She Stood By Me | Book Review

She Stood by Me by Tarun Vikash - Book review

She Stood by Me by Tarun Vikash Love is not a relationship Most of us have experienced first love, first heartbreak, that we occasionally remember, and this novel She Stood by Me by Tarun Vikash, is a reminder of those memories. Like the subtitle implies love is much more than a friendship. This romantic fiction is about a love story that begins in teenage years and grows with the age of protagonist. Aparna and Abhi who starts their relationship as friends with a one-sided crush, and then their friendship is transformed in time into a lovely story of love. Their friends Manish and Nidhi also have their own love story, and they are an integral part of the life of Aparna and Abhi. Abhi who comes from a lower — middle — class family, he has responsibilities waiting for him in the future, he is career-oriented, but he believes in romance and first love concept. On the other side, Aparna comes from an upper — middle — class family with an urge to prove the world about her existence. She is career-oriented but somehow she doesn’t believe in love, in a better way to say that she doesn’t have time for love. This Love story ought to be difficult as one person is madly in love and another person is aloof with love as a feeling and living in denial. Their love story has many obstacles like studying in different cities, job pressure, and then family drama. In small cities Love and then Love marriage is still considered as a taboo. Most of us have experienced first love, first heartbreak, that we occasionally remember, and this novel She Stood by Me by Tarun Vikash, is a reminder of those memories. Like the subtitle implies love is much more than a friendship. This romantic fiction is about a love story that begins in teenage years and grows with the age of the protagonist.⁣⁣Author Tarun has very aptly defined the feelings of love, responsibility towards the family that are so contrasting to each other. Though this book She Stood by Me is his debut novel, he did quite a remarkable job with the characters and the story.⁣⁣Every character in this book has been nicely thought of and then put on paper. The character I most connected to was Manish, as he reminded me of Bollywood movies that had one best friend who made fun of the Hero, pulled his leg, but then he also stood with him in every thick and thin of the situation.⁣⁣Unfortunately, my problem was that most of the novel was like reading Abhi’s private unrealistically goody – goody diary with individual dialects and dialogues, which became quite uncomfortable instead of smooth flowing reading, which I am used to. Somehow the story seemed little stretched with too much detailing of unwarranted information which could have been omitted.⁣⁣I would like to rate this YA romantic fiction novel 3.7 out 5. It is one time read that is quite entertaining in its own way. This book will remind you about your first crush, first love and your life before 25 hit you.⁣

I am in love with Shudh Desi Firangi

I Am In Love With a Shudh Desi Firangi Paperback by Dipnanda Bhaduri - Booxoul Book Review

Love stories are always my weakness, especially the soft and slow romances. My teens years were filled with such books. I read Harlequin, Mills & Boon and Betty Neels ( now, now don’t go judging me). So yeah, when Dipnanda approached me to review her book ‘I am in Love with Shudh Desi Firangi, I so obvious, shrieked in excitement and dived in right on, in the book. ⁣ As they so famously once said that the first impression you get of the book is the beginning of the story. Well, I do agree with that! ⁣ Beginning of this book ‘I am in love with Shudh Desi Firangi’ is what goaded me to plunge in further. The first bite I took of this book had a perfect balance of all spices. It tasted of heartbreak, love and dreams. The story of I am in love with Shudh Desi Firangi by Dipnanda Bhaduri Roy was soaked and spiced in Rich Bengali Culture. Yummm… what’s more, did I need than the tantalising beginning. Of course, I needed a perfect end to the story, or rather I’d say a perfect beginning to the end of the story. And boy, was it amazing! The end was emotional, satisfying yet of course obvious. Doesn’t matter, though, does it?⁣⁣⁣It is incredible to see how the author Dipnanda, made sure not to hustle things up while interweaving modern romance of Katyayni and Rudra and age-old love story of Shiva and Parvati, in a beautiful intricate pattern of pain, selfless and unconditional love. And the cherry to the cake was the narrative of the book, I am in love with Shudh Desi Firangi by Dipnanda Bhaduri Roy. It was done in a calm and collected manner. While reading it, I felt that I was part of the very story. Living each moment with the characters. Impressive! What’s more, the way the author portrayed her characters was incredible. It felt like she knew them well and had plucked them out of her life for her book. ⁣⁣I am in love with Shudh Desi Firangi by Dipnanda Bhaduri Roy, is a perfect beach read. This atmospheric read is going to win you over. I rate this book 4 on 5⁣

The Grand Master & Other Short Stories by Chinmaya Desai

Review of the book The Grand Master & other Short Stories by Chinmaya Desai

It’s quite rare that I find a collection of short stories above average. Kudos to the author Chinmaya Desai for writing some of the finest short stories, of which some were really outstanding. Now I wonder, if I would be able to do justice to the book.  The Grand Master & other Short Stories is a collection of 17 stories. Tales such as Mathematician, Mother’s love, The Grandmaster, Who let the Dogs Out, The Woman in The Yellow Saree etc, taught me something and left me to mull over things, long after I had read them. It was like I was living among those characters and feeling their emotions as mine own. Amazing to see how a simple story can transform our perception. The narrative of each of the tale was lovely and very engaging. By using quirky, through imagery style of writing in individualistic prose the author enhanced the drawing strength of each of these tales. What I didn’t like about the book? A few stories in the book were very disappointing, but the good ones made it up for the disappointing ones. Language was used in the book was okayish. Bit of editing could have done wonders. Overall, it is a must read collection of short stories, which is a perfect light read and a best companion while travelling. I relate this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5