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Blemishing the Odds | Harish Penumarthi | Book Review

February 21, 2017

Blemishing the Odds | Harish Penumarthi | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

There is something about coming of age novels that appeals to the reader and also the teenager in me. Such books often leave me reminiscing about my own “good old days” and they o…

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Stripped to the Bone | Ghada Alatrash | Book Review

February 15, 2017

Stripped to the Bone | Ghada Alatrash | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Syrians are probably the most unlucky people in this world. All the war and violence has not left them any peace let alone a normal family life. Ghada Alatrash in this compelling piece of fictio…

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The Diary Boys | Rohit Raj Chauhan | Book Review

February 3, 2017

The Diary Boys | Rohit Raj Chauhan | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Coming of age novels are always an interesting read. They are like time machines, taking us back into time and making us relive all the beautiful memories of the past. The Dairy…

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My Father is a Hero | Nishant Kaushik | Book Review

January 24, 2017

My Father is a Hero | Nishant Kaushik | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

I picked up this book because the name suggested a different storyline and to be honest the title got me a bit intrigued. I was sent a copy of this book by Srishti Publishers …

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The Orphan | S.R. Nair | Book Review

January 23, 2017

The Orphan | S.R. Nair | Book Review

By Rakhi

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Sid, the Indian Son of an American couple knew all the way that he was adopted. He loved his surrogate parents but did not quite like their fascination towards his birth nation. Brou…

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Maid In India! | Laveena Dhamija | Book Review

October 12, 2016

Maid In India! | Laveena Dhamija | Book Review

By Sankalpita

CHARACTERS: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Just recently I read a very popular post on Facebook. The post talked about how there are thousands of Indian women living a caged life in the land of the free – America. Reason? When these y…

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Define Thirty-Six Twice of Eighteen | Shikhashikz | Book Review

September 10, 2016

Define Thirty-Six Twice of Eighteen | Shikhashikz | Book Review

By Sankalpita

STORIES: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

For me, this past one month has been about reading a lot of short stories but no matter how many short stories you read, you can never get bored of them. And that is the best thing abou…

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Anya's Lyric | Nikhil Kumar | Book Review

September 10, 2016

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

2016 has been a pleasant year so far. I have come across many good books in this year and this book was definitely one of them. The moment I read that first line, I knew I wa…

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The Suitable Inheritor | Pushpendra Mehta | Book Review

August 27, 2016

The Suitable Inheritor | Pushpendra Mehta | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

There is always a huge reader base available for self-help and inspirational books but what if such a book comes with an added bonus of a story. Well, I can’t say that I have …

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Urmila | Pervin Saket | Book Review

August 26, 2016

Urmila | Pervin Saket | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

She was a character in the epic Ramayana. She was one of virtue and patience and yet she doesn’t find her name mentioned besides those of the other popular characters – Rama…

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Kabira Not Until I Die | Arvind Parashar | Book Review

August 17, 2016

Kabira Not Until I Die | Arvind Parashar | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

There is something intriguing about reading spy novels and what can be more interesting than reading a romantic spy novel. So here I am reviewing a quite fascinating book I re…

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Anything To Look Hot | Jas Kohli | Book Review

December 30, 2015

Anything to Look Hot | Jas Kohli | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

A lot has been said and heard about plastic surgery and the people who undergo it but all this has reached us mainly through the grapevine. In this book Jas Kohli, a renowned …

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The Line Reader | Agni Tripathi | Book Review

November 26, 2015

The Line Reader | Agni Tripathi | Book ReviewBy KC

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Short stories can be a very tricky form of telling tales. There is no scope for elaborate back stories or time to build characters. The time is limited and the impact that the autho…

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Jangshersingh.com | Vishal Bhatia | Book Review

November 21, 2015

Jangshersingh.com | Vishal Bhatia | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

One statement to define the book – The story starts with a bang and ends with a bang! It is not every day that you come across a novel based on sports and if the sports in q…

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The Curse Of Damini | Debajani Mohanty | Book Review

October 29, 2015

The Curse Of Damini | Debajani Mohanty | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

India is a land of paradoxes. On one hand we have one of the most ultramodern society of the cities which treats women at par; where women often surpass men in terms of riches, …

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Eighteen The End Of Innocence | Sudham | Book Review

October 29, 2015

Eighteen The End of Innocence | Sudham | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Teenagers are a crazy bunch. Excited by the spurt of hormones and with the promise of a new phase in life – adulthood, they do the most adventurous and often the most absurd…

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The Secretive Six | Saurabh Mathur | Book Review

October 21, 2015

The Secretive Six | Saurabh Mathur | Book Review

By Sankalpita 

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Revenge is a very strong emotion. It has the capacity to overpower all other emotions and command a person to its dictates. On the onset, it often seems the most gratifyin…

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Operation India One | Shiv Kumar | Book Review

October 21, 2015

Operation India One | Shiv Kumar | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Naxalites have become a permanent threat to the peace and prosperity of our country. They have spread their ugly roots in not one but many states of the nation. It is therefor…

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Voices of The Silent Creek | Vikkas Arun Pareek | Book Review

October 7, 2015

Voices Of The Silent Creek | Vikkas Arun Pareek | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

India today is a land of paradoxes. Indians call themselves modern yet it is we Indians who often resort to the most backward practises and traditions. While the urban India…

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Googled By God | Pulkit Ahuja | Book Review

September 3, 2015

Googled By God | Pulkit Ahuja | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Financial thrillers are increasingly gaining acceptance in the Indian literary markets and why not? Given the kick they provide and the way they are written, they are sure to …

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