The first thing about this book that you’ll notice if you look it up on the net is that the in place of a blurb/summary there’s an excerpt. An enticinThe first thing about this book that you’ll notice if you look it up on the net is that the in place of a blurb/summary there’s an excerpt. An enticing excerpt infact and that threw me off balance for a minute before I decided that I just had to read this story.
‘Inconvenient Relations’ is the story of Ruhi and Shaan. Ruhi, is a smart, independent, educated modern day girl whose marriage is arranged by her parents to an NRI guy. She falls for the man she is destined to spend her life with. On the other hand Shaan is a dutiful son who gives into his family’s demands of an arranged marriage even though he has a love interest back in states. As Ruhi steps into her new life and discovers the truth about her husband, she feels cheated yet, she just cannot not love the man she has married. As she takes control of her life, Shaan might just be beginning to realize his epic mistake.
As a work of fiction, this novel tells us the story of Shaan and Ruhi. But in reality there are just too many Shaan and Ruhi in this world, who are facing the same or similar situations very regularly. This work of fiction is too close to reality and that is the best aspect of this novel. Okay, so I am not saying that it is always the boys who have a side interest – or that all the girls react in the Ruhi does in this novel, but yeah the overall situation is way too common.
I loved Ruhi’s character. She is a perfect blend of modern and traditional Indian women. She is independent and educated. She knows her rights and fights for it. At the same time she is also this sweet girl who agrees to marry a boy selected by her parents and learns to love her husband even though he is far from perfect. Again don’t get me wrong, she has her faults like any human being, but the good qualities way overweigh her faults and so it is easy to fall in love with her. Shaan, on the other hand comes across this gutless brat who I would have gladly smacked across the face on the wedding night (if I were in Ruhi’s shoes) but he does end up redeeming himself.
Arranged marriage are way more common in India than we would like to admit and this novel gives us a glimpse into the lives of two strangers who are brought together by their families and are expected to live together and love each other. The author has narrated the story pretty well outlining the common dilemmas faced by people in these situations. The emotional charge between the two characters literally burst out of the pages and make it such an interesting read.
A well balanced novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading!...more
Set in faraway future, Equilibrium is the story of Arya, a teenaged orphan who is good at picking any and all lockWelcome to the future of our world.
Set in faraway future, Equilibrium is the story of Arya, a teenaged orphan who is good at picking any and all locks. When a job lands him in the midst of a high security government vault, life as he knew it changes for good. As the fight between good and evil / light versus dark wages on, Arya not only gets entangled in it, he is in the smack middle of it. Now the question is whether Arya will succeed or is the apocalypse imminent?
Paras Joshi has created a wonderful new world in his debut novel Equilibrium. The book is quite appealing right from the very first chapter. A lot of imagination and thought has gone into the world building. The concept of Saatvikalok, Tamisra and Maayukhare are intriguing. The plot is quite unique that kind of mixes fantasy with action and thrills. It has a good premise and a lot of promise. Little bit of details here and there, provided by the author, makes it more interesting and keeps your glued to the pages. The protagonist Arya is intriguing and highly loveable. I enjoyed cheering for him through the pages as his character grew into something more than I ever expected.
The book ended with a lot of unanswered questions. I guess that this being the first part of a trilogy, it is only natural that the author would leave us with questions to ensure that we pick up the next book. For me, it is going to be a looooooong wait to see if my guesses are right or not. I will surely be picking up the second book in the series… In the meanwhile, why don’t you guys pick this one up? ...more
Someone Like Her introduces Maria and Jake to us. Maria has a history, but she has never let that rule her life. She is smart and independent and pretSomeone Like Her introduces Maria and Jake to us. Maria has a history, but she has never let that rule her life. She is smart and independent and pretty decent girl. When she goes in search of her father, Maria lands in some trouble. Who does she turn to in the hour of need? Of course to Jake. Jake, is an ex-Navy SEAL who now works in a firm headed by Maria’s brother. They have been attracted to each other for a time now, but with Maria’s brother warning Jake off, none of them have ever done anything about it. Now, away from her brother and in some dangerous situation, will Jake and Maria finally give in to their attraction? And will Maria ever find some closure?
I liked Maria right off the bat. What is not to like about her. She is a lively girl who has seen tough times, yet hasn’t let it ruin her life. She is outgoing and independent, yet not foolish enough to not know when to ask for help. She doesn’t just sit back and let the ‘hero’ do all the kick-ass stuff. Jake on the other hand is a hottie ex-Navy SEAL – Again, what’s not to like? Okay, he may be a player… but when it is time he is ready to settle with someone. The plot is pretty simple and straightforward. No big surprises. It is the chemistry between the characters, the author’s narration style and her simple language that keeps you hooked on to the pages.
I have not read the first book in the series. And while these can be read as standalones, I strongly suggest that you read it in order because after reading book two first, I now have some ideas about what may have happened in the first instalment. ...more
Jake Roberts, our protagonist, gets embroiled in a serial Murder case when his psychologist is murdered. Teaming up with his ex, Mika who is now withJake Roberts, our protagonist, gets embroiled in a serial Murder case when his psychologist is murdered. Teaming up with his ex, Mika who is now with the FBI, Jake is on the chase of the killer. Lori and Jake’s path cross and they get together. But Lori has a secret that she must keep at all cost.
I know, I usually give bit more details about the plot, but the blurb of the book covers it better than anything I can come up with and so I am sticking to the basic.
On one hand we have a character like Lori, whose life has been a constant story of physical and mental abuse. But the worst part of her life is the death of her daughter that changed her life forever… For better or for worse, I cannot say. It is easy to understand where she comes from and thus empathize with her impulses. On the other hand, we have our protagonist Jake, who too is struggling with something from his past. It is only natural that Jake and Lori would be attracted to each other.
The author gets ‘into’ the story right from the beginning and maintains a fast pace throughout. The plot is bit unique in the sense that the perpetrator is made obvious from the beginning and the rush is in the chase. Will the good guys ever catch up to the perpetrator? And where will the perpetrator slip up? Even then the author has dealt a dash of twists in the story that keep it interesting and difficult to put down.
This book rounds up to be a balanced piece packed with adventure, sex, betrayal and action. ...more
This is the story of Emily Heath and dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham". When the quiet town is turned uspside down with mysterious writings pThis is the story of Emily Heath and dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham". When the quiet town is turned uspside down with mysterious writings popping up and one of Emily’s classmate’s body is washed up by the floods, the suspicions turns to her boyfriend Jack. Jack is very sick and little is known about his background. Emily’s loyalties tie her to Jack when everybody is looking to pin the mysterious things on him.
Emily is a loyal one. She stands by Jack no matter what and it helped me warm up to her. She also stands up to bullying, another admiring quality about her. Jack’s character is well developed and well portrayed. There are a couple of more important characters in the book but I do not know how to talk about them without giving away the plot. Let’s just say that each character has an important role to play. Each have been placed exactly where they should be and each of them are well developed.
The plot is something else on the whole. It is so intricately woven that every little thing and every little action means something. The mysteries in the book keep you glued to the pages and keep you guessing. Every time you think you have got it, something turns up that change everything you think you know. The author’s language is simple and the narration is complimentary to the characters and the plot.
Overall, this was a very interesting book that I simply had to finish in one sitting. ...more
Fair warning… Those of you who have not yet read the first book of this series, this review has some spoilers from it.
Kestrel’s bargain with the emperFair warning… Those of you who have not yet read the first book of this series, this review has some spoilers from it.
Kestrel’s bargain with the emperor seems to have sealed the fates of Kestrel and Arin. Kestrel is now engaged to Verex, the crown prince and Arin is set as the Governor of Herran, a colony to the empire. As Kestrel molds herself to play the role of the future empress, she meets new people makes allies and enemies, she is living a lie. She still yearns for Arin and to tell him the truth behind her engagement. Arin on the other hand struggles to govern his people and at the same time he looks for new allies. But there is a bigger picture that is bigger than both Kestrel and Arin. Will they be able to see it in time? Or will they be trapped in the traps of their own making.
Quite a few new characters have been introduced in this book. I particularly liked Verex. I wish the author had shared more about him. It feels like I know him yet do not know him completely. Hope he has a bigger role to play in the next book. Kestrel has matured a lot in this book, though she still remains a bit conflicted. Her strategizing mostly pays off and some of her ideas were brilliant, but her mistakes were big too. I did not like Arin much in this book. He felt like a fool to not realize the bargain that Kestrel had made with the emperor. The emperor on the other hand is a cunning fellow and throughout the book I looked forward to his next move.
The author has progressed the plot well enough from the first book. But the cliffhanger is really torturous. I can’t even begin to imagine the twists and turns that the next book will take us through. A well followed up sequel that builds up the tension just right. Cannot wait for the final book in the series.
As the daughter of the Valorian General , Kestrel has expectations to live up to. Her father expects her to join his army, while the society expects hAs the daughter of the Valorian General , Kestrel has expectations to live up to. Her father expects her to join his army, while the society expects her to get married if she refuses to become a soldier. As a Valorian, she is not supposed to be as attached to music as she is. She is expected to look after her own people. But Kestrel is her own person who loves her best friend Jess and her music. By the twist of fate, Kestrel ends up buying a Herrani slave, Arin, at a high price. Little did she know at the time that she would for him, or that he had his own agenda.
Kestrel is an easy character to like. She has a mind of her own, sometimes selfish and sometimes selfless. She often acts without thinking and often over analyses things. Yes, there are conflicting characteristics in her personality and she is very much flawed. It is exactly for that reason that she is so real and so loveable. Arin on the other hand is also a conflicted soul. But he is strong and ready to fight for his people. Yet he shows loyalty towards Kestrel.
The plot is unique in the sense that the author has created a whole new world for us. There are so many things in the book that have been explored as a part of this new world. For instance, there are different people and their different cultures, different Gods and places. It is enchanting to read about this world. I loved reading about the politics of the empire and different war strategies. Though I have to admit that I would have liked to see a faster pace, but it has been traded for rich details and backgrounds of the story. I also liked the fact that the author narrated the story from both Kestrel and Arin’s POVs. It gave me a chance to be in the head of both the protagonists.
This is an interesting and promising start to a new trilogy.
What can a photographer from India and an Artist of French origin have in common? Well, there’s their flighty nature, love for travelling and a bunchWhat can a photographer from India and an Artist of French origin have in common? Well, there’s their flighty nature, love for travelling and a bunch of letters!
When Arjun Bedi and Genevieve Casta meet for the first time in the beautiful Kathmandu, they hit it off almost instantly. As they part ways, they keep in touch through letters. But as time passes, their letter writing declines and then comes their meeting in Pune. They both feel the attraction that has been brewing over time, yet their individual pasts keep them apart. Will these wandering souls finally find a home, and would it be with each other?
The first thing about this book that stands out is its language. Right from page one, you know this is not going to be one of those commercially successful novels that sell masala plot and sex in name of literature. Once you realise that, it is impossible to not keep turning the pages until the very end. Siddharth Dasgupta has a very matured and grand sense of language that has the wow factor without feeling heavy. Then there are the two characters of Arjun and Genevieve who are endearing, flawed and very real. They are so different, yet so similar to each other. It could not have been easy to portray the characters with all their imperfections, yet make them so loveable. Another factor in this book is the detailed descriptions of places. The author must be well-travelled to have captured so many details about so many different places. It cannot be the result of research – the vivid descriptions help paint a clear picture of the places in the readers’ minds.
This is a rather refreshing IWE book that I recommend to all fiction lovers. ...more
Welcome to the front row seat to take a journey of one girl, Nirvi.
Once a jovial and carefree girl, Nirvi’s life changes drastically when she is raped Welcome to the front row seat to take a journey of one girl, Nirvi.
Once a jovial and carefree girl, Nirvi’s life changes drastically when she is raped. While it is no fault of her own, she feels otherwise. She is victimized as the victim of a tragedy in this ‘wonder-ful’ society of ours. Now she lives life as a mere shadow of the person she once was – ashamed of her past and with no hopes and dreams of a future. Arsh remembers the girl she was and sees the girl she has become. He takes it upon himself to help her find the girl she once was.
It is so easy to fall in love with Nirvi. She is real and she lives amongst us. Most of us have had friends like her – one who lights up a room with her presence and sense of humour. As a woman myself, I could not help but feel outraged on her behalf at the injustices of our society. But I also realize that the author has merely portrayed the truth of today’s world where a woman is blamed for everything no matter if it is really her fault or not. It is the victim’s life that is ruined while the perpetrator lives a respectful life and simply moves on to find his next victim. However she fights on in whatever small ways she can to live and to find love and hope one day.
Arsh’s character is an interesting one. In the beginning he came across as a bit too full of himself and makes it difficult for us to like him. However over the period of the novel he redeems himself as he inserts himself in Nirvi’s life and help her find the girl she once was. He is ceaseless in his endeavors to resurrect and preserve the jovial girl that Nirvi once was. His voice is a refreshing one.
Rape is a sensitive and widespread issue that the author has handled with great care. Not once did the book feel unreal or overdone. In fact, there was a nagging feeling about the truth in the pages. Jyoti Arora has kept her language and narration simple, letting the plot and the characters take the center stage. Fiction or Reality? That is the question I had while reading this book. The novel maybe a work of fiction, but it is the reality of too many women in our society.
Engaging and emotional, this novel is a must read for all.