Can Love Happen Twice By Ravinder Singh

Genre: Romantic, Fiction
Date Completed: 25th January, 2012
Overall Rating : 3.5/5
Can Love happen Twice? is second book by Ravinder Singh, a sequel to his first masterpiece “I Too Had A Love Story”. It was a much awaited book after the huge success of his first book which beautifully described his true love for his girlfriend. The book ended on a sad note when his girlfriend died and he went into a depression zone. Everyone had same question in their mind. “What happened to Ravin?” ” Will he find true love again?” “Can he, or a matter of fact anyone else, can have same feelings again after loving a girl so much?” 
This second book was going to be an answer to that.
The book is told as a narration of Ravin’s story by his friends during a radio program in Chandigarh on evening of Valentines day. 
‘Ravin’ after going through a big loss and then writing a book dedicated to his love was not able to come out of misery. And then after a long period of sorrow, he tries to come out of the phase and goes to onsite job to Belgium looking for a change in his life. Change in everything, his surroundings, people around him, the locations around him which reminded him of his past every now and then. Their he starts his life and very soon he finds someone to whom he is attracted after very long time. ‘Simar’ a MBA student  stays at a hostel which is very near to Ravin’s office. Destiny makes them meet again and again and slowly they get attracted towards each other. Simar, after knowing the past of Ravin, sees a very romantic and caring lover in him & Ravin finds everything cute and loavable in her. 
Suddenly, after staying there for 10 months, Ravin has to come back to India. The distance seems to add to their love. They had already decided to marry. When Simar comes to India, Ravin meets her rich parents in Gurgaon. But she, in herself, had a wish they would stay in Belgium without Ravin’s parents. He is not ready to agree to this. He tries hard to convince her but fails to do so. Finally exactly on the date his first love died, his second love ends with a breakup. He goes in depression and ends up in rehabilitation center.
My Views:
The book is written very well and tries to teach the youth to understand the real meaning of love and the importance of understanding each other and compromises to keep the love and happiness alive in a relationship. The story is very romantic and goes through the ups and downs of a relation as in real life. The author has not revealed that weather the story is a fiction or real. So we can say the part of the story is real. 
After a masterpiece is written and a benchmark set, it is very difficult to redo the magic. The narration in this book is also commendable and it is very hard to leave the book before finishing it. But the end could have been much better. The last few pages take some beauty out of the book.
Overall the book is a nice read. 

सपनों में मुलाकात

कल रात तुम मेरे सपने में थीं,
बेचैन सी हो कर बुला रही थीं मुझे,
अपने सपने में आने के लिए,
शिकायत थी तुम्हारी,
कि मैं कभी तुम्हारे सपने में क्यों नहीं आता,
“तुम्हारा दिल ही नहीं करता ना मुझसे मिलने को”,

कोशिश की थी मैने,
तुम सो रही थी,
पर मैं जानता नहीं कि सपनों में जाते कैसे हैं,
तुम्हारी नींद गहरी थी,
नहीं तो तुमसे ही पूछ लेता धीरे से,
और तुम इशारे से कोई रास्ता बताती,
और फिर नींद में ही मेरा नाम लेती,
और मैं जान जाता कि मैं तुम्हारे ख्वाबों में हूँ,

पर नहीं,
तुम्हारी नींद बहुत गहरी है,
थोड़ी बेचैन भी सी हो तुम,
धड़कनें भी तेज़ हैं,
जैसे किसी के पीछे भाग रही हो,
या जैसे कोई ट्रेन छूट रही हो,
उसी नींद में तुम आवाज़ देती हो मुझे,

याद आया,
तुम कोशिश कर रही हो मेरे सपने में आने की,
पर मैं अपनी कोशिश में जागता ही रह गया,
तुम वक्त की बहुत पाबंद हो,
मुझे भी समय से सोने की आदत डालनी चाहिए,

‘आपकामित्र’ गुरनाम सिहं सोढी
१७ जनवरी, २०१२

Princess By Jean Sasson

Genre: Biography
Date Completed 15th January, 2012
Overall Rating : 4/5

“Princess” is the first book of the trilogy by Jean Sasson dedicated to the Princess Sultana of the Saudi Arabia and reveals the cruel, extravagant, lavish and scandalous lifestyle of the men in the country. The author happened to be working in Saudi Arabia and came in contact of the princess who asked her to write a story on her life so that people all around the world may come to know the condition of women in the Arab Country. The story has been told in first person. This part of the trilogy deals with the childhood and early marriage life of the princess.
The narrator takes you through a full time travel and describes the history of Saudi Arabia and its various rulers. The plight of the women is described in very touchy words. Though the story is based in the royal palaces, still the life of the women is not more than a slave. The women are considered as objects to satisfy men and are supposed to live under their ruler-ship. The verses of Koran have been misinterpreted by men as per their convenience.
The social evils of polygamy, many children, preference to sons, buying and selling of brides has been explained in such a manner that the heart cries. For a first time reader who has not read or heard about Arab counteries, it is very difficult to believe the events described in the book.
My Review:
The story is narrated very nicely and takes you to inside the palace of royal family. I had seen the condition of women in Afghanistan so the events were not a big surprise but a lot of things are very shocking for first time reader on this kind of issue. That’s why it grabs your attention from beginning till the end.
The book opens our eyes on culture, society, and issues so far away from ours. How in the other part of the world, there are places where woman has almost no value. No voice. No future. No use but a sex object. And therefore, no meaningful existence.
It is to be noted that the book is not all sad and one smiles on the mischievous and troubling nature of the little princess. How she keeps troubling her evil brother and how she has a lot of dreams of bringing a revolution in her country to change the condition of women.
Overall a good read and a gripping narration but after completing the book i am not inclined towards reading the other two parts of the trilogy.

You Have Been Warned By James Patterson

Overall Rating : 2.5 stars
Date Completed: 7th January, 2012
The novel is a thriller/ suspense along with dealing about foreseen events in a dream.


Kristin is wannabe photographer who wants to work for a reputed magazine. “Don’t think, Just shoot” is what she has learned and seriously follows. She uses an old negative role camera for her passion. She lives with her camera all the time and whenever she is upset, her developing room in her apartment is the place where she goes and forgets the entire world outside it.

Till she gets a big break in any magazine,she works as a full time nanny to the Turnbulls looking after two very very sweet kids. Sean and Dakota.

You’ve been naughty, very naughty.
She has a major distraction from her career path. She has an affair with a married man. The man of her dreams is a business tycoon and keeps her has a keep. He is another reason of working as a nanny. He is the father of Sean and Dakota. Michael is always able to convince her that he will divorce his wife who is a annoying daughter of a rich man. He married her only for her money and her father’s reputation. 
You’ve been warned.

Her life changes when she dreams of an after murder events happening outside a hotel. The dreams are recurring and the events start happening in real. She starts seeing dead people from her past who keep on warning her about what she is doing. The photographs she clicks start showing the ghostly effects which don’t let her show the pictures to anyone because no one will believe them. A series of events occur because of which she also has to see a psychiatrist.

My Review:

The book is not the best work of James Patterson. The series of the events in the book are not gripping and lack a co-ordination amongst themselves. Dividing the book in 111 very very small chapters is a major turn off. Same scene goes into 10-12 chapters sometimes, which is really annoying. There seems a repetition of events many times. Her encounter with the Mrs. Turnbull and her kids is slightly interesting.
The positive things about the book is the keeping the mystery locked. The reader tries to guess the events but is not able to really get the picture of what’s going on.
The best part (and only good thing) of the book is the end. The author finally gets some grip over the novel. Everything starts making sense. Few questions which were repeated many times and gets really annoying are finally answered in the end. 

 Sometimes even a small thing becomes the life of a book and sometimes even a smaller mistake takes the life out of the book. This book is having fewer things to give it a life and many things to take it away. Read it only if you don’t have anything else with printed words.

एक टूटा सपना

एक बार मैनें लिखी थी एक कविता हमारे बारे में,
तुम्हारी हँसी को याद करके, कुछ तुम्हारे बारे में,

डायरी के पन्नों में कुछ किस्से लिखे थे,
तुम्हारी पिछली बातें पढ़ के,
कुछ तुम्हारी लिखीं सच्ची बातें,
अपने मन में सोची कुछ झूठी बातें गढ़ के,

तुमने कहा था तुम्हारी भोली कविताएँ सच्ची लगती हैं,
मैनें लिखा कि तुम्हारी ये बातें मुझे अच्छी लगती हैं,

तुमने एक बार मेरे नाम को छोटा करके बिगाड़ा था,
मैनें लिखा कि तुमने उस दिन मुझे प्यार से पुकारा था,

एक दिन किसी से नाराज़ और खुद से उदास थी तुम,
अपने बेवकुफियों से तुम्हे हँसाया था,
एक अजीब सा सुकून मिला था दिल को,
लिखा मैनें कि तुम्हारे आँसुओं को अपनी बातों से सुखाया था,

एक दिन रुठा था मैं और फिर उल्टा मैनें ही तुम्हे मनाया था,
उसे तुम्हारी प्यारी सी जीत कहकर अपनी यादों में बसाया था,

एक दिन तुमने अपने प्यार के बारे में मुझे बताया था,
मुझे लगा यूँ ही किसी का नाम लेकर मुझे चिढ़ाया था,

पर सच के पत्थर ने मेरी कल्पना का आईना चूर किया,
और धीरे-धीरे मुझे सपनों और तुम्हे मुझसे दूर किया,

शायद ये मेरा वहम था, मेरा ख्याल था,
पर शायद तुम्हें भी मेरे यूँ बदलने का मलाल था,

बदली ना तुम ना मैं,
बस मैं अपनी सोच पर हैरान था,
सब जानते हुए तुमने मुझसे कुछ क्यों ना कहा,
बस यही बात सोच कर परेशान था,

दोस्त कहा था मैनें तुम्हे,
पर दोस्ती तुम निभा गईं,
मुझे और तकलीफ से बचाने के लिए,
तुम खुद ही मुझसे दूर चली गई,

धीरे धीरे दूर हुई तुम मुझसे,
और मैं बस यूहीं देखता रह गया,
अपने झूठ को सच समझा,
और सपनों की दुनिया में अकेला रह गया,

बस वही कविताएँ बार बार पढ़ता रहता हूँ,
तुम्हे याद करके उदास होता हूँ,
तो कभी अपनी नासमझी पर हँसता रहता हूँ

‘आपकामित्र’ गुरनाम सिहं सोढी
१० जनवरी, २०१२