The Girl in the Glass Case ~ Devashish Sardana

#qotd – One psychological thriller you have read lately?

Finding a glasscase with a doll in it, constable Daya was stupified. Then comes Simone, after her suspension to take up the case. Simone is a head strong ASP who lacks social skills. She leads the case along with her colleague, Zoya who is appointed by her senior officer Hussain (though she finds it annoying to lead like a team).
Hussain, having failed to catch a culprit who murdered people 9 years ago, gets addicted to alcohol to dodge off his guilt.
Karan, is a reporter who wanted to become sensational with the news he shares.
Amidst these, the murders leave the officers restless.
Who are dolled up in the glass case?
Why couldn’t Hussain find the culprit who is responsible for massive killings 9 years ago?
Will Karan get what he yearns?

My ๐Ÿ’ญ
The story is set in Bhopal, where 1984 Gas tragedy took place. With a catching start, I was pretty engrossed in it. But was bored by the lengthy narration at few instances. I was amazed by the suspense that was maintained till the end. I commend the way author portrayed every character in the story, inspiriting the readers with vim. The details mentioned during the investigation could have been lucid to revoke the doubts in readers. The storyline seemed familiar but it’s totally a unique story with gripping narration. With a perfect blend of mystery, suspense and thriller, it’s definitely gonna keep you on your toes.

It’s been awhile since I have read psychological thrillers and this book glued me all the day until i finished reading it. If you are a lover for thrillers, check this one for sure!!

แด‹แด‡แด‡แด˜ สแดแดœส€ ษขษชส€สŸ๊œฑ ๊œฑแด€๊œฐแด‡.
ส™แดส๊œฑ ๊œฑแด€๊œฐแด‡ส€.

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The Hawala Agent ~ Smarak Swain

Hey guys!!
How z ur festive weekend going?
Well, I wanted to spend the time, reading books and this one just boggled my mind.

#qotw – Have you ever heard of Hawala system?

I haven’t. I have seen in few films but the lucidity showcased here for the subjects put forth has struck me with consciousness. This small brain of ours is capable of doing unbelievable fiddles besides wonders.

Burmah, was appointed by his friend, Deepak Bhide to find his missing wife, Swati Gupta. Burmah, after having lost his job, decides to take this up as he is left with no other choice. But as the investigation goes on, he unravels fraudulent acts that tend to happen everywhere that is like a network.
Will he find Swati?
Will he do the right thing or stick to his professionalism?

Okay!! I’m so awestruck while reading the story coz, so many facts were unearthed and this story being written based on true events, led me to unknown operations happening in this era of technology. Starting off as a thriller, it turned out to be an intriguing suspense story. Few of the terms were difficult to comprehend but, I eventually got carried away by the plot. The author has weaved the story with his experiences and knowledge very well. The progressive narration kept me engaged all the while and the twists are unimaginable. But finally, I have got to know something I’m not aware of. The Acknowledgements in the book gives us an idea of the story. If you are quite inquisitive of mysteries, imparting knowledge and consciousness, then you shouldn’t miss this one for sure!!

Recommended!!
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The Billionaire And The Monk ~ Vibhor Kumar Singh

#qotd – What’s your first read of #2022?

For almost a week i tried to indulge myself in reading but couldn’t find the spark in any of the books I have planned to read in the first place. But this book cleansed the muddle I had been carrying all the week. It’s the perfect book to begin your year.

Have you ever seen a monk who is a business enthusiast? Well, here is one who balances both spiritual and materialistic life, besides learning from his guru, Chief Lama. One day to discern the reason for his inner turmoil, he goes to visit his guru, but turns back seeing one question,”๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ?”
What is he missing?

And then there is a billionaire who is struck at the same question asked in a interview, “๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ?”. There isn’t any question which he couldn’t answer. But this one!! he has no idea. Despite being a billionaire, he couldn’t answer this question. ๐–๐ก๐ฒ?

How do they unleash the answers for the tumult they are going through?

I can assure you that this book leaves you with a composed mind. The simple stories gives us a profound message with utmost lucidity. The best thing I can say about this book is it’s potency despite being a light read. It’s like experiencing tranquility on a unplanned trip. The perspective with which the author has conveyed the subjects with perfection is meritorious. All the 10 chapters stated in this book are what we confront in our mudane lives. The simplicity maintained through out the book inspirits us with cognizance. The tag line truly justifies the story.

So, let me ask you this question, “๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ?”

You would have your own definition of happiness,right? So, those who have no answer for this, this book will be a good start for you to discern that and the ones who have been pondering over your first read like me, begin with this and those who haven’t read non-fiction, start with this. It’s really a calming read for me. And let me also mention that it is a fictional book with a non-fictional soul. Highly recommended to everyone out there!!

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๐Ÿ’Œ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’‡๐’‡๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’๐’• ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’Š๐’…๐’† ~ ๐™ฒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š›๐šž ๐š‚๐š’๐š—๐š๐š‘

#qotd – What’s your last read of #2021?

๐“จ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ฟ๐“ธ๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ช ๐“ซ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ฎ๐”ƒ๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ผ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ฎ, ๐“Ÿ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ด๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฑ, ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ช ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“–๐“ธ๐“ญ.

Chandrika is an albino girl and is very ambitious to get into a reputed B-school. For the congenital condition, she got used to people’s wierd gestures and irking words but that made her considerate and stubborn person. But one call changes her life forever.
Who phoned her?
Prakash is a sensitive and a loving person who works in a call centre. With the love he has for rains, he adores them for the serenity they bring along. And the call which he makes after cherishing the rain leads to a new life.
How will Prakash paves his way for love?

Love doesn’t mean living together and waking up to the face of loved ones. It also means embracing the flaws and making each other better with every passing day. That’s what chandrika did.
It never occurred to me that she is an albino while reading coz the nature of her is very much like every other human being and the personality she has is, impeccable with her ethics.

Set at the beginning of 21st century, this story not only elaborates the struggle of an albino bride but also the adversities one face after marriage. I very much admire Chandrika for her unflinching love towards Prakash. Characterisation is much highlighted here and the second half is something that brings awareness in readers. It is a love story but with a different bride with her indepth love, it makes a noteworthy story altogether. Recommended!! And beginners, this is for you!!

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๐Ÿ™ ๐‘ด๐’†๐’“๐’‹๐’†๐’๐’๐’‚ ~ ๐˜ ๐˜ถ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ซ๐˜ข ๐˜‹๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช

#qotd – Do you remember Oswald….?

It is one of my favourite show on Pogo. And his character just melts my heart everytime I watch it. After this I never came across any other story relating to an octopus. This is my first time reading the story of an astoundingly dynamic Merjella, an octopus, who can do wonders with her powers and abilities. I don’t know why, but I always find Sea creatures wondrous. And mermaids bewitch me. And now Merjella has amazed me with her prodigy.

Deep in the seas, is the kingdom Zypher ruled by Tarjo. The kingdom flourished with harmony and peace untill Chiro destroyed it with greed for power. Hours before his death Tarjo handles Mimico, his chief, the responsibility of raising his daughter,Jella who is destined to save Zypher.
How will Jella save Zypher from Chiro?
Somewhere on land, Marina’s(a human) extraordinary invention was exploited which endangers her life and her husband’s life Deimos.
What happens to Marina?
Ryan, owner of CFE happens to meet Merjella and helps her in her mission.
Who is Merjella?
What is her mission?
A Boss who is in thirst for power tries to get hold of the world with his greed.
Who saves the world from Boss?

Packed with action, magic, science with a tinge of love, this story astonished me. Stories under water are always captivates me. Deep conversations in few chapters and animated characters connected me to the story. The climax is a bit predictable but the fictious plot made it a enthusiastic read.
I commend the author for his creativity, making it feasible for kids besides adults. The way he weaved the story relating to humans and Sea animals is applaudable. I couldn’t refrain myself from imagining it in animated version. The cover page and the info at the end of every chapter are quite fascinating. Recommended!!

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๐Ÿฅแด›สœแด‡ แด€แด…ษชแด แด€๊œฑษช แดกษชสŸสŸ ษดแดแด› แด…แด€ษดแด„แด‡ ๊œฑแด›แดส€ษชแด‡๊œฑ ~ ๐™ท๐šŠ๐š—๐šœ๐š๐šŠ ๐š‚๐š˜๐š ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š›๐šŠ ๐š‚๐š‘๐šŽ๐š”๐š‘๐šŠ๐š›

#qotd – Have you ever felt outcasted at any point in your life till today and do you dread that in future?

For eons we have seen oppression of people based on caste, tribe and race. And these practices are prevalent every where till today. No matter how many ages go by, just to make themselves feel better than others, people use this caste excuse to satiate their egos. In this process, they(so called people of higher caste) commit crimes, sins which goes unnoticed in the name of caste. The ones who are abused are the victims. No matter how hard they try to make their lives better, one or the other person blocks their way. We have seen many inspiring people who have done great things in the past irrespective of their caste, religion and race. Just imagine how this world would be if every deserving person gets what they strive for!!

These are the stories of people belonging to Santhal community in Jharkhand. They portray the hardships, atrocities they face in and out of their community. A mother who is expelled from her own house by her sons, a girl who is merely treated as toy when all she craves for is love, a woman who loses her priceless possesion to quell her hunger, a young boy who is falsely charged with rape, a group of artists who were being exploited for stage performance until the head person raises his voice and address their problems infront of the president and denies to perform on stage and says “๐“๐ก๐ž ๐€๐๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ฌ๐ข ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž….”

Though these are fictional stories, they are the outcome of author’s experiences in his life that led to these outspoken stories. No lagging, on point, crisp, comprehensible and heart wrecking at times. This makes it worthy read. This book reminded me of the pre-independence times when every person in our country is looked down upon. That truly hurts and it is nothing but cruelty of people to treat the unprivileged in such manner.
Recommended!!

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๐ŸŽก๐‘ด๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’Š & ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’“ ๐‘ญ๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’ ~ ๐™ณ๐šŠ๐š›๐šœ๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š’ ๐š‚๐š’๐šŸ๐šŠ ๐™ฟ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŠ๐š–๐šŽ๐šœ๐š‘

#qotd – Have you ever participated in Ratha Yatra?

I have never seen one apart from films and videos. But the ambience always attracts me much with elephant procession. Particularly the crackers at night excites me and I’ll look forward to the night to witness it’s beauty.

Malini is a little girl who is quite excited about the chariot festival. She dolls up for the ceremony and happily takes part in the festival with her family. The elephant procession during the day leaves the kids with awe. And Malini with her never ending enthusiasm looks forward for the car festival next year.

With a festival environment and family’s love this book is very much animated. The colourful presentation makes the kids falls for it instantly. I have never read these graphic stories earlier. But this book is making me crave for more. Would love to be kid all over again with child stories.

Age : 4 and above.

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๐Ÿ”–ส™แด‡แด„แดแดแด‡ สแดแดœส€ ส™แด‡๊œฑแด› ๊œฑแด‡สŸ๊œฐ ส€ษชษขสœแด› ษดแดแดก..๐™‡๐™ž๐™›๐™š ๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™œ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ

#qotd – Last non-fiction book that you have read lately?

When it comes to reading non-fiction, I always learn something new. I could discern something I’m missing and that aids me in progressing my personality. And I’m always a different person after reading one. This book has done the same to me.

Divided into 3 parts, this book has 31 lessons which are excerpts from books by world famous authors, whose works you might have read earlier. But this compilation is utterly reviving. It’s like all important knowledge is being assembled in one entity.
As said in introduction, one lesson a day for beginners, suits well if you plan on transforming yourself. The insights provided in each lesson are quite edifying and enlightening too. I came to know of many other famous authors, whom I haven’t known earlier. After reading this book, I wanna read many books whose extracts are furnished here.
1. Life’s Amazing Secrets by Gaur Gopal Das
2. Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
4. The Power of Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
5. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
6. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
7. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
8. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
9. The Success Sutra by Devdutt Pattanaik
10. A Message to Gracia by Elbert Hubbard
11. You are a badass by Jen Sincero
12. Wealth Is of the Mind by Joseph Murphy
13. 7 Mindsets for Success, Happiness and Fulfilment by Swami Mukundananda

All the aspects of life are covered here. Philosophy, spirituality, love, money, peace, success, power, happiness, hardwork and many more. If you aren’t a fan of non-fiction, then you ought to read this book. It is like imperative notes with life changing lessons from Supergurus.

I was a bit disappointed coz, I expected an excerpt from “The Secret by Rhonda Byrne” and it isn’t there. Nevertheless, it’s such a illuminating read. Loved the book wholly. Don’t miss this one!!

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๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ ๐™’๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ~ ๐™ฐ๐š—๐š”๐š’๐š๐šŠ ๐š…๐šŽ๐š›๐š–๐šŠ

#qotd – Do you believe in religion?

I do. But not so foolishly. I always try to find reasons behind every religious aspect and not blindly follow everything what elders preach. And ofcourse I am chided many a times but I wouldn’t settle with something that I don’t believe.

And then there are people who does insane things in the name of religion. In 1990 many kashmiri pandits were forced to leave kashmir to save their lives. Many has been victims. So is Sana Sheikh who lost her love, Anurag on one fateful night. Her brother abandons her too, due to misconception.

Sana owns a news channel and is a close friend of defence minister Arjun Jaisinghani. She works hard and raises her daughter Aliya. Shezii, Meera are children of officials who work under Arjun Jaisinghani. Aliya after her return from London joins the same college of Shezii and Meera. Then the story unravels slowly. Amidst the terrorist activities, political conflicts and cunning tactics of people, so much runs in the back scene and Shezii longs for Aliya.
How does they end?
Will Aliya reciprocate to Shezii’s love?

Well I had a hard time in the beginning to sail with the story. But eventually finished coz, it turned out as a feather read. I usually like reading stories of these kind. With a bit of thriller and a tad of suspense, the story much revolved around religion, terrorism, politics just like in few films. And I love good endings in such stories. It’s purely fictional and I commend the author for penning it aptly. But it’s slow paced and that made it difficult to finish earlier. I have despised Aliya in the beginning but she caught me awe in the end.

TW – Terrorism

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๐Ÿ“„ ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ต๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ~ ๐™ฝ๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐š’๐š—๐š’ ๐™ถ๐šž๐š™๐š๐šŠ

#qotd – Have you ever been to a foreign country with no prior planning?

Well, Laila has!! After being offered a challenging task by her boss, she leaves for India. Laila is a stubborn, determined, independent and self-made woman raised by her grandparents. Having no memory of her parents often broke her. But eventually coped up facing the reality. She works as a journalist in Pakistan. And one day her boss, also her senior handles an exciting task which is based in Udaipur to her. Laila who is has a heart for challenges ponders over it. Despite being opposed by her grandparents, she leaves for India, only to witness the truths of her life that are unveiled at the most unanticipated situations. She meets Gulab, a tattooist, and finds solace in her presence, but couldn’t understand the reason behind it. Ibrahim, a foreign correspondent from Pakistan, based in India helps Laila with her project.
Will she ever get to know her parents?
How will she finish her project?

Okay!! This is like a short story but with interesting aspects. It revolves around the three main characters, intensifying it much with curiosity in the end. The conversations related to journalism are noteworthy, besides stories about partition of India-Pakistan and Indian history. I never read stories or the subject related to Indo-Pak partition, but the glimpse of it, in this book, sent shivers down my spine. The book very much seemed like the one written by a journalist and I’m sure the author might pen many more in future. I particularly enjoyed the creative part, the posts on social media with comments and the tattoos too. Though she is a debut author, her work is fine and applaudable. Wish to read a sequel of this book!! If you are looking for a quick and engaging read, go for this!!

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