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-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 – THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD BY J K ROWLING

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These tales were written by Rowling as gifts for her few close friends and then were published to the muggles next year because of the overwhelming  public demand .This was a book mentioned in the ‘Deathly Hallows’ so reading this book was a must for me.

 

STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

It is a collection of 5 wizarding world fairy tales along with footnotes by Albus Dumbledore himself. Each tale has its own message which is further elaborated by our headmaster extraordinaire .

 

THE GOOD

  • EVERYTHING

 

THE BAD

  • It could have been longer or may I say never-ending?

 

MY THOUGHTS

This is something I will read to my children and grandchildren. It bought back so many childhood memories of practically growing up with Harry Potter. Loved every bit of it. Must read for all the Potterheads .

 

MY RATINGS

5/5

Book review – WILD BY CHERYL STRAYED

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This is one of those rare books that inspire you without being preachy and encouranging you to learn from her mistakes

Stuff on the backcover says

Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story, we tell ourself and so I choose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I safe . I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. So I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid..

Plot in short

Story of a young women undergoing an very physically taxing journey across a beautiful but hard hiking trail alone to help forgive her past mistakes and heal herself through an impulsive decision.

The good

Nice pace..excellent setting

Inspiring

The bad

The start is a little slow

Actual bagpackers might snort at her unpreparedness

My thoughts

A great book which gave me a new flawed heroine to look upto. There is something for everyone to take away from.

My Ratings

3.9/5