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Sunday, November 22, 2015 grandfather Dr.Balubhai Vashi

A tall lean man used to walk on this very road, every day at 8:00 AM sharp, no matter what season, no matter what his life situataion is. Not that anybody ever saw him fall sick or being disturbed or sad. Though, if his life story is looked at, anybody in his circumstances would be melancholic conveniently for a very long time. But no disease or negativity touched him for the 85 years he lived and even on the last day he carried out his noble profession of curing the diseased as he had sworn to do so more than fifty years ago while being awarded a doctor’s degree. He can be most humbly said to be ‘made of great’, my grandfather Dr. Balubhai Vashi.

His childhood was simple his father tried to support a family of four children from the mere earnings of his small farm. The era was pre-independence and irrigation facilities and state of farmers that hasn’t much improved yet. Balubhai though born in a poor family with no money even to pay school fees, almost denied education, saved only by his very bright mind and very strong intent, to rise above it all. He was raised as a farmer’s son to be one, any day that he had a holiday, he was supposed to help his father. His studies taking the last priority, yet not for Balubhai who would manage it all, rising early in the morning much before the world and studying by a kerosene lamp. He managed to finish high school in a local village school and with some scholarship for the best marks entered his dream place, a medical school. However, he was still a farmer and many a times when it rained too much he had to get back to his place and help his father remove it, to save the land. They couldn’t afford laborers. Yet he successfully became a doctor.

India was going through turbulent times then. Every man in a family harbored the same dream, of a free independent nation. The fever of it all caught Balubhai, who marched on the path led by Gandhi, that of Satyagraha. He embraced a Gandhian lifestyle, gave up everything “videshi”, a practice that he continued till the last day of his life in 2007. He would march with the satyagrahi, go for fasts and peacefully protest, leaving everything aside for the nations freedom and the dream was realized finally as he did one fine day on 15th August 1947 like many Indians breathed the fresh air of independence.

Yet Gandhiji then had given out a message of service to the society and what better than serving it through curing people of diseases. Balubhai had found that both his love for medicine and his mission for service lied on the same road, so he chose to settle down in Umbergaon taluka, which was to say in a few words only a jungle then. The people living had modest life with barely any development, not even electricity. People of all classes lived here, but were majorly uneducated and witchcraft was preferred over a doctor, hence no doctor ever landed up there. Balubhai chose the road less travelled, for his destination shone like a brilliant sun, distant yet powerful. He started practicing in the region and educating people about how medicines could cure magic and save lives. The best part that his patients miss today is that he never said “no” to anyone who ailed, be it a child in the remotest corner of that jungle with a snake bite and little hope. He would wander into the deep jungles, travel miles on foot for that one patient and treat him, despite his parents resorting to witch craft, as that he thought was the only way he could make people believe in his medicine and science. Balubhai didn’t rest there, he believed that the area could only develop if there were more like him and that could only happen if there were atleast some basic facilities, he therefore struggled for years to get electricity and that as he estimated begun the development of the area where people would now prefer to live, schools would begin and industries flourish giving many better employment and education, without having to leave their natural surroundings.

Balubhai Vashi was a good doctor but a great human being whom life challenged as if to test his will power and patience, as if to break him at each point. Marriages happened traditionally with parents choosing the bride and so he had no say, he a tall fair man with, colored eyes was married to a short dark woman, full of grit. It wasn’t easy to be the wife of a man who would not charge poor patients, and most of them were poor, bringing back home, nothing. Sometimes he would even give away his lunch to the poor diseased man who had travelled from far for free medicine who couldn’t even afford a meal. It was only when he sat down to eat at the end of a tiring day that he would realize he hadn’t eaten. Love then was very different from what we see now and expressed differently. Balubhai however found out that his wife could play the harmonium (which was considered derogatory then, as only people from lower class of society played music) and gifted her on eon their fourth anniversary. However life mocked him again when his wife was detected with leukemia soon after. The only cure was blood transfusion regularly and a severe hospitalization and chemotherapy. Balubhai was advised by all his relatives to leave her and marry again, for he was young and there were four children to look after, plus he was already famous as a great doctor. He just didn’t pay heed to them but turn a machine that was focused on providing for his children and ensuring his wife gets the best medical care. He barely slept for a few hours and went about his duties with a smile. He did lose his wife to cancer but fought for 10 years, a feat that doctors at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, thought beyond reach. He then lived like an ascetic ensuring good life for his children and serving people even on the last day of his life.

The best part about Balubhai was not that he managed to be the best doctor this part of Guarat has seen despite being a poor farmers son. Not because served his wife, wore khadi all his life or fought for independence. Not even that he brought medicine over blind-beliefs to people and educated them, not that he settled in a jungle and went to visit patients at all hours in the deepest corners. It was because he smiled and faced life's most ugly cruel practical jokes. He armed with grit and determination fought, didn’t brood, sulk like most of us today over small matters, he faced it with a smile. When his wife died and his closest relative sensing his suffering said “Why is it you that God always tests, when you only work to serve?”,Balubhai simply responded “God gives it to those who he thinks can take it afterall.” Belonging to an era where we see very young people getting depressed over mere breakups or committing suicide for not scoring in an exam, I think my grandfather Balubhai Vashi’s life is a live example of what one can accomplish by standing up to it with grit. He is  “made of great” and continues to live as an inspiration within me.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Author Interview: Anamika Mishra

  Reviewing books over the years I have found the best writers in those whose work reflects themselves. VoiceMates by Anamika Mishra was one such mirror image of the of the person she is, simple and interesting. She is one of those writers who answers the most difficult questions in the same honest manner as she does with the easy ones. Here is a straightforward young Indian writer whom you could always approach for she is upfront and non-diplomatic. Here is my conversation with her, and to get my drift read the answer to the last question.     
    Q.  Describe your journey into writing?
A: My journey into writing has been quite swift. I started writing my first novel Too hard to handle when I was in the final year of my MJMC. By the time, I completed my studies, my book was out in stores. At that time, I had joined a radio station as RJ in Kanpur, but after my novel got published, I quit that high-paid job to pursue my passion i.e. Writing. Since then, I am writing and readers have accepted and treated me really well. My latest novel VoiceMates have been published by Jaico in August 2015. I am now really enjoying this journey.

Q.   How did the story of VoiceMates happen?
A: I took the basic idea of VoiceMates from my own experience. Pursuing a non-traditional career and keep everything at stake is really scary. But taking risk is also important, if you have a passion for something. I had for writing and so I fought the fear of failure and took that 1 chance to chase my dreams. Through VoiceMates, I want to inspire people and encourage them to do what they love… because when you make your passion your job, life becomes a better place to live.

Q.  How much of the characters and incidents real life and how much is fiction?
A: Well, VoiceMates is totally a work of fiction.

Q.   How good a singer are you?
A: Well, I do sing and love it to the core. But how good I am in singing, I don’t know! May be one day I’d sing for you and then you’d decide :).

Q.   You are two books old now, how has writing as a passion and professionally treated you?
A: As a passion it was amazing, as a profession it was not what I had imagined before I became a published author. You see, every industry has 2 sides- positive and negative. I wasn’t aware of the negative face of this industry which at times gave me ripples and hardships, but still… luckily few good people helped me out and made things easier for me.

Q.   What has been the greatest hurdle in connecting with your readers?
A:  Time! The thing is that I am so busy in writing and creating stuff for my readers that I am unable to dedicate time on social media (which is actually the easiest way to connect with readers). But I am trying to improve this and interact with my readers. I hope now I don’t disappoint my readers as much as I did after Too hard to handle got published.  

Q.  Are you a methodical writer?
A: Not really! I just follow one order when I write books- Create 1st draft on diary, 2nd draft on laptop, revise and revise!

Q.   What are your favorite characters (from books)?
A:  From my books, I like both of my female protagonists, Anushree from Too hard to handle and Tulip from VoiceMates.

Q.   Your favorite writers and books?
A: Well I am big fan of Paulo Coelho and so I love all of his books. I am also fond of Danielle steel, J.K. Rowling, Nora Roberts, Dan Brown, Nicholas Sparks, Robin Sharma and Rhonda Byrne.

Q.   If you could change one thing about your writing what would that be?
A: At present, nothing!

Q.  What are your future projects?
A:  I am already done with writing my third novel. I am working on my 4th book which is a part of NaNoWriMo. Let’s see what happens!

Q.   Advice to upcoming writers?
A: Be patient, be determined and have faith in your passion.

 Q.  What’s your take on the Sahitya Awards being returned and if you were awarded one, would you return it?
A:  Well, I really feel that returning Sahitya Awards was not the correct gesture. See, as a writer I know the amount of hard work we put in creating a book out of nothing and people get awarded as a token of appreciation and excellence for their work. Returning award is disrespecting the love and appreciation given to you for your work. If people have opinion for something, stand out and say! What’s the point of returning the award? And if people who returned their awards are so concerned about the issues, then I would really like to know where are these people now? Have they done anything about the social issues? Did they donate a single penny to any NGO? And if they are actually doing something to fight for the issues, then its okay if they are not accepting the awards. Their will! But if they are not doing anything, then they should learn to respect the profession and at least, their own work! Apologies if I sound rough here, but this is totally my opinion!

And yes, if I were awarded one, I would have never returned it. NV:  Thanks a lot Anamika for a very honest interview. We wish you all the best in your journey ahead. 
AM: The pleasure is just mine. Wish you good luck too :). 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Book Giveaway: Brutal by Uday Satpathy

Dearest Readers, We are back again this festive season with a chance for you to win not just any book but what is popularly certified by many booklovers like you as a "Bloody Good Book". 

Indeed! We are here with a contest for their first book which is 
"Brutal by Uday Satpathy"

About The Book: 

"You are in real, real danger." - A school teacher gets a creepy warning in his mailbox. Seven days later, he murders eleven of his students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit. Justice served. The nation pacified. Case closed. 

But not for two crime reporters. Seeking redemption through this case are Prakash and Seema, ace journalists but broken individuals. As they follow the story, they are led to the ominous wilds of Bandhavgarh where an eerily similar massacre had occurred eight years ago. Little do they know that they have stirred up a hornet's nest.
One by one their leads start turning up in body bags and they are chased by assassins at every corner. Soon they realize that they are pitted against evil powers pervading the business and political DNA of the country, with an unbelievably sinister agenda. People who are about to let Prakash and Seema know how brutal they can be.

Now all you have to do to win this book is tell us:

"What in your opinion makes a Bloody Good Brutal Story?" 

Please answer in the comments section below this post along with your email id or facebook page or twitter handle.

Three of the most creative answers shall each win a copy of the book! So what are you thinking, just get your creative caps on and share your ideas with us.

Contest ends on : 16th November 2015 @11:59 PM.

Please also show us some love on social media and share the contest on Twitter and Facebook with hashtag #Brutal

Waiting to read your creative, brutal answers!!!

Terms & Conditions:

1. The contest is open for Indian residents only.
2. The decision of the judges shall be final. 

Brutal by Uday Satpathy

Title:  Brutal
Author:  Uday Satpathy
Publisher: Bloody Good Book/Westland
Genre: Thriller (Crime)
Date:  2015
Price: Rs.165
Pages: 297

Before I begin to write about this book, I would like to describe a very interesting concept in publication which is a venture called  "Bloody Good Book". Herein prospective authors have to submit their manuscripts online on, wherein it is then uploaded for public judgement. If readers vote for this book with high ratings, it is then published in association with Westland. Unlike a single minded review and decision of one editorial team which may be biased, here what matters is the opinion of the very people who will in the end but the book, yes you are right, the readers. Also since not many people would take the pains of reading a bad book thoroughly, the bad ones will just get eliminated. It is in my opinion, a huge encouragement for the writer as he /she connects directly with audience they have written for, right at the first step before investment of their time and energies into getting a verdict on their story. 

So let's see if the very people who have been thanked on the first few pages of the book "Brutal" for going through the book and voting for it, are in sync with our judgement. Brutal as is clear from the blood stained cover-page is a  crime-thriller. Prakash a seasoned journalist is back from a break to cure his trauma from a previous mission. As if that is not enough his first day at work gets him involved in a case where a school teacher murders children in broad daylight and is to be tried. He is killed by a sharp shooter. The case that seems easy becomes murkier as he tries to go deep within the layers of investigation. On a parallel lane his colleague Seema, for whom he always had a soft corner holds on to another part of this stringy affair. Her hunt reaches to a doctor too scared to face daylight and evidence found leads her to the bizarre killings in Bandhavgarh national park and missing college students. Thus the author in alternate chapters develops the story on two parallel, unrelated lanes. It is a very clever strategy as it takes the of a reader to a point of conclusion, only to be changed by the next chapter as the story has moved in a different direction, like discovering unfitting puzzle pieces. The author slowly reveals the plot like removing layers in different parts of the dusty frame and the picture is clear only much later when he discloses it all. This in many ways is a more successful strategy than the one used by even best selling writers like Ashwin Sanghi in The Krishna Key, it being completely unpredictable.

However in the last part where the story is to be concluded his naivete takes over and he doesn't utilize the full potential of the very situation that emerged from the story he spun. Thus we have an engaging story which however could have been an entire mystery series, much to the loss of both the reader and the author. Having said that, what is commendable also is that the story remains crisp throughout and no unnecessary tangents are exploited just for flavour and that to a seasoned reader is a treat. In conclusion, it is undeniable that Uday Satpathy is original and an equal to some of the leading stalwarts in Indian crime thriller genre, but if he chooses to extract the full potential of his plots, we can have the equivalent of Clifton Chronicles coming from him. Wish him lots of John Grisham and Jeffrey Archer spirit, motivation and thinking. Waiting for the next book, nope I am sure it will be a series from him.

Rating:  3.5 stars on 5 (Being extremely strict)

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Author Interview: Prita Yadav

When I received a book review request from Prita Yadav, I thought it would be just another book about a story of an outlier child at school. As I downloaded the book and begin reading, I couldn't stop until I reached the end in the wee hours of morning. It was one of those books that make you sad for you wish to be in them forever. My facebook and twitter was all praises for this debut writer who had confidently, with a brilliant story chosen the path of self-publishing. I was in awe of her and decided to know all about her journey into writing this book which is definitely one of the best I have read so far this year.

Here is the conversation that thus took place...

Q.   What was your first venture into writing?
A: I was in 6th grade and had just finished reading Enid Blyton’s St Clare's book. This story, as well as the love for my alma mater, plus my passion for sports inspired me to write a book on school. I wrote couple of pages, read and re-read it like zillion times and with heart thumping like crazy, I just let my mind and heart wander to write my first book at the tender age of twelve called as St Kathleen.

Q. When and how did the story of KLASS  start taking shape in your mind?
A: The original name of KLASS was St Kathleen, the first book I wrote. Few years back, I made up my mind to publish my book but I had to polish and work on the language as I had begun writing it almost a decade back. The characters and outline of the story remained the same, but I wanted to dedicate my first book to my grandfather, who plays a very important role in my life and to my friends, who are instrumental in shaping my actions and thoughts and hence KLASS and its characters! Also, I always desired to study in a school like KLASS where “sports” was the major focus.

Q. Is it based on real life happenings or purely fictional?
A: An amalgam of both. Real life happenings around me, inspire me to add my fictional thoughts to write a story.

Q.   How much of you is in the characters of KLASS?
A: My friends keep telling me Jolene reminds them about me!!! Hehe… I won’t agree completely, but yeah in some scenes, if I was ever stuck while writing or unable to comprehend Jo’s feelings; I did imagine myself in Jolene’s place and penned down the story.

Q.   Who is your favorite character?
A: Now that’s a tricky question! It is difficult to pick one. Obviously apart from Jo, I like Angus Jordan, Dennis, Sonawane Ma’am, Nik, Teju, Ankit and Bharat.

Q.  Since the story is open ended how many more parts will the story go on for?
A: As if now I have not thought too much about it. I’m taking it one book at a time. KLASS is definitely part of a series, but I still need to decide whether it will be followed by four or three books.

Q.  Why did you choose the road to “self –publishing” and how has your experience been with it?
A: Well, I had honestly approached quite a few traditional publishers, but things didn’t work out. Finally it was the desperation to get my book published, that I chose the option of “Self- Publishing”! Honestly, it was a hassle free experience. All I did was send my manuscript through email and my book was in my hand within a month  :)

Q.  What do you do apart from writing?
A:  I try to play hockey as much as I can. As I’m a fitness enthusiast I do enjoy playing any outdoor sports frankly. Of lateI have also started running marathons and realized it is a big stress buster for me.

Q.   What are your favorite books?
A:  I’m very fond of all Enid Blyton books as I grew up reading them. Also, I love all Harry Potter books. They are the best of J.K. Rowling’s creation.

Q.   Hard copy or kindle?
A: Both. I love reading and can read anywhere and anytime, but if I get an option of a book in these two formats, I will prefer hard copy.

Q. What do you tell yourself when the odds are against you?
A:  Nothing is permanent, so this phase will also crawl by. Good time is around the corner!

Q.  What does the road ahead look like?
A:  Well, the second book is in the pipeline and I’m looking for a good publisher. Otherwise, the road is full of awesome people and I enjoy their company. Thank you Rino, for being the best editor I could have asked for!

P. S. Also, Thank you Sunny James for all your support. I know you will kill me if I don’t mention your name in the interview and as promised here goes…  :)

NV: Thank you so much for such a lively interaction Prita, just like your book is.
PY: The pleasure is mine always :) :) :). 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Author Interview: Vani Kaushal

Today we have with us a writer who is prolific yet very conscious about her writings, Vani Kaushal. She strives for perfection and goes an extra mile to achieve it. A very pleasant person and an author who has effortlessly written about recession and its impact on a prospective groom in the Indian wedding market; raising questions in a very subtle manner, sprinkled with humor. Yet these questions stand effectively and make you think and re-think about the very face of  the society we have created ourselves, once you have read her debut novel, The Recession Groom.

Here are the detailed answers to our endless questions when we decided to pick her brain. 

1.      What is your first memory of scribbling a story?
I started my professional writing journey in 2002, working as a business journalist for ‘The Times of India’ and then ‘The Financial Express’. Journalism nurtured my creativity and I decided I wanted to be a novelist. In 2004, I started working on a chick-lit novel that would have read like an episode of Sex and the City, had I completed it. I abandoned that draft after a few pages, but I might pick it up one day. You never know.

2.      What gravitates you towards stories? 
There’s nothing like a good story well told. My grandmother (Nani) was the best storyteller I knew. I remember sitting in front of her for hours and listening to stories about kings and queens and gods and goddesses. That’s the reason why I’m never too bothered about the genre of the story, as long as it is interesting, fine by me. Fantasy is my favorite, though. It enchants me and transports me to a different world.

3.      How has the journey into writing been?
It’s been an interesting journey and I’ve been on a steep learning curve. I was working full time in London when I started writing my book, The Recession Groom. Initially, everything was a challenge, from writing a few pages every day to completing the final manuscript. However, landing a publishing deal wasn’t any challenge compared to the marketing exercise I undertook to promote my book. Last couple of months, I’ve travelled across India and the response my book has received amongst aficionados in New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Gujarat, Kerala and Chandigarh has been amazing. There have been positive reviews in top newspapers of the country which is very reassuring for a first time writer like me. All in all, it’s been worth it.

4.      How and at what point did it strike you to ponder upon the musings of a man in the Indian wedding market being bogged down by recession?
I was in London when the global economy started moving into a recessionary phase. A lot of my friends and relatives suffered due to this, especially men, because they were the main bread winners of their families. I always thought men didn’t have to bear the burden of societal expectations, but that wasn’t the case. That’s what prompted me to write the story from the perspective of an Indian boy who is hot on the Indian wedding market and his chances of finding happiness when he is not ‘so hot’.
5.      Why did you decide to take a humorous angle on it?
I like to read light-hearted books, nothing too heavy. There are novelists who present a hard-hitting satire on the Indian society but they command a more mature readership. I wanted to engage readers from multiple cultural backgrounds and social milieus, the reason why I mixed the theme of arranged marriages with recession. Also, I wanted to leave my readers with a sense of hope and faith, not with tears in their eyes.
6.      Tell us also about the various columns you contribute to at various portals.
I am writing for ‘The Huffington Post’, ‘DailyO’ and many other websites.

7.      How different is it to be a writer of fiction compared to being a full time journalist and what are the pros and cons of both?
My background in business journalism trained me to write in the inverted pyramid style. I wrote facts and supported them with numbers. My dictionary was also made up of words that common people used. I worked with a team of editors who were always there to help and guide me. Writing ‘fiction’ was a different ball game altogether. I couldn’t use the style of news reporting, and fiction required a lot of creative imagination. When I started writing my novel, I was my own guide and it was my decision what to include in the story and where. I ended up unlearning a lot of the old rules. Several drafts and multiple revisions later, that story is what you know as The Recession Groom.

8.      What is your opinion about the Indian writing and publishing scenario.
Most publishing houses agree that readership of fiction is increasing and people are showing a preference for books in India. This is also apparent from the popularity of Literature Festivals and the number of authors and readers participating in them. There are communities of reviewers and bloggers that are actively reaching out and supporting local talent. All of these are signs that Indian publishing industry is set to grow manifolds in the next few years.

9.      To your mind what is that one essential ingredient of a good story?
For me, I look at the way a story has been narrated. You might have an interesting cast of characters and a great plot, but if the narration is poor then your reader will not have a pleasant experience reading the story.
10.  What has been the worst and best memories of your writing career?
I had just started writing ‘The Recession Groom’ and wasn’t even sure it was ever going to see the light of day when I happened to discuss it with my mother (I was in London and used to call her in India every day). Next I knew, all my aunts, uncles and cousins were congratulating me for my book, as if it was already a published piece of work. Never the one to learn from my mistakes, the first time a publisher asked to see my full manuscript, I told half the world that I was finally going to be a published author. This time not only my aunts and uncles but my friends too ended up congratulating me. Of course, the publisher rejected my manuscript and it took me three years from that time to see my novel in print. The best memories are when I held the book in my hands for the first time. I remember checking my name, reading my bio and looking at a few chapters.
11.  What to expect from Vani in the future?
I am working on a sequel to my first book (can’t reveal the name) and there is a third one that wraps up the series. So it is contemporary fiction for now.
12.  What are Vani’s favourite books?
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke is number one on that list. It is about magic and an absolutely delightful read. Pride and Prejudice, The Colour Purple, The Lord of the Rings, Jane Eyre, A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Alchemist, The Secret, Fahrenheit 451, Fault in the Stars, The Old Man and the Sea, Harry Potter series and many more. These books touched my soul and set a high benchmark for me.
13.  A word of advice to the writers in making.
Be honest. Write every day. Write first, revise later. Discipline helps, patience helps much more.

14.  Your favorite quote (from a book).
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction
— A Room of One’s ownVirginia Woolf.

NV: Thank you Vani for your time and honest answers, we wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

VK: The pleasure is all mine :). 

Trouble Has A New Name by Adite Banerjie

Title:  Trouble Has A New Name
Author:  Adite Banerjie
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Mills & Boon Series; Harlequin India
Date:  2014
Price: Rs.150
Pages: 145

The cool cover-page visually attracts you and at the same time tells you a lot about the natural backdrop the story is set in, Andaman island, which post reading the whole story couldn't be any place else. The story however begins with Rayna, a single, model in the city of big dreams, Mumbai, gets dumped by her boyfriend. She drinks too much and passes out, only to be late next day for the celebratory week of her best friend's wedding. The timing is wrong and so is her state of mind, which is clearly depicted, cleverly by the author in crafting her every move, confused, as she gets her bearing before reaching the wedding. The emotional pressure is double as she was almost going to commit to her now ex- boyfriend and had sort of told her friend about the same. Friends, not so dear friends and some relatives are all there only to make gossip headlines. If that wasn't enough being in the fashion industry, she is a known face and the journalists whose film magazines survive for such feisty gossip are on a close watch. 

Call it a boon or a curse, she runs into Neel, the owner of the resort on Andaman Islands where the wedding is scheduled. They collide time and again, first as enemies, only to acknowledge slowly their attraction towards one another. To get away from every trouble, Rayna asks him to pretend to be her fiance for a few weeks. What goes on next is a mix of confusion, love and chemistry that keeps the reader engaged. The author brilliantly exploits every possible variable to provide a twist in the story. Rayna's ex showing up with an item girl, gossip-monger aunts and a desperate attempt to make the lie believable, add more spice to the already hot dish, making you thoroughly enjoy each page.

The chemistry between Neel and Rayna is brewed each time only enough for the reader to ask for more, which is the most successful ingredient of any romance novel. Emotions are not far as the author reveals slowly the demons of each ones past, which makes the plot stronger and the reader going. However having said that, the only missing ingredient is the abrupt halt in the story where the reader wanted more, or may be the die-hard Indian romantic reader would have preferred.

All in all the story could make me, a reader not too fond of Mills & Boon series want more from Adite Banerjie's pen. Hence this is a book that is sure to change your opinion about Indian romance writers. Definitely a worthy, light, romantic and delightful read. 3.5 stars on 5.