#IAm16ICanRape by Kirtida Gautam

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On the jacket :

To destroy great EVIL, GOOD has to shed tears of blood.

Rudransh Kashyap is a self-made billionaire and man of high moral fiber. His life is shattered when he returns home one day to find that his prodigy, his 16-year-old grandson, Aarush, has been arrested and accused of a brutal gang rape. It is easy to say, “Kill the Rapist” but what if the accused is your child?

This case takes an unprecedented turn when Aarush’s identity is made public on social media. Rudransh finds himself living a nightmare as he fights against tremendous odds to get justice for Aarush, to save him and to bring him back home… But what if the unthinkable is true? Can Rudransh save his grandson, or will he end up fighting a different battle altogether?

Review :

Quick Review :

#IAm16ICanRape deals with sensitive at the same time explosive (if I may add so) topic and yet there is not a single point where it backfires. Author Kirtida Gautam has done a commendable job.

Full Review :

Rudransh Kashyap is a self made billionaire who runs RK-JEE an IIT coaching institution. He lives with his wife and grandson Aarush. Aarush is beautiful, yes beautiful 16 years old genius. He is smart, well read, practices Krav Maga and Taekwondo, helps poor and underprivileged, in short a good boy. His parents live in USA. On his 16th birthday his grandfather gifts him a Jaguar, all in all he is living a pretty happy life. Until, the day he is accused of a heinous crime – Gang Rape and thrown into a Rehabilitation centre.

Rudransh kashyap, his grandfather leaves no stone unturned in proving his innocence. But, one day Rudransh learns something about the Rape case that leaves him broken. Thereafter, Rudransh kashyap is a man on a mission. Mission to change the juvenile justice system.

Normally, while reading a book I get a brief idea of how my review will shape up. But this book left me blank and to a extent sad. I had to take couple of days to digest the whole thing and not let my emotions over power this review, but I failed. #IAm16ICanRape stays with you for days. Author Kirtida Gautam has dedicated this book to Nirbhaya. This book left me with same emotions I had during December 2012.

Rating :

****/5

P.S.

At first look you might feel the book is too lengthy, but once you start reading, you will realise the reason behind its length and will appreciate it.

P. S. S

I like the way author has titled the chapters and instead of starting with first chapter, she started with chapter nine.

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#BookReview There’s Something About You by Yashodhara Lal

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On the Jacket :

THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL BOY-MEETS-GIRL STORY. OKAY, THEY DO MEET, BUT THERE ARE SOME COMPLICATIONS.

Trish is twenty-eight. She’s Unemployed, Overweight, Single and Snarky. She knows all that. And if one more person – just one more person – tries to fix her, she might explode. Sahil is thirty-five. He has superpowers. Well, kind of. He seems to think so, anyway. He’s also hot(in a geeky kind of way, but still). And he plays the guitar, helps the underprivileged and talks about his feelings. Aren’t guys like that supposed to exist only in fantasies?

When Trish and Sahil meet magic happens. Real magic, you know, like fireworks, electricity, that sort of thing. But here’s the problem. Trish doesn’t want anyone in her life. She has enough to deal with – dependent parents, flaky neighbours, bitchy editors, the works. And yet, Sahil is determined to be in her life.

Review :

Quick Review :

There’s something about you is quirky, witty and highly entertaining.

Full Review :

There’s Something about you is Trishna aka Trish’s story. Trish is a modern Independent girl who works as an head of Content Dept, lives with her parents in Mumbai and has only one person who she can call her friend. Life takes an unknown turn when Trish loses her job. For Trish, who started working just after college, this situation is new and it doesn’t help knowing her parents depend on her, and to her annoyance she is forced to babysit her friend’s daughter.

After some unsuccessful interviews, Trish finds herself in a zone where she is pitied and given Freelance work. One such article changes Trish’s life. Soon Trish has found a way to earn a steady income. Just when She thought life will go back to being normal, she bumps into a stranger who will again change her life forever. Sahil and Trish meet in an unusual, dramatic way. He is sure he has super powers, she is sure he is a Psycho. Sahil is adamant to make his way in Trish’s life, more to her annoyance He is the only one who knows what Trish is upto.

I was completely sold at the blurb of this book and am so happy that this book is beyond my expectations. What I really liked about this book is Trish’s never ending sarcasm, her practical approach to every problem. This book is witty and will entertain you for sure.

Rating :
****

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Rains – Part 2

Please read Part 1 here

                        Part 2

Hot Tea with Yummilicious Onion rings anyone?

Daddddyyyyy!!! Screamed Aadil seeing his father at the Terrace door.

Raj winked at Rani and hurried towards the right corner of the terrace where a beautiful wooden swing with a roof stood. It was the only part of the terrace which could protect Raj from the Rains. The mad trio followed him towards the swing for a dose of Heaven.

Eating hot onion bhajiyas with steaming hot tea on a rainy evening is Heaven.

~Hi!

~Hi beautiful. Here, take these glasses.

Raj poured tea for both of them.kids started munching on onion rings while both husband-wife sipped tea starring each other.

~So, how’s the tea?

~Just the way it was the first time you made for me – Perfect.

~seems like mad trio had some good time, this evening.

~Yes, But I missed You.

~I am sure we can do something about it, no? Winked Raj while taking a step towards Rani. Holding her hand in his, a thought occurred to him.

What did I do to deserve such a beautiful family?  God has been too kind on this ordinary man!

He tried nearing Rani but she pushed him away, kids are around.

They finished their tea and Pakode and got back home. Kids ran towards their room to change into their pajamas. Rani sneezed on the way to her bedroom.

~Bless You!

And just when she was about to reply she sneezed again.

~Aur bheego baarish mein!

~I am fine. I’ll change and come.

Rani quickly took a shower and changed into a red Nighty. Before going to the kitchen she checked on the kids, who were already in their night clothes jumping on their respective beds.

~ Ayan, Aadil stop jumping on the beds.

~ sowiee Mummmaa.

~ It’s okay my baby. Dinner will be ready in few minutes,  okay?

~Mumma, I am not hungry. I ate well replied little Aadil

~ even I am not hungry mom.

~ sure? I don’t want you two to wake up in middle of the night hungry.

~ no mom, I am full.

~ okay, I’ll get you some milk then.

Kids drank milk and dozed off to sweet slumber. Rani prepared the remaining pakode while Raj surfed the various news channels for some decent news.

Dinner is Ready!

As soon as Raj sat in his chair, Rani lit few candles and switched off the lights of the Dinning room. Raj smiled seeing a glowing Rani. They ate silently in the dim lights of candles having eyes fixed on each other, occasionally feeding each other.

Rains.

Rani was completely drenched. She loved getting drenched in rains and more so if it was unseasonal rains in summer. She hated summer but loved rains. Seeing Rani dancing,singing and enjoying Ayan and Aadil ran towards her. Ayan, Rani’s elder son was much like her sweet and cute. On other hand the younger one, Aadil had inherited his Dad’s charm.

Mummmaaaa!!!! Screamed the younger one startling Rani out of her trance. Rani smiled and hold her hands out calling her two Princes in a family hug. Even though she was always worried for their health but she never stopped Ayan and Aadil from getting drenched in rains and how could she, when she was the first one to get to the terrace as soon as she sensed rains.

They sang songs and danced merrily while half of the city was busy cribbing about the sudden downpour and the havoc created by it.

Raj somehow managed to reach home on time and was glad he was not out on the roads while it started raining. Raj didn’t liked getting drenched in rains. Ten years backs, may be he hated rains but now he couldn’t. He met Rani on a rainy night and that rainy night changed his life. He was glad he got drenched that night.

When he opened the main door,Raj found home empty and it took him no time in guessing where the mad trio would be. Raj smiled, ‘Crazy Rain Lovers’ and their lovely rain. I am an minority in this family. Dear God, was it too much of pain to make one child, Atleast one child of mine hate rain or even dislike? Huh!

He quickly changed into his night clothes and raided kitchen to find out if Rani has prepared dinner. He found sliced onions and a bowl of yellow batter on the kitchen platform. Great! Pyaaj ke pakode for dinner. Though he didn’t fancy rains, he couldn’t ever get tired of eating pakode on a rainy night. He never understood why these simple bhajiyas tasted so yummy during rains. Whatever! Lets make bhajiyas and surprise the mad trio upstairs, exclaimed the dotted husband/father.

Within 15mins he had prepared half of the bhajiyas/Pakode and tea. Switching off the stove, he quickly checked the status of rains. It was drizzling outside. Soon the mad trio will be home. I should go upstairs before they come down.

Holding a kettle in right hand and casserole in left Raj made his way to the Terrace. Standing on the Doorway a announcement was made.

Hot Tea with Yummilicious Onion rings anyone?

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Book Review : Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson.

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On The Cover :
In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.
For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the World’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again.
In a city of over thirteen million, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord and a godman who isn’t all he seems.
And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation along with the thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

About the Authors:

ASHWIN SANGHI is counted among India’s highest-selling English fiction authors. He has written three novels, all bestsellers – The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. Ashwin was included by Forbes India in their celebrity 100 list.

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade – The Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

Review :

Quick Review :

Private India is definitely a Page Turner. It keeps you engrossed till the very last page. If Thriller is your genre, then you shouldn’t miss this book.

Detailed Review :

This is my first experience with both the Authors work and may I say I am completely in awe of both of them for keeping my anxiety levels upright till the climax. First thing one might observe is the pure simplicity of language used, making it a delight to read. The book is divided into three parts and 116 chapters. Chapters are short and crisp.

There has been a detailed description of the city – Mumbai where the events take place. As I kept reading chapter after chapter, one thing was clear, I couldn’t keep this book away without finishing it.

As I am not aware of the writing patterns of the Authors, I couldn’t differentiate between both their writings. But then, does it really matter? Because I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and felt variety of emotions as the story progressed.

Every thriller has mysteries to be solved. But what makes a thriller different from a good thriller? It’s the way the Dots get connected to form a picture. The picture that is revealed at the end of the story. I really liked how this book progressed page after page.

Just when I thought I know who the culprit is, the next page threw some new piece of information proving me wrong. And this happened every time till the climax and the anti-climax were revealed. I got completely involved and hooked up to the story and couldn’t keep the book aside.

Ratings : 4/5

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A killing smile!

I was walking home from work when I saw him coming from opposite direction staring me, checking me out head to toe . Nervous as I was, started taking long steps. He kept staring. I was about to pass him when he whistled and winked at me.
I turned and saw he was walking ahead but looking back at me, I smiled, a killer smile. He was confused. Instead of stopping, he kept walking while watching me smile and Bamm! He walked into a wall hitting himself on head.
And I say to myself,  “Mission Accomplished”.

Rains

What is it about rains that You love it so much? he asked. He who never liked getting drenched in rains, never allowed the raindrops to tickle his face, what would I say to him? I replied,  Nothing. At the same time Everything.

His face remained confused and I smiled, for I knew I have irritated him a little by not replying exactly what he wanted to hear. He seemed genuine while asking the question,  but what do you really answer to a question like that.

I took a long breath and poured out my feelings in words, “Rains Clean my soul, they wash away my sorrows. I feel optimistic, I feel new. Rains make me happy,Rains make me content. Rains make me sad, I feel torned apart. A part of me cries and a part rejoice.Rains remind me of my childhood, the carefree attitude. Rains make me more humane”.

And most importantly Rains remind me of You. It was a rainy day when we met for the first time. Rains brought you in my life.
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