Book Reviews (Kitaabi Gup-Shup)

Book Review: IT’S ALL IN THE PLANETS by PREETI SHENOY

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Hey Friends! Have you read It’s All In The Planets? Well, I read and I spent literally my entire day reading Preeti Shenoy’s  latest novel, “It’s All in the Planets”.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I simply like Preeti Shenoy a lot, I cannot ever ignore her books. Its amazing, how beautifully she writes her stories. I always excited to read her books, so when I saw that there’s a new book by Preeti Shenoy, I just clicked on Pre-Order button and very soon I got my copy of the book signed by the author 💖 and I was so glad to receive that autographed copy. So I liked the book very much, it is a sweet and simple love story which revolves around 3 main characters Aniket aka Ani, Nidhi and Trisha aka Trish. It is simple tale with full of twists and turns. The title of the book is beautiful and I liked the cover also, its beautiful and romantic…..isn’t it? ✨ for a sec it takes you in to a dreamland. ✨ One thing I love about Shenoy is her stories are always themed around female leads, human relationships and their emotions/feelings. I really like her and love to read her books.

Now about the novel, let’s start with the title. So, the title gives the full justice to the story. I don’t believe in astrology that much but I believe in destiny very much actually, I do believe that everything we think, we want, we do or be in life has root in our Destiny. The narrative of the story is simple and beautiful. Shenoy talks about the modern day relationships and love, and gives a great message that do not compromise ever if you are not happy just say it, take a stand because in any relationship compromises can’t bring happiness to any person so do not compromise, respect your feelings and yourself. The plot revolves around Aniket, Trisha, Nidhi and Manoj. It’s a story of love, friendship, hate, cheating and understanding. And I must say Preeti has brought out all the emotions in it so beautifully. 🙂
I loved the characters of Nidhi and her step mom Tara. Both are nice and understanding. Nidhi, is smart, understanding, intelligent, talented, passionate about her work and full of life. She has quit her corporate job and back to India to pursue her passion for “Pottery and Blogging”. She is engaged to Manoj. She thinks Manoj is just “Mr. Perfect” but later realizes that he is not right person for her and she no longer loves him. Nidhi also maintains a blog called ‘A Pot of Clay That Holds Gold’ in the meantime. She is so passionate about her ambitions. Ambition to her is something other than just money and a profitable career. She’s indeed a very powerful and beautiful character and I loved the way she gets a support from her family. I wish all parents be like that towards their children, especially girls. Tara, Nidhi’s step mom is an absolute sweetheart who encourages her daughter in every step of life and understands her and loves her. I loved her character. Usually we don’t see such a supportive stepmother…right no?

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Aniket aka Ani, is a male lead character. He is a techie. He has a girlfriend Trisha. He is just so crazy by the beauty of Trisha and that is something quite common in present day relationships and so called love. 😂 Trisha aka Trish, is a part time model and basically works at Aniket’s office. Ani loves Trish a lot but Trish doesn’t love him. She has a list of things she wants him to work on especially with his pot belly. Aniket can do anything to be with her. He has a best friend Subbu. Subbu is quite funny, nerd and sweet character. He is truly Ani’s best friend. When Ani has any problem, Subbu always cheers him up. He does all his best to make his friend feel better. He’s a true friend who is very supportive. So, one day on a train journey Nidhi meets Aniket by coincidence and Nidhi agrees to be Ani’s relationship as well as fitness coach. They become good friends. They help each other with solving their problems. Things change with time and a lot happens with a major twist which we didn’t thought. So now, we have 4 characters on this romantic plot. Nidhi and Manoj, Trish and Aniket. So what happens next? Well, I’m not going to tell you further story coz I’m not going to spoil the suspense created by the author in the story, you should read the book for that. 😉

Well I found Aniket’s character little annoying at some points but I liked his selfless love for Trish and his efforts to recreate the already-dying-relationship with Trish is just beyond words. I liked the climax. Shenoy uses simple words/ language. The writing and language is really nice which is why anyone can relate with her story. She has written the story so beautifully. I liked it. The story talks of selfrespect, selflove and also following your dreams and passions, which should be respected and accepted.❤️ I loved the way Shenoy expresses these emotions in words.

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All in all, I liked  the book. But I didn’t like when some chapters deal with the same incidents being narrated by both Ani and Nidhi. 😕 Apart from that, it is a nice and romantic story with a good twist and a message. And as I said above I believe in destiny so I agree with author’s message that is conveyed in this book that destiny is something which is prewritten and cannot be changed. Everything that has to happen will happen surely in its own pact when the right time arrives. I strongly agree with this.😊

Some quotes from the book-

“The longing for you is now a constant companion I carry in my heart. It surrounds me like a cloak and everything that I see is through this filter. It permeates every cell in my body. There is no waking moment that goes by without you on my mind. And if I could control my dreams when I sleep, I would dream only of you.”

“Yes. We are dealt cards. That is fate. But we do have free will. What we do with the blows that land on us is up to us. We can fight and emerge stronger than before. or we can give up.”

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So its a nice read for me. Decent job done by the author, but she could have done better. But I would say read it once at least. Don’t miss it if you like reading Shenoy’s books, but don’t expect too much it is not her best work.

And, Tell me have you read it? I would love to hear it from you. Do let me know if you have read the book or are planning to do so! Do share it with me in the comments below as I would love to know! 🙂

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Random Thoughts

My thoughts are my own!

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“Our thoughts create our world.”  Do you believe in this line? Well I do! My thoughts are my own. They evolve in the some of the deepest part of the brain, based on what my eyes and ears convey to my brain. They may be simple or complex…but they are mine just Mine! I like sharing my thoughts with others, I mean not all but few of them. I believe my thoughts are the experiences of my life…They are mine and they are very important and close to me. I think through our thinking we define reality and the reason about it. I usually talk with my thoughts. They mature with time, they grow and they change. In the darkest hour, when I am totally alone, they are my only friend…. My Bestfriend ! ❤

When the whole world sleeps, they appear in front of me, making me smile, making me sad, making me crying, making me excited, depressed or happy. They play with me, they laugh with me, they cry with me, they talked to me, they are always with me! Last night some thoughts made me sad. (Sorry, I don’t want to share them here.) And with those thoughts in mind, I don’t know when I fell asleep, those thoughts appeared in my dreams, talked to me and disappeared when I woke up today morning. But they are still running in my mind. After all they always stay with me.
My thoughts, my opinion, my dreams are very precious to me…So I’ve lock them in my heart. I want to keep them safe in my heart. I have learned to live alone in this over-crowded world. I am alone but I am happy in my world after with my thoughts. Yes, I often feel alone and perhaps, all of us are or at least most of us are. My family is with me and they love me so much but you know still there’s something missing, something different that I always wanted to have but I guess it never worked. Sometimes I truly, deeply, madly immersed in my thoughts. I easily get lost in my thoughts. And I really think that Its not selfishness, It’s just spending time with the one who is with you from the time you are born to the time you breathe your last “The inner soul” 🙂

My thoughts remain with me. In one moment, some thoughts make me deeply depressed and the next moment some colorful thoughts bring smile to my face. In a moment they are very naughty and the second moment they are very serious. The hide-and-seek continues within. I think our thoughts and emotions are intertwined…..A thought can give rise to a feeling, and a feeling can give rise to a thought. I actually think that feelings or emotions and thoughts are cousins 😉
So yeah, my thoughts changed my world, they’ve already changed me but I still love them because they are mine and with me. I am very happy with them. My thoughts and my dreams are my own and they remain deep within me forever! ❤

“I’m glad that, no matter how much others try to influence them, all of my thoughts are mine…!!!” 🙂

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Photography, Random Thoughts

The nature is too beautiful…Explore it! Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

People fascinate me. I love the words they say, good or bad I don’t care. Their stories inspire me. I like to make small talks and relations in this big crowded world. City life doesn’t dull me down.

But then there are times, I want to slow down… and just discover myself in nature…. Find solace in solitude.

Hear my heart speak. And pretend like the world is just nature, my thoughts and me!

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So, Solitude is the topic of this week’s photo challenge and these are some pics from my collection 🙂 I hope you’ll all like my pictures!

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Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone…..!

In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

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Words from the Heart

New Year Resolution?

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A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the readers of my blog!!!! ❤ May 2017 be a successful and happy year bringing you and your family good health and a lot of happiness 🙂

New Year Resolution?” This was pinned on the tac board of my room today. The first thing that came to my mind is I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions. But then, I realized “it’s a new year, new beginning, new challenges, new life” 2016 has gone and 2017 is finally here girl! Though I don’t have scars on my body but last year was no less than a battleground for me – A place where I had to survive no matter what. It was a mixture of joys and sorrows like every other year. There were tears there were smiles, but tears more I guess.

I started pondering upon the days lost, hours that sank, minutes that fathomed and moments that faded, heart breaks caused by lovers, friends and the “so called friends”. The melodies that made my feet tap, my heart race and my head to forget all the insecurities. Inspirations and motivations I received from all those smiling faces and each time I dared to build myself back from a pond of tears and fears.

The times when I wanted to yell so loud that my eardrums would burst and the other times when not even a pinch of sound reached me in the midst of the loudest ground. The nights when sleep seemed to hate me like an enemy and the mornings when I didn’t want to leave the comfy bed but I had to.
Now, when I look back and thought about 2016, the ride through the year made me realize I’m not as weak as the thunders in my soul, I’ll make it through again n again and I’ll live this journey!

“SURVIVE” ….I wrote in bolds and decided to make it my new year’s resolution for this year. I’ll survive in all ups and downs of life and try to make more people smile. I knew it won’t be easy but will be memorable for sure! 🙂

So this is mine 🙂  Have you guys made any new year‘s resolutions?  What’s yours? I’d love to know! 😉

Once again, wish you all a blissful 2017 Stay happy!!!! 🙂
Chao for now!

Daily Prompt- Year

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Words from the Heart

Ignorance is Bliss!

And, whenever she talked about him…. She would slowly get all nostalgic and in no time she started to sound as if she was about to cry. Her eyes would well up and her voice would choke.

And when she got this full, she took a deep breath, gulped some water and with a smile on her lips, she just changed the subject as she drank her tears inside.

This is how we all dealt with pain, didn’t we??? We just ignored it and changed the subject…. And this shows people how strong we are. Truly, sometimes Ignorance is a Bliss! 😉

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Random Thoughts

Memories and Experiences . . . !

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Dear Reader,

Today I want to say something to you, This one is a lil long but I hope you still read it. 🙂 The year is about to end. Another 11 days and BAM!!!! another year goes by. Everyone of us would have a huge basket of memories of 2016. Not every memory would be happy, not every memory would be the one you want to remember…but still, they are all responsible for who you are, right now. So, I wanna request you something today. I want you to lay back a little, shut your eyes and repeat 2016 in front of your eyes.

The winters of Jan and Feb, spring and holi of March, session ending in schools and colleges in April, heat of May, rain of June, July, August, your birthday, your best friend’s birthday, your girlfriend/boyfriend’s birthday, your adventures, your trips, your secret hangout sessions, your unusual crushes, Diwali, your breakup, your lost friends, arguments, sad moments, happy moments, failure and everything….I want you to remember each and every memory of 2016 today…When you do this, I know you’ll not be at peace. You’ll feel your lips turning into a curve and then widening into a grin and then something would flash and moisten your eyes. You might even drop a tear or two (like me)…And so, there would be a quick flashback of your life. The regrets, the words unsaid…a plethora of emotions would churn inside you. But don’t stop. Hold yourself together and get through it, once again. Feel the strength and happiness within you. Don’t feel depressed or upset, dear friend. You might even feel a certain void within yourself and its okay. We all feel that too. Its life’s priceless EXPERIENCE! 🙂

So don’t lose hope. A new year will bring some more new experiences and your life will again be one hell or heaven of a ride. You’ll still get through everything. So, cheer up and gear up for the challenges and happiness of 2017 !! 🙂

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to All in advance ❤

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