Friday, 6 July 2018

Book Review- Invisible Ties by Nadya A.R.

Our present is shaped by our past and our present lays the foundation of our future. No matter how hard you try and let go of your difficult past, it will continue to occupy some space in your future. That space may shrink and become really small over a period of time but it will remain significant. Unless you find something that is more significant than that dreadful past of yours, you will be stuck in a vortex of memories. Invisible Ties by Nadya A. R. is a beautiful and touching story of a girl who is stuck in the past by the invisible ties of unpleasant memories and struggles to find solace.

Noor, a young girl from Pakistan, is intelligent and sensitive but fails to apply her intelligence to relationships and emotions due to the tumultuous childhood. When she witnesses the death of a loyal driver while trying to save her mother from burglars, she is scarred for life. On her parent's insistence, she agrees to marry an investment banker and move to Singapore to find a better future. But she carries a piece of her past with her in her handbag. Little does she know that her future husband Meekal, like everyone else, is also struggling with unpleasant memories from the past. Unable to find happiness with each other, Meekal and Noor looks for it elsewhere.


Noor meets Ella and Jake and realises that everybody has some invisible ties from the past. And though one cannot completely get rid of those ties, one has to try and loosen the grip and move away from them as far as possible. 

The story is beautiful for its simplicity and honesty. The author draws visual imagery with her words and detailed descriptions. The story drags initially and it takes some effort to keep on reading but there seems a promise of something beautiful in the next pages and the promise is kept. The story gradually develops into a beautiful array of emotions. Noor tugs at your heart when she portrays herself as strong on the outside but is breaking within. The story is as beautiful and serene as the cover imagery. 

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About the Author: Nadya is an author, a psychotherapist and a motivational speaker. Her latest novel, Invisible Ties, has been published by Rupa Publications in August 2017. Nadya has written articles and submitted papers on different psychological constructs and topics in International conferences and workshops. She is married and has two children. Nadya divides her time between Singapore and Pakistan. She plans to do a doctorate in post-trauma stress disorder and study different theoretical models to understand its impact on people and their environment. Through her writing, she wants to make a positive change in the world. Currently, she is busy researching for, ‘The Sanctuary’, her next novel. (Source: goodreads)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from kaffeinated Konversations in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Book Review- License to Live by Priya Kumar

I am not a fan of motivational or self-help genre in books. Although I have read quite a few leading authors from the category, it is not something I pick up instantly. Mostly because of the “preaching” tone that most of these books have. Somehow that puts me off. So when the vendor at railway station vehemently recommended Priya Kumar’s “License to Live”, I sternly refused to even look at it. But then the vendor and I got talking about other books and I was drawn by the passion with which he was talking about them. So I asked him to tell me about this one again. He explained and offered a full refund if I didn’t like the book. He meant business because I am a regular buyer from that vendor and he offered to “paytm” the amount to wherever I was. No questions asked. And so this is how I ended up buying this one. And only 50 pages into the book, I realized that I am not taking any refund on it.