BOOK REVIEW : THE SEVENTH CUP

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The Seventh Cup
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Nitesh Jain 


THE BOOK


TITLE :The Seventh Cup
AUTHOR: Nitesh Jain
PUBLISHER :Cyberwit.net
GENRE: Fiction (Thriller)



THE EXTERIOR

Speaks a lot. Simple but with a lot of elements


THE BLURB

A student of history in Switzerland goes missing.

A man drinks exactly seven cups of coffee everyday in the same restaurant and believes in Mind Transportation. Two newly married Swiss detective agents arrive and then begins a shocking tale of love, friendship, betrayal and death. From the colorful coasts of Goa, India to the enchanting backdrop of Zurich,Switzerland, the mystery of Verona Schmidt baffles everyone. With shocking twists and turns in every chapter, The Seventh Cup might just have the addictive flavor to stir the readers mind…may be forever !!!


THE BRAIN BEHIND THE BOOK


Brought up in the beautiful state of Assam in India, Nitesh Jain spent his youth in BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus only to graduate as a Chemical Engineer in 2010. After a six month stint as a trainee at Aditya Birla Chemicals, Thailand, Nitesh went on to pursue his post graduation in Chemical and Bio-engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He later worked as an intern at BASF AG, Basel. These two years in Switzerland brought the author and thinker in him to the fore. It was during this period that he conceptualized The Seventh Cup.

Apart from writing, Nitesh also loves photography and the very idea of travelling to new countries to explore different cultures excites him. Having visited Thailand, Switzerland, Italy, Germany,France, Austria and The Netherlands he now looks forward to visiting Turkey, Australia and the Nordic countries. He seconds Paulo Coelho’s belief that “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it!!!”

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‘THE SEVENTH CUP’& ME

What spurred me on to take up the book?

The title & the blurb on The Book Club. After reading the blurb I was curious to know the significance of the seventh cup in the story-line. I wondered what prompted the man to drink exactly seven cups of coffee and that too at the same restaurant. My curiosity got the better of me and I decided to sign up for The Book Club’s Blog Tour for the same.


AFTER READING THE BOOK

There are some ‘WOW!’ factors and some ‘OOPs!’ things too.So on with the same –


WOWS!!!

The Story-line: Interesting, intriguing, full of twists and turns that are enough to keep the reader hooked. There are some nail-biting moments too ( I know it’s bad habit. But then sometimes you get so engrossed in the book that you realize what you’re doing only when it hurts). A mix of mystery, murder and romance, The Seventh Cup has some exciting moments that are bound to interest the reader and make him/ her don on the thinking cap.

Could not help smiling in the part where there is a mention of Indians taking studies ‘like managing a business firm and being more bothered about exam schedules and grades.’ So true in today’s context where parents are hell bent on churning out only engineers and doctors. No other profession seems respectable to them. The day a child is born its parents have its career planned out for it. They are least bothered about what the child wants or whether he/ she is capable of fulfilling their dreams.

Characterization: Wonderful. Especially that of Avinash the main protagonist. You can relate to some of his actions. But some cannot be justified. However that’s what happening around us especially in cases where love goes unrequited.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

Climax: The icing on the cake. Loved it.


OOPs!!!

Editing: Flawed at many places. It was not only the grammatical errors that had me gritting my teeth but certain wrong usages and spelling errors too left me scowling. ( I know it’s bad for the skin but could not help it).The author needs to get these corrected before bringing out the next edition.

Pace: Slow in the first half. Unnecessary repetition of certain scenes enacted between Avinash and Verona at some places, could be avoided. These turned out to be stumbling blocks that affected the smooth flow of the story adversely. Similarly the conversations between Avinash and Verona as well as Susanne and Thomas lose direction at times making one wish to skip them/take a break.

Language: The flowery language at some places, seems odd and unnecessary.


RATING

A wonderful plot. I’ll give ‘The Seventh Cup’ 3 on a scale of 5.

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