Monday, 30 October 2017

#BookReview: Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu



Title: Victoria & Abdul
Author: Shrabani Basu
Published on: 13th October 2017 
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9789387146174






Blurb

Abdul Karim was 24 years old when he was dispatched from Agra as a gift to 68 year old Queen Victoria, whom he was to serve as an attendant. The tall and handsome Indian Muslim barely spoke any English,nor the Empress of India any Urdu. Karim grew to have a profound influence over the monarch and what followed was a relationship of such intimacy and tenderness that the British establishment tried their hardest to destroy all evidence of it. In "Victoria and Abdul" historian Shrabani Basu unearths a story that shows a new side of Victoria and places a young Indian at the heart of the Empire. 


Cover

The cover page of the book is very beautiful. It is having image of Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim. Thus,the cover is a scene taken from the movie in which Queen and Abdul are talking while walking in the garden. The cover is really attractive having really nice colours.


Review

Victoria & Abdul The true Story of Queen's Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu is a charming tale revolving around Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim. The book is very well researched having mentions about Abdul Karim's and Queen Victoria's own writings. The author has specially mentioned in the foreword about her visits to various places and collecting documents before writing this edition of the book. The writing style of the book is very simple and fluent and all the events are described really well even the minute details such as the dresses that the Indian Maharajas and The Maharanis wore when they visited Queen.The book itself is a historical piece of writing giving so much details about Queen and Abdul. The book is not a piece of fiction rather is fact but the way author has written is so interesting and engrossing. I read the book after watching the movie and I was so much able to visualize the events which made me reading easy and making my journey of reading memorable. I  learnt a lot from this book about the Royal Court and the British India. The way the emotional instances are mentioned is marvelous. I loved the Queen's eagerness towards knowing about India and learning Urdu language from Abdul who was known as 'Munshi'. In the middle of the book, a special booklet is given which is having portraits of Abdul Karim, Queen Victoria, Durbar hall etc. in Black and White and even there is Queen Victoria's family tree, maps, Queen's journal and various other pictures. Overall, a beautiful,fascinating and a  charismatic read, which will have a special role in my heart and library because it is real and it not only made me smile but also cry at some points. 
I would highly recommend this book to those who are really interested in knowing about Queen Victoria and the British India and most importantly the beautiful bond between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim.


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About the Author




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Shrabani Basu graduated in History from St.Stephens College, Delhi and completed her Masters from Delhi University. In 1983, she began her career as a training journalist in The Times Of India in Bombay. She is the author of "Curry: The Story Of the Nation's Favourite Dish" , "Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Innayat Khan" and "Victoria & Abdul The true Story of Queen's Closest Confidant". 











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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

#BookReview: Blowfish by Siddharth Tripathi




Title: Blowfish 
Author: Siddharth Tripathi
Publication Date:20th September 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury India 
Binding:Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9789386643115



Blurb 

Mukund and Chaddha spend their days comfortably ensconced in their cushy jobs, wallowing in regrets that make for good conversation. Mukund, in a fit of bravado. resigns to pursue his “calling”; the only hitch is that he doesn't know what it is yet! Chaddha is fired and seeks solace in shooting pigeons at point-blank range.
Mukund's life spirals out of control when Colonel Harpal Singh, the housing society secretary, finds in him a reflection of his estranged son. Harpal places Mukund under “house arrest”, puts him on trial in a kangaroo court and coerces him to fight a ludicrous duel.
Constantly under threat, and running out of time and money, Mukund is about to go back to being a man with bad dandruff, a small car and even smaller dreams, when he meets Suman, a girl who, like him, is trying to figure out what life is all about. 





Cover

The cover of Blowfish is very beautiful and colourful with navy blue colour as the base colour and having a cartoon type,geometrical image of three men one with a gun and a pigeon. The backside of the book also has an image of a girl. The way images are made make the cover very attractive and funny.The cover design is by Kalyani Naravane.



Review

Blowfish by Siddharth Tripathi is a dark comedy revolving around Mukund Bhandari and Rohit Chaddha who live in a rented apartment in Srijan Vihar in Gurgaon. Mukund  very casually quits his job just to write a book and do activities like learning guitar while on the other hand, Chaddha is fired from his job. The book is very relatable to today's generation working in MNC's.  
The book is written in first person from the point of view of Mukund and the language of the book is clear and simple. The main characters such as Mukund and Chaddha as well as the supporting characters like Sampu,Suman are very well developed and are interesting. The author has described all the events really well and can be visualized and the author has wit, humour in his writing making the reader laugh at various points while reading it. I really liked the showdown of air guns between Colonel Harpal Singh and Mukund and also the conversation about Bhishma of Mahabharata and Parashurama. The love stories in the story are sweet and simple. The pace of the book is neither too fast nor too slow. Mukund faces not just one problem rather problems one after another. A blowfish means a fish which has an ability to inflate and the same is with Mukund that his ability was to increase his own problems. Thus, the title of the book is very well justified. Overall, the story is very gripping filled with elements of friendship, love and wit. I really enjoyed reading the book a lot.
I would recommend this book everyone interested in reading a light funny, witty and an engrossing story.

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About the Author


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Siddharth Tripathi was born in Allahabad and went to school in Banaras. He is a B.E from NIT Trichy and an MBA from MDI, Gurgaon. Siddharth lives in Gurgaon with his wife and five-year-old son. The Virgins, published in 2013, is his first novel. 




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Monday, 16 October 2017

#BookReview: The Colours Of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee




The Colours Of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee is a  murder mystery published on 1st August 2017 by Readomania. The cover page of the book is very eye catchy and is beautifully designed in red, white and yellow colours. The cover page is having an image of a blood stained knife and in the knife the beautiful picture of Howrah Bridge. The cover page is very apt with the story.


The Colours Of Passion revolves around the murder of Tollywood actress Hiya Sen and ACP Agni Mitra investigates this high profile murder where he meets Manav, Hiya's husband, Manav's ex fiancée, her father. Agni starts finding the answers to the questions and unveil shocking truths.
The book is set in Kolkata's glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons.


The Colours Of Passion is an intense murder mystery. It is a fast paced story having short chapters making it pacy. There are a lot of characters in the story but the author has characterized them well. The language of the book is simple and is flowing. All the events are very well described, giving very detailed explanation and can be visualized very well by a reader. The story is full of twists and turns and author has penned down very nicely. The narration is really good and author has done a great job with it. The book will keep the reader hooked up till the end. A very engrossing read with a lot of drama and a good murder mystery. The title is very well justified and composed. Overall, a page turner and an amazing read for murder mystery readers.











ABOUT THE AUTHOR 



Sourabh Muherjee is the author of the psychological thriller *In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller* and *Romance Shorts*, a collection of dark-romance short stories. His books have been highly appreciated by readers, bloggers and the mainstream national media. Sourabh received the Golden Pen Award in the Monsoon Romance Contest 2014 organised by Sulekha.com and judged by an eminent panel of literary luminaries.
He speaks in several events on a variety of topics.






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Thursday, 12 October 2017

#BookReview: You Never know by Akash Verma





You Never Know by Akash Verma was published on 18 September 2017 by the leading publishers Penguin Metro Reads an imprint of Penguin Random House. The book is widely available at the online and the offline stores. The cover page of the book is very attractive in shades of red colour and the title of the book beautifully designed in white and shades of red. The cover has an image of a side face of a girl and a small image of a man with a bag. A very nice cover.

You Never Know is a story revolving around Dhruv, who is the branch head of C&M company in Gurgaon and is married to Shalini, a psychiatrist running her own clinic and has two children - Kabir and Siya. On the other hand is Anuradha who joins C&M in the creative team and has a very dark secret about her ex boyfriend Sid. Dhruv meets Anuradha and gets attracted towards her and eventually falls in love with her and even Anuradha reciprocate the feelings because she wants a man to care for her in life. Dhruv hid his extra marital affair from his colleagues and wife and told various lies so that he could be with Anuradha. Though, the dark secrets of Anuradha makes him and his family fall in danger. But, sometimes love can drag you through hell...

You Never Know is a thrilling and a fast paced story written in a very simple and a fluent way. The writing style of the author is really nice and simple. The story is written from the point of view of three characters - Dhruv, Anuradha and Sid and all the characters are very well described and developed and the readers can relate to them. The story has various twists and turns making it very gripping and the thrill is till the end keeping the reader engrossed. The title is very well justified. Overall, a nice, simple and a short read having elements of love and thrill.
I would recommend this book to those who want to read a short story in romance thriller. 









ABOUT THE AUTHOR 




Akash Verma is an entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of two Internet start ups in the fashion and food sectors. Prior to this, he was in the corporate sphere in Coca-Cola, Big FM and Red FM. His work has taken him across the country, and he uses his experience in his stories. His other books are: It happened that Night, Three Times Loser and A Broken Man. 



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