Friday, July 29, 2016

Review of Hawk Hunters by Pushpenra Singh




Book Name         -Hawk Hunters 
Author                  - Pushpendra Singh
Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing
Number of Pages - 288
Publishing Year   -2015
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -198
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Rating : 4.5


Blurb


Were Guru Gobind Singh's raw, ill-equipped sparrows able to hunt down the mighty Mughal hawk? Set in a turbulent pre-Independence Punjab, 'The Hawk Hunters' is a action-packed saga as well as a tender love story of great courage, nobility and supreme sacrifice. Above all, it is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit over ruthless brutality and personal tragedy.

My Review

History, action, romance,  loss, pain, despair- Hawk Hunters is a book that can be categorized into multiplicity genres. Set in background of Sikh-Mughal battle, the story takes the readers to a beautiful world of love between Sammi and Naaz. Tremendous level of hard work and preparation is evident throughout the book.  There are no loose ends in the narration inspite of a complicated storyline. History and fiction are seamlessly interweaved with spicy juicy sub plots which are constructed with finesse. 
The romantic moments between Shammi and Naaz are depicted subtly yet effectively. The battle field and the detailed account on how an army of inspired men fighting for a cause galvanizes the conscience of readers. The story conveys a great message of secularism and humanity. The history of Guru Govind Singh and hjs followers is enlightening and informative.

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About the author

Maj General Pushpendra Singh is a retired Army officer who lives at 'Harshabadpuri' in Panchkula (Chandigarh). He was educated at the Lawrence School, Sanawar and St Columba's, New Delhi and has a M.Sc. from the Madras University. A national- level horseman, he is also keen on wildlife. He is married with children and three grand-children. In 2012 he teamed up with his artist-wife to publish "The Magic Degh" (KW Publishers, Delhi) a book of short stories for children. During one of his tenures in J & K he happened to visit the birthplace of Banda Singh Bahadur in Rajouri. Fascinated with this hermit's success in liberating most of present Punjab and Haryana from the Mughals, he decided to delve deeper into this brilliant military feat which "The Hawk Hunters" portrays.



Friday, July 22, 2016

Review of Parenting in the age of Sexposure by Vandita Dubey




Book Name          -  Parenting in the age of Sexposure
Author                  - Vandita Dubey
Publisher              - Rupa Publications
Number of Pages - 174
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 295
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Rating : 4.5


Blurb

Parenting in the Age of Sexposure approaches the thorny issue of sex and sexuality in the lives of children, at a time when the media and the Internet bombard kids with countless sexualizing, explicit messages ‘Thin is good’; ‘Having sex is “in”; ‘Sex has nothing to do with commitment’.
How do parents bring up children when the media overwhelmingly portrays girls and women as sexual objects, encourages boys to form superficial relationships and reinforces gender biases? How do they secure their kids’ emotional wellbeing, while admitting that sexuality is an integral part of the human experience? Equally, how do they deal with the ugly realities of sexual violence and abuse and safeguard their children’s interests?
Parenting in the Age of Sexposure attempts to address these questions and offer ideas for conscious parenting.



My Review

Parenting is a stage in life full of excitement and pleasure  but accompanied by equal amount of stress, anxiety, dilemma and confusion. Every parent might have been asked questions like Where did I come from? Situations like discouraging one's child from touching  his/genitals, preventing them from using abusive words etc are also not unheard of. Many parents even have to deal with different sexual orientations and also cyber exploitation. While some situations can be prevented or diverted with smartness, some other need to be faced and dealt with patience. 

Parenting  in the age of sexposure is a pointer to such situations and provide feasible solutions which are equally educating and emboldening. The chapter  'The different expressions of Gender and sexuality' in  the book makes itself it more than worth the money. The identity crisis faced by LGBT community is primarily due to lack of support from  family. Author says how to face your child if he/she reveals their sexual orientations and how to accept them and encourage them in revealing the inevitability.

This book is one of the most relevant one in the parenting series. Every parent should read this  

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review of Beauty and Truth in love by Dipankar Sadhukhan




Name                    - Beauty and truth in love
Author                  -  Dipankar Sadhukhan
Publisher              - Cyberwit.net
Number of Pages - 83
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 170
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Rating : 3.0


Blurb
Beauty and Truth in Love' is my third anthology of seventy one lovely amorous lyrics. Since my childhood, I have been deriving much pleasure from literature, especially from poetry. So poetry is my love and passion. Poetry is my soul. The poetry of the English poets (from John Milton to T S Eliot) has influenced my life so much. I am very impressed by the poetry of the Indian poets (from the Sufi poets to Rabindranath Tagore). I can t think of my life without poetry. The world of poetry is totally different from reality. It is filled with beauty, love and happiness. It gives me aesthetic pleasure and infinite joy both of which are not possible to gain in this mundane world. I can easily transport myself to Paradise on the wings of imagination which is the key to my creativity.

My Review


Love is a feeling that will never tire someone. It is an emotion which will never lose its relevance. Let it be towards your spouse ,friends, siblings, parents or offsprings, love is divine. Even dreams are given their share of love. Poet, through a collection of poems dedicates his poetic musings to love. The poetry collection is divided into several parts. Most of the poems are sonnets with seamless rhyming. The poems are simple, yet enchanting. 

Some of the poems are repetitive. The poems bring a smile on your face. The poem dedicated to his daughter brought tears in my eyes because I could see my own daughter in his verses. Read this poetry collection if you love someone, if you had loved someone, if you will love someone no matter how deeply. After reading the poems we will fee only one emotion - Love and love only

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About the author


It is said oft that a poet is someone who is a blessed soul. Dipankar Sadhukhan, a teacher and a poet friend is definitely a blessed one for he has been doing what many people find it very difficult to do in our modern hedonistic world. He is searching for Beauty and Truth through his poetic endeavour. But then poetry can never exist without that pursuit. Finding Beauty and Truth and Love is the quintessential element of poesy. Reading his book 'Beauty and Truth in Love' is like understanding various facets of life. While in poems like 'O My Dear Angel, the Source of My Mirth', 'O My Little Princess, Next to Deity!' one finds father's love for his daughter, poems like 'True Love Doesn't Alter with the Course of Time', 'Love Isn't Love When It Wears....' bring out the pains and sufferings of a poet seeing the world being corrupted everyday by forces which are inhuman and ruthless. Interestingly, as a poet can never lead his generation to despair, so Dipankar moves on to uphold the true Beauty of love through his poems which celebrate nature's bounty and abundance. Poems like 'Autumn Has Appeared with Fragrant Flowers' bear testimony to the poet's insatiable romantic quest which tends to be spiritual and rightly so! Wishing all the success to his endeavour.



Review of impulse by Reekrit Serai




Name                - Impulse
Author                  - Reekrit Serai
Publisher              - Rumour books
Number of Pages - 
Publishing Year   - 2014
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 70

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Rating : 3.5


Blurb

Impulse Stunning, powerful stories of modern India from a talented young writer. Love is the most common of human affections. Yet, when it comes to love, nothing is as it seems. In modern Delhi, a young man woos a girl from Chandigarh who is totally out of his league, and a college girls life changes dramatically after an encounter with a classmate. In love, people can become objects of infatuation, or means to happiness, such as a partner whos immortalised in her husbands photo album, and two entirely different people who are more than friends, but less than lovers. In these short stories, Reekrit Serai touches upon subjects that shape our urban lives, such as an entrepreneurs ambition, an interns unconfessed affection for his boss, the realisation of the hardships of being a parent by an impatient son, and the suffering and death caused by communalism. With humour and subtlety, Serai introduces us to a very new India, where love and happiness go hand-in-hand with hardship and chaos.

My Review

Impulse is a selection of touching short stories with characters that haunt you even days after reading. Every story is one different in its own unique way. Not even once will, the reader feel like reading a repetitive rendition. Author took the stories to another level setting a benchmark on how to pull off variations in characters and emotions.
The first story 'twenty seven', was adapted as a short video which was viral all over the virtual world.Love, loss, pain, desperation, revenge, dreams, nightmare- Each story is emotionally rich and emphatically attached to reader's heart.

Only short coming that I noticed was in the design of the book. Overall look of the book as well as the cover design is not as appealing as the book. Even if we say that we should never judge a book by its cover, it is a human tendency to do so. Hence a little more care on that front would have made the book more appealing.

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About the author


Reekrit Serai (born October 1, 1991) is an Indian entrepreneur, columnist, educationist and author. He grew up in London, England. His debut novel, “As i Turn Twenty” was published to excellent reviews when he was just 19. He has been covered by major Indian media houses, such as The Times of India, Hindustan Times, India Today, The Tribune, Mail Today, Dainik Bhaskar, Amar Ujala and Aaj Samaaj. Presently, he lives in Chandigarh, India with his family.You can connect with him on his facebook and twitter pages, or send him an e-mail on inforeekrit@gmail.com.

Review of The man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag




Book Name         -   The Man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag
Author                  - Jim Corbett
Publisher              - Rupa Publications
Number of Pages - 184
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     - 140
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Rating : 5.0

Blurb

An exciting narrative of a leopard that spread terror through five hundred square miles of the hills of the United Provinces, The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag also takes a detailed look at life in the Garhwal region of India. Apart from Corbett’s hair-raising pursuit of the leopard for almost a year, the book talks about the superstitions prevalent in the region, the beauty of the landscape, what turns a leopard into a man-eater and many other, often surprising facts and anecdotes, all told in Corbett’s inimitable style.
A worthwhile read for all ages, The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag is also an ode to the people who inhabit the hills and the resilience with which they face the hardships that assail them.

My Review


The Man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag cannot be reviewed as any other book. It is already proved that the book is a treasure for all book lovers. Nevertheless, as a blogger I ought to provide my opinions about the book. What surprised me the most was the humility of the author. His magnanimity in providing equal credit to Ibbotson and other supporters in attaining a seemingly impossible task swept my mind.

More than an account of leopard hunt, the book provides us the priceless lesson of life about not giving up even after repeated failures. Jim corbett is an excellent writer. Chapter after chapter, readers will be hooked to the book. Author maintained the suspense throughout the book even though the climax was known to everyone.

We get to have a sneak peek into the lives of people of Rudraprayag. The anecdote of something that happened in 1926 still entices the readers due to the literary brilliance of the author. It need not be asserted that Jim Corbett is a legend, not only of the woods but also of literature.


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About the author

Edward James ‘Jim’ Corbett (25 July 1875 –19 April 1955) was an Anglo-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist, famous for hunting a large number of man-eating tigers and leopards in India. He played a key role in creating a national reserve for the endangered Bengal tiger in what is now Uttarakhand. In 1957 the national park was renamed Jim Corbett National Park in his honour.



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review of A Broken Man by Akash Verma




Book Name         - A Broken Man
Author                  - Akash Verma
Publisher              - Srishti Publications
Number of Pages - 240
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -195
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Rating : 4.5

Blurb

Take a deep breath before you are born here, my child! You take birth in a land where I struggled; Gave it my sweat and blood. A land that I thought belonged to me..… Unbridled, uncompromising.
Krishna is a Dalit boy from Bihar who struggles too overthrow the chains that hold him back. Chhavi is a high caste Brahman girl fighting for the rights of others, propagating equality in a politically charged Lucknow University campus. After Krishna saves Chhavi from getting torched during a protest against reservation, love slowly blossoms, only to be ruthlessly crushed by a society that thrives on divisions of caste and religion. From student politics in Lucknow to the interiors of Bihar, from the corridors of power to the glitz of media and the film industry in Mumbai.
A Broken Man is the quest of a deprived Krishna to redeem hope from despair, love from separation and success out of repeated failures. From the bestselling author of It Happened That Night and Three Times Loser, this is a story that reinforces our faith in what love can accomplish as it pushes us to achieve the impossible, making us tap our true inner potential.

My Review

Broken man is an excellent and unique story of the live between Krishna and Chavi. Krishna is a Dalit born and brought up in a village in Bihar whereas Chavi is an out and out city girl who hails from a rich Brahmin family with high political influence. The story shows us that love is not only blind but beyond all boundaries. 
The depth of love between Krishna and Chavi touches the deepest cords of the reader's heart. The pain of separation will melt even the strongest person. A lot of issues of social relevance are addressed in the story. Issues like reservation, corruption etc are addressed with the deserving seriousness. 

The n egligence, discrimination and the taunts suffered by the oppressed sections of the society depicted in the story is sure to change at least a few readers who think low about the low caste section. Rendition is excellent and poetic. The poems of Krishna which were originally written by the author is a bonus. A translation of the same could have been included.

The making out scene between Krishna and Chavi was unwanted. It seemed like an eyes sore in a beautiful poetic story. Chavi's life after separation with Krishna was not convincing enough. It seemed like author was rushing to the end.
All in all the book is an excellent one with a strong deep storyline. But for a few glitches, the book would have scored a five star rating.
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About the author


Akash Verma is an entrepreneur. His work has taken him across the country and he finds this experience very relevant while giving shape to his stories. He has published two bestsellers till now. Akash is currently based out of Gurgaon, India. He is fascinated by Cinema, Literature, History and Travel.

Review of Himalayan White by Amitabh Pandey




Book Name         - Himalayan White
Author                  - Amitabh Pandey
Publisher              - Harper Collins
Number of Pages - 240
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 300
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Rating : 4.0

Blurb

Volume 1 of the Himalaya Series Looking for a life of peace and quiet, Special Forces officer Gautam Shukla takes voluntary retirement from the army and moves to Noida. Out jogging one morning, he comes to the rescue of Nisha, a young army widow, who is being kidnapped by goons. As a result, Gautam finds himself faced with Bhima Yadav, a powerful politician heading a vast criminal enterprise, and his psychopathic son, Angad. As he sets out to destroy the duo, Gautam must grapple with unforeseen danger – as also the sudden blossoming of romance in his life. Moving from the badlands of Uttar Pradesh to the political corridors of Delhi to the Kumaon Himalayas, this riveting thriller will keep you hooked till the last page.

My Review

A book with a strong storyline never fails to entertain the readers. A thriller is one of the toughest genres to pull off. Set against the background of the militarily as well as mafia, Himalayan White is an action thriller. An ex-military officer pulled into the mafia war as well as fighting against anti-nationals will attract the readers. This fast paced thriller is an exceptional movie marterial.  
The action sequences could be visualized in three dimensions. The geo-political scenario is depicted with responsibility as well as finesse. The twists and turns at the right timing makes the book unputdownable. 
The romance and making out between Gautam and Nisha was unwanted. Why do all the thrillers require a squeezed in distraction of love and sex is beyond my comprehension. Without these also the book is excellent in fact better. 
Angad's character could have been developed a little more. Both antagonists were shown in the third person narration rather than the scenarios where in they act and react in person, which weakened the character build up.
Overall, the book is a riveting thriller which is highly recommended to the action lovers. 
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About the author



Amitabh Pandey studied Economics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University and the Delhi School of Economics. He has taught economics at an undergraduate college of Delhi University, worked as a civil servant with the Indian Railways and spent five years building software systems in the private sector. He now lives in Noida.

Review of No time to pause by Pavithra Ramesh




Book Name         -No time to pause
Author                  - Pavithra Ramesh
Publisher              - Half baked beans
Number of Pages - 130
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -199
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Rating : 3.0

Blurb

Life of a young adult is filled with joy and mystery. 'No Time to Pause' is a narration of a typical college student who decides to stay miles away from her family to get value education. She faces a host of challenges, encounters varied adventures and meets people who leave a tremendous impact on her life. With the college term ending, she leaves the institution not only as an academic achiever, but also a strong woman ready to face the rough world out there. She realises that life keeps moving on and there is no time to look back or regret.

My Review

Stories are never set against a preset format. Nevertheless we all expect a storyline to be designed in a particular manner. No time to pause breaks the conventional style of designing a storyline. The story is an anecdote of the college life of the protagonist. Other than the daily happenings, there aren't much of a story format. 

For those who spent their college life in hostels, the book will surely evoke nostalgia. The homesickness, meeting new friends, having fun with them, dealing with possessiveness, misunderstandings, last minute assignment submissions all are instances that everyone has faced at least once it their life. 

Sincerity is the core quality of the story. Aditi's love story is well portrayed with right amount of suspense. A little more homework would have taken the book to another level.

Readers should not approach the book to find a typical clinched story format. Read this as an easy breezy teen story.

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Review of Slow Suicide of Sundri by Sudama Chandra Panigrahi




Book Name         - Slow Suicide of Sundri
Author                  -Sudama Chandra Panigrahi
Publisher              - Lifi Publications
Number of Pages - 232
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 240
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Rating : 3.5

Blurb
Bound by social conventions, Sundri attempts to chart her own destiny, driven by her will to achieve a better life for herself and her family. Entering local politics she manages local politico-administrative affairs while pandering to the men in power. Sundri has to face the possibility of public humiliation, after the struggle she has waged against poverty, social pressure and an unequal power structure, in a world where her entire life has been a slow suicide.

My Review

Slow suicide of Sundri is a book with the fragrance of Indian soil. The story depicting the life of yesteryears clearly portrays the village life of that era. Author has given the feel with his style of narration, which is unique and different from what is generally seen these days. Great care has been taken to maintain the quality of the story.

The complicated life of Jhumri, never felt exaggerated since we can see similar lives if we look around albeit with slight difference in scenario. Jhumri's venture into politics and utilization of male libido, her desire to experience the pleasure of forncation, hrr premarital relations etc have been depicted without even a tinge of vulgarity.

Some of the chapters seemed rushed and unwanted. Somewhere down the line author failed in maintaining the pace of the story. Otherwise Slow suicide of Sundri is an interesting read and a different reading experience.

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About the author

Sudama Chandra Panigrahi a self made person, works in the Indian railway. He writes poem in English and Odia. His first novel, Love Across the borders has been published in 2013. His poems have been published in many national journals.