Sunday, 13 January 2019

#BookReview : Dark Circles by Udayan Mukherjee




Ronojoy's mother dies alone in the Ashram she had abruptly retreated to twenty-eight years ago, leaving him - then only twelve- to fend for the emotional needs of himself and his six-year-old brother.  When the cremation rites are complete, Ronojoy is handed a letter from his mother that is not so much a farewell as a confession. As before, it is left to him to decide whether to share the disturbing contents with his brother, whom he has always sought to protect. Thus, begins another tumultuous cycle in the lives of the two brothers who already carry deep scars from their childhood; their fragile minds ever at risk of succumbing to the dark. Written in spare, stark prose, Dark Circles deftly weaves past and present, offering tantalizing glimpses of bottled truths buried deep in the recesses of repressed memory; brilliantly exposing the dark undercurrents that swirl under the seemingly placid lives of families.


Dark Circles is the debut book of Udayan Mukherjee, published by Bloomsbury India. The author had a two-decade career as a television anchor/editor and continues to be an occasional commentator and newspaper columnist. He divides his time between the Uttarakhand Himalayas and Mumbai.

The story revolves around two brothers, Ronojoy & Sujoy who are very close to one another. As they lose their mother at a young age, Ronojoy being the elder son feels the burden of taking care of his younger brother but he is also burdened with a secret which his mother wrote in her last letter to him. A secret which has the possibility to break the harmonious relationship between the two brothers. Should such a secret be kept so in order to keep the family intact or should it be shared in order to keep transparency? Get this book here to dive into their lives,
The book starts with a shocking note which sets the tone for the whole story. It speaks about the family dynamics, how circumstances force people to be more mature for their age & how small ripples have the power to destroy their families. The story explores several dimensions of life & is beautifully portrayed though at times I felt left out in need of more details. The language used is simple, the cover is beautiful & the title is well suited. Surely something that shouldn’t be missed.


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

#BookBlitz ; Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh


Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh 



File Size: 709 KB
Print Length: 168 pages
Publication Date: December 26, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07MDHHP27
Genre: Romance/ Short Read 

Ranking on amazon.in 

#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Romantic Suspense
#7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Indian Writing
#7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thriller & Mystery

A thrilling tale of unconditional love amidst danger and certain death.


The Man
Security expert Nikhil Mahajan is in mortal danger. Gravely injured and unable to see, he is in the midst of hostile strangers in an unknown place. Any hope of survival is fast fading away. 

The Angel
Should an innocent man be left to die just because he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Someone has to intervene. 


It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR





Author of the bestselling romantic thriller ‘The Bodyguard’, Ruchi Singh is an IT professional turned novelist. Her other published novels are ‘Take 2’ and ‘Jugnu (Firefly)’. Winner of TOI Write India Season 1, Ruchi has also published a short story collection, ‘Hearts and Hots', besides being a contributing author to many anthologies.

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#Spotlight ; Publishing Your Book on Amazon KDP by Sundari Venkatraman


Publishing Your Book on Amazon KDP (The Writer's Toolkit Series 4)
by Sundari Venkatraman



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So, you have your manuscript all written, edited, proofed and saved on your PC. The next logical step would be to publish your story.

Read this tool kit to find out the different methods of publishing, the advantages and the pitfalls. 

And IF, after all that, you find that you still have your book unpublished, there’s a surefire way to get your book published. And that’s Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

Want to know how to go about it? Read this booklet to find out all that you need to know.

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About the author


Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 31 titles (27 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Monday, 7 January 2019

#Spotlight ; A Couple of Choices by Ajesh Sharma


A Couple of Choices by Ajesh Sharma



Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 405 KB
Print Length: 133 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Language: English
ASIN: B07836YLTW

Current Ranking on Amazon.in

#21907 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
#49279 in Books > Literature & Fiction

Alex and Phyllis have seen life overtake them. With their dreams, aspirations, and love for each other crushed by the choices they made, their mental discord has led to physical separation. Ten years have gone by when she calls to say she’s coming over to see him. Their meeting opens up old wounds, old memories and forces them to think about their lives, as people, as a couple, as lovers. The story comes together as a reflection of their individual lives, their relationship and the choices that lie ahead of them.

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"Ajesh Sharma, is a Canadian author and playwright. His short stories have appeared in The Telegram Magazine and Unbound eMagazine. A Couple of Choices is his first play. He uses his blog, sloword.com, to showcase his love for wordplay and humor, his intense dislike for cats and his fanatical adoration of okra.

When not wearing colorful socks or attempting to play guitar, he tries to read, write, learn photography and spend time with one wife, two grown-up sons, one daughter-in-law and her dog on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada.

Links to his work may be found at http://www.sloword.com/published-work/"

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Thursday, 3 January 2019

#BookReview ; Cold Truth by Nikhil Pradhan




A missing girl. A curious journalist. A terrifying conspiracy.  When 10-year-old Sakshi goes missing from East Delhi, almost no one, including the police seems too concerned. Not until a journalist begins to ask questions. Soon, what started as an innocuous investigation into corruption and systemic apathy begins to reek of a larger and terrifying conspiracy, as chilling secrets and long-dead skeletons tumble out. Pieced together like a case-file, using police reports, interviews, leaked emails and WhatsApp conversations, COLD TRUTH takes you from the by-lanes of Delhi and the communist bunkers of Russia to the frozen grounds of Antarctica, following a trail that will leave you questioning what is real and what isn't.

Cold Truth is a thriller fiction written by Nikhil Pradhan & published by Harper Collins India. The author is from Gangtok, Sikkim, but has worked and lived in different cities across India. He has worked in technology journalism and in advertising with Ogilvy. Cold Truth is his first book.

The narrator is a journalist who starts to investigate the disappearance of a 10 year old girl from East Delhi, Sakshi Prakash but what seemed like a case of lethargic attitude of police & authorities takes a different turn as the investigation goes further by collecting information through newspaper articles, documents, whatsapp chats, etc taking our narrator from India to Russia & then Antarctica. Get this book here to unravel a mystery you’ve never read before,
Let’s first acknowledge a fact that this is the debut book of the author but I can assure you that it won’t feel amateurish at all. The plot is ambitious & is a breath of fresh air, though meanders a bit but then picks up the pace quite smoothly. The cover is nice, the title could’ve been better while the language used is quite simple except some typical words which might be a hindrance for some readers. A good read for thriller lovers.


Sunday, 30 December 2018

#BookReview ; Awaken The Durga Within by Usha Narayanan



Awaken the Durga Within is a handy, easy-to-follow guide to help women assert themselves at home and work and reclaim their life. As women in a patriarchal country like India, they are often held back by family or society; and even education or employment does little to help improve their status. Bringing in lesser-known and exciting stories about goddesses from Hindu mythology, Awaken the Durga Within puts forward practical solutions that can be implemented immediately, without compromising on values and principles. These stories will help invoke the ‘Shakti’ within every woman so as to transform their minds and transcend their limits. The book helps her Identify the fears holding her back and discover a pithy, three-step process to take control of her life. She is guided on how to make choices that are right for her and experience the rewards. Now it's easy to discover the true spirit of feminism wherein women are given the same rights, power, and opportunities as men.

Awaken The Durga Within is a self help book by Usha Narayanan & published by Rupa Publication. The author had a successful career in advertising, radio & corporate communications before becoming a full-time author. When she is not travelling, writing or editing, she reads everything from thrillers to the Puranas. She has written several books. To know more about her visit www.ushanarayanan.com .

The book has been written in form of a guide where the author from the first chapter itself focuses on self worth and from there till the last chapter she takes us on a tour of empowering oneself & realizing the potential. She uses mythology as a pillar to support the basic point the chapter is supposed to convey. The step by step initiatives advised in the book are tailored for women irrespective of their age or marital status. Do indeed get this book to adopt a sure shot path to success,
I have read Usha Narayanan’s work before too but they’ve all been fictions around Indian mythology but in this book we get to see something new. I honestly don’t like self help books because they tend to be boring but the author here has amalgamated it with mythology making it enjoyable along with giving useful insights regarding several things. She talks about the three “C”s , Choice, Change & Create. She makes a strong case for women making their own decisions & only then be able to take over their lives for their betterment. A truly magnificently written book which one won’t be able to keep down without reading it all the way. The cover is beautiful, the title is appropriate & the language used is simple. Surely a must read.


Sunday, 23 December 2018

#CoverReveal : Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh

~ Cover Reveal ~
Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh


The Man
Security expert Nikhil Mahajan is in mortal danger. Gravely injured and unable to see, he is in the midst of hostile strangers in an unknown place. Any hope of survival is fast fading away. 

The Angel
Should an innocent man be allowed to die just because he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Someone has to intervene.

About the Author:
Winner of TOI WriteIndia Season 1, Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is ‘romantic thriller’. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.