Friday, 10 June 2016

Book Review- 6 Degrees-Game of Blogs

Too many cooks spoil the broth is a widely accepted adage. But the general veracity of the statement was challenged by a few bloggers who came together and churned out some really spicy stories. Blogadda put them on a plate- 6 Degrees-Game of Blogs- for the readers to devour.

Game of Blogs- The Concept

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With the power of CONNECT| CREATE | COMPETE, Blogadda set out to bring bloggers from various parts of the country together to create an unprecedented story-writing collaboration. The contest was judged by some of the top writers such as Ashwin Sanghi, Natasha Badhwar, Ravi Subramanian, Meghna Pant, Raksha Bharadia and Kiran Manral. The game started in September 2014 with 30 teams of 10 members each. But as the game progressed, the war of the words became tougher and only 3 teams emerged as winners. The teams which stunned and amazed the jury were Team By Lines, Team Potliwale Baba and Team Tete-a-Ten.

About the Book

6 degrees is the outcome of a collaborative blogging effort by Blogadda, the largest community of bloggers in India, to capture the creativity of bloggers from across the country and turn it into a book. This book has 3 stories from 3 different teams that had won the coveted blogging challenge. 3 stories that found a place in this book are- The Awakening, Entangled Lived and Missing- A Journey Within. The teams were given the same set of characters and were asked to build a fictional plot around them.

Characters :

1) Shekhar Dutta – Stay home Dad, freelance writer, Hindu, Stays in Mumbai 
Description – French beard, bald, average height, fair, thin specs, lean, wears t-shirt & track pants generally, ever smiling.
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2) Tara Dutta – Shekhar’s wife, Media professional , career oriented woman.Description – Fair, short hair, tall, prim & proper dressed, wear formals & high heels.
3) Roohi Dutta – 9 years girl, Shekhar and Tara’s daughter.Description – Fair, healthy, notorious, 2 ponytail, wear frill frocks.4) Jennifer Joseph –  Photographer, Christian, Stays in Kochi (Kerala)Description – Dusky, average height, tattoo on right hand, wears casual shorts and tees, lots of accessories, always carries a camera.5) Cyrus Daruwala – A law student, Stays in DelhiDescription – Tall,  extremely fair, big specs, curly hair, stern face, beard on the  chin.

Book Review

There is an underlying apprehension whenever I decide to pick up debut works. I am always scared of investing my time and passion that might not result in something interesting. But there is also a thrill involved- a thrill of discovering something new. And I had the same feelings when I picked up 6 Degrees. When I showed my interest to review this book, I could not force away the thoughts that I might be in for a letdown. But those feelings were put to rest almost immediately when I started with the first story. And then I was completely hooked to the book till the end (clichéd but true). Every story was woven around the same set of characters (that being the rule of contest). It was interesting to read how every team had treated the same characters differently. In spite of being a debut effort by most of the team members, no-where in the stories do you feel that the plot is mellowing and slipping from the author’s hand. I guess, the collaboration made sure that such novice errors were completely ruled out. Each story is power packed, thrilling and intelligent.

The Awakening by Team By Lines
Shekhar and Tara own a mansion in a posh Mumbai locality where they live with their 9-year old daughter Roohi. There picture-perfect life is disrupted when Cyrus comes to stay with them temporarily and reveals a totally unimaginable truth about Tara. Meanwhile, the Gray Aliens are planning to attack Earth to capture the monoatomic element–Galladium. The Human race is completely unaware of this invasion plan and goes on with its self-destructive exploitation of resources. It is then that the fleet of PeaceKeeper aliens harmoniously living with the Humans are recalled by the Master and reminded of their special powers. Will they be able to save Earth in a matter of few days? What did Cyrus tell Shekhar about Tara that makes him anxious and also jeopardizes his life?
I am not a fan of sci-fi or alien stuff. But there was something different about this one. There were not just aliens going around killing humans left and right. There was a STORY. And a good one. I wanted to read on and know what happens next. Every character is intelligently placed in the fast-paced plot.

Entangled Lives by Team Potliwale Baba
Shekhar is a work from home Dad and freelance journalist staying in Mumbai with her wife Tara, who has an important position as a media head. They adore their daughter Roohi who is super active and adventurous, a tad bit more than what both of them can handle. Cyrus comes into picture when he helps a hurt Roohi and Jennifer enters Tara’s life when they meet accidently(?) in café. However, all of their lives are hit by a Tsunami when Naina, the maid, is murdered in the house with all of them present in the next room. Inspector Jawa, a typical lusty, pot-bellied but intelligent officer, is about to solve the mystery when something grave happens.
This is by-far my favorite of the lot. There is nothing more thrilling than an intelligent murder mystery. My adrenaline was rocketing high all throughout the story. Everyone is a suspect in a murder until proven innocent. And nobody was innocent here. Jawa makes you cringe with disgust in one moment and in the next moment; you are praising his intelligence and analytical skills. The twist in the ends deserves brownie points.

Missing- A Journey Within by Team Tete-a-Ten
What happens when a 9-year old girl goes missing in a city like Mumbai? While her parents Shekhar and Tara are devastated to think of what might happen and doing all they can to look for her, they find a clue that she is sighted with a man, Cyrus. Why is Cyrus on Mission Roohi? And why is Dr Aryan Ahuja, Roohi’s pediatrician in touch with Cyrus. As Cyrus parents and friends in Delhi are trying to find his whereabouts, Jennifer sets out to reveal what Dr Ahuja has to do with Roohi’s disappearance and Cyrus’s Mumbai visit.
Now this is a story which will make your brains work hard. At certain points, you stop and wonder what just happened here. Though the plot largely has a smooth flow, it seems like there are certain scenes which were added at the last moment. I was expecting a more interesting ending. Some questions remained unanswered. 

My rating-

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