White Smoke: The missing Shimla Girl by Nikhil Mahajan Book Review. 

The cover of this book gave me impressions that it’s going to be a story of a detective and a girl who has gone missing, blurb was interesting to read so I was expecting it to be a thrilling ride, did it fulfill my expectations? Well, read on to know! 

Author: Nikhil Mahajan

Genre: Romantic Thriller

Book Length: 147 Pages.

Price: 99/-

Publication Date: 7th June, 2017

Publishers: Srishti Publishers and Distributors.

Blurb

Virat studies in a renowned boarding school in Shimla. But behind the façade of a happy teenager is a disturbed child trying to fight the pain of his mother’s death and his father’s ignorance. Neither love nor friends seem to be of any help. That’s when he finds a picture in a library book, which changes his life forever. 
In trying to find the truth behind the girl in the picture, he stumbles upon dirty secrets and a scandal that shocks him. 
Meanwhile in Delhi, a CID officer and Police Inspector Mathur are trying to unravel the mystery behind the gruesome murders of two influential families that seem to be connected to the mysterious girl in the picture. 
Will Virat be able to find the mysterious girl or lose himself on the way? 
Discover the chilling reality of life, friendship, love and deceit behind the curtain of White Smoke.


What is it about? 

White Smoke: The Missing Shimla Girl is a story of Virat, A teenager with a troubled childhood, who one day discovers a picture of a beautiful girl in one of the books from Boarding School’s Library. His relationship with Payal, is on the verge of an end. And there is some mysterious attraction to the picture he has found. 

Chilling and perplexing murders are taking place in the city and Inspector Mathur is trying hard to solve the case. There’s one CID officer too, who also wants to crack the case ASAP. Is there any relation between the picture and the murders? Who is the murderer? What is his motive? Will Virat come out of his obsession with the girl in the picture? Who is she by the way? Find the answers in the book! 

LazyScoop Review:

Writer Nikhil Mahajan writes a story which is gripping, short, edgy and page turner. Writing is crisp, it had a certain dark tone to it which made it intriguing. Narration flows smoothly with case reports giving a subconscious authenticity to the case Inspector Mathur was handling! Though the case reports were coming up more often in between chapters and later they got boring to be read, they were hurdles in the breezy narration.

In one of the incidents portrayed in the book, a character slaps his girlfriend, after he announces a break up and she tries to know the reason, it didn’t seem morally correct to me. Also Virat being obsessed about just a picture he finds in a book doesn’t seem practical, but having said that, I think its fiction, so getting some creative liberty isn’t wrong as far as the overall book is entertaining.

The three dimensional aspect of the story i.e Virat and Payal, Mahi and Arjun, Inspector Mathur and how all the characters are interlinked was very creative of the author, and was amazing to read. Some of the erotic scenes are written in a very nice way without going overboard or cheap. 

The climax was chilling and raised many questions.

LazyScoop Verdict:

White Smoke: The Missing Shimla Girl is a compelling read with lot of twists and turns and interesting plot. It is a story of Love, Romance, Betrayal, and Revenge. It’s not the best books to be read in thrillers, but it’s definitely a good one. And the reader would wait for its sequel to find answers to some questions which the story raises. 

Ratings:

Cover: 3/ 5 Stars

Narration: 3/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 3.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 3.5/ 5 Stars

White Smoke: The Missing Shimla girl recommended by LazyScoop if you’d like to read a decent Romantic Thriller. 

You can buy the Book at a Discounted Price by clicking here! 

Happy Reading,

Pratik Jadhav

A New Book Launch To Look Out For! 

​In the past, I’ve reviewed two wonderful books by Shubha Vilas, Ramayana- The Game Of Life: Shattered Dreams: Part 2 and The Stolen Hope: Book 3. You can check out the reviews by clicking their names. The depth and details with which Shubha Vilas writes is terrific and recently I got an e-mail from him about a new launch of his book called ‘Open Eyed Meditation’ which surprisingly is NOT in line with Ramayana series this time. Though it’s definitely related to Mythology. He shared the book cover and summary of his new book, which I was too excited to share with you guys. 
Here is the exclusive look of the front and back cover:

Looks exciting, doesn’t it? As you can see the price of the book is kept ₹250 which is a good deal I think since the priceless values and fun shubha vilas books usually offer. Though if it is really worth the money, we’ll find it when I review it for you guys very soon.
Here is the exclusive Introduction straight from the book and Author’s pen: 

Meditation essentially means perceiving deeper truths from within. 
For those who thought that meditation is a closed- eyed phenomenon, I beg to differ. And offer them Open- eyed Meditations, a book that shows another perspective to meditation. 
When you are open to life, life opens up to you. The upper limit of your ability to learn is determined by the upper limit of your desire to learn. Nature is actually a school that happily teaches eager students the secret lessons of life. Open-eyed Meditations is a collection of thoughts about various aspects of life that is purely inspired by observing the world through the lenses of the Vedic epics. 
Each meditation in the book deals with a modern problem that each one of us encounters in life and is accompanied by profound insights to those situations through a story or a character from the ancient epics. 
Why ancient epics? The reason being that there is something attractive about the epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana that has kept them alive century after century. Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines. 
Albert Einstein said, ‘Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep the balance one has to keep moving.’ For most people, there is no time to stop to learn how to maintain good relationships, how to become effective leaders, how to manage complications in life, and so on and so forth. They are already on the bicycle of life and most of the times speedily trending downwards. In such a delicate situation any quick tip to help retain the balance is always welcome! 
Thus, Open-eyed Meditations is a distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives; a unique self-help book wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present. 
Whether you are dealing with complex dynamics of relationships or solving an impossible crisis in your life or coming to terms with embarrassing failures or struggling with important decisions or dealing with any kind of addiction, this book offers valuable nuggets of wisdom and action point resources to deal with it all. 
Open-eyed Meditations is a by-product of reading thousands of wisdom books, learning from thousands of wise men and keenly observing thousands of life situations. It is replete with intellectually stimulating analogies and quotes that will stick in your mind long after you have put the book down. It’s definitely not a one-time read, but surely warrants a meditative one. Every meditation is independent and complete. These meditations will provoke you to think about life in ways you would have never thought of. 
Water is all over the air, but when air is subjected to the process of condensation, we get water. Similarly, ideas/ thoughts are all over, but when subjected to the process of contemplation, they become accessible to us. When a thought is held for a long duration of time and processed through the machinery of contemplation, then life sutras are produced. Open-eyed Meditations is a book of ‘thought sutras’ that can become ‘life sutras’. 

Read this book the way a cow eats grass while ruminating. Chew on every word carefully till you have milky lucidity that nourishes every aspect of your life. This book will help you learn the art of meditating with your eyes wide open as you keenly observe the world around you and allow it to enlighten you. 

Here are some of the reviews for this book from famous writers and personalities: 

Deep exploration, congent analysis, and lucid interpretation of stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata… This book should be on every bookshelf and in every home.

– CHRISTOPER C. DOYLE, author

Intuitive yet pragmatic, Open-eyed Mediations is a lucid and thoughtful window to mindfulness.

NAMITA GOKHALE, writer

A wonderful book that reveals many profound secrets through varied meditations, each of which can nurture a different aspect of your life.

ASHWIN SANGI, author

A unique approach to help us address issues and questions that we have in our life… useful and enlightening. Highly recommended.

ANIL VALLURI, PRESIDENT, SAARC & NetApp India

Shubha Vilas has extracted the knowledge of timeless epics, distilled the wisdom, and presented it in a contemporary form… a book you will want to read over again to absorb the brilliant learnings.

ABHISHEK KARANI, Director, The Free Press Journal

Open-eyed Meditations is a book for all moods and all seasons… these rare 64 gems talk to us, make us ponder, and goad us to accept…Read it and digest it for a better life!

HITAL R. MESWANI, Executive Director and Board of Reliance Industries Ltd.

For all those who are new to Author Shubha Vilas, here is all you need to know about him: 

Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. 

In essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, lifestyle coach and a storyteller par excellence. 

His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought-provoking seminars. 

Shubha Vilas periodically interacts with the youth in premier institutes across the world, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values. Close to his heart is his role as a guide and teacher to school children, teaching foundational values through masterful storytelling. 

Traveling across the globe and meeting people from all walks of life, he teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out spiritual lifestyle tips and contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations. 

He is the author of the best-selling book series known as ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life’ published by Jaico Books, that distills thought-provoking life lessons through the gripping narrative of the story of the Ramayana. 
You can connect with him on Facebook and twitter as well: 
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/shubhavilas
Twitter: @shubhavilas 

As I said, in the coming days I’ll be sharing my review of this book. In the meantime, you can check out bookshops near you for the availability of this book, since it’s going to be launched this August. Exact date is not known to me yet. 
Also, Chetan Bhagat’s new book titled One Indian Girl is releasing this Diwali. I’ll be sharing details about the book soon in my next post. 
Till then don’t stop reading! Please like, share and subscribe to the blog. Need your support. Thank you. 

Signing off,

Pratik Jadhav.