Monday, 15 January 2018

#BookReview: Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer





Title: Tell Tale
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
Published on: October 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781509867767




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Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly-awaited, brand-new collection TELL TALE, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.
Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out Who Killed the Mayor? and the pretentious schoolboy in A Road to Damascus, whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life in the most profound way.
Revel in the stories of the 1930’s woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League University in A Gentleman and A Scholar while another young woman who thumbs a lift gets more than she bargained for in A Wasted Hour.
These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared by the critics to Dahl and Maugham, but why he was described by The Times as probably the greatest storyteller of our age.


COVER PAGE

Tell Tale has a very beautiful and simple cover page having an image of a couple. It is very attractive, nicely used the shades of blue, light brown. The title of the book is written in bold with red colour. I loved the cover page.


REVIEW

I love to read short stories and Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer is a beautiful collection of thirteen short stories.
The stories revolve around different themes and few of them are inspired by real events. They are written in simple and easy language. All the stories are very engaging and are full of twists and turns. The characters are very relate able and realistic and are very well described in each story. A reader sticks to each story till the end and it is a pleasure to read these wonderful stories.
The length of few stories are quite long and the author has also given alternate endings for one of the story. The book is fast paced and very engrossing.
Let's dig into the stories:

1. Unique- It is a 100 word story which was a story writing challenge for author.
2. Who Killed the Mayor? - It revolves around a young detective who travels to an Italian hillside town to find about Who killed the Mayor?
3.View of Auvres- sur- Oise- It is a short story about a man who wanted to be a detective and gets his first case.
4. A Gentleman and a Scholar- It is a story revolving around a Phd scholar Dr.Burbage recalling her first day at Yale and the problems she faced.
5.All is fair in love and war- It is about a man who tried to separate two lovers.
6. Car Parking Attendant- It is a very engaging story revolving around car parking and earning money.
7. Road To Damascus- It is a story about a boy who gets to know about his family business.
8.Wasted Hour- It is a story revolving around a University student who wanted to be a writer.
9. The Cuckold- It is a story about a wife cheating for money.
10. Holiday Of Lifetime- This story has three alternate endings and is about a greedy couple.
11. Double or quits- Is about a casino manager who tries to follow orders to prevent the suicides.
12. Senior Vice President- It is the longest story in the book about a old man who tries to find a way for his retirement.
13.A Good toss to Lose- It is about a professor and a student who meet in the middle of the war standing against each other.

One of my favourite story from this collection is Who Killed The Mayor? Overall, a very well written  and a light book and I highly recommend this book to those who love to read short stories.






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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

#BookReview : The Ghosts Of Gurugram by Debeshi Gooptu






Title: The Ghosts Of Gurugram
Author: Debeshi Gooptu
Pages: 150
Format: Kindle edition





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When twenty-six-year-old Tara Chatterjee moves to Gurgaon to make a fresh start after a painful breakup, she finds herself in the middle of a peculiar situation. Her new home is inhabited by a ghost, a woman only she can see! Who is this woman and why does she keep appearing in front of Tara with her motley crew of friends? Will Tara be able to make sense of the chaos in her own life and unravel the secret of her haunted apartment?


COVER PAGE


The cover page of the book is very interesting having a blue background and is very colourful. It is very apt to the story and is eye catchy. 



REVIEW 


The Ghosts Of Gurugram by Debeshi Gooptu is a very interesting read. The blurb made me pick up this book. Reading this book was a roller coaster ride, so many ups and downs of emotions. 
It is written in a simple language and is flowing like a fluid and I loved author's writing style. It is a short read which can easily be finished in two hours. The story is written in third person narration. The story line is very gripping and a lot of social issues are raised such as dowry, suicide, domestic violence, and various others which are an eye opener. These issues are so wisely incorporated into this horror story that it makes the story all the more interesting. The author has also mentioned about the old Indian beliefs such as believing in Ojhas. The dialogues are funny at various points, making the story witty and enjoyable. Each chapter opens up with something new and each event can be visualized so well. The short read is full of twists and suspense making the reader stick to it till the end. 
There are quite a number of characters in the book but the protagonist is very well developed. Coming from a Bengali city to Gurugram for a new beginning, she ends up with ghosts. I loved her character and the way the author has penned down is so relate able. I loved the relationship between Tara and her friend Neetu. Each character opens up with his or her story and they are well defined. 
It is a fast paced book and can be easily read in a sitting. The emotions are expressed marvelously and the book is filled with sadness, humor, fun and laughter. The story left a great impact on me, making me think a lot about the social issues which are present in the society. The title is very well justified. 
Overall, a very gripping and a light read. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I would recommend this book to everyone.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debeshi Gooptu

Debeshi Gooptu always knew she wanted to be a writer. Or a musician. After a long stint as a business journalist and higher education advisor, she set up her own online education research firm and started blogging for fun. Her books and short stories have been published by Juggernaut Books.






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Monday, 8 January 2018

#BookReview : A Home For Urvashi by Sanchali Bhattacharya


Title: A Home For Urvashi 
Author: Sanchali Bhattacharya 
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Published On: 15th October 2017 
Pages: 352
Binding: Paperback 
ISBN: 978-9352773541


" I died the day I was born."



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Death separates Dulari from her beloved twin sister, Ujjwala. Forlorn, her spirit remains on Earth as a powerless but constant companion to Ujjwala. Like the apsara Urvashi, she has the power to travel between worlds but no family, no one to love.
Dulari has a dream: she hopes to be reborn as Ujjwala s daughter and find a home for herself. Twenty-nine years have gone by, but her dream remains unfulfilled. There is hope, though, for Ujjwala has a son and now longs for a daughter.
Then arrives a man from Ujjwala s past. His presence upsets her life and sets into motion a series of events that threaten to destroy her completely. Only Dulari can save her sister, but to do that, she must relinquish her dream. Will Dulari intervene and protect Ujjwala, or will she wait and watch? Will her endless longing for life and belonging overpower the love she has for her sister?
Sensitively written and evocative, A Home for Urvashi depicts the bond of sisterhood that goes beyond life and death.





COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very simple and is one of the best ones that I have seen. It is very nicely designed in black and grey colours. I really loved the flying black birds. It portrays the emotions of the spirit involved in the story really well. Overall, a beautiful and a serene cover page.





REVIEW

Reading some books give you satisfaction which make you feel warm as if giving a closure and A Home For Urvashi is one such heartwarming read. It has made me realize that sisterhood is very special and a sister can go to any extent for her own sister. The bond which sisters share is very unique and is very well described in this poignant story of Dulari,the beloved twin sister of Ujjwala.
A Home For Urvashi is set on the banks of river Hoogli, in the capital city Kolkata is one of the read which made me cry, smile and satisfied. I felt as if I was myself travelling  with the protagonist of the story. It is written in first person from the point of view of Dulari and one can easily fall in love with her character and I just loved her. Her character is very beautifully developed penned down displaying all her qualities in a very simple manner. The other characters such as that of Ujjwala, Sooraj, Beral etc are also very well described in the story and they are written in such a way that reader develops so much interest in reading about them in a detail.I loved the character of mother saturn, the way she taught the various aspects of human life was amazing.
Coming to the plot, which is marvelously written in a simple and an easy language. It is flowing like a fluid, one event after another and very surprising ones at times. the events are very well described and the descriptions get the reader's overall interest. The story line is very different, enjoyable and unique. The author has put down the various problems faced in today's world from a mother who is busy with her job and craves to spend time with her son to the red light area. The story has its own pace, unwrapping each and every very timely and the length is quite long but it is very engrossing. The plot is very intriguing and can be visualized a lot which made me live the story.
The difference between the spirit world and the mortal world is very well maintained and is not at all confusing and the  switch between the two worlds is crafted beautifully and both the worlds has its own characteristics which were quite evident through this fiction read. This novel filled with emotions of sadness, wittiness, humor is worth reading.
Overall, a very well written book having a very unique and a tight plot in which a reader can dive. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I would recommend this book to everyone.









ABOUT THE AUTHOR





An electrical engineer from Jadavpur University, Sanchali Bhattacharya is a director in her own engineering and manufacturing company. Sanchali’s short stories have featured in The Statesman. She is married and has a son. She lives in Kolkata.

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