Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wait till then



Due to some unavoidable personal reasons, I am taking a break from the blog, reviews and writing as a whole. Will be back with handful of reviews after a hiatus. Kindly cooperate 

Review of Go Clown by Shatrugna Vyas




Book Name         - Go Clown#AccheDin for comedy
Author                  -Shatrugna Vyas
Publisher              - Self Published
Number of Pages - 340
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -189
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Rating : 4.0

Blurb
When Baby Kiriti arrived in this world, he was like a lost butterfly in a sea of white. A baby who is born and thrust into the huge sea of humanity called India, rides and steers his destiny ship, as he constantly grapples with the Clown inside him, who meanwhile brings out his own set of funny oars in these troubled waters.

The Clown's journey continues on from a Karma-Guru to a trader of special water from Europe (thanks to his Made-in-China friend!), and from a music director (the Bad-Boy theme!) to the founder of a school, and a dirty sock to a sex-crazed, horny bunch of young fellas. The colors of the Clown's comedy are different but he always plays to the circus of life. As Kiriti encounters a wide array of characters from the length and breadth of India, a land as rich as its flavours, the carefree years full of joy and young hopes come to an end, with the sweet smell of Ganja still lingering under the starry nights. The philosophy of Meaning is preached, after a session of holy smokes, on the sides of a dusty highway which sees blood and grime daily.

And finally with the Mystical Game which casts a shadow on Kiriti's life having been won, everything is laid to rest under a blanket of white, only to be stumbled upon by a Sherpa on the peaks of the mighty Himalayas that wakes up something inside of his adorable son!

Is it a Thief, his Dream or the Clown?


And there is a 2000 year old Surprise Gift with the Novel! (Any Guesses?)

My Review

The word clown brings to our mind unending laughter. The title Go Clown also gave me a similar impression. I was expecting unrealistic cartoon like incidents but the book surprised me with its satirical adaptation of crude reality.

Clown is Kiriti's second personality. Clown is the soul or conscience. Author has adapted a fresh narration with good and apt vocabulary. India at its realistic best can be the apt sub title for the book. Different stages of Kiritis's life is portrayed in the utmost veristic manner. 

Somewhere down the line, the story takes us to a different level of narration. More in this, you need to read the book.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Review of I still think about you by Arpit Vageria




Book Name         - I still think about you
Author                  - Arpit Vageria
Publisher              - Sritshti Publications
Number of Pages - 185
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 195
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Rating : 4.0

Blurb
Aamir has never met anyone who understands him better than Anvi. But her passion for investigative journalism scares him no end. She is calling while reporting from a crime scene and promising to switch to anchoring when he hears a gunshot. Will she be able to fulfil her promise?
Dhruv can do anything to please Vratika, for he seems bound to her for life. They have been going steady for a while and he feels she brings smiles and light to his life like no other. Can one misunderstanding in a moment of anger finish it all?
For Aamir, little Dhruv is the best gift life has given him. More than just brothers, they are the beginning and end of their family. After years, struggles and pain are slowly fading away in the face of happier times. But one phone call changes their entire life. 
Life throws Aamir and Dhruv in a vortex of pain, loss and guilt. While Dhruv wanders for redemption, he meets Sachi. She reads his heart, soothes his soul and brings him face to face with his real self. I Still Think About You is a story of love, brotherhood, passion, dedication, pain and the depths to which a heart can go to win back lost love.


My Review
The title of the book  gives an impression of a teenage romance or puppy romance, as it is critically named. The book cover also gives the same impression. But on further reading it becomes clear that the book is more than what is in the league.

The story is mainly about brotherhood. There are very few books that portray the beautiful relation between two brothers. With beautiful narration author gave an enlightening story of two brothers who stayed together after the demise of their parents. An unfortunate incident changes their life.

Relation between Dhruv and Sachi is portrayed realistically. While the climax disappointed me, the overall storyline was surprisingly deep and palpable. In the first few chapters, narration seemed amateurish but author got the swing in the proceeding chapters.
With a little more realistic title and book cover, the book could have excelled the bestseller charts.

Compared to several bestselling romance books, this book stands out.
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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

Arpit Vageria writes for Indian television industry and has written scripts for three television series and various award functions. Formerly a part of The Times of India Group, he now also writes for the immensely popular digital channel, IIT (Indian Idiots Television). Hailing from Indore, he currently lives in Mumbai. An alumnus of Renaissance College, Indore and IBS-Mumbai, he enjoys road trips, singing, playing pranks and adventure sports.

Review of I still think about you by Arpit Vageria




Book Name         - I still think about you
Author                  - Arpit Vageria
Publisher              - Sritshti Publications
Number of Pages - 185
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 195
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Rating : 4.0

Blurb
Aamir has never met anyone who understands him better than Anvi. But her passion for investigative journalism scares him no end. She is calling while reporting from a crime scene and promising to switch to anchoring when he hears a gunshot. Will she be able to fulfil her promise?
Dhruv can do anything to please Vratika, for he seems bound to her for life. They have been going steady for a while and he feels she brings smiles and light to his life like no other. Can one misunderstanding in a moment of anger finish it all?
For Aamir, little Dhruv is the best gift life has given him. More than just brothers, they are the beginning and end of their family. After years, struggles and pain are slowly fading away in the face of happier times. But one phone call changes their entire life. 
Life throws Aamir and Dhruv in a vortex of pain, loss and guilt. While Dhruv wanders for redemption, he meets Sachi. She reads his heart, soothes his soul and brings him face to face with his real self. I Still Think About You is a story of love, brotherhood, passion, dedication, pain and the depths to which a heart can go to win back lost love.


My Review
The title of the book  gives an impression of a teenage romance or puppy romance, as it is critically named. The book cover also gives the same impression. But on further reading it becomes clear that the book is more than what is in the league.

The story is mainly about brotherhood. There are very few books that portray the beautiful relation between two brothers. With beautiful narration author gave an enlightening story of two brothers who stayed together after the demise of their parents. An unfortunate incident changes their life.

Relation between Dhruv and Sachi is portrayed realistically. While the climax disappointed me, the overall storyline was surprisingly deep and palpable. In the first few chapters, narration seemed amateurish but author got the swing in the proceeding chapters.
With a little more realistic title and book cover, the book could have excelled the bestseller charts.

Compared to several bestselling romance books, this book stands out.
Reviewed for the publisher
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

Arpit Vageria writes for Indian television industry and has written scripts for three television series and various award functions. Formerly a part of The Times of India Group, he now also writes for the immensely popular digital channel, IIT (Indian Idiots Television). Hailing from Indore, he currently lives in Mumbai. An alumnus of Renaissance College, Indore and IBS-Mumbai, he enjoys road trips, singing, playing pranks and adventure sports.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Review of Ancient chants for modern living by Aatmanika Ram




Book Name         - Ancient Chants for modern living
Author                  - Aatmanika Ram
Publisher              - Westland Books
Number of Pages - 168
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -250
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Rating : 3.5

Blurb
The modern world is inundated with problems connected to emotional, mental and physical health. Some problems are brought on by a combination of genetic make-up being passed on from generation to generation and the environment, but most others are brought on by the lack of a strong mind. Stress and anxiety seem to be playing an important role in everybody’s life. Vicious cycles of hectic lifestyle, bad diet, lack of exercise and no commitment to relationships seem to contribute to this ever growing pandemic. This book would help provide practical and easy suggestions to people to become emotionally stronger and stress-free in the longer run. It would serve as a guiding light for the younger generation and help to make conversations with the Almighty more rewarding and pleasurable.

My Review
Ancient chants for modern living can be counted on as both a religious book as well as a spiritual one. Authoress has taken great effort in putting forth both aspects. 
'Why do we go to temples and chant prayers?' This is a question being asked for ages now and answers differ. Authoress gives a religious explanation as well as a spiritual one. She had made sure that the slokas are simple, and easy to chant and learn. The meanings of the same is also given along with the religious as well as spiritual relevance. For instance the sloka for developing confidence. It can be viewed both ways-1. Goddess will help you develop the same if you chant it.2. Your mind will be decluttered with the meditative effect. 
Slokas  like asathoma satgamaya can be chanted by anyone since irrespective of religion since it is not a prayer to any particular God.
A glossary of Sanskrit pronunciation in the beginning helps us get the right diction easily.  Authoress has stated the do's and dont's while chanting the slokas.
A section of each chapter is dedicated to the temples which are known for the purpose of the slokas chanted. Most of the temples are in and around Tamil Nadu. More account on temples all over India could have been helpful but authoress has mentioned in the acknowledgment  that she named the temples which gave her the desired results. Some chapterswhere in slokas are just a single one liner chant, seems to be a turn off. Number of slokas could have been increased, (not that we have any deficiency for them) so that readers can chose from the most effective.
The book should not be viewed as a Hindutwa book since the slokas can be chanted by anyone taking into account the meditative and therapeutic effect.

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About the author

Aatmanika Ram was born and raised in India and has lived and worked in several countries in North America, South East Asia and the Middle East. The exposure to varied cultures, her strong family-centred values and her innate curiosity have driven her to explore and write about her life experiences in “Shells on the Beach – an anthology”; her artistic taste and the desire to bring out the essence of good human values has found expression in the poetic fiction, “The Rose Petal Trail – A Sutra for timeless love”.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Review of The Pather Panchali Sketch book by Satyajit Ray




Book Name         - The Pather Panchali Sketch Book
Author                  -Satyajit Ray
Publisher              -Harper Collins
Number of Pages -128
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  -Hardback
Price                     -1699
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Rating : 5.0

Blurb
In 1955, Pather Panchali made international headlines and placed Indian cinema on the world map. In the sixty years since, the film has acquired a cult status. As has its storyboard which Ray used as his reference to shoot the film. Believed to have been forever lost after the film-maker donated it to the Cinematheque Francaise, the storyboard is now available as a book, along with other interesting and previously unseen aspects on the film. As much a chronicle of the work of a genius as it is a handbook for every aspiring film-maker, this is a collector's edition.

My Review
While I was sorting the set of books for the review, the first book that grabbed my attention was Pather Panchali Sketch Book. I had expected a sketch collection by some artist on the book. But on further scrutiny I was surprised to see that it is an encyclopedia on the movie as well as the industry in that era. 
Starting with a preface by Sandip Roy,forward by Dhritiman Chaterjee, and introduction by Sharmila Tagore the book prepares us to imbibe something big. I was personally let down since I haven't seen the movie neither did I have any idea about the storyline, other than the fact that it is a legendary movie in Indian History. As if comprehending the thoughts of the reader, next section of the book gives a synopsis by the great man himself. The reviews and previews received by the movie at that time follows the synopsis. This helps us realize that the movie was even bigger than what we had expected. 
Then comes the much awaited sketch collection. The sketches left me wondering if Manik da, as he is lovingly called, had seen drawn the sketches after creating the movie because such was the clarity of the conception. He himself has written in an article for 'The statesman' that the whole movie was in my head. The write up of Bijoya Ray brings us  closer to the struggle behind the making of the movie. Articles and writeup by Subrata Mitra, Bansi Chandragupta, Dulal Dutta, Soumendu Roy, Uma Sen, and Subir Banerjee gives us a glimpse and more on behind the scenes. Posters, letters, advertisements, accolades, commemorative stamps and what not. The book is priceless. I am sure it will, find its place in all the film institutes. The paperback copy costs RS.999 and hardcover costs 1699. I recommend the hardcover since it provides the complete feel and will help you preserve the book for ages. You can proudly show this book to your grand children and say " see, what a priceless book I owned."
I recommend the book to all Indians and all movie lovers.
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About the author

Satyajit Ray (1921-1991) is India's most well-known film-maker in international circles and is regarded as one of the greatest film makers ever.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review of Myself Meena by Dakshita Das




Book Name         - Myself Meena
Author                  - Dakshita Das
Publisher              - Rupa Publications
Number of Pages - 208
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -266
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Rating : 4.5

Blurb
Meena, a young, attractive, fun-loving girl from Bareilly, finds her life in a state of disarray. On the one hand, she is compelled to play the role of a dutiful daughter, living out the ambitions that her father had dreamt for her being an IAS officer. On the other hand, she remains perpetually confused and bored. Worse, she falls out with her best friend, is unable to sustain long-term friendships and falls in love but struggles to make choices.
Meena is forced to confront a few loaded questions. In blindly following her father’s aspirations, has she missed out on living a life on her own terms? Will she grow to adjust to a new job, and equally, will she be able to work out her romance with her colleague and mentor? Most importantly, will she find herself? Find out in this story of self-discovery and resilience.
My Review
There has been a lot of books on the lives of civil servants and aspiring students. Myself Meena is on of such kind but with a different message and realistic approach. 

Meena is the representative of mass of students who succumbed to familial pressure to become something big. Here in the book Meena is crowned with her father's desire to see his daughter as an IAS officer. A studious rank holder in school changes to class bunker and backbencher who is looked down upon. Later she regains her track and decides to fulfil her father's dream.

The book shows how the pressure of expectations affects the lives of students. What I liked the most is the relation between Meena and Venkat. Their relation is extraordinarily realistic. I have been waiting to see a book where relationship is not laid down on a golden platter of mollycoddling your lover with filmy surprises and authoress gave exactly the same through the book.  Meena's dilemma has been conveyed with utmost conviction. The book is also about accepting what you are, where you end up and molding yourself into the scenario. The cover image shows exactly what Meena''s life is all about.  Narration is simple yet interesting.The blurb mirrored the whole book perfectly. I had intended to give a four stars but for the realistic approach I give half a star extra.
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About the author

"Dakshita Das is a civil servant who is a graduate of Lady Shri Ram College for Women. Myself Meena, IAS is her debut novel."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review of My elementary life by Amit






Name                -  My elementary life
Author                  - Amit
Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing
Number of Pages - 79
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 160

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Rating : 3.0


Blurb
My elementary life portrays the vivid facets of life; love, agony, anguish, dreams, depression, cherishing a past, to feel want of, seeking enlightenment & everything else. It is a feat of little imagination, but compassion & taut, and as honest as life is. Uncertain & propulsive.

My Review
My elementary life is a collection of poems that are deep in thought, palpability  and philosophical articulation. Unlike most poems reviewed recently, this collection possess depth, which makes the book stand out.  Most of the poems are free verses but the  poetic musings possess an inherent tune and rhythm. Author proves that a poem can be enchanting even without brimrul of figures of speech.

Most of the poems reflect a sad past inebriated with loss, love, passion  and despair of the poet or a fictional protagonist. Poet tries to gain enlightenment through the protector of the universe. The book definitely possess the power to incite the cerebral pulses. Some are contemplative, some are straight and simple.

I recommend the book to the readers who are looking for a poetry collection which is tangible yet deep.

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About the author

Amit in this superb poetry collection "My elementary life" blends together the romantic spontaneity and lucidity of style. The subtle power and intense imagination in these poems will certainly appeal to all readers. No doubt, the wealth of imagination and deeply inspired poetic fancy in these poems are quite remarkable.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review of Scarlet Nights by Mayur Patel




Name                - Scarlet Nights 
Author                  - Mayur Patel
Publisher              - Half Baked Beans
Number of Pages - 240
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 250
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Rating : 3.5

Blurb
Smart, sexy and confident, Malvika Chauhan lives an enviably perfect life in Mumbai. She has a flourishing career, a loving boyfriend and a promising future. Spiteful, fearless and mysterious, Margrita lives on the extreme ends. Self-merriment is the only thing that matters to her. Destiny plays wicked and brings the two women face to face with each other. While Malvika knows nothing about Margrita, Margrita is well-aware of the hidden secrets of Malvika's past. Malvika's life turns sour as she struggles against the insufferable circumstances inflicted upon her by Margrita. It's a situation she cannot escape. If the hidden secrets get disclosed, Malvika will be finished. She will lose every precious thing she has... her career, her prestige, her love... 'Scarlet Nights' is a haunting tale of the unfathomable depths inside the human psyche.

My Review
A voyage through the deeper crevices of mind, Scarlet nights is a Psychological thriller. The plot starts with the life of Malvika Chauhan, who leads a trouble free, exciting and perfect life. Her days become nights and nights full of nightmares when she starts to have blackouts for hours, unable to do what she did in the meanwhile. Only person who could help her is Margarita. Once Malvika meets Margarita, instead of detangling the secrets, her life becomes messier. 

Author has taken great care in maintaining the suspense element throughout the story. Nevertheless, the connection between Malvika and Margarita becomes more or less obvious in the initial chapters itself. The idiosyncrasies of Malvika and the give and take between the two women seems exaggerated in between but author has justified it in the last chapters. Since it is a thriller, I am unable to disclose more. It might end up as a spoiler.

Major complaint I have is about the narration, especially in the initial chapters. While dealing with such serious and deep subjects the narration could have been more regimented. The title Scarlet nights seems perfect in the first half but towards the second half the color Scarlet loses its significance. The cover image is good and reflects the whole mood of the book.

Hardcore Sydney Sheldon lovers might find the book dragging since the book has lot of similarities with 'Tell me your dreams' by the author but lacks pace. Nevertheless in comparison with the thrillers by Indian authors, the book definitely stands out.
I recommend the book to all Psychological thriller lovers. 


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About the author

Mayur Patel has studied Civil Engineering. He has worked as a civil engineer and an Interior Designer. He was a part of an orchestra as a singer some years back. At present he works in a Newspaper as a sub-editor. 
His first book ‘Vivek and I’ was a work of romance and was published by Penguin Books India. He writes Novels, Short Stories and Columns in Gujarati, too. 
Besides writing, he enjoys a wide variety of activities like reading, gardening, singing, watching movies and playing badminton. Travelling is an addiction which enables him to bring life to his writing. 
The author lives in Valsad, India with his family. He can be contacted at markmayur@gmail.com. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Review of Mango Chutney by Harsh Snehanshu





Name                - Mango Chutney
Author                  - Harsh Snehanshu
Publisher              - Rumour Books
Number of Pages - 224
Publishing Year   - 2014
Edition                  - Paperback 

Price                     - 125

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Rating : 3.0


Blurb
In the sleepy rural town of Bikramganj, a halwai named Lachhuman recieves a letter from an unseen Lakshmi. A thousand kilometres away in Delhi, a woman waits an eternity for her birth certificate. In the sweltering heat of Chennai, a girl finds solace in her grandfather's shirt. The stakes are high on the Euro rail on its way to Budapest where two Austrians try to trick an Indian woman at a card game. Back home in Vizag, an egg is being poarched to perfection. Mango Chutney, true to its name, is potpourri of quality short-fiction by some of India's finest writers. Compiled and edited by bestselling author, Harsh Snehanshu, these stories, with just the right amount of sugar and tang, shall provoke, tickle and above all, linger your mind

My Review
Mango chutney is a collection of 27 short stories. The stories are one different from the other. Each author has set a bench mark of his own. Unlike other short story collections, I am unable to pick my favourite since all are equally good. Harsh Snehanshu has done a great job in compilation. 
More need not be said about narration since the author are all legends themselves. The title is the highlight of the book. As the name suggests, the stories are a mix of spicy, tangy, salty, sweet, al  the flavours in one. Just like a Mango chutney.
There are very few instances when stories we read haunts us but here each and every story haunts us and we end up having a mix of emotions. Some of the stories could have ended well but I'm not pin pointing them since it did not obliterate the quality.
I recommend the book to all readers who want to have a book worthy of its price
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About the author

Harsh Snehanshu is Twenty-five but looks older. After graduating from IIT in 2011, he invested a year each on entrepreneurship, pan-India travel, and Young India Fellowship- a prestigious one-year fellowshipin the liberal arts. During 2012-13, he travelled solo across the country on a shoestring budget, sleeping wherever there was space and eating whatever was available, dicovering India and a bit of himself. His fascination for stories and abundence of gray hair are result of this wanderlust and reflection. The author of Because Shit Happened: What Not To Do In A Start-up! and the best selling Kanav-Tanya trilogy, Harsh is a profilic Freelance Writer, having been published in The Caravan, The Hindu, Tehelka along others. Currently an exchange student at Sciences Po, Paris at their School of Urban Affairs, Harsh is working on his forthcoming travel memoir. Mango Chutney is his fifth book.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review of Cents and Non-Cents by Mohammed Saif






Name                -  Cents and Non-cents
Author                  - Mohammed Saif
Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing
Number of Pages - 264
Publishing Year   - 2015
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 202

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Rating : 3.5


Blurb
What is the root cause of inflation? For millennia, the waywardness of inflation has vexed economists and financial experts alike yet neither individuals nor nations have succeeded in coming to grips with it. Across the world the common man is bewildered and exasperated by this baffling phenomenon and left holding the short end of the stick. No matter what the remedial measures adopted by experts, Inflation will just not be Tamed. Written by a non-economist in a style readily comprehensible by lay, this book delves into the world of money, commerce, banking and finance to wring out the shocking truth about inflation. These pages will indelibly alter the reader’s perception of money and leave the worlds of banking and economics shaken and stirred.

My Review

Money value falls, inflation  affects Nation's economic security, foreign investment required, RBI changes interest rates etc are bits of news we come across. Very few have taken the pain to know what is happening  and why in detail. Even fewer understand it. We always blame the government for commodity price hike or any price hike for that matter. 
Mohammed Saif, in his book Cents and non-cents addresses the nemesis of inflation in a simpler language enabling the laymen comprehend the issue.
The initial part of the book is about Mirth a mythical land. Authors shows how inhabitants of myth evolved economically from barter system to the present scenario. While the story is interesting as an introduction, towards the second half of the book when the discussion becomes serious, mirth becomes a distraction forcing the reader skip a few pages.
The book is a mix of text book material and a fictional account. Author introduces the terms Break Even Domino Effect, Interest Multiplier Effect, Reverse Robinhood effect etc with the readers. The methodology of narrationis such that any person without any knowledge of accounting and finance can understand the point. Author tries to put forth the fact that interest is an evil and the problems related to inflation can be nullified by an interest free society. While he convincingly put forth his argument, the feasibility of the same is doubtful. 
 Instead of writing a book which looks like a journal, author has presented an easily comprehensive yet informative book.
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About the author

Mohammed Saiful Islam is a graduate in Pure Sciences. He then studied Chartered Accountancy before taking up a career in banking. His predilection for academic pursuits steered him towards assignments as diverse as Industrial Engineering, Business Management,Information Technology and Enterprise Risk Management. This extensive exposure has added value to this book. Saif has travelled extensively and lived in many places across India. Post-retirement he has taken up writing as a full-time occupation.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

REVIEW of Tagged by M.Kaarthika Santosh




Name                - Tagged 
Author                  - M. Kaarthika Santhosh
Publisher              - Half Baked Beans
Number of Pages - 160
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 150

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Rating : 3.0


Blurb
Astute, nimble witted, strong-willed and handsome SaiPrabhu falls head over heels for the gorgeous Preethi Kapoor. What should have been a cakewalk for this girls' heartthrob turns to be a bed of thorns, because the catch is, Sai and Preethi have never met! How Sai approaches the love of his life strategically, despite being a stranger to her is revealed in an interesting and gripping narration filled with lots of twists and turns. Is it even possible in your wildest dreams to impress and woo a girl who neither knows anything about you nor has anything in common with you? Moreover, how to handle these girls who are always beyond guys' understanding? And the ultimate question... Will Sai win the girl who stole his heart?


My Review
There has always been high demand for YA Romance in India. If we check the top ten best sellers, at least five of them will be romance, that too teen romance. So, is there a formula for bestselling romance? If there us is one, this book has definitely applied it. Is the story a puppy romance?  Yes. Is it unrealistic? No. Is it filmy? To an extend.

Thankfully the protagonists are matured, settled people instead  of the regular formula of teens, dodging their studies. Another welcoming fact is that boozing, getting stoned and such paraphernalia are not given much importance. Films or not, while falling in love, many tend to get filmy to impress their partner. That way, Sai- protagonist's attitude and actions are justifiable.

The story lacked depth. It's an easy breezy book with vernacular narration. Narrative style could have been switched to third person since the protagonist bragging about oneself saying 'I looked like a super cool dude and my friend looked like he just jumped out of bed' sounded narcissistic. While the blurb is compelling, the cover page could have been better. For a debutante, authoress has done a decent job.

I recommend  the book to the mass of readers who like uncomplicated love stories which could be finished in a day
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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.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review of violet is the colour of my heart by Jinia Mukherjee



Name                - Violet is the the color of my heart 
Author                  - Jinia Mukherjee
Publisher              - Lifi Publications
Number of Pages - 156
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 200

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Rating : 3.5


Blurb
In Violet is the color of my heart, Jinia Mukerjee captures complex human emotions emanating from everyday experiences and relationships. Most of the stories are set against the backdrop of France. They articulate strong diasporic voices, particularly of women and children, their longings for love and acceptance, their emotions and sensitivities around issues of multiculturalism, exile and, ultimately, their resilience. One finds in them impulses that transcend all realms of cultural diversity and at once speak across continents. A keen observer of subtleties in human behaviour, Mukerjee's treatment of her themes is intensely visual, the personality of each of her characters woven in several layers. Her elegant prose infuses humour and emotion into the stories, effortlessly drawing readers into their compelling worlds.


My Review
Violet is the colour of my heart is a collection of heart melting short stories. The stories are divided into three parts- Canvas, sketches and fresco.Canvas has four stories, one different from the other. The four stories are gems, forcing the reader to hook to the book forever. Sketches has five stories. The five stories are the anecdotes of the life of a mother with two girls with diverse characters. As the name suggests, the stories are a collection of sketches which are funny, and at the same time thought evoking. They portray how the protagonist manages her children during nerve racking situations like getting one's child's hands between hinges, a bead getting into the child's ears, the child trying to jump from the terrace in an attempt to fly etc. Fresco has five highly emotional and tragic stories.

ss possess great talent in her narrative ability. The similes and metaphors used in the stories gives the feel of poetic rendition in the prose. The character build up is done with finesse. My favorite section is Canvas. Authores has painted several emotional realms in the four stories. Love, loss, loneliness, pain, pleasure; several emotions found their way through the reader's hearts. 

The stories are subjective and especially in the last part, filled to the brim with an overdose of tragedy. Towards the end the overall feeling of the stories seemed repetitive. The background of the stories are set mainly in Darjeeling, France, Nice etc, where presumably the authoress hailed, with a collage of culture and lifestyle.

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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



Jinia Mukerjee’s short stories focus on the unobserved, unexpressed and often unheeded nuances of human emotions and relationships. Born in Kolkata, and trained as a Clinical Psychologist from University of Kolkata and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, she was involved in the rehabilitation of mentally disadvantaged women in India, after which she worked as a Research Clinical Psychologist in Australia.

In the south of France, where she lives for the past 14 years, Jinia has worked as a psychotherapist, a lecturer in organisational behaviour in business schools, and is currently pursuing a doctoral fellowship in Management Science. Jinia’s short fictions and poetries have been published in Sahitya Academy’s journal Indian Literature, The Statesman’s festival and weekly editions, while her mental health awareness-raising articles have been published in magazines in France and Australia.

Jinia has also co-authored an award-winning Italian book on the politics, aesthetics and the semiotics of the female body that was critically acclaimed and prominently featured in Elle.