‘Song of A Flying Sparrow’ by Rajeev Pundir – Book Review

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Title : Song of a flying Sparrow 
Author : Rajeev Pundir
Pages : 135
Publisher : Author’s Ink
Genre : Ficition

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 3.5/5
Presentation :
3/5
Story: 2.5/5
Overall :
3/5

Overview:

Chiya is born and brought up in a wealthy business-class family. When her mom Rini, a highly ambitious woman, tries to fix her marriage with a millionaire divorcee, quite senior to her in age, she refuses categorically. As a result an ugly argument ensues between them. Chiya’s life turns upside down when Rini reveals an unpleasant secret pertaining to her life during the heat of the conflict. Then she embarks on a mission-the sole aim of her life. What was that secret and the mission thereupon? To find, explore the novel-Song of A Flying Sparrow-a tale of emotions, love, betrayal, ambitions, greed, cynicism and twisted relations.

Review:

Our identity is the only thing which defines us and we should be loyal with it. Song of a Flying Sparrow is a well thought title and that explains in one of the very beautiful scene of the book where the protagonist (Chiya) is talking to some kid. Cover is beautifully designed as well. Blurb is short and basically does give you the main theme of the book.

Coming to the story, it starts as predicted from the blurb. Chiya is the girl who is not behind the wealth as her mother but wants to follow her dreams. But as the blurb of the book promises, there are some twists and that keeps you hooked to the book.

Writing style of the author is good. Pace of the book is also satisfying (except the climax). The best thing about the writer’s style is that he deliberately puts some scenes in the book that are not long but portrays very different scenarios from the main story. For example the police station scene. It had nothing to do with the story but a sharp satire on VIP culture prevailing in India.

If we talk about the story, it was average for me before the very end of the book. There was a good surprise waiting for the reader at the climax. Story isn’t bad and nor extraordinary, it is average and demands for one time read.

Song of a flying sparrow is a good read and is having a story that will keep you interested. Surely recommended for a one time read.

‘Betwixt Twists And Turns’ by Mona Mohanty – Book Review

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Title : Betwixt Twists And Turns 
Author : Mona Mohanty
Pages : 122
Publisher : Partridge India
Genre : Anthology

Rating :

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

Overview:

Dragonflies are said to be harbingers of rain, but they may be much more for one unsuspecting woman. A household dog finds a reprieve when Grandma comes to stay. A young man stops by an ATM at night and finds himself encountering robbers-and a young woman who may not be what she seems. In Betwixt Twists and Turns, author Mona Mohanty presents a series of short stories born from random thoughts that popped up out of nowhere, overheard bits of conversation, parables of family lore, and anecdotes from friends. These tales come from a variety of viewpoints-an older woman who receives an unexpected telegram, a businessman who encounters what might be a ghost, and various animals sharing their impressions of human life. These stories vividly capture the routine of existence-but with a surprising twist. This collection of short stories set in India features tales with unexpected outcomes from a wide range of perspectives, both human and animal.

Review:

This is the first anthology that I completed in a one go. Generally, for me, it takes time to come out of one story and delve in another one. The reason could be because stories are really short and there is no useless build up in the stories. All the stories are to the point and focuses on the twist at the end rather than building the drama around the main plot.
The cover of the book is well designed and forces you to pick it up from the shelf. The blurb is beautifully written and explains what to expect inside. Now coming to the stories. All the stories are just 2 or 3 pages in length and are having unexpected (Well mostly) endings. Stories are taken from all around us and are beautifully presented by the author. The main thing that will strike you while reading this book is the vocabulary of the author. She’s brilliant when it comes to use the words. She seems to be well read and that’s what an author should be.
Overall, this is a kind of book that will take just few hours of yours but will keep you in hangover for pretty longer. I would surely recommend this book to everyone who are looking for some quick and ‘twisty’ read.

‘Darkness and Beyond (A Medley of Many Lives)’ by G.S. Subbu – Book Review

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Title : Darkness and Beyond 
Author : G.S. Subbu
Pages : 208
Publisher : Notion Press
Genre : fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation :
4/5
Overall :
4/5

Overview:

Whether it is a journey to the native village ending in the discovery of one’s roots, or the old man who awaits his end with equanimity in the hope that there is always something beyond the darkness that would soon engulf him, GS.Subbu delves deep into the lives of people who we may have met sometime, somewhere and left their imprint on us. The old woman totally immobilized, slipping into dementia; the revolutionary who believes that violence only begets more violence; the young man or the middle-aged woman’s search for an ideal relationship; a visually challenged boy; the patriarch who fights his way back from an abused childhood; the savant’s search for that secret to ultimate happiness and bliss; or the ordeals faced by a young widow, these are nine stories of ‘Hope’; nine slices of life!

Review:

Whenever I look at my book shelf, there are very few rare books that I think I should read them again; read them again just to get the eternal feeling that the author has created with his words on the pages. ‘Darkness and Beyond’ by G.S. Subbu is one such book. I got to know that this is the second book of the author and as I have completed this one, I would surely go for the first one as well.

Now let’s talk about the book. I read the blurb after reading the book so I had no idea that it is basically a story collection from the author with a central theme of Hope out of the darkest phases of life. This book is having 9 stories and all of them are class apart from each other. Every story starts with a question and ends with just one answer and that is ‘Hope’. All the stories seem to be so real and the characters so lively that nowhere it seems to be a fiction. Starting from a grandfather’s dilemma and ending at widow’s destiny, there are so many things that are discussed in this book.

Coming to the highlight of the book and that is the writing style of the author. There are only few authors out there who possess the magic of creating hallucination of words without using complex English. Author plays with words and makes his readers feel as if taking a deep swim in the ocean of literature.

At the end, the book has actually surprised me because of the quality of writing. I would surely love to recommend this masterpiece to everyone who loves to read unconventional literature works.

 

‘The Mahabharata Code’ by Karthik K B Rao – Book Review

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Title : The Mahabharata Code
Author : Karthik K B Rao
Pages : 216
Publisher : Notion Press
Genre : fiction

Rating :

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

Overview:

The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here.
As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?

Review:

Mahabharata is an epic that people loves to discuss and interpret. I have read many such books where this epic has been told from one or another point of view but this book, The Mahabharata Code’ is something beyond anyone’s imagination.

First look at the book is little messy as the book cover is not so neat (not so attractive) and the blurb is too long.

The story of this book starts with a mission of NASA where Narayan Rao (NR) and other few crew members agrees to take part in a mission to visit a mysterious planet from where they are continuously receiving signals which seems to be difficult to decode. From there the story of Mahabharata kicks off once again on the planet earth where the same characters of the epic battle are playing their own roles but this time, something is not in the exact way as it should be. The twisted storyline and immense imagination with the use of proper technology makes this book a very interesting read.

Depth of characterization is done to an average level and that was good because anything more than that would have taken up the essence of the book. One thing that I felt where author went wrong was that the language was too informal at the beginning of the book. It was not very attractive piece of writing that could hold the reader longer.

I would like to appreciate the author for being bold enough to bring such imaginative work in paperback. This book surely makes you think about various things and the use of technology to explain various phenomenon was excellent thought. Another thing that I loved about the book was open ending. At the end, author forces you to think upon the story rather than forcing you to believe on everything he has written.

For me, this book surely deserves to be read.

 

‘Blame it on Destiny’ by Soorina Desai – Book Review

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Title : Blame it on Destiny
Author : Soorina Desai
Pages : 446
Publisher : Frog Publisher
Genre : fiction

Rating :

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

Overview:

A disturbed counselor who is caught in a violent love triangle, a sculptress looking for an invisible God, a medium for spirits who wants to be loved, a real estate dealer who strives to be a good son and a writer penning an interesting plot are five strangers who never come face to face but influence one another’s lives in a manner which alters their circumstances.The protagonist finds herself being questioned about the unpredictability of life. It compels her to explore the possibility of a human link between life and the events that shape it. Is it an intricately woven web of human actions that determine ones future or is it easier to simply blame it on destiny?

Review:

Is it really the destiny or series of happenings around us that shapes our future? Blame it on destiny is something much more than just a book. It will question, it will make you think upon your beliefs, it will make you really enjoy the uncertainties of life.

This is the second book of Soorina Desai that I have just completed and slowly I am feeling that she does possess some magic in her pen. The plot of the book may appear pretty normal; five people never met but influence each other’s life in some or another way, but when we see the depth of each and every character she had introduced in the book, you’ll realize how good she is! Conversation of different characters is written beautifully and now I can surely say that she is actually great at this.

It took me long to complete this particular book and reason was so many characters. Author wanted to write too much between those pages and for that she had to introduce characters. Many times I felt that the book was actually drifting from its centre theme. For me it was difficult to track so many characters as I have a habit of reading 2 – 3 books at a time. So, if you are planning to read the book (you should read), don’t take long breaks in between.

Overall, this book is surely a delightful read and Soorina Desai, is the one author that should not be missed out of your ‘Reading list’ at all.

‘A Broken Man’ by Akash Verma – Book Review

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Title : A Broken Man
Author : Akash Verma
Pages : 240
Publisher : Srishti Publisher
Genre : fiction

Rating :

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

Overview:

Take a deep breath before you are born here, my child!

You take birth in a land where I struggled; gave it my sweat and blood. A land that I thought belonged to me..… unbridled, uncompromising.

Krishna is a Dalit boy from Bihar who struggles to overthrow the chains that hold him back. Chhavi is a high caste Brahman girl fighting for the rights of others, propagating equality in a politically charged Lucknow University campus. After Krishna saves Chhavi from getting torched during a protest against reservation, love slowly blossoms, only to be ruthlessly crushed by a society that thrives on divisions of caste and religion. From student politics in Lucknow to the interiors of Bihar, from the corridors of power to the glitz of media and the film industry in Mumbai.

A Broken Man is the quest of a deprived Krishna to redeem hope from despair, love from separation and success out of repeated failures. From the bestselling author of It Happened That Night and Three Times Loser, this is a story that reinforces our faith in what love can accomplish as it pushes us to achieve the impossible, making us tap our true inner potential.

Review:

Blurb shows clearly that the book is about Krishna and Chhavi who falls in love despite having various clashes of interests and society issues. A broken man by Akash Verma is a genuine effort by the author to show a mirror to our mindset regarding various issues prevailing in our society that goes unnoticed by privileged and makes ‘suppressive’ suffer for all their life. This is the story that teaches you to stand again and fight for what is right.

Simple language and powerful presentation of emotions of the protagonist proves the worth of the author. His writing style is simple and effective. He will surely make you feel the pain of his characters and that’s what holds the reader till the very end of the book.

Coming to the storyline. Well, that’s where this book falls flat. Story of the broken man is not something that can be said to stand out of the crowd. It’s slow pace is another thing that can detach the reader from the book.

Overall, the book surely deserves a read for the writing of the author. The portrayal of his characters and brilliant dialogues in the form of political debates describing the current situation of ‘Modern India’ is something that can’t be missed.

‘The Soft Target’ by Kalyan Nanda – Book Review

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Title : The Soft Target
Author : Kalyan Nanda
Pages : 212
Publisher : Notion Press
Genre : fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation :
4/5
Overall :
4/5

Overview:

Is God good? Or is He a manipulative villain who plays with the lives of his creations in the name of karma? As far as Mohan Mishra is concerned, God is a villain. Mohan is God’s soft target, for He ‘blesses’ him with a strange mental problem and kills his support system when he needed it the most. The Soft Target is the story of a boy’s journey into manhood, as he takes on God with his mental prowess, defeating Him at every stage, thus making God his soft target. Supported by great friends and a loving wife, Mohan fights an epic battle against the murderous society, the conniving legal system and ultimately God himself, with remarkable courage and spirit.

Review:

Real literature, now-a-days, is hard to find. The magic of words that the author used to create in the minds of reader is rare to find but if we look deeper, there are still some debutants who can become the future torch bearer of the ‘Literature’ and one of them is Kalyan Nanda. With his debut book, The Soft Target, he unleashes his power of words and gives the hint of what the future can be!

The Soft Target is the story of the fight of the protagonist against the God’s plan. It is the story of struggle of Mohan on every stage of life. With rare mental problems but a genius mind, his story starts from a village of Orissa and takes him to the high societies of Mumbai. He faced the wrath of God on every stage of his life. Whenever the lights of hope tried to enter in his life, the silhouettes of destiny (Or God) dragged him back to darkness but Mohan never left the struggle.

Writing style of the author is simple and effective. From the first page, he holds the reader’s attention and makes him the part of the life of his protagonist. The way, author has narrated the life of Mohan is addictive. Coming to the story; it had a constant flow with no element of surprise. You can predict the coming events but still they will not spoil your overall experience of reading. Author has shown his satirical and humour side as well. You can expect a sweet smile on your face while reading the book.

Overall, this book is surely a kind of book that induces ‘a feel good’ kind of feeling. Read it, explore the depth of author’s writing and enjoy the pleasure of real literature.