Wish you all a very Happy N…Umm, Nothing!

It’s been really a long since I’ve written an article. Mostly because I was out of topics, and my work and books kept me busy. But the joy of writing isn’t going to leave me anytime soon. Touchwood.

I would’ve wished you all a very Happy New Year, but I know just like me, you all are bored looking at that text since perhaps the last week of December. So, I won’t.

Waise bhi, my or anyone’s wishing and WhatsApp Forwarding isn’t going to make your year any better. It’s in your own hands to make it one of the memorable years of your valuable lives.

Talking about new year, resolution is what pops up in the mind. Each year the January witnesses new resolutions by everyone, to be forgotten till February. No, not everyone forgets to stick to their resolutions, but most of us, including me, do.

My last year’s resolution was that I would not spend any time watching anything on youtube. But when Jaby Koay, Rickshawali, Indian Booktuber dropped their new videos, I couldn’t help but watch them.

I thought about this, and I think one of the reasons we tend to break our resolutions is because we force ourselves to follow them. We don’t actually want to follow them, so eventually we don’t.

e.g One of my friends last year decided that she’ll not be addicted to her mobile as much as she was. She forced herself to not use it, this was successful for the initial week, but later on, she was so frustrated, that she ended up spending more time than usual on her smartphone.

This is mostly what happens to us too, we force ourselves.

But there is a simple technique to follow our resolution successfully, and not get frustrated…and that is…

To take one step at a time.

Yes, e.g if your resolution is to sleep early than usual, let’s assume 2 am, and if you set a resolution that you want to sleep at 10 PM, You would end up getting irritated, because you won’t be able to sleep. Your body and mind won’t accept that timeframe.

The wise way, would be to take one step at a time. If not 10, you can sleep at 1 AM in the beginning. Slowly, you could take it backwards to 12, and then 11 and in the end, 10.

And, That’s how it works.

No matter what your resolution is, doing something slowly and gradually would help you achieve it.

If you want to read more books this month than you did last year, don’t set a resolution that you are going to read 10 books in a month.

Start with 1, then 2 and so on. There are people who read as much as 10 books per month. So possibly even you can achieve it, but slowly.

So moral of the article is: ‘Take one step at a time, Don’t take direct big leaps, you may fall down.”

That’s it for today. Lookout for more articles from me in 2018.

Here I set my resolution for 2018, to write articles again, to read more books, to sleep early and to achieve some other targets I’ve set for myself.

Let me know what your resolutions are, follow the subscribe button and set your resolution that you are going to read every damn article from this blog. Also remember, read one article at a time!

Until next time,

Keep reading!

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Then the Door Bell rang by Capri Jalota Book Review

Blurb:

One fine morning, Jane wakes up and stands upon the ledge of her 18th floor flat in Dubai Marina. Till a few years back, she was everything that would make anyone jealous – beautiful, rich and successful. But then the wheels of time turned. Today, she is miserable and lonely. Would she get over a deception? Can she forgive herself for deserting a friend? Would she ever find true love? Will karma get the better of her or will life give her another chance to correct the wrongs?

Then the Doorbell Rang is about Jane’s roller-coaster journey as she explores the mystical phenomenon called Life.

The LazyScoop Review:

The Cover of the book is simple yet attractive, and gives the impression that the story is going to be deep and mysterious.

Then the Doorbell Rang is a story of Jane, and her Journey of life. From being beautiful, successful and rich to being lonely and in a miserable state. This book is how she faces every difficult situations and seeks answers to some intriguing questions. Jane’s thoughts and description of her reaction forms the core of this book.

The Author has written the book in first person and his writing is impressive. The description of Dubai, Mumbai, every situation and place brings the picture right in front of your eyes. Jane’s thoughts and feelings are so well written that you instantly connect with her after some chapters.

There were few minor editing errors which I observed, and also the pace of the narration drops slightly slow in the middle of the book, but picks it back again towards the end.

I liked how the narration of Jane’s Past and Present was written, her childhood, her relationship with her mother, father and husband helped it connecting with the story and her even more.

Overall, the book is gripping, it tells you the story of how the protagonist overcomes the unfortunate events in her life, it definitely offers a good reading experience.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot– 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Pace: 3.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You can order this book by clicking on this link!

About the Author:

Capri is from Chandigarh and has studied Management at IIM Ahmedabad. He has worked for over 13 years in reputed organizations like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Strategic Management Group, Fortis Healthcare and KIMS, across India and the Middle East, before he decided to pen his first novel.

Capri is also an avid numismatist with a collection of over 1000 coins from 100+ countries.

A Quest For Spring By Monica Mujumdar Dixit Book Review

Blurb:

Raehan and Amolika come from two very different worlds. And for the time that their worlds overlap and stick to one path, life seems beautiful. Between projects at college and hanging out with friends, the two of them come to a startling revelation that involves a bond of love between them.

Unbeknownst to the both of them, there lies a leviathan of espionage that eventually consumes the bond they share, driving them apart by force.

Sixteen years pass, when fate decides to rekindle their bond – only this time, the challenges are exacerbated by the unresolved baggage of the past. Do the two of them find each other? Does the dull, grey, long-standing spell of winter rise to give way to spring?

TheLazyScoop Review:

Cover and Quality:

The cover of the book is simple yet attractive. The overall size of the book is large and slightly fat, which makes it delightful to hold in hands while reading. The font and quality of pages is top-notch.

Plot and Narration :

A Quest for Spring is a story of Amolika and Raehan who somehow end up studying in the same college, their friendship blossoms, though there are some secretive motives behind that friendship, the bond is true. But sometimes Destiny has other plans, as their world changes, one ends up being a Journalist whereas the other becomes Chief Minister. What would happen then as 16 years have passed since they last met. Will the soulmates come together?

I felt that Raehan and Amolika’s chemistry is described well, you experience the innocense and perplexity of their bond. I liked how the relationship and attraction slowly builds up between Amolika and Raehan, I never felt as if the Author is trying to rush things up, which mostly happens in Romantic Novels these days. Amolika’s character was strong headed. Raehan was mysterious at first but later I connected with him well as a reader.

One of the things I liked about this book is that Author doesn’t let the story be monotonous at all. Though the story mainly revolves around the protagonists, the situations, Time Lapse, their changed perspectives over the years, everything constantly keeps you engaged.

Also, the initial part of the book is set up in 1997, and the attention to detail is commendable, as the Author takes you decades back to narrate this story, the references to Princess Diana’s death to Srk’s new movie Yes Boss, Listening to walkman, calling from Public Booth, etc all help in actually taking you back in those times.

The narration of the Author is simple and yet very engaging. Description of some scenes is beautifully done. Though few chapters in the later half felt slightly dragged. For a debut novel, the writing style is impressive.

Characterization is also great, Amolika’s character feels real after few chapters. She’s headstrong and emotional. Raehan is mysterious but slowly reveals different shades of his personality. There are other characters too like Millie, Vikram, etc which are written well.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, ‘A Quest For Spring’ is an entertaining book which takes you on a romantic, emotional and nostalgic ride. The story jumps between decades, and you feel emotionally connected to the characters. There are some books which can make great movie adaptations, I think this book is one of them.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A Quest For Spring’ by Monica Majumdar Dixit, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!

Happy Reading.

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.

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!

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: ⭐⭐⭐🌠

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!

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!

You can buy this book at a discounted rate by clicking on this link!

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!

You can buy this book by clicking on this link.

Happy Reading!