Book Reviews (Kitaabi Gup-Shup)

Book Review: LIKE IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY by RAVINDER SINGH

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Hey! I’m back with another review of the book that I just finished reading “Like it Happened Yesterday” by our one and only Ravinder Singh 🙂 So I ordered it on Amazon.in and got in on time. Ravinder Singh’s Like It Happened Yesterday is one of the most loved books. It is a different book as compared to his love story novels like “I too had a love story” , “Can love happen twice” , “Your dreams are mine now” and “This Love That Feels Right” I read first 3 books already so I can say yes this book is different from them. I was so excited to read this book because the story of the book is all about the best phase of a person’s life- CHILDHOOD! ❤ I liked the cover page, it is quite sweet no? It was really nice to see that one boy jumping with colourful balloons. It actually reminded me of my childhood days, I used to love balloons and love to play with them 😛 It was one of the sweetest memories of my childhood. Anyways, I always love to read Ravinder Singh books. He is the first author whose novel I read completely. As I mentioned above, I read his 3 novels yet, and my favorite is “I too had a Love Story” the debut novel and the true love story of the author, I simply love ITHALS. It is my all time favorite ❤ this book touched my soul and made me cry so badly.  I didn’t like Can love happen twice much so I can’t say much about that. And, Your dreams are mine now, was also a good book but not more than his first novel 🙂

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‘Like It Happened Yesterday’ is a memoir of the author’s growing up years and how the experiences in his childhood have influenced his life at a later stage. Basically, Like It Happened Yesterday talks more about childhood days and makes you feel remember those moments. It is an amazing journey to childhood which I am pretty sure everybody can relate to in one way or the other. It is written in easy language which is a plus. 🙂 I loved reading about Ravinder’s childhood experiences. I was able to easily relate myself with the incident at some points. The book is all about our Bachpan 😀 the first day of school, the fear of injection, teeth problems, awkward cum naughty questions like “how a child takes birth?” 😛 the love for photographs and cycle, and of course our very first crush. So, you can’t expect much from the book. There’s no love, romance, thrill, action etc in the book but still it puts a smile on your face when you read the book. This book relates us to our transformation phases from childhood to adulthood. But I would say boys and men will find this book more interesting as compare to girls/women, because this is not a girl’s story but if you will read this book, in some incidents you will also enjoy, smile and laugh. But, this book is mainly written from a boy’s view point of childhood days.

You know, everyone of us wants to go back and live those moments again but we all know that’s not really possible but this book at least fill your heart with those sweet memories. 🙂 You will surely imagine your childhood days when you were free from every problem, every tension and thinking about the consequences of every little thing, when you just enjoy your life….Ah! those days ❤ Well, its a sweet book and it really took you back to your childhood days. It allows you to re-live those moments at certain points, because each one of us must have felt the same. The incidents of his life are somehow very similar to every individual. I also found some incidents similar to mine. The book will appeal to you more if you are the 80s or 90s kid. The characters are real and beautifully described. The language of the book is simple, sweet and easy. Ravin very innocently narrated every incidents. It ends with a happy note of the author securing the first rank in his CBSE Board Exams. End is not that good though but still I enjoyed. 🙂

Some interesting quotes from the book:

“Some discoveries are so close to the heart that only the discover can feel them and cherish them.”

“The class laughed. I failed to understand why. I thought of joining in with their laugh, but soon I guessed that maybe I was the subject of their laughter.”

“Human nature is strange. Just because we all had a common thing to be afraid of, we turned into friends.”

“As the days passed, I even started liking the song Papa Kehte Hain. It had started making a different sense to me. Soon, I wanted to become the one who could sing that song and prove to the world that I meant every word of what I was singing.”

“As time passed by and I grew older, my memories of that day started fading.”

All in all its a quick read of 216 pages. The book can be coined as a Diary of the author, printed and published in book form. It is a honest and simple book. 🙂 The writing style of Ravin is so simple. Its a onetime read and beginners may like it more. I recommend it to all those who love to go over their childhood memories and time again. I liked it. So I can say, read it once!

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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And…. She replied me!

So, Preeti Shenoy just replied me on Twitter!

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It was unexpected! I was so happy to see a tweet from her…Thank you Mrs. Shenoy for taking the time to reply me 🙂 It means so much to me! ❤ I don’t know why am posting this here? all I know is am so happy and I want to share my happiness with all of you! ❤

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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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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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