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Sunday, 6 January 2019

The Reluctant Matchmaker


Well I am back again after a long break. No, I Didn't stop reading all these years, just stopped reviewing them apart from some on Good reads. But this year's resolve is to start this blog again. And here I am...
Well the first book I read in 2019, is The reluctant matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal. The premise is pretty much set in Amerika as we desis call it, with  protagonist being second generation American - Indian.
Now this is how book fared for me-
Plot - With female protagonist(Meena Shenoy) interested in male, and our hero being so dumb to ask her to find a bride for him, this could have made for really intriguing plot but alas writer was too lazy to put depth in it. He could have easily carved pun in this extremely predictable story but he missed it.
Primary Characters - Well I almost can say this was one protoganist story as our hero missed any kind of character building here. Remember one iconic male character that resists female protagonist as he was too dangerous for her kind. That was Edward to our Bella and it was Vampire ~Human love story. Our hero here uses same convulated logic that  he is not good for our female protagonist due to his gigantic build and in his own words, " Any Kind of physical relationship with me will be death of you"😂 and "Can you honestly see a man over two hundred pounds making love to a doll like you,"🤔 well with male protagonist having such harebrained logic , it was difficult to accept him as CEO of a software firm in US.
In any normal book, I would have dismissed Meena's character too, but her being only one to cling to, I feel that writer should have carved the characters better.
Secondary Characters - Many a times in book, I felt that writer just made a checklist of requirements of story, and implemented all in this one without bothering to check whether there was requirement for the story or not. For example most of romantic Mills and boons type of books have one evil vamp, here we had one lady called Gargi Bansal, which was there is three to four instances in book. Our female protagonist says she is evil, and we have to accept she is evil. She does almost nothing in entire book. Why she was there is big mystery. Also there were bunch of other odd Characters and a sub-plot of Meena's brother loving a Muslim that were utterly unnecessary and did nothing to the story.
The second character of Akka that was sort of Grand mother of Meena and actual match maker is end also was a imposed on us. As if writer thought there is need of one sassy Grand Mother and there she is available in out story. Just like we have seen in many movies based on NRIs life. Replace here with any Good friend / Neighbour/ collegues and then also you won't miss any thing in book. That is all because writer was too lazy to build his characters or to give them any depth.
Memorable quotes - None
My Verdict -Opportunity wasted due to lazy writing
Best to read - I read this one when I was there at some place and needed to read something but couldn't afford to invest my much attention in that. I call it Passive Reading. Reluctant Matchmaker doesn't deserve undivided attention.
Availability - Hardcopy at Amazon and Flipkart

Monday, 29 June 2015

Animal Farm

Fight for the Freedom. Agreement to establish a democratic system. Commandments for the secular state. And in the end, few of the fighters become “More Privileged” and rest of them “toil hard for the needs of the privileged ones… Does it resembles the state of our Country? Actually its synopsis of the “Animal Farm”  by George Orwell.


The catch here is the book was published way back in 1945, before India got its freedom. And yet, it coincidentally mirrors the Journey of India or rather many democratic states.

The fight of the freedom by animals, their abhorrence for humans, and the ultimate behavior of some animals matching with humans, is satire on our political systems.

Though according to the writer Orwell, the book is based on, events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalin era in the Soviet Union, its content and satirical message is much more relevant in today’s scenarios also.

It’s one of those reads, that will never fade with time, and will send you in deep thought on what our political scenario has became

The best thing about ‘Animal Farm’:-
 The Content- though written way back in 1945, I could connect with the story today also..
 Crisp writing- The writer if wanted could have converted this novella and dragged it to become full-fledged book. But he deliberately avoided that, giving thought provoking plot in small novella.
The Characters – The characters are actually inspired by certain world famous leaders. But actually you can always identify them with leaders that came into force even after book was published. This is the most important facet of “Animal Farm” that makes it relevant even today.
The Commandments – Yes, “Animal Farm”, gives you seven commandments of animal world that are modified as per changing times. It’s satire on how we change our values for our benefit.

Animal Farm was a surprise read, recommended by some Friend. And I truly recommend everyone to atleast once read this humorous – political – satire that will send you deep thoughts but with a smile on your face.

Overall  5/5 read

The famous quotes are its seven commandments and modifications thereof:

The original commandments are:
  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.
Later, the changed commandments are as follows:-
  1. No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
  2. No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
  3. No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian

First of all, let me admit, I liked the trilogy- Fifty Shades of Grey a lot.  The time I read it, I was unmarried and it was first erotic series that introduced me to the world of BDSM. So, it was novelty. And more than that, its Ana-Grey’s love story had striking resemblance to Bella-Edward’s relationship that touched my heart. And why not, the series originally was posted as Fan-Fiction to Twilight.


Coming to Grey- Fifty shades by E L James from the point of view of Christian Grey. The story is same as First part of trilogy’s series Fifty Shades of Grey, albeit from the point of view of Christian Grey, as opposed to Anastasia’s version in first series. The idea is also inspired from Twilight series (Stephenie Meyer's unfinished version of Twilight from point of view of Edward – Midnight Sun).

Well we never got to read Mid night sun, So I had to pre – order this one for sure. The book arrived on the stipulated time, and as soon I finished my office, and home chores, and started with this. And my boy it was sooo long. I sincerely felt that the book dragged at certain points especially the occasions of sex. The negative point here is, if I didn’t know the story, I would have read word by word of it. But as knew it, I skipped the paras, where sex was feeling repetitive.

The narration- the selling point of this book, whose story world already knew, was its narration from point of view of mysterious Christian Grey, the world wanted to know, what exactly he thought of his relationship with Anastasia Steele. However this selling point turned off when I started reading this book. When Anastasia’s narration touched heart, I as a reader connected to her as like her I was novice to world of BDSM before reading this book. Like her, I was exploring this with the book. I felt like her. But I couldn’t empathize with Christian in same way. His character is too advanced in his world and I fail to form sync with him in Grey. As a reader, I fail to make a connect with protagonist. I think this is a two way sword the failure of the book as well as the success of it.

Apart from this failed relationship with narrator, the fan of series would surely enjoy the book, especially the climax. Grey’s feeling and his view to give his and Ana’s relationship a chance, will surely make up for the long drag book, Grey is. Also for original lovers like me, it will inspire you to re-read Ana’s version of Fifty Shades of Grey again.

Summarising the book in Grey's Style, the book is not Outstanding or dud....It's like its name is Grey, you won't love it, buy will surely read it.

And regarding the expectations from possible sequel, In words of Christian Grey, "Do I dare to hope?

Damn it. Yes, I do."

As a Fan of series 3.5 out of 5.


Favourite Quotes- None from Christian’s World.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

About


This blog is my tribute to the world of books. 


I am obsessed with reading, do not hear or reply to anybody when I am reading. I Love Romance heroes, live in world of Fantasy and imagine myself Austen's Girl. Harry Potter is a friend and Mr. Darcy the Love, I have secret crush on Dimitri and behave like Elizabeth Bennet. Crazy isn't...


Lately I decided to share my love of  books,  and blogging came as handy medium. And this blog is the result.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Happy Reading..

Love,

Bhavna

Monday, 3 February 2014

Eclipse


Eclipse by , is the third book of her famous ‘Twilight’ series, continuing the story of Bella and Edward from the first and second book.




Bella has got her Edward back and their Love life is back on the tracks. Vampire Victoria is on loose trying to kill Bella to avenge the death of his mate James.  Jacob black is open about his feelings about Bella and fighting hard so that she chooses him over Edward.

Bella is set to become vampire after her graduation. She wants Edward to change her, Edward wants to marry Bella. Jacob wishes Edward hadn’t came back and he would have eventually had Bella. And Bella wants to have one ‘special human experience’ before she becomes a vampire.

There is a love triangle and villain on the loose, and werewolves and Cullens are together to fight with them.

So whom does Bella choose, Werewolf  or Vampire? Whether they win over Victoria or not. What will Bella do to have her one ‘special human experience’ before she becomes a vampire. or Whether Edward will make her Vampire at all… ‘Eclipse’ gives all answers..

The best thing about ‘Eclipse’:-

-          The saga of teenage love. The confusion of loving two persons in a different way. Eclipse appeals all the teenagers/ young adult who have gone through these feelings of ‘whether I am in love or not’, he is my love, but I love that one a little too’. For those who read it in their mature age, it would be a pleasant de-ja-vu of our school-college days.
-          When you go through the pages, you cannot help but admire how ordinarily the writer has portrayed the central characters. The protagonists though extra ordinary in a way, behave like what very normal persons do. I can almost feel Bella’s emotions over two guys, her anxiety over the unknown life of a vampire, chosen by her, Jacob’s fury over loving the girl who loves somebody else, or has chosen life most hated him, Edward’s guilt that he is taking life away from his Bella.
-           The plot- the plots and subplots mingle in each other without superimposing on each other. Here’s a love triangle, and a preparation of fight against Victoria, both the events happens throughout the book, and circumstances follow naturally...
-          The characters – Bella’s confused, she loves Edward but cannot hurt Jacob also. Edward is determined to fight for Bella to save her life and have her in his life. Jacob is impatient to have Bella and save her from Vampire life. The characters have so well progressed from previous series, like people growing gradually…
-          The quotes, the way Edward and Jacob express their love for Bella made me cry… I wanted to be Bella myself, I think it’s the most winning part of the book.

Eclipse always had expectation to be better than its prequels, and progress in the love life of Edward- Bella, but feelings of Bella for Jacob was  indeed a happy surprise. Like any other book of the series, it made me carve for more and pick the next.

Overall  5/5 read and best in the series…

The famous quotes:

“If we could bottle your luck, we’d have a weapon of mass destruction on our hands.”

“The way you move — you orient yourself around him without even thinking about it. When he moves, even a little bit, you adjust your position at the same time. Like magnets… or gravity. You’re like a… satellite, or something.”

“I wanted to make both of them get out of their cars and shake hands and be friends — be Edward and Jacob rather than vampire and werewolf. It was as if I had those two stubborn magnets in my hands again, and I was holding them together, trying to force nature to reverse herself…”

“But if you ever bring her back damaged again — and I don’t care whose fault it is; I don’t care if she merely trips, or if a meteor falls out of the sky and hits her in the head — if you return her to me in less than the perfect condition that I left her in, you will be running with three legs. Do you understand that, mongrel?”

“I had no right to want you — but I reached out and took you anyway. And now look what’s become of you! Trying to seduce a vampire.”

“Isabella Swan? I promise to love you forever — every single day of forever. Will you marry me?”

“When I left you, Bella, I left you bleeding. Jacob was the one to stitch you back up again. That was bound to leave its mark — on both of you. I’m not sure those kinds of stitches dissolve on their own. I can’t blame either of you for something I made necessary. I may gain forgiveness, but that doesn’t let me escape the consequences.”

“I used to think of you that way, you know.
Like the sun. My personal sun. You balanced out the clouds nicely for me.”
He sighed. “The clouds I can handle. But I can’t fight with an eclipse.”

“It had not been Edward and Jacob that I’d been trying to force together, it was the two parts of myself, Edward’s Bella and Jacob’s Bella. But they could not exist together, and I never should have tried”

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

New Moon


‘New Moon’ by Stephenie Meyer, is the second book of her famous ‘Twilight’ series, continuing the story of Bella and Edward from the first book.


 Bella’s life is complete by having love of her life Edward with her, He is her school mate and his sister Alice is a good friend. But why is she unhappy? Her boy friend is a Vampire, forever struck at his 17 year age, while she is getting older (Just 18) day after day. Her nightmares are filled with horror when she imagines him to be forever 17 and breathtakingly beautiful while she gets older and has wrinkles. He is careful to keep physical distance from her for her safety, while she is the one who carves more. He is intent on keeping her human to save her soul, while she believes being Vampire like Cullens is not bad idea when it gives Edward for eternity.

On her 18th  birthday, an accident happens on her birthday party and Edward’s Vampire brother Jasper loses his control attacking her. The incident leads to Edward and his leaving her, with the parting line, "You're not good for me, Bella." He turned his earlier words around, and so I had no argument. How well I knew that I wasn't good enough for him."

Bella goes into depression and tries life threatening antics to hear his voice (hallucinations), and to ease the pain in her heart on his leaving. Meanwhile her friendship with Jacob Black grows and she starts coming out of her depressions. Until one day Jacob black stops receiving her calls and supposedly has joined the others of LA push gang and Bella suspects he is into killing of hikers on the road.

Forks is threatened by Bear sightings, hikers are getting killed. Jacob black and other boys at La Push are behaving wildly and Bella knows their secret. Amidst Alice, (Edward’s Vampire Sister who can see future), mistakes one of Bella’s cliff diving adventure as her suicide attempt and the information reaches to Edward. Edward now has headed to Italy to provoke Vampire royalty- Volturi to get killed, and Bella along with Alice, rush to Italy to clear his misunderstanding and Save him.

The plot again is very interesting. While the predecessor ‘Twilight’ was full on romantic love story, with action only coming in climax, ‘New moon’ is adrenaline infused story especially whenever Jacob comes into scene. If Edward is the epitome of Magical - Romantic Prince Charming, Jacob is the fearless boy next door, full of raw masculinity. When I first read this book, I was very sad as Edward was missing for the most of the book, but the climax made up for it. Though Bella’s heartbrokenness makes us cry, the writer has kept it in limit to save the book from turning very dry. Thanks to these adventure filled antics she has infused in book, ‘New Moon’ turns out to be action packed sequel to Twilight.

Its again 4/5 read (-1 due to absence of Edward in the book, I am up for Team Edward).

The famous quotes:

“I promise that this will be the last time you’ll see me. I won’t come back. I won’t put you through anything like this again. You can go on with your life without any more interference from me. It will be as if I’d never existed

“It was like someone had died — like I had died. Because it had been more than just losing the truest of true loves, as if that were not enough to kill anyone. It was also losing a whole future, a whole family — the whole life that I’d chosen”

“The prince was never coming back to kiss me awake from my enchanted sleep. I was not a princess, after all. So what was the fairy-tale protocol for other kisses? The mundane kind that didn’t break any spells?”

“I thought I’d explained it clearly before. Bella, I can’t live in a world where you don’t exist.”

“It never made sense for you to love me. I always knew that.”

“Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars — points of light and reason… And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything.”

“The fairy tale was back on. Prince returned, bad spell broken. I wasn’t sure exactly what to do about the leftover, unresolved character. Where was his happily ever after?”

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Twilight

Twilight” is the first book of the same named series by Stephenie Meyer. There are other three books in the followed the series, New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn. The book was then adapted to make widely popular movie series with the same name, but personally for me the book series is much better than the movie one.



The story as widely known is about a teenage human girl falling in love with 104 year old vampire. Bella swan is an ordinary girl, who falls a lot, is very clumsy, always doubts on her abilities, cannot lie convincingly, and thinks about others before her own self. Sacrificing her love for the sun filled Phoenix so that her mother can live with her new husband, Bella moves to live with her Father to Forks- a sunless constantly raining place. In the high school, she sees a strange family of adopted brothers and sisters - The Cullens. {It was there, sitting in the lunchroom, trying to make conversation with seven curious strangers, that I first saw them. They were sitting in the corner of the cafeteria, as far away from where I sat as possible in the long room. There were five of them. They weren't talking, and they weren't eating, though they each had a tray of untouched food in front of them.}

Edward Cullen is the mysterious boy of her class, who is repellent of her for no reason.  He is dream boy of girls in the school, breathtakingly beautiful with flawless skin and ruffled hair. But like rest of the Cullens, he doesn’t mix with anybody in the school and behaves extremely abnormal around Bella, who is mystified by his beauty and horrified by his uncalled repentance towards her. {I didn't look up as I set my book on the table and took my seat, but I saw his posture change from the corner of my eye. He was leaning away from me, sitting on the extreme edge of his chair and averting his face like he smelled something bad. Inconspicuously, I sniffed my hair. }

Circumstances shape up like this that Edward had to save the life of Bella, and she starts to notice how different he is from a normal human being. Edward is now friendly to her, yet, evades her inquisitions but is obviously attracted to her. Bella tries to find her own, and after listening to local tales by   Jacob black- an old family friend, she realizes the cullens are in fact Vampires.

Edward saves Bella’s life once gain in Port Blair, and they went for dinner outside. Bella confesses her theories about his mind reading & the knowledge that she knows he is a Vampire, who hunts animals instead of humans. Edward though initially shocked, admits to it and his liking for Bella and explains how he is trying to control his urge near (of blood drinking) her.
{About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him — and I didn't know how potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.}

The rest of the story is about how their love progressed till comes a villain. The story ends on a dramatic climax.

The best thing about Twilight is that though principal character in it is Vampire, the heart of the story is the love between Edward and Bella. The vampirisim of Edward only offer him a super hero like image without compromising with the intensity of the first love.

Twilight is best read because –
- The Principal characters Edward’s larger than life personality. He is not a scary vampire but somehow Stephen makes him boy of every girls dream.
-   The ordinariness of Bella, which makes every girl associate with her. She is not high school captain or most beautiful girl in the town. She is clumsy, doesn’t know how to dance, but every boy likes her.
-    Writer has taken pain to mark every even a tiny little detail and put it on paper for us.
-   The romance, the hesitation of the first love, the anxiety before the first kiss, all the feelings are aptly described in the book.
-     Vampirism is not bloody or scary but magical and loving.

It is indeed 5/5 read for me,  making me thirsty.errr…hungry to grab the next book in the series.

Sharing other favorite quotes not listed above:

{"And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…" he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.

"What a stupid lamb," I sighed.

"What a sick, masochistic lion." }


{And I knew in that I had my answer. I didn't know if there ever was a choice, really. I was already in too deep. Now that I knew — if I knew — I could do nothing about my frightening secret. Because when I thought of him, of his voice, his hypnotic eyes, the magnetic force of his personality, I wanted nothing more than to be with him right now.}

{He shook his head again. "I was wrong about you on one other thing, as well. You're not a magnet for accidents — that's not a broad enough classification. You are a magnet for trouble. If there is anything dangerous within a ten-mile radius, it will invariably find you."}

(And then, as the room went black, I was suddenly hyper aware that Edward was sitting less than an inch from me. I was stunned by the unexpected electricity that flowed through me, amazed that it was possible to be more aware of him than I already was. A crazy impulse to reach over and touch him, to stroke his perfect face just once in the darkness, nearly overwhelmed me. I crossed my arms tightly across my chest, my hands balling into fists. I was losing my mind.}