The Jeera Packer by Prashant Yadav

#blurb: I once changed the history of this Uttar Pradesh with a gun and a finger. One shot, one man. Right man, wrong man. But that was thirty years ago. I shot people through their heads then. I pack jeera in a basement now.
This is me and here is my story.
He was the best sharpshooter in the state. A true bullet artist. But he gave it all up to lead a happy, normal, stable life . . . with his loving wife and dear son.
And that proved to be his undoing.
Resonant and deeply affecting, The Jeera Packer is the gripping tale of a man who after three decades of playing the happy family man returns to his profession of old for one final work—to shoot the chief minister.Convinced that this is his raison d’etre, will he manage to pull off this one last act, as his concluding hat tip to the man he could have been? Will he be able to brush away the jeera dust and rediscover himself? Or has the middle-aged family man already throttled the sharpshooter in him? once changed the history of this Uttar Pradesh with a gun and a finger. One shot, one man. Right man, wrong man. But that was thirty years ago. I shot people through their heads then. I pack jeera in a basement now.

This is me and here is my story.
He was the best sharpshooter in the state. A true bullet artist. But he gave it all up to lead a happy, normal, stable life . . . with his loving wife and dear son.
And that proved to be his undoing.
Resonant and deeply affecting, The Jeera Packer is the gripping tale of a man who after three decades of playing the happy family man returns to his profession of old for one final work—to shoot the chief minister.Convinced that this is his raison d’etre, will he manage to pull off this one last act, as his concluding hat tip to the man he could have been? Will he be able to brush away the jeera dust and rediscover himself? Or has the middle-aged family man already throttled the sharpshooter in him?

Author: Prashant Yadav

Publisher: Fingerprint Publishing

Pages: 344

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The protagonist of the story is an ex-sharpshooter who now lives a simple life with his wife and son. He owns a grocery store where he packs jeera and thus the name of the book. The book is set in the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh and deals with crime and politics. It isn’t easy to leave behind a life of a gangster and so he decides to pursue one final act to fill the emptiness in his life se he embarks on the mission to kill the Chief Minister. Will he throw away his peaceful life for a momentary glory? Will he successful in killing the CM? If you want to know more then pick up the book.

The book is amazingly written and keeps you hooked till the very last page. The plot is gripping and compels to you to finish it in a single sitting. The language used is simple and easily understandable with a few mentions of cursewords here and there. It gives a insight into the world of gangsters, politicians and the related corruption. The writing style is vivid and provokes your imaginative powers. With witty lines and mentions of humour the book keeps you engaged throughout. The characters with their dreams and struggles are easily relatable. The book also portrays a dark side of human beings and ignites a feeling of self realization. It has definitely become one of my favourite recent reads and can be easily adapted to a thrilling bollywood movie. Most importantly, Prashant Yadav being a debut author has done a wonderful job with his first. I can’t wait to read more books by him. So if you are looking for a exciting political thriller to read on a Sunday afternoon then please give this book a shot. You won’t be disappointed.

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Knotty Affairs by Chirag Bagadia


#blurb: A land of countless customs, few things in India get bigger than a big fat wedding. A marriage is a celebration which brings families and friends together. And the ceremony ends with the tradition of the bride leaving her parents’ home and moving in with her husband. The groom always has a choice-he can either stay with his parents or stay separately. However, for the bride her ‘home’ is now a strange place. Meet Aakash, a young dental intern, who falls in love with Kashish. However, what he doesn’t know is that winning her heart was never going to be easy. Kashish is resolute-nothing, not even their budding romance, will come in the way of her devotion to her parents. Cut to four years later. Akash has fallen in love with Aneri, the only daughter of her parents. However, his father is clearly miffed by this development, and enlists the help of a psychologist friend to help Aakash. Furthermore, his father is also not surprised at the couple’s request of entering into a live-in relationship before the marriage. But is Aakash ready to challenge the existing customs for his love? Is he prepared to go to any lengths to see that his love does not shed another tear? Take this tradition-defying journey with Aakash, Kashish and Aneri as they dare to delve deeper into the web of love and relationships. Warm up to their crazy antics which will leave you wondering-why can’t this be my story?!

Author: Chirag Bagadia

Publiaher: Bloomsbury Prime

Pages: 208

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The protagonist of the story is Akash, a dental intern who meets Kashish at an inter-college festival and falls in love with her. But it did not have a happy ending, due to family issues they had to break off their relation. After a few years Akash realizes he is in love with Aneri. Both them of decide to get into a live-in relationship before marriage thus breaking the stereotypes. Also as Aneri is the only daughter of her parents she doesn’t want to live them alone after marriage. Will Akash be able to make this relationship a success? Pickup the book to find out.
The book is a breath of fresh air and way ahead of its time. It questions the norms of the Indian society where a girl has to leave her parents after marriage but a guy always gets a choice. It also speaks about live-in relationship which is considered a taboo topic. With lots of drama and a pinch of humour the book discusses age-old traditions which need to change with time. The writing style is beautiful and keeps you engaged for few hours. The story is fast paced and the language used is simple and easily understandable. With an amazing plot and well casted characters it doesn’t fail to impress you. There are lots of twists and turns which keeps you hooked till the last page. If you are looking for a fun breezy read for your next weekend then don’t forget to pick up this. I highly recommend it.
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The Chronicle of Golgotha Days by Sujith Balakrishnan

#blurb: Abhaya, a sixteen-year-old girl is abducted and forced into a life of endless torment. Every day is a new hell for her, oscillating between torture and death, with a quickly dimming flicker of hope that one day she will find her way back home. But will she? What does home really mean to a fractured soul?In anguish, it appears the whole world delights in schadenfreude, while God lies in wait. In wait for what, no one knows.

Author: Sujith Balakrishnan

Publisher: Frog in Well

Pages: 202

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The protagonist of the story is Abhaya, a sixteen year old girl whose one wrong decision led her to a life of pain and regrets. She trusted a man named Babu and ran away with him, but he betrayed her and sold her innocence. She was forced to become a sex slave and another cruel man named Guru became her master. She was raped and forced to sleep with numerous men. Everyday became a nightmare for her. She wanted to run away from that hell but Guru warned her that if she did so he won’t spare her family. She became part of a visious circle who exploited her according to their needs and didn’t care a bit for that poor girl. If you want to know the complete story of Abhaya then don’t forget to pick up the book.

The book is amazingly written and put forwards the story of physically scarred and emotionally tormented Abhaya. A girl who survived through hell but never got the justice she deserved. Her childhood was snatched away by people who are more pathetic than demons. These people don’t deserve to live on this earth but yet never die. As a reader I could feel the extreme pain Abhaya went through which killed her zeal for life. The torture she faced was beyond expectation and made by blood boil with anger. Such people who destroy a girl’s life for their sexual pleasures are a shame on humanity. They deserve to die brutal deaths. Moreover the judicial system in such matters is a huge disgrace. And the fact that very few people who go through such situations get justice fails us as human beings. Those perverts manage to live a happy life because the system is corrupted. They bribe and take help of ministers to get free from the charges. Such cases are increasing day by day and no one is taking any action. Only false promises are made by the government and they always fail to deliver. The world is becoming a dangerous place for women and our very own motherland tops the chart.

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The Mind Game by Devika Das

#blurb: Happiness, stress, ecstasy or depression, it’s all a mind game. As long as our mind is under our control, everything else is. That’s what The Mind Game is all about. It is not an average self-help book that preaches life-enhancing methodologies based on complex science or long philosophical verses. The book’s genius lies in its simplicity. It offers quick, actionable and instantly applicable tips that will help readers lead better lives – instantly.

Author: Devika Das

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers

Pages: 214

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

In this book the author speaks about how to live a happy and stress free life. The secret to happiness lies within us and the author helps you discover it. It is divided into six sections and each one imparts a meaningful lesson which we often tend to forget. It speaks about how to master our emotions and not succumb under it to become successful in every sphere of life. The art of analyzing people is also important to maintain a healthy relationship. The author has presented various theories on how to distinguish individual personality which is interesting and thought provoking. In today’s life people are so busy judging other on the basis of materialistic possessions that they forget living a minimalistic life is the real key to contentment. We need present ourselves in such a way that people will adore us irrespective of what luxury good we possess or what brands we wear. The author also highlights the importance of meditation and how it helps to attain inner peace and happiness. Anger management is also necessary to lead peaceful lives. We should learn to be calm and composed in every situation. Various strategies have been mentioned in the book in this regard. The importance of a happy workplace environment has also been stated.

Overall the book is well-written and insightful. It imparts knowledge on how to live peaceful lives in this modern era. It helps you to inculcate good habits which will improve your lifestyle and the way of thinking. Trust me this book has so much to give that after reading it you will experience a change in yourself. It will surely change your outlook on life for your own benefit. Every page is meaningful and will teach you one thing or the other. The author has mentioned some short stories which makes the book all the more interesting. I feel everyone should read this book once to have a better understanding of life. I highly recommend it to everyone

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Alumni of the Year by Tomson Robert

#blurb: Dave is ambitious, has a demanding boss, and is struggling to balance work and life, especially the relationship with his five-year-old daughter. Dave cherishes the memories of his school days. However, due to an incident from the past, he hardly keeps in touch with his best friends.
When Dave learns that his arch-rival from school is nominated for the prestigious Alumni of the Year Competition, he buys his way into the nomination by donating to the school library.
Travel on a life-changing journey with Dave-from Dubai, to Goa, to Kochi-as he goes for the School Reunion function. See how he confronts his past, his ambitions, his fears, and discovers about what truly matters in life.

Author: Tomson Robert

Publisher: Notion Press

Pages: 158

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Dave works as a management consultant at JW Associates in Dubai. He works hard day and night to get promoted to the position of a Senior Partner in the firm and in the process is not able to spend time with his family. He feels he is losing his daughter who doesn’t get to spend time with her father. Moreover his school reunion is coming up which brings back some good and bitter memories. He still remembers the incident which caused him his friendship with Divya and Nitin. Moreover to beat his arch enemy Varun, Dave decides to buy his way into the Alumni of the Year Competition to be held on the day of the reunion. He sets out for India with his family to visit his parents and in-laws and attend the reunion but work follows him there too. With an angry boss and an unhappy family he seeks solace in God despite being an atheist. Will his newly found faith in God help him sort out his life?

The book is fast paced and can be finished within few hours. The plot is fresh and keeps you engaged till the last page. With vivid writing style and realistic characters the book doesn’t fail to impress you. Now-a-days people run after success and in that race completely ignore the family. Children deserve to spend equal time with both of their parents otherwise it can affect them psychologically and make them feel unloved. The way Alex stayed away from Dave shows how important give time to your children. If in the run for success you lose your loved ones that success won’t make you happy. Moreover the book also brings back the memories of our school days and makes us reminisce the best times of our lives. The importance of family and friendship is well depicted in this book. It also focuses on one of the most debatable topic ‘God does not exist’ and at the end as Dave truly points that if we have faith then we can experience the existence of God. I really enjoyed reading this book which imparts some beautiful lessons which we often tend to forget in our busy lives.

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Love in the Time of Affluenza by Shunali Khullar Shroff


#blurb: Raising three beautiful children in her beautiful Bombay home with her aristocratic husband of 15 years – every bit the prince you read about in fairy tales – Natasha has it all. But when her closest friend drops the bombshell that she’s isn’t entirely fulfilled by her family and is having an affair, Natasha begins to ask some difficult questions about her own seemingly perfect life.

Author: Shunali Khullar Shroff

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Pages: 296

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The protagonist of the story is Natasha Singh, a talented writer and a mother of three. She is married to a handsome prince named Varun Singh who is the owner of an architectural firm. Natasha is a dedicated mother and gave up her full time job to raise her children. Apart from listening taunts from her mother –in-law for being a non-royal she also writes a fortnightly column for City Reflections. But her life faces a sudden turn when she comes to know that one of her closest friends Trisha who also happens to the wife of Varun’s best friend cum business partner Nakul is having an affair. Trisha justifies that she is not happy with her married life and makes Natasha promise not to tell anyone about the affair. This not only leads to trouble in her married but also makes Natasha question if she is really happy with her husband. If you want to know more about the life of Natasha Singh then don’t forget to pick up the book.
The book is funny, witty and unputdownable. Natasha is just like any other girl torn between work and family. She always wants to be there for her children but later also realize that she is missing out on a successful career. Throughout the book the author explores various intricate human relationships with a pinch of twist and humour. There were times when I was laughing out loud at the clever punchlines mixed with sarcasm. The book is well written and keeps you engaged till the very last page. At times I found myself sympathizing with Natasha but while at others I also felt sorry for her husband who was trying his best to make everyone happy inspite of having a busy schedule. But the situation she had to face because of Trisha was really unfortunate. The posh lifestyle of the Indian nobility and higher class families is also well portrayed in the book. With lots of family drama and witty lines the book can be your perfect partner for a cozy evening. The story is light, realistic and enjoyable and so I highly recommend it to everyone out there.
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Meant to be Together by Faraz Kaazi

#blurb:Preeti Thaker moves to Mumbai to run away from herself. to put behind a painful childhood, plagued adolescent years and the recent death of her only support system – her brother. She is on the verge of ending it all, succumbing to her depression, when the doorbell rings. Little does she know that answering it will change her life forever! The guy on the other end of the door will offer her solutions to all her problems, but in the process, she will end up losing the only thing she had never lost till date – her heart!
Inspired by the true story of an artist who found that love was the only color missing from the palette of her life, Meant to be together is a tale of love, friendship, courage, determination and above all, hope. Hope that makes us look for the rainbow when it rains and for the stars when it is dark.

Author: Faraaz Kazi

Publisher: Srishti Publishers and Distributors

Pages: 224

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Preeti did not have a happy childhood. She and her brother used to live at their grandparent’s house while their mother took care of their sick father. Her classmates would tease her when her parents won’t show up at various school functions. Moreover her P.T teacher molested her which took away her mental peace. She became uncomfortable around boys and developed trust issues. Also her mathematics score was going down day by day. During all those difficult times she found solace in her brother. He used to comfort her, cheer her and helped her with her studies. Eventually she completed her higher studies and got a job. But her brother’s sudden death right before his wedding left her shattered. As if all the brightness from her life was snatched away. That’s when she met Sameer and her life took a beautiful turn. But her sufferings didn’t end there. If you want to know more about Preeti and Sameer’s story then pick up the book.

The story was beautiful, fast paced and kept me you hooked till the end. The characters were well casted and didn’t fail to impress. My favourite character was that of Sameer as he was a cheerful, helpful and fun loving young man who had a soft corner for Preeti. He gave her company when she needed the most after losing her brother. He is like the boy next door who was always there for her. On a serious note, the book also dealt with sexual abuse and exhibited how difficult it is for a person who went through that trauma to trust anyone again. Also not to mention the brother-sister relationship was wonderfully portrayed. Preeti was very lucky to have a brother like Hitu in her life while growing up. Only a person who had lost a loved one can understand the pain she went through after he left the world. She was lucky to have parents who supported her throughout and also motivated her to do well next time whenever she failed in studies. The book also dealt with the beautiful bond of friendship who helps you to smile a little bigger and live a little better. Also while reading this book I came to know about a learning disability called dyscalculia which hampers a person’s ability to understand numbers. The parts with the diary entries starting from Preeti’s childhood were touching and heart-warming. Overall it was a pleasant read with a happy ending.

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