Saturday, 12 January 2019

Life on the Edge - book review

Life on the Edge is a mix mash of romance and the compromises that ordinary mortals have to make in mundane lives. It captures the travails of a middle class (failed)marriage very well. It tells how every day life becomes hell when you marry the wrong person, just because he is from your caste, community and your parents have approved it.

What I liked about the book is that it is extremely well written. The writing is simple, clear and error free. The plot resembles that of a movie in the eighties. So children's fees remain unpaid because of poverty, there are no good clothes to wear and scooters are bought on EMI. However as we reach the melodramatic climax this eastman colour story from the eighties takes a leap and enters the uncensored Netflix era. The ending is too bold when compared with the set up that the author creates. But at the same time the behaviour of the protagonist appears justified in the given circumstances of the case

The book is very different from the kind of books that are sold in the market today. It isn't a college romance, it isn't a clone of Da Vinci Code and not a book sold solely on marketing. It is something different. It is a one time read for sure.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

The Smart Home Revolution

As a child I loved listening to the tales from the Arabian Nights. One of my favourites was Alibaba and the forty thieves. I stood at the door of my house with an elan and said ‘Khul Ja Sim Sim’ numerous times. It was my dream that one day the door would open with my oral command. And indeed one day the door opened. Not because of any magic but because my house was now a smart home. Smart homes, smart watches, smart lights have become a part of our day today lives.
I have a five years old daughter whom I leave alone at home when I go to work. Of course there is a very loving caretaker who babysits her. ‘You will know how a parent feels only when you become one.’ My mother would say all the time. Today when I have become a parent I perfectly agree with her. Whether it is minor cold or cough my heart starts beating faster when anything is wrong with her. So when I see from my office that she is no longer playing in water, sleeping peacefully and not coughing, I feel that smart cameras are a boon for today’s working parents. I can control the smart camera with my phone. With the camera placed at the centre of the house I could rotate it 360 degrees and monitor all the activities at home. Given the number of crime news that are highlighted in the news, I feel that smart cameras offer effective protection. Prevention after all is better than cure.
When I purchased my first smart wearable, a smart watch the only words that came out of my mouth were incredulous. How can a watch have so many functions. It offered me a weather forecast. It told me my heart rate. It told me the number of steps I took when I walked and ran, and the number of calories that I burnt. With the internal storage I could add my favourite songs into the watch and listen to them when I went out for a stroll. Being a watch, there are alarm, stopwatch settings as well. Can you believe it when I say that the smart watch even tracked my sleep. I could easily change the watch faces, which are displays. The watch faces are extremely attractive. Further I could even add my own pictures as watch face. Wow, could I have asked for more? The watch is charged by placing it on the dock. Thus it is very easy to use. Wait there are some more stunning features to be discussed. I get all my mobile phone alerts on my smart watch. So if I have kept my phone in my pocket, bag or left it at home, I still have access to it.
Ten years back no one would have imagined that our lives would be so intrinsically linked with our mobile phones. Be it banking or gas cylinder booking you require a mobile phone. If mobile phones are the present, smart home, smart lights, smart wearable, smart camera and all other smart devices are the future. The earlier you switch to these smart devices the better it is for you.
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Thursday, 20 December 2018

The Secrets of Ghostwriting - Spotlight


The Secrets of Ghostwriting  by D. R Downer
  A guide that will tell you everything there is to know about the big, bad, mysterious, and often misunderstood world of Ghostwriting.
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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Mis-fit Parents in Faulkner's Select Texts - Book Review

In today’s age of aggressive book marketing, it takes tremendous courage to pen a book like Mis-fit Parents in Faulkner’s Select Texts. Noel Polk says, “He [William Faulkner] remains elusive for us, even with umpteen volume-length biographies, several volumes of letters, and more than a zillion essays that explore various aspects of his life in his works and out of them” (“Was Not Was Not” 19). It is in light of these observations that book like Mis-fit Parents in Faulkner’s Select Texts assumes tremendous importance.

This is not for the first time that Faulkner’s writings are critically analyzed. But the overall trend of Faulknerian criticism encompasses such broad areas as race, class, gender, realism, modernism, post-modernism, feminism, post-structuralism, rhetorical and ideological theories and cultural studies. But Mis-fit Parents in Faulkner’s Select Texts discusses family relationships in his work. There is also a close proximity among Faulkner’s fictional parents and his biological parents, Maud and Murry Falkner. This makes the book even interesting.

The writing is lucid and engaging. In today’s era of Internet parenting has turned challenging. And Mis-fit Parents in Faulkner’s Select Texts will definitely help the parents in raising their children. This book is highly recommended.


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Death Wish - Book Review


The Death WishThe Death Wish by Sourabh Mukherjee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Death Wish is a short story written by Sourabh Mukherjee. The protagonist of the story is an old man called Abani. Abani is a self-made man. With humble beginnings, Abani has had his share of struggles. Now that he is well settled in his life, he wishes to have a nice retired life. But the conversation between his son and daughter-in-law which he overhears changes everything.

The author brings to life the vagaries of old age, though they are predictable. Abani’s rags to riches story is interesting. The tussle between life and death is also brought up well. The story is well edited and can happen in anyone’s house. Further the optimistic ending is cherry on the cake. If and only if it was a little better. Yet The Death Wish is surely a one time read.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

A Special Day - Book Review

A Special DayA Special Day by Sourabh Mukherjee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Special Day is a short story written by Sourabh Mukherjee. I am a lover of short stories and A Special Day is a very well written story. This is the story of Mike and his father David.
Alzheimer, memory loss has been used in many stories. The same is adopted in this emotional story. The story though predictable succeeds in building high emotions in a short period. It strikes a chord with your heart and you feel for the characters. That is the success of the author. The writing is simple and lucid. A Special Day by Sourabh Mukherjee is hence highly recommended.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Curse - Book Review

The Curse is a wonderful suspense story. With his grandfather’s death Gyanendra, the protagonist discovers that he has been bestowed with a unique talent that of foreseeing events especially those relating to deaths and accidents. But the dreams are hazy, like pieces of jigsaw puzzle. Gyanendra joins all the dots to uncover many crimes and culprit behind it. The story has an angle of Saint and his curse as well.

I must say that this book is very well written. A suspense story has to always be page turner and on this count The Curse succeeds. I liked the way the author weaves the Gyanendra’s world, both real and that of his dreams. I also liked the way the secrets are unravelled. Joining the dots was no mean task. It had to be both coherent and believable. Here to the author gets full marks. This makes The Curse a highly enjoyable read. Recommended for all lovers of suspense stories.