Disobedient. Loose. Unruly. Slut. Labels- As much as you hate them, they stick to you. The more you prove to deny them, the more prominent they become. So, a certain 16 year old girl did not bother to defy them. Instead, one may think she lived to prove them right. Hence, more often than not, parents told their girls and boys to stay away from her stating the dangers of being around a girl like that. Tanaz Bhathena’s debut novel, A Girl Like That is a story of one such Zarin Wadia who lives a life on her own terms and does not shy away from the repercussions.
Sunday, 25 March 2018
Monday, 5 March 2018
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Don’t judge a book by its cover. But I did. And aren’t I glad I did. Trust Me Not by debutant author Ankita Dutta Verma has all the ingredients I like in a thriller -strong impactful characters, intense drama, fast paced plot and unpredictable twists in story. I was particularly drawn by the captivating cover imagery which gives a glimpse of what to expect inside. And I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
1984 is considered one of the darkest years of India’s post-independence era. The erstwhile Prime Minsiter Mrs Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her security guards who sought revenge for Operation Blue Star. Thousands of Sikhs were brutally murdered in the communal riots that erupted as an aftermath in Northern parts of the country. Property was ravaged and people were torturously killed to avenge the death of the PM. Sikhs who were forced to leave their homes still shudder at the memories of the painful past when they had lost everything overnight.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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India has always been a land of dissimilarities based on religion, cultures, customs, languages and cuisines. Most of us have grown up celebrating Diwali, Eid, and Christmas with our friends with almost the equal fervor. Our friends weren’t decided on the basis of their religion or eating habits. And our parents did not influence our decision to make friends as long as they were from decent families. But with the turn of the century, something changed.
Monday, 15 January 2018
There is a horror category which has evil spirits, haunted houses, gory scenes with green colored blood(?) pouring out of weird places of a body, some form of porn and an over-used story. And there then is a category written by authors like Neil D’Silva who pen horror stories which have none of these ingredients and are still incredible to read. Extra-ordinary storylines, impeccable writing style, a twist in the plot at the right moment and an underlying philosophy are D’Silva’s trademarks. And Yakshini is no different.
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Somewhere in the deep valleys of the Himalayas ,devoid of any sunlight and beyond the reach of mankind lies a secret treasure which if discovered can change the present and future of a not an individual but a nation all together. The treasure is guarded by secret society of seven masters, each of who has a book that leads to the next master. The secret had been fiercely guarded and passed on from one generation to the next since the age of Great Emperor Ashoka and was supposed to remain concealed hadn’t the multi-millionaire business tycoon Harish Vashistha shot himself in a press conference. What transpires is a chase that changes many lives, some for good and others for not so good.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Mythology is not the first choice in books for kids. The obvious choice is comic book series or short stories. My 9 yr old is no different. While he does like to listen to stories based on mythology, when it comes to reading he prefers the sci-fi comics or stories. The Boys Who Fought was the first book based on Mahabharatha that he finished reading on his own. He came to me to clarify a few doubts and understand some new words but it was an independent endeavor overall.
Friday, 10 November 2017
War does not end anything. It just sets the stage for next war.
- Pg 231
Vicks Menon, an investigative reporter seems to have his life falling apart. He has lost his job with a leading newspaper and his relationship with his girlfriend Tonya is on the rocks due to his alcoholism. His friend’s call about a murder of a white woman in a hotel in Paharganj seems like one of the many happening in the capital till Vicks notices important people taking interest in this murder. Vicks quickly realises that this case could get him his job back. What he does not realize is that in the pursuit of a good story he will become the target for both the police and the woman’s killer.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Abhimanyu was the son of the great warrior Arjun who bravely broke and entered the complicated Chakravyuh in the historic battle of Mahabharat. However, he was not able to come out of it and lost his life. When Major Imtiaz Ahmed was called for Project Abhimanyu, he knew he was entering a Chakravyuh. Would he meet the fate of Abhimanyu during the project or would he emerge triumphant remains a mystery throughout the 250 odd pages of Karachi Deception.
The plot revolves around Unit Kilo, a highly specialized and covert cell of the Indian army which has to eliminate Irshad Dilawar. Dilawar is a name associated with every imaginable illegal activity and gravest of terrorist attacks in the Indian subcontinent. In spite of being in the most wanted list, Dilawar remains on the loose and flourishes under the protection of Pakistani government. While the Indian government works relentlessly to garner support on global platforms to declare Irshad Dilawar a terrorist and pressurize Karachi to surrender him, Dilawar lives comfortably in Pakistan and continues planning further attacks to claim innocent lives.
Major Imtiaz Ahmed is one of the most talented officers of the army who unflinchingly works to accomplish the mission and never backs down even in the most perilous situations. When General Dixit offers him to be a part of Project Abhimanyu, he knows that this might be the most dangerous project he has ever undertaken. With lieutenant Rafiq and captain Shamsheer, Imitiaz has to strike and eliminate Irshad Dilawar in Karachi amidst all the security. Everything goes as planned till Imitiaz finds out that there is a traitor in the team. Imitiaz has been advised to abort the mission sighting obvious dangers. Does he give in to the threat and retreats or does he take the challenge head on and continues to work on the mission? Will this Abhimanyu come back from the chakravyuh to claim victory? Does Dilawar run out of luck this time or is able to get away once again with the backing of his “friends” in Karachi? To find the answers to all these questions, you should read this intriguing book.
The Indo-Pak tussle is not a new subject and many books have already been penned on a similar plot. This book also is not an exception. However, a crisp writing style and a completely unpredictable twist at the end sets this one apart. The characters may have a striking resemblance to some living ones. The story flows smoothly and the description of incidents is vivid. It is interesting enough to finish in a couple of sittings.
About the Author: Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories. (Source: Goodreads)
Friday, 8 September 2017
It’s easy to distinguish a good book from the “not-very-good” ones. The latter is forgotten sooner or later, but a good story written lovingly stays for you for a long time, almost forever. You may forget the names of the characters, the story line may fade after some time but the warmth it created when you read it, always…always stays. Last Train to Istanbul was one of the finest books I have read in a long time.
Illusionary identities, twisted unrealistic personalities living in times that are characterized by political drama and cultural upheaval is how one can describe Rushdie’s characters in The Golden House. The inherent inquisitiveness of human beings can lead to unreal, almost weird imaginations. But haven’t you heard, the reality is stranger than fiction. The Golden House by Salman Rushdie is tale of betrayal, secrets and misplaced trust.
Friday, 1 September 2017
Justice is sometimes an illusion. Law sometimes looks like a spoilt pet of those with money and power. Law is supposed to serve justice based on evidence and logical inferences. But then evidence can be created, manipulated, bought or even eliminated. So how does one expect justice from law which solely relies on suchevidences? And even if justice is served, does it remain lawful? Many such questions or doubts will come to your mind while reading Vish Dhamija’s Unlawful Justice. Actually, after finishing the book. Because, while reading this one, you will be completely absorbed as you turn page after page.
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Jason Cage, the protagonist in this first book by aKay Brothers, is lonely. Mostly, not by choice. He can’t seem to get use to people around him; People who live as if everything was normal. Jason knew nothing was normal around him. Irrespective of where he went, he knew he was surrounded by abnormal things. Things that didn’t let him sleep peacefully at night, things that make him see stuff he might have avoided otherwise. Things that nobody else could see.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
It’s quite easy to become Men Without Women. You love a woman deeply, and then she goes off somewhere. That’s all it takes…….And once you have become Men without Women, loneliness seeps deep inside your body, like a red wine stain on a pastel carpet.”
What intrigues men about women? Is it their eyes, their curves, their tresses or is it their ability to transport them into trance and make them forget about the worldly sufferings? How does a man feel without a woman? Does it break a man when he loses a woman who was not even “his”?
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
For somebody who is particularly fond of murder mysteries, detective novels and thrillers and who has grown up on a steady diet of such books would have very high expectations from any new author and his detective character. And it is seldom that a new book from a relatively new author meets many of those expectations. This is one of those rare books.
Friday, 7 July 2017
What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear about somebody facing domestic abuse? Something like this:
- Why doesn’t she retaliate?
- Why doesn’t she pack up and leave?
- Why doesn’t she ask for help or go to the police?
- Why doesn’t she tell her parents? They will help her.
- Minor altercations happen in all relationships. She is overreacting.
- It must be her mistake.
- She is just exaggerating. Her husband (or the person accused) is such a gentleman.
- There is nothing called rape in a marriage.
Friday, 2 June 2017
I have not been attracted to a book cover and a title for a long time now. I have learned to be cautious about the promises book covers and titles make. It has happened often that the only good thing about the book was its cover page and sometimes the title. But when I saw this book while browsing the internet, I was instantaneously sure that I am going to read and enjoy this one. And enjoy I did, with every single page I was falling in love with this book even more. The classic 5 paise and 10 paise coins on the cover page beckon you to take a trip down to childhood, one of the best times of your life.
Monday, 15 May 2017
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
An innocent child turning into a cold-blooded terrorist, a glam-diva yearning for the impossible and a commando trained to remain unfazed craving to surrender to a forbidden feeling- these are the elements that make Black Water White Fire by Jaspreet Taunque exceptional. Set on the backdrop of the terrorist attack on Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai in 2008, this fictional plot perfectly captures the sentiments of that situation and embeds them into a riveting tale.