Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal – Book Review

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Title : Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0
Author : Mohit Goyal
Pages : 200
Publisher : Srishti
Genre : Travelogue

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 3.5/5
Presentation : 4
/5
Story: 3/5
Overall : 3.5
/5

Overview:

Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometres across India? Just for fun!Three twenty-something’s dare to do just that! While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam.Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories while narrating their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It’s nothing less than crazy.
I doubted if I’d ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next best thing – I penned a book about them and their road trip.
Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.

Review:

This book starts on an unusual path and takes you on a journey, literally. While reading the book, you actually feel the 10,000 kms you have traveled with the characters. This is my second attempt of reading a travelogue and this was much more fun than the first one because this is not just a travelogue but a story entangled with the traveling experience.

occasional twists and turns, like crossing over the border, tiger attach, punctures, robbery makes it a fun ride. i would have easily given this one a five star rating if there was not a love triangle involved. Second half got little boring but overall, the writing style of Mohit Goyal keeps the thing alive and somehow, before realizing, the book ends on a sweet note.

This book is a must read for those who wants to read something unusually beautiful.

Agniputr by vadhan – Book Review

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Title : Agniputr
Author : Vadhan
Pages : 364
Publisher : Bloombury India
Genre : Fantasy

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation : 4
/5
Story: 4/5
Overall : 4
/5

Overview:

When ace lawyer, Raghuram Surya, received an order of requisition from the Government of India for his ancestral castle, he was unaware of the Sutram beneath it or his own legacy. He will have to choose between the world’s end or his own.
Before long, the lawyer takes on India’s most powerful politician, Kiromal, a man utterly obsessed with power. Kiromal and his sinister Tantric advisor intend to use the evil beneath the castle to play God. Raghuram finds an ally in Sheila, a scientist who is tasked to investigate the Sutram. Using Quantum science to interpret a Vedic verse, they will have to unravel the secrets of Creation to stop the destruction. Through it all, they have to be one step ahead of Kiromal just to stay alive.
Now is the time of final reckoning. Will Kiromal harness the evil to rule the world? Or will the Sutram break free to eradicate the planet? Or, are Raghuram and Sheila merely pawns in an even deadlier game?

Review:

I have read Shatru, first book from the author, and since then I have been a fan of his writing. Indian writing is not really inclined towards fantasy writing but popularity of books like Harry Potter shows that there are readers who loves to read fantasy genre. Vadhan is among very few writers who takes the risk of writing something totally different from the mainstream writing.

Talking about Agniputr, it is many folds better than Shatru. This book is surely a page turner and keeps the reader on edge of his seat. I loved that the book is set in the period of mid nineteenth century and travels till present in a thrilling speed. Writing style of the author is undoubtedly amazing. Characterization has improved.

By far, this is the most realistic fantasy, I have ever read by an Indian writer. Surely, a must read by everyone who loves to read something different than usual.

Another tale of two cities – Book review

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Title : Another tale of two cities
Author : Ezhuth Aani
Pages : 304
Publisher : Inspire India
Genre : Historical Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation :
3/5
Story: 3.5/5
Overall :
3.5/5

Overview:

Fourteen thirty one is the year remembered for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. But another landmark event was unfolding in a future French colony. Cambodia was a cultural cauldron of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The largest metropolis of the pre industrial era was also facing a climate change calamity. The story unfolds in fifteenth century Cambodia and travels to China, Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East, as Princes Adithya and Mahendra set out to seek help for their beleaguered country. Will the splendid twin cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom survive? Who wins the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess?

Review:

Another tale of two cities reminds us of Charles Dickens but thankfully there’s nothing common between the two books. This book is a historical tale of a love triangle that sparked a war between two kingdoms, Angkor Wat and Ankor Thom. The beauty about the book is the language. It leaves you asking for more. Author has made his plot well researched and that shows while reading the book. The biggest challenge while writing a historical fiction is to transport your reader back into time and this book does the same.

Although the book is highly entertaining but still, I found some drawbacks. One of them was the chapter distribution. This book is having none, just four parts for the book. Another is highly researched background of the time where the plot is set. While reading a story, too many facts disturb. So there should be equal proportion of both.

Overall, the book is a great read and will be enjoyed by all. Definitely, worth you time.

‘Once In A Lifetime; Happens Again’ – Book Review

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Title : Once In A Lifetime; Happens Again
Author : Lovely Kumari & Ashish Kumar Mall
Pages : 224
Publisher : Leadstart
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Writing Style : 3.5/5
Presentation :
3.5/5
Story: 3/5
Overall :
3.5/5

Overview:

How far can a girl go to make a guy like her? Meet Ashwin. Know his deepest desires. Nothing more than being in love, and not being hurt in the process. Know Ankita, his best friend, his confidant. What will happen when, not just one, but both of Ashwin’s consecutive crushes, think he is playing a puppet master? Fate, as usual, has its own way.

Review:

The first thing that holds the reader is the book cover and the title of the book. For ‘Once in a lifetime; happens again’ both of these things goes exceptionally good. Cover concept is a well thought production and the title is catchy. But when we turn the book, blurb seems to be a bit disappointment. Blurb fails to catch the attention.

Coming to the storyline; story basically revolves round Ashwin and two of his crushes, as written in the blurb. Ashwin’s chemistry with both of his love interest takes up the major part of the book and is interesting to read as well because it evokes our emotions of teenage and make us relive the days of college. Kudos to both the authors to maintain the simplicity while writing the book. Characters are well defined and are well connected as well.

This book is a simple read and is beautifully presented by two young authors. I enjoyed taking a leap into the world of Ashwin, laughed, felt the emotions and for a time being felt the escape which every reader wants to feel while reading a book.

This book is all about teen-age and I think it will appeal to a certain audience rather than everyone. If you love to read teenage stories of crushes and college sagas, this book will surely be your next ‘Good’ read but if you are tired of reading such stories, it will not leave a good impression on you.

Congratulations to both the authors and will be waiting for more in future.

‘3 wise monkeys’ by Jeet Gian – Book review

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Title : 3 Wise Monkeys
Author : Jeet Gian
Pages : 400
Publisher : Leadstart
Genre : Comedy/ Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation :
4/5
Story: 4/5
Overall :
4/5

Overview:

The trio Amar, Akbar and Anthony had no clue whatsoever about their goddammit indecisive-careers-and-indefinite-struggles.
And that was because they were born with the Peter Pan Syndrome and were simple enough to be tricked by anyone, including their mystifying girlfriends—Meghna, Farah and Sarah.
And as is the fate of all morons, they were drawn into trouble—deep trouble—of hiding crores of rupees of black money in secret offshore companies.

Will their mistake of turning a blind eye to the philosophy of ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ cost them their careers and put them in prison?
Or
Will Lady Luck change their fortunes forever?

Review:

First of all I would like to congratulate the author for discovering the way to Bollywood for his new book, 3 wise monkeys. Now as I knew that this book is going to be the next Bollywood flick from Sajid Khan, I read this book as a movie and the experience was amazing. The storytelling of the author could be the first fact of not able to put down this book but the length of the book forced me to take few breaks.

Coming to review, blurb of the book is interesting but isn’t revealing anything just the fact that you’re going to have a good time while reading the book. Story starts with 3 friends thinking to start a business after the studies are over and the struggle there after. The corporate world’s parties and big decisions taking place over few pegs was an amazing insight. I loved the way, the author has written the book. A hidden agenda of reading the climax of the book, kept the reader on toe. All the characters and their relations with each other is something that can’t be overruled while writing this review. The only thing that I felt as the led down was the book cover; it never excites you to read the content.

Overall this book is a sure read for all those who loves to read for fun.

‘Ashvamedha’ by Aparna Sinha – Book Review

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Title : Ashvamedha – Game of Power
Author : Aparna Sinha
Pages : 224
Publisher : Srishti
Genre : Political Thriller

Rating :

Cover : 4.5/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation :
4/5
Story: 4/5
Overall :
4/5

Overview:

“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.

The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.

A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.

Review:

Political thrillers are rare in Indian writing and that’s why Ashvamedha coming from a debutant was actually a shocker from Srishti Publishers. First of all I want to thank Srishti Publishers for delivering such a wide range of genres every month. They actually know how to find gems in crystals.

Before picking up the book by Aparna Sinha, I already had great hopes from the book as it is now a new sensational talk among reviewers. Praises from each and every reviewer is a rare thing to watch. The book starts with a great pace and never lets you down. The ‘thrill’ section never goes down and that’s what make the reader glued to the book.

Story revolves round the protagonist, Ashwin Jamwal and is knitted beautifully. Author has done commendable job in making the whole story realistic enough. All the characters, their relationships, everything is done in a perfect manner and never felt as a burden over the story. Before reading the book, I had a notion that the blurb is too revealing but after reading the book, I can comment that the blurb is good enough to go for. Cover is another interesting feature of the book; well thought.

Overall, Ashvamedha is a book to go for without any doubt. It is a kind of feast for all the thriller lovers out there.

‘Confused Bastards’ by Manav Vigg – Book Review

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Title : Confused Bastards
Author : Manav Vigg
Pages : 224
Publisher : Srishti
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation :
3.5/5
Story: 4/5
Overall :
3.5/5

Overview:

What happens when three entrepreneurs initiate a start-up which shocks the nation?
Aakash, Jai and Vivek are mostly usual in their ways, except for some. Struggling with their own inner conflicts as well as the cruel world outside, they decide to show the world their true potential. To make it big. But how? They become the voice of the nation by starting up an online platform where people can upload unabashed, unapologetic videos, venting out their angst against people, politics, bosses, lovers, taboos, or just about anything. Even the founders themselves.
The platform spreads like wild fire. But when has fire doused without burning a few!
Confused Bastards is not just a witty, gritty, fast-paced journey of three friends, it’s also an intolerant story for a tolerant country!

Review:

After a long time I have read something with completely new concept. The book is about three friends and their start up that went viral all over the nation. The book starts as a very intelligent read as the start-up was actually intriguing and meant to grab everyone’s attention and when I say, everyone, it means everyone. Soon things started to go off and that’s the time when entrepreneurs are exposed to reality check.

Book blurb is interesting, cover at first glance may feel strange but it goes good with the overall theme of the book. Title is fantastic and the plot is unique.

As the book is on start-up and at present times, start-up is every youth’s dream because of many reasons, I would say that the author’s thought was hitting bull’s eye. Confusion of the youth has been portrayed brilliantly and there are some valuable life lessons hidden within those pages.

The story is good and is having great potential to hold the reader but I think that the slow pace of the book is a downfall. Language is good, narration is good, and some of the dialogue sequences are excellent. Overall, this book is really a good read and deserves to be on everyone’s shelf who loves to read something different than the usual.