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Tuesday, 20 February 2018
 The Last  Chai by Varun Rejwani

Published Year: 2017
Publication: Amazon Publishing
Pages: 250
Genre: Fiction/Thriller
Format: Paperback/Kindle


Synopsis

The year is 2019. The world, as we know today, is not the same anymore. 

Blatant threats of war by ‘world leaders’ is the new normal. Gone are the days when mobilizing armies at borders, or aiming missiles at adversaries, was a rare phenomenon.

With every nation or their allies possessing nuclear weapons, victory through conventional means is no longer possible, paving way for covert warfare to emerge as the preferred weapon. 

New Delhi is an easy target and Doshi, the unassailable supremo of the regime, is on the ‘hit list’. The threat assessment being at an all time high, Ajay Kaamte, the director of SPG (Special Protection Group), is tasked with protecting the PM.

Intelligence claims that the PM is susceptible to cyanide attacks and situation is grim, to say the least. 

Will Doshiji survive to serve another term or will he very soon be having his last chai?


My Review

The Last Chai, is centred on a society which is under the influence of totalitarianism. Author has picked an intense topic to write about which exclusively revolves around our political status of our country. On the other hand, a parallel story runs in which the country is under severe threat of terrorism.  Book deeply states about how the political leaders behave and run the country and how their decisions influence the tension on the borderline.
 The book contains various frivolous moments such as the way Author has named it’s each character based on existing leaders of the country.

Coming to the title of the story which is really interesting and the cover will surely add more curiosity to pick this book. The narration of the book is fast paced and can be done in one sitting. 
The language was surreal but it can be improved in the coming books by the author. Intense research by the author is a positive point about this book. 

But somewhere I felt some strings were loose about the book but I would readers to skip it.

Overall I would rate the book 3/5 stars. A good read, indeed.

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava


Estenzic Love: Book 1 of Estenzic Series by Hashitaa Paraswani

Published Year:2017
Publication: Kalamos Literary Services 
Pages: 178
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy 
Format: Paperback/Kindle



Synopsis

Brought up as an orphan, by her aunt, who doesn't treat her well, Scarlet is an optimistic and strong headed girl. Confused by her weak stimulus abilities regarding temperature and pain, and oblivious of her biological self, she is stuck in a situation from which she cannot escape. One mystery leads to another as Scarlet sets out on a journey to explore her own origins. If she doesn't know what she's searching for, Will she be able to discover it ever?


My Review


At the end of every year I make my books under a review check and place them into their right places, which is actually a categorization of books. Estenzic Love by Harshitaa Paraswani has made into *Entertaining Book* list of 2018. Estenzic Love has actually pulled me into my favourite genre which I'm always occupied with, the fantasy fiction.

I remember I was just through with four chapters and I could feel myself that book is shaping into some Harry Potter plot or Sarah J Mass but later I realize the book talks about a different species of human. A human would be a wrong word because Estenzians totally belong to different zones and embellished with unusual powers in them. Though, some characteristics spook me too.

Scarlet, was a teen girl but had a very doldrum past. She lost her parents in her growing years, later she was sent to live with her aunt and then she walked to a school and it turns out to be a turning point of her life.

The book is really fast paced and comprehensible. Language of the book was decent but I somewhere felt it could have been better. As I mentioned fast paced which means you could actually finish it within an hour and would not repent after closing it. Book has various characters which will engross it's readers whereas some editing errors would disappoint them, very rarely.

Talking about the title which is the most appropriate part of the book. Coming to the cover page, damn! I really loved it. It actually gives me touch that I'm holding some Western author book in my hand.

As the book ends you'll realize that the story will continue, so you have to wait for next instalments. Overall I truly love this book and I'll surely reread it in future. I would love to rate 3.5 /5 stars.

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava
 

Letters in the Rain by   

Published Year:2017Publication: Rumours Books IndiaPages: 201Genre: FictionFormat: Paperback/Kindle


                   Synopsis

Quite early in his life, Aman had been labelled a 'weirdo'. His side-parted, oil soaked hair and gawky physique made him the butt of jokes among his peers. There is nothing spectacular in his life—he studies all day, has never had an interaction with a girl that lasted more than five minutes, and scribbles his inner musings into his best friend, a personal diary.

Deep down, however, the guilt of being considered a social killjoy by the society starts to have a negative impact on him.

When forced out of his solitary shell into the action-infused warehouse that is 'college', Aman's life takes a drastic U-Turn. Owing to a Chemistry project, he is forced to partner up with Kiara—a cheerful, carefree soul who tucks away her dark, brooding past upon arriving in Manipal.

What follows is a series of awkward encounters and quirky adventures; ones that throw them in the deep end and make them face their worst fears.


                                                                 My Review 

Very rare books are written which will guide you and help you to identify yourself. I'm kinda lucky to be provided this book for a review purpose and I'm glad that I didn't finish it in a single sitting but invested days in it. Letters in the Rain is so far the most beautiful book I have read by an Indian author. I'm always prejudiced when I'm given a romantic read because there are very few books which left me content and extraordinarily happy, I'm glad this book gives me immense pleasure. 

Aman, a weirdo and asocial person who never have had a friend in his life expect his textbooks and a diary. He sailed smoothly every academics but something in him was injecting pain in him. It was his parents wish that he may have some friends and have his share of fun but he couldn't understand it why. 
But sooner everything changed in his life as Kiara walked into his life. Jovial Kiara soon became live wire of his monotonous lifestyle but as we know everything is short-lived, so does their friendship. 
Over the years both developed their potentials and everything was left in the hands of God. 

While penning down this review, I remember I started recreating their story in between. Impact of the book may be. :) Every character is beautifully weaved and placed into the plot. Language was something which was very pleasing to read. The best part of the book was poetries which helped the book to justify its title, the story and the theme. 
Adding the touch of poetry in prose has become common these days but if you personally ask me I would say that only Anubhav and Ananya can justify it. The only thing which troubled me about the book was it's cover and font size. Else this book is magical and will truly leave its readers spellbound. 

I would love to rate it 4/5 stars. I'm telling you if you enjoy Indian authors and aficionado of romance read then do read this book.

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava