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A Tale of Two Mommies | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

August 31, 2016

A Tale of Two Mommies | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

By Sankalpita

AGE: 4-6 years

A tale of two mommies is a sweet little book meant for children who have just started reading. There are maximum one or two lines per page. The language is also simple and easy to understand.

PAGES: 24

The book is really small with just about 24 pages. I …

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Welcome To Your Afterlife | Stephanie Rabig | Book Review

August 31, 2016

Welcome To Your Afterlife | Stephanie Rabig | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 1.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 2/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

In my 4.5 years as a book reviewer I have read a very few books on afterlife. The Memory Game by Sharon Shant being one of them. I came across the book “Welcome to your Afterl…

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Julia Jones : Teenage Years Box Set | Katrina Kahler | Book Review

August 29, 2016

By Sankalpita

Julia Jones: The Teenage Years Box Set | Katrina Kahler | Book Review

PLOT: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

After having read so many intellectually heavy books recently, I wanted to browse through some breezy teenage books. Julia Jones: The Teenage Years box set is what I came ac…

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Running with Scissors | Augusten Burroughs | Book Review

August 29, 2016

Running with Scissors | Augusten Burroughs | Book ReviewBy Bhavna Anil

PLOT: 4/5 

CHARACTERS: 4/5 

WRITING STYLE: 4/5 

CLIMAX: 3.5/5 

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 

Running with Scissors is a memoir recounting American author Burroughs’s outrageous adolescent life. As a child, Burroughs was a neat-freak, obsessive about keeping hi…

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Sing Freedom | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

August 27, 2016

Sing Freedom | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

By Sankalpita

AGE: 7-10 years

This book is meant for children between the ages 7 to 10 years.

PAGES: 36

The book has a total of 36 pages. Most of these pages contain 4 to 6 lines of text each. The language is kept simple and understandable. All the pages are accompanied by beautiful …

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The Suitable Inheritor | Pushpendra Mehta | Book Review

August 27, 2016

The Suitable Inheritor | Pushpendra Mehta | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

There is always a huge reader base available for self-help and inspirational books but what if such a book comes with an added bonus of a story. Well, I can’t say that I have …

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7 Vows of Marriage | Devika Das | Book Review

August 27, 2016

7 Vows of Marriage | Devika Das | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Many say that “Marriages are made in Heaven” but very few realize that marriages are run on Earth. The West and the East both have a very different approach to marriage. While the West is …

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Urmila | Pervin Saket | Book Review

August 26, 2016

Urmila | Pervin Saket | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

She was a character in the epic Ramayana. She was one of virtue and patience and yet she doesn’t find her name mentioned besides those of the other popular characters – Rama…

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Eat Pray Love | Elizabeth Gilbert | Book Review

August 26, 2016

Eat Pray Love | Elizabeth Gilbert | Book Review

By Sankalpita

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

SUBJECT: 4/5

CANDIDNESS: 4.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

This book is so popular that it is almost impossible to not read it. Having felt ashamed many times on my not having read this book, I quietly ordered the book (befo…

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84, Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff | Book Review

August 25, 2016

84, Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff | Book Review

By Bhavna

PLOT: 4/5 

CHARACTERS: 5/5 

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5 

CLIMAX: 4/5 

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 

84, Charing Cross Road is a compilation of letters between author Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, a bookseller at 84, Charing Cross Road, London.  Hanff, a resident of Ne…

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Forbidden Desires | Madhuri Banerjee | Book Review

August 23, 2016

Forbidden Desires | Madhuri Banerjee | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

In the recent times, marriages have become a tricky affair in India. There is no more a sense of security in one’s marriage as it used to be in our parent’s generation. To…

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My Life : An Illustrated Autobiography | A.P.J. Abdul Kalam | Book Review

August 23, 2016

My Life: An Illustrated Autobiography | A.P.J. Abdul Kalam | Book Review

By Sankalpita

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

INSPIRATION QUOTIENT: 5/5

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - the man needs no introduction; he is known by one and all and yet he opens this biography with such a humble introduction and such humble beginnings…

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03:02 | Mainak Dhar | Book Review

August 18, 2016

03:02 | Mainak Dhar | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Mainak Dhar is the poster boy of Indian zombie fiction and he writes with finesse; always taking the reader by surprise and always delivering more than expectation. So when I …

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A Newlyweds Adventures in Married Land | Shweta Ganesh Kumar | Book Review

August 18, 2016

A Newlyweds Adventures in Married Land | Shweta Ganesh Kumar | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Marriage in the new age is not that easy. There are egos, there are temperaments and then there are careers, expectations and what not. So how does the new age woman cope up? Do…

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Kabira Not Until I Die | Arvind Parashar | Book Review

August 17, 2016

Kabira Not Until I Die | Arvind Parashar | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

There is something intriguing about reading spy novels and what can be more interesting than reading a romantic spy novel. So here I am reviewing a quite fascinating book I re…

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Three Girls and a Baby | Rachel Schurig | Book Review

August 17, 2016

Three Girls and a Baby | Rachel Schurig | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

What do you get when you put together three girls and a baby in a novel? Well, cuteness and fun are a sure shot outcome but then there is also friendships, hardships and a…

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A Scandalous Proposition | MM George | Book Review

August 17, 2016

A Scandalous Proposition | MM George | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3/5

WRTITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Having enjoyed quite a lengthy break from my books, I sat down to read some romance books. Browsing through my kindle unlimited list, this is the first one that I found temptin…

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne | Book Review

August 11, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

FORMAT: 2/5

MEETING EXPECTATIONS: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

After so many years, Harry Potter fans had something to look forward to – a new adventure, a new thrill, a brand new story but alas, we…

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Guns and Thighs | Ramgopal Varma | Book Review

August 11, 2016

Guns and Thighs | Ramgopal Varma | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Film industry is full of all sorts of characters – some are revered and some are frowned upon. While we know why some characters ( the likes of Big B, Om Puri etc) are revered, often we do …

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