Saturday, 30 July 2016

Book Review: Dancing with Demons by Nidhie Sharma

Nidhie Sharma


Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.

Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.

When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?

Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.

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My Book Review: Dancing with demons by Nidhie Sharma

My View:

Dancing with demons is really awesome book and a different read, I have never read anything related to boxing, so this was totally different genre when I picked this book. I got this book when famous Bollywood star Salman khan’s movie Sultan being released and the movie’s theme is also on Boxing.
My feeling was mixed when I got this book as boxing is not popular sport in our country also I didn’t know how there points being calculated and how players being qualified for further round, but after reading this book I got the information easily. I think we Indian got some interest in Boxing when Vijendra Singh and Mary Kom played in Olympics otherwise it is totally alien game for India.

Now about this book, it starts when Karan Pratap Singh is going to win in boxing ring to qualify for Olympics, but his demon surfaces while boxing with his opponent and Karan severally beats his opponent which makes him disqualify for 4 years. Jerry the coach of Karan is totally disappointed because of his behavior. On the other hand Sonia who is also fighting her own demon by running away on parole. Fate connects Karan and Sonia, where she resides in Karan’s house as a PG. Read further to know how both of them face their demons and how they overcome from their past.

I liked both the lead characters especially the story of Sonia, which is presented bit by bit which makes readers to know further about her. Also author has mentioned in her acknowledgement that from where she got the inspiration to write on boxing, and also about boxing rules. Because of her research on boxing the novel is perfectly articulated and represented by the author. The boxing matches are so engaging that it keeps you turning the page. It is so well written that many times it feels like you are watching a movie.

I give 4* for the book, and loved to read this novel, also waiting to watch this on screen.

I liked this sentence it’s on a page no 215 “Doctor’s didn’t decide destinies. God did”.

I received a free paperback copy from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Book Review: Corpokshetra by Deepak Kaul

Book Review: Corpokshetra Mahabharata in the MBA yug by Deepak Kaul

*Publisher: Westland ltd *ISBN: 978-93-85724-93-0 *No of pages: 120 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 200 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

After a long time I got the book which is humorous and I am giving 5 stars for the rating, totally loved this 21st century corporate world Mahabharata. In hardly 120 pages the author has perfectly articulated the core part of Mahabharata, and that also in funny way.

Our Mahabharata has been written and told ample of times throught centuries, but I think none has written through corporate point of view, this is the first time. Just think our mythological warriors having cricket bat and a golf stick in their hand rather than a shield, sword or bow and arrow in order to win.

The author has written this novel through management perspective; I liked the cover of the book where Bhima and Duryodhana is having a cricket bat in his hand, also the portrait of Krishna is very symbolic, it says I know everything and the main key is in my hand.

The funny part where I laugh out loud is when Duryodhana is inviting Yudhisthira to play poker through “Whatsapp”; also gambling sites are being blocked, so that Yudhisthira can’t play the online games to incur further loss. The modernization of each character is done pretty well by the author.
What I liked is the writing style of author, its really fresh and lucid, also the flow is excellent, but many a times I have to dig dictionary for difficult jargons.  

In one word this book is “Unputdownable Modern day corporate Mythology”. What I think is whether it’s corporate world or our day to day life we are fighting the unknown war. Hats-off to Deepak Kaul, you have done brilliant work for today’s youth in your debut novel. I highly recommend this book to corporate world and those who are studying management. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”


The Pandavas have returned home after 13 years of exile. And they are demanding their stake in Hastinapur Inc.

But the Kauravas, led by the haughty Duryodhana, aren’t ready to give them a penny. The battle lines are drawn, only this war is in the present – day Kurukshetra – the corporate boardroom.
As the Kauravas and the Pandavas don their sharpest suits, Krishna – the wily Consultant – strategises for peace.
This is a humorous, modern take on the Mahabharata (with due apologies to Rishi Ved Vyas).

An epic story retold for the MBA generation.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Book Review: Wreath and other Stories Tales of Horror and Suspense by Sangeeta Mahapatra

*Publisher: Notion Press *ISBN: 978-81-7511-087-8 *No of Pages: 215 *Genre: Fiction *Language: English *Price: 250 INR *Rating: 4/5

My View:

The first thing that comes to my mind when I pick any horror book, is a tune of Shyam Ramasay and Tulsi Ramasay’s horror show, which were telecasted on Zee TV at the time of 90’s, I still remember that thrilling tune. I think it’s very difficult to write any horror novel or stories, because your writing should be such that the reader feels the thrill while reading it. 

When I picked this book I was thinking how short stories will create fear in you but I was wrong after reading this book I must say these stories are really thrilling; Sangeeta Mahapatra has done her work perfectly. Some stories like Malevolent, Captive, and Snapshot will make you paralyze with fear. If you read these stories I bet, that a simple sounds of breeze will makes you jump at your place because of the fear.

Now the writing style of the author is somewhat difficult, I have to dig a dictionary to know the word, also many times I felt that the starting is bit slow for many stories but it picks up the pace after some pages and connects very well.

There are 10 short stories in the book but which I liked the most are:

Malevolent, it’s about Theatre du Nouveau where Robots taking place of humans.
Wreath: it’s about adventure and the trekking to the remote hill station. (Interesting line from this story: what happens when the world of the dead becomes the world of the living?)
Captive: a story about fear of sleeping.
Snapshot: the spirit helping her adopted daughter.
Artistic Spirit: a chilling story of spirit guiding the living being, also I liked the message in this story about follow your inner voice rather being an unknown in a crowd.

And last the last one Déjà vu: I liked the brave character of Radhika, which guide us to search the root of any case also the entire chapter is really special, where you will know about past life and regression techniques.

I highly recommend this collection of short stories, especially who loves to read horror and suspense stories. Wreath and other stories is a collection of short stories which will evoke fear in you.

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”

Book Blurb:

What is it that we fear? An evil presence around us, watching and waiting for a small slip, or the realization that the malevolence is within us and has already made its move?

Wreath and other stories will take you into a world that is slightly off its hinges – a bizarre, eerie realm. In short, a world much like our own, if only we would notice it.

A dangerous obsession of an artist, a broken childhood promise, a birthday gift gone horribly wrong, a soldier trapped in a nightmare, a warning from beyond the grave, a writer’s new lease of life in a “suicide central,” a patient’s struggle with insanity, a terrible crime in an idyllic artists’ town, a man’s record of his last moments, a bride haunted by her past…

With grey characters, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist at the end, it will ensure that you go to bed satisfied, having had your fill of a world of wickedness and terror… until that world engulfs you in your dreams. This book will enthrall lovers of horror and suspense.