Science vs Technology

If we know the science; if we know what is happening, why is it happening, how it is happening, we might not need technology anymore to rectify it. I think the need of the hour is to develop an understanding; be aware and be informed. We need to remember technology is never a solution, we are the problem.

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Age Of Apostasy-Knife Edge… by Abhijeeth Hiliyana – Book Review

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Author : Abhijeeth Hiliyana
Pages : 504
Publisher : Leadstart (Frog) Publication
Genre : Mythological/Historical Thriller

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Blurb : 4/5
Plot : 4.5/5
Story-line : 4.5/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5

Overview :

Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha’ – Dharma protects those who protect it, so goes the saying from Manusmriti. A aphorism, considered an ideal way of life for a human. But in a age where the quest for survival presents a greater challenge, ethics and loyalty have become mere cursory references in the lives of people, in this world it becomes hard to define Dharma. A disillusioned general caught between his loyalty for his country and the cost of that loyalty. An assassin stuck in the past, hoping for a way to escape it. A warrior desperately trying to gain the respect of his benefactor. And an ancient enemy, re-emerging, hoping to right old wrongs. This is age of suffering and conflict, an age of Apostasy and humanity stands on a knife edge.

Beauty :

  • Theme and plot.
  • Writing Style.
  • Pace, twists and turns.
  • Detailing of characters and the timeline.

Beast :

  • Some portions where the detailing takes over the storyline.

Review :

When history mixes with fiction with proper facts and timeline description, something unusual happens and the same is this book titled Age Of Apostasy-Knife Edge. The book revolves around the period of  Magadha Empire in ancient India. An epic battle that is said to be the apocalypse turned out to be something very different or may be not. The best thing about the book is it’s pace and uncertainty of events. For few pages, an event may appear to be something else and after some revelation it turns out to be something completely different. I loved the way the book is been written. It makes you stay at the edge of your seat till the very end.

The book is having some very interesting bits for example the quest of the commander of the army of Gaza who puts everything on stake to find the reason of the sudden appearance of supernatural powers to fight with the mortals. The book is full of thrilling and exciting twist and turns and the author never fails in making the Adeline rush in your veins.

The writing is crispy and pacy. Though sometimes the book goes into the philosophical mode that makes the read a bit boring but soon after, it picks up the momentum again.

Overall the book is having each and every element for the lover of thrilling historical/mythological tales. It will leave you bewildered. Fantastic book, a must read.

KALYUG… BY R. SREERAM – BOOK REVIEW

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Author :
 R. Sreeram
Pages : 383
Publisher : Westland Publication
Genre : Political Thriller Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 5/5
Blurb : 4.5/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5

Overview :

He looked at his gun once more. The helplessness left him, in its place was a hardened resolve that he would still have the final say. A third option. The middle-finger to the middlemen who had driven him to this. A few moments later, Major General Iqbal Qureshi fired the shot that shook the nations conscience.

The death of a decorated war veteran, one of India’s foremost military officials, triggers a chain of events that threatens to spiral out of control. The democratically-elected government is overthrown and a new one is formed in its place.A fierce and pure regime that promises it’s people the kind of governance they have been deprived of. Just. Fair. Unyielding. Operation Kalyug has begun.

Caught in the middle is Bala Murali Selvam, a writer who is still tormented by the memories of his persecution at the hands of the erstwhile-establishment. As the new government battles factions fighting for control, international intervention, personal agendas and incompatible motives, Selvam is swept along, a bewildered-pawn in a high-stakes game. Forced to question everything he has believed so far, even his innate sense of justice, Selvam struggles to choose sides. Will his instincts fail him when he needs them the most?

Beauty:

  • Cover & Blurb.
  • Unexpected storyline and a detailed plot.
  • Fast pace.
  • Realistic fiction.

Beast:

  • Missing elements regarding ‘Operation Kalyug’.

Review:

The very first thing about the book is it’s unique and great cover. Now-a-days books are coming with fabulous cover designs and this one is one of them which is very intelligently designed keeping the storyline in mind. It’s simple yet convincing and that’s where the beauty lies.

Blurb talks about the death of a war veteran that triggers a movement that is a part of a operation called ‘Kalyug’. A writer Selvam is somehow related with this mass movement. Story of the book talks about a political coup happening in our country that is being controlled by a group of people that promises to drag India back on its track. The best thing about the book is that it opens up with a question and takes you through lots of twist and turns and then in the midway produces a hell lot more questions and finally able to answer all of them in the end.

The only drawback I think in the book is that is never talks about a third opinion. We hear only two parties, i.e., the one who are with Kalyug and other who are not. The book which is written in so much detailed pattern should talk about the third opinion as well.

All in all, this book is a fast paced political thriller and if you have a slightest interest in political scenario, you just can’t miss this one. Read, think and debate or simply just enjoy a thriller that is bound to give you goosebumps in the end.

Blogtour & Giveaway : Resonance by Ajay

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Welcome to the BLOG TOUR of RESONANCE by Ajay. The book is a perfect blend of suspence and thriller. You could be the one to grab a free ‘Autographed Copy’ of Resonance.

Just follow 3 simple steps and the book will be delivered to your doorstep. Excited?

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Visit http://www.ajaypandey.com/ for more info regarding the book.

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Step 3 – What’s your first opinion about the book? Answer in the ‘Comments’ section.

That’s it! If you successfully complete the above three steps, you will be lucky enough to get the book at your doorstep.

Some Important Points to Remember:-

  • This competition is for Indian residents only.
  • The results of the competition will be announced on 2nd March, 2015 on ‘Resonance’s’ page (That’s why we request you to please keep on checking the fb page of Resonance).
  • Don’t forget to use the Hash Tag (#Resonance) while posting about the blog tour on your fb timeline. It will help us to track your participation. Without the hash tag your participation will be cancelled.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Resonance by Ajay Pandey

“A gripping love story wandering across the globe caught in a rationale of science and engineering. To be drawn and drown in catastrophe, unknown.”

To pak to … A dying man’s last words… A clue, an accusation or a meaningless muddle?

Siddharth Rana, the Joint Director of the IB, is at his wits end attempting to unravel that mystery. Working with the blindest of clues, Siddharth has to race against time to prevent terrorists from achieving their horrific goal-an India laid low by a catastrophe of biblical proportions. This is a story that leaps across continents, gets to the heart of convoluted terrorist plots and attacks, and amazes you with its exposition of high-tech gadgetry and science. It is equally a story of breathtaking bravery, recounted at a mind-blowing pace. At its core, it is also a story about the beauty of relationships. Relationships that are beyond national boundaries and historic enmities…

 

BACKGROUNDAjay Pandey

48-year old Pandey made his debut as writer with this book. Sharing his thoughts on what encouraged him for writing, Pandey said, “For past 25 years, I’ve been planning to write. Actually the thought originally generated while pursuing my B. Tech in BIT Mesra. Those days, my sister would ask me to narrate a story whenever I was at home. One day, I had nothing except for narrating a self-scripted story. That day, my sister told I have the potential of being a good story teller.”

Within just a few days of its release, the novel is already sold out on Amazon and Unread. A great beginning for Pandey, who currently works as an IRS officer at the Additional Commissioner of Income Tax department in Mumbai.

What truly helps make Resonance’s story beautifully compelling lies within the details, that of which Pandey spent eight months digging through research to help prepare.

Resonance… by Ajay – Book Review

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Title : Resonance
Author : Ajay
Pages : 377
Publisher : Westland
Genre : Terrorism Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4.5/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Plot : 4.5/5
Story-line : 4/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 3/5
Presentation : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

Overview :

Siddharth Rana, the Joint Director of the IB, is at his wits’ end attempting to unravel that mystery. Working with the blindest of clues, Siddharth has to race against time to prevent terrorists from
achieving their horrific goal–an India laid low by acatastrophe of biblical proportions.
This is a story that leaps across continents, gets to the heart of convoluted terrorist plots and attacks, and amazes you with its exposition of high-tech gadgetry and science. It is equally a story of
breathtaking bravery, recounted at a mind-blowing pace. At its core, it is also a story about the beauty of relationships. Relationships that are beyond national boundaries and historic enmities…

Beauty :

  • Plot. (Fantastic)
  • Thoroughly researched and detailed explanation of events.
  • Making out of a fiction from the core of real events.
  • Different approach to see the act of terrorism.

Beast :

  • Writing style could have been better.
  • Technical stuffs can faint a person for a while who is not from the science background.

Review :

From the first look at the novel, it doesn’t reveals anything about the plot but when I’ll tell you that the plot is basically about a terrorist group attacking an Indian Dam using the ‘Resonance’ effect that we read in basic physics, then the book cover looks perfect.

As the author is basically working for IRS, we can expect a lot from him over this kind of genre and the same got delivered by Ajay. His professional background gives him the knowledge of the working of different secret agencies of the world and hence he proves to be a perfect person to be writing over this thrilling and eventful plot.

The story of the book basically revolves around the al Quida and their plan to destroy India by attacking a huge dam of India. Aban, a pakistani boy, who somehow got caught as a suspect of Mumbai attacks at Taj Hotel, is having a valuable breakthorugh over this plan and extends his support to Siddharth Rana, the Joint Director of the IB. The Plan is the most deadliest plan ever made and so is the investigation by the international agencies to stop the massacre. The doomsday would be bought up by a basic effect of physics called ‘Resonance’.

Story line and the plot is fantastic, the only thing which I felt was lacking was the writing style of Ajay. I felt that dialogues were missing the charm and everything was looking a bit dramatic, the soul was missing. But overall it is the best terrorism novel I have ever read by an Indian author.

The best part of the novel, according to me was the climax. It was totally unexpected and took the reader totally offgaurd.

Overall :

Resonance is like a bombshell of thrill for the reader who love to read these genre. I would surely recommend this book.

PRIVATE INDIA… BY ASHWIN SANGHI & JAMES PATTERSON – BOOK REVIEW

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Title : Private India
Author : Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson
Pages : 470
Genre : Suspense/Thriller

Ratings :

Title : 4.5/5
Cover : 4.5/5
Story-line : 4/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Dialogues & Philosophy : 4.5/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5

Overview :

Mumbai, a place where dreams get transformed into reality. But this season is a bit different. It has became the season of Murder in Mumbai. Seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again.

In a city of over thirteen million, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord and a godman who isn’t all he seems.

And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation – along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

Beauty :

  • Pacy plot.
  • Chilling twist and turns.
  • Innovating typesetting.
  • Small chapters.
  • Simple Language.
  • Brilliant storytelling.

Beast :

  • Frankly speaking…. there’s none.

Review :

Well, it was truly unexpected to see the collaboration of such great talents in the same genre, James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi. It was truly a pleasure to see the ‘Private’ series getting expanded to India as well. Like everyone else, I too had great expectation from this collaboration and finally here’s what I feel.

First look towards the cover is enough to give you goosebumps. Gateway of India and Taj Hotel explaining that the main theme is based on Mumbai and that regular frame for ‘Private’ series books, man looking behind and running. And finally the Tag line, “It’s the season for murder in Mumbai.” Now that give you the motivation to pick up the book of 470 pages.

Now talking about the storyline. Story picks up it’s momentum pretty early without wasting any time and keeps up the pace till the end. The whole story is divided in small chapters, which helps you to switch over the scenes pretty quickly. Now the font is kept large enough to make it a quick turner and that’s the another beauty of this awesome thriller.

Ashwin Sanghi has given this book a mythological/ancient Indian touch and with that he claims his presence over the storyline. This book speaks about the sparkling lights and darkest sight of Mumbai as well. James Patterson’s Private Department is impressive as always and throughout the book, it’s pretty difficult to guess the murderer.

The only reason that I am taking off 0.5 ratings and not giving it 5 is that I expected much more than what I got. Maybe I expects a lot. But overall, this book is awesome.

 

Conclusion :

For all the Thriller lovers out there, I just want to say that you can’t even think about skipping this collaboration. Go and grab it for sure.

 

WINGS OF COURAGE… BY SANJAY KUMAR – BOOK REVIEW

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Title : Wings of courage.
Author : Sanjay Kumar
Pages : 322
Genre : Fiction

Ratings :

Title : 3/5
Cover : 3/5
Story-line : 3/5
Writing Style : 3/5
Dialogues & Philosophy : 3.5/5
Characters : 3/5
Overall : 3/5

Overlook :

Saksham, a young man with dreams to change the world but somehow lacking in the courage to do that, meets totally alien circumstances which helps him to look forward in this world courageously. He met a philosopher, who helps him unravel the complexities of today’s civilized human world, and a young beautiful woman who rekindles his passion for life. Their belief in him empowers Saksham to launch an attack against organized evil.

The journey of Saksham of changing the society takes him to different levels and each level opens up new possibilities but what if, Saksham knows that he is having limited time to act, what if Saksham is aware that he have to act now or he will just have dwell in his own thoughts of pity? This story is about the fight of one man against the society.

‘Wings of Courage’ is a moving tale of passion and courage, for without them, our dreams may never come true.

Beauty :

  • Plot.
  • Characterization.
  • Author’s way to unfold the story.
  • Association with real life events.
  • Author’s way of keeping it simple yet effective.

Beast :

  • Plot getting stretched.
  • Supernatural angel looked unnecessary.

Review :

‘Wings of courage’ is a bit courageous tale by Sanjay Kumar which speaks about the evils in our society like corruption, rape, evil governance, etc and also gives an insight of what common man thinks about that all and what can be done to eradicate it from our society. For showcasing the problems, author linked the storyline with some real life events like Nirbhaya case, hit and run case, etc. As the story unfolds, it keep on changing it’s gears and that’s what I like about it, it never felt that you can assume what’s going to happen next.

Initially, I said that, this book is a courageous attempt by Sanjay because it speaks of the solution of evils around us and that solution is a bit controversial. Many of us will start to have a debate for hours on the topic without even coming an inch near to the conclusion. But personally, I am in the favor of ‘the solution’.

Now talking about the pros. The plot of the book is fantastic, although it is not a unique plot, as we have heard about it a lot, but for the first time it will be presented to you in such thorough detail. Characterization is good. Saksham, being the protagonist, is explained brilliantly, his thought process is a kind of ‘Must Read’. Now talking about the quality of author. He is pretty good in presenting his story. He divided his story in different levels and pretty carefully takes the reader from one level to another, which makes the reader glued with the book. He kept the book simple yet effective and that’s the thing I love when I read.

Now the cons. Firstly, the cover deviates. The book looks like a fantasy fiction but it is not. The blurb also makes you think in the same way. Now coming to the story. The first thing is that the supernatural part where Almighty comes down to survey Earth looked like total non-sense. That gave false hopes to the reader that now the story will move towards supernatural stuff and some fantasy will land up. Now the other thing which I felt as the ‘Beast’ was that the plot, sometimes was getting stretched too much. If the story would have been more crispier, it would have taken over the mind of reader more strongly.

Conclusion :

For the first time, I felt socio-political genre interesting. It speaks no philosophy, just facts and a concrete solution. It will make you think differently and may give you the ‘Wings Of Courage’ to change the world  you live in.