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

 

Logicops by Vaibhav Mukim

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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/

 

Lines by Vaibhav Mukim

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Authors: Vaibhav Mukin

Publisher: Frog Books Publishers

My ratings:

Cover:  4.5/5

Writing Style: 4.2/5

Presentation: 4/5

Preview:

It’s been awhile since I picked up one sci-fi book. While I am not a great fan of Sci-Fi, I realised no harm in getting in the blurb. Since it is the Author’s b’day what better way to wish him all success and good luck than reading his work and starting to like this genre.

With this in mind I picked it up and started ahead. Now for those of you who aren’t aware of the Author, you will know that he is prolific writer right and kind of keeps to himself (I may be totally wrong).

Starting with the cover, very subtle yet imprinting cover and trust me in no way would this title ever give away any hint of what is inside. Its commendable and a very intriguing idea that compels the reader to turn to read the blurb. Again the blurb is an even fascinating dictum of what is in store. Lets explore!

Review:

The tale begins and dwells in three duration and three parallel world. We say the parallels never meet but here, the protagonist Siddharth is the root to the three. It begins with the protagonist’s thirst to explore, explore a duct that leads to a different world just like in Narnia but way way way different! Siddharth finds himself in some impossible, world-altering fantasy that whisk him off to an adventure in a parallel world.

The pace is swift and story engaging although at times it does feel a little derivative and predictable. It’s a book of three parts, the first exploring the backstory and developing the character, the second dealing with the present  distance world and the third closely depicting the end of life. While you could say this about many books, with Vaibhav it’s so obvious that you can actually see the switch, very rare quality when it comes to debut Authors. It’s a coming of age novel, one that should appeal equally to younger and older.

What I liked about it?

The author’s narrative flair helps here too, it feels personable, relaxed and ever so friendly. The cling to read didn’t settle even for a non-Sci-Fi person like me. It was engaging. Author’s calibre of intertwining three parallel plots is amazing as it, despite so much switch maintained its exclusivity.

What could have been better?

The chapterization seems too stretchy and kind of hold like a loop of never ending pages. Given that the theme demanded such bifurcation I believe the Author should have rather sorted for another way to reflect the same.

All in all:  This book ranged from short sharp shocks to a written well plotted tale.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Where can you buy it: http://www.amazon.in/Lines-Vaibhav-Mukimv

 

Paradise Lost and Regained by Ratnadip Acharya

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Author: Ratnadip Acharya

Publisher: Frog Books Publishers

My ratings:

Cover : 4.5/5

Writing Style: 4.2/5

Presentation: 4/5

Preview:

This isn’t a tiny tale, no it is even a fantasy tale, no neither a nursery fable and no not at all a Jataka tale as it may appear from the cover.

This is something that is not just unique and interesting theme, but it demonstrates a very gutsy stand taken by the Author. Its not a love story, not horror, no drama yet so much emotion. All the while reading this tale all my concern was ..under what genre do I list this tale?? The cover is a subtle blue star light night and a very pristine outline of a doe. Yes the protagonist!  This tale, from the blurb to the last page is nothing but a surprise. Read ahead to know more!

The most enticing par about the book is the beautiful blurb..err not a blurb but a poetry trace. A narration by  mother nature that asks the protagonist to share her story. A very interesting and a fascinating approach!

Review:

This tale is an amazing narration of how one defines a paradise. It isn’t the life after death, it isn’t the ultimate abode. It is right there amidst life. And one needs to find it within. The story is an autobiography of a female deer. She is not ordinary, she is a daredevil with the desire to discover freedom she embarks upon a journey of life. The Author in this tale has ensured that the readers get an opportunity to unfurl a beautiful and a mystic life of the doe through her eyes. She narrates her memoir from her birth until what I believe is the ultimate abode the paradise of her life. Her journey seems like the reader wandering in the reality of life. It’s very seldom such that an Author can connect fiction to the truth of life so well that they just remains a tin line of belief in between. And trust me my belief was dissolved in this amazing read. For the time I read this tale all I knew was the doe is expressing and disclosing the secret of her life to me. The reason of her survival to me. She taught me how cruel life can be and how one is destined to fight her way out to reach the end. How even when one loses to fate, life gives enough strength to revive and win. This tale is not just a close encounter of the living beyond the humans but a journal of learnings.

Every animate, inanimate, living and human made element around us is for a reason. And if the curiosity of the protagonist of this tale can create a mirage of life. We humans are too much driven by the intelligence to know more, we only need to acknowledge presence of the elements around.

The Author’s writing is so earthy, playful and gorgeous at the same time. He weaved in these metaphors about life and environment (in the most non-preachy way) and they blend into the story in such an organic, unpretentious way. A wonderful and commendable work!

What I love the most : 

The protagonist stole my heart from the beginning and I only grew to admire and love her more with each page. The Author told the story as if it were the Deer herself, she was breathing into the pages…The elements, the loneliness, the sense of freedom, the beauty and simplicity, the grandeur, the complex solutions to a simple problem, the ordeal…He painted all this with honesty and trust in words. Sometimes, I felt as if he truly believed who ever read this book would gladly and immediately, pledge money or time to this book. And I liked that most about him. His beautiful and heart holding naivety.

What could have been better?

I believe that there were few stretches in the tale that had gloomed the pace. It sort of created certain void and monotony, however rest apart was a sheer delight!

All in All:

The genre is unusual and I would say it takes great belief in self and the work created to bring something unexpected and unfit in the set trend of romance, horror and mythology! To me the Author has well justified his belief and this creation of his will set a new standard in the reading class. A sure shot suggestion for readers across all genre and age!

Overall rating: 4/5

Where can you buy this?

http://www.amazon.in/Paradise-Lost-Regained-Ratnadip-Acharya/dp/9352013174/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436123543&sr=1-2&keywords=paradise+lost+and+paradise+regained

The infinite equinox by Bhavya Kaushik

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Book:The infinite equinox!

Author: Bhavya Kaushik

Publisher: Petals

My ratings:

Cover: 3.5/5

Writing Style: 3.9/5

Presentation: 4.5/5

Preview: The title of the book is an amazing epitome of mild tautology. Fascinating, intriguing and wrapping cover that loosely revolves around the theme of the book. Commendably there was no giveaway of the plot from the cover.

As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.

Review:

The tale is wrapped around the protagonist Tamanna, a painful reiteration of days spent on streets of India begging, a victim of a racket. Besides being a heart-wrenching tale of a turmoil of a girl, this tale is a compelling insight of how one can battle her own destiny to overcome miseries of life.

Maintaining a tenacious tone and pace in the tale, the Author has undoubtedly been able to connect life of Tamanna to the readers. It would be an understatement if I say, I connected to Tamanna, perhaps I was in her. I lived figment life of Tamanna through the articulate words of the Author.

There were times, reading this, when I literally couldn’t flicker, and felt like the bottom had dropped out of my stomach. But this story is beautiful, and enlightening and hopeful even through all the gritty, heart-wrenching, almost physically painful emotional rawness of it.

The Authors choice of subject, the language and the intention to convey is so well delivered that one actually, sees that the book is not just another tale of a girl. It is indeed a memoir of how we interpret lives. As very correctly put by the Author, we live a life of infinite moments, shade of emotions and a knit of memories. Every moment is an ingredient to a bizarre recipe called life.

Tamanna, stands to be just another girl, who gets her own share of pain and distress. This journey of her, is no dreamy walk. It is for real and she is just like you and me gearing up to what destiny had for her and tumbled upon what fate beheld.

The tale gradually unfurls a beautiful tint of blooming love. Clipped by destiny Vikram and Tamanna are moulded together. The test of time when fate tried to pull them apart. A story of how even in the most crazy crisis of life, love, friendship and trust hold hands till eternity.

Yes this tale, unearths the gory truth of the begging racket. If you have lived in India you have indefinitely seen victims of this racket. Tamanna is nothing but a strong, bold survivor of this evil world. She has questions, she has doubts, she has worries and she has her own little dream. This book unfurls her journey to explore every question, that you , me and Tamanna will definitely come across while reading.

Although the tale revolves around Tamanna, the book in no way side-lines any other character. Every character in this tale has a reason to stay. Has an answer to give. Very artistically knitted characters placed at the absolute juncture of read.

What I loved?

I am not sure, if such was an intent of the tale, but I learnt a very beautiful fact of life. Our fate is what is meant to be, but destiny is what one thinks it ought to be. The book isn’t full of jazz and surreal fiction but is an insight of what every other face we come across is living.

Now in Seattle, then in India on the streets lived Tamanna. The tale is a bounce-back to past and then a flip to present. This book has very essentially maintained a pace that will definitely keep you hooked to the edge. “Appreciably, the Author has a keen eye for creating an environment before setting in the story. Which is a very rare find.”

What could have been better?

I think the blurb of the book was quite a give away. There could have been a little less of tale in the blurb to pump up the inquisitiveness.

All in All: The USP of the books is the intensity of emotions it holds and the innocence that the tale unfurls. This book is a friendly read for all age groups.

I would recommend this one to those who have seen the good after worse and those who are yet to see the good.

Overall rating: 4/5

Where Can You Buy This?

http://www.amazon.in/The-Infinite-Equinox-BHAVYA-KAUSHIK/dp/8192982726

Where else? :

http://www.flipkart.com/infinite-equinox-english-1st/p/itmefbgeh2jnrxfy

RAPESCARS…THEY NEVER HEAL-By Gaurav Sharma

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Name:  Rapescars…they never heal

Authors: Gaurav Sharma

Publisher: Petals

My ratings: 

Cover: 2/5

Writing Style: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

Preview: Sometime back I came across a quote that exactly suggest the tone of this novel. It goes somewhat like this “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?”  a line spoken loud enough to pinch and choke.

Rapescars is one such book to me. It is a commendable thing to put down a sensitive topic like rape into words. But what Gaurav has done is indefinitely an attempt to undo the stereotyping.

Review: Am not very happy with the cover of the book. Precisely because a beautiful art work of girl on with scars is being over-shadowed by news article that I couldn’t read because of the language handicap. Going to the back cover – I believe use of slightly more suspense and drawing language would have added to the appearance of the book.

This story is about Akriti, a gang rape victim. Who fell prey to her so called ‘loving who is gang raped by her boyfriend and his friends. Broken from within, with no hopes in heart Akriti begins a fight for justice. 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. All that she goes through post the traumatic incident is more hurtful than the trauma of being robes off her innocence, her faith her trust and her love…

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. It feels as if you are in a theatre act. You may want to stop yourself from feeling the pain that Akriti goes through. But the Author ensures that every word reaches your soul.

The plot is very neatly built. I would say that the Author could have articulated the language a bit more..

The unfolding of the events post the incident only goes to show how ruthless and clogged our society is. In all the menace of pain, insult, cracked soul, lifelessness Akriti does the unthinkable.

This tale is the bitter after taste of a rape incident. The blame game. The inappropriate questions faced by the victim. The inanimate condolences. The verbal abuse. The jeopardizing of future. And the heinous attempt the victim for her choice.

She chose to love someone, she chose to trust someone, her faith, trust and belief was crushed, she was robbed of her soul…but she is to be blamed

Questioned, interrogated, abused, tortured judged and pointed at; was not the accused but the victim. Such is the mentality.

A complaint by the raped and battered victim does no justice to her, until she is pushed around and mocked with like an inanimate doll by the investigators and the police.

The scar remains, but the pain heals. Why is it so?

What I loved: This tale is an instrument of undoing the societal blind fold. The Author has walked far from the fiction. He has been mature enough to rightly use terms, that are although objectionable but stands as an epitome to unleash the unspoken.

What could have been better: There’s a tiny miny need to polish use of language to give it a more mature aura. There is also a scope of maintaining the pace in the courtroom scone; to me towards the end there seemed a vague rush. I really appreciate the Authors stand at the end. It shows how much beyond words the tale meant. Is idea behind to convey a message rightly reaches the reader.

All in All: The Attempt is commendable. A voice of woman reiterating a horrific nightmare trough a man’s quill is worth appreciating. 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.

Overall rating: 3.8/5

Where Can You Buy This?

 http://www.amazon.in/Rapescars-GAURAV-SHARMA/dp/8192982742