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Book Review : Hold My Hand


★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece


HoldMyHandName: Hold My Hand by Durjoy Datta
Genre: Romance Fiction Language: English Pages: 196
Published: 2013
My Rating: ★★★
Started: 1st Mar, 2014 Completed: 5th Mar, 2014
Total Reading Hour: 30 Hrs


Excerpt from Book:
Deep, an awkward young man obsessed with libraries and books, has his dream come true when he us sent to Hong Kong on an internship programme. Leaving behind jealous but encouraging friends, a supportive father and a hysterical, overprotective mother, Deep makes his first flight to a foreign land. And then he sees her, Ahana, a stunningly beautiful girl.

But Deep also has to come to terms with another reality: Ahana is blind. Together they explore Hong Kong, Ahana guiding them with the smells and sounds of the wondrous city and Deep bringing to life for her the delightful sights he sees.

They’re living a dream, till Aveek, her gorgeous ex-boyfriend, comes back into her life.


So this is 9th book of Durjoy and from very first page, its fascinating. It looks like, he stopped writing sex scene after some x pages and left Deb-Avantika behind (or at least for this novel) . “Hold My Hand” is not Durjoy’s typical love story. He has written something different. Till today, he was popular author among young kids and I think, he took one step to showcase his capability as an author and at some extend he proved himself. Author shown his love towards book through protagonist character. Book becomes more interesting when Deep moves to Hong Kong and Ahana comes in picture. Author took time to describe each characters and carefully drafted it. Author crafted Ahana character so beautifully that you start enjoying her self-confidence and her attitude towards life instead feeling pity and sympathy for her eye disorder. Every characters are added in story when necessary.

Some good lines from book:

  • Being ‘bent’ is kind of like being victorious, it’s powerful and liberating, and yet it’s lonely, like it’s only you who can feel the utter joy of flying, but you’re flying alone even in a crowd and there are no cotton clouds. [Pg 72]
  • If you were to just feel your food without being able to see it, you wouldn’t eat half the things you like. [Pg 97]
  • When it comes to kissing, quality trumps quantity. That’s like the only rule to kissing [Pg 146]
  • Stupid eyes, always ruining everything. [Pg 165]

Then why 3 stars? I agree, start is good; plot is good; character crafting is awesome; but end is predictable and common. It’s not holding till end and loose grip. But still I am happy to read different story from his pen. If you are expecting love story like Deb & Avantika’s story, then clean your thoughts and start with different mindset.


About Author:

Source [Wiki]: Durjoy Datta (born February 7, 1987) is an Indian author who writes romance fiction.He graduated from Delhi College of Engineering and then went on to do PGDBM in marketing from Management Development Institute.He has co-founded Grapevine India Publishers. He is the author of 6 runaway bestselling books. In 2009, he was recognized as a young achiever by The Times of India,he was also chosen as one of the two young achievers in the field of Media and Communications by Whistling Woods International in 2011. In 2012, he was one of the recipients of the Teacher’s Achievement Awards, joining the likes of Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Prahlad Kakkar among others. He has also spoken in various TEDx conferences in colleges across India. He was one of the highest selling Indian authors in the year 2011.


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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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And He Wrote… – III

And He Wrote…

Today, I have seen you first time and,
I realized, I want all of you,
forever, you and me, everyday.
I didn’t want to fall in love,
but you smiled and I blew everything.

[Credit: Anonymous]

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And He wrote… – II

And He wrote…

For a minute, everything felt right.
Maybe it was because your hand was touched with mine while taking Jalebi;
but maybe it was because you were all I saw even though we were in a room of people.

[Credit: Anonymous]

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And He wrote…

And He wrote…

The truth is
I stopped talking to you,
not because I don’t like you anymore
but because I thought I was annoying you.

And I’m just waiting for you
to say that you miss me
because I miss you everyday.
Every hour, every minute, every second.

[Credit: Anonymous]

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Book Review : Burning Sapphires


★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece


BurningSapphiresName: Burning Sapphires by Suresh Goswami
Genre: Fiction Language: English Pages: 259
Published: 2013
My Rating: ★★★★
Started: 25th Feb, 2014 Completed: 28th Feb, 2014
Total Reading Hour: 25 Hrs


Official Synopsis:

Story about one woman who, despite all the odds in life, takes on the responsibility and leads the entire community toward a progressive solution and revives the injured spirits and minds of Kashmiris.

A seven-year-old girl, Ghulab Sahib, living in Machail, is unaware of life and its complications. The Machail village, 9,500 feet above sea level, in Kashmir, India, is surrounded by high mountains, thick deodar forests, and attractive meadows that are fully covered with thick snow for most of the year, except in the summer months. Living her childhood in this most spectacular village, she doesn’t know that destiny is going to disrupt her peaceful life and propel her through a maze of grueling fateful events.

But these fateful events do not destroy her—instead, a woman of great knowledge, substance, experience, and unparalleled strength emerges in the being of Shahzadi Ghulab Sahib, who takes charge of millions of Kashmiri Muslims trapped in the terror-stricken Valley of Kashmir along with 500,000 internally displaced Kashmiri pandits living as refugees in their own country and bails them out, leading them toward a life of contentment, dignity, and pride.


Seven year old Ghulab Sahib lives in Machail village situated in Paddar, Jammu and Kashmir state in India. One morning while playing, she comes across Ali Murtaza – the leader of Hizb ul-Mujahideen who fell for 7 year old Ghulab’s deep blue eyes and claimed Ghulab to be his own and shall wait till this small blue eye turn to grown up for a man like him. Tears in Ghulab’s eye makes Ali angry and his terror act forces Machail’s people to move from Paddar village and finally rest at Zanskar. Ghulab’s thrust to learn things make her different than other children. Under guidance of the school’s Head Master Mustafa, her journey starts from innocent-intelligent girl to powerful young lady with abundant knowledge but wherever she goes, Ali and his men follow her like shadow and at one instant, everything in Ghulab’s life changes in a flash.

“Burning Sapphires” is not only story of Ghulab but it’s story of all lost soul of the paradise. After reading few pages, I started loving this novel because of it’s beautiful start. Author took time to describe places whether it’s Paddar valley or Zanskar or Kashmir valley which shows author’s detail research and awareness of surrounding area. It’s so amazing that I was feeling like watching a movie (secretly I searched for Paddar valley , Zanskar and I really loved those places :) ). Story is so engrossing that you start making connection with protagonist -Ghulab Sahib.

Some beautifully crafted characters:

Ghulab Sahib – Journey of beautiful, charming 7 year girl to young girl with great knowledge, substance, experience and unparalleled strength is charismatic. People started referring her “Shehzadi” at one instance. Ghulab Sahib character is so amazing that you will start connecting yourself with her.

Ali Murtaza – Commander In Chief of Hizb ul-Mujahideen who is in-charge of all terrorist activities in Kashmir Valley. He is strong and ambitious which made him youngest commander in terrorist group.

Dolores – Brave and beautiful CNN journalist who comes as an angel in Ghulab Sahib’s life.

“Burning Sapphires” is simple and yet spellbinding. This novel covers dark side of Kashmir Valley – which shows reality, and bright side – which is completely fiction. Dark side of story, life journey of Ghulab Sahib from Paddar valley to Kashmir valley, character building & place description are plus points of novel. But in the end, author suddenly started showing resolution, wind-up so fast and ended with too positive (or too optimistic) result which is difficult to digest (though it is fiction) and story becomes weak. I have read “The Kite Runner“, “A Thousand Splendid Suns“, “And the Mountains Echoed” and “The Almond Tree” which covers dark side of world through journey of protagonist and which made those story remarkable. Little less optimistic end might have made this novel up to literature material.

Overall, “Burning Sapphires” is page turner. Go and Get it, You will not disappoint.

Note: I received a copy of book from author and I am very much thankful to Suresh to share such a beautiful novel.


Suresh-K-GoswamiAbout Author:
During my long standing career as a professional Chief Executive and Managing Director of many multinationals in Africa and Middle East I had this passionate urge to write, especially about my experiences highlighting sensitive social issues that are manifested in the lives of millions of fellow human beings. But it took me to cross 60 years of my life to listen my inner self and it was at this point that I left whatever I was doing and took to creative writing. I wrote a couple of scripts and two years back I made my first independent film, converting one of my favorite scripts into an award winning feature film “Ziyarat” that earned ample awards and recognition across the globe. I made another award winning documentary “My Heroes” andI continued to write few other stories but concentrated on my book Burning Sapphires which was completed recently and published by Partridge, a Penguin company. In my mind I look forward to pen down many stories from the terror ridden Valley of Kashmir-a paradise lost, which happens to be my mother land.

More on : http://about.me/SureshKGoswami


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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu


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Book Review : If It’s Not Forever..It’s not LOVE


★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece


if it's not forever it's not love reviewName: It It’s Not Forever It’s not LOVE by Durjoy Datta, Nikita Singh
Genre: Romance Fiction Language: English Pages: 233
Published: 2012
My Rating: ★★★
Started: 15th Feb, 2014 Completed: 17th Feb, 2014
Total Reading Hour: 30 Hrs


Excerpt from Book:

When Deb, an author and publisher, survives the bomb blasts at Chandni Chowk, he knows his life is nothing short of a miracle. And though he escapes with minor injuries, he is haunted by the images and voices that he heard on that unfortunate day.

Even as he recovers, his feet take him to where the blasts took place. From the burnt remains he discovers a diary. It seems to belong to a dead man who was deeply in love with a girl. As he reads the heartbreaking narrative, he knows that this story must never be left incomplete. Thus begins Deb’s journey with his girlfriend, Avantika, and his best friend, Shrey, to hand over the diary to the man’s beloved.


If I’d only known,
That this is the last time we’ve met,
I would have stopped the break of dawn,
And stopped the sun to set.

If I’d only known,
That I wouldn’t ever see you again,
I would have framed a picture of you within,
To end my suffering, to end my pain.

If I’d only known,
That this is the last time I sit by your side,
I would have told you how much I loved you,
Keeping other things aside.

If I’d only known,
That we would never hold hands again,
I would have held them strong,
And never let anything go wrong.

If I’d only known,
That you would always stand my side,
I would have fought the world for you,
Breaking all the walls through.

If I’d only known,
That your love was true,
If I’d only known that you would come back soon,
I would have waited for you to come by.

If I’d only known any of this,
That you were what I was breathing for,
I would have breathed my last for you,
Seen you enough and bid you adieu,
While all I can do now,
Is sit here…
… and wait.
Love you.

If I’d only known.

What a beautiful poem..It’s so touching. I got goosebumps while reading it. I gave one more star to this novel just because of above poem. If you have read other Durjoy Datta’s novels then you will feel, story is repetitive. I love Deb & Avantika but I wanted something different and at some extent, they have tried to give different as they are focusing on dead man’s diary. But when it comes to Deb & Avantika, nothing new in story.

Some good lines from book:

  • Every day that I don’t see her, is a day not worth remembering. Because ever since I first saw her, she defines my life. [Pg 21]
  • I don’t know whether my love is shallow or unfounded since we have never talked. But unrequited, untold love is the purest form love. There is no pretence in that. [Pg 22]
  • Caring about what others think is the biggest jail one can put oneself in. [Pg 53]
  • When you know that your happiness is like a sacrificial lamb for the happiness of the person you care about, you should realize that you’re in love. The most incurable form of love. [Pg 114]
  • Being in love is difficult. [Pg 115]
  • And when you agree to hurt yourself for the happiness of the other, you know you’re never going to stop loving that person. [Pg 116]
  • The crushing helplessness you feel, when the person you love the most is hurt by someone else and you can’t do anything about, is one of the worst pains anyone can ever endure. [Pg 146]

Novel is not the best and so it’s not the worst. If you are reading Durjoy first time, then you go ahead and I bet, you will love it.


About Author:

Source [Wiki]: Durjoy Datta (born February 7, 1987) is an Indian author who writes romance fiction.He graduated from Delhi College of Engineering and then went on to do PGDBM in marketing from Management Development Institute.He has co-founded Grapevine India Publishers. He is the author of 6 runaway bestselling books. In 2009, he was recognized as a young achiever by The Times of India,he was also chosen as one of the two young achievers in the field of Media and Communications by Whistling Woods International in 2011. In 2012, he was one of the recipients of the Teacher’s Achievement Awards, joining the likes of Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Prahlad Kakkar among others. He has also spoken in various TEDx conferences in colleges across India. He was one of the highest selling Indian authors in the year 2011.


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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
- Oscar Wilde


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