Friday, January 25, 2019

Review Diaries (The Watchmaker and Time by Devang Kanavia)

Book- The Watchmaker and Time by Devang Kanavia
Status - Read and Liked a lot.
QOTD - How's your relationship with your grandparents?
AOTD - My grandparents played a big part in shaping my life, personality and childhood. I owe me being a decent human being to them and also my Mimi (love you Momma)
So the book starts with a over active kid waiting patiently for her grandfather to fix her watch or at least she is trying to hold still. I mean we all have been in her place and boy oh boy I still find it hard to sit down quietly for more than 5 minutes at a stretch.
This is kid questions anything and everything under the sun and she reminds me of me. Honestly this book made me remember my antics with my grandparents. I loved it. But this isn't just a simple story about grandparents and grandchildren,it's about life in a very macro level. It's about time, from start to finish to back again. It's about what actually may be going on. Ever wondered how our lives came into being? Like the basic part of our lives, time, how that has come into life? How?
Well this book will give you a very simple, sweet, short but profound way of understanding it all. So yeaps it's been a wonderful read.
Ps it's been so great that I am reading this before my exam, wish me luck.
And before I forget I wanna give The Watchmaker and Time by Devang Kanavia a big 5 on 5 with a fluff of candy floss(my favorite candy that I never share with others) and thank you @writersmelon for this one. Sending lots of love and warm wishes to everyone.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review Diaries (Death of Dreams by Shruti Agarwal)

QOTD - Do you write to express yourself?
AOTD - Hell to the yeah! I mostly write poems when I am upset and stories when I am delighted.
So I just finished reading Death of Dreams by Shruti Agrawal and I am kinda overwhelmed. Ever read something that made you go 'That's so right!' or 'OMG, you got that right girl'. This collection of poems and quotes are just too freaking amazing. They touch your heart and make you feel a little less alone. I am someone who is a big believer that everything happens for a reason, a happy memory or a good lesson - nothing goes to waste. So one needs to get up and brush the dust off and get going with life, but not before licking your wounds and making sure you are all good. Take time for yourself as much as you need and get into a good place with your heart, mind and soul. No one else is walking in your shoes so to hell with their timelines.
And I, Manali Dey will love to give Death of Dreams by Shruti Agrawal a big 5 on 5 star along with this poem that I wrote after being inspired from her writings.
Talk like you mean it, but don't be mean when you do
& read this when your bruised heart you need to woo -Manali Dey

Review Diaries (Waise Ek Baat Hai by Sumit Mittal)

QOTD - How do you deal with disappointment?
AOTD - I cry. Yeaps. I cry my eyes out and scream my lungs off. But of that doesn't work I simply move on from that person.
Waise Ek Baat Hai is a collection of coming to age and dealing with life poems. It has big doses of romance and love and magic but it also has heartbreak and heartache and disillusionment. Imagine reading someone's diary and that's what it felt like going through this book. Imagine going through it with them. Or may be listening to a friend when he meets someone special and starts having feelings for them. Then your friend's love and dreams grow but soon disappointment follows. His heartbroken tales make you sad too. And that's what reading this sweet book will make you feel. And Tlthe best part about this book is that it's in two languages. You get to read the book first in Hindi and then in English. Thanks to this book I brushed my Hindi reading skills.
So I, Manali Dey, will give 4 out of 5 stars to this brave attempt by Sumit Mittal

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review Diaries ( AQSON Level 1 by SREEJIB.)

Name of the book - AQSON Level 1 by SREEJIB.
Status - Read, Loved and dying to read Level 2.
Stars- 100 out of 100.
About the book -
"Slowly, she sauntered towards Toya, stopped a few feet away, looked into Toya's eyes, and roared. It was an ear-splitting, feet-numbing, rib-shaking roar that promised death. This was the end of her, Toya knew.

This was how she would die. In this unknown museum at the hands of this Olympian lioness, and, she would never be found again."

When it became impossible to choose between God and Satan, angels decided to play games. Games that would help them pick the guardian angel of this world. Every warrior angel got divided into two teams, Team God and Team Lucifer.

Strict rules were implemented, an unusual map was designed and a council was set up to administer these games. Satan has commenced one such game called Aqson and set the Indian Prime Minister's position as the goal of this game.

Now, a completely unknown species will collide with humans to play a game where losing is not figurative. Angels will stoop to enter the grunge of Indian politics.
A grey eyed lioness will stop at nothing. And, a group of young boys and girls will be forced to rise above their identity to play and win Level 1 of Aqson.

Pick a side, because the game has begun. "

My take on it -
I really, really really, really, really loved it. This book, a freaking commitment phobic like me will happily marry and have kids with. I absolutely loved this one. The story isn't just about this fantasy world of Good vs Devil and God vs Satan. It also shows you all the basic human emotions of love and hatred, love and betrayal. It shows the real world and all it's reality. The veiled references are my favorite, they made me laugh out loud in a crowded metro, with some very angry stares and whispered attacks made my way. But I would do it again, cause it was worth it. I received this book when I was in my way out and but of course I took it with me. And I thoroughly enjoyed my day, though I don't remember much of it except this book is amazing. So now for a quick pros and cons -
1. Love the friendship the characters share, it's relatable and enviable.
2. Its very fast paced but very clear in it's descriptions.
3. Not a single word is unnecessary in this 398 paged book.
4. If you love wit, (Wait who doesn't? Cause in laws don't count) you will fly too- as in fly into this book's arms.
5. Gives you a clean slate, cause good and bad are just perspectives.
Now we move in to the Cons and they are all very serious.
1. Book 1 doesn't come with Book 2.
2. I don't know when Level 2 will release.
3. Level 1 ended with a big cliffhanger, I need to know what happens next.
4. Give me some information on what happens next.
5. Have mercy in my nails, which I am eating cause I am at the edge of my seat... What's in store of Level 2.

So in short I would love to give this book all the stars in the world along with my savings and chocolate collection as long as I get to read Level 2 soon.
I hope you are listening to this!
QOTD - Name your favorite anti-heros, cause villain is such a harsh word-from Indian mythology. #badboysofIndianmyths
AOTD - My three absolute favorite bad boys are in this book, Ravan, Lucifer and Karna.
#bestbookof2019 #brightenedmy2019 #2019saved #mythology #myths #humanlore

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review Diaries (The Peshwa - The War of Deceivers by Ravi Sivasankaran)

Name of the book- The Peshwa - The War of Deceivers by Ravi Sivasankaran.
Status - Read and about to be read again.
QOTD - Have you ever been so involved in a book that you were ready to tackle a character in a hug of hug or death?
AOTD - Me? Oh yeah. All the time.
About the book-
Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.

The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day.

Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail.

My take in it-
This is the second book in the series and I am real close to buying the first one. Not cause I didn't get the connection between the two books but cause I really liked this one, so going back to book one is like a no-brainer. Personally I am someone who has hated history after 7th grade. But even I stayed glued to the pages till the end and after a quick water break I am about to read it again, sleep - who wants or cares about it when you got such a cool book in your life. Ps I think I should mention that I have seen Bajirao Mastani and I hated it. I don't do well with cheating and infidelity but somehow I didn't even that much of negativity against those two. But yes many a times when Rao is talking I would hear his dialogues in my head in none other than Ranveer Singh's voice. *giggles*
All in all, I really liked the ass kicking those evil wrongdoers got. Hope book 3 will have them destroyed.
So I, Manali Dey, will love to give The Peshwa - The War of Deceivers by Ravi Sivasankaran a big 5 on 5 star and a big pat on the back. Thanks for making me like history again.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Review Diaries (Angad by Rahul Verma)

Angad by Rahul Verma
Status - 5 on 5 stars with a big batch of candy floss.
About the book-

Three thousand years ago, a man devastated by the loss of his daughter builds a city and creates the kingdom of Mindhaas.
Two centuries later, when the same realm is plagued by the "beasts of the sands" who know none of the ways of civilised living, the king of Mindhaas calls upon his best warrior to rid the world of their entire race.
The leader of the Mindh forces, and the one true love of the princess of Manuforpur, is their only hope.
But little do the protectors of Mindhaas know that their land is soon about to be shaken by the mighty forces of another kingdom as well.
Pirouetting through a time of grand cities boasting gates of gold and when the might of kingdoms was measured by the number of war elephants kept, an epic love story between two souls from different cities creates a stir and provokes a war.
And thus a fellowship of men robed in love and determined to form a sovereign nation from a land known for its splendour and justice rises.
A tale of determination, survival, war, love and... Angad.
My take on it-
Remember those stories that our grandparents told us, of the strong warrior who is right and just and how he and the princess of this another kingdom fell in love. But... then comes the villains in all sorts of shapes and sizes and forms, sometimes they are father in laws while at others they look like sand monsters. But in the end the hero saves everyone, mostly and is declared the ultimate 'prefect' match for the girl and then they live happily ever after or at least till the next crisis comes knocking at their doors. So needless to say I loved reading this book, cause I am absolutely ga-ga over the hero. Kinda partial to the name Angad to be honest, and they guy wore it so good, with honor and courage and strength and power. He isn't one of those macho he mans who shy away from showing their softer side, neither does he take the easy way out, he is honorable. Me likey a lot.
And our heroine is amazing in her own right, she is strong and idealistic and courageous and good soul. These two are meant for each other.
One more reason I loved this story so much is that both of them could have been selfish and eloped but they chose to do the right thing.
QOTD - When faced with one's family's opposition is eloping an option?
AOTD - Nopes. Noooo. Never. Ever. For me my family means everything, I would rather have them accept my decision than stand against them. Love wins!!!