Review : The Bitter Pill Social Club by Rohan Dahiya

Racy, sassy, sexy and not for the faint hearted , the savage Kocchars are a force to reckon with. These South Delhi folks burn and fire. Wars are fought in Prada and Sabyasachi, words are swords and used to maim and kill.

Their Instagram worthy lives are all glitter and gloss. They are messed up, happy to be rich enough to afford their own drugs. Coke and alcohol give them solace and parties are an escape. Money is never an issue , the rich brats have what they want, even before knowing they want it.

Though the book can be confusing at times, Rohan Dahiya’s insights into these sparkling worlds of Swarovski crystals that can shatter anytime, is on point.

Brought up in the presence or absence of fucked up parents, the Kochhar kids are each a different level of fucked-up-ness.

Filthy rich with mildly good intentions, the Kochhars are a cowardly lot who practice escapism like professionals.

Comedy, confusion and entertainment a galore, The Bitter Pill Social Club is filled with quirky characters and messed grown ups.

Embroiled in the mess of their lives, and thrown together because of a wedding, can the Kochhar brood manage not to murder each other?


Zoya 😘

My Rating – 3.5/5

Publisher – Bloomsbury India

Author – Rohan Dahiya

Pages – 314

ISBN – 978-93-87457-66-9

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Bloomsbury India Blog Tour

Fine Saturday afternoons made finer by book mail. One that was also gift wrapped to reveal this absolutely stunning book.

The GORGEOUS cover of The Bitter Pill Social Club is everything a cover should be.

Sassy, Sexy and Savage, describe this black and pink beauty best.

I am just dying to delve in this book which promises to be super entertaining.

Title – The Bitter Pill Social Club

Author – Rohan Dahiya

Publisher – Bloomsbury India

Pages – 314

Publication Date – April 28th ,2018



Zoya 😘


Witness the private life of the world’s most beautiful animals.

You know exactly who they are. The ones who walk right past club lines, who get what they want before they ask for it. It’s a familiar cast: the centre of attention, the shameless flirt, the loudmouth, the narcissistic writer. You’ve seen them all. You’ve felt their Gucci-anointed aura. Laughing and dancing. Kissing the wrong people at the wrong time. Swaying to their own beat. Going out every night they’re sad. Finding solace in the crowd in a city paved with mildly good intentions and cocaine lines. A city of smooth talkers, armchair activists, and the rich brats of Instagram. A place to talk pop spirituality and purple prose in connoisseur-only jazz clubs.

The Bitter Pill Social Club takes a look at the lives of the Kochhar family, who find themselves drifting apart in the city of djinns, gins, and fake friends wrapped up in cigarette smoke. As one of their own gears up to tie the knot, three siblings come home to the neurotic parents who raised them. Meanwhile the parents face the family patriarch’s constant judgment. Divorce, disappointment, and disasters ensue as the entitled Kochhar brood dodges old lovers and marriage proposals.

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Mango People in Banana Republic by Vishak Shakti

A book that’s got it’s heart in the right places.

Having said that let me elaborate.

It’s the same story that Indian authors have fed us over the years. Guy in corporate job, hates his life, wants to escape, one fine day calls its quits.

But Ravi is not the average protagonist, he is one with an anal fistula and so he withdraws all his savings which is a hefty sum of seventy four lakh rupees and burns it all down. The technical jargon is detailed and gets to one sometimes though probably people who are acquainted with it my enjoy those parts.

Mango People in Banana Republic wins with it’s satire. The cynical Ravi with his sarcasm and his confusions is relatable, messy as well as adorable. The quirky title and cover are added perks.

After quitting his plush job, Ravi finds himself back in his hometown Vidarbha where farmers are dying from famine. His life takes him to the jungles of Dandakaranya, the hub of Maoists. Embroiled in the Maoist movement, a sympathiser or enemy of state, Ravi is certainly lost.

Searching for his personal identity is not as easy as it sounds. Set against the backdrop of a country struggling with the new and old, the rich and poor, the good the bad, Mango People in Banana Republic highlights all that is wrong with this country and more.

What I really love about the book is it’s tryst with spirituality, though seemingly far fetched to the normal mind is certainly true or atleast has been.

Shakti’s effort in trying to bring awareness among the readers about these massive differences that exist in our country is appreciable. He acknowledges the problems that we as a nation face ; and that is really important because most of us don’t know that it is existing. We are too busy leading our infinitesimally small lives without ever trying to bring about some change or to make a difference in the lives of others.

Well, sorry for the unrelated rant but I kind of get carried away sometimes.

Happy reading.


Zoya 😘

My Rating : 3.5/5
Author : Vishak Shakti
Publisher : The Write Place
Pages : 248

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Jukebox by Writersmelon

Pages- 183

Publisher- Readomania

ISBN- 9789385854330

The Jukebox by Writers Melon is a collection of short stories by budding writers in India.
Each story has a different tale to tell and will leave the readers in awe. It is an amazing read with a diversity of stories and gives us an insight into the complex psychological emotions that a human being goes through.

The language is very simple and there is a mellifluous flow in all stories. The 15 short stories in the book, all of then have a different element and keeps the reader hooked and ensures that you’ll be thinking about it even after the book is complete. The stories are well edited and the presentation is brilliant. It is a good read and I recommend this book to people who want something different to read.



Rating – 4/5

The Temple Bar Woman by Sujata Parashar

Pages : 240

Publisher : Vishwakarma Publications

ISBN : 9789386455420

The Temple Bar Woman by Sujata Parashar is a story about Radha, a school teacher, brutally gang raped by three men.
She later finds herself in Temple Bar, a brothel run by Habiba Bi. Radha manages to befriend Rakshit Singh, a politician and enters in the field of politics. With the help of Habiba Bi, a brillantly written character, she plans to take revenge on Vikram Singh, a politician, Shekhar and Manu who had raped her.

Radha has been depicted as a strong, fearless and brave woman who stands up against injustice and her wrongdoers. There are some dialogues which are very well written, powerful and hard hitting.

This novel presents to the readers the harsh reality of the society, and how we as a society have failed to accept rape survivors and sex workers. We get to see plight and ill treatment that women in our society get.

Though this book deals with a very strong yet sensitive topic, its predictablity from the very start makes it lose its essence.

The book has a few loopholes which could be fixed along with some editing errors. Character development is inept and small details are overlooked.

However the attempt of the author to highlight the lives of rape victims is praiseworthy as very few people find the courage to steer into such sensitive and important territory.

It’s a story that needed to be told and needs to be read, particularly in the light of recent events where rapes are escalating at an alarming rate. No one is being spared from the atrocity of the beasts who find it a merry sport to ruin the lives of girls, their families, the nation and traumatise them forever. Girls live in terror, wary of stepping out after dark, always feeling cowered when they see someone looking at them not innocently, adjusting their clothes and sending silent prayers to whatever God that protects us to keep protecting us.


Zoya 😘

My Rating -3/5 stars

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Review : On the Road to Tarascon by Arnab Nandy

Pages : 208

Publisher : Niyogi books

ISBN : 978-93-86906-15-1

A message on the hospitality exchange network called Couchsurfing dropped in on Neil’s phone on the Christmas of 2011.

Eva and Hannah, two German girls wished to explore the city of Kolkata and Neil was one happy host. Besotted by the dimpled Eva, he bid a teary goodbye to her when she left for Berlin.

Visiting Berlin for work, he chances upon Eva being followed by some strangers and he rescues her. His questions lead him to Claudia, Eva’s grandmother; her will and strange letters.

Each piece of the mytery leads to another and the quest for a painting begins, one that was destroyed in World War II, or the world thought.

One of Van Gogh’s masterpieces, On the Road to Tarascon, a self portrait of unquestionable beauty and excellence is at stake and unknown pursuers who are willing to stop at nothing are their competitors.

Authoring a beautiful thriller, with art at it’s heart, Nandy flits from past to present incorporating both in his story, rhytmically. His story spans 66 years and continents and takes the reader on a nail biting journey across the world.


Zoya 😘

Rating : 3.5 🌟

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Review: Absolution by John Loughlin

Pages : 191
Publisher : Olympia Publishers
ISBN : 978-1-84897-646-7

St. Oswald’s Roman Catholic Church, was a private estate under the domain of Fr Joseph Oliver. As a spiritual guardian his job was pretty easy considering the families were all God fearing generations of the parish.

This quiet place in the heart of North England would have been the ideal place if not for the presence of Tommy Chambers, who makes for Loughlin’s rough villain giving us a story.

On one side the cat and mouse chase between Inspector Pangdon and Chambers keeps the readers hooked while on the other the serenity of Fr Oliver makes one reflect on our actions.

It is the beauty of Loughlin’s writing, that keeps the reader hooked despite the criminal and the crime being exposed from the very beginning.

Absolution does have a number of characters which can make it a tad bit difficult to follow the storyline if you don’t finish the book in one go. A tight plot, interesting conversations, multifaceted characters make the book a good thriller and thus it earns 4 stars from me.


Zoya 😘

My Rating : 4/5 stars

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Review : Betrayals and Paybacks by Sana Shetty

Pages : 210
Publisher : Write India
ISBN : 9788193379165

Vedant is in Mumbai living and enjoying the city life. He returns to his apartment after a week of meetings and parties to hear a bombardment of messages on his answering machine.

He is shocked to hear from Jay, his best friend from the village who he had promised to not keep any contact with.

A series of frantic messages playing on his answering machine , each more confused than the last and each begging him to return to Tamara, the village they had all spent their childhood in.

A call to Jay’s home and Ved finds out that Jay is dead and Ved’s elder brother Tarun is missing.

A self loathing Ved finds himself in Tamara to find that the village of his childhood is not the same anymore. People have been keeping secrets, turning a blind eye to everything as murders are named suicides and cases are closed.

He turns to Misha, his childhood sweetheart and Jay’s sister , who still hates him for his unceremonious leave.

Only Misha and Raunak, her fiance who is a police officer can help Ved find out the truth behind Jay’s death and find his missing brother.

The three have to solve the crime before the body count goes up and time is short. Everyone has their mouths sealed and no one is to be trusted.

Sana Shetty has spun a tale of murder and secrets in a quiet village where nothing ever happens to the hub of crimes. Bodies pile up and no one questions anything. It is up to Ved to find his brother and get justice for Jay.

Fast paced and well written, Shetty has weaved a gripping story in the heart of India. It is a story of love, betrayal, brotherhood, friendship.


Zoya 😘

My Rating – 3.5/5 stars

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Travelogue : Sikkim Day 6

A bright, new day welcomed us and we got into our attires for the day.

Putting on my leather jacket and feeling rather adventurous I got into the car on the lookout of some fun.

Fast forward to the Khecheopalri Lake which had also had an ongoing fair.

We looked for knick knacks and bought nothing and went forward through a thin lane to reach the lake.

We were engrossed in the beauty of lake and enjoying feeding the fishes when someone dropped their new phone in the lake.

What followed was a lot of crying, running around etc trying to rescue the device from the lake alas to no use. In all this mayhem I forgot the very objective I came for, I forgot to make a wish in the Wishing Lake.

Kanchenjunga Falls came next and we ziplined. Yayyyyyy. This experience was real good after the whole trip of sightseeing it felt good to be doing something. It refreshed my previous experience of ziplining almost half a decade back and it was definitely welcome.

On the way back we found some beautiful cherry blossoms and ‘Oh God! What lovely trees! It was like confetti on a mountain top, so pleasing to the eye.

Lastly we went to the Pemayangtse Monastery. Monasteries hold a special lure for me considering the immense peace I feel while I am in them.

I spent a lot of time there immersed in my thoughts, just feeling the magic of the place, when it was time for us to leave and we got back to our hotel.

Since it was our last day in this amazing place we had to make the evening special.

We indulged in a hotel room girl photo session fooling around, making dirty and lame jokes, gossiping and just blah, blah, blah.

Late at night we sat in our balcony sipping some hot coffee, warming our souls with deep conversations of friendships, future, love, family, ideas and a multitude of other things and dreams of coming back again.


Zoya 😘

Travelogue: Sikkim Day 5

Carrying the tranquil of the previous day in our hearts we set forth for Pelling.

The weather was pleasant and we were going through the spiral roads. As we went we saw innumerable tea gardens.

Now I am a person who drinks tea for all purposes. Feeling sleepy- drink tea, can’t sleep – drink tea, feeling hungry- drink tea, just had food- drink tea.

I don’t need any reason for tea. Tea is life. Quite literally.

The next stop was at the statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Namchi. Again a very peaceful place where one would like to sit and meditate or just reflect on life.

I got back into the car viewing the Kanchenjunga from far, far away with my new driver literally propelling me into depression. He made me seriously consider what the hell was I doing with my life if I wasn’t in a loving relationship or was not suffering from a bad breakup. Ugh! I seriously missed the other one who had been driving us around all this while. That guy really had some good music taste.

We visited Char Dham next where beautiful replicas of the temples of Char Dham have been created.

The last stop for the day was Buddha Park which again is a place of great beauty and a place where you can indulge in introspection.

After a lunch of horrible thukpa in a shady place on the highway we traversed through the stunning roads of Ravangla. The whole place looks straight out of a Bollywood movie of the yore.

We were quite tired by the time we stumbled back into our hotel. This was the fourth hotel in four days. We were quite literally living out of a bag. We decided to call it a day and chilled in our pretty balcony for the rest of the evening.


Zoya 😘