The Book Corner Vol. 3 – The Recession Groom Book Review by Vani

The Recession Groom Book Review by Vani

As the title says, the book is based on the trials of a family to set up their son/brother/grandson with a female successfully in midst of which tragedy aka recession strikes. I always read the reviews of other readers before writing my own review of a book and when I checked out goodreads for this book’s review, I was astounded at how many raving reviews the book has! Let me see what I have to say about it now.

The Recession Groom Book Review by Vani

My Review

Let me skip telling you the story! It is just what it says.

Now, let me get over my grouches. I always hate Indian slangs which is a big deterrent for me to read Indian authors. The repeated invocation to Lord Shiva could have been just replaced with Oh God which is more common in the regular vocabulary of Indians.

Another huge issue I had was the name confusion. Parshuraman, the protagonist. I was confused till almost the middle of the book whether he hails from a South Indian family settled in Chandigarh or was actually a North Indian. I think it comes from being a South Indian. And, it turns out that the protagonist is a Punjabi! I wish the matrimonial description would also include ‘Punjabi’ word.

Parshuraman Joshi, 27, handsome, Hindu-Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada, earns a high-figure salary.

should probably have been

Parshuraman Joshi, 27, handsome, Punjabi Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada, earns a high-figure salary.

No racism intended here. I would rather like to be clear about my protagonist so as to visualize him clearly. The language is simple and good. The story flow is smooth and non-repetitive or huge on details. The protagonist is relate-able but the rest of the story not so much.

The second half of the book is a Bollywood movie with a twist in the story which has no relation with the first half and climax is somewhat akin to I, Me aur Main movie which starred John Abraham, Chitrangda and Prachi. No, the movie was not a hit but guess its songs were good.

The characters in the book are not well-developed. There are a few story lines which have been just wrapped up without complete conclusion. The one glaring thing I would say which happened in the climax.

Aunt Parvati and her daughter Anna went to meet the groom Bill and bride Jeniffer the day after they were supposed to fly to Hawaii. And, they meet them in San Jose itself as far as I could make out.

The Recession Groom Book Review by Vani
Back Cover of the Book

My Verdict

I am not sure if I would recommend the book. This one of the easy reads and you can carry it for a journey. But, I am sure you would love the book if you love light reads and rom-coms with plenty of humor and twists thrown in.

About the Author

I was born in Garian, Libya, in a traditional Hindu Punjabi family. My parents prized good education above all else, and when I was still small, they decided to move base to Chandigarh,a modern city in the North of India, famed for its educational institutions. As a child, I loved reading, but writing stories of my own never occurred to me, much like everything else. Becoming a doctor wasn’t an option, for the very sight of blood made me retch. Mathematics and Excel sheets bored me no end, leaving Humanities as a last resort. I could easily compete for the civil services, my parents reasoned, although, sitting for an exam with a million potential candidates vying for one job didn’t make much sense to me. Fortunately, life took a better turn and it was a Masters degree in Economics alongside a programme in Mass Communications that set my foundation for a career in business journalism. Luckily, I got to work in some of the best organizations in India, like ‘The Times of India’ and ‘The Financial Express’. In 2004, I was hit with the desire to write a novel. However, a few drafts and several ideas later, I gave it all up to pursue an MBA degree from Kingston University in London. Of course, I dreamt about MNC firms coveting me, the Deloittes and the McKinseys of the world chasing me with multiple job offers, the likes of Accenture begging me to work for them. The reality was quite different. The completion of my course coincided with the start of global recession and my dreams could never be realized. My situation, nevertheless, prompted me to write my first fiction novel, The Recession Groom.

Do you like Indian authors? I do love some but most of the times it is a miss than a hit! Did you read the book? How did you like it?

The Book Corner Vol. 2 – The Secrets of the Dark: The Debt of Blood is Never Repaid Book Review by Arka Chakrabarti

The Secrets of the Dark: The Debt of Blood is Never Repaid Book Review by Arka Chakrabarti

It has been a really long time since I have read a good book by an Indian author. Last time, it was a few months back – The Bougainvillea House by Kalpana Swaminathan. But, when I read the premise of this book, I was definitely intrigued but a little sceptical as it sounds almost on the lines of The Shiva Trilogy by Amish which fell flat for me.

Now, before I proceed, let me clarify a bit of confusion I had. This book was released in 2013 and I am confused as to why I got such an old book to review. Anyways, I am glad that Readers Cosmos sent it to me otherwise I would have missed reading an amazing story. I just ordered the second part as well which was released in January this year and hopefully would receive it by today or tomorrow.

The Secrets of the Dark: The Debt of Blood is Never Repaid Book Review by Arka Chakrabarti

The Story

So, this is a fantasy novel if you are feeling confused reading the name of Gaya. I sure was! So, no we are not talking of the holy city of Body Gaya but this Gaya is a fantasy continent which is divided into two parts – Land of the Rising Sun and Land of the Setting Sun. If you have read Amish, you would remember Suryavanshi and Chandravanshi clans!

The story begins with a king fleeing his son into the safety because there are some dark forces after him to snatch away the newly-born baby. And, then, the story shifts to twenty years later when Agni and Vrish lose their entire world in a bomb blast or better mentioned as huge fire in their language. Agni finds out that it was a planned attack and thus begins the saga of revenge and both the friends travel to Nisarga in the hope of solving the puzzle.

My Review

I would really not go into defining the story or its plot as it is complicated and I am sure we are not aware of many elements in the book. The book is actually the first part of a trilogy and not much has been revealed. If you are clever enough, you can spot the good guys and the bad guys but making sense of the mystery is a little difficult.

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Kama Ayurveda Amber Ginger & Lily Bath and Body Oil Product Review

Kama Ayurveda Amber Ginger & Lily Bath and Body Oil Product Review

Hey Everyone! Well, I am back. Seems like there is a non-stop flow of activity in my family since almost March. March, May, July, August, September, October, November and then February. I have never really been this busy with family EVER! It is exhausting and add all the travelling and no wonder I am draining out!

I really have to be on top of things so that I do not abandon the blog whenever I have to disappear. Btw, it is dad’s birthday in a couple of days and I am thinking of gifting him Forest Essentials Date ad Litchi Anti-Ageing Cream. He loves skin care and yes I inherited it. And, this way, I also get to try the product and give out a review of it ;)

And, back to the review. I have always been a super huge fan of Kama products! Not doubt they are damn expensive and I have not really explored their whole range either. I have just used their Vetiver Water, Rose and Jasmine body oil and that’s it! Holy, not that less. Even I did not realize I had not used any of their other products. Though, I do have many of their essential oils.

So, this time when I went to their outlet, I was disappointed to know that their Rose and Jasmine body oil was out of circulation. I am a huge fan of the product because of its delicate rose fragrance. Since there was no other option, I got the Ginger and Lily body oil. But, I am not really disappointed either!

Kama Ayurveda Amber Ginger & Lily Bath and Body Oil Product Review


Price : Rs 725 for 100ml (expensive!)

Availability : Kama outlets + Online Website

Packaging : Not really travel-friendly I would say. And, I have to add that I do not like the packaging either. It is a thick plastic bottle which comes with just a screw cap, it is not a flip top neither does it have a stopper on its mouth. So, you have to pour the product on your palm and regulate the quantity there by.

Texture : Oil feels a bit thick but not very thick, spreads easily. The feel of the oil does not have a lot of slip to it unless you take a lot.

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Forest Essentials Tranquil Sleep and Stress Relief Combo Product Review

Forest Essentials Tranquil Sleep and Stress Relief Combo Product Review

I got these products in my last year stay at ITC for our anniversary. Then, I checked out if these products are available in the stores as well or if they were just specially packed for the hotel. Turns out they are available on the online store here but I have no idea about the outlets.

A special mention here for the ITC guys. They had assisted Mr. P in such a wonderful and helpful manner and gave us the most amazing anniversary surprise. As such I do love ITC hotels for their hospitality and food. You must definitely try out their Kebabs and Kurries restaurant in ITC Grand Hyderabad.

Anyways, getting back to the review, I have been trying these products since then on and off. Just in case, you are still confused about the products, these are essential oil blend sprays to address stress and sleep disorder issues. So, let us check out whether they do address the issues or not!

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Does Your Face need a Wash in the Morning?

does your face need wash in morning

After a long long time, I am back with a skin care post. Yea!! I do have a lot of good news in my kitty but I shall go slow this time. I do not want to overwhelm myself :D So, yeah, lets go back to do you really wash your face in the morning or more correctly does your face need a wash in the morning?

Well, I am sure you obviously wash it! You would rather ask me if I had gone mad!!

Anyways, you remember the huge and awesome haul I shared with you a few weeks back from my Malaysia trip :) I am still so excited about it that I am not able to decide what to use and when? Just yesterday, I tried out the SKII facial treatment mask and boy they are expensive as hell!!! So, was it worth it? No, I do not know. I still have 5 more and I would like to do a detailed review. Anyways, why am I even talking about masks?

Night Time Skin Care Routine

Yeah, right, I was talking about washing face in the morning. Now, let me just go back a little and talk about your night time skin care routine. So, what exactly do you do? Cleanse off your makeup, wash your face, tone it (optional) and moisturize. So, are you one who just prefers a single layer of one product or go with multiple products. Whatever the case be, you do cleanse your face properly at night, right? Then the question arises that what do you do in the morning?

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