Saturday, June 22, 2019
Book: Ganesha - An Afro-Asian Story
By - DR SYD K.
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On the trail of Ganesha, the Afro-Asian ele-calf, born by a quirk of fate and in the most improbable of circumstances in the wilds of East Africa in 1943. Then begins his journey to the Southern wilds of India and his fight for survival in those new wilds.
Born on the same day as Ganesha, in a rural hamlet of Southern India is Maari, who goes on to become one of the most dreaded poachers India has ever known.
And know how their fates inevitably cross over the decades during which there are profound changes in both the political and ecological landscape of India.
The cover gives an exact portrayal of what the story stands for. It is simple yet classy. The blurb is short but it is impactful and to the point. It shows you exactly what to expect when you read the book. What is conveniently left out of the blurbs is that the story is written from the perspective of an Elephant. This is the first book which I have come across written which could take me straight to being an Elephant. The book reads like a documentary and is actually informative. Language use is subtle and easy to understand. The unique blend embedded in the story is something for everyone to read. I am sure every animal lover will be fond of this story just as much.
- June 22, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
Book: NUMI; The Guarded Loop
Author: Nupur Sandhu
"NUMI; The Guarded Loop" takes us through the mystic, beautiful and intriguing journey of Nuha, a sensitive young girl. She has already hit the quintessential milestones of life, yet continues to look for the oasis, searching within her soulful realms for vistas unknown. Life is seldom all about the crust. It is an inexplicable amalgamation of memories, insights and the miniature droplets of self-realization we conjure on the way. The transcendence she experiences through her journey flips her back to the revered but concealed moments from lives gone by; she morphs from a jovial youngster to an enlightened soul, having inculcated the art of being in sync with the supreme Creator. Her trysts with the mystical lead her to making soul-stirring revelations. Discover how the protagonist’s life takes a 360 degree turn when she meets someone with whom she had spent 7200 life times? Experience how the experiences of her previous lifetimes imprint and control her present? Will Nuha be able to complete the puzzle of her deep-felt connection with the stranger?
The posts by author have intrigued my interest in book a while before the book released. There was no way I was to miss this one. I must say I expected a mystic, hypnotized book cover, however, the current one isn’t quite there. When you start reading the book, the words and sentence formations fall a bit on heavier side. You will get used to it post the first chapter or two and enjoy the story plot. The narrations, character descriptions, and the story build make it a quite a good read. NUha + MInha = NUMI; that moment when the title made all the sense was certainly enlightening. You need to pay utmost attention to every word in order to follow the story. The element of twists and flashbacks is used to bring out the very essence of the story. NUMI is a sure shot way to get rid of boredom anywhere. Definitely look forward to more from the author.
- March 15, 2019
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Book: The Peshwa: War of The Deceivers (Part of a series)
Author: Ram Sivasankaran
Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.
The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day.
Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail.
If you have read the first installment of the series (The Peshwa: The Lion and the Stallion) then you already know this one is going to be just as great. If you haven’t, the world of history is waiting to capture. Never have I ever thought, history will keep me glued to a book, but in this case, it ensured I end up reading all night. The cover art catches the eye with its vibrant colors. The book blurb is honest and straight forward, it paints the exact picture of what you are in store for once you open the book. Politics, assassin, war, people with personality to make or break history is incorporated into the story very elegantly.
The characters are set in a diverse era, however, they are described so well along with the scenes which unfold, and you will clearly imagine yourself as a part of this book. The language is mixture of Hindi, English, Marathi, and Sanskrit at few places which is quite necessary for the plot of the book, taking into consideration the set up. The language and narrative still follow a simple flow and in easy to understand, although it loses it pace at a few areas, it can totally be ignored upon. I highly recommend reading both the Part I and Part II for the Peshwa series.
Monday, February 04, 2019
Book: In Love with Simran
Author: Kulpreet Yadav
Sanjana’s best friend at college is murdered. She was in love with a business tycoon named Nik Sethi, and Sanjay is certain that he killed her. In an effort to find proof, she decides to get close to him.Good looking and rich, Nik falls in love with Sanjana instantly, but a month later, when he accidentally discovers her real agenda, he throws her out of his life. Determined to nail him, Sanjana’s desperation exceeds all limits when she realizes that she too, like her friend, has fallen in love with a killer. After she escapes an attack one night, Sanjana quits college and goes into hiding. Now her only ambition is to punish the killer and her only weapon is her body. In a last, desperate attempt, she uses herself as bait and pursues her best plan. There are only two options: she becomes a victim or she becomes a victor. Through the story of Sanjana and Nik, In Love with Simran explores the boundaries of the basic instincts of young; love, sex, trust, and survival.
The blurb suggests it is a mystery genre; however, the cover and title are more inclined towards romantic tale. The puzzle of killer is lost somewhere in transit and major focus in on the love story. The flow of story, narration, and language used are all very easy going. I would have personally preferred if the story plot stayed put at the thriller aspect. There were some parts of the story which did not connect well to the plot like the revelation of killer. To conclude, it is a onetime read which will grab your attention. The character developments could clearly be distinguished.
- February 04, 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Book: The Sameness in a Consistent Change
Author: Sujay Malik
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The leaf changing color through different seasons yet retaining its shape on the cover is a perfect depiction of the title, “The Sameness in a Consistent Change” It is a simple read which you can finish in a day’s worth of time with easy to understand language. The blurb is very descriptive and paints the picture of expectations you will have from the book. The character, Ramanuj, Pallavi, and Sharda are depicted in a straightforward but grand way. The title is very attractive and what made me read this one in first place. It is good for one time read and makes a good collectible for your kindle.
The wheel of time is a fascinating force. Sometimes it seems to only crawl along, while at other times it simply hustles. And when you tend to look behind, you expect that most puzzles would fall in place. But do they eventually? Ramanuj, a village boy is confused about most things. He shares a strange rapport with his father, who, despite financial issues doesn’t stall his education. But Ramanuj has no idea what to do with himself. Then one day things change and change permanently. There is no looking back from this bend; there cannot be. He meets Mr. Shrirangpure, through a chance meeting in a hospital through his daughter Pallavi. Something prompts him to appear more ambitious than he would like to have been. Impoverished and submissive, he manages to rise above the shackles with time, even though everything is still stuck to his past. But now he cannot get back. He doesn’t want to. Until a revelation, prompts him to go back to his roots again. To the same tree, with which he shares a bond; to the drain water, with which he has shared many a memory; and to the same surrounding, which formed his core once. This is a story of a boy who tried to end his life once. He loved as well and tried to rise to a level to become worthy of it. A boy, whose journey is all about mostly looking back. ‘The Sameness in a Consistent Change’ is a story of this interesting journey. A journey, devoid of a destination, perhaps. But the fun, sometimes, lies only in the journey.
Monday, January 28, 2019
Book: The Infinite Depth: Hidden stories are found in depth
Author: Fakhruddin Ukani
Gist & Evaluation:
This book is truly a gem for those who feel the urge to pour out their heart but don’t know the right kind of words. As the tag line suggests, hidden stories are indeed found in-depth and Fakhruddin Ukani manages to surface those exact emotions with his words. The blurb tells you exactly what to expect and the cover is mesmerizing. The book is compilation of poems on various topics; love, madness, loneliness, hope, and healing, are just a few to name. The book takes you on an emotional ride which has sharp curves and steep inclines but also calmness of heart. Mark your calendars busy for the weekend, grab a copy of The Infinite Depth and have an amazing weekend.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Book: It’s Got to be Love
Author: Prashant Kaul
Dev wakes up in the middle of the night with a nightmare and chooses to ignore it. However, imagine the surprise when these nightmares actually come true. Dev, Vikram, Vaani, and Carol are the main characters of this story. The kind of love we know in college to the more modernized Facebook version is covered in the story. How does this love story evolve ahead? Read to find out.
The bright colors add a spark to the cover of the book. The story explores emotions closely related to love and infatuation. The blurb of the book gives a clear idea of what to expect out of the story. The story has much more potential to it than what is patriated. Dev’s ability could have made a more unique plot for the story to stand on. The journey of the emotion of love is depicted well. The writing and narration are simple and a bit dull. You may read this as a one-time read.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Book: Trade and Grow Rich
Author: Indrazith Shantharaj and Kirankumar Nayak
The cover of the book is very attractive with vibrant colors and reinforces the message to be conveyed. The tagline, “adventurous journey to successful trading” is shuttled across the book. A very practical approach with various examples from day-to-day life is explained by the authors who make the book easy to understand. This book will act as guiding source for those who are interested in gaining more insights to trading secrets. Although professional language is used, it is easy to understand. The use of charts is another aspect of the book which is appreciated. Although, I wouldn’t solely rely on the book as after all Share market can seldom be constant throughout. Take an informed decision always. However, the trade aspects which you need to know are described here.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Book: Never Been a Loved One
Author: Shivranjini Ramamurthy
Don’t we all crave for love in the end? Not all of us are fortunate enough to have experienced the love we deserve. Is it necessary for this situation to change? Does it have any effect on the way your life turns? A few questions will only get answered once you read the story of CK and Sara.
The cover page depicts an alone person, however, it could have been done more interestingly. The blurb lists down the background on which the book is based but doesn’t reveal exactly what to expect from the book. The story is much more than what is suggested from the blurb. The characters have evolved with every passing chapter. The narration of the plot is good and easy to follow. Overall, it is a story for the days when you laze around on your sofa with nothing else to do.