Aug 082012
 

Authored by Ravinder Singh, I Too Had A Love Story is his debut novel. The main ingredient of every love story us the honesty attached to it and this one is present in this novel to a great extent.

The USP of this book is the honesty with which it is written – a tale of true yet painful love. It touched a chord deep within my heart and also that of readers worldwide. It has gone on to become a national bestseller with thousands of copies in print.

One always remembers that first touch, that first kiss, that first of every relationship. All this has been captured very beautifully by the author. While reading it one can almost feel the emotions that are penned down in the book and honestly I was close to tears by the time I reached the end of I Too had a Love Story.

The book, I too had a love story, takes off when four old friends decide to meet each other for the first time after a few years out of college. Their topic of discussion, like all boys talk, soon moves to girls when each of the four friends discuss about marriage and the girl of their dreams. Once they go back home, Ravin, the protagonist, sees an online matrimonial ad and registers for the same just for kicks.

And as fate would have it, he ends up talking to a girl named Khushi. And even though, both of them don’t meet for a long time, their friendship starts over the phone and soon blossoms into love after many late night chats and phone calls. The beauty in which the author captures these conversations is commendable and makes one smile after every page.

The story continues forward when both of them meet for the first time and then take their relationship onto the next level. Readers of this book are bound to fall in love with the two main characters and the sweet and cute conversations between them. I too had a love story is one that is filled with pure innocence and that is what makes it even more special.

The climax of the story is one that will move you to tears. I will not reveal the climax but it is commendable in the way in which the author touches those painful chords inside all of us. I too had a love story is definitely a must read book for every person who has been in love and especially for those who have loved and lost someone special. I Too Had A Love Story is a must read book for everyone!

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Jul 272012
 

The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho, was first published in 1987 in Portuguese and has gone on to sell more than a million copies worldwide and is present on every best-seller list worldwide. A simple story about hope, destiny and dreams, The Alchemist has inspired people around the world to re-look at their lives and pursue what they actually believe in.

It is the story of a Shepherd boy named Santiago who has recurring dreams of hidden treasure and who is continuously troubled by these dreams. At first hesitant to venture out of his homeland, the boy finally realizes that these are prophetic messages that he should listens to and undertakes a long journey to search for The Alchemist who holds the answer to his dreams.

During his travels, Santiago learns to read the signs and messages that nature shows him and interacts with a lot of people, each of whom advices him on different facets of life and each of whom gives him a new learning. Every new day brings something new for the boy to learn and he slowly begins to understand the ways of the world. During his travels, he also falls in love with a girl named Fatima who teaches him about love and its purpose in life.

Throughout The Alchemist, there is one message that keeps getting repeated and that is that one must always follow one’s dreams and heart for only then will he attain true satisfaction. There is a beautiful saying in the book that if one truly wants something, then the entire universe will come together to make it happen.

Like it says in the book, it is better to overcome the fear because the pain of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. It’s not the goal that matters in the end, but the journey undertaken to achieve that goal.

The Alchemist, through its simple and poetic writing is one book that will force you to think about how to life your life. With a mix of spirituality and practicality, the book will help you understand the universal language of the world and more importantly, your heart. For all those who’ve always wanted to follow their dreams but were afraid to do so, this book is meant for you.

The Alchemist is present on every best-seller list worldwide and also holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated book in history ever by a living author. It is available at all leading bookstores worldwide and can also be bought through online retailers at a discounted price.

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Jul 252012
 

Written by the Australian, Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram is an autobiographical novel that was first published in 2003 and has sold more than a million copies the world over. It is the story of Roberts who escaped from an Australian prison and made his way to India where he lived for ten years amongst Indians.

The novel begins with the escape of an Australian convict called Lindsay who escapes from jail and lands up in the city of Mumbai, India. Although intended as a stop-over, Lindsay stays on in India for the next ten years and the book revolves around his experiences there and his journey to find a purpose for his life.

Here he befriends an Indian called Prabhakar who introduces him to other people and finds Lin a home in the slums of Mumbai. Since he is perceived as a peaceful foreigner by the Indians, it is here that he gets a new name called Shantaram, meaning Man of Peace. Lin then becomes accustomed to his life in the slums and learns to live along with other locals.

All along the novel, Shantaram tends to return to his old ways of crime and violence but each time returns back to the good side becoming a better and more learned man. He befriends several local people, movie stars, criminals and also begins to love an American woman by the name of Karla.

Lin also manages to travel abroad to Africa and Afghanistan through his connections where he deals in the illegal trading of weapons and arms. However, when his mentor dies, Lin regrets his crime filled ways and decides to live a better life. He returns back to India, shunning his old ways and tries to become a better man and changes himself from within.

The story ends with Lin deciding to travel to Sri Lanka where the sequel of the book is planned. Available at all leading bookstores, this book is still on every major best-seller list worldwide. In case you’re looking for discounts, then one should order online from some of the online retailers. Shantaram is a must read book for everyone who is looking for a purpose in life.

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Jul 232012
 

Amish Tripathi is the author of the Shiva Trilogy books that are a series of three novels which have become very popular in India. The first book in the series is called The Immortals of Meluha and was first published in the second half of 2010.

The second part of the trilogy is titled The Secret of The Nagas and is due to be published sometime in August 2011 and is already creating waves amongst book lovers in India. The Oath of the Vayuputras is the last part of the series on which the author is currently working on and will be published in 2012.

This tale of epic adventure takes place in the ancient world of Meluha, also known as the Indus Valley of old. It is here that we are introduced to Shiva, a tribal warrior chief who learns that destiny has a bigger role for him during his travels to Meluha. We are also introduced to the two clans of Suryavanshis and Chandravanshis who are at loggerheads with each other.

The first part in the Shiva Trilogy is The Immortals of Meluha which introduced us to all the characters in this amazing series. In The Immortals of Meluha, Shiva discovers his true identity and learns that he is the one chosen by the Gods to bring peace in the Meluhan land by defeating all that is evil.

It is also in this book that our hero falls in love with the Suryavanshi princess Sati and comes face to face with the mysterious warrior tribe of the Nagas who have taken sides with the evil Chandravanshis.

First published in 2010, The Immortals of Meluha soon became an instant hit with book lovers because of its unique storyline of history and mythology. Also, another reason for the mass success of the book lay in its smart marketing by its author who created a buzz around the book. The Immortals of Meluha had a very catchy cover and there was also a small trailer film released along with the book which went viral very quickly.

The next part in the Shiva Trilogy series is titled The Secret of the Nagas and will take be a true sequel to The Immortals of Meluha. Releasing in the August of 2011, many expect this book to outsell even the first one. As of now, this book can only be bought through some of the online retailers like Flipkart in India.

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Jul 102012
 

The Secret of the Nagas is the second part in the critically acclaimed Shiva Trilogy written by the Indian author, Amish. The first part, The Immortals of Meluha, was first published in 2010 and instantly became a runaway success. Amish is now back with the second part of this mythical trilogy, releasing in mid August, hoping to repeat the same magical performance once again.

The 1st part ended with Sati being kidnapped by the Naga warrior and this is from where The Secret of the Nagas will begin its journey. Shiva will also need to avenge the killing of his friend and this will form the major backbone of the book along with the rescue of Sati from the evil clutches of the Naga clan.

Once again, the author will use the interspersing of history and mythology to create a spell-binding tale of love, lies and deceit. Will we see the Suryavanshi and the Chandravanshi clans unite to fight a common enemy or will it be the triumph of evil over good?

Shiva, meanwhile, will continue his journey and his destiny of becoming the Mahadev, the lord of all lords, and Amish will try and portray his main character in a much stronger light. All the doubts that Shiva has in his mind and all his unanswered questions will hopefully be answered as he answers destiny’s call.

Just like the 1st book in the series, the author will have a few aces up his sleeve while doing promotional activity around the book before its release. The cover of the book is already out and has become a hit in online forums with people loving its creativity. Also, the use of another trailer film like last time cannot be ruled out as well.

Some critics hit out at Amish during the release of his first book by claiming the language to be not up to the mark of a good writer. This time, I’m sure, Amish will have gone an extra mile to prove all his detractors wrong. There is going to be the introduction of some more new characters in The Secret of the Nagas who will bring alive the book.

The hype and publicity around The Secret of the Nagas is already at such a pace that it is expected to become a best-seller post its launch. As of now, the book is not available at bookstores and will only release in mid-August. However, for all those impatient folks out there, you can pre-order the book online through online retailers like Flipkart.

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