Thursday, 17 August 2017

Kansa : Book 1 from The Professor Black Triology by Prassant Kevin - Book Review

Crime thriller novel


Book Name- Kansa 

Author- Prassant Kevin

Publisher- Inked Company

Blurb- 

OVER A SPAN OF TEN YEARS, HE KILLED FORTY PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEN VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE. AFTER FIVE YEARS OF SILENCE, HE IS BACK AGAIN, SEEKING HIS NEXT VICTIM. ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP HIM - PROFESSOR BLACK. Maher was found unconscious in the middle of the highway and later, in the hospital, she revealed that she had escaped from a killer's house. All the details and patterns matched the serial killer 'Kansa,' who had disappeared five years ago after murdering forty pregnant women. ACP Saargi Desai was assigned to the case. She appealed to her department to bring back Professor Black to help her catch the killer. The Professor, who had a haunting past that had kept him away from the world of crime and investigation for several years, was not willing to take on this case. But the ACP managed to convince him to get on board just for this one last time. Soon after agreeing to help, the Professor realized that for the first time in his life, he had met his match. As he dug deeper into the case, everything got dirtier, the stakes went higher, and nothing was what it seemed.

Review-

I received this book during the lunch break at work. To pass some time, I started reading it. I couldn't put the book down. The remaining time at work didn't pass in jiffy. And I had to compulsorily keep myself away from this book. I reached home with a sole intention to finish reading it. I finished reading this book in straight two and a half hours. 

This crime thriller will keep you on the edge. It will keep you hooked onto it. The story is about the case of missing pregnant women. It is the chase of the ACP and Professor Black for Kansa. 

There are many characters involved in this story. Since it's a crime thriller, involvement of many characters is justified. The author has perfectly involved the characters in every part of the story. Also, his way of narration makes you paint a picture of these characters. Each character plays a significant part in the story. The ACP and Professor Black have been portrayed well. I loved their chemistry. 

The story has been narrated in third person narrative. The language is simple and lucid. That is what makes reading a pleasant experience. I've had read thrillers before which were stuffed with heavy words. When reading this book, I felt that the author was himself narrating the story to me. The narration is realistic. 

The author has developed this plot after a lot of thinking and brainstorming sessions. It can be inferred from the way the author has presented the incidents in the story. 

I've read Prassant Kevin's King of Heart and was totally disappointed with it. With Kansa, Prassant has made a great comeback. I did not have any expectations from Kansa. But Prassant has proved me wrong. I am eagerly waiting for the second book of this triology. 

Overall, Kansa is a kind of book you would love to read again and again. I wouldn't be surprised if the book is made into a short film or movie. 

I rate: 
Cover: 3.5/5 
Characters: 4/5 
Story: 4/5 

I rate 'Kansa' with 4/5 stars.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Three Psychos by Yash Pawaskar - Book Review

Psychological thriller novel

Book Name- The Three Psychos 

Author- Yash Pawaskar 

Publisher- Dimple Publication 

Price- Rs. 150 

Blurb- 

Three Thrilling Stories, One Gripping Novel. In the first tale, a naked man is trapped inside a white box. His only company: 'DE22912'. How long can he survive? The second story, 'Patient Number 9', is about a hospitalized patient who must save Earth from an alien attack by blue pig-like creatures. The countdown has just begun. In the third narrative, an angry sixteen-year-old gets hold of a loaded revolver and is determined to make use of all 'Six Bullets'. And no, it's not a toy. The three psychos are part of a connected universe, set in a novel with innovative storytelling, witty narration and an entertaining mix of thrill, humour and drama. 

Review- 

Our mind plays the most confusing games with us. It is the most complicated thing. The more you try to understand it... study it, you will discover more about it. This story is a psychological thriller which will leave you shocked and surprised. You begin to read this book as three stories only to realise that all three are well connected towards the end. 
The stories are written very well. The protagonist of the stories is the one who steals the show. You just need to read a few pages and you will be amazed by the way the author has developed the protagonists. They are intelligent. They are smart. They will make you grow interest in them and at the same time, they will make you have a negative impression about them. It is said that psychology is the only science that has no definite definition. The author has proved it to be true through his stories. Every character from his stories is different with a unique mindest. The characters dont seem to be repetitive. 

The gripping plot coupled with lucid language makes this book an engaging read. All the three stories have the potential to keep any kind of reader hooked on to it. 

If psychology amazes you, you should read this book. If you're a thriller lover, you should read it. This book can be read by anyone. If you aren't a fan of psychological thrillers, read this book and become a fan. 

I rate: 
Cover: 3/5 
Characters: 4/5 
Story: 4/5 

My overall rating for The Three Psychos with 4/5 stars.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Out of the Dream Park into the revolution of badassery by Sonali Sharma - Book Review

Out of the Dream Park into the revolution of badassery


Book Name- Out of the Dream Park into the revolution of badassery. 

Authoress- Sonali Sharma 

Publisher- Invincible Publishers 

Blurb- 
The youth is most credulous to change! And the only moment when youth can be influenced is when it is made to talk about its area of interest. 

This book holds a perfect blend of love, sex, indignation and provocation of new ideas.
Out of the dream park into the revolution of badasssery is about a girl who believed to be of no proportion to this prodigious world. But that little girl soon connects all the dots that were masked in her dream park. And she manages to come out of her own small world into a badass revolution with her own ideologies. 

The book would be a strong source of motivation to the youth that is giving up on this life so easily. It will force young minds to build their own dogma. It will enliven the beast that's sleeping inside them and force them to get up and be a part of change! Starting from their own self. 

Review- 

There are books which make you think, which make you question yourself about the things you do. This book is one among them. You are forced to think about various aspects of life. The author through her book talks about her first crush, her college life, her decisions, her mistakes, how she didn't fall into societal pressure and many more things. Reading about personal account of people's life is something I like the most. It lets you know more about that person, his thoughts and his life. 
This book has been written in first person narrative. The writing style is good. However, there are many grammatical mistakes in this book. It needs to be edited well. Also, the book isn't presented in a right way. There are incidences where the narrator speaks to her diary which makes the reader confused. The layout needs a thorough change. 

The book will be an inspiration to most readers out there. You will begin to look at your life in a different way. It's a good one-time read. 

I rate: 
Cover- 3/5. 
Characters- 3/5 
Story- 2.5/5 

My overall rating for this book is 3/5 stars.

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Hindola by Ranganath Srinivasa - Book Review

hindola book, musical love story


Book Name- Hindola 

Author- Ranganath Srinivasa 

Publisher- Invincible Publishers 

Blurb-
So, here I was in this family with a loving husband who had absolutely no time for his wife. The sea was my only soul mate. I could sit there on the beach gazing at the sky in the evenings waiting for the sun to set into the ocean. When the sun disappeared, my emotions would slowly melt and evaporate making me aware of the ground realities. "Hey. Be careful. You are a married man with two children. I am a married woman just recovering from the loss of my son after a depression. To be honest, I did get such feelings with you. But I have controlled my emotions." 

Story in a nutshell- 
Hindola, just as its name, is a unique love story. Most of us might not be knowing but hindola is a kind of raag. When one talks about love, music follows. Love is often attributed to music. This love story too is centered around music. 

Review- 
The story begins with an incident where an author has come to a village to find inspiration for his novel. He finds inspiration in a lady which then takes the form of love. Hindola is their journey of love. Hindola is the lady's journey of becoming a singer. I found the story very matured and loved reading it. The story is realistic. There are no sugar coated incidences. It's plain and simple. It is this simplicity of the story which made a place in my heart. 

The characters aren't too many. The author has portrayed the characters as strong and dedicated. I believe that enough justice has been done with the characters. Each character has a fair role to play in the story. 

The narration and language is simple and engaging. You are hooked on to the story. However, there are some instances where the story gets boring. But it's just a part. I also found a few grammatical errors here and there. They can be rectified in the next edition. 

Hindola is a matured love story and teaches you simple yet important lessons. It tells you that your love for your partner should be selfless. It tells you that every end is a new beginning and it should be taken positively. 

Hindola is a matured read. The book won't disappoint you. 

I rate- 
Cover- 2.5/5 
Characters- 4/5 
Story- 4/5 

My overall rating for Hindola is 3.5/5 stars.

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Dreams Implant by Partho Bose - Book Review

Thriller book


Book Name: Dreams Implant 

Author: Partho Bose 

Publisher: Invincible Publishers 

Blurb: 

DAVID BOWMAN owns a successful advertising agency in New York and is at top of his game. He loves his wife ALEXIS and their daughter APRIL. He is very protective when it comes to his family. In the professional sphere he is not only successful but also kind-hearted and helpful in nature. But he is haunted by a nightmare where he meets with an accident and his wife is killed. What jolts him is when he reads the accidents of his ex-colleagues and batch mates' wives' deaths in a similar incident. He felt something was common in these instances and thus, went out to investigate these incidences. He travels to Chicago, Florida and San Francisco in pursuit of the truth and tries to find a link between his nightmare and the accidents. His hope lay on DENSIE in finding the answers. He soon discovers that his wife and daughter have been kidnapped. He is helped by MARTHA, a private detective and a former associate of his lawyer wife Alexis in pursuit of finding both Alexis and April. His only lead was JANE, his secretary. And the answers he finds, reveal a more sinister purpose behind the nightmare -than he ever could have imagined. 

Review: 

Thriller and mystery is something that I love to read. These kind of books keep me hooked on to them until I finish reading the very last page. I just cannot keep myself away from reading such books and end up reading the entire book in one sitting. 

I finished reading Dreams Implant in one sitting. The book kept me hooked on to it until the end. I enjoyed reading this book. 

The story is an unusual one. You tend to make an opinion that the story could be one thing but it will surprise you with some thing else. The plot is unpredictable. 

The language is simple and lucid. The narration is done in third person and is done quite well. It is engaging. The characters aren't many. They are crafted well. You will feel that you've a connection with the characters. 

The mystery is perfectly maintained. But I felt that the ending was rushed. The length of the story could have been increased. 

Dreams Implant is a great treat for mystery and thriller lovers. 

I rate: 
Cover: 3/5 
Characters: 3/5 
Story: 4/5 

I rate 'Dreams Implant' with 3.5/5 stars.

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Principles of Success Made Easy by Roopleen - Book Review

Success tips book


Book Name: Principles of Success Made Easy 

Authoress: Roopleen
 
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers India Ltd. 

Price: Rs. 199 

Blurb: 

Principles of Success Made Easy - 14 easy steps to climb the ladder of success is the culmination of my onerous efforts of writing something simple yet relevant. It is a pragmatic account of the fundamental principles of achieving success by self-help and is the distilled essence of my years of research and understanding of the dynamics of success. This practical manual serves as a step-by-step guide to climb the ladder of success. It gives both an in-depth view and a time-tested approach to succeed and chronicles 14 golden principles of achieving success. The principles are wide-ranging and apply to success in any sphere of life. My own life has been transformed by the principles enshrined in this book. Therefore, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be successful in life and seeks happiness. Principles of Success Made Easy - 14 easy steps to climb the ladder of success would prove to be not only a guidebook for success but also a reservoir and storehouse of strength and motivation. I am sure all my readers would be able to relate to this book, which has been carefully tailored just for them. They would be tempted to read this self-help manual over and over again in order to assimilate its contents and incorporate the principles in their lives. After all, as is said, 'a good book becomes a part of you'. 

Review: 

As the name suggests, this book is a self help book that guides you on your way to success. The author talks about 14 steps which are simple yet very important. It starts with step 1 - the basic step and takes you to the last step. The author presents each point to you citing an example at some places. She presents her points in bulleted formats, asks you questions and makes you think of answers to these questions. The useful tips at the end of each important point is like a cherry on the cake. The language is simple and the content is presented well. 

These points, if followed, will surely bring you closer to success. It is a perfect companion on your journey to success. 

I rate: 
Cover: 3.5/5 

I rate 'Principles of Success' with 4/5 stars.

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The Inimitable Chaos of Life by Maliny Mohan - Book Review

Inspiring stories - TICOL


Book Name: The Inimitable Chaos of Life

Authoress: Maliny Mohan

Publisher: Story Mirror

Price: Rs. 190

Blurb:

A naive girl of eighteen is trapped in a dungeon, which changes her and her capturer's life forever. Afar, tucked away in the sleepy terrains of a town in Kerala, a married woman is determined to revisit a forbidden part of her past. A model-turned-MBA aspirant is scourged mentally for a decision she almost made three years back. Back in the less-happening village of Kanyapuram, an aspiring author loses a copy of her very first manuscript. 

True to its title, 'The Inimitable Chaos of Life' is an amalgamation of enthralling stories borrowed from the chaotic pages of life, which allure you to relive the multitude of unique emotions humans are made of. 


Review: 

I have read Maliny's stories in 'Love and other enchantments' and was taken away by her storytelling skills. I found reviewing her first solo book exciting and readily accepted it for the review. 

I am extraordinarily late in posting this review. I had read the book long back but couldn't find time to write its review. I liked the simple cover of the book. The blurb gives a brief insight into what the book is going to be. It contains just one line about the story. It is this one line which makes you so curious about the story that you wish to read it soon. 

I really appreciate Maliny's storytelling abilities. Her narration has an ability to keep you hooked onto the story. The plots aren't something extraordinary, it is the way it is crafted and the way it is presented which makes this book a lovely read. The language is lucid. The pace of all the stories is consistent. The stories exhibit strong character of the protagonists. 

Life is a chaos. It is how you come out of this chaos which is important. Maliny's book is a lovely read. 

I rate: 
Cover: 4/5 
Stories: 4/5 

I rate 'The Inimitable Chaos of Life' with 4/5 stars.

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Rafflesia - The Banished Princess by Gautam - Book Review

Rafflesia book


Book Name: The Banished Princess 

Author: Gautam 

Publisher: Frog Books 

Blurb: 

"Rafflesia: The Banished Princess" 

The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold… 

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place. 

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!" 

Review: 

I received this book from Arudhaa in exchange of an honest review. 

Rafflesia - The Banished Princess is a story that primarily focuses on Appu, the protagonist and his life. Reading the title and the blurb, you might draw a picture of a fairy tale in your mind. Life isn't a fairy tale though. 

Coming to the story, the pace of the story is slow. The plot is fresh and reading Rafflesia was a completely new experience to me. I had never read a story similar to this one. The book has approximately 400 pages. I felt that the length of the book could have been reduced a little. Since its long, you will find difficulty in reading it in one day. And you will have to re-read a few pages every time you pick up the book to read. 

The characters of this novel develop as you read the book. Appu, the protagonist will become a dear one to every person who reads this book. He is a sweetheart. The author uses a simple language. I came across a few new words that enriched my vocabulary. The narration is lucid and keeps you engaged. 

Give this book a read if you like reading stories centered around imagination and fairy tales. 

I rate: 
Cover: 3/5 
Characters: 3.5/5 
Story: 3.5/5 

I rate 'Rafflesia - The Banished Princess' with 3.5/5 stars.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Breakup Clinic by Dr. Govind Sharma - Book Review

Breakup Clinic Novel


An engaging story which I wished would have been a little longer. 

Book Name: The Breakup Clinic

Author: Dr. Govind Sharma

Publisher: Notion Press


Blurb:


Is the break-up killing you? 


The scariest three words for a person in love are: It is over. 

The rejection from a loved one can be the most painful experience in life. 

Ajay, Karan and Nisha seek to end their lives as they are driven to despair by failed love relationships. After the near-fatal suicide attempts, the survivors are in the care of the Freudian Psychoanalyst Doctor Dev who works in a Break-up Clinic to accomplish his mission of providing succor to emotionally wounded persons. 

Will Doctor Dev be able to help Ajay, Karan and Nisha to come out of the emotional quagmire and move on? 

The Break-Up Clinic makes an attempt to answer the question: Why do some people suffer so much in love? 



Review:

I've read Govind Sir's second novel - State vs Amrit Kumar. I liked his style of storytelling. When he askes me to review his new book, I grew excited. I wanted to lay my hands on his book as soon as possible. I had received this book long time ago but due to some professional commitments couldn't read it. And then when I finished reading it, I didn't find time to review. This book is special and I wanted my review to be written with a cool mind. 


The Breakup Clinic - the title will make you think that this might be a self help manual which would help you move on post a breakup. The book isn't a help manual. It is a story about three people at different walks of their life who have had a breakup. It's a story of how Dr. Dev helps them move on with their lives. 

Breakup is a very sensitive topic. The ones who are single wouldn't know about the pain felt while the ones who are in relationship wouldn't want it to happen to them. Crafting a story around this topic is something that I heard for the first time. The author has introduced the characters and their story in an appreciable manner. He tells us about their past in three different ways. He has woven all these three stories together with a common thread - Dr. Dev. Every individual has a story. That is what the characters of this novel proved to me. 

The simple language and awesome narration makes this novel a wonderful read. The development of characters is fantastic. As you progress with reading, you will feel more and more attachments towards them. You will feel like they are a part of your life. You will feel their pain and the emotions in them. The characters aren't strong willed people but the manner in which they become one is worth praising. Building up your life from scratch is a courageous task. And the protagonists do it with the help of Dr. Dev. I loved the way the author has put forward the incidents of this story. They aren't any twists and turns. The story is presented in a simple yet interesting manner. The story keeps you hooked on to it until the end. 

There are many people out there who are struggling to move on with life post their breakup. I believe every city needs a breakup clinic. 

I rate: 
Cover: 3/5 
Characters: 4/5 
Story: 4/5

I rate 'The Breakup Clinic' with 4/5 stars.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Aparna Sinha - Author of Ashwamedha : Interview Session

Aparna Sinha - Author of Ashvamedha


Introduce yourself to the readers.

Born and raised in city of Allahabad, by academician father (his book has won the national award) and writer mother; I was always a dreamer and always a story teller. After graduating, I did my MBA and became a marketing professional. The book happened when I was hit by chronic autoimmune disorder, which forced me to quit my job; while the world/society felt sorry for me for losing my perfect skin to a disease, which may or may not cure, I used the time to write the novel. I recuperated as the book finished. Even though my body still carries marks of that illness, but it doesn’t remind me of pain and sleepless nights; it has made me strong and I thank god for that!

Now, I am a mother of an 18 month old boy and I love every bit of motherhood.

Ashvamedha - Book Cover


Tell us something about your book - Ashvamedha - The Game of Power.

Ashvamedha is a political thriller about years of Ashwin Jamwal’s life, in which he gradually became the most powerful man on earth, were orchestrated by master manipulator, Hades. Hades made him powerful only to sacrifice him, in the end, and claim the ultimate authority.

The book is #6 among top 50 favourite book by female author 2017; the book is called best political thriller of recent times by Hindu.


What made you write a political thriller? How was your experience writing Ashvamedha?

Head of a political party was mocked for making a comment on ubiquity of politics, his choice of words was little off track, but he made a valid point. Politics is everywhere. Yet, political thriller, is still a lesser read genre. People associate politics with boring stories of old men quietly discussing a government overturn, in reality it about is continuous strategizing, involving dexterity of highly shrewd individuals capable of manipulating and deciding fate of over 7 billion people. It is exciting to read political thrillers and even more enthralling to write one.


What was the toughest part when writing Ashvamedha?

Research and validation after writing.


Are you working on your next book? Let us know some details about it.

It is a thriller will touch base on education system of the country through that book.


It was good talking to you. I wish you all the best.

Thank you.


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