Tuesday, 7 August 2018

#BookReview: T21 In Downs Lane by Utpal Kant Mishra

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Title: T21 In Downs Lane
Author: Utpal Kant Mishra
Publisher: The Write Place
Published on: 27 May 2018
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-9387282353

" We are living fiction for everyone and everybody has their own interpretations about us. Every time it is far from reality and so it is not the same.'


Aashima, a young journalist, befriends Jay, a ‘differently different’ son of Ayesha and Siddhartha, who has Down Syndrome. Sid’s diary, which unfolds a completely different world, pulls her deeper into Jay’s emotional turmoil.

T21 in Downs Lane is an intensive narrative about the parents' struggle to give birth and raise a child with Trisomy 21. A heart rendering account, it is also a revelation of peoples' perception about Downs Syndrome. Whether it is their disdain, sympathy or curiosity, the author has captured these emotions in a realistic semblance. The insightful and factual information on Down Syndrome adds value to the read. 

T21 in Downs Lane is also a story of Aashima’s endeavour to seek unconditional psychological acceptance from the 'typicals'. What will she do to bring the story to a logical end? 


T21 In Downs lane has a very simple and a subtle cover page in bright yellow colour. It just comprises of  the title of the book in blue bold capitals. I liked the simplicity of the cover page.


When I got T21 In Downs Lane in my hands. I was very curious to know what this book holds about Down Syndrome. I am a psychology student and I know what Down Syndrome is and I have also met few people who have Down syndrome so, that made me all the more curious to read the book. 

T21 in Downs Lane is a book revolving around Jay Siddhartha Roy who has Down Syndrome and is  interviewed by Aashima, a journalist. This book takes the reader on the journey of this boy through his father Siddhartha Roy's diary in which he has written about the journey as parents of a Down Syndrome child. This book is not just about what the parents feel, but it also mentions about how the society looks at the differently different children.

The book is written in a beautiful way in a simple language. The book is written very well in a descriptive manner and I was able to visualize it. It is emotional and I cried at various points. The characters are very well described and are realistic and I was able to empathize a lot with the characters. I really liked how the character of Jay is portrayed and how he has accepted himself and is positive . I loved how Aashima's and Jay's relationship evolved over time in the book. 

The story progresses at its own pace. It is very engaging and I was totally hooked to this book till the end. The title is also very suitable.The author has done a lot of research before writing it as it includes a lot of medical facts.  I really liked that the author has put in an information booklet about Trisomy 21 in the second part of the book. Through this story, it creates a lot of awareness about Down Syndrome and I am glad that the author wrote this book.

Overall, this book was a worth read for me. It was emotional but was an informative book too conveying a very strong message. I really loved it. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Downs-Lane-Utpal-Kant-Mishra/dp/938728235X

*I received a free copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and an unbiased review.

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

July Wrap Up

Hello everyone! 
The month of July was really very good for me or you can say that it was one of the reading months for me this year. I manged to read eight diverse titles. I really liked that I read different genres in the month of July and not  sticked to just one. I read not only Indian authors but I read quite a few foreign authors as well. So, here are the books that I read :

1. GIRL IN THE MIRROR by Cecelia Ahern

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Girl In the Mirror comprises of two short stories which are quite different. I have read a lot of books by Cecelia Ahern and this one was quite different. The first story was basically unimaginable one. I was just thinking whether this can happen in reality or not. It was a dark story. While on the other hand, the other story The Memory Maker was not so interesting. It was confusing for me.
Overall, the book was an average read.

2. HERE FALLS THE SHADOW by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

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Here Falls The Shadow  is a very gripping thriller revolving around novelist Sangram Talukdar, who went to his hometown Nimdeora to be at peace when he received an anonymous death threat.At first, he dismisses it as a cruel joke. But when two of the family’s beloved dogs, guardians of the estate, are found killed with a clean, swift arrow to each of their throats, Talukdar calls in the astute detective Janardan Maity to investigate.
The plot line is very gripping and engaging with well developed characters. The writing style of the author is simple and clear. The book is full of twists and turns and I was not able to put down. Overall, it was an interesting read and I enjoyed reading it. 

3.  SURVIVORS by Anamika Mukherjee

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Survivors by Anamika Mukherjee is such a different read about how the world is impacted by a nuclear accident. In a post-apocalyptic world, small settlements have formed on the outskirts of Delhi. Radiation has made the survival very difficult. The book took me on a ride with the survivors who were left in a New world in the aftermath and how they made their own alternate world. It is very gripping story of totally a different world where survivors are struggling for the basic necessities.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it made me realize a lot about the way we use the resources. Overall, a very engaging and fast paced read.

4.  THE BESTSELLER SHE WROTE by Ravi Subramanian

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The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian is a story of Love and betrayal revolving around bestselling author, aditya kapoor and his glamour world which gets disrupted by Shreya Kaushik, a beautiful and young IIM-B student with high ambitions who aspire to become a bestselling author and takes help of Aditya. This book  didn't disappoint me. The best part about autho's books is his writing style which is so simple, lucid and it flows. The storyline is strong and very engrossing. I was able to finish it in few hours. I really enjoyed reading this.

5. SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON by Maggie Shayne 

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Sleep With The Lights On by Maggie Shayne revolves around a successful self help writer, Rachel de Luca, whose blindness and missing brother has convinced her that positive thinking is nothing. She gets a cornea transplant but starts seeing some visions of murders. On the other hand, Detective Mason Brown's own brother died recently leaving a big secret behind.
Sleep With The Lights On by Maggie Shayne is such an interesting and engaging read. For me, reading it was a nail biting experience, I wasn't able to put it down. It was so intense and the way the suspense is crafted is amazing.A very well written, fast paced book full of surprises. I just kept guessing till the end. A frightening page turner.

6. MEET ME IN MANHATTAN by Claudia Carroll

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Meet me In Manhattan made me smile a lot. It was a very refreshing read for me after reading quite serious and thrilling books, It revolves around Holly Johnson , who wants to be a journalist  and wants to fall in love. She meets a guy, Andy McCoy on an online dating site but something was not right about him for which Holly fly to New York. I enjoyed this funny and breezy modern romance a lot. It is written in a descriptive and beautiful manner. I was glued to this book till the end and I cherished it a lot .

7. T21 IN DOWNS LANE by Utpal Kant Mishra 

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T21 In Downs lane is an intensive narrative about parents' struggle to give birth and raise a child with Trisomy 21.It shows the perception of people  about Downs Syndrome. It is an in depth account which is emotional at various points . It is written in a lucid language and is a very insightful and meaningful book. I liked it a lot.

8. SOUTH HAVEN by Hirsh Sawhney 

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 South Haven by Hirsh Sawhney is a very captivating book revolving around an Indo American teenager, Siddharth who lost his mother in a car accident and his childhood comes to a halt. It is a family drama about how the family deals with the loss and each one of them in their own way. 
I found the book very interesting, insightful, sensitive and heartbreaking. There are a lot of different emotions seen in the book, it made me laugh as well as cry. A very beautifully penned down book with very well developed characters. It covers a lot of themes such as loss, love, politics and pain. I loved it.

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