Tick Tock

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep Going.”

#blurb: “Good or bad. Simple or complicated Ultimately, life just goes on. Here’s a story of a writer watch that closely depicts the chaos of our own lives. Told only through images, this immersive tale holds a profound message.

Author: Rahul P Bhandare

Publisher: Wordit CDE

Pages: 27

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

It is a comic book which depicts the life story of a watch through pictures and illustrations. The pages of the book may be less but the meaning it conveys is deep which many books with more than even hundred pages fail to deliver. The journey of the watch from a life full of hardships to at last achieving something big gives out an important lesson to the mankind. In our life we have to go through several difficult situations but instead of being heartbroken we should keep going because at the end our perseverance will lead us to success and maybe an extraordinary one.  A person should not be judged because of his current situation as everything comes to us at the right time. Many people will come and go, some will use us some will break us but instead of relying on others we should push ourselves on the path life takes us because we don’t die if we fall in water but we die only if we don’t swim. Great things take time and so we should never give up.

Kudos to the author for coming up with such a beautiful and unique book. It is a simple, refreshing and thought provoking read. The illustrations are captivating and the concept is praiseworthy. The book makes you feel optimistic which is absolutely essential for winning and accomplishing your goals. I highly recommend this book to everyone out there.


From Ashes To Dreams

“Love should give you strength and not make you weak”

#blurb:Sometimes life brings you at a crossroad, where you have no choice but to live every day as if it was your last one. Naina was at such a crossroad! An orphan, she did not have much to look forward to in life, until she fell in love. Love gave her wings and she started to fly, only to come crashing down as the wind beneath her wings turned into a storm. She tries putting an end to her now wretched existence, but fate has some other plans for her. She comes to know that she has limited time to live and decides to start living everyday instead of merely surviving. She lives every moment without worrying about the future she does not have or the past that could not be undone. She falls in love once again, this time with life! Will fate respect her fortitude?

Author: Rashmi Trivedi

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers

Pages: 192

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The story revolves around the Life of Naina, a beautiful and naïve girl brought up in an orphanage where someone left her years ago in the middle of a night. She had two best friends, Kusum and Raghav who lived with her in the orphanage. While growing up Naina had always wondered what wrong she could have done that her parents abandoned her but little did she know that the mistake was her parents’ not her’s. Shanti Amma who ran the orphanage along with Lata Amma was always partial towards Naina and always put aside the best for her. Raghav always had a special place in his heart for Naina and cared for her immensely but she always treated him like a brother. On the Other hand Kusum had always been jealous of Naina though Naina loved her genuinely. Time passed and eventually they moved out of the orphanage and stepped into the real world.

Naina met Siddharth and fell in love at the first sight in spite of Sid being married. She built all her dreams around Sid but as days pass by he starts to move away from her because of his ailing wife. Around the same time Raghav and Kusum announces their marriage as Kusum was pregnant with Raghav’s baby. When Naina came to know about Kusum’s dirty secret she confronts her but Kusum broke up all her ties with Naina and moved away with Raghav. On the other hand Sid had to shift to a different city due to his wife’s treatment leaving Naina alone feeling dejected and depressed. Naina felt that she had lost everyone who mattered to her and got into depression and decided to end her life. Will the story end with Naina’s death? Or the destiny has some other plans?

The book is beautifully written and can be finished off in a single sitting. The language used is simple and easily understandable. The plot is intriguing and takes you off to the life a girl who has lost everyone she ever loved. How the feeling of loneliness and dejection lead a person into depression with suicidal feelings is displayed in the book. Our lives revolve around some relationships and when they end we feel like we have lost the purpose of life. We feel lonely. We become weak and think of ending the misery by taking our life. We forget that life is a beautiful gift from God and is greater than any other misfortune that can ever happen. We forget that that the focus of our life is within us and not in some other person. Everything lies within us, we don’t need to be dependent on others for our happiness. Depression is serious and can lead you to such thoughts but this could be avoided if only we avoided dependency on any other person or materialistic things for our contentedness. Kudos to the author for coming up with such a thought provoking story and giving out a message to the society. Though all the characters are well casted but my favourite one is that of Dr. Anurag, his persona and the process of thinking is really admirable. I highly recommend this book to everyone out there. Anything dealing with the feeling of loneliness or loss should read this book once. It will change your views on life.

The Anatomy Of A Sting

“The end is important and not the means”

#blurb: Bhupen Patel has conducted many undercover operations over the course of his career. He’s exposed all sorts of rackets, from mental asylums admitting patients without proper medical examinations to discovering an illegal network of agents that arrange ‘temporary’ wives for Arab men looking to have a short fling. This book recounts in detail some of his most dramatic and hard-hitting stings.
Patel takes us through the entire process of a sting and reveals the amount of hard work it takes to not just uncover a story that requires further discreet investigation but also gather enough evidence to bring it to the notice of the public and authorities concerned. Each account will keep you on the edge of your seat and allow a glimpse into the life of an investigative journalist.

Author: Bhupen Patel

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 224

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Bhupen Patel is a renowned investigative journalist who has worked with Mumbai Mirror and NDTV and presently heads the crime team at Mid-day. Over the course of his career he has conducted several sting operations which changed the face of journalism in India. This book is a collection of ten such stories of Bhupen Patel’s bravery and fearlessness through which he has exposed several underworld scams and rackets. Starting from child trafficking to corrupt mental hospitals, it is a chilling memoir of undercover operations. He often used false names and hidden cameras attached to pen, watches, shirt buttons or even purse while carrying out the investigation. At times he took help oh his colleagues to assist him in the process.

The book is a brilliant read and can be finished in a single sitting. The stories keep you hooked till the end eager to know what is going to happen next. The writing style is intriguing which makes the book all the more enthralling. It provides a clear view into the world of an investigative journalist and displays the time and efforts put behind carrying out a successful sting operation. Though the job seems adventurous but in reality it is very hard and life threatening. If the frauds or racketeers come to know about your real identity then they won’t let you go alive. It is basically a game of confidence and intelligence where you have to stay aware of your surrounding and use the presence of mind. I highly recommend this book to all the lovers of mystery and thriller out there.

The Unending Maze

“Because finding your way out has never been more difficult”

#blurb: Amaya, a beautiful, young widow, who lost her husband Agastya to death two years back, slowly yet steadily finds color again in her life when she finds her solace in the mysterious Rehan.
However, as the story unfolds, Amaya discovers that there is always a lot more going around her than what meets the eye, and she’s in nothing but an unending maze with no way for her to escape.
Who’s Rehan? Is there any connection between Rehan and Agastya? What are Rehan’s true motives?
Set in the small town of Kalimpong in the Indian Himalayas, this romantic thriller has a shocking secret waiting to be unveiled.

Author: Vidushi Gupta

Publisher: Notion Press

Pages: 226

My review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The story revolves around Amaya who lives in a beautiful small town called Kalimpong in the North east India. She teaches in a school and also runs a café. She lost her husband Agastya 2 years back and since then has been living with her mother-in-law who cares for her and treats her as her own daughter. Though everyone wants Amaya to move forward in her life she has not been able to forget the tragic incident which took away Agastya from her and considers herself to be the reason for his death. She has recurring nighmares and is never able to sleep properly. She is all broken inside and has lost the zeal for life. She is existing but not living. She is burried under the sorrow and nothing makes her happy. Just when everything is falling apart she meets Rehan. He is a charming and fun loving young man and soon they become good friends. He likewise Amaya loves to read and always tries to cheer her up by cooking for her or taking her out to a park. He wants Amaya to leave behind her past and start a new life. But there is something mysterious about Rehan. Though Amaya feels with safe him still a part of her is not sure about his intentions. Who is Rehan ? Why is he trying to help Amaya? Is there a hidden motive? Grab the book to find out.

The book is an engaging read with a beautiful plot and lovable characters. The language used is easy and can be finished off in a single sitting. The story is refreshing and different from the usual love stories. The relationships between the characters are well portrayed and warm your heart. How a mother-in-law accepts her daughter-in-law as her own child, how a wife’s love for her husband is eternal, how a brother gives up his own happiness so that his sister doesn’t feel dejected, how a stranger can care for you more than your close ones, how parents understand your pain even without your telling them. The way various facets of human relationships are so intricately explored in this book makes the story all the more relatable. At times you will cry your heart out while at others you will just smile. If you have ever lost someone you loved immensely you need to read this book and even if not you still need to read to understand the happiness and pain in a relationship. How the loss of your love can turn your life upside down but still you need accept your faith and move on to cherish the memories life has in store for you. Also be prepared for the climax as it is going to leave you shocked and dumfounded. I highly recommend this book to everyone out there.

A Letter To My Blog..

Dear bongreader,

You are one of the most precious things of my life. I still remember the day it all started started- 19th November, 2018. I had always wanted to start a blog of my own but never got around doing it due to my studies but finally after graduation I decided that it’s high time I put down my thoughts into action and thus stepped into a new phase of my life with you. I was afraid at the beginning that I may not give you the justice you deserve in matter of literary terms but you know what they say “The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begin with One Step”. So I finally gave up on my fear and brought you into the world of bloggers.

Today you are 2 months and 13 days old and I can’t believe how time flies. Though you are still a newbee and trying to make it in the bloggers community I just want to tell you that never lose hope or give up. Always remember that success does not lie in ‘RESULTS’ but in ‘EFFORTS’, Being the best is not important but doing the best is all that matters. Also success won’t come and find you, you have to go out and get it. I will always be there with you no matter what and we will work hard together. I won’t shy away to say that you are my baby and I care for you like my child and I want you to achieve great heights. I am working hard to give you everything you deserve and together we will make it there someday. I know there are days when things are tough and you will need to put down extra efforts and still may not get what you want that day just remember that “What if everything works out at the end? What if all the hard work pays off?” Always have faith in yourself. I am here to take care of you and provide you with the best I can. Lastly, always treat your followers with love and respect as they are the ones who put their trust in you and follow you and help you grow.

With lots of love,

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The Stalker

“Everyone gets what they deserve; not more, not less”

#blurb: Randhir Kamat, a name famous for his regular mentions on page 3, was being stalked on social media by a girl named Deepali. He took it casually and enjoyed the attention from media but soon things went become ugly when his girlfriend, Rupali, started receiving death threats. Keeping everything on stake, Randhir chose to involve police to catch the Stalker. Inspector Suraj, started digging in and soon found that ‘Here everyone’s a liar’. Whom to trust? Whom to blame? There were no answers, just one question. How far will you go for the sake of your dream?

Author: Sandeep Sharma

Publisher: Redgrab Books & Anybooks

Pages: 144

My review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Randhir Kamat is the CEO of Un-social Bastards(USB), which is the next big thing in the field of entertainment in Youtube. Randhir has completed his MBA from IIM and started the youtube channel producing short films along with his friend Devendra. Everything is going well and they are about to sign a contract with Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies for their next web series when a certain turn of events lead to the destruction of USB. Randhir starts getting vulgar and offensive messages from a stalker named Deepali who seems to be obsessed with Randhir. Though initially he ignores thinking that he will gain some publicity but the matter goes out of control when his girlfriend Rupali starts getting death threats. His nemesis Mayank from Natak Company tries to take full advantage of the situation but unfortunately becomes trapped in the circle of threats. One after another incident leads Randhir to approach the police. Soon various photos are leaked which shatters Randhir’s reputation. When the truth starts to unfold it leaves u shocked and disturbed. Is Deepali really the culprit? Or is someone else the mastermind behind USB’s fall?

The book is an intriguing read with a gripping plot and a storyline full of suspense. The language used is easy and can be finished in a single sitting. Despite being a short and quick read the story is impactful and keeps you guessing till the end. The writing style is beautiful and the way the author has weaves the suspense is really commendable. You may feel you know the culprit but the climax will leave you awestruck. But as a regular reader of mystery and thriller I kind of guessed who was behind all the chaos. Overall I loved the book and I highly recommend it to the lovers of mystery out there.

Tied Hearts

“Love is a zone where one is just his naked self”

#blurb: After Veer begs a handsome stranger to give him a lift to the Gateway of India in Mumbai on New Years Eve, he inadvertently leaves his cell phone in the mans car. Moments after the clock strikes midnight, Veer calls his phone and is relieved when the driver answers. After they agree to meet the next day, neither has any idea that fate has just intervened in both of their lives. Veer is a graduate student pursuing his MBA. Raj is a native of Amritsar. Although the two men are vastly different in terms of their family backgrounds, values, thought processes, and beliefs, it is not long before they fall in love. Still, no matter how hard he tries, Veer cannot shrug the apprehension that haunts him from within. No one has a simple love story and neither do they. But when one of the men takes the other for granted, their bond is jeopardized. Will anything or anyone be able to save it before it is too late? In this romance, two Indians intertwined in a web of forbidden love must attempt to overcome several obstacles in order to move forward in their relationship.

Author: Vikram Singh

Publisher: Patridge Publishing India

Pages: 200

My review: 🌟🌟🌟.7/5

It’s just not any other ordinary love story but the story of Raj and Veer who where destined to meet and fall for each other in a country where same-sex relationships are frowned upon. It all started on New Year’s Eve in 2013. Raj was on his way to someplace or other when he saw Veer who needed a lift but Veer by mistake left his phone in Raj’s car, so they met next day and a love story started to blossom in the form of friendship. They became very fond of each other and eventually realized that they were in love. As Veer had already suffered from heartbreak he decided to maintain distance but Raj had already planned a proposal and was disheartened when Veer rejected. But he did not give up and finally on Veer’s birthday Raj planned a beautiful surprise and proposed again. That day Veer could not deny anymore and accepted which gave their relationship a beautiful meaning. But soon Veer realized that Raj was trying to control his life. Jealousy and insecurity was starting to destroy their relationship. Will this love last? Will Raj’s over possessiveness turn out fatal for them? Grab the book to find out..

This is my first book on lgbtq community and I must say it is quite a pleasing read. The language used is simple and easily understandable and can be finished off in a single sitting. The plot is really impressive and kudos to the author for coming up with such a beautiful storyline which needs to be read more and more so that people can understand that homesexual relationships are nothing abnormal. We should not apologize for who we love, it’s not a crime. People need to learn the art of acceptance and keep a progressive mindset. Overall the book was a nice breezy read and I would recommend it to lovers of romantic genre who would like to explore an unconventional yet a charming love story.