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.