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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Book Review- Your Dreams are Mine Now by Ravinder Singh

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And I’m back with another book review and this time its Ravinder Singh’s Your Dreams Are Mine Now. I ordered it on flipkart.com and got it on time. Ravinder has written 5 novels till date: ‘I Too had a Love Story’ (My Favorite) , ‘Can Love Happen Twice’, ‘Like It Happened Yesterday’ ,‘Your Dreams are Mine Now’ and his latest work “This Love that Feels Right” and he has also edited ‘Love Stories that touched My Heart’ and “Tell Me a Story”. I have read all the works by Ravinder Singh except “Like it happened yesterday”. His very first novel “I Too Had A Love Story” as a work will always be his best work in my eyes.:-)  I really love that book a lot. It was truly an pure story with pure emotions of a man’s heart. Ravinder Singh is one of my all time favorite writers.

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Well, I loved the cover of this book…its so romantic and beautiful, isn’t it? 😉 I was so much excited to read it. I always excited to read Ravinder Singh’s book because somehow I just relate myself to them or the stories. I still remember when I read his first book I Too Had A Love Story, I was totally connected. I could actually feel the pain, love, emotions & all the things that has written in that book. ❤ Maybe that’s why I love Singh’s books. Your Dreams are Mine Now is a beautifully written teenage love story.  Its a fictional tale which draws inspiration from a real life incident Delhi’s Nirbhaya Rape Case that shook the nation by storm a couple of years back. The main characters of this book are Rupali Sinha and Arjun.

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Rupali is a young innocent girl from Patna dreams of getting into college she always wanted to join. So she steps on the ground of DU with her dreams. She is different from Delhi girls. She is not a bit fashionable, her simplicity reflects by her dressing sense. She is intelligent, beautiful, smart and a lovely soul. During one of her first days at college she plants a “Tulsi” plant in the campus garden. She wants to see the plant grow as a reflection of the growth of her academic life and herself at DU. At the very moment few guys appear in a jeep, they make fun of her and ask her few questions. She got nervous and scared. One of those guys doesn’t speak much. But he is the one she is most scared of and that’s Arjun the male lead character. He is a guy from Delhi who is very active in DU politics and want to make the world a beautiful place. Rupali and Arjun are completely opposite. As time flies Rupali gets to know the inner delicacies of matters in the campus and with that one campus scandal bring Arjun and Rupali together and they fell in love with each other. As they says opposites attract 😉 They are passionately in love but then what happens to their love story and their political future is the cruel part of the book. The climax of this book is so painful. I cried a lot at the end maybe because whenever I read a book I want to relate myself with the characters and every time it made me cry at some points. 😦

I liked this novel. The characters are well developed. The language is easy, the cover and title is quite interesting. It’s a well written book. The language os this book is so simple and it is really an easy and nice read. But if you are expecting something new or innovative in this tale then sorry! I’m sure you will be disappointed. Yes, it is similar to Nirbhaya’s case after all every novel is inspired by a true story, right?  When you read this book you will think that you just completed reading a summary reports of the incident that happened back then. Most of the pages are seem to copied from newspapers and articles on this case. But anyways, I love 3 things in this novel, one is there were no sex scenes in this book. Apart from some kiss scenes and another romantic conversation part. Thankfully Ravin did not create this awkwardness in the book. Second thing is the love confession of Rupali in the simplest way and Arjun’s emotions conveyed through the line ‘Your dreams are mine now’ and the New Year Eve’s love pendant incident and their conversation, oh that beautiful part! 🙂 ❤

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Some interesting quotes:

1. “Stand for what is right and do not let evil persist.”

2. “The present! It’s so different from the past. The past! It will never come back. Never ever!”

3. “Betrayal hurts the most when it comes from the one who you always remembered in your prayers.”

4. “Sometimes the problem with silence is that the more it continues to prevail, the more awkward it becomes.”

5. When dreams take shape, sleep runs away.”

6. “Being brave doesn’t mean the lack of fear.It means overcoming your fears.

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All in all it’s a nice read. I love the way Ravinder writes his novel. Your Dreams are Mine Now will make you cry, laugh and happy. Some pages of the book seems boring but the suspense makes you engross to read the entire book. The beautiful love story of Arjun and Rupali will touch your heart. It’s a lovely book and I enjoyed it with my “Britannia little hearts biscuits” 😛 I love these biscuits 😀 It really reminds me of my childhood 🙂

Well, This story touched my heart and shook my soul and I hope it does the same for you too when you’ll read it. I did not like the end. As I mentioned the end left me in tears, I personally think the character of Rupali shouldn’t have died not at least like this. It was so upsetting. Its a good story but it could be an excellent one if in the end both lovers were united. But I guess everyone should read it once, it’s a well written book. So don’t think much just go for it! 😉