Saturday, September 20, 2014

CAN'T RUN FROM LOVE ; Book Review THE RUNAWAY BRIDEGROOM



 This story makes us sit back and think about how lucky we are and how many things we take for granted in our lives. The story unfolds with a child marriage and even though in today’s day and age we think such things only happen in TV serials but that’s not true. If they are being discussed then the reason is that such an evil exists.

Kudos to Sundari for tacking such a sensitive topic like child marriage head on and coming out a winner. She has woven a tale of a family joined together with love and strong family values. The family stands together and that gives strength to Chanda. She has a great support system and it helps her succeed in life, confident of the faith and love of her family.
Ranveer, the handsome boss who Chanda falls for is a self made man who makes you wish for a boss like him. Smart, cultured and considerate he is the perfect gentleman.
The attraction between the two is instant and gets hotter and hotter. The book explores the budding attraction and friendship between Ranveer and Chanda beautifully. Both of them don’t want to fall in love but miss it in their life and when they face love head on; it leaves them speechless.
You really cannot run away from true love and the feel good factor for me was that both the characters made a lot of effort to do the right thing and make amends for what was done wrong in the past.  The path of true love is never easy but then true love does always find its way!
A light and breezy read with a great story line, read and rejoice for love.

BOOK BLURB :
Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city. 

Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her? 

Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance. 

When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants? 

Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness?

SUNDARI VENKATRAMAN

She is the published author of four books and at the speed with which she is writing these delightful love stories; we will have a challenger for Penny Jordan in India soon.

I have been fortunate enough to have reviewed all her four books and I look forward to many more such romantically endearing books.


Her published works are :-

PUBLISHED: THE RUNAWAY BRIDEGROOM - another contemporary romance set in Delhi & Jaipur. One more ebook book on Amazon (September 13, 2014)

PUBLISHED: A contemporary romantic fiction - MEGHNA, the story of Meghna & Rahul set in Mumbai, India. This is a full length novel of 50000+ words. Thank you once again Amazon for this awesome self-publishing opportunity. (June 8, 2014)

PUBLISHED: A completely revamped 2nd Edition Kindle version of THE MALHOTRA BRIDE on Amazon! Thank you Amazon for your wonderful self-publishing opportunity. I just loved the experience. (February 12, 2014)

PUBLISHED: DOUBLE JEOPARDY, a novella with Indireads.

About Sundari:- Even as a kid, she absolutely loved the 'lived happily ever after' syndrome as Sundari grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. Soon, into her teens, she switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. 

While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. 

Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. Then came the writing - a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent - thanks to her Grandpa - she could not write to save her life.

She was bad at writing essays in both school and college. Later, when it was time to teach her kids, she could manage everything from Science to Mathematics and History & Geography. 

When it came to writing compositions, her kids found her of no help at all. All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job at a school's office and did not know what to do with her life. 

She was saturated with simply reading books. That's when she got home one evening after her walk and took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head - all those years of visualizing Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words.


That's how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape. 

With the advent of self-publishing, Sundari is the proud author of four books as on today. You can know more here: 
sundarivenkatraman 

Author Answers' Shuchi Singh Kalra



I am very happy to announce the beginning of another section on my blog – Author Interviews. The logical next step for me and my blog as an extension and continuation of book reviews is Author Interviews. I thought of what would be a truly special way to start the interviews and decided to request the author of my first book review to grace my blog and answer my questions.

 The icing on my cake of Author Interviews is the fact that the author agreed! The first book I reviewed on my blog was Done With Men by Suchi Singh Kalra and she is also the first author that I have interviewed. She is a gracious, beautiful and very talented lady and also among the top women freelance writers in India.

Shuchi Singh Kalra

“Shuchi, a freelance writer based in India and has been into the writing and editing business since 2005 with a “comprehensive writing experience”. From tag-lines, site content and feature articles to review columns, E-books, Blogs or billboards and editing – you name it and she has done it. 

Shuchi has worked for some big names such as Skyscanner, The Princeton Review, India Today Group, HT Media and Femina.in, along with several small-medium businesses.”

She is also the brains behind the extremely popular and very resourceful Indian Freelance Writers Blog, a fast-growing resource center for all Indian Writers. Seasoned pros, newbies and occasional scribblers – there’s something in there for everyone!
Writers can also seek her opinion on the WB course at:
She wears many hats and she can be contacted at the Pixie Dust Writing Studio 
or  at   http://shuchikalra.com/   






Today I have asked her a few questions about her hugely popular romance from Indireads DONE WITH MEN. She has  some very interesting things to say.

Shuchi defines her writing and work as, “Writing for me is not just a job but a passion that keeps me going.”   


1.     What has been your motivation for writing this book DWM and the story for your first book ‘Love Across Borders’? 
  I guess it was just my obsessive dream of becoming a published author and having my name on (or in) a book. I have wanted to write a book since I was ten – by that standard, I’ve waited way, way too long! I’ve had bylines in several magazines aross the world, but authoring a book is a different kick altogether.

2.     The cover is worth a thousand words, how much of the cover did you choose or was it designed by someone else?
 I really wasn’t part of the designing process but my publisher and I were clear about what kind of cover we wanted. The artwork was done by Mariam Iftekar and I must say she’s done a fabulous job. When I saw it for the first time, I couldn’t help but think how the drawing captures Kay’s body language (as I imagine it) so well. Even though the girl on the cover has her back to the reader, she has a certain nonchalance and a devil-may-care attitude that is so typical of Kay.

3.     What is your most important advice for aspiring authors?
  In my experience, the toughest bit is to FINISH a manuscript. People may have a thousand story ideas and plot-lines in their heads but the real challenge is to put them down into a book. So, don’t get distracted – just keep on writing. Everything else will follow.

4.     Give us three "Good to Know" facts about you. Be creative.
    1.     I hate tubelights. JUST.CANNOT.STAND.THEM.  Only    warm yellow lamps for me!
    2.     I’m too sensitive for my own good
    3.     I care more about animals than I care about people. I wouldn’t be sad if people are extinct.

5.     What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Nowadays, I’m quite in love with my new red garden swing. I could spend hours lazing on it with a book. I’m also fond of baking, which explains the numbers on the weighing scale!

6. If you could cast your characters in the Bollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
I think Parineeti Chopra would be perfect as Kay. I wouldn’t mind Alia Bhatt too. For Vivian, I’d like Hritik Roshan or Akshay Kumar. The rest of the cast would be as follows:
Baani –  Mallika Sherawat
Kapil – Aditya  Roy Kapur
Ricky – John Abraham
Aisha – Nargis Fakri
Karan Johar could do the voice over for the The Thought Bubble.
Now that the casting is done, let’s go hunting for a producer ;).

7.     How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names (Kairavi Krishna (Kay) and Dr.Vivian D'Mello) based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Good you asked! Kairavi’s name definitely has a story behind it. It was the name chosen by my sister-in-law for my daughter but since I decided to go with another name, I decided to keep this one for my book. After all, DWM is my baby too! 
Vivian’s name was chosen at random, while watching TV. There is apparently a TV actor by that name and I found him hot so…
For the other characters, I just browsed through some websites for baby names and picked whatever seemed suitable for the character.

8.     Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
I find myself in sticky situations all the time, and my best strategy is to detach myself from it altogether. If there is something I can do, I definitely do it but most situations in life just require some waiting out because they are usually self-resolving. That way, I’m very judicious with my energy spending.

9.     What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
That’s for the readers to decide! ;)

10. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing DWM to life?
Writing the book was a breeze and I had too much fun in the process. Also, I was guided well by my publisher and editors. The real battle was the marketing bit – I really wish writers didn’t have to get into all that. It took up too much of my time, which could have been used towards writing.


Thank you Shuchi for these candid answers; I enjoyed the interview immenselyI would love to see Hritik and Parineeti on the Silver screen for Done With Men.  My readers can check out my review of  Done With Men here.

Book Details :-


BOOK BLURB :
Travel journo, Kairavi Krishna (Kay) has had it with men. After a series of disasters (losers, philanderers, leeches, mama’s boys and possessive psychos), she is all too tempted to walk out on the prospect of ever finding love. Accompanied by her best friend and flat-mate Baani, she sets off for Goa, hoping to get away from her miserable love life and vowing to stay clear of the male species.
Goa however, has a host of surprises in store for her. Ricky, her pesky ex-boyfriend, is busy painting the town red with his hot new girlfriend. Now what is poor Kay to do, other than overdose on vodka, smoke pot, get an outrageous tattoo and fall off the hotel balcony? She wakes up in the hospital to the tender ministrations of Dr.Vivian D’Mello–young, suave and handsome as hell. Will Kay stick to her guns or will she fall for his ridiculously sexy charms? And what’s up with the mixed signals he’s giving out?



BOOK BLURB:
Love Across Borders is an anthology of short stories about human relationships across the border, conceived and published by Indireads as a literary and civic initiative.
Her collaborative short story, ‘One Stupid Comment’, is part of this anthology. Set in 2130, the story is about Aryan and Jahaan, two young representatives of warring tribes that are struggling to eke out a survival in a wasteland that was once India and Pakistan. Young, passionate and free, the two are drawn together. But will they succeed in breaking the centuries-old cycle of war or will they too, fall prey to prejudices?

Hope you enjoyed a peek into such a brilliant mind as Shuchi, I know I did. Stay tuned for many more such interesting nuggets.

(c) Indywrites

Friday, September 19, 2014

We are all I, Me & Myself.



The blogging world encourages the I in Me and about Myself.

Blogging might be a solitary pursuit but it connects us with the inner Me as it lays bare Myself for all the world to read.

I explore me and myself post by post and bit by bit every day.

I learn about myself as I read others with similar views and marvel at them as they lay their soul bare.

Little do I realize that I too do it regularly as I share some tips about Me and tell Myself it is just common knowledge.

I think this prompt is very apt for the post today and every day for blogging as these three words sum up the basis and passion behind blogging.

It is not writing, sharing, learning or discussing.

It is writing your own story one post at a time.

It is a journey about self-discovery, trying to find one’s own self in a virtual world.

Blogging is for……

Seeing what I can write?
How much can I share?
What interests me?
Who can I share it with?
What all can I write about?
How far can I push myself?
Where does my writing prowess stop?
Who all read what I write?
Why can I not write if they can?

Blogging used to be like keeping a diary or journal but now it is a public record of my life and so much more.

I see myself shared across the pages with things written about me I would never tell my mom, but strangers know now.

I, Me & Myself feel a strange kind of comfort that strangers know me better than I do myself.

After all they are the readers and connoisseurs who appreciate all I write about me!!




Linking this with Write Tribe Wednesday Prompt : I, Me & Myself.

(c) Indywrites.

Monday, September 15, 2014

JUST WRITE




If you just think and dream, the possibilities are endless but they are just dreams.

If you imagine stories and tales, making castles in the air; they are just air and soon they disappear!

Ruminating and recollecting, pondering and contemplating; it is all just a waste…

Thoughts are fleeting and ideas are forgotten; stories are slippery and poems just pine away.

Waiting for the right moment and waiting for the right view…..

The mind is a fickle one, such an impressionable one.  

Write from your heart and speak your mind, just pen your mind each and every time.

Just write!


My take on the ‘100 Words on Saturday - 13 September 2014 by WRITE TRIBE.


The quote I selected was............."Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer."   Barbara Kingsolver



(c) Indywrites

Private India Book Review


Thank you BLOG ADDA :)

I had almost given up on reading this book and reviewing it for Blogadda! Yes, I live in one of the more obscure parts of this country and the mail gods rarely smile there! The book was not delivered once and later I had to pick it form the courier office but the extra effort was all very worth it. The persistence of Blogadda finally made it possible for me to read this bestseller.

This is my first book by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson and they make a formidable team together. The book is set in Mumbai as is evident from the cover and the book blurb also pulls you into the labyrinths of Mumbai. Just the fact that a collaborative novel is on India and that as a part of a famous series I was really keen on reading this one. It does not disappoint, in fact it takes you on a journey that makes you realize that nothing is as it seems. The plot seems straight forward enough but the keepers of justice and the violators come together in a nail biting finish and it leaves the lines of justice muddled.

I have not been able to find a writer that kept me hooked to the suspense and mystery like a master story teller without the unnecessary blood and gore and mindless killings for quite some time now. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I think I will be reading a whole lot more from these two authors. The language is beautiful, crisp, precise and the India in Private India was perfect.

The very flawed hero Santosh who has his own personal demons chasing him and the murders planned so perfectly that they got you worried and scanning newspapers looking for similar news. All the characters have so much depth and layers to their characters, each one different and with their own failings and flaws; utterly human and totally believable. The pain, hurt and loss makes them so human and soon you are rooting for them, not knowing which one of them is the killer.

The villains are etched with a slice of pizzazz and style yet it does not glamorize the dark, negative and filthy actions and you are happy to see them suffer. The crime here is grey just like it is in real life. What a tale it made with all the mythological twist added to it; are they mysterious artifacts or cheap diversions? The story is well spun and has no loose ends. All the characters whether they are in the book for a single page or a single chapter, tell their story with a lot of depth.

I could go in detail about them but then it would take away the suspense, enough to say that the real culprit is suffering but what unfolds makes you wish for more accountability for the crimes. Such a twisted mind or a tortured soul; hard to say?  The only think I felt was that the villain got off easy but then the history was quite unkind to the villain.


Overall an absolutely nail biting finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so will you. So hurry up and buy your copy today or else you will miss a best seller.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

KINGDOM COME; YES! PLEASE!! Book Review.


Everywhere I looked, where ever I read, I just found high praise for this book KINGDOM COME and I was so interested to read it. Boy! Was it difficult to get my hands on one but thanks to the #TornadoGiveaway by +TheBookClub and the #WriteTribe Book review program I did finally manage to get my hands on both the paperback and eBook!  Yes, good things do indeed come to those who wait.


My wait for the book was well rewarded as the book is fantastic and I recommend it as a must read. Aarti has done so much research and detailed the scenarios so exquisitely that I feel I have finally found the Indian answer to Sidney Sheldon and Jeffery Archer!!

You disagree?  I don’t care as Aarti knows what she is writing about. Detailed background checks, nail-biting scenarios, attention to detail, sizzling chemistry and enchanting visual descriptions. Add to that the huge amount of emotional baggage the characters carry – all of them. Just describing it alone would be a herculean task for me!! She does it effortlessly and makes reading “Kingdom Come” a pleasure.

Too high praise you say? Well I feel the way the story unfolds, it has maybe one odd twist that was predictable and rest was just plain thrilling. The language she uses is crisp, full of descriptions and yet precise and has a sense of humour. The narration and scenes are tautly drawn without a single moment where you want to put the book down. In fact, I had so much trouble keeping the book down because of other personal work L

I wanted to shut out the world like I used to as a young girl; when my mother’s scolding would fall on deaf ears and she would blame herself for introducing me to reading and the love of books. This book has the right balance of a beautiful, evocative, poignant love story – the kind that is possible when you have seen the fragility of life. It also has all the elements of a spy thriller with big baddies, bigger bombs and crazy villains. Did I mention the scorching romances?

There are no slow points and the twists and turns just keep going on, so much that you are amazed that, can anything more happen? Luckily for you it does. J

All I want to say is please keep writing Aarti and as I eagerly await your next book.

I can read your books till kingdom come.




(c) Indywrites


Saturday, September 13, 2014

India was One by Love : Book Review



This is a long read at 360 plus pages but you want to keep reading because it is about India and two lovers, sweet, innocent and good friends and as you keep waiting for the twist to come in the love story from the regular angles; it does not come.

The books writes about a pair of lovers who have an easy love story, too smooth a journey and it makes you jealous or makes you want a similar one for yourself. But it is true, even I know of lovers with supportive parents, who have married and have a happy life in spite of coming from different religions and communities.
Jai and Kaahi too are lucky and reading about their life, friends and travels is a lot of fun.

What also keeps you reading is the fact that it is about India and as an Indian I found that both interesting and too preachy at times! Having said that, this novel is neither a travelogue nor a memoir but something in-between and the book has a bit long winded explanations.

It does wax eloquent about India and the various ‘Indianisms’ but the language could be sharper and a few repetitions avoided. The story seems too much about the journey at times and I ended up waiting for the real action to start.

I am not disappointed when it does, it is fast paced and I had expected more action or drama for how the two lovers are united. I enjoyed the way the author has described the divided India and all the changes that take place.  The role of Indian army and the balancing force with which the army is portrayed made my heart swell with joy. It reminded me of many discussions we have had as Army being the solution to a lot of problems that India faces!

The twist in the tale and the ending are all brought together beautifully. The author has achieved all that he set out to say when he wrote this novel. The fact that he also wants all of us to realize that we are Indians first and foremost and manages to express it so beautifully.

My review will be incomplete if I don’t mention that the artwork is just superb in the book, making it a visual treat. Here are a few of my favourite ones, read the book to see more ;)
The artwork in the book and the cover are designed by Darshini. Simply perfect!



 The novel ends with the lines of a beautiful poem and reminds you of all that is INDIA.

She stands with arms open,

Steadfast in times of turmoil,

Donning the lovely tri-colors,



Holy rivers making a beautiful smile.


India Is One, we all believe it. 

Read for a healthy doze of patriotism and realizing that what could happen if we keep looking the other side.

Here is from where you can get a copy :  


I got a copy of the book from the author in return of my review about the book ;)


(c) Indywrites

Friday, September 12, 2014

EMBRACE!




"Cubistic Embrace,"

Pastel by Ric Hall and Ron Schmitt,
Courtesy B2 Fine Art Gallery 

The vice-like grip & sweat stuck to her as he hugged her tightly.

She took a breath & inhaled the smell, it felt putrid & nauseous.

As she pushed him away, she felt his blow but they were “three in a row” she realized belatedly.


His lust was her undoing.








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