Wednesday, 28 February 2018

#BookReview: 8 Hours by Upendra Namburi

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Title: 8 Hours
Author: Upendra Namburi
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Published on: 21 October 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9386850044



BLURB

Aratrika Reddy, the charismatic CEO of ARYA Holdings Ltd., has just 8 Hours to save her company from certain bankruptcy.The multi-billion dollar hotels to steel conglomerate, founded by her mercurial father, liquor baron Madhusudhan Reddy, has many suitors, all of them plotting a hostile takeover. Aratrika’s estranged husband, Siddhartha is one of them. His inside knowledge is the real ace up his sleeve. The Rathores, the Reddys’ arch-rivals are looking to buy ARYA too and thereby settle old scores. Aratrika has to weave her way through a litany of lawyers, politicians, bankers, bureaucrats, investors, power brokers and her dreaded family. Behind the scenes, Jagannath Rao, her wily uncle, is playing a dangerous double game of manipulation. Her father Madhusudan is furiously pulling the strings from behind the scenes. To add to the confusion, overseeing the whole sale process is her old flame, Peter.Over the course of a single night, 8 Hours to be precise, Aratrika must fight the demons at the gates of her company and those within. It’s a fight to the bitter end. A fight that Aratrika does not want to lose…



COVER PAGE 

The cover page of the book 8 Hours is very simple in black, white and brown colours. It has an image of an hourglass which is to show the time and is very apt with the story. Overall, the cover page is very simple and decent. 


REVIEW

8 Hours by Upendra Namburi is a corporate thriller which revolves around Aratrika Reddy who has just 8 hours to save her father's company from bankruptcy. The book is binded in a tight plot which is engaging and is written in small chapters according to the time intervals. The story moves at its own pace, it is not too pacy filled with many twists and turns. The book is written in a simple and an easy language. There were so many events that took place in the book which made it very engaging and gripping.
The story has quite a lot of characters which made it difficult to read and comprehend but as the story progressed it was fine and the characters seemed realistic. The characters were not so developed which made me curious to think and know mare about them but Aratrika's character was very well described. 
The emotions in the story are penned marvelously especially the flashback scenes of Aratrika with her mother. Her relationship with her father, husband and son is quite well described and I really liked how she was showed as a strong figure,but deep down she was hurt beyond repair. The way her mental state is described amazing showing her emotions really well.
The narration of the story is very crisp and to the point. It was not too descriptive and author has managed to add the economic details also, making the readers aware of them. The book is a page turner and is very realistic which made me aware of the conditions of companies on the verge of bankruptcy which make them pass a sleepless night.
Overall, 8 Hours is a page turner book having a lot of twists and is filled with suspense and thrill. I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in corporate fiction.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Upendra Namburi


Upendra Namburi is a sales and marketing professional who has contributed to leading newspapers and online publications. 
He is on the passionate voyage of writing the numbers triumvirate of novels titled 31, 60 and 8. 
His debut novel 31, was a bestseller and also on the long list for the Tata First Book award. 
His second book titled '60 minutes' is a unique story that spans a pulsating 60 minutes.
He has contributed to Indian and International publications on a wide array of subjects.
He is an evolving blogger, ardent dreamer and passionate writer.
He resides in Gurgaon, India.






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Monday, 19 February 2018

#BookReview: Men and Dreams In The Dhauladhar by Kochery C.Shibu

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Title: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar
Author: Kochery C.Shibu
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Published on: September, 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
ISBN: 9385285009




“He noticed the importance of names in the short time that he was there. Everyone had a nickname, and every place, every event, everything, a colorful one. The dreams of the men were hidden in many of these names.”








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A Hydel project in the remote Himalayas- three people brought together by fate.
Nanda an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site, hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love for his dear ones, and the kalari code of revenge. 
Khusru, a youth displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot that threatens to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site.

Rekha, a kathak dancer at heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru.
A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.
All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched,successful;some miss a step and perish. each has a story to tell and a dream to realise. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people, with their cares and worries woven to the site life. The fury of nature and hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead.
Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk their lives and limb in the quest to fulfill their dreams. 


COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is simple and mesmerising. It has a beautiful picture of Dhauladhar range covered with snow and few people working on the Hydel Power project. The  cover has very subtle colours of white, light mustard yellow, blue and black making it very attractive. I loved the cover page.






REVIEW

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by Kochery C.Shibu is one of the finest Indian fiction that I have read so far. It basically conveys about the dreams which a man wants to achieve in life.  It is binded in a tight, interesting as well as a complicated plot which takes the reader to the Himalayas where a Hydel Project is going on where lives of different people get connected to each other such as of Nanda, Khusru and Rekha who work for that project. The plot of the book is very engrossing which can easily make a reader stick to the book. The narration is a bit slow in the initial chapters but it picks up pace as the story progresses. The writing style of the author is simple and easy which connected me a lot to the story. The language is clear and is very convincing but at various points Hindi language is used and the author has a good command over the language of the book.
There are many different characters introduced in the story and few chapters in the starting focus on the lives of each character which made it difficult for me to read in the starting but as the story started I was not able to keep my eyes away from the book. Overall,the characterization is powerful and well developed and each character is talked in detail giving the background and other information about them. 
The emotions of each character is very marvelously penned down which made me empathise with the characters a lot and it made me curious to know a lot more about them. Like I really liked how Nanda used to look at the Dhauladhar ranges thinking what they store for the people. Each event in the story is very well described in detail making the book very intriguing such as the technical details of the projects and the ISI issue. I really loved how the author has described even the minute detail and the culture of the Himalyas which connected me to the story a lot and helped me in visualising various events while reading the book. The story also has a slight dose of romance. The book is a blend of different elements of drama, suspense, culture and traditions.
Overall, it is a very fine fiction focusing only on the lives of people who want to fulfill their dreams. I loved the book but was quite a heavy read so, took time to finish reading it. It was different and was a satisfying read. I would highly recommend this book to all the Indian fiction lovers.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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Kochery C. Shibu is a retired naval officer. A graduate from the National Defence Academy he has held several important posts in the Indian Navy. Post his retirement he has executed hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka, Beas river basin in Himachal and lately Teesta river basin in Sikkim. He holds a postgraduate degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University, and MA in English Literature from Pune University. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is his debut novel. The technical content of the novel, namely the setting up of a hydro-project is drawn from his experience in these projects since 2005, as are many of the characters inspired from those whom he encountered at the project site. Kochery C. Shibu was born in Kochi and now lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.


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Thursday, 15 February 2018

#BookReview: Tree Bears Witness by Sharath Komarraju





Title: Tree Bears Witness
Author: Sharath Komarraju
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Published on: 17th November 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9386850443



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Barely a month has passed since the royal wedding of Emperor Akbar to the legendary Jodha, when the new queen’s brother, Sujjamal, is found murdered in the palace gardens. 
With his honour and reputation at stake, Akbar asks his trusted advisor Birbal to solve the mystery. The murder has taken place in a garden, at a spot between two mango trees, and the two guards who are eyewitnesses have conflicting versions of what could have happened. Was it suicide? Was it Akbar himself who ordered the killing or was it the Rajputs who accompanied Sujjamal, his uncles and cousin, who are guilty?
Set in a period that has been described as the golden age of the Mughals, the novel draws us into the royal court of Agra, abuzz with political intrigue, personal enmities and hidden rivalries, where everyone is a suspect until proven otherwise.



COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book Tree Bears Witness is very simple having an image of a back profile of a man going somewhere. The cover page is very simple in very subtle colours and is very apt with the story.



REVIEW

Tree Bears Witness - A Birbal Mystery is a very engaging book. It is a Birbal Mystery revolving around the Emperor Akbar and his wife's brother Sujjamal who was killed or he committed suicide. It was a great mystery which Birbal had to solve. Birbal who is one of the navratna of Emperor Akbar was given the task to solve this murder mystery which has so many Suspects and Birbal who is known as one of the most intelligent man solves this mystery.
The plot is simple, it is not having many twists but is very intriguing. It is tight and concrete. The characterization is very well developed and portrayed. The character of Birbal is very well portrayed and shown as one of the most intelligent man who never shies and always concerned to find the truth. The story is not so pacy, it moves at its own pace and can be easily finished in one sitting. The events are very well described. Each chapter has its own new revelations. There are various emotions shown which are penned beautifully and are marvelously laced that bind the story. The writing style of the author is simple and is flowing and there are few twists and turns which are really nicely penned down. The novel is set in the Mughal period and can be easily visualized. A very interesting and a full of suspense story.
Overall, an intriguing and a page turner book. I loved the book. I highly recommend this book to those who want to read a light suspense story.


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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Tree-Bears-Witness-Birbal-Mystery/dp/9386850443



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sharath Komarraju is an author of fiction and non fiction based in Bangalore, India. His best known work is the Hastinapur series, in which he speaks into the silences of the Mahabharata story through the voics of the epic's many women characters. His first novel, Murder in Amravati, was longlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, 2013.




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Saturday, 10 February 2018

#BookReview : The Fisher Queen's Dynasty by Kavita Kané




Title: The Fisher Queen's Dynasty
Author: Kavita Kane
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Published on: 15th December 2018
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 333
ISBN: 9386850176






Blurb

I learnt to love like a man—to love without feelings. And I shall never forget this lesson.’

Matsyagandha, Daseyi, Yojanagandha — the queen of Hastinapur, Satyavati. Abandoned as a baby, preyed on by a rishi, she hardens herself, determined that the next time she is with a man, she will be the one to win. And win she does: the throne of Hastinapur for herself, and the promise that her sons will be heirs to the kingdom. But at what cost?
In a palace where she is disdained and scorned, Satyavati must set aside her own loss and pain if she is to play the game of politics. She learns to be ruthless, unscrupulous — traits that estrange her from everyone around. Everyone, except the man she cheated of his birthright.
A piercing, insightful look at the grand matriarch of the Kuru family, the woman who set off the sequence of events that ended in the bloody battle of Kurukshetra, The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty will re-align your reading of the Mahabharata.



Cover Page

The cover page of The Fisher Queen's Dynasty is so beautiful. It is so colourful filled with blue, purple, red and gold colour having a beautiful picture of Satyawati. It is very aatractive and is an illustration by Niloufer Wadia. I loved the cover page.


Review

The Fisher Queen's Dynasty by Kavita was the second book which I read after Lanka's Princess and before starting reading this book I was very excited and it didn't disappoint me. I am a story buff and I love to read and hear mythological stories. I had heard, read and seen Mahabharata a lot but never thought about Satyawati so much and this is what I love about mythology fiction queen- Kavita Kané that she picks up female protagonist which are not so much discussed.
The Fisher Queen's Dynasty revolving around the queen of Hastinapur, Satyawati is a very gripping story. It is penned down beautifully in a simple language which made me dive into the story. The characters are very well described and developed. Firstly, when I started reading I didn't like the protagonist much but as I kept on reading I fell in love with her. The way author has described the character of Bhishm is amazing.The narration of the story is in third person and is very engaging.
Coming to the the emotions, they are very well written and were articulate, directly impacting the reader. The best thing about reading The Fisher Queen's Dynasty was that it took me back to the era of Mahabharata and I was able to visualise all the events which are so marvelously described.
Overall, a fast paced, well researched and an engaging book which sticks the reader to the book till the end. A very insightful book which is a page turner. I really enjoyed reading it. I would highly recommend this book to those who are interested in reading mythology.



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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Fisher-Queens-Dynasty-Kavita-Kane/dp/9386850176



About the Author

Kavita Kané

Kavita Kane is the bestselling author of four books, all based on Indian Mythology: Karna's Wife, Sita's sister, Menaka's Choice and Lanka's Princess. A senior journalist with a career of over two decades, she quit her job to write books.With a post graduate degree inEnglish Literature and Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Pune, the only skill she has, she confesses is writing.
Born in Mumbai,with a childhood spent largerly in Patna and Delhi,she lives in Pune with her mariner husband Prakash, two daughters, two dogs and a cat.

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