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BR #67 | Revenge of the Chandalas (Book 1) | Sandeep Nayyar | Redgrab Books | ★★★★

Book - Revenge of the Chandalas Author - Sandeep Nayyar Publisher - Redgrab Books Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Sandeep Nayyar is a Mechanical Engineer by discipline, an IT expert by profession and a creative writer by choice. Born in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh state in Central India on August 20, 1969, he is a British citizen.

Sandeep has had a great flair for writing since an early age. After doing his B.E. with honors, Sandeep was a working journalist for a couple of years. Wrote a weekly column for Saptahik Hindustan, a literary weekly published by The Hindustan Times group.

Came back to his professional fold of Mechanical Engineering in 1991 and worked with Reliance Industries. Migrated to the United Kingdom on a job assignment and finally settled there in 2000. Keeps regularly writing for literary portals and magazines.

Sandeep also manages a website which provides a platform for ecosystem of people engaged in the writing occupations.

Sandeep’s literary w…

BR #66 | The Anonymous | Nidhi Kukreja | Blue Rose Publishers | ★★★★

Book - The Anonymous Author - Nidhi Kukreja Publisher - Blue Rose Publishers Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Nidhi Kukreja, hails from Hisar, Haryana. Since school time, she was into sports and participated in tournaments and other writing and speaking events. For her participation always motivated her to express her words. She started writing what her heart has to say in her diary name ‘Amoha’ She is also into arts and creative work. She is a chocoholic and snow lover and she loves traveling and exploring places.

During her journey till here she has worked with Pantaloons and as an Assistant Professor. It helped in shaping her personality and given a new vision to her work and career. She has done Fashion Designing in graduation and being a fashion designer and MBA gold medalist, she diversifies her interest in many sectors which keep her updated and she comes up with always new things.

She is a marketing professional in a nationalized bank and a speaker at educational institutes. …

BR #65 | Mehfil-e-Chaos | Syed Asim Hussaini | Artson Publishing House | ★★★★★

Book - Mehfil-e-Chaos Author - Syed Asim Hussaini Publisher - Artson Publishing House Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Syed Asim Hussaini, is an engineer with an MBA and hails from the city of Hyderabad, India and is presently working as an IT consultant in Toronto, Canada. Being the maternal grandson of a renowned writer and poet of his time 'KSI Amanullah', Asim too started writing in both English and Urdu, he uses the pen name/Takhallus 'Farjad' for most of his urdu scripts.

Book Review: "Mehfil-e-Chaos" by Syed Asim Hussaini is a collection of soulful poems/quotes/lines and stanzas which reflect the many emotions of living. The poet has written on issues and topics ranging from life, love, heartbreak, family, faith, and death. While poems inside the book are mostly Urdu pieces (written in English) there is an adequate number of English pieces too. Through these pieces, the poet has tried to convey feelings in an unusual manner.

Take for example 'Mirro…

BR #64 | Daughters of the Brothel | Deepak Yadav | Bigfoot Publications | ★★★★★

Book - Daughters of the Brothel Author - Deepak Yadav Publisher - Bigfoot Publications Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Deepak Yadav (24) is an author and entrepreneur based in Delhi. He is an alumnus of Birla School, Pilani and owns a degree in law from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His debut novel, Walking With You, was published in 2013 when he was eighteen under the banner of Diamond Books.

He founded Bigfoot Publications in 2018: one of the leading publishing houses in India during his college days which provide an open platform to debut authors.

He has worked with several NGOs in the past including Guria, Udaan Foundation and Rotary International. He is passionate about cooking, movies and travelling.

Deepak identifies himself as an introvert, nature lover and a keen observer. He runs a Vlog channel on YouTube under the title - Mr. Bigfoot, where he shares a part of his daily life. Do not forget to subscribe to his channel.

Book Review: "Daughters of the Brothel"…

BR #63 | The Ramayana Secret | Anurag Chandra | Om Books International | ★★★★★

Book - The Ramayana Secret Author - Anurag Chandra Publisher - Om Books International Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Anurag Chandra is a New Delhi based serial entrepreneur, educator and author with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from IIT Kanpur. A Gemini at heart, he believes in ‘never having a dull moment’. After a brief stint as a software consultant in New York, he started his own educational venture, Eduwiser to create content for competitive test preparations. He has also been featured in India Today for his entrepreneurial work.

Anurag considers writing therapeutic as it transports him to an imaginative world filled with myriad characters. The Ramayana Secret marks his foray into fiction.

Book Review: "The Ramayana Secret" by Anurag Chandra is a mythological fiction retelling the story of Rama from the Indian epic 'Ramayana'. It is interesting to read an entirely different and intriguing re-interpretation of the epic which the author states to be '.…

BR #62 | Endurer - A Rape Story | Kapil Raj | Write India Publishers | ★★★★★

Book - Endurer - A Rape Story Author - Kapil Raj Publisher - Write India Publishers Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Kapil Raj is an author and a professional based at New Delhi, India. With the heart of a philosopher, mind of a realist, and a deep-rooted non-conformist, he lives many lives, yet stealing the time for the most precious thing which matters to him: crafting plots, playing with characters and weaving the stories with inscribed messages.

Book Review: "Endurer - A Rape Story" by Kapil Raj is a work of fiction centered around the circumstances, trauma and recovery (if any) that surround a rape victim in India. Right from the beginning of the story, the reader is waiting for the inevitable to happen which is clear from the title of the book. However, the author has been able to maintain his foreshadowing techniques hiding the real culprit behind the mess in an expert manner. The plot, therefore, takes a thrilling turn into a mystery-solving mission.

Palak, the prota…

BR #61 | Demons of Time (Time Travelers Book 1) | Varun Sayal | Varun Sayal | ★★★★★

Book - Demons of Time (Time Travelers Book 1) Author - Varun Sayal Publisher - Varun Sayal Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Varun Sayal is a science fiction author who has built considerable repute in the writing world within a short span of time. His debut work 'Time Crawlers' has been a phenomenal hit on Amazon. It has also been very well received by the Goodreads Reader community. Testimony to that fact is over three hundred positive reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and other platforms within just six months of publishing that book.

Book Review: "Demons of Time (Time Travelers Book 1)" by Varun Sayal is a mythological science fiction that is a perfect holiday read containing suspense, thrill, adventure and mysterious elements from the past, present, and future. Readers are thrust into a world of time-travelers, time-readers, necromancers, sages, vahaks and elemental physics which help bind a wonderful plot. The author has done a commendable work fusing history with s…

BR #60 | One Precious Moment | Ritu Kakar | Word Station | ★★★★

Book - One Precious Moment Author - Ritu Kakar Publisher - Word Station Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Ritu Kakar was born in Delhi and brought up in Mumbai. She now lives in Delhi with her wonderfully caring husband and two loving and totally awesome teenage children. She is surrounded with love and positivity always. Her family and friends not only support and encourage her but have full faith in her accomplishments.

She loves romance, drama and emotional upheavals and goes all gooey eyed reading a mushy scene. Be that Mills and Boon or an emotional Nicolas Spark story or a Sidney Sheldon, she loves reading and living through their writings and characters. It is this love and passion for reading which got her to start writing herself. She writes romantic fiction she tries to add a dose of reality in her stories. She is 41, but forever 16 at heart.

Book Review: "One Precious Moment" by Ritu Kakar is a romance fiction based on love, life, and loss - eventually making one r…

BR #59 | A Drop of You | Krishna Chhetri | Quignog | ★★★★

Book - A Drop of You Author - Krishna Chhetri Publisher - Quignog Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Krishna stumbled into writing and eventually fell in love with it. Oscar Wilde had once said, “To define is to limit”. That is how Krishna sees life. A Drop of You is his debut novel. He lives in Noida.

Book Review: "A Drop of You" by Krishna Chhetri is a romance fiction dealing with the certainties and uncertainties of love, life, friendship, and romance. The story goes on to show the beliefs people hold and their expectations while being in a relationship - be it friendship or love. The plot is an apt representation of the struggles young people face today, the trust and mistrust they develop due to peer pressure and their successes or failures dealing with depression.

Karma, who is the main character in the story, falls in love with Ghazal at first sight. They embark on a romantic relationship with lots of promises, all the time scorning the limitations imposed upon them by s…

BR #58 | Fluid | Ashish Jaiswal | Wisdom Tree | ★★★★

Book - Fluid Author - Ashish Jaiswal Publisher - Wisdom Tree Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Ashish Jaiswal thinks that most of our current practices of education are dangerously outdated and we need to bring a paradigm shift in the way we are preparing ourselves for the coming future. Ashish has spoken and taught all around the world on the shift that is needed. His previous book, How to Reform a Business School, includes an on-campus multi-year case study of how Yale transformed its business school. Ashish’s debut work, True Dummy, an inspirational magical realist fable, has received worldwide praise from many including international media, celebrities and Nobel Prize winners.

Ashish has a PhD in Education and a Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Oxford and is currently an associate fellow at the Oxford Centre of Higher Education Policy Studies.

Book Review: "Fluid" by Ashish Jaiswal is a self-help book that inspires one to do more than what they can usua…

BR #57 | The Girl With Blue Eyes | Vaiibhav Nigam | Vaiibhav Nigam | ★★★★

Book - The Girl With Blue Eyes Author - Vaiibhav Nigam Publisher - Vaiibhav Nigam Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Vaiibhav Nigam is an author and a speaker. When it comes to writing he likes to write engaging romantic thrillers that keeps the readers at the edge of their seats. He believes that everything has a story if we really pay attention.

Book Review: "The Girl With Blue Eyes" by Vaiibhav Nigam is a romance thriller that is quite engaging. It has an underlying atmosphere of suspense where identity of persons involved in a supposed love triangle becomes the ultimate mystery. Often what we perceive as the truth escapes our judgment from reality and we are thrust into believing or disbelieving feelings such as love. The existence of confidence in such scenarios become a hurdle.

Armaan, the protagonist and narrator of this story, is a young lad who falls in love with Tanisha, a simplistic and shy girl. Months pass and Armaan feels their relationship is not progressing on t…

BR #56 | Five Gifts That Shaped My Life | Samar Deep Singh | Gurucool Publishing | ★★★★★

Book - Five Gifts That Shaped My Life Author - Samar Deep Singh Publisher - Gurucool Publishing Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Samar Deep Singh is currently working in power sector. He hails from New Delhi. He wanted to become a Professor but his father & destiny conspired together & made him an Engineer. He is a graduate in two streams - B. Tech (Mech engg.) & Political Science. His hobbies include poetry, story writing & martial arts. He is an ardent fan of Chetan Bhagat & a die-hard follower of Sandeep Maheshwari.

His debut book 'Five Gifts That Shaped My Life' is a tribute to grandfather & grandson relationship that cast a spell with daring adventures & mesmerising short stories filled with mystery, adventure & thrill. He is also working on two other books: 'Adventures of Back Benchers' & 'Love at the Edge of Divorce'.

Book Review: "Five Gifts That Shaped My Life" by Samar Deep Singh is a collection of fiftee…

BR #55 | Inkredia - Luwan of Brida | Sarang Mahajan | Gloryburg | ★★★★★

Book - Inkredia - Luwan of Brida Author - Sarang Mahajan Publisher - Gloryburg Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Sarang Mahajan is a novelist and a screenwriter. An avid fan of fantasy and science fiction, most of his work belongs to these genres. While writing the four books in the Inkredia Series, he is also working on a science fiction series.

Book Review: "Inkredia - Luwan of Brida" by Sarang Mahajan is a work of fantasy fiction and is the first book of a proposed four-part series. The book is a universe in itself which is quite magical, thrilling and adventurous. One gets reminded of Tolkien's 'Fellowship of the Ring' from his famous 'The Lord of the Rings' series while turning the pages of this book. We are thrust inside a world where good and evil clashes to bring balance to the land of Inkredia.

Luwan, the protagonist of the adventure, hails from a small village called Brida located on the foothills of mountains. Tension begins when he refuses to p…

BR #54 | The Ineligible Millionaire | Tarun Varshney | Invincible Publishers | ★★★★★

Book - The Ineligible Millionaire Author - Tarun Varshney Publisher - Invincible Publishers Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Tarun Varshney was born in Hathras, India, and completed a degree in engineering when he was 20. He has spent four and a half years in the United States and Europe before moving back to India. His adventures include skydiving at Perris, boating at the Big Bear Lake, river tubing at Helen, and many more. He is very much into programming and has worked on some wonderful projects for AT&T, Cisco, Kodak, NCR, Omantel, Reddy Ice, Rockwell, and Sony. He loves to write about his life experiences on his blog (, which has visitors from over twenty-four countries.

Book Review: "The Ineligible Millionaire" by Tarun Varshney is a story based on the realities of life in the family of a middle-class family in India. The plot has a striking resemblance and can definitely be a true story for someone easily. Struggle, hardship, adventure, thr…

BR #53 | The Involution: The Beginning | Vijayalatha N | Notion Press | ★★★★★

Book - The Involution: The Beginning Author - Vijayalatha N Publisher - Notion Press Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Vijayalatha is a doting mother, an avid trekker, certified scuba diver, nature and animal lover. Topics like ESP, cognition, telekinesis and consciousness have interested her since childhood. She has the practice of penning down all the learning experiences from her treks, travel and day-to-day activities.

One evening, she was telling a story to pep up her friend when the whole idea of writing this book manifested and the epiphany that everything we go through in our daily life can be resolved when you see within yourself formed the rest of the book.

Book Review: "The Involution: The Beginning" by Vijayalatha N is a work of science fiction rotating around the theory of multi-dimensional planes of existence. The story beautifully combines the spiritual, mythological and scientific realms into reality. We are thrust into a different world stemming from comic b…

BR #52 | The Things We Do For Love | Raunak Agarwal | Bigfoot Publications | ★★★★★

Book - The Things We Do For Love Author - Raunak Agarwal Publisher - Bigfoot Publications Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Raunak Agarwal is a storyteller and poet based in Kolkata, India. One of the most popular bloggers on Instagram with over 50,000 followers, Raunak considers himself as a jack of all trades, who is slowly, but steadily working towards becoming the master of all of them. He is an avid dreamer (quite literally) and he often turns his bizarre dreams into thoughtful and funny short stories.

Book Review: "The Things We Do For Love" by Raunak Agarwal is a romance fiction involving four young people who are interconnected by want of love. The plot revolves around how modern love stories are woven wherein social media, past experiences and youth motives play an important role in the success mantra of two couples. We encounter humane feelings that love invokes as side effects as we flip through the pages.

Rudra was in a relationship with Tania before she left the …

BR #51 | Turn the Tables | Priya Kumar | Books That Inspire | ★★★★★

Book - Turn the Tables Author - Priya Kumar Publisher - Books That Inspire Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Priya Kumar is an Internationally Acclaimed Motivational Speaker and Bestselling Author of 11 Inspirational Books. In her 24 years journey with Motivational Speaking, she has worked with over 2000 Multi-National Corporates across 47 countries and has touched over 3 million people through her workshops and books, and is the only Woman Speaker in India to have done so. She is the only Indian Author who has won 32 International Awards for her books.

Book Review: "Turn the Tables" by Priya Kumar is an inspirational self-help book that motivates readers to try and try harder in life whenever things look gloomy. Penned from the author's personal experiences since her childhood, this book offers valuable insights on how to make life worthwhile and improve each day. This reminds us lines from HW Longfellow's famous poem 'A Psalm of Life' - "But to act, th…