Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Book Review Secret of the Scribe by Douglas Misquita


Book Review: Secret of the Scribe by Douglas Misquita

*Publisher: Frog Books *ISBN: 978-93-81836-10-1 *Publication Year: 2012 *No of Pages: 332 *Cover: Paper Back *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Thriller *Price: 245 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

I think India has got his own Dan Brown as Douglas Misquita. Marvelous another good read from Misquita. After completing Haunted I picked this book, I liked writing style of the author, the way he conveys any scene is excellent. The action scenes are so vividly described, it Sims you are watching a movie. The book is a mixture of history, adventure and thriller. A gripping storyline fast paced un putdown able and page turner from the beginning. A well researched book on Egyptian Gods. The plot is excellent; something new to read i.e. nanotechnology gathering and extracting information from the brain also an imaginative huapa tribe is very well described by the author.  I highly recommend this book to mystery and thriller lovers.

Note: It’s a spoiler free review.

P.S.: A heartily thanks for both the books (Haunted and Secret of the Scribe), provided by Douglas Misquita for honest review.

Blurb:

A cave-expedition to the remote borders of China and Tibet unearth enigmatic discs that are believed to be of extraterrestrial origin. But their discovery is quickly squashed and erased from official records. When venture capitalist Mark Steinberg launches Linguistic, Inc, and unveils cutting-edge nanotechnology based communications, an enthralled human race is ready to proclaim the written and spoken word a thing of the past.

But unknown to the world, Linguistic is setting the stage for total control.
Leading the scattered resistance movement, Lance Michener wants to shut down the Linguistics network before the damage is total and irreversible.
At the center of the conflict is the hunt for the mythical Book of Thoth – the Book of Wisdom of the Gods; a Book that contains the secrets of the language of all earthly species and languages yet unknown.
And as Linguistics ushers in an era of global mind control, the race is on to prevent The Book from falling into the wrong hands.
 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Book Review: Haunted by Douglas Misquita

Book Review: Haunted by Douglas Misquita




Book Review: Haunted by Douglas Misquita

*Publisher: Frog Books *ISBN: 978-93-80154-95-4 *Publication Year: 2011 *No of Pages: 372 *Cover: Paper Back *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Thriller *Price: 350 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

An excellent plot, the entire story is so gripping that readers desperately feels to move on next page. An action packed, fast paced novel. The author’s way of describing the whole thriller is really awesome; he knows what readers want to read. Command on the language is good.
The crime scenes are described with good narrative. Sometimes it seams like you are watching a Hollywood movie. FBI, terrorism, suspense, revenge, loyalty, helicopters, ships, CIA, etc every ingredient needed for thriller is very well intertwined in the book. Each and every character has given due importance.   

One of the best things which I liked is about underwater action mentioned in the book. A must read for the fan of mystery, detective and action-thrillers.       

NOTE: It’s a spoiler free review, so grab the book, I guarantee you will not regret. 

Blurb:

FBI Special Agent Krik Ingram’s life is torn apart when his family is brutally murdered before his eyes. Devastated physically and psychologically, he vows to destroy organised crime in all forms.

Across the globe, an international trade house brings terrorist activities and organised crime together in a deadly nexus that threatens to bring the world-order to the point of anarchy.

And only one man stands in the way of global terror and paranoia – one man seeking redemption, and waging a personal battle against the demons of his past...

About Author:

Douglas Misquita holds an MBA in Information Technology and Systems and a Bachelor in Electronics Engineering and is currently working in the telecommunications industry. Haunted is his first published work and was written while the author was in engineering college and reworked for publication. Besides writing, Douglas is an avid musician — playing the guitar and harmonica, and enjoys singing, composing and arranging music, watching movies and loves travelling to places steeped in history.

Find out more at
www.douglasmisquita.com






Friday, 14 November 2014

Review: Fall like a rose petal by AVIS Viswanathan

Review: Fall like a rose petal by AVIS Viswanathan

*Publisher: Westland Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-84030-44-5 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 279 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Self-help *Price: 350 *Rating: 3.5/5

My view:

After a long time I have got a chance to review the book on self-help. This book of AVIS is an incredible journey of a family, how to survive at the time of penury, bankruptcy and a constant nagging from creditors. Avis Viswanathan a life coach and inspirational speaker who provides coaching to top entrepreneurs, who himself is the victim of penniless, but the author inspires the readers through this book that even in this situation also, never underestimate your willpower, have trust in a God, everything will be alright.

What started as a diary by Avis to his children Aashirwad and Aanchal is now what we have got as a Fall like a rose petal. It’s a series of letters from dad to their children about challenges he has faced everyday. Friends become foe when author was unable to return his money, a court notice from creditors, loan from mafia and confession to mafia about his situation. Friends also helped them when car was impounded by the bank; one friend paid the fees of his son who was studying abroad.      

Seriously, it requires tremendous guts to confess by writing a book about ‘penury’, clash between Avis and her mother, taunting words from his brother and sister. This is one of the best inspirational books; giving only one incident from the book i.e. the author survived with only meagre cash of Rs 500. Also at the time of adversity God has always rescued them from devastating circumstance (miracles do happen). 

One of the best thing which I liked about the book where author has acknowledge the 179 creditors, to whom author has described as an Angels who has helped to survive and find meaning of life and awaken his spiritual journey.

Blurb:

In early 2008, the author AVIS Viswanathan and Vaani - his soul-mate, friend, wife and business partner - were staring at a bankruptcy of their Firm. A series of business decisions had literally brought them to the brink of penury. This book is their story. It captures learnings from this excruciatingly painful.

Life-changing, phase that they are still going through. It also explores the nature and continuum of Life. There is no beginning to the story. There is no end either. There are simply experiences. Of hopelessness. Of fear. Of insolvency. Of pennilessness. And also of faith, patience, love, companionship, abundance and soul. Of integrity and of leading a principled Life, despite temptations to take the ‘easy way’ out of painful or messy situations. This book has been written to share how AVIS and his family have learned to be happy despite their circumstances. You too can benefit from their learning, and experience, and discover the right way of thinking, living, working and winning in Life - for yourself!

About Author:

Viswanathan, 47, is a Life Coach, an inspired speaker, author and organizational transformation consultant who leads change management, culture and leadership development mandates in the corporate sector globally. He is currently a Principal Consultant at a v initiatives, a Specialist Consulting Firm that inspires Workplace Happiness.

AVIS is a well-known and acclaimed speaker whose Talks invoke soul, provoke thought and inspire action among the audiences he addresses. In the past, AVIS has been ranked among the Top Ten Motivational Speakers in India by The Week magazine.

AVIS says he always lives inspired by Life!
He describes himself as follows:
Student: Learning from Life...
Coach: Awakening People to the Right Way of Thinking, Living, Working and Winning...

Motivational Speaker: Inspiring Happiness...

Author: Sharing Life’s Lessons with those who pause to reflect…

Consultant: Specialist in Individual and Organizational Transformation...
He sums up intelligent living in a line: ‘Have Integrity of Purpose, All Else Will Follow.’

AVIS’ first book, ‘Fall Like A Rose Petal – A father’s lessons on how to be happy and content while living without money’ has been published by Westland.



Monday, 10 November 2014

Spotlight: Beyond School by Chitra Anand


Spotlight: Beyond School by Chitra Anand

Title:  Beyond School
Author: Chitra Anand Category: Fiction
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing   Date: 2014 Price: Rs 124 Pages: 201
ISBN -10: 9383562404
ISBN-13: 978-9383562404

About The Book:

Beyond School centres upon the weeks leading up to 17-year-old Shail s final board exams, as his world becomes a pressure-cooker and the weight of preparing for the exams sends him fleeing rebelliously in the other direction. Along with Shail s journey from boyhood to manhood, Beyond School vividly weaves between the narratives of four main characters, seamlessly uniting the past and present of Shail, his parents-Urmila and Sushil and his mentor-Gladys, in a story that is honest, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately, incredibly human.

About the Author:

Chitra Anand was born in Mumbai. She is a postgraduate in Physics and holds an Education degree. Beyond School is her first novel inspired by her journey as an educator.

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About The Book:

Beyond School centres upon the weeks leading up to 17-year-old Shail s final board exams, as his world becomes a pressure-cooker and the weight of preparing for the exams sends him fleeing rebelliously in the other direction. Along with Shail s journey from boyhood to manhood, Beyond School vividly weaves between the narratives of four main characters, seamlessly uniting the past and present of Shail, his parents-Urmila and Sushil and his mentor-Gladys, in a story that is honest, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately, incredibly human.

About the Author:

Chitra Anand was born in Mumbai. She is a postgraduate in Physics and holds an Education degree. Beyond School is her first novel inspired by her journey as an educator.

Copies Available at all online stores:

Know More Inside Stories, Connect with The Author:

Twitter: @chtranand

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Review: Yatrik the Traveller by Arnab Ray


Review: Yatrik the Traveller by Arnab Ray

*Publisher: Westland Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-84030-50-6 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 262 *Cover: Paper Back *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 295 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

“Best” a thought provoking book. This book is something like watching your life as a movie, where you are given a choice to select three incidents of your life. Anushtup Chatterjee the protagonist of this novel selects two childhood events and one adult. Something like Anushtup is doing his own Post-mortem of his events or rather important incidents of his life.   

The way of expressing this whole event is excellent i.e. life after death is totally outstanding and this is first time I have read something new in a novel where after death events has been perfectly portrayed by the author. Although I have read many real incident books on life after death but in this novel ‘yatrik’, author has very well intertwined the whole story perfectly. 

Somewhere I thought unnecessary importance is given to politics by the author, and because of that it seams novel has been stretched little bit. In many ways this novel is a good satire for the Indian society, true reality of pressure and “how will society think about us if we behave differently from them” is very well described by the author. This is an every Indian story; many times you will find that you have gone through these types of incidents.

The pace of the book is fast and engaging from the very first page, character build-up and writing style is good, you will never get bored.

It’s a spoiler free review so not providing the plot of this novel. Grab this book, you will not regret. A must read for middle class Indian citizens.
        
Blurb:

‘Anushtup Chatterjee, I am really sorry to have to tell you this. But you have died.’

Anushtup Chatterjee is thirty-two years old. He hates his mother. His job is a dead end. And his girlfriend has left him.

Then one silent moonlit night, he wakes up in a deserted field in the middle of nowhere, with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. His wallet is gone. So is his cell phone.

He is not alone though.

There is another man there, a stranger with a gentle voice and a humble moustache, who has something rather unbelievable to say to him.

That he, Anushtup Chatterjee, has already died.

Mysterious and poignant, Arnab Ray’s latest work of fiction Yatrik is a story about hope and aspiration, love and regret, of the choices we make and those that life makes for us.

About Author:

Arnab Ray, better known as Greatbong, is one of India's most widely read bloggers who blogs at Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind. He is known for his sarcastic takes on the Indian film industry, Indian politics and society in general. His blog was awarded the "Indiblog of the Year" at Indibloggies in 2006[1] and 2008. He has written for several media outlets like the Washington Post, Outlook magazine and Live Mint. He graduated from Jadavpur University as a Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering and went on to finish his PhD in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is presently employed as a research scientist at the University of Maryland and resides in the suburbs of Washington DC. His first book "May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss", published by Harper Collins, was on India Today's Bestsellers list.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian #Book #Review

 
God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian Book Review

*Publisher: Penguin Books *ISBN: 978-0-143-42139-9 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 310 *Cover: Paper Back *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 299 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

Exceptionally, this is the best book so far I have read about Ravi Subramanian. You will never resist until last page. All the previous work of Ravi has Banking as a core subject, while this book focuses on new concept i.e. the virtual currency of online world “Bitcoin”, although banking is also a part of this book. If you are unaware of Bitcoin, this book will provide good knowledge on it. Author has done an extensive research on Bitcon. The plot is excellent where reader feels to know by turning the page, that who is pulling the strings.

The novel begins with a discussion between CEO’s of Visa International and MasterCard. Novel progresses with the death of US Senator, Gillian Tan. While in India Swami the head of retail banking of NYIB (New York International Bank) in Mumbai gets a message of scam, swami reports the scam to CEO Malvika. Novel gets its pace with lead character of Sundeep and Aditya who runs a gaming company in India. Varun the son of Aditya a genius and a drug dealer meets Tanya the daughter of Malvika.

The turning point of the book is the death of Malvika, Tanya thinks her mother is being murdered with the help of finance minister of India. While in New York the biggest ATM heist occurs at the same time. Adrain Scott of FBI and Kabir Khan of CBI in India investigate the whole matter. The plot of the book is interwoven with gaming industry, banking, US Senator, FBI, CBI, finance minister of India, love, betrayal, revenge and few elements of terrorists.    

The chapters are small and the novel is fast pace without any difficult jargons. The book gives a good knowledge on high profile banking jobs, gaming industry and emerging bitcoin market.  A must read for those who loves thriller novels. 

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Blurb:

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CORSS GAMER, BANKER, POLITICIAN AND TERRORIST WITH VIRTUAL MONEY?

From the bestselling author of If God Was a Banker comes the first ever bitcoin thriller. God is a Gamer is a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villains, predators are prey, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as its seems.

Moving from Washington’s Congress to Delhi’s finance ministry, the beaches of Goa to the corporate boardrooms of Mumbai, this is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.

About Author:

Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime. His latest book God is a Gamer, releases on September 12th.

Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.

Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen year old daughter Anusha.

You can reach author:

Twitter – @subramanianravi

Website: http://www.authorravis.com/

Monday, 13 October 2014

Love Last Forever..... by Vikrant Khanna Book Review

 
#Review Love Last Forever.... by Vikrant Khanna
*Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors *ISBN: 978-93-82665-17-5 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 248 *Cover: Paper Back *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 150 *Rating: 4/5

Plot:

The protagonist Ronit, a naval student instantly falls in love with Aisha on his collage graduation day. Aisha is also the sister of his enemy and a batch mate Priyank. After seven years in relationship they decides to marry, but just after the week of his marriage Ronit thinks he has done a big mistake by marrying Aisha. So to run away from his wife, Ronit takes a voyage, even though knowing that ship will sail through the route of Somalia. Unfortunately Somalian pirates hijack their ship, where Ronit hears the love story of his captain and his tragic end. Ronit realizes his mistake and starts a new life after returning from his voyage.    

My view:

This is a must read for those who are in relationship, planning to marry their loved ones, who are on an edge of divorce and for today’s teens who are not serious for their life. Tears rolled through my eyes while reading this book, it’s an eye opening book typically for the Indian married man who generally gives my more importance to family tradition. I think disputes arise only after lover becomes a husband.

This is a page turner book. The writing style of the author is excellent, fast paced and without any difficult jargons. The way of expressing the story i.e. past and flashback of the captain is excellent. Every character has given a due importance. It’s not a sad story, many a times hilarious events are also mentioned in the book which rejuvenates your spirit to read further. The most funny chapter I liked, is 21st the platonic honeymoon, you must read this. The titles of every chapter are perfect with dates and place of incident is mentioned on it. Generally we are used to positive or favourable outcome at the end of the story so one can easily predict the end of the story. The plot is completely different from the typically love story, rather it’s a mixture of love story with household disputes (i.e. sas-bahu ingredients). It’s a perfectly interesting read.

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Blurb:

So you think your love can last forever…?

Get married!

Eighteen-year-old Ronit falls madly in love with Aisha the moment he meets her at his graduation day from a naval college. He believes he has found his perfect soul mate, and come what may, his love for her will last forever. Seven years later, he gets married to her. Big mistake! A week later, he completely hates her and believes she has turned into a devil.

But his perception about love and life change when he hears the poignant love story of Shekhar, his Captain, on a ship that later gets hijacked by the pirates of Somalia. As they are left fighting for their lives; they confront if love truly can last forever…? But does it get too late?

About Author:

A Sailor by profession and a writer by passion, Vikrant has penned two novels before this. He lives in Delhi with his family.
You can get in touch with him at www.vikrantkhanna.com

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Review: Manhattan Mango by Madhuri Iyer

 
Review Manhattan Mango by Madhuri Iyer 

*Publisher: Finger Print *ISBN: 978-81-7234-512-9 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 274 *Cover: Paper Back *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 250 *Rating: 3.5/5

My view:

Good very nice and cheerful book to read in leisurely hour. The story revolves between three friends Shankar (shanks), Shrikant (Shri) and a Casanova of the book Neel, along with them there is Shefali, daughter of a wealthy businessman, Vivian a chine’s girl, Dr. Natasha, Layla, Ryan and Paolo. This is the story of their life in Manhattan where they work for a decent living. It’s a fast paced with good character build up and also given a due importance to each one. The characters are buzzing and with a full of energy.

If you liked the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, then I am dam sure you will like this book. The book reminds bonded friendship, struggling days of job and job recession of US.
 
Also I was bit confused between two characters i.e. shanks and shri. The cover page of the book is excellent three friends watching Manhattan towers from their window.

Overall it’s a wonderful read; the book is a mixture of desi and vedeshi material. I highly recommend this book to readers. I have received this book from writersmelon.com as a winner of contest #Manhattan Mango. 

Blurb:

Q. What happens when three ambitious, high-achieving, 20-something Mumbaikars become New Yorkers?

A. MADNESS

Zipping through life’s ups and downs like a high-speed elevator during rush hour, buddies Shri, Shanks, and Neel hold on to each other, and their sanity, with a bro-hood bonding the chipkos them togher, fevicol se.

Neel’s the driven hedge fund guy, with a weakness for scotch and women. Tam Brahm Shanks, a techie, falls for the “wrong” girl. Good Son Shri, a banker, holds a secret he means to take to his grave. Their intertwined lives buzz with high-voltage drams-explosive secrets, super-charged romances, and a-fuse-a-minute meltdowns.

There’s alcohol-fuelled passion, Devdas style. Inter-racial hook-ups. Even a fake affair, because money can’t buy the real thing. When their skyscraper-sized dreams are tested, their friendship is at stake. Their jobs are on the line. Their love lives are on the rocks.

This “desified” saga of friends in Manhattan is like the city’s rapid transit express subway line. You won’t want any stops in between.

About Author:

Madhuri Iyer completed her O levels from the London University and graduated in Applied Arts from Sophia Polytech, Mumbai.

She has worked for over twenty years as a copywriter-creative director in Mumbai, Dubai, and Canada, in agencies like FCB-Ulka, Lowe Lintas, Everest Saatchi, Clarion McCann, and Cossette Inc. Currently, she consults for advertising agencies on creative projects.

Madhuri has edited and contributed recipes and case studies to Penguin’s Four-Week Countdown Diet. She has also edited fitness books for the Times of India Group. Her first book Pink Champagne was published by Indireads, an online imprint. Manhattan Mango is her second work of fiction.
  

Saturday, 20 September 2014

60 Minutes by Upendra Namburi Book Review

 
60 Minutes by Upendra Namburi Book Review

*Publisher: Westland Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-84030-24-7 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 361 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 350 *Rating: 2/5

My View:

While surfing through the net, I came to know that 2 big blogger sites are promoting or providing the books to the readers, I thought it would be a good reading material, but I am disappointed. The book is full of confusion, also the product selection for marketing in the book i.e. detergent powder is not appealing.

60 Minutes is the story of Agastya, the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of FMCG Company BCL, he is about to launch the most important product of his career, which is going to scheduled in 60 minutes. Maithilli is the love affair or rather mistress of Agastya, threatens him to disclose his affair to his wife and media if he doesn’t give 15 crores within 60 minutes. And the third one is Sailesh, the arch rival and CMO of Stark is all set to destroy Agastya’s career within 60 minutes of his product launch.

The book is very confusing from the beginning; also the plot is very complicated. This story is about corporate politics, sales, share market, jealousy, competition and infidelity; it is described in 60 minutes time frame. The book is about two top rival FMCG companies. I didn’t find the story build up of Sailesh. I was bit confused between past and present, when you thing that story is griping, suddenly it moves somewhere into past or present. And the most disappointing part of the book is it’s ending, how could you thing that rivals are sitting together and having a drink.

If you are from marketing profession then you will like the book otherwise please don’t waste your time (I have wasted it). Frankly, I didn’t like the book at all. If I don't have to write the review of this book, I would keep this book on far corner of my shelf. I got this book from writersmelon.

Blurb:

Successful, brash and ferociously ambitious, Agastya is the poster-boy for corporate success. As the chief marketing officer of one of the biggest FMCG companies he is all set for the most important product launch of his career when things spin out of control. 60 Minutes is all he has to save his job and his marriage.

Beautiful and intelligent, Maithili has never had much luck in love. When Agastya takes things too far and almost crushes her spirit, Maithili must avenge herself. 60 Minutes is all she needs to turn his life upside down.

An unlikely adversary, Sailesh is a mathematical genius and an expert strategist. His academic temperament is unsuited to corporate rivalry and subterfuge but he is forced to retaliate when someone crosses the line. He has 60 Minutes to destroy his foe.

High-profice jobs, reputations, relationships and marriages are at stake. Stealth, blackmail and secret liaisons exposed. Emotions mired in doubt and ambitions entangled in hostility. As the battle for supremacy continues, who will falter, who will persist and who will come out on top?

A ONE-OF-A-KIND CORPORATE DRAMA WHERE ALL THE ACTION WILL UNFOLD IN SIXTY RACY MINUTES.

About Author:

Upendra Namburi is a sales & marketing professional who has launched over twenty new products and participated in setting up three new businesses. He is an engineer by accident and an MBA by design.

He has contributed to leading newspapers and online publications and is an evolving blogger. He has written on a wide array of subjects including payments, loyalty and marketing. He has also been invited by several management schools across India to speak and interact with students.

Having realized that we are all in a constant rush, set up against timelines and deadlines in this often transactional life, he has captured that essence in a new genre of ‘contemporary Indian life thrillers’.

He is on the passionate voyage of writing the numbers triumvirate of novels titled 31, 60 Minutes and 8. His novels touch upon the various facets of urban India, including corporate life, obsessions, love and relationships. His debut novel 31, was a bestseller and also on the longlist for the Tata First Book award.

He currently resides in Gurgoan with his wife and ‘The Prince’, his mischievous son.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

#Book #Review: Far Beyond the Dead End by Saikat Baksi

Review: Far Beyond the Dead End by Saikat Baksi

*Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors *ISBN: 978-93-82665-12-0 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 224 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 150 *Rating: 4/5

My Review:

Wow something new to read this time, a novel very well intertwined between history and fictional characters, excellent work. A good lesson provided by author to the readers, how people used to live at the time of Mohenjo-Daro, it Sims like watching the play of an ancient civilization. The character build up is very good, especially the protagonist character ‘Koli’. One of the best things which I liked in the book is narration style of the author; a life has been given to the death civilization through his words.  

Now about the plot, the story revolves between three main characters: Koli, Sindhu and Girad. Koli is smart, intelligent, artistic and skilled girl, and the daughter of one of the respected council members. Koli’s farther wants to marry her to Sindhu, another skilled man from next town, who shifts to their village because of complete destruction due to natural calamity; he was the only survival of doom. On the other hand, Girad is a failed businessman, a calculative and manipulative person. Girad wants to marry Koli and would do anything to get things on his way, and so Girad tricks koli’s father to marry her.  

The book is divided into three parts, in first part introduction and plotting of character is done. Also custom and tradition of that era is highlighted. In second part married life of koli and girad is provided. And in third part, many secret’s has been revealed by the author.

Only thing which I didn’t like is the cover page of the book, the cover page doesn’t match with the storyline.        

I highly recommend this book, especially to the history lovers. A good research is done by the author on civilization (7 years of research on Mohenjo-Daro), culture, art, architecture, infrastructure and general life of that era. 

I was the winner of this book, thank you writersmelon for organizing the contest.

From the back cover of the book:

They called it the ‘mound of dead’. In other words, Mohenjo-Daro!

But beneath those layers of ruin, once flourished a town pulsating with life. There lived Koli with her enigmatic charm, Sindhu with an eyeful of dreams, Girad with his raging passion, the decrepit priest prophesying the doom, and many others. They loved, hated and chased their fixations in manic rage. A series of mysterious deaths ensued from such frenetic hunt for lust, riches and glory. Yet, the inexorable game of destruction did not cease to play, until... they ventured Far Beyond the Dead End... only to be discovered under a heap of rubble four thousand later.

About Author:

Saikat Baksi, a mechanical engineer by qualification, is an explorer of unseen alleys of life. o his way through the human jungle, he picks up drops of tears and flashes of smiles and notes them down. History, literature and art add spice to his world. Far Beyond the Dead End is his fourth novel.
 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Play with Me by Ananth #Book #Review

 
Review: Play with Me by Ananth

*Publisher: Penguin Books *ISBN: 978-0-143-42362-1 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages 246 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 250 *Rating: 2.5/5

My Review:

After the success of Fifty shades of Gray many Indian writers have started the erotic writing, but what I have read recently, among them only few have succeeded. Now about this book the protagonist Sid is a photographer in a boutique ad agency. 

Sid has everything in his life, a successful person. Then he meets Cara half-Indian half-Turkish from America as an intern in his agency. Cara is free spirited woman, bisexual and always in need for sex whenever Sid is around. She is so addicted to have sex with Sid, that whenever Sid looks at her in office, she gets aroused and masturbates in office washroom. Both Sid and Cara are like a sex manic. The book revolves between three characters: Sid, Cara and Natasha to whom everyone calls Nat. Natasha, married women without any children. Sid finds himself in love with Nat, while he was having affair with Cara.  

Actually I didn’t find a story in this novel, there is really nothing extraordinary in the book, only in the beginning of the book the small introduction is given about Sid, Cara and Natasha. Also I didn’t find character build up of Sid. According to my view whenever you read any novel there are some contents about sex, while this is completely an erotic novel. If you are an Erotic reader than there is everything you needed in this novel: threesome, bisexual, masturbation, lesbian, oh god I don’t have words now. What I didn’t like about the book is of fidelity; there is not a tinge of loyalty mention in the book, even married women are easily available.

Even though I have rated only 2.5, this book will be in top 5 fictional books in India, because the way protagonist is described in this book (a free spirited and hassle free life), today’s youth’s needs to live a life mentioned in this book. This book is not that much interesting, but one can read in a leisure time.
Also the writing is simple and flow is fast, you can complete this book in very short time.   

 Note: I got this book from thinkwhynot, also a letter from Penguins VP, in which appreciation about this book is done by different author, media and news channel.  

From the back cover:

Sid is a successful photographer in a boutique ad agency. He is single and has everything he wants – a great job, great colleagues and a hassle-free life. But if there is one thing that has eluded him, it is love. Until the gorgeous, free-spirited Cara walks into his life. Sexually obsessed, the two begin a charged affair that disrupts all his notions of love and transforms the way Sid thinks about erotic pleasure. But then something unexpected happens – Sid finds himself falling in love with another woman.

About Author:

Ananth is a photographer, dog lover and a bibliophile. This is his first novel.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami by Radhanath Swami Book Review

 
The Journey Home Autobiography of an American Swami by Radhanath Swami Book Review

*Publisher: Jaico Publishing House *ISBN: 978-81-8495-417-3 Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 350 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Biography (Non-Fiction) *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

My Review:

Wow exceptionally, this is the mind-blowing book I have read in 2014. Hooked up from the very first page, every Indian should read this book. Today our culture is diverting from spirituality, the base of our Country India.

At the age of 19 in 1970’s, Richard Slavin now Radhanath Swami, born in Jewish family travels to Europe with his School friends, an overseas summer trip. In his teens, Richard grows his hair long, smokes pot and takes LSD, lives with hippies, on the very first night their money is stolen, so the journey begins with hitchhiking. Richard begins his spiritual journey with his friend Gary; in Europe they visit many places like cathedrals, religious sites and spiritual places. While in meditation at Isle of Crete in Greece, Richard decides he must go to India for spirituality, while his friend Gary heads to Israel.

Alone in a journey (mostly hitchhike) Richard travels through one of the dangerous countries of the world: Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. After facing near death experience in Iran and Afghanistan Richard enters India for spiritual Quest. Richard roams in India as a mendicant without any particular schedule, sleeping at the bank of river, living in a cave, deep in forest, under trees to find the true meaning of spirituality, in a search of a mentor.

While his journey in Indian, Richard meet with many well known spiritual personalities like Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Anand Mai Ma, Muktanana Swami, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Neem Karoli Baba, J. Krishnamurty, and many others. It is difficult to think at the time of 1970’s without any money in a foreign land to find the true meaning of life.

The Journey home is an amazing and truly inspirational story. This book taught me the importance of humility, serving humanity, one’s own spiritual path, listening and helping others. I highly recommend this book regardless of any religion, and any person who truly seeking solitary in life. The Journey home is power pack book with lots of adventure, spirituality, hitchhiking, hippie, travel, friendship. A must read book.

Blurb:

Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colourful tapestry of adventure, mysticism and love. Readers follow the former Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The journey home is an intimate account of the steps to self-awareness and also a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine.

Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path. Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the readers in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous and heart warming.

About Author:

RADHANATH SWAMI was born in Chicago in 1950. In his teens, he set out to wander the world on a spiritual quest where he eventually discovered the yoga path of devotion. He presently travels in Asia, Europe, and America teaching devotional wisdom, but can often be found with his community in Mumbai.

People who know Radhanath Swami speak of his dedication to bringing others closer to God. Almost in the same breath they speak of his lightness, simplicity, and sense of humor. Visitors and friends are inspired by his unassuming nature and natural unwillingness to take credit for the works he inspires - developing communities, massive food distribution to indigent children, missionary hospitals, eco-friendly farms, schools, ashrams, and emergency relief programs. “He seems to see life as a continuous blessing of God’s grace,” one admirer said, “and yet he never loses his humanness. His accessibility leaves people feeling that with a little sincere effort, they too will find the path to inner peace and God realization.”

Visit: www.radhanathswami.com

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson Book Review

 
Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson Book Review

*Publisher: Arrow Books *ISBN: 978-0-099-58639-5 Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages 447 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 350 *Rating: 3/5

My Review:

 According to my view this book is hyped in the market, the material is not that much interesting, what we expect from Ashwing Sanghi, his previous work like Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant and Krishna Key are much more interesting read compared to this book. Sometimes while reading this book I though that am I watching CID in Sony TV. 

Although if you think that there are 450 pages to read don’t worry, the fonts are big, so one can complete the book within short time period. Also the content and storyline is good, the pace is fast, and there is lot of suspense, confusion, drama and ruthless execution. A thriller with many events interwoven to keep readers guessing, who the murderer is?   

The Novel based in Mumbai, Santosh Wagh the protagonist and the director of “Private India,” a detective agency with branches all around the world, and the head of the department is the former CIA Jack Morgan. Santosh Wagh’s team consist of Nisha Gandhe as his assistant, Hari a technology geek and Mubeen the forensic expert. The story starts with a lady found dead in hotel room, and hotel management calls Santosh Wagh, Private India for investigation (just like CID, police comes later, they are happy to start investigation with Private India).

Santosh Wagh and his team was chasing a serial killer who’s only target were women, each murder were gruesome as next, with victim holding different objects in her hand and each murder done by strangling their neck with yellow scarf, and a hair of a single person were the two common items, murderer kept at the murdered place.     

Whether the props are used to distract investigation or it is being done for any religious purpose? There are two plots in the book, the first one about serial killing and second Pakistan ISI planning a serial blast in Mumbai.   

The thing which I liked the most is a good narration about thugs and thug gee cult of murderer, how they operate at the time of British Raj in India. Although I find the climax disappointing, it’s just one time read.  

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The blurb:

In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again.

In a city of over thirteen million, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord and a godman who isn’t all he seems.

And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation – along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens...

About Author’s:

Ashwin Sanghi:

Ashwin Sanghi (born January 25, 1969) is an Indian writer in the thriller fiction genre. He is the author of three novels: The Rozabal Line, The Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. All his books have been based on historical, theological and mythological themes. He is one of India’s bestselling conspiracy fiction writer who is known for retelling Indian history or mythology in a contemporary context. Forbes India has included him in their Forbes India Celebrity 100. 

James Patterson:

James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author and is known for stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels.  His books have sold more than 300 million

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Ramayana: The Game of Life Rise of the Sun Prince by Shubha Vilas #Book #Review


Ramayana: The Game of Life Rise of the Sun Prince by Shubha Vilas Book Review

*Publisher: Jaico Publishing House *ISBN: 978-81-8495-530-9 *Publication Year: 2014     *No. Of Pages: 252 *Cover: Paper Back *Language: English *Genre: Mythology *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

My Review:

First of all I am very found of Mythology, it always fascinates me from my early childhood. At the time of 90’s when Ramayana and Mahabharata were the only serials shown on weekends on Doordarshan, at that time watching these serials was just a fun, I didn’t know the real meaning or purpose behind this serials. Now this is the first time I am reading Ramayana written by ISKON Swami. Indian mythology is mesmerizing; it has a vast knowledge which can be used in 21st century also.  

I was hooked up from the first page, now I got to know why foreigners visit and stays in India, for the spiritual journey, they find the true purpose of Life in our Mythology. One thing which I liked the most is a story of Sage Vishwamitra, a journey from King to Sage is very well articulated by the author. Also I think lord Rama is the pioneer for Monogamy because at his time where even his father Dashratha was having 353 wives, Rama was the first one who takes a vow by marring Sita and being loyal to her, this is a good example for today’s world where divorce and infidelity are a common things. Rise of Sun is very well intertwined from the birth to marriage of Lord Rama, leadership of Dashratha, the power of sage Vishwamitra, the sita’s life revolves around holy bow, and a story of stone - Ahilya the wife of Gautam Rishi.   

The footnote in every page is a good addition for the readers, provided a practical knowledge for today’s modern life. There are many Life lessons like The Laws of Sharing, The Laws of Dependence, and The laws of Self-Control etc which are very helpful for the readers if implied in day to day life. The detailed narration is given to each and every character, which provides ample information. An Indian epic, thoroughly narrated by the author Shubha Vilas.

Indian Mythology written in simplest manner.  I highly recommend this book to Indian youths, as they will know our rich heritage. Re-read this book, readers will never get bored. If you are planning to purchase Ramayana, I suggest purchasing this book written by Shubha Vilas. Awaits, to read the second part of Ramayan series.   

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About Author:

Shubha Vilas author of the book “Ramayana - The Game of Life” published by Jaico, holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications. He has also completed L.L.B (Specializing in Intellectual Property Law).

Shubha Vilas began his career with the Tata Group and later joined the international law firm in Bangalore which he quit to serve the society at large by taking charge of a publishing house Tulsi Books which has published over 10 books under his leadership.

Shubha Vilas now counsels and guides students in the area of leadership, overcoming failures, managing stress from various colleges like IISC, Bangalore, BITS Pilani, Goa, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Sydnem College, etc.

His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought- provoking seminars on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work–Life Balance’ to name a few.

Shubha Vilas has also been assisting business leaders as their lifestyle coach, conducting regular classes on Spirituality and Management to help them live a wholesome life.

He also helps individuals apply the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other dharmic traditions in dealing with modern- day life situations.

This book is the fruit of his deep study and understanding of lessons of Ramayan as it applies to life today.

You can reach the author:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shubhavilas

Twitter: @shubhavilas

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Business Doctor by Sameer Kamat #Book #Review

 
Business Doctor by Sameer Kamat Book Review

*Publishers: Booksoarus *ISBN: 978-93-5156-964-0 *Publication Year: 2014 *No. Of Pages: 240 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Type: Fiction *Price: 250 *Rating: 4/5

My Review:

The starting is excellent; I was hooked up from the very beginning. One of the interesting things is that it is written by an Indian author and a plot set in foreign land with foreign characters, something new to the readers. Every character is given a due importance, the flow is good and language is simple other than the Management jargons used to describe some scenes. The subject is totally different from love story and breakups.  

This is the story of a Mafia who lacks the proper knowledge to run his empire. After the death of his father, the whole empire is on the shoulder of Stephen Woody, the successor of WFB or rather Woody Family Business. The Woody is married to ex-model, Angie; on her suggestion Woody hires a consultant or Business Analyst Michael Schneider. Because of the economic downtrend Michael Schneider accepts for consulting the WFB but at that time he doesn’t know the real business of WFB. 

Woody family business deals in weapons, porn, gambling, extortion, killings, drugs, etc. WFB was loosing lots of money and situation was uncontrolled. After initial resistance, Michael accepts to provide consultation to WFB in return of hefty fees, because he doesn’t have any work from other companies. And then starts the roller coaster ride from recruiting the new members, nitty-gritty details of every business and at the end a positive outcome from the new recruiters.            

You will feel amazed while reading, a business consultant giving an advice to the mafia to run his organization. Also the detailed narration of how pornographic CD’s are made, recruiting of new members in gang, casino, gambling and online siphoning money from different accounts is very well described by the author.

I highly recommend to read Business Doctor.   

Blurb:

Ivy League educated management consultant, Michael Schneider, gets hired by an unlikely client – a mafia boss who wants to make a last desperate bid to resuscitate his family business that spans across gambling, drugs and porn.

A reluctant Schneider takes on the challenge to analyze the problems and re-launch the underworld organization into the super-competitive, highly evolved world of crime.

About Author:

Sameer Kamat is the best-selling author of Beyond The MBA Hype and Business Doctors.
He is the founder of MBA Crystal Ball & Booksoarus. He completed his MBA from the University of Cambridge and currently lives in Mumbai (India).

Sameer Kamat is the founder of an MBA Application Consulting  venture and a website that shares tips with aspiring authors on  how to get published in India.


Website: http://www.sameerkamat.com

Twitter: @kamatsameer

Saturday, 2 August 2014

And We Remained by Asad Ali Junaid #Book #Review


And We Remained by Asad Ali Junaid Book #Review

*Publisher: Asad Ali Junaid (Author) *ISBN: 978-1495378928 *Publication Year: 2014 *No. Of Pages: 265 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Type: Fiction *Price: 249 *Source: Author *Rating: 4/5

My review:

While reading the book I recalled my collage days; bunking the class, sitting at the last benches doing nothing, canteen, playing volleyball, etc, I guarantee you, read this book you will fell relaxed, a must read for the fun loving person.

And We Remained is a story of five friends Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David, and their friend Wardha, during 1990s in Bangalore. They were studying in a college called Engineering Collage of Vidyakeerthi University (ECVU). From the beginning till the last page the book is very interesting you will never get bored, its humorous book. I think this book is a Memoir of Asad Ali Junaid.

According to my thinking every graduate has his own story, the celebration and the freedom from school makes a person important identity in collage.

In the movie Rang de Basanti there is a dialogue by DJ (Daljit – Amir Khan) that he is in the collage for more than 7 years, why because he doesn’t wants’ to face the real world. There are more Daljits roaming in the world other than in the college. Same happens to the protagonist of this book who in real world has to struggle to prove his identity.

The concept and the way of expressing is different. The story is narrated in present i.e. through emails along with the dates and in past as a normal narrative. Through emails every friend was connected. The email exchange concept is a new thing; I have read it first time. The book is a mixture of many events like love, heartbreak, prison, drinking, canteen, porn, nude pics, politics, strip clubs, principal etc, its a power packed book. Every character is given equal importance.

One thing which I liked the most is the Cover Design which is done by Author himself. It’s truly awesome. Black and white with many words randomly placed in the front. Also I salute to the author for self publishing his book, it’s a daring attempt. But the author’s attempt is worth it. It’s a one man army writing, designing and publishing.

This book is a good celebration of friendship. Congratulations to Asad Ali Junaid for his debut novel and hope he comes with much more interesting stories in future.

SUMMARY:

It is Bangalore in the late 1990’s. There are tremendous socio-economic and cultural transformations taking place as a result of liberalization. How would these changes impact a group of friends in their late teens? How would they cope, find opportunities and what of their original identities would they be left with, after western ideologies are brought in and bombarded into their awareness by cable TV and new media?

Told through emails and first person account of events, And We Remained is a light and entertaining read of these friends as they experience love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drunken binges, strip clubs, sexcapades, US and Europe during their journey into adulthood.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 Asad Ali Junaid is a design professional in Bangalore working in the area of Human-Machine Interaction.

Junaid’s book – And We Remained – started as a story which needed to be told… and one which needed to be told differently. While he was struggling to get the narration style and structure right, he joined a three week in residence ‘Just Write’ fiction writing workshop where he got a chance to learn the nuances of and hone his story telling skills from authors Anil Menon, Anjum Hasan and Rimi Chatterjee.
Junaid writes whenever there is a compelling story inside him bursting to get out. Junaid has written several short stories and is currently editing his second book – which like his first one – has an absorbing story and is very different in narration style.

Junaid has been a resident of Bangalore most of his life except for brief stints in the US for higher education and work. He has seen Bangalore’s transformation from the sleepy town that it was, to an IT hub of today.
Junaid’s wife is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Their toddler completes their home while keeping them on their toes.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Newton's Law Reversed by Howard Roark Book Review

 
Newton’s Law Reversed by Howard Roark Book Review

*Publishers: Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-82473-99-2 *Publication Year: 2014 *No. Of Pages: 172 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Type: Fiction *Price: 145 *Source: Author *Rating: 3.5/5

My review:

To be frank I didn’t get to know what Author is trying to say at the beginning of the book, I was getting confused, also keep the dictionary with you there are many words to surf, but its good, vocabulary is building. Even though it’s a fictional book you will find the reality of life. Read this book if you like to know how the Indian villages are, and the mindset of villagers are very well expressed by the author.   

The story line is good, provided the traditional Indian village of south. The flow is good and the characters are very well described. The scientific approach and reasoning of the protagonist father with his son is very interesting and many a times it makes you thinking. What I liked the most is the hand made pictures in between, which are a good addition to the book.

Newton’s Law reversed is a worth reading. A good work by a debut author, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Some of the interesting lines from the book:

1. It’s true that you’re past karma forces you into a critical situation, but it is your true character that comes out at that moment of truth. You have the freedom to choose if you wanted to commit an action. Ultimately, since you had options and you chose one from it, you will pay the price for that action. Page no 36
2.  It is a belief in our culture that more than a wedding it’s a funeral that one should not miss. Page no. 50

Blurb:

On a trip to meet an ailing relative in Gangaikondacholapuram, Akash is introduced to conflict when a simple village girl, Ganga trespasses his thoughts. His mind fails to elude Ganga and, being overwhelmed by the new found emotion, his attempts to free himself of his battles only grip him tighter. As his mind flits between Ganga and Ganesan, another tormented soul, Akash’s only reprieve could have been a banter with his father, when unexpectedly he hears the news of his father’s expiry. Little did he know that his father’s demise and the ensuring trip to the village would alter his cynical view of the World. In this journey from boyhood to manhood, Akash derives profound meaning through his retrospective deliberations on his dead father’s words.

About Author:

Howard Roark is a graduate engineer who started out working for a multinational as a Network Engineer, a very brief stint, after which he joined a software company to work on products in the Artificial Intelligence / Neural Networks domain and later on in the Finance domain, for about 12 years. And, since 2010, he's been working for Cisco Systems in Chennai, for their products in the Digital Video Broadcasting domain. It's been a career of many a learning, joyous times, moments of achievement, all combined to give him a thoroughly satisfying 15 years of experience.

His interests include psychology, philosophy, spirituality, reading, writing, conversations and of course, Ayn Rand's books. He's a qualified hypnotherapist from the California Hypnosis Institute of India. He restricts himself to offering therapeutic help to his near and dear. And, he currently pursues an M.Sc. in Psychology.

He can be reached at: hroark911@gmail.com

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Beyond School by Chitra Anand Book Review


Beyond School by Chitra Anand Book Review

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd * ISBN: 978-93-83562-40-4 * Year of Publication: 2014 * No. Of Pages: 201 * Cover: Paperback * Language: English * Type: Reality Fiction * Price: 125 * Rating: 4/5         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
My Review:

Lots of incidents happen in every school, as the author is from the education field she has a perfect eye, provided the detailed mindset of today’s youth.  Now a day’s family are getting nuclear, there are no siblings so the upbringing of every child results in too much of pampering, and the outcome is children become obstinate.

Its a must read for parents. The communication gap between father and a son is a universal matter, author has very well portrayed that gap, always seen that son is more attached to his mother, actually proper communication between father and son will help to bridge the gap betwen two.    

What I didn’t like about this book is ending; I think end is diverted from the main plot of school child. Also some of the incidents and jargons of Physics is unnecessary which could have been edited.

A highly recommend for your adults and their parents.

Plot:

Shail a twelve grade student studying at Indian School in Muscat. Sushil and Urmila were too much frightened because of his son’s board examinations countdown has begun. On the other hand Shail doesn’t want to attain board exam so he was spending time in sleeping, chatting with her girl friend on mobile, playing football with friends and watching recorded football match on TV. In short he wants’ to skip exam for one another year. While his parents Sushil and Urmila were unaware about Shail’s plan so they were forcing him to study everyday for exam preparation.

To overcome this situation Shail’s parents approaches Glady, the school teacher and a good mentor of students. Glady is a good counsellor, so she conveys the importance of exam by intertwine the situation of football and exam to Shail.

There is also very interesting character of Shail’s friend Roha, whose situation is somewhat similar to Shail. The incident of Roha is eye opening; also the communication gap between Roha and his father is very well described by the author. Further many sub-stories of Glady’s past her situation in India, how she shifts from India to Muscat etc is very well narrated, In short its a must read book for today’s generation.

Also the author Chitra Anand has highlighted many areas, like mobile usages by teenagers, a handy access to internet which results in pornography, no proper knowledge about sexual issues. This book provides a perfect reflection of society in which every youth is upbringing.        

About The Book:

Beyond School centres upon the weeks leading up to 17-year-old Shail’s final board exams, as his world becomes a pressure-cooker and the weight of preparing for the exams sends him fleeing rebelliously in the other direction.
Along with Shail’s journey from boyhood to manhood, Beyond School vividly weaves between the narratives of four main characters, seamlessly uniting the past and present of Shail, his parents-Urmila and Sushil and his mentor- Gladys, in a story that is honest, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately, incredibly human.

About The Author:

Chitra Anand was born in Mumbai. She is a postgraduate in Physics and holds an Education degree. Beyond School is her first novel inspired by her journey as an educator.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

the deliberate SINNER by Bhaavna Arora Book Review

The deliberate Sinner by bhaavna arora Book Review

Publisher: Srishti Publishers Distributors
ISBN: 978-93-82665-20-5
Year of Publication: 2014
No. Of Pages: 148
Cover: Paperback
Language: English
Type: Fiction
Price: 120
Rating: 4/5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
My Review:

When I received the mail from blogadda to review this book, I started searching for this book on net, and found that this book has been a good content of adultery, but after reading it I didn’t find that much content of sex although whenever there are any description about sex it is used at perfect timing and it was needed at that particular moment. Also I must say that after the release of Sita’s curse Indian author’s are taking a good chance by providing a sexual material to the orthodox Indian community.  Something out of the box is coming from many debut authors.  A woman’s desires are perfectly showcased by a female author. 

The Author Bhaavna Arora has perfectly portrayed infidelity of man, if a man does, it’s allowed but if he finds her wife being unfaithful then the world will crash. This book provides an insight world of Indian males, an example of true male dominated society of India, even though educated peoples living in metro cities their mindset are still of 18th century. Indian males are not accepting that the desires for sex are equal, of both man and women. 

At some time the protagonist Rihana is the perfect example of a sacrificial lamb to keep the honour of the family intact.

The language and the pace of the book is fast, you can read it in a short journey.  The paper quality, design and colour combination of the book is very well crafted.

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Thank you for this wonderful book, a signed copy by author and a quote by her “Hate the Sin, not the Sinner” is an addition like a precious gems for me.  

Plot:

This is the story of a free spirited girl Rihana who marries to Veer, something like love cum arranged marriage. But after marriage her life becomes upside down, veer doesn’t care for her emotional or physical needs. Rihana tries to maintain her relationship for the sake of her parents.

Will this marriage sustain? Will veer understand her physical needs? Life of Rihana will be meaningful and peaceful? 

Some of the appealing lines from this book:

And in the interlude between birth and death, it’s your deeds alone that make the story of your life – either remarkably big or abysmally insignificant. Prologue

Older people say the couple that doesn’t fight cannot stay in love. Fights do help in the process of conditioning and knowing each other better. Page no 74

Probably a woman should not bother about dressing for a man, because no matter what she wears to impress him, he is always mentally undressing her. Page no 97

A man helps a man, but a woman – she’s the woman’s biggest enemy. Page no 97

Children and money are the two most important reasons that keep a marriage going in the absence of love. Page no 120
  
Blurb:

Is there an acid test to gauge the success of a relationship?

the deliberate sinnerIs it right to carry on in an unhealthy relationship with no conjugal bliss, or look for an alternate path?

Rihana is an adventurous and free-spirited girl, until she marries Veer, an eligible bachelor who comes from a wealthy family. While they appear ‘happily married’, their strong personalities are at odds. Veer, for the most part, is insensitive to Rihana’s physical and emotional needs, straining the relationship and leaving her feeling incomplete.

Caught between the devil and the deep sea, Rihana has to now decide whether to walk out of her marriage and be a victim of society’s ridicule, or compromise on her physical needs, which for her are the foundation for a healthy marital bond.

Can they work out their differences? Will Veer give her what she desires, or push her to do something desperate and scandalous?

About The Author:

Dr. Bhavna Arora is a new-generation writer who is an avid learner from life. She is a young enthusiast who has two MBA degrees and a Doctorate from Pittsford University in Leadership to her credit.

A philanthropist at heart, she has been sponsoring an underprivileged boy's education. She also works closely with an institute for special children.

AuthorLinks:

You can visit her at http://www.bhaavna.com
Write to her at writer@bhaavna.com

Friday, 18 July 2014

happily murdered.... by Rasleen Syal Book Review

Happily murdered.... by Rasleen Syal Book Review

Publisher: Srishti Publishers Distributors
ISBN: 978-93-82665-18-2
Year of Publication: 2014
No. Of Pages: 246
Cover: Paperback
Language: English
Type: Fiction
Price: 195
Rating: 4.5/5   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
My Review:

This is the best suspense and mystery novel I have ever read of any Debut Indian author, a brilliant work by Rasleen Syal. Author has written in acknowledgement that Agatha Christie is the biggest inspiration and a Guru, by reading this novel one can say that Rasleen in perfectly stepping in the shoes of Agatha; it’s an excellent novel for the readers.

I was hooked up from the very beginning. The plot is excellent, language is simple, and flow is fast. What I liked the most is 2nd chapter where introduction or to be precise the relation of every person with the deceased is provided very differently, it’s something new which I have never read in any other book, the narration style is excellent.
 
Highly recommend to suspense and mystery lovers, undoubtedly its going to be a best seller.  We got a new Indian author in the field of suspense, mystery and thriller. Also one thing that I liked the most is the cover of the book designed by Pinaki De, because the cover is very symbolic blood is dripping from the red bridal saree says many things from the beginning.       

Plot:

Set in the foothills of Himalayas is the fictitious town Ratnagiri in Uttranchal. Gulab Sarin, the newly wed daughter-in-law of Mehta family found dead on her wedding night wearing a bridal wear. Police believes that murderer is one of the family members, it’s an Inside job. It could be the husband or in-laws, friend or love struck ex-fiancĂ©.  

Actually I don’t want to spoil the story by describing who’s who, so just providing the link to buy this book, grab this book, it’s a best monsoon read.


Some of the Catchy lines from this book:

1. No matter how much faith we have, we often lose people. But we never forget them. And sometimes, it’s these memories that give us the power to go on. Make them your strength not weakness. Page no 104.

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. Page no 114.

Someone has rightly said that in love and revenge a woman is more barbaric than a man can ever be. Page no 245.
  

About The Book:

‘Who killed Gulab Sarin?’

The radiant new daughter-in-law of the influential Mehta family dies mysteriously on the very next night of her wedding. The murder is an inside job, the police are certain. It could be anyone - the adulterous husband, conniving in-laws, jealous friend or the love struck ex-fiance.

 With an aim to save themselves and incriminate others, it is not long before these suspects turn into amateur detectives, hunting for clues and delving into hidden secrets only they can unearth. They coerce, pry and blackmail in an attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Will one of these nine unlikely sleuths finally unravel the mystery behind Gulab’s death and avenge it? Or will the truth die as viciously as Gulab?

About The Author:

Rasleen is a mystery addict. When she is not reading or writing whodunits, she is happily playing detective. She can’t resist seeking out curiosity in everyday domestic affairs, unwittingly landing in hilarious situations, much to the angst of her family. Her husband dreads the day she will finally pass on this bug to their baby daughter as well.

An architect with a Masters degree in Business Administration, to make a living she runs her business in Gurgaon.

‘Happily Murdered’ is her first book.

AuthorLinks:

FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRasleenSyal)

GOODREADS (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8329304.Rasleen_Syal)
TWITTER (https://twitter.com/Mystery_Addict)

To know more about her, visit: www.rasleensyal.com

Book Links:

AMAZON
(http://www.amazon.in/Happily-Murdered-Rasleen-Syal/dp/9382665188/ref=sr_1_1
GOODREADS

(http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22554140-happily-murdered)