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About Damini Majumdar

I don't say much. I keep quiet. I watch and I learn. :)

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Favourite Books

The Fault in Our Stars

The Alchemist

A Thousand Splendid Suns

My Sister's Keeper

Favourite Authors

John Green

Khaled Hosseini

Paulo Coelho

Favourite Quotes

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.” - Bob Marley

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THE DARK PERSPECTIVE Remesh

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Seven Knocks Neha Nayak

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Tyrants Khalid Mukhtar

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Void Sarang Kawade

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Brake Free Neha Nayak

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The Only One Jyothi S.D

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It Happened One Day Rashmi

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Wilting Tales Aviral Singh

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Brutal Uday Satpathy

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How Does She Do It? R Iyer

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Undesired Duty Harsh Arora

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A Mango Tree Akash Ahuja

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The Survival Krishnakumar

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Chalta Hai Punit Pania

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Void Sarang Kawade

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Brake Free Neha Nayak

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The Only One Jyothi S.D

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It Happened One Day Rashmi

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Wilting Tales Aviral Singh

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Brutal Uday Satpathy

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How Does She Do It? R Iyer

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Damini Majumdar

This is the first horror novel I've read here on BGB but sadly it didn't quite meet up to my expectations. The blurb intrigued me and I am still curious to find out the whole picture but regarding the writing, a lot more improvement is required. There are grammatical errors that need to be corrected ('beginning' is spelled wrong in the cover) but a thorough editing can take care of that. The story has potential but it could be told in a better way.

Jul 18 '15
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Bend Your Knees & Do Your Best

Damini Majumdar

Had a brilliant time reading the manuscript, one of the best on BGB so far. The narration is witty, humorous, sarcastic, lucid and thoroughly engrossing. The whole thing about Hiranya is so adorable (maybe more so to me because I happen to have my own bunch of imaginary friends, none of them is an Asura though)- a little more interaction with him would have been more exciting though. There isn't much I'd like to say except that I want to read the whole book. And tell you what I am already in love with Kalyani's character, I can even relate to her in many ways.

PS- Those lines about life and fiction in the very beginning of the manuscript- so true and amazingly written. Take a bow, lady!

PPS- Is this a work of fiction or it it more like an autobiography? (I'm asking since the name of the protagonist is same as that of the author.)

Jun 27 '15
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Damini Majumdar

The appreciation is well deserved. :)

Jun 29 '15
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Kalyani

No one reads or comments on my labour of love for almost a month and then this! Sheer heaven :) Thank you very much Damini for your review. Glad you enjoyed the sneak peek. As for your question on whether this is autobiographical ... well, it is slice-of-life variety fiction and not fantasy. So while it not about me, it is about people like me .. and you ... and him and her and them and us ... :)

Jun 28 '15
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Damini Majumdar

An innovative story-line and a fair beginning. The plot is quite intriguing and I appreciate the narrative. The only thing I'd complain about is that it gets a little boring at places in between. Also, seeing Mansi as the lone survivor of the devastating earthquake is somewhat unrealistic. Although there'll probably be other survivors too (as the synopsis suggests), it's hard to digest that Mansi doesn't get to see a single living soul within a number of days- no source of help, no media coverage- absolutely nothing after such a massive earthquake hits the city. I'm eager to see how she survives and also to know the stories of other survivors! Nice work overall but it'd have been better if things were represented in a more realistic way.

May 02 '15
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Yamini Pustake Bhalerao

thanks for taking out time to read my manuscript damini :) I know the idea of lone survivor is far fetched, but that is the crux of the concept. The book is titled so, because it deals with life after the world almost ends, hence i took some creative liberty and had to use imagination instead of sticking to reality. If ever my book gets published, i will remember to edit out the boring parts. Thank you again.

May 12 '15
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Damini Majumdar

This one seems to be a potential thriller. As everyone has mentioned the chapters are extremely short but I happened to like it, there's no unnecessary dragging yet attention is paid to point out the minute details. Smart writing is what I'd say. A few things seemed a little unrealistic. But then I don't want to be judgmental before reading the whole book. Overall, a nice start.

May 02 '15
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Made in Heaven and all other Marriages

Damini Majumdar

Well-written short stories, all three. I liked The Performance the best. There is something engrossing about the narrative and the style of writing which makes the reading experience pleasant.

Apr 28 '15
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Damini Majumdar

A standard beginning, I'd say. A little slow paced, I felt, but otherwise the changes in family life and personal life of kittu are well explained. I'm particularly curious about this Vinod guy and Seenu. Seems like it's going to be an interesting story with friendship and family playing vital roles. Three chapters are too short to judge a book but perhaps this one will be worth reading till the end.

Apr 28 '15
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The gentle man who taught infinity

Damini Majumdar

If I am asked to describe this book in a single word- different is the word I'd choose. I haven't read any book like this before, a book so thoroughly engrossing! It hardly seems to be a memoir (as the genre is specified)- reading this one was so much fun! It inquires, answers questions and kindle your interest in Mathematics (even if you're not much fond of the subject). It even evoked some of my childhood memories of learning mathematics- both in school and at home where my father used to teach me simple yet fun tricks for solving problem.
A really pleasant reading experience!

Mar 07 '15
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Damini Majumdar

Nothing innovative about the content of the story but I liked the way the author has written it- fast-paced, honest and straight-forward. A decent read but stories about teenage-love is not my cup of tea. However, the narration makes it a little different from other stories belonging to this same genre- there isn't any unnecessary drama or exaggeration about anything, and yes, the way the author has portrayed the mindset of the teens in quite realistic. Eager to know about what happens next, especially when Raj and Juhi meet and what the prologue was all about!

Dec 14 '14
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Rajshree Chauhan

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! :-)

Dec 14 '14
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Damini Majumdar

An interesting beginning! It's hard to predict the story by reading only three chapters but intuition says that this is going to be a decent read. Eager to know how Godna overcomes the hardships and reach the road of success.
Best wishes for the book. :)

Dec 14 '14
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Damini Majumdar

And I wonder why there are only three chapters to read! I want to keep reading! Now!
A story so beautifully written that it held my attention from the very first page. The whole ambiance of the story is so soothing, almost fairy tale like. The life and people of Bandora is like life in heaven. The characterization is amazing too. (Can I say I'm already falling for Adam? *face palm*) I generally don't like stories that are descriptive but this was clearly an exception- I was immensely enjoying the minute details of the community life and of course the campus life of the college! The writing reminds me of Nicholas Sparks' novels. Brilliant!
Sigh, only if I could carry on reading the manuscript!

I really want this one to be published! Best wishes for your book, Jyothi. And thank you for the request to review the book, I enjoyed reading it a lot. :)

Dec 09 '14
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Jyothi S.D

Thanks for your review and kind words Vinny.

Dec 10 '14
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Damini Majumdar

One word to describe the book - PREDICTABLE. You read the first chapter and you'll get the hint what's in store for you in the rest of the story. The plot is pretty unrealistic too (how do you end up meeting the same guy time and again? In same trains and even in adjacent berths. Really?).
It may sound rude but both the plot material and the narration need much improvement. (There are a few grammatical mistakes as well- like use of past and present tense simultaneously in consecutive sentences)
All the best to the author for her future writings though. :)

Dec 07 '14
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Damini Majumdar

I quite liked the stories, all three. The plots are worth being praised and the way of representation more so. I liked the second one, 'Metamorphosis' the best. The characters couldn't be more realistic and the author's guts to voice the honest opinions point blank is commendable. The stories make one question some of our inner hypocrisies and are definitely thought-provoking.
Reading some of the previous reviews I thought 'Void' is an erotica which is not my forte. Boy how wrong was I! Thanks for the request to read, Sarang. Enjoyed your book thoroughly. Best wishes for your book!

Dec 07 '14
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Damini Majumdar > Uday Satpathy

Congratulations, Uday! :)

Oct 05 '14
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Uday Satpathy

Thank you Vinny :)

Oct 06 '14
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Damini Majumdar

All three stories are nicely written. Grandmother's Pyre was okay-ish, The Girl with the Tattoo had a sense of sadness embedded in it and the last one, Being She was lyrical, the one I liked the most.
Would like to read further. All the best to the author. :)

Sep 29 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Amazing stories. Words so beautifully woven that they speak so much and touche your heart unfailingly. There are several long novels which fail to convey thoughts and messages even with the huge number of pages written and there are short stories which connect instantly with the readers in the span of merely a few pages. These are the stories of that kind. All three of them, I liked 'Rust' the best though. The writing style is remarkable. I'd love to read all seven stories of the book. Hope this one gets published. One of the best books on BGB that I've read.

Sep 29 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Thank you Vinny for the wonderful words of encouragement! look for ward to recommendations as well!

Sep 30 '14
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Damini Majumdar

An average beginning. Its hard to judge a book by reading the first three chapters but the vibe I got from these few pages is not something extraordinary.
Shiv is a regular Indian guy who to his father's dismay fails to clear his CA examination even after several attempts and ends up in Delhi to work in a call center where his childhood friend Rohit works.
To be honest, I didn't find the writing 'humorous', it was rather cliched and failed to intrigue me. Couldn't decipher the object of the title and that leaves me curious (so does the first chapter and terms like "full and final settlement" and "The pink slip"). Maybe I'll read further to get the answers of those questions.

Sep 28 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Sweet, simple and honest tales. I liked all three, but definitely children are more likely to relate to the stories. The story of Varun and Vicky reminded me of my childhood. Mom often says, even till today how me and my elder sister would fight over the same toy at the same time and I used to feel proud when mum said that it was always me to sacrifice the piece of toy for her, even though she is elder! :P But now I understand that how much she has sacrificed for me, covered for me and done for me over all these years. Being the younger sibling has its perks! :D
Coming back to the book, the stories are really good. I'm sure children will enjoy each and every story when the book is published. :)

Sep 07 '14
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Damini Majumdar

The thing I liked most about this book is the narration- its witty and sly and connects with the reader in a way that most books fail to do. Apart from that the development of characters is appreciable as well. Its very difficult to predict whether or not I'm going to like the story by reading just three chapters but presumably, this one is going to be good and worth reading till the end.
The beginning gets you immersed in the book immediately just like the cover catches your attention but after a few pages the story staggers a bit. Nonetheless, it picks up pace again around the third chapter. I think certain parts of the descriptions can be done away with.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the manuscript. Good work, Gaurav.

Sep 07 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Oops..it got posted. :| I'll read it ASAP. Thanks.

Sep 13 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Yeah I did.

Sep 13 '14
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Gaurav Bist

Hi, Vinny.
Hope you got the soft copy I sent to your gmail.
Take care
Gaurav

Sep 12 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Enjoyed all three stories, the third one being the best! I was awestruck by the ending of the last story. Totally unpredictable and left me gasping for a second!
The stories are more likely to be categorized as suspense than horror as the former dominates the latter. The writing style is admirable and so is the way of story telling. Would like to read more!

Sep 02 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Couldn't make much out from the three chapters. The synopsis seems promising and intriguing and hopefully the story is going to be a good one. However, at a few places the story seemed to be unnecessarily dragged which could have been excused easily (like, the elaborated description of 'the' Mahi and Dev's fondness for her). Looking forward to read the complete book.

P.S.- Being boring has nothing to do with being Bengali (I strongly object to the use of the word 'Bong', no offense). It is just how a person is irrespective of his/her community.

Aug 20 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Ah, okay, will look forward to read more. :)

Sep 02 '14
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Ananyabrata Chakravorty

Oops...I thought 'enter' would mean 'next line' but the comment's got posted. Anyways, thanks a lot for reading the sample. Will let you know when the book launches. Hope you'll read and enjoy the experience :)

Aug 31 '14
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Ananyabrata Chakravorty

Thank you for your feedback. Well, I wish they allowed me to put six chapters here, so you could come across the first moment of thrill. Mahi's description is important in the context of the story, as a lot of what happens has quite a bit to do with Mahi. Bongs...well, I am a Bengali myself and I personally don't think I belong to a boring community. That's what Dev thinks and he has his own reasons for that.

Aug 31 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Reading Long Lived Zara. Its like breathing in a fresh air of fantasy after a long time! Love it already!!

Aug 05 '14
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Damini Majumdar

There are a few things I liked about the books and a few which I didn't. The best part, I think, is that it is extremely fast-paced. But then, probably a little too fast-paced. Events keep taking place, one after another, a little too quickly. There is no elaborated description of places, emotions and the events whatsoever.

The title is pretty interesting and so is the prologue. But there are certain things I couldn't relate to. First of all, you meet a guy, start crushing over it on the very first day..um all right but is falling in love really that easy?! Its beyond my understanding. Then we get that how much a best friend means to a person, irrespective of their gender, so using words like 'bestestest' and dragging on this matter several times unnecessarily was quite annoying. And most importantly, was it really necessary to use so many Hindi phrases in between? Don't you think that narrows down the range of your reader? How do you think people, who don't know Hindi, will understand the concerned parts? Lastly the narration- it chirpy and bubbly, all right but I found it a bit immature. I apologize for the harsh words because I know you must have put a great effort in writing it and as much as I hate to discourage you, I must say that this one could have been written better.

So over all, the book was okay, I'd say. I'm curious about how the story will unfold in later parts, since it ends kinda abruptly with a twist. Moreover, the mystery mentioned in the prologue is yet to be disclosed, so I'd like to read the whole book..

Aug 05 '14
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Damini Majumdar

The satire is appreciable and the situations are something that everyone can relate to since sure as hell all of us have experienced and felt irritated by some/most/all of those! The narration is witty. It keeps getting better as we proceed, so would like to read till the end.

Aug 05 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Liked the stories, all three of them. Simple, heartfelt and well written. And all of them essentially fulfills the purpose of short stories. Good job done, Radhika. Would like to read further for there must be other beautiful stories in store! :)

Aug 04 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Er..I started reading the book as I thought the story is about roomies (who are foodies). My bad. :P (Yes, I skipped reading the blurb) But well, it turned out to be unexpectedly pleasant! Though I'm not into cooking, I can tell for a fact that the book offers some unique recipes, with some equally unique names for them! I'd like to read further for sure and hope that it will finally make me learn some easy-to-cook but delicious recipes! :D P.S.- I think my mum would love this book even more that I did!

Aug 04 '14
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Damini Majumdar

I'll make my mum read the book for sure! Good luck for the publication. :)

Aug 06 '14
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Meghana Joshi

Thank you, Vinny! Be sure to run it past your mom too! Yay, we're happy you found it to be a fun read and liked our stories apart from the recipes!

Aug 05 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Honest review? This is your everyday teenage drama! Sorry to sound harsh but that's exactly what I felt. I've had enough of CBag and Durjoy Dutta kind of love stories, simply enough. Some people sure find this type of stories worth liking but this is simply not my cup of tea. I wouldn't have finished reading the book but since reviewing without reading the complete manuscript would be somewhat unfair, I did read the whole of it.

But Aneisha, one thing I'd like to tell you that you're a gifted writer. Even though the story failed to catch my attention, I really appreciate your style of writing. Moreover, the idea of representing a story through Facebook messages, G-talk chats, text messages, journals and blogging..even passing notes in the class, is quite innovative. I'm sure there are people who'd relate to your story and like to read it. So I'd like this book to get published and wish you all the best for that.

Aug 04 '14
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Damini Majumdar

I'm not a believer of Destiny, neither does spirituality intrigue me, however, Mythology is something that has always interested me immensely. I am very much fond of both Indian and Greek Mythologies and that summons my reason behind picking up this book.

As for the book, I liked the concept. The story is quite engrossing and well written. The plot and the characters are quite realistic. So far, it was a nice read and I'd like to read further.

Aug 04 '14
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Damini Majumdar

My pleasure. :)

Aug 05 '14
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Pritesh Bhosale

Thanks Vinny for taking time to review this book. Your contribution will be counted in the journey of ''The Last Yogi'.

Aug 05 '14
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Damini Majumdar

What a lovely plot!! Seriously, this was amazing reading experience! Cloudtains!! Oh God, what a brilliant thought! Personally, I'm quite fascinated by the world of clouds. Isn't it fun staring at those huge white pieces of cotton and trying to imagine various shapes within them? How I love to do that and we (me and my elder sister) used to do that all the time in childhood! Sigh, those days!!

Talking of which, I was thoroughly enjoying the tidbits between Arya and Nitya, the sister duo! Honestly, while reading this I had a smile plastered on my face throughout, it was that sweet! One question though, why isn't the name of the guide cloud disclosed? It will be told later in the story, I suppose? I so want to know what the adventure is going to be like! Will there be evil clouds?? :D

Okay, to cut things short, I hope you've got the idea how much I enjoyed reading this manuscript and needless to say that I want to read the full book! The narration is good too, easy going and humorous. Great job, Sapna! And thank you for introducing me to the world of Cloudtains. :)

P.S.- There are a few typos here and there which I hope will be taken care of.

Aug 04 '14
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Sapna Bhattacharya

Sorry the comment got posted on pressing enter. Pls do recommended it to your friends. Thanks once again

Aug 06 '14
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Sapna Bhattacharya

Thanks Vinny, and I'm happy that you liked the manuscript. If you watch the video of the book, you will certainly get to know the name of the guide cloud. This is just the beginning there is lots happening in the story : excitement , thrill, drama......

Aug 06 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Why is the format of books changed?? :O :O It was much better earlier!! Please revert to the previous format, if possible!

Aug 02 '14
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Damini Majumdar

No worries, thanks for considering the suggestion. :)

Aug 04 '14
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Niyati Patel

Thanks for sharing your feedback. :) We'll try to improve it as far as possible according to your suggestions.

Aug 04 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Hi Niyati, um unhappy? Yeah a little. Although it works fine, I think the previous eReader was much better. The display of both-sided pages in the previous eReader gave the feel of a real book and the font style was better as well. I don't know what other readers would say about it, but that is what I feel.

Aug 04 '14
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Niyati Patel

Hi Vinny.. I am Niyati, one of the founders of BGB. Are you unhappy with the new eReader?

Aug 04 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Nice stories! All three of them.
As for "Of Love and Loyalty", while reading the last paragraph I was like "what the heck!!" and started laughing being relieved somehow! And yeah "A girl's gotta love what a girl's gotta love!" True that!

"Destiny" was a sweet little tale. A bit uncanny that Maya and Reyansh had everything in common, but sweet nonetheless.

The last one, "Love:Calculated" is a touchy one and a simple story told beautifully.

P.S.- I didn't like the cover of the book, no offense. One humble request, if the book is published, please do change the cover if you can. But well, that's just my POV.

Jul 26 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Thanks for considering the suggestion about cover. ^_^

Jul 29 '14
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Damini Majumdar

It was a pleasure reading the stories, Niyati. :)

Jul 29 '14
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Niyati Shinde

As far as the cover is concerned, I agree, it's kinda lame :-( :-D I made it myself using an app on my phone! Maybe when my book actually does get published (thanks to amazing reviewers like you), i'll get the cover made by some professional graphic artist :-)

Jul 26 '14
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Niyati Shinde

Thank you Vinny, for the awesome review and honest opinion :-) Yes, a girl's gotta love what a girl's gotta love! Personally, I would never be with any guy who hates dogs! Yes, it might look a bit uncanny that Maya and Reyansh have everything in common. But that's why the title, 'Destiny'. They both have had failed relationships, and finally, something beyond their control, something probably supernatural, something like 'Destiny' intervenes :-) Glad you liked the 3rd story as well :-)

Jul 26 '14
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Damini Majumdar

I'm not much of a non-fiction reader, let alone self-help books. I picked up this one as the author approached me to read the manuscript and it turned out to be pleasant.

The title is interesting and the content of the book is sorted accordingly. The narration is nice and easy to understand. I believe it will be able to help the people in distress. Good work!

Jul 26 '14
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Damini Majumdar

You are welcome, Jahnavi. :) Wish you good luck for publication of the book. :)

Jul 29 '14
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Jahnavi Chintakunta

Thanks a lot Vinny for going out of your way and reading the book. Your feedback is very encouraging. Thanks a lot.

Jul 27 '14
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Damini Majumdar

First off, kudos to the author, he has done a brilliant job! I'm not sure if this is the maiden work of the author but if it is, i must admit, this is one of the best books I've read written by a debutante author, even though I'm yet to read the complete book. And that answers the questions whether I want to read further,whether the book is worth being published. Well, of course, it deserves to be published and I definitely want to read the whole of the book, these 3 chapters of the manuscript, in no way, quenched my thirst!

As for the book, the writing style and narration is praiseworthy. I liked the way the author described the story from different aspects, from the POV of different characters, hence not allowing it to be monotonous. The base of the story, the plot that is, is immensely interesting and I'm literally craving to know what happens after this!

So yes, I'd very much like to recommend this book to every person exploring BGB, because if you do, you will not be disappointed! :)

Jul 15 '14
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Damini Majumdar

My pleasure. :)

Jul 17 '14
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Uday Satpathy

Thank you Vinny! Really appreciate.

Jul 16 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Humorous, light read. The dark humor is appreciable. The narrative is lucid. Seems like a good read!

Jul 15 '14
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