Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu Book Review

Blurb:

Bad ones get into the pants, whereas the good ones get friend-zoned.Bad ones have a blast and the good ones suffer.Bad boys take it all, while Nice Men Finish Last.Nandu pays an unfair price for being nice; he is dumped by his girlfriend.Depressed by the brutal break-up, he follows in the footsteps of his womanizer friend Sattu, who firmly believes that nothing good ever happens to a nice man.Duly brainwashed to shed his lovelorn avatar, along with the skin of the nice man, Nandu gets a character reboot. Things change rapidly, as he uses lies and all the unfair means to score girls. It works wonders for him till he realizes how powerful karma is. That makes him come out of this transitional filthy state, choosing to become a nice man again.That’s when he falls in love with Tanishq – a beautiful dentistry student.Will he be able to win her heart being a nice man or do nice men really always finish last?

What is it about?

Nice Men Finish Last is a story of Nandu, a nice guy who turns into a womanizer because of his friend sattu’s advices. But soon realises his mistake, and decides to become a nice man again like he was earlier. However, he falls in love with the most beautiful girl in the dentistry college, who is also his student named Tanishq. Will he be able to win her heart being a nice guy?

The LazyScoop Review:

Last men Finish Last is a completely enjoyable read. The subtle humourous tone the writing seemed very witty to me. The book somehow manages to make us smile or laugh even at the most serious situations, though you also get the essence of serious situations along with it.

E.g In the first chapter, Nandu is going through a serious break up. But there’s also a cricket commentary going on of live match on the radio and tv. The fusion of narration and commentary was very funny to read.

The initial chapters where more of Nandu’s friendship with his three friend, their chemistry and sattu’s obsession with girls is explored. It reminded me a lot of Hollywood movies like American Pie, 21 and Over, etc. The chapters give you same comic tone, some non-veg one liners and dialogues. Though without going overboard.

The book is filled with funny situations- eg. When Nandu enters Tanishq’s house for the first time, and has a tea made by her. A simple incident, but the writers funny way of narrating it makes it very entertaining to read.

Characterization is also good, Nandu being a Nice guy and a womanizer later, his mental frame is well described.

Sattu’s character adds flavour to the plot. Keshav and Shardul’s characters aren’t explored much, they get lost somewhere in the story.

Tanishq’s character is also very impressive, she’s head strong and a fun loving girl. She’s possessive and requires constant attention.

Madiha’s character was loveable. A perfect friend, grumpy but very helpful.

The second half of the book becomes slightly more serious and you get more emotionally connected to the story. The climax is fantastic, couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying end to this romantic comedy.

What I didn’t like?

I wanted to know more about Nandu’s equation with Tanishq’s father. I felt it was left without a proper conclusion.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu is an entertaining read with good dose of humour, emotions and romance. If adopted into a movie script, It has the potential to be a blockbuster Bollywood movie.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Overall LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nice men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can buy this book at a discounted price from this link.

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The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee Book Review.

Author: Sourabh Mukherjee

Length: 238 Pages

Price: Rs.175/-

Blurb:

“Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen?

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, the dashing young entrepreneur, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered by three men. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model, and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

The LazyScoop Review:

This is the first time that I’ve read a book by Sourabh Mukherjee and I must say, I am really impressed. I absolutely love reading thrillers, especially the one’s which have unpredictable climax.

Hiya Sen, A Tollywood Superstar gets killed! She’s raped and murdered by three men! Who are the murderers? Her Fiance, Manav? Neha, with whom Manav had broken his engagement? Neha’s father? Mayank Kapoor, alcoholic model? Rituja Bose, superstar of previous decade?

The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee has a story which plays with your mind, and that’s the fun of reading it. You keep on guessing the culprit, but you fail to guess correctly. The Author has left no stone unturned to make the story as intriguing as possible. The plot builds up the Mystery chapter by chapter, giving no loopholes. And in the end, you can’t help but get shocked and awe for the Author’s wit.

The Characterization is fantastic, ACP Agni and all the other characters like Manav Chauhan,Rituja Bose, Mayank Kapoor, Hiya Sen, Neha are amazing. They all are intriguing and have a grey shade to their personalities.

Talking about other aspects, Narration is good too. Being a thriller, it plays a major part and Author Sourabh Mukherjee does a fine job without leaving any clue for the readers to know what happens in the end. Language is simple and even a non reader would understand the lucid words. I also liked the significance of colour red in the story.

TheLazyScoop Verdict:

Colours of Passion is mind blowing book which offers great thrilling plot, interesting characters and mind blowing climax. A totally enjoyable read for every type of reader!

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Climax– 4.5/ 5 Stars

TheLazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠

The colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can grab this book from this link at a discounted price!

Happy Reading!

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!

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Coming Back Home by Anuradha Prasad Book Review.

When I read the blurb of the book, I found the plot to be quite interesting as it was set up in Bollywood industry, and It’s one of my favourite topics. But was the book as impressive as it’s blurb? Let’s find out!

Author: Anuradha Prasad

Pages: 303

Publishers: Leadstart Publishing

Genre: Romantic Fiction

Price: 300/-

Blurb:

Arpita is on top of the world! After all she was the fresh face of Ponds India and had snubbed the casting couch of Bollywood to land a Leading role in the small screen’s most popular channel. Life never looked more beautiful! Riku is a small town man with handsome looks and big-time Bollywood dreams. He has no ethics and is raring to make it at any cost! Unable to bag big movies as a main lead he ends up accepting a romantic role opposite Arpita on small screen. Betrayed by her own innocence, she finds herself abandoned by her dream man and cannot fathom which is more painful? Whether her failed relationship or her vanishing career! Riku makes it to the dizzying heights of stardom after leaving her. Beaten and broken Arpita has to make it again to even exist in a ruthless industry that only celebrates success. It is a savage ordeal even to have a roof over her head and two square meals! What will happen to her now? Will god punish her forever for making one wrong choice? Will she die in poverty alone? Or fulfill the dreams that she had set out for? One person must trust her to give her a chance. One opportunity must appear to raise her again! Coming Back Home – will carry you through a roller – coaster ride, yet keep you well grounded for inspiration.”

What is it about?

Coming Back Home is an interesting story set in the Background of Hindi Film Industry. Riku is a determined but selfish man who wants to make big in bollywood, and he can do anything for it. Arpita is a small town girl who wants to make her dream of becoming an actress a reality. What happens when these two fall in love with each other? When one’s greed and selfishness to go ahead, tears the other apart? Will Arpita or Riku make big in bollywood? Who betrays who?

The LazyScoop Review:

The story starts at a wonderful pace with narration which flows smoothly. I was super glued to it right from the first chapter itself. Although this book has a vibe of a commercial Hindi Movie, the characters have been potrayed in a realistic way. When you read about Riku, you feel that people like him exist. I felt connected to the characters, and constantly wanted to know where they are heading. Arpita’s character comes out beautifully well, nor in one chapter I felt that author is drifting away from her personality. Same with Riku, Sunny, Sujoy and other characters.

Arpita’s journey from being a struggler to achieving her dreams, to the breaking point which she reaches in her life, makes you fall in love with her. Author has described her so exquisitely that I could literally feel her emotions. When her heart is broken, I felt myself being sad about it.

All the humour in the initial chapters, especially during shoots, the description of shooting, feels realistic and very enjoyable to read.

I liked Sunny’s character as well. I liked how Riku’s fate changes unexpectedly, and felt he deserved it.

What I didn’t like?

In the first chapter itself there is a description of Riku sitting in a small production house, the description of other men sitting with him is, “…some were lanky, some were unimaginably dark and ugly.” It was an extremely racist statement and I was displeased reading it.

Also, The cousin’s marriage which Arpita attends and meets Sujoy seemed dragged.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, It is a fun and entertaining read and you won’t be disappointed at all. Characterization is wonderfully done. The book’s simple, fun and refreshing story grabs the attention till the end. This book if adapted into a movie, would become a blockbuster for sure.

LazyScoop Ratings:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Coming Back Home by Anuradha Prasad recommended by TheLazyScoop if you are looking forward to an entertaining read.

You can buy the book by clicking here on this link!

Thanks to Leadstart Publishing for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review. Their books have always been interesting and gripping.

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!

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. 

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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!