Sunday, July 31, 2016

#390 : That Same Old Love by MV Kasi : Review

GENRE: Fiction - Romance


FORMAT: Digital


HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from TBC. Thanks guys :)


With the title like that this book was hard to pass up when it came up for review.

“Former” bad girl, Mahi, grew up and wants to lead an uncomplicated life – That’s how the story actually begins.  Little does she realize that her “bad girl” past would continue to haunt her. Enter Samart, the nerd whose chance at a prestigious American university was ruined by Mahi. They end up being neighbors. One thing leads to another and sparks fly between them. What follows is a racy tale of two people who are polar opposites.

The pacing of the story was fairly stable with enough twists and turns to keep the readers hooked. Nevertheless, these twists were a wee bit predictable. I guess the writer was being brutally honest in naming the book so. It was indeed the same old love story narrated in an interesting manner.  The narration was surprisingly perfect for a rookie writer. The characterization was spot on and all the character emoted to dot.

I felt that the writer could have done away with a couple of love scenes which ended up filling pages at one point in the story. I also felt the Ananaya’s story (Samart’s sister) ended up consuming pages without adding much effect to dramatization of story. That part of the story could have used tighter editing. The climax was predictable but was dragged a bit. Again, tighter editing would have resulted in a better reading experience.

MY SAY:  Fairly decent read.

RATING: 3.5/5

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#389 : That Same Old Love by MV Kasi : Spotlight



A former bad girl with a past...

Mahi had hit the rock-bottom. All she wanted to do now was to start over and lead an uncomplicated drama free life in her hometown, Hyderabad. But unfortunately, some people never forgive or forget, and hold on to their grudges for a very long time.

A former nerd who hates her and wants her gone...

Samrat, a highly successful entrepreneur was Mahi's former classmate and current neighbor. Mahi had effectively ruined his higher educational prospects with her false allegations. She along with her similarly mean friends had also made his sister Ananya's life miserable during their college days. And to make matters even more complicated, Ananya is married to Mahi's first love, Sidhu, whom Mahi had callously left behind to marry a person of her parent's choice.

Watch the sparks fly...

When Mahi and Samrat butt heads at every turn, they are caught up in a fierce, but unwanted attraction that leads them into an exciting wild fling with no strings attached. 

But what would happen when one of them is no longer happy with their arrangement, and begins to demand more, wanting everything... 

A humorous, heartwarming, sexy story of redemption, friendship and love.

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Mahi sighed. "Samrat, I've already told you that I'm not that mean and aggressive girl from our college days anymore." Samrat didn't want to agree with her because that would mean that he will have to acknowledge that to himself. "Don't forget rude and immature along with being a liar." Her eyes flared, and she snapped out at him. "You were an arrogant ass, who has always felt superior to me with your holier-than-thou attitude. I would never like someone like you Mahi," she imitated him mockingly from the night fourteen years ago. Samrat was taken aback and a little shocked at the reminder. "But I guess one of things that didn't change about me is that I've still got a temper and some pride left," she said calmly. Samrat felt disgusted at himself for acting like some throwback cultural police. Women's dressing was the last thing he ever bothered with or even cared about. Mahi saw the disgust on his face. And that was her final straw. She began walking determinedly towards the door and then locked it. "What are you doing?" he asked, feeling slightly wary. She watched him, while walking slowly towards him with an exaggerated swing to her hips. "You are right. Maybe, I haven't changed. Maybe you are right to fire me for 'inappropriate behavior'," she whispered sultrily. When she was close enough, she held his shirt collar ends with both her hands, and dragged his head down towards her. Samrat could have easily resisted, but his brain was no longer functioning. He felt hypnotized and was staring at her bright red lips, expecting her to kiss him. But he just felt her nuzzle him around his neck and shoulders. After a few seconds, she pushed him away with a devilish smile on her face. "Now you can fire me. I'm sorry for what I did to you and Ananya all those years ago. But for your behavior towards me in the past three months, you can go to hell and stay there! You're so full of shit with your reasons to find fault with me and to fire me," she hissed and stormed out of the door. Samrat had no clue of what she had done, until he checked himself in the phone camera. He was shocked to see red lipstick kissing marks all over his pristine white collared formal shirt. He had a few meetings coming up in a few minutes and no spare clothes or even a jacket to cover up. He also wouldn't be able to pass through the office spaces without the red lipstick marks showing on him like beacons. He should be outraged, or even furious, but what he felt was something different. He kept telling himself several times that he was simply staying close to Mahi because he was trying to find a reason to fire her, which he now did. But at the back of his mind, even he knew what the real reason was. The signs were there all along, which he had been ignoring. He was slowly getting obsessed with her. With her playfulness, her smiles, and also because of seeing her regularly at his workplace and near his home. He had been going to work regularly, and sitting there thinking about her, wanting to see her all the time. The great inventor and entrepreneur known for his practical and cool headed ways, was almost wild with jealousy over harmless interactions or hugs. And it was jealousy over the woman who had almost ruined his life. Samrat cursed viciously. Again. ***** Mahi was upset and mad when she left the office building. She informed her team that she wasn't feeling well and would take rest of the day off. They would soon know that she was fired for inappropriate behavior. "Maybe, he'll even throw in assault charges. For the dirty sinful slut daring to touch his esteemed holiness," she muttered as she got into her house. She thought she was finally settling into a good schedule. She had a great job that she enjoyed. And after work, she visited her aunt almost every day at her new place. She met Rajeev there most of the times when he visited his mom. He got a great job offer in the city that he took up. Rajeev left a message on her phone asking her if she was free in the afternoon. She replied back that she was at home and would be making Singapore street noodles that he really liked. As she lay on the bed, she realized that even with the job and a routine, something was still missing. She was missing having friends and some major companionship. Even when she was trapped in an abusive relationship, she had always liked socializing. Dinesh had tried to isolate her, and keep her from making any meaningful attachments. So she had only ended up with very few acquaintances during the past fourteen years. She couldn't do anything about the companionship because she didn't want to go through another drama episode in her life. Either she hurt the men who loved her or they hurt her. But she could do something about friends. She socialized with her coworkers as much as possible during the working days, but they were all so young, and even if they weren't, everyone seemed to be busy with their own personal lives. She needed some friends from her age group, and someone who could connect with her way of thinking and actions. She had never made any long lasting friendships in her earlier childhood, since she was called 'naughty' and a 'bad influence'. But soon she had learnt how to control and then temper her behavior near the right people, making some really good friends in college. When she got married at twenty-one, she had to give up her friends as one of the promises she made to her then-newlywed husband. Sighing loudly, she thought of her gang from her college days and missed them like crazy.


Hello I am MV Kasi and I am a romance addict. :-)

When I am not working in a full-time job or taking care of my family, I sneakily read at least 3 or 4 romance books of all possible genres within a week. I love reading books that are witty, humorous, heartwarming, hot and definitely with a happily-ever-after.

After sinking my teeth into hundreds of books over the years, I had an aha moment one day and started writing my first romance book. For three months straight I worked day and night until finally, I finished it. Then of course, I re-read what I wrote, cringed and deleted most of it and started over again. Finally, I had a version of it ready that I was satisfied with (somewhat). But after getting positive feedback from well-meaning friends and family members, I decided to self-publish it on Amazon.

Although my story takes place in India, featuring Indian characters, I'm hoping that it can be enjoyed by readers all around the world. Especially since romance has no boundaries when it comes to a sizzling one featuring a sassy heroine and a hot alpha hero.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

#388 : Online Talk : In Conversation with Laura C. Cannon, author of The Conscious Entrepreneur

1. What advice would you give budding writers? 

Write, write, and write and then also read two books: Dorthea Brande’s book from 1934 entitled, Becoming a Writer and Steven Pressfield’s, The War of Art. These two books capture the experience of creating art (and the struggle that comes with it) better than anything else I’ve come across.

2. Do you write every day? 

I write something most days, but I will let you in on my dirty little secret: I don’t enjoy writing. There, I said it. I write because writing is how I create the material for what I really love to do: SPEAK. Put me in front of thousands of people and ask me to speak, and I will be so full of joy my heart might explode. I write because it is another medium for delivering my message, but I have never thought of myself as a writer.

 3. What is the last great book you read? 

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever aspired to be creative. It is full of great lessons in how to unleash your creativity. 

4. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three books, what would they be? 

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

5.What would you say to someone who has been thinking about starting a new project but has yet to make the leap? 

Fortune favors the bold! Align your purpose, your goals, and your unique gifts and take action, NOW. There is no time like the present!

6.What is the #1 tip you have for anyone who wants to start their own business? 

Get clear on your “calling.” Entrepreneurial life is exciting, but it’s not easy. When you get caught up in the hustle of it all and you feel burned out, the one thing that will keep you going is being clear about WHY you are doing what you are doing. I love helping people to find and follow their calling! I invite you to check out this video and free workbook I give to my clients to help them get clear on what really motivates them:
7. What's the one thing you wish every entrepreneur knew? 

You are an entrepreneur and therefore you are NOT separate from your business. Cesar Milan, famous “dog whisperer,” talks about how he does not find humans that have dog problems; he finds dogs that have human problems. Most of the entrepreneurs I have counseled over the years about their struggling businesses aren’t owners with business problems; they are businesses with owner problems. Next time you are facing a struggle that you believe is in your business, ask yourself, “What if this problem was not actually (or only) with my business?  How is this business struggle like something I have faced personally?  How did I handle it?  How can I use that wisdom for this current issue in my business?”

#387 : The Conscious Entrepreneur by Laura C. Cannon : Spotlight + Giveaway


In this profound introduction to conscious entrepreneurship, author and business coach Laura C. Cannon teaches you how to harness your unique gifts and the power of your own consciousness to maximize your satisfaction - and deepen your enjoyment - of your business and your life. Grounded in research from the fields of modern psychology, eastern philosophy, and personal development, this book explains six core principles necessary for radical, transformational change - personally and professionally.
By teaching you to use your business as the vehicle for your personal growth, The Conscious Entrepreneur delivers timeless wisdom and practical exercises to help you think, act, and live the path to your highest potential - without adding to your already-packed schedule. Forget work-life balance, get ready to shift into work-life integration for more happiness, stronger relationships, and a higher return on your investment in every sense of the word.Get Laura C. Cannon’s free new video and workbook.
Buy the Book:
Amazon  ~  Author Website


Laura C. Cannon is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and coach with a deep passion for bridging the worlds of spirituality and business. In her new book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, Laura showcases a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and business-people to change their relationship with their working life.
​A member of the prestigious National Speaker's Association with more than 15 years of experience as a professional public speaker, Laura has a knack for delivering engaging and informative presentations. She's spoken to groups ranging from 12 to 1200 on a wide range of topics, from office productivity to motivation and empowerment to mindfulness and meditation. Her true passion as an author and speaker lies in bridging the gap between business and spirituality, finding practical, down-to-earth applications for timeless universal wisdom. She has been a guest speaker for colleges, civic organizations, businesses, and associations.
Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  ​Instagram




Sunday, July 24, 2016

#386 : Paris Runaway by Paulita Kincer : Review

GENRE: Fiction


FORMAT: Digital


HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of France Book tours from the writer.

The title is actually a giveaway to the crux of the story. As the title suggests, our protagonist, Sadie finds herself in Paris chasing her younger daughter who took off to Paris in search of an exchange student whom she thinks she is in love with. What follows is a roller coaster ride of emotions and physical chase.

The story started off on quite a slow note. Sadie took her sweet time to get on that plane. Also I found it a bit hard to believe that a mother would just take off without a help to find her daughter. Reality took a hit there at that point in the story. However, that recovered very sharply when Sadie tracks her daughter down sensibly by checking her card usage. The highlight of the book would be its narration. Looking at Paris through the writers eyes was sheer blissful. The narration is vivid and the writer has tastefully described Paris even when the story demanded that the setting be dimmed out. That blending and weaving of the setting even when the main character writhed in turmoil was done perfectly without compromising emotions.

The characterization was near perfect, but I felt the writer could have given more shades to Scarlett’s and Luc’s character. She compensated this short fall by portraying Sadie very realistically – A typical middle-age woman with all her insecurities. That part of the story was heartwarming to read. It is apparent that the writer has penned the story with the intent of it being converted into a movie.

MY SAY: A heartwarming tale


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#385 : Paris Runaway by Paulita Kincer : Spotlight

Paulita Kincer

on Tour July 18-27 with Paris Runaway cover

Paris RunAway

(women’s fiction) Release date: June 30, 2016 at ISBN: 978-1-365-18923-4 220 pages Author’s page Goodreads  


When divorced mom Sadie Ford realizes her 17-year-old daughter Scarlett has run away to Paris all she can imagine are terrorist bombings and sex slaves. After learning her daughter chased a French exchange student home, Sadie hops on the next plane in pursuit. She joins forces with the boy’s father, Auguste, and the two attempt to find the missing teens before they can stumble into more trouble. The chase takes Sadie and Auguste to the seedier side of Marseille, where their own connection is ignited. Since the divorce, Sadie has devoted herself to raising kids and putting her dreams on hold, but when her daughter needs her most, Sadie finds that concrete barrier to life beginning to crack. In her journey, she learns the difference between watching the hours pass and living.


Paulita Kincer Paulita Kincer has an M.A. in journalism from American University. She has traveled to France 11 times, and still finds more to lure her back. She currently teaches college English and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her three children, two cats and one husband. Visit her website and her blog at or follow her on Twitter @paulitakincer Like her Facebook page at Paulita Kincer Writer. Email Buy the book (print, ebook audiobook): Amazon


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

#384 : Party With a Plan by Randy Haveson : Spotlight



Finally! Here is a proven, practical way to drink alcohol and lower your risk for problems. Up until now, there have been two primary messages when it comes to drinking alcohol. One is “just say no,” which for the majority of the population is not an option. The other is to “drink responsibly.” But what does that mean? If you ask five random people to define responsible drinking, you will most likely get five completely different answers. This invalidates the term because it can be defined in so many different ways. Party with a Plan® gives a concise and research based formula that teaches people how to drink and lower their risk of negative consequences. It’s like creating a speed limit for drinking. If you stick to the speed limit, your chance of problems is minimal. However, the more you go over the speed limit, and the more often you go over the speed limit, the more you put yourself and others at risk. This book is long overdue!


Randy Haveson knows addiction. As an alcoholic in long-term recovery (May, 1984), he has dedicated his life to helping others make more empowered choices in their lives. He is a 25 year veteran in the substance abuse field with extensive experience as a counselor, Director of Health & Alcohol Education at highly accredited universities, and speaker on over 100 campuses, speaking about harm reduction, self-esteem, leadership, and supporting students in recovery.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook




#383 : This Book Teaches People How to Drink! - Guest Post by Author RandyHaveson

Up until now, we’ve had two primary messages when it comes to drinking alcohol. One is “be responsible” and the other is to “drink moderately.” But what do those mean? Ask five random people what they mean and you get five completely different answers. You would never see a speed limit sign on a highway that says, “Drive responsibly.” That wouldn’t make sense.

As an alcohol education specialist I wanted to find a way to teach people how to drink and lower their risk for getting in trouble. I did years of research and came up with Party with a Plan®. Basically, the book goes beyond “Be responsible” by giving people specific guidelines that teach people how to drink in a low-risk way. To put it simply, I created a speed limit for drinking. Following the low-risk guidelines insures you won’t get a DUI, fight with friends, or become an alcoholic.

To know more about his book head here 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

#382 : Loyalty Net by Sharath Komarraju : Review

GENRE:  Fiction – Sci-Fi


FORMAT: Digital


HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange for an honest review.

The book begins with a note from the writer as to what inspired him to write such a story. Undoubtedly his inspiration is Isaac Asimov. One can’t possibly write a book about Robots and not involve Asimov.

It is the year 2150, thanks advancement and monopoly in robot manufacturing, India has become a super power. Indian Institute of Robotics is the powerhouse behind this status of the country. In an unfortunate turn of events, a senior IIR scientist – Anil Srinivasan is murdered, poisoned by his own robot, but then a robot just cannot kill a human thanks to the loyalty network in place in its system. Our protagonist Dhaval Malik of CBI is tasked to solving this murder. Dhaval embarks on a wild goose chase filled which ends up shaking up the very foundation of IIR and robotics.

It wasn’t surprising to the use of Isaac Asimov’s laws for robotics incorporated in the name of Loyalty Net. For a reader who isn’t acquainted with Asimov’s laws, the very concept of Loyalty net – the program which is responsible for a robot not to harm a human under any circumstance – might seem a bit vague. I felt the writer could have credited Asimov for that.  The story starts off with a bang only to slack of mid-way. However, the writer was quick to correct that and ended the story with a rather dramatic climax. Arguments and introspection on the Traditionalist vs. modernist debate could have been toned down a bit. I do agree that the writer needed to elaborate on that topic in order to justify the motive for murder; nevertheless, this had an impact on the pacing. The part of the story about IIR seems to eerily resemble the Robotics organization projected in the Enthiran movie (Robot movie starring Rajinikant). The characterization was flawless. In spite of the story being set far in the future, the writer has kept the core characterization of humans and the general Indian societal set up intact. This simply ends up adding a dose of reality to a work of fiction. The writing and the story pacing seems to have been inspired by RK Narayan and Agatha Christie novels. Of course, there was enough uniqueness to the quality of writing which prevented it from looking like a mere copy of phrasing et al.

MY SAY: A bounty for Sci-Fi lovers



Friday, July 15, 2016

#381 : Spirituality : My take

Spirituality is derived from the Latin word Spiritualis and according to Wikipedia, refers to a certain kind of activity through which a person seeks meaning, especially a "search for the sacred".

At the very mention of words like 'sacred' and 'spirituality', people often mentally conjure up an image of religion. To me, religion and spirituality aren't the same. Religion is just another way to satiate the human spirit.

That ladies and gentleman, is all I know about spirituality.

My education has conditioned me to think rationally and analyze logically. When I listen to people passionately talking about their experience of introspection or finding more about themselves or the larger truth as they call it, it baffles me to no end. I have never really done that. There came a time, when I had to. Below is an account of the same.

For some bizarre reason, people assume that I read a lot about spirituality given that I am a bibliophile. In fact, I vividly remember a conversation which sparked that want to do some soul searching. A random conversation with a writer sparked a train wreck of thoughts. We were talking about brutally honest reviews and the conversation veered to his book. He explained the theme of his book- The yearning for something more in spite of success - elaborated in the form of a spiritual release. He asked me to give his book a try. Given that I normally don't read books belonging to such genre so I refused politely.  I reasoned with him that I hadn't reached a level of mental make up wherein I could think about spirituality. That topic was simply beyond my level of comprehension. However, the writer in him went about marketing his book and convincing me as to why I should pick up his book. I had made up my mind already not to, after-all, that the subject was next to Greek for me. He is a writer who probably slogged hard to publish his book and now he was marketing it. I have encountered enough people who did their best to convenience me to buy their book. I'd do the same too if I were in their place. Normally, I would probably forget such conversations and move on with life.

Oddly, that conversation lingered on and I started introspecting. I shied away from picking up a book at the very mention of the word 'spirituality'. When I could handle reading complex Turbo Machinery Control manuals, spirituality in English mingled with a romantic tale (His book) shouldn't have ideally bothered me.

I was raised in a rather religious environment - I was taught to chant slokas and it was drilled into my head that a higher being with a name and form existed. It was instilled in me to put my faith on that higher being in times of turmoil. I was also conditioned that success or failure didn't matter as it was all destined by that very higher being.

There came a time when what I experienced and read, forced me to question whatever I was taught. In fact, much to my own disbelief, I began to wonder if I was turning into an atheist. It wasn't simply possible for someone who chanted all sorts of slokas for an hour daily to turn into an atheist overnight. There was obviously a rational explanation this shift in my thought process.

That is exactly when this conversation happened. I questioned my self as to why I chanted these slokas. I reasoned that the slokas had a rhythm and simply helped me slow down my thought process which was spinning out of control in times of tension and turmoil. It dawned to me that religion and spirituality weren't same.  It made absolute sense when I realized that my religion and its practices were just another means to collect my thoughts and motivate myself to hang in there in spite of the storm in my life.

What did I do when I was worked up by negative events or thoughts? I held on to my faith and hoped for the best as I believed there was a higher power who would pick me up and straighten things out for me by my own actions. Not really rational is it? But it didn't matter anymore. The rhythmic chanting I did daily probably zoned me out. Didn't reading a good book do the same? Of course it did. Just that religion provided me one constant form to which I could have imaginary conversations without being judged. It got the better out of me. The whole activity made me think about the person that I am. It made me change gears, unburden and let go of my fears and worries. My very definition of happiness changed and so did that of success. Of course, that doesn't imply that I can live life like a monk, just that I now have a balanced thought process.

I also realized I was wrong to think that I hadn't reached that level of mental make up to read a story based on spirituality. What I read impacts the person I am. I'm pretty sure even a work of fiction with undercurrents of spirituality would leave footprints on my thought process. I'm hopeful to reach a metal set up where that footprint wouldn't really matter any more. I'm diligently working on it.

Note : The folks at CBC are bloody good in running contests. They are bent on making me pen down things I wanted to actually write about, but simply forgot to.  This write up is for the contest hosted by CBC for Mr. Shashidar Sharma's book launch @ Odyssey, Adyar on 24th of July at 6.30 PM.

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PS. No prize for guessing. That writer mentioned in the above article is Mr.Shashidar. Sir,  if you are reading this, my heat-felt thanks to you for getting me to introspect.  I promise to pick up your book for sure. If not now, later hopefully.