Book Review: Where Oceans Meet

Author: Himanshu Chhabra

Genre: Romance Thriller

About the Author:
HIMANSHU CHHABRA is a Tax Advisor and a Consultant, who had no intention to be a writer. There is no back story to it. Writing just happened one day on its own and kept on happening again and again. Then he started to enjoy it and realized that it was what he had wanted to do all along. He started with blogging in 2012 with a blog named ‘Purple Pen’, which had over 4.5 million views. The blog left a stirring impact on the blogging industry and thousands of readers appreciated his writings. He has been part of many anthologies such as ‘Uff ye Emotions 1 & 2’ and ‘25 Strokes of Kindness’ and has also been a part of various projects as a ghost writer. Beside writing, he also enjoys an intimate bond with photography. He is from Hisar, Haryana. If you want to get this book signed you know where to find him. As a hybrid author who enjoys stiff drinks [read: water], music, late night drives, romance with universe and five-star reviews on his books, he can be found on facebook.com/HACwrites and would love to hear from you at Himanshuchhabra@gmail.com

Blurb:
L O S T Jai, who doesn’t know his name yet, wakes up every day in a struggle to know his identity. Battling and tossing between his nightmares and crowd of Mumbai, he grabs onto his hope tight. Three months in the forest of Humans, he keeps on looking for his could-be name, his could-be identity, and his could-be life. He is a survivor. meets Radhika, L O S T Radhika fights against her odds, steadfastly struggling through her own battles. She is a warrior. Radhika recognises him in a bar and initiates a conversation. You look familiar, she tells him. They get drunk and subconsciously end up in an apartment, their Apartment, where they get to know that they have been married to each other for years. This book takes you on a journey of a survivor’s breakthrough, a warrior’s zenith, their past, present and future.

My Review: ‘Where Oceans Meet’ is a Thriller Romance story.
I loved the book cover for it has all the significant elements which the story holds with it. Author started the book with small chapters and then slowly, he increased the length of the chapters, which let the readers get into the story and this won’t let the reader get bored.
The story covers most parts of India as the protagonits keep traveling in search of their true selves.
There are 2 protagonists- Jai and Radhika. Jai has a hunger to know his past. He’s an introvert and a very caring man. Radhika is full of life. A girl who can light up Jai’s mood, even readers will love her character as she is full of thriller and creative ideas to live life in a joyful way.
The book cover helped me imagining Jai and Radhika very well.
At some points the story left me confused as how they came to the apartment, how Radhika was able to message Naman. But these didn’t stop me loving the story.
I recommend the book to both romance and thriller lovers.

Star Rating: 4/5

Book Link: Get your copy here- Where Oceans Meet.

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-Arti Manekar

Book Review: Inkredia- Luwan of Brida

Book blurb: When Luwan finds himself in a grave danger, he has to make a daring choice. The village that kept him safe all these years can’t protect him anymore. Either he can stay and die or he can step into the dangerous world outside and make journey to a city that will keep him and his sister safe. But there is a good chance that this journey itself will kill him. He sets out, but only to find that his peril is far greater than his calculations. He heads into a mysterious new enemy, a band of legendary assassins that are sent to bring down men of great power. Luwan is clueless why they are after his head, but they don’t offer him the luxury to find an answer to that question. He is thrown into a relentless run across a great distance. As he travels, he learns about the fascinating places in Inkredia, about powerful relics and… about the dark side of Inkredia. He faces the great force of Ilmor that gives birth to incredible nonhumans, the demons that he must face. Little does Luwan know that he is part of a great conspiracy that shall shake the entire kingdom of Fal Doram, a vast land best known as… Inkredia. What is the force of Ilmor? Can Luwan protect his sister against such powerful enemies? Will he find answers to all the mysteries? Order your copy to find all the answers.

My review: Inkredia! A mysterious title for a magical book. The book cover is super attractive, I like touching it again and again. And thanks the author for the map on the very back page on the front cover. That helped me understanding what the title is saying. So the book is not from Indian region. Luwan being the protagonist of the story is a well developed character. He seems to be real.
Plot is very well constructed but at some points I feel that the author made the book a lot more than imagination. The story has suspense with it, which makes readers excited to turn pages. I loved Luwan’s relation with his sister. Very caring. Language was good, but vocabulary was average. Narration was smooth. The story may amaze you at some point.
Overall an engaging story, one should read.

Star Rating: 4/5

Book link: Click on the link and get your copy- Inkredia-Luwan of Brida.

-Arti Manekar

Book Review: USAma

Is USA the world’s largest terrorist?

Author: Amit Bagaria

Genre: Non-fiction

Blurb: NO! This is NOT a book about Usama bin Ladin (aka Osama bin Laden). Though he was considered the world’s No.1 terrorist for nearly 10 years, bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of less than 6000 people.
The protagonist in this book is responsible for the deaths of at least 7.3 million people since World War II, not including an estimated 177,000 people killed in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.
In this spine-chilling book, Amit Bagaria takes us through an extraordinary journey of illegal/immoral acts carried out by Unjust Satan America (USA) against 82 sovereign nations, which are mostly unknown to the average reader even within USA. He tries to show us how, in one way or the other, USA has bullied its way to global dominance – interfering in our day to day lives, working perhaps for the benefit of only its super powerful Military Industrial Complex – which he describes in detail.
“USAma” is a term Bagaria has coined to describe USA. Either through drones or airstrikes, surgical strikes or full-scale military invasions, USAma has created havoc in more than half the world, he says. In other countries, different types of weapons have been used – from porn films to poison, from blackmailing to torture, from fake news to fake public protests – all through CIA.
Even the most educated amongst us have been made to believe that USA is justified – as the global policeman – in helping weaker nations fight evil, whether in the form of Communism or Islamism. This is despite the fact that, to serve its own selfish purposes, USA has supported some of the most brutal dictators, helped in the establishment of fundamentalist Islamic regimes, and even supported Communist regimes in some cases. THAT is the power of American propaganda.

My Review: As soon as I read the title and the blurb of the book, I chose it for reading and reviewing, as I was sure, the book is gonna be very informative.

Title and cover both suits each other. The cover reflects the content inside. However, I found that the effect given on the book cover are cartoonish, it could be animated.

I was already thinking that how can USA be responsible for such a big issue, but then the author really forced me to rethink on this.

The author really did very hard work and intense research to write this book, his efforts are clearly visible.

Narration style and language is simple. I loved that the author gave the vocabulary before the main chapters. And it was very convenient that reader can read any chapter he/she likes to read first, there was no boundation of reading it by sequence. Each chapter tells a lot about the whole world.

It’s said about USA that it has no permanent friends or enemy, it has it’s personal interests. And after reading the book this saying seems to be very very perfect on USA. The data in every chapter is presented in such a way that the book could hold reader’s interest.

I recommend the book to those who take interest in world politics.

Conclusion: The book helped my developing mind in knowing more about the world politics.

Star Rating: 5/5

Book Link: Get your copy here- USAma .

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-Arti Maneka

मुस्कुराहट

आज
राह में चलते हुए
कुछ दो-चार लोग मिले।
नजरें एक हुईं, तो मुस्कुराएँ-
क्योंकि वे परिचित थे।
तब प्रयत्न मैंने भी किया
जबरन मुस्कुराने का।
किन्तु,
नहीं फैल पाईं
होंठों की कोरें,
इस गाल से उस गाल तक।
क्योंकि नहीं आया था
कोई आदेश मस्तिष्क से-
मुस्कुराने का।
क्योंकि व्यस्त था मस्तिष्क
अश्रुओं का हिसाब लगाने में,
या जीवन के अपार दुःख का
मूल ख़ोज पाने में।
या कदाचित-
उलझे रिश्तों की गाँठें सुलझाने में।
मस्तिष्क की इस व्यस्तता के कारण
अकड़ गईं हैं
माँसपेशियाँ
होंठों और गालों की।
और इस प्रकार
बीत गया एक और दिन
बिना मुस्कुराहट के…

-आरती मानेकर

जन्मदिवस

जन्मदिवस पर केवल
उम्र बढ़ती है
इंसान की,
परिपक्वता नहीं आती
उस एक दिन के बाद…
इंसान होता है बड़ा,
कुछ घटनाओं के बाद!
भली-बुरी कुछ घटनाएँ,
बदल देती हैं
दृष्टिकोण!
परिस्थिति को देखने का!
और सलीका
जीवन जीने का…
बदल जाता है
इंसान तब
बहुत सारा…
और बड़ा होने लगता है-
उम्र से कम, ज़्यादा या
बराबर ही।
बड़ा होना
कोई सहज घटना नहीं है।
कई अन्य घटनाएँ
बनती हैं मददगार
इंसान के बड़े होने में…

-आरती मानेकर

लिख नहीं पाती हूँ मैं!

कविताएँ…
अब लिख नहीं पाती हूँ मैं!
पहले की तरह
रोज़ ही।
विचार आते हैं
और एकाएक
शब्द खो जाते हैं
तब ही…!

रोटी एक पड़ी होती है
तवे पर,
एक चकते पर।
ऐसे ही कोई विचार
आता है मन में,
उस बेलती रोटी के समान ही
बड़ा होता जाता है
और तवे पर की रोटी की,
जैसे फुलकर भाँप निकल जाती है,
वैसे ही विचारों को भी
जाना होता है
मन से,
हवा होकर…!

घुलने लगता है
पानी में अपमार्जक
और झाग देने के साथ ही
कपड़ों को निखार देता है।
वैसे ही,
निखरता जाता है विचार
कल्पनाशक्ति के अपमार्जक से।
और अंत में
जैसे ही कपड़ों को निचोड़कर,
झटकने से
पानी की बूँदें निकल जाती हैं
कपड़ों से,
और बची-खुची बूँदों को
सोख लेती है धूप।
उन बूँदों के साथ ही
उड़ जाता है
विचार!
और सूखने लगता है मन!

ऐसा नहीं कि
लिखना नहीं चाहती हूँ मैं!
लालायित और कुछ परेशान
देखा है मैंने
स्वयं को,
जब कभी लिख नहीं पाई हूँ।
किन्तु अब,
कविता में लिखें जाने वाले
भावों के अतिरिक्त भी
उठने लगें हैं मन में
विचार!
विचार कि-
क्या बनाया जाए
आज भोजन में?
कहीं कचरा तो नहीं रह गया
सफ़ाई के बाद भी आंगन में?
कहीं सब्जी तीख़ी ना हो जाए!
कि सूखकर कपड़े
गिर ना जाए!
कि मेहमान आते होंगे,
घर सँवार लूँ।
कि जाकर माँ के पास बैठूँ,
ज़िन्दगी निहार लूँ।

कल को घर होगा
मेरा भी,
जिसकी फ़िक़्र
मुझ ही को करनी है।
कभी-कभी फिर
सूखी कलम में
फुर्सत निकाल कर
स्याही भी भरनी है।
कागज़ और कलम से अधिक
अब चकते-बेलन से रिश्ता है।
अब तारीफ़ों की भूख कम,
जिम्मेदारी निभाने की लालसा है।
-आरती मानेकर

हम नासाज़ हैं एक जमाने से…

हम नासाज़ हैं एक जमाने से…

मिल लो, कि हम ठीक नहीं होंगे, फोन पर हाल बताने से।
देख लो, तुम देर ना करना, हम नासाज़ हैं एक जमाने से।।

तुम आओ तो छू भी लेना, हमारी आदत पर ना जाओ।
तुम नज़र तक तो नहीं हटाते हो, हमारे इतना शर्माने से।।

तुम चूमो, गालों को, लबों को, माथे को, बेहद ही चूमो।
गिना नहीं जाता है इश्क़ को, किसी भी भौतिक पैमाने से।।

हम देने लगें हैं ख़ुद ही इम्तिहान और सबूत सारे।
तुम बाज तो आते नहीं हो, बार-बार हमें आज़माने से।।

धीरे-धीरे बाँधी जाती हैं क़ामयाबी तक की सीढ़ियाँ।
इंसान अमीर नहीं होता, एक ही दिन में लाख कमाने से।।

सब्र रखो, कोशिश करो, कि हम पर हक़ फ़क़त तुम्हारा है।
कोई रोक तो सकता है नहीं, नदी को समंदर में समाने से।।

हमने लिखी है ग़ज़ल, तो तुम तारीफ़ ही कर डालो।
हम भी वाहवाह करेंगे, तुम्हें रोका किसने है फ़रमाने से।।

-आरती मानेकर

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