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.
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.
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 ?
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.
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I wanted to try out Cadbury Glow the moment I saw tweets about Cadbury Glow campaign on Twitter last year. I enquired many times at near by shops/malls but nobody had heard about such a product. The product was and is available online but I was discouraged because of the price bracket. Cadbury Glow is available as 16pcs pack for Rs.400, 24pcs pack for Rs.600.
My first impression, “Too Pricy!”
Cadbury Glow consists of three different types of Chocolate. The outer portion is hard, filled with two layers of chocolate.
It’s a simple case of “Unchi Dukaan, Feenkey Pakwan”. Cadbury Glow is no extra ordinary chocolate. At one point I seriously felt I am eating Cadbury 5Star. I don’t find a single reason to spend Rs. 400 on this product again. Ordinary chocolate with extra ordinary packing. To be frank, packing is much better than the product and the only reason why this product is priced so high.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CROSS GAMER, BANKER, POLITICIAN AND TERRORIST WITH VIRTUAL MONEY?
From the bestselling author of If God was a Banker comes the first ever bitcoin thriller. God is a Gamer is a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villains, predators are prey. Assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.
Moving from Washington’s congress to Delhi’s finance ministry, the beaches of Goa to the Corporate boardrooms of Mumbai, this is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.
About the Author :
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. It is but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. In 2008, his debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award. He won the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012 for The Incredible Banker and the crossword Book Award in 2013 for The Bankster. He lives in mumbai with his wife Dharini, and daughter, Anusha.
God is a Gamer starts with an insight of how Bitcoins came into existence and gradually we discover how Bitcoins became such popular and important part of Internet underworld. From murder mysteries to scams to Robberies to Love Affairs, God is a Gamer has all the masala a good thriller should contain, yet at some point it disappointed me. The first 20 chapters kept on introducing Characters and a part of their mysteries. As story kept progressing more and more information was added. sometimes, it felt the information was not important but, in the end all the information provided fell into the right boxes.
so much was happening at a given point in different parts of world. Malvika Sehgal, chairman of a global bank was murdered in mumbai, Finance minister’s involvent was suspected in the murder, robbers were looting money through ATM’s in America, Gillian Tan, handpicked by Barrack Obama to drive American foreign policy in South Asia was assassinated. All the incidents were inter-related in some way or the other. Adrian and Tony, FBI agents had the burden to solve the mystery of assassination but instead they came across more and more mysteries until it became a big jigsaw puzzle.
I lost interest in the middle for few chapters but regained later. Good thing about thrillers is your brain keeps functioning while you are reading them, Unsolving the mystery of who the real culprit is and my brain worked overtime maybe. Like always I tried solving the mystery while reading it and was right with my conclusions. At one point it felt the story is being stretched. I certainly didn’t like the anti-climax portion. This book left me disappointed. Two wrongs cannot make one right. I detest the revenge part.
on the whole it was an average reading experience. I expected more from Ravi Subramanian.