BLOG TOUR: EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO LOVE BY GAGAN MADAN

Everyone Has A Right To Love

By Gagan Madan

Life is too busy but it’s also too easy, if you look closer.

Love is too complicated but it’s also too clear, if you feel deeper.

Sometimes laughter is too difficult but a small smile can give us a lot of happiness.

 

Today we all are too busy to prove ourselves and to excel. We have no time for love and we hide our emotions and affection.

 

We always choose our priorities and we will always find time for things that we feel are important and those things which give us happiness. When we love someone, we start to care because love is a priority and not an option in life.

 

You also have a right to love, so keep loving, stay happy.


 

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Gagan Madan is a simple and young author from a small town of Madhya Pradesh, who stepped into the world of literature with his first book Unfinished Friendship, which was received well by people. He is a self loving introvert and loves to writes on common people and their unique lives.

As a student he never liked studies and reading, but at twenty one he started his journey as a writer and he is now acknowledged as a youth role model. He prefers silence to talking.

 


 

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BOOK REVIEW: Undelivered Letters by J. Alchem

undelivered lettersPublication date: October 24th, 2017
Publisher: AdProm Media
Pages: 60, Kindle Edition
LinksGoodreads | Amazon India
Stars: 3/5

Aron, a postman with Marioson Postal Service, found an abandoned bag. It had a few letters that were supposed to be delivered – 20 years ago. He had a choice, either to deliver them now or abandon them forever. He chooses the former.

What were these letters all about?
Who wrote them?
Who are the recipients?
Do these letters still carry a value, after 20 years?

 


“You don’t choose the novels, they choose you.”


Aron, an ex-postman finds a bag of undelivered letters from 20 years ago while shifting from his abode. His darling wife, Sara, incites him to deliver the letters to the respective recipients and at this point, he is torn and guilt-tripped. With nine letters remaining in the bag and three major stories to blossom forth, curiosity will get the better of you.

The encroachment of reading a letter written two decades back shocks and enthrals the characters. You might find yourself positively affixed to the stories as it’s breezy and quick. The letters create a warm whirlwind of emotions, surging memories and for some of the characters, life-changing even.

Sadly, I couldn’t form a bond with any of the characters as they rush past me before I got a chance to acquaint with them. I was intrigued and ached for a lash-out at the irresponsible postman but there was nothing of that sort. There was a monotonous tinge to the narrative and the sudden shift in the stories did cause some confusion.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this swift and intriguing read because of the representation of each story. E-mails and texts may trend at the moment but nothing beats the smell of dusty ink and letter-pads. There’s something whimsical about letters, a personal touch bound by feelings and a longing that reaches out to you. You can feel it beneath your fingertips and soak in the lazy (or hurried?) scrawls of the writer. The whole process of receiving it through the mailman, stripping off the ends of the envelope with an unending curiosity is worth savouring. Letters brought people together in the most intimate way possible and they affected lives.


Notes:

  • The blurb is borrowed from goodreads.
  • I received an e-book from Sidra Ahamed in exchange for an honest review. 

BOOK REVIEW: It Happens by Karan Sharma

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Publication date: September 20th, 2017
Publisher: Notion Press
Pages: 166, Paperback
Links: Goodreads | Amazon India
Stars: 3.5/5

During our childhood days, we tend to have these crushes on people older than us that fade as we grow up. We never act upon them but they remain as memories that we always cherish.

But what happens when two adults with such an age difference fall in love?

It Happens is a story about how Gautam, a twenty-five-year-old upcoming professional and Roshni, an unmarried thirty-seven-year-old senior management member working in the same multinational bank, face this very question. Can two people with such a vast age difference be compatible?

The story is a romantic comedy that explores this situation in a light-hearted way as they fall in love, get laughed at by their friends and then develop cold feet, thinking about the repercussions their age difference could have on their marriage. Since this happens in India, where marriage is a major social issue, the plot holds further intrigue.

They say love is blind and makes one think with the heart, rather than the mind. Will two smart professionals make a mistake by doing so? Or will they listen to their logical senses at the last moment to avert what may be the biggest blunder of their lives?
It Happens… 


“Keep doing the right things as your heart dictates, and the right things will keep happening to you.”


Karan Sharma’s, It Happens is an engrossing romantic tale of Gautam, a twenty-five-year-old banking official aspiring to climb the corporate ladder and Roshni, a spinster in her late thirties, his lady boss turned lover. The perfect fish net to yank you into their crazy busy lives filled with fun and frolic, and whole lot of drama.

The plotline contained the necessary turmoil of emotions, drawing in the readers. And a healthy balance of the craftiness in the use of his characters from the author’s side. Although there was a lag in the humour element when the book delved into a soberer phase, I found myself glued to the book.

We get to see repetitive scenarios where the riotous confusion faced by couple create engaging and sublime plot twists. Karan Sharma is a wily man with several tricks up his sleeve and he makes you wait for the verdict in awe. His casual writing style, fun facts at the beginning of certain chapters and vibrant mentions of food, keeps you on the web of the story throughout the read. He zested up the story, diverting from the usual routine of storytelling by providing us with a wholesome picture rather than a unidimensional narrative.

Rohit and Sonal were the titans who stretched the plot on both the ends, monitoring the practicality of the couple’s relationship and only wanting the best for their friends. As for Payal, I wanted to see some strength in the character but she came off as a bit of a rag doll. Gautam falls in love with Roshni for all the right reasons, the strength of the character, her personality and not just for her good looks. The element of their chemistry was captured beautifully.

Love is not the only thing we need to survive in this pragmatic and materialistic world. The problems arising due to the age difference was showcased without exaggeration or coercion from the author’s side. The emotions coursing through the couple are thoroughly justified and beautifully relayed in print.

A ruthlessly compelling novel meant to finish at a stretch. Avoiding clichés and true to life, the chapters super short and precise. You are bound to get hooked because this one’s a quick read with no thwarts in the language usage and less influence of colloquialism which is much appreciated.


Notes:

  • I received a paperback copy  from WritersMelon and my review is honest and unprejudiced.
  • The blurb is borrowed from goodreads.

Excerpt Reveal: Our Phenomenal Love by Garima Khurana

Our Phenomenal Love By Garima Khurana

Love is the most beautiful feeling in this world. But it springs in with infinite phases. Rarest of rare manage their journey through all ups 

and downs. Same electrified feeling was experienced by Aman and Anvi, two different personalities sharing their initials also planning to share their lives. 

“Break up simply means to be with the other person and create new beautiful memories to replace the former ones. But the moments created with your first love cannot be replaced by anything in this universe”. Does break up really means to never see each other again?

“Love is above everything” we have heard this phrase for a million of times by now. But there are certain mistakes which cannot be healed by.

Excerpt – 1

2 people, one mistake and everything ripped apart.
It feels great when you know that your crush too had crush on you
“We had birthday with breaks ”
I and you are like shoes and socks made for each other.
Something died inside me which created a void and that void is coffin of my love for him.
First love never dies, it remains somewhere inside you.
In her dreams they were already a couple.

Excerpt – 2

She is weirdo with no reason smile and is basket of positive vibes.

“I usually talk to myself, the external world doesn’t had that level of maturity to get my thoughts and opinion.”

Her innocence is what i love the most in her.

“I heard a voice which was relatable to the sound of nightingale.”

“I want to cry, i want to scream, i want to yell at him and kill him for not loving me.”

Break up doesn’t mean people stop loving each other it just means that they are apart with memories of their partners.

Love never hurts, heartbreaks do.

Students are categorised into two parts, super brainers and useless brains.

 

‘Garima Khurana’ is from the land of battles, Panipat, India. She believes in spreading love around her. She is a fun loving person and loves to live in the moment. She has done her graduation from Chandigarh and is pursuing post graduation from Chandigarh itself. She loves to observe nature and her only purpose is to serve humanity.


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Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green (Spoilers)

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Publication date: May 31st, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Pages: 273, Kindle Edition
LinksGoodreads | Amazon India
Stars: 5/5

First drink, first prank, first friend, first girl, last words… A poignant and moving crossover novel about making friends and growing up from American author, John Green. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. 


“But there’s so much to do: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on. I’ll have more time for reading when I’m old and boring.”


Four years ago:

Pooja Sathyanarayanan handed me a copy of ‘Looking for Alaska’ and told me, “This book will change your life.” Okay, that might not have been her exact words but it was something along those lines. She was insistent on how the book would fire up after the first half and I dragged my lazy ass through the first half. Stopped reading the damned thing, smack in the middle (because of exams maybe) and then I forgot about it. The reading progress of that novel stayed in my Goodreads profile for four years, rotting away in the ‘currently reading’ shelf.

Four years later:

Second Chance by Dr Sandeep Jatwa regenerated my reading spree three months ago and here I am. Finally, have managed to complete the other half of the book and I’ve never been more pleased with myself.

I’m still reeling from the impact of reading this book because I didn’t expect to fall in love with it in the end. Honestly, I jostled away any emotion I had for the characters until I reached the part which crumbles the reality they know and love. It was that moment when I realized that John Green is worth all the hype and praise. Singlehandedly, that plot twist was a punch to the gut. I didn’t even see it coming but my brain disagreed. Suddenly, I recalled a quote that exhibited a tell-tale sign of suicide.

“Y’all smoke to enjoy. I smoke to die.”

But in truth, that hardly qualifies as suicidal as it might’ve just been a joke. Clutching the phone to my chest, I repeated to myself that she is actually dead and it wasn’t a ruthless prank. I could only think about the pain she caused and how the characters surrounding her were affected by her death. I, on the other hand, couldn’t bring myself to care about her. I’ll tell you why.

Alaska Young is a self-centered, narcissistic, and self-destructive being. Her mood swings gave me a headache and Pudge wasn’t helping in the slightest degree. Treating her word like gospel and fawning over her vexing antics. Did I mention his unending fantasies about the pleasures of her flesh?!

“She jumped onto him and wrapped her legs around him (God forbid anyone ever does that to me, I thought. I’ll fall over)

“She taught me everything I knew about crawfish and kissing and pink wine and poetry.”

The irrationality of her death shakes up the gang and how they had easily placed her on a pedestal. There was a certain enigma to it and you grope for reasons behind the suicide (If you could call it one). After all, she was famous for her reputation for being a selfish bitch amongst the circle (The colonel’s words not mine). The impingement on the rest of the characters was how I could form a personal connection with them. Feeling their every bit of pain and the loss of a loved one on a personal scale, the entire plot point had an incredible elucidation.

“What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.”

My thoughts during the following scenes:

• Amidst the chaos of her “accident”, Pudge’s reaction was most human of all. He never really understood her and he never will. And when the realization strikes in and he looks at the Colonel, he just breaks down, taking you down with him.

“And so I never knew you, did I? I can’t remember, because I never knew.”

• Even the Colonel couldn’t get a crack the case. It was a collective agreement on the flabbergasting suicide.
• As they perused the case, they drew me in and I kept thinking, ‘What the fuck made Alaska Young kill her after making out with Pudge? Did it really mean something or was it just another drunken reflex?
• Me being me, I assumed the worst.
• We can all put ourselves in Pudge’s shoes – unrequited love and one kiss doesn’t scream ‘I love you’.
• ‘Straight and fast’, she said but it wasn’t pre-planned, a quick one-second decision made all the difference in the world. The feeling of being a failure and that too for the second time around!
• What’s worse, really, he’ll never know if she would pick him but my bet’s on her patting his head and calling him ‘Oh cutie, you didn’t think that one kiss would change a thing between us?!’
• He would have had his heart ripped out and handed to him, I’ve seen it play out that’s pretty much how it works.
• I’m curious, where the hell was Jake?! His reaction is the only pending bit post her death and it baffles me that he didn’t make it to her funeral?!
• And poor Lara, she deserved an explanation a lot sooner than Pudge was persuaded to offer her one. (By Takumi!)
• Overall, the bond between Pudge and the Colonel is similar to that of an old married couple. Hugging it out, weeping in each other’s arms and driving through the actual spot she had died in! That takes grit and only the strength of a friend can get you through something like that!
Subverting the Patriarchal Paradigm – THE PRANK was classic Alaska and I was overjoyed to read that The Eagle knew it was a message from the beyond.

“We are indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.”

One of the finest works of John Green without a doubt meant to read at a stretch and not prolong it for four years like me. My tired fingers have bookmarked about 15 quotes that I love. Effectively brings back memories of high school and the lame pranks pulled off and assumed to be legendary. This book is a must read and if you haven’t read it then you’re just missing out!

“I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.”


Notes:

  • The blurb is borrowed from Goodreads.
  • This is not my usual format of reviewing a book. But I had to make exception for this one as I had so many feels and it turned out to be a rant instead. I’m sorry if the content bothers you or seems offensive in any way.