REVIEW NO. – 3
NAME : HOW I BRAVED ANU AUNTY AND CO-FOUNDED A MILLION DOLLAR COMPANY
AUTHOR : VARUN AGARWAL
PUBLISHER : RUPA
ESTIMATE READING TIME: 5 HOURS
STORY : 3/5
COVER : 4.5/5
WRITING STYLE : 2.5/5
OVERALL : 3.5/5
This is not a biography, this is not a entrepreneur guide and even this is not a typical novel kind of a novel but still this will not disappoint you and there are even some possibilities that it may change your whole process of thinking about life.
Coming to the story, Anu Aunty seems to be a character you can find out in each one of us life. It is the character which will try to influence your thought process on every walk of your life. It is the character which acts like resistance to the current of your revolutionary thoughts.
This novel is the story of Varun himself who like most of us wants to do something other than usual. It is the story of a plan which was written on a tissue paper of a bar and turned out to be a millionaire company.
Novel is divided into four parts:
Part 1: Here the seed of the company is sown with the seed of Anu Aunty too in the novel. (3.5 stars)
Part 2: In this part their plan starts to work out and they starts to think big of it. Various procedures of setting up the company are listed. Anu Aunty seems to be in full swing in this part. (3.5 stars)
Part 3: Company starts to boom and friendship starts to loose. (4 stars)
Part 4: Removal of Anu Aunty’s influence and the usual happy ending. (3 stars)
It seemed a bit strange to divide the novel in four parts because it was all written in single mind set.
- Loved the use of south Indian touch in English. Those ‘Ya’s’ after each sentence.
- Varun’s description of Bangalore is beautiful.
- The cover.
- Story is funny.
- Sometimes Varun go off the main story.
- Anu Aunty seems to be lost at some parts of story.
- Story is predictable.
- Writing style is average.
- Teenagers are associated with porn so often that sometimes it seems annoying.
“OMG! I want to became entrepreneur at any cost now.” If you start to read this book, I bet that at the end of it you will definitely shout out the above stated sentence. It’s encouraging, it teaches you to follow your dreams and not to spoil your life to live to the other’s expectation.
Coming to the story I think my story got spoiled because of Varun himself. I watched his viral video on youtube before reading this book and spoiled my book. But still I am glad that I read it.
Coming to the negatives I didn’t like his writing style but I will not blame Varun for it because at the started he himself says that don’t expect too much.
Overall I must say it is a must read.
REVIEW NO. 2
NAME : THE BANKSTER
AUTHOR : RAVI SUBRAMANIAN
PUBLISHER : RUPA
ESTIMATE READING TIME : 15-16 HOURS
PLOT : 3.5/5
STORY : 4/5
COVER : 3/5
WRITING STYLE : 5/5
OVERALL : 3.5/5
Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) is witnessing it’s best time in the banking business and along with that losing it’s employees in mysterious deaths. Something is going wrong but no one bothered to dig the mystery. One employee is turning to be the biggest bankster of all time and leaves no one who comes in his path. Global conspiracy is being operated in GB2. Everyone seems to be the culprit but the bankster is still hidden somewhere behind the mask.
A mind blowing thriller……
Story is set in mainly four distinct locations.
LOCATION 1 : Angola, South Africa. Joseph Braganza shows up in the prologue of the book as a CIA agent. He is there for some arms deal. I would give this part a 2 star but when in the epilogue Joseph got exposed, this particular location turned out to be a 4 star. so in average I will give it a 3.5 (3.5 stars)
LOCATION 2: GB2 Head office Mumbai. This is the major part because everything is centered around GB2. Sometimes this will bore you and sometimes it will give you goosebumps. But being a thriller novel, this location disappoints me till the sequence when Harshita planned to fuck up the life of Zanaida and left to Vienna. After that the finale proved to be the best part of the novel which was also plotted at the same location. (3.5 stars)
LOCATION 3: Devikulam, Kerela. This was the most disappointing one. No thrill, no suspense at all. Just the article of Times Of India at the last chapter was phenomenal revealing the best part of the conspiracy. (2 stars)
LOCATION 4: Vienna. This location comes up when Harshita comes here on holidays and joins the links of GB2 with world conspiracy. This is a location where there was thrill and action. (4 stars)
- Introduction of every character has a unique story. There was no character who just show up instantly.
- Finale is awesome. You can’t even get a little hint of what’s coming at the end.
- Story is well linked and no part of it is left as a dead end.
- Bank’s gossip and bitching. I loved that.
- Middle part is boring and seems to be getting stretched.
- Episodes of Devikulam are predictable.
- Being a thriller, sometimes thrill element looses up.
I love thrilling novels, so this novel is of my taste. I loved the way Ravi craved the story. Chapters ending were great because they will force you to start reading next one instantly. I doesn’t know much about banking so sometimes it was difficult for me to understand what’s going on but that was all my mistake because Ravi has described each technical thing in brief. The most lovable thing about Ravi’s writing is that he gives space to each and every characters in his novel. Even a fisherman who have nothing to do with the main story has given his share of space.
As we know that there are only few writers in India who dares to write thriller, Ravi has now become my ‘To be read writer’.
NAME : HOLD MY HAND
AUTHOR : DURJOY DUTTA
PUBLISHER : PENGUIN
ESTIMATE READING TIME : 5-6 HOURS
PLOT : 4/5
STORY : 3/5
COVER : 3/5
WRITING STYLE : 4/5
OVERALL : 3.5/5
‘Deep’ was a kind of a person who thinks that the world is confined in the pages of the books he read in his father’s library. Everything happening around him seems to have happened to some character of the book he read. There was nothing else in his life till his destiny took him to Hong Kong.
In the lift of a hotel of Hong Kong he first met her, Ahana. Ahana was a beautiful girl. Cherish was his nature and everything seems to be perfect for her. But it wasn’t. She was suffering from rare congenital disease which left her blind.
This love story seems to be impossible but Durjoy created the aura of love which left the reader mesmerized.
Ahana, a blind girl, showed the world’s beauty to Deep.
Story has four parts:
Deep got introduced and his boring life unfolds. (2.5 stars)
Ahana comes into pictures and narrates the life of a blind person. (4 stars)
Twist occurs when Ahana’s previous boyfriend comes into picture. (2 stars)
Ahana had to choose between two guys and in the meanwhile Deep returns back to India. (3 stars)
- The way Ahana showed the world to Deep.
- Durjoy presented the blind world beautifully.
- Deep’s way of linking every event to the character of his book.
- Opening of the novel doesn’t seem to grab the reader instantly.
- Plot is beautiful but Durjoy failed to make it magical.
- End is not good.
It’s my first one of durjoy dutta and I felt really impressed by his work. I generally don’t like love stories but this one left an impact on my heart. Truly unexpectable. I loved the part when Ahana was narrating her blind life. I loved the writer’s way of pouring the emotions in appropriate amount. But the first part was a bit depressing when narration was done by Deep. It sounded a bit boring.
Durjoy has presented Ahana immensely alive to the reader but in comparison to that Deep fells a bit dead. I found it difficult to connect with other character of the novel other than Ahana.
I loved Durjoy’s style and will definitely be going for his other works too.