Finding Juliet by Toffee | Book Review

When you’re young and beginning to grapple with emotions which until now had been unknown to you, it may seem difficult to find your way around them and emerge victorious. Put to test, you then do what seems best – use analytics and reasoning, and by a trial & error method, attempt to deal with it.

Alas, when the heart is naïve and the mind has not quite found its way, logic rarely makes sense, as the protagonist of Finding Juliet finds out.

Arjun is a simple, straightforward guy who believes cupid’s arrow will strike him when the time is right. The arrow strikes him all right. Not once, not twice, but three times. But when he starts to believe that this might be his true love, he finds himself rudely pushed away.

Dejected, he decides to move from Bangalore, in order to put the heartbreaking episodes behind him, and seeks strength from his childhood friend, Anjali.

In Hyderabad, Arjun meets Krish – an irresistible flirt, who claims to have deciphered the most complicated species on Earth – Women. Using Arjun’s past experiences as case studies, Krish teaches him the code to understanding them.

And then, Arjun enters a new phase of his life.

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Will Arjun also become a flirt like his mentor, or will he manage to find true love? Will his goal of everlasting happiness remain, or change track along the way? Finding Juliet is Arjun’s journey to discover the meaning of life, love, and lust, like he has never experienced before.

To find out more about this book, read my detailed review as published at Writersmelon.com.

Author: Toffee (The Alter Ego of Taufeeq Ahmed)
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Edition/Year: 2017
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction/YA Romance
Pages: 224

Available on Amazon.

About the Author: Toffee is a simple guy who loves the complications of life. Earlier, he wrote code by day and books by night. Currently he is busy writing assignments and chasing deadlines in his Master’s in Business Analytics from the University of South Florida.
Toffee loves narrating interesting stories with subtle insights. Through books he wants to share beautiful stories, reach out to people and touch their hearts. Finding Juliet is his second book, written specially for India’s Generation-Y.
To connect with him, visit him at facebook.com/ToffeeIdiot or follow him on Twitter @ToffeeIdiot.

Note – I received this review copy from Writersmelon.com in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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A Broken Man by Akash Verma – Book Review

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It is said that failure is the stepping stone to success. Only those who persevere towards their goals despite setbacks, live to write their success stories. But what happens when your story is written before you even arrived into this world?

Krishna is a Dalit boy who is hoping to turn his life around with better prospects than what his village in Bihar can offer him. In his desire to change his destiny and make a name for himself, he allies with the leader of a student political party on campus, hoping that this would give him an edge in surging ahead on the path to prosperity.

Chhavi, the daughter of a respected and notable politician from a Brahmin family is fighting towards attaining equal and fair rights for the students of Lucknow University. By raising awareness of corruption and reservation on campus, she brings herself to the forefront of the debate.

Soon, Krishna and Chhavi find themselves on conflicting sides of the argument.  While Krishna may not understand the significance of the issues under question, he is determined to play his part of the opposition. However, when Chhavi is attacked during a protest, Krishna rushes to save her, thus turning their animosity into friendship. It takes a while for them to understand each other as they make their way through unfamiliar territory, before falling head-over-heels in love with each other. But can a Dalit and a Brahmin truly have a future together in this society.

In his third novel, Akash Verma brings you a story whose roots are buried deep under the parched fields of casteism and politics.  The author takes you through life as seen by a young man whose fate was written by an age old system of social divide. He reminds us of the little things we take for granted that are a luxury for many others.

The characters are drawn from life and the situation they are thrown into is what every city, town and village has been witness to in this country. Yet, what sets this book apart is the way the protagonist channels his hopelessness and pain, into fighting against his destiny. Of course, there are choices he makes and decisions forced along the way. But he uses every experience and emotion to write a few chapters of his own in his life story.

The book is written in an earthy, soulful voice interspersed with a more colourful one to differentiate the two main players –  their upbringing, emotions and outlook towards life. The author disguises valuable life lessons as short stories within the narrative which not only further the plot but make you pause and ponder over them. There are also many inspiring and thought provoking verses in devanagri script which reveal the emotional side of the protagonist.

There are a few lapses in editing that may irk you at times, but if you can get past them, the book might just end up giving you a much needed lesson in faith and determination.

Title: A Broken Man
Author: Akash Verma
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
ISBN: 978-93-82665-69-4
Edition/Year: First Edition 2016
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 240
Source: Writersmelon.com
Rating: 3 Stars

Available on Amazon and Flipkart.

About the Author: Akash is an entrepreneur and Indian fiction author.
His work has taken him across the country and he finds this experience very relevant while giving shape to his stories.
He has authored two national bestsellers – It Happened That Night, in 2010 and Three Times Loser, in 2011.
Akash took up to writing fiction in 2007; and he attributes this sudden urge towards writing to his compelling passion in understanding human relationship and behavior.
He has a deep interest in music, literature, history and travel.
Akash is based in Gurgaon, India. You may email him at akashverma.author@gmail.com or visit his webpage http://www.akashverma.work. You may also follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Note – I received this review copy from Writersmelon.com in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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