‘Ashvamedha’ by Aparna Sinha – Book Review

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Title : Ashvamedha – Game of Power
Author : Aparna Sinha
Pages : 224
Publisher : Srishti
Genre : Political Thriller

Rating :

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

Overview:

“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.

The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.

A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.

Review:

Political thrillers are rare in Indian writing and that’s why Ashvamedha coming from a debutant was actually a shocker from Srishti Publishers. First of all I want to thank Srishti Publishers for delivering such a wide range of genres every month. They actually know how to find gems in crystals.

Before picking up the book by Aparna Sinha, I already had great hopes from the book as it is now a new sensational talk among reviewers. Praises from each and every reviewer is a rare thing to watch. The book starts with a great pace and never lets you down. The ‘thrill’ section never goes down and that’s what make the reader glued to the book.

Story revolves round the protagonist, Ashwin Jamwal and is knitted beautifully. Author has done commendable job in making the whole story realistic enough. All the characters, their relationships, everything is done in a perfect manner and never felt as a burden over the story. Before reading the book, I had a notion that the blurb is too revealing but after reading the book, I can comment that the blurb is good enough to go for. Cover is another interesting feature of the book; well thought.

Overall, Ashvamedha is a book to go for without any doubt. It is a kind of feast for all the thriller lovers out there.

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‘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.

‘You are the best wife’ by Ajay Pandey – Book Review

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Title : You are the best wife
Author : Ajay Pandey
Pages : 240
Publisher : Srishti Publishers
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4.5/5
Plot/Story : 4/5
Characterization : 4/5
Writing Style & Narration : 4/5
Presentation :
4.5/5
Overall :
4.5/5

Overview:

Ajay believes in living for himself; Bhavna teaches him to live for others. Ajay is a planner for life; Bhavna makes him live in every moment. You are the Best Wife is a story of two people with contradictory ideologies who fall in love. It changes them for good. It changes the way they look at the world and the way the world looks at them. Until destiny reveals its plans. This is a true inspiring story of the author and his struggle with life, after his beloved wife left him halfway through their journey. But her last words, ‘you are the best husband’ gave him the strength to live on, and fulfil his promise of love. Told with frankness and doses of humor, this heart-warming tale of a boy and a girl who never gave up on their love in face of adversities, ends on a bittersweet and poignant note as Ajay comes to terms with the biggest lesson life has to offer.

Review:

Life is meant to be lived to the fullest and the only secret that can make you cross each and every hurdle that comes across your life is hidden in these two words, ‘Never Surrender.’ Every one faces some dark patches in their life. Some hide them in the darkest corner of their heart and lives with them forever, others pour them on paper and let turn them into immortals. ‘You are the best wife’ by Ajay K. Pandey is not actually a book to read but a book to feel. It’s a kind of a challenge to god that ‘yes you are the creator, you can take her back as well but I can create as well’. Ajay created her wife Bhavna back.

Now coming out of the hues of the story, let me do the work I was chosen for. The review work. Firstly the cover of the book tells you the basic theme of the book and the subtitle ‘A true love story’, grips you with it emotionally. Blurb talks a bit about the characters of the book, that is, Ajay and Bhavna and the situation they had suffered from.

Now coming to the story. Ajay being a debutant is did a great job in writing this book. His writing style is pretty good, not at all seems like someone is writing book for the first time or so. He uses little elements in the dialogue that touches heart. First few chapters lacks in comparison to the overall experience of the book because we are actually fad up of reading those college stories. But Ajay quickly comes out of that phase and tries to create a better image of Bhavna’s character in the mind of the reader.

Another thing that I loved about the book was that I had a presumption by watching the cover of the book that this book will have its major part about the struggle with life that means the detailing of the Bhavna’s tragedy but surprisingly, Ajay wasn’t in mood to break readers but focused more on the ‘liveliness of Bhavna’.

There are few points about the book that left me numb. First was the letter that Ajay wrote after his failed attempt in fetching a job and the reaction of Bhavna over it. Another point was, when Ajay gave a fictitious ending to the story for all those who believe in happy ending. That was the point when I literally chuckled on the irony of life. One more letter that I had to mention where I couldn’t control my tears at all was Ajay’s letter to Bhavna’s mother on behalf of Bhavna, after her death. These are only few of the magic moments of the book. There were many in the book.

Overall, this book is something that will take you on a journey which reveals many truths about life. I did learn one thing from this book that life is not about the number of years that you have lived; life is about the number of moments that you have enjoyed. Do read this book and let Bhavna live in your hearts forever.

P.S.: I have one rule in my life. When I love a book that I have read as a ‘review copy’, I do buy a copy of it and gift it to someone. I’ll buy few more copies this time.

‘Anything to look hot’ by Jas Kohli – Book Review

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Title : Anything to look hot
Author : Jas Kohli
Pages : 196
Publisher : Srishti Publishers
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3/5
Plot/Story : 3/5
Characterization : 3/5
Writing Style & Narration : 3/5
Presentation :
3/5
Overall :
3/5

Review:

Sometimes you do come across the books that are written not just to entertain but to give you an insight of the mater which is totally unknown to you. ‘Anything to look hot’ by Jas Kohli is one of those categorical books. The main motive of writing this book was not just to give you a ‘Masaledar’ story but to let you to know the life of plastic surgeon, through his own words.

Jas Kohli, by profession is himself a plastic surgeon so he knows exactly what he’s writing. Anything to look hot is a story of a person who steps up as a surgeon in the industry that works to beautify the world by using medical miracles. He falls in love with his junior who herself is ambitious about her profession. Jas Kohli, through his protagonist explains the life of lime light and also touches the emotional strings of different relationships such as (that I liked the most) father-son relationship. The author, beautifully explains and narrates the story of that lovely relation.

The problem with the book is that it picks up the pace pretty slowly. After about 30 to 40 pages, you’ll understand that the book is something different. It may or may not suit your choice of reading. The book goes a lot more deep into the technicality sometimes that may irritate you and you can end up skipping pages.

The beauty of the book is that it will introduce you to the world that is totally new to us. We haven’t heart lot about the industry of ‘Hotness’. We don’t know anything about plastic surgeons (ignoring the basic knowledge). Their lifestyle is totally different from ours and that’s the key point of this book. Jas Kohli do have some surprises in his book as well, that you would not expect in the first 50 to 60 pages but it does enhances your overall experience of the book.

Do pick up the book only if you seriously want to read something totally unknown to you. If you are picking up this book for entertainment, you may end up getting disappointed.

A Half Baked Love Story… by Anurag Garg & Gunjan Narang – Book Review

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Title : A half baked love story
Author : Anurag Garg & Gunjan Narang
Pages : 240
Publisher : Srishti Publisher
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Plot/Story : 3/5
Characterization : 3.5/5
Writing Style & Narration : 3.5/5
Presentation :
3/5
Overall :
3.5/5

Overview:

Have you ever: Been a prey to love at first sight? Proposed your girl after boozing and fainted before knowing her answer? Went to your first date with an empty wallet? Got caught kissing your girl by none other than her father? Risked your IIT exam ‘to meet her for the last time’?

Well, if this excites you enough, here is an enchanting read for you all, A Half-Baked Love Story!

The book unfolds a candid narration by a love struck, dumb struck and spellbound guy, Aarav, who confesses every last detail of his love story to his drunkard friends on a new year night. The tale of his first love Anamika. This story is a feel good love story of these two very different characters as they understand the Pangs and Pleasures of first love while battling with the situations that life has placed them in. The book takes a dig at our so called ‘modern society’ and peer pressure in one’s life.

Just when life seems perfect, Love chooses its own routes. From the first glimpse to the last letter! What happens finally?

REVIEW:

‘Half Baked Love story’ was in my reading list since ages and finally when I got time to pick it up and read, I finished it in one sitting only. But was that because of the interest that it developed within me or because of excitement of finally reading it? Will let you know shortly.

Firstly the cover of the book is stunningly designed. It actually built the momentum for a reader. Story starts with Aarav’s college life. The carefree attitude and insulting behavior was the highlight of first few chapters of the book and not to mention, those were utterly boring to read as they were repeated (I have read this many times earlier as well). Now as anticipated, the protagonist, Aarav had a story to tell about his past love, which actually kicks out the boredom of the novel.

The second half is written a way better than the first half. It had some elements that could force your grip over the story tighten and transforms your reading journey to a delightful read. The climax of Aarav’s past story was truly unexpected and had the tendency to leave the reader with tears in their eyes but the good thing about the book was the end of it. It ended on a positive note. Another mention is that Hindi poetry at the very end, superb one.

Overall, the book is having nothing to deliver that could be called fresh but still even working on the tried and tested recipe of a love story, both the author had done justice with the plot and the readers will not feel cheated after reading the story. A decent read.