Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Review -Ramayana - The Game of Life: Rise of the Sun Prince!

Its after long I'm reviewing a book ...... hectic work schedules, change in lifestyle after wedding and city and having not read a book in a WHILE might be one of the main reasons :D.

Today I read new novel "Rise of the Sun Prince" by Shubha Vilas. A personal note from the author on the front page of the book is so welcoming ! This book is refreshing and revisited version of our Hindu mythological epic Ramayana.  As an Indian, I've read Ramayana several times since childhood and thanks to our television channels Ramayana has been aired so many times in so many different modernized versions that I know the stories well. Also, our grandmothers and mothers have never failed to bring out and highlight some or the other story from there as per the situation or as childhood bedtime stories !
What is different in this book then? This book extensively covers minute teaching and moral background of every emotion or action or event following every emotion/action/event. And a good part is that the moral and self provoking thoughts are shared as part of foot notes so as not to interrupt the flow of the story (as there are so many). The reader can also enjoy a separate chain of thoughts inspired by the moral/emotional interpretation. This was the most impressive and clever form of writing . The writer has thus ensured that people revisit the epic story and touch base the Indian roots and also learn something out of it (which was the prime cause of writing these epics in the first place). The story is written in a very basic rustic tone adding simplicity and pleasure to reading! The narration is also well elaborated hardly missing out any detail of the event or character which makes it easier to visualize and relate to it .

All in all, I would recommend this book to all the young generations who haven't had a chance to know about the legendary Ramayana to read this book and get mesmerized by Mythology again ! I would give it a 3.5 stars. :)

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Love vs You know what !

One of the unusual days when my mind was a little uncluttered…I was wondering about some most lamest discussions of all times, one which has been on the top list of the girls while filtering out from the prospective bf list.
I was thrilled to pour in some of my own for the cause.
You know what !
1. You can feel butterflies in your stomach when you are about to meet
Not butterflies but yes some sort of chemicals running down from your brain to the exclusive parts of your body which would give you an equal amount of you know what
1. You can whisper sweet nothings and go back to sleep hugging a teddy bear
These type would be the most sound sleepers as they have a lot to dream about
2. Its enjoyable planning surprises and buying gifts for him/her
 Yeah ! too much brain work to plan  surprises when u can be alone
3. You can smile sheepishly , loose yourself in thoughts and even chuckle alone in Office. People would just waive off saying “how sweet ! silly is in love”.
 You can still loose in “ thoughts” only if you  practice to smile sheepishly at Office.  They would still say “ohhhh !! silly in love!”
4. You can call at wee hours and demand emotional support.
 Hey man! What emotional support ?   you  are a happy person anyways
5. You can avail the free facility of eye-cleansing by wailing out tears fighting on absurd topics “Ab tum pehle jaise nahi rahe!” “you don’t love me” “wo ladki kaun thi” (sorry for being gender biased but even sensitive males can enjoy this)
 You have other systems of excercising by  eyes popping (various lengths) and ahhh  there’s lots of stuff.
6. You can blabber for hours and he’ll listen to you without batting an eyelid .(rem pt 4….”silly is in love”)
 You can blabber for hours and he’ll listen  to you without batting an eyelid .(rem pt  4….practised sheepish smiler)
P.S. : this is just for fun...please don't take it offensively

Well I guess its time you pick one !

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Book Review - Tantra By Adi

The first impression of the book gives you a feel of a cheap story book - probably a translation of a Hindi horror thriller "Sahitya". The cover design backs up your thought even more - the ghostly imprint in the cloud, a mysterious female killer overlooking a mediocre town in the night....and the title of the book in Tomato Red colour.....overall this does not look like a book that one would pick up for an interesting literary read....
The "About Author" disappoints me further....the reading of hiding under the cover hardly throws a light about him. The "By Line" of the book is oldest cliché which is unnecessary and dismounting. I was dismayed when the book arrived. Finally I gathered courage to open up the pages.

The storyline of the book didn't impress me much either ... bits and pieces put together it appears a combination of the protagonist “Lisbeth Salander” in  Millennium trilogy by Steig Larsson  and vampire hunting concept in  twilight series By Stephenie Meyer !!! It seems the author has a woven a story combining all his undercover fiction reads about which he has so proudly confessed.

The protagonist is an earnest vampire killing female looking for her lover's murderer. Anu is a New Yorker who moves to Delhi in search of the killer but is met by far more devastating and horrifying Indian folklore creatures than vampires to deal with. She discovers new ways to adapt to the ancient scenarios.
 The characters are believable and the story build around them gives credibility to them. The concept of vampirism is well encashed with its new age popularity among fiction lovers and television soap watching (refer Ekta kapoor serials and vampire style movies). The element of humour has also been pinched here and there with American and Indian culture references which lightens the mood of the reader now and then. The tantric concept has also been well explored and merged beautifully.

Though the book is an interesting read for mystery fiction loving readers, the book fails to inspire or elevate in terms of the content or story line or characterization ...everything in the book has been written and said in some or the other part of many regional books maybe even in other languages. The newness of the content is missing even though it has been tightly scripted with very few glitches and slacks here and there but entertaining nevertheless.
If you are looking for a time pass book with a taut storyline and want to engross yourself in masala type can pick up this one without much thought. However, much more could be expected from our young emerging Indian authors who somehow are stuck with clichéd love stories (sometimes their own) or slapstick thrillers type. Time has arrived for us to over past these topics and come up with something more suave and likeable and less glossy.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review - "The Krishna Key"

The new novel "The Krishna Key" by Ashwin Sanghi is really a good read for the Indian mythology and history lovers.The author is very knowledgeable in mythological subjects and it shows in his writing. He has really worked hard to develop a thriller around the mythological characters. It surely reveals the level of research Sanghi has done to present the book in the way which forces one to rethink about the history and the event of occurrences. This is really a novel style and genre of story telling which the author has the upper hand on experimenting with and also cater to interest of large number of suspense/thriller readers, not only in India but in foreign countries as well.

For novice readers and amateur interest in religion, on the contrary, this book would offer you with over stretched explanations of religious concepts. With its complicated terminology and over usage of Sanskrit phrases, the book feels like a painful lesson in theology. The bollywood style flashbacks at regular intervals slow down the speed of the reading and gradually readers's interest. The author has tried to create unnecessary suspense at times about some stages in the story just to keep the readers hooked on to what is going on....A futile attempt though !!! Sometimes it feels the narration is unnecessary complicated with additional explanations and extensions to story line which at times slacks the story.The book is a normal suspense/ thriller story with an extra twist added due to the Hindu mythological characters' concept. The story starts well, is fast paced, builds your interest, there are a lot of interesting facts thrown in but ends a little disappointingly..The character of Taarak Vakil is intriguing and seems worth understanding. But generally, even after considerable amount of pages read, one would have difficulty spotting the real protagonist of the story. The story keeps shifting from one central character to other giving little space to apprehend the purpose of the each one in the story until the end.

All in all, the book is little disappointing for Ashwin Sanghi's fans by his previous book "Chanakya's Chant".The story telling and correct blend of past and present in Chanakya's Chant is surely missing in this one.. This book would only interest pure mythology and history lovers in its current state. Instinctively, author could have experimented with some other style of narration by now to avoid the repetitiveness and constant comparison with author's previous novels.

Author is really talented, so for the readers who have already read "Krishna Key" and are not quite impressed, I would suggest them to read other Sanghi's books as well. For others, I would recommend this book just for the sake for some thoughtful insights to Indian mythology. And of course a word of caution as to treat this story as a fictional piece as it might sway your existing concepts of Indian mythology. The author is witty enough to blend the 2 concepts very beautifully and it would be difficult to separate the two :)

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