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Book Review: The Woman Who Saw The Future

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TITLE: The Woman Who Saw The Future
AUTHOR: Amit Sharma
PUBLISHER: Readomania
GENRE: Fiction ( Suspense)
ISBN: 9789385854552
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
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Sapna Vaid has lived with a unique power for a decade; a power that turned her from a timid, wide-eyed, college-going girl into the most influential and powerful Goddess on Earth. Sapna can see the future and saves thousands of people around the world every year through her record-breaking, popular show ‘Lucky People’. The show had given Sapna’s life a meaning and gives her the courage to sleep every night, where death and blood await her in her dreams.

Even though the world is at her feet, the power costs Sapna her personal life. Thousands of prayers that come her way every year are her only solace, her only reason to live.

When a blinding hatred leads to a desperate act of revenge, a single misuse of her great power triggers a reversal of her fortunes. Now she must decide the path she has to take to preserve her unique gift and her fame, even if it turns her into a murderer on the brink of insanity.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

Deviating from my normal pattern of review let me begin with what prompted me to take up the book. Was it the author, the blurb or something else?

Well frankly, the first thing I look into when I pick up a book to read is the genre and the blurb. I do of course browse the net to find out if there are any reviews online for the same. As far as writers I’ve read before are concerned, it’s generally the genre that matters. However, I took up ‘The Woman Who Saw The Future’ because it came from the ‘House of Readomania,’ and I must admit they did not disappoint me this time too. They once again proved that they are one of the best publishing houses in India. Their editing team is truly one of the best. Kudos to them. 👏

Now moving on….

The plot is unique; the storyline is gripping as well as intriguing and the narrative takes the story forward flawlessly. Who would think nightmares could mint money and skyrocket people to fame. Well, that’s exactly what the story puts forth. A harmless exercise with the aim of saving and providing succor to possible victims of accidents, calamities, etc., snowballs into a show of a magnitude that even the protagonist has not envisaged. With it comes fame and money. Revered by millions, she became a goddess of sorts in a short span. But……. was the fame, the money, the fan following worth the turmoil in her personal life ? To know that and a lot more, you will have to read the story of Sapna Vaid the woman who saw the future.

A story of nightmares, fame and following, ‘The Woman Who Saw The Future’ is also the story of innocence lost and failed relationships. It is the story of love, despair and much more. A package of emotions bundled together waiting for a release, the story is in short, all about human psychology.

Narrated from the point of view of multiple characters, the book helps us sum up each of the characters well, and makes it easy for us to relate to their thoughts and actions. In fact even those that don’t make an appearance to narrate their side of the story like Kabir, come live before our eyes making the characterization part of the book remarkable. Yes, if there is someone I would truly love to get to know more about, it is Vikrant Vaid i.e. Sapna Vaid’s brother.

The language is simple, crisp and free-flowing, and the pace is perfect. Never felt my interest waning. So, there was no question of a yawn escaping my mouth, or my brain making a wish for a break, even a wee-one.
 
 
VERDICT
 
 
An engaging read, one which can either make you sit up and think of the weird ways of destiny, or up the antennae of suspicion in you making you wonder where the story is leading to i.e. nudge the detective in you to unravel the mystery of Sapna Vaid, the book scores a 4 on a scale of 5.
 
 


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MEET THE AUTHOR

AMIT SHARMA
 

An IT professional, Amit Sharma’s hobbies are varied. They range from reading, watching world cinema, traveling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He joined the ever growing band of Indian Authors with

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Book Review: The Ghosts of Gurugram

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TITLE: The Ghosts of Gurugram
AUTHOR: Debeshi Gooptu
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B0778R9VVZ
 
 
THE BOOK
 
 


 
 
BLURB
 
 
When twenty-six-year-old Tara Chatterjee moves to Gurgaon to make a fresh start after a painful breakup, she finds herself in the middle of a peculiar situation. Her new home is inhabited by a ghost, a woman only she can see! Who is this woman and why does she keep appearing in front of Tara with her motley crew of friends? Will Tara be able to make sense of the chaos in her own life and unravel the secret of her haunted apartment?

Insightful and moving with flashes of wit, the story takes a look at the darker side of Gurgaon’s development and the growing menace of suicide and dowry-related deaths in the Millennium City.
 
 
MY TAKE
 
 
PLOT/ STORYLINE: The blurb ignites a spark of interest that does not fizzle out as most cracker flower-pots do these days. Instead the spark takes on an interesting hue that if the author wanted, could give the reader goose bumps. But interestingly the spark instead of turning dark and ominous is …….. I’ll leave it for those interested in reading the book to read and discover what I mean. No spoilers here. 🙂

A thriller of sorts, the book has at its core a relevant yet disturbing malady, a sad psychological state and an attempt to understand the issues that drive people to their end.

As the blurb states, the book is insightful and emotional. It addresses a serious topic with a subtle approach.Peppered with a wee bit of wit and humor, the book makes one wonder where we as a human race are heading to with concrete pillars piling up around us, hills, mountains, rivers and jungles disappearing by the minute and the ugly monster named greed overpowering our good sense. We are knowingly or unknowingly caging ourselves, and slowly yet steadily inviting our doom.

The twists and turns though not many, are interesting. However, I must admit that the icing on the cake is definitely the last part of the ‘Epilogue.’ I did not see that coming.

Characterization: Perfect. The characters are well-developed, and one can in fact visualize each one of those appearing in the story and relate to their emotions with ease.

Language: Simple, crisp and lucid with no pebbles (typos) to take away the taste nor jargon to act as stumbling blocks. It is free flowing.
 
 
VERDICT
 
 
So as it is, the story made an interesting read, the characterization helped me live the life of the characters and understand their side of the story well, the language made it a smooth journey from the beginning till the end. But…….

Wondering what it is that still makes me hold back that one star that could give the book a 5 on a scale of 5?

The answer is: The storyline. It holds a lot of scope for further development. I felt that the plot though brilliant, has not been developed to its full potential. Reading it was like enjoying a truly sumptuous meal only to find that the dessert an integral part of the feast, is missing. So I am eagerly looking forward to a sequel of the book to take care of this grievance. 🙂


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Book Review: Ramona by Manoj V Jain

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TITLE: Ramona
AUTHOR: Manoj V Jain
PUBLISHER: Notion Press
GENRE: Fiction
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 
COVER
 

Apt! Complements the book, which is a window to a woman’s mental turmoil on being ‘deserted’ by the man with whom she set out to weave dreams beautiful.
 
 

 
 
BLURB
 
 

Sitting on an armchair near the window, Ramona-separated, mother of a son and a cookery teacher-muses on the events that have happened in her life in the recent past. A letter from her husband, not even nearly justifying his mysterious disappearance, shocks her and topples her world upside down. Bombarded by a thousand questions, accusations, a tumult of emotions and confusion, she begins to untie the knots one at a time with help from her family. But what she wasn’t able to do over months, a stranger does within a matter of minutes.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

A sequel to ‘Balraj’ yet a stand-alone read, ‘Ramona’ can be categorized as a novella. A short read of around 100 pages, the book takes us on a ride through the life of the protagonist Ramona the ‘deserted’ wife of Balraj. Wading through a sea of emotions that range from denial to despair to anger to rebellion and finally a sense of calm, Ramona’s inner turmoil is nothing short of a ‘samudra manthan’(Churning of the ocean) of sorts. In the process she encountered the ‘Halahala’ (the poison) in the form of anger, the Ratnas( precious stones) that, took the form of the realization of the importance of her in-laws and the Amrita (sweet nectar) the calm that descended on her after going through the painful churning process- the climax.

A psychological read of sorts told in a simple, lucid and crisp language, the book is relatable and offers food for thought. We often tend to ignore our blessing and instead dwell on our woes without realizing that it is the blessings that drive us on, make life beautiful and fill it with sunshine.

A straightforward story, Ramona is also a grim reminder of the fact that often couples take their partner for granted only to drift apart. It is a reminder that even the ‘madly in love’ couple do fall out once they experience the grind of everyday life, unless they make it a point to find quality time for the other. Relationships don’t last merely on ‘love.’ To make them last a lifetime, one need to constantly work on them, feed and water them, tend to them with care and ensure that they remain fresh and charming. Neglect them, and they begin to wilt and slowly fade away into oblivion.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 

A short and breezy read with the power to make one think, the book scores a 4 on a scale of 5.
 
 

Want to get an insight into ‘BALRAJ?’ Well, here’s MY TAKE on the book.


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Book Review: This Delicious Life

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TITLE: This Delicious Life
AUTHOR: Lekshmi Gopinathan
FORMAT: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B0778WXHXR
 
 
THE BOOK
 
 


THE BLURB
 
 
Spluttering, simmering and steaming. A story that makes you hungry and feeds your soul. From Jaffna Crab Curry to Mor Kuzhambu, Spinach Casseroles and Tiramisu, nestled in the tiny fishing village of Iraalpatinam, comes a delicious and heartwarming tale of food, life and love. Meet the valiant lady sarpanch, the food blogger in search of peace, the able District Collector, a nomadic football coach and the beautiful fisher folks of this quaint village all bound together by their love for food. A yummy story of friendship, love and spices.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 
The Main Course
 
 
Heavenly! Correct ingredients measured out in the right quantity and blended perfectly in just 214 pages to serve the perfect feast for the bibliophile in me; ‘This Delicious Life’ took me through a range of emotions and left me wanting more.

Refreshing and unique, the story starts with food and ends with food and in between we get to meet a range of people each with a story, a sorrow of their own, determined to live life on their own terms and make the best of it. What happens when their paths cross? Discover in ‘This Delicious Life.’

Each chapter in the book introduces a dish, its ingredients and its preparation but what strikes one is the way the same is seamlessly stitched into a story with two women poles apart in nature at its core, and the people they live among / come into contact. So in effect you have a story a fiction and a dish a reality. Is this symbolic? To me, yes after all don’t the stories that we weave sprout from life’s experiences. Sugared with imagination and spiced with tit-bits of gossip, rumors and our own observations these experiences are then dished out as fiction; the better the cook, the tastier the dish i.e. fiction.

An ‘allspice,’ the story is seasoned with a few twists and turns and has a dash of suspense that’s sure to tickle the brain while trying to satiate your stomach for a good read.

The characters are well developed, relatable and contribute to the story in their own humble way without standing out as the odd one, one who may force a raised brow or invite a sneer. While Radhamma comes across as a simple, down to earth, committed and determined lady, Matilda is a wild yet lovable character someone opposite to Radhamma but with the ability to complement her. Vishal, Gerry and Venkat the sub characters, act as lubricants that ensure that the story moves forward smoothly without a hitch.

The language is simple, crisp and lucid and the pace is perfect.
 
 

Dessert
 
 
Some truly wonderful quotes that left a lingering taste in the mouth :

“…..meditation is not sitting in a spot everyday and concentrating on a light in our head. It’s letting your senses feel every emotion, every instant, every moment in all their glory. Meditation is life, it’s not a compulsive routine.”

“…there is a lot of creativity, art and emotions behind every meal cooked. Cook like you would for the one you love the most and I believe it will taste better than the best.”
 
 

A tip that’s sure to spice up ‘The Delicious Life’ further?
 
 
Yes. Doing away with those typographical errors that stick out and taking a relook at the usage of ‘their’ at a few places.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 
A wholesome, mouth-watering meal dished out by a Super Chef, I’ll give the book 4 on a scale of 5.


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Book Review: An Awfully BIG Adventure

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TITLE: An Awfully BIG Adventure
AUTHOR: Aniesha Brahma
GENRE: Fiction ( Fantasy)
FORMAT: Kindle eBook
ASIN: B076QG52JK
 
 

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Seventeen-year-old Yoshita Ray has stopped believing in happily ever after and fairy tales ever since her mother abandoned her. But now that her father’s married again, Yoshita’s world is turned upside down by her new stepbrother, the ten-year-old true believer, Tanay Mukherjee.

On his twelfth birthday, Tanay makes a wish which whisks them away to a magical land where all the fairy tale characters are real! While Yoshita wants to do nothing but leave this place behind, her stepbrother wants to stay.

Will the rather unfortunately timed adventure tear the stepsiblings apart or will it play a hand in bringing them closer together?

Join them on An Awfully BIG Adventure to find out!
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

When children her age believed in fairy tales and happily ever after’s, little Yogita turned the cynic all because of a broken home. Things changed over the years with Yogita’s father taking in a new wife but inspite of being fond of her stepmother and stepbrother, Yogita could never ever get over the blow that her parents’ divorce had dealt her i.e. until something unexpected happened on her stepbrother’s twelfth birthday, something akin to a big adventure one that would force her to look at things in a new perspective.

Interesting, intriguing and inviting, ‘The Awfully BIG Adventure’ is a novella of just ninety nine pages that will transport you to your childhood and nudge you to remember those little characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Alladin, Pinocchio etc. deeply entrenched somewhere at the back of your mind, make you smile and wonder if life is actually all about ‘happily ever after’ or the reverse, whether we are mere puppets of our circumstances or is it our way of thinking that molds our destiny. In short, ‘The Awfully BIG Adventure’ is not merely a piece of fiction but a psychological take on the human attitude of distrust and cynicism, an attitude that takes root on account of adverse circumstances and needs something really awfully big to address it.

The language is simple, crisp and lucid while the pace is perfect. There are a few typographical errors here and there that need to be fixed.

My only grudge…….. The book ended too soon. Would have loved to see a bit more of action and interaction between the protagonists and the residents of The Charmed City and would have felt satiated with a bigger dose of magic. These would have given a better insight into the woes of the residents of the magical land as well as made it easier to understand and appreciate the intentions of the Queen in trying to thwart the siblings from leaving the city or permitting the residents of the city to try rewriting their story.

 
 

VERDICT
 
 

An interesting short read. I’ll give the book a 3 on a scale of 5.


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MEET THE STORY TELLER

ANIESHA BRAHMA

Aniesha Brahma wanted to be an author since she was six years old. She was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She studied in Dolna Day School and completed her college degrees (including MPhil) in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She works as a social media strategist/marketing executive, is the founder and editor of BUZZ Magazine and blogs (almost) regularly at http://www.anieshabrahma.com. Her debut novel was The Secret Proposal. It was followed by The Guitar Girl, When Our Worlds Collide and All Signs Lead Back to You. She has also worked on children’s books like P.C. Chandra’s Awesome Four and General Press’ Children’s Classic Stories. She was part of the UK-India 2017 India Wales’ The Valley, City and Village (VCV) Project and a speaker at Hay Festival 2017. Aniesha is extremely active on social media and you can get in touch with her by writing to her at contact@anieshabrahma.com.

 
 

Book Review: Fragments by Janaki Nagaraj

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TITLE: Fragments
AUTHOR: Janki Nagaraj
GENRE: Fiction (Anthology of short stories of various genre)
PUBLISHER: Amazon
ASIN : B074G4W2TD
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
BLURB (on Goodreads)
 
 
“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could” – Georgia O’Keeffe.

A serial killer on the loose who chooses a particular day of the month to kill his victims; a strained father – son relationship, when the father returns home after being presumed dead; a girl who can go to any extent for her career and money; a woman openly acknowledging the presence of the many ‘other women’ in her life; a lady’s dark past finally catches up with her… Life is an ongoing sequence of events meshed with everyday mundaneness so that it becomes difficult to isolate them.

‘Fragments’ captures the essence of those parts of our lives that we are not proud to show to others. It takes you through a range of emotions and leaves a big question mark on what is supposed to be.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

A motley collection of short stories that bring out the various facets of life and human emotions, ‘Fragments’ touches hearts and tickles the brain. Each story is a surprise and showcases the creative side of the storyteller beautifully.

While ‘The Ritual’ defied the ‘sleuth’ in me and caught me unawares by its unpredictable climax, ‘The Homecoming’ captured the agony of the disfigured soldier, father to a son who hates his very sight, well. One can’t help but empathize with both father and son given that both of them are suffering the only difference being that while the father suffers on account of being the cause of the son’s agony and depression, the son suffers because of pent up emotions and misplaced hatred.

Close Call’ was a bit of a disappointment I must admit, but then the next one ‘The Last Laugh’ compensated for it. The title sure misled me till the last few lines. But then what is the use of building up a suspense if you can’t hold it till the end.

‘Naked’ left not only Ravi the character speechless but left me too. I’d never ever have thought of such a brilliant ending to a story that could either have a vulgar ending or a violent one. Hats off to the author for cooking up something like this – khatta- meetha.

‘If you can’t understand my silence….’sent shivers down my spine. The story is a reality check. It reminds us how vulnerable the young one is if not mentored on time regarding the harsh realities of the outside world. My heart went out to little Sharat.

‘The Escape to Hell’ too did not work for me but then the author adequately compensated for the disappointment with her next story i.e. ‘Stree’ where the plight of women is put forth effectively in just three hundred fifty plus words.

‘Quid Pro Quo’ and ‘The Other Women In My Life’ impart some life lessons. While the former emphasizes the saying ‘money can’t buy everything’ the latter gives us a valuable lesson on happiness. Via ‘Quid Pro Quo’ we also get an insight into how empathy and assistance come from unexpected quarters. It also imparts a valuable lesson in Karma.

‘What Goes Around…’ left me angry with the protagonist Simran. I’ve always believed that our sufferings make us better human beings, they nudge us to act when we see someone in a dire situation more so when we have gone through a something similar. But Simran left me wondering if I’ve been dreaming so.

‘I Don’t Want To Be An Adult’ struck a chord within me and I couldn’t help but feel strongly for ‘Jing band Aunty’ aka Parimala. Loneliness I must admit, is unnerving at times and more so when age catches up. But to beat it one must dig into the self and draw out that which makes us happy and keeps us young in spirit. The story reveals the secret of Parimala’s ‘youth,’ one that is looked down upon as eccentricity by society but which if pondered on deeply, is anything but that.

‘Sexy Body, Big Boobs’ is a bitter truth. It is a pill that scalds the throat and leaves the stomach burning leading to an ulcer that slowly but steadily becomes cancerous.

Language is simple, crisp and lucid and the style of narration is perfect. My only grudge is:
1) The number of stories is few.
2) The ending of some stories felt abrupt and rough. I would have loved to see them neatly filed and shaped even if it meant adding a few more pages.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 

A short read packed with myriad shades of life that encase various emotions like love, lust, greed, deceit, treachery, revenge, depression, etc., ‘Fragments’ will leave one wanting for more. I’ll give it a 3 on a scale of 5.


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THE STORY-TELLER
 

Janaki Nagaraj

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Book Review: Waterboarding by Bragadeesh Prasanna

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TITLE: Waterboarding
AUTHOR: Bragadeesh Prasanna
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: eBook
ASIN: B075W9WBVR

 
 
THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
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As a torture technique, Waterboarding involves the torturer covering the face of the captive with a dripping wet towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that it is not actually drowning, the captive’s body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience.

Ved, who just got out of a life-altering accident, finds out that he has gaping holes in the tapestry that was his past memories. He is unsure about his past and uncertain about his future but goes through with the present with the help of his friends Sara. Sara slowly builds Ved’s past for him, filling him in with people and instances he had forgotten.

As Ved struggles with the financial strain caused by his accident and subsequent medical bills and while figuring out whom to trust, Ved is forced to live in the moment, which is getting darker, more terrifying and maddening as his past catches up with him. Will he finally get to know who he was and how his past actions affect his present?
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

A love triangle woven with elements like love, lust, jealousy and deceit in right measure, ‘Waterboarding’ has at its core the issue of an identity crisis resulting on account of loss of partial memory. Ved the protagonist is at crossroads. The past is a puzzle and the present fails to help him solve the same. Old friends are either strangers or mere acquaintances. The one and only one in whom he places his trust and looks up to act as a bridge between his past and present too fails him. Secrets disturb him and ill health makes him reticent. Life looks bleak. That’s when things look up…..

Jolts and shocks unexpected leave Ved gasping for breath. But will the will to survive, the urge to discover, the challenge to accept help him move on in life or will fear, anxiety and frustration pull him down and let him drown? The twists, the turns and the climax have addressed these questions beautifully. However, certain things especially with respect to the happenings in Maya’s life, her easily giving in to certain demands made by Ved despite the fact that he is not much of an acquaintance and she is quite well educated and has seen much of the world, defy logic.

Narrated from the point of view of the three main characters i.e. Ved, Sara and Maya, the story is like I’ve mentioned earlier, not devoid of flaws. There are inconsistencies in the style of narration at times.

The characters of Ved and Sara are well developed but, the character of Maya is confusing. I’d have also liked to know more about Ramesh. His character has the potential of adding value to the story if handled better.

Language though simple and devoid of jargon, fails to impress at places. A revisit in terms of editing is urgently needed to fine tune certain parts of the book and make it more relatable and enjoyable.

I’ll give the book a 3 on a scale of 5.


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Book Review: Balraj by Manoj V Jain

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TILE: Balraj
AUTHOR: Manoj V Jain
PUBLISHER: Notion Press
ISBN: 9781947137370
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
BLURB
 
 

Do you have the strength (or folly?) to give up everything in a quest to find happiness?

Inder, age 47, a family man and a successful financial consultant decides to walk away from everything he knows and loves.

He travels through the heart of India in search of himself, meeting new people, learning lessons and giving himself up to serendipity.

Balraj is thought-provoking, troubling and even uplifting at times.

Manoj Jain weaves a simple tale that explores the evolution of a soul-searcher through the travels of a man on a quest to find the answers he set out for.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

Overwhelming is the word that comes to my mind. Interesting and relatable, ‘Balraj’ is the story of a soul in search of the true self. It’s not about spirituality. Neither is it about escapism. It is about freeing the self from the hectic often routine and monotonous, life and seeking the actual purpose of one’s being on earth or simply being the true self. It is about shedding off that which weighs you down and accepting that which buoys your spirit. In short it is about seeking happiness that uplifts the self.

Woven beautifully, the story of Inder aka Balraj takes us on a journey of sorts, a journey where Inder the dissatisfied professional unable to put a finger to the reason for his growing uneasiness, decides to quietly quit his life of fame and luxury and set out on an unknown, untrodden path with a new name, a new identity and just a few clothes from his past. The people he meets on the way, the life he lives and experiences while travelling from one place to another, the ideas he shares and implements to better the life of others , the lessons he learns and the peace and tranquility he experiences bring about a marked change in his demeanor making him healthier, happier and more acceptable.

A straightforward story right from the word ‘go’ the book is short and touching. But……the climax…..I must admit I didn’t see it coming.

The book does touch a chord somewhere. It reminds us of those teeming millions who lose their true self trying to compete with the world and building a career big and demanding. They fail to live and love and often in the process become self-centered. While some choose the path that Inder takes before it’s too late, others fail to take the decision till the end and thus lose out on much.
 
 

VERDICT
 
 

A must read.

Why?

There are answers to a lot of questions that the human mind seeks, in this simple yet cleverly crafted philosophical fiction of sorts. One can feel an aura of peace engulf one by the time one reaches the last page of the book.

This is definitely a book one would always like to revisit. I’ll give it a 5on a scale of 5.


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Manoj V Jain

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Book Review: Unlawful Justice

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TITLE: Unlawful Justice
AUTHOR: Vish Dhamija
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins India
GENRE: Fiction (Mystery)
ISBN: 978-9352644162
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
BLURB
 
 

Baby, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Diwan family’s household help, has been raped and brutalized. Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a shot at justice for the girl and a very powerful client. He cannot bring himself to proceed at the risk of all that he has secured for his family. His wife Priti, distraught and devastated at her husband’s decision, turns to an old friend for help.

Akash Hingorani, top criminal lawyer and best friend to Priti and Vansh, must step up. He is Baby’s last chance. But things quickly unravel as Akash’s probe into the rape suddenly turns into a murder investigation. A powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom to homes to lay bare the difference between law and justice.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

Cleverly crafted and captivating, the story takes us on a whirlwind journey of a courtroom drama where a battle for ‘justice’ is being fought, justice for one who himself was the perpetrator of a heinous act. Money and muscle power are used to try and circumvent justice. Two loving sous find their relationship on the verge of a breakdown and a minor lives a trauma one that is sure to leave scars deep and dirty.

The twists, the turns all look simple and straight on the surface. The first crime is an open and shut case where the perpetrator is known to the reader and is identified by the police within hours of the crime. What one just needs to know is what fate awaits him. Will justice be delivered or will he escape given that one of the best criminal lawyers is ready to fight it out for him at the risk of losing his family and all that he holds dear? But what comes as a surprise is the second crime one which leaves everyone baffled. The perpetrator of this one is too clever for the arms of the law to catch him/ her.

So what happens?

Packed with drama, emotional outbursts, camaraderie and an exciting insight into a legal battle, the story takes an interesting turn only to leave us stunned in the end. The climax is one that one may hardly foresee.

The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc.

Language is simple, crisp, lucid and devoid of heavy legal jargon such that are hard to digest. Hence it is easy for even a layman to enjoy the courtroom scenes which are of course the highlight of this book.

 
 
VERDICT
 
 

Enjoyable, engrossing and engulfing, the book is definitely a must read thriller. I’ll give it a 4 on a scale of 5.


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THE BRAIN THAT CREATED THIS ONE

Vish Dhamija

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Book Review: The Colours of Passion

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TITLE: The Colours of Passion: Unravelling dark secrets behind the limelight
AUTHOR: Sourabh Mukherjee
PUBLISHER: Readomania
GENRE: Fiction ( Crime Thriller)
ISBN: 9789385854453
 
 

THE BOOK
 
 

 
 
BLURB
 
 

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.
 
 

MY TAKE
 
 

Plot/ Story-line: Guess, guess, guess….. only to realize in the end that all your calculations were wrong and the master plotter and his/ her motive was something you had not foreseen. Cleverly crafted, ‘The Colours of Passion’ is a murder mystery thriller that engulfs you making it literally impossible for you to put it down till you read the last line. The murder, the motive, the suspects, efforts to unravel the mystery and the final truth make for an engrossing read.

The twists and turns coupled with the sleuthing activities of ACP Agni and Inspector Arya take one through a maze of activity, activity that sets one’s brain working to fit pieces of the puzzle in the right slot to complete it. In short, the story challenges the sleuth in the reader.

While I loved the twists and turns and the plot and sub-plots what turned out to be the icing on the cake was the climax. Never in my wildest dream would I have thought that the story would take such an unpredictable turn and that I believe sums up the success of the book.

Characterization: The characters are well developed and come across as normal human beings packed with the good and the bad i.e. they are easily relatable. While ACP Agni is level headed and mature as should be a distinguished cop, actress Rituja is an attention seeker, a woman jealous of her competitor, and why not, after all it is the lure of the silver screen that has enticed her. The very thought of someone taking her place can make her insane. The other characters too help take the story forward smoothly either as suspects or as persons in the know-how of secrets dark and disturbing.

Language: Simple, crisp and lucid. The author has been able use imagery to create an air of suspense. Words flow smoothly and emotions find expression thus making the book a veritable treat.

Pace: The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth.
 
 

THE INDELIBLE MARK
 
 

The editing wowed me and I was not surprised.

Know why?

I could not have expected anything else from ‘The House of Readomania.’ They truly are one of the best in the Industry. Book after book that leaves their desk speak volumes of their sense of perfection and mastery in the field of editing. This exactly is the reason why I have no two thoughts while picking up their books provided the genre is to my liking and the blurb appeals to my senses.

 
 
VERDICT
 
 

A nail-biting thriller with a twist that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief ( not because it’s unrealistic but because you’d have hardly ever thought on those lines), I’ll give this a 5 on a scale of 5.


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  ‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’

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THE MASTER WEAVER

Sourabh Mukherjee

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