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The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Unknown to Nayan, the library he inherits from his deceased father, is a mysterious place. Hiriya Halepu, Pu.Nayaka, Kapshi and and many others live there. They have a secret world with celebrations, romances, pangs of separation and conflicts. This is the Book-World. As two souls in this world fall in love, they encounter a strange predicament that separates them from eac ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 2016 by Readomania
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Preethi Venugopala
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world where books come alive. They would exhibit emotions just like us. There would be arguments, jealousy, grudges, happiness and of course, love! 'The Lively Library and an Unlikely Romance' takes us to such a parallel universe. There you have unruly youngsters, philosophers, intellectuals and even fakes just like we have in our own universe. Welcome to the Lively Library.

My favorite characters in the book world were Hiriya Helepu-the Senior old book, Helmine- the resolute protector,
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the blurb, I was intrigued with the way the author had depicted it. I also had the wrong impression that it would be suitable for kids. I was so wrong. I realised that as soon as I started reading the book. Usually, a book can be categorised by age. But this one can be read by all - readers and rare readers and in all age brackets. The readers would love finding references to some of the books they have rea
Kavya U.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I feel thankful to Niranjan Navalgund for writing this book. It’s the perfect tribute for all the books in the world. Every bibliophile should cherish this book. You would surely find a message or two, written especially for you. This book has instigated in me a yearning to read ‘books about books’. Doesn’t that sound exciting? To read books about books gives the best feeling in the world.

Moving on to the story, The Lively Library is a story about a library which comes to life at n
Aarohi Brar
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before anything else, I would like to take a moment to congratulate the writer on writing such a brilliantly woven story.
There isn't a bibliophile out there who hasn't wondered about the limitless joy a book can promise. It doesn't matter if you read a book once, or a hundred times, it is bound to teach you something new, take you in a different direction, change your mood, develop your personality and polish your outlook to life.
I am amazed at how well thought out the concept was. Not only that
Kavipriya Moorthy
A short novella that I loved reading, because, this book has beautiful prose that fulfills my writer and reader's ego. A very well thought and well written novella, with creativity of the author peppered throughout the book. A few parts of the book where the book examines the reader and reads their mind, the parts where 2 books fall in love with each other, are beautiful and makes one smile. The world-building is really good.

I expected some twists though, and the pacing was slow-medium which co
Shloka Shankar
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's one of those books that leaves you in awe of the author. Navalgund has created a whole new vocabulary that makes you laugh out loud, ponder, and just creates an aura that lingers long after you put the book down. A pleasurable read! Hope to see more espionage in the forthcoming beras. ;) ...more
 Ananya thefoodandbooklife
The Lively Library and an Unlikely Romance is a short read that started out promising. It is the story of a library that comes to life after sundown, something similar to The Night Museum movies. I was curious to see how the author would adapt the concept to a library. An unwitting son inherits a library full of very special books. They have leaders among themselves, they have books that are noble and books that are mischievous, they have a network similar to our internet, they have means of com ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I am the willing and happy victim of a case of masterly deception. Readomania’s The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance, a deceptively slim volume, with a wonderfully childlike cover and engaging illustrations within, is no ordinary book about a simple library. As one browses through its pages, one fathoms the boundless talent that nestles in the mind of the young philosopher-writer, Niranjan Navalgund, as he lets his imagination run riot in the Lively Library where books come alive in a magica
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shruti by: Author
The Lively Library is a mystical story of a library, whose occupants come to life in the dark. This world introduces you to books and the many characters of the book world, very similar to humans but with a spin. Nayan, the human owner of the library, inherits it from his father; who tries to convey the secret to his son before he passes away of an illness. Unaware of its special powers, Nayan decides to restart the operations of this library, only to notice mysterious activities happening aroun ...more
Sabnoor Bharj
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whenever a person picks up a book, a certain conversation starts between them, a conversation of two different ideologies, a conversation of two different mind sets. Rarely there comes a book which fulfills that gap and The Lively Library does this with ease because it is every bibliophile's secret desire to enter into the world of books and hear out what they would say, if they could talk!!

From the time I picked it up to its very last page, I had a constant smile on my face. A book, at the end,
Ayan Pal
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a refreshing read with tremendous potential!

On the surface, this may appear to be a book for children, but it is not. Because it is so much more! Be it the unique story, the simple narrative structure, or the fact that the descriptions leap out of the pages of the book and fly into stunningly imaginative terrains, this is a book for bibliophiles as well as the generic reader, both.

I loved reading, and sincerely hope to see this on the big screen, maybe as as animation film someday.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Living in a world of books is like a dream come true.... when reading this book I actually made a movie with my imagination... loved the way author had formed a world for books... that too with a South Indian touch. All the names are perfectly derived. little love story... wow it's so cute and honest. I felt the story line is less, there is lots of explanation. ok it is for understanding of readers but still I feel there can be little more story. if this book would have a sequel then it would be ...more
Muthu Alagappan M
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful imagination by the author. What if books come to life having love, grudges, gossips and enemies ?

Every author writes a book, but this author writes about books. Must read!!

"Bow to the writers who penned us,
Power to the thoughts who made us,
Respect to the ink that produced us,
Pages that keep us together,
Covers that clothe us.
Gratitude to the readers
who enrich us.
I affirm: We are all one"
Ashima Jain
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Don't mistake this to be a children's book. Don't judge it by it's cover.
This is a book for all the bibliophiles and bookworms who absolutely love reading. It is a confirmation of all those childhood dreams that yes, books do come alive and that they live in an exciting world of their own; full of love, friendships, and many adventures.
Shwetha H.S.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The Lively Library & Unlikely Romance is an appreciable debut novella by Niranjan Navalgund, an author and a chess player from India.

Nayan, an arbiter in the chess tournaments, is now looking after a library that his father has left behind. It was Nayan’s father’s last wish to reopen the library which was very special for him. Why was it special for his father? Nayan doesn’t know. In absence of humans in the immediate surroundings, the books of the library come to life. They have their own world
Sudeepta Pradhan (booksteaandmore)
The book features Nayan a reluctant librarian who inherits a library from his father. Nayan reopens the library in order to fulfill his father’s wishes. Though initially he finds it mundane we see that slowly he starts enjoying his work in the library. Though there are human characters in this story like Nayan and the readers who visit the library the main characters are the books.

The books come to life when the library closes and cease to action when the library opens in the morning. This livel
Heena Joshi
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Plot: Nayan inherits a library, which his father use to operate. The once famous library is shut down due to demise of his father. Nayan plans to renovate the library to bring back the lost sheen. This library is not like any other library, but it has its own power to come alive at night.

Review: People who have watched, The Night at The Museum will be able to not just relate but also will be reliving the experience. It would be definitely better not just because it is in form of book but also b
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance by Niranjan Navalgund is an attempt to create a parallel world where books have their own realm. It introduces us to an unique Book-World (How I wish this was true!) where the books come to life and they have their own challenges, happiness, struggles and threats.
Navalgund has successfully created an atmosphere where you do believe this actually could happen. His writing style is earnest, there is almost a childlike euphoria as he goes along describing th
Kavita Jhala
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bang! Bang! The gavel resounds in applause.

Simple language. No nonsense style. A lot has been derived from the magical place called “The Lively Library”.

It transported me to my childhood fantasy
I’m mad about books and I can relate to every thing that happens in the story
It is a real portable magic (I quote: Preeti Chopra who mentioned about books in our Book Talks Contest)
I want to live forever through the Beras.
I think the Chess Master has some strategic play in writing this! (Hahahahaha…)
Why P
Aravind Sampath
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Lively Library and an Unlikely Romance, the name in itself is intriguing. It is a short book and even so, it has done its magic in just about 90 pages. The characters that the author has woven are a class apart, and one can very well know the mature thought-process of this young author. This is a story about a library that comes to life at night. The Lively Library is indeed one lively setting. The illustrations of the main characters in the book are exactly like the way the readers would ha ...more
Vinay Leo
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review @ A Bookworm's Musing

A book that brings a Night at the Museum effect to a library, Niranjan Navalgund's novella is one that I enjoyed reading.

From characters like Hiriya Halepu to Kapshi, each had aspects that I liked. The romance, as the title says, was unexpected, and fun to read. And how Helmine deciphers the threat from the unknown enemy was interesting as well.

I loved how the narration is simple, yet has enough pace to keep the pages turning as well. I felt the plot had potential t
Sheerin Naz
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The title of the novel says it all. A lively, intriguing story that explores the essence of a lively library completely. Refreshing plot, unique characters. Getting a sneak peak of the library where books talk and have a life of their own is amazing. Well written, Niranjan. :)
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Niranjan Navalgund is a young chess professional who derives great pleasure in learning about life through the game of chess. He is a former National U-17 Chess Champion and a Commonwealth Silver medalist in the U-18 Category. He has been conferred with ‘Indradhanushya’ (2007) ‘Giants International Award’ (2009), ‘Kreeda Ratna’ Award (2010) and ‘Belgaumite of the year’ Award (2012) for his achieve ...more

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