#BookReview : Lanka’s Princess

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

THE BOOK

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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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#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.

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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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#Spotlight: God and His Girlfriend by Priyank

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Name of the book: God & His Girlfriend
Author: Priyank

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2. Alisha Patel 
3. Kapil Awasthi 

The Story:


Have you ever met a pretty girl in a suspicious condition with blood stained hands lying in a hotel room where you are staying in? 

Can a love story see its acceptance in the Indian society when the boy is from slums and the girl is born in a rich family? 

How many of you have met those girls who were molested by their known ones when they had not even crossed the age of 14? Isn’t forced and unwilling sex after marriage similar to a rape? 

Whether the prayers offered in love strong enough to bring back someone’s lost beloved from PoK? 

How many of you know a person whose deeds are completely ideal, something which only a God can do? 

Whether religion, caste or community should really be a parameter in deciding the hierarchy and dominance of people living in this world? 

God and his girl-friend is a mercurial story about two youngsters, from entirely different backgrounds who strive hard against their comfort to live with their passion. A boy from the slums and a girl from a rich lavishing family set out on an embarking journey to touch the moon. This takes them through many tests, eventually tying them up in love, followed by an unforgettable service to the nation as true stalwart patriots.





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‘The HINDU’ calls Priyank’s books, which has stories inspired from real life to be perfect in portraying the power of love.

Bollywood film maker Imtiyaz Ali conveyed his words to Priyank at a literary event in Delhi that he could see Priyank emerging out as a potential story writer from his city Jamshedpur.

Priyank is an author, a start up lover cum aspiring entrepreneur, a story teller and a motivational speaker. He is a gold medal winner in creative writing at the National level. He was named as the Best Debut Author of 2014 by Aagman Literary Organization, a Delhi based literary and cultural house for his novel ” I am dead but my heart beats. ”

He completed his Engineering from BIT Sindri, Dhanbad in 2015. He has delivered story telling sessions and motivational talks across many organizations in a short span of one and half year. He is the founder of Embellish India, a start-up he kicked off while in college. Currently, he works for a Delhi based funded start up after resigning from his first MNC job at TCS.

Born in Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) on 29th October, in a Maithil Brahmin family and brought up in Ghatsila (a small town near Steel city Jamshedpur in Jharkhand), Priyank’s dream is to bring changes in the country and make it a better place to live in. Writing was never his passion nor his goal. It happened to him by chance, by destiny, in an attempt to fulfill someone’s dream. He loves cricket, travelling, sleeping and trying out new delicacies.

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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.

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#Spotlight: Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh

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What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate? 

Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you? 

Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?

Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?

Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.

 

Grab your copy @

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About the author

 

Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time.  She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona.  Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer. 

 

Her other published works include:

‘Home is where Love is’ a short story in the anthology Writings from the Heart. Ed. by Beth Ann Masarik. 
‘You Stole My Heart’ and ‘Let me Go’. Short stories as a part of the anthology Long and Short of It by Indireads.
‘Wake Me Up’ as a part of the anthology Marijuana Diaries by Fablery Publishers.

 

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#BOOK REVIEW: THE MONK

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TITLE: The Monk
AUTHOR: Akshay Shroff
PUBLISHER: Gargi Publishers
GENRE: Thriller


THE BOOK

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Ten-year old Lakshya Gaitonde dreams of following a career in cricket like his idol, Sunil Gavaskar. But destiny has other plans for him.

He loses his father, Police sub-inspector Rajaram Gaitonde in the Mumbai terror attack of March 1993. He decides to follow his father’s footsteps and becomes a police officer.

In the July 2006 serial train blasts on the Mumbai suburban network, he loses his mother and fiancee. In consultation with the Commissioner of Police, he devises a diabolical plan to crush the menace of terrorism at its roots.

Does he succeed? How does he manage to avenge the killing of his parents and his beloved? Why does he finally don saffron robes?


MY TAKE

WOWs!!

Plot/ Story-line: An interesting one, the author taking inspiration from the terror attacks unleashed on Mumbai over a period of time weaves a story. During the course of the same he takes the reader on a journey of the terror attacks in chronological order and at the same time gives us an insight into its psychological impact on the protagonist Lakshya Gaitonde.

The story sees the metamorphosis of a cricket loving kid to a responsible police officer and is filled with the agony that one goes through on losing a beloved one to mindless terror attack. At the same time it emphasis the fact that the ultimate sufferers are not the big-wigs but the ordinary citizens whose only crime is that they are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The book is a bag of emotions. While on the one hand you get to experience romance on the other hand you also see how that very romance can kill something inside. There is violence and there is empathy too. There is honesty and a sense of duty on the one hand and greed and on the other hand. In fact one comes across the myriad shades of life in 217 pages.

There are some interesting twists and turns and there is suspense in the air after the first half. But it is the climax that is truly worth looking out for.

Characterization: The characters are well-developed with all their imperfections. One can easily relate to them, their emotions, their actions and reactions.

Language: Simple and easily to understand. No hard nuts to crack in the form of jargon.


OOPs!!

Though an interesting read, the book is heavily loaded with facts that are woven within the fabric of the story and these act as stumbling blocks. For those who are not aware of the terror attacks on Mumbai this will work as a wonderful reference book. However I personally feel that the author could have taken care of this problem by putting the details of the attacks that Mumbai has been a witness to till date, in a separate chapter at the end of the book or as a foreword. It would have helped the reader sail through the story smoothly.


VERDICT

An engaging read, you can take this one up on a lazy afternoon. I’ll give it a 3/5.


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AKSHAY SHROFF – THE NOVELIST

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A successful advertising sales consultant of domestic and international media, spanning over three decades Akshay Shroff has been associated with voluntary organizations like the Lions and the Junior Chamber International in senior positions and also with trade bodies like the Delhi Advertising Club and the Press Club of India.

A man with a passion for travel, trekking, reading and writing Akshay Shroff is a green panther and a cynophilist . The Monk is his debut novel.

Want to connect? It’s easy.

Twitter id : @akshaythemonk

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#Spotlight – Shadow in the Mirror by Deepti Menon

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Shadow In The Mirror 
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Deepti Menon

Publisher: Readomania 





Blurb

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. 

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About the Author



Deepti Menon has always believed in the power of the pen. Having done her post graduation in English Literature and her B.Ed. in English, she had the option of teaching and writing, and did both with great enjoyment. She started writing at the age of ten, long before she acquired a Diploma in Journalism. She also had the advantage of being an Army kid, and later an Army wife, and loved the idea of travelling around India, meeting new people and acquiring new skills. She firmly believes that much of her personality was honed during those travels.

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. She is now working on her second book that is a work of fiction, and not- to-be divulged yet! 


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