Thursday, 24 September 2015

About the Book:
His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. 

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram's father brings his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same. Vikram thinks things will be better now that he's gone. He's met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. Now, his family's life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them. From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers. 

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance series, The Ruby Iyer Series is it.

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An exclusive excerpt and GIVEAWAY from The First Life of Vikram Roy
The Ruby Iyer Series—by Laxmi Hariharan

Ash and I have agreed whoever shows up late for cricket practice has to roll out the pitch—and roll it back up after practice. And so, here I am, on the pitch— just rolled out by Ash—ready to bat. I watch her run in for the next ball. When she raises her arm her shirt stretches firmly across her chest, outlining her breasts. I can't see the shape of her nipples at this distance, but torture myself for a second imagining what they would look like, if she wasn't wearing that shirt. The ball hits the uneven pitch and bounces at me. I manage to duck just in time so it flies over me rather than at my face. I look up to find Ash grinning. 
"Well played." She gives me a thumbs-up sign.
"You mean well avoided, right?" I walk across the pitch to hand over the bat and the batting pads we wear to protect our legs. "I don't get why we don't wear helmets during practice?"
"Scared, Vik?" She dares me to contradict her. 
She likes pushing me to my limit. Constantly testing me. As if she's seeing how much I can take before I hit back. It turns me on. Or maybe I just like being tortured by her. 
"No. Just being careful," I reply.
I take the ball from her and grip it between my fingers the way she's been teaching me. 
"Wow, you sure like to live by the rules, don't you?" Her voice is bored.
"No, just don't want to be stupid." I try to raise an eyebrow at her. It's something I have picked up from Tenzin. I've seen him use the same expression with great effect. It makes him look cool and aloof, yet sexy. Or so I've heard the girls whisper.
"What are you trying to do?" She looks confused.
"Uh! Nothing." I obviously need to practise more in front of a mirror. I walk to the end of the clearing in preparation for my run-up. "Ready?" I yell to where Ash is taking guard. 
When she nods, I run onto the pitch and bowl. The ball bounces off a rough patch and goes full tilt at her. Ha! Ash is getting a taste of her own medicine.
The next moment, I am running towards her fallen figure. The ball has grazed her head, before flying over the wickets and into the woods beyond. No. No. I didn't mean for that to happen. I hope she's okay. Please, please let her not be hurt. My heart is beating so fast now I can hear the blood pump in my ears. 
"Ash!" My voice comes out all choked. 
Dropping to my knees, I pat her cheeks lightly. Is she unconscious? She's not dead, is she? A thin stream of blood trickles from her temple. I bend closer, bring my face parallel with hers and place a finger below her nose. When I feel her warm breath brush over my skin, I heave a sigh of relief. 
"Ash. Ashley, can you hear me?" I ask again, with more urgency, patting her cheek again. She doesn't move. 
Should I try giving her the kiss of life? Not that I know how to do that. Or perhaps press down on her chest? I place the heel of my right hand in the centre of her chest. 
"What are you doing?" I feel the rumble of her voice through my palms.
"Ash!" I cry in relief. 
She looks at my face, then down to where my palm is still resting on her chest.
"Oh!" I remove my hand. "Sorry, I thought you were dying."
"You are such a pussy, Vikram."
"What do you mean?" My face warms at her words. 
"Here I was hoping for some mouth-to-mouth … You know?" She blinks her eyelids at me coyly.
It only maddens me further. "You mean like this?" I touch my lips to hers, and desire slams painfully into my groin. 
Giggling, she pushes at me, so I sit back on my heels. 
"Too late now, dummy." So saying, she springs to her feet, dirt clinging to her jeans, her white T-shirt splotchy with grass stains. Bits of mud stick to her braid. That's when I completely, utterly, crush on her. 
"Ash …" I whisper.
"Come on." Still smiling, she holds out her hand, and taking it, I rise to my feet. "Let's head back, shall we?" 
We're still holding hands as we enter the school building.
Dad was right. I really do need to work on my timing.

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About the origins of Ruby Iyer:
Growing up in Bombay, my daily commute to university was inevitably nightmarish. It's just how public transport is here. The man behind you on the bus will brush up against you. You know you are going to be felt up on a crowded train platform. All you can do is accept it and get on. Or so you think. I did too, until, a young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight.  It made me furious. Nothing had changed in this city in all these years. Then, I had a vision of this young girl who would not back down; who would follow her instincts, stand up for herself regardless of consequences.  Thus Ruby Iyer was born. Make no mistake, Ruby’s her own person. She leads. I follow. You can download the RUBY IYER DIARIES, the prequel novelette in the series free HERE

About The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
2015 Readers' Favorite (Bronze) YA Action
 YA Finalist 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award
Finalist 9th Annual Indie Excellence Awards

When her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him. 

Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to be. Ruby knows something must be done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best friend, save the world from total destruction. Armed only with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. If you’re looking for fast-paced books like Hunger Games or dystopia fiction like Angelfall, the Ruby Iyer series is perfect for you. 

All SEPTEMBER earnings from the RUBY IYER SERIES will be donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN: SUPPORT CHILD REFUGEES OF SYRIA. All the RUBY IYER books with their brand new covers, are on SALE all this month at 99p/c & Rs 69/49. Click HERE to buy them. 

YOU can also donate to SAVE THE CHILDREN directly HERE 

About the Author:
She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY's FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 

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The First Life of Vikram Roy, The THIRD book in the RUBY IYER Series, launches this month. To celebrate the launch of the FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY I am giving away a $30 gift card. Winner will be drawn, Oct 1, 2015, and announced in my next newsletter.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Among the Stars



Title: Among the Stars  
Author: Dhasa Sathyan
Genre: Ficton
Publishers: Notion Press
Price: INR. 259
Goodreads Rating : 4/5


I received this book in exchange of an honest review , albeit in the beginning i found myself a bit confused about because of the font style but with turning pages these short stories turned more interesting .
" Among the Stars " is a collection of short stories narrated in third form giving answers to some very complex questions which we humans usually stumbled into . These stories are narrated by Arjun's father to him on friday night which as per arjun is ' The story time of the week ' . The specialty of this club of short stories are that a new story begin where the thread of last story was left . Out of all , My favorite turns out to be 'The Escape Route ' . And the book's name is derived from the fact that Arjun's dad narrate him stories under open sky from where both son and dad fixed their gaze at high stars .
I thoroughly enjoyed reading pairs of these life-lesson giving stories and its truly an amazing debut .

 "Among the stars they lie , Our loved once -they never die . Spread your arms and fly . Far , far away into the starlit sky  "

Among the Stars  is available at following Online Store


This is Not a Paid Review ! I received this Book as a Review Copy from Author  & The Opinions expressed in the review are my own , and remain unbiased and uninfluenced . "

                                                                            - Rahul Rai Khatri

Friday, 18 September 2015

And The Heart Died

Is It Really a Debut .......... ?


Life is very fragile and vulnerable to the end just as the rain that can stop any moment. Every breath we take has the potential to be our last; every heartbeat can be the last beat we feel. Just a single blow, a fraction of second can crush your life along with the saved dreams and future. Nature tests Ashwani and Suman in the form of the cloudburst incident at Kedarnath. People show their ugliest version when fear of death alarms them. Both of them are trapped with four other people in the ugliest scenario possible. Will they fall for each other’s ugliest version? Will they be strong enough to fight nature and survive? 


Title: And The Heart Died 
Author: Aseem Srivastava
Genre: Ficton
Publishers: Leadstart Coprp 
Price: INR. 195
Goodreads Rating : 5/5


Truth be told When I started the Book first few pages make me think as if I'm reading John Green ( Why ? ... will explained later in review ) and by the end I'm speechless .... Silence gripped for few minutes and realized that the plot is truly amazing .

' And The Heart Died ' is the debut novel pen down by Young Author Aseem Srivastava which takes you on ride of Emotions from Sadness to Thrill to joy and even lands you to tears on many spots if you are quite sensitive . Plot is narrated by the protagonist Ashwani who's a Law School student and lives in Hostel with his best friends DG and Sarthak .Plot hatched with Ashwani's visit to a cancer Hospital to donate blood on the 5th death anniversary of his father due to cancer and stumble up into a Girl in a park which steals his heart beat . Days later Ashwin went to a trip high in mountains with his family and friends where he met the same girl again and chain if events took place in a manner which switches the life of Ashwani .
Author has sucessfully portrayed every single character of Story in a very unique way . Ashwani , our protagonist about whom whole story revolves belongs to a poor family , good with studies & had seen ample struggle in his life and tries to be the best in every possible scenario . Khushi is also portrayed very well . Author has bolted an inspiring Brother-Sister relation with Khushi and Ashwani's Chemistry .
His metaphors and similes thud onto the page , Suman too is embedded as a looker , engineer by profession and believes in the principle of Being Honest .She always sticked with her pet line ' Ek Shikayat Hai Tumse ' . DG nicknamed for Digvijay is portrayed as a charming and fun loving guy who thinks life is too short to be wasted on crying or doing stuff that you dont like to . Sarthak is fixed as a studious fellow wants to become a good lawyer , want to earn enough to support his family and somewhere is secretly in love with Sneha , his classmate but don't want to acknowledge . 
Author has bolt Pet Names like Glasses and DG which makes reader felt reading John Green . Writing is seamless and the page turning character raised with every flip of page . 

This book taught lots of lessons : 
# Relationship : Relationship doesn't mean saying sweet words to your partner every day . If a Relationship is not growing you then its not worth . People in relationship should be one other's pillars , should motivate one another to do best in their studies or in profession . And Today's generation is somewhere missing this basic tip .
#Should always follow the path of Truth and Honesty .
#With Netaji and Vinit , author try to remind the reader that Sinner always ended up getting punishments of his sin .
#DG's role speaks how one should leave his life .
#Some scenario from the book also taught the reader how Jealousy and Money blinds the thoughts of any person and could lead any relation on brink to break .
#Sarthak's portray reveals that one doesn't need money to stay happy . Its our family which truly matters . People in our life are our true assets .
#Tauji's character nailed that Good people are still posted on earth and Blood Realtions don't makes a family . Family is a dish with ingredients of Kindness , Honesty and Loyalty .

Minor Situations that i came across while reading is the fact that 1-2 stances are unrealistic . 

So ' And The Heart Died ' is a crisp and fun read book jam packed with emotions .

And The Heart Died  is available at following Online Store


This is Not a Paid Review ! I received this Book as a Review Copy from Author  & The Opinions expressed in the review are my own , and remain unbiased and uninfluenced . "

                                                                            - Rahul Rai Khatri

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Know Your Author : Ketan Bhagat

Though I am a writer, I do not enjoy writing all that much. It is too much of hard work.  "

Rahul :  What lead you to write Child/God  ? Did you enjoy writing the book  ? Would you write another ? 

Author : My personal experiences and emotions from fatherhood lead me to write Child/God.
While I thoroughly enjoyed writing this book, there was also a fair bit of effort, struggle and rejections involved in getting this book published. But this book is one of the best things that has happened to me. My previous book was also well received but the amount of love, respect and encouragement I have received for Child/God is mind blowing.
 Yes. I will be writing another novel. But it will be totally different from my previous two books.

Rahul :  Would you kindly debrief about Child/God for all those who yet to taste your book ? 

Author : It’s the story about a 35 year old father trying to learn wisdom and the meaning of life from his newborn baby. My protagonist is like many men of today’s age – ambitious, hardworking, adjusting, flexible, sacrificing, loving etc. – and yet he only finds disappointments and failures coming his way. He swings from being a total relationship man to being a selfish loner and yet is unable to crack the formula of happiness. Until one day when he becomes a father and someone advises him that in every house, it is a child who is the happiest. With the same family members, with the same economic condition… somehow a child finds bliss even though he is the tiniest and the most powerless inhabitant. This is a book that will surely make a reader introspect about his or her attitude towards life.

Rahul :  What challenges you face while writing Child/God?

Author : This novel was really tough. The story is so different and unique; it is hard to put it into a particular genre. It is not a love story. It is not a bank heist. No murders, rapes etc. happen. Rather I am talking about a child’s behavior and relating it to the Holy Geeta. Keeping the story interesting and yet true to the principals of a child and spirituality was a big challenge. For this project, my team of previewers included followers of The Holy Geeta, parents of young children, avid readers and language experts.
Once finished, I also struggled to get publishers. No one wants to publish a thick book nowadays. Then some editors refused, citing the content to be too controversial.
But the way the novel is being loved, all that sweat and struggle seems worthwhile 

Rahul :  What else you want your readers to know? Consider here your liked & dislikes, your interests and hobbies, your favorite ways to unwind-whatever comes in mind.

Author : I lead a normal middleclass life that has more traffic jams than actual jam on the bread. I work hard and keep thinking I will party harder but by the time the work is over, I am too exhausted to party. So nothing special about me or my life 
As for likes, I love watching stupid movies to unwind. For me, story and storytelling is a huge responsibility. Akin to meditation. So whenever a movie, book or play is well made I get so involved that I am unable to unwind. To relax, I have to watch something that has no brains and passion.  My favorite actor was and still is Govinda.

Rahul :  What line comes to your mind when someone flags the name " Book " ?

Author : Intelligence. Dumb people can’t read.

Rahul :   Give us three " Good to know " facts about you . Tell us about your first job , any fun detail you like to share.

Author : I cry watching Indian movies. Especially, whenever a scene comes when a child is being taken away from his father.

Though I am a writer, I do not enjoy writing all that much. It is too much of hard work. This is the reason you don’t see me writing articles, blogs, etc. Out of laziness, I have even resisted writing scripts based on my novels.

I am younger than Chetan though for some reason I always come across as elder to him. 

Rahul :  What are the favourite books to give- & get- as gifts ?

Author : Chetan’s 2 States is a very good book to give as a gift. 
For receiving, I would love to be gifted different commentaries or interpretations of the Holy Geeta.

Rahul : Name the books which inspires you in any-ways in your life .

Author : The Holy Geeta is always with me. I read it every day and there isn’t any situation I have encountered whose solution isn’t written in this book. 
I strongly recommend the Holy Geeta to every person who reads.

Rahul : What are you reading right now ? Are there any authors ( Dead or alive ) that you would name as influences .

Author : The Holy Geeta commentary by Swami Chinmayananda. I would love to read more but unfortunately bulk of my waking hours are spent in ensuring my bills are paid for. ☺

Rahul :   What do you love the most as the citizen of India.

Author : It is a privilege to be born as an Indian. You inherit a past and a future that is the brightest in the world and a present that is definitely embarrassing. From television news to walking down the roads, one sees so many things going wrong that every Indian can and should make a positive difference towards making India a better place.

Rahul :  Few days back  our beloved Former President Dr. APJ Abdul kalam's sudden demise shook everyone in India . Nation mourns for his great son . Had you ever met President Kalam ? How President Kalam inspired you ? 

Author : I have never met the late President Kalam but he was someone whom I truly adored. Until his last minute, he was teaching. He wasn’t sitting in a television debate trying to get three seconds to speak or anything like that. He was actually on the ground delivering a lecture to the youth of India. 
I pray I too depart the world this way.

Rahul   How do you see future of Reading Novels in India .

Author : eBooks is a huge revolution that is just waiting to reach its tipping point in India. 
Once that tsunami happens, reading will be back in vogue and that pleases me not just as a writer but also as an Indian.  A nation that reads surely succeeds.

Read Book Review of CHILD/GOD Here

Monday, 7 September 2015

You're Trending In My Dreams

Is it really SN stuff ?

Four friends . . . four lives . . . one decision!

Four college students, who couldn’t be more different from each other, move into a flat in Mumbai. While Varun is sloppy but lovable, Ahana is gutsy and reckless; Malvika is the group’s selfie queen and Garima is the most reserved in the group. 

Yet, all four get along like a house on fire. Although each of them is battling personal demons, their commitment to the bond of friendship they have built over time holds them together. Things, however, take a turbulent turn when one of the four finds herself caught in a mess. Will they stick together or fall apart? 

'You’re Trending in My Dreams' is a true story that will reaffirm your faith in the magic of love and friendship "


Title: You're Trending in My Dreams 
Author: Sudeep Nagarkar
Genre: Ficton
Publishers: Penguin Random House 
Price: INR. 175
Goodreads Rating : 1/5


Pre-ordered the book with hopes as high as Mt. Everest but when started reading , my expectations are shattered , broken into pieces . I'd read all earlier books of SN and are really hooking and gripping enoughlto let anyone suffocate but " You're trending in my dreams " comes out as a disappointment .
Plot revolves around four friends Varun , Malvika , Ahana & Garima . Like his earlier books , author try to bolt the essence of Friendship . Story took the flight when Varun dropped off to Mumbai to live in with Ahana , his old school friend who was already sharing her place with Malvika and Garima . With time , Varun and Malvika fell for each other and events turned in manner to test the friendship of 4 friends . Every protagonist is portrayed in unique way . Ahana who's embedded as a modern girl who loves shopping and is daughter of a business man but her father never took interest in her whereabouts and actions un her family but made her available as much money she wants which somewhere makes her a cold hearted kid . Varun also have bitter relationship with his dad . After passing away of his mother , his dad beats and abused him . He wants Varun to join Army but varun is reluctant to do BSc and so ran away from home & took asylum at Ahana's place where he met Malvika . Malvika and Garima used to be in same college and met Ahana in Gym and decided to move in with her . Maliva is a chirpy and mature girl while Garima is bolted asoan introvert who's fighting with her past .

Negatives  :

● Felt as reading old content again .
● I'm a voracious instagrammer so found some lines from there .
● Protagonist is portrayed as a student and works as a par timer in some cafe to get some extra money is proposing his belived with something I found not-possible for a kind-of-person portrayed . Flying a plane tailed with some message on a banner is not allowed by the pocket of any college student .
● Story is not at all pacy like earlier once . Some stances make me think to leave the book in between .
● Stuff is not as great as the promotion and branding of this book is done .
● Story is divided into numerous chapters and in some stances i felt as if whole chapter is portrayed on basis of last 2-3 general lines.

Positive :
● Last 1/3rd part of the story makes some sense giving an idea how relationships can't just called off on temporary spats .
● Author with Varun and his dad's character portrayed how sometimes we just don't say to people how much special thy are and our silence possible takes us far from them .

So...... in short , I'm disappointed with this book but ... I'm a huge fan of SN and admires his work of last 5 books .

You're Trending In My Dreams   is available at following Online Store


This is Not a Paid Review ! The Opinions expressed in the review are my own , and remain unbiased and uninfluenced . "

                                                                            - Rahul Rai Khatri