#WattpadWednesday – An Interview with Aanchal Budhiraja aka TooHotToBeTrue2

1459257251490

An Interview with Aanchal Budhiraja aka TooHotToBeTrue2 on Wattpad

(Of the Baking With Boys fame)

Okay, so I’ll start by saying that this is my first interview, ever (where I’ve been the interviewer, of course. There’ve been a shit ton of interviewee interviews in my life. We can thank my need for a job for that one.)

Any how, we’re getting off topic. This is my first interview and Aanchal is a dear friend of mine. So, if we’re absolutely, ridiculously unprofessional or we talk absolute shit, please forgive me. You’ve been warned.

Time to start!

I think this is the part where I introduce the guest for today/tonight/whatever time you’re reading this on.

And that person is Aanchal Budhiraja! A 20 year old college student, pursuing her masters in economics, Aanchal loves to write quirky stories about love, friendship and adventure, always leaving us wanting more with the abhorrent cliffhanger endings for each chapter. She loves to dye her hair in awesome colors and works out at odd hours of the day (seriously. Odd hours. She works out at midnight. So, you can say she is obsessed.)

She’s best known for her stories Baking With Boys and The Demon Babysitter.

Now that we know who we’re meeting today, let’s get started!

Continue reading

#FlashbackFriday – The Scion of Ikshvaku, Amish Tripathi

1459165497497

 

247093273400 BCE. INDIA
Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.

He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.

Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfill the destiny of the Vishnu?

1459165556078

For the first #FlashbackFriday post, I present to you ‘The Scion Of Ikshvaku’.

The pop culture – cum – mythology geek in me absolutely adores this story! Uh, an urban retelling of The Ramayana? Count me in!

For those of you who are unaware of the story, Ramayana is a holy scripture sacred to Hindus. It’s the story of Lord Rama, the eldest son of King Dashratha and all the sacrifices he makes for his people and his family. Lord Rama is believed to be an avatar of the mighty Lord Vishnu, who is the nurturer of the universe, according to Hindu Mythology.

Rama had always been the King’s favorite son and as the eldest, he held the rights to throne of Ayodhya. However, Kaikeyi, Rama’s step mother, wanted her son Bharata to rule. So, she asked the King to grant him the two wishes he had promised her when she had saved his life in the midst of a battle. She asks that her son be made King and that Rama be banished from the kingdom for fourteen years. Heeding to her demands, Dashratha follows through because he can’t go back on his word and Rama is banished from the kingdom. His brother, Lakshaman and his wife, Sita, accompany Rama on the journey. But, things go down south when Raavan, the demon king of the neighboring kingdom kidnaps Sita for his own. What follows is one of the most remembered wars in Hindu Mythology as Lord Rama and his army of monkeys takes down Raavan with his brother Lakshaman, his trusty sidekick Hanuman and Raavan’s brother Vibhishan who is tired of his brother’s reign of terror, at his side.

The Scion of Ikshvaku is a different take on this memorable story were things aren’t what they seem and Rama isn’t the favorite son anymore. If anything, he’s hated by everyone in the country.

This take on the Ramayana is new, fresh and absolutely well written. The lucid language, the phenomenal plot and the amazingly thought out characterization of this story are absolutely mind boggling. I adore all of Sir Amish’s writing and this isn’t different. The way he spins tales and makes them his own is something that will fascinate me for years to come. It is absolutely gorgeous to see his stories unfold. It’s like magic. Really.

This is something you should definitely read if you’re looking for an amazing and satisfying read.

Please note that The Scion of Ikshvaku is the first in series of The Ram Chandra Trilogy.

1459165616958

 

_20160402_202131

Nobility is about being noble, Maa. It’s about the way of the Arya. Its not about your birth, but how you conduct yourself. Being a noble is great responsibility, not a birthright.

 LINKS – 

Goodreads | Amazon | Flipkart | Snapdeal | Kindle

1459165672531

4343092Amish is an IIM (Kolkata) educated, boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.

Amish has most recently written the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas & The Oath of the Vayuputras), which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of mythology & history.

Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife, Preeti and son, Neel.

Author Website | Book Website | Book Trailer | Wikipedia | Twitter | Facebook

Forever Night Stand, Ysa Arcangel – Book Review

1459165497497

28334117

Add to Amazon

Add to Goodreads

Brandy Curtis is a strong and independent career woman who does not care for commitment. She prefers no strings-attached, one night stands because that’s all she can give with what little free time she has. This is the life she has chosen and the life she is used to.

However, everything changed when she met Ivo, a gorgeous doctor with irresistible charm. He was just supposed to be another hookup, but he quickly became so much more. The more nights they spent together, the more Brandy felt that life had given her something to live for.

Things seemed perfect… until a visit to the doctor sends her world crashing. The timing couldn’t be worse. As her heart gets closer to Ivo, her memories begin to fade.

Will Brandy be able to actually live her life with Ivo… or will she succumb to the condition that threatens to claim her forever? Find out how this touching journey of life and love turns out. Grab your copy now!

1459165556078

I’m going to start by saying that this might be a little biased because Ysa is a dear friend of mine and I’m absolutely proud of her for this achievement! You go, girl! 😀

But, coming to the story, it really is absolutely gorgeous. The chemistry between the lead pair is gorgeously stunning. It makes you wish that you such relationships really existed. The way Ivo cares for Brandy is so beautifully amazing that I can’t emphasize it enough. Just the way he is with her, especially after she is struck with the disease she was so badly dreading, is heartwarming to read.

The struggle that Brandy goes through is so fiercely grievous that it totally wrecks your heart. I have seriously have sobbed a little too much over her story. And of course, Ivo’s heartbreak is just as sad. Everything that the two of them go through is… heartbreaking to say the least. But, the strength that they possess to overcome everything is completely commendable. We all really could learn a lot from them. And we should. To fight for who you love and to be there for them in every phase of life can always be strenuous and overwhelming, but the way they hold strong is very inspiring.

The story is happy, sad, funny and sexy in all the right parts and is a full package that guarantees a satisfying read for anybody.

I just… I really, really love this story. It’s really close to my heart and I love it.

1459165616958

_20160402_202159

I sobbed into his shoulder, my tears soaking into the fabric of his shirt.

“I don’t deserve any of this, Ivo. I don’t deserve you. Just leave me alone.”

“Sshh…you deserve all the love in the world.”

 

Flushed and breathless, I closed my eyes when his forehead touched mine and I clutched him a little tighter. It felt good when his lips met mine; he seemed to know exactly how I liked to be kissed. All soft and slow, lingering touches of lips and slips of tongue.

Happy Reading! 😀

 

Forever, Interrupted, Taylor Jenkins Reid – Book Review

1459165497497

16130531

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.

1459165556078

There is not much to say except for the fact that I hate Taylor Reid. I hate her, for writing this. I hate her for making me cry so badly. I hate her for taking Ben away from Elsie.

I have not cried while reading a book so much since Harry Potter (read: Sirius’ death) and that is saying something because I love Sirius Black to the ends of the Earth.

The story starts with the death of Ben and then hops timelines in the past, starting from the day Ben and Elsie met to the day they got married and the present showing how Elsie is coping with the loss of her husband of 9 days.

It makes you laugh and it makes you sob your heart out. Elsie and Ben’s relationship is in no way perfect and they fight like regular couples regarding petty things, but there is such honesty in their commitment to each other and they always come back and regroup and pick up where they left off.

They love each other fiercely and are shown to be each other’s pillars of support in times of need.

The fact that they had so little time together breaks my heart. They deserved a lifetime together. They deserved the kids, the house with a picket fence and to grow old with each other. They had their whole lives planned ahead of them. And, it would have been beautiful. But, sadly fate had other plans and they never got any of it.

Elsie coping up with everything is an emotional journey. She feels guilt, anger, betrayal and loneliness as the story continues, but Ben’s mother, Susan is a constant source of support to her after their initial rocky start.

The way their relationship progresses is beautiful. From strangers to acquaintances to sort of enemies and then essentially a mother and daughter. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming to read.

Also, there is Anna, Elsie’s best friend who has been a constant fixture in her life since forever. Anna, who was there for Elsie every step of the way. Their relationship is gorgeous. Though they do see a lot of ups and down because of the trauma Elsie is going through, they support each other throughout and that kind of relationship is just hard to find these days.

All in all, Forever, Interrupted is a story that will make you laugh and make you cry at the same time. It will break your heart and then heal you all on it’s own.

A definite must read.

1459165616958

_20160402_202211

I was waiting for someone that would sweep me off my feet and would be swept up by me in equal parts.

Happy Reading! 😀