Book Promotion | Sample Chapter | Once Upon a Pandemic | Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – Battling the Pandemic 4th May 2020, 01:33 HOURS Another day of grocery, which means two weeks of anxiety. When the first lockdown was announced, I had no ration, except for two square meals. As I live alone, it was around 6:30 that I learned about the announcement. The shutdown time was 7…

Book Promotion | Sample Chapter | Once Upon a Pandemic | Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – Ranting Woman     13th April 2020, 02:14 HOURS “Go Corona, Go,” scares the Coronavirus. Not for me. “Go, Corona” is not a chant to rid of Corona. It is to laud the change it has brought – for reminding us of the basics; for teaching us to be socially responsible; for…

Book Promotion | Sample Chapter | Once Upon a Pandemic | Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – How a rumour turned into a Pandemic 7th MARCH 2020, 22:33 HOURS I do not read the newspaper much, because it makes me hyperventilate; I become restless, and it results in more severe insomnia than I already have. Being a smart woman, I skip news and newspaper thereby avoid spikes in my…

Book Announcement | Once Upon a Pandemic | Once Upon a Time Book 2

Description I am Zoya Sehgal, another romance author around the block…   Since childhood, I have nursed a dream to become an author. I do write regularly and have several manuscripts sitting on my hard drive for years.    I plan my life in 5-year-blocks.   Top school@15  Graduation and job@20  Marry@25  Have a baby@30  Quit job and move out of India@35  Start a new career as…

Book Promotion | Sample Chapter | Once Upon a Crush | Chapter 4

Chapter 4 – Two for Eloping     Ubaid inhaled deeply and the station smell entered his lungs; a peculiar smell that can be felt only on Indian railway stations, a unique combination of frying vada pav, simmering tea, sweat, and toilet. He tapped his feet impatiently. The train was on time and yet he…

Book Promotion | Sample Chapter | Once Upon a Crush | Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – On a Dark & Stormy Night       Hiba fluffed the pillow, looked around one last time and picked up her bag. She quickly checked the contents crossing a mental checklist. Alright, it’s time! She found her mother in the kitchen, preparing for dinner. Hiba stood in the doorway. “I am…

Book Promotion | Sample Chapter | Once Upon a Crush | Chapter 2

  Chapter 2 – Dealing with a Scandal   3rd July 2018 He’s only twenty-two but look at the ruckus he has caused. Ayesha Khan tried to commit suicide, leaving a note that blamed Ubaid. Ahmad and Saira Sayyed were as devastated as could be. Thankfully, the suicide attempt had failed, and Ayesha’s life was…

Book Promotion | Sample Chapter | Once Upon a Crush | Chapter 1

  Chapter 1 – A Love Letter, A Quarrel, A Suicide     2nd December 2015 Hiba Sayyed rushed to her best friend Naina’s house. “Naina, I have received a letter from a guy that lives in the next lane,” she announced excitedly. “Throw it away,” Naina replied without even bothering to look up. “No!”…

Book Description | Once Upon a Crush | Once Upon a Time Book 1

Bold and beautiful, feisty and fiercely competitive; Hiba Sayyed is all set to join VIT, Pune as first-semester Computer Science MTech student. Tall and dark, handsome and rich; Ubaid Sayyed is all set to join at Informatica, Pune as a Human Resources executive. He has an inherent giving nature, especially when it comes to the…

Book Announcement | Once Upon a Crush

Hello guys, I have decided to revive my author dream because… Why not? I’ve been busy doing a million other things except writing. But I’m back to my storytelling mode, this time with a series, because why not? Hey, people say that series works on KDP. I’m going to try that now and be more…

Book Review | RAHAT MILI | Sundari Venkatraman

Book Details Author Profile Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 41 titles (37 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on…

Book Review | MEETHI LAGAN TEEKHI CHUBHAN | Mrs Sohail Khan

Goodreads Link: Meethi Lagan Teekhi Chubhan Characters Yasha Andrabi The beauty queen, our heroine. Yazdan Shah The secretive rich man, our hero Khawar Andrabi Yasha’s father Bina Andrabi Yasha’s sister Shafa Andrabi Yasha’s sister Wafa Andrabi Yasha’s sister Jasera Malik Yasha’s BFF Shameem Khawar’s sister Gulrez and Gurzaib Shameem’s sons. Gulrez is good and hardworking…

Book Review | Mera Bakht Bhi Tu Mera Takht Bhi Tu | Mrs Sohail Khan

Characters Tan-eem Qidwayi The beauty queen, our heroine. Zaim Qidwayi Handsome multi-faceted man, our hero Setting Lucknow, India Plot Summary & My Commentary Taneem’s father marries her mom against his parents’ consent and his family sort of cuts him off. They have a great life in New Jersey, until one day… Taneem plans to bring…

Book Review | Mohabbat Ho Bhi Sakti Hai | MOHABBAT HO BHI SAKTI HAI | Mrs Sohail Khan

Mohabbat Ho Bhi Sakti Hai by Mrs Sohail Khan   Characters Asna The beauty queen, our heroine. She is studying fashion designing. Zuhair Thangal Billionaite bad boy, our hero Plot Summary & My Commentary Asna is forced to marry her step mom’s nephew, Zuhair. Zuhair argues with her on the first night. They live like strangers….

Book Review | Bandh Gaya Tere Daaman Se Mera Aanchal | Mrs Sohail Khan

Characters Aleezah Hassan The spoilt brat, our heroine Bashaar Muneer Our hero Setting Bangalore (India) and Rome (Italy) Plot Summary & My Commentary Aleezah lives with her grandpa when her parents die in an accident. She is a rotten kid (what else is new). She is on her way back to home and gets lost…

Book Review | Khwab Gulab Baney | Mrs Sohail Khan

Khwab Gulab Baney by Mrs Sohail Khan Characters Alweena Kazim The beauty queen, our heroine. She is studying fashion designing. Kazim Khan Alweena’s father Rameez Iftekhar  The snake charmer, our hero Huzaifa Alweena’s fiance Tarooba Rameez’s sister Dr Adnan Tarooba’s colleague Plot Summary & My Commentary Alweena is filthy rich, as usual. She is engaged…

Best of 2019

There are too many, because I am easily amused and impressed. These 5 events stand out for the happiness and / or amusement that they brought. Alif Yes, Alif is the best thing that happened in 2019. First, it increases traffic for book review. Once HAR PAL GEO announced the airing date for the drama,…

2019 As a Writer

I didn’t write much, not fiction at least. I focused my energies more on the blogging side and reading, than actually writing stories. I have written a few but they are not published yet. I published 11 books in 2019. Hopefully 2020 turns out better. Sigh! Shabana Mukhtar

Book Review | Haalim | Nemrah Ahmed

Non review Rant It has been ages since I reviewed the last episode of this novel and I have been meaning to review it, but couldn’t. The goal was to review it in 2019 but I failed. There are various factors. Procrastination has become a second nature to me. It is no easy feat reviewing…

2019 As a Reviewer

I went berserk as a reviewer. There were books that I read and then we’re dramas, telefilms, web series and everything else under the sun. I reviewed, a LOT. Books I read ~180 books and posted reviews on Goodreads. There are some reviews that I posted on TOMU. Others, I didn’t. Alif By Umera Ahmed…