You are the Best Thing that happened to me by Sushil Kumar Rana Book Review

Blurb:

Sushil Pandit is a mechanical engineer. He is also an author of two bestselling novels. Now, he has everything in life, except for one crucial thing. Anjali, his love. Without her, he is just another ordinary guy, just a writer and engineer, with nothing to look forward to. Love is a blissful and everyone has to experience it once in a lifetime. Love makes life lively and also give a reason to live. There was a time when these two love birds were an example of two bodies, one soul. But a turning point in their lives sets them apart, with their soul still united and strong. Experience a roller coaster of emothions in this story. Find out how Sushil changed into a successful person from an ordinary boy.

TheLazyScoop Review:

‘You are the best Thing that happened to me’ revolves around the main character- Sushil Pandit, a mechanical engineer who is successful yet not satisfied in life because one important aspect of his life- His Love- His Anjali is missing from it. Without her he is left to be just an ordinary person with lack of enthusiasm in life. What is it that leads to their eternal love getting separated? Will their flower of love blossom again? Read the book to know.

The cover of the book is extremely attractive, also the long size makes it great to hold in hands. I was immediately hooken on to the plot after reading the prologue, it grabbed my attention. Although I did find some grammatical errors, but if we ignore it, the overall story is emotional and touches the heart. I almost felt as if I am watching a movie. This book has many sad moments too, like how Sushil is alone in his tough times. Also, The last few chapters were motivational.

Talking about the language, it is simple and easy to understand. Author tries to describe emotions, situations with honesty and conviction. You actually feel like you are part of the story.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 3.5/ 5 Stars

TheLazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐🌟

Overall, You are the best thing that happened to me by Sushil Kumar Rana touches heart and also is relatable to every person who has gone through a heart break. It has flaws too, but offers good reading experience.

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Karma’s Ukulele by Lekshmi Gopinathan

Blurb:

She is NOT your regular hero!

One bad-ass nomad, ten cities, ten strangers in an epic travelogue.

What do you do when life splits you open, cracks your soul and leaves you beyond repair?

Twenty six, she travels armed with her ukulele and dagger. This is her escapade.

A tale of pain, hope, strength and resilience spanning three years and weaving through Pokhara, Jaffna, Srinagar, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Gorkha, Varanasi and Mcleodganj. A medley of relationships, memories and heartening music.

A legendary nomad, an Aghori, a young boatman, a war refugee, a poet, a yogini, a Rastafarian, a camel rider, an actor and an entrepreneur come together in a heart wrenching adventure.

This is not your regular story!

The LazyScoop Review:

The cover of the book is quite attractive and the Title quite interesting! Karma’s Ukelele is an adventurous story of a 26 years old girl who decides to travel! It isn’t easy as there are lot of hurdles she has to face, but that’s what makes the journey fascinating. But why does she decide to begin this journey? Read the book to find out. The description of Protagonist’s journey to Interesting places like Pokhara, Jaffna, Hyderabad, Srinagar, Varanasi, New Delhi, Bangalore, Gokhara and Mcleodganj is wonderful to read. I liked how the author has described the scenes making us actually visit those places through imagination.
The narration is fast in some chapters, and dragged at some places. Language is nice and easy. The characterization is amazingly well. Each character in the book had a purpose and seemed to have lot of depth.
One of the strongest point about this book is it’s ability to invest the reader through their emotions. I got emotionally connected to the protagonist. The climax was suspenseful yet quitr predictable. But in the end I felt satisfied, positive and the story taught me a lot of things. It taught me the importance of making relations and travelling!

My Ratings:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐🌠

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White Noise by Shruti Upadhaya Book Review

Blurb:

“There is another city right under our city and it comes up only when you and I are together. Only you and I know about it and only you and I get to experience it. It keeps itself hidden from the rest of the world. And that is where I live.” He said “And what happens when you’re not with me?” She asked. “I evaporate.” He smiled

The LazyScoop Review:

The main protagonist, who has had a terrible past falls in love with a brooding man, whom she refers to as bearded one. After some lovely conversation and beautiful moments between them, she finds herself getting intensely attracted towards him. But he has something mysterious around his persona. And why does he keeps vanishing somewhere all of a sudden? What’s this special man hiding? Will she able to come out of this emotional flood? Does he love her?

There are some books which do not simply tell the story, they compel you to ponder upon life, love and human emotions. This is one such book. It makes you contemplate about the characters and actually enter their minds. White Noise is absolutely gripping, not because it has a great plot, infact I can sum up the entire plot in a sentence. But the book grips you because it has great narration. The language used is beautiful, rich and classy!

Author Shruti Upadhaya writes the story in first person and you get connected to the characters easily. The story unfolds in three Parts: Me, Her and Him, Narrating perspectives of all the three characters around whom the story revolves. Also, names of no protagonists have been mentioned.

I absolutely loved the short chapters in this book, it subconsciously made me think that I am finishing off the book really soon. And I didn’t want it to come to an end soon, I wanted to flow with the mesmerising narration!

The tone of the writing is slightly Dark, drenched in mystery. I also liked how the author gave some wonderful life lessons through dialogues and thoughts. e.g :

When other people hurt us we will always bounce back, but if we begin to defy our own selves, that’s when we should start to worry because there is no bouncing back from that.

The climax of the book is somewhat shocking, and not what you expect.

LazyScoop Verdict:

White Noise by Shruti Upadhaya not only entertains but also grips you into the narration and makes you ponder about various things in life and love, offers shocking climax along with an overall enjoyable reading experience.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

White Noise by Author Shruti Upadhaya absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

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My Heart Belongs to India By Joseph Hoskins Book Review.

The cover of this book was very pleasing, a foreigner holding our National Flag and saying his heart belongs to India definitely made me feel great. But is this book really as interesting as it’s title? Read my review below to know!

Blurb:

Joseph C. Hoskins grew up hearing stories about India from his father’s college roommate, who is affectionately known as “Uncle Sunil.” Uncle Sunil is from India. When Hoskins was a little kid, Uncle Sunil would regularly visit his home; Hoskins’s interest in India was SPIKED by Uncle Sunil’s stories of MAJESTIC Indian Tigers The LazyScoop Review:\nJoseph Hoskins had a desire to visit India since his childhood. After hearing amazing stories from uncle Sunil about India\’s culture, people and tradition, his desire had increased. What would happen when he finally visits India? \’My Heart Belongs to India\’ is true account of his experiences in India.\nJoseph Hoskins has described his experiences beautifully, right from his thoughts as an adolescent roaming the PRISTINE jungles of India, and the INFALLIABLE beauty of the GLORIOUS Taj Mahal. Hoskins desperately wanted to travel there but never thought he would have the chance. Until one day he did—and that trip became an unforgettable adventure.

Filled with surprising—and sometimes shocking—accounts, Hoskins’s book delves into his experiences as he meets the people of India and observes their culture. Yet beyond his immediate impressions, Hoskins also details India’s rich background throughout the narrative. For those interested in cultural heritage or world history, Hoskins calls attention to the myriad events that created the India he came to appreciate. This enjoyable memoir leaves no stone unturned, weaving together inspiring stories of the great inventors who ushered in modernity with Uncle Sunil’s thoughts on the differences between Indian and American relationships.

While detailing the incredible natural and manmade beauty of the country and its most significant landmarks, Hoskins also shares his observations of the poverty and income inequality gap in India. He unabashedly reveals a reality that many prefer to ignore—for better or for worse.

At its core, My Heart Belongs to India is a love song to this fascinating country and its compelling people.

The LazyScoop Review:

Joseph Hoskins had a desire to visit India since his childhood. After hearing amazing stories from uncle Sunil about India’s culture, people and tradition, his desire had increased. What would happen when he finally visits India? ‘My Heart Belongs to India’ is true account of his experiences in India.

Joseph Hoskins has described his experiences beautifully, right from his thoughts as an adolescent till his journey in India is over, it’s all described very well.

His narration flows smoothly and language is lucid too. It’s wonderful to read about India from his perception. I liked his Curiousity, I never thought that these type of questions would erupt in the minds of a tourist.

I also felt some of the answers given by Uncle Sunil are irrelevant now, since almost a decade has passed away and lot of things in India have changed for good.

The conversations between Joseph and Uncle Sunil were educative for me. I was surprised to know how much Joseph knew about India(Thanks to Uncle Sunil) e.g who were Mughuls, why was Taj Mahal Built, Babri Masjid, Caste System in India, British Colonization, etc.

The Author has narrated his thoughts, and reactions to Various situations which helps us getting connected to him.

Talking about the characters, Joseph Hoskins I felt was a great listener, curious- hungry for knowledge boy who wanted to know about everything. His humbleness is also evident in the book.

Uncle Sunil I felt was confusing! He was very nice to Joseph sometimes and sometimes quite rude. I hated reading his rant about Black People, which was totally wrong.

Katie seemed irritating and totally a spoilt brat.

I enjoyed Joseph’s encounter with Ravi, his GF and ‘Payel’ (One of the major reasons why Joseph’s Heart belongs to India!) The way it was narrated, I was totally hooked on to it and could relate to him somehow, as even I was quite shy like him in my teenage.

There were some funny moments which I enjoyed reading about, e.g Uncle Sunil’s prank call to Joseph’s father complaining about his rude behaviour, Imagining the writer dancing on Dhoom Machale around his mom.

What I didn’t like:

I found Uncle Sunil’s behaviour quite perplexing at times. e.g his sudden argument in the computer lab over national anthem was wierd.

His belittling Joseph sometimes, saying non sense about Black People all seemed vain and unneeeded. I found his character knowledgeable though.

I also don’t agree with Uncle Sunil’s opinion that Indian Culture is better than Western Culture. Indian Culture is rich and great, but I think every culture has positive and negatives both, you can’t belittle any culture of the world and glorify yours, we are no one to judge.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

‘My Heart Belongs to India’ takes you on a fun journey to India full of knowledgeable conversations, Crazy and funny situations! Most importantly, it let’s you see India from the eyes of a foreigner! I truly enjoyed reading this memoir by Mr. Joseph Hoskins and hope he visits India again soon.

By the way, there’s a guest appearance of a bollywood star in the book, which was awesome.

Ratings:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘My Heart Belongs to India’ by Joseph Hoskins absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

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Happy Reading!

Kansa By Author Prassant Kevin Book Review

Blurb:

OVER A SPAN OF TEN YEARS, HE KILLED FORTY PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEN VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE. AFTER FIVE YEARS OF SILENCE, HE IS BACK AGAIN, SEEKING HIS NEXT VICTIM. ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP HIM – PROFESSOR BLACK. Maher was found unconscious in the middle of the highway and later, in the hospital, she revealed that she had escaped from a killer’s house. All the details and patterns matched the serial killer ‘Kansa,’ who had disappeared five years ago after murdering forty pregnant women. ACP Saargi Desai was assigned to the case. She appealed to her department to bring back Professor Black to help her catch the killer. The Professor, who had a haunting past that had kept him away from the world of crime and investigation for several years, was not willing to take on this case. But the ACP managed to convince him to get on board just for this one last time. Soon after agreeing to help, the Professor realized that for the first time in his life, he had met his match. As he dug deeper into the case, everything got dirtier, the stakes went higher, and nothing was what it seemed.

The LazyScoop Review:

One of the most commendable things about the book is it’s small size and large font. It feels great in hands and enjoyable to read. The narration and pace of the book is fantastic. This is how a thriller should be!
It begins with an accident by Neil and Radhika and how the victim Maher is found with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ACP Sargi finds out about this and comes to the conclusion that the killer is Kansa, the murderer who disappeared five years ago after murdering 40 Pregnant women. This is when Professor Black comes in the picture on ACP Saargi’s request to the department, to catch the murderer.
The characterization in this book is very strong, the character of Kansa, the mystery around him is well described in the narration. There are some great twists in the plot and every chapter plays with your mind. The Racy Pace and the plot keeps you glued and excited to know what’s going to happen next. I found the language to be lucid, there are some minor typos, but it can be ignored.
Writing thrillers is tough especially with a good suspense, and Author Prassant Kevin successfully does that.
This being the first of the Trilogy, I am now eagerly waiting for the next books.

Ratings:

Cover: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Plot 4/5 Stars

Narration: 4/5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Overall, I totally enjoyed reading this book. Once you start reading it, it’s difficult to put it down.

The lazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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Harappa: Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai Book Review.

After hearing some great reviews about the book, I was super excited to finally read it. The blurb was interesting and cover very attractive, but did it stand up to my expectations? Read on to find out!

Blurb:

2017, Delhi – Vidyut’s dying ancestor summons him to Banaras. The old Brahmin chieftain of the Dev-Raakshasa Matth, or the God-Demon Clan, bears a chilling secret. Their bloodline carries an ancient curse that will plague mankind – towards its own violent extinction.

1700 BCE, Harappa – Harappa is a magnificent city on the banks of the mighty Saraswati river. The darkness of treachery, taantric exorcism and bloodshed unleashes itself on the last devta, paving the way for his devastating revenge…and the horrifying truth behind the fall of the glorious civilisation.

2017, Paris – The world’s most powerful religious institution is rattled. Europe’s dreaded crime lord meets a mysterious man in Paris. A lethal assassin boards a train, as Rome fears the worst. The prophesied devta has returned.

What connects Banaras, Harappa and Rome? What was the ancient curse and who was the last devta? What is the terrible secret behind the fall of the colossal Indus Valley? Read on as you travel through a saga of deceit and violence, gods and demons, love and ambition.

The LazyScoop Book Review:

The book begins with an introduction of various plots and characters and gives you bird’s eye view, which really helps you later to not get confused in the plot. The story begins at the death of the mighty Vivasvan Pujari! Vidyut Shastri, a young and successful entrepreneur gets summoned by his 108 year old grandfather- Dwarka Shastri. Europe’s most dangerous crime Lord gets a hand written note to kill an Aryan Boy. A dark force is being used against The last Devta- Vivasvan Pujari. What follows next is intensely gripping, adventurous, mesmerising journey of Betrayal, revelation of burried secrets, and violence!

The narration of the book is intensely captivating, each page offers adventure, suspense and thrills! The narration also has a mythological tone to it. There are two timelines- one of 2017, Banaras and one of 1700 BCE, Harappa, both of which are extremely entertaining. They are intertwined brilliantly. When one chapter ends with suspense, the other one reveals the suspense of another timeline!

The writer Vineet Bajpai, doesn’t waste time in describing unimportant things, it feels like he’s very focused in telling you about the characters and the story. There’s not even a single chapter which feels boring.

I observed that each chapter ends on a cliffhanger, it just makes you wonder-what’s going to happen next?

Though, its a fiction. It teaches a lot about Harappa and Hindu Dharma. The conversation between Damini and Purohit Ji I felt was enlightening.

Characterization is also perfect in this book, Vidyut, Vivasvan Pujari, Damini, Sanjana, etc are all strong characters. I was impressed how the author has potrayed the female characters strong and intelligent, especially Naina.

If we talk about the action scenes, it is also commendable how the author manages to write it. As writing an action scene is very difficult, as there’s a chance that it could get boring and repetitive. But Vineet Bajpai increases the intensity by describing the kallaripayutu abilities, braveness of Vidyut, Balwanta, etc that you look forward to their meeting with the villains.

Also, Manu and Ranga’s battle sequence is described amazingly! You feel as if you are watching them fight.

The climax of the book leaves you hungry, wanting to know more. It raises too many questions in your mind, which would get answered in the upcoming Book in this series- ‘Pralay- The Great Deluge.’

LazyScoop Verdict:

This is perhaps the only book this year, which made me hold my breath and read as if the story in the book is more real than my life. Harappa: Curse of the blood River is intensely gripping and deserves to be the Best Seller which it already is!

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4.5 / 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

TheLazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

Harappa: Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

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The Unnamed Story By Aditi Nath Book Review.

The cover of the kindle book was extremely pretty. I was expecting a sweet and emotional story inside. What was the story all about? And why was it called the Unnamed Story? Read on the review to know!

Blurb:

SANJEEV- This is my story, my story of picking up my pen and inspiring people through my words. I just wonder, how could we miss simple things in life, though we aim and achieve all big things. This is my journey through all simple things, emotions and love, to find out what I really need and deserve.

ANJANI- This is my story, my story of love and dreams. I believe, love is the only thing that never ends, even when the whole world vanishes. I fell for someone, who was in true love with words. This is my journey of exploring love, more importantly myself.

SHIV AND MAHA : This is our story, our story of falling in love, each and every moment. A story of courage and determination, to fight, to live and fall in love, once again. We want our memories, past, present, everything to be filled only with happiness, nothing else.

What happens when these individual lines of different poems are wound together? Some stories never need a name, for, they can’t be defined nor named. Yet, they hold something in them.

Come and explore the story of these four lives, they have a lot to tell you.

The LazyScoop Book Review:

Some stories are written with so much conviction and heartfelt emotions that those emotions get transpired to the readers as well. The unnamed Story is one of such books. This is a story of Sanjeev, Anjani, Shiv and Maha. The whole story revolves around these characters. Sanjeev and Anjani are best friends, their friendship is blossoming when Ajnani realises that she’s in love with Sanjeev. But sanjeev has a bitter past and hates to be in love. Will he able to understand Anjani’s feelings? Shiv and Maha are the perfect couple who are helping Sanjeev and Anjani to write a beautiful manuscript for a novel. Some stories and some people are destined to teach us. What will happen when Shiv and Maha’s beautiful love story would take unpredictable turn? How will it effect Sanjeev and Anjani?

The narration is the highlight of this book! Aditi Nath writes the tale in first person perspective. It’s filled with metaphors beautifully described, sure to enchant you in the plot. It’s pretty evident that Author has woven each sentence carefully as if to craft it to perfection. e.g. “I felt like I was the Distant Mountain longing for the rays of sun, to overcome it’s chillness, long back.” The whole writing style was very reminiscent to Savi Sharma’s. The story though very simple, leaves you with more impact because of the enchanting narrative style of the author.

Also, The mesmerising poetries before each chapter were heart touching and added a sweet touch to the overall reading experience.

What I didn’t like:

I would’ve liked if the Climax would’ve been more elaborative about Sanjeev and Anjani’s equation. Though, the story ends on a heart touching point.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

The Unnamed story is a short read with deep messages hidden in it. It entertains and also leaves you feeling emotional because of its wonderful narration!

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration– 4.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

The Unnamed Story by Aditi Nath absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop if you like reading short emotional stories.

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