#BookReview India on my Platter by Saransh Goila

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My first encounter with a  travelogue and it couldn’t have been better than this. India on my Platter is not just fun but it’s lovely too. The book is like an daily journal of Chef Saransh Goila while he was touring India in 100 days for his show Roti, Rasta aur India to be aired on  FoodFood channel.

Chef Saransh Goila won the  FoodFood Maha challenge in the year 2011 and was offered this show aftermath. Only a fool will reject such an awesome  opportunity and Chef Saransh Goila is no fool. And thank God for that, otherwise I wouldn’t have got a chance to read this amazing book.

Chef Saransh Goila travelled around India in 100 days learning, unlearning and re-learning not just about Food but also about India. He travelled through villages, towns, cities meeting people from different backgrounds and walks, learning new recipes and sharing the same in this book. I liked the way he compiled this whole book by being honest and writing direct Dil se. There are around 50 recipes in this book both veg and non-veg, few of them like Dark Chocolate Kheer, Saffron Fruit Cream, Raw Banana Pakoras with Khakra Canapes, Baghare Baingan, Chandan ke Kebab, etc.. are already on my To Try list.

I have not seen his show and I don’t know whether it was a hit or a flop show, but what I know is that this book is definitely a Hit.

Rating :
****/5

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P.S :
Don’t, just don’t read this book at night or when you don’t have access to food. All the recipes in the  book will leave you hungry.

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#BookReview Mistress of Honour by Bhaavna Arora

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On the Jacket :

A tale about passionate love and finding your soulmate… Only  to realize you will always come a close second.

When Potnis, a captain in the Indian Army, meets Pansy during Operation Blue Star, he knows he has found the love of his life. Their passionate romance leads them to the  altar and blossoms into a beautiful  child,  Rihana .

History repeats itself when Advik, a wayward boy from a broken family, catapults into Rihana’s heart as smoothly as he conquers the skies as an Indian Air Force Pilot. What follows is a night of unabashed love, transporting the  couple to heavenly bliss. Where will their unbridled love lead them? Will Rihana remain a Mistress to  Advik, for whom the  love for his country comes first, or will she be able to  make a place in  his heart that is second to  none? This heartbreaking saga of love, courage and sacrifice will  leave you  asking  for  more.

Review :

Short Review :

Mistress of Honour is fun, light read.

Full Review :

Deepak Potnis, a Captain in the Indian Army falls in love with Parminder Kaur Sodhi aka Pansy in the  midst of  operation blue star at the Golden Temple. Pansy, who lost her parents during the operation has also lost the reason to live. Potnis gives him hope and reason to not just live but live happily. They both get married when Pansy realises she is pregnant. They are blessed with  a  girl who is as beautiful as Pansy and as courageous as Potnis.

Rihana is growing  up  and so is Potnis in his job. Potnis is given another important  mission which leaves him emotionally broken forever.

History repeats itself when a grown up Rihana falls in love with Advik, Indian airforce Pilot. Before they could tie knot, Advik is asked to report for kargil war. Advik, who loves his country more than Rihana leaves her in a spot where she has to  make a serious decision.

At 191 pages, this book really is a light read, two to four hours max. I wouldn’t have mind 100 more pages if the Author had given more footage to Operation Blue star, Sri Lanka civil war and Kargil war. This book highlights the personal lives of real life heroes(army men) and their families. Lives of Families of Army men are far from normal. Their sacrifices are bigger than ours.

I really liked the  parts where Potnis was remembering  his training days. Even Advik and Kabir’s NDA tales were funny.
I somehow feel, the women were given very little space in the  story. Also, there was no element of surprise.

Rating :

***/5