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The Bestseller She Wrote

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Title: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Romance, Indian, Fiction
Pages: 392
Publisher: Westland
ISBN-13: 9789385152382

Rating: 4/5

I saw this book at Crossword last month and wanted to get my hands on it right then. But I had four unread books on my shelf already and I decided to take care of those first before indulging myself again. When I was selected for reviewing the very same book by Blogadda, I knew the book was destined to be mine. Thanks to Blogadda for sending me an author signed copy; it adds that special touch to the book.

The title of the book had me curious for two reasons. Firstly, because it sounds similar to Murder,She Wrote which I enjoyed immensely back in the day. Secondly, I always dream of penning a bestseller myself, wishing it saw the light of day. Hence, the title was catchy enough to hook the curious reader in me and I dived straight in, within minutes of its arrival.
The story opens with Aditya, a bestselling author and ba…

Times LitFest Delhi, 2015

Well, what can I say? It's the season of literary festivals! The Times LitFest Delhi is nearing and I hope Delhiites and others are preparing for an amazing three days there. The festival kick starts on the 28th of November and continues till the 30th. To get complimentary invites, just whatsapp your name and email id to 8006371000.

Click here for the schedule and other information.

So, are you game?

A Very Happy Diwali to You!

'Tis the season when family and friends are together, when good takes over evil, when gifts of love are exchanged and when lights fade away the darkness in our lives. Be grateful for everything you have and spread love.

Wishing you all a very HAPPY DIWALI !

Bangalore Literature Festival 2015 - Registrations Open!

Attention all literature geeks! Registrations for BLF 2015 are now open. Click on this link to register.

Register Here

See you all at Namma Bengaluru!

Manhattan Mango

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Title: Manhattan Mango
Author: Madhuri Iyer
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 280
Publisher: Fingerprint Publishing
ISBN-13: 9788172345129

Rating: 4/5

This book was on my to-read list for a long time. The title caught my eye for two reasons. Firstly, it was about Manhattan. Secondly, the "mango" in the tittle suggested that it would be a sweet Indian-ish story. I was sold! I had to finish the books that I had already started, so I waited. The summary of the book enticed me enough and I knew this was going to be one good read. 

The story is about the lives of three friends. Neel, Shankar and Shri  live and work in Manhattan who have shared a beautiful friendship right from their college days back in India. They are the Indians but love the American way of life. One rainy day they meet Shefali, who is from an affluent family and she joins the group. Soon Shefali and Neel are a pair. Vivian, a Chinese girl, is Shankar's colleague whom he begins dating. The addition of the gir…

World's Best Boyfriend

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Title: World's Best Boyfriend
Author: Durjoy Dutta
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 296
Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads
ISBN-13: 9780143424635

Rating: 3.5/5

Durjoy Dutta has authored many books, all in the romance genre. This is the first time I read his book. The crux of the story is right there in the title. See the word "worst" scratched and "best" written instead? That pretty much sums up the entire story.

To quote from the book - "Hate is a four letter word and so is love. And, sometimes people can't tell the difference." Aranya and Dhruv begin as friends. He looks past her vitiligo condition and accepts her whereas she tries to fill in the gaping void of loneliness in his life. Moving on wards as lovers in school, an unexpected incident breaks them apart. The incident brings out the helplessness in them but turns out rather nasty and destroys their relationship. So much so, that they hate each other, unforgivably. It leaves Dhruv bras…

The Bestseller She Wrote - Ravi Subramanian's new book!

Ravi Subramanian's new book The Bestseller She Wrote is up for pre order on Click on the image or the link below to place your order!
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Bangalore Literature Festival 2015

The dates of this year's Bangalore Literature Festival have been announced. It will be held on the 4th, 5th and 6th of December, 2015. So all you bookworms out there, block your dates.

Here's a link to their Facebook page for you to keep track of future updates.
BLF Facebook Page

And this is the link to their website:
Bangalore Literature Festival

Looking forward to a great opportunity!

Write India by TOI

Have you heard about the Write India initiative by Times of India yet? If not, then let me tell you that it is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring writers to have their stories read and selected by some of the celebrated authors of today, and get published. The contest is for 11 months. One short story will be selected each month as the winning story and at the end of the contest, they would be published by TOI! Isn't that just awesome?!?

I have submitted my story for Chetan Bhagat's preface. It seemed doable at first but boy, was it tough! It took me days just to create the story line and more days to edit it! But I must say, it was an exciting challenge. Eagerly awaiting the next one.

The contest begins on the 7th of every month and closes on the 30th of the same month. So, visit the website, follow it on twitter to keep a tab on the updates.

For more details on this initiative, click here.

Happy Writing!

Scion Of Ikshvaku - Ram Chandra Series #1

Title: Scion Of Ikshvaku
Author: Amish Tripathi
Genre: History, Indian Mythology
Pages: 376
Publisher: Westland Limited
ISBN-13: 9789385152146

Rating: 3.2/5

It is no surprise that this was a long awaited book. After taking the book world by storm, Amish presents his first book in his next series. Scion of Ikshvakuis the first book in the Ram Chandra series. I pre ordered the book from Amazon.inand got an author signed copy with a metal bookmark. 
It is Ramayana in Amish's words. That said, readers who are familiar with his work would eagerly be expecting some new information or a new outlook to an old but important epic. Yes, it does have a few instances which  is not a part of our regular Ramayana, but overall it is the same story that we know. The story begins with the rule of King Dashrath and the battle of Karachapa. From here, Amish takes us through Ram's birth, his education at the gurukul along with his brothers, his marriage to Sita and his exile. The book ends with Raavan kid…

The Silent Scream


Ramayana - The Game of Life : Shattered Dreams

Rating: 3.5/5

Title: Ramayana - The Game of Life : Shattered Dreams
Author: Shubha Vilas
Genre: History, Indian, Mythology
Pages: 402
Publisher: JAICO
ISBN-13: 9788184955316

Reading and reviewing books are exciting enough for a bookworm like me but when you receive a book from the Blogadda book review team, imagine the  delirium! Ramayana - The Game of Life : Shattered Dreams is the second book in the series, the first one beingRamayana - The Game of Life : Rise of the Sun Prince. I haven't read the first one but nevertheless it doesn't impair the continuity and allows the reader to enjoy it like an individual book. 

The story begins as Dasaratha, the king of Ayodhya, finds himself in midst of nightmares and is restless. He is eager to make Rama, the eldest of his sons, his successor for the throne. Soon, the festivities begin but in the meantime Dasaratha's favourite queen hatches a plot to snatch the glory away from him and make her son, Bharatha, king instead. A promise made by…

Be Careful What You Wish For - The Clifton Chronicles #4

Rating: 3/5

Title: Be Careful What You Wish For
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Genre: Fiction, Drama
Pages: 400
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
ISBN-13: 9781447265092

Although a little delayed, this review was deemed to be put up as this book is the fourth installment in the Clifton Chronicle series. Lets get to the review.
The previous book had left us all in the dark when Sebastian and Bruno get involved in an accident and one of  them dies. The story takes off from here as Major Alex Fisher, a pawn of the Argentinean smuggler, Don Pedro, is conveniently placed among the Board of Directors of the Barrington Shipping Company. Although Emma Clifton doesn't concur, the Board decides to go ahead with the investment in the luxury passenger liner, MV Buckingham. With the future of the company at stake, the construction of the ship commences in Belfast. Meanwhile Jessica, Emma's and Harry's adopted daughter, wins a scholarship and joins the Slade Academy of Arts where she falls in love with a Cl…