Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Book Review – Sniper’s Eye by Mainak Dhar

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Present and future are built on remnants of the past. One may choose to forget the past and lead a life of abandon but the past will always come to haunt when you expect the least. Especially when it holds some nasty secrets. So when Aaditya decides to pretend and live a normal life, he knew that the ghosts from the past will come back for him. What he didn’t know was that it will engulf his present in a dangerous whirlwind and endanger not only his future but of all those around him who he loved and cared for.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Book Review- Chanakya by Ashok K. Banker

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If you have any interest in retelling of Hindu mythology, it is almost impossible that you haven’t heard of Ashok Banker. With over 63 books from various genres like science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller stories, and novels to his credit, he is one of the best known and internationally acclaimed Indian authors. So when he decides to narrate the story of one of the most intriguing characters of Indian history, Chanakya, you know you have to read this one. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Book Review- Invisible Ties by Nadya A.R.

Our present is shaped by our past and our present lays the foundation of our future. No matter how hard you try and let go of your difficult past, it will continue to occupy some space in your future. That space may shrink and become really small over a period of time but it will remain significant. Unless you find something that is more significant than that dreadful past of yours, you will be stuck in a vortex of memories. Invisible Ties by Nadya A. R. is a beautiful and touching story of a girl who is stuck in the past by the invisible ties of unpleasant memories and struggles to find solace.

Noor, a young girl from Pakistan, is intelligent and sensitive but fails to apply her intelligence to relationships and emotions due to the tumultuous childhood. When she witnesses the death of a loyal driver while trying to save her mother from burglars, she is scarred for life. On her parent's insistence, she agrees to marry an investment banker and move to Singapore to find a better future. But she carries a piece of her past with her in her handbag. Little does she know that her future husband Meekal, like everyone else, is also struggling with unpleasant memories from the past. Unable to find happiness with each other, Meekal and Noor looks for it elsewhere.


Noor meets Ella and Jake and realises that everybody has some invisible ties from the past. And though one cannot completely get rid of those ties, one has to try and loosen the grip and move away from them as far as possible. 

The story is beautiful for its simplicity and honesty. The author draws visual imagery with her words and detailed descriptions. The story drags initially and it takes some effort to keep on reading but there seems a promise of something beautiful in the next pages and the promise is kept. The story gradually develops into a beautiful array of emotions. Noor tugs at your heart when she portrays herself as strong on the outside but is breaking within. The story is as beautiful and serene as the cover imagery. 

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About the Author: Nadya is an author, a psychotherapist and a motivational speaker. Her latest novel, Invisible Ties, has been published by Rupa Publications in August 2017. Nadya has written articles and submitted papers on different psychological constructs and topics in International conferences and workshops. She is married and has two children. Nadya divides her time between Singapore and Pakistan. She plans to do a doctorate in post-trauma stress disorder and study different theoretical models to understand its impact on people and their environment. Through her writing, she wants to make a positive change in the world. Currently, she is busy researching for, ‘The Sanctuary’, her next novel. (Source: goodreads)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from kaffeinated Konversations in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Book Review- License to Live by Priya Kumar

I am not a fan of motivational or self-help genre in books. Although I have read quite a few leading authors from the category, it is not something I pick up instantly. Mostly because of the “preaching” tone that most of these books have. Somehow that puts me off. So when the vendor at railway station vehemently recommended Priya Kumar’s “License to Live”, I sternly refused to even look at it. But then the vendor and I got talking about other books and I was drawn by the passion with which he was talking about them. So I asked him to tell me about this one again. He explained and offered a full refund if I didn’t like the book. He meant business because I am a regular buyer from that vendor and he offered to “paytm” the amount to wherever I was. No questions asked. And so this is how I ended up buying this one. And only 50 pages into the book, I realized that I am not taking any refund on it.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Book Review- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

                                                   "The world was silent when we died”

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During the late 1960s, Nigeria witnessed a gruesome civil war that led to the persecution of Igbo people across the state. The demand for an independent Biafra initiated violent altercations amongst the local tribes which had been living peacefully since ages in the area. Like all other civil wars, the worst hit were the local people, women and children including, caught in the state of affairs in which their mere survival was at risk. A lot has been written about one of the bloodiest civil wars in the world history since then. Adichie’s book, Half of a Yellow Sun, first published in 2006 is considered one of the most lucid fictions based on the past that still haunts the people of Nigeria.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Book Review- A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

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.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Book Review- Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Dutta

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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

Book Review- The Assassinations- A Novel of 1984 by Vikram Kapur

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

Book Review- Mothering A Muslim by Nazia Erum

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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

Book Review- Yakshini by Neil D’Silva

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.