Thursday, 24 December 2015

Book Review - The Bestseller She Wrote

*Spoilers Alert*
  When the book trailer was out it looked all colourful and happy, depicting a cute love story between an author and a girl he meets, who he helps by writing a bestseller.
But Bam! Not that simple.
  As you progress things starts getting complicated and dark showing the consequences of when you're stuck at the wrong side of psychopath. But hey everything works out well, and there is a Happy Ending. 
 Basically this book is written by a bestselling author in which another bestselling author helps a newbie author to be a bestselling author. Let's open "The Bestseller She Wrote"



Details:
Book Name:- The Bestseller She Wrote
Author:- Ravi Subramanian
Pages:- 391
Publisher:- Westland Ltd.

About the Author
Ravi Subramanian is an award winning author. He has
written bestsellers like 'The Bankster', 'The Incredible
Banker' and God is a Gamer. He is alumnus of IIM and a banker by profession. He
has almost 2 decades of experience with companies like
HSBC, Citibank, ANZ Grindlays.

Storyline:
  The story starts when a celebrity bestselling author, Aditya Kapoor is invited at IIM Bangalore to deliver a lecture about his success as a writer. And when he was least expecting it, he was rudely interrupted by a girl and that's when everything started. Ambitious, open minded and beautiful, Shreya Kaushik always dreamt of being a writer of Aditya's stature. She manages to make Aditya fall in love with her and convinces him to help her to take her book to the Bestseller mark. 
  Yes and I haven't mentioned this before and nor did the trailer but Aditya is already married, has a kid and is totally in love with his wife, Maya! (Told you it was complicated).
  And to people who have read this book, does the character Aditya Kapoor's achievements remind you of someone? Wrote a few books. Two of them already made into a movies. Latest one have had the movie rights taken at the time of the launch. And is also approached to judge a famous dance show! ( I see what you did there) No? OK. Let's move on.
  Hell breaks loose when Maya finds out about Shreya and gets infected by Ebola at the same time! Meanwhile Aditya decides to break up with Shreya and patch up with Maya at the same time. (Risky gamble! What if Maya had died!) And then Aditya finds out the real intentions of Shreya and gets a divorce notice from Maya at the same time! (Complicated!)
  While Aditya tries to woo Maya back, Shreya decides to take revenge by humiliating Aditya by showing him the bad guy in newspapers, black mailing him of sexual harassment and setting him up for plagiarism.
  To take her head on he assembles a team consisting Sunaina;Shreya's best friend, Sanjay; Aditya's best friend and Diana; Sanjay's love interest. BTW Diana is a lady Aditya disliked at first but not now.(This guy has got one of the most unbalanced minds)
  Just when the book starts thinning Aditya pulls off a Byomkesh Bakshi and drops a bomb that the real culprit was his old buddy Sanjay all the way. (Yet another addition! Liked before but not now!) Sanjay plotted this for personal revenge and Shreya to meet his personal ends. Maya realizes Aditya's love towards her and they both live happily ever after.

Do I Recommend?
  Seldom I would say something positive about love stories, but this had a tinge of mystery (which I realized in the last few chapters). So Non-Love storiers can definitely finish this without getting disappointed. And yes it also shows some basic tips to market a book, so, yay!

Downsies
  A bit too much of pages were extended for Shreya-Aditya relationship and too less for Aditya-Maya. Up until the turning point no one could say that Aditya did have strong feelings towards his family.


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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Burning Light!

  This was supposed to be the same old Diwali. No Crackers! Not just because he was environmental benefactor or something but he was bored. And now he was bored of being bored. 
  This time he would go out of his house and celebrate Diwali. This time he would celebrate like many others and not sulk in the corner with his phone. This time he will plan a proper Diwali with his friends.
  He went to the shop and looked for the perfect item.
"Take this sir. It will go high in the sky, we have two models in this, the regular ones and premium ones"
  He selected the items he wished to burn on Diwali and also bought a whole box of matchsticks, yes rainy season and water might make it difficult to burn them.
"My rockets will easily beat you", said an enthusiastic boy with a spark in his eyes. Smiling he made the payment.
  Diwali Pooja was a regular affair. Few Diyas, the Aarti song, same old wish of being a billionaire and sweet distribution. After the Pooja he saw a bunch of kids taking their box of crackers upstairs. "Its time!" He thought.
  His mother handed him his cover of celebration with the warning of,
"Do it Safely! Its fire you're dealing with!"
With his non lexical replies he sped off to his terrace. He was a child again.
  He fought his usual fight with his friends,
"I'll do first"
"I bought them"
"But I suggested"
"But I planned it!"
"Guys I have the match sticks!"
  After the mini-war, they decided to do it together.
  Keeping it in the middle he lighted the candle. With two of his friends holding, he lit it!
They waited for it to burn.
It burned. (He wasn't going to break his rules and make unnecessary noise)
It burned. (He was still the environment saviour)
It was rising. (Diwali indeed was a festival of lights)
It rose. (Because this was a better way to celebrate Diwali than Crackers)
And the Bright red Lantern flew in the chilled night sky!



The trend is setting its foot in the country! Be the beginning and burn a Lantern for every occasions instead of crackers. Get your perfect lantern at Sky Lanterns India. (And they're only a bunch of teenagers!)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Book Review- A Minute To Death

  Three back to back suicide cases in the city puts Inspector Rohan in a big confusion ( A confusion bigger than 'were Ross and Rachel on a break?') . Not that suicides are hard to handle but what can Rohan do if all the suicides were committed in exactly the same time (different days!), exactly the same way and leaving behind exactly the same clues, Suicide maybe? 'A Minute To Death' by Ganga Bharani takes the readers side by side with inspector Rohan and his girlfriend Riya as they try to figure out if it is a murder most foul or an open-and-shut case of a routine suicide.



Details:
Book Name:- A Minute To Death
Author:- Ganga Bharani
Genre:- Thriller
Pages:- 116
Publisher:- Half Baked Beans

About the author:
  Ganga Bharani is a technical analyst for food, short film maker for fun and a writer for life. The author already has two award winning short films in her credit and a book, "Just You, Me And A Secret".
She is an avid reader and a blogger.
Check out her blog here: scribbledbygb.blogspot.com

Storyline:
  Riya, an aspiring writer needs a real time experience of a crime scene and all the investigations to create a suitable plot for her book. She did not have to look far as being a girlfriend of an inspector has its own benefits. They encounter some strange clues pointing a bit away from suicide. Midway in their investigation yet another suicide case comes in their way, and it comes with a lot of confusion and a bit of suspicion. Even this case shows marks of strange clues and the weirdest part being that they're exactly the same as the first one. After a bit of investigation, interrogation and some more investigation they bump into a book. Found on both the suicide sites. With the same note. "A Minute To Death"
  The author also portrays her skill in writing romance by showcasing the relationship of the main characters, Riya and Rohan. Apart from the thrilling investigation the love life of the couple is shown in such a way that anyone could easily mistake the plot as a love story and still praise the book.

Do I Recommend?
  A book where majority of the characters are 'avid readers' is definitely worth a read. And seeing the size of the book, it is perfect if you're looking for something to pass a few hours with a great story alongside.
  The only negatives I felt was the lack of explanation in the end where the culprit is revealed. The story ends abruptly after a very short explanation. And leaving aside a few errors it is a smooth ride and is bound to grip you until the last page of the book. So go for it!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Lost Missile!

   While wearing his blue coat just before leaving his room, breaking down was the last thing he had in his mind. While dressing his iconic hair he must've looked forward to interact with people whom he thought might help him achieve his Dream. While walking towards the glittering stage (which was clearly outshined by his Wings Of Fire) he might've seen great amount of people showing up and would've been extremely happy had he managed to inspire even a single person .
   At 83 his mind was similar to an active young teenager. Just like every young science fanatic, he used to regularly check the developments made in the field and tweet if he found something exciting! Just like every young man, he had a Dream and he valued Dreams above every other thing.
   Yes, APJ Abdul Kalam, an inspiring leader, an excellent author, a respected professor and a great scientist, will be dearly missed by everyone and his departure leaves a gaping hole in hearts of many. During his lifetime he had inspired millions and his legacy would continue to inspire many more people who has a 'Dream'.
  But hey! He didn't die! He was a missile man of India. The missile has entered a whole new dimension from where its impossible to come back.
  So what are we trying to do just after his departure?
National holiday! (Entire nation not working for one whole day? 2020 is very far  what's in a day! Right?)
  Black DPs, 'R.I.P.' statuses in every last group and also trying to trend all sorts of hash tags! (Yes, he wanted himself to be trending on Facebook and Twitter!)
  In his autobiography 'Wings of Fire" he sums up all his awesome advice in a single inspiring quote,  "Take on responsibility! Work for the things you believe in. If you do not, you are surrendering your fate to others."
  So with 2020 right around the corner, let's get our lazy self out of the comfort zone and at least try to make a difference.
  Just before his departure he was standing before hundreds of youth wishing to inspire them, so let's grant him his last wish and be inspired! Let's accomplish vision 2020!!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Book Review - Without You

   So a mad crush begins to settle in a mind of a girl by mere description by others. They meet, fall in love, fall apart, fall in love again, fight and finally fall in love forever! Woah!
Preethi Venugopala's debut novel "Without You" follows Ananya in her joy, her love, her passions, her hobbies ,her disappointment and the day from where she lived 'Happily ever after'!




Details
Book Name:- Without You
Author:- Preethi Venugopala
Genre:- Love Story
Pages:- 198
Publisher:- Write India Publishers

About the author:
   Preethi Venugopala is a Civil Engineer by education and an avid blogger and an artist by passion. She took a Masters Degree in English Literature to complete her dream of studying English literature. She has been published in two anthologies, 'The Second Life' and 'Blank Space '. An anthology ' A Little Chorus of Love' and a Sci-Fi thriller 'The Awakening' are few of her upcoming works. She is a regular contributor to many online magazines and websites. She strongly believes that storytellers are healers in the present world as they can change the outlook of people through the stories they tell.
Check out her blog here: tulipsandme.blogspot.com

Storyline:-
  Ananya, a tomboy full of life, visits Sreepuram in her vacations craving for her Grandmother's love and delicious Appam with fish curry. It is there she meets her age long crush Dr.Arjun and then starts a relationship with a never ending destiny. Just when things starts to get better, misunderstand strikes (As lethal as Thor's hammer) and an inseparable pair are forced to separate.
   After months of depression Ananya finds ways to come out of her cocoon and ends up having a dream job in Dubai. Reaching Dubai Dr.Arjun was the last man she was expecting to run into. And then unravels the surprises that destiny has in store for them.
   The author starts every chapter with handpicked quotation and is smart enough to suggest her favourite books throughout the story. The narration is simple yet influencing. And the reason behind it is I fell in love with Ananya by mere description by the author the same way she fell for Dr.Arjun (Lucky Guy!)

Do I Recommend:-
   Although not much of a love story reader, I can tell this book contains everything a good love story should consist, good characters, interesting plot, twist and turns and love! So go for it!


And yes I will rate a 10 now!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Friends without a handshake!

  I had to take, what they say, 'a trip down to memory lane' when I was asked to nominate a blogger who have influenced or inspired me to take up blogging. And what I saw was a mirror! (OK that was rhetorical).
  I remember myself having want to start a blog and after some homework I patted myself on my back as I succeeded in doing so. I took an oath (Green lantern style!) to update my blog frequently and even did so for a few months. But something was missing which cruelly acted as a speed breaker to my habit of writing regularly (I was lazy but that's secondary).
  It was when BlogAdda gave me a chance to interact with other bloggers in the activity 'Game Of Blogs' that I found my moxie. They are the captain and 'wise' captain my team Mr.Anmol Rawat and Mrs.Preethi Venugopala. My feeling after connecting with them would be no different than Balin when he looked up to Thorin and said, "There is one(Two in this case) who I could follow, there
is one(Two!) I could call king."
 
  Interaction with Anmol started from the day-1 of the activity as he being the captain of the team had to be in a frequent touch with the team mates to check if no one's procrastinating. He reviews books and posts regarding any topic on which he thinks an enlightenment is necessary (And it's worth it!) His posts are enough to make anyone think twice in case if one is thinking otherwise! He has won many contests which is enough to show his skill in literature. Apart from writing he is very patient seeing that he would hold his nerve and reply me whenever I ask him any stupid thing (Last one being "Bhai does flipkart offers COD in case of vouchers?). Find the reason of his nomination here: Anmol Rawat

  The reason I got a chance to interact with Preethi was because we had a common favourite in genre, "Fantasy!". One good thing to learn from her is 'No matter how grown up you are never stop believing in Dragons, Unicorns, Wizards and Magic!'. Majority of her posts are related directly or indirectly to love showing the sort of person she is (you are what you write!!) It was because of her that our winning story was free from typos and grammatical errors.  A writer, artist, author, blogger and a mother and she plays every part perfectly. Any clarification regarding anything and she would be eager to help. Apart from her anthology 'The Second Life' her new book 'Without You' is set to release real soon, don't miss it! Find the reason of her nomination in the category 'creative writing' here: Preethi Venugopala

  The category of their nomination is tough to decide seeing the fact they could write extremely well in any given situation. These are the bloggers whom I've interacted with, who've influenced me and help me find my moxie in writing!
   “I’m blogging for#YouMakeMeWIN to honour a blogger who has influenced me and deserves to be nominated at WIN15

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

His Post!!

  It was not until I heard him talk about his frustration towards people (like, ****!!) taunting and blaming mindlessly on India's loss in the world cup that I decided I would beg him to write something on my blog (Yes, to increase, what they say, the 'Gethuness' of my blog). He's a film critic whose suggestions on movies at seldom on the down side and has an huge crush on a few stars like Nargis Fakhri, Raj Kumar Rao, A.R.Rehman, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and many more (Did I say few??). And now over to Ravish Chaudhary

                     No, I Won't Judge!
  Not so often does my phone vibrate many times a day, unless there is some superstar's film releasing. And all it takes is a person's appearance, a cricket match (make it post-match), an actor talking about the other sportingly, even him taking it on the same note, an arrogant cunt doing a silly chauvinistic act, a person talking just rubbish about someone for the week-long debate to start.
  No wonder, this looks absolute stupidity from the neutral audience point of view and for a minority of people who seek sense. Stupid fanaticism is the problem here. Not a single ball bowled and people already start giving the verdict, not a single game played and people already start calling the campaign shit, not a single game lost and people already start sensing/hoping for a lose, the latest one - only a single run scored and people already start sending "TRUE LOVE" forwards.
People have become so narrow minded that it only takes A LOSS for their medulla oblongata to bend both ways (calls for a rough double penetration). They never bother looking at the persons point of view. How embarrassing it gets to see their fellow fans talk wrong about them and the other. How it would be so wrong to pelt stones at their houses and their girlfriend's houses for not being able to fill their big fat bellies of trust.
Not one day did the group icons change in a month time and how one game makes almost all the groups change to pictures of Anushka Sharma calling Virat Kohli captioning "Anushka Sharma you *!" Yeah, that was supposed to be the group SUBJECT for a while. A few gentleman even blazed pictures of Anuskha Sharma for she was a part of the secret strategy that the Indians couldn't get over there at SCG. Have you people ever felt a Kookaburra ball before? Have you at least felt your balls before? No right?
One person starts the conversation by blaming Kohli and the other joins in blaming Raina, both join in after a while and start blaming the entire cricket team.
I'm posting a screenshot of one of the whatsapp groups I'm associated with.




  I remain to be the only person changing group icons and subjects even before the tournament starts, who is not blaming the team/still supporting the team along with a few people who're not so big fans of this game. And just then, I get another notification (by now I have muted all the groups). I'm reminded of me losing my cool for shitty people who will never change. One guy who shares an equal interest about this game and who's NOT BLAMING THE TEAM. Hallelujah, we're two now. Two in 1.27 billion! :D




  I wonder what's wrong with people. I have long lengthy chats with people who say the ICT sucks, I argue for no reason. I don't mind if its that English football fan who calls my country men on a spectacular run ugly or out of form. Its the people who so love this game, who even take a holiday by not taking up an exam for a match that talk shit that hurts. But I have known this by now, there is no way solution to end this stupid act. It's only on an individuals choice to support the good and the bad and there I end my blog writing hoping people will change at some time.

  Yes you liked it. Catch more of him here
BigBollywoodFan.blogspot.in

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Book Review- "Ramayana, The Game Of Life- Shattered Dreams"



  The first thought on seeing the book “Ramayana, The Game Of Life – Shattered Dreams” was that this might be a differently told version of the age old epic to suit the modern age. But what turned out to be was much more sensible. A Ramayana, told so purely that it brings the modern world with the touch to old and divine virtues.

Details
Book Name:- Ramayana, The Game Of Life – Shattered Dreams
Author:- Shubha Vilas
Genre:- Religious
Pages:-388
Publisher:- Jaico Books

Overview
    The book taking us to a journey with Rama's exile teaches us different values from reaction of different characters. Through Rama it shows how to handle the sudden changes in life with a smile on a face and confidence in mind, through Laxmana it teaches us that serving the king and the elderly is lot more important than a fight for the throne.

About The Author
   Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. He periodically interacts with the youth in the premier institutes across the country, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values. He believes that a good teacher, no matter how knowledgeable, always sees the process of learning as an inherent aspect of personal and spiritual growth.
Storyline
  As a child everyone saw ‘Ramayana’ as just another thrilling show on DD with a hero, a villain interesting fights, love stories, soulful music and original looking graphics(That sun like things from the tip when two arrows collided). And no doubt it was great fun. Parents in turn enlightened us with the meaning and moral to be taken from every episode. While everyone were busy interpreting the big picture, many failed to decrypt the inner meaning of each and every aspect of the holy Ramayana.
   In ‘Ramayana, the shattered dreams’ Shubha Vilas gives a whole new perspective to understand the epic. The inner meanings, insights of the characters, valuable footnotes and the enjoyment of reading Ramayana.
  The books starts from where it was paused in the previous book, the wedding of the valuable gem of Ayodhya, Ram and takes the readers through various important aspects in Lord Rama’s life from his coronation, his willingness to carry out his father’s orders and live in the forest to Bharata getting knowledge of his mothers evil action. There are hardly any pages in the book without valuable inputs by the author including moral from the chapter, inner and deeper interpretation of the reference, virtues to be learnt from the character’s action and small good things to be practiced in everyday life. 
Do I Recommend
  Before reading the book, all I knew was that my name was a synonym of Lord Shiva, but it is in this book I found out the true meaning of my name, ‘The One Easily Pleased’ and yes I am pleased. And a book full of beautiful messages and the story of the charismatic Prince Rama is bound to make your bookshelf’s value go high. A must read.
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