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

 

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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=

 

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

 

 

1st Job & 10 mistakes by Uttam Kumar

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Author: Uttam Kumar

Publisher: Author’s Ink

My ratings:

Cover : 2/5 not very happy with the cover; doesn’t really go with the title. Should have been more subtle.

Writing Style: 3/5

Presentation: 3/5

Preview:  

What next?  You are just in your final year or just a fresh graduate.. all that you look for is that little hope of a job..your 1st job. So what do you do? Hunt, find, apply, jugaad, and best is pray! Of course you know the dos and don’ts but what you don’t know is what has to be rightly done and what is a complete no no. So this tiny little book by Uttam Kumar is nothing but an IMP guide. I-In M-My P- Pocket guide of all one should know about the new journey of social security and financial liberty.

Review:

Since this is just the beginning of your new innings in life you will definitely need a daddy lesson before you step your foot in the rat race and the leech hunt. This book serves just the thirst to all the what? why? and when? question.

The author has listed down 10 possible and very common inadvertence that anyone can do in their 1st job. As a reader it seemed more like a practical guide which is articulated in a way that helps one note and jot the silly yet important what not to dos. This isn’t a story hence there isn’t an opportunity to decide a pace, but surprisingly there is a plot not in literal sense but in the sense that the 10 mentioned mistakes are threaded to one root. Though one will learn all these lessons gradually in life some after the 1st job some after second and some never but why take a chance to chase away the 1st opportunity.

The book seems like a walk through from the first person experience and this goes to show that the Author has been through and wants us not be through.

What I liked about this?

This book is a quick read and acts as a simple know how guide. The authors language and choice of words are appreciable, it’s easy to communicate and kind of instructional. There were jargons used yet seemed passive wen placed in sentences which is quite a commendable tactics adopted for a debutant.

What could have been better?

Since the book has a different purpose the content is not to be questioned but what I would really appreciate if the author could have played around with a theme to the book. Perhaps a plot in literal sense now. There seemed a need to keep this book compact so it kind of gave an impression that the content was too less.

All in all: This book is a pre-1st job dad lessons for a journey new and unknown. A heads-up to what one shouldn’t do and what one ought to do. Although the title demanded more, the Author rightly tried to justify his content.

Over all rating: 3.1/5

Where can you buy this: http://www.amazon.in/1st-Job-And-10-Mistakes/dp/9385137069

Paradise Lost and Regained by Ratnadip Acharya

imagesTitle: Paradise Lost and Regained

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