2035

Author : Shruti Jain, Nilutpal Gohain

Publisher : Half Baked Beans

Genre : Fiction, Fantasy

Pages : 144

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In a dystopian world, technology has taken over. “One platform for all” ensure there is no privacy anymore, everyone is a slave of their own digital life. Siddhanth, a refugee in hiding and Rhea, a brilliant software engineer meet by fate and embark on an adventurous journey through ‘Toggle’- a Conglomerate almost ruling the world. “Is technology making lives easier or is it a slow poison strangling humanity?” as Rhea begins to question it all, Siddhanth has his own demons to deal with.

The duo is astounded on deducing that the society’s darkest minds are connected through a network to have their machinations come to life as justice for the rest of the society. As Rhea and Siddhanth try to survive the surreal reality, Toggle will not entertain people meddling with their convoluted plans…

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The book’s title was intriguing so I wanted to read this book. The title itself suggests that the story is based on time travelling into the future.

The book revolves around the year 2035 where there is a developed world which is ruled by the technology. There is less of human interaction and more of dependency on the Robots. The author narrates the story of Rhea – smart, intelligent, ambitious youngster and Syd- son of a minister who was living his life with guilt in China. In the era of AI controlled world, something connects Rhea and Syd.

What is their relationship and how are they connected? Why was Syd living with Guilt?

This book is focused on the boons and curses of the techonology which has made us all their slaves. The author has explained every aspect of life in the year 2035 in a very interesting as well as a scary way. The characters were well built.The emotions of characters are so very well portrayed, that nothing feels unreal. The twists and turns kept me hooked. The language used by the author is easy and understandable . The narration is smooth and the book is well paced.

Definitely recommended to all the fantasy lovers.

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*I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.*

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CHAOS: In romance, sexuality and fidelity

Author : Raksha Bharadia

Publisher : Rupa Publications

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 218

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Most urban couples today experience some amount of chaos in their interpersonal relationships—
whether it be in the struggle to keep the erotic spark alive, trying to balance between the need
for intimacy and personal space, or in handling the new-age demon called boredom!
Long-established patterns of married life are breaking down in a new India where gender equality
and individualism have blurred the domestic division of labour and leadership, often resulting in
ego clashes between partners. Technological advancements such as birth control, IVF, paternity
tests etc., open up options but bring along accompanying complications. It is the same with the
Internet and social media. Old rules of couple relationship—both explicit and implicit—do not
fit well anymore; new rules are still not in place.
In such a scenario, this book seeks to understand the little equations that go to make up a longterm
relationship, thereby throwing light on the steps that, if not well managed, lead to chaos
for both partners.
Some of the questions addressed here are: Why do we feel the need to guard our partner’s sexuality?
Why does boredom set in, in most long-term relationships? Why do affairs begin and is it really
about sex or love at all? And many more such, that deal with the nitty-gritty of day-to-day sharing
of the physical, emotional and sexual space between couples.
By the end of this book, you may just revisit all that you have been taking for granted!

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Have you ever pondered over the thought that Who introduced the concept of marriage? What exactly is the importance of relationship in one’s life? What defines romance, sexuality and fidelity ?

The author Raksha, through her extensive research have written a beautiful book on life’s relationships by giving us an insight into the different aspects of romance, sexuality and fidelity. The book rightly focuses on the modern day relationships and marriage culture as compared to the traditional culture. And how people and their definition of marriage and sex have changed over time. She talks about everything from monogamy, to love, sex, sexuality, gender norms, fidelity and the chaos that surrounds it.

The author has analysed each and every area of focus and has given apt examples with proper solutions and advises. The illustrations were the cherry on the top which made the reading experience more interesting. Various relationship/marriage counselors have also made their experienced contribution to this book. 

You definitely need to pick up and read this book. This book will let you explore the sensitive topics in detail. The chapters are engaging – each connected to a story which is so relatable in today’s world.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this one. I was actually hooked to the book. It’s a short read and an absolute beauty. The language is easy and simple and the book is well paced too.

” Any direction that you move in, a new journey awaits you.”

You must pick this one up and give it a try.

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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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MIЯЯЯO : at THƎ WƎIЯⱭ WAYWAЯⱭ

Author : Manoj Kumar Sharma

Publisher : Notion Press

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 372

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NDIA @ 2030
INDIA, as a developing Nation, grown up manifolds and on the verge of being World’s Super Power with Richest Economy. But at the same time many perennial social problems also grew manifolds, remained inattentive and giving birth to exponential intensification to grievances. The volcanoes of grievances led to Genesis of MIЯЯЯO …
MIЯЯЯO’s unpredictable fearless Modus-Operandi breaks all the Laws and leads to the out-of-the-box solutions as Weird Way Ward, to rejuvenate the Eco-Systems of today’s hypocritical SYSTEMS…it’s up to the discretion of the PEOPLE, to allow or not!
The Story indicates India’s perennial problems through the eyes of the Protagonist, who always dreamt for the solutions as his own personal aspirations, but, couldn’t succeed meeting even single one, out of his own personal flaws. Time compels him taking help of someone, whom he never believed cordially.
Out of gist of many, only 3 problems are selfishly picked-up by the Protagonist, which hurt him most personally.
MIЯЯЯO weirdly solves those 3 problems with the essence of absolute cleansing as permanent solutions… Will INDIA wish to have such weird, but, permanent solutions to all other problems? Let TIME tell…

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The story is set in 2030 where India is on the verge of becoming World’s Super Power with Richest Economy. But at the same time many perennial social problems also grew manifolds. In this situation of advancement and the social stigmas – The protagonist, Indo Sharma always dreamt for the solutions as his own personal aspirations, but, couldn’t succeed meeting even single one. Time compels him taking help of someone named Mirro whom he never believed cordially. Who is this Mirro? How will he help Indo in solving his issues?

I was confused when I read the blurb, but the story happened to be filled with a lot of twists and turns. Though at some points the narration and point of view of the characters were dragged, I still liked the whole idea of the author. I liked how the book covered all the prevalent social issues but some of them were repetitive and made the story a bit boring. The book is slow paced and the narration is dragged. The language is easy and understandable.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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Anecdotes of a White Collared Slave

Author : Aashish Gupta

Publisher : Vishwakarma Publications

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 144

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Soul-Sucking colleagues, cocky bosses, weird company polices, and quirky work ethics – this story has it all A journey of every white-collared employee who could never go beyond – “chal startup kholte hai” – that will leave you in splits. Warning: Not for bosses with big egos and low sense of humor.

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The story revolves around the corporate sector and how one survives to fit in the big corporates and firm, losing their self esteem and self respect in order to not lose their jobs.

The book is about a normal guy who worked in the corporate sector. He was very exhausted and frustrated from his job. The hectic schedule, erratic working hours, soul suckling colleagues, work dissatisfaction, etc. leaves no time of enjoyment for the protagonist. He mainly talks about how the employees are treated by their bosses which is quite opposite of what they are told during the interview. The author also shares some of his best and worst experiences.

The story is a light read with humour element. The narration is slow which makes it a bit boring. The characters are beautifully developed. The language is easy and understandable. Overall it is a good read for those who are working in the corporate sector.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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Temple Classroom & Other Stories

Author : Puja Roy

Publisher : Rubric Publishing

Genre : Short Stories

Pages : 117

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A beggar girl struggling her way out in this big, bad world helplessly hoping for a benevolent hand, a housewife for whom marriage has lost its meaning long back and she is only carrying the habit of it now, a young girl who wishes to bring quality education to her illiterate village folks, an orphan who roots for her true identity in the child that she is yet to birth, a village tea seller who wishes to become a famous actor in Bombay…and many more. Temple Classroom & Other Stories’ is a collection of various figments that forms our lives and the lives around us. These are the stories that were written over a period of 2 years in buses, trains & metros…on laptop, mobile & computer. Some of these tales where written from the myriads of experiences that life threw at the author and some are figments of her imagination borne out of its various ‘impressions’.
These sixteen stories, for once would transform its readers into the world where it’s characters reside, reinvigorating those familiar strains that is very much a part of our existence, lying subdued in the deep recesses of our minds, only to be woken up from its temporary slumber through these touching tales

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A beautiful book with 16 short and heartwarming stories which deals with the lives of different people. The stories revolves around the complexity of life and how people struggle with the everyday societal pressure. There are things we need to face and this book consists of such stories. The author highlighted the sensitive topics which were so heartbreaking but the reality of our society.

I was intrigued by the turn of events after every chapter. The stories are full of emotions, action, drama and moral lessons too. I was really fascinated from the very first page of the book. The author’s writing style is simple and will keep you hooked throughout. The character building is strong and the way the author describes the various scenes is commendable, I actually imagined all of it. The book is well paced and an enjoyable read.

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*I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.*

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Walks Through Life: Stories

Author : Santhosh Komaraju

Genre : Short Stories

Pages : 213

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Find that majestic mango, your problem will be solved—a mystic ordered an individual who asked for help.
My ax is my guru—declared a woodcutter.
Instead of preparing a plan to kill it, why can’t we offer help? —a villager questioned in the middle of the assembly.
I could not be relieved even after undertaking efforts to end my life—a scholar declared in public.
Can you be my mother?—a boy requested of a pretentious lady.
I wish I had more life to undo my past—a mischief-maker contemplated in his letter.
I would never relinquish them, even if I had to sacrifice my life—a young prince swore putting his life on the shore.
I was chained by limitations, yet I prevailed—a butcher made a victorious cry.
You climbed up the ladder. I did not. Who reached the top?—a brother questioned his sibling who cried for help.

Walks Through Life is a collection of stories in which each story reverberates the same principle of truth in its own unique ways. These are stories serving as plain reminders of the supreme learning that was handed over to us a long time ago. 

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I’ve always been a fan of short stories especially the ones with some life lessons. Walks Through Life is a collection of 9 short stories which will intrigue you and keep you hooked.

The stories are of different genres and each story is about 10 pages which makes it easy for the reader to read the book. Each story had a beautiful lesson hidden in it. Each story forces you to ponder on your thoughts, feelings, emotions as you go through it. My favorites were – “A Gold Message” and “Rise of Motherhood” . The stories were full of turns and twists.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this one. I was able to connect myself with the author and I was actually hooked to the book. It’s a short read and an absolute beauty. The language is easy and simple and the stories were amazing.

Definitely Recommended!

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Daughters Of The Brothel: Stories from Delhi’s Red-light District

Author : Deepak Yadav

Publisher : Bigfoot Publications Pvt. Ltd.

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 224

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“My nath utrai (Taking off the nose ring) was performed when I was twelve or thirteen. The initial days were tough but now it gives me pleasure. I have inherited the art of making love from my grandmother.”
-Roopal, a sex worker from the Bedia community in brothel number 56.

Nath Utrai ceremony is nothing but the auction of the girl by the highest bidder near Bharatpur in Rajasthan.

“Everyone believes that all hijras are castrated, but this is not true. We call it nirvana. Castration is usually optional. It cannot be forced upon a hijra.”
-Sharmila, a eunuch from the streets of Varanasi

The narrator spends a considerable amount of time in G.B. Road, the famous red-light district in New Delhi during his stint with an NGO. He records the narratives of the sex workers of brothel number 56, insights of their daily lives, local lingos, quarrels, and the ins and outs of their business with an honest stoicism that does not dilute the terrible pathos of their lives.

Through this voyage within the walls of pleasurable cells, the writer learns that the G.B. road is an inexorable web…but only because the women trapped in it believe it to be so.

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Sex Workers, Prostitutes, Sluts and what not – These are the names which every Sex worker hears on an everyday basis. I’ve always been intrigued of the lives of various strata of people living in India, and getting to know the lives of the people living in the famous red light area was just an opportunity that I couldn’t resist.

The book basically is a life memoir of 8 sex workers who had different purposes and aims in life but ended up becoming a prostitute. The harsh reality of our society is being very well portrayed in the book. The author takes us into the hearts of the sex workers and let’s the world know that they are human too but are stuck in the vicious cycle of prostitution.

The author has given an insight into the daily lives of the sex workers and how they survive in this hypocrite society. The best thing about this book is the concept and how daring the author is to take up a topic which is never spoken of in our so called sophisticated society. Though the book do contain some explicit content but it was necessary in order to depict the truth.

The author has written a beautiful and a bold story. I loved how the characters were described. The stories kept me hooked till the end. The language is easy and understandable. Highly Recommended.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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