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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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.

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!

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!

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

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.

You can buy the book at a discounted price by clicking here!

Happy Reading.

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

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

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!