Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
The new addition to our list of stackers is the Leadstart Publishers. This is one of the four books sent by them for us in the first shipment.
The reason I chose this book out the four because I liked the cover of this book. The main reason being its slender size. This books is too slender for its 223 pages. And then, the book is narrated with backdrop of Hyderabad. What else? I knew this is going to be the first book I was going to read.
The reviews of other books are going to follow suit pretty soon...
Plot (from the jacket):
A determined mother using blatant emotional blackmail to inveigle her NRI son into a marriage with the right sort of desi girl; a reluctant groom with a live-in girlfriend following him all the way to India; a bride on the rebound from a disastrous liaison with a married man; skeletons rattling in old family cupboards; an aunt on the vengeance trail ? and we have a heady cocktail of an arranged wedding that morphs into a love marriage with quite the wrongest possible girl?with a little tactical help from long-dead ancestors.
Written in a refreshingly original style, Marry Go Round is one quaint combine of today?s merrily irreverent humour and a staid Hyderabadi milieu with its Nawabi hangover from grandiose times long past.
Sadiqa Peerbhoy has published sever hundred short stories in leading magazines and Sunday papers. She has been a columnist for Deccan herald, Newstime, Midday, The Brief , and the Times of India, Bangalore. So no 'About the author' this time!
There is nothing striking about the cover design of the book. It is simple. The very simplicity is appealing to look at. The story is exactly apt for the cover design. The story is simple too.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Stilettos in the Newsroom. Isn't the name catchy enough? If you are on the impression that this book is a 'chic-lit', well, I can't justify you. When I first heard of this book. My reaction was the same. But considering the thin book, that this book is, I didn't hesitate to select this book for reading.
Actually, it is the other way around. I was selected to review this book. As you, readers, know Subho (Subhasis Das) is one of our stackers. It is in one of his interviews that Rashmi Kumar - the author of this book - is interviewed and I was chosen the winner so the book was sent to me, or maybe because I was the official reviewer of Subho's blog.
For the link to the author's interview, click here...
You might be wondering that how I accepted to review a 'chic-lit'. Well, the author herself had confirmed that this book is no chic-lit and can be read by anyone and everyone.
After completing reading the book, I am still left pondering over whether the book is a 'chic-lit' or not...
Plot (from GoodReads):
A racy and lively account of a bubbly 28-year-old journalist Stilettos in the Newsroom unravels itself through the eyes of Radhika Kanetkar right from the time she took her first step into the newsroom, got her first story, made bloopers and handled pressures to meet deadlines. In the midst of all this, Radhika experiences a journey of triumph, anguish, jealousy and of course finds her true love Sameer.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I have come across many reviews rating this book a perfect-ten. I thought it was just another over-rated book. If some reviews rated it ten outta ten, it might be over-rated. If all the reviews rated it ten? Well, there is little chance it is over-rated. So I read a couple of reviews of this book (which is quite rare of me), reviewed by some of my most-trusted reviewers and settled upon that it was indeed a great book.
When I noticed this book up for a giveaway on TheTalesPensieve.com, I applied for it right away. It came as a shocker when I received a mail from TTP stating that I have won the giveaway and am expected to review it in 7 seven days. Well, I was greatly excited. Until I received the book...
I have an idea of Rohit Gore. His other book, Circle of Three, came across as a sensible book with a sensible story- a very rare at such low price. Never read it, though.
After reading this, I am dead-decided to read Circle of Three, soon.
Plot (from the jacket):
The Guardian Angels is the epic and tumultuous story of two star-crossed lovers who weren’t just soul-mates but were also each other’s protectors.
The fates of Adi Mehta and Radha Deodhar are deeply entwined when within days of their first rendezvous they save each other’s lives.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Unlike various other books from Srishti, we have received this book singly. You know, Srishti ships a bunch of new releases of that month, it is rare to receive a single book. But then, there were only two books that were released in the previous month.
When Arup Bose mailed asking me whether I was interested in reviewing this book. I didn't accept it right away. There was already a long stack of books and I don't want to be greedy, but then I noticed various other blogs receiving the book. I thought it must be interesting and asked Arup to send the book over.
I received a small, almost weightless packet. I was shocked to find so thin a book inside it. Seriously the book is only 110 pages! That is one reason, it has been one of the few books I have completed reading in a day.
So let me thank Arup Bose for sending over a good book like this and believe me, man, you keep our blog very much alive... ;-)
Plot (from the jacket):
My Beloved’s MBA Plans is a collection of engaging stories with a common thread running through all of them – How much are you willing to give to fulfil your MBA dream? Would you be willing to give up a cushy job and start from scratch? you be willing to stay apart from your spouse? you be willing to uproot your family from a well-settled life?
Read on to discover how Vivek’s MBA course turns out to be quite an adventurous journey with his wife Divya and their two kids. For Arpita, it is a second chance at love. Payal and Nitin make the campus their home while Geet faces a tragic loss. Join Suraj and Priya as they break away from the family business to carve out a path for themselves and discover how Rahul and Dimple spend an unusual honeymoon. These are just a few stories from this colorful collection set against the backdrop of life on campus and
aspirations for an MBA degree.
The book is a ride through different shades of life and experiences. Whether you are single or married, this book is an absolute must read for anyone who wishes to take an unconventional decision in life.
About the author (from the jacket):
An IIM-Calcutta alumnus, Disha loves to express herself through her poems and short stories. Be it travelling with friends, philosophizing on life, working on a social project through her NGO or cooking for her family, Disha comes across as a multi-faceted person with an energetic smile. My Beloved's MBA Plans is her debut novel. Disha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is nothing striking or interesting about the cover design. It is plain white with black spreads and depicting a could walking towards, what seems like a, hospital (it is a university in actual to the story).
Friday, October 11, 2013
Those were the days when our mailbox was flooding with book reviews and one such mail was really distinct from others. It read,
I've set up a self publishing company, and my first book is going to be launched on 7th September. I would like to request a book review of my book for your blog. Please let me know the procedure.
The very aspect of self-publishing was pretty new for us. I rarely came across self-published books. Yeah, we reviewed quite a few books from Frog Books, which is a independent publishing book company, but that is a whole different matter. The frog books is maintained and funded by Leadstart Publishing house, a leading publishers in the market. But the story of this book is completely different. There are no maintenance of leading publishing house in the case of this book. I wholeheartedly wish the author, Dayal Madan and the co-owner of the publishing house, Rhythm Books, a very bright future. It is whole lot of hard-work to self-publish one's own book. There were many questions that popped up in my mind and there were many e-mails exchanged between me and the author. Not to forget, he answered each of my question pretty patiently
Thank you and all the best for your venture and the book, Dayal...
Plot (from the jacket):
Billions of people, with zillions of dreams. Dreams that say I want to be rich, I want to see my favorite car in the garage of my beach-house, I want to have everything I want. It’s true that money can’t buy happiness, ‘cause it is happiness. But do dreams really turn into reality? Can an ordinary life be deciphered to extra-ordinary?
Sunday, October 6, 2013
It has been some time since I received this book from both, the publisher and the author. Due to the long stack of books piled for reviewing and the other author of blog, Srinivas doing little to help, I was pretty caught up. So finally I completed completed this book and am reviewing it...
Let me start the review by thanking both of them for sending over their books. Abhay, had sent all three of his books, yet published, for reviewing. It was the first for us. No author sent a mass of his books for reviewing. It was quite a stunt because we couldn't quite rate the book as per author's expectation. But come on, man, no soft corners when it come to reviews. Honest and Unbiased. Remember? I hope just that the author takes it in good sport and wouldn't build up grudge on bad rating.
Other books we received from Srishti can be see here: BR with Srishti
Reviews of other books of Abhay can be found here: Abhay Nagarajan Books
Plot (from the jacket):
‘In life…you can choose to become a specialist or a generalist. But in love, please don’t become a reluctant fundamentalist. Instead become a love scientist.’
Raghu Balakrishnan is a laidback 25 year old, who quits his regular job as a financial advisor to focus single-mindedly on his dream of becoming a published author in India. He stays with his parents. They reluctantly tolerate his new found creative ‘nonsense’ as he works on his book, a love story, which he titles The Paperback Badshah.
As time passes by, he realizes that writing the book is just one part of the dream.
How did one go about getting it published?
What about the marketing and promotion?
What about reactions from the readers?
Would it open up the faucets of love in their hearts or would it irritate them, given the sheer absurdity of the plot?