Saturday, July 27, 2019

Review Diaries (Wild World by Deepak Arora)

Name of the book- Wild World by Deepak Arora.
Stars given- 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
This made my week to be honest, I just couldn't have asked for a better weekend read.
The book cover made me remember Moogli or Jungle Book to be exact and I had to had to had to read it. Yeaps. I ignored all my grammar lessons and tamed my grammar Nazi to sleep so that I could express just how much I looked forward to this book. And boy oh boy it didn't disappoint me at all.
The animals at the helm of the story was a cool idea but one thing you realize that just how much cruelty these wonderful creatures are facing in reality.
As someone who is a very frequent visitor at the zoo I felt my heart break many times in the story.
QOTD - Do you feel Zoos are a cruel place to keep animals?

Friday, July 26, 2019

Review Diaries (Weapons of Kalki: The Book of Love - Book 1 by Ritika Kochhar)

Name of the book - Weapons of Kalki: The Book of Love - Book 1 by Ritika Kochhar.
Stars given- 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
Mythology is one of my favorite genres cause it reminds me of my childhood and everything good in it.
Retellings are also fun for they give you someone else's take in the story that you have heard many times before in the past.
So this one was one of those reads that a friend suggested knowing my love for mythology and retellings and then I absolutely loved it.
The narration was very amazing and made you see the story like a movie in your mind.
QOTD - What's your favorite mythological story?

Review Diaries (The Chronicle of Golgotha Days by Sujith Balakrishnan)

Name of the book - The Chronicle of Golgotha Days by Sujith Balakrishnan.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
Honest confession, I cried big scary tears after finishing this book.
Hell I even called a few of my brothers up and spoke to them, needless to say I made them cry as well.
Imagine a world where a kid of sixteen is brutally abused day in and out that leaves her broken mentally, physically and emotionally. Wait, you don't need to for this book is based on a true story. I asked my brothers one question, 'How can someone hurt anyone like this?' and later I realized how wrong it was of me to question them. They have never been abusive to anyone and asking them how can a man do this to a little girl broke their hearts as well.
What can I say other than this that I will send one prayer for all the survivors of abuse and also one for the tormentors so that they can be come human beings instead of just looking like one.
This book made me very emotional so I would rather pen down a poem than say anything else.
Love made her do it all,
Starting from the blind faith to the heartbreaking fall.
She never knew trouble so didn't thinking of looking for it,
The warning signs that many ignored and she did repeat.
And got dragged by her hair to the depths of hell,
Without a soul around to share her anguished tale.
But then she came back to her shelter of the soul.
But the tongues of the society didn't toll.
Like many other cases they kept mum or played the blame game.
The old wicked wolf and little girl's crimes were the same.
Love, one for love of love and the other for money, power or greed may be.
But it doesn't matter cause it's only her mistake one can see.
A pray for a time when cruelty isn't a norm for the bigger,
Where only laughter, joy and peace linger.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review Diaries (Shhh! Don't Talk about Mental Health: Why Being Quiet Is No Longer an Option by Arjun Gupta)

Name of the book- Shhh! Don't Talk about Mental Health: Why Being Quiet Is No Longer an Option by Arjun Gupta.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
So firstly I think this is one of those books that everyone should read. Mental health is something that everyone should be concerned about. Physical health is something that we see everyone taking care of but we forget that our mind is the strongest as well as the weakest link in our body. Without proper care and love we might just make our mind our worst liability rather than make it our biggest strength.
As someone who has gone through a phase of acute depression at times I don't like it when people use words like OCD and depression lightly and ask the person going through it to 'get over it'.
I had lost 12 kilos in one week, I forgot to smile and almost got into an accident because I was busy getting my lines done. My parents and friends were a big help.
So I too would like to point out that if anyone ever needs someone to help them or even listen to them I am just a text or phone call away.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Author Interview - Reecha Agarwal

A few days back I got the chance to interview the wonderful @reecha.agarwal
A few of the questions are featured here... Question 1- What made you want to write and choose this particular topic?
An urge to let people know that what most of them are facing are not real problems.
Question 2 - If not a writer, how will you express yourself creatively?
Hmm I would paint maybe
Question 3- Your inspirations?
Ayn Rand and Chitra Diwakar Banerjee
Question 4 - Your go-to genre?
I don't believe in genres
Question 5 - All time favorite book?
The fountainhead
Question 6 - If you could talk to any personality, dead or alive, who will it be?
Hmm we hardly get time to talk with our friends these days. I would first reach out to them.
Question 7- Any pointers for newbie writers?
Believe in yourself

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Review Diaries (The Wise Man Said by Priya Kumar)

Name of the book- The Wise Man Said by Priya Kumar.
Stars given - 5 on 5 and a big smile from my end.
My take on the book-
It's one of those books that make your day.
The packaging was amazing and I even got a message written by the author herself. LOVED IT.
These things make your day and put a smile on your face that lasts long.
I simply adored the story.
It was like hearing a friend talk and make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
The language was simple but classy and the narration was heart touching.
I really enjoyed this one.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Review Diaries (Kaalkoot by S. Venkatesh)

Name of the book - Kaalkoot by S. Venkatesh.
Stars given-5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
Imagine…. Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft.
That's how it felt like for me.
I throughly enjoyed the entire plot.
The language was simple but always to the point and the descriptions were perfect.
I especially liked hearing from the different characters.
That moment when you read a book and everything seems nice, this book is an prefect example of it.

Review Diaries ( The Temple Stop by Harinder Cheema)

Name of the book- The Temple Stop by Harinder Cheema
Stars given- 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
We have all seen war being glorified and the sacrifices for the soldiers honored. But what about the people they leave behind? These soldiers are human beings, they are someone's son, brother, friend and husband. They have feelings and so do the people associated to them.
This book isn't your run of the mill love story about star crossed lovers it's a lot more.
I personally feel that specialexceptions should be made for army families, cause not only they deserve it but it's the right thing to do.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review Diaries (In This Life Or The Next by Menaka Ramakrishnan)

Name of the book- In This Life Or The Next by Menaka Ramakrishnan
Stars given- 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
This one of those OMG books that I have been fortunate enough to read this year.
Romance is my go to genre when I am happy but when I am sick it's thriller and horror - gorier the better.
So this book has made my sick day all the more eventful.
So coming back to the story it's not just interesting but it's amazingly interesting.
A girl who has the power of 'vision' needs to make sure that a stranger doesn't take any step that will result in something even more worse.
The tale was very goosebump inducing.
During certain parts I had chills, like literal chills.
For me this book has hit it's mark.
Highly recommend.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Review Diaries (Who Stole My Job? By Sunil Mishra)

Name of the book - Who Stole My Job? By Sunil Mishra
Stars given- 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
Just a few days ago I was having this conversation with a friend that how different is the job life from the one we imagined for myself. From crappy workload to idea stealing co workers, from moronic bosses to idiotic clients , workplace is a jungle where weird stuff just keep on happening one after another without a stop.
This book talks about incidents that are so relatable that one can see them happening in real life.
The language is simple and makes the story it's main hero.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
QOTD - Worst thing that happened to you on the job?

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review Diaries (Lost Without Her by Pournima Navani)

Name of the book - Lost Without Her by Pournima Navani.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars and a big hug.
My take on the book -
So once in a while I come across a book that makes my heayrt go boom and this one is on the top my list.
After I finished the book I went and hugged my dad. Yeaps it was that kinda difficult being a cop's daughter I related to this book on a different level.
When I was young my Dad used to joke around saying that no one will kidnap me cause I talk too much and even if they did they will return me within the minute. I used to get miffed at the joke. But then after growing up, when I went out in the big world out there I realized how protected I was from all that is bad in the world and my Dad was responsible for making sure I stay true to myself and be the best version of me.
This book will make you emotional as it did me.
I am not very vocal about my love for my Bapu but it's there in lots and loads for sure.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Review Diaries ( 150 Brilliant Ideas To Keep YOUNG MINDS Fit & Fine by Neera Maini Srivastav )

Name of the book - 150 Brilliant Ideas To Keep YOUNG MINDS Fit & Fine by Neera Maini Srivastav.
Stars given -5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
This is one of those books that makes you take a step back and realize how much good you can do in your life if you just follow a few simple things.
Broadly divided into three parts that book talks about everything, like literally anything and everything under the sun that can make you smile a little longer, find peace very easily.
I had lots of fun reading all the 150 ideas and their little definitions and at times examples.
The language is very simple and very easily understood by everyone.
If you know anyone who needs some quality 'me-time' and is very stressed about life then recommend them this gem of a book.
I really enjoyed it.
QOTD - Ice cream or Cold drink?

Review Diaries ( Rewind and Play by Tarun Gautam)

Name of the book - Rewind and Play by Tarun Gautam.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
I loved it.
So imagine a book that says a lot about your good old days, it's bound to make you feel home sick and crave your friends' time, like it did for me and I ended up calling my childhood bae who has been a big support all these years.
It's a story about how things change and we never know what will happen next. It's filled with emotions to the brink.
I would have loved the book even more if it was a bit more refined with it's editing but all the emotions are so well executed and explained.
I missed my good old days so bad that I wrote a poem.
Memories are ever there, lurking around the corner bend.
Some make memories while others follow pictural trend.
I chose to open my diary and give my bestie a call.
Who held my hand, come hell water, winter or fall.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Review Diaries (Ringo and the Yogi by Prasun Roy.)

Name of the book - Ringo and the Yogi by Prasun Roy.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
I loved it.
Remember that time when you were little and thought you could take over the world ?
I do and I still feel I can, as soon as I give up my habit of procrastinating.
You see  this book made me realize that as long as I believe in me it will all happen.
I really enjoyed the narration, it was like hearing a story with all the descriptions and words adding to the beauty of the story.
Personally I think it's an awesome read.
Psst getting a copy for my niece.