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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.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

What is an Indian

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘Ghalib it is just a good though to pamper oneself.’ Quotes Tarundeep Singh in his new book What is an Indian, while referring to independence. Are we really independent, is what he wants to ask. Indians and Americans he says are only concerned with race and financial status. But owing to the caste, religion, linguistic and many other diversities he says the Indian is more confused than the American. He says despite all the feminism, an Indian woman is still not accorded equality of status and opportunity which she deserves.

Tarundeep quotes many famous personalities from Vivekananda to Hitler. And then offers his crisp take on the situation. This style makes the book which otherwise would have been a boring work, crisp and page turner. Every citizen of the country wants his nation to excel in all spheres of activity. This makes the book relatable. The author critically analyzes all the problems the nation is facing. The book will surely motivate you to strive hard in your profession in order to make India number one. Here it is worth mentioning the inspiration behind the book. It was Tarundeep’s friend in the army who said, ‘We don’t want every Indian in defence as of now. Just take the economy to next level. We will do the rest.’ This sums it all. What is an Indian is a must read for all Indians.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Thriller Story : Motor cycle, sports and race help school fight criminals.

There are very few book on the Indian Book shelves which are written for the young adults. And then we complain that the younger generation doesn’t read. Fortunately, Thriller Story : Motor cycle, sports and race help school fight criminals fills that gap.
Harsh, is studying in tenth standard. He is more interested in sports and outdoor activities than studies. One day after a match of soccer he befriends a new boy. His name is Nikhil and friends call him Nickel. At Nickel’s house he meets Tidy. The suspense begins when the security camera in the school gets stolen. The school is bombarded with applications under the Right to Information Act. All the queries pertain to the installation of the camera. Amidst all this Harsh has a brush the local hooligans. Are all these incidents which appear distorted connected. To join the dots you will have to read Thriller Story : Motor cycle, sports and race help school fight criminals.

The author deserves accolades for getting into the psyche of a school going boy. He etches the school going protagonist dexterously. One cannot help but relate the incidents to his/her school days. Such is the writing prowess of the author. The language is simple and lucid and as stated earlier the writing is relatable. For this reason Thriller Story : Motor cycle, sports and race help school fight criminals is worth reading.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Tarikshir - Book Review

Set in the royal Rajasthan Tarikshir is an intriguing murder mystery. Devangarh is a small princely state that is staging a fight against the shrewd British. But then with a twist in the tale the King of Devangarh is found dead. And the young crown prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan is to ascend the throne. But how can the tiny army of Devangarh match the well equipped, well organized army of the Britishers? And then there is a serial killer in the kingdom. As Rudra tries to find out the killers of his father, he stumbles upon a can of worms, that is going to change his life.

Extremely well written Tarikshir is a fast paced thriller. The language is lucid, free of errors and the descriptions are so vivid that at times they are gory. The suspense and the thrill builds up with every page and you are fixed to your seat. The book is a nail biting thriller that will give you an adrenaline rush. If you are lover of thrillers, this is the book that you should lay your hands upon.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

The Alpha Yeti - Book Review

There are some stories that keep you riveted to your seats. The Alpha Yeti is one such book. The story is set in Karya Kunj, which a small village at the foot of a mountain range called Nirmalya. The village is remote and lacks basic facilities. But the worst is still to come. The White Giants who were only a myth by then surface out of the blue. Their presence is felt only through a loud sound. Four mountaineers do encounter the White Giant. Will the White Giant leave them unharmed? Will the White Giant kill the villagers or would it be the other way round? Who is the White Giant and what is the mystery surrounding it? To find answers to all these questions you will have to read The Alpha Yeti.

What I liked the most about the book is its realistic setting. We are oblivious to the fact that there are many villages where there is still no electricity, no potable water and no medical facilities. Such villages exist even today, but we have closed our eyes to it. The book highlights the plight of these villagers. After mooring the story into realistic setting, it unfurls the adventure. The action scenes are very well written and the suspense will give you goosebumps. The Alpha Yeti is a book not to be missed.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

The Invincible Weapon - Book Review

Sowmya Putta make a dashing debut with The Invincible Weapon. This is the story of Abhi, the prince of Vaishali, who is slogging at the ashram of Gavistha. His hard-work is not only to earn knowledge, but also to win the invincible weapon.

The book gave me a nice feel of reading Harry Potter in an Indian gurukul setting. The book transported me to my childhood. There are ample scenes were every person will be able to see his childhood. This speaks volumes about the writing prowess of Sowmya.

The writing is clean, free of any errors. The story is penned in a simple, lucid language. It sucks into the magical charm of its world and you wish to never come out of it. When we complain that our children don’t read, it is time to ponder whether we provide them with stories in the Indian setting, stories which they can relate to. Sowmya’s book fills this void. It is for this reason that The Invincible Weapon is highly recommended.