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BOOK REVIEW : The 365 Days

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TITLE: The 365 Days
AUTHOR: Nikhil Ramteke
PUBLISHER: Write India Publishers
GENRE: Fiction

THE BOOK

 

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This is a story that falls through the crevices of pitiless anonymity, yet miraculously waits to be told.

Shijukutty, a Malayali fisherman, leaves his tiny hamlet of abject poverty in the coastal village of Vizhinjam on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, that picturesque vignette of searing beauty on the south-western coast of India.

Shiju, like millions of other Malayalis, seeks his destiny in Dubai, that gleaming global hub of fortune on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. What unfolds is a stirring story of distilled hardship, exploitation, identity, and friendship, and the heartbreaking choices Shiju is often forced to make.

So what he sees is not what he experiences when he lands in a world of glimmering towers, fast-paced life, and unabashed opulence. For what he was not prepared for was the dark underbelly of Dubai beyond the shimmering mirage.

Shiju’s life is no more the same. But he holds his ground, drawing on ancient instincts of his seafaring ancestry. As things settle down around him, he is inexorably pulled into the canyon of recession…

Will Shiju be able to hold on to his dreams? Will he able to pull out himself from the whirlpool? Will he survive against all odds? Will he redeem himself?

The 365 Days weaves a captivating tale about the countless Indians and other South-East Asian migrant labourers, who, in seeking to forge their destinies on that gleaming promontory of dreams, end up colliding with forces beyond their reckoning.

Nikhil Ramteke unfolds an extraordinary saga about Indian expatriates, their struggles, their alienation, and their dreams. The 365 Days is more than a story of a year in Shijukutty’s life.
 

REVIEW

 

STORY-LINE:- A simple plot told from the point of the protagonist a simple and humble soul, a fisherman, ‘The 365 Days’ is the saga of a major chunk of Indians working in the Middle- East. The fact that the story is nothing but the truth makes it endearing and at the same time opens our eyes to the untold miseries suffered by those who go there with high hopes only to find their dreams shattered.

There is a saying in Malayalam, “ ikkare nilkumbol akkare paccha,” meaning the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Same is the case with us Indians who believe that those working beyond our shores are well- off just because we happen to see their family suddenly lap in luxury, build multi-storeyed houses, go in for the latest gadgets, etc., etc. But how many of us are aware of the sweat, the tears and the toil that has gone into the ‘sudden rise in their stature.’

Shijukutty’s story also reveals another truth that is staring the face of all immigrants to the lands beyond our shores, the truth that one day they may have to return home, to unemployment and worse still debt not repaid. Some may have money to tide over a few months but the majority may return to a life worse than hell. Shijukutty was lucky that he had a loving wife who valued him above the money he sent home. Not all are that lucky. When dreams fall apart, palaces crumble like a pack of cards; relationships are bound to be the first casualty more so in today’s world where money rules and selfishness overpowers love.

There are dreams, there is truth. There is love, there is deceit. There is enmity; there is a sense of hopelessness. In fact ‘The 365 Days’ holds in its bosom a wide range of emotions. It is a saga of dreams unfulfilled, a saga of lives tossed to fend for themselves in the desert sand, a saga of tears and turmoil. It is a saga of the helpless immigrant trying to make a better living by making many a sacrifice only to find that his trials and tribulations are never ending. The light at the end of the tunnel is far from sight.

CHARACTERIZATION: – The characters are well- developed with all their imperfections. One can easily relate to the emotions, the actions and reactions of each one of them. They are not only relatable but reflect the various shades of human emotions naturally. While Shijukutty represents hope, Thavamani represents despair. Jabbar chettan comes across as a seasoned veteran who yearns for the love and care of his beloved ones, Chacko is the cynical one. In short the labour camp is a world in its own, a world where people of different shades, different virtues, different vice are thrown together, a place where people struggle to survive yet often do not lose that one attribute called humanity. You can be sure that there will be at least that one being that you can depend upon to give you a shoulder to weep upon.

LANGUAGE: – Simple and easy. No hard nuts to crack by way of unnecessary jargon. This is a great relief.

STYLE:- Fine.

PACE: – This is the only point I had a problem with. Too much of unnecessary detail at places slowed down the pace at times.

EDITING:- Needs to be tightened at places.

VERDICT

A well- researched book within which life in the coastal belt of Kerala is captured beautifully and the Malayalam dialogues, etc. are spot on. I’ll give the book a 3 on a scale of 5.


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THE AUTHOR

NIKHIL RAMTEKE

Born & brought up in Nagpur Maharashtra, Nikhil Ramteke is an M-Tech in Chemical Technology and is currently working as a Production Manager in a leading multinational FMCG giant -IFFCO, since 8 years. A multi-faceted personality, Nikhil Ramteke is a qualified painter, nominated photographer & an avid traveller. The 365 days is his debut novel.

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#BookReview: 1857 Dust of Ages Vol 1: A Forgotten Tale

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TITLE: 1857 Dust of Ages Vol 1: A Forgotten Tale
AUTHOR: Vandana Shanker
PUBLISHER: Amazon- Asia Pacific
GENRE: Fiction ( Historical)

THE BOOK

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1857. The rebellion erupts in India. Despite its attempts to stay aloof, NAVGARH, a small town near Delhi, is drawn into the conflagration. And at its heart are Princess Meera and Captain Richard Smith, with their strange alliance made for the throne of Navgarh.

2016, Shiv Sahai, a young Indian art historian and Ruth Aiken, a British scholar discover an excerpt from the journal of an anonymous British soldier, searching for his wife in the chaos of 1857 Delhi. As they begin investigating the scandal, they become aware of the vague rumours that are told in the bylanes of Navgarh – about a princess who married a British soldier to save her kingdom

MY TAKE

The story a short read, told in two different timelines is well-spun and riveting from the word ‘go.’ There is history, romance, intrigue and rebellion but……… the end is abrupt, meaning the reader will have to wait for the sequel to know more of the protagonists, their strange alliance, the fate of Navgarh, the result of Shiv Sahai’s research, etc., etc.

The character of Shiv Sahai and Ruth Aiken the Indian and British Scholars are well fleshed out. While Shiv comes across as one not easy to comprehend and a person who fiercely guards his secrets, Ruth is shrewd.

One gets only a glimpse into the characters of Meera and Captain Richard Smith the protagonists of the story of the strange alliance. Hence it’s premature to comment on them.

The language is simple, crisp and lucid while the style of narration and pace are perfect.

VERDICT

A simple read, one that’s sure to arouse your curiosity and leave you hungry to gorge on the sequel, 1857 Dust of Ages Vol 1: A Forgotten Tale scores a 3 on 5 from me.


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BUYING LINKS

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#BookReview : A Walk in the Rain

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TITLE: A Walk in the Rain
AUTHOR: Udai Yadla
PUBLISHER: Partridge Publishing India
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)

THE BOOK

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Love is elixir that keeps you alive. Love is poison that kills you. Unreciprocated love keeps you alive but kills every day.

Heartbroken Sunny lives a reclusive life, trapped in the past, living in his memories. He has no complaints about his life but refuses to embrace the present.

Saloni is a prostitute who is desperate to earn money by any means. She does not care about exploiting others to fulfil her purpose.

Fate unites the loner and the prostitute to embark on a life changing journey of retribution and self discovery.

Lovelorn Sunny turns misogynistic after Sandy, the only girl he loved walks away from his life, unannounced. He suffers painful solitude for almost two decades with the relentless haunting of her thoughts. A distressed friend Imran, vows to change his life forever. A surprise planned for his birthday turns into a tragedy that claims the life of his dear friend, triggering a series of unbelievable events. As Imran gets killed by a stranger, Sunny’s calm life suddenly turns into a turbulent storm. With nothing left to live for, vengeance becomes his ultimate mission. His reluctant alliance with a prostitute to trace the killer sets him onto a nerve racking adventure of life and death.

Both are bound to a common goal with different motives but destiny has its own motive. A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions, driven by hair raising twists and turns.

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE/ PLOT: Interesting, intriguing and engaging. Yet somewhere in the middle I knew what to expect. Hence I’ll not categorize this book under the mystery genre. Instead I’ve put it under the romance genre because a major part of it goes to showcase the budding love between the protagonist and his lost love Sandy.

There are twists, heartburns and of course a bit of violence. But hold on. This violence has got nothing to do with the protagonist’s love life. Instead it is connected with something entirely different. But then I’ll leave it to you to find out. 🙂

CHARACTERIZATION: Characters are well fleshed out. Each one is complex by nature. But then it is their life events that have made them what they are. To understand them one has to understand the underlying emotions that are slowly exposed as one progresses with the story. Each one acts his/ her part well and that in itself is a plus point. It helps one to relate to their actions and reactions.

LANGUAGE , PACE & STYLE: Language is simple .Pace is perfect and the style needs a bit of fine- tuning.

THEN WHAT DID NOT CLICK?

EDITING: Needs to be tightened. Typos and grammatical errors took away a bit of the sheen.

VERDICT

The book is an enjoyable read filled with action, romance and a little suspense. It’s one that you can pick up on a lazy afternoon. I’ll give it a 3 on a scale of 5.


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BUYING LINKS

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#BOOK REVIEW: The Doppelgänger

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TITLE: The Doppelgänger
AUTHOR: Prateek Yadav
PUBISHER: Aksamala
GENRE:Fiction (Thriller)

THE BOOK

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The perfect plan for the perfect heist-a team of con-men, foolproof disguise and a painting worth millions, nothing could have gone wrong. But something did…

A man fnds himself on a bus to Manali with nothing but some cash and severe memory loss .

Embarking on a frantic hunt for his identity, he begins to discover that his presence in Manali isn’t an accident. The closer he gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he finds himself trapped between his doppelganger, the police, a sadistic gangster and his own dwindling sanity.

The journey of the search for his identity ends up being a race for survival.

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE/ PLOT: Interesting, intriguing and engaging, The Doppelgänger has all the elements required to make a psychological thriller connect with its readers. There are places where one gets confused/ wonders where the story is leading to. But then I guess it’s all a part of creating a web to ensnare the reader pull him/ her to the core of the story and keep him/ her hooked till the end.

There are twists and turns that keep one guessing the true identity of the protagonist, his motives, his enemies and his past. Just when one believes that one has solved the puzzle, one comes across a missing piece that makes the puzzle more complicated. In short, this is one book where it’s best to have patience and wait till the end to get one’s answers.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters being mysterious, one can’t say exactly who is what. But then again this adds to the suspense that the author has set out to create. The confusion, frustration and helplessness of the protagonist on not knowing his true identity is one we can all relate to. His character is well fleshed out.

LANGUAGE, PACE AND STYLE: The language is simple, the pace is perfect and the style is one that suits me.

VERDICT

A book that’s sure to keep the reader guessing and engaged till the end, I’ll give The Doppelgänger
a 4 on a scale of 5.


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BUYING LINKS

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#BookReview : Lanka’s Princess

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TITLE: Lanka’s Princess
AUTHOR: Kavita Kané
PUBLISHER: Rupa Publications
GENRE: Fiction ( Mythology)

THE BOOK

COVER DESIGN

Eye-catching!

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Surpanakha, Ravan’s famous sister. Ugly and untamed, brutal and brazen—this is often how she is commonly perceived. One whose nose was sliced off by an angry Lakshman and the one who started a war. But was she really just a perpetrator of war? Or was she a victim? Was she ‘Lanka’s princess’? Or was she the reason behind its destruction?

Surpanakha, which means the woman ‘as hard as nails’, was born as Meenakshi—the one with beautiful, fish-shaped eyes. She is often the most misunderstood character in the Ramayana. Growing up in the shadows of her brothers, who were destined to win wars, fame and prestige, she, instead, charted out a path filled with misery and revenge.

Accused of manipulating events between Ram and Ravan, which culminated into a bloody war and annihilation of her family, Kavita Kané’s Lanka’s Princess makes us see the familiar events unfold from the eyes of a woman more hated than hateful…

MY TAKE

PLOT/ STORY-LINE: If I were to describe it in just a word I’d say, “Gripping.”

Mythology especially Indian Mythology has a special charm. It is open to a wide range of interpretations. It holds in its bosom so many stories, stories told and untold, stories that can shake you to the core, stories that when seen from different angles give one different perceptions of human nature. What to one may seem good will to another be a source of criticism.

‘Lanka’s Princess’ explores the character of Surpanakha of Ramayana right from her birth to her end. It is a tale of a girl, a kid who yearned for love from the ones who mattered most her parents but who faced nothing but ridicule. Always the butt of ridicule Meenakshi or the one with beautiful, fish-shaped eyes finally became Surpanakha the woman ‘as hard as nails.’ But what interested me was that ‘Lanka’s Princess’ actually puts the onus of not only the war between Ram and Ravan on Surpanakha but also the events leading to the exile of Sita by Ram, on her.

While going through the pages of the book one comes across a wide range of emotions. There is love and there is hatred. There is ridicule and there is empathy. There is loyalty as well as treachery. But what really stands out is the extent to which one can go to seek vengeance and the havoc it can create not only in the lives of those against whom it is aimed but also those around.

Lanka’s Princess is in short a saga of the one wronged since birth, the saga of the one who ventures out to destroy all those who are responsible for her sorry plight.

CHARACTERIZATION: The character of the protagonist Surpanakha and her mother Kaikesi the one actually instrumental for making Meenakshi aka Surpanakha an embittered being, are well developed. My only grudge is that the character of Ravan lacks depth. Would have loved to see the author work a little more on him.

LANGUAGE: Simple, crisp and lucid. No hard nuts to crack or pebbles to take away the taste.

PACE AND STYLE: The pace is fine. The style of narrative does justice to the story-line.

EDITING: There are a few typos and one or two places where the author has made contradictory usages that need to be rectified.

VERDICT

A wonderful and refreshing read, one that’s sure to make you see Surpanakha and the events that lead to the war between Ram and Ravan in another light. I’ll give the book 4 on a scale of 5.


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THE AUTHOR

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Kavita Kané

A senior journalist with a career of over two decades, which includes working for Magna publication and DNA, Kavita Kané quit her job as Assistant Editor of Times of India to devote herself as a full time author.

Kavita’s debut novel Karna’s Wife (2013)is a bestseller. Her other works are Sita’s Sister (2014) which deals with another enigmatic personality – Urmila, probably the most overlooked character in the Ramayan and Menaka’s Choice(2015).

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

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#BookReview : Dawn at Dusk

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TITLE: Dawn at Dusk
AUTHOR: Gaurav Sharma
PUBLISHER: Petals Publishers
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)

THE BOOK

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Yet to go through an ordeal, the millionaire scion Aradhaya is much cossetted only-son of Talukdars.

Suddenly, his life gets upended when he loses his parents and is deceived by the girl he marries. In his attempt to overcome, he falls for Sambhavi, who is a renowned writer and professor, because he sees her as the shadow of his mother.

Sambhavi lays her condition. Aradhaya gives up too soon. Distraught, he leaves his house in search of peace and starts a life of a recluse among the people with little means and ambitions until his love for Sambhavi guides and inspires him to do something extraordinary. What does he do? What course does his life take? Does Sambhavi accept him? Let’s hear Aradhaya’s story…

MY TAKE

WOWs!!

Plot/ Story-line: An unconventional, interesting and intriguing tale, one that gives an insight into the working of the human mind that is ready to sacrifice anything for the sake of love. It also gives an insight to the fear that society instills in the mind of its subjects, how inspite of being progressive and strong outwardly there is still that fear lurking somewhere within us that wants an acceptance of our deeds by the society that we leave in.

Somewhere along the way the author also touches upon the insensitivity of society towards the child whose birth culminates in the death of the mother. Anything that he/ she does is seen with tainted eyes and tainted mind. In short life for the ‘cursed’ one becomes man-made hell.

One gets to see various shades of human character, human emotions as one turns the pages.

Characterization: The characters are well developed with all their flaws. Their conversations sum up their personality. One can easily relate to them and their thought process.

Style: The style of narrative does justice to the plot.

OOPs!!

Editing: Needs to be tightened a bit. A few typos and some usages here and there need to be taken care of/ looked into.

VERDICT

Overall an interesting and light read, one that you can pick up even if you have just a few hours to spare. I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.


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BUYING LINK/S

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THE AUTHOR

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GAURAV SHARMA


A mathematics teacher by profession and a writer by passion, Gaurav Sharma yearns to create a stir through the medium of his stories. Dawn at Dusk is his third novel.’LOVE @ AIR FORCE’ is the book which saw his entry into the league of Indian Novelists. His second book ‘Rapescars’ as the name suggests, deals on the sensitive issue of rape.

Gaurav has also contributed a poem in ‘THE ESSENCE OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS’ which is a collection of poems from 29 poets from six countries.

His email id is : gauravinfinity2009@gmail.com


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#BookReview: Finding Juliet

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Title: Finding Juliet
Author: Toffee
Publisher: Srishti
Genre: Fiction

THE BOOK

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Arjun is an incredibly nice guy who believes in true love and is waiting for it with open arms. He falls in love, not once or twice, but thrice. And every single time, happiness – like the girls he fell for – comes very close to him before pushing him away. His only pillar of strength in all his moments of grief and dejection is his childhood friend Anjali.

Dejected by the games played by girls and fate, he leaves Hyderabad for Bangalore and ends up meeting Krish, an irresistible flirt. He understands Arjun’s predicament, pacifies him with his words and enlightens him about the most complicated species ever created by God – Women.

And then, Arjun’s life changes forever.

Will Arjun find the one he has been waiting for, or will he end up becoming a flirt? Will he ever taste lasting happiness?

Join Arjun as he tries to figure out women and discovers the meaning of love, lust and life.. all in his journey of Finding Juliet.

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE: Interesting yet unrelatable at places. It’s more in tune with Bollywood themes. When I picked up the book I expected more of humor. But that was sadly missing. In fact the story is just about Arjun and his thirst for acceptance by the fairer sex. On the way we get to see the heart breaks he encounters, the feeling of disillusionment he suffers and his metamorphosis from a simple guy to one easily giving into lust. But then this phase too is short-lived. Very soon he comes face-to-face with a situation which leaves him jittery. In short ‘Finding Juliet’ is all about love, lust and life. But somehow lust seems to have overshadowed love and life throughout the pages of the book.

While Anjali won my heart I cannot say the same for Arjun. Somehow he came across as a very weakling.

In Esha the journalist, I was looking for someone out to get a scoop, one ready to blow the lid on the sexual escapades of the people in Arjun’s organisation. But then nothing of the sort happened.

The end was predictable.

CHARACTERIZATION: The character of Arjun the protagonist somehow did not work for me. He looked too desperate to hook a girl and always seemed to end up weeping. However, in contrast I found the character of Anjali his best friend, more appealing. She appeared more strong and level-head.

Another thing that I found strange was the characterization of most of the female characters the protagonist Arjun comes across/ gets into a relationship with. They appear promiscuous and just waiting to jump into the bed with him. A bit difficult to digest given my reading of Indian girls and their views on pre-marital sex.

LANGUAGE, STYLE, PACE: Language is simple, crisp and lucid thereby making it an easy and quick read. Style of narrative too is fine while the pace is perfect.

VERDICT

A simple and quick read, one that you can pick up on a short journey, I’ll give it 3 on a scale of 5.


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BUYING LINKS

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THE AUTHOR

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TOFFEE

A simple guy who loves the complications of life, Toffee loves narrating interesting stories with subtle insights. Finding Juliet is his second book. The same was written keeping in mind India’s Generation-Y.


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#BOOKREVIEW : MY FATHER IS A HERO

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TITLE: My Father Is A Hero
AUTHOR: Nishant Kaushik
PUBLISHER : Srishti
GENRE: Fiction

THE BOOK

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Vaibhav Kulkarni has had few accomplishments worth boasting about in his modest life and career. Yet, his happy universe lies intact in the love and pride his ten-year-old daughter inspires in him.

Nisha Kulkarni justifies every reason to be the favourite child of Pune’s premier school-be it her academic brilliance, her exceptional facility with music, or simply her unassuming charm. With his daughter showing promising signs of a stellar success story, Vaibhav has made peace with own unrequited dreams of the past.

But when the girl mysteriously starts losing mojo and spirals into despair and seclusion, Vaibhav faces the toughest test of his life as single father – to reclaim his child’s trust and happiness. What distance will a middle-class man with limited means go to show his daughter the merit in believing in a dream? Read this gripping tale of love, courage, and of the emergence of an ordinary man as an extraordinary hero.

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE: Interesting and insightful. It delves into the relationship between a single parent and his ward a girl of ten. The father – daughter bonding is brought out well and brings to fore the reality that pain often makes people gel well and also tends to make children more understanding and mature well before their age. While Nisha’s eagerness to know more about the circumstances that lead to the exit of her mother from their lives is understandable, one can’t help appreciate the fact that she realizes the discomfort it causes her father and tries to reconcile with the truth that he does not like speaking about it.

There are some hilarious situations as well as some sober moments. The story is also an eye-opener. It deals with child psychology and the fact that children are fragile and can break easily if not handled well. There are times when they go through a tough phase. For the ones who are used to it right from the beginning it may not be a big deal. They may become immune to pain and suffering. But for a child who is doted on and looked upon as a model of success and virtue, a single blow can be devastating and ruinous.

The twists and turns are interesting. Yet they raise some doubts like how could a level-headed person like Vaibhav easily get entrapped in a Credit Card Executive’s sweet talk and spend lavishly just to get some freebies?

The climax…… l’ll leave it to the readers to find out and decide.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters of Vaibhav, Nisha, Bali, Taneja and Samar Yadav are beautifully etched. However if there is something I missed it was a proper understanding of Nisha’s mother’s character. Wish the author had thrown more light on her.

LANGUAGE & STYLE OF NARRATION: Language is simple, crisp and lucid while the style of narration is perfect.

PACE: Slow yet steady till three- fourths of the book. However the last quarter seems to be rushed through.

VERDICT

A simple yet different read, one that is recommended to both young and old alike. I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.


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THE AUTHOR

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NISHANT KAUSHIK

Nishant Kaushik is the author of four best selling novels. He lives in Australia.

You can connect with him on twitter @nofreecopies


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#BOOK REVIEW: Colorful Notions: The RoadTrippers 1.0

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TITLE: Colorful Notions: The RoadTrippers 1.0
AUTHOR: Mohit Goyal
PUBLISHER: Srishti Publishers & Distributors

THE BOOK

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Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometres across India? Just for fun!

Three twenty-something’s dare to do just that! While the two guys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam.

Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey all the more. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories, as they narrate their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It’s nothing less than crazy.

I doubted if I’d ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next best thing – I penned a book about them, and their road trip.

Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.

MY TAKE

Entertaining and hilarious at times, ‘Colorful Notions’ takes the reader on a journey across the length and breadth of India. Now the question is, ‘Is it a travelogue?’ Well, not in the strict sense. It’s more an adventure trip undertaken by three youngsters of different background, with varied interest and different outlook on life. While one is bored of his lonely existence another is a foodie who dreams of food, food and food only whether awake or asleep. The third one a lass, yearns for those three magical words and a proposal of togetherness for life from the one who has won her heart.

There is adventure, mishap, horror, romance, jealousy, greed, comedy, break-up, patch-up, partying, forgiveness and much more in the 200 pages. The three encounter a lot on the way. They fight and make up. They confide and feel at ease. They conspire and acquire. One moment they are in their element and at another they are down and quiet. In short they go through various emotions. But what bonds them till the end is their willingness to forgive and forget.

There are twists & turns. One can’t help guessing at times. But finally it’s the climax at the end that makes the trip a fulfilling one.

The style of narrative is easy. Language is simple and free-flowing. Characterization is perfect.

Is there something wanting? If so, what?

Answer: – The canvas is a bit small. It’s not been able to accommodate much on the places visited by the trio. A bigger canvas covering places visited in more detail would have added value to the book. It would be a perfect combo of fiction-cum-travelogue and would have satiated both the love for a story and the thirst for information on various places of interest at one go.

VERDICT

An easy and engaging read, I’ll give this one a 3 on 5.


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THE AUTHOR

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MOHIT GOYAL

Mohit Goyal is a successful entrepreneur. He has been awarded for many of his short stories earlier. The RoadTrippers series blends his love for travel, food & philosophy.

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#BOOK REVIEW: SHADOW IN THE MIRROR

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TITLE: Shadow In The Mirror: A Thrilling Quest for Redemption
AUTHOR: Deepti Menon
PUBLISHER: Readomania
GENRE: Fiction ( Thriller)

THE BOOK

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Shadow In The Mirror: A Thrilling Quest for Redemption

 

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It all begins with a death. Nita, a pregnant woman falling from her balcony becomes the string that unravels the plot. Her death casts a shadow over many lives; her heartbroken father, her husband and Vinny, a young journalist, drawn in by the whiff of foul play and murder.

What follows are stories within stories, eras and worlds colliding with each other, leaving behind splintered relationships and mesmerizing slices of lives that appear to be drawn together and driven apart by the whimsical threads of destiny.

As events cast their shadows ahead to link the stories of Vinny, Kavita, Roma, Krish and Nita in an unrelenting knot, a journey starts to uncover the truth. What is the secret that links Nita’s death to the other characters? Will Vinny be able to unravel the mystery of Nita’s death?

From intimate diary entries and letters, to bantering over a meal and sharing memories while spring cleaning, this novel de-familiarizes the ordinary, presenting a kaleidoscope of our own pasts, broken edges and pulsating hearts.

MY TAKE

PLOT/ STORY-LINE: Words fail me. A thriller with a unique twist, this one had me engrossed from the word go. Throughout the story I was looking for the shadow in the mirror and when I did get a glimpse of it I could not help marvelling at the cleverness of the author. She does know how to build up the suspense.

The plot has all the elements of a thriller. There is love, hatred, suspicion, empathy, suspense and of course twists and turns. The climax is one to watch out for.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters are well-developed with all their imperfections. However, the importance given to Vinny’s friend Roma left me puzzled.

LANGUAGE & STYLE: Perfect.

EDITING: Full marks.

VERDICT

If you love suspense and if you have just an hour to spare do pick up this one. It is short yet powerful. I’ll give this one a 4/5.


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BUYING LINKS

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DEEPTI MENON – THE WRITER

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An M.A., B.Ed. in English, Deepti Menon started writing at the tender age of ten.

In 2002, her light hearted book, ‘Arms and the Woman’, depicting life as seen through the eyes of an Army wife, was published by Rupa Publishers, Delhi. This was written mainly to reveal the warmth and camaraderie within the great institution.

You can connect with her on facebook I twitter I blog


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