Dark Blossom

Author : Neel Mullick

Publisher : Rupa Publications

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 224

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Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family, when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter…

What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat? Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions–one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia’s daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.

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I picked this book solely because of the cover. The title gave me the feels of this being a dark and thriller novel. The cover didn’t seemed apt in the beginning but after I finished reading, I realised the meaning of the cover.

The story is a dark thriller with a pinch of mystery. The story starts with Sam returning from his business trip only to find out that his wife and child were killed in a road accident. He was devastated and went to Cynthia for therapy. He was mentally unstable and wasn’t able to process the death of his loved ones. Cynthia on the other hand felt that she was on the same boat as Sam. Cynthia had just divorced from her abusive husband and had a rough bond with her daughter Lily. But with Sam’s entry in her life, things were getting sorted eventually. But Lily had a secret which could have changed their lives.

I actually loved reading the book.The author has discussed the most important issue here- mental health. I liked how he brought in the issues faced by people suffering from mental illness which felt so real while reading the book. The twist and turns, the secrets revealed changed the whole plot in the end. The story was a bit slow in the start but after a few pages, it was unputdownable. The plot is definitely intriguing and well written. The language is easy and understandable. The narration is smooth and the story is well paced.

Definitely recommended!

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

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I am Always Here With You

Author : Himanshu Rai Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors Genre : Romance Pages : 200
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Kartik fell in love with Ashima the very first time he saw her. She was everything he had ever imagined in his dream girl – his angel. As their friendship blossomed into deep love, culminating into marriage, he became her teddy, her confidant and an eternal support. But in trying to be with her, Kartik made a choice that broke his father’s heart and hopes. As Kartik and Ashima gear up to step into the next Phase of their relationship, life seems like an overload of joy and love. He is confident his love for Ashima will win over all odds, even his father. Little did he know that things were going to change drastically, forever. Why does Ashima marry someone else? Why does Kartik accept it silently? And why is life so unpredictable? This is a story of deep love that knows no bounds, relationships that break all barriers, and a promise – I am always here with you.
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The book follows the love story of Kartik and Ashima, who were deeply and madly in love with each other. The story starts with Kartik and Ashima enjoying their breakfast when Ashima breaks the news of her being pregnant. Both were ecstatic and overwhelmed to know that they were going to be parents soon. While going to office, Kartik reminisced his past – how he and Ashima started dating. Kartik and Ashima were classmates when Kartik first saw her and instantly fell in love with her. Eventually they both became best of friends and confessed their love for each other. They dated for a few years and then decided to get married. But the decision of their marriage wasn’t supported by Kartik’s dad and he broke all ties with Kartik. In the present, the doctor advised both of them to take extra care of Ashima and asked them to call either of their parents for helping her. The time came when Kartik had to face his father after 10 years. They were still not on talking terms but the day his father wished to reconcile with him, Kartik died in a car accident. But he didn’t leave the earth and was trapped as a soul. Will his soul be able to find peace? I absolutely loved how the author inserted the twists and turns in the story. I absolutely enjoyed reading the book .The plot is somewhat predictable but the author was able to write it so beautifully. The emotions are so raw that I imagined myself in the situation ( and cried a bit ). The narration is smooth and the book is well paced. With every turning page the curiosity to read further kept on increasing. The language used by the author is easy and understandable. Definitely Recommended to all the romance lovers out there!
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Invisible Ties

Author : Nadya A.R Publisher : Rupa Publications Genre : Contemporary Fiction Pages : 272
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As Karachi burned in the 1990s, the painfully shy Noor Kamal found refuge in an antique jade mirror stolen from Daisy, her social butterfly mother. One fateful day, the violence hits home as a motley crew of burglars storm the Kamal residence, killing Joseph, the faithful driver who tried to shield Noor and kidnapping Daisy in the process. Traumatized by the turn of events and succumbing to familial pressure, Noor reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Noor finds succour in studying psychotherapy. Her attempt to heal others brings her close to Ella, her neighbour and Jake, a handsome American who is struggling to deal with his emotional breakdown. As she tries to exorcise ghosts from the past and break free from the shackles, where will Noor’s longing for love take her? Would she be able to liberate herself from her strong cultural values and ties? A saga of love and trials, against a rich contrasting background, Invisible Ties is sure to appeal to the readers.
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The book follows the journey of Noor, a girl from Karachi belonging to a wealthy family. Noor was always surrounded by her caretakers and was living in her own world. She stole her mother’s antique jade mirror which was the only mate she had in her life. A horrific incident changed everything for her which led her mother pressurize her into marrying Meekaal Khan at a young age. She soon shifted to Singapore after marriage and realized that she her marriage lacked love. She was brought to Singapore in order to take care of her mother in law who was suffering from a disease. When she found out that she was only a slave to her mother in law, she decided to compromise. But fate had other plans for her. She finally led on a journey to discover herself and her self respect. I loved reading the book. The starting of the book is a bit boring but as the story progresses, the plot becomes interesting. The author has written a masterpiece with beautiful and intricate details about the protagonist’s thoughts. The emotions are so raw. The book has lots of twists & turns. The language is easy and understandable. The narration is smooth and the story is well paced. Overall It was a great read. The plot was amazing with beautiful characters. Recommended to all those readers who wish to read something different!
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You Begin Where I End

Author : Sarang Jairaj Publisher : Srishti Publishers Genre : Fiction, Romance Pages : 144
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Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Nafisa is dealing with beers, periods, heartbreak, and dating apps, when she meets her new uniquely average boyfriend. But is he the love of her life? Before Nafisa can figure that out, her life is turned upside down. Her mother Tamanna dies in an accident. In trying to come to terms with her loss, she finds solace in the company of a charming painter. Her life takes a retro turn, with diaries, handwritten letters, and music trying to heal her. Tamanna is busy simply existing and complaining, when a gorgeous poet takes her on a whirlwind philosophical journey, teaching her to appreciate art, nature, human existence, and love. But is he the love of her life? Before Tamanna can figure that out, her marriage is arranged with an extraordinarily ordinary guy. Amidst arranged marriages, honour killings, letters of blood, and melting ice-golas, Tamanna shall discover her brand of love. You Begin Where I End spins two unconventional love stories, set two decades apart – 1991 and 2015 – trying to find an answer to the eternal dilemma of darlings – What is love? (
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The cover of the book intrigued me into picking up this book. But it’s aptly said that never judge a book by its cover. The cover of the book is so misleading and the story is also not that unique and good. The story began with the protagonist Nafisa, sitting under the stars and lost in her own world when she received a call from her boyfriend, who broke up with her. Depressed with her life and her weight she started depending on beers and dating apps. She met a guy on Tinder and immediately asked him out on a date which further led to their make out sessions. Amidst all this , Nafisa lost her mother Tamannah in a road accident. While giving her mother’s possesions to an NGO, Nafisa got hold of Tamannah’s Secret Diary. Nafisa got lost in Tammanah’s diary (here starts the part of the book which I liked the most) The diary was a part of her life and included all the troubles and struggles she had gone through her love life. But the diary was incomplete and Nafisa wanted answers. Will she be able to find the missing part of her mother’s story? Will she be able to find true love? I didn’t enjoy reading this book. Nafisa’s character was so irritating at times. She was known as a Panda but the cover showed someone else ( misleading cover ). Although I loved Tamannah’s character and how she dealt with he love life. lso I liked how the author inserted a pinch of suspense in the end which changed the course of the story. The narration is smooth and the book is well paced. The language is easy and understandable. Overall it is a satisfactory read for me.
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Thoughts From Inner Soul

Author : Priyasi Das Publisher : Swipe Pages Genre : Poetry Pages : 136
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Thoughts from Inner Soul is a Book of Poetry, Short Stories, Nano Tales & Quotes which is based on various heartful emotions like love, ignorance, bitterness, friendship & many others. The book defines the perfect immortality of emotions through various mortalities. Writing comes out from the depth of heart. Hence, thoughts are always considered to come from Inner Soul. The Book will show you the meaning of love and acceptance through the reality of cruelty & generosity where you can find the perfect meaning of friendship and relationship.
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Poetry is one of the few genres that I hardly read but I was intrigued by the cover of this book. The book is a collection of poems, short stories, nano tales and quotes. I had high expectations from this book, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy reading it. Starting from the poems, most of the poems were based on love and had repetitive words and lines. They weren’t rhyming or making any sense to me. The poems had so many errors which ruined my experience with the book. The nano tales were not so appealing and had the same concept as of the poems, nothing new. The short stories were somewhat good and the quotes were okeyish. Overall I didn’t like the book. It is full of grammatical errors and I didn’t feel connected with any poem. Though I liked the concept of dividing the book into 4 parts, which makes easier for the reader to read as per their desire. You may give it a try, since my opinion and your opinion may differentiate.
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LUCKY COSTASAURUS and the Golden-Winged Vultures

Author : Nomita Khanna Publisher : Kindle Edition  Genre: Children’s Fiction; Fantasy Pages : 262
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  A fishing village, Goa. Lucky finds himself in a ramshackle cottage on Mangrove Lane as the son of the humans, the Costas. The vulnerable yet resilient fellow has three burning questions.First, is he the only dinosaur in the world?Second, are his peculiar wings a cruel trick of nature or its miracle?Third, is a pair of toxic-looking vultures stalking him or is it his imagination?The troubles that befall Lucky, take him from the fishing village in Goa to the witch Kika’s house in the jungle; to 100 B.C. Egypt, and from the icy peaks of the North Pole to the barren desert of Kutch.The human children; the serial cartwheel spinner Peter, and his fearless karate-nerd sister Eva are Lucky’s co-passengers in his magical adventure rides.
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I can never say no to children’s books 😛 . This book is full of adventures which I absolutely loved reading. Being an adult takes a toll on me, so in order to bring out the child in me, I end up reading Children’s fiction. Lucky Costasauras was one of them. The story follows the journey of Lucky, a dinosaur who took an adventurous ride to get rid of the troubles surrounding his village. Crankshaft, a cat brought a huge egg, which intrigued the interest of Thomas. Thomas- an animal lover decided to keep the egg and take care of the being living inside it. After a few months of waiting, the egg cracked and out came a dinosaur. Thomas adopted him and named him Lucky. Every animal and human living in the neighborhood were curious to see him, since dinosaurs were extinct animals and the coming of a dinosaur made way for many theories. Lucky was readily accepted by everyone in the village but he felt that someone was stalking him and harming his loved ones. Therefore, Lucky went on an adventurous ride with his friends Peter and Eva in order to struggle through all his troubles and find out the answers to his questions. Will Lucky be able to protect his loved ones? Will he be able to find his true parents? Who was stalking him and what was their purpose? Read the book in order to know all the answers and enjoy the ride with Lucky. I really enjoyed reading the book. The author described everything in detail and I was able to imagine each and every thing so vividly. The characters are very well developed but too many characters made it a bit confusing for me. Her work is written in such a good way with simplicity and clarity. The narration is smooth and the book is well paced. The language written is easy and understandable. This novel is full of fantasy elements and suspense and you won’t be able to put down the book without finishing it. A perfect read for children and teens as well. Also I liked the fact that the author tried to convey important message through her book that : 1. One’s struggles develop their strengths. 2. The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle. 3. Spread your wings and fly. Highly recommended to all the teens and children out there.
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Blogging for Gold

Author : Anuj Tikku Publisher : Tikku’s Travelthon Genre : Educational Pages : 132
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Blogging for gold is a A to Z guide for amateur , professional bloggers and hobbyists , who want to learn how to start and blog . How to build content and then how to make money from your b logging niche .
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Blogging now a days has become a business for many people out there but not everyone gets successful in it. Novices are joining as bloggers to gain followers on social media and to earn some money, but it isn’t that easy. Anuj Tikku in his book “Blogging For Gold” has aptly explained all the elements required to set up a blog and how to develop it step by step. The book focuses on different aspects of being a blogger. Firstly the author has described about how to enter into the blogging world, then how to set up a blog, which applications are to be used, which packs are to be bought etc etc. But blogging isn’t merely posting a piece of writing on your blog but it includes marketing strategies, earning from blogging, internet mechanism etc. The book is full of information which would definitely help any novice to set up a blog in a simple manner. It’ll prove to be the best friend of a blogger. I loved the title of the book as it very well matches with its content – gold for bloggers. It’s an A to Z guide to blogging written in a simple and easy manner. The language used by the author is easy and understandable . The book is a short and a quick read and would not bore you. Recommended for all the bloggers out there.
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