Secrets, Sins and Struggles by Kamini Kusum Book Review.

Author: Kamini Kusum

Pages: 224 Pages

Price: Rs. 199/-

Genre: Inspirational Fiction

Blurb:

This collection of tales about the lives and loves of five women traces their long, eventful journeys. Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his. These stories are about the odds stacked against these women in their paths to love and success, and their hope that the next turn that they make will be the one that leads them to the happiness they are longing for.

The LazyScoop Review:

The Secret sins and Struggle is an anthology of five stories of five strong women. The stories explore the conflicts which the women have to face in our society and how these female protagonists overcome those problems.

I really enjoyed reading each story. I liked how every story has a different plot, there is no monotony. The writing style is impressive. Stories grip you and you feel the urge to know what’s the going to happen next.

I also observed that each story was relatable, it’s like you know women go through those problems in our society, nothing seemed over the top.

Here’s some glipmse about what the stories are about:

1. Brothel to Assembly:

This is the first story from the book and it was extremely impactful. It was one of the most touching tales I’ve read. Pooja’s misery of falling into sex trade and how she comes out of it is what this story is about. By the end, you ponder upon the character, because she seems very strong.

2. Love, Corporate and Custody:

This story is about an ambitious girl, Geshna. She gives up her aspirations for the love of her life, Nihal. But Nihal turns out to be a cheat. Will she realise his true colours? How will she react then? There’s one more character named Aman who truly loves Geshna, but never confessed it. Will he? This story was simple but impressive.

3. Sin:

Sin is a story of Harsha who gets trapped in an unwanted marriage, and lives a depressed life. She couldn’t marry her love, because of her family’s choice. Will she go after her true love after marriage? What will be the consequences?

I enjoyed reading this tale because it was complex in nature. Author kamini Kusum handled it brilliantly and I was glued to the narration.

4. Madam Bureaucrat:

Shrawani aspired to become a Bureaucrat, but it’s not easy for her. Her ambiguous love life builds up new hurdles for her. I liked the climax of this story, I felt happy and satisfied with it.

5. The Rave Party Night:

Avni is in love with a guy named Jeevak, who’s only intention is to trap her into the clench of his fake love for his enjoyment. When she gets to know this from Avni, she’s heartbroken. Will she be able to teach him a lesson?

This story was gripping and threw light on pretentious love which is quite relevant. I was connected to Avni’s character quite instantly.

Overall, all stories have one thing common, they all have strong female characters, who get back to the unjust problems and emerge victorious. Be it Pooja, Shrawani, Geshna, Harsha or Avni.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Secret Sins and Struggle in the end leaves you with great impact and you feel inspired. Doesn’t matter if you are male or female, you feel victorious at the end of each story. The narration is smooth. Each story grips you with interesting plot and amazing climax.

Ratings:

Cover– 3/ 5 Stars

Plot– 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration– 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4.5/ 5 Stars

TheLazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

Secrets, Sins and Struggles by Kamini Kusum absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!

Happy Reading!

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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!

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! 

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
:

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! 



You can buy this book by clicking here at a discounted price.

Happy Reading!