Book Review- Daredreamers

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Book Title: Daredreamers: A Start-up of Superheroes

Authors: Kartik Sharma (Goodreads Author), Ravi Nirmal Sharma (Goodreads Author)

Publication: Rupa Publications


Format: Kindle

Pages: 296

Blurb: India’s first start-up of superheroes with a mission of saving lives is here to kick ass.
Rasiq is riding the highs of life thanks to his successes as an investment banker. But his arrogance soon gets the better of him and he ends up losing everything he holds dear.
Managing to salvage only his grit from the wreckage, Rasiq reboots his life and teams up with five uniquely talented superheroes to start a rescue venture—DareDreamers. These superheroes—Nick: a crazy inventor; Halka: an inhumanly strong man; Arjun: a champion shooter; Natasha: a Bollywood stunt-double; Dr Vyom, a medical Sherlock Holmes; and, of course, Rasiq: the mastermind—combine their unique talents to deliver spectacular rescue operations. Their skyrocketing success, however, comes at a price—an enemy hell bent on tearing down their fame and reputation.
Will DareDreamers defeat its wily adversary? Or will it become yet another failed start-up?
Treachery, action and adventure come alive to make DareDreamers a page-turner

My Rating: 3.8/5

Review: The story is about a guy who ventures into his first job as an investment banker. Everyone of us have the gut feeling of quitting our jobs and following our dreams and passion. But, how many of us actually have the guts to kick in the well paying job and lead every day as a different struggle. Similar was the struggle of Rasiq who did venture into the corporate world with high hopes of climbing the ladder of success. The work pressure of a corporate world engulfed him and his life taking toll on his personal life. There are instances where you feel the authors have well-connected the plot with a tea stall owner showing warmth to a stranger on his first day, and a young investment banker struggling with a fat sum in his bank account. Trust me, if I was in his shoes, I would have slept on the bundles every night without spending a penny of it. The plot has a distinct definition of start-up formed by Rasiq and mates. The idea would have never crossed anyone’s mind with the accident prone country. The plot might have been inspired by the growing statistics of accidental cases in India. The plot has also well-defined a crazy boss and yes of course, a girlfriend who has continued to be a pain in the ass for Rasiq. In the beginning, you would feel a bit bad about Rasiq’s life but eventually with the plot you would realize how he transforms his life and chased his passion. There is more to unleash in the plot, hope you grab your copy soon.

“It is only in moments of silent contemplation that the mind grows agitated”

“But the ladder you are on is beyond the wildest dreams of most people. Be proud of yourself”

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset

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Enchanting Rishikesh

I don’t know if this trip would be helpful or not. I am just sharing my part of experience in Rishikesh. Who would probably deny a trip to Rishikesh? Everyone knows the reasons listed to visit this place. My reason was no different from the others. I was all set to explore the white water rafting in the Ganges and overcome my hydrophobia. So, here’s a bit of my travel from Delhi to Rishikesh. We were a bunch of 21 people from the workplace, who decide to utilize our team party budget judiciously. That’s how we landed in Rishikesh. On Friday, we left Delhi at around 12 midnight scaling the weekend fever on the roads and jammed toll gates on the highway. We reached Rishikesh at around 7 AM. The view from Haridwar to Rishikesh while you are on road is mesmerizing. I am glad that I was awake all the while and caught a glimpses of the Devbhoomi of Haridwar. Our stay was planned in a camp nearby the riverside, Tito’s camp. I wouldn’t say that it was the best decision that we took, but we enjoyed walking down the riverside and sitting in the silence of the mountains listening to the flowing river.

Rafting is the one of the adventure sport for which the youth visits Rishikesh. No one ever would miss a chance of trying out adventure sports when in Rishikesh. This place has a lot to offer to almost people of all age groups. The older and middle-aged generation visits the land to purify their souls in the holy water of the Ganges. The youth definitely visits for their adrenaline rush. There are ample of adventure sports available in Rishikesh such as bungee jumping, white water river rafting, reverse bungee jumping, zip lining and many more. Being a hydrophobic person, I was in two minds when I stepped into Shivpuri for rafting. Every instructor makes sure that you have ample of fun, but at the same time ensures your safety. Before you step on the raft, there are safety instruction demonstrated by the instructors. In any case, you shouldn’t panic when you step into the river. You must have faith in yourself and of course, the Ganges and your instructor. We went for the 16 kms rafting, which included about 9 rapids. Roller Coaster, Return to Sender, Double Trouble and Golf Course are the major rapids in the stretch. I thought I almost died when I plunged in the river. The water was refreshing even in the scorching heat and the instructor made sure that we had an amazing time during our rafting. It takes a lot of courage even to plunge in still water. Rafting below the Lakshman Jhula was a beautiful sight. It was a once in a lifetime achievement that is of the bucket list now. Everyone should take a tour of river rafting in the Ganges, without the fear of water. It is more of the belief that Ganga maiyaa will save you, even when the life jacket fails. We returned tired to our camp and the cloudy weather greeted us back. At night, the bonfire added a distinct vibe to the noise of crickets and ripples of the river. Next morning, we were all set to head back to Delhi after a visit to the Neer Jharna.

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Book Review- The Cloudburst

Wood gives life, plastic kills

Book Title: The Cloudburst

Author: Rajesh Naiksatam

Publisher: Story Vision Magic Inc 

ISBN-10: 1732711518

ISBN-13: 978-1732711518

Format: Paperback

Pages: 176

Blurb: After fifteen-year-old Ganpu Aapla and his parents lose everything they own, including their beautiful ancestral home in Katalveldurwadi Dabhol, India, to a forced takeover by America’s Enrone Corporation, they move to Mumbai in search of justice. Ganpu’s family takes up residence in a temporary shack that doubles as a chai shop near the Bandra Kurla Complex in a Mumbai suburb.

One day during monsoon season, when Ganpu’s parents are out working, a harmless drizzle suddenly turns into a torrential downpour, which quickly floods the streets. 

Julie, Rick, James, and Saira, four international students whose parents all live in India, are supposed to be taking a boat trip to the Elephant Caves, but the unexpected cloudburst dampens their plans. After the tour group heads back to land, their guide leaves them with a stranger—a local teacher named Anu—at a bus stop while he looks for help. 

Local teens Siva, Javed, and Xinmin, enthralled by the Mumbai rains, decide to venture out into the city instead of going straight home after school and find themselves also stranded at the bus stop. 

This ragtag group of mixed classes, races, and genders is forced to seek shelter with one another in Ganpu’s family’s shop. While they wait, the intensity of the rain increases, threatening their survival. With no way of contacting their frantic parents, the group reluctantly waits together to be rescued. 

When it appears an outside rescue might be impossible, Ganpu wholly commits to saving the lives of his guests despite their distrust of him, a lowly roadside hawker. In order for his plan to work, though, he must destroy his family’s only home and livelihood, while each one of the stranded must overcome personal demons and prejudices. 

Terrified and left with no other way out, Anu must conquer her own fears and motivate the kids to work together, or else the whole crew will face certain death. 

This thrilling, edge-of-your-seat story demonstrates how courage, heart, and integrity is necessary to change our lives and the world around us. 

My Rating: 3.5/5

Review: The book is based on the cloudburst incident plotted in Mumbai, where the author has tried to focus on the living standard and types of people. Mumbai has a mixed crowd where there are people spotted running around in buses and some people rolling up the window of their luxurious cars on the streets of crowded Mumbai. The story is about a boy named as Ganpu, who is there helping out his parents in their hardship by running a shop serving hot Vada pavs and chai. In the beginning, it was difficult to understand the plot with so many characters being introduced in a go. But, eventually, the characters connected after the cloudburst accident featured in the story. I liked the way how the author created a thriller backdrop, managing reactions from every character in the plot. Anu, Julie, Rick, James, Javed, Xinmin…. and so on…. the list of the characters runs long. Anu was the character who helped in connecting the lives of other characters, all thanks to her profession of teaching which helped her building a strong team fighting the hardship. Although, I thought the character Amol was neglected in the plot. He was patient throughout while handling parents of the kids on the tour. But, after he went out of the van looking for help he wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the plot. He should have given a bit more room in the plot, as he was managing the bunch of kids on the tour and being their tour guide he deserved more applause in the story. Overall, the story ended on a happy note, bridging gaps between classes.

“The Mumbai bus is much safer than your scooter and these handsome dudes.”

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Book Review- The Peshwa

Book Title: The Peshwa: War of the Deceivers

Author: Ram Sivasankaran

ISBN: 9387578658 (ISBN13: 9789387578654)

Publisher: Westlands

Format: Paperback

Pages: 496

Blurb: Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.

The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day. 

Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail.

My rating: 4/5

Review: After watching a movie from the same topic, would you ever wish to read the book? The answer to this question will always be yes. Yes, an author gives the minute detailing to the characters which the movies fail to address at times. Sincere apologies to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, he is very well-versed with the history. Jokes apart, this book has been taking most of my time as it is one of the lengthy reads that I have encountered recently. The narration of vivid handling the strong emotion of separation, love and war. The book primarily focuses on Peshwa Bajirao Bhatt, also collaterally sketches the other powers of India prevalent in that period with the mentions of Bundelkhand, the Rajputana kingdom and the Sikh empire.  The author has created perfect detailing of characters in the plot, emphasizing on the importance of each one in the Maratha era. The shift from Mughal dynasty rule and the war fought between Marathas and Mughals has been pictured incredibly by the author. I was intrigued in the beginning with the role of Chimaji. As the plot progressed, I was disheartened by the fate he met with. The author has succeeded in highlighting the role of women in BundelKhand and Mughal courts. However, the plot could have been more crisp, in order to reduce the reading time. I haven’t read the first part to this book. However, I enjoyed reading this historical fiction which gathers most of its events dating back to our Indian history- Mughal invasion, rise of Maratha empire and rule of different sultanates in India.

“Peshwa is a hunter”

“A child being punished for a wrong he had not committed”

Also, I am in immense love with the book cover, gives more of a BajiRao feels 😛

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Shahi Affair with Hyderabad

City of Nizams

Hyderabad has been close to heart, it has given immense memories to my wall and never allowed me to sleep hungry. The last time, I left this city I had options of returning back. But, well, this time I don’t think I have an option of returning back. So, here’s a Shahi Tribute to this wonderful place which has been home for more than 3 years. I have visited the touristy places of Hyderabad in bits and pieces, which has given my HDD a heart attack almost.

Tricolor at Hussainsagar Lake

Hyderabad- City of Nizams was one of the best memories I have. The city has given me everything, starting from family to beautiful memories as a traveler. The famous places definitely grab your attention and I was no exception to that. Maybe I visited Charminar for the 7th time staying in the city. The beauty of the Minar standing tall braving the weather conditions making it an impeccable place to capture. Unfortunately, when I was visiting Charminar I wasn’t well-equipped to capture the best of the photos there. With the passage of time, I was glad I visited more and more places surrounding the city of Nizams. If you are visiting Hyderabad for the first time, then Charminar is a must visit place. You could taste tea and some famous Osmania biscuits at the oldest cafe- Nimrah Cafe. I have known friends who are that crazy about these biscuits that they drive in from Bangalore just to grab boxes. 

Day light Charminar
Night light – Charminar

Chowmahalla Palace is about magnificent palace situated in the Old City of Hyderabad, around few minutes drive from Charminar. It was a palace of Nizams in Hyderabad, which has been converted into museum open for public. The palace was awarded Asia Pacific Merit Award by UNESCO in 2010. The palace is divided into Southern and Northern Courtyard, housing the famous arms and ammunition of Nizam era. The palace also has a collection of vintage cars used by the Nizams. The palace is a nice heritage walk for photographers.

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Golconda Fort was a capital of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty, situated 11kms from the city of Hyderabad. The fort falls under the Archaeological Survey of India. The fort is divided into different areas such as durbar halls, temples, mosque, stables and gardens. The fort is spread across 11 kms where you go climbing steps or even walking up the ramp to reach the top of the fort. There are cannons also in the fort adding a hint of historical era. From the top of the fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs are visible. It is believed that there is a secret underground tunnel which leads from the “Durbar Hall” and ends in one of the palaces at the foot of the hill. The fort also contains the tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings. These tombs have Islamic architecture and are located about 1 km, north of the outer wall of Golconda. It is also believed that there was a secret tunnel to Charminar. Every evening there is a laser show conducted depicting the war scenes of the Qutb Shahi Era. The laser show is a must watch if you have few hours to spare.

Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh, close to the famous Golconda Fort. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied.  The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remains. I would say, I was lucky enough to bid my goodbye to Hyderabad from this place. I have been love with the place for the serenity and mesmerizing architecture of ancient times. If you are visiting Qutb Shahi Tombs anytime soon, be prepared to hear a lot of construction noise. There are parts of the tomb complex which are under-construction. 

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Book Review- Self Defiance

she wrote
as if
it was
the only way
she knew to
recite the prayer

Book Title: Self-Defiance

Author: Sonia Motwani

Format: Kindle

Pages: 114


Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

My Rating: 4.5/5

Review: Self-Defiance is a collection of poems, where the author has penned down her thoughts on love, empowerment, self-love and heart breaks. I always wondered how do we review a poetry book. There is not a single poem that you end up loving. Maybe you love everything about the poem collections, maybe you love how the poet touched the strings of your heart with her words or maybe you fall in love with yourself reading and flipping through the pages of your kindle. I have been in love with the poems written in this poem collection and trust me it is one of the toughest job for a reviewer to decide onto a favorite from the collection. The author has beautifully written about every emotion of love that a person undergoes, when you are deeply in love with someone, when you are rejected by someone, when you go into a phase of self-evaluation, when you hate yourself for falling out of love and then you emerge stronger than the feeling of heart broken. I have personally loved every bit inked in this collection. However, I would like to quote some of them in this review.

“To everything that made you feel less, you’re more much more.”

“And when love will finally arrive it will open your arms towards self-acceptance”

“You cannot have home, where the hearts don’t welcome you”

“where shall thou find home when you are the wanderer of your own soul”

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Happy Reading 🙂

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Book Review: The Alpha Yeti

It all happened just like in the movies- SUM

Book Title: The Alpha Yeti

Author: Sum

Publication: Authorhouse UK

ISBN: 154629208X (ISBN13: 9781546292081)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 228

Blurb: Every tribal land has its own tribulations and the Kasis were way beyond any hope or help, for what they were undergoing was terrifyingly unspeakable. It wasnt any myth or taboo. This one was true. The One God was as real as the White Giants. But, all the suffering and trepidation came from the impossibly aggressive Grey Giants. They were a deformity: a fallen imprecation on the Kasis. Somehow, a sensible Bhirendi, the elderly last of the Kasis, addresses the tragedy and rushes his people into the underground chambers of Ravaial before they are forced to face the wrath of the monstrosities that lately have begun to roll down from the White Mountain. With the situation only getting worse by the moment, the tribes hire a pack of ace hunters from the West. But, one of them freaks out and abducts the daughter of an estranged but once-upon-a-time famous hunter to only earn his ire. The hunters are drawn together into a strangely unwelcome land of doom with their fates sealed under the White Mountain. They soon realise that time is all they have left in the entire world when the Grey Giants begin their vicious play. SUM brings to you, The Alpha Yeti!

Rating: 4/5

My Review: It was a while ago that I started reading this book. To begin with the selection of the book, I wasn’t sure why did I click on the submission form against this book. Maybe the cover excited me to venture into something which I was expecting to be a thriller. I wasn’t disheartened by the book selection and thereby the faith in Writer’s Melon was well paid-off. I have been struggling to finish this one since a long time. The plot begins with a struggle quoting about the trekkers in the mountains. If anyone who would have taken a trekking expedition would understand the severity of situation where trekkers are injured, low on oxygen and undergo loads of pressure, mental as well as physical. The story revolves around a plot where four trekkers decide to venture the Nirmalaya range, and they trespassed the Yeti tribe of the region. They trespassed the tribe and of course landed in trouble, which was a trouble for the tribe residing in the range as well. The horror stories about the white monsters of the region was the highlight of the folklore of the tribe. The plot mentioned about the life of tribal people of the range, adventure tales of the mountaineers and thrills of chasing around the white monsters of the range. The author has combined multiple genres together to bring out the essence of the plot. There is thriller, horror, drama and adventure adding versatility to the plot. It is a perfect partner for a traveler, though it might freak out some of the trekkers and they would prefer leaving the tribes in peace. It is a simple read with a short and crisp writing involved in description scenarios in every chapter. I enjoyed reading the plot and here people should experience the story of “Yeti” from the author’s perspective.

“It all happened just like in the movies”

“Do something before she runs out of time”

“The mirror of twain is the twin”

“I just believed in your words and you, Poppy!”

Thank you for the review copy – Writer’s Melon