It started with a Friend Request 

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I have been reading romantic novels only. I thought about changing the genres a bit butheck.. couldn’t resist reading this one. It is my first Sudeep Nagarakar novel.I did not rush through this one. I slow read it. And it was welll worth my time.

Time Spent : July 15-18

A brand new love story and a story of friendship from the bestselling author of Few Things Left Unsaid and That’s the Way We Met! It will take every emotions to one step higher.

Why don’t we feel the moment when we fallin love but always remember when it ends? Akash is young, single, and conservative with a preference for girls with brains than in miniskirts. One day, he runs into free-spirited Aleesha at a local discotheque. A Mass Media student, Aleesha is a pampered brat, the only child of her parents who dote on her. This brief meeting leads them to exchange their BlackBerry pins and they begin chatting regularly. As BlackBerry plays cupid, they fall in love. When they hit a rough patch in their life, Aditya, Akash’s close pal, guides them through it.

But just when they are about to take their relationship to the next level, a sudden misfortune strikes. Can Aditya bring Akash’s derailed life back on track?

It Started with a Friend Request is a true story which will make you believe in love like you never knew before.

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It Started with a Friend Request 

Your Dreams are Mine Now 

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Third book I read that was by Ravinder Singh. It was a damn good one. I liked it, I enjoyed it. I’m not sure how others might feel. But I definitely like hist writing style. And always will. Did I mention? He’s from Odisha too.

Time Spent: Whole evening.. till dinner time July 15th

‘It can’t be love . . .’ he thinks and immediately his heart protests.They are complete opposites!She’s a small town girl who takes admission in Delhi University (DU). An idealist, studies are her first priority.

He’s a Delhi guy, seriously into youth politics in the DU. He fights to make his way. Student union elections are his first priority.

But then opposites attract as well!A scandal on campus brings them together,they begin to walk the same path and somewhere along, fall in love ….

But their fight against evil comes at a heavyprice, which becomes the ultimate test of their lives.Against the backdrop of dominant campus politics, Your Dreams Are Mine Now is an innocent love story that is bound to evoke strong emotions in your heart

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Can Love Happen Twice 

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July 15th. After reading Ravin’s last novel I couldn’t wait to read his sequel to I too had a love story. I just had to know what happened. So I did exactly that. It took only a few hours to go through the whole novel(Since its a very thin book compared to the few heavy books that are currently on the verge of breaking my antique shelf ! 

Time Spent : Few hours of the afternoon and evening on July 15th

So.. 

When Ravin first said ‘I love you . . .’ he meant it forever. The world has known this through Ravin’s bestselling novel, I Too Had a Love Story. But did Ravin’s story really end on the last page of that book?

On Valentine’s Day, a radio station in Chandigarh hosts a very special romantic chat show. Ravin and his three best friends are invited as guests to talk about Ravin’s love story. But surprisingly everyone apart from Ravin turns up. As the show goes live, there is only one question in every listener’s mind: what has happened to Ravin?

To answer this question the three friends begin reading from a handwritten copy of Ravin’s incomplete second book—the entire city listens breathlessly, unable to believe the revelations that follow.

This highly anticipated sequel by Ravinder Singh is an emotional rollercoaster that bravely explores the highs and lows of love. 

Its a great book. And like the last one this one too brought tears to my eyes. I hope you’ll enjoy the book as well. If you want to read..

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I too had a Love Story 

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My first book. It came as a recommendation from my best friend. Boy was she right.. it certainly became my favourite. Its a sad story. Made me sad. I dont really obsess over stories but this one touched nerves. It was just… annoyingly good. Haha.. what am I saying? 

Time Spent : July 14-15 

I Too Had a Love Story is an English autobiographical novel written by Ravinder Singh. This was the debut novel of the author and was first published in 2008 by Srishti Publishers, in 2012 it was republished by Penguin India. The book remained in the best-seller’s list in India even after 6 years of its first publication.
Ravin and Khushi are the male and female protagonists of the novel. The novel starts with a reunion in Kolkata of Ravin and his three male friends Manpreet, Amardeep, Happy, who used to study in the same engineering college. During the reunion they discuss their future plans of getting married and all of them accept that they did not think about it. Happy suggests Ravin to visit and sign up at Shaadi.com, an online matrimonial website.
“She died. I survived.

Because I survived, I died everyday.

I was bound by my stars to live a lonely life. Without her, I felt so alone. Though the fact is that it’s just she who is gone and everything else is the same. But this ‘everything else’ is nothing to me …”
—Excerpt from the novel

After the reunion, Ravin comes back to Bhubaneswar, where he works as an engineer for Infosys, and registers and account at Shaadi.com. After a few days of registering on the site, Ravin finds a girl named Khushi, a resident of Delhi, and an employee of CSC, Noida. Ravin and Khushi start talking to each other over phone and soon become good friends. They become curious about each other’s interest and find there are many similarities between them. After a few months’ of conversation over phone, they realize that they have started falling into love with each other, although they never met face-to-face. Very soon, Ravin is asked to travel to the United States for an office assignment. He is required to go to Delhi, where Khushi lives, to board the international flight. Ravin decides to go to Delhi one day earlier to meet Khushi for the first time, and spend time with her.
In Delhi, Ravin meets Khushi and her family including her mother and sisters and then starts his journey to the US. Even during his stay in the US, Ravin constantly stays in touch with Khushi. After his return to India, Ravin meets Khushi once again. After sometime, Khushi’s family visits Bhubaneswar and meet Ravin’s parents. There they decide Ravin and Khushi’s engagement. Both the family start preparing for the event.
Just before the engagement Khushi meets with a road accident and is hospitalized in a critical condition. Despite all medical attempts and prayers of Ravin, Khushi dies after a few days. The novel ends with Ravin’s narration of his current mental condition. To Ravin, his life became meaningless after Khushi’s death and he lost interest in almost everything. He feels “She died. I survived. Because I survived, I die everyday.”

It really was a tear-jerker (a term used by The Hindu paper) .

It was an awesome book. Wanna read? 

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The Three Mistakes of My Life

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Having already seen the movie(Kai Po Che!) I was somewhat aware of the story/theme/plot of the book. Turns out there was a lot missing in the movie that the original book contained. All in all it was an okay novel. An okay story. 

Time Spent : Few Good hours of July 14th

The 3 Mistakes of My Life is the third novel written by Chetan Bhagat. The book was published in May 2008 and had an initial print-run of 420,000. The novel follows the story of three friends and is based in the city of Ahmedabadin western India.This is the third best seller novel by Chetan Bhagat.
The Three Mistakes

1.Govind had paid a huge amount for buying a shop in Navrangpura shopping mall even though his friends tried to stop him. The mall later got destroyed due to 2001 Gujarat earthquakes .

2.He fell in love with and had physical intimacy (sexual relationship) with Vidya, Ish’s sister

3.He waited a split second and dived too late to save Ali because of his own selfishness. Ali’s wrist was destroyed.

In late-2000, a young boy in Ahmedabad called Govind dreamt of having a business. To accomodate his friends Ish and Omi’s passion, they open a cricket shop. Govind’s wants to make money and thinks big. Ish is all about nurturing Ali, the batsman with a rare gift. Omi knows his limited capabiltiies and just wants to be with his friends. However, nothing comes easy in a turbulent city. To realize their goals, they will have to face it all – religious politics, earthquakes, riots, unacceptable love and above all, their own mistakes. Will they make it? Can an individual’s dreams overcome the nightmares offered by real life? Can we succeed despite a few mistakes?

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One Night @ the Call Centre 

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Honestly.. Not his best work, I mean I didn’t like the ending. Else it was a good novel. Kept me thinking till the end. And then not so much. Later there was this movie called Hello released which was based on this story. Although it starred Salman Khan.. the movie didn’t do well in the box office. 

Time Spent: July 9-14

One Night @ the Call Center is a novel written by Chetan Bhagat and first published in 2005. The novel revolves around a group of six call center employees working at the Connexions call center in Gurgaon,Haryana, India. It takes place during one night, during which all of the leading characters confront some aspect of themselves or their lives they would like to change. The story uses a literaldeus ex machina, when the characters receive a phone call from God.The book was the second best-selling novel from the award winning author after Five Point Someone.

The book begins with a frame story which recounts a train journey from Kanpur to Delhi. During the journey, the narrating author meets a beautiful girl. The girl offers to tell the author a story on the condition that he has to make it his second book. After a lot of hesitation, the author agrees. The story was about six people working in a call center. One night they got a phone-call from god within the story, which comprises the bulk of the book, relates the events that happen one night at a call center. Told through the eyes of the protagonist, Shyam, it is a story of almost lost love, thwarted ambitions, absence of family affection, pressures of a patriarchal setup, an insight on the lifestyle of youth of this country and the work environment of a globalized office. Shyam loves but has lost Priyanka, who is now planning anarranged marriagewith another; Vroom loves Esha. Esha wants to be a model, Radhika is in an unhappy marriage with a demanding mother-in-law, and military uncle wants to talk to his grandson; they all hate Bakshi, their cruel and somehow sadist boss. Claimed to be based on a true story, the author chooses Shyam Mehra (aliasSam Marcy) as the narrator andprotagonist, who is one among the six call center employees featured.

A phone call from God is one of the salient features in the novel. In order to cheer themselves up, all the lead characters of the novel decide to go and enjoy at a night club. After enjoying for a while, they leave for office. While returning, they face a life-threatening situation when their Qualis crashes into a construction site hanging over a mesh of iron construction rods. As the rods began to yield slowly, they start to panic. They are unable to call for help as there is no mobile phone network at thatplace, but Shyam’s mobile phone starts ringing. The phone call is from God, who speaks modern English. He speaks to all of them and gives them suggestions to improve their life, and advises them on how to get their vehicle out of the construction site. The conversation with God motivates the group to such an extent that they get ready to face their problems with utmost determination and motivation. Meanwhile Vroom and Shyam hatch a plan to throw Bakshi out of the call center and prevent the closing of Connexions call center, whose employees are to be downsized radically. When they emerge from danger, they have clear-cut goalsin their mind. On returning to the call center, they carry out their plans with dexterity.

The themes involve the anxieties and insecurities of the rising Indianmiddle class, including questions about career, inadequacy, marriage, family conflicts in a changing India, and the relationship of the young Indian middle class to both executives and ordinary clients whom they serve in the United States. There is an aspect ofself-helpin the book as the author invites readers to identify aspects of themselves and their lives that make them angry and that they would like to change. 

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