Monthly Archives: October 2017

Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani – Book Review

Beyond Secrets

BY: ALKA DIMRI SAKLANI

Synopsis:

Noel is a counsellor, risking his career for volunteering in an orphanage.
Nidhi is an engineering student on the surface, but deep down a broken girl in search of some unanswered questions.
Appu is a sweet little orphan, unaware of the cruelties of the world.
Despite being miles apart their stories interweave in “Aashiyana”, the orphanage. Their little journey together changes their lives in ways they never imagined.
One recurring nightmare, one unexpected phone call, one stolen diary, many lies and secrets, and a calling from the past are just the highlights. And when they depart, they are not the same anymore.
They didn’t hurt each other, it was a game of destiny. Will they ever be able to rediscover themselves and more importantly, will their paths ever cross again?
Beyond Secrets is a novel with layers of suspense and different nuances of relationships. And one question that can’t have just one answer – How long does it take for a scar to heal?

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Adventures in Farland by Moshank Relia – Book Review

Adventures in Farland

BY: MOSHANK RELIA

Synopsis:

Mira Rawat has heard tales of Farland all her life from her mother, who has described the magical place of gnomes, fairies, mermaids and animals, and especially its wondrous festival, the New Moon Party. Now, Mira has been informed by a man named Bushy that she has been invited by Princess Harmonica to attend the party. Bushy also uses a spell to turn her two friends, the mischievous and vexing boys, Bira and Vira, into rats so that they will not disturb the other party guests with their constant fighting and misbehaviour. At midnight, Mira, with Bira and Vira snuggled in her pocket, climbs Gunhill and is picked up by the pilot Starhead and flown in his plane to the party. However, the flight is cut short by a terrible wind, and Starhead is forced to land his plane near the Lost Forest. There, Mira discovers that Farland is in great jeopardy. Another Farland resident, Windman, has been generating great windstorms to prevent the Queen of Witches from reaching Dragon Hill. She intends to release the Dragon of Underhill, chained in its den beneath Dragon Hill, so that Farland will be burned and completely destroyed.

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Colours of Passions: Unravelling Dark Secrets Behind the Limelight by Sourabh Mukherjee – Book Review

Colours of Passions: Unravelling Dark Secrets Behind the Limelight

BY: SOURABH MUKHERJEE

Synopsis:

“Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen?

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, the dashing young entrepreneur, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered by three men. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model, and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

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Hell! No Saints in Paradise by A K Asif – Book Review

Hell! No Saints in Paradise

BY: A.K. ASIF

Synopsis:

2050, New York. In the aftermath of a gruelling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani–American student, enters an alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan, now in the grip of a brutal fundamentalist government and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the Caliphate. To accomplish this, he must pose as a true believer. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father’s inner sanctum and complete his mission?

Hell! No Saints in Paradise is both biting satire and allegory that takes urban fantasy to dizzying heights.

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Rooh Se Rooh Tak by Vineet Bansal – Book Review

रूह से रूह तक

लेखक: विनीत बंसल

पुस्तक परिचय:

गर ना समझें तो यह महज़ एक कहानी है, एक किताब है… बाकी और किताबों की तरह, जिसे आप पढ़ते हैं और भूल जाते हैं। समझें तो एक कोशिश… उस शय के सबसे सच्चे और सुच्चे स्वरूप को जानने की जिसे हम सभी प्रेम कहते हैं। कहानी की शुरुआत होती है नील से। किस तरह से एक छोटे से शहर का सीधा-सादा सा लड़का यूनिवर्सिटी में आता है और उसकी चकाचौंध में खो जाता है। पहले ही दिन उसकी मुलाकात होती है रणदीप से- यूनिवर्सिटी का सबसे रुआबदार लड़का। दोनों दोस्ती से कुछ आगे बढ़कर एक-दूसरे को भाई समझने लगते हैं। इसी बीच नील को प्यार हो जाता है- सच्चा प्यार, अदिति से। प्यार रणदीप को भी होता है- रिया से, लेकिन एकतरफ़ा प्यार। परिस्थितियाँ कुछ यूँ करवट लेती हैं कि रिया आत्महत्या कर लेती है और जाने से पहले अपनी हत्या का इल्जाम लगा जाती है नील पर। क्या नील रणदीप को अपने बेगुनाह होने का यक़ीन दिलवा पाता है? क्या होता है जब आपका सबसे अच्छा दोस्त आपका सबसे बड़ा दुश्मन बन जाता है? क्या होता है जब प्यार सनकपन की सभी हदें पार कर जाता है? क्या होता है जब आपको प्यार और ज़िन्दगी में से किसी एक को चुनना पड़ता है? क्या नील और अदिति प्यार की उस ऊँचाई को हासिल कर पाते हैं? क्या दोनों एक हो पाते हैं? जवाब आपके हाथों में है- ‘रूह से रूह तक’

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