Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review of the youngster who became a spy



Name                -The youngster who became a spy 

Author                  - Sanjay B Tari

Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing

Number of Pages - 195

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback 

Price                     - 199

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Rating : 3.0

Blurb
The book is a thriller, set in the 3rd and 4th Century AD, about a youngster who navigates his way through to the upper echelons of the state's administration through determination. The newly acquired territory of Kaunse, in the ancient kingdom is at the crossroads of conspiracy. Deepo, a dynamic youngster, who is a typical citizen, rises to the occasion of spying for his beloved kingdom. His effort, skill, dedication, and an uncanny ability to survive and thrive in the utmost inhospitable conditions, save the kingdom from disaster on more than two occasions. The visionary emperor alters the way of thinking of the common man and in the process enriches the entire administrative machinery. The spy, the emperor, or his advisors are unaware about the threats to their kingdom. A certain turn of events over a period, causes uneasiness within the empire. A thrilling training of spies, their tests, a meticulously planned intelligence operation, and chase, and finally the search of the unknown follows.

My Review
Writing a historical fiction requires a lot of hard work, research and precision. A historical fictional thriller is even more difficult since author has to maintain the suspense while going with the timeline and happenings then.

The youngster who became a spy is such an attempt. Author has tried to club the history with fiction while maintaining the suspense. The first half of the story is about how the protagonist- Deepo becomes the king's trustee. Despite the historical background, author failed to bring forth precision in the narration demographically and chronologically. A lot of sequences where in Deepo's family sit together for tete-a-tete seems like a filler, which oozes out the flavour of the genre itself. Neither history nor suspense helps the reader cling to the first half of the book.
Nevertheless, the author got the grip of the story towards the second half. Deepo's venture as a spy is interesting and gripping. Author could incite anxiety in the readers towards the ends of the story. 
Major let down of the story is narration. The book is recommended for the readers searching for a simple and easy read especially  early teens.
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About the author

 Sanjay B. Tari, after having completed his B.Com and ACA, now works as a Finance Controller at Sharq Investment Company, Kuwait. The author has interest in reading historical books, biographies, autobiographies, philosophical books and fictions. He is also interested in watching different forms of art performances. Writing is an important medium through which one can at a certain level influence the society around. Although fictional, the stories are a source of inspirations for youngsters and/or administrations and the subjects they handle. This subtle message, and inspiring various people and institutions for the benefit of the society as a whole inspired the author to write. He has contributed articles to the, ‘The Chartered Accountant Journal’ and ‘Newsletter of the MMK (Maharashtra Mandal)’. ‘The Youngster who became a Spy’ is his debut novel.





Monday, May 30, 2016

Review of My last love story by Falguni Kothari



Book Name         - My last love story


Author                  - Falguni Kothari

Publisher              - Read out Loud

Number of Pages - 294

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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 Rating : 4.5



Blurb
I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me. 

Love is meant to heal wounds. 
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin. 
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul. 

I love my husband, and he loves me. 
But Nirvaan is dying. 
I love my husband. I want to make him happy. 
But he is asking for the impossible. 

I don’t want a baby. 
I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan. 
I don’t want another chance at another love story. 


***WARNING*** 
Weepers, keep tissues handy.

My Review
Delving into the deepest emotional strings of a reader’s heart is an art. Falguni Kothari proved that she has mastered the act through her book My Last Story. From soul warrior to My last loves story, there is a huge variation in the genre as well as narration.
The story revolves around three best friends Simeen, Nirvaan, and Zayaan collectively called awesome threesome. Simeen, who had been madly in love with Zayaan ends up being Nirvaan’s wife. But, nothing changes the formula of friendship between them. How did it happen is something needs to be seen through the story. Good things always come with an expiry date. Her beautiful relation with Nirvaan gets affected when the news of his Brain Tumor reaches them. Dying Nirvaan make it more difficult for Simeen with his Titanic Wishlist.
A tragic yet happy story is a highly emotional drama. It would be difficult for anyone with a spouse or lover, or a loving heart to hold one’s tears. It would not be a exaggeration if she is called Indian Nicholas Sparks. The title of the story could have been different though. When I saw the title, I was expecting a filmy puppy love story but was surprised with the depth of the relations.
The story challenges the rotten quasi-morality. Read the story with an open heart and you will thank yourself for grabbing the book. With an exemplary narration, better editing, attractive cover and strong based story line, authoress came out in flying colors. 
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author
Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media and loves to connect with readers.
My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review of Divine Sonnnets by Santanu Halder





Name         -Divine Sonnets and other poems

Author                  - Santanu Halder

Number of Pages - 74

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback 

Price                     - 170

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Rating : 3.5


Blurb
Divine Sonnets and Other Poems is my second anthology of poems which record my humble attempt to voyage into an enlightened land of spirituality where shines brightly the divine light of God. In the first part of these poems I sincerely endeavoured to capture those celestial glimpses through my simple humble hymns to the Almighty. I do not know how much I become successful, (Do I need it at all?) but yes! I tried to connect with Him. Herein lies the path that will lead me to self-purification, self-rectification. Actually these honest poetic utterances of mine act as a kind of vehicle through which I can free my soul and let it fly towards the divine direction

My Review
 Heartfelt words flowing through the soul of a writer are always an edifying experience for the reader. Divine sonnets and other poems are a collection of musical extract of words. The poems are divided into there sections. First section is a collection of divine poems. Poet’s piousness is depicted in this section. The sonnets are not mere 14 line poems. Poet successfully imbibed enchanting rhymes in the sonnets. Though written in simple words, author’s prayers will surely reach the readers. Poet finds god in everything around him. ‘Dawn’ and ‘celestial light’ are my favorite in this section.

Second section is a collection of love poems. Though rich in love and passion, the poems are more like teen love poems. Nevertheless, ‘There is no remedy for love’ and ‘Poem to my better half on Valentine’s day’ shows the warmth and depth of emotions.

The third section named other poems is my favorite. Each poem in this section is different from the other and provides a cryptic bliss of words to the readers. ‘Village Sreepally’ and ‘River of life’ are dedication to the land where the poet was born and his soul resides. ‘My poetic word as weapon’ , ‘Life goes on’ and ‘Fisherman’ are my favorite in this section.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author
 Born and brought up in Bongaon, a tiny terminal town, 75 kms away from the City of Joy, Kolkata, Santanu Halder is a bilingual poet, teacher, editor, translator, interviewer, critic, and an award winning citizen journalist(merinews). He lives besides the bank of river Ichhamati, a trans-boundary river which flows through India and Bangladesh and also forms the boundary between the two countries. The gentle flow of Ichhamati allures him to unleash his poetic wings. He is a lifetime member of the Guild of Indian English Writers Editors and Critics and the founder editor of Ichhamati Review and Student's English World monthly international Print Magazine. His poems have found a place in several national and International journals like Episteme, The Criterion, Contemporary Vibes, Writers Editors Critics, UK Poetry Library (UK), Brain Wrixon Books (Canada), and Our Poetry Corner (UK). His poems also got high recommendation in Destiny Poets UK (an International Community of Poets). He has attended seminars and poetry festivals and read his poems in the different parts of our country. His maiden poetry book "Bonsaied Rhapsodies" was published in 2013 and had been reviewed extensively.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review of Child/God by Ketan Bhagat



Book Name         - Child/God

Author                  - Ketan Bhagat

Publisher              - Rumour Books

Number of Pages - 351

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback 

Price                     - 299
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 Rating : 4.0

Blurb
"God comes into every house in the form of a child."

Naked, helpless, powerless, wealth-less, illiterate and ignorant, newborns arrive happy, positive, full of smiles and love. Every child is unique and perfect. The world stops to comfort a crying child.

The well-dressed, independent, power-hungry, wealthy, educated and worldly-wise adults are imperfect, frustrated, bitter and stressed.

Yet, grown-ups teach children. The stressed mentor the stress-free. The unhappy correct the happy. The confused guide the wise.

Welcome to the world of Raghav Malhotra, a typical MNC drone. Haunted by a guilty past, our common man struggles to serve a thankless spouse, a condescending family and a ruthless boss.

Inevitably, Raghav's life collapses like a house of cards. Violence, whores, alcohol and drugs follow.

Till God himself arrives.

You've read many stories about motherhood transforming a woman. Now, follow Raghav on his self-enlightenment journey through the joys of fatherhood. Child/God is a riveting story of a thirty-five-year-old disciple learning the meaning of life from his six-month-old guru. Discover how Raghav's living God transforms his life - and yours. 

 My Review

Child/God is a multidimensional story of Raghav. An employee of an IT firm, not-so brilliant in his school and college days, always compared with his studious, smart, and intelligent brother, getting married to a pampered, headstrong, stubborn girl, whom he himself spoils even more by mollycoddling, a wannabe writer. Frustrated, angry, and fed up with the life, Raghav assorts to several methods to overcome the depression of leading a meaningless life. His life gets a new meaning when a little cute baby boy enters his life to play the role of God himself. How Raghav's life changes afterwards is the thread of the story.

Being a seasoned writer's brother, it is more difficult to get acceptability to one's writing since his writing would be compared with his brother's , time and again. But, surprisingly or not author proved with his book that he is not in the industry to exploit a celebrity. Strong, touching story-line, captivating narration, compelling cliffhangers; the book has everything that makes a bestseller. 

The book is huge for Indian standards. The page count is 351 but word count might be nearly one lac since the dimensions of the book is more than what we generally see. Hence a lazy reader might find it difficult to complete the book. Some of the unnecessary details could have been cut short. But it is an inevitable fact that the huge book never bored me as a reader.

The book had a lot of autobiographical elements or I felt so. Hence the first person narration was giving a feel that Ketan was talking not Raghav. The book can be categorized into multiplicity of genres like philosophical, parenting, self help, contemporary and many more. Raghav's character would make us wish if all fathers were like him.

An excellent blurb speak everything about the book. A lot of care is taken in character development. The plot is complicated but the narration is simple. Soon to be made into a movie, the book will be the next talk of the town.

I recommend the book to all readers who are looking for a book with substance, emotions, and  values.

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About the author
 
Professionally, Ketan joined Satyam Computer Services (the company that Mr Ramalinga Raju made both famous and infamous) post his MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute in 2001. After a 1.5 year stint of trying to learn programming and Tamil, destiny finally took mercy on the young, frustrated North Indian and made Satyam show him little bit of the world – 2 years in Malaysia, 9 months in NZ and 4 years in Australia. About 2 years ago, he moved back to India. Currently he works as a regional sales manager at an MNC in Mumbai. Creative at heart, Ketan has done stints in Television (anchor, script writer) and Print (articles in national dailies) during his college days. Few years ago, he helped his brother script a Bollywood movie.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review of False Ceilings by Amit Sharma



Book Name         - False Ceilings

Author                  - Amit Sharma

Publisher              - Lifi Publications

Number of Pages - 256

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0

Blurb
 Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes. 
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.
When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family's blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?
 

My Review
 Books from Indian authors are puppy romance. Is that the preset notion? Well, if that's the case, false ceilings will force us to stash our prejudices. A highly emotional, tragic drama in a family through generations will quench the thirst for something different and deep by the readers. For a first time author, Amit Sharma is quite matured, developed and well-read.

The storyline goes through several generations- from pre-independence era to the future. Multiplicity of genres without giving any feeling of loss. The narration exemplarily matches the level classics or the several award winning books. Though the readers will be at loss trying to join the dots initially, last two chapters wraps up well and the pieces fall in place perfectly. The historical events are linked seamlessly.

The readers might get confused at some areas, which in turn cause a drop in pace of the story. Author succeeded in maintaining the inquisitiveness in the reader, which is maintained throughout the story. Nevertheless, when the secret unravels, it doesn't keep up with how the whole build up is constructed.

Overall the book is highly recommended to the serious readers, who want something different yet enchanting. With a little more homework, it could have been one among the classics.


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About the author


Amit Sharma's first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications. The book launch happened on 12 Jan 2016 in the World Book Fair in Delhi. 
Amit has been working in a Software Firm since the last ten years. He lives with his family in NCR. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos. 
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travelers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Interview with Amit Sharma, author of False Ceilings



Hi readers,

Today we have a talented writers the author of the most unique and accepted book of recent times- Amit Sharma 



1.       What made you switch from IT to literature?
I haven’t switched actually. I still have my day job which puts food on the table. Writing turned from a hobby into a passion. I feel as if I am doing something meaningful with my life when I am writing. It is a very exhilarating feeling to do something that you love. 

2.     How did you manage the transition from history to future in the book?
  I did a lot of research to get the history right. It wasn’t just a single point in the history but I had to show the transformations in the characters and the cities during various decades. Using various pivotal moments in our history as turning points helped make the story more real and authentic.
Future was all imagination. Seeing the advancements in technology, I chalked out how different our life will be in the coming decades. It was a very enjoyable process. A few of the things mentioned in the book like, 3D gaming and robots that look alarmingly like humans have already made an appearance.


3. Did you do any research?
I read a few books, online articles, talked to my parents, saw documentaries and made excessive notes for almost six months before I was confident enough to write the first line of the manuscript. The story begins in 1930, in the pre-independence era and touches many historical events. I amalgamated the story with our history and made a few events as the turning point in the life of the characters. The timespan of 1950s-1970s was something my parents helped me with. I had long discussions with them to get the lifestyle of that era right. The story takes place in Delhi and Dalhousie. I had to display changes both the places went through over the decades. It was a research filled with challenges and surprises. There is so much we don’t know; so much we ought to know. 


4. How was your publishing experience? 
The book was rejected by almost 15 publishers before Lifi accepted it, so, it was a very anxious phase of my life that lasted for 1.5 years. Then I waited in a queue for another 2 years before the book saw the light of the day. I wish things could have moved more quickly but that is how things stand.
I finished my second book during this period, then completed the research work for the third and started writing it.

5. What are you working on at this moment?
 
My next book is almost finished. I will be sending it out for Beta Reading next month. Then I’ll pitch it.
It’s a very modern story and spans eleven years. It’s about the journey of Sapna, a girl who belongs to a lower middle-class family living in Delhi; how she transforms from a naïve, simple-minded, college-going girl to the most influential, richest and powerful woman in the world. She has a gift that turns her into a Goddess; someone the world fears and prays to. Her power changes the course of the future but is she able to cope up with the sacrifices it demands? Or does the power consume her in the end?
It’s quite different from my first book and I am hoping the readers will enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Review-Ready steady go by Deepak Mehra



Book Name         - Ready Steady Go

Author                  - Deepak Mehra

Publisher              - Jaico Books

Number of Pages - 209

Publishing Year   - 2015

Edition                  - Paperback

Price                      - Rs.250/-

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Rating : 4.5
Blurb
 Schools and colleges do not prepare us for the real world. 
Worse still, they often create blind spots that hold us back in the corporate world. As a result, many intelligent, dedicated and hardworking professionals stagnate in their careers. 
Unleash your potential with Ready, Steady, Go! 
Analyze the root cause of career-related issues and learn 59 high-octane rules for personal success, including: 
● Be Sociable, Not Social ● Passion Is Out of Fashion ● Think Like a Golfer ● Get The Boss Equation Right ... and much, much more! Fast-track your career – whether you have just started out or have years of experience under your belt. So Ready, Steady, Go!

My Review
Corporate world is like a maze. To enter is sometimes easy, sometimes difficult. However, once you are in it, the maze will get more and more complicated and only the lucky few are able to fathom a solution. Hard work and dedication is not always adequate to climb the corporate ladder. Once you are in it, the process seems to be a mirage for most.
Deepak Mehra comes up with a set of 59 fast track ways to crack the invisible code. The book is indeed helpful to the stress laden employees. The solution comes in three stages. 1. Ready- To prepare;2. Steady- To protect and 3. Go- To propel.
The book starts with a self-assessment sheet to evaluate if you are ready to climb the ladder. Right from sound sleep to smart handling of your boss, author provides a-z of the corporate world. The book is very motivational. The book is everything that a self help book should be.
The book is highly recommended for the white collar slaves of the corporate world, to break free and attain the deserved.
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 About the author 
 
Deepak Mehra, an IIT (BHU) alumnus, secured his management degree from IMT Ghaziabad and followed this with an illustrious banking career. Throughout his professional life, he has been involved in developing, coaching and leading teams of high-calibre young professionals in truly multi-cultural environments.

Review of Another Love story by Arjun Premkumar



Book Name         - Another Love Story

Author                  - Arjun Premkumar

Publisher              - Frog books

Number of Pages - 188

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

Price                       -  Rs.200/-
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Rating : 3.0

Blurb
 "The hardest day in an Engineering student's life is not the day he gets his result. It's the day he gets judged - Placement Day. Everything he has learnt and ignored throughout his four years of being in college comes back one final time to haunt him. But what if he had bigger problems that were linked to it? What if the same thing that helped him get to where he was, was keeping him from getting to where he wanted to go? Long story short, he fell in love."

 My Review
 Another love story, like the name implies, is  just another love story. The protagonist, whose name is not mentioned throughout the book (I assume that it is the author himself) falls for a girl- Shwetha. He revolves around her like a love stuck teenager. After a happening love story, they break up. Why because he didn't pay heed to her while they passed by. Yes! quite a reason for a break up. The day after the break up, they are attending a job placement. the protagonist faces the final round with the strangest resume ever, which in turn changes his life forever.

The story will definitely appeal to the YA lovers, since it has all the flavors for a love story. Love, pain, action, humor(if you call it so). The story is simple, narration is vernacular. Lack of depth is the main drawback of the story. The reason why the protagonist falls in love with the girl, how the girl falls for him, how they break up are all extremely silly. Again and again it is proved that the new generation lacks any depth in relations and that their outlook of  life is nowhere near reality.

The book is recommended for the mass of readers who are looking for an easy breezy read. 

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About the author
  "After writing his first poem at the age of 14, the author has had a wonderful journey. He began with pieces of writing pertaining just to love and later ventured into other genres. With a flair for entertaining people, he moved into speaking and the response was just as strong as it was for his writing. He is an engineer by qualification and dreams of becoming a writer by profession. He also has this weird affinity to the number three, being born on the third day of the month. Somewhere between his tenth short story and his thirtieth poem, he had this sudden urge to write something bigger. So, he began writing. With all his experience with relationships and heart-breaks, he turned to writing Another Love Story."



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review of Parenting in the age of anxiety



Book Name   - Parenting in the age of anxiety

Author                  - Dr. Zirak Marker

Publisher              - Rupa Publications 

Number of Pages - 121

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 3.0

Blurb

Parenting in the Age of Anxiety acknowledges that today’s generation is tormented by a number of issues exam stress, bullying, peer pressure, sexual uncertainty that can snowball into full-blown psychological conditions, from borderline personality disorders to anxiety and learning impairments. Added to this are specific early, emotionally fraught life experiences that demand coping skills, such as bereavement and adoption.
How should one help a child deal with a bullying in school? What should you do when your son is burdened with exam stress? How is a parent to deal with a depressed teen? Equally, is anxiety a two-way street, passed on from caregiver to child and vice versa?
Drawing from case studies, diary entries, letters and conversations, Parenting in the Age of Anxiety sensitively approaches each of the issues that distress growing children and offers valuable lifelines. This book reminds all guardians and nurturers to grant themselves the right to make mistakes and give their children the freedom to err and recover.


My Review

Parenting is always a complicated duty. If it's a duty,  obligation or sacrifice had always been  point of debate. Nevertheless, it has been an accepted fact that handling your kids through different stages of their life is a Herculean task. There had been umpteen number of books targeted at helping the parents . Yet the need for help has been never ending.

Parenting in the age of anxiety is a helping hand in tackling several issues faced by and from your child. Academic stress, bullying,  peer pressure, learning disability, borderline disorder, sexuality,  abuse, adoption, single parenting,  and finally parental anxiety are the topics touched. 

Each chapter starts with a case study- letters or diary notes of parent's and kids about various issues and how a solution was reached. While these narratives are inspirational, the solutions cited are not quite directive. They were almost similar to the psychological advices we can get to read in practically every magazines these days. Still if you're a parent in trouble, you will be happy  that you selected the book since it wouldgive you the motivation to face the inevitable.  
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About the author


 


Dr. Zirak Marker is a renowned child and adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist with clinical training at the Westchester Medical Centre, New York University. He has been practising for fifteen years in the space of education psychology, guiding students with learning disabilities, developmental delays and autism. He is currently the CEO (chief executive officer) of the Aditya Birla Integrated School for children with different learning needs.
Dr. Marker consults for various schools in Mumbai and at the Saifee Hospital. He has conducted innumerable workshops and given lectures to students, teachers, parents and other professionals. For his outstanding contribution to children with learning disabilities, Dr. Marker has been felicitated by the Mancherji Edalji Joshi Memorial Trust and for his contribution to education, he has been awarded by the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of India.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review of Ganesh by Subhadra Sen Gupta ( Illustrations by Tapas Guha



Book Name         - Ganesh

Author                  - Subhadra Sen Gupta & Tapas Guha ( Illustration)

Publisher              - Red Turtle (Rupa Publications)

Number of Pages - 42

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Hardcover

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 Rating : 4.5

Blurb
Meet Ganesh, the potbellied elephant-headed god, always accompanied by his faithful assistant, the rat. Known as the remover of obstacles, he is prayed to before every new beginning. But do you know why Ganesh has an elephant’s head? Or why he has only one tusk? And what is his connection with the waxing and waning of the moon? 
In this fun retelling of the most popular stories associated with Ganesh, find the answers to these questions and more. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations that bring the stories alive, this book will appeal to every child and the child in all adults.

My Review
Writing Children's book seems to be an easy task but it is not as easy as it seems. One should think as a child. Put them in the child's shoes. It should be easily comprehensible yet money-worth.

Ganesh is one such book. The story of the cute little elephant god is sure to impress the children. Ganesh is always the favorite god of Indians.Hence the title itself is th attraction. The four stories How Ganesh lost his head, Ganesh loses a tusk, Ganesh versus Karthik and Ganesh curses the moon are the four titles. The four stories give a glimpse on different instances of 'Ganesh Charith.'

Illustrations by Tapas Guha adds to the attraction.  Some more stories could have been added to make the book worth the money spent. Yet I would not think twice before buying this book for my kids.
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About the author
Subhadra Sen Gupta has written over thirty books for children including mysteries, adventures, ghost stories, comic books and books on history. To her surprise, the Sahitya Akademi thought she is doing a good job and gave her the Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2014. Right now she is waiting for a time machine so that she can travel to the past and join Emperor Akbar for lunch. She loves to travel, flirt with cats and chat with auto-rickshaw drivers. If you want to discuss anything under the sun with her, email her at subhadrasg@gmail.com.a