‘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.

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‘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.

‘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.

 

‘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.

‘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.

‘Journey with Mahatmaji’ by Raj Sharma – Book Review

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Title : Journey with Mahatmaji
Author : Raj Sharma
Pages : 235
Publisher : Notion Press
Genre : fiction

Rating :

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

Overview:

This book is about a unique journey which a Bank note travels while it goes into different hands, one after another. Although the episodes are all imaginary, every attempt has been diligently taken by the writer that the reality never supersedes. With the portrait of Mahatma printed on its body, the note narrates what and under what circumstances are felt by it. It understands human emotions, sentiments. It realizes their need and their greed as well. It evaluates its presence and condemns its absence as well. It teaches as it travels and it learns lessons from its mistakes also. It motivates for the journey ahead and regrets for the leftovers. There might be so many hands the note would have travelled through, but just to confine its journey to limited episodes, the note reflects only certain steps of its journey.

Review:

Sometimes a brilliant plot is what you need to write a good book and that’s what actually happened with ‘Journey with Mahatmaji’. Here the author has taken a great risk to narrate the story from the point of view of a 500 Rs. Note and for me this risk is actually paid off. I enjoyed reading and witnessing a complete new look of the outside world that we generally ignore.

The first impression of the book is brilliant because of its great cover design and interesting blurb. If you are a YouTube user, you can also see the trailer of the book that is another pillar that will force you to read this book out.

Now coming to the story. The story starts with the narration of a 500 Rs. Note. With every scene described in the book, the owner of the note will keep on changing and the note will tell you how it felt to be with that owner and what the note wished it could do for the owner. From a powerful man to powerless owner, from a needy to greedy; the journey of this note is something that will amaze you and make you think as well. The author has also used some illustrations throughout the book that helps to create an image in front of reader.

Writing style of the author is pretty simple and he is not exaggerating anything in the book. He had kept the note’s (narrator) view simple and understandable.

Now talking about some negatives. There are too many scenes in the book. Sometimes, within a page’s interval the scene changes, i.e., the owner changes. It would be good if the author would have chosen some interesting owners and weaved the story around them only.

At the end, for me the book is pretty interesting, just needed some polish. For me the brilliant plot of the book is the plus point and for that only I will recommend this book to everyone who are eager to read something new.