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Book Review- Finding Her Way: An Indian Girl’s Dilemma by Ruchi Vasudeva

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Edition: Kindle Edition
Pages: 18
ASIN: B079SCK41K
 
 
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What does marriage mean for an Indian girl? Whether she marries for love or by arrangement, she’s forced to obey unreasonable demands. But she also wants to live her life on her own terms.
Avni is such a girl. When the man she loves and cares for wholeheartedly, throws her a curve ball, she chooses to walk away. What comes next for Avni?
 
 
MY TAKE
 
 
She left for love
Love she found
But slowly the demands pained her a lot
Till one day she walked out
The love she left came swiftly behind
Won her back or fought with her?
Read to know what’s there within the leaves….

Finding Her Way: An Indan Girl’s Dilemma is the story of not one but millions of Indian Girl’s who step out of the comforts of their home into another with stars in the eyes and love in the heart, only to find their dreams shattered.

But…..Is Avni’s story just about shattered dreams? Well, to know that you will have to go through the entire 18 pages. But I must admit that the short read did have a variety of emotions packed within it. While there is love, there is also a sense of despair, emotions that are conflicting and bound to make one frown. There is suspense and there is relief as well as fear and surprise.

In short the book is not just a simple love story but one that’s bound to make you sit up in your seat till the end.

Narrated in simple, crisp and lucid language, the book takes us right to the scene of action. It is a fine example of a complete nano-novel.
 
 


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Book Review: Generously Yours by Inderpreet Uppal

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Edition: Kindle Edition
Pages: 18
ASIN: B079H4531X
 
 
THE BOOK

 
 

 
 

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‘Love is forever’ or so thought Diya.

Shy, bookish and loving, Diya never thought she would ever need to be anything else. Her charmed life slips away from her in ways, she never imagined.

Will Viren be able to sort the jumble of their lives or is it already too late?

A bittersweet story of life, longing, and lasting love.

 
 
MY TAKE
 
 
Two souls bonded together for life
One bids goodbye, the other cries
Memories come flooding, making the other listless and lost
Then time the healer takes things in hand
Brings the lost one back on track
Life moves on….

Inderpreet’s ‘Yours Generously’ is the story of two souls bonded in love, the making of their memories, and the metamorphosis of one into a strong person as well as the role of the other in the transformation process. There is love and there is loss. There are traces of bitterness borne out of a sense of despair and there is gratitude for the support extended for a metamorphosis that would perhaps have been difficult if not impossible, without the same. In short this is the story of a lost and found soul.

Narrated in simple, crisp and lucid style, the book reminds us that life does not stop or stand still with death. In fact death is just a temporary passing phase which jolts us yet, makes us see things in new light. It makes us look up at life with new eyes and sometimes challenges us to leave our comfort zone and move ahead.

The book is a breezy read. But……..I wish it would not have ended so fast and abrupt. Hope the author works on making this one a full-fledged novel.
 
 


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Book Review : Prem Purana- Mythological Love Stories

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TITLE: Prem Purana- Mythological Love Stories
AUTHOR: Usha Narayanan
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House India
GENRE: Fiction ( Mythological)
ISBN: 9780143440086
 
 
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Stories of love and extraordinary devotion

No one is untouched by love, not even devas and asuras, kings and nymphs. And when they face life’s unexpected tribulations, their love also undergoes trials. Read how Ganesha took myriad forms to please Riddhi, Siddhi and Buddhi, how Ravana shared an unbreakable bond with his true love, Mandodari and how Nala and Damayanti’s relationship was tested till almost nothing remained.

Tormented by passion, wracked by betrayal, torn by the agony of separation, love in its many splendored forms is the origin of these incredibly endearing stories of Prem Purana.
 
 
MY TAKE
 
 
Three characters from three realms, diverse in nature yet what makes them a part of this book titled ‘Prem Purana’ is that their heart beats with love for that is neither frivolous not soaked in lust. In fact it is pure love that drives their thoughts and actions. Split into three sections ‘Prem Purana’ deals with the love life of Ganesha’s love life, Mandodari’s love and Damyanti’s riddle. While Ganesha’s attempts at wooing Brahma’s daughters brought a smile to the face, Ravana’s attitude towards Mandodari and his extra- marital affairs in the latter part of the story had me virtually gritting my teeth. Nal Damyanti’s story though short when compared to the other two was like a dessert served at the end of a sumptuous meal, sweet and satisfying.
 
 
What took me by surprise?

1) Ganesha’s love life! I’ve always looked upon as the cute little God, the ‘vignahartha’ as a bachelor. So the story of his attempts to woo not one but three damsels came as a surprise. But then Indian Mythology is open to vast interpretation. So if you look at this story from another angle, you may not feel surprised. Isn’t Ganesha after all Buddhi, Riddhi and Siddhi all packaged into one? Yes, he is. So I guess he is wedded to these three virtues that make him the most popular of all Gods sacred to the Hindus.

2) The Secret of Mandodari’s daughter. I’ve never come across this one. But then I guess I’ve never given Mandodari much of a thought. It’s always been Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Ravan, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath.

Endowed with the gift for making the even the mundane witty and interesting, Usha Narayan weaves a magic of sorts with the characters especially in the first two sections of the book. One feels the events unfolding before one’s eyes, making one feel a part of the times and the venue the stories are set in. There are places where one can’t help but try suppress a good laugh and there are others where one feels bitter, wishing to knock some sense in the character.

The language, the style and the stories make the book a truly enjoyable read.
 
 
Is there something to take away from the book?

Yes, little nuggets of wisdom essential for a happy and peaceful existence
 
 


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Book Review: Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli

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TITLE: Kartikeya- The Destroyer’s Son
AUTHOR: Anuja Chandramouli
PUBLISHER: Rupa Publications
GENRE: Indian Mythological Fiction
ISBN: 978-81-291-4911-4
 
 
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Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misunderstood son of Mahadeva.

Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadeva, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, his gifts to humanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible?

For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who revelled in bloodlust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha?

Anuja Chandramouli weaves together myth, imagination and folklore while looking to answer these questions and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods—Kartikeya.
 
 
MY TAKE
 
 
While the blurb gives an insight into the book what remains to be shared is what I felt about Author Anuja Chandramouli’s interpretation of the stories, the myths surrounding the lesser spoken brother of Ganesha i.e. Kartikeya and her style of writing. Well so here I go….

‘Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son’ provides a refreshing insight into the lesser known of the two sons of Lord Shiva. While the process of the birth of Kartikeya generated considerable heat scalding many, the expectation was that the subject of excitement himself ( Kartikeya) would in later years display a fiery nature. But is Kartikeya so?…..That’s for you to discover 🙂

The story though multi- layered, takes us on a journey that is far from bumpy. The various stories and sub- stories as well as the main characters and supporting ones are seamlessly interwoven together to give the reader an insight into the various facets of the six- headed God, his prowess, love-life and much more. However what actually stands out is the depiction of both, the Gods who it is believed, ‘lord’ over the three realms and are considered the embodiment of all that is good, as well as the Asuras who are generally seen as the epitome of all that is evil. Anuja Chandramouli has broken that myth. While arrogance, jealousy, treachery and ingratitude are the hallmark of Anuja’s Indra, his arch-rival the Asura King Soorapadma comes across one with a soft heart when it is a matter of his subjects and siblings. He is also an embodiment of humility and fair- play in comparison to Indra . While Soorapadma is ready to heed to sane advice unless unnecessarily provoked, Indra is anything but that. The satisfaction of his ego and greed are all that matter to him even if it means putting his own kith and kin at risk. If one does have any myth about the invincibility of the Gods, Anuja’s story shatters it. While the fierce and fiery destroyer turns out to be a child at heart in front of his son and a passionate lover in front of his wife, Parvati his consort turns out to be every bit a jealous spouse and an over- possessive mother. So the book is not only a journey into the mystic world of the Devas and the Asuras, but is also a journey that sees a gamut of emotions generally associated with the lesser known mortals i.e. we human beings, on display.

Yes, there are some parts that had me wondering for example the story related with the birth of Ganesha and his beheading. It is the first time I’ve come across this version. But then Indian Mythology is all about myths innumerable some known, some unknown, some popular and some that are lesser known. The true researcher perseveres and picks up the hidden ones.

The cast is huge, the characters are well- developed, and the language is lyrical and hence appealing. One can easily visualize the setting and the happenings and relate to a majority of events. But if there is one thing that left me disappointed, it was the climax. I felt it was a bit hasty and abrupt. A little bit on Kartikeya’s sojourn in the South would have helped smooth out the rough edges and straighten the crease, thereby making it a finely – finished and polished piece of writing.
 
 
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A refreshing read for the mythology buff. Pick it up not just for the story but also for an insight into Anuja Chandramouli’s lyrical style of writing.
 
 


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Book Review: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

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TITLE: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar
AUTHOR: Kochery C Shibu
PUBLISHER: Niyogi Books
ISBN: 9789385285004

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A Hydel project in the remote Himalayas- three people brought together by fate.

Nanda an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site, hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love for his dear ones, and the kalari code of revenge. Khusru, a youth displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot that threatens to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site. Rekha, a kathak dancer at heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru. A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.

All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched, successful; some miss a step and perish. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realize. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people, with their cares and worries woven to the site life. The fury of nature and hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead.Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk their lives and limb in the quest to fulfill their dreams.

MY TAKE

A book of dreams and aspirations some fulfilled, some gone awry, ‘Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar’ weaves facts into fiction with ease. The author’s background, his experience with hydro- electric projects and his vast experience with handling people of different backgrounds and different temperaments is evident in the pages of the book. Riddled with motley of characters of various shades and various hues, ‘Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar’ has little nuggets of time- tested wisdom also tucked in.

Apart from dreams and aspirations, the sense of despair interspersed with a sense of hope, the rustic ways of the men at work, the spirit of bonding in the labour camps, the playful banter and serious discussions are all articulated with ease thus making them easily relatable.

There is intrigue and there is a clash of emotions, there is a web of deceit and some pure passion. Life in its myriad shades and Nature at her best and worst are brought forth with ease in totality. The characters a sizeable cast, are well developed and come across as ordinary souls who can be easily spotted in one’s neighbourhood or on urban roads as well as the countryside.

The pace, though slow at first picks up after the initial few chapters. The language is easy and communicative.

On the flip side

1) Heavily loaded with technical details that can at times bog the reader down. This in turn has resulted in the book being quite a lengthy one at 283 pages. A few pages less and just the right amount of technical input will I’m sure, make the book more enjoyable.

2) A lot of phrases in the local dialect without corresponding footnotes, act as speed- breakers thus taking away the thrill of an uninterrupted read for those not conversant with the terms/ phrases.

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A book with a lot of information, an array of cast and emotions, ‘Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar’ is definitely different.


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Book Review: 8 Hours by Upendra Namburi

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TITLE: 8 Hours
AUTHOR: Upendra Namburi
PUBLISHER: Westland Books
GENRE: Fiction (Thriller)
ISBN: 978-9386850041

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Aratrika Reddy, the charismatic CEO of ARYA Holdings Ltd., has just 8 Hours to save her company from certain bankruptcy.

The multi-billion dollar hotels to steel conglomerate, founded by her mercurial father, liquor baron Madhusudhan Reddy, has many suitors, all of them plotting a hostile takeover. Aratrika’s estranged husband, Siddhartha is one of them. His inside knowledge is the real ace up his sleeve. The Rathores, the Reddys’ arch-rivals are looking to buy ARYA too and thereby settle old scores.

Aratrika has to weave her way through a litany of lawyers, politicians, bankers, bureaucrats, investors, power brokers and her dreaded family. Behind the scenes, Jagannath Rao, her wily uncle, is playing a dangerous double game of manipulation. Her father Madhusudan is furiously pulling the strings from behind the scenes. To add to the confusion, overseeing the whole sale process is her old flame, Peter.

Over the course of a single night, 8 Hours to be precise, Aratrika must fight the demons at the gates of her company and those within. It’s a fight to the bitter end.

A fight that Aratrika does not want to lose…

MY TAKE

The clock ticks by, heart beats increase, emotions run high, brains are put to test and then finally the time comes when …….. Read the book to know. 🙂

‘8 Hours’ is a test of relationships, management skills and the will to achieve the ‘impossible.’ It is in fact a sneak- peek into the corporate business world, a world where money, management, muscle power and intelligence rule the roost, a world where the one caught napping eventually pays a price be it in terms of health or wealth or both. Here friends and foes are but temporary and blood turns out to be thinner than water. The shrewd survive while the dumb wit collapse and leave.

Racy and engaging, ‘8 Hours’ is weaved on a strong frame (read plot) which does not cave in easily to the reader’s sleuthing abilities. It takes the reader along till the end, peeling off the layers of suspense slowly one- by-one by way of surprising twists and turns.

Replete with a maze of emotions like love, hate, deceit, disgust, despair, determination, fear and surprise, the book is interesting and intriguing.

The characters are well fleshed out with their virtues and vices unraveled via subtle moves. Strong headed and determined, the protagonist Aratrika is seen to be fighting her inner demons several times within those eight hours, only to emerge stronger after each bout. Her passion, her determination and her gut feeling spur her on to cross each hurdle with the fire of a war horse and the moves of a Chess Master.

While I could easily relate to the Aratrika’s stress, Rajvardhan’s cunning moves, Siddharth’s greed and Jagannath’s manipulating ways, it was Madhusudhan’s hatred for his daughter that left me befuddled.

Language is lucid and the pace is racy. Yes, I must admit that the in the initial stages the pace appeared slow, but then once it picked up speed there was no looking back.

I missed –

1) A better understanding of Aratrika’s mother. A bit more on her and her peculiar relationship with the Reddy brothers would have helped.

2) The trigger for Madhusudhan’s anger and the motive behind the crime he committed.

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A veritable treat for the suspense thriller buff, ‘8 Hours’ scores a four on a scale of five.


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Book Review: Carthick’s Unfairy Tales

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TITLE: Carthick’s Unfairy Tales
AUTHOR: T.F.Carthick
FORMAT: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B0782P93G6

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An evil dragon. A damsel in distress. A concerned father seeking a savior. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.

But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?

What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than meets the eye?

This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed mice. And bears baring their souls.

MY TAKE

A different take, a new perspective, a fresh insight into tales of yore is what ‘Çarthick’s Unfairy Tales’is all about. Just seven in number these tales are sure to tickle one’s appetite and stir that something within that one calls food for thought.

The book unravels various facets of life and lays bare human nature with the help of the most unlikely characters of the fairy tales we’ve regaled in as children. Emotions such as disgust, deceit, irritation, ingratitude, hunger, cynicism, pride, etc., are unveiled in an unconventional way and that too by the ‘aggrieved parties’ of the famous tales of yore.

Language is simple and well suited for a book of this sort. Why? Because this one is for all and by all I mean children and old alike. It caters to all age groups.

A piece of flawless writing, this one is sure to make the world look at all those grandma stories with new eyes, an open mind and……… set the mind in top gear looking out for new interpretations, new perspectives.

VERDICT

A truly enjoyable read, this one is too…short. Wished the author had included more such stories. Looking forward to a sequel of the same I’ll give this one a 4 on a scale of 5.


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Book Review: A Home for Urvashi

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TITLE: A Home for Urvashi
AUTHOR: Sanchali Bhattacharya
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-9352773541
GENRE: Fiction (Fantasy)
 
 
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Death separates Dulari from her beloved twin sister, Ujjwala. Forlorn, her spirit remains on Earth as a powerless but constant companion to Ujjwala. Like the apsara Urvashi, she has the power to travel between worlds but no family, no one to love. Dulari has a dream: she hopes to be reborn as Ujjwala’s daughter and find a home for herself. Twenty-nine years have gone by, but her dream remains unfulfilled. There is hope, though, for Ujjwala has a son and now longs for a daughter.

Then arrives a man from Ujjwala’s past. His presence upsets her life and sets into motion a series of events that threaten to destroy her completely. Only Dulari can save her sister, but to do that, she must relinquish her dream.

Sensitively written and evocative, A Home for Urvashi depicts the bond of sisterhood that goes beyond life and death.
 
 
MY TAKE
 
 
Plot/ Storyline: Unique and fresh, the novel takes us on the wings of fantasy to a whole new world, the world of spirits, Satatma and Duratma. Narrated by Dulari the one who wilts even before she can bloom, the story takes us on a journey of the life of a spirit who expresses all those emotions that the living soul express. She laughs, she loves, she cries, she cares, she rebels, and she regrets. At times she feels a tinge of jealousy coursing through her invisible form. While she worries for her living twin and yearns to be with her, she cannot help but peep into her life. What she encounters there worries her no end. But then what can she a spirit, do? Does she sit back and see her twin suffer or does she find a way out to help her? ………..No spoilers here. So the only way out is to read ‘A Home for Urvashi.’ And when you read it you are sure to come across a number of hairpin bends (twists and turns) that make the journey not only interesting and thrilling, but tickle your senses and make you empathize with the unfortunate.

The book brings out sibling love at its best and also addresses certain social issues in subtle yet powerful strokes.

Characterization: The characters be they the protagonists or the supporting souls, are well articulated, thus making it easy for the reader to relate to them, their views, their actions and reactions. In fact one can easily don their shoes and live the story without feeling ill at ease/ appearing odd. Each one of them contributes to taking the story forward without a hitch, without a hurdle.

Language: Simple, crisp and lucid making the read easy, enjoyable and smooth. One can actually visualize the various places mentioned in the book.
 
 
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A heart-warming read, ‘A Home for Urvashi’ is in fact a virtual tour of the world of spirits and that of the earthlings peppered with the elements of emotions, expectations, suspense and surprise in the right measure. So the book gets a 4 on a scale of 5 from me.


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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
 
 

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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.
 
 
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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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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
 
 
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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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