Book Review: The Whole Shebang by Lalita Iyer

Product Details

Paperback: 168 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury India (10 September 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9386432269

ISBN-13: 978-9386432261

Package Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 1.7 cm

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What is this book all about?

The sparkling witty smart little black dress of books for women – The Whole Shebang will be invaluable if you are fumbling to find the right man, underwear or career. Lalita Iyer doesn’t do self-help but if you need a survival guide in your pocket, here it is – dating, relationships, money, sex, home, motherhood, friendship, body image, style, and other life skills – languid and real, this will make your journey through life a little wiser and funnier.

Review

This is the first time I am reviewing a non fiction book on my blog. The first thing which attracted me was the cover of the book and the title. This is book is written by a woman author where she highlights the problems faced by the woman on a daily basis and the author presented them in such a way that it makes you laugh.

The writing style of the author is simple and it is not very complicated. Lalita Iyer has done good job in terms of writing and she engages the readers in the conversation and every woman has faced similar problems including me and I could relate toward this book a lot.

My personal favorites are the essays on period, body image, thongs, food, and work life balance. The remaining chapters show cases regarding money management, in-laws, parenting etc. The book has been written in such a way that you will love the book and  you will not be bored at all.

What I did not like in this book?

Lalita Iyer was right in the arguments for the sex part however I was not comfortable with the way she described it and her opinion in terms of sex.

Verdict

It is a good read and I would recommend this book to all the women.

Rating: 4/5*

PS: Thank you Bloomsbury for this review copy.

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Book Review: Behind the Scenes (A Vikram Rana Mystery) by Sharmishtha Shenoy

Product Details

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 2300.0 KB

Print Length: 194 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Language: English

ASIN: B0771NXNXX

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What is this book all about?

Behind the Scenes A Vikram Rana Mystery is the story of the fading super star of the Bengali film industry Ryan Gomez who is poisoned to death while shooting for the film in Darjeeling. Sheila Dhar the female lead of the film and his love interest with whom the engagement is broken is the chief suspect of his death. Sheila commits suicide and is rushed to the hospital in Kolkata for treatment. The police thinks Sheila Dhar and her mother Jaya is the prime suspect and they want to shutdown the case. The case is shifted to Kolkata CBI for further investigation where Vikram Rana investigates the case with inspector Lobo. Will they able to nab the killer?

Review

The language is simple and easy to understand. I loved the choice of words which was used in the middle of the book. The different places of Kolkata and the famous food joints have been researched and described well. The cover of the book is simple and the title is apt for the book. The suspense was built in every chapter and there were no loose ends in this book. The author had done the characterization well specially the character of  Vikram Rana where he  nabs the killer through his research and detective skills. The last chapter is written so well and it is described in a detailed manner where it showcases everything in terms of life.

Verdict

It is a good read for all the crime/thriller lovers and I would recommend this book to everyone.

Rating: 5/5*

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Book Review: The Crunch Factor by Andaleeb Wajid

Product Details

Paperback: 264 pages

Publisher: Hachette India (10 April 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9351950948

ISBN-13: 978-9351950943

Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2 cm

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What is this book all about?

Twenty-six-year-old Aliya loves almost everything to do with food – eating it, styling it, photographing it. But while her career as a food photographer is on track, her personal life is entirely derailed. Determined to move out of her parents’ house, she agrees to marry Kamaal, the hot owner of the trendy new restaurant in town. But why does she feel like she’s waded into a bowl of bland khichri? Where’s the papad, dammit? Where’s the crunch factor?

Then, on the day of her engagement, she finds out that the celebrated chef at Kamaal’s restaurant is none other than Sameer, an old crush from her younger days. Aliya cannot believe that, even a decade later, he’s still as hot as jalapeno poppers and as charming as cheesecake, and that she’s as attracted to him as she was all those years ago.

What is Aliya to do now? Should she go ahead with the wedding and settle for a Milky Bar-like relationship with Kamaal, or should she choose rocky road pie and explore her possibilities with Sameer?

Review.

The language is simple and understandable. The only thing which caught my attention was the different types of food mentioned in this book. The characters are exclusive where there is one supporting aunt and one typical Indian aunt who is a food historian whose amusing remarks and proud talent will win the heart of the readers.

What I did not like in this book?

The book just reminded me of a typical Bollywood story. There was nothing unique and interesting about this book. The main character Alya ran away with her childhood crush Sameer and like a typical  Bollywood style Faria consoled Kamaal and is getting married to him.

My Verdict

The book did not appeal me much and it was a regular read. I will not recommend this book to the romance book lovers.

Rating: 2/5*

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