Bookshelf’d Part III: Peek into Falguni’s library

Falguni Kothari is the author of two books, It’s Your Move, Wordfreak and the recently released Bootie and the Beast. No more words.. Just pictures will do the talking 🙂  
Buy Booty and the Beast here

Connect with Falguni 

Stay tuned for the Next Bookshel’d post 🙂 If you want your book shelves to be featured write me a mail at 

Cut like Wound by Anita Nair

Cut Like WoundCut Like Wound by Anita Nair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its not a classic who-dun-it, but Anita’s words bring alive a side of Bangalore that not many of us would know.The pace is a little slow , but  atmospheric, making it an an extremely clever book to spend time with. Though Inspector Gowda is no heart-throb, Anita has chiselled his character well.Lots of research has gone into the making of this book , and it shows. But a word of caution: do not pick this book up because you liked Ladies Coupe and be willing to give a slow police procedural book a chance, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much you end up liking the book.

Overall,Literary popular fiction(the book reads like literary fiction in bits , and like popular fiction sometimes) for people who don’t mind slow murder mysteries.  

View all my reviews

My Writing Process blog Tour : Meet two fabulous writers!

I started interacting with Roopa Menon, author of  Pyar aur Poetry over Goodreads. I jumped at the idea of reading her novella and  my first e-book( yeah, I am a dinosaur  like that) as I had heard great things about the book. My interest was piqued and 30,000 or so words later, I realised that I thoroughly enjoyed reading her book! 
Catch some of the lovely reviews her book has got here
She blogs at Do drop by her space to read about her writing process J  
The questions:
1)      What am I working on?
I have five different manuscripts in different levels of completion. The  one closest to completion is a mystery novel. Hopefully, it should be done in the next two months. The next project would be to complete all the other pending manuscripts J  
2)       How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My first book Seven Across was a romance novella and the second one , The Crossover Year was a chick-lit novel. Though, I don’t really like slotting my books into a particular genre, I do acknowledge the fact that the slotting helps readers discern whether they’d want to read the book or not. I have been  told that both my books have protagonists who are strong and  relatable, and that I have been able to infuse humour into the narratives. I think I am just another writer itching to tell stories that are floating in my head.
3)      Why do I write what I do?
The Crossover Year was born out of my own frustration at being in a dead-end job that I really didn’t enjoy. However, the plot line is purely fictional. I can never think of participating in a Homemaker contest or watching a silly saas-bahu serial. Seven Across was written when I was having trouble getting The Crossover Year published and Ramya ( Seven across’s protagonist) is actually very similar to Anu (The Crossover Year’s protagonist) in many ways. They come from the same backgrounds and think pretty much in the same way. I have been playing around with other genres as well in the past few years, yet women’s fiction is something that I will always be interested in , both in writing and reading . I am also itching to write a book involving fantasy and paranormal elements.
  4)      How does my writing process work?
I  always start with a detailed plot outline( which keeps changing) before I start writing. With the first two books , I wrote the first draft with not many changes, but increasingly I find that the concept of first draft doesn’t hold any meaning to me. I keep reviewing what I have written and make changes as I keep writing. For the book I am writing currently ,I have already gone over the first 15k words around four or five times. My protagonists have changed drastically, but I am satisfied with the current iteration and will probably re-write it only at a later point.   
Thanks for tagging me, Roopa . Now a bit about  the two lovely writers I am tagging..
Privy Trifles aka Namrata  is a lovely girl who blogs at and has published short stories in three interesting anthologies by talented writers . She is an I-banker by profession and a certified bibliophile.She is also a dancer and wears many hats.   
Time’s lost Atlas from Half-baked bean publishing.

With 12 stories encompassing 12 major events of the last decade, this anthology is a concoction of tragedy, romance, mystery and thriller, brewed to perfection to ensure a nail biting experience.

This book collects twenty five chosen stories with an act of kindness worth telling.

Buy it on
Stories for your valentine
Beautiful heart touching stories of the winners of the Red Romance contest 2013

Wishing you loads of success and looking forward to your full-length novel. And also to reading your books 🙂
Kirti Jayakumar is a bundle of energy and a multi-tasker par excellence. She is a lawyer , writer , UN volunteer, social-media marketer, co-founder of and does many more interesting things that makes my head whirl. Girl, where do you find time for all these things?  She blogs at  
Her latest offering is a book of short stories called Stories of Hope.  
Stories of Hope is a collection of short stories. Each tale narrates the journey of a thin red line of hope that fights through adversity. Right from the heart of Nazi Germany in the thick of the holocaust to the collapse of the regime in Egypt in 2011, from the story of hunger in the core of Africa to the tale of Palestine’s recognition as a state, there are stories that celebrate the resilience of the Human Spirit. Stories of Hope is a celebration of Hope and a celebration of the undying human spirit of resilience.  
She’s co-authored another book called Love Me Mama

There’s a strong and well-proven link between parental favoritism and the abuse suffered by the unfavored child. Love Me Mama: The Unfavored Child will resonate with parents and adults around the world. This book is a story of an unfavored child called Victoria. Vicky suffered because of the favoritism her mother showed among her four children, discriminating against Vicky. The difficulties of life led Vicky to build a wall of defense around her. The book takes you through the life that Vicky faced before she emerged successful.
Buy your copy here

Looking forward to reading your books, Kirti. Wishing you oodles of luck and more hours in a day to do all the other things you want to 🙂 
Passing on the baton to both of you now and looking forward to discovering more writers 🙂  

Stay tuned for more author profiles.. If you’d like to be featured ,write in to me and we’ll work something out!  

First review for The crossover Year

The ‘firsts’ are always special.. And this review by Kirthi Jayakumar is super special because the lady in question is an awesome writer herself.. I’ve been so nervous the past few days about how the book will be perceived  and Kirthi’s review reinforced my desire to keep writing books without worrying about how well/badly they do..With every book , I’ve felt like I have carved out a portion of myself and put it out for the entire world’s scrutiny and that’s a scary thing for someone who treasures her personal space as much as I do. Anyway , no more rambling.. here’s what Kirthi had to say about the book

“When you start reading Bhargavi Balachandran’s Crossover Year, the first thing that strikes you is how effortlessly written it is. Right from the very proper language to the very charming and relatable narrative, Bhargavi has you hooked by sheer talent and skill.
Chasing the life and times of Sri Anuprabha as she hits the big Three-O – something she is terrified of – the book has a very sweet way of mapping the desi girl’s mind. At 29, Anu, as she calls herself, is a banker. All she ever wants to do is to don yoga pants, and traipse about the world without abandon. But alas – with things going crazy at breakneck speed, poor Anu winds up being forced to watch Tamil sitcoms that provide for mindless non-entertainment.
Faced with the prospect of turning 30 (YIKES!) and the fact that she simply wants to strap up and get a life, she decides to arm herself with her very own five-point-plan of action. Save for Sheldon Cooper, as the world has come to know, very few people can live with a flowchart to guide their every last move. As the global financial meltdown decides to rear its mighty ugly head, Anu finds that her plans are best reserved for the dustbin. What awaits her is an unexpected series of intensely crazy moments. Journeying with Anu as she falls, picks herself up, sometimes dusts herself, sometimes doesn’t, always moving on – not without the effervescent charm that is so inherent in her.
A lovely coming-of-age storyline, Anu’s narrative is not just relatable, but also very endearing. After you devour the last page of the book, you don’t look at The Crossover Year as a book anymore. Anu acquires a very clear personification in your mind’s eye – Bhargavi’s writing is definitely clever enough to awake imagination even in the dullest of minds. You feel like you have had an exchange with a friend sitting beside you, rather than reading words scrawled on a page. Read The Crossover Year by all means – you don’t want to miss out on Anu’s quest for her mojo! “

Watch this space for more reviews and book updates .. Sorry , I am too excited to do a proper blog post on something other than the book now. The Crossover Year seems like my entire life now 🙂  For once it doesn’t feel unatural googling myself 😉

Join the book’s page here

The second book is out!

Just got the author copies and am super excited..

Here are the details of where the book is available  …

Meet Sri Anuprabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year-old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head. Anu bumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a fun-filled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life. Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life. The Crossover Year is a funny, yet heartwarming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo. Bring out a platter of cookies and a steaming mug of chai, and join Anu on the ride of her lifetime.

The crossover year now available in Flipkart here

On Bharat Book’s ebay shop here @ Rs. 138 with free shipping 

On Amazon here ( both Kindle and paperback versions are avbl) 

Review copies will go out soon… If you’d like to review the book , do mail me on