Sunday, 8 July 2018

#BookReview: Spirits In A Spice Jar by Sarina Kamini


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Title : Spirits In A Spice Jar
Author: Sarina Kamini
Publisher : Westland Ltd
Published on: 29th May 2018
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-9386850195





"Dhania that contains the seed of who I am: the soft and citric taste of my own self -determination."




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For Sarina Kamini’s Kashmiri family, food is love, love is faith, and faith is family. It’s cause for total emotional devastation when, ten years after her Australian mother is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, unaddressed grief turns the spice of this young food writer’s heritage to ash and her prayers to poison. At her lowest ebb, Sarina’s dead Ammi’s typed-up cooking notes become a recipe for healing, her progress in the kitchen marked by her movement through bitterness, grief and loneliness—the daal that is too fiery and lumpen; her play with salt that pricks and burns. In teaching herself how to personalise tradition and spirituality through spice, Sarina creates space to reconsider her relationship with Hinduism and God in a way that allows room for questions. She learns forgiveness of herself for being different, and comes to accept that family means change and challenge as much as acceptance and love.



COVER PAGE


The cover page of the book Spirits In A Spice Jar is very beautifu; in dark shades of blue having image of spices and a rosary. It is very apt with the content the book holds. It is a lovely cover with a very nice texture. I liked it a lot. 



REVIEW



Food is the basic necessity of each one of us, and when it comes to reading about food, I cannot stop myself. Spirits In A Spice Jar by Sarina Kamini is a beautiful and one of the finest books that I've read in the year 2018. This book has already made space in my favourites list. When I got this book in my hand, I just got busy in looking at the lovely cover page. The title made me think a lot. I thought that it might be a cookbook but it is not, it is something very precious and beautiful.

Spirits In A Spice Jar is an overwhelming personal account of author Sarina Kamini, after her mother was diagnosed with Parkison's disease and she was not able to come in terms with it  and how her Ammi's typed up cooking notes become a recipe for healing. In the book, author has written about her journey of healing, how each spice and ingredient holds a memory in her life. 

The book is written in a beautiful manner divided into seventeen chapters with each chapter talking about a new ingredient and the memories that ingredient holds in her life. She wants to get that Kashmiri touch in her food the one that her Ammi used to cook and she struggles a lot. The book is written in a lucid manner that anyone reading it will get attached to it. To be honest, this book was an emotional ride for me, a heartwarming read and I felt it really close to me. I loved how the author has mentioned a bit about each spice or food before starting of the chapter.

As the book is author's personal account so it was more about her anxieties, problems and complexities she faced. So, the other characters were not so evolved like Scott, author's husband who tried a lot to help her cope with her anxieties. The book covers a lot of diverse themes from food to mental health problems, faith  and also the most important relationship of the parent and child. I really liked the bond author shares with her children, Cailean and Ashok. 

Author has shared quite a lot of Kashmiri recipes in the book and I tried some of them and they are really tasty. Overall, this book made me think a lot of various aspects of life. I really had a nice time reading this overwhelming book. 



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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Spirits-Spice-Jar-Sarina-Kamini/dp/9386850192/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sarina Kamini is an Anglo Indian author now living in a pocket of paradise in small town Western Australia. A former food writer, food editor and food critic, she has spent twenty years working in Paris, California, Edinburgh, Barcelona and Melbourne. Sarina can be found among the trees with her husband, her two sons and her dog, DJ Chips.




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Monday, 18 June 2018

#Bookreview: The Six Symbols Of Ink by Meliza Merlinde

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Title: The Six Symbols Of INk
Author: Meliza Merlinde
Publisher: Olympia Publishers
Published on: 26th October 2017
Binding:Paperback
ISBN: 978-1848979093





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Living in a world governed by cruelty and persecution, where the Ink Mark symbol is the law and where kindness and love have long been forgotten, Ashley has always believed that her symbol is faulty, that she is not worthy. However, she discovers that, far from being faulty, her Ink Mark actually identifies her as one of the Four; the special ones who will fulfil the ancient prophecy and rid the world of its inhumanity. 
But can an ordinary girl like Ashley possibly live up to this expectation? Who are the other three and where can they be found? 
This is the beginning of a quest where demons, giants and the true wickedness of mankind are interwoven with friendship, loyalty and faith. Which ones will triumph...?




COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very attractive and captivating. It is in shade of light yellow and is having the images of all the six symbols. I liked the cover page a lot.




REVIEW

The Six Symbols Of Ink by Merliza Merlinde is a fantasy novel which is full of magic. It is a fantasy read which takes a reader to a different world which has elements of love, revenge, friendship and violence.

The Six Symbols Of Ink is a very interesting read. Frankly, while reading it, I was transported to a different world. The story revolves around Ashley who believed that her Ink symbol is faulty and that she is not worthy. But, then she's found by Mark and is identified as the special one.


The book is written in a simple language in an interesting way. The novel took me away from the real world, such was the impact of the writing style. Initially, I found first few pages a bit slow but then, the story picked up the pace and I was not able to put it down. 
The story line is very gripping and unique with the events and the subplots written in a detailed manner and I was able to visualise quite a lot of events. 

There are quite a lot of characters in this amazing fantasy novel such as Ashley, Mark, Zhila and various others which are very well developed and each of them have a spark in the story. The emotions portrayed by these characters and the way they are penned is superb. I was able to empathize a lot with Ashley and I loved her character.


The book is about fantasy world which has crime, war, magic, revenge and friendship. It is a page turner and I enjoyed reading it a lot. 
Overall, for me it was a great Fantasy novel. I usually don't read much fantasy but I really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book to the fantasy lovers. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meliza van der Linde grew up in the affluent, multi-ethnic society of South Africa, the variety of cultures, languages, and religions has shaped Meliza's passion for writing. Seeing the struggles of a Third World Country and its people striving to accept the different culture has always been an ember to her fire.




* I received a copy of the book from the publisher (Olympia Publishers) in exchange of a review. Thank You.

#BookReview: Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Datta








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Title: Trust Me Not
Author: Ankita Verma Datta
Publisher: Jaico Publishing
Published on: 15th October 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN:9789386348944









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Rising corporate star Reeva Rai is offered a prestigious position in a top-notch PR agency. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. But working with Enigmatic Billionaire Kunaal Kabi was not going to be easy. Even as she develops feelings for him, she is determined to prove herself.
But when an activist friend turns to her for help with a real-estate scam, Reeva has to make a high-stakes choice. Can she retain the credibility of her prominent clients while helping hundreds save their homes? As she digs deeper to find solutions, a nefarious scheme unravels with unexpected connections. A no-holds-barred race ensues, blood is drawn and Reeva is trapped in the eye of a political thunderstorm. If she succeeds, powerful people will have much to answer




COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very  simple and apt with the story having an image of a girl. It is in shades of blue and red and is very attractive and captivating. I really liked it a lot.



REVIEW

Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Datta is a very engaging political thriller revolving around Corporate star Reeva Rai who works in a PR Agency and meets billionaire Kunaal Kabi and both gets attracted to each other.

Trust Me Not is a very engaging and an interesting political thriller which is having elements of drama, romance, suspense, politics, corruption and thrill. The story is very interesting written in a simple and a crisp manner with a lucid narration. I loved author's writing style. There are quite a lot of point of views in the story but I liked it. Initially, the story moves a bit slow, but then it picks up pace which is is full of suspense and I was not able to keep it down. All the events in the story are written in a detailed manner and can be visualised very well. It is full of many twists and turns as if it is a roller coaster ride, full of surprises. 

The characterisation is very well developed and strong. There are quite a lot of characters and they all have their own dark secrets and each character holds some importance in the story. I really loved the characters of Reeva and Kunaal. I really liked how the author has used the issue of politics and corruption which is the basic truth that is taking place in today's world. The length of the chapters were quite long but very intriguing and the book kept me at the edge of my seat. The way the emotions are penned down in the book is marvellous. The author has justified the title very well. It is a page turner.

Overall, I really loved the story and enjoyed reading it a lot. It is filled with so many interesting elements such as of drama, revenge, friendship, love, love triangle and suspense. I am awaiting more to read by the author. I would highly recommend this book to all the thriller lovers.


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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Trust-Not-Ankita-Verma-Datta/dp/9386348942






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ankita Verma Datta is an Economics graduate from Mumbai University and is trained in advertising communication and marketing at the Xavier Institute of Management/Communication. She has spent more than a decade in the advertising industry, handling a wide range of clients from finance, insurance, education, food industry and also government sector and political campaigns, before starting her own communications consultancy in 2003. Apart from marketing and advertising, she has interests in various other fields, including curating antique Portugal houses in Goa and ‘hobby-breeding’ the exotic dog breed of Tibetan Mastiffs. An ardent nature and animal lover, she spends her time between Mumbai, Lonavala and Goa.





*I received a free copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and an unbiased review.













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Saturday, 9 June 2018

#BookReview : Mango People in Banana Republic by Vishak Shakti





Title: Mango People In Banana Republic
Author: Vishak Shakti
Publisher: The Write Place
Published on: 1st January 2018
Pages: 238
Binding: Paperback
ISBN:978-9387282179




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Ravi Bhalerao is a top of the rung business strategy consultant struggling with two disquiets in life – a festering career disillusionment and a festering wound in his posterior. Stung by an unfair performance appraisal, he pulls off an outrageous stunt at his workplace, drops off the urban map and reaches his ancestral land, a village in drought-prone Vidarbha. There he encounters India in its elemental form. Convinced that his destiny is somehow entwined with that of his country, he sets off on a truth-seeking mission. On that mission, he finds love, revolution and most importantly, a redemption for the disquiet in his rear.

Anand is a former physicist on a spiritual quest through esoteric India. He realizes that the path to realization is beset on all sides by gurus, their cults and their boundless quirks. As he hops from one ashram to the other, he grows convinced that liberation does not come with a user manual in a neat little box.



COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very different and unusual in shades of black, white and red. I found it quite unusual as it has an image of an Indian saint with a barcode on his face. It is attractive and funny.



REVIEW

Mango People In The Banana Republic by Vishak Shakti is a very interesting satire book and it's been quite a long time since I read a satire. The story revolves around Ravi Bhalerao who is a business strategy consultant in a firm and gets frustrated with his daily professional life and decides to quit everything and the other character is Anand, who is on a spiritual quest to find his own self.

The story line of the book is quite different and very interesting having different elements such as of disappointment, betrayal, love, affection and spirituality. It is an engaging blend of these elements in which author has also discussed about the various problems which are existing such as the problems faced by the farmers, political issues, naxalites etc and the events are very well described in a detailed manner with various twists. There are also some scenes of Rama and Dasaratha.

The book is written in a simple, easy and in a flowing language. The narration and the writing style is also very solid, witty and magnetic that one is not able to put the book down and story line moves at its own pace, neither too fast nor slow. It is divided into seven chapters based on the seven chakras of the human body which are the Root chakra, the Sacral Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, the Heart Chakra, the Throat Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra and the Crown Chakra.

The two male protagonists are Ravi and Anand and apart from them other characters are Madhu, KR,Rama etc. The characters of the male leads are very well developed. I really liked the character of Ravi as it was really fun to read about him. He was sassy and sarcastic. The book is not so heavy, it is light which will make you laugh as well as make you think a lot about various issues.

When I read the title I was quite confusesd but after reading the book I got it. Mango means 'aam' which means 'common' in English language and Mango Republic means a country which is unstable. Thus, the title is very well justified. Overall, it is very enjoyable read which is humorous, witty, enlightening and insightful. I really enjoyed reading it a lot and I would recommend this to the satire readers.



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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/People-Banana-Republic-Vishak-Shakti/dp/9387282171





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Vishak Shakti is a writer by compulsion. He writes to vent, to purge, to indulge, and sometimes just for the heck of it. He has written for publications such as MSN India, The Hindu, and Clean Bowled. He thinks that a good book has three essential ingredients – entertainment, artistry and relevance, in that order. He has a liking for literary thrillers, philosoifiction and compelling non fiction. He has peculiar liking for writers with irrelevant voices. Cricket is his guilty pleasure, both Tests and T20s. He is a Tech.Product Manager in his day job and lives in Bengaluru.





*I received a free copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and an unbiased review.













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