Friday, December 25, 2015

Book Review - The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian

The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian

Seems like it’s a book review week for me. I have completed 3 novels this week. :)

"The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian: A Thrilling Departure to the Romance Genre!"

Looking for a thrilling read that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Look no further than Ravi Subramanian's latest novel, "The Bestseller She Wrote." Known for his gripping thrillers set in the banking industry, Subramanian takes a bold step into the world of love and romance, and the results are captivating.

In this unexpected journey, Subramanian proves that he is not confined to a single genre. He introduces readers to a different side of his writing prowess, delving into the complexities of relationships and the power of redemption. The author's ability to create suspense and intrigue remains unmatched, even in the realm of romance.

"The Bestseller She Wrote" revolves around the tale of Aditya, a successful author and professional, who seemingly has it all—family, friends, and an adoring fan base. However, as we all know, life's journey is never without its bumps. Enter Shreya, a determined individual from a small town, looking to prove herself in the literary world. Sparks fly, egos clash, and an unlikely relationship blossoms.

Subramanian expertly weaves a story filled with passion and ambition, as Aditya and Shreya embark on a journey to create a bestselling novel together. The chemistry between Aditya and Sanjay, his trusted friend, adds depth and complexity to the narrative, keeping readers hooked until the unexpected climax.

While the first half of the book may seem slow-paced and familiar, the real magic lies in the second half, where Subramanian's storytelling skills shine through. With unexpected twists and turns, the author takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster, leaving them breathless and eager for more.

It's worth noting that "The Bestseller She Wrote" was a labor of love for Subramanian, taking him a longer-than-usual nine months to complete. Although some may find themselves slightly disappointed with the story's overall impact, there is no denying that the author's dedication and talent shine through in every page.

If you're seeking a change of pace from Subramanian's usual thrillers, "The Bestseller She Wrote" offers a tantalizing escape into the world of love, betrayal, and redemption. Pick up this book and discover a side of Ravi Subramanian you never knew existed.

Who will enjoy reading this book?
All the bloggers and the writers aspiring to publish a novel will enjoy reading the book.

What is good in this book and why should one read the book?
  • Few dialog or the writing are impressive 
  • For the beautiful friendship between Aditya and Sanjay (I meant the first half of the novel)
  • To get inspiration from Aditya’s character. It inspires to be ambitious in both the fields. Either being a successful professional banking career or the writing career. His role is impressive. 
Book Details
Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Westland (19 October 2015)

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Book Review - Voice Mates by Anamika Mishra

Book Review - Voice Mates by Anamika Mishra

Just completed the novel “Voice Mates” by Anamika Mishra and straight away writing the review. Because I am extremely impressed with the novel and could not restrict myself from writing a review about the novel. In one word, It’s an excellent read.

If you love the singing reality shows, this book is a wonderful read. Even if you don’t love singing or music, still you will love this novel. Because it has an excellent, cute love story.

These days Bloggers are highly talented. I personally feel, a novel written by bloggers have more creative and interesting stuffs then the novels written by the top selling authors. The Bloggers cum authors write only want is needed. They don’t write for the sake of extending a normal story to 300 pages or more. The novel Voice mates is an excellent example to it.

Voice mates is really an easy and must read book. It has just 200 pages with extremely simple English. Even a person with little knowledge on English can easily understand.

The novel starts with the protagonist Tulip enthusiastically waiting to know the winners of a top reality show “Voice mates season 4”. Her anticipation, despair and tension for the results makes us to feel her love toward the contest not as a viewer but a passionate person who wants to participate in the show and win the contest. Then comes her parents, who hates the reality shows and yells at Tulip when she overreacts for the contest results. Her parents wants her to be an academic topper. Her parents are often rude and hardly speaks to her. How she overcomes her parents and achieves her dreams is the plot.

One will love this novel for Sam, the hero of the story. He is matured, easy-going, confident and professional. A guy whom a girl would look for. His characterization is making us to fall in love with him and long for a soul-mate like him.

Since it’s a singing contest, there are lot of songs mentioned in the novel. To be frank, I never heard the songs mentioned in the novel. But, the songs chosen at each round and the lyrics of the songs are beautiful. It made me to google the song, download and listen to it. While listening, it made me to imagine Sam and Tulip singing on the stage. That’s the success of the author.

The conversation that happen when Tulip feels that Sam might have realized her feelings for him was absolutely fantastic. One will really love that conversation that happens at the backyard garden.

I have not read Anamika’s first novel “Too hard to Handle”. But definitely after reading this novel, I am eager to read her first novel. Usually, I don't read a novel second time, but this book is tempting to read second time.

Haaaah, I forgot, the book cover is awesome!? Isn't? Soul-mate, college mate, school mate, coffee mate, cab mate sounds good. And now, the Voice mate also sounds good and amazing.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review: "Waves in the Sky" by Rakhi Jayashankar

There is an unparalleled sense of excitement in being granted the opportunity to witness a movie's premiere or delve into the pages of a novel before its official release. Just last week, I found myself holding a novel in my hands, savoring the unique privilege of experiencing its story before it was unveiled to the world.

Book Review: "Waves in the Sky" by Rakhi Jayashankar

"Waves in the Sky" by Rakhi Jayashankar is a captivating novel that introduces us to the blossoming talent of a writer, blogger, and critic. Rakhi's imaginative storytelling dances gracefully through the pages, leaving a fresh and unique impression on readers.

Debut authors often bring a certain freshness and surprise to their stories, and this novel is no exception. With the added advantage of the author's background as a blogger, the book promises to be a worthwhile read.

The success of a book often hinges on how effectively the author hooks the reader from the beginning, and Rakhi's accomplishes this. From the Author's note onwards, she maintains a captivating tone, ensuring that the narrative remains engaging throughout.

Initially planning to read the book over the weekend due to weekday commitments, I was drawn in from the prologue itself. Once I started reading, I found it difficult to put the novel down. Reading this kind of book comes with its disadvantages—you forget about meals, restroom breaks, and even sleep. Sometimes, a book needs to have a few boring moments to provide a natural pause or opportunity to rest. However, "Waves in the Sky" doesn't offer such moments, keeping readers completely engrossed.

Now, let's discuss the plot. Spoiler alert! The novel begins with a sense of anguish, but with each line, the anger begins to take on a purpose. By the end of the first paragraph, readers will find themselves admiring the confidence of the character Swathy. The prologue sets the stage for further exploration. Charu's character is well-portrayed, showcasing her compassion towards friends and her emotional struggles with her busy parents. The canaries in the story hold an interesting reason behind their names, an aspect worth discovering while reading. Each canary is unique and effectively portrayed. Avantika, who strategically chooses her friends based on their appearance to divert boys' attention, adds another layer of complexity. The story weaves through the lives of six canaries: Charu, Ananya, Neha, Avantika, Raihana, and Yami, connecting the dots in a satisfying manner.

Reflecting on the Author's note, where Jayashankar shares, "I started this book as a simple contemporary fiction. After writing the first two chapters, someone held my hands and made me write more and more," it becomes clear how the author's readers played a significant role in shaping the novel. This transformation from an article to a full-fledged novel is reminiscent of the author's previous work, "Touch of Mist," where reader motivation led to its expansion.

Now, let's explore the pros and cons of "Waves in the Sky" from my perspective.

1. The novel is less than 200 pages, making it an easy and quick read.
2. The language is simple yet well-crafted, with effective use of vocabulary.

1. At times, certain scenes feel slightly reminiscent of Bollywood films. For example, Neha winning first prize in multiple music competitions (light music, Carnatic music, Western music, group song, patriotic group song, and national anthem) may stretch the bounds of plausibility. While the novel transports readers back to school days and immerses them in the characters' experiences, these exaggerated incidents can feel jarring.

However, it's important to note that such filmy scenes are acceptable in a work of fiction, adding to the overall interest and entertainment value of the story.

In conclusion, "Waves in the Sky" is a good read filled with twists and intriguing scenes. With its engaging narrative, this novel showcases Rakhi Jayashankar's talent

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bangalore #madeofgreat

Bangalore #madeofgreat

There could be enormous reason to fall in love with a person or with a place. Sometimes, there might be absolutely no reason to fall in love.  I always felt travel gives me lot of happiness and peace. A kind of immense satisfaction comes, when we travel or live in our favorite city. Favorite place depends on person and how emotionally we are connected to place.
For me, my favorite city is always the Garden City Bangalore. Within Just 30 minutes you could find Cubbon Park and Lalbagh Botanical Garden which is full of plants and trees that are spread around 100 acres of area. Not only that, even a small street would have a small park with a jogging track.
About Nice Toll (Source - News)
Another reason, Bangalore has lots of weekend gateways. My friends and I stick to one point. We work hard in the weekdays and bid bye to city during the weekends. We travel outside the city skirts and connect to the nature. It rejuvenate and makes the following week very colorful and refreshing. I would proudly say that the work stress or pressure won’t affect us. Because, Monday and Tuesday mornings are filled with the energy received from the nature and Thursday and Fridays we wait for the weekend zealously and explore the nature.

I am lucky enough to have a set of friends who are nature lovers and well as travel lovers and riders. Who said Women cannot have fun and Women are not daring enough to take risk and enjoy the adventure? We are the best examples.
Roads are important and it plays a vital role in making a person’s trip smooth and memorable. The Nice road (as the name suggest it’s one of the nice road in Karnataka), that connects the Bangalore and Mysore is one of the best place to drive and connect.
For people like me who experience the freaking Bangalore traffic during the weekdays, this nice road comes as a soothing effect. After all, who doesn’t love to drive on a road that has no annoying colorful signals that stops you everywhere and escape the horrible speed hump which gives you bungee jumping effect?

 One would absolutely love the design of the road. Currently it’s a four lane but it was designed to expand to six lanes in the future. This road was also designed to connect the Pune Highway and Hosur highways.
Drive, Design and connect

Here are the top 3 reasons for Bangalore to be a #madeofgreat place to Drive, Design and connect:
  • One State. Many Worlds. “One State. Many Worlds” It’s rightly quoted by Karnataka Tourism. I am not sure about the other cities in Karnataka. But Bangalore is the best example for it. I could see people in almost all the states and you get a chance to connect and explore their culture and language.
  • Garden City: The city is surrounded by Greenery. Tough these days it’s occupied with lots of IT hubs and giant buildings there are still few places with trees on either side of the road and plants at the middle of the road.
  • Climate - I am basically from Tamil Nadu where the sun showers with lot of heat. For me, this climate is a heaven
Picture Source - Tata Moter's Zica

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Delicious and Healthy: Sugar Free Natura's Vanilla Cake Recipe for a Guilt-Free Indulgence

"Happy Birthday, Appa," my father greeted my grandfather, bowing down to touch his feet in a traditional show of respect and seeking his blessings.

"Happy birthday, Tatta," my sister and I chimed in, offering our warm wishes to our beloved grandfather.

"Only wishes? No cake cutting?" my grandpa inquired with genuine curiosity. Despite his advancing age, he remained young at heart, and it was true that some people seemed to regain their childlike spirit after reaching their seventies. He was insistent on having a cake-cutting ceremony.

"Have you forgotten about your diabetes?" my father replied, his voice firm yet filled with affection. "We are genuinely concerned about your health. Cutting the cake would only tempt you to indulge, and it might have adverse effects on your well-being."

As my father's words reached my grandpa's ears, a shadow of disappointment washed over his face, dimming the spark of excitement that had been present just moments before.

All of a sudden Sugar Free Natura's Ad flashed my mind. 
"Dad who said grandpa should not eat sweets and cut the cake?"
I suggested the idea of preparing the cake by replacing the sugar with Sugar Free Natura. Everyone voted my idea and we prepared a delicious Vanilla cake within one hour. 

My grandpa face lit up with happiness. He cut the cake like a child and indulged happily. 

"Who suggested using Sugar Free Natura for the cake instead of sugar?" my dad questioned, surprised by the idea of a sugar-free treat.

"I did," I responded eagerly. The notion of preparing a delectable vanilla cake with the help of Sugar Free Natura had struck me, and everyone in the room quickly embraced the concept. In just an hour, we had a scrumptious cake ready to be enjoyed.

As the cake was presented before my grandpa, his face lit up with pure happiness. Like an excited child, he eagerly cut into the cake and savored each bite.

"This is the best birthday I've ever had," he declared, a radiant smile adorning his face. Below, you'll find the recipe for Sugar Free Natura's delightful vanilla cake, ensuring a guilt-free indulgence.

 Ingredients for Sugar Free Natura's Vanilla Cake:
  • Butter, Fermented Cream, or Milk
  • Eggs
  • Sugar Free Natura (A Low-Calorie Sugar Substitute)
  • Maida flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Milk
  • Tutti Frutti

Yummy Yummy Mixture is ready :)

Getting Baked :) 

How to make Sugarfree Natura's Vanilla Cake:

Sugarfree Natura's Vanilla Cake..
  1. Turn on the oven and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix Maida flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and beat well to a thick paste
  3. Take a bowl and batter the butter and egg. Now add vanilla powder and beat well. Add Natura's Sugarfree and mix well. Beat well for about 10 minutes. 
  4. Sprinkle the colorful tuity fruity on the mixture. 
  5. Keep the mixture in oven and bake it for about 30 minutes.
Now delicious Sugarfree Natura's Vanilla Cake is ready :)