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Book Review - Chimaera


Title - Chimaera
Author - Navin Reuben Dawson
Genre - Fiction(Thriller)
Publisher - One Point Six Technologies Pvt Ltd
ISBN - 978-9356-10718-2

This story is a perfect fiction that explains in great detail who or what has caused Covid-19 and how was it tackled. When the story was over, you would have surely been left in awe thinking that you had this protagonist in the real life too.

Chimaera is a Greek mythological character. The story begins with a girl killing herself to destroy this Chimaera but did this happen as expected?

There are a few important characters in this novel which includes:

Dr. Balal - autoimmune specialist 

Dr. Kishore - Gen Surgeon

Dr. Zhu Leong - Wuhan Institute of Virology

Kato Forsido - DG, WHO

Rajat Singh - ADG, CBI

Jake - Chief Investigation Officer, Special Crimes - CBI

Riya Sonal - Asst Officer

Aman Ghosh - CG of India for China

Juan Liu

Tian Wen - a tree with two thousand hidden mysteries hidden in its branches 

Dr. Zhu Leong

Major General Chao Xing - PLA

Last but not least, Shufen - Patient Zero.

While we would have read novels that are set to be happening across various parts of the world, for a change, this story was set to happen in Wuhan. The way the storyline was set and the progress of incidents make it a perfect thriller which makes you keep engrossed in it until the end.

Initially, I never had a clue that this story was about the global pandemic but as and when the story progressed, I got a hold of it and felt that this was real.

The way Jake, the protagonist starts his investigation and how he was given only a day's time to do a covert operation under the direction of W.H.O. and the Indian Govt gives you goosebumps that this is the Indian equivalent of James Bond. 

The imagination of the author is truly commendable as he has taken a really delicate and controversial subject and handled it in his own style. If you are looking for a really good detective story that is set to happen in unexplored territory, this novel is highly recommended.

This book is available on Amazon in both Paperback and eBook formats.

Book Review - Me No Pause, Me Play


Title - Me No Pause, Me Play
Author - Manoj Kumar Sharma
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Notion Press

One of a kind story that talks in great detail about the difficulties faced by women during the menopause stage and the story revolving around it. Having read the author's first novel Mirrro, I could not wait and picked up the book as soon as I saw it listed.

The story is a bit conventional and a bit unconventional. It talks about what kind of care and support a woman would require in the later stages of her life and what her spouse should do in order to lead a healthy life. This would be an eye-opener in the lives of many who take things for granted.

Rajat Khanna was a busy corporate leader and his wife Dolly had a happy married life during the initial years before things went haywire. She is a typical Indian wife who had given all her support to assist her husband. Their kids AAkshay and Anjali get married and relocate to U.S. Things were ok, until one day when Dolly falls ill and had a head injury coupled with paralysis. She was also having issues with her menopause. When Rajat dials his kids, it is when he realizes how unconnected he was from his family. While his son refuse to travel to India to take care of his ailing mother, the daughter who was willing could not travel as she was pregnant.

This is when Jasmona Dave, MD of a hospital comes into their life. The author used a few hindi songs in between the story which was like a breeze. 

The way the title is integrated with the story and how it even goes further to assist Dolly later shows the writing skills of the author and how he could connect well with the readers. An inspiring novel that would be a gamechanger and spreads positivity in the society and is a must read.

This book is available on Amazon and on Flipkart

Author Interview - Syeda Javeria Fatima of Whimscial Poetry : Fiction & Reality eBook


1. When did you start writing?
Well, I’ve been a reader all my life and I remember to have commenced writing ever since I was 9.
2. How do you get inspiration for the topic to begin with?
I’ve primarily dealt with topics that I want to raise awareness about and can confidently say that the inspiration comes to me naturally i.e in the most organic way one can think of! 
3. What else do you like to do besides writing?
I mainly read novels, invent recipes, and edit videos.
4. How many books have you written? Which are your favorites? 
I’ve written one book so far. It’s called “Whimsical Poetry.” But I have co-authored 11 anthologies. 
5. What do you think makes a good story?
I think a decent story constitutes an intriguing plot, well-composed characters, and an authentic connection between the writer and the story. 
6. What was your first dream to become, like back when you were a child? 
My thoughts are often variable and so, ever since I was a little, I dreamt of becoming everything. Be it a doctor, detective, police officer, or even an astronaut. 
7. Like a lot of people, do you also get stuck in writer’s block?
Not really. I think I need to write often to come across writer’s block. 
8. How long does it usually take you to write a book?
Since I’ve published one poetry book so far, I can’t properly discern the duration it takes. But I can say that it took me 3 days to assemble and summarize everything into the book that I call “Whimsical Poetry.” It is a compilation of a few poetries that I have written in various stages of my life that have either been witnessed or imagined by me. 
9. Please tell us about your journey and how it has affected your life.
To begin with, my journey as a writer has been sincere and an incredible rollercoaster ride. I had my share of ups and downs. Many have appreciated the book and the love outpouring from the unexpected ends for its honesty is widespread. I feel fortunate to be witnessing this! 
10. Is there anything you would want to pass on to a newer generation of writers and beginners who are just getting started?
~Do you have the potential? So, as well showcase it to the world!
~Never hesitate to explore what more you can do as a writer.
~Always be prepared to rectify your faults.
~Lastly, remember that you were born to stand out and you got this! 

Book Review - The Sun-Eyed Children, Volume 1 - Earth


Title - The Sun-Eyed Children, Volume 1 - Earth

Author - Joel Koechlin

Genre - Fiction

Publisher - Leadstart Publishing

ISBN - 978-93-5438-013-6

This is the second book, I had the opportunity and honour to read that was from #Koechlin family. With the foreword from @kalkikanmani , I knew that this is going to be an extraordinary read and I wasn’t wrong.

The protagonist of this novel was Lionel Kalmer who had a troubled childhood despite failing from an affluent family. An incident changes the approach of his teachers and his class mates. 

The book is divided into 4 parts.

Part 1 - Migration

Max & Milien - Friends from Italy arrives. The sequence of Lionel’s visit across various countries in Europe is given below:

1948 - Lorraine, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 

1969-70 - Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 

1970 - Corfu, Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท 

1970 - Rome, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 

1970 - Iran ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท 

1970 - Afghanistan ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ 

1971 - Turkey ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท 

1971 - Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ 

1971 - India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ , Benares & Calcutta

When he gets detained in Switzerland, he was amazed by the Two star hotel kind of facility at Swiss Jails. How they treat the prisoners is very well documented. 

The way prisoners treated in various countries of Europe draws certain attention - Italy, France & Switzerland.

Enrique, a Spanish - bodyguard of Lionel is another main character in the novel.

While Max was on exile, Lionel was a fugitive who abandons his family. 

Finds the book in Rome, “l’Aventure de la Conscience” which triggers his journey. 

Part 2 - Quest

1429 - Orleans, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 

Jean D’Aulon



How the battle is won for the French against the English despite harming Jehanne

What phenomenon was noticed by the British during the war?

The book leads Lionel to la Ville Blanche in India but he was not welcomed. He was asked to leave. 

Lionel meets Thupten who directs him to Satprem, author of the book. 

539 - Island of Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 

Lionel was the son of King Bors of Guannes 

Then to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Haryana-Punjab before finally landing in Anantnag with his wife, Priyadarshini.

Part 3 - The Black Cliff &

Part 4 - Forward

Was his mission successful?

What was his journey all about?

Did he get to reach his destination? 

This novel has the mystic essence of searching the inner soul, connection with previous birth with a tinge of science in the end. A perfect entertainer.

This book is available on Amazon

Book Review - The Elephant In The Womb


Title - The Elephant In The Womb
Author - Kalki Koechlin
Illustrator - Valeria Polyanychko
Genre - Family & Relationships
Publisher - Penguin Randomhouse India
ISBN - 978-0143454052

Firstly, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to @kalkikanmani for sending me this autographed book.

To start with, I must admit that if I had received this book before the Covid times, it may not have made any sense to me but now it did.
How & Why?
Me & my better half were without a child for almost 11 years but by the Grace of Lord Almighty, she conceived naturally and it happened during Covid times.
As I was freelancing then and the entire nation was in lockdown for almost a year, I had the privilege of staying in my in-law's house with my better half until she delivered. So, I can easily relate to the contents that were mentioned in this book.
Firstly, this book is not only for women but also for men who are wannabe dad/father.
Secondly, this book is NOT FOR KIDS
Kalki has documented her pregnancy journey in a detailed way. At places, it may look RAW but that was the actual essence. As they say, a woman takes a second birth or re-birth post pregnancy. This isn’t just a statement but the truth. If you had been with your wife during her pregnancy journey, you would certainly vouch for it.
This book would rekindle the memories for anyone, especially for new mothers and expecting mothers as it mostly resonates with their feelings.
I feel really glad to have got an opportunity to read this book since this would go a long way in establishing itself as a “Tribute” to every mother who has struggled so hard braving emotional imbalance apart from feeling nauseated and whatnot.
The journey to motherhood would be a remembrance of life for every mother.
The pictorial representation makes the book even more interesting to read and there is some space left for the readers to make a note too.
All I can say is, Well done, Kalki ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘

This book is available on Amazon

Book Review - Krishna : The Seventh Sense


Title - Krishna : The Seventh Sense
Author - Prof Debashis Chatterjee
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Rupa Publications
ISBN - 978-9355205445

Krishna - The 7th Sense by all means is something beyond our comprehension. Prof. Debashis Chatterjee has come out with a thought-provoking novel which I would say is neither fiction nor non-fiction as it is a combination of both.

Loved the way how the subjects were portrayed. While one part of the story talks about the life of Lord Krishna and HIS life, the other part simultaneously talks about Neel, Kaya, and their friends.
There are other characters like Anju, Prasad, Manas, Eva, Sardar, Prof Jalebi, and others.
The protagonist of the novel according to me is Acharya Keshav Mitra who despite being a Doctorate holder and having worked in a U.S. university, realizes that he is not the usual person he thought of. The enlightenment and the subsequent bliss that followed it for three days made him retrospect the purpose of his life. It is then, that he decides to go back to the land where Lord Krishna breathed, walked, and lived.
The poetic character of Keshav gets revealed of being asked about himself “When the grass cools down and air blows over it, dew drops show up without an invitation”.
Each and every chapter is like a magical discourse that delves deep into the true meaning of life and keeps us captivated until the end (which has a truly intriguing climax).

This book is available on Amazon