Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Book Review: The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal


Book Review: The four patriots by Sumit Agarwal
*Publisher: Rupa Publications *ISBN: 978-81-291-4204-7 *No of pages: 293 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

My view:

I got this book when uproar against demonetization is at highest level from opposition party, I am sure India is going through huge change from the grass root level, a big benefit for the next generation. India will be on top among less corrupted Nation.

Generally people blame the system, the politicians and different parties, here in this book author give an idea that you should be in the system and make a difference. The book is all about four die hard enthusiastic patriot who wants a major change in India. The suggestions given in the book about education, gold, games, legal cases and defense system is really applauding. I really appreciate the work of a debut author because the person who knows the core problem of general people can only write this type of novel.

The writing style of the author is simple no difficult jargons being used, also flow of the book is good; the plot is excellent and each and every character is given proper importance. The author is a gifted writer; the entire novel is perfectly crafted. I really loved the book as it’s having a new subject rather than a love story, so I highly recommend this novel to Indian youths, who are facing the same situation described in the book.

One of the best things in the entire book is its unique epilogue; we should use this on our corrupt politician.  

 “I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”

Blurb:

Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Cofee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician; and Aditya, an altruistic businessman.

Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives - a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive?

A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goosebumps.

Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must –read!

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Book Review: The Game Changer by Yuvnesh Modi, Rahul Kumar and Alok Kothari


Book Review: The Game Changer by Yuvnesh Modi, Rahul Kumar and Alok Kothari

*Publisher: Random House India *ISBN: 978-81-8400-273-7 *No of Pages: 260 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Non-Fiction *Price: 150 *Rating: 2.5/5

My view:

This book is given by my wife on my birthday, I don’t know why she has chosen this book for me, and I think I have changed her life after marriage so she has given me as this game changer, ha ha ha ha.

After Rashmi Bhansal’s connect the dots and many other series of entrepreneurship books, many authors have taken a less risky genre for writing the book, as this types of books sells like a hot chocolate cakes publishers are also eager to publish this types of books.

Entrepreneur books are always my first preference, as you will know how that particular person has came out of struggle and made his own path for success. Generally, people looks on the success side of any person but how he/she has reached that goal is not taken into consideration, but by reading these types of books it gives lots of inspiration to the readers.

Now about this book Game changer, to be frank I didn’t like the book that much, I didn’t got what I have expected. This book is some what monotonous and boring many times. Although there are many inspiring stories like that of Dr Harish Hande, Anuradha Acharya, Venkata Subramanian, Arvind Kejriwal etc. they all have done some unique things. Other stories are like technical stuffs, as I am not from IIT i didn’t got with the headings also where RK hall, RP hall etc, so if authors have given some background then it would be good for the readers.

I am giving 2.5* for the book, those who are from IT field will like it. Go for the book any how you will get inspiration from 20 such stories.

Blurb:

Entrepreneurship is not about breaking free of the 9 to 5 humdrum, not about being your own boss, and definitely not glorious. The entrepreneur shuns the comfort of a cushy corporate job and seven-figure salaries to set sail on unchartered waters with a single minded zeal and only an idea as an anchor. But it is this idea and passion that makes all the difference and catapults them into a world of infinite possibilities.

The Game Changers brings to you a 20 success stories of IITians who went on to live the big dream. With a Foreword by Duvvuri Subbarai, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and an introduction by Dr. Damodar Acharya, Director, IIT Kharagpur, this book marks the sixty golden years of Indian’s finest institute. Come, be a part of their journey, get inspired to dream, and make your own story.


Friday, 28 October 2016

Book Review: The Peshwa by Ram Sivasankaran


Book Review: The Peshwa by Ram Sivasankaran

*Publisher: Westland ltd *ISBN: 978-93-85724-21-3 *No of Pages: 332 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Historical Fiction *Price: 350 *Rating: 5/5

 My view:

A perfect book for those who loves to read historical fiction, the peshwa is a good mixture of history and fiction which makes it un-put-down-able. Now a day’s there are very little connection between content and cover of the book but The Peshwa is such book where the warrior Bajirao is very well edited and from the very first glance I loved the cover of this book.

The language of the author is excellent; true patriotic feelings emerges while reading, also the way he narrates any event makes the readers glued to the book. The pace and storyline is good which makes the book a good bestseller. A real event has been intertwined by the author with his imagination.   

After the movie Bajirao Mastani we all know about the love story but in this book life of Bajirao is depicted from child to manhood, who is being taught by his father for warfare and administrative skills to run the empire. 

The author has perfectly articulated the war events like the planning behind the war, its set-up, and it’s execution on the war field, how quick decision is being taken is very well portrayed.
Pretty impressive book, I highly recommend to the history lovers. Very well researched book written by the debut author, there is bright future for Ram Sivasankaran if he chooses to write on Historical fiction.

P.S. I have read the patriotic side of Bajirao, now waiting for the second part from the author i.e. the love triangle of Bajirao, Mastani and Kashi.

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”

Blurb:

It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa of the Confederacy, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire, and asserts the power of the Marathas. However, little does the Peshwa know that he has dealt the Nizam an unintended wound - one with roots in his mysterious past and one that he would seek to avenge till his last breath.

When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion.

All the while a passive spectator, the Peswa’s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father’s passing, his scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons?

Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda



Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

Rating: 5/5

My View:

Exceptionally this is the best book I have read so far from spiritual collections, although I have read these types of book in my mother tongue but to read this autobiography is totally different experience.

India is a fertile land for spirituality and from thousands of years people are coming here for spiritual awakening.  This book is a good platform for those who want to start their spiritual life.  Many people were saying that this is a humbug book or there is no authenticity about this book, but after reading this book I totally disagree with them because whatever written in this book is totally true there is no fiction, those who has experienced even a glimpse of metaphysics, spirituality or religion will totally agree with the writing of Yogananda. A long lost path for self realization is properly uncovered to general public by Paramhansa Yogananda.

Autobiography of a yogi is a journey of Bengali boy in search of god; the book begins with small miracle which he performs against her sister by controlling the kite, he ran away from his home for more than twice to Himalayan Mountain to become a sage. The path for self realization is Kriya Yoga, which is given much importance in the book, but how to do kriya yoga is not revealed in the book you have to learn this technique at his teaching place in Kolkata and in California (USA). Kriya Yoga is a technique which directly connects to God.

As I am Indian I have came across such people who have experienced supernatural person and having gone through their powers, I totally agree what Paramhansa Yogananda has written in his biography. I highly recommend this book to those who want to know about metaphysics, supernatural power, and east i.e. India for spirituality awakening.

P.S. I came to know while searching on net that this was the only book downloaded by Steve Jobs in his iPad.  

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Book Review: Belief by Mrinalini Mitra

Book Review: Belief by Mrinalini Mitra

My View:

I won this book in goodreads giveaway, when I got it on courier I just flipped the page and kept it in my shelf (I have kept it in my to read shelf for more than 6 months). And then one day when I was just cleaning the shelf, I picked this book and started reading it. Initially I thought why author has given the foreign name in the entire book, but while reading further it was clear in my mind that the character buildup and its name are perfect according to the storyline.

The author has perfectly portrayed in the eyes of Mason the past of Sophia and present life of Emily, i.e. present and past very well articulated. I don’t wont to spoil the entire story by giving its details, but I will at least says that read this book to know how this current generation is selfish and the old generation taking responsibility for upbringing the new generation.

The writing style of the author is simple and easy to understand, also book can be completed in one sitting but it will create a deep impact to the readers mind. Rather I am not that much fond of poetry but there are good collection in this novel. The debut author has exposed the modern relationship.


I am giving 4* for this book.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Book Review: 03:02 by Mainak Dhar



Book Review: 03:02 by Mainak Dhar

*Publisher: Westland Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-85152-96-2 *No of Pages: 342 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 295 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

To be frank I was desperate to read this book when I have seen in goodreads, so I applied when a mail came from writersmelon to write a review on this book, I applied on the spot without thinking further, although it is a good book just like a Bollywood masala movie.

The starting was very excellent but the author missed the grip and it becomes too slow, although the storyline is totally new from the monotonous love stories, in one word it’s a well crafted story. Also the writing style and the language of the author is good, especially when it come to end any chapter; he creates a burning desire to turn for the next chapter. Author has a great command on the language and having a good writing skill.

What would you do if there is blackout, not only in your region but to the entire world, how will you cope this situation if there is terror strike, a book is a good suggestion by the author if this type of situation arise in near future. I don’t want to spoil the entire story but if you have read the blurb you can guess the story.
Only one drawback that is, book could have been edited and the length should be not more than 275-290 pages.

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”

Blurb:

AT 03:02 ON A SUNDAY MORNING, THE WORLD AS WE KENW IT CAME TO AN END.

Mumbai suddenly went black – no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that has been impacted.

We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers.

THIS IS OUR STORY.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Book Review: Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master by Sri M



Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master
Book Review: Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master by Sri M

My Rating: 4/5
My view:

People generally say’s, you should read the biography to know the real world faced by this personalities. I was randomly searching on the net and came across this book; I thought lets try this book which is the autobiography of a spiritual seeker written by a Muslim (Mumtaj Ali) under the Hindu saint, rather it’s a story of a boy from south to north.

I liked the way author has described the Himalayan Mountain, caves, holy ashrams, temples and its surroundings, it’s represented in such a way that it appeals to non-Hindu people to visit this holy places. I have read the books on Indian saint where they have supernatural powers by doing meditation, so reading this book added to my mind many miracle stories of Indian Sadhu’s. I liked the way how author has written in forward section that he doesn’t want to clarify those who doubt about authenticity about this book and his spiritual journey, also the power of meditation.

After reading these I can say that there is much similarity between Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda and this book written by Sri M, both leave there respective houses in search of god, also at one time both have to return their home because of family pressure.  

I highly recommend this spiritual journey of Sri M, especially to spiritual seekers, also I must say Sri M is fortunate, and that he got his true guru, while many are still wasting their time saying themselves as a sadhu.  

Monday, 12 September 2016

Book Review: Thousand unspoken thoughts by Prerna Khatri

Thousand Unspoken Thoughts

Book Review: Thousand unspoken thoughts by Prerna Khatri


*Publisher: Leadstart *ISBN: 978-935-2013-3-88 *No of Pages: 100 *Genre: Poetry/Anthology *Cover: Paperback *Price: 150 *Rating: 3/5

My view:

First of all let me tell you frankly, that I am not a poetry reader but when a mail came from the talespensive to review this book, I thought lets try something new rather than a story. So after reading these collections of 50 poetries, I am glad that I have taken a good decision to review these wonderful anthologies. It was a time when I was in school were we have to read and memories the poetry for examination, at that time I was unable to know the true meaning of poetry, but after reading this I think proper time should be given to poetries.

Now about these poetries, it’s a collection of thought, idea, opinion, emotion, anger, sadness etc. Prerna’s writing style is simple and easy to understand. She has a power to express her meaning in limited words. You can complete the book in short period of time but to understand the meaning behind any poetry, one has to read it twice.   

I have seen whenever someone talks with you about any book or about literature; no one says anything about poetry, but after reading this anthologies I must say importance should be given to poetries. In limited words poetries can express a vast meaning. This collection is written in such a way that you can connect yourself with it.

I highly recommend this collection of poetries, especially to those who wants’ to read something new from the Indian Poet. This book is a good collection of inspirational poems from the debut author.   


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About Author:

Prerna Khatri is an Advocate, recently enrolled at the Bar Council of Tamilnadu and Puducherry. She began writing poetry from 2010 and there has been no looking back since. Poetry, for her, began as instance of missed prose. A couple of lazy words spun together, formed stories of their own. In no time, she found herself venturing into different subjects. She believes that poetry always seemed like a calling. While writing she felt like she was loomed into a kind of trance where words would flow. The result being, daydreams and midnight musings, brought down to ink. For then, the ink bled, and stories were told. These tales will grow, because, some stories are waiting to be written.  

Friday, 19 August 2016

Book Review: The Mahabharata code by Karthik K B Rao




THE MAHABHARATA CODE
by
KARTHIK K.B.RAO




My view:

I love to read mythology, where you get to read supernatural power’s to hero and also to the villains and if it is Indian mythology, that’s my first preference. Although I have read Mahabharata many times and also viewed it on television at the time of Doordarshan, but this is first time I am reading a blend of science, philosophy, it’s somewhat fusion, where whatsapp, email, chat, Smartphone’s, tablets etc is intertwined in this novel.

One thing which I liked the most is author’s interpretation of mythological events like why God has taken birth at that particular time, the importance of good and evil etc, its represented in such a way that keeps you thinking after each chapter.    

A fast paced novel with very simple and easy language. This is fresh and unique concept by the author Karthik Rao, something totally out of the box is presented to the readers; I really appreciate his imagination especially when it comes from the debut author. I don’t want to spoil the entire plot by revealing it, so I highly recommend to those who love to read the mythology and sci-fi novels.

What I didn’t like is the cover of the book, it’s too messy and if you think of the storyline then according to my view there is very little connection between the cover and main plot. Also many times this novel looks like debates were there is no conclusion coming out of the discussion, especially when there is discussion about spirituality.

P.S. I am giving 4 stars for this awesome novel, a serious subject described in easy way. Also please read the 20th Chapter of this novel for self realization.

I received a free paperback copy from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review.

Blurb

"The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here. 

As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa's scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 

Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?"

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Book Review: Once upon a time in India Alfered Assolant Translated by Sam Miller

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Book Review: Once upon a time in India Alfered Assolant Translated by Sam Miller

*Publisher: Juggernaut *ISBN: 978-81-9323-726-7 *No of Pages: 222 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Adventure *Price: 299 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

In one word it’s an excellent adventure novel I have ever come across this year, just think, a person never visited India but then also writing a novel based on India, isn’t it very interesting and also hard thing to do?

What I liked the most is the attractive cover of the book, the image of Captain Corcoran is like a machismo having a curved mustache and old fashioned gun in his hand, with beautiful Indian princess along with tigress Louison. While reading the introduction I came to know that this book was very popular in French at the time of 1857 and then translated into different languages, but it was later translated in English (I think its because of author Alfred Assolant portraying Captain Corcoran as hero who was capable of defeating East India Company along with tigress Louison in India). Also I liked the translator Sam Miller’s notes and what mistakes done by the author at last pages of the book and notes for the research he has done for this book.  

This novel is a good resource for those who want to know about India at the time of 1857, when British just started to rule. While reading the novel you will know the relationship between France and Britain, also story is weaved in such a way that you will get ample of information on important moments of Indian history.

I am not going to spoil the entire story by giving the plot, but if you read you will get humour, adventure, action, romance, an intelligent tigress etc. An interesting plot which keeps you hooked up till the last page, it’s truly a page turner novel. The book has every ingredient to be a best seller.

I received a free paperback copy from the publisher Juggernaut Books in return of honest review.

Blurb:

A DASING ADVENTURER, A BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS AND COUNTLESS WILY VILLAINS
It is the time of the Great Uprising of 1857. India is in turmoil. Captain Corcoran, a French sailor who has roamed the world, arrives with his pet tigress Louison. And so begins the adventure of his life, as he and his tigress join hands with a Maratha prince and his beautiful daughter Sita, to fight the British.

This fast moving story, with dramatic twists and turns, combines romance, humour and edge of seat suspense.  

Friday, 5 August 2016

Book Review: City of Death by Abheek Barua

City of Death

Book Review: City of Death by Abheek Barua

*Publisher: Juggernaut *ISBN: 978-81-9323-721-2 *No of Pages: 263 *Cover: Hardback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Crime *Price: 399 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

Crime and mystery remains my favorite read, it always intrigues me. And if it’s from a debut author I am always eager to read it.  Why I loved to read mystery novels is they opens your thinking process, how it happened, who did it, what will be the outcome etc. it actives your brain cells.

Now the city of death is all about serial killer and somewhat a psycho. It’s not only about crime but the author has perfectly portrayed the life of metro and so called upper class family and their life’s secret are being weaved in the novel. It all starts with a murder of a young woman from high society and case is given to Crime branch for investigation.   
The novel is full of suspense, violent many times and it’s really difficult to guess the murderer, also the city name is never mentioned by the author but while reading one can know that it’s a Kolkata. The epilogue is described in such a way that I am waiting for the sequel of this novel.

The author failed to convey the message when future and past is described of any character, it is really distracting from whose point the future and past are being narrated, otherwise it is well written novel.

I really liked this well-crafted novel and recommend to those who love to read crime/mystery novels. 

P.S. This novel will help you to build and sharpen your vocabulary.

I received a free Hardback copy from the publisher Juggernaut Books in return of honest review.

Blurb:

On a muggy monsoon afternoon Sohini Sen gets a call from the chief minister’s office. A young woman from a well-connected family in the city has been found brutally murdered. Sen is brought back from a bureaucratic wasteland to the thick of the action. An intelligent and intuitive investigator who struggles with addiction and depression, Sen is ill-prepared for an investigation that is a political minefield with TV anchors and tabloids baying for blood. As various interested parties, armed with power and money, try to manipulate the murder enquiry, Sen is forced to question the very possibility of justice.


A moody, atmospheric novel that is as much about the Indian city and the dark depths of the human mind as it is about crime and investigation, City of Death marks the debut of a brilliant new voice. 

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Book Review: Dancing with Demons by Nidhie Sharma




DANCING WITH DEMONS
by
Nidhie Sharma



Blurb

Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.

Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.

When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?

Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.

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My View:

Dancing with demons is really awesome book and a different read, I have never read anything related to boxing, so this was totally different genre when I picked this book. I got this book when famous Bollywood star Salman khan’s movie Sultan being released and the movie’s theme is also on Boxing.
My feeling was mixed when I got this book as boxing is not popular sport in our country also I didn’t know how there points being calculated and how players being qualified for further round, but after reading this book I got the information easily. I think we Indian got some interest in Boxing when Vijendra Singh and Mary Kom played in Olympics otherwise it is totally alien game for India.

Now about this book, it starts when Karan Pratap Singh is going to win in boxing ring to qualify for Olympics, but his demon surfaces while boxing with his opponent and Karan severally beats his opponent which makes him disqualify for 4 years. Jerry the coach of Karan is totally disappointed because of his behavior. On the other hand Sonia who is also fighting her own demon by running away on parole. Fate connects Karan and Sonia, where she resides in Karan’s house as a PG. Read further to know how both of them face their demons and how they overcome from their past.

I liked both the lead characters especially the story of Sonia, which is presented bit by bit which makes readers to know further about her. Also author has mentioned in her acknowledgement that from where she got the inspiration to write on boxing, and also about boxing rules. Because of her research on boxing the novel is perfectly articulated and represented by the author. The boxing matches are so engaging that it keeps you turning the page. It is so well written that many times it feels like you are watching a movie.

I give 4* for the book, and loved to read this novel, also waiting to watch this on screen.

I liked this sentence it’s on a page no 215 “Doctor’s didn’t decide destinies. God did”.

I received a free paperback copy from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Book Review: Corpokshetra by Deepak Kaul


Book Review: Corpokshetra Mahabharata in the MBA yug by Deepak Kaul

*Publisher: Westland ltd *ISBN: 978-93-85724-93-0 *No of pages: 120 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 200 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

After a long time I got the book which is humorous and I am giving 5 stars for the rating, totally loved this 21st century corporate world Mahabharata. In hardly 120 pages the author has perfectly articulated the core part of Mahabharata, and that also in funny way.

Our Mahabharata has been written and told ample of times throught centuries, but I think none has written through corporate point of view, this is the first time. Just think our mythological warriors having cricket bat and a golf stick in their hand rather than a shield, sword or bow and arrow in order to win.

The author has written this novel through management perspective; I liked the cover of the book where Bhima and Duryodhana is having a cricket bat in his hand, also the portrait of Krishna is very symbolic, it says I know everything and the main key is in my hand.

The funny part where I laugh out loud is when Duryodhana is inviting Yudhisthira to play poker through “Whatsapp”; also gambling sites are being blocked, so that Yudhisthira can’t play the online games to incur further loss. The modernization of each character is done pretty well by the author.
  
What I liked is the writing style of author, its really fresh and lucid, also the flow is excellent, but many a times I have to dig dictionary for difficult jargons.  

In one word this book is “Unputdownable Modern day corporate Mythology”. What I think is whether it’s corporate world or our day to day life we are fighting the unknown war. Hats-off to Deepak Kaul, you have done brilliant work for today’s youth in your debut novel. I highly recommend this book to corporate world and those who are studying management. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”

Blurb:

The Pandavas have returned home after 13 years of exile. And they are demanding their stake in Hastinapur Inc.

But the Kauravas, led by the haughty Duryodhana, aren’t ready to give them a penny. The battle lines are drawn, only this war is in the present – day Kurukshetra – the corporate boardroom.
As the Kauravas and the Pandavas don their sharpest suits, Krishna – the wily Consultant – strategises for peace.
This is a humorous, modern take on the Mahabharata (with due apologies to Rishi Ved Vyas).

An epic story retold for the MBA generation.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Book Review: Wreath and other Stories Tales of Horror and Suspense by Sangeeta Mahapatra



*Publisher: Notion Press *ISBN: 978-81-7511-087-8 *No of Pages: 215 *Genre: Fiction *Language: English *Price: 250 INR *Rating: 4/5

My View:

The first thing that comes to my mind when I pick any horror book, is a tune of Shyam Ramasay and Tulsi Ramasay’s horror show, which were telecasted on Zee TV at the time of 90’s, I still remember that thrilling tune. I think it’s very difficult to write any horror novel or stories, because your writing should be such that the reader feels the thrill while reading it. 

When I picked this book I was thinking how short stories will create fear in you but I was wrong after reading this book I must say these stories are really thrilling; Sangeeta Mahapatra has done her work perfectly. Some stories like Malevolent, Captive, and Snapshot will make you paralyze with fear. If you read these stories I bet, that a simple sounds of breeze will makes you jump at your place because of the fear.

Now the writing style of the author is somewhat difficult, I have to dig a dictionary to know the word, also many times I felt that the starting is bit slow for many stories but it picks up the pace after some pages and connects very well.

There are 10 short stories in the book but which I liked the most are:

Malevolent, it’s about Theatre du Nouveau where Robots taking place of humans.
Wreath: it’s about adventure and the trekking to the remote hill station. (Interesting line from this story: what happens when the world of the dead becomes the world of the living?)
Captive: a story about fear of sleeping.
Snapshot: the spirit helping her adopted daughter.
Artistic Spirit: a chilling story of spirit guiding the living being, also I liked the message in this story about follow your inner voice rather being an unknown in a crowd.

And last the last one Déjà vu: I liked the brave character of Radhika, which guide us to search the root of any case also the entire chapter is really special, where you will know about past life and regression techniques.

I highly recommend this collection of short stories, especially who loves to read horror and suspense stories. Wreath and other stories is a collection of short stories which will evoke fear in you.

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”

Book Blurb:

What is it that we fear? An evil presence around us, watching and waiting for a small slip, or the realization that the malevolence is within us and has already made its move?

Wreath and other stories will take you into a world that is slightly off its hinges – a bizarre, eerie realm. In short, a world much like our own, if only we would notice it.

A dangerous obsession of an artist, a broken childhood promise, a birthday gift gone horribly wrong, a soldier trapped in a nightmare, a warning from beyond the grave, a writer’s new lease of life in a “suicide central,” a patient’s struggle with insanity, a terrible crime in an idyllic artists’ town, a man’s record of his last moments, a bride haunted by her past…

With grey characters, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist at the end, it will ensure that you go to bed satisfied, having had your fill of a world of wickedness and terror… until that world engulfs you in your dreams. This book will enthrall lovers of horror and suspense.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Book Review: You've got the wrong girl by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu


Book Review: You’ve got the wrong girl by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

*Publisher: Hachette India *ISBN: 978-93-5009-580-5 *No of Pages: 334 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 350 INR *Rating: 3.5/5

My view:

When I got the book I was expecting something different from the author as I have already read her previous book Sita’s curse. From the title and the blurb of this book I was expecting something unique other than sexual, sensual and bold ingredient what I have read in her previous novel, although what I got in the book as a one night stand that changes the life of Dushyant Singh Rathore in search of true love. Each one of us have undergone in a situation where you are traveling or you encounter with someone to whom you feel that yes I want to make some further relations with her/him but your guts or your destiny doesn’t provide what you needed, all are not fortunate like the protagonist of this book who makes ends meet in search for his soul mate.  

I loved the book because of his pace and usage of simple language through the book, this novel can be read in one sitting if you are in a long journey. You’ve got the wrong girl is a romance novel with the message that the mindset of man are being changed, they too are in need of true love.

What I didn’t like in the book is too much bollywood name in the book, it is some what hyped by using the names of Sharukh Khan, Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif etc.

One of the best lines from the book which touched my heart “No one informs before they disappear, Dushyant. People come and go… like these moments.”

I highly recommend this novel; there is everything in the book romance, true love, sex, humor, best friend, high society life, etc. one of the biggest red light area i.e. Sonagachi is perfectly described by the author. A must read book.

P.S. Thank you Sreemoyee Piu Kundu for the signed copy book along with congratulation page marker from Hachette India. I won this book in a contest organized by Hachette India, thank you very much for the book.

Blurb:

ON A SULTRY NIGHT. ON A DESERTED LAWN OVERLOOKING A MOONLIT TAJ MAHAL. TWO STRANGERS MAKE PASSIONATE LOVE AND PROMISE NEVER TO MEET AGAIN…
BUT PROMISES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN. RIGHT?

This is the story of Dushyant Sing Rathore – the 30-something bestselling author of Kinda Cliched, a blockbuster romance novel based on his one night of bliss with a girl whose name he does not know. Under pressure to produce a money-spinning sequel – from his obsessive fans, his hit-seeking publisher, his pushy agent and a skeptical journalist ready to expose the true-story angle as a marketing gimmick – he sets off, three years on, to find the elusive girl whom he had promised never to seek out.

When his quest, many twists and turns later, leads him to the unlikeliest of places and the strangest of characters, Dushyant discovers there’s a little more to his search than he had anticipated. Will Dushyant discover his mystery woman? What if the wrong girl was really always the right one for him? Will he get a second chance?

Delightful, unconventional and heart-warming, You’ve Got the Wrong Girl is about one man’s journey to discover his heart and the supremely unpredictable nature of love.


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Book Review: Dial D for Don by Neeraj Kumar


Book Review: Dial D for Don by Neeraj Kumar

My view:

Just like the business, Dial D for don is the fact that how an organized crime doing their work in India penned down by non other than former commissioner of Police Neeraj Kumar. The reason why I liked to read the non-fiction is that you will get the true reality, what happened at that particular period or what is happening currently. Although I have read the S Hussin Zaidi but reading the real crime stories through one of the leading enforcement agency of India is truly spectacular.

Reading Dial d for don is like watching a bollywood movie on adrenalin. It show’s the true reality of organized crime in India. Neeraj kumar writes the 11 high profile cases when he was working as a member of CBI. Even though the title of the book is given on the basis of talk with Dawood Ibrahim by Neeraj Kumar, but there are many other cases which are more interesting then the title. Now there is a new bollywood movie which is going to release this year on the famous bootlegger of Gujarat Abdul Latif and Shahrukh khan is going to perform the lead character of the movie, the movie name is Raeess, so if you have read this book you will get to know the glimpses in the life of Abdul Latif. As we Indian’s are die hard fan of Cricket, the story of Match fixing is a must read to know how the fixing is done and how don earns money from betting. There is a story of “Atithi Devo Bhava,” where how our own crime branch is efficient to work with foreign police is perfectly showcased by the author.   

What I liked among this book is how CBI operates; CBI life is full of constraint, interference of politicians, and to work under government which leads to take tuff decisions for Crime branch. We know our police force is capable to cope with criminal but because of our slow judicial system and too much of interference of politician breaks the moral of Indian Police.   

The book is an easy read with super fast pace, it is easily under stable, also to know something from our own CBI is always fascinating, I highly recommend this book to crime lovers. Each and every story are different in their own way, too know how this criminals operate you must read this non-fiction.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Spotlight: False ceiling by Amit Sharma




FALSE CEILINGS 
by
AMIT SHARMA



Blurb

Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes. 

From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin. 

When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family's blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other? 

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Amit Sharma

Amit Sharma's first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications. The book launch happened on 12 Jan 2016 in the World Book Fair in Delhi. 

Amit has been working in a Software Firm since the last ten years. He lives with his family in NCR. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos. 


Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travelers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.

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Friday, 20 May 2016

Book Review: The Alchemist A Graphical Novel

 
A Graphical Novel The Alchemist

My view:

After reading or to be precise watching this graphical novel I totally agree with the saying “Picture says more than a word.” When I was a kid I used to read graphical comics but at that time it was just to pass time. And now reading a novel which has very deep meaning and writing the review for the book which is being translated in more than 50 languages is totally different thing.

Actually this is the first time I am writing any review for the graphical novel, although I have already read this novel when it was first published in India. The graphical novel is very easy to read, the messages can be conveyed easily with limited words; but with more pictures and you can complete it within couple of hours. Here the message of the novel is “when you want something from the bottom of your heart, the universe will help you to achieve it.” According to my view to be frank I liked the original story version, where you yourself can create your own world in your mind, while here you have to see through the eyes of the graphical creator.  

Overall, it’s a good read. I recommend this book to those who needs an instant boost from a monotonous life and also to change their life from northward to southward.

P.S.  My rating is 5/5 for the message of this book and 3/5 for the graphical illustrations.

Friday, 13 May 2016

First look at The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)



First look at The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)



Guardians of the Halahala (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 1) has a new look as well!

The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.

Reviews for Guardians of the Halahala

The story is interknitted with action, brilliant storytelling, and insightful of mythological and legendary elements that get under your skin and challenge the way you perceive history, as only few of the talented authors can. ~ Shreya Ganguly @ The Notepad Reviews

I am intoxicated, drugged, and floating in a world that has come to conquer my senses since the last few days. The world of Vikramaditya. The world carved by author Shatrujeet Nath. ~ Amrit Sinha on Goodreads

The quality of writing is powerful and beautiful, almost surreal. ~ By Manish Mahajan on Amazon

In fact the only disappointing thing about this book was that the second part isn't ready yet. ~ Srikanth Sarathy on Amazon


About the Author
Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.



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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Spotlight: Ruksat The Departure by Sujit Banerjee




RUKHSAT THE DEPARTURE 
BY 
SUJIT BANERJEE
Blurb 
Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing with them is, they never walk alone. They always walk with a group of friends. Each reaches its own climax. Then with a final gasp of mortality and despair, fade away. No, they never die, they multiply. To the extent that the original gets lost and new ones are born. Over and over again. Yes, they get lost. No, they never die. They live on, permanently etched in the book of time. And from there, we borrow them and bring them alive. Again. And again. Here are twenty six of them, some standing alone and some chatting up with their long lost friends. When they depart, they leave a lingering fragrance of nostalgia and curiosity. What happened then?

Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters - from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man's trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man's memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

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Abhimanyu – In the Beginning

I felt the poison of anger raging around me, inside me, pulsating like an entity; anger at the one who betrayed and the one who took advantage of this betrayal. The anger of not being able to stop both. Then the flash of knife and the flowing blood, shimmering in the flames of the torches inside the chamber. Screams followed by hushed voices; bodies being dragged down a flight of stairs. The sound of digging and burying. Later, ruins all around as empires fell and one intrigue chased another through time while swords sliced and arrows whiz past, seeking hearts. Who was I and what was all this about? Why were most of the images that flitted through my head always dark and tinged with red? Rarely, very rarely were they warm and loving. So rarely were they, ever like the sun shining on a cold and shivering memory.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, I grew up in Patna where I finished my post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist! Which was 
good since a Bengali born in UP and reared in Bihar does not make a great Psychologist! Am I now glad to be in tourism? It has taken me all over the world including places you would have never heard of. Eh? How about Tlacotalpan? It’s in Mexico.

Destiny had other plans as well so I became a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today I both heal as well as read Tarot cards. My wife thinks I am mad. My friends think I am weird. I guess I am both. 

My first story was published in a magazine when I was seventeen. The Editor made such a hash of it that I stopped sending out my stories but I continued writing. Then I broke my heart and started writing poems; first in Hindi and then in English. All personal collection. They still remain personal. I do shudder when I read some of them! Then the short stories came back and written over two years - now is a collection.

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