Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Book - A New Dawn: Fast paced with excellent narration


Title:  A New Dawn
Author: Kamini Kusum
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Pages: 128
Price: Rs. 245 
My Rating: 4/5

Shravan is a son of a rickshaw puller and Mugdha, daughter of a Railway officer. He has lived in penury while she has had all the material comforts. He dreams of being a soldier and serving the motherland while she lives in the world of colours. Childhood friendship converts into pure love ignoring the boundaries of a bungalow and its servant quarter. However fate has some other plans and tears apart the two innocent souls, throwing Shravan into a life that has thorns all its way. Will the two live their dreams? Will destiny bring them together again? A novel that will make us believe that life is all about never giving up

Love, patience and 'never giving up' is basically the theme of this book. A New Dawn by Kamini Kusum is based on a usual theme, but it is much more than that.
Talking about the story, it is sweet in the beginning, but as it progresses, it turns depressing. It showcases the undying love of Shravan and Mugdha. It also houses a love-triangle - which just spice things up. 
The characterization of all character is brilliant. While reading one can imagine every single one. And hats-off to the author for awesome narration. I just loved it.
What I didn't love about the book is the end. It seemed forced and deliberate. To be honest, I hated it. I don't want to write any spoilers, but I felt way too edgy and depressed after finishing this book.
Another thing I didn't like is the grammatical mistakes and typos in the book. For example, Page 87, "it was you mother" instead of 'your'. Also, on same page Mugdha calls her own mother as 'your mother' There are a couple more, but I haven't marked them.
Lastly, the price of the book is Rs. 245, which seems unjustified. Also, it seems that text has been squeezed into pages. It distracts, you see.
Well, apart from look and feel of the book and the typos, it is fast-paced read which is very well narrated.
My rating to this book (for its story and content) is 4/5

You can grab a copy as well from Amazon and read for yourself.

Lots of Love

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Book: Age of Azmoq - Epic Fantasy Tale


Title:  Age of Azmoq: The Valantian Imperium
Author: Rajamayyoor Sharma
Publisher: Self
Pages: 500
Price: Rs. 500 
My Rating: 4/5

Azmoq is the rarest and most coveted metal on the planet. It's the ultimate source and symbol of real power, and the Valantian Imperium controls it all. Or so they thought... For the first time in generations, the Valantian Imperium, masters of the Valantian continent glimpse the first tremors of fear. There are rumors abound. Rumors of legends. Legends of both ancient Azmoqian weapons and men of godly powers, long thought to be myths. As these rumors grow, a small group of people, from various walks of life, some commoners, some within the mighty Valantian Imperium itself, by pure coincidence, have set in motion a chain of events. The legends, if true, along with these set of events, might reignite the flames of a revolution. A revolution the Imperium had long suppressed. A revolution that might alter the balance of power in the continent, and eventually the entire world...

When we think about fantasy, the first thing that comes to mind is vampires/werewolves. There are very few people who can think beyond this, and the author is one of them. 

Age of Azmoq is one of a kind book. It revolves around a world that is completely different to what we live in. It also has very different geography and botany. I found this pretty interesting.

The story revolves around the journey of three companions and how they cope with various situations, and struggle to reach their ultimate goals.

The characterization in the book is good and we can definitely link to various protagonists - yes, to make it even more exciting, there is more than one. Sometimes it did get confusing, but while reading you adjust with the flow.

Overall it is a good read and it is one of a kind that will take you away from the real world.

What I didn't like about the book was - multiple times there is a timeline shift and it got very confusing. Also, the book needs a bit of proofreading and fonts should be enhanced. It is very difficult to read with such small fonts. And lastly, the pace of the book, especially in the beginning, should be improved.

However, all above cons are nothing when compared to the beautiful and epic story author has woven.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

My rating - 4/5

You should give it a try too.

Lots of love

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Want to move abroad? Do it PTE way


Every milestone in life is difficult and challenging. And getting a job or college abroad is one of the biggest challenges. Wondering why? It is mainly because of competition. India has a goldmine when it comes to hardworking associates or intelligent candidates, so what makes a person different? Apart from many personal qualities, English is a key factor.
Speaking fluent English and scoring well in entrance tests is the key. People outside need candidates with good English skills, so what should we do?

Given everyone demands for test scores as proof, we should opt for the best one available and also the one that would be accepted without any questions or doubts. 
PTE Pearson is one of the best and safest way to ensure admission abroad. And below is the list of key features of this elite and widely accepted test:
  • The test is pretty good and standard. It is widely accepted globally
  • The registrations are flexible - you can choose the date and time any time any day. All you need to do is ensure that the registration is done 24 hours prior to the exam
  • The centers are available worldwide and in many top cities in India. See full list here.
  • The fee is minimal in comparison to the bright future that the academy offers
  • Results are out within 4-5 working days
  • It is recognized in Canada, Australia, New Zealand UK and USA and is accepted by almost all universities there. See full list here
So, don't wait up. Look up Pearson PTE Academy today and start your exciting journey.

See videos below to learn more about them.

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Book: Road to Cherry Hills: A Motivating Story


Title:  Road to Cherry Hills
Author: Sohini Bagchi
Publisher: LiFi Publications
Pages: 176
Price: Rs. 225 
My Rating: 3.5/5

Road to Cherry Hills takes us into the world of Rimjhim, as she walks down the memory lane to her campus days where she meets Ankit, falls head over heels for him and thought her life has changed forever. Of course it did, but in the most unexpected ways, as she soon finds her life taking a completely different turn. Rimjhim, now a single mother and a successful professional, moves on to fight her own battle. She didn't need special power to do so, but a strong willpower to overcome difficult times. That willpower which we all have but we are only one step away to realise it. The story narrates her trials and tribulations, her dilemmas and achievements, her darkest fears and her deepest desires as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

As I started reading through the initial pages of the book, I was mesmerized by the natural beauty of Cherry Hills as it is so beautifully depicted by the author. The initial pages made me wish for a vacation... [sigh!]

The story revolves around Rimjhim's life and how she coped up with every situation. It is a motivational story showcasing how life threw so many issues at Rimjhim and how she stayed motivated and found her footing.  While reading you tend to wonder 'does so many bad things happen to one good person?' - answer obviously is yes and not just in a story but also in real lives.

It is a beautiful story and so well-narrated that you feel and endure everything with Rimjhim and feel depressed at times. Hence it is not for people who only like to read happy-happy stuff :)

Talking about characters, Rimjhim's character is built overtime and while reading you learn all about her. However for all other side characters, a bit of background and additional narration is required. As a reader I could not relate to anyone except for Rimjhim.

What I found lacking in the story is Rimjhim's relation with her daughter. The birth of her daughter was a pivotal point and their relationship should have been explored more.

The climax of the book is just as per expectation. 'What goes around, comes around' is a popular phrase and it was kind of expected to happen. To some people it is 'way too optimistic' but I believe in Karma and it is well depicted here.

Overall I liked the book and my rating for it is 3.5/5

Do give it a try.

Lots of love

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