Saturday, September 22, 2018
Book: Pyjamas are forgiving
Author: Twinkle Khanna
Purchase at: Amazon
Anshu, divorced, is entering her alternate world, a rather expensive retreat, to get rid of all her dosha’s and find some peace in her life. What is the worst that could happen? Well, everything! Anshu’s ex-husband is at the same retreat with his new, young, and current wife and accompanied by his cousin. Anshu had introduced him to this place. However, having spent such a huge amount, Anshu did not wish to move out of the retreat center. What followed was a huge chaos.
Twinkle Khanna has always left her mark with the witty columns she writes. That was the first reason I picked up Mrs. Funnybones and absolutely loved the book. This was followed by, the legend of Laxmi Prasad, a collection of short stories, from which only the first one was appealed to me as a reader. Well, I thought she deserved another chance to prove herself but it seems like fiction is not the cup of tea which Mrs. Funnybones could drink.
Shanthamaya Sthalam which means a peaceful place is the name of retreat center which Anshu visit, however, nothing which happens at this place is peaceful in any of the sense. The book starts well and on a hilarious note. The first few pages keep the reader asking for more; from there it goes down the hill and loses all the charm. Anshu ends up having an affair with her own ex-husband (so much for a place where sex is forbidden), Lalit physically abuses a foreign girl (and Anshu doesn’t take the right action to teach him a lesson), so much for a retreat being peaceful. Moreover, retreats are supposed to be secluded. It is indeed weird that the characters were able to make their way to Café, smoke, and drink beer. Frankly, if someone told me this experience of their retreat, I would have never set my foot there.
The cover art and title are certainly misleading. It gave me the impression of being a book about a woman who is running away from her reality to find peace and relive the life to the fullest. None of this is seen in the story. The narration has various words, sentences, and dialogues which are cringe-worthy. Ideally, Twinkle Khanna, could have leveraged her status as a celebrity and used that platform to give out a better message. “The pyjamas are forgiving; it is the skinny jeans which hold the grudge.” And this book is skinny jeans for the author, not her pyjama.
Author: Hetansh Desai
The story begins with a boy of a tea vendor, Vihaan, trying to earn extra money. The lessons he received and his own skills have given him an uncanny edge over others. Parth, a college dropout, joins the story. Like the classic break-ups, Parth’s girlfriend has sworn never to see his face again. Parth is determined to do exactly that by ensuring his picture is displayed on the hoarding which is right opposite her building. Parth and Vihaan join forces to buy the most expensive hoarding space available in Ahmedabad. Will this unusual pairing achieve success in their endeavors?
The first thing that strikes a chord with this book the ‘dedication’ mentioned at the start of the book and the title. The stubbornness and determination of main characters to achieve the impossible is noticed and justifies the title “Zidd” The story gist is clearly communicated through the vibrant cover art. The book is funny, interesting, and written in an easy to understand language. The characteristics and development of the protagonist are visible through the narration. The unique storyline makes it an interesting read and will make sure you put down the book only after you have read the last word.
Friday, September 07, 2018
Book: Sin is the new love
Author: Abir Mukherjee
Every publisher has their own breakthrough, for Ahi it was when the autobiography of her favorite author was at her desk. As excited as she way, the secrets revealed the script are disturbing enough for Ahi to seek the truth. This is a quest she embarks with motivation from friend and ACP by her side. She finds herself in midst of chaos, murders and conspiracy. However, her curiosity doesn’t allow her to stop and she is determined to get to the core crux. The truth is so brittle that it may jeopardize Ahi’s life, will she still go ahead and even if she does, will she survive the spider web?
There are whole bunch of emotions in this book which will compel you to keep reading. Every character is built from the start and Ahi’s determination to reach the truth is commendable. This book is a combined bundle of mystery, thriller, and romance. The vibrant colors of cover do look attractive and the design is relevant to the story concept. It is written is very subtle language which is very easy to read and understand. I love such books to be my travel companion because they are so effective to get rid of boredom. Carry Sin is the new Love and you are set for your journey.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Book: The Friend
Author: Teressa Driscoll
How quickly do we make friends and how often do we end up judging them too soon? Sophie and Emma are two ladies who connect over their boys of similar age. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Everything! Sophie and her husband are away from their home when they get a call about their son being hospitalized and in need of surgery. One night; that is how long they had left him with Emma and that is all it took for their entire world to change.
The language is simple and lucid, very easy to follow. Multiple flashbacks are created in order to create build up the excitement, which tangles the reader between two different aspects of story. Although this was much necessary for the story line, the transaction between the two may have been executed more subtly rather than abrupt. The character build is bang on target, the blurb tells you what to expect to a certain length but the actuals are more thrilling. The cover art is in proper sync with the content, plot and characters. Teresa Driscoll has certainly done a good job in aligning the story context and will definitely look forward to her next.
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Book: March to Opulence
Editor: Parikshit Nagesh Samant
Initially March to Opulence reminded me of my history textbook, however, had they been even half as interesting as the book, I may have ended up as ace scorer in it. March to Opulence divided in three sections and is a compilation of various biographies and excerpts of various masterpieces by great authors. The book does not limit itself to geography; it includes people and tales from various corner of world. The language used is easy to understand and makes a compelling read. Parikshit Samant has added an introductory paragraph but what worked for me were the key takeaways mentioned time and again. It really helps one to connect with the content. The book cover is a bit dull though it is in relevance to the theme; it does not match up to the content presented in book. All in all a very informative and excellent read, suitable for all age groups.