Wednesday, 20 March 2019

#BookReview: Killing Time In Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth





Title: Killing Time In Delhi 
Author : Ravi Shankar Etteth 
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Published on: 25th January 2019
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN:9789387894815




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Bon vivant Charlie Seth, a privileged denizen of Lutyens’ Delhi, leads a life of idle luxury fuelled by money, drugs, sex and parties. A cocaine overdose kills his ditzy girlfriend, thrusting him into a maelstrom of conspiracy, murder, blackmail and promiscuity. As the world of Crazy Rich Punjabis unravels, Charlie’s future is suddenly at the mercy of an enigmatic woman, an unscrupulous swami, a society-obsessed policeman, a slippery drug pusher and a disloyal valet. The only person who can help him is his missing aunt. Holed up in the country palace that his grandfather had won in a game of cards from a raja on Diwali, Charlie plots his revenge.


COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very attractive and actually I picked this book after seeing the cover page only because it is stunning. The image of the girl on the cover page matches perfectly with the story. The colours used are very dark such as violet, red with the title in bold. I loved the cover page a lot.



REVIEW 


After a very long time, I got to read a perfect murder mystery which is filled with suspense. I don't judge a book by its cover but don't know why I picked this book by looking at the cover page which is so attractive and I am glad that I did and read this amazing murder mystery which made me stick to the reading corner. It is truly an entertaining read which I was not able to put down.
 

Killing Time In Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth is set in the Lutyens' Delhi where everything is fuelled by money, drugs, parties etc. The revolves around Charlie whose girlfriend, Rita dies of cocaine overdose and then, he goes to a party where he found a dead body which lead him into a lot of conspiracy, blackmail and promiscuity as he is the prime suspect. And, then enters Mandy who's there to escape Charlie and is dictating his life and he has to follow her. The book is set in Delhi which gave me the insight of the high class world of Delhi which is greedy and involves drugs, parties, money and affairs.

It is a very interesting and a gripping tale filled with dark humour and wit. It is so much filled with suspense that I wasn't able to predict the happenings and it built a lot of tension within me. Initially, the story was moving at a slow pace but after few chapters it picked up pace. One of the best aspects of the the book is the writing style of the author and the crisp narration  hooked me till the end as it is different from the usual mystery novels. It is simple but different and I really liked the humour which was dripping at so many points in the story.There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns in the story that are so well described and the events can be very well visualised which made it very engaging. The story line is very intriguing and well crafted that kept me at the edge and till the end I was just guessing the suspect. The climax came as a bomb, a totally unexpected one. 

There are a lot of characters in the story. Some are very well developed such as of Charlie while some are just a mystery and this characterisation is very powerful and interesting. It was really fun reading so many interesting characters. Mandy's character is filled with so much mystery while on the other hand; Charlie's character is very open. I really liked the kind of relation they both shared. 

Overall, it is a very engaging read that sent chills down my spine. It is very engaging book having elements of love, crime and suspense. And, is a short read which can be easily finished in a day. It is a page turner and I would highly recommend this book to mystery and satire lovers. 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Ravi Shankar Etteth, professionally known by his full name, or as Ravi Shankar is an Indian author, editor and cartoonist. He was born in Palakkad, Kerala and is a nephew of the cartoonist and author O. V. Vijayan.
His first cartoon appeared in the now-defunct weekly magazine Link. He worked for Indian Express on a contract basis, and later as the Creative Director of the Observer Group. He joined India Today magazine as Art Editor and went on to become Deputy Editor, Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Editor-at-Large. He also edited the group’s afternoon paper Today and launched the lifestyle magazine India Today Spice. He was briefly the CEO and Editor and Chief of Voice of India and Millionaire..
In 1996, Etteth published his first book of short stories The Scream of the Dragonflies. Subsequently, he published five more titles—The Brahmin (2018), The Book of Shiva (2016), The Gold of Their Regrets, (2009) The Village of Widows(2004) and The Tiger By The River. (2002) Etteth is now working on his sixth title—a novel on the shenanigans of Delhi’s super rich. He collaborated with artist Paresh Maity on a book on Kerala. He has also authored a travel book on the state. He is now a columnist and Consulting Editor with The New Indian Express and is based in New Delhi.




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Thursday, 7 February 2019

#BookReview: Dark Blossom by Neel Mullick






Title: Dark Blossom
Author : Neel Mullick
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Published on: January 2019
Binding : Paperback
ISBN: 978-9353332945


"It isn't going to be an easy journey for either of us."



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Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son's thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family, when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter...
What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat? Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions--one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia's daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her. Taut with tension and intensity, Dark Blossom is a glimpse of what lies under the surface of apparently 'normal' people.



COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book Dark Blossom is very beautiful and subtle.When I got the book in my hands, I was very much curious to know what it holds. The cover page is very attractive with beautiful image of dark cherry blossom flowers and the title of the book is not in the same line rather in different lines. The colours used in the cover page are very gentle. I really liked it a lot.



REVIEW

There are few books that satisfies a reader to a great extent and for me, Dark Blossom by Neel Mullick is one of them. Being a psychology student, I really like to read about mental health that too which are written in a delicate manner and which involve me in the story taking me away from the surroundings and Dark Blossom did it. When, I got this book in my hands I was very much curious to know what this beauty holds for me. When I finished reading this book, I took a deep breath because I was not able to come out of the story and I really didn't want it to get over.

Dark Blossom revolves around Sam who was on a trip and was returning back from his work just before his son's 13th birthday, when he heard a devastating news that shook him. While, on the other hand, was Cynthia, who was an experienced therapist and was trying to cope with her divorce and trying hard to mend her relationship with her daughter. And, then one day Sam met Cynthia which changed their lives.

Dark Blossom is a book which explores different emotions. It is an overwhelming read and I was blown away with the first chapter itself. The plot of the book is very engaging which made me hook to the book till the end. A lot of different feelings evoked while I was reading it. The story moves a bit slow in the initial chapters just to build it up and then it is fast paced and a very gripping tale. It holds a lot of suspense. I really liked that the author addressed the sensitive issues of mental health, child abuse so efficiently. It amazingly covers the themes of mental health and human relationships.

It is a beautifully penned down book in a fluent and a lucid way. The writing style of the author prominently made me dive into the book and it made my feel the plight of each and every character. The author has very greatly described the various events which took place in the book in a very delicate manner and the intensity of the words is so much that it touched my heart directly. There are not many characters in the book. It revolves around Cynthia, Sam and Lily at a great extent and I loved the character of Cynthia which had very different shades and how hard she was trying to mend her relationship with her daughter. The relationship between Sam and Lily was a bliss to read. The characters are very well crafted.

Overall, it is a very well written, heart touching and an overwhelming read. I am glad that I got a chance to read this marvellous work of  fiction which is so realistic in nature and talks about mental health. The title of the book is justified as each character in the story holds darkness within themselves. This book has secured a special place in my heart and I got to learn a lot from it. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



With degrees in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, USA, Business Administration from INSEAD, France, Neel is the Head of Product and Information Security at a Belgian family-office technology company.
He mentors women entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, is involved in raising a generation of digital and socially-aware leaders with the Steering for Greatness Foundation (Nigeria), supports improvement in the quality of life of domestic workers at Emprendedoras del Hogar (Peru).
Spending his time across three continents, working with people from six, and having travelled to all seven, he believes the solution to a rapidly fracturing world lies in peeling enough layers to discover the similarities, rather than judging on more superficialities.



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Monday, 4 February 2019

#BookReview: The Peshwa War Of The Deceivers by Ram Sivasankaran





Title: The Peshwa War of the Decievers
Author: Ram Sivasanskaran
Publisher : Westland Ltd
Published on:
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-9387578654



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Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.

The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day.

Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail.



COVER PAGE


The cover page of the book The Peshwa War of The Deceivers is very attractive. It is an eye catchy cover page very beautifully designed in the shades of red, white, golden and black. I really liked it a lot.



REVIEW

The wait got over and the author, Ram Sivasankaran came back with the second book of The Peshwa series. I have read the first part and I was eagerly waiting for the part two and when it finally came, I was not able to stop myself from getting the book. I was very well aware of the happenings in the first book but still to set a mood for reading a historical fiction and also be well aware of the characters I reread the first book again before reading this amazing The Peshwa War Of The Deceivers.

The Peshwa War of Deceivers is an amazing historical fiction book. It starts seven years after Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s. The book is set in the era of the Mughal Empire.It is written in a simple and a clear language. The words were flowing like a river in the book and the author has a marvellous hold on the English language. He has used quite a number of Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit words also and I am glad that he has given the meanings of the words in the glossary. It is a very well written book with so many vividly described events and while reading the book, I was able to visualise a lot of events which made my reading very interesting and engaging. I loved author's writing style.

There are various different characters in the book and they all are very well developed. I loved the character of Bajirao Bhat. Other characters such as Kashibai, Mastani, Bundela princess etc. are also very interesting and the personalities like Nizam and Scindia were very well introduced in the book. And,each character has a spark which made me stick to the book all the more.

The book has a very intriguing plot which is crafted in a very structured way. It has elements of love, politics, war and power. It is an engrossing read with a very tight plot, gripping narration and is fast paced with lots of twists and turns.

Overall, it was a treat for me as I love to read historical fiction. The Peshwa War of The Deceivers is an amazingly penned down book with an interesting story line. I would highly recommend this book to all the historical fiction lovers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ram Sivasankaran was born in Madras, India but has spent most of his life abroad, largerly in the Middle east and the United states of America. He was brought up on the stories from Hindu legend  and the great epics and the classics of both India and the West. In addition of being a passionate student of History in school, Ram has built a keen interest in stories of valour, heroism, chivalry, beauty and romance.
A day-dreamer of sorts , Ram believes deeply in the power of imagination- the mind being the canvas on which even the seemingly talentless can create new universes,resurrect eras long gone, bring the gods to life and even revive heroes and damsels of yore.




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Monday, 14 January 2019

#BookReview: Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz


Title: Bestseller
Author: Ahmed Faiyaz
Publisher : Rupa Publications
Published on: 3rd November 2018
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9353332648



"Find those five books, get some quick wins and get the hell out of here."


BLURB

Akshay Mathur, an out of work editor of a defunct literary magazine in the UK, is told to move to India for a year to help shore up the value of Kalim, an ailing Indian publisher.
Akshay finds himself in a job where he has to do the impossible. Angus Lee, the new owner of Thomson Lee Books, wants at least five bestsellers in the coming year, failing which the business would be wound up.
He has to find a way of making a success out of books he would never publish or would never even read. To complicate things further, he has to contend with motley crew of has-beens and misfits working for the publishing house as well as wannabe writers, dealing with their follies and derisive tactics, and battle his own affections for Zorah Kalim, the impulsive daughter of his former boss.
Will he succeed in bringing out that one ‘bestseller’ from his publishing house? And what about his own life and love in office? Find out in this riveting read.


COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very colourful in white, blue, red, and purple colours. It is very well depicting the story. it is very attractive and appealing to the eyes with the animated pictures of people holding the Bestseller.


REVIEW

 I remember reading Another Chance by Ahmed Faiyaz few years ago and I was very amazed by his writing style. So, when I got a chance to read his new book, Bestseller I wasn't able to stop myself. This is the second book which I read by the author and I really enjoyed this.

Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz is a very interesting tale of an out of work editor, Akshay Mathur, who is a divorcee and moved to India for a year to revive the value of Kalim, a publishing house. His task is to bring bestseller from his publishing house. For me, this was a very refreshing and a different work of fiction having a very unusual story line which gave  a very fair account of the happenings of the publishing house. What all happens in the world of publishing, the various struggles faced by the people working there, dealing with different kind of people. It gives a very clear picture of the publishing world in a sarcastic manner.

The book is an amazing and a very well written satire book written in a simple and clear language. It is a fast paced story and can be easily finished in one sitting. It has a very intriguing plot line which made me stick to my reading corner and able to finish it in a day. It is very well narrated in first person and is a very breezy read. There a lot of happenings in the book which are written in a descriptive way. Though, I felt at some points they were a bit dragged. The romance is nice and it spiced up the story. At various points it is funny and I laughed a lot while it also an eye opening book which delves into the world of publishing.

There are a lot characters in the book such as Akshay, Tarun, Zorah, Roshan Khan, Anya Malik etc. And, the character of Akshay is very well developed and the romance between Zorah and Akshay is nice and I liked it and it was very interesting to read about the love triangle. I really liked Akshay's character. He was very determined, but was not able to do work according to himself.

Overall, it is an amazing read which gives an insight into the world of publishing and is written in a sarcastic way. It is very engaging filled with twists and turns and has elements of drama, love and reality. It kept me at the edge and is an amazing page turner. I would recommend this to everyone who want to read a light sarcastic read.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Ahmed Faiyaz grew up in Bangalore and now lives in Dubai.
He’s a strategist by profession, with a number of years in management consulting behind him. He’s a book and film addict, and a passionate writer. His first book, Love, Life & All That Jazz…, published in April 2010, remains a popular bestseller across major cities. His stories are also featured in the National Bestseller, Urban Shots
Grey Oak has recently released Another Chance, his second full-length novel, and is slated to release Down the Road, an anthology of 30 short stories he has co-edited, in April 2011. He is a founding member of Grey Oak Publishers and Grey Oak Foundation.





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