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May 23, 2016

The Book Title – Love and Other Enchantments 27255337

Genre – Anthology

Author – Fictious Five (Anuj Kumar, Tanima Kedar, Maliny Mohan, Ishan Dafaria, Akash Deep Gupta)

Blurb – Short stories are magical. They take you on a walk through the liveliest of alleys, a few resplendent, while others torn between the subdued shades of white and black, to finally melt away, leaving your mind smeared with the most vibrant of hues, like a richly flavoured delicacy dissolving into the hidden recesses of one’s senses, all in a matter of few minutes. The beauty is enhanced further if the theme reflected upon is love, for no feeling has conquered human minds like love in its multifarious forms.

Here we, a group of five writers, knit together by the bond of creativity and a passion for writing, present before you ‘Love And Other Enchantments’ a short story anthology, showcasing fifteen stories that depict, with much ardour, the depth and sheer poignancy of unrequited love.

My Ratings – unnamedunnamedunnamed

My Review – I thank the author, Anuj Kumar for giving me a review copy of the book.

First of all, I really apologize for delaying my review. It should have come long back.

The book title says it all. This book is an anthology based on the theme of love. For a first timer or pretty new, the authors have done brilliant job. The stories are about love from a different angle. Indeed it was a sheer surprise for me.

I will only review the work of Anuj Kumar in the book. The author has stories – So Mad in Love. In the short story the author talks about faith in God. What happens when you lose your trust? Its Not Soothing Every Time is about a psycho lover. The author tried to show the gruesome torture. Known Unknown a one sided affair. In all the stories the author played with the dark side of the character. Somewhere he even succeeded in raising the expectation. However, there is more to be done for bringing out the best. I wish I had known the characters a little more. I really enjoyed the poems in between the lines that fitted ao well with the storyline. A good attempt for a short story.

Ideal for those who love to read dark romantic stories.




Book Title – Mistress of Honour

Author – Bhaavna Arora

Published by – Penguin India

Genre – Romance

Blurb – A tale about passionate love and finding your soulmate . . . only to realize you will always come a close second
When Potnis, a captain in the Indian Army, meets Pansy during Operation Blue Star, he knows he has found the love of his life. Their passionate romance leads them to the altar and blossoms into a beautiful child, Rihana.
History repeats itself when Advik, a wayward boy from a broken family, catapults into Rihana’s heart as smoothly as he conquers the skies as an Indian Air Force pilot. What follows is a night of unabashed love, transporting the couple to heavenly bliss. Where will their unbridled love lead them? Will Rihana remain a mistress to Advik, for whom the love for his country comes first, or will she be able to make a place in his heart that is second to none? This heartbreaking saga of love, courage and sacrifice will leave you asking for more.

My Rating – unnamedunnamedunnamed

I won this book in a giveaway organized by The Book Club.

The blurb attracted me from the very beginning. I love reading about uniform men. The book has all the ingredients of Army life – fun, hard work, family, misson, love. It gives a deep insight into the life of an Army family. The author has brilliantly painted, their share of love, anxiety and togetherness.

Over the nights when the nation sleeps at peace how can one forget to thank the guardians of our borders who are ready to take a bullet in their heart to keep us safe. And a million thanks to the mother, sister, wife and daughter of an Army personnel who have never once allowed their fears to show up on their face even in the toughest situation. They are the true heroes.

The author has done full justice to portray the emotions of an army family throughout the book. It also has a detailed narration of NDA which many of us have got a glimpse in many Bollywood movies and still crave for more. Indeed our officers are polished through the toughest hands to be what they are today. I completely enjoyed the zest of the book.

But even after saying it all, I am craving. Craving for more as it was not what I expected. May be my expectation from the book was more in terms of story which I find lacking in the narration. The tough life of an Army officer is very well portrayed but it lacked the soul. As a reader I could not connect with any of the characters and the plot. In fact, I still could not figure out whose story I was reading after all.

I would recommend it for those who love to read about lives of uniform men. You will get it all here.

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