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Mistakes Like Love and Sex”Mistakes Like Love and Sex” by Madhuri Banerjee is the continuation of the ”Loosing my Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas”. Books by this author has got catchy title, may be that is the reason why I bought them. Once in a while I have this strong desire to read books by Indian authors that is why I have piled up my shelf with many books. To tell the truth I didn’t enjoy the first book as much as I did the second. I remember giving it 2 stars out of 5. But an incomplete story is not fun, so I picked up the sequel and I am happy that it didn’t disappoint me.

After serious heart breaking and many failed relations our protagonist Kaveri is back, but this time she is with a handsome Spanish boyfriend  and a lovely job in far away country. But nothing lasts forever, soon she goes through difficult breakup and she is back in India, searching for a good career and her dream man. But as usual Kaveri is Kaveri! she gets into a hot mess with a rich- older man,has hot sex with a Bollywood superstar and works as a Hindi teacher for an upcoming actress. One thing leads to another and she is standing where she was in the beginning, nothing is changed. But when she enters the world of Twitter may be she is at the right direction!

I liked this book better than the first one so my rating: 4 out of 5. I really enjoyed reading this book there were lot of twists and it was never boring.

right-fit-wrong-shoeRight Fit Wrong Shoe by Varsha Dixit is an Indian contemporary romance. I don’t know after how many months I picked up a book from an Indian author. I bought this last year but as I was busy with my crazy project of  completing the series I didn’t get opportunity to read this. I loved the book ”Xess Baggage” by this author and was eager to explore more of her writing. As I expected this book was easy and interesting read, I read it in single sitting. The romance and the sexual tension between the main characters captured my heart.

Nandini is single and independent woman with a beautiful body and a good heart. There is nothing exciting in her life she is this average Indian lady who stays with her parents and does an average job. But she has a dark past which comes chasing her for revenge. This dark past which she is so scared of is her ex-boy friend Aditya who wants to ruin her life so badly. What is the story behind this love-hate thing? What did she do to Aditya to make him hate her? How her life will change after Aditya’s entry in her life once again?

It is totally cheesy, melodramatic Bollywood type novel. But I loved the chemistry and that little tension between Nandini and Aditya. Their chemistry was perfect, it has been ages since last time I read a novel this filmy. My rating: 4 out of 5. I am looking forward to read the sequel Wrong Means Right End.

Sarpa SambandhaSarpa Sambandha is the second installment in Matagathi series. This book goes to extremes of black magic. Tejamma is back with a special weapon this time – Snake’s revenge. People who didn’t read the first book, probably will not get the clear story if they are reading this book directly. So its better to read the first book ”Matagathi” where you will get to know the characters.

After defeating Tejamma, Agninatha and Niharika are into simple life away from dark magic. But once a person gets into the dark world there is no way out for him. Tejamma is back like phoenix with more power this time, only way to stop her from acheiving what  she was stopped from acheiving last time is Agninatha and Niharika. This time war is more dangerous and cruel with snakes in evil’s side.

I enjoyed reading this book, ,y rating: 4 out of 5. It is amazing story of horror and dark magic in Kannada novel field.  Hopefully someone will think of translating it into English  so that non kannadigas can enjoy reading it.

Matagathi ”Matagathi” by Ravi Belagere is an excellent book I re- read last year. It is in Kannada language, a regional language of  Karnataka(one of the states of India). Many years back I read  it for the first time from my school library  and liked the storyline. This book is about Black Magic and fight between good and evil. You might have heard about Black magic and witchcrafts around European countries but in India it has different dimensions.  It is more horrifying and hell lot of difficult for one to achieve this power. There are cults and tribes continuing this type of culture for real, away from modern generation. I have no idea how true it is but I have read and heard a lot of things about them. This book was not listed in Goodreads, so I had to add this book there before rating. This book must be a work of fiction but the procedures,things and facts involved about black magic are for real.

Matagathi means the lady who does black magic, more or less like a witch. This is the story of a ruthless lady named Tejamma, whose hunger for more power killed a lot of innocent people and started wars between powerful people. She used everyone who helped her to climb the steps to achieve magic and killed them heartlessly. Her husband and his entire family was killed for her to gain great power. But there is only one person who can beat her down that is Agninath from a special tribe called ”Aghoras”. Its a horrifying tale of dark magic and the procedures involved to get the power is shocking. It can shake anyone who reads about black magic and steps involved to get it right.

My rating: 4 out of 5. It has a sequel named ” Sarpa Sambandha” where a lot of dark magic and snakes are involved. Not a very pleasant topic but interesting. I have already read that book, I will be reviewing it soon.

 

The Oath of the VayuputrasI confess myself disappointed, I was expecting a lot from final book in the Shiva Trilogy ”The Oath of Vayuputras and  I got nothing at the end. Entire book was total mess and it lost focus from the beginning. First two books had some purpose and hopes this one was just a time waste.

In this book Evil is finally revealed, Shiva is gathering his forces for his final battle against the bad. Many will die in this battle but he must not loose his focus, his main enemy here is Evil. This time he is willing to go to Vayuputras who never offered any support to him so far. Will he succeed in his battle? Will this Vayuputras help him to get what he wants?

I don’t know how to review a book like this without getting out few spoilers. So I won’t try that! Third book was very slow moving and boring, it felt like an eternity to finish the book. End was very annoying and disturbing. You have this nice imagination about Shiva and author spoiled it by picturing him as someone who is not ready to forgive. All he wanted was to use the Astra and destroy the innocent people. My rating: 2 out of 5.

My reaction after reading book:

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Palace of IllusionsI was always fascinated towards Mahabharata and Ramayana stories, two epics with great religious value. I grew up listening and reading sub stories related to this two great books. I was attracted to  few characters like Krishna, Panchali, Pandavas, Karna and Kauravas.  ”The Palace of illusions” is mainly about Panchali’s view of Mahabharata. Totally narrated by her, where she shows all her hidden emotions and feelings to the  readers.

The book starts from Panchali’s birth in fire along with her brother and goes on with her marrying legendary brothers Pandavas. She stays with them when they were cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchali unknowingly drawn to their quest and becomes a reason for civil war which sweeps out thousands of kings and soldiers. Even though she is born with a great reason she is a human after all. She feels love, revenge and anger like normal human being does. Her duels  with mother-in-law, hidden love for Karna who is her husbands enemy, complicated friendship with Krishna adds more to the story. Panchali is a fiery female who is a mere toy in hands of fate. Who’s palace of illusions caused only destruction.

While reading this book I kinda felt bad for Panchali. Her birth was unexpected and she was neglected by her father, then she had to reject her love for Karna against her wish and marry Arjuna. Then when she came to accept her fate and started to like Arjuna she was forced to marry all Pandavas to keep her mother-in-laws words. I could feel Pachali’s love for Karna in my heart and first time I understood the life of Panchali as a helpless but a strong woman who can change everyones life. I felt her frustration, disappointment and struggle trough out the book. If I ever write a story I would like to write about Urmila ( Laxmana’s wife) a character from Ramayana, whose sacrifice is not highlighted like other characters in the story.

Loosing my Virginity and other dumb ideasLooking at the fancy title and attractive cover page I decided to buy this book. Some of the of the books by Indian authors are not available in UAE, so 2 months back when I went to India for a vacation  I tried to get as many books as possible. And ended up buying 2 books from this same author by mistake.

Kaveri the protagonist of the novel is turning thirty but she is still a virgin. So far she never had a steady relationship or one night stand. She has been waiting for a right person to come, fall in love and then get married to him. But one fine day she realizes that it was a big mistake to wait and she wants to loose her virginity. With the help of her friend Aditi she finds suitable men and goes out with them for dates but likes none. After few unsuccessful dates she finds this intellectual, Greek god like man and falls for him and looses her virginity. But this Greek god is already married! Now her task is to find what she really wants from her life.

This book has  lot of twists and good humor. In few places you might find Kaveri’s character very silly. But then it is a chick lit what else to expect? It is a good time pass read. My rating: 2 out of 5. 1 star for Humor and one for fancy title.