Review: Metro Diaries 2 by Namrata


About the Book:





Give life another chance. Laugh a little longer. let go of your past. Hold onto what you love. In short LIVE rather than just exist!

Some told, some untold, some heard and some unheard - this collection of stories will make you look at life in a different light and make you ponder over its definition of it till now.


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Quotes from Metro Diaries 2:

All the money his parents earned sadly could never buy a moment’s peace for any of them as they kept drifting away like lost constellations into the space. Together they surely were in a way, but light years away in every manner. There was absolutely no connection between them. They just were like every other thing that existed in the universe… the oceans, the sky, the earth, the stars, the sun and the moon. You couldn’t change anything about them even if you didn’t like the way they were. – The Last Kiss (Metro Diaries Part 2)

You are enough in everything and anything you do in this world. Others are here to serve as a distraction so that they reach their goals before yours and become winners. – The Last Kiss (Metro Diaries Part 2)

At times in life we always see what we are being shown and not what lies behind that cloak of disguise. We believe all that comes our way without doubting that there could be a trick or maybe just a hallucination. – Charlatan (Metro Diaries Part 2)

Life they say is a like a jigsaw puzzle and we are all like those pieces trying to find where we fit in. – Labour of Love (Metro Diaries Part 2)

Perhaps she had forgotten the thumb rule for survival here. There is nothing called yours here.  No will, no desire, no dreams, no ambitions….nothing. Not even your name. – The Plummet (Metro Diaries Part 2)

What else do you do when you are a teenager? Life seems to be one long party full of fun and frolic with your best friends all around. You just know your world is full of rainbow colours; sweetness of chocolates filling it and abundant beautiful dresses to doll you up.  Love and relationships take a different meaning altogether now making you look at everything around including yourself in newer light. – Love v/s hate (Metro Diaries Part 2)

I always felt I knew what I wanted in life. But today I realized how wrong I was. I was chasing mirages as the reality kept going away from me and now I am left with nothing in hand – Rags to Riches(Metro Diaries Part 2)

People make memories and then reach a phase where memories make people! – Mou Athena (Metro Diaries Part 2)



About the Author:



Namrata is A Lost Wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. A published author in various anthologies and magazines she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words. She is forever in pursuit of a new country and a new story.




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The Review:

I received Namrata Madhira’s Metro Diaries 2 as part of the b00k r3vi3ws tours but unfortunately I couldn’t read it. So I rescheduled my posting dates and ended up reading her book on my flight from Kolkata to Bangalore. And quite honestly, it was not what I had expected at all.
Each of the 20 stories had flavours of their own. I don’t what to give away too much of the amazing tales that is part of Metro Diaries 2. I’ll talk about a select few.

Charlatan – I really liked the story especially because of the epic plot twist. I cannot tell you how happy I felt reading that justice is sometimes served in the most unexpected of ways.
Stain of Love – I was actually crying by the time I finished reading this cute little story. So much so, that the flight attendant got a little alarmed and asked me if everything was alright.

The Cursed Existence – This was another story that struck home and stayed with me for a long, long time.

Child is the father of the man – This story gave me a reality check over the fact that my life is really easy. I shouldn’t spend my time cribbing about it.

Rags & Riches – Very honestly, the entire premise of the story was pretty unexpected. I didn’t think I’d be as drawn to the story as I was. It proved to be a really good read.

The Last Kiss – One of the saddest tales in the collection without a doubt. But one of the writer’s best works too.

In the end, I would advise people to pick up a copy of Metro Diaries 2 because of the different flavours each story has to offer. Some will make you cry, some will leave a smile on your face. Some will twist your heart in agony while others will give you hope that no matter what happens, life always gets a little better in the end. Many congratulations to Namrata di for this amazing little anthology. And many apologies to her too for posting this review so later.

Believe me, Di, if you are reading this, Metro Diaries 2 is one of my many reasons my Bangalore trip has become so very memorable.



Book Musings: 8 Life Hacks to SNEAK in EXTRA READING Time

Artwork: Souradeep Ghosh
You might read the title and go, “But why 8?” Because I am a writer and writers are weird. It’s our birthright, really. Or maybe it is because I cannot think of 10 ways, so make your peace with the 8 ways that I can offer you.

1. Carry your book with you all the time. 

This basically means having to invest in a larger handbag than the dainty little purses that you might have bought to take with you to parties. But c’mon people, are you really going to talk to people or will go straight to a corner and settle down with your book?

2. Learn to turn the pages of your book with the same hand that is holding the book!  

If you have take the metro to work like I have to on a daily basis, you have to be very, very optimistic to hope you’re going to get a place to settle down and read your book. My metro journey lasts for a solid 16 minutes and since I am a pretty fast reader, I decided to utilise that time to read. But since I am standing most of time, I taught myself to turn the pages of the book, with the same hand in which I’m holding it. For as you know, my other hand is too busy steadying me from falling over on my face!

3. Invest in a Kindle or a Nook Book. 

I am probably going to get a lot of hate for saying this but you should really buy a Kindle or a Nook Book or whatever eReader that catches your eye. You can actually carry around more than one book in them and they’re superior convenient to bring along. I mean, if it’s acceptable to bring your laptop everywhere, why not an eReader?

4. Download Reading Apps to your Phone. 

But if you just have to go to a party where bringing your big handbag or your eReader is going to be frowned upon, and you cannot fit the latest paperback into it...just download a reading app to your phone. I have the Kindle App on my phone and whenever I’m bored at parties, I just sit back and read the stories on my phone. 

5. Go to bed an hour early. 

Make yourself go to bed an hour early, just this one extra hour to get some reading done. It will feel all strange and weird at first but I can promise you that it will soon feel like a normal routine if you keep at the habit. 

6. Don’t go home straight after work. 

This might be one of my more terrible ideas but I have done it a couple of times, and it’s relaxing. Instead of going home from work take a detour and enter a quiet cafe. (One that doesn’t have teenagers talking loudly about their relationship problems, preferred.) Order a cup of coffee or tea, sit and read your book. 

7. Get everything done the night before and wake up early.

Don’t do this if you’re already staying up late to finish a book. But if you go to bed early, wake up early and once you get everything done – you’ll find a little time to just sneak in a chapter or two. Another way to be sure that you will get time in the morning to read is if you keep all your work ready the night before. Like, pick out your outfit, the shoes, the jewellery, make sure your lunch is packed and you bag is packed too.  

8. Make your Thank God It’s Saturday night an epic reading night.

Don’t keep any work for Saturday night. Instead stack up on snacks, and keep your to-be-read pile ready...and dig in. It’s a bookworm’s party...of one.

And there you have it. 8 life hacks to make sure you’re on top of your to-be-read pile...now excuse me, while I go and get some reading done! Also, on that note here's a sneak peek of my Bangalore Book Loot (the post for which would be up on my blog over this weekend!): 

Picture by: ME :) The Book Dragon!


Release Day Blitz: Metro Diaries 2 by Namrata


About the Book:





Give life another chance. Laugh a little longer. let go of your past. Hold onto what you love. In short LIVE rather than just exist!

Some told, some untold, some heard and some unheard - this collection of stories will make you look at life in a different light and make you ponder over its definition of it till now.


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Reviews for Metro Diaries 1:

After touching your hearts with 'Metro Diaries - Love Classics' she is back now with stories that will redefine life for you!

The stories in Metro Diaries - Love Classics are free from any trappings of youthful slang and fashionable language stunts. These young adults are speaking to the readers with Namrata’s maturity shining through, and Namrata’s ideas of love. - Sakshi Nanda 

The language is fairly pleasant to read and the elaborate discussions between characters in each story must have taken a lot of work – because the most difficult job of all authors is to bring out human emotions in proper words. Thankfully, Namrata has concentrated upon it very well! - Dhivya Balaji


About the Author:


Namrata is A Lost Wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. A published author in various anthologies and magazines she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words. She is forever in pursuit of a new country and a new story.




Contact the Author:
Website * Facebook * Twitter