Book Review- Stolen Hope (Ramayana: The Game of Life #3)

 

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ON THE JACKET :

In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and the trickery, the praise and the slander and, above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of the Exiled Royals.

Stolen Hope is about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they value most.

Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple – and the complex game of power and greed, Stolen Hope mirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them.

Seek courage when everything, including hope, is stolen.

Review :

Quick Review :

Stolen Hope by Shubha vilas will mesmerize you with the stories from Ramayana.

Full Review :

I had read shattered Dreams-the second book from the series and had a different experience. when the author approached me for book three I didn’t had much expectations but reading stolen hope has been a good (better) experience altogether. There are tiny tales all over the book which keep you busy throughout.

Book three starts with Rama, Sita and Lakshmana moving to Dandakaranya jungle from Chitrakoot. They meet many sages there and kill many Rakshashas too.

while at the ashrams the trio gain knowledge from sages by listening to great tales of Sage Agastya. Having heard so many fascinating stories about sage Agastya the trio decide to visit the Agastya’s ashram. sage Agastya showers his blessings and gifts three valuable martial presents to Rama. Rama,Lakshmana and Sita meet Jatayu at Panchavati.

one day Surpanakha- sister of Ravana sees Rama and loses her heart that very instance. on knowing about Sita she tries to kill her but is stopped by Lakshmana who in turn chops off surpanakha’s ears and nose. This incident makes uproars in the forest and fourteen thousand rakshasas head to fight a war Rama. on the other side, surpanakha tells Ravana about Sita, and germinates the idea that the most beautiful woman belongs to the most powerful king-Ravana. will Ram succeed to fight fourteen thousand rakshasas? Is sita safe ?

Rating :

****/5

Read my review of SHATTERED DREAMS

NOTE : AUTHOR SUBHA VILAS SENT ME A COPY OF STOLEN HOPE IN EXCHANGE OF A HONEST REVIEW.

 

#BOOKREVIEW KISSING FROGS FOR A WHILE BY PAVAN TARAWADE

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On the jacket :

Being an only child to urban Indian parents, Ayesha is being forced into getting married early. In her late twenties and nursing a heartbreak, Ayesha succumbs to the pressures put on her by her folks. 

But will she be able to overcome the bitterness that love has left behind? Will she be able to forgive and forget Piyush and move forward? How many Mr. Wrongs would she have to meet to find Mr. Right, and would she even find him? 

A story that reveals a roller-coaster of emotions and the different men Ayesha meets to find true love! Does she finally settle for marriage without love? 

How many frogs would she have to kiss to find her prince? Did these so-called princes even exist? Part of a generation that’s caught between love and arranged marriages, will Ayesha come out a winner?
About the Author :
A Travel Enthusiast And A Writer, Pavan Tarawade Started To Scribble Down His Thoughts As Early As Back In School. Poetry, Humanitarian Fiction And Technical Writing Are Some Of The Genres He Has Touched Upon, But Short-Story Writing Remains His Favourite. Inspired By The Likes Of Earnest Hemmingway And Ruskin Bond, He Loves Participating In Short Story Competitions On Varied Topics.

Fiction Is The Genre Pavan Has Chosen. Fiction Because He Believes The Very Essence Of An Art Lies In Creation. “What’S The Point Of Being A Writer, If We Do Not Create?” He Says.

He Enjoys Photography As A Pastime And Is A Connoisseur Of Coffee. Coffee And Pavan Go A Long Way Back. He Doesn’T Know Where And When He Fell In Love With Coffee, But Yes, According To Him, There Isn’T A Better Remedy To Writer’S Block Than A Custom Made Mug Of Caffeine.

Pavan Is A Regular Blogger (Pavantarawade.Com) And You Can Browse Through The Menu Of His Work And Pick The Category That Suits Your Thought Buds.

Quick Review :
kissing frogs for a while is short and sweet story to be read while sipping your evening tea/coffee.
Full Review :
Kissing frogs for a while is Ayesha’s story of struggle to find her soulmate. Ayesha is 28 and single. Even though her parents are urban yet they feel, its high time Ayesha settles down. Ayesha who is nursing a broken heart finds it difficult to move on. After a lot of cajoling Ayesha readies to search her soulmate through matrimony websites. She meets few guys through the matrimony sites but things don’t work up. How many frogs does she needs to kiss before finding the one? Does she finally find her soulmate?
kissing frogs for a while is short and sweet but does not create a wow feeling. The story is simple and thus one can predict the mid section and climax of the story while reading the first few chapters.
Rating :
**.5 
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A Solid Start : The First 10 Pages of Your Novel

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How long does it take for you to know if you like a book?

More importantly, how long before you realize you don’t like it?

Years ago I attended a screenwriting workshop conducted by a national award winning screenwriter. The course was excellent and in many ways, eye-opening. One of the many things that have stayed with me from that 5 day workshop is the importance of the first 10 pages of your screenplay, the first 10 minutes of your film.

It applies equally to a book, the first 10 pages is your best ammo to get a reader glued.

The first 10 pages are the first 3000 – 3500 words of your novel and it is sometimes only halfway into your first chapter.

10 pages, that’s all you get.

Thankfully, that’s all you need. More on that later, let’s now look at the first 10 pages. For the sake…

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GUEST POST- Five Procrastinations of Writing by Shweta Taneja

Five procrastinations in writing and how to strike them down

by SHWETA TANEJA

Writers are natural born procrastinators. We all know that feeling, the one which comes just before you actually start to write: Let me have another cup of tea, another day, another book, another little salty chip and then I will start. When I began my journalist career more than a decade ago, I was sure I couldn’t write an article. It took me five years of wanting to write fiction, a Master’s degree, two failed novels and millions of procrastinating moments to finally do something that all blogs, all writers keep suggesting: write. After a year of stalling, I started to write fiction and once I did, I couldn’t stop. In the last five years, I’ve written six books, four of which are published and two lie at various edit levels. The longest of this, my…

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