Friday, 27 June 2014

Review: He Said She Said by Angad Singh Saluja and Priyanka Bhardwaj

Name of the Book: He Said She Said

Author: Angad Singh Saluja & Priyanka Bhardwaj

Publisher: Shambhabi – The Third Eye Imprint

About the Book: I have been confident of the poetic spirit of Angad Singh Saluja for a considerable period of time, and now I have been mesmerized by the renditions of the talented poet Priyanka Bharadwaj. He Said She Said is a wonderful collection of poems that will be cherished by the general readers of literature as well as the poetry-lovers. A collection that will make you proud! - Kiriti Sengupta (Via Infibeam)

Verdict: This poem book is a compilation of poems by two poets Angad and Priyanka. By seeing the name it attracted me as the title was different it seemed like it might be somewhat like duet poems with some witty replies by both the poets but to my disappointment it turned out to be just another compilation of poems with 25 poems in both the sections – He Said and She Said respectively. The cover page is designed quite well.
Nevertheless let’s see what both the poets have in for us in the form of their poems.

He Said

About the Poet: Angad Singh Saluja, is a writer, poet, an entrepreneur and a speaker who has been creating a revolution with his first book Chords Of Life, creating record sales and some phenomenal reviews in the literary world. He has been published in various national anthologies which have got him acclaim from various poetry groups and reviewers. His poem “Walking Forever” has been published in an anthology Endless Love in England, U.K. in September, 2013 and has been circulated at all British Libraries across the world and the Republic of Ireland. He is one of the ten poets in India whose works have been critically reviewed in a book titled My Dazzling Bards, authored by Kiriti Sengupta & published by The Poetry Society of India, Gurgaon.

Verdict: This book and this section started with a poem “Why I Write” didn’t catch my eye. For first impression to last as last impression it wasn’t quite appropriate. I personally didn’t like the poems written in this section as some of them lacked the flow or couldn’t connect with the feel of its theme/genre or whatever you name it as.

The following are the poems which I liked and found better than the others from this section:
1)      Come What May
2)      Love Of A Lifetime
3)      Born Once Born Twice
4)      My Love
5)      No Matter What
6)      You ‘N’ Me
7)      And I Fail
8)      Yes, I’m Raped
9)      Covered

These are the poems which are better out of these some are good and some are nice, while the rest are okay.

To sum up with the review of this section, I had loads of hope but it didn’t turn out well but as its always said it’s not the last I’m sure the poet can come up with the best of his verses next time.

Ratings: 2 OUT OF 5.

She Said

About the Poet: Priyanka Bhardwaj, is a prolific writer in English-language. After doing her Bachelors in English from the University of Delhi, she acquired a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations from Sardar Patel College of Communication and Management, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan. Priyanka has recently added an MBA degree to her academic qualifications. Her debut novel, Red is for Love, Black is for Kohl got released in August, 2013 and it has received great feedback from the readers all over. Her skill in literary English and her proficiency in the art of presenting beautiful ironical facts of life in fictional form make her a contemporary writer of note.

Verdict: I have read the poet’s verses before and have been impressed as well and as I had expected this section has lived upto my expectations. This section has many poems displaying the dark shade of life and people.

This section started with the poem “Loose” which is a wonderful start to this section. The feelings have been portrayed very well and it stands for the quote – “First Impression is the Last Impression”.

The following are the poems that I loved the most:
1)      Loose
2)      Damsel In Distress
3)      A Carnal Fervor
4)      To The Fear Of Self
5)      Font 35
6)      Thirty Minutes
7)      I Am Afraid
8)      Void Stored, Life Drained
9)      The Old Woman, The Old Man
10)  Look Out For Me?
11)  She Exists In The Nonexistent
12)  Please Remember Me
13)  In Death She Did Write
14)  Living To Die
15)  You

The rest of the poems are good but these turn out to be wonderful and the best.

Ratings: 4 OUT OF 5.

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He Said She Said


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Overall Ratings: 3 OUT OF 5

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Review: When Only Love Remains by Durjoy Datta

Name of the Book: When Only Love Remains

Author: Durjoy Datta

Publisher: Penguin

About the Author: Durjoy Datta was born in New Delhi, India, and completed a degree in engineering and business management before embarking on a writing career. His first book-Of Course I Love You!-was published when he was twenty-one years old and was an instant bestseller. His successive novels-Now That You're Rich!; She Broke Up, I Didn't!; Ohh Yes, I Am Single!; If It's Not Forever; Till the Last Breath; Someone Like You; Hold My Hand-have also found prominence on various bestseller lists, making him one of the highest-selling authors in India. Durjoy also has to his credit two television shows, Sadda Haq (ChannelV) and Veera (Star Plus), both of which have done exceedingly well on Indian television.

Blurb: I've imagined this in my head so many times. I've always thought about what I would say; what I would do, and how it would all turn out to be. And every time I would remove some detail ...She's a flight attendant-young, bright and living her dream. He's a heart broken singer on his way to becoming big. She's an ardent fan of his. He can't imagine why and yet seems to find comfort in her words. It's the first time they are together and in their hearts both are wishing, hoping and praying that the night would never end. That the time they are spending together lasts and lasts ...In the world of imperfection, there is always someone just right for you. (Via Infibeam)

Verdict: As the blurb clearly states, this story revolves around Devrat and Avanti. Avanti being a flight attendant while Devrat a heartbroken singer who wishes to make it big for himself and to make his family proud of him. Avanti being Devrat’s ardent fan always had wished and dreamed of meeting him in real and has pictured over and over on the conversation she would have when she meets him. Then comes the night when they actually meet and instantly they gel up like they had known each other. What happens after their first meet? Will they continue meeting each other or just forget about each other just like meeting any other third person? If at all they continue meeting will destiny let them stay together or make them fall apart? This is all what the story tells us about.

1) Wonderful story.
2) Love the cover.
3) It teaches the worth and importance of hanging around to our loved ones even in hardships and clinging on the slightest ray of hope.
1)   First half was no different than any other story, regular story of a fan having crush on his favorite singer.
2)   Name goof up of Avanti as Avantika, once.
3)   Few editing mistakes.

To sum up with the review it’s a very good story. I would say the USP of this book is the wonderful story line that makes you ignore the few negatives of the book, specially the second half part. Loved the end of this book, the last few pages of this book is brilliant.

Ratings: 4 OUT OF 5.

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When Only Love Remains

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