Thursday, November 29, 2012

Year Ends With Some Great Reads

Best selling authors are going to end this year with a bash. We readers have some great reads for the year end and new year with authors like Preeti Shenoy and Nikita Singh coming up with super awesome books.

Preeti Shenoy's fourth book 'The Secret Wishlist' is coming from 'Westland' and is now available on pre-order.

Book Summary of The Secret Wish List

Does true love really exist or is it just a cliche? Can a single kiss really change your life?

At sixteen, Diksha like any girl her age, finds her life revolving around school, boys and endless hours of fun with her best friend. But one day, all that changes.

What starts as an innocent crush explodes into something far beyond her control. Eighteen years later, she finds herself at the crossroads of life. Urged by a twist of events, a wish list is born. But can a wish list help her piece back her life together? Will she succumb to the tangled mess of an extramarital relationship? Once again, Preeti Shenoy brings an extraordinary story that tugs at the heartstrings, with insight and wisdom, as she explores the delicate matters of the heart.

The Secret Wish List is a captivating, engrossing, racy tale about following your heart, chasing your dreams and the meaning of friendship.

About the Author
Preeti Shenoy is a bestselling author and artist. She has several academic qualifications, but believes life is the biggest teacher. She is an avid blogger, poet, nature lover and yoga buff. She loves playing basketball, travelling and spending time with her family and her dog. Preeti Shenoy is currently based in Bangalore, India. To know more about her go to

Grab your copy from Flipkart

Nikita Singh, the very beautiful young authoress is up with her fourth work too, 'The Promise'. The pre-orders have only begun on HomeShop18 presently and to get your copies, click here

The Promise Overview
Some promises are worth keeping...

She smiles wide, and under it, hides pain she barely manages to endure. Her happiness brightens up the room, while inside, her heart drowns little by little.

Elusive, charismatic and incredibly rich, money is the one obsession he loves and hates in equal measure. He runs away from his past and the grief it brings with it.

She is capable of breaking down all his barriers, making his heart implore to give love and trust a second chance. Caught in the waves of alien emotions, a promise is made a promise to be together, to make their love last.

But when disaster hits, does their love prove strong enough to withstand the brutal force of reality?

Or does the promise lay forgotten, as they struggle to regain balance of their lives?

About the Author
Nikita Singh an avid blogger and writer, is the author of three bestselling novels Love @ Facebook, Accidentally In Love and If It's Not Forever (co-authored with Durjoy Datta). She has also contributed in the books of The Backbenchers Series.

With a library stocked with over twelve thousand books, she is a voracious reader and loves her collection of fantasy novels. She graduated in pharmacy and works as an editor at a leading publishing house.

And the recent contest of short stories organised by Penguin metro reads has brought the winning stories in print now. The stories were to be selected and edited by the most romantic author of this era, Ravinder Singh.

Book Summary of Love Stories That Touched My Heart
An anthology of moving, inspirational, heartwarming or heartbreaking, love stories shortlisted in a nation wide contest by Penguin India!

Love only a four letter word, yet its so powerful that it can conquer anything in this world!

Weve all experienced the first flush of love and remember the lingering fragrance of it. For ages Love has remained one of the most cherished experiences that everyone wishes to live through at least once. Humanity, time and again, has coined many definitions to describe this beautiful emotion, but this small word is a feeling that cant simply be defined. It has to be narrated . . . in the form of stories love stories.

Love Stories That Touched My Heart is a collection of such stories from readers who have a tale to tell, shortlisted from over 2000 entries that were submitted in a competition conducted by Penguin India.

Selected and edited by Ravinder Singh, this anthology made up of the stories that touched Ravin's heart the most will make you believe that someone, somewhere, is made for you.

About the Author
Ravinder Singh is a bestselling author. I Too Had a Love Story, his debut novel, is his own story that has touched millions of hearts. Can Love Happen Twice? is Ravinders second novel. After spending most of his life in Burla, a very small town in western Orissa, Ravinder has finally settled down in Chandigarh. He is an MBA from the renowned India School of Business and is presently working with a prominent multinational company. Ravinder loves playing snooker in his free time. He is crazy about Punjabi music and loves dancing to its beat. The best way to contact Ravinder is through his official fan page on Facebook. You can also write to him at or visit his website

Get your copies from Flipkart

So what are you waiting for? Gotta catch them all....

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Review: 'The Girl I Last Loved' by Smita Kaushik

Hello readers..How have you all been doing? 
Let's catch up with the book review of 'The Girl I last Loved' by Smita Kaushik.
This review was published at Type2Express few days back here

Publisher: General Press
Pages: 210
Price: 125 INR

Book Summary:

Love is all about flowers, gifts, movie nights, first kiss and then many more. Or is it? Then what about one sided love…
Being friends in spite of knowing your true feelings…
The incapability to read eyes…
Don’t frustration, pain and loneliness lie on the other side of love?
Meet Akash, an over achiever, who aims to conquer it all but is unable to love.
Kasam, a girl beyond his reach.
Though destiny keeps bringing them together, their world seldom collides.
When he was a nave geek, she was the Style Diva.
And now when he is a corporate junkie, where faces are masked. She is a professional motivator, who sees even beyond the faces.
Two people.
Single love story revisited three times.
Four proposals.
A ten year journey of finding and losing love.
Countless moments of serendipity.
Yet not a single moment of confession.
He lived all his life fighting love…
Will he ever fight for love?

About The Author

Smita Kaushik became author by chance and is now pursuing it by choice. Her first novel Lets Get Committed not only created waves among the young generation but also pitched some notes with others as well. Though her forte lies in romance with hint of comedy, she sometimes tries to lay hands on philosophy. An ex-DPSite, she did her graduation from KIIT University and is currently based in Hyderabad. Always a creativity inclined person, she has excelled in different art forms like contemporary, madhubani & warli and has won many national level art competitions. For fun she likes to watch rom-com and read novels.

Connect with the author on facebook here

The Review:

If you are looking for that perfect romantic novel with happy ending then this is the novel to go for. The story revolves around Akash and Kasam. Kasam is the girl everyone yearns for. Akash is one of those guys who are mad after her, he finds her out of her league. It is not just a story, it’s a journey of love that takes ten years to complete. Kasam gets to know about Akash’s fondness for her through the help of their friends in school. They roam about as friends and Akash always feels that Kasam would never accept him as her beau. During their friendship they get to know each other very closely. It is nice to see the author mentioning certain dark and light thoughts and habits both of them possessed and how Akash noticed everything. The description happens to be very catchy with a very soothing and good language usage. Each scene comes alive with every word, Kasam’s habit of chewing the thermocol cup while drinking coffee, her colourful bangles and her take towards life, changes that come in her with life with time and everything that is hidden behind the colourful, attractive and the most wanted girl of the campus.
Their paths cross again after years when they meet at Mumbai and Akash is smitten by her beauty yet again. Smita has described every scene very beautifully. The colourful description of Kasam when Akash finds her amidst the crowd of Mumbai Station takes you to another world. I loved it how Smita describes every minute detail with ease.

In a few more glimpses, I saw her lemon coloured kurti and purple embroidered jhola. I was nearing her. My speed continued to increase. I saw her hand, her sparkling multi coloured bangles, a red coloured thumb ring, a sea-green ring rig on her little finger, when she tried to stop a man who was about to crash into her.

This was just an instance of the perfect character definition the author builds up in the whole story. Kasam is shown donning the hat of a motivational speaker and runs an institute ‘Prayas’ as Akash says ‘she was doing what she was best at.’ Her speeches are super awesome and mind blowing. You almost feel the impact of those powerful words Kasam tries to present to the audience. It ain’t easy to be a motivational speaker and portraying one’s character like this requires a thumbs up to the author. Now the only question is will they meet again? Would Akash be able to express his feelings for her? Kasam had left him for someone else then, would she leave him again? It’s just round 2 guys, there’s another meeting left for the lovers to finally have a happy ending.
And if you ask me for any flaws then I didn’t find much though the story could have been a little swifter. But I am not at all complaining. The sweetness of love should stay for long, don’t you think so? Overall it’s a great romantic read. I didn’t find much of flaws in the story. This book is truly meant for die hard romantics. This 210 page book wouldn’t disappoint you.

Grab your copies here

Like the FB page of the book here

And my readers get another treat, you can have a glance at the first chapter of the book here

Ah! Yes if you want to know what I am reading now, I am reading Mom and I Love a Terrorist by Leema Dhar. You can expect a review very soon :)

Good night and sweet dreams...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In Conversation with Tanmay Kulshrestha

Hello all!
Hope you guys had an awesome diwali. I'll be posting few pics very soon. In the meanwhile, read on an interview I took some days back at Spectralhues. After Varsha Dixit, Tanmay happens to be another author from my city Kanpur( My name will be coming soon in the list :D The feeling makes me jump with joy). Anyway his debt novel 'The Meth' released sometime back and I instantly took the opportunity to interview him. Read the interview here.
I happened to meet the author in person while we were undergoing our training at DMSRDE(DRDO), Kanpur and that was when I read his book for the first time. But now that it is available in the market and online shopping sites, I'll buy my copy as soon as I return from home. So the review shall be up by the end of this month hopefully. If you wish to buy a copy, grab it from HS18 at the lowest price. It is also available at Flipkart, Infibeam and all other shopping sites.

I am a little busy at home so can't post much. I'll be back soon posting up full fledged reviews, interviews and random blabbering. Till then take care...


Monday, November 12, 2012

My Journey @ Type2express

Yes I am at home and enjoying a lot. I have become too lazy and all I do is rest at home with ease. So basically there isn't going to be much of writing today. A small Hi! and I hope all of you are enjoying the Diwali break. I have my Pre-University Test in a week and I am quite scared about them.
By the way I forgot to tell you guys that I began writing on another platform last month. It's a newly launched website and I have contributed three articles there. This website is known as
I quite liked the name and below are the links to some posts under my name on this website.

New books in the market

Every cloud has a silver lining

New release: The Masala Murder by Madhumita Bhattacharyya

Stay updated with the website on their Facebook page here

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Review: 'The Fallen Love' by Rashmi Singh

This was my first book by the author Rashmi Singh. Few days I had mentioned about having interviewed her on the platform of Isahitya. I had also received a copy for review and I must say the book left a deep impact on me. Since I had to put up a formal review on the website I didn't get a chance to mention but this my own space where I can blabber at my own pace. The moment I opened the envelope nothing could surpass the beautiful handwriting of the author. Yes, I remember teachers telling us about the importance of crystal clear pearly handwriting and I finally understood its meaning that day. I was totally mesmerized by her writing and I just forgot that we are here to read the book review. So check it out here

And I plan to post a Book Giveway soon...Anyone excited?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gupshup, reading and more...

Some weeks back I had reviewed Ankrish Khanna's book 'The Fork & Spoon of Life'. In case you haven't read the book yet, read the review here. I forwarded the review to the author and thus got a chance to interact with him. Somehow I coaxed him for an interview and he replied in time. While we had a chit chat he divulged that he began writing the novel when he was just 13, isn't it surprising? I must say I was quite impressed with this school boy. Read on the interview here  

So what have you been reading these days? I am planning to pick up 'Unhooked' by Munmun Ghosh when I catch my train for home this evening..Super excited to meet everyone at home.

See what I got while returning from college yesterday. I love picking up stuff from street vendors. These bangles just suit the kurti I plan to wear on Diwali..

I got hold of a pair of anklets and a ring as well :D Both of them costed just 20 INR :P 

See you guys with another post soon :)
Till then c ya...Wish me Happy Journey

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rendezvous with Author Rashmi Singh

Few weeks back I got the opportunity of interviewing the four book old Rashmi Singh. When I got the opportunity to interview her on the platform of Isahitya, I was pretty ashamed of being unaware of her two books on fiction. Till then I had heard of her self help books namely 'Back to School @ 30' and 'Taming The Restless Mind' but when I began to research on her I found out about 'Love's Journey' and 'The Fallen Love'. Meanwhile I was sent a copy of 'The Fallen Love' for review and I was halfway through when the interview happened. And this has been the best interview I have ever taken. In my journey of interacting with authors since the past six months, I never felt so comfortable with the author like it did with this beautiful lady. She helped me lot while I googled out about her and researched all the more for framing questions. Read on to see what we talked about here

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ways to deal with depression

Guest Post by Kiran

Today, I read an article in Times Life that reminded me my gloomy days. We all in almost all stage of our life face some kind of stress, frustration and loneliness and yes, we try to overcome it by different ways but many times situation becomes too difficult for us to handle so we try to give ourselves physical pain just to divert our mind towards the external pain and the formula really works. May be secretly, but yes many of us have done this and I know how difficult it is to admit it publicly. Being a teenager I can really correlate all this to my life.

To overcome these situations many of us believe that sharing your problems helps a lot. I agree too, it helps a lot but in today’s socialized life, we all know the situation and maximum time we are left with so the source of problem is isolation. We are social animals and we are born to be in a society, without which we can never survive, we depend on others for over survival. Each one of us needs someone with whom we can share and discuss. However, what to do when we don’t have that someone in our life? Moreover, it surely doesn’t mean one should cut themselves.
Believe it or not, but your stressful days can be a boom to you. They can really help you to explore yourself and to know your soul even better. Never force yourself to be happy when you are dying inside, don’t ignore your inner voice, let yourself be free to express your feelings at least to you. Be true to yourself, you can’t hide anything from yourself. Then try to figure out what and when things went wrong, recalling your past will never harm you and try to learn from your mistakes, where you went wrong or when and why the situation went against you.
After that, try to rearrange things to make them come under control. If you are really sure that there is no way out then this is the time to flush all your worries to gutter. Why to worry if you can’t do anything about it? Worrying will also do nothing. Give yourself a long break, try to feel the rhythm of your heartbeat and dance to it. Life is a real gift and we all know it will end one day then why to die every day.
Give yourself a chance to paint, write or do some kind of creative work. Trust me this really helps a lot. Don’t ever worry if you are worst in it still it is far better than hurting yourselves. If you are afraid to show it then do it secretly it will definitely do no harm. I have come across many people who are very creative when they are stressed because this is the best way one can express his feelings. It is well said art is the only thing by which one can connect to their soul and can express every hidden desire or even deep sorrows. So, whenever you feel stressed dance, paint, write and do everything you once dreamed of. You never now, your inner soul may have a hidden Picasso dying to come out.     

Kiran is a final year student of B.Tech(EC) in G.L.Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management, Greater Noida. She loves reading and has finally decided to pour out her feelings on an online platform, till now she preferred writing in her personal diary.