THIS IS NOT YOUR STORY BY SAVI SHARMA

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This  is the second much hyped, well marketed  book by Savi Sharma, that I happened to read this month. Even thought it’s a little better than it predecessor I don’t think I will be reading any more books from her.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Shaurya, a CA student. This is his story of following his dreams.
Miraya, an interior designer. This is her story of believing in love.
Anubhav, an aspiring entrepreneur. This is his story of giving life another chance.

After her record-breaking debut novel Everyone Has A Story, Savi Sharma tells a transforming tale of courage, hope and self-discovery

 

PLOT IN SHORT

The plot is on the same lines as her previous book – people trying to chase dreams.. various problems pop up..which leads to a period of sadness/depression..then hope/love is found through friend’s encouragement and boom..finally follow your dream and find true love.

 

THE GOOD

  • The language is better than the previous book

 

THE BAD

  • Predictable story line
  • Unbelievable how 3 people become friends with a drunk suicidal guy after saving him
  • Repetitive use of words-‘this is not your story’ really got to me
  • Anubhav’s character was the weakest link of this book with poor character development and unrealistic storyline.

MY THOUGHTS

I personally feel the book would be much better with more fleshed out background story  for Anubhav. Over all it’s a so-so book to be read .It wont hurt to give this one a miss.

MY RATINGS

2/5

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Book Review-MRS FUNNYBONES BY TWINKLE KHANNA

IMG_20171107_105806A collection of funny observations about everyday life through Twinkle Khanna’s eyes is what this book is all about .

So if your looking for any gossip or BTS of her superstar husbands life, you wont find any of that. You will however find a book full of short breezy chapters in acceptable English written in a casual tone that will make you chuckle,smile and maybe even laugh and help you relax after a tiring day. I found it refreshing to read a book written in a self depreciating style  by a Indian Celeb.

 

Give it a try if you want something of a ‘fluff’ to read.

MY RATINGS

2.5/5

 

Book Review-EVERYONE HAS A STORY BY SAVI SHARMA

I picked up this Amazon bestseller to achieve my goal of reading more Indian English Literature and boy was I disappointed.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Meera, a fledgling writer who is in search of a story that can touch millions of lives.

Vivaan, assistant branch manager at Citibank, who dreams of travelling the world.

Kabir, a café manager who desires something of his own. Nisha, the despondent café customer who keeps secrets of her own.

Everyone has their own story, but what happens when these four lives are woven together?

Pull up a chair in Kafe Kabir and watch them explore friendship and love, writing their own pages of life from the cosy café to the ends of the world

 

PLOT IN SHORT

A boy. A girl. Their friend’s rich and poor love story. Boy is broken because of his lost love. Girl is bubbly.Boy is serious. Boy leaves. Girl gets depressed. Boy realizes his love. He comes back and tells his dramatic past. Girl runs away. Gets into an accident. Goes into a coma. Boy confesses his love. Girl opens her eyes.

 

 

THE GOOD

  • Some inspirational talk in between

 

THE BAD

  • The language is very simple
  • Only two characters are given the limelight
  • The story is unrealistic so many times

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

I have two main questions as to how can anyone chase someone for a story just because they look good and second why would any Indian parent not come to see their coma stricken daughter is beyond me. I did not like this book at all. Any one looking for an inspirational romance book with absolutely nothing else to do can go for this book.

 

MY RATINGS

1.5/5

 

 

Book Review-PRIVATE DELHI BY ASHWIN SANGHI AND JAMES PATTERSON

 

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Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson come together for the second installment of the collab series this time in delhi. Having read and liked both of their stuff separately I was very excited to read this thriller.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed. But Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, needs him back. Jack is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust.

Still battling his demons, Santosh accepts, and it’s not long before the agency takes on a case that could make or break them. Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house in an upmarket area of South Delhi. But this isn’t just any house, this property belongs to the state government.

With the crime scene in lockdown and information suppressed by the authorities, delving too deep could make Santosh a target to be eliminated.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

The plot follows a serial killer who is running around killing some very important people in gruesome ways and our protagonist Mr. Wagh is given the job task of getting to the root of the matter. How he deals with a collection of officials; Commissioner of Police, government ministers, chairmen, doctors, governors etc. ,some are working alongside each other, some are sworn enemies, all while finding the killer is the gist of the story.

 

THE GOOD

  • Typical fast paced thriller
  • Short chapters make you want to finish the book in one go
  • Enough gore for Stephen king fans

 

THE BAD

  • A huge cast of political characters may confuse some readers
  • Plot is a little predictable
  • I dint find it believable that the killer could kill people with that much precision in the ways he did with a medical background.

MY THOUGHTS

Even though this is a fast paced thriller with a star detective I dint find Mr Wagh to be the star at all in this book. He doesn’t find any major leads or use his brilliance to find and legit clues. Also the killers modus operandi is a little unbelievable. Having said that the rest of the book is fast paced and a good read for the fans of this genre.

MY RATINGS

3/5

 

NOVEMBER READS

Hello my fellow readers,

We have finally entered my favourite time of the year- the winter season! I love this last quarter of oct-nov-dec as it always brings along Diwali, Christmas and a fresh new year. The cool, humidity free weather makes it the best time to live in and snuggle up with books in Mumbai.

This month I have challenged myself to read and review Indian authors only. Let me tell you why – I very rarely pick up Indian authors as I somehow cannot relate to the characters. Also me being a sucker for horror and all things Stephen King do not find Bollywood style rom-coms or intensely emotional books very enticing. There is something about blood gore and the supernatural that keeps me hooked. Fantasy and thriller genre also have a special place in my heart.

I plan on reading everyone from Savi Sharma to Jhumpa Lahiri. I am currently reading Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma and plan to put a review real soon. Any recommendations for me would be welcome.

Book Review-THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS BY AMISH TRIPATHI

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I wanted to read the part two of the Shiva trilogy as the first book ended with a cliff-hanger and for the first time an Indian author has managed to retain my attention for such a long time.

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries only to find that nothing is what it seems.

Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.

 PLOT IN SHORT

The story continues with the adventures of Shiva and company in the pursuit of true evil and everything bad across India with a lot of twists thrown in the middle which climax to a ‘shocking’ reveal at the end pretty much like the first book.

 

THE GOOD

  • Fast paced
  • Nice set up for the next book

 

THE BAD

  • Predictable plot twists
  • Poor literary language

 

MY THOUGHTS

A good sequel for a great concept by an Indian author. This one is for the fans of inian mythology and for those who liked the first book. Others can give this one a miss.

 

MY RATINGS

3.5/5

Book Review-IT BY STEPHEN KING

This massive SK hit is one of my best reads till date. I can’t wait to watch the 2017 reboot version of the movie based on this novel that  just released.

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

It was the children who saw – and felt- what made the town so horribly different. I’m the storm drains and sewers ‘IT’ lurked,taking the shape of every nightmare,each one’s deepest dread. As the children grow up and move away, the horror of  IT is buried deep – until they are called back.

PLOT IN SHORT

The story is set in 2 summers, 27 years apart in Derry, Maine. The members of the losers club namely –

Bill- the leader/ the stutter

Richie – the goofball

Eddie – the frail sickly one 

Ben – the builder / fat kid

Stan – the skeptical/ sensible one

Mike – the African American kid

Beverly – the tomboy/ the one from the broken home

Are a bunch of misfits who are brought together by similar strange experiences and the hatred for the local bully Henry Bowers. Their journey from being losers to standing up to their bullies and defeating IT forms the essence of this epic tale.
THE GOOD

– unforgettable characters

– Pennywise the clown is a true blue horror villain

– so many twists and turns

– well written

– scary for real
THE BAD

 lenghty with too much description in certain places

– a certain scene towards the end was unnecessary in my personal opinion

MY THOUGHTS

This is the kind of book that you either hate or you not just love but actually live it. The characters are so relatable as kids and even as adults and teach us so many things in their own flawed ways. My only complaint from this book was one scene towards the end. Must read for every horror lover atleast once every 27 years.

MY RATING

4.5/5