Tuesday, 31 May 2016

*Book Review : Heart of Bullets by Nikhil Kushwaha

Name of the Book: Heart of Bullets

Author: Nikhil Kushwaha

Publisher: Petals Publishers

About the Author: Founder of Perx Studio, a complete photography solution, and a professional photographer himself, Nikhil Kushwaha has already touched hearts of many through his previous works, ‘Six Teen Mistakes’ published in 2014 and ‘The Waning Moon’ published in 2015. Born and raised in beautiful city Ranchi, he graduated in 2013 as an Electrical & Electronics Engineer from NIST, Odisha and after working for some time, he left his job to change his dreams into reality. Get to know more about him: www.nikhilkushwaha.com, www.perxstudio.com Or write to him: me.nikhilkushwaha.91@gmail.com. (Via Flipkart)

Blurb: 'The only way to get close to those glittering stars in heaven is, to look at a soldier with stars on his shoulders' Every time, they're around, the thing that we see is the bravery awards, medals, the pride, but what we can't see is their heart that lies inside the iron chest, some untold stories, sacrifices, and the hardship they've been through. Every soldier has a story that is unique and extra ordinary. A tale of brotherhood & heroism, a tale of love & betrayal, 'Heart of Bullets', is about two best friends, Arpan & Sam, and the untold story of their friendship, untold story of their love, Shradha, but what happens when Sam gets hit by the enemy - across the border? What will Arpan do to save his friend? Will love prevail over friendship of lifetime? There is a decision to be made, is the life without love, and friends, better than dying to save the one we love the most? (Via Amazon)

Verdict: As the blurb states that the story revolves around Arpan and Sam who are best friends since when they did not even know the real meaning of friendship. It’s about the ups and downs they face together in their life and how and if their friendship prevails and stands against the test of time. It’s about the love of their life and how they deal with tough situations and what choices they make. It’s about what choice Arpan makes when his only best friend Sam is hit by the enemy and whether or not will he be selfish or not. Let’s find out the rollercoaster journey of these three people.

1) Good story line.
2) Good cover.
3) Some of the poems were beautifully written; I especially liked the lullaby poem, the poem written for Zafar, the poem written for mothers in twenty-third chapter and the last poem written as a note from the author.
4) I really liked Shradha’s character and I loved Sam’s character.
1)   There are many editing hinges, almost every few pages, which makes it tough for the reader to built interest and can often not please them. There are shortcuts used for the words and as & and for or as / which should have been avoided.
2)   There are certain events in life that happened between Sam and Shradha which wasn’t told to Arpan in the entire book but he still seemed to narrate those events.
3)   Certain facts that had been stated earlier got changed when repeated the next time.
4)   The book has a little bit of too much poems and some philosophies which can make the reading boring and not interesting. It could have been better if those things had been kept in minimum.

To sum up with the review it’s a good story line and the attempt made by the author is good too. Had it not been for the editing mistakes and shortcuts used I would have liked it even more. The story line and the ending has the ability to leave you teary eyed. The friendship and love have been narrated well in the book. All in all it’s a good read.

Ratings: 3 OUT OF 5.

Book Details:

Title: Heart of Bullets
Publisher: Petals Publishers
Author: Nikhil Kushwaha
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-9385440120
ISBN-10: 9385440128
No. of Pages: 296
Price:  75 Rs

©Heena Ahuja
31st May, 2016

*The book copy has been given to the reviewer by Naaz.

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