Book Review | Because Its Love by Kishore Nanda

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Title: Because Its Love
Author: Kishore Nanda
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Notion Press

Publishing date: 14th May, 2019
Pages: 404

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

*Book received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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Synopsis:

Family

Abhiram, a HIV infected old man, is abandoned by his family due to fear of the infection spreading to them. Broken, Abhiram adopts Devika, a prostitute, Adithya, a gay man and Karthik, a mentally retarded child. They become one family, breaking all the rules of society.

Friendship

Karan, a money–chaser and believer of time is money, finds out that he is about to die at any moment due to his intestine cancer. He becomes friends with an 11-year-old blind boy, Aryan. He changes Karan’s life, becomes his wingman to help him find love and teaches him about the real meaning of time.

Romantic

Aarav, a book author, is in the quest of a dying girl to become part of his manipulative marketing strategy. When he finds Ananya, a cancer patient, he learns about the true meaning of happiness.

Canophilia

Rajesh, a hedonist, finds a missing dog and she teaches him the real values of a relationship.

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My Take:

This book follows four different stories that all tie together with the common theme of love albeit different forms of the said emotion. When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued. Each story has so much going on just in the two line description itself, that I figured this book was going to be a complete ride, and it sure was.

When I started the book, I had to put it down for a few days because there were so many errors in the book. It felt like it was never edited. A few days later, I picked it back up and decided to complete it and that was a good decision because all four stories are such beautiful stories that as I read more and more of them, I noticed less and less of the errors – instead all I focused on was, what was happening to the characters.

This rarely happens, even a single mistake bugs me. So, you know a story is good if I can finish reading it through a bad editing job. The way all the stories follow each other and still don’t get muddled up is great. At first, I wasn’t quite sure that the style was a smart choice. All the stories take place simultaneously, you read a chapter from each story then the next chapter from each story, and the cycle goes on. I thought it was going to get confusing, instead it did a good job of holding up the excitement for each story.

My favourite has to be Abhiram’s story which is tagged under Family. Actually the sequence of what story I found best is the exact sequence the synopsis is written in – Family, Friendship, Romantic, and then Canophilia.

The character development is a major factor of the book, and that you can see happening in each of the characters, you can see the development throughout the story. The pace at which the characters learn and grow is well done.

The writing style needs to be worked upon. While the scene behind the character is described which the character can’t even see, someone extending their hand out for a handshake isn’t even mentioned and the next thing you know the characters are shaking hands. It’s the little details that make the scene. No description of the irrelevant building might do no harm to the story but no description of non-verbal cues will. Some of the dialogues seemed a little too unreal at times but then again at places it felt deliberate.

All in all, the message and stories are great. If you can get past the errors (my phone and laptop keep correcting the ‘its’ in the title to ‘it’s’ so you can imagine) then you will definitely enjoy it. There’s a lot happening – every big issue is covered. Every story is based on a big emotional formula that sells and every story has subplots that are again safe and sure to work emotional storylines.

I see potential in Kishore to be a great story teller based on the four stories he has managed to sell me even after the book being filled with what are usually “deal breakers” for me. So, that’s saying something. I am glad I didn’t give up on this book and definitely will encourage people to pick it up. One of my friends has already asked to borrow it despite him being of the same “no errors in the book” kind of a person and us rereading the first 21 pages (first chapter of Aarav’s story and 2 pages from the 1st chapter of Rajesh’s story) I had read and given up after and us going into a bout of frustrated laughter so yay to the author.

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Why would I pick it up?

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Four stories that pull on your heart strings – yes please!

Buy this book- Because Its Love by Kishore Nanda (Amazon)

Get to know Kishore Nanda more – Read an interview with him here.

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Book Review | Lovely Revolution by Saras Singh

Title: Lovely Revolution
Author: Saras Singh
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Publisher: K S Designers

Publishing date: 2018
Pages: 218

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*Book received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

This was the beginning of the 21st century. A boy lived in a culture rich district called Unnao in the states of Uttar Pradesh. He fought for justice, honour and rights—not only his but others too. And he loved a girl who is the daughter of a corrupt politician from his town. The boy wanted to marry the girl and proposed to her many times, but the girl was not sure and she reserved her reply for future. In the course of time, the boy became a powerful campaigner and developed associations with a political party led by some honest people in the country. Then there came the assembly elections in their state. Now the girl put a proposal before the boy. She could marry him if he supported her father, campaigned for him and won him the elections. Now the boy got stuck between his love and principles. Which way he went?


My Take:

This book is an easy read for beginners. It gives out great wisdom for the youth. Encouraging them to be the change if they want the change, fighting for what is right even if that means going against people who are close to you, choosing happiness over social construct, etc.

It also touches the subject of making a career in what makes you happy rather than what’s expected of you. Even though there are lots of good teachings in this book, it also portrays a toxic relationship.

The two leads, Rajeev and Neha, are frustrating at times. Neha is basic, manipulative, has no depth as a character, and uses Rajeev as if he is a commodity while on the other hand, Rajeev bases his entire life around Neha. Rajeev does not take no for an answer, in fact, despite Neha being clear multiple times that she wasn’t interested, he keeps calling her my girl, girlfriend, and them stopping communication is breaking up to him.

Both of them are toxic but both towards Rajeev. Rajeev manipulates himself to do what Neha wants thinking about love and Neha manipulates Rajeev to do what she wants.

Despite this, whenever there were major things on the line, whenever there was a question of his principles, Rajeev chose his principles, that made me respect him.

The writing had some issues as well, such as articles being used where not required, wrong use of articles, hindi to english direct translations, switching of words, wrong words, etc.

There are a lot of scenes that will remind you of Bollywood, Neha asking him to uproot his life for her, asking him to support her father if he wanted to marry her, her cousin and his men beating up Rajeev, his dramatic proposal, the scene at Neha’s wedding, etc.

So, if you are someone who enjoys Bollywood movies or wants to read something light that also teaches something then this is the book for you!

This book needs a few revisions and a thorough edit. Despite this fact, it is an enjoyable read.

Watch more of what I think in my review video- 


Why would I pick it up?

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To read something light that at the same time preaches something useful!


Buy this book- https://amzn.to/2KBZ6qA

Review | Escaping Camp Ravensbrook by R.T.Johnson

Escaping Camp Ravensbrook

Title: Escaping Camp Ravensbrook
Author: R.T. Johnson
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: CreateSpace

Publishing date: 16th October, 2015
Pages: 148

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*Book received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Katrina is a girl who is caught and captured and is sent to Camp Ravensbrook after her parents die. She’s treated terrible there, but Katrina has a secret. She has witchcraft powers she uses for good, but Katrina wants to find a way out of there. When she meets Peter, she realizes that he’s the right man for her. But she’s worried about the fact that he might not accept her witchcraft powers. Will they be able to make it out in one piece despite the horrors of a war going on? Or will they be sentenced to this camp forever?


My Take:

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a smooth ride from the start to the end. No lows, no disappointments. ❤ ❤

Katrina is 16 years old when her parents are murdered and she is captured and sent to Camp Ravensbrook with her Aunt.

“Katrina looked out the small window at the very back of the truck and saw men lighting her home on fire. The place she grew up. The place she learned to walk, talk, read, and do magic, was slowly burning. Within moments, it turned into a pile of ash. Katrina felt tears form in the corner of her eyes. She bit her lip and held them back. Weakness could get her killed.”

Camp Ravensbrook is a women’s prison, the condition of the prison is horrible and the women are treated miserably. But, Katrina is no normal girl, she has witchcraft to help her. She uses this power to ease some situations in the camp. They are touching to read. Her encounters with the guards while using the powers are thrilling as well as funny to an extent.

She falls for one of the guards, Peter. I liked his character very much. She is scared to tell him about her powers, what if he turns her in or doesn’t want to escape with her or doesn’t want to help. She thinks of all sorts of what ifs.

“… Illness didn’t matter. Death didn’t matter. Chores had to be done. And, Katrina and Alice had to work on their plan to escape.”

The emotions are very well portrayed in this book. You can feel a pretty strong connection with the characters which you don’t find in many middle grade books.

The lesson that this book teaches is of love and friendship. Some people might find the mention of rape in a book meant for middle graders uncomfortable but that was the truth of concentration camps. There’s no way to sugar coat reality. The language used is suitable for children so I don’t see any problem with the talk of rape being one of the evil things happening to women in the camp.

I liked the ending very much. I have read another book by the author, which was very good. This exceeds that book, the writing is much more gripping or maybe I enjoyed this book more than that. I would recommend this book to introduce the kids to the harsh reality in a light manner. 🙂


Why would I pick it up?

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For the well written premise spun from reality and fantasy. ❤


My review of another book by the author:

 

Review | Bess’s Magical Garden by M.E. Hembroff

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Title: Bess’s Magical Garden
Author: M.E.Hembroff
Genre: Middle Grade, Children’s Fiction
Publisher: FriesenPress

Publishing date: 21st Oct, 2015
Pages: 90

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Bess’s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She’s in a sad and lonely place. From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters. During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there. In Bess’s Magical Garden, Bess discovers her own true strengths through enduring life’s struggles. She – with Josie and Megan’s help – also finds some hidden items in the garden, including a map, that leave the girls with more questions than answers. Who was the figure that visited Bess? Will Bess and her friends be able to uncover the garden’s secrets? Or will those secrets be mysteries forever?


My Take:

This book covers serious topics in an easy manner. I always thought that teaching how to deal with heavy issues to young minds is easier through stories and this tale is one such proof. Dealing with physical and emotional illness and hoping for the best is portrayed in this book. 😀

It was a no nonsense story from the start to end, no unnecessary page filling, all relevant turns to the story. I like that in a book. I think cutting out all the irrelevant sentences made this book a quick read with just 90 pages. It gives the 1950s vibe and the characters are all very likable. 😀

The mystery to the magical garden comes into attention when Bess starts noticing strange things and then makes a new friend. Having left her best friend behind when she moved is a bit harsh on her in addition to all that she is already dealing with so spending time in the garden, making a new friend and solving the mystery is what keeps her going.

The mystery is kind of hit or miss. Not exactly magical. Some people will like the simplicity of it and some won’t but it still makes for a decent read.


Why would I pick it up?

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For a quick read or when I want to read something significant but still with an easy pace. 😀