Sunday, August 6, 2017

Messed Up! But all for love (Book Review)












Book details

Title – Messed up! But all for love
Author – Arvind Parashar
Genre – Fiction
Publisher – Srishti Publishers & Distributors
No of pages – 156



Main characters – Neil, Gauri, Drishti

Other characters – Mehr, Tom, Jerry, Som, Srinya 

Love can be messy sometimes; especially you goof up big time! People fall in love and they can fall out of love as well. They get married and once the honeymoon period is over, the spark dies down. When the relationship becomes like a bland dal, then couple start seeing the other way around rather than focusing on their relationship. That’s what this story tells us!

Book Blurb

Neil and Gauri is a loving married couple. Both are well settled financially and are very much in love. Gauri is a bit possessive about Neil. The first crack in their relationship surfaces when Neil’s fitness consultant Srinya unintentionally stirs trouble in their lives.

On the other hand, there is another couple – Somesh and Drishti. Drishti is a TV news anchor and journalist and her husband Somesh, a top cop. They are bored of their mundane busy lives, until a chance meeting with Neil and his friends in Cuba that changes everything.

The plot becomes more intrigued and insane especially when they are advised by funny and crazy friends like Tom, Jerry, James, Mehr, and Antriksha.

The havoc ensues when Drishti gets abducted and Neil is framed for it. Gauri finds out some bitter truths and leaves Neil. But what really is the truth?
When facts finally surface, we will know how much these lives are Messed Up! But All for Love!

My review
The plot isn’t something new. It generally sheds a light on urban couples and their messed lives. It takes one seed of misunderstanding to brew a storm in any relationship and especially, you stuck in a rut of everyday life. Relationships have never been easy and to maintain have always been a herculean task.

This novel exactly shares a story of urban couples as to how their relationships go haywire when the romance goes out of the window and boredom sets in. 

The plot couldn’t keep me going as none of the characters were strikingly memorable. However, I loved the craziness that was going around Neil’s life and that could earn a point for entertaining us.

Yes, it does happen when your relationship goes wrong, there are people who would help you even go wrong. I enjoyed the overall madness but the plot wasn’t something extraordinary.

The author has put his 100 percent efforts in it to make the novel funnier, a light-hearted read by creating funny incidents. He has tried to make the plot as confusing and intriguing as he could. So, definitely 9 points go for his honest efforts.



The Best Part
For all the confusion created by the author and the funny incidents!




No so best part
The characters weren’t built as stronger as they should have.

Writing style
It is hinglish and hence, it makes easy to settle down with the flow.

The book cover & the title
The book cover isn’t suitable to the story of a married couple. In fact, I found it misleading since I felt that it might be a teen love story or a couple isn’t a married yet. The book cover does not justify to the novel’s story. The title is partially apt as we often go messy when it comes to love.

About author
Arvind Parashar is an author and painter hailing from Dehradun. He has been a corporate leader in various firms like GE, Dell and Genpact. He enjoys road trips and gives motivational lectures at various educational institutes.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Penguin India and All Things Chocolates have turned your favorite book into a chocolate bar






A good book accompanied by a huge chocolate bar! Yeah! You got me right! This excellent marketing idea has come from the collaboration between Penguin India and All Things Chocolates. 

This innovative and refreshing marketing concept not only has taken social media by storm but bibliophiles are going crazy as they can enjoy their favorite book with favorite chocolate. 

Image Courtesy: Instagram

Penguin India has smartly picked up popular classics like Meghadutam by Kalidasa, The Colors of My Heart by Faiz Ahmed Faiz and The Cat and Shakespeare by Raja Rao. On the other hand, All things Chocolates chose Belgian Milk Chocolate infused with ingredients like cream cheese, coconut crumble and more. Such combination has certainly become a delicious read. You’re not only going to melt in the world of fantasy but the perfect taste of Belgian chocolate is going to linger in your mouth.

So are you ready for this melting session of reading? 

To buy these Penguin Classics, visit TheAllThingsShop.com

  
  


The Garden (First Ever Short Suspense Story)

Part I  



The flowers were fully blooming making the garden attractive and beautiful just like the girl who worked at the nearby café. She had a baby-like face and a pleasant smile. Most customers were happy to drop by at the café to have their morning coffee and see her ever-smiling face as it made their day. She was kind, genuine and pure. Her figure was petite but she was one of the enthusiastic staff the café ever had.

She was as beautiful as a flower!


One day the girl disappeared from the café and nobody knew about her whereabouts. Even the café owner was puzzled as he was kind and always appreciated her being in his staff. The news of missing girl was printed in every leading newspaper.



Her sudden disappearance shook entire Beaufort, a small, cozy town in South Carolina. She wasn’t a celebrity but she was a common girl with good nature. Her disappearance made everyone upset and sad. Regular customers at Pieolin Cafe missed her presence and some even expressed their feelings to the café owner. She was as pretty as a flower. 

A news of missing girl spread like a wildfire. Mothers feared of losing their daughters and so they stopped sending their daughters out in the night. Insecure dads scolded their sons and warned them not to play outside at night.



The small town had an eerie silence as if nobody lived there. The police were trying to solve the case of a missing girl but they were too puzzled as they couldn’t trace a single thing about her. 

At the same time, the news of dangerous psychopath who was accused of heinous murder and rape was freely roaming broke out. The Beaufort Police were in search of him. Soon, people were started linking the case of the missing girl with it. That caused an additional furor in the town resulting in fear and anger. Both cases were making it difficult not only for the police but the people of the town were uneasy, scared to talk or come out.



Days passed by and almost a month went but the police couldn’t find the missing girl nor could they find the psychopath who was still out and roaming freely.

It took time for the people of Beaufort town to accept the fact about the missing girl that she was gone forever and would never come back.    The mystery of the missing girl remained a mystery. Slowly and gradually people were catching the pace of their life.

The End

The gardener kept watering the plants but the flowers were losing its charm day by day. The plants were becoming lifeless. The gardener was persistent and he kept watering them and caring for them. However, the flowers never bloomed. The gardener was puzzled by the mystery of it unaware of the fact that the missing girl was buried right under the soil of the garden by the psychopath. 

While the whole town was sleeping peacefully and fearlessly, the psychopath was yet again ready to pluck another flower!






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