ENDURER A Rape Story

Author : Kapil Raj Publisher : Write India Publishers Genre : Fiction Pages : 240
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“The beam of sunlight crossed the room along with the dust dancing in. It could do nothing but allow the particles to contaminate the ray and make it impure, just like me.” Life was a fun fed roller coaster: New found love, drugs, cat-fights, patch ups, crushes, night hangouts, and unplanned trips. Like any girl, not in the wildest dream, Palak could imagine that after attending a Rave Party, she will wake up to the horror of finding herself raped. In traumatic conditions and struggle between sanity and hallucinations, she is compelled by the circumstances to leave her world. Already fighting a war within, her stances takes a toll witnessing horrifying tales of women and girls. Little did she knew that this catastrophe was not enough for one lifetime, and a storm – was just cooling its heels. Will she be able to carve her path while facing the rapists, her tyrant father, appearances of her passed away mother? Should Palak let her life to be decided by people, society, and taboos? Would justice return her life or revenge lend her peace? A heart-rending story of a girl, whose beliefs and honor has been battered, stands up to make choices, rediscovering the meaning of life.
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“The deepest cuts are given by the people who are nearest to you. Why? Because they can.” “Rape”- The word in itself is so horrifying that whenever I hear a rape case I get goosebumps all over my body. I chose to read this book because I wished to read about the rape victims and know about their feelings and agony. Though it was a fiction writing but I found the story to be a reality in today’s world. The story is about 6 friends- who belonged to rich and wealthy families and enjoyed their luxurious lifestyle. Each one of them loved partying and they found pleasure in having drugs . An illegal Rave Party was organised in Delhi by some peddlers and drugs of every level were available to people. The friends decided to give it a shot and got all dressed up for the party. But what they thought to be a pleasurable party became a nightmare for all of them the very next day. One of their friends – Palak was rapped and no one knew about the rapists. Palak’s world collided when her sex video with Rohin was leaked, leaving her shattered to the core. On investigation, she found out that Rohin was missing and everyone thought of him as the culprit. But Rohin returned to take Palak with him to his village in order to help her fight the trauma. Who raped Palak? And Was Rohin really the culprit? How did Palak survive after all this mess? You definitely need to read the book to know all the answers. I loved reading the book and the story felt so realistic to me. Each and every character was so well portrayed. The emotions felt so real that I actually imaged them. My favourite character was definitely Rohin. While reading about the condition and situation of the rape victim, I felt so bad and ashamed of people who are so insensitive to others. This is the debut novel of the author and he has done a tremendous job. The language used is easy and understandable and the narration is smooth and well paced. Recommended for each and every reader and non reader.
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Blog Tour: Neverfound Land

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Solomon, who is a genie and human hybrid, discovers his supernatural powers and a truth hidden from him for twenty years. His ordinary life turns into an adventure, full of never-ending challenges and responsibilities, when his foster father is kidnapped and his biological father’s kingdom and legacy is threatened. Will Solomon step into the land of the genies to save his loved ones? Will he accept his fate as the heir of Neverfound Land? Neverfound Land is a heartwarming tale of a young man taking control of his destiny.

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Durriya Kapasi was born and brought up in the East African country, Tanzania, while her ancestors were from Gujarat, India. 

She began writing her first book with the pen name durriza on an online storytelling community wattpad, in 2014. The first story received reasonable appraisal and received nearly thousands reads online. Gradually in succession she authored two more books which received a great amount of acclamation on social media. 

Durriya serves as a Creative Writing teacher at local Primary School, an editor of a reputed local Magazine and sub editor at online news site UdaipurTimes.com. She also contributes as a Wattpad Community Ambassador. 

Durriya lives in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Beside her utmost passion for English literature and reading, she loves travelling and cooking. 

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The End of Beginnings (New World Reapers #1)

Author : Amritansh Dayal Publisher : Notion Press Genre : Fantasy Pages : 257
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A fantasy novel about life and strife after apocalypse. The loner, among people with varying superpowers and people-eating shadows & mutants, the protagonists takes the responsibility of keeping himself and his friends & family alive. He has no superpowers but is still a leader. Coldly rational, strategist and totally focused, he has to ensure that he overcomes everything to reach his goal.
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The End Of Beginnings is a fantasy novel and the first part of the trilogy of the series ” The New World Reapers “. Though I love reading fantasy novels, I didn’t quite enjoy reading this one. It is story about the time when an apocalypse striked the earth and destroyed the humanity. Not only the humans were wiped out but the ones who survived were granted super powers. Each one of the survivors possessed some or the other super power except for the protagonist- Athias Dawn,  who was left to be an ordinary human. The new planet which was formed was in the hands of the evil race- The Shadows and Mutants. Athias was the leader of the team which was responsible for saving the people from the Shadows and Mutants. Athias along with his team of super heroes set on a mission to save his planet as well as his friends from the cruelties of the Mutants. Will he be able to save the humanity? A fantasy novel with psychological thriller and twists which will keep you on the edge and won’t let you put your book down.A perfect story for those in love with a YA Sci-fi with action thrown in the mix. One thing I liked about the book is that each chapter in this book is told from the perspective of a new character which helps in understanding and knowing the character from close.  But there were too many characters which made the book a bit complicated for me. The language used is easy and understandable. Though the plot is interesting and smooth, I didn’t really enjoy reading it. I found the story dragging at points with too many errors which actually couldn’t be ignored. Overall I didn’t really like the book but if you love sci-fi and fantasy then you may give this book a try.
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Chasing Wheels

Author : Chaman Srivastava Publisher : Notion Press Genre : Fiction Pages : 262
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Rishi Sinha has never had anything handed to him on a silver platter. With a poor financial situation, no proper education and a childhood that was stolen from him way too soon, it’s safe to say he just doesn’t have the right luck. What he does have, though, is a dream. A dream to someday own a luxury car. More specifically, an Audi. He dreams of making his family proud, of making himself proud, of showing to the world that no matter how meagre your beginnings are, you can accomplish anything and everything you set your mind to. He carries this dream forward all through his teenage years to adulthood, from BCA to MBA, from one job to the next, from amazing friendships to a devastating heartbreak. Rishi sees both faces of the coin. This is the story of a young man who won’t let anything stand in the way of his dream. He won’t let anyone convince him otherwise. He wants his dream car, and he’ll get there somehow. This is the story of how he chased his dream wheels. Chasing Wheels is a contemporary novel about living your dreams and finding happiness even in the darkest of times.
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Chasing Wheels follows the story of Rishi Sinha, a 17 year old boy who never got to live a luxurious and wealthy life but had big dreams. Since childhood, he used to sacrifice and compromise his needs for the well being of his family. Due to some financial crisis he had to drop out from his school, but that didn’t let his spirit down. Instead he completed his studies through correspondence and got admission in an engineering college. Everything in his life was going smooth until he met Rhea, the girl of his dreams. They both were made for each other types couple and used to spend most of their time together. Rishi wasn’t able to meet his ends so he opted for a job which used to pay for his expenses. His schedule was getting hectic and in the process he was getting distant from Rhea. On the other hand, he had his eyes on the new Audi A4 and was working day and night to achieve his dream. Will he be able to marry the love of his life? Will his dream come true? To be honest, I didn’t find this book to be a very good one. The story was average and predictable. I didn’t like the element of love story much. Also the obsession of the protagonist for cars was something over the top. The narration is slow and needs editing. The language is easy and understandable.Overall I really didn’t enjoy reading the book.
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The Forbidden Quest of Mysore

Author : Puneeth Jh Publisher : Half Baked Beans Genre : Historical Fiction, Romance Pages : 171
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Around 1500 a famous astrophysicist Yagnabhatta created an ancient enigma, Gandabaerunda. To protect it from falling into the wrong hands, the great King Krishna Devaraya hid it in Mysore. Ever since then, the chase behind it has never stopped. Back in 2017, there lived a self-claimed archaeologist, Amar. He loved an intellectual girl, Pooja. Like every other Indian love story, they too had hurdles. Pooja was elder, and her father was rich. Their families were of a different caste and spoke different languages. Yet they never stopped loving each other. Embrace into the city of palaces as Amar and Pooja go in search of an impossible mission. Can the couple overcome the trials to decode the hidden secrets of the King Raja Wodeyar III? Can they fight the prejudices of the Indian society to get married?
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The Forbidden Quest Of Mysore is a historical fiction cum romance novel which follows the journey of the protagonist- Aman who was on a mission to find his dad who had suddenly disappeared and also struggled to maintain his love life. Aman was a curious child and took after his father. His father was a popular archaeologist and he wished to become the same. But with the sudden disappearance of his father , he was shocked.His father was blamed for running away with the treasure and betraying his government, but Aman knew that something was wrong. He with the help of his girlfriend Pooja, vowed to find his father and clear his name from all the acquisitions. On his quest to find his father, he got to know about a dangerous weapon which was the main reason for his father’s disappearance, but the weapon was not an ordinary one. He tried decoding the clues but found nothing but with lots of dedication he was able to reveal some of the codes. Before he could do anything, his love life was on stake. Pooja’s family was adamant to not accept Aman as their son-in-law. Both Aman and Pooja were fighting for their love. He left his findings half way in order to make Pooja’s family accept him. Will he be able to find the reason behind his missing father? Will Aman and Pooja be together forever or their love wouldn’t be enough for the society? I actually didn’t like the book much. Since I’ve interest in history, I enjoyed the parts were the author wrote about the history of Mysore and other archaeological goods. The story is a bit dragging at places and I found the book to be more of a romantic novel than a historical fiction. The language is easy and understandable but could’ve been edited a bit. Overall, I didn’t enjoy reading the book but maybe you will.
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A Flight of Broken Wings

Author : Nupur Chowdhury

Publisher : Kindle Edition

Genre : Fantasy, Suspense

Pages : 313

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Six hundred years ago, humanity rose up in revolt against the Aeriels, who were driven from earth and back into their homeland of Vaan after a bloody and glorious war.

Eight years ago, Ruban’s home was destroyed and his family murdered by an Aeriel.

When a new Aeriel threat looms over Ragah, the capital city of Vandram, Ruban Kinoh must do everything in his power to avenge his family’s past and protect the future of his country.

Which is hard enough without being saddled with a pretty and pompous aristocrat, who seems as useless as he is vain. Faced with a conspiracy that might cost humanity its hard-won freedom, and accompanied by the bejeweled and glitter-clad Ashwin Kwan, Ruban begins his journey into a land where the past and the future intertwine.

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A Flight of Broken Wings is a fantasy novel which will take you into the world of aerials who were considered as a danger for the people of Ragah. The protagonist Ruban was an excellent aerial hunter and considered the aerials as his sworn enemies. He lost his family years ago due to Aerial’s attack so he promised to take revenge from the creatures. Sifblades were the only weapon which were able to kill aerials by draining all their energy from their bodies. A new research was conducted on making more powerful sifblades which was a secret until Ashwin came into the scene. He was going to spill the beans to the public but was timely stopped by the Hunter’s team. He was included in the war against the Aerials. But something was strange about him. He wasn’t the person he seemed to be. But Ruban started believing in him and they together killed the cruel aerials. But the war wasn’t only among the humans and aerials, there were more people involved. Who was Ashwin exactly? Who were involved with the aerials? Will Ruban be able to take his revenge? Is the story a revenge saga or something more is hidden beneath the layers of past?

You definitely need to read the book to get your answers!

I absolutely loved the book. Since fantasy is my favourite genre, I was intrigued by the blurb from the very beginning. It perfect mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, humor and adventure.  The characters were detailed and well built. I loved Ashwin and I’m still drooling over him. The book is well written and fast paced with easy and understandable language. Overall I am in love with everything about this book.

Definitely Recommended!

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The Diary on the Fifth Floor

Author :  Raisha Lalwani

Publisher : Rupa Publications India

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 184

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A woman leaves her infant at home but finds her on a busy street in an unexpected turn of events.
Another woman wakes up in a flight hours later, befuddled, in the strangest circumstance.
A fascinating tale of a twenty-five-year-old woman that takes hold of us from the moment she enters the fifth floor of a hospital; more precisely, the psychiatric ward. Visibly terrified, she clutches at her clothbound diary, caught in the horns of a terrible dilemma—whether or not to hand over the diary to the doctor. She fears that she will be declared insane if her tangled web of thoughts unspooling in dark mysterious stories is read by the dissecting eye of a doctor.
What does this diary contain? As the novel progresses, we are drawn into characters and stories that are toe-curling, strange, and haunting in their raw intensity. What is the story of this woman? What secrets lie in the pages of her diary? And most importantly, what happens on the fifth floor?

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” The choices we make define the kind

Of people we then become.

The main question here is:

Do we like who we have become? “

The story is about Savannah Khanna, a twenty-five-year-old woman from a wealthy family who came to meet a Psychiatrist Dr. Rama Berry. She hated hospitals and the smell of medicines and patients made her nauseous. But she was eagerly waiting for her appointment which she got after consistently sending emails to Dr. Berry. While waiting for her turn, the receptionist asked her to fill out some form and then I found something strange about her. She was confused about filling her name, nonetheless she wrote Sairah Khanna in the form. Later in the room with Dr. Berry she told her that she was there for her sister, but the Dr. was quick enough to notice that she was none other than Savannah Khanna ( Sairah never existed ). Savannah was hesitating to open up before the Dr. but after talking to her she handed her personal diary to her. 

Rama while reading the diary analysed about Savannah’s mental health and psychological aspect of her mind. She came across the negativity which filled her life. The diary spoke a million words but none of them were of happiness- either there was sorrow or pain. The Dr. was quite amused by her writing though, she encouraged her to be a writer and told her to live her life happily rather than indulging on negative thoughts. But what actually was happening with her? What was the main reason for her pain and sorrow?

” I walked in the dark, with a heart full of love. I was carrying my soul, when Dior was enough. “

From the cover I thought of the book to be of mystery or thriller genre but it’s fiction so I was a bit disappointed from the cover. Also I loved the concept of Diary entries in the book, but they started and ended so abruptly which left me confused at times. The short entries written by the author are so emotional and painful, I actually  connected with most of them. The language used is easy and understandable but I found the book dragging at points. Overall It was a satisfactory read for me.

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