An Endless Refuge by Neela Senthil (Dr M Neelamalar)

Title:  An Endless Refuge

Author: an endless refuge

Publisher: LiFi Publications Pvt Ltd

My rating:

Cover: 2.8/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Presentation: 3.8/5

Preview:

What really brings me to reading this book was intriguing title ‘An Endless Refuge’. Beside the title the cover of the book is an attention seeker. It’s always said never judge the book by its cover, trust me I didn’t want to, but this cover does makes me inquisitive. There is a graduation cap, a rope with a tight knot, a degree and hands reaching out to all these. For a first though I would think that it’s all about the main stream struggle of students to achieve scores and the aftermath of failure. But then that doesn’t go with the title… What would this book be all about?

The cover, I would suggest, given the nature of the book there should be more coordinated elements than just the figurines…

The book is an unfurling tale of four lives and many other lives intertwined to theirs. Every page you turn, you will begin to associate with one of these four lives. So let’s take a look!

Review:

Primarily, a tale of four characters, the book is about how despite the contrasting modules of life, their dreams is the same. The author, with her lucid language has tried to connect each scenario with an intertwining situation. Branching out with the story of a Kashmiri refugee Roopa, who is well read and aspires a proficiency in her degree to Kavitha who dwells in a remorse of her family issue that doesn’t let her free, to Sudhakar, a refugee who hails from Sri Lanka, looking for a guide who would accommodate him along with his own baggage of worries and struggle, to a professor, Prof Chandrashekhar who is willing to take Sudhakar as a mentee. This tale is a narration of intertwining parallel plots where all these lives meet at a root for a doctorate degree and then disperse in their respective lives. The Author has very well portrayed the chaos and nitty gritty of being and had been successfully able to make a reader believe in each character. The read will constantly keep you on the hook as to what may come next. Will complete their degree, will they overcome the hurdles that comes their way. Will there be an end to this endless refuge?

What I like about the book?

The author’s language is lucid send easily associable. Despite involvement of so many parallel character the author has maintained a stream of thought for each without any overlap which in this kind of genre is a commendable job. I appreciate the characterisation of each lives and the modest balance to each. This shows that the author was unbiased to any character per say and was articulate while writing this tale.

What could have been better?

There isn’t anything radical to suggest, however if there could be a slight drift of humor it could have lifted the intensity of tale, since after a point of time the story reached a plateau but took off eventually.

All in All:

This is a recommended read for all kind of readers, especially those who deter to leave behind their baggage in life. This tale will give you a new perspective of giving yourself an opportunity to embrace the endless refuge and chase your dream.

Overall rating: 3.8/ 5

Where Can You Buy This? :

http://www.amazon.in/Endless-Refuge-Neela-Senthil/dp/9382536515?tag=googinhydr18418-21&tag=googinkenshoo-21&ascsubtag=d4893b17-fc2a-4b81-91a8-05a0c5364e89

 

What’s Your Story: Facts Tell, Stories Sell by Sankalp Kohli

whats ur storyTitle:  What’s Your Story: Facts Tell, Stories Sell

Author: Sankalp Kohli

Publisher: General Press

My rating:

Cover: 3.8/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Presentation: 3.7/5

Preview:

Do you have a story that you recite? Yes, you do, you may just not know. Here’s a tale rather a tiny journal of life that renders a thought in a readers’ mind as to what your story is indeed. Packed with anecdotes and tell-a-tale, this journal unfurls a spectacular journey of life wherein at every point you can place yourself and tell your own tale.

Review:

The author, in this journal has complimented a story from how we begin and eventually end. It exaggerates on the fact that every day is a story of survival of every being which we either hear or create or are bound to. This book is a practical memorandum of examples which guides a reader towards the journey within. Very creatively the author has intertwined products to stories which can be comprehended with ease. This book is no life saga and does not meet any traditional angle yet has every capacity of connecting to a reader. The content in itself is such intriguing that once you pick this up you are bound to flip through the end. There are ideas, facts, trivia and all-you-know-how all packed in just 60 odd pages.

While reading this book, I was chained to how beautifully the author has connected reality to an art of story-telling. It teaches a reader to not just sell a product but also himself metaphorically when it comes to convincing via communicating.

What I like about the book?

 The language of the book is lucid; the author has tried to connect to the readers at every stage thus maintaining a very standard level of vocab. The easy pick and grab of examples and stories and their interplay in this book inspires quality story telling & self-exploration. I appreciate the author’s attempt in trying to create a guide through such a communicative mean.

What could have been better?

I wonder why this book is limited in context while it has the potential to make amazing dictum of the art of story-telling. The author could have explored further in choice of vocabulary since the tale falls a little informal. Besides the book is an absolute delight.

All in All:

This book is a must read for all those who live in self-doubt and meet an angle of breaking free. I would recommend this book especially to the teenagers and to school curriculum as this will give a slightly different insight of self-expression.

Overall rating: 3.8/5

Where Can You Buy This?

http://www.amazon.in/Whats-Your-Story-Facts-Stories/dp/8180320812?ie=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&sr=

 

Interview with Capt Kunal Narayan Uniyal for Unanswered!

 

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Capt. Kunal Uniyal

Q. Characterize yourself in one word. 

A. Seeker

Q. Define your book in a word.

A. Bliss

Q. Please describe what the story/book is about.

A. Unanswered, I know it is quite an unusual kind of title for a book of poems barring a few articles. Before I say anything more about my book, I would like to say something about myself and my thought process. Born and brought up in Dehradun, I have always shared a close affinity with nature. I used to love, I still do, watching nature and ponder how it can be loving and cruel at the same time. I grew up with my thoughts and took to sailing, a job were I fit in perfectly. My roving mind now had more to ponder about. Often have I stood alone on the deck of my ship, feeling the vibrations of a surging ocean underneath and watching the sky change its colours and mood without any indication. At times I have been frightened…. bewildered… mesmerized…all at once. I respect nature in all its aspects…its benevolence… its fury…its colours… its stillness…its suddenness…its unpredictability…everything!
Then I look at us…I mean we humans…we are the most superior…the most intelligent…the most progressive of all living creatures and yet the most miserable of all living creatures so long as we are shrouded in false ego and ignorance. Nature has its laws fixed and does not discriminate. It is we who draw what we call bad luck. I quote Cassius from Julius Ceaser” fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings…”All that is required is an insight into ourselves and faith in divine providence. Here lies the crux of my book ‘unanswered’.

Unanswered is all about finding the answers which lay deeply hidden in the core of our hearts but we fail to discover it as we are covered with fog of ego and desires. Unanswered is all about revealing those answers.

Non fiction cum poetic novel are based on life as question and answers. Each poem is supported by an article explaining the poem and reason behind writing same.

So much of questions in me,which in turn coming from this mortal world led me to find answers for same and giving solace in this painful world. Why is there pain and sufferings, why do we die, what is morality, how can we become immortals are among those many questions which one will find answers to in my book in a very very simplified form. If my writing can bring peace into someone’s life that would solve the purpose for which book was written.

“From where it came,there shall it go”

Q. Briefly, what led up to this book?

A. Search of my soul, search of my heart, search of a vision which could answer to all unanswered question which rattle our very existence. What is the point practising spirituality when you can’t provide solace to anyone’s life was the question which led me to read veda’s, upnishad’s , purans where I finally discovered the gold mine , secrets of our existence and answers to our mortal existence. All I wanted was peace to this suffering life, from pain and answers to all undiscovered realities of life and thus slowly and gradually the fog parted and unanswered came into existence.

Q. What was the time frame for writing this book?

A. It took me almost two years to finish this book since each day some question or the other used to creep in which made me think about my work and I had to start from scratch again. Each day was a progress for me , journey to self degree in which I found myself growing as a person and thus led to continues correction in each poem, each essay I wrote. If you ask me now, I can say that “unanswered” is incomplete and with new vision entering my life with each passing moment, I can spend my whole life correcting my book and adding new chapters

Q. Tell us an interesting incident or an event that occurred while writing this book.

A. An incident, every poem or essay in the book is an outcome of incidences which has occurred in my life in quest for self-discovery. That’s why I have mentioned in the preface of the book that the book is based on my personal experiences with truth. But there was once interesting incident which I would like to share with you. I was standing on the Bridge wing of my ship, while vessel was crossing pacific ocean, cool breeze hitting my face, sound of sloshing sea and vast ocean. Suddenly I felt as if I had started flying and in a span of few seconds I was right above my ship. On a close observation I saw my mortal body still standing on the bridge wing and my soul staring at it hard. It was as if I was released from the clutches of maya, from this suffering world into vast vast blissful sky. Just then my ship shook and my soul returned to the body. This realisation of few seconds led me to write “the new beginning” based on my real experience of escape and return of soul from and to maya.

Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?

A. I never lost track of me, never got carried away with life and always kept this thing in my mind that my purpose of life is not accumulation of wealth, success or ego but progress towards divine, towards my real self. All around me is maya which will melt from where it was created but my soul will remain. So let me discover immortality of my soul rather than get engrossed with material wealth and mortal existence.

Q. Did you have a platform in place?  On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?

A. My biggest strength, my powerhouse is social media which no doubt can make or break you. Each and every person in the world wants peace; all I am trying to do is to reach to as many people as possible through facebook, twitter, google, radio, newspaper so that they can get glimpse of peace and serenity which they can discover through my book. And with such helpful bloggers like you who gave me time and opportunity in their good blog, my job is almost done. This is his work . I am just a medium to spread his words in this world. If the book is good, it surely will be liked and spread.

Q. What is your favorite novel?

A. The real man by Boris Polisvey

Q. Something personal about you, people may be surprised to know?

A. O yes, I love watching cartoons and my day starts with doremon, kid vs kat, motu patlu and of course chota bheem

Q. What’s next in the pipeline?

A. Hindi poetry collection “Main kaun hoon, kuch nahi”, English poetry collection “Sparrow in the mirror” and epic fiction novel “Journey to the next level”

Q. Since your book is a treasure of poems, would you like to share one of your favourite prose from your favourite poet?

A. Although all poems are close to my heat but one which is nearest is

 

   Sailor to saint

Rowing my battered boat, across the furious seas

Enraged as an angry demon, ready to topple me

Winds hitting with rage of a dragon

Waves towering high, ready to smash my meek soul.

With dark engulfing me, trembling with fear

I watch that faint, shimmering star

To guide my way far from the tempest of mortality

To the haven of peace, that island of three lives.

I row with bare hands, my clothes tattered by the fire of wars

My hands raw, my one aim-to reach that star

Water filling fast, wood creaking sharp, I smile, my fate now known,

I emerge victorious, the battle won.

That star glows brighter, with a bright divine light shining on me

Waves gentle, tender breeze, soothing my soul

My boat docks, on the island; free of all turbulences

I look at my healed hands , from sailor to saint I turn.

Thank a lot on behalf of The Notepad Reviews. It was an absolute pleasure sharing this time with you!

Unanswered -by Capt Kunal Uniyal

Unanswered- Kunal UniyalName:  Unanswered

Author: Capt Kunal Uniyal

Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform

My rating:

Cover: 2.8/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Presentation: 3.8/5

Preview:

What really brings me on to reading this book was the title. There was something undesigningly, intriguing about the title ‘Unanswered’. The cover I will say is not absolutely disappointing but I would suggest given the nature of the book the color should have been a little more vibrant. The cover sports nothing but palm impressions, as if there is something within the book that calls for the reader.

The book is a Pandora’s box of anecdotes, articles, prose and poems. Every page you turn, you will being to associate with the Author more. So lets take a look!

Review:

Although reiteration of his own life, the Author’s work is far from being an autobiography. In the search of the unanswered we often tend to become oblivious to existence. The fact that every being and every living moment is a subject of interpretation, we continue to battle with the desire to unflur the unknown. Kunal’s work is a balance between a work of fiction and a reflection of the reality and hence it seemed difficult for me to actually list is under one specific category.

The book is a hoarder of knowledge. Despite not being a poetry person, I was drawn to the nature and depiction of the events that curled within itself some thought provoking concept.

This is not definitely not a read for a hustle reader, you need time, patience and the right emotion to read.

Author’s language is quite a twirl, but not tangent. Readers will definitely connect to the Author and his language once you develop a flow of it.

A unique, hardly come across style of writing. The author has kept a very balanced pace and tone of the book which remained the highlight throughout the read.

What I like about the book?

Language and the dialogue of the book is apt, make you feel as if the book has come to life. The building up of the tale in each stanza o the poetry is not just catch but also a gripper.

The poet has very aptly manages to let his feelings and his emotional condition touch the reader by merely playing with words.

What could have been better? 

There are not too many stones unturned as regards the book. However since a reader always pics up a book by reading the blurb I would prefer that the Author design one and let the blurb unleash the dictum of the unanswered. The language could have been slightly more lucid since it will be a tough read for those who don’t follow poetry or for the indie readers.

All in All:

I loved he pattern in which the tales in poetry developed giving meaning and answers to all the UNANSWERED. The read is an ambivalent journey of learnings, love, failure, fear, understanding and of course perseverance. I would recommend this to all poetry lovers for sure apart from the readers who are seekers of something new and beautiful.

Overall rating: 3.8/ 5

Where Can You Buy This? : http://www.amazon.in/Unanswered-Capt-Kunal-Narayan-Uniyal/dp/1522896716/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1454922727&sr=1-1&keywords=UNANSWERED

 

 

Blogtour & Giveaway – ‘Love Forever @ Rajpath’

BLOG TOUR

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ABOUT THE BOOK:-

True love can blossom anywhere, in a government set-up too, and can be as permanent as the job itself.

Shalini ,a government employee strongly feels that there is no point in getting married and joining the brigade of abused wives. Till she is swept off her feet by Kartik, a dynamic colleague from Bihar.

Just when her faith in the system of love and marriage is rekindled and at its peak, Kartik goes missing. Her search for him reveals some dark secrets about Zabaria Shaadi still existing in Bihar, where eligible boys are abducted or forced for marriage.

A love story at its core, Love Forever @ Rajpath highlights the predicaments of a girl on the verge of losing her most precious relationship. Also reflects the inner turmoil of a young boy sandwiched between age-old traditions and his own liberated opinions. 

Will Shalini be able to save her relationship? Will Kartik acknowledge her efforts or will he abandon her for the sake of his family?

Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley

herName:  Her Resurrection

Author: Soumyadeep Koley

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

My rating: 

Cover: 5/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Presentation: 4/5

Preview:

Once before, I had spoken about a quote I came across on the note of being scarred for life…that exactly suggest the tone of this novel. It says “I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?”.  Can a scar never heal can one never be born again?

Her Resurrection is one such book to me.

It is very rare that a sensitive topic like rape, survival and conquer can be construed in words. But what the Author here has done is indefinitely an attempt to undo the stereotyping.

Review: Before I go about my opinion on the book, its worthy to say that the Author’s choice of the cover is phenomenon. The cover is simple yet so intriguing. The vibrant colour combinations at the backdrop of white, eyes that has so much to say, lips sealed tight and the tears of dark pain. The cover has so little in it but so much to say.

This story is about a victim of all the ill fate of life, a victim of poverty, gang rape, hatred, abandonment and loneliness, but the tale is also about a survivor, a fighter a challenger and the conqueror of life. Maya, at an early age falls prey to the most wicked face of life, she is molested , gang-raped traded for money, forced into prostitution and drenched out of life. She is left to sulk on her on self..she is left alone. But this is not the end, she begins a journey of Emancipation, Reclamation and Redemption.

This fight is not just against the criminals, but against the stereotype thought, the shackled customs and the system that condemns the victim not the accused. Maya fights against her own past the dead in her.

An unusual genre, his attempt to see this pain through the eye of a victim and the effort to put words that only run tears when thought off has put the Author to a different level. Every word in the novel, brings in life. His efforts with words and the emotions very much goes to prove the Author’s background and the social involvement he works for. There were moments I felt the strength in the redemption but again there were moments when I wanted to tear up in the pain that Maya held in herself.

The plot is very neatly built. The unfolding of the events have been meticulously iterated giving the tale a persistent cliff hanging mood. There are elements of surprise and moments of closure both in the tale. Which again is a very rare quality in an Author.

What I loved:

This tale is an instrument of undoing the societal blind fold. The Author has walked far from the fiction. The Author’s choice of quotes and language that are rare in colloquial use was an icing to read.

What could have been better:

All though the tale was gripping and edging to the end, I believe there were a few lacuna. There remained a scope of maintaining a flow with disposal of justice; to me, there seemed a vague rush. Also the Author could have worked a bit more around building characters to the need of the plot.

I really appreciate the Authors stand at the end. It shows how much beyond words the tale meant.

All in All:

This tale gives one bitter taste of the boasting male-controlled society and the stereotypical mind frame. It drives one through a journey of survivor who chose to blend the scars in her life with bravery. Read to know the dreams of flight that Maya bore despite being robbed off the little wings she had. I would personally suggest this book to readers and non-readers of all age. Teenagers primarily, cos very few books in this genre can actually make them see the harsh reality and the endless strength to surface in life.

Overall rating: 4.8/5

Where Can You Buy This?: http://www.amazon.in/Her-Resurrection-Soumyadeep-Koley/dp/9384382086

Hidden Husband by Shikha Kaul

hidden husbandName:  Hidden Husband

Author: Publisher: Gargi Publishers

My rating

Cover: 4.2/5

Writing Style: 4.5/5

Presentation: 4.2/5

Preview:  It’s very rare that a Book’s title and the cover both intrigues a reader. Shikha’s book very well did that to me. A sleek woman dressed to niche with a secret in hand and the title, Hidden Husband. What is it about the briefcase in the woman’s hand? God I wish I could open the case uncover the secret.. err but you guys can. Flip the pages and the tale shall unfurl!!

Review:

This story is a bucket of topics and genres. Not commonly seen is this rare combination of social issue, stigma, drama, love, romance and religion. The Author has very articulately interknitted the events in the story such that each bit falls on a different foot than other.

Aisha, the protagonist is a very chiselled character, high on moral yet wet in the corrupt gel. This typical Punjabi HR recruiter meets Raghav a very orthodox Bihari , a new candidate in one of her company’s interview days and the cupid sort of rings the bell. Love spreads blankets with hollow promises in between Aisha and Raghav. While this tale spins here, parallely the protagonist ends up meeting her school friend Sameer. Strings hit here too; Aisha was Sameer’s school time crush.

The Author ensures she discusses the essence of purity in relationships. Every marriage is revolt against something, every relationships have problems. But lies don’t sort them it only postpones the repercussions. This is what happened to this beautiful relation of Aisha and Raghav. Raghav’s lies to Aisha in the fear of hurting her love and losing her forever robbed him of his marriage.. he was left to the Hidden Husband. But this isn’t it. The tale has more. Way more!!

Talking about character sketch; the Author undoubtedly has an eye for details, she has clearly given a detailed thought about each of her characters in the tale the protagonist, the hero, Sameer who continued to linger an after image in my head after the book was done and Aisha’s confidante her bff!

Without giving you any more spoilers all I have to say is.. woa!! quite a ride

What I loved?: The Author has a very good grip on her language and commands an interesting talent of playing with words. Lucid I must say! I love the subtle irony she has reflected in her tale. The story is an amazing interplay of plots yet it manages to maintain its own essence with no spill over. Commendable!!

What could have been better?: The initial building of the story was slow, however from the middle the story gripped pace and my attention. I felt a certain rush in the end; since the end was a classic I was expecting a little more twinning.

All in All: The book is a joy ride for any reader. Will not restrict this read to any category because.. this one guys is not age barred or genre barred. But for romance seeker.. you must go for this one!!

Overall rating: 4.2/5

Where Can You Buy This?: http://www.amazon.in/Hidden-Husband-Shikha-Kaul/dp/9384382078

Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey by Shilpa Gupta

ANANYAName:  Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey

Author: Shilpa Gupta

Publisher:  Rupa Publications India

My rating

Cover: 2/5

Writing Style: 3/5

Presentation: 3/5

Preview:

A teenager, an IIT aspirant well-grounded in morale and a brilliant student. But something goes wrong, she falls prey to the age temptation. Life gets to a standstill, there is emotional breakdown and wreckage in life. This tale unfurls a deep sense of belongingness that every child in the tender age need and the fact that the lack of it pushes the child to the extreme. It was indeed beautifully written and it reached out into the depths of my soul. My heart just poured out as I read the last few pages of the book. Such a tiny book to stir such great emotions in me.

It’s such a quick read, but man does this book pack an emotional punch. The characters really come to life.

REVIEW: This story is about Ananya who despite being an achiever is twitched in the teenage crisis. She falls in love with her best friend’s brother. Although he was just toying with her, she fell head over heal in love with him. She got pregnant. She knew it was a social taboo. The guy was in absolute denial. She broke down. Destiny faded right there, dreams crushed and she went into depression.

This story is about how family and friends revive life into the a girl who has lost it all. Hoping against hope one day Ananya will understand and evolve from what has happened her family strongly stands by her. Her journey of rediscovering the need to understand what love is when despite the world beats against is not just a herculean trip but a trip of bitter reality.

This tale teaches the fact that at times the absence of parent in the tender age of teens pushes them to find love beyond family and that’s what happened with Ananya.

The story runs in multiple angles yet retains the essence of one thread tale.

This tale is a narration of a memoir of a wounded daughter. Although the novel focuses on the story Ananya, there wasn’t a moment when too many characters in the tale took away the spark. The Author has beautifully managed to weigh each character in balance ensuring everyone has a reason to stay in the tale. There were indeed dramatic deviations from fact, yet it held a great read!

The story flowed well and there was a good balance between reality and expectation of de-stereotyping.

What I Liked about it?

The Author did a fantastic job of introducing the readers to the character of the leads, the families and friends all that definitely resonated with the readers. This novel was very much about understanding a teenage crisis and how important it is for parents and guardians to no more treat a teenager like a glass doll but confront them with the reality of life and the bitterness beneath the journey so called.  The Author’s language is very communicative. It acts as a learner’s guide to parents and yet maintains a character of subtle in read.

What could have been better?

I didn’t really find a loop hole in the tale; beside the fact that the end seemed a little abrupt. I was expecting a detailed climax since the positives just started building up in my thought.

All in all:  After reading this book, I will recommend this book to teenagers and parents with teenage kids. This tale reflects where today’s generation stands in terms of relationships and crisis it comes. This book attempts to break the stereotype of closing self in the black box and repent it breaks through into the idea of evolving from the wrongs once done. A good read for readers across genre. A thorough suggestion or this to be a part of school library specially for those who are hitting the age of breaking the enclosures.

Overall rating: 3.8/5

Where Can You Buy This?: http://www.amazon.in/Ananya-Bittersweet-Journey-Shilpa-Gupta/dp/8129135140

 

3 @ a Time by Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

three at a time

Name:  3 @ a Time

Author: Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

Publisher: Omji Publishing House Pvt. Ltd

My rating

Cover: 2/5

Writing Style: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

Preview: A rapid campus spice. Love, drama, heartbreak, social making, friendship, ego and the list goes on. This tale is a tour of a complete campus atmosphere. If you are a pass out its definitely a walk down the silly past but if you are yet to go into the college shoes..you will see the multifaceted life that any campus calls you in. FYI not very impressed with the cover!! Could have been better.

Review: Deepankar, no different than any other college fame boy enters into a world of arduous truth. LOVE! The protagonist of this tale is one of those typical dude of the college who attracts the lovely ladies. The Author’s narration is in first person and ensures that the readers hold a connect to the tale. The tale expresses very flamboint diverse personalities of each character. The protagonist with his no end to life YOLO attitude wins over three girls. Oh wait or is it four??? There is a mystery lady too. But that’s for the readers to uncover. The tale revolves around how one deals with the college fiasco and walks with the utmost pride despite know the deep grave one creates for self. And trust me everyone has one. This tale is meant for a light side coffee table mood. Not really the ‘emotional syapa’ kinds. The pace is uncertain but is apt for a cozy Sunday afternoon read.

The tone of the tale is very fresh and youth centric therefore a sure draw to the college goers. The Author has also commendably maintained a very subtle humour that quite often will catch you off guard.

There is slight positive communal angle in the story that sort of gives a bright angle to the tale. The Author has very tangently but articulately described the most celebrated  Dahi Handi festival of Maharashtra and the strength in the unity of one not just to build a human pyramid but the factor of trust when it comes to bond with a member of other community.

What I loved: This tale is a reflection of college life. A fun to read; quick to be done tale. The language is lucid and quite communicative.

What could have been better: There’s a tiny min need to polish use of language to give it a more mature head. There is also a scope of maintaining the pace in the tale. There are grammatical errors and editing issues but am sure all well pointed can be taken care of in the next edition.

All in All: The Attempt is commendable. I appreciate the nitty-gritties that the Author has taken care of in the tale not making the story a monotonous read. Do not expect a stereotype love story this one is a little over the other side of a real love story

Overall rating: 3.2/5

Where Can You Buy This?: http://www.amazon.in/3-Time-Diptendu-Sekhar-Chakraborty/dp/9384028363

Logicops by Vaibhav Mukim

Title: L51l+EWJenYL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_ogicops

Authors: Vaibhav Mukin

Publisher: Frog Books Publishers

My ratings:

Cover:  4.5/5

Writing Style: 3.8/5

Presentation: 3.2/5

Preview: Completing a relay of science fiction I picked the second book by Vaibhav Mukim. since my last Sci-Fi read ‘LINE’ also by Vaibhav I have started to like this genre. I was appalled by the theory of how beautifully crafted a human psychi is. And here this Author has taken my though to another different level. This a neat little idea in a neat little book. The cover of the book aptly suggest the theme. And I really appreciate the idea of how Vaibhav subtly introduced his book in the blurb.

Review:

Book is probably a touch generous coming in at just over a hundred pages but don’t let that spoil your fun, what you have here is actually a twisted tale, intriguing in the telling and packs a punch other books only hope to imitate.

The Author tells the tale of three investigating officers who uncover crime by studying the brains of the accused. In literal sense by reading the psychi. Their knowledge and techniques knows no boundaries, their urge to decipher mind and the working of brains helps them nab crime before they are committed. This pre-empt art of analysing the mentality of the criminal is the actual protagonist in this tale.

The plot is new and untouched, the idea is un explored and hence the writing seems fresh and virgin.

What I liked about it?

What we have in this tale is a stripped down, no frills novel, with all the paraphernalia stripped out and all that’s left is inquisitiveness, story and action. The plot is good, the characters while clichéd still manage to carry the story along really more successfully than they should, all credit to the writers talents here people. Language and choice of vocab is commendable despite the difficult genre.

What could have been better?

I believe this tale lacked a maintained pace. At times it seems too hurried and at times it went dull. Toward the end the Author seemed in a haste to wrap the tale which could have been avoided. There also was a tiny void when it came to connecting to the characters in the tale.

All in All : I enjoyed it quite a bit, a short review I know, but in keeping with the length of the book I’m sure you wouldn’t want it any other way folks.

Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

Overall Ratings: 3.5/5

Where can you buy it:  http://www.amazon.in/Logicops-Vaibhav-Mukim/