book review

Six Degrees – my thoughts

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Author/Publisher: Blogadda.com

Blurb:

As part of their #CelebrateBlogging initiative, BlogAdda.com ran the first edition of Game of Blogs in September 2014. Five characters and their descriptions were provided. The objective was to write a fictional story revolving around these characters. Bloggers came together as teams and after three rounds filled with its own set of twists and turns, three stories made it to the end.
The three stories in this book are a fascinating example of how one set of characters can have interesting lives with completely different dimensions. Six Degrees is a result of how collaboration can truly breed creativity in the modern day world of connected living.

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The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen – my thoughts

murder of soniaAuthor – Salil Desai

Blurb –

Late one November night, the mutilated corpse of a young Finnish tourist is found in a public garden in Pune. It looks like a case of brutal rape and murder, but Senior Inspector Saralkar and PSI Motkar find themselves probing further….delving deeper.

Standing virtually clueless, except for a single white sandal found on the scene of the crime, the policemen duo start looking for suspects.

Things get murkier when Saralkar’s old friend and colleague, Inspector Patange, seeks his help to establish the identity of another murder victim – an old man found by a wooded hillside on the outskirts of Pune. Not only do the old man’s injuries match the wounds inflicted on the Finnish girl, but he is also found wearing the other white sandal.

As Saralkar and Motkar struggle to find the link that connects the two murders, nothing is what it seems….The emerging truth seems far more dangerous and the motive far more bizarre! Who murdered Sonia , and why? The truth will chill you to the bone!

My thoughts – This book is in the 2nd one in the Inspector Saralkar series. I have not read the earlier one but had read quite a few good reviews about it in the blogging community. So when I was offered to review a copy of the 2nd one in the series, by Fingerprint Publishing (the publishers), I agreed. (more…)

Autobiography of a Mad Nation – my thoughts

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Author – Sriram Karri

Blurb –

“I was born in a mentally retarded nation.” –

Thus begins this provocative, stylish, and racy literary rant against India by a twenty-four-year-old awaiting capital punishment.
When Dr M Vidyasagar (‘Sagar’), retired chief of CBI, gets an unusual request from his old friend and the President of India to privately investigate if Vikrant Vaidya—sentenced to death for motivelessly killing his teenage neighbour Iqbal—is innocent or not, little does he know how convoluted a conspiracy he is setting foot in.
With a narrative that springs forth from and weaves its way through the Emergency, anti-Sikh riots post Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Ram Janmabhoomi Rath Yatra, anti-Mandal Commission protests, economic liberalisation, Babri Masjid demolition, and Godhra riots, readers will find themselves in the grips of a chimerical tale, asking and answering the question: Is India truly a mad nation?

My thoughts –

First of all I would like to thank the publishers, Fingerprint Publishing, for sending me a copy of this book. Also, I would like to apologize for the massive delay in posting my thoughts on it, even though I had finished reading it quite some time back. :/ (more…)

The Book Thief – my thoughts

book thief Author – Markus Zusak

Blurb –

HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE…

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH

It’s a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

My thoughts –

After some amazing reviews and recommendations by fellow book bloggers, I finally picked up this book and I am glad I did. Many thanks to all of you! 🙂 (more…)

How I braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded a million dollar company – my thoughts

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Author: Varun Agarwal

Blurb:

How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company by Varun Agarwal is a compelling and humorous account of the fulfilment of entrepreneurial dreams.
How does an unfocused young person such as Varun Agarwal, become the co-founder of a million dollar company? How does he get pesky Anu Aunty off his trail? The book is an interesting real-life story of how the author, Varun Agarwal, managed to brave all odds to reach the peak of his career.
Varun Agarwal is shown to be an unfocused human being, with no real interest in pursuing a career, even though he does harbour dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Varun whiles away his time, hopping from pub to pub, spending time with friends and keeping a track of his love interest on Facebook.
These traits worry his mother to the bone, compelling her to put the very meddlesome Anu Aunty on the job, to help get her son moving in the right direction in life. Anu Aunty does a rather good job of this, much to Varun’s dismay. He then does all that he can to get her off his track, while pursuing his dreams to become an entrepreneur.
How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company is the author’s debut novel and is on its fourth reprint already. Having sold twenty thousand copies in only a month, the book has become a bestseller by national standards. It has also occupied a firm foothold on the bestseller charts for eighty days at a stretch. The author attained initial popularity with his Facebook blog posts, a few of which were sent to his publishers. The book was conceived once they demanded a full manuscript.

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Laburnum for my Head – my thoughts

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Author: Temsula Ao

Blurb:

Every May something extraordinary happens in the new cemetery of the sleepy little town’s laburnum tree, with buttery yellow blossoms, flowers over the spot where Lentina is buried. A brave hunter, Imchanok, totters when the ghost of his prey haunts him, till he offers it a tuft of his hair as a prayer for forgiveness. Pokenmong, the servant boy, by dint of his wit, sells an airfield to unsuspecting villagers. A letter found on a dead insurgent blurs the boundaries between him and an innocent villager, both struggling to make ends meet. A woman’s terrible secret comes full circle, changing her daughter’s and granddaughter’s lives as well as her own. An illiterate village woman’s simple question rattles an army officer and forces him to set her husband free. A young girl loses her lover in his fight for the motherland, leaving her a frightful legacy. And a caterpillar finds wings.
From the mythical to the modern, Laburnum for My Head is a collection of short stories that embrace a gamut of emotions. Heartrending, witty and riddled with irony, the stories depict a deep understanding of the human condition.

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The Full Moon Bride – my thoughts

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Author – Shobhan Bantwal

Blurb –

What makes a marriage-love or compatibility? Passion or pragmatism? Shobhan Bantwal’s compelling new novel explores the fascinating subject of arranged marriage, as a young Indian-Americanwoman navigates the gulf between desire and tradition…

To Siya Giri, arranged marriages have always seemed absurd. But while her career as an environmental lawyer has flourished, Siya is still a virgin, living with her parents in suburban New Jersey. She wants to be married. And she is finally ready to do the unthinkable…

Siya’s first bridal viewings are as awkward as she anticipated. But then she’s introduced to Roger Vadepalli. Self-possessed, intelligent, and charming, Roger is clearly interested in marriage and seems eager to clinch the deal. Attracted to him in spite of her mistrust, Siya is also drawn into a flirtation with Lou, a widowed colleague who is far from her family’s idea of an acceptable husband.

In choosing between two very different men, Siya must reconcile her burgeoning independence and her conservative background. And she must decide what matters most to her-not just in a husband, but in a family, a culture, and a life…

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Life is a Pack of 52 cards – my thoughts

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Author – Sumeet Jain

Blurb –

Life is always a game of choices. It involves an interplay of conclusions that we draw every day, depending upon our perception of life. 
As the perceptions change, so do the conclusions too. To some, life has always been half-full’ while others perceive it as half-empty’. Through this book, one can easily solder wire the brain, to look at life only and only as an offering ‘half-full’ instead of looking at it as half-empty. It is neither a book on Do’s and Don’ts nor is it some kind of a rule-book. It does not unveil any secret recipe of that magic potion either, which we have been searching for years.
The book, in reality, is a beautiful and honest compilation of authors personal and professional experiences. It elucidates and describes the various teachings that life has offered to him over all these years. Life is not only stranger than we can ever imagine, it is mysterious as well. It is like a riddle, wrapped as an enigma. Life is also the single most complex process to be understood, after the human brain. Each one of us has a unique life to live and each one of us has to deal with it uniquely rendering it almost impossible to have one size that fits all. However, the book would surely help us create a framework, thus enabling us to lead and live our life better in bliss and in peace.
The author pledges to donate all proceeds from the sale of this book to Being Human Foundation dedicated to educating the underprivileged kids and undertaking healthcare measures for them. He firmly believes that while our earnings reflect how we make a living, our contributions to the society embody how we make a life.
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Unbowed – my thoughts

unbowedAuthor – Lestine

Blurb-

“And years later, when she finally evolved a mind that could examine itself, she wondered how such concepts as fear of her own thoughts, shame of her own body—the very vessel that nature fashioned and her soul adorned—arose at all. When did her body become something alien—separate from her? 
So begins UNBOWED, the story of Basma, an obedient wife who makes an unwitting decision with far-reaching consequences. Filled with sex, forbidden love, shocking brutality, unflinching feminist prose, and chador-wearing gladiators carrying AK-47’s, nevertheless, UNBOWED is a story of Hope.
Set in present day cosmopolitan cities of New York, London and Paris, with their burgeoning immigrant populations, and spanning other international locales, UNBOWED weaves together three plotlines to illuminate the violent extremes some patriarchal cultures have gone to—to reinforce absolute power over women and girls—and the equally extreme, yet opposite, paths three women embark on, to change the game.
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Seven Days Without You – my thoughts

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Author: Anmol Rana

Blurb:

‘Seven Days Without You’ is a story of two childhood friends that finds its destiny only when they live seven days away from each other. What the joyous life of years together couldn’t unearth, was dug out by the heart breaking realities of seven days that were no less than a new life for him– one where his child hood friend was not with him. (more…)