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Book review: Inside The Heart of Hope

Inside The Heart of Hope by Rishabh Puri is Rick’s story. Rick has a congenital heart disease which has defined his whole life. He was never allowed to run or play like the other kids his age. He is coping with his illness until his girlfriend leaves him when she comes to know of his condition.

The restrictions put upon him by his parents combined with his break-up and the fact that he is not allowed to attend college slowly eat at him and he reaches the point of what can be called the rock bottom. This is the point where he can either keep falling down the hole or gather the pieces of his life and restart.

The narration is simple and to the point. Even though the protagonist is suffering, the writing never gets depressing. There is always a ray of hope and that makes the story light. It’s a short book and you can easily finish it on a lazy weekend.

My rating: 3.2/5

P.S. I was given a copy of the book by The Book Fever in exchange of my honest review.

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Book Review: Trust Me Not

Trust Me Not, as the name suggests, is a story of love, betrayal, friendship and politics. Reeva Rai is a hard working girl who is offered a top-notch job as Assistant Vice-President at a PR firm. Although the job is dream-come-true for her, she finds it a little difficult to focus because her boss is the handsome billionaire Kunaal Kabi. They had met for the first time at a wedding and since then Reeva had been attracted towards him but getting no response from him after the party, she was miffed. This rocky beginning does affect her but she is determined to prove herself and continues to work with him. The company’s first big assignment is PR coverage for a political party. The plot takes a twist when Reeva is approached by her friend and social activist for help.

Ankita Verma Datta’s characters are good. Reeva is head strong and independent. Kunaal is handsome and broody. We also see the manipulations done by political parties and media channels for their benefit. There is also a take on a popular news reporter who shows news for money.

The story is interesting but loses steam sometimes in the middle and gets a bit dragged. A little constraint would have made this a more interesting novel. But all in all, a good read.

My rating: 3/5

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Book Review: When Opposites Meet

When Opposites Meet is a story of three couples who are as different as chalk and cheese. Ritwika is a wheelchair bound college student and Chetan Jadhav is a national level wrestler. They have the same genetic disorder but in Ritwika it has caused her low muscle mass whereas in Jadhav, the same disease has created extra muscle. They meet because of his illness and very soon find themselves attracted to each other.

Indu, Ritwika’s mother, is a single mother who likes dressing up and is very social. Ritwika’s professor, Lokesh is a socially awkward man and when these two meet they bond instantly.

Jayant, Ritwika’s cousin, is a loner who seldom utters a word. He meets Aditi, who talks a lot. She has a compulsion to swallow whatever is in her sight. Jayant finds himself going to her house each day for Maggi.

The story is about these people who come together and fall in love with each other despite all their differences. Sachin Garg’s narration is well-paced and interesting. The basic theme of the story is that love can blossom anywhere, between people even if they are very different to each other. But, these differences also affect their decisions in life. The basic question here is if love can conquer all. It is a feel good story that you can read in a day or two and relax and unwind.

My rating:  3/5

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Book Review: The Woman Who Saw The Future

Sapna Vaid has a supernatural power. She has dreams, and these dreams are premonitions. She sees people dying in accidents or major calamities and her dreams come true very soon. So, we have a distressed Sapna who has no idea what to do. Her anxious parents are already battling with the untimely death of their son and now they see their daughter suffer every day. Then one day, she saves a business tycoon Kabir from a bomb in his car and that’s when her life turns. For better or for worse is something that forms the premise of the story. Kabir offers her a television show wherein he wants her to let the world know of her premonitions so that she is able to save as many people as possible. In turn, they would make a lot of money out of this arrangement. And thus, her show starts and after some initial distrust, people start believing her around the world and she is heralded as a saviour.

The Girl Who Saw the Future is written by Amit Sharma. His heroine is a young college girl who suddenly finds herself in the midst of all the chaos because of the special gift she has suddenly been given. Sapna is a feisty girl who is still coming to terms with her older brother’s death when she starts having these dreams. The author has included some of the well-known disasters to lend credibility to his story and it does work to some extent.

We are told in the very beginning that Sapna dies and also, that she has murdered someone and the story builds up to that point. It is an interesting book and can be read over a weekend. The helplessness and fear in Sapna which turns into a lust for power and money is nicely portrayed. My only complaint is that there should have been some more feelings injected into the words. We are talking superpower here and that should have been depicted in a more forceful manner.

My rating: 3/5

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Book review: Karna’s Celestial Armor

When mythology meets fiction, you either get a wonderfully concocted meal of a good story or an extremely bad soup that destroys your mood and appetite. Thankfully, in the case of Karna’s Celestial Armor it is the former case.

The story, written by Surendra Nath works on the premise that after Indra took away Karna’s kavach-kundal he hid it somewhere on earth and now our hero, Vasu, is looking for them under the guidance of the spirit of Karna.

This story moves forward from Karna’s Alter Ego where we met Vasu Sen for the first time. Now moving forward, Karna’s spirit approaches Vasu for a daunting task, retrieval of his kavach-kundal from some unknown part of the earth. So Vasu sets out with his Mahapurush Karna in pursuit of the kavach-kundal armed with only one information that the last living person to have seen it is Parshuram who resides on Mahendragiri. Needless to say, his task is daunting and he has to scourge through almost all parts of India to find what he needs.

The writing is good and the story is woven nicely with certain facts and myths. Every place has a history and is also connected to Hindu mythologies and Surendra Nath has used it well. The pace is fine but at times I felt that there was too much geography in the narrative. Beside that it is a good read, words flow and it holds interest till the end. Mahabharata is one of my favourite stories and so anything that has been properly built around it, is enjoyable to me. The author is promising and I hope to see more books from him.

I was given a copy of the book by The Book Fever for an honest review.

My rating: 3/5