‘2 Peg Ke Baad’ – Book Review

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Title : 2 Peg Ke Baad
Author : Nikita Lalwani
Pages : 178
Publisher : Srishti
Genre : Anthology

Rating :

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

Overview:

2 Peg Ke Baad brings together 14 short stories that happened after 2 pegs, in an inebriated state. World’s greatest stories are created when people are high – masterpieces are painted, universal truths are realised, models on billboards are befriended, lovers are united, butts are kicked, confessions are made, and relationships are sorted.

The book started as a blog with people from across the world sharing their stories, ideas, confessions and beliefs, and the elixir of the 14 best stories is here to reveal what lies beyond a conscious mind.

Though the book does not intend to encourage drinking alcohol in any sense, here’s to celebrate every emotion that kicks after a few pegs. Cheers!!

Review:

Liquor is a strange thing. It will make you meet the strangest people around. It can also help you to find your inner ‘strange’ as well. 2 peg ke baad is a pretty unique attempt to write an anthology containing 14 stories on that very theme, the stories that rises after ‘2 peg ke baad’.

Simple language and uniqueness of stories, becomes the USP of the book. This is the second book from the author and is a brilliant one. All the stories, focus on different aspects of alcohol and showcases the true reality of life. Some of the stories are filled with sarcasm as well. Fun filled moments, thought provoking scenes and brilliant showcase of writing sums up the overall experience of the book.

Book cover and the blurb is another thing that adds up to the beauty. I do remember that the owner of Srishti Publication (The Publisher of the book) did post few of the tentative book covers and this one was chosen out from the public’s opinion. These are the kind of things that contributes to the overall success of the book.

I would suggest everyone to read this book because, first of all, who doesn’t like to read short stories and another thing is that this book will take you on a journey of numerous emotions and you’ll love them all.

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‘Life is not easy’ by Arghya Dutta – Book Review

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Title : Life is not easy
Author : Arghya Dutta
Pages : 213
Publisher : Frog
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

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

Overview:

Life is Not Easy is a work of fiction about betrayal, suicide, passion to live and the dilemma of marriage. Life is all about endless struggle but suicide can never be an option. Yet some experiences are so dreaded and inhuman that we can seldom forget. Rahul is a young engineer who got jailed after his marriage lasted for 72 days. Kavita married Rahul only to extract money; her heart lay with her long-time boyfriend. How Rahul deals with the emotional and financial turmoil in the backdrop of the false law suits forms the base of the story. Destiny has strange ways… Rahul finds love in Avantika but cannot marry her. For Avantika, now suicide seems to be the only way out… Life is just like a game of Scrabble. We don t get to select what alphabets we want but are forced to play with all that we have. You get everything by luck. Skill lies in arranging them. Yes, we commit mistakes and are left to face the reverberations. And sometimes, we have all the letters we need but then it s too late to understand their importance. Thus we end up losing. Something similar happened in the lives of Rahul, Kavita and Avantika.

Review:

There’s no denying that life is indeed not easy but for some people, life becomes much more complicated than others. It is all about how we face that situation and overcome from the obstacle that life throws towards us.

Life is not easy by Arghya Dutta is the story of three individuals; Rahul, Kavita and Avantika. Rahul, an engineer gets barred behind the law after 72 days of his marriage. Kavita, with whom Rahul got married is the reason behind the difficult phase of Rahul’s life. False law suit, financial and emotional turmoil becomes the centre theme of the book but then things changes for Rahul when Avantika comes into the picture. Happiness doesn’t stay long because Avantika is suffering from other situations. Life is not easy, becomes the hardest reality for Rahul.

Overall the story of the book is good but the slow pace is the problem in the storytelling. Blurb of the book is good and the cover is highly innovative. The courtroom drama looked interesting at first sight but falls flat. Otherwise on the emotional level, this book is actually a good read and maintains the interest of the reader. Writing of the book is another plus point where the author should be appreciated.

‘Anamika’ by Soorina Desai – Book Review

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Title : Anamika 
Author : Soorina Desai
Pages : 234
Publisher : Leadstart
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

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

 

Overview:

“Life perhaps has no story to tell. This book is about birth, a search for an identity, intense emotion, illusion, disillusion, acceptence, death and a personal definition of eternity. All pieced together for us to look back and see that we managed because we survived from moment to moment. Even an ordinary life has one extraordinary chapter of love in it. This is Anamika’s tale of a pure but forbidden love, set in newly independent India, an era when romance had a different meaning and the language of romance had a different allure. Perhaps the content of this book is for everybody who has been ruled by the heart, lost a lover without loosing love, asked questions to God but found answers within, and embraced life knowing it can be enjoyed only in small doses. It is about finding peace through simple things, glimpsing heaven in a beloved pair of eyes, of recognizing blessings through a child’s laugh and living through the undulating journey of pleasure and pain with endless gratitude for having experienced life.”

Review:

I have read Soorina Desai’s other two books as well and can proudly say that she is an institute herself about how to write descriptively and how to evoke the exact feeling in the reader’s mind what you have while writing. Her books are good in two ways; one from the reader’s perspective and another from an author’s perspective.

Talking about Anamika now. This book was first published in 2005 and then got reprinted by Leadstart publication in 2015. This book is about a girl and the story begins from her birth within political turmoils. Her name is interesting, Anamika; which mean ‘of no name’. The story behind her name is also an interesting read. The struggle of finding her identity in her parent’s eye is the beginning of the story of the book. But soon an unexpected event, provides a complete turn to Anamika’s identity when a childless couple adopts her. There begins the story of forbidden love of Anamika that is as pure as it could be.

The story is set in the era of young independent India where love had another definition than it has in today’s time. Those were the time when Ghazals were the way to talk about love. Beautiful Ghazals of those times make this book an interesting read. Beautiful quotes at the beginning of each chapter are another thing to mention about. I will not mention it again that the writing of this book is magical as you can’t expect anything less from the author.

Overall, this book is a must read who loves to read literature at its best.

‘Kill me, Again’ by Sekhar Kadiyala – Book Review

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Title : Kill me, Again 
Author : Sekhar Kadiyala
Pages : 317
Publisher : Notion press
Genre : Thriller

Rating :

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

Overview:

A serial killer throws an open challenge by killing the wife of case investigation officer; the most baffling case then gets reassigned to Madhumita Sharma from CBI. After an exhaustive investigation, Madhumita unveils the killer’s hatred towards God and the uncanny pattern in which the murders were being executed.
Visesh Gupta, owner of a private investigation firm, specializes in solving missing cases. He gets acquainted with Madhumita when their paths cross during one such missing case. Visesh gives a tip about the serial killer to the police, and in an attempt to kill his so-called last victim, the killer gets shot by Madhumita.
Things take an interesting turn when Visesh solves a mysterious case and in the course, realizes that the notorious serial killer is still on the loose. It gets further complicated when the killer starts a nasty game of hide-and-seek with Visesh while police start suspecting Visesh. Visesh, who is now running against time to save his family, joins hands with Madhumita to stop a killer who is always two and half steps ahead of them.

Review:

I feel pity on the publishers when they don’t recognize what they have just ignored. Kill me, again by Sekhar Kadiyala comes from a publisher who is publishing books in dozens every month; notion press. And when a publisher is so busy in publishing books, he can never pay attention over a particular ‘Good’ book.

Well, leaving these things behind, let’s talk about the book. This is my kind of read. Fast paced, unpredictable thriller. From the first page it invites you on a trail to follow a mad murderer and till the very end, you stay hooked to know more, what will happen next, who will get killed, how the hell will he get caught or is there something that is totally out of context? You wait for the climax and once it starts, you forget everything around and immense yourself in the beauty of storytelling. That’s the kind of magic that Sekhar has created in his book ‘Kill me, Again’.

There are many ‘feel good’ elements in the book for every thriller lover. The antagonist is challenging and the protagonist is also strong. One thing that I loved about the book is that the book is not all about blood and gore but there are few elements of love as well. Author is good with his writing style and knows how to unveil the secrets while maintaining the pace of the story and interest of the reader.

The only thing that I felt low about the book was its blurb. It reveals too much. Other than that, book is an awesome read and should be on the shelf of every thriller lover out there.

‘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.