Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Book Review : Other Poems and Rustic Goddess by Nivedita Narasapuram



Title : Other Poems and Rustic Goddess

Author : Nivedita Narasapuram



About The Author

Nivedita N, a Hyderabadi has taken the yatra called poerty in 2007. He journey along with walks with poetry books include conversations with her muses over cups of chai or sitting near the Hussain Sagar Lake and a rendezvous with the historical figures. She currently resides in Milwaukee where she meets her muses over Caramel Coffee during Spring and Fall and hiberantes during Midwestern winters.


Blurb

Other Poems and Rustic Goddess by Nivedita Narsapuram is an observation of the life enfolding within us, around us, and beyond us. The poems are written to appeal the senses of the ones dipped in nostalgia; a magic realism lover and the romantics, among us. Also it marks the beginning of a new journey to be embarked on as an agnostic.



My View

This book is a collection of some short but very beautiful poems. I am in love with the quirky out of the box titles of the poems. I always like to quote my favourite lines for the review but this time I want to list the titles...

That Short Button

Unicorn Island

Quater to three

A glimpse of you

are some of my personal favourites. The author has rendered a poetic vision to the small little things straight out of a normal household. Hence anyone can directly relate to them.



The negatives -

The biggest blunder in my eyes is a beautiful cover adorned with the wrong name. Yes, there is a poem titled Rusted Goddess and the cover but all the pages and the title she used as a footer says rustic. I don't know if the writer was in hurry or what but it did ruin something for me.

Overall I will rate a 3/5 for the short-eclectic mix.



Monday, 17 July 2017

Book Review: The 23rd Girl - Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia





Title : The 23rd Girl

Author : Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia

Publisher : Half Baked Beans


"Life is a bitch and Love is the mother-in-law of all bitches"


Blurb
Smart, Suave and confident, Rashv is a young man in his early twenties whose claim to fame has been his never say die spirit. 

His life lacked any excitement till one day he accidently discovers a strange connection with the number 23. He gets so obsessed with it that the number begins to influence everything he ever does. Roohi is a fiercely independent, headstrong girl who is relentlessly chasing her dreams in the corporate world before the 'burn out' happens. She craves for a change and takes a sabbatical from work when she happens to cross paths with Rashv who falls irrevocably in love with her. 

They have a whirlwind romance before Rashv realizes that she does not quite fit in his number theory. On one hand is this number which has defined his life and on the other hand is the truest love he has ever felt. 

Can a number run your life? 

Is it justified to let it run your life? Dive into Rashv's world to find out.


My View

I am a sucker for romance and the title of the book "The 23rd Girl" intrigued me. The book is written in a simple language and is bound to connect with boys. Yes, you read it right! though girls are more known to fall for love stories, here is a book centered on boy, his playfulness and trysts. Rashv, the main lead is the boy-next-door turning into the most eligible bachlor and he is indeed very inspiring .

The character of Roohi is also well-written and though she occupies lesser space it does leaves one with a smile on face. Infact, I love the part where Roohi enters Rashv's life. The chemistry between the two and the way the story moves from there on is very gripping and emotional.

Some beautiful lines from the book -

"There's a reason why we have ribcages, our hearts have wings."

"Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give back, its about how many hits you can take and still keep moving forward."

"The overwhelming amount of guilt one needs to deal with when you just decide to let people go, slip away from your fingers like dry sand."

"The thing about heartbreak is that....you may not realise it, but it's permanent.".


The negatives -

It has a slow beginning and at places abrupt sequence. I want the author to leave some moments to readers imagination but there are certain places were the depiction is way too much. and some places very less.

Overall I will rate it 2.5/5 as for the slow and predictable story line, I didn't find it gripping enough. It may strike a chord with people looking for something - light and easy.


Grab Your Copy :- The 23rd Girl