#BOOKREVIEW : CORPOKSHETRA

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TITLE : Corpokshetra
AUTHOR: Deepak Kaul
PUBLISHER : Westland Ltd.
GENRE : Fiction

 

THE BOOK
 

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Catchy and interesting. One that’s sure to tickle one’s curiosity
 

COVER DESIGN

Appealing. Gives an insight into what to expect within the pages.

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Corpokshetra: Mahabharata in the MBA Yug

 

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“It’s a Bloody Good Book!”

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 – strategies 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.
 

WHAT ME FELT ON GOING THROUGH THE BOOK
 

PLOT / STORY-LINE:- Interesting and engaging! One that’s sure to tickle your senses and make you smile right till the end. There is humor, there is satire. Set in the 21st century we find the battle of Kurukshetra being fought in the Corporate boardroom, on the cricket field and golf course. Here Dhramaraj Yudhishtra gambles away everything in a game of poker instead of dice and Krishna plays the role of the wily Consultant hell bent on extracting a fee for each service he renders his clients.

While Kunti maa drowns herself in peg after peg of gin and tonic to cope with stress, Bhishma pittamah is easily fooled into leaving the boardroom battle by a man in womens’ clothes. Told in just 120 pages this epic battle fought in the modern day boardroom is not only hilarious but unique and speaks volumes of the author’s creative side.

CHARACTERIZATION:- The characters are well developed with all their imperfections. But yes, I felt the Duryodhana of ‘Corpokshetra’ was way too mild when compared to the Duryodhana of the original epic ‘Mahabharata’. What I further liked about the characterization was that the characters are easily relatable. One can easily understand why they act as they do. There is no element of the supernatural.

LANGUAGE & PACE: – Language is simple, crisp and lucid thus making it an easy and enjoyable read. The pace is perfect no speeding up nor slackening down, just smooth and fast enough to keep the reader engaged till the end.
 

VERDICT
 

‘Corpokshetra’ is in every sense truly ‘A bloody good book’ one you must definitely pick up. I’ll give this book of ‘an epic story retold for the MBA generation’ a 4 on 5.

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THE AUTHOR

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A chartered accountant by profession Deepak Kaul specializes in international tax. Deepak loves reading and writing is his aspirational hobby which he hopes to pursue as a vocation in the long run.

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DISCLAIMER

A copy of this book was provided to me by logonew2 in exchange for an honest review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the publisher.
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Spotlight: Vikram Rana Investigates

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VIKRAM RANA INVESTIGATES
BY
SHARMISHTHA SHENOY

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Vikram Rana Murder Mysteries set in Hyderabad…… 

The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion 

When the glamourous socialite Richa Lohia is poisoned in her mansion in Jubilee Hills, her brother-in-law hires his mate, ex-cop Vikram Rana, to solve this murder. This is Vikram’s first case and he, along with Inspector Gopi Reddy, must solve the case even if they face opposition from the richest and powerful family in Hyderabad, who would stop at nothing to defend themselves. 

The Sonia Sinha Case 

When property developer Krishna Dhavala is stabbed to death in Necklace Road, everyone suspects Mrs. Dhavala to be the murderer of her alcoholic and abusive husband. But is that really the case? Vikram Rana and Inspector Reddy have a tough time uncovering the murderer and Vikram himself almost dies trying to solve this case. Experience the mystery along with the duo as they fight their way through the maze of lies, deceit and greed. 

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From “The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion”
“Kinshuk sprang out of bed and followed his uncle, Rohan along the passage to his mother Richa’s bedroom.
Rohan’s wife, Kiara joined them along with Richa’s personal maid Lakshmi and two more servants. Everyone seemed to be in a state of awestricken fear.
Kinshuk turned to his uncle, ‘What should we do? Father is not here.’
Never had Kinshuk’s weak nature been more apparent, Rohan thought in distaste. Rohan rattled the handle of his sister-in-law Richa’s door violently, but with no effect. The whole household was aroused by now. The most alarming sounds were audible from the interior of the locked bedroom. Clearly something must be done.”
What could have been going on the room? What triggered it?
Mrs Lohia was lying in her bed having seizures. In her agony she must have overturned the bedside table. As they entered, her limbs relaxed and she fell back on her pillow.
“I cannot see properly” she complained. Rohan and Kinshuk looked at each other helplessly. A strangled cry from the bed startled them. A fresh bout of pain had seized Richa. The seizures were terrible to behold. At that moment dr Agnihotri pushed his way into the room authoritatively. At the same instant, Richa cried “Rohan…. Rohan” then she fell back on the pillows motionless. 
Why was Richa killed? Why did she take Rohan’s name?
From the Sonia Sinha case:
“He reached the meeting place at 8 pm sharp. The headlights of his car revealed a woman in a burqa waiting by the roadside. She waved her hand. Krishna stopped the car and she got in. As she removed her veil, Krishna started in surprise. At the same time another man got into the back of his car. Confused, Krishna looked at the man. Then his eyes widened in fear.”
Whom did Krishna see? Who was the woman in burqa?

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Sharmishtha Shenoy loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she herself likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. She was born in Calcutta and has done her post-graduation from University of Reading, Great Britain. She lives in Hyderabad.

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Spotlight: The Mahabharata Code

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THE MAHABHARATA CODE
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KARTHIK K.B.RAO




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“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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Karthik K.B. Rao

Karthik Rao is a 32-year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He lives with his wife Sushma, parents and two little sons Kaustubh Krishna and Raghav Krishna aged 4 and 1, respectively. He says, he gets to meditate close to 3 hours every day on his bike thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology. He also plays plastic ball cricket with his sons.


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#BOOKREVIEW- S.O.A.R.

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TITLE: S.O.A.R – Success over advesity reigns
AUTHOR : Abir Mukherjee
PUBLISHER: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.)
GENRE: Fiction
 

THE BOOK
 

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Interesting. One that’s sure to raise your curiosity.
 

COVER DESIGN
 
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Needs to be revisited to make it eye-catching and appealing.
 

THE BLURB

 
Frustrated with their current jobs, Uday, Adhyayan, and Rajasekaran team up to start an innovative business, non-existent in India until then. Ignoring all pragmatic aspects of life, they chase their dreams with immense pleasure. However, their journey is no cakewalk, as they confront financial crisis and rejections soon. Uday plays a business trick to triumph over that uninfluenced market; it works initially, but soon boomerangs, blowing the team apart. The police arrests Uday accusing him of illegal activity by his organization.

Were there any blemishes in their plan or was it just a typical Indian market, reluctant to accept an un-experimented concept? Will they be successful in implementing their innovation, staking their hard earned money, stable jobs, relationships, and life ‘S.O.A.R is the story of chasing a dream, quandary between desire and responsibility, friendship and love. Join the gutsy journey of three young entrepreneurs.
 

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE – A Simple read? Yes. Realistic? Well, I wouldn’t say it is totally realistic. There are events/ situations which are hard to believe. That said, what I liked about the storyline is the thought process that must have spurred the author to pen this book. While S.O.A.R is all about crossing hurdles and achieving one’s dreams, the book brings to fore a few things that are a norm these days – 1) People switch jobs easily without batting an eyelid. It comes to them as naturally as changing their clothes. 2) Youngsters unlike their elder counterparts are ready to take risks to achieve their dreams. 3) People are so crazy about achieving success that they often give a deaf ear to sound advice/ are indifferent to the trauma caused by their actions, to their beloved ones. 4) The fall-out of not being able to strike a balance between one’s professional and personal life………

There is a bit of humor, a bit of romance, a bit of deceit, but overall it is all about trying to live one’s dream.

PACE- There are times when one has to go back and forth to get a hold on what actually is happening. This is because the transition from present to past to present is often abrupt. This has affected the pace of the story to a great extent.

EDITING – Needs to be tightened. Certain usages don’t seem to fit in well with the context/ story and tend to become stumbling blocks.

VERDICT

Overall a nice read, one that needs a little fine-tuning to make it more enjoyable. I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.

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THE AUTHOR

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A small town boy, Abir Mukherjee travelled all the way from Bardhamam in West Bengal to the U.S.A. to live his dream of a successful software personnel. Somewhere along the path he also took out time to give wings to his passion for the world of letters. ‘As Life Has No Undo’ is his debut novel and S.O.A.R. is his second offering to the literary world. He writes to entertain and not to offer advice. Abir loves to doodle with the pencil too during his spare time.

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DISCLAIMER

A copy of this book was provided to me by Author Paradise in exchange for an honest review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the publisher.
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#Spotlight: The Secret of God’s Son by Usha Narayanan

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THE SECRET OF GOD’S SON
by
Usha Narayanan



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‘The seas will devour the glorious city of Dwaraka.
People will forget your name and your Gita!
May the world perish!
May the world perish!’ 

 

With this cruel curse on Krishna, Queen Gandhari plunges mankind into the unspeakable evil of the Kali Yuga. 

It is up to Pradyumna to try and reverse the dire prediction. To journey into terrifying realms, confront Yama and Shiva, and to vanquish the Kali demon. In order to do so, he must shed all that holds a mortal back—his arrogance, his fears, his baser instincts… He must lead his people out of the swirling vortex of greed, disease and misery. And there is one powerful weapon still…the secret surrounding Pradyumna’s origin.  

Will he uncover it in time to fight off the cataclysm? 
In the answer lies the destiny of all humanity! 

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USHA NARAYANAN

Usha Narayanan had a successful career in advertising, radio and corporate communications before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of The Madras Mangler, a suspense thriller, and Love, Lies and Layoffs, a light-hearted office romance. The Secret of God’s Son is the sequel to her bestselling book, Pradyumna: Son of Krishna, which was published in July 2015. 

When she’s not juggling travel, writing and interviews, Usha reads everything from thrillers to romances, provided her cat isn’t fast asleep on her Kindle. She would love to hear from her readers here: author@ushanarayanan.com 

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Praise for Pradyumna: Son of Krishna

Usha Narayanan has taken a quantum leap . . . to the outright spine-tingling narrative from the leaves of a time before. This book is Indian writing coming of ageFemina

Like the best of our mythological tales, this too, is a multilayered one . . .There is valour, there is cowardice, there is glory, there is shame, there is sex, lies and deceptionThe Hindu

This engrossing tale takes readers on a mythological sagaTimes of India

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#BOOKREVIEW – LOT FOR OTHERS

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TITLE : Lot for others
AUTHOR: Sweta
PUBLISHER: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)

THE BOOK

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Do the looks of a person matter in a true relationship? Why does a relationship end? Just because the redundant questions of the society can’t be answered? What would you feel when you meet that one person, whom you had left once upon a time, for the sake of his happiness in this ever-judging world, but whose actual happiness was in you, something you didn’t understand then. How would you react when you have to choose either one of two important things? Can life always give you a second chance? The story revolves around Ishanvi, a chubby girl. Everyone likes her, but only a few love her. Her looks are not appealing, whereas, her heart is of gold. She always puts herself behind others. She thinks of the world before contemplating about herself. What will happen when she gets into a relationship with a guy who is the dream man of every girl? Read the book to find answers to these questions, which, one day, you may ask yourself in life.

 

ME FEELS

Story-line: Interesting. ‘Lot for Others’ starts with the narrator rejecting a suitor proposed by her mother, just because he is not the dream-man she looks forward to invite in her life. According to her he is a dumbo who “..is not brilliant with his looks. He is tall but not that handsome. He is dark but not that attractive.” It reveals the typical mindset of a youngster romantic at heart yet not practical in approach. Does her perception of beauty and looks change? Well for that you will have to read the story of Ishanvi whose diary jottings Sweta the narrator has a chance to go through. But here it is the other way round. Ishanvi is the ‘ugly duckling’ plump and self conscious, who can’t figure out what a good-looking guy like Vivaan sees in her that he is keen to make her a part of his life. Affected by what others say and what others feel Ishanvi takes some decisions that have far-reaching consequences on the lives of others. Does Ishanvi ultimately find true love? Will she shed her inhibitions about her looks? Will she give life a second chance? Will the story of Ishanvi open Sweta’s eyes? ‘Lot for Others’ will answer.The book in short, focuses on the inner turmoil that the ‘not so good looking’ go through, the psychology behind important decisions they take pertaining to their life, the reason for their low self-esteem and society’s hand in molding their character and shaping their thoughts . The book has its fair measure of twists and turns, romance and suspense.

Characterization : The characters are well-developed with all their imperfections.

Language and Pace : Simple and steady. At no point do you find the pace slackening nor the author hurrying up with the events.

Editing: This is where I found the book wanting. The editing needs to be tightened to take care of grammatical errors, wrong/ misplaced usage of words/ phrases as well as to make the story smooth and more enjoyable.
 

VERDICT

Overall an enjoyable read and a wonderful attempt by a budding writer (Sweta Sahu, the author is just a school girl), I’ll give the book a 3 out of 5. 

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SWETA SAHU THE AUTHOR

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A school girl with a wish to make a mark in life, Sweta Sahu believes that each person is a story by himself. Time and situation play a vital role in shaking a person from his/her reverie and making him/her aware of the story within him/ her. It is this belief that has helped Sweta pen ‘Lot for Others.’

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DISCLAIMER

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the publisher.
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#BOOKREVIEW : ANANYA

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TITLE: Ananya – A journey towards light
AUTHOR: Urmila Deshpande
PUBLISHERS: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
GENRE: Fiction

THE BOOK

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Her real parents were dead by the time she was five years old.

Her grandfather certified her as cursed.

A period of fifteen years has passed. Raised by adoptive parents, Ananya became a swan from an ugly duckling. And then suddenly one day, she finds herself going through a transformation.

What follows is a series of mysterious incidents, a strong force of destiny, propelling her towards the unknown, something that is beyond logic or reasoning. In this journey towards light, she meets people who introduce her to the loving divine energy and also the dark energy of the devil.

Ananya, an intelligent, logical young girl, finds herself on the verge of insanity. She cannot understand these mysterious forces. Is the divine pouring her love on her or is it her mind which is playing tricks at the behest of the devil?

ME THINKS

WOWs!!

Story-line: Thought provoking. The story is not that of the protagonist Ananya alone but that of an entire family. It delves into human psychology or child psychology to be precise. The deceased go but what they often leave behind is not only sorrowing souls but emotions that if not handled properly, are sometimes likely to cause havoc in the lives of the living.

Indian society often looks upon the child whose parents die in his/her infancy/ early childhood years as cursed. Often such children grow up being constantly reminded of this dark side of their being without considering the consequences of this allegation on their innocent minds. While some become introverts and keep to themselves/ slowly fall into a state of depression, others become aggressive and are branded rebels. Either way, the damage is done and the fragile flower wilts young / is destroyed in the bud itself. The tale of Ananya is a fine example of this apathy of society to the orphaned baby. But in Ananya’s case the silver lining is Shobhana her foster mother who is ready to go to any extent to protect her.

‘Ananya’ is a story with a strong, realistic and relatable plot. It is the tale of the disturbed, the traumatized and their fears, their inhibitions and their silent cry for help. It has the power to shake the sensitive.

Characterization: Characters though few, are well- fleshed out and are easily relatable.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

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Editing: The editing could have been tighter with special attention being paid to grammar and usage of certain terms and phrases.

VERDICT

Overall a simple and quick read I’ll give the book a 3 out of 5.

 

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DISCLAIMER

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the publisher.
 

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#BOOKREVIEW – Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags (Nina the Philosopher, #2)

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TITLE – Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags (Nina the Philosopher, #2)
AUTHOR – Judy Balan
PUBLISHER – Harper ( An imprint of Harper Collins)
GENRE – Fiction (Comedy)

 

THE BOOK

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#Tweenache101: First, there’s PMS (it’s real and it’s painful and can someone please make it stop?). Second, there’s #The Boy. Yes, that’s right. The BOY. And third, there’s a #New Dad in the picture. Actually, he’s an old dad, but if Nina’s never met him before, he totally counts as new, right? And worst of all, there’s the #Nerd Wars. There’s a new nerd in the classroom and she might be even nerdier than Nina.
This. Can’t. Be. Good.

 

From the author of How To Stop Your Grownup From Making Bad Decisions, here’s another hilarious season in the life of #NinaThePhilosopher.

 

ME FEELS

 

PLOT – Interesting, intriguing and engaging the book is written from a 12 year old girl’s perspective, her belief’s, her anxieties, her emotions as she waits on the threshold of the upcoming teenage years and puberty and her take on the upheavals going on in the lives of her sister and mother.
 
Interspersed with nuggets of wisdom this book which is in the form of blog writings by Nina the 12 year old is not only interesting, intriguing and engaging as I mentioned earlier but hilarious and thought provoking at the same time. In fact I’d also like to say that the author has done a wonderful job as far as the suspense angle is concerned in the book. One can’t foresee what is coming in the upcoming pages without going through them i.e. there is no room for skipping pages and that itself speaks volumes about the book.
 
CHARACTERIZATION – Nina’s blog entries bring alive the characters. In fact one feels that they are right before one’s eyes. Each character is well- developed and live.
 
LANGUAGE- Simple, crisp and lucid.
 
STYLE – A new yet enjoyable and refreshing style, the narration is sure to rouse the reader’s interest.
 
PACE- Perfect. At no point in the book did I find my interest wane.

 

VERDICT

 
A wonderful and refreshing read especially for teenagers, I’ll give this book 4 on a scale of 5.

 

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JUDY BALAN THE AUTHOR

 

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Born in Madras (present day Chennai) in India, Judy Balan is the author of Two Fates: The Story of My Divorce, Sophie Says: Memoirs of a Breakup Coach, How to Stop Your Grownup From Making Bad Decisions (Nina the Philosopher #1), Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags (Nina the Philosopher #2) and Half Boyfriend.

Her ‘Two Fates: The Story of My Divorce’ is a parody of Chetan Bhagat’s Two States: The Story of My Marriage.

 

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DISCLAIMER

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Cover Reveal: Conspiracy at Meru

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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

 
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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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BOOK REVIEW- THE DORMANT STATE

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TITLE : The Dormant State
AUTHOR: Dibya Satpathy
GENRE : Political Thriller

THE BOOK

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Aniruddh is a non-conforming, spirited, unorthodox young man, bound by the shackles of tradition. Brought up in one of India’s poorer states – he experiences first-hand, through his middle-class upbringing, the gruesome realities of governance in the country. His youthful exuberance and provocative circumstances leave him with no option but to take on the system. On entering the murky world of politics, he is forced to confront with evils, which he hadn’t bargained for. The events in his life leave his relationships at peril as he lurches along the forlorn lanes of insecurity. His transformation from an honest novice mutineer to a guile political leader brings out the layers in his character. Amidst strained relations, friendships that turn ugly and back-stabbing foes, Aniruddh has to govern a dormant state and win over the masses.

The climax is a gripping tale of sinister moves and counter moves that end up bringing out the devil in him in a moment of self adjudication.

ME FEELS

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Storyline : Interesting, intriguing and engaging, the book takes the reader on a virtual tour of a state riddled with problems. While on the one hand we come across the rise of a lad of humble origins, one who is pure of heart and feels strongly for his fellow beings, on the other we also come across those wily beings whose every breath stinks of deceit.

In short, the story is a mirror to the dirty politics played in not only Odisha but in almost every state of India. There’s nothing new that we don’t know yet how many of us has the guts to put it across in black and white. Kudos to the courage shown by the author.

While there are some interesting twists and turns that keep the reader on tenterhooks, the climax is the icing on the cake.

Characterization: The character of the protagonist i.e. Annirudh Mishra is well – developed. However I feel that the characters of some of the other players in the story like that of Vishnu, Deepak, etc. have a lot of potential. They could have been given some more space and importance in the story. It would have added more spice to the plot.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

Pace: Though slow at first it picked up in the second half.

OOPs!!!

Narrative: Long winding narratives while explaining the state of affairs in Odisha acted as hurdles at times. Similarly some generalized / sweeping statements proved to be irritants in an otherwise well-crafted plot.

THE VERDICT

An interesting thriller one that’s sure to make you guessing regarding the man behind the scene, the one who pulls the strings and the climax, I’ll give it 3 on a scale of 5.

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