Second Chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa Book Review.

When I first read the blurb of this book, I got curious about the story. It seemed interesting and something new. But was the book as gripping as the blurb was ? Let’s find out.

Author: Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

Pages: 198 pages

Publisher: Educreation Publishing

Genre: Fantasy Thriller/ Philosophical Fiction

Blurb:

Shekhar Kapoor is a successful businessman who has never done a decent thing in his entire life. For him it is all about what he can get and how fast he can get it. He goes through life cheating and insulting people, even after he receives a mysterious telephone call from what is called the City of Justice. Ignoring the cryptic warnings, Shekhar continues to live his life as he pleases, until one day, shortly after insulting a beggar in the street, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed. And it is only when he is standing before the Bookkeeper, and being shown where his life had gone wrong, that Shekhar finally understands what life is all about. But is it too late for him? Can he be given another chance, to undo all the wrongs he has done? Or is there a chance that Shekhar Kapoor can find redemption where there had previously been no hope?

What is it about?

Second chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa is a story of a successful but arrogant, cruel, and selfish businessman named Shekhar Kapoor. For him his money and business is everything. He doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings, nor their well being. But world turns upside down for him when an accident leads to his death! He is made to face his wrong deeds. What his life doesn’t teach him, his death does. But how can he change his wrong deeds if he’s already dead? Is it too late? Will he be punished for his deeds? This is a story of his transformation from being the most self centered person to a kind of person he himself had never thought he would become.

No money can give you contentment and happiness. Do what your heart wants and what you will get would be priceless. – Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

LazyScoop Book Review:

Honestly, I don’t really enjoy reading philosophical books much, because they have always seemed quite monotonous to me. But this book has changed my perception completely. It has everything- Philosophy, Emotions, Thrills, Fantasy elements, all coated with a beautiful message.

The narrative style of the author is smooth, language is lucid. As far as story is concerned, it captured me right from the first chapter. And gradually I was immersed in the narration completely.

Each chapter is condensed with engaging story. Writing fantasy imagination is a difficult task because you have to construct it in such a way that it feels believable to the reader. And yes, Dr. Sandeep Jatwa successfully does that. You feel the protagonists experience in the City of Justice as if your own.

The reaction of Shekhar Kapoor after the accident when some strange things happen to him (Don’t want to spoil it for you guys) are described so practically, without going overboard. I wouldn’t reveal much but the Golden Chair, miniature Solar Systems, etc all was narrated so fantastically that I was amazed.

I would’ve liked if Unnati’s character had been given more depth. The relationship of Protagonist and his father was beautifully written. I enjoyed reading Shekhar and Kailash’s story and the angle to which it leads.

This book reminds us how our every small actions impact others. How our ego, ill behaviour, selfishness can destroy someone’s feelings, or even sometimes life.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

This book has a lot to learn from, and for everyone. And yes, it’s much better than any love story, or thrillers which came recently. The message which this story brings is beautiful. The best thing about this book is that you get emotionally connected to it. It’s gripping and there’s not even one dull moment in the book! There is a selfish shekhar kapoor in each one of us, which has to change into a loving and caring one. This book deserves to be a bestseller!

Ratings:

Plot: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Cover: 3/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

Second Chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa, absolutely recommended by The LazyScoop!

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Inside the Heart of Hope by Rishabh Puri: Book Review

The cover of this book as well as blurb gave me impressions that this book is perhaps an emotional and inspirational story. As the blurb claimed it to be a story of strong will, perseverance and optimism. Was it really inspiring? Read on to know what I think about this book!

Author: Rishabh Puri

Publishers: Srishti Publishers

Book Length: 121 Pages

Genre: Inspirational Fiction

Price: Rs.85/- on Amazon.

Blurb:

We’re all a little broken, and that’s okay. Or is it? Rick has a medical condition that makes his life different from the rest. But unlike others around him, he sees this not as a curse, but as an opportunity to cherish life and all the bitter-sweet gifts it brings with it. Amidst frequent visits to the doctor, multiple surgeries that risk his life being, and a life that meant surveillance all the time, Rick has to fight for himself each day. But he pulls through, thanks to his family and friend Jacob, who become his pillars of strength. And then, at a time when he is least expecting it, and with someone he meets by accident – love happens. It’s a new feeling for his heart and he is scared to lose it. Will Lisa really understand the goodness of his heart or just walk away? Inside the Heart of Hope is a story of strong will, perseverance and optimism which will make you wonder if sky is really the limit.

What is it about?

Inside the Heart of Hope is a story of Rick who wants to live a normal and exciting life just like every other kid of his age, but can’t because of his heart disorder- Aortic Valve Stenosis. According to which he can’t physically imvolve in a lot of perspiring work, or in other words, put a lot of pressure on his heart. Moreover, He is heartbrokem when his girlfriend leaves him for an unexpected reason. Its the journey of the Author from living a miserable life to a life which he desires to live. It is an Inspiring story of how to overcome your insecurities and problems.

The LazyScoop Review:

The story begins on a sensitive note with a prologue where Rick is recollecting his thoughts about his childhood and how different was it from the rest of the kids of his age. His parents are always protective for him which gradually makes him feel restricted. Though the chapters make you feel sympathetic for the main character Rick, the tone of the book gets a bit monotonous. The initial chapters started to feel dragged.

The story actually gets more engaging when Rick meets Lisa by accident. The incident felt very nicely described with a humourous vibe to it. The story then gets more interesting. I liked the second half of the book more than the first few chapters.

Characterization is decent, not the best. You only feel connected to Rick and Lisa to some extent. Rick’s best friend is good but there’s not much about him in the book except situations where he is always there for Rick and how he always motivates him.

The climax was quite heart touching and felt really satisfactory. This book being an emotional and inpiring story couldn’t have ended any other way.

In the end, it made me feel happy and inspired.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Inside the Heart of Hope is an inspiring story with decent narration. It stays with you because of the emotional elements it has. The narration is good and the love story in the second half gives lot of reasons to smile. Moreover, what makes it more interesting is it’s Author’s real story in a fictionalised manner.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/5 Stars

Entertainment: 3/5 Stars

Narration: 3.5/5 Stars

Characterization: 3/5 Stars

LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Inside the Heart of Hope recommended by The LazyScoop if you like Simple and Inspiring story with an angle of love to it.

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Happy Reading.

Next upcoming Review: Second Chance by Author Sandeep Jatwa.
Stay tuned!

Three and a half Murders By Salil Desai Book Review.

Author: Salil Desai

Pages: 328

Publishers: Fingerprint!

Genre: Murder Mystery- Thriller

Price: 162/-

When I first read the blurb, I was expecting it to be just another crime patrol episode in a book format. But to my surprise, this book is much beyond that. As the name suggests, Three and a Half Murders is a murder mystery. Find out what I think about it, below!


Blurb
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Two corpses…a woman lying dead on her bed, a man hanging from the ceiling fan. A suicide note cum murder confession. And a name…Shaunak Sodhi. When the case comes their way, Senior Inspector Saralkar has just been diagnosed with hypertension and PSI Motkar is busy with rehearsals of an amateur play.

What appears at first to be a commonplace crime by a debt-ridden, cuckolded husband, who has killed his unfaithful wife and then hung himself, soon begins to unfold as a baffling mystery.

As clues point to a seven-year-old unsolved murder in Bangalore and other leads emerge closer home, Saralkar and Motkar find themselves investigating shady secrets, bitter grudges, fishy land deals, carnal desires, the dead woman Anushka Doshi’s sinister obsession with past life regression and her husband’s links to a suspicious, small-time god-man, Rangdev Baba. And then, suddenly, the murderer resurfaces and yet another life is in grave danger…

Can Saralkar and Motkar get to the bottom of an unimaginably shocking motive and stop the malevolent killer from committing the fourth murder…?

What is it about?

Two dead bodies are found in an apartment, one is hanging from the fan, and another body is of a woman whose face has been damaged with Acid. They are identified to be a couple named Mr and Mrs. Doshi. 

The only piece of information is a note written by Mr. Doshi claiming to have killed his wife and himself for certain reasons. 

Simple case, isn’t it? Well, nothing is as it seems, when Inspector Saralkar enters the scene to crack the case along with his accomplice, PSI Motkar. And thus begins the thrilling journey of unravelling the mystery. 


LazyScoop Review:



Three and Half Murders is one of the best books to have come out this year. It kept me glued to it right from the first page itself. The narration is fantastic. It seems as if the writer has done lot of work on plot, characterization and narration before beginning to write the book. The pace of the book is perfect, fast enough yet not jumpy. The broody bad ass Saralkar to Brave yet timid in front of the boss, PSI Motkar, all were well defined characters. Their chemistry is amazingly written, with genuine Humour. I really enjoyed when Saralkar grilled poor Motkar with sarcastic retorts every now and then. 

I was expecting the story to loose it’s grip after the beginning chapters, like most of the thrillers do. But this book surprised me. The tension, the curiosity, the suspense just builds up with every chapter! Also, what makes this book a success is its Dangerous and scary antagonist. 

The Climax was totally unpredictable, and was definitely satisfying. 

What I didn’t like:

Ummm…let me think…ummm…


LazyScoop Verdict:

This book deserves to be on the chart of Best-Sellers. Its dark, witty, full of shocking twists and is peppered with enough doses of humour to keep you totally entertained. Once you finish the book, you’ll surely become a fan of Inspector Saralkar!
There are two more books written by Author Salil Desai in Inspector Saralkar series. And after reading this book, I am certain that I am going to read the other books too. Buy this book if you want to thrill yourself and want to read a story which will play with your mind. 

Plot
: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 5/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 stars

Three and a Half Murders, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop! 



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Happy Reading!

The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal Review. 

Author: Sumit Agarwal

Genre: Contemporary Political Thriller

Pages: 306

Publishers: Rupa Publications India

This book had released few months ago and has been the talk of the literary world since then. It’s reached the Amazon Best Sellers list in a very short time. All the book reviewers are showering praises on it and so I was really curious to know what this book is all about. I got the chance to read it. Read on to know what I think! 

Blurb:

Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back? 

Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician and Aditya, an altruistic businessman. 

Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives—a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive? 

A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goose bumps. Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must-read!



What is it about? 

The four patriots is the thrilling Journey of four individuals who are disappointed with the current Indian Political scenario and are challenged by various incidents to take things in their hands and change it. They have to face many obstacles from various powerful and selfish people who think about themselves more than their country. Will the Four Patriots succeed in changing the system? Will they be able to tackle the conspiracies against them? 

 

LazyScoop Review:

‘The four patriots immediately grasps your attention from the first chapter itself. The introduction of all characters is not limited to their traits, each character has depth and there are various such situations they come across which triggers their motivation to get into the corrupt political system and change it. I liked how the prologue ends on a cliffhanger point which makes you keep reading to reach the end and know the suspense about one of the protagonist getting shot. But by whom? Why? Does he die? 
Characterization is one of the key elements in this book. Each character has been well defined, their backstories justify their behaviour perfectly. E.g Salman’s badass character is really fun to read about. You get emotionally connected with Raghav after his backstory is revealed. Varun Panga Pandey’s boldness and Aditya’s smartness also impressed me. Though my most favourite character is Salman. He’s bold and believes in tit for tat, many readers would easily relate to his character. 

As far as the story is concerned, it’s compelling! And the doses of twists and turns are unpredictable and move at a very good pace, sure to keep you at the edge and hooked on to the book. 

One of the best dialogues in this book is ‘Dekhna nahi, Karna hai.’ and that actually pretty much sums up the real message behind this book. 

What I didn’t like: 

I didn’t like how Varun and Alisha’s story concludes. I felt Varun was totally wrong for stopping his wife from working and yet he doesn’t seem to be genuinely sorry about it later. There should’ve been incidences where he realizes his mistake. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

I don’t know why but there was a thrilling background score playing in my mind as I kept reading this book. Shows how successful it was to engage me in the narration. 

There are many whistle worthy dialogues and moments in the book too. E.g ‘Ise Prasad Chahiye’ moment, every time the character salman says this dialogue, you jolt up with excitement! ( Is it wierd to whistle with excitement while reading a book? )
Another commendable thing about this book is how the Author has given solution to various national problems which seem practical. It shows how much intelligent the author is and how much research he has done before writing this book. Who could’ve better reviewed the book than Late Mr. Om puri who says it to be- “Thrilling to the core. A must-read.” Kudos to Author Sumit Agarwal, though this being his debut book, he has written it in a way at par with many seasoned Authors. 

Overall The Four Patriots is a thrilling and inspiring story of Patriotism which is not just limited to facebook comments and cricket, Friendship and Romance. The message and the characters stay in your mind even after you finish reading it. 

The Four Patriots, Absolutely recommended by LazyScoop!



Cover: 5/5 Stars

Plot: 5/5 stars

Narrative Style: 4.5/5 stars

Characterization: 5/5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/5 Stars

LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

You can buy this book from this link, for a discounted price of Rs. 65/- Hurry! 

The Best Seller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian-Review

First of all, I would like to thank BlogAdda for giving me this opportunity to review this amazing book. The Best Seller she wrote is one of the highly awaited books from Ravi Subramanian since it’s his first romantic thriller and readers (especially fans like me were super eager to read this!)

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So, Let’s begin!

The book’s Cover designed by – ‘Think WhyNot’ looks extremely attractive, the cute face of a girl and a dude’s face on the right wearing those author-like spectacles looks new and appealing. Even the background colour, which is Yellowish Mango colour, makes it look yummy. (That’s the right word, consciously chosen)

 

As you open the book, you see Ravi Subramanian’s Note saying –

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which brings a smile onto your face.

The Plot:-

The bestseller she wrote begins in a packed auditorium of IIM, Bengaluru, where a branch director of National Bank, an alumnus of the same institute, and yes, of course, an author who has four books to his credit, has come. His books have sold four million copies and two have also been made into a movie. In short, he’s a super successful author!

Shreya, is an ambitious girl who is beautiful, outspoken, young and reckless, who always aspires to become a successful author. Somehow, Aditya and shreya end up in a verbal spat, strangely or so, their anger soon turns into love/ attraction/ infatuation. This happens when shreya actually reads Aditya’s books that she feels attracted to him. Their worlds intertwines and the magic of love spells. Aditya who is enchanted to her is actually married to a loyal, devoted woman- Maya.

After some romance between shreya and Aditya, we realise that Shreya is actually quite self-centered and is only using Aditya for realising her dreams. We realise this by the way she brings out the topic of manuscripts and dream of writing amidst some romantic moments.

Maya, Aditya’s wife (Whom you pity while reading.) gets infected with a deadly disease. And, when she is dealing with this trauma, she gets another shock of her life when she discovers something fishy in Aditya’s phone and thus gets to know his unfaithfulness towards her.

Soon, Aditya realises his mistake of cheating his devoted wife. He asks for her forgiveness and tries to end his demeaning relationship with Shreya. Shreya is aggravated with this and threatens him to destroy his career. How? You’ll know when you read.

Will Maya accept Aditya’s apology and will the both be together? Or the love story of Shreya and Aditya will take a new positive turn? Will  shreya be successful in publishing her book? Will Sanjay a family friend of Aditya, help him get out of this mess? Will Shreya destroy Aditya’s career?

You’ll get all the answers when you read the book.

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You can read this synopsis on the back cover.

My opinion:-

The cover page might make some readers misjudge the book to be a romantic love story, but NO! It’s not just a romantic love story, of course, there’s romance, but it’s a thriller too! Like every Ravi Subramanian novel, this one has many twists and turns. The characters play with your brain, you trust a character in one chapter and they betray you in another chapter.

Thus, I being a fan of the narrative style of Ravi Subramanian with many thrilling twist and turns, wasn’t disappointed at all. This one has romance, betrayal, redemption and hidden greed all coated with surprising thrills which make it a perfect read!

What I liked:-

  1. The interesting story.
  2. The way Ravi Subramanian has introduced all the characters, all seem to wearing a mask. Their true faces are revealed as you read.
  3. Though a romance novel, Ravi sir has kept the thrill element alive.
  4. Fast paced. Ravi sir doesn’t waste time describing unimportant things like the colour of the clothes or what the characters are eating. He writes to the point and keeps the readers glued to the book.
  5. All the current affairs are mentioned like, Ebola, Blogadda, Iphone-6, Twitter trends, which makes the story seem fresh and new!

What I didn’t like:-

  1. Some characters needed more in-depth information. e.g Melvin. Yes only one negative point, otherwise this book is too awesome.

By the way, In one of the recent TOI contests, I had asked Ravi Subramanian sir one question about this book, and this is what he had to say:

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So, has he successfully won his challenge? Yes, he has come out with flying colours.

Publisher- Westland Ltd.
Pages- 391
ISBN- 978-93-85152-38-2
Genre- Romantic Thriller
Fiction

MRP- Rs. 295

Though you can get it from Amazon with a discount at just Rs. 180/-

LazyScoop Rating:

4.5 /5 stars

Get your copy ASAP!

Ravi Subramanian’s autograph :

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