The Case of the Wandering Scholar by Kate Saunders

#blurb: It is 1851 and Mrs Rodd has received an unusual commission: wealthy businessman Jacob Welland is dying of consumption and implores our redoubtable detective to find his beloved brother, whom he has not seen for fifteen years. However the hunt takes a dark turn when a murder is committed.

Author: Kate Saunders

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Pages: 384

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Laetitia Rodd is a 53 years old widow lives with her landlady Mrs. Bentley who has become her dearest friend in Hampstead. Mrs. Rodd has the reputation of a private investigator for successfully solving few cases in the past. One day there is a brisk knocking at her kitchen door which leads to meeting Jacob Welland who is dying of consumption. His last wish is to meet his long lost brother Joshua to make amends before his death. But when Mrs. Rodd embarks on the journey to find Joshua Welland she reunites with her friends from the past and the subsequent murder of one of them (Arthur) comes as a shock to her. But the bloodshed doesn’t stop there! If you want to know more about the murders then don’t forget to pick up the book.

The book is beautifully written and keeps you engaged till the end. It is a historical murder mystery set in the 19th century with a intriguing plot and a commendable cast of characters. The mystery is well built and keeps you guessing who can be the real culprit. Though at some parts it gets monotonous but it does pick up the pace. This is my first Laetitia Rodd book and I really enjoyed reading. It can be a perfect read for a cozy weekend. Moreover if you are looking forward to read a good murder mystery set in the Victorian era then doesn’t forget to give this book a shot.

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The Case that Shook the Empire by Raghu Palat and Pushpa Palat

#blurb: 30 April 1924. At the Court of the King’s Bench in London, the highest court in the Empire, an English judge and jury heard the case that would change the course of India’s history: Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab – and architect of the infamous Jallianwala Bagh massacre – had filed a defamation case against Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair for having published a book in which he referred to the atrocities committed by the Raj in Punjab.
The widely-reported trial – one of the longest in history – stunned a world that finally recognized some of the horrors being committed by the British in India.
Through reports of court proceedings along with a nuanced portrait of a complicated nationalist who believed in his principles above all else, The Case That Shook the Empire reveals, for the very first time, the real details of the fateful case that marked the defining moment in India’s struggle for Independence.

Authors: Raghu Palat and Pushpa Palat

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Pages: 200

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

There are many things about Indian history which are still unknown to us and this book throws light on some of those incidents. Everyone knows about the horrific Jallianwala Bagh Massacre but the events following it are still unfamiliar and have never been highlighted in our textbooks. Very few people know about the true extent of the horrors. I came to know about Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair after reading this amazing piece of literature which showcases how he fought against the British in the court of law when General O’Dwyer filed a defamation case for publishing a book named ‘Gandhi and Anarchy’ on the atrocities committed by the Bristish in Punjab. The beginning of the book throws a glance into the life of Sir Nair and his way of living. It also mentions the differences in views between Gandhi and Nair. Clearly a lot of research has been put behind this book and it doesn’t fail to impress you. The plight of the Indians during that period leaves you aggrieved and upset. Sir Nair is one of those people who fought for our country but remained an unsung hero. His thoughts and principles are inspiring, motivating and thought provoking. It is a must read if you want to know more about India’s history.

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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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