Indian Authors & Novel names

You’re browsing through Flipkart to buy some novels to read… and you come across novel names like these below: 

‘You’re the password to my life’  – Oh really!?
‘Someone to love’  – okay! if you say so…
‘Never kiss your best friend’  – I will..who are you to tell me?
‘Let the reason be love’  – isn’t the reason always love?
‘It’s not right but its okay’  – this made me 😂😂😂 
‘Our story ends here’  – is that why the author wrote the novel? 😀
‘I still think about you’  – and the book is in remembrance of that!!
‘Story begins: With Pure Love’  – is Love adulterated too?
‘Half-baked Love Story’  – I prefer a fully baked one 😛
‘You never know’  – what do I not know???
‘Love can only be on Paper’  – I thought love was in the air too! or is that only in February?

…and many more ridiculous titles of books and you wonder WTF!! What am I to expect in terms of a story from this kind of a titled-novel? Then you go and read some of the reviews of people who’ve already read the book have written – and that confuses you all the more! Good-not good-should I but-not buy?

Love being the most popular genre of authors around India… everyone thinks they have a love story to write! Well in India…Love sells, sex sells…and love stories – do very well.

How is then one supposed to find a really good book? The synopsis of the book gives a fair indication of what to expect but then again.. sometimes a good cover or an attractive title can be deceiving too.

I’ve finally narrowed down to three books after looking up at least a 100 of them

1. When Opposites Meet – Sachin Garg (He does write very well, I’ve read 3/4 of his previous novels and they have not disappointed at all)
2. It’s All In The Planets – Preeti Shenoy (With Preeti Shenoy one can ALWAYS expect class) and
3. One Indian Girl – Chetan Bhagat (I did want to read this one when it was first out. I do like the story plot or at least of what it says at the back of the book)

Rs. 323/- INR for the above three books. Not bad at all.

Have any of you read the above three books? Do let me know if they’re any good or you know of any better ones I could order before I press the PLACE ORDER link.

Everyone has a Story – Savi Sharma (Book Review)

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer. Some are written in books, and some are confined to hearts.

Must admit, I fell in love with the line above, not sure if it is a Savi original tho’..

‘Savi’ – yes that’s one less alphabet to my name Savio, I think she stole my name 😉 she almost did and stopped short.. 😂😂😂

Okay, coming to the book “Everyone has a Story”  by Savi Sharma and my take on it. Maybe I should not call it ‘a Review’, maybe I’ll say just ‘my take’..whatever! I liked the title, even the author’s name (short of 1 alphabet…) she looks pretty too, but wait! that’s not why I bought the book. I thought it would make a good read, since the reviews I read about the book were praising the author and the book to the skies – and I needed to read it myself to know, if all that praise was worthy. you look at the back cover you have three reactions from The Hindu, Femina and the New Indian Express, they say the following:

‘A runaway success’ – The Hindu

‘Savi Sharma is a publishing phenomenon’ – Femina

‘A relentless storyteller’ – New Indian Express

I say, don’t go by these flattering words for the author or the book. I’m not saying the book isn’t good, but it isn’t worthy of the praises. It is an average book, written by an average Indian and tells average stories. So Yes! That’s it..

The author is talented no doubt, the language is good, editing is even better, but it doesn’t have any ‘X’ factor like some other books I’ve been reading recently or read in the past (reviews which you can find on this blog). She could have easily approached Chetan Bhagat for a few words of appreciation too.. and seriously ‘Femina’?

I expected much more, just based on the hype the book created. I have another book of Savi’s in my cupboard which I’d start reading today but…I hope she doesn’t disappoint me 2/2, that will make me real sad – not because the stories are not up to the mark but for the money I paid for them 🙁

This book is OKAY/AVERAGE and a good read, a book you’d read maybe in a train or a bus or basically when you’re on wheels. I was on wheels too, my chair has wheels-that kept me going. Light read, quick read-the book doesn’t give the reader too much to ponder over. Not the best when it comes to Indian writing. I am reminded of a dialogue of Baburao Ganpatrao Apte (Paresh Rawal’s character in the movie Hera Pheri)

(looking upwards) Utha le re babe, utha le.. mereko nahi re.. (you can complete the rest…)

This by no means is a negative review, it still is a better book than so many others I have read, just that I think Savi Sharma has so much more potential to do better. Go ahead, pick up the book if you’re looking for something casual.

I do also want to know what is the criteria for a book to become a BEST SELLER in India. Anyone has any idea?

Rating: 3/5