Black Coffee by Priyanka Nawalgaria Book Review.

Black Coffee- ‘Dark and Strong’ by Priyanka Nawalgaria has a cool looking cover and tagline. Initially, when I read the blurb, I thought this book to be motivational and Inspirational story of a women. Read on below to know what I actually think about the book after completely reading it. 

Author: Priyanka Nawalgaria

Book length: 140 pages.

Price: 189/- (Free Delivery)

Genre: Romance

Publishers: Half Baked Beans.

Blurb:

Meet Tamanna, a young ,beautiful and fun loving girl who marries Saarthak, rich, introvert and simple. Sounds fine, right? No, not really. Reason being Raj. Years later, she accidentally bumps into Raj . His short visit into her life only increases the vacuum that he had created ages ago. This void is then filled by a sudden entry in her life in the form of Aadil who sweeps her off her feet. They both fall for each other but in an entirely different manner. Frustrated by the various emotional and heart-breaking twists and turns, she finds solace in a beautiful and unexpected friendship. But before anything can happen a series of misunderstandings manage to ruin everything in Tamanna’s sweet little world . What happens that makes all of Tamanna’s relationships sour? What is it that makes her break all her ties ? Walk into Tamanna’s shoes to experience her transformation to Black Coffee- Dark and Strong.

What is it about? 

Black Coffee is a story of a girl named Tamannah who has big dreams. Dreams such as marrying the love of her life, becoming a Chartered Accountant. But destiny has other plans for her and she gets married to Sarthak. Can first love be forgotten so easily? What happens when it appears again after few years, things are surely to be different then, especially if you are married. Join Tamannah in her journey of finding herself, and her ambitions. 

LazyScoop Review:

The book started of well with an interesting prologue where Tamannah is asking for a black coffee and explaining how her personality is changed over the years due to whatever she has gone through. How she has become strong and dark, thus building the reader’s expectation that the story which is going to unfold later is going to be moving, and totally inspiring. 

But, 

“Expectations are root cause of hurt.” they say, and that’s pretty much what happened when I read this book till the end. Maybe expected it to be really amazing, so I was disappointed. Though, the story isn’t bad. Actually story is average, short and simple. But it totally lacks depth, the writer says that the incidents happened, but actually doesn’t potray it. 

E.g – ‘We shared a different chemistry altogether, and with time, our friendship was also blossoming and flourishing’ is what is written about a character in the book. But, how that chemistry was different? How was their frienship blossoming isn’t potrayed in the book. Which makes the narrative shallow. 

If the story had been written with more depth and characterization, it would have really connected well with the reader. I wouldn’t have minded if the book was a thick one with profundity.

The initial story of how Raj and Tamannah meet for the first time is written well and was interesting to read. In the ending chapters, I felt Tamannah’s character untrustworthy. No matter how much love you’ve got for your first love, you can’t cheat your husband and claim to be strong. The writing loses it’s grip after few chapters. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

Black Coffee is a book which should be read with open mind and without expecting any motivational content, it’s a good one time read which is fast paced and can be a decent read while travelling.

Cover: 3/ 5 stars

Entertainment: 2.5/ 5 stars

Narration: 2/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 2/ 5 Stars

Story: 2.55 stars

LazyScoop Rating: 2.5/ 5 Stars

The Black Coffee, recommended by LazyScoop only if you like to read an average one time readable book. 

You can buy the book from this link by clicking here. Happy Reading! 
Upcoming Book Review: White Smoke by Nikhil Mahajan. Stay Tuned! 

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! 

Graveyard Shift Anthology Book Review. 

Today I am going to review the latest release by Half Baked Beans Publishing, ‘Graveyard Shift’ by Manish Mahajan. It’s an Anthology of short stories and as the name suggests the genre is Horror. 

Author: Manish Mahajan

Publishers: Half Baked Beans

Price: 149/- 

Number of pages- 182

Blurb:

At around midnight, I woke up suddenly. A strange sound was coming from nowhere outside in the passage. I sat up dazed. The curtains were a little ajar letting the moonlight to streak in. I got up to investigate where that noise was coming from. The passageway was almost dark, just a single lamp was left switched on for the night. The sound seemed to be coming from one of the rooms. That was strange, I thought, as there was no one else staying on this floor. All of a sudden, something moved behind me. Turning around I got the shock of my life. Some distance away, in that dreary passageway, stood a figure dressed in flowing white robes, staring hard at me.


LazyScoop Review:

Manish Mahajan’s Graveyard Shift is a a complete package of horror and spooky stories to horrify and at the same time amaze you. Each story has been well written and have uncertain twists which mystifies the reader. It comprises of 7 Short Stories and one Poem which successfully scare you. Lets have a look at what I think about each story:

The Appointment:

It’s a horrifying poem with a scary plot. It’s about a friend who is dead but has his appointment scheduled to meet the poet. Does he come back from the dead to meet him? 

Honey, ‘m back!

The first short story from the book starts with a normal tone but later turns into a scary revenge drama. This story is horrifying but seems a little bit unbelievable. But the description of the resort before each scene began did scare me.

Tales in the Train:

An overnight train, and five passengers sharing their personal encounter with ghosts and spirits. This is one of my favorites because it begins with a predictable bollywood style plot but ends with a confounding twist. Also the information about chudails: Pichal peri etc doubles up your curiosity to know more about what the story is going to bring further. 


A Night in the Hastings’s House:

A team of 10 people from the organisation ‘Ghost Hunters Of India’ go to Warren Hasting’s erstwhile Bungalow in Alipore, Kolkata to conduct their paranormal investigation when suddenly things go horribly wrong. I felt this story had the most unique plot and it had a suspense factor which you’ll know when you read the book. The information about who warren Hasting was and some historical information makes the story more believable.


A doll named Wendy: 

How can there be horror story and no mention of one of the most haunted places on earth? Yes, I am talking about Bhangarh Fort. I had read the blurb on the index page and was very keen to read this story. And it lived to my expectation. Its a story about Tara who loves her doll wendy, Saloni a small girl picks up that same doll from Bhangarh, but how come the doll reached there? And what frightening incidents happen between Tara and Saloni for their possessiveness for the doll? Read this book and find out. I enjoyed it, this short story kept me at the edge, and I couldn’t stop but finish it in one go. 

The last wish: 

This story was again horrifying and the narration was written in first person due to which it was even more scarier because we connect with the character and experience the same eeriness which he does in this story. I liked how the main character’s dialogues and narration was written. The whole concept was mysterious, scary and fun to read. Especially the last mirror entering concept was new. ( Not giving any spoilers here!)

The Apartment on the Tenth Floor:

This story is about Ravi and Gaurav, two best friends. How one day Ravi encounters a murder in the opposite building and how his life is gradually changed upside down. Moreover, he sees it eveyday! What’s the mystery behind it? This would be my most favourite story from the book. Because this one is not only scary but has emotional elements too. It is also informative about what crossover means, what does cold room and strange rotten smell indicate, etc Though this is a short story, the writer has not tried to jump from one scene to another. Each incident is well outlined and narrated. 

Betal Pachisi:

Although I knew the basic storyline, I liked how the author has written it from King Vikramaditya’s point of view. As if it’s him narrating the incident. And the details about the encounter with Aghori was indeed scary. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall Graveyard shift is high on entertainment. The author has not only written frightening stories, but also added facts and information about dead world which multiplies the impact of the tales. It gave me sleepless nights. Get your hands on this book if you are fan of the horror genre, and even if you’re not, this book is so good, it will make you one. 

Graveyard Shift Anthology, recommended by LazyScoop!

3.5/ 5 Stars.


You can order the book by clicking here on this link.

Happy Reading. And Happy World Book Day! We readers celebrate it daily with our books. 😉 

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

UNNS- The Captivation by Sapan Saxena Review. 

What is it about? 

UNNS- The Captivation is a story of Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim who in their adolescence, fall in love with each other. Their relationship and chemistry are blooming until Meher’s mom finds out about them. Atharva’s world collapses as Meher due to her parents ends the relationship and moves on. But, it’s not that easy for Atharva who just can’t believe that she’s not in love with him anymore. After school, she leaves for Germany and Atharva is left to deal alone with his true feelings. 

15 Years later, Atharva coincidentally encounters her while he is on a secret mission. Memories become alive again, will Meher understand his feelings at least now? But that’s not where the story ends. There are a lot of twists and turns as the story progresses. Will the destiny unite them? Will Atharva be successful in his secret mission? Unns is a mind blowing Story of True Love, Loyalty, Betrayal and Fate. 

 

LazyScoop Review:



Writer Sapan Saxena has woven a beautiful story with enough doses of twists and thrills. I was glued to the book right after the first page because the Teenage romance has been written in a way, that it seems genuine. And when the story shifts from romance to a thrilling drama, you just can’t stop turning the pages. I didn’t want this book to end because I got connected to the character of Atharva and fell in love with Meher myself. And I think that’s a huge success for the Author. 

I thought the story would become predictable in the end but the climax proved me wrong. Last three chapters especially, made me emotional. And the climax of the book amazed me. Sapan Saxena ends the story on the most exquisite note possible!

Another element of the story is it’s pace, it doesn’t allow the reader to be bored. Chapters are not dragged and romance has not just been put for the sake of it. The names of the chapter are kept on 7 Stages of Love in Urdu viz. Hub, Unns, Ishq, Aqeedat, Ibaadat, Junoon and Maut along with Seasons- Basant, Herbst and Winter. And how Atharva and Meher go through these stages is beautifully described in the story. And what these stages mean, you’ll get to know when you read the book. 

If a movie is made out of this book, it would surely be a Blockbuster! (And I hope they make one.)

This book definitely deserves to be on the list of National Bestsellers and I hope each one of you does yourself a favour and buys this gem, because you’ll enjoy the Adolescent love story, twists and thrills, thoroughly! This book has surprised me, as I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. 

UNNS-The Captivation by Sapan Saxena, absolutely recommended by LazyScoop. 

Rating- 4.5/5 Stars

You can buy this book from Amazon with free delivery, hurry up! 

‘The 365 Days’ by Nikhil Ramteke Book Review. 

Hello guys!

Today I’ll be reviewing ‘365 Days’ by Author Nikhil Ramteke.

So before we begin, Here’s the Synopsis from the back of the book cover:

​’This is a story that falls through the crevices of pitiless anonymity, yet miraculously waits to be told. 

Shijukutty, a Malayali fisherman, leaves his tiny hamlet of abject poverty in the coastal village of Vizhinjam on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, that picturesque vignette of searing beauty on the south-western coast of India. Shiju, like millions of other Malayalis, seeks his destiny in Dubai, that gleaming global hub of fortune on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. What unfolds is a stirring story of distilled hardship, exploitation, identity, and friendship, and the heartbreaking choices Shiju is often forced to make. So what he sees is not what he experiences when he lands in a world of glimmering towers, fast-paced life, and unabashed opulence. For what he was not prepared for was the dark underbelly of Dubai beyond the shimmering mirage. 
Shiju’s life is no more the same. But he holds his ground, drawing on ancient instincts of his seafaring ancestry. As things settle down around him, he is inexorably pulled into the canyon of recession… Will Shiju be able to hold on to his dreams? Will he able to pull out himself from the whirlpool? Will he survive against all odds? Will he redeem himself? Nikhil Ramteke unfolds an extraordinary saga about Indian expatriates, their struggles, their alienation, and their dreams. The 365 Days is more than a story of a year in Shijukutty’s life.’

What’s it exactly about?

The 365 days is a story of a fisherman named Shijukutty, who gets inspired by many malyalis from his tiny village Vizhinjam in Thiruvanthapuram, who have become successful and rich by working in Dubai. Thus chasing his dreams, he leaves his wife and son behind for the Hub of fortune, believing that even he will meet his bright kismet.

But much to his disappointment, his dreams gradually get shattered, but not his will. He finds out that behind the glittering city lies a deep dark side which he wasn’t aware of. It’s his journey of making his dreams come true. But what happens when he is faced with challenges? Will those struggles make him quit? A lot can happen in a year, the 356 days is an account of Shijukutty’s one whole life changing year. Find it out by reading it. 


My opinion:

The 365 days by Nikhil Ramteke, is one of the most versatile stories I’ve read in the recent times. It doesn’t follow the quintessential way of writing. The narrative is intriguing and unfolds minor details with perfection. It goes back and forth and keeps you glued to it till the last page. Though this is a fictional account, but Author Nikhil Ramteke has written in a way that it feels like its his story. And that’s not just because he writes in first person, it’s because he makes the characters come alive by making us feel the emotions and things the main character- Shijukutty, has been going through, emotionally as well as mentally. 

  This story will inspire you, it will make you emotional (Not in a melodramatic way), also it will make you realise that challenges are part of life, it’s how we face them, that matters. 

You’ll connect with the character Shiju, you’ll feel his feelings, and the message which you get after you complete reading it, stays with you. 

So, The 365 Days by Nikhil Ramteke, absolutely recommended by LazyScoop. 
LazyScoop Verdict:-

To the plot- 4/5 Stars. 

Narrative- 4/5 Stars

Story- 3.5/5 Stars

Cover page- 3.5/5 Stars.

Overall Rating– 4.5/Stars

This is a book you won’t regret buying, and after you complete it, the story will stay with you making you ponder about life and dreams. 

You can buy this must read book by hitting this Amazon link at a discounted price of Rs. 138/- 

Happy Reading! And Happy Holi in Advance. 
Love,

Pratik Jadhav

New Book launch Alert: One Indian Girl By Chetan Bhagat! 


Chetan Bhagat has made so many people like me passionate about reading. His first book I read was 2 States, though I am not saying he writes something super great stuff, but you can’t deny the fact that pre-chetan Bhagat books, indian book sales were facing a down trend. You can give the credit to his marketing strategy, his writing skills, his imagination, or whataver, but its a fact that he is one of the top most writers in India and his books always reach the best seller benchmarks. Doesn’t matter how much scoopwhoop and other people criticize him, you can’t avoid reading his books, and even if you do, you’ll be watching a movie based on the book after a period of time.

Copyright- Chetan Bhagat

So, Chetan Bhagat, has written yet another book called – One Indian Girl, as we all know. As the title suggests, the book is written from a girl’s perspective. It’s the first time that Chetan Bhagat has written the story with female first person, it would be super interesting how he would’ve done that. It would be a successful attempt by him if the female readers identify themselves with the character. 

Here is the official teaser of the book-

https://youtu.be/0y6M_Y-nzK8

Here is the summary: 

Hi, I’m Radhika Mehta and I’m getting married this week.

I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you. You may not like much.

One, I make a lot of money.

Two, I have an opinion on everything.

Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.

Now if I were a guy, you’d be cool with it. Since I am a girl, these things don’t make me likeable, do they?

Seems like the book is aimed at changing the way society looks at women. 

You can buy the book by clicking below and get a discount of ₹57. Amazon guarantees book delivery on the same day when the book is up for all India release i.e 1st Oct.

Click me to order ‘One Indian Girl’ by Chetan Bhagat for a special price of ₹119!

Chetan Bhagat claims most of the people who read his upcoming book have said it to be his best up to date. If it really is, 1st october would tell us!

Till then, keep reading! 

Love,

Pratik Jadhav