Saturday, 31 December 2016

#BookReview: The Parcel by Anosh Irani

The Parcel is the fourth novel by author Anosh Irani. It was published on October 2016 by Harper Collins Publishers and is widely available at the bookstores. The cover page of the book is blue in colour, having a cage like looking wall, designed by Bhavi Mehta which is very attractive and catchy to the eyes. 
The Parcel is a story of a 40 year old Madhu, belonging to the transgender community or the Hijra community, a community of third sex- neither male nor female. Born as a boy, she was a shame for the family. She works in Kamathipura, a red light district of Bombay. She has moved away from the prostitution work and is forced to beg on streets. A lot about of her past is revealed through flashbacks and is asked by Padma, the most feared brothel owner to prepare a parcel.
The whole story is the narration of Madhu who is representing the Hijra community. The prologue is amazing highlighting about the Hijras. The book is very beautifully written and Anosh Irani's narration is very solid full of deep introspection. The story is very interesting full of twists and turns and as a reader one will get to know a lot about transgenders, which is a very dark subject matter. 
Overall, the book is dark and is difficult to read but will keep the reader hooked up till the end with the life of transgenders. I would recommend this amazing,bold, tender and sorrowful book to everyone. 
The Parcel was  a shortlisted finalist for the Writers Trust Fiction Prize and for Governor General's Award for English Language Fiction.

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Anosh Irani, born in 1974 is an Indo-Canadian novelist and playwright. He was born and raised in Bombay. After working in advertising in India, he moved to Vancouver in 1998 to study and persue writing.
Anosh Irani has published three novels: The Cripple and His Talismans (2004), a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha (2006), which was an international bestseller and shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; and Dahanu Road (2010), which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His plays are The Matka King (2003), Bombay Black (2006), My Granny the Goldfish (2010).

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

#BookReview: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup

The Grownup is THE EDGAR AWARD WINNING SHORT STORY from the author of GONE GIRL GILLIAN FLYNN. It was published on December 23rd 2015 by Orion Publishing Group. It is available widely at the online and the offline bookstores. The cover page is very catchy to the eyes having smoke and black in colour. Thus, depicting that the story is a ghost, haunted one.

The Grownup is a short story about a young woman who is making her living by doing Aura reading or spiritual palm reading along with some sex work on the side. She makes a decent wage by telling people what they want to hear. Once Susan, a rich, beautiful woman walks in her office telling her about having problems in her newly shifted house. The young woman diagnosis her as unhappy, having problems with her 15 year old stepson Miles. So, Susan ropes the young aura reader for the cleaning of her house from all the supernatural powers existing in the house.

Despite, of a short story The Grownup is a very thrilling and a creepy tale full of twists. the narration of the story is terrific and is very well executed. 
Overall, it is a very thrilling and a dark story, highly recommended to those who want to read a haunted story.

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About the Author

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Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

#BookReview : Confused Bastards by Manav Vigg

Confused Bastards

What happens when three entrepreneurs initiate a start-up which shocks the nation?
Confused Bastards is the debut book by author Manav Vigg released on 1st October 2016 by Srishti Publishers and Distributors and is available at the online and offline bookstores.
As the title is Confused Bastards the cover page is quirky and confusing  having various multicolour lines which is signifying the title.
Confused Bastards is the story of three friends who are from different backgrounds but are united with the bond of friendship. Aakash, Jai and Vivek who all are struggling with their inner conflicts as well as the world outside. All three of them want to do something of their own.They become the voice of the nation by starting up their website.The idea of venting out the frustration, anger against people , government ,lovers,jobs etc was unique and amazing. The characters are very well potrayed and seemed realistic.
Confused Bastards is a youth centric book having a very simple narration and a gripping plot. The book is an inspiration for those who want to do something of their own. 
Overall, the book is very simple , fast paced and gritty having a sweet exploration with confusion.
I recommend this book to those who want to read a simple book ,not a serious one.

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About The Author

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Manav Vigg is a charted accountant turned novelist . He is greatly inspired by confusion and dilemma andchas written his novel on entrepreneurship and bromance. He wants to live in a world where there is freedom to express, easy going fun friends and force field that protects the nerds and zany fellows from the cool dudes.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

#BookReview: Colorful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0

Colorful Notions: The RoadTrippers 1.0

Would you give up your high paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers across India? Just for fun!

Colorful Notions: The Road trippers is the debut book by  author Mohit Goyal. The book is Travel fiction released on November 17th 2016 by Srishti Publishers and Distributors and is widely available as paperback and eBook at online and  offline bookstores. 
The book deals with three friends Abhay , working in an Advertising company, Sashank , handling family business and Unnati ,an Assistant RJ doing an exciting road trip to some of the eminent places of India and making  a movie of their road trip. Each character in the book is unique in its own way. The roadtrip of the three friends starts from Corbett covering Amritsar, Ladakh, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bodhgaya and ending with Delhi. 
The cover design and the cover illustration is by Gloworm Creations and RC Prakash respectively  and is very suitable with the story of road trip, which is very attractive and and catchy to the eyes. The book is an exciting read and the language is very simple and flowing. 
Various instances have a great description about places .One of the best description was meeting with the Lama who teaches them secret of happiness. Some instances are very funny making the reader laugh. The story has various twists with adventures in the hills to romantic rivalries and a very realistic approach.
The book will keep the reader hooked up till the end. Overall, its a very exciting and a thrilling book with twists and risks. Highly recommended to those who want to explore places and love road trips.A very light and entertaining read.

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About The Author 

 Mohit Goyal holds a  Masters degree from Cranfield University , England. A successful entrepreneur for past 11 years and is currently heading an international logistics conglomerate with presence in several Asian countries. He resides in New Delhi. Been acknowledged and awarded for many of his short stories in past. He conceived this idea of 'The Road Trippers Series' to combine his love for travel, food and philosophy. He is currently writing the second book of The Road trippers series.

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

#BookReview : The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal

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Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless?Have you fought back?
The Four Patriots is the debut book by author Sumit Agarwal. The book was released on 29th September 2016 by Rupa Publications and is widely available at the online , offline and kindle bookstores.
The focus of the book is India in which there are four patriots- Varun, an NRI software engineer, Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments, Raghav , a virtuous politician and Aditya , an altruistic businessman and the fate brings these four lives together at the crossroads pushing these heroes out of their comfort zones who are willing to do anything for the nation and bring  a change.The cover illustration is by Ankur Mishra and Chandan Crasta , having the picture of the four patriots which is very well apt to the story. 
The book is set in the imaginary future years and has started with Independence Day, 15th August 2022. The author has addressed various issues in context of India and the impressive part is that he has also provided solutions. There are some instances which seemed unrealistic and idealistic as the author wants to convey that change can take place if right people are in the system. The author has written all the four protagonists very well, the narration is very exciting and simple and is a very fast paced book .
Overall it is a very exciting read about faith , courage , friendship and patriotism with lots of twists and turns which has kept the reader hooked till the end.
Pick this book if you do not believe in 'is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta'. This book is a must read, highly recommended to every Indian.

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About The Author 

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Sumit Agarwal , a graduate from IIT Kanpur is a successful businessman. He is also a music composer, lyricist, singer and writer. His music videos can be viewed on his youtube channel. Sumit runs an NGO Prerna ( ) . Among his many social welfare initiatives , the NGO has adopted ten government primary schools. An adept multi-tasker , he is also a speaker on topics related to nation building, work life balance and multi tasking.

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