Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Book review of The Last Valentine

Book review of The Last Valentine

The Last Valentine is one of the phenomenal book that I have come across in a long time.

“Love acknowledges no limits—not even the grave.”

This book has redefined love and has elevated the way you knew about love in your life. It is just at another level where only the best of the best romantic author's dare to tread. The classic story telling ability, which makes the reader spellbound can only be done by someone who truly loves his work. It is the love for one's craft that pushes you out of your comfort zone to put your feelings in words.

I really love the story telling and the plot of the story. And what keeps you turning the pages is the mystery that surrounds the story. An eerie silence that it leaves you with when the author takes you to a graveyard to share the secrets about love only in the presence of the dead.

The author has made a perfect mixture of the dead, living and the love between them when both the love birds were alive and when separated by fate long to meet their partner after death.

You won't realize when your two minutes become two hours, while reading the story. Time will just fly away when you are engrossed in the story, but I can assure you, that you will be left with a story that will have a long lasting effect on you.

Read more about the book at Online BookClub.

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day".

Sunday, 16 July 2017

“Border Post 99”— No man’s land

“Border Post 99”— No man’s land--- Book Review

What is more important a county’s pride or an individual’s connection with another person?

Every time you listen to anything about India and Pakistan in this part of the country, it reminds you of all the terrorist attacks, war between the two nations and the long standing conflicts the two nations had since Independence.

The only thing that has connected both the countries is at an India—Pakistan cricket match. In India its said cricket is a religion and when we play with a match with Pakistan, there is a lot of emotional connection on both the sides.

Now when there is tension and soldiers being killed on either side, this story has just struck an emotional chord in me. On the borders the soldiers are stationed to protect the nation from enemies. But not on the Border Post 99, it practically doesn’t exist on any map and any soldier assigned to the post is virtually non-existent.

Lt. Mangesh Sharma is assigned to this post!

Now on a “No man’s land”, you have practically nothing to do, until unless you meet the enemy. But you still have strict orders not to shoot at your enemy. So, when Mangesh does his daily patrols on the Indian side of the post encounters a Pakistani on the other side of a stream that separates the two nations.

What follows is a series of events, where one soldier tries to harm the other without killing. This somewhat feels funny, even on book review. I assure you that these harmless events will entertain you a lot but as you all know when you are in India –Pakistan Border, there is always tension lurking around the corner.

I was beginning to question myself where is the story leading to, the first half of the book was just exceptional, and will the climax/ending do some justification to the introduction.

Behold the writing skills of Kedar Patankar that reaches its peak in the final few pages, where he mixes tension with humility and makes sure that humanity wins above all wars, killings and hate.

Never ever had an author had made a twist in the story that would leave you with the question of what really did happen next. I really want to know, of what happened to the Pakistani Captain Adid Khan, after the military convoy of India left the No man’s land.

I wish I can read a sequel to this story or craft one and present the story to Kedar.

I also wish to meet the author, to find out if the story is real and the events that might have happened that lead him write such an incredible story.

It’s a 5 star rating from me and anyone reading this review should read the story.

And my last wish, I wish our PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif, to read this story so that Nawaz Sharif understands the true meaning of humanity and friendship over terrorism and the ability to not take actions on of all the terror activities in their state.

This book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day"
Read more about the story at Online Book Club.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

"Avishi" Cover Reveal

~ Cover Reveal ~
Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer
12th July, 2017

Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita
Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda
But largely forgotten to the memory of India
Is the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, Vishpala

Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of the neighbouring Vrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.
Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing amputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?

About the Author:
Saiswaroopa is an IITian and a former investment analyst turned author. Her keen interest in ancient Indian history, literature and culture made her take to writing. Her debut novel Abhaya, set in the times of Mahabharata was published in 2015. Avishi, her second novel set in Vedic India explores the legend of India’s first mentioned female warrior queen Vishpala.
She holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music and has won a state level gold medal from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. 

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