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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Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu Book Review

Blurb:

Bad ones get into the pants, whereas the good ones get friend-zoned.Bad ones have a blast and the good ones suffer.Bad boys take it all, while Nice Men Finish Last.Nandu pays an unfair price for being nice; he is dumped by his girlfriend.Depressed by the brutal break-up, he follows in the footsteps of his womanizer friend Sattu, who firmly believes that nothing good ever happens to a nice man.Duly brainwashed to shed his lovelorn avatar, along with the skin of the nice man, Nandu gets a character reboot. Things change rapidly, as he uses lies and all the unfair means to score girls. It works wonders for him till he realizes how powerful karma is. That makes him come out of this transitional filthy state, choosing to become a nice man again.That’s when he falls in love with Tanishq – a beautiful dentistry student.Will he be able to win her heart being a nice man or do nice men really always finish last?

What is it about?

Nice Men Finish Last is a story of Nandu, a nice guy who turns into a womanizer because of his friend sattu’s advices. But soon realises his mistake, and decides to become a nice man again like he was earlier. However, he falls in love with the most beautiful girl in the dentistry college, who is also his student named Tanishq. Will he be able to win her heart being a nice guy?

The LazyScoop Review:

Last men Finish Last is a completely enjoyable read. The subtle humourous tone the writing seemed very witty to me. The book somehow manages to make us smile or laugh even at the most serious situations, though you also get the essence of serious situations along with it.

E.g In the first chapter, Nandu is going through a serious break up. But there’s also a cricket commentary going on of live match on the radio and tv. The fusion of narration and commentary was very funny to read.

The initial chapters where more of Nandu’s friendship with his three friend, their chemistry and sattu’s obsession with girls is explored. It reminded me a lot of Hollywood movies like American Pie, 21 and Over, etc. The chapters give you same comic tone, some non-veg one liners and dialogues. Though without going overboard.

The book is filled with funny situations- eg. When Nandu enters Tanishq’s house for the first time, and has a tea made by her. A simple incident, but the writers funny way of narrating it makes it very entertaining to read.

Characterization is also good, Nandu being a Nice guy and a womanizer later, his mental frame is well described.

Sattu’s character adds flavour to the plot. Keshav and Shardul’s characters aren’t explored much, they get lost somewhere in the story.

Tanishq’s character is also very impressive, she’s head strong and a fun loving girl. She’s possessive and requires constant attention.

Madiha’s character was loveable. A perfect friend, grumpy but very helpful.

The second half of the book becomes slightly more serious and you get more emotionally connected to the story. The climax is fantastic, couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying end to this romantic comedy.

What I didn’t like?

I wanted to know more about Nandu’s equation with Tanishq’s father. I felt it was left without a proper conclusion.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu is an entertaining read with good dose of humour, emotions and romance. If adopted into a movie script, It has the potential to be a blockbuster Bollywood movie.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Overall LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nice men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can buy this book at a discounted price from this link.

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The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee Book Review.

Author: Sourabh Mukherjee

Length: 238 Pages

Price: Rs.175/-

Blurb:

“Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen?

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, the dashing young entrepreneur, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered by three men. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model, and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

The LazyScoop Review:

This is the first time that I’ve read a book by Sourabh Mukherjee and I must say, I am really impressed. I absolutely love reading thrillers, especially the one’s which have unpredictable climax.

Hiya Sen, A Tollywood Superstar gets killed! She’s raped and murdered by three men! Who are the murderers? Her Fiance, Manav? Neha, with whom Manav had broken his engagement? Neha’s father? Mayank Kapoor, alcoholic model? Rituja Bose, superstar of previous decade?

The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee has a story which plays with your mind, and that’s the fun of reading it. You keep on guessing the culprit, but you fail to guess correctly. The Author has left no stone unturned to make the story as intriguing as possible. The plot builds up the Mystery chapter by chapter, giving no loopholes. And in the end, you can’t help but get shocked and awe for the Author’s wit.

The Characterization is fantastic, ACP Agni and all the other characters like Manav Chauhan,Rituja Bose, Mayank Kapoor, Hiya Sen, Neha are amazing. They all are intriguing and have a grey shade to their personalities.

Talking about other aspects, Narration is good too. Being a thriller, it plays a major part and Author Sourabh Mukherjee does a fine job without leaving any clue for the readers to know what happens in the end. Language is simple and even a non reader would understand the lucid words. I also liked the significance of colour red in the story.

TheLazyScoop Verdict:

Colours of Passion is mind blowing book which offers great thrilling plot, interesting characters and mind blowing climax. A totally enjoyable read for every type of reader!

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Climax– 4.5/ 5 Stars

TheLazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠

The colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can grab this book from this link at a discounted price!

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Secrets, Sins and Struggles by Kamini Kusum Book Review.

Author: Kamini Kusum

Pages: 224 Pages

Price: Rs. 199/-

Genre: Inspirational Fiction

Blurb:

This collection of tales about the lives and loves of five women traces their long, eventful journeys. Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his. These stories are about the odds stacked against these women in their paths to love and success, and their hope that the next turn that they make will be the one that leads them to the happiness they are longing for.

The LazyScoop Review:

The Secret sins and Struggle is an anthology of five stories of five strong women. The stories explore the conflicts which the women have to face in our society and how these female protagonists overcome those problems.

I really enjoyed reading each story. I liked how every story has a different plot, there is no monotony. The writing style is impressive. Stories grip you and you feel the urge to know what’s the going to happen next.

I also observed that each story was relatable, it’s like you know women go through those problems in our society, nothing seemed over the top.

Here’s some glipmse about what the stories are about:

1. Brothel to Assembly:

This is the first story from the book and it was extremely impactful. It was one of the most touching tales I’ve read. Pooja’s misery of falling into sex trade and how she comes out of it is what this story is about. By the end, you ponder upon the character, because she seems very strong.

2. Love, Corporate and Custody:

This story is about an ambitious girl, Geshna. She gives up her aspirations for the love of her life, Nihal. But Nihal turns out to be a cheat. Will she realise his true colours? How will she react then? There’s one more character named Aman who truly loves Geshna, but never confessed it. Will he? This story was simple but impressive.

3. Sin:

Sin is a story of Harsha who gets trapped in an unwanted marriage, and lives a depressed life. She couldn’t marry her love, because of her family’s choice. Will she go after her true love after marriage? What will be the consequences?

I enjoyed reading this tale because it was complex in nature. Author kamini Kusum handled it brilliantly and I was glued to the narration.

4. Madam Bureaucrat:

Shrawani aspired to become a Bureaucrat, but it’s not easy for her. Her ambiguous love life builds up new hurdles for her. I liked the climax of this story, I felt happy and satisfied with it.

5. The Rave Party Night:

Avni is in love with a guy named Jeevak, who’s only intention is to trap her into the clench of his fake love for his enjoyment. When she gets to know this from Avni, she’s heartbroken. Will she be able to teach him a lesson?

This story was gripping and threw light on pretentious love which is quite relevant. I was connected to Avni’s character quite instantly.

Overall, all stories have one thing common, they all have strong female characters, who get back to the unjust problems and emerge victorious. Be it Pooja, Shrawani, Geshna, Harsha or Avni.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Secret Sins and Struggle in the end leaves you with great impact and you feel inspired. Doesn’t matter if you are male or female, you feel victorious at the end of each story. The narration is smooth. Each story grips you with interesting plot and amazing climax.

Ratings:

Cover– 3/ 5 Stars

Plot– 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration– 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4.5/ 5 Stars

TheLazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

Secrets, Sins and Struggles by Kamini Kusum absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

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The Quest of the Sparrows Book Review.

The cover of the book gave me impressions that the book is going to be funny, as the cover shows a man’s body with the sparrow instead of his face. Was this book as interesting as it’s cover? Let’s find out!

Authors– Kartik Sharma, Ravi Sharma

Publishers– Rupa

Length– 274 Pages.

Price– 120/-

Blurb:

A seemingly ordinary young man forced to become a guru takes a leap of faith and sets off with his followers on a taxing journey that changes their mindsets and lives forever. Inspired by the carefree life of a sparrow, reluctant guru Partibhan takes off on a 600 kilometre expedition on foot to test his theory of practical spirituality. He believes that human beings can become powerful creators, but the desire to secure the future makes them mere survivors. However, survival isn’t the only goal of life. A much bigger role, a higher calling awaits us. Will Guru Partibhan and his disciples complete the journey? Will they discover their true potential and find everlasting joy? Looks at the importance of spirituality in today’s fast paced world. A must read for all those feeling burnt out and wondering about the ‘higher purpose’ of their lives. The story of a young man who finds his calling in life, written in a relatable manner.

The LazyScoop Review:

The Quest of the Sparrows is a wonderful story with beautiful message. It strikes an emotional chord with the readers. The narration is beautiful and easy to understand with good pace. Nikhil, who lives in London and is troubled with family Problems comes to India in search of Spiritual peace. Sanjeev, A detective is assigned a mission to investigate if the acclaimed Guru- Parthibhan is really a spiritual master or a fraud! The story raises many questions in the mind of the readers through the characters Nikhil and Sanjeev and rightfully answers them too through the character of Spiritual Guru Parthibhan. The main attraction of the story is the Journey of Guru Parthibhan and how it gives him as well as us readers various spiritual teachings. The book is a perfect mix of Spirituality and superb writing. I was glad to know that it was a self help book blended in a beautiful story. It had similar tone of genre as Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. It was interesting to read how perception of Nikhil and Sanjeev towards Spirituality gradually changes. The title justifies the book, as just like a sparrow, who is free spirited, Guru Parthibhan begins his Journey of 600 KM on foot! The theme is something new to read and gives perfect insight to the readers about positivity and purpose of our existence.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, Kartik and Ravi have done a phenomenal job. The book offers a blissful reading experience and a lot to learn. The characters are interesting and plot is unique. You would feel spiritualy enlightened after reading this gem of a book.

Ratings:-

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Quest of the Sparrows absolutely recommended by The LazyScoop!

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Coming Back Home by Anuradha Prasad Book Review.

When I read the blurb of the book, I found the plot to be quite interesting as it was set up in Bollywood industry, and It’s one of my favourite topics. But was the book as impressive as it’s blurb? Let’s find out!

Author: Anuradha Prasad

Pages: 303

Publishers: Leadstart Publishing

Genre: Romantic Fiction

Price: 300/-

Blurb:

Arpita is on top of the world! After all she was the fresh face of Ponds India and had snubbed the casting couch of Bollywood to land a Leading role in the small screen’s most popular channel. Life never looked more beautiful! Riku is a small town man with handsome looks and big-time Bollywood dreams. He has no ethics and is raring to make it at any cost! Unable to bag big movies as a main lead he ends up accepting a romantic role opposite Arpita on small screen. Betrayed by her own innocence, she finds herself abandoned by her dream man and cannot fathom which is more painful? Whether her failed relationship or her vanishing career! Riku makes it to the dizzying heights of stardom after leaving her. Beaten and broken Arpita has to make it again to even exist in a ruthless industry that only celebrates success. It is a savage ordeal even to have a roof over her head and two square meals! What will happen to her now? Will god punish her forever for making one wrong choice? Will she die in poverty alone? Or fulfill the dreams that she had set out for? One person must trust her to give her a chance. One opportunity must appear to raise her again! Coming Back Home – will carry you through a roller – coaster ride, yet keep you well grounded for inspiration.”

What is it about?

Coming Back Home is an interesting story set in the Background of Hindi Film Industry. Riku is a determined but selfish man who wants to make big in bollywood, and he can do anything for it. Arpita is a small town girl who wants to make her dream of becoming an actress a reality. What happens when these two fall in love with each other? When one’s greed and selfishness to go ahead, tears the other apart? Will Arpita or Riku make big in bollywood? Who betrays who?

The LazyScoop Review:

The story starts at a wonderful pace with narration which flows smoothly. I was super glued to it right from the first chapter itself. Although this book has a vibe of a commercial Hindi Movie, the characters have been potrayed in a realistic way. When you read about Riku, you feel that people like him exist. I felt connected to the characters, and constantly wanted to know where they are heading. Arpita’s character comes out beautifully well, nor in one chapter I felt that author is drifting away from her personality. Same with Riku, Sunny, Sujoy and other characters.

Arpita’s journey from being a struggler to achieving her dreams, to the breaking point which she reaches in her life, makes you fall in love with her. Author has described her so exquisitely that I could literally feel her emotions. When her heart is broken, I felt myself being sad about it.

All the humour in the initial chapters, especially during shoots, the description of shooting, feels realistic and very enjoyable to read.

I liked Sunny’s character as well. I liked how Riku’s fate changes unexpectedly, and felt he deserved it.

What I didn’t like?

In the first chapter itself there is a description of Riku sitting in a small production house, the description of other men sitting with him is, “…some were lanky, some were unimaginably dark and ugly.” It was an extremely racist statement and I was displeased reading it.

Also, The cousin’s marriage which Arpita attends and meets Sujoy seemed dragged.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, It is a fun and entertaining read and you won’t be disappointed at all. Characterization is wonderfully done. The book’s simple, fun and refreshing story grabs the attention till the end. This book if adapted into a movie, would become a blockbuster for sure.

LazyScoop Ratings:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Coming Back Home by Anuradha Prasad recommended by TheLazyScoop if you are looking forward to an entertaining read.

You can buy the book by clicking here on this link!

Thanks to Leadstart Publishing for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review. Their books have always been interesting and gripping.