Thursday, March 30, 2017

Polite Pickup lines in Indian Pubs - Book Review


Polite Pickup lines in Indian Pubs: Scenario Based Conversations in Pubs
By Varun Mannava
Review By Ila Garg

Polite Pickup lines in Indian Pubs, a novel by Varun Mannava, is published by Notion Press. The cover shows a scene of a pub, loaded with alcohol bottles. The bar chairs and bar lights are added too to give the complete ambiance of a pub. A drink is being poured out right on the top of the cover.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

From the pen of a shy girl...

Recently, I became an editorial mentor for www.urbookmyreview.com

I have four interns under me. I decided to give them their first task which would help them look within. So, I told them to write about their writing journey, how they started writing, how writing helped them deal with their life.

I was totally amazed to see how they handled the task so well. They honestly penned down their stories. I gave them individual feedback too. But there's this one assignment that I loved the most, so with due permission from my intern Padmaja Phatak. I am sharing it with you all.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

From the Closet of the Heart - Book Review


From the Closet of the Heart
By Soniya Kapoor
Review By Ila Garg

From the Closet of the Heart, is a collection of letters and short stories compiled by Soniya Kapoor. It is published by Artson Publishing House. These letters and stories are laced with long lost letters and memories, thus, a lot of nostalgia. The cover shows two hands carrying the light in the form of a cracker, symbolizing how on Diwali, people light up their houses amidst the darkness. If I connect this with the book’s theme that would mean lighting up the darkest corners of our hearts and trying to see within to revive the lost and forgotten memories, and the deep seated emotions. The subtitle—A book of love, gratitude, remembrance and apologies—says it all.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance - Book Review


The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance
By Niranjan Navalgund
Review By Ila Garg

The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance, a novel by Niranjan Navalgund, is published by Readomania. The cover is in an apt sync with the title as it shows a glimpse of a library. I loved how the books are personified on the cover, especially the sight of the book with a walking stick on the back cover. The book on the front side reminded be of peek-a-boo. I was excited to read the book.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Fragrance of Rose - Book Review


The Fragrance of Rose: Beauty. Dignity. Ambition
By Chirajit Paul
Review By Ila Garg

The Fragrance of Rose, a novel by Chirajit Paul, is published by Srishti Publishers and Distributors. The cover is so apt which shows a girl who is looking in the mirror. The girl has a red rose tattooed on her back. With such an interesting cover, I was sure it would not disappoint me.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Death Story - Book Review


The Death Story
By Amay Saxena
Review By Ila Garg

The Death Story, a novel by Amay Saxena, is published by Partridge India. The cover uses a black backdrop with a ghostly looking man peeping from behind a pillar. The addition of the red colour gives it that spooky effect.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

UNNS: The Captivation - Book Review


UNNS—The Captivation
By Sapan Saxena
Review By Ila Garg

UNNS—The Captivation, a novel by Sapan Saxena, is published by Inspire India Publishers. The cover uses a white backdrop with a couple walking under an umbrella in a lonely street full of street lights, which are adding to the romance. However, the blue rose is kind of intriguing!! Overall, a very clean cover.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Is It Maya? - Book Review


Is It Maya?
By Saikat Baksi
Review By Ila Garg

Is It Maya?, a novel by Saikat Baksi, is published by Frog Books. The cover represents a crime scene with blood indicating a murder or something. A vengeful looking girl on the cover further adds to the mystery. The sub title: Death in the corridor of love and glory… confirms that the story involves bloodshed, a murder most probably or a suicide. It totally intrigued me to flip through the pages quickly.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Another Tale of Two Cities - Book Review


Another Tale of Two Cities
By Ezhuth Aani
Review By Ila Garg

Another Tale of Two Cities, a novel by Ezhuth Aani, is published by Inspire India Publishers. The cover is designed in a reddish orange backdrop which gives it a fiery appeal. The visual here is of a town which is situated near a river bank (or so it seems as a shadow/reflection of the town is seen on the cover right below the original town). The title at once took me back to the Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and I was intrigued.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Are you there God? It's me, Ila.

Last week, has been so tricky that I can't help but turn to God (if He exists).

Friday, March 10, 2017

Rendezvous with Bharat Madan! :)


Hi Bharat Madan,

Hope this finds you in good spirits!

It’s a pleasure to take your interview today. So let’s start:

Bharat Madan is an author, motivational speaker and a personality developer. He has been a meritorious student through his time at college and holds an MBA from Amity University. He received the prestigious Shree Baljit Shastri Award and Best All Round Student Award, the highest awards at his university. His journey as a writer began after he finished his education. His first piece of fiction, the story of a college boy over three years, was set aside in favour of his decision to make a debut with a more mature and conceptually unique novel.

As a motivational speaker, he has inspired thousands of students in reputed schools in Jaipur. Through his writing and speaking skills, Bharat endeavours to add value to the lives of students and make their personalities forces to be reckoned with. After pressing demands from his listeners, Bharat started a Youtube Channel called “Bharat Madan” to share his ideas through the digital platform. He derives inspiration from his mother who raised him single-handedly after he lost his father at a young age.

Here, he lets his readers know a little more about himself and his journey so far. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring to you Bharat Madan:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Of First Loves!

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First loves come naturally. They engulf you from within. They are like sudden gusts of winds that merge in your world with seamless efforts. When such love strikes you, it leaves you baffled. Your whole horizon is changed all of a sudden. Some say they lose their sleeps, some say their ability to day dream enhances manifold. While I remained untouched by this magical first love for many years and I used to say, "Oh love! Take me in your comforting arms. Embrace me like never before. Teach me what you are like. Assure me of your eternal nature. Come search me, I've been waiting for so long."

Monday, March 6, 2017

Celebrate the season of gifting with IGP!

Hi lovelies,

Continuing the blog series on gifting options that I have recently come across, here's the third post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or drop me a mail at ilagarg.president@gmail.com


So this is an amazing website that I came across – IGP (Indian Gift Portal). Let's explore this a little.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Makes you smile!


They say that 'Never give up the things that make you smile.!'


Saturday, March 4, 2017

And he says everything that is right!


And he says everything that is right.
I just keep on going wrong.
But trust me, please do.
I didn't do anything bad, since I met him.
Past haunts, and it ruined my present and future too.
He loved me more than anything, but not any more.
And I don't blame him for this change.
Am somehow dealing with this fact.
Hah! No more options! No more solutions!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

I lose it all...


I cry, I smile, I rise, I fall,
And then slowly, I lose it all.
I feel sadness around me,
Engulfing me, I don't feel free.
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