Book Review – The 23rd Girl

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Today’s post is special! I feel extremely proud when a fellow blogger takes the next step in this writing journey and decides to publish a book. Writing a book is no small feat. I can only imagine the effort, toil and struggle that the writer must have gone through while finishing his book. So, today’s post is special, as I review a book by a fellow blogger Rohan Kachalia. This is his first book and is co-authored with Divya Ratan, published by Half Baken Beans Publishing.

About the Author

Rohan is an avid reader and a writer and blogs at His short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies. His book, the 23rd Girl is his first co-authored book.

About the Book

It’s a nice easy read. The protagonist, Rashv character is well developed and is easily identifiable. You will know aleast one Rashv in your life, who is sweet, sauve, confident and has a never say die attitude. He is happy in his flaws but seems lost on the bigger picture. This book is about his obsession with the number 23, how he discovers the connection, how it becomes larger than his wishes and how he finally realizes his folly.

While the main character is Rashv, the other important character of the story is Roohi. Sadly Roohi comes in the frame a tad too late. A few characters that were there at the start of the novel like Rashv’s Mom aren’t found later on. The story gains pace after Roohi enters the story. Rashv’s character is well established and you know how he thinks, why he thinks and how will his reaction to things be, however the same is not true with Roohi. While we know about Rashv’s obsession with the number 23 and why he acts in a certain way, we do not know why Roohi is careful and guarded when it comes to love? I would have loved a more evolved character of Roohi. A bit more time spent on the ‘whirlwind’ romance that the two experience, would have been great.

The characters created are very relatable and it does give some semblance to the belief that few hold in this world for numbers or letters or the likes. There are some really cute lines interspersed in between which are sweet with a tinge of philosophy. My personal favorite is “There is a reason why you should always listen to your heart. They are like a non-complicated GPS. Hearts see a single road when mind sees two.” Beautiful isn’t it? Overall it’s a good read.

Wishing Rohan all the very best and hoping to see a book authored by him in the near future.

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Book Review- Someone to Love

Book- Someone to Love

Author – Ruchita Misra

Published by- Harper Collins

Available on- Amazon, You can buy a copy here Someone to Love
‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’

This is a beautiful and engaging romantic novel. It’s a story that tugs at your heart strings. Though the story is predictable, the author has done a good job at keeping the readers guessing. I love it when the characters are real and relatable, hence enjoyed the many layers to every character. The narration is interesting, and you just can’t put the book down.

This is a story of Koyal and Atharva. A charming love story of childhood friends and soulmates, with a deep rooted connection.  Someone to love is a haunting tale of love, longing and turmoil. It is a story of destiny’s cryptic play. The story is predictable so there is nothing new there, but the narration is beautiful and that is what makes a predictable story engaging. Somewhere along you feel like you are reading the story version of “Kuch Kuch hota hai” (a hindi movie from the 90’s) but that quickly fades away. Your heart aches for Koyal and Atharv as the narration unfolds and though you know for about 80% that all will be well in the end, you still can’t stop brooding.

While the author has maintained a sense of suspense till the end, when it is actually revealed you feel a little disappointed. You can’t stop yourself from thinking that maybe it was too much ado over nothing. The author has done a great job building characters. You can instantly picture a smiling, kind Atharva or the kind and feisty Koyal. The way the characters mature as destiny plays her hand is also well etched.

Overall Someone to Love is an engaging and lovable romantic novel that is hard to put down. This is the first time that I read a Ruchita Misra novel and I will certainly be reading her other titles.

Book Review – Colourful Notions

Book Name– Colourful Notions The RoadTrippers 1.0

Author – Mohit Goyal

Publisher– Srishti Publishers and Distributors, first published in 2017

Available on  – Amazon here Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0

I got my copy from – Writers Melon, in exchange for an honest review

Excerpt“Would you give –up your high paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers across India? Just for Fun! Three twenty –something’s dare to do just that! While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handycam. Ad, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish.”

This is part of the excerpt from the back of the book.

The book promises a lot but somehow falls short in delivery. The premise of the story is extremely interesting where 25 year old’s decide to go on a road trip covering 10000 kms. Where it lacks for me is the detailing.

The book starts with etching out each individual’s role while on the road trip. Ab or Abhay is the financer, owner of the vehicle and the person who came up with this idea. It’s his handycam that they record the journey with. Sasha or Shashank is the foodie of the group and he has joined the roadtrip as he would get to taste the cuisines from all over India and spend some alone time with his girlfriend Unnati. Also the fact that he is stuck in a mundane family business in which he has no interest makes it all the more easy to take this decision. Unnati is Sasha’s girlfriend and an Assistant Radio Jockey. She wants to figure out where her relationship with Sasha is headed and is officially the voice for this documentary.  So it has all the right ingredients for a good read – there’s travel, life experiences, food, lost youngsters trying to figure out the purpose of their life, underlying family problems that nobody wishes to face, but it kind of loses focus somewhere in between. Also the poor editing  is a damper.

We can’t call it a travelogue or travel book as it lacks depth in terms of description and experiences. It can’t be called a foodie book as there is hardly any description about various food or cuisine. It just blandly talks about Punjabi food in Delhi, Hyderabadi biryani in Hyderabad and in Mysore and enroute Rameshwaram about Idli- Dosa and certain Chettinad favourites like paniyaram and Chettinad Chicken. Nowadays decent regional cuisines are available in all cities, so why add this angle, if not planning to delve on it.

What works for me – It can be called as cross between rom-com and BFF novels, with random locations sprinkled in between. The story line is true to human nature. Nobody is shown as near perfect and hence some traits can make you smile and remind you of someone you know. The pace is quick. Some parts of the story stand out in terms of life experiences and insights. The proceeds from the book are being pledged to CRY. All in all a light read and a decent attempt for a debut novel.

It is rightly named as Roadtrippers 1.0 as in today’s world of social media it is hard to believe that the roadtrippers use Google Maps for direction but use no social media to post about their incredible journey!

The story in a nutshell is that the three friends are a confused lot when they start the journey but figure out what they need to do by the end of the journey.

Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi

Book Name- Sialkot Saga

Author – Ashwin Sanghi

Pubisher – Westland Publishers

Available on – Amazon, you can buy from here Sialkot Gatha (The Sialkot Saga)

The first thing that came to my mind after reading this novel was Masala Story – Bollywood style! This was the first book of Ashwin Sanghi that I read. I was really expecting something on the lines of Da Vinci Code, however this is nothing like that. It starts with an interesting plot, but then it spans almost 60 years; not forgetting that it occasionally keeps going back in time to different eras! That is too much to take for me.

You have two protagonists in the story with their family and friends, then you have a parallel track of different era’s that is spliced in between. We follow these protagonists right from they are pre-schoolers till they turn 60. We also have run-in’s with famous politicians and various different events that changed the course of history. That is a lot to take!


Ashwin Sanghi manages to give great depth to the characters that he has evolved. His narration style ensures that although there is so much happening in the book, the reader can focus on one thing at a time. While reading, in certain situations I could actually imagine certain Bollywood actors in those roles. The situations are well crafted to be adapted in movies. Had it not been spanning so many timelines, I am sure some director would have picked up the story for his next film.

Coming to the story, it follows the life of Arbaaz and Arvind. Intelligent, driven and good at heart these protagonists find their paths crossing at regular intervals. They don’t seem to get along and find ways to better the other. Arvind is a businessman who scams people in stock market or creates shell companies and finds ways of conning others while making a cool profit for himself. His only aim seems to be to figure in the Forbes list. Arbaaz is a gangster turned politician. They both love ripping the other of their bank balance. Arbaaz never really seems to have a goal in life. There is a parallel story of an invisible group that is guarding a secret which is passed on to a chosen one when the time is right. There is love, passion, deceit and dejection.

The rushed end makes the reading experience like a castle of cards that suddenly crumbled. I would have preferred the story to be tighter, the plot deeper- revolving more around the secret than the individual lives.

All in all it’s a good one time read if you love Masala Bollywood style novels. Perfect to carry if you are travelling and don’t really wish to be engrossed into reading.

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Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis


I know this is not a new novel, however I laid my hands on it recently and hence my review. The novel was originally published in 2014. This is the first time I was reading a James Patterson novel and it was a different approach to a thriller. The thrillers that I have read are usually very racy, travel around the globe or are set in some exotic location. This novel offers none of the above. It does not give you pulsating moments where you actually feel you are in a far off location, taking in the views and sounds, racing against time for finding a well-connected powerful villain.


This novel is an anti-climax to such novels. The villain is invisible. His strength lies in the fact that he hides in plain sight. Most of the crime solving happens on a computer, based on data mining. So is it boring? Absolutely not! It has all the ingredients of a good thriller – a well thought of plot, an insanely brilliant villain, great character build up, and a perfectly routine set-up. The beauty of the novel lies in its simple narration and absolutely plain locals. The hero is the story, the thought put in it and that’s what shines. It shows you that not all crime solving is racy and glamorous like James Bond, or Bourne Identity. A large chunk of it happens on desks- thinking through, mining through data.

It’s a story about Emmy Dockery, a data analyst at FBI who is trying to prove to the world that there is a serial killer at work. The problem is that the killer is so brilliant that his crime scenes are usually reported as accidental fires. Nobody even thinks that it could be arson! She has single handedly uncovered more than 50 such murders and now she need to convince the FBI to take the killer seriously and stop him. She will not stop at anything before she uncovers the killer. But will she be able to convince the world about a serial killer who is invisible or will she be ignored as someone who’s gone crazy after her sister died in an accidental fire?

Book Review – A Forgotten Affair

It was a weekend, however mine looked like it was going to be a boring one! Hubby was off at an offsite team building workshop and kids had gone to meet their grandparents. My great plans of a spa and loads of shopping went ‘kapoot’ as the rain gods decided to play spoiler. Google weather predicted moderate to heavy rains all weekend. Just as I was getting restless and sad about wasting a whole weekend cooped up in the house alone, the doorbell rang. It was a courier with a brand new book! Suddenly my terrible weekend wasn’t turning so bad afterall.


After making a tall mug of coffee and settling in near my favourite window seat. I read the synopses. “The Forgotten Affair is a gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds” it read…that and the front cover which asked a rather filmy question “How far would you go to reclaim your lost love? I chuckled and expected a typical Bollywood style story, but I have to say I was wrong.

The story is of a young woman Sagarika who has had a near fatal accident and after being in coma for 6 months, is now awake but can’t remember anything from her past. While this is very Bollywood, I liked the fact that the story isn’t preachy. It is about a woman of today and as you read you can identify with her expectations from her marriage. Gone are the days when woman preferred to be a timid second to their husband.

The story is very modern, with ample twists. Though I felt the end was a little rushed and some things just happened on cue like Bollywood, overall it’s a good read. It is a story of relationships and love but more than that it is also a story of self discovery. I liked a sentence in the book “Sometimes you need to forget everything in order to recognize what matters most.” This is so true in our daily life too. There is so much happening, that it is very easy to lose focus of what is really important and something similar happens to Sagarika.

While Sagarika’s husband Rishab, ensures that she is well taken care of in the hospital and then back at home, he seems elusive about their past and that is something which is very unsettling for Sagarika. He seems to be hiding something and she can’t figure it out. Add to it the fact that a particular fragrance send her in a tizzy and her obsession with word Cheeni, you really feel for her as she is clutching onto bits and pieces of her memory. The character of Sagarika, her vulnerability, her stark contrast personalities are something that Kanchana Banerjee, the author of the book has etched very well.


I would have loved to see more depth to the characters of Rishab and Akash, but they are personalities that you can identify with. I like stories which are about today, which dwell in today’s problems and are human enough that we could relate to or atleast believe that such people are possible and that is what Kanchana has managed to bring out. All the characters are very believable and that is another reason which keeps you hooked to the book.

I loved the end! I won’t spill the beans, but I would not have liked the book any other way.

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