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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Lines by Vaibhav Mukim

Title: L41bjTBceM8L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_ines

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