualized well and executed in a meticulous careful manner.

The target readers are urban matured youth  and old who can relate the story easily as they hear lots about corporate life and also  the book deals with sexual exploitation, infidelity, extramarital affair,  gayness , breakup and divorce .

This tale instigates an interest in you from the beginning and  reading this pleasant, heartfelt book  will leave you uplifted at the end! It is well-worth the read.
Fully developed characters take the readers to their world.

I recommend this book to all especially those who have got interest in fiction on corporate thriller.

Kudos to the Authoress Ansika Sony on  her debut novel for this immersive story that would 
 tug at every reader's heart.

Authoress can be contacted at

Disclaimer: I  am a Goodreads giveaway winner of the book and this is my honest and unbiased review.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Review of The Temple Bar Woman







My take

Amazing and absolutely glorious……..

I am in a dilemma after reading the blurb. Before going to the dissection of it, I want to  say that I have got mesmerized by the storyline . There is not   a flip flop from past to present, but an even flow which makes the reading seamless. I finished it in two days thanks to the fast-paced, engaging plot , beautiful language and interesting characters.

Sujata Parashar a polular Indian novelist  creates  immaculate prose in quality . She has written 7  books including poetry series and a  short- story collections . Her writing is dainty including all the  vibes .

Her new novel THE TEMPLE BAR WOMAN , A Tale of danger, deceit , and daring  is as powerful as anything she has penned With a contained fury, fiction in the service of polemic.

The plot

           The book starts with  CAST  in a tabular form carrying the characters and their role. It is mainly the MCs we come across in the book. Following the Prologue there are three sections containing totally  35 chapters.

         The social drama opens at Village Anhoni, Agria Pradesh February 1999 . Radha the only daughter of Krishna Kant Chaudhary founder and principal ofEklavya Mahyamik Vidyalaya (EMV)  is a teacher in the same school .
      She plans to enjoy the weekend at a Satrangi Mela going on in the village along with Seema her childhood friend.

There she has a  quarrel with a man as he has hit her going without apology. She raises her hand and slaps him hard across his face. The man happens to be Vikram Pratap Singh, son of Bharat Singh head of Jan sakthi party (JSP).

Provoked by the humiliation  in the public view he has taken it very  personal and tried to teach her a lesson along with his buddies Shekar and Manu. They kidnap her and the sexual attack by them leaves her grievously injured.She slips in to unconsciousness.

What has happened afterwards makes Radha’s trajectory of destiny takes a U turn. The rest of the story talks about her ordeals and efforts to make the revenge.

The pro

Both title and subtitle are nice. There are so many knots beautifully spun by the authoress to make the reading dulcet. The plot flows perfectly characters are incredibly realistic.

 The Authoress  has painted a horrifying picture of rape recovery and revenge.

 She has got  a crisp writing style with multilayered stories and firm grasp on plot.

The ending has surprised me.

The concept revolves around the rape and revenge formula and it turns to the political field. It speaks a lot about the pathetic   condition of sex workers and their problems .

There is also talk  about politics and the same is projected in a positive note through   Rakshit Singh . It is a great solace to meet such people amidst of corrupt and selfish politicians.

Characterisation  is superb. I like Krishna Kant Radha's father, Mala Habiba Khan,s maidservant and Neer Rakshit Singh's eight year old daughter.

 There are sentiments  sprinkled to break the tension which builds slowly throughout the book.

My favorite

I admire the main protagonist Radha for all her boldness and intelligence coupled with wisdom. Also I astonish  the administrative prowess of Habiba Khan who is running the Temple Bar . The love story of Jumki and Arif Khan comes as a relief to  melodrama .

The following revelations as far as the sex workers are concerned would melt anybody’s   heart.

She may live but her life is over . (As uttered by Habiba about Radha.)

She is a kothe-waali and women  like her don’t have a past or future , only the present.

These hapless and vulnerable women who landed in such  places had to struggle for even their most basic rights.

Also I like the all Fridays  as Ride-A-Bike  concept to ease out traffic.
Cover by The Book Bakers is excellent. 

What I feel

Radah wants to take revenge against the main culprit only .
 Two of his accomplices Shekar and Manu are also equally  punishable.

After recovering from her traumatic experience  and becoming a politician she seems to forget her village, the school  and her childhood friend Seema. The villagers  are very fond of her  and her father.

My verdict

This is a helluva book for those who believe in feminism. It has enthralled me with all the entertainment elements and enlightenment about  both the realms of sex workers as well as the politicians  .

Right from the start, the narrative is skillfully interlaced with its ugly aftermath, as if to show how a crime contains consequences within it - seeds of the fury .

The authoress has done all the justification to present a fantastic book and it may lead to so much dialogue and discussions.

I recommend this book to all .

My score    5/5

Disclaimer: I thank Writersmelon for having sent me the book  free in exchange of  my honest and unbiased review

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by [Shibu, Kochery C]

No of pages : 285

Published by     NIYOGI BOOKS

Published on  September 19 2015

Book links    Goodreads  Amazon 

Genre  Fiction Roamnce Adventure  Adult Crime thriller

My take

This is your typical Indian-author  285 -page adventure story throwing in a lot of tales with mature scenes and social drama  to give weightage to otherwise a basic plot.

This book has blown me away due to the action and adventures and I have not taken away the amazing and amusing experience of reading the wonderful fiction of love, freindship,pain   betrayal , and fun.

Even though the book speaks the efforts and endeavours taken by the people associated with the hydel project there are myriad experiences and events met by the MCs in an elaberote and grand manner.

The plot.

The title looks odd because I donnot know the place. The cover design suits the plot.

The strong blurb starts with the following phrase to mean what the book deals with


There are nearly 26 chapters with a name for captions. The first chapter is Nanda. Some chapters carry the caption like The  Tunne Life.
The book starts with Nanda, the main protagonist in whose POV the story is told an engineer from Kerala , is taking a bus from Delhi to Dhauladhar where there is a hydel project is going on. His story from his birth to till date is told .

Khusru , a youth in Kasmir is working as a labourer in the same dam campsite. Rekha a Kathak dancer and also  doctor comes  to the site along with him.

All the three protagonists have  got their own stories and the whole book covers their experiences both joyful and poignant.

I do not want to speak about the storyline as it is the strength of the book  I want to say the highlights of the same for the benefit of the readers.

The pro

There are myriad subplots which are wonderfully woven to make the reading a fantastic journey. The language is beutiful and the pace is indeed fast. There are a plethora of characters and all are highly intelligent and wise. 

The best part of the book is the way the story is told. It is in a ludicrous and scintillating way . We would get hooked to the narrative prose which is very excellent . There are copious happy and sad moments .
The impact of the book would remain with us for a long time. EspeaciEsp when we visit a dam we would think of the sufferings , challenges due to claimate  conditions etc , and the ordeals endured  with courage by the all involved in the project.

The happenings in the camp site form one  part of the story : but there are so many other aspects on various facets  are included in the same to engage and entertain the readers. 

Sexual encounters of the MCs are described in a nice way. 

My Favorite

I like all the MCs namely Nanda , Khusru and Rekha I admire Kuchi for all his sense of duty and his arrangement of cake in recognition of meeting the target. I also like the episode in which Khusru fights with the Pathan and asks the girl who was sexully assaulted by him to kill him. 

The following philosophical words have caught my attention

When you are so full of sorrow you can't walk can't cry anymore ,think about the green foliage that sparkles after the rain.

Yesterday is but today's memory , tomorrow is today's dream.

Just because a child has got a big plate does not mean that the mother will serve him more. 

My verdict

I love this book . Set against the backdrop of a campsite for the hydel power project the life and death situations people meet , the energy and enthusiasm shown by the professionals to achieve their dreams would enthrall us. 
Kochery C Shibu with his experience in the hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka has crafted  the novel wel to fill the readers' senses, sights and smells of the campsite. Both the Kalari and Kathak dances have played pivotal roles in moving the story 

I recommend this book to all fiction lovers.  Everyone can have this book in his bookself . 

My verdict    5/5 

Dislaimer; I have received the free copy of this book from Writersmelon in exchange  of my honest and unbised review.

The Author

Kochery C. Shibu

Photo taken from Goodreads 

Saturday, 10 February 2018


No of pages   285

Published by  Westland Publications Ltd

Published on   2017

Genre  YA Action Crime Thriller

Booklinks  Goodreads   Amazon 

Author's Links Goodreds  Aamzon  Facebook  Website  Twitter  Linkedin 

My take

When your child , the apple of your eye falls sick won’t you take all the steps for the   kid’s well being ?

Here in this novel  8 Hours we see  the heroine’s valor like a ferocious lioness  and the  shrewdness to safeguard the corporate concern which she adores like her “Baby” as it is going towards bankruptcy  . 
Once I began to finish four chapters I was so wrapped up by the storyline I had to go on reading it to finish as early as possible.  I was completely swept away by the thrill  and suspense.

Upendra Namburi  a Digital & marketing professional   is so fond of numbers and he has already written two novels namely 31 and 60. 
He has penned  powerful emotionally resonant social drama that confronts the secret about what happens behind the screen rather than what we see externally. A propulsive , incendiary novel about hope, failure , revenge,  friendship and pain ,A twisting tale of  secrets with an underlying creepiness. 

The plot

There are totally 80 chapters. Each one carries the time factor for a caption. The first one starts with 1.00 am.

Aratrika Reddy, the CEO of Arya Holdings ltd  the protagonist is the only daughter of Madhusudhan Reddy founder of the same

She has been working in the corporate concern for the past ten years and elevated to the position of managing director and vice president of the same by her sheer hard work .

The trouble starts with the recall notice from the bank sent by Sunder Das threatening  if the amount is not paid the bank would take  over the ruins of the Arya concern.
 The onus of saving the firm falls on the head of Aratrika . She seeks  the help of Peter Menezes  her childhood friend  presently working in the Piers largest equity firm run by Keith Connors in silicon valley  and Jaganath Reddy her father’s cousin .

 There are two bidders for taking over the sick unit ie Piers and Elixir.  Elixir was started by Harshavardhan Rathore and his son Rajyavardhan Rathore is introduced in the business.
Once Aratrika  begins  her mission to save the firm , the bitter secrets come into light; indigestible truths are unfurled. So many knots are unrolled. This form the rest of the story.

The book discusses domestic violence to woman empowerment.

The pro

Nice title. The image of hourglass on the cover with dark background indicate the stroy that runs for 8 hours.

There are many  charecters , they  are intelligent smart and shrewd  at the same time some are villainous.   The main  plot is rare one.   . The subplots are awesome.  . The strength  of the novel lies on the fast pace and once you start to read means you won’t leave it until you reach  the end. The climax is a fitting one The story moves through dialogue and past events are told in flash back .

The characters are so meaty , the dialogue so intriguing , and the happenings are so realistic.

There are suspense and spine-chilling events  to hook you.  The icing of the cake is that the story is told in conversations alone . The storyteller in the author reveals in keeping the tempo till the end.

The book discusses the following points thru the social drama

The nexus between prehensile heads of big corporate companies and corrupt politicians.

The methodology adopted to settle the scores

The magic of pulling the strings to achieve the desired  ends.

The blurb calls the protagonist a charismatic VIP  of Arya   but she is also blessed with photogenic memory which helps her a lot .  She is aggressive acting with prudence and sharp intelligence

The gory  tale deals with the fraudulent indulgence and gruesome crimes .Eerie intense and well crafted novel transports readers to the corporate realm with all its ugliness and true colour albeit it flaunts a rosy picture with the extravagance   show.

My verdict

The  thriller is an amazing read for crime fiction lovers. The language is so good, you would enjoy the twists and turns which accelerate your reading .Especially this book is meant for class audience and others also can enjoy the tale.

Readers would be drawn into this novel which explores the grey areas of cheating, vices and criminal activities

The author who is fond of numbers has given a  thriller with all the masala enough to be made  into  a script for a movie.

The Editing is good. The font is small and paper quality is medium. . The cover and design by Gloworm Creations and the cover photograph Konsantin Kirillow/ Alamy stock photo are  fantastic.       

A dazzling novel from the author of  weird and  inimitable riveting crime thriller . it evokes a spell binding concoction of crime , history , horror and adventure.

My score :  5/5

Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of the aboe book from Writers melon  in exchange of my honest and unbaised review. 

Sunday, 4 February 2018



No of pages   350

Published by  Notion

Published on 2017

Genre : Fiction. Romance , Love

My take 

At Crossroads  GREED FOR LOVE AND THE LOVE OF MONEY is  an emotionally searing novel  of unusual romance and the amassing of wealth. This book from an authoress whose gorgeous and wise prose will stay long after you have finished it.

My attention in the first page grabbed  does not let go until the last page. I usually try to finish the book at the earliest  time. But this book I have taken longer time as I  have relished every page and I have got immersed in the story.
The Plot
A richly layered tale of love, ambition, and betrayal set against the backdrop of St Georges an urban center near London, revolving around the affluent personalities and their dreams and debacles . During the period of 90's and earlier decade of 2o the century.
It starts when there was no  internet and smart phone but ends with time during  the advent  of the same.  It is a twisting tale of secrets with  underlying creepiness.
There are three volumes , 43 chapters.
 Each one starts  with  a notion related to the chapter.
This book tells the story of Lydia a young lady living at Glensfield.It starts with the interference of Frank living there in the love affair of Lydia with Victor. Frank writes a letter to Lydia  how their love cannot materialise as he is engaged with Amy. She leaves Glensfield and goes to  St .Georges . Frank who is interested in buying a cotton mill a sick unit at St Georges goes there. There  she meets Lydia after five years. His brother Oliver  lives along with wife Sara and daughter Samaira.   Lydia runs a garment manufacturing  unit L&L  and she wants to make big money for buying the Glass house which his father has lost due to debts.

Abel Frons shows crush for  Lydia and he wants to marry her. In the mean time she happens to get a big order from a Y&Y retail chain in London run by Timothy Banks  owner of  the same

From thereafter her story changes and so many happenings occur giving MCs both happiness and nightmares earning both friends and foes.

The Pro

 I love the character  development of Lydia and  Frank .  Their personal tragedies and aspirations are well imagined .
This social drama of suspense and thrill  explores  the complexities of relationship, marriage and the dangerous truths they overlook  in the name of love and money.

 Smita Maheswari  has created vivid fully developed characters and masterfully transports the reader to the era .The story flows in a coherent manner in the chronological order  ,
I like the title which fits it rightly in to the story. Also I like the subtitle Greed for love and love for money.  The story talks about the affluence people how they stoop to low level for making their love materialize and amass wealth.

I like the lyrical language , At times it is poetic, engaging  and the narrative descriptive prose keeps you hooked to the end. The pace is steady and even and there is no dragging element  to distract your reading. The concept is good and the authoress has taken all the efforts to give a neat execution.

Thanks e second part of the book deals mainly with international financial arena and there are so many terminologies and events related to stock market ,loss and gain. Those who are interested in these matters can relate them easily.

Volume three exclusively deals with the stock market during the period 2002 to 2008. On page 314  the Lehman’s sale the book gives an account.

My favorite

I like charectorisationof the quintessential protagonist  Lydia  blessed with beauty ,wit and wisdom.

 Who can restrain himself from being captivated by grace, nobility and refinement all personified in such a one as her.
I admire following words of wisdom from the book .

A brilliant mind is nature’s curse in an undisciplined heart.

The only law that binds the soul is love.

Love does not understand reason and intellect can not comprehend the workings of the heart.

I like the way Lydia respects the craftsmen from Crawford and  gives them a new life.
 Both the title and subtitle are eye catching 

 Cover and its design are superb. The. Blurb is a powerful one.
What I feel

Arya ,Frank’s wife is sidelined in the story .  She appears in the first page and another time  when she visits Sara ‘s house.  Also there is a  lack of emotional bond between them albeit they are living together for more than a decade.
My verdict
Perfect characters, an involved storyline and surprising  ending. This book you have to reread many a times.  A beautifully written book exquisite in its sense of place and understanding of the flaws in human nature. This a tale of how they become broken and get thru the process of healing.

Smita Maheswari , a gold medalist in English literature has woven a beautiful literary gem and added a crown to the literary realm.

She  has spun a story that perceptively exploits joy or anguish of MCs .Funny, insightful.... She has used her oodles of talent to remind readers that human beings are caught in the web of emotions and sentiments Startling tragic and ultimately redemptive.
There are many ideas to giver food for a lively discussion. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for a wide audience .  

Very good plot with suitable subplots would make your reading a fantastic journey. Both the covers the design are superb.

I recommend this literary gem to all fans of romantic Fiction and you will find the book entertaining and worth reading. All bibliophiles can add this book to their shelf .

My score : 5/5

Disclaimer:  I give my unbiased and honest review.


No of pages :   160 Published by : Harpercollins Publishers India Published on : 2018 Genre : Non Fiction selfhelp Parenti...