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Book Review: Every Time It Rains by Nikita Singh

Would she like to fall in love again? This is the question asked by the author in this book and then she tried her best to build a story around it. Nikita Singh is a pretty-faced Indian writer. She is known for known for contemporary novels with modern themes like love on social media, how to move on after break-up, falling in love many a time, etc. etc…

She has written many light and racy novels – all set in India – for light and young readers. Now, let’s see what’s new in her new novel Every Time It Rains. It is a sweet sequel to ‘Like A Love Song’, in which the story was narrated through Maahi’s point of view. Well, ‘Every Time It Rains’ is about Laila’s point of view, and also explores the inner soil and traits of this lonely intriguing character.
The first half of the book is about business deals and bakery business and cupcakes and cookies. But who knows the lass trying for a national level franchise is a heart-broken from within. Trying to still come up with the terms of life,…

Book Review: The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

It’s not an ordinary book for the readers who finish books in a matter of few days. Even those who have read and grasped it fairly would dread to review it extensively because it is an inspiring book, thus, exaggerating its one –sided content doesn’t yield better fruits. It is good in its simplest form.

Reviewers know it that it is a pretty difficult book to review. Well, it's fascinating in a morbid kind of way. It is converging to two poles at a same time: hopelessness and hope. The USP of this book is that it has made horrid subject like cancer disease so accessible and fascinating to people who aren’t even distantly connected to medicine. In short, it's a remarkable effort and deserves to be read widely.
But after all the reading and dreadful fascination with the disease lasting over 400 pages detailing the 4000 year war waged by various people to find a cure for the disease, one paragraph in the final chapter chillingly resonates: "Perhaps cancer defines the inheren…

Book Review: The Last Dance and Other Stories by Victoria Hislop

Victoria Hislop is an English writer, however she is known for writing stories and novels on Greek people and culture. Either she loves Greek culture or wanted to create a different field of interest as a writer. For example, Wilbur Smith’s novels are based out of Africa – with backdrop as both modern as well as ancient. She writes well, language is as high as of expected from the British authors. But sadly, her stories are insipid: they talk too much about the setting, people, their minds, etc…etc. But a firm plot or charming pace is totally missing.

One such bad book is ‘The Last Dance and Other Stories’. The front and the back covers of the book are full of praises from elite newspapers and critics. That’s all paid marketing. This book consists of ten short stories, all set in Greek (modern day Greece).
The first story of the book ‘The Priest and the Parrot’ is an interesting read; this story discusses the silent plight of a young priest who decides to remain celibate all his lif…

Book Review: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is a terrific story that reminds us the pain and suffering Jews went through during the WW-II, especially under the cruel regime of Hitler. Though many books and novels have been written and diaries have been collected on Holocaust literature, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank has no match. It is damp with the blood of innocent people’s lives.
The diary on which she began writing was a birthday gift to her in the June of 1942, she was barely thirteen then. She was a native of Netherlands, when Hitler invaded her country she went into hiding along with her family members and some other people. They remained hidden for almost two years in the annex at the back of Otto's company building in Amsterdam. Unfortunately when they were found out in 1944 by the Gestapo and the Dutch police, they were taken to the concentration camps. Later, she died of typhus in 1945, imagine a beautiful girl dying at the age of fifteen. Her diary and other sh…

Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

Origin by Dan Brown has received mix of positive and negative reviews by readers. Some liked the concept while others say it was so uncharacteristic work that it didn’t even make sense.
Origin is probably Dan Brown’s most uncharacteristic work, bit nonsensical. High-octane action and chases throughout the world are replaced with layered tension in enclosed spaces.
Symbolism does play a part but Origin let go of traditional riddles and conventional code breaking to speak about a mystery that’s focused on the entire human race - its origin, past, and present. It’s Dan Brown’s most pertinent effort to stray away from his core roots and still continue to weave a sense of mystery and suspense. It’s not his best work by any means but it’s a different approach and it succeeds in more areas than it fails, dealing with a promising proposition but often lackluster execution.
Where are the fascinating revelations and intriguing nuggets of The Da Vinci Code? The extreme mind-boggling and vivid p…

Book Review: Mr Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons

This book isn’t for those who love to ready very fast and prefer racy read; in patches it is quite slow when the author delves in describing the English countryside, the seasons, recipes, etc. Though the story stems out of war circumstances but still it isn’t a war fiction, rather it depicts how war forces the exodus of civilian mass, make people stranger from their own countries, and so on. All in all, the book is about ramification of war on the lives of common people.

The story is about a German family who are struggling against the rising Nazism. Jack and his wife Sadie and their toddler daughter Elizabeth are Jews. They have succeeded in running way from Germany to enter England as refugees in 1939. As they land in Britain, they are handed a list. This is the list mentioned in the title: a list of things to do to become the ideal Englishman. Jack takes this list to his heart. From there, starts his journey of trying to become the perfect English gentleman. Jack's attempts to…