VLOG REVIEW- 6 DEGREES

 

ON THE JACKET:

As part of their #CelebrateBlogging initiative, BlogAdda.com, ran the first edition of Game of Blogs in September 2014. Five characters and their descriptions were provided. The objective was to write a fictional story revolving around these characters. Bloggers came together as teams and after three rounds filled with its own set of twists and turns, three stories made it to the end.

The three stories in this book are a fascinating example of how one set of characters can have interesting lives with completely different dimensions. Six Degrees is a result of how collaboration can truly breed creativity in the modern day world of connected living.

REVIEW :

Watch the review on my YOUTUBE CHANNEL

RATING : 

3.5/5

NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR BLOGADDA.COM

Advice to my younger self. 


Have you ever witnessed a moment where you realise you are no longer the person you were a year back or 5 years back or 15yrs?

I had that moment yesterday and I have been pondering my thoughts into this since then. What will I do if I encounter myself from eons ago? Do I have anything to say to her? Any advices to give? I realised I have way too many advices😂

Thing is I have been a matured kid since I remember, so I have been a good decent kid all the while. That means boring childhood. Sorry, no childhood. Because mature kids are not really kids. They are adults trapped in the bodies of kids. 

So if I could go back in time I would definitely like to say these things to myself. 

  1. YOU’RE A KID, STOP BEHAVING LIKE A ADULT. 
  2. Read books. 
  3. Its okay to be stupid. 
  4. Don’t be so good that people use you like a tissue. 
  5. Stand up for yourself like you do for others. 
  6. Stop spending all your money on friends(so called friends) and save something for yourself too. 
  7. Believe in yourself. 
  8. Love yourself. 
  9. Take your creative side seriously. 
  10. Don’t cry so much, stop being an emotional fool. 
  11. Smile, laugh, stop being so serious about life. Have fun. 
  12. Dance more, I know you love dancing. 
  13. Everyone is going to hurt you someday and its okay. Don’t stop loving just because someone broke your heart, but if people question your self worth, kick them outta your life. 

Imagine the difference these things would have made. Alas! 

Book Tag – The Reading Habits Book Tag

I was tagged by Mark Jayson Balas of bongbongbooks for this book tag long back but couldn’t finish this task . Better late than never, I guess. So lets begin with questions.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yes, my Bedroom where my study table is. I mostly read in my bedroom. Sometimes I read just before sleeping ,so my bed is second spot where I read in my bedroom. 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks. mostly! I do own few bookmarks,the metal ones and paper ones too. I do carry a bookmark whenever i am carrying a book. 

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I like to stop when a chapter finishes rather than on random pages. This also works for short stories well, so I am very particular about it. It’s easier to remember where you last stopped in the story. In rare occasions when I stop reading in between chapters , I start with re- reading that chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Sometimes. I am one of those people who are super clean while eating, so I am not worried about my books getting dirtier.

once my friend borrowed a book and returned it with yellow food stains. I am yet to forgive her for that.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Music is good company but tv is distraction. 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

There was a time when I couldn’t read more than one at a time, but presently, I am reading 4.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I read when at home,office and while travelling. I do carry a book along most of the times,unless I am going out with friends and family.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently of course.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I do skip pages if the book is boring or the plot is getting typical. 

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Why is this even a question?

Preserving it like a new copy all the way! As I mentioned earlier, I am a super clean person, I wrap books in plastic after I am done reading so they remain brand new always.

11. Do you write in your books?

I don’t write, but yes if I find a beautiful quote or if a line strucks me I highlight it.

12. Who do you tag?

I hardly have blogger friends,so I am gonna tag few friends who also blog.

Here’s the list of wonderful people I tag.

Pls, do tag me once you are done answering the questions, i’d love to read them.

Amruta Panage

Aniesha Brahma

Samarpita Sharma

Bhumika shah

Raka

Thank you so much Mark for tagging me, it was really fun task to complete.

Book Review – Kanhu and other stories by Saroj Mishra

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On The Cover :

This book contains eleven short stories in Odiya translated into English. The original Authors are all well-known writers, some of them winners of the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi awards and others honoured with several state-level awards.

The stories in this anthology reflect the rich and divergent cultural heritage of Odisha and the current thinking in Odiya society-varying from focus on the plight of the underprivileged to the struggles of different sections of society in dealing with moral dilemmas.

The stories have been selected carefully to promote the Odiya language, with its colourful idiom, the heritage and the social ambience of Odisha, to a wider audience so that the readers can learn about its rich literature and the glorious history of Odisha.

Review :

I love reading short stories, no matter what genre they are from. Day by day my schedule keeps getting busier and I am not finding as much time to read as I would love to and thus short stories are perfect solution to my problem. I literally carried this book for a week and read wherever I could read, be it during train journeys or while taking a break from work.

Now coming to the book, the stories are simple and earthly. I liked Kanhu’s home and Inauguration of the Electric Crematorium. But all other stories were okay. I wanted to read more about Odisha but unfortunately that didn’t happen. There are 10 stories even though the back cover mentions 11, few stories also have typing errors, thus making this book poor on editing and proof reading front.

Writing a short story is not a easy task. Not just one has to fit a story in limited word count but also make it look appeasing. A good short is one that touches your heart. A better one compels you to imagine scenarios of what ifs. Kanhu and other stories fails to create that touch and that kind of impact.

Rating :

**/5

Check out the book HERE

Note : This Review is for Leadstart Publishing

 

BOOK REVIEW THE GREAT INDIAN WEDDING CONSPIRACY BY SREEJU SUDHAKARAN

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ON THE JACKET :

The Puyickal family, a reputed Mallu clan based in Mumbai, is going through a huge crisis.

One of their younger scions, Neeraja wants to marry her Punjabi boyfriend.

Her father wants to hear none of it.

Her aunts would rather die than allow it.

Her uncles don’t care a damn about it.

And her poor cousin’s idyllic existence is screwed by it…

Arjun never wanted to have anything to do with his distant and more successful cousin; Neeraja. However, her decision to marry a non-Mallu, an unheard-of scandal in her family, changes his life forever. Forced to take part in the family ‘discussions’ by his mother, he tries to devise ways to get out of this mess, when he finds out Neeraja’s beau’s sister is his college crush. Desiring to win her back, he realizes it can only happen if Neeraja gets married to her boyfriend. With no option left, he forms an uneasy alliance with his hateful cousin, as they work in tandem to emotionally manipulate the elders into making this marriage happen… until one day, a dark secret gets revealed that threatens to unravel all their efforts.

 

REVIEW :

Family’s favourite Neeraja creates chaos in the family when everyone finds out about her relationship with a Punjabi boy- sahil. She is adamant to marry a man of her choice and her family is strictly against the inter marriage proposal, according to them inter-caste love marriages are never successful . Arjun gets caught in all this family drama when he realises his true love Snehal wants the same thing as Neeraja. Neeraja, Snehal with the help of Arjun gang up against the elders of the family. They persuade elders one by one and soon Neeraja ‘s wedding is fixed. Few days prior to engagement arjun finds a bitter truth about Sahil and Neeraja’ s relationship. Will sahil and Neeraja finally marry? Will arjun and Snehal find their Bliss? Were elders of Puyickal family right about inter caste marriages?

This book reminded me why i stopped watching indian tv soaps, just like our  tv shows this book served a uncooked story with a stretched out beginning and middle part while the ending seemed rushed and unnecessary. The Twist seemed forced just to portray true love’s sacrifice. I didn’t liked the way few characters were written , I had major dissatisfaction towards Sahil’s character. To be frank I had to force myself to finish this book. Unfortunately, this book disappointed me in many ways which I cannot mention without spoiling the climax.

RATINGS :
**/5

NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR LEADSTART PUBLISHING , THOUGH THE VIEWS STATED ARE COMPLETELY MINE.

BOOK REVIEW -BANISHED THREADS BY KAYLIN MCFARREN

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ON THE JACKET :

A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren’s action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.

While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter.

Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect.

With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since launching her writing career, Kaylin McFarren has earned more than a dozen Literary awards in addition to a finalist spot in the 2008 RWA Golden Heart contest. A member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers, she also lends her participation and support to various charitable organisation , as well her own foundation benefiting cancer research in the pacific northwest. McFarren currently lives with her husband in Oregon . They have three daughters and two grandsons and enjoy travelling the globe and making monthly visits to their second home in California.

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REVIEW:

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen decide to visit Rachel’s uncle – Paul Lyons in London to take his blessings for their impending marriage. With Rachel’s pregnancy sickness worsening day by day and Chase’s fears growing of losing Rachel, there’s trouble in paradise. Things turn worst when they reach London and find themselves involved into a mystery, mystery of stolen paintings from Paul’s Gallery, which everyone thinks his step grand-daughter Sloan has something to do with. Paul is sure Sloan is innocent but Sloan’s absence makes things dangerous. Chase and Rachel get themselves so involved in this mystery that their lives get in danger. While solving this mystery, chasing culprits and trying to save Lyons from bad guys, Rachel and Chase learn the most important lesson of their lives.

BANISHED THREADS is third installment in the THREADS series by Kaylin McFarren. Though its a series, one can easily read all the three books as stand-alone without getting confused. BANISHED THREADS is not as lengthy as its successors and that makes it a crisp mystery novel. Author McFarren ends each book with a cliffhanger which works in favour of the genre of the series. Banished Threads was supposed to be the last installment of the series, but Author McFarren has announced a fourth book in the series titled as Twisted Threads which will release somewhere in 2016 End. She promises to answer all the questions Banished Threads has generated in the end.

RATING :

****/5

NOTE :

THIS REVIEW IS FOR AUTHOR KAYLIN MCFARREN , THOUGH THE VIEWS STATED ARE COMPLETELY MINE.